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Friday, April 16, 2021

Cameron County Project Releases Community Value Statements


Cameron County Project Releases Community Value Statements; 
Looks to Community for Help Prioritizing Ideas

Emporium, Pa (April 16, 2021): Over the last two years, you shared what you love, your thoughts, and ideas with us. Last year, you told us what we got right, very wrong and we made your corrections. 

We are excited to share the fully-resident-vetted, Cameron County Community Value Statements: Nature ​“Cameron County values the nature that abounds within our borders, from the abiding beauty of our mountains, streams, and forests to our diverse wildlife. We appreciate the variety of recreational activities and scenic views it provides us

.” Sense of Community “ Cameron County values the Sense of Community created by our people and fostered by our scenic communities and the slower pace of life that make us so unique. 
 We value the people we call neighbors, finding them kind, friendly, hardworking individuals who make our communities feel secure and welcoming.
  We revere the community spirit felt between residents -where we know one another and come together with a willingness to help in times of need. 
 We treasure the slow pace, quiet nature of neighborhoods and boroughs-where our tree lined streets and valley-nestled communities inspire a familiar feeling a home.

” Local Economy “ County values our local businesses, industries, and entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our local economy and the heartbeat of our communities, while acknowledging the potential our county offers for expanded amenities and industry.

” Safety “ County believes in sustaining a safe, secure, and close-knit community to live, work and play.” Accessibility “Cameron County values walkable communities, the safe travel between each of our municipalities and the ability to easily navigate our vast dirt road and trail system.

” Arts & Heritage “ Cameron County cherishes sharing our rich history and coming together to celebrate our community and artisans through year round community events, throughout county.

” Youth Wellbeing"
Cameron County values the well-being of our young, adolescent, and teenage residents. We believe in supporting their educational and athletic pursuits and are committed to offering them a variety of opportunities to participate and recreate within our county.”

These values are our shared, non-negotiables as we look toward a vibrant future, creating the common ground of our shared Cam Co Identity as residents and neighbors, who view Cameron County through 4600 different lenses. 

Over the next 6 weeks, we need your help to rank ideas for their place in the Cam Co Proud Call to Action Plan. This study and plan can be used to bring resident supported ideas to the table, aid in planning, and assist in securing funding to help bring them to life. We’ll be sharing your hopes, concerns, and ideas via print, in person, and on our website and social media while providing digital and in person opportunities for comment.

 You can follow this Project and participate online at or by emailing: We’ll be announcing in person opportunities week to week.

Did you pay your Per Capita/Occupational (Personal) Taxes Yet?


Notice from the Cameron County Commissioners 

Did you pay your Per Capita/Occupational (Personal) Taxes Yet?

The Cameron County Commissioners have received many questions regarding the Per Capita/Occupation Tax bills as well as the collection notices many have received with the imposed $75.00 late fee.

Please be aware, no resident of Cameron County is exempt from paying this tax unless they are exonerated by the Cameron County Assessment Office.

The requirement for exoneration is one of the following; Income, Full Time Student or Full Time Military Status. The Per Capita/Occupation Tax is due to your tax collector by December 31st. If this tax is not paid to your tax collector by December 31st, the bill becomes delinquent and the names of the delinquent taxpayers are sent to a collection agency.

If a family member passes away, it is important to contact your local tax collector so that they are removed from the taxing list. If your income or status changes, it is your responsibility to contact your local tax collector so that those changes can be reviewed.

For more information on Per Capita/Occupation (Personal) Tax, please see our FAQ page at:

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pic of the Day

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Photo credit to Brian Reid 
If you have Facebook, you can view more of his photography here 


CCHS Track Meet a Success


Cameron County had another great track meet this past Tuesday. Brianna Peters finished 1st in the 4×8, 2nd in the 1 mile, 1st in the 2 mile (and she lapped the competition and shaved 5 seconds off last weeks time) and 1st in the 4×4. Our team looked great!

Rotary News


Healthcare and the Patient Experience at Penn Highlands was the topic at the Rotary luncheon meeting, April 13th. Rotarian, Ron Luckenbill, introduced guest speaker, Nan Apps, System Director/Patient Experience Officer at Penn Highlands Healthcare who spoke about how Penn Highlands is striving to improve the patient experience within their facilities, and updates on renovations along with new healthcare options forthcoming at Penn Highlands Dubois.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Thing-a-majig Soft Opening a Success

The soft opening of  Thing-a-majig Gift Shop at the Hygrade Inn was a huge success.

