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Thursday, July 28, 2016

4th Annual St Mark Festival

Don't forget to mark you calendars for the 4th Annual St Mark Festival coming on August 26 and 27. 

The MOORE BROTHERS BAND will be performing on Saturday, the 27th from 7 pm to 10 pm on the church grounds.

 A spaghetti dinner will again be held on Friday night from 4:30 to 7 pm. Tickets ($8 for adults; $5 children 5 and older) are available in the church office.

 Family Passes - $20 - for all immediate family members will soon be available from the church office, also.

 Be one of the first to purchase a family pass and you'll receive a free canvas bag in which to carry all of the treasures you win! 

Games * Prizes * FOOD * Pony Rides * $500 Raffle * 50/50 Raffle Chinese Auction *
 Beer and Wine * Ice Cream/Pie

Annual BBQ Contest September 24

Annual BBQ Contest September 24

The annual All Fired Up & Kickin Ash BBQ Contest held each year on the last Saturday of September attracting vendors from across the state. The vendors will prepare and sell their favorite items smoked to perfection.

“Each year this event attracts hundreds of people,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak. This year the chamber will add a larger seating area, so people can enjoy the music, beer, and of course ribs, brisket, wings, turkey, pork, side dishes and desserts. In addition, a number of vendors and artists have confirmed with the chamber to sell items and a paint n sip will be offered that day inside the chamber office.

Those that would like to participate as a vendor, competitor or even a judge, can contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Chines Auction / Bake Sale

Sinnemahoning St Park DREDGING UPDATE: 7/28/16

Sinnemahoning St Park DREDGING UPDATE: 7/28/16


Photos show the dredging process in full swing. Digging has begun. The mud is being piled in a staging area to dry before it is hauled away to the Sproul state forest. This is being done to try to limit the muddy mess. We will continue to update the public on the current status of the dredging.
 Thank you for your patients with this large and very important project.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vino and VanGogh Coming to Cameron County

Vino and VanGogh Coming to Cameron County

 Austin School District Art teacher, Michele Rodich offering a painting class at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. The Vino and VanGogh class will be limited to 15 students. Adults are encouraged to bring their favorite beverage to sip while they paint sunflowers on the 16x20 canvas.

 All materials are included in the $40 class to be held Wednesday August 10. Seats are limited.

 Contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314 or register online at

Rotary Club Annual Fundraiser Picnic

Cameron County Fair Decorated Bicycle Contest

Come out and join us in this years tractor parade! Don't have a tractor? Thats ok!

 Decorate your bike and come ride along! Contestants must have bikes in the parking lot across from the Methodist Church by 4:30 pm. Bicycles will be judged on use of this years theme "We Have Good Things Growing". Age groups are kids 5 and under, 6-12, and 13-17, and adults over 18. Children 12 and under must wear a helmet to follow state laws and children under 6 need a parent with them!

 So come out and have a great time being part of the parade! Monday, August 8 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

 Cameron County Fair
 The theme for the 2016 fair is "We Have Good Things Growing" 
This year's fair will be held August 7th- 13th.

Corn Hole Tournament At CC Fair Grounds

Everyone come out to enjoy a corn hole tournament sponsored by Smoker Logging!

 The tournament has 3 catagories, Junior ages 0-14, Adult ages 15+, and Mixed which will be one adult and one junior! Teams will be playing for a first prize of $20, second $15, and third $10!

 You can sign up any time during fair week with a fair board member at the basket raffle table!
 So find a friend and come on down on Thursday August 11th!

 Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 

 Cameron County Fair Grounds
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Buttonwood Inn

The Buttonwood Restaurant is changing...

 In an effort to get back to our goal of providing reliable, quality service to our customers, we find it necessary to make some changes to our hours of operation.

 Effective Friday, July 29, our restaurant will no longer serve dinners. We will serve BREAKFAST and LUNCH daily with our hours being 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 We will also be closed all day on TUESDAYS.

 Again, quality and service are our goals. Serving the community is our Pleasure.

 We hope to return to a full dinner schedule in the “not too distant” future.

 Bruce & Lonnie Bush and Staff

Sunday, July 24, 2016

11th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk Saturday August 20th, 2016

11th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk Saturday August 20th, 2016

TOP DOOR PRIZE IS A $100.00 Gift Certificate to Road Runner Sports!

