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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Wellsville Legend John Rigas Dies at 96


Wellsville Legend John Rigas Dies at 96


 COUDERSPORT, Pa. — Wellsville native and former Adelphia Cable and Buffalo Sabres owner John Rigas passed away today at the age of 96.

Read the article here 

This Weekend in Cameron County!

 This weekend in Cameron County!

Hopefully I didn't miss anything! 

Sizerville State Park Annual Autumn Fest 
 Saturday, October 2nd from 11-3

Mushroom Fest @ the Driftwood Saloon 
Guided mushroom walk, slide show & cook off
Presentation starts at 12

Cash Bash @ the VFW starting at 2pm

Sinnemahoning Tavern
 Chinese Auction- Benefit Cy Hardinger
 Live Music Chicken BBq 
 Saturday, Oct 2. 2 -9 pm

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club 
Saturday, Oct. 2 
 Meat raffles starting at 2 pm

Movie at the Market Emporium Food Market
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at 7:30pm

While your out, stop by Strahls on Rich Valley Road or the Mason Farm on Rt 120 E for all your pumpkins, gourds, & cornstalks!

At anytime, the Sylvan Heritage Council invites you to take a walk or a drive around Emporium and view our 185 military banners! The banners stretch from the west to east end bridges and from Second to Sixth Streets. On this day and every day, Cameron County is military proud and strong!

Sinnemahoning State Park 
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Fall Foliage Bike Ride
. Join the park naturalist for a morning bike ride along the Lowlands Trail, as we look closely at the colors of fall and the natural processes that cause this dramatic change. Bring your own bicycle or use one of ours. Ride will be 3-5 miles on improved gravel trail. All experience levels welcome. Limited number of adult-sized bikes available upon request. In front of the Wildlife Center

Sinnemahoning State Park 
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Monarch butterfly migration presentation followed by a short walk to catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. Arial nets provided. Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to walk through fields. All ages welcome. Note: The tagging portion of the program will not take place in damp or rainy weather. Meet in Wildlife Center Classroom.

Stop into your favorite restaurant or bar, drive to the Top of the World or take a hike anywhere in Cameron County ~ Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021




THURSDAY ~ SEPT. 30th @ 6:30 PM 

We’re looking for people who are seeking meaning and purpose. Come to a get-together in O'Connell Hall, basement of St. Mark Church, 235 E. 4th St. 

 Please join us or invite someone who may be searching for spirituality or community. 
 This session is informal and will be less than one hour in length. 
 Refreshments and social will follow.

 For more information call John @ 486-1886 or Jen @ 486-0784.

Friends in Wild Places Features 3 Local Residents


Hey local friends- if you have local channel ABC 23, Kent Davis, Bill Dobson and I, Wendy Davis, will be featured on "Friends in Wild Places" as we return a treasured gold ring to it's owner. 
 It is on this Sunday (October 3) at 7:30-8:00 am. 

 This is the first show of the new season and it is a half hour show with us, your local Emporium detecting friends. It is also on AT&T Sports, WHVL or The Pursuit Channel but I don't have schedules for those. Watch it!



Statement from Cameron County Commissioners: 


 Sixteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we believed we would be loosening restrictions and back to normal. Instead, our numbers are increasing in Cameron County. In light of this, we will be requiring all employees AND visitors to wear a mask/face-covering in the Courthouse. Your safety is our main concern. Thank you for your cooperation.
 Cameron County Commissioners 
Lori J. Reed, Chair 814-486-9323 James D. Moate 814-486-9325 Ann M. Losey 814-486-9324

Emporium Vol Fire Dept Open House


Emporium Vol Fire Dept Open House 

 Fire Prevention night at the Emporium Vol Fire Dept will be held Tuesday October 5th from 6-8 PM. 

We will have other local agencies here showing off their equipment and handing out goodies. Hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, and cotton candy will be available. We will also be doing fire truck rides

Costanzo's Offroad Motorcycle Repair Shop Business Update


Costanzo's Offroad Motorcycle Repair Shop

Hello everyone, we wanted to let you all know we are adjusting our hours at the shop. 
We will now be closing at 2:00 pm on Wednesday and closing at 6:00 pm on Thursdays. 

