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Friday, November 30, 2012

Light Up A Life" Celebrates Loved Ones During Holidays

The Cole Foundation announces a new tradition of giving during the holiday season with the “Light Up A Life” event. On Thursday, December 6, the Cole Foundation will light a 60-foot outdoor tree, located on the Cole Memorial Hospital campus.

Each gift of $10 or more will place a symbolic light on the “Light Up A Life” tree. Each light on the tree will be a visual representation of a gift, given in honor or memory of a loved one. All proceeds for the program will be used to support the ongoing healthcare needs of Hospice and Patterson Cancer Care patients at Cole Memorial. Each gift will be acknowledged with a specially designed card sent to the person being honored or to the family of a memorialized loved one.

“We hope you will honor or remember those special people who have touched your life, through a gift to the Cole Foundation during this holiday season,” stated Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation. “We look forward to the support of our communities and hope you can join us at 5:30 p.m. on December 6th for our special tree lighting ceremony and reception that will follow the event.”

For more information or to give a gift to “Light Up A Life” visit or call the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520.

Barbara Schnee McGraw

Barbara Schnee McGraw, 83, of Lindenwood Drive, Emporium, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012 in the emergency room of ElkRegional HealthCenter following a brief illness.
Born January 19, 1929 in Wilmington, Delaware, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Bertha Jessop Schnee. Sixty-three years ago on January 19, 1949 in Emporium, she married Lloyd McGraw who survives.
A lifelong resident of Emporium, she was a graduate of Emporium High School and Bryant & Stratton Business Collegein Buffalo, NY.
Barb was a member of the FirstUnited MethodistChurch in Emporium and a past member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Emporium Chapter #101.
Surviving in addition to her husband Lloyd are: one son, Larry (Nanette) McGraw of Emporium; one daughter, Janet (Andrew) Kelly of Emporium; a brother, Roger Schnee of Wilmington; six grandchildren, Erin McGraw Betz of Odentin, Maryland, Doug McGraw of Clarkston, Michigan, Alysia and Lloyd Rairdan of St. Marys, Patrick Rairdan of Emporium and Lori Cheatle of Ridgway; and twelve great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald and a sister, Dorothy Schnee.
The family will receive friends in the First UnitedMethodist Churchon Monday, December 3, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. at which time Funeral and Committal Services will follow with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor, officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the First UnitedMethodist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Craft Show @ Emporium Fire Hall

Craft Show   
December 01, 2012   9 am – 3 pm
At the Emporium Fire Hall

Leo William "Bill" Burlingame

 Leo William "Bill" Burlingame, 87, of 6718 Route 120, Emporium, died at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport on Thursday (November 29, 2012) night.
 He was born November 21, 1925 in Howard Siding, Pennsylvania a son of the late Leo R. and Neva Summerson Burlingame.

 On October 12, 1947 he and his wife, Dolores "Dee" Crosby Burlingame, where married in the 1st wedding to take place in the older Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.
 Mr. Burlingame graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1943. He served with the US Navy during WW II, where he eventually became an electrician. While in the Navy he worked on a yard tug medium moving ships in and out of the San Francisco Bay. He retired from Sylvania at the age of 55 after over 35 years of employment. He then re-entered the workforce at Carbon City Products in St. Marys working 15 years until the age of 70.

 He was a member of the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, Emporium. He was a member of the Elk County Striders, Barbershop Harmony Society, Elk County Cloggers and the Christian Missionary & Alliance Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher. He was active as a cub scout master, 4H leader, had served as a Shippen Township Tax Collector, was a PA Forest Fire Warden for over 50 years. While working at Sylvania he served as a union steward. Years ago he played in the “Carl and His Hillbilly Pals” Band. He played in the Mens softball & coed volleyball leagues. He enjoyed Hunting, hiking and cross country skiing. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying many running events including 5k runs. When he was 62 he ran a two mile race for Jefferson County ARC in his work boots. He was a cyclist. At the age of 72 he competed in the (GOBA 300 mile) Great Ohio Bike Adventure. In 2001 when he was 75 he participated in the Cameron County Canoe Classic paddling for the Gray Rats. He was the historian for the Mason-Grugan family.

