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Friday, January 31, 2014

Esther's Place

Food For The Soul, Soup For The Soul

Esther’s house is located behind the Emporium First United Methodist Church Parking Lot.. It is here we offer to the community “Second Harvest” food program and distribute groceries every Monday at 4 pm, this program is known as “Food for the Souls”.

We additionally, offer a community meal on Tuesday evenings (Soup for the Soul) at 5 to 6:30 pm,  this too is free of charge. All days of distribution or meals are subject to change due to weather and holidays. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are also welcome. Sign up sheets are located on site, or you may call the office at 486-0849.

Esther’s also offers certain times a year “Financial Peace University” a Dr. Dave Ramsey program, which is a Christian program to teach financial wellness this is usually held on Thursday evenings at Esther’s.


Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

Corn distribution will be held on these Saturdays - February 1, 8, 22  at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club.

The Sinnemahoning Coyote Hunt will be held February 14 - 16th.
Call 814-546-2835 for details. 


Emporium Woman In Jail

Erie Police have released the names of two people arrested for the robbery of the Citizen's Bank at 3835 Peach street Thursday afternoon.

Jessica Lynn Grovanz from Emporium Pa. is  29 years old she is charged with- Receiving stolen property, Possession of a controlled substance, Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Aaron Edward Carpenter from  Erie Pa is 40 years old and is charged with- Robbery, Theft by unlawful taking, Receiving stolen property.

The two are currently in the Erie County Prison. 


Richard S. "Rich" LaBrozzi

Richard S. "Rich" LaBrozzi, 60, of Bradford, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Born December 29, 1953 in St. Mary's he was a son of the late Richard E. and Emma (Gentile) LaBrozzi.
On January 29, 1977 in Morgantown, WV, he married Debbie (Galford) LaBrozzi who survives.

Rich was a 1971 graduate of Cameron County High School, in Emporium and received his Bachelors of Science in Forestry in 1976 from West Virginia University.
His entire career was spent in forest management, working in West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania.

Rich was very active in Bradford youth baseball. He served as President for the McKean Little League for nine years, and was an assistant varsity baseball coach at Bradford Area High School for eight years. Rich was Vice President of the Italian Festival Committee. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fly fishing.

Surviving in addition to his wife Debbie of 37 years are three sons: Justin LaBrozzi, of Pittsburgh, Brandon (Cara) LaBrozzi, of  Greensburg, Ryan (Paige) LaBrozzi, of Valencia, one sister, Bonnie K. Faraglia, of Pittsburgh, one brother, David A. (Amie) LaBrozzi, of Glen Rock PA, one niece, Harper LaBrozzi and one nephew, Elijah LaBrozzi.

Friends will be received on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from noon to 3:00pm and 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., Bradford.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mark's Cemetery in Emporium.

It was Rich's request that memorials, if desired, be made to the Italian Festival Committee, 1 Festival Way, Bradford, PA 16701, to help support their local charitable endeavors.

Online condolences may be made at


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cameron County Resident Takes The Plunge

Clearfield YMCA's annual Winter Family Festival was held at Parker State Dam this past weekend.  One of the popular events held every year is the Polar Bear swim.

 This year, Cameron County had a brave participant in the swim which was held on Sunday, January 25th. Georgette Bardo was among the those who took the plunge in the ice cold water. Despite the freezing temperatures, Georgette said it wasn't really that bad.

 Included below is a picture of  her after exiting the ice cold water!  Brrrrrrrrrr !!

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Kevin J. Brooks

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Kevin J. Brooks, 52, of 550 Meadow Rd., Emporium died at his residence on Sunday (January 26, 2014) morning.
He was born December 11, 1961 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Ottley and Dorothy Schmoker Brooks.

On December 8, 2009 in Coudersport he married Diana Bodnar Brooks, who survives.
Mr. Brooks graduated from Cameron County High School. He had worked at Olivett's Grocery Store for over 33 years and also was a paper carrier in Emporium for the Bradford Era delivering papers on his bicycle for over 10 years. Kevin had a kind heart, a gentle spirit and was a very reserved man. He loved his cats.

