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Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cameron County SPCA


The CCSPCA site has some four-legged friends awaiting new homes.
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Weekend in the Wilds Results

Weekend in the Wilds brought street filled crowds to Emporium on Saturday. The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce estimates more than $10,000 was spent during the weekend. Non-profit organizations, restaurants and artists reported brisk sales during Saturday which drew at least one thousand people to the event. Live music was provided by The Grey Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, The Community Band and country band, Full Moon.

One of the biggest events was the Big Foot Hunt sponsored by Mountaineer Search and Rescue. Nearly 30 hunters took to the county trails and roads looking for the twelve big foots which were hid throughout the county and nine were found. The winning hunters included Wendy Davis, Jonathan Good, Justin Zimmer, McKenzie Maggaro, Deb George, Josh Dixon, Shey Chmelar, Christie Slottje, and Eric Shupe.

The car/truck/bike show drew nearly 70 vehicles. Vehicle owners from Emporium joined owners from as far away as New York. The winners included Anne Johnson, Bike Belsole, Den Anderson, Norm and Jane Smith, Joan Freer, John Bisker, Jim Ewing, Ernie Oldani, Ken Schaeffer, Chuck Kepler, Harlan Smith, Paul carson, Donna Wilson, Ben and Beckie VanSickles, Bob Levia, Mark Hoffman, Phil Heasley, David and Dee Tanano, Ken Harman, Mike Baumgratz, Chuck Hutwagner, Pam Irwin, Chester and Marilyn Sheets, Tom Bell, Ivan Freer, Chris Stanko, Leroy Laird, Andy Hoy, Thomas Skiver, Betty Vogel, Kenny McKervey, Carl Hanes, Richard Spouse, Wayne Rigard and Bob Rodich. The Bikes Best of Show winner was Jeff Martin (1998 Harley Softail) from Roulette. Randy Clark from Bradford took home the Truck Best of Show with his 1957 Chevy 3100. Car Best of Show was awarded to Bill Pfaff (1932 Ford Coupe) from St Marys. This year children voted for their favorite. The winner was Ken Anderson from St Marys with a 2007 Mustang GT 500.

Nearly 300 people voted in the Cameron County Best Wings Contest. For the second year in a row, Weebulls in Driftwood was voted number 1.

Cameron County Sesquicentennial Parade

Cameron County Sesquicentennial Parade will step off at noon on Saturday September 4
. It will highlight a patriotic theme noting all the men and women from the county that have served in every war since the Bucktails floated to Harrisburg to serve during the Revolutionary War. The Grand Marshall of the parade will be 93 year old Andrew Richnafsky who served in World War II.

Richnafsky’s heroism during the war is well documented. While serving in Czechoslovakia, a fellow soldier was hit by shrapnel from an artillery shell. Richnafsky picked up the man and began carrying him, but before he could get very far, Richnafsky also was wounded twice. That did not stop the Cameron County native from continuing 300 yards to safety. The man Richnafsky saved, lost his eyesight, and lived a productive life. In fact he was named in the 1970’s as the Handicap Person of the Year.

Richnafsky will be joined by the oldest resident of Cameron County. 105 year old C.W. Hudson has been invited to ride in the parade! The oldest woman, 100 year old Ruth Laughlin is unable to participate.

Parade day excitement begins at 9 in the morning when the Cameron County Little League Complex will morph into balloon heaven. Four patriotic themed helium filled balloons will be blown up at the facility. Most of the 80 plus units scheduled to march in the parade will gather on Route 155 just outside of Emporium. At noon the parade will march from the caboose on Route 120 to Woodland Avenue in Emporium.

A viewing stand will be located on Fourth Street in front of the Northern Tier Community Action facility. At the stand, the winners of first and second place trophies plus the Commissioners and Emporium Foundation trophies will be announced. Local radio station WLEM/WQKY will broadcast the parade live from the viewing stand.

During the parade, various vendors will be selling food and parade balloons. The Cameron County Fair Association will sell funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos and water, while the First Presbyterian Church of Emporium will offer walking ice cream sundaes. Following the parade, the Cameron County Quilters will raffle off a quilt. Cameron County Community Chest will plunge the ducks into the water from the Broad Street Bridge at 2:30 following the parade. The finish line is on Front Street near the Gazebo.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Lorson says, “the event is full of fun for the entire family”. The parade should last about 90 minutes. “It has been wonderful to see the support of the community from municipal officials, small business owners and groups and organizations.”

Monday, August 23, 2010


Last week the Cameron County High School band held their final evening practice for the summer of 2010. In these photos, band members take a welcome break from practicing the routines.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

David Hutton 5th Annual 5k Run & 2 Mile Walk

5th Annual 5k Run & 2 Mile Walk
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 9:00am
Cameron County High School, Emporium, PA
Contact Lynn Newcomber @ 814-486-1508 for further information.
Plan on attending this event !!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bucktail Re-Union August 27-29

The Bucktail Re-Union Returns to Emporium for the Sesquicentennial

It was 1896 when the Bucktails planned a reunion in Emporium. In 2010 those that remember the Bucktails will gather at the Cameron County Fairgrounds. The gathering will take place August 27-29.
Re-Union members will dress in wool uniforms, set up a camp similar to what the Bucktails did when they fought in the Civil War. One of those uniforms is on display at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.

The public is encouraged to come to the fairgrounds starting Friday night at 8 when stories will be shared around a campfire. On Saturday the camp will open at 10 in the morning and various displays will be on display. At noon the Bucktails will eat a camp lunch and 4:30 a photograph using Civil War era methods will be taken. A dinner will be served at 6 PM.

