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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Country Home Gift Shoppe

The Country Home Gift Shoppe will open its doors on Feb 1st at 10 a.m.
It is located at 541 East Allegheny Avenue in Emporium

Emporium Moose Closes

Following an investigation, embezzlement charges have been filed at the Cameron County  district judges office and this past weekend, January the 29th, Moose Lodge # 368 closed its doors.  News reports state it was unable to recover from financial losses there were suffered.

Elizabeth C. Woomer

           Elizabeth C. Woomer, of Grove  Street, Sinnemahoning, died Sunday, January 29,2012, in Elk  Regional HealthCenter, St. Marys.
Born in Sinnemahoning, she was the daughter of Anthony and Anna PiperFulton.  On June 30, 1939 in Emporium she married Clark Emerson Woomer who died September 28, 1959.

A lifelong resident of Sinnemahoning, she was a graduate of Emporium High School.
She was employed for 5 years as a tube tester by Sylvania Electric in Emporium before she was married.  Later she served as Gibson Township TaxCollector for 50 years and was Secretary for both GroveTownship and Gibson Townshipfor many years.  She was also an Avonrepresentative for 10 years.  In 2007 she was the recipient of theNational Weather Service John Campanius Holm Award and was recognized by the agency for over 30 years of dedication and outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observers Program.

Mrs. Woomer was a Minister of Music and a member of the Sinnemahoning United MethodistChurch where she was thepianist for many years, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, and served as Treasurer.  She was also active in local politics and was a DemocraticCommittee Person.

Survivors include: two sons, Emerson K. Woomer of Sinnemahoning and Allen A. Woomer of Tionesta; one daughter, Mrs. Reed (Lisa) Moritz of Pleasantville; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by 2 sons, Neil Woomer in 1998 and Clark Woomer in2011 and two brothers, Keith Fulton in 1978 and Neil Fulton in 1984.

Friends will be received in the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church,Friday, February 3, from 10 until 11 a.m. at which time Funeral & Committal Services will be held with the Rev. Timothy Rogers officiating.
Burial will be in Crum Cemetery, Sinnemahoning.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon FuneralHome, Emporium.

Thefts In Cameron County

Three separate burglaries in Cameron County are under investigation by State Police at Emporium.
On January 18, 2012 at about 7:00 am, an unknown actor entered a known victim's residence on Four Mile Road in Shippen Township and removed prescription medications. Trooper Heim is the investigator.

Between November 22 and January 23, 2012, Unknown actor(s) damaged a screen window on the west side of camp owned by Richard D. Valasek of Cadogan, PA, that is located on East Hicks Run Road in Gibson Township. The actor(s) then used an unknown object to pry open a window located on the north side of the camp, entered through the window, rummaged through the camp and fled the scene. Damage was approximately $125.00. Trooper Barnes is the investigator.

Between December 22 and December 27, 2011, Unknown actor gained entry into a cabin at 96 Eva's Way in Grove Township owned by Thomas McBeth of Ruff's Dale, PA. Once inside, the actor made numerous phone calls utilizing the victim's phone. Loss was estimated at $8.26.
Trooper Heim is the investigator.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Emporium Area Accidents

An Emporium woman and her passenger sustained  minor injuries in a crash on January 20, 2012 at 1:46 a.m. on Route 120 in Shippen Township.
Jody L. Wiltrout, 27, and her passenger, Dennis M. Cressley, 52, both of Emporium, PA, were assisted at the scene by Emporium Ambulance but were not transported for their injuries.
Wiltrout was arrested for DUI and Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.
Trooper Craig D. Heim, who investigated, said the crash occurred as Wiltrout was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger west on snow covered SR 120. She lost control of the pickup and it traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck a utility pole before going over an embankment.

An Emporium man and his passenger were not injured when their 2001 Ford Escape crashed into a mailbox post on icy Gardeau Road, 2.2 miles west of Rt. 155 on Saturday at 10:10 pm. Both driver and passenger were wearing seat belts.
Paul T. Griffith, 19, of Emporium, PA was traveling west on Gardeau Road lost control of the vehicle on the slippery roadway, traveled across the opposite side of the roadway and struck a mailbox post on the opposite side of the road.
Neither Griffith or his passenger Robert Banks, 19, of Emporium was injured.
Trooper Michael W. Smith stated that no charges were placed.

