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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Maxine D. Johnson

Maxine D. Johnson, 89, of 5309 Bucktail Trail, Driftwood, PA died at S.W. General Hospital, Middleburg Heights, Ohio Tuesday (December 28, 2010) evening.
She was born November 18, 1921 in Emporium a daughter of the late Delbert and May Conners.
On January 20, 1940 in Emporium she married the late Alson Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson retired in 1987 from Motor Coil where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Sinnamahoning and May Hollow Sportsman's Clubs and the Sinnamahoning & Driftwood Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary. She helped organize Santa comes to Driftwood.


Daughter: Judith Sweener, Fayetteville, NC

Daughter: Virginia "Ginger" Salter and her husband Gary, Emporium

Daughter: Sara "Sally" Engle and her husband Rich, Cincinnati, OH

Daughter: Cindy Kondrla, Emporium

Son: Vernon Johnson, Fayetteville, NC

Son: Larry Johnson, Houston, TX

19 Grandchildren

33 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Granddaughter

Preceded in Death By

Parents: Delbert and May Conners

Husband: Alson Johnson who died in 1983

2 Sons: John and Thomas Johnson

2 Grandsons: Lester Johnson & Kyle Sweener

1 Great Grandson: Treyton Kondrla Davis

5 Brothers: William, Earl, Francis, John & Leo "Mike Devling

Sisters: Marie Summerson
Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 5-8 PM.
Funeral Service will be held at the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, Rt. 555, Driftwood, PA on Saturday (January 1, 2011) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Timothy Rogers, Pastor of Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Driftwood, PA.
Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Lipitor Recall

Pfizer To Recall One Lot Of Lipitor In The U.S.

Sinnemahoning Crash

A Sinnemahoning woman was moderately injured at 1:00 am Thursday morning when her car slid off the roadway on Railroad Street in the Village of Sinnemahoning and sheared two utility poles from the ground.

Alicia M. Cassabian, 22, of Railroad Street, Sinnemahoning, PA, was transported from the scene of the crash to Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys by Sinnemahoning ambulance.

Troopers said the crash occurred as Cassabian was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am West on Railroad Street when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle began to spin clockwise on the road and exited on the north berm. The car impacted two utility poles with the driver's side, shearing the poles off at the ground level.

Cassabian fled the scene and was located at her residence. She was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She will be charged in District Court for traffic violations. The vehicle suffered disabling damage.

Sinnemahoning EMS and Fire Police and D & T Towing assisted at the scene

Tracking Santa ~ Via Norad

Don't forget to check in on Santas progress - this site has been tracking Santa for years!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free Christmas Day Dinner

FRIENDS SERVING FRIENDS – A FREE Christmas Day Dinner will be served to anyone on Saturday, December 25.  “Friends Serving Friends” is a collaborative effort on the part of many caring friends linking hands and hearts to reach out to the community.  Consider reaching out in love this Christmas by partnering with Friends Serving Friends.  To be held at the Aroma Cafe from noon to 3 p.m.  Come and enjoy dinner or come to be part of the giving.

No Injuries In Mishap

An Emporium driver was not injured on Monday when his 1999 Ford Ranger went off Route 120 in Shippen Township and hit a road sign and a utility pole.
Kevin S. Crum, 19, of Emporium, PA, was negotiating a left hand curve and lost control of his vehicle. The Ranger then traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a road sign and then a utility pole. He was wearing a seat belt.
Crum left the scene and phones police about 30 minutes later, prior to returning to the scene. Summary traffic citations have been filed through District Court 59-3-01.

His vehicle was towed by Ramsey's Garage.

Gibson Township Camps Burglarized

Six Cameron County camps were burglarized on Hemlock Lane in Gibson Township between 12-12 and 12-15, 2010.   Unknown burglars gaines entry to the camps by prying doors open with an unknown object. They then entered the camps and opened adrawers and moved furniture.

Owners were listed as:   John Bosovici, Penn Run, PA., Larry Hover, Morrisdale, PA., Tom Imes, Jr., York, PA
George Boyo Tamski, Jr., Avonmore, PA.,  Ken Malehorn, Buffalo, WY., Michael Willard, Sharpsburg, MD.