Also, we want to say thank you to all of our customers for their support and business through this past year. We hope to continue being Emporiums spot for powersports and small engine repairs! 

 Costanzo's Offroad Motorcycle Repair Shop 

We will take care of all your off-road needs! Including but not limited to dirtbikes, sideXsides, 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, jet skis, & small engine repair 
671 East Allegany Avenue 
Emporium, PA 15834 
814) 486-2086

Win a Pumpkin @ Soft Serve Emporium

Soft Serve Emporium 

 Bring your kiddo/kiddos to the Twisted Sisters Ice Cream Shop and have them enter their name in a box to win a pumpkin from Mason's Farm for Halloween. 
Drawing is Saturday October 23rd.

Benefit for Cy Hardinger @ the Sinnemahoning Tavern


Chicken BBQ, Pulled Pork, live music, Chinese auction, yeti cooler raffle, fire pit raffle, gun raffle, 50/50 and so much more. You won’t want to miss this!
Still accepting donations for the Chinese auction!

James R. Bennett, Sr.


James R. Bennett, Sr. of East Allegany Avenue, Emporium, formerly of Sinnemahoning, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at his home. Born April 20, 1943 in Sinnemahoning, he was the son of the late Layton and Ester Snyder Bennett. He attended Cameron County High School and was a machinist employed by Cameron Manufacturing in Emporium retiring in 2005. A lifelong resident of Cameron County, in his younger years he enjoyed car racing, hunting and fishing. Later in life he became very interested in metal detecting and sharing stories of all his treasure finds. He really enjoyed the time he spent with friends and family, especially his grandchildren, doing anything outdoors.

 Mr. Bennett is survived by: one son, James R. Bennett, Jr. and wife Brooke of Keller, TX; three daughters, Lisa L. Schmoke of Spring City, PA, Tammy S. Farrell of Sarasota, FL, and Jennifer L. Henry of Johnson City, TN; nine grandchildren, Tyler M. Woods, Jessica A. Watkins, Paul J. Hoover III, Brandon M. Ailes, Jacob M. Hoover, Riley K. Bennett, Ethan J. Bennett, Dylan A. Bennett, and Emily R. Bennett; two great grandchildren, Korbin T. Woods and Willow B. Woods, and one brother, Vernon "Pete” Bennett and wife Ursula of Stevensville, Ontario. 

 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings, Ida Diehl, Blanche Henry, Milton, Harold, Edward, Robert and infant Gerald Bennett and great granddaughter Piper G. Woods. 

 The family will hold a private gathering Saturday, October 2, 2021. 

 Contributions in James's memory may be made to the Emporium Fire Department, 421 N Broad Street, Emporium, PA 15834. 

 Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.




 October 1st, 2021 @ 7:15p.m. Cameron County Football Field 

 Each family with kids preschool - 4th grade receives a copy of the featured book being read to the kids. Snacks, extra books, and door prizes at the event 

 •Cancelled in the event of rain

Mushroom Fest @ the Driftwood Saloon


Mushroom Fest @ the Driftwood Saloon Saturday, Oct. 2 from 12 - 4 pm 


Learn about the fascinating world of mushrooms with Central PA Mushroom expert Bill Russell. PRESENTATION starts at 12:00pm 
GUIDED WALK to find wild mushrooms. 

After the walk back to the saloon where we will have a: WILD MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION AND TASTING We will identify and discuss the mushrooms we collected. 

If you love to cook you’ll want to enter the mushroom soup cook-off. Soup must be brought in a crockpot, and only made with store bought mushrooms. All soup must be pre-registered by 11:45 am. There will be a first and second place prize for the best soup.

 DOOR PRIZE Drawing to win one of Bill Russell’s books. 

 If we find Giant Puffball Mushrooms the cooks at the Saloon will make some Puffball pizzas.


The Cameron County Quilters are putting together a bag of goodies stitched with love for Pinktober. Please stop down to the Chamber this October and support this worthwhile cause.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sizerville State Park Annual Autumn Fest

Sizerville State Park Annual Autumn Fest  

Don't forget - This Saturday, October 2nd from 11-3: 
Join us at Sizerville State Park for our Annual Autumn Fest as we appreciate Pennsylvania's Heritage and Natural History. 

