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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CCHS Art Show & Christmas Concert

The Cameron County High Schools annual Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 7th at 7 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium.  The Junior and Senior concert bands will perform "Christmas at the Movies", selections from "The Polar Express", "Nightmare Before Christmas," "White Christmas," and other favorite holiday movies.

The CCHS Art Department will have student artwork on display in the gymnasium. Stop in early to browse through the CCHS Winter Art show.

15th Annual Christmas Benefit Dance

Cameron Counties 15th Annual Christmas Benefit Dance will be held this Saturday, December 4th, from 8 - 10 p.m. at the VFW club in Emporium.  This dance benefits a local family, so bring a friend along for an evening of fun.  Couples $25. Singles $20.00.  Admission price includes snacks, beer, soda & music by Carl Mitchell.  Contact Connie Garrigan @ 486-9445 or Carrie Saline @ 486-3458 to donate items for the Chinese Auction.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gift Tree Benefit

The staff and residents of the Guy & Mary Felt Manor will be sponsoring a Gift Tree to benefit St. Marks Day Care. The following items have been suggested: puzzles, board books, pre-school games, hats, mittens and scarves. Please drop off items at the manor from 12/3 thru 12/21/10. The items may be left unwrapped. Any questions call Pat at the Manor.

Shane Ellsworth Lathrop

Shane Ellsworth Lathrop, 39, of Port Allegany, died unexpectedly Monday (November 22, 2010) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

He was born Oct 12, 1971 in Olean, NY, a son of Andrew (Anne) and Ellie Berg Lathrop. On July 3, 2004, in Niagara Falls, NY, he married Kelly Flint, who survives.

Mr. Lathrop was a 1989 graduate of Smethport Area Jr./Sr. High School and had worked as a quality manager at PSM Brownco of Emporium, PA.  He was a member of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Port Allegany, the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, and was social member of the VFW #212 of Bradford, PA.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by four sons: Andrew, Blaine, and Sean Lathrop, all of Emporium, PA, and Jack Lathrop of Port Allegany one brother: Sean (Laurie) Lathrop of Port Allegany.
Two  step brothers: Frank (Sandy) Mason of Eldred and Greg (Stephanie) Mason of Statesville, NC

Five  nieces: Rebecca, Allison, and Hannah Lathrop, Lila and Gillian Ruff and one nephew Grayson Ruff
One sister in law: Tonya (Eric) Ruff of Buffalo, NY
Two brother in laws: Anthony and Craig Flint of Charlotte, NC
Father and Mother in law: Martin A. “Tony” and Susan Flint of Port Allegany.

Shane was preceded in death by one step brother, Todd Mason.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Saturday, at 10 A.M., at St. Mary’s Sartwell with the Rev. Charles R. Schmitt as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sartwell.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Port Allegany Ambulance Association, PO Box 223, Port Allegany S.W. Smith Library building fund, 22 Church St, Port Allegany, and the Epilepsy Foundation, 1501 Reedsdale St. #3002 Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2310.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Robert "Rob" B. Colwell, Jr

Robert "Rob" B. Colwell, Jr., 60, of 113 W. 4th Street, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium on Saturday morning following a lengthy illness. (November 20, 2010)  He was born May 27, 1950 in Port Allegany a son of Angeline Fapore Colwell, Port Allegany and the late Robert B. Colwell, Sr.

On August 8, 1981 in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Port Allegany he married Tracy Boschert Colwell, who Survives.  Mr. Colwell graduated from Port Allegany High School in the class of 1968 and then from Alfred State University. He was employed for over 30 years at Northern Tier Community Action and Director of Head Start for the past 20 years. He was one of the co-founders of the County Food Pantry in Emporium. He was also a Grant writer for many projects in the County. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church

Surviving in addition to his mother Angeline Fapore Colwell and his wife Tracy Boschert Colwell
are sons Matthew and Timothy Colwell of Emporium.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert B. Colwell, Sr. who died Aug. 22, 2007.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 5-8 PM
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857
Online Condolences may be placed at

Now You See It, Now You Don't

Toby Nelsons demolition and removal of the former Judy's clothing store took less than two weeks.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Local Resident Discusses Rails To Trails Project

Jeff Ream, an engineer for Gannett Fleming, Inc., discussed some of the design aspects for the proposed West Creek Recreational Trail during a public meeting held Wednesday evening at city hall.

