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Monday, September 30, 2019

Vector-Borne Disease Survey

The Penn State Extension office is looking for input on tick borne illnesses.
 Please consider taking the survey.

As part of the vector-borne disease team program development, we have launched a survey through Qualtrics to try to get an idea of the current knowledge of citizens of the commonwealth on ticks, tick-borne disease, and tick bite prevention and control. More information on the team and the survey can be found in the write up in Penn State News. 

We are trying to get as wide a distribution as possible and to get responses from a range of demographics and interests. If you have a moment, we would appreciate your responses and if you have any groups or organizations that you work within PA (professionally or personally), we would certainly appreciate your forwarding this as well.

You can access the survey here.

 Please keep in mind this survey is limited to folks over 18 and those currently residing in Pennsylvania.

Thank you 

Annual Mushroom Festival @ Driftwood Saloon

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

 Call (814) 546-2447 if you have questions about this popular event.

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!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Chalking Fine Designs with Chandra Reed

Fall Tea towels for sale 🎃💀🍂🍁
 20”x20” $8 each 
Call Chandra @ 814-335-8624

Inaugural Event Teams with Annual BBQ

Inaugural Event Teams with Annual BBQ

Race winner Jeff Weidow finished 55 miles in 3 hours 29 minutes! 

 The weekend events in Emporium declared a success by organizers and participants. Cameron County hosted a gravel bike race Saturday. The Sinnemahone Gravel Road Race sponsored by Embassy Powdered Metals attracted more than 60 riders including four from Canada. A St Marys man rode the 55 mile course in 3 hours 29 minutes. A Turtlepoint man ran the 14 mile race is 55 minutes. The race utilized DCNR trails in two state forests, one state park and West Creek Rails Trails.

During the race, barbecue competitors fed a crowd in downtown Emporium. The fifth annual All Fired Up Kickin Ash competition drew 11 teams from across the United States. A unique feature of the event is a competition that includes “Mystery Meat” which is distributed the night before the event. This year rabbit – donated by Emporium Foodmart, was on the menu. Pennwood Smoke Chasers took home the $500 cash prize donated by Embassy Powdered Metals.

The final outdoor athletic event for 2019 will be held Saturday October 19. The Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run includes distances of 50K, 25K and 12K. 

 Results of the races are posted here ...

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Dr. Moylan will be providing a free skin screening at UPMC Cole's Patterson Cancer Center in Coudersport on October 19th from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
 Please call (814) 274-8200 to schedule an appointment.

Congratulations Deb Losey!

UPMC Cole welcomes Debra Losey, PA-C, to the Port Allegany Family Practice team.

Losey earned her master of health sciences and certificate as a physician assistant at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pa.

“Practicing family medicine in a small community like Port Allegany, provides me a unique opportunity to get to know my patients and become a part of the community,” said Losey. “In family medicine, I see patients of all ages to help them when they’re ill as well as to work with them to keep them well. My patients are our teachers, students, workforce, and business owners, and their health and wellness have a direct impact on our community.”

Losey joins Dr. Jason Tronetti, and physician assistants Rebecca Nick and Don Geci at Port Allegany Community Health Center, 45 Pine St., Port Allegany. She is accepting new patients and referrals from northcentral Pennsylvania and southcentral New York.

To schedule an appointment at Port Allegany Community Health Center, call 814-642-2505.

Night Golfing @ Emporium Country Club

October 4th we will be having a night golf event. It is open to anyone over 21 for $45 and that includes dinner. Dinner will be at 6 and golf will begin around 7:45 PM. It will be a 9 hole, par three course. This event is limited to 36 players. If interested you need to call the Pro Shop since there are only a few slots left.

Hometown Sports Hall of Fame

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MC of the evening
 Dave Labrozzi, Class of 1977

I enjoyed last evenings Hometown Sports Hall of Fame held at the high school. It was great to watch the old football films and listen to John Fragale as he told his story about his love of sports, coaching and his love of Cameron County. All students named were not present at the event.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Homecoming,Hall of Fame, BBQ Weeknd in Cameron County

It will be a busy weekend in Cameron County!

