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Monday, November 30, 2020

Mini Used Book Sale Holiday Edition

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Hot Chocolate & Cookie Decorating

December 16, 2020  6:00pm @ the Cameron County Rec Center 
To register email 


Make Your Own Christmas Ornament

Make Your Own Christmas Ornament 
December 9, 2020 at the Cameron County Rec Center 
To register email 


Handmade Stockings & Tote Bags


If your interested in a handmade stocking or sturdy tote or yoga bag, give Darlene Ellenberger a call at 814-562-0209.  Darlene will have her stockings and tote bags for sale at the upcoming Christmas in the Wilds in Emporium, this Saturday, December 5th. Darlene may also be contacted via Facebook. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Pic of the Day


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Today is the first day of buck season. Good luck to all of the hunters. Sharing these old photos from days gone by. Taken in Prospect Park, I believe at Norm Ericksons.  Cheryl Malize pictured standing near the elk.  

Quilt of Valor Presented to Michael Fapore


On Tuesday November 24 the Cameron County Quilters presented a Quilt of Valor to Michael Fapore.

 The Quilt of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover all service members and veterans with comforting and healing quilts. Since it’s founding , Quilts of Valor has presented over 260,000 quilts to service members and veterans. This is the second time the Cameron County Quilters have participated in this project. They have enjoyed making the quilt and hope to continue to do this every year. 

Mick entered the Army in 1953 and served until October 1955 having made the rank of Specialist 3rd Class. He has served this country, community and his fellow veterans in many ways. Mick serves as the American Legion Commander of the Olkosky-Jessup Post 194 since 2004. 

 He also volunteers in the community including helping with his church, food bank, the Little Museum, providing rides and more. On behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, the Cameron County Quilters, fellow veterans and a grateful nation and community, with their deepest appreciation and thank you for his service, Mick was presented with a Quilt of Valor. 
 Presenting the quilt for the Cameron County Quilters was Judy Armanini and Karen Jiang.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Emporium First United Methodist Church - No in Person Worship


 Emporium First United Methodist Church 
Worship 11 am Only on Facebook Live
 No in person worship

A Christmas Time - Grand Reopening during Shop Small Saturday

A Christmas Time - Emporium, PA 

 Be sure to stop by A Christmas Time tomorrow for our GRAND REOPENING during Shop Small Saturday. 
 We’ll be open from 9-3. 
Santa will be here from 10am - 2pm! 

 We want to make sure that Santa and all of the boys and girls who visit “A Christmas Time” remain healthy. We ask that you please wear masks when visiting. Only 2-3 families will be allowed in the Studio at a time so social distancing can be maintained. We’ve provided a chair next to Santa for photos, but there will be no lap-sitting this year.

 It is our goal that A Christmas Time can remain open the entire holiday season. 
We believe we can do this with your help! Merry Christmas, everyone!! 

 We are located at 5 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA.

Shop Small Saturday in Emporium

Don't forget, tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday! 

Hope to see you in downtown Emporium & the surrounding areas supporting local merchants. 

I will be in front of the Chamber of Commerce selling this years calendar fundraiser for the Sylvan Heritage Council 
Calendars are $15 and feature all new photos from the collection of Jim Kempher 


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to You

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving


Emporium Moose #368 Christmas Auction for Kids


What’s coming up at the Emporium Moose:
 Open Thanksgiving 10am-9pm 
Black Friday open Jukebox 8pm-11 pm 

Sunday the 29th our annual auction to benefit moose kids Christmas!

 Join us on November 29 for our annual auction!
All proceeds go to moose kids Christmas!
 Some new items some old.. ya never know what we will have!

Northwest Bank Donates to Cameron County Community Chest

Northwest Savings Bank 

 Rebecca Pasquinelli, Branch Manager of Northwest Bank is presenting a check for $2,500 to Jill Carlson, 2021 Fund Drive Chairman for the Cameron County Community Chest. This is a yearly donation that comes from the Northwest Charitable Foundation. Northwest Bank appreciates the effort of the Cameron County Community Chest and wishes them success in reaching the 2021 campaign goal.

St Mark Church Pandemic Update


St Mark Catholic Church 

Regarding recent pandemic concerns, St. Mark Church Mass services will continue to take place at scheduled times. We ask that all attending mass wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and social distance. If you're feeling ill, or have underlying conditions, please refrain from attending mass, and remember you can tune in online our Livestream broadcast of daily and weekend masses.
 Happy Thanksgiving!

