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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!