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Friday, July 31, 2020

Emporium Hitmen Win 16-10 Against Bradford Red


Cameron County's local baseball team, the Emporium Hitmen, played the Bradford Red last night on our home field on Sizerville Road. The Emporium Hitmen won 16-10. 
The team 13 U Travel Team is made up of young men ages 13-16. 
 It was good to see some action on the field!

Blueberry Picking Near Cameron County


Six different places to pick blueberries in our area! 



Leona's Greenhouse 
 Don’t forget about Leona’s Blueberry Patch! 
 Pick your own- pay by a donation. 
If you don’t have time to pick- you can order berries by the pound for $4, message us here on FB. 
Leon's Greenhouse 
 1102 N Hollow Rd Coudersport, PA 16915 
(814) 274-3299

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Bozberry Farms 

UPDATE at the Farm... Patch will be opening on Wed, July 22nd, 2020 for the picking season at 9am. Please help us in following the covid 19 guidelines for the u pick farms. Please wear face mask at weigh station and in side by sides to and from the fields. Once in fields you should have no problem following 6 ft. distances. Rides in and out of the fields are limited to one family or individual per vehicle. Since we have limited water sources we ask that you use hand sanitizer located in various location before and after picking berries.
 Please feel free to pass this post to your friends. See you soon. 
Bozberry Farms 
1699 Rock Run Rd 
Turtlepoint, Pa. 16750

Chapin’s Fruit and Berry Farm 
 1800 Rock Run Road
Turtlepoint, PA 16750
 Owner Tom Chapin. 
The farm is open every day but Sunday. 

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 Blueberry Hill Farm 
 46 Blueberry Hill Lane
 Smethport, PA 16749 
 (814) 887-2416 
The farm is open seven days a week for pick-your-own berries. 
According to their FB page, no chemicals or pesticides are used on the blueberries 

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 PYO Berries 
 4409 Cory Road, Wilcox, 
814-781-3686
The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays. 8 am to 8 pm. $1.50 per pound.

If you know of any other places close to Cameron County, please email me so I can add them to this list. Thanks 

Update on the Camp Cadet/Law Enforcement Picnic

Update on the Camp Cadet/Law Enforcement Picnic:

 After much discussion it was determined that it would be for the best to cancel this years tournament/picnic. It wasn’t an easy decision but we must keep everyone’s safety in mind. 
We would like to thank everyone thank has supported this event in the past and look forward to renewing it next year.

Commissioner Meetings for August Rescheduled


The August meetings of the Cameron County Commissioners have been rescheduled. 
The meetings originally scheduled for August 13 & 27 are now scheduled for August 6 & 20th. 
 The meetings begin at 10 am.

Country Blessings Re Opens August 12

Country Blessings is happy to announce its' re-opening on Wednesday, August 12 with a $5.00 bag sale on all summer clothing excluding long jeans. It will be observing social distancing with masks required (masks available). There will be a limit of seven customers in the store at one time, with a relaxing waiting area in the hallway.

Country Blessings will begin accepting donations August 17, Mondays and Tuesdays only. Due to COVID19 restrictions, please limit your donations to CLEAN, gently used clothing and CLEAN household and miscellaneous items. It will not accept large furniture or electronics including computers, TV's, stereo systems, etc.

Hours continue to be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. 
Look for the "OPEN" flag and watch the Echo for weekly sales. 
Country Blessings is located in the Cameron County Christian Center at 240 E 4th Street in Emporium. 
Phone 814-486-1841.
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Have You Received Unsolicited Seeds by Mail ?


Have you received unsolicited seeds in the mail labeled as jewelry? This is likely a scam known as “brushing” – Companies boost online sales by purchasing their own products through fake buyer accounts created by the company. The products are shipped to a real address, to someone who didn’t order the item. The seller writes a positive review of their items from the fake buyer account. 

 If you’ve received a package like this, don’t throw away or plant the seeds!

 Keep them secure, and report them to USDA’s confidential Antismuggling Hotline, 800-877-3835 or email SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov.

Churches Team Up to Build Handicap Ramp for Emporium Family

EMPORIUM, Pa (WJAC) — "Two Cameron County churches teamed up with the Kane District Ramp Ministry, in Warren County, to build a wooden handicap ramp for a family in Emporium. Reverend Joe Short, with the Emporium First Methodist Church, says he got a call about a family that needed a handicap ramp built on their future home. He teamed with volunteers from the Saint Mark's Roman Catholic Church to help them out. 

