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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day, 2011.  Remembering the servicemen and women who died for our country.

Camp Burglary

Between 5-22 and 5-24-2011, unknown actor(s) pried open a door and entered a residence owned by Robert Michael Yahnite of Somers Point, NJ, located at Hill Top Lodge in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

In the burglary, three 42 inch Vizio flat screen TV's, a Stihl Chain Saw and a Stihl weedeater were removed from the residence. Estimated value of the stolen goods is $2,500.00.

State Police from Emporium are investigating

Rubbish Scattered

Joseph Gehringer of 23677 CCC Memorial Highway, Driftwood, PA, reported that unknown actors deposited miscellaneous plant materials on his property without permission.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to Contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321.

Check Cashing Scam

In an incident of Fraud/Theft, unknown actors coerced a known adult female victim who lives on Old Portage Road in Portage Township, to deposit fraudulent checks into her checking account and then transfer money via Western Union and MoneyGram.

The checks then did not clear through the bank, thus making the victim responsible for payment.
Emporium Troopers are continuing the investigation

Purse Found

A purse containing drugs and drug paraphernalia was found at Ramsey's Garage on East 2nd Street in Emporium Boro on May 20.

If it's yours, you can claim it at PSP Emporium.

Friday, May 27, 2011

CCC Legacy Chapter Forming

The Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania (LHR) in partnership with the CCC Legacy Foundation, and the Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park Association will be hosting the Charter Meeting of the LHR Chapter of the CCC Legacy on Saturday, June 4th at 11:00 at the Renovo Fire Hall. The Fire Hall is located just off Route 120 on 11th Street in downtown Renovo (Clinton County).
The Chapter will include the 15 counties of the Lumber Heritage Region and will celebrate the accomplishments of the men and boys who served in the 86 Civilian Conservation Corps Camps through out the region. Currently there are 30 CCC Legacy Members in the Region. They hope to get that up over 100 in the near future.

While this first meeting is taking place in Clinton County, it is planned to eventually hold meetings through out the 15 counties.

On the agenda for this Charter Meeting will be to work out the details of the by-laws, select officers and set the mission and goals for the group.

With 86 camps in the region and the great work accomplished by the CCC’s there will be many opportunities for very interesting future meetings.

Also at the meeting, the Renovo Heritage Park folks will share work they have in progress with their hand carved life-size CCC Worker Statues and the upcoming dedication. Additionally they will share information on two Bronze CCC Worker Statues coming to the Region and will discuss a new book on the CCC’s in the Allegheny National Forest.

If you are interested but not able to attend, please let them know. Feel free to invite friends who are interested in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps. If you are able to attend please RSVP as lunch will be provide by the Fire Dept. and they could use a head count. 814-486-0213

The Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy represents the alumni, supporters, and friends of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Foundation strives to bring awareness to the heritage of the CCC, CCC alumni, their programs and accomplishments. For many years, alumni across America have elevated their heritage though consistently reminding citizens, historians, and natural resource agencies of its great impact on the American culture. Please join the effort to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the men who served

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed men, focused on natural resource conservation from 1933 to 1942.

JoAnn V. Chmelar

JoAnn V. Chmelar, 77, of 324 W. 4th St., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Friday (May 27, 2011) morning. She was born October 21, 1933 in Emporium a daughter of the late Olin and Stella Bohensky Barr. On July 10, 1954 in St. Mark Church she married the late Leo Chmelar.

Mrs. Chmelar graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1952. She and her husband worked at Cameron County Control and the County Jail for over 40 years until she retired in 2002. After retirement she worked at the Grove House until 2008. She was named an honorary member of the Emporium Fire Department & was a member of the Firemans Ladies Auxiliary.

