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Sunday, February 27, 2011

James R. Tucker, 65

James R. Tucker, 65, of 23 W. Third St., Emporium died at DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois on Friday (February 25, 2011) morning.  He was born June 22, 1945 in Jamestown, New York a son of the late Robert and Ruth Wilson Henderson

Mr. Tucker graduated from Panama High School in Panama, NY. He was a milkman, for many years, throughout Cameron and Potter Counties and also worked in a vending business. He was a member of Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M.. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and talking with people.

Surviving  his former wife: Sandra Stuart Tucker, Emporium
Daughter: Lisa Tucker, Emporium
Daughter: Leslie, Mrs. John Santamaria, Salem, VA
Son: Ryan Tucker and his wife Dennise, Emporium
Daughter: Bailey Tucker, Emporium
10 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Robert and Ruth Wilson Henderson
Step father: Vernon Henderson

There will be No Visitation.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Free Methodist Church, 240 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Abundant Life Tabernacle, officiating.

Memorial Contribution may be made to the DRMC, Hospice Program, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801
Online Condolences may be placed at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Albert Lee "Shotgun" LaPolt

Albert Lee "Shotgun" LaPolt, Sr., 63, of 75 Four Mile Rd., Emporium, died at his residence Tuesday (February 22, 2011) morning.

He was born May 9, 1947 in St. Marys a son of the late Howard S. and Edna Lattin LaPolt.
In Franklinville, NY he married Minni Atwater LaPolt, who Survives.

Mr. LaPolt graduated from Emporium High School. He retired from Emporium Hardwoods where he had worked for over 45 years. He also worked for Zucco for a short time. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Emporium. Albert enjoyed hunting, shooting & relaoding ammunition, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and walking.

Surviving In addition to his wife Minni Atwater LaPolt
Son: Howard J. LaPolt, Emporium
Son: Albert L. LaPolt, Jr., Emporium
Son: Jason T. LaPolt, Spokane, WA
Son: Gaylon C. LaPolt, Emporium
9 Grandchildren
Sister: Edda Gee, Dunkirk, NY
Brother: William LaPolt and his wife Evelyn, Emporium
Sister: Doris Britton, Emporium
Sister: Dorothy LaPolt, Emporium
Sister: Edith Smith, Emporium
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Howard S. and Edna Lattin LaPolt
Brother: Sanford LaPolt
2 Sisters: Alice and Mary LaPolt

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-7 PM.

At his request, there will be No Service.
Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834

Monday, February 21, 2011

Boy's Basketball: Cameron County vs. Coudersport

Job Skill Seminar

A job search skills seminar will be held on Thursday, February 24th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cameron County High School in Emporium. The free program is sponsored by the Cameron County school District teachers, with assistance from the Pennsylvania Career Link of Cameron County. Included in the program will be workshops on cover letters and resumes, interview skills, and Internet resources. For registration information call 486-4000.

Free Seminar on Marcellus Shale Mineral Leases

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a free seminar on Marcellus Shale mineral leases and water testing on February 24th at 6 p.m. at the Cameron County Courthouse in Emporium. Dawn Fink, an attorney from Port Allegany, will discuss mineral leases, Alan Ramsey from AJ Kautz and Sons will focus his presentation on water testing and officials with Seawald Laboratories from Williamsport will answer questions regarding the frequency of water testing and interpreting results

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Don E. Goodson, 77

Don E. Goodson, 77, of Laurinburg, N.C., formerly of Shadyside, Lakewood, died Feb. 12, 2011, in First Health Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, N.C., after a brief illness.

Don was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Ward, W.V., the son of the late Samuel Goodson and Dora Riggs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Goodson.

He graduated from Gauleybridge High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing. After he retired from Dowell, he moved from Lakewood to Laurinburg, N.C.

He is survived by his daughters: Jane (Dr. James) Campbell of Bemus Point; Donna (Dyke) Ansted of Whispering Pines, N.C.; Teresa (Jeff) Ream of Emporium, Pa.; sister Lynn (Ronald) Eby of Norton, Ohio; brother Lee (Alice) Goodson of Ocala, Fla., 10 grandchildren, a great-grandchild and three stepchildren.

Funeral arrangements are through the Powell Funeral Home, Pinehurst, N.C., and the Cooks Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, W.V.

