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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Keystone Elk Country Alliance Wants to Hear You

A new addition to the Weekend in the Wilds will be the first ever Elk Calling Contest. The event will be hosted by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance on Saturday July 6 at 3:00pm.    The contest is open to professionals, amateurs and children and will be governed by the 2013 Keystone Elk Country Alliance’s Elk Calling Rules.
 The objective is to imitate actual elk sounds and allow contestants to demonstrate their ability to reproduce the sounds. An amateur is a person who has never won an elk calling contest, while the professional level is for those who own a calling business or works as a sales representative for a calling business. The youth division is for anyone 17 and under.
 First second and third places will receive cash prizes. The registration fees are limited to professional ($20.00) and amateur (10.00).   Youth can compete for free! A list of all rules and registration forms are available at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office, or can be downloaded at

Power Within Featured During First Friday June 7

Cameron County Artisan Center has played host to the traveling exhibit of PA Wilds Juried artist Julie Mader.  On Friday June 7 a reception will be held at the end of the showing.  The art exhibit funded through the Pennsylvania Partners of the Arts is inspired by the strength required of the patient, the medical team and those who love and support both sides.

 The traveling exhibit focuses on Cancer fighting plants.  The plants found in your own backyard have made strides in the fight of Cancer.  For instance the bark from White Birch Trees, and portions of the Yew, Periwinkle and Mayapple  all have helped scientists create medicines that fight a variety of Cancers.

 Stop in the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center from 3-6pm  on Friday June 7 and enjoy refreshments and talk to the artist!  The exhibit next stop is in Bradford.   

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tyler Grey Hodson

Tyler Grey Hodson, 32, of 716 Cranberry St., Erie died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie on Monday (May 27, 2013) morning following an automobile accident.

 He was born February 11, 1981 in St. Marys a son of James Grey Hodson, Jr. and Kimberley A. Irwin, Emporium
Tyler graduated from Cameron County High School, in the class of 1999 and attended Penn State University. He resided in Erie for the past several years and was employed with Accuride of Erie. Tyler enjoyed bike riding, jeeping playing his guitars and drawing artwork.

in addition to his mother and father
Sister: Jessie, Mrs. Nathan Peterman, Munson
Sister: Messina, Mrs. Charles Burke, Emporium
2 Nephew: Collin Grey Burke and Brennan Michael Burke
Preceded in Death By
Maternal Grandparents: Raymond and Mildred Pearsall Irwin
Paternal Grandparents: James G. and Norma Wray Hodson

 Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7 PM

 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Thursday (May 30, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Cameron County Memorial Day Parade

Cameron County Memorial Day Parade
Todays parade begins at 10 am from the old 4th Street School on Main Street. 
 The band typically
stops to perform in front of the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, the intersection
 of 4th & Broad and
in front of Emporium Arms buildings.
Today is the day to give a heartfelt thank you to all the military hero's from our great country.
May God Bless You All.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Rabie Clinic A Success

Last Saturdays CCSPCA Rabies clinic was successfully attended by cats and dogs. 
 This years clinic was Kacie Aversas senior project.

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Golfers Wanted

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hosting its annual golf tournament Thursday June 13 at the Emporium Country Club.  The 4 person scramble will tee off at noon and conclude with a dinner featuring baby back ribs!  Along the cart path you find opportunities to win skill prizes and of course the beverage cart will make its rounds!  The first three places in both gross and net will take home CASH!
 The money raised helps to defer costs of advertising and promotion of Cameron County!  The fees are $45.00 per golfer for members of the Emporium Country Club, $55.00 if you belong to a reciprocating club and $65.00 if you do not belong to a club.
 To register contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314 or call the Emporium Country Club at 814-486-7715.  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Gerald L. Allman

Gerald L. Allman, 73, of Austin, Pa., formerly of Emporium, died Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys.
Born January 8, 1940 in Emporium he was the son of the late Sherman and Marjorie Thomas Allman.  In 1961 he married Betty Sue Baker who passed away in November of 1998.
Mr. Allman was a veteran of the United States Navy.
Following his service in the navy he returned to Emporium and was employed as a logger in the lumbering business. He eventually settled in Pasadena, Texas and was employed as a long distance truck driver based out of that state. In 1996 he returned to Emporium and continued to drive truck until retiring in 2006. Mr. Allman recently relocated to Austin.
He was a member of the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club in Emporium.
Survivors include: two sons, David W. (Juanita) Allman of Austin and Gerald L. Allman, Jr. of Bolivar, NY; one daughter, Linda Lee Allman of Olean, NY; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one brother, James (Madeline) Allman of Dunnellon, FL; one sister, Judy (Ted) Nichols of Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Lee Allman in 1948.
There will be no visitations. Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Krista L. Losey

