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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Gladys R. Bauer

Gladys R. Bauer, 85, formerly of West Fifth Street, Emporium, died Thursday (Oct. 29, 2015) in the Guy and Mary Felt Manor.

 Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, are incomplete and will be announced. 

 Glady Bauer's, viewing is Sunday 11/1/15, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church.

 The Funeral will follow immediately at the Church. 

EVERYONE, is welcome to dinner at 5:00 pm at the VFW in Emporium.

 GOD BLESS to all of our family and friends.

Friday, October 30, 2015

PTO Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Looking for the perfect gift for someone out of the area?

 The PTO is taking orders for handcrafted evergreen wreaths and other decorative items beginning now through November 11th. Delivery will be the week of December 7th. {There is also the option to order an item as a gift and have it sent directly to the recipient, with a personalized card!}

Each item is described and below. Comment with questions or send a personal message to Woodland Elementary PTO to make an order. PTO Volunteers have the brochures and order forms.

Decorate and gift-shop knowing that you are supporting great things happening at Woodland Elementary! Our fundraiser includes seven items available for direct shipment to that special someone! Orders include a personalized holiday greeting card, an EZ wreath hanger for each wreath ordered, attractive gift box packaging, and a tree planted in honor of the holiday gift recipient.

"The Cranberry Splash Christmas Wreath is decorated with a fabric bow with wired edges and backed with a glitter faux cedar branch. Accents include Ponderosa pine cones, gold jingle bells, and sprigs of faux cranberry." $30 for this 25-inch wreath.

The Holly-Berry Holiday Gift Tree is available for direct-ship only. $35 will send this 22" real holly plant with green foliage and red berries to the gift recipient of your choosing!

The Wintergreen Holiday Gift Wreath can be sent for just $35!

The Classic Spray, Victorian Spray, and Cranberry Splash Sprays mimic their wreath counterparts but are available for just $25.

The Merry Moments Centerpiece has mixed evergreens in a floral foam base. Accented with frosted and glittered pine cones with red faux berries, the centerpiece holds an LED candle. $30.

"The Mini Merry Christmas Tree is a living, table top Christmas Tree perfect for use where a full size tree is too large. Each tree comes with colorful jingle bell ornaments, a glittery silver star garland, and LED Christmas lights." $30

"The Victorian Christmas Wreath features an exquisite satin bow with imprinted wired gold edges. The trimmings include natural Ponderosa pine cones, accented with gold jingle bells and a pair of matching Christmas bulbs." $30 for this 25-inch wreath.

"The Balsam Fir Classic Wreath is decorated with a long-tailed, gold-backed velveteen bow and white-tipped and glittered Ponderosa pine cones accented with red jingle bells." 
$30 for this 25-inch wreath.

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IRS seeks volunteers for free tax help programs in Cameron County

PITTSBURGH – The Internal Revenue Service seeks local volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals as well as seniors to file their 2016 tax returns and claim qualifying, valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax preparation and filing services to taxpayers with low- to moderate-level incomes, with a focus on seniors. AARP’s Tax-Aide program is the IRS’s major partner for its TCE program, both locally and nationwide.

Most volunteer tax preparation sites will operate from mid-January through mid-April 2016. Some sites will remain open beyond the April 18, 2016 tax return filing deadline.

Volunteers join a program that has helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. No experience is required. Volunteers receive training on income tax preparation from IRS-certified instructors or via online courses. Volunteers are certified upon successful completion of the required training.

“TCE volunteers are friends and neighbors helping friends and neighbors in Cameron County and across the state and nation,” said Jennifer Jenkins, IRS spokesperson for Pennsylvania. “We’re fortunate to have dedicated volunteers with partner organizations who come back year after year to support local TCE programs. Each year, though, we lose some volunteers to relocation, medical or other reasons. Sustaining 2015 volunteer levels would be great, but it would be even better if in 2016 the volunteer levels and number of taxpayers helped could grow.”

To become a TCE volunteer or to find out more, visit and type "tax volunteer" in the search box. Prospective AARP Tax-Aide program volunteers in Cameron County and elsewhere can get more information on the AARP website at

Thursday, October 29, 2015

St. Mark Get-together

St. Mark Get-together 

We’re looking for people who are seeking meaning and purpose.
 Come to a get-together on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd @ 6:30pm in O’Connell Hall located in the basement of St. Mark Church, 235 E. Fourth St., Emporium. 

Please join us and/or invite someone who may be searching for spirituality or community. 
This session is informal and will be no more than one hour in length.
 Refreshments and social will follow.

Rose Julia Livoto

Rose Julia Livoto, 91, a resident of Guy & Mary Felt Manor in Emporium, formerly of West Allegany Avenue, died Sunday, October 25, 2015, in the Manor.

Born July 4, 1924 in Emporium, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Olivett Livoto.

