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Monday, October 31, 2016

Music Booster Meeting

Music  Booster Meeting 

 Tomorrow night is a music booster meeting. 

Who are the music boosters? If you're a parent or guardian of a CCHS band student then that's you :) see you Tuesday night at 6:00 in the band room!

Jean Geelen Sizer

Jean Geelen Sizer, age 66, of West Fourth Street, Emporium, died Saturday, October 29, 2016, in Emporium. Born August 24, 1950 in St. Marys, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Betty Spellenberg Geelen and was formerly married to David L. Sizer.

A lifelong resident of Cameron County she was a 1968 graduate of Cameron County High School. Jean was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Survivors include: one son, Daniel P. Sizer of Russell, PA; one daughter, Sarah B. Sizer of Emporium; one grandson, Bradley Lukaschunis of Emporium; one sister, Patricia Kelly and husband Kim of Cupertino, CA; one nephew, Steven Kelly also in Cupertino; one niece, Suzanne Kelly of Fredericksburg, VA; and one aunt, Annabell Bloomquist of Clinton, NY.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, where Funeral and Committal Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium, officiating.

Burial will be in Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Moore Hill Cemetery Association.

Mary Ann Mummert

Mary Ann Mummert, 54, of 1095 Highland Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA passed away at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA on Sunday (October 30, 2016) night following a lengthy battle with a brain tumor. She was born January 30, 1962 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Beverly J. Smith.

 On November 20, 1982 in State College, PA she married the love of her life Mark C. Mummert, who survives Mary Ann graduated from Penn State University where she received Bachelor degrees in Elementary Education and also in Math Science. Mary Ann worked as a systems analyst for Capital Blue Cross in Harrisburg. She loved her cats and belonged to several animal rescue associations.

She is survived by her loving husband Mark C. Mummert.

 She was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly J. Smith, There will be No Visitation. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating.
 Mark will greet the public to Celebrate her life on Thursday, Nov 3rd from 6:00 -7:00 PM at the Coklin Funeral Home, 30 North Chestnut St., Dillsburg, PA

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to American Brain Tumor Association, ( or to the National Brain Tumor Foundation (

Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cameron County Storm Football

WE ARE IN NEED OF YOUR HELP!!! November is Elections month!!!

The Cameron County Storm Board Members are excited to announce that Sunday, November 13th, 2016, will be nominations and elections of all board positions for the 2017 season! The meeting will be held in the upstairs of the KofC at 7:00 PM. While all board positions are able for nomination and election, we have three positions that are completely open and in need to fill. The open positions along with a general description are as follows:

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR - Responsible for coordination of various fundraising events, activities, and promotions.

SECRETARY - Responsible for accurate, concise, and chronological record of board proceedings.

CONCESSIONS DIRECTOR - Responsible for coordination and delegation of tasks relating to the function of the concession stand during all Storm home games.

*All elected board members are expected to attend each monthly board meeting as well as facilitate, promote, and positively participate with all things Storm Football.

Any interested parties need to attend the meeting on Sunday, November 13th. If you have any questions or concerns, please message us on Facebook or contact any current board member.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: President - Keith Baughman Vice President - Josh Smith General Manager - Carl Brown Treasurer - Tara Newton Fundraising - Amanda Bolin Margeson Concession - Amanda Miller Jones Secretary - Philip Reed


Robert K. Dunsmore “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

Robert K. Dunsmore “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

Robert Kenneth “Bob” Dunsmore, 81, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on August 7, 1935 in Philipsburg, he was a son of J. Donald and Elizabeth Stahl Dunsmore. On October 29, 1960 in Portville, NY, he married the former Janet Phillips, who survives.

He was a 1953 graduate of Philipsburg High School, a 1957 graduate of Lock Haven State Teachers College and in 1968 he received his Master’s Degree from Ithaca College.

Mr. Dunsmore was employed at Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse from 1957 through 1962 and at Bolivar Central School from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He taught Phys. Ed., Health, and Driver’s Education.

“Coach” Dunsmore was the head football coach at Bolivar Central School for 22 seasons where he was a two time “Big 30” Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Allegany, NY County Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Section “V” Football Hall of Fame.

Shortly after his retirement, Coach Dunsmore was honored by the naming of the new Bolivar football stadium, the “Dunsmore-Latimer” Field.

Mr. Dunsmore loved spending time with his entire family. He loved attending their sporting events, vacationing together at Rehoboth Beach, and playing card games, especially Euchre.

Mr. & Mrs. Dunsmore enjoyed many years of traveling around the country competing in horseshoe tournaments. Bob also ran horseshoe leagues and tournaments in Shinglehouse and Bolivar, NY.

Mr. Dunsmore was a member of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Shinglehouse. He was easily recognized traveling throughout the area with his wife in his signature blue Dodge Omni.

Surviving besides his wife of 56 years are two daughters, Deborah Dunsmore Richardson of Troy, Diana “DeeDee” (Tim) Myers of Columbus, OH; two sons, Stan (Sandy) Dunsmore of Emporium and Michael (Liz Beck) Dunsmore of Bolivar, NY; eleven grandchildren, Cari Carlson, Chad (Brittany) Carlson, Katie Carlson, Bethany (Kyle) Vogt, Breanna Dunsmore, Brooke Dunsmore, Kristen (Taylor) Scott, Shawn (Adrienne Pambianco) Gruber, Troy Robert Myers, Taylor (Collin) Morrison, and Bruce (Brystal) Wilson; two great grandchildren, Lilah and Riley Carlson; a sister, Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” (Ronald) Barnett of Philipsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, David Dunsmore; and a nephew, Richard Barnett.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA and on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 9 to 11 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am on Wednesday in St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Thomas E. Brown, pastor, as celebrant.

 Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, at a later date. There will be a luncheon and celebration of life immediately following the Mass at the Bolivar Golf Club, Bolivar, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired, may be made in Mr. Dunsmore’s honor to St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, P O Box 277, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit

Remembrance Service


 Reading names of the deceased parishioners for this past year will take place Wednesday, November 2nd, All Souls Day, at 8:10 AM & 4:15 PM masses on. We would like to extend a special invitation to attend the All Souls Day Remembrance Service to friends and family members who have had a loved one from St. Mark or St. James parish die this past year.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunday Ride

From time to time I post photos of areas throughout Cameron County. I took this photo on a Sunday ride on one of the many back roads that crisscross the mountains.

Christmas Benefit Dance December 10th!

Rotary News - Week of October 25, 2016

Rotarian, Robin Kuleck, spoke at the October 25th luncheon meeting about her experiences canal boating in England. 

 Canals are a major part of the network of inland waterways in the United Kingdom. They first saw use during the Roman occupation of the south of Great Britain and were used for irrigation, but as the demand for industrial transport increased during the Industrial Revolution, the canals were used to deliver manufactured goods and supplies. In the mid-19th century, railways began to replace the canals and there was a rise in interest to use the canals for leisure use. There are now about 2,200 miles of navigable canals and rivers throughout the United Kingdom that are used by locals and tourists.

 Also attending the meeting was Christy Solveson, guest of Rotarian, Kim Whiting.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Veterans Day dinner at the VFW

Couple great things going on next month! Veterans Day dinner at the VFW.
 All veterans are welcome $5.00 reservation for dinner...
There will also be a  Veterans Day Program at 
Cameron County High School at 9:00 am. 

Guest Speaker and Emporium native, USMC Veteran Barry Sarick!

Ham and Scalloped Potato Benefit Dinner

Ham and Scalloped Potato Benefit Dinner

October 30, 2016 From 1 pm - 4 pm at the Emporium Fire Hall

For Bev Farrens Travel and Medical Expense's

Cost $7.00. Take out is $8.00 

Chinese Auction 

Held by the Fire Department Auxiliary

Trick or Treat in Emporium

Trick Or Treat Trick or Treat in Emporium will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29th from 6 - 8 pm.

 Homes with the porch lights on will be participating in Trick or Treat.

St Mark Church Cemetery Service


 Next Sunday, October 30th @ 6:00pm at St. Mark Cemetery. 

At this outdoor service, we light candles for our deceased loved ones and have a small prayer service followed by light refreshments. 

All age groups are welcome.

Rotary News October 18, 2016

Rotarian, Bill Olivett, introduced guest speaker, George Sowers, Jr, PA State Human Police Officer, Borough Animal Enforcement Officer and President of the local SPCA, spoke at the 
Rotary luncheon October 18th.

Before taking on his role, George went through a strict training program. He also works closely with the state & borough police. George spoke of the dog laws in the Emporium Borough, the problems he encounters with dogs and cats and various solutions to the problems, which can result in fines. PA Dog laws and the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement fall under the PA Department of Agriculture.

The kennel is located at South Mountain Road is a “no kill” shelter. With the help of the Emporium Foundation and volunteers from Rescue You, a volunteer organization outside the county who came up for several weeks providing materials and labor and expanded the kennel which can now house up 5 dogs and 15 cats. The local SPCA also receives funding from the Emporium Foundation and various fundraisers throughout the year. They also have a pet food bank at the Emporium Shurfine Food Mart where you can make donations to the local SPCA to help feed the animals. George stressed that people need to be responsible pet owners by spaying and neutering and making sure you have the financial means to take care of the animal.

Geocaching Family Event at Sinnemahoning State Park

Geocaching Family Event at Sinnemahoning State Park

 Join park staff and local GPS enthusiasts for an exciting day of geocaching at Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, November 12, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM. This fun, family event starts off with a pot-luck luncheon in the classroom of the Park Office and Wildlife Center, followed by interactive games to help participants get to know their fellow cachers.

 Individuals and families new to this high-tech scavenger hunt can get help with using a GPS, setting up a account, marking waypoints and finding geocaches, including over 20 family-friendly caches already in the park. Pre-registration is requested for this free program. The first 40 registrants will receive a Sinnemahoning State Park pathtag.

 For more information, please call Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401, or email 

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

Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

It's back! The fifth annual Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration returns to Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 4:00-9:00 PM. With new activities for younger kids and new frights for the adults and older kids, this popular Halloween event is bigger and scarier than before. At just $10.00 per carload, this trail is a spook-tacular deal! Admission fee includes haunted trail, hayride, bonfire and more.

The evening of fun begins with activities and games for younger children from 4:00-6:00 PM. Children and their families can create owls, bats, pumpkins and other make-and-take crafts. NEW this year during the family-friendly daylight trail, TRICK-or-TREAT! Kiddies are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costume and trick-or-treat with our ghosts, ghouls and witches. Woodsy Owl, Smokey Bear and Sparky the Firedog will also be there to meet and greet! This Family-Friendly Trail runs 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

At 7:00 PM, the "Full-Terror" version of the Haunted Trail opens for older children and adults. Spiders, ghosts, and the creepy chainsaw guy have all returned, plus new frights including a haunted poachers' camp, a glowing hazardous waste spill, an axe-throwing maniac, and more.

