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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, April 12, 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.

St Mark Penance Service

St Mark Penance Service

 Sunday, April 2nd 3:00 PM.
 Four visiting priests will be here to hear confessions, along with Fr. Paul. Please make plans to come to this wonderful opportunity.

Rotary News

Rotarian, Tim Kinsler, introduced speaker, Pat Lewis, (right) at the Rotary luncheon March 28th. Pat gave an inspiring talk about his 40 years of coaching experiences. Pat grew up in Emporium, graduating from CCHS and then Clarion University with a degree in Elementary Education. Shortly after graduating from Clarion University, he received a job offer to teach 2nd grade at Woodland Elementary, along with the stipulation that he coach a high school girls basketball team. 

 Up to this time, no male teacher had ever taught a grade below 5th grade or coached girls basketball. After many ups and downs, he wound up with a winning JV team. After Mr. Kinsler retired and resigned as the boy’s Junior High coach, Pat filled the position. The first year was disheartening with a 0-15 record, second year 1-17 and he thought of resigning, but stayed on. Pat thought back to 7th grade when he tried out for basketball and was cut, then in 8th grade made the team, but in 9th was cut again from the team and remembered Mr. Kinsler telling him “Pat, you just didn’t put in the time”. Pat said “when I got older, I understood and respected what Mr. Kinsler had said back then.” After that, Pat got the team motivated and they started winning 70% of their games. Pat’s philosophy as a coach has been “putting self above others” and emphasized how athletics are so important teaching youth following:
How to manage time efficiently
Body language speaks volumes
How to deal with pressure and stress
How to win with class and fail with dignity
Life is not fair and there will be tough times
Success requires sacrifice, preparation and hard work
Know your strengths and weaknesses
To be a leader you need to also be a follower
Must discipline yourself as only you are responsible for yourself
Respect everyone and working together achieves more

Rotary Donates to Boy Scout Troop

Gayle Mansfield accepts Rotary’s donation of $500.00 from Rotary President, Dale Kern, on behalf of Boy Scout Troop #551 to help fund their camp platform project.

 Other Rotary donations this month include Cameron County Lady Raider Softball, Mountaineer Search and Rescue, 2017 CCHS Post Prom and Shelter Box.


NOTICE - THE CANOE & KAYAK CLASSIC has been postponed until April 8th due to unsafe waters.
 Please spread the word to anyone you know is coming!!

For any questions about the race, please contact Randy Bailey at (814) 546-2011, or by postal mail at 90 Church St., Driftwood, PA 15832, or by e-mail at

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Plant Based Pot Luck Dinner

If your curious about, or have heard about plant based eating and what its all about, please join us at our Potluck this Sunday, April 2nd at Aroma CafĂ© in Emporium. 
Hope you'll join us so we can share with others who are finding their way on the plant-based journey. Feel free to bring a dish to pass!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stained Glass Class

Stained Glass Class Added to Schedule @ Chamber 

 Stained glass enthusiasts can take a 4 week class beginning April 24 through May 8. The session is limited to 8 students and the price is $55.00 
 All materials will be provided for an 8 ½ inch by 11 inch panel. 

 The class will be held 6-8pm at The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center
 in Emporium. 
Registration can be made online at or by calling 814-486-4314.

Holy Land Trip presentation @ St Mark Church

Holy Land Trip presentation


 Please join us in O’Connell Hall for a presentation from Natalie Schmolk, of Proximo Travel.

 She will be talking about Fr. Paul’s upcoming Holy Land trip Sept. 27-Oct 7, 2017.

 Natalie will show travel logs with pictures of the very land where our Lord Jesus actually walked. The K. of C. will be providing food! 
All are welcome to this wonderful presentation.

Upcoming Classes at Artisan Center

Upcoming Classes at Artisan Center

 The spring class schedule at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center announced.

New artist Sally Azzato comes to Emporium Monday April 10 from 10:30am-noon. Students will leave with two completed projects. A mason jar will be distressed utilizing Dixie Belle products and a picture frame will be painted and glazed. The techniques can be used on numerous surfaces. The fee is $25.00. Registration is open till April 5.

