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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Whiting Announces Bid for Borough Tax Collector

Republican candidate, Kim Whiting, would like to announce her intent to run for office of Emporium Borough Tax Collector.

“Having been a lifelong resident of Cameron County and working in the financial industry for the past 23 years, along with holding the elected position of County Auditor for several terms, I feel I am a well-qualified candidate to hold office of the Emporium Borough Tax Collector” she said. In addition to her extensive work experience, Kim is very involved within the community and has the pleasure of severing on; the Cameron County Industrial Development Authority Board of Directors, Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors for the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, the North Central Regional Loan Review Committee, Cameron County Industrial Planning Corp. and the Citizens and Northern Bank Advisory Board. She is also an active member of the Emporium Rotary Club & St. Mark Catholic Church.

Ms. Whiting, along with her two children Breanna & Jared, have been a part of the Emporium Borough Community for the past 19 years. “It would give me great pleasure to be of service to my fellow community members as your tax collector. Your vote would be greatly appreciated. “

Rotary News Updates

Updating our local Rotary news for February!

Julie Smoker of Smoker Logging, guest of Rotarian, Bonnie Smith, 
joined the club for luncheon meeting this week.

Rotary welcomes new member, Amy Karkoska, 
Innkeeper at Hygrade Inn into the club this week.

Local entrepreneurs, Josh Zucal and Alex Reed owners of Good Things Growing LLC spoke at the Rotary luncheon meeting January 29th about their start-up farming venture located in Cameron county. To find out more information they can be contacted at

Rep Causer Offers Satellite Hours

BRADFORD – State Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) or one of his representatives will hold office hours on Thursday, March 7, at the following locations:

Emporium Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.

Services available include assisting constituents with state-related issues or concerns, assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs.

People who cannot make the satellite sessions may contact Causer’s offices in Bradford at 78 Main St., first floor, telephone 814-362-4400; or Coudersport, 107 S. Main St., Room 1, telephone 814-274-9769; or Kane, 55 Fraley St., telephone 814-837-0880. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

EMT Course Begins April 1st

St. Marys Area Ambulance Service Sponsoring EMT Course Starting April 1st

The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service will sponsor an EMT Course at the Training Center located at 773 Johnsonburg Road in St Marys. The course will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To register, call Tom or Jackie at 781-1571. Fee is $850.00.

CC Ambulance Bingo

Ham & Turkey Raffle

Raffle on April 6th will be held at the Emporium Vol. Fire Dept.

#MyCameronCounty Story

Sign up to have one of our Story Gathering Volunteers interview you and share your #MyCameronCounty story. Contact Tina at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center or via phone at 486-4314.

Cash Bash @ the Emporium VFW

CC Vets Club 
 427 East 3rd Street
 Emporium, PA. 15834
 (814) 486-3078

Introduction to Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Saturday, March 2, 2019 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Join Sinnemahoning State Park staff for a fun lesson on the popular winter activities of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. This program is for first-timers as well as those with more experienced. All equipment and instruction will be provided. A limited number of adult-sized skis and both adult and youth-sized snowshoes are available. The program will begin in the classroom of the Park Office & Wildlife Center with a brief introduction and an overview of the equipment, then move outdoors where staff will teach basic techniques and give participants an opportunity to practice their skills before venturing out on the trail. Due to limited equipment, pre-registration is required for this program. All participants should be prepared for outdoor activity. Please dress for the weather, wearing layers of moisture-wicking fabrics.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, February 27. Registered participants will be notified of the status of the program by Thursday February 28. to register for this program please visit the DCNR Calendar of Events.

For more information please call the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center 
at 814-647-8401.

Anointing of the Sick @ St. Mark Church


Those who are a practicing Catholic, who are ill, handicapped, elderly, or experiencing any health problems of mind or body may be anointed. 
St. Mark Church 
 235 E. Fourth St.
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 
 (814) 486-0569

Mardi Gras @ St. Mark Church

March 3rd following 9:00AM Mass, in O’Connell Hall.
 All are welcome, invite your friends & bring the kids! 
Pancake Brunch with Sausage and drinks provided by St. Mark. 

