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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wildlife Photography Workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park

Wildlife Photography Workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park

Learn wildlife and outdoor photography tips from one of the most talented amateur photographers in the Pennsylvania Wilds area. Bill Potter will teach a three-part wildlife photography workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park starting Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Drawing lessons from his years of observing and photographing animals in the wild, Bill Potter will help you to understand your digital camera settings and how to use its functions to produce better nature images. Bill will also demonstrate the use of light, composition, and simplicity to create stunning wildlife pictures that will capture the viewer’s eye.

Program fee is $10.00 per person per class, or $25.00 per person for all three classes. Since each class will build upon skills learned in prior classes, it is highly recommended that participants attend all three classes.

The three classes offered are: Getting to Know Your Camera – Saturday, March 4, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Understanding Light Settings – Saturday, March 18, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Capturing Wildlife Images – Saturday, April 8, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

To register for the wildlife photography workshop, please visit the Photography Workshop listing on the online DCNR Calendar of Events at and click on the green “Buy Tickets” link on the right and fill out the requested information. If you have any difficulties registering online, please call the park office

In order to complete your registration and hold your spot for the class, please remit your payment by credit card or personal check. To pay by credit card, call the park office at 814-647-8401 ext. 0. Checks can be made out to "Commonwealth of PA". Mail check to: Sinnemahoning State Park, 4843 Park Rd, Austin, PA 16720 or bring it with you to the first class.

Roland A. "Buster" Saurman

Roland A. "Buster" Saurman, Jr., 69, of 102 E. 2nd St., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Thursday (February 23, 2017) morning.

He was born January 1, 1948 in Philadelphia, PA a son of the late Roland and Marjorie Benedict Saurman Mr. Saurman served with the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He worked several jobs in Philadelphia before moving to Cameron County. While living in Cameron County he worked many years at motor Coil and Emporium Secondary. He was a member of the Miller-Raffaelle Post, 6221, VFW, Emporium PA. He enjoyed gunsmithing and doing mechanical work on his truck.

 Survived by one sister, Margaret "Sandy" (Jim) Wills, Philadelphia; one brother, Jack Saurman, Pocano's; brother-in-law, John "Bud" Ullman, Driftwood and several nieces and nephews.

Buster was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Margaret Benedict Saurman, and a sister, Diane Ullman.

 There will be No Visitation.
 Memorial Services will be announced at a later date Burial will be in Driftwood, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Inquiry Sessions at St Mark Church

Inquiry Sessions Every Tuesday at 6:30PM

 At St Mark Church we  have Inquiry session meetings in the Religious Ed. Center. Our group is doing great thus far. The sessions are meaningful and pleasant. These weekly get-togethers are for people who were not raised Catholic, but are searching for meaning, belonging and spiritual insight. Inquirers can join in at any time. Members of St. Mark/St. James, please consider inviting and bringing someone you know.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cameron County ATV/UTV Association

The Cameron County ATV/UTV Association, Inc. is asking that all tax payers, both residents and campers that are in favor of opening up roads for ATV/UTV in Gibson and Grove Townships, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for APRIL 8, 2017 at the Gibson Township Municipal Building starting at 1:00PM.

 Gibson and Grove Township Supervisors are asking for a vote of all tax payers for opening their roads for ATV/UTV use. Must be present to vote.

 Please pass the word. We need your support to get all the roads up legally.

Rotary News

Rotarian, Jeff Ream, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon February 21st.
 Jeff, owner of J. Ream Engineering Consultants, updated the club on the Sterling Run Acid Mine Drainage Abatement Project. In 2004-2005 an assessment was completed in the Sterling Run area to identify pollution, treatment strategies and cost assessment. Most of the pollution resulted in the higher portion of the watershed and several projects have been completed and other cleanup projects remain underway.

Stained Glass Class

Stained Glass class returns to the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. Theresa Diegleman will instruct students on selecting colors, cutting, foiling and soldering a cancer ribbon ornament. The class is set for Saturday March 18 10am-2pm. Class size is limited to 10. The $25.00 fee will reserve your spot. Call 814-486- 4314 to make a reservation.

New Artists At Artisan Center

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce &  Artisan Center announces the addition of two artists. 

Jacqueline Coble from Dubois has been a part-time potter since college. Recently retired, she is now making cups, bowls, vases, and bakeware full time. “We have looked for a potter for years, and are very excited by her unique painting of the glazed pieces,” says director Tina Solak.

