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Friday, December 9, 2016

Martha A. Clark

Martha A. Clark, 84, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of 400 Spring St., died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor on Friday morning, December 9, 2016. 
She was born May 10, 1932 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Albert and Nettie Arvona Card. She married the late Herman Clark, Jr. Mrs. Clark loved cooking and playing guitar with her brother Ralph and her nephew Jack. She always enjoyed going to yard sales.

 Survived by two daughters, Debbie (Dale) Catalone and Donna Clark, both of Emporium; 12 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Nettie Arvona Card, her husband, Herman Clark, Jr., two sisters, Mabel Whitehead and Audrey Clark, four brothers, Orville, Forest, Ralph and Albert Card. 

There will be No Visitation.
 A Private Memorial Graveside Service will be held, according to her wishes, at the Newton Cemetery 

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rotary News

Rotarian, Kim Whiting (left) introduced guest speaker Cristy Solveson (middle), a certified holistic nutritionist and owner of FREERANGE Holistic Health, a nutrition counseling service with a whole foods approach for those looking for freedom of health.

Cristy became interested in a healthier lifestyle 7 years ago when her son encountered some health issues, some contributed to his diet. After researching the effect of food versus health, Cristy decided change her families diet and health through the power of nutrition with a plant based diet.

In the United States, genetically modified foods (GMOs) are 95% of the food supply and contribute to many health and gastrointestinal problems. Approximately 62 countries have banned GMOs. Accompanying Cristy, was Lindsey Zucal, Owner of Aroma Café, who has also changed her families diet to plant based food.

Starting January 5th, along with Lindsey Zucal (middle) and Jeanmare Holjencin, a certified holistic life coach, the ladies will be hosting a 5 week workshop series "Simply Nourished" for those looking to optimize health, weight, and energy using whole food nutrition. For more information and to sign up, you can register at Aroma Café, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce or

Project Cameron County Christmas Children

Project Cameron County Christmas Children

 A few gingerbread boys and girls remain on trees at various businesses in Emporium.
 The cutouts have suggested gifts from the childs Santa wish list. Unwrapped gifts must be returned with the gingerbread cut out by Friday December 9 to the following locations: Northwest Bank, Citizens & Northern Bank, Emporium post office or Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. 

 Families who registered may pick up the gifts on Thursday December 15 at the 
Presbyterian Church 8am-4pm.

Christmas in the Wilds Set for Saturday December 10

Christmas in the Wilds Set for Saturday December 10

Reindeer, breakfast with Santa, crafters, vendors, sales, open houses all set for Saturday December 10 in Emporium. The annual Christmas in the Wilds begins at 9am with vendors selling food, gifts, Christmas caroling and Santa having breakfast. The parade will step off at noon and judging for the house decorating contest in Cameron County kicks off at dusk. Doors will open at the Cameron County Vets Club for the annual Community Benefit Dance.

Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will serve breakfast from 9-11:30am. The guest of honor will be Santa and he will be available for pictures, so bring your cameras. The Emporium Senior Center will host an indoor craft show from 9am-3pm. Aroma Café and Restaurant will host the Merry Music Makers from 9am-1pm. Inside the chamber, wood artist Mahlon Davenport, Helene Norwocki with Bear Mountain Herbs plus Maggie Smith from LuLarRoe will be selling items. Outside, CMA Church will offer smores and Christmas caroling from 9am-1pm, Alpaca Creations will have yarn and hand knitted items for sale, Pap Pap’s Smokehouse will be selling hot sausage and pulled pork sandwiches, Emporium Rotary will have chili for sale, the Cameron County High School Boys Hoop Club will sell soup by the cup or bring a container and take a quart home. Saint Hilda’s Guild will have cookie trays for gift giving and the Cameron County Drama Club will sell mugs filled with mixes, salsa and jams. St Marks CD of A will have coffee and baked goods to warm you up. Crystal Earle will have oysters you can pick and open to find a pearl, Gloria McIsaac will have handmade jewelry for sale.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Solak says the biggest attraction is when Santa Claus brings his reindeer and they will be in Emporium! The parade steps off at noon with the Cameron County Girl Scouts, high school band, emergency responders and St Marks Catholic Church participating.

