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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Emporium Moose

At the Emporium Moose, 524 East Allegany Avenue

41st Annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic

41st Annual Classic Overview

The 41st Annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2015. The Committee is very hopeful for good water conditions. The overall theme of the 2015 event is "Go with the Flow, Find a Great Adventure." Numerous volunteer organizations will be on hand offering assistance helping to provide a safe and quality event. A limited supply of kayaks and recreational canoes will be available for a rental fee. To reserve a canoe or kayak, you must call or email me at the number / address indicated above no later than one week prior to race day!

The 2015 race awards will be handmade paddle plaques which will be given to participants over a wide array of classes. Emporium Hardwoods has donated the cherry wood. Mr Donald Benedict and his son Paul planed, traced, cut and sanded the plaques. The 2015 design was done by Art and Ink. Total Engraving of Smethport, PA laser-etched them, and Cool's Auto Repair will finish them. The awards ceremony will be held at the Emporium Firehall along with a pasta dinner to be prepared by the Emporium Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

On behalf of the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic Committee, I would like to thank in advance all of this year's race sponsors, volunteers & organizations and anyone who helps to make the 41st edition of the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic the best yet. I hope to see many new and former participants and spectators at this year's event. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call me at (814) 546-2011, email me at, or visit the event website at Sincerely, Randy Bailey - Event Organizer


Cameron County Historical Society Spring Hike

Cameron County Historical Society Spring Hike:
 Coke Ovens Saturday, April 25 at 10:00am

 All interested hikers will meet at the Caboose at 10am for instructions and potential car pooling.

 Junior Murray, local coke oven historian and Cameron County Historical Society board member, Wendy Davis will guide the group into the location of the historic Coke Ovens and tell about the construction and details of the ovens. The abandoned coke ovens, neglected for decades, covered in undergrowth are an amazing architectural landmark surrounded by the beauty of the Pennsylvania wilds. 

The hike should last approximately 2 hours. There will be some steep slopes, muddy and some uneven or rough terrain so appropriate attire, sturdy shoes and insect repellant is suggested. In the event of inclement weather, the hike will be rescheduled. 

The Cancellation, if required, will be announced on WLEM radio.

 This no-cost hike is sponsored by Cameron County Historical Society in cooperation with DCNR and is open the the public.


Gladys V. Miller

Gladys V. Miller, age 96, formerly of West Creek Road and most recently of the Guy & Mary Felt Manor in Emporium, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Penn Highlands Elk Medical Center, St. Marys.

Born June 1, 1918 in Emporium, she was the daughter of J. Fred and Violet Barr Ostrum. On August 9, 1941 in the First Baptist Church in Emporium she married Harlan (Jim) Miller who died September 5, 1999.

A resident of Emporium her entire life, she attended Plank Road Hollow School. For 34 years she was employed by GTE Sylvania in Emporium before retiring on June 16, 1978.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the First Baptist Church of Emporium, the Emporium Senior Center, and the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club. After retiring she did a lot of volunteer work, driving people to doctor appointments and delivering Meals on Wheels. She was also a lifelong blood donor and was the top donor in Cameron County for many years having donated over 26 gallons.

Survivors include: two children, Fred I. (Mary) Miller of Clearfield and Donna M. (Gary) House of Victor, NY; six grandchildren, Jean and Melissa Miller and Bethany (Derryck) Cromwell and Michael and Matthew (Karrie) House and Melanie (Zdenek) Chumacero; five great grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Ostrum of Emporium; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister Rose Griffith and four brothers, Samuel, Keith, Melvin (Flash), and Robert Ostrum.

Friends will be received from 4 - 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium where Funeral and Committal Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Andy Johnson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Baptist Church, the Emporium Senior Center, Guy and Mary Felt Manor, or if you are able, please donate blood.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sinnemahone Trail Run Gives Back to the Community

The Sinnemahone Trail Run donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations in Cameron County. This week $1500.00 donated to Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activites, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Fire Police, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Mountaineer Search and Rescue and West Creek Rails to Trails.

