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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Upcoming Events at the Emporium Senior Center

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

Wednesday, May 2nd—Join us at 8am for a Q& A with retired Marine, Sarah Nolan!

Tuesday, May 8th— APPRISE Art Day—Bring your ideas and creativity for a unique art opportunity. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help with Medicare-related questions and they are taking art submissions for a calendar they are putting together. At 10am, we will be working on coming up with some unique art ideas.

Monday, May 14th— FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11:30am-Noon.

Monday, May 14th— Club Meeting at 1pm—Any club members are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, May 15th —Community Nurse Day! FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am with a short program about how to better cope with Stress following.

Wednesday, May 16th—Supper Club at 5pm! Please call the Senior Center by the week before to sign up!

Sunday, May 20th— Bingo @ 1pm

Tuesday, May 22nd— Memorial Day Holiday Meal! Call by 1pm on May 15th to sign up!

Friday, May 25th—Game Day—Come around 1pm to join in a rousing game of Dominos!

Monday, May 28th—Closed for Memorial Day!

3rd Annual Senior Center Indoor Yard Sale -The 3rd Annual Emporium Senior Center’s Indoor Yard Sale is almost here! As Spring Cleaning season is in full swing, donations of gently used items are appreciated & can be dropped off at the center Mon-Fri between 8am-3pm. Drop off your unwanted items, giving them opportunity to become someone else’s treasures. We do request that there be no clothing donated. Any questions, call the center at 486-3707. Thank you! 

For all you Yard Sale Enthusiasts, the sale will be on Sat, June 23rd at 9am. 
Mark it on your calendars!

Rotary News

Rotary President, Gary Boden, (left) presents Mick Fapore, Commander of the American Legion Olkosky Jessop Post 194, a Rotary donation of $1,000.00 towards the WW1 Restoration project. Also pictured is the Post’s, Finance Manager, Barry Sarick, and Mary Grief, Adjunct.

Marsha A. Barton

Marsha A. Barton, 65, of 306 E. 5th Street, Emporium, PA passed way peacefully at her residence on Sunday (April 29, 2018) morning surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 9, 1953 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Anthony Osti and Joyce Harpster Moore. 

On July 29, 1972 in Emporium, PA she married Donald R. Barton, Sr., who survives. Marsha graduated from Cameron County High School. She worked many years for Cameron County School District and later at AST in Emporium. She enjoyed her daily walks and talking with many people along the way. She loved life and was most happy with her family, especially grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Don she is survived by one son, Donald R. (Michele) Barton, Jr., Duncansville, PA; one daughter, Stephanie (Wesley) Rieder, Emporium; six grandchildren: Cody, Damian, Brock, Derek, Caleb & Dylan, three sisters, Teri (Dick) Harrier, Emporium; Judy (Jerry) Crosby, Emporium; Toni (Ben) Krieg, Warren; one brother, Donald (Kathi) Osti, Emporium; She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

There will be No Visitation. 
Private Memorial 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 American Cancer Society, 26 S. Second St., Ste #102., Clearfield, PA 16830 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cameron County Yard Sale

Residents have asked for a county wide sale for years. 

 On May 19 the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the event. A map will be created including addresses of participants and distributed throughout the county at businesses and online at The fee for a listing on the map is $15.00. A limited number of spots available in the vacant lots in downtown Emporium. Anyone wishing more information is asked to contact the chamber at 814-486-4314

Drug Arrest in Sinnemahoning

Four people were taken into custody in Cameron County after police discovered a meth lab in a Sinnemahoning home. Read the complete article by following this link

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sushi Making Class

I will guide you in the process to making sushi at home! You will be rolling your very own sushi rolls!!! We will dine on our creations AND you will get to take home your own sushi mat and paddle for making sushi at home! 

I will have the rice prepared; vegetables and nori wrappers (toasted seaweed) will be ready to roll! Refreshments will also be served. 

 A minimum of 8 registrants are required to hold the class; if this number is not met, the class will be canceled. Cost is $30 Register by stopping in or calling the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 486-4314 Last day to Register is May 8 (so I have time to order materials, thanks!) 

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center 
34 E 4th St,
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic To Return in 2019

Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic To Return in 2019

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce spearheading a committee to continue the canoe race that has brought paddlers from across the United States to the region the first Saturday in April. A dozen individuals recently met with Randy Bailey to coordinate the transition.

The canoe and kayak race is just one spoke in a wheel to promote Cameron County as the destination for outdoor recreation. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Johns Solak explains that a Sinnemahone Triple Crown is planned for 2019. The Sinnemahone Paddle will kick things off April 6, 2019. The second leg of the triple crown is a mountain bike race. “Currently DCNR Elk State Forest representatives and members of the committee are discussing the 20 mile course,” says Johns Solak. The target month is August for that race. The final piece of the triple crown is the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run in October. Participants that complete all three jewels of the triple crown in the calendar year will receive a unique award.

