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Saturday, June 29, 2019

IU9 Positions Available for the 2019-2020 School Year

Openings for Special Education teachers. Requires teaching certification.

-Elementary Autistic Support in Coudersport -Elementary Emotional Support in Coudersport

-Middle School (Grades 5-8) Emotional Support in St Marys

Speech Pathologist. Full-time school-age opening. Requires PA license and CCC’s. Consideration will be given to graduates in their CFY year.

Classroom Assistant/Personal Care Aides. Full-time positions with benefits available in Cameron County, Coudersport, and St Marys to work with Special Education students. Classroom and/or experience with behavioral interventions preferred. Requires Bachelor’s Degree.

Part-time Job Coach. Assist students in learning on-the-job skills at job sites in Potter, McKean and/or Cameron Counties. Hours available during and beyond typical school day. Requires Bachelor’s Degree.

Part-time Classroom Aide. Position available in Cameron County School District. Requires High school diploma.

Part-time person to clean offices in Kane. 1-2 hours weekly.

Substitute Classroom Teachers and Aides. These are day-to-day positions supporting students and classrooms in Potter, Cameron, McKean, and Elk Counties. Training provided July 25th. Requires teaching certificate or bachelor degree (substitute teacher)/high school diploma (aide).

Send application ( to:

Shelly Carson, Director of Special Education IU9 119 S Mechanic Street Smethport, PA 16749 814-887-5512,

Seneca Highlands IU9 Substitute Teacher/Aide 2-day Training

Seneca Highlands IU9 Substitute Teacher/Aide 2-day Training

Schools throughout the Seneca Highland IU9 service area of Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties are in need of certified substitute teachers and aides.

This 2-day program provides participants with the training and certification required to serve as a substitute teacher/aide for any public school district within IU9.

Participants must have a high school diploma and obtain current FBI, PA State Police and Child Abuse Clearances.

Participants interested in being a substitute teacher, must currently hold a bachelor’s degree.

Save the dates:

Thursday, July 25, 2019: Day 1 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 12, 2019: Day 2 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

This program will be held at: Seneca Highlands IU9, 119 S Mechanic St. Smethport, PA 16749


Substitute Teacher Training - $40 (2-day training)

Substitute Aide Training - $10 (2-day training)

Lunch is provided both days

Topics Covered:

Substitute Teacher/Aide Preparation Mandated Report Training Confidentiality in Education Disability Awareness Educational Technology & Resources Classroom Visitations & Observations on Day 2

To register, go to home page or contact Sandy Vossler at (814) 887-5512, ext. 133 

FDA lists dog food brands linked to heart disease

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) — The Food and Drug Administration wants pet owners to be aware of what's in their dog's food and how it could impact their pet's health.

It's continuing to investigate a connection to certain dog food ingredients and canine heart disease.

Many of the foods that are being investigated are labeled as grain free with main ingredients like peas, lentils and potatoes.

The investigation started in July 2018.

This week the FDA released its third report in the investigation, which includes 16 pet food brands linked to more than 500 cases of canine heart disease.

According to the FDA, the brands that were named most frequently in reports submitted to the FDA as of April 30, 2019, include: Acana (67), Zignature (64), Taste of the Wild (53), 4Health (32), Earthborn Holistic (32), Blue Buffalo (31), Nature’s Domain (29), Fromm (24), Merrick (16), California Natural (15), Natural Balance (15), Orijen (12), Nature’s Variety (11), NutriSource (10), Nutro (10) and Rachael Ray Nutrish (10). These include both grain-free and grain-containing diets in all forms: kibble, canned, raw and home-cooked.

The FDA is asking pet owners and veterinarians to report any cases of canine heart disease.

FDA officials say the nature of a possible connection between the dog foods listed and canine dilated cardiomyopathy has not yet been determined, so none of the foods have been recalled.

“We have shared case report information with these firms so they can make informed decisions about the marketing and formulation of their products. We are also sharing this information with the public, but encourage pet owners to work with their veterinarians, who may consult with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, prior to making diet changes,” the FDA website says.

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Stanley L. Mann

Stanley L. Mann, 75, of 9114 Main St., Sinnemahoning, PA died peacefully at his residence Friday (June 28, 2019) morning with his wife and his pets by his side.

He was born October 2, 1943 in Austin, PA a son of the late Roy and Leona McCullen Mann. March 29, 1980 he married Elizabeth "Betsy" Stoops, who survives. Stan graduated from Reynoldsville High School. He owned several business' most notably M & M Pipeline, the El Rancho Grande in Austin and Stony Lick Farm. He had a great love for animals especially his horses.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Scott Lepold and a daughter, Tracy Hardinger, both of Sinnemahoning; two grandchildren, Robert and Tasha and seven great grandchildren,Danikha, Kylee, Macie, Owen, Caleb, Raymond and Kaydelyn; two sisters, Dreena Cash, Virginia and Nessa (Jess) McCarty, Oklahoma.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Tillburg.