Quilting returns in May. Gini Schager will teach a patriotic table runner on Saturday May 13 from 9:30am-2:00pm. The 16 by 54 inch one of a kind designed runner features red and white stripes flanked by two stars. All materials will be supplied. Students are to bring a working sewing machine to class. The cost is $45.00 and limited to six students.

To register for either class call the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center at 814-486-4314 or register online at

The Special @ Foxes

"The special" is back!

 We're happy to see the special and more than happy to pick one up for dinner! 
Shop local and support Cameron County.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Eric Spehalski recognized as Provost Scholar @ IUP


 INDIANA, Pa. – A student from the area has been recognized as a Provost Scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

 Provost Scholars from this area include: Emporium: Eric Thomas Spehalski, Dodge Hollow Road, B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medical 

 Provost Scholar status is achieved when students complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. 

 Provost Scholar recognition is given only once during a student's time of study at IUP. 

 A complete listing of Provost Scholars is available on IUP’s website:

2017 Backyard Conservation Workshop

2017 Backyard Conservation Workshop

 The Cameron County Conservation District will be hosting their annual Backyard Conservation Workshop for small scale and hobby farmers on April 12th, from 6-8 pm at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. This workshop is free! 

 This year speakers will include LouAnn Swope from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ryan Magaro from Rich Valley Apiary. Swope will speak on the importance of soil health, and practices to improve soil fertility for those interested in backyard gardens. Magaro will discuss bee keeping in Cameron County and other important pollinators. Swope will then follow up with a discussion on cost share programs from NRCS, that can help install pollinator habitat and high tunnels which can be used to extend the growing season for produce. Each participant will be provided with a FREE soil sample test kit. 

 Finger foods will be served. Seating is limited to twenty people. Pre-registration is required prior to April 7th. Sign up at the Conservation District office, or call 814-486-2244 to reserve your spot.

 Contact Kate Morgan, for more information.

Events @ the Emporium Senior Center

Lancaster Field Trip -- “A group from the Emporium Senior Center is looking at the possibility of taking a bus trip to Lancaster on Tuesday, May 16th. We need to find out if there is enough interested individuals, in order to make the trip possible. The bus would be traveling to the amazing “Sight & Sound Theater” in Lancaster, PA to see the showing of “JONAH!” The cost for this trip would be $142 per person. Price would include 3pm Show Ticket for “JONAH”, dinner at the Hershey Restaurant, and cost for transportation on the Fullington Bus. If you are interested in participating in this fun adventure, give the center a call at 814-486-3707 before Wed, April 19th.”

Monday, April 3rd—“Adult Bullying” Program @11am Erika Dominick will be traveling from the Attorney General’s office in State College to present. She was here to do a program in February and it was excellent!

Wednesday, April 5th—“Carbohydrates” Program with Gena Rasmussen @ 9am

Sunday, April 9th—Bingo @ 1pm

Tuesday, April 18th— Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am and a short program concerning “Steps to a Stable Weight” at 11:30am.

Saturday, April 22nd—Chicken & Waffle Dinner! Look forward to more details soon.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Career and Job Fair @ CCHS March 24th

The Cameron County Junior Senior High School has teamed with the Community Education Center’s DISCOVER Partnership to offer a Career and Job Fair for students in grades 7-12.

Local companies, organizations and post-secondary institutions are invited to attend.
 The Career and Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 24th from 8am-12am at the Cameron County High School Gymnasium.

Stream Workshop to be held in Emporium

Check out the Stream Workshop that will be taking place on March 28th at the Elk State Forest Office in Emporium. 

 There is still time to sign up for the Stream Workshop to be held on March 28th. 
If you or someone you know are interested in attending, please call the Cameron County Conservation District at 814-486-2244.

Spotters Needed for Canoe & Kayak Race

Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic is looking for spotters to keep an eye on everyone as they paddle the course anybody interested ?

