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Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas House Decorating Contest Ballots Available

Christmas House Decorating Contest Ballots Available

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and L& M Lumber teaming up for the house decorating contest this year. Ten homes are listed on the ballot and voters select their top three selections. New this year is the opportunity to select a home not on the ballot to receive honorable mention.

The addresses of the homes participating include, 412 West 6th Street, 114 West 4th Street, 1007 Bucktail Trail Highway Driftwood (Mason Farm), 110 West 7th Street, 2067 Rich Valley Road, 20 Kelly Road (Blackburn Circle), 79 Bomar Drive, 378 East Fifth Street Extension, 2846 Sizerville Road and 212 East 4th Street.

 Ballots are available at L& M Lumber and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. Voting ends Saturday, December 16. 
 The winners will receive Chamber Bucks and will be announced Monday, December 18.

The Cameron County Food Pantry Notice

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 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.

Shippen Township Updates

Shippen Township would like to announce the dates for their “2018” Monthly Meetings.

 January 2nd, February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd,  November 7th,December 4th

Shippen Township’s re-organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday January 2, 2018. 
 The meeting will be held at the Shippen Township office at 7:00p.m. 
The public is welcome to attend. 
 Thank you!

William Robert Smith

William Robert Smith, 80, of 54 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at his home under hospice care. He was born February 25, 1936 in Sterling Run, PA the second of three children born to the late Abner and Alma (Peg) Smith. He graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1955. He enlisted in the United States Army ready reserve on July 12, 1955, receiving a good conduct medal, commendations as a sharpshooter rifle (M-1) and marksman (carbine) and given an honorable discharge on 7th of August 1962. He then made his way to Bellflower, California and on August 17, 1963 he married Mary M. Camillone who preceded him in death on February 24, 1993. He then married his wife of 23 years, Delores Austin Smith on January 8, 1994.

In addition to his wife Delores Smith he is survived by one daughter, Christina (Mike) Briggs, Anaheim, CA; one son, Steve M. (Lisa) Smith, Bellflower, CA; two grandchildren Kyle & Mary Michael Briggs. one brother, David (Carol) Smith, Missouri and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Mary M. Camillone (2-24-1993), one sister, Ellen Slocum whom he loved very dearly.

There will be No Visitation.

 A Memorial Service will be held at the Kersey Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witness, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA on Sunday (December 17, 2017) at 2:00 PM with Mr. Zane Keniston, Elder, officiating. 
Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Driftwood, PA

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Dolores Avita Leavitt

Dolores Avita Leavitt, 87, of Beechwood Rd., Emporium, PA died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, PA on Saturday (December 9, 2017) evening following a brief illness. She was born October 9, 1930 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Lee C. and Rachel Hickok Skillman. On March 3, 1949 in Moore Hill United Methodist Church she married the late Charles Leavitt. Mrs. Leavitt enjoyed her family, playing the piano and organ. She played piano for the Abundant Life Tabernacle for many years and also for the Moore Hill Homecomings. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Emporium. She worked for Philips for many years and also for Helpmates.

Survived by two sons, Joseph Leavitt and Richard (Linda) Leavitt, Truman; her dog Lucky whom she loved very much; three grandchildren, Mike (Allison) Leavitt, Harrisburg; Carrie (Mark) Palmerchuck, Virginia & David Leavitt, Truman. four great grandchildren, Nathan and Rachel Palmerchuck, Aiden & Owen Leavitt.; one brother, Robert Skillman, Gaffney, SC; sister-in-law, Pauline Kelly, Williamsport, PA whom she talked to every day and referred to her as her sister; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee C. and Rachel Hickok Skillman; and her husband, Charles Leavitt who died Jan 9, 2012, 

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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Lionel Owen, Pastor, Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, officiating

. Burial will be in the Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rich Valley Ornaments @ Christmas in the Wilds

At this weekend’s Christmas in the Wilds event, the Sylvan Heritage Council will be selling these ornaments designed and created locally by Rich Valley Burners.

The perfect gift for anyone whose heart is in Cameron County!

 Stop by and see us on Saturday, Dec 9th at 10 East Fourth Street

Rotary News

Tracy Ross (left) , Community Outreach Training Coordinator, for CAPSEA was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting December 5th. CAPSEA is a private non- profit organization that offers free and confidential life-saving services to victims, significant others and children of domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, as well as victims of serious crimes in Elk and Cameron County.