Wife: Diana Bodnar Brooks
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Ottley and Dorothy Schmoker Brooks

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (February 3, 2014) at 12:00 PM with Rev. Jeremy Caskey, Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Keating Cemetery, Keating, PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

February A.B.A.T.E meeting

The next  scheduled A.B.A.T.E meeting will be held   Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Sterling Run Tavern at 1 PM

State:  In January the L & L Seminar January 25th and 26th will be held in Harrisburg at the Holiday Inn in Grantville.  Get your reservation in. 

Can't make it to the Leadership & Legislative Seminar this weekend?
That doesn't mean you have to miss out on the seminar's Panel Discussion!

PCN TV has confirmed that it will videotape the Panel Discussion, held on Friday evening, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
It will be broadcast on PCN TV on Saturday at 2:00 PM, and again on Tuesday evening at 8:30 PM. It may play at other times,but these are the two confirmed times. The PCN TV web site lists the On-Line and TV schedule.

 The Panel Discussion participants include members of PennDOT, the PA State Police, members of the Pennsylvania Legislature, the American Motorcyclist Association, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
 The Panel Discussion provides an opportunity for L&L participants to ask questions of the panel, and have the collective group of experts provide answers.

.B.A.T.E is the "Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education". It is an organization of motorcyclists dedicated to the protection of the individual rights of motorcyclists through political change, public education, and charitable works. ABATE is active in the elimination of unfair legislation as it concerns motorcyclists; promoting motorcycle safety through both motorist and rider education; and improving the image of motorcyclists to the general public.

ABATE's goal and purpose is to keep motorcyclists, members, and the public informed, to promote safe riding habits, and to encourage favorable legislation for motorcyclists. This is accomplished through a monthly newsletter, e-mail alerts, safety & education programs, working with the state and federal legislators, and voter registration promotion.

Since 1983, A.B.A.T.E. has represented the interests of motorcyclists riding Pennsylvania's roads. Through a variety of programs, A.B.A.T.E. is working to protect and preserve the rights of over 800,000 licensed motorcyclists


Retailers: Do You Know What Drug Users Want From Your Store?

Retailers:  Do You Know What Drug Users Want From Your Store?
Retailers in Cameron County have contacted the chamber of commerce with questions regarding items that those using illegal drugs may purchase or steal to aide them in the use of the drugs.  “In two cases, the retailers have noticed that items are missing from their shelves,”  says executive director Tina Johns Solak.  Those facts have spearheaded a free seminar to be held at the chamber office. 
Emporium Police Chief Matt Siple confirms he has heard similar stories about silverware and plumbing fixtures stolen from businesses.  Siple will oversee the meeting with retailers on Tuesday February 4 at 6pm at the chamber office.  “Information on how retailers can prevent theft and establishing a line of communication with the police department regarding suspicious activity is the goal of the meeting,” according to Johns Solak.
Anyone wishing more information is asked to contact either the Emporium Police Department or Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office.


Use Chamber Bucks Like Cash

Use Chamber Bucks Like Cash
In December almost $3,000.00 worth of Chamber Bucks were purchased.  The gift certificates spend like cash at any of the chamber member locations on the back of the gift certificate.  If you are in a business and see the sample gift certificate you know they accept them same as cash.
If you frequent a business and would like them to get involved with the program, call the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office and we will make the contact.  Chamber Buck gift certificates are available at the chamber office in any denomination.  An envelope is included and no extra fees are charged.
Chamber Bucks promote shopping locally!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

