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Monday, August 29, 2016

Programs at Sinnemahoning Labor Day Weekend

Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a variety of free family-friendly programs to park visitors over Labor Day Weekend

Floating the First Fork
Saturday, September 3 and Sunday September 4
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
40 Maples Day Use Area

Relax on an inner tube while learning about the waters and woodlands of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek. Inner tubes and life vests provided. Group size limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

Stream Study
Saturday, September 3
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
40 Maples Day Use Area

Wade into the cool water to catch crayfish and other stream-dwelling animals. Explore the aquatic food chain and learn more about water quality. Water shoes or boots are recommended. This free DiscoverE program is intended for families with children ages 4-12.

Wild Pennsylvania Ginseng
Saturday, September 3
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Wildlife Center classroom

Learn how to identify wild ginseng and get the current information on harvest seasons, regulations and licensing. Learn where to find ginseng in PA and find out which lands are closed to ginseng harvest.

Fun with Frogs
Sunday, September 4
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
40 Maples Day Use Area

Hop on over to 40 Maples Day Use area to learn more about frogs, toads and the habitats they live in. Then join park staff on a short walk to search the ponds for some of these amazing amphibians. This free DiscoverE program is intended for families with children ages 4-12.

Elk in Pennsylvania
Sunday, September 4
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Campground Amphitheater

Take a fascinating look into the life of one of our largest, most intriguing wild animals. Learn about elk restoration in Pennsylvania and tips to observing wild elk in our area.

September Art Classes Announced

September Art Classes Announced

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center planning September classes. A metal stamping class planned for Monday September 12. Jewelry artist Emily Wolfel will introduce students to the process of stamping metal. The class is open to all ages. The price of $15.00 each includes all materials for a necklace.

On Saturday September 24 during the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ Competition a painting class will be offered inside of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center from 10am-noon. The price is $40.00 and includes all materials to create a tree adorned with fall leaves on a 16x20 canvas. Seating is limited to 13.

To register for either class call 814-486-4314 or visit online at

Boys Hoop Club Meeting

The Boys Hoop Club will be meeting on Monday, Sept. 12th at 6:30 PM in Mrs. Shaffers 6th grade room at Woodland Elementary.

 We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers and looking at the calendar for important dates as we near the upcoming season. The Rada knives sale and the Christmas in the Wilds soup sale are approaching fast. We also would like to look at any other opportunities that parents may have to raise money for the new season. If you have a child who is going sign up to play boys JV or Varsity Basketball please try to attend.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Clothing Sale At Country Blessings

Sale Sale Sale

  This week at Country Blessings--

$5.00 bag sale or $1.00 per item!

Open Wednesday though Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


DCNR survey seeking feedback from ATV Enthusiasts

DCNR survey seeking feedback from ATV enthusiasts across Pa. In a bid to better gauge ATV use across Pennsylvania and plan for future riding opportunities in the state, DCNR is seeking participation of riders and owners in an online survey.

“DCNR is working on a study to analyze existing ATV trails and parks in Pennsylvania, as well as explore possibilities for establishing additional riding areas,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said this week. “The survey is designed to help create a statewide inventory of ATV riding opportunities on public and private lands. Also, we are researching opportunities to partner with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations to create and develop new ATV parks, trails, and facilities to meet the needs of ATV owners.”

DCNR officials first announced this forthcoming survey in early June when they joined representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection in announcing the reopening of the Whiskey Springs ATV Trail. The popular public ATV trail, threading through Sproul State Forest near Westport, Clinton County, is heavily used by ATV riders.

DCNR records as of Aug. 1 show more than 168,680 registered ATV owners ride on private land and approved state forest trails.

“We want to explore avenues of meeting these registered owners’ need,” Dunn said. “To do that effectively, we need to better understand the wants and needs of the ATV user. We also ask riders to spread the word to fellow ATV enthusiasts—we want as much survey input as possible.”

The survey will remain active through Sept. 15. Please click the below link to take the survey.