There is a change to our daily Mass schedule next week.
 Wed. Nov. 25, Mass @ 8:15 AM 
Due to Holiday, there will be NO HOLY HOUR on Wed. Nov. 25
 Thurs. Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) NO MASS
 Fr. Nov. 27, NO MASS 

May you all have a blessed & safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Customer Appreciation Days @ Flowers 'N Things


We will be having Customer Appreciation days on Friday 9a-6p and Saturday 9a-4p. 

40%off remaining fall items, 20% off most everything else. Kids get a free balloon! 
Sorry no discount on fresh flowers or fresh wreaths. 
We will not be having refreshments because of Covid. 
We look forward to seeing each of you. 
Please wear your mask when entering shop. 
Thank you for shopping small.

First Baptist Church of Emporium In House Worship Update


First Baptist Church of Emporium

 After much prayer and deliberation, the Board of Deacons and Pastor Jim have come to the decision to close the church to in-person worship beginning this Sunday, November 29. This was not an easy decision to make, but due to the increasing numbers of Covid, we feel that this is in the best interest of all of our congregation. We will continue to have services live on Facebook. 

Updates will be posted here.

424 N Broad Street
Emporium, PA 15834

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cameron County COVID-19 Preparedness Update


The recent mitigation orders issued by the Governor and Secretary of Health require businesses to prohibit nonessential visitors from entering the premises. Additionally, the Cameron County Commissioners were informed that this order applies to governmental operations. Therefore, effective immediately, access will be restricted to all county offices. 

The courthouse will remain open, however, it is strongly encouraged that appointments be made with the individual office prior to arrival at the courthouse. Persons entering the courthouse will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and be temperature screened prior to admittance. Other existing mitigation measures such as social distancing and facial coverings are still required. 

Unless otherwise ordered, these restrictions do not apply to court operations. Any restrictions or changes to court operations will be communicated through the 59th Judicial District. 

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

Christmas in the Wilds Includes a Jewelry Class


Christmas in the Wilds Includes a Jewelry Class 

 Jewelry artist Gloria McIsaac hosting a wrap bracelet class using gemstones. The class on Sunday December 6 is limited to 10 students and open to all ages. The class will be held at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center starting at 1pm. The fee is $22 and must be paid when registering by calling the chamber 814-486-4314 or online at

Rich Valley Wines Extends Hours Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving week extended hours are as follows 
 Wednesday - 3pm to 9pm 
 Thursday - closed 
 Friday - 12pm to 9pm 
 Saturday - 9am to 9pm 
We are ready for the holiday season at Rich Valley Wines! 

The elves at Rich Valley Wines have been busy bottling and adding to our selection. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Blueberry, and more! 
We will also have ready to purchase gifts for any budget!

 Stop by our tasting room Thursday - Saturday from 5pm-9pm (as well as Sundays from 1pm-5pm for the month of December) or order online for curbside pickup, free local delivery, or shipping to most states.

 Visit for more information.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Pic of the Day


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Since bear season is underway, I wanted to share this photo compliments of Wes Walters, Emporium Pa., Cameron County native and talented wildlife photographer in the #PAWILDS. 
 Find more of Wes's photography on Facebook & Instagram 

26th Annual Christmas Benefit Auction

Friday, December 4 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM and Saturday, December 5 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM 

Tickets available for raffle baskets and 50/50 chances 

The benefit dance will not be held at the Emporium VFW as it has been in the past 25 years due to Covid capacity restrictions. Plans are in place to resume the dance in Dec. 2021.
Please share with your friends

PA CareerLink® Centers Closed to the Public All Services Remain Available


PA CareerLink® Centers Closed to the Public All Services Remain Available 

PA CareerLink® Centers in Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties are closed to the public but continue to deliver virtual services to jobseekers and employers without interruption. 
Career Link will be providing virtual services until January.