Son: James Chmelar and wife Lisa, Austin, TX
Daughter: Vicki, Mrs. Jim Wenner, Emporium
Son: Michael Chmelar
Son:Joseph "Skeeter" Chmelar and his wife Yvette, Emporium
12 Grandchildren 5 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Evelyn, Mrs. Bryan Goodrow, Bellefonte
Several nieces and nephews
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Olin and Stella Bohensky Barr
Husband: Leo Chmelar
Son: Robert Chmelar
Sister: Delores Stringfellow

Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-8 PM., where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:45 PM and the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to Hematology/Oncology Department, Hahne Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Drive, DuBois, PA 15801 or to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 421 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Chamber Of Commerce Hours

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center announces new hours starting immediately. “To better serve the community, the executive board of the chamber has elected to change the weekday hours. Monday through Friday the chamber will be open 10am to 4pm,” according to executive director, Tina Johns Lorson.

Saturday hours will remain 9am to 1pm. Johns Lorson explains, “Many people have commented that their schedules do not allow them to visit before 3 in the afternoon, during weekdays but budget constraints do not allow for the chamber to add an hour each day. As always if someone would like to make an appointment to stop in during off hours, they will be accommodated.”

The chamber office located at 34 East Fourth Street sells hand- made items from more than 90 artists and continues to offer art classes and seminars aimed at businesses in Cameron County. For more information the chamber can be contacted at 814-486-4314.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Judge Questions Charges

Emporium District Judge Alvin Brown accepted the withdrawal of Shawn Michael Geci's appeal of game law convictions Monday but expressed a "grave question" about how the disposition came about.

Geci, 36, a Ridgway Borough police officer, was charged April 8 with two summary counts of unlawfully taking or possessing game or wildlife.

In January, he was convicted of summary charges of using unlawful devices and methods to take wildlife and using an ATV on lands leased by the Game Commission and fined $400 plus costs. The charges filed April 8 stem from the same incident.

At the hearing in January, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard S. Bodenhorn said officers were more than lenient because of Geci's position as an officer. Bodenhorn said anyone else who had commited the acts Geci did would have been charged with two counts of taking illegal deer.

When Geci appealed his conviction on those charges, the state Office of the Attorney General recommended he face additional charges from that incident.

Geci was not present at Monday's hearing but was represented by his attorney, Karl Geci.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Bill Caye told Brown that Geci withdrew his summary appeal and, in turn, the Attorney General's office withdrew the new citations against Geci.

Brown said a ruling was already made on the incident at a hearing that he presided over, and for the Attorney General's office to bring dditional charges stemming from the same incident causes him to question if Caye's request doesn't constitute double jeopardy.

"They were separate incidents that arose out of the same investigation," Caye said. "The conviction was vacated."

Brown said the conviction was not vacated. It was heard in the county Court of Common Pleas.

"With all due respect, Your Honor, that case there indicates when there are summary violations and then a subsequent misdemeanor violation or summary violation and there is a date of appeal, once the date of appeal is filed the convictions are vacated," Caye said.

"I will remind you the people do have rights in this Commonwealth," Brown said. "You believe that anyone that is arrested under a summary violation, convicted, takes an appeal, and then you file other summary violations against them to get them to deal with you. You think that's good law?"

"Did they want to file it is one question. Should they have filed it is another question," Caye said. "They probably should have filed it at that junction."

"But you don't file it later - after you've already had a trial," Brown said. "We're done. I accept the withdrawal from the Commonwealth with real grave question, and I hope the day comes that you find that you cannot do that because that is the worst thing I've ever heard. If a person decides he wants to appeal and you're going to file other charges against him to stop the appeal - that is injustice."

Brown said the solicitor he works with at the state level said what Caye is trying to do is wrong.

When Caye tried to respond, Brown said, "I'm done," rose from the bench, left and slammed the door behind him.
Reported by Katie Weidenboerner, staff writer. Email:

Monday, May 23, 2011

East-end Bridgework on Route 120 Begins in Emporium

With Route 120 bridgework on the west end of Emporium nearing completion, work can begin on the Route 120 east end bridge.

