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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Archibald “Arch” Robinson

Archibald “Arch” Robinson, Jr., 95, formerly of West Sixth Street, Emporium, Seneca Falls, New York and Lantana, Florida, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium. Born July 1, 1923 in Watertown, NY he was the son of Archibald and Emma Lione Robinson. He was a 1940 graduate of Watertown High School and St. Lawrence University in 1943. On December 29, 1945 in Williamsport he married Evelyn Marie Sullivan, his wife of 57 years, who passed away June 1, 2002.

He relocated to Emporium in 1943 where he was employed by Sylvania Electric until being transferred to Seneca Falls in 1970 where he was employed until retiring in 1979. Mr. Robinson was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Emporium. He was also a member & past president of the Emporium Men’s Club, and a member of the Cameron County Grand Prix Association, Emporium Shade Tree Commission and Emporium Masonic Lodge #382 F& AM

He coached & played baseball & softball in Emporium for many years. After retiring he enjoyed wintering in Florida where he played softball for the Boynton Beach Seniors until he was 80 years old. Arch played in two Senior Softball World Series, one in Greensboro, NC and one in Houston, TX. He loved sports of all kinds like hunting, fishing, tennis and skiing and he shared this love by teaching hunter safety at the Sylvania Rifle Club where he was a member of the rifle team. He was a founding member of the Sylvania Ski Club and the Cowley Hill Ski Run. He also enjoyed traveling with his family all over the United States and Europe.

Arch is survived by: one son, David Robinson of Emporium; one daughter, Beverly Dirvonas and her husband Thomas of Windsor, Colorado; two grandsons, Scott Dirvonas and his wife Heather of Edwards, Colorado and Michael Dirvonas and his wife Erin of Fort Collins, Colorado; and four great grandchildren, Lauren, Amanda, Maxwell, and Evan Dirvonas all at home.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial donations may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W 4th Street, Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, c/o Carl Carlson, 125 E 5th Street, or Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 E 4th Street, all in Emporium, PA 15834.

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

Rotary News

Ben Porkalob, Conservation Education Coordinator for the Keystone Elk Country Alliance at the Elk Viewing Center, was the guest speaker at Emporium Rotary’s luncheon meeting January 15th. Ben grew up in Kane and has a connection to Rotary. Growing up his parents hosted a Rotary exchange student from Tokyo, Japan, and to this day they still keep in touch with his family. Ben also received a Rotary scholarship when he graduated from high school which helped with tuition while 
attending IUP.

Many of you knew Ben as a teacher at the Woodland Elementary School here in Emporium for the past19 years, but in August of 2018, Ben decided to change careers somewhat, although his job still involves teaching. The Elk Viewing Visitor Center aims to educate the public about all things wildlife, including the Pennsylvania elk herd. They offer different types of education opportunities and unique educational field trips and distance learning. Over 1500 students visit the center each year from kindergarten to college. For more information you can visit

Also pictured is Rotarian, Chris McFall. Guest attending the luncheon were John & Paige Rosenberger and Ruth Ann Phillips.

Elk County Wilds Mountain Fest

This event will be held in nearby Ridgway!

Wine & Design Seminar

Hosted by Cherie Miller, 
owner of CDH Designs located in Emporium, Pa.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Coffee with the Birds

Coffee with the Birds Saturday,
 January 19, 2019 9:00am to 10:00am 
Wildlife Center Classroom

 Participate in a Project Feeder Watch bird count and learn about the winter birds who visit Sinnemahoning State Park. Refreshments provided. 

 Sinnemahoning State Park
 4843 Park Rd (14.67 mi) 
Austin, Pa 16720
 (814) 647-8401

The Winter Loaner Program @ Sinnemahoning State Park

It appears winter has decided to come at us full force❄️🌬❄️ So who's ready for some winter fun?! ☃️

 The Winter Loaner Program will be available starting this Saturday January 19, 2019; Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Cross country ski and snowshoeing equipment can be signed out at the Wildlife Center by an adult 18 years and older. Sizing and equipment is limited so please call ahead for more information and availability 814-647-8401.