A resident of Emporium her entire life, she was an accomplished musician on the piano and organ and also played the accordion. She enjoyed knitting and through the years had accumulated an extensive doll collection.

Ms. Livoto was a member of the First Baptist Church of Emporium where she was the organist for many years, was formerly a Sunday school teacher, and led a singing group called “God’s Children”.

Survivors include: one sister, Stella Pushcar of Emporium; one nephew, Michael J. (Cheryl) Pushcar of Cheyenne, Wyoming; one niece, Mary “Tootsie” (Rich) Stuart of Emporium; and also great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral and Committal Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium with the Rev. Andy Johnson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cameron County Conservation District Project Tour 2015

Cameron County Conservation District Project Tour 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015, the Cameron County Conservation District host their annual project tour. District staff were joined by all ages, even a four legged friend joined in the festivities. The tour was led by Watershed Specialist, Todd Deluccia, who spear headed most of this year tour stops. First up was the May Hollow 49 – Acid Mine Reclamation project, funded by the Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program through the Fish and Boat Commission and the Sinnemmahoning Stakeholders Committee. The total project cost was $270,000, which cost design, permitting and the installation of two vertical flow wetlands for treatment and a surface flow wetland as a polishing pond. This location was the largest source of acid mine drainage pollution entering into the May Hollow drainage based on flows, pH, and metal levels.

The second stop on the tour was at the Moateville Streambank Stabilization project, the site was in 2014 after a few different design tries. The final installation includes a 500 foot crib wall, encompassing over 140 logs, 63 loads of stone and nearly a half mile of rebar. This site has now been overtopped with water on serval occasions and has held up beautifully. This project was funded by the Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee, with a cost of approximately $40,000.

The third project, highlighted the Portage Creek Pool Habitat Initiative. The Fish and Boat Commission has identified that Sinnemahoning Portage Creek severely lacks pool habitat in its lower reaches. The District received a grant from Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee in the amount of $22,500 to construct six log cross vanes in Portage Creek. Two sites were completed in 2015, both of these are very large crossvanes probably the largest log crossvanes ever built. These structures provide protection from erosion on both sides of the creek and funnel water thru the center of the structure providing a large scour hole for habitat. Each of these structures cost roughly $3,500. A traditional stone crossvane of this size would cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Four more structures will be installed in 2016.

The final stop of the day was along the Gary Dubler Nature Trail. This site is a great demonstration of the how important partnership is to our local community. The District, Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activity (CCOYA), and Cameron County School District, partnered to create the Gary Dubler Nature Trail. At the trail head there are steps that have been built up and over the levee to the stream. A 20’ X 30’ pavilion was recently constructed by On The Level, so that the school may have an outdoor classroom. Students from the wood shop class have built wooden picnic tables for the pavilion as well. Funding has also been secured to install interpretive signage along the trail. These signs have been designed and are currently at the printers being made. Signs are both nature and history based. The total cost of this project is approximately $30,000. Other partners for this site include the Bucktail Watershed Association and Lumber Heritage.

The District would like to thank all the tour participants for joining them for a beautiful afternoon, touring the county to visit just a few of the District’s recent projects. District staff is already gearing up for projects in 2016, so keep a look out of staff in the field, in the stream and in the schools. For more information about the Conservation District visit their website at or follow them on Facebook “Cameron County Conservation District”.

Cameron County Conservation District
Shippen Township will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for Veteran’s Day. 

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

Thank you! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mary Louise Blumle

Mary Louise Blumle, age 89, of East Third Street, Emporium, died Friday, October 9, 2015, in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born January 18, 1926 in Emporium, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Lechner Blumle.

Born and raised in Emporium, she was a 1943 graduate of Emporium High School and went on to earn a degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie. She was a veteran of the US Air Force having served as 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. For 22 years she was employed with the State Department as a Foreign Service staff officer and spent many years in Washington DC and abroad in Ottawa, London, and several locations in South America. She returned to Emporium following her retirement in 1980.

Ms. Blumle was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, the Antique Seekers of Cameron County (formerly the Questers), and served for many years as treasurer of the Cameron County Historical Society as well as on the Board of Directors of the Guy & Mary Felt Manor in Emporium. For several years she assisted friends by managing the office of the Buttonwood Motel in Emporium on alternating weekends.

Survivors include two cousins, Charles (Judy) Blumle of Emporium and Leo (Margaret) Blumle of Virginia Beach.

She was predeceased by a brother, Frank Blumle in 1972, and a sister, Carolyn Blumle in 1928.

There was no visitation. A private burial with Military honors and family in attendance was held Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015 in St. Mark Church with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor, as celebrant.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Historical Society, St. Mark Church, or the Guy and Mary Felt Manor in Emporium.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Friday, October 23, 2015

New hotel sought in local town - Story | Altoona, State College, Johnstown | WeAreCenralPA | WTAJ

New hotel sought in local town - Story | Altoona, State College, Johnstown | WeAreCenralPA | WTAJ

Last Call For Volunteers!