 Please pass the word to your connections to see if they could find a few people they can count on ? 

Conatct: Kevin Johnson - Cameron County Office of Emergency Services (814) 486 -9352

Free Skin Screening | Cole Memorial | Coudersport, Pennsylvania

Free Skin Screening | Cole Memorial | Coudersport, Pennsylvania

Receive a FREE skin screening on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cole Memorial's Patterson Cancer Center, a clinical partner of the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Inst.

 Location: 1001 E. 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 
Type: Screening 
Preregistration: Required Phone: 814.274.8200

Breanna Dunsmore joins Champion Orthopedics at Cole Memorial

The Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team at Cole Memorial welcomes Certified Physician Assistant Breanna Dunsmore. She joins board-certified orthopedic surgeons Bradley Giannotti, MD, FACS, and Terrance Foust, DO, as well as, David Brown, PA-C; Heather Cox, FNP-C; Chad Jackson, PA-C and Jason Szabo, PA-C.

Breanna graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she also received her Bachelor in Health Science. Her honors include Pi Alpha membership for graduate-level academic and leadership success, as well as, recognition for excellence in academics and chemistry.

As a recent Surgical Orthopedic Physician Assistant at Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania, Breanna has experience in a hospital-affiliated practice with a focus on offering a continuity of care to patients of all ages.

“Breanna is an excellent addition to the Champion Orthopedics’ team," said Timothy Brown, vice president and executive director of Professional Services at Cole Memorial. “Her experience in delivering excellent patient care and her skills as a first assist in orthopedic surgeries including total joint replacements, fracture care, and arthroscopy, will be beneficial for patients.”

For over fifteen years, the Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team of physicians, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers and medical professionals have provided excellent outcomes and comprehensive care for diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles and tendons) for patients of all ages throughout north central Pennsylvania and western New York. Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has four office locations including: 3132 Route 417 in Olean, 191 North Main Street in Wellsville, 288 Sizerville Road in Emporium and Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at 814-274-5320 or visit

7th Annual Bunny Hop

Spreading the word for friend Taylor Frank and all those who have every been touched by anyone suffering from a brain aneurysm. 

" The bunny hop idea popped into my head when all I wanted to do was tell the world what to look for when they or their family members are experiencing the symptoms of a brain aneurysm rupture. My family and I felt blindsided by my mom's experience and didn't ever want anyone to go through what we had.

 When I was 17, I with the help of my amazing family and other families affected started the first ever Bunny Hop for Brain Aneurysm Awareness. Since then, we have raised over $75,000 for the The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and have had over 600 participants at our event. I am baffled by the outstanding support our community shows when they really care about a cause.

 We may have not reached the whole world yet, but we are getting the word out. I hope that every year we touch more and more lives and that we can continue educate on brain aneurysms. Unfortunately, my mother isn't here to see what an honor Elk and surrounding areas have brought in her memory, but I hope that we will save even one person from this horrible ailment. 

Please join me and some amazing people I've met along the way for our 7th Annual Bunny Hop!

Please consider supporting this cause! Save the date - APRIL 15TH @ Benzinger Park, Vine Road, St. Mary's, PA 15857 

Registration begins at 9:00 am, 3.2 Mile Walk begins at 10:00 am,  Youth Fun Run begins immediately following the walk
 5K Run begins at 11:00 am 

To register go to:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Elizabeth E. "Edie" Johnson

Elizabeth E. "Edie" Johnson, 92, of 36 Clinton St., Driftwood, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA Saturday night, March 18, 2017. She was born September 12, 1924 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late George and Catherine Miller Saxton.

 On December 25, 1945 in Renovo, PA she married the late Frank Johnson. Edie graduated from Renovo High School. She retired from PA Pressed Metals where she had worked for many years. Years ago she worked at metal wire in Driftwood. She was a member of the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church and the Driftwood Senior Center. She enjoyed making arts and crafts. Edie enjoyed spending time with her son Randy and her many nieces and nephews.