 Kersey resident Sally Azzato, known for her repurposing of furniture now selling jewelry. Her line includes metal stamped necklaces, bracelets and earrings. “We hope Sally will offer furniture painting classes this spring,” says Solak. The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center is open 7 days a week.

Living Simply Nourished

Three entrepreneurs in Cameron County teaming together to offer a second Living Simply Nourished Workshop next month. 

Jeanmare Holjencin, Cristy Solveson and Lindsey Zucal will provide a glimpse of the upcoming three week intensive workshop series with extended hours in each workshop for even more added value on Wednesday March 1 at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce with the free showing of a documentary called Food Choices. The 90 minute documentary has gained attention nationwide as a scientific approach to healthy eating. Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be provided for the 7pm showing. 

 The trio presented their first Living Simply Nourished Workshop in January. Eleven individuals from the county took the course, sampled and cooked using plant based recipes. While some participated looking to experiment with new recipes, most have embraced the lifestyle. Recently Aroma Café revamped its menu adding plant based sandwiches and wraps. “The reaction has been positive,” says Zucal, Aroma Café owner, “the most popular has been the black bean burger.” 

 The upcoming workshop begins Sunday March 12 and ends Sunday April 2 with a pot luck with the Elk County plant based support group. Holjencin a certified Holistic Life Coach and creator of Vedging Out with Jeanmare says she is pleased with the changes she is seeing in the county. “Emporium Shur Fine has been very receptive to adding tofu, raw cashews, and a variety of plant based grains on the shelves.” 

 The workshop includes recipes, ideas for meal planning. Solveson, the owner of FREERANGE Holistic Health and certified in nutrition and meditation hopes that those with medical issues will consider taking the workshop. “The plant-based lifestyle is the only diet proven to reverse disease,” says Solveson. During the workshop Solveson will provide information on meditation. “This workshop is looking at the entire well-being.” We should eat to live not live to eat adds Solveson. 

Information and registration information can be picked up at the Aroma Café, or at the chamber Wednesday March 1.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sargento Expands Recall of Select Cheeses

Sargento Expands Recall of Select Cheeses 

 Please visit this link for recalled cheese and updated Sargento information

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chili Cook Off Results

Mike Travis, middle, 1st Place Winner 

Chili Cook-off Benefits Emporium Moose Kids Christmas Cameron County Inaugural Chili Cookoff Benefit winners announced. Crazy Eyes BBQ (Mike Travis) took first with a smoked brisket chili, second place went to Kurt Ripple, with his famous Kersey Chili, and Dorothy Hastings highlighted her chili with beer. The three earned top votes among 10 competitors. 

The proceeds were given to the Emporium Moose Lodge 368 for Christmas for Kids. The event held at My Place was in conjunction with the Winter Fest. The temperatures Saturday, combined with the sun and little snow base forced the cancellation of the outdoor activities at the Emporium Country Club. 

“The chamber was pleased that Jody Martin from My Place wanted to expand the outdoor festivities and give adults something to do,” said Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. Friday night was the beer and pretzel gala featuring Straub and Coors products with the chili cook-off ending the event on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Joseph R. Gibbs

Joseph R. Gibbs, 72, of 226 Arch Drive, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Saturday (February 11, 2017) night. He was born October 22, 1944 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late William B. and Helen Koczwara Gibbs, Sr. On November 28, 1969 in Farmers Valley, PA he married Kathi Mullin Gibbs, who survives.

 Joe and Kathi were married over 47 years. He graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1964. He served his country during the Vietnam Era, for four years, with the U.S. Navy. Joe often shared his service memories of both home and abroad. He had witnessed many changes in his 37 years of employment at GKN in Emporium. 

In addition to his wife Kathi he is survived by two sons, Kirk (Jill) Gibbs; Brett Gibbs & (Cheryl), both of Emporium; three grandchildren: Kierra (Jason) Schwab, Alora (Justin Farren) Gibbs and Jennifer Gibbs; three great grandchildren and another to join the family soon. One sister, Shirley Dippold, St. Marys and a brother, William Gibbs, Jr.; three nieces and he also leaves behind Kevin, Rose, Zachary & Jeremy Learn of Erie 

He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Helen Koczwara Gibbs, Sr.

 Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (February 18, 2017) at 3:00 PM with his sister-in-law, Debb Lee, officiating. 

