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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Geocaching ~ A great adventure for all!

"Encompassing ten northwestern Pennsylvania counties, the Allegheny GeoTrail will take geocachers through the beautiful wilds of Allegheny National Forest and its gateway regions. The ten participating counties are: Cameron, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren.

Each county features between 10 and 20 official AGT caches.
All caches are listed on Search for them there by searching on "AGT-" or "AGT-(county name)" (to be county-specific) in the cache title

What is Geocaching ? "This adventure sport or hobby involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on the official geocaching website (, the GPS receiver guides its operator to hidden treasures just waiting to be found all over the countryside. A typical cache consists of a waterproof container, a log book, and trinkets. Signing the log book proves you found it, and the trinkets provide trade items; the idea is to take an item, then replace it with an item of equal value. The trinkets make a memento of the experience. Once the log book is signed and trinkets exchanged, the container is put back in exactly the same place it was found.

Every geocache hunt will be a different experience. Each hide is reflective on the person who did the hiding. Often, the trip leads the geocacher to new and unusual places . Geocaching is a great family activity!

To get started, all you need is a handheld GPS receiver and internet access. Log on to (membership is free) and enter the zip code of the location where you’d like to go. You’ll get a list of caches in that area. From that list, enter the latitude/longitude coordinates of your chosen cache(s) into your GPS receiver, and you’re on your way. When you find a cache, take something from the container and leave something you’ve brought with you as a trade item. Sign the logbook, and return the container to its hiding spot for the next geocacher!"

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Williamsport Muralist Wants to Paint the Borough

Michael Pilato has painted the side of buildings in State College and Williamsport. The accomplished muralist is eyeing the town of Emporium for his next venture. Tuesday December 22, Pilato will give a presentation to the Emporium Rotary Club and be available to meet with others during an open house at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center from 3pm to 5pm.

Pilato contacted the Sylvan Heritage Council after a friend told him the council had received a Pennsylvania Partner in the Arts grant for a mural. Following his first visit in November, Pilato decided this would be his next project. According to Pilato, “Emporium provides an opportunity for me to show other communities that they can have quality public art no matter how small the community.”

Pilato does murals inside murals. He enjoys having the murals look at each other across streets and parking lots. His murals are also three dimensional. The family of a soldier killed in Iraq gave Pilato the Purple Heart earned by the soldier. Pilato has embedded the medal into the uniform of the soldier.

In Williamsport a section of the mural is dedicated to religion and those that serve the community. The background depicts the buildings, with the leaders in front. Pilato is also the founder and executive director of the Public Art Academy. His work can be found at

Pilato plans to work with residents on the design of the murals and hopes to visit the senior centers and schools and have seniors and students paint portions of the mural.
Anyone wishing more information is invited to the open house at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center on Tuesday, December 22 from 3pm to 5pm

Monday, December 14, 2009



Christmas in the Wilds held Friday and Saturday in Cameron County was a huge success both in attendance and financially. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Lorson noted that at least $10,000. was spent over the two day period. Non-profits, and businesses report brisk business during the event which began Friday night with the Antique Seekers Holiday House Tours.

Tickets for the Holiday House Tour sold out weeks before the event. The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary ran out of food during Breakfast with Santa. Nearly 400 people were served. Businesses that offered free crafts for children noted that they were busy throughout the afternoon.

Dasher and Dancer posed for pictures throughout the day, but another reindeer brought the crowd to the street. Robert the Reindeer from Smith’s Balloonworks in Williamsport towered above the parade route. Because of the below freezing temperatures filling the 43 foot long and 19 foot high helium balloon took longer than expected. Robert held up the parade for about 20 minutes. The crowd along Fourth Street stood 5 and 6 deep to get a look at the balloon which was sponsored by the Emporium branch of the Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union.

Planning is already underway for Christmas in the Wilds 2010 which will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Cameron County. Any groups interested in participating are asked to contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas in the Wilds

Christmas in the Wilds begins Friday night
with the Antique Seekers tour of homes.

Saturday morning Santa Claus will have
breakfast with children at the Emporium
Volunteer Fire Department. Santa has
promised to bring Dasher and Dancer with him.

They will pose for pictures on Fourth Street
in the vacant lot near the chamber office.
Inflation of Robert the Reindeer will begin
at 11 Saturday morning at the former Fourth
Street School.

The parade will step off at
noon and businesses in Emporium will offer
craft projects for children from noon to 3.

Inside the chamber Jakobs Ladder will perform,
along with demonstrations from several artists.

Outside several vendors will sell items and also
have hot drinks and food available while the
Emporium Senior Center will host its annual craft sale

Christmas in the Wilds Sat Dec 12th

Christmas in the Wilds will highlight shopping locally. During the event Saturday December 12 various Emporium Businesses will offer free projects for children. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Lorson hopes that when parents or grandparents take children to the businesses they will look around the store and realize what products are sold in Cameron County.

“Since Santa is bringing two of his reindeer plus the giant helium filled reindeer balloon in the parade, several of the crafts focus on reindeer,” Johns Lorson says. Children can make a reindeer candy cane stirrer at the Cabin Kitchen, and reindeer antlers at Cappy’s. Pizza Palace Plus will have pizza tossing and making demonstrations. At the Emporium Pharmacy children can make Christmas tree ornaments, Flowers N Things will have a flower craft and at the Aroma Bakery and CafĂ© children can decorate cookies for free. The businesses request that children be accompanied by an adult and the free crafts will be available from noon to 3PM.

Cameron County Recreation will sponsor a graham cracker holiday house craft at Memorial Hall from noon to 1:30PM. In addition to the activities for children, several businesses will have sales and customer appreciation programs. Flower N Things, Emporium Pharmacy, Touches of Country and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center also plan to extend holiday shopping hours on both Friday and Saturday

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sheetz store robbed ~ St Mary's Pa

St. Marys City and Pennsylvania state police are looking for 26-year-old Edmund Ambuski Jr. of St. Marys in connection with the armed robbery of the Sheetz convenience store in St. Marys Wednesday morning.

Ambuski is described as 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds and wearing a dark green hooded coat, black pants and white shoes.He was last seen in a 1995 green Pontiac Bonneville with Pa. registration HHG-9815.

Police believe Ambuski is traveling with 16-month-old son. A warrant has been issued for Ambuski's arrest.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact their local police, St. Marys City police or Elk County Crime Stoppers at (800) 775-2030.