For additional information please call your local PA CareerLink® center at 814-203-5262 

Virtual Services include
 Adult education classes, All employer services, Career counseling ,Eligibility determination for Workforce Innovation programs and service ,Job search assistance,  On-the-Job Training programs Resume assistance,Virtual workshops ,Youth Programming and work readiness services 

UC courtesy telephones remain unavailable in PA CareerLink® centers until further notice from the PA Department of Labor and Industry. 
We apologize for the inconvenience and provide the following information: 

For regular UC questions: Email
 Call 888-313-7284 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 LiveChat (call 888-313-7284 for a secure 6-digit code) 
Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

For Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) questions: Email Call 855-284-8545 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

The PA CareerLink® system is an effective one-stop shop for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. More information, including COVID-19 employment opportunities in the Commonwealth, is available at 

Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities Equal Opportunity Employment Program

Rotary News


Jim Zoschg, Jr. (right) was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting November 17th, educating the club about several invasive plant species in Cameron County. Several local conservation organizations have partnered together to try and eliminate the main invasive plants in the county; Mile a Minute Vine, Japanese Stilt Grass, Japanese Knot Weed, along with a new invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly, which has the potential to be harmful to grapes, stone fruit, and trees. 
 It’s preferred tree is Tree of Heaven. 

 Winners of week 3 of Rotary 100 Club were:
 $25.00 Jean Tesauro 
 $35.00 Connie Garrigan 
 $50.00 Lisa Good

Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Saturday  

Cameron County businesses hoping for a tremendous Shop Small Saturday this week. “For some of our local businesses this holiday season will determine if they remain open due to the restrictions placed on them by the state government Covid-19 orders,” says chamber executive director Tina Solak. A few of the businesses are extending hours, others have selected Saturday November 28 for customer appreciation and grand openings. 

Tipsy Gypsy located on East Fourth Street is the newest business to open its doors and is planning a grand opening. Come met the new owners of Pratts East End Beveridge while Flowers N Things hosts its annual customer appreciation with sales. Both Sunnyside Boutique and CDH Designs will have plenty of sales for holiday gift giving. 

When shoppers spend $10 at one of the participating, they will be given a ticket to be brought to the chamber of commerce. Each ticket will be entered into a drawing for prizes from the participating businesses. That drawing is set for 4pm Saturday. Food and drink establishments encourage you to start early with breakfast and stop in for lunch too. Pizza Palace Plus, Buttonwood Restaurant, Rich Valley Winery, Aroma CafĂ©, Fox’s Pizza Den and Cabin Kitchen will take part in the giveaway. Emporium Food Store will hand out tickets along with L&M Lumber, Reid’s Napa, Wine & Spirits Store and Hauss’s One Stop. 

Santa will make his first appearance on Saturday at Sarah Jane’s which has been transformed into A Christmas Time for the season. A Christmas Time Facebook Page will list all the events planned for the month of December.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

CDH Designs Weekend Specials


I’ve been having lots of people ask me about my specials for next weekend. Here you go! 
Open Black Friday, 11/27 from 4-8
 Open Shop Small Saturday, 11/28 from 9-3

 Interior Designer & home decor shop, located at 15 E 4th St. Emporium, PA. 
Private shopping appointments are available and we offer free local delivery.  

 When you spend at least $10 at a local business or restaurant during Shop Small Saturday, you can enter to win any of the prizes they have at the Cameron County Chamber & Artisan Center! I will also be doing a second door prize at my shop for those who make ANY purchase. We appreciate our customers so, so much, and would not survive without your support. I hope you will all choose to shop small & shop local THIS SATURDAY!!

Mid-Century Emporium Calendars for Sale

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The Sylvan Heritage Council proudly presents - "Mid-Century Emporium - Images from the Past", a 12 month 2021 calendar brimming with images curated from Jim Kempher's extensive collection of historic photos of our beloved town from days gone by. 

A perfect Christmas gift, the calendars are on sale now for $15. Contact Michelle Clark via Facebook messenger, or by emailing us at We will also have the calendars available during Emporium's Shop Small Saturday on November 28th ( in front of the Chamber ) and Christmas in the Wilds on Dec. 5th - stop by and see us in front of 8 East Fourth! 

All profits will be put directly to work on various beautification projects in our community. As always, thank you so much for your generous support of our organization. 

We accept cash, checks made out to the Sylvan Heritage Council and payments via Venmo @SylvanHeritage-Council

Cut & Carry Christmas Trees @ Strahl's in Rich Valley

Christmas trees for sale.

Open for business 10-5 pm 
Tag a tree until you are ready to take it. 
You may cut your own tree. 
Strahl Residence 
2118 Rich Valley Road
Emporium, PA 15834

Friday, November 20, 2020

Northwest Bank - Lobby Hours by Appt. Only


Effective Monday, November 23, our branch lobbies will be available by appointment only during normal business hours. 

