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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wildlife & Skunk Repellent Recipe

Wildlife Repellent Recipe

by Carol Martino


1 whole Spanish onion 1 jalapeno pepper 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper Directions:

Chop up the onion and the pepper. Mix together and boil in 2 quarts of water for about 20 min. Let cool, and strain the water through a cheesecloth. Using a garden sprayer, spray any area outside where wild animals or even neighborhood pets are being a nuisance. This probably will not work for birds (birds do not have a sense of smell.) This process may have to be carried out for a period of 2 weeks to ensure success. This mixture is non-toxic and it will not harm any animal, but will succeed in keeping them away.

Skunk Spray Neutralizer

developed by Paul Krebaum


One quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide 1/4 cup of baking soda one teaspoon of liquid soap Directions:

Apply it to the sprayed areas. Wash off with tap water. The solution must be mixed as needed. It can’t be contained in a bottle.

Skunk and Mammal Repellent

8 oz of Castor Oil 8 oz of any liquid dish soap Mix well together then add to one gallon of water. spray your entire area. Keeps lots of critters away!


Release #135-15 SPRINGTIME ALERT - DO NOT DISTURB YOUNG WILDLIFE Young animals' mothers typically found nearby.

The leaves are green, the flowers are in bloom and, once again, a new generation of wildlife is making its arrival. Fox kitThis time of year, it’s almost a certainty that Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife, whether in their backyards or high on a mountain. And some of those animals – whether they be young deer, birds, raccoons or other wildlife – might appear to be abandoned.

Usually, they are not abandoned. In fact, their mothers might be watching over them from somewhere nearby. And the best thing people can do is to leave those animals alone.

Adult animals often leave their young while they forage for food, but they don’t go far and they do return. Wildlife also often relies on a natural defensive tactic called the “hider strategy,” where young animals will remain motionless and “hide” in surrounding cover while adults draw the attention of potential predators or other intruders away from their young.

Deer employ this strategy, and deer fawns sometimes are assumed to be abandoned when, in fact, their mothers are nearby.

The Game Commission urges Pennsylvanians to resist the urge to interfere with young wildlife or remove any wild animal from its natural setting.

Such contact can be harmful to both people and wildlife. Wild animals can lose their natural fear of humans, making it difficult, even impossible, for them to ever again live normally in the wild. And anytime wildlife is handled, there’s always a risk people could contract diseases or parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice.

Wildlife that becomes habituated to humans also can pose a public-safety risk. A few years ago, a yearling, six-point buck attacked and severely injured two people. The investigation into the incident revealed that a neighboring family had illegally taken the deer into their home and fed it as a fawn, and they continued to feed the deer right up until the time of the attack.

It is illegal to take or possess wildlife from the wild. Under state law, the penalty for such a violation is a fine of up to $1,500 per animal.Under no circumstances will anyone who illegally takes wildlife into captivity be allowed to keep that animal, and under a working agreement with state health officials, any “high risk” rabies vector species confiscated after human contact must be euthanized and tested; it cannot be returned to the wild because the risk of spreading disease is too high.

Animals infected with rabies might not show obvious symptoms, but still might be able to transmit the disease. Though any mammal might carry rabies, the rabies vector species identified in the agreement are: skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes and groundhogs.People can get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if they are bitten or scratched, or if the saliva gets into the person’s eyes, mouth or a fresh wound. The last human rabies fatality in Pennsylvania was a 12‑year‑old Lycoming County boy who died in 1984.

Only wildlife rehabilitators, who are licensed by the Game Commission, are permitted to care for injured or orphaned wildlife for the purposes of eventual release back into the wild. For those who find wildlife that truly is in need of assistance, a listing of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found on the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators website.

If you are unable to identify a wildlife rehabilitator in your area, contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which the animal is found so that you can be referred to the appropriate licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Region office contact information can be found on the agency’s website ( by putting your cursor over “ABOUT US” in the menu bar in the banner at the top of the homepage, and then clicking on “Region Information” in the drop-down menu listing.

L. William Smith

L. William Smith, 69, of 204 Sunrise Acres, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Thursday (May 28, 2015) morning. He was born October 9, 1945 in Naples, Italy a son of Felina Marchetti Smith, Roaring Spring and the late Harold “Snuffy” Smith. On April 23, 1977 in Emporium he married JoAnn Thompson Smith, who survives.