 In addition to Dolores "Dee" Crosby Burlingame
 Son: Rod Burlingame and his wife Jeanie, Reynoldsville
 Son: Dave Burlingame, Emporium
 Son: Greg Burlingame and his wife Vickie, Byrnedale
 Son: Les Burlingame and his wife Janie, DuBois
Daughter: Raeanne Amell and her husband Gib, Port Allegany
Son: Scott Burlingame and his wife Nicky, Weedville
18 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren
Brother: Vern Burlingame, Ft. Meyers, FL
 Brother: Dick Burlingame, Altoona

 Preceded in Death By
 Parents: Leo R. and Neva Summerson Burlingame
 Son-in-law: Michael Lutheran
 Grandson-in-law: Matt Burke
 Sister: Patricia Burlingame in infancy.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 PM. Funeral Service will follow at 4:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail will follow the funeral service.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, 524 E, Allegany Ave., Emporium

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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Charles “Joe” Vassallo

Charles “Joe” Vassallo, 87, of Cherry Street, Emporium, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, in Christ the King Manor, DuBois
Born November 22, 1925 in Emporium, he was the son of the late Charles and Rose Gennacaro Vassallo. On September 25, 1952 in Emporium, he married Mary A. Johnson who passed away April 28, 2003. On July 31, 2004 in Brockway he married Jeanne Krauss who survives.
Mr. Vassallo was a veteran of two wars, having served during WWII for 3 years with the Merchant Marines and during the Korean War for 26 months with the US Army.
A lifelong resident of Emporium, he was a 1943 graduate of Emporium High School and a 1948 graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business College in Buffalo. He was employed by Metropolitan Insurance as an agent in Emporium for 34 years.
He was a member of St. Mark Church in Emporium, and the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion both in Emporium. He was also a member and past treasurer of Emporium Country Club, member and past treasurer of Cameron County Vet’s Club for 10 years, was a life member of VFW Post 6221 in Emporium, and was past president of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. His hobbies included golfing, bowling, and winemaking.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Jeanne, are: two sons, William C. (Julie) Vassallo of Punxsutawney and Charles “Rick” (JoAn) Vassallo of Emporium; three daughters, Mary Jo (Patrick) Fiore of Altoona, Karen (James) Slusarick of Emporium, and Kathy (Edward) Miller of Beaufort, NC; seven grandchildren, one great grandson; two sisters, Caroline Drotos of San Francisco, CA and Clara Sarick of Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia MacDonald.
Visitations with video tribute will be held Tuesday, November 27 from 4-8 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark Church with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St.Mark Cemetery, Emporium.
A Wake service will be held Tuesday evening in the Funeral Home.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Cardiac Committee, the Cameron County Memorial Detail or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Marian L. Kuppelweiser

Marian L. Kuppelweiser, 92, of Holly, Michigan, formerly of Sinnamahoning, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in McLaren Hospital, Flint, Michigan.
Born April 18, 1920 in Sinnamahoning she was the daughter of the late Ray and Lena Wykoff Jordan. On September 30, 1947 in Driftwood, she married Matthew Kuppelweiser who passed away July 10, 1979.
She was a long-time resident of Sinnamahoning until moving to Holly to be with her daughter. She was a graduate of Emporium High Schooland was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as Postmaster in Sinnamahoning until retiring in 1985.
Mrs. Kuppelweiser was a member of the Sinnamahoning UnitedMethodist Church.
Survivors include: one son, M. Richard Kuppelweiser and wife Diane of Monongahela, Pa.; one daughter, Sally Averill and husband Doug of Holly, Michigan; five grandchildren, Eric, Lisa and Annie Averill and Katie and Brian Kuppelweiser; and also nieces and nephews.
Marian was predeceased by one brother, Ray Jordan and one sister, Kathryn Johnson.
A visitation will be held in the Sinnamahoning UnitedMethodist Churchon Saturday, November 24 from 10 until 11 a.m. at which time Funeral and Committal Services will be held with the Rev. Lola Turnbull of the Benezette Charge, officiating. Burial will be in SmithCemetery, Grove Township.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sinnamahoning UnitedMethodist Church, Sinnamahoning Fire Department or Sinnamahoning Ambulance Service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cameron County Food Pantry Collection

The second Sunday of every month is Cameron County Food Pantry Collection Sunday. Please bring non perishable food items and drop them in the designated location at your church. If you would prefer a monetary donation, please place an envelope in the collection that is labeled “Food Bank.” Thank you so very much for your help to provide food to individuals and families of Cameron County. Cameron County Food Pantry is a ministry provided by the Cameron County Ministerial Association. The funding for the food pantries around the country has been cut, and we have a great need in our community. Please give what you can. Thank you.