On Tuesday, May 24, work will get under way on the steel truss bridge located on Route 120 near the intersection with Route 155. A temporary signal will enforce an alternating traffic pattern as work takes place on the bridge.

All traffic traveling Route 155 south into Emporium, will now be required to stop at the intersection with Route 120, prior to traveling through the signalized work zone.

Work on the bridge will include construction of a new deck, new approach slabs, new sidewalks and parapet repair. Swank Associated Companies Inc. is the contractor on this $2.6 million rehabilitation project.

PennDOT expects the temporary signal to be in effect into September of this year. All work is weather dependent. Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

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Cameron County Art Fest

Attention  all artists and creative people! Cameron County Arts is planning this years Art Fest to be held Saturday, July 2, 2011 on S. Broad St. in downtown Emporium. The hours will be from 10am to 4pm. As in prior years, we are looking for people who like to share their artistic skills with visitors to Art Fest. You can demonstrate, display and sell your work – whatever interests you. Table rental is only $20 and includes a table and two chairs under canopy. Deadline for entries is June 2. Any questions call Kathy at 486-3372 or Judy at 486-3430.

CCMH celebrates Hospital Week

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital celebrated Hospital Week with a variety of events for staff and the community.

High school students from Coudersport, Shinglehouse, Otto-Eldred, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter visited CCMH to learn about a variety of clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers, education requirements, interviewing skills and future job outlook.

The Heart of Cole Community Connections employee giving club presented checks for $200 each to 12 area volunteer EMS companies during an educational breakfast. The HOC Community Connections group chooses a community project every year as a way to give back. Last year, the group donated to area senior centers. During the breakfast the EMS groups also learned from hospital staff about emergency preparedness, medical command, and ventilation/CPAP.

Children from Alliance Daycare visited the hospital during Hospital Week. While touring the hospital, they learned about various healthcare services and departments.

Hospital Week also featured a variety of educational events for the public including presentations on medication safety, end of life/living wills, oxygen safety in the home, understanding hospital bills and falls prevention.

Staff celebrated with an employee health and wellness fair and related vendors, educational sessions on falls prevention, medication, transfers, ambulation and simulation training, and an ice cream social.
National Hospital Week began in 1921 and is now the nations largest health care event, as a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated professionals.
Charles Cole also recognized staff who reached milestone years of services in 2011 during Hospital Week.

They include:

Cherlyn Burdick, Sandra Fry, Kathleen Wilson, Kristine Zitnik;

Harold Page;

Michelle Burdick, Vivian Carvell, Anna Fair, Gail Faulstick, Patricia Galeotti, Linda Jones, Deneen Lyons, Nancy Rudolph, Dianne Russell, Betty Wilson;

Ronald Billings, Linda Coates, Stephanie Gerhart, Cecelia Howard, Mark Jackson, Patricia Kio, Tammy Peterson, Jill Rinehults, Tamara Ruman, Shannon Snyder, Judith Ziegler;

Lynn Anderson, Roger Arbogast, Kim Ferry, Cynthia Gitchell, Marcie Gutgsell, Debbie Jack, Donna Kelley, Sherri Kinney, Tracy Leet, Theresa Long, Steva Miller, Shawn Moore, Ronald Morey, Leah Potter, Jeanette Smith, Laurie Wahl;

