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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Beautiful Rest Area

Every time I drive past the golf course, I have to admire this public access area that was
created by Randy Bailey a couple of years ago. Initially there was no pavilion, no table, just a small area
to pull off the road.  Its beautiful now, and I often see someone sitting at the table, admiring the view.
Thanks Randy !


Herbert Crider Fox

Herbert Crider Fox, 92, of 613 McLean St., Spring Hope, North Carolina formerly of Sinnemahoning, PA died at his daughters residence in Spring Hope, North Carolina on  Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
He was born May 31, 1921 in Harrisburg, PA a son of the late Valentine and Myrtle Blanch Harvey Fox.
His first wife was married the late Anna L. Fox who died in March 1992 and then he married Cleda Lemmon Delp Fox who died June 5, 2012.
Mr. Fox served with the US Army during WW II from 1941-1945. He was a member of the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church and the Driftwood Senior Center and the had been a member of the Sinnemahoning Lions Club.
Daughter: Susan Gray and her husband Cye, Spring Hope, NC
Son: Barry Fox and his wife Jean, Aberdeen, NC
Step-daughter: July Cochran
Step-daughter: Leah Williams
Step-son: Bill Delp
Step-son: Sam Delp all of Pennsylvania
7 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren
Niece: Mrytle Vbinski, Steelton
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Valentine and Myrtle Blanch Harvey Fox
First wife: Anna Fox
Second wife: Cleda Lemmon Delp Fox
Funeral Service will be held at the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, Rt. 120, Sinnemahoning, PA on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Lola Turnbull, Pastor, officiating.
A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church.
Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Join The Fun At The Prospect Playground

 Prospect Park Playground

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Live music, games and family fun
Hours are 5 - 8 pm - See you there !!

Dollar General Store Extends Closing Hours

If you haven't noticed yet, the Dollar General store in Emporium has extended its hours of operation.
It is now open every night until 10 pm.
The "Now Hiring" sign has been out recently too. It's always a good thing when a job becomes available in the community.

First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Held At
( A picture saves so many words! )

Dubois And Surrounding Area Flooding

Roads going into and out of Dubois City & Sandy Township are closed due to flooding. Avoid travel to the area, or find alternate routes to your destination.
Dubois has received 5.87 inches of rain since 11 a.m. today. If you know of anyone in Clearfield County who has been displaced by the flooding, there are emergency shelters opened at the Brady Twp. Fire Hall, Treasure Lake Lakeview Lodge, Adrian Fire Co. in Sandy Twp., and at Dubois Station 74 on S. Brady St

State Route 219 at the intersection of State Route 153, in Horton Township, is now closed to traffic
State Route 255, at the Route 948 intersection, in Kersey, Fox Township, is now closed.
State Route 219, near the Rattlesnake Rd. intersection, in Horton Township, is open to one lane of traffic only.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sinnemahone 50K Offering Prize for Participant Traveling Farthest

Running or hiking the 50K through Cameron County in October may seem daunting, but this month the organizers of the Sinnemahone 50K upped the ante!  The participant that travels the farthest to participate in the event will be given a free registration for the inaugural 50K. 

 Registration closes in September and organizers say they are excited about the number that have committed to the grueling 10 hour event.  The race on Saturday October 19 will begin on the West Creek Rails to Trails in the center of Emporium and continue to the Buttonwood Motel and Restaurant, up the mountain and follow DCNR trails to the Emporium Country Club and return using more trails along the Bucktail Path. 

 f the 50K is too ambitious participants can register as a two person relay, and there is the opportunity to complete a 25K shorter race.  More information can be found at or by calling the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Prizes for Big Foot Hunt top the $500.00 Mark

Mountaineer Search & Rescue Big Foot Hunt adding up the prizes to be handed out during Weekend in the Wilds.  Organizers say businesses have donated more than $500.00 in cash and prizes to the hunters that successfully capture the twelve Big Foots!

 Licenses are needed to participate in the hunt.  The $5.00 fee can be paid at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office, Phillips One Stop in Driftwood, South Park Supply in Emporium,  or Sinnemahoning Tavern. 

 The hunt begins at 6am on Saturday July 6 and concludes at 1:00pm.  Prizes will be awarded during Weekend in the Wilds at the mini-park at 2:00pm. 


Weekend in the Wilds Wine Walk Returns

Weekend in the Wilds includes activities for all ages including preschoolers and wine connoisseurs.  This year the Wine Walk in the Wilds will be held Saturday July 6 from 2-6pm.  Come try different types of wine from wineries in the PA Wilds. 

