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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Kenneth E. Coveney

Kenneth E. Coveney, 71, of 10 1/2 East 6th St., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Friday, May 29, 2020 morning following a lengthy illness. He was born August 3, 1948 in Coudersport, PA a son of the late Viall A. and Irene Alden Coveney.

Ken was a lifelong resident of Cameron County. He attended Cameron County High School until 1965 when he joined the US Navy and served 2-1/2 tours. In the 1970's he toured with many rock bands of the era doing the lighting and sound for the shows. During the 1980's & 1990's he worked a carpenter. He was a co-chairman of the Big Flag Committee and a life member and Past Commander of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW, where he also served on the board of directors, and a member of the American Legion in Coudersport.

He is survived by two sons, Terrence Coveney, Morganton, NC; and Kenneth Coveney, Emporium; daughter, Katrina Heather Coveney, Pasadena, MD; five grandchildren; brother, Thomas Woolslayer, Erie; and a close friend Jeannie Garrigan, Emporium.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Viall Allen Coveney and
 Franklin Coveney,

There will be no visitation. A graveside military service will take place at Newton Cemetery, Emporium on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Big Flag committee, c/o: VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Friday, May 29, 2020

WiFi Available at Library

The library parking now has a WiFi Hotspot called "HomeworkHub" with an open network (with great signal) available for public use.

Storm Cheerleading Update

I know everyone is wondering about Storm Cheer signups, since they are usually held in May. To be honest, none of us have an answer.

Plans are being made for a season, but details are still up in the air. The OAYFL cheer board is planning a meeting over the next several weeks to discuss how to move forward.

The safety of our cheerleaders and by extension their families, is our highest priority. Social distancing while teaching cheers and stunts just is not possible. I’m sure many of you have seen that local Little Leagues are cancelling their seasons, because of the requirements in place. We are hoping that it doesn’t come to that!!

Any announcements or updates will be posted here, so check back often.
Coaches Nicki, Chandra, Nicole, Ashley, and Lexi

Cameron County Recreation Center Update

Hey everyone! I’m sure you are all excited to get back to some normalcy like we are here. As you know we are now in the green phase and that means things are opening. 

With that being said the office is open normal hours beginning today. The game room we will be easing into opening starting on Tuesday June 2nd. We will then be open Thursday and Saturday. This will be for the next two weeks. We are only allowed 50% capacity so that means things will be limited. We will only allow 10 kids in the game room at one time. 

There will be time limits to ensure everyone gets a chance to come in. Everything will be cleaned after each group leaves before another enters. The basketball court will also be open limited hours as well. For next two weeks it will be open only when the office or game room is open.

 We will not be providing balls you will need to bring your own. No leagues or large numbered games allowed at this time. Please be respectful of this so we can keep things open.

Classes, meetings or some rentals will also follow the 10 person rule depending which room is used. At this time we cannot allow birthday parties, showers etc due to not being able to meet social distancing and room capacity.

 We will keep you posted when that changes.

 The Third Street and South Park playgrounds are open but please try to follow social distancing rules which are posted. 

Summer programs are in the works stay tuned for more information on that. And as always please be patient with us this is new and we are doing our best! 
Thank you!

Emporium MOOSE #368 Update

Moose Members!! Friday May 29th we will open at 7 am!!
 We can’t wait to see you all again!! 
Please be aware we still have to maintain social distancing and bar stools have been placed 6 feet apart. 
Our hours are as follows:
 Saturday-Thursday 10am-close 
Fridays- 7am-close

Apollo Theatre of St Marys Update

We at Apollo Theatre need to inform everyone that we will not be reopening this Friday, May 29, 2020, despite our region entering the green phase. Theatres were not previously listed in the green phase. We did not anticipate being allowed to reopen this soon. In the upcoming weeks, we will be preparing the building for reopening and looking for older movies that may be available for us to show.


• Our auditorium capacity has been lowered to 50%. Every other row will not be used and there will be at least three chairs between groups to allow for social distancing.

• The theatre will open at 6:00pm instead of 6:30pm. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early so they can get their pick of designated seats and be ushered into the auditorium. Choice of seats is first come first serve. We will not sell any tickets after the movie starts, so do not arrive late.

• We will be showing one movie in the evening at 7:00pm and switch between auditoriums daily to allow for thorough cleaning between shows.

• Employees will be wearing masks.

• Counter tops and other surfaces will be sanitized throughout the evening.

• Bathrooms will be sanitized every thirty minutes.

• The concession stand will close after 7:30pm. It will not be open during the movie. This is to encourage patrons to remain in their chairs and to not leave the auditorium unnecessarily.