We encourage you to use our drive throughs, which will be open during normal business hours, and alternative banking channels like online and mobile banking and our ATM network. 

You can schedule a call or visit with your local Northwest banker.

Please visit their website for further updates and phone numbers 

C&N Banking Limits Branch Operations

In response to the government’s newly released guidelines and to assist with community mitigation efforts, all C&N offices will limit branch operations to drive-up services only beginning Monday, November 23rd. 

Here’s what you need to know: Drive-up service will operate with regular banking hours. 

Walk-in/Lobby service will be restricted to appointment-only. 

For those C&N offices without a drive-up, walk-in/lobby service will operate by appointment. 

Visit C&N’s location finder tool for a comprehensive list of our offices, ATMs and drive-up services. 

For circumstances requiring branch access (i.e. loan inquiry or closing, wealth or tax consultation, safe deposit box or other special circumstances), we encourage you to call your C&N relationship manager at their direct line or our Client Care Center at 877.838.2517 to schedule an appointment. We encourage you to leverage our digital solutions and other resources for self-service banking and 24/7 account access: With our online banking and mobile app, you can do almost anything you can do in a bank branch from the comfort of your home. 

ATMs are widely available. To find an ATM near you, visit our locations finder. 

Our knowledgeable Client Care Center experts are happy to answer your questions and complete many types of transactions over the phone. Simply call toll-free 877.838.2517. 
Utilize our online chat option by visiting 

You can open a new account by visiting We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may present. Serving our clients, employees and communities continues to be of utmost importance to us, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together. 

Sincerely, Brad Scovill Signature Brad Scovill President & CEO




There is a change to our daily Mass schedule next week.
 Mon. Nov. 23, Mass @ 8:15 AM 
Tues, Nov. 24, Mass @ 8:15 AM
 Wed. Nov. 25, Mass @ 8:15 AM 
Due to Holiday, there will be NO HOLY HOUR on Wed. Nov. 25 
Thurs. Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) NO MASS 
Fri. Nov. 27, NO MASS 

May you all have a blessed & safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Cameron County Community Chest 2021 Fund Drive – Nov. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2021 Fund Drive – Nov. Update 

We are seven weeks into the 2021 fund drive. We have had a great start. Through Nov. 20th, we have collected $5,580 toward our $19,000 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed. This drive will run through September 30, 2021. 

Watch for our monthly updates. Each month we will feature a write up on one of the organizations that the Cameron County Community Chest contributes to. This month’s feature will be the Package Team. 

A group of Rich Valley women started the Package Team over 20 years ago. The team currently sends out around 85 packages (a little piece of Cameron County for Christmas) each year to our local service men, women and reservists. Boxes are filled with snacks, coffee, toiletries, paper, pens, newspapers, playing cards, and letters from the kids. Some items are donated by local businesses and churches. Other items are purchased. Postage is the largest cost. If you would like to find out more about the Package Team, get your Service Person on the list, or make a donation to Package Team, Please contact Karin Schatz at 486-0573. 

No donation/memorial is too small. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Cameron County Community Chest, PO Box 134, Emporium, PA. 15834, Attn: Judd Schager or check out our Face Book page for the Pay Pal button. Help to support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, the Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Sylvan Heritage, SPCA and Special Community Requests. 

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

DCNR Finalizes ATV Trail Policy

 Progress for some.

Cameron county does have a FB ATV/UTV group

DCNR Finalizes ATV Trail Policy 11/19/2020 

Harrisburg, PA -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today outlined final changes to its internal policy on ATV trails on state forest lands to respond to increasing demands for riding opportunities, local and county government interest in expanding recreational tourism, and legislative action. 

The announcement was made at the meeting of the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council this week, where the proposed changes were first introduced for public comment. 

“This policy provides guidance to DCNR when acquiring, developing and managing lands for ATV use,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “The major change will allow the careful consideration of strategic new riding opportunities on state forest lands to connect regional trail systems.” 

Where there was a moratorium on new trail development in the previous policy, the revisions now authorize DCNR to explore the potential for new ATV trails and connectors on state forest lands. Other changes include: 

Allowing the Secretary to designate portions of the state forest road system as temporary, seasonal or permanent ATV trails. Allowing the department to request public comment for projects that have broader impacts on the community/region. Supporting acquisition of lands specifically for motorized recreation use. DCNR received 857 comments on the proposed changes. Responses to those comments (PDF) can be found on the DCNR website. 

