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Monday, December 30, 2013

A.B.A.T.E. Meeting

The next ABATE Chapter Meeting will be held  January 14, 2014 at the Moose Club in Emporium starting at 11 AM with District Pool Shoot to follow.
 Registration is from  12 Noon untill 1 PM.

 Following the pool shoot there will be a District Party. The cost is  $5.00 per person, refundable if you made reservations and then attend.
 Contact Chapter Secretary (Robin Overturf), or Treasurer(Lisa Main) to make your reservation

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Raiders Win Holiday Tournemant

 And the winner of the Sheffield Holiday Tourney is CCHS Red Raiders.
Score  46-48. Congratulations Raiders!

Winter Weather Continues, Use Caution When Driving

Winter continues to slow travel.  Today we've had freezing rain and heavy wet snow.  Use caution when driving.



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Patsy L. Morton

Patsy L. Morton, 82, of 3009 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA formerly of Sinnamahoning died at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport on Sunday (December 22, 2013) night.

 She was born September 26, 1931 in Kittaning, PA a daughter of the late William and Goldie Learner Flanders.
On February 21, 1972 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, Emporium she married Ronald Morton, who survives.
Mrs. Morton graduated from Kittaning High School in the class of 1948. Patsy moved to Cameron County in 1951 and was a rural mail carrier for many years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Emporium and Smethport where she was a 50 year Gold Star Member. Patsy loved hunting and fishing especially the fishing trips to Canada.

In addition to her husband Ronald Morton
Son: William Young and his wife Tracie, South Carolina
Son: Christopher Young and his wife Brenda, North Carolina
Son: Jeffrey Young, Statesville, NC
6 Grandchildren

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: William and Goldie Learner Flanders
Son: Richard Young

 Visitation will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Thursday (December 26, 2013) from 2-4 PM followed by the Funeral Service at 4:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Vote For The Top 6 In 2013

Here's your chance to vote for Dylan Clingan!
Vote for the best stories and moments from local sports in 2013. Click on each story link to read descriptions of each moment and watch video highlights. The top six stories of 2013 will be unveiled during the final week of the year on WJAC-TV 6 Sports.

Community Christmas Service

St Marks Church
The annual Community Christmas Service will be held at St. Mark Church, Emporium on Friday evening, December 20, at 7PM. 
Reverend Jason Claydon from the Rich Valley Wesleyan Church will present the message along with the participation of our local ministers.  The Community Choir will uplift everyone’s spirit with their beautiful music. 
Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season in worship.  A social will follow this community gathering.

Wrestling Match

Jr High and Varsity wrestle Oswayo Valley Tuesday, Dec. 17 . Matches start at 6:00. 
 Bring the kids and watch some great wrestling! 
Good luck to all the guys!! 
Don't forget, we are still at the Woodland school until the gym floor is completed.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Parade Cancelled For Today

Raider Band & Bandfront -- the parade for this morning is cancelled because of the weather. Please share this status, and section leaders, please get ahold of your sections.
 Stay warm everyone!!
Other festivities for the Weekend In the Wilds continue.
Santa will be at the Chamber of Commerce to say hello to any children  from 11:30 - 12 today

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 14th, Annual Christmas Dance


Cameron County Music Department - Annual Christmas Concert

Cameron County Music Department - Annual Christmas Concert
This Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7 pm in  the CCHS the annual Christmas Concert will take place. This concert
Features the Advanced Band and Chorus from Woodland Elementary, as well as the Jr. and Sr. bands from CCHS!
Come out and enjoy the Christmas songs - the bands do an outstanding job !

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dylan Clingan

Dylan Clingans buzzer beater is all over the sports news !  Congratulations Dylan, Coach Songer and the Red Raider basketball team for a remarkable, unforgettable night @ CCHS .   Today I've seen an interview with Dylan on
We are Central Pa News wants to know how the ''kid in the North Face Jacket " knew the ball was going in ?   And You Tube shows over 12,000 hits on Keith Spehalskis video of this crazy basketball shot !

