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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ambit Meeting

It was not only residential customers who were shocked to open electric bills, but many business owners saw the rates skyrocket.  The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce will host an energy meeting Thursday May 8 6pm. 

Representatives from Ambit Energy will explore options available to commercial and industrial customers in the region.  The meeting is free and  open to members and non-members.  Please RSVP (814-486-4314) at the chamber office to reserve your seat.  


Retail and Restaurants in Emporium Form Group

Retail and Restaurants in Emporium Form Group

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce coordinating an adhoc committee of business owners in the community. “This will put all the retail and restaurant owners in one room to discuss issues, share solutions and learn what products are available,” explains chamber executive director, Tina Johns Solak.  “The issues facing our local owners in retail differ from those in industry.  This committee has been requested by the owners.”

The first meeting is set for Wednesday May 7 at 6pm and will highlight a planned scavenger hunt for families at the Cameron County Family Center.  Future topics will include funding for facade improvements, hospitality training and other topics requested by the group.


ACtive Military Names Sought

 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 to have the name added.


Let the Community Education Council help!

Let the Community Education Council help! 

 Individual College and Career Advising Services for Cameron County High School students AND parents. 
 By appointment only: 3:00pm to 5:30pm at the High School: May 5, May 19. 

 Call 877-672-3667 to schedule an appointment


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week

Woodland Elementary PTO 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! 
 We have a number of opportunities for you to be involved - take a minute to read on!
First, have your students thank their teacher. (Not sure how? At the end of this week, students will be bringing home an easy way to show their appreciation.)
Parents: we could use DONATIONS OF BAKED GOODS for Thursday's teacher lounge treats, and we could also use VOLUNTEERS TO RUN TEACHERS' COPIES for them on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Comment or message Woodland Elementary PTO via Facebook if you can help,
 and we'll be quickly in touch!


Mother / Daughter Brunch May 10

The Emporium CMA Church on 1284 Sizerville Road will be hosting a Mother/Daughter brunch on Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

All women and girls are welcome to attend the Mother/Daughter brunch!  If you can't bring your mom or daughter, think of an older woman you can honor or a younger woman/girl you could encourage. There will be delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere, topped off by encouraging words from Janice Tallyen. Mark it on the calendar now and be on the lookout for more information to come!  

Dont forget to submit a breakfast casserole recipe and we'll put it in a cookbook and give everyone who attends a copy!
Please feel free to invite people on Facebook and in person! 


Family Night Out

Family Night Out

The Cameron County Fair Association will be hosting a a buffet-style dinner to celebrate Mother's Day. The dinner will be Friday, May 9 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm at the Emporium Fire Hall. 
 Door prizes will be given. 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

St Mark Brunch

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us for our annual brunch which will be held on Sunday, May 4th after 10:30 a.m. liturgy in O’Connell Hall.  

We will be celebrating First Communion, the Feast of St. Mark and Father Paul’s Anniversary!  A sheet is in the back of the church for reservations.  You do not need to bring anything; we would just like an idea of how many to expect.  SIGN UP TODAY!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Sylvan Heritage Council's Military Banners Go Up !

Today's the day - after over a year of planning, designing, ordering, and organizing, the Sylvan Heritage Council's military banners are going up in the Borough of Emporium. We are so proud of our military (past and present) and we hope you love the end result as much as we do!
Some of this will be visible via the webcam - click on this link - you will be able to see the banners going up at the intersection of 4th & Broad street! No need to login - just scroll to the bottom of the page.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Student catches eye of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! - The Daily Collegian: Campus

Congratulations Casey !

Student catches eye of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! - The Daily Collegian: Campus

