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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Career and Job Fair @ CCHS March 24th

The Cameron County Junior Senior High School has teamed with the Community Education Center’s DISCOVER Partnership to offer a Career and Job Fair for students in grades 7-12.

Local companies, organizations and post-secondary institutions are invited to attend.
 The Career and Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 24th from 8am-12am at the Cameron County High School Gymnasium.

Stream Workshop to be held in Emporium

Check out the Stream Workshop that will be taking place on March 28th at the Elk State Forest Office in Emporium. 

 There is still time to sign up for the Stream Workshop to be held on March 28th. 
If you or someone you know are interested in attending, please call the Cameron County Conservation District at 814-486-2244.

Spotters Needed for Canoe & Kayak Race

Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic is looking for spotters to keep an eye on everyone as they paddle the course anybody interested ?

 Please pass the word to your connections to see if they could find a few people they can count on ? 

Conatct: Kevin Johnson - Cameron County Office of Emergency Services (814) 486 -9352

Free Skin Screening | Cole Memorial | Coudersport, Pennsylvania

Free Skin Screening | Cole Memorial | Coudersport, Pennsylvania

Receive a FREE skin screening on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cole Memorial's Patterson Cancer Center, a clinical partner of the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Inst.

 Location: 1001 E. 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 
Type: Screening 
Preregistration: Required Phone: 814.274.8200

Breanna Dunsmore joins Champion Orthopedics at Cole Memorial

The Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team at Cole Memorial welcomes Certified Physician Assistant Breanna Dunsmore. She joins board-certified orthopedic surgeons Bradley Giannotti, MD, FACS, and Terrance Foust, DO, as well as, David Brown, PA-C; Heather Cox, FNP-C; Chad Jackson, PA-C and Jason Szabo, PA-C.

Breanna graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she also received her Bachelor in Health Science. Her honors include Pi Alpha membership for graduate-level academic and leadership success, as well as, recognition for excellence in academics and chemistry.

As a recent Surgical Orthopedic Physician Assistant at Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania, Breanna has experience in a hospital-affiliated practice with a focus on offering a continuity of care to patients of all ages.

“Breanna is an excellent addition to the Champion Orthopedics’ team," said Timothy Brown, vice president and executive director of Professional Services at Cole Memorial. “Her experience in delivering excellent patient care and her skills as a first assist in orthopedic surgeries including total joint replacements, fracture care, and arthroscopy, will be beneficial for patients.”

For over fifteen years, the Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team of physicians, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers and medical professionals have provided excellent outcomes and comprehensive care for diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles and tendons) for patients of all ages throughout north central Pennsylvania and western New York. Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has four office locations including: 3132 Route 417 in Olean, 191 North Main Street in Wellsville, 288 Sizerville Road in Emporium and Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at 814-274-5320 or visit

7th Annual Bunny Hop

Spreading the word for friend Taylor Frank and all those who have every been touched by anyone suffering from a brain aneurysm. 

" The bunny hop idea popped into my head when all I wanted to do was tell the world what to look for when they or their family members are experiencing the symptoms of a brain aneurysm rupture. My family and I felt blindsided by my mom's experience and didn't ever want anyone to go through what we had.

 When I was 17, I with the help of my amazing family and other families affected started the first ever Bunny Hop for Brain Aneurysm Awareness. Since then, we have raised over $75,000 for the The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and have had over 600 participants at our event. I am baffled by the outstanding support our community shows when they really care about a cause.

 We may have not reached the whole world yet, but we are getting the word out. I hope that every year we touch more and more lives and that we can continue educate on brain aneurysms. Unfortunately, my mother isn't here to see what an honor Elk and surrounding areas have brought in her memory, but I hope that we will save even one person from this horrible ailment. 

Please join me and some amazing people I've met along the way for our 7th Annual Bunny Hop!

Please consider supporting this cause! Save the date - APRIL 15TH @ Benzinger Park, Vine Road, St. Mary's, PA 15857 

Registration begins at 9:00 am, 3.2 Mile Walk begins at 10:00 am,  Youth Fun Run begins immediately following the walk
 5K Run begins at 11:00 am 

To register go to:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Elizabeth E. "Edie" Johnson

Elizabeth E. "Edie" Johnson, 92, of 36 Clinton St., Driftwood, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA Saturday night, March 18, 2017. She was born September 12, 1924 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late George and Catherine Miller Saxton.

 On December 25, 1945 in Renovo, PA she married the late Frank Johnson. Edie graduated from Renovo High School. She retired from PA Pressed Metals where she had worked for many years. Years ago she worked at metal wire in Driftwood. She was a member of the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church and the Driftwood Senior Center. She enjoyed making arts and crafts. Edie enjoyed spending time with her son Randy and her many nieces and nephews.

