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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Valerie Irene Spehalski

Valerie Irene Spehalski of 1783 Old West Creek Rd Emporium, PA died Sunday September 25, 2016 at Penn Highlands Hospital in DuBois.

Born February 13, 1930 in DuBois, PA., the daughter of the late Joseph Wojtaszek and Sophie Nawakowski. On April 25, 1953 in St. Michaels Archangelo Church in DuBois she married Walter Stanley Spehalski. Mrs Spehalski graduated from Sandy Township High School with the class of 1948. She was trained by a Catholic nun in the X-Ray department of the DuBois Hospital as an X-Ray technician for a doctor of Radiology. She was employed by the doctor as a receptionist and X-Ray technician. She also worked at the A& P Tea Company in DuBois.

 She is survived by three sons, Walter R Spehalski (and Cecilia) of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Robert S Spehalski (and Julia) of Emmaus PA., and Thomas J Spehalski (and Bonnie) of Emporium PA, and 10 grandchildren, with her first great grandchild due in December.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, husband Walter on December 9, 2010, three brothers, Henry, Carl J., and Edward Wojtaszek and six sisters, Mary Wojtaszek Wozniak, Victoria Wojtaszek Fotta, Ann Wojtaszek Golanka, Estella Lakatos, Alouise Baumann and Stephanie Wojtaszek in infancy.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and especially watching her grand-children’s sporting events and all of their accomplishments. She was a member of the St. Mark Catholic Church, the Church Choir and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

 Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Charles R. Copp

Charles R. Copp, 86, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of West Creek Rd. died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Saturday (September 24, 2016) afternoon.

He was born May 2, 1930 in Ansonia, Tioga County, PA a son of the late Sterry O. and Mildred Smith Copp. On December 24, 1949 in Painted Post, NY he married Virginia Matteson, who survives.

Charles attended school in Wellsboro In 1947 he enlisted in the US Army and served in Korean until 1949. Later he was called back to the service and again served in Korean until 1951 when he was discharged. He was awarded the bronze star for his service. Charles work for Corning Glass Works for over 23 years before moving to Emporium 1969. After moving to Emporium, he was employed by Emporium contractors and later by Emporium Borough and Shippen Township. In 1992 he was elected Shippen township supervisor. He retired on May 2, 1995.

 Surviving in addition to his wife Virginia Copp; two sons, Rickey Lee (Pam) Copp and Robert O. (Vicki) Copp; one daughter, Wanda Jordan. 10 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild; one Brother, Sterry (Jean) Copp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sterry O. and Mildred Smith Copp, one sister, Mariam Sample, two brothers, Ronald & Lauren Copp, No visitation.

A Memorial Service will be held at the VFW, 3rd St., Emporium, PA on Sunday (October 9, 2016) at 1:00 PM with a Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail to follow.

Online Condolences may be placed at

Bertyl LaRue Kindblom Emmett

Bertyl LaRue Kindblom Emmett 89, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 in her home. She was the daughter of the late Oscar Kindblom and Genevieve Peterson Kindblom. Bertyl was born on September 9, 1927.

Bertyl is survived by her four children: David (Michele) Emmett Jr of Greencastle, PA, Karen (Richard) Emmett Ziemlak of Rowley, MA, Cassandra (Frank) Emmett Campbell of Collegeville, PA, John (Lisa) Emmett of Gainesville, VA, eight grandchildren and her former husband David Emmett Sr.

She was preceded in death by her only sibling, a sister Betty Kindblom Coleman She graduated from Emporium High School in 1945 and then attended and graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Bertyl was an avid member and past President of the Emporium Garden Club for many years. She was a very gifted, talented and active artist throughout her life. Her love of her children and grandchildren never wavered nor did her energy and zest for life.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth St., Emporium, PA. at 2:00 PM with Rev. Bruce Burkness officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Emporium Garden Club, PO Box 341 Emporium PA 15834

Sunday, September 25, 2016



 On Sunday, October 2nd parishioners of ALL ages are welcomed to join us at Sizerville State Park from 6:00 ~ 8:00 PM. 