LHU Nursing Program Expands to Main Campus

Wonderful news for anyone considering a career in nursing!

 LHU announces plans to create school of nursing, expand nursing program to main campus

CLEARFIELD, Pa. — Given the increasing demand for highly-qualified nurses in an ever-evolving healthcare environment, Lock Haven University is announcing plans to expand its nursing programs to the main campus and establish a school of nursing. LHU’s school of nursing will operate out of both the Lock Haven and Clearfield campuses. The idea is influenced by current trends in healthcare, primarily the consolidation of major healthcare providers into large systems, which provide the groundwork to form mutually beneficial partnerships and pipelines for their workforce.

At LHU’s February 22 meeting of the Council of Trustees, the university presented a proposal and resolution to establish a Lock Haven University School of Nursing — an administrative structure that provides for managing the challenges and capturing the opportunities in the current environment.

The proposed organization puts in place managerial support that provides administrative benefit for both the Clearfield and Lock Haven campuses, brings nursing expertise to support the faculty in geographic and programmatic expansion and extends capacity for building industry partnerships and revenue generation.

Since 1991, Lock Haven University has provided comprehensive nursing education to students in the Clearfield region, when the University established the Clearfield Campus. LHU took in the Central Pennsylvania School of Nursing, an RN diploma program operated by a consortium of four Clearfield area hospitals, and converted it to a two-year associate degree program in nursing (ASN).

The university has since added gateway associate degree and online RN to BSN degree programs. The nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). They have served as the anchor of the Clearfield campus, representing approximately half of the enrollments and drawing primarily from Clearfield and immediate surrounding counties. Currently, 176 students are enrolled in LHU’s nursing program.

Recently, a state-of-the-art simulation lab opened through a partnership between Penn Highlands Hospital in Clearfield and the LHU Nursing Department, further expanding opportunities for LHU nursing students to experience hands-on learning in a true-to-life hospital setting.

LHU President Robert Pignatello believes that establishing a school of nursing and extending the nursing program to LHU’s main campus is an important next step in the evolution of the University’s nursing and healthcare programs. “Lock Haven University is committed to aligning our academic program offerings to meet the workforce needs of the Commonwealth in critical areas like health care. Establishing the Lock Haven University School of Nursing, bringing LHU’s highly-reputable nursing programs to Lock Haven’s main campus, and growing the nursing program at Clearfield will provide expanded access to affordable and quality nursing education in the central Pennsylvania region,” LHU President Pignatello said.

A recent review of the program by Dr. Stephen Cavanagh, RN, PhD, MPA, FRSPH, FInstLM, FAAN, and dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, supports the University’s proposal to expand the program to the main campus and establish the school.

“I am of the opinion that a school [of Nursing] is warranted on the grounds that it will greatly facilitate the focus, stature, and growth of the nursing programs at the Clearfield Campus, Lock Haven University main campus and elsewhere,” Cavanagh said.

The school of nursing will continue the university’s reputation for high-quality programs with excellent outcomes taught by highly motivated faculty and staff who are genuinely passionate about the quality of education they offer.

“Lock Haven University is proud to be preparing the next generation of healthcare providers, managers, and educators,” Dr. Donna Wilson, provost and executive vice president at Lock Haven University, said.

The recent redesign of the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) as a “sharing system” has the potential to increase opportunities for nursing students and faculty without increasing costs; and the opportunity to expand — both geographically and programmatically — to capture more of the nursing education enrollments in the Clearfield and Lock Haven markets and beyond.

The school will be bolstered by the existing reputable footprint of Lock Haven University health science and healthcare professions academic programs that can be leveraged to garner enrollments, recognition, partnerships and resources across not only regional and Commonwealth but also national markets.

Dr. Jonathan Lindzey, LHU dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences; the faculty in the Nursing Department; Dr. Donna Wilson, provost and executive vice president; and President Robert Pignatello are excited about the prospect of establishing the school of nursing and believe the move will advance the expansion, stature, enrollment, resources and operation of the program.