What started as an art class project has grown to become more than just a hobby.
Casey Saline said she didn’t want her next art project to be created with her usual choice of painting but with a different material. She scrounged around her house for something interesting that she could turn into art.
She found cassette tapes.
“I think that it is very unique,” Carrie Saline, Saline’s mother, said. “She has a way of trying new things and making it work when it’s done.”
Saline (freshman-art education) used the ribbon to form the tapes to create a two dimensional portrait of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta — her favorite actors.
The portrait caught the eye of the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum” after she emailed them about her art work.
Saline said it started with her family’s yearly trip to New York. That year, her sister kept pleading to go to the museum.
Though the family had already been there before, they agreed. Once inside, Saline received a pamphlet of the different works of art.
She found a piece that resembled the portrait she made in her art class. That’s where she got the idea to take her chances and email Ripley’s photos of her art.
Ripley’s purchased the Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta portrait and it now rests in Ocean City, MD.
Later, while she was still a junior in high school, Saline sold her second two dimensional piece to Ripley’s again. This time, she created a portrait of Whitney Houston.
That portrait is resting in the Ripley’s museum in London, England. Saline said she visited the museum in Ocean City but unfortunately hasn’t had the chance to travel to London.
“I love [her work] because she thinks outside of the box,” Carrie Saline said. “Using materials people throw away isn’t only recycling, it’s memories and nostalgia and it takes people back in time.”
Saline took a break for a while and started her career at Penn State. The freshman is taking more art classes and has designed a third piece of art.
This three dimensional piece is of Jimi Hendrix and again is made out of cassette ribbon — her signature. Ripley’s now has a small collection of the Saline’s work after she sold them the Hendrix portrait.
“Casey has facility for naturalistic drawing and she seems to be putting it to use as a way of beginning to build a reputation for herself,” Mary Ann Stankiewicz , Saline’s art professor and advisor, said.
Saline has yet to learn the whereabouts of the third piece, but she said she can’t wait to find out.
The artist is now working on building a frame for her life-size Charlie Chaplin piece. She plans on using movie reels to create this piece.
All of these portraits that Saline makes consume a lot of hours, work, energy and materials. Cassette tapes aren’t as popular as they used to be, but she doesn’t have to worry about her supply running out.
Saline said she gets many donations from people in her town of Emporium.
“I will come home and have boxes of cassette tapes on my doorstep,” Saline said. “But if what I need isn’t donated, I buy things off of eBay and Etsy .”
She doesn’t run out of things to create either. Saline uses the titles of the cassette tapes as inspiration for her next portrait. Or she will produce pieces that people in her community ask for.
Her goal for the summer, however, is to start mass producing her artwork so she can create a shop of her own on Etsy.

“There isn’t one thing she does that doesn’t blow me away,” Carrie Saline said. “This is her knack and I’m looking forward to what she has planned to do in the future.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Badketball Game

Cameron County Quarterback Club is sponsoring a Jr v. Sr basketball game and a Sr v. Faculty basketball game tomorrow night at the high school. 

 Come support the QB Club and enjoy a fun night. $2/students, $3/adults - games begin at 7pm. 
 We will have pizza, drinks, candy and popcorn for sale.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BAGUBA Golf Scramble

The Cameron County BAGUBA Wrestling Club will hold it's next meeting on Sunday, April 27th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the VFW.

The main topic of conversation will be the upcoming BAGUBA Golf Scramble on May 17th. We really need help with the club.

Please consider coming to the meeting. Thanks!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Dennis S. Parlavecchio, MD

Dennis S. Parlavecchio, MD, age 58,, East Arch Street in St. Marys, PA died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.

Born May 26, 1955 in DuBois, PA, he was the son of Dominic J. & Marie L. (Laman) Parlavecchio. His mother survives.

He was a family practice medical doctor in the DuBois and St. Marys area for many years.

He is survived by a sister, Michelle Kownacki of Chula Vista, CA, a brother, James Parlavecchio of DuBois, PA and a sister, Lisa Salada of DuBois, PA.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Per Dr. Parlavecchio's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services.
Burial is in St. Catherine's Cemetery.

Memorials made in Dr. Parlavecchio's name may be sent to DuBois Area Catholic Schools, P.O. Box 567, DuBois, PA 15801 and/or Elk County Catholic Schools, 600 Maurus 
Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

On-line condolences may be sent to

The Goble Baronick Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Gwendolyn (Werts) Lewis

A memorial service for Gwendolyn (Werts) Lewis of Royersford, formerly of King of Prussia and Arcola, will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Emporium with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor, officiating.

Gwen, age 82, passed away Dec. 24, 2013 in Phoenixville. She is survived locally by her brother Dale (Janice) Werts of Emporium and several nieces; and by three sons, David, John and Stephen and their spouses, all of Collegeville; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services in Trappe, Pa. and a private interment were held at the time of her passing.


Esther J. Bates,

Esther J. Bates, 97, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Emporium died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on Wednesday (April 16, 2014) afternoon.

She was born September 11, 1916 in Sterling Run, PA a daughter of the late James and Nora Jones Berry.
She married the late Chalmers Bates.
Mrs. Bates worked cleaning homes throughout the area for many people. Esther enjoyed her grandchildren and taking long walks even into her later years.

Daughter: Gwen Drakula, Emporium
Son: Joseph Henderson and his wife Jacqueline, Contuit MA
5 Grandchildren , 5 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren
Preceded in Death By
Parents: James and Nora Jones Berry
Husband: Chalmers Bates
2 Brothers: James and Oscar Berry
2 Sisters: Lucille Howlett & Dorothy Card

At her request there will be No Service and No Visitation.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Set for Easter Bunny Breakfast

Menu Set for Easter Bunny Breakfast

The Easter Bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail to Emporium on Saturday April 19.  The first stop will be at the Emporium Fire Department where the bunny will eat with kids of all ages!  Breakfast is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Breakfast includes eggs, pancakes and sausage plus beverages.  The bunny has a treat for all the children and be sure to bring your camera!  Proceeds will benefit the Cameron County Fireworks planned for Saturday July 5.

