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Friday, October 18, 2019

Schedule Announced for Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

Schedule Announced for Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

It’s back! The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration returns to Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 4:30-8:30 PM.

With activities for younger kids and frights for the adults and older kids, this popular Halloween event is a spook-tacular deal at just $10.00 per carload. Admission fee includes haunted trail, hayride, bonfire and more.

4:30-6:00 PM
The evening of fun begins with activities and games for younger children from 4:30-6:00 PM. Children and their families can create make-and-take crafts, play fun games for prizes, or take a walk through the less-scary daytime version of the trail.

6:00-7:00 PM
Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show begins at 6:00 PM in the classroom of the Wildlife Center. Bwana Jim, from Shinglehouse, PA, will bring an assortment of exotic animals including armadillos, wallabies, snakes, and birds, and share his knowledge of these animals in a fun, witty, and entertaining show for all ages.

7:00-8:30 PM
At 7:00 PM, the “Full-Terror” version of the Haunted Trail opens for older children and adults. Spiders, ghosts, zombies, and the chainsaw guy have all returned, plus other creepy characters that are sure to stir up the Halloween spirit.

Throughout the event

Hayrides and a bonfire will run from 4:30-6:00 PM and from 7:00-8:30 PM, with a break from 6:00-7:00 for families to attend the wildlife show. Refreshments will be sold by the students of Austin School throughout the event.

Other Details

The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration event will be held, rain or shine, at the Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 26, from 4:30-8:30 PM. Trail covers about one-half mile over uneven ground. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the outdoors, and be prepared to be scared. For more information about the Haunted Trail or other programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or email

For more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at

Volunteers Needed for All Hallows Eve Celebration and Haunted Trail

Volunteers are still needed for the final All Hallows Eve Celebration and Haunted Trail event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 PM. Approximately 20 volunteers are still need to help with program sign-in, trail leaders, trail actors, set-up and event clean up on Sunday. 

 Please email or call the Park Office 814-647-8401 for more 
information or to sign up.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Little Red Barn Airbnb

A local Airbnb in Cameron County, the Little Red Barn, has just been recognized by the The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. Described as a " wonderful escape in The PA Wilds offers their guests an off grid #farmstay experience in a solar powered upstairs apartment that sleeps 6. Guests have the opportunity to interact with the farm's animals and nature"

 Congratulations to Robin and Mike Kuleck on their latest successful business venture!

Congratulations Pinellas Computers!

I'd like to give a shout out to my hardworking nephew and congratulate him on celebrating 10 years in business as Pinellas Computers! Here is his timeline. I sure wish he was in PA, but he often solves that problem by logging into our computers to fix any problems.

2006-2009 [Serious Practice] Various odd-jobs for friend’s family, family friends’, and some ‘less-documented’ jobs for for some “OG” clients… (@Kr.Greene, @J&BPortman, @JHoman, @JLoudermilk, @George.Schffr, @authorRJSmith, @sHatfield, @captGGammon, + too.many.more!)

2009.10 [Make IT Legit] You can’t be a “real” business without Documentation, Insurances, Taxes, Banking, Credit, Legal, Real-World-Experience… (@ASendrowski, @DavidRose, @GJoyner, @StephenDaniels, @WaltBurgess’ @TaxTheresa)

2009.10.16 [Incorporated AF] “But what do we call it?” …Various reject names, ludicrous brainstorming – Pinellas Computers & Repair, LLC #waytoolong #shortenit … (@SpiderDad, @UncleJohn, @MadBchClub)

2010 [Build a Base] Fix computers full-time, college part-time, bartend part-time. Build and create 24/7, sleep 6/7 - dream all the time. Don’t forget to eat! Talk to people, find a spot, learn to make it magic! …(@WMTdeuce, @ExtremeTony, @ParadiseNancy, @LizardJuiceGary, @PurpleOnion)

2011 [Get Help] 100% of the best person is still only 1 person - Find great talent and potential. Learn together and create, trial and error, go fight win! Learn from pros with other smart people… (@SMaloney, @RPDemers, @CSizelove, @TommyGibbs, @iCureRafal)

