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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Theresa M. (Daisy) Smith

Theresa M. (Daisy) Smith, 95, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Lindenwood Dr., Emporium died at the Manor on Monday morning. (July 30, 2018) She was born May 1, 1923 in Clermont, PA a daughter of the late Carmine A. and Alma Falbo Grillo. On April 20, 1974 in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Smethport, PA she married the late Carl E. Smith.

Daisy was a 1941 graduate of the former Mt. Jewett High School. She was employed at Sylvania for over 45 years. While working at Sylvania she was an avid bowler, bowling on the Sylvania teams for many years. She was a lifetime member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, a member of the CD of A, and served many years as a Eucharistic minister. Daisy was an avid artist specializing in oil and watercolors. She love to travel, was a prize-winning quilter, enjoyed square dancing, and was an avid reader.

She is survived by three children; Joann (Jack) D'Ambrosio, Pittsburgh; Susan (Arthur) Beidler, Hedgesville, WV; Steve Smith, Bunola, PA; seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren; one brother, John (Frances) Grillo, Crystal City, MO and many nieces and nephews who were very special to her.
 In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Lori Smith, two brothers, Joseph and Anthony "Tony" Grillo, one sister, Sarah DeLucia.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (August 4, 2018) at 10:00 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 Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. Fourth St., Emporium or to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430

Online Condolences may be placed at

Elk in Cameron County

Picture perfect view of this elk in Southern Cameron County, PA. Photo taken by Paul S. and posted in the FB group "Lots of Sinnamahoning & Driftwood Friends." 

Thank you for letting me share this photo!

Bear and cubs ...Cameron County Natives

Beautiful photo of a mother bear and her cubs taken by Susan K., member of the FB group "Lots of Sinnamahoning & Driftwood Friends" in Southern Cameron County, PA. 

 They are interesting to watch and photograph, but always keep a respectful distance from them, especially when cubs are present. They might not look fast, but bears are very fast and mothers are protective of their cubs.

Monday, July 30, 2018



This years theme is: SHIPWRECKED!

 VBS hours are: Mon., Tues. & Wed. 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Thursday, children meet @ 4:00 PM; Families join them @ 5:00 PM for a program & dinner ! 
 (814) 486-0569

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Kittens available for adoption

Kittens available for adoption! 
(Blue are boys purple are girls!) 

 South Mountain Road
 Emporium PA 152834

Friday, July 27, 2018

Charley's Friendly Tavern New Hours - New Management

Attn: Charley's Friendly Tavern customers: 

We will be under new management starting Wednesday, August 1st. 

We will be open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 
We'll be open at 6am. 
Full meals will be served until 9pm. 
Bar will be open until 2am.

Rotary News

PA State Representative, Martin T. Causer, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon July 24th.

Representative Causer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, earning a bachelor’s degree in history & political science. He was then elected as an Annin Township Supervisor at the age of 19 and held that position for 9 years. He also worked as a dispatcher at the 9-1-1 Center in Smethport and served as a part-time police officer for the Borough of Port Allegany. Mr. Causer is also a member of the Bradford Rotary Club.

In 2002, he was elected to the House making it a priority to ensure state government be accessible to everyone in the 67th District. He currently services as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Mr. Causer operates 3 full-time district offices located in Bradford, Kane & Coudersport and offers monthly satellite hours in Emporium and Port Allegany. Representative Causer discussed legislation regarding emergency services such as ambulance, school funding, public safety and road and highway issues.

Also pictured is Rotarian, Bonnie Smith.

Kayak Demo Day Postponed

Program Postponed due to high-water conditions: 

 Kayak Demo Day scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 28th, has been postponed due to high water conditions at the George B. Stevenson Dam. 

The program will be rescheduled at a later date, to be announced by Country Squirrel Outfitters.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Daily Press Article regarding Business's in Empoirum

It is wonderful to read the positive news about Cameron County!

Fall photo by M.Clark

Read the complete article by staff writer Yelena Kisler, click on the link above. 

........." EMPORIUM, PA For the first time in more than a decade, local business is booming in Emporium. Six businesses have either opened their doors or have plans in place to open a business along 4th Street in the past year.

 "I've been here for going on 11 years, and I don't remember all of them being filled," said Cameron County Chamber Director Tina Solak. "I would say most of the time, we would have at least three that would be vacant, and they would always be different ones, they would rotate. "We now have one office, that could be converted very easily into a storefront," she said. "We have that space available and on 4th Street, from Walnut to Maple streets, that is the only non-committed building. Now there are two other buildings on 4th street that sit vacant, but, the paperwork has been signed and it's in the works to have those particular store fronts get filled." So what's prompting this boom in the area?.........."

George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park

Park Advisory: Due to high water levels, the mooring area of the George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park is closed until further notice. 

The Lake Day Use Area entrance is closed at Route 872, and the lake is closed to all fishing and boating activities. This temporary closure is weather-related; the Lake Day Use Area will reopen when water levels subside. 

