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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CCHS Yearbook Fundraiser Cancelled


Please spread the word that the Oakbrook fundraiser that was going to be collected tomorrow is cancelled.  When it is safe, please return the money to those that ordered.  Contact the people who ordered from you and let them know. 

 If you have questions about this or any other yearbook questions please email me at   

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Free Prayer & Drive by Spaghetti Dinner @ Emporium First United Methodist Church

Emporium First United Methodist Church

Saturday April 4th 4 to 6PM

Free Prayer & Drive by Spaghetti Dinner  

Give us a prayer request and we give you dinner!

Park (or stop on the sidewalk) along the Spruce Street Side of the church and we will
 bring it out to you.
God doesn't make junk and you matter to us!

4/3/2020-Yes the drive by spaghetti dinner and prayer is still on. 

However, please note that as the stay at home order and other regulations have been issued we are going to make a few gentle changes.

 1. We will place the food containers in your trunk or set them by your car door that you might pick them up and place them in your vehicle. This is to avoid cross contamination. 
2. Your prayer requests that you might have will be taken verbally and we will maintain social distancing practices and will write them down for you. 

We are praying for you and want you to know we believe you are important!

Follow their Facebook page for more church updates.

Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union Update

Update:  MLFCU will be closing our lobbies indefinitely to walk-in traffic effective Wednesday, April 1st and will be offering limited services only.  

Please contact your local branch for more information on how to complete your transactions as several have drive thru windows and several branches are doing Curbside Banking. 
 We are here for you and will continue to be here for all your financial needs.

Cameron County Fireworks Delay Easter Bunny Breakfast

From the CC Chamber of Commerce

New federal guidelines in the fight against Covid-19 limiting groups of people meeting until April 30 forcing the cancelation of the Easter Bunny Breakfast which was scheduled for Saturday April 11. Instead the Cameron County Fireworks committee planning a quackoff when the federal guidelines are lifted.The quackoff will include launching sales for the firequacker duck derby which is a major fundraiser for the fireworks planned for Friday July 3. Organizers say children will be able to take home their own rubberduck which they can enter in the race held during Weekend in the Wilds. The committee urges families to limit Easter activities to those living in their household which is part of thefederal guidelines.
 Across Cameron County folks have been painting their windows to spread Easter greeting

Pic of the Day

Cameron, Somerset counties now under stay-home order from Gov. Wolf

Cameron, Somerset counties now under stay-home order from Gov. Wolf: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has added seven more counties to his order to stay at home as the new virus expands its reach and Pennsylvania reports another big jump in confirmed COVID-19 ca…

CCHS Remote Learning Program

Attention CCSD students and parents:

CCSD will begin a Remote Learning Program beginning on April 8, 2020.  By restarting our instructional program, we will be able to provide appropriate instruction for our students and our school-related activities will count toward the completion of the school year.  

As of April 8, our teachers will be prepared to provide instruction through online resources that already exist for our staff and students. Additionally, paper-based resources will be provided, as needed to those lacking Internet access.  All instruction will adhere to current social distancing measures already in place.  

A letter with more detailed information is being mailed today.  In addition, we encourage all students to check their school email account at least once a day for more information from their individual teachers. 

We will continue to post information on the district website and this Facebook page.  

Please be sure you are practicing recommended social distancing guidelines and washing your hands often.  

Let’s stay healthy CCSD family!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Sweden Valley Accepting Donations of Homemade Masks

Please consider helping as we prepare to safely respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

 We are accepting donations of fabric face masks to help fill the gap of the nation’s shortage of protective gear (PPE). 

 All hand-sewn masks will be properly laundered and prepared for use.
 Please contact or call 419-999-2010 to arrange delivery of the masks.

 Click here to access making face masks instructions:

Hilltop Lodge/Motorcross Track Closed Until Further Notice

Hilltop Lodge/Motorcross Track (Emporium, Pa) is closed until further notice

PA Primary Election Rescheduled

To help Pennsylvanians stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19, our primary election has been rescheduled to June 2.

☑️ May 18 is now the last day to register to vote.
☑️ May 26 is now the last day to sign up to vote by mail ballot.