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (July 1, 2019) at 12:00 PM with Pastor Kenneth Bailey, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Monday, one hour prior to the Service. Burial will be private in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Friday, June 28, 2019

Lois E. Coppersmith

Lois E. Coppersmith, 94, of 96 W. 7th St., Emporium, PA died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA Friday morning (June 28, 2019). She was born November 2, 1924 in Coudersport, PA a daughter of the late Roscoe Riley and Hazel Mae Toombs Yentzer. On August 28, 1956 in Emporium she married the late John LeRoy Coppersmith. Mrs. Coppersmith graduated from Coudersport High School. She attended College in Corning, NY and later worked at the Coppersmith Furniture Store when she married in 1956. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Emporium and the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #15, Smethport, PA.

She is survived by daughter, Judith Purnell, Mount Joy, PA; daughter, Janet (John) Brechtel, San Diego, CA; daughter, Mary Patricia Ward, Fallbrook, CA; daughter, Sarah Brennan, Collegeville, PA; son, Donald Coppersmith, Philadelphia, PA; daughter, Carolyn (Jim Petersen) Coppersmith, Homosassa, FL; daughter, Grace (Ronald) Horning, Emporium; son, Bruce (Charlene) Coppersmith, Austin; daughter, Shirley (Ed) Burger, Williamsport; daughter, Rhonda Coppersmith, St. Marys; seventeen grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, brother, Eugene (Grace) Yentzer, Port Allegany;

She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband and two sons, John LeRoy Coppersmith, Jr., and Frederick in infancy; three son-in-laws, Dick Ward, David Brennan and Paul Purnell, three brothers, and one sister.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 6-8 PM. 

Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday (July 3, 2019) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating.

 Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 or to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Summer Reading Program Sign Ups

Don’t forget today is your last chance to sign up for our Summer Reading program! 
Don’t miss out on the fun, come in and sign up today! 

 27 W 4th Street 
Emporium, Pa 15834
 (814) 486-8011

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rotary News

Lori Reed (left), Emporium Rotary President hands the gavel over to Christina McFall who will be Club President July 1, 2019- June 30th 2020. Lori thanked all members for an amazing year. The Emporium Rotary Club consists of 59 members doing great things in the community.

Guests attending the meeting were State College Rotarian & West Penn Representative, Joleen Hineman , Mariah Reed, Summer Intern at Cameron County Court House and Rotarian, Rick Custer from Hot Springs Village, AR.

Annual Rotary Picnic tickets are now on sale - $50.00.
 See Becky Pasquinelli at Northwest or any Rotarian.

Ben Duchess, with First Net Solutions and consultant for AT&T was the guest speaker at the June 16th Rotary luncheon meeting.

First Net Solutions is an operation of the nationwide broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect the U. S. community. Ben discussed how the network operates and stated that two AT&T towers will be constructed, one on the Whitcomb property in Driftwood and another in Hicks Run sometime next year after the fiber optics are installed.
 Also pictured is Rotarian, Phil Jones.

Chicken Barbecue @ Sinnemahoning Volunteer Fire Dept.

Sinnemahoning Volunteer Fire Department

We will be having our annual Chicken Barbecue at the firehall, which is located at 186 Railroad Street in Sinnamahoning on July 20, 2019 from 11:00 till sold out.

 Dinners are $10, which includes 1/2 chicken, baked beans, your choice of pasta or macaroni salad, roll, drink and dessert. Half chickens will also be on sale for $5. Last year we sold out early, so if you would like to pre-order contact Brandie @ (814)512-8303.
 We will also have our t-shirts on sale at this time. 

Thank you for your past and continued support!!! It is greatly appreciated!

Good Things Growing

We have lettuce at Aroma cafe for purchase. 
Spread the word! 

Painting in the Park Event

Join the Family Center for our annual family picnic, Painting in the Park, on 7/9 in Sizerville.

 Each family will work on a canvas painting together, with instruction from Peggy Heckman. Dinner starts at 4:30 at pavilion #2! Call to sign up before July 3rd and let us know what dish you can bring to share, space is limited! 486-4000 x2042.

Shippen Township Refuse Collection - July 4th

Shippen Township will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

 Thursday’s refuse pick-up will be on Wednesday. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday’s refuse collections will remain the same. 

Thank you!

Home Swim Meet Tonight

Home Swim Meet tonight ! 
 June 27th Pool closes at 5 pm

 Stop by to see our CC swimmers compete!

