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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dr. Charles Sarokon

Dr. Charles Sarokon (83) passed away Monday (29 January 2018). He was born on January 29, 1935 in Sagamore, PA to Nicholas and Anna (Sherry) Sarokon, and preceded in death by his parents and all seven siblings.

He attended Shannock Valley High School in Yatesboro, PA graduating with the class of 1952. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Math & Physics; followed with a PhD in Education at the University of Montana (Missoula, MT) in 1972.

He married his wife Joan (Flickinger) in 1957 while in the Army at Aberdeen, MD. His love of the outdoors, hunting, and fishing brought him to Cameron County and a teaching position at C.C.H.S. in 1958. After obtaining his doctorate, Chuck transitioned to a curriculum director position at the Intermediate Unit #9 (Smethport, PA) until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his wife Joan, son Chuck, daughter Karen, and grandson Ian.

Funeral Arrangements will be Private and have been entrusted to Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium, PA

Monday, January 29, 2018

Call to Action Meeting Well Attended


The chairs were filled at tonight's "Call to Action" meeting headed by Jessica Herzing. Jessica, a resident of Cameron County, outlined the Cameron County Project initiative.

The Cameron County Project’s mission is to encourage residents to be engaged and to build community pride by focusing on what unites us as residents in Cameron County – Our stories of why we love it here. I want to create a force of community pride and positivity that is contagious to my neighbors, warmly welcomed and encouraged to thrive, helping guide decision making in our community.

There are so many ways to promote change and make decisions in a community – many rely on things that an accountant, like myself, normally can get behind – mainly numbers and statistics, ratios to this and that. But you and I are not numbers, we’re hearts, souls, experiences, and beliefs – all that shape how we view the good, and bad, in our county. The Cameron County Project is patterned after the Orton Family Foundation’s successful Community Heart and Soul program that captures the positive of a community through the stories told by those living here. Its principles are simple.

1. Involve Everyone – and take the collective “idea bucket” to them, so their ideas can be heard.

2. Focus on what Matters – Identify the community’s characteristics and attributes where residents’ emotional attachments lie to define what matters most about our community and use those as a guide to how we change and grow.

3. Play the Long Game – Focus the project on ensuring that the community’s plans or ideas don’t just sit on the shelf but are owned by the residents who have a commitment to their success.

It’s through this development of deep emotional connections to the community that lead to a resident’s commitment, action and a community that can build resilience through the practice of working together and learning new skills.

Jessica ended tonight's meeting speaking to several people about volunteering their time for this project.

You can also follow the project and participate through their website www.thecameroncountyproject.com or by emailing Jess: camcoproud@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Call to Action Meeting Monday 1/29/18



Monday, January 29 from 7 PM - 8 PM
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center 
34 E 4th St, 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834 

 The Cameron County Project is hosting a *Call to Action* meeting for Cameron County Residents who are #CamCoProud and want to hear more about what the Cameron County Project is all about, what goals we have for the year, and how they can get involved. Any one interested in...
- promoting positive community vibes
- building long lasting community pride
- being a champion for what residents love about our community ...is encouraged to attend!

DISCLAIMER: I am recruiting volunteers for this years projects. Those in attendance will NOT be required, to drink the #CamCoProud kool-aid and sign up to volunteer in the coming year.
In fact, those who just have questions for me about the project, are encouraged to attend --
I hope to see you there!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Head Start Winter Olympics!



Let the games begin! You're invited to join us for the Emporium Head Start Winter Olympics!
 Our students will be competing in a variety of fun games and winning medals for their hard work! Younger siblings are welcome to compete too. We hope to see you there! 
 Friday, February 23 at 1 PM - 2:15 PM 
 Head Start 601 Woodland Ave
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Annual Parade of Stars



It is time for the Cameron County Fair Parade of Stars! This year's program will be dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Jan Hampton. It will be held on Saturday February 24 at the Cameron County High School. Local artists will be on stage to show off their talents! Anyone who wishes to participate should contact Pat Kempher at 486-1412. Proceeds will benefit the Cameron County Fair Scholarship and the 2018 Fair.

 Saturday, February 24 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM 
 Cameron County High School
 601 Woodland Ave,
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834 


 Cameron County Fair Note: We would like to offer organizations and small businesses the chance to do a 2 minute commercial between acts at the Parade of Stars. For $10 you can spend 2 minutes and let everyone know who you are and what you do! If you're too shy to get on stage, for an extra $5 we can do the talking for you! You can also add your "Billboard" to the front of the stage. We will have a sponsors table out in the hall for take aways like flyers or business cards so people can take your information with them. Contact Susan Lyon for more information

Clothing Drive at St Mark Church


St. Mark Church is going to hold a free clothing give-away February 15th-18th at St Mark Church at the Religious Education building behind the church. Emporium, PA. 

This event has proven to be very helpful in the past for those who have a need, and for those who would like to clean out their closets. It’s a Win-Win!! 

 You can drop off your gently used clothes (no undergarments please), Feb. 11th through Feb. 14th 8AM – 7PM in O’Connell Hall.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rotary News


Sarah Nolan (left) one of Emporium’s newest residents, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting January 23rd.