Organizers say by placing all three events under one umbrella committee duplication of social media, web, registration and insurance can be accomplished efficiently. The group is seeking individuals interested in all three events or has a passion for one of the events to contact the chamber to be involved. Sub-committees include: sponsorship, course, awards, media, emergency responders, registration and timing.



INDIANA, Pa. – The following students from Cameron County have completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of December 2017.

Graduates, their hometowns, majors and degrees are:

Emporium: Kacie Barbara Brown, Deer Path Lane, M.Ed. in School Counseling; 
Skylar R. Galford, West Allegany Avenue, B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations; 
Staci Renee Rhoads, Sycamore Street, B.S. in General Studies

The full list of December 2017 graduates is available at

Healthy Heroes League Kickoff in nearby St Marys

Healthy Heroes League Kickoff

Where: Benzinger Park pavilion (Vine Rd. Side of the Park)

When: Friday, May 4th 6:30 PM

For Whom: This event is for all area youth and their families.

Why: To help promote healthy lifestyle choices for area youth by educating and empowering them to become healthy heroes!

Healthy food and drinks will be provided by New Horizons Healthy Foods so come hungry.

A short introduction to healthy lifestyles will take place followed by fun and games!

Questions: Call LeRoy Kopp at 389-1874

Storm Football Fundraiser

For those interested,  baskets for the Storm Football fundraiser are in the Chamber of Commerce and they are officially for sale. Tickets are 8 for $5. Stop on down to the Chamber to check out the awesome donations we received to support the Storm program! More baskets will be added throughout the week as the rest of the expected donations continue to come in. Shown are pictures of the 14 baskets that were placed in the Chamber as of this morning. More pictures will be added as additional baskets arrive. 

 Thanks for your continued support!!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr. of Keating Summit, PA, born November 22, 1941, was delivered into the hands of our Lord on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh with his family by his side.

He was born in Marlinton, W. Va., the son of the late Jesse and Letta (Gay) Baker. 

 Vietnam War Veteran

Louie was a Vietnam Era Veteran serving with U.S. Army as a Radar Crewman at Dyess AFB, Texas and Fort Gordon, Georgia from 1964 to 1966, honorably discharged as a Specialist Fourth Class.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Wilber “Beanie” Baker of Keating Summit, sisters Betty Allman and Bonnie Riffle, and nephew Roy Riffle, all of Emporium.

On February 1st, 1992, in Coudersport, Louie married Janice (Wendling) Baker, who survives. He is also survived by one aunt, Pauline Holsinger, formerly of Emporium; three sisters, Martha “Kay” (Don) Sherry of Keating Summit, Linda Baker of Evans City, Pa. and Nancy (Chuck) Umbenhauer of Emporium; and one brother, James “Jim” (Sylvia) Baker, also of Emporium.

He is also survived by: children Franklin L. (Judai) Baker, Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Bonnie (William) Miller of Coudersport, Joseph (Tammy) Baker of Ridgway, Lori Hansen of Keating Summit, and Matthew (Keli) Hansen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 
and three great-grandchildren.

Besides his time in the Army, Louie worked many jobs from the railroad to logging but retired in 2003 after 37 years of services to the former Ball-Foster Glass Container in Port Allegany.

Louie was an avid hunter and fisherman, whether it was trips to the pond with his grandchildren or his much-loved Alaskan hunting, fishing, and gold mining adventures with his son.

He also enjoyed reading his western novels, Friday fish fries, breakfast with his buddies at the Buttonwood and Daily Bread, and walks with his fur-buddy Lucky. He enjoyed spending his time on Sunday, after church, watching NASCAR races, spending time with family and walking through the woods. His greatest joy of all was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their sporting and life events.

He was a member of the Bald Eagle Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, Enchanted Mountain Treasure Hunters and Dirt Digging PA,
 finding many treasures long lost with time.

He was a member of The American Legion and the National Rifle Association.

Louie found Jesus later in life and was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Emporium and was actively involved with Esther’s Ministry and the Food for the Soul Program.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Emporium on Monday, April 23, with greeting and gathering beginning at 4 pm and services with military honors
 beginning at 5 pm.

All flowers are graciously declined but memorial donations can be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank c/o Emporium First United Methodist Church, the Potter County Animal Assistance Project or the American Legion.

Donald E. Palmer

Donald E. Palmer, 84, of 178 S. Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands-DuBois, DuBois, PA on Saturday (April 21, 2018) morning following a brief illness. He was born December 19, 1933 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Richard E and Martha Knight Palmer. On December 8, 1953 in St. Mark Catholic Church he married Reba Reed, who survives. Don and his wife Reba were married over 64 years. He served three years with the US Army s 11th Airborne Division as a paratrooper and trainer. He worked at the former Coppersmith Furniture Store for several years installing flooring. He then worked as a self employed carpenter for many years until his retirement. Don was a member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221 VFW, the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Emporium, St. Mark Catholic Church, Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, Emporium Fire Department where he had served as Chief for many years.