William Anthony Villella,

William Anthony Villella, 63 of West Andover, Ohio passed into the arms of his Savior, surrounded by his family and friends after a long, hard battle with metastatic prostate cancer on Friday January 27, 2012.

Born October 1, 1948 in St. Mary's, Pa., Bill grew up in nearby Emporium. He was the son of the late James Villella (died 1976) and Genevieve Villella. He is survived by his wife Nora Ames Villella, his children - Rachel Villella of Evans City, Pa. and Douglas (Amber) Villella and granddaughter Natalia of Aliquippa, Pa. Also survived by his mother Genevieve of Emporium, Pa. - sisters Patricia Villella, Virginia (Karl) Kelm - and his nephew Brian - all of Erie, Pa., half-brother James (Monica) Ludwig of Keating Summit, Pa., and half sister Marian (Jack) Barrett of Augusta, Ga. - plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill's dream of becoming a pharmacist was realized when he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1971. In 1989, he completed courses at Rorer Managed Care Institute at Kellogg Business School of Northwestern University. He was a licensed, registered pharmacist in New York State as well as in Pennsylvania.

Bill was published for the Evaluation of Warfarin Therapy in a Managed Care Setting in 1996 and for the Pharmacoeconomics of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in a Managed Care Organization along with several of his colleagues. He was employed by Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester, N.Y. from 1971-1973. While at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA 1973 -1975 Bill worked in the capacity of Supervisor of Pharmacy Technicians and IV Additives.

In 1975 Bill met and married Nora Ames of Andover, Ohio. She was one of the IV therapy nurses employed by the hospital and on January 31, 2012 they would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary.

From 1975-1992 he was the Associate Director of Pharmacy at Rochester Medical Group Association. In 1992 he accepted and became the Director of Pharmaceutical Services for Health America in Pittsburgh, PA until 1996. From 1996-1998, Bill was employed by Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert as Healthcare Management Senior Medical Liaison. From 1998-2002, Immunex/Amgen hired him as a Senior Manager Medical Liaison where he won several awards including a trip to Rome. Most recently Bill worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals as Director Managed Market East/South and Therapeutic Team Director Bone/HRT/URO from 2002 until 2011.

His proudest accomplishment was raising two children, his son Douglas A. Villella and Rachel L. Villella and joyfully watching them become responsible adults. Also his granddaughter Natalia born in 2008 was the pride of his golden age and she brought him three years of love and enjoyment. Bill loved kidding and tormenting family, friends and total strangers. His favorite joke to cajole waitresses was to order "a bowl of chicken, easy on the bananas" or tell them their earrings didn't match. He enjoyed winter's arrival to feed the many birds that would frequent his feeders.

Driving his Rhino ATV across the empty fields and railroad tracks was exceptionally fun for him. He especially enjoyed it when accompanied by his cousins, nephews and neighbors. He was an avid weather watcher and was teased constantly by those who knew him that he was a frustrated weatherman and had 'missed his calling'. Semi-annually he would fish with his buddies after driving deep into Canada's interior, and return home with his quota of walleye to prepare a shore dinner for his family. He enjoyed camping in the 5th wheeler he purchased in 1992. He loved target shooting, driving his sport cars, and appreciating the outdoors. But most of all, he loved spending time with his children, grand-child, nieces, nephews, neighbors and church family.

Bill treasured traveling with Nora to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and most of the United States. They toured Alaska in June and July of 2011 on a land-cruise. He was an avid cook, and attempted to duplicate the many delicious dishes consumed on those trips. Since his illness began, he could be found restoring his 1972 Corvette as well as tidying up and mowing the five acres of the 50 he lived on in Andover, Ohio. He worshipped at Bethel Bible Church in Jefferson, Ohio. for the last 3½ years. He was an extremely generous person, and had many opportunities to help people over the years. He was loved and will be deeply missed.

