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Friday, December 4, 2020

Float Parade Kicks off Christmas in the Wilds

 A festive float parade kicked off Christmas in the Wilds in Emporium

Kudos to the businesses that pulled this together and a big thanks to Barb Ryan for this great idea!

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Sinnemahoning Park Covid Update


As of December 5, all in-person public programs, including outdoor program, at all PA State Parks have been canceled due to COVID-19. 

The natural ornament grab-and-go kits and the DiscoverE Adventure books are still available for self-guided activities. The front desk and restrooms at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office are open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 The office is closed on Sundays.
 Exhibits, display area, and classroom remain closed to the public. 
Face masks and social distancing are required.

Sylvan Heritage Council @ Christmas in the Wilds

The Sylvan Heritage Council will be selling these beautiful calendars at Christmas in the Wilds this Saturday. Stop by our table at 8 E. 4th street. They are a great conversation piece & Christmas present. They are $15 each. In addition to the calendars we will be raffling off a wine basket, selling our Westerwald pottery and Red Raider Spirit flags. See you there!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Christmas in the Wilds Weekend

 Christmas in the Wilds Weekend 

Friday, Dec 4 is the parade at 6 PM. There will be floats, firetrucks, and more. The parade route is 4th street in Emporium. After the parade, there will be tree lighting in downtown Emporium. 

The Christmas Benefit Auction will be held Friday from 5 - 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at the Emporium Fire Hall. This year’s benefit will help a local, young family with a loved one fighting cancer. 

Saturday 9AM to 1 PM or until sold out. 
Gift and food vendors will be selling their items along Main Street. 

Visit Santa at “A Christmas Time” this weekend! He will be here on Saturday, December 5th from 9-2 and Sunday, the 6th from 1-4. Every family that visits Santa this year will receive this special Christmas Storybook. Limit one per family. Thank you to ADAS for supplying the fantastic books. Located at 5 E. 4th St., Emporium. 

Goblin chocolates will now be available at Flowers 'N Things . Just in time for Christmas in the Wilds. Stop in and see us at 45 E. 4th Str. 

Aroma Cafe We are restocked!! 1/2 lb bags for you to enjoy! Or 1 pot little bags make great additions to Christmas baskets! Stop in today and get our special holiday spice blend coffee before its all gone!! 

Rich Valley Wines Tasting Room hours Thursday & Friday- 5pm to 9pm Saturday- 9am to 9pm Sunday- 1pm- 5pm 

We have a variety of Ready to Give gifts as well, stop by this weekend and check a few people off your Christmas List! Check out their Facebook site for a list of new drinks! 

The Cabin Kitchen & Bakery will be starting their winter hours as of 12/2/2020. Saturday through Thursday 6 am until 7 pm and Friday 6 am until 8 pm. They have your gift certificates  ready! 

If you haven't had a chance to stop in to the latest store to open, take a moment to visit Sunny side Boutique - you won't miss their sign on Main Street.

Don't forget to stop into the local stores to browse, have lunch, pick up a Christmas item or gift certificate! 

Shop Local!

Visit Santa @ A Christmas Time in Emporium!


A Christmas Time - Emporium, PA

 Come visit Santa at “A Christmas Time” this weekend!
 He will be here on Saturday, December 5th from 9-2 and Sunday, the 6th from 1-4.
 Every family that visits Santa this year will receive this special Christmas Storybook. 
Limit one per family.

We want to make sure that Santa and all of the boys and girls who visit “A Christmas Time” remain healthy. We ask that you please wear masks when visiting. Only 2-3 families will be allowed in the Studio at a time so social distancing can be maintained. We’ve provided a chair next to Santa for photos, but there will be no lap-sitting this year. It is our goal that A Christmas Time can remain open the entire holiday season. We believe we can do this with your help! Merry Christmas, everyone!! 

What is A Christmas Time? It's a pop-up Christmas event in Emporium, PA held at the former Cappy's Clothes at 5 E. 4th Street. The store was purchased by Sarah Nolan, and at Christmas is transformed into a beautiful Christmas wonderland.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Stained Glass Window Debut During Emporium's Light Up Night

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In appreciation of the local support given in the restoration of our historic stained glass windows, The First Presbyterian Church is thrilled to be able to present our newly rehung windows during Emporium's Light-Up Night! 
Please be sure to take a drive down South Walnut Street on Friday evening ~ 6pm - 8pm for their debut!