Sarah grew up in Michigan, and after graduating in 1995, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She has quite an impressive military background with 20 years of military service. During her service, she has lived many places in the U.S. and overseas including, Okinawa, Iraq & Afghanistan After her retirement as First Sergeant/USMC, she was looking for a place to put down roots. After visiting a friend in Emporium one Thanksgiving, she fell in love with our quaint little town and states that “Emporium is the friendliest place she has lived”. She decided to move here, along with her son, who is in ninth grade, and purchased the big home on the corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets (former Rishell property). Sarah is not only a beautiful artist, but she is also learning to renovate and restore the home herself with the help of “You Tube”. She spoke to the club on the generation gaps between the Traditionalists or Silent generation born 1945 and before up to and including Gen Z or Centennials born 1996 and later. Sarah is also a beautiful artist. Pictured with Sarah is Rotarian, Diana Boden.

Also attending the meeting was Sally Guloien, guest and wife of Rotarian, Dave Guloien.

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive – Jan. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive – Jan. Update

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors wishes everyone a very Happy New Year. As of January 22nd, we have collected $11,297.00 toward our $20,100 goal. That puts us at 56% of our goal. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. The 2018 fund drive will stay open until September 30th.

This month’s featured organization is Penn Highlands Community Nurses.

Penn Highlands Community Nurses is a non-profit home care organization that provides comprehensive services to patients in more than a dozen counties throughout Pennsylvania, caring for more than 1,200 individuals each day.

Types of home care services provided include:

Supportive Care: Support services provide the helping hand patients with advanced illnesses need to stay safe and independent at home. Patients with advanced illnesses that don’t have a cure can face unique challenges, like frequent trips to the hospital or doctors’ offices for the management of pain and other symptoms. The goal of supportive care is to ease these challenges.

Home Support Services: Through home support services, also commonly known as private duty services, well-trained, compassionate personal care aides can help elderly patients or individuals with a physical disability or chronic illness remain safe in their homes.

Home Health: Home health is available for patients who no longer need hospitalized but still need professional care, teaching and assessment. For them, health care comes to their homes through visits by Penn Highlands Community Nurses staff. Many patients have chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or lung disease, that require ongoing changes in their plan of care. Others may need short-term care with wound care or help taking medicines.

Hospice: Hospice is a special kind of care that offers comfort and support to individuals who are facing any type of life-limiting illness. A patient doesn’t have to be bedbound or critically ill to be on hospice. Being on hospice means that with or without this specific program, the outcome of an illness will be the same. But with hospice, a patient and family will have the support of a skilled team of professionals, including nurses, hospice aides, social services, pastoral care and physical, speech and occupational therapists. The majority of hospice care is provided in the patient's home, the home of a loved one, or in a contracted nursing home.

Adult Day: Adult Day, a licensed center located in St. Marys, offers socialization and supervision for older adults, and a much needed break for their caregivers. Adult Day provides an activity-oriented program in a pleasant atmosphere from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Penn Highlands Community Nurses can be reached for all services at 800-841-9397. A comprehensive overview of services is available at www.communitynurses.org.

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 support the Recreation Board, Penn Highlands Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, Package Team, Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sylvan Heritage, 4-H, SPCA and Special Community Requests.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Elouise M. Haynes

Elouise M. Haynes, 92, of 538 E. Second St., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands-Elk, St. Marys, PA on Wednesday (January 24, 2018) morning. She was born July 25, 1925 in Hollidaysburg, PA a daughter of the late Albert J. and Alverna Bolman Heeter. She married the late Norman Haynes. Elouise graduated from Hollidaysburg High School in the class of 1943. She retired from Sylvania in 1981 after over 31 years of employment. She was a member of the Keating Summit United Methodist Church, a fifty year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron and received the Grand Cross of Colors for Rainbow Girls and was a thirty-five year member of the Oden Grange. Elouise enjoyed golf, knitting and traveling.

Survived by a daughter, Connie (Bruno) Kujat, Naples, FL; step-daughter, Regina (Terry) Gustin; one grandson Sam A. Miller, several step grandchildren, several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and her husband she he was preceded in death by a step-son, Albert Haynes; step daughter, Carol Haynes; brother, Curtis E. Heeter and two sisters, Larue Wooleslagle & June Meyers.

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Monday from 9:00 -11:00 AM followed by a service with Steven D. Small, Pastor, Keating Summit United Methodist Church, officiating 

Burial will be in the Alto Reste Park, Altoona, PA. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

Mary E. Stuckey


Mary E. Stuckey, 63, of 391 Meadow Road, Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (January 23, 2018) afternoon. She was born July 18, 1954 in Port Allegany, PA a daughter of the late Joanne Weidert Smith. She married Bruce N. Stuckey, Sr., who survives. Mary graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1972. She worked at GKN as a supervisor for over twenty years and then at AST in Emporium for several years. She graduated from DuBois Business College and later worked as a medical assistant for Dr. Allman and also at the Elk Regional Medical Center until she became ill. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed camping, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Frank Wolfanger and a daughter, Catherine Wolfanger, both of Emporium; two step-daughters, Debra Hulick, Florida and Leasia Clark, DuBois; one step-son, Bruce Stuckey, Jr., Emporium. nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Paula Singer and Penny Carter both of Emporium; one brother, Edward Smith, Bradford.