Military services will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail following the service. 

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM , Saturday at the Barnett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shirley L. Priest

Shirley L. Priest, 86, of 6845 Beechwood Rd., Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA Friday (February 10, 2017) night. She was born December 23, 1930 in Knox, PA a daughter of the late Robert L. and Grace Shepherdson Wenner. On June 7, 1954 in Emporium, PA she married Donald R. Priest, who survives.

Shirley was the oldest of 14 siblings. She helped raise her brothers and sisters in her early years. She retired, after many years of work, from Sylvania in Emporium. After retirement she went to work, working five years at Sheetz. She enjoyed canning and was always doing things for other people. She also enjoyed being with family and especially spending time with her grandchildren who gave her great pleasure and enjoyment. She like playing bingo and her get-together's with her former coworkers. She looked forward to family functions, weddings and anniversaries.

In addition to her husband Donald R. Priest she is survived by a son, Dana Priest, Truman, PA; daughter, Kathy (Martin) Tully, Thompson, PA; son, Curt (Janine) Priest, Eldred, PA; three grandchildren: Ryan Tully, Meghan (John) Prunier, and Kayla Priest, and two great grandchildren: Kendra Priest and Shaye Prunier. Three brothers, Vivion (Wimp) Wenner, Medina, NY; Robert (Linda) Wenner, Mt. Jewett; Donald (Linda) Wenner, St. Marys and six sister, Shelba Roselli, Georgia; Betty (Dave) DeGray, Florida; Beverly Wenner, Florida; Barbara (Dan) Paget, Johnsonburg; Velma (Bernard) Norlin, Johnsonburg; Sandy (David) Thorwort, Johnsonburg; sister-in-law, Harriet Wenner, Smethport and several, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert L. and Grace Shepherdson Wenner, two brothers, Darwin and John Wenner, two sisters, Linda Kilhoffer and one in infancy,

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (February 14, 2017) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Christine Groeger, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home one hour prior to the Service.
 Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

Valentine's Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

 On Saturday, February 11, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sinnemahoning State Park offers the chance to do something fun and affordable with the people you love. This Valentine's Weekend grab the one or ones you love most for a day at Sinnemahoning State Park. Park staff will be offering two engaging programs for people to unplug and reconnect with nature and each other. 

 From 9:00 to 10:00 AM, have Coffee With the Birds. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, INDOORS, as you learn about the birds visiting the feeders just outside the classroom window.

 From 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, join park staff for a fun lesson in the popular sport of cross-country skiing. All equipment, including skis, poles, and boots (adult sizes) will be provided. In addition to the scheduled programs, the park will be offering several self-guided activities for couples and families to do both in the park and the PA WILDS. Build a snowman, make a s'more, snowshoe the trails, or tackle a puzzle; it's up to you to pick and choose. The park will provide all the information and tools, you create the fun!

 So join Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and enjoy a day (or more) in the heart of the PA WILDS!

 For more information or to pre-register for the cross country skiing class, please contact the Park Office at 814-647-8401. 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.

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive Feb. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive Feb. Update

 As of February 2 nd we have collected $8,683 toward our $20,500 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. We will keep the 2017 Fund Drive open until September 30, 2017. This month’s featured organization will be the American Red Cross. 

  The American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The chapter is responsible for hosting local blood drives each year that replenishes blood used at our local hospitals. The chapter also provides all emergency communications between the men and women of the armed forces and their local families. The PA Heartland Chapter covers all of Cameron and Jefferson counties and most of Elk and Clearfield counties. Contact the chapter at 1-800- REDCROSS, by email at, or visit us 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.

No Snow Means No Winter Festival this Weekend

No Snow Means No Winter Festival this Weekend 

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce cancelling the Winter Festival planned for Saturday February 11 at the Emporium County Club. Executive Director Tina Johns Solak blamed the deluge of rain washing away the snow to just a thin layer. “It is not possible to have sleds using the golf course when only a thin layer of snow protects the fairways,” explained Johns Solak. This is the second year in the row the chamber and Emporium Country Club have canceled the events due to a lack of snow.

 Adults can spend President’s Day weekend in Emporium at My Place. The establishment will kick off Friday with a beer and pretzel gala. Craft breweries will be hand offering samples of their brew. Sunday afternoon a county wide chili cook off will be held. More than 7 competitors will battle for bragging rights. Both of those events planned in conjunction with the Winter Festival.