A "creepy animals" nature program and a Pumpkin Chunkin' contest will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Hayrides and a bonfire will run from 4:00-6:00 PM and from 7:00-8:30 PM.
 Refreshments, including hot beverages and baked goods, will be sold by the 7th and 9th grade students of Austin School.

The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration event will be held, rain or shine, at the Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 29, from 4:00-9:00 PM. Trail covers about ½ mile over uneven ground. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the outdoors, and be prepared to be scared. 

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

James Beck

James Beck, 75, of 3543 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at his daughters residence in Hyde, PA on Friday (October 21, 2016) morning.

He was born November 25, 1940 in Penfield, PA a son of the late Russell and Belle Burkett Beck. On April 25, 1964 in DuBois he married the late Lucinda "Cindy" McDowell Beck.

Mr. Beck graduated from Houston Township High School. He then received an associate degree, as an electrician, from Williamsport Community College. Jim had worked many years at Motor Coil, Tau Electronics and several other locations as an electrician.

He is survived by four daughters, Vickie Beck, Clearfield; Valerie Beck; Emporium; Cori, Mrs. James Pratt, Clearfield; Jamie, Mrs. Ken Stuart, Emporium; and one son, Russell Beck and his wife Jen, Emporium; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Friday, Byrnedale and Fran Burnside, Penfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Belle Burkett Beck, and his wife, Lucinda "Cindy" McDowell Beck, one brother Clyde Beck.and one sister Carrie Runion

At his request there will be No Visitation or service. Online Condolences may be placed at 
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Alice In Wonderland Tea Party

Join us and meet the cast of the upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland.
 Bring your cameras to capture the memories. Various tea party foods will be available. 
 Cost is $5, benefits the CCHS Drama Boosters microphone fund.

 Sunday, November 6 at 1 PM - 3 PM
 Emporium Fire Hall
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

h Annual Cameron County Cooperative Extension Dinner Meeting

The 96th Annual Cameron County Cooperative Extension Dinner Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2, starting at 6:00 PM at the Emporium Fire Hall located on Broad Street in Emporium. Dinner will be buffet style.

This year’s guest speaker will be Bryan Swistock, Senior Extension Associate, Water Resources Coordinator at Penn State University. He will be presenting a program on “The Importance of Forestry to Water”.

The cost for the dinner is $14.00. To register, call the Cameron County Extension Office at 486-3350. Please send a check payable to "Special Extension Fund" to the Cameron County Cooperative Extension Office prior to the dinner.

Reservations are due by October 26.

UPDATE: Names released in fatal plane crash

UPDATE: Names released in fatal plane crash: UPDATE: Oct. 18, 1:17 p.m.

Free Programs at The Barbara Moscato Brown Library

Have you heard about our Pre-K programs? 

Story Hour, for kids age 3yrs-entering kindergarten meets on Mondays from 11:00-11:45. 
Free to Be Me meets Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45, and is geared for kids from birth-2yrs, but older siblings are invited to attend with their family. Both programs include a variety of games, stories, songs, crafts, and snacks.

 Contact us with any questions, and help us spread the word about these great FREE programs!

 The Barbara Moscato Brown Library is located at: 
 27 West 4th St., P.O. Box 430
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834-0430 
Telephone: 814-486-8011 
Fax#: 814-486-3725

Edward J. Hornung

 Edward J. Hornung, 80, of 616 Sunset Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Penn Highlands DuBois. He was born July 28, 1936 on Plank Road Hollow in Emporium, a son of the late Simon J. Hornung and Matilda "Tillie" Oswald Hornung. On July 3, 1965 in Holy Cross Church in Rasselas, he married Dr. Clythera Smith Hornung, who survives. He graduated from Emporium High School, Class of 1956. He had additional schooling at Williamsport Tech for plumbing and was employed by Sylvania in Emporium, Emporium Water Company, Pennsylvania Highway Department – Surveyor Assistant, Johnstown Steel Company and Airco-Speer.

Ed was involved in numerous community organizations. He was active in the early days of Little League in Emporium. He was a member of the Emporium Fire Department. He was a founder of the wrestling booster club (The Bagubas) at Cameron County High School. After he moved to St. Marys with his family in the late 1970s, he was involved in the Quarterback Club and was a founder of an early booster club for the St. Marys Area track team. Ed organized the first booster group for soccer as a varsity sport at St. Marys Area. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis Club.

More recently he was engaged in the political activities of the Elk County Republican Party. He served as party chairperson and was a member of the Republican State Committee. Ed's leadership encouraged active party participation and supported the election of sufficient Republicans that the Elk County Courthouse was considered a leadership stronghold of Republicans. In addition to Ed's concern for youth and his support of local politics, he was a talented artist. He was a woodcarver, having done numerous carvings of birds with very intricate details. He also was very competent in making stained glass pieces – those with leaded joints. He had the "eye of an artist" in selecting textures and colors that enhanced the design and made his work outstanding examples of creativity. He also was a basket weaver – using his strong hands to make useful and artistically attractive creations that are "one of a kind." He used wood in creative ways to construct attractive useful items – such as those that he made in basket shapes (from wood). He also made decorative items involving many varieties of wood in designs that were unique and very creative. He shared his expertise with several churches in the area including Sacred Heart and St. Boniface. He was responsible for the oversight of the restoration of the stained glass windows at Sacred Heart while serving as chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. At St. Boniface, in the same role he provided expertise and guidance for the brick restoration of the exterior of the church. These are just some examples of how he shared his time and expertise for the welfare of many.