Don’t be scared!!

 Volunteer for the 2015 Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park! 

 Last call for volunteers. Please call the Park Office & Wildlife Center by Friday noon if you’d like to help with the trail on Saturday, October 24th. 814-647-8401 dial 0 for the front desk.

Food Bank Collection Week

The second Sunday of every month is Cameron County Community Food Pantry Collection Sunday.

 Please bring nonperishable food items and drop them in the designated location at your church. If you would prefer a monetary donation, please place an envelope in the collection that is labeled “Food Bank.” 

 Thank you so very much for your help to provide food to individuals and families of Cameron County. Cameron County Community Food Pantry is a ministry provided by the Cameron County Ministerial Association.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Former Emporium resident Chapman sentenced to prison - The Bradford Era: News - Former Emporium resident Chapman sentenced to prison: News

Former Emporium resident Chapman sentenced to prison - The Bradford Era: News - Former Emporium resident Chapman sentenced to prison: News: EMPORIUM — A former Emporium resident and one-time “America's Most Wanted” fugitive has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for the rap…

Vehicular homicide suspect: Police evidence too little, one minute too late - The Bradford Era: News - Vehicular homicide suspect: Police evidence too little, one minute too late: News

Vehicular homicide suspect: Police evidence too little, one minute too late - The Bradford Era: News - Vehicular homicide suspect: Police evidence too little, one minute too late: News: EMPORIUM — A matter of minutes may upend the criminal case against an Austin woman charged with fatally striking a pedestrian with her vehicle…

Historical Walk through the Calder Brick Works

Cameron County Historical Society is hosting a Historical Walk through the Calder Brick Works on Saturday, October 31, 2015. 

Steve Vaneerden, property owner and history buff, will guide the tour through the remains of what once was a thriving industrial community. Scattered bricks and some subtle evidence of the booming town still remain. Calder had 12-15 houses, a school, a post office, a boarding house, an office and several plant buildings. On May of 1896, bricks began production from clay that came from Dent's Run. The Calder Brick Works bricks were used for the first paved street in Emporium, though only a portion of 4th Street. Other large contracts kept the brick works booming for many years. The brick works closed about 1919. Local history and nature lovers are invited to tour the area where the Calder brick Works once maintained a community all of its own. 

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. 

Cancellation, if required due to inclement weather, will be announced on WLEM radio. All interested hikers will meet at the Cameron pull-off (by Hunt's Run) at 10am for instructions and potential car pooling. This no-cost hike is sponsored by Cameron County Historical Society and is open the the public.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Save the date! - Fall Dinner With The Cameron County Historical Society

Save the date!

 Fall Dinner - October 29th - 6:00 - VFW.

 Menu is a turkey dinner with all of the fixings taken from a 1930's menu from the Hunt's Run CCC Camp. Cost - $22. Reservations -call 814-486-4314 

Guest speaker - John Eastlake - Pennsylvania's renown expert historian on the Civilian Conservation Corps. The focus of his talk will be the CCC Camps of Cameron County. The Historical Society will have its extensive collection of CCC Memorabilia on display.

DA: Chapman gets 15 to 40 years for child rape - The Bradford Era: News - DA: Chapman gets 15 to 40 years for child rape: News

DA: Chapman gets 15 to 40 years for child rape - The Bradford Era: News - DA: Chapman gets 15 to 40 years for child rape: News: A former Emporium resident and one time America's Most Wanted fugitive has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for the rape of a five-y…

Real Estate & Content Auction of Former Grove House In Emporium

Monday, October 19, 2015

Trick or Treat Night In Emporium

Trick or Treat Night In Emporium 

 Trick or Treat will be held in the Emporium Borough Saturday 

October 31st, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

 Only visit homes with porch lights on and please use caution when driving

October – Rosary month

Join us every day during the month of October at4:15 p.m., to honor the
 Blessed Virgin Mary as we pray the Holy Rosary.


Schedule Announced for Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

Schedule Announced for Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

It’s back! The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration returns to Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 4:00-9:00 PM. With new activities for younger kids and new frights for the adults and older kids, this popular Halloween event is bigger and scarier than before. Cost is $10.00 per carload. Admission fee includes haunted trail, hayride, bonfire and more.

The evening of fun begins with activities and games for younger children from 4:00-6:00 PM. Children and their families can create owls, bats, pumpkins and other make-and-take crafts, and then head outdoors to participate in seasonal games and a chance to meet Woodsy Owl, the pollution-fighting park mascot. A less-scary version of the Haunted Trail will be open for the little ones from 4:00- 6:00 PM.

From 6:00-7:00 PM, as we wait for darkness to fall, guest speaker, Maryann Haladay-Bierly, will enlighten and entertain all ages with “Owls of Pennsylvania” a program featuring our state’s nocturnal raptors, their awesome adaptations and the sounds they make in the night.