Money Taken In Burglary On Meadow Road In Shippen Township

A burglary on Meadow Lane in Shippen Township between 11-5 and 11-17, 2012 is the subject of a continuing investigation by State Police at Emporium.
Cpl. Charles J. Nicklas said the incident occurred at the residence of Mary E. Stuckey at 391 Meadow Road, Emporium, PA, when unknown actor(s) arrived at the residence and removed money from within the house.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shop Local and Buy Chamber Bucks

Black Friday draws numerous residents to metropolitan centers and crowded shopping centers.  This year consider shopping local.  When you purchase items from a locally owned business, 68 cents of that dollar is returned to your community.  If you spend it at a chain, only 43 cents is returned.

Saturday November 24 is Shop Local Saturday.  Small business owners hope they can cash in on some of the money spent during the Thanksgiving weekend.  In Cameron County the chamber is going one step further and suggesting that you purchase chamber bucks.  The gift certificates can be used like cash at more than 20 businesses in Cameron County.  The gift certificates come with a festive envelope ready for you to give and there is no surcharge.

 Employers are encouraged to order gift certificates by calling the chamber.  Provide a list of denomination and names and the gift certificates will be ready for you to pick up this busy time of year.

Betty L. Moate

Betty L. Moate, 90, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys formerly of 179 Lyons Run Rd., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, on Thursday (November 15, 2012) night.
She was born July 14, 1922 in Buffalo, New York a daughter of the late Edward and Martha Schimmer Wishman.
She married the late Albert Moate.

Mrs. Moate worked for Northern Tier for many years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and enjoyed people especially family gatherings & spending time with her grandchildren.

Son: Gerald "Jerry" Moate, Emporium
Daughter: Susan Swasnick, St. Marys
Daughter: Tina, Mrs. Rick Mix, Weedville
Daughter: Barbara, Mr. Ralph McKimm, Emporium
Daughter: Virginia "Peachie", Mrs. George Singer, Newton, NC
20 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Alice Buncy, Tonawanda, NY
Brother: Bob Wishman, Buffalo, NY
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Edward and Martha Schimmer Wishman
Husband: Albert Moate
Son: Thomas Moate
2 Step Daughters: Caroline Fruitiger and Patricia Moate

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (November 19, 2012) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 6-8 PM.

Burial will be in the Mix Run Cemetery in Mix Run
Memorial Contributions may be made to The Grove House, 436 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Pinecrest Manor, Memorial Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Please Note Special Office Hours for Thanksgiving 2012

Cole Memorial’s Health Centers and Specialty Practices will be closed on November 22.

Most locations will also be closed Friday, November 23, except:
~ The Emporium Health Center, Sizerville Road
~ The Pediatrics office in Coudersport open ‘til 3 p.m.
~ Ear, Nose & Throat specialist office in Coudersport
~ The Women’s Health Center in Coudersport
~ Champion Orthopedics in Olean.

EXPRESS CARE will be open Friday, November 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a safe & healthy holiday

Dr. Hauger Joins Internal Medicine Team at Cole Memorial

Coudersport,PA— Internal Medicine Specialist, William Hauger, MD, is now accepting patients at the Integrated Internal Medicine office at ColeMemorial Hospitalin Coudersport. He joins a team of four physicians and five physician assistants to provide primary care to patients with a specialty in internal medicine.
Dr. Hauger comes to Cole Memorial with over 25 years of experience, most recently from Conemaugh MemorialMedical Centerin Johnstown, Pennsylvania where he held the positions of Department of Medicine Chairman and internal medicine physician at the Conemaugh Physician Group.
He is a graduate of the Boston UniversityMedical Centerin Massachusetts and past resident of the Categorical Internal Medicine program at WilfordHall USAFMedical Centerin San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Hauger is also board certified in Critical Care by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call the Integrated Internal Medicine office at Cole Memorial 814-274-5276.
Cole Memorial, a recipient of two 2012 Achievement Awards from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and a national Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, serves over 50,000 residents within a 65-mile service area with its network of ten community health care centers at Potter, Cameron, McKean and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and New York’s southern tier. For details, visit

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lumber Township Truck Crash

Two men were life flighted to out of area hospitals after a Tuesday morning truck crash on Route 120, approximately 1 mile east of Stillhouse Road in Lumber Township, Cameron County.

H. B. VonHause, 57, of Emporium, PA, was driving a 2001 Ford 550 truck owned by Lumber Township eastbound on Route 120 when the truck drifted off the road and impacted guiderails with the right side of the vehicle. The truck continued east and drove through a yard and became airborne for approximately 20 feet, then continued in an easterly direction and into a ravine where it came to rest approximately 50 feet off the roadway.

