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Monday, November 28, 2016

DEP Finds Record Radon Level in Home, Encourages All Pennsylvania Residents to Test for This Radioactive Gas

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has detected a new record-high level of radon and is once again encouraging state residents to test their homes for this radioactive gas, a leading cause of lung cancer.

In October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of 6,176 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), the highest recorded in the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set an action level for radon concentration in homes at 4 pCi/L. Homes testing above this level should have a radon reduction system installed.

“We encourage people to buy a radon home test kit and take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their families,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fall and winter are an ideal time to test, because the gas becomes trapped inside when doors and windows are closed.”

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

The National Toxicology Program, comprising the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration, classifies radon as a known human carcinogen. Scientists estimate that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths yearly are related to radon. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and second leading cause in smokers.

Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, and about 40 percent of homes in the state have levels above EPA’s action level. In 2014, a number of homes in the southern Lehigh County area were found to have radon levels over 1,000 pCi/L. That area is near the Reading Prong, a geological section of granite rock that historically has generated high levels of radon.

Testing is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. An easy home test kit can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores for about $20 to $30. People may also hire a state-certified testing company.

If a level above 4 pCi/L is found, a radon mitigation, or reduction, system should be installed. This is essentially a pipe with a fan to suction the gas from the ground and discharge it above the roofline, where the radon is dispersed. DEP recommends that home builders install radon reduction systems during construction.

DEP certifies all radon testers, mitigators and laboratories doing business in the state, to ensure reliable results.

For more information, including information on interpreting radon test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit the DEP Radon Division website or call 800-23-RADON (800-237-2366).

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive – Dec. Update

We are seven weeks into the 2017 fund drive. We have had a great start. Through Nov. 25th, we have collected $7,165.50 toward our $20,500 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. 
 This drive will run through September 30, 2017.

Watch for our monthly updates. Each month we will feature a write up on one of the organizations that the Cameron County Community Chest contributes to. 
 This month’s feature will be the Package Team.

A group of Rich Valley women started the Package Team over 20 years ago. The team currently sends out around 85 packages (a little piece of Cameron County for Christmas) each year to our local service men, women and reservists. Boxes are filled with snacks, coffee, toiletries, paper, pens, newspapers, playing cards, Christmas ornaments made by the folks at Guy and Mary Felt Manor, letters from the kids at Woodland Elementary. Some items are donated by local businesses. Other items are purchased. Postage is the largest cost. If you would like to find out more about the Package Team, get your Service Person on the list, or make a donation to Package Team,
 Please contact Karen Schatz at 486-0573.

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

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Vandals Target Emporium Businesses

Vandals Target Emporium Businesses

 The spirit of Christmas ruined by a vandalism spree that began Thanksgiving night. Numerous unique holiday designs created by Emporium businesses tore apart or stolen. In addition the large flower pots adorning the two major intersections downtown had the greens torn out and thrown on the ground. A cement bench also moved and in the process two cracks now threaten the structure. 

"Disappointment does not begin to describe my feelings," says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak. Solak continues, "these businesses struggle to keep their doors open, due to shoppers purchasing on the internet or at big box stores, so they create an inviting atmosphere that is ruined by thugs." Solak says she will spend the next few days collecting information from the business owners and will file a police report. "The action over the last few days makes it difficult to find volunteers and business owners willing to give time to spruce up the town.
 It is sad."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hope L. Bailey

Hope L. Bailey, 27, of 1172 Moore Hill Rd., Emporium, PA died in an automobile accident, just outside of Kersey, on route 255 Thursday morning, November 24, 2016. She was born May 15, 1989 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of Kenneth and Sharon Reed Bailey, Jr., of Emporium 

Hope graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 2007 and attended Clarion University for a year. She then graduated from DuBois School of Cosmetology. After graduating she and a friend opened the Salon 405 in DuBois and worked there for a short time. Hope worked full time at Wise Eyes in DuBois and St. Marys and also part time at GNC all while taking online classes through Liberty University for Psychology. Her goal was to become a military psychologist and help veterans cope, when they come home from deployment. She grew up in the 4H program and enjoyed her horses and the fellowship of being involved. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

 Survived by her Mother and Father, Sharon and Kenneth Bailey, Emporium, Brother, Jody Bailey, Emporium; Special niece, Lilli Bailey, Emporium and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church 306 S Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. 