She was preceded in death by her mother, a sister, Jacqueline Weidert, and a brother, Charles Smith. 

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Saturday from 11 AM -1:00 PM followed by a memorial service at 1:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rotary News

Jim Wendel & Dave Karkoska, owners of the Hygrade Inn, were guest speakers at the Rotary luncheon meeting Tuesday. Jim gave a very inspiring talk on all the plans and ideas they gave for the town. Also pictured is Rotarian, Linda Lundberg


Call to Action* meeting – Monday January 29 at Artisan Center

Call to Action* meeting – Monday January 29 at Artisan Center

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

To Jessica Herzing, of The Cameron County Project, that is what community is all about; “Coming together for the good of our town, our county and our neighbors. That is just one of the things that makes Cameron County really special, and a great place to live.” She writes in an open letter to the County of Cameron, its residents and friends, as she promotes The Cameron County Project initiative. Specifically, she is highlighting an upcoming “Call to Action” meeting that will take place at 7pm on Monday January 29, 2018 at the Cameron County Artisan Center.

She continues the letter to explain details about the Cameron County Project initiative and what she hopes for its future, “Every single one of you is my community; you’re all my neighbors and if you’re anything like me, circa 2016, you have no idea how important your story, ideas, and concerns are to our community. If you only knew how important you are, you would be a force to be reckoned with. The Cameron County Project’s mission is to encourage residents to be engaged and to build community pride by focusing on what unites us as residents in Cameron County – Our stories of why we love it here. I want to create a force of community pride and positivity that is contagious to my neighbors, warmly welcomed and encouraged to thrive, helping guide decision making in our community.

There are so many ways to promote change and make decisions in a community – many rely on things that an accountant, like myself, normally can get behind – mainly numbers and statistics, ratios to this and that. But you and I are not numbers, we’re hearts, souls, experiences, and beliefs – all that shape how we view the good, and bad, in our county. The Cameron County Project is patterned after the Orton Family Foundation’s successful Community Heart and Soul program that captures the positive of a community through the stories told by those living here. Its principles are simple.

1. Involve Everyone – and take the collective “idea bucket” to them, so their ideas can be heard.

2. Focus on what Matters – Identify the community’s characteristics and attributes where residents’ emotional attachments lie to define what matters most about our community and use those as a guide to how we change and grow.

3. Play the Long Game – Focus the project on ensuring that the community’s plans or ideas don’t just sit on the shelf but are owned by the residents who have a commitment to their success.

It’s through this development of deep emotional connections to the community that lead to a resident’s commitment, action and a community that can build resilience through the practice of working together and learning new skills.

I know this project will promote a sense of pride in county for my fellow residents and I am confident in the success of my goal to bring more people, of all ages, genders, and social backgrounds, to the table, removing the stigma that the same ten people make all the decisions in our county, and develop leaders from visionary residents from whom we’ve yet to hear. It is my hope through sheer positivity and openness, we can build the trust needed to share in the success of change as it occurs and really own our community, its identity and well-being, as neighbors working together toward the same goals. No one person or idea can spark growth and change a community, but together – the possibilities are delightfully endless.

If this sounds like something you want to a part of -- The Cameron County Project will be hosting a *Call to Action* meeting – Monday, January 29th at the Chamber and Artisan Center. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 7 pm and run about an hour. This meeting is intended to recruit volunteers – but will also be discussing the Project, its goals, and its upcoming projects and events. I want to invite all residents and friends of Cameron County seeking to promote positive vibes, long-lasting community pride and being a champion of what residents love about our community to attend.

Kind Regards from your neighbor,

Jess Herzing”

You can also follow the project and participate through their website www.thecameroncountyproject.com or by emailing Jess: camcoproud@gmail.com.

Needed - Full Time EMT Basic

Cameron County Ambulance is accepting applications for one full time EMT Basic. This position requires at least one year experience in a low call volume rural EMS setting or six months experience with a high volume agency. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self starter with current CPR, EVDT, ITLS. A clean driving record and criminal history are a must. Must be able to meet all functional requirements of the job.

CCAS offers competitive pay, company paid health insurance including dental and eye coverage, paid uniforms, BLS continuing education, group life insurance, and a SIMPLE retirement program with company match.

Please forward your resume with references and cover letter to:

Cameron Co Ambulance Service Inc
 299 E 2nd St.
 Emporium, PA 15834

If you wish to apply in person please call ahead at 814-486-0260 to assure a member of the management team is available to meet with you.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center

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

THURSDAYS @ 1pm— Do you love words and a little friendly competition? Come on down to play Scrabble! Anyone is welcome—Every Thursday at 1pm!

Tuesday, February 6th— Healthy Immune System with Donna Thomas from Cole at 9am!