As a current member of the Zoning Board of the City of St. Marys, Ed was dedicated to compliance with city ordinances, providing that these did not cause undue hardship to residents unless it was necessary for the general welfare of all. Ed was devoted to his church, his community and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Clythera (Smith) Hornung; his son, Simon J. Hornung II and his wife Terri Wilson Hornung and their daughter McKenzie Lee Hornung; his daughter, Stacey J. (Hornung) Miller and her husband Timothy J. Miller and their children Gregory J. Miller and Caroline A. Miller; his nieces and nephews, the children of James and Sandra Hornung: Dennis, Vince, Karen Hornung Czekai, Julie Hornung Coolick, Amy Hornung Thwing, Paul and Blair (deceased), the children of Edward and Jane Hornung Soban: Tom Soban, Diane Soban Boyd, Lynn Soban and Tina Soban May, and the child of Bernard and Thelma Hornung: David Hornung (deceased).

 He was preceded in death by his father, Simon J. Hornung on April 21, 1989; his mother, Matilda (Tillie) Oswald Hornung on Aug. 1, 2003; his brother, James Simon Hornung on Aug. 22, 2012; 
his sister, Jane Hornung Soban on May 19, 2014; 
and his twin brother, Bernard G. Hornung on Feb. 17, 2016.

Ed was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edward J. Hornung will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857 with Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mark's Cemetery in Emporium.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at the
 Lynch-Green Funeral Home.

Donations in memory of Edward J. Hornung may be made to the St. Marys Area School Foundation which is a 501c3. Contribution checks may be sent to the following address: St. Marys Area School Foundation, Edward J. Hornung Memorial Fund, Attention: Louise Johnson, 977 S. St. Marys Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.

Shippen township Closed On Election Day

Shippen Township will be closed on Tuesday, November 8th for Election Day.

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Finishes Strong

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Finishes Strong

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run saw the number of participants double from 2015. “Offering three courses of various lengths attracts a variety of participants, from the novice that wants to hike to the experienced trail runner,” says race director, Craig Hudson. The race began Saturday morning at 7:30 with a canon start in downtown Emporium and the final runner crossed the finish line 9 hours later. The trail includes West Creek Rails Trails and DCNR forestry trails.

Two records were broken. In the 50k Josua Gorman from St Marys shattered his previous record, and ran the 33 miles in a time of 4:39:53. In the 25k Carol Dudulcovich from Port Matilda took the top spot in the women division with a time of 2:17:42.

Planning for the 2017 race is underway. The date is Saturday October 21. Registration will open January 1.

Military Banners

Its a beautiful time of year to take a walk through the streets of Emporium and tour the military banners that are present throughout the town.

 The Sylvan Heritage Council's military banner program honors our county’s veterans and active military personnel. A total of 125 banners grace our streets with pride. 

Bring a friend, bring your camera and enjoy!

Potter County-Lost Aircraft News Release

Potter County-Lost Aircraft News Release

4:05 PM Austin, PA – Numerous local and state agencies are working today to locate an aircraft which was reported as overdue last evening after failing to arrive at its destination airport in Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

According to initial reports, the Federal Aviation Administration in Cleveland Center contacted the McKean County 911 Center last evening after they lost radar and radio contact with a small aircraft near Keating Summit, PA. The single engine Piper Cherokee airplane was flying from Richmond (VA) International Airport to St. Catharines Airport with 3 people on board when it changed course to avoid a thunderstorm. After the aircraft changed course, all contact with the aircraft was lost. Area fire departments and search and rescue teams combed the woods in the area for hours last night into early morning before regrouping to begin again after daylight.

The Civil Air Patrol has now taken command of the operation and they are joined by numerous local resources from Potter, McKean, Cameron and Elk Counties.

Regular briefings will occur throughout the operation as more information becomes available.

Historical Fall Dinner

AUTHOR OF "SIMON CAMERON LINCOLN'S SCANDALOUS SECRETARY" to speak at the Historical Society fall dinner this Thursday October 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM at the VFW in Emporium 427 East Third Street, Emporium PA.

Coming from Philadelphia Dr. Paul Kahan a well-known and respected authority on the; education and history of Pennsylvania will present a biography of Senator Simon Cameron the man our county was named after. This book goes behind Cameron’s reputation for shady dealings and demonstrates much of what we are seeing in today's politics.

This is the dinner "you" shouldn't miss. Cost for Dinner/Speaker $22 -
RSVP call 814-486- 4314.
We look forward to seeing you there.

New Members always welcome!

Glenn R. Lyon, Sr.

Glenn R. Lyon, Sr. age 89 of 115 Card Rd. Emporium, died Saturday evening at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a brief illness. He was born March 28, 1927 in Emporium son of the late Claude E. and Irene A. (Dougherty) Lyon. He married Marge M. Main, who survives. He had resided in Emporium all of his life and had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a Veteran of WWII. He had been employed by Sylvania for 25 years.

Surviving besides his wife are the following children: Glenn R. (Joyce) Lyon, Jr. of Emporium, Shelia (Larry) Samick of St. Marys, Deb J. Main of Salem, Arkansas, Pamela J. Samick of St. Marys, David K. Lyon of Emporium, 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 2 sons Eugene (Tuck) Lyon and Donald Lyon, 4 sisters Mary K. Myers, Frances I. Kunes, Elizabeth J. Beck, Margaret H. Lyon, 2 brothers John H. Lyon and Hugh R. Lyon.

A Memorial Service for Glenn R. Lyon, Sr. will be held at the convince of the family.
There will be no Visitation. Memorials if desired can be made to the Donors choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home, Inc.