Troopers did not say if anything was stolen from the camps.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

CCMH employees donate to senior centers, meals on wheels

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Heart of Cole Community Connections employee giving club donated $200 to senior centers throughout CCMH’s service area in Potter, McKean, Cameron and northwestern Tioga counties this holiday season. Pictured for the check presentation to the Potter County Senior Centers are, from left, Jennifer Rossman, HOC committee member; Anna Fair, HOC committee member; Sue Smith, Coudersport Senior Center; Betty Kurtz, Galeton Senior Center; and Patrice Levavasseur, HOC committee member. Ginny Steadman from Ulysses and Kathy Anders from Oswayo Valley senior centers were not available for the photo. The HOC Community Connections fund also donated to Meals on Wheels programs in Potter, McKean and Cameron counties.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mary M. Williams, 87

Mary M. Williams, 87, of 880 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium formerly of Driftwood died at her residence on Sunday (December 12, 2010) evening.

She was born September 27, 1923 in Pittsburgh a daughter of the late Joseph and Beatrice Morgan.  On April 17, 1958 in Pittsburgh she married the late James E. Williams, Sr.
Mrs. Williams graduated from South Hills High School in the class of 1941. Years ago, while residing in Pittsburgh, she was the manager of a Poultry grocery store. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

Surviving are three sons, James and Tawnie Williams of Emporium, and Joseph and Joyce Williams of Driftwood, Robert Grief of Sterling Run, and a daughter Mary Williams of Dubois. Eight grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

She was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Beatrice Morgan and husband
James E. Williams, Sr. who died May 31, 2005, and two brothers Joseph and Leo Morgan.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-6 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania

Online Condolences may be placed at

Joyce E Sherry

Joyce E. Sherry, 74, of PO Box 84, Castle Garden Rd., Driftwood, PA died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, Pennsylvania Monday, December 13, 2010 morning.

She was born May 30, 1936 in St. Marys a daughter of the late Thomas and Florence Moate Knisley. She married the late Merle D. Sherry.

Mrs. Sherry graduated from Emporium High School. She was a retired secretary having worked at several local businesses in the area. She was a member of the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church and also the Driftwood Senior Center.

Surviving are a son Merle Sherry, II and his wife Brandie of Sinnemahoning, three grandchildren. a sister, Nancy Reedof Weedville and a brother Walter Knisley of Driftwood.
She was preceded in death by parents Thomas and Florence Moate Knisley and husband
Merle D. Sherry, I., a sister Bernice Belden and brother Kenneth Knisley.
There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, Route 120, Sinnemahoning, PA on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Timothy Rogers, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ringold, Pennsylvania

Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chimney Fire reported in Driftwood

At 7:50 pm on Saturday, Sinnemahoning and Emporium, St. Marys, and Austin have been dispatched to a structure fire at 22 4th Street in Driftwood. Austin has been diverted to Sinnemahoning Fire Station.

On scene report indicates a chimney fire with extension into a wall and attic with flames showing. Firefighters are inside the structure attempting to access the attic of the structure where there is an active fire.

St. Marys to Emporium standby assignment. Coudersport to Austin standby assignment

Friday, December 10, 2010

Walter S. Spehalski

Walter S. Spehalski, 82, of 1783 Old West Creek Rd, Emporium, PA died at Hamot Medical Center, Erie on Thursday evening (December 9, 2010)

He was born October 12, 1928 in DuBois a son of the late Stanley and Katherine Matula Spehalski.
On April 25, 1953 at St. Michael Church in DuBois he married Valerie Wojtaszek Spehalski, who Survives.

Mr. Spehalski graduated from DuBois High School and from Penn State University where he received a BSME degree. He retired from North American Phillips, after many years, where he was the Plant Manager of the Equipment Development Plant. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church where he was the choir director for over 35 years. He had been a member of the Emporium Lions Club, and a member of the St. Marys Singing Dutchmen.