Sinnemahoning State Park
 4843 Park Rd 
 Austin, Pa 16720
 (814) 647-8401

Evard L. “Ed” Klock

Evard L. “Ed” Klock, 71, resided at 963 Cherry Hill Road, St. Marys, and a former resident of Emporium, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Penn Highlands DuBois, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born July 19, 1947, in St. Marys, son of the late Alvin O. and Adaline Fenton Klock of Emporium. Ed was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of Cameron County High School, Class of 1965, and a 1969 graduate of the University of Akron. Evard was a former employee of Keystone Carbon Company and a retired employee of Eastern Sintered Metals.

On December 15, 1973, in the Queen of the World Church, Ed married his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth A. Ritter, who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Kristie Catalano and her husband Christopher of York; a son, Kevin Klock and his fiancée Madison Williams of St. Marys; grandsons, Nathan, Noah, Idris, and Rowan; a brother, John Klock and his wife Carol of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by a nephew and his wife, John Alan and
 Roberta Kay Klock.

Evard had a loving devotion to his family and enjoyed being with them. He had a great work ethic and he enjoyed spending time walking in the park and supporting all of the local sports teams.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Jeff Noble, Pastor, officiating.
 Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation was at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, January 11, 2019, 
from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Nate Sestina on CBS Sports

Cameron County graduate Nate Sestina on CBS Sports.
 Love listening to this young man and watching him play for Bucknell.
 We're all so proud of you Nate!!

Hiring @ St Mark Community Day Care Center

SMCDCC is a loving day care center open to the community. We accept all children ages 6 weeks to school age. Our caring staff are well trained and passionate about their jobs. Please contact us for rates and any questions.

 St. Mark Community Day Care Center
 235 E 4th 
St Emporium, Pa 15834
 (814) 486-2399

Career Advisement Sessions

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3 PM – 7 PM 

 The Community Education Center will be offering evening Individual Career Advisement Sessions. Contact the CEC at 781-3437 to schedule an appointment. Let our staff help guide you on your career path exploration by answering your questions and offering advice and tips to hot jobs, training and college choices, and finding ways to pay for it. This is a great opportunity for adults looking for a career change or students needing help with the following
 • Narrowing down career options that fit your interests and skills
 • Searching for the right college for your career choice and budget
 • Schedule a job shadow with a local company 
• Writing a resume or preparing for a job interview

Community Education Center 
 4 Erie Ave, 
Saint Marys, PA 15857

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pearl E Vought

Pearl E Vought, 92, of 534 W. Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA died at the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Sunday (January 13, 2019) night following a lengthy illness. She was born February 8, 1926 in Erie, PA a daughter of the late Gustave and Ruth DePew Hagman. On June 12, 1950 in Wesleyville, PA she married the late Charles E. Vought who preceded her in death in 1999.

Pearl and her husband Charley owned and operated Charley's Friendly Tavern in Emporium 
for many years.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Stephen) Ostrum, Emporium; two grandchildren: Philip Vought and Rhonda Vought; three great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Edward Paul Vought who died in 1975 and a sister, Beulah Stevens.

There will be No Visitation. A memorial service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (January 21, 2019) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Rotary News

Program Chair, Linda Lundberg, introduced the guest speaker, Brian Reid, at the Rotary luncheon meeting January 9th. Brian was born and raised in Emporium, graduating from CCHS in 2002. He studied Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh and has worked at SGL Carbon as a Software Developer for 11 years.

Brian spoke to the group about one of his passions, photography which he has been doing since 2010. In 2015, he started focusing on a specialized type of photography for recording images of astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky. Brian presented a slide show of night photographs and spoke of the basics of photography, along with the effects of atmosphere and the earth's rotation on photos.

Guests attending the meeting were Grant Reid, nephew of Rotarian, Linda Reid and John & Paige Rosenberger, friends of Gary & Diana Boden.

College Scholarship Workshop

Friday, January 11, 2019

Timothy L. Palumbo

Timothy L. Palumbo, 59, of 213 W. 4th St., Apt. 7, Emporium, PA formerly of Glen Burnie, Maryland died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Thursday afternoon. (January 10, 2019)

He was born June 21, 1959 in Annapolis, Maryland a son of the late Nunzio J. and Jerry A. Scruggs Palumbo. Tim moved to Emporium four years ago from Glen Burnie, Maryland. He enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors. Most of all he loved spending time with his many nieces and nephews and attending their activities.

