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Monday, March 28, 2011

Emporium Man Jailed

An Emporium man is in Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $25,000. bail after attacking another Emporium man, swerving his vehicle into an unmarked State Police car and threatening to shoot everyone at the Fuel On store in Emporium Borough at 10:50 am on Friday.

Trooper Bryan Goodrow of the Emporium station, who investigated, said the incident occurred as Russell Skillman, 52, of Emporium, PA, was exiting the Fuel On store at Rt. 120 and Route 46 in Emporium Borough, as James D. Grasser, 65, of Emporium, PA, was entering.

Skillman attacked Grasser by punching and kicking him, then telling Fuel On employees that he was going to get his automatic weapon and come back and kill everyone.
Skillman then fled the scene in his 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 heading East on Route 120.

On South Broad Street in Shippen Township, Cameron County, Skillman crossed into the northbound lane in front of Trooper David Surra in a marked State Police patrol vehicle, stopped, and began yelling out the window, then continued southbound on South Broad Street (SR3001).
Trooper Surra turned around and and attempted to stop Skillman, who refused to stop, and the pursuit continued south on Route 3001.

At about 11:16 am, as Sgt. Eric E. Wolfgang, 43, of Pennsylvania State Police in Emporium was driving north on Route 3001, Skillman swerved his vehicle into the path of, and struck Sgt. Wolfgang's unmarked State Police vehicle.

Skillman continued fleeing south on Route 3001 and was then stopped by Trooper Surra by legal intervention, after which Skillman exited his vehicle and refused to comply with orders from Troopers.
He was tased and taken into custody.

Skillman was charged with Aggravated Assault; Simple Assault; Fleeing or Attempting To Elude A Police Officer; and numerous traffic violations. He was arraigned before District Judge Alvin H. Brown in Emporium and committed to the Jefferson County Jail in Lieu of $25,000. bail.

Harrassment Charges

An Emporium man was charged with Harassment by State Police after an incident with a Bradford woman on Plank Road Hollow in Shippen Township, Cameron County at 5:39 am on Saturday.
John Kirkman, 48, of Emporium, PA, is alleged to have pushed Sharon Fitzsimmons, 48, of Bradford, PA, and then slammed her head into the floor repeatedly.

Kirkman will answer the charge in District Court.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cameron County Trout Stocking Schedule

It's that time of year again -- click on this link to view Cameron Counties trout stocking schedules.

Sterling Run Wildfire

Saturday at 5:10pm as some members were just returning to station from Tri-County Fire School from their HAZ-MAT Operations class, the 14 House was dispatched to 218 Sterling Run Road Fire Box 14-05 for the first wildfire of the 2011 season.

Brush 14 (P. UBER) Utillity 14 (C. OLAY) and Assistant 14 (P. REED) all went enroute at the time of dispatch. Followed closely behind by Engine 14-2 (C. CROSBY) Rescue 14 (C. ARTMAN) Chief 14 (B. HOUSLER) and Deputy 14 (AB AIKENS). Once Utillity and Brush 14 were on scene at 5:25pm.

Their crews went to work with Indian cans, Rakes, and a Booster line to extinguish the fire. Engine 14-2 and Rescue 14 were staged and ordered to send their manpower to scene. Chief 14 called the Fire under control at 5:54pm. All in all 18 firefighters from EFD worked together to contain this approximately 1 acre wildfire.

One Sure Sign of Spring

Can spring possibly be around the corner?  This lonely robin is one sure sign it can't be far away.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking for Homes with Stained Glass Windows

A new event added to the ArtFest/Weekend in the Wilds will be a walking tour of church district in Emporium. On Saturday, July 2 the tour will begin at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center and continue to the churches in Emporium known for their leaded glass windows. At some of the churches, a presentation will be available giving the stories behind the windows.

According to the executive director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center “There are numerous homes in Emporium which have gorgeous stained glass windows. It would be wonderful to expand the stained glass walk to include those homes!” Johns Lorson encourages home owners interested in listing their address on a pamphlet for the walk to contact the chamber at 814-486-4314.