• When not in their seats, patrons must wear their masks at all times. Masks must be worn in the lobby, at the concession stand, in the aisles of the auditorium, and to the bathrooms. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

We ask that people cooperate with us as we transition to this new normal together. We will announce the date we will be reopening once the theater is prepared inside and we have found available movies.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and support over the last few months. We will continue (weather permitting) to offer sidewalk concession sales until we can entertain you with movies again.

Garage Sale, Saturday, May 30

There will be a garage sale Saturday May 30th from 9-3. 
6291 Beechwood road, Emporium. 
Home decor, women's clothing, hunting and fishing items, tools and more.

Costanzo's Offroad

Hello everyone! We wanted to let everyone know that we have received our first order of inspection stickers!! If you are in need of an inspection please call and make an appointment so we can schedule you in and keep everything moving smoothly at the shop here. 

Also Costanzo’s Offroad has become a dealer for Freedom Performance Exhuasts as well as Guts Racing. Freedom Exhausts offer a huge selection of performance exhausts from your Harley to Suzuki’s, Yamahas, and even Indiana motorcycles. Guts racing’s offers custom seats and seat covers for your Offroad motorcycle along with Guts racing apparel.

 Call Costanzo’s Offroad with any questions today!!! 
Costanzo's Offroad
 671 East Allegany Avenue 
 Emporium, PA 15834
(814) 486-2086

Cameron County Little League 2020 Season Cancelled

With very heavy hearts, we have officially canceled our 2020 season.

Please understand that this isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly. For weeks we’ve been stressing about this decision, staying positive, and saying, “we will make this happen”. Teams in the area began canceling their seasons and we still said, “we will make this happen”. However, after the guidelines were released we began to feel uneasy and polled you all to hear your opinions. We needed your input to move forward. Half of you said your child would not be playing with the new guidelines in place. Our decision was made based on the polling that we wouldn’t have participation we need to continue and with other teams canceling their seasons, we wouldn’t have teams to compete against. The guidelines and liability have also contributed to the overwhelming stress of the decision.

We hope that you can respect this very difficult decision that we had to make and we can move forward with kindness and positivity. We also hope to see children at the fields playing with their friends as the fields are always open and maybe we can even put together some pick-up games.

We will take this off season to be prepared to make 2021 our best season yet. 
Please look for an email from us. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

List of Restaurants Serving Takeout or Dining in Cameron County

This is a list of restaurants -bars in Cameron County serving take out or eat in options. Please call or visit their Facebook page for details now that the county is permitted to offer dine in eating following Governor Wolf's guidelines.

I will keep this page updated to the best of my ability.


Aroma Cafe 

Specials and full menu available
We will be opening Friday, May 29th at 8 am for breakfast and dine in service 


The Bear Den
We are able to begin dine in service today!
Please wear a face mask ( required to wear one when not seated at a table) and use social distancing guidelines we have set up for your safety.
 Takeout is still available as well. 
Check out our menu, we've added new appetizers and sandwiches!
Call 814-507-1208 to place your order for pickup! 


Buttonwood Restaurant

Friday may 29th we can OPEN the dining room! 
We will be sure to take extra precautions and keep you all safe.
Full menu options


Cabin Kitchen and Bakery

(Friday, May 29th) We will open at 6 am for dine in (50% capacity) and resume our regular hours: 6 am until 8 pm, 7 days a week! We will be following all guidelines and are able to seat 83 customers at a time using all 4 rooms! We may be spaced apart but we will still be together! Of course, if you are more comfortable at home, we are still providing take out. Thank you so much for all of the support that we have received in the past few months! We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

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. 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 Country Club Restaurant

 Starting Friday, May 29, reservations are recommended for our dine in and open air dining as table are limited due to the guidelines put forth. Our hour will be Friday 4:30 to 8:30, Thursday and Saturday 4:30 to 8. Again, we would like to thank you all for your continued support and patience through these changing times. (814) 486-7715


Emporium Senior Center 

 814) 486-370

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.


Food King 
 Opening 4/23 for takeout 814-486-1012


Fox's Pizza Den of Emporium
(814) 486-3637
 Open 11 am - 10 pm (11 on Fri  Sat.)


Lakeview Store LLC

Opening March 28 814-647-8657 
 Call for store hours


Mack's Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar Inc. 

 (814) 486-0229 Please check their FB page for hours/ specials or updates 
We will be opening Friday, May 29 at 1 pm. As we normally do, we will be having fish fries. Call ahead to order for takeout. We will have dine in and deck seating available. 


My Place

 814) 507-1219 
 Please call or check their FB page for hours/ specials or updates 
We open tomorrow, Friday, May 29 at 11am-2am!
Per required guidelines we can only allow 50% capacity.
Masks are recommended but not required.