Surviving are a son, Randy Johnson, Driftwood; Sister, Margaret McKimm, Emporium and several, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Catherine Miller Saxton; husband, Frank Johnson and a daughter, Georgie Johnson in infancy, three sisters, Georgeann Buchanan, Catherine Long and Barb McIsaac.

 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM with Rev. Lola Turnbull, Pastor, Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church, officiating. 
Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Driftwood, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430
 Online Condolences may be placed at

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Night At The Races!

Save the date, April 1, 2017, buy a horse, name a horse and be entered to compete in one of 10 races for a chance to win! Get your friends together and come out and have a good time! Everyone is welcome. If you wish to purchase a horse for $20 please contact me or Pete Fragale.
The more horses purchased the more fun we can have.

SPCA Microchipping

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Early School Trivia of Cameron County

I love learning, reading and remembering the history of Cameron County. Here is a little early school trivia compiled from the Cameron County Genealogy Project. Personally I feel our school should offer a 9 week class on the History of Cameron County. Early School Trivia

Although records were not preserved locally education dates back before the incorporation of the county

There is a difference of opinion as to the location of the first. The following is credited from a history of Emporium traced to Chicago

First teacher in all probability was Miss Elisa Dodge who taught the three R’s in a new frame barn at the mouth of North Creek on 1817

She was followed by William Boyd who taught in a Log house that had been built for a dwelling in Lumber Township in 1818

A log House was constructed above Emporium in 1819 Students studied under John Chadwick who taught 1819 -1820

Miss Jedidah Freeman taught the summer term 1820 and Leonard Freeman a winter term in 1820

The first schools of Higher education were established in Sinnamahoning in 1864-65 by John Brooks.

The school was suspended in 1873.

In 1866 Mrs. J. B. Johnson opened a select school in Felt’ Block

In1888 it was reported that were 42 schools in the county with an enrollment of 1427 pupils. Average salary for teachers was Male $49.47 and Female $33.78 monthly

Emporium at that time employed six teachers and enrollment of 373 pupils. Average Salary was Male $85.71 and Female $35.00 per month

County had Four High Schools maintained by the borough of Emporium, Driftwood and Shippen Township

First class to graduate from Emporium High School was in 1889 under the principal of H.H. Weber

High School in Shippen was established in 1907 in charge of H.B.Hourihan.

No records on Driftwood High School that was closed in 1916 due to the shortage of students/

The Emporium Schools are indebted to W. H Howard for a three hundred volume library and a piano. Josiah Howard contributed valuable additions to the library. Other contributors were B.G. Erskine, Guy S. Felt and many others.

Sterling Run School built in 1930 now houses the Cameron County Little Museum.

According to some authorities the first school was built on the Mason farm in 1820 with Dennis Lynch as first teacher.

Consolidation began 1924 in Emporium and secondary students from Driftwood and Sinnamahoning traveled by train to Emporium. Pa railroad ran local trains to accommodate . This was continued until 1941 when World War II forced the Railroad to abandon this practice. The students wer the bussed to Emporium.

Emporium Hardwoods Will Rebuild

EMPORIUM — Owners of a Cameron County lumber operation heavily damaged by fire last week are going to rebuild, according to county officials.

Emporium Hardwoods, located on Route 120 just south of Emporium, saw damage estimated between $7 million to $10 million in the early morning fire on Saturday.

Cameron County Commissioners stated that the business, owned by Rossi Corp., headquartered in Middletown, Connecticut, will be rebuilt, and some of the displaced workers will be brought on to help with cleanup efforts.

Representatives of the company were on the scene Saturday and spoke to a number of employees who had gathered at the site to see what they could do to help. Schedules are being worked out to allow employees who are able to come in and assist and continue to collect a paycheck. Eligible workers will qualify for unemployment while the damaged side of the facility is rebuilt.

Commissioner Phil Jones said county officials immediately contacted state representatives and the Governor’s Action Team has been made available to help with issues that may arise.

Commissioner Lori Reed said she was moved by the efforts of community members who brought food and donated items for the dozens of emergency responders called in to battle the blaze.

“I just want to say ‘kudos’ to our volunteers,” she said. “It was unbelievable to see so many community members who stepped up and brought cookies or other items to the fire hall. The behind-the-scenes people made me very proud to live in Cameron County.”

Commissioners stated that several local businesses also made donations to ensure the volunteers had enough food and drink to get through the four-hour ordeal.