This historic festival celebrates pioneer crafts, skills and foods. Fresh apple cider will be made on site as well as pumpkins will be available for children to paint. 

All children’s activities and crafts will be provided free of charge!

Valentine Boudoir Mini Shoot

Booking Link Valentine Shoot

An international award winning photographer located in Sinnemahoning, Pennsylvania. Willing to travel. Photographs Portraits, Engagements, Weddings, Boudoir, Seniors, Events, Real Estate, Landscapes and more 
David A Woodring Photography 
 (814) 546-8033

Christmas Card Mini Shoot


Christmas Card Mini Shoot by the talented David Woodring 

An international award winning photographer located in Sinnemahoning, Pennsylvan
ia. Willing to travel. Photographs Portraits, Engagements, Weddings, Boudoir, Seniors, Events, Real Estate, Landscapes and more 
 (814) 546-8033

Wild About Nature Field Day Trip Update


Cameron County Conservation District 

This past Friday, the District held its Wild About Nature Field Day trip at Sinnemahoning State Park. Students at Woodland Elementary School in grades 4th thru 6th had the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about survival with Nelson Haas and Vince Hornung of Cameron County Search and Rescue; Bird tour with Don Bickford of CCOYA and the Districts Mark Johnson & Marsha Hendrickson; and streambank erosion with Kim Lott and Susan Schenck of Sinnemahoning State Park. The students also were presented a Birds of Pray presentation by Falconer Jeremiah Weber. Jeremiah gave a presentation and demonstration on the two birds he had on hand a Red Tail Hawk and an American Kestrel. 

 Thank you to all the presenters, staff, students, and teachers for making this WANFD a huge success. Also Thank You to the Vets Club in Emporium for the sandwich donation for presenters and teachers.

School Messenger Update

Cameron County School District

 School Messenger, Cameron County School District's broadcast messaging application, will be supporting a texting option going forward. 

 All School Messenger cellular service recipients will be receiving a text message from the short code number, 67587. 
 To receive broadcasts via texting going forward (to opt-in), reply to the text message with a "Y" or "YES". 
 To opt-out, simply ignore the text (note recipients will still receive voice calls if you opt-out of the texting option). 
 A voice broadcast will be made Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:00PM announcing the texting option.

 The School Messenger text message from short code 67587 will be sent Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 6:00PM.

CC Jr High Game Against Coudersport Cancelled


Cameron County Quarterback Club 

 The junior high game scheduled for tomorrow, 9/29/21, against Coudersport has been canceled. 

We do not know at this time when or if it will be made up.










Job Openings Austin / Port Allegany Post Office


Two open jobs in Austin for mail delivery

Driftwood Senior Center Pink October Basket


Driftwood Senior Center 

 The Pink October Basket went to the Courthouse today and will be on displayed at the Chamber of Commerce building where you can buy your tickets. Tickets will also be available at The Driftwood Sr. Center. 

 Unable to get to the area? Mail your money to the center and we will fill out your tickets and put them in for you. Please make checks out to Mary Gracy Olay and mail your check to : Driftwood Sr. Center PO Box 92 Driftwood, PA 15832

Pamela M. Kautz


Pamela M. Kautz, 73, of 215 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA passed into eternal life at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Monday evening (September 27, 2021) following a lengthy illness. She was born January 27, 1948 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Wythe and Ruth Dinger McFeely. On March 16, 1968 in First Presbyterian Church, Emporium she married John Kautz, who survives.

She and her husband John were married over 53 years. Pam graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1965 and then attended Lock Haven University for two years. She was a loving, kind, caring, and compassionate wife, mom, and "Ma". She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium where she had taught Sunday school and was known for her craft Sunday's. She always remained faithful to the Lord especially during her numerous health struggles. She was a life member of the Cameron County Historical Society, brownie and girl scout leader, dance mom, and driver and companion for her daughter Kathy during her schooling at Pitt-Bradford and Lock Haven University physician assistant education. She provided care for her parents and in-laws in their elder years and also for many pets. She was the smiling face at A. J. Kautz and Son for decades. She was known to hand out M & M's in envelopes for customers adult and children alike.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Jeremiah) Fragale, Emporium; two grandchildren: Ruthie and J.J. Fragale; dear niece, Rachel (Bob) Bargebuhr; brother-in-law, Ed (Nancy) Kautz and family; sister-in-law, Carole (Tim) Grooms and family.