 They operate a 24 hour free and confidential hotline and provide crisis intervention, counseling, support, information and referrals.

 To contact CAPSEA in Elk County call 814-772-1227 and Cameron 814-486-0952.

 Also pictured is Rotarian, Diana Boden. Also attending the meeting was Buddy (Joe) Sutton from the Galeton Rotary Club.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Annual Kendyl Shaffer Memorial Blood Drive

Friday, December 15 at 1 PM - 5:30 PM Emporium Fire Hall 419 N Broad St, Emporium, 

Donors must.. -Be at least 17 years old or 16 with a parental consent. -Weigh at least 110 pounds. -Not have received a tattoo or body piercing within the last 12 months. -
Be in general good health and should eat before donating.

Benefit Dance this Saturday @ the VFW

Wine Basket Raffle Saturday, December 9th

The Sylvan Heritage Council will be raffling off these two baskets of our board members’ favorite wines, each bottle accompanied by a personally selected or created Christmas ornament, at Christmas in the Wilds on Saturday, Dec. 9th.

Come out this weekend to see us in front of 10 East Fourth Street in downtown Emporium!

Rotary News

Rotarian, Barry Brown, introduced his wife, Rhonda,
 as the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting
November 28th. Rhonda is the Woodland Elementary
 School Counselor and spoke about the recent Career
 Day at the school focusing on grades 4-6.
 The students explored future career options,
 participated in mock interview with local business
 leaders and took part in a number of other
 interactive activities.

Naomi A. "Polly" Schager

Naomi A. "Polly" Schager, 91, of 13419 Route 120, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Monday morning.(December 4, 2017)

She was born April 30, 1926 in Johnsonburg, PA a daughter of the late Merle and Mary Zelosko Pollard. On July 13, 1946 in St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany she married the late Carl J. Schager. Polly attended school in both Johnsonburg and Port Allegany. She retired from Sylvania in 1980 where she worked for many years. She was an avid golfer, bowler and quilter and also enjoyed her card club. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and the Emporium Quilters Club. Polly loved spending time with her family and her family loved spending time with her.

She is survived by three sons, Michael (Karen) Schager, Fountain Hills, AZ; Steven Schager, Jackson, TN; Thomas (Lori) Schager, Emporium; four daughters, Kathleen Brookhouser, Emporium; Nancy (Dave) Stewart, Emporium; Mary Goss, Emporium and Karen (Bryan) Stuart, Erie; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren along with numerous, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Jo in infancy; sister, Doris McManigle, and a brother, Richard Pollard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (December 11, 2017) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 
Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 PM.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA 
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Come eat breakfast with Santa!

Come eat breakfast with Santa! 

 Bring your photo and take a picture with the jolly old elf!
 Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. 
It benefits the auxiliary.
 Saturday, December 9 at 9 AM - 11:30 AM 

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive – Dec. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive – Dec. Update

We are nine weeks into the 2018 fund drive. We have had a great start. Through Dec. 1st, we have collected $8,547.00 toward our $20,100 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. This drive will run through September 30, 2018.

Watch for our monthly updates. Each month we will feature a write up on one of the organizations that the Cameron County Community Chest contributes to. This month’s feature will be the Package Team.

A group of Rich Valley women started the Package Team over 20 years ago. The team currently sends out around 85 packages (a little piece of Cameron County for Christmas) each year to our local service men, women and reservists. Boxes are filled with snacks, coffee, toiletries, paper, pens, newspapers, playing cards, Christmas ornaments made by the folks at Guy and Mary Felt Manor, letters from the kids at Woodland Elementary. Some items are donated by local businesses. Other items are purchased. Postage is the largest cost. If you would like to find out more about the Package Team, get your Service Person on the list, or make a donation to Package Team, Please contact Karen Schatz at 486-0573.

No donation/memorial is too small. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Cameron County Community Chest, PO Box 134, Emporium, PA. 15834, Attn: Judd Schager or check out our Face Book page for the Pay Pal button. Help to support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, the Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Sylvan Heritage, SPCA and Special Community Requests.

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed

The Salvation Army kettle drive is on and my mother in law is responsible for scheduling the bell ringers. Are you willing to help ring the bell for just an hour or two? Or better yet, are you part of an organization that could gather up several people to fill blocks at a time? 