 Bill graduated from Central High School, Martinsburg, PA in 1963. He subsequently earned a business degree from Allegheny Community College, Pittsburgh, PA. He worked for Commercial Bank in Pittsburgh, PA for approximately 10 years and moved to Emporium, PA in January 1976. Bill was employed by Bucktail Bank (now Northwest Savings Bank) for 20 years. He worked at the bank in various managerial positions in the Loan Department. Ultimately he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Upon leaving the bank, he worked at Northern Tier Community Action Corporation as Fiscal Manager until April 2008. He served on various Boards, including the Emporium Foundation and Cameron County Industrial Development Authority. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Emporium. Bill enjoyed reading, electronics, traveling, astronomy, Westerns with John Wayne, and his beloved dog, Max. His true passion was cars and car shows. 

Surviving In addition to his mother Felina and wife JoAnn Thompson Smith
 Sister: Dorothy (Don) Showalter, Roaring Spring
 Sister: Annie Andrews, Hollidaysburg 
Sister: Grace Smith, Polk, PA 
Brother: Harold L. (Edna) Smith, Martinsburg, PA
 Brother: Donald C. (Becky) Smith, Woodbury, PA
 Beloved Sister-in-law: Michele (Denny) Neal, Emporium 
Three Nieces and Two Nephews 
Best Friend: Daniel Marshall, Chambersburg, PA 
Best Buddy: Max the dog

, Preceded in Death By Father: Harold “Snuffy” Smith
 Brother-in-law: Richard Andrews 

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Sunday (May 31, 2015) at 2:00 PM with Rev. Bruce Burkness, Pastor, St John's Lutheran Church, officiating. 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday, one hour prior to the Service 
(1:00 PM-2:00 PM.)

 Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring, PA 

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Emporium, PA or to the Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834

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


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Sylvan Heritage Council's Military Tribute Window

The Sylvan Heritage Council's Military tribute window is back, this time in one of the windows at the Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union.

 Because this has been an ongoing display for several years, many of the photos are very faded and we are pretty sure that some of those on display are no longer in active duty. 

If you have a photo you would like us to put in the window, please feel free to drop it off in the mailbox at my house at 110 East Fifth Street or contact me at 814-594-3260 (or here on FB) or Cindy Ramsey at 814-486-1870 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Our goal is to honor all active duty members of the military originally from Cameron County with this window. Thank you!

Explore Sinnemahoning State Park!

Sinnemahoning State Park Programs & Events May 30 - May 31, 2015

Women In The Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

Registration is now open for the Women In The Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Ladies, are you tired of your typical weekend? Do you find yourself sitting in front of the television watching other people have fun? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new!

Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21, 2015, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a weekend filled with opportunities for women to learn new outdoor skills.

Programs will include biking, archery, kayaking, bird-banding, geo-caching, fly-fishing, camp cooking, outdoor survival, and many others. Participants may choose up to eight different sessions over the three days of the event, and all meals are included.

Pre-registration is required by Sunday, June 7th. The program fee of $100.00 per person includes eight classes, all meals, and an event t-shirt. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to register early.

Lodging is not included in the program fee. Participants will need to arrange their own overnight accommodations. Information on the park campground and other local lodging will be provided upon request.

Grab your mom, sister, best friend or co-worker and join other aspiring woods-women for a new adventure in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds! We can’t wait to meet you!

For more information on 2015 classes, event registration, and nearby lodging, please contact the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401 or


Sarah J. "Sally" Porsch

Sarah J. "Sally" Porsch, 90, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Seneca Falls, NY died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday (May 26, 2015) evening. She was born June 26, 1924 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late William M. and Editha Craven Armstrong. On September 26, 1947 in First Presbyterian Church, Emporium, PA she married the late Allan W. Porsch. 

Mrs. Porsch graduated from Emporium High School and Orra Jean Beauty Academy in Erie where she became a hair dresser. She lived in Brookville and also Seneca Falls before returning to Emporium a few years ago. She was employed at Sylvania in Emporium and Seneca Falls and then as a home health aide in the Seneca Falls area. She was a Golden Star member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Phoenix Chapter No. 15. Sally was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Seneca Falls and a member of the Seneca Cayuga ARC. Sally was loving, kind, and generous to all she knew. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and family. The family would like to thank the staff of Guy and Mary Felt Manor for their loving, dedicated care.