For more information on Lock Haven University Clearfield, visit, email, or call 570-814-3405.

Lock Haven University’s Clearfield campus is located in a small community situated along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in scenic Pennsylvania. The campus offers 9 undergraduate majors, including bachelor and associate degrees.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Bingo for Books

 Please call the CC Family Center @ (814) 486-1251 
 603 Woodland Ave
 Emporium, PA 15834

Monday, February 25, 2019

Mardi Gras Masquerade Party

Join us for cocktails, cuisine, community and conversation to benefit CCOYA, Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities. The $40 ticket is a donation to the organization. 

Our March party is a Mardi Gras themed event so come in costume, a mask, or as you are for a fun filled evening.


Please visit the Facebook Hygrade Inn page or purchase your tickets here

Art Studio Update

Six new cocktail tables

Rich Valley Apiary display- Ready to taste some delicious local wine?

Update on my Art Studio, gallery and gathering space: Sitting at the studio sipping on some wine, putting some chairs together and going over some details for future venues. Already have some venues booked/or in the works for March, April and June. This is a great space for bridal showers, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, retirement parties, theme parties and more! I think it’s a great space for parties ranging between 15 to 65 guests. Catering is made easy and delicious thanks to the Aroma Cafe- which is in close proximity and...well... delicious! Many more partnering opportunities with local businesses to talk about, but I’ll give you that intel once we’ve got our ducks in a row. Until then, book your event now, while the prices are introductory- and therefore super low! Please excuse the fact that I don’t yet have a sign above the studio. This, along with many other improvements will come over time. Feel free to send your questions and submit your comments! Send me a message if you’d like to inquire about scheduling and pricing. The art gallery will take some time. It’s a work in progress. Until then, let’s dream your theme and make it a reality!
Contact Sarah Nolan via FB 


CAMERON COUNTY LITTLE LEAGUE SIGN-UPS will be held at MEMORIAL HALL on Friday, March 1st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, March 2nd from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Friday's sign-ups will be in the meeting room upstairs. PLEASE NOTE : Saturday's sign-ups will be held in the big room downstairs.

Cameron County Little League sign-ups are for girls and boys, ages 5 to 16, per Pennsylvania Little League's age requirement charts.

A parent or guardian MUST be present to sign required forms and pay the registration fee. PLEASE bring your insurance information for the insurance form.

Fees are : One child - $35
Two children - $50
Three or more children - $65

If no parent or guardian signs up to volunteer in the concession stand, either at the field or at the carnival, or does not volunteer in any other way for their child or children, the sign-up fee 
PER CHILD is $75.

Sign-ups will also be held on Friday, March 8th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, March 9th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Both of these sign-ups will be held in the upstairs meeting room.

For any child NOT signed up by Saturday, March 9th, fees will be increased to (1) - $40, (2) - $55, (3 or more) - $70 and (no volunteer help) - $80 PER CHILD. The late sign-ups will be accepted until Sunday, March 17th. NO FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER SUNDAY, MARCH 17th.

Farm Fresh Eggs Available

Farm Fresh Eggs available at Aroma from Good Things Growing! 
Stop in if you would like any eggs

 Aroma Cafe 
 51 E 4th St
 Emporium, PA15834
 (814) 486-7662

Enter to Win an Overnight Stay in the PA Great Outdoors Region

Win an overnight stay in the PA Great Outdoors region! You don't have to do anything but complete the form on our website! Four winners will be selected in early April. 
Deadline to enter is March 31, 2019!