The final public meeting regarding the master site plan for the West Creek Recreational Trail, a planned Rails-to-Trails corridor between St. Marys and Emporium, was held Wednesday evening at St. Marys City Hall. The final plan will now be sent to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for review.

According to Michelle A. Brummer, environmental planner for Gannett Fleming, Inc., the proposal is for a trail along an abandoned 19-mile segment of railroad that is now owned by the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc.

"It runs from Emporium to St. Marys along West Creek and there are portions of it along Route 120," Brummer said. "The uses proposed for this are walking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the appropriate seasons."

ATV use will not be permitted on the trail.

Brummer explained that the development process for the master site plan included meetings with the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc., as well as two informational sessions that were held last fall in St. Marys and Emporium.

A feasibility study was also conducted for the project, and Brummer said it indicated that there is a need for safe, accessible recreational trails in St. Marys and Emporium.

"As far as close-to-home recreational facilities, there are some parks. There are actually several parks here in St. Marys and just a couple parks in Emporium, but they really focus on playgrounds and sports fields. It doesn't do anything for fitness walking, walking for health, walking to observe nature, or study of nature, which are also recreational activities," Brummer said.

At the same time, there are still a number of challenges that still need to be addressed, she noted.

"We do have potential conflicts. We've got a number of highway and street crossings, so [we've had to address] how we manage trail crossings of those highways and roadways. We still need to permit emergency vehicle access, so it's not like we can block those entrances altogether. We need to have access for ambulance or police to be able to get onto the trail if necessary and we've got some bridges that are not in ready-to-use condition," Brummer said.

Jeff Ream, an engineer for Gannett Fleming, Inc., explained that items considered in the study included potential trail surfaces and necessary safety upgrades to bridges along the trail.

"This study was not a full-blown engineering study," Ream said. "This isn't final design. We looked into these engineering aspects to the level that we needed to in order to develop a good budgetary cost estimate for future funding. That future funding then will address final design and construction of the project."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marie C. LaBrozzi

Marie C. LaBrozzi, 83, of House of Loreto, 2812 Harvard Ave., NW, Canton, Ohio formerly of Meadow Rd., Emporium, PA died at her residence in Canton on Sunday (November 14, 2010) night where she was living the past month.She was born June 12, 1927 in Lumber City, PA a daughter of the late Lawrence V. and Catherine M. Hornung Caldwell.On May 15, 1944 in St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium, she married the late Francis "Tim" LaBrozzi.Many years ago Mrs. LaBrozzi worked at McCrorys and Sylvania and retired from Motor Coil in 1989 where she worked for many year a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Rosary Society and the VFW Auxilary. She enjoyed Baking bread, sharing it with others, crocheting and reading.SurvivingDaughter: Cathy Schlotzhauer, Homestead, FLDaughter: Sr. Judith LaBrozzi, Sisters of the Congregation of the Divine Spirit, Canton, OHDaughter: Victoria Holloway and her husband Richard, Nashville, TNDaughter: Lorraine Smith and her husband Stephen, Pittsburgh6 Grandchildren and 6 Great GrandchildrenSister: Lucille Caggeso and her husband Daniel, RidgwayBrother: Fred Caldwell and his wife Edna, EmporiumBrother: Joe Caldwell and his wife Beatrice, EmporiumPreceded in Death ByParents: Lawrence V. and Catherine M. Hornung CaldwellHusband: Francis "Tim" LaBrozzi who died April 28, 19942 Sisters: Clara Caldwell Rinehuls and Dorothy Jean BerryBrother: Lawrence "Bill" CaldwellVisitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:00 PM.Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PAMemorial Contributions may be made to Congregation of the Divine Spirit, 2812 Harvard Ave., Canton, OH 44709 or to the American Heart Assoc., 501 Howard Avenue, Altoona, PA, 16601
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kathryn M. "Katie" Zoschg, 94, of 3033 Cameron Rd., Emporium died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor in Emporium on Friday evening. (November 12, 2010)She was born November 25, 1915 in Rathbun, PA a daughter of the late George F. and Rose Balaban Mahovlich.On July 14, 1941 in Winchester, VA she married the late Matthew A. Zoschg, Sr.Mrs. Zoschg was a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time around her home most especially gardening. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.SurvivingDaughter: Carol, Mrs. Edward Uzdale, EmporiumDaughter: Margaret Burnside, EmporiumDaughter: Mary, Mrs. Philip Burkhouse, EmporiumDaughter: Sandra, Mrs. Donald Bickford, EmporiumDaughter: Kathryn, Mrs. Mark Johnson, DriftwoodSon: Matthew Zoschg Jr. and his wife Nancy, EmporiumSon: Stephen Zoschg and his wife Laura, EmporiumSon: James Zoschg and his wife Susan, Emporium31 Grandchildren and 21 Great GrandchildrenSister: Margaret Shoup, St. MarysSister: Helen Goodman, FreeportBrother: Frank Mahovlich and his wife Rose Ann, St. MarysBrother: Joseph R. Mahovlich and his wife Margaret, RathbunPreceded in Death By:Parents: George F. and Rose Balaban MahovlichHusband: Matthew A. Zoschg, Sr. who died Dec. 18, 2003Infant daughter: Theresa Marie ZoschgBrothers: George, Ivan and Steven MahovichSisters: Barb Reed, and Anna ParopacicSeveral Siblings: in infancyThe Zoschg family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday morning from 9:45-10:45 AM.Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (November 15, 2010) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, as Celebrant.Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PAIf desired, Memorials may be made to to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, or to Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 or to the charity of your choice.
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Work Continues