The study is being completed by Moshier Studio and Pashek Associates. Questions may be directed to John Buerkle at

Family Passes and Spaghetti Dinner Tickets on Sale

Family Passes and Spaghetti Dinner Tickets are on sale in the Rectory this week. You can purchase these passes/tickets in advance during regular office hours – 9 am to 3 pm Monday thru Friday.

Family passes are $20 and allow all immediate family members to enjoy unlimited turns on all of the games, slide, and the PONY ride. Turns are limited on the Mega Thrill Obstacle Course (2 turns) and the Cannonball Air Blaster (2 turns). Additional turns on these two rides will be an additional charge.

Spaghetti Dinner Tickets are $8 per adult; $5 for children; and free for children under 5.
 Dinner includes Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Bread, Dessert and a drink.
 Beer and wine will be available for an additional cost of $2 per beer and $3 per glass of wine. 
 Dinner will be served on Friday, Aug 26th, from 4 to 7 pm.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Coudersport Townwide Yard Sales

Dale K. Lewis

Dale K. Lewis, 71, of 51 Bo Mar Drive, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA Saturday, August 20, 2016 evening following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born July 25, 1945 in Kane, PA a son of the late Verne E. and June Peasely Lewis.

 On July 4, 1980 in Mt. Jewett, PA he married Patricia Schillinger Lewis, who survives. Mr. Lewis retired from International Wax in Smethport where he worked for many years. He and his wife Pat owned the former Two Knots Craft Shop in Emporium. Dale loved woodworking; making benches, tables, guitars and many other items. 

He is survived by his wife Patricia Lewis. 
Two daughters, Cheryl (Timothy) Lewis Linnan and Cathy Lewis Morgan both of Smethport; One step-daughter, Tricia (David) Green Herbstritt, Emporium;
 Two Grandsons, Cody and Darren Donovan;
 two Brothers, Lance (Loretta) Lewis and Mitchell "Mitch" (Willie) Lewis of Emporium; 
two sisters, Denise "Denni" (Corey) Glickman, Pittsburgh, PA and Deborah (Michael) Enders, Ellicottville, NY; 
Several, Nieces and nephews also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Verne E. and June Peasely Lewis and one sister, Jeanne Souther.

 There will be No Visitation. 
A Graveside Service will be held at St. Mark Cemetery, Route 120, Emporium, PA on Friday (August 26, 2016) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow.

 If desired, Memorials may be made to Hope Lodge in Central PA, 125 Lucy Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036 

Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Karate Club, Adult Fitness & Personal Training

Jason Burlingame at Cameron County Christian Center/Country Blessings.

 Mokuso Karate Club: classes start this September! 

In conjunction with the Cameron County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Office, I will be teaching a free Kids Karate class.

 I will also be offering Adult Fitness and Personal Training.
 Karate will be for grades 5 to 12; both classes are to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cameron County Christian Center Gym.

 Again, Tuesdays and Thursdays: Adult Fitness and Personal Training at 4

 Kids Karate Grades 5 to 12 at 5

Shippen Township Refuse Collection

ShippenTownship will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day. 

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

 Thank you!

Brenda L. Carlson

Brenda L. Carlson, 51, of 37 Burger Lane, Austin, PA died at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA on Wednesday (August 17, 2016) evening. She was born July 31, 1965 in Port Allegany, PA a daughter of David Bickford, Emporium and the late Donna VanSickles Bickford. On June 26, 1982 in Emporium she married Jerry Carlson, who survives. Brenda was a loving daughter, wife, mother and sister and a good friend to all who knew her.

 In addition to her father David Bickford she is survived by her husband Jerry Carlson, two sons, Brian Carlson, Warren and Shaun Carlson, Houston, TX; one daughter, Lori Carlson, Emporium; two sister, Lisa Bickford (Major), Emporium and Tina Lyon, St. Marys.

 She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna VanSickles Bickford and a brother, Billy Joel Bickford.

There will be No Visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be Celebrated privately at the convenience of the family.

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Class of 1965 Honors Deceased Class Members

Class of 1965 dedication of the bench placed on Broad Street to honor their deceased class members.