Friday kicks off with the Homecoming Parade at 5:00 P.M. in downtown Emporium. The CCHS Red Raider football team will host the Elk county Catholic High School on our field beginning at 7 P.M. The Homecoming Queen will be chosen at halftime. Go Raiders!!

If your not at the game, stop in town around 7 to meet the competitors for the Kicking Ash BBQ - they will be set up near the Chamber of Commerce.

The new 55 mile Sinnemahone Gravel Race is this Saturday at 9:00am. The 14 mile race is at 9:15am. Both start at the intersection of the West Creek Recreational Trail and Broad Street in Emporium. The Ash Kicking BBQ begins food sales @ 11 AM. Vendors and live music provided by Old Skool will be centered in downtown Emporium.

Hometown Mentors, Inc. is pleased to announce The Cameron County Hometown Sports Hall of Fame will host a meet and greet at 5:00 PM in the Cameron County High School Auditorium. The induction ceremony starts at 6:30 PM celebrating Coach "Papa" John Fragale and the   
1999 Football Team.

As always, there are plenty of scenic drives to take throughout the county. The Elk are bugling, there's wildlife everywhere and several restaurants in Cameron County that offer delicious food. Enjoy your visit!

Table Talk for Business Owners

This Sunday at the Emporium Country Club, The Cameron County Project will host an event to gather the opinions of business owners. What do you see as attributes to the county? Suggestions for the future of the county? It will be round table talks. If you would like to attend this, please call the Chamber of Commerce. 814-486-3314

Emporium's New K-9 Officer

The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library and Emporium Police Department invite area youngsters to join us on Wednesday, October 23 beginning at 4 p.m. for “Get to Know Novak – Emporium’s New K-9 Officer”, a special after-hours program.

K-9 Novak and his handler, Officer Volker Kiefer will perform a demonstration of Novak’s skills in the library, followed by a Q&A session, story time and snacks. Area youth will have the chance to see K-9 Novak in action and ask Officer Kiefer any questions they have about K-9 officers and their duties. Additionally, Officer Kiefer will be reading a special story about Police Dogs to attendees.

This is a great way for our area youth to get to know one of their local officers, learn about the great work K-9 officers do, and have their questions about the police profession answered.

The program is open to all elementary-age children. Parents are encouraged to sign up for the event by coming into the library, calling us, or sending us a message on Facebook.

For questions about the event, or for more information, please contact the library at 814-486-8011, email us at, or find us on Facebook.

Rotary News

CCHS students, Hannah Shaffer, Emily Richnafsky, Eliza Farabaugh and Dalton Ball attended RYLA this year June 23-26 at Juniata College presented the Rotary Club a slide show presentation of their experiences at the Rotary luncheon meeting September 25th . RYLA is an intensive leadership experience designed to help youth connect to their peers, community and the world. This is an unique experience provided by scholarship through the Emporium Rotary Club for selected students.

 Also attending the meeting were visiting Rotarians from Hot Springs Village, AR, Rick Custer 
and Dave Merkle.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Woodland Creations

I love these flowers by Sally Azzato! 

 Custom stumps ordered for an organization's special dinner! Customize your company or organization's conference centerpieces in your choice of colors. Boxes, jars, vases or stumps! #createwithsallyazzato

Elk in PA Program

Elk in PA:
 Elk Conservation and Management - 
Saturday, September 28, 2019
 1:00 - 2:00 PM.

 Join Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist, Jeremy Banfield, for a fascinating look into the life of one of our largest, most intriguing wild animals. Learn the true facts about elk restoration, current populations and elk management in PA from an expert in the field. Discussion questions welcome. Program intended for adults and older children. Wildlife Center Classroom.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pic of the Day

The first caterpillar I've seen this year.
 Old tales say the woolly bear caterpillar can predict the severity of the winter by the length of the red-orange band at the center of its body. The more red-orange there is, the warmer the winter and the less red-orange, the colder and snowy the winter will be. I'm happy to see alot of red-orange on
this one.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - October 13

October 13th at the Emporium Vol Fire Dept there will be a spaghetti dinner from 1pm to 5pm. Proceeds benefit Pink Tober. There will be Raffles and 50/50. The Event is put together by Wendell O’Brien Jr. for his senior project.