D. Bruce Cahilly, Esquire

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ULYSSES, PA – D. Bruce Cahilly, Esquire, 74, of Ulysses passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Born December 7, 1939 in Camden, NJ, he was a son of Glen Moylan Cahilly and Ruth McDonough Cahilly.  He was also the husband of Chyrl L. Boyd, whom he married on June 10, 2010 in Ulysses, PA.
Bruce believed strongly in the pursuit of lifelong learning.  Unable to complete grade school due to family financial circumstances, he obtained his GED from the Woodrow Wilson Evening School in Camden, NJ. At the same time, Bruce worked for the New York Ship Building Corporation, where he obtained the level of 3rd Class Shipfitter during the construction of the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk CVA-63 aircraft supercarrier.  He moved to Potter County in the late 1950s with his parents, and subsequently earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry Science at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1963.  During Bruce’s four years at Virginia Tech, he served in the Corps of Cadets, was a member of the Sash & Sabre Society, the College Journalism Board, the Pi Delta Epsilon fraternity, and the honorary agricultural society known as the Block & Bridle Club.  Bruce went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1966, and served his legal clerkship with the law firm of Mahaley & Duvall in Coudersport, PA.  Upon successfully completing the requirements of admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, Bruce established his own law firm in Coudersport, PA on January 1, 1968.

Bruce was deeply dedicated to serving his community.  He acted as a tireless advocate for many of the county’s governmental and other not-for-profit organizations, served as a loyal member of numerous civic clubs, and provided pro bono legal advice to countless others in need.  Among other roles, Bruce served as Solicitor of Potter County and many of the townships, boroughs and municipal authorities in the area for many years; Solicitor for the Potter County Planning Commission; President of the Potter County Bar Association for two terms; a member and Master of the Fraternal Order of Free & Accepted Masons in Coudersport, PA; Chairman of the Potter County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Chief Advisor of the Potter County Coroner’s Office; a member of the American Eagles Motorcycle Club in Ulysses, PA (holding the cherished post of “Legal Eagle”); a member of the Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, PA; a member of the Coudersport American Legion Potter Post #192; a member of the Coudersport Area Lions Club; a member of the Coudersport Exchange Club (now Coudersport Service Club); and a member of the Brookland Club in Ulysses, PA.  

 Bruce was also active in local, state and national politics and policy in the pursuit of the betterment and welfare of his community.  Among other roles, he served as longtime Chairman of the Potter County Republican Committee; a committee member of the Pennsylvania Board of Health; an appointed member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the 55th Judicial District of Pennsylvania; as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and a member of The Pennsylvania Society not-for-profit organization.
Bruce was also a prolific entrepreneur, and very active in the local business community.  In 1972, he incorporated the family business, DBC Enterprises, Inc., which remains headquartered in Coudersport, PA and is now led by his older son and business partner for more than 25 years, D. Bruce Cahilly II.  In 2008, Bruce partnered in his legal practice with his younger daughter Karen C. Cahilly, Esquire; together, they formed Cahilly & Cahilly Law Offices, also headquartered in Coudersport, PA.  Bruce was also an active member and President of the Coudersport Rotary Club; Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the Grange National Bank of Ulysses (now known as First Citizens Community Bank); and Chairman and CEO of the First National Bank of Genesee.

Bruce is survived by a large and loving family.  In addition to his wife Chyrl, Bruce is survived by his brother Glenn Moylan (Mary) Cahilly of New Tripoli, PA; his sister, Joan A. (Craig) Brown of Durham, NC; his four children: Gael L. Cahilly of Long Island, NY, D. Bruce (Janet) Cahilly II of Emporium, PA, Jason Glen (Beth) Cahilly, Esquire, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and Karen C. Cahilly, Esquire, of Coudersport, PA; his fourteen grandchildren: Amber L. Nardone, Mario M. Nardone, Vincent John Nardone, D. Giovanni Nardone, D. Bruce Cahilly III, Aubrey M. Cahilly, J. Alexander Cahilly, Caroline E. Cahilly, Glen Moylan Cahilly, Lundeen B. Cahilly, Paige E. Espenshade, Sarah Espenshade, Julian Smith, and Aristotle A. Smith; his great-grandson, Darren M. Nardone; and many nieces and nephews.  Bruce also is survived by his six step-children: Shannon L. (Doug) Eckert of Coudersport, PA; Greg P. (Megan) Gooch of Manhattan, NY; Jarratt J. (Melanie) Gooch of Cranberry, PA; Jayson B. Gooch of Coudersport, PA; Major Jill R. (Corey) Moss, currently serving with the U.S. Army in Kansas; and Sydney D. Darrin of Coudersport, PA; as well as nine step-grandchildren and a step-great-granddaughter.  Bruce was predeceased by his parents and his nephew, Frank Rojs.

