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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Lloyd Miller

Lloyd Miller, 89, of 324 W. 4th St., Apt. 314, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Saturday night (December 30, 2017) following a lengthy illness.

He was born June 7, 1928 in Webster, PA a son of the late Lloyd and Olive Mae Huff Miller. On June 26, 1948 in Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church he married Cora Helen Goss Miller, who survives. Mr. Miller served for 4 years with the US Navy during the Korean War. He was retired from Hyster where he was a mechanic for many years. He was volunteer for Cameron County Ambulance Assoc. as a driver for many years, volunteered with Salvation Army and the Food Pantry.

 In addition to Cora Helen Goss Miller he is survived by a sister, Helen Thurston, Orem, UT; 

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Olive Mae Huff Miller, a brother, William Miller and two sisters, Margaret Martin and Betty Dunka

At his request there will be No Service. Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

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

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wellness Workshop

We are excited to once again host our nutrition workshop. We invite you to join us on January 6 for a great day filled with illuminating discussions, cooking demonstrations, food sampling and a delicious dinner! We will be presenting: "Science of Plant Based Nutrition", "What to Eat to Live a Healthy Life", "Ins and Outs of Maintaining a Healthy Weight" and "Navigating Social Situations". We will be showing you how to make some of our most popular dishes and serving you a dinner guaranteed to satisfy everyone! Cost $65

 For full information visit our website at

 Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2 PM - 6 PM
 Cameron County Recreation Center
 300 S Chestnut St, 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Child Care Openings

St Mark Community Day Care Center Child Care Openings

SMCDCC is currently enrolling children ages 6 wks- school age. 
We are a DPW licensed facility and a Keystone STAR 3! We work closely with the Northern Tier Community Action Center to help with costs of tuition and we participate in the state food program. If you are interested in enrolling your child please call 486-2399 or stop in! 

We are located behind the St. Mark Catholic Church.

Kenneth M. Kelso

Kenneth M. Kelso, 82, of 131 Driftwood Ave., Driftwood, PA, formerly of Canonsburg, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday afternoon. (December 26, 2017).

He was born November 7, 1935 in Canonsburg, PA a son of the late Kenneth K. and Clara Mae Plance Kelso. Mr. Kelso graduated from Cecil Township High School in the class of 1953. He served with the US Army from 1954 to 1955. He was employed with Bell Telephone Co. from 1957 until his retirement in 1996. His job title at that time was a Systems Technician in Washington, PA . After retirement, he moved to Driftwood. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #368, Christabelle Club, Cameron County VFW and the American Legion all in Emporium. He was also a member of the Sinnamahoning Sportmans Club where he had served as past president, the May Hollow Sportsmans Club, and the Sterling Run Sportsmans. 

 At his request there will be No Services

 Memorial Contributions may be made to Sinnamahoning Sportsman Association, P.O. Box 102, Sinnamahoning, PA 15861. 

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

Russell E. “Rusty” Rhoads, Jr

Russell E. “Rusty” Rhoads, Jr., 30, of 6113 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys, PA on Thursday evening following an automobile accident. (December 28, 2017) He was born September 5, 1987 in Coudersport, PA a son of Russell E. and Deanna Joy Rhoads, Sr. 
of Emporium

 Rusty graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 2006 where he enjoyed playing football and basketball. After graduating he worked in the woods as a logger and for the past eight years he worked for Shippen Township. He was a member of Bobby Run, Turkey Track and Woodland Hunt Clubs. Rusty loved hunting, fishing and going to camp.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Dale (Shelly) Peters, Emporium.

 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (January 2, 2018) at 1:00 PM with Mr. Bob Spaeth, officiating. 

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA

If desired, Memorials may be made to Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, c/o: Donald Bickford, 174 Nickler Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Years Eve Party

Don't forget to sign up today for the Aroma Cafe and Bearded Brewing New Year's Eve Party this weekend starting at 8 pm.

 Come join us for music, food, drinks, and fun as we ring in the new year together in style.