Tuesday, February 13th— Heart Health Program with Renee Johnstonbaugh at 9am

Tuesday, February 13th— Helpmates Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Sugar Screenings from 11:30 to Noon.

Tuesday, February 13th— Club Meeting at 1pm. All members encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, February 20th —Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am with a short program about “Your Heart and Dietary Fat” following.

Wednesday, February 21st— Supper Club at 5pm! Please call the Senior Center by the week before to sign up!

 Wednesday, February 28th— Tax/Rent Rebate Workshop from 9:30-11am. If you are needing assistance with filling out the application for the Tax/Rent Rebate, this is the perfect time to get those applications finished. Appointments are helpful, but walk-ins are welcome.

Safe Driving Course The Emporium Senior Center will be holding a Seniors for Safe Driving Course on Thursday, April 19th. The cost for the class is $15/AARP Members or $20/Non-Members. The class enables you to receive up to 5% off of your insurance payments for 3 years—Check with your insurance company to see if there are any special stipulations. If you are interested in taking part in this class, please call the senior center at 814-486-3707.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Edward Bernard Lundberg


Edward Bernard Lundberg, longtime resident of Emporium, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 
the age of 92.

Ed was born in Bradford, PA on August 14, 1925 to Mary and Edward Lundberg. At the age of 10 he moved with his parents from Olean to Emporium where he graduated from Emporium High School in 1942. Upon graduation, he worked as a draftsman at Sylvania until he entered the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet.

He married the love of his life, Joyce Magnuson, on May 25, 1946 and they were devoted to one another for 71 years. Even in the last few years, Ed never left Joyce's side as she took residency at the Felt Manor Assisted Living.

After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1950, Ed served the community as a healthcare provider in various hometown pharmacies for 60 years. He was a sole proprietor at Lundberg Pharmacy, partnered with Paul DeVittorio at Devland Pharmacy and then partnered with Ken Burkhouse forming Burklund Pharmacy. Later in his business career, he worked for his son Blair at Lundberg Pharmacy. Even after retirement, Ed would spend the last few hours of each day standing beside his son and greeting customers in the store. He took pride in knowing everyone in the community and sharing a conversation with them while they shopped.

Ed also served the community in many other facets. He started the Cameron County Cardiac Committee and was its director for 65 years; he served as Emporium Foundation Director for almost 50 years, was a charter member of Emporium Country Club, Bank Director of the Emporium Trust/Bucktail Bank, and served on the SUN-FNB-Northwest Bank Advisory Board. Ed was also a former director of the Emporium Water Company, CC Land Development, and the Grove Home.Ed was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium, the American Legion for over 70 years, was a 60 year member of the Emporium Masonic Lodge, now Driftwood-Emporium Lodge #532 and the Coudersport Consistory, and a past member of the Jaffa Shrine, Altoona.

For many years you could find Ed watching golfers from his home while they teed off at Hole 6 at the Emporium Country Club and whether they wanted it or not, he would find time to give advice to all players on their game/form.

Ed loved spending time with his family and following his grandkids' sporting activities. He enjoyed playing baseball and golf, following all sports on TV and playing cards with his group of friends. Ed found solitude in long rides in the woods, cutting grass on his riding lawnmower and burning in his woodstove.

He is survived by: his wife, Joyce; his two sons, Craig Lundberg of Waltham, Mass. and Blair Lundberg (Linda) of Emporium; six grandchildren, Tom Lundberg (Courtney), Adam Lundberg, Michael Lundberg (Allison), Krista LeZotte (Darin), Brittany Lundberg, Jonathan Lundberg; and one great granddaughter, Karina Lundberg.

A Visitation with video tribute will be held in the First United Methodist Church in Emporium on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at which time Funeral Services will be held with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor, officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Felt Manor Assisted Living Activity Fund,110 E Fourth St., the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St., or the Cameron County Cardiac Committee, P.O.Box 86, all in Emporium, PA 15834.

Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Multiphasic Blood Screening

Friday, January 19, 2018

Traffic Accident on Rt 120 Friday Afternoon

Rt 120 East to Emporium was closed early Friday afternoon due to a traffic accident. The accident occurred about a half mile East of Hagan's farm. 
No details of the accident were available at this time.
 The photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Photo Credit RR

Longtime Mayor Retires

Our new Mayor Justin Zimmer congratulating Mayor Bruno Carnovale for his 50+ years of service to the borough of Emporium. Bruno was elected mayor in 1988 and served in that capacity for 28 years. Prior to this, Bruno worked at Sylvania Electronics and other employment with the Emporium Borough.  At 90 years young, Bruno has well earned his retirement!


Karen R. Sidman

Karen R. Sidman, 72, of 115 Crestline Road(PO Box 23), Sinnemahoning, PA died at DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois, PA on Thursday afternoon, January 18, 2018.

She was born November 8, 1945 in Erie, PA a daughter of the late William A. and Ellen Bertges Sidman. Karen graduated from McDowell High School in Erie, PA. She retired from St. Marys Carbon where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Sinnemahoning and May Hollow Sportsmans Clubs and the Driftwood Senior Center. 