A funeral service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 12:00 Noon at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect St., Andover, Ohio, with Pastor Joseph Laing of Bethel Bible Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Andover, Ohio. Calling hours will be on Monday, January 30th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and also on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. A guestbook with online condolences is available at

Margaret L. Hornung, 95

Margaret L. Hornung, 95, of Emeritus, 2009 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown, Maryland formerly of 413 Vine, Emporium, died at Emeritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Maryland on Sunday evening.
She was born October 13, 1916 in DuBois a daughter of the late William E. and Dorothy Brissee Droney.
She was married to the late George F. Hornung. Her first husband was William Caseino who died in 1948. Mrs. Hornung graduated from SS. Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church, Punxsutawney. She retired from Sylvania in 1979 where she had worked for many years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
Daughter: Paula, Mrs. Ernesto Rodis, MD, Phoenix, AZ and her children: Stephanie, Angel, Melissa, Jonathan & Elizabeth
Daughter: Dorothy Caseino, Clearfield and her daughters: Kimberly & Joey Lynn
Daughter: Ruth, Mrs. Hugh Lauer, Concord, MA her children: Will, Jennifer & Allison
Daughter: Frances Mehalek, Boalsburg
Daughter: Letitia "Tish", Mrs. William Mehalow, Smithsburg, MD and her daughter: Adrienne
Son: Stephen Hornung and his wife Roxanne and his sons: Casey & Christopher
Brother: Paul Droney, Florida Sister: Jean Tangren, Punxsutawney
Preceded in Death By
Parents: William E. and Dorothy Brissee Droney
First husband: William Caseino who died in 1948
Second Husband: George F. Hornung who died in 1992
Grandson: Arthur Lauer
and four Sisters

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium onThursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:30 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 St. Mark Catholic Church, Care & Concern Committee, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

St Marks Church Religious Education Classes

 Beginning toda, 1/29/2012,  Religious Ed. for grades 6 thru 10 will be held from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. All students should be attending mass on the weekend.
This may make it more convenient for those who wish to go at 10:30.

                                             RCIA INQUIRY SESSIONS 

Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in the Catholic faith? Why not invite and bring them to our Inquiry Session that begins on Monday evening, January 30 at 6:30 pm in O’Connell Hall.
Fr. Paul and the RCIA Team will provide an introduction to the process of becoming Catholic. This session will be for adults and also for parents of children, age 7 and older, who need Baptism or seek conversion to the Catholic faith. When you extend this invitation, please tell them there is no commitment required and we welcome anyone who is interested.

Susan V. Zito

Susan V. Zito, 87, of 501 E. Second St., Emporium, died at her residence on Saturday morning.

She was born January 29, 1924 in Emporium a daughter of the late Anthony and Amelia Nicolo Zito.

Susan graduated from Emporium High School. She retired from GTE where she worked for many years. When she retired she was the only women to hold a patent at GTE Sylvania. Susan was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

 Sister: Theresa Dixon, DuBois
 Sister: Jean Zito, Emporium
 Brother: Gus Zito, Emporium
 Niece: Mary Jo, Mrs. Erik van der Kaay, Kennebunk, Maine
 Numerous Nieces and nephews and Numerous Great nieces and nephews
 Preceded in Death By
 Parents: Anthony and Amelia Nicolo Zito
 3 Sisters: Nancy Connors, Stella Zito and Margaret Anderson
 5 Brothers: Frank, Dominick, Joe & Tony Zito and Joe in infancy

 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-5 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday at 10:30 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.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Clearfield YMCA Winter Festival This Weekend

 Clearfield YMCA Winter Festival
1/28/2012 - 1/29/2012
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST 
Will be held at the Parker Dam State Park in Penfield
For questions regarding the below events, please phone 814-765-5521 

Events and Times are subject to change until closer to the event.

Sponsored by the Clearfield YMCA, the Winter Festival features fun outdoor activities for the entire family to enjoy and participate in.

The two-day festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. with the Snow Bowl Flag Football Tournament. Interested teams must be pre-registered, and can do so by contacting the YMCA. Other scheduled activities on Saturday include programs on Ice Fishing Basics at 11:00 a.m., Winter Bird Feeding at 1:00 p.m., Owls at 2:00 p.m., and Snowshoeing Basics at 3:00 p.m.

 Then, on Sunday, January 29 the festival will gear up again at 9:00 a.m. with the Hilltop Howlers organizing a Snowmobile Fun Run at Pavilion 7, and an Ice Harvesting demonstration on the lake at 11:00 a.m. Between noon and 2:00 p.m., there will be many other activities for the whole family such as, Snowshoeing, Snow Box Derby, Frozen Salami Sling, a Learn to Cross-country Ski program, and a Snowman Contest.
 Other events on Sunday afternoon include the Almost Naked Mile Run at 3:00 p.m., where participants will run a mile in their bathing suits.
 The Winter Festival’s grand finale will again be the Polar Bear Swim scheduled at 4:00 p.m.