 The Kane District Ramp Ministry was able to get the lumber for the project, despite it being in a shortage. Reverend Short says the family was in awe when they saw the ramp coming to fruition.

 "Our faith tells us that we should be about the needs of others. When it hits personal and hits home with us, it really helps us appreciate how someone else may feel or what their needs are. And that's when faith, God, really takes over and opens up doors for us to be able to help someone in need." The volunteers say projects like this are uplifting and help people get past all the negativity that is in our world today."

Read the article by WJAC TV by clicking on the link below 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

M. Charles Stuart, Jr.


M. Charles Stuart, Jr., 75, of 421 Hunts Run Road, Emporium, PA died at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday morning (July 30, 2020) following a brief illness.

He was born July 25, 1945 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Morgan and Zora Galbreath Stuart. On July 25, 1970 in First Presbyterian Church he married the late Deborah Lynn May. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2019.

Charlie retired from PA Department of Transportation where he worked for many years.

He is survived by two daughters, Staci (Steven) Brown; Sylvia (Douglas) Homan, both of Emporium; a special niece whom they helped raise, Amanda Ozenbaugh, Harrisburg; five grandchildren: Marcus, Dino, Hayden and Jax Brown and Conner Homan; three brothers, Richard (Tootsie) Stuart; Edmund (Sandy) Stuart, both of Emporium; James Stuart, Bradford; brother-in-laws, Arthur (Rita) May; Steven (Karen) May both of Emporium; sister-in-laws, Carol (Don) Bowser, Emporium and Donna Stuart, South Carolina along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Stuart and two sisters, Sylvia and Joyce.

At his request there will be No Visitation or Service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, Building Fund, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 or to a charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Pic of the Day

Saw this pretty buck right in the middle of Driftwood 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CDH Designs Evening Hours July 30 & 31


CDH Designs 

Trying something new! 

Shop hours for the rest of the week: 
Thursday, July 30th: 3-8pm
 Friday, July 31st: 3-8pm

Kingdom Kids Sign Up

Kingdom Kids Sign Up

 Kingdom Kids is planning to kick off  Wednesday, September 2nd. 

We'll be using the All of Us curriculum which lends itself to both Zoom meetings or In Person learning, so we're ready for anything for our multi-age group (K-12). 
We meet together Wednesdays at 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Emporium or via Zoom when meeting together isn't an option where we read the Bible Story, Do Activities, Play games (yes, even on Zoom*), and Pray for each other. 

The Fall Session runs for 13 weeks through November 25.

 Each kiddo will be provided the items they need to participate, but first we need to know how many kiddos we'll have and where to drop off their porch packs (Items they'll need for each week in the event we're digital.). 

Take a moment to sign your family up and let us know more about your kiddos. 

*Jess Herzing (Ms. Jess) is the Children's Ministry Leader at Kingdom Kids. The First United Methodist church follows Safe Sanctuary Guidelines.*


CC Fair Pet Photo Shoot


Cameron County Fair Grounds
 Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM

 Head out to the fair with your pet on Thursday August 6th from 6 to 8. 
Mountain Paws Grooming will be doing a pet photo shoot! 

If you make a donation of any amount to the Cameron County SPCA we will email or Facebook message a photo of your pet with an adorable background! 
All photos will also be featured on Mountain Paws Grooming facebook page. 
We will also be giving coupons for $5 off any grooming service to pets who get their picture taken. 
All pets must be on a leash, in a carrier, or under the control of their pet parent. See you there!

TIE DYE WITH MS. AUDRA

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Rotary News


Rotarian and retired State Trooper, John Rosenberger, provided a video history of the Pennsylvania State Police at the July 28th Rotary luncheon meeting. The Pennsylvania State Police was the first police force in the U. S. founded in 1905 by order of Governor Samuel Pennypacker, by signing Senate Bill 278 on May 2, 1905 to regain peace and order. The bill was signed in response to the Great Anthracite Strike of 1902 where 147,000 ethnically diverse miners of eastern Pennsylvania tried to gain operator recognition of the United Mine Workers increased wages, and improved working conditions. The Pennsylvania State Police is a full-service law enforcement agency which handles both traffic and criminal law enforcement.



Emporium Rotary President, Marilyn Erickson, presents Pastor Joe Short check for $500.00 donation to Esther’s Ministry which provides food weekly to the needy in the community.