In addition to his wife he is survived by daughter, Debra R. Lyon, Emporium; son, Donald J. Palmer, Emporium; daughter, Diane Y. Catalano, St. Marys; son, David M. (Tina) Palmer, Porter Corners, NY; daughter, Martha M (Michael McMackin) Palmer, St. Marys; 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard and Fredrick Palmer and one in infancy.

Services will be announced at a future date.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., 
Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Pearl I. Kline

Pearl I. Kline, 74, of 298 S.Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA died at her residence in Emporium on Saturday (April 21, 2018) morning. She was born February 4, 1944 in Waddington, New York a daughter of the late Perley and Pearl Miller Emery. On September 1, 1962 in Emporium she married the late Bernard Kline, Jr.

Pearl retired from GKN Powder Metal where she worked for many years and prior to GKN had worked at Sylvania. 

She is survived by two sons, Perley Kline, Wisconsin; Ronald Kline, Emporium; two daughter, Rebecca Sipe, PA; Brenda Kline, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Donald (Bonnie) Emery, Warren; five sisters, Ann Wheaton, Emporium; Barbara Aikens, North Carolina; Caroll (David) Smith, Missouri; Dolly Slusarick, Emporium; Donna (George) Mathar, Carthage, NY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son, Edward; two brothers,
 Samuel & Chester.

 At her request there will be No viewing or Service.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St.,
 Emporium, PA 15834

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

Jimmie C. Baker

Jimmie C. Baker, 69, of 1872 Gardeau Rd, Austin, PA died at Penn Highlands-DuBois in DuBois, PA on Friday (April 20, 2018) afternoon. He was born August 29, 1948 in Marlinton, West Virginia a son of the late Jesse and Leeta Gay Baker. Jimmie served two tours of duty from 1968 through 1970 with the US Army during the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze medal of Valor and seven other awards for bravery because of how dangerous his missions were. When he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant and continued as a reservist. He then returned to Emporium and started a logging business which he worked for many years. He later was a truck driver for over fifteen years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dogs especially "Buster". He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by a son, Brad (Patience Haight) Baker, Meadville, PA; his companion, Sylvia Faulk, Austin; one granddaughter, Nevah Baker and one step granddaughter Selina Faulk; sisters, Martha Kay (Don) Sherry, Keating Summit; Linda Baker, Evans City, PA; Nancy (Chuck) Umbenhauer, Emporium;

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin "Louie" and Wilbur Eugene "Beanie" Baker; two sisters, Betty Allman &  Bonnie Riffle; nephew, Roy Riffle.

The family will greet friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (May 5, 2018) from 10 AM until the Time of Remembrance Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

 In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to any local veterans organization of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

Friday, April 20, 2018

Lost Gold in Dent Run

The Mt Zion Historical Society sums up the recent FBI search for the lost gold near Dents Run.

    On March 16th a large group of FBI agents descended on the village of Dents Run to conduct a court authorized excavation on a nearby mountain top in search of a lost Civil War Gold Shipment. While this search was in progress numerous news media contacted the Mt. Zion Historical Society seeking information on the “Lost Gold Shipment. Including those Contacting the Society was the DuBois Courier, CNN, New York Times, Coin Magazine, a Canadian Radio Station, and a newspaper published in London, England. Several days following the excavation, the FBI issued a news release that the search was unsuccessful. 

The “LOST GOLD” shipment was supposedly lost in June of 1863. The Union was endeavoring to ship this gold from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and routed the shipment north to avoid Confederate Calvary canvassing the area between Chancellorsville, and the southern part of Pennsylvania. The decision was made to ship the gold up the Allegany River, find the head waters of the Susquehanna River, and on into Philadelphia. According to legend there were 52 bars of gold each weighting 50 pounds each lost somewhere between Goetz’s Summit and confluence of either Dents or Hicks Run into the Bennett’s Branch.

 There are many undocumented stories connected to this story. One such story claims that shortly following this shipment the locals found several US branded mules. Another story was that a man came wandering into the town of Benezett claiming to be a member of wagon train and died shortly thereafter.

 Another undocumented story claiming that years following the shipment, two Pickerington agents were assigned to look for the lost shipment. It is further claimed the agents found three and 0ne-half bars of gold, and in their retirement came to live in Benezett spending their retirement looking for the gold.

 Although there are many undocumented stories related to this lost gold shipment, the fact that the FBI has made a serious effort to recover this shipment, would lend creditability there is a lost gold shipment somewhere in Jay or Benezette Township. Following the FBI’s gold searching operation, there was a news release stating that their search was unsuccessful. There were literally hundreds of people over the years looking for this lost bonanza and the search continues. Although the FBI may be disappointed in not finding the gold, there are many of those who have been involved in looking for the gold who are most relieved that the gold was not found. a bit relived that the gold was not found. 

 Article courtesy of the Mt Zion Historical Society

Linda D. Cobb

Linda D. Cobb, age 64, of West Fifth Street, Emporium died Thursday, April 19, 2018, in her home.