Sunday the Bucktails will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Newton Cemetery at the grave site of Lt. R.B. Warner of Company “C”.

Organizers expect at 30 Bucktails and family members to attend the Re-Union. If you would like more information contact Chuck Copello at 814-389-5405.

Big Band Era Dance August 27-29

Cameron County Honors the Big Band Era

As the thermometer rises so do the activities associated with the Cameron County Sesquicentennial. In August a formal dance will be held and the Bucktails will host a Re-Union at the Cameron County Fairgrounds.

Emporium Moose Lodge #368 will turn back the clock to the days of the Big Band era with a dance on Saturday August 14. Men must wear coats and ties while woman must wear dresses. The doors open at 8PM and the dance will continue until midnight. The cost is $2.00 a person and the fundraising will be used to purchase a replacement flag for the Big Flag Memorial.

The weekend of August 27-29 the Bucktails will host a Re-Union for the first time in Emporium since 1896. The public is invited to the events that begin Friday night at 8 with a campfire.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tractor Parade begins CC Fair Week

"Remembering Our Heritage" ~ "Envisioning our Future" - is the theme of Cameron Counties 42nd fair. The fair began today, Aug 9th, with it's Celebrate Agriculture Day & a tractor parade thru town kicked off the evening. Several makes & types of tractors made their way thru town and they were accompianed by the CC High School marching band, the fire dept & horses.

Sharon A. Geci Obit

Sharon A. Geci, 63, of 235 Summit St., Austin, PA formerly of Emporium, died at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Friday night. (August 6, 2010).
She was born Aug 8, 1946 in St. Marys a daughter of Mabel Streich Gennocro, Bradford, PA and the late Anthony Gennocro
She married David Geci, who survives.
Mrs. Geci graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1964. She was a member of Miller-Raffaele Unit #6222 of the America Ladies Auxiliary Unit 194, the American Legion Auxiliary and the 40 & 8.

In addition to her mother Mabel & husband David
Daughter: Denise Geci, Austin
Son: Ron Geci, Emporium
Daughter: Stephanie Geci, Austin
Daughter: Danette Geci, Austin
8 Grandchildren: Erica, Kortney, Ethan, Kiera, Katelyn, Alyssa, Mikala & James
3 Great Grandsons: Treven, Blake & Hunter
Sister: Dorothy "Dot" Chirillo, Bradford
Sister: Mary "Margie" Putt, Emporium
Sister: Gloria Berry, Emporium
Brother: James Gennocro and his wife Dolly, Emporium
Brother: Mick Gennocro and his companion Jan, Tennessee
Brother: Sam Gennocro and his companion Paula, Duke Center
Several: Nieces and Nephews,
Preceded in Death By:
Father: Anthony Gennocro
Brother: Anthony "Butch" Gennocro

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday from 4:00 - 4:45 PM. Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church, officiating.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fern L. Griffith Obit

Fern L. Griffith, 89, of 315 East Fourth St., Emporium died at Charles Cole Mem. Hosp.-Ext. Care, Coudersport, PA on Tuesday afternoon(August 3, 2010)
She was born April 16, 1921 in Whitesville, New York a daughter of the late Frank and Grace Harris Tucker.
On March 27, 1943 in First Baptist Church, Emporium she married the late Chester Griffith.
Mrs. Griffith retired from the former Sylvania in Emporium where she worked for over 38 years. She was a member Sylvania Quarter C and the First Baptist Church in Emporium.
Brother: Bert Tucker, Roulette
Sister: Lois Grossman and her husband George, Roulette
Sister: Gladys Howard, Shinglehouse
Several: Nieces and Nephews,
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Frank and Grace Harris Tucker
Husband: Chester Griffith who died June 28th, 1957.
4 Sisters: Mildred Griffith, Betty Lent and Marion Smith, Edna Eaton
5 Brothers: Robert, Keith "Bill", Donald, James & Paul "Boots Tucker
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM with Rev. R. Scott Melott, Pastor, First Baptist Church, officiating.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Pink Mushroom ?

My son just returned from a week long trip to Cranberry lake in upstate NY. This is one of the many photos he took. (More to come ) What a beautiful area!!

Lillian R. Zimmer Obit

Lillian R. Zimmer, 73, of 109 Zimmer Drive, Emporium, died early Monday (August 2, 2010) morning. She was born March 20, 1937 in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Charles E. Smith and Ruth McMillan Flannigan. She married the late Daniel Zimmer. Mrs. Zimmer was a member of the K of C's Christabelle Club, Women of the Moose Chapter 264, Cameron Co. Vets Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Fiance: Ronald Tusing, Emporium
Son: Leonard Smith and his wife Michelle, Florida
Son: Ricky Jo Smith, Erie
Son: Brett Smith and his wife Mary, Brockway
Son: John Smith and his wife Kim, Austin
Daughter: Shawnarae Callahan and her husband Tom, Emporium
Daughter: Susan Lyon and her husband Scott, Emporium
Step-daughter: Lori Zimmer, Emporium
Step-daughter: Lisa Zimmer, Emporium
15 Grandchildren
8 Great Grandchildren
Brother: David B. Smith and his wife Judy, Emporium
Brother: Charles Smith and his wife Joanne, Emporium
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Charles E. Smith and Ruth McMillan Flannigan
Husband: Daniel Zimmer
Son: David Edward Smith
Sister: Carol Smith
Brother: Edward Smith who died July 9, 2008

The family will have calling hours at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:45 PM where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:45 PM.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Thursday (August 5, 2010) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

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