Pizza Palace Plus
The dining room will be open with a 50% capacity.
Stop by or make a reservation


Emporium Sheetz and Fuel On are Open. 
Sheetz is closing at 10:30 pm


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!

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 

 The Sinnemahoning Tavern will re-open for dine-in tomorrow, Fri May 29 at 12 noon
 Sunday: 12pm - 8pm 
 Monday: 12pm - 9pm 
 Tuesday: 12pm - 9pm 
 Wednesday: 12pm - 9pm 
 Thursday: 12pm - 9pm 
 Friday: 12pm - 12am
 Saturday: 12pm - 12am

 (814) 546-2888 



 To pre-order food, call 814-486-0402. 
We are open 3-8 every day. Starting June 1st 12-8.
 As always, Drive-thru and front pick-up window is available.
We can also bring your order to your vehicle at our side parking lot.

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

 OPENING on Friday, May 29th.
 Hours for the weekend will be 3 p.m. til close, operating at 50% capacity with limited menu. Reminder; CDC and DOH guidelines need to be adhered to.
 Also, Business Hours will be adjusted as restrictions are loosened and/or lifted.

Sinnemahoning Tavern Update

The Sinnemahoning Tavern will re-open for dine-in tomorrow, Fri May 29 at 12 noon!!!

 Sunday: 12pm - 8pm 
Monday: 12pm - 9pm 
Tuesday: 12pm - 9pm 
Wednesday: 12pm - 9pm 
Thursday: 12pm - 9pm 
Friday: 12pm - 12am 
Saturday: 12pm - 12am

Driftwood Saloon & Grill Update

Finally!!!! Tomorrow, May 29th at 11:00 am we will be opening our doors. 

We missed all of you and are excited to have you come back. Things will definitely be a little different than what we are used to. Please be patient as we follow the guidelines that are still in place for social distancing. We can only open to 50% capacity, customers must wear a mask while entering, exiting, or otherwise traveling throughout the building. Masks can be removed once you are seated. 

We hope you all stayed healthy and we look forward to seeing you again.

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Update

OPENING on Friday, May 29th.

 Hours for the weekend will be 3 p.m. til close, operating at 50% capacity with limited menu.

 Reminder; CDC and DOH guidelines need to be adhered to. 
Also, Business Hours will be adjusted as restrictions are loosened and/or lifted. 

Cabin Kitchen And Bakery Update

Hello! Tomorrow is the day! (Friday, May 29th)

 We will open at 6 am for dine in (50% capacity) and resume our regular hours: 
6 am until 8 pm, 7 days a week! 
We will be following all guidelines and are able to seat 83 customers at a time using all 4 rooms!
 We may be spaced apart but we will still be together!

 Of course, if you are more comfortable at home, we are still providing take out.

 Thank you so much for all of the support that we have received in the past few months! 
We are looking forward to seeing everyone! 

Swimming at State Parks

State park swimming beaches and some pools will be opening in phases to ensure opportunities for visitors to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and mental health.

Area Counties to Receive More Than $6 Million in CARES Act Funds

HARRISBURG – Cameron, McKean and Potter counties will collectively receive more than $6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds under legislation approved by the House on Thursday, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

“Just as businesses and families have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19, so have our communities,” Causer said. “I am pleased to support this much-needed funding for our counties.”

Senate Bill 1108 directs the money to be distributed based on population with no county receiving less than $1 million. Under the bill, McKean County will receive $3.67 million, Potter County will receive $1.49 million and Cameron County will receive $1 million.

Eligible uses of funds include: offsetting cost of direct county emergency response; small business assistance; programs to support local economic development entities; assistance to cities, borough, towns or townships for costs related to the emergency including planning; behavioral health and drug and alcohol abuse treatment services; nonprofit assistance programs; and broadband internet deployment.

The county block grant funding is part of a $2.6 billion appropriation of federal coronavirus relief funds. The bill also includes $225 million for a Statewide Small Business Assistance Program; $632 million for nursing homes, long-term care and personal care; $10 million for food assistance programs; and $50 million for volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service (EMS) companies.

Pennsylvania received these funds from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This act provides necessary emergency relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Bill 1108 has been approved by both chambers of the Legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

Gary Raymond Smith

Gary Raymond Smith, 78, of Lakeland, Florida, went to his eternal home on May 13, 2020 with his beloved wife of 57 years, Shirley, by his side.

Gary served on both the USS Surfbird, a degaussing ship, and the USS Tullibee, submarine, during his US Naval Service, 1960 to 1966. He retired as the unit administrator, Staff Sergeant, of Company C, 429t​ h Forward Support Battalion, 29t​ h​ Infantry Division, during his service in the US Army National Guard, 1983 to 2001.