Following breakfast the bunny will hop to the annual egg hunt at the Cameron County Little League Complex.  The hunt is divided by ages and there are plenty of eggs to find!  


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joan A Pepper

Joan A. Pepper, 86, of 85 Thornapple Dr., Emporium, PA died at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, PA on Thursday (April 10, 2014) Night.
She was born April 24, 1927 in Hawley, PA a daughter of the late John and Mary Barrett Morgan.
In Honesdale, PA she married the late Edson N. "Pete" Pepper.
Mrs. Pepper graduated from Hawley High School in Hawley PA. She and her husband resided in Emporium for over 47 years. She had worked at Sylvania and later at Pennsylvania Pressed Metals for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
Daughter: Barbara Fagan and her husband Lawrence, Lancaster
Daughter: Alice M. Pepper and fiance Bruce Himmelberger, Bethel, PA
Daughter: Mary Jeanne Hornung and her husband Dennis, Emporium
Daughter: Sarah "Sally" Trugan and her husband Guy, Mars, PA
Daughter: Susan Bucher and her husband David, Emporium
12 Grandchildren and  6 Great Grandchildren
Twin Sister: Agnes J. Haggarty, White Mills & Elizabethtown
Preceded in Death By
Parents: John and Mary Barrett Morgan
Husband: Edson N. "Pete" Pepper
One Grandson
Two Brothers
Six Sisters
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (April 16, 2014) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Teach Children to Save Tour

Woodland Elementary School third graders gather in the Emporium office of Citizens & Northern Bank during their Teach Children to Save tour. 

EMPORIUM, PA – Third graders from Woodland Elementary School visited the Emporium office of Citizens & Northern Bank Wednesday for the annual Teach Children To Save tour. Teach Children To Save is an American Bankers Association initiative designed to teach children the importance of fiscal responsibility. C&N bankers from all 26 branch offices participate annually.

 Thirty-two students and their teachers, Ben Porkolab and Carol Wilson, visited the East Fourth Street office. Joseph Kilmer, C&N financial consultant, explained to the children how the bank makes money and how saving now will help them in their future. Branch employees Barbara Clinger, Amber Kulick and Rena “Michele” Brown showed the children the teller area, the vault and the drive-up area. All of the children colored pictures and Community Office Manager Kimberlea Whiting announced the winners, who were presented with a John Adams coin set.
Michela Smith and Delaney Rowan took home the top prizes.

 Always a favorite, C&N’s “spokesbug,” Sammy Saver, made a special guest appearance. At the end of the presentation each child was presented with small gifts and, of course, a lollipop. 





Kevin Johnson, Director 814-486-1137 x352
Laura Narby, Dep...uty Director 814-486-1137 x368


On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. the Cameron County Office of Emergency Services will be conducting mobile siren testing in the following areas:

• From the George B. Stevenson Dam South on First Fork Road (State Route 872) to Sinnemahoning. 

• From Sinnemahoning West on Route 120 to Driftwood. 
• West on Low Grade Road (State Route 555) to the Gibson Township Building.

The purpose of this testing is to determine the placement of sirens for the George B. Stevenson Dam Emergency Warning Project. Each siren test will follow the Federal emergency guideline of a three minute continuous siren tone.

The test siren is a mobile unit in the back of an Alert pickup truck. If you are driving in the area(s) of testing please use caution and be alert for the mobile unit.

To assist us in determining the siren coverage area we are asking if you hear the siren tests please call 814-486-9321 to report your name, location, time, and how well you were able to hear the siren.

In the event of inclement weather testing will be rescheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014.


Elaine M. Davis

Elaine M. Davis, age 86, of East Fourth Street, formerly of the Emporium Arms, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium.
Born July 8, 1927 in Emporium, she was the daughter of Harold and Ruby Hickok Smith.  On September 18, 1948 in Emporium she married Kenneth L. Davis who died June 4, 1988.

A resident of Emporium her entire life, she was a 1948 graduate of Emporium High School.  From 1951-52 she was employed by GTE Sylvania and from 1970-73 by Holloway’s Tool & Die both in Emporium.  She was basically a homemaker but for many years she also performed housecleaning services for several regular clients.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium and was very involved with the Democratic Women in Emporium.
Survivors include: a son, Kent W. (Wendy) Davis of Emporium; a daughter, Wendy (Bernard) Armstrong of Emporium; Nila DeFrancesco of Altoona; five grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her father and a brother Denmar Smith, age 5, who both perished in a fire in 1934 and by her mother Ruby Smith Achins in 1991.

