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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center: All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, November 7th— Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am and a short program about “Saving Your Skin” at 11:30am.

Wednesday, November 8th— DCNR Mystery Program with Emily @ 9am!

Monday, November 13th— Helpmates will be here, available to do Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and Oxygen Screenings from 11:30am-12:00pm.

Monday, November 13th— Club Meeting @ 1pm. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, November 15th — Supper Club @ the Court of Angels in Smethport, PA @ 5pm! Please call the Senior Center by the week before to sign up!

Thursday, November 16th—APPRISE Day—Kellie is available to meet and help answer your Medicare questions by appointment. She will also be doing a short presentation around 11:45am. If she is unable to meet with you that day, she can also be reached by phone at 814-776-0428.

Monday, November 20th—Diabetes Program with Colleen DeBoer from Cole Memorial @ 9am!

Tuesday, November 21st— Center Thanksgiving Holiday Meal—Call by 1pm on Tues, Nov 14th to sign up.

CLOSED— November 10th, 23rd, & 24th

Craft and Food Sale - The Emporium Senior Center is beginning preparations for their annual Craft and Food Sale, always held on the 2nd Saturday in December—this year being December 9th from 9am-3pm! Hot soup and other goodies will be available for purchase. You can reserve a table to sell your goods for $5/table by calling the Senior Center at 814-486-3707!

Craft Supplies Wanted -The Emporium Senior Center is on the lookout for a few different supplies for a few projects we are working on. If you have any of the following that you no longer need, feel free to send them our way: Costume Jewelry, Pine Cones, Canning Rings and/or Lids, Beads, Turkey Feathers, or Buttons. Crafty odds and Ends are almost always accepted—you never know what we’ll come up with next!

Northwest Donates to CC Community Chest

Northwest Savings Bank 

 Rebecca Pasquinelli, Branch Manager of Northwest Savings Bank is presenting a check for $2,420 to Jill Carlson, 2018 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 2018 campaign goal.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rotary News

Emporium Rotary members forego a hot cooked lunch by brown bagging it at their luncheon meeting October 24th and donating their lunch money to The Rotary Foundation for World Polio Day. Each year, the club donates a substantial amount towards the eradication of polio in the world.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Fewer than 250 polio cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don't stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years. The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.

Thanks to a new campaign, every dollar donated to Rotary will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding. Rotary launched its Polio Plus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication, in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to fewer than 250 and remain committed until every child is safe from the disease. Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.
 In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $9 billion to the effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988,is a public-private partnership including Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building. More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotarians work with partners like UNICEF to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to share the message with those isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2nd annual Chinese Auction Fundraiser

Friends, Family, and Small Business Owners! 

We are planning for our 2nd annual Chinese Auction Fundraiser for the Boys 4th, 5th, and 6th grade basketball teams at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Building. If you would like to donate an item, gift basket, gift certificate, etc, to support this great group of kids, please let me know and I can make arrangements for pickup. We would like to have donations by November 12th so we have time to prepare the donation cards. Tickets will go on sale November 20th and the drawings will be held Saturday, December 9th, during Christmas in the Wilds. As always, thank you in advance for all the support you provide to the youth of our community!
 Please feel free to share. Thanks!
Dennise Tucker

Trick or Treat Night

Cameron County Trick or Treat will be held Saturday, October 28 from 6 - 8 pm
. Those homes that wish to participate should have their porch lights on during that time.


Area churches are once again teaming up to bring Trunk-or-Treat to Cameron County! Wear your best costume and join us for snacks, music, and fun for the entire familly.
 Interested in helping? Contact Jill Perry or Pat Kempher. Trunk-Or-Treat

 St. Mark Church is a participant in this year’s Trunk-or-Treat, Saturday, October 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the CCHS Parking Lot.
 We are asking our parishioners to help by donating candy to this safety-oriented, ecumenical event which draws upwards of 600 children. There is a donation table set up in the back of church for candy drop-off. 
 If you have any questions, call Dan Martuccio at 486-1105. Thank you.

Join In The Costume Parade

Woodland Elementary

 Join us for a fun-filled parent activity! The students of the Emporium center and home based are going to be marching in the Woodland Elementary Costume Parade!