Gary loved to cook and owned several restaurants in Virginia. He retired to Lakeland, FL in 2002 where he served his Lord Jesus Christ in fellowship with the brethren. He served others through Comfort Keepers, Talbot House, Light House and the Cypress Lakes Veterans Association.

Gary and Shirley enjoyed the friendship of many. He was able to hear words of love and encouragement from his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends up until the day of his homegoing for which we were most thankful.

Gary is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Terry Tussing (Mark Tussing) and son, Darren Smith of Gordonsville, VA, and daughter, JoAnna Collins (Jonathan Collins) of Orange, VA; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brother, Samuel Smith (Geraldine Smith) of Emporium, PA; and many family and friends. 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Eulala Smith, sister, Joan Lyon and great granddaughter Kinzley Collins.

A celebration of life memorial will be held in the upcoming months when our assembly will be less restricted at Bethel Baptist Church in Socrum, Lakeland, Florida. Gary will be laid at rest in the Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia with full military honors in the near future.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Marsha Haley M.D.

How cool is this? 
 Marsha is a Cameron County native, daughter of Nancy Dillen and the late Eugene (Gene) Mumford
Thank you for allowing me to share this and thank you and your team for all of your work! 

Mountie Hero Marsha Haley M.D. and her team continue to provide cancer treatment safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marsha is a 1989 graduate of the Mansfield University Radiology Technology program. Thank you, Marsha!

The Monkey Steps in Emporium

I've never walked these, but the "Monkey Steps" are still there. 
 These steps connect East 5th street extension and 6th street. 
 I posted this photo on Facebook to share. 
Alot of memories for some folks.

Ridgway Community Yard Sale

Ridgway Community Yard Sale is rescheduled for Saturday, June 20th. 

Registration forms are available. The fee will get you on the map that is circulated by the Ridgway Record, Johnsonburg Press, Daily Press and Kane Republican. 
Summer Solstice!!

Sushi & Rich Valley Wines

Did someone say Sushi?

We will have Sushi available this weekend (May 29th-31st). We will have a limited amount available each day so order online right away! **And yes, we do make the Sushi ourselves!**

We will have Sushi available two ways:
 1. Sushi on our handmade wooden boards for you to keep. 
2. Our new Sushi Refill Kits *TOGO*.
 3 Rolls (1 Vegetable, 1 California, and 1 Shrimp Tempura) in our disposable to go container.

And don't forget to pair with your favorite Rich Valley Wine. 

Order online for curbside pickup or local delivery at 

2020 Men's Member Guest @ Emporium Country Club

2020 Men's Member Guest, June 26-28. 
Applications are available on our website or in the Pro Shop. We are changing format to tee times, You must pay when you turn in your application to reserve your tee time for all three days.
 Look forward to seeing everyone again this year.

Part Time Cook Needed @ Felt Manor

Pic of the Day

CC Food Pantry May Food Distribution

Due to the corona virus outbreak, and operating with concern for the health of our clients, the Cameron County Food Pantry will be operating on the following schedule. The food distribution scheduled for May 27, 2020 at 1pm will be accomplished with the following changes.

If you are unemployed or have had a reduction in work hours due to the corona virus, you are eligible for this food distribution. Please call Dave Malize at 814-486-1161 Ext 269 and pre-register.

Clients from the Emporium Arms and Maple Street Apartments will receive food delivered.

On Wednesday, May 27th, the regular Food Pantry distribution will be at the usual 1:00 pm time on Fourth Street in front of Northern Tier Community Action. South Poplar Street will be closed to Food Pantry vehicular traffic. Clients with cars are asked to stage on Fourth Street in the spaces available between Vine Street and Poplar Street. You will be directed when to pull forward to the space in front of Northern Tier to receive your box. Please be patient while we try to get everyone through as quickly as possible. A volunteer will take your name and another will place your box(es) in your car (do not get out of your car) and you can then pull out as traffic allows, allowing the next vehicle to move up. If you are not able to get in line with your car, please just drive around the block and come back.

If you normally walk to the Food Pantry, you will also get your food box on Fourth Street. We will have a specific walk-up location for you to be served. Please wait there to be served and keep two arms lengths distance from others who may be in line for distribution.

If you are sick or have a health issue that prevents you from coming out, or if you have questions, please call Dave Malize at 814-486-1161 Ext 269 and we will arrange to get your food to you. Please do not come out if you are sick!

Your cooperation is expected. Please be patient during this process. We will get through this by working together. 
PLEASE NOTE: Esther’s Place behind the Emporium First United Methodist Church continues to do a weekly distribution each Monday from 1:30pm to 4:30 pm.