Message me here ( Chrissy Slusarick via Facebook ) or give Dolly Slusarick a call
at 486-2540, or a message her via Facebook to volunteer. It’s only an hour of your time and it benefits so many people in need during this Christmas season and throughout the year. Thank you!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Christmas Carol by the CCHS Drama Club

A Christmas Carol

 Join us as we present John Jakes adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol 
on December 1st and 2nd. 

 The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
 December 1 & 2 at 7 pm Cameron County High School 601 Woodland Ave, Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Flowers "N Things Holiday Open House

Stop in to FLOWERS 'N THINGS, 45 E 4th St, in Emporium, 
on Friday, December 8 from 12 PM - 8 PM 
to enjoy their customer appreciation day.

 Browse their beautiful shop, enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes!

Christmas In The Wilds

Christmas in the Wilds on Saturday December 9 will feature a Yuletide Caroling Contest at 1:00pm in downtown Emporium. Individuals and groups encouraged to take the stage and sing carols. A panel of judges will select the winners. This event is just one of several additions to the holiday celebrations in Cameron County.

Starting this weekend and continuing through December 16 Santa and his elves will set up shop in downtown Emporium at the Pennsylvania North Pole location. Elves will be available each Saturday to wrap presents from 10-noon. Santa will visit the shop from 1-3

. On Friday December 8, the North Pole will be one of the stops at the Holiday House Tour which will feature Squares for Charity. The squares created by members of the Cameron County Quilters will be showcased at Guy and Mary Felt Manor. The quilts are ready to hang or used as a table topper. Proceeds from the silent bids will go to the quilters’ charity of choice.

 Paws & Claus Pet Supply is the stop for the coloring contest. Santa will select the winners and prizes will come from the North Pole.

Tickets for the Holiday House Tour on Friday December 8 are limited. They are $15 each and include a stop at Flowers N Things Open House, the North Pole, Guy and Mary Felt Manor, two homes and conclude at Aroma Café for appetizers, dessert and samples from Bearded Brewing. 

Voting on the house decorating contest sponsored by L& M Lumber begins Friday December 8 and continues through Saturday December 16. Ballots will be available in the local newspapers, Facebook and at both the chamber office and L& M Lumber.

Santa will start Saturday with breakfast at the Emporium Fire Hall with the Auxiliary. Adults can eat for $5 and children $3. Downtown vendors will set up with Santa’s reindeer. Saturday night the event continues with the Emporium Community Dance at the Cameron County Vets at 8pm. Information on any of the activities can be obtained from the chamber office at 34 East Fourth Street Emporium.

Genemare Bateman Mitchell

Genemare Bateman Mitchell, 97, formerly East Fifth Street, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017, in the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium. Born February 7, 1920 in Salamanca, NY, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and Grace Summerson Bateman. A lifelong resident of Emporium she was a 1938 graduate of Emporium High School.

On February 19, 1940 in Youngsville she married Harry A. “Ham” Mitchell who died June 21, 1994 in Coudersport. Mrs. Mitchell was a lifelong member and a choir member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Emporium, a member of the Wednesday Bridge Club for many years, the Birthday Club for over 30 years, and was a former member of Emporium Country Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of Emporium Country Club and its Thursday Bridge Club. Besides playing bridge, Genemare also enjoyed walking, hiking, and family parties and picnics.

Survivors include: three daughters, Sally (David) Guloien, Mary (Richard) Olivett, and Molly (Larry) Topolski all of Emporium; one son, James (Jo Ann) Mitchell of Hammondsport, NY; eight grandchildren, Heather Mitchell (Daniel Walsh), Jeanmare (Thomas) Holjencin, Eirik Guloien, Michelene Olivett, Richard Olivett, Kevin Topolski, Keith Topolski, and Lauren (Kevin) Dougherty; nine great grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Annabelle Thornton and June Leonard, a brother, Frank Bateman, and a grandson, David Guloien, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial with committal service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Emmanuel Episcopal Church with Fr. Matthew Ryan, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church or Guy and Mary Felt Manor, both in Emporium.
 Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Free Parking in Downtown Emporium

Free Parking in Downtown Emporium 

 Emporium Borough Council giving Santa’s shoppers a gift with free parking starting this week through the end of the year. All meters will be covered with hand painted burlap bags.

Employers and downtown residents are asked to remind workers to keep the parking spaces 
open for shoppers. 