#DeckedOutHouse Project

Voting underway for the most decorated house in Cameron County. “The contest sponsored by L&M Lumber continues to grow,” according to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Solak. This year nine properties are entered and the winner will be determined by votes. Ballots are appearing in the two Cameron County newspapers and at the chamber office in Emporium.

Lights at the properties will be turned on from 6-9pm each night through December 16. Voting ends Saturday December 17 at 4pm. The top 3 winners will be announced, Monday December 19. Top place takes home $100.00 in chamber bucks, 2nd place $50.00 in chamber bucks and third place $25.00 in chamber bucks. Chamber bucks can be used like cash at 38 chamber members!

The properties participating include: 540 Sizerville Road 
830 Sizerville Road 
79 Bo Mar Drive 
373 Carson Street 
312 East Third Street, Emporium 
402 East Third Street, Emporium 
368 East Allegheny Avenue, Emporium
 110 West Seventh Street, Emporium
 114 West Fourth Street, Emporium

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Giving Crib

Christmas Giving Crib 

 The Christmas Crib is scheduled to be set up at St. Mark the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you know anyone in need, please let us know. The names (ages, sizes, gift wish, etc.) can be submitted in an envelope in the collection, by calling the rectory (486-0569) or Louise Cooney (486-3983). 
 Gifts should be returned by December 18th.

Military Banner Program

The Sylvan Heritage Council is excited to announce that we are embarking on the third (and final) round of our military banner program!! We will be accepting photos and applications from now until our firm deadline of January 31, 2017 for banners that will hang from light poles on various side streets (East and West Fifth, East Second, Portage, Howard Circle, to name a few) of Emporium in the late spring of 2017. 

The cost is $275 to place the same image and information on both sides of the banner, or $300 for two different sides. If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring a banner for your own military hero, please contact Christine Slusarick at 814-486-0583 or by email at or Cindy Ramsey at 814-486-1870 or by 
email at 

We have been overwhelmed by the interest in, and support for, our program honoring Cameron County's veterans and active military personnel. Thank you!!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Vote for Favorite Your Favorite Decoration

Voting Underway 

 Downtown Emporium businesses turned tires into decorations this year. All the recycled decorations that were vandalized, have been rebuilt according to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce officials and are available for purchase. The money raised will be used to offset the price of parking meter decorations and the purchase of surveillance cameras.

 People are invited to stop in the chamber office in Emporium and pick up a ballot and vote for their favorite. The business collecting the most votes will receive a free 2017 chamber membership. “The imagination of business owners shines through the designs,” according to chamber executive director Tina Solak. Penguins, snow scenes, pot belly stoves, chimneys, wishing wells, snowmen, ornaments, wreaths, and faces can all be found downtown. Solak also thanks Singers Auto Service and Reid and Reed for the donation of the tires. 

 Voting and bids for the decorations end Saturday December 10.

Ugly Sweater Contest

COMING SOON @ the Emporium Senior Center: (ALL WELCOME!)  

Thursday, December 22nd—Rummage through the corners of your closet and find your craziest, ugliest Christmas sweater! There will be a contest to decide which sweater is the ugliest around 11:45am, before a yummy lunch of Barbecued Pork Ribs! 

If you would like to join us for yummy ribs, while wearing your favorite crazy sweater, just give us a call by 1pm on Wed the 21st

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Demolition in Downtown Emporium

Demolition of the former Admit One video store is under way in downtown Emporium. Last week, high winds brought down a piece of the building and part of the sidewalk had been roped off for safety. Plans are also in motion to remove the old apartment building behind Admit one. 

Some residents are expressing concerns about vacant lots in the downtown area, but there are several organizations in Cameron County focusing on the positive things that can be done and are happening here. As a friend of mine pointed out there are " many old homes being purchased and restored, plants running and employing, deteriorating buildings being torn down with plans for the empty spaces in the works" 

Let all of us " Look for the good, focus on the positive and support our local business"

Give The Gift of Fishing

21st Annual Benefit Dance

Kendyl Shaffer Memorial Blood Drive

Open Enrollment At Jeff Tech

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Meeting In St Marys

Rotary presents a Service Above Self Award

Each year Emporium Rotary presents a Service Above Self Award to a member or group in the community that volunteers their time and effort helping local individuals or with community activities or service. This year's recipient was Roger Neyman who embodies the meaning of "Service Above Self". 