The money raised came from participants in the 2014 race. This year the race will expand to include a 10K event. The date is Saturday October 17. The races all start in Emporium at the South Broad Street intersection of the West Creek Rails to Trails and continues on various courses throughout the Elk State Forest on trails maintained by DCNR.

Race information can be found on a website: The site includes an online store where t-shirts from prior years can be purchased along with other items. Registration is now open at


Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps Coming to Cameron County

Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps Coming to Cameron County Sing the songs sang at Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Cameron County, and hear the stories that helped shape the county! Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program at the Cameron County Historical Society at the Emporium Firehall on Saturday, May 9 at 4 pm. Jamerson has written and filmed documentaries for PBS about the CCC and performed at reunions and dedications of state and national parks. The program co-sponsored by the Lumber Heritage Region is an entertaining look at the people, with stories of strength, wit and charm.

 Cameron County had 6 camps, which opened between May 1933 and October 1935. They were located in Sizerville, Brooks Run Cameron, Wykoff Run, Bobby’s Run and North Creek. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run, 194,000 thousand men between the ages of 17-25 served in Pennsylvania. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money often put food on the table for the families. There was an average of 74 camps in operation each year. The C’s went into nearby towns on the weekends and the money they spent help keep merchants in business.

In the region, CCC enrollees planted millions of trees in the Allegheny National Forest and state forests, constructed thousands of miles of roads, built hundreds of bridges and dams, stocked fish, repaired riverbanks, fought forest fires and built over 20 state parks including Blue Knob, Hickory Run, French Creek, Laurel Hill and Raccoon Creek. The work recreated our most important legacy, reforested our mountains in the county and constructed hundreds of miles of trails, some still in use today. They were also involved in historic restoration projects at Fort Necessity, Gettysburg and other sites. The camps not only revitalized the state’s natural resources but also turned the young enrollees into men by teaching them discipline and work skills.

 At Camp Sizerville, many of the buildings in the park were constructed by the CCC enrollees. Wykoff Run Veterans Camp constructed bridges, strung 20 miles of telephone lines and surveyed roads and foot trails. They include Three Runs Tower Road, Jerry Run Road, Jerry Run Trail, and Pepper Hill Trail. The longest running CCC camp in the region was located in Hunts Run. More than 22 miles of forestry road built, telephone lines were strung to Emporium and more than 40,500 trees were planted. Square Timber, Rock Run, Kissel and Brooks Run Tower trails were created along with Brooks Run Tower Road. Sinnemahoning crew installed trail signs along more than 92 miles of forestry roads. Bobby’s Run Camp built and repaired bridges, constructed fish dams and built 9 miles of roads along Bobby’s Run. At North Creek, the CCC enrollees built Dividing Ridge Road, a bridge and completed more 2 miles of stream improvement.

Jamerson's book, BIG SHOULDERS is a historical novel that follows a year in the life of a seventeen-year-old youth from Detroit who enlisted in the CCC in 1937. He joins two hundred other young men at a work camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is a coming-of-age story of an angry teenager who faces the rigors of hard work, learning to cope with a difficult sergeant and fending off a bully.

Some of the songs Jamerson performs with his guitar include Franklin D., written by an appreciative CCC Boy. Chowtime, a fun look at the camp food. City Slicker, which tells of the mischief the boys create in the woods and Wood Tick is about the nicknames locals gave to the enrollees. Tree Plantin’, Fire Fightin’ Blues is about the hardships of work out in the woods. The folk songs range from heartwarming ballads to foot stomping jigs.

Along with a novel and CD of songs on the CCC, Jamerson produced a PBS film, Camp Forgotten, which aired on 58 TV stations. Former CCC’ers and their families are encouraged to attend and bring photo albums and CCC memorabilia. For more information please call the historical society at 486-0694 or visit Jamerson's website at: Further information on the CCC can be found on the internet at


Saturday, March 28, 2015

River and Road Clean Up

I know it will be cold tomorrow but would like to see folks turn out to support our River and Road clean up tomorrow 3/29/15.

Meet at the Cameron Bridge at 1:00pm. You will be assigned to a stretch of road along RT120. 

Chef Bick will have Hot Dogs, Coffee and Hot Chocolate.