Pic of the Day

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Our town of Emporium nestled in the hills of Cameron County 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Virtual Classes - Basics of Beekeeping


Interested in learning the basics of beekeeping?

 Rich Valley Apiary, with support from the PA Council On The Art and the Elk County Council On the Arts, will host a series of virtual classes in August. 

 Watch for more details in the next week!

Penn Dot Announces Wykoff Road Closure Aug 10 - Aug 24


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001) in Cameron County will be closed to through traffic during daylight hours, starting Monday, August 10. Various locations along the road will see underdrain work, as well as paving. The closure is expected to be in place through Friday, August 28 and a detour will be in place during that time. Work hours are set for 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Camp owners and residents will be able to access their properties during each day’s work hours. Through traffic will need to follow the signed detour. The detour will make use of Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001), Route 555, and Quehanna Highway (Route 2006).

 Motorists familiar with the area may consider alternate routes. 

The detour will be lifted outside of work hours.

Work on this project will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

All work will be performed by PennDOT Cameron County Maintenance. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in work zones, follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2.


Update  concerning the Penn Dot closing of Wykoff Run Road. 

The date as of right now will be August 10th through August 24th. 

It will be day light closing 7am -3pm. 

If you own a camp or house on Wykoff they will work with you on using the road.


Monday, July 27, 2020

Farm Fresh Produce @ Little Red Barn Farm

Inner Tube Float and Snake Programs This Weekend at Sinnemahoning

Inner Tube Float and Snake Programs This Weekend at Sinnemahoning 

This weekend Sinnemahoning State Park is offering an opportunity to cool off and learn about water quality, along with a chance to better understand our native snakes and the habitat of the eastern timber rattlesnake.

 Float and Learn on the First Fork, Saturday, August 1, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM. 

Pre-registration is required. Relax on an inner tube while learning about water quality and watersheds. Inner tubes and life vests provided. Parents will need to assist younger children. Limit of 10 people. Must bring a face mask. Pre-register at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov. Snakes: Myths and Facts, Saturday, August 1, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Debunk common myths and learn interesting facts about our native Pennsylvania snakes. Interactive campground talk will be followed by a 21-minute video, "A Snakes Tale". All are welcome. Limited to 25 people. Face masks are required. Cancelled in event of rain. Meet at the Campground Amphitheater.

 Nature Walk: Rattlesnake Habitat, Sunday, August 2, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM. 
Take a short walk to discover the habitat needs of eastern timber rattlesnakes and hopefully catch a glimpse of one along the way. Hike will be about 1-1 ¼ mile over fairly level terrain but may be muddy in spots. For better viewing, bring your own binoculars. Face masks are required. Limit of 15 people. No dogs, please. Meet at the Dam Overlook Parking Lot 

To mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19: Until further notice, all programs at Sinnemahoning State Park will be held outdoors, will be limited to 25 people or less, and will follow social-distancing guidelines. Bring your face mask. All participants must wear a face covering while attending programs. 

 To pre-register for a program, or for more information, please visit the DCNR Calendar of Events http://events.dcnr.pa.gov.

 If you need assistance with online registration, please call the park office 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk. 
 If you require an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least seven days' notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Gregory E. Jeffers


Gregory E. Jeffers, 57, of 324 W. 4th St., Apt 407, Emporium, PA died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA on Friday morning (July 24, 2020).

He was born June 21, 1963 in Williamsport, PA a son of the late Robert "Dean" and Barbara Kissenger Jeffers.

Greg graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1981. He worked at GKN for over 25 years, retiring in 2009, due to his declining health. He was a member of the Ridgway Amateur Radio Club, Potter County Amateur Radio Club and enjoyed geocaching, martial arts, and in his younger years he liked hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his good friends, the Serkleski and Lingenfelter families; adopted nieces and nephews: Brittany, Brooke, Brandon & Jamie; paternal aunt, Ann Shoupe and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his maternal grandparents, Ed ad Violet Kissenger who raised him after his parents deaths,

There will be No Visitation and a Celebration of life will be help at a later date.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Ridgway Ham Radio Club.

 Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

St. Mark Community Day Care Center is Enrolling Now


St. Mark Community Day Care Center
 235 E 4th St
 Emporium, PA 15834
 (814) 486-2399

Sinnemahoning State Park - Paving of Park Road


Sinnemahoning State Park

 ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Paving of Park Road from the Wildlife Visitor Center to Goss Road is scheduled for August 17 – 21. 