 Participating businesses include Pizza Palace Plus, Chateau Soleil, Endeavor Media/Copy Katz, Guy and Mary Felt Manor and Emporium Pharmacy.  At each of the five businesses, wine and a sample of food will be offered and participants will receive a complimentary glass for the $25.00 donation. 

Participants must be 21 years old and all wine must be consumed inside the businesses.  To pre-register contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 814-486-4314.  Tickets will be available on a limited basis Saturday July 6 at the chamber office until 2:00pm. 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

American Cancer Society Offers Free Transportation For Cancer Treatments

American Cancer Society Offers Free Transportation For Cancer Treatments

Are you in need of transportation to your cancer treatments? ACS provides free transportation assistance in Cameron, Elk, McKean & Potter Counties.

If you or a loved one is facing cancer and needs help getting to treatments, call the American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1.800.227.2345, or visit

If you would like information about becoming a Road to Recovery Volunteer
please call 814-368-3646.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Carnival In Emporium

The annual Hometown Carnival is in Emporium, June 17th through the 22nd.
There will be a Matinee on Wed & Sat afternoons.

Oven Fire At Graftech Company

The Emporium Fire Department answered a call at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Sunday at GrafTech in Shippen Township. No injuries were reported. Damage estimates were not available. Traffic was rerouted up the Old West Creek road while the fire department was on scene.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, June 26, 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.

Motorcycle Poker Run - Mark Your Calendar!!

Mark your Calendars! Nam Knights of America M.C. Allegheny Mountain Chapter have just announced their Motorcycle Poker Run, which will be taking place on August 3, 2013. The run will benefit Camp Cadet and The Leek Preserve Wounded Warrior.
The ride will be approximately 75 miles through the scenic Allegheny Mountains. Registration will be at My Place (439 East Third Street, Emporium) From 11:00 am -12:30 pm and the cost is $20 per vehicle, which includes a meal at the end of the ride. There will be door prizes, a Chinese Auction and 50/50!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Four men recognized after saving woman from burning apartment...

Four men recognized after saving woman from burning apartment...

Four men were honored Wednesday morning after saving a woman from her burning home back in December. 
The fire happened on Dec. 27 along Allegany Avenue in Emporium. 

Officials said 28-year-old Krista Losey was trapped inside of the burning structure that was split into multiple apartments. 
Losey had been bedridden and on a respirator due to ongoing health issues. 
Trooper Brian Harmon of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop-F in Emporium said that he remembers the day like it was yesterday. 

Harmon said that he was off that day and was driving through town to stop at a business. 
While he was traveling through town he said that he noticed smoke billowing out of a building that he knew Losey had been living in. 

"I had known that she was handicapped and had a wheel chair. So, seeing that heavy smoke coming out of there -- I knew something was up," Harmon said. 
After spending more than 20 years in law enforcement Harmon said he didn't think twice before going into the building to rescue the woman. 

"With the heavy smoke I crawled inside on my hands and knees trying to look around. I hollered her name, Krista, a couple of times. No response," Harmon said. 
Later everyone would learn that 28-year-old Krista Losey was inside the building trapped inside of her first floor apartment. 
"There was a neighbor outside screaming kind of carrying on that someone was in there," said Ronald Hammersley. 

Hammersley was among the three other men that would soon run to help Harmon. 
"Someone would crawl in there on their hands and knees. When that person came out somebody else would go back in. Each one of us made several attempts to do that," Harmon said. 

Andy Zimmer, who was shoveling snow nearby also ran to help out. 
"The fact that she was still in there...and she needed help. I would do that for anyone," Zimmer said. 
Eventually the men were successful and carried the woman out of the burning building. 
On Wednesday morning Harmon, Hammersley, Zimmer and Scott Knarr were recognized by the Pennsylvania State Police. 

All four men received an outstanding citizenship award from the office of the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Frank Noonan. 
"Their actions on Dec. 27 were not only above and beyond what a normal citizen would do, but it is something that should be recognized by the state police," said Pennsylvania State Police Troop-F captain, David Young. 

Looking back at things now, all of the men said that day they didn't think twice about their lives being in danger.
The men said what mattered most was trying to get Losey out safely. 
"You don't really have time to think. You just go. Then when it's all over it's like anything could have happened," Knarr said. 

While Losey did recover from her injuries, the 29-year-old passed away in May due to ongoing health complications. 

Losey's family members were too emotional to do an interview, but said they are thankful for the four men who helped Losey in December. 