Cameron County Ambulance Bingo

Tickets available now!.
Help support this dedicated organization in Cameron County!

Spooky Story Hour @ Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library

The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library invites area youngsters to join us on Halloween night, October 31, from 5-6 p.m. for a very special Spooky Story Hour. We encourage anyone attending to come in costume as Trick-or-Treating officially begins at 6 p.m.

From 5-5:30 p.m., Miss Yelena will be reading National Bestseller, “Room on the Broom” for younger trick-or-treaters who don’t like scares.

From 5:30-6 p.m., things will get extra spooky as Miss Yelena will turn out the lights and pick out a story from “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

Parents are asked to use their own discretion before sending younger children to the second reading.

Additionally, throughout the month of October, Miss Alex, who runs our Story Time and Free to Be Me programs, will be doing fall-themed readings and activities with youngsters age 5 and under.

For questions about the event, or for more information, please contact the library at 814-486-8011 or email us at

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Local Author to Discuss New Novel Set in Sinnemahoning Area

Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library Welcomes Local Author to Discuss His New Novel Set in Sinnemahoning Area

 EMPORIUM -- The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is pleased to welcome area author P.J. Piccirillo on Monday evening, October 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a book signing and Q&A session about his latest title, “The Indigo Scarf”, a work of historical fiction set in the Sinnemahoning area. Piccirillo notes that the book has been heavily researched over the years, and encourages anyone planning to attend the event to read the book ahead of time so he can better address any questions readers may have regarding accuracy and methodology. The book is currently available to loan at the library and will also be available for sale at the front desk leading up to the event. For questions regarding the event, please contact the library at 814-486-8011 or find us on Facebook! New novel addresses the historical legacy of slavery — “A wonderful tale with glimpses of classics like Gone With The Wind, Roots, and ... Amistad.” — Ken Bangs, author of Guardians In Blue

ABOUT THE BOOK: In 1882, Anna Maria Sharpe is departing from Washington’s Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station for the north-central Pennsylvania backwoods she’d fled in her teens doubtful of her identity. She encounters Benjamin James, a drifting, alcoholic longshoreman who’d been implicated in the murder of his brother during Anna Maria’s childhood. Benjamin decides to join her. Along the way, he relates the tale of the ancestors of their sordid hideaway settlement: his father, the infamous ex-slave Jedediah James; George Sharpe, a former indentured grist-miller whom Anna Maria believes was her grandfather; and Sarah Starret and Rosanna Wheler, the white women they had escaped with to the wild Sinnemahone country. Through the story, Anna Maria discovers an intimate connection to the man Benjamin had been accused of murdering, and to the murderer.

Benjamin’s account of the life of Jedediah James reveals a fatal obsession with ownership driving this freed slave toward his reckoning. Clandestine Quakers and a sympathetic prothonotary try to help James as hostilities build to a head between him and the august revolutionary war veteran Samson Starret and Thomas Tillman, a man fixated on a woman an ex-slave threatens to steal from him on the eve of his possessing her. The scenes of The Indigo Scarf take the reader from a forbidden slave marriage on a plantation in Virginia’s tidewater region to the tragic end of a whiskey and timber-pirating operation on the Susquehanna’s un-peopled and feral West Branch during the frontier decades after Pennsylvania’s last Indian purchase.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PJ Piccirillo is an award-winning author and literary artist-in-residence for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A two-time winner of the Appalachian Writers Association Harriette Arnow Award for the Short Story, PJ’s fiction and articles have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers, and syndicates. Much of PJ’s work is set in northcentral Pennsylvania.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Customer Appreciation Day, 9/21/2019!