Learn more about voting in Pennsylvania at

All 4-H Events, Activities, Meetings Cancelled till Further Notice

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the unprecedented challenges it poses to communities across PA and around the world, all 4-H activities, events, and club meetings are suspended until further notice. Communication will be sent when these events can resume. Along with direction and cooperation with Penn State Extension, the State 4-H Office will re-evaluate the status of canceled events, by May 15th, 2020.

We are sorry to announce that all 2020 PA 4-H residential camps (also called summer camps or overnight camps) have been cancelled. Counties have been encouraged to offer virtual camps and/or face to face day camps if social distancing recommendations have been relaxed by the time our summer programming season is upon us.

Pennsylvania COVID-19 updates

Pennsylvania COVID-19 updates —

🏫 Schools/businesses closed: Until further notice 
🏡 Added to Stay at Home Order: Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Schuylkill counties
 📆 Stay at Home Order in effect: Through at least April 30

While Elk County does not have a "Stay at Home Order" every effort should be made to stay home and only travel outside the home when necessary.

Resources and more information here:

PennDot Extends Expiration Dates

PennDOT announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Deadlines on the following products will be extended effective today, March 27:

➡️ Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020. 
➡️ Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020. ➡️ Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.

These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 16.

Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed for counter service until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16, 2020.

As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Jobs Available Through CC Recreation Center

Cameron County Recreation is accepting lawn maintenance bids for the spring/summer/fall 2020 season. Applicants must provide their own liability insurance and equipment. Interested candidates should respond to Holly Manginell, Recreation Director at or by mail at 300 S. Chestnut Street. Bids will be accepted until April 30th.


 Cameron County Recreation Department is accepting applications for a summer program assistant. 
The applicant must be highly motivated, at least 17 years of age and entering their senior year of high school or a graduating senior or college student continuing their education. Applicants are required to obtain Act 34 and Act 151 clearances. Job duties consist of assisting the director, help implement programs and activities at the recreation center or at off site locations throughout the 9-week summer session, supervising children 1st through 6th grade, take photos, keep daily attendance and write a weekly article for the newspaper describing the week’s events. Applications can be made available by contacting Holly Manginell at the Recreation Center at 486-8915 or by email at 

At this time please do not come to the office to get applications without scheduling an appointment. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020.

Events & Activities Cancelled at CC Recreation Center

With the current situation with COVID-19 and following the CDC recommendations to limit activities at recreation and community centers we will be closing the center until further notice. This will include all classes and rentals. The health of our patrons and community members is our first priority. Extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures have already been in place and will continue. Thank you for your patience at this time. Please stay safe and well.

VFW POST 6221 Bingo Cancelled for the Season

To all out VFW POST 6221 Bingo players. We are going to cancel our bingo nights for the season. 

This is because of the COVID-19. We will again start our Bingo nights on Sept. 7th, 2020 if all goes well. We hope you are all well and healthy. 

Stay Safe Bingo Chairman, Barry Sarick

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pic of the Day

Hygrade Inn Update

Although The Hygrade Inn is permitted to be open for business, we have decided to remain closed through the end of April. 

We are aware that this is a fluid situation and will reassess again when the time comes. Our hotel has been deep cleaned over the last week.

 If there is an urgent need for a hotel room, please contact us directly. 
Reservations cannot be made online. 
 To all of our guests and our friends in our close knit community and across the country, 
please stay safe!

Penn Highlands Coronavirus Prevention & Preparedness

This page offers information and resources for Penn Highlands patients and the community, including steps to take if you are concerned you may have Coronavirus

Fox's Pizza Den of Emporium is Open

Missing out on your times of dining out at a restaurant? Tired of eating bread and pasta? Look no further as we’ve been in front of your eyes the whole time! We are still operating under our normal hours, and offer our services of take out and delivery. 

It is strictly forbidden to dine in with us at this time. 

If your food is not ready yet, please wait in your car or outside until it is if you have ordered take out. 

Also, if you pay over the phone with a credit card it will help to prevent as much touching and interaction.
Please give us a call at Emporium Fox’s Pizza Den at (814) 486-3637. 

We are open 7 days a week. 

Remember to support your local businesses!

 Thank you! — at Fox's Pizza Den of Emporium

Weather Alert



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Morning Glory Hill Greenhouse

Morning Glory Hill Greenhouse
 Normally we don’t open until the end of April and it’s too soon to put much out now but we are going to make use of our produce stand during this COVID-19 pandemic.