Emergency Numbers- Power Outage, Flooded Basement

In anticipation of the upcoming possibility for damaging winds and flooding rains, if you experience a power outage. Do NOT call 9-1-1. You can call West Penn Power to report the outage at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
To report a floode
d basement, again do NOT call 9-1-1. Call our NON-Emergency line at (814) 772-0000 or if you live in Cameron County (814) 486-0952.
Keep in mind that this will be a widespread event lasting tonight into tomorrow. Utility companies will most likely be back logged with calls and your local fire department may have a long list of basements to pump, in the event we receive the forecasted weather. Rest assured once you made your request with the utility company or local fire department your issue will be handled in the order it was received with Emergency Situations taking priority. Repeated calls to 9-1-1 and NON-Emergency lines will only tie up the system for citizens trying to report real emergencies.

Please share this status with your friends so they know how to report a power outage or a flooded basement!

Monday, June 10, 2013

St Marys Town Wide Yard Sale

June 14-15 St. Marys will hold it’s Town Wide Yard Sale.
All proceeds benefit the St. Marys Fireworks Display.

Progress on the West Creek Recreational Trail


The West Creek Rails to Trails project linking St Marys and Emporium rolling along.  This month members of the St Marys Snowmobile Association and volunteers from Emporium have been rebuilding the black bridge at the entrance of Emporium.  The old decking has been removed and the crews are in the process of installing new decking and safety walls.
 The volunteers say they continue to look for workers.  No experience is needed, as the project requires lots of loading and unloading of wood.  Crews are working every Saturday morning starting at 8am.  If you can give an hour or more of your time stop at the site or contact Scott Rodich at 814-594-7825.
 This is the first phase of the construction of rails to trails using the former railroad bed, which has not reverted to neighboring properties but instead has been rail banked by the railroad company.  The difference is that the railroad retains ownership and nothing permanent can be erected in the right of way of the former rail line.
The next step will be taken in July when bids will be opened for the project which will stretch from the caboose in the eastern end of Emporium to Howard Siding.  A surface will be installed, a split rail fence outlining the trail through Emporium and safety signage will all be completed by a contractor

Weekend in the Wilds Friday Night Line Up Announced

Weekend in the Wilds Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 will be the largest yet according to organizers.  Entertainment begins Friday night and continues through all day Saturday in Emporium, then travels to the Cameron County High School Football Field.

 To kick off the event the Emporium Garden Club will host a petite standard flower show called “The Many Loves of Little Flora” at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center.  The free show opens Friday afternoon 2-5pm and continues 7-9pm Friday.

 Music will begin flowing at the First Presbyterian Church at 3:30pm.  The Merry Music Makers will perform until 5pm when singer, storyteller and songwriter Van Wagner performs until 6pm.  In the basement of the First Presbyterian Church a fundraiser ice cream social will be held.  Home baked deserts and Penn State Creamery ice cream for $4.00 a person! 

 “We are very fortunate to have Van Wagner coming to the Weekend in the Wilds,” said chamber executive director Tina Johns Solak.  Wagner has been contracted through the PA Game Commission to perform throughout the region at festivals highlighting the 100 year celebration of elk restoration.  Wagner’s music is described as folk/blues.  You can view his music videos on youtube at

 Entertainment for Saturday is in the final stages and will be announced in the upcoming days.  Organizers say they only have a handful of spaces available for artists under the tent.  Those tents will be placed on north and south Chestnut Street with vendors lining Fourth Street from Broad to Walnut Streets.

Click on this link to listen to a sample of Van Wagners  music.


Dorothy “Ann” Baldwin

Dorothy “Ann” Baldwin
A visitation with video tribute for Ann Baldwin will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium. A Memorial Service will follow with the Rev. William Harris officiating.
Interment in Arlington National Cemetery will be made later this summer.
Ann passed away December 23, 2012. She was the wife of the late Robert A. Baldwin.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen and Elizabeth, one son, David, a grandson, Brock and a sister, Virginia Willis.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Couple Named Artist of the Month

For the first time since the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center opened, two artists are sharing the spotlight as artist of the month of June.  Carol Cillo and Steve Getz from Lock Haven bring unique acrylic paintings to the artisan center at 34 East Fourth Street.

 The couple enjoys painting landscapes, barns and especially horses.  Cillo and Getz are credited with opening an artisan center in Lock Haven at a former railroad train station.  The pair operates a company aptly named The Idea Factory!

 Their  acrylic paintings can be purchased at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center Monday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 9am-1pm and also Tuesday night with extended hours 6:30-9:00pm.