First Presbyterian Church 
205 E 4th Street 
Emporium, PA 15834

Read more about the stained glass window project here 

St Mark Community Day Care Center is Enrolling Now

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Tuition Assistance may be available through the Early Learning Resource Center for families that qualify! Please call with any questions!

Silent Night Community Carol

Join Emporium First United Methodist Church on Dec 24 at 10pm for a Community Carol of Silent Night. The River 98.9 will be playing the song, so crank it up and sing along from your porch. Rumor has it the church bells will be playing the tune in the Borough of Emporium, too.
 Join them, from your home, as they make a Joyful Noise*

Chinese Auction & Spaghetti Dinner @ Emporium Moose


Emporium MOOSE #368 

 On Saturday December 5,2020 The Emporium Moose Lodge will be having a Chinese auction along with a spaghetti dinner to raise money to help Randy Schatz who was recently seriously injured in a logging accident. 

The Chinese auction will run from open (10am) until 7 pm. 

Winners will be announced thereafter. Spaghetti dinners will be dine in or take out. You may preorder your dinners by calling 486-3086 and let the bartender on duty know. Dinners will be $8 each! Dinners will be available starting at 12:00 noon. 

 If anyone would like to donate an auction item it may be dropped off at the club!
Emporium Moose #368
524 E Allegany Ave
Emporium, PA 15834

Local Sheetz Closed Temporarily

 The Emporium Sheetz is currently closed for cleaning and local officials are waiting for more information from the Sheetz administration. 

Mid-Century Emporium Calendars For Sale

The Sylvan Heritage Council proudly presents - "Mid-Century Emporium - Images from the Past", a 12 month 2021 calendar brimming with images curated from Jim Kempher's extensive collection of historic photos of our beloved town from days gone by. 
 A perfect Christmas gift and a great conversation piece, the calendars are on sale now for $15. 

Contact Michelle Clark via Facebook messenger, or by emailing us at

 We will also have the calendars available during Christmas in the Wilds on Dec. 5th - stop by and see us in front of 8 East Fourth! 

 All profits will be put directly to work on various beautification projects in our community. As always, thank you so much for your generous support of our organization. We accept cash, checks made out to the Sylvan Heritage Council and payments via Venmo @SylvanHeritage-Council

Rodney C. “Rod” Hoffower

Rodney C. “Rod” Hoffower, age 69 of Emporium, PA, passed away at Penn Highlands DuBois, DuBois, PA on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from complications of the Coronavirus. Rod was born in St. Marys, PA, the eldest son of Mildred B. “Mid” Hoffower and the late Rodney E. Hoffower. On August 26, 1972, Rod married his high school sweetheart, Barb (Glasl) Hoffower, and together they raised four children. 

He graduated Cameron County High School with the class of 1969. Following graduation, Rod enlisted in the Army and served his country through two tours in Vietnam (’70-’71) where he was a sharpshooter and received a Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars. Rod was a welder/pipefitter by trade and retired after thirty-one years from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 354. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church. Throughout his life, Rod enjoyed friends, farming, gardening, and was an avid hunter. He cherished his children, grandchildren, and his four-legged sidekick, Pepper. Rod’s quick wit, hardy laugh, colorful humor, and big heart will be immensely missed by all who knew and loved him. 

In addition to his mother, Mid, and his loving wife, Barb, he is survived by a daughter, Becca (Zack) Petitt, State College, PA; three sons: Dan (Maryann) Hoffower, New Braunfels, TX; Robert Hoffower, Emporium, PA; and Russell (Caris) Hoffower, Slippery Rock, PA; four grandchildren: Sabina, Mia, Richard, and Arthur Hoffower; three step-grandchildren and three siblings: Shirley (Forney) Bierly, Kentucky; Tim Hoffower, Erie, PA; and Tom Hoffower, Florida. 

Rod was preceded in death by his father, Rodney E. Hoffower, and step-father, Arthur Grimm. 

Due to the pandemic, a private service will be held. A celebration of life will follow at a later date to be determined by the family. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the PA Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011 

Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements. ...

Vicky J. Cochran


 Vicky J. Cochran, 64, of Driscoll Hollow, passed away on Monday (Nov. 30th, 2020) at the Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital. She was born Nov. 7th, 1956, in Port Allegany, to Frank and Shirley Bigley Cochran. 