Rotary News

Qualified and properly trained workers are a valuable commodity in today’s job marketplace. That economic reality is even more true for much of north central Pennsylvania, where years of population loss has depleted the workforce and the areas younger generation has been drawn away to urban communities due to increased career opportunities.

Amy Goode, the new education program director for the Community Education Council (CEC) of Elk and Cameron Counties, discussed a program designed to reverse that trend with Emporium Rotary members. The Discover Partnership is an initiative designed to connect businesses, schools and community organizations through on-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships, new degree programs and non-credit training courses. Between 2000 and 2010, Cameron and Elk counties led the state in population decline. Cameron’s population fell by about 15 percent, while Elk’s dropped by close to 10 percent.

A large number of those residents left during the economic downturn that began in 2008. Many of the industries adversely affected by that recession have now rebounded, but the workers who left haven’t returned. Goode said that good paying jobs are out there, but many local businesses can’t fill them. “We need to educate our students and make them aware that good jobs are out there, and not just in entry-level positions,” Goode said. “There's a misconception that there are no quality jobs, or that you need a four-year degree and that's not true." Discover Partnership has already made several in-roads in Cameron County.

•Organizers have planned student tours of local companies, “educator in the workplace” events to allow teachers to observe local workplace settings, and job shadowing.

•CEC currently operates a computer lab next to the Pa. CareerLink offices at the Emporium Forging facility in Emporium. Classes and workshops are offered dealing with social media, computer operating systems and other areas of technology.

•Cameron County High School students are participating in a “Career Connect” program introducing them to careers and walking them through mock interviews with local employers.

•Curriculum options have been expanded to include involvement in Junior Achievement, career fairs, vocational research, writing classes and independent living courses..

In addition, the CEC offers college courses through Gannon, Pitt-Bradford and Penn State Dubois, as well as certification testing, GED instruction and professional development coursework. "This area has so much to offer, but we need to make sure our young people know what's out there," Goode said. "These programs can help give them a clear career plan." For more information on the Discover Partnership or other CEC programs, contact Amy Goode at 814-781-3437 or visit the website,

A limited number of tickets ($30.00) are still available for the Rotary Wine & Cheese Fundraiser February 18th which funds the Rotary Academic & Technical Scholarships. Must be 21 to attend. See Becky Pasquinelli at Northwest Bank or any Rotarian for tickets

New Horizons Healthy Foods

Just a reminder from New Horizons Healthy Foods that there will be a plant based potluck at the Aroma Cafe in Emporium,Pa on Sunday Feb. 12th. at 4 pm. 

We are defining plant based here as food containing no meat, fish, dairy or eggs. Please bring a dish if you can if not still come and check out how awesome this food can be. 
Hope to see you there!

A Very Friendly Grouse!

A friend of mine was out hunting bobcats the other day. Much to his surprise he had some company he couldn't shake. I've never seen anything like this before, and I don't believe he had either.
 In Cameron County #LoveOurCounty!

Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 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.

Donna L. Williams

Donna L. Williams, 49, of 1019 Plank Road Hollow, Emporium, PA died at her residence on Tuesday (February 7, 2017) afternoon. She was born October 21, 1967 in DuBois, PA a daughter of Mary Ellen Plaszenski Walters, Emporium and the late Richard Celinski

Donna graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1985. She had worked several years for Teletron in Erie before returning to Emporium. She was a devoted mother and was always laughing and smiling wherever she went.

 She is survived by her Mother, Mary Ellen Walters; Step-Father, Theodore Walters; son, Corey Dean Williams; sister, Jeanette (Tom) Tiemissen; two brothers, Ted L. (Julie) Walters, all of Emporium and Daniel B. Walters, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Richard Celinski and a brother, Scott Walters.

There will be No Visitation.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Christine Groeger, officiating.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


St Mark Church 


With winter upon us, Catholic Services are again seeking donations of the following items to aid the many refugees being sheltered in Erie.

Items may be placed on the large table at the rear of the church.

Household Supplies: Cooking pans, silverware, plates, bowls, glasses, cups.

Clothing: Any clothing, mostly sizes small and medium please. These people come to our country with only the clothes on their backs and are not prepared for our harsh winters. Bedding: Sheets, sizes single, full, or twin please.