Final Chance to Register for Golf Tournament

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament teeing off at noon Thursday June 13 at the Emporium Country Club.  Three hole in one prizes are offered.  They include a pick up truck from Gore’s Auto Sales, $10,000 in cash from Northwest Savings Bank and a vacation valued at $10,000 from Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union.
 The 4 person scramble also includes skill prizes for men and women plus door prizes provided by Cameron County businesses.  The cost is $45.00 for Emporium Country Club members, $55.00 for reciprocal members and $65.00 for non-members.  Following the tournament a baby back rib dinner will be served!
 Sign up by calling the Emporium Country Club at 814-486-7715 or the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Betty M. Ellenberger

Betty M. Ellenberger, 82, of 423 Castle Garden Rd., Driftwood, PA died at DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois on Friday (June 7, 2013) morning.

 She was born January 16, 1931 in Driftwood a daughter of the late Bert and Ruth Knisely Morton.
On May 8, 1948 in Castle Garden she married the late Rodney Ellenberger.

 Mrs. Ellenberger lived her entire life in Driftwood. She had worked at Jeffers Electronics, Sylvania and then at Metal Wire in Driftwood. She was a member of the Down County Baptist Church and the Driftwood Senior Center. She enjoyed the outdoors.

Son: Gerald "Jerry" Ellenberger and his wife Hazel, Emporium
Daughter: Debra Johnson and her husband Wayne, Driftwood
Son: Gary Ellenberger and his wife Darlene, Emporium
4 Grandchildren: Doug, Missy, Jessica and Shawn and 2 Great Grandchildren Cameron and Aaron
Brother: Ronald Morton and his wife Patsy, Emporium
Preceded in Death By

 Parents: Bert and Ruth Knisely Morton
Husband: Rodney Ellenberger who died April 26, 2005
2 Brothers: Lawrence and Charles Morton

 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 Monday (June 10, 2013) at 3:00 PM with Pastor Chris Haas, Down County Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Down County Baptist Church, PO Box 81, Driftwood, PA 15832 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 3109 Forbes Ave Ste 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Online Condolences may be placed at BARNETT

FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gerald W. Frey

Gerald W. Frey, 73, of 15 Jenks Run Rd., Emporium died at his residence unexpectedly Thursday (June 6, 2013) morning.
He was born October 22, 1939 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Anthony and Elizabeth Herzing Frey.
On May 16, 1964 in Rich Valley Wesleyan Church he married the late Carol Jordan Frey.
Mr. Frey served with the National Guard for over 8 years. He retired from Stackpole Carbon where he worked for over 42 years. He enjoyed his weekly outings with his daughter-in-law to the Cabin Kitchen where he would enjoy his friends company and to the Aroma Cafe' for open mic night. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Daughter: Michele, Mrs. Don Barton, Jr., Enola, PA
Daughter: Tammy Marchini, New York
Son: Randy and his wife Kim, Emporium
Son: Rick Frey, Emporium
12 Grandchildren anad 2 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Mary Petrucelli, Virginia
Sister: Virginia Ray, Florida
Brother: James Frey, Bradford
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Anthony and Elizabeth Herzing Frey
Wife: Carol Jordan Frey who died June 3, 2005
2 Brothers: Jack and Lawrence "Junie" Frey
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home
207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Sunday (June 9, 2013) at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jason Claydon, Pastor, Rich Valley Wesleyan Church, officiating.
Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday from 5-8 PM. Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium.
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Annual Snake Hunt June 8-9 2013 @ The Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

Annual Snake Hunt June 8-9 2013 @  The Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

JUNE 7 - 6:00 p.m. Snake Hunt registration at Pit area
 JUNE 8 - 7:00 a.m. Snake Hunt Registration (Must attend Seminar before Hunting)

 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Pit – Hands on training for the kids. All ages
 welcome to come in and handle any non venomous snake.
 Question & answer session for the kids.
 Sessions at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
 1:00 p.m. Chicken Barbeque
 5:00 p.m. All snakes must be turned in to be eligible for Saturday trophies
 6:00 p.m. Trophies awarded for Snakes turned in on Saturday
 8:00 p.m. D.J. & Karaoke with Pattie Abbott – 8:00 p.m. – 11: 00 p.m.
 JUNE 9 -7:00 a.m. Pit Opens
 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Pit – Hands on training for the kids. All ages
 welcome to come in and handle any non venomous snake.
 Question & answer session for the kids.
 Sessions at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
 12:00 p.m. Chicken Barbeque
 2:00 p.m. All snakes must be turned into pit
 3:00 p.m. Trophies awarded for overall hunt
 Longest Rattle Snake, 2nd Longest Rattle Snake, Most Rattlers,
 Longest Copperhead, 2nd Longest Copperhead,
 Longest Snake in the Hunt