1st Youth Elk Camp

   Partnering with Cameron County Recreation Center we took a bus trip to Elk Country Visitor Center yesterday to attend their 1st Youth Elk Camp. What an amazing and educational day for the 63 young people that attended. Students participated in a mock calf capture, elk survivor activity, antler scoring, a nature scavenger hunt, Watched the new Elk movie and made their own walking sticks. Guest speaker at the end of the day was our friend Stacy Foster who taught us a ton about snakes and why they are important in our environment. We even got to touch a rattlesnake (for those that cared to).What a great experience learning from some of the most passionate conservation experts in the State. Thank You Keystone Elk Country Alliance, presenters and volunteers for providing this opportunity.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Fishing @ Andrews Farm

Reminder that the Andrews Farm pond is still open to young families and youth fishing. Still lots of fish to catch. We ask that you be respectful to the property and take care of any trash. Pond was stocked as recently as as last Friday 6/21/19. When looking for some pond photos for this post I found this great one. This young lady has been a participate in our 4H Air Rifle program for ever and continues to be a loyal volunteer for CCOYA. Mr. Bick is feeling old as this photo is from 2013!

Ronald Delos Blauvelt

Ronald Delos Blauvelt, 100, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Buffalo Road, Coudersport, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Sunday afternoon (June 23, 2019). He was born December 14, 1918 in Ayers Hill, Potter County, PA a son of the late Walter W. and Lena L. Chastain Blauvelt. On June 9, 1939 in Coudersport, PA he married the late 
Edith Irene Boehler.

Ron lived with his daughter Teresa for the past ten years prior to moving to the Manor. He served with the US Navy aboard the destroyer escort USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) in the Asiatic-South Pacific Campaign during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He was a life member of the Eulalia Lodge F. and A.M. #342 and the Coudersport Consistory. Ron worked mostly in the tanning business, sometimes working two jobs at a time. He worked at places including Fisher Potato Farm, PennDOT, Rich & Co. pipeline, Anchor Toy Company, Elk Tanning Company, Keystone Tanning and Glue, Chevy Motor and axle, Curtis Wright, Rhodes and Elmhurst Construction, J.F. Brown Welding, PA Railroad, Damascus Tanning and Pierce Glass Co. Ron and his late wife Irene lived and worked on their Potter County farm for 60 years. He loved spending time with his family.
 Ron will be missed by his faithful dog "Tinker".

He is survived by a daughter, Teresa (John) Genaux, Emporium; daughter-in-law, Sandra Blauvelt Korn, Kentucky; five grandchildren: Robin Kuleck, Alan and Alan Quimby, Tony and Ronald Blauvelt; four step granddaughters: Kathleen, Karen, Jani and Judy; ten great grandchildren; twelve great great grandchildren; one special step great granddaughter, Keira Lewis; a sister, Frieda Baker, Murfreesboro, TN and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he is preceded in death by a son, Ronald Blauvelt in 1990, two brothers, Lewis and Paul Blauvelt. 

A Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (June 29, 2019) at 11:00 AM with Pastor Dave Hockey, officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 Burial with a Military Service will be held by the Potter County Honor Guard, in the Homer Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.

If desired, Memorials may be made to Homer Cemetery Association, 175 Toles Hollow Rd., Coudersport, PA. 16915

Online Condolences may be placed at

New farm animal vet coming to area


 COUDERSPORT — A new farm animal veterinary service will be available in Potter County and the surrounding area.

Dr. Allyson Anderson, of Colesburg, recently obtained her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is bringing her knowledge and training to the area with a new ambulatory practice, Headwaters Veterinary Service. Starting next week, it will serve Potter, Tioga, McKean, Cameron, Clinton and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany, Steuben and Cattaraugus counties 
in New York.

Headwaters Veterinary Service will offer care for dairy and beef cattle, small ruminants, equids, camelids, swine and poultry. Services will include herd health and reproduction, dairy production medicine, dairy nutrition, preventative care, field surgeries, sick animal examinations and 
emergency care. 

Read the complete article here at the Potter Leader-Enterprise 

Photo provided by Dr. Allyson Anderson 
 Thank you for allowing me to share this news.

Friday, June 21, 2019

New Airbnb in Cameron County!

I'm happy to share the news that Cameron County is home to a new Airbnb at the Little Red Barn.

 We are located 7 miles west of Emporium on route 120 and look forward to hosting corporate as well as vacation travelers to our area. My husband Mike and I were partners with my mom and stepdad Teresa and John Genaux owning the former Prospect Motel for over 18 years. We love living here and hope to continue to promote many of your businesses through interaction with our guests.

7440 Route 120, Emporium 15834 (814)486-2356 

Alpaca Retreat Farmstay Experience. Reservations accepted through

We offer a unique farmstay experience, hosting guests in a brand new fully furnished upstairs apartment over an alpaca barn. In addition to our huacaya alpaca herd, you will encounter chickens,ducks,barn cats as well as wildlife sightings of deer,turkey, and maybe even elk or black bear! Our goal is to provide you an off-the-grid, slow-down and relax experience while you enjoy the wonders of the Pennsylvania Wilds

CC Weekend in the Wilds July 5th - July 6th

Cameron County Weekend in the Wilds July 5th - July 6th

Friday night begins with music, a quilt show and old fashion pie and ice cream social. Saturday vendors line the streets in downtown Emporium offering food, artwork, children activities, music, Big Foot Calling Contest and fun that continues to Cameron County High School with a
 night swim and fireworks.