Friday, February 3, 2017

ATV Use Topic of Meeting

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EMPORIUM — Members of the Cameron County ATV/UTV Association visited the Cameron County Commissioners meeting on Thursday to report on progress made toward developing all-terrain vehicle riding opportunities throughout the county.

Approximately 23 miles of township roads have been identified for part of a trail that would connect Cameron County’s boroughs and townships for use by ATV riders, and members are attending township and borough meetings over the next few weeks to garner support for the move.

“Right now, we’re watching ATVs leave this county. They come in, drive through, and go out the other side,” said ATV Association president Jeff Snell, owner of the Bear’s Den restaurant and bar in Sterling Run. “Economic impact is a major part of this.”

Currently, members are working to connect portions of the identified route, as there are several gaps that must be filled in before the trail can run from Gibson Township, in southeastern Cameron County, to Shippen Township in the northwestern corner. If the trail is successful, members would like to see it expanded to link with trail systems in nearby counties, such as those in Elk, Potter and Clinton counties.

Snell said members are aware of the concerns of some residents, and a petition circulated and submitted to several townships. However, Snell reiterates the association is taking concerns into account during the planning phase, and the opening of an approved area for riders would eliminate a lot of the illegal riding that has been feared by opponents.

“Everyone talks about the 2 percent (of ATV riders who do not follow laws), but it’s actually 100 percent right now. Everyone is riding illegally. We want to designate and sign these roads, then we’ll deal with the 2 percent who still can’t follow the rules,” said Snell. “We love it here, too. We’re not out to ruin what we have. We’re just trying to make it better.”

Association members have been working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), municipal authorities and other surrounding counties’ ATV associations to determine the best course of action and to attempt to work out problems before roads are opened to ATVs. They have also spoken with township officials from areas in Elk County where ATV riding has been permitted for more than a decade, and reported that very few problems arose after the first year due to ATV riders policing their own ranks.

Commissioner Lori Reed said she personally supported the action, as it was likely to positively impact the economy in Cameron County. The commissioners are working to write up a resolution or similar motion to officially recognize the ATV association’s efforts.

In other news, the commissioners approved a bid of $8,878 submitted by Bucktail Excavators for the demolition of a former residence located at 236 West Fifth St. in Emporium Borough.

A resolution was also approved by the commissioners. The resolution authorizes the recorder of deeds to charge an additional $15 fee on deeds and mortgages, with the money to be used for the continued demolition of blighted properties in the county.

Resolution 2017-2 was also passed, transferring the lot formerly occupied by the Jasper Harris & Sons building at 26 East Fourth St. to the ownership of Emporium Borough. The move “continues the intergovernmental cooperation with the borough on blighted properties.” The commissioners stated it made good fiscal sense to transfer the property, as the borough has the equipment and employees to care for the lot.

Due to the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, use of the lot is limited for the next few years.

Meanwhile, the commissioners approved an Act 13 funding application from the Cameron County School District in the amount of $7,410.

The funds will be used to install new drainage under the playground, which is used by the Family Center and children enrolled at Woodland Elementary, Pre-K Counts, IU9 Preschool and Head Start.

Also, the county was awarded a $3,778.35 safety grant to make employee safety improvements at the courthouse. The money will be used to repair downspouts and the awning over the handicap entrance, install new lighting and purchase an AED unit.

The next commissioners meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the courthouse in Emporium.

Article by Amanda Jones Bradford Era Correspondent

Cameron County School Board Meeting

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EMPORIUM — At Thursday’s meeting, members of the Cameron County school board heard a presentation from students who recently traveled to Hawaii to perform in Pearl Harbor Day Memorial ceremonies.

Cameron County High School band director Dan Sensenig and a number of directors and staff from across the region escorted a group of students selected from area school districts to perform in the event. Sensenig was asked to form the Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor Honors Band following the successful CCHS Band trip the year prior.

“It was a real honor to be there, especially on the 75th anniversary, to represent our community, our state and our veterans,” said Sensenig.

The students presented a slide show and talked about some of the learning experiences they had while on the islands, including visiting the USS Missouri and performing in front of the memorial, touring the Dole Plantation and visiting a number of communities at the Polynesian Culture Center.

Students representing CCHS at the event were Dalton Ball, Chloe Burgett, Kaitlyn Burgett, Ann Burt, Marissa Doud, Ariel Farren, Sally Holjencin, Lia Inman, Cam Ramsey and Hannah Uber. CCHS Colorguard Advisor Maggie Sensenig also participated as part of the honors band staff.