Christina Avilez, Susan Bailey, Maureen Bartoo, Janet Busshaus, Tamara Cummings, Cheryl Danielewicz, Diane Gerner, Vida Glover, Susan Hooftallen, Philip Jensen, Catherine Larson, Kelly Miller, Emily Myers, Karen Parker, Yvette Piaquadio, Darlene Plank, Faith Raudenbush, Betty Reigel, Judy Smoker, Mary Solveson, Doris Stahli, Carmella Toombs, Sherry Unger, Debra Uplinger, April Worth;
Brenda Baer, Merranda Baker, Mackenna Bechelli, Hillary Beichner, Jill Benjamin, April Blimline, Kara Bowers, Marilyn Bryant, Colleen Cloak, Brenda Crowell, Rose Davis, Leslie Downey, Tonya Gail, Kevin George, Tina Graham, Amy Greene, Mary Alice Gurnsey, Cynthia Hardesty, Edmond Hardesty, Carol Hartman, Eryn Haynes, Pauline Housler, Krystal Howard, Thomas Hurrle, Todd Husson, Lorrie Jandrew, Jennifer Kelly, Debra Lentz, Wendy Leonard, Emily Lynch, Leslie Miles, Judith Mottershead, Mary Newton, Amanda Paul, Edward Pitchford, Jackie Plummer-Sprow, Lisa Pratt, Colleen Ramsey, Katrina Rimel, Mandy Sillick, Susan Surh, Pamela Swanson, Eleanor Tomb, Jodi Vossler, Elaine Wagner, Kiley Walker.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Seismic Testing to be the Focus of Upcoming Meeting

Numerous Cameron County residents have been approached regarding seismic testing on their property. The testing is one of many steps involved in determining the density of Marcellus shale. The Cameron County Marcellus Gas Task Force will highlight the topic at the May 31 meeting.

Co-Director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Thomas Murphy will give a presentation on seismic testing. What is it? Why is it done? What can you expect when it is taking place? Those questions and more will be addressed at the meeting.

The Cameron County Marcellus Gas Task Force holds public meetings to keep residents, municipal officials and the media informed on activity happening in Cameron County. The meetings are held at 6pm in the courtroom of the Cameron County Courthouse and are open to the public.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hit & Run In Sinnemahoning

Police are looking for a hit & run vehicle that backed from a parking stall at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club on Sunday at 12:30 am and hit the left rear door of a 2002 GMC Sierra and then left the scene.

Two Car Crash, No Injuries

Neither driver was injured in a two car crash on Route 155 Monday at 7:45 pm in Shippen Township.

A 2000 Chevrolet Tracker driven by Robert F. McLean, 60, of Emporium, PA, was stopped on Rt. 155 in the northbound lane of travel to allow pedestrians to cross the road.

Chandra E. Hineman, 23, of Emporium, PA, was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was also northbound and failed to stop striking the McLean Tracker. Hineman was cited for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Emporium Fire Department and Emporium Ambulance responded to the scene and assisted troopers.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

CCHS Track Seniors

Last Wed May 11th, the CCHS track team held its annual parents night and recognized 5 of the seniors on the track team.

Left to right; Shalynn Schatz, Trevor Clark, Joseph Botera, C.J. Banks, and Julia Reynolds.

High School Pool Tickets On Sale Soon

The high school pool will open on Thursday, June 9th.

Advanced tickets available at the high schools principals office beginning Monday, May23rd.

Prices -
Family - $35
Family & babysitter - $40
Adult - $25
Student - $20

Tickets sold daily are $2 for adults & $1 for students.
Ticket prices will increase by $2 beginning June 9th.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Richard D. English

Richard D. English, 73, of 295 Carson Street, Emporium, PA died at his residence on Monday morning (May 16, 2011).

He was born December 9, 1937 in Renovo, Pennsylvania a son of the late Dale and Helen Zwald English. On September 16, 1961 in Janesville United Methodist Church, Clearfield He married Frances Stewart English, who Survives.

Mr. English graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1955. He served with the US Marine Corps. He retired as treasurer in 1995 from the County of Cameron where he worked for over 25 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Christabelle Club, Miller-Raffaele Post 6221 VFW, Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, Emporium and the Emporium Country Club. He was an avid golfer.

Surviving in addition to his wife Frances Stewart English
Two Daughters: Vicki English, Phoenix, AZ and Lisa, Mrs. Jody Groves, California City, CA
Two Grandsons: Blair and Daniel Groves
Two Sisters: Jackie, Mrs. Robert Price, Montana and Fereida Rougeaux, Mass.
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Dale and Helen Zwald English, and two Brothers: Donald and James English

At his request there will be no service and no visitation.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 421 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

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

Friday, May 13, 2011

Almost Looks Like Snow!