Big Foot Hunt -  Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 6 AM – 1 PM --Purchase a license and you have the opportunity to hunt for the elusive Big Foot on public land in Cameron County! We know there are 12 roaming the mountains of the PA Great Outdoors. Find one and you take home prizes. The event benefits Mountaineer Search and Rescue.

Firequacker Duck Race - Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 5 PM – 5:30 PM 421 N Broad St Emporium Adopt a duck to benefit the Cameron County Fireworks. The Firequacker Duck Race will be held during Weekend in the Wilds in downtown Emporium. Emporium Volunteer Fire Department will flood North Broad Street and the ducks will race to the finish. First place takes home $100, 2nd place $75 and third place $50.

Cameron County High School Night Swim Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 4 PM – 9:30 PM
Enjoy a night swim at the Cameron County School Pool! Fireworks blast off at dusk.

Cameron County Fireworks - The CCHS football stadium is the perfect place to watch the loudest show in PA Great Outdoors. It tops off the Weekend in the Wilds event. 
Park in the lot and sit on the bleachers for the best seats in the area.

Sinnemahone Gravel Race

Sinnemahone Gravel Race sponsored by Embassy Powdered Metals is a 55 mile timed race/ride with 5000 feet of climbing starting and finishing on West Creek Recreational Trail. The route includes 2 trail sections, improved gravel roads, 1 seasonally maintained road, 2 short paved sections, and the best mountain scenery in Pennsylvania. The course is largely within the Elk State Forest and travels through Sinnemahoning State Park and southern Potter County. The race will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9 AM – 5 PM in Emporium PA

Registration is open - Follow link for map and race details. Please share this post. 

 The Sinnemahone Gravel includes two rail trail sections, improved gravel roads, one seasonally maintained road (rough but rideable), two short paved sections. There is a lot of climbing and descending and the best mountain scenery in Pennsylvania. The course is largely within the Elk State Forest and travels through Sinnemahoning State Park and southern Potter County. All racers will receive a goodie bag, free t-shirt and complimentary bbq dinner provided at the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ Contest in downtown Emporium .

Cameron County Fair Applications

Interested in being crowned this years fair royalty? Applications are on the website!  

Pay attention to deadlines as late applications will not be accepted!

 Feel free to contact Jami Kempher with any questions!

Library Announces Summer Hours

Summer Hours begin next Thursday at the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library. 
We will be closing at 6 pm M-F. Wednesday and Saturday hours will remain 9am-1pm.

Last Day of Carnival is Saturday June 22

The Little League carnival is here until SATURDAY NIGHT, not Sunday as the posters say.
 Saturday the 22nd, the matinee is from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Saturday night the carnival is 
open from 6:00 - 10:00. 

The Little Museum

Historical Society looking for help - The “Little Museum” in Sterling Run is open for the season! 

Our hours are Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Our displays and collections continually grow from the non-stop donations we receive of former industries and businesses. Our past school and military collections have expanded extensively as family members offer personal collections to us stating “these belong to Cameron County.”

Although our population has declined 40% since 1960, our history nor its preservation has not. The amount of requests from both inside and outside of our state continually grow as the fascination with where they came from and their families’ life journeys has increased tremendously.

The requests for us to open the Museum and History Center beyond our normal hours grows and grows, and along with the research is beyond what we ever could have anticipated. Not to mention maintenance and care of our collections.

Hard to believe, but “Cameron County’s history" has actually become an attraction. The decline in population goes along with volunteer decline. Something we have all heard in our area and surrounding areas for some time.

We at the Historical Society do not mind being the conservators of our history, but have to reach out for our members and the general public to assist us in being able to sustain our presence as it is.

The best part about us is that we don’t require constant involvement, we only need it maybe once or even twice a year for three hours. We’d love more, but we are realistic; although you might find our history addictive.

If you love meeting people and want to learn more about Cameron County’s history the Little Museum needs you ASAP. The only requirement is a willingness to greet people and share information. You can even take a friend, family member, or just yourself, whatever time you have available.

It is a chance for some family time that is fun, educational that can become an annual affair that is not only beneficial to you, but the community you live in.

In 2015, we were listed among the top 10 seasonal museums in Pennsylvania to visit; please help us to sustain it.

To volunteer at the Museum call Jean Tesauro 486-1422. If you are interested in other areas, such as our History/Genealogy Center, educational programs, or help with conservatorship, contact Susan Hoy at 486-0694 or Sandra Hornung 486-2162.

Sincerely, John Kautz, President Cameron County Historical Society

Library Accepting Book Donations

The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is still accepting book donations for their Used Book Sale held the first week of July!

Quilt Raffle

Tickets: $3/ 2 for $5 / 5 for $10
 This year, we are selling raffle tickets to win a gorgeous locally-handmade quilt! 

More information about the quilt and buying tickets is available at and then click on the "2019 Quilt Raffle" page at the top.  

You can also comment here or send us a message if you have any questions!