Congratulations were also extended to four students who qualified for the PMEA District Band Festival. Students who excel at the district festival may be invited to participate in a regional festival, and can later advance to state band. This year, CCHS will be represented by Ariel Farren, Cam Ramsey, Abby Rowan and Mason Shaffer.

Kindergarten registration will be held from Feb. 27 through March 10. Principal Amy Schwab stated that it appears as though the incoming class will be similar in size to those in recent years. Most grades at Woodland Elementary have 40 or 50 students currently. Registration packets are available at the school, and have also been distributed to many early-education facilities within the county.

Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolf stated that he received a call from a concerned citizen about the qualifications of the contractor chosen to perform work at one of the Woodland Elementary School playgrounds. A representative of Losey Contracting produced documents on request that included the contractor’s state and federal identification numbers and insurance documents, paving the way for the work to be completed.

At a meeting held earlier in the day, Cameron County Commissioners approved an Act 13 request from the school that will cover the cost of the contracting bid. Commissioners approved a Marcellus Legacy Fund expenditure in the amount of $7,410 to cover the drainage work. The district will still pay $13,000 to install new mulch at the school as part of the same project.

At next week’s district business meeting, the board expects to vote on the following items: hiring of an assistant softball coach; professional leave requests; nomination of a board member to the Seneca Highlands IU9 Board; adoption of the 2017-18 school calendar; payment of district bills; acceptance of audit reports; and donation of a surplus floor scrubber to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department.

The board may vote on additional individuals to be added to the substitute lists. Currently, the district is seeking substitute teachers, and recently initiated a pay increase to entice more people to apply for the positions. Two interested individuals had contacted the school, but one was hired to a full-time position elsewhere and the second has not rescheduled an interview that had to be cancelled.

The next meeting of the school board will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the high school library.

Article by Amanda Jones  Bradford Era Correspondent

James E. Markum

James E. Markum, 61, of 20489 Ccc Memorial Hwy., Emporium, PA formerly of Johnstown, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Thursday (February 2, 2017) morning.

He was born March 30, 1955 in Johnstown, PA the youngest son of the late Henry and Mildred Rodky Markum. On May 21, 1993 in Winchester, VA he married Susan Summers Markum, who survives. Jim grew up in Johnstown and graduated from Greater Johnstown Vo Tech in the class of 1973. He was active in the Solomon Run Volunteer Fire Company. He moved to Emporium to work for the Cameron County School District where he recently retired. He was an avid hunter who enjoyed camping, building and woodworking.

In addition to his wife Susan Summers Markum he is survived by son, Christopher "CJ" Markum, Emporium; two brothers, Michael (Glenda) Markum and Richard (Debbie) Markum, both of Johnstown, PA; step-mother, Donna Giffin Markum, Johnstown, PA; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; Aunt, Agatha Markum, Johnstown. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mildred Rodky Markum.

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Burial Service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church 144 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Father Matthew Ryan, Rector and Pastor Stephen Markum, Jims nephew, officiating. 

The family will also hold a Memorial Service at Maple Grove Church of the Brethern, 160 Palestine Road, Salix, PA 15952 on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM with Pastor Stephen Markum, officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, February 2, 2017



INDIANA, Pa. - The following students from Cameron County have been named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean’s list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. The full list of fall 2016 dean’s list students is available at

Dean’s List students, their hometowns, majors and degrees they are seeking are: 
Emporium: Capri Noel Clark, Old West Creek Road, B.S. in Human Resource Management; 
Skylar R. Galford, Valley View Road, B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations

IUP is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Donald E. Hallowell

Donald E. Hallowell, 54, of 200-A East 6th St., Ext, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (February 1, 2017) night. He was born January 4, 1963 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Willard Hallowell and Marion Putt Hallowell.

Don graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1981. He worked, for over 34 years, at Motor Coil in Emporium. He enjoyed playing golf and loved being with his dog Baxter. He was a member of Cameron County Vets Club, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #368, Emporium and the Christabelle Club.

 He is survived by one sister, Debra Hallowell, Emporium; Brother, David "Bucket" (Kim) Hallowell, Emporium; Half-brother, Michael Hallowell, Emporium; Half-brother, Matthew (Heather) Hallowell, El Paso, TX; two nieces, Lacey (Ryan) McFadden, Janelle (Bill) Lampariello and one nephew, Shawn Hallowell.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Willard Hallowell and Mother, Marion Putt Hallowell; Grandparents, Tom and Elsie Gibbs,

The Family and friends are invited to Share in a Time of Remebrance at Miller-Raffaele Post #6221, VFW 427 East Third Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (February 7, 2017) from 2:00-5:00 PM. 

