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Friday, March 30, 2018

GKN & GKN Employees Support the Cameron County Community Chest


Over the past 42 years GKN Sinter Metals Emporium facilities (originally PPM) have been supporting the Cameron County Community Chest via employee contributions through payroll deduction. An added incentive is that the company also donates to the drive. Since the inception of this program, GKN has been a major contributor to the Cameron County Community Chest in helping it to meet the fund drive goals. Over the years since the program started, GKN has raised between 25% and 67% of the funds needed to hit the goals of the Community Chest.

This year the donations from GKN and its employees total $8,110.40. This represents 41% of the $20,100 goal. The CCCC commends GKN and their employees for their continued support of the Cameron County Community Chest.

We are now six months into the 2018 fund drive. With the donation from GKN, we have collected $19,601.90 toward our $20,100 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed to the 2018 Fund Drive.

We still need your support. Donations and/or Memorials can be made for this drive through September of 2018. We will be keeping this drive open. Watch each month for updates.

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, go to our Face book page for the convenience of using Pay-pal. Help to support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, Package Team, Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sylvan Heritage, 4-H, SPCA, and Special Community Requests.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

GKN Sold to Melrose

Read the complete article by following this link

One of Britain's oldest engineering firms has been sold for £8.1bn to a controversial investment firm.

 GKN, which has had a hand in making everything from Minis to Spitfires, lost its battle to stay independent. Melrose Industries, which specialises in turning round troubled manufacturing businesses and selling them on, won the backing of 52% of GKN shareholders........

Cameron County Project

The Cameron County Project will be holding its April Volunteer Meeting on Wednesday April 11th from 6 pm to 7 pm at the DCNR Conference Room (258 Sizerville Rd.) We are excited to be discussing the project’s goals, upcoming events and opportunities to volunteer. This meeting is open to anyone interested in promoting pride in our county, engaging with residents about what makes Cameron County such a special place to live, or seeing what we’re up to – Please feel free to attend, we’d love to have you! If you’re unable to attend, but have questions, comments or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact Jess Herzing at 814-335-0571 or you can email her

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic

Welcome to the 2018 Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic. Update 3 15 2018

 Just to let everyone know we are set to go as of today everything is in place the same as the past few years. As usual the water level is our biggest issue it is running about 278 cfs right now which is extremely low, have to wait and see as we get closer. I have yet to get on the course don’t feel like paddling much at 20°/ 30°. I will get out there at some point soon. I would recommend Come early drop your gear at the start line come up to the Country club register sign waiver and pick up your event Number. and if you plan to use the shuttle bus make sure you leave enough time. Since we are going to keep the dinner and awards in Driftwood this year PARKING is going to be very important I will have folks there parking everyone to make sure it is done in a orderly fashion please park where they tell you to. If your going to have a chicken dinner with us, tickets will be available at registration please purchase them at that point so I can call ahead & let the folks know approx how many we will need. I will update again as we draw closer again look forward to seeing everyone and if anyone has any questions please let me know. Randy

Jean M. Levey

Jean M. Levey, 62, of 106 E. Second St., Emporium, PA formerly of Wellsville NY, Englewood FL, and Friesland WI died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA on Tuesday (March 27, 2018) morning following a lengthy illness. She was born May 14, 1955 in Randolph, Wisconsin a daughter of LaVerne Cupery Levey Beghein of Englewood, Florida and the late George Levey. Jean was a Court Clerk in New York State for several years. She moved to Emporium a few years ago to be close to to her daughter and grandchildren who she loved dearly and wanted to spend time with.

 In addition to her mother she is survived by a daughter, Bess (Josh) Smith, Emporium; two grandchildren: Joshua & Jackson Smith, two sisters, Brenda (Mike) Wehrle, Nashville, TN and Faye (Jason) Collins, Ft. Worth, TX; brother, John Levey, Englewood, FL. 

She was preceded in death by father on Dec. 30, 1998.

 There will be No Visitation.
 Graveside Services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Friesland Cemetery, Friesland, Wisconsin.