 We will have some seasonal activities & a short prayer service. Join us in pressing fresh apple cider too! Please bring a mason jar, any size, for one of the craft activities. Please meet at the big parking lot past the pool. 

 This is always a fun night for our youth…please come along and have some fun!

Competitors Smoke Emporium

Competitors Smoke Emporium

A smoky cloud filled downtown Emporium putting grins on faces. The third annual All Fired Up Kickin' Ash BBQ Competition held Saturday September 24 packed the vacant lots in Emporium.

Legacy provided music on a make shift stage provided by Mark Ramsey Towing, Nam Knights served beer, and people ate lip smacking good food. Eight competitors from across the state vied for the trophy which replicated a smoker. The names of the competitors as unique as the smokers used to cook the food: Aharrah's Smoke (Smethport), Boy Scout Troop (Emporium) , Beer & Bones (Kersey), Crazy Eyes (Emporium), Rollin Smoke (Slippery Rock), Pa Pa's Smoke Shack (Emporium), Pap Pap Smoke House (Fredonia), and Phartin' Barts (Washington).

The teams competed in 7 categories. Judges representing Cameron County Chamber Members had the daunting task of eating samples. They named Phartin Barts the winner of wings, and ribs. Phartin Barts also won the People Choice Award. Pa Pa's Smoke Shack earned the trophy for pulled pork. The team out of Kersey came out on top. They took top honors in dessert with a smoked cheesecake topped with candied bacon. The side dish made from sausage surrounding a cream cheese stuffed jalapeno tickled the judges taste buds, The team also took top honors in turkey and brisket.

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce organizes the event held the final Saturday of September each year. Executive Director Tina Solak says planning already in place for 2017. "Three of the neighboring buildings will be gone next year, and it will give expansion room. That will enable more competitors!" The 2017 application will be available in January.

Firequacker Race Set For October 8

Firequacker Race Set For October 8

 The annual firequacker duck race set for Saturday October 8 during the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park. Rubber ducks will be placed into the stream waterway at 40 Maples and swim toward the finish line about 200 yards downstream. People adopt a duck for $2 or a 6-quack for $10.00. The duck that crosses the finish line first earns its adoptive person $100, second earns $75 and third $50. 
 Ducks can be adopted at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Office in Emporium.

Deadline Approaching for Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run

Deadline Approaching for Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run

October 1 is the deadline for the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run. The event offers three different courses to attract the novice hiker to experienced trail runner. The 10k features a stint on the pipeline, 25k a steep start up the Wylie Trail and the 50k includes a water crossing near the beaver dam. The entries for the 50k outnumber last years, including the women’s record holder Megan Parke returning to defend her title. Derek Newcomer will lead the pack on the 10k, attempting to keep his record.

 All three distances will start and finish on the West Creek Rails Trails in Emporium. Emporium resident Jim Kempher will fire the cannon start at 7:30am on Saturday October 15. There is a 10 hour finishing limit. Friday October 14 will feature a meet and greet at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.

 Luigi’s will provide sandwiches and Fox’s Pizza Den Emporium will offer pizza. Participants can pick up their race packets including Hammer Nutrition samples, and a tech shirt with a design created by Cameron County artist Nelson Haas.

 Registrations can be filed online, by mail or in person at the chamber office in Emporium. 
 The forms can be found at

Emporium Winners in the 5th Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge

Emporium Winners in the 5th Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge

 Nick Peters, Bri Peters, Eugenia Clark

Bri Peters

Yesterday was the Elk Co. Conservation District annual trail challenge in memory of Les Haas, my father. There were 3 runners from Emporium this year and all of them brought home a medal. 