Born May 18, 1953 in Ridgway, she was the daughter of the late George and Dana Eckert Dobson. On November 22, 1974 in Ridgway, she married Daniel Fred Cobb, Sr. who survives.

A resident of Emporium since 1979, Linda was a former resident of Ridgway, St. Marys, and Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was employed for many years by Sinnemahoning State Park where she held several positions before retiring in 2017 as Administrative Assistant.

Mrs. Cobb was a member of the Cameron County Christian Center in Emporium.

Survivors include: two sons, Joseph Michael Cobb of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Daniel Fred Cobb, Jr. of Emporium; one daughter, Kira Marie Cobb of Emporium; one brother, George Dobson, Jr. of St. Marys; three stepbrothers, Guy Reed of Phoenix, Arizona, Mark Reed of Treasure Lake, and Paul Reed of Philadelphia; one sister, Mary Marie Fix in Michigan; four grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium where Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Sherri Pifer of St. Marys, an affiliate of the Free Methodist denomination, officiating. 

Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Christian Center, 240 E Fourth St., or PA DCNR, 260 Sizerville Rd., both in Emporium, PA 15834

James D. Coppersmith

James D. Coppersmith, 89, of 200 W. Seventh Street, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Thursday (April 19, 2018) morning following a lengthy illness. He was born June 12, 1928 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late L. Neil and Ophelia Dodson Coppersmith. On November 26, 1953 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, PA he married Beverly Nelson, who survives. Mr. Coppersmith graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1946. He worked with the Coppersmith Furniture Store in Emporium for over 50 years, most of which he was a co-owner. He was a past member of the Coudersport Masonic Lodge as well as the Shriners and the Emporium Mens’ Club. Jim enjoyed round dancing, square dancing, line dancing, and roller skating. He had a love for gardening and the neighbors affectionately referred to him as "Mr. Wilson". Nothing was more important than his family. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.

In addition to his wife Beverly he is survived by a son, James D. (Ginny) Coppersmith, Jr, Kane; daughter, Joyce (James) Wolfe, Orlando, FL; daughter, Jill Domitrovich, Falls Creek; son, Jerry (Amy) Coppersmith, Erie; daughter, Joann Clingan, Emporium; eleven grandchildren: Nathan, Kyle, Ryan, Kelsey, Joshua, Alyssa, Kaela, Karlee, Dylan, Logan & Conner; six great grandchildren: Emma, Hunter, Jayden, Leland, Landon & Mariah; a brother, George (Wilda) Coppersmith, Emporium; sister, Grace (Robert) Peters, Huntingdon.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Neil, Frank, Robert, Leroy and Walter Coppersmith and a sister, Theresa Carpenter.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Sunday from 2-4 PM with the funeral service to follow at 4:00 PM. Officiating will be Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, St. Mark Catholic Church. 

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032
 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

May Classes @ Chamber of Commerce

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center offering two classes in May.
 Artists Sally Azzato and Suzanne Zoschg are featured.

Azzato will teach a patriotic flag class on Wednesday May 2 from 10:30-noon. The flag will be painted on distressed wood. The cost for the class and materials is $25.00.

Zoschg will spend Saturday May 19th starting at 1:00pm exploring essential oils. Not all oils are beneficial and can be harmful if not applied right and pet owners need to use caution. The informational class is $5.00.

To reserve your seat for either class contact the chamber at 486-4314.

This Saturday at the Emporium VFW!!

Don't forget to come out this Saturday afternoon and support Kim and her family!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2019 Calendar Photo Contest

Enter for a chance to have your photo featured in our 2019 calendar and win up to $300 in cash.

Calling all amateur photographers in our area! 

We are now accepting your photos of our region to be considered for our 2019 calendar. Enter your photo today and you could win up to $300! For full rules and details on how to enter, go to:

Morning Glory Hill Greenhouse Opens April 21!


Morning Glory Hill Greenhouse & Gift Shop is opening for our 11th season this Sat. April 21, 2018!

 Who's ready to chase old man winter away? 

 Open Mon-Sat. 9am - 7pm & Sundays 10am - 4pm. 

32 Morning Glory Hill, 
St. Marys. Rt. 120 E.
 (Just 2 miles past Peebles), off of Bucktail Rd!

The Hygrade Inn Give Away

Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run and the owners of the The Hygrade Inn in Emporium teaming up to offer two, 2 night stays during race weekend October 20-21. The renovation to the property at 212 East Fourth Street expected to be completed by August 1, but the grand opening planned for November. Owners of the bed and breakfast hopes to attract ultra trail runners not only to the Sinnemahone 50k, but for future visits to Cameron County.

 Race organizers say the winners will be selected from entrants who have pre-registered by August 1. Paper registrations can be printed from the web site, or online at 

 There are three race lengths with a staggered start. The 50k, 25k and 12k. The 12k is a new distance this year. The 10k measured 11.5 miles and at the suggestion of participants is now labeled as a 12k.

