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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Celebrate National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day

 Saturday June 4, thousands will hike trails across the United States. In Cameron County the day will be celebrated with a hike on Bear Hollow Trail which is on PA Game Lands. 

 Nelson Haas will lead the group. Hikers should meet at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 9am. The nearly 4 mile hike includes a 440 foot climb from Hicks Run and then an 840 foot decline to Route 120.

 The event will be held rain or shine and hikers should dress accordingly, bring a light snack, and water.

New Sign At The Little Museum

The Little Museum in Sterling Run opens for the season with a new sign! 

 Standing along the side the new Little Museum sign are John Kautz, President of the Cameron County Historical Society and Michael Wennin, Director of the Lumber Heritage Region as the museum opened its doors to kick-off the season.

 The new sign could not have happened without our loyal members and visitors donations while visiting the Little Museum the past few years, which provided the Cameron County Historical Society the necessary matching funds for a reimbursement grant from the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania.

 The twenty-five hundred dollars we received for this project is being financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

. The purpose for grants of this nature is to fund projects that promote heritage and nature-based tourism in our region, and it already has! As soon as the new sign was installed the overwhelming impact from the public was an immediate positive feedback, to our new look and that the sign now displayed the days and hours we are open. 

 The new sign has inspired various groups to schedule their visits including a few groups who requested tours before we officially opened. Making this project an immediate success story.

 Don't forget to add a visit to the "Little Museum" on your list of things to do this year, we're open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 PM. 

We look forward to your visit.

Facade Improvement Program In Emporium

Sylvan Heritage Council 110 East Fifth Street Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Dear Emporium Business Owner: The Sylvan Heritage Council, in conjunction with the Borough of Emporium, has recently embarked upon a cooperative façade improvement program for businesses located in downtown Emporium. This program will allow you to stretch your façade improvement dollars, as it will fund an approved project using the following three-way match: one-third of approved costs will be paid by the Sylvan Heritage Council, one-third by the Emporium Borough, and one-third by you, the business owner – up to a total project cost of $4,500. (Of course, your project costs may exceed this amount, but the SHC and the Borough will each only fund $1,500 per project.) The grant comes with the following conditions:

1. The funding is to be used for the benefit of one (1) business and that business shall be located in in the Borough of Emporium, with higher priority being given to businesses located along Fourth Street or East Allegany Avenue, from bridge to bridge, in keeping with the recently completed “Trails and Feasibility Study.”

2. The business/property owner must fill out an application detailing the nature and the cost of the proposed improvements to be made. The Sylvan Heritage Council will then review the application and make the decision to award the grant to the business if the specified improvements to be made fall in line with our committee’s plan for façade beautification. Examples of appropriate facade projects include such permanent improvements as awnings, painting, signage, doors and windows, and landscaping.

3. The payment to an awarded business shall be made on a reimbursement basis, upon inspection and satisfactory completion of the project, and funds must be matched dollar for dollar by the business/property owner, up to $1,500.

If you are interested in applying for this funding to improve the facade of your business, please fill out the enclosed application and return it to the address above by June 17, 2016. Please direct any questions you may have to Christine Slusarick (486-0583). We look forward to receiving your application for this funding and remain committed to the improvement and beautification of our community. Sincerely, Sylvan Heritage Council

Facade Improvement Committee Applications are not attached here. 
Please pick one up in the Emporium Borough Building.

Pork & Cork Scholarship Fundraiser

The Sylvan Heritage Council is excited to announce our first annual "Pork & Cork" scholarship fundraising event, to be held outdoors - rain or shine - at the Andrews Farm at Salt Run on Saturday, June 18th. The event will feature beers and wines from local home-brewers and winemakers, a BBQ dinner, and live music by "Two Guys Drinking Beer". 

Tickets are on sale now from any SHC member (Reuben Solveson, Dick Lewis, Jeanmare Holjencin, Cindy Ramsey, Dana Crisp, Jan Hampton, Michelle Clark, Lori Reed, Karen Jiang, or Chrissy Slusarick) for a donation of $30. Don't miss this event of the summer!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dog Wardens to Conduct License, Rabies Compliance Checks in Pennsylvania Counties

Dog Wardens to Conduct License, Rabies Compliance Checks in Pennsylvania Counties

Details – During the month of June, dog wardens will canvass homes throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s region one jurisdiction in Elk and Mercer counties, ensuring all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

Counties include: Mercer County; the weeks of May 30, June 13 and June 20 Elk County; the week of June 13

The Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to be reunited with your dog if you were to become separated.

Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Licenses may be purchased through your County Treasurer, by calling your county courthouse, or from a registered issuing agent.

For more information, visit or call 717.787.3062.