Friends may call on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Coudersport, PA.  A memorial service will follow at 2 pm with the Rev. David Minor, Sr., officiating.  In addition, all are welcome to attend a wake held in Bruce’s honor and in celebration of his fun-loving approach to life, starting at 7:00 pm at the Coudersport American Legion.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family.  Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post 693, P.O. Box 236, Ulysses, PA 16948; the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Heritage AFlame Ministries, 198 Salt Rising Road, Bolivar, NY 14715.  


Saturday, January 25, 2014

United States Army Field Band Coming to Emporium

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United States Army Field Band Coming to Emporium


Cameron County Chamber of Commerce sponsoring the United States Army Field Band this spring.  On Saturday March 22 at 7pm The Volunteers will present a free concert at Cameron County High School Auditorium. 
From Boston to Bombay, Tokyo to Toronto, the United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades.  As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad.  Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.
 Its members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America.  More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”
 Tickets will be required for the event and available starting February 14 at various locations throughout Cameron County.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Ridgway Alert

Benezette Hotel Customer Appreciation Party

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Don't miss out on the Benezette Hotel Customer Appreciation Party, this Friday, Jan 24th, always a great time with great friends (old and new). All are welcome!

  On the menu is: Shrimp, Crab Legs, Slow Roasted Pork Chops, Garlic Chicken, Matt's Pizza Bread and BBQ Meatballs. There's always something going on.

 Here's some of our/local upcoming events: February 2nd - Benezette Hotel's Superbowl Party, details coming soon February 14th - Benezette Hotel's Valentine's Day Party - Great Dinner Specials for that special someone, along with some fun at the bar! February 14th -16th Sinnemahoning Coyote Hunt - Great food Specials all weekend at the Benezette Hotel February 21st - 23rd Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt -

 Again, great food specials all weekend at the Benezette Hotel Many local businesses are open year round, especially on the weekends, And the Elk are everywhere this time of year, so plan a trip.
 Hope to see you soon


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rotary Wine & Cheese Tickets

The Rotary Wine & Cheese tickets are now on sale. $30.00 this year. See Rebecca Pasquinelli to purchase. Not many left. Date is February 22nd.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Youth Ice Fishing Event @ Bucktail Rod and Gun Club

The Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activity group is  partnering with Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and planning our Youth Ice fishing event.
It will be Saturday January 25th from 10am-2pm at Bucktail Rod and Gun Club pond.

Ages 17 and under can attend and must be with an adult.

All Pa. Fish and Boat rules and regulations apply. We will have volunteers to help and share their equipment. So if you don't have ice fishing equipment come anyway. Pond will be stocked and club house will be open. We will have hots dogs-hot chocolate and coffee.

 Conditions look good now but may have to cancel if ice is unsafe.


Come see Despicable Me 2 on the big screen - FOR FREE!

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Come see Despicable Me 2 on the big screen - FOR FREE!

PTO Family Movie Night: Despicable Me 2
Friday, January 31, 2014  @ 6:00pm
Woodland Elementary LGI

Come see Despicable Me 2 on the big screen - FOR FREE!