Pre-registration is required.Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to fund Bearded Brewing's 
licensing in 2018.

Contact us on Facebook or stop by the Aroma Cafe to sign up.

Winter Recreation Conditions for PA State Parks

With the recent snows and cooler temperatures, the winter recreation season has begun!

Winter Report: To find out if your favorite PA State Park has favorable conditions for winter activities, please check the State Parks Winter Report at The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks. The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available. The report also lists the snow depth and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not deep enough, then the activities are not available. This easy-to-use website allows you to search either by park or by specific winter recreation activity.

Snowmobile Information: When snow conditions allow, snowmobile riding is permitted on designated trails and joint-use roads on DCNR lands. The public can access maps and trail conditions through the DCNR web page at To see information on current trail conditions by county, just scroll down. For trail maps, click on the icon of the specific map you need. Trail information will be updated by 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the snowmobile riding season. The snowmobile trail conditions can also be access by telephone, toll free, at 1-877-766-6253.

Winter Loaner Program at Sinnemahoning State Park: Explore Sinnemahoning State Park in the winter with the Get Outdoors Loaner Program. When enough snow covers the trails, a limited number of cross-country skis and snowshoes will be available for use within the park, with staff on hand to loan equipment and assist borrowers. Snowshoes and skis will be available Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m., when sufficient snow covers the trails. Sizes are limited, but most adult sizes are available. There is no fee for this loaner program, but donations are requested. A driver’s license and valid credit card must be provided in order to borrow equipment. Orientation and brief instruction will be provided upon request at the time of loan. For more information or to confirm size availability, call the Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401.

Attend A Program To Learn A New Skill: Are winter sports new to you? Attend a beginner’s class at your local PA State Park or a Winter Festival. Many introductory programs are offered including snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating. 

 To find programs and events near you, please visit the DCNR Events Calendar at 
 You can search for specific outdoor activities using the search tool on the bottom right of the page,

 Get Outdoors and enjoy the season!

Join Hikers for First Day Hikes

Wolf Administration Officials to Join Hikers for First Day Hikes At 30 Pennsylvania State Parks on New Year’s Day

HARRISBURG, PA – To promote a healthy start to the new year, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials will be joining hikers at several parks across the state as DCNR again sponsors free, guided hikes in 30 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

“Our First Day Hikes help remind people our state parks and forests are open for healthy outdoor adventures in all four seasons, including winter,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “They are a terrific way to make a resolution to enjoy nature, get more exercise and encourage keeping that New Year’s resolve through the coming years.”

Dunn noted 2017’s First-Day events drew almost 1,970 visitors who hiked more than 5,180 miles in state parks across Pennsylvania.

“Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of Pennsylvania’s state parks on New Year’s Day!” Dunn said. “For the seventh consecutive year, these hikes offer a great cure for cabin fever and a chance to burn off those extra holiday calories. And what better way to welcome the new year than with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks where, regardless of the season, we are excited to showcase their beauty?”

Organized by the National Association of State Park Directors to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks, all 50 states have cooperatively sponsored First Day Hikes since 2012.

"America’s State Parks provide havens for young and old alike to discover the tranquility and beauty of nature through outdoor recreation,” said Lewis Ledford, executive director of the National Association of State Park Directors. “Hiking offers inspiring ways to improve your physical and mental health, while exploring beautiful public lands in every state.”

State parks participating during daylight hours January 1, 2018, include: Black Moshannon, Caledonia, Canoe Creek, Codorus, Colonel Denning, Delaware Canal, French Creek, Gifford Pinchot, Greenwood Furnace, Hills Creek, Keystone, Lackawanna, Lyman Run, Marsh Creek, Moraine, Nescopeck, Ohiopyle, Pine Grove Furnace, Prince Gallitzin, Pymatuning, Raccoon Creek, S.B. Elliott, Shawnee, Sinnemahoning and Susquehannock. Also, Jacobsburg, Nolde Forest and Kings Gap environmental education centers.