Save the Date for Ulysses S. Grant

Coming from the Philadelphia area Dr. Kahan is a well-known and respected authority on the history; of American corrections, American diplomacy; cultural history, education and history of Pennsylvania will present a history of the politics of Reconstruction in a changing America.

In The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy, historian Paul Kahan focuses on the unique political, economic, and cultural forces unleashed by the Civil War and how Grant addressed these issues during his tumultuous two terms as chief executive. A timely reassessment, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant sheds new light on the business of politics in the decade after the Civil War and portrays an energetic and even progressive executive whose legacy has been overshadowed by both his wartime service and his administration’s many scandals.

During Grants first term as U.S. President would come to our area just to go fishing. Grants train pulling into the siding, with Mix and Dents Runs as his destination for fishing. It is said that that both runs were teeming with brook trout, even though they didn't stock trout nor a limit in those days. Sounds like heaven.

In "The Story of the Sinnamahone" George W. Huntley said that they succeeded in catching several hundred of the "Speckled Beauties." Plus Grant enjoyed meeting with the local people and would spend all his non fishing hours sitting on the platform of his train car smoking cigars and just greeting the people, many of who were veterans of the war.

A Q&A will follow. Don't let this occasion pass you by!

Refreshments will be available.

EVERYONE is welcome you can RSVP by calling 814-486-4314.

Bingo @ the Emporium Senior Center

The Emporium Senior Center will be holding Bingo this Sunday, April 22nd, at 1pm. 

Bingo is also held every Wednesday at 1pm. 

 For any questions, call the center at 814-486-3707.

Cameron County Food Pantry

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

Guy & Mary Felt Manor is Hiring

Full-time job
 Come and join our team! We are anticipating starting a CNA class in the near future. Have questions or need more information, contact Karen Higgs at the Manor. 
Please stop by and pick up an application.

110 E 4th St (2.42 mi) Emporium, PA15834 
(814) 486-3736

Monday, April 16, 2018

Donate Blood April 26

Rotary News

Steve Aharrah, President of Embassy Powdered Metals, was the guest speaker April 10th at the Rotary luncheon meeting updating the club on their recent purchase of AST and also the local manufacturing environment. Embassy now employees 104 people, invested over half million in new equipment last year and they hope to grow by 20 million in the next 2 years. Also pictured is Rotarian, Ken Gerg.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Caught in the Act

With spring right around the corner ( really?) you may want to keep a close watch on your bird feeders. Bears are fond of black-oil sunflower seeds or any type of seeds that may be in a bird feeder.I caught this bear enjoying a snack but he didn't stay around too long once I started taking photos. I think he looks a little guilty in the last photo!

Registration for Women in the Wilds

Registration for Women in the Wilds at Sinnemahoning State Park opens 
Wednesday April 18 at 8:00 AM.

The Women in the Wilds event at Sinnemahoning is a full weekend of outdoor recreation and environmental education activities for ladies only. Event begins Friday, June 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM and runs until Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Program fee of $100 includes choice of 8 different classes, program supplies, all meals, and an event t-shirt.

To register, please visit the PA DCNR online Calendar of Events

Program fee of $100 includes choice of eight different classes, program supplies, all meals, and an event t-shirt. This year payment will be accepted by check only. Payment instructions will be included in the registration confirmation email.

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

Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds Award Winners Announced

Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds Award Winners Announced 
Winners to be recognized at April 26 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards in Williamsport

Please read the complete article here

Each year, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, programs, communities and places that exemplify the great work being done across the region to develop nature tourism and the outdoor recreation economy in a way that creates jobs, diversifies local economies, inspires stewardship and improves quality of life. More than 250 businesses and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds, along with state partners and officials from Harrisburg, will gather to celebrate the Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds award winners at the 2018 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards, to be held on Thursday, April 26 at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, Lycoming County. The region’s 12 county governments, visitor bureaus and many local organizations and businesses participate in the Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds Awards, along with PA’s Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) and Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). The theme of this year’s PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards is “Celebrating 15 Years – The Wilds at Work.”

“We’re thrilled to honor such an inspiring group of award winners this year; their work and dedication is making a powerful impact in the region that will be felt for generations to come. I encourage everyone to join us in celebrating these leaders, while also commemorating the important anniversary of 15 years of the Pennsylvania Wilds work, region, and mission!” said Ta Enos, Executive Director of the PA Wilds Center.