Fire crews have been recalled to the scene at least twice to deal with rekindling issues. On Tuesday, a pile of wood chips was reported to be smoldering, sending firefighters back to the scene. Several hotspots are still an issue and have to be closely monitored, officials said.

The fire broke out at around 4 a.m. Saturday. Only a few employees were at the location at the time. At least one was serving as a night watchman, and others were beginning to trickle in to begin shift work later in the morning.

Firefighters from the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene and immediately made calls to bring in other companies for assistance. In all, 12 fire companies from multiple counties were called in to fight the fire or serve on standby during the fire.

Emporium Hardwoods is one of the county’s top employers, with more than 100 workers. The operation is split into two sides, one dealing with “green,” or unseasoned, wood, and the other handling kiln-dried wood. The fire destroyed most of the green side, but thanks to the efforts of first responders, the kiln side, stacks of wood and storage areas were not damaged.

Damages to the green side were extensive, with the main building that houses operations being described by witnesses as “little more than a shell.” A number of large, costly pieces of equipment housed within were destroyed, as well, though efforts were made to remove several forklifts and movable equipment before the building was engulfed by flames

State police are investigating the matter — a press release indicates that a state fire marshal, Trooper John Whitcomb, discovered the origin point of the fire but he believes no foul play was involved.

Preliminary reports indicate the fire was an accident

 By AMANDA JONES Era Correspondent Mar 17, 2017

Emporium Volunteer Fire Dept Benefits Truck Fund

Emporium Volunteer Fire Dept Benefits Truck Fund

1st Prize 2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 Special Edition 4WD, Power Steering, Midnight Blue Metallic w/ Aluminum Wheels

2nd Prize $1,000.00 Cash

3rd Prize $500.00 Cash

$20.00/ Ticket or 3 for $50.00

Drawling 11/11/17 @ Ham & Turkey Raffle at Emporium Fire Hall

Winner responsible for taxes and registration

Small Games of chance # 9

Contact any member for tickets or stop at the fire hall any Tuesday Night

Thomas M. "Tim" Woodward, III

Thomas M. "Tim" Woodward, III, 73, of Bradford Ecumenical Home, Bradford, PA formerly of Emporium died at his home in Bradford on Friday (March 17, 2017) morning.

He was born October 29, 1943 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Thomas and Almeda Hook Woodward, Jr. Mr. Woodward graduated from Cameron County High School. He went to trade school in DuBois and became a machinist and worked for several companies including Cameron Manufacuring and later for Lewis and Hockenberry in Emporium. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium and the Emporium Senior Center where he enjoyed going daily. 

He is survived by several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Almeda Hook Woodward, Jr.

 There will be No Visitation.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (March 21, 2017 at 10:30 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 the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, March 16, 2017





Wykoff Bridge Job to Start Late this Month Two-week detour will be in effect, March 27 through April 10

Clearfield, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin a Cameron County bridge replacement project on Monday, March 27. The bridge spans a branch of Wykoff Run on Route 2001 (Wykoff Run Road)) in Gibson Township, about one mile northeast of the Quehanna Highway (Route 2006) intersection. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Cameron County’s structurally deficient list.

A two-week detour will be in place from March 27 through April 10. The detour is necessary to remove the existing box culvert and set the new structure. The 38-mile detour will direct drivers to use Route 2001, Route 2006 (Quehanna Highway), Route 555, and Route 120. The detour schedule has been accelerated to lessen impacts to area fishermen.

Once the detour is lifted, remaining work will take place under traffic. On average, 375 vehicles move through this area each day. PennDOT expects the project to be complete on April 21.

All work on this replacement project is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $500,000 project.

Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey official detour signs and posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Drivers can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow

Media Contact: Marla Fannin, Press Officer (814) 765-0423

The Cameron County ATV/UTV Association Meeting

The Cameron County ATV/UTV Association, Inc. will be holding another public meeting on Friday, April 7, 2017 starting at 7:00 pm, at The Emporium Fire Hall. 

The association will present their proposed map of designated roads throughout the county. There will be guest speakers to address such things as, insurance coverages, legal issues, vehicle code and supervisors from neighboring counties who have roads open to ATVs. 
In addition, a table will be set up for those of you that would like to join the association.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Upcoming Events at the Emporium Senior Center

Upcoming Events at the Emporium Senior Center

Sunday, March 19th—Bingo @ 1pm

Tuesday, March 21st— Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am and a short program about Nutrition & Nutrition Labels at 11:30am.