 Everything has been disinfected and it is in the stand now for self-service shopping. The stand is located at the entrance of our driveway. We put a few dozen eggs down there when we have them, but that isn’t a guarantee so first come first serve. 

Please bring One dollar bills, or the exact amount, because we cannot make change. Just put your money in the box – it is all on the honor system. If you have a request for anything not at the stand, please call. 781-3707. 
We will be taking payment via credit cards - just give us a call. 

We ask that you schedule pick up the same day as payment to avoid confusion. Please do not order your vegetable flats or flower flats at this time. We are hoping to open but want to take things day by day and see how things are. Ordering is for small things such as honey, house plants, or call to see what is available at this time. 

We’re going to try this for a few weeks and see how it goes as a trial. Also, if you need a gift certificate for Easter or Mother’s Day, call now and pay us online. 
We will mail the gift certificate to you. 

Remember, it is early to garden so we need this time to get things ready for the warmer months ahead.  We are short staffed, doing our part by having only immediate family members entering the greenhouse and working as much as we can to get all the plants ready in time. Thank you so much during this difficult time. 

Local Church Services Offered Online

Church Services Offered Online

This is a list of local church's that are offering online services or information regarding their hours of operation. If you have any information for me to add please email me at

St Mark Church 
(814) 486-0569 

Please join us for LIVE Streaming of weekend mass (3/28-29/2020) on Saturday, March 28th @ 5:00 PM. Also, weekday masses next week will be LIVE Streamed @ 8:15 AM.


Emporium First United Methodist Church
Friends we need your help getting the gospel word out to a world locked behind doors. Please let them know that we will be together for worship on Facebook Live Sunday at 11AM. They just need to get to our Facebook page and join us. Also, the trustees work project for March 28th has been postponed.


Emporium CMA Church Emporium Alliance Church 
 (814) 486-3562

Visit their Facebook page this Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 am for live service

First Presbyterian Church
 (814) 486-3061
This Sunday, March 29, 2020, we will be streaming a shortened version of our worship service. 
You are cordially invited to join us at 10:30 AM.


Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Emporium, PA 

**SERVICES CANCELLED** We have received word from Bishop Sean Rowe of The Diocese of North Western PA regarding the COVID-19 virus and current situation. He has suspended all in - person worship effective Sunday, March 15th. Currently this will be in effect through the end of March. We will update as often as we have new information. We pray that you and your families, friends, a nd neighbors remain healthy through this period.


First Baptist Church of Emporium 
(814) 486-5691 
March 19, 2020 For the health and safety of all First Baptist will not have services for
 the next two weeks.

Cameron County Recycling Center is Open

We have been getting a lot of questions if we are open. 

YES we are open, but please remember we only take the following items Plastic 1 & 2 Paper Cardboard Aluminum cans Steel/tin cans. NO CAT FOOD CANS Glass: brown, green and clear 

 If you have an item and your not sure if we accept it, please ask. (814) 486-3348 I
f it’s not on our list it’s not accepted. Thank you

The Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk in St Mary's is Postponed

Hello All! We have decided to postpone this year’s Bunny Hop until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although it is not in our area, we want to keep all safe! We intend to reschedule once able! We are so very sorry for any inconvenience. If you have already registered, it will remain valid for the actual even when it occurs. Unfortunately the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is unable to refund at this time but can give tax exempt donation receipts upon request. Keep yourself and your families safe and healthy! Wash hands! Walking and running is still GREAT for your immune system. Drink lots of water and take immune boosters like Vitamin C and Zinc. If you do run or walk on “bunny hop Easter Saturday” snap a pic and share it with us! Please reach out with any questions! 
The Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk

Cameron County Family Center Wants to Help

Cameron County Family Center


 Do you want a chance to earn gift certificates to spend at our towns small businesses? We at the Family Center are looking to help meet your needs as well as the small businesses during this crisis. We want to know what you and your family could use toward necessities locally. Tell us some businesses that your family could use certificates for. Need groceries? Emporium Food Store could help. Need a quick meal? A local restaurant could help. Need your car inspected? An auto shop could help. Message your home visitor if you think any of these ideas could benefit you and your family or suggest any other business you have in mind. 