 Join us at the center at 1:00 and then watch as we parade in our best costumes.
 If you have any questions, talk to Miss Lisa or Miss Meghan

Schedule Announced for Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

Schedule Announced for Haunted Trail at Sinnemahoning State Park

 It’s back! The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration returns to Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 4:00-9:00 PM. With new activities for younger kids and new frights for the adults and older kids, this popular Halloween event is bigger and scarier than before. At just $10.00 per carload, this trail is a spook-tacular deal! Admission fee includes haunted trail, hayride, bonfire and more.

The evening of fun begins with activities and games for younger children from 4:00-6:00 PM. Children and their families can create owls, bats, and other make-and-take crafts or play fun games for prizes. The “Less Spooky” version of the trail will also run from 4:00-6:00 PM, giving smaller children and their families a chance to enjoy the haunted trail experience before dark, with no masks, no chainsaws and no screaming.

Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show begins at 6:00 PM in the classroom of the Wildlife Center. Bwana Jim, from Shinglehouse, PA, has a collection of exotic animals including armadillos, wallabies, snakes, and birds. He will bring along some of his menagerie and share his knowledge of these animals in a fun, witty, and entertaining show for all ages.

At 7:00 PM, the “Full-Terror” version of the Haunted Trail opens for older children and adults. Spiders, ghosts, zombies, and the chainsaw guy have all returned, plus new frights including creepy clowns, enchanting witches, an axe-wielding maniac, and more.

Hayrides and a bonfire will run from 4:00-6:00 PM and from 7:00-8:30 PM. Refreshments will be sold by the students of Austin School.

The Haunted Trail and All Hallows Eve Celebration event will be held, rain or shine, at the Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 28, from 4:00-9:00 PM. Trail covers about ½ mile over uneven ground. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the outdoors, and be prepared to be scared.

For more information about the programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the Park Office & Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401 or by email at

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Sets Records


Left to right
 Angelia Clarke, Charles Ellis, Doreen Chaffee, Eugenia Clark, Derek Newcomer,Joshua Gorman, Michael Ball and Saul Solveson.

  Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Sets Records

 Three course records and beautiful weather drew a record number of competitors for the fifth year of the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run on Saturday October 21. More than 80 enjoyed a day in the PA Wilds exploring the West Creek Rails Trail, and Elk State Forest traversing pipeline cuts and DCNR trails. More than two-thirds of the participants were from outside of the region.

Harrisburg runner Derek Newcomer broke his own 10k record finishing in 1 hour 7 minutes. Angelia Clarke from Lakeview New York was the first woman to cross the finish line in a time of 1 hour 33 minutes. The husband and wife team of Tom and Karen Hutton were the first from Cameron County to finish, taking home the Caldwell Cup.

A runner from Dubois took home first place in the 25k. Sean Craig finished with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes. The first female to finish was Candice Browning from Buffalo with a time of 2 hours 35 minutes. Caldwell Cup winners were Stephen Winston and Eugenia Clark.

This year the 50k designated as the state championship race for the Road Runners Club of America. Joshua Gorman from St Marys broke his own mark and set a new record of 4 hours 35 minutes. The 50k women state champion is Doreen Chaffee from Wellsville New York. Chaffee crossed the finish line in 5 hours 34 minutes, setting a new record. Saul Solveson from Shippen Township took home the Caldwell Cup.

Taking home the master championship for those between the ages of 40 and 49 was Marshall Pope from Tobyhanna in 8 hours 31 minutes. The Grand Masters champion for those between the ages of 50 and 59 is Charles Ellis from Scottdale finishing in 7 hours and 18 minutes, while Michael Ball took home the Senior Grand Masters for those over the age of 60 with a time of 7 hours 31 minutes.