There will be NO access to Park Road including 40 Maples Picnic Area during this time. 

The public will be able to access the Wildlife Visitor Center and Campground from the entrances on Route 872. The Lake Day Use Area at the south end of the park and Wildlife Viewing Area at the north end of the park will not be impacted.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Head Start Free Preschool Program


CC Quarterback Club Meeting

Cameron County Quarterback Club 

There will be a Quarterback Club meeting Sunday, July 26th at 1pm at Annetta Horning's house. Anyone is welcome to attend. We are in need of a President for the board. If anyone is interested in this position, please come to the meeting.

Rotary News


Josh Zucal, owner of Good Things Growing LLC & Aroma Café was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting July 21st. Josh updated the club on his CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) a direct, food-share partnership between you and the grower, providing wholesome food to the community.

 A CSA is a way for you to support local farmers or growers by purchasing upfront a share of the upcoming harvest. Good Things Growing customers pay upfront - $300.00 for ½ share feeding 1-2 people or $500.00 for a full share feeding 4-5 people. Each week customers receive a box or bag or fresh grown vegetables. Josh hopes to create a culture of people growing things for the community and building a network of growers and local producers of items such as jams, jellies, canned goods & other homemade goods in future to have a farmer’s market during summer months.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Potter County Rabies Clinic

Imagine Your Story Summer Party Reading Party


This year's party will be held on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 12 p.m. at the 
3rd Street Playground. 

 The party is open to area children ages 5-12. 

YOU MUST SIGN UP TO ATTEND! 

Those already registered for Summer Reading are automatically signed up. 

Each year, the library celebrates the end of our Summer Reading Program with a special party for participants. With all the changes related to COVID-19, the plans for this program and event have changed dramatically. For the first time ever, we are inviting children who didn't participate in the Summer Reading Program to also attend this summer party event. 

The party will consist of an organized water-balloon battle followed by snacks and a special outdoor story time with Miss Yelena. Make sure to bring a towel! All participants will receive a goodie bag. We will be taking all possible COVID-19 safety precautions at this event. Register online today to participate in this great event.

New Sign @ Emporium Senior Center


photos by Mary Kay Mclean 

Sign Language has installed the the Emporium Senior Center sign making it one of the latest improvements to the building.  

 The sign was funded in part by a donation from the Sylvan Heritage Council, a non profit group in Cameron County dedicated to the beautification, revitalization, and historic preservation of our community.

ATV Use Opens in Gibson Township, Cameron County



Photos by CC ATV/UTV Assoc. 

A lot of years, discussions, research and time put in signs are now up in Gibson Township. Hoping that all who use this opportunity to ride, ride responsibly.  This is a privilege that can be taken away by the ignorance of some. Be smart and most of all, be safe!!
 Great day for Cameron County ATV Association!

Pictured are native Cameron County residents Carl Mitchell, Mike Ryan, Nick Keller, Michele Park ( taking photo) Jeff Snell, on the far right, is current Cameron County resident.

Recently Gibson Township and the Driftwood Borough have voted to allow dual use on some of their municipal roads. This is a privilege that the Cameron County ATV Association and our members have been lobbying for publicly and privately over the last three years. Our association will be purchasing and installing all of the signage that is required to allow dual use on the roads with no cost to the municipalities. We would like to thank both municipalities for taking these initial steps to allow dual use roads in our county. This is a great opportunity for all of our businesses “down county” and we are working on ways to connect more local businesses to the trail system. This will also give our community another great positive option to experience the outdoors locally with their families and friends.

It is important for everyone to remember and follow all Pennsylvania laws governing dual use roadways. Helmets and eye protection must be worn by all riders at all times. All ATVs on the roadway must be registered and insured just like a regular motor vehicle. The vehicle operator must possess a valid driver’s license. You must display your DCNR license plate when traveling on dual use roads. Traffic code regulations are the same for an ATV and a regular vehicle. All posted speed limit signs must be obeyed and traffic laws followed. The trail will have areas where drivers must slow down to 5 m.p.h. to ride past residential areas. This will all be clearly marked with signage from the Cameron County ATV Association.

No-go areas will also be very clearly marked and surveilled. 

The Elk State Forest District Office has not been receptive to allowing any ATVs on any of their roads in their working forest. This includes the Bucktail Viewing Area or as we all know it, Top of the World. This popular automobile destination will be off-limits for ATVs and clearly marked as such. Unlike the neighboring Susquehannock And Sproul State Forests, there is no area in the Elk State Forest to legally operate an ATV. There are also many private and residential roads that will be marked as no-go areas. 
Again, please follow all posted signage.