Surviving are a son, Randy Johnson, Driftwood; Sister, Margaret McKimm, Emporium and several, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Catherine Miller Saxton; husband, Frank Johnson and a daughter, Georgie Johnson in infancy, three sisters, Georgeann Buchanan, Catherine Long and Barb McIsaac.

 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM with Rev. Lola Turnbull, Pastor, Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church, officiating. 
Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Driftwood, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430
 Online Condolences may be placed at

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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 me or Pete Fragale.
The more horses purchased the more fun we can have.

SPCA Microchipping

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Early School Trivia of Cameron County

I love learning, reading and remembering the history of Cameron County. Here is a little early school trivia compiled from the Cameron County Genealogy Project. Personally I feel our school should offer a 9 week class on the History of Cameron County. Early School Trivia

Although records were not preserved locally education dates back before the incorporation of the county

There is a difference of opinion as to the location of the first. The following is credited from a history of Emporium traced to Chicago

First teacher in all probability was Miss Elisa Dodge who taught the three R’s in a new frame barn at the mouth of North Creek on 1817

She was followed by William Boyd who taught in a Log house that had been built for a dwelling in Lumber Township in 1818

A log House was constructed above Emporium in 1819 Students studied under John Chadwick who taught 1819 -1820

Miss Jedidah Freeman taught the summer term 1820 and Leonard Freeman a winter term in 1820

The first schools of Higher education were established in Sinnamahoning in 1864-65 by John Brooks.

The school was suspended in 1873.

In 1866 Mrs. J. B. Johnson opened a select school in Felt’ Block

In1888 it was reported that were 42 schools in the county with an enrollment of 1427 pupils. Average salary for teachers was Male $49.47 and Female $33.78 monthly

Emporium at that time employed six teachers and enrollment of 373 pupils. Average Salary was Male $85.71 and Female $35.00 per month

County had Four High Schools maintained by the borough of Emporium, Driftwood and Shippen Township

First class to graduate from Emporium High School was in 1889 under the principal of H.H. Weber

High School in Shippen was established in 1907 in charge of H.B.Hourihan.

No records on Driftwood High School that was closed in 1916 due to the shortage of students/

The Emporium Schools are indebted to W. H Howard for a three hundred volume library and a piano. Josiah Howard contributed valuable additions to the library. Other contributors were B.G. Erskine, Guy S. Felt and many others.

Sterling Run School built in 1930 now houses the Cameron County Little Museum.

According to some authorities the first school was built on the Mason farm in 1820 with Dennis Lynch as first teacher.

Consolidation began 1924 in Emporium and secondary students from Driftwood and Sinnamahoning traveled by train to Emporium. Pa railroad ran local trains to accommodate . This was continued until 1941 when World War II forced the Railroad to abandon this practice. The students wer the bussed to Emporium.

Emporium Hardwoods Will Rebuild

EMPORIUM — Owners of a Cameron County lumber operation heavily damaged by fire last week are going to rebuild, according to county officials.

Emporium Hardwoods, located on Route 120 just south of Emporium, saw damage estimated between $7 million to $10 million in the early morning fire on Saturday.

Cameron County Commissioners stated that the business, owned by Rossi Corp., headquartered in Middletown, Connecticut, will be rebuilt, and some of the displaced workers will be brought on to help with cleanup efforts.

Representatives of the company were on the scene Saturday and spoke to a number of employees who had gathered at the site to see what they could do to help. Schedules are being worked out to allow employees who are able to come in and assist and continue to collect a paycheck. Eligible workers will qualify for unemployment while the damaged side of the facility is rebuilt.

Commissioner Phil Jones said county officials immediately contacted state representatives and the Governor’s Action Team has been made available to help with issues that may arise.

Commissioner Lori Reed said she was moved by the efforts of community members who brought food and donated items for the dozens of emergency responders called in to battle the blaze.

“I just want to say ‘kudos’ to our volunteers,” she said. “It was unbelievable to see so many community members who stepped up and brought cookies or other items to the fire hall. The behind-the-scenes people made me very proud to live in Cameron County.”