 Over four days, our fully booked schedule of guests provided the feedback we needed. Our brands such as CB Stuffer, The Bower Studio, Kodiak Leather Co., The Porcelain Garden, Inc., BeginAgain, Kate's Magnets, Quilling Card, Safari Ltd. and Kurt S. Adler, Inc. (to name a few) were very popular. We are committed to forever changing it up with the gifts we offer to keep it interesting! Finally, we appreciate everyone’s feedback! We are looking forward to our grand opening on May 8, with a book signing from our community’s very own local childbook author Barbara Williams Ryan and music by our local Blue Bob fan from Kane Bob Swanson! Huge shoutout to Bob for the offer of music! Thank you! 

 212 E 4th Street 
Emporium, PA 15834
 (814) 335-5968
 An upmarket hotel gift shop located within the Hygrade Inn offering unique gifts, antiques, oddities, whatchamacallits, and Doohickies to guests and the general public. 

Library Update - Reading Resources Expanded


New Castle, Oil Creek, Seneca Library Districts and Erie County Public Library/Crawford County Federated Library Systems have entered into an expanded Reciprocal Lending Agreement (RLA) through OverDrive. The RLA allows patrons to use all 5 OverDrive collections with just their home library card to access over 38,000 e-books and audiobooks. 

 The OverDrive resource provides free access to digital content such as e-books and audiobooks through a web browser or mobile app, and content is available to any public library card holder within the Northwest PA region. “Access is a core value of our districts, and entering into the RLA allows us the expanded benefit of improved patron service and a greater return on investment for the materials we purchase for our digital collections,” says Jessica Church of Erie/Crawford Library District.

 “The expanded RLA began on April 12, 2021, and our patrons are very happy with the project. Our collections are relatively small, but they each have a different selection of materials, so our patrons are really getting a whole different library to explore” says Erin Joyce of Oil Creek District. 

 The SNOE (Seneca, New Castle, Oil Creek, Erie/Crawford) region is excited to add another layer of cooperation between the districts and systems in the Northwest. There is a long history of cooperation between the four Districts, but this project is the most patron centric so far. “We are always looking for ways to maximize the impact of our limited resources,” says Amy Geisinger of New Castle Library District. Leslie LaBarte of Seneca Library District adds, “With so many of our member libraries being very small and very rural, this agreement allows them to provide resources that they would not be able to afford on their own - and that makes all of us better

.” For more information, feel free to contact one of the consultants at To access OverDrive collections, visit one of the following sites: 
 ● Seneca Library District: 
 ● New Castle Library District: 
 ● Oil Creek Library District: 
 ● Erie County Public LIbrary: 
 Crawford County Federated Library System: Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rotary News


Kyle Baker, PT/DPT for UPMC Cole, was the guest speaker at the April 6th Rotary luncheon meeting.

 Kyle discussed services offered by UPMC Cole at their outpatient rehabilitation therapy services located at Coudersport Irwin Rehabilitation Center, Emporium Health Center, Port Allegany Community Health Center, Shinglehouse Health Center and Smethport Health Centers. Also pictured is Rotarian, Corrie Amick, who is a Physical Therapist with UPMC Cole at Emporium Health Center.

Town Wide Yard Sales & 100 Mile Yard Sale

Mark your calendar for these yard sales!  

2021 Smethport Area Town-wide Yard Sales

 Friday and Saturday, April 30th and May 1st


Port Allegany Town Wide Yard Sale 
Saturday, May 22, 2021 8 am until ?


24th Annual QIDC 100 Mile Yard Sale 
16 at 8 AM EDT – Jul 17 at 5 PM EDT 
This event runs from Shawville to Medix Run and From Weedville to Sinnemahoning.

 The Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation (QIDC) will be holding the 24th Annual QIDC 100 Mile Yard Sale this year on July 16 and 17, 2021. There are several small towns along the route. The QIDC will be set up again at Big M's garage in Karthaus. Stop by and say hello. Registration is $10 and begins March 1st. We will end registration for the directory on May 1st. We hope to have the directories printed and distributed by June 1st. Members of the QIDC will be set up at the Quehanna Lodge on April 11th, 18th, and the 25th if you would like to register in person. 
We will be there from 1 to 3 pm.

New Wine, Beer, & Shine Tasting Trail Includes Rich Valley Wines

Yes, our very own Rich Valley Winess on the map! 