Spring is finally here in full force.  The pollen is out & tree blossoms are covering the streets and sidewalks.


CCMH celebrates Nurses Week

The recognition is held annually May 6-12, concluding on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme was “Nurses Trusted to Care.” The purpose of the week long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of the public. CCMH events included the traditional wear white day and blessing of the hands. CCMH chief nurse executive Cindi Hardesty thanked all CCMH nurses “for making a difference in our communities.”

CCMH Services

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host Grief Connection, a bereavement support group, at 7 p.m. May 24 at the Patterson Cancer Care Center. Meetings are informal and open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact facilitator June Buckler at 647-8618.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer heel screenings from 1 to 3 p.m., May 20 at the Women’s Health Center in hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center. The cost is $10. Call 274-8200 for an appointment.

Heel screenings give patients a preliminary bone density score (T score) in a matter of minutes. Low scores typically call for a more thorough exam. Those who should receive a heel screening include women over 65 or who have had an early menopause or hysterectomy or other hormonal depletion, men over 70, men and women taking certain medications or certain cancer treatments, those with risk factors or a disease or condition that can cause bone loss, and men and women who eat a low calcium diet or have had significant height loss.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mary Maxine Weis

Mary Maxine Weis, 90, passed away peacefully Monday, May 9, 2011, in the Rehabilitation Center of DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois. She was born on March 17, 1921 in Mt. Jewett, PA, the daughter of Harold Valverd and Mildred Elizabeth Weaver Crooks, and spent her childhood in Falls Creek PA.

Maxine, as she was known to her friends, was educated in Falls Creek schools and proudly received her GED at the age of 73. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium and was a former Rebecca. She was also a member of the Cameron County Antique Seekers, Emporium Garden Club, and was a Master Gardener.

Most of her adult life she was a homemaker, but for a time she held the position of Emporium’s first policewoman. She was extremely proud of this accomplishment, as was her family. Maxine was also an accomplished seamstress who did alterations for Jasper Harris and Son Clothiers in Emporium as well as making and altering garments for private clients.

She is survived by: a daughter, Mary Schroyer of Camden, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. John and Jamie Weis of Troy; three grandsons, Eric Weis, PhD of Columbia, MO, Nathan Weis of Troy, and Adam Weis of State College; a sister-in-law, Alice Crooks of DuBois; and a nephew Jay Crooks in Florida.

Maxine was predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Joseph, her parents, her son-in-law, Dave Schroyer, and a niece, Joy Crooks.

The family will receive friends in the First Presbyterian Church, Thursday, May 12, from 10-11 a.m. at which time Celebration of Life Services and Committal will follow with the Rev. Phil Sanders, pastor, officiating. Friends will also be received at a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall of the church following the service.

Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maxine’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium, Emporium Garden Club, the Cameron County Ambulance Service, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium

Monday, May 9, 2011

Enjoy a day of Pampering

Saturday, May 21 is set aside for women in the region by the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center! Spend the day pampering yourself with make up tips, a spray tan of your legs, massages and of course food.
“This event comes on the heels of Administrative Professionals Day. Jewelry artist Pat Martin approached the chamber about offering a day for every woman in the region. We are happy to host the event,” explained Tina Johns Lorson, executive director. The event begins at 10 in the morning and starts with a sampling of flavored coffees, during lunch flavored teas will be the star and to wrap up the day wine tasting and desert will tempt the pallet.

Martin will show the class how to make wine glass charms and each woman will take home a hand painted flute by Marie Fannin and the charm! The fee for the day long pampering is $30.00 Register at the chamber office or call 814-486-4314.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Coudersport Track Meet

Shalynn Schatz with another great throw during the shotput event.