With the weather on their side, workers continue with the demolition of one Main street building and the restoration of another. The former 'Sylvias" or "Judy's" store is almost completely torn down. Across the street, the former "Big G" is receiving a complete makeover of the store front as well as siding for the building. Gone are the large glass windows that stretched across the store front. Smaller windows have replaced them and a stone wall creates a whole new look.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Building Demolition

Emporium will lose another building beginning Wed, Nov 10th. While the former "Judy's" store is being removed, traffic thru the alley between the vacant stores of Jasper Harris & Sons & Judy's will be closed to through traffic. Residents that need to access the road behind the buildings may do so by using the Chestnut street entrance.
The Jasper Harris store is rumored to be next on the demolition block.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Paul F. "Freddie" Lewis, Jr.,

Paul F. "Freddie" Lewis, Jr., 76, of 71 Pine Glen Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence on Monday (November 8, 2010) morning. He was born May 30, 1934 in Emporium a son of the late Paul F. and Viola Bennett Lewis, Sr.

On December 12, 1953 in Emporium he married Dorothy Donahue Lewis, who Survives.
Mr. Lewis retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where he worked for over 40 years. He was a member of the Emporium County Club. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to Dorothy Donahue Lewis
Daughter: Deborah Divincenzo, Camp Hill, PA
Son: Richie Lewis and his finance Karen, Emporium
Daughter: Karen, Mrs. Michael Ramsey, Emporium
Daughter: Judy VanZile, Lakeland, FL
Daughter: Gina, Mrs. William Clark, Lititz, PA
8 Grandchildren Christina Divincenzo, Matthew and Adam Ramsey, Nathen & Vanesa VanZile, Mariel, Nataly & Anthony Clark
1 Brother: Russell "Rusty" Lewis and his wife Kathy, Emporium
1 Sister: Carole, Mrs. Fred Smith, Emporium
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Paul F. and Viola Bennett Lewis, Sr.
Three Sisters and One Half sister

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-8 PM.
Funeral Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 205 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (November 10, 2010) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Philip W. Sanders, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium

Online Condolences may be placed at

Friday, November 5, 2010

Edward L. Horning

Edward L. Horning, Sr., 82, of Midland Rd., Emporium, died Thursday, November 4, 2010, in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys.