Elk Regional Newsletter Available Online

We Are Elk Regional, the popular bi-monthly newsletter produced by Elk Regional Health System, is available online!   We Are Elk Regional is sent to tens of thousands of households throughout the region and is the premier source for news about the Health System and its affiliates. Each newsletter is packed with information about new physicians who have joined Elk Regional's staff, the cutting-edge procedures they're offering, information about new technology that Elk Regional uses to bring the best in patient care to you and your loved ones and insightful stories about programs and services the Health System offers. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

12th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

This week, Feb 19 - 26, 2011, begins the 12th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous held in nearby Ridgway, Pa.
Admission fee is $5.00 at the gate, under 18 free.

Saturday, Feb 19
9a.m. -5 p.m.: Carvers arrive and begin setting up. All day carving.

Sunday, Feb 20
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Carving at the grounds.

Monday - Thursday, Feb 21 - Feb 24
9 a.m. til noon: Daily seminars and workshops – The public is invited to attend Appalachian Arts Studio, 17245 Boot Jack Road located one mile south of Ridgway on Route 219. This is a great opportunity to learn about the art form from some of the finest and most recognized names in the industry.

1:00pm - 5:00 pm : Carvers will be carving at the Festival Grounds, located on Gillis Avenue. On Main Street, the intersection of Montmorenci (Rt. 948N) and Gillis Avenue.

Friday, February 25
9:00am - 5:00pm: Wood Carving at Festival Grounds
Ice Carving with Wayne DeMoranville, Lakeville, MA

Saturday, Feb 26
9 am – til ? : Carvers will be carving throughout the day at the festival site beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Noon until ~4pm

The Auction – Inside the Warehouse on Festival Grounds
Don’t forget to Brand your carving with the official 2011 Ridgway Rendezvous brand!

12th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous •

Friday, February 18, 2011

Leoda Smith

Leoda M. Smith, 88, of 372 E. Allegany Ave., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys on Thursday (February 17, 2011) afternoon.

She was born August 14, 1922 in Sykesville a daughter of the late Charles and Tursia Toy LaBorde. On July 4, 1954 in St. James Catholic Church, Driftwood she married the late George Smith.

Leoda retired from Sylvania where she worked for many years. After retirement she worked at Olivett's in the deli for several years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, K of C Christabelle Club, Moose, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Sinnamahoning Sporsman and May Hollow Sporsman Clubs. She enjoyed crochetting items for her family and friends.

Daughter: Georgette, Mrs. Francis Bardo, Huntley
Daughter: Judy Deter, Seneca Falls, NY
Son: Terry Smith and his wife Jill, Emporium
Son: Gary Doud and his wife Linda, Pensacola, FL
Daughter-in-law: Shirley Deter, Harrisburg, PA
7 Grandchildren: Hunter, RaeAnn, Heather Laura, Wade, Nicole & Jayanna
9 Grandchildren
Several: Nieces and nephews,
Preceded in Death By her
Parents: Charles and Tursia Toy LaBorde
Husband: George Smith who died in 1988
Son: Craig Deter
1 Grandson: Preston
3 Brothers: Charles, Kenneth & Floyd LaBorde
1 Sister: Nellie Uhl

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (February 19, 2011) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Huntley, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County Cardiac Committee, Inc., P.O. Box 86, Emporium, PA 15834

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Thursday, February 17, 2011

CCMH Groups

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host Grief Connection, a bereavement support group, at 7 p.m. February 22 at the Patterson Cancer Care Center.

A new fibromyalgia support group will start at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in February.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. February 21 and the second Monday of each month thereafter in the hospital conference room.

Terri Cooney wants to offer the fibromyalgia support group that would provide support and education to patients, family, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about fibromyalgia. 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.

Emporium Wellness Center to offer weight loss group

The Emporium Wellness Center is now offering a new weekly weight loss support group. The group will meet at 5 p.m., March 2 at the wellness center for a very informal session. The cost for non-members is $5 per week. For more information, call 486-1321.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Parade Of Stars This Sat., Feb 19th

Annual Parade of Stars

February 19, 2011  7:00 pm @ the Cameron County High School

Tickets are $4.00 each
Benefits C.C. Fair Scholarship and 2011 C.C. Fair
This year's Parade of Stars is in memory of our dear friend Mary McLean

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Smethport Hubbers vs CC Red Raiders   

If you have ever been to a game, witnessed a game, or even thought about seeing a game. We need you to make your way to Smethport tomorow (2-16-11) to cheer on our team!