Friday, October 14, 2016



 Sunday October 16, 2016 10:00 AM at 40 Maples Day 

 Come and enjoy a hike through the blazing colors of fall at Sinnemahoning State Park. 
There is no better way of seeing the colors of fall than to get outdoors into the woods.
 This hike will be on easy level ground lasting 2.5 miles.
 Hike will begin at the 40 Maples Day Use Area.

 NOTES: Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, and bring a snack and a bottle or two of water.

The Blessing Tree Project

The Blessing Tree project, sponsored by Felt Manor/Felt Living Auxiliary, is underway. 
Cardinal ornaments are available for a minimum donation of $5.00 and can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one.

 The names of those honored will be published in the Cameron County Echo. To ensure your loved one being included in the published list, forms must be returned by November 14th. Ornaments will be available for pick up beginning December 2nd so that you may enjoy them on your own tree. Monies raised from this project will be used to enhance the lives of our residents.

 For more information, please contact Pat Kempher at the Manor. 814-486-3736

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry 

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, October 26, 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.

Rails to Trails Update

The West Creek Rails to Trails will be closed for 2 weeks or less between Hercules Road and Howard Siding. Stream bank repairs scheduled.

 Additional trail work towards St Marys should be done by the end of this year (2016). 
The middle section is being surfaced with aggregate (that started last week) and will be done in a month or two. The western section will be surfaced in another week or two and will be done by the end of December unless there is an early winter.

The West Creek Recreational Trail will one day stretch 18 miles from Emporium to St. Mary along the former route of the Allegheny & Eastern Railroad, a division of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Company. Currently, the paved trail begins in Emporium and heads 6.4 miles west. The remainder of the trail remains unfinished with a mixture of grass and gravel surfacing. Restaurants, lodging, and shopping are available along the way, as well as natural areas where you might spot deer, elk, bear, and birds.

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive

The 2017 Cameron County Community Chest Fund Drive is underway. The Fund Drive Committee has sent letters to the active businesses, clubs and individuals of the community. To be part of this worthy community event send your tax-deductible contribution today to: Cameron County Community Chest, P O Box 134, Emporium, PA 15834, attn: Judd Schager, Treasurer. Once your contribution is received you will be added to the list of the Community Contributors. Don’t wait and be last on the long list, contribute now.

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

Each year the Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors, a group of volunteers, meets to review requests and to establish the Community’s Goal. This year the goal is $20,500.

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

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals, clubs and businesses that donated time, money and services to the 2016 Fund Drive. This was the seventh year that we have reached (exceeded) our goal since 2004.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rod and Gun Club Meeting

There will be a General Membership meeting on Oct. 19th at 7 pm at the Club.

 All members are invited to attend.

Trunk or Treat

 Trunk or Treat

 Saturday, October 29  at  5:30 PM · 
 Cameron County High School 601 Woodland Ave, 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834 

 Join us at the CCHS parking lot for trunk or treat!
 Go trunk to trunk gathering tons of candy! 
There will be music all night and snacks for all to enjoy!
 Anyone wishing to set up a family friendly trunk, contact Pat Kempher.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween Parties

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club
 October 29th, come join us for the clubs Halloween party, DJ starts at 8. We are asking,please,NO clown costumes. Due to the recent unfriendly clowning around, we would appreciate your cooperation. THANK YOU. 


 Driftwood Saloon & Grill Driftwood Saloon Halloween Party!!

October 29th, 9pm to 12am
 Music by Nick Forsyth
 1st & 2nd place prize for best costume 
Costume judging will be at 10pm 
Halloween drink specials


The Bear Den Halloween Party

 Prizes for the scariest, the funniest and the most original. 
Games, music and a lot of fun. 
 Saturday, October 29 at 8 PM - 11 PM 
 The Bear Den 24426 Route 120, 
Sterling Run, Pennsylvania 15832


Emporium Moose 

Band: Old Skool
Friday, October 28th
Adult Halloween Party!


Open House at Emporium Fire Department

The Emporium Fire Department would like to invite you to the annual fire prevention week open house to be held on Tuesday, October 11th @ 6:00.

 There will be several local service providers represented with various activities. 
Fire truck rides will be provided and the Chiefs will be cooking hotdogs. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

October 10, 2016

It was a beautiful day, the leaves are turning and its hard to take a walk and not take any pictures,... cell phone to the rescue!

Over 80 beautiful military banners hang throughout the streets of Emporium. 
This is a perfect time to take a walking tour of these banners.

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 Ministerial Association.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Pumpkins For Sale - Rich Valley Road

STRAHL Pumpkins available

 Pumpkins - all sizes !!!!!!
 Gourds and Indian corn 

 Rich Valley Road
 Have YOU picked up pumpkins yet?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The First Fork Festival Begins Today

It's that time of year again, a great time to take a trip down county or to the nearby Benezette area to see these beautiful animals or to stop in at the beautiful visitors center at Sinnemahoning State Park. 

The First Fork Festival is begins today.  Celebrate the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley at the fourth annual First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park, Saturday, October 8, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM The First Fork Festival features local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

A variety of food and drinks will be available to festival goers. Returning to the First Fork Festival again this year are Lou Karija with the local favorite God’s Country Kettle Corn, Cameron County Fireworks Committee serving beef vegetable soup, sausage sandwiches, and beef-on-weck, and the Austin School with a bake sale and funnel cakes. New to the festival this year are Phartin’ Barts BBQ, dishing out prize-winning wings and pulled pork, and Mobile Fresca, serving specialty tacos, wraps and more.

Sinnemahoning State Park 4843 Park Road 
 Austin, PA 16720
 Phone: 814-647-8401 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Robert C. Baker

Robert C. Baker, 56, of 34 Russell Ln., Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA on Thursday (October 6, 2016) night following a brief illness.