2012 [Combine Forces] People like us. If only we could clone our process, staff, inventory, location, knowledge, etc. Wait, we can do that(?). Do we - #doit (@realCMallory, @RickMalloryJr, @WreckanizeMike, @AppleMCortez, @AlaskaMike, @FCinellaTax, @TDeCarlo, @patDaly)

2013 [Hub + Spoke] Grab unbelievable third spot in St. Pete now, figure out continuity later. Add new payment solutions, unified VoIP phones, remote support software, custom designed workspace… (@IT4SmallBiz, @D$olaris, @Trung, @Breezy, @LesPadleyDesigns)

2014 [Refine & Polish] Implement helpdesk ticketing and inventory system, purchase first company car #spark, create dispatch support system, rack-mount AD/WDS servers, move OG store into larger suite in Seminole, added employee benefits… (@ezitChuck, @JoshR, @D-Lock, @BenefitsBlaine)

2015 [Duplicate Simplicity] Migrate Walsingham strip-center into Barclay Square Largo, extend Tyrone repair workshop area, add WSUS deployment automations, begin selling new and refurbished laptops, find more great people… (@OwenRA, @LCohen, @n00bLucas)

2016 [Program Clouds] Implement fully-hosted email with MS 365, communications with Slack, taxes and accounting with Xero, credentials with LastPass, security with Vipre, cellular (staff perk) with T-Mobile… (@StuartB)

2017 [Innovate Scalability] Adopted all-in-one tooling for Diagnostics, purchased two more fleet vehicles #fiat500s, introduced security+support membership packages (VIP plans), extended hours on Saturdays. (@DKim)

2018 [Optimize, Agile] Automate talent screening and testing with ATS, enhance HR benefits with Gusto, document processes with Confluence, partner with OEM vendor for RAM/SSD’s, build-out infrastructure for Managed Services (MSP) partnership… (@AntMachalek, @escuVictor, @JEF)

2019 [Make Moves] Launched Clearwater Mall office, relocated admin/billing headquarters to DT Clearwater, added BirdEye QC surveys, smart documentation with Trainual, endpoint infrastructure support management with ConnectWise/NinjaRMM… (@Dalton, @Josh)

Current [Newer Faster Better] Renovate retail fixtures and product offerings, implement MS Teams messaging, add performance appraisal tooling, add 2-stage support chain for faster diagnostic turn-around, add employee breakrooms + QoL amenities. Welcome new team members! (@Haidyn, @AAron)

And, here we are now! We’re still working smart, learning constantly, and innovating all the time. Now we’re studying client survey feedback and raw analytic data, so we better cater our services to the desires of what our clients want: Fast answers, clear expectations, and transparent pricing. Pinellas Computers doesn't exist to be just "another computer shop". We’re here to deliver best-in-class technology solutions with IT Expert human service - We want you to love your IT!

We’re simplifying our most popular software + service offerings into convenient/affordable subscription packages to give you everything you need for a great computing experience, along with complete peace-of-mind for your device investment. As of this week, we’re specializing staff roles in our workflow to speed-up turn-around times for repairs and deployments. Next, we'll be working on developing a next-generation online experience for requesting support and accessing membership benefits/portals (with exclusive grandfathered pricing for pre-2020 members).

Here’s to another decade of technological innovation and IT magic – 2020 is going to be ROCKIN!

With Heartfelt Regards,

-Ryan Malize Founder / CTO / Beef Jerky Connoisseur

Artisan of the Year Award Winner: Rich Valley Apiary

Congratulations goes out to Rich Valley Apiary as they were chosen to receive this year's PAWilds Artisan of the Year award!

 Artisan of the Year Award Winner: Rich Valley Apiary – Cameron County 

 The Magaro family at Rich Valley Apiary will be honored with the Artisan of the Year Award. Rich Valley Apiary, a juried artisan member of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, a network of 300 place-based businesses and artisans across the Pennsylvania Wilds, produces honey-based products including soap, lotions, beard products, candles, pet care items, and cleaning products. What began as a beekeeping hobby soon turned into a family-operated business. The Magaros recently purchased a building in Emporium to expand, and they continue to offer one-of-a-kind products, some of which are featured at the PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park. They’ve been featured in several statewide publications. As noted in their award nomination, “The enthusiasm for beekeeping and growing entrepreneurship in their hometown of Emporium is contagious.”

