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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Emporium Garden Club to Deck the Street

Emporium Garden Club to Deck the Street
Emporium Garden Club planning to decorate the business district of the borough in the next few weeks. Business planters, window boxes and the planters at the intersections will be filled with greens donated by Roger and Millie Clark. 
Anyone wishing to help is urged to meet at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office on Monday November 18 at 9am. All materials will be provided. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather, and bring wire snips and pruning shears

Salvatore Fapore

FAPORE, SALVATORE (SAM), age 84, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2013 due to natural causes. Sam was born on March 1, 1929 in Emporium, PA, the second of seven children born to Dominic and Jenny Fapore.
 Sam attended Emporium High School where he played football and basketball. After graduating, Sam enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1948 to 1952. After being honorably discharged, Sam went on to attend the University of Miami where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1956. While attending the University of Miami, Sam grew to appreciate everything South Florida had to offer and decided to put down roots in Miami where he met and married Janet Hellyer Nichols.
In 1956, building on his education and business acumen, Sam became a pioneer in Florida's burgeoning pool enclosure industry. He worked tirelessly for 50 plus years to shape the industry, building the largest and most successful pool and screen enclosure company in the state, Climatrol, Inc. Many of the successful screen companies in existence today can be traced back to Sam's vision and efforts. Sam was both an avid sportsman and sports fan. He was a passionate and long-time supporter of the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins not to mention a seasoned (and highly competitive) golfer.
Sam was a beloved and generous husband, father, grandfather and great grand-father and will be profoundly missed. He was larger than life even in his passing.
 He is survived by his three daughters: Tracy Fapore Graham, Debbie Smith and Lynne T. Williams; two son-in-laws: James Smith and Neil Williams; one daughter-in-law: Carla Travaglini; six grandchildren: Jennifer Williams, Samantha Smith, Alexis Smith, Lacey Peirce, Jessica Daddio and Ryan Fuda; one great-grandchild: Joshua Alan Peirce; two sisters: Angie Colwell and Grace Wright; three brothers: Michael, Dennis and Donnie Fapore.
Sam was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Janet Nichols Fapore, son, Alan Travaglini and sister, Patricia Caton. Services will be held at 1pm on Sunday, November 3rd 2013 at Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacrest Boulevard, Lantana, FL 33462. Following the service, relatives and friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of Sam's life at Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club, 12005 Dunes Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.
Burial will be at St. Mark Cemetery in Emporium, PA.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome at The First Tee Miami (The First Tee Miami, DAGA, 1802 NW 37th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125) and the University of Miami (University of Miami, Advancement Division, Post Office Box 248073, Coral Gables, Florida 33124 or

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat will be held Thursday evening, October 31st from 6 - 8 pm in Emporium.
Trick or Treaters may gather at the Sinnemahoning Firehall at 5pm for a hayride and treats at 5:30.  Trick or Treating will follow after these events.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner For John Major

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner For John Major
Saturday, November 2, 2013
4:00pm until 7:00pm
Emporium CMA Church
1284 Sizerville Road, Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834
To help support John C Major and Juneann Major. We are trying to help raise money to lessen the expense of transportation and medical needs through their new challenge.
The prices will be $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for kids 10 and under. Also if anyone would be interested in making a dessert please let me know so we know what all we will have!   Thank you and God Bless!!

We will be doing deliveries for her in town. Anyone interested in getting a delivery PlZ contact me ASAP. We will be delivering meals here in local area around 6PM Saturday

Found: Nikon Camera Lens

Attention all runners in last weeks Sinnamahone Race
Found:  a Nikon camera lens cover at the Logue Run vista on Ridge Road .
If you know of the owner, please email

Monday, October 28, 2013


BENEZETTE – The Keystone Elk Country Alliance and other area businesses are offering a $3,800 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for shooting a 5x5 bull elk in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 15.

2014 Military Banner Program

Only 9 spots remain for our military banner program!! But there's still time - sponsor yours today! Contact me at 814-486-0583 or by email at if you have any questions or need an application! So excited!! 