Presque Isle State Park and Jennings Environmental Education Center will offer a New Year’s Eve or “Last Night” hike for those who wish to ring in the New Year mid-hike. These 1- 3-mile easy hikes begin at 10:30 PM December 31 and end around 12:30 AM January 1.

Pennsylvania State Park staff and volunteers lead all hikes, which usually are about one or two miles, but can be longer depending on the park and its terrain.

Joseph "Joe" Malizia Joins Malizia & Malizia Law Firm

Paul J. Malizia welcomes his son Joseph A. Malizia to the law firm of Malizia & Malizia, P.C. at the Creighton Building at 25 East Fourth Street, Emporium, Pennsylvania.

Joseph “Joe” is a 2002 graduate of Cameron County High School, a 2007 graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a 2011 graduate of The Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law, and a 2017 graduate of The Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps University. After passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam in 2011, he became licensed to practice law before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Previous to joining Malizia & Malizia, P.C., Joe served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps from 2012 to 2017. His tour of duty included time at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps, Pentagon, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, and finally at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, where he served in various legal capacities, including a criminal defense attorney and legal assistance attorney in Okinawa, Japan as well as the deputy legal advisor to the Commanding General of Education Command in Quantico, Virginia. Joe left the Marine Corps in June of 2017 at the rank of captain. His military career spanned 15 years during which he held eight ranks from private to sergeant, and after becoming a commissioned officer in 2008, from second lieutenant to captain.

Malizia & Malizia, P.C. was founded in 1976 by Joe’s grandfather and namesake, the late Joseph J. Malizia. After completing law school, Paul joined the firm in 1982. Since that time, and after the death of Joseph J. Malizia in 1990, Paul has continued practicing law as a general practitioner whose practice includes, but is not limited to, criminal defense, business, contracts, and employment disputes, appellate practice, wills, trusts, estates, probate, and other property matters, family law, and social security benefits.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Elaine M. Grimone

Elaine M. Grimone, 76, of 260 Route 46, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Sunday (December 24, 2017) evening following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 19, 1941 in Olean, New York a daughter of the late Frank and Ethel Miller Talbott. On June 21, 1981 in Emporium she married Leo "JR" Grimone, who survives. Elaine graduated from Otto Eldred High School in the class of 1959. She Was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and she served on the board of directors of the Cameron County Health Care Center for over 23 years. Elaine and her husband operated North Creek Farms along with Curt Fuenfinger. She enjoyed reading, country music, making fudge, mowing her yard and her cat Stanley. She loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons, Michael (Valerie) Barnett, Treasure Lake; Eric Barnett, Bradford; two step-daughters, Terri Grimone and Betty Grimone of Emporium; two step-sons, Leo (Jana) Grimone, III, McKinney, TX and Robert (Kim) Mix, Boalsburg, PA; four grandchildren, Christopher, Adam, Eve & Lucian Barnett; several step-grandchildren, several, nieces and nephews; one sister, Alice Ondrusek (George) Kellenberger, The Villages, FL;

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ethel Miller Talbott; a son, Christopher Barnett; Step-daughter Margaret Mix Summers brother, Robert Talbott; two Sisters,
Susan Frampton & Mary Ann in infancy. 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-5 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA or the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 

Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Flowers 'n Things

The storefront of Flowers 'n Things always looks nice, but I love this winter theme!

Candlelight Restore by Wild Air Yoga

Candlelight Restore · Hosted by Wild Air Yoga Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

 Come restore & refresh with a 40 min candlelit flow, 
then get comfy on your mat for an inspiring poetry reading.
 One blanket &  pillow each provided, feel free to bring your own for extra support and relaxation.

 Wild Air Yoga 107 Cherry St. Apt #2 Emporium, PA 15834 (814) 331-6965

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas to All !

Rotary Wine & Cheese Tasting Social Tickets

Rotary Wine & Cheese Tasting Social tickets on sale.