There will be no visitation. Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Historical Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home Emporium.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ham & Turkey Raffle

There will be a "Project Pearl Harbor" Ham & Turkey Raffle at the Emporium Fire Hall Saturday, April 12th.  The raffle begins at 7:00, doors open at 6:30. 

Admission and refreshments are free. There will be prizes of meats, pop, and money.

All profits support the CCHS band members.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Dates To Remember

Woodland Elementary PTO  -  April Dates To Remember 


Alpaca Yarn Bash

Fiber Artist Teresa Genaux of Alpaca Creations will host a Yarn Bash on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. Genaux raises alpacas with her daughter on The Little Red Barn Farm located on Rt. 120 outside of Emporium. The two women raise, shear and spin the fiber into luxurious yarn that is hand knitted into clothing.

The Alpaca Yarn Bash will feature yarns spun and dyed by Genaux, plus alpaca yarns from other farms across Pa, making the product PA Preferred. During the event on Friday afternoon 1-5 pm and Saturday 9am-1pm a 10% discount and pattern will be offered on two or more skeins. Natural and dyed colors yarns as well as kits and hand knitted items will be available.

Alpaca Creations can be found on Facebook.  Teresa Genaux is a PA Preferred and Juried artist for the PA Wilds Trail


You’re A Natural: Cooking Without GMO

Administrative Professional Day in Cameron County will feature a cooking class!  Cristy Solveson,author of the “Call Me Crazy” blog and supporter of the movement to reduce or eliminate genetically modified organisms in food, will explain the effect of GMO and aid those in attendance in making their own tortillas that can then be stuffed with other fresh items. Solveson says eating GMO free does not have to be without pleasure.  Desert will be chocolate brownies and home made icecream!

Many of the products used in the meal will be purchased locally including from Mountain View Natural, located in downtown Emporium.  Lorah Lehman and her family opened their store earlier this year.

The event is open to any employer who wishes to send their administrative professionals.  It will be held Wednesday April 23 from 11am-1pm.  The fee is the same as last year $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.  Door prizes will be offered and each participant will take home a recipe book with unique spices to create GMO free menus.

Reservations are required and will be accepted until April 16 by calling the chamber at 814-486-4314.


Color Fun Run/Walk in June

The Keystone Rural Consortia is hosting a Color Fun Run/Walk!! What is a Color Fun Run/Walk?! The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality!!

Date: June 7th, 2014
Place: Cameron County Health Care Center in Emporium, PA.
Prices: ...
Pre Registration 
Ages 11 and up- $15
Ages 11 and under- $10
Ages 5 and under- FREE
(All pre registration runners/walkers will be guaranteed a white t-shirt ( to be drenched in fun colors!!) and bag with color paints inside!! 

Day of Registration: 
Ages 11 and up- $20
Ages 10 and under- $10
Ages 5 and under- FREE

Come enjoy the fun and help bring the community together!
Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color!!!

Grand Finale:
After the 5k is finished, we will have a Color Dance Party with a DJ. We want everyone to celebrate after finishing a 5k and have fun!
Refreshments will be provided.


Ronald L. Tompkins

Ronald L. Tompkins, 78, of 405 Spring Street, Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA on Thursday (April 3, 2014) morning.
He was born November 25, 1935 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Harvey and Margaret Bickmire Tompkins.
Mr. Tompkins graduated from Emporium High School and then from Williamsport Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics. Ron served with the US Air Force during the Korean War. Ron retired from Mountain View Bowling Alley where he worked for many years. He enjoyed gardening and working in his shop.

Brother: Jack Tompkins, Rochester NY Several: Nieces and nephews,
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Harvey and Margaret Bickmire Tompkins, Jr.
Sister: Nancy Victory Farrar

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, PA on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail following the memorial service.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reid and Reed Auto Center

I 'm always happy to see another Cameron County business online. 

 Click here Reid and Reed , to visit their Auto Center located on the Sizerville Road, Rt 155. Call them  at (814) 486-5125 for an appointment or stop in to check them out!


Thursday, April 3, 2014


I've noticed some delicious looking baked items on Facebook lately.

 At the last CCHS band tasting event, I was lucky enough to try some cupcakes, and they were very good !  If you would like to try some for yourself, just visit Cali's Creations on FB by 
clicking on this link  Calis-Creations. Yum!


Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, April 16, 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


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Canoe & Kayak Classic This Saturday !

Are you ready for one of Cameron Counties favorite events ? 
The Canoe & Kayak Classic is this Saturday, April 5th 

Check out all the details here