Cameron County Red Raiders Buzzer Beater Win (Dylan Clingan)

Cameron County Red Raiders of (Emporium, PA) beat Ridgway Elkers by a score of 44-43 on a buzzer beater by #2 Dylan Clingan !!
  What an amazing shot !!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Next BAGUBA Club Meeting

The Cameron County BAGUBA Wrestling Club will hold it's next meeting on Sunday, December 15th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the VFW. The meeting is mandatory for all board members and coaches. Parents of wrestlers and anyone from the community interested in attending are welcome.

Cameron County Christmas Puzzle Solved

Cameron County Christmas Puzzle Solved
The best puzzle solvers of Cameron County spent Saturday December 7 looking for clues in Emporium businesses!  The winners were Kent Davis, Kaydence Miller, Brittany Standiven, and Jean Tesauro.  They each took home prizes from participating businesses. 
Those businesses included Emporium Pharmacy, Floor Masters, Flower n Things, Fox’s Pizza Den in Emporium, Reid’s Hometown Emporium, South Park Supply, Sweet Scentsations and Wheaton’s Gun Supply.
 “This was another way to provide a free family fun event to the community,” said Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the chamber.  The businesses provided the prizes and hosted the clues. 

St Marks Church

Don’t rain on our parade!!  Instead come and join us on Saturday, Dec 14 at 11:30 a.m. for the parade!  We will be meeting in the church parking lot and preparing for a noon start of the parade.
St Mark parishioners will be participating in the parade, with our choir singing carols while riding on a float.  The children will be walking along with St. Nicholas!!  Let’s all get out for this day of festivities in Emporium and show our pride in our church family.

Christmas in the Wilds Activities

Friday and Saturday Cameron County will celebrate the holidays with Christmas in the Wilds.  The yearly event held the second Saturday in December includes activities for kids of all ages!
The event begins Friday Night December 13 with a Holiday House Tour!  The event sponsored by the Cameron County Fireworks begins at 6pm.  Tickets are limited and available at Maureens Beauty Salon and the chamber office for $10.00 each.  The tickets entitle the bearer to $1.00 off any entrée Friday night at Aroma Café & Restaurant, Buttonwood Restaurant, Cabin Kitchen and Pizza Palace Plus.  The homes on the tour include East Fifth Street, Brian & Chrissy Slusarick plus Don and Ann Olivett.  On West Fourth Street the homes include the Hornung Victorian plus Don & Mary Ives. 
Saturday starts at 9 in the morning with food and craft vendors setting up on Fourth Street from Broad to Chestnut.  Numerous businesses will also feature specials on Saturday morning.  Emporium Senior Center on Maple Street will host an indoor craft show.  At the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Santa will have breakfast with kids of all ages!  The price is Adults $4.00 and children $3.00.  While Santa is eating, his reindeer will enjoy a stop in Emporium.  Seneca Resources is making sure they have a comfortable visit in the downtown area.  Seneca Resources explores develops and purchases natural gas. 
Starting at 10 till noon inside Cappy’s Clothing members of the CMA Church will help youngsters make reindeer antlers!  Inside the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, the Merry Music Makers will perform at 11am.  The Christmas in the Wilds parade steps off at noon from the former Fourth Street School in Emporium.  This year Santa will have a seat above the parade route courtesy the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. 
The weekend does not end till midnight!  The Community Benefit Dance will rock the Cameron County Vets Club starting at 8pm.  Proceeds will be given to two families in Cameron County


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Youth Air Rifle Program

The Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities club is starting to prepare for the 4-H/Penn State Ext. youth air rifle program. We plan to meet in the up stairs at the Moose on Thursday evenings same as last year. Depending on participation there may be some time adjustments.
There will be notice in the papers and fliers at school in next few weeks. You can register a student by contacting Natalie Aiello at the Extension office 814 486 3350. This is not just a boys sport...we are encouraging female participation too. This is for any youth between the ages of 8 and 18.  If any adults would care to help during club nights call Natalie. It is a very rewarding program