Commissioners stated that several local businesses also made donations to ensure the volunteers had enough food and drink to get through the four-hour ordeal.

Fire crews have been recalled to the scene at least twice to deal with rekindling issues. On Tuesday, a pile of wood chips was reported to be smoldering, sending firefighters back to the scene. Several hotspots are still an issue and have to be closely monitored, officials said.

The fire broke out at around 4 a.m. Saturday. Only a few employees were at the location at the time. At least one was serving as a night watchman, and others were beginning to trickle in to begin shift work later in the morning.

Firefighters from the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene and immediately made calls to bring in other companies for assistance. In all, 12 fire companies from multiple counties were called in to fight the fire or serve on standby during the fire.

Emporium Hardwoods is one of the county’s top employers, with more than 100 workers. The operation is split into two sides, one dealing with “green,” or unseasoned, wood, and the other handling kiln-dried wood. The fire destroyed most of the green side, but thanks to the efforts of first responders, the kiln side, stacks of wood and storage areas were not damaged.

Damages to the green side were extensive, with the main building that houses operations being described by witnesses as “little more than a shell.” A number of large, costly pieces of equipment housed within were destroyed, as well, though efforts were made to remove several forklifts and movable equipment before the building was engulfed by flames

State police are investigating the matter — a press release indicates that a state fire marshal, Trooper John Whitcomb, discovered the origin point of the fire but he believes no foul play was involved.

Preliminary reports indicate the fire was an accident

 By AMANDA JONES Era Correspondent Mar 17, 2017

Emporium Volunteer Fire Dept Benefits Truck Fund

Emporium Volunteer Fire Dept Benefits Truck Fund

1st Prize 2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 Special Edition 4WD, Power Steering, Midnight Blue Metallic w/ Aluminum Wheels

2nd Prize $1,000.00 Cash

3rd Prize $500.00 Cash

$20.00/ Ticket or 3 for $50.00

Drawling 11/11/17 @ Ham & Turkey Raffle at Emporium Fire Hall

Winner responsible for taxes and registration

Small Games of chance # 9

Contact any member for tickets or stop at the fire hall any Tuesday Night

Thomas M. "Tim" Woodward, III

Thomas M. "Tim" Woodward, III, 73, of Bradford Ecumenical Home, Bradford, PA formerly of Emporium died at his home in Bradford on Friday (March 17, 2017) morning.

He was born October 29, 1943 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Thomas and Almeda Hook Woodward, Jr. Mr. Woodward graduated from Cameron County High School. He went to trade school in DuBois and became a machinist and worked for several companies including Cameron Manufacuring and later for Lewis and Hockenberry in Emporium. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium and the Emporium Senior Center where he enjoyed going daily. 

He is survived by several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Almeda Hook Woodward, Jr.

 There will be No Visitation.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (March 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 

Burial will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial 

Contributions may be made to the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, March 16, 2017





Wykoff Bridge Job to Start Late this Month Two-week detour will be in effect, March 27 through April 10

Clearfield, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin a Cameron County bridge replacement project on Monday, March 27. The bridge spans a branch of Wykoff Run on Route 2001 (Wykoff Run Road)) in Gibson Township, about one mile northeast of the Quehanna Highway (Route 2006) intersection. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Cameron County’s structurally deficient list.

A two-week detour will be in place from March 27 through April 10. The detour is necessary to remove the existing box culvert and set the new structure. The 38-mile detour will direct drivers to use Route 2001, Route 2006 (Quehanna Highway), Route 555, and Route 120. The detour schedule has been accelerated to lessen impacts to area fishermen.

Once the detour is lifted, remaining work will take place under traffic. On average, 375 vehicles move through this area each day. PennDOT expects the project to be complete on April 21.

All work on this replacement project is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $500,000 project.

Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey official detour signs and posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Drivers can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow

Media Contact: Marla Fannin, Press Officer (814) 765-0423

The Cameron County ATV/UTV Association Meeting

The Cameron County ATV/UTV Association, Inc. will be holding another public meeting on Friday, April 7, 2017 starting at 7:00 pm, at The Emporium Fire Hall. 