Surviving in addition to his wife Valerie Spehalski are three sons, Walter Spehalski and his wife Cecilia of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Robert Spehalski and his wife Julia of Emmaus, PA.,and Thomas Spehalski and his wife Bonnie of Emporium, PA.  Ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Regina, Steven, Daniel, Andrew, Stacey Kayela, Eric, Keith, and Elyse Spehalski.   Two sisters, Helen Kopeck and Virginia, Mrs. Willliam Good, both who reside in DuBois Pa. and one brother, Richard Spehalski and his wife Nancy of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Mr. Spehalski was preceded in death by parents: Stanley and Katherine Matula Spehalski, a brother Raymon Spehalski during WW II and nephew Mike Kopeck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (December 14, 2010) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Visitation with a Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL, 60693
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Wykoff Run

SUV Goes In Creek After Missed Turn

An Emporium man is ok after his 2002 Ford Explorer went off the road into a creek on Monday at 7:00 pm in Gibson Township, Cameron County.
Troopers said the crash occurred as Alvin H. Brown, 63, of Emporium, PA, was driving the Explorer north on Wykoff Run Road , approached a left hand turn in the roadway, and was unable to negotiate the turn and traveled off the east embankment and came to final rest in a creek.
Brown was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Ramsey's Towing towed his vehicle

Monday, December 6, 2010

CCMH Expands Orthopedic Team

Andrew W. Gottschalk, MD has joined the medical staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gottschalk specializes in sports medicine and will join Drs. Giannotti, Foust and Nestor and physician assistants Todd Rudy, Kevin George, and Chad Jackson at Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Coudersport and Olean.

After earning a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Gottschalk completed an internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic and a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

During his fellowship, he provided sports medicine coverage for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians, Cleveland State University Vikings, and Notre Dame College Falcons. He served as a staff physician for medical programs in El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Gottschalk serves as musculoskeletal health editor at the Family Physicians Inquiries Network. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 814/274-0900 or 716/372-3212.

PSP Report Car Damaged

An Emporium woman's car was damaged overnight December 1 into December 2 on Sizerville Road in Shippen Township.

Susan Leightley of Emporium, PA, reported that someone used a sharp object to scratch the paint on her blue 1999 Mercury Sable while it was parked at the Furniture For Less parking lot at 675 Sizerville road. The perpetrator also placed packaging material in the nozzle of the victim's gas tank.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gregory Scott Hess

Gregory Scott Hess, 50, of 20519 Ccc Memorial Hwy, Emporium, PA formerly of Lancaster County died on State Rt. 120, Emporium on Saturday (December 4, 2010) afternoon in an automobile accident.

He was born August 28, 1960 in Lancaster, PA a son of Elva Bucher Hess, Wrightsville, PA and the late Eli E. Hess.  Scott graduated from Manheim Central High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. Scott loved hunting and hiking in the mountains.

Surviving in addition to his mother Elva Bucher Hess of Wrightsville are two brothers Steven E. Hess of Mount Wolf, PA and Kenneth L. Hess, Palmyra, PA, two nephews: Adam and Brady Hess and three nieces, Krystal Hummer, Kelly Hess and Ashley Campbell.  He was preceded in Death By his father Eli Hess who died in 2001.

There will be No Visitation .    Private Funeral Services will be held by his family at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lawrence E. Kelley,

Port Allegany -- Lawrence E. Kelley, 24, of East Mill Street, passed away Monday (Nov. 29, 2010) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Nov. 4, 1986, in Coudersport, he was a son of John M. and Mary E. Dinch Kelley. On June 27, 2008, in Coudersport he married Janelle E. Franklin, who survives.
Staff Sergeant Lawrence Kelley was a U.S. Army National Guard Recruiter, serving with the Company C- 1-112th INF (SBCT). He served one tour in Iraq.

He was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, Class of 2005, where he was active on the wrestling and football teams. He also attended Seneca Highlands Area Vocational Technical School, Port Allegany, 2002-2005, for heavy equipment.
He was a member of the Roulette Fire Department and Roulette Alumni Association.