The policy is effective immediately. Implementation will be guided by a set of overarching ATV Management Principles (PDF) developed by the DCNR Bureau of Forestry. 

“With the principles guiding the work, the department will be doing an assessment of potential new riding opportunities that could benefit communities and businesses, and provide continuity to regional trail systems while balancing protection of the natural resource and other values and recreational uses of the public lands,” Dunn said. 

A focus of the assessment will be the northcentral part of the state due to the prevalence of state forest lands, a relatively high number of township roads open to ATV use, and proximity to other DCNR ATV trail systems. 

Pennsylvania currently has more than 260 miles of ATV trails in state forests. 

DCNR plays a multi-faceted role with ATVs: registering their use statewide through a cooperative agreement with PennDOT; managing registration-generated fees for maintenance, enhancement, and enforcement of trail opportunities on state forest lands; and distributing grants to provide new recreational ATV trails and facilities. 

Pennsylvania has around 285,000 registered ATVs. On state forest lands, ATV riding is allowed only on designated trails. 

The Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council released a report in January 2019 to provide recommendations on how DCNR and others could enhance motorized recreation in Pennsylvania (PDF). 

The ATV Trail Development and Management Policy (PDF) is on the DCNR website, as is more information about ATV riding in state forests.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Guy & Mary Felt Manor Visitation Update


It is with regret that we announce that we will be closed to visitors as of Monday, November 23. 
Zoom visits and Face Time will be available for all residents. 

Please contact Pat Kempher for the skilled nursing facility or Susan Lyon for the personal care wing to set up a time for these visits.  814-486-3736

 If you would like to bring anything to your loved one, please bring it to the main door of the Manor, Monday-Friday, between 8 AM and 3 PM. 

Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

Shippen Township Thanksgiving Holiday Hours


Shippen Township will be closed on Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Day and Monday November 30th.

 Thursday’s refuse collection will be on Wednesday, November 25th and Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday, December 1st. 

 All other collections will remain the same.

Congratulations Nate Sestina!!

Congratulations to our hometown Nate Sestina as he was signed on as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets!! The Brooklyn Nets signed Nate up for an Exhibit - 10 contract. This gives Nate a chance to earn a spot in the NBA with the Nets! 

""Exhibit 10 deals are one-year contracts for the league minimum salary. They come with an optional bonus of up to $50K if the player doesn’t make it in camp but hangs around the organization’s G-League affiliate. These deals are fairly new to the NBA system and this one gives Sestina a chance to team up with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and maybe James Harden on an East contender.""

How exciting !! 
Sharing this article from FB for those that do not follow FB. 
click on this link for the complete article 

Christmas Trees @ Erickson's Tree Farm


Erickson's tree farm will soon be open for all your Christmas tree needs! 

Erickson's Tree Farm 

 Open 10-4:30 starting Nov. 23.
 Closed Thanksgiving. 
No large gatherings in the parking lot and masks required when paying.
No on site tree cutting this year - you will need to plan to cut down your own tree 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Pic of the Day by Wes Walters ~ Snowy Owl


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I wanted to share this stunning photo compliments of Wes Walters, Emporium Pa., Cameron County native and talented wildlife photographer in the #PAWILDS.

Find more of Wes's photography on Facebook & Instagram 

With his permission we will see more of his photos! 

Nancy A (Baker) Umbenhauer


Nancy A (Baker) Umbenhauer, 58, of 1125 Old West Creek Road passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2020 with her daughters by her side at Family Hospice, Pittsburgh, PA.

 Nancy was born on January 31, 1962 in Ridgeway, PA, to Leeta Baker and was a lifelong resident of Emporium. On October 8, 1988 she married Charles J. Umbenhauer.

 In addition to her husband Nancy is survived by daughters L. Tacey Umbenhauer and Alexandra R. Caton, Pittsburgh, PA; sisters, Linda Baker of Evans City, PA and Martha Kay (Don) Sherry of Keating Summit, PA. 

 She worked for several years at Motor Coils/General Electric and also the Guy and Mary Felt Manor. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was an avid reader.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Franklin "Louie" Baker, Eugene "Beanie" Baker and Jimmy Baker; and sisters Betty Allman and Bonnie Riffle. 

There will be no visitation.
 Services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St. PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430. 

 Online Condolences may be placed at

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Call to Support Your Library!



Libraries statewide, including our own, are receiving less than half of last year's funding, making planning programming and building a vibrant collection extremely difficult. 