CCHS Students Conduct Community Heart & Soul Interviews

February 22, 2019) Walt Disney once said, “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” Using this ideal as motivating inspiration, members of the Cameron County Project (CCP), over the past several months, have felt a strong obligation to reach the voices and opinions of the younger generation as part of the CCP’s Resident-Driven Visioning Study. Unfortunately, the views of children and teenagers are oftentimes overlooked and sometimes hard to discover. However, the CCP has explained that in order to build a more prosperous Cameron County now and for years to come, the hopes, concerns, and calls to action of our younger residents should be taken into consideration. Luckily, the CCP’s commitment to this objective came to fruition thanks to a coalition between the CCP and Mrs. Carrie Copp’s Senior Communications Class! This union was made possible by the diligent efforts of Amy Goode of the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC). As Program Manager of the CEC, Goode is in charge of a partnership called the Discover Partnership. It helps connect schools, businesses, and communities. Therefore, Goode thought that the CCP would benefit from this partnership to reach into the halls of the Cameron County schools. When asked why she thought it was important to consider the views of younger Cameron County residents to find solutions to help their county prosper, Goode stated, “It is important for the youth to have pride and respect in their community in order to keep them there. Providing opportunities for them to express their voice is an important piece to providing them with a connection within their community and to promote that pride.”

In Copp’s class, her students have initiated mini-community heart and soul studies by identifying the multiple “voices” among their peers and fellow students at Cameron County Jr./Sr. High School (CCHS). These “voices” include, but are not limited to, band members, shop students, environmental/outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, honor students, students in the workforce, and “uninvolved students” (kids who are not involved in any school activities). After discerning these various voices, Copp’s students began the process of conducting one-on-one interviews with other students by recording them via videotape. Also, Copp’s class is going to be broadening their study by interviewing teachers at CCHS. Furthermore, her students have written blog posts answering the CCP’s Heart & Soul question survey. Their blogs will be posted within the next few weeks! Please feel free to read them online at or check out the CCP Facebook and Instagram pages! Thanks to Copp’s students, the CCP has gained insightful information and ideas which seemed to have carried across different grade levels which could result in implementable actions going forward with the CCP’s future projects and overall goals.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Annual Chili Cook-Off @ the Driftwood Saloon & Grill

The Saloon is holding it's Annual Chili Cook-Off.
 Anyone interested in entering should have their Chili in a crock-pot and at the Saloon by 12:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to sample the Chili and vote for your favorite. 

 Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 1 PM – 4 PM

 Driftwood Saloon & Grill 
375 Driftwood Avenue,
 Driftwood, Pa  15832

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 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.

The Cameron County Food Pantry is located in Emporium, PA
 (Located in the building behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices.) 
The address is :
Cameron County Food Pantry
 135 W. 4th St
. P.O. Box 389 
Emporium, PA 15834

The hours of operation are the 4th Wednesday of the month from 1p.m. to 3.p.m.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Major Thomas E. Clark

I am a little late sharing this wonderful tribute. 
Thank you June Caldwell for giving me permission to share this story.

Fifty Years ago on Feb. 8, 1969, my uncle, Major Thomas E. Clark was shot down in his F-100D Super Sabre over Laos. Below is his story.

Thomas Edward Clark was born on April 15, 1939 in Emporium, Pennsylvania as the third son of the late Otto and Josephine Schager Clark. An avid hunter and fisherman, Tom enjoyed the outdoors. He was a star fullback at Cameron County High School, graduating with honors in 1957. After attending Penn State University for two years, Clark received an appointment to the Air Force Academy from which he graduated in 1963. The graduation ceremony included the first commencement address to the Academy from a sitting president, President John F. Kennedy. That same year Tom married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Mottern of Emporium. The 1963 Air Force Academy Yearbook states that Tom's goals were to be a pilot and a politician.

On February 8, 1969 Captain Clark was flying an F-100D Super Sabre, of 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fight Wing, in a flight of four mission over Laos. The flight controlled by an F-4 Forward Air Controller, engaged a 23mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery battery. Captain Clark's aircraft was hit by rounds from the artillery battery, burst into flames, and crashed. No parachute was observed. Aircraft in the area conducted visual and electronic searches, with negative results. Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Air Force determined Captain Clark to be Killed in Action (KIA), Body not Recovered (BNR). The Air Force posthumously promoted Tom to the rank of Major.