New Wine, Beer, & Shine Tasting Trail 
 The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the newest version of their wildly popular Wine, Beer, and Shine Tasting Trail is now available. Seventeen wineries, four breweries, and six distilleries are featured. Each has a listing with their location, contact information, and twenty-five words describing what they offer, along with their location noted on the large folding map. The new guides and locations map are available for download online at, PAGO branded information racks, and at PAGO members’ locations. Visitors can also request a copy via mail by calling (814) 849-5197 or emailing
“Over the last several years, one of the quickest growing trends in travel are vacations or weekend getaways based around visiting local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. We affectionately call these people “Booze Travelers”. Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region has seen a rapid growth in all three of these categories and the new Wine, Beer, and Shine Tasting Trail was designed to be a complete guide for those interested in experiencing and enjoying the unique flavors of our region." -John Straitiff-Executive Director Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Drag Races at St. Marys Airport

 Another nearby event you can save the date for! 

Red Cross Blood Drive @ VFW


Red Cross Blood Drive
 Donors needed on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at: 
 Cameron County Vets Club 
427 East 3rd Street 

Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM 

Sponsor Code: Vets Club

Nearby Kane Drive In Opening Soon

It is Drive In season 

If you've never been to one, this is the year to give it a try! 

We have two in our area, Kane and Portville.

 Kane Family Drive in is excited to announce that we will begin our season on Fri., April 23 and Sat., April 24 with 2 new releases!

 Up first will be “Godzilla Vs. Kong” (PG 13). The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance. Then, it’s “Mortal Kombat” (R) MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. 

Adults are $7, Seniors and kids (6-12) are $3, kids under 6 are free. 
Gate and snack bar open at 6:30. 
 Movies will start at approximately 8:00.
 Can’t wait to see you!

This is the link to the Portville Drive In
It does not look like it is open yet but check their website and FB site for updates.

Hand Gliding in Cameron County

This gentleman was noticed last week near Sinnemahoning
He lives in the area and this is one of the activities he enjoys in Cameron County! 
Shout out to Lori for allowing me to share her photo.


Home Track Meet Tuesday, April 13

Come out and support the CCHS track team 
Tomorrows game will be at home 

Shown is Aralyn Robinson running for CCHS last Tuesday

Shown is Morgan Lorenzo running hurdles for CCHS last Tuesday 

Stay Informed for the Upcoming Election

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All Pennsylvania voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on four ballot questions in the May 18 primary. The first two deal with emergency declarations - above is a simple comparison to help you understand what your vote means.

 Info on all the ballot questions:

 When Pennsylvania voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 18, for the primary election, they will find three questions on the ballot regarding amendments to the state Constitution and one referendum. The first two constitutional questions deal with disaster emergency declarations while the third addresses racial equality. The ballot referendum asks about allowing municipal fire and EMS companies to share access to the existing Fire and Emergency Services Loan Fund with volunteer companies.

Please follow the link above to read all 4 ballot questions 

CCHS Seeking Coaching Positions


The Cameron County School District is currently seeking candidates for the following coaching positions: Head Girls Basketball Coach
Assistant Boys Basketball Coach
 Head Girls Golf Coach 


 Qualified candidates must submit an application, found on our website, Act 151 Child Abuse History, Act 34 PA Criminal Background, Act 114 FBI Clearance, and three letters of recommendation to the Office of the Superintendent. Act 168 and pre-employment drug screening requirements apply. 
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2021. EOE

Acoustic Country Music @ Sinnemahoning Tavern


Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Raflle - Shooting Update

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

Shooting ranges are closed this Saturday, the 17th.
They will reopen on Sunday. 

 Meat raffles will start about 5 pm or soon after the Turkey & Novelty shoot 

Black Powder Muzzle Loader/Novelty Shoot


Black Powder Muzzle Loader/Novelty Shoot 
Don't put your lead balls away yet!!! 

Pre-register at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s club or in person by noon the day of the shoot. 
Entry fee $10 (Cap n Ball or Flintlock only) 
This is for ALL levels of shooting experience. Rain Date would be April 24th. 
For Questions call: Walt Bowden 814-661-2418 

This will be held at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s club, Saturday, April 15
 from 12 PM EDT – 5 PM EDT

Band @ Mack's Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar April 17


Mack's Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar Inc. 
13285 Route 120 
Emporium, PA 15834 
(814) 486-0229

Annual Veterans Fishing Derby.


Annual Veterans Fishing Derby 
Register when you arrive and bring along your VA card just in case

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Moderna Vaccines Available


Keystone Rural Health Consortia, Inc.

 PA is opening vaccines up to everyone earlier than expected starting tomorrow April 13th. 

 We currently have the MODERNA vaccine and can give these ONLY to those 18 and older even though the state said 16 and older. 