 Proceeds benefit scholarship funds. Purchase tickets from any Rotarian.

Free Christmas Dinner @ Aroma Cafe

FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER...served from 4 to 6:30 on Christmas Day at Aroma CafĂ©. 

Reservations not needed but appreciated.

 If you would like a meal delivered call Susie Gribble at 486-0373.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fund Raiser for Mountaineer Search & Rescue

Entertainment, Chineses Action, 50/50
 Lets support those who support our county everyday. These men and women do so much for our community lets help them continue what they do. 

 This will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7 PM - 11:59 PM
 Mack's Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar Inc. 
13285 Route 120, Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

First Day Hike at Sinnemahoning State Park

First Day Hike at Sinnemahoning State Park

On Monday, January 1, 2018, start the new year on the right foot with a First Day Hike at Sinnemahoning State Park. Have fun outdoors with an easy 2.5-mile guided hike on fairly level trails near the Park Office & Wildlife Center. See a real bear den and a bald eagle nest as you learn about DCNR's trail system and additional hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the coming year.

Hikers should dress for the weather, bring water and wear waterproof shoes or boots. Well-behaved dogs are welcome if on a leash 6-foot or less. Program will be held regardless of weather. For current road conditions, please call the park office. This free family program will meet at the Wildlife Center at 12:00 noon. The group will return to the Wildlife Center around 2:00 pm. No pre-registration is required.

For more information on park programs and events, please contact Sinnemahoning State Park at (814) 647-8401 or or visit the online DCNR Events Calendar.

Inquiry Session at St Mark Church

Inquiry Session at St Mark Church 

Inquiry Session will meet every TUESDAY at 6:30 p.m. in O’Connell Hall. Inquiry is for those who are not Catholic or not currently involved in any other church, who may be searching for spirituality or community. Inquiry is not necessarily for those who know they want to become Catholic. The sessions are informal and intended to help draw people to Christ. Later on the person may choose to pursue Catholicism, but this is not a requirement. You can jump in any time during Inquiry Sessions. Please invite a friend. Pray the Lord will draw people to Him through us


St Mark Church Saturday, December 23rd – 5:00 pm – Vigil for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 24th – 9:00 am – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 24th. – 5:00 pm Christmas Vigil Mass Musical presentation by the Children’s Choir

Sunday, December 24th. – 10:00 pm Christmas Mass at Midnight Musical presentation by St. Mark Folk Group Choir

Monday, December 25th. – 9:00 am Christmas Day Mass Musical presentation by St. Mark Choir

NOTE: Catholics are obliged to attend mass on both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the Solemnity of Christmas

Winners of House Decorating Contest Announced

Winners of House Decorating Contest Announced

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and L&M Lumber announce the winners in the Cameron County House Decorating Contest. This year the contest drew ten competitors from which the top three earn prizes.

A new category allowed voters to pick a house that was not in the competition for honorable mention. “Adding that category may encourage more people to enter next year,” explained Tina Johns Solak, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director. Several neighborhoods received accolades include South Broad Street, North Vine Street and West Fourth Street. The house that topped the list was and toteaming up for the house decorating contest this year. Ten homes are listed on the ballot and voters select their top three selections. New this year is the opportunity to select a home not on the ballot to receive honorable mention. The top vote getter was the McFerren residence at 523 Maple Street in Emporium.

More than 70 people cast ballots in the contest. The top vote getter was the property at 1007 Bucktail Trail Highway (Danielle Mason), 79 Bomar Drive (Macro’s) and 114 West Fourth Street, Emporium (Goodrow/Miglicio) finish out the top vote getters.

The winners all receiving chamber bucks gift certificates provided by L&M Lumber.

Richard F. Reid

Richard F. Reid, 82, of Markert Rd., Beechwood, died Saturday, December 16, 2017 in his home. Born December 4, 1937 in St. Marys he was the son of the late Frederick and Marian Hemphill Reid.