Survived by her companion, Robert "Cork" Bushor, Sinnemahoning; son, Jeffrey Kerstetter, Mountain Home, ID; two brothers, William Sidman, Emporium and David Sidman, Erie, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

There will be No Visitation. 

Funeral will be at the convenience of the family.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Bernice Owens Clark


Bernice Owens Clark, resident of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the age of 103. She was born in Salisbury Center, NY on January 5, 1915. She moved to Austin, PA in her teens and later to Emporium and was employed by Sylvania. 

On June 30, 1934, she married Clifford W. Clark who preceded her in death in 2013 at the age of 99. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium.

 She is survived by one son - Gary (Barbara) Clark, two grandchildren - Christine (Brian) Slusarick, and Clifford (Eugenia) Clark, and four great-grandchildren - Molly and Chloe Slusarick, and Clara and Andrew Clark.

 Friends will be received at the Barnett Funeral Home in Emporium on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

 Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11am. 

Burial will be at the Newton Cemetery in Emporium.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner


Come on out and help support one of Cameron Counties biggest supporters. Bev has been involved with the Emporium Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary for several years and so many other organizations in Cameron County that the list could go on and on. So please take time out of your busy Sunday afternoon support this wonderful woman. 

 Sunday, January 21 from 1 PM - 4 PM
 Emporium Fire Hall 419 N Broad St, 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

YOUTH ICE FISHING WEEKEND.


YOUTH ICE FISHING WEEKEND.

This event is for youth under 16 and those 16 do not need a license.
 Hot dogs and hot chocolate and coffee will be provided in the Club House. 
If possible please bring your own fish equipment.
 Volunteers will be available to provide basic instruction. Please register in advance with either Don Bickford (814-486-3363) or Frank Armanini (814-486-0941).

 Come out and let the kids have a great time fishing.


Bruno Carnovale Day


The public is invited to the Emporium Fire Hall on Friday, January 19, from 12 PM - 3 PM to honor Bruno Carnovale.
 Bruno has dedicated 51 years of his life to the Emporium Borough working in various capacities, the latest and longest that of Mayor of Emporium. 

 We all wish in well in his retirement!!

State Parks Winter Report and Snowmobile Information

Does the park you want to visit have enough snow for cross country skiing or snowmobiling? Check conditions ONLINE before you go. See information below:

Winter Report: To find out if your favorite PA State Park has favorable conditions for winter activities, please check the State Parks Winter Report at http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/WinterReport/Pages/default.aspx. The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks. The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available. The report also lists the snow depth and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not deep enough, then the activities are not available. This easy-to-use website allows you to search either by park or by specific winter recreation activity.

Snowmobile Information: When snow conditions allow, snowmobile riding is permitted on designated trails and joint-use roads on DCNR lands. The public can access maps and trail conditions through the DCNR web page at http://www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/snowmobile/snowindex.aspx. To see information on current trail conditions by county, just scroll down. For trail maps, click on the icon of the specific map you need. Trail information will be updated by 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the snowmobile riding season. The snowmobile trail conditions can also be access by telephone, toll free, at 1-877-766-6253.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

We have a real winter this year! Find some time to explore the great white outdoors.

Gertrude "Trudy" Victory

Gertrude "Trudy" Victory, 92, of 2405 Sizerville Road, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (January 16, 2018) night following a lengthy illness.

She was born March 6, 1925 in Roulette, PA a daughter of the late Leon and Blanche Bird Earle. She married the late Richard Victory who died in 2008.

She is survived by one son, Floyd Keefer, Emporium; two daughters, Barbara Kelly, Port Allegany and Loraine Price, Pensacola, FL.

 She preceded in death by her parents and husband. 
There will be No Visitation and Services will be Private at the convenience of the family. 
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 www.BarnettFuneralHome.net 
 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Walter K. Engle

Walter K. Engle, 86, of 477 Portage St., Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie on Monday afternoon. (January 15, 2018) He was born June 29, 1931 in Reynoldsville, PA a son of the late Arthur and Irene Ellenberger Engle. His wife of over 67 years, Gloria Plyler survives. Walt graduated from Reynoldsville High School in the class of 1949 and then he served with the US Army during the Korean War. He worked various factory jobs including GKN where he worked for many years. He also owned a lawn mower repair shop in Emporium. He loved woodworking, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Richard (Sally) Engle, Liberty Township, OH; daughter, Cindy (Gus Savage) Engle, State College, PA; five grandchildren: Christy, Chad, Lisa, Kimberly & Todd; twelve great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Irene Ellenberger Engle; two daughters, Sally Burfield and one in infancy, five brothers, one sister.

 There will be No Visitation. 
Services will be Private at the Convenience of the family.
 Burial will be in the Reynoldsville Cemetery, Reynoldsville, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Shoups Would Love to hear from their Friends

June and Jim Shoup have relocated to the Latrobe area to be near family. 
 They would love to hear from their friends. 
 You can reach them at - 
 2021 James Street 
Apt 148 
Latrobe, PA 15650

Scavenger Hunt



Look for more information to come on a Family Outdoor Scavenger Hunt on February 24th!