The family will receive friends before the service at church from 10:00 -11:00 AM 

Burial will be in the Moore Hill Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family.

Have a wonderful day.


Ernest C. Butler

Ernest C. Butler, 77, of 896 Costello Rd., Austin, PA formerly of 150 Parkway Dr., Emporium, PA died at his daughters residence in Austin, PA on Wednesday (November 23, 2016) morning He was born May 11, 1939 in Keating Summit, PA a son of the late Leonard F. and Charlotte McIsaac Butler.

On April 10, 1995 in Bomoseen, Vermont he married Patricia A. Foley, who survives Mr. Butler retired from the PA and the Penn Central Rail Road and later was a truck driver for several years. He was a member of the Keating Summit Methodist Church, Eagles Club in Fair Haven, VT.

He is survived by his wife Patricia A. Foley; son, Timothy Scott Butler, Austin; Daughter, Denise Hope, Mrs. John Owens, Costello; step-daughter, Lori Hansen, Keating Summit; Step-son, Matt Hansen, Colorado Springs; three step-daughters, Lisa Parker and Lori Lyle, both of Vermont and Dena Foley, New York; 11 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren; two sister, Ella Mae, Mrs. Jim Price, Keating Summit and Patricia, Mrs. Leonard Bosworth, Emporium.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard F. and Charlotte McIsaac Butler; two brothers, Eugene Butler who died Feb 18, 2007 and Jesse Butler who died January 30, 2013,

There will be No Visitation. A service will be held at a time to be announced by the family. Memorials may be made to the Keating Summit United Methodist Church or to the E.O. Austin Home Historical Society in Austin

Online Condolences may be placed at 
 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Services at St Mark Church

Thanksgiving Services at St Mark Church 

At the First United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM 
Message by our own Fr. Paul Siebert 

 Mass at 9:00 AM with St. Mark children involved in the Liturgy

Cookie Jar Chinese Auction

Cookie Jar Chinese Auction 

 “The Emporium Senior Center is holding a Cookie Jar Chinese Auction until Christmas. There are 10 fun, unique cookie jars, each with pre-made
 cookie mix inside. 
Come on down to check them out and put your name in for a chance to win!
 Chances are 3 for $5 and all proceeds benefit your local senior center!”



L& M Lumber teaming up with the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring a house decorating contest this season. The contest enters its third season according to Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. “We want people to use a social hashtag and take selfies in front of their favorite home.” The hashtag #CameronCountyDeckedOut will be tracked and hopefully go viral.

A $5.00 entry fee will place a home on the map. The deadline to register at the chamber office is Friday December 2. Prizes will be determined by the number of votes each property receives. Voting is limited to one per individual/family. Ballots will appear in local newspapers, or can be picked up at the chamber. No ballots can be reproduced and must be returned to the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce by 4pm Saturday December 17. The winners will be announced Monday December 19. First place will take home $100.00 chamber bucks, second place $50.00 and third place $25.00.

Participating homes must have their lights on December 9-16, 6-9pm. Maps will be available at the chamber office starting December 6. It will include the participating homes and a ballot

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Dorothy Jean LaPolt

Dorothy Jean LaPolt, 77, of West Fourth Street, Emporium, died Monday, November 14, 2016 in her home. Born May 26, 1939 in Emporium, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Edna Lattin LaPolt. A lifelong resident of Emporium, she attended Emporium High School and spent her life working as a babysitter and care giver. Dorothy had attended the First Baptist Church of Emporium and very much enjoyed arts and crafts.

 Survivors include: two sisters, Etta Gee of Dunkirk, NY and Doris Brittin of Emporium; and many nieces and nephews including a favorite niece, Linda LaPolt, who was also her care giver.

 In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Albert LaPolt, William LaPolt and Sanford LaPolt, and one sister, Edith Smith.

