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Thursday, November 8, 2018

George M. Yahnite

George M. Yahnite of Guy and Mary Felt Manor passed away Thursday morning (Nov. 8, 2018) at Penn Highlands Elk. He was born in St. Marys, PA on July 8, 1943 the son of the late Margaret Donlin Palamarchuck and George B. Yahnite. He is survived by and will be missed by brother, Jim Yahnite (Peg) of Canisteo, NY, a sister Mary M. Kolock (Bob) of Fort Mill, SC., nephews and nieces, Matt Yahnite, Bridget Y. Huszar, Kasi Y. Staffen, Christina K. Gratrix, Steven Kolock, several grand nieces and nephews, and many close friends and co-workers.

After graduating from CCHS in 1962, he enlisted in the Navy and served for four years aboard the USS Albany. Following his discharge he attended Penn State DuBois and eventually became employed with GE in Erie. He returned to Emporium following a very serious car accident and began his decades long position as chief hoagie sauce maker and George of all trades at Luigi's. A very humble, optimistic, caring, and sharing person, he enjoyed year round fishing in the local streams, visiting with friends and staying close to home. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, the VFW, Legion, and Moose clubs.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 AM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon to be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA where a Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Craft & Food Sale

Rotary News

Zak Breniman, owner of Dream Float, located at 934 South St. Marys Street in St. Marys, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting November 6th. Zak, a St. Marys native, and is also the grandson of former Rotary member, Sam Breniman. Also pictured is Rotarian Marsha Hendrickson who has been one of Zak’s clients.

After visiting his uncle, Ken Breniman, in California last August, Zak was introduced to floatation therapy. Zak has spent over a year floating and researching float therapy to bring the best experience to his customers. Floatation experience involves lying on your back in an enclosed float pod, which is filled with 200 gallons of water heated to skin temperature, infused with 1,200 lbs. of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt. Benefits of floating include, anxiety and stress relief, pain management, calms the mind allows mind, body & spirit to unite. This type of therapy may be used to complement other body work and healing methods.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Geocaching Event at Sinnemahoning State Park

Geocaching Event at Sinnemahoning State Park

The staff of Sinnemahoning State Park would like to invite geocachers for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun on Saturday, November 10, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. This park has had a great relationship with the caching community over the years, and as the Thanksgiving season approaches, park staff wanted to take the time to say "Thanks" by hosting an event.

Event includes luncheon, a program, and prizes. The event will officially start at 12:00 pm, indoors in the Wildlife Center classroom, with a covered dish luncheon at 12:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish to share, along with stories of your favorite caching adventures this season. Lunch will be followed by a special nature presentation. The event will wrap up at 2:00 pm with the conclusion of the game and awarding of geocaching prizes.

To keep the fun alive for all cachers attending, we have created a short and simple game for the day of the event. In addition, the park will release four new caches on the morning of the event. Special swag inside for the First-To-Find. Please check for the details of the game and the new caches.

Don’t keep the fun to yourself – bring a “newbie”. All cachers are encouraged to bring a person (or two, or three) that has never cached before. This park has very family-friendly caches that would be well suited for introducing newbies to this great activity called geocaching. Most of the 24 caches located in the park are located just a few feet off well groomed trails. The park also has loaner GPS receivers (pre-loaded with waypoints) that newbies can use for finding their first geocache!

This event is a great opportunity to meet the local caching community and share geocaching adventures!

DATE: Saturday, November 10, 2018

TIME: 12:00-2:00pm

LOCATION: Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center (inside!)


PLEASE BRING: Covered dish to share

Pre-registration is requested for this free event. Please let us know if you will be attending, indicate how many in your party will attend, as well as what food item you will be bringing so that we can plan accordingly. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit the event website at or call Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium.

 Call 486-1161, ext. 269, with any questions.

Rotary News

Karen Schatz accepts Emporium Rotary donation of $305.00 to The Package Team from 
Rotarian, Gary Boden.