 We are asking our patrons to reach out to your local legislators THIS WEEK BEFORE THEY FINALIZE THE BUDGET and tell them what your library means to you and why they should grant libraries the remainder of our funding. 

 Who are my legislators in Pennsylvania? 

PA House 67, 55 Fraley Street,
 Kane, PA 16735
 Phone: (814) 837-0880 
Fax: (814) 837-2257 

 PA Senate 25, 5 Main Street,
 Wellsboro, PA 16901
 Phone: (570) 724-5231
 Fax: (570) 723-5119

Contact them today and tell them why you need your library!

Salvation Army Kettle Drive Sign Ups

I am one of the new Co-Chairpersons of the Kettle Drive Campaign for the Cameron County Salvation Army. We are looking for volunteers to donate an hour (or more) of their time at one of two locations where our kettles will be hosted either at the Emporium Food Mart or Dollar General during this holiday season, November 20-December 24.

 This event raises thousands of dollars that will stay in our community for emergency assistance services. Could you take a minute to share our sign-up link with your organization? Please considering donating your time as well. 

We have tried to make it super easy to sign up. Volunteering is just as easy!
 1. Sign up for a time slot using the above link.
 2. Show up at your location of choice at your schedule time. 
3. Stand/sit near our kettle and greet people as they enter/exit the establishment. 
That’s it! 

Thank your for your time and I hope to see your organization represented at the Kettle! 

Warm wishes, Cristy Solveson 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Sharing our Blessings Felt Manor Auxillary Fundraiser

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This is a copy of the donation form and it will also be in the Nov. 4th issue of the Echo. 
 They are also available at the Cameron County Echo office, Flowers n Things and the Chamber of Commerce. Sophia Fragale has taken this fundraiser on as her senior project. 
 Donate and help make the Manor residents’ Christmas a little brighter.
The deadline to be included in the paper is November 19.

Pentz Run Open House in Emporium

Stop in at the Pentz Run Open house tomorrow in Emporium! 
Click on the link below to read about the services Pentz Run offers. 


Dean Andrew Feldbauer


Dean Andrew Feldbauer, 56, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, at his childhood home at 151 Jackson Road, St. Marys, surrounded by family after suffering from a terminal illness. 

He was born January 18, 1964, in St. Marys, son of Wayne “Moose” and Sandra Jane Steele Eckert, who survive of St. Marys. He was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1981. Upon graduation, Dean attended Gannon University where he studied psychology. Then, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1982, where he proudly served in the 101st Airborne Infantry as a Red Beret. After eight years of service, he relocated to his hometown of St. Marys. He was currently enrolled at Penn State to continue his studies towards his engineering degree. 

Dean had a very diverse work history within the community. He was very charismatic, always bringing a smile or laugh to whomever he was near. He was highly liked and respected by all who knew him. Dean was a very intellectual person who loved to engage in a hot topic conversation. He loved to challenge your thinking. 

Dean loved animals, especially his two dachshunds, Blu and Benny. He was always proud of and thankful for his children, Mandy and Robbie. He thoroughly enjoyed football Sundays, golfing, and watching NASCAR at the Poconos. He even got married in the Poconos. Dean loved to golf with his daughter and friends, hunt with his dad, and go to the beach. He also really enjoyed a good James Patterson book. He was a member of the Penfield Firemen’s Club. 

One June 12, 1992, Dean married Amy Frantz, who survives. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his children: Mandy Feldbauer and her wife Sarah Hawks of Silver Spring, MD and Robbie Cuneo of State College; his only grandson, Austin Cuneo; his sisters: Tammy (Brian) White of Hamburg, PA and Jackie Feldbauer Zuback of St. Marys; his brother, Ronald Feldbauer, Jr. of St. Marys; and by several nieces and nephews. 

Dean was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bud and Adie Feldbauer; his maternal grandparents, Ed and Helene Steele; his aunt, Joan Steele Hines; his uncle, Don Steele; and by several cousins. 

There will be no visitation. 

Family and friend are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail, PO Box 594, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

2021 Annual Coyote Hunt

• Each participant must be registered for this hunt. When hunting in groups, each member of the group must be registered, or the entire group will be disqualified. You can register at the Club or by mail, Write “Coyote Hunt” on the envelope when sending the application in the mail. PLEASE INCLUDE A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE TO DEFER COSTS. IF MAILING IN THE APPLICATION, IT MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 31, 2021.

