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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sylvan Heritage Council Sesquicentennial Banner Update


As part of the upcoming sesquicentennial celebration of our county, The Sylvan Heritage Council has embarked upon a street banner project to memorialize (or honor) individuals who have contributed in some way to the betterment of Cameron County and its citizens. Families, businesses, churches, or any other group may honor a family member, founding father, or any individual you feel has positively impacted Cameron County.

The banners will be proudly displayed in downtown Emporium (and other key intersections in Cameron County) from March through December 2010. They are 30” wide x 60” tall and will be hung from Emporium’s streetlights (similar to the Christmas banners that were displayed in the Borough over the holidays). Each unique banner will be screenprinted with an image of the person your family/organization wishes to honor or memorialize (you must provide us with a picture), as well as his or her name. The sponsor’s name will be prominently displayed at the bottom as well.

Sponsor a banner for $185.00 and help us celebrate Cameron County’s 150th birthday! If you have no one in particular in mind, we have lots of ideas! Our goal is to display these banners, each with a different image of someone who has, or will, go down in Cameron County History. If you have any questions or would like to purchase a banner, please contact Linda Lundberg at 486-1709, leave a message at the CC Chamber of Commerce, or email Michelle @ and I will forward your name & information & someone from the banner committee will contact you.

Sylvan Heritage Council Sesquicentennial Banner Update

Update: The Sylvan Heritage Councils Sesquicentennial street banner project is underway. We are delighted to say we have surpassed our original goal of 50 banners!

Plans are underway for the publication of an informational booklet displaying each banner photo and a summary of the photo. A tentative open house for the banner unveiling is being scheduled for 7 p.m., March 29th, 2010 at the intersection of 4th & Broad street. Refreshments will be available at the Chamber of Commerce building, located at 34 E 4th street.

There is still time left to sponsor a banner. The Sylvan Heritage Council has time to submit 6 more banners!

Shown is a banner with the photo of long time family physician Dr. Joseph Blackburn.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Historical Society Spring Dinner April 21, 2010

Mark your calendars for the Historical Society Spring Dinner April 21, 2010

We bounce into spring this year by partnering up on the same night with the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.

The Historical Society Dinner

Date: Wednesday April 21, 2010
Location: Emporium Fire Hall North Broad St. Emporium
Swiss Steak or Stuffed Pork Chops
Appetizers: 5:00 PM Dinner: 5:30 PM Cost: $18.00

Reservations for the dinner are required and can be made by contacting:
Marilyn Brown (814) 486-0567 April 9, 2010


Immediately following the dinner at
The Fire Hall at 6:30 PM

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is
Sponsoring through the PMC Pennsylvania Humanities Counsel

Dr. Daniel Barr Associate History Professor Robert Morris University
Western Pennsylvania during the American Revolution


Your options are endless just have dinner or stay and attend the presentation.
Or just come for the free presentation alone either way we at the
Historical Society and the Chamber just want you to enjoy an evening of entertainment!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gerald P. "Bub" Gillette

Gerald P. "Bub" Gillette, 69, of 321 Portage St., Emporium, died at his residence on Saturday afternoon(March 20, 2010) after a brave battle with brain cancer. He was born March 9, 1941 in St. Marys a son of the late Philip and Juanita "Sis" Johnson Gillette. On February 4, 1967 in St. Marks Catholic Church he married Donna Armstrong Gillette, who Survives.
Mr. Gillette graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1959. He graduated with an associate degree from Bryant Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, NY. He served with the US Army from 1963 to 1965. He worked for DCNR; Bureau of Parks. Years ago he worked for M & M Pipeline and Emporium Equipment Rentals. He was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church, Third degree and life member of the Knights of Columbus, Emporium Council #990. He was a coach for the Cameron County Little League, where he coached boys and girls, for many years and also served on the Board of Directors.

Surviving in addition to his wife Donna are two daughters Lori, Mrs. Paul Mall, Jr. of Emporium, Lisa, Mrs. Joey White, of Irving, TX, two sons, Brian Gillette and his wife Lori, and Steven Gillette & his fiance Francine Guisto & family of Emporium, a sister, Donna, Mrs. Sonny Abriatis of Emporium, 8 Grandchildren; Cassidy, Sydney, Madison, Nicholas, Seth, Alison, Taylor & Jase amd 2 Great Grandchildren Cami & Reese.
He was preceded in death by by his parents, Philip and Sis Gillette and a brother, Carl Joseph Gillette.

A mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Marks Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (March 23, 2010) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Visitation with Tribute Video will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, where a Vigil Service will be held at 2PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to Community Nurses, HOSPICE, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast Office, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sylvan Heritage Council announces Public Art Project

The George A. and Margaret Mee Foundation has recently awarded the Sylvan Heritage Council a generous grant to be used for the introduction of public art to the town of Emporium and Cameron County. Renowned Pennsylvania muralist, Michael Pilato, whose work can also be seen on Heister Street in State College and on West Fourth Street in Williamsport, has identified Emporium and Cameron County as the desired location for his next work of public art. This is an unbelievable honor and a monumental opportunity for our community.