Tuesday, March 28th—Fall Reduction Workshop @9am—If you have signed up for this workshop, we’ll see you at 9am! If you have not registered, but are still interested in participating, give the center a call at 814-486-3707 to check if there are any openings. (This workshop was originally planned for March 14th, but was postponed due to the snow.)

Lancaster Field Trip “A group from the Emporium Senior Center is looking at the possibility of taking a bus trip to Lancaster on Tuesday, May 16th. We need to find out if there is enough interested individuals, in order to make the trip possible. The bus would be traveling to the amazing “Sight & Sound Theater” in Lancaster, PA to see the showing of “JONAH!” The cost for this trip would be $142 per person. Price would include 3pm Show Ticket for “JONAH”, dinner at the Hershey Restaurant, and cost for transportation on the Fullington Bus. If you are interested in participating in this fun adventure, give the center a call at 814-486-3707 before Wed, April 19th.”

Cameron County ATV Association

The Cameron County ATV/UTV Association, Inc. is asking that all tax payers, both residents and campers that are in favor of opening up roads for ATV/UTV in Gibson and Grove Townships, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for APRIL 8, 2017 at the Gibson Township Municipal Building starting at 1:00PM.

 Gibson and Grove Township Supervisors are asking for a vote of all tax payers for opening their roads for ATV/UTV use. Must be present to vote. Please pass the word. 

We need your support to get all the roads opened up legally.

Location..Gibson Township Building on 555 in Driftwood.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Raising Awareness for Animal Rescue League in Western PA

Hello everyone. Please join my friend Chrissy as she runs her first half marathon in Pittsburgh to raise money and awareness for the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society of Western PA.

 Please click on the link below to view this site.

 Welcome to my Pittsburgh Marathon Fundraising Page!! 

 Hi everyone! On May 7, 2017 I will be running the Pittsburgh (Half) Marathon (my first!) in conjunction with the Paws Over Pittsburgh 2017 team to raise money and awareness for the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society of Western PA. My goal is to raise $500 by that date so that these awesome charities can continue their good work. Please consider a donation to this important cause - it's tax deductible and every dollar counts! We must speak for those who can't speak for themselves - we are their hope and their voice! Thank you! :)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Early Morning Fire at Emporium Hardwoods

The Emporium Fire department was among those that responded around 4 am this morning to a large structure fire at the Emporium Hardwoods. No injuries were reported.

Emporium Hardwoods ( previously Mallory Lumber company and possibly other names ) has been operating for over 40 years in the county of Cameron. It is known as an excellent producer of American hardwoods and employees 60 - 100 people at this local plant.

Fire alarm information below thanks to that posted on the FB page of Cameron County Fire Wire.

 Requesting a 2nd Alarm. Also requesting 2 tankers above the second sending Elk Co. 1 (Saint Marys) and Tioga Department 44 (Austin) to the scene. Elk Company 1 upgraded to a full company response. 3rd alarm struck. Company 16 for a tanker. Truck 411 from Elk Company 4 (Ridgway) and Rescue 3 (RIT Team) and Tanker 35 from Station 3 (Port Allegany) and a tanker from Mckean Station 12 (Norwich). Clinton Station 29 (Renovo) dispatched to standby at station 16 and was upgraded to the scene. Cascade system from Elk Company 2 (Johnsonburg). Engine from Department 48 (Coudersport) all requested to the scene. 48-1 reassigned to standby at company 14. Mountaineer Search and Rescue also activated to assist. Exterior operations only.

 Photo credits to Cody Andrus, Leann Cooney and unknown author.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Joseph C. Uber

Joseph C. Uber, Sr., 72, of 306 Spring St., Emporium, PA died at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA on Wednesday (March 8, 2017) afternoon.

He was born July 11, 1944 in Emporium, PA a son of the late John M. "Jack" and Lucy Baun Uber. He was married the late Sharon "Sherry" Uber. Joe was a lifelong resident of Emporium. He graduated from Emporium High School and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #368, Emporium.

Survived by two sons, Joseph (Emily) Uber, Jr. and Patrick Uber both of Emporium; three granddaughters: Aubrey, Lauryn & Elena Uber, 
five brothers, Jack Uber, William "Danny" Uber, Charles Uber, Johnstown, PA; Robert Uber, Emporium; Howard Uber, Emporium; three sister, Ellie Haines, Genessee, PA; Lily Skillman, North Carolina; Kathy Uber, Roulette;

He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. "Jack" and Lucy Baun Uber, Wife, Sharon "Sherry" Uber, sister, Judy Greenthaner, two brothers, Max and Anthony Uber.

At his request there will be No Visitation or Service.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.