Krista L. Losey, 29, of 220 W. Greenwood St., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Saturday (May 18, 2013) evening.
She was born February 10, 1984 in St. Marys a daughter of Scott A. Miglicio, Emporium and Connie Losey Andrews, Emporium.
Krista graduated from Cameron County High School and had attended Virginia Tech.
In addition to her parents
Son: Gabriele Losey, Oregon
Son: Landyn Shippley, Virginia Beach, VA
Brother: Blake R. Andrews, Emporium
Brother: Scott M. Maglicio, Emporium
Fiancé: Matthew Shippley, Emporium

The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.
Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (May 21, 2013) at 5:00 PM with Rev. Burce Burkness, Pastor, St. Johns Lutheran Church, officiating.

If desired, Memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association - WEB PO Box 78960 Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960 or to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Gulf Tower, 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

DCNR Web Map Charts Progress of Gypsy Moth Spraying

The DCNR has developed an interactive, web-based map enabling users to track progress of gypsy moth spraying operations across the state.
“This new website will enable visitors to zoom into their county and township to determine if treatments are planned, in progress or have been completed,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “Information will be updated overnight on a daily basis during spray operations.”

"Woodland spraying using four helicopters is expected to begin later this week and continue through much of May in the northwest and north central areas of the state. DCNR last sprayed to suppress gypsy moths in 2009."
For homeowner information, spraying updates, and other details regarding this pesky insect,
access the full DCNR article here >
The new interactive map may be found by clicking on the link below


Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, May 22, 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

Anna Guisto

Anna Guisto, 86, of 414 Spring Street, Emporium died at her residence, on Thursday (May 16, 2013) morning.
She was born November 17, 1926 in Emporium a daughter of the late Angelo and Michella Fragale Gennocro.
She married the late Jack Guisto
Mrs. Guisto graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1944. Years ago she worked at Sylvania. She and her husband owned and operated the former Crescent Hotel in Emporium. Anna was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 194, the Women of the Moose, Chaper 264, the Christabelle Club, Emporium Senior Center and St. Mark Catholic Church. She was also a charter member of the VFW Womans Auxiliary, Unit #6222, Emporium. Anna was an avid bingo player and loved to play the card game "shoot the moon".

Daughter: Connie, Mrs. Harry Jones, Niagara Falls, NY
Daughter: Bev, Mrs. Joe Jones, Emporium
Daughter: Sandy, Mrs. Tom Kossman, Emporium
Daughter: Deb, Mrs. John Cummings, Emporium
Daughter: Mitzi, Mrs. Scott Austin, Emporium
Daughter: Mary, Mrs. Dennis Dillon, Emporium
Numerous Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Angelo and Michella Fragale Gennocro
Husband: Jack Guisto who died in Septemer 1976
2 Sons: John Guisto and Larry Harlan
4 Grandchildren: Michael, Russell, Tommy & Nick
3 Brothers and 2 Sisters

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (May 18, 2013) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 5-8 PM.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PA Juried Artist Makes Return to Cameron County Artisan Center

Judy Leasure offered a beginner basket making class which sold out, and will return June 14 and 15 to both a beginner and level 2 class.  Leasure is a PA Wilds Juried Artist and refuses to use nails or glue in the construction of her baskets.
 Beginning students can attend the class Friday June 14 from 10am-1pm at the artisan center and take home a napkin basket.  The fee which covers all materials is $25.00.  The level 2 class will be held Saturday June 15 10am-1pm.  This class will feature a hand sanitizer basket that includes a wood bottom.  The price for that class is $30.00. 
To register contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314.  Classes are limited to 8 students each.

Weekend in the Wilds Looking for Farm Products

Weekend in the Wilds Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 continues to expand.  Organizers want to add an area that features farmers products.  “The chamber has tried unsuccessfully for several years to bring a cohesive farmers market to the region,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Johns Solak.  “Many vendors set up at various places throughout Emporium, but it would be beneficial to residents and the sellers if they were in one location.”  This year free space has been set aside for sellers and Johns Solak hopes that will prove the benefits to those selling items.
Maple and honey producers are on the want list along with food growers, and flowers.  Anyone interested in taking advantage of the offer should contact the chamber at 814-486-4314. 