The association will present their proposed map of designated roads throughout the county. There will be guest speakers to address such things as, insurance coverages, legal issues, vehicle code and supervisors from neighboring counties who have roads open to ATVs. 
In addition, a table will be set up for those of you that would like to join the association.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Upcoming Events at the Emporium Senior Center

Upcoming Events at the Emporium Senior Center

Sunday, March 19th—Bingo @ 1pm

Tuesday, March 21st— Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am and a short program about Nutrition & Nutrition Labels at 11:30am.

Tuesday, March 28th—Fall Reduction Workshop @9am—If you have signed up for this workshop, we’ll see you at 9am! If you have not registered, but are still interested in participating, give the center a call at 814-486-3707 to check if there are any openings. (This workshop was originally planned for March 14th, but was postponed due to the snow.)

Lancaster Field Trip “A group from the Emporium Senior Center is looking at the possibility of taking a bus trip to Lancaster on Tuesday, May 16th. We need to find out if there is enough interested individuals, in order to make the trip possible. The bus would be traveling to the amazing “Sight & Sound Theater” in Lancaster, PA to see the showing of “JONAH!” The cost for this trip would be $142 per person. Price would include 3pm Show Ticket for “JONAH”, dinner at the Hershey Restaurant, and cost for transportation on the Fullington Bus. If you are interested in participating in this fun adventure, give the center a call at 814-486-3707 before Wed, April 19th.”

Cameron County ATV 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 opened up legally.

Location..Gibson Township Building on 555 in Driftwood.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Raising Awareness for Animal Rescue League in Western PA

Hello everyone. Please join my friend Chrissy as she runs her first half marathon in Pittsburgh to raise money and awareness for the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society of Western PA.

 Please click on the link below to view this site.

 Welcome to my Pittsburgh Marathon Fundraising Page!! 

 Hi everyone! On May 7, 2017 I will be running the Pittsburgh (Half) Marathon (my first!) in conjunction with the Paws Over Pittsburgh 2017 team to raise money and awareness for the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society of Western PA. My goal is to raise $500 by that date so that these awesome charities can continue their good work. Please consider a donation to this important cause - it's tax deductible and every dollar counts! We must speak for those who can't speak for themselves - we are their hope and their voice! Thank you! :)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Early Morning Fire at Emporium Hardwoods

The Emporium Fire department was among those that responded around 4 am this morning to a large structure fire at the Emporium Hardwoods. No injuries were reported.

Emporium Hardwoods ( previously Mallory Lumber company and possibly other names ) has been operating for over 40 years in the county of Cameron. It is known as an excellent producer of American hardwoods and employees 60 - 100 people at this local plant.

Fire alarm information below thanks to that posted on the FB page of Cameron County Fire Wire.

 Requesting a 2nd Alarm. Also requesting 2 tankers above the second sending Elk Co. 1 (Saint Marys) and Tioga Department 44 (Austin) to the scene. Elk Company 1 upgraded to a full company response. 3rd alarm struck. Company 16 for a tanker. Truck 411 from Elk Company 4 (Ridgway) and Rescue 3 (RIT Team) and Tanker 35 from Station 3 (Port Allegany) and a tanker from Mckean Station 12 (Norwich). Clinton Station 29 (Renovo) dispatched to standby at station 16 and was upgraded to the scene. Cascade system from Elk Company 2 (Johnsonburg). Engine from Department 48 (Coudersport) all requested to the scene. 48-1 reassigned to standby at company 14. Mountaineer Search and Rescue also activated to assist. Exterior operations only.

 Photo credits to Cody Andrus, Leann Cooney and unknown author.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Joseph C. Uber

Joseph C. Uber, Sr., 72, of 306 Spring St., Emporium, PA died at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA on Wednesday (March 8, 2017) afternoon.