(814) 486-4000 Ext 2042

Cameron County Confirmed Case of COVID-19

At approximately 11:45 am, notification of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 within Cameron County was received from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

 No additional information was released The Department of Health also released the new case numbers at 12:00 pm, available at

Rich Valley Wine Available this Weekend

With the tasting room being closed for the foreseeable future, we have decided to test the waters of curbside pickup and local delivery options using our new website. 🚪

Visit our website at to place an order. 

 *We will be fulfilling orders today, Saturday March 28th & tomorrow, 
Sunday, March 29th from 4pm - 6pm.* 

🚚Deliveries will be made after 6pm each day. 


Friday, March 27, 2020

List of Restaurants Serving Takeout or Delivery in Cameron County

This is a list of restaurants serving take out or delivery options. 
 Please call or visit their Facebook page for details.
The situation around us changes quickly,
I will keep this page updated to the best of my ability.

Aroma Cafe 
Specials and full menu available


Buttonwood Restaurant 
Full menu options


The Bear Den
3/25/20  UpDate - 

We have decided to completely close   until we feel it is safe for our employees and customers to return to work. Thank you all for being so understanding in this time of uncertainty, we appreciate the kind words and support more than we can say!



Cabin Kitchen and Bakery

3/21/20 UPDATE - It is with deep regret that we will be closed effective immediately.
We will resume regular hours as soon as possible and keep you updated.
 We are so sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you very soon. 

814) 486-0528

Charley’s Friendly Tavern & Restaurant 

Please call 486-0539 to place an order.

Check their FB page for specials.
Open Wed. & Thurs. 4:30 - 8 pm
 Fri., & Saturday 4:30 - 9 pm
Credit & Debit cards not accepted and we apologize for this inconvenience


The Driftwood Senior Center 

 UPDATE: The Driftwood Senior Center will remain closed through Monday, March 30th. 
 In a attempt to meet the daily nutritional needs of its' regular attendees, a hot meal is available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Driftwood Sr. Center at noon. 

To those that are a regular & registered attendee to our lunches, prior to this closing 
The meal is ordered for this individual before 11:30 am one day prior.
 Meal is picked up at the door at Noon. 
 Any questions, please call 546-2331. 814-546-2331


Emporium Senior Center
 814) 486-3707 
Update as of 3/30 
We will remain closed until further notice.

 However, due to the senior center having been a service that has been meeting the daily nutritional needs of its' regular attendees, a daily weekday hot meal is available at this time for individuals who meet the following criteria: 
 1) Someone has been a regular & registered attendee to our lunches, prior to this closing 
2) A meal is ordered for this individual before 1pm on the day before 
3) Meal is picked up at the door at Noon.

We will post further updates as we are made aware of any changes that may arise.

There will be no takeout meal on Fri., April 10 in remembrance of Good Friday 


Food King 

Opening 4/23 for takeout


Fox's Pizza Den of Emporium
 (814) 486-3637

Open 11 am - 10 pm (11 on Fri & Sat.)


Lakeview Store LLC 

Opening March 28
Call for store hours


Mack's Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar Inc.
 (814) 486-0229
Please check their FB page for hours/ specials or updates
Open Tues. through Sat., 2 pm -7 pm
Sunday, noon till 6 pm
Offering delivery within 3 miles 


My Place 
814) 507-1219
Please call or check their FB page for hours/ specials or updates 

Pizza Palace Plus 


Emporium Sheetz and Fuel On are Open


Rich Valley Wines 

After this evening Friday, March 20, we will be closed for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to evaluate our options every week.
Please check their FB site for weekend updates! 

UPDATE 3/28/2020

 We are offering curbside pickup and local delivery options using our new website. 

Visit our website to place an order 
Deliveries will be made after 6 pm each day

  You may also  purchase Rich Valley Wines E-Gift cards for yourself, or send via email to others, by visiting 

We can be reached at 814-507-1120 (RVW Phone )
Email is


Sinnemahoning Tavern

Beginning today, Friday 3/20- The Tavern will be open from 3 -5 pm for takeout six-packs and food.
Lottery tickets also.
It's important to note that food and beverage cannot be consumed on premises.

(814) 546-2888 


 (814) 486-0402
Open 3-8 daily
Please call to confirm their hours of service

New Conservation Education Scholarship Available for High School Seniors

New Conservation Education Scholarship Available for High School Seniors! 

