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Friday, February 26, 2021

Causer to Hold Satellite Office Hours


Causer to Hold Satellite Office Hours 

 BRADFORD – State Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will hold monthly satellite office hours on Thursday,March 4, at the following locations: ·

 Emporium Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon. 

 Services available include assisting constituents with state-related issues or concerns, assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs. 

 People who cannot make the satellite sessions may contact Causer’s offices in Bradford at 78 Main St., first floor, telephone 814-362-4400; or Coudersport, 107 S. Main St., Room 1, telephone 814-274-9769; or Kane, 55 Fraley St., telephone 814-837-0880. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

Photo of the Day

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Owl photo sent in by Desiree Cummings. I think she sees one every day! 

North Central Broadband Study

Broadband Survey: 

 The North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission has received funding that will provide us the opportunity to identify and work towards resolving unserved and underserved broadband areas in our six counties ( Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter.) 

With your help in completing the broadband survey ( we can identifying specific issues in our communities and together, improve commodities that can help rural America grow!!

Cameron County Storm Football Update


Cameron County Storm Football 

 Are you interested in coaching flag football ? 
Please submit a letter of interest to the board. All letters must be received by March 10, we will not accept any letters past this date. * All coaches will have to have their clearances* 

 If your not interested in coaching we can always use some extra help doing other jobs to make these games / season possible for our kids. 

Reach out to a Storm board member, message via the Facebook page or call
 Rhonda Ramsey at 814-335-4288

 2020/21 STORM Football Coaching Staff: General Manager - Garrett Ramsey
 PONY Head Coach - Michael Nolder Sr.
 All other staff will be announced. 

 Cameron County Storm Football Community Cameron County Storm Youth Football serves the community of Emporium, Pa. and surrounding area. It is our goal to teach, encourage and develop the young athletes in our county.

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Saturday Meat Raffles


Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club 
15 Club Rd Driftwood, PA 15861 
(814) 546-2835 
 Kitchen opens at 2pm

Rich Valley Wines


Doors are Open - Thursday-Saturday 5pm to 9pm

Masks required  per Governor's orders Inside, around and Out

 Rich Valley Wines Winery & Vineyard 

Rich Valley Wines, located in Emporium, makes all wines on site in the  of the PA Wilds. 

400 East Allegheny Ave, Emporium, PA 15834 Emporium, PA 15834

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Pic of the Day

Beautiful eagle sent in by a friend 
Taken in Cameron County 


St Patrick's Day Painting with Ms Audra


Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. 

 Join Miss Audra for some painting!

To register email

Story Hour Project Needs Volunteers


Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library

 Hey everyone, this is Miss Alex from Story Hour and I am looking for some community members and families to help out with an upcoming project. I am looking for 30 individuals or families in Cameron County (live or work in) to record a video reading your favorite children's book for our first upcoming 30 Day Family Reading Challenge which will take place in April. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know in the comments below or by messenger (I will tag my personal FB account in the comments). Your help would be so very appreciated. Thank you!

 Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library 
 27 W 4th Street Emporium, PA 15834 

 We strive to enrich the quality of life in Cameron County by providing educational materials, services & programs to help locals follow their own pursuits of education, inquiry & enlightenment. Follow us for the latest events, programs, & library news!

Moose Meat Raffle Postponed


We’re sorry for any inconvenience but our meat raffle is postponed until further notice... anyone who purchased a ticket may get a refund at the club... thank you!!! 

 Happy Hour every Wednesday 7pm-9pm and Saturday 2pm-4pm

 Now open at 7am Monday through Saturday! 

Emporium Moose #368
524 E Allegany Ave Emporium, PA 15834 
(814) 486-3086

Keating Summit Hotel to Offer Trial Delivery to Emporium


Keating Summit Hotel

 Guess what's happening at The Keating Summit Hotel starting March 3rd - DELIVERY!!!

 We will be covering Austin, Costello, Port Allegheny and Emporium! 


 Keating Summit Hotel
 9839 State Route. 155 
Austin, PA 16720
 (814) 642-2202

 A nice bar with a great atmosphere, good food, good hospitality and a great staff built on customer service. You the customer are our number 1 priority.
Come try our food and hospitality with a cook with over 30 yrs experience

 Ok guys quick update and clarification on the Delivery starting on March 3rd from 4 to 830.