On February 12, 1991, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team investigated the crash of Thomas E. Clark's F-100. In late 1991, a Thai citizen turned over to U.S. Officials in Thailand human remains as well as military identification tag and a partial military identification tag bearing Major Clark's name. The remains were identified as other than Captain Clark's. In February of 1992 a team worked to excavate the suspected crash site of Thomas E. Clark in the Savannakhet Province with no apparent results. In October of 2005 a joint team re-investigated the crash site excavated in 1992. Another bone fragment was found but later identified as not part of a human. In October of 2009 another joint team re-excavated portions of the crash site and recovered human remains. After extensive examination, including isotope testing, the human remains were identified as the remains of Thomas E. Clark.

The Clark family was notified in June 2011 that the remains of Thomas E. Clark would be returned to the family.

The Emporium Community welcomed Major Clark home on Oct. 20th, 2011. A Pennsylvania State Police escort was provided from the Pittsburgh airport. On Interstate 80 at several exits, various Honor Guards stood along the roadside to pay respects as the caravan passed by. Once the caravan arrived in St. Marys, they received additional escorts by the Patriot Riders to Emporium. When the caravan arrived in Emporium, the streets were lined with community members to welcome their local hero home. The football team stood together as one element of the community with their game jerseys on for the game that evening. Additional tributes were provided such as an order by Governor Corbett to have flags at the state capital and Emporium to be flown at half-staff.

In order to properly remember Major Thomas E. Clark’s sacrifice to his country and to thank the community, the Clark family established a scholarship for a Cameron County High School senior. Funds for the scholarship have come from Seneca Resources, selling Christmas Trees from the Clark Family Christmas Tree farm, private and family donations.

Words cannot express the feeling of personal thanks for the US government and their tireless efforts to work so hard to bring Uncle Tom home to his family, the escort that was provided by the Pennsylvania State Police and Patriot Riders, and the Emporium Community for their warm reception of their fallen hero returning home.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship please send it to:

Major Thomas E. Clark Memorial Fund
 c/o Northwest Savings Bank 
2 East Fourth Street 
Emporium, PA 15834

Pallet Board with Initials Workshop

Join me to create a pallet board sign with your initial!

 Choose from a variety of colors, wreath styles, and fonts
. Prepay by February 10th to ensure your spot!

 Limited spaces available, so contact me today @Chalking Fine Designs with Chandra 
or @ 814-335-8624 $30

 Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5 PM 
 Aroma Cafe 51 E 4th St,
 Emporium, PA 15834

Cappy's Clothes Business Undergoes Renovation



The former Cappy's Clothes in Emporium has been undergoing a renovation. Sarah Nolan, retired First Sergeant from the Marine Corps, relocated to Cameron County and has been busy renovating her home on E. 5th Street and transforming the former business of Cappy's Clothes on Main Street. Sarah is a talented artist and shared this with me last year when we spoke about some of her plans.

"It will likely take a good year or two for me to fix it up and get established as a profitable business. In the meantime, the space will be used as my art studio. Though it is anticipated for the restoration/beautification of the building to be a lengthy process, I do look forward to periodically opening the doors to the community for sneak peaks, small events, art collaborations, and possibly some other delightful surprises. Who knows where this road will take? It’s an adventure and a blessing to have this opportunity."

Studio sneak peek....

It’s not just my art studio and gallery. This is also a gathering place for special occasions.

Still needs a little work, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

My very first customers will rent my space for a rehearsal dinner on Friday and then once again on Saturday for the wedding reception. The building isn’t perfect, but it’s unique. If you’re looking for a unique place to have an event, consider renting my studio space. I’ll haze myself to make your event magnificent.

And the more customers I get, the more amenities I can afford to add!!

Local Dollar General Employees Donate to School

Shout out to the Dollar General employees that collected donations for Woodland Elementary Teachers and the community members that donated!! (I love getting emails asking me to share with the community how AWESOME our residents are!!) #CamCoProud 
 With permission, sharing from the Cameron County Project Facebook page

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner

The Cameron County Fair Royalty committee invite you to a Chicken and Biscuit fundraising dinner. The meal includes chicken gravy over biscuits, smashed red skin potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert. Cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids under 12. Take outs are available. 

 Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 12 PM – 4 PM
 Emporium Fire Hall
 419 N Broad St, 
 Emporium, PA 15834

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Pic of the Day

Morning walk on the West Creek Rails to Trails

Sinnemahone Triple Crown Ready to Paddle

Sinnemahone Triple Crown Ready to Paddle

Registration for the upcoming Sinnemahone Paddle opened Friday February 15. The race will be held Saturday April 6 using the same course as the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak. The 12 mile course begins at the boat launch across from the Emporium Country Club. It ends at the Driftwood bridge.

New this year is chip timing for the event, ACA membership and a meal served by the Sinnemahoning Fire Department at its firehouse. The meal includes vegetarian ziti, broccoli chicken alfredo, spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls, deserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

Registration and waiver forms can be printed from the race website at The deadline to register and be guaranteed a t-shirt is March 18.

The second leg of the Sinnemahone Triple Crown is the Sinnemahone Gravel Road Race for bicycles. It will be held Saturday September 28 in conjunction with the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ. The race and bbq sponsored by Embassy Powdered Metals. Registration for that race will open March 1.

Sponsorships are still available by contacting the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at

Sarah J. “Sally” Moate

Sarah J. “Sally” Moate, 69, of 372 Bark Shanty Road, Austin, PA passed away on Friday (February 15th, 2019) at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA surrounded by her loving family. A lifelong resident of Austin, PA she was born on December 6th, 1949 in Port Allegany, PA, she was the daughter of Woodrow and Norma Lentz. Sally married Art Moate on March 14th, 1986 in the First Baptist Church of Emporium, who survives.

Sally graduated from Austin High School in 1968. She retired from Emporium Specialties where she worked for many years. After retirement, she continued her practice as a cosmetologist. She was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, her dachshund dogs and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Art she is survived by her daughter, Carrie (Dave) Burgett of Emporium; son, Bryan (Amanda) Moate of Austin; daughter, Angela (Bob) Zawatski of Austin; son, Justin (Erica Simms) Moate of Austin; seven grandchildren: Sarah (Vince), Charlotte, Chloe, Miles, Elizabeth, McKenzey Jo and Carrie; two sisters, Patty (Jack) Payne of Port Allegany and Ruby (Al) Stahl of Austin; several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Wednesday (February 20, 2019) from 4-7 PM. 

Funeral Service will be held at the Austin United Methodist Church, 26 Turner Street, Austin, PA on Thursday (February 21, 2019) at 11:00 AM with Pastor Steven Small, officiating.

Burial will be at the Mix Run Cemetery, Driftwood, PA

 In lieu of flowers, consider donations to assist the family with final expenses.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

John E. Housler, Sr

John E. Housler, Sr., 84, of 151 E. Sixth St., Ext., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Friday morning (February 15, 2019) while surrounded by his family He was born June 10, 1934 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Kenneth and Delilah Smith Housler. On October 8, 1955 in First United Methodist Church he married Joan Ritchey, who survives

John served with the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member and twice the Past Commander of the VFW Post 6221, Emporium serving from 1960-61 and again from 1985-88. He was a member of the American Legion Post 194 and currently served as the Chaplain of both the American Legion and the VFW Clubs. He had been a Past President of the Cameron County Veterans Club. He was an active member of the Cameron County Memorial Detail and was a founding member and Chairman of Big Flag Committee. John enjoyed the outdoors, gathering firewood, hunting and enjoyed his Sunday night “tea time” at the VFW club with his friends. He was one of the founding members of the May Hollow Sportsman Club, in 1989, and served as Treasurer for many years along with doing a lot of the maintenance and upkeep of the facility. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. John, more commonly referred to by his grandchildren as "Poppy" enjoyed spending quality time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

He is survived by his loving wife Joan Housler and three daughters, Cindy (Robert) Saline, Emporium; Debra (Walter) Gribble, Jr., Emporium; Diane (Terry) Perkins, Coudersport and one son, John (Kathy) Housler, Jr., Emporium; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Terry Perkins, two sisters, Audrey Bailey and Jennie Connelly. 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 2-5 PM.