 The Sylvan Heritage Council is embarking upon a MILITARY BANNER PROGRAM, to honor men and women with ties to Cameron County, Pennsylvania who went on to serve their country in a branch of the armed forces. The striking banners (see actual image below) below) will be a highly visible tribute to these dedicated individuals who bravely served (or continue to serve) our nation. The 28” x 60” double-sided banners will feature a black and white photograph of the serviceman, his or her name, branch of service, dates of service, conflict involved in (if applicable), and sponsor’s name.

Beginning early in 2014, they will proudly hang from borough streetlights, lining the streets of our beautiful town. Sponsor a banner for $200 and show your gratitude for and pride in your own military hero! The number of banners being sold is limited – reserve your spot today! Deadline for Submissions is November 1, 2013

Gibbs Aroma Cafe

Only 5 days left to buy a chance! There will also be 3 winners for a pumpkin roll, and 2 winners for a dozen cinnamon rolls, made by Joan Wolfel..thank you for donating these!
Come to the cafe and buy a chance to win a 1/4 sheet, 1/2 sheet or 10 inch round cake of your choice. Chances are $1.00 each and all proceeds will go to the family of John Major, who is currently fighting Multiple Myeloma, to help with medical expenses. The winner will be drawn on November 1st. The flavor of your cake is your choice, and can be made for any occasion during the months of November or December.

Baguba Meeting and Election of Officers

There will be a mandatory meeting for all JO Baguba wrestlers and their parents on Monday, November 4 at 5:30 PM in the CCHS cafeteria. This meeting will also be the final opportunity to sign up for JO wrestling for those unable to make it to the previous sign up sessions. Regular practices will begin on Wednesday, November 6 and will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 in the CCHS wrestling room.
At the beginning of the meeting on November 4, The Baguba Club will hold it's annual election of officers. Anyone in the community interesting in being an officer is welcome to attend the beginning of the parent meeting to participate in elections for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Fundraising Director. You must be present at the meeting to be elected to one of these positions. Please consider being part of this worthwhile organization responsible for supporting and promoting youth wrestling in Cameron County.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

HALLOWEEN PARTY @ Weebulls Steakhouse In Driftwood

HALLOWEEN PARTY @ Weebulls Steakhouse In Driftwood

John smith. One man acoustic band Saturday the 26th!   9~1

Prizes awarded for costumes! Dress up dress down. Come have some fun!

Rails to Trails to Benefit Emporium Businesses

Rails to Trails to Benefit Emporium Businesses
St Marys Snowmobile Association and Cameron County Chamber of Commerce working together to give Emporium businesses the most exposure when the West Creek Rails to Trails opens.  Two welcome signs will be installed at the entrance to the borough.  Those signs will list the names of businesses in the community.
“An added benefit for the businesses along the trail, will be the installation of directional signs to specific businesses”, says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak.  Signs with the business names and arrows will be installed on the split rail fence that will enclose the trail through Emporium.  At each  business the fencing will be open so travelers will have easy access .  Work is anticipated to begin on the trail over the next few weeks.  The black bridge at the western end of town is finished and available for use.   
Any businesses interested in the program should contact the chamber office in the next few days, as signs will be ordered by the first of November.

Cameron County to Tackle Bath Salts


Cameron County to Tackle Bath Salts 

Emporium Borough Police Officer in Charge Matt Siple will present a community program on the apparent drug of choice in Cameron County, bath salts. The free program will be held Wednesday November 13   at 7pm at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department.  

Siple has spoken to various groups throughout the county, recanting the number of needles found in one recent drug arrest and others picked up along the streets by municipal workers. Bath salts can be injected, snorted, or smoked. Siple plans to discuss the history of the drug, why it is hard to identify and what the police department has been doing to curb its use in Cameron County.