Karl E. Geci

Karl E. Geci, Esq., 71, of 1006 Bel Vista Court, St. Marys, died suddenly on Friday, May 22, 2020 at his home. He was born on August 16, 1948, in St. Marys, a son of the late Lucian and Yolanda "Viola" Salvatore Geci. On December 21, 1971 in Costa Mesa, CA, he married Mary McNally Geci, who survives.

Karl was a graduate of ECCSS, and then attended Villanova University as a Navy ROTC scholarship student. He graduated in 1971 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a commission as Ensign in the U.S. Navy, where he qualified as a Surface Welfare Officer and served in the fleet for 5 years with one deployment to Vietnam. After his active Naval service, Karl went on to law school and remained active in the Naval Reserve, serving on the faculty at the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He graduated from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1979 and was admitted to the PA bar in November of 1979. In 1980, he was awarded a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Golden State University. He went on to serve nearly 3 years with the Naval Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps at the Naval base in Charleston, SC. There he served as chief prosecutor and head of the Legal Assistance Department. He continued his affiliation with the Naval Reserve through October of 1991, attaining the rank of Commander. In 1984, Karl returned to St. Marys with his wife, and together they opened Crispy Chicken on the Million Dollar Highway in addition to 3 other locations. From 1988 through 1991, Karl served as solicitor for Elk County. He practiced general civil and criminal law in Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties and was an attorney licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Over the years, he practiced with the firms of Malizia, Malizia, and Geci; Fernan and Geci; and finally with his own private practice in Ridgway. One of Karl's greatest passions in life was flying. He often remarked that "altitude changes attitude" and could often be found spending his free time in the sky. His hobbies also included building and maintaining his planes and real estate. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife of more than 48 years, Mary McNally Geci, he is survived by two daughters; Karla and her husband Roberto Castiglioni of London, England; Grace and her husband Dr. Brian Corbally of Harrisburg; by one son; Edward Geci of Chandler, AZ, and by five grandchildren; Leonardo, Cora, Claire, Connor, and Lucille. He is also survived by two sisters; Florence (David) Wolfe and Rita (Thomas) Wiesner, both of St. Marys, by seven brothers; Donald (Char) Geci of St. Marys, Herman (Jackie) Geci of North Carolina, Raymond Geci of Kersey, Richard (Cindy) Geci of St. Marys, David (Annette) Geci of St. Marys, Daniel (Christy) Geci of Kersey, James (Barb) Geci of St. Marys, as well as by many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister; Patricia Wittman, a sister in infancy; Patricia Jean Geci, and by one brother; Lucian Geci.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Karl E. Geci will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857 with Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 
5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the St. Marys Municipal Airport, 119 Airport Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at

Aroma Cafe Update

Good Morning! 
We will have very limited hours this week as we prepare to re-open Friday, May 29th. 
Hours will be as follows: 
Monday: Closed for Memorial Day 
Tuesday: Closed 
Wednesday: Closed
 Thursday: OPEN for take out 11-4 
Friday: OPEN for breakfast/lunch/dinner 8-8
 Saturday: OPEN for breakfast/lunch 8-4 

A BIG BIG Thank you, to everyone, for their continued support during this time. Please keep in mind it will take us some time to get back into the groove of being fully open. 
We are looking forward to what is in store! 
We cant wait to see you all again!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day 

 Remembering all military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Your sacrifice is not forgotten

Sunday, May 24, 2020

School District Return Reminder

CCSD Item Return Reminder:

click on photo to enlarge view or click on this link to see the Facebook Page 

Cameron County Moves to Green Phase May 29

 Cameron, McKean and Potter counties will advance to the "green phase" of the governor's reopening plan effective next Friday, May 29.

What does this mean exactly? The governor didn't go into much detail in his announcement, but basically:
 ◼Businesses will be permitted to reopen. 
◼Restaurants will be able to resume regular service at reduced capacity.
 ◼Remote working is still encouraged where possible.
 ◼Visitation at high-risk locations, such as hospitals and nursing homes, will remain restricted. ◼Large recreational gatherings are also restricted.

A few more details are available here:

Cameron County Little League Update

 CLARIFICATION: We have NOT canceled our season. 

 As we will be moving into GREEN, per the Governor, we need more information from you all. An email has been sent regarding starting the 2020 season. Please check your email and respond as quickly as possible so that we can begin to plan this season. 


CCHS School Pool Update

CCHS School Pool Update

At this point we will be opening the pool at the beginning of July!!
Please follow the school Facebook page for further updates 

Drum and Henry Fishing Derby Cancelled

Cameron County Bucktail Rod and Gun Club 

We want you to know that the annual Drum and Henry Fishing Derby for kids has been canceled for this year. 

Keep in touch with our Club for new updates.

Assault Charges Filed

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EMPORIUM, Pa (WJAC) — Police say two men are facing assault charges following an altercation at the Emporium Sheetz earlier this week that led to one of the men stabbing the other, according to a criminal complaint.