Pam was preceded in death by Parents, Wythe and Ruth Dinger McFeely; sister, Val Banks; father and mother-in-law, Bub and Lurline Kautz.

There will be No Visitation. Services will be held privately with the family at Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA.

Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 205 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County Historical Society, PO Box 433, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Monday, September 27, 2021

All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ Results


All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ

Covid-19 and unexpected conflicting events held down the number of competitors for Saturday’s All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ. Organizers say the early fall weather combined with music, beverages, and vendors kept the crowd in downtown Emporium throughout the afternoon.

What normally has at least five competitors drew two, which reduced the competition to two categories. Smokin Pig Barbecue from Reynoldsville took home the top prizes in both categories of wings and pulled pork. PaPa’s Smoke Shack from Emporium voted best by those attending the event.

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak noted that by late Thursday the competitors dwindled to two because of a funeral, and team members either placed in quarantine or testing positive for Covid-19. “The decision was made to have the event and make the best of it. The remaining competitors stepped up and prepared more food for the crowd.” A surprise vendor volunteered to make pulled pork and donate all proceeds to the Cameron County Fireworks. Fred Vincenti is the newly hired marketing outreach coordinator for Cameron County. “Freddy offered to make more food to feed the crowd when he overheard the conversations taking place on Friday,” explained Solak. 

 The event is held on the fourth Saturday of September each year to coincide with the Sinnemahone Gravel Race. Organizers say despite the lack of competitors there is no plan to eliminate the event from the Cameron County calendar. That calendar of events can be found at Picture from event included in email-30-

Emporium Food Market Morphs into Movie Theatre


Emporium Food Market Morphs into Movie Theatre

This Saturday night, October 2 the Emporium Food Market will clear the produce section to make way for the showing of a movie. The event is free and open to all ages.

 Cameron County chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Solak explained that one of the suggestions from the Cameron County Project was that residents and students wanted more free family events like an outdoor movie. When the idea was tossed around Scott McCann owner of Emporium Food Market volunteered the store and suggested having it indoors so weather would not be an issue. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services volunteered use of a blow up screen, a popcorn machine and money to purchase snacks. The chamber of commerce recently purchased a projector. “Through cooperation among ADAS staff, and Emporium Food Market Hocus Pocus will be shown free of charge and at a unique venue,” said Solak.

Movie goers can enter the store at 7:15pm with the movie to start at 7:30pm. Please bring a chair, blanket and enjoy the free snacks. But if you do not see a snack that is free, feel free to shop the store and purchase your favorite. 

Sinnemahone Triple Crown Gravel Race Results


Sinnemahone Triple Crown Gravel Race Results  

Cameron County hosted the Sinnemahone Gravel Race Saturday. More than 60 competitors started and finished the races. Participants came from New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Riders had their choice of a 14 mile course, 26 or 55 miles. 

 The first place male finisher in the 14 mile course Joseph Woodford from Ridgway, PA with a finishing time of 51:07. The first place female in the race was Valerie Van Breuge from Emporium, PA. She finished in 1:03:30.

The first place male finisher in the 26 mile course was Christopher Witmer from Jersey Shore PA. Witmer finished in 1:48:37. The first place female was Sarah Batson from Coudersport, PA. 

 Taking home first place honors in the 55 mile race was Curtis Smith from DuBois, PA riding the course is 3:10:47. The top female finisher was Angela Horst from Lancaster, PA. Horst finished the race in 3:43:55. Horst also placed first in her Sinnemahone Paddle event. Complete results can be found online at 

The final leg of the triple crown is Saturday October 16. Registration is pen till October 15. 

 Contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office for information.

Cameron County Car Show Returns


Cameron County Car Show Returns

Cameron County car enthusiast of all ages mark your calendar for Saturday October 16 at the parking lot of the former Sylvania plant. Music food cars and car related competitions all planned for that afternoon. The event coincides with the final leg of the Sinnemahone Triple Crown.