Monday, October 23, 2017

School Pool Meeting

Interested citizens attended the October 17 School Pool Meeting.
 Members of community organizations and residents filled the library and the meeting was positive and productive! The school board presented cost comparisons from two other schools that have swimming pools and questions were asked and answered. Many in attendance had suggestions for helping to increase pool useage and to reduce costs. This was not a meeting to discuss closing of the pool as is was a general concencus it is an assett to our community. The school board is open to suggestions that may promote the pool and help with costs.
 Photo credit  Jessica Herzing

Bingo for the Cameron County Ambulance Service

Bingo Saturday, November 4 at 5 PM - 10 PM  at the Emporium Fire Department

 Bingo for the Cameron County Ambulance Service. Saturday, November 4th.
 Doors open at 5:00. Chicken and biscuits for dinner. $20.00 presale, $25.00 at door.
 Price includes bingo cards for all night excluding jackpot. Chinese auction, 50/50, rip off tickets and jackpot sold separately. 
Ticket also includes free drinks and snacks. Hope to see you there.

Sylvan Heritage Military Banner Video

With the 3rd and final round of the Sylvan Heritages military banner program complete, Emporium native Kent Riegel created the attached video to beautifully showcase Emporium's this program. We are so thankful for the huge amount of time and effort that went into making this for everyone to enjoy and share. Thank you Kent, truly. We are grateful

 Please click on this link to view the video.

 The Sylvan Heritage Council, a group of Cameron County residents with diverse backgrounds, is committed to the betterment of our community through positive energy and action. We intend to continue to be a driving force behind that cause.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Historic Hike into Beechwood

Historic Hike into Beechwood 

Cameron County Historical Society is hosting a Historic Walk through Beechwood on
 October 28th at 10 am.

 Local historians, John Kautz and Wendy Davis, will guide the hike. Beechwood was once a booming community with the area rich in lumber and railroad industry. It is beautiful, peaceful area that is rich with history. We will talk about some Beechwood stories and look at some old pictures to help visualize what it looked in its heyday. There will also be an opportunity to climb the hill side into the hidden darkness of the Glover Cemetery and pay our respects to those laid to rest there. 

In the event of inclement weather, the hike will be rescheduled. The cancellation, if required, will be announced on WLEM radio. All interested hikers will meet at the "road side rest" just outside of Truman at 10am for instructions and potential carpooling.

 This no-cost hike is sponsored by Cameron County Historical Society and is open the the public. Donations are welcome to help to support Historical Society activities!

Cameron County Community Chest on Facebook

Follow the Cameron County Community Chest online @ Facebook!
 If you do not have Facebook all newsletters are posted here.

 What is Cameron County Community Chest? It is a not-for-profit 501C(3) organization that operates as a fundraiser for Cameron County. The organization coordinates contributions from local businesses and individuals to agencies that provide services to residents of Cameron County. The fund drive runs from October 1st each year to September 30th of the following year.

 Thank You for supporting your local organizations!

National Prescription Take Back Day

Fall Ride

The fall leave colors are not as spectacular as some years, but it is still a beautiful time of year to take a ride along the many roads of Cameron County.

Richard D. Losey, Sr.

 AUSTIN- Richard D. Losey, 82, formerly of Austin, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2017) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. Born October 12, 1934, in Austin, he was a son of John and Grace Brooks Losey. On Nov. 13, 1954, he married Mary Ann McElwee, who died Feb. 6, 2017. They were married 63 years.

Richard was a lifetime resident of the area and attended Austin High School. He was a truck driver with Emporium Contractors for many years before his retirement. Mr. Losey was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church of Austin, volunteered with the Austin Food Bank, was a member of the coffee club at Big Mike’s Dairy Dine, and loved working in his yard and gardening. Richard was willing to lend a hand to whomever needed it, and greeted everyone with a smile and twinkle in his blue eyes.

Surviving are a daughter, Gayle E. (Leslie) Richner of Port Allegany; two sons, Gary (Gina) Losey of Baltimore, MD, Richard D. Losey, Jr. of Shinglehouse; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Pat) Losey of Florida; a sister, Sarah Jean Simpson of Weatherly, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary Ann, a brother, John Losey; and a sister, Marigold Phenicie.

Friends were received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 14, 2017) with Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.

A scriptural wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

 Condolences can be made to: Gayle E. Richner 683 E. Mill St. Port Allegany, PA 16743

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry  

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, October 25, 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.

CC Conservation Tour

Want to see what new projects the District completed in 2017?