 He was born August 2, 1960 in Port Allegany, PA a son of Donald and Martha Baker Sherry, Keating Summit. On August 11, 2001 in First Baptist Church, Emporium he married Raylene Goodwin Baker, who survives. Robert Baker worked at Stoltz Motors as a parts manager for many years.
 He was a car enthusiast. 

In addition to his parents and his wife he is survived by one son, Brian Robert Baker and one daughter, Kayla Jewelene Baker, Emporium; one sister, Rhonda (Barry Brown) Goss, Emporium and one brother, Lee (Georgiann) Baker, Conway, PA;

 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Sunday from 2-4 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday (October 10, 2016) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Jonathan Ahlgren, Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, officiating.

 Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Buttonwood Restaurant

Students looking for a little spending money??

 We are in need of dishwashers for the weekends. Stop in at The Buttonwood Motel Office for an application, or call 486-0522 with any questions. 
Also accepting applications for our Housekeeeping department for the Motel.
 Must be available weekends, schedule is on a rotation basis.
 Stop in the office for applications also.

Free Pilates Classes

One week until FREE Pilates classes start!🎉. Wednesdays at Cameron County Recreation Center (Memorial Hall) at 5:15.

 Pilates is not an aerobic workout but gentle mat work and I promise you will wake up with sore abs

😁. Mark your calendar October 12 at 5:15pm
 Bring your mat and a friend! 
Please share! 
Freerange Holistic Health, LLC

Baskets of Hope

It's Pinktober 2016 at the Cameron County Courthouse. 

 We are again selling tickets for $1 each for "Baskets of Hope". 
 All monies will go to selected locals fighting the fight! 
 Any questions, contact any courthouse employee. 

 Stop in from October 3rd through the 28th to purchase tickets. Tickets available in the Prothonotary's Office and at Flowers-N-Things on 4th Street.
 All proceeds will go to help local individuals currently fighting the fight.
 Stop in and check them out!

The Man Benefit for Sam Chilcote Sr.

Saturday, October 22 at 12 PM - 11 PM
 Sinnemahoning Tavern 10426 Main St, Sinnemahoning, Pennsylvania 15861

 We are trying to raise funds to help Sam with travel and medical expenses.
In support of Sam Chilcote Sr. Retired Gibson township supervisor.
 If you know this name he has helped you or did some picking for one of your events or parties.
 Or even possibly the lawn upkeep on your camps!
Give this a look or stop down and visit, he's gonna be laid up for months due to a severe leg fracture that needs surgically repaired.

There will be some food available anyone wishing to bring a dish please call the tavern. 
We are also looking for baskets or items to auction off! 
There will be music for your enjoyment!

Election Deadlines

Flu Clinic - Emporium

Flu Clinic - Emporium 

Community Event 

October 12, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
 Location: Emporium Senior Center 

Flu shots will be available for $30 to anyone 18 years of age or older.

 We can bill your shot to Medicare Part B if it is your primary insurance and also the following Medicare HMOs: American Progressive, Freedom Blue, Humana, UPMC for Life and Security Blue.

 Please bring your insurance card.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

First Fork Festival

Saturday, Oct. 8, at 12 PM - 5 PM
 Sinnemahoning State Park 4843 Park Rd, Austin, Pennsylvania 16720

Celebrate all that is special about the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley at the FOURTH annual First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Hosted by Sinnemahoning State Park, the festival features local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Local artists and craftsmen will be displaying hand-made products, ranging from glass, fiber, wood and stone, to paintings, jewelry, photography, and specialty foods. Festival-goers can watch the artists at work while shopping for gifts or just admiring the local talent. Sinnemahoning State Park merchandise will also be available in the Wildlife Center Gift Shop.

The First Fork Festival will also include live music by local bands, book signings by local authors, interactive history exhibits and demonstrations, as well as food and beverages offered by local vendors and non-profit organizations. This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 8, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

For a schedule of festival events or for more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at

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

Wild Air Yoga

I'm very happy to announce that due to popular demand I will be offering an additional morning class on Thursdays! This class will be a Yoga Strength class, completely customizable and open to ANY AND ALL fitness levels.

 No yoga experience required. We will be focusing on yoga poses that isolate and strengthen key muscles (these poses just so happen to help alleviate common body aches and pains) deep core strength, body awareness and mindfulness.

 Oh and HEY MAMA'S, we will have a FREE childcare available for this class! If you have little ones and would like 45-50 min of pure strengthening bliss, feel free to message me for details!! 

Beginning Thursday October 27th @8:30am. $6 drop in rate / $50 for 10 class pass. Come discover your own inner strength! 
 107 Cherry St. Apt #2 Emporium, Pennsylvania @wildairyoga Call (814) 331-6965

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


This property has GREAT potential in a fantastic location. Walk in with vision and see the great opportunity within these walls!

 OCTOBER 22 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 Located on the main street in picturesque Emporium, PA, this property is perfect for a large family, someone who likes to have company visit, a local company who needs housing for their visitors, etc. Unlimited potential! SELLING TO THE HIGHEST ACCEPTABLE BIDDER!