We will be partnering with CCOYA!

Keep an eye out!
 Cameron County Recreation Center
814-486-8915

Cameron County - High Water & Ice

Warmer weather, heavy rains and frozen creeks combined forces on Friday, January 12. Many low lying areas in the county were flooded, while other areas watched large ice chunks pile up over the creek banks that were overrun with high water. One trailer 2 miles west of Emporium was surrounded by water and ice on Friday, its occupants filming the scene live on Facebook. I live near this home and I don't believe I have ever seen the water this high. These two photos show the ice that was left behind after the water receded. 
 The video has been shared on my FB page for those that may want to view it.


22 miles away in the village of Sinnamahoning, residents were busy watching the river rise alarmingly high. By afternoon, the ice had risen to the bottom of the bridge that is across from the Willows. Fortunately, the water receded and the ice was able to continue downstream with no further damage to the bridge. In past years the bridge has suffered damage from the ice.


This photo shows the bridge on its side in February of 1977.


I'd like to thank my friends for allowing me to share these photos from Friday and 1977.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Aloma Jean Rudolph


Aloma Jean Rudolph, 75, formerly of Emporium died at Highland View Health Care in Brockway, PA on Tuesday (January 9, 2018) morning following a lengthy illness.

She was born November 19, 1942 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late Paul "Pete" and Betty Summerson Abriatis Mrs. Rudolph graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1961. She had worked at Sylvania, Cameron Diversified and at the Grove House. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. 

She is survived by four daughters, Stephanie (Gary) Cramer, Tampa, FL; Justine (Joe) Fox, Shippenville, PA; Renee Hepburn, Shippenville, PA; Julie (Zoltan) Rudolph, St. Marys; seven grandchildren: Deidre &Alexandria Greek; Spencer Rudolph; Riley & Jackson Fox; Bradyn Hepburn & Nathan Laska; one brother, Robert "Bob" (Roseann) Abriatis, Mesa, AZ and several nieces & nephews. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Desiree Taggart Bode, two brothers, James & Paul "Sonny" Abriatis. 

There will be No Visitation. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (February 10, 2018) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 
Burial will be 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

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 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.

Mountaineer Search and Rescue Looking for Your Help

Mountaineer Search and Rescue Looking for Your Help

Endless Mountains Chapter 34 A.B.A.T.E. and Mack’s Rhythm & Brews Inc are hosting a fund raiser to benefit Mountaineer Search and Rescue. The event includes entertainment by Jonathan Meade, 50/50, and Chinese Auction. The doors at Mack’s Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar will open Saturday February 3 at 7pm.

“The chapter supports organizations in the community,” says A.B.A.T.E. president Robin Overturf. Mountaineer Search and Rescue team members are highly trained in finding lost and missing individuals in the region. This year during hunting season, the team aided in the search for individuals in Elk, Potter and Cameron Counties. The team also volunteers at events in the county including but not limited to Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic, and Sizerville State Park Autumn Festival, plus places American Flags on the parking meters in downtown Emporium eleven times a year.

The team relies on donations and state aid to provide materials and fuel for traveling to calls. The only fundraiser for the team is the Big Foot Hunt held in conjunction with Weekend in the Wilds held the first Saturday of July. “Because of the limited resources for this volunteer organization, we wanted to shine the spotlight on the volunteers and provide funding for Mountaineer Search and Rescue” continued Overturf.

The local A.B.A.T.E. chapter promotes motorcycle rights across Pennsylvania. Endless Mountains Chapter 34 is the smallest in the state with 48 members. The group meets at 11AM the second Saturday of each month at the Emporium Moose. Membership is open to anyone, including those that do not own motorcycles.

Chase the Winter Blahs Away

Chase the Winter Blahs Away

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hosting a taste testing event Saturday January 20 from noon to 3pm. Erin Solveson will unveil the latest home business in Cameron County. Earth Below brews kombucha at the home of Solveson and her husband and two daughters. Kombucha is a non-alcoholic fermented tea which is brewed using live raw cultures. The drink is a probiotic with fizzy flavor combinations.

Solveson says this is the first brewery in the PA Wilds dedicated to kombucha. On Saturday people will be invited to taste the different flavors and purchase the drink.

On the same day St Marys Snowmobile Association planning on its dice run. Unlike past years when the ride centered on DCNR trails, the focus will be the newly completed West Creek Rails Trails. The ride will begin and end at the association club house just outside of St Marys. Riders will roll the dice in the gravel parking lot along the trail in downtown Emporium.

Organizers say they could have more than 200 sleds ride through Emporium. Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce calls this event an economic windfall for restaurants in the immediate area of the trail. “Traditionally this time of year is slow for those businesses, but having an influx of riders who come from Ohio, and New York provides an opportunity to put downtown Emporium on the map.” Recently Pizza Palace Plus voted by snowmobile enthusiasts as one of the best restaurants.