Please check this page ( Sinnemahoning State Park Face Book ) or call the park office for updates. (814) 647-8401

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

WCRTA Cruise and Brews Ride

Join fellow riders for 10-12 miles on the West Creek Recreational Trail and then meet at the Marienstadt Public House on Depot Street for some after-miles recovery. 
Meet at the trailhead by 6:15 on Thursday evening.

 Thursday at 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM 

 West Creek Rail Trail - Snowmobile Association Trailhead

Programs this Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning State Park is offering two interpretive nature programs this weekend, a Saturday evening campground program featuring owls and a Sunday morning children's program about squirrels. Programs details include:

Outstanding Owls - Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Join park intern, Alyson Rotello, to learn about the owl species of Pennsylvania and what makes these powerful, yet stealthy birds such great predators. Campground talk followed by 1-hour video. Popcorn will be provided. All are welcome to attend his free, family-friendly program. Meet at the campground amphitheater.

My Cousin Momo - Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Through story, crafts, and simple activities, learn about Momo, the flying squirrel, and how he differs from his cousins. This program, intended for children ages 3-8, highlights the award-winning 2018 PA One Book, "My Cousin Momo". Older and younger siblings welcome to attend. No pre-registration required to attend this free program.

For more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or email

Free Kayak Demo Day at Sinnemahoning

Free Kayak Demo Day at Sinnemahoning 

Experience the fun of kayaking and paddle boarding during the free Kayak Demo Day at Sinnemahoning State Park.

On Saturday, July 28 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Country Squirrel Outfitters, of Ridgway, PA, will have a variety of kayak styles available for use and will provide expert assistance and basic instruction throughout the day.

This free program will be held at the Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park. Stop by any time between 12:00 noon and 3:00 PM. All participants will have an opportunity to try out the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards on the water. Watershoes and shorts are recommended. Life vests will be provided.

For more information, please call the Country Squirrel Outfitters Outpost at Sinnemahoning State Park Office at 814-647-0945.

Sizerville’s Weekend Programs

 Sizerville’s Weekend Programs 

 7/27/2018 2:30 PM POOLSIDE CHAT: ELK - Did you know that some of the Elk herd we have in PA came from Yellowstone? Did you know that Elk can weight up to 730 pounds! Have you ever seen elk antlers up close? Take a break from the pool to learn about these bodacious beasts!

7/27/2018 7:30 pm   FILM IN THE FOREST: ELK: Come out to the campground Amphitheatre to get educated about elk! Join an educator from the Elk Visitor Center as we discuss these marvelous mammals! We’re celebrating over a hundred years of the reintroduced elk species in the state. We’ll discuss the habitat they live in, what they eat, and much much more. Then, we’ll watch a short documentary about the reintroduction of our elk population. Don’t miss it, it will be Elkellant!!!!

7/28/2018 2:30 PM POOLSIDE CHAT: OWLS: How many owls do we have in PA? What do owls sound like? What do they eat? Are all owls nocturnal? Take a break from the pool to learn about these wise and intelligent creatures.

7/28/2018 8:00 PM OWL OUTLAWS: Did you know these fierce flyers were once convicted and persecuted in PA? The tale of these nocturnal prowlers really ruffles some feathers! Join us to find out what the owls were accused of and how they were acquitted of all charges.

7/29/2018 10:00 AM NATURE CRAFT &  STORY BUTTERFLIES: Campground kiddos, come out to the campground playground as we read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Learn about the stages of a caterpillars life cycle, what metamorphosis is, and what a cocoon is. After our chat, we will make some colorful caterpillars for you to take home. This program is developed for younger children, but all ages are welcomed!

7/29/2018 1:00 PM JAWS & PAWS: Hop, crawl, or trot your way over to the pool deck to learn about animal adaptations and take a look at the skulls and pelts of some of PA’s mammals.

In case of thunder, lightning or extreme weather conditions programs may be moved or cancelled. For all outdoor programs, please wear proper footwear and clothing suited for a pleasant experience in the woods.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Rose E. Wilk


 Rose E. Wilk, 87, of Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Truman died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys on Monday morning (July 23, 2018). 

She was born October 15, 1930 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Raymond and Barbara Mahovlich Reed. On April 18, 1953 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Marys she married Thomas R. Wilk, who survives.

Mrs. Wilk graduated from St. Marys High School in the class of 1948. She retired from Cameron Manufacturing where she worked for many years as a switchboard operator. Years ago she worked at Sylvania She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. Rose enjoyed the fall season, celebrating her birthday and Halloween. 

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Matthew) Grimone, Emporium; two grandchildren: Heather and Bre Grimone, two brothers, George (Nancy) Reed, Beechwood; Bruce (Sandy) Reed, Rathbun. 

In addition to her parents he was preceded in death by a son, Rick Wilk; and 
a grandson, Cash Grimone. 

There will be No Visitation. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at St. Mark Catholic Cemetery Chapel to be held Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM.. 

If desired, Memorials may be made to the Guy and Mary Felt Manor or to the charity
 of donors choice. 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Cameron County Project Meets Tonight

The Cameron County Project 

 Welcome to a little project I'm calling the Cameron County Project. 