 Great chance to give a spring cleaning to impress our visitors next week for the
 Canoe and Kayak Classic.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Clara Margaret (Ernest) Pernick

Faithful servant, Clara Margaret (Ernest) Pernick, 93 years old, daughter of John Paul Ernest and Mary Bridge, wife of John Pernick Sr, joined her family in heaven on March 20, 2015. 

Clara is preceeded in death by her parents, husband John, sister Mary and brothers Joe, John, Len, Arthur and Tom. 

 Her surviving children Sandra Rhodes, John and wife Joan Pernick, and Susan Pernick, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends will miss her kind soul dearly.

 Born in Punxsutawney, PA July 17,1921 and a graduate of Sts. Cosmas and Damian High School there, Clara lived for many years in Cleveland, OH and Sinnemahoning, PA. 

 A mass will be said at St Mark's Catholic Church in Emporium following a burial at Gilmore Cemetery in Austin, PA at a date to later be announced.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Cameron County Storm Football SIGN UPS!

2015 Cameron County Storm Football SIGN UPS!!! 

Storm football sign ups will be held twice this year. We are offering an early and a late sign up to ensure everyone has a chance to sign up and ask any questions they may have. 
The first will be in March and the second in May.
 Please see attached picture for all details.

 Coaches and board members will be available to answer any questions at sign ups. For those that are unaware, we have joined a new league this year and are very excited to now be playing many of our big brother's (CCHS) AML North Tier League rivals. The new league also requires all coaches to be Head's Up Certified, ensuring we are able to provide the safest and most educational experience for your child. We will be posting a link to the Head's Up Football site shortly

 Please contact any of the following people with any questions or concerns your may have: Carl Brown 814-594-3713, Marty Stiles 814-594-3439, Keith Baughman 814-335-5709, or Josh Smith 814-320-1641.

 Please feel free to comment on this post as well.

 Please check out the new Flag Football League as well.

 It would be a great tool to prepare for STORM football! 

 Help us spread the word! PLEASE  Share this post!


David L. "Butch" Caton

David L. "Butch" Caton, 72, of 229 W. 5th St., Emporium, PA died at his residence on Tuesday (March 17, 2015) morning.

He was born February 15, 1943 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Earl and Ruth Finn Caton. He married Regina Minard Caton, who survives Mr. Caton graduated from Cameron County High School and then served with the US Navy for over four years. He had been a longtime member of the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, Emporium, Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW and the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Emporium. Butch enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing cribbage with his family.

Surviving In addition to his wife Regina Minard Caton 
Son: Bryan Caton and his wife Cheryl, Emporium 
Daughter: Toni Caton Flament and her husband Randy, Emporium
 4 Granddaughters: Lindsey, Kelsey, Karen & Maddy 
Brother: Larry Caton, Emporium 
Sister: Donna Grube and her husband Jack, Kane
Brother: Donald Caton and his wife Gayle, Emporium 
Brother: Michael Caton, Emporium

Preceded in Death By Parents: Earl and Ruth Finn Caton

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (March 21, 2015) at 1:30 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, St. Mark Catholic Church, officiating.

 Visitation will be at the Funeral Home on Saturday, one hour prior to the Service.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Zumba Schedule

Zumba schedule this week! 

Come join me Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 and Susan Tuesday at 4 and Thursday at 6:30.

Get fit, have fun, and feel great!


St. Patrick Day at The Bear Den.

St. Patrick Day at The Bear Den.

 This Tuesday will mark The Bear Den's one year anniversary. The Down County Boys will help celebrate by performing from 7pm-11pm.

 So put on your green and stop in for a great time!


March PTO Meeting

The Woodland Elementary PTO will hold its March meeting this 
Wednesday, March 18th at 3:30 pm
 in the elementary library.

 All are welcome! 


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cameron County Food Pantry, March Distribution

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 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.


APPRISE DAY At Senior Center

Dorothy J. Akins

Dorothy J. Akins, 90, of 1429 Sizer Run Rd., Emporium, PA died at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport on Friday, (March 13, 2015) morning.