Looking for Homes

Looking for Homes

Cameron County Fireworks Committee looking for one more property to be added to this years Cameron County House Tour planned for Friday December 13. Visitors to the homes will be treated to a downtown business (Christmas Time at Sarah Janes Studio), a stately Victorian home on East Fourth Street, and a step back to the 1950’s and 60’s when they visit a home in the Sylvan Heights area. Organizers are working with the owners of The Hive for a gathering following the event.

The property owner is asked to show groups of 15 through their decorated home. Light refreshments are optional. Anyone interested in participating should call the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314.

Quilt Class

Quilt Class

Cameron County Quilter member, Gini Schager offering a quilt class at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. Students will have the opportunity to bring cherished t-shirts and create a once in a lifetime piece of art, or select their own color pallet for a piece quilt.

On Monday, October 21 at 6:30 pm Schager will meet with those interested in the classes. Students wishing to create a t-shirt quilt will be responsible for bringing the t-shirts and pay $40 to cover the cost of the backing material. Those wishing to create the ‘Trip Around the World’ quilt will be responsible for providing all material and pay $30 for the class. Schager expects each class to take four sessions. The sample quilt can be seen at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. Registration for each class is limited. Register online via Facebook, Eventbrite or in person at the chamber office.

“PINKTOBER” Fund Raiser

Another sneak peek of some of the items that will be on display in the “PINKTOBER” fund raiser at the Cameron County Courthouse. The funds raised will be gifted to local cancer victims to help with expenses incurred through treatment, such as travel, food, and lodging. All items will be ready for display and tickets can be purchased starting October 1 through October 31. Closing for purchasing tickets will be 1:30 on October 31 and the drawings will take place at 2:00 pm. That same day. Please come and purchase tickets to help our cancer victims. They need our help! You could be the lucky winner of one of the many fabulous prizes! Here are a few of the many prizes.

Paul H. Mitcheltree

Paul H. Mitcheltree, 84, of Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday morning (October 15, 2019). He was born July 7, 1935 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Alfred and Veronica Orsie Mitcheltree. Paul was a retired truck driver working many years for various companies in the area. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Emporium. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing. He was a member of several bands.

Surviving are three brothers, Ted (Judy) Mitcheltree, Erie; John Mitcheltree, Florida and Denny (Marilyn) Mitcheltree, Ridgway; sister-in-law, Kay Mitcheltree, Ridgway and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Alan and William Mitcheltree; two sisters, Shirley Wiggins and Pat Larkin.

There will be No Visitation. Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

October 18-19 Weekend Activities in Cameron County

Friday Oct. 18 Red Raiders vs Port Allegany at Emporium Game time is 7:00 pm

October 19 Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Race begins at Broad Street behind Sheetz Saturday at 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM Select your distance from a 50k, 25k, or 12k. This race takes you through the Elk State Forest showing off the PA Wilds.

October 19 Dos Hombres are returning to the Bear Den this Saturday Night. The smoker will be burnin' and Dos Hombres will be rockin'! Don't miss this show. 
This place is GRRRRR8! Saturday at 8 PM – 11 PM

October 19th Beer And Bacon Cash Bash The annual Beer and Bacon Cash Bash will be held on October 19th at the Emporium Fire hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., drawings at 7 p.m. $2500 in cash prizes. Tickets are $25 each and includes food, beverages and cash bash drawing. 
 For more information call 814-331-1074.

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NYC Christmas Tour

Travel with Off The Grid Travel Company on an overnight motor coach tour to New York City!

 We will be staying 1 Night at Courtyard Edgewater NYC Area. Departure will be at the Austin Area High School parking lot at 4am and the parking lot across from the legion in Coudersport at 4:30am on December 7th, 2019 and the approximate return time would be 6pm December 8th, 2019. For this event being there is so much to do, and not everyone is going to want to do the same things. I am offering to do customized itineraries for those interested in booking tours and shows. Just let me know what you want to experience and I’ll make it happen. If your looking at seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular let me know ASAP so I can reserve enough tickets. 🎄

Prices are as follows and include Transportation, accommodations and gratuities for the driver.