The 2018 Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds include:

Outstanding Leader Award Winner: Tom Kase – Kane, McKean County
 Great Places Award Winner: Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee Memorial Recreation Area, Benezette Township – Elk County

Conservation Stewardship (Individual) Award Winner: Bekki Titchner - Elk County Conservation Stewardship (Group) Award Winner: PA Firefly Festival, Inc. - Tionesta, Forest County Great Design Award Winner: Good Growing Gardens, Smethport – McKean County

Artisan of the Year Award Winner: Kyle Yates, Brookville – Jefferson County
 Business of the Year Award Winner: Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co., Williamsport – Lycoming County

Inspiring Youth Award Winner: Olivia Hanna, Millbrook Playhouse, Clinton County 
Event of the Year Award Winner: Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival, Renovo – Clinton County
 Best Brand Ambassador Award Winner: Katie Weidenboerner - Elk County

Member of the Year Award Winner: Jan Hampton,
 Emporium - Cameron County

The PA Wilds Center and our partners are humbled to recognize Jan Hampton with a posthumous Member of the Year Award. Jan was a tireless and upbeat advocate for conservation and youth outreach, working for 23 years in the Cameron County School District, and serving for 18 years as the Cameron County Conservation District manager. Jan was a former chair of the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team, and endeared so many with her testimonial that "The Pennsylvania Wilds is a gentle sharing of the things we hold most dear." During her time as Conservation District Manager, Jan expanded both environmental stewardship programs and staff. Her youth outreach was also significant; small steps of teaching in classrooms about birds, bats, elk and of course, frogs, paved the way for more advanced activities we have today, such as the Wild About Nature Field Day, The Wild Envirothon and Trout in the Classroom. In 2017, the Cameron County fair hosted a Jan Hampton Youth Conservation Night in her memory. Her great love for the outdoors, conservation stewardship and youth education made a lasting, multi-generational impact on the region. A great singer - Jan once broke out into song, unscripted, at one of our awards dinners! Jan Hampton’s enthusiasm, friendship, sense of humor and leadership are missed, and we are grateful to honor her legacy with the Member of the Year Award for 2018.

Dr. Maurus “Moose” L. Sorg

Dr. Maurus “Moose” L. Sorg, MD, MPH, 65, of 316 West Theresia Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at his cabin in McKean County as a result of an accident.

He was born on May 4, 1952 in St. Marys, son of the late Leonard Sorg and Rita Krellner Sorg. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1970.

Dr. Sorg graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, summa cum laude. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Penn State Hershey Medical School, where he met his wife of 39 years, Dr. Rosemaria Cienciva. He completed his internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, OH and his family practice residency at Williamsport Hospital in Williamsport, PA. Dr. Sorg was board certified in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, was certified in Sports Medicine, had a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and was a certified life coach. He was the Medical Director of the local hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation and occupational health departments and a former Medical Director of Pinecrest Manor. He practiced medicine in the community for over 35 years.

Dr. Sorg is survived by his wife, Rosemaria; by his daughters, Sarah Sorg and her husband Brian Muth of Silver Spring, MD, Rebecca Sorg and her fiancĂ© George Dobson of St. Marys, and Rachael Sorg and her husband Edward Kaiser of Westbury, NY; and by four grandchildren, Nathan Muth, Eliana Muth, Bryson Myers, and Gianna Dobson. He is also survived by five sisters, Rose Mary Quinnan and her husband Steve of Roanoke, VA, Ruth Sorg of Collegeville, PA, Marian “Mamie” Sorg-Steimling and her husband Michael Steimling of Mifflinburg, PA, Anne Pistner and her husband Donald of St. Marys, and Amy Bencic of Homer City, PA; two brothers, David Sorg and his wife Ann, and Daniel Sorg, both of St. Marys; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Sorg was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Sorg, a brother-in-law, John Bencic, and a sister-in-law, Sharon Vollmer Sorg.

Dr. Sorg was a very active and devoted member of the community. He was a member of the Queen of the World Church. He served on the Board of Directors at Elcam and the West Creek Rails-to-Trails. He was a pilot and served on the St. Marys Airport Authority. He was a member of the St. Marys Board of Health and served as the Elk County Republican Chairman. With his wife, he co-owned and operated Lifetime Health, Inc., which, at the time, was the community’s only complete health and recreational facility. He also was involved in the founding of the High Education Council, now known as the Community Education Council.

Dr. Sorg was an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast. In addition to extensively hunting locally, he enjoyed numerous backpack hunting trips across North America with the goal of achieving the North American 29. He loved outdoor hiking adventures, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and hiking numerous National Parks. His love of the outdoors and community service started at an early age, when he participated in scouting. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and hiked Philmont. One of Dr. Sorg’s passions was to help as many others safely and successfully enjoy hunting and the outdoors. He founded Outdoor Sports Medicine, P.C., he authored “Basic Training for the Wilderness Hunter,” a reference for safety and preparation for outdoor adventures, gave numerous presentations on healthy hunting geared to the general public, and served as an invited speaker at many sporting conventions.