 On another note after much deliberation a 10$ MINIMUM ORDER must be made. We have 2 Drivers and we will get your food to you in a timely fashion being our 1st night we expect a large influx of to go orders which will lead to longer delivery times.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Library Looking for Prize Donations


The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is looking for local businesses interested in contributing prizes for any age group for an upcoming contest. For details, contact Yelena Kisler at 814-486-8011 or email

CCHS Student Athletes Named to PA Football "All Academic Team."


Congratulations to the CCHS Football Team for this recognition of your hard work and to the coaching staff for raising the bar with your expectations and support of academic success!! 

The following student athletes were named to PA Football News "All Academic Team." Nineteen of our 23 players made the list!

 GOLD 4.0 GPA and above

Wesley Walters, Chase Streich, Eyan Smith, Jameson Britton, Maddox Baughman, Treyton Tucker

 Silver 3.5-3.9 GPA 

Gannon Horning, Nathan Reed, Devin Fowler, Anthony Putt, Clayton Geist, Lathan Reed

 Bronze 3.0-3.4 GPA 

 Connor Nolan, Derek Duman, Dylan Baney, Eden Condon, Taylor Geitner, Devin Streich, Dion Roberto

St. Mark Community Day Care Center News


St. Mark Community Day Care Center 


 After countless hours of trainings, room modifications, creating several new and improved operating procedures and implementing a new curriculum throughout the facility, we have finally been recognized a STAR 4 FACILITY! This is a huge accomplishment and something we are so proud of! We couldn't have done it without the support from our daycare families!

SMCDCC is a STAR 4 day care center open to the community. 
We accept all children ages 6 weeks to school age. Our caring staff are well trained and passionate about their jobs. Please contact us for rates and any questions. 
The SMCDCC has been in operation since 2008.
 (814) 486-2399

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Pic of the Day

It was a beautiful day for a ride. My neighbor and I cruised 'around the horn' and 
had lunch at the Driftwood Saloon. 

Rest area across from the Emporium Country Club 
Usually the annual canoe & kayak race launches here

Alot of elk, deer, turkey and other wildlife are eating on the sunny side of the hills and down near the road. Be careful when driving. 


Friday, February 19, 2021

Guy & Mary Felt Manor Update

Guy & Mary Felt Manor Update  

As the months tick by, we continue to experience the social isolation caused by the visitor restriction. Our staff has done an amazing job keeping the residents entertained within a small group setting. In- room visits continue daily. Phone calls, zoom visits, as well as compassionate visits persist. We have started receiving questions from residents and families about when visitor restrictions will be lifted. Particularly since many residents have received the vaccine against COVID-19.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) continue to review COVID-19 data, along with the Centers for Disease control and prevention (CDC), but will not be revising visitation guidance at this time.

With this in mind, the current guidance does allow for indoor visitation if certain criteria are met. Outdoors visitations are weather permitting. However, the status of visitation depends in part upon the status of COVID-19 in the surrounding community. The latest update issued 2/16/21 listed Cameron County at 21.45% cumulative positivity rate.

Five facts about visitor restriction in the facility:
 • The federal government issues nursing home visitation restrictions. CMS restricted visitation in March 2020. Restrictions were revised in September 2020 to allow some flexibility within strict parameters.
 • Visitor restrictions apply to everyone. Those who are vaccinated, those who are considered “essential caregivers”, and those who have recovered from COVID-19 all must follow the same visitor restrictions.
 • CMS prefers that visitations occur outdoors if possible. 
• Indoor visitation is 100% impacted by how well the surrounding community manages COVID-19. 
 If the surrounding community shows a county positivity rate of 10% or greater, indoor visitation is restricted.

Five things you can do to help the Facility visitation resume:
 • Wear a mask anytime you leave your house, even if you’re social distancing from others. Masks should cover the mouth and nose.
 • Social distance and avoid crowds. Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who does not live in your household. Avoid gatherings of people who do not live in your household. Stay connected by phone or online platforms.
• Stay home if you are sick. Even if you think it’s just a cold or just the flu, stay home. Don’t go to work, don’t go to your place of worship, and don’t even go to the grocery store. Call your doctor and get a COVID-19 test if the doctor recommends it.
 • Get vaccinated when it’s your turn. As more people get vaccinated, fewer people get sick. That leads to fewer cases, fewer deaths, and less opportunity for the virus to mutate into other variants.