Authorities say 24-year-old Dakota Brown, of Troutville, and 28-year-old Cody Saltsman, of Port Allegheny, are each facing charges after Brown stabbed Saltsman in the chest following an altercation.

Police say on Monday, around 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Emporium Sheetz along West 4th Street for reports of someone being stabbed.

Officers say they found Saltsman lying on the sidewalk in front of the store, and Brown was sitting on the sidewalk near him, when they arrived on scene.

Police then recovered a bloody pocket knife from Brown's possession and Saltsman was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of multiple stab wounds, the complaint adds.

Upon interviewing witnesses, including Brown's girlfriend, and reviewing surveillance footage, police say that Saltsman met the couple at the Sheetz in order to return the girlfriend's purse which was left at a mutual friend's home.

Police say that during the course of the meeting, video shows Saltsman and Brown exchange words before the altercation turned physical, when Saltsman head-butted Brown.

After a few minutes police say that the girlfriend reappeared and tried to end the altercation, but that as the couple attempted to leave, Saltsman forcibly kissed Brown's girlfriend.

The complaint adds that Brown then ran back to Saltsman, at which time they began physically fighting again and Saltsman struck Brown in the head with his motorcycle helmet.

Brown then pulled out a pocket knife, police say, and stabbed Saltsman in the upper chest area.

The complaint notes that several bystanders attempted to provide aid to Saltsman, who as of Tuesday, was in "very serious condition."

According to court documents, both Saltsman and Brown face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Facade Renovations On Emporium Senior Center

Final facade renovations are under way on the newly located Emporium Senior Center. 
The Senior Center was relocated to this building providing a much larger area for the residents of Cameron County to enjoy. 
Currently the Center is closed but hot lunch meals are still provided to regular & registered attendees. 
More information can be found on their Facebook page. 

 Moyer Contracting is completing the renovation work.

Guy and Mary Felt Manor Visitation Update

We have established a new process for window visits on the skilled nursing side of our building. 
We are asking everyone to follow these protocols.

 *In order to protect roommate and resident privacy, we will be holding window visits at the back of our dining room. 

*All window visits should be scheduled through the Activity Department by calling Pat at 814-486-3736 ext 242 or Social Services by calling Nicole at 814-486-4857. 

*Social distancing and visitor restrictions are still in place, so no visitors are allowed in the building. 

*We will provide a phone to the resident so that you are able to call from your cell phone to communicate with your loved one.

 Please be respectful and DO NOT visit resident rooms unannounced! 
You may frighten someone or interrupt privacy during care.

AT & T Cellular Tower In Southern Cameron County

I have had several emails asking about the cell phone tower that has been constructed in the Southern part of Cameron County. It is located in the Whitcomb subdivision outside of Driftwood. I reached out to our County Commissioners who referred me to Adam Johnson, Director of Emergency services in Cameron County. Adam's answer is below. 

This is an AT& T cellular tower. It is being constructed as part of the national FirstNet cellular service expansion. Additional information can be found here:

The tower will be for both commercial use (public) and FirstNet (emergency services) use. 
 Once the tower is operational, it will provide AT & T cellular service to the area covered 
by the tower. 

 Additional towers are proposed in the area of Hicks Run Road and Quehanna. 

 We were originally given projected completion dates of 2nd QTR of 2020 for the Driftwood tower and 4th QTR of 2020 for Hicks Run tower; however, we believe there have been COVID-19 related delays.

Day of Golf at Emporium Country Club

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce announcing a day of golf at Emporium Country Club. Thursday June 11 golfers will be given a tee time and those golfing will pay one price and receive lunch along with the opportunity to take home cash prizes. 

 The tee times will be spaced 10 minutes apart and golf will follow the current rules of social distancing and Pennsylvania Department of Health restrictions. 

 Golfers are to contact the chamber office to reserve a tee time for golf on June 11.

(814) 486-4314



In conjunction with the Emporium Borough, Mayor Zimmer and Mayor Lupro, the Cameron County Commissioners request a moment of silence at noon on Monday, May 25, 2020 to honor our Veterans. This time will be marked with church bells ringing and the sirens activated. 

Thank you to all our United States Veterans in Cameron County, across this Nation and serving abroad. Your service is appreciated. 

 “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt 

 Cameron County Commissioners
Lori J. Reed, Chair 814-486-9323 
James D. Moate 814-486-9325 
Ann M. Losey 814-486-9324

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pic of the Day

A beautiful morning 

Food Pantry Donations

Are you interested in making a financial donation to the Cameron County Community Food Pantry? If you are, please contact Dave Malize at or (814) 486-1161 x269. 
Every little bit helps!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Clair O. Wykoff

Clair O. Wykoff, 79, of 9353 Route 120, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands DuBois on Tuesday afternoon (May 19, 2020) following a lengthy illness.