He had an unselfish love for his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, with whom he shared special bonds. He will always be remembered for his kindness to everyone he knew, for his generosity of his time and talents, always willing to help whenever he could, and for his enthusiastic love of life and of people. His philosophy was “Live one day at a time, for tomorrow is not promised to anyone.” He certainly left this world a better place and will be deeply missed by his friends, family, patients, and all who knew him. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 
from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Jeff Noble, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Rita M. Sorg and Marcella A. Largey Memorial Fund for the Elcam Community Center, c/o the Elk County Community Foundation, PO Box 934, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Kids Fishing Derby

Kids fishing derby hosted by the Sinnemahoning Sportsmens Club

 Saturday, May 26 at 8 AM - 12 PM 
 Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club 
PO Box 9, Driftwood
 Pennsylvania 15832

SSA 1st Annual Golf Outing

The Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club (SSA) will be holding our first annual golf outing on May 5, 2018 at the Emporium Country Club--Best Ball Scramble with an 8am sign up and 9am Tee-time.

 In addition to the 18-hole scramble, there will be a buffet lunch, beer, soft drinks, and prizes immediately following at the SSA pavilion. The cost will be determined based on the number of teams participating. We still need 8 teams of 4. Please contact David Marks (412) 629-3154. He will answer your questions and sign up your team.

Sinnemahoning Annual Snake Hunt

Please click on the photo below to enlarge it.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

US National Weather Service State College PA added 2 new photos. 

18 hrs · 4/14/18|5AM: Heavy rainfall of 1.5 to 3 inches is probable Sunday night into Monday and will result in significant rises on area rivers and streams. Small streams will likely see rapid rises with minor to moderate flooding possible. There is also the potential for localized short-duration flooding especially in urban corridors and poor drainage areas.

 Monitor river forecasts at:

Recycling in Cameron County

Yes, we have recycling in Cameron County!

The Cameron County Recycling Center is located in the town of Emporium, Pa at the intersection of East 6th Extension and Plank Road Hollow. 

Sunrise to sunset 

 Contact Us 
Tara Newton Recycling Coordinator 20 East 5th Street Emporium, Pa 15834 814-486-3348

 Drop Off 
 When materials are dropped off at the Cameron County Recycling Center, please place all items in the center of the pavilion. 
 Please DO NOT try to separate your materials yourself.

Cookbooks for Sale

Cooksbooks for sale at the Barbara Brown Memorial Library.
 All are priced to sell!

Friday, April 13, 2018

First Day of Fishing Season

Tomorrow marks the first day of fishing season and it looks like the weather will be beautiful.
 Good luck to all those heading out to the streams by foot or in their boats!

Nutrition Seminar and Book Signing

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

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.
 Books will be available for purchase. 

Hometown Mentors Live From Aroma Cafe

If you call Emporium your HOMETOWN, you won't want to miss this Live YouTube Event on Saturday.... PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL YOUR EMPORIUM FB FRIENDS...

We are all set up for the Mentors RoundTable tomorrow morning at the Aroma Cafe in Emporium. 
If you can't be there, just click this link and join us live, between 8:00 and 10:00 am.

Click below for more details.

Salt Run Fish Fest Saturday, April 14, 2018

Smokey called this morning and told me how excited he was to see all his friends at the CCOYA Salt Run Fish Fest tomorrow. Said he would try to make between 9:00 and 9:30. 

It looks like weather is still going to be very pleasant so come on out to join us. Even if your family doesn’t fish there is still lots to do and Smokey would be glad to see you. 

Salt Run Fish Fest – April 14 – ages 12 and under – hotdogs/hamburgs – drinks – family fun environment – Andrews Farm 1 mi. north of Emporium on RT 155

Joan Elizabeth Keniston

Joan Elizabeth Keniston, 83, of Howard Siding, died Tuesday (April 3, 2018) at her daughter’s home in South Chesterfield, VA following a lengthy illness. Born February 8, 1935 in Everett, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Cecil and Mildred Fletcher. After graduation from Bedford High School, Bedford, Pennsylvania she met Allen “Rod” Keniston, who was assigned by Penn State University as the Bedford County Assistant Extension Agent. On October 10, 1955, in Winchester, VA, she married Rod. In 1962 they moved their family to Emporium, PA. They successfully raised four children in Cameron County and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October 2005.

On September 6, 1958, Joan was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Right up to her death, she regularly shared with anyone who would listen the Bible’s message that God’s Kingdom will soon restore the earth back to a paradise and that by means of Jesus’ Ransom sacrifice humans can enjoy perfect health and everlasting life in that paradise.

She is survived by her “favorite” daughter, Kymberly & Mark Pond of South Chesterfield, VA; three sons, Mark & Pattina Keniston of Camden, NY, Zane & Gina Keniston of Belmont, NY, and Allen & Stephanie Keniston of St. Marys, PA; three granddaughters, Emily & Adam Wallis, Jovanna & James Curtis, both of Rome, NY, and Jazlin Rose Keniston, of St. Marys, PA; and one grandson, Gage Michael Keniston of St. Marys, PA; five sisters, Lorraine & Bruce Richmond of Bedford, PA, Linda Smith of Hobe Sound, Florida, Martha & Larry Eshelman of Shelby, Ohio, Katie Fletcher of Chambersburg, PA, Robin & Blake Brailler of Everett, PA; three brothers, James &  Judy Fletcher of Reidville, SC, Phillip & Anna Fletcher of Las Vegas, NV, and Clifton “Hop” Fletcher in Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; one special niece being Terri Ann Suladie of Emporium, PA.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband Rod, and her brother Dennis Fletcher of Bedford, PA. Dennis’ wife, Josephine, survives.