The home includes: 3 floors with hardwood

First Floor: A front sitting room (12 X 24) with fireplace French doors into a large living room (16 X 25) with fireplace A formal dining room (14 X 16 1/2) Kitchen (14 1/2 X 15) Pantry (8 X 10) Half bath

Second Floor: FIVE bedrooms (all have closets) Bedroom 1 (10 1/2 X 12) Bedroom 2 (11 X 12) Bedroom 3 (14 X 15) Adjoining bath with Bedroom 4 – separate entry Bedroom 4 (12 X 12 1/2) Adjoining bath with Bedroom 3 – separate entry Bedroom 5 (10 1/2 X 12) Private bath

Third Floor: Room 1 (12 1/2 X 14) Room 2 (12 X 15) Walk-in Cedar closet (12 X 14) Bathroom

Utilities: Gas Electric Public water/sewer

NEW ROOF in 2013 Shaker shingles

Carport + one parking space

Contents: Oak dining set with chairs and hutch, dressers, air conditioners, wooden rocking chair, Christmas decorations, carnival glass, collectibles, and much, MUCH more.

Tammy Miller Auctions Phone: 814-360-4031 Website:

Dixie Belle Paint

Here's the Dixie Belle display at The Brownstone Co-op next to Wal-Mart. 
I keep 8oz jars in stock there and price includes tax. Also clear coat. The full display with larger jars, waxes, stencils, glazes, brushes and more is in Dubois...please let me know if you are about to start a big project...I can direct you to exactly what you need. You will Love this paint!! 
You'll be surprised how far an 8 oz jar will go! 

Join the FB page Friends who like Dixie Belle paint for inspiration!

Cotton Fabric Needed

Cameron County Auxiliary to the VFW

 VFW Auxiliary is looking for cotton fabric to make pillow cases and other needed things for the Veterans in need. They need 44-46 inches wide or larger. 
If you would like to donate you may drop off at the Cameron County Vets Club. 
Please cotton only. Thank you

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run on Track to Break Record

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run on Track to Break Record

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run set to run on Saturday October 15th. Nearly 80 participants will run through the PA Wilds using the West Creek Rail Trail, and Elk State Forest trails.

“The growth from last year is phenomenal,” according to Craig Hudson Race Director. For instance, last year 7 people ran the most grueling 33 mile race. This year 25 will take to the course. Overall 40 runners participated over the 3 races in 2015. National advertising, word of mouth, and partnering with PA Great Outdoors, the tourist promotion agency of Cameron County contributing to the growth in one year according to organizers.

Eleven states will be represented in the event. They include as far away as California, Nevada, and Alaska. Three record holders will be back this year attempting to better their time. They include Joshua Gorman from St Marys who ran the 33 mile race in 5:12.04 in 2014. Meg Parke from Pittsburgh holds the women’s record in the 33 mile. Parke set that record last year completing the course in 6:18.47. In the 10k race, Derek Newcomer from Harrisburg will return. His time set in the inaugural race of 1:04.37 remains. Samantha Nedzinski from St Marys returns to try to better her record of 1:20.44.

Participants will have a meet and greet Friday October 14 at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office. Goodie bags filled with Hammer Nutrition products will be handed out and food will be provided by Fox’s Pizza Den in Emporium and Luigi’s Sandwich and Snack Shop.

Saturday at 7:30am Emporium native Jim Kempher will signal the start with a cannon blast. The race begins and ends at the intersection of Broad Street and the West Creek Rail Trail in Emporium. A few vendors will be set up along Third Street near the start/finish line. The band Legacy will perform starting at noon. Pizza Palace Plus will feed the participants following the race, while yoga instructor Erin Solveson will be available to help stretch those tired muscles and the Buttonwood Motel will allow those wishing to shower after the event to utilize one of the rooms free of charge.

“The race is becoming an important draw to the community,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak. People from Indiana, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, California, Alaska, Neveda and West Virginia will be spending a weekend in the county. They will stay at local hotels and eat at restaurants while here. “It is hard for our local businesses to rely on less than 5000 residents to keep the doors open and it is important to offer successful events to attract new people to the region, who will spread the word about our community and what it has to offer,” Johns Solak continued.

This race could not occur without volunteers who will man the 6 aid stations providing food and drinks to those participating in the three races. Emergency responders from Mountaineer Search & Rescue, Emporium Volunteer Fire Department and Sinnemahoning Fire Departments will be stationed on the courses. The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary makes dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, boils potatoes and cooks broth to be available to runners. There is a set up and tear down crew for the tents at the start/finish and timers who document the accuracy of the races.

The public is invited to attend the meet and greet and be at the start/finish line to send off and greet participates when they finish the event. Johns Solak was inspired to compete in the 25k in 2014, “They come across the line exhausted but smiling knowing they have completed an event that has pushed themselves to the limit. It is inspiring!”

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pinktober 2016


 It's Pinktober 2016 at the Cameron County Courthouse. 

We are again selling tickets for $1 each for "Baskets of Hope". All monies will go to selected locals fighting the fight! Any questions, contact any courthouse employee. 
Stop in from October 3rd through the 28th to purchase tickets. 

Winners will be drawn during our Pinktober Lunch Celebration around noon on October 28th!



FEATURING: Guest Speaker Dr. Paul Kahan

The Cameron County Historical Society will be holding its annual Fall Dinner Thursday October 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM at the VFW in Emporium 427 East Third Street, Emporium PA.

We are pleased to announce that this year's guest speaker is Author Dr. Paul Kahan of the recently released "Amiable Scoundrel" Simon Cameron Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War.

Coming from the Philadelphia area Dr. Kahan is a well-known and respected authority on the history; of American corrections, American diplomacy; cultural history, education and history of Pennsylvania will present a biography of Senator Simon Cameron the man our county was named after.

Simon Cameron a man who came from abject poverty to undisputed political boss of Pennsylvania, Lincoln’s secretary of war, senator, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a founder of the Republican Party, Simon Cameron (1799–1889) was one of the nineteenth century’s most prominent political figures. In his wake, however, he left a series of questionable political and business dealings and, at the age of eighty, even a sex scandal.