 *The LGI holds 120 people. Doors will open at 5:45 pm.
 *Movie snacks will be available for purchase.
 *Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Basic Fire Police Class

Fire Police Class at Station 16

Emporium Fire Department will be providing, in cooperation with Sinnemahoning Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Service, who will be hosting,
a Basic Fire Police Class in February on the 15th and 16th.

 Times will be 8am to 4 pm both days.  Lunch will be served both days.

If interested please let Brandie Sherry know via facebook or home phone 546-9117


Cameron County School Updates

Cameron County School Updates

ALL sporting events will now be held in the High School gym! The gym is open and looks beautiful! Come out and show your Raider Pride!

Winter Keystones will be held as follows
Monday, January 13, 2014, Literature
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Algebra
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Biology
Makeups must be completed by January 24th.

Due to the snow day we had on January 7, 2014, adjustments to the academic calendar are as follows:
2nd Quarter Ends on January 21, 2014
Report Cards will be distributed on January 27, 2014
Make Up Day is February 14, 2014
Parent/Teacher Conferences will still be held on January 30, 2014 from 3:30-5:30.

The community walking program in the high school building is currently in effect on days between 6:00 and 8:00 PM when school is in session from now through March 31, 2014.

Parent/Teacher Conferences for the Cameron County High School and Woodland Elementary will be held on January 30th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. All parents are welcome!

Attention families of active military personnel: If you have someone in your family who graduated from Cameron County High School, and would like their name listed on our military board in school, please email to have the name added.


Decorative Sign Class Set for February

Decorative Sign Class Set for February
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center teaming up with artist Peggy Heckman to offer a sign making class on Saturday February 8.  The three hour class includes instruction on faux finishes and lettering.  Students will create a 21x24 sign that can be hung indoors. 
The cost of the class $40.00 includes all materials.  The class is offered 10am,-1pm.  To register contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314 or register online at


Basket Making Class Set for March

Basket Making Class Set for March
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center offering a basket making class to celebrate the arrival of spring!  Students will have the option of selecting either a Friday or Saturday class on March 21 or 22.  The tall basket will feature a 3-d decorative flower woven into the design taught by basketmaker Judy Leasure.  .
The cost of the class $35.00 includes all materials.  The class is offered 10am,-1pm.  To register contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314 or register online at



Wind chill Advisory In Effect

Wind Chill Advisory issued January 21 at 4:52AM EST until January 22 at 12:00PM EST


Monday, January 20, 2014

Free Week Of Exercise Class

Beginning Monday, Jan 20th, stop in at the Emporium Wellness Center
to enjoy a free week of exercise class.  Barb Grimone will lead the Multi Level and
Toning class. Class begins at 6pm. For more information, please call 486.1321.
Bring a friend & enjoy the week!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cole Memorial Patients Honor Nurse Robin Hammersley

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Cole Memorial Patients Honor Nurse Robin Hammersley
COUDERSPORT, PA-- Cole Memorial recently recognized Robin Hammersley, RN-BSN, of the Home Health Department through the "Honor Your Caregiver" program. The “Honor Your Caregiver” program, sponsored by The Cole Foundation, provides patients and their families the opportunity to show their gratitude to a Cole provider, nurse, therapist, housekeeper, office or any other caregiver who played a special role in their care.
Robin, an Emporium resident, was recognized by one of her patients for giving excellent care and services that exceeded the patient's expectations. In honor of this recognition, The Cole Foundation awarded Robin with a certificate, pin, and letter to share the patient’s comments and appreciation for her service.
Since 2005, Robin has been a part of the Cole Memorial family. She recently earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently working towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
If you've received excellent care and would like to recognize that person through the "Honor Your Caregiver" program, please contact The Cole Foundation at (814) 274-5520.


Borough of Driftwood Water Alert

Water has been restored to the majority of Driftwood Water Company customers. The boil water notice is still in effect (see previous post). The repair of the line will start on Saturday, January 18, 2014. When that is completed, water to the residents that are without, will be restored. Thank you to all of our customers for being patient during this outage.