Vehicles including antiques, street rods, jeeps and motorcycles will check in 9am-1pm. Trophies will be awarded in 12 categories at 3pm with a cruise through Emporium ending at the high school parking lot. During the event, the Cameron County Loud and Proud competition will take place. The loudest stereo and loudest exhaust will be judged and cash prizes awarded for each.

Organizers expect the biggest draw to be the Power Wheel Demo Derby for children 3-10 years old. There is no charge and youngsters will show off their driving skills at 2pm. Music will be provided by DJ Smokin Sounds and Legacy.

The first 25 pre-registered will be given a dash plaque and will receive a goodie bag. The registration forms can be picked up from the prime sponsors: Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Emporium Food Market, Reids Auto Sales & Service and Singers Auto Service

Registration is open! 

Student Bus to ECC Game Friday 10/1/21


Cameron County School District

 There will be a student bus for any student interested in going to the football game against ECC this Friday, 10/1/2021. There is NO CHARGE for the students to ride the bus, however they are asked to wear RED to support the team. All students MUST wear masks. The bus will be departing the high school parking lot at 6:00 p.m. Sign-ups are in the front office.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Pic of the Day

Another amazing photo by Gary Hennen
To see more of his photography, follow him on FB
Thanks for allowing me to share! 


Kittens Available @ the CC SPCA


Cameron County SPCA

 Hello everyone these kittens are looking for their forever homes. They will all have their first round of shots and you will receive a voucher to get them spayed/neutered Once they are old enough. They can’t be spayed/neutered till 6 months of age.

 Blake - black (male) 
Cally - Calico (female) 
Smokey - Grey Tiger (female) 
Josey - Orange&white (female) 
Pete - black (male) 
Victor - black&white (male) 

 Cameron County SPCA
 (814) 486-0101

Beer & Bacon Cash Bash

click on photo to enlarge view 

Only 200 tickets will be sold! 
Emporium Vol. Fire Department 
October, 23 2021 
Doors open at 6 pm. Drawings start at 7 


Friday, September 24, 2021

Emporium CMA Church Missions Conference Schedule


Emporium CMA Church 

 Missions Conference Schedule 
Saturday, September 25 11-2 Community Outreach - handing out ice cream at All Fired Up BBQ then at 5 p.m. Pot Luck dinner in Fellowship Hall. 

Sunday, September 26 9:30 - Questions and Answer time 10:30 - Morning Service Lunch to follow with pizza and subs. Everyone Welcome

Financial Aid and Parent/Guardian Transition Information Night

Cameron County School District 


Cameron County High School announces that a Financial Aid and Parent/Guardian Transition Information Night will be held on Tuesday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School LGI.

 A financial aid representative from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will present how to complete the FAFSA application and answer all financial aid questions. In addition, there will be information and resources presented on the transition from High School for students pursuing post-secondary education, a career in the military, or who are entering the workforce upon graduation. All seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.

Guy and Mary Felt Manor Visitation Update


Guy and Mary Felt Manor

 Guy and Mary Felt Manor is pleased to announce starting Wednesday 9/29/21, we will permit limited indoor/outdoor nursing home visitations. At this time, the Facility has conducted the mandatory testing requirements and all staff and residents are negative. Mandated testing continues based on the Community transmission rate. Currently Cameron County’s community transmission rate is high.

For indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) visits, the following guidelines will be followed: 
1. Visitation will be planned and scheduled in advance. Hours of visitation will be Monday thru Friday 1:00-6:00pm and Weekend visitations will be 1:00-4:00pm.
 2. Please call Shelley Carlson 814-486-4830 M-F to schedule a visit.
 3. Visitors will be limited to 2 visitors for 1/2hr.
 4. Visitors will be actively screened prior to visit. If visitor has a fever, symptoms of COVID-19, confirmed COVID-19 test or exposure in the past 14 days, visitation will be denied. No exceptions. 
5. Visitor will perform hand hygiene.
 6. Visitor will wear face covering above nose. 
7. Visitor must remain in designated visiting area at all times and observe social/physical distancing.
8. Visitors, who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, will not be permitted to visit and asked to leave.

At any time the facility would identify a new case of COVID-19 among residents or staff, the facility will immediately begin outbreak testing and suspend all visitations. Compassionate care visits are allowed at all times. Compassionate care visitation can include family, clergy, religious or other representatives identified to provide emotional or physical support to the resident.