Eugenia Clark was the all around winner in the women's 14k division while Les's grandchildren, Nick Peters won second in his age group and Bri Peters first in her age group for the 7k run. Nancy Mcbreen ran the 7k. She won 3rd in the women's 70+ age division.  I know how proud my dad would be of the whole event- that the proceeds go to teaching youth about conservation. Thank you all for your support. Rebecca Haas Peters.

About Les Haas: Les was a US Army veteran and served as a Waterways Conservation Officer with the PA Fish & Boat Commission for 20 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Elk County Conservation District for 8 years. Les was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the NRA, PA Federation of Sportsmen, St. Marys Sportsmens Club, B.A.S.S., Buckmaster Whitetail Deer Hunting Association, National Trappers Association and Christian Sportsman Fellowship. Les devoted his life to conservation efforts and was actively involved in many Conservation District activities, including the annual Elk County Envirothon. Les passed unexpectedly on February 24, 2012. In Les’s honor, proceeds from this event will be used for environmental education efforts within Elk County.

Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ella Mae Gribble

Ella Mae Gribble, 85, of 507 Brookview Rd., Galion, Ohio formerly of 409 Meadow Rd., Emporium, PA died at Galion Pointe Nursing Home, Galion, Ohio on Friday (September 23, 2016) morning.

She was born March 25, 1931 in Sinnamahoning, PA a daughter of the late Bruce and Gladys Summerson Bailey. On March 24, 1951 in the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church she married the late Harvey Gribble. Mrs. Gribble graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1949. She retired from the Cameron County School District where she worked for over 30 years. Ella Mae and her husband Harvey enjoyed dancing and danced with the Alley Kats Square Dance Club for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Emporium, PA where she taught Sunday school for over 18 years and was a lifetime Deconess & was active in the Womens Mission Society. She was a volunteer at Guy and Mary Felt Manor and had been a member of the Manor's Ladies Auxiliary. She was along time volunteer with the Cancer Society and had been a boy scout den mother for both of her boys. Ella Mae found great love and enjoyment from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Since residing in Galion, OH she attended Grace Brethren Church for the past two years. Always desiring to share God's love, her legacy and her love for the Lord will live forever in the lives of those who knew her. Her smile and laughter brought great enjoyment to so many.

 She is survived by son, Terry Gribble and his wife Leigh, Galion, OH; Daughter-in-law, Susan McLean Gribble, Emporium; 5 Grandchildren, Tommy and David Gribble, Tiffany (Dan) Vroegop, Tim (Kate) Gribble, and Lindsay Gribble; one sister, Maxine Weinhardt, Williamsport and several dearly loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Bruce and Gladys Summerson Bailey; husband, Harvey Gribble who died June 8, 2005; son, Thomas Gribble, Sr. who died Sept. 10, 2010, brother, Joe Bailey who died Sept. 3, 2011.

Visitation in Ohio will be at Grace Brethren Church located at 1055 Winchester Rd., Galion, OH on Sunday from 3:00 - 4:00 PM with a memorial to follow.

Visitation in Pennnsylvania will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth St., Emporium on Tuesday from 4-7 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (September 28, 2016) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul Levan, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Memorial Fund, 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

City looks to fill open manufacturing jobs

City looks to fill open manufacturing jobs: Manufacturing companies in St Marys, Elk County are looking to fill hundreds of positions employers are having a hard time filling.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Section of Rout 46 to Close - Traffic Project Continues Through Nov.

Port Allegheny, PA – A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) roadway improvement project is continuing on Route 46 in McKean County. The project will result in five miles of new roadway and an additional 15 miles of improved roadway surface. The road will be closed to through traffic on Sept. 22 from the McKean/Cameron County line to the Route 6 intersection near Smethport.

Full depth reclamation work began Sept. 12 on this section of Route 46 and problems with traffic using the road have persisted. Starting Thursday, this section of Route 46 will be closed to all through traffic. Flaggers and pilot vehicles will be used to provide access to local residents and drivers conducting business along this section.