Borough of Driftwood May Be At Increased Risk From Microbial Contamination.

We routinely monitor the conditions in the distribution system. On January 12,2014 , we experienced a loss of positive water pressure due to a major water leak. A loss of positive water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination t...
o enter the distribution system through back-flow by back-pressure or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

What should I do?

Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water. You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.
Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from
EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.
What happened? What is being done?

The recent cold weather caused one of our distribution system lines to rupture causing a leak which caused portions of the distribution system and the finished water reservoir to be drained. All customers who have lost positive pressure are advised to boil their water when service is restored and continue until the system can be tested to insure that the water in the effected lines meets drinking water safety standards.

We will inform you when all corrective actions have been completed and when you no longer need to boil your water.
For more information, please contact:

Borough of Driftwood
7129 Third Street
Driftwood PA 15832
at 814-546-2698

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by
Borough of Driftwood.

PWS ID#:6120001 Date distributed: January 14, 2014


Monday, January 13, 2014

January PTO Meeting

January PTO Meeting this Wednesday, 1/15/14, 3:30 pm in the elementary library. All are welcome to attend.

(As always, if you are unable to make the meeting but would like the notes forwarded to you, just let us know, via Facebook)


Seeking New Volunteers for Master Well Owner Program

Penn State Extension Seeking New Volunteers for Master Well Owner Program

If you are interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and you are willing to share what you learn with others, you might be interested in applying for one of the Master Well Owner training courses being offered by Penn State Extension in February 2014!

Please click on the below link to be taken to the Penn State Extension website.


Drug Crisis in Cameron County

BATH SALTS & DRUG CRISIS will be the subject of the Parish Council meeting on Thursday, January 16 at 4:30 in O’Connell Hall. 

This informative meeting will be presented by Dan Blust of Life Support Outreach. He will briefly present the scope of the drug condition in Cameron County.   His organization effectively shows that a caring, positive environment can change an addict’s life.

 Maybe this can be a part of St. Mark Care and Concern ministry? A talk on how St. Mark parishioners can help this situation will be discussed. All are invited and encouraged to come to this meeting.         


Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 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


Ila Kay Bush Dolnick

Ila Kay Bush Dolnick, 83, of Clear Creek, Emporium, died Friday, January 10, 2014, at her residence.
Born February 1, 1930 in Clear Creek, she was the daughter of Archie and Fern Hutchison MacKay Bush.  On July 17, 1954 in Bedford, she married Albert L. “Snuffy” Dolnick who died March 15, 2011.
A lifelong resident of Emporium, she was a 1947 graduate of Emporium High School. Kay was employed at the old Cabin Kitchen in the 1940s and later for a short time by Sylvania Electric both in Emporium.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emporium, was a great supporter of the local library, and was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Emporium Country Club. Her life’s passion was cook books, cooking and being in the kitchen.
Mrs. Dolnick is survived by one son, Jeffrey (Mariann) Dolnick of Marietta, Georgia; one daughter, Renata Dolnick of Portland, Oregon; two granddaughters, Abbie (Kelsey) Heuer and Lindsey Dolnick both in Georgia; one sister, Alla Bergstrom of Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Natley Myers and Dawn Mullet and one brother, Tyler Bush.
Friends will be received in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, Friday, January 17 from 5-7 p.m.
Funeral & Committal Services will be held in the First United Methodist Church, Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce Street, or the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E Second Street, both in Emporium, PA 15834


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Camco SPCA

The Camco SPCA is in need of these items.
 Laundry detergent, paper towels, 13 gal. garbage bags, dish soap, bleach, floor cleaner, deodorized cat litter. 

 Please drop off donated items at the kennel located at the bottom of South Mountain Rd. (814)486-0101
Thank you, for your donations to the Cameron Co. SPCA it is greatly appreciated!!!!