Its goal is to touch the residents of Cameron County, find their stories about the area, what they love, what they miss --- It's about building connections and facilitating change. categories 

Questions? Contact Jessica Herzing ~

Sunday, July 22, 2018

25th Annual Bucktail Reunion

Vehicle collision on Rt 120 East of Emporium

At 8:25 PM on Sunday, Emporium Fire & ambulance responded to a 2 vehicle accident on the curve past GKN, Plant 1, Rt. 120. A car traveling East on 120 collided with a pickup truck. The occupants of the car were wearing their seat belts. Unknown information about the driver of the pickup truck Two occupants of the car have been transported to Penn Highlands Elk hospital for treatment.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Lyman Run State Park Announces ATV Accessible Campground Pilot Program

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
today announced the Bureau of State Parks will be
conducting a pilot program, permitting ATV usage
within the Lyman Run State Park Lower Campground,
beginning Spring of 2019. Starting May 24, the Friday
 before Memorial Day, through September 29, the last
Sunday in September, campers using campsites in the
Lower Campground will be permitted to park their
 ATV’s at their campsites.

This will allow campers with ATVs to use the campground road, providing direct access from their campsite to the Susquehannock State Forest ATV trail system at the Lyman Trailhead, located 3/4 mile from the campground along Lyman Run Road. Lyman Run Road is a township road that is open to ATV traffic. This pilot program will run for two seasons starting in 2019 through 2020, after which it will be evaluated. All operators must possess a valid Driver’s License to drive on the campground road and make the connection to the trailhead from Lyman Run Road. All DCNR ATV Riding Rules and Regulations will apply, and can be found at: For more information on Lyman Run State Park or any of Pennsylvania’s other 120 state parks, go to

Storm Cheerleading

July practice schedule

 July 23rd - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
July 31st - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
August 2nd - 6:00 to 7:30 PM

After that, we will be breaking the girls into two squads with the hope that each squad can practice once a week.

Any changes will be posted on the Facebook page as soon as we can.

Thanks so much for your support. We are looking forward to a great year! 

 Cameron County Storm Cheerleading is a youth Cheer Group with cheerleaders from 6-11 years old. We are part of the OAYC (Olean Area Youth Cheer) League. 

Movie Night @ the Cameron County Recreation Center

Any questions please call the Cameron County Recreation Center at 814-486-8915

 300 S Chestnut St 
Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

25th Annual Bucktail Reunion

25th Annual Bucktail Reunion 
This Event is open Free to the public & will have speakers and displays to see!


 August 3 – August 5
  Driftwood, Pennsylvania 

 Brian Brennen has once again donated 4 items to be raffled off at the 25th Annual Bucktail Reunion that will be held in Driftwood, Pa on Aug 3-5!

The Cameron County Food Pantry

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Driftwood Senior Center

100 Mile Yard Sales!

Porta Pots for 100 mile yard sale 

 2 *BONNIES BARGAIND – 1272 MARKET ST, Karthaus, PA 16845 (KARTHAUS)
 3*BIG M’S GARAGE, SR 879 – 75 Market St, Karthaus, PA 16845 (KARTHAUS)
 5*KARTHAUS FIRE HALL – 10 Hurxthal St, Karthaus, PA 16845 (KARTHAUS)
 6*L.C. JORDAN’S DELI & RESTAURANT - 27866 Frenchville Karthaus Hwy, Frenchville, PA 16836 (FRENCHVILLE)
 7*SINNEMAHONING TAVERN – 10426 Main St, Sinnamahoning, PA 15861 (SINNEMAHONING)
 8 *DRIFTWOOD SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER – Ivy St, Driftwood, PA 15832 (814) 546-2331 (DRIFTWOOD)
10 *QUEHANNA MOTOR LODGE – 818 Quehanna Hwy, Karthaus, PA 16845 (QUAHANNA HWY, KARTHAUS)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cameron County's Little Museum listed in article on

Cameron County's Little Museum listed in article on

Cameron County Democratic Monthly Meeting Notice

Cameron County Democratic Monthly Meeting Notice 

 Recreation Center 
 200 Chestnut Street, 
 Emporium, Pa 

 Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:00 Prompt/length 1 hr.

Dora M. Santiso

Dora M. Santiso, 90, of 613 N. Broad St., Ridgway, PA died at Penn Highlands-DuBois on Tuesday (July 17, 2018) morning. She was born November 25, 1927 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late Frank and Concettina Curato Sette. On November 13, 1948 in St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway she married Anthony "Toke" Santiso, Sr., who survives. Mrs. Santiso enjoyed word search puzzles, cooking and baking. She loved feeding her family and anyone else who came through the door. She was a longtime member of St. Leo Catholic Church. Her family was most important to her.