North Pole Added to Cameron County Holiday Tour

North Pole Added to Cameron County Holiday Tour

The Holiday Tour returns to Cameron County this year! On Friday December 8, groups of ten will make six stops, enjoying decorations, architecture and food! “A stop added this year is the North Pole,” says Tina Johns Solak. The former Dr. Schott Eye Care office has been transformed into the North Pole and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will host the groups.

Tickets can be reserved at the chamber office and will be available for pickup December 8 from 5:30-6:00pm at Flowers N Things during an open house. The event ends with a get together at Aroma Café at 8:00pm. Appetizers, desserts and drinks are included in the $15 ticket price.

Tickets are limited to 40 people.

Pop Up North Pole

The North Pole is coming to Emporium! 

Santa's elves have created a temporary workshop for Santa. Located in the former Tennity Jewelers building, the whole store is set up to resemble the North Pole. We want children of all ages to experience the magic of the North Pole at Christmas time. They can sit on Santa's lap when he's there, and bring their letters to him to put in the special mailbox!

**Stay tuned for other special happenings.. Make sure your notifications are turned on if you don't want to miss any announcements!**


~Friday, December 1 Open 7-8pm: Story time with the elves 
(This event has limited space. PLEASE RSVP)

~Saturday, December 2 Open 10am - 4pm; SANTA in-store 1-3pm

~Friday, December 8 Open 6-9pm; SANTA in-store all evening

~Saturday, December 9 Open 10am - 4pm; SANTA in-store 1-3pm

~Friday, December 15: Open 6-9pm; SANTA in-store all evening

~Saturday, December 16 Open 10am - 4pm; SANTA in-store 1-3pm

Holiday Open House @ Sinnemahoning State Park

The Holiday Open House presents an opportunity for the community to view the Park Office and Wildlife Center all decked out in its winter splendor. Visitors can enjoy the eye-catching holiday displays created by local volunteers, Grandpa Hank’s winter village donated by Debbie Calkins of Mansfield, and of course, the state-of-the art wildlife exhibits.

Listen to the sounds of the season as you make a holiday themed craft. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or mulled cider while chatting with friends by the cozy fire. Light refreshments will be offered throughout the afternoon.

All ages are welcome to attend this free event. Please join us for the festivities!

For more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at

Saturday, December 16 at 12 PM - 2 PM

Sinnemahoning State Park 4843 Park Rd, Austin, Pennsylvania 16720

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center: All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, December 9th— Christmas Craft and Food Sale @ 9am-3pm!

Monday, December 11th— Club Meeting @ 1pm. 
 All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, December 19th —Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am

Wednesday, December 20th— Supper Club @ the Cabin Kitchen @ 5pm! Please call the Senior Center by the week before to sign up!

CLOSED— December 25th &a 26th & January 1st

Craft and Food Sale The Emporium Senior Center is ready for their annual Craft and Food Sale, happening on December 9th from 9am-3pm! 

 Hot soup and other goodies will be available for purchase. If you are interested in selling your goods, there are still a few tables available ($5/table)—Just call the Senior Center at 814-486-3707!



 The Hygrade Inn November 26 

 Several months ago, the Hygrade asked our followers what kind of business they would open in or around Cameron County. The response that was the most liked by our followers was from Laura Reid Riggin, who won a two night stay at the Hygrade. Much has changed since then. The level of enthusiasm in our small town (and outside) has only grown, as has the number of our followers. 

Given the growing level of interest, we would like to ask this question again. There are a group of forward-thinking individuals in our community that would really like to know. It's amazing the goals that can be achieved if proper planning, support, and knowledgeable people are available as resources.

 Our questions are as follows. Each question needs to be clearly answered to participate : If you had support resources available and wanted to become an entrepreneur, what is it that you would do to help yourself and our community? How passionate are you in regards to your idea? What type of help do you feel would be needed?

 Please post your answers in the comments section of this post. If you are the type of person that would prefer to send your response directly and not post it to a public space, feel free to email it to However, please first remember that when others view these great ideas, you may get unexpected feedback that would only propel you forward. 

When thinking of your answer, don't pull the trigger too quickly. These questions should be answered completely and as if you were confident in the outcome. You never know what could happen. Where there's a will, there's a way.

 In the month of January, your responses will be reviewed and a two night stay, complete with all amenities, along with an invitation to our 2018 Christmas party, will be awarded. Our grand opening will be in October and our parties will be catered. It's a time you do not want to miss. Image may contain: text 

 Visit the Hygrade Inn at their Facebook page.