Following the owl program, from 7:00-9:00 PM, the Haunted Trail opens for older children and adults. Spiders, ghosts, and the creepy chainsaw guy have all returned. Plus the park has added new frights including a haunted poachers’ camp, a glowing hazardous waste spill, an axe-throwing clown, and more.

Hayrides and a bonfire will run throughout the evening. Refreshments, including hot beverages and baked goods, will be sold by the 6th and 8th grade students of Austin School.

The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration event will be held, rain or shine, at the new Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 24, from 4:00-9:00 PM. Trail covers about ½ mile over uneven ground. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the outdoors, and be prepared to be scared.

For more information about the programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the Park Office & Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401 or by email at An online calendar of events can be found at

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

Elementary PTO Meeting October 21

The Woodland Elementary PTO will have its October meeting this 
Wednesday (October 21st) at 3:30 pm in the elementary library.

 All are welcome to attend! 

 If you cannot make it but want to stay in the loop, private message us on Facebook and the meeting minutes can be sent to you.

Shippen Township Closed On Election Day

Shippen Township will be closed on Tuesday, November 3rd for Election Day.

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

Thank you!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sylvan Heritage Military Banner Program

Due to an overwhelming number of requests and the incredible success of our original program, the Sylvan Heritage Council has embarked upon Round 2 of our Military Banner Program. We will be accepting photos and applications from now until January 15, 2016 for banners that will hang from light poles on various side streets of downtown Emporium beginning in the spring of 2016. 

The cost is $275 to place the same image and information on both sides of the banner, or $285 for two different sides. If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring a banner for your own military hero with ties to Cameron County, please contact Christine Slusarick at 814-486-0583 or by email at or Cindy Ramsey at 814-486-1870 or by email at 
Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2016, but space is limited, so don’t delay! 

We can’t thank you enough for your support of organization and our county’s veterans and active military personnel.

2015 Hometown Hall of Fame Cameron County Sports Edition

Coach Thompson receives the 2015 HOMETOWN LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Beth Summerson Lane

Denny Hockenberry

Larry Boring

Judy Lewis, youngest grand daughter of Fred Williams

Key Speaker Jeff Lloyd

Last evening an event honoring 5 inductees to the Hometown Hall of Fame was held at the Cameron County High School. These five were, Fred Williams (1880-1953) accepted by his youngest grand daughter Judy Lewis, Beth Summerson Lane, Denny Hockenberry ( Diana Lynn Hockenberry), Larry Boring and James Thompson. 
Coach James Thompson was chosen to receive the Hometown Lifetime Achievement Award.

This was the second annual Hometown Hall of Fame Cameron County Sports Edition to be held at the Cameron County High School. It was emotional and informative evening learning how each person dedicated years of service to CCHS or carried the guidance of these great teachers with them over the years.

This event, sponsored by Hometown Mentors, Inc. (HMI), honors and brings home former CCHS sports stars who, as exceptional high school athletes and coaches, went on to encourage many others to follow their dreams and never give up on themselves. The keynote speaker on October 17, was Emporium’s own, Jeff Lloyd. Jeff graduated from CCHS as an exceptional athlete and went on to play in the National Football League. While in high school, Jeff excelled in basketball under the outstanding coach, Jim Thompson. At this year’s ceremony, Mr. Thompson received the 2015 HOMETOWN LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from HMI.

What is Hometown Mentor all about ?
 " We bring family and friends back to their hometowns through social media and the Internet in order to give back and pay forward for their background during childhood."

Light The Night!

First Baptist Church of Emporium is sponsoring Light the Night! 

A fun, safe opportunity for kids of all ages to have fun and of course GET CANDY!!!

 Everyone is invited to the CCHS parking lot on October 31 from 6-8. 

If you are interested in sponsoring a trunk, volunteering or donating to the cause, call 486-5523. 


Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

This porch wins the ''most carved pumpkin' contest !!

Free Workshops To Be Held For Artisans,Entrepreneurs

Free workshops held for artisans, entrepreneurs looking to join the PA Wilds Artisan Trail, use “Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds” brand

October 16, 2015 – The PA Wilds Artisan Trail, in concert with the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Clarion Chamber, will be holding free “Make the Brand Work for You” workshop in Clinton County Wednesday, October 21 for small batch producers, independent retailers, artisans and other creative entrepreneurs looking to learn more about joining the Artisan Trail and using the “Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds” brand and networks to grow their operations.

The workshop will be held at the Station Gallery Lock Haven Wednesday October 21 at 6pm. The workshop and Q&A will run one hour, with refreshments provided. Workshops will provide background about the Artisan Trail program, benefits to joining, costs and the process for applying to the juried program.

Since its inception in 2006, the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail has proven to raise the visibility and profitability of artisans and arts-related businesses in the PA Wilds by increasing sales of high-quality products made by local artisans and traffic to local galleries and retail shops.