CCHS Senior Project ~ Military Window Update

My name is Molly Slusarick and I am a senior at Cameron County High School.  For my Senior Project, I am working on a complete re-do of the Military Window in downtown Emporium.  Most of the photos are faded from the sunlight and some are sitting very low on the ground which makes them difficult for people to see when walking by. 
 If someone in your family is in the military and there is a picture of them in the window currently and you would like a new one displayed, or if he/she does not have a picture in the window at all and you would like one to be, there are a couple of things you can do.  You can drop the photo off at my house at 110 East Fifth Street (if no one is home, feel free to leave it in the mailbox to the left of the front door), drop it in the mail to me, or contact me at 814-389-6778 and I will make arrangements to pick it up. 
 I will be framing all photos I receive, so there is no need for it to be framed.   Please be sure to include their name and, if you wish, rank and current location.  I would really like to see as many of our Cameron County servicemen and women represented in the window as possible, to honor their service and dedication to our country. 
My goal is to have the display completed by Christmas, so that all those returning home for the holidays can see the new window.  Thank you for helping to make my Senior Project a success! 
Molly Slusarick

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Robert J. Sarick

Robert J. Sarick, 88, of Emporium, PA, passed away November 27, 2013.
at Guy & Mary Felt Manor with his loving wife at his side.

He was born July 21, 1925, in Emporium, PA., to the late Joseph and Anna (Fritz) Sarick.

On April 23, 1955 in Austin, PA he married Josephine L. (Rotello) Sarick who survives.

Mr. Sarick served in the Navy in WWII (1943-1946) and Korean War (1950-1954) as a Seaman and served on the USS South Dakota, the most decorated battleship of WWII; He was present in Tokyo Bay on 9/2/46 during the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces to the Allied Powers. After returning from WWII, he graduated from Emporium High School in Class of 1948. Robert was employed by the Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., for 35 years; a member of St. Mark’s Church where he served as lead usher and a lifetime member of Miller Raffaele VFW Post 6221.  He enjoyed the outdoors and especially golf, dancing and taking long walks around Emporium.

Surviving in addition to his wife Josephine Sarick, he has 4 nephews and 2 nieces.

Mr. Sarick was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Andrew, Joseph, Michael and John (Sonny) Sarick and 3 sisters, Mary Wheaton, Anna Steele and Clara Graner and 2 nieces.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (November 30, 2013)   at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Visitation with Tribute Video will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nellie E. Dixon

Nellie E. Dixon, 90, of 283 Tannery Heights, Emporium, PA
died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, PA on Wednesday morning. (November 27, 2013)

 She was born February 22, 1923 in Big Run, PA a daughter of the late Robert E. and Fannie Knarr Long.
On July 3, 1948 in Falls Creek she married George Dixon, who survives.
Mrs. Dixon enjoyed making crafts, fishing, hunting and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband George Dixon
Daughter: Verda K. Griffith, Hornell, NY
Son: William Dixon, Emporium
Daughter: Twila Dixon, Mohrsville, PA
6 Grandchildren: Joshua, Steven, Michael, David, Elizabeth and Crystal
Sister: Twila "Hope" Long, Lockport, NY
Sister: Verla "Faith" Baumgardner, Lockport, NY

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: Robert E. and Fannie Knarr Long
4 Sisters: Emma, Dorothy, Thelma and Nadine
4 Brothers: Richard, Robert, Donald and Charles

 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (December 2, 2013) at 1:00 PM with Pastor Chris Haas, Pastor of Down County Baptist Church, officiating.