 Felt Manor continues to offer zoom visits with your loved one also. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Felt Manor has focused on protecting our nursing home residents and staff however; we recognize that physical separation from family and loved ones takes a physical and emotional toll on our residents and their loved ones. Therefore, we have tried to provide a safe and organized process to allow in-person visitations consistent with COVID-19 prevention guidelines and minimize transmission of infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michele Greenthaner, Infection Preventionist at extension 235.
 Kimberly Jones, NHA

Thursday, September 23, 2021

High Water in Cameron County

This  photo was taken in Driftwood today. 
We didn't notice any flooding, but the creeks are high. 


Pic of the Day

My daughter saw this elk today. It's that time of year where they are very active and roaming alot, especially in the southern part of Cameron County. 


Ed's Barber Shop Announces Closing Date

Ed Nolder, longtime Emporium barber, has announced his retirement. 

He will be closing shop on Oct. 1, 2021.  Ed opened his business on April 1, 1990. 

Many of you will remember barber Phil Labrozzi who was the previous barber in the same building. 

FLOWERS 'N THINGS - Fun Flower Friday & More!



Funflower Friday bouquets are $20 cash n carry.
 We will be open 9a-3p, 9/24 
We will be closed all day Saturday, 9/25.

Stop by and see the fall arrangements and gifts!  
I just love this store. We are so fortunate to have it in our community! 

Austin Lynn Hostler


Austin Lynn Hostler, age 82, of Hudson passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation. He was born April 16, 1939 to the late Austin Clair and Jessie Casewell Hostler. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two sons, Richard Hostler and Austin Hostler, Jr.; one great-grandson, Jesse Moate; six brothers; and two sisters.

Mr. Hostler was a faithful member of Refuge Missionary Baptist Church where he loved worshiping his Lord and Savior. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Vietnam Era and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. Austin was also a skilled handyman and could fix anything. He will be remembered for his loveable personality, his prankster ways, and the unwavering love he had for his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 59 years, Paula Louise Stiver Hostler, of the home; two sons, Robert Hostler and wife Michelle of Fayetteville, and James Hostler and wife Pam of Wyoming; one daughter, Glenda Bentley and husband Tony of Hudson; two sisters, Eunice Albright, and Eva June Flaugh, both of Pennsylvania; ten grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services to honor the life of Mr. Hostler will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Refuge Missionary Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Darren Peterson. Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy and the Caldwell County Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left at

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Hostler family.

Martha Ann Berry


Martha Ann Berry, 75, of Emlenton, formerly of Emporium, passed away Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021 in the comfort of her home while in the company of her family.

Martha was born in Hammondsport, New York on December 5, 1945. She was the daughter of the late Max and Felicia Viselli Patterson. Martha was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, traveling with her husband in their R.V. and most especially the company of her Chihuahuas. Martha and her husband John purchased the Gaslight Campground in Emlenton in 2004 and operated the campground until 2013 when they sold it to their son Mike. Martha was very patriotic and enjoyed visiting with the campers as well as the annual campground car show.

Martha was married on March 2, 1962 in Emporium to John L. Berry, Jr. Mr. Berry preceded her in death on June 1, 2019.

She is survived by three children, Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Smith and her husband Tim of Millerton, Gregory A. Berry and his wife Sophia of Emporium, and Michael J. Berry of Emlenton; her grandchildren, Nick, Cody, Miranda, Nicole, Chad, Heather, B.J., Heath, Macie, Makenna, Justin, and Scott; nine great grandchildren; four brothers: Dean and Gene Patterson and Emery and Tom Cummings; a sister, Debbie Cummings, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean and Sandy, and a brother, Max.

A graveside service officiated by the Rev. Paul Siebert, pastor of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Emporium will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Interment will be in Portage Township Cemetery in Emporium. 

 Memorial contributions in Mrs. Berry’s name may be made to Amedysis Hospice Foundation, 3854 American Way Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or a local hospice of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home Inc., Emlenton. 
 To send a condolence, please visit

Unnecessary IRS Reporting Proposal


After going to the below link, fill in the fields, click submit and your prefilled letters will appear for your review. 