ArtFest - Weekend in the Wilds

Mark your calendars for the July 4th weekend! Organizers of the ArtFest/Weekend in the Wilds in Cameron County say there will be plenty to do.

The event begins Friday night July 1, with a tour of music. Mary Schroyer will play the harp at the Presbyterian Church and the Bucktail Brass will entertain at the First United Methodist Church. Saturday events begin at sunrise with the 2nd annual Big Foot Hunt, More than 30 artists will open their booths at 10 am and ABATE will host a motorcycle show till 4 in the afternoon. Author Ken Hull will be signing books at the Aroma Café and Restaurant. Entertainment will kick off with the Community Band. A stained glass tour is planned for Saturday. Groups will leave from the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 11 am. Saturday night the attention turns to the Cameron County High School. Fireworks will be set off at dusk.

Executive Director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center, Tina Johns Lorson, says more events are being added each week. “Because of the limited space for artists and the early registration, I encourage any artists considering the event, to contact the chamber as soon as possible.” Combining the two events provides more activities that will appeal to a broader group of people. “If you are looking for food, fun and events that last from sun up to sundown come to Cameron County July 1 and 2,” continued Johns Lorson.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Charges Pending

Charges of Fleeing & Eluding Police are pending against a known male juvenile after an incident on Sterling Run Road in Lumber Township, Cameron County, last Thursday at 5:05 pm.

State Police report that the juvenile was operating an ATV on the roadway and fled from police. He was later identified

Charges Filed For Incident At Bucktail Rod & Gun Club

State Police at Emporium have filed Criminal Mischief charges and various traffic infractions against two individuals for a previously reported incident at the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club.

Cody Joe Reisinger, 18, of Austin, PA, and Daniel Thomas Hutton, 20, of Emporium were charged in District Court.

Cameron County Marcellus Gas Task Force to See Plans for Sand Transloading Facility

A company directly tied to the Marcellus gas industry intends to locate an operation at the rail yard in the eastern end of Emporium. Schlumberger provides sand to companies during the process of well drilling known as fracking.
Tuesday, March 29 at 6PM representatives from Schlumberger will give a presentation during the Cameron County Marcellus Gas Task Force meeting. Questions regarding the operation of the facility will be answered.
The gas task force meetings are open to the public. They are held at the Cameron County Court House in the courtroom.

CCMH announces re-opening of Central Potter Health Center

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital announced the re-opening of the Central Potter Health Center at 71 Elk St. in Coudersport, providing family medicine for children and adults.

Christian McMonigal, Jr., PA-C, in cooperation with Lisa Tabbit D.O., will staff the facility Monday through Friday, focusing on primary medical care for the entire family. Patients can schedule appointments by calling 814/274-5577 from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Same day appointments can be scheduled. After hour coverage will be provided by Express Care, CCMH’s walk in treatment center, located on the main floor of the Irwin Medical Arts Center at CCMH.

“We are pleased to bring two competent and caring family medicine providers to Coudersport and to re-open the former office of Howard Miller, M.D. who had a long history of caring for area residents at that location. Dr. Miller will continue to care for adult patients at the hospital in association with his internal medicine partners. I'm confident that area residents will be pleased with the care available by Dr. Tabbit and Christian McMonigal," said Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at CCMH. "The re-opening of the Central Potter Health Center completes the building of a comprehensive network of Charles Cole primary care offices located in nine communities and 11 locations throughout the four county region. We are committed to providing high quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of north central Pennsylvania and the re-opening of this site is an important component of this plan.”

Dr. Tabbit earned a medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and recently completed a residency in family medicine in Kingston, Pa. McMonigal earned a bachelor’s degree at Penn State University and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Drexel University. Prior to joining CCMH, he worked in the emergency departments at Bradford Regional Medical Center and Elk Regional Health Center and at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Dubois.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Verbal Disputes Result In Charges

An Emporium man and woman were both committed to the Jefferson County Jail after a verbal dispute that turned physical and resulted in bodily injury to both.

The known 35 year old male and known 30 year old female were taken into custody at a residence on East 5th Street in Emporium Boro Sunday at 3:55 pm.