The Artisan Trail has recently gone through several expansions allowing new types of businesses to join. On major new development is that the Trail is now inviting small batch craft ag and food producers to join the Trail and use the ‘Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds’ brand.

“We’d love to see the ‘Proudly Made in the Pennsylvania Wilds’ stamp on our region’s syrups, jellies, leek dips and other small batch products that reflect our rural traditions,” said Tataboline Enos, Executive Director of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, the regional non-profit that operates the Artisan Trail program.

“We’ve tried to keep the program very affordable, from $25 a year for our smallest artisan producers to $150 for our larger ones. We do this because 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.” To date, more than 150 artisans and retailers across the region participate in the PA Wilds Artisan Trail. Organizers hope to double that over the next few years. PA DCED, PA DCNR, the Appalachian

Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Sees Growth

First place was Derek Newcomer from Harrisburg

25 K Runners
 Christine Slusarick, Dana Crisp and Jeanmare Holjencin

Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Sees Growth

The third year of the Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon increased the number of registered participants over 2014. “The event was successful with no serious injuries,” said race director Craig Hudson. The event included 3 races, 33 miles (50k), 16 miles (25k) and added this year 7 miles (10k).

The 10k race was a close finish. Earning first place was Derek Newcomer from Harrisburg with a time of 1:04:37, followed by Ryan Andrews of Tunkhannock 1:04:40. Lynn Newcomer earned the Caldwell Cup as the first male finisher from the host community, while Barb Grimone took home the Caldwell Cup as the first female finisher from Cameron County. Samantha Nedzinski from St Marys was the first place female competitor with a time of 1:20:44. Other fnishers included Mike Galluzzi, Emporium, Julie Lang, Ridgway, Tricia Porkolab, St Marys, Tiffany Gledhill, Coudersport, Nicole Larsen, Coudersport, Heather Bauer, Emporium and Kris Lamey from Mifflinburg.

The 25k saw Matt Lipsey from Kersey set a new record…shaving 6 seconds from his time and running the race nearly 1 hour faster than his nearest competitor at 1:50:21. The top female finisher Jennifer Helman from Reynoldsville with a time of 3:08:46. The Caldwell Cup went to male finisher Robert Steffer and Eugenia Clark both from Emporium. Other competitors included Trent Wissner Pittsburgh, Robert Hunt, Dunbar West Virginia, Brian McCusker Coudersport, Adam Peterson Titusville, Kent Byler Allensville, Jeff Cann Gettysburg, Stephen Spinda Kersey, Jude Schlimm Kersey, Christine Slusarick Emporium, Jeanmare Holjencin Emporium, Paul Draper Holland New York, Darrel Byler, Allensville, Dave Bish Dubois, Kate Simbeck Dubois, Dana Crisp Emporium, Nancy McBreen Emporium, Alayna Genevro Emporium, Chloe Slusarick Emporium, Stephen Winston Emporium, Nancy Vierhaus San Jose California, Marilyn Erickson Emporium, and Diana Streich Ridgway.

The 50k top male finisher with a time of 5:40:10 was Vincent Ortiz from Chesapeake Virginia and the top female trail runner was Meg Parke from Pittsburgh at 6:18:47. Taking home the Caldwell Cup  from Cameron County were Saul Solveson and Stephanie Loveland. Other participants included Tim Abbey Elizabethtown, Chris Latsko from Royersford and Donny Keller from Penn.

The race trails wind through the Elk State Forest on DCNR maintained trails and is held the third Saturday in October. Complete race results can be found at 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blood Drive October 22

Benefit Dinner For Cole Artman

St Mark Church March for Life, Washington D.C.

March for Life, Washington D.C.

 Thurs. Jan. 21st & Fri. Jan. 22nd.
 Grades 8-12
 All interested students please contact Jen Abriatis no later than Tues., Oct. 20th 
as space is very limited.

 Please call 486-0784 or 486-7664 for details or to reserve your spot.


Austin's 2nd Annual Haunted Hayride!

Austin's 2nd Annual Haunted Hayride!

Austin Haunted Hayride is a tractor drawn scary hayride that will start after you've successfully completed the vortex tunnel then it will lead you down the dam's haunted path with love scary scenes!

$4 - Students $6 - Adults

Friday October 23 & Saturday October 24 starting at 7:30pm and going until 10:30 both nights!

Please come for 2 great evenings of great food, laughs, scares, and haunts!

*Sponsored By Austin Area's PBL Group*

Beware: you may end up on the persons lap next to you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cameron County Conservation District Project Tour 2015

Cameron County Conservation District Project Tour 2015

The Cameron County Conservation District is proud to announce their 2015 Project Tour. Join District Board Directors and staff on October 23rd at 12:30 for a wonderful afternoon, highlighting the District’s ongoing conservation efforts in Cameron County.