MEDIA CONTACT: Logan D. Hall – 717.787.5085

Celebrate National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day

 Saturday June 4, thousands will hike trails across the United States. In Cameron County the day will be celebrated with a hike on Bear Hollow Trail which is on PA Game Lands. Nelson Haas will lead the group. Hikers should meet at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 9am. 

 The nearly 4 mile hike includes a 440 foot climb from Hicks Run and then an 840 foot decline to Route 120. The event will be held rain or shine and hikers should dress accordingly, bring a light snack, and water.

Lowell H. Young

Lowell H. Young, 93, of 630 N. Maple St., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Friday (May 20, 2016) morning following a shopping trip to Olivett’s Market. He was born December 5, 1922 in Russell, PA a son of the late David and Minnie Carlson Young.

Mr. Young was North Maple St. oldest resident, both in Longevity and years of residency, passed away on May 20, 2016. Lowell graduated from Russell High School class of 1940 and from Hoff Business College in 1942. Prior to induction into the army he was employed by Struthers Wells Corporation in Titusville. After his discharge from the US Army he moved to Emporium where he met Grace Reinard, the love of his life, who he married May 16, 1953 in the First Baptist Church. He retired in 1982 after nearly 38 years of employment with Sylvania. Being musically inclined he sang tenor in the Emporium Methodist choir for over 60 years and at one time he was active in the St. Mary's chapter of the SPEBSQSA (barbershop quartet) He delivered meals on wheels for many years and was an avid writer having written his memoir while he was in his eighties. Lowell had a wonderful sence of humor.

He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Erdle, Sudbury, MA; granddaughters, Cynthia and Paula; nephew, David (Karen) Young; niece, Doris (Skip) Trumbull; beloved niece, Margaret Burnside

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Minnie Carlson Young; wife, Grace Reinard Young; brother, Bernard Young; sister, Fern Way, a special cousin, Ethel Young,

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, PA on Wednesday (June 1, 2016) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 306 S. Spruce Street., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Cameron County Community Chest 2016 Fund Drive May Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2016 Fund Drive May Update

As of May 23th, we have collected $20,921 toward our $20,200 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. We will keep the 2016 Fund Drive open until September 30, 2016.

This month’s featured organization will be the Friends of the Library.

The Friends of the Library helps to maintain the many important services of the Barbara Moscato Brown Public Library. To generate funds, they have an annual Membership Drive in the spring; Used Book Sale during the summer; and the ‘Donate and Say Merry Christmas’ project in November and December. The funds generated help the library to:  Continue free services such as the public computer stations offering free internet service  Provide the latest materials for reading, listening, and viewing  Present public programs in conjunction with the Cameron County Arts  Support the Emporium Garden Club which decorates the library throughout the year and also maintains the exterior plantings  Add needed shelving and other furnishings  Maintain the library building including exterior, interior, and the multi-purpose room which is used by many community organizations.  Provide children’s programs, including Story Hour and Summer Reading Program

The Used Book Sale is held in conjunction with “Arts Fest in the Wilds”. This year the project will begin with set up on June 28th, and the sale to run from Wednesday, June 29th through Saturday, July 2nd during library hours.

The Friends of the Library are currently preparing for the annual Membership Drive. If you would like to find out more about the Friends of the Library, join the group or to make a donation, stop in at the Barbara Moscato Brown Public Library or contact Nancy Zoschg.

No donation/memorial is too small. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Cameron County Community Chest, PO Box 134, Emporium, PA. 15834, Attn: Judd Schager. Help to support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, and the Garden Club.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


It’s Fish for Free Day throughout Pennsylvania. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required).
All other fishing regulations still apply.

11th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk

Save the Date!
 It's not too early to start thinking about the 11th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk.
Please click on the below link for further details and you can also follow the site on Facebook.
  Thank you for your continued support.

How To Start A Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast businesses are a great way to generate extra income for people who enjoy entertaining and cooking. But is it right for you?
In this workshop you will learn how to select a location and building, legal requirements, startup costs, liability insurance, B&B traveler expectations, rooms, food hospitality, marketing and promotion, and much more. Dale Fox, our instructor, is the former owner, developer and manager of the highly successful Towers Victorian Inn in Ridgway. "This instructor knows what she's talking about!" - Owner of the Horton House in Warren.
For more information: Online: http://email
Telephone: (814) 362-5078
Location: Potter County Education Council
Address: 5 Water Street Coudersport, PA 16915
May 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Estate Auction Stan & Betsy Mann Residence

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Help Bring A New Community College To Your Community

Help Bring A New Community College To Your Community

The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC) is an initiative to bring a new community college to your community.

The new college will serve residents in the following counties: Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren. The new college will provide affordable and accessible education in your community, including open admissions/enrollment/entrance policies (i.e. no criteria beyond a high school diploma/GED®), low tuition and, the ability to participate in or near your home community.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE in one of three online surveys, which can all be found

The Community Survey is for residents and community members. 