Rotary News

Deborah Hanley, Administrator of the George & Margaret Mee Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon October 30th. Also pictured is Rotarian, John Rogers, President of the Mee Foundation.

George and Margaret Mee immigrated to the U. S. in 1961 from England. George a diesel engineer and thought to have much to offer the Company, was invited by his brother-in-law, Robert Mallery, to join his sawmill operation in Hancock, NY. One year later, the Company expanded into
Emporium PA and became known as Mallery Lumber Corporation. In 1976, George Mee succeeded Robert Mallery as President of the Company. After the death of Mr. Mee, the Mee Family established the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation with assets Mr. Mee realized from his investments in Mallery Lumber Corporation.

The Mee Foundation invests in projects and programs of qualified 502 (C) (3) non-profit organizations that support the communities of Delaware County, NY, Cameron County, PA, Broome County, NY and surrounding areas. Over 10 million has been granted since the Foundation’s inception. In 2017 grants totaled $1,088,596.42 focusing on Education, Community/Recreation, Health/Human Services and Arts/Culture. Some local grants include $15,400.00 to Emporium Volunteer Fire Dept., $75,000.00 to the Cameron County School District, $10,000.00 to JA of Western PA, $150,000.00 to Cameron County Ambulance, $52,500.00 to Northern Tier 
Community Action. 

 For additional information on applying for grants you can contact or
 call (607) 722-0181.

Peter J. Fragale

Peter J. Fragale, 58, of 80 Red Pine Drive, Emporium, PA passed away at his residence, Emporium, PA on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 evening surrounded by his family.

He was born January 27, 1960 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Michael V. and Jennie Costanzo Fragale. On May 31, 1997 in St. Mark Catholic Church he married Nancy Brown, who survives.

Pete was a lifelong resident of Emporium. He was a graduate of Cameron County High School class of 1977 and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. His career in the IT field include working for Adelphia Communications and Level 3 in Coudersport, private consulting work for the United States Navy and most recently was in charge of the IT Network at Quala-Die in St. Marys. Pete was a member of St. Mark Church in Emporium, was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and an award winning local wine maker. He was a member of the Citizens and Northern Emporium Advisory Board and a founding member of the Christmas Benefit Dance Committee.

 In addition to his wife Nancy he is survived by two daughters, Bobbi Fragale and Sophia Fragale, both of Emporium; two sisters, Annette Campbell and Mary Lou Fragale, two brothers, Michael (Kathryn) Fragale and Vincent (Molly) Fragale, all of Emporium; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium on Friday from 4-7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (November 3, 2018) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, Building Fund, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430

Online Condolences may be placed at

Krystina "Krys" Moore

Krystina "Krys" Moore, 25, of Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA on Tuesday morning (October 30, 2018). She was born January 1, 1993 in Nuremberg, Germany a daughter of Ben A. Moore, Sr., Anniston, Alabama and Silvia Frank Moore, Emporium, PA

Krys enjoyed hanging with friends, listening to music, arts and crafts, taking walks, games, and playing pool. Most of all she loved spending time with her daughter Novalee and anything Novalee was interested in.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Silvia (David Burlingame) Moore, Emporium; father and stepmother, Ben A. (May) Moore, Sr., Anniston, AL; one daughter, Novalee Raffaele, Emporium; Novalee's father, Mark Raffaele, Emporium; maternal grandparents, Walter (Christa Platzer) Frank, Emporium; paternal grandmother, Juanita Moore, Anniston, AL; one sister, Johanna (Robert) Byers, Birmingham, AL; two brothers, Ben A. Moore, Jr., Birmingham, AL; Walter Moore, Anniston, AL along with several aunts, uncles and two nieces and a nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, A.C. Moore.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Saturday (November 3, 2018) at 5:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 3-5 PM

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Welcome Hunters

Gun Law Seminar

Please register. Walk inside are welcome but if enough people are not signed up this could be cancelled.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Open House -Seneca Highlands IU9

A beautiful day in Cameron County

Looking out over Driftwood, Pa. St James Church in the foreground. 
 It was a beautiful day in Cameron County.