The tour will make four stops, visiting acid mine reclamation, streambank stabilization and environmental education sites showcasing the District’s hard work in environmental conservation. The tour will kick off with a visit to an acid mine reclamation project that is currently under construction in the headwaters of Sterling Run. This will be followed by a roadside stop at the Moateville Streambank Stabilization project. Participants will then visit the multi-phase Portage Creek Pool Habitat Initiative. The tour will conclude at the newly completed Outdoor Classroom, along the Gary Dubler Memorial Nature Trail. All stops will include a brief project history, and information on how the project was funded.

The Project Tour is free and participants will carpool to each of the sites. The tour will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. The tour will start at 12:30pm at the Cameron County Conservation District Office, located at the Courthouse, 20 East Fifth Street, Emporium PA 15834. Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged. If you have any questions please contact Kate Morgan at 814-486-9302 or

The Cameron County Conservation District was formed in 1967 and has been striving to conserve the county's natural resources since. The District works to educate the public on environmental conservation programs including watershed restoration and enhancement, erosion and sediment control, agricultural conservation and environmental sensitive road maintenance, just to name a few. Check out the District's website at for more information about our programs

Firequacker Duck Derby Blasts Off

Firequacker Duck Derby Blasts Off 

The Firequacker Duck Derby held on the First Fork during Sinnemahoning State Park Festival drew a crowd who cheered on more than 500 ducks as they paddled down the stream toward the finish line.   

The winning duck was adopted by Lloyd Whitcomb, second place belonged to Jean Diamond and the third duck swimming across the finish line belonged to Steve Vaneerden. All the ducks were each adopted from Olivetts Shur Fine.

The funds raised are matched dollar for dollar by Seneca Resources. All the funds benefit the yearly fireworks set to blast off from the Cameron County Football Field Saturday July 2.


Activities Announced for Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run

Activities Announced for Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run

Emporium will be filled with visitors this weekend. Friday night Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run participants from across the United States will gather at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce 6-9pm for a meet and greet. The event is open to anyone who has considered trying a trail run.

Saturday morning the race begins at 7:30 am at the start finish line at the intersection of South Broad Street and West Creek Rails to Trails. Nearly 50 will take part in a 50k, 25k and 10k. There is a 10 hour limit to finish the 50k race. The first wave of finishers could return by 9:00 am.

During the event, Mike Echo will perform 11-3 behind the Sheetz store. Pizza Palace Plus will offer free food for participants and vendors will line South Broad and East Fourth Street. Individuals will sell flea market items, antiques, crafts, food and hand knit items.

This is the third year for the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run which utilizes trails in the Elk State Forest maintained by the Forestry Department. The event is held the third Saturday of October.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Mary Louise Blumle

Mary Louise Blumle, 89, of East Third Street Emporium, died Friday, October 9, 2015, in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

 A private burial service with family in attendance was held in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium. 

A memorial Funeral Mass is being scheduled and will be announced with a full obituary by the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Cameron County Community Chest 2016 Fund Drive

Cameron County Community Chest 2016 Fund Drive

The 2016 Cameron County Community Chest Fund Drive is underway. The Fund Drive Committee has sent letters to the active businesses, clubs and individuals of the community. To be part of this worthy community event send your tax-deductible contribution today to: Cameron County Community Chest, P O Box 134, Emporium, PA 15834, attn: Judd Schager, Treasurer. Once your contribution is received you will be added to the list of the Community Contributors. Don’t wait and be last on the long list, contribute now.

The Cameron County Community Chest is your Community organization. Like the United Way, your contributions to several organizations can be made with just one contribution to the Community Chest Fund Drive. Contributions to the drive benefit: the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, the Summer Reading Program, the Package Team and the Garden Club. These organizations serve Cameron County and help make Cameron County a better place to live.

Each year the Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors, a group of volunteers, meets to review requests and to establish the Community’s Goal. This year the goal is $20,200.

The Campaign runs all year round with an emphasis on the campaign between October 1 and December 31. Please consider a contribution to theses Community worthy organizations.

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals, clubs and businesses that donated time, money and services to the 2015 Fund Drive. This was the sixth year that we have reached (exceeded) our goal since 2004.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Beautiful Cameron County

This photo was taken looking north towards Rich Valley


Nightmare On South Broad Street

Nightmare On South Broad Street 

 The Cameron County Haunted House Committee and the Prospect Park Playground Association are hosting a haunted house at 211 S. Broad Street in Emporium. 

 The Haunted House will be open October 22,23,24,29,30,and 31.

 It will be open from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm each of those nights. 

 Contact Bunny McLean if you would like to help or if you have any questions about this event.


Family, Friends remember Hannah Lewis

MCCONNELSVILLE — Small bunches of people stood in circles outside Matheney Funeral Home in McConnelsville as a line of mourners stretched an entire block of Kennebec Avenue.

They were trading stories of Hannah L. Lewis and Donnie J. Perry, two Morgan High School students who died in a Friday crash on Ohio 37 outside Malta. The visitation Tuesday night to celebrate Hannah's life continued what has already been a long and difficult week of remembrance and grief for the community.