He was born October 8, 1940 in Austin, PA a son of the late Claire A. and Dorcas Wolfanger Wykoff.

In Renovo, PA he married Karen Karkman, who survives. He retired from Carbon Graphite in St. Marys where he worked for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, of over 55 years, he is survived by s son, Lewis Wykoff, Emporium; sister, Pearl Brown (Bruce), Alexandria, VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Troy Wykoff who died in 1988.

 A private family service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA. Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Former GKN Facility for sale in Cameron County

The former GKN powdered metal facility, also known as Plant 1, is listed for sale by Cushman & Wakefield, Pyramid Brokerage Company. 

If interested, contact
 Michael J. Manzari, CCIM, SIOR 
Associate Real Estate Broker 
607 937 9720 ext. 301

 8 Denison Parkway East,
 Suite 401 
Corning, New York 14830
 phone: +1 607 937 9720

Pic of the Day

Photo by Lisa Housler

Apollo Theatre & Storybook Sweets Sidewalk Sale

If your driving through nearby St Mary's today, you might want to check out this sale. 

Apollo Theatre will be teaming up with Storybook Sweets for another Sidewalk Concession Sale!


TIME: 12:00PM UNTIL 8:00PM


Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Popcorn, pretzels, soda pop, and candy are on sale from Apollo Theatre while supplies last! Gift certificates will also be available!

DIY Summer/Memorial Day Cookie Kits are on sale from Storybook Sweets! One dozen sugar cookies per box with 1/2 pound of buttercream frosting, 4 types of sprinkles, and 3 pastry bags to decorate with! Have some fun decorating cookies at home! While supplies last!

Please stop by, pick up some fresh popcorn and yummy cookies, and say hello! 
We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Leadership Class

Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Leadership Class!

Leadership Elk and Cameron

The mission of Leadership Elk & Cameron is to educate its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of the region in order to develop informed, civic-oriented volunteers to help direct the future of Elk and Cameron Counties.

This hands-on program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Elk or Cameron County. The class meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to June. LEC provides a view of the inner workings of Elk & Cameron County from the environment, the arts, education, health and human services, tourism, communication skills, government structure, history, public issues and personal leadership styles. The program sessions are held in various locations in Elk and Cameron Counties and includes a trip to Harrisburg.

For more information, call us at the CEC, 814-781-3437.

Cameron County Recreation Center Playground Update

I know there is a lot of people inquiring about when the Third Street and Southpark playgrounds will be open. Unfortunately at this time in the yellow phase they are not allowed to be open and we don’t have any more information at this time as to when we will be. Once I know any dates or more information about summer programming and playgrounds I will share it here. 

 Thank you for your patience at this time. 

Please follow the CC Recreation Center Facebook site for any updates

Community Conversation Virtual Happy Hour

Community Conversation Virtual Happy Hour

We're launching a series of Community Conversations via Virtual Happy Hour Thursdays at 7pm. Grab your favorite drink, get comfy in front of your computer and join Jess via Zoom video conference and chat for a casual and friendly, open discussion about the themes that unite us and the ideas and stories they spark.

Each week we'll focus on discussing different topic pertaining to Cameron County:

April 30th - Sense of Community
 May 7th - Nature
 May 14th - Local Economy 
May 21st - Arts & Culture
 May 28th - Safety and Accessibility

We'll post the zoom link 1 hour before the start time, in each individual event, so all you have to do is click to join us.

We can't #BeTogether in person, but that doesn't mean we can't #GetTogether virtually and talk about all things Cam Co.

Community Superhero Nominations

“We are spending this week focused on those around us who have done or are doing positive things in our community, our lives, or for our mental well-being. Our friends and neighbors that make us #CamCoProud to share our county with, especially during the COVID 19 pandemic. We'll spend a week highlighting the people and organizations that you nominate, and create some (much needed) positive social media content. Do you have a nomination? Nominations can be made via email: and will be posted on the website and social media the following day.
 Last day to make a nomination is Friday May 22nd. 
Be sure to tell us why you’re nominating them person or organization.

Cameron County Recycling Center Reminder

We would like to remind everyone that the Cameron County Recycling Center DOES NOT ACCEPT: Grass Clippings, aluminum siding or any construction materials, plastic containers from plants or others that are not labeled as #1 or #2 plastic.

The dumpster located on the premises is NOT to be used for your own personal garbage! If you have garbage, please put it at your own curbside.

If these actions continue, we will be forced to shut down the center to the public.

We have attached the list of materials that ARE accepted in this post. If your items are NOT on the picture attached, they are NOT accepted. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 814-486-3348 or you may message us on Facebook! Please help us by doing your part!