The Business & Industry Survey is for company representatives, hiring managers, and other upper level managers.

The High School Student Survey is for high school students in grades 10 through 12

ENTER TO WIN a $25 VISA gift card $$$ (Community and student surveys ONLY. 
Your entry will NOT be linked to your survey responses). 

Leadership Elk & Cameron County Visit Harrisburg

The Community Education Center’s Leadership Elk & Cameron County program held their annual Harrisburg trip on May 10th.

 Participants learned about State Government by visiting with Senator Scarnati and Representative Gabler. The class also met with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to learn about the statewide importance of the PA Wilds Tourism Initiative. More than 100 individuals have graduated from LEC since 2008.

 The program is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year. Individuals must live and/or work in Elk or Cameron Counties and be a high school graduate.

 Please visit or call the CEC at 781-3437 for applications or more information.

CCHS Hosts 2nd Annual Free STEAM Conference for Educators

The Cameron County High School will host the second annual regional STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Educators’ Conference on Thursday, June 16th from 8am-4pm and Friday, June 17th from 8:30am-noon. This free conference is intended to highlight the innovation in today’s workplace and stress the importance of teaching students skills relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. This is an effort to prepare all students to be competitive in the workforce and contribute to an ever-advancing technological economy.

Local educators of all subjects and grade levels in Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter Counties are encouraged to attend this two-day conference. The keynote presentation will feature Sue Boardman, the Internships and Partnerships Leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy. Sue will present a talk titled, “STEAM: Connecting Education and Business.”

Additional conference events for educators include breakout sessions with hands-on STEAM activities that can be used in the classroom, traveling exhibits such as the Mobile Energy Education Training Unit, the Mobile Fab Lab and the PA Wood Mobile, a vendor area, and local business showcases. The first 75 IU9 educators to register and complete the conference will receive a complimentary STEAM kit that will include many of the resources needed to implement the hands-on projects that will be presented throughout this conference. Educators will also receive Act 48 credits for conference participation.

The STEAM conference is being hosted by the Cameron County High School and coordinated by the Community Education Center (CEC) of Elk and Cameron Counties’ DISCOVER Partnership, the Potter County Education Council, Seneca Highlands IU9 and Career and Technology Center and a committee of dedicated educators and administrators from the four county region. In addition to the CEC and Potter Ed Council, sponsors of the event include Seneca Resources and North Central.

 For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Potter County Education Council at (814) 545-1333 or visit

67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in PA

All four Penn Highlands Healthcare hospitals will be welcoming the 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in PA exhibit. It will be available to view in DuBois, St. Marys, Brookville, Clearfield and Philipsburg. Shown is Kristen Snoke of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition setting up one of the display panels.

An amazing opportunity for women is coming to the Penn Highlands Healthcare region.

“The exhibit features ‘real women’ from all 67 counties in PA,” Lisa Housler, director of Imaging Services and PACS administrator at Penn Highlands Elk, said. “These women are our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. They live and fight their battles with cancer here in our communities. These are the faces of women with strength and hope, celebrating their lives.”

Quotes from the survivors with the photos share how breast cancer has touched their lives, and their message reflects the impact breast cancer can have on families and communities across our commonwealth.

“This traveling work of art will leave men and women with a reminder of the physical and emotional journey a breast cancer patient takes along with their family and friends,” Laura Adams, director of Hahne Regional Cancer Center and Nathaniel D. Yingling Cancer Center along with Penn Highlands DuBois Breast Care Services, MRI, and Diabetes and Nutrition Wellness Center, said. “This moving exhibit will showcase a reflection of a woman’s perspective on her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

“The women featured in our photo exhibit show the true face of breast cancer in Pennsylvania,” Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, said. “The exhibit also highlights the importance of early detection. We are excited to bring that message to everyone that Penn Highlands Healthcare serves, as we celebrate the life, courage, hope and dignity of women and families facing breast cancer in Pennsylvania.”

This exhibit has been put together by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Since 1994, more than 131 communities have hosted the exhibit which encourages women to learn about and practice early detection through yearly mammograms, monthly breast self-exams and annual clinical exams.

“We are hoping this event personalizes breast cancer by showcasing survivor stories from friends and neighbors. Screening mammograms are essential and save lives every day,” Karl Nichols, director of Diagnostic Imaging at Penn Highlands Brookville, said.

The exhibit has a three-part mission. It is to educate and inspire people to take personal and political action, to empower and alleviate fear, and to motivate women into action to help find a cure.

Pennsylvania has the fifth highest rate of breast cancer in the United States with approximately 11,000 women in Pennsylvania diagnosed each year with breast cancer, according to the coalition and the state Department of Health.