 A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the Recreation Room of the Emporium Arms Apartments with Pastor Clair Slawson and Rev. Chris Groeger officiating. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Prayer & Share Fellowship at the Emporium Arms Apartments, 324 West Fourth St., Emporium. 

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Annual Emporium Moose Auction

Win a 5 minute $500 shopping spree at our Shurfine Market ! 

Craft Show at EVFD

The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their annual craft show on Saturday, December 3rd. If you are interested in having a table the cost is $10 per table. Doors open at 6 pm. on Friday and 7 am on Saturday for those setting up their tables. 

 To reserve a table or for more information, please contact Bev Farren at 486-0936, Bev Stewart at 486-2039 or Gen Aikens at 486-0391 before Nov. 27th.

Thanksgiving Break at Cameron County School District

Thanksgiving break will begin with a 2:00 dismissal on
 Wednesday, November 23rd.

School will resume on Wednesday, November 30th.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Alice In Wonderland

The Drama Club will be presenting "Alice in Wonderland" , on Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th, in the high school auditorium, 
beginning at 7 p.m. 
 Cost  is $3 a student and $5 an adult.

Fundraiser For Sam Chilcote

Fundraiser For Sam Chilcote 

 Nov 27 at 3 PM to Dec 3 at 11 PM 
 The Bear Den 24426 Route 120, Sterling Run, Pennsylvania 15832

 The Bear Den will be holding a fundraising event from
November 27th to December 3rd 
for Sam Chilcote. 

A portion of the food sales for the week will go to the event. There will be live entertainment, a chinese auction and 50/50 drawings on December 3rd from 7-11. Come out and support a great guy that has done so much for the community!!! You'll also be supporting a local business and enjoying a wonderful night with your family and friends! 

 We are trying to raise funds to help Sam with travel and medical expenses. In support of Sam Chilcote Sr. Retired Gibson township supervisor. I
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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CameronCounty OutdoorYouth Activites

Cameron County School District has now partnered with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Litter Free School zone program. Yesterday was our first attempt of a volunteer after school clean up. I am happy to say we had a great turn out and the students did a great job. This project was part Outdoor Club and Envirothon class students along with others that wanted to help.I want to point out that this was volunteer, after school on their own time. 
Thank You to everyone for helping keep our school grounds clean.


Donald J. Miller

Donald J. Miller, 92, of 74 South Wood Street, Emporium, PA died at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA on Tuesday (November 15, 2016) morning. He was born September 23, 1924 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Arthur and Mabel Minard Miller. On December 10, 1945 in Winchester, VA he married the late Verba Lingenfelter Miller Mr. Miller served with the US Army, Fifth Signal Company in the Fifth Infantry Division, during WWII. He retired from Cameron Manufacturing, as a tool & die maker, where he had worked for over 60 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M. where he was a 32 degree mason.

Survived by One daughter, Kathy Torrey, Coudersport; Son, Donald L. "Beatrice" Miller, Front Royal, VA; Five Grandchildren and Six Great Grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Lois Bennett Rader, her children & grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mabel Minard Miller; 
wife, Verba Lingenfelter Miller who died in 1998, 
three brothers, Lionel "Nany" Minard and Cyril "Sonny" and Arthur "Jumbo" Miller.

Funeral Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Saturday (November 19, 2016) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating followed by a Military Service to be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

 Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium on Friday from 1-4 PM where a masonic service will take place at 3:30 PM. Burial will be private in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA Memorial 

Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 306 S. Spruce Street., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Driftwod Emporium Lodge # 532, c/o Kasey Macro, Secretary, 79 Bo Mar Dr., Emporium, PA 15834-4105

Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Shop Small Saturday November 26

Shop Small Saturday November 26 

 Cameron County shops opening their doors to shoppers and those without a brick and mortar store front. On Saturday morning, November 26th L& M Lumber, Aroma CafĂ© &  Restaurant, Pizza Palace Plus, Flower N Things, Floor Master, Fox’s Pizza Den and the Cameron County Chamber will offer discounts and entice shoppers with drawings for gifts. 