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Monday, March 26, 2018

Ask an Accountant

“Ask an Accountant” hours offered by the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce are changing in April. Jessica Herzing, an area accountant, will be at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center on Tuesday, April 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

These free, walk-in office hours are available to all local business owners and entrepreneurs. Small businesses aren’t always in need of a dedicated bookkeeper, tax preparer or Certified Public Accountant, however, they can still benefit from the expertise of an accounting professional when questions arise. Jessica will be available to answer your accounting and tax questions or point you in the right direction to the resources needed to ensure you have the best, most accurate information as you move forward building your business.

Jessica is a staff accountant and tax preparer at Judd A. Schager, CPA. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Pennsylvania College. As a CPA candidate, she is bound by the ethical standards of the accounting profession, as well as professional liability and negligence constraints. She cannot perform actual tax preparation, bookkeeping, or accounting engagement services in this voluntary capacity.

Unable to attend “Ask an Accountant” hours? Be sure to take advantage of Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center’s, Corry Riley, on Thursday, April 26. Corry has been a Business Outreach Consultant with the SBDC since 2005. He serves Cameron, Clearfield, and Potter counties. He will be here, at the Chamber, providing office hours from 10 am to 3 pm, and can provide assistance with financial analysis, Quickbooks Assitance, market research, business plan development, environmental compliance, human resources, and management assistance. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are recommended and may be scheduled by contacting the SBDC at (814)393-2060 or via email at

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Trout Stocking Schedule

Its that time of year again - trout stocking in Cameron County.
 Please click on the schedules below to enlarge the pictures.

Vendor Spaces Available for Weekend In the Wilds

Vendor spaces are now available for the 2018 Weekend in the Wilds. 

 This event will be taking place from Friday, July 6th to Saturday, July 7th. Artists spaces include a table and a tent. The payments are $30.00 for a 6x6 one table or $50.00 for a 12x12 two tables. All other vendors must bring their own canopy, table, and items to sell. These spaces are a payment of $20.00. Spaces must be set up by 9am Saturday morning. To register a spot call: (814) 486-4314. Your payment reserves a prime spot for this event that draws thousands!



The Conservation Districts of Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren counties, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Penn State Extension and the Lumber Heritage Region, are sponsoring a day-long workshop for foresters, loggers, logging contractors, and private landowners.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2017 at the Cameron County Recreation Center, 300 Chestnut Street, Emporium PA 15834 from 8 AM to 4 PM. An afternoon field session will be held to put the morning session information into practice. Participants should be dressed to be outside during the afternoon field session. The training is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, which is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additional funding has been received from a Lumber Heritage Region 2017 Mini-Grant Program which is made possible by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation And Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC).

The workshop will cover erosion & sedimentation guidelines, best management practices for timber operations and harvests, practical information for planning the timber harvest and considerations during & after the harvest, and on-site field work in Timber Harvest Planning and Layout. Professional credits are available for Continuing Education (PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Society of American Foresters (pending); SFI credits require an additional $20.00 fee). Workshop cost is $15.00 per person, which includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Please pre-register for the course no later than April 18th by contacting the Cameron County Conservation District at 814-486-2244 or email Kate Morgan at

Friday, March 23, 2018

Margaret J. Simon

Margaret J. Simon, 89, of the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA, formerly of 16 W 5th St, Emporium, PA, passed away Thursday evening (March 22, 2018). She was born July 12, 1928 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Roy and Mary (Welch) Stroup. On August 12, 1950 in Emporium, PA she married John A. Simon who preceded her in death in February of 2003.

Marge graduated from Emporium High School and from Penn State University where she received her BA in Education. While at Penn State she was a member of the Blue Band. She retired in 1988 after 26 years with the Cameron County School District. She was the District’s first elementary librarian. She was active in the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was also very involved in each of her children’s activities’ volunteering many hours with each organization. She was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, where she led the effort to reorganize the church library. She was also an active member of the Cameron County Historical Society.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Robby) McCollum, Charleston, SC; Mary (Tim) Meisel, Emporium; four sons, John P. Simon, Ridgway; Michael (Rita) Simon, West Seneca, NY; Steven (Sandy) Simon, Mechanicsburg, PA; Robert (Mary Jo) Simon, Pittsburgh, PA; twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Geleskie, and a brother, Edwin Stroup.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth St., Emporium, PA on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM, with the Reverend Paul Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 East Fourth St., Emporium, PA on Monday, at 11:00 a.m. followed by Mass at St. Mark’s Church and graveside service at St. Mark’s Catholic Cemetary. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834.