Reservations Accepted for Christmas in the Wild

Reservations Accepted for Christmas in the Wild
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center gearing up for  Christmas in the Wilds Friday and Saturday December 13 & 14.  The weekend begins with the Holiday House Tour benefitting the Cameron County Fireworks.  The chamber office is now taking suggestions for homes to tour.  Contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314.
Saturday the day dawns with breakfast with Santa at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department benefitting the Auxiliary.  Vendors will be set up along the streets selling ready to give gifts and warm items to eat!  Vendors are reminded that they must register with the chamber office to prevent duplication of items and can call anytime to reserve a spot.  “Several organizations have already selected food items and are assigned locations,” according to the Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the chamber.  The fee is $10.00 per spot.
Any organization wishing to host an event in conjunction with Christmas with the Wilds is asked to contact the chamber, so both events can be advertised simultaneously. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Aroma Cafe and Restaurant

Aroma Cafe and Restaurant
Come to the cafe and buy a chance to win a 1/4 sheet, 1/2 sheet or 10 inch round cake of your choice. Chances are $1.00 each and all proceeds will go to the family of John Major, who is currently fighting Multiple Myeloma, to help with medical expenses. The winner will be drawn on November 1st. The flavor of your cake is your choice, and can be made for any occasion during the months of November or December.

Greta M. Erickson

Greta M. Erickson, 63, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Sunrise Acres, Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Sunday (October 20, 2013) evening.
She was born July 3, 1950 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of Marguerite Ginther Munsell, Emporium and the late William Harry "LeRoy" Munsell
Mrs. Erickson graduated from Cameron County Hig School in the class of 1968. Years ago Greta worked at Sylvania and at Tau Electronics.
 She battled multiple sclerosis for over 34 years.
Daughter: Kelley Erickson, Brooklyn, NY
Brother: Bill Munsell, Emporium Brother: Don Munsell and his wife Diane, Austin
Preceded in Death By
Father: William Harry "LeRoy" Munsell
Private Funeral Service Barnett Funeral Home
207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Philip W. Sanders, Pastor First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
There will be No Visitation.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Gary W. Brown

Gary W. Brown, 73, of 5847 Beechwood Rd., Emporium died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys on Sunday (October 20, 2013) morning.
He was born January 25, 1940 in Ridgway, PA a son of the late Guy A. William "Bill" and Louise Gibbs Brown.
On November 30, 1957 in Brookville, PA he married Judith Pendleton Brown, who survives.
He attended Cameron County High School. He was the owner of B&B Tool and Die until he retired. Currently, he owned Lake Clear Creek Deer and Fish Farm. Gary also served as a deputy for the PA Fish and Game Commission for 30 years and was a member of the PA Deer Association. Gary was an avid hunter, fisherman and Steelers fan.
In addition to his wife Judith Pendleton Brown
Son: James "Jim" Brown, Emporium
Daughter: Tracy Brown Steffer, Emporium
Daughter: Wendy and her husband Ken Chu, Fenton, MI
Daughter: Stacy Vogwell and her husband Jerry, Schnecksville, PA
6 Grandchildren: Susan and Bobby Steffer, Anthony, Jamie Gerg, Mason & Austin Vogwill
3 Great Grandchildren: Rileigh, McKenna Calabrese & Rileigh Roesch
Sister: Mary "Sis" Burton, Salem, VA
Sister: Peggy Schneider and husband Carl "Spike", Ridgway
Brother: Barry Brown and his wife Donna, Emporium
Step-brother: William "Bill" Brown, Cory, PA
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Guy A. William "Bill" and Louise Gibbs Brown
2 Sisters: Anna Reed and Jeanette Brown in infancy
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (October 23, 2013) from 2:00-4:00 PM, followed by the Funeral & Committal Services at 4 PM with Father Matt Ryan, Rector, officiating.
Burial will be in the Brown Family Farm, Emporium, Pennsylvania
Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Flu Shots @ Emporium Pharmacy

Flu shots available at Emporium Pharmacy!
 No appointment needed.  Stop in at
Emporium Pharmacy
 105 E. 4th St.
 Emporium, PA 15834
Phone Phone #: (814) 486-1110