Students who reside in Pennsylvania who are currently in their senior year of high school will have the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Seneca Resources Company, LLC. The amount of $1,000 is awarded once to the scholarship recipient. In order to be eligible for this educational scholarship, students must be accepted to attend a college or secondary vocational/trade school. They must also be majoring in or pursuing a career in an environmental field, including but not limited to: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Education, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Botany, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Sustainability, Parks and Recreation. 

Deadline for submission is June 30th. For more information, visit our website using this link.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

East End Beverage Open This Weekend

East End Beverage.
Open Friday & Saturday 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Drive Up Only

CCHSD Report Card Update

Attention CCSD students and parents:

Due to the extended school closure, we have shut down the 3rd grading period as of March 13, 2020 instead of the scheduled ending date of March 20, 2020.

Teachers have been instructed to calculate grades for all work assigned and completed through Friday, March 13, 2020. Any assignments that were due between March 16 and March 20 will be dismissed and excluded from the grade calculation. Additionally, teachers have been instructed to be lenient with regard to assignments not turned in by students who had legal absences from school during the week of March 9-13.

Once all grades are calculated and submitted, report cards will be mailed home.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Northern Tier & Cameron County Food Pantry Pick Up - Many Helping Hands

Northern Tier Community Action Corporation had many hands on deck to help with today’s food distribution! Wearing gloves, protective masks, and physically walking food boxes to the cars of waiting families allowed us to serve the people of Cameron County, while maintaining pro cautionary measures and social distancing to help prevent the spread of any kind of viruses.

Cameron County has not had a report of anyone being sickened by COVID19, but in times such as these we are using extra prudence. It was an overwhelming success, with only a few fixable glitches! Families in need will have food, and hopefully stay healthy.
A big thanks to the Cameron County Food Pantry for all their work !

Sheetz gives $3/hr pay increase to all store employees

Sheetz gives $3/hr pay increase to all store employees: ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — While being labeled ‘essential’ to their communities, Sheetz has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now giving their employees a boost in pay …

Gardner's Candy Order Pick Up Details


The Gardner's Candy order is set to arrive on THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd at the 
Cameron County High School.

Due to restrictions beyond our control, we need you to PLEASE make arrangements to have your child's order picked up as listed:

Please plan to pick up your child's order between 11:45 AM and 12:45 PM. 
If you need to pick up a lunch, plan to arrive between 11:45 and Noon. 
Orders will be curbside pick up in the student drop off zone of the high school, 
just like picking up lunches.

Please do not enter the school or go to the bandroom under any circumstances.

If you are having someone other than the parent/legal guardian picking up the order, please be sure that they state the name of the child when they are picking up the order.

All orders MUST BE PICKED UP at the designated time and date listed - we cannot make alternate arrangements for pick up.

Our suggestion for delivery is to deliver your orders by setting them on the person's porch and then leaving. You will need to let them know when you are delivering. There is no need for personal contact when delivering.

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

Kane Drive In Update

Hello friends,

We wanted to take an opportunity to check in with you and let you know the status of the drive in during this unusual time.

We had planned on a mid April opening, but for many reasons...not the least of which is Governor Wolf’s mandate, we are putting the opening on hold for now. If things change before mid April, we will open on time. But for now, here’s the details.

Movie companies have pushed back the release dates of many of the Spring movies.

Even though it would seem that sitting in your car would be safe, we would still be faced with some level of social contact. We would be required to provide public restrooms. In addition, our gate would have to be open and would expose someone to contact with many people. And finally, we would be unable to open the snack bar, which is the greatest source of revenue for us.

While we miss you and would love to be able to provide a distraction to you and your family, at this time we will be postponing our opening until things improve. We will be closely monitoring the situation and we’ll keep you posted as things change. We will open as soon as the ban is lifted.

So, with all this said, wash your hands, take care of you and yours and we’ll see you soon under the beautiful starry skies!

(814) 837-9760 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Saint Mary's Walmart

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have adjusted our pharmacy and vision center hours as listed below. Our pharmacy and vision center will be open exclusively to seniors 60+ every Tuesday from 6am-7am.

Cameron Lodge is available for Easter weekend!

The Cameron Lodge is available for Easter weekend! 

If you're looking for a weekend getaway its a great place to plan an Easter Egg book your stay go to

Social Distancing

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April 4 Multiphasic Screening Postponed

April 4 Multiphasic Screening Postponed.