Online condolences may be placed at 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Elizabeth Sarah "Liz" Overly

Elizabeth Sarah "Liz" Overly, 85, of 301 E. Third Street, Emporium, PA formerly of Stahlstown, PA died at her residence on Monday (March 19, 2018) night following a lengthy illness. She was born July 14, 1932 in Latrobe, PA a daughter of the late William G and Sarah Corley Cramer On October 11, 1952 in Maryland she married the late George R. Overly. Mrs. Overly graduated from Ligoneer High School in the class of 1950 and then from Nursing School in Somerset, PA as a LPN, in 1978. She worked at Laurel Highlands Nursing Home, in Donegal, eventually becoming head nurse. She later opened her own personal care home in Somerset in 1983 and ran that until 1993. She enjoyed family, church, parades, the fall season, traveling, dancing and decorating for all the holidays.

Survived by son, Randy Overly, Sinnemahoning; daughter, Cathy (Dimas) Robles, St. Marys; daughter, Betty Overly, Marienville, PA; daughter, Bertha (David) Gordon, Needmore, PA; daughter, Dolores "Lori" Afionis, Emporium; twelve grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, one great great grandson; two Brothers, Charles Kunkle and John Kunkle and a sister, Mary E. Mock all of Stahlstown, PA.

In addition to her parents and her husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Overly who died July 10, 2013, two sons, Donald and George "Rick" Overly.

 There will be No Visitation.
 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (March 23, 2018) at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating.
Burial will be in the Porch Cemetery, Acme, PA
Online Condolences may be placed at

Donald R. Priest

Donald R. Priest, 86, of 6845 Beachwood Rd., Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA on Monday (March 19, 2018) afternoon. He was born August 24, 1931 in Truman, PA a son of the late Richard and Audrey Leavitt Priest. On June 7, 1954 in Emporium he married the late Shirley Wenner. Donald graduated from Emporium High School. He retired from Sylvania where he worked for many years. He also worked for Graham Container in Farmers Valley and later at Particle Board in Mt. Jewett. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, his dogs and his cat "Pumpkin". He liked the outdoors, working and tending to his yard.
He is survived by a son, Dana Priest, Truman; daughter, Kathy (Martin) Tully, Thompson, PA; son, Curt (Janine) Priest, Eldred; three grandchildren: Ryan Tully, Meghan (John) Prunier and Kayla Priest; two great grandchildren: Kendra Priest & Shaye Prunier; one brother, Jerome (Margaret) Priest, Toms River, NJ.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
 There will be No Visitation.
A Private Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at

Rotary News

Local historian, Bill Bogart, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting March 20th. Bill gave an interesting history of Benedict Arnold (1971-1801), a patriot officer who served the cause of the American Revolution until 1779, when he shifted his allegiance to the British. Thereafter, his name became an epithet for traitor in the United States. More information on this subject can be found in Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing England” and a film “A Question of Honor.”
  Guests attending the luncheon were Cathy Wright, sister of Rotarian Bonnie Smith and Shawn & Vanessa Bidwell

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bridge Replacement on Moore Hill Road

Emporium, PA – Work to replace a bridge on Moore Hill Road (Route 3001) in Cameron County got underway yesterday, March 12, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The bridge spans West Creek about 5 miles west of Emporium in the village of Howard. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Cameron County’s structurally deficient bridge list. Replacement will also eliminate current weight limit postings of 11 ton for single vehicles, 15 ton for combination vehicles, and the restriction of “one truck at a time”.

The current 84-foot bridge dates from 1972 and carries an average of more than 230 vehicles each day. The project began yesterday with crews working on erosion and sedimentation controls and construction of some temporary supports.

The existing steel-grate bridge will be replaced with a new concrete structure through half-width construction. Temporary traffic signals and lane closures will be in effect the week of April 2. Project work also includes, drainage improvements, roadway widening, paving, and guide-rail updates. The new bridge is expected to be complete by the end of August.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Rylind Construction Company, Inc. of Lewisberry, PA is the contractor on this $1.7 million job. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking 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 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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 regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL

Walter V. Lewis

Walter V. Lewis, age 71, of Sabinsville, PA, died on Saturday, March 17, 2018. He was born on May 29, 1946 in Cameron County, PA, a son of the late Walter O. Lewis and the late Arlene T. Walker.