In the coming days, Congress will be reviewing a new bill that would require all banks to report details of every business and personal bank transaction over $600 to the IRS.

Tell Congress: Oppose Burdensome, Unnecessary IRS Reporting Proposal

The current administration is proposing requiring community banks and other financial institutions to report to IRS transaction of your business and personal accounts. This will create an enormous burden on community banks and an unnecessary invasion of privacy for our customers.

Send a letter directly to your members of Congress by visiting 
The letter is pre-written and pre-populated with your Congressional members’ names and office addresses.

Charley’s Friendly Tavern & Restaurant Dine In or Take Out


Charley’s Friendly Tavern & Restaurant 
Specials for tonight (Thurs, Sept 23rd): Hours: 4:30pm-8pm 
 Please call 486-0539 to place an order or to make a reservation. Reservations are greatly appreciated. 

 Pot Roast of Beef
 Hot Beef Sandwich Dinner
 Beef on Wick
 Liver and Onions with Bacon 
 Meatball Sub with Mozzarella Cheese
 Grilled Steak Salad with Fries and Mozzarella 
 Grilled Chicken Salad with Fries and Mozzarella cheese (Medium or Large) 
Hawaiian Ham Steak 
Chicken in the Basket 
 Flat Iron Steak 
 Spaghetti with Meatballs, Hot Sausage, or 1 of each
 Plus Regular Menu 
Soup: Homemade Bean and Ham with Bacon 
 Desserts: Pecan Pie Pumpkin Pie Ice cream or Sundaes

I can't walk in or drive by Charlies without thinking of my dad, Charlie and their friends playing cards or going to the horse races! 

Upcoming Activities at the Emporium Senior Center


Upcoming Activities at the Emporium Senior Center

 Beginning in October, the Emporium Senior Center is making some activities available. These activities will be set up in a way to allow for moderate social distancing.

 On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, you are invited to join us for Bingo from 1-3pm. 
No food will be served, though you are welcome to bring your own individual snacks if you choose to.
 No food should be shared at this time. 

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, you are invited to join us for Adult Coloring and/or Puzzles from 10am-Noon. 

On Monday-Friday, the pool table will be available in our back room from 10am-1pm.

 Masks should be worn in the center, while entering, exiting, and while in general motion. 

When seated and social distanced, masks can be removed.
 Eat-in and Takeout meals are available Monday-Friday. 
Call by 1pm the day before if you would like to order one!

Emporium County Club Restaurant Temporary Closure

As a precautionary measure, the ECC restaurant has decided to close for the period of 9/23 thru 9/30 due to possible Covid exposure to some of our staff.  

The outside grill will remain open.  

Look forward to seeing you on the 30th.  Stay healthy and safe!! 

PS. The golf course is closed Thursday 9/23 due to the overnight weather.  

It will reopen Friday 9/24 at 8 am with possible cart restrictions.

Cameron County Mercantile Business Update

 For all of you that are curious about the upcoming changes at the Old Big G store, here is a update on the duo behind the Cameron County Mercantile & its parent company, Powder Town. 

 Cameron County Mercantile 
 37 East 4th Street
 Emporium, PA 15834 
 Cameron County Mercantile is a boutique for local makers, growers, artisans, and collectors to display and sell their products.

Powder Town 
Vision: to make Cameron County a must-visit destination in the PA Wilds. 
Mission: preserve the unique community by restoring buildings and encouraging entrepreneurs. 

It's so exciting to see another downtown building undergoing renovations and having people committed to our community and taking pride in their business! 

Community Engagement Specialist Job Opening


Community Engagement Specialist Academic & Student Affairs ·
 Warren, Pennsylvania 
 JOB TITLE: Community Engagement Specialist 
 CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Non-exempt, Annual Salar

CC SPCA Looking For Volunteers

Cally cat @ the SPCA  
fill out an application if you are interested in her!  

Cameron County SPCA 
 Hello everyone, We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to do Saturday mornings/evenings. 
It will be every Saturday at least once a day. 

It would be good to have two different people, one for the morning ans ine for the evening. (if you can only do a different day we may be able to work something out) It includes: Cleaning Feeding/ watering Socializing cats/kittens Cleaning litter boxes Cleaning cages We are also looking for volunteers to help any day of the week to help us socialize the cats. You will be able to come when you can and play with kittens and cats.