That event is weather dependent. A final decision will be announced by the St Marys Snowmobile Association by midweek

Gary P. Boyer

Gary P. Boyer, 62, of 260 Mulhollan Dr., Emporium, PA died at his residence in Emporium, PA on Tuesday morning. (December 19, 2017) He was born August 18, 1955 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late James P. and Doris Varner Boyer. Gary graduated from Jeff Tech, DuBois in 1973. He was a self employed carpenter for many years.

 He is survived by one sister, Janet Hupp, Girard and two nieces, Heather Freed & Crystal Hupp.

 He was preceded in death by his father, James P. Boyer and his mother, Doris Varner Boyer.

 Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What Does the Sylvan Heritage Council Do ?


"What does the Sylvan Heritage Council do for our community?" . . . a question I was asked recently. We're currently working on a brand new beautiful website with a ton of photos and information to share, but until then, let me give you a little preview. Since our simple, uncertain beginnings in 2007, we have not only persevered, but have become a positive, driving force for beautification and preservation throughout Emporium and Cameron County. 

Here are list of some projects that you may or may not realize we have been instrumental in creating or, quite possibly, may not have happened without our commitment to our hometown: Welcome to Emporium signs, Hardscape and landscape of the triangle at Routes 120/155, Landscaping of the Erie Insurance triangle, Emporium Sesquicentennial street banners, 154 Military street banners, Pilato Studios' public art, Landscaping of the Northern Tier building, Cameron County Courthouse veranda benches, Establishment of two scholarships for CCHS graduating seniors, Westerwald Pottery sales, east and west end bridge color selection, Pork & Cork community event, Military window and many varied window displays over the years, CCHS spirit flags (in cooperation with the school district and various booster organizations - in the works!), various downtown business signage projects, various downtown facade improvement projects, and, excitedly we announce that, in cooperation with the Cameron County IDA, the County of Cameron, and the Emporium Borough, we recently obtained a $31,150 grant from the Dept. of Community and Economic Development to overhaul the facades of 7 downtown businesses! We may be quiet, but we are proud of the selfless volunteer work we have done - and the impact we have had.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rich Valley Apiary

Fellow (or future) beekeepers, It's the time of year to order your honeybees! 
We will have a limited amount of 3 pound packages that will ship around April 2nd. 
Cost will be $135.00 each and pre payment is required.
 Contact us to reserve yours before they are sold out!
 (814) 486-2471


Jane Ullman's Daycare

Cameron County Ambulance Bingo


Ticket includes bingo cards for 25 games, lunch, snacks and drinks. 
Sold separately jackpot bingo, 50/50, rip off tickets, Chinese auction.

 Tickets can be purchased at Chamber, State Farm and ambulance. 

 Satunday, February 11 at 12 PM 
Emporium Fire Hall
 419 N Broad St,
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

ANNUAL ROSARY SOCIETY SPAGHETTI DINNER @ St Mark Church

ANNUAL ROSARY SOCIETY SPAGHETTI DINNER
 SUNDAY, JAN. 14, 2018 
11:30AM~3:30PM 
 Cost is $7.00 ($3.00 ages 12 & under) 
Dinner includes drinks & dessert. Take-outs available

. ST. MARK COFFEEHOUSE 3:00 PM SUNDAY, JAN. 14, 2018 

Different musicians will be playing from our local vicinity who knew our dear friend Howard Foster, (R.I. P.), who played the saxophone all these years for our Coffeehouses. 

Come join us sharing in the memories.


Music at St Mark Church

A musical event will be held, Sunday, Jan. 14th beginning at 3:00PM in St. Mark O'Connell Hall, Emporium, Pa, honoring Howard Foster, an area saxophone player and singer, who passed away recently. Musicians who have performed with him throughout his life will be on hand, including members of RSVP, Ron Tusing Band and others. Shown in photo(center) Howard Foster, (left) Fr. Paul Siebert and (right) Paul Herzing of Coudersport. Admission is FREE. 

This event is in conjunction with St. Mark Altar-Rosary Society Spaghetti Dinner (11:30AM - 3:00PM) After Spaghetti dinner, snacks and drinks will be available at this informal event.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center

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

THURSDAYS @ 1pm— Do you love words and a little friendly competition? Come on down to play Scrabble! Anyone is welcome—from someone who has never laid eyes on a scrabble tile to someone who spells words in their sleep! Every Thursday at 1pm!

Monday, January 8th— Club Meeting @ 1pm. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Monday, January 8th— Blood Pressure/Sugar Screenings from 11:30 to Noon.

Monday, January 15th —Wear your most favorite hat to celebrate National Hat Day!

Tuesday, January 16th —Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am with a short program about “Sepsis” following.

Wednesday, January 17th— Program about the Dam Construction with Sinnemahoning State Park Ranger Kim Lott @ 10:30am!

Wednesday, January 17th— Supper Club @ the Aroma Cafe @ 5pm! Please call the Senior Center by the week before to sign up!

Monday, January 29th— C-Diff Informational Program with Jake Milliron from Cole Memorial @ 9am!

Wednesday Volunteer Needed The Emporium Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to deliver a home delivered meal in town on Wednesdays between 10:30 and 10:45am. If you are interested in becoming our regular Wednesday Volunteer or if you are interested in being listed on the sub list, give us a call at 486-3707.