The opening of dual use roads in our county is a privilege that can be revoked at any time. We are calling on all of our members and anyone that uses these roads to respect the laws and ride responsibly or this privilege may be quickly taken away. This is an opportunity for modern ATV enthusiasts to prove that this outdoor family activity can be done safely, responsibly, and without creating the environmental disasters anti-atv individuals claim will happen

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Cameron County Food Pantry July 22 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 JULY 22, 2020 at 1pm will be accomplished as follows. 

 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 Tuesday, JULY 21 at 10:00 am. On Wednesday, JULY 22, 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 designated 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(S) in your car (do not get out of your car) and you can then pull out when you can do so safely, 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.

 PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK TRAFFIC ON FOURTH STREET!

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 Tuesday from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm.

Guy and Mary Felt Manor Updates Visiting Hours

Guy and Mary Felt Manor

We are pleased to announce that beginning July 27 we will be offering outdoor visits for immediate family members only at this time. All visits must be scheduled and will take place on the patio in the back of the building. Temperature checks and screenings will be done before the visit, masks are required and will be provided if you do not have one and we will be practicing social distancing during the visit. We are limiting the number of visitors to 2 and no children under 18.

Please contact Pat Kempher at the Manor to schedule visits.

This above  is for the skilled residents only.

Personal Care Update 
 We are happy to announce that Felt Living is now also scheduling outdoor family visits. 
Please contact Joyce at 486-4839 to set up a visit.
 Masks must be worn and social distancing will be required also.

Guy & Mary Felt Manor 
110 E 4th St
 Emporium, PA 15834 
 (814) 486-3736

CC Community Food Pantry Looking for These Donations

The food bank needs your help! 
We’re looking for donations of plastic grocery bags (like the kind you’d get at Walmart) and empty egg cartons. If you have any of these things and would like to help out, the items can be dropped off at the Northern Tier building or contact Dave Malize. As always, we’re so grateful for your help!

Cameron County Community Food Pantry
135 W. 4th Street 
 Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834
 (814) 486-1161

Monday, July 20, 2020

Library adding services July 27


The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is excited to announce that beginning Monday, July 27, we will once again have computers accessible to the public with some limitations.

Patrons will now have access to 4 computers for personal use during our open hours. A 1-hour time limit will be very strictly enforced and patrons will not be able to abuse this limit by leaving and returning to the library multiple times throughout the day. All computer usage policies also continue to remain in place.

The library continues to be open for browsing and our COVID schedule is Monday-Friday 11-5, CLOSED Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10-2.

Mask wearing and social distancing are mandatory and the library WILL REFUSE ENTRY to those who are not wearing a mask. If you prefer not to wear masks, or your health prevents you from doing so, we are happy to continue to serve your through our Library-2-Go-Go service which will continue to remain active indefinitely.

Butterfly Program and Kayak Tour This Weekend at Sinnemahoning

Butterfly Program and Kayak Tour This Weekend at Sinnemahoning

Butterflies of PA, Saturday, July 25, 2020, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM. Discover the butterflies of Pennsylvania with a short talk followed by a walk to the meadows to catch and release butterflies. Hike will be about 1.5 miles over uneven terrain. Butterfly nets will be provided. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All ages welcome. Limit 15 people. Bring a face mask. Meet at the Wildlife Center.

Campground Movie: Butterflies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, 8:30-9:30 PM. In the PBS video, “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,” NOVA flies along with monarchs as they migrate to the mountains of Mexico. 60-minute campground movie. Good for all ages. Bring a face mask. Cancelled if rain. All are welcome. Campground amphitheater.

Morning Kayak Tour, Sunday, July 26, 2020, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM. Kick start the day with a wildlife watching tour of the Stevenson Dam reservoir, the home of eagles, herons, beavers and more. All experience levels welcome, but all participants must be able to swim. Bring your own boat and life vest. Pre-registration is required. Limit 10 people. Meet at Lake Day Use Area.

To mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, until further notice, all programs at Sinnemahoning State Park will be held outdoors, will be limited to 25 people or less, and will follow social-distancing guidelines. All participants must have a face mask in their possession and wear it at times when social distancing cannot be maintained. To pre-register for a program, or for more information, please visit the DCNR Calendar of Events http://events.dcnr.pa.gov. If you need assistance with online registration, please call the park office 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk.