In addition to her husband she is survived by son, Francis (Cathy) Santiso; daughter, Mary Lou (Allen) Cartwright; son, Anthony Santiso, Jr.; daughter, Joan (Larry Huber) Santiso, all of Ridgway; son, Joe (Lori) Santiso, Fredericksburg, VA; six grandchildren: Anthony and Frankie Santiso, Angela Cartwright, Donny, Nick and Maria Santiso; four great grandchildren: Kaleb, Hunter, Anthony and Mason Santiso; sister, Viola Eckert, St. Marys; brother, Carmen Sette, Spain; sister: Mary Harrier, Emporium. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Cartwright; four brothers, John, Joe, Patsy and Dominic Sette; two sisters, Rose Iorfido and Delores Sette. 

Visitation will be at the Thompson Funeral Home on Thursday from 9:00 - 10:30 AM. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Leo Catholic Church, 111 Depot Street, Ridgway, PA on Thursday (July 19, 2018) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, St. Boniface Catholic Church, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Ridgway, PA 

If desired, Memorials may be made to Helpmates, Inc., 250 West Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 

THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sizerville’s Weekend Programs

 Sizerville’s Weekend Programs

 7/20/2018 8:00 PM CAMPFIRE &  CHILL- Join us for a campfire and chill night! This will be an evening to just enjoy nature as we gather around a fire. We will talk about the folklore and history of campfires and learn some tricks to achieve the best possible fire! Have a story? Play an instrument? Bring them along! We will also have some yummy campfire treats for you to try! There will be picnic tables available but please bring your own chair if you wish to sit by the fire. Meet at the field to the right of Pavilion #6

7/21/2018 10:00 AM MORNING MELLOW HIKE: Get your legs moving and learn all the benefits hiking has to offer. We will hike the Campground Trail, which is an easy 0.4 miles. It explores the forest behind the campground so feel free to bring along your favorite guide books, walking sticks, binoculars or nature journals. This will be a leisurely hike so we can enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells Mother Nature has to offer! So come meet us at the Campground Amphitheatre and start your day off right!

7/21/2018 1:00 PM TALK ABOUT TEAS: Come on out to the environmental learning center to sample some home brewed natural teas. Learn about the benefits of making your own teas from what you have in your garden or around your own backyard. If interested we can go for a nature walk and pick some leaves to steep ourselves when we come back.

7/21/2018 3:00 PM NATURE CRAFT & STORY: LUNA MOTH: Join us at the Environmental Learning Building as we read "A Luna Moth’s Life" and learn more about these fascinating fliers. After the story, we will make a craft that you can take home with you! This program is developed for younger children, but all ages are welcomed!

7/22/2018 10:00 AM NATURE CRAFT: BOBCATS: Campground kiddos, come out to the campground playground to learn about these Fierce Felines. We’ll answer questions like what do they eat, where to they live, and much much more. Afterward, we will make some bobcats for you to take home.

7/22/2018 2:00 PM HISTORY ON HORSESHOES: Have you ever wondered why the first horseshoes were invented? Do you know where they were invented. Do you know the official rules of horseshoes? Come on out to Pavilion # 1 horseshoe pit to join in on the fun! Afterward, we’ll try to play horseshoes the official way! Can’t wait to see you there! In case of thunder, lightning or extreme weather conditions programs may be moved or cancelled. For all outdoor programs, please wear proper footwear and clothing suited for a pleasant experience in the woods.

For more information, contact the park office at (814) 486-5605.

Walk in Appointments for Urgent Care

Mary Schimp, PA-C 

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Shelley Upper Allegheny Medical Center 1 Willow St. Port Allegany Is now offering Walk in Appointments for Urgent Care needs. 

An alternative to out of town emergency treatment for acute care, minor illness and injury. 

Mon. – Fri. from 8am – 2pm 

*visit record will be sent to your primary care physician* 

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Stained Glass Open Studio

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center offering students the opportunity to work on stained glass projects starting Saturday July 21. Students will pay on a sliding scale by the size of the project. The prices range from $8 to $35. “Stained glass is one of the most popular classes offered and this is an opportunity for students to continue working on the craft,” explains Tina Johns Solak, executive director. Glass, cutting tools, grinders and solder will be available to students.

 Also planned this summer is a hand painted HOME sign taught by Sally Azzato on August 8, and a basket class to be scheduled in August. Classes and events can be found on the chamber community calendar at or at

Family Center Summer Picnic

Night Swim @ CCHS Pool

Chicken Bar-B-Que

Backyard Conservation Workshop

Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30 PM until finished.

 The Cameron County Conservation District will be holding a Backyard Conservation Workshop on August 7, 2018 at the Cameron County Fair Grounds, starting at 5:30 PM

Join us as we talk about the backyard birds of Cameron County with District Chairman Mark Johnson, and get up-to date information on the Cameron County Recycling Center with Jenn Dixon. The first 25 people to register will receive a recycling bags. If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Jenn Dixon at 814-486-2244 or e-mail at

Dianna L. Towner

Dianna L. Towner, 77, of 314 Hercules Rd, Emporium, PA died at her residence on Thursday (July 12, 2018) afternooon, surrounded by her family, following a couragious battle with cancer. 