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sally "Gertrude" Gorman

On January 30, 2017, in Charlotte, NC, Sally "Gertrude" Gorman, aged 87, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Gertrude was born on August 27, 1929 in Glen Cove, Long Island, the daughter of Anna and Alexander Poznanski. Gertrude graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1947.

Gertrude enjoyed her many hobbies, which depending on the time you were with her, could include collecting antiques, full size looms, spinning wheels, dying yarn, cooking, making root beer and dandelion or tomato wine. Family camping trips in the New York Finger Lakes were often interrupted by Gertrude's love of antiques in obscure shops and barns along the way and she ultimately opened and ran her own antique shop in Emporium, Pennsylvania.

On December 13, 1948, Gertrude married the love of her life, Vincent Richard Gorman, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. Vincent, an Honorably Discharged World War II United States Marine Corporal, crossed the Atlantic over a dozen times on the USS Lejeune. Vincent was a Bachelor's Degree Graduate from the American Television Institute of Technology. Together they raised 3 wonderful children and enjoyed their later years in Boynton Beach, FL.

In addition to her parents, Gertrude was preceded in death by her dear husband Vincent Sr., and siblings Bernard, Benjamin, Anne, Irene, Alexander and grandson James.

Gertrude is survived by her daughter Annice (Theodore, deceased) Krellner of Emporium, PA her son Vincent, Jr (Ellen), Asheville, NC and son Seth (Amy), Matthews, NC. Also, several grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters and one great grandson. with another great grand expected in April.

Memorials may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library 27 West 4th Street Emporium, PA 15834 or the Emporium Garden Club PO Box 341 Emporium PA 15834. 
Gertrude was an avid reader and enthusiastic gardener.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McEwen Funeral Service of Mint Hill, NC. In keeping with Gertrude's wishes, there will be a private funeral and burial.

 It is the wish of her family to thank all of those who assisted in her care 
during the last years of her life.

A Night At The Races

Save the date, April 1, 2017, buy a horse, name a horse and be entered to compete in one of 10 races for a chance to win! Get your friends together and come out and have a good time! Everyone is welcome. If you wish to purchase a horse for $20 please contact Annette Campbell  or Pete Fragale.
The more horses purchased the more fun we can have.

Jane Ellen Alexander

Jane Ellen Alexander, 57, of 196 36th St, Pittsburgh, PA died at Magee-Womens Hospital-UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA the afternoon of Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

She was born June 29, 1959 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Joseph R. and Mary Conway Alexander. Jane graduated from Cameron County High School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS Ed.) and was a PhD candidate in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. She held a wide variety of research, counseling, education, and clinical positions including research subject advocate within the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated hospitals. Most recently she was a regulatory compliance officer at UPMC working with clinicians and legal experts to ensure compliance with federal law.

Jane is survived by her brother, John (Carol) Alexander, Redwood City, CA; two nephews, Steven Barrett, Rochester, NY and Tim Barrett, Lima, NY.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph R. and Mary Conway Alexander, Jr. and a sister, Lori Barrett. 

There will be No Visitation.
 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the First United Methodist Church 306 S Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Monday (February 6, 2017) at 1 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Artisan Chocolate in Time for Valentine's Day

Artisan Chocolate in Time for Valentine's Day 

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce continuing its relationship with Goblins Chocolates from St Marys. The chamber will have for purchase chocolate covered strawberries and boxed chocolates to share on Valentine's Day. The strawberries will come 6 or 12 in a gift box. The berries can be covered in dark, milk or white chocolate. They will be available for pick up on Friday February 10 or Monday February 13 at the chamber office in Emporium. The price is $15 for 6, or $24.50 for 12. Orders can be taken in person or over the phone at 814-486-4314.

Snow Arrives in Time for Cameron County Snow Festival

Snow Arrives in Time for Cameron County Snow Festival 

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce teaming up with Emporium Country Club to host a family friendly free event Saturday February 11. "We tried last year, but the snow did not arrive," says Tina Johns Solak, executive director of Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. 