Sylvan Heritage Council President, Jeanmare Holjencin, says through private donations and grants, more than $30,000 has been raised to date for the mural project. Several murals are already in the works, but the largest, a military-themed community mural, will be a significant contribution to the beautification of our community. "The community mural will depict soldiers, both past and present, from Cameron County. Michael plans to use a mock-flagstone background for the faces of local soldiers. The flagstone will represent the flagstone quarried from Cameron County that surrounds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and the images of the soldiers will be chosen from public input.

"The community mural will be painted over a two-day period this spring on parachute material. Cameron County students, senior citizens, veterans, and residents are asked to help paint the mural which will then be installed over a yet-to-be determined brick building in downtown Emporium. The Cameron County Vets Club has volunteered their venue for the painting of the mural.

Relatives and friends of those who have served, or are currently serving, in the military are asked to submit names and pictures of those they would like to see depicted in the mural. The Sylvan Heritage Council and Michael Pilato will review the requests and make the final determinations. When submitting your requests, please be sure to include a note as to why that particular soldier should be considered. Requests can be mailed to Sylvan Heritage Council, P.O. Box 216, Emporium, dropped off at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, or the Cameron County Vets Club. Pictures will be returned in their original condition.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Michael's website at<;> for a better idea of this artist's incredible talent.

Mary L. Tartaglia

Mary L. Tartaglia, age 87 of Beaver Dam, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 12, 2010 at her home. Mary was born on December 13, 1922 in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania to Elmer & Myrtle (nee Hoskins) Kraft.

She was united in marriage to Oscar Bailey and later to Joseph Tartaglia. She was self-employed as a beautician. Her family meant the world to her, and she was very proud of raising her children as a single, working mother. She also enjoyed crocheting and volunteering at Golden Living Center in Beaver Dam. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, Pennsylvania and also St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Beaver Dam.

Mary is survived by her children, Deanna (Michael) O'Keefe of Machias, Maine and Tom (Lillian) Bailey of Beaver Dam; her grandchildren, Christopher Bailey, Jennifer (Ed) Stehling, Matthew Bailey, Mary Margaret DeWire, Patricia (Michael) Hill, Gean Marie (George) Tobin, Shelley O'Keefe, Katie Dowd, and Patrick O'Keefe; and 18 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph Tartaglia in 1953, her two brothers Francis and Robert, and other relatives.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be held on Saturday, March 27th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA 15834. Visitation will also be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Burial will take place following the Mass at St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA
Barnett Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements

Helen L. Anderson

Helen L. Anderson, 87, of 40 W. 5th St., Apt. #105, Emporium, PA died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, PA on Monday (March 15, 2010) morning. She was born Jul 24, 1922 in Mt. Jewett, PA a daughter of the late Arthur A. and Emma Smith Paulson.

On July 5, 1940 in Winchester, VA , she married the late Paul Anderson. Mrs. Anderson retired from Sylvania where she had worked for over 35 years. She was a memer of the the First United Methodist Church over 40 for over years.

Surviving are daughters: Barbara, Mrs. Charles Bonini of Franklinville, NY., Paula, Mrs. Michael Woodside of Fernandina Beach, FL. Two brothers, Art Paulson and his wife Alice, of Mt. Jewett, PA and Don Paulson and his wife Doris, Lake Placid, FL. One sister, Sister: Lois, Mrs. Eddy Sluga of Lyndholm. Two 2 Grandchildren Mary Nella Bonini & Tony Bonini, and two great grandchildren, Oliver Bonini & Sophia Bonini. She was preceded in death by parents: Arthur A. and Emma Smith Paulson, and husband: Paul Anderson who died in 1992.

There will be no visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St, Emporium on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM with , Rev. Gary Atkinson, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Clermont Cemetery, Clermont, PA. Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Funeral Fund, 306 S. Spruce Street., Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at

Thursday, March 11, 2010

H. Donald Sestina

H. Donald Sestina, 76, of 748 Sizerville Rd., Emporium died
at Presbyterian-Univ. Hosp. UPMC, Pittsburgh on Tuesday
(March 9, 2010) night following a lengthy illness.He was born
Jul 5, 1933 in Emporium a son of the late Andrew and Charlotte
Keeler Sestina.On June 29, 1957 in St. Mark Cathlolic Church
he married Mary Jo Glasl Sestina, who survives.

Mr. Sestina graduated from Cameron County High School
and received a Bachelor Degree in finance from Lycoming
College. He was owner and agent at the former Sestina
Insurance Agency for many years. He was a member of the
First Presbyterian Church in Emporium where he served
as an Elder of the Church. He was a member of the Knights Templar
, an international philanthropic order affiliated with Freemasonry.
He served as a senior accountant at Sylvania, was a member
of the Board of Directors of the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital,
North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission,
Dickenson Mental Health, Citizens Trust Co. and Banc Corp.
He had also served as a Cameron Co. Commissioner.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary Jo Glasl Sestina are daughters
Lisa, Mrs. Chuck Banks of Liverpool, NY., Ann, Mrs. Brian Osoba of
Southington, CT. Two sons, Don Sestina and his wife Ricki of
Emporium, and John Sestina and his wife Patti of Walkersville,
MD.9 Grandchildren: Jen, Jason, Kristin, Andrew & Nathan Sestina,
Cali Banks, Brian & Matt Sanchez and Katie Osoba, and a sister,
Marie Whitcomb of Dents Run. He was preceded in death by parents
Andrew and Charlotte Keeler Sestina, a brother Jack Sestina, and
sisters Marguerite Aucoin and Catherine Crissman.