Ameila Bartimus, a sophomore at Morgan High School, with tears welling in her eyes, stood on her tiptoes to look over the shoulder of her friend, sophomore Shaylyn Pierce. After contemplating how to best remember the legacy of Hannah and Donnie, whose names now and perhaps forever will go hand in hand, she settled on an answer.

"Just always bring up good memories of them," Ameila said as the tears let go of her eyelids to tumble down her cheeks. "They were never sad. They were always happy together."

Those good memories made lasting impressions on the hordes of people gathered to pay their final respects to Hannah.

Hannah, 16, played trumpet in the marching and concert bands at Morgan. Her friends said she cheered and played softball. But even more so than what Hannah did, friends identified with who she was.

"When you were around her, she was just always happy," Shaylyn said.

Friends described her as happy, loving and positive above all. She brought an infectious energy and spirit to whatever she did, they said.

Sophomore Alexus Masterson said the band largely contributed to Hannah's affable personality and cheerfulness.

"The band was really big in that," Alexus said. "They're like a big family. This has only brought them (the band) closer together."

Although the absence of Hannah's optimism was detectable in the lines of visitors with tears in their eyes, arms wrapped around shoulders, inching forward onto the shaded porch outside the funeral home, it maintained its presence in the stories shared by loved ones.

Morgan students — those who knew Hannah and those who didn't — as well as friends and family members laughed almost as much as they cried. They embraced in parking lots at the funeral home and on nearby streets, allowing happy memories to navigate their way to the forefront.

The case was the same at school, where Alexus said the hallways were silent when students returned to school Monday.

"It was like you go in and you know that something's wrong, something's missing," she said.

Living in the wake of tragedy was unfamiliar to them.

"It hits you when you go into class and see an empty desk in front of you," Shaylyn said.

But the support of the McConnelsville community, student body and school staff has been unparalleled, she said, making maintaining the memories of Hannah and Donnie much easier while coping with the sorrow of losing them.

"When you're a small town, you're all a team," Shaylyn said.

Drone Guys Target Emporium

If you see something flying overhead in Emporium next week most likely it is a drone.

 Drone Guys have targeted the PA Wilds for documentation. Jim Temoshenko and Chad Raugh from Mount Jewett will be at the controls.

 The company has flown over St Marys, DuBois and other cities in the region and will post the Emporium video on the web site:

Shop Local Made Easier

The words are bantered about “shop local”, but why and how? 

 The why is because local merchants make donations to local organizations. Dealing with an out of town owner is often difficult to reach and corporate policy sometimes places restrictions. For every dollar spent at a local hardware, grocery, or retail shop 45 cents comes back to the community.
 Purchase it elsewhere and 15 cents comes back, and if you purchase online, no money comes back locally.

 The how just got easier. Saturday November 28 is Shop Small Saturday.

 A number of retail shops will participate hosting special sales and activities. To help you pick out the perfect gift, the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce web site at is offering a gift buying section. 
 Each week gifts made by artists in the region will be featured. They can be purchased using the online store, or reserved with a phone call for pick up. 
This season shop local and keep the money local.


Firequacker Duck Derby Ready for First Fork Festival

Firequacker Duck Derby Ready for First Fork Festival

A major fundraiser for the fireworks that light up the sky in Cameron County set for Saturday October 10 in conjunction with the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park. The Firequacker Duck Derby will be held at Forty Maples Day Use Area starting at 1:30 Saturday. “All of the events coordinated by the chamber of commerce benefit all residents of Cameron County, but most of those activities take place in Emporium,” explained Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak.

“In 2014 the race was moved to Sinnemahoning and we had the largest turnout for the event entering its fourth year,” Solak continued. More than 500 ducks have been adopted and will paddle down the First Fork. The first, second and third place finishers will earn their adopted trainers cash prizes.

Ducks can be adopted in Emporium until noon on Friday at the following locations: L&M Lumber, Reids Hometown Napa and the chamber of commerce office. At the First Fork Festival ducks will be available until noon Saturday at the fireworks stand where hot sausage, kraut and plain hotdogs plus soup will be sold.

This year Seneca Resources will match dollar for dollar the amount of money raised through the Firequacker Duck Derby.
 The fireworks will blast off Saturday, July 2 from the Cameron County High School.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues - The Bradford Era: News - Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues: News

Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues - The Bradford Era: News - Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues: News: EMPORIUM — The Emporium Borough is working with a property owner to resolve issues at an apartment house on Sixth Street.

Open House At The Emporium Fire Department

This week is National Fire Prevention Week. We at EVFD would like to invite you to our annual Open House tonight, October 6th at 6:00 - 8:00PM.

Meet your Firefighters, EMS providers, Law Enforcement, Search & Rescue, and other local service providers. This is held rain or shine. Fire truck rides will take place as well.