 The event will run from noon to 4pm and feature a cardboard sled race. Cross country ski trails will be groomed, an area dedicated for snowman building,and a fire to warm up. The bathrooms at the Emporium Country Club will be open. The weekend begins with an event for those over 21 at My Place. New owner, Jody Martin planning a craft beer and pretzel gala. Straub Brewery and Coors Distributor will offer craft beer samples. Pretzels will be available for purchase with the money raised donated to Emporium Moose Kids Christmas. 
 Sunday afternoon a chili cook-off will be featured at My Place.

 Contestants for the cook-off can register at My Place. There is no fee to enter. Those tasting will vote using tickets. The cost to taste is $5.00. "The chamber is excited to partner with these two businesses and bring winter events to the region," says Solak

Bernard J. "Dudge" Armstrong

Bernard J. "Dudge" Armstrong, 69, of 801 Sizerville Rd., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday night (January 31, 2017)

He was born December 12, 1947 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Joseph Michael and Lorna Armstrong. On October 4, 1985 in Emporium he married Wendy Davis Armstrong, who survives

Dudge Armstrong was a member of the Pipleliners Union #798 since 1973. He retired in 2010 as a journeyman working various piplining jobs throughout the country. He was a member of the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge #368, Emporium, Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW and the Christabelle Club in Emporium. He enjoyed spend time with his friends, family and his dog "Evee"

 In addition to his wife Wendy he is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (Garth) Clark; Jennifer Lyon and Molly Cowley and one son, Joshua (Jesica) Armstrong; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren; one brother, Donald "Duck" (Linda) Armstrong; one sister, Bonnie (Edward) VanAmburg and several nieces and nephews 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Michael and Lorna Armstrong, and a brother, Rick "Slim" Michael.

The Family and friends are invited to Share in a Time of Remebrance at the Moose Lodge, 524 E Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA on Saturday (February 18, 2017) from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Glenda S. George

Glenda S. George, 74, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Chico, California died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Monday (January 30, 2017) afternoon.

She was born January 14, 1943 in Chowchilla, California a daughter of the late J. B. and Gladys Tisseyre Allen. Glenda was a resident of California most of her life before moving to Emporium five year ago to be nearer to her sister and brother- in-law. Glenda retired from Bank of America, as a loan officer, where she worked many years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher (Tammy) Schmitz, New Jersey and Command Sergeant Major Eric (Gayla) Schmitz, Ft. Bragg, NC; four grandchildren, two sisters, Denise (Rev. Steven) Miller, Emporium and Janice Winters, Willets, CA.

 Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, J. B. and Gladys Tisseyre Allen. 

There will be No Visitation.
 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (February 8, 2017) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Steven Miller, First Presbyterian Church, and brother-in-law officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Rotary News

Emporium Rotarians learned more about beekeeping at their recent luncheon meeting from Ryan & Brandi Magaro, owners and beekeepers of Rich Valley Apiary located in Rich Valley. The Magaro’s started their bee business in 2011 after their son, Enzo, then 3 years old, and Ryan became interested in honeybees after watching some You Tube videos.

Honey bees have been around for millions of years, but were not native to the United States. In the early 1600s, settlers brought honey bees to the United States. The Indians referred to them as “white man flies”. Einstein quoted “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live”. Honeybees are very extremely important to our food supply as they pollinate flowers up to 50-100 flowers during a collection trip. A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen. Worker bees are female, are the only ones with stingers, do all the work, and live for about 6 weeks. The queen bee can live up to 5 years and it’s role is to fill the hive with eggs, up to 2,500 per day. They are the only insect that produces food (honey) eaten by man, and honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes. The biggest threat to the honey bees are mites.

Magaros started with 1 hive and now have 15. Along with selling honey, they also make and sell soaps, hand cream, candles and lip balm all made from their kitchen. All three of their children are also involved in the business.. Items can be purchased from them directly or at the local Chamber of Commerce.

Rotary President, Dale Kern, welcomes Dave Greene, Executive Director of Northern Tier Community Action Corp., back to the Emporium Rotary Club. Dave had been a member of the St. Mary’s Rotary Club for years and previously a member of the Emporium Club.

 Tickets for the Rotary Wine & Cheese fundraiser, February 18th are still available. Must be 21 years of age to attend. See Becky Pasquinelli at Northwest Bank or any Rotarian for tickets. 
 Proceeds help fund the Rotary Academic & Technical Scholarships.