Online Registration Available

Race Day Registration 7am-8:45am in Cameron County Elementary Cafeteria

9:00 AM Race Start Time

2016 Raffle Items - For information email us

Total Scholarship Money Awarded:


2016 Scholarship Recipients: Vincenzo Olivett  & Trae Smith

Cameron County Food Bank

Cameron County Food Bank 

The second Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Collection Sunday. Please bring a nonperishable food item and drop them in the designated location of the 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

Maurice A. Pifer

Maurice A. Pifer, 88, of 21087 Ccc Memorial Hwy, Emporium, PA died unexpectedly at his residence on Friday (July 22, 2016) evening. He was born May 27, 1928 in Clearfield, PA a son of the late Reuben and Helen Brubaker Pifer. He married the late Ethel Mae "Sue" White Pifer Mr. Pifer graduated from Clearfield High School. He was a machinist at Piper Aircraft for many years and other area companies.

Survived by Daughter, Angela Pifer, Durham, NC; Son, Rock Pifer and his wife Sheri, St. Marys; Daughter, Patricia Umbenhauer, Emporium; Son, Joshua Pifer and his wife Carey, Keating Summit; Son, Zach Pifer and his wife Rachel, Emporium; Daughter, Julie Greene, Mechanicsburg, PA; Daughter, Jennifer Fowler and husband Bernie, Tuckerton, NJ; Daughter, Beth Pifer, Emporium. 19 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren, 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Helen Brubaker Pifer, Wife, Ethel Mae "Sue" White Pifer, Granddaughter, Rebecca Umbenhauer, One Brother and one Sister.

There will be No Visitation. The family will have a private family service.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Helen M. Erskine

Helen M. Erskine, 95, of 2235 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Friday morning. (July 22, 2016)

 There will be no visitation per Helen's request.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

 Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, July 18, 2016

St James Feast Day Celebration

St James Feast Day Celebration

 St. James’ Feast Day Celebration will be held on Friday, July, 22, beginning with a mass at St. James at 11:00AM. A luncheon will follow at the Zoschg Family Homestead Camp on the First Fork- Route 872. Bring a dish to pass and your own drinks. 

 To make reservations please call: Louise @ 486-3983 or Susie @ 486-1571.

Diaper Sunday

 “DIAPER SUNDAY” is July 31, 2016

 Donations of disposable diapers, gently used infant clothing (up to size 24 months), baby wash & shampoo, diaper ointment and wipes are being collected.

 Donations can be left at the table in the back of the church. The Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoptions

 Services provide assistance to individuals of all faiths. 
The need in our area is high, so please support this worthy cause.



 Emporium, PA, August 9, 2016: The Cameron County Conservation District will be holding a Composting Workshop on Tuesday August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cameron County Fair Grounds. Whether you’re new to composting or have been doing it for years, 

Conservation District Chairman and instructor for the evening, Mark Johnson, will help you turn your everyday garbage into “Black Gold.” Registration is required at a cost of $20.00/per person and will include a composting barrel to take home.

 For more information or to RSVP, please call Kate Morgan at 814-486-2244 or e-mail:

 Financial and other support for the NPS Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Programs at Sinnemahoning State Park July 22-24 2016

Programs for the weekend of July 22-24 include a Friday night bat program in the campground, and on Saturday, an inner tube float at 40 Maples, batty activities for kids in the classroom, and an opportunity to participate in our park’s annual bat count in the evening. 

 Please call the park office for more information or to register for the inner tube float. 814-647-8401 ext 0. Hope to see you next weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park!

Suellen R. (Hertlein) Coffield

Suellen R. (Hertlein) Coffield, 74, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA formerly of 324 W. 4th St., died at Pinecrest Manor on Sunday morning (July 17, 2016)

 She was born November 4, 1941 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Benjamin and Florence Spence Hertlein. She is survived by a sister, Joanna (Richard) Reynolds, Grasss Valley, CA and a brother, Alan Hertlein, Emporium. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Florence Spence Hertlein and a Sister, Zelia Reed.

 At Suellen’s request there will be No Service. Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cameron County district changing scheduling

Posted: Friday, July 15, 2016 10:00 am By AMANDA JONES Era Correspondent | 0 comments EMPORIUM — Cameron County High School students will adjust to a new schedule next year following changes made by the district principal and recently-hired superintendent.

Dr. Keith Wolfe participated in the first full regular board meeting following his hiring last month to a three-year contract. The district opted not to renew a contract with Christine Holjencin, who served as a teacher and administrator at the district prior to being hired for the top spot several years ago. job net employer 300x250Mascho 300x250

Wolfe and District Principal Amy Schwab have nearly completed scheduling high school students, and have changed the course structure from a five-day rotation to a six-day rotation. The changes will not affect core classes such as math and science, but will allow for more instruction time for students in their elective courses like art, music and technical education. “It’s very efficient in enabling students to take courses they need, plus some that they want,” said Wolfe. He stated that the schedule will not go by the days of the week but will be numbered, instead, so that if a day is missed, the classes scheduled for that day are not; they are taught the following day.