Night Swim July 6th

Night swim @ the CCHS pool on July 6th 7pm - 9pm 
$2.00 a person

New Emporium Senior Center

The Emporium Senior Center has moved to it's new location across from Guy & Mary Felt Manor. Recently updated inside, the new building is a roomy and bright area large enough to accomodate meals and different activities. 
Stop in and check it out! It looks great.


THE GHOST WALK - The Legacy Behind Cameron County's Civilian Conservation Corp Camps

Presented by The Cameron County Historical Society Pre-orders are being accepted for a donation of $20 +$5 if you need it shipped.

Roosevelt's Tree Army "The Ghost Walk" focuses on the thousands of starving young men who joined the Civilian Conservation Corp who came to Cameron County from the cities of Pennsylvania during the depression to help feed their families. Many were unskilled with limited education many didn't even know how to read or write.

Countless photos are included of the men planting hundreds of thousands of trees to restore our forests that had been desecrated by the lumber barons of past.

They surveyed and built many of our forestry roads, built fire towers, created the Sizerville Park Recreation Area, they even built a ferry after the 1936 flood to perform flood relief in nearby communities.

Our "first telephone lines" in the county were installed by the camps opening communications for us to the world. The Corp created MEN who were able to send home money to their starving families, gain multiple skill sets, education and most of all regain their dignity. Many who married and stayed here afterwards. Discover who they were.

Checks can be made out to the Cameron County Historical Society and sent to PO Box 433; Emporium, PA 15834.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Movie Night @ Emporium Rec Center

Click on photo to enlarge view

Cameron County Food Pantry June Distribution

The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, June 26, 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 a ny questions.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CC Community Chest Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2019 Fund Drive June Update

As of June 17th, we have collected $22,330 toward our $19,000 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. We will keep the 2019 Fund Drive open until September 30, 2019.

This month’s featured organization will be the Friends of the Library.

We would like to welcome the new Librarian, Yelena Kisler, who began her duties on June 1st. The Friends of the Library helps to maintain the many important services of the Barbara Moscato Brown Public Library. To generate funds, they have an annual Membership Drive in the spring; Used Book Sale during the summer; and the ‘Donate and Say Merry Christmas’ project in November and December. The funds generated help the library to: Continue free services such as the public computer stations offering free internet service Provide the latest materials for reading, listening, and viewing Present public programs in conjunction with the Cameron County Arts Support the Emporium Garden Club which decorates the library throughout the year and also maintains the exterior plantings Add needed shelving and other furnishings Maintain the library building including exterior, interior, and the multi-purpose room which is used by many community organizations. Provide children’s programs, including Story Hour and Summer Reading Program Lego Club for kids The library has eBooks available. For more information, stop at the circulation desk. 
Watch for new library events.

No donation/memorial is too small. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Cameron County Community Chest, PO Box 134, Emporium, PA. 15834, Attn: Judd Schager or go to our Face Book page where there is a PayPal button.

 Help support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, the Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sylvan Heritage, 4H, SPCA and special community requests.

Open House for Triangle Tech

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Big Duck Appears in Downtown Emporium

Big Duck Appears in Downtown Emporium

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office invaded by rubber ducks this week. It is all part of promoting the Firequacker Duck Derby during Weekend in the Wilds July 5 and 6. The inflatable duck peers from sunglasses on to East Fourth Street. The duck derby raises funds for the fireworks which will culminate the event. Ducks are adopted for $2 each or a 6-quack for $10. They will race Saturday July 6 at 3 pm from the intersection of Sixth and Broad Streets to the finish line. The winning paddler takes home $100, second place $75 and third $50. Ducks can be adopted at the chamber office until Saturday July 6 at 2pm.

Friday events planned for Weekend in the Wilds includes a pie and ice cream social, quilt show and music at the First Presbyterian Church in addition to the continuation of the book sale at the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library. Mountaineer Search and Rescue will host the Big Foot Hunt which begins at daybreak Saturday. Hunters have until 1pm to capture Big Foot, but must have a license to enter the hunt. Those licenses can be purchased at Lakeview Store, Sinnemahoning Tavern, Driftwood Saloon and Grill, or the chamber office. A Big Foot Calling contest will be held at 2pm, followed by awards to the successful hunters.

Saturday vendors will open booths which line East Fourth Street starting at 9am. The Emporium Senior Center will have an open house at its new location at the corner of Chestnut and Fourth Streets. “A few more food trucks are coming and a blacksmith will be demonstrating and selling items in the artist tent,” says chamber director Tina Solak.

At 7 Saturday night the Cameron County High School pool will host a night swim and the gates will open for parking at the football stadium. Fireworks will light the sky at dusk.

Is There Gold in the Hills?

Is There Gold in the Hills?

Filmmaker Ryan Cavalline has been following the story of the lost gold in Dents Run for years. On Sunday June 23 at 1pm Cavalline will be at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce to discuss his findings and preview his film, “The Lost Gold of Dents Run”.