Antonio racing home

Country Blessings

Extended Hours! YES! Country Blessings will be extending their hours. Starting the first Saturday of every month; we will be open from 9a.m. til noon. This means starting June 4th we will open our doors at 9 in the morning for those who are not able to come in during the week. We are hoping to be able to extend our hours even more, however for now this is what we are able to offer those who are not enjoying the benefits of Country Blessings. Remember to check out our weekly special!

The special for the week of May 11th-13th will be...ALL clothing is 50% OFF! This is a great bargain and just in time for summer shopping too!

Our hours are Wednesday thru Friday 9a.m. 5p.m. We are always glad you came.

Cancer support group to meet

A cancer support group will meet at 7 p.m. May 16 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. The group, Sassy Survivors, is informal and open to anyone with cancer, families and friends. For more information, contact facilitator June Buckler at 647-8618.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

One Bright Spot

I spotted this pretty bed of flowers today and couldn't resist a snapshot of them.

CCMH Groups

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host therapeutic touch at 7 p.m. May 12 at CCMH’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. Therapeutic Touch is free and open to the public. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1487.
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s support group at 10 a.m. May 11 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.
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a breastfeeding support group at 5:30 p.m., May 5 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.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a fibromyalgia support group at 6 p.m. May 9 (the second Monday of each month) in the hospital conference room.

Terri Cooney leads the group to provide support and education to patients, family, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about fibromyalgia. The group provides 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.

For more information, contact Cooney at or 814/225-4400.

Lola M. Haynes

 Lola M. Haynes, 88, of Pinecrest Manor, died Monday, May 2, 2011, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Austin, the daughter of Harold and Delores Shepard Major. She married Lester E. Haynes, who predeceased her in October 1958.

She had been a Ridgway resident since 1962. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was also a member of the choir. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She had been employed as a housekeeper for the Bogart Hotel.

She is survived by three children, Paul Haynes (Joyce) of Emporium, Gary Haynes (Susan) of Johnsonburg, and Cheryl Hodgson of Hamburg, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and four siblings, Stanley Major of Port Allegany, Annamae Comino of Port Allegany, Bonnie Kilcorn (Jerry) of Port Allegany, and Pete Major of Austin.

Besides her her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Major, and a brother, Donald Major.

Funeral and committal services for Lola M. Haynes will be held in the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, Ridgway, on Friday at 9 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. David Roddy, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Portage Township Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service Friday morning.

Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 19 South Broad St., Ridgway, PA 15853

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

James E. Whiting

James E. Whiting, 88, a current resident of the Grove House Boarding Home in Emporium, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Born April 14, 1923 in Sterling Run, he was the son of DeMonte and Nellie Bunce Whiting. On September 30, 1940 in Selingsgrove, he married Marian A. Coon who died November 30, 2010. This past September Marian and Jim celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

A longtime resident of Cameron County, Mr. Whiting was a 1941 graduate of Emporium High School. He was a Class A machinist and was employed for many years by Sylvania Electric in Emporium. He also trained many other machinists who refined their skills by serving apprenticeships under his leadership. After retiring from Sylvania he was employed by Gary Brown, also in Emporium. He had done some traveling, loved camping, and had worked in California, Florida and New York State before returning to Emporium.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium, the Bucktail RVers, Cameron County Historical Society, Coudersport Consistory and was a 50 year member of Emporium Masonic Lodge #382 F&AM.

Mr. Whiting is survived by a sister, Beverly (Richard) Cool of Emporium; and three generations of nieces and nephews.

Visitations with Memorial Tribute will be held Friday, May 6 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.
A Masonic Memorial Service will be held Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home.

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

Welcome Home Ish !!!

I browse through several blogs daily, but I have to say this is my favorite one. My prayers are with Ish and his family - what a story they have !  Welcome home Ish !!!!

Headstart Applications Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for Northern Tier Community Action Corporation Head Start 2011-2012 program year.

Northern Tier Community Action Corporation serves Potter, Elk, Cameron, and McKean Counties.