Given the ongoing global concerns around coronavirus, we want to do our part to keep our entire community safe and to contribute to the management of this growing public health crisis. Due to the potential for exposure and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing, UPMC is cancelling large group events. 

As a result, we are postponing the multiphasic screening scheduled for Saturday, April 4, in Ridgway.

We apologize for any inconvenience and request your patience as we seek to make the best decisions possible to keep everyone in our community healthy and safe while also doing our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Sinnemahoning Tavern Reminder

REAL ID Deadline Extended

The deadline to obtain a REAL ID (or other form of REAL ID-compliant identification), originally set for Oct. 1, has been extended by the Trump administration. 

When a new deadline is announced, I will be sure to pass the information along. The extension is the result of the spread of COVID-19, which has left many states, including ours, behind in the processing of REAL ID applications. This extension means you will continue to be able to board a domestic flight or enter a secure federal building with a standard driver's license beyond Oct. 1.

Emporium Vol Fire Dept Events Cancelled for Two Weeks

Emporium Vol Fire Dept 

 The regularly scheduled fire practice/training events are cancelled for the next two weeks. This allows us to follow state and federal social distancing guidelines as well as limiting our members exposure risk and ensure the department is able to continue to provide fire/rescue services to our community.

Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library Closed Through April 6

The library, in accordance with the following order will be remaining closed through at least April 6. 

We received the following notice yesterday: “Consistent with the Governor’s order and Secretary Rivera’s closure extension for K-12 schools, and the Public Library Code which grants the Deputy Secretary for Libraries the power and duty to “coordinate a Statewide system of local libraries” (24 PA.C.S. § 9311(b)(5)), the Office of Commonwealth Libraries directs Pennsylvania public libraries to remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.” 

As we have been for the past week, we will continue to extend due dates and forgive late fees for this period. Library staff will be available to answer questions via Facebook and Email and will continue to provide the community with the latest information and digital resources. 

We appreciate your patience through these uncertain times. Stay safe out there.

PA Fish and Boat Commission COVID 19 Update

From the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC):

In an effort to reduce large gatherings of people and the number of anglers traveling into the regional area, a single Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur on Saturday, April 11, and a Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place on Saturday, April 18. The earlier regional mentored youth and opening days will not occur in 2020.

Trout stocking will be conducted on an accelerated schedule. To ensure public safety, volunteers will NOT be permitted to assist with stocking activities. In some cases, pre-season and in-season allocations of trout will be combined into single stocking events to increase the efficiency of stocking trips. Initially, stockings will be prioritized to deliver trout to regions of the Commonwealth that are predicted to be affected most severely by COVID-19 that could result in restrictions on travel.

To reduce unnecessary travel and social contact amid health concerns, anglers and boaters may display their fishing license, launch permit, or boat registration digitally on a phone or other mobile device as proof of possession. This change will allow customers who may be unable to, or feel uncomfortable visiting a store to purchase a fishing license, launch permit, or boat registration renewal to make the purchase online through The Outdoor Shop (

If approached by a Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) in the field, the angler or boater would only have to produce the digital image of the license, permit or registration on their phone or mobile device. A digital copy of the .pdf, photo, or screenshot of your fishing license, launch permit or boat registration on your phone or mobile device will all be accepted as proof of possession.

Pic of the Day

photo credit to Leanne Cooney 

 Bobcat seen near Rt 120 East of Emporium

St Mark Church Two Special Events


The Holy Father has called for the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25 to be a world day of prayer for all Christians. He asks all Christians to pray the Lord’s prayer that day, which the Pope will do at noon in Rome (7:00 a.m. our time). At 1:00 p.m. our time that day, Bishop Persico will lead the people of the diocese in praying the Our Father via a live-stream transmission which can be found on the diocesan website. He will then lead us in praying the Rosary to ask the Virgin Mary’s intercession during this crisis.

The Holy Father has also indicated that on Friday, at 6:00 p.m. Rome time (1:00 p.m. our time) he will lead a special prayer service from St. Peter Basilica overlooking the square. It will include Scripture, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and an extraordinary imparting of the Apostolic Blessing urbi et orbi (to the city and to the world) to which is attached the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence. The faithful are encouraged to participate through social media or other means of communication.