Marketing 101

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Historical Society Annual Fall Dinner

"LOCAL HISTORIAN JR. MURRAY" to speak at the Cameron County Historical Society annual Fall Dinner Thursday October 17th at 5:30 PM at the VFW in Emporium 427 East Third Street, Emporium PA.

During the past years Jr. has researched many of the people who once lived in Bradytown and Canoe Run. Through his search he has found some interesting facts and stories about them. Who they were, what their jobs were and how everyday life was in this once thriving community.

Through the years Murray has explored the area numerous times and has found many artifacts such as; a miners pick, miners axe, coke hoe and coke fork. All of which he will have on display and discuss how each was necessary for the skills of the various trades that were performed there.

Some of the local people of that time Murray will talk about are the McCabe brothers who were loggers, the Minnos who worked the mines, the Stewarts and the Schwabs who were farmers and entrepreneurs. Many who were there were immigrants who came from the countries as Canada, Switzerland, Austria and Ireland.

Murray even has some artifacts from the site to share with those who attend to take home as a souvenir.

Don't miss this dinner that promises great entertainment by our very own historical orator Jr. Murray. Enjoy a stuffed pork chop with all the trimmings at the cost of $22 - All interested parties must RSVP no later than October 14, 2019 call 814-486-4314 New Members always welcome!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

PA Trails Advisory Committee Seeking Applicants

Do you love trails? Would you consider serving on the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory committee? 

DCNR is currently accepting letters of interest for four Trails Advisory Committee appointments representing the following user groups: Four-wheel driving ATV riding Two members at large The committee is charged with implementing the recommendations of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to develop a statewide land and water trail network that facilitates recreation, transportation, and healthy lifestyles. Appointed members will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to by Thursday, October 31. 

Read more about it by clicking on this link

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry

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

Jesse Szemes - National Foundation for Translplants

Even if you cannot donate at this time. Please share this post so the family can get this out
 there to as many people as possible. 
 Thank you

Please read the complete article by clicking on the link below.

 Jesse Szemes is fighting for his life. In early September, he was admitted to the ICU after two weeks of illness. At that time, Jesse was diagnosed with acute liver and kidney failure. The diagnosis came as a shock for Jesse and his family. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical. Before Jesse can receive a transplant, his transplant center is requiring him to raise funds. It is a very critical time for Jesse, as his health continues to decline while he’s in ICU, and he can’t even be added to the transplant waiting list until funds have been raised.....

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rich Valley Wine Update

The upstairs remodeling project is nearing completion! We have a few more things to finish up but the end is in sight. Although we don't have an exact timeframe on opening the winery, we hope to open the doors late fall of this year. We have tried to do as much work as possible ourselves but there are many people to thank! We have had a few inquiries so we wanted to make it Facebook official. 

We will begin taking rental requests for "The Hive" as we call it at 400 East Allegheny Ave in Emporium. If you are interested in having an event with us please contact us through Facebook or at

 400 East Allegheny Ave 
 Emporium, PA 15834

Gravel Race and All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ Set for September 28

Gravel Race and All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ Set for September 28

The inaugural Sinnemahone Gravel Road Race which is a 55 mile bicycle race utilizing Elk and Susquehannock State Forests along with Sinnemahoning State Park and West Creek Rails Trails set for Saturday morning. Nearly 50 will start the event at 9 in the morning in downtown Emporium traveling 55 miles and returning to the finish line at Broad Street in Emporium. A second group will travel 14 miles on West Creek Rails Trails from Emporium to Truman and return.

The event is part of the Sinnemahone Triple Crown promoting water and land trails in Cameron County. “There are 10 participants on course to compete in all three events,” according to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak. The chamber has undertaken the organizing of the April canoe, September bike and October trail run to encourage visitors to eat, sleep and stay in the region.

The 40 Maples area of Sinnemahoning State Park will provide spectators a viewing area of the racers. The event culminates with the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ. Participants will receive a rib dinner from the competitors.