Pic of the Day

One of my very favorite trees! 
Love seeing this magnolia tree in bloom.


Rod and Gun Club Membership Meeting


Cameron County Bucktail Rod and Gun Club 

 The Rod and Gun Club will have it’s annual Membership meeting on April 21st at 7pm at the Club. All members are invited to attend. Wayne Hunt will be present to update members on the new hunting rules for the coming season. We will also discuss updates to the Club property.

Valley Meats Will Reopen April 27

Valley Meats 
 690 Rich Valley Rd 
Emporium, PA 15834 
 (814) 486-0440

Scavenger Hunt


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Pic of the Day - Russ Gleixner

Shown is shed hunting enthusiast Russ Gleixner. Russ walks many miles in Elk and Cameron County shed hunting each year. Alone or with several of his buddies, they are usually lucky. These sheds were found about 25 yards apart and Russ stated he walked a total of 26 miles in steep terrain for this find! 
Russ, thanks for letting me share your photos! 


Sinnemahone Paddle Race Draws Competitors From Across PA and NY

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Sinnemahone Paddle Race Draws Competitors From Across PA and NY

Low water forced a course change for the 2021 race which saw 74 people register for the annual event. Competitors raced 5 miles instead of the usual 11 mile course, starting in Driftwood and finishing in Sinnemahoning. The PA Fish and Boat permit sets the low and high flow water marks. Thursday afternoon the gauge at Sterling Run measured less than 350, by race time it had dropped to 290. Thanks to the inflow from the Bennetts Branch the gauge at Sinnemahoning hovered at 800. Long time paddling enthusiast Ken Gerg remarked the course and added a twist. Racers had to navigate two loops in the course.

For the first time in recent years rescue teams from Pine Glen, Mountaineer Search & Rescue, Renovo and Pleasant Gap had no reports of anyone flipping in the stream. To comply with Covid-19 restrictions awards were handed on the stream bank and each competitor given chamber bucks to enjoy dinner at an area restaurant.

The coveted traveling trophy named for Bob Umbenhauer was won by the team of Russel Haines-Ed Leszak. Other top finishers included Don Frew in 1 person canoe racing class, the team of John and Will Koening took home first place honors in the recreation 2 person canoe class, the team of Saul and Eastyn Solveson finished first in the adult-junior canoe class the team of Seth and Luke Fragale placed first in the Clydesdale canoe class, the team of Steve Martin-Paul Gruber finished first in the racing 2 person canoe class, the team of Debra Brax, Holly Crouch, Toni Flament and Teresa Stout placed first in the 4 person canoe racing class.

 In the women kayak classes Angela Horst placed first in the long class, Debra Witowski placed first in the medium class, Laura Wright placed first in the short class. In the men kayak classes Steve VanErden placed first in the men kayak short class, and Daniel Harmon placed first in the men medium kayak class, David Wiltey placed first in the men kayak long

Race results listed at this link 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Looking for Owner


My brother found this 6 years ago while hunting in the Emporium area and it looks sentimental. 
He posted it on Facebook page years ago and has not found the owner. This is a long shot but I thought I would try one more time since lots of hunters use this Facebook  site. ( Lots of Sinnamahoning & Driftwood Friends) 

 Posting here in case someone would recognize it!   If so, email me at 

Grand Opening of the Thing-a-majig is May 8


Grand opening of the Thing-a-majig is May 8!
 The Thing-a-majig an upmarket hotel gift shop located within the Hygrade Inn offering unique gifts, antiques, oddities, whatchamacallits, and Doohickies to guests and the general public.

Increased Starting Salary for Recreation Director Position at Memorial Hall Rec Center.


Increased Starting Salary for Recreation Director Position at the Memorial Hall Recreation Center.

 Benefits available. College degree or experience in recreation preferred. Management & budget experience also preferred. Working knowledge of grant funding required. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, & QuickBooks preferred. Assistance with grant writing and QuickBooks available. Must have a good understanding of social media platforms, advertising in print & online, be able to maintain a good rapport with the public, and be willing to work flexible hours. Other duties as assigned. 32.5 hrs per week (salary $28,000) Variable hours with half-hour unpaid lunch. Proof of child abuse clearance, state police criminal record check, & valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License required before hire date. 

Please email resume to, Attn: Recreation Board, by Friday, April 23, 2021 E.O.E. This job is in Emporium, PA.

Please share with your friends! 

Spring Vendor Show @ Maker's Warehouse


Spring vendor show! 

Come support local small business at our vendor show from 10 am to 4 pm on April 10. 
There will be hot sausage sandwiches and sloppy Joes for sale by makers warehouse as well!
 Hope to see you there!