Although Dr. Kahan's book is brand new the reviews from prominent outlets have already been pouring in. "A fine political biography" - Kirkus "Essential for any Civil War historian’s library" ~ San Francisco BookReview

“This book goes behind Cameron’s reputation for shady dealing and demonstrates that as a senator, ambassador, secretary of war, and political boss he advanced important policy achievements, including the abolition of slavery and equal constitutional rights for freed slaves.”—James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Battle Cry of Freedom and The War That Forged a Nation

Don't miss this dinner its one that promises entertainment that we haven't seen in our area in a long time. Cost for Dinner/Speaker $22 - All interested parties must RSVP no later than October 13, 2016 call 814-486-4314 New Members always welcome!

Sinnemahoning State Park Announces Schedule for First Fork Festival

Sinnemahoning State Park Announces Schedule for First Fork Festival

Sinnemahoning - Celebrate the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley at the fourth annual First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park, Saturday, October 8, from 12:00 to 5:00 PM

The First Fork Festival features local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Local Music and Entertainment

Ron Tusing & Father Paul Band Main Stage, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Kicking off the festival this year is the popular local band, made up of Ron Tusing, Father Paul, Ed Badeau and friends, playing jazz style tunes with a flair that will take the audience back to “the good old days”. Live on the main stage in front of the Wildlife Center.

Firequacker Duck Derby
 40 Maples Day Use Area, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Cameron County’s fifth annual Firequacker Duck Derby will take place during the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park. Plastic ducks are available for purchase at the Cameron County Fireworks Committee food stand until the start of the race. Race will begin at 1:30 in the 40 Maples Day Use Area.

Special Guest, Van Wagner presents “Tall Timber” 
Main Stage, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Van Wagner, songwriter, historian and Pennsylvania logger presents “Tall Timber”, a program celebrating the past and present of the Pennsylvania timber industry. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from the Timber Country of Pennsylvania.

Mountain Melodies Main Stage, 
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Local musical talent from Cameron County will entertain festival goers with folk tunes and classics with an enthusiasm and a love of music that can’t be matched. Live on the main stage in front of the Wildlife Center.

Interactive and Local History

“Wood On Glass Exhibit” featuring William T. Clarke’s historic lumbering Photographs Seven photographs of the “Wood On Glass” exhibit will be on display in the classroom of the Wildlife Center during the First Fork Festival, on loan from the PA Lumber Heritage Region. These historic and evocative photographs by little known and long forgotten itinerant photographer William T. Clarke (1859-1930), chronicled the lumber industry and its dramatic impact on north central Pennsylvania during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

History of Cameron County and the Lushbaugh CCC camp 
The Cameron County Historical Society will bring our local history alive with stories of the early residents and businesses of the area and a chance to purchase historical books of the area. View artifacts and pictures of the local CCC camp while learning about the daily lives of the young men who took part in that historic conservation initiative.

The 1911 Austin Dam Disaster 
Watch the Austin Disaster video to learn the tale of the early days of the town of Austin and the people and the industry that made this town unique. Austin Dam Association volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions and discuss local history.

Horseshoes and Bocce Ball in the First Fork Valley
 Backyard games were a part of our local history. Famous local game protector, Chauncey Logue, was a champion horseshoe pitcher in this valley over 100 years ago. Bocce ball has been played in Potter County since the Italian timber workers first arrived in the 1800s. Learn the history of these fun backyard sports while giving them a try with friends.

Hands-on Activities for the Young and Young-at-Heart 
Immerse yourself into the story of the First Fork Valley’s past while having fun with unique activities. Dig into our park’s past with an interactive archaeology exhibit; learn to use hand tools to build a home for bluebirds; cook bannock bread over an open fire; and crack open Pennsylvania rocks to discover hidden gems.

Book Signings by Local Authors

Local authors, Bill Robertson and Nancy Summerson, will have signed copies of books for sale inside the Wildlife Center during the festival. The creative mind behind the Bucktail Brothers Civil War novels, French and Indian War novels, and local ghost story books, Bill Robertson will discuss how local history has influenced and inspired his writings. Cameron County native and published author, Nancy Summerson, will discuss her writing processes and how rural life gave her the inspiration to write her book of poetry, “ The Walking Road.”

PA Wilds Artisans and Local Arts & Crafts

Over 20 local vendors will be displaying and selling quality arts and crafts, ranging from photography and wood products, to fiber art and maple syrup products. Local juried PA Wilds artisans in attendance will include Phil Burkhouse, John Johnson, Dan & Tonyia Wennin, Teresa Genaux, Palace Apiaries, Mahlon Davenport, Danette Wightman, and others. Scheduled demonstrations will feature local artisans and talented crafts-people showing off their skills and discussing their artistic processes. Discover how artisans turn wood on a mini-lathe, clean and decorate gourds, and make felted products from wool. For a complete list of vendors and demonstrations, please contact the park office.

Food and Drinks

A variety of food and drinks will be available to festival goers. Returning to the First Fork Festival again this year are Lou Karija with the local favorite God’s Country Kettle Corn, Cameron County Fireworks Committee serving beef vegetable soup, sausage sandwiches, and beef-on-weck, and the Austin School with a bake sale and funnel cakes. New to the festival this year are Phartin’ Barts BBQ, dishing out prize-winning wings and pulled pork, and Mobile Fresca, serving specialty tacos, wraps and more.

For a schedule of festival events or for more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at