Bus Trip Opportunity This May, a group of people from St. Marys are taking a bus trip to Lancaster County for dinner and a show…and shopping! On Thursday May 24th, 2018, the charted Fullington Bus will be heading to The Rainbow Dinner Theater for the show “Whose Wife Is It, Anyway?” and the buffet dinner. Following the show, the group is stopping to shop at the Kitchen Kettle Village, which has a variety of shops. The total cost for this bus trip is $96/person. If you are interested in signing up to take this trip, please contact Diane Greoger at 814-781-6634.

Winter Women in the Wilds


Sinnemahoning State Park is now accepting registrations for the 2018 Winter Women in the Wilds event, which will be held at the park during the weekend of February 16-18, 2018.

The Women in the Wilds event at Sinnemahoning State Park is a ladies-only weekend of outdoor recreation and environmental education. The 2018 Winter WITW event offers women the opportunity to participate in activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fly tying, nature painting, essential oils, animal tracking, open hearth cooking, winter bird walk and indoor yoga.

Program fee is $70 per person.
 Pre-registration and pre-payment required by Saturday, February 3rd. 
Limit 30 people.

Joseph Daniel "Joey" Jordan


Joseph Daniel "Joey" Jordan, 49, of 315 W. Prospect Ave., Pittsburgh, PA formerly of Emporium died at his home (Allegheny Valley School) in Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday night. (January 3, 2018) 

He was born March 6, 1968 in St. Marys, PA a son of Charles C. and Inez Mitchell Jordan of Emporium Joey enjoyed watching the Price Is Right. He loved being around his family and friends. 

In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Charles (Donna) Jordan, Emporium; Aunt, Louva Nicely, Emerickville, PA; uncles, Ray, Dale, Richard & Edward Jordan all of Emporium. 

There will be No Visitation. Private services will held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Ice Skating at Parker Dam



The bitter cold does have its advantages ~ Parker Lake now has eight inches of ice in the rink area. 

Dust off your ice skates and bundle up - the rink is open dawn to dusk every day 
unless posted otherwise.

 28 Fairview Rd
 Penfield, 
Pennsylvania 15849  
(814) 765-0630

 www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/parkerdam/index.htm

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Deborah Sue (Penfield) Park


Deborah Sue (Penfield) Park, 62, of Elizabethtown, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, lost her courageous battle against cancer on January 4, 2018 while surrounded by her family. Born on February 6, 1955, she was the daughter of Sue (Pifer) Penfield and the late Roy Penfield. She was the beloved wife of Martin Park for 32 years.

Deb was a sweet, caring, selfless woman who always thought of others first, saw the good in everything and everyone, and always had hope for the best. Above all she deeply loved her family, especially her husband, Marty, and spending time with her grandsons, Aden and Ethen. She enjoyed traveling to Florida to see her mom, sister, nieces and nephews, and liked to converse with friends and enjoy their company. She also loved cats and dogs and the ones that were part of her life over the years brought her much joy.

In addition to her husband and mother, Deb is survived by her two sons, Daniel Park (Troy Cales) of Philadelphia, Jesse Jones of Elizabethtown; two step-daughters: Stacey Thomas (Michael) of Enola, Jennifer Maiorana (Croce) of Muncy; a sister: Cindy Allen of Deltona, Florida; two grandchildren: Aden and Ethen; and six step-grandchildren: Alexander, Owen, Benjamin, Roman, Salvatore, and Jillian.

In keeping with Deb’s wishes, services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 North Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022, 717-367-1543.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Deb's memory to Carolyn's House, 1701 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Memories and condolence may be shared at www.FinkenbinderFamily.com

Charitable donations may be made to: Carolyn's House 
1701 Linglestown Road, 
Harrisburg PA 17110
Tel: 1-717-236-0000
 Web: http://www.hospiceofcentralpa.org

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Drone Photo Looking over West Creek

Shawn Mitchell, nephew of Cameron County resident Carl Mitchell, allowed me to share this stunning drone photo looking out West 120 of Emporium. Thank you Shawn!

 Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner Jan. 21st.

We are accepting donations for a Chinese Auction, if you would like to donate something please contact any Nam Knight or E.F.D Auxiliary Member.


Rt 120 West Closed This Morning

Weather and road condition's combined forces early this morning causing Rt 120 West of Emporium to be shut down for about an hour. Traffic was rerouted to the Old West Creek road that runs from Beechwood to St. Marys. A tractor trailer was involved in the travel delay.


Photo submitted by L.H.

Kombucha Tasting Event


Come see what the fizz is all about!

 EBK will be featuring 3 flavors ON TAP for your (FREE!) tasting pleasure. 16oz bottles and refillable growlers will be available for sale. Kombucha is a non-alcoholic, fermented tea, flavored with simple fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Never heard of the 'booch before? All the more reason to come chat with us and have a free taste! clock

 Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM - 3 PM
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center 
34 E 4th St, 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Corn Available at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

Corn available at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club


13th Annual Coyote Hunt