The team has a job to do as do we. Don't have a ride? It's your lucky day because the cheerleaders are offering spare seats on their bus for a ride over for free. Yes, i said FREE, so sign up in the office. Due to absence of the cowbell for this game we will need all the fans we can cram into the gym. Smethport thinks they can cheer better than us, well lets show them that a Raider beats a Wheel (hub) anyday!
So join together fellow Cameron Crazies and lets make this a game no one will forget!

Male Attire: Red, red, and a little more red. If your feelin it, throw on a pare of boots.
Female Attire: (As directed by Alyssa Clingan) Boots, Jorts, and red.

See you in Smethport Crazies, we have a job to do!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

CCMH residents receive Valentine'​s Day cards

A representative from Emporium's Emmanuel Episcopal Church visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing and Rehab residents to deliver Valentine's Day cards this week. Program organizer Sissy Miller delivers the "sunshine cards" throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center. Pictured, from left, are Harold Lias and Sissy Miller.

Friday, February 11, 2011

District Band Concert

District Band Concert

Saturday, February 12th
Begins at 12 noon - HS Auditorium

Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students.
Students from 41 schools across Northwestern Pa will take part in this concert!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Charles Cole Updates

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehab will be selling cookies from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., February 11 in the Irwin Medical Arts Center. In addition, chances for a 50/50 will be sold and Ginny Mainus, reflexologist, will be available. All proceeds go to Skilled Nursing and Rehab residents. 

A cancer support group will meet at 7 p.m. February 21 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Annual Parade of Stars

Annual Parade of Stars

February 19, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
Cameron County High School
Tickets are $4.00 each
Benefits C.C. Fair Scholarship and 2011 C.C. Fair

This year's Parade of Stars is in memory of our dear friend Mary McLean

Dorothy M. Uplinger,

Dorothy M. Uplinger, 91, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, formerly of 521 E. Allegany Ave., died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, on Wednesday (February 9, 2011) morning. She was born January 31, 1920 in Boswell, PA a daughter of the late Harvey Miller and Edna Dwire Barnard. On November 28, 1936 in Cumberland, MD., she married the late ???????Guy Uplinger.

Mrs. Uplinger had worked as a housekeeper for several area people and also at the Cameron County Health Care Center and the Emporium Health Center until she retired at the age of 81. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, bingo, shopping and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
Daughter: Nevelda, Mrs. Robert Henry, Renovo
Daughter: Ethel, Mrs. Mike Polinick, Emporium
Daughter: Dorothy, Mrs. Chauncey Logue, Emporium
Daughter: Connie, Mrs. Leo Cummings, Emporium
Daughter: Brenda Uplinger, Emporium
Daughter: Debbie Uplinger, Emporium
8 Grandchildren
11 Great Grandchildren
5 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By:
Her Father: Harvey Miller
Mother and Step father: Earl and Edna Dwire Barnard
Husband: Guy Uplinger who died in 1964
Brother: Albert Miller
Sister: Alverda Blye

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Friday (February 11, 2011) at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Abundant Life Tabernacle, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium or to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Emporium Wellness Center to offer new class

The Emporium Wellness Center is adding a new class beginning February 15 from 6-6:45 p.m. Those who want to come and learn what it’s about can take advantage of a free week. Classes (multi level aerobic, toning, strength and Koga) continue from 6-7 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays, and yoga from 7-8 p.m. The cost for all evening classes is $25/month. For more information, call 486-1321.

James O. "Pete" Uber,

James O. "Pete" Uber, 90, of 42 McDaniel Ave., Jamestown, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (February 5, 2011) in the Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa.

An area resident for most of his life, he was born November 30, 1920, in Emporium, Pa., a son of the late Edward and Ella Beldin Uber.

He attended Emporium High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force serving overseas during World War II, receiving three service stars during his enlistment.
Before his retirement he was a machinist for the former Marlin Rockwell Corporation where he worked for over 40 years.

He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who loved sports, especially baseball and football. He also loved to spend time in his garden and with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Ira Lou Spring Post 149 American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Anna F. Allen, whom he married June 28, 1947, three sons: Edward Uber of Jamestown, David Uber of Fla. and Robert (Melissa) Uber of Jamestown, two daughters: Cindy Odom and Penny Uber, both of Florida, his grandchildren: Shane, Sean and Tyler Uber of Jamestown, Justin Stanford of Utah, Jordanne Stanford, Diane Mitchell of Florida, Bob, Mary, Tina and Chrissy Uber, all of Jamestown, and Michelle Uber of Meadville, Pa., eleven great-grandchildren and a brother, Robert N. Uber of Emporium, Pa.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson David Danielson and by nine brothers and sisters.