He was formerly married to Anna Marie Brown who died in 1963. On February 5, 1971 in Emporium he married Bonnie M. Marshall who passed away January 20, 1995. A lifelong resident of Cameron County Mr. Reid was a 1955 graduate of Emporium High School and was a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emporium, was a foster parent for many years and was a longtime volunteer at the Grove House where he helped run Bingo night. 

 Mr. Reid is survived by six sons: Frederick (Patricia) Reid of Wilcox, Norman E. (Penny) Reid of Beechwood, Jody (Audra) Reid of Emporium, Jesse A. Reid of St. Marys, Grant (Domingo) Reid of NYC, and Theodore Reid at home; a grandson, Ryan Reid; a brother, John (Linda) Reid of Keating Summit; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wives, Anna Marie & Bonnie.

Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
 Burial will be in Markert-Smith Cemetery, Beechwood.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donors choice.

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

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Something 'Bearded' is brewing in Emporium | The Daily Press

Something 'Bearded' is brewing in Emporium | The Daily Press

If you haven't been to the Aroma Cafe yet, by all means take a trip there. Great coffee, food and atmosphere make this cafe an ideal place to enjoy a meal. The entrepreneurs,  Josh & Lindsay Zucal and Brandi & Ryan Magaro, are moving forward with their idea of adding a nano brewery to their expanding business.  This article in the St Marys Daily Press covers it all.  I am sure I am among many that are happy to have these 4 energetic business people in Emporium!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cameron County SPCA Membership Applications

Cameron County SPCA Membership Application are in the CC Echo this week!

 Don't forget to renew your application and get it sent in for the new year! 
Or you can go to our website and print out the application and send it in.

Services at Local Area Parishes

Community Christmas Service
 Friday, December 15th, the Community Christmas Service at United Methodist Church begins at 7pm. The Bell Choir will be sharing their beautiful gifts of music with us, along with choirs performing carols.

 Hope to see you there.


Upcoming Penance Services 

Sunday, December 17th at 3 pm at St. Joseph Church in Force
Wednesday, December 20th at 7 pm at Queen of the World in St. Marys 
Thursday, December 21st at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Church in St. Marys



 GKN employees, Eric Lathrop, Chris Fowler, Amanda Vossler, Rachel Krieg and Kevin Ackman present a $1,100 check to Jill Carlson, Drive Chairperson for the Cameron County Community Chest from the GKN Foundation. 

The GKN Foundation gives away a certain percentage of its income each year to qualifying tax-exempt organizations. GKN US entities (local plants) are given the opportunity to budget grants. These grants are taken to the Foundation Board for approval. If approved the grant requests are funded by the foundation and then distributed by the location who requested the grant. The GKN Foundation has donated too many local charities and organizations over the past sixteen years.

Shippen Township Holiday Hours

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday December 25th and January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Monday’s collections will be on Tuesdays.

 All other collections will remain the same. Please have all refuse curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Thank you and Have a Merry Christmas!

Rotary News

Clythera Hornung (left) and Marion Johnson, volunteers at the Guardian Angel Center, were the guest speakers at the Rotary luncheon meeting December 12th.

 The Center is a 5013C organization located at 364 Main Street, Kersey, PA, and serves financially qualified infants, toddlers and school-age children providing them with new and “gently used” clothing. The Center operates solely with volunteers and receives funding from a variety of sources including the Emporium & Mee Foundations.

 The center serves Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, Clearfield, McKean, Potter, Clarion & Forest counties. During 2015-2016, the Center served 800 children in need of clothing. For further information and hours of operation, they can be contacted at 814-885-6192. Also pictured is Rotarian, Jim Miller.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas House Decorating Contest Ballots Available

Christmas House Decorating Contest Ballots Available

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and L& M Lumber teaming up for the house decorating contest this year. Ten homes are listed on the ballot and voters select their top three selections. New this year is the opportunity to select a home not on the ballot to receive honorable mention.