• Spread the word, not the virus. This virus is everyone’s problem and we all have a responsibility in the solution. It will take all of us working together to put an end to this pandemic. 
Kimberly Jones, NHA

2021 Flag Football Sign-Ups

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Memorial Hall Upstairs
 Saturday February 27@ 11-12 AM 
Saturday March 6th @ 11-12 AM 

 Questions: Please reach out to a Storm board member or check out our Facebook page. 
You may also call Rhonda Ramsey at 814-335-4288 
 Funding sources available. No players denied.

Tubby's Tavern Live Streaming CCHS Boys Jr High Basketball Game


Tubby's Tavern will  have a live stream of the  Boys Junior High basketball game tomorrow 
2/20/21 at 1:00

Update on Saving Denton Hill State Park

Capri Clark & Brook Burfield at Denton Hill 

 Every time I drive by Denton Hill State Park, I keep my fingers crossed that it will be revived. I know many people from Cameron County enjoyed skiing at Denton Hill, my kids included.  It would be wonderful to have a four-season facility so close by.

Save Denton Hill State Park

 While there will be no downhill skiing at Denton Hill State Park anytime soon, there’s now a ray of hope. A Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) spokesman says the logjam created by the coronavirus is expected to break in the first quarter of the new year and DCNR will seek proposals from potential concessionaires. A four-season attraction is envisioned. Blueprints call for improvements, redesign and new infrastructure for skiing; overnight accommodations; year-round recreation development; and community partnerships. The park is closed for downhill skiing but remains open for cross-country skiing. Eight miles of park trails connect with trails in the adjoining Susquehannock State Forest, including the 29-mile Denton Hill Cross-Country Ski Trail System, which is being groomed.

At a recent meeting of the Potter County Commissioners, it was announced that the commissioners have met with State Senator Cris Dush to seek his support for expediting the development of the Denton Hill Adventure Center. At last report, the bid notice to solicit vendors/partners is nearing release. The commissioners emphasized the importance of the state offering a vendor contract that is attractive enough to secure a private-sector partner. They said that boils down to how much money the state is willing to invest in its own park to give that partner a fighting chance to secure its own funding and profitably operate the Adventure Center.

A Master Plan has been created and those involved feel it is a step in the right direction. Read about it here

Rich Valley Wines Celebrates 1 Year!


We are celebrating you, our valued customers, this coming weekend!

Rich Valley Wines is open 5pm to 9pm, each evening!

 As a BIG thank you to our customers and to our community we are offering 15% off all purchases this weekend!

 If you want to purchase online use code: Year1 
Visit our website at

The discount will automatically be applied to all in person purchases. 

We have RVW bottled wine to go! 

We have Pa Beers & Pa Spirits for in house consumption!

 Masks are required to enter, move around and exit the building, per the governor's orders

Concessions Manager Needed for Little League Field


Do you have some free time and would like to volunteer your time? 

 Cameron County Little League is looking for a Concessions Manager.

 We are in desperate need of someone to take on this role.

 If you are interested, you can message via FB  Cristy Solveson, Erika Brown, Carl Brown, Keith Baughman, or Saul Solveson for more details. 

Email : 
Phone : 814-594-7131

 Thank you! Please share if you know someone who could help out!

Cameron County Little League 2021 Registration Open


Cameron County Little League 


 Register’s super quick and easy! 

 Check out their new website! 

Follow updates on their website and Facebook 

 Mission Statement 
Cameron County Little League (CCLL) is dedicated to supporting the development of life skills and personal character in the youth of our community through the enjoyment of the sports of baseball and softball.

Core Objectives 
To provide a healthy athletic environment in which our players can develop an appreciation for physical conditioning, healthy life choices, and the skills to compete in baseball. To provide an organized team environment in which our players can learn an appreciation for self-discipline, responsibility, accountability and teamwork. To provide a positive nurturing and safe environment in which our players can learn an appreciation for sportsmanship, self-esteem, pride and integrity. To improve the overall experience for players, parents, and coaches so as to create a culture that not only attracts player and volunteer participation, but keeps them coming back year after year.

Core Values
 CCLL is charged with providing every day examples of the values upon which Little League was built: Character, Courage, and Loyalty.