Prescription Department Hours:
 Weekdays 9AM - 6PM
 Saturdays 9AM - 2PM
 Closed Sundays
Pharmacy Front End Hours:
 Weekdays 9AM - 6PM
 Saturdays 9AM - 2PM
 Closed Sundays

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tips for Viewing the Sinnemahone 50K

Tips for Viewing the Sinnemahone 50K
Nearly 80 racers will tackle the Sinnemahone 50K on Saturday October 19.  The race will begin at 7:30 am from the intersection of West Creek Rails to Trails and South Broad Street in Emporium.  A 10 hour limit has been imposed on the event which will lead trail runners over more than 33 miles. 
The course includes DCNR trails throughout the Elk State Forest.  The boundaries include Route 120 to Ridge Road from Salt Run to the Emporium Country Club.  Because of the rugged terrain viewing opportunities are limited, but organizers offer a few tips on vantage areas. No streets in Emporium will be closed, but spectators can line the West Creek Rails to Trails from the start/finish line at the intersection of South Broad and West Creek Rails to Trails east to the caboose near Route 120.  Parking is available at the Cameron County Little League Complex and Buttonwood Restaurant and Motel where participants will start the first climb.  The entire course totals a 4,000 foot climb.  To catch runners nearing the halfway point, Ridge Road Vistas provide ample parking and a safe area to pull off the road. 

Emergency personnel will be stationed throughout the course.  A total of six aid stations will be equipped with volunteers with first aid training, and food and beverages for participants.  During the event spectators are urged not to park on the course, or block gated roads.  Pets are discouraged and no runners are allowed to accept aid from spectators.  Cheering is strongly encouraged!

A medal and trophy ceremony will be held at 6pm at the pavilion near the start/finish line.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Spend Time with the Birds

Spend Time with the Birds
The Sinnemahone 50k may be a bit too far to run, but Saturday October 19 when runners take off after Jim Kempher blasts his cannon, Mark Johnson will lead a group on a bird walk. The free event will begin at 8:00 am at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office. Participants will carpool to Cameron County High School.
Walkers will explore the nature hike that begins at the Cameron County High School and travel along a stream for about one mile. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars and enjoy a relaxing walk! While it is not necessary to RSVP, participants are encouraged to contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Sinnemahone 50K More than a Trail Run

It began as an idea almost two years ago,  an endurance trail run using the Elk State Forest.  This Saturday, October 19 that idea becomes a reality and the day has blossomed into a “something for everyone” Saturday.

At 7:30am almost 80 runners will begin a 10 hour race when Emporium native Jim Kempher fires off his cannon.  The start of the race is at the intersection of the West Creek Rails to Trails and South Broad Street.  The inaugural run involves more than 30 volunteers who will man aid stations and provide emergency response if necessary.

Thirty minutes later a group of bird watchers will meet at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Office.  That group will take a one mile walk with Emporium native Mark Johnson.  Johnson is a noted bird enthusiast and has led numerous groups on expeditions across Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile along North and South Broad Street and East and West Fourth Street vendors will be setting up their tables to turn downtown Emporium into a Fall Flea Market.  Items for sale will include antiques, clothing, food, candles and many merchants will host sidewalk sales.

Lunch will be available in the Zito Media Parking lot on South Broad Street, and music will be provided by the Down County Country Boys starting at 1:00PM.  They will be performing  in the pavilion on South Broad Street.

The first finishers are expected to cross the finish line in the early afternoon.  Participants will be treated to lunch by Pizza Palace Plus and a massage by Marsha Hendrickson.  The public is invited to congratulate the finishers and learn how they train for such a grueling event.

At 5:00pm Cameron County Fireworks will dump the ducks for the Firequacker Duck Derby off the South Broad Street Bridge.  More than 600 yellow quackers have been adopted for the race.  The first three finishers will win cash.  Spectators are encouraged to gather on the bridge or at the finish line in South Park.