 A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday (February 20, 2019) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating followed by a Military Service accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the May Hollow Sportsman Club, 189 May Hollow Road, Driftwood, PA 15832 or to the VFW Post 6221 or to the Cameron County Memorial Detail, c/o VFW, 427 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA 15834

 Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lakeview Store Contest

Looking for a romantic gift for that special someone this Valentine’s Day?

 Make your summer weekend getaway plans now to heat up with a quiet evening and a private cabin next to a campfire under starlit skies at Lakeview! Reserve your 2-night stay between February 14th and February 28th to be entered into a drawing with one lucky winner receiving a $40.00 gift certificate to the Driftwood Saloon. The winner will be drawn on March 1st.

Hunter - Trapper Education Sign Ups

This is a six-hour training class required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can buy a license. You must pass a certification exam at the end of the class to complete this training.

 Click on this link to register

Emporium FoodMart

On Feb. 14, 2019 Emporiums grocery store will officially be known as the Emporium Foodmart. 

This grocery store, founded by the Olivett family, has been known as Joe's, Olivetts and more recently the Shurfine Food Mart - owned by the Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc. based in Olean, NY.  On December 6, 2018, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. announced it signed an agreement to acquire the Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc which includes our local store. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. also own stores in Ridgway and Johnsonburg.

Seeking Local Companies to Introduce Students to Current Workforce.

The annual Cameron County High School Career Fair will be held Friday, March 29, 2019 from 8:15 am - 11:00 am. Any questions may be directed to Amy Goode at the Community Education Center -

To register by March 1st, please visit or contact the Community Education Center at (814) 781-3437.

 4 Erie Ave
 Saint Marys, PA. 15857
 (814) 781-3437

Click on photo to enlarge view

Visitor Restrictions @ Guy & Mary Felt Manor

Effective immediately, The Manor is implementing a temporary visitor restriction!

 Due to the increase in flu cases, no children will be permitted to visit. Only immediate family members will be allowed; however, if you are not feeling well or have flu-like symptoms, we ask you refrain from coming in. We are recommending that all visitors wear a mask. This restriction is intended to protect our residents and staff and to prevent the spread of illness.

Hats for Sale

The Driftwood Senior Center has several hats for sale. They are $10.00 each and they can also ship them to you for only $3.50 more. You may call the Driftwood Center, 546-2331. 
The center is open Mon. Tue. and Wed 9 A.M.-2 P.M.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rotary News

The Rotary Club’s luncheon meeting February 5th hosted two speakers, Brandi Magaro (left) updated the club on her and husband, Ryan’s, business ventures, Rich Valley Apiary and Rich Valley Wines.

 Also speaking was Amy Karkoska, Innkeeper at the Hygrade Inn. Amy presented the club a check for $900.00 towards the Rotary Scholarship Fund from the proceeds of the Hygrade’s first “Cocktails for a Cause” fundraiser held in January.

Kenneth E. Schuckers

Kenneth E. Schuckers, Jr., 52, of 208 Goethe Rd., Bluffton, South Carolina formerly of Emporium, PA died unexpectedly at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Florida on Wednesday (February 6, 2019).
He was born January 30, 1967 in Rochester, New York son of Kenneth E. and Marian Burgoon Schuckers, Emporium, PA.

Ken graduated from Cameron County High School and served with the US Army, later graduating from Clarion University. He was a Certified Public Accountant with several accounting firms and recently was involved in opening a restaurant with his friends in Miami, Florida. Ken enjoyed Rotary, helping with fundraisers to help children, Tennis, and scuba driving.