 Each store will be assigned a song lyric. Shoppers must ask for the lyric and decipher the Christmas song. Shoppers will then be asked to sing the song at the Chamber of Commerce and be entered to win a basket full of gifts. Inside the participating stores, representatives from various companies will be on hand t sell their wares, take orders or schedule home visits. 

 Aroma will feature Traveling Vineyard Wines with Becca Peters, Pizza Palace will feature Laura Lehman and Pampered Chef, Ryan and Brandi Magaro will be at L& M Lumber, Jamie Kempher from Initials Inc will be at Fox’s Pizza Den,Walck Portraits will be at Flowers N Things, Wild Tree Products with Jessica Herzing wil be at Floor Masters, Pat Kempher with Perfectly Posh and Cassidy Firth from LuLaRoe will be at the Cameron County Chamber.

 “The event is scheduled 9am to 1pm, but some of the participating stores may extend their hours,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director, Tina Solak. Shopping local keeps more money in the community, then if people buy items out of town. Solak says Cameron County has a laundry list of items that can be purchased. “Melissa and Doug Toys, jewelry, candles, tools, car care products, bird houses and feed, pet toys, flower arrangements, puzzles, artwork, antiques, and clothing can all be found here.” Starting this week, the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce twitter and facebook feed will highlight gift ideas through December 10.

Hometown Folks Help Each Other Out

Hometown Folks Help Each Other Out

 Nearly 100 children are registered for the Christmas Gift Program.  
Starting Friday, November 18, shoppers can select a gingerbread gift tag and purchase gifts for one of the children. The tags will include the child’s, sex, age and something from their Santa list. 
Tags can be picked up at the Emporium Post Office, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Citizens & Northern Bank and Northwest Savings Bank.

Third Annual Elk Shed Hunt

The Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation is holding their third annual Elk Shed Hunt. 
 Visit their site for more information and to print an application.

Supermoon November 13, 2016

This month's full moon came the closest to Earth that it's been since 1948. The full moon won't come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to a statement from NASA. 

My camera wasn't able to capture the full beauty of the moon, but one Cameron County resident, Holly Cook, took this beautiful photo from 'the top of the world' in Driftwood, Pa.
 Holly, thanks for sharing your photo!

Dinner Returns to the Buttonwood Inn

Today starts our return to serving our customers 7 Days a Week, open 6am - 8pm.

 We thank all our customers for your patience and look forward to seeing you for dinner again!

 In a hurry for lunch? Call ahead to have your lunch ready for you or for take-outs. 486-0303

 Buttonwood Inn, 368 Sizerville Rd Emporium, Pennsylvania Call (814) 486-0303

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Package Team Time

It's Package Team time. ... 

 please get me addresses of Cameron County military, active or reserves, new or previous member, so we can send them an awesome Christmas package from Cameron County. Please contact me, Karen Schatz, on here or by phone at 814-486-0573 or text or call 814-512-0936 or email Even if you think I may already have an address please contact me with it. 
Packages will be packed the second week in December. Thank you and please share share share!!!! 

If you'd like to donate to this the address is 
 The Package Team 2939 Rich Valley Rd Emporium Pa 15834.

Remember our troops this Christmas

Remember our troops this Christmas 
St Mark Church

 We are collecting items for our young men & women serving in the military. Boxes will be sent so they will be received around Christmas. 90 items of each are needed. We are in need of the following: Snacks: peanuts, beef jerky, hard candy, gum, Pringles (not in cans or hard containers), etc.
 No chocolate (it melts). Band-Aids, Razors, Neosporin or Bacitracin, Hand Sanitizer, Chapstick, Q-tips, Gallon size plastic Zip-lock bags.

 Please no big or hard containers as space is limited. Please place the items on the table set up in the back of the church labeled “Military Boxes”. Dead line is December 4th.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Veterans Day in Cameron County

EMPORIUM — Services were held on Wednesday to commemorate veterans in Cameron County and honor those who served the country in wartime.

Early in the day, Veterans Day program was performed at Cameron County High School, with students, veterans and community members participating.

The ceremony has been held every year at the high school since the 1960s, and the community is welcome to attend each year. Students in grades seven through 12 are dismissed from classes in order to attend the event.