CCSD Student Internet Access Survey

The Cameron County School District is planning for continuity of education for students in the event that we are not able to return to school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In order to formulate a distance learning plan, we ask that the following survey be completed for each district household that has K-12 students. 

If there are more than 6 students in the household, please fill out the survey again to include all students. 
Please complete the survey as soon as possible. 

 The survey is available at:

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Gibson Township Voting On Ordinance Change

The following ordinance Gibson Township Supervisors will be voting on at our April 20th meeting, which starts at 7:00 pm


Section 1. Purposes
The purposes of the Ordinance is to establish certain Township Roads in Gibson Township, Cameron County, Pennsylvania as snowmobile, ATV and UTV roads so as to allow for the sharing of these designated roads by snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s with vehicular traffic.
Section 2. Definitions The definitions of ATV or “all” terrain vehicle, and snowmobiles shall be defined in the Motor Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Section 3. Designation of Roadways Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 77 of Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, 75, C.S.A. Section 7701, et seq., the following Township roads are hereby designated as snowmobile, ATV and UTV roads, to be shared with vehicle traffic:

T300 Huston Hill Road .09
T301 Bennetts Creek Road 1.16
T302 Mason Hill Road 6.22 - .09 - 1.51 v T304 Castle Garden Road .73 - .16
T305 Sheddy Road 1.80 - .19
T307 Pine Tree Road .26
T320 Grove Street .23 - .12
T323 Floyds Road .09 - .81
T325 Water Gauge Road .36
T342 Hoover Road 6.61 - .70
T343 Karthus Mountain Road .09 - .70
T347 Mix Run Road 3.53
T349 Smithfield Road .22
T356 Jerry Run Road 3.52
T357 Three Runs Road .31

Section 4. Rules and Regulations All operators of snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s shall comply with the rules and regulations as established by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and shall comply with all provisions of the “All-Terrain Vehicle Law” as prescribed in Chapter 77 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. 75 Pa. C.S.A.
Section 7701, et seq.

Section 5. Penalties and Fines All operators shall be subject to any fines and penalties as prescribed by the rules and regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

Section 6. Posting Notices Adequate notices of such designation and determination shall be sufficiently and prominently displayed.

Section 7. Liability In accordance with the Motor Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (specifically 75 PA. C.S.A. Section 7722) Gibson Township hereby assumes no liability whatsoever as a result of designating any of the aforesaid Township Roads as snowmobile, ATV and UTV Roads.

Section 8. Repeal All Ordinances or resolutions or part of Ordinances or resolutions, insofar as they are inconsistent herewith, be and same hereby repealed.

Section 9. Severability If any sentence, clause section, or part of this Ordinance is for any reason found to be unconstitutional, illegal, or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses, sections or parts of this Ordinance. It is hereby declared as the intent of the Council of the Township, that this Ordinance would have been adopted had such constitution, illegal or invalid sentence, clause, section or part thereof not been included therein.

Section 10 Effective Date This Ordinance shall become effective five (5) days after its adoption.

Section 11. Invalidity of Provision The invalidity of any sections, clause, sentence or provision contained in this ordinance shall not affect the validity of any other section, clause, sentence or provision of this ordinance which can be given effect without such invalid part or parts.

Section 12. Amendment The Township reserves the right to amend or repeal this ordinance in part or in whole whenever it may deem necessary.

ENACTED AND ORDAINED into an Ordinance this ______ day of ________________, 2020, by Gibson Township, Cameron County, Pennsylvania, in Lawful Session duly assembled

The Gibson Township Supervisors wanted me to let all landowners (residents or seasonal) within the Township that they would like input about the upcoming vote on the Opening of Township roads ATV & UTV’s. Due to COVID-19 we will have to limit the amount of people who may attend our meeting to 10 and that includes the supervisors. We are asking that you send you input via email to by April 15th, so the supervisors have time to review them and make a informed decision on their vote. All input is welcome. Thank you, Brandi Sherry,

Monday, March 23, 2020

PA Made - Art in Nearby St Mary's

This is a great Facebook site to visit. 
I saw some of this young ladies work while visiting an event in Benezette and it is beautiful. 


I'm taking orders for the pet ornaments.

Two buying options: 1 for $45 OR 2 for $75 
Shipping is available for ONLY $5

Hand-painted close-up view of your pet from a photo that you provide.

I can paint your cat, dog, bird, pig, horse, or other animal onto this wood slice.