 The Sailor (in the White uniform) on the mural is Albert Peterson. He was our classmate and was killed in Vietnam Nam. So it is a special place for us. The bench is in honor and remembrance of all our deceased class members.

 The people in the picture; seated left to right,  Jim Thomas, Kieth Heidreich. 

Back left to right;Nancy Sarick Vierhaus, Jean Clark Tesauro, Karen Vogt Jiang, Mary Maginell Solveson, Karen Kulick Burne

St Mark Parish Festival

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

Don't forget to register.....6 days until race day! 

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

The 5th Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge

The 5th Annual Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge will feature a 14k run, 7K run and 
2 Mile Fun Walk. 

 The event will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 and will begin at 9 A.M.

 INFORMATION: Phone: (814) 776-5373 or Email Steve Putt at:

Race Registration Form

About Les Haas: Les was a US Army veteran and served as a Waterways Conservation Officer with the PA Fish & Boat Commission for 20 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Elk County Conservation District for 8 years. Les was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the NRA, PA Federation of Sportsmen, St. Marys Sportsmens Club, B.A.S.S., Buckmaster Whitetail Deer Hunting Association, National Trappers Association and Christian Sportsman Fellowship.

 Les devoted his life to conservation efforts and was actively involved in many Conservation District activities, including the annual Elk County Envirothon. Les passed unexpectedly on February 24, 2012. In Les’s honor, proceeds from this event will be used for environmental education efforts within Elk County.

CCHS Night Swim

CCHS Night Swim Night Swim

 August 19th From 7:30 - 9:30. $2.00 per person $7.00 per family.
 There will be food and drinks to purchase.
 601 Woodland Ave., Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Friday, August 12, 2016

Falling Rock Damages Spehalski Vehicle

After a relaxing visit to Ocean City, Emporium residents Tom and Bonnie Spehalski experienced the scare of a lifetime while driving home Wednesday evening on Rt 120 past Renova, PA. 

Anyone that has traveled that road is aware of the "Falling Rocks" signs. A large rock fell on the windshield area of the Spehalski vehicle as they left the Renova area. Bonnie stated the car was full of glass but Tom was able to drive the damaged car through the strong thunderstorm that was in the area at that time. Thankfully both occupants suffered no injuries.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rain in Cameron County

The rain hit hard over Cameron County late Thursday evening. Over 3 inches of rain fell and some areas struggled with such a large amount of rain in such a short time. Damage was noted county wide, electric lines were down, trees and branches on the ground and some roads were under water.
 The streets in downtown Emporium filled up fast.

Intersection near Rite Aid, East end of town.

Corner of Chestnut & 4th Street 

Looking toward 4th & Broad Street 

Timber Rattlesnake program at Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning – Stacy Foster to present timber rattlesnake program titled, The Secret Behind the Rattle, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM, at Sinnemahoning State Park

Both terrifying and intriguing, the timber rattlesnake is a secretive and shy creature that is unjustly feared by many people. On Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Sinnemahoning State Park, certified timber rattlesnake construction monitor, Stacy Foster, will present a detailed portrayal into the life of a timber rattlesnake, a surprisingly docile and significant component of our Pennsylvania forest ecosystem.

Stacy, who graduated from Penn State Dubois with a degree in wildlife technology and a passion for snakes, is a huge advocate of using environmental education as a tool to promote the preservation of wildlife, particularly rattlesnakes. During her program on Saturday evening, Stacy will introduce the three venomous snakes that can be found in Pennsylvania, provide helpful identification tools in order to correctly identify these venomous snakes, and detail the natural history of Pennsylvania's largest pit viper, the timber rattlesnake. Stacy will also discuss common misconceptions associated with the timber rattler and share safety precautions that can be easily applied if you encounter this passive creature in the wild.

This program, entitled, “The Secret Behind the Rattle” will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the classroom of the Park Office and Wildlife Center, located at 4843 Park Drive, Austin, PA. Concluding the presentation, Stacy will give park visitors an opportunity to view up-close a live rattlesnake.