She was born January 23, 1925 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late David R. and Mary Alice Wells Bennett. She married Charles Akins, who survives Dorothy will be remembered by her family and friends for her sincere compassion to the hurting and needy in society. She enjoyed gardening, was highly skilled at knitting and crocheting, and loved to nurture the local hummingbirds.

Surviving In addition to her husband Charles Akins
 Daughter: Donna Akins, Emporium 
Son: Robert Akins, Emporium 
Daughter: Stella Bish, Mt. Pleasant PA 
Son: Lyle Akins, Emporium 
Brother: Richard Bennett (Virginia), Charlotte, NC 
Brother: Lyle Bennett (Marlene), Etters, PA

Preceded in Death By Parents: David R. and Mary Alice Wells Bennett 
Son: Donald Akins
 2 Sisters: Isabelle and Mantie
 4 Brothers: Harold, Grover, Robert & Miles Bennett

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (March 16, 2015) at 4:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday, one hour prior to the service. 
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Peter G. Mackie

Peter G. Mackie, Sr., 70, of 301 Hickory St., Johnsonburg, PA formerly of Emporium died at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot, PA on Thursday, March 5, 2015 morning.

He was born October 31, 1944 in Ontario, Canada a son of the late James and Dora Mae Wagner Mackie.He married the late Joyce Kruger Banks Mackie. Mr. Mackie enjoyed spending time with his family, stock car racing and fishing.

 Surviving, His partner of 20 years: Maria Christina McManigle, Johnsonburg
Son: James P. Mackie and his wife Anna, DuBois
 Son: Peter G. Mackie, Jr., Kersey
Daughter: Dawn M. Mancuso, Brockway
 Son: Marvin L. Mackie and his wife Nancy, Emporium
 Daughter: Jody Wood and her husband Thomas, DuBois
Son: Elvis Smith, Montoursville, PA
4 Step-sons: John & Martin Banks, Emporium, Michael Banks of Stump Creek, Tim Banks of McAllen, TX & a Step-daughter Christina Banks of Reynoldsville
15 Grandchildren
2 Great Grandchildren

 Preceded in Death By Parents: James and Dora Mae Wagner Mackie
Wife: Joyce Kruger Banks Mackie
Grandson: Cody Lee Mackie in 1996
Step-children: Robert and Diana Banks

 There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Free Methodist Church 240 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday at 6:00 PM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, officiating.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

 Online Condolences may be placed at
 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cash Bash At Emporium VFW

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Cash Bash on Saturday, March 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the VFW in Emporium. 
Tickets are still available.


Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Expands

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Expands

Organizers of the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run announce the addition of a third race. The foot race which takes place this year Saturday, October 17 will now offer a 10K event in addition to the 25K and 50K.“We have targeted a course, but need to wait until the snow melts to finalize the elevation map and secure final approval from the Department of Forestry, “explains Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak. 

 The trail will begin and end on the West Creek Rails to Trails in downtown Emporium and feature a steep climb. Sinnemahone Race Director, Craig Hudson reminds participants, “ all the races are open to runners, and hikers. The stipulation is that the course must be completed within the 10 hour mark.”Registration fees remain the same and registration is now open at until October 1.


Cameron County Chamber Opens Online Store

Cameron County Chamber Opens Online Store

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center opens an online store. A limited number of items are available to purchase from the website “This gives former residents the opportunity to purchase Red Raider items and merchandise emblazoned with Emporium or Cameron County,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak. 

 The chamber sells many items for groups in the county including Mountaineer Search &; Rescue, Cameron County Historical Society and Sylvan Heritage Council. The online store will provide a wider audience for these groups. Items made by artists will also be sold on the site. The selection of items for sale will rotate and up to 10 items will be offered at a time.


Emporium to pursue grant for flood protection project - The Bradford Era: News - Emporium to pursue grant for flood protection project: News

Emporium to pursue grant for flood protection project - The Bradford Era: News - Emporium to pursue grant for flood protection project: News

Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 10:00 am
By AMANDA JONES Era Correspondent | 0 comments
EMPORIUM — Members of the Emporium Borough Council at Monday’s meeting discussed new grants available for levee and flood protection projects which the borough is likely eligible to receive.
Borough Manager Don Reed stated that new grants are not often made available, but it is likely that the borough meets the requirements set forth for the newest one being issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) due to the agency-sponsored Oak Street Flood Protection area.