CCHS Emergency Drill Rescheduled for February 25


Cameron County School District

 The Emergency Preparedness Drill, which was postponed due to a snow day, has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Dog Obedience Classes Offered in Elk County


The Elk County Humane Society will once again be partnering up with Doreen Nelson to start offering both beginner and advanced dog obedience classes.

 Beginner's classes will start on March 15th with an orientation without the dogs and then continuing on with the dogs on March 22nd. The class is held every Monday at 6:45 pm at the K of C in the Knotty Pine Room in St. Marys for 7 weeks. The cost of the class is $90 per dog. Advanced classes will begin on March 22nd at 8:00 pm and will continue for 6 weeks every Monday. 

 These classes will also be held at the K of C in St. Marys and will cost $90 per dog. 

All dogs must be updated on their rabies shots and due to the COVID-19 virus face masks are required.

 If you are interested in signing up or if you have any questions, please call the shelter at (814) 834-2347.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Peter T. Gralla

Peter T. Gralla, Jr., 76, of 324 W. 4th St., Apt 414, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands-Brookville, Brookville, PA on Wednesday morning following a lengthy illness. (February 17, 2021). He was born March 25, 1944 in Niagara Falls, New York a son of the late Peter and Adeline Prosper Gralla, Sr.

Peter graduated from Dubois High School and after school served with the US Marines during the Vietnam War. He had worked at Stackpole Carbon in St. Marys for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Emporium and the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Emporium Council #990, and the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, Emporium. Some Peters hobbies include fishing, watching western movies and he was a very talented woodcrafter having won many fist place awards in the local county fair.

Peter is survived by his siblings Carole Richards, St. Marys; John Gralla, Texas; William (Phyllis) Moscato, Emporium and David Gralla, DuBois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gralla who was killed while serving with the US Army during Vietnam.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Miller-Raffaele Post #6221, VFW in Emporium at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the American Legion Post 194, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Covid Vaccinations Continue to be Offered in Cameron County Area

Covid Vaccinations Offered in Cameron County Area  

Penn Highlands Healthcare is currently offering vaccinations to those individuals in the Pennsylvania Department of Health Phase 1A who are 65 years and older and those 16-64 with a chronic healthcare condition from the Penn Highlands primary service area, please call 814-503-4735 for placement on our scheduling wait list. 

Additional local providers: Keystone Rural Health (Cameron County Health Care Center):

 Information will be updated on the County website if anything changes or additional information becomes available:

Northwest Bank Lobby Now Open to Customers


Our offices are now open to walk-in customers, and we’re excited to see you! 
We’re committed to providing a safe environment for our customers and employees. 
To learn more about the safety measures we've put into place, please visit

Spring Bulb Time @ the CC Conservation District


Cameron County Conservation District 

 Want to start planning for your flower garden? Want to donate to help with environmental education? You can do both with the link below. The District is currently running a Spring Bulb fundraiser.
 All proceeds will go toward environmental education.



22:32 MEN’S CONFERENCE will be held NEXT Saturday, Feb. 27th as a virtual presentation. 
 Gathering will occur in O’Connell Hall, 9:00 AM –12:00 PM.
 This event is for men of all faiths...bring your friends, sons, nephews, brothers.
 Contact: Dennis Fapore @ 814-594-8311 Vince Fragale @ 486-2030 or the Rectory@ 486-0569

Chili Cook-Off @ The Driftwood Saloon


Chili Cook-Off 


The Driftwood Saloon is holding its annual Chili Cook-Off from 1:00-4:00pm. 

Anyone interested in entering the Cook-Off should have their chili at the Saloon by 12:30pm and in a crock-pot.

 Driftwood Saloon & Grill 
 375 Driftwood Avenue
 Driftwood, PA 15832

Job Openings @ Embassy Powdered Metals

Embassy is looking for full-time 3rd shift Machine Operators for its powdered metal production processes.

 We will entertain both experienced or inexperienced persons. A good work ethic is required and attendance is a top priority. Applications can be submitted by accessing our website at embassymetals@com/careers.

Bre Whiting @ Uptown Coffee

Sharing this You Tube video with CC native Bre Whiting showing us how to make delicious coffee at home. I cannot wait to try it! It's good to see you Bre! 

 Be sure to visit Brea Whiting at Uptown Coffee if you’re in the Pittsburgh area or check out the YouTube video to make your own deliciousness at home.

Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing in 814 Area Code Begins Soon

PUC Urges Residents & Businesses to Act Now to Prepare for Spring Arrival of a New “Overlay” Area Code & Required 10-Digit Dialing

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today encouraged residents and businesses in the current 814 area code, which covers all or parts of 27 counties across Central and Northwestern Pennsylvania, to prepare for the start of mandatory 10-digit dialing for all telephone calls, which will begin on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

For the last several months callers across the 814 area code have been able to use 10-digit dialing for local calls – to test their devices and prepare for the upcoming changes – and now is the time to get ready, if you have not done so already.

The April 3, 2021, beginning of mandatory 10-digit dialing marks the next major step toward the arrival of a new “overlay” area code – 582 – which will eventually serve side-by-side with the current 814 area code. The 582 area code will be assigned to new telephone numbers once the available supply of numbers in the current 814 area code is exhausted.

As of April 3rd, anyone attempting to make a call in the 814 area code using only seven digits (without the area code) will receive a recorded message prompting them to hang up and redial the call using the full ten-digit number (area code plus 7-digit phone number).

Please read the complete news release here 

Russell E. Rhoads Ice Fishing for Kids a Huge Success


With the weather cooperating this year, the Russell E. Rhoads Ice Fishing for kids, held on Sat., Feb. 13th at the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club on Sizerville Run Road was a huge success! Here are a few photos taken by Debbie Singer. Deb, thanks for allowing me to share! 
Follow this link to see all of the wonderful photos by Debbie.

Deanna & Russel Rhoads with one lucky gift recipient

The Russell E  Rhoads Ice Fishing event is held yearly ( weather cooperating ) in honor of Russell E Rhoads Jr "Rusty" who unexpectedly passed away Dec. 28, 2017 in an automobile accident. Rusty was a member of the Rod & Gun Club and loved hunting and fishing

Ellen Louise (Mason) Snyder


Ellen Louise (Mason) Snyder, 98, previously of Williamsport, was welcomed into God’s arms on Jan. 31, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Benjamin Snyder, on Jan. 24, 2008. Ellen was born on July 9, 1922, the youngest daughter of J. Wright Mason and Nancy Spence Mason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Anson Mason, and sisters, Zelia Jensen and Rebecca Johnson.

Ellen’s early years were spent growing up on the family farm, Pine Grove Dairy, in Cameron County. After graduation from Emporium High School, she was hired to work in the advertising department at the Sylvania plant. She met Bill, her husband, before he enlisted in the Army, and shortly after he returned from being a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II, they married and moved to Williamsport. Together they enjoyed camping while traveling around the U.S. and Canada. They especially enjoyed spending time with family at The Camp, adjacent to her childhood farm in Driftwood.

There is so much to say about a lifetime of nearly 99 years, but to sum it up we are truly blessed to have had this kind woman in our lives.

Surviving are two daughters, Nancy (Tom) Vojtasek and Billie (Jeff) Stone both of Poinciana, Fla. She was known as Mamie to her six grandchildren: Jeffry Stone (Theresa), Benjamin Stone (Beth), Elizabeth Flite (Tim), Eric, Ellen and Erin; and her 14 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ellen’s life will be held this summer in Pennsylvania. In keeping with her wishes her body has been donated to the Anatomical Board of Florida for use in medical education programs.

Donna J. Schatz

Donna J. Schatz, 85, of 185 Center Street, Elk Towers, and formerly of West Creek Road, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at the Lutheran Home at Kane, after a brief illness.

She was born May 31, 1935, in Bradford, daughter of the late John and Emma Irene Schoolmaster Bean. Donna was a graduate of Smethport High School, Class of 1954 and had been a resident of St. Marys for the majority of her life. She was a retired secretary for Dr. Lepovetsky.

On February 18, 1957, in the Queen of the World Church, Donna married Milton A. “Beak” Schatz who preceded her in death on April 14, 2003.