The addresses of the homes participating include, 412 West 6th Street, 114 West 4th Street, 1007 Bucktail Trail Highway Driftwood (Mason Farm), 110 West 7th Street, 2067 Rich Valley Road, 20 Kelly Road (Blackburn Circle), 79 Bomar Drive, 378 East Fifth Street Extension, 2846 Sizerville Road and 212 East 4th Street.

 Ballots are available at L& M Lumber and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. Voting ends Saturday, December 16. 
 The winners will receive Chamber Bucks and will be announced Monday, December 18.

The Cameron County Food Pantry Notice

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, December 20, 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.

Shippen Township Updates

Shippen Township would like to announce the dates for their “2018” Monthly Meetings.

 January 2nd, February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd,  November 7th,December 4th

Shippen Township’s re-organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday January 2, 2018. 
 The meeting will be held at the Shippen Township office at 7:00p.m. 
The public is welcome to attend. 
 Thank you!

William Robert Smith

William Robert Smith, 80, of 54 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at his home under hospice care. He was born February 25, 1936 in Sterling Run, PA the second of three children born to the late Abner and Alma (Peg) Smith. He graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1955. He enlisted in the United States Army ready reserve on July 12, 1955, receiving a good conduct medal, commendations as a sharpshooter rifle (M-1) and marksman (carbine) and given an honorable discharge on 7th of August 1962. He then made his way to Bellflower, California and on August 17, 1963 he married Mary M. Camillone who preceded him in death on February 24, 1993. He then married his wife of 23 years, Delores Austin Smith on January 8, 1994.

In addition to his wife Delores Smith he is survived by one daughter, Christina (Mike) Briggs, Anaheim, CA; one son, Steve M. (Lisa) Smith, Bellflower, CA; two grandchildren Kyle & Mary Michael Briggs. one brother, David (Carol) Smith, Missouri and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Mary M. Camillone (2-24-1993), one sister, Ellen Slocum whom he loved very dearly.

There will be No Visitation.

 A Memorial Service will be held at the Kersey Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witness, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA on Sunday (December 17, 2017) at 2:00 PM with Mr. Zane Keniston, Elder, officiating. 
Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Driftwood, PA

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Dolores Avita Leavitt

Dolores Avita Leavitt, 87, of Beechwood Rd., Emporium, PA died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, PA on Saturday (December 9, 2017) evening following a brief illness. She was born October 9, 1930 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Lee C. and Rachel Hickok Skillman. On March 3, 1949 in Moore Hill United Methodist Church she married the late Charles Leavitt. Mrs. Leavitt enjoyed her family, playing the piano and organ. She played piano for the Abundant Life Tabernacle for many years and also for the Moore Hill Homecomings. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Emporium. She worked for Philips for many years and also for Helpmates.

Survived by two sons, Joseph Leavitt and Richard (Linda) Leavitt, Truman; her dog Lucky whom she loved very much; three grandchildren, Mike (Allison) Leavitt, Harrisburg; Carrie (Mark) Palmerchuck, Virginia & David Leavitt, Truman. four great grandchildren, Nathan and Rachel Palmerchuck, Aiden & Owen Leavitt.; one brother, Robert Skillman, Gaffney, SC; sister-in-law, Pauline Kelly, Williamsport, PA whom she talked to every day and referred to her as her sister; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee C. and Rachel Hickok Skillman; and her husband, Charles Leavitt who died Jan 9, 2012, 

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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Lionel Owen, Pastor, Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, officiating

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

Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rich Valley Ornaments @ Christmas in the Wilds

At this weekend’s Christmas in the Wilds event, the Sylvan Heritage Council will be selling these ornaments designed and created locally by Rich Valley Burners.

The perfect gift for anyone whose heart is in Cameron County!

 Stop by and see us on Saturday, Dec 9th at 10 East Fourth Street

Rotary News

Tracy Ross (left) , Community Outreach Training Coordinator, for CAPSEA was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting December 5th. CAPSEA is a private non- profit organization that offers free and confidential life-saving services to victims, significant others and children of domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, as well as victims of serious crimes in Elk and Cameron County.