 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Moday from 12 Noon -1:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cameron County Christmas Puzzle

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce has joined with merchants to local shopping.  Saturday December 7 the Cameron County Christmas Puzzle will be solved!
The puzzle is based on the idea that a naughty elf took Santa’s sleigh and hid the toys.  Participants are to solve the who dunnit, find the sleigh and single out one of the toys in the sleigh.  The event is free and will be held from 10am-2pm.  One winner will be selected from the correct answers to receive prizes totaling more than $100.00.
A puzzle piece entry form can be picked up at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.  It will give the locations of clues that can be easily found in stores or at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Craft Show. 
“We want to thank the community members who are volunteering to be elves this weekend,” commented executive director Tina Johns Solak.  Those include The Grinch, Gary Solak, Don Reed, Robert Linninger, Bryan Good, Audra Stuart, Glen Feibig, Heidi Aikens, and John Caskey.
 “The free event not only allows adults to play, but also children and parents, or grandparents.  Teens are also encouraged to spend Saturday morning solving the puzzle,”  Johns Solak continued.  The message is shop local this Christmas season and this is one way to have fun while shopping!

Gary W. Cunningham

Gary W. Cunningham, 57, of 1806 Old W. Creek Rd., Emporium, PA
died at Towner Run Rd., Emporium, PA on Monday (November 25, 2013) morning while hunting bear.
He was born February 29, 1956 in Bradford, PA a son of Richard Cunningham of Smethport and the late Yuvonna VonMort Cunningham.

 Gary was married to Terri Strahl Cunningham of Emporium.
Gary graduated from Smethport High School. He worked at GKN Sinter Metals for many years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his father Richard Cunningham, Smethport
Former wife Terri Strahl Cunningham, Emporium
Son: Richard Cunningham and his wife Jessica, Emporium
Son: Jake Cunningham, Atlanta, GA
Several Grandchildren
Sister: Debra Wright and her husband Milton, Smethport
Friend: Pam Morton, St. Marys

 Preceded in Death By
Mother: Yuvonna VonMort Cunningham

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (November 29, 2013) at 1:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport, Pennsylvania

                                         Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mary M. Oswald Smith

Mary M. Oswald Smith, 95, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys formerly of Sycamore St., Emporium and Oveido, FL died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys on Sunday (November 24, 2013) morning.

 She was born January 21, 1918 in St. Marys a daughter of the late William and Adeline Cannon Minnick.
Mary lived a full and active life. She was one of the original St. Marys girls that came by bus to Emporium to work at Sylvania during WW II. It was there that she met and married her first husband, Joe Oswald, moved to Emporium, raised two daughters Carole and Bernadette "Bernie". She was involved in all their school activities as well as making the dance costumes for the Hal Garvin Dance Studio, where her daughters took lessons. Being talented in many aspects, she was selected to represent Cameron County in a Homemakers of America contest. As a member of St. Mark Catholic Church she also donated a lot of her time doing work for the church such as sewing, counting money, decorating and organizing dinners for priests and church functions. She was a member of the CD of A. She also loved bowling and bowled on ladies and mixed couple teams. Mary was well known as a beautician in Emporium, where she owned and operated a beauty shop for many years. She took many advanced courses and had a thriving business, where she made many  friends.  After retiring, she married Cecil "Bo" Smith and they resided in Oveido, Florida for 18 yrs.

Daughter: Carole Oswald Grimone and husband Michael of Emporium & Chautauqua Lake
Daughter: Bernadette "Bernie" Oswald and friend Pete Harford, Emporium
12 Grandchildren, 4 Step Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson
1 Brother: Bill Minnick and his wife Arlene, St. Marys

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: William and Adeline Cannon Minnick
First Husband: Joe Oswald
Second Husband: Cecil "Bo" Smith
10 Sisters
Step-son: Andy Smith

 There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 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 Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 or your local Alzhemiers Assoc.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Bear Season Opens In Cameron County

Shown in photo is Matthew Ramsey with his bear taken November 23, 2013.
 Live weight approximately 315 lbs, dressed weight 267 lbs.
This was one of three bears taken in the First Fork area.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Holiday House Tour Tickets on Sale