 Then join us on November 3 for our annual Project Tour! Site tours include G.B. Stevenson Dam dredging & Brooks Run realignment, Wykoff Run dam removal & habitat restoration, and Driftwood boat launch. A demo of the Districts new Buffalo Turbine will also take place. A light luncheon will also take place before the beginning of the tour. 

You can RSVP to Jenn by calling 814-486-2244 or e-mail at

Boyes Hoop Club Meeting Oct. 23

Boys Hoop club meeting scheduled for Monday, October 23rd at 6:30 in Mrs. Shaffers room at Woodland Elementary.

 Election of officers will be first order of business. If anyone is interested in any of the 5 positions please plan on attending. President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will all be up as well as the fundraising position.

Emporium VFW All Membership Dinner

Join in for the Emporium VFW All Membership Dinner which will be hile Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 PM @ Emporium VFW A Historic Tribute to "our" Veterans will be held.

 Local Genealogists will be remembering local Veterans of past. Open to the members, potential members and general public $22 per person

Fundraising Event @ Felt Manor

Guy and Mary Felt Manor

 Purchase a snowman ornament in memory or honor of a loved one for a minimum donation of $5.00. Ornaments will be placed on a tree in the atrium at the Manor. All proceeds from this event benefit the Felt Manor/Felt Living Auxiliary and will be used to purchase new bed spreads for the residents. 

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

Sinnemahone walk & run is Today !

Best of Luck to all runners as they compete in the Sinnemahone walk & run!

 Enjoy the music of Old Skool at the finish line in downtown Emporium beginning at 1 pm. Awards should begin around 3 pm today

Kempher Photo Exhibit @ The Hygrade Inn

If you have enjoyed these old photos the Hygrade Inn has been sharing on Facebook, be sure to attend the George Kempher photo exhibit at
 the Hygrade on Saturdays November 11 &18 from 11am until 8pm.

 Free and open to the public.

 Items from our future catering menu will be served as dinner specials at the Aroma Cafe.


 Our history is what makes us and will help keep us thriving going into the future.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

St. Mark Cemetery Prayer Service

St. Mark Cemetery Prayer Service 

 All parishioners are invited to attend this service which honors our deceased loved ones, on Sunday, October 29th at 6:00 pm in the St. Mark Cemetery. 

 The Religious Ed. students in Grades 6 thru 11 are required to attend this service, as it counts as one of their classes.


ANOINTING of the SICK at St Mark Church in Emporium 


Those who are a practicing Catholic, who are seriously ill, handicapped, elderly, or experiencing any health problems of mind or body may be anointed. Confessions will be heard prior to mass.

 Please join us in O’Connell Hall for a social following mass.

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive

The 2018 Cameron County Community Chest Fund Drive is underway. The Fund Drive Committee has sent letters to the active businesses, clubs and individuals of the community. To be part of this worthy community event send your tax-deductible contribution today to: Cameron County Community Chest, P O Box 134, Emporium, PA 15834, Attn: Judd Schager, Treasurer. Or, find us on Facebook at Cameroon County Community Chest. We have added pay-pal for your convenience. Once your contribution is received you will be added to the list of the Community Contributors. Don’t wait and be last on the long list, contribute now.

The Cameron County Community Chest is your Community organization. Like the United Way, your contributions to several organizations can be made with just one contribution to the Community Chest Fund Drive. Contributions to the drive benefit: the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, the Emporium Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Sylvan Heritage, SPCA and Special Community Requests. These organizations serve Cameron County and help make Cameron County a better place to live.

Each year the Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors, a group of volunteers, meets to review requests and to establish the Community’s Goal. This year the goal is $20,100.

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

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals, clubs and businesses that donated time, money and services to the 2017 Fund Drive.

Firequacker Duck Race Sets Record

Firequacker Duck Race Sets Record 

 Firequacker Race 2017 in the books. The race on the First Fork Saturday October 14 held in conjunction with the Sinnemahoning State Park First Fork Festival included more than 500 ducks. “The water flow was perfect for the event and the number of racers surpassed last year,” said Tina Johns Solak, Executive Director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.