The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Dennis W. Mende, pastor of Holy Apostles Parish at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Pete at

Comedy Blast Night


East 3rd. St.
Emporium, Pa.
March 5th. 2011    

Doors open at 7:00 PM   Show starts at 8:30 PM
$10 per person at the door.

No one under 21 permitted.
All proceeds benefit:   Cameron County S.P.C.A.

No Injuries In Saturdays Crash

No one was injured on Saturday in a 2 vehicle crash on Route 120 in Lumber Township at 12:20 pm, just under a mile south of Stillhouse Road.
Kenneth F. Stuart, 49, of Emporium, PA, was driving a 1999 Dodge Dakota east on Route 120 and going up a small hill. Because of icy conditions, the Dakota's rear tires began spinning and could not make it up the hill.

The vehicle came to a stop on the roadway and then began ato slide backwards on the icy roadway. The left rear rotated into the westbound lane.

Keith E. Nadji, 21, of Emporium, PA, was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt westbound and had just negotiated the same hill. Upon cresting the hill, Nadji noticed the rear of the Dakota was in the westbound lane. Nadji attempted to avoid a collision but could not. His Cobalt impacted the left rear of the Dakota. After sliding several feet after impact, both units come to rest in the middle of the road.

Neither driver nor Stuart's passenger, George R. Stuart, 47, of Emporium was injured. All were wearing seat belts. Troopers said no charges would be filed.

Folk Jam Gathering Kicks Chases Away the Winter Blues

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center will host a “Folk Jam Gathering” Wednesday February 23. Doors will open at 6 with the music flowing from 7 to 9. Executive director Tina Johns Lorson says, “The chamber is happy to provide a location where musicians can sit in a circle share stories and their love for music.”

Musicians began gathering last fall and plan to continue throughout the year. Beginners to advanced players are encouraged to attend and for those without an instrument bring your singing voice. For more information call the chamber office at 814-486-4314, Rose Haas 814-486-1784 or Nancy Couchman 814-486-1223.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tyrus E. Arndt

Tyrus E. Arndt, 83, of East Second Street, Emporium, died Sunday, February 6, 2011, in his home, following a lengthy illness.

Born October 21, 1927, in Barnsboro, PA, he was the son of Samuel and Emma Pondis Arndt. On June 28, 1958 in Trenton, NJ he married Laura E. Beldin who survives.

Before moving to Emporium in 1971, Mr. Arndt had been employed by the Overhead Door Company in Williamsport, the Princeton Overhead Door Company in Trenton, NJ, and Ampex in California where he manufactured electronics. Locally he was employed by Metal Wire Recovery in Driftwood and later by Cameron Manufacturing until retiring in the late 1980’s.

In addition to his wife, Laura, Mr. Arndt is survived by: two daughters, Tyeann Philips of Morgantown, WV and Nancy Strahl of Emporium; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by fourteen brothers and sisters and two daughters, Tyelene Gillen and Charlene Arndt.

Friends will be received in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at which time Funeral and Committal Services will be held with the Rev. Rock Pifer, pastor of the Free Methodist Church of Emporium, officiating.

Burial will be in Gardner Hill Cemetery, Force.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Home Health & Hospice, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Relocation of Becky's Beauty Hut

Becky's Beauty Hut has announced it will be moving to @ Chateau Soleil, 143 / 145 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA., on Friday, February 11th, 2011.   All... Prices and Hours will stay the SAME!!   * The ONLY change is the LOCATION *   

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Theodore J. "Ted" Krellner, 66,

Theodore J. "Ted" Krellner, 66, of 797 Old West Creek Road, Emporium died Saturday February 5, 2011. He was born July 27, 1944 in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Margaret Cooney Krellner, who survives. On January 25, 1974 in St. Marks Church, Emporium he married Annice Gorman Krellner, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Annice Krellner of Emporium
Four sons: Todd, Michael, James, and David
Three daughters: Katherine, Kelly, and Margaret.
Five sisters: Sandra, Mrs. Frank Metzler
Evelyn, Mrs. Charles "Bud" Krug
Patricia, Mrs. Carl Pfeufer, all of St. Marys,
Susanne, Mrs. William Astley of Omaha, NE, and Paula, Mrs. Dan Micale of Kersey
Two brothers: Justin of Coudersport and Brian of DuBois.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Krellner in 1986 and a sister Kathy Krellner Wilson in 2003.
A graduate of Penn State University with a BS/MS in electrical engineering and the University of Pittsburgh with an MBA in Business. He was employed at GE Sensing as Chief Engineer of the entire GE Sensing Global operation, having traveled to India, China, Great Britain and Korea. He is the inventor of three awarded US Patents: In Feb, of 1998 a "Temperature Sensor Probe" (An improved apparatus for measuring emperature in a location remote from the observer); in Sept. of 2009 an "Infrared Sensor Calibration System & Method" (provides a new sensor calibration technique and system immune to temperature variations); in Sept.of 2009 a "Sensor System & Method" (capable of continuous gathering of pertinent data , e.g. the level of oxygen present in a gaseous environment, while still maintaining accuracy), currently being used in surveillance and medical alarms. Two additional patents have been applied for. He also holds two Korean patents.