The move also helps facilitate the girls’ locker room schedule. Due to the high school having only one physical education teacher, a female teacher from another subject must be assigned to the locker room to oversee activities while students are readying to begin or end class. It also allows for the librarian’s schedule to be freed up slightly so she can teach courses. Wolfe stated that at the other districts in which this change has taken place, the students get used to the schedule very quickly and the teachers take only a short period of time to adjust. A few staffing adjustments were also discussed. A home economics teacher will split time between those courses and social studies. The individual is dual-certified. The high school technical education teacher will spend part of the time at Woodland to teach STEM courses to elementary students.

In a few instances, similar courses were combined to free up additional time. Schwab also discussed a continuation of last year’s efforts to introduce more writing into the curriculum. Last year, teachers for Kindergarten through third grade were trained on writing across the curriculum, and Schwab wants to hold a training this year for fourth through sixth or seventh grade teachers. Training for approximately ten teachers will cost around $360. The money has already been budgeted in the professional development line item. “We feel what we started last year was a good start and we saw a lot of improvement, especially for the third grade,” Schwab said. She would also like to expand the training into the high school levels next year, and IU9 support staff will work with the Kindergarten through third teachers this year to refresh the information from prior trainings.

 A request was received from the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce to place a memorial bench along the Gary Dubler Nature Trail behind the elementary school. The bench will be constructed of concrete and treated lumber, requiring little to no maintenance for many years. The bench is being donated by a resident in honor of Kendyl Shaffer, and will be delivered to the school by L&M Lumber and installed by Mountaineer Search and Rescue at no cost to the district.

Wolfe stated he will schedule a meeting with chamber officials and others associated with the trail to get the details, and the project will be voted on at the next board meeting. Paving of the parking lot is ongoing. The elementary side is mostly completed, and work is expected to begin at the high school next week. The closures have caused several headaches for summer school programs, but nothing that has not been able to be worked around thus far.

The board tabled a motion to hire and rehire assistant wrestling coaches; spring sports coaches and co-curricular advisors for the coming school year. Board members had several concerns over the list which could not be hashed out during a brief executive session. One of the sticking points was a move to rehire an assistant band front advisor. Member Marilyn Erickson stated that the program has only 19 students, which is less than sports that function with only one advisor.

The board voted not to reestablish cross country as a team sport. Members Robert Lininger and Erickson voted against funding the program as there are only six students interested in participating. They believe the numbers do not justify the cost. Only five members were present, with members David McManigle, Robert Aversa, Daryl Richardson and President Paul Abriatis not in attendance. The board approved paying the district’s bills in the amount of $463,250.22.

Lunches will increase by $0.10 this year. Wolfe explained that price increases are announced for the district. This is the minimum lunches must be increased by, but the district can charge more, if necessary. The next regular meeting of the Cameron County School District Board of Directors will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11. A workshop meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1. district

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Metal Stamping Class

Metal Stamping Class

 Cameron County artist Emily Wolfel hosting a metal stamping class Monday July 25 at the Cameron County Artisan Center. The Monday night class is open to all ages. “This class will whet your appetite for making jewelry with personalization,” says Wolfel who sells her one of a kind pieces at the Artisan Center at 34 East Fourth Street in Emporium. 

 The price of the class is $15.00 and includes all materials to take home a necklace. For more information, contact the Cameron County Artisan Center at 814-486-4314 or register online at

Endless Mountain Jam

2nd Annual Dice Run August 27

On The Grill Raffle

Marcella Joan Johnson Keenan

Marcella Joan Johnson Keenan, devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died July 12, 2016, at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

She was born October 28, 1928 in DuBois, the daughter of the late Ellis Irwin Johnson, Sr. and Evah Belle Miller Johnson. Her family lived in Penfield for several years where she graduated from high school. She attended the DuBois Campus and then received her degree in Psychology from Penn State University in 1950. She received a nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 1981.

In DuBois on September 30, 1950, she married Curtis Harry Keenan. They celebrated their 61st anniversary in 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband who died in 2012, her brother Ellis Irwin Johnson, Jr. in 1946 and her sister Marlene in 1951.