He was born July 11, 1944 in Emporium, PA a son of the late John M. "Jack" and Lucy Baun Uber. He was married the late Sharon "Sherry" Uber. Joe was a lifelong resident of Emporium. He graduated from Emporium High School and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #368, Emporium.

Survived by two sons, Joseph (Emily) Uber, Jr. and Patrick Uber both of Emporium; three granddaughters: Aubrey, Lauryn & Elena Uber, 
five brothers, Jack Uber, William "Danny" Uber, Charles Uber, Johnstown, PA; Robert Uber, Emporium; Howard Uber, Emporium; three sister, Ellie Haines, Genessee, PA; Lily Skillman, North Carolina; Kathy Uber, Roulette;

He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. "Jack" and Lucy Baun Uber, Wife, Sharon "Sherry" Uber, sister, Judy Greenthaner, two brothers, Max and Anthony Uber.

At his request there will be No Visitation or Service.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous March 11 - 18

The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous is coming up soon! 
Be sure to stop out to see some amazing work if you're in the area! 

Visit their website for more information at:

April 1st, 2017 Largest downriver paddling event in Pennsylvania!

Cameron County Canoe &  Kayak Classic

 Test your strength and racing know-how as you course down one of the largest downriver paddling events in the state! 

Named 2014 PA Wilds Event of the Year!

April 1st, 2017 Largest downriver paddling event in Pennsylvania! 

"Cameron County - Clean, Fresh, and Beautiful" 

Each year the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic committee selects a new theme. 
 This year, the theme is "Cameron County - Clean, Fresh, and Beautiful."

We are excited to share with you such a significant event in one of the most beautiful areas of Pennsylvania. The scenic and challenging course is a 12-mile stretch of the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek which runs from the Emporium Country Club to the town of Driftwood. It is mostly flat with some class one white water and a few whirlpools. Water levels have a drastic effect on the difficulty of the course.

The 2017 race awards will be handmade paddle plaques which will be given to participants over a wide array of classes. The award ceremony and dinner is held at the Emporium Firehall.

For more information about the event and registration, visit

A note from Director Randy Bailey

Hello everyone,   Welcome to the 2017 edition Of Cameron County’s Canoe and Kayak Classic. I am a bit behind getting everything together. We were having some issues with our web blog. I need to thank Chris Luckenbill for helping me get it figured out and also many other issues over the past 15 or so years. Has it been that long ? At this point I do not have a whole lot of changes to report. If you have been with us in the past you know the Gig. I need to still confirm that all will be in place the same as last year.

We will not have available to us this year an alternate venue as the Lake at Sinn State Park is undergoing a dredging project. If we find ourselves in an extreme situation (No water to paddle downstream) I may just set up a small loop course at the start area. practice your buoy turns!!. And the other extreme, Flood stage we may opt to the following weekend. Lets be hopeful for a nice day and good water level.

I have paddled the course and for once I have no major issues to address in the river there are a few branches that I need to cut but for the most part the river is open. I will update on a regular basis now up to the event date with particulars. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing everyone back and new faces as well come April 1. Randy

Community Lenten Service

Community Lenten Service 

 Cameron County Ministerial Association 

 COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICE will take place on SUNDAY, MARCH 12th at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH (424 N. Broad St. Emporium) at 6:00 PM with
 Rev. Steven Miller as Guest Speaker


Emporium Rotary Club’s 4 Way Speech Contest

Six students from the Cameron County High School participated in the Emporium Rotary Club’s 4 Way Speech Contest Tuesday, March 7th. The 4 Way Speech Contest is designed to introduce high school students to Rotary and the 4 Way Test by creating interest through a competitive speech contest sponsored by their local Rotary club.

First place winner of $100.00 was Mason Shaffer with a speech on Feminism, second place $50.00 was Emily Richnafsky’s speech on Abolishing the Death Penalty and third place $25.00 was Marissa Doud with a speech on Veteran’s Benefits. Mason will move on now to the Regional Contest in April. Other participants were John Legersky (War on Terror), Lily Martin (Elimination of Standardized Testing) and Luiz Patricio (Science of Heartbreak).