The All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ enters its 5th year. Alleghany Mountain Chapter of Nam Knights will kick off the event Friday night with a bonfire, music and an opportunity for people to mingle with the competitors. Saturday at 11am people will be able to purchase food from the competitors while listening to music. Desserts will be available from food trucks and vendors will be selling everything from arts and crafts to seasonings for those that like to grill or smoke.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Little Red Barn Airbnb

One of Cameron Counties Airbnb's has a new sign and it looks great! Take a look around this off grid Airbnb by clicking on this link

Reading Under the Lights

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CC Resident Publishes eBook

If you enjoy plant based eating or are curious about it, check out Cristy Solvesons new ebook Plant Powdered Weight Loss. Cristy lives in Cameron County and her book is available on Amazon.

Wagon Ride

We really enjoyed tonights wagon ride at the Elk Country Visitor Center. One elk put on a great show - bugling & running across the field to another group of elk. Of course my favorite part may have been the beautiful horses and it was great to say hello to Mr. P!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Car Seat Promotion @ Saint Marys Walmart

Has your child outgrown their carseat or has theirs expired. Starting tomorrow come to the customer service and give us your carseats and you can receive a $30 gift card to be used for all your baby needs. Promotion ends on September 30th.

 Walmart Saint Marys - Million Dollar Hwy

Fall Ladies Conference

All area women are invited to the Fall Ladies’ Conference, “Beautiful Posture”, on Saturday, September 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Emporium Alliance Church on Sizerville Road. As always, the annual event will include worship, speakers, and special music. Refreshments and luncheon will be provided.

Spokesperson Deb Eckenroth noted, “The half-day structure of these conferences is designed for busy women and/or women who drive a long distance. And the Presence of God is unmistakable throughout the morning. Jesus is incomparably magnetic and compelling, liberating and purifying, strengthening and transformational. Ladies conclude the morning saying it was so worth every effort they made to get there.”

One of the primary speakers for this fall’s conference will be Jessica Pappas of Amherst, NY., who is described by Eckenroth in this manner: “Jess is an articulate, dynamic speaker who holds hearts and minds in a riveting way when she talks of Jesus and shares from the Word of God.” “We’re also fortunate to have Heather Glogau (Kane) leading worship. Heather is the perfect person for the role because she is herself, first and foremost, a true worshiper.” Special music will be provided by Amy Reed (Ulysses) whose unique gifting in songwriting is well known to previous conference attendees. “Amy has composed a song specifically for this fall’s event and women will be astounded that she is still only locally known for her songwriting.” Other speakers will also be participating.

There is no conference or luncheon cost, but any free-will donation will go directly to the poor in Haiti to meet basic needs for food, clean water, and medical care. Ladies’ conference donations have also paid for children’s school attendance and for small, start-up businesses in Haiti.

“Part of the beauty of these mornings”, said Eckenroth, “is the diversity of faith backgrounds, worship traditions, age, and experiences of the women who attend – and the fact that God speaks to each of us at the place where we are. The morning isn’t only for women of faith, but definitely for those who might be questioning and searching. All are warmly invited.” For more information, Deb can be contacted at 814-486-3375. No reservations are required.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Absentee Ballot Voting

Starting with this year’s General Election, voters who need to vote by absentee ballot may apply for the ballot online.

The mobile-friendly, online application site, available at, will go live on Monday, the first day that registered voters may apply for absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election.

When an applicant completes the online form, the information is forwarded directly to the appropriate county elections office for processing. The applicant will then be provided with a ballot that must be completed and either mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate county election office by the deadline, which is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, or Nov. 1 this year.

For more information about who can vote via absentee ballot, click here. 

Pic of the Day

Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rotary News

Christine Greek (middle), owner of The Shed Guy, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting September 10th. Christine and her husband, Bill have owned the business for 15 years located at the intersection of Rt. 6 & 321 in Kane, PA. The Greeks take pride in being a local-based business utilizing the unique, unparalleled craftsmanship of the Amish community, guaranteeing 100% hand-crafted, quality-built sheds and buildings customized to meet customer’s needs at a fair price. Also pictured are Rotarians Paige & John Rosenberger.