She graduated from Otto-Eldred High School in 1974. She was employed at Jaguar Manufacturing in Smethport, and GKN Sinter Metals from where she retired in 2019. Vicky had been active with the Smethport Ambulance as an EMT in the 1980s, and had participated in the Emporium Relay for Life committee and had been a team captain. She enjoyed camping at East Branch, sitting around the campfire, spending time with family and friends. She was a lifelong fan and part owner of the Green Bay Packers. 

Her family and friends will always remember her as a generous and caring person. 

She is survived by her sister, Karen (Daniel) Smith of Eldred; two brothers, William (Julie) Cochran of Duke Center and Douglas (Paula) Cochran of Coudersport; and nieces and nephews Matthew (Brandy) Smith of Trout Run, Michael Smith of Eldred, Cody (Nikki) Cochran of Duke Center, Chelsea Thomas of Eldred, Jocelyn (Kurt Perry) Cochran of Jeju, South Korea, Cassandra (Ally Mason) Cochran of Lawton, Okla., Benjamin (Kenzie Riggleman) of Bradford and Sarah Cochran of Coudersport. Also surviving are grandnieces and grandnephews, Kayden and Kameron Smith, Connor and Wyatt Thomas and Evelyn Cochran, of Duke Center. 

She was preceded in death by her parents in 2017. 

Due to Covid restrictions, the family decided not to hold public services as was previously announced.  
Private services will be held by the family at a future date and time. 

Memorial contributions may be made to DaVita Dialysis of Bradford or to the American Legion Post #887 of Eldred Auxiliary Fund.
 Online condolences may be made at

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Pic of the Day

Some of the higher elevations had snow today 


Salvation Army Volunteers Still Needed


I am one of the new Co-Chairpersons of the Kettle Drive Campaign for the Cameron County Salvation Army. We are looking for volunteers to donate an hour (or more) of their time at one of two locations where our kettles will be hosted either at the Emporium Food Mart or Dollar General during this holiday season, November 20-December 24. 

This event raises thousands of dollars that will stay in our community for emergency assistance services. Could you take a minute to share our sign-up link with your organization? Please considering donating your time as well. 

We have tried to make it super easy to sign up. Volunteering is just as easy!
 1. Sign up for a time slot using the above link.
 2. Show up at your location of choice at your schedule time.
 3. Stand/sit near our kettle and greet people as they enter/exit the establishment. That’s it! 

Thank your for your time and I hope to see your organization represented at the Kettle! 

Warm wishes, Cristy Solveson

WTAJ-TV Visits Cameron County


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It might have been November 30th, but there was plenty of work happening in downtown Emporium. 
It seems WTAJ-TV was in town to gather information for their latest update on Covid counts in Cameron County.
Read their story here 

Cameron County SPCA Meeting - Postponed


This meeting has been postponed until further notice. 

The Cameron County SPCA will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the kennel on 678 South Mountain Road, Emporium.

 All members and the public are welcome to attend. Feel free to join us, bring any ideas, hear what we do or become a potential member. Also, we are looking for a person (s) to help out cleaning for 1-2 Mondays per month. If you or you know of someone who would like to help us out, please contact the kennel at 486-0101 for more information. Hope to see some new faces

Free Meals on Christmas Day


The Hygrade Inn, working with Anne and Don Olivett, would like to offer a hand on Christmas day to those families that may be struggling. 

Free Sheetz Coffee


This year and early next year, Sheetz is  seeking to eliminate large crowds and gatherings at its stores because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sheetz  will offer customers with the MySheetz card a free self-serve coffee once a week from Black Friday, Nov. 27, to Jan. 22, 2021.

 In the past, Sheetz convenience store has offered free coffee on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 

 This is how it works. "the free coffee offer will be uploaded to each MySheetz Card holder’s account each Friday in the months of December and January until January 22, 2021. Each coffee will be redeemable for one week after it is uploaded to the cardholder’s account." 

 Sheetz said the offer is available at all of its 614 stores.

Country Blessings Thrift Store at CCCC

Country Blessings Thrift Store at CCCC 

This week: $5.00 BAG SALE on all adult clothing. Country Blessings will continue having its annual CHRISTMAS STORE on December 2, 3, and 4 from noon until 2:00 p.m. each day. (Additional days may possibly be added.) 