• Each participant must be a 2021 member of the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Association. 
If you are not a member now, you can apply for a membership when you register for the hunt.

• A registration fee of $ 10.00 plus a $ 2.00 administration fee for a total of $12.00 must be paid with the registration. There is a $ 5.00 additional fee to enter for the heaviest female coyote and an additional $ 5.00 for the heaviest fox.

• No registrations are taken on the days of the hunt. The last day to register may be done at the club on Thursday, February 11, 2021 until 11:59 PM. If you are registered, you can start to hunt at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021. The hunt and weigh ins will end on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3pm.

• Coyotes & Fox must be killed by legal means during the days of the hunt. • Hunting will be permitted state wide in Pennsylvania. Participants must have the proper license and obey all of the game laws in the state of Pennsylvania while hunting. • Calls and dogs can be used to hunt coyotes & fox. Trapping is allowed.

• The Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Association reserves the right to have an autopsy performed on the animal if we feel that the animal was kept in a pen or was taken illegally. A veterinarian will be available to enforce this regulation. SSA respects your honesty as a sportsman and we hope that you respect the organization.

• Official weigh-ins will be done at the Club on Friday February 12, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday February 14, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deadline for weigh-in is 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021 – prizes will be awarded after weigh-ins.

• Each hunter is responsible for the disposal of his or her coyote & fox carcasses.
 • Prizes will be awarded by check, accompanied by the proper tax forms.

For information call 814-546-2835. 

Country Blessings

Country Blessings will continue having its annual CHRISTMAS STORE on November 18, 19, and 20 from noon until 2:00 p.m. each day. (Additional days may possibly be added.)

 Sales will be by donation, and as usual, items are being offered free to families in need. If anyone needs to have an appointment outside of the above-mentioned hours, they may call MaryAnn at 585-698-6645. We hope to see you all again soon to help us celebrate this Christmas season. We will be observing social distancing with masks required. 

This week's sale: women's T-shirts. 

 Please note: Country Blessings will not be open Thanksgiving week. 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.

Eric C. Averill

Eric C. Averill passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. He was born July 16, 1986 in Flint, MI the son of Doug and Sally (Kuppelweiser) Averill. 

He graduated from Fenton High School in 2005 and received an associate degree in Marketing from Lansing Community College in 2008. He went on to open several successful restaurants in Louisville, North Hollywood, and Los Angeles. Most recently, he relocated to New Orleans to pursue additional experience in the restaurant business. 

He is survived by his parents formerly of Fenton, MI, two sisters Lisa Averill-Frasure (Kyle) of New Orleans and Ann Marie Averill of Los Angeles, and paternal grandmother Beverly Averill-Wennin (Bob).

 He leaves to cherish his memory friends Josh, Chris W, Matt, Kyle, Evan, and Chris A.

 Eric will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and good humor. 

Private services will be held due to COVID. 

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choosing.

CC Quarterback Club Fundraiser

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce and take a chance on winning some of these awesome items donated to help raise funds for the Cameron County Red Raiders. 

Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, November 16th until December 5th. 

 Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

Cameron County to Celebrate Christmas with a Night Parade

 Cameron County to Celebrate Christmas with a Night Parade 

Several changes coming to Christmas in the Wilds next month. The biggest change is switching the date to the first weekend of December instead of the second weekend. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Solak says Covid-19 restrictions have forced some of the changes, and others were suggestions coming from the public. 

For years the chamber has faced questioning on why hold a parade and other events on the final day of firearm deer season. With the PA Game Commission adding Sunday hunting it gives those taking to the woods three full weekends to come home with a deer. The chamber board noted this gave the opportunity to take the middle weekend to celebrate Christmas in the small county. 

Covid-19 restrictions canceled the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary craft show and Breakfast with Santa. The fireworks annual Christmas House Tour has also been canceled and Santa has decided not to bring his reindeer to the community to meet restrictions placed by the PA Department of Health. 

Solak says thinking outside of the box has created other opportunities to celebrate Christmas in the Wilds. Sara Jane’s will be Santa’s headquarters. The jolly elf will meet visitors of all ages beginning Saturday November 28 during Shop Small. Several activities are planned throughout the month of December including an adult mask themed party. 