During the program, roll calls of veterans who were killed serving their country during each major conflict and a list of veterans who passed away over the past year are read by students and the commanders of the Cameron County Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion clubs.

The high school band participates in the ceremony, opening the program with the Star Spangled Banner and playing another musical selection. This year, the band performed “Officer of the Day,” written by Robert Browne Hall.

The laying of wreaths in honor of the fallen is performed by members of the Ladies Auxiliaries of the VFW and American Legion organizations, along with a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.” “Taps” was performed this year by high school band members Cerise Ramsey and Kaitlyn Burgett.

The Veterans’ Day Address this year was given by former U.S. Marine Thomas Richards, a graduate of the high school who now serves as a member of the Cameron County Memorial Detail Honor Guard. Richards spoke of the courage and sacrifice of veterans and of the difficulties they face when returning to their civilian lives. “America’s men and women risk life and limb every day so we can live free,” Richards said. “We should continually endeavor to serve veterans as well as they’ve served our country.”

Richards said veterans make America stronger, and are likely to volunteer in the community, as firefighters, EMTs, search and rescue and in other service-type organizations, but they often face hardships at home finding jobs and stable housing. Richards said one in four homeless people in the United States is a veteran, and nine out of 10 of those on the streets were honorably discharged. Many of them served in Vietnam, but have had difficulties due to PTSD and other illnesses or injuries resulting from their service in wartime. “When someone mentions the high cost of veterans’ benefits, remind them of the high cost of being a veteran,” said Richards.

Richards also read a piece written by author C.S. Lewis, which stated, “All that we fear from all kinds of adversity, severally, is collected together in the life of a soldier on active service. Like sickness, it threatens pain and death. Like poverty, it threatens ill lodging, cold, heat, thirst and hunger. Like slavery, it threatens toil, humiliation, injustice and arbitrary rule. Like exile, it separates you from all you love.”

Following ceremonies at the high school, a memorial service is held at the Big Flag Memorial on Emporium’s West End and in front of the Cameron County Courthouse at the World War I Memorial.

During both ceremonies, wreaths are laid, prayers are read, the honor guard fires a salute and “Taps” is played in honor of the men and women who died during various wars. At the Big Flag Memorial, monuments to soldiers who fell in World War II, Vietnam, Korea, the Cold War and in Iraq and Afghanistan are kept. At the courthouse, a Soldiers and Sailors monument and the World War I monument are maintained on the front lawn.

Throughout the day, Emporium’s Main Street is lined with American flags, and the wreaths laid during morning ceremonies are left up throughout the day in honor of veterans.

In the evening, veterans were treated to a free dinner in honor of Veterans Day by the Cameron County Vets Club. All food is prepared and served by members of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Last year, nearly 100 veterans attended the meal and social hour. Numbers were expected to be comparable again this year.

While Veterans Day is set aside specifically to remember the sacrifices made by veterans to maintain the safety and prosperity of the nation, local veterans’ organizations urge the public to remember veterans every day for their hard work, dedication and service.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank You to All Veterans For Your Service!

Thank you to all our Veterans, both living and no longer with us, for your service to our country! 

 This photo shows my two Uncles and cousin Rich Malizia.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Christmas Giving Crib

Christmas Giving Crib

 The Christmas Crib is scheduled to be set up at St. Mark the weekend after Thanksgiving. 
 If you know anyone in need, please let us know. The names (ages, sizes, gift wish, etc.) can be submitted in an envelope in the collection, by calling the rectory (486-0569) or Louise Cooney (486-3983).

 Gifts should be returned by December 18th.

Rotary News November 8, 2016

Rotarian, Marsha Hendrickson, introduced guest speaker, Erin Solveson, owner & operator of Wild Air Yoga Studio located here in Emporium on Cherry Street. Erin was a runner for years before practicing yoga, but stated "at 32 her body felt much older". 