He is the author of many White Papers and thermistor articles published in major electronics magazines, He has written numerous procedural manuals and computer programs for use within the company. One withstanding the test of time was a computer program (1985) that links temperature and resistance from a number of parameters that is still used daily by engineers throughout the GE infrastructure. He presented "SMT Power Thermistors" at the Surface Mount International Conference in San Jose, CA in August 1998.

He was a former member of the Board of Directors at Keystone Carbon Co., & former CEO of Keystone Thermometrics, he served on the UL 1434 Committee that regulates thermistor standards, was past chairman of the EIA (Electronic Industries Association) and the local IEEE chapter, and was a registered professional engineer and licensed land surveyor and member of the PA Society of Land Surveyors. He was past chairman of the Cameron Co. Planning Commission, and past president of ELCAM (sheltered workshop).

Ted loved his work and was very dedicated to it. He continued working throughout the duration of his illness. His most recent new product, a "Diesel Particulate Sensor," was launched in Dec. 2010, and will be used industry-wide in heavy equipment and diesel trucks , functioning as a detector and cleaner of debris in the smoke stacks of diesel engines. He had a vast knowledge of thermistors, from having mastered the intricacies of their design (sometimes testing the products in his own personal vehicle) to their manufacture and discovering useful applications for these temperature sensing devices, including medical, automotive and appliance. He had many major accomplishments throughout his career, a small sampling of which were designing, validating, testing and putting into production a thermistor/terminal assembly that could be directly inserted molded over, eliminating the need for a separate thermistor and lead assembly; and early development of all-plastic sensors to replace the older, more expensive AC sensors. His co-workers joked that "there was no time for celebration-no matter how big the success. Ted would just put the finished project in the bottom drawer of his desk and go straight to the next project,"

On a personal level, Ted had a kind-hearted and amiable personality, and although he had a highly scientific mind, he often displayed an understated quick wit and could spot the humor in many situations.

There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday (February 8, 2011) at 10:30 AM at St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium. Arrangements are under the direction of Barnett Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.Net

Elva Wolfanger

Elva Wolfanger, 96, passed away on February 4, 2011 at Elk Regional Medical Center, St. Marys. She was a resident of Grove House, Emporium, for seven years, and most recently had been a resident of Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium.

She is survived by three sons; Dale (Carolyn), Emporium; LaVerne (Kathleen), Chatham NJ; and James (Pamela), Marion NY.

In addition she is survived by five grandchildren, Derek Wolfanger, St. Marys; David Wolfanger, Lakeland TN; Douglas Wolfanger, Jersey Shore; Paige Wolfanger, Crystal Lake, IL; and Gretchen Wise, Las Vegas, NV; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne Wolfanger, Sr.
A former resident of Austin, she was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church. She was the last surviving member of the Skeff-Gamen Card Club.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday morning from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM with Rev. Gary Atkinson, Pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.

The family will provide the flowers and has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Austin United Methodist Church, Austin, PA or the Grove House, 436 Old West Creek Road, Emporium or a charity of the donor's choice

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Alzheimer’s & Victorious Losers Support Group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s support group at 10 a.m. February 9 at the hospital’s main conference room. New and existing patients and their families and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 814/274-9301, ext. 1436.

The Victorious Losers support group will meet at 7 p.m., February 9 (second Wednesday of the month) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room. The group is designed for those who need to make life altering decisions, such as weight loss surgery, those who have already undergone surgery, and their friends and family. Meetings are led by Paula Warner, a certified support group leader from and Bariatric Support Centers International. She was also a weight loss surgery patient and hopes to offer speakers, cooking classes, special events, and outdoor activities. Feedback from attendees will help develop the meetings to offer the best support, she said

CCMH Therapeutic Touch

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host therapeutic touch at 7 p.m. February 10 at CCMH’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. Therapeutic Touch is free and open to the public. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1487.