A detour for all non-local traffic will be in place. PennDOT’s official detour will make use of Route 6, Route 120, and Route 155. The detour is expected to last through October.

IA Construction Inc. is the contractor on this $3.13 million project that is expected to finish in late November.

PennDOT reminds motorists to follow detour signage, use caution in work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Shippen Township Refuse Collection - Columbus Day

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day.

 Monday’s refuse pick-up will be on Tuesday. 
 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday’s refuse collections will remain the same. 

Thank you!

Alferetta M. Barkley

Alferetta M. Barkley, 91, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA died at the Manor on Tuesday (September 20, 2016) morning.

She was born May 12, 1925 in Clymer, PA a daughter of the late Homer and Halley Barkley. After graduating from Marion Center High School Alferetta moved to Emporium and began working at Sylvania where she worked for over 40 years. She later worked at the former Grove House for several years. She had been a member of the Rich Valley Wesleyan Church. She loved spending time with all of her grandchildren.

Survived by one daughter, Dorothy Reed, Emporium; 2 Grandchildren, Ruthie (Kenneth) Burkhouse, and Brad Reed and three Great Grandchildren, Kelly Kimberly & Trevor

She preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Halley Barkley and four brothers, Ernie, Jack, Dick & Bill Barkley. There will be No Visitation. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. 

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834 

Online Condolences may be placed at 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry 

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium. 

 Call 486-1161, ext. 269, with any questions.

Eleanor C. Mayer

Eleanor C. Mayer, 85 of Emporium PA passed away on September 10, 2016 in Lake Mary, Florida with family at her side.

Born March 9, 1931 in Emporium PA, she was a daughter of the late Frank O. and Elva G. Ingersoll Lewis. Eleanor graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1949.

On March 15, 1952 she married the late Allen K. Mayer.

She is survived by six children. Five sons: Larry A. (Lora) Mayer, DeBary, FL; Ron L. (Linda) Mayer, San Antonio, TX, Dan C. (Leslie) Mayer, League City, TX, Frank L. (Barbara) Mayer, Naples, FL, Randy K. (Lisa) Mayer, Yorktown, VA., and one daughter Linda E. (Kevin) Johnson, Emporium PA; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marlene England, Laurel, MD.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frank O. and Elva G. Ingersoll Lewis and her husband Allen K. Mayer.

A memorial service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Tuesday, (September 27, 2016) at 12:00 PM with Father Matt Ryan, Rector, officiating. The family will recieve friends, prior to the service, from 10:00 AM to Noon. 
Burial will follow in the Newton Cemetery in Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Barnett funeral home. 
Online condolences maybe made at

Thomas L Rossman Sr

Thomas L Rossman Sr., 71 of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys PA, passed away following a lengthy illness on Saturday, September 17, 2016 surrounded by family. Thomas was born September 7, 1945 in Coudersport PA, a son of the late Hugh and Violet Willoughby Rossman. He was married to the late Marion Forness.

Thomas retired from Motor Coils Manufacturing after 20+ years of service. He was a 20 year member of the Emporium Fire Department and was also self employed for many years in the Novelty business, initially traveling on the weekends with his family to various flea markets and carnivals. He became semi-retired and passed the business on to his son Tony. He continued to travel with him to fairs and festivals. Thomas loved to travel, at one point riding over the road, trucking with his son Tom seeing the other parts of the US that he never traveled too. He loved spending his winter’s in Florida scoping out new merchandise for the upcoming year and of course the yearly trip to Las Vegas for the Expo. Anyone who knew Thomas understood his love of “recycling”; he never wasted anything, he felt that everything could be reused; even the nursing home’s worked with him and allowed him to continue this life long tradition, to keep him happy. He was a 20 year member of the Emporium Fire Department a member of the St. Marys Elks and the Moose.