The film chronicles the wagon load of gold bars that vanished in 1863 somewhere in the foothills of the state. Has the gold been found or is it still hiding in the mountains of Dents Run is the question.

The program is free and copies of his film will be available for sale.

The Longest Day Hotdog Sale

Come and join us for lunch on Friday, June 21.

 We will be serving grilled hot dogs, chips and a drink for a $3.00 donation. Help us to support research for treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer's. Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM 
 Guy and Mary Felt Manor 
110 E 4th St, 
 Emporium, PA 15834

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rotary Tickets Available

Tickets on sale for annual Rotary picnic August 21st. $50.00. 
Proceeds fund scholarship and other community projects.
 See any Rotarian to purchase tickets.

Annual Mushroom Festival

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 12 PM – 4 PM
 Driftwood Saloon & Grill 
375 Driftwood Avenue
 Driftwood, PA 15832 

 Learn about the fascinating world of mushrooms with Central PA Mushroom expert Bill Russell. The presentation will start at 12:00 pm.

GUIDED WALK. At 1:00 PM, we will pile into the Driftwood Mushroom Bus and go to choice mushroom collecting sites. After the walk we will come back to the saloon where we have a:

WILD MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION AND TASTING. We will identify and discuss the mushrooms we collected, along with mushrooms that were brought to identify. The Driftwood cooks will prepare the choice edible species for all to sample.

 MUSHROOM SOUP COOK-OFF. If you love to cook you’ll want to enter the mushroom soup cook off. Soup must be brought in a crockpot and only made with store bought mushrooms. All soup must be registered for voting at 11:45. After the walk everyone is invited to sample the soups.

DOOR PRIZE. There will also be a drawing to win one of Bill Russell’s books called the Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic. It’s a great book to learn about the wild mushrooms and how they can be used.

OUR FAMOUS PUFFBALL PIZZA. If we find Giant Puffball Mushrooms the cooks at the Saloon will make some Puffball pizzas. You have to try them!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019


ST. MARK CHURCH BASH FRIDAY, JUNE 14th 6:00 pm till ? 

Make your plans now to join us for a great evening of music featuring THE RON TUSING BAND, FR. PAUL'S ROCK BAND & CLASSIC ROCK with Joe Malizia &  Don Sestina. 

Don't miss out on this awesome event!

Mt Zion June Newsletter

The 2019 Memorial Day Dedication at Mt. Zion Historical Park on Saturday, May 25th, was very well attended this year. Over 160 people participated in remembering and honoring our veterans.

 In addition, a plaque was dedicated in the Citizen’s Walkway to Chief Cornplanter as a reminder to us that these lands were once part of the Seneca Nation. Richard Coccimiglio opened the program by calling on the American Legion Post 978 and the Vietnam Veteran Chapter 720 to raise the Colors. This was followed by the “National Anthem” sung by Gabriella Fye.

Following the Invocation by Pastor Missy Smith, Mr. Coccimiglio, former American Legion State Commander, dedicated the 2019 veteran pavers for James Novosat, Ernest C. Johnson, William Lewis Feldman, Louis Facchine, Raymond Mattivi, and Donald G. Colby. The Park now has over 600 veteran pavers installed in the walkways. A presentation was made to Randy Kunes, who represented the Kunes Family, of a grave marker and a granite plaque for his great uncle Archie Kunes. Archie Kunes was a WWI veteran who was killed in action and buried in France. Although he was never able to be brought home, the memorial plaque placed next to his mother’s grave in the Mt. Zion Cemetery will now help to keep his memory alive. State Representative Matt Gabler joined the crowd once again this year and gave a brief personal tribute to our veterans.

Larry Kunes, president of the Mt Zion Cemetery Committee, presented Susan McClintick, treasurer of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, with the deed to newly purchased property which is located behind the Park. The addition of this property will now double the size of the Park.

Director of Elk Co. Veteran Affairs, Leslie Neal, dedicated the “Soldier Silhouette” on the hill overlooking the park. This memorial pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy. It was made and donated to the Park by Mel Dinsmore of St. Marys. Mr. David George-Shongo, Director of the Seneca-Iroquois Museum in Salamanca, NY, was the keynote speaker. He dedicated the plaque to Chief Cornplanter which was added to the Citizen Walkway. In addition to his information on Chief Cornplanter, he explained various Native American customs and terms. He also spoke of the new Seneca Museum in Salamanca, and invited everyone to visit the Museum.

Judge Richard A. Masson gave special thanks on behalf of the Mt. Zion Historical Society to the excellent community support in our recent fund drive. He also gave an eloquent tribute of thanks to our veterans.

The Colors were retired with a seven-gun salute and playing of the Taps, followed by Gabriella Fye’s beautiful rendition of “God Bless America”.

The program closed after Benediction given by Pastor Randy Hall of the Penfield United Methodist Church.