Friday, January 10, 2014

MedReturn Box In Emporium

Emporium, PA— Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Pennsylvania and District Attorney Paul Malizia, with the assistance of Emporium Borough Police Chief Matt Siple, with the cooperation of Emporium Borough Council are doing something about it by installing a secure medicine return box in the Emporium Borough Building that will allow people to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously. Currently the Pennsylvania State Police offer drug drop-off programs only two times per year. The new Medreturn box will be available during all normal daytime hours to anyone who wishes to dispose of outdated or unused prescription drugs.

"The best way to avoid the risks of prescription drug abuse, especially for children and teenagers, is to safely dispose of medications when they are unused or expired," said Malizia. "These PA MedReturn drop boxes offer the public a safe, accessible, and convenient alternative to keeping prescription drugs that aren't being used in the home where they can get in the wrong hands or be disposed of in landfills or down the drain where they can end up contaminating the water supply.

The PA MedReturn box was awarded to the Cameron County District Attorney's Office through a grant program made possible by a partnership between the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA initiative.

"Governor Corbett's Healthy PA initiative focuses on ensuring safe and appropriate access to prescription medications," said Gary Tennis, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. "Our goal in creating this program is to provide education opportunities for the public, while reducing drug abuse and dependency."

Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem and has been classified an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In recent years, district attorneys across Pennsylvania have seen an increase in teenage pill parties, driving under the influence, and a dramatic increase in the use of heroin all related to prescription drug addiction.

The PA MedReturn collection box is located on the first floor of the Emporium Borough Building,. The boxes will accept: prescription and over-the-counter solid medications (tablets and capsules); liquid medications, inhalers, creams ointments, nasal sprays; and pet medications. The boxes will NOT accept: intravenous solutions, injectable and needles.

Additional information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to get help for yourself or a loved one is available at
The District Attorney's office would like to thank the Emporium Borough Council and Chief Matt Siple for their cooperation.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014



In October, 2013, HMI (Cathy Ostrum) prepared the grant materials and submitted to a national organization (KABOOM.ORG) headquartered in Washington, DC applying to receive a Community Build Dream Playground for the Prospect Park, Armstrong Memorial, Playground.

We never received anything regarding this grant application, so I called the DC office just 5 minutes ago and she said, "YOU ARE CONFIRMED TO RECEIVE THE $15,000 GRANT."

For some reason we never received the email award notice. She said that happened with one other organization too.

She will resend the notice and then next week we will hear about the online training that will take place showing us next steps and all the particulars.

With this grant we will receive professional help (which we all need haha) in laying out the playground and planning for the build day!! This is such a WONDERFUL opportunity and will see the finish of the equipment purchase for the older kids at Prospect Park. One thing is that we need to have 100 people show up on the build day to complete the installation. We will keep you updated so you can come on out and help us!!

I'll keep you all updated but want to congratulate ALL OF US... for persistence and never giving up on "Keeping the Dream Alive"!!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Live Audio Feeds

Icy conditions this morning, please use caution when traveling !
These links will take you to live audio feeds for Cameron and Elk county. There is also a link for the Cameron live audio feed on the sidebar of this blog. 
Cameron County Police, Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed      Cameron County
Elk County Police/Fire/EMS Live Audio Feed         Elk County

Air Rifle Program

CameronCounty OutdoorYouth Activites
4H/Penn State Ext. Air Rifle program starting this Thursday 1/9/14
 If you haven't got signed up please contact Extension office at 814-486-3350 to do so

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Community Walking Program

Community Walking Program
The community walking program in the Cameron County High school building is currently in effect on days between 6:00 and 8:00 PM when school is in session from now through March 31, 2014.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Tempature Drops Below Zero

The weather is telling us in no uncertain terms, its winter out there !  Around the area, the temperatures have dropped below zero. I can remember a very cold spell back in the '80's, and because of that memory, I just had to look it up.
This link will take you to monthly weather data from January , 1969 - 2008. The year I had in mind was 1984 when the recorded low was - 23 !
Take a look yourself !