Wood slices are 3.5-4 inches in diameter and may vary slightly in size or appearance

Wood slices feature a raw edge of natural bark and come with a jute twine hanger.

IMPORTANT: Please message me if you'd like one and send 1-3 high-resolution photos of the pet. These are small ornaments and paintings will including head/neck only. Please choose a photo that has clear detail, a nice pose, and shows the pet's colors well.

**I don't do these ornaments often and there is a limited quantity.

COVID School Guidance Information

School Guidance
 Answers to Common Questions 
Information will be updated on this page as it's made available - please check back frequently.

Sherwin Williams Providing Curb Side Pickup

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we are taking special measures to ensure health and well-being. One of the ways to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to limit contact with others and time spent in public places. For these reasons, we are temporarily limiting the way you can order and receive product.

 Effective immediately you must call-in your order to your local store and we will provide 
curbside pickup. 

Our website and ColorSnap app are available 24/7 to help with color selection and offer inspiration. We’ve got lots of great product information on too. When you are ready to place your order, just give us a call and we will carry it out to your car. 

We have also temporarily reduced store hours: 
Monday – Friday: Normal open time – 5:00pm 
Saturday: Normal open time – 4:00 pm 
Sunday: Normal open time – 2:00 pm 

*Subject to local or federal government direction 

We are working hard to provide you with the trademark service that you deserve and expect from us.

PA Small Business Development Center Webinar

SBA Emergency Loan Webinar: Process for applying and FAQs 
 Wednesday, March 25 10:30am to 11:30am
Registration Deadline - 3/25/20 at 8:00am

Do you have questions about the SBA Emergency loan for small business owners?

 The PA Small Business Development Center is hosting a no-cost webinar is designed to provide our small business clients with answers to help you understand: Who is eligible for an SBA Emergency loan? What you need to have in hand before filing your application? Understand realistic timelines for approval/closing on your loan Helpful guides to help you estimate your economic loss to SBA

 Register and learn more

COVID-19 Business Assistance Resources
 CCEDC is compiling the latest news and resources for businesses. Check out our COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource page and follow us on social media.

COVID-19 Toolkit 

The team at Seedcopa + SeedcoDE is serving you remotely. For up-to-the-minute developments, please visit our COVID-19 Small Business Toolkit and follow us on social media.


As one of the nation's leading health care providers, UPMC wants to ensure you have access to the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.

UPMC expects to expand testing capacity for COVID-19 over the next week. Our health system tested about 80 select, symptomatic patients per day last week at a facility in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. We plan to double that amount over the next week to provide more help for people who need it.

So far, we have tested nearly 1,000 samples for COVID-19. Five of those samples tested positive.

If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus but aren’t showing symptoms, call your doctor for advice. Use social distancing and self-isolation methods to avoid spreading the virus.

If you have symptoms that are flu-like, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, use UPMC AnywhereCare. UPMC Urgent Care locations cannot collect specimens or test for COVID-19.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care.

If you can, call ahead of time so staff may prepare for your arrival and prevent the spread of any illness. Do not delay if you have severe breathing problems. 

Visit for more information.

 UPMC is temporarily limiting visitors in response to COVID-19.

Penn Highlands Healthcare Welcomes Medical Donations

Penn Highlands Healthcare invites community members and organizations to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the region’s healthcare system. 

Penn Highlands will add these supplies to their inventory as the healthsystem enacts preparedness measures in the event that the spread of COVID-19 should pose a threat to our community.

Penn Highlands Healthcare Supply Chain Management has issued a list of the supplies that may potentially be needed: N95 respirator masks (these must be N95), face masks, surgical masks, exam gloves, isolation gowns, head covers, shoe covers and Sani-Cloth wipes. 

Donors may reach out to Alycia Scott, Procurement Specialist (814-375-3391 or or Jennifer Bowser, MMIS Support Assistant (814-375-3370 or 

For more information about COVID-19 as it may affect our community visit

Rich Valley Wines Update

We will continue to evaluate our options every week. For the time being you can purchase Rich Valley Wines E-Gift cards for yourself, or send via email to others, by visiting 

 We applied for our shipping license over the weekend. It is unlikely we will have it for awhile but it will allow us to ship to most areas of the country! Stay tuned as we all find ways to make it through the next few months!