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least seven days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

West Northwest PA 4-H Round Up


Elk and Cameron County 4-H Members,

Does the cancellation of county fairs and in-person round-up have you bummed out? Turn that frown upside down and showcase your 2020 4-H projects in our virtual 4-H Roundup West/Northwest! This program is available for 4-H members age 5-18. When Fri., Jul. 31, 2020 - Sat., Aug. 15, 2020

Participating Counties: Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren

Registrants can select as many Project Areas as they would like to participate in. Photos, videos, and posters of your projects may be submitted for judging. Animal entries and showmanship are accepted, too! Information about how to submit your entries will be emailed to you after registration closes.

Don’t miss out! Registration time is limited!

https://www.cvent.com/events/4-h-roundup-west-northwest/event-summary-83d3b76a25724eb0bf079e42383e790d.aspx

Assistant Football Coach Job Opening @ CCHS

Assistant Football Coach 

 The Cameron County School District is currently seeking candidates for the position listed above. Qualified candidates, please submit an application, cover letter, resume, Act 151 Child Abuse History, Act 34 Pennsylvania Criminal Background, Act 114 FBI Clearance, and three letters of recommendation to the Office of the Superintendent. Act 168 requirements apply. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2020. EOE

CCHS Sports Physicals

Attention Coaches , Athletes and Parents: 

 There isn’t a definite date for the physicals at this time, but in preparation, Mrs. Kuleck needs to get heights/weights/blood pressure and pulse from each student.

 She will be in her office at school this week, July 20-23, from 4:00 – 9:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.

 Coaches who are on school grounds, please send down 3-4 students at a time. Students, please wear masks and practice the recommended 6 foot social distancing. 
This will take about 5 minutes per student.

Top of The World Couples / Family Mini Session Photo Shoot > POSTPONED

I am very sorry to inform everyone that I have had to cancel any photo sessions that were to take place on public lands such as state parks and state forest land due to new Covid 19 restrictions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone. As soon as the restrictions are lifted we will be rescheduling our mini shoots and full sessions. We are currently looking for private land locations that we can continue on and get things going again ASAP . 
 Thank you for your understanding. Danid A Woodring



David A Woodring Photography


I was wondering if there would be any interest in a couples / family mini shoot at top of the world on an upcoming weekend? It would be a 20 minute session for $48.00+ tax. you would get 10 to 12 shots posted in an online gallery. One free 8X10 print, free watermarked social media sized digitals, and the ability to order any prints you would like from the online gallery or download full resolution digitals from the gallery. Let me know if there is any interest and I will get it on the schedule.

This is a 20 minute session for $48.00+ tax. You will get:

10-12 downloadable full resolution digitals posted to an online gallery. 
Credit for one 8X10 print Watermarked social media sized digitals 
The ability to purchase additional prints from the online gallery.

Thanks Woody

Parking Lot @ Emporium Senior Center


Work is underway creating the new parking lot alongside the Emporium Senior Center.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Positions Available at Seneca Highlands IU9

Positions Available at Seneca Highlands IU9

Come join the IU9 team.
 We are committed to supporting and educating Special Education students in

Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties.

Curriculum Specialist: Full time position. Works with the Director of Curriculum to deliver services to the IU’s fourteen school districts. Responsibilities include delivery of curriculum initiatives, professional development courses and workshops. Requirements: Master’s in Education with at least five years’ experience in education. Send letter of interest, resume, PA standard teacher application (www.iu9.org), transcripts, Acts 34, 114, and 151 clearances and 3 references to:

Seneca Highlands IU#9, Attn: Cindy Murphy, Director of Curriculum,

Technology, and Resources, 119 S. Mechanic St, Smethport, PA 16749.