The weekend of December 4 & 5 kicks off with a night parade. Dozens of families, businesses and organizations are decorating lighted floats for the event. The route has been approved by PennDOT. Floats will leave the former Fourth Street School and progress on Route 120 to Woodland Avenue. Watchers are encouraged to follow Santa back to the center of the business district for the lighting of the Christmas tree. 

The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department fire hall will not sit empty. Instead the hall will be used for a basket raffle running Friday December 4 & 5. The raffle replaces the Christmas Community Dance which raises funds for a family in the community. 

Vendors will line the Emporium business district Saturday December 5. Visitors are encouraged to take a trip throughout the county voting for the best decked out house starting that night. 

Officials at the chamber continue to thank the community for its diligence in keeping Covid-19 positive cases at a minimum by using common sense. That approach has allowed the community to continue to enjoy numerous events.

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree 

Cameron County will light the sky in the month of December. The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce decked out house contest and a Christmas Tree lighting will put the sparkle in the Christmas season. The chamber continues to take registrations for the house decorating contest. Property owners are encouraged to enter by Saturday November 28. The lights must be turned on starting December 4. Judging is planned in each municipality of the county. If Covid-19 restrictions allow Student Transportation of America has offered a bus to take residents throughout the county to see the decorations. 

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Johns warns motorists of traffic tie ups Saturday November 21 when a 40 foot evergreen will be cut from a property on West Fourth Street and delivered to the vacant lot in downtown Emporium. The tree has been donated by the Novak family. It was originally planted by Esther Jackson who purchased the tree from Olivett Grocery Store sometime in the early 1990’s. The owner of Erickson Tree Farm, Erik planted the tree. He trimmed it yearly until Esther’s death. 

Several businesses and individuals continue to collaborate on providing a tree for the Christmas season. They include Smoker Logging, Emporium Borough, Flowers N Things and Burkhouse Contracting. Those involved promise the community this will become a yearly event. The lights were purchased by an anonymous donor. The decorating of the tree will take place over a week period in time for Santa Claus to light the tree following the night parade on Friday December 4.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Judith A. Mosher


Judith A. Mosher, 75, of Coudersport, PA formerly of Emporium died at UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Coudersport, PA on Thursday afternoon (November 12, 2020). She was born October 23, 1945 in Reynoldsville, PA a daughter of the late Paul and Jean Carl Sprague. Her first husband was Charles W. Hepfner and she later married Robert Mosher who preceded her in death. 

Judy graduated from the former Reynoldsville High School. She worked at the Olivett’s Sure Fine in Emporium until her retirement. She was a member of the Cameron County Vets Club and the Ladies Auxiliary. 

Judy is survived by two sons, Charles "Chuck" (Beth) Hepfner, Emporium; and Joseph (Cristal) Hepfner, Port Allegany; a step-daughter, Bobbie Sue Loar, Ft. Riley, KS; two daughter-in-laws, Christie Hepfner, Aberdeen, NC; and Tristan Dax, Gifford, PA; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; two sisters, Sally (Joseph) Smelko, North East, PA and Patricia Milleron, Coudersport. 

In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Hepfner; two brothers, Paul Sprague and baby Sprague in infancy. 

There will be No Visitation and Services will be held at the convenience of the family 

Burial will be in the Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville, PA 

Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Meat Raffles @ Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club

Meat raffles at the Sinnemahoning Sportmen's Club 


Kids Christmas Party Sign Ups

Sign up at the Club


Rotary News

Jessica Herzing (left), Project Coordinator of the Cameron County Project, was the guest speaker at the November 10th Rotary luncheon meeting. Jessica graduated from CCHS in 2005 and holds a degree in Entrepreneurship and Statistics from IUP and a degree in Accounting from Central Penn College. In 2011 she moved back to Emporium, and is currently a Staff Accountant at Judd Schager CPA. 

The Cameron County Project’s mission is to find the Heart and Soul of Cameron County by encouraging local resident engagement and community pride through a campaign of storytelling and resident-driven visioning. In 2018, the project launched with the idea that everyone should be invited to reengage with Cameron County, and in 2019, over 492 residents across 20+ voice groups responded with their stories. This year, the project will be moving forward with a community value statement and assisting as needed with vision implementation to promote a positive image in our community. You can find more information at
 Also pictured is Rotarian, Marsha Hendrickson.

Cameron County Food Pantry November 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. 

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, November 17 at 10:00 am. 

The food distribution scheduled for November 18, 2020 at 1pm will be accomplished as follows.

On Wednesday, November 18,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. 


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.