The day will finish with an awards ceremony on South Broad Street, where wooden medallions will be presented to finishers and those with the top times will be given trophies. 

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is serving as host for all the activities and questions or those wishing to participate in any of the activities should contact the office at 814-486-4314.

Emporium Garden Club Welcomes Carol Harlos

Carol Harlos known as the Herb Lady will be at the Emporium Garden Club meeting Saturday October 26 at the parish hall of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Harlos enjoys turning her garden into food and going beyond canning   The food for the meeting will be prepared using Harlos recipes!
Harlos has developed recipes for everything from no-knead bread, dips, pasta and ice cream. If you plan to attend the cost is $15.00. RSVP is due by Tuesday, October 15. You can contact Jill Perry at

Come Find Your Treasures

Come Find Your Treasures
The streets of Emporium will transform into a fall flea market on Saturday October 19.  More than 25 vendors will be selling everything from antiques, clothing, candles and Scentsy projects!  Many of the stores along Fourth Street will host sidewalk sales including Flowers N Things, Emporium Pharmacy, , Buy and Sell Shop, and Wheaton Gun Supply. 
Members of three churches will host inside sales.  They include First Baptist Church on Broad Street, and on Fourth Street the First Presbyterian and First United Methodist Churches.Many of the vendors will set up in time for the start of the Sinnemahone 50K at 7:30am.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cameron County Food Pantry October Distribution

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, October 23, 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.

BAGUBA Junior Olympic Wrestling Sign-Ups

BAGUBA Junior Olympic Wrestling Sign-Ups will be held October 22 and 23, 2013, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Cameron County High School Cafeteria. 
 All children attending school, Kindergarten through age 14, are welcome! 
 Please bring current insurance information.  Questions may be sent to
or call Kerry Etchepare at 486-2143

Saturday, October 12, 2013

CCHS Marching Band @ Flaming Foliage Festival

CCHS Marching Band @ Renova today for the Flaming Foliage Festival.
  Another wonderful performance.
  Always a great looking band.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Governor In Town Today

Governor Tom Corbett will make a visit to our region on Friday, Oct. 11
The public is invited to the Cabin Kitchen Restaurant in Emporium from 8 to 9 a.m

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Artist of the Month

Cameron County artist and former Austin teacher, Gloria McIsaac is the artist of the month for October.  McIsaac has a unique story regarding her rise to a jewelry artist.  Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center offered jewelry making classes and Gloria was always a student.  One day McIsaac appeared at the Artisan Center asking if the staff thought her jewelry would sell?  The rest is history!
McIsaac prefers natural stones to highlight her bracelets and necklaces and they are attracting the attention of repeat customers.  McIsaac not only sells her items at the Artisan Center but also at various shows throughout the PA Wilds.
The Artisan Center is open Monday through Friday 10am-4pm Tuesday nights 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

George R. Overly

George R. Overly, 85, of DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois, PA formerly of Emporium and Stahlstown, PA died at DuBois Nursing Home in DuBois on Tuesday (October 8, 2013) morning.
He was born      February 8, 1928 in Donegal, PA a son of the late Isaac and Ivy Shawley Overly.
On October 11, 1952 in Maryland he married Elizabeth Cramer Overly.
Mr. Overly served with the US Army during WW II. He worked for many years a as a truck driver.

In addition to Elizabeth Cramer Overly
Son: Randy Overly, Sinnemahoning
Daughter: Cathy, Mrs. Dimas Robles, Somerset
Daughter: Betty Overly, Emporium
Daughter: Lori Afionis, Emporium
12 Grandchildren and Several Great Grandchildren
Sister: Ruth, Mrs. Dale Roadman, Latrobe
Sister: Helen Roadman, Stahlstown, PA
Brother: William Overly, Mt. Pleasant, PA
Brother: Don Overly and his wife Thelma, Latrobe
Sister: Dolores Ross, Stahlstown, PA