State Police arraigned them before on call District Judge Wilhelm in St. Marys, PA, who set bail at $10,000. each straight, which they were unable to post.

The male is charged with: Simple Assault, Harassment, Obstructing Administration of Law or other Governmental Function.
The female is charged with Simple Assault and Harassment.

Country Blessings Sale Week Of March 21st

Country Blessings is having all their pants and capri's marked at 50% off this week. This will make the pants $2.50 and the capri's just $2! WOW what a bargain!

Country Blessings is located in the old 4th St. School in Emporium. .Our weekly hours are Wednesday thru Friday 9-5 The coffee is fresh, the people are friendly, and the atmosphere is homey. Feel free to stop in during your lunch break for a fresh cup of coffee and some homemade cookies or breads, you'll be glad you did.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Jerome P. “Jerry” Joyce, 61, formerly of Emporium, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Snyder Memorial Health Care Center, Marienville, following a lengthy illness.

Born May 18, 1949 in St. Marys, he was the son of Joseph and Margaret Heher Joyce.
On May 19, 2000 in Du Bois, he married Karen Pavelko Fritz who survives.

Mr. Joyce graduated from Cameron County High School in 1967 and Bryant and Stratton Business College in Buffalo, NY in 1973.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served with the US Army.
A longtime resident of Emporium, Mr. Joyce moved to St. Marys in 2000.
From 1973-1988 he was employed by Emporium Specialties Co., Inc. in Austin and from 1988-2002 by Elco Sintered Alloy in Kersey.

In addition to his wife, Karen, he is survived by: one brother, Robert Joyce and wife Robin of Harrisville; one sister, Peggy Letterman and husband Paul of Emporium; five nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and two infant sisters, Janice and Sally Joyce.

Visitations with video tribute will be held in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, Saturday, March 26 from 4 until 5 p.m. at which time Funeral & Committal Services will be held with the Rev. Gary Atkinson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium, officiating.

Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Snyder Memorial Health Care Center, PO Box 680, SR 66 Cherry St., Marienville, PA 16239 or People to People Ministries, 1225 E. Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007.

Midred M. Nicolo, 94, of Pine Crest Manor, St. Marys formerly of Meadow Rd., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, on Saturday (March 19, 2011) morning. She was born November 17, 1916 in St. Marys a daughter of the late Jesse and Louise Cortise Bologna. In 1932 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church she married the late Dominic Nicolo.

Mrs. Nicolo had worked at Sylvania for many years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and enjoyed playing bingo and also enjoyed her poodles.

Surviving are a son Francis J. Nicolo and his wife Brenda, Emporium
two daughters Pauline Housler, Emporium and Catherine Caroccia and her husband Lou of Linden, PA.
Seven grandchildren: Donald Housler, Paula Hall, Wayne Klinestiver, Lori Hetrick, Lisa Nicolo, Deborah Young & Daniel Belk, 19 Great Grandchildren and 12 Great Great Grandchildren

A sister Mary Knepp of St. Marys Pa., and a Half-Sister, Natalie Grimm of Emporium.
She was preceded by parents Jesse and Louise Cortise Bologna, husband, Dominic Nicolo who died in 1995, a
a granddaughter Linda Mae Housler, three sisters Louise Mattiuz, Betty Salvatore and Josephine Allison and one brother, Jesse Balogna.

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Easter Egg Hunts

The Emporium Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 22nd at the Cameron County Little League Field. sponsored by the VFW, The Knights of Columbus and the Emporium Moose Club.

The annual Sinnemahoning Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 22nd at the Sinnemahoning playground. The event is sponsored by the Grove Township Recreation Deparatment, The Sinnemahoning Volunteer Fire Department and the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club.