Breast cancer is also the leading cause of cancer deaths in Pennsylvania in women between the ages of 25-54, and three of four cases of breast cancer arise in women with no known risk factors.

“When given a cancer diagnosis, whether it is breast cancer or another form, for the majority of patients and their families it is a life-changing moment. There is a human side of cancer that may often be overlooked as one is going through testing, treatment and recovery,” Lori Rancik, RN and case manager of the Women’s Health Center of Penn Highlands Healthcare, said.

“However, in this human side, there are lives that are changing and challenged to move forward physically, emotionally and spiritually as a person who has (or has had) cancer. Exhibits such as this provide cancer patients and their families with the opportunity to meet others who have faced this human side of cancer. And, in this, gain additional hope, strength and encouragement in their personal journeys,” she said.

To open the display to the communities, Penn Highlands Healthcare will host events at each location. Then, the displays will remain up for several days for those who wish to visit.

“We are excited to showcase this exhibit at both the Nathaniel D. Yingling Cancer Center and the Moshannon Valley Community Medical Building. Both sites are very important to the community in terms of cancer care and outpatient diagnostic services, including life-saving mammograms,” Audra Sidelinger Director, Outpatient Diagnostic Services, Penn Highlands Clearfield, said.

The locations and times of Penn Highlands Healthcare kick-off events and display dates are as follows. All events will end with refreshments and time to enjoy the exhibit.

DuBois Wednesday, June 1, at PH DuBois West atrium from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This will be combined with the 2016 Women’s Health Series, “Love Yourself – When Cancer Strikes” program. Speakers will include John Sutika, president of PH DuBois; Dr. Kelley Smith, general surgeon with Penn Highlands Healthcare; Sharon Gelnette, survivor; Janice Maloney, survivor; Kristen Snoke of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition; and Joanne Grossi, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region III. Rev. Kevin Bockus of the PH DuBois Pastoral Care Department will give the invocation.

As part of the “Love Yourself” program, a previously-announced event of the Spirit of Women series, various cancer-related groups will have information. Participants include Adagio Health Services, Hahne Regional Cancer Center, PH DuBois Breast Care Services, the American Cancer Society’s Look Good/Feel Better program, The Heart Center of PH DuBois, The Breast Cancer Support Group and Healing Touch with Leslie Bloom of Grampian.

“Combining this program with the unveiling of the exhibit, we will provide cancer patients and their families the opportunity to meet the entire team that provides care to cancer patients and their loved ones from diagnosis and beyond. It is my hope that in adding this with the 67 counties exhibit, everyone attending will witness the impact and affect this human side of cancer brings and, in this, gain additional hope, strength and encouragement in every personal journey,” Rancik said.

The photo display will remain up until Wednesday, June 8.

St. Marys Thursday, June 9, at PH Elk, the doors will open to tours of the Women’s Imaging Department at 5 p.m. and the art will be displayed in Education Center. At 5:30 p.m., visitors will hear messages from Rose Campbell, president of PH Elk; Dr. Sam Deloia, PH Elk radiologist; and special guest, state Rep. Matt Gabler. Connie Garrigan of Cameron County, a breast cancer survivor who is featured in the display photos, will be recognized.

And during this time, PH Elk will also acknowledge and remember the contributions of the late Paulette Schreiber. Schreiber was a nurse practitioner in St. Marys for many years and a champion for women’s health.

This display will remain up until Monday, June 13.

Brookville Tuesday, June 14, at PH Brookville, the exhibit kick-off event starts at 4 p.m. in the Private Dining Room on the first floor of the hospital.

This is the first time this exhibit will be in Jefferson County. Those who attend may recognize MegaRock radio personality, Sharon Stewart, a breast cancer survivor. Stewart will be a guest speaker at this event along with Julie Peer, president of PH Brookville, Dr. Ioanna Kanellitsas, obstetrics/gynecologist with Penn Highlands Healthcare; Kristen Snoke and Stacey Jones, both of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition; and Ruth Modzelewski of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This display will remain up until Monday, June 20.

Clearfield At 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, the exhibit opening event kicks off in the Nathaniel D. Yingling Cancer Center, Clearfield.

Medical Oncologist Dr. Mafou Fu and Hospital President Gary Macioce will provide remarks, and local resident Kristin Duttry will share her experiences with breast cancer. Ruth Modzelewski of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure will also speak.

The Penn Highlands Clearfield mammography team will be on hand to speak with those attending about diagnostic services.
The display will remain up until Thursday, June 23.

Thursday, June 23, the event starts at 4 p.m. in the Moshannon Valley Community Medical Building, 271 Railroad St., Philipsburg. Among the speakers will be Macioce, Dr. Robert Steward, general surgeon, and Dr. Richard Williams, radiologist.