Holiday House Tour Tickets on Sale Now
Cameron County Fireworks Committee now selling 2013 Holiday House Tour Tickets.  The $10.00 donation will be used to bring fireworks to the Weekend in the Wilds event on Saturday July 5, 2014.
Houses open for touring on Friday December 13, feature Victorian era homes.  The home owned by Sandra Hornung on West Fourth Street is currently for sale marketed as a possible bed and breakfast.  Neighbors on East Fifth Street will open their doors.  The Slusarick and Olivett homes are wonderful examples of period architecture and magnificently restored.  The fourth home is owned by the Ives family on West Sixth Street.  This year the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center will host an after tour gathering.  Light refreshments will be available.
Tickets are available at the chamber office, and  Maureen’s Beauty Shop or by calling the chamber office at 814-486-4314. 

Cameron County Chamber Execuative Board for 2014

Chamber Announces Executive Board for 2014
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce welcomes four new members to the executive board.  They join nine returning members.
Currently on the board and returning is Mike Songer from L&M Lumber and Rick McLean, an individual member, Connie Garrigan from CareerLink, Peggy Letterman from Northwest Savings Bank, Kim Jones from Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Mike Wennin, an individual member, Kim Whiting from Citizens Northern Bank, Lisa Housler from Elk Regional Health Center, and Jan Hampton from Sylvan Heritage Council.  New members include Mary Jo Kahnell from the Emporium Country Club, Scarlett Reigel from The Cabin Kitchen, Christie Solveson from Solveson Contracting and Paul Wheaton from Wheaton Gun Supply.
“I want to personally thank the chamber members not returning.  They brought valuable insight to the board,” said executive director Tina Johns Solak.  Not returning is Adam Johnson from Adam Johnson State Farm, Holly Manginell from the Cameron County Recreation Board, John Pasquenelli from the Emporium Country Club and Mary Whiting an individual member.
The chamber meetings are open to any chamber member.  They are held the second Tuesday of the month at 8am at the chamber office in Emporium.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PTO Family Movie Night: Monsters University

PTO Family Movie Night: Monsters University
Come see Monsters University on the big screen - FOR FREE!
Friday at 6:00pm
Woodland Elementary LGI
The LGI holds 120 people. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.
 *Movie snacks will be available for purchase.
 *Children must be accompanied by an adult.

PTO Meeting

Like the picture says, " PTO meeting tomorrow at 3:30 in the Woodland Library".

Christmas Craft Show


Spehalski Chosen In Big 30 All-Star Lineup

Congratulations to Eric Spehalski  [ front row, 2nd from left ] on being chosen to the offensive unit of the Big 30 All - Star Team!  Eric is a senior at CCHS and the son of Bonnie & Tom Spehalski of Emporium.  The Big 30 team will hold its annual recognition dinner November 20th at St. Stephens Club in Olean NY.

Colleen M. "Mickey" Cooney

Smethport - Colleen M. "Mickey" Cooney, 83, of Smethport, died Sunday (November 17, 2013), at her residence in Smethport.

She was born May 29, 1930 in Olean, NY, a daughter of Oscar Mark and Jennie L. Morgan Armstrong. On Aug. 7, 1948, in Smethport, PA, she married John H. "Red" Cooney, who died January 2, 1994.

Mrs. Cooney was a graduate of Emporium High School and spent the majority of her life as a homemaker tending to the needs of her family.

Family was everything to Colleen. She especially loved and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport and she enjoyed Polka parties and taking trips to the Casinos.