Benefit Dinner

Life and Independence For Today is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and dance on Saturday, March 26th at the Emporium Firehall .  Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The band "Two Guys Drinking Beer" will perform from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.    Tickets available at Four Lane Fuels, Western Auto in Emporium or at the LIFT office

A Night At The Races

Ladies and Gentlemen!!    It is time for some Horse Race Excitement.
DATE: Saturday March 26th 2011
TIME: Starts at 8:00PM
WHERE: Upstairs at the Christabelle Club

Bid on horses before each race - $1.00 per bid.
Purchase your own horse: $20.00 - must name your own horse

Don’t have to be present for your horse to win.
Food and Drink will be available.

To buy a horse call one of the following:
Nancy Zoschg 486-3198
Beth Malizia 486-3674
Pete Fragale 486-2205
Pete Grimone 486-8565
Cliff Clark 486-0525
St. Mark Day Care Center 486-2399

COFFEEHOUSE ~ St Marks Church

COFFEEHOUSE ~ St Marks Church

MARCH 18, 2011 O’CONNELL HALL @ 7:00 PM

Bekki and Mark Tichner
The Tichners perform a mix of Celtic Music, Traditional American Music and some original material and are leaders of the Group Fieldstone.
Bekki is one of the area’s amazing singers and Mark does a great job accompanying and backing her up! You don’t want to miss it! They will open your eyes to Irish/Celtic heritage on St. Pat’s Day.
Ron Tusing Band  with Howard Foster (saxophone), Dave Foote (drums), and Fr. Paul (guitar)

We’ll have a St. Patrick’s Day Sing-Along!

"Say Yes To The Dress"

The CCHS cheerleaders will be holding a used prom/party dress sale on March 26th from 10 am to 2  pm in the high school cafeteria  to raise money to attend camp this summer. If anyone has any dresses hanging in your closet that you know no one will ever wear again, please consider donating them to the sale.
All dresses are $50 and under.
Want to make a donation?   Have questions about the sale ?
Contact Shanna Hubbs at 486-4000 ext 2134 or

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Emporium Soft Serve Opens

Emporiums Soft Serve Ice Cream Store opened for service on Monday, March 14th, 2011.


Albert L. “Snuffy” Dolnick, 97, of Clear Creek, Emporium, died Tuesday (March 15, 2011) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.


 Kathryn W. “Katty” Henry, 95, of Greensburg, formerly of Emporium, died Monday (March 14, 2011) in Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Women’s Seminar Coming to Emporium

The Cameron County Christian Center will host a women’s seminar Saturday March 19. The event will include beauty treatments, and speakers focusing on women and issues they face. The CMA worship team will direct the event. Deb Eckenroth will be the main speaker for the event titled “Becoming Beautiful to King & Culture” and it includes lunch.

A suggested donation of $10.00 is asked for the women’s seminar which starts at 9. Proceeds will go to the people of Carrefour, Haiti.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Helen A. Stuart

Helen A. Stuart, 56, of 38 Mooley Hollow Rd, Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Saturday (March 12, 2011) afternoon.

She was born May 24, 1954 in Warren, Pa a daughter of the late Jack and Ethel Carlson Stuart.
Helen graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1972. She had worked, over 20 years, as a nurses-aid at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Daughter: Rachel, Mrs. Zack Pifer, Emporium
Son: Justin Stuart and Audra, Emporium
Son: Kyle Stuart, Emporium
5 Grandchildren Blake, Brock, Mercedes & Caleb Pifer and Cambree Stuart.

Brother: Jack Stuart and his wife Sue, Dillon, MT
Brother: Howard Stuart and his wife Pam, Emporium
Brother: Dwight Stuart and his wife Linda, Emporium
Sister: Deborah Stuart, Emporium
Brother: Kenneth Stuart and his wife Jamie, Emporium
Brother: George Stuart and Terrie, Emporium
Brother: Dennis Peet and his wife Cheryl, Texas
Brother: Michael Stuart and his wife Cybil, Fayetteville, TN
Sister: Peggy Stuart, Bradenton, FL

Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Jack and Ethel Carlson Stuart

The Stuart family will receive friends at the Free Methodist Church, 240 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Services at 12 Noon with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium

Online Condolences may be placed at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Alvin E. Aikens, 71

Alvin E. Aikens, 71, of 359 South Mountain Road, Emporium, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2011 at his residence.