 First place finisher was adopted by Cole Yoder from Myersdale, Stephanie Loveland from Emporium trained the second-place finisher and Lisa Little’s duck finished third. They each received $100, $75 and $50 respectively. The race sponsored by Seneca Resources bringing the total raised to $2000.00 for the 2018 fireworks set for July 7.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Andrews Farm Family Picnic

Join us for an evening filled with food, fun, and entertainment! We will be having our second annual Andrews Farm Family Picnic, open to the public.

 Emily Embick from Sizerville State Park will be doing an educational presentation and we will enjoy some delicious food!

 Call the Family Center to register today! (814)486-4000 ext 2042

Raffle Baskets @ Cameron County Courthouse

Dessie L. Lininger

Dessie L. Lininger, 91, of 324 West 4th St., Emporium, PA died at her residence on Monday morning. (October 9, 2017) She was born August 14, 1926 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late Reuben and Edna Steckenfinger Scrimshaw

. Dessie served with the US Armys 14th Medical Group during WW II. She retired from PA Pressed Metals in 1976 where she had worked for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post #194, Emporium, PA

 She is survived by a son, Robert "Speedy" Lininger and his wife Carol, Emporium; daughter-in-law, Donna Lininger of Glendale, AZ; four grandchildren: Rob, Paul, Loretta & Heather and eight great grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Edna Steckenfinger Scrimshaw; two sons, Richard Lininger and a son in infancy; two sisters, Larue Harger & Twila Welsh and three brothers, Sylvester, Marvin & George Scrimshaw.

 Please come and Share in a Time of Remebrance at the Miller-Raffaele Post #6221, VFW, 427 E. Third Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, November 18, 2017 begining at 2:00 PM with Rev. Christine Groeger, officiating.

 A Military Service provided by the Cameron County Memorial Detail will follow. Burial will be in the North Bend Cemetery, North Bend, PA

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nanci V. Fragale

Nanci V. Fragale, 70, of Palmyra, NY passed away on October 8, 2017. She was born on September 9, 1947 in Renovo, PA to the late Carl and Martha Vroman. Nanci was predeceased by her brother, Carl Vroman. 

 She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Frank Fragale; daughters, Aletha (Charlie Steehler) Fragale and Christine (Michael) VanDemortel; grandchildren, Angela, Anthony, Ryan and Emilee; siblings, Grace Simms, Jean (Bob) Zuback and Earl Vroman; several nieces and nephews. 

For over 30 years, Nanci worked for Flightline Electronics as an Electrical Engineer and she retired in 2009. Nanci will always be remembered for her homemade chocolate candies. She was an avid gardner and loved her moon flowers and snap dragons. Nanci loved to do crafts, especially sewing and playing solitaire. 
 Above all, Nanci was very patriotic and would stand for all American Flag presentations. 

Family and friends may gather for a time of visitation from 4-7 PM on Thursday (October 12) at Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapels 1040 Rte. 31, Macedon, NY and on Friday from 4-7 PM at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St. Emporium, PA.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday (October 14) at 10:00 AM at St. Mark Church, 235 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA 15834.

 Interment in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium, PA.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nanci’s memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620 or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 

Barnett Funeral Home in entrusted with local arrangements.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pumpkins for Sale

Pumpkins for Sale

 Pumpkins for sale at Strahls, 2118 Rich Valley Road in Emporium.

First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park

October 7, 2017 First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park, Saturday, October 14 The 5th Annual First Fork Festival will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM at Sinnemahoning State Park.

 Local authors, artists and artisans will showcase their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds. High quality photographs, paintings and line art by PA Wilds Artisans will be available for sale, along with local handcrafted items and a variety of local foods. The First Fork Festival provides a unique opportunity to shop for gifts, or pick up something special for yourself, while enjoying the beautiful fall weather in the First Fork Valley. Scheduled demonstrations and hands-on interpretive activities throughout the day make this festival fun for the entire family.

 This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12 noon to 5 PM.

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

Phyllis J. Marshall

Phyllis J. Marshall, 81, of Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017, in her home. Born June 28, 1936 in Renovo, she was the daughter of the late Clarince and Martha Westgate Hibbler. On June 4, 1955 in Renovo she married Harry E. Marshall who died January 16, 2007.