Born May 16, 1928 in Emporium, he was the son of the late Byron H. Horning, Sr. and Lola Schwab Horning.

On April 30, 1949 in Emporium, he married Harriet Kennedy who died May 3, 2000. On December 27, 2005 in Emporium, he married Jane Mullens who survives.

A lifelong resident of Emporium, Mr. Horning was a 1946 graduate of Emporium High School. From 1959 until 1973 he operated the Esso station on West Fourth Street in Emporium. He then opened Ed Horning’s Fuel Oil in Emporium and in the following years was also awarded many trash removal contracts in the surrounding townships. In 1994 he opened Store All Rentals in Emporium and for many years was employed as a school bus driver for the Cameron County School District. Mr. Horning also served as Cameron County commissioner for four years.

Mr. Horning was a member of the First Baptist Church in Emporium where he was a former deacon. He was a member of Emporium Lodge 382 F&AM, the local ATV Association, Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, and was a long time member and past president of the Tom Mix Rangers. He was also a former 4-H Leader and for years was the Chamber Santa making annual visits to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor. His passions were his family, four-wheeling and hunting.

Surviving in addition to his wife Jane and his loving dog, Duchess, are: five sons, Rick Horning and Chris (Annetta) Horning both of Emporium, Edward (Lyn) Horning of Bellefonte, John Horning of Mansfield and Larry (Beth) Horning of Ridgway; one daughter, Deborah (Roger) Long of Galeton; twelve grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one brother, Byron Horning of Emporium; and also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, Sunday, November 7 from 3-5 p.m. at which time a Masonic Memorial Service will be held. Funeral & Committal Services will follow with the Rev. Russell Horning of Shinglehouse, officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County High School Alumni Association Harriet and Edward Horning Scholarship Fund c/o Northwest Savings Bank, 2 East Fourth Street, Emporium.

Northwest Savings Bank

The local Northwest Savings bank recieved it's own fall cleanup this week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sled Dog Races In Sinnemahoning Nov. 6th

Bring the family and enjoy the fun!
"The Sinnemahoning State Park will host its fifth annual Canadian-American Sledders Dry-land race event from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the 40 Maples Day – Use Area. Races are also scheduled to resume the next day.
Event day will include Canine-Cross, Bike-Joring and Cart Races as well as GPS/Geo-caching and winter bird-feeding and craft programs and much more. All will be accompanied by lots of barking and tail-wagging.
In addition, check out the area displays of the rescue organizations and the new Sinnemahoning State Park Visitor Center, which is set to open next spring!.
Hot food and refreshments will be available to keep away the chill. Spectator areas will be open along the trails and staging area.
Races will continue on Sunday, Nov. 7, but additional programs will not be available.
For more information on this or other programs, call the park office at 814-647-8401".

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MVA on Rt 46

At 11:16 pm on Tuesday, Emporium Company 14 and Emporium ambulance is responding to a one car motor vehicle accident at 306 Route 46 in Shippen Township. No entrapment is noted, but there is a reported head injury. The vehicle is reported in the ditch.

At 11:35 pm, the paramedic on scene requested a stat helicopter be put airborne to the Cameron County High School Field. Stat 9 has landed at 12:00.

The helicopter is airborne at 12:35.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

4 PM Crash Closes Rt 120

Allegheny Power & Windstream Telephone crews are making progress on replacing two poles and getting electric and telephone distribution wires back in the air on Route 120 between Emporium and Driftwood near the Mason Run Intersection.

A truck hit a utility pole at 4:00 pm, breaking off two poles and dropping live electric wires on the roadway closing both lanes of traffic. Emporium and Sinnemahoning fire police were re-dispatched to continue to stop traffic at about 10:00 pm at the request of PennDOT.

The Utility companies are close to completing their work. Route 120 has been closed since the 4:00 pm crash.

A spokesman for State Police in Emporium said that the road can not be re-opened yet as the live electric wires shorting through the blacktop caused the road to burn and superheat, and it is too hot for traffic to travel on.

They are estimating it may be midnight before the road can re-open. Fire Police were stopping traffic at Driftwood and in the area of Mason Run Road on the Emporium side.