Deadline: August 7, 2020. EOE

McKean County Birth to 3 Service Coordinator. Full-time position requiring Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Special Education, or Social Services and experience with children and/or families of children with special needs. EOE

Early Intervention Teacher. Potential part-time position in Port Allegany to work with preschool children ages 3-5. Requires Early Childhood or Special Education teaching certification. EOE

Social Worker/Counselor. Full or part-time school Social Worker/Counselor position to provide counseling and supportive Special Education services to individual and groups of students in Coudersport through January 2021. EOE

Personal Care Aides. Full-time positions providing academic, behavioral, and self-care supports to students in the Life Skills and Emotional Support programs in Cameron County and St. Marys. Requires: Teaching certificate or Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work or related field. EOE

Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant. Part-time openings in schools and Early Intervention settings. Requires: Valid PT or PTA License. EOE

Classroom Aides. Part-time positions providing academic, behavioral, and self-care supports to students and classrooms. Requires: High School diploma. EOE

Substitute Classroom Teachers and Aides. These are day-to-day positions supporting students and classrooms in Potter, Cameron, McKean, and/or Elk Counties. Requires: Teaching Certificate or Bachelor Degree (substitute teacher)High School Diploma (aide). EOE

Send application (www.iu9.org) to: 
 Shelly Carson, 
Director of Special Education IU9 
 119 S Mechanic Street Smethport, PA 16749
 814-887-5512, 
scarson@iu9.org

St Mark Catholic Church Update


The Diocese of Erie was officially informed that the Governor Wolf's orders limiting indoor gatherings to 25 people does not apply to churches. Therefore all masses at Saint Mark will continue following as usual (following the COVID-19 social distancing practices and facemask protocols already in place). Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 PM Sunday morning Mass: 9:00 AM

The St. James church in Driftwood remains closed due to Diocese guidelines.

Be sure to watch our live-streaming of Masses on Saturdays at 5:00 PM; Sundays at 9:00 AM and daily mass at 8:15 AM on our Facebook page,

AND you can find the Masses on YOUTUBE.COM at this link: St Mark Church

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Will Open July 23

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Will Open July 23

 UPDATE: After a lengthy discussion at our Board Meeting today we are going to open on Thursday July 23, 2020. We will be arranging tables in the bar and dining room area again for 25% capacity. An outside dining area will be set up also to help with extra seating. The outside area will be takeout, come in and place order and you will be notified when order is available for pickup.

 There will be no seats at the bar. 

Members must purchase a meal to be able to purchase alcohol. Alcohol is not served alone. 

The hours of business will be Thursday and Sunday 2pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday 2pm to 9pm. 

Thank you for your patience while we work through this, hopefully it won't be long.

Storm Damage


This afternoons storm caused damage to vehicles on route 46 just past the Cameron County High School. There were other reports of trees down in the area .

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Nick Guisto Memorial Golf Tournament

Hazen Flea Market Update

UPDATE 07.11.2020 

In our region COVID-19 cases are climbing and mask orders are in place for the state. Our County Fair is also cancelling. Do to solidarity with other event organizers and inability to acquire proper supplies. 

WE ARE CANCELLING THE AUGUST FLEA MARKET---OUR HANDS ARE TIED. 

Most of the festivals, fairs, and other events in our area and region have already cancelled events well into SEPTEMBER. The safety of everyone at the Flea Market and our community and surrounding area, is our priority. We have huge crowds 10,000 plus and people from all over the neighboring states to Pennsylvania and the East Coast. 

We are taking this month to month. It is not easy and do not take it lightly.

David Hutton Memorial Fund Race Day Information


In an attempt to keep everyone as safe as possible, we have made some changes to our standard procedures for this year's event. Please share this post to help us get the word out!

- You MUST PRE-REGISTER for the event this year, there will be NO SAME-DAY REGISTRATION allowed.

- Check-in and any post-race events will take place outside, in the football stadium/track area.

- You must wear a mask whenever you are not on the race course or walking route, and your mask must cover your nose and your mouth. Please bring your own mask with you, we will not have any available.

- No spectators, please! If you are attending our event, it is because you pre-registered to walk or run. No one else will be allowed in the stadium.

To pre-register, you can go to www.DavidHuttonMemorial.org

If you would prefer a paper registration, you can message this page or you can download a copy to print out and mail in the group files.

These policies are subject to change to comply with state and local regulations. 
We will post any changes on Facebook  and on our website.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Emporium Town Pool May Close



July 31st may be the last day the town pool is open.

" CAMERON CO, Pa (WJAC) — The Cameron County High School pool opened earlier this month, after delays related to the pandemic and ongoing repairs. While the pool is currently open, there's a possibility it could close at the end of the month due to a leak that was found in the deep end.

The Cameron County School Board and local water department will decide the pool's fate if the leak is not properly fixed. 

 "The school board and the water company will make the ultimate decision. Due to the cost of the amount of water going in it, and the fact that the amount of water it’s pulling from the water company, at this point, the way we are leaking, we're figuring July 31st will be our last day.