 She is survived by three daughters: Laurie Keenan and husband James Brightwell of Nellysford, Virginia, Judith Sasala and husband Jerome of Austin, and Joan Dean and husband Phil of New Cumberland. Her grandchildren also survive her: Joshua Dean, Baltimore, Maryland; The Rev. Matthew Dean and wife Natalie, Pittsburgh; Captain Jeremiah Sasala and wife Laura, Monterrey, California; Katie Sasala, Austin; Elizabeth Brightwell, Richmond, Virginia; and Erin Dean, Harrisburg. She is also survived by her great –grandson, Desmond J. Dean of Pittsburgh, her sister-in-law Frances Keenan of Bloomington, Indiana, and three nieces (Wynter Vik, Heather Keenan and Sarah Gustafson) and four nephews (Eric and Lars Gustafson and Rich and Paul Keenan).

 She lived in Emporium from 1952 to 1982 and taught several years in the elementary schools of Cameron County. In 1982, her husband was transferred to Ottawa, Ohio, where they lived until 1989. While living there she worked as a registered nurse at Putnam Acres Care Center. In l989 they moved to State College where they lived until 2008 when they moved to Huntingdon to the Westminster Woods retirement community.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. In Emporium, she taught Sunday school and in Emporium and Ottawa, was active in women’s organizations. While in State College she was a visitation Deacon. At the time of her death, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huntingdon. She enjoyed volunteer work at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, traveling, photography and reading. While at Westminster Woods, she helped start the caregivers’ support group. She was a lifetime member of the PSU alumni association. 
Her beloved family, however, was her greatest joy in life.

A Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Woods at 11 AM on Friday, July 15. The service will be conducted by The Rev. Harold Williams, Chaplain of Westminster Woods, Pastor Mindi Ferguson, United Methodist Church, and Pastor Matthew Dean, United Methodist Church.

 Burial will be in the Garden Mausoleum in State College. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church (427 Mifflin Street: Huntingdon, PA 16652); Home Nursing Agency (PO Box 352; Altoona, PA 16603; ATTN: Hospice Services); or Westminster Woods (360 Westminster Drive; Huntingdon, PA 16652).

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hidden Secrets at the Museum

Hidden Secrets at the Museum

 Every time one of our volunteers unlocks the doors at the Little Museum and walks inside to greet visitors another secret seems to be uncovered. Some are more startling than others but there are many there.

 Saturday, July 16 2016 from 1-3 PM the Board of Directors of the Cameron County Historical Society would like to share some of the secrets with you along with a few stories behind them. Such as our connection to the Wright Brothers, Hitler, the women behind the Bucktail Monument at Driftwood and our four sided court house clock and a interesting music invention of Thomas Edison's and his connection to Cameron County.

 As we uncover some interesting tales of our past, our President John Kautz will be at his grill serving up hot dogs, cookies and cold drinks outside at the Coke Oven Display. His side-kick at the display will be historian Jr. Murray who has many new tales of the ghost towns of Canoe Run, Bradytown, Chapman Hill and the coke ovens never shared before. As you tour the Museum there will be historians inside to share some of its amazing secrets.

 Shhh we don't like to let the cat too far out of the bag and we will remain mysterious hopefully to peak your interest enticing you for a visit.

 Come "anytime between 1-3 PM" learn some secrets and have a hot dog. We look forward to seeing you there.

Motorized Trails ATV Meeting

Motorized Trails

Cameron County ATV and UTV enthusiasts planning a follow up meeting. The ATV-UTV Proposed Association will meet Wednesday July 20 from 6-8pm at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 34 East Fourth Street, Emporium.

Organizer Jeff Snell says 10 people representing residents and businesses attended the first meeting at the The Bears Den. Organizing the group and discussing possible trail options included in the agenda.

Those that cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to contact Snell at 814-320-1632 or the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Weekend in the Wilds Success

Weekend in the Wilds Success

Weekend events called a success by vendors and planners. “The number of vendors topped 50, making it the largest ever,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Director, Tina Solak. Food vendors sold out and many organizations in the region benefitted including PA Wounded, Warriors, Cameron County Fair Association, Cameron County Girl Scouts, Storm Football, Leukemia Foundation and CCHS students. Organizers of the Pie and Ice Cream Social on Friday noted they scooped record amounts of Penn State Creamery Ice Cream.

TomBob Outdoors filmed the entire event focusing on the Mountaineer Search & Rescue Big Foot Hunt. The segment will air at a later date. “Hopefully that will encourage more people to attend the event,” says Solak.

Fireworks blasted off Saturday night before a packed football stadium parking lot and Sunday Gibson and Grove Townships celebrated with a picnic at the Barclay Recreation Center.

This event could not happen without volunteers, artists, organizations, police and borough officials,” concludes Solak, who adds next year Weekend in the Wilds will be held Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1.

100 Miles Of Yard Sales

Held the third weekend in July, this annual event is attended by people from all parts of Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

 For information phone: (814) 263-4418 or (814) 236- 7321 email:

100 Mile Yard Sale Directory