Surviving Daughter: Marilyn, Mrs. Eric Erickson, Emporium 
Daughter: Lesley Clark, San Pedro, CA
 Son: Raymond Porsch and his wife Susan, Johnstown, PA
 Son: Curtis Porsch, Waterloo, NY
 Son: Barry Porsch and his wife Kathy, Seneca Falls, NY 
Son-in-law: Gary Younkin, Hume, VA 
5 Grandchildren: Kevin, Eric & Brooke Porsch and Richard & Patrick Clark 
1 Great Granddaughter: Clara Porsch
 Sister: Marcia Kronenwetter, Lyons, NY
 Sister: Laura Vogt, Irvine, CA 
Brother-in-law: Tay Sutka, Tustin, CA
 Several: Nieces and Nephews Close Friend & Caretaker: Nancy Cardovanci, Waterloo, NY

 Preceded in Death By Parents: William M. and Editha Craven Armstrong 
Husband: Allan W. Porsch who died May 9, 1987 
Daughter: Jene Younkin who died Aug. 4, 2014
 Sister: Hetty Sutka 
Brother: William M. Armstrong, Jr.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Thursday from 6:00 - 7:30 PM., where an Eastern Star Service will be held at 7:30 PM. 

The visitation in Waterloo, NY will take place Friday, May 30, 2015 from 1:00 PM until the time of the Funeral Service at the Coe-Genung Funeral Home, 46 West Main Street, Waterloo, New York on Friday (May 29, 2015) at 2:00 PM

Burial will be in the Spring Brook Cemetery, Seneca Falls, New York

 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Seneca-Cayuga ARC, 1083 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165

Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day from everyone at Empo Zumba!

Happy Memorial Day from everyone at Empo Zumba!

 Don't forget there is no Monday class this week, but come join Tracy Tuesday at 4 and Susan Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30! 

New schedules for June will be available this week.


Rental Bikes and Bike Equipment Available in Cameron County

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and its member Country Squirrel Outfitters have teamed up to offer rental bikes and other biking equipment to Cameron County. Starting today bikes can be rented for one half day, a full day or weekend. The rates start at $10.00. 

 The Schwinn bikes are perfect for taking a spin on the West Creek Rails to Trails. “The rental agreement has given the chamber an opportunity to expand its weekend hours,” said executive director Tina Johns Solak. Saturday the chamber will be open 9am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. “The chamber has heard concerns from working residents who find our current hours limiting, and not tourist friendly.” 

 In addition to bikes, Country Squirrel Outfitters has supplied the chamber with bike tubes, patch kits, an air pump and other bike accessories for sale. Country Squirrel Outfitters operates a full service outdoor business in Ridgway. “We hope that the sales will provide incentive for the Ridgway business to open a store in Emporium,” says Johns Solak.


Golf Tournament Set for June 11

Golf Tournament Set for June 11 

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hosting its annual golf tournament at the Emporium Country Club on Thursday June 11. The shotgun start is set for noon and following 18 holes of golf a stuffed chicken breast dinner will be served. Participants are provided two drinks on the course, cart, 18 holes of golf and the opportunity to take home hole in one prizes including $10,000 in cash donated by Northwest Bank.

 The prices are $45.00 for members, $55.00 for reciprocal club member and $60.00 for nonclub members. Online registration is available at the chamber website, at the Emporium Country Club or the chamber office. Phone registrations are also accepted at 814-486-4314. Registration deadline is June 1.

Volunteers Sought 

The expansion of the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run means more volunteers. Saturday October 17 participants can select from a 10k, 25k, or 50k course through the DCNR Forestry Trails of the Elk State Forest. “Volunteers man the aid stations and also mark and unmark sections of the trail”, says race director, Craig Hudson.

 Those wishing to learn more about the event can coordinate the chamber of commerce office, or visit the website at Registration is now open.

 The fees are $60.00 for the 50k, and $40.00 for either the 25k or 10k. Registration includes a t-shirt, goodie bag, adult beverages, food, and aid station supplies. 
 Registration is open until October 1 at


Join Us!

Join us!

June 03, 2015, 7:00 PM CJ's Spirits, 120 Willow Run Dr, Kane, PA 16735
 Making the Brand Work for You - McKean County

Join us for ArtsFest on June 13 or at one of the many workshops this summer (we'll be hosting one in each of the 12 and 1/2 counties across the Wilds) to learn more about making the Pennsylvania Wilds brand work for you!

“We are working to build our regional brand and we know no one can influence it the way our artisans and creative entrepreneurs can. The Artisan Trail is working to grow this cottage industry. We have so much talent in this region, it is incredible.” Tataboline Enos, Executive Director of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship


Lace up Shoes Join Hike Cameron County

Lace up Shoes Join Hike Cameron County

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and outdoor enthusiasts Nelson Haas from Mountaineer Search and Rescue plus Mark Johnson from Allegany Birding Club will lead a group Saturday June 6 celebrating National Trail Day. 