Walter was formerly employed by Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany, PA and Crucible Steel in Midland, PA.

He was a Vietnam veteran serving with the US Air Force.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Walter is survived by a son: Andy (Geri Ann) Lewis of OH, two daughters: Heather Lewis of Port Allegany, PA, Patti (Scott) Spielman of OH, one brother, four sisters, and four grandchildren: Dalton, Parker, Jacob and Jared.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter: Hannah Leora Lewis.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be laid to rest in Cameron County, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekend Ride

It was a picture perfect weekend to take a ride in Cameron County.
  I hope some of you were able to get out and enjoy the scenery!


Brush Fire Sunday Afternoon

The EVFD was called to a brush fire in Alpine Village Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival the fire was quickly brought under control and they returned to the station.


Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Judith A Sherman

Judith A. Sherman, 74, of Clover Rest Home, Columbia, New Jersey formerly of Newfield, NY & Emporium, PA, died at St. Lukes Hospital, Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg, New Jersey on Wednesday morning. (March 14, 2018)
She was born November 1, 1943 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late John and Ann Zbailey Malizia. Judy graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1961 and later from DuBois Business College. She retired from Special Childrens Center in Ithaca, NY where she had worked in the finance department for over 22 years. She had been a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium. She enjoyed crafts, painting, word puzzles, spending time with her grandchildren and her family and friends. She loved eating Hershey Kisses and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
She is survived by a son, Richard "RJ" (Danielle) Sherman, Jr., Washington NJ; two grandchildren: Richard Sherman, III and Kathryn Sherman; one brother, John (Ellen) Malizia, Emporium; one sister, Debra (Gregory) Kovach, Mercer, PA.
 She was preceded in death by her parents anda brother, Richard Malizia.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth St., Emporium, PA on Friday (March 23, 2018) from 4-7 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (March 24, 2018) at 9:30 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 Guy and Mary Felt Manor Assisted Living Activity Fund or Franziska W. Racker Memorial Fund at the Franziska Racker Centers.
Online Condolences may be placed at

My beautiful cousin Judy, she will be forever missed.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rotary News

Rotarian, Pat Martin (left), introduced guest speakers, Ed Pitchford, President & CEO of Cole Hospital, along with Kari Kurtz, Community Outreach Coordinator, at the March 6th Rotary luncheon meeting. Mr. Pitchford’s topic was the recent merger of Cole Hospital and UPMC. As of March 1, 2018 the hospital will now be known as UPMC-Cole, retaining a local Board of Directors and will retain the current medical staff. UPMC owns 30 hospitals and has 80,800 employees.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt

Nate Sestina

Check out the Patriot League Facebook page and the Bucknell Bison page  http://www.bucknellbison.comfor a look at videos from Bucknell's win over Colgate to take the Patriot title.

Our own Nate Sestina from Cameron County with 16 points in last nights game.

Cameron County is so proud of you Nate!

Community Health Screening

Uninsured or have astronomically high deductibles with your health insurance? 
 In conjunction with Penn Highlands Elk, we will offer our annual community blood screening,at the Ridgway YMCA on Saturday April 7th.

 Several optional tests are also available.
 Call 1-800-370-9640 to schedule an appointment time. 

 Homemade muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice will be served. T

The annual community blood screening in Emporium will be in early June 2018.

Rich Valley Burners, LLC

When we started this venture in June of 2017 we were not sure how things were going to go. 
We thought we had a pretty good idea, but you don’t know until you do it. I don’t believe we could have asked for a better first 9 months. Other than posting pictures on here we don’t say much. We figure it is best to just let the work speak for itself. However, it’s worth saying THANK YOU to the community, our family, our friends, our suppliers, our loyal fan base, and our customers. We are very busy and expect to continue to stay busy…a good problem to have. Please continue to follow us and watch our work. If you want to help us…please…SHARE OUR POSTS! That has been the best way to get the word out and to get people talking about us and placing orders. Please look for us to add more items to our photo gallery in the coming weeks. 
Thank you!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Chili Cook Off @ The Senior Center

“Do you love to cook Chili, eat Chili, or listen to music while watching other people eat Chili?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this event may be for you!