" Staff says the decades-old swimming area is a staple in the county and is a safe haven for children and their families.""

Rich Valley Wines is Open


We encourage social distancing but this emptiness is a little extreme! 
 We need you to stop by and pickup some wine, get a Logyard Blueberry Shandy, or a slushie to go! Come support all of your local businesses in these tough times.
 Open from 5pm-9pm.

Bars & Restaurants in Cameron County Adapt to Recent Mandates


Due to the latest instructions by Governor Wolf,  area bars and restaurants in Cameron County  are adapting their hours of service and dining options.

I urge everyone to visit the individual Facebook pages for these bars and restaurants to see their updated information. Hopefully this too shall pass!

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Temporarily Closes

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Temporarily Closes 

 Due to the new restrictions as of 7/15/2020 we the Board of Directors have made the decision that we will be closing the club at the end of business tonight.

Pic of the Day


Looking out over Driftwood, Pa.

Dining @ the Driftwood Saloon

If you haven't been to the Driftwood Saloon lately, it's time to take a drive there! 
Their recent updates include an enlarged covered deck and dining area for all to enjoy. 
It's beautiful!





Junior High Football Meeting

There will be a Junior High football meeting to review guidelines for off season workouts on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 pm, on the High School track. 

Any student who is planning on playing football for the 2020-2021 school year must attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend please contact Coach Neyman at 814-512-0307. If you have not submitted a completed PIAA form please bring it to the meeting. 

Bring also COVID-19 Participation Waiver completed and signed. 
Students will not be able to participate in a sport without these completed forms. 
The forms may be found on the District website. 
Blank forms will be available at the meeting.

School District Health and Safety Reopening Plans

School District Health and Safety Reopening

 Plans Each school entity in the Commonwealth must create a Health and Safety Plan which will serve as the local guidelines for all instructional and non- instructional school reopening activities. To that end, the Cameron County School District School Reopening Committee has met and developed multiple plans for the reopening of schools. Multiple plans are required because the science and public health conditions surrounding COVID-19 are continually evolving. This guidance will be updated as necessary when new information becomes available. 

 Please see the flowcharts associated with each plan by clicking the link below. Please review these flowcharts and reach out to your child’s principal with any questions you may have.

Helen Louise "Skippy" Hoffman


Helen Louise Hoffman, known to her family and friends as "Skippy" passed away Monday, July 13, 2020. She was 88 years old and was born October 30, 1931 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to James and Edna Turnbull Martin. Skippy was an internationally known artist who had resided in DeFuniak Springs, Florida for the past thirty years after she and her husband moved from Potter County, Pennsylvania.

She is preceded in death by one son, David Allen Hoffman.

Skippy is survived by her loving husband of sixty-six years, Ben Hoffman; one son, Ben "Bill" Hoffman and wife Cathy; two daughters, Mary Haskins and husband Dale and Mollie Allen and husband David; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and Crematory of
 DeFuniak Springs.

Duane Ollen "Roundman" Mecca


Duane Ollen "Roundman" Mecca, 65, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, husband to Marlene Mecca (Uhl) of 27 years, entered into eternal rest on July 14, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on November 23, 1954 in Dubois, PA, Duane was a son of the late David P Mecca, Sr. and Doris Mecca.

Duane was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking for family and friends at the Shrimp docks on Shem Creek. He enjoyed the great outdoors and excelled at selling local seafood at the docks. He loved people and they loved him.

Besides his wife Marlene, Duane is survived by his daughter Carisa Burke (Troy) of Force, PA; step-daughter Angela Songer (Steve) of Emporium, PA; sister Diane Hoffman (Will) of Ridgway, PA; and numerous grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Shannon Mecca and his brother David Mecca.

All services will be held privately.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcalister-smith.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, Mt. Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 884-3833.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Rotary News


Rotarian, Shirley Condon (left) introduced guest speaker, Cathy Straub, at the July 14th Rotary luncheon meeting. Cathy is an avid photographer of nature, presenting a slide show entitled, “The Beauty Here”, focusing on the wildlife and beautiful flowers in Cameron County.

Girls Basketball Sign Ups

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Masks Required in Walmart Beginning July 20

Walmart announced on Wednesday it will require all customers to wear masks starting July 20.

“To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20. This will give us time to inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on the new protocols,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face covering mandates being implemented,” the company said.

In response to the above, I would like to suggest shopping as much as you can in your local community!  Follow what state guidelines are in place, but shopping local helps the community you live in.