Single occupancy- $267.45
Double occupancy-$185.45 per person

If you can have any questions please contact Samantha at (814)647-1334 or Email:

To complete your reservation please complete the form at the link below!

 Off The Grid Travel Company LLC 
41 State Street
 Austin, PA 16720

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Congratulations Cory Clinger!


INDIANA, Pa. – Students from Cameron County have been recognized as Provost Scholars at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Provost Scholar status is achieved when students complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Provost Scholar recognition is given only once during a student's time of study at IUP.

A complete listing of Provost Scholars is available on IUP’s website:

Provost Scholars from this area include: Emporium:
 Cory Ryan Clinger, South Wood Street, B.A. in Criminology

IUP is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

Soup Sale November 1st

It’s time for C&N’s soup sale! 🍲
As always, all proceeds stay local - this year, we are supporting the Rides 4 Vets program. 
Eat in or take out. 
Hope to see you there!

Idea Wanted @ The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Libray

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Michael A. Mann

Michael A. Mann, 70, of Emporium and formerly of Lancaster, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, Friday morning (October 11, 2019). He was born September 14, 1949 in Columbia, a son of the late Melvin A. and Lois Welsh Mann, Sr. He married Peggy Harbold, who survives. Michael and Peggy were married over 46 years. He graduated from Columbia High School, Lancaster County, PA, in the class of 1967. After graduation he served with the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Mike retired in 2012 from CenturyLink, in Elizabethtown, PA after over 45 years of service working as a outside facilities technician for the phone company. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Emporium and Miller-Raffaele Post 6221 VFW, Emporium, PA.

In addition to his wife, Michael is survived by a son, George Michael Mann and daughter, Heather Lynn Mann both of Columbia, PA; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Watson, Delaware; Karen Colin, Columbia and Brenda Gillham, Mount Joy.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin A. Mann, Jr., and a sister, Lois Haubert.

At his request there will be no visitation or service.

Online Condolences may be placed at

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Pic of the Day

The fall colors are beautiful! 
This photo was taken on 5th street in front of Maple Street Apartments.

The Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 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.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sinnemahone Trail Run Participants Ready to Hit the Trail

Sinnemahone Trail Run Participants Ready to Hit the Trail

Participants in the Sinnemahone Trail Run have three options, tackle the 12K which includes a pipeline climb, a 25k climbing the Wylie Trail or the challenging 50k which includes the single track Rock Run trail. The yearly event is the final leg of the Sinnemahone Triple Crown. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce director, Tina Solak says 12 individuals are eligible to take home the first ever award. Three of them are from the same family. Saul Solveson, his wife Cristy and son Eastyn began in April with the Sinnemahone Paddle, biked in the Sinnemahone Gravel last month and are registered to run Saturday October 19. The triple crown is not the only item added this year. Solak says chip timing will be utilized.

Those tackling the race will have aid stations, where food, and water will be available. There are seven stations throughout the DCNR Elk State Forest manned by volunteers from ABATE, Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department and others not affiliated with an organization. “More than 30 volunteers will be giving up their Saturday for the event plus the dozen or more who mark the trails,” says Solak emphasizing the event cannot be held without volunteers.

Each participant who pre-registered will receive a t-shirt and a drawstring goodie bag with other items donated by businesses and organizations. Participants and volunteers will have the opportunity to meet each other Friday night prior to the race during packet pickup at the chamber office. The public is welcome to attend.