Read more of this article by clicking on the above link.

Penn Highlands Elk announces 28 layoffs as financial struggle builds - The Bradford Era: News - Penn Highlands Elk announces 28 layoffs as financial struggle builds: News

Penn Highlands Elk announces 28 layoffs as financial struggle builds - The Bradford Era: News - Penn Highlands Elk announces 28 layoffs as financial struggle builds: News

By COLIN DEPPEN Era Reporter | 0 comments ST. MARYS — Under increasing financial pressure, Penn Highlands Elk has announced the layoff of 28 employees at the St. Marys health care facility, as well as hour reductions for 25 staff and the elimination of 15 jobs through attrition. The workforce changes are effective immediately, according to spokesperson Karen Hazlett, who said the positions involved include full- and part-time clinical, support and management positions. Further details were unavailable Wednesday.

Read this entire article by clicking on the above link.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Deanna (Swank) Silkie

Deanna (Swank) Silkie, 73, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Gettysburg Center, Gettysburg, PA after her battle with cancer. Deanna was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Kaye Streich Swank.

Deanna is survived by her daughter, Stacie (Jacobson) Wenerd and her husband Robert and their children; Alan and Laura of Fayetteville, PA, and a son, Nick Jacobson and his wife Jessica and their children; Bailee and Conner of East Berlin, PA, as well as many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her brother William Swank and a sister Carol Swank Pearson.Mrs. Silkie was a nurse in the Emporium area for many years working at both the Guy and Mary Felt Manor Nursing Home and St. Mary's Hospital. She was an avid sports fan particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers. She also loved animals and was involved with various animal shelters.

A Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 3:30 PM at the Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium, PA. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Cameron County SPCA, P.O. Box 132, Emporium, PA 15834.

Online condolences and obituary available Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements

Tuesday, March 3, 2015




 Register on Pa. Game Commissions website under education tab! 

Where - Woodland Elementary LGI room 

Date - Saturday March 14 Time - 9AM - 4PM 



Sunday, March 1, 2015

St Patty’s Day Coffeehouse

Sunday March 15 at 6 pm O’Connell Hall

 Fr Paul and Friends—Father Paul, Dave Foote and the Feroz Brothers will treat us to some good old Rock n Roll. Favorite selections from Ron Tusing, Howard Foster and Ed Badueau will be our treat. There will be a special St. Patty’s Day tribute as well. Refreshments will be served. 

A free will offering which 100% benefits local people will be taken for the Cameron County Ministerial Association. It is always a special occasion and lots of fun when these guys get together to perform. 

And we get to join in the fun! Don’t miss this great time!


Ted A. Whiting

Ted A. Whiting, 74, of 40 W. 5th Street, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands DuBois on Saturday (February 28, 2015) morning. He was born June 4, 1940 in Sterling Run, PA a son of the late Beryl Hazen. On June 30, 1967 in St. Marks Catholic Church he married Mary Richey Zito Whiting, who survives.

 Ted was raised by his grandparents the late Harry & Grace Whiting. He graduated from Emporium High School and served his county with the US Air Force for over 10 years. Ted retired from GKN where he worked for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was a past member of the Emporium Fire Department where he served as fire police. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving In addition to his wife Mary Richey Zito Whiting
 Daughter: Mary Grace Olay and her husband Gary, Emporium
 Daughter: Gina Zito and her husband Lynn Stickles, Rochester, NY 
Son: Mark Zito and his wife Lori, Atlanta, GA 
Son: Michael "Mick" Zito and his wife Kim, Douglasville, GA
 Daughter-in-law: Denise Zito, San Jose, CA
 6 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren
 Brother: Stan Whiting 
Brother: Richard Whiting 
Brother: Harry "Mac" Whiting 
Brother: Phil Whiting

Preceded in Death By Mother: Beryl Hazen
Grandparents: Harry & Grace Whiting
 Son: Frank Zito
 Several Brothers and Sisters

There will be No Visitation.
 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the First United Methodist Church 306 S. Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (March 3, 2015) at 2:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.