Gibson Township Votes On ATV Road Use

Last night, May 18, 2020 at the Gibson Township Meeting the vote to open the roads
to\ atv/utv's was 2-1. 

There was some changes the roads will not be open to snowmobiles only ATV's and UTV's. 

The following roads will be open: Huston Hill, Bennetts Creek Road, Mason Hill, Sheddy Road, Grove Street, Flaugh's Road, Water Gauge Road, hoover Road, Karthus Mountain Road, Mix Run Road and Smithfield Road

The effective date on the ordinance states shall become effective 5 days after its adoption, I am not sure if the signs will be up by then or not

Atv/Utv update. Yes the ordinance was passed but it will not be legal to ride on those roads until the signs are placed. I will keep you updated as when and what roads have had the signs posted (it could take a couple weeks to get them all done). As far as speed limits on the roads it would be the same as an vehicle and please remember to respect our wildlife, private property and don’t litter. Let’s prove that this wasn’t a mistake to open the roads. Once the roads are posted enjoy and be safe. Brandie Sherry, Gibson Township Secretary

Gibson Township is in southern Cameron County and is bordered by Lumber Township to the north, Grove Township to the east, Clearfield County to the south and Elk County to the west. The township surrounds the borough of Driftwood but is separate from it. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 94.6 square miles (244.9 km2), of which 93.9 square miles (243.3 km2) is land and 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), or 0.67%, is water.[3] The Driftwood Branch and Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek flow through the township, joining at Driftwood to form Sinnemahoning Creek, which continues east across the township on its way towards the West Branch Susquehanna River.

Gibson Township Spring Cleanup

Gibson Township Spring Clean Up 

 Saturday, May 23 from 9am - 12 there will be help at the clean up area, 
otherwise the dumpster will be there all weekend.

Job Opening in Gibson Township

Gibson Township has an immediate opening for a Township Road maintenance worker. 

The ideal candidate will have road work experience and ability to safely operate heavy equipment (backhoe, grader, skid steer, boom mowers, tractors, trash truck), chain saws, pole saws and drive a truck with a trailer attached or plow for winter maintenance. Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid and clean driver’s license. Applicants must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid PA Commercial Driver’s License. Pay and benefits will be discussed at the interview, please send resume to Gibson Township PO Box 7, Driftwood, PA 15832, or drop it off at the office. 

Any questions call the office 814-546-2606 between 12-4 Monday through Thursday, or my cell phone 814-577-4300.

 All resumes must be at the office by June 11, 2020 Brandie Sherry, Gibson Township Secretary

“Library 2-Go-Go” Curbside Pickup Service Press Release

“Library 2-Go-Go” Curbside Pickup Service Press Release

The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is committed to providing patrons expanded access to online resources and safe access to physical materials through a limited curbside pickup service, “Library 2-Go-Go” beginning Tuesday, May 26.

The library building will remain closed through this period, but area residents can still access our wifi signal from the safety of their vehicles in our back parking lot. The login information will be posted on the back door of the library for all patrons to access the wifi.

We will also continue to expand our online and contact free activities and resources for adults and children.

Starting Tuesday, May 26, patrons will be able to check out physical materials by calling the library at 814-486-8011 or reserving an item through our online catalog by going to and clicking on “Online Catalog”.

Hours for Library 2-Go-Go pickups will be Mondays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The parking spot directly in front of the library will be designated specifically for Library 2-Go-Go pickups. Patrons will be assigned a specific day and pickup timeframe and orders will be placed on a cart in the library foyer. There will be no access through the back door.

For your safety, please wear a mask and limit one patron in foyer at a time.

Special arrangements can be made for disabled and high-risk patrons.

Pickup orders will be limited to 5 ITEMS PER PICKUP ORDER at this time. If you do not know the specific titles you would like, your order will be limited to 3 items. Same-day pickup will not be possible with this system as we navigate the best way to fill all requests, library staff ask patrons to allow AT LEAST 24-48 hours for processing, and thank you in advance for your patience.

The library will also be providing Early Reader 3-book bundles for our youngest patrons (ages 5 and under). Parents can choose from the following bundles: Grab Bag (assorted books picked by librarian), Animals/Nature, Early Learning (colors, shapes, letters, etc), or Funny/Silly.

Remember, the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library building remains closed to the public and patrons will not be allowed to enter for any reason. Lobbies, restrooms, computers, and other spaces will not be accessible.

Policies, pickup options and pickup times may be subject to changes as we navigate this new system. As always, we will notify our patrons of any future changes to procedure.

Detailed instructions for Library 2-Go-Go can be found on at

For questions, or if you need further assistance, library staff are here to help, call us at 814-486-8011 or email