There will be no visitation.
 A funeral service, conducted by Mr. Donald Malize, will be held on April 21, 2018 at 2pm at the Kersey, PA Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846.
 Donations can be made on

Monday, April 9, 2018

St. Mark Church

St. Mark Church, Emporium PA 
Annual Parish Mission April 22 through April 25, 2018.
 Special presentation by: 
Redemptorist, Rev. Eugene O’Reilly, CSsR 
Themes: Sunday, April 22, 6:00PM – ‘Intimacy with God/Self’ 
Monday, April 23, 6:30PM – ‘Living the Reign of God Today’ 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30PM – ‘Reconciliation’ 
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM – ‘Discipleship’

1st Sign up for Storm Football

1st Sign up for Storm Football

Harriet M. Stolz

Harriet M. Stolz, 76, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Huckleberry Circle died at the Manor on Monday (April 9, 2018) morning following a lengthy illness. She was born December 8, 1941 in Brookville, PA a daughter of the late Harry C. and Faye L. Shick Brewer. She married the late Richard M. Stolz who died Feb. 11, 2018. Mrs. Stolz was a retired School teacher having worked for the Cameron County School System many years. She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with her late husband in their VW Van.

 Survived by a sister, Mary Wood, Brookville, PA; brother, Richard (Dot) Brewer, Brookville and several nieces & nephews. 

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Brewer. 

There will be No Visitation.
 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (April 28, 2018) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. 

Burial will be in the Johnson Cemetery, Benezette, PA 

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

School Board Meeting April 12

The next regular board meeting will be held April 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM. If a regular board meeting agenda has not been posted below at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time, please contact the District Administrative Office to request a copy. All meetings are held in the high school library and are open to the public. This weeks agenda can be found here.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Ulysses S. Grant

Saturday April 28th, 2018 
 Emporium VFW at 2:00 PM 

 Author Dr Paul Kahan 
Back by popular demand with his latest book "Ulysses S. Grant"
 Light Refreshments
 Sponsored by Cameron Co. Historical Society 

 RSVP: 814-486-4314 by April 23, 2018

Two Buildings Destroyed by Fire

Around 1 am Saturday morning, a fire broke out in an apartment building on East Alleghany Ave. in Emporium. The fire quickly spread to a nearby home. The Emporium Fire Department & others from nearby towns responded but both buildings were a total loss. No one was reported injured in the blaze.
Photo credits go out to Leanne Cooney.

Annual Canoe & Kayak Classic Race

The 44th Annual Canoe & Kayak Classic went as planned on Saturday April 7, 2018. The chilly weather may have deterred some participants, but others dressed warm and braved the water. The Emporium Rotary provided hot chocolate and coffee before the race, dinner and awards were held afterwards at the Driftwood Saloon. Thank you Cristy Solveson for the use of your photos!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

44th Annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic

Best of luck to all those participating in today's Annual Canoe & Kayak race. 

The race begins near the Country Club and ends in Driftwood. It's going to be a chilly ride, but numerous volunteer groups will be at various areas along the race to provide assistance if needed.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Regina Kuntz Smith

Regina Kuntz Smith, age 93, of East Fourth Street, Emporium, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium.

Born May 13, 1924 in St. Marys, she was the daughter of John and Marie Simones Kuntz. On June 21, 1947 in St. Marys, she married Mark J. Smith who died March 3, 1984.

A longtime resident of Emporium she had previously lived in Wilson, NY.

Mrs. Smith, “Jean”, was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, served on the Emporium Borough Shade Tree Committee for 30 years, and was a former member of the Emporium Garden Club, the Emporium Country Club, and the Cameron County Antique Seekers. Jean loved nature, was an artist, florist and gardener and also enjoyed traveling, sometimes to exotic locations.

Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Smith of Emporium, and Mary Smith (Stephen Morse) of Virginia; six sons, Stephen Smith of Oregon, George (Seine) Smith of Louisiana, Michael (Bonita) Smith of Emporium; Richard (Wendy) Smith of York, David (Tracy) Smith of Maryland, and James (Elba) Smith of Connecticut; fourteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Edward Kuntz of St. Marys; one sister, Ann Margaret Keller of New York; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: six brothers, Henry, Jerard, Frank, Joseph, John and James Kuntz; and one sister, Mary Kuntz Minns.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, April 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in St. Mark Church with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor, as celebrant.

Burial will follow in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Special Olympics PA, 2610 Clyde Ave., Ste B, State College, PA 16801 or the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W Fourth Street, Emporium PA 15834.