The weather was a little cloudy, but that did slow down the kids that came to the open house tonight. Hats off to all of our volunteer fire personnel. Cameron County is so fortunate to have all of you!

Beer & Bacon Cash Bash

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hannah Leora Lewis

Hannah Leora Lewis, 16, of Malta, died on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. She was born on June 29, 1999 in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania to Andrew and Geri Pease Lewis. 

 She was a student at Morgan High School and played the Trumpet in the Morgan High School Marching Band and Concert Band.

 She is survived by her parents, Andrew and Geri Lewis of the home, 
a brother, Dalton Lewis of the home,
 paternal grandparents, Walter Lewis of Gains, PA and Dorothy Lewis of Emporium, PA,
 maternal grandfather, James Pease of Bartlett TX, 
several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

 She is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Trudy Pease. 

 The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Matheney Funeral Home in McConnelsville.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, this is a tragic loss. 


Flu Shot Clinics October 14th - Cameron County

October 14, 2015  10:30 - 11:30 AM  Driftwood Senior Center

October 14, 2015  1:00 - 2:30 PM  Emporium Senior Center 

Community Health Screening Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015



 The Flaming Foliage Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday - October 10, 11 & 12, 2015 in Renovo PA 17764 (Clinton County Pennsylvania.) 

 Observe natures's beautiful colors in Clinton County, and visit Renova's Flaming Foliage.

 Festival includes, vendors, food, arts and crafts. 

 There will be a parade on Saturday, Queens carnation and much more....

Best of luck to Taylor Johnson, our Cameron County Representative! 

One Warm Coat Winter Coat Drive

Senior Corps RSVP’ is holding a coat drive collecting new and gently used coats (children & adult sizes) to distribute to our neighbors in need. 

From Oct. 1st through Nov. 1st coats can be dropped off at the Cameron County Recreation Center & the Chamber of Commerce . 

Please join our efforts & make a difference in our community today!

Deadline Looming for Sinnemahone 50k

Deadline Looming for Sinnemahone 50k

Saturday October 17 will mark the third running of the Sinnemahone 50k. The deadline for registration is set for Thursday October 1. “Added this year is a 10k course. We hope that will introduce runners to trail courses and encourage participation in various trail runs held throughout the PA Wilds,” explained race director, Craig Hudson. All three races begin and end in Emporium. The course follows the West Creek Rails to Trails for less than one half mile and travels through the Elk State Forest utilizing pipelines and DCNR trails.

Registrations can be dropped off at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office in Emporium, taken over the phone or online at

In conjunction with the race, a community fall flea market will be held in downtown Emporium. The chamber of commerce office (814-486-4314) is taking reservations for $10.00 a spot.

Vendors Wanted for Fall Flea Market in Emporium

Vendors Wanted for Fall Flea Market in Emporium

Route 120 and Broad Street through Emporium will morph into a giant flea market on Saturday October 17. The event will be held in conjunction with the Sinnemahone 50K.

Food vendors, crafters, those selling antiques and garage sale items encouraged to register. The locations are secured with a payment. “This is a wonderful fund raising opportunity for church groups, sport teams, and organizations. The race starts at 7:30am Saturday and continues through 5pm.

The cost is $10.00 and the number of tables allowed per spot is unlimited. Contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314 to make a reservation.

Sizerville State Park Autumn Festival.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Sylvan Heritage table at the Sizerville State Park Autumn Festival.  It was a rainy day for everyone there. 
 If anyone is interested, there are several of the decorated jars still for sale contact Michelle Clark

 Thank you, we appreciate your support!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Basket Raffle

Everyone, please spread the word! 

Stop in at the Cameron County Courthouse to purchase tickets to win a basket filled with tons of great items!!! One more basket to be added on Monday (Winter Theme). 
The tickets are one dollar per basket, and you can purchase as many as you like. It is for a great cause! Proceeds will go to a local individual "fighting the fight " against cancer.

Please everyone, come and show your support.

These are baskets filled with amazing items from our local artists and local merchants! 
Stop by for a better description and get a first hand peek at the display!
 You won't be able to resist! 
Must be 21 to purchase tickets due to content in most baskets. 

You can also purchase tickets at FLOWERS 'N THINGS

Interment for Douglas K. Stephens

Interment for Douglas K. Stephens of Driftwood, who passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015, will be made at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Huntley Cemetery, Gibson Township, with family and friends in attendance.

Arrangements are under the direction of Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn Festival at Sizerville State Park

This Saturday is the Autumn Festival at Sizerville State Park.
The hours are from 11 - 2 pm.

 The Sylvan Heritage Council will again have our table set up selling our Westerwald Pottery, fall craft items, home baked pumpkin goods and potato candy! 

Stop by and visit!

High Water In The Village Of Cameron

Video credits go out to Jake Lewis for this great shot of the high water at the railroad bridge in the village of Cameron. This was taken Wednesday, Sept. 30th. 

 Thanks Jake for sending this in!