Sinnemahoning BioBlitz 2013

At a BioBlitz, teams of scientists, school students and volunteers work together in a race against time to find and identify as many species as possible. A Bioblitz is part scientific research, part exploration and part celebration. This spring  there will be a chance for all to discover and explore biodiversity in the Sinnemahoning State Park. Come and join in  for the chance to dive into the wonders of the Pennsylvania Wilds for two days of biodiversity mayhem!
Sinnemahoning State Park will host the 2013 BioBlitz. The Park is located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds and encompasses 1,910 acres nestled in the Elk State Forest.  The First Fork of the Sinnemahoning a High Quality stream, cuts through the center of the park.Four tributaries of the First Fork that flow through the park are classified as Class A streams and another is classed as an Exceptional Value stream.The park hosts a diversity of habitats including mixed hardwood forests, emergent wetlands, forested wetlands, grassy fields, flood plains, vernal ponds, steams, and a reservoir. With such diverse habitats, who knows all the creatures we will discover
Please visit the link below to see the complete BioBlitz website!

Lila M. Clancy

Lila M. Clancy, 93, formerly of Sterling Run, Emporium and Austin, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium.
Born May 19, 1919 in Sterling Run she was the daughter of Grant and Fannie Teriberry Hart. In 1936 in Emporium she married Gerald F. Clancy who died March 17, 2006.
She attended school in Sterling Run and moved to Austin in 1958. For a few years in the 1960s she was employed by Sylvania Electric in Emporium. Mrs. Clancy was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
Survivors include: four sons, Edward (Sandy) Clancy of Bradford, William Clancy of Killbuck, NY, Richard (Judith) Clancy of Emporium, and Robert Clancy of Zolfo Springs, FL; three daughters, Barbara Clancy of Bowling Green, FL, and Anna Marie (Alb) Glover and Mary (Dennis) Baker both of Austin,; 21 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; many great, great grandchildren; and also many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband Mrs. Clancy was predeceased by one son, one daughter, five brothers, two sisters, and six grandchildren.
There will be no visitations. Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Coffee House Drew Standing Room Only Crowd

St Marks Catholic Church O’Connell Hall was packed with music lovers Sunday May 5 as the crowd celebrated Cinco de Mayo with musicians from across the region.  Father Paul Seibert was joined on stage by musicians from St Marys, Emporium, Titusville and Oil City.

 Those attending shook maracas and tapped their toes to songs from the 40’s to the 70’s.  Old Time Rock n Roll, Good Lovin, and With a Little Help From My Friends were the fans favorites.  Dave Foote from St Marys provided quips and the beat, while the Feroz brothers played a myriad of instruments.   Ed Badeau plucked the bass, Ron Tusing tickled the ivories and Howard Foster made the saxophone wail. 

 The group has been asked to perform during Weekend in the Wilds in July.  At this time no future performance dates have been announced.

National Trails Day Registration Open

Saturday June 1 is National Trails Day promoted by conservation groups and recreation enthusiasts across the United States. In Cameron County Nelson Haas will lead a group to a survey marker at the border of Elk and Cameron Counties.  The unique marker is found on Gravel Lick about two miles from Mix Run Road in the Quehanna Area. 

 Hikers will carpool from the chamber office in Emporium at 10am.  Those wishing to participate in the four mile hike are encouraged to contact the chamber office in advance.  Because of the steep terrain and a stream crossing, hikers are encouraged to dress appropriately and consider bringing a walking stick. 

 There is no fee, but to have an accurate head count, those wishing to participate should call the chamber office at 814-486-4314 or register by email

Monday, May 13, 2013

David M. Croyle

David M. Croyle, Sr., 86, currently of Old West Creek Road, Emporium, formerly of Williamsport and Emporium, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.
Born March 13, 1927 in South Fork, he was the son of the late Homer and Leona Gramling Croyle. He was married to Gloria Morrison who died April 8, 2012.
Mr. Croyle was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy.
For 26 years he was employed by GTE Sylvania in Emporium and Williamsport and was a member of the Quarter Century Club. After being transferred to Williamsport he eventually left Sylvania and was self employed as a landscaper.
Survivors include: one son, David Croyle, Jr. of Emporium; two daughters, Mrs. Karen Wood of Mesa, AZ, and Mrs. Debbie (Michael) Verdini of Yardley, PA; eight grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Croyle of Culpepper, VA; one sister Mrs. Garnet Ross of Winchester, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Croyle was predeceased by two brothers.
There will be no visitations. Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home.

Barbara Stratton Neal

Barbara Cade (Stratton) Neal, age 92, of Green Ridge Village, Newville, PA and Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA died Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium.
She was born January 22, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late William and Jeannette Cade Stratton. She was married to the late John S. Neal, Jr. for 59 years.
She was a graduate of Russell Sage College with a B.S. degree in Business Education and attended the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration.
Mrs. Neal was a communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Levittown, PA, St. John’s Episcopal Church-on-the-Square, Carlisle, PA, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Emporium. She was a church organist for many years for several denominations.
She is survived by: two sons, William S. Neal, Esq. and wife, Ellen, of Queens, NY, and Dr. George B. Neal and wife, Sarah, of Bedford, NH; two daughters, Nancy Neal Couchman and husband, Kevin, of Emporium, and Judith Neal Krauss and husband, Pete, of Pipersville, PA; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Neal was predeceased by a sister, Jean Stratton Patton and a brother Jarvis Stratton.
There will be no calling hours. Memorial Services will be held in St. John’s Episcopal Church-on-the-Square, Carlisle where interment will made be in the Columbarium. There will also be Memorial Services in Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Emporium and the time will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Box 612, Carlisle, PA, 17013, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Box 88, Emporium, PA 15834, or the Green Ridge Village Fund, Newville, PA 17241.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday Night Fire Damages Emporium Home

Thursday night at approximately 9:30 pm, the Emporium Fire Department and Emergecy personel responded to a residental fire on E 3rd street. Upon arriving, flames and smoke were seen in the home.
 Neighbors Rick Uber & Neddie Olivett were alerted to the fire when they heard shouts coming from the house next door. Looking out the window, they noticed flames in the basement of the home. They were among the 1st to call 911.  The home is rented by Paula Berry and Michael Moscoto. Rick Uber stated " he ran to the house next door, and heard Paula shouting at the front doorway. She was on the floor next to the door, but unable to exit the home. Rick stated he took ahold of her and slid her out of the burning home. Paula was examined by emergency personel  at the scene" Michael had re-entered the house in an attempt to locate the couples cat, but he was uanble to find it. Mr Moscoto was able to exit the home.
Firefighters soon had the fire under control. They were still on scene as of midnight. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cameron County Little League Signs Recieve A Face-Lift

Cameron County Little League received a face-lift on some of their signs from visiting Michigan artist, Carol Duncan Poore shown here with Glen Fiebig.
For those of you who haven’t noticed, baseball season is in full swing and Emporium’s fields are greening up and being played on nearly every night of the week.  Our town also annually hosts the State Tournament for players from all over PA.  With all of that use, some things are bound to get worn out.  The signage at the fields was looking a bit tired so local resident Dana Crisp volunteered to remove and replace them with updated signs that looked and felt more welcoming to our visitors as well as our players and fans of the game. 
Crisp removed all of the signs and then recruited her mom, Carol Duncan Poore to design, letter and produce them during her stay over the last few weeks.  All of their time was donated and the Cameron County Little League (CCLL) purchased all materials locally.  From the start, Crisp wanted the signs to have a theme that matched the existing sign on the memorial wall that was completed by local PA Wilds artisan, Nelson Haas back in the 1980’s.  Poore utilized the ball player on Haas’ original sign and incorporated it into the new signs so every sign has the same “feel”.  She and Crisp then put some fresh paint on Nelson’s sign and created a new parking area sign as well.  The staff at CCLL is installing them and some of Poore’s new signs are already up!
Baseball season is enjoyed by the youth in our community and supported by many so come on out and watch a game, buy a hotdog and cheer for the boys and girls…and while you are there, check out the new and re-furbished signs!

Jerry McDivitt

Jerry Boyd McDivitt, 68, of Lindenwood Drive, Emporium, formerly of Port Allegany, died Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Shippen Township.
Born May 18, 1944 in Bradford he was the son of Jess and Ruth Heidrich McDivitt. He was the longtime companion of Frances Vermillion who survives.
Mr. McDivitt was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having attained the rank of Sergeant while serving during the Vietnam War.
A resident of Emporium since 2005, Jerry was a 1963 graduate of Port Allegany High School. Following his time in the marines he held several different jobs until opening a garage in Mountain View, Missouri. In 1992 he returned to Port Allegany where he opened Jerry’s Service Center which he owned and operated for 12 years. He eventually relocated to Emporium and for the past 8 years was employed by Gore’s Auto Service in Emporium.
Jerry was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman and was a foster parent several times.
Surviving in addition to his companion, Fran, are: her two children, Ricky (Sonya) Vermillion and Crystal Vermillion both of Smethport; her four grandchildren, Jacob, Noah, Melanie and Gordon; three brothers, Robert McDivitt of Augusta, Georgia, Otto McDivitt of Louisiana, and Elmer McDivitt of Eldred; five sisters, Mrs. Onalee Dieterle, Mrs. Connie (Eli) Schneider, and Grace McDivitt all of Eldred, Mrs. Iona (Richard) David of Arcadia, Florida, and Mrs. Cora (Richard) Darrin of Oren, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Visitations will be held in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. until Noon at which time Funeral and Committal Services will be held with the Rev. Bruce Burkness, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Emporium, officiating. Burial will be in Sanford Cemetery, Shippen Township.
Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sanford Cemetery Association.