The public is invited to spend time at the start finish line. Sherm Bloom will perform 11am-2pm. The award ceremony for top finishers will be held in the parking lot of B&R Tool & Die adjacent to the finish line on South Broad Street. The awards for 12K set for 11am, 25k at noon and 50k at 2pm. The Triple Crown awards will be presented following the 50k presentation.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rotary News

K9 Novak and his handler, Officer Volker Kiefer were the guest attraction at the October 8th Rotary luncheon meeting. Novak was imported from Germany and had 6 weeks of pre-training at Shallow Creek Kennels, a privately owned and operated police service dog importing and training facility in western PA. K9 Detection is using specially trained dogs to detect any kind of substance. Novak is skilled I patrol work, article finding and tracking, but the biggest reason the department obtained Novak was for his drug detection skills. Officer Kiefer demonstrated Novak’s detection abilities by placing various drugs around the room and having the dog sniff them out. So far, Novak, has been used around 5 times during suspected crimes in the area.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October 12 Events in Cameron County

There's  plenty to do this weekend in Cameron County !

The Elk Country Private Campground Fall Festival Music Friday and Saturday night.
 Saturday @ 4:30 - A chicken BBQ

The 7th Annual First Fork Festival will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Oct 12 Saturday
PA - Flaming Foliage Festival Parade
11 AM · Renovo, Pennsylvania

October 12
First Annual Fall Festival At Masons Farm
 Hosted by Mason's Farm  2-5 pm

Oldskool will be playing at The Vets Club this Saturday October 12th 9pm-1 a.m.

NYC Christmas Shopping Trip

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 The Rockettes can be added to trip if you so desire. Private message Mary Kay Mcklean on Facebook with any questions. 
Feel free to share.

Salvation Army Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed in order to keep the Salvation army chapter in Cameron county.

 Please call me, Cindy Summerons, at 486-3446 or pm me if you can help. The Salvation Army helps in so many ways and the money raised stays right here. Something we can't afford to lose . So many families have been helped . We need people to help with taking over the bell ringer schedule and getting people to sign up to ring the bells. Please help us keep the salvation army here. 
We can't afford to lose this.

Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library & Amazon

We are very excited to announce that the Friends of the Library group is now accessible through Amazon Smiles. You can help support your local library by choosing the Friends' group as your Amazon Smiles beneficiary. For every purchase you make, Amazon will donate a percentage to our friends group which we can use to bring you bigger, better programs and services.

Cameron County Comprehensive Plan Open House

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 The Draft Cameron County Comprehensive Plan is now available for review and comment.
 A Cameron County Comprehensive Plan Open House will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 6:00p-7:30p in the Main Courtroom of the Cameron County Courthouse located at 20 E 5th Street, Emporium. Don't miss your opportunity to comment on the primary guide to decision making for the tri-county area for the next 10 years.

Kingdom Kids Bible Story

Emporium First United Methodist
 Church Kingdom Kid Families -- The kids will be having spaghetti for dinner tomorrow night and we're learning about Hannah and Samuel. 
We have six more weeks in our Favorite Bible Story series so if you'd like to sign you kiddo(s) up, call our church office at 486-0849.

CNA Class to be offered - Jobs Available @ Felt Manor

Guy and Mary Felt Manor will be starting a nurse aide training class in the near future. Interested applicants must complete an employment application. Applications can be picked up at the Manor or one can be mailed. Applications will be accepted until 10/23/19. Any questions call Karen Higgs, RN, Nurse Aide coordinator at 486-4810.

Guy and Mary Felt Manor has an immediate opening for a full time RN as an Infection Preventionist/Staff development coordinator. The facility will pay for necessary specialized training in infection prevention to enable certification. The Infection Control Preventionist will be responsible for the facility's infection prevention program as well as staff training and compliance. If interested, please call the director of nursing at 814-486-4802 or email

Guy and Mary Felt Manor is seeking a full time person in our housekeeping department. The position is for our second shift 11a-7pm. Interested applicants can stop in for an application or call and talk with Jerica, Housekeeping Supervisor at 486-3736.

Guy and Mary Felt Manor has an opening for a full time LPN on the day tour of duty. Interested applicants can call the director of nursing at 486-4802.

30 reports of animals poisoned in Ridgway

It's awful that anyone or any animal would have to worry about this. I am sharing this story from nearby Ridgway so animal owners can beware of anything out of the ordinary. I hope they catch whoever is responsible for this. 
 Be vigilant for your animals sake. 