 A resident of Emporium since 1959, she was formerly of Renovo and Buffalo, NY. Mrs. Marshall was a member of the Deeper Waters Ministry in Emporium. She was a homemaker and a restaurant cook by trade having been employed by the former Whistle Stop, later Brehms, and Dominico’s Restaurants in Emporium and the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, also in Emporium. 

Survivors include: one son, Byron D. Marshall of Emporium; one daughter, Cheryl A. Marshall of Emporium; and one sister, Marilyn Sorling of McHenry, IL.

 In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one daughter, Melissa, in 2008, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

 A Memorial Service for Mrs. Marshall will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Deeper Waters Church, Emporium with Rev. James Eastman, pastor, officiating.

 Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Deeper Waters Ministry, Fifth and Maple Streets, Emporium, or to a charity of the donors choice. 

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Financial Aid Night @ CCHS

Financial Aid Night will be held at the Cameron County High School on Tuesday, October 17th, at 5:30 p.m. in the High School LGI.

 A financial aid representative from the University of Pittsburgh of Bradford will present how to complete the FAFSA application and answer all financial aid questions.

 All seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Hometown Sports Hall of Fame Cameron County 2017

2017 Inductees for the Hometown Hall of Fame Cameron County Sports Edition. 

Mr. James Baker, Mr. Rich Labrozzi, Rodney Lyon, James Slusarick, Paul Schager, and Brandan Housler.

 Come out to help honor this year's inductees Saturday, October 7, 2017 6:00 pm at the Cameron County High School Auditorium.

Sizerville State Park Annual Autumn Festival!

NYC Buddy Walk 2017

NYC Buddy Walk 2017

 Our family would like to say Thank You to everyone who supported us recently with our Fundraiser for the NYC Buddy Walk.

 Through our fundraiser and generous donations from our family and community we were able to donate $900.00 to the National Down Syndrome Society. At 9:00am on Saturday, September 16 we met with many other families in Times Square to view the NDSS kick off video. Over 2000 people participated in the Buddy Walk in Central Park. The day was gorgeous and the kids enjoyed many activities and made some new friends. It was an amazing experience for all of us and we would not have been able to do it without your help. 

Thank you all for your support and for your unconditional acceptance of Levi in this community. He continues to amaze us each day and we are blessed to live in such a wonderful little town. Sam, Bobbi, Abbi and Levi Olivett

1 of 511 Print all In new window Trout Stocking at George B Stevenson Dam October 23

The PA Fish and Boat Commission has informed our park staff that the trout stocking of the Delayed Harvest Section of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek that was scheduled for yesterday, October 4th, did NOT occur due to low water levels in the streams. 

 Trout stocking of the George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park has been rescheduled for Monday, October 23rd. 

 For more information, please contact the PA Fish and Boat Commission Northcentral Office.



Saturday, Oct 7, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM Tree ID Bike Tour – Join park staff on a 4-mile bicycle tour to learn about the trees that live along the Lowlands Trail between 40 Maples and the lake. Loaner bicycles available. Pre-registration is required. Meet at 40 Maples Day Use Area

Saturday, Oct 7, 5:00 PM Until Dark Elk Watch – Learn about elk behavior during the rut as we search for elk in the fields of Sinnemahoning. Binoculars and scope available for use with help from park staff and volunteers. Location TBD: where elk are active

Sunday, Oct 8, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Nature Craft: Woodland Fairies - Create woodland fairy decorations using natural materials in this enchanting autumn program. Materials and instruction provided. Cost $5.00 pp. Pre-register by Oct. 5. Park Office &Wildlife Center

Saturday, Oct 14, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM FIRST FORK FESTIVAL - Celebrate the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley at the fifth annual First Fork Festival. The First Fork Festival features local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds. The 2017 festival line-up includes Local Music and Entertainment, including, Van Wagner presentation “Soft Coal Hard Times”, Arts and Crafts Demonstrations, Local History and Interactive Programs, Book Signings by Local Authors, PA Wilds Artisans, Local Arts and Crafts, Food and Drink Vendors. Held at the Park Office & Wildlife Center