The MVCMB mammography team will be on hand to speak with those attending about diagnostic services provided at the site.

The display will remain until the following week.

RSVP To RSVP or for more information about any of these events, please contact Rancik at 371-9666 or via e-mail at

Note: This week is Women’s Health Week. Penn Highlands Healthcare encourages all women to take focus on their health needs because so often, they are the caregivers to their families and often care for themselves last. If you haven’t given your own health a lot of thought, take some time to go to

Schedule Shaping Up for Weekend in the Wilds

Schedule Shaping Up for Weekend in the Wilds

 Weekend in the Wilds set for Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2. “Bring an empty stomach to the event this year,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak. Activities begin Friday July 1st with the annual ice cream social and two winning competitors from the fall All Fired Up & Kickin Ash BBQ Competition will cook on Saturday.

 The First Presbyterian Church will scoop ice cream and serve up slices of pie 5-7pm on Friday July 1. Upstairs the Cameron County quilters will display quilts while the Merry Music Makers will perform. Saturday Fourth Street is lined with vendors including Phartin Barts and Crazy Eyes, who cooked during the fall BBQ competition. Saturday night fireworks will blast off from the Cameron County Football Stadium at 9:30pm. 

 Artists, and other vendors wishing to secure a location along Fourth Street are reminded that the deadline is June 15. Information is available at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office by calling 814-486-4314.

June Art Classes Announced

June Art Classes Announced

June will provide an opportunity for adults and children to dabble in the arts. Through a grant from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a children’s art camp will be offered at Prospect Playground on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday June 21. PA Wilds Juried Artist Julie Mader will leading the art adventure.

On the evenings of June 20 and 21 Mader will offer a scarf painting class at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. The class will focus on a technique called gutta, which gives the artist more control to paint a design on the scarf instead of the tie dye look.

The cost for all the materials for the two day class is $27.00. Since the class is limited to 10 students, the payment must be made to reserve a seat. Reservations can be made by phoning the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314 or online at

Big Foot Licenses Available Memorial Day Weekend

Big Foot Licenses Available Memorial Day Weekend 

 Licenses going on sale for the annual Big Foot Hunt Memorial Day weekend. Hunters can track Big Foot on Saturday July 2. The event benefits Mountaineer Search & Rescue. 

 “To aid hunters, a Big Foot Calling Contest will be held Saturday July 2 during Weekend in the Wilds,” says Steve Bajor from Mountaineer Search & Rescue. “The unpredictable weather has Big Foot acting erratically. His image has been picked up on trail cams throughout Cameron County including historical spots, and trails,” Bajor continued.

 The $5.00 licenses are available at Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Bears Den, Driftwood Saloon and Grill, Sinnemahoning Tavern, South Park Supply, and Tombob Outdoors.

Golf Tournament Set for June 9

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hosting its annual golf tournament at the Emporium Country Club on Thursday June 9. The shotgun start is set for noon and following 18 holes of golf a stuffed roast beef 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 2.

Sinnemahoning Sprotsmen's Club Annual Snake Hunt

Cameron County School Board faces daunting budget figures

Cameron County School Board faces daunting budget figures: EMPORIUM — Members of the Cameron County School District Board continue efforts to balance expected revenues with expenditures prior to passage of a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

 At the last meeting, held a little more than a week ago, the projected deficit stood around $500,000 for the $12.6 million budget. Through recent administrative efforts and directives given to Business Manager Carl Mitchell during this meeting, the projected deficit is expected to be closer to $300,000.

Approximately $100,000 in savings has been gained through refinancing of the district’s bonds, while an additional $90,000 will be saved by not filling several vacancies — a high school social studies position and two elementary aides.
Superintendent Christine Holjencin advised the board that an additional sum could be saved by not hiring an assistant principal. The savings estimate to leave the social studies and assistant principal positions open was around $170,000 annually, with an estimated $20,000 in savings realized by not hiring aides for the above-listed open positions.

A number of teachers attended the meeting to advocate for their departments, though board members have not openly discussed the furlough of any current employees during the budget negotiations, and members asked following the meeting stated there had been no discussion on the topic.

 Teachers in some departments, including music and library, were only asked to submit job descriptions.
High school music teacher and band director Dan Sensenig spoke on behalf of the district’s music department, which has an approximately 20 percent student participation level, compared to the national participation level of approximately 10 percent.
The district has a robust music program, including high school band and chorus, elementary band and chorus, and a number of smaller, more specialized musical groups including the Jazz Band and Ukulele Club. The music program has long been a point of pride in Cameron County, and select students are preparing currently to participate in Pearl Harbor Day celebrations later this year.

 Board members also discussed transportation issues that could help with cost savings, and discussed the possibility of deploying vans to pick up students in remote areas, rather than sending the large, fuel-inefficient full-size school buses to retrieve only a handful of students. Some savings have already been realized through paying parents to transport some students, rather than using IU9 contractors.