PROSPER-The Strengthening Families Program 10-14

Cameron County Penn State Cooperative Extension is proud to announce the start of winter sessions for The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) 10-14 held at Memorial Hall. The program, in accordance with the PROSPER (Promoting School, Community and University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) model, offers family the opportunity to spend quality time with one another.

SFP 10-14 is a free program that encourages the use of role-playing, discussion, and games to improve family dynamics. It is designed to help parents of fifth and sixth graders more effectively encourage positive behaviors with their children while discouraging risk-taking behaviors such as alcohol and drug use.

SFP 10-14 is for ALL families and provides many fun and positive experiences. It is free and includes dinner, childcare for children 10 and under, games and the opportunity to win prizes.
The workshops are one day a week for seven weeks and begin February 13, 2011 from 4pm-6:30pm at Memorial Hall.

Call Victoria Dippold at The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office at 814-486-2731 x 4 to register or to get more information email Victoria at

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Genealogy Club meeting Feb. 5

Genealogy Club meeting Feb. 5

Clippings will be filed or research will be conducted during the Cameron County Genealogy Club’s meeting Saturday, Feb 5, at the Cameron County History Center on West Greenwood Street in Emporium. The meeting is open to the public and runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Benefits for Employees of Businesses

Starting today employees of businesses that belong to the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce can lock in lower electric rates. The program is through Chamber Choice and it will lower the bills of Allegheny Power customers from 7.12 cents per kwh to a low a 6.59 cents per kwh.

“Enrollment is as easy as logging onto a website,” explains Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Lorson. “I’m excited that chamber members have a new benefit to offer employees and it will not cost the employer a dime. In fact employers who have taken advantage of the energy savings program are already seeing savings in their utility bills,” Johns Lorson continued.

Chamber members received an email that included the web site. If any businesses that are not chamber members are interested in the program, contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314.

e CCMH offices to close Wednesday

Due to the anticipated severe weather, the following offices will be closed Wednesday:

o Coudersport Pediatrics
o Integrated Internal Medicine
o Port Allegany Pediatrics
o Eldred Health Center
Port Allegany family practice will open at 10 a.m.

Additional closings will be announced as information becomes available. Patients who have appointments with other Charles Cole Memorial Hospital offices should confirm if the office will be open. Express Care will be open from 4-8 p.m. For emergencies, call 911 or go to the emergency room.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a breastfeeding support group at 6:30 p.m., February 3 at the hospital’s obstetric unit. Moms and babies are invited for an evening of fellowship, sharing, and a time to ask questions. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1243.

CCMH staff reach patient safety milestone while fighting flu

The staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital recently reached a new patient safety milestone as over 95 percent of staff received a flu vaccine this season.
Reaching this milestone was part of a system-wide campaign aimed at providing a safe environment for patients. Over 700 CCMH employees voluntarily received annual flu vaccinations in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for healthcare workers.

“This vaccination rate sends a strong message to our patients and the communities we serve about our dedication to patient safety and disease prevention,” said Cindi Hardesty, vice president and chief nurse executive at CCMH.
“Considering that last year, we reached 87 percent and a couple years ago we had approximately 50 percent participation, we have taken major strides forward to proactively reduce potential harm to our patients, our families and ourselves,” said Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer. “We believe that it’s our responsibility to make such a commitment to safety for those who entrust their care to us. Our staff takes pride in the excellent care they provide to our patients and hold their health, safety and well-being in the highest regard.”

Three years ago, Charles Cole embraced the Joint Commission’s Flu Vaccination Challenge which encourages healthcare vaccination programs to prevent the spread of influenza among healthcare workers, patients, visitors, family and friends. This year, the hospital sought to reach the highest level of recognition, the Gold Level, which required at least 95 percent staff participation.

This year’s campaign included an awareness initiative, “It’s ok to ask to mask,” to inform patients and visitors that employees who received a flu vaccine have a sticker on their name badges. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a mask during flu season when in proximity to patients to further prevent the spread of the flu.

Last year, the Joint Commission reported that while most hospitals increased participation from the previous year, less than 20 percent of participating organizations nationwide reached the “Gold Level” which was set at 90 percent.

Charles Cole is a Joint Commission-accredited organization. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Caption: Valerie Tinder, RN gives David Hajzus a flu shot this fall.

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