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: Isaac and Ivy Shawley Overly
Daughter: Connie Overly who died July 10, 2013
Two Sons: Donald and George "Rick" Overly
5 Brothers: Domer, Charles, Isaac, Sam and Glenn Overly
Sister: Dorothy Fisher

 There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Deeper Waters Ministries 37 West Fifth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (October 14, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Porch Cemetery, Stahlstown, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements

Sunday, October 6, 2013

First Fork Festival to be held at Sinnemahoning

  You will be able to celebrate all that is special about the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley at the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Oct. 12

 Hosted by Sinnemahoning State Park and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, the festival features area authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Selected members of the PA Wilds Artisans will be displaying hand-made products, ranging from glass, fiber, wood and stone, to paintings, jewelry, photography and specialty foods.  Festivalgoers can watch the artists at work while shopping for gifts or just admiring the local talent.  Additional artisan products and Sinnemahoning State Park merchandise will also be available in the Wildlife Center Gift Shop.
Two area authors will be featured hearthside in the Wildlife Center.  Ralph Harrison of Dents Run and well-known for his writings on elk and wildlife, will sign copies of his newest book, “Quehanna: the Blemished Jewel Restored,” a historical account of the Quehanna Wild Area and the forest he calls home.
David Orlowski of Austin will be signing his new book, “The Adventures of Buck Bodean,” a story of a mountain man surviving the early years of the First Fork and Sinnemahoning Valley region.  Both authors will be available throughout the festival to sign books and answer questions.
The highlight of the festival is “One Hundred Years of Elk in Pennsylvania,” a performance by Van Wagner, an award-winning educator and musician.  Asked by Pennsylvania Game Commission to promote the 100th anniversary of the elk restoration in Pennsylvania, Wagner has created a multimedia program that tells the story of the elk’s comeback and celebrates the state’s rural heritage, a fascinating performance that entertains and educates audiences of all ages.
The Merry Music Makers of Emporium kick off the festival with musical entertainment at 1 p.m., followed by a presentation by author, David Orlowski at 2:30 p.m.  Wagner’s performance will begin at 3 p.m.
Food and beverages will be offered by local vendors and non-profit organizations including chicken corn soup by the Cameron County Fireworks Committee, God’s Country Kettle Corn by Lou Karija of Austin, and an assortment of bottled drinks for sale by Boy Scout Troop 524 of Austin.
This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township.
For a schedule of festival events or for more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact Kim Lott, Environmental Education Specialist, at 814-647-8401 ext. 106 or by email at  An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.  With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Food Bank Collection Sunday

The second Sunday of every month is Cameron County Community 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 Community Food Pantry is a ministry provided by the Cameron County Ministerial Association

October Programs @ Sinnemahoning State Park

The Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a variety of environmental programs and activities in October.

Leaves & Lunch Pontoon Boat Program
Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
At the George B. Stevenson Reservoir, join Sinnemahoning State Park staff for an afternoon pontoon boat ride on the lake, as we take a look at the colors of fall and the natural processes that cause this dramatic change.  Enjoy lunch on the boat, complete with tablecloths and music, surrounded by the blazing colors of autumn in the Pennsylvania Wilds.  Program fee of $20 per person includes a catered lunch.  Pre-registration is required.  Limit of 12 people.  To register for the program or for more information, please call the park office.

Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

At the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, volunteers are invited to please join us for a Volunteer Work Day at Sinnemahoning.  Projects will include construction of a bird-feeding station, and butterfly and rain garden maintenance.  No experience is necessary; all you need is a willingness to lend a hand.  Bring a friend!  All volunteers, groups or individuals are welcome to help out.  Volunteers must have parental consent to participate if they’re 17 years old and under.  Lunch will not be provided, but refreshments will be available.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  Please bring along a water bottle and work gloves if you have them.  Pre-registration is requested.