Thomas is survived by two sons, Thomas (Terri) Rossman Jr. of Rochester PA and Tony (Resty) Rossman of Emporium PA. He is survived by 5 grandchildren: Leeanna (Dustin) Rossman of Clermont, Florida, Kaydee Rossman of DuBois PA, Keisha Dornish of Honolulu Hawaii, Brendan Dornish of St. Marys PA and Anthony Dornish of Johnsonburg PA, and his great grandchildren Edward and Bella Kramer of Clermont Florida, who were the loves of his life and one brother, Hubert (Debbie) Rossman of Brownsville Texas. He is also survived by his step-children Tammy (Rick) Griffith, and Roy (Sharon) Elliott Jr. both of Emporium PA, David Elliott of Hampton, Virginia; or some would say they are his niece and nephew’s as he was also married to their aunt. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

 In addition to his parents Thomas was preceded in death by his wife Marion Forness Rossman, a brother Dale Rossman, and two sisters, Wanita Paige and Patricia Bennett.

The Family will be holding a Memorial Service at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA for residents and employees at a date to be determined and also a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., in Emporium PA with the Rev. Donald Smith officiating.

Memorials in Thomas’ memory may be made to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road St., Marys, PA or to the Emporium Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

Barnett funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
 Online condolences may be placed at

Monday, September 12, 2016

PA Wilds Center receives ARC grant for tourism

PA Wilds Center receives ARC grant for tourism

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission through the POWER Initiative to assist with nature tourism cluster development in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

The award announcement was made Wednesday in West Virginia as part of a package of POWER investments across the Appalachian Region totaling more than $26.78 million.

The POWER Initiative supports efforts to create a more vibrant economic future for coal-impacted communities by cultivating economic diversity, enhancing job training and re-employment opportunities, creating jobs in existing or new industries, and attracting new sources of investment.......

Spend the Fall Learning the Art of Stained Glass

Spend the Fall Learning the Art of Stained Glass

The most popular classes offered at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center return in October. Theresa Diegelman will offer a beginner stained glass class on Sunday October 9, 1-4pm. The students will learn the basics including cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering. Students will take home a star.

Class is limited to 8 students and seats are guaranteed with the $30.00 payment. Registration accepted at the chamber office at 34 East Fourth Street, Emporium and online at

An intermediate class will be held for three consecutive Thursday nights from 6-8pm at the chamber office beginning October 20. Students must have completed the basic class before registering for the octagon panel. The price of the class is $50.00. Registration limited to 8 and requires payment to reserve a seat.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hazel “Betty” Walton Vogel

Hazel “Betty” Walton Vogel, 73, formerly of Portersville passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 1, 2016 at her residence in Emporium, PA.

Born December 15, 1942 in Castlewood, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ellen Williams Walton.

Betty worked for the United States Postal Service for 25 years, retiring as the Postmaster of Austin, PA. She enjoyed traveling with her companion, Robert McClymonds, living six months in Emporium and the other six months in Fruitland Park, Florida. She will truly be missed by her family.

Survivors include four sons, Larry (Brenda) Lumley Jr. of Chicora, Chuck (Beverly) Lumley of Portersville, Gene Lumley of Emporium, Brian Lumley of Courtland, New York; sister, Myrna (Larry) Eicholtz of Wampum; brother, Bill (Nancy) Walton of Ellwood City; four grandchildren, Jason, Chad, Ethan, and Parker Lumley; two step grandchildren, Bob and Crystal Drake; and one great grandson, Lyland Lumley; and seven step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Robert Vogel, her parents and a sister, Diane Walton.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday September 3 from 11:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home Rev. Elizabeth Wallace of Christ Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to

Catholic Women’s Conference

Catholic Women’s Conference 

\ Catholic Women’s Conference “Remembering His Promise of Mercy” Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Warner Theater ~ Downtown Erie. 

All faiths are welcome! 

Please call Kathy Fragale at 486-0184 for more information or to register. 
 Cost is $40/person; $25/student (includes lunch)