He was born on January 10, 1940 in Clymer, a son of the late Albert F. and Margaret T. Janosko Aikens.
On June 3, 1961 he married Barbara M. Emery in Emporium.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was a Jack of all Trades who could fix just about anything, he was also an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved to go “salvaging”.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Barbara M. Aikens, Emporium, three sons, Alvin “Rocky” (Christie) Aikens, Emporium, Timothy (Lisa) Aikens, Southport, NC, Jonathan Aikens, Emporium, four daughters, Bambi (John) Teates, Lisa (Ron) Main, Valerie Gaberseck, all of Emporium, Theresa (Ben) Hauber, Raleigh, NC, two brothers, Edward (Audrey) Aikens, Sr., Clymer, Richard, (Eileen) Aikens, Emporium, one sister, Dorothy Jane Reed, Emporium, twenty one grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one brother, Albert Aikens, one grandson, Daniel Best Aikens, one son-in-law, Paul Gaberseck and one nephew, Edward Aikens, Jr.

The family will receive friends at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Emporium on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at which time a Memorial Service will be held with the Rev. James Eastman, officiating.
Private committal services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Community Nurses, Inc. Hospice Program, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Ave., DuBois, PA 15801.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
Online Condolences can be expressed at

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be Friday, April 1st from 9 - 11:30 a.m. & 1 - 3 p.m. at the CC Woodland Elementary School.

Children must be 5 years old on or before July 1, 2011 to be eligible to enter kindergarten.

Please bring the childrens original birth certificate, the childrens immunization records and proof of residency.
A social security card is no longer needed.

The child does not need to be present at registration

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday's At Aroma

Another enjoyable evening of music at the Aroma Bakery and Cafe in Emporium.
Shown in this photo are singer Tyler Wigfield, Mitch Ream and Trevor Clark.

Fire Alarm CCHS

Cameron County Company 14 responded to a 2:26 pm fire alarm at Cameron County High School in Emporium for a report of a fire in a light fixture in the gym. Firefighters are checking the roof structure for fire at 2:49 pm.
All students were evacuted.  A small electrical fire was reported in the high school gym area.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Charges Pending

Charges are pending in an incident of Harassment at My Place Tavern on 4th Street in Emporium Boro at 1:30 am on Sunday.

Trooper Ronald E. Chewning reported that a known 26 year old male suspect pushed a 40 year old male and a 46 year old male and struck the 46 year old male in the nose.

Charges Filed

Charges of Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment have been filed against Jesse Coffman, 35, of Emporium, PA after an incident last Tuesday at 10:50 pm in Emporium Boro.

Trooper Dennis J. Miller, in a news release, reported that Jesse Coffman struck a door with the head of Shawna Coffman, 31, of Emporium, PA and choked her, and then chased Christopher Grovanz, 31, of Emporium, down the street with a hammer saying he was going to hit him in the head.

Charges are filed in District Court.

Lee Joseph Cook, 57

Lee Joseph Cook, 57, of 914 Windfall Rd., St. Marys, formerly of Emporium died at his residence, Monday (February 28, 2011) afternoon. He was born June 22, 1953 in St. Marys a son of Bessie Priest Cook, Emporium and the late Lee C. Cook.

Mr. Cook graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1973. He resided at Oak Manor in St. Marys for 37 years and worked at Elcam over 37 years. Joe enjoyed his family, Christmas, his dogs, Elvis Presley and collecting Elvis memorabilia, mowing grass and fishing. He enjoyed playing lottery tickets and often won.
Sister: Sheryl, Mrs. Monte Surat, St. Marys
Brother: Douglas Cook and his wife Cindy, Emporium
Several Nieces & Nephews: D.J. Palmer, Tiffany Palmer, Lauren, Douglas, II., Jonathan & Jacob Cook
Great Nephew: Dylan Palmer
Preceded in Death By
Father: Lee C. Cook

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3-5 PM.

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (March 2, 2011) at 5:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, St. Mark Catholic Church, officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to Oak Manor, Inc., 4 Erie Avenue # 102, St. Marys, PA 15857
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.