She was born February 18, 1941 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Minard Sprung and Ruth Ford Sprung Runco. On February 21, 1970 she married Melvin Towner, Jr., who survives. Mrs. Towner had worked at Pro America for many years, later working for Sheetz from which she retired. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she had participated in the choir. She had also been a member of the Emporium Country Club. She enjoyed family vacations, playing cards, golfing, bowling and spending time with her family and friends. 

In addition to her husband Melvin, she is survived by a daughter, Danielle (Ed) Robinson, Emporium; one granddaughter, Jenna Rockey and two great grandchildren: Bransin Rockey and Mariella Smith; one brother, William (Esther) Sprung, Florida; a sister, Patricia Focht, Emporium; sister-in-law, Barbara (Richard) Bauer, Emporium; nine nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (July 16, 2018) at 4:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating.

 Visitation will be at theFuneral Home on Monday from 2-4 PM. 

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, c/o: Don Bickford, 174 Nickler Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Hygrade Inn

If you have driven down Main street Emporium within the last year, no doubt you have been watching the transformation of a certain home at 212 East Fourth Street. Built in 1880, the home was once owned by a founder of Sylvania, originally Hygrade Sylvania. This beautiful residence has changed hands over the years and has been renovated into a beautiful bed and breakfast inn.

The Hygrade Inn website is now online. Additional photos will be added as the Hygrade Inn is still in transition. There has been many requests to access the online reservation system and it is now easier than ever to make reservations for stays after November 1 2018. 


We hope to see you soon.

Rotary News

Pat Kempher, President of the Cameron County Fair Association, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting July 10th. Pat spoke of the history of the fair and stated that “the Cameron County Fair is the smallest out of 114 fairs statewide.” 

 The mission of the fair is to educate the public about agriculture by showcasing people’s products. Our local fair was started in 1901 by the Cameron County Agricultural Association and was held at Keystone Park up on Keystone Manor. In 1917 there was a county wide flu epidemic and the fair didn’t start up again until 1967 when the Jaycees organized the fair at the Pine Street Field. In 1971, Henry Zimmer, leased the grounds to the Fair Association on Route 46 where it is held today. Pat gave may thanks to the Emporium Foundation who has helped them financially over the years, and to the public for their support in making the fair a success each year. The Parade of Stars is also a fundraiser of the association where they raise funds and give a scholarship of $250.00 each year. This year’s recipient was Alex Umble. The fair will be held August 5-11th, gates open at 5:00 pm with many fun activities and events. Also pictured is Elyse Umble, last year’s Miss Junior Fair Queen and Rotarian, Steve Straub.

Joyce M. Lundberg

Joyce M. Lundberg, longtime resident of Emporium, died Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the age of 93. Joyce was born in Kane, Pa. on December 26, 1924 to Mabel and Stuart Magnuson. She moved to Emporium with her parents at the age of 5 and graduated from Emporium High School in 1942. Upon graduating from Bryant & Stratton Business College, she worked as an accountant/secretary to help put her husband, Edward, through Pharmacy School. She then continued using her business skills at Burklund and Lundberg Pharmacy where she thrived on working with the public.

She married the love of her life, Edward Lundberg, on May 25, 1946 and they were devoted to one another for 71 years. Even in the last few years of their married life when they took residency at the Felt Manor Personal Care Home, they never left each other’s side.

Joyce was well known in the community, serving Cameron County in many facets. She was a very active member in the Cameron County Arts, Cameron County Historical Society, and the Order of Eastern Star Emporium Chapter 101. She served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Emporium Country Club, as treasurer of the Cameron County Cardiac Committee for 35 years, and was one of the first waitresses of the Cabin Kitchen. Joyce was proud to be the oldest member of her church family, the First United Methodist Church of Emporium.

She was an avid bridge player and golfer and enjoyed being a part of the ECC Ladies Golf and Bridge Clubs. She found pleasure in teaching her grandkids some of her favorite cards games and taking them out on the course to play a few rounds of golf.

Joyce valued being around members of the community whether it would be conversing with people at the local grocery store or working with her customers in selecting the best piece of jewelry or the perfect gift. In short, Joyce found joy in people.

Joyce’s love of Hollywood films and big band music influenced her to be a star actress in the Emporium Players, Parade of Stars and the “Only Shows” where she won the audiences’ hearts. Joyce loved to “run” everywhere she went in town in her stylish high-heeled shoes, fashionable skirts, and one of a kind jewelry items and purses. Fast or very fast was her mode of movement whether it be walking or driving her white Cadillac.

Besides her husband, the focus of her love was her two sons, E. Craig Lundberg of Waltham, Mass. and A. Blair Lundberg (Linda) of Emporium, and her six grandchildren: Tom Lundberg (Courtney), Adam Lundberg, Michael Lundberg (Allison), Krista LeZotte (Darin), Brittany Lundberg, Jonathan Lundberg; and one great granddaughter, Karina Lundberg.

Joyce was a devoted mother and grandmother who attended all of her children and grandchildren’s extracurricular and sporting activities. She was their biggest cheerleader and a devoted ego booster to each and every one of them.