 Maker's Warehouse 
 315 Brusselles 
St, St Marys, PA 15857

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Aprils is Sexual Assault Awareness Month  

Capsea, Inc. 
 Ridgway · You may notice teal balloons in places like the Ridgway Courthouse, the Cameron County Courthouse, and throughout downtown Johnsonburg. 

Our team is working hard to PAINT THE TOWN TEAL in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 We’re calling on our neighbors and business owners to join us! 
Decorate your homes, offices, and storefronts with teal balloons, streamers, and ribbons in support of #SAAM2021 and help us put an END to sexual violence. 

 Interested in participating?
 Contact us at or 814-772-3838 and we’ll send you signage and other items to help decorate.

St Mary's PA Career Link is Open


Pennsylvania CareerLink: Elk & Cameron County

We are open in St Marys at 245 Depot Street. 
*Looking for work? 
*Looking to stand out as a jobseeker?
 *Looking to attend post secondary Training? 

THEN COME SEE US! 8am- 4pm Monday through Friday

 Pennsylvania CareerLink: Elk & Cameron County Employment Agency 
 245 Depot Street 
Saint Marys, PA 15857
 (814) 834-2857

Guy and Mary Felt Manor COVID Update


Guy and Mary Felt Manor 
Your hometown skilled nursing facility 

We wanted to provide an update regarding testing at the Facility. On 4/6/21, we performed a facility wide COVID test on all residents and staff. We are pleased to report that all residents and staff tested negative.

 Moving forward, the facility will test once a month. We do not have any residents in Isolation therefore; our Isolation wing has been opened. We have established some guidance for newly admitted residents as well as any current resident that is admitted to the hospital and out of the facility for over 24hrs. Upon admission or re-admission to the facility, they will be placed in our isolation wing for 5 days and then tested for COVID, regardless of vaccination status. St. Marys Pharmacy continues to monthly offer COVID vaccines to any newly admitted resident as well as staff members. Our indoor visitations are going well. We hope soon to expand that to outdoor visitation as well. 

 Additional recommendations: 
• All visits must be scheduled with Shelley Carlson by calling 814-486-4830 Monday through Friday from 8:00am-3:30pm.
 • Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID along with temperature checks. Denial of entry of those with signs/symptoms. 
• Face Covering/Hand hygiene.
 • Visitors should physically distance from other residents that are in the dining room for activities. 

 Felt Manor continues to work hard in our fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

 Thank You for your continued support. 
 Sincerely, Kimberly Jones, NHA 
Michelle Greenthaner, Infection Preventionist

CCHS School Survey Results Needed


Dear Parent/Guardian, As the Cameron County School District makes plans to return to full in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year, it is vital that we receive parent/guardian input. 
 To that end, we are conducting a survey that includes students currently attending:
 > CCSD in person 
> CCSD remotely
 > CCSD Virtual Academy
 > A State Cyber School
 > Homeschooling. 

 This five-minute survey will provide us with valuable information, enabling us to provide the best instructional model possible for our students. Please share your input by Friday, April 23, 2021. 

 The survey can be accessed at and selecting the “Return to Instruction Survey 2021-2022: Survey” link. 

 You are also encouraged to review the CCSD Promotional Flyer and Raider Closet/Backpack Program Flyer links to gain a better understanding of what CCSD provides for our students.

 Thank you for your willingness to share your input! 
Best regards, Dr. Keith Wolfe

Cameron County Little League Clean Up Day


Cameron County Little League Pre-Season Clean Up at Cameron County Little League complex.


We need help getting ready for the upcoming season.
 We have painting, raking, organizing, and other cleanup task to take care of and would GREATLY APPRECIATE your help.
 Food and drinks for volunteers. 
Thank you in advance!

Umpires Needed for CC Little League


Cameron County Little League 

 We are looking for umpires for our 2021 season!
 A training will be offered for those interested! 

Please call text Saul(814)594-7131 or Cristy (814)594-5835

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Course Change for the Sinnemahone Canoe and Kayak Classic


Sinnemahone Canoe and Kayak Classic

 The forecast is for a 30% chance of showers Friday. The guage this morning is below the low water mark to run the race....but....the guage at Sinnemahoning thanks to the Bennetts Branch is reading 900+.

 The race will utilize the Driftwood Branch from Driftwood to Sinnemahoning. 

 If you registered you will be given a course update along with parking information and goodie bag pickup information via email or phone call tomorrow afternoon. 
 Please bear with us as we are making every effort to host the 2021 Paddle!