 The event will explore the West Creek Rails to Trails. Numerous wildflower and bird species are calling the 6 mile completed section home. Johnson and Haas will point out the unique species. “Utilizing the rails to trails will provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy National Trail Day,” explains chamber executive director Tina Solak. 

 The day will begin at 8 am at the caboose in Emporium. Participants can decide how long they want to travel on the 6 mile trail, or if they prefer to join the group along the way.

 Organizers request that you register at the chamber office in order to have a head count. There is no fee and more information is available by calling 814-486-4314.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Fat Burning/Aerobic Classes


Beginning June 1 Fat Burning/Aerobic Classes will be as follows:
 Mon, Wed and Friday 7AM to 8AM. Tues and Thurs evening at 6PM to 7PM.

 These classes are held at the Emporium Wellness Center,
 288 Sizerville Road
 Emporium, PA 15834
 Phone: 814-486-1321

 Classes are $3 per class. 

 If you want to get those arms and legs ready for summer clothes and have a fun time my class is where you want to be.


Community Health Screening June 13, 2015

This is a wonderful money saver for those with high insurance deductibles or no insurance at all! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Cameron County Food Pantry May Distribution Day

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, May 20, 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.


Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

 Monday’s pick-up will be on Tuesday. 
 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday collections will remain the same.
 Thank you!


Fredrick E. Yentzer

Fredrick E. Yentzer, 55, of 2231 Clear Creak Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA Sunday, October 5, 2014 afternoon. He was born December 5, 1958 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late William and Nancy Quinn Yentzer Smith. Fred graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1977. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved trapping and hunting. 
His friends meant the world to him.

Surviving Cousin: Colleen Kearn, Hanover Township, PA
 Aunt: Marguerite McDonald, Allentown
 Aunt: Norma Fry, Baltimore 
Aunt: Rita Clinton, Dallas, PA 
Uncle: Jack Quinn, Wilkes-Barre
 Step-brother: David Smith, 
Preceded in Death By Parents: Fredrick Yentzer and Nancy Quinn Yentzer Smith 
Brother: William Yentzer 
Step father: Cecil Smith

There will be No Visitation.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St, Emporium on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. 

 Burial was in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin, PA 

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Herbert F. "Herbie" Crosby

Herbert F. "Herbie" Crosby, 89, of 2289 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Sunday (May 10, 2015) morning.

He was born February 13, 1926 in Odin, PA a son of the late Guy and Florence Faucett Crosby. On June 5, 1948 in Rich Valley Wesleyan Church, Emporium he married Betty Housler Crosby, who survives. Mr. Crosby served with the US Navy during WW II He retired from Utility Construction in Linesville, PA where he worked for many years, as an equipment operator and later as a foreman. He was an active member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, Emporium VFW and loved woodworking and his pet dogs.

Surviving In addition to Betty Housler Crosby Son: Gary Crosby and his wife Debbie, Austin Son: Larry Crosby, Keystone Heights, FL Son: Jerry Crosby and his wife Judy, Emporium Several Grandchildren & Several Great Grandchildren Sister: Mary Morgan, Milwaukee, WI

Preceded in Death By Parents: Guy and Florence Faucett Crosby 2 Brothers: Foster and Robert Crosby Sister: Katherine Earle

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (May 13, 2015) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Mark Conklin, Pastor, Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, officiating.

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

 Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Memorial Detail, c/o VFW, 427 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Community Nurses Inc., HOSPICE, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to charity of donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Howard J. Beer

Howard J. Beer, 74, of East Third St., Emporium, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys. Born July 16, 1940 in Limestone, NY, his father was also Howard Beer. His first wife, Barbara Heist Beer died in 1987. On December 29, 1990 in Emporium, he married Brucetta Arnold Robison who survives.

A resident of Emporium for 50 years, in 1958 he graduated high school in New York State before relocating to Emporium. Mr. Beer was a self employed electrician who retired in 1993.

 Surviving in addition to his wife Brucetta of 24 years are: twin children, son Scott Beer in Ohio and daughter Sonya Beer also in Ohio; one grandson; two stepchildren, Buffy Robison of Emporium and Robbie Robison of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and three step grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife, he was predeceased by a son, Stanley Beer in 2000, and by two brothers and two sisters.

 Visitations will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium from 11 a.m. until Noon at which time a Memorial Service will follow with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Emporium officiating.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. 
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service.


Shippen Township Closed May 19th for Election Day

Shippen Township will be closed on Tuesday, May 19th for Election Day. 
 Tuesday’s pick-up will be on Monday. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday collections
 will remain the same.
 Thank you!