 Three years ago she started practicing yoga. Yoga not only benefits the mind, but improves the bodies flexibility, muscle strength, tone, respiration, cardio and circulatory health, energy and vitality. Yoga helps in every area of your life and you will feel better all over.  After 200 hours of yoga training, Erin obtained her teaching certification in Pittsburgh.

 She teaches both a gentle and power class for both men and women of all ages. The cost is $6.00 per class or 10 classes for $50.00 and classes are held various times during the week If interested in classes, Erin can be contacted at or 814-331-6965.

Shippen Township Closed Thanksgiving Day

ShippenTownship will be closed on Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving Day. 

 Thursday’s refuse pick-up will be on Wednesday. 

 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday’s refuse collectionswill remain the same.

 Thank you!

Stephen W. Galford

Stephen W. Galford, 67, of 551 Sizerville Rd., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Wednesday evening, November 9, 2016. He was born June 13, 1949 in Marlinton, West Virginia a son of Mattie Gay Galford Holsinger, St. Marys, PA and the late Dennie Galford. On January 11, 1979 in Emporium he married Rosemary Young, who survives.

Mr. Galford worked with his father in the logging business years ago. He then worked for Shippen Township for many years including three terms as the townships supervisor. He owned and operated the former Steve Galford Contracting Company and currently worked for Duffy, Inc., in Smethport. He was a member of the Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M., and the First Baptist Church in Emporium. He had a love of the outdoors and always carried a camera on his outdoor adventures photographing various animals.

Surviving in addition to his mother, is his wife Rosemary Young Galford, and a brother, 
Frank R. Galford, Emporium.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennie Galford and a step father, Robert Holsinger and a brother, Douglas Galford. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (November 12, 2016) at 6:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM where his masonic lodge will hold a Masonic Funeral Ritual at 4:30 PM. 

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 8, 2016 VOTE!!

Everyone knows what today is.
 A day like no other.

 Please take the time to vote in this historic election. November 8, 2016 

Voting locations are open 7 AM–8 PM. 

If you’re in line at your voting location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, November 16, 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.

Northwest Savings Bank

Northwest Savings Bank

 Rebecca Pasquinelli, Branch Manager of Northwest Savings Bank is presenting a check for $2420 to Jill Carlson, 2017 Fund Drive Chairman for the Cameron County Community Chest. This is a yearly donation that comes from the Northwest Charitable Foundation. 
 Northwest Savings Bank appreciates the effort of the Cameron County Community Chest and wishes them success in reaching the 2017 campaign goal.



 Emporium Rotary held a dinner November 5th honoring Rotarians, Patricia Martin & Barry Brown with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of Rotary's most prestigious awards, for their many contributions to Rotary. Also honored was Mayor Bruno Carnovale (center), a non-Rotarian, for his 47 years of unselfish commitment to public service which has impacted and benefited the Emporium Borough. The club donates $1,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation in the recipient's name and the benefactors receive a certificate and pin to honor them for their extraordinary service.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

The Holiday Open House presents an opportunity for the community to view the Park Office and Wildlife Center all decked out in its winter splendor. Visitors can enjoy the eye-catching holiday displays created by local volunteers, Grandpa Hank’s winter village donated by Debbie Calkins of Mansfield, and of course, the state-of-the art wildlife exhibits.

Listen to the sounds of the season as you make a holiday themed craft. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or mulled cider while chatting with friends by the cozy fire. Light refreshments will be offered throughout the afternoon. The gift shop will be open for your holiday gift buying needs.

All ages are welcome to attend this free event. Please join us for the festivities!

Saturday, December 17 at 12 PM - 2 PM 

 Sinnemahoning State Park 4843 Park Rd, Austin, Pennsylvania 16720

For more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 
814-647-8401 or by email at

Holiday Giving at Cole Memorial

Your holiday giving can help others heal

This holiday shopping season, your purchases or donations at Cole Memorial will not only brighten the faces of the recipients but may make a difference for patients of all ages in our community. Please consider the following for your gift-giving options…

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Cole Foundation, Inc. whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Please select us as your charitable organization after signing in.

On November 9, The Looking Glass Gift Shop at Cole Memorial Hospital will host their annual Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 'Tis the season to buy new holiday decorations and gifts while enjoying refreshments and door prizes!