Saturday , Oct 14, 5:00 PM Until Dark Elk Watch - Try to spot the local elk herd in the fields of Sinnemahoning while learning more about these amazing mammals. Binoculars and scope available for use with help from park staff and volunteers. Location TBD: where elk are active

Friday, Oct 20, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Homeschool Day: Explore Bow Hunting - Students will learn safe archery and hunting skills and develop an overall appreciation for wildlife and nature. All students grades 6-12. Pre-registration required. Park Office & Wildlife Center

Saturday, Oct 21, 2:00 PM –3:00 PM Archery Demo Day - Discover the exciting sport of archery! Join park staff to learn about basic archery equipment, safety, shooting techniques and more. Stop by anytime between 12:00 & 3:00 for this free program.40 Maples Use Area

Saturday, Oct 28, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAIL and All Hallows Eve Celebration - On-going activities include hayride, bonfire, music and more! All are welcome! Open to the public. Program Cost $10 per carload. Park Office & Wildlife Center All Hallows Eve Celebration, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Crafts, games & activities for younger children. Less scary version of trail for the little ones. Bwana Jim’s Wild Animal Show, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Entertaining educational program for all ages Haunted Halloween Trail, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Scarier version of trail for older children & adults including haunted poachers’ camp, zombies, chainsaw butcher, and other creatures of the night.

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

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior Center: All are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 9th— Helpmates will be here, available to do Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and Oxygen Screenings from 11:30am-12:00pm.

Monday, October 9th— Club Meeting @ 1pm. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, October 11th — Flu Shot Clinic @ 1-2pm. Most insurances accepted—Aetna & United Healthcare not accepted.

Thursday, October 12th—Pumpkin Painting after lunch! Whether you are an uprising Picasso or don’t feel like you can even draw a stick figure, pumpkin painting can be done by just about anyone!

Sunday, October 15th—Bingo @ 1pm!

Tuesday, October 17th— Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am and a short program about your thryroid at 11:30am.

Wednesday, October 18th— DCNR Program “Wings of Life” with Emily Embick at 9am! Should be really interesting! Come learn and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 18th— Supper Club @ 5pm, To find out more details and/or to sign up, call the center by the week before at 814-486-3707!

Friday, October 20th— Painting Class with Anna Cass at the Emporium Senior Center @11am! To sign up, give the center a call!

Saturday, October 21st— Soup & Sandwich Fundraiser @ 11am-2pm!

Tuesday, October 24th— Oral Health Program with Beth Pantuso from Cole Memorial @ 9am!

Tuesday, October 31st— Fun Shenanigans will ensue today. Costume Contest before lunch!

SOUP and SANDWICH FUNDRAISER “The Emporium Senior Center will be selling hot, yummy soups and sandwiches from 11am-2pm on Saturday, October 21st at the center. Eat in or Take out available. Thank you for supporting your local senior center!”

Entrepreneur Basket Raffle “The Emporium Senior Center is celebrating local entrepreneurs by raffling off a basket of goodies from several local businesses, many of whom are not normally in the limelight. We are hopeful that the basket will help to get the word out about many of the awesome products and services that are flowing from the time and creativity of this awesome town. Chances are 3/$5 and can be purchased through Tues, October 31st at the Senior Center. 
Any other businesses wishing to be featured may call 814-486-3707.

PAINTING CLASS A painting class, taught by Anna Cass, will be happening at the Emporium Senior Center on Friday, October 20th, beginning at 11am. Anna will be leading us in painting a picture of a Sunflower and a Pumpkin! Cost for the class and supplies will be $16/person. There will be a break for lunch—we are having Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Vegetable Soup at the center—Call ahead to order.
 Anyone wishing to participate should stop in or call the senior center at 814-486-3707.

Rotary News

If any of our local youth says “there is nothing to do around here” just check in with Cassie Frey, Junior here at CCHS, and she will inform you otherwise. Cassie spoke at Rotary September 26th about the numerous activities she has been in for many years and her love of the outdoors which includes archery, kayaking, fishing, hunting and her involvement with COYA.

 Angie Burt, sister of Rotarian Ellen Olivett was a guest at the meeting.

Shippen Township Columbus Day Hours

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day.

 Monday’s refuse collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday collections will remain the same. 

 Thank you!