Head Start is a social program serving area families at no cost. Children must be three at time of application, and not eligible for kindergarten. There are priorities for enrollment including, but not limited to income and age.

Head Start welcomes special needs children.

Head Start provides services to enrolled families including Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Social Services, Health, Disabilities, and Education. Call 814-486-1161 ext. 224 to apply to a center or home base near you.

Helen I. Ripple

Helen I. Ripple, 83, of Costello, PA died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at her home following a brief illness.

Mrs. Ripple was born on July 31, 1927 in First Fork, the daughter of Clara Zoschg and was raised by Peter and Aloisa Zoschg. On June 24, 1950 in Austin she married Avery R. “Abe” Ripple, who died on June 26, 2005.

Mrs. Ripple was a graduate of Emporium High School. She was formerly employed with GTE Sylvania in Emporium and Emporium Specialties Co. in Austin. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen (Tony) Majot of Coudersport and Susan (Mike) Wells of Lima, NY, one son, Thomas (Anne) Ripple of Goose Creek, SC, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four brothers, George “Mick” (Kathy) Kamats of Nashville, TN, Donald (Jean) Kamats of Springville, NY, Richard (Joanne) Kamats of Orchard Park, NY, and Gary (Jane) Kamats of Austin, seven sisters, Louise Cooney of Emporium, PA, Joanne Kamats of Seattle, WA, Maxine (John) Zokaites of Pittsburgh, PA, Margaret (Ernie) Lovett, Carolyn (Dale) Wolfanger, Kathleen Kamats, and Pamela (Howard) Stewart, all of Emporium, PA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, her stepfather, George Kamats, and her husband.

Friends may call from 4 – 7 pm Thursday, May 5, 2011at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. The Reverend Joseph Dougherty, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Gilmore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Potter County Hospice, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915, or to St. Augustine Catholic Church, P. O. Box 271, Austin, PA 16720, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. To share your fondest memories of Helen, visit

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is open for the season. With the recent articles about the expansion coming this Fall there seems to be some confusion whether the Museum is open or not.  The museum will continue to be open.   The hours are Wed.-Sun. from 9-5PM. 
 The 37th Annual Bark Peelers Convention will be held on July 2 & 3.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Contry Blessings

The Country Blessings staff would like to once again thank the local community, as well as the

surrounding communities for all the donations they have blessed us with over the past years. We continue to get things such as clothes, nick-knacks, small appliances, toys, and a variety of other things.

As much as we would like to take all donations there are some things we simply cannot take for various reasons. Some of the items we do not take are as follows…baby cribs, no matter how good of shape they are in we simply cannot take them; old beds of any kinds, large old TV’s, electrical ‘gadgets’ or large pieces of furniture. Country Blessings does not have the proper means to store any of these things and it cost us extra to have them disposed. We are asking if you have any such items and feel we could benefit

from them please contact us at 814-486-1841 ext 1 to make sure there is a need before you drop them off. We do not take broken toys, used personal pillows, and opened food items; these can be unhealthy to the public and we just end up tossing them in the garbage; if you could throw them away yourself it would be greatly appreciated.

We would also like to remind those who donate to County Blessings, please make sure your clothes are laundered before you drop them off. Any clothing that are soiled or have heavy animal hair on them will be discarded. We would like to continue to keep the high level of quality items in our shop and we thank you for your donations and cooperation in helping us do so.

If you are not sure how to get into the building, we have 3 entrances to the building, the main front doors, and 2 doors in the back. As you go through the alley behind the building, you will see a ramp, for handicap accessibility, and there is another door past the green dumpster; under the small roof. Please drop your donations off behind the building by the back door under the small the roof, this helps keep it out of the weather.

The sale for the week of May 6-8th are ALL SHIRTS are 50% OFF! This makes the Adult shirts $1.50 and the shirts size 7 and under $1.00! What a bargain! While you out for your walk this week, stop in and check us out. The hours are Wednesday thru Friday 9 a.m.—5 p.m.