She is survived by two daughters: Barbara Orsich and her husband Andrew of St. Marys and Diane White and her husband Michael of Wala Wala, WA; two sons: John C. Schatz and his wife Linda of Emporium and Jeffrey A. Schatz and his wife Karen of St. Marys; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to her husband and parents, Donna was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Schatz, in infancy; a son, Mark A. Schatz; and by her brother, John Bean. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Donna was a member of the St. Marys Moose as well as the Fox Township Senior Center, where she enjoyed spending time with her friends.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the Hallton Church of Christ at 657 Evergreen Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853 on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ron Burkett, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, 110 West 10th Street, Suite 212, Erie, PA 16501.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Stephan "Uncle Steve" Carson


Stephan H. “Uncle Steve” “Steve-O” Carson passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021, at the age of 61. Born in St. Marys, PA, to the late Deanna Ristine and Robert B. Carson, Steve is survived by his loving sister “Sis,” Robin C. McGhee; Cousin-Brother, Brian Cooney; nephews and nieces, Patrick McGhee (Hayley), Brendon McGhee, Ciara Werner and Lauryn “Pooh-Bear” Cooney; Cousins, Megan Grandy, Craig Platt, Holly Carson, Michael Carson, Scott Carson, and Anne Carson; by his dear friend Mary Hardie; and by his adoring pup, Maggie-Moo. Steve also leaves behind his many beloved friends and fellow parishioners.

Steve was a hard worker for GTE Sylvania for 10 years, but his passion for the sport of golf led him to obtain his PGA Professional Membership License. Steve became the Golf Pro at Emporium Country Club, where he owned and managed his own Pro shop. Steve was devoted to making sure all members felt special and enjoyed their time on the course. Steve would then decide to move to Grand Blanc, MI, with his cousin Brian and Brian’s daughters, Ciara and Pooh-Bear. Steve settled in as the golf pro and general manager at Goodrich Country Club. This time in Michigan was one of the most enjoyable times because the friendships, laughs, and stories - which Steve always cherished and shared - were numerous.

In 2011, after the tragic loss of his beloved brother-in-law, John A. McGhee, Steve decided to move to Southampton, PA, to love and care for his “Sis” and nephews. His heart and wisdom aided his family in managing and operating the family business, James J. McGhee Funeral Home. Almost everyone he would come into contact with would quickly grow to love him and refer to him as “Uncle Steve.”. He converted to Catholicism because of his admiration for Our Lady of Good Counsel Church parishioners’ faith and community. He would soon become a Eucharistic Minister and help run the Parish Carnival. He would also join the Knights of Columbus. Steve found much enjoyment and zen in taking care of gardening, the lawn, his pool, and most of all, throwing the ball one more time to his Maggie-Moo.

Steve would make sure to say, “If I go, do not be sad for me; I am home with God!”

Uncle Steve’s family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, February 20th, from 9 to 10:30 AM, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 611 Knowles Ave. Southampton, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM. Steve will be laid to rest next to his brother-in-law and friend, John, at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.

Memorial contributions in memory of Stephan H. Carson may be sent to the A.J. Foundation by making checks payable to Golf For A Cure, 8070 OHara Drive Davison, MI 48423, or by visiting

Condolences may be sent to Steve’s family by visiting

CC Historical Society Original Board Members Part 2

The Cameron County Historical Society is celebrating 100 years. In recent years, members of the Cameron County Historical Society have been working to plan a year long celebration in honor of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the organization’s founding.

The Historical Society has compiled a list of the 8 original board members.

On February 10, 2021 I listed the first two board members, Rile Prosser and Charles Ebbert Plasterer. Today I will list two more.

Harry Edwin Elliott was born June 5, 1882, in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. He married Mabel Ora Renfrew on June 7, 1911, in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. Together they had three children: Julia, Frederick, and Thomas. Harry Elliott was known as “Pat” by his friends and served as a Forest Warden beginning in 1909 after graduating from the Mont Alto Forest Academy. Prior to Forestry college, he attended Normal School in 1902 and taught school for three years.

He was first assigned as forester in charge of a tract of land near Sinnemahoning, and in 1917, he was transferred to the Sizerville area. By 1920, he was named the first District Forester for the Elk District with an office in Emporium.

In 1921, he was named to the first board of directors for the Cameron County Historical Society. In 1923, he was transferred to Coudersport to serve as District Forester for the Susquehannock Forest District, where he remained until his retirement in 1950.

During the 1930s, he directed the work of ten Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps. He was active in Boy Scouts in both Emporium and Coudersport. He served as president of the Coudersport Borough Council, Rotary Club and a number of other community organizations. Harry Elliott passed away on December 15, 1970 in Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania.

William T. Welsh was born in July of 1891 in Emporium, Pennsylvania, to parents Thomas and Jennie (Bullis) Welsh. He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, and enlisted in the Army, earning the rank of Sergeant and serving in France. He was honorably discharged with a citation on June 9, 1919.