Requests from teachers were also down this year, helping to lower projected costs. High school requests were down $6,000 from last year. Figures for Woodland Elementary School appeared to have risen by nearly $4,000, but the purchase of new science books — at a cost of more than $10,000 — were included in those numbers.
Board members also discussed pool expenses, which are included along with crossing guards under “Community Service” in the budget.

Expenditures for that line item total a projected $42,000 for the coming year. Mitchell said approximately $5,000 to $6,000 come in from ticket sales at the pool.
Mitchell said he always estimates liberally on the expense side, and conservatively on the revenue side to be sure things will balance out even if there are unforeseen circumstances.
“We don’t spend everything we typically thought we’d spend and we usually make more money than we projected,” Mitchell said. In previous years, budgets have been accepted with projected deficits of $350,000 to $500,000, with the gap expected to be filled by fund balance money. The fund balance is currently around $3.1 million.

Raising taxes was also discussed. If raised to the maximum level allowed following the passage of a resolution stating the district would remain under the inflationary index, approximately $102,000 in new revenue could be generated.

 “We owe it to the taxpayers to say we’re running the school as efficiently as we can before we raise taxes and we’re not there yet,” said member Daryl Richardson. “Two things we can control are salaries and the pool.”
“In my time as an administrator, we have reduced total staff by 23 percent,” Holjencin said. “We’re pretty bare bones around here and a lot of us wear a lot of hats that the community might not know about.”

Six of the nine members were present for budget discussions, which included a one-hour executive session. Member David McManigle announced when the meeting was scheduled that he was unable to attend due to prior obligations. Also absent were members Robert Lininger and Rob Aversa.

 The board plans to continue discussing the budget at its next workshop meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6. The preliminary budget is available for review by contacting the business office at the high school, through its expected adoption at the regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16. Meetings are held in the high school library.

Cameron County Commissioners laud Driftwood water upgrades

Cameron County Commissioners laud Driftwood water upgrades: EMPORIUM — The Cameron County Commissioners on Thursday commended Driftwood Borough officials on upgrades to the water system and other improvements being made in operations.
Driftwood Mayor Joseph Williams presented an update to the commissioners recently on improvements to the water system, which have significantly increased efficiency.

 “The mayor and council have accomplished many good things with the water system,” said Commissioner Jim Thomas. “They’ve come leaps and bounds in the last few years.”
Just repairing leaks in the system has increased efficiency, and will save money on operations for years to come. Usage has decreased from 80,000 gallons per day down to 14,000 gallons from fixing leaks alone.
Further improvements are necessary to complete renovations that have been much-needed for many decades to make the system safer and more reliable.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PA CareerLink JOB FAIR

PA CareerLink JOB FAIR

Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sacred Heart Parish Activity Center 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 For more information contact Annette @ 834-2857

Employers Attending:

Horizon Technologies, Bluewater Thermal Solutions,Comtec Manufacturing, Inc., GKN Kersey,Metaldyne,Amphenol, Alpha Sintered, Keystone Powdered Metal Company, Taco Bell,Community Nurses, Penn Highlands Elk, Helpmates, Inc., ST. Marys Chevrolet

Bring your resume and dress for success

Positions Hiring For:

Manufacturing Technicians, Engineers,Die-Setters,  Sintering Operators, Mold Operators, Secondary Operators,  Machinists, Personal Care Aides, Certified Nurse Aides,  Food Service Workers ,Secretaries, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses ,Machine Operators ,Inspectors,  Service Managers

Bernard Hornung Estate Sale

Be sure to come to the Hornung ESTATE SALE on Sat. May 21 at 363 Howard Circle in Emporium.

 It starts at 9:00. Parking will be on 4th St. across from Emporium Arms. Lots of items, a toboggan along with a garage full of tools, ladders, tool cabinets, etc. in the house there are tables full of glassware, collectibles, linens, quilt rack, antique chairs, tables, lamps, sewing machine, vintage board games and so much more.

Lyle O. Lyon

Lyle O. Lyon, 94, formerly of Poplar Street, Emporium, died Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys. Born October 3, 1921 in Emporium, he was the son of the late R. Paul and Susie Skillman Lyon. On June 15, 1946 in Emporium, he married the former Ellen Nickler who survives. A lifelong resident of Cameron County, Lyle was a 1942 graduate of Emporium High School and was a veteran of WWII having served in the Army Air Corps.

He was employed by Sylvania Electric in Emporium and the Emporium Water Company before joining the Emporium Police Department where he became the Chief of Police. Later he was employed for many years as foreman of Emporium Borough’s Public Works Department before retiring in 1986.