Joyce’s funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Emporium on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a video tribute and a luncheon to follow for friends and family. The Rev. Joseph Short, pastor, will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Memorials contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St., or an organization of the donor’s choice.

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

Monday, July 9, 2018

New Horizons Healthy Foods products now available at Emporium Shurfine!

The Emporium Shurfine store is currently selling a variety of items from the New Horizons Health food store. New Horizons is located at 208 Depot St, Saint Marys, Pennsylvania 15857

Bat Programs and Pontoon Tours at Sinnemahoning

Bat Programs and Pontoon Tours at Sinnemahoning – Weekend of July 14-15, 2018

Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a variety of outdoor programs this weekend, including a DiscoverE program for kids, annual nighttime bat count, and pontoon boat tours of the George B. Stevenson Dam. Programs details include:

Wild About Bats: DiscoverE Program - Go batty for bats with activities and games for families with children ages 4-12. Older and younger siblings are welcome. No pre-registration required for this free family program. Saturday, July 14, 2018, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, in the Wildlife Center classroom.

Nature at Night: Annual Bat Count - Find out why bats are in trouble and what you can do to help. Come prepared to observe and count bats as they emerge for the night. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the outdoors; long pants and closed-toe shoes recommended. Saturday, July 14, 2018, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, meet in the Wildlife Center classroom.

Pontoon Boat Tours – Join park staff for a relaxing and informative 1-hour tour of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir. Program is free, but donations are requested. Reservations are required. Sunday, July 15, 2018. Tours begin at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm at the Lake Day Use Area.

To pre-register for a program, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at If you need assistance with online registration or to receive more information about the programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email

Geocaching Event at Elk Country Visitor Center July 14

Geocaching Event at Elk Country Visitor Center July 14

 The second annual Elk Country Geocaching Event will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA.

 Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache container hidden at that location. At this event, hosted by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, in partnership with the PA Game Commission and PA State Parks, individuals and teams will compete for points and prizes by searching for fifteen geocaches hidden throughout Benezette and the surrounding elk areas. At the start of the event at 10:00 AM, participants will pick up the coordinates at the visitor center and then spend the day traveling to various geocaches. Participants can win prizes by collecting points at caches and correctly answering trivia questions.

 Participants then return to the visitor center promptly before 3:00 PM for the awarding of the prizes. Prizes will be awarded based on total points and most correctly answered trivia questions.

 Cachers returning to the Visitor Center later after 3:00 PM may end up forfeiting any prize they may have won, so please be sure to return on time. The event will officially be over at 4:00 PM. 

New and experienced geocachers are welcome to attend. If you are new to geocaching, there will be an introductory program presented by Mandy Marconi of the PA Game Commission before the event from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Experienced cachers, please visit the event listing at, cache GC7RGC6. To register in advance or for more information, please contact Courtney Colley at

PAGO Outdoor Adventures Photo Contest!

PAGO Outdoor Adventures Photo Contest!

We are thrilled to announce our new photo contest happening over the next year with different themes each quarter.
 Outdoor Adventures June-August with voting September 13-19, 2018 
Scenic Beauty September-November with voting December 13-19, 2018
 Winter Fun December-February with voting March 14-20, 2019 
Captivating Critters March-May with voting June 13-19, 2019 

 To enter, complete the submission form and upload your photos. The only requirements are that the photos meet the contest theme and must be taken in Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest, or Cameron Counties. Finalists will be posted on for voting, pictures with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive the following prizes: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50, and 4th Place $25. 

 If you have any questions, email

July 2018 Programs & Events Sinnemahoning State Park

July 2018 Programs & Events Sinnemahoning State Park 

 Please click on the photo below to view in larger detail

Philip Dean Whiting

Philip Dean Whiting, 85, of Jacksonville passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Phil was the 6th of 10 children born to Harry A. and Grace Swackhammer Whiting of Sterling Run, Pennsylvania. 

Phil and his four brothers all honorably served their country spanning World War II through Vietnam. Phil served 21 years in the USAF. He was selected for language training at the University of Indiana, which resulted in an assignment as a Hungarian linguist during the Cold War. Phil’s skills as a linguist resulted in location to Army bases as well as Air Force Bases. Assignments included locations such as Bad Soden and Munich. A brief interval back in the US saw a stint at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. In 1962, he was assigned to a unit in Munich, Germany, and later, the United States Military Liaison Mission in Potsdam then in East Germany. In March, 1968, Phil was awarded The Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service as an operations Sergeant Major with the USMLM in Potsdam. After four years in Berlin, he was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, AR. After leaving the Air Force, Phil embarked on a second 21-year career for the U.S. Postal Service. Phil lived his life with joy and great energy. Always an avid outdoorsman, he grew up hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania, and continued those activities into his retirement years. After his family, golf was perhaps his greatest love, and he passed his love of golf as a legacy to his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Rachel Rumberger Whiting and his two sons, William A. Whiting (Mary) of Monticello, AR and Stephen B. Whiting (Donna) of North Little Rock, AR; grandsons Will Whiting of Austin, TX and Matt Whiting (Johannah) of Conway, AR, Sam Probasco (Alison) of Fayetteville, AR, and granddaughter, Susan Probasco of Little Rock, AR; great grandson, Camden Whiting and great granddaughter, Peyton Probasco. Phil is also survived by brothers Richard Whiting (Mary Beth) of Warren, PA; Stanley Whiting (Meg) of Emporium, PA; and Harry A. Whiting (Paula) of Webster, NY.