Surviving in addition to his parents, John and Mary Kelley; maternal grandmother, Betty J. Gideon of New Caney, Texas; and wife Janelle; are a son, Nathaniel A. Pelton, and daughter Ariana E. Kelley, both of Port Allegany; two brothers, Jeffrey S. (Cindy) Kelley of Bradford, and John M. (Erika) Kelley of Turtlepoint; four sisters, Brenda L. Haggard of Roulette, Kristi E. (Allan) Moore of Mesa, Ariz., Amanda J. (Karl) Renner and Carrie L. Kelley of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with Chaplin Richard J. Allen officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

A military service will be conducted at the graveside following the funeral, by Company C- 1-112th INF (SBCT).
Memorials can be made to the Roulette Fire Department

Fatal Crash on Rt 120 East

Pennsylvania State Police at Emporium are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday afternoon at 3:25 pm on Route 120, 2/10 mile east of Memorial Springs in Portage Township, Cameron County.

A known operator was driving a 1994 Dodge Truck west on Route 120 when the operator lost control of the truck, crossing into the eastbound lane of travel, and impacting a deep culvert, causing the truck to roll over several times.
The dispatch reported entrapment.
Troopers said the truck was severely damaged and had airbag deployment. The driver was wearing a seat belt. They are withholding the name of the operator who was killed until next of kin is notified. The investigation is continuing.

Angela R. Loncosky

OLEAN, NY- Angela R. Loncosky of School St., formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Monday (Nov. 29, 2010) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born January 20, 1980, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Michael E. and Kathleen A. McNealis Loncosky.
Ms. Loncosky was a customer service representative for Time Warner in Olean, NY.

She was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1998, where she was a co-captain on the cheerleading squad, and member of the school choir, marching band, and concert band. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Who’s Who among High School Students, a Tandy Technology Scholar, and Big 30 Cheerleader.   She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6391, Port Allegany.

Surviving in addition to her mother, Kathleen and father, Michael, are her maternal grandparents, Jean (Larry Coughlin) Hopkins; two sisters, Amanda M. Loncosky of Olean, NY, and Tina Loncosky of Erie, PA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) in the First Baptist Church of Port Allegany, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michael Culver, pastor, officiating.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany

Fibromyalgia Support Group Seeks Interest

A new support group is expected to start at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in January.

Terri Cooney hopes to offer a fibromyalgia support group, based on interest, that would provide support and education to patients and caregivers. She also hopes the group will provide coping strategies and moral support as well as boost awareness about the illness. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, she has researched the illness extensively, including various treatment options.

Cooney is a retired high school English teacher with 16 years of experience. She is also a Reiki master and teacher and is experienced in a number of mind/body therapies such as meditation, biofeedback, yoga and hypnosis.
To express interest in the group or for more information, contact Cooney at or 814/225-4400.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rain, Rain, And More Rain

Many areas of Cameron County, as well as neighboring counties, felt the wrath of heavy rain, snow, sleet and falling temperatures. Schools, roads and several businesses closed and there is flooding in many areas.  At noon today, the water was still bridge high at the East end of town and quite a bit of debris clung to the scaffolding underneath this bridge.

Marian A. Whiting

Marian A. Whiting, 84, of St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died Tuesday, November 30, 2010, in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys.  Born April 19, 1926 in Port Allegany, she was the daughter of Roland and Grace Coon.
On September 30, 1940 in Selingsgrove, she married James Whiting who survives. This past September Marian and Jim celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

A longtime resident of Emporium, Mrs. Whiting was a 1944 graduate of Emporium High School. She was employed briefly by Sylvania Electric in Emporium and was later employed as a clerk by several local businesses.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium and the Order of Eastern Star Emporium Chapter #101.

In addition to her husband, James, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Beverly (Richard) Cool of Emporium; and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Mrs. Whiting was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.

Visitations with Memorial Tribute will be held Friday, December 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, where Funeral &

Committal Services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Gary Atkinson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

An Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Funeral Home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.