Lester J. "Junior" Rutz, Jr

Lester J. "Junior" Rutz, Jr., 80, of West Sixth St., Emporium, PA died at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA on Monday afternoon (June 10, 2019). He was born April 20, 1939 in Ridgway, PA a son of the late Lester and Louise A. Gibbs Rutz, Sr.. He married Shirley E. Lushbaugh, who survives. Mr. Rutz was a member of the May Hollow and Bucktail Rod and Gun Clubs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Many children in the community benefited from his woodworking hobby. He would occasionally donate a project to kids to raffle for fundraising. He could be seen throughout Emporium riding his electric scooter with his dog.

In addition to his wife he is survived by four daughters, Loretta J. Rutz Montgomery, Emporium; Diane C. (William) Hostetler, Emporium; Dorothy Ann (Stanley, Jr.) Hastings, Emporium; Sheryl (Rock) Pifer, St. Marys; two sons, William C. Rutz, Westport, NY; Leslie "John" (Angela D. Catalano) Rutz, Emporium; granddaughter whom he helped raise, Alicia M. Berry, Emporium; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; two sisters, Bessie Roberts, Florida; and his twin sister, Loretta J. Farren, Emporium. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen in infancy and Deloris Blauvelt and Virginia Schwab; one grandson and one great granddaughter.

There will be no visitation. 

Memorial service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (June 15, 2019) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, officiating.

 Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, c/o: Don Bickford, 174 Nickler Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Boy Scout Troop 551, 357 East Fifth Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

Gary John O'Neill

Gary John O'Neill, 65 of Driftwood, passed away, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Hempfield Manor.

He was born September 19, 1953 in Braddock, a son of the late Robert and Margaret (Uram) O'Neill.

He was a member of the Emporium Moose Lodge 368, the Sinnemahoning Sportmen's Club, and the May Hollow Sportsmen's Club. Gary enjoyed golfing and was a member at the Emporium Country Club.

He retired from over 40 years of service for Texas Eastern Products Pipeline as a 
Pipeline Field Technician.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael O'Neill.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy (Jones) O'Neill; children, Arron, Corey, and Tara O'Neill; sisters, Peggy Tamewitz and Marlene Humenycky; sister-in-law, Adrienne O'Neill; and numerous nieces
and nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm at the KEPPLE-GRAFT Funeral Home 524 N. Main Street, Greensburg, PA where additional visitation will take place on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at 11am.

Family and friends will also be received on Friday from 5 to 8pm at the BARNETT Funeral Home 207 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA.

Private interment will be in Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA.

For online condolences and information, please visit or locally

Pa Outdoor Recreation Study

Do you enjoy spending time in Pennsylvania’s local and state parks and forests and on our trails and rivers? A few minutes of your time could really help us understand how and why you 
enjoy outdoor recreation. 
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Fathers Day @ Emporium Country Club

Celebrate Dad! Join us for Father's Day, Sunday, June 16th at the Emporium Country Club. 

Beth is featuring "Surf &Turf". Regular menu items will also be available. Have dinner on the front patio where you can watch the US Open or just enjoy the PA Wilds. Dinner will be served from 2 - 7 PM. Reservations are preferred. You can also play 9 holes of golf with Dad for $8, and "You don't have to be a member to treat Dad to a wonderful day at the Emporium Country Club."

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Raffle Tickets Available

Philip Reed still has some raffle tickets available. 
They are going fast, so contact Philip via Facebook if you would like one!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Upcoming Happenings @ the Emporium Senior

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

Wednesday, June 12th—Last Lunch Served at the current Center Building—
Bingo and Bridge Cancelled.

Thursday and Friday, June 13th and 14th—The Senior Center will be closed these two days in order to transition to the new building.

Monday, June 17th— First Official Day at the New Senior Center: 105 East 4th Street!

Tuesday, June 18th—FREE Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30am. 
“Home Safety Tips” Program to follow!

Wednesday, June 19th—Supper Club @ 5pm!

Sunday, June 23rd—Bingo @ 1pm!

Saturday, June 29th— 4th Annual Indoor Yard Sale @ 9am—
Held at the former center building on South Maple Street!

Rotary News

Phil Smith, Smethport Rotarian and member of the E-Club of Keystone Rotary Club was the guest speaker at the June 4th Rotary luncheon meeting. Mr. Smith’ topic “Crutches 4 Africa” was the topic which is a project of collecting mobility devices (crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs) for the disabled in Africa, many who have been afflicted with polio. More information on the project can be found at Also pictured is Rotarian, Bill Olivett.

 Guests attending the meeting were Rotarian, Rick Custer, from Hot Springs Village, AR and John Fowler from Austin, PA.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Super Summer Kickoff June 5th

Super summer kickoff in downtown Emporium. 
Open to all families. FREE of charge. 

Wednesday June 5 from 6-8 in empty lot beside Midtowne.
 Hot dogs, funnel cakes, mountain pies, sno-cones and games. In case of rain will be held in building beside Foxes Pizza.
 Kids 14 and under will need to register at registration station for food, games and prizes

CC Native, Dave Labrozzi in NYC

Cameron County native, Dave Labrozzi follows his dream in radio by transitioning to his new job as the new Program Director of News-Talk WABC and Urban AC WNBM (Radio 103.9)/New York.