 Sales will be by donation, and as usual, items are being offered free to families in need. If anyone needs to have an appointment outside of the above-mentioned hours, they may call MaryAnn at 585-698-6645. We hope to see you all again soon to help us celebrate this Christmas season. We will be observing social distancing with masks required in the building per CDC regulations. 

Hours continue to be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. 
Look for the "OPEN" flag and watch the Echo for weekly sales. 
 Country Blessings is located in the Cameron County Christian Center at 240 E 4th Street in Emporium. Phone 814-486-1841.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Mini Used Book Sale Holiday Edition

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Hot Chocolate & Cookie Decorating

December 16, 2020  6:00pm @ the Cameron County Rec Center 
To register email 


Make Your Own Christmas Ornament

Make Your Own Christmas Ornament 
December 9, 2020 at the Cameron County Rec Center 
To register email 


Handmade Stockings & Tote Bags


If your interested in a handmade stocking or sturdy tote or yoga bag, give Darlene Ellenberger a call at 814-562-0209.  Darlene will have her stockings and tote bags for sale at the upcoming Christmas in the Wilds in Emporium, this Saturday, December 5th. Darlene may also be contacted via Facebook. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Pic of the Day


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Today is the first day of buck season. Good luck to all of the hunters. Sharing these old photos from days gone by. Taken in Prospect Park, I believe at Norm Ericksons.  Cheryl Malize pictured standing near the elk.  

Quilt of Valor Presented to Michael Fapore


On Tuesday November 24 the Cameron County Quilters presented a Quilt of Valor to Michael Fapore.

 The Quilt of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover all service members and veterans with comforting and healing quilts. Since it’s founding , Quilts of Valor has presented over 260,000 quilts to service members and veterans. This is the second time the Cameron County Quilters have participated in this project. They have enjoyed making the quilt and hope to continue to do this every year. 

Mick entered the Army in 1953 and served until October 1955 having made the rank of Specialist 3rd Class. He has served this country, community and his fellow veterans in many ways. Mick serves as the American Legion Commander of the Olkosky-Jessup Post 194 since 2004. 

 He also volunteers in the community including helping with his church, food bank, the Little Museum, providing rides and more. On behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, the Cameron County Quilters, fellow veterans and a grateful nation and community, with their deepest appreciation and thank you for his service, Mick was presented with a Quilt of Valor. 
 Presenting the quilt for the Cameron County Quilters was Judy Armanini and Karen Jiang.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Emporium First United Methodist Church - No in Person Worship


 Emporium First United Methodist Church 
Worship 11 am Only on Facebook Live
 No in person worship

A Christmas Time - Grand Reopening during Shop Small Saturday

A Christmas Time - Emporium, PA 

 Be sure to stop by A Christmas Time tomorrow for our GRAND REOPENING during Shop Small Saturday. 
 We’ll be open from 9-3. 
Santa will be here from 10am - 2pm! 

 We want to make sure that Santa and all of the boys and girls who visit “A Christmas Time” remain healthy. We ask that you please wear masks when visiting. Only 2-3 families will be allowed in the Studio at a time so social distancing can be maintained. We’ve provided a chair next to Santa for photos, but there will be no lap-sitting this year.

 It is our goal that A Christmas Time can remain open the entire holiday season. 
We believe we can do this with your help! Merry Christmas, everyone!! 

 We are located at 5 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA.

Shop Small Saturday in Emporium

Don't forget, tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday! 

Hope to see you in downtown Emporium & the surrounding areas supporting local merchants. 

I will be in front of the Chamber of Commerce selling this years calendar fundraiser for the Sylvan Heritage Council 
Calendars are $15 and feature all new photos from the collection of Jim Kempher 


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to You

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving


Emporium Moose #368 Christmas Auction for Kids


What’s coming up at the Emporium Moose:
 Open Thanksgiving 10am-9pm 
Black Friday open Jukebox 8pm-11 pm 

Sunday the 29th our annual auction to benefit moose kids Christmas!

 Join us on November 29 for our annual auction!
All proceeds go to moose kids Christmas!
 Some new items some old.. ya never know what we will have!