 Roger was recognized for his dedication, sacrifice of numerous hours and commitment to the Cameron County Ambulance Service and to our community for the past 33 years. Roger has served as a volunteer EMS, Crew Chief, Captain, PA DOHEMI Instructor, Exam Evaluator, Volunteer Liaison, Vice President and also President since 2003. 
 Rotary thanks Roger for being an upstanding member of our community.

Monday, November 28, 2016

DEP Finds Record Radon Level in Home, Encourages All Pennsylvania Residents to Test for This Radioactive Gas

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has detected a new record-high level of radon and is once again encouraging state residents to test their homes for this radioactive gas, a leading cause of lung cancer.

In October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of 6,176 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), the highest recorded in the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set an action level for radon concentration in homes at 4 pCi/L. Homes testing above this level should have a radon reduction system installed.

“We encourage people to buy a radon home test kit and take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their families,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fall and winter are an ideal time to test, because the gas becomes trapped inside when doors and windows are closed.”

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

The National Toxicology Program, comprising the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration, classifies radon as a known human carcinogen. Scientists estimate that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths yearly are related to radon. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and second leading cause in smokers.

Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, and about 40 percent of homes in the state have levels above EPA’s action level. In 2014, a number of homes in the southern Lehigh County area were found to have radon levels over 1,000 pCi/L. That area is near the Reading Prong, a geological section of granite rock that historically has generated high levels of radon.

Testing is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. An easy home test kit can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores for about $20 to $30. People may also hire a state-certified testing company.

If a level above 4 pCi/L is found, a radon mitigation, or reduction, system should be installed. This is essentially a pipe with a fan to suction the gas from the ground and discharge it above the roofline, where the radon is dispersed. DEP recommends that home builders install radon reduction systems during construction.

DEP certifies all radon testers, mitigators and laboratories doing business in the state, to ensure reliable results.

For more information, including information on interpreting radon test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit the DEP Radon Division website or call 800-23-RADON (800-237-2366).

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive – Dec. Update

We are seven weeks into the 2017 fund drive. We have had a great start. Through Nov. 25th, we have collected $7,165.50 toward our $20,500 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. 
 This drive will run through September 30, 2017.

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. 
 Help to support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, and the Garden Club.

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

Vandals Target Emporium Businesses

Vandals Target Emporium Businesses

 The spirit of Christmas ruined by a vandalism spree that began Thanksgiving night. Numerous unique holiday designs created by Emporium businesses tore apart or stolen. In addition the large flower pots adorning the two major intersections downtown had the greens torn out and thrown on the ground. A cement bench also moved and in the process two cracks now threaten the structure. 

"Disappointment does not begin to describe my feelings," says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak. Solak continues, "these businesses struggle to keep their doors open, due to shoppers purchasing on the internet or at big box stores, so they create an inviting atmosphere that is ruined by thugs." Solak says she will spend the next few days collecting information from the business owners and will file a police report. "The action over the last few days makes it difficult to find volunteers and business owners willing to give time to spruce up the town.
 It is sad."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hope L. Bailey

Hope L. Bailey, 27, of 1172 Moore Hill Rd., Emporium, PA died in an automobile accident, just outside of Kersey, on route 255 Thursday morning, November 24, 2016. She was born May 15, 1989 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of Kenneth and Sharon Reed Bailey, Jr., of Emporium 

Hope graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 2007 and attended Clarion University for a year. She then graduated from DuBois School of Cosmetology. After graduating she and a friend opened the Salon 405 in DuBois and worked there for a short time. Hope worked full time at Wise Eyes in DuBois and St. Marys and also part time at GNC all while taking online classes through Liberty University for Psychology. Her goal was to become a military psychologist and help veterans cope, when they come home from deployment. She grew up in the 4H program and enjoyed her horses and the fellowship of being involved. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

 Survived by her Mother and Father, Sharon and Kenneth Bailey, Emporium, Brother, Jody Bailey, Emporium; Special niece, Lilli Bailey, Emporium and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church 306 S Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. 

The family will receive friends before the service at church from 10:00 -11:00 AM 

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

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