 The YMCA will also run a concession stand out of the Beach House throughout Winter Festival. Several events, including the Polar Bear Swim, require pre-registration with the YMCA. To check on an event or to pre-register, contact the YMCA at (814) 765-5521.

 Some events will be dependent on snow or ice conditions; however, most will take place in any weather conditions. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoors all Winter Festival weekend (and all winter) with many traditional winter activities.

 When conditions permit, Parker Dam State Park maintains 2 cross-country ski loops, totaling about 5.5-miles, a maintained ice skating rink, and a sledding hill. Snowshoeing the many miles of trails is also a popular activity at the park, as well as ice fishing the 20-acre lake.

 So bundle up and come on out to Parker Dam with the entire family to enjoy a weekend of great fun and activities!

Cameron Counties Bloodmobile Schedule

Cameron Counties Bloodmobile Schedule

2/9/2012 at the Emporium VFW  11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule appointments or visit the E-donor site at
Call 1-866-236-3276 to ask questions about donating blood.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ann Z. Malizia, 91

Ann Z. Malizia, 91, of 405 N. Pine St, Emporium, died  at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys on Monday, January 23, 2012 morning.
 She was born August 19, 1920 in Sykesville, a daughter of the late  John and Theresa Martinek Zbailey. She married the late John M.  Malizia

 Mrs. Malizia retired from Sylvania were she worked for over 18 years. She  later worked at the Market Basket for several years. She was a member of  St. Mark Catholic Church and had been a member of the C. D. of A. Years  ago she was active with the Emporium Little League Auxiliary.

 Son: John Malizia and his wife Ellen, Emporium
 Daughter: Judi Sherman, Emporium
 Daughter: Debra Kovach and her husband Gregory, Mercer, PA
 9 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren
 Sister: Madeline, Mrs. Lamar Puyda, DuBois
Preceded in Death By
 Parents: John and Theresa Martinek Zbailey
 Husband: John M. Malizia who died Oct. 5, 1989
 Son: Richard Malizia
 3 Brothers: John, Steve and Joe Zbailey
 3 Sisters: Julia Brown, Marge Jacob & Mary Fedeli
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday  from 4-8 PM.
 A Christian Wake Service will be held starting at 3:45  PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark  Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, on Friday,  January 27, 2012 at 10:30 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 Guy & Mary Felt Manor,  Activity Fund, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834
 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

This is my dear Aunt and she will be missed so much.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free IRS Electronic Filing Begins Today

Today the IRS announces that the  IRS E-file (electronic filing) and Free File (free electronic filing of federal income tax returns) begins.  Additional information may be found on their website.,,id=252506,00.html

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 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, January 16, 2012

Isabelle F. Hastings

Isabelle F. Hastings, 75, of 324 W 4th St.,#217, Emporium died at her residence on Saturday (January 14, 2012) afternoon following a lengthy illness.
She was born September 15, 1936 in Wilkes Barre a daughter of the late Loren W. and Eva Jane Garris Thompson, Sr.
Isabelle enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Daughter: Diana M., Mrs. David Groome, Emporium
Son: Stanley G. Hastings, Jr. and his wife Dorothy, Emporium
4 Grandchildren Brandon and Kaleena Alloe and Brian and Stephanie Hastings.
Sister: Mildred Gardner, Winder, GA
Several: Nieces and nephews
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Loren W. and Eva Jane Garris Thompson, Sr.
Grandson: Eric in infancy
3 Brothers: Wallace, Edwin and Loren Thompson, Jr.
3 Sisters: Zelma Whiting, Marie McDaniels and Betty Shields

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, Free Metholist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Carverton Cemetery, Luzerne County, PA
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club

The first day of corn distribution at The Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club was a huge success.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle will win $402.50. The prize has not yet been claimed and the ticket number is 269683 on the gray ticket.
The 2013 Corn card went to Rahn Feidt. 
Jackie Kamats won the $100 Visa gift card.
 Congratulations to all the winners and hope to see you next Saturday at the club for some great prizes, food, company and corn. Don't forget to renew your membership!

West Branch of the Susquehanna River

National Geographic lists the West Branch of the Susquehanna River as one of the best adventure destinations for 2012!