Northwest Bank Donates to Cameron County Community Chest

Northwest Savings Bank 

 Rebecca Pasquinelli, Branch Manager of Northwest Bank is presenting a check for $2,500 to Jill Carlson, 2021 Fund Drive Chairman for the Cameron County Community Chest. This is a yearly donation that comes from the Northwest Charitable Foundation. Northwest Bank appreciates the effort of the Cameron County Community Chest and wishes them success in reaching the 2021 campaign goal.

St Mark Church Pandemic Update


St Mark Catholic Church 

Regarding recent pandemic concerns, St. Mark Church Mass services will continue to take place at scheduled times. We ask that all attending mass wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and social distance. If you're feeling ill, or have underlying conditions, please refrain from attending mass, and remember you can tune in online our Livestream broadcast of daily and weekend masses.
 Happy Thanksgiving!

There is a change to our daily Mass schedule next week.
 Wed. Nov. 25, Mass @ 8:15 AM 
Due to Holiday, there will be NO HOLY HOUR on Wed. Nov. 25
 Thurs. Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) NO MASS
 Fr. Nov. 27, NO MASS 

May you all have a blessed & safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Customer Appreciation Days @ Flowers 'N Things


We will be having Customer Appreciation days on Friday 9a-6p and Saturday 9a-4p. 

40%off remaining fall items, 20% off most everything else. Kids get a free balloon! 
Sorry no discount on fresh flowers or fresh wreaths. 
We will not be having refreshments because of Covid. 
We look forward to seeing each of you. 
Please wear your mask when entering shop. 
Thank you for shopping small.

First Baptist Church of Emporium In House Worship Update


First Baptist Church of Emporium

 After much prayer and deliberation, the Board of Deacons and Pastor Jim have come to the decision to close the church to in-person worship beginning this Sunday, November 29. This was not an easy decision to make, but due to the increasing numbers of Covid, we feel that this is in the best interest of all of our congregation. We will continue to have services live on Facebook. 

Updates will be posted here.

424 N Broad Street
Emporium, PA 15834

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cameron County COVID-19 Preparedness Update


The recent mitigation orders issued by the Governor and Secretary of Health require businesses to prohibit nonessential visitors from entering the premises. Additionally, the Cameron County Commissioners were informed that this order applies to governmental operations. Therefore, effective immediately, access will be restricted to all county offices. 

The courthouse will remain open, however, it is strongly encouraged that appointments be made with the individual office prior to arrival at the courthouse. Persons entering the courthouse will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and be temperature screened prior to admittance. Other existing mitigation measures such as social distancing and facial coverings are still required. 

Unless otherwise ordered, these restrictions do not apply to court operations. Any restrictions or changes to court operations will be communicated through the 59th Judicial District. 

Cameron County Commissioners 
Lori J. Reed, Chair 814-486-9323 
James D. Moate 814-486-9325 
Ann M. Losey 814-486-9324

Christmas in the Wilds Includes a Jewelry Class


Christmas in the Wilds Includes a Jewelry Class 

 Jewelry artist Gloria McIsaac hosting a wrap bracelet class using gemstones. The class on Sunday December 6 is limited to 10 students and open to all ages. The class will be held at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center starting at 1pm. The fee is $22 and must be paid when registering by calling the chamber 814-486-4314 or online at

Rich Valley Wines Extends Hours Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving week extended hours are as follows 
 Wednesday - 3pm to 9pm 
 Thursday - closed 
 Friday - 12pm to 9pm 
 Saturday - 9am to 9pm 
We are ready for the holiday season at Rich Valley Wines! 

The elves at Rich Valley Wines have been busy bottling and adding to our selection. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Blueberry, and more! 
We will also have ready to purchase gifts for any budget!

 Stop by our tasting room Thursday - Saturday from 5pm-9pm (as well as Sundays from 1pm-5pm for the month of December) or order online for curbside pickup, free local delivery, or shipping to most states.

 Visit for more information.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Pic of the Day


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Since bear season is underway, I wanted to share this photo compliments of Wes Walters, Emporium Pa., Cameron County native and talented wildlife photographer in the #PAWILDS. 
 Find more of Wes's photography on Facebook & Instagram 

26th Annual Christmas Benefit Auction

Friday, December 4 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM and Saturday, December 5 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM 

Tickets available for raffle baskets and 50/50 chances 

The benefit dance will not be held at the Emporium VFW as it has been in the past 25 years due to Covid capacity restrictions. Plans are in place to resume the dance in Dec. 2021.
Please share with your friends