Cole Care's store located at the entrance of the hospital will also be holding a "Pre-Black Friday Friends & Family Sale" on medical and wellness items. Stop by November 8 to November 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and say the code word "E-News" when you checkout and save 10% off retail items and 20% off select items. Light Refreshments will be served.

On Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. the public is invited to the Cole Foundation's "Light Up A Life" celebration on Cole Memorial Hospital's campus. Each light on the tree represents a contribution in honor or remembrance of a loved one. To make a donation that supports Cole's hospice and cancer patients, contact the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520 or complete an online form. Each gift is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by a special card to the person being honored or the family of the memorialized loved one.

Free Mammography Screenings

Free Mammography Screenings

 The Women's Health Center at Cole Memorial is hosting FREE mammograms for 
women 40+ who are uninsured or underinsured. 
For information or to register, (814) 274-8200.

Free Skin Screening

Cole Memorial will be providing a free skin cancer screening at the Patterson Cancer Center on Saturday, December 3rd from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Please call (814) 274-8200 to schedule an appointment.

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive – Nov. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive – Nov. Update

We are five weeks into the 2017 fund drive. Over 200 letters have gone out to local individuals, businesses and organizations. We have had a great start. Through Oct. 31st we have collected $3,431 toward our $20,500 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. 
 This drive will run through September 30, 2017.

Watch for our monthly updates. Each month we will feature a write up on one of the organizations that the Cameron County Community Chest contributes to. This month’s feature will be the Cameron County Recreation Board.

Cameron County Recreation Center provides many different services to the local community. The main focus is to provide a safe but fun environment for area youth to enjoy. The game room is open Tuesdays through Saturday and offers a variety of table games and electronic gaming. The membership also includes use of the outdoor basketball court. They have two rooms available for rent for meetings and parties. The large room is the most popular for parties and can be rented for a minimal fee. There is no charge for business rentals. Tables and chairs can be rented (when available) as well as outdoor party games. Various exercise classes are also available each week. Please contact the Center for more information or check out their Facebook page.

The Recreation Center will continue to collaborate with the 4-H program to provide out of school programs for youth ages 8-18 as well as summer 4-H programs. This summer, two local playgrounds were supervised, South Park and Third Street. The participants enjoyed wildlife presentations from Cameron County Conservation, Beekeeping from Ryan Magaro, a painting class by Peggy Heckman and several walking trips to local offices including the courthouse and the chamber. Cameron County Recreation is also responsible for organizing and scheduling games for the girls and boys elementary basketball program. Cameron County Recreation Center is funded partly by the County, Emporium Foundation and Community Chest. The 4-H and summer programs are funded entirely by grants from the Emporium Foundation. For questions about any of the programs that are provided please contact the Recreation Director, Holly Manginell by phone 814-486-8915 or by email at

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

Rotary News November 1, 2016

Todd Parisi, (left) Leadership & Motivational Speaker, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon November 1st. Todd is a native of Kersey, PA, but now lives in the mountains over Emporium and is the proud father of 3 and grandfather of one.

 He joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17 and in 1986 entered recruit training in South Carolina. From that date until his retirement in September of 2014, Sergeant Major Parisi served in multiple combat tours in multiple wars. After his retirement in 2014, Todd served as a Freshman high school teacher where he was nominated as Teacher of the Year. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management and is the author of the book "From Where I Stand". Todd then decided to move back to the area and is currently active in community fundraising. Sergeant Major Parisi has reached over 9,000 students with his inspirational messages. He has also spoken to organizations such as Global Fortune 500 companies, GEICO, Veterans Groups, Active Military, youth groups, law enforcement and fire groups. He has also been active in many fundraising actives in the area. His message was that we only pass through this life once and how it is everyone should be an inspiration to others, give back to their community by being part of the solution not the problem, and that no one can do things alone that we all are stronger together.

 Also pictured is Rotarian, Joshua Parslow. Guests joining the luncheon were Kate Morgan, from the Cameron County Conservation District and Rick Custer from the 
Hot Springs Village Rotary Club, AR.