One of the newest national recreation water trails in the country, the West Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail snakes for 228 miles through the oak, cherry, and maple hardwood forests of the Allegheny Mountains and into the habitat of the Northeast’s largest elk herd. It’s seriously wild territory, but it’s located smack in the center of Pennsylvania, within driving distance of the state’s major cities—Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, this was prime timber harvesting country, and the river served as a conduit for trees heading to the Chesapeake Bay. Today, the river begins as a small stream near the town of Cherry Tree and gradually widens as it meanders through farmland, state forest, and historic towns. It eventually connects with 266 miles of other waterways that make up the entire Susquehanna Water Trail system, the largest of its kind in the country.

Plentiful state forestland means this is canoe-camping territory, but it’s also prime for day trips. McCracken Canoe, in Clearfield, rents boats (; +1 814 765 1410, $25 per day). Maps are available through the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania website ( Endless Mountain Outfitters leads custom canoe trips on the Susquehanna River Water Trail (, +1 570 746 9140).

Read more about the article here. 

Earl L. TownerJr.

Earl L. Towner Jr., 88, of Lakeland, Florida (formerly of Emporium) died on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

He was born May 14, 1923 and was the son of Veryl and Earl Towner Sr.

He is survived by his wife Jean, son Vincent of Philadelphia, a daughter, Valerie (Terry) Shelley of Emporium, two grandchildren Sherilyn (Michael) Ostrum and Scott (Angela) Knarr and three great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Melvin and Gene and sisters Mildred Hathaway and Marie Mumford.

The Lanier Funeral Home in Lakeland Florida handled the arrangements with interment in the Bushnell Veterans Cemetery in Florida.

Emporium Wellness Center Weight Loss Support Group

The Emporium Wellness Center Weight Loss Support Group still meets each Wednesday at 5 PM.      
No cost for Wellness members.     Non-members pay $5.00.
The $5 allows for the person to attend the meeting, participate in the exercise class following the meeting and work out on the equipment that day,
If anyone has questions, they can call Carol at 486-1321 or Jill at 486.1876.
 At the meeting we weighin - do different types of exercise or you can work out in the center.
 Anyone is welcome to join at any time!
The Wellness Center is located at  288 Sizerville Road, Emporium, PA 15834.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Charles L. Leavitt, 81

Charles L. Leavitt, 81, of 6706 Beechwood Rd, Truman died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Monday (January 9, 2012) afternoon.
He was born October 2, 1930 in Truman a son of the late Charles and Cecil "Dolly Dill Leavitt.
On March 3, 1949 in Moore Hill United Methodist Church he married Dolores Skillman Leavitt, who Survives.
Mr. Leavitt graduated from Emporium High School. He retired from Philips where he worked for many years. Then he went to work at Caldwell Corporation for over 10 years. He was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and repairing most anything.
In addition to his wife Dolores Skillman Leavitt
Son: Joseph Leavitt, Truman
Son: Richard Leavitt and his wife Linda, Truman
3 Grandchildren Mike, Carrie and David
3 Great Grandsons Nathan, Aiden and Owen
Brother: George Leavitt and wife Sis, Austin
Sister: Pauline Kelley, Williamsport
Preceded in Death By
Sister: Betty Smith Parents: Charles and Dolly Dill Leavitt

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11:00 AM-11:45 AM, followed by the Funeral Services at 12:00 PM with Rev. Mark Conklin, Pastor, Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium.

 Online condolences can be made at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Mary A. Hansen, 74, of 240 Arch Drive, Emporium died at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio Monday morning (January 9, 2012) following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 14, 1937 in Beaver Falls, PA a daughter of the late Arthur and Patricia Magee Gordon.
Mary's parents moved to southern California where she lived many years. She always had Pennsylvania in her heart as she made frequent trips to Ellwood City, PA where she later lived and worked. She also enjoyed making many trips to Sinnamahoning with her late friend Bertha Bonzo. While in Sinnamahoning she met her soulmate, of 17 years, Harold Johnson. She made many friends while living in Sinnamahoning. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
Companion: Harold Johnson, Emporium
Daughter: Rita Hammond, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Son: Joe Cioffi, Springfield, OR
7 Grandchildren Andrya, Camille, Andrew, Robby, Stacy, Vincent & Amelia
4 Brothers: Bud, Bob, Dan and Tim Gordon
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Arthur and Patricia Magee Gordon
Daughter: Terri Cioffi
Sister: Peggy Zurga
Brother: Pat Gordon
There will be No VisitationMemorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert officiating.
Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery, Sinnemahoning

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834

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

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Moon Halo

My son just happened to have his camera handy and captured the halo surrounding tonights moon.
                                                          I've never seen one before! 