Ripe red raspberries at the end of October? Yes! 
 A friend of mine grows these.

The fall colors were so vibrant yesterday!
 This is driving on Main Street, Emporium.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Northwest Savings Bank & CC Community Chest

Rebecca Pasquinelli, Branch Manager of Northwest Bank is presenting a check for $2,500 to Jill Carlson, 2019 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 2019 campaign goal.

Community Heart & Soul Workshop

Cameron County Heart & Soul Project Hosts Volunteer Training and Story Gathering Workshop

“It seems to me that we have a lot of story yet to tell”.— Walt Disney

(Emporium, PA, October 24, 2018): “The process of gathering stories builds community social bonds. Stories help us to understand others. Most people want to know they’re seen and heard in the community. And, honoring their stories is one way we can do that.” This was stated by Jen Danifo, Senior Program Officer of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She was the guest speaker at a Community Heart & Soul workshop training, Phase 2.1: Gather, Listen To and Share Stories, hosted by the Cameron County Project Volunteer Corps (CCP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation. The seminar was held at DCNR Bureau of Forestry: Elk State Forest in Emporium, PA on October 24, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

During the workshop, an explanation of the objectives of the CCP was given. These aspirations, among many, include completing a two year survey of community statements to be used for funding and implementing programs, encouraging residents to engage more in the community to strengthen our unity, and to ensure that all voices are heard/valued to build a better Cameron County. With awareness of these goals, Danifo stressed that this is why gathering stories is so vital. She said that considering most people love to tell stories and have a personal/emotional connection to those narratives, they will likely be open to share with others on how they feel. It’s the hope of the CCP that this ideal will springboard stories from residents on what they love about Cameron County and how to improve it in order to prosper now and for future generations to come. It was agreed upon by the workshop attendees that each person has a story to tell, but it’s up to everyone to pull that story out, cherish it, and use it for the betterment and unification of the community as a whole. All meeting participants engaged in story collecting activities to sharpen skills in developing questions, determining people’s needs, and building trust. Also, Leanne Tingay, Senior Associate of Programs of the Orton Family Foundation, provided advice on using “connectors” and interviewing groups of people to reach various demographics. Tingay was accompanied Joan Wagner, Associate of the Orton Family Foundation, who offered tips on one-on-one interviews and creative ideas to go about it. Moving forward, the CCP will use Wednesday’s training to generate a full-scale engagement plan to branch out in the county to not only gather stories, but to also guarantee that each resident group is heard as a way to reach the project’s overall goals.

According to Jessica Herzing, CCP Project Coordinator, Phase 2 was made possible by the accomplishments of Phase 1 which was laying the groundwork and launching the project. Herzing said successes include creating a website, jump starting phase 2 by decorating the town with balloons, establishing a community network analysis with 23 distinct resident group voices, creating the CCP Volunteer Corps, results of the postcard home survey, the Cam Co Cookout, and the project’s invitation to the stakeholder focus group for the tri-county comprehensive plan. Adding to Herzing’s comments, Tina Solak, Executive Director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, stated that the greatest achievement of all is being finally recognized and accepted by the community for what the project stands for.

Also in attendance at the meeting with the CCP were special guests: Meredith Hill, DCNR and Director of the Pennsylvania Wilds Program; Laurie Zierer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Humanities council; John Schlimm, board member of the PHC and St. Marys resident.

Contact Jessica Herzing at or for more information or for fun and exciting volunteer opportunities for everyone! 

 Contact Information: Matthew Nolder Communication Coordinator The Cameron County Project Phone:814-335-3658 Email: 

 Jess Herzing Project Coordinator The Cameron County Project Phone: 814-335-0571

Shippen Township Closed Election Day

Shippen Township will be closed on Tuesday, November 6th for Election Day.

 Tuesday’s refuse pick-up will be on Monday. Monday, Wednesday &  Thursday’s refuse
 collections will remain the same.

 Thank you!