For more information about programs and events at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at Online, visit Sinnemahoning-State-Park on Facebook or view the PA State Park calendar of events at

Cameron County ATV/UTV Association Meeting

New Club Rolls Forward

The newly organized. Cameron County ATV/UTV Association, Inc. (CCAUA, Inc.), will be holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department.

Henry Sorgen IV, president of the Central Mountains All-Terrain Vehicle Association will be the guest speaker. Central Mountains All-Terrain Vehicle Association, located in Lock Haven is one of the largest organization in Pennsylvania and is at the fore front of a 1,200 mile ATV trail that would link several counties together throughout Pennsylvania. Sorgen will show the proposed 1,200 mile trail and how Cameron County ATV/UTV Association members will play a major role in making this come to fruition.

Sorgen, will be available to answer any and all questions regarding local and state laws and regulations regarding ATV use. “I hope county, township and borough officials will attend this meeting,” says Jeff Snell, president of the Cameron County ATV/UTV Association. “The dialogue between this newly formed group and the officials can begin at this meeting and continue as proposed trails are mapped out,” Snell continued.

The Board of Directors and the officers of the association have made tremendous progress in organizing and structuring the association. At the meeting membership applications will be available. Volunteers will be assigned trail teams which will identify designated roads for review and open dialog with local, townships and state officials.

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry 

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, August 24, 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.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FreeRange Holistic Health

FreeRange Holistic Health, LLC plans to begin business soon in Emporium. 

 I'm so excited to share this new adventure with you!!! I am projecting an opening for September 1, 2016!! Make appointments now to save 10% off of our services and sauna sessions!! Stay tuned for all the exciting details and check out our website 

 Click on these links to read more about this local service.

40th Anniversary Celebration!

Cameron County School District

The last day for the pool to be open is August 19th. 

Teacher In-Service will be August 22, 23, 2016. 

First day for students is August 24, 2016. 

 Dr. Keith Wolfe, Superintendent of Schools, along with Amy Schwab, District Principal, have announced that the Woodland Elementary and Cameron County Junior/Senior High Schools will open their doors for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

 The Schools will operate on the following time schedule: (elementary) 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and (high school) 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

 Students arriving prior to 7:55 a.m. are to be in designated areas only 

 Please click on this link  to see the "Opening Day" message, the High School Homeroom List and the Supply List PDFs at bottom of page.

Monday, August 8, 2016

St Marks Festival

Cameron County Fair Week

The Cameron County Fair kicked off their opening week with the annual tractor parade. Many turned out to see the parade through downtown Emporium. This years fair is from August 7-13 and the theme is "We have good things growing!" You can visit the fair's website at to see this weeks calendar of events. Come out and support your local fair. Beaver Hall is filled with exhibits and they are so interesting to see.

 Cameron Co. Fair History

Keystone Park was the first known location of the Cameron County Fair. Keystone Park is where GKN Sinter Metals and Embassy Sintered Metals are located on Airport Road and where the West Creek branch now flows. According to History of Cameron County (1991edition), the first fair was held around 1901. The fair was under the sponsorship of the Cameron County Agricultural Association. The fair was held each September until 1917. The start of the world War I and a severe flu epidemic put a halt to the fair that year.

The Cameron County Fair formed an association in 1967 as a committee of the Emporium Jaycees. The fair was held at the Pine Street Field. This fair worked in close partnership with the 4H program. After the field was sold in 1970 to Motor Coils a new location was pursued.

Mr. Henry Zimmer, a jaysee, made an offer to allow the fair to use a piece of land that had been the previous location of the Smokeless Powder and Picric Acid Plant. Paul Abriatis, another jaysee, loaned the fair committee bulldozers to prepare the land.

After many years of work the fair has grown into a lush green area with a concession stand, 4H building, exhibition hall, stage, animal display barn, and a 160 foot open front exhibit area. The largest exhibit hall(Beaver Hall) was named after fair director, Beaver Williams. The Beaver Hall has been begun renovation projects in the past few years by first updating the kitchen, adding a large new window and soon replacing the ceiling tiles in the main floor area. Beaver Hall is frequently rented out for wedding receptions and family reunions.