She is survived by:
one daughter: Jeannette M. Woodruff of Smethport, PA
one son: Robert L. (Jackie) Cooney of Smethport, PA
five grandchildren: Steve Woodruff of Port Allegany, Daniel Woodruff of Smethport, Sheri Nedza of Brookville, Jeffrey Cooney of Smethport, and Heather Cooney of Lewis Run.
six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. Funeral and committal services will be held on Thursday in the funeral home, at 11 A.M. with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences may be made at

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

Monday, November 18, 2013

Shop Small Comes to Emporium with a Gift for Shoppers

Shop Small Comes to Emporium with a Gift for Shoppers
Emporium Land of the Endless Gifts has a gift for shoppers on Shop Small Saturday November 30.  A number of retailers in the Emporium area will be giving a gift to you if you are one of the first to purchase an item from their store.  It is an American Express $25.00 gift card!
 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Shop Small and is in the process of distributing gift cards, cloth shopping bags, and floor mats to the businesses.  “Banners have been hung at the entrances to Emporium and the shop owners are excited to welcome customers,” explains executive director Tina Johns Solak. 
There are a limited number of gift cards at each of the following businesses, “so shop early and often!” says Johns Solak.  Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Cappy’s, Chateau Soleil, Emporium Pharmacy, Floor Masters, L&M Lumber, Reids Hometown Emporium, Sweet Scentsations, South Park Supply and Wheaton Gun Supply will all have cards to distribute to those making a purchase on a first come first serve basis.  The American Express Cards can be redeemed at any location accepting the card.
Flowers N Things will hand out the cards to those making purchases this Friday November 22 during an open house.  Flowers N Things like other businesses has a limited supply of the gift cards.
Picture included:  Audra Stuart Administrative Assistant at Cameron County Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Marjorie "Louise" Hornung

Marjorie "Louise" Hornung, 87, of 2400 Brumbaugh Ave., Huntingdon, PA formerly of Emporium died at the Huntingdon Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in  Huntingdon, PA on Saturday (November 16, 2013) morning.

 She was born December 28, 1925 in Clearfield, PA a daughter of the late George and Enna Lawhead Peasley.
On July 12, 1952 in St. Marks Catholic Church, Emporium she married Lawrence "John" Hornung, who Survives.

In addition to her husband Lawrence "John" Horning
Daughter: Enna Hill and her husband William, Colorado
Daughter: Jennifer Amell, Nevada
Daughter: Marjorie Harlan and her husband Mark, Huntingdon, PA
8 Grandchildren: Heather, Christopher, Benjamin and Adina Harlan, Mearah, Shawn, Elisabeth & Dierdre Hill
Sister: Marie Cleaveland and her husband Burton, Chesterton, IN
Sister: Maxine Cleaveland, Emporium
Sister: Donna Egan and her husband James, Wicomico Church, VA
Sister: Georgiann Taylor, West Groten, MA

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: George and Enna Lawhead Peasley
Grandson: Micah Hill
Brother: Howard Peasley

 Services will be at the convenience of the family.
There will be No Visitation.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at BARNETT

FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Deadly grip: Bath salts conquer Emporium - The Bradford Era: News - Deadly grip: Bath salts conquer Emporium: News

Deadly grip: Bath salts conquer Emporium - The Bradford Era: News - Deadly grip: Bath salts conquer Emporium: News: EMPORIUM — Bath salts have conquered Emporium.

EMPORIUM — Bath salts have conquered Emporium.

That was the word from law enforcement officials during an educational program on bath salts and other designer drugs, which have created an epidemic of drug abuse within Cameron County. A town hall-style meeting was held at the Emporium Volunteer Firehall on Wednesday evening to discuss the issue.
                     More than 100 people packed the firehall’s dining area to hear a presentation on this dangerous class of drugs by newly-hired Emporium police chief Matt Siple, and information presented by a number of community members and former drug addicts.
“We’re here to talk about bath salts, which have conquered this town,” Siple said. “But we’ve all come here to get Emporium back to normal.”

Siple said law enforcement in Cameron County is now working with the North West Drug Task Force out of Erie and postal inspectors are checking packages at multiple locations to put a stop to the mail-order trafficking of the substances.
Due to use of the drugs, burglaries and thefts have increased, as have the discovery of needles along public streets, with Emporium Borough maintenance crews at one time picking up an average of 18 needles per day. Many communities have seen an increase in homicides, suicides and deaths from the substance itself, but that has not occurred in Emporium —  yet — according to Siple.

“We haven’t had any deaths or serious bodily harm … but today, we almost did,” Siple said, speaking of an incident in northern Cameron County on Wednesday where police were called to pick up a young woman suffering from exposure, presumably high on bath salts or a similar substance.

Symptoms that can be recognized by individuals who come into contact with users include severe paranoia and anxiety, hallucinations, insomnia, dilated pupils, nose bleeds, track marks from needles, pock marks from digging the skin, withdrawal from friends, family and familiar activities and severe behavioral changes.

District attorney Paul Malizia spoke to the difficulties in prosecuting these individuals, including the restrictions imposed by sentencing guidelines and prior records scores. Malizia also spoke on the things that community members can do to try and combat the problem.

The biggest of those, according to Malizia: If you see something, say something. Police are not allowed to search an individual without probable cause, so community members were urged to notify police or emergency services.
Parents need to take responsibility, according to former Magisterial District Judge Al Brown, who has become involved in the community outreach led by another speaker at the event, Dan Blust, an outspoken former drug addict who has dedicated his life to helping others in similar situations.

“Tough love, people. That’s what we need,” Brown said. “Stand up and make our kids do what is right. It’s your responsibility. You’re the parent. Be tough on them.”

A number of former addicts attended the event. Though most did not choose to share their stories, a couple did speak on how frightening the experiences were, and the depths they had to go to before they would seek help. Most came in support of Blust’s Life Support Outreach program and to show that a caring, positive environment can change an addict’s life.
“Most of these people who are on alcohol or drugs are lacking something in their lives,” Blust said.

A tragic upbringing, traumatic experiences, the loss of a loved one at a crucial life point, all of these circumstances, and many more, can send a person into the downward spiral that leads to drugs and all sorts of societal problems, Blust said.
“If we care about this town, start smiling, start waving at people again. If you see someone stumbling around, ask them what they need,” Blust said. “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in my life, but we have a problem. We have to do something about it.”

Most community members echoed Blust’s statement, and showed their support for a more proactive approach. Siple said that more arrests are coming, and the borough and state police are working to do what they can to curb the problems plaguing the fair streets of Emporium.

Individuals and family members affected by drug, alcohol and addiction problems are urged to attend the Life Support Outreach Addiction Group meetings held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the outreach center on South Chestnut Street, across from Memorial Hall.

Malizia provided his email address for law enforcement referrals. He can be contacted at

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Harvest Dinner

St Marks Church

A sign-up sheet is in the back of church for this annual dinner in which we come together to celebrate and give thanks for each other and our church family.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and drinks will be provided.  We ask that you bring a dish to share and a friend!  I f you know of a lonely or needy person who would like a nice meal and some camaraderie, please bring them along.  Sunday, November 17 at 4 pm in O’Connell Hall.

The Christmas Crib @ St Marks Church

St Marks Church

The Christmas Crib is scheduled to be set up Thanksgiving weekend.  If you know of anyone in need, please submit their name/s to the rectory.  The name, address, age and suggestions of needed items should be submitted in a sealed envelope and dropped in the collection basket.  All names must be in by November 23, 2013. Together, we can help make someone’s Christmas special!

Gifts should be purchased, wrapped and returned with label attached by December 17.

Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 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.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veteran's Day

I would like to wish a very special Veteran's Day to all that have served, or are serving, our great country. Thank you to all our veterans for keeping us safe, to enjoy our freedom.

God bless the United States.




Baguba Club Meeting

There will be a Baguba Club meeting on Saturday, November 16th at the VFW from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
  All are welcome!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ethel F. Jannotti

Ethel F. Jannotti, 93, of Oak Hill Lane, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on Wednesday (November 6, 2013) night.
She was born June 30, 1920 in Bronx, New York a daughter of the late Michael and Matilda Newcott Harrison.

 On September 30, 1945 in Bronx, New York she married the late Samuel Jannotti.
After college Mrs. Jannotti worked as an administrative assistant to the CEO of Carney Electrical and Plumbing in New York City. In 1945 she moved to Emporium with her husband Sam who was a track supervisor with Pennsylvania Rail Road. She and Sam later owned and operated the former Homestead Hotel in Emporium from 1964 to 1972. Upon retiring from the Homestead Hotel business she spent her remaining years enjoying her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Her family loved her immensely. She was a member of  St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium.

Daughter: Joanne Kamats and her husband Richard, Orchard Park, NY
Daughter: Michelene Kerr, Duncansville, PA
Son: Paul Jannotti and his wife Debra, Russell, PA
9 Grandchildren: Rich (Marnie), Lori, Steve (Amity) Kamats, Adam Kerr, Cristi Rhine, Ryan (Melissa) Kerr, John (Shannon) Cherry, Samuel (Jennifer) and Kathryn Jannotti
Eight Great Grandchildren

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: Michael and Matilda Newcott Harrison
Husband: Samuel Jannotti who died May 31, 1999
2 Brothers: Robert and Joseph Harrison
3 Sisters: Shirley Fetykjo, Marguerite Fetyko & Anna Calianese

 Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (November 11, 2013) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

 Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-5 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Grove House, 436 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Use Decorative Mesh to Make a Christmas Tree

Emporium artist  Nancy Zoschg offering a class at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center.  Zoschg will be using decorative mesh and Styrofoam forms to create one of a kind Christmas Trees. 
 The class is set for Tuesday December 3 from 3-5pm.  Because the class is self paced, those that cannot attend till 4pm can still create their own tree.  Cameron County Schools will be closed and children and parents are invited to attend together.
 The fee is $20.00 and includes all materials.  Select your color from red, Christmas green, gold, silver, apple green, turquoise, pink or purple.  The deadline to register is Thursday November 14.  Sign up by calling the chamber office at 814-486-4314, or log onto 

Town Hall Meeting In Emporium

Rep. Causer To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Emporium
Rep. Martin Causer is inviting area residents to join him for a town hall meeting to discuss issues facing the state and the region on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St. 
 “Over the last three years, the General Assembly has been working to bring fiscal responsibility back to state government, improve safety for our children and communities, and make necessary tax and regulatory reforms to rebuild the state’s jobs climate,” Causer said. “We have made progress, but there is more work to do. I encourage people to come out  and be part of the discussion.”
 No RSVP is necessary to attend the town meeting. For the latest  legislative news, visit Causer’s website at or follow him on Facebook at

Monday, November 4, 2013

Cameron Co Food Bank Collection

Remember that the second Sunday of the month is Cameron County Food Bank Collection Sunday.  Please bring non-perishable food items and place the the baskets in the back of church.  Or monetary donations are always welcome.  You may place your donation in the collection basket, in an envelope marked “Food Bank”.  Thank you for your generosity towards those who need a helping hand.  God bless you.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Baguba Meeting and Election of Officers

We look forward to seeing all the JO parents and wrestlers Monday night for our mandatory meeting to kick off the season. Please be at the high school cafeteria at 5:30.

At the beginning of the meeting we will hold board member elections for The Baguba Wrestling Club. Nominations will be considered for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Fund Raising Director. Without the Baguba Club we wouldn't be able to have a youth wrestling program. Please consider helping out.

Home Made is Best


Emporium Garden Club offering a card making class Monday November 25 at 6:30pm at the Emmanuel Episcopal hall.

 Mary Kay McLean will teach the $10.00 class. Students will take home 3 cards each with a unique design using dried plant materials. 

Students are urged to bring their own dried plant materials and RSVP by November 15 to Pat English at 814-546-2679.

The Emporium Garden Club meets monthly at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall the last Monday of the month at 6:30pm.

Sweet Scentsations

This photo is a bit blurry, but if you haven't had a chance to stop into one of Emporiums newest stores, please do!
 Sweet Scentsations is full of wonderful decorations, candles and cards.