30 reports of animals poisoned in Ridgway: RIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– From dogs to cats to even a chicken, the Ridgway Borough Animal Control is getting flooded with reports of animals getting sick and dying. Around 30 instances…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Welcome to Driftwood Sign Project Complete

John Hosbach and crew

This past spring three Welcome to Driftwood signs were installed alongside Rt. 120 East & West and Rt 155 entering the Driftwood Borough area. The signs are there to provide people with a welcoming visual impression of Driftwood from all directions.

Local resident Randy Bailey has been hard at work on this project and it is now complete. This past weekend, the project received a generous donation from Mr John Hosbach Jr from Ridley Park Pa. Mr. Hosbach has a camp on Mix Run road and loves this area. This area has given him so much enjoyment over the years, he wanted to give something back in appreciation. Seven people planted 40 or more plantings and supplied the mulch to complete the landscaping around all three of the Welcome to Driftwood signs.

Funding was secured from the Driftwood Borough, the Sylvan Heritage Council, the Cameron County Commissioners and Randy Bailey. Sign design was by Action Graphics. Matt Andrews donated topsoil and cut stone while J & J service helped with sign installation.

They are a beautiful addition to the Driftwood area!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Emporium Fire Dept. Open House

This week is National Fire Prevention Week. 
 Tuesday evening, October 8, at 6 PM will be our open house. 
Please stop by and meet the members of EVFD.

First Annual Fall Festival @ Masons Farm

We are excited to announce that we will be having our first annual Fall Festival. Families can come to enjoy small games, apple bobbing, face painting, hayrides, cider and doughnuts. You may also purchase a pumpkin to paint. Our farm favorite , Maddy the fainting goat, will also be making her rounds to say hi. No charge except for the pumpkins. You may also purchase hay bales, and cornstalks for your fall decorating. You will also have a chance at winning a pumpkin. 

 Saturday at 2 PM – 5 PM
 Mason's Farm 
106 Mason Run Road,
 Driftwood, PA 15832

2019 Mushroom Festival Update

Update on the 2019 Mushroom Festival held at the Driftwood Saloon on Saturday, October 5. 

 Our Mushroom Fest on Saturday turned out to be a fantastic day. The weather was perfect for the crowd of 137 people that attended! 
 Before piling into the bus to go look for wild mushrooms, Bill Russell, founder and past president of the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Society, gave a presentation to educate everyone of the mushrooms that they may find and whether they are edible, non edible or poisonous. After the walk everyone came back to the Saloon to identify the mushrooms that were found. The cooks prepared some sheeps head and honey mushrooms and handed them out for everyone to sample. Following the identification there was a mushroom soup contest with 5 soups entered. 

First place soup was made by Lori Lupro and her sister Dawn Lingenfelter. Second place went to Jenice Bassinger. Congratulations ladies and thank you to all that participated. Kathy McGonnell, Dave Longenecker and Jason Bassinger. 
 We'd also like to thank Student Transportation of America for providing the bus.

Pic of the Day

Friends of the Library Chinese Auction

All these amazing children’s baskets are in the Friends of the Library Chinese Auction this year!
 Be sure to stop in at the library to put in your tickets for your favorites! 
Tickets are just 8 tickets for $5 and the drawing will sometime in November. 
Please share!

Schedule Announced for First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning

Schedule Announced for First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning

The 7th Annual First Fork Festival will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Sinnemahoning State Park. Local authors, artists and artisans will showcase their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

The First Fork Festival provides a unique opportunity to shop for gifts, or pick up something special for yourself, while enjoying the beautiful fall weather in the First Fork Valley. High quality art, local handcrafted items and a variety of local foods will be available for sale. Scheduled demonstrations and hands-on interpretive activities throughout the day make this festival fun for the entire family.

Live demonstrations include blacksmithing and flintknapping with Robbie Ickes, 18th century fire building and toy building with Chris and Lori Haas, wood turning with Mahlon Davenport, the French and Indian War stories with Bill Roberston, as well as white-tailed deer and elk conservation, beekeeping, health with oils, and more. Visiting the First Fork Festival for the first time this year is the PA Woodmobile, a 34-foot long trailer filled with interactive exhibits about Pennsylvania forests the important products that come from the lumber and paper industries.