Eileen J. "Crissy" Wortman

Eileen J. "Cissy" Wortman, 94, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys formerly of 179 E. 4th Street, Emporium, died on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 28, 1917 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Gervase and Kathryn Stockman Rigard.
She was married to the late Regis "Wheatie" Wortman, who preceded her in death in January of 2000.
Daughter: Mary Ann, Mrs. Jay Schenck, Edinboro
Son: William Wortman and his wife Gina, Bellefonte
Son: Timothy Wortman and his wife Sherry, Huntington Beach, CA
7 Grandchildren
2 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Priscilla "Teddy" Sterbank, St. Marys
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers; Melvin, Gervase and Cletus Rigard and 2 sisters; Evelyn Moriarity and Valerie Sulkowski.
There will be No Visitation.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM with Fr. Paul Siebert, as Celebrant.
Burial will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Marks Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to St. Joseph Monastery, 303 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857
LYNCH-GREEN FUNERAL HOME is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be placed at

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Many of us would think we would be shoveling snow or ice skating in January, but today with the temperature near 54 degrees, the car wash is where the action is.  Remnants of Christmas decorations seem out of place next to the banks temperature sign!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Gift Shoppe Opening In February

The  Country Home Gift Shoppe ( formerly Bambinos Gift Shop )  will soon be opening a store in Emporium. The new location will be at 541 Alleghany Ave. (on Main St) in Emporium.  The Country Home Gift Shoppe offers unique specialty gifts from a variety of vendors selling quality products.  New vendors and artists are welcome. For more information, call 814-389-3485 or 814-486-0526. Find us on Facebook or click on the link below.

Causer Announces Local Fire, Ambulance Grants

Cameron and surrounding counties are state grants to assist volunteer fire and emergency organizations.

Causer Announces Local Fire, Ambulance Grants

BRADFORD – Volunteer fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $316,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

“We are so fortunate in our region to have dedicated volunteers who are willing to serve our communities,” Causer said. “These state grants will help support them in their mission of protecting the public.”

The grants were awarded to 37 fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not general fund tax revenue.
This year’s program provided $25 million in grants statewide. Projects eligible for funding include: construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.
Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:
Cameron County
  • Cameron County Ambulance Service Inc., Emporium – $5,679.61.
  • Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $9,500.
  • Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $9,500.
  • Sinnamahoning Volunteer Fire Department, Sinnamahoning – $15,000.
McKean County
  • Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,297.83.
  • Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $9,500.
  • Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $9,500.
  • Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – $5,679.61 for EMS operations; $9,500 for fire company operations.
  • Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $9,779.32.
  • Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Hazel Hurst – $9,752.61.
  • Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Cyclone – $9,779.32.
  • Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $9,525.18.
  • Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $9,779.32.
  • Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $10,339.50.
  • Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett -- $5,679.61.
  • Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $9,779.32.
  • Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $5,679.61 for EMS operations; $9,779.32 for fire company operations.
  • Port Allegany Fire Department-Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $12,297.83.
  • Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $5,679.61.
  • Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $9,754.14.
Potter County
  • Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $5,679.61 for EMS operations; $9,500 for fire company operations.
  • Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $5,679.61.
  • Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $5,679.61.
  • Genesee Volunteer Fire Department, Genesee – $5,679.61 for EMS operations; $9,779.32 for fire company operations.
  • Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $9,779.32.
  • Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $4,678.29.
  • Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $9,500.
  • Roulette Chemical Engine Company No. 1, Roulette – $5,679.61 for EMS operations; $9,500 for fire company operations.
  • Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $5,679.61 for EMS operations; $10,059.41.
  • Tri-Town Fire Company, Ulysses – $10,339.50.
  • Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance Association, Ulysses – $5,679.61.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Pizza Size At Foxes In Emporium

Ariel & Blaine Farren  enjoyed sharing this huge pizza at  their 11th birthday party.
 They  were among the 1st in Emporium to try Foxes new giant pizza !