Mr. Lyon was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emporium where he served as a trustee, Masonic Lodge #382 F& AM in Emporium, and was a 63 year member of the Emporium Fire Department.

 Survivors include: three sons, Paul A. (Susan) Lyon of Emporium, Rev. Ray E. (Kathy) Lyon of North Huntingdon, and David A. (Mollie) Lyon of Hermitage; one daughter, Margie (Larry) Kelly of Allentown; one sister, Twila Grimm of Emporium; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two infant brothers, Alvin and Merle Lyon, and two adult brothers, Leon and Clark Lyon.

 A visitation with video tribute will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium. 

 The family will also receive friends Friday from 10-11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church where Funeral Services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Short, pastor, officiating.

Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Burial will be in Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Alzheimer Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or online at

Monday, May 16, 2016

Pork & Cork Scholarship Fundraiser

Summer Basketball League

Fat Burner-Toning-Strength Classes

Reminder to anyone interested in Fat Burner-Toning-Strength classes for the summer.

 Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 6:30AM and Tuesday-Thursdays at 6PM. 
$3 per class or lots of specials.
 Hope to see my girls and any new person interested smile emoticon 
First time people can come to class and try for free..

Join in at the Emporium Health Center 
288 Sizerville Road 
 Emporium, Pa. 15834

Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club Fishing Derby

Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club Fishing Derby

 Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club Fishing Derby is May 28th, 2016.
 Registration starts at 9 a.m. until noon. Cut off for measurement of fish is 12:30 p.m. 
Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks for the kids. Prizes after 12:30 deadline.
 Come and have a good time.

 Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club
 15 Club Rd PO Box 102 
Sinnemahoning, PA 
(814) 546-2835

Dr Bowser Accepting New Patients

Virginia Rose Downey

Virginia Rose Downey, 91, passed away May 10, 2016. She was born in Williamsport, PA, and helped raise her brothers. She has resided in Cuyahoga Falls for over 55 years. She had worked as a machine operator at Karg Machine, various restaurants, and as a babysitter. She loved to dance to big band music and loved her family and cat Asia.

Preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Mable Downey, children, Thomas Rinker, Roseanne Puskar, and Theodore Haynes; and father of her children, Eugene Haynes. 

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Kotula of PA and Jackie Knarr of Akron; grandchildren, Nikki, Angie, Tammy, Paula, Trish, Ted, Bobbie, Brittian and Allan and many great and great-great grandchildren; brother, John (Bud) Downey; and her extended family, Frank, Claire, Angie and Allie Copeland .

A Memorial Service will be held at Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E 4th St. Emporium, PA on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Mark Conklin officiating. 

Burial will be in Newton Cemetery.
 In lieu of other remembrances, memorials may be made to Pawsabilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087. Local 

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry 

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium. 

 Call 486-1161, ext. 269, with any questions.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rabies Clinic







Shippen Township Closed Memorial Day

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.
 Monday’s refuse pick-up will be on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday’s refuse collections will remain the same.
 Thank you!


LOTTO TICKETS for ST. MARK ANNUAL FESTIVAL will be distributed before and after Masses beginning Saturday, May 7th.
We’re asking each St. Mark./St. James family to buy or sell a packet of 10 tickets – or more packets, of course!
  Please return ticket stubs in the envelope provided.
 Stubs can be placed in collection basket or dropped off at the rectory.

Parish Feedback Meeting At St Mark Church

At the next Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday, May 12th @ 6:30 PM in O’Connell Hall, anyone who would like to discuss the Diocesan restructuring is welcomed as council will prepare a report to be sent to the Diocese of Erie.
The report will include remarks by the Pastor, table discussions about strengths and areas of concern for the preliminary restructure plan. In addition to this, anyone can go to the Erie Diocese web site ( and individually offer your feedback on line.
All input will be tallied and considered.

EVERYONE Breakfast At St Mark Parish

EVERYONE Breakfast!
Sunday, May 15th after 9:00 AM Mass.
EVERYONE of the parish are invited & welcomed!
 Breakfast will be provided by the Knights of Columbus.
  Reservations may be made by calling Rita May at 486-0787 or
on the sign-up sheet in the back of the church.

Hazel I. Taylor

Hazel I. Taylor, 93, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA formerly of Gardeau Rd., Austin, PA died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA on Monday (May 9, 2016) evening.

She was born February 18, 1923 in Johnsonburg, PA a daughter of the late John and Alma Yonkie Frederick. She married the late Herman G. Taylor. Mrs. Taylor retired from Sylvania where she worked for many years. She was a member of Keating Summit United Methodist Church and the Odin Grange.

Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne (Bill) Lowe, Eldred; son, Michael (Maryann) Taylor, Virginia; Grandchildren: Barbara Zola, Bryan Lowe, Debby Myers, Tammy Krohn, Kevin Taylor, Patricia Slane, Katie Engel, Cindy Cooney, Scott Freer, Jason Freer, Kristen English, Mike Taylor, Molly Kinner, Kristina, Corrine, Brent, Heather, and Gregory Taylor, Three sisters, Kathryn (Robert) Kline, Kersey; Grace (Millard) Williams, Emporium; and Marjorie (Jack) Rhines, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alma Yonkie Frederick, and her husband, Herman G. Taylor; a daughter, Gail Freer, son, Jerry Taylor, Two Brothers, Clarence & Richard Frederick; 5 Sisters, Esther Lentz, Alice Lang, Doris Hagg, Shirley Rhines and Marian Salvatore,

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium , PA on Friday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM with Rev. Steven Small, Pastor, Keating Summit United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Brandy Camp Cemetery, Brandy Camp, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made Keating Summit United Methodist Church, Austin, PA 16720 or to Pinecrest Manor, Memorial Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857
  Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Paul D. Plant

Paul D. Plant, 60, of 305 E. Third Street, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (May 4, 2016) morning. He was born November 15, 1955 in Penfield, PA a son of the late Rev. John and Elner Henderson Plant.
He married Leslie Fragale Plant, who survives. Paul worked as a machinist at several factories throughout the area and was also a self employed machinist. Paul loved his 5 cats.
 Surviving in addition to his wife Leslie Fragale Plant are a Daughter, Tiffany Plant, Kenmore, NY; four Brothers, Dennis Plant, Mifflintown; Don Plant, Greeley, CO; Max Plant, Georgia and Several nieces and nephews.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. John and Elner Henderson Plant, 3 Brothers, Bob, Robert & Jimmie Lee Plant,
 At his request there will be No Service. There will be No Visitation.
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cameron County Christian Center

Greetings to all! 
 This week at Country Blessings, all ladies skirts and dresses just $2.00 each!

 Additionally, for all of you who love yard sales, we have set up a mini yard sale table with new items added each week; Oh and there is a $1 table iof clothing in the hallway!

  Open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Cameron County Christian Center 
240 East 4th Street Emporium, Pa. 15834 

Emporium Borough officially owns several properties on E. Fourth Street

Emporium Borough officially owns several properties on E. Fourth Street: EMPORIUM — Emporium Borough now officially owns several properties along East Fourth Street that are slated for demolition.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Last Tuesday was beautiful and sunny. 
A perfect day to take a couple of pictures on the military banners in Emporium.

 My Unlce Nick Malizia

My cousin Rich Malizia

2016 Pittsburgh Marathon

Today was the running of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon

Pictured below are some of the runners who participated in the half marathon, running 13.1 miles. Congratulations ladies !

  Amanda Clark, Desiree Cummings ( Emporium) Mandy Miller ( Emporium ) Julie Prutznal 

Whitney Lewis, on the far right,completed the 26.2 miles

I want to share this story of Whitney's journey to race day.
 Dedication to her goal made her first marathon a reality. Congratulations Whitney!

 I DID IT!!!! One of my biggest life accomplishments-- I am a marathoner!! One year ago my goal for the year was to complete a 10k (6.6mi) and today I completed the Pittsburgh Marathon (26.2mi)! I found an inspirational group of people who were dedicated to getting up at 4:15am before work to run and they coached me through the training. I at first thought okay, I can do this and completed a half marathon in December and said to myself now I need to raise the bar and although it was so incredibly far above my bucket list and goal for life, I signed up and today I reached that goal!!! While I never thought possible--I was teaching third grade, coaching college and elementary basketball teams, waitressing, and getting my masters, running became my "me time," the time that I was able to dedicate daily to myself for a few hours every morning and not feel guilty like I should be doing something else. I never before considered myself a runner, just someone who ran a few miles to keep in shape, but now it has become a release and a passion.
 I've learned that while things can be so far in a dream world at one point in life, if you work hard and dedicate yourself, anything is possible!!

Driftwood Senior Center Old Foagies Hoagies

Driftwood Senior Center Old Foagies Hoagies
  $2.50 Each Orders due May 9th, and delivery date is May 18
Please phone or fax orders to 814.546.2331
Last month this great group of volunteers made and sold 876 delicious hoagies!


When you shop Amazon at the AmazonSmile website and choose us as your charitable organization, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to the Cameron County SPCA.
  Go to and pick "Cameron County Future Spca-Boarding Kennels" as your shosen charitable organization.
Then purchase all your Amazon items at the website.
Thank you for your support!


Cameron County SPCA will be holding their annual Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 14 at the Emporium Fire Hall from 11 am to 2 pm.
The SPCA will also be holding a Microchipping Clinc on Saturday, June 11 at the Emporium Fire Hall from 11 am to 2 pm.