Rotary congratulates these upstanding students for their hard work and accomplishments. Rotary would also like to thank Maggie Sensing, speech & debate teacher, for all her hard work preparing the students, Superintendent, Dr. Keith Wolfe, for his attendance supporting the students. Also, thank you to Matt Ryan for volunteering as one of the judges, along with all the Rotarians who helped make the event successful.

The Cameron County Food Pantry

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

Sestina, Bucknell Headed to NCAA Tournament

Sestina, Bucknell Headed to NCAA Tournament 

 LEWISBURG, Pa. – Cameron County graduate Nate Sestina and his Bucknell teammates are going dancing after winning the Patriot League title with an 81-65 win over Lehigh Wednesday night. Sestina scored eight points off the bench in 11 points for the Bison in the victory. Kimball Mackenzie led Bucknell with 18 points with Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas each adding 17 points.

 Congratulations Nate! We couldn't be more proud of you! 

 For a review of Nate's sports history click on the link below. Nate Sestina

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sandra L. Brown

Sandra L. Brown, 71, of 163 Weownit Dr., Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA Friday (March 3, 2017) afternoon.

She was born December 6, 1945 in Washington, PA a daughter of the late Bernan Eugene Brown and June Sherry Brown Sweet. Sandy worked for many years at Motor Coil in Emporium. She loved her dogs and was always willing to adopt a dog to help them out. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, step mother and a brother.

There will be No Services. To honor her, a gathering of friends will be announced at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Free Methodist Church, 222 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Robert D. Mosher

Robert D. Mosher, 68, of 420 E Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA on Friday (March 3, 2017) morning. 

He was born April 25, 1948 in Coudersport, PA a son of the late Robert and Monabelle Logue Mosher. He married Judith Sprague, who survives Mr. Mosher graduated from Bradford Area High School. He retired from Pro America in Emporium where he worked for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and woodworking. He loved spending time with his family and his dog "Bear"

 He is survived by his wife Judith Mosher, one daughter, Bobbie Sue (Forrest) Loar, Ft. Riley, Kansas; three sons, Charles "Chuck" (Beth) Hepfner, Emporium; Joseph (Cristal) Hepfner, Port Allegany; Michael (Christie) Hepfner, Aberdeen, NC; a daughter-in-law, Tristan Dax, Gifford, PA; twenty grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Mosher and Monabelle Logue Mosher Hudson, his step father, Richard Hudson and a son, Robert L. Mosher.

 At his request there will be No visitation or Service.
 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Rotary News

Emporium Rotary members welcomed Applachian Art Studio owner and Ridgway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous organizer, Liz Boni as guest speaker during their recent luncheon meeting.

 Boni and her husband, Rick, started the annual festival in 2000 with just over 30 chainsaw carvers participating. This year’s event runs March 11-18 and will feature more than 240 artists/carvers from the U. S., Canada, Germany, Japan, Argentina and numerous other countries.

 Last year’s event attracted over 45,000 vistors, wo contributed nearly $1.5 million to the local economy In addition to chainsaw carvings,, Applalacian Art Studio features paintings, pottery, prints and primitive artwork. The Boni’s also operate Appalachian Arts and Education, Inc., a non-profit entity, which develops programs for students, adults and seniors that advocate the importance of the arts in education and in the community. 
 Pictured with Boni (left) is Rotary Chair Linda Lundberg.

Cameron County SPCA

Board of Officers 
George Sowers - President 
Lisa Collins - Vice President 
Tonya Aversa - Secretary 
Joyce Beichner - Treasurer Cameron County 

 Cameron County, Pa. residents only are eligible. 
No income limits.
 Call 814-486-0101 leave message.
 Visit us on Face Book

Lenten Lunch at St Mark Church


Join us for a light lunch of soup and sandwiches and share in Lenten fellowship @ St. Mark – O’Connell Hall.
 Every Wednesday during Lent @ 12:05PM. 
Cost is only $4.00