Trooper Farabaugh, from the Emporium barracks who investigated said both Von Hause and his passenger, Charles Conner, 44, of Driftwood, PA, were flown to out of area trauma centers by medical helicopters from a landing zone set up at the Emporium Golf Club nearby. The investigation is continuing.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts. State Police did not release any information on on the men's conditions. The truck was severely damaged.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Andrew W. Kalafut

Andrew W. Kalafut, 72, formerly of Emporium, passed away peacefully on Friday (Oct. 19, 2012) at his residence in Bullhead City, Arizona after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Philadelphia. He was the son of the late Andrew A. Kalafut, Sara J. (Summerson) Kephart and stepfather, Howard W. Kephart. On July 18, 1959, in Emporium, he married Gladys Marie (Jenkins) Kalafut, who survives.
Mr. Kalafut graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1958. He worked as a self-employed contractor in Emporium for many years before he and his wife relocated to California in 1983. He then became the Head of Maintenance Operations for De Anza Land & Leisure in Ontario, California, from which he retired in 2001.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing trips, NASCAR, buying and selling his collectibles on EBay, working on his home, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his willingness to help others, gift of gab, and his love of family and friends.
Surviving in addition to his wife, is his daughter, Deborah Lee Lumley of Harrisville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Roseann Reynolds, and his beloved daughter, Brenda Ann Kalafut.
At his request, there was no visitation. A memorial service was held at his home on Friday (Oct. 26, 2012) with Father Leonard officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Havasu, 5858 Hwy. 95, Ste. 102, Fort Mohave, AZ 86426, or the American Cancer Society.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cameron County Holiday House Tour Expands

Circle the calendar! 
Friday December 7 Christmas in the Wilds kicks off at noon. 
Shop, eat, tour homes and end the night with desert.

 Flowers N Things in Emporium will host an open house from noon till 7pm. The business will also provide flower arrangements for each of the five homes on tour.  Those with tickets for the tour can take advantage of a special meal at Cabin Kitchen.  The special will be available from 4pm-6pm.  End the night with coffee and desert at Pizza Palace Plus for a special price.
 The homes on the tour include Maureen Gross, Rick and Joanne Vassallo, Don and Mary Ives, Pete and Nancy Fragale and Mike and Tori Guisto.  The cost is $10.00 per person and the proceeds will benefit the Cameron County fireworks.  Tickets are limited and approximately 50 are still available for purchase at the Barbara Brown Memorial Library, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce or Maureen Gross Beauty Shop.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Powder Puff Game

Tonights Powder Puff  game willl be held at the Cameron County High School football
field at 5:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy the game between the Jr & Sr girls!
Refreshments will be available at the concession stand.
All proceeds benefit the Jr Prom.
See You There !!!! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cameron County Holiday House Tour Tickets on Sale

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The halls will be decked in time for this year’s Holiday House Tour during Christmas in the Wilds on Friday December 7.  Five homes will have the doors open.  They include Pete and Nancy Fragale, Mike and Tori Guisto, Don and Mary Ives, Rick and Joanne Vassallo, and Maureen Gross. 

 Some of the homes on the tour are planning musical entertainment, and each property will have a flower arrangement courtesy of Flowers N Things. Those purchasing tickets will be entered into door prize drawings for items donated by artists at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center.

 The $10.00 ticket price will be donated to the fireworks planned for July during Weekend in the Wilds.  There are a limited number of tickets that can be purchased at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office, Maureen’s Beauty Salon and the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Shelley E. Slottje

Shelley E. Slottje, 51, of 19 W. 6th St., Emporium died at her residence on Friday (November 2, 2012) morning following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 2, 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia a daughter of S. Jane Fackender Andrews, Emporium and the late Russell Andrews.

On July 17, 1982 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, Emporium she married Peter Slottje, who Survives.
Shelley graduated from Cameron County High School in he class of 1979 and then in June of 1980 from the Orra-Jean Beauty Academy in Erie. She had worked for over 20 years at (AST) American Sintered Technology. She was a life member of Weight Watchers and was a faithful blood donor until her illness kept her from donating. She enjoyed bowling and her family.

In addition to her mother Jane Andrews and her husband Peter Slottje
Daughter: Amanda, Mrs. Matthew Dempsey, Emporium
Son: Daniel Slottje, Emporium
1 Grandson Hunter Dempsey
Sister: Heather Kite and her husband Brian, Emporium
Brother: Randy Andrews, Emporium
Preceded in Death By
Father: Russell Andrews
Paternal Grandparents: Russell and Ruby Andrews
Maternal Grandmother: Dorothy Fackender

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium, on Monday from 4-7 PM.
Funeral Service will be held at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Sizerville Road, Emporium on Tuesday (November 6, 2012) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Mark Conklin, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Hahne Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Drive, DuBois, PA 15801

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.