 They operate a 24 hour free and confidential hotline and provide crisis intervention, counseling, support, information and referrals.

 To contact CAPSEA in Elk County call 814-772-1227 and Cameron 814-486-0952.

 Also pictured is Rotarian, Diana Boden. Also attending the meeting was Buddy (Joe) Sutton from the Galeton Rotary Club.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Annual Kendyl Shaffer Memorial Blood Drive

Friday, December 15 at 1 PM - 5:30 PM Emporium Fire Hall 419 N Broad St, Emporium, 

Donors must.. -Be at least 17 years old or 16 with a parental consent. -Weigh at least 110 pounds. -Not have received a tattoo or body piercing within the last 12 months. -
Be in general good health and should eat before donating.

Benefit Dance this Saturday @ the VFW

Wine Basket Raffle Saturday, December 9th

The Sylvan Heritage Council will be raffling off these two baskets of our board members’ favorite wines, each bottle accompanied by a personally selected or created Christmas ornament, at Christmas in the Wilds on Saturday, Dec. 9th.

Come out this weekend to see us in front of 10 East Fourth Street in downtown Emporium!

Rotary News

Rotarian, Barry Brown, introduced his wife, Rhonda,
 as the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting
November 28th. Rhonda is the Woodland Elementary
 School Counselor and spoke about the recent Career
 Day at the school focusing on grades 4-6.
 The students explored future career options,
 participated in mock interview with local business
 leaders and took part in a number of other
 interactive activities.

Naomi A. "Polly" Schager

Naomi A. "Polly" Schager, 91, of 13419 Route 120, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Monday morning.(December 4, 2017)

She was born April 30, 1926 in Johnsonburg, PA a daughter of the late Merle and Mary Zelosko Pollard. On July 13, 1946 in St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Port Allegany she married the late Carl J. Schager. Polly attended school in both Johnsonburg and Port Allegany. She retired from Sylvania in 1980 where she worked for many years. She was an avid golfer, bowler and quilter and also enjoyed her card club. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and the Emporium Quilters Club. Polly loved spending time with her family and her family loved spending time with her.

She is survived by three sons, Michael (Karen) Schager, Fountain Hills, AZ; Steven Schager, Jackson, TN; Thomas (Lori) Schager, Emporium; four daughters, Kathleen Brookhouser, Emporium; Nancy (Dave) Stewart, Emporium; Mary Goss, Emporium and Karen (Bryan) Stuart, Erie; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren along with numerous, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Jo in infancy; sister, Doris McManigle, and a brother, Richard Pollard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (December 11, 2017) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 
Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 PM.

 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA 
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Come eat breakfast with Santa!

Come eat breakfast with Santa! 

 Bring your photo and take a picture with the jolly old elf!
 Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. 
It benefits the auxiliary.
 Saturday, December 9 at 9 AM - 11:30 AM 

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive – Dec. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive – Dec. Update

We are nine weeks into the 2018 fund drive. We have had a great start. Through Dec. 1st, we have collected $8,547.00 toward our $20,100 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. This drive will run through September 30, 2018.

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

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

No donation/memorial is too small. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Cameron County Community Chest, PO Box 134, Emporium, PA. 15834, Attn: Judd Schager or check out our Face Book page for the Pay Pal button. Help to support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, the Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Sylvan Heritage, SPCA and Special Community Requests.

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

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed

The Salvation Army kettle drive is on and my mother in law is responsible for scheduling the bell ringers. Are you willing to help ring the bell for just an hour or two? Or better yet, are you part of an organization that could gather up several people to fill blocks at a time? 

Message me here ( Chrissy Slusarick via Facebook ) or give Dolly Slusarick a call
at 486-2540, or a message her via Facebook to volunteer. It’s only an hour of your time and it benefits so many people in need during this Christmas season and throughout the year. Thank you!