 Read the complete article here -

Dave grew up in Cameron County and always dreamed of a career in radio. A CCHS graduate of the class of 1977, Dave has followed his dream and we will now be able to follow him from New York City! Over the years Dave and his family have traveled but Dave never forgets his hometown. Most recently, Dave was back at his high school, CCHS, as the speaker for the Class of 2019. 
Dave, we are so happy for you!

David Hutton Memorial 5K Run & 2-Mile Walk

The 3rd Saturday in August is the 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk to benefit the David Hutton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is awarded annually to local scholar athletes in Cameron, Elk, Potter, and McKean Counties. 

 Register on our website:

Monday, June 3, 2019

Get Screened - Emporium Rotary Club

Get Screened - Emporium Rotary Club 

 These screenings are a great value! 

If you haven't or will not meet your medical insurance deductible for the 2019 year, please consider signing up for any of these screenings which are held in various local communities. If you haven't had your lab work done this year or if you need repeat lab work, 
please consider signing up! 
 Please click on photo to enlarge view

Get Screened - Emporium Rotary Club

A complete blood analysis for only $40. Optional tests include Hemoglobin A1C - $15 , a Thyroid test - $10, PSA Test - $15 and an iFOB Colon-Rectal Cancer At Home Kit - $15.

Please call to make an appointment at 1-800-370-9640. The deadline to register is June 5, 2019.

Walk-ins will be accepted.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt This Weekend

My apologies this photo is so blurry. Here are some details which are posted on the Snake Hunt Event Site


Event opens at 2 pm on Friday and 8 am on Saturday and Sunday. 
 There will be vendors, food, beverages, live music and raffles throughout the weekend.

Friday, June 7 (grounds opens at 2 pm)  6 pm: Snake hunters can register at the Snake Pit. Hunting does not start until Saturday morning, June 8.  7 am: Registration will reopen on Saturday, June 8 at the Snake pit.  All hunters must have Valid PA Fishing license and PA Rattlesnake Permit from the PA Fish and Boat Commission with them to register to hunt.
 All hunters must register prior to hunting and get a provisional permit at hunt headquarters.

 Saturday, June 8 Events: (grounds open at 8 am) Questions & Answers sessions ongoing throughout the day.  10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, & 5 pm: Kid’s Pit – Hands on training for the kids...  1 pm & 4 pm: Elk Seminar conducted by Keystone Elk Country Alliance.  Kid’s games will be held at the stage area between seminars.  Everyone will be able to view the snakes that were captured during the hunt.  5 pm: All snakes must be turned in to be eligible for Saturday’s trophies. This contest will be based on weight of snake.  6 pm: Trophies awarded for snakes turned in Saturday.

Sunday, June 9 Events: (grounds open at 8 am)  Questions & Answers sessions ongoing throughout the day  10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm: Kid’s Pit – Hands on training for the kids.  Everyone will be able to view the snakes that were captured during the hunt.  Kid’s games will be held at the stage area between seminars.  2 pm: All snakes must be turned in.  3 pm: Trophies for snake hunt will be awarded. Cash prizes and raffles will be pulled immediately afterwards


Anniversary Celebration @ the Kitchen & Bath Studio

It’s the one-year anniversary of the Kitchen & Bath Studio! 

Come celebrate with us Friday, 6/7 from 6-8pm and Saturday, 6/8 from 11-3.

EVERY purchase now through Saturday will qualify you to win your choice of these 3 prizes: 🎉 A 3-pc. basket set 🎉 A buffalo plaid throw 🎉 A stainless steel kitchen faucet

Enjoy Refreshments, talk about your upcoming Kitchen or Bath renovation, and hear about some of the amazing projects we’ve already been privileged to be a part of here in town.

If you haven’t already been in to check it out, you won’t want to miss this event!

 CDH Designs ~ Downtown Emporium  
(814) 331-5554 

Seeking Library Volunteers

Seeking volunteers: Due to budget cuts at the Seneca Highlands IU9, the van used for inter-library loan delivery in Mckean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter counties is discontinued. The libraries in these counties are looking for "book mules": volunteers who are willing to deliver library books between libraries to defer the cost of shipping the books. 

For example, if you live in Port Allegany, but are going to Bradford for work, an appointment, or shopping, stop by the libraries and see if there are any books you can deliver between the libraries. The library staff and patrons would be very grateful for your community service! Thank to those patrons who are already helping out the S.W. Smith Memorial Library as "book mules."
 The more the merrier!

 If you are driving near one of these libraries and can help this is the list. St. Marys Public Library, Johnsonburg Public Library, Friends' Memorial Public Library, Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, Coudersport Public Library, Ulysses Library, Mount Jewett Memorial Library, 
Wilcox Public Library