Funeral Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church,
205 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (March 13, 2010)
at 11:00 AM with Rev. Philip W. Sanders, Pastor, officiating.
Visitation with Tribute Video will be at the Barnett Funeral Home
on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Obituary Notice James R Burfield

James R. Burfield, Sr., 76, of 20419 Ccc Memorial Hwy., Cameron, PA, died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Tuesday (March 9, 2010) afternoon. He was born Aug 29, 1933 in Birch, PA a son of the late Frank Herbert and Annabelle Teats Burfield.He married Jean Schreffler, who Survives.

Mr. Burfield retired from Racoh Products where he was a truck driver for the laast 14 years of his employment. Many years ago he worked in the Oil Fields. He was a member fo the First United Methodist Church and the Emporium Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving in addition to his wife Jean Schreffler are sons James Burfield, Jr. and his wife Shannon, Joseph Burfield and his wife Cindy, Bardstown, KY, Jeffrey Burfield of Dover, PA. Daughters Carol Olay of Emporium, Lona, Mrs. David Klase of Duncannon, PA, Stacey Burfield of Corfu, NY. 12 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. Two sisters, Anna Jane Wagner of Punxsutawney and Patricia, Mrs. Richard Bennett, Norfolk, VA. A brother, Thomas Ramsey and his wife Betty of Orlando, FL. He was preceded in death byparents: Frank Herbert and Annabelle Teats Burfield, 3 Brothers: Herbert and Francis Burfield & Donald Ramsey

Funeral and Committal Services will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Thursday, (March 11, 2010) at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, followed by the Funeral & Committal Services at 2:00 PM.Burial will be in the Castle Garden Cemetery, Driftwood, PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 421 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834Online Condolences, Thoughts & Memories may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Becky's Beauty Hut

Inspection is tomorrow I will be immediately taking appointments. 814-601-0740. I will be taking walk-ins in the near furture(currently working elsewhere now and need to fill those obligations). Keeped logged in for the Grand Opening and Specials!!!

CCMH to celebrate patient safety week

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is joining with hospitals across the nation to celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 7 through 13, to help raise awareness of patient safety and to strengthen patient/family and healthcare provider relationships. This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk! Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare.”

“This year’s theme, “Let’s Talk, Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare,” focuses on the patient as a very important member of the healthcare team. The celebration of National Patient Safety Awareness Week helps raise this awareness for staff and for patients, to let everyone know is okay to ask questions. It also focuses on the importance of effective communication between the patient, among healthcare providers, and with the community. We celebrate this week to show our commitment to safe, quality, and patient-centered care at Charles Cole,” said Lucy Lajcsak, patient safety and compliance officer at CCMH. A variety of patient safety exhibits will be displayed in the Irwin Medical Arts Center this week, integrating the theme of communication.

CCMH will be spotlighting adherence to the National Patient Safety Goals and the patient’s role in safety; the hospital’s upcoming participation in simulation training, a technique gaining momentum in healthcare that simulates real life, unpredictable or unusual medical emergencies and builds teamwork and communication skills critical in emergent situations; the telemonitor program where home care nurses can remotely monitor and communicate with patients; and the patient-centered medical home, which facilitates partnerships and coordination of care between patients and families and their providers. Other exhibits will focus on infection protection, emergency department care, emergency preparedness and restorative nursing in the long term care facility

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sesquicentennial Raffle Tickets Available

Tickets for the Cameron County Sesquicentennial Rifle can now be purchased at a number of businesses in the county. “The rifle will be on display at the Keystone Rural Health Consortium on Second Street through the middle of March”, says Director Tina Johns Lorson. The .45 Henry was on display in Sinnemahoning during the recent coyote hunt. “It is hoped that the county’s gun will continue to be on display at businesses and during events throughout the year. The gun has depictions of the county engraved in gold on the barrel and on the wooden barrel. If a business is interested in selling the tickets or having the gun on display, they can contact the chamber”, Johns Lorson concluded. Right now tickets are available at Reid’s Hometown Emporium, Keystone Rural Health Consortium, Endeavor Media, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center, Valley Meats, and Sinnemahoning Sportsman Club.

The raffle ticket is priced at $5.00 and is good for all four drawings, based on the Pennsylvania Lottery Big Four nightly drawing. The first drawing coincides with the actual date of the county’s birthday, March 29. The winner will receive a Tom-Tom GPS Unit. The gun will be given away on September 4. “It is not just the person who holds the winning ticket that can win. The seller of the winning ticket is also eligible for a cash reward. The chamber hopes individuals and organizations will consider selling the tickets and cashing in on the winning,” explains Johns Lorson.