The Haunted Halloween Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park
Friday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
At the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, you are invited to come for a BOO-tiful autumn celebration! The spirited evening begins with Halloween crafts and games for younger children and their families in the Wildlife Center classroom from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., followed by a kid-friendly version of the haunted trail from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.  After dark, the spookiness begins and the trail opens for older children and adults.    Watch for ghosts, ghouls and goblins and some scary native critters, too!  Bring a flashlight to help light your way. Before and after the trail, everyone can relax and enjoy light refreshments and live music by the Down County Country Boys Band at the Wildlife Center. Please call the park office for more information and a schedule of events for this free, family program.

For more information about these programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact Kim Lott, Environmental Education Specialist, at 814-647-8401 ext. 106 or by email at  An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.  With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.


Duane A. Ostrum

Duane A. Ostrum, 67, of 832 Old North Creek Rd., Emporium died at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois on Friday (October 4, 2013) night.
He was born      September 14, 1946 in St. Marys a son of the late Wesley S. and Thelma Robinson Ostrum.

 On September 9, 1969 in Emporium he married Leona Fink Ostrum, who survives.
Mr. Ostrum graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1964. He served with the US Army during Vietnam Era from 1966 to 1968. Duane worked over 20 years at Pennsylvania Pressed Metals in Emporium. He was a member of the Emporium Lodge #382, F. and A.M. and the Coundersport Consistory. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and was an avid reader.

In addition to his wife Leona Fink Ostrum
Daughter: Renee Riley, Ridgway
Son: Duane O. Ostrum and his wife Nancy, Boise, ID
Son: Shawn Ostrum, Emmitt, ID
6 Grandchildren: Kylie, Breanna, Logan, Jordan, William & Wesley
3 Great Grandchildren: Kobe, Owen and Matthew
Brother: Wesley Osrtrum and his wife Abigail, Emporium

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: Wesley S. and Thelma Robinson Ostrum
Sister: Marlene Ostrum Rupp
Brother: Jerry in infancy
Nephews: Brian and Clinton Ostrum

 Private services will be at the convenience of the family.
There will be No Visitation.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner


Thursday, October 3, 2013

23rd Autumn Festival Saturday, October 5th

Join in  for the 23rd Autumn Festival!  The Festival will be held from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 5th at Sizerville State Park.  This annual event is a well known favorite for many people in the area. Come and celebrate these old time skills and crafts is a fun filled day for all.
There will be make n' take crafts for the kids plus demonstrators and vendors on hand.

Flu Shot Clinic October 5th


Sinnemahone 50K Coincides with opening of Antlerless Muzzleloader Season

Organizers of the Sinnemahone 50K announcing the trails that will be used during the inaugural Sinnemahone 50K trail run on Saturday, October 19.  The object of the advanced notice is to let hunters know that there will be increased activity in and around the following trails in the Elk State Forest and neighboring forested areas of Cameron County. 
The trails included in the Sinnemahone 50K include Steam Mill Road, Mowray Trail, Chicago Springs, Wiley Trail, Bucktail Path, pipeline that parallels  Ridge Road, McNuff Road, Ridge Road from intersections of Stillhouse and Steam Mill Road, Chicago Springs,  Barr Hollow, and Rock Run.  Staff will be marking the trails beginning Monday October 14.   Saturday October 19 more than 70 runners plus emergency personnel will be on the trails from 7am-6pm. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dorothy J. Pifer

Dorothy J. Pifer, 91, of Clearfield, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Clearfield Hospital.

Ms. Pifer was born June 12, 1922 in Clearfield, the daughter of Amon W. and Myrtle (Green) Pifer.

She had owned a Taxi Cab business in Emporium.

Ms. Pifer was a member of the Mt. Joy United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two nieces; Mary Beth Sellers of Dauphin, PA and Jacqueline Brandt.

Ms. Pifer was the last member of her generation having been preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Grace E. Sellers.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., of Clearfield with Pastor Kenneth Leonard officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Joy Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of services.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Joy United Methodist Church, 1727 Mt. Joy Road, Clearfield, PA 16830.

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On a personal note, I do remember 'Dot' as a friend of my fathers, she was fondly known around town with the nickname of "Slugger'