The fair has been a good source a family entertainment and a place to exhibit great works of skillful craft and the fruits of agricultural labors.

 Much of the Information compiled from History of Cameron County -1991; # T115 written by Don Williams



 GKN employees, Amanda Vossler, Jason Copp, Clarence Swank and Andy Dynda presents a $1,100 check to Jill Carlson, Drive Chairperson for the Cameron County Community Chest from the GKN Foundation. 

The GKN Foundation gives away a certain percentage of its income each year to qualifying tax-exempt organizations. GKN US entities (local plants) are given the opportunity to budget grants. These grants are taken to the Foundation Board for approval. If approved the grant requests are funded by the foundation and then distributed by the location who requested the grant. The GKN Foundation has donated to many local charities and organizations over the past fourteen years.

Augustus A. "Gus" Zito

Augustus A. "Gus" Zito, 86, of 106 Glasgow Ct., Stephens City, Virginia formerly of Emporium, PA died at his residence on Thursday (August 4, 2016) morning.

He was born June 21, 1930 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Anthony and Amelia Nicolo Zito. In Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Lackawanna, NY he married the late Anna Mae Scott Zito. Mr. Zito graduated from Emproium High School and attended Lock Haven University. He served with the US Army, from July 23, 1948 until August 19, 1952, during the Korean War. Gus served as borough manager of Emporium for several years. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Emporium Council #990

Gus is survived by five daughters, Catherine Harford, M. Theresa Seitz, Amelia "Mimi" Smith, Nancy Zito and Ann Lukasik. Ten Grandchildren: Brian Harford, Roxanne Zoschg, Michael & Joseph Patton, Jesse Seitz, Natalie, Rachel &, Summer Cooper, Michael Moreau and Anniela Lukasik. One Great Granddaughter Amelia Zoschg. One Sister, Jean Zito, Emporium; and Numerous, Nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Amelia Nicolo Zito, Wife, Anna Mae Scott, Granddaughter, Kaylee Ann Harford, five sisters, Nancy Connors, Stella Zito, Margaret Anderson, Susan Zito & Theresa Dixon and by five brothers, Frank, Dominick, Joe & Tony Zito and Joe in infancy.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (August 13, 2016) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA where a Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Blue Ridge Hospice

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Release

The Cameron County Historical Society is pleased to announce its latest book entitled "Cameron" by researchers Glenda (Neenan) Card and Dianne (Connelly) DeShong from the Lumber Twp Heritage Collection featuring early families such as; Spangler, Strawbridge, Huff, Richey and many more.

Many local folks contributed the creation of this book such as Jean (Schreffler) Burfield, Jim Miller, Guy Howlett, Francis Stuart, Suzanne (Sullivan) Murray, John Bower, Mo Johnson and so many more. The Village of Cameron touched the lives of so many that brought about much joy to those who still remain today to tell tales of her past.

"Cameron" covers much of what many of us still remember such as Jack's Place which was renamed by its new owners as the "Cameron Hotel." Big Rock swimming hole, her schools dating as far back as 1862. How about the Square Timber Race Track at Moateville. Hard to believe but it use to attract 500 spectators on a Sunday afternoon. It was managed by Don Bower with drivers such as; Morgan Stuart, Bill Howlett, Erg Murry, Moe Johnson and ticket sellers Alice Bower and Jean Burfield.

Included is a section on Frances (Schwab) Murray who we give credit to much of the inspiration of our book(s) it's through her memories that we were able to reconstruct much of the history of Cameron. Aunt Fan as she was often referred to gave us rare insights into the people and occupations that supported the community of Cameron. Her recollections of places and people were the basis of our research throughout our other two books; Cameron Lumbering and the Bradytown, Canoe Run and Chapman Hill books.

If you haven’t already gotten started on this wonderful historical series this is the perfect book to start with.

Book site locations: Barbara Moscato Library, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Artisan Center in Emporium, and The Little Museum in Sterling Run .

You can contact us by calling 814-486-0334 by mail at: Cameron County Historical Society at P O. Box 433, Emporium, Pa. 15834 or Email: