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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bertha Roma Henriette Kresser Johnson, Formerly of Emporium

Bertha Roma Henriette Kresser Johnson, 93, of Port Allegany, formerly of Emporium, died Friday (October 28, 2011) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

She was born Aug. 30, 1918 in Collins, Wisconsin, a daughter of August and Phillipina Illk Kresser. On Oct. 3, 1936, she married Warren Kenneth Johnson, who preceded her in death.

She was associated with the Emporium Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by one daughter: Karolyn K. Blood of Port Allegany, PA., four sons: Kenneth W. Johnson of Rincon, GA, Karl L. Johnson of Rincon, GA, Keith A. Johnson of Oconomowoc, WI, Kurt E. Johnson of Acra, NY.,  25 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Marie Gaynor, 4 brothers, and 7 sisters.

There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Port Allegany, at a future time and date to be announced.

Online condolences can be left at
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

James V. Beshel

Port Allegany - James V. Beshel, 66, of, Keating Summit, died Thursday (October 27, 2011) at his home.

He was born Aug 21, 1945 in Philadelphia, a son of Francis and Teresa Bravitz Beshel. On Feb. 11, 1989 in East Lansdowne, PA, he married Maureen T. Kennedy, who died Oct. 22, 2004.

Mr. Beshel was a graduate of Fr. Judge High School and attended Bucks County Community College.
He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving from 1963 to 1969.
Mr. Beshel was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Bensalem, PA

He was a member of Knights of Columbus in Emporium, PA the May Hollow Sportsman Club and the Sinnemahoning Sportsman Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by
Four daughters: Donna (John) Donia, Kelly Russell, Dawn Russell all of Philadelphia, PA, and Janis (James) Doak of Sunbury, PA
One son: John Russell of Keating Summit, PA
26 Grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren
three sisters: Eleanor Razler of Philadelphia, PA, Carole Hilger of Willingboro, NJ, Norma Bush of Medford Lake , NJ

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 sons, Vincent Beshel in 1989, and James Russell in 2011, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 from 5-8PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Christian Wake service will be held at 5:00 PM in the funeral home

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2011 in St Mark's Catholic Church, Emporium with the Rev. Paul S. Siebert, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in the Portage Twp Cemetery, Sizerville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing. Online condolence may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc. Port Allegany.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photo Contest November 1st

Tons of GREAT prizes! Enter your photos into one of the six categories. Contest will end October 31st, 2012. PA Wilds artists will judge the photos and winners will be notified by November 2012.
Scenic - Overlooks, trails, landscapes, trees, flowers, etc. Any photograph of the outdoors that does not fit in the Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, etc.
Wildlife - All wildlife including elk, bear, fish, squirrels, deer, etc. Any photograph with wildlife as the main focus.
Outdoor Recreation - Camping, hunting, canoeing, ATVing, winter sports and activities, etc. Any photograph with a main focus on an outdoor recreation activity.
Events - Festivals, community, arts or theater events. Any photograph that is clearly from an event or performance.
Our Towns - Inside the towns in the Pennsylvania Wilds including buildings, dining, shopping, etc. Any photograph where the town, architecture, etc. is the main focus.
Professional - All subject matters by professional photographers. If you are paid for your photography services or sell your photography, please submit photographs to this category. No watermarks or branding.

Check back often and follow us on facebook for updates and submitted photos!
For questions and inquiries e-mail PAwildsContest(at)

Contest begins November 1st! Check back soon

Monday, October 24, 2011

Flu Shots 10/26/11

Elk Regional will be offering a flu shot clinic on 10/26 from 9-11 a.m. at Dr. McKimms office located on 416 N. Broad St.

The cost for a flu vaccine is $30, but that will be discounted to $25 if patients offer payment with cash or a personal check. Medicare Part B patients may have their flu shots billed to Medicare. Some Medicare HMOs will also accept flu shot billing. Patients who attend one of Elk Regional’s walk-in clinics should bring all insurance cards with them to the clinic.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Country Blessings Week Of Oct 24th

Many in the community look forward to knowing about our weekly sales, this week we would like to say; if you are one who enjoys wearing dresses and skirts this is your week! They are 1/2 off, that's right you pay 50% off the already low price. This makes the dresses $2.00 and the skirts just $1.50! We have a variety of other items with low prices to choose from as well. You may need to get some accessories for that new dress/skirt you just bought. May we suggest a purse, a pair of shoes, or perhaps a nice blazer will really be the "kicker" you need. Whatever your needs this week, we are sure we can help you find it at Country Blessings. Come in out of the "cool" weather for some friendly conversation and remember the coffee  is always FREE!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flags Lowered On Saturday to Honor Major Thomas E. Clark

Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania Flags at the Capital Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in Cameron County lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of U.S. Air Force Major Thomas E. Clark of Emporium. Clark, a pilot, was shot down over Vietnam in February 1969. His remains were recently identified and returned ot the U.S. and will be interred on Saturday. All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in the tribute.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Grand Opening for the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park

Please join the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at the grand opening of the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, on Wednesday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the park.  Sinnemahoning, in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, offers an abundance of wildlife, from bear and eagles to otters. Only a short jump off the Elk Scenic Drive, the park also is host to a small elk population.

 The Wildlife Center will help educate visitors about regional wildlife watching opportunities and photography, conservation history and stewardship practices, and provide creative ideas for exploration of this unique and rugged section of Pennsylvania.

We hope you can join us for the celebration.


Allen, Richard J
Richard J. Allan

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stoltz Family Dealership​s makes Donation

Stoltz Family Dealerships is celebrating our 25th Anniversary.  As our way of saying thanks, we are giving away $25,000!  Through our summer celebration, you, our local community, voted on which 25 charities you would like to receive $1000 each.  Shown in photo is Robert Newell representing the American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter, one of the charities you chose.Thanks to all who participated

Cassie B. Kohn

Cassie B. Kohn, 85, a resident of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, formerly of 380 E. 5th St. Ext., died Tuesday morning (Oct. 18, 2011) at the Manor. She was born July 11, 1926, in Ronco, PA a daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Braddee Barnhart.In 1942, she married Charles "Sam" VanDivner, who died in 1962. On June 26, 1965, she married Ernest "Ink" Kohn, who died March 27, 1998.

Cassie was a Christian who had a deep and lifelong faith in God. As a teenager she worked for a photography studio in Uniontown and was also a housekeeper. Following the death of her first husband, she and her family moved to Emporium, where she continued working as a housekeeper, including at the former Sylvania Club. For the past 25 years, she had been a healthcare worker, caring for  the sick in their  own homes and had worked for the Community Nurses. Cassie was an artist and enjoyed sketching and painting. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Hayes of Emporium; two sons, Mark VanDivner (Donna) and Earl Brent VanDivner, of Emporium; one stepson, Kevin
Kohn, (Judy Caffey) of Newville; four grandchildren, Tony VanDivner of Kersey, Chad VanDivner of Philadelphia, Ben Hayes and Jessica Hayes, both of Emporium. Two great grandsons; a sister, Minta Minerd and a brother George Barnhart both of Masontown and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, and first and second husbands, she was preceded in death by five brothers: Charles "Red",  Earl, Joe, Harry Barnhart and Rusty, in infancy; and one sister, in infancy.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday from 7-9 PM.
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Rev. R. Scott Melott, Pastor, First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
Online Condolences may be placed at

Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium.

 Call 486-1161, ext. 269, with any questions

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mary Ann Waddington

Mary Ann Waddington, 87, of 529 Sizerville Rd., Emporium, died at Christ the King Manor, DuBois on Monday (October 17, 2011) morning.

She was born November 24, 1923 in DuBois, a daughter of the late George and Hannah Bloom Seyler.
Ms. Waddington had worked at Sylvania and was a waitress for many local restaurants and also worked as a sales clerk. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Missionary Circle & Berean Sunday School Class. She enjoyed baking and loved her children and grandchildren.

Daughter: Brenda J. Nicolo and her husband Frank, Emporium
Son: Rexford Waddington, III, Emporium
3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Katie Rudert, Georgia
Sister: Blanche Molek, DuBois
Sister: Mildred Brown, Buffalo, NY
Brother: John Seyler, Niagara Falls
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: George and Hannah Bloom Seyler
2 Sisters: Eva Seyler and Grace Boor
4 Brothers: George, Billy, Sam & lloyd Seyler

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday one hour prior to the service.
Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. R. Scott Melott, Pastor, First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
Online Condolences may be placed at
Barnett Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Emporium Zumba

MONDAY and WEDNESDAY (Oct 10th and 12th) 6:30pm, Memorial Hall, $2/class.
  I have already put the Oct. schedules in my bag so they are ready to go!! 

Flu Shots @ Driftwood Senior Center

Flu Shots
Driftwood Senior Center
October 19th & November 1st
For more information, please call 546-2331.
The Senior Center is open Mon, Tues & Wed. from 9 am -2 pm.

Country Blessings

For the week of October 12th, the sale for Country Blessings will be ALL Coats and Blazers are 50% off and the coffee....IS FREE!  As a reminder our hours are as follows; Wednesday thru Friday, 9am-5pm and the first Saturday of the month 9-noon. We are located in the Cameron County Christian Center (aka the old 4th St school); 240 E.4th St Emporium. We are would like to thank the people who allow us to serve Emporium in such a great way.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Leroy A. "Roy" Swartz

Leroy A. "Roy" Swartz, 75, of 138 Hemlock St., Kersey, PA formerly of Jericho Rd., Sinnamahoning died at his sisters residence, Kersey on Saturday afternoon. (October 8, 2011)He was born July 8, 1936 in Renovo, PA a son of the late Arthur and Laura Dexter Swartz. Mr. Swartz attended Emporium Schools. He served with the US Marines. He retired from the former Smith Lumber Co in Renovo where he was a truck driver for over 25 years. Years ago he worked in Quehanna for Martin Marietta as a hot cell operator. He was a member of the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church.

Son: Scott Swartz, Moateville
Daughter: Yvonne Swartz Harman, Shippensburg
Daughter: Nora Swartz, Emporium
Son: Todd Swartz and his wife Tracy, Emporium
9 Grandchildren
4 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Sandy, Mrs. Joe Kreckle, Kersey
Sister: Jean Balizet, Emporium
Several: Nieces and nephews
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Arthur and Laura Dexter Swartz

There will be No Visitation.
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Timothy Rogers, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., HOSPICE PROGRAM, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at
Barnett Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Major Thomas Clark

The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge
Major Thomas Clark will be coming home to Emporium, escorted by Patriot Guard Riders and Police, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at approximately 4:00 PM. The procession will pause at his former home at 229 West 4th Street before continuing East on 4th Street to the Barnett Funeral Home.
- "The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge
Thomas Edward Clark was born on April 15, 1939 in Emporium, Pennsylvania as the third son of the late Otto and Josephine Schager Clark. An avid hunter and fisherman, Tom enjoyed the outdoors. He was a star fullback at Cameron County High School, graduating with honors in 1957. After attending Penn State University for two years,  Clark received an appointment to the Air Force Academy from which he graduated in 1963. The graduation ceremony included the first commencement address to the Academy from a sitting president, President John F. Kennedy.  That same year Tom married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Mottern of Emporium. The 1963 Air Force Academy Yearbook states that Tom's goals were to be a pilot and a politician.
On February 8, 1969 Captain Clark was flying an F-100D Super Sabre, of 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fight Wing, in a flight of four mission over Laos. The flight controlled by an F-4 Forward Air Controller, engaged a 23mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery battery. Captain Clark's aircraft was hit by rounds from the artillery battery, burst into flames, and crashed. No parachute was observed. Aircraft in the area conducted visual and electronic searches, with negative results. Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Air Force determined Captain Clark to be Killed in Action (KIA), Body not Recovered (BNR). The Air Force posthumously promoted Tom to the rank of Major.
On February 12, 1991, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team investigated the crash of Thomas E. Clark's F-100. In late 1991, a Thai citizen turned over to U.S. Officials in Thailand human remains as well as military identification tag and a partial military identification tag bearing Major Clark's name. The remains were identified as other than Captain Clark's.  In February of 1992 a team worked to excavate the suspected crash site of Thomas E. Clark in the Savannakhet Province with no apparent results. In October of 2005 a joint team re-investigated the crash site excavated in 1992. Another bone fragment was found but later identified as not part of a human. In October of 2009 another joint team re-excavated portions of the crash site and recovered human remains. After extensive examination, including isotope testing, the human remains were identified as the remains of Thomas E. Clark.
The Clark family was notified in June 2011 that the remains of Thomas E. Clark would be returned to the family.
Major Clark is survived by his widow Kathleen Mottern Clark Blair and her husband Robert, of Cedar Crest, NM , two brothers, Roger B. Clark and his wife Millie, of Emporium, and John O. Clark and his wife Linda of Virginia Beach, VA. and also by a large extended family.

In addition to his parents death Tom's brother Gerald A. Clark, of Emporium, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, passed away in 1995
Public Visitation will be at the Cameron County High School on Friday, (Oct, 21, 2011)  from 5:00-8:00 PM..
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Private interment, in a family plot with Thomas' mother and father, will follow with Military Honors and a USAF fly-over at the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Military Photos Wanted

The Sylvan Heritage Council would like to update and increase the number of photos on display in the Dickinson storefront window on 4th street.

This window is honoring all active servicemen and women from
Cameron County.

If you would like to have a friend or loved ones photo added to this
display, please drop off a framed copy of the original photo at the
Cameron County Chamber or Dr. McKimms office at 416 N Broad
Street during normal business hours.

Identify who is in the photo, and to whom the photo may be
 returned to.

This display will be active if a window continues to be available for display purposes. 

The Sylvan Heritage Council would like to thank you for your
continued support of this project.

 We cannot be responsible for unforeseen circumstances that could harm these photos.