The Emporium Senior Center is hosting an “Open Mic Chili Cook Off” on Sunday, April 15th from 1-4pm. For only $3, come try all of the Chili varieties and vote for your favorite!

If you would like to enter the competition with your best pot of Chili or if you are interested in singing or playing an instrument, give the center a call at 814-486-3707!

Mark us on your calendars for April 15th and we will hope to see you there!
All proceeds support your local senior center!”

 If you have any questions, just let us know.

Nutrition Seminar and Book Signing

Come learn more about the plant-based lifestyle and my NEW book, 
“A Beginner’s Guide to Plant-Based Living”
 I will give a presentation on the why’s & how’s of plant-based nutrition.
 Food samples from my book will be available.

 Monday, April 16 at 6 PM
 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce &Artisan Center
 34 E 4th St, 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

High School Career Fair

Kim Hallowell Benefit April 21, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

Arlington Wade Dunkle

Arlington Wade Dunkle, 96, of Smethport, PA, passed away Friday (March 2, 2018) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born March 2, 1922 in Clermont, a son of Roy Arthur and Beatrice Fay Church Dunkle. On April 27, 1946, in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Rectory, Smethport, he married Veronica Teresa Ukasinski, who died May 18, 1989.

Mr. Dunkle graduated from Colegrove High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945, where he was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He fought in Northern France, the Rhineland, and the Ardennes.

Mr. Dunkle was a truck driver for many different companies over the years, retiring from Dresser Clarke/Rand. After retirement, he worked for the former Market Basket in Smethport as a janitor. He also helped mow lawns in the community.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, where he was a Past Commander, VFW Post #2497 of Smethport and the Elderberries Club at the Smethport Senior Center. He was a former member of the Smethport Ambulance Association, helped deliver Meals-on-Wheels, was a Red Cross Volunteer, a two-time McKean County Fair King, loved dancing, reading and Drive-In movies. He was a devoted Father and Grandfather.

He is survived by: one daughter: Deborah G. Dunkle of Emporium, PA, one son: Arlington Randle Dunkle of Smethport, PA, three sisters: Vesta June Dunkle Smith of Renovo, PA, Minnie Fay Dunkle Herzog of Roulette, PA and Ruby Marlene Dunkle Burt of Smethport, PA,,one brother: Wilbur Vincent Dunkle of Smethport, PA, two granddaughters: Rande Phoebe Dunkle and Suzanne Theresa Dunkle.  And many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Keith Eugene, Kenneth LeRoy, Roland Dale, Roy LaVerne and Arthur James Dunkle. He was also predeceased by two sisters: Violet May Kelley and Irene Elizabeth Dunkle.

Arlington chose to donate his body to science. A memorial service in his remembrance will be held Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am from the United Methodist Church of Smethport, with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor, officiating.

Arlington’s family requests prayers be said for him. They gratefully decline all flowers or food items that may be sent to them. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the United Methodist Church of Smethport, 607 King St., Smethport, PA 16749; American Legion; Bucktail Post #138, 417 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749; VFW Post #2497, 608 E. Water St., Smethport, PA 16749; Elderberries Club, Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749 or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Rails to Trails in Cameron County

A little chilly but a beautiful day to walk on the Rails to Trails. So glad we have this in our county. Thank you Jeff Ream, Cliff Clark & your team for bringing this to reality in Cameron County.

Ham & Turkey Raffle


Nam Knights of America M.C. Allegheny Mountain Chapter Nonprofit Organization · Emporium, Pennsylvania Our mission is to honor the memory of American Veterans & Police Officers who have been lost in the line of duty, assist Veterans and Police Officers in their time of need, & to promote community awareness.

A Night At the Races

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Cameron County Businesses Brings Home Gold

Cameron County Businesses Brings Home Gold

What began as a hobby is putting Emporium on the foodie must visit list. Dave Smith from Pizza Palace Plus not only has bragging rights to the “Best Pizza in America”, voted one of the best places to eat by snowmobilers in Pennsylvania but has now taken his hobby of raising bees to the level of best wildflower honey in the world according to the Good Food Award announced earlier this year.