 He was preceded in death by sisters Betty Zidar Sandrovich, Beryl Hazen, Stella Kane, Margaret Woolslayer, Enid Ball, and brothers, Alvin Whiting and Ted Whiting. Phil is survived by a great host of nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Moore’s Funeral Home on Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville. 

 Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at Moore’s Funeral Home.

 Internment will be at a later date in Sterling Run, Pennsylvania. 

The family suggests a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Hospice Home Care Inpatient Center, 2200 South Bowman Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Lew Cotton, Wally Waddell, Steve Metzer, Jim Morton, Jim Rouse, and Bill Metzer.

 Arrangements entrusted to Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home (501) 982-2136. 

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Francis H. Agliardo

Francis H. Agliardo, 94, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Saturday (July 7, 2018) morning. 

He was born October 18, 1923 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Angelo and Captolia Chandler Agliardo. He married the late Jean Gormont Agliardo. Mr. Agliardo joined the US Army's 8th Air Force after high school and served in WW II and the Korean War. He was a supervisor at Sylvania from which he retired after many years of employment. He enjoyed farming, fishing and going to camp and most recently walks with Forrester. He was a member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club, VFW, Legion and the Knights of Columbus. 
He loved his grandchildren especially, fishing with them.

 He is survived by son, Edward (Cheryl) Agliardo, Port St. Lucie, FL; daughter, Linda Andrews, Emporium; son, Francis Agliardo, Jr., Ft. Myers, FL; son, Michael (Robin) Agliardo, Emporium; daughter, Cindy (David) Smith, Coppers Cove, TX; daughter, Bonnie Agliardo, Kill Devil Hills, NC; daughter, Susan (Paul) Tresatti, Allison Park, PA; daughter, Karen (Mike) Spencer, Inman, SC; daughter, Lori (Tony) Heinrichs, Verona, WI; sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, three sisters, Mary Hasselman, St. Marys, Alice Anderson, Richmond, VA and Patty Heitner, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; one brother, Angelo (Mary) Agliardo, Niantic, CT.

 In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two brothers, Burton and Edward Agliardo and sister, Betty Jones.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (July 27, 2018) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

 There will be no visitation.

 A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Weekend in the Wilds Winners

Weekend in the Wilds Winners

Each box for Weekend in the Wilds held Friday and Saturday earned check marks! Weather-check, vendors-check, food-check, crowd-check, Firequacker Duck Derby-check, Stargazing-check and fireworks-check!

According to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak the winners were the people who attended plus some lucky ducks from the Firequacker Duck Derby. This year that event was held on North Broad Street in Emporium. “Thanks to the fire department and Emporium Water Company, we were able to flood a portion of the street and et the ducks race to the finish line. It created a spectacle for the spectators!”

The first duck to reach the pool noodle finish line adopted by Jane Laird from Emporium. Frank Zito from Georgia took time from a family reunion to train his duck to a second place finish and 7 year old Cole Motchenbaugh visiting from Allison Park talked his duck into third place. They received $100, $75 and $50.

The fireworks blasted off following a presentation by the Cameron County Memorial Detail at the Cameron County High School Football Stadium. The nearly 30-minute show brought oohs and ahs from the crowd. The 50/50 paid $380 to Jody Reid from Emporium who had the lucky ticket.

Mountaineer Search & Rescue report that a Big Foot was not returned. Anyone with information on the missing foot can anonymously contact the chamber or bring it to the chamber with no questions asked. The winner of the Big Foot Calling Contest was Cameron County Fair Queen Lia Inman. She performed the perfect Danger, Location and Mating Calls according to judges.

Plans are underway for the 2019 version of Weekend in the Wilds to be held July 5 & 6. Solak says numerous people have asked for a 5k run on the West Creek Rail Trail. She is now looking for a group wanting to raise money to host the event.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Chad Anton Schatz

Chad Anton Schatz of 611 Purdy Road, Dalton, PA, formerly of Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA, died at his residence on Monday, July 2, 2018. Chad was born July 11, 1988, in Warren, PA, the son of Randy and Karin Nelson Schatz, Emporium. On August 21, 2017, he married Archer Jesse Schatz who survives.

To a statistician, Chad could be remembered as one of the roughly 650 Americans who die each week from opioid-related overdose. But to his family and friends, Chad will always be remembered as a loveable teddy-bear of a man, a gentle giant who was humble, tender-hearted, and trusting. Chad took great joy in pleasing other people, whether it was in making them laugh, sharing what he had, or using his brute strength to help in physical labor. He was a hard worker and a loyal friend. He also was a man who wanted to protect those he loved and who stood up for the underdog. Chad most enjoyed being with his family, playing with his nephews, hunting, fishing, hiking, and sitting around campfires with family and friends. One cannot reflect on Chad’s life without recalling that he was a great athlete and that he absolutely loved little kids! 