 He is survived by two brothers, Joe (Barb) Palumbo, Emporium; Danny (Sharon) Palumbo, Glen Burnie, MD; a sister, Tina A. O'Donnel, Pittsville, MD; two nieces, five nephews along with eleven great nieces and seven great nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Nunzio J. and Jerry A. Scruggs Palumbo.

There will be No Visitation. Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Online Condolences may be placed at

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Hygrade Inn

Planning a trip to Cameron county? 
Don't forget to check out the recently renovated Hygrade Inn. 
Check out their website for more information or to make your reservation!

The Cameron County Project

We've enjoyed the Holidays and now we're holding volunteer meetings, again!!! I can't wait to see all your awesome faces and what this year holds for the project! New Volunteers and Inquisitive Residents are always welcome -- this is a Phase 2 training session so we will be training on Story Listening and getting all the data from the stories residents are sharing with us. #Icantwait #Imsoexcited #Ihopeyoucanmakeit #CamCoProud

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Country Blessings

Country Blessings is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 3 pm.

Tax Form Changes

CDH Designs Tops Facebook Contest

CDH Designs Tops Facebook Contest

 CDH Designs received the most “likes” in the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Facebook contest. The chamber asked Facebook users to vote by liking the windows decorated for Christmas. Nearly one dozen businesses participated.
 The storefront with the most votes received a free chamber membership.

Classes coming to Emporium in January

Classes coming to Emporium in January

CDH Designs will ring in 2019 by offering a workshop on what trends you can expect in 2019. Cherie Miller owner of CDH Designs in Emporium will talk color, accessories and what styles are in and those that are out. Wine and snacks will be served. The workshop will be held at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center Sunday January 20 from 4-6pm. The fee is $15.

Stained glass artist Stephen Winston will offer two classes. Both feature snowflake designs which can be seen at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center. The classes are divided by skill level and will be held simultaneously Sunday January 27, February 3 and 10 from 1:30-4pm at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center. Students will select glass, cut, grind, foil and solder the snowflakes. The price is $35 and seating is limited to 10. Payment is required to reserve your seat. Reservations are accepted at the chamber, or online at www.cameroncountychamber.og.

Bessie L. Cook

Bessie L. Cook, 84, of 107 Bayberry Road, St. Marys, PA formerly of Clear Creek Rd., Emporium died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday (January 8, 2019) evening following a lengthy illness. She was born November 21, 1934 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Myrle and Ellen Heidrich Priest. On December 22, 1951 in Emporium she married the late Lee C. Cook. Mrs. Cook graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, as a registered Nurse in the class of 1984. She was a charge nurse in the CCU at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport until her retirement in 2007 and then worked several years as a supervisor and charge nurse at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys. 

She is survived by a daughter, Sheryl (Monte) Surat, St. Marys; son, Douglas (Cindy) Cook, Emporium; nine grandchildren: Tiffany, DJ, Lauren, Douglas, Jonathan, Jacob, Torrey, Jonathan and Mariah; eight great grandchildren: Dylan, Aiden, Karen, Payton, Madelyn, Anthony, Gwyn and Levi.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrle and Ellen Heidrich Priest; husband, Lee C. Cook who died March 16, 1997; son, Lee Joseph Cook who died Feb. 28, 2011; two sisters, Velma Earley and Myrle Thomas; and a brother, Leonard "Butch" Priest.

 There will be No Visitation and services will be private.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elk Haven, 785 Johnsonburg Rd., 
St. Marys, PA 15857.
 Online Condolences may be placed at

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Military Banners

53 degrees today, January 8. It was a nice to walk down the streets of Emporium admiring the military banners. Dennis and 'Mick" Fapore. Both gentleman are still residents of Cameron County. They always have a smile,a wave and a hug if they can reach you!

Crown Realty Moves to New Location

Crown Realty has moved to their new location in downtown Emporium. 
You can find them by stopping in at 23 E. 4th street.

Pa. Weather

From a sunny 53 degree January day, to a hailstorm to the fog rolling in! Mother Nature has been busy today. These photos don't do justice to how the scenery looked.

Mountaineer Search & Rescue Fundraiser