The awards line the walls at the entrance of Pizza Palace Plus. What many patrons do not realize is that Smith has replaced sugar in his sauce and dough with sweet sticky honey. Palace Apiaries hives can be found across Cameron County and within a few miles of the borders of the county. While his focus is on raising bees and selling them to bee keepers, he sells the honey at Pizza Palace Plus and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center.

The 2018 Good Food Awards judged honey from around the world. Smith’s Pennsylvania Wildflower Honey impressed the judges. Good Food Awards distinguish value added food and beverage products in fifteen categories. More than 2000 entries submitted.

Ladies Conference -Emporium Alliance Church

Rotary News

Rotarian, Bob Martin and Club Rotary Foundation Chairman, updated the club on the good works of the Rotary Foundation. Doing Good in the World – is the motto of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The Foundation’s Annual Fund- SHARE, is the primary source of funding for a broad range of local and international activities made possible through the Rotary Foundation. Endowment which is a Permanent Fund is used to provide long term stability to the funding of Foundation activities. Areas of Focus are: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution

Disease Prevention and treatment

Water and Sanitation

Maternal and Child Health

Basic Education and Literacy

Economic and community Development

The Foundation also offers District and Global Grants. The Emporium Rotary has obtained District Grants in the past to purchase items for the Cameron County School District such as tubas and a piano, benches at the big flag memorial park, and most recent recreational activities at the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club. Global grants help programs to eradicate polio around the world, Rotary’s top philanthropic priority. Peace Fellowships and scholarships are also funded. Emporium Rotary has donated over $10,000.00, along with private donations of Rotarians. Anyone can donate by contacting the Rotary Foundation at

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Activities @ the Chamber of Commerce

March Calendar Filling Up 

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center hosting a plethora of classes and seminars during the month of March. Details of the events can be found at the community calendar on the chamber web page

Each Tuesday night in the month the chamber is open from 6:30-9:00pm for shopping and an opportunity to gather with knitters and those that love to crochet. Newbies are invited to learn the craft using donated yarn and hooks/needles.

The chamber hosts the Cameron County Girl Scout troops throughout the year. On Saturday March 10, the scouts will be hosting a tea at 10am. Cookie sales will continue at the chamber office.

Sunday March 11 classes return to the artisan center. Sally Azzato will teach a decoupage class featuring blending of colors. The class is $20 and includes all materials. The class runs from 1:30-3:00pm.

Monday March 12, Jessica Herzing will continue the Ask an Accountant series. Herzing will be available from 6:00-7:30pm at the chamber office. On this day the Emporium Hitmen organization will unveil their basket give away. Baskets will be on display at the chamber through March 19 when a benefit bingo is planned at the VFW Club.

 Thursday March 15 at 1:00pm Drug and Alcohol hosting a free seminar regarding drugs in the work place. Presenters will discuss signs and the legal rights of employers.

Saturday March 17 3D printing phenomenal will be front and center at the artisan center. Artist Emily Dubel will demonstrate the machines and discuss the future of art using the machines. Currently Dubel sells cookie cutters created by 3D printers from antibacterial plastic material. Some of her jewelry designs have also been created using the latest technology. The demonstration begins at 11:00am.

Sunday March 18 drop in at the artisan center for egg decorating. The cost is $5 and you will take home 6 plastic eggs you decorate using Dixie Belle paint products. No registration needed.

Beginning Monday March 19 and lasting for the next 3 Monday’s, Gini Schager will teach basic quilting and beyond. The first class will include a trip to a fabric store, where students will pick out their own fabric to complete a lap quilt. Students pay the $25 instructor fee plus costs for the material. Registration is available online at

Saturday March 24 the Easter Bunny returns to Cameron County. Breakfast with the Bunny will be held at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. It benefits the Weekend in the Wilds Fireworks set to blast off July 7, 2018. Included with the price of breakfast is the opportunity to have a picture with the bunny and a make it take it craft.

Twisted Sisters Grand Opening

Twisted Sisters Soft Serve GRAND OPENING: Wednesday March 7th from 11am-9pm!

 New owners will provide great caring service! Cash only through March. By April we will have a card reader for debit and credit cards!

Check out our new hours of operation and telephone number- New menu to be posted soon!

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