 In addition to his parents he is survived by a son, Kenneth Dale Schuckers and a daughter, Ana Schuckers, Canton, GA; two sisters, Kristine (Schuckers) Finck, Conneaut Lake, PA and Karey Schuckers, Rohrersville, MD along with several nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by a sister, Kelley (Schuckers) Hepfner, a Grandmother Clara Burgoon and a Grandfather Kenneth Dale Schuckers.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home Sunday February 17, 2019 from 2-4 PM. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday February 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail following Mass at the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA

. Online Condolences may be placed at

Monday, February 11, 2019



.WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM ... Severe Weather Alerts - Sinnemahoning , PA Winter Storm Warning Winter Storm Warning in effect from 7:00 PM EST until Tuesday, 9:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM EST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches in the higher elevations, and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of central Pennsylvania.

* WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 9 PM EST Tuesday. Snow will begin this evening and early tonight. It will mix with sleet and freezing rain on Tuesday.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Andrew Philip Tompkins

Andrew Philip Tompkins, 57, of 201 Hemlock Street, Apt. 2, Emporium, PA, departed this life on Friday morning (February 8, 2019) at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys, PA.

Andy was born on August 19, 1961 in St. Marys, the son of the late Edwin W. Tompkins II and Phyllis M. (Keith) Tompkins. Andy graduated from Cameron County High School, Class of 1980, where he was a starting forward on the Varsity Basketball Team. Following graduation, he attended Lock Haven University for a period of time. Andy then enlisted in the United States Air Force, and proudly served for 4 years as a Security Policeman, before being Honorably Discharged as an NCO. Relocating back home from Sacramento, CA, Andy worked in local industry for many years, with his last place of employment at Embassy Powder Metals, Inc.

He is survived by a sister, Jill M. (Tompkins) Goubeaux of Falls Church, VA, Matthew K. Tompkins of Philadelphia, Edwin W. (Rose) Tompkins III of Emporium, and five nieces and nephews (Kelly, Drew, Christopher, Matthew, and Claire), all of whom will miss Andy in their lives. Andy was a gentle soul and a loyal friend; a quiet man with a keen intellect and witty sense of humor (truly an example of "Still Waters Run Deep"). He was passionate about animals, classic rock, modern military movies and history, and the Steelers and Pirates. 

There will be No Visitation.
 Private Service will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cameron County Ambulance Seeking EMT Candidates

Cameron County Ambulance is seeking EMT Basics to fill immediate part time openings. The ideal candidate will be a motivated team player with current PA DOH certification as an EMT-B. The incumbent must also have current CPR to the healthcare provider level, EVDT/EVOC with a clean driving record, ITLS/PHTLS is a plus. One year experience is required, exceptional recent graduates may be considered.

The EMT-B will work a flexible schedule of up to 24 scheduled hours per week. Because of the nature of what we do, nights, weekends, and holidays are expected on a rotating basis. All candidates must pass the required background check.

CCAS offers a competitive wage with holiday and long distance transfer incentive rates, paid uniforms, and BLS continuing education.

If interested please submit your resume to:

Cameron County Ambulance
 299 E 2nd St
 Emporium. PA. 15834

You may also apply in person, please call ahead at 486-0260 to assure a member of the management team is available to meet with you.

Train Derailment back On Track

Crews worked throughout the rain today to correct the train derailment that occured on Wednesday. Traffic lanes remained open throughout the day.

Valentine's Day Desserts at The Hygrade

For two evenings only - February 14 - 15, The Hygrade Inn will be teaming up with Deb Fapore to bring you and a guest a sweet tooth dessert bar.

Some of the featured treats will include assorted miniature filled cakes and pies, chocolate mint tortes, cheesecake tortes, and assorted pastries. Please bring along your favorite beer or wine. ​

What more perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Community Supported Agriculture

How lucky we are to have this happening in our county!

 Please click on the pictures to view an enlarged photo

 Contact Alex Reed 814.558.7269, Josh Zucal 814.335.8198 or email

Train Derailment

Some photos of a train derailment that occurred shortly before noon today in Emporium, PA. Facebook posts note the railcars were carrying sand but this has not been confirmed. Shortly after derailment one lane of traffic was open as emergency personnel were quickly on scene.