As a highlight of the festival, singer and songwriter, Jim Colbert, will take the stage from 1:00-3:00 PM in front of the Wildlife Center. Colbert, aka the Bellefonte Balladeer, will perform originals with subject matter ranging from playwright Eugene O'Neill, Centralia's mine fire, vintage Triumph motorcycles and old Buicks to a host of selections about his home town of Johnstown. A delight to the ear, Jim's award-winning songs offer a cross section of Americana seen through the eyes of a life-long Pennsylvanian. Following Jim's opening for Red Molly in Merrick, NY, critic Gene Frey said, "Jim Colbert entered a room full of strangers and left a room full of fans and friends, all won over by his engaging personality, warm voice, and a set of well-crafted, personal songs. See him wherever you can."

This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, Cameron County, 14 miles south of Austin, PA.

If you would like a copy of the First Fork Festival schedule or have questions about the festival or other programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please contact the park office at 814-647-8961 or or visit the park's Facebook page at

Financial Aid Night @ CCHS

Financial Aid Night at the High School will be held on Wednesday, October 9th, at 5:30 p.m. Parents of seniors or juniors, who are planning to attend college, should plan on attending this very informative meeting!!

Anticipated School Nurse Job Opening

School Nurse (anticipated) 
 The Cameron County School District is accepting applications for Certified School Nurse (to begin January 2020). Send cover letter, resume, Standard PA application, certification, transcripts, current Acts 31, 34, 151, 168, and three current letters of reference to: Dr. Keith Wolfe, Superintendent, Cameron County School District, 601 Woodland Avenue, Emporium, PA 15834 by Friday, November 8, 2019, no later than 3:00 p.m. Previous experience preferred. The successful candidate will be subject to pre-employment drug testing. EOE

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Update Cameron County Website

The new website,, is up and running.

Suggestions are encouraged as the website is still under construction.

Sponsor a Winter Coat Program

Emporium First United Church is once again collecting winter coats for the children of Woodland Elementary School (99). Please stop by and get a tag , sign the clipboard and return the new coat with the tag attached by October 23rd. However, most importantly pray for the children. 

 Emporium First United Church 
306 S. Spruce Street 
Emporium, PA. 15834 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cameron County Community Chest 2020 Fund Drive

Cameron County Community Chest 2020 Fund Drive

The 2020 Cameron County Community Chest Fund Drive is underway. The Fund Drive Committee has sent letters to the active businesses, clubs and individuals of the community. To be part of this worthy community event send your tax-deductible contribution today to: Cameron County Community Chest, P O Box 134, Emporium, PA 15834, Attn: Judd Schager, Treasurer. Or, find us on Facebook at Cameron County Community Chest. We have added pay-pal for your convenience. Once your contribution is received you will be added to the list of the Community Contributors. Don’t wait and be last on the long list, contribute now.

The Cameron County Community Chest is your Community organization. Like the United Way, your contributions to several organizations can be made with just one contribution to the Community Chest Fund Drive. Contributions to the drive benefit: the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, the Emporium Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Sylvan Heritage, SPCA and Special Community Requests. These organizations serve Cameron County and help make Cameron County a better place to live.

Each year the Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors, a group of volunteers, meets to review requests and to establish the Community’s Goal. This year the goal is $19,000.

The Campaign runs all year round with an emphasis on the campaign between October 1 and December 31. Please consider a contribution to theses Community worthy organizations.

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals, clubs and businesses that donated time, money and services to the 2019 Fund Drive.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Rotary News

Swan Stull (left), Rotary District 7360 Governor, visited the Emporium Rotary Club’s luncheon meeting October 2nd. Swan was born in Forty Fort, PA and prior to retiring was the Chief Anesthetist at Geisinger in Danville, PA. In 2011 she joined the Rotary Club of Lewisburg (Sunrise) and quickly fell in love with Rotary. She spoke of the impressive Rotary club our small town has and all the good works we do in the community and internationally.