As of the 1920 Census, he was living in Emporium and employed as a chemist for Powder Works. In 1921, he served on the board as one of the first members of the Cameron County Historical Society. In 1924, he joined the High School faculty where he taught and served as High School Principal until 1929.

In 1928, he married fellow teacher Julia (Rogers) Welsh. From 1929 to 1942, he was employed as a chemist at Sylvania before he returned to teaching from 1941 until his retirement in 1958.

William Welsh had one daughter, Alice Julia Welsh Stisser, and one son, Charles William. On November 2, 1958, Welsh passed away at his home in Rich Valley. Emporium Schools closed early the day of his funeral out of respect.

Pic of the Day - Turkey Trot


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Had to share this awesome photo taken by Nicki Huggler 
These turkeys are walking down the road like nobody's business! 
Thanks Nicki! 

Libraries Present Humorous Art Gallery Tour


Together with the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library (Emporium) and S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library (Port Allegany), curators from the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) will present a humorous art gallery tour titled "Living Through Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to a Dystopian Apocalypse." As we endure a global pandemic, political upheaval, and unrelenting climate change, we light-heartedly examine works from the MOBA collection to discern how art reflects adversity.

MOBA collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. The Museum Of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. They analyze, compare to classic art, and share with thousands of fans around the world. This program is free and is for adults.

Interested participants must provide the library with a name and an active email account to register. Registration is free, but participants must register by March 10. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library would like to thank the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) for making this program possible through a PHC CARES grant.

Black History Month @ the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library


Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library 
 27 W 4th Street Emporium, PA 15834 

 In honor of Black History Month, the library now has these adorable take-home craft kits for children ages 5-12 inspired by American artist, Alma Thomas. The kit includes everything you need to make the craft, instructions, plus some neat information on Alma and her life. Pick one up at the library today, or call to request one through our pickup service.

CCHS Senior Gavin Morton will play for the Pitt Panthers


Congratulations go out to CCHS Senior Gavin Morton for his acceptance to Pitt Bradford to play basketball for the Pitt Panthers! Gavin has been playing basketball since the 6th grade and his hard work shows. Gavin will be majoring in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Darlene and James Morton.
Congratulations Gavin and best of luck in your future! 

Local Humane Officer Retiring - Alternate Contacts Available for Animal Concerns

The Cameron County SPCA would like to inform the public that as of February 12, 2021, we will no longer have a local Humane Officer working for our organization. The Officer's license will be expiring shortly and he has decided to not renew and retire from this position. At this time we would like to say thank you to him and wish him well in his retirement and future endeavors.

How does this affect Cameron County? 
 If anyone suspects the abuse or neglect of an animal they can call the Emporium State Police at 486-3321 or call 911. The SPCA will assist the police in any way we can. Humane Officer, Jack Ardrey, Jr., out of Williamsport also has jurisdiction in Cameron County. He can be reached at 215-426-6300. If an animal needs to be taken from the property, the SPCA will accept those animals at the shelter and we will see to its well being until the case is resolved. If the animal is surrendered, then the organization will see that it finds an adopted home. If one needs to report a loose dog within the Borough of Emporium they would call the Dog Law Officer of the Borough at 814-335-6251. To report a loose dog out of the borough, call the Emporium State Police at 486-3321.

This change, however, does not affect our other services that we offer to the county. Our spay & neutering vouchers are still available for those who need assistance and we continue to have animals available for adoption at the kennel. If you are interested, you can set up an appointment to visit the kennel by calling 486-0101. In the near future we hope to have our annual rabies clinic, yard sale, bake sales and raffles.

St. Mark Community Day Care Center Now Enrolling Children


We are enrolling children 6 weeks old through school age! 
 Please call 486-2399 for more information!

 SMCDCC is a STAR 4 day care center open to the community. 
We accept all children ages 6 weeks to school age. 
Our caring staff are well trained and passionate about their jobs. 
Please contact us for rates and any questions. 

 St. Mark Community Day Care Center
 241 E 4th St 
Emporium, PA 15834

Monday, February 15, 2021

Bingo Tonight @ the CC Vets Club

It's Bingo night! 
Stop in and join the fun.

 Cameron County Vets Club
 427 East 3rd Street 
Emporium, PA 15834 
(814) 486-3078