In addition to his wife and parents, Chad will be loved, missed, and remembered by a brother, Randy Schatz, two sisters, Shalynn Schatz and Amily Schatz, two nephews, Cage and Cayden, all of Emporium; maternal grandmother, Bella “Nana” Nelson of Kane, paternal grandparents, David and Donna Schatz of St. Marys, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 Chad was preceded in death by his much beloved maternal grandfather, Floyd “Papa” Nelson.

 A memorial gathering will be held at the Cameron County Fairgrounds, Route 46, Emporium, PA on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m..

 The Rev. Lionel Owen, Pastor of Emporium Alliance Church, will officiate. 

 Visitation with the family will follow the service.

 In lieu of flowers, donations toward the funeral expenses will be gratefully accepted.

From their indescribable grief, the family offers this: “Ignoring what ended Chad’s short life on this earth would be a tragedy and we want no effort spared in helping others battling addiction.”

Friday, July 6, 2018

Richard J. Aikens

Richard J. Aikens, 69, of 563 S. Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Friday (July 6, 2018) evening following a lengthy illness.

He was born August 16, 1948 in Indiana, PA a son of the late James Galentine and Margaret Janasko Aikens On November 19, 1966 in Clymer, PA he married Eileen J. McMasters, who survives.

 Mr. Aikens retired from G.E.- Motor Coil where he had worked for many years. He was a very active member of the Emporium Fire Department where he had served for many years including two years as Fire Chief and three years as the Assistant Fire Chief. He received the Outstanding Fire Fighter Award. ! He participated in fire school training for over 12 years and 9 years in specialized firefighting school where he had received numerous awards. He was involved in underwater rescue, as a scuba diver, and was a “dive master”. He participated in numerous search and rescues. In 1983 he received the US Jaycees National Award. He enjoyed country music, scuba diving, going to the ocean and camping with his family in Panama City Beach and Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Most of all he loved his family.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Paula (Cpt. Michael) Jetmund, Valparesio, IN; one son, Scott Aikens, Knoxville, TN; three grandchildren: Kyle Branham, Lauren & Megan Barner, five great grandchildren: Zoey, Sophia, Lacey, Lily and Carter; one brother, Edward (Audrey) Aikens, Clymer, PA.

 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Alvin Aikens,

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday at 4:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service.

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

Online Condolences may be placed at

Rotary News

Trooper Matt Salisbury (right) spoke at the Rotary luncheon meeting July 3rd about Northern Tier Camp Cadet. Trooper Salisbury is from upstate New York, and after his years in the Marine Corps, decided to apply to the PA State Police. 
 After the academy, he obtained his first job stationed here in Emporium.

Trooper Salisbury feels it is important to make a good impact with the youth in our county and one of the ways he felt was to volunteer as a counselor at Northern Tier Camp Cadet. Each summer Mansfield University hosts an exciting residential Camp Cadet for children ages 12-13. To qualify for the cadet program, applicants must be residents of Cameron, Potter or Tioga Counties, Pennsylvania. Applicants must be in good physical condition and willing to accept military type discipline. The Northern Tier Camp Cadet is designed to create a better understanding between the youths of the three county area and professional law enforcement. This year, 80 youth attended, 5 from Emporium. Rotary sends a donation each year to support the camp. Also pictured is Rotarian, Brian Harmon.

William A. "Sonny" Peluso,

William A. "Sonny" Peluso, Sr., 77, of 303 S. Mountain Rd, Emporium, PA died at his residence on Thursday (July 5, 2018) evening.

 He was born May 6, 1941 in Jersey Shore, PA a son of the late Amelio Peluso, Sr. and Lillie Fox Peluso. He is survived by one daughter, Charlotte McWilliams, Idaho; and two sons, William A. Peluso, Jr., Johnsonburg and Quirt D. Peluso, Alaska; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; six brothers, Robert, Dominic, Amelio, Anthony, Joe, Theodore; two sisters, Patricia, Janice, 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers David and Kenny Peluso; two sisters Percilla and Lillie

 At his request there will be No Service. 

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA Online 

Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Weekend in the Wild Events start today!

Weekend in the Wild Events start today!

 5-7 Pie and ice cream social @ First Presbyterian Church 5-7 

Cameron County Quilters show @ First Presbyterian Church 5-7

 Mountain Melodies perform @ First Presbyterian Church 7-9 

Nigh Swim benefit @ CCHS pool

9pm -10:30 Dark Sky presentation @ Sizerville State Park

Saturday July 7th 

 Big Foot Hunt 6am - 1 pm Register at the Chamber 
 Firequacker Duck Race 3 pm Register at the Chamber
 Cameron County Street Dance 3-6 pm. @ Memorial Hall / Chestnut Str.
 Fireworks 9:30 pm at the CCHS 

SPCA Yard Sale Saturday July th

Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library

 Check the Chamber webiste for a full listing of events