 If you are interested please fill out a volunteer application. Applications can be found in the mail box by our door or on our website! 
**To volunteer you must be at least 18 years old**

 South mountain Road 
Emporium Pennsylvania 15834 
 (814) 486-0101

Cameron County Recreation Center Update


Cameron County Recreation Center 

You or someone you know may be able to help us continue our game room updates! In an effort to make space for more variety, we would like to accept your donation in return for this pool table. It is not in the best condition, but functional and would be a great addition to your own game room. Please feel free to message our page or contact us via email or phone with inquiries. Thank you in advance for your contribution to our youth! 
Cameron County Recreation Center 
 300 S Chestnut Street 15834
 (814) 486-8915

2021 Hall of Fame Honorees Oct. 9


There has been a change to the Hall of Fame event, we will be moving our time of the event to start at 2:00PM, please see updated schedule below. 

Hall of Fame Honorees John Minard, Gary Gross, William “Bill” Vassallo, Jon Bickford, Adam Bickford, Shawn Ellenberger, Jim Snyder 

Schedule of Events Friday, October 8, 2021 Homecoming Parade Saturday, October 9, 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Cameron County High School Auditorium 2:00 PM – 3:15PM 
Meet and Greet 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM Induction Ceremony

Starting with John Minard, Class of 1959, who is quoted as outstanding on the court as well as the gridiron. Gary Gross, Class of 1963, outstanding basketball career. William Vassallo, Class of 1973, exceptional basketball career. Adam Bickford and John Bickford, Class of 2000, twin brothers both with outstanding football and wrestling careers. Shawn Ellenberger, Class of 2008, exceptional football player.

Finally, Service recognition to James E Snyder, for over 20 years of service as Director of the Community Center and mentoring the young athletes of our community.

Looking forward to honoring this year's inductees on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Cameron County High School, starting at 2:00 -3:15 with a meet and greet and the induction ceremony starting promptly at 3:30 PM. More details to come!

Hall of Fame Honorees John Minard, Gary Gross, William “Bill” Vassallo, Jon Bickford, Adam Bickford, Shawn Ellenberger, Jim Snyder

The Cameron County Sports Hall of Fame is an event to recognize athletes, coaches and special services to the young athletes of our community. 
The public is invited to make nominations and submit them to the Hall of Fame manager, @ or mail them to 416 W 4th St, Emporium, PA 15834. 
Those names will go on a list to be reviewed by a selection committee. 
Each spring the committee will meet to select the inductees for an induction ceremony in the fall.

Open house/ House for Sale Oct. 1, Old West Creek Road


Open house/ House for Sale
 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021 AT 10 am
 Mary Jeanne Pepper Hornung 
2230 Old West Creek Rd, 
Emporium, PA 15834-

CC Girl Scout Update


Cameron County Girl Scouts

  Hi GS fam!! We have exciting news! The troop is paying for the memberships of our renewing girls, we just need to know if you still want in! Members brought home a renewal paper from school yesterday. It MUST be returned TODAY for us to pay as we have someone from Girl Scouts coming to pick them up. ✔️ Returning Member Troop 52870 We can’t wait to play again soon!

Home for Sale - Downtown Emporium

 Home for sale 

325 W. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 

Call 814-486-3690 for details 

Rotary News - Dictionary Project


The Woodland Elementary 3rd grade classes of Mr. Lovett & Mrs. Wilson recently received dictionaries from the Emporium Rotary Club as part of the club’s annual Dictionary Project.
 Mrs. Brown, School Counselor and Rotarian, distributed the books to the students educating them on Rotary and the 4 Way Test.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Pic of the Day

Railroad bridge in Castle Garden, PA 


A. J. Kautz Will Be Closing


The longtime business of A. J. Kautz has announced they will be regretfully closing on September 30, 2021. The business has been serving the area since 1921. Founded by John Kautz's grandfather,  John was a familiar face to many in our area that called on the business for help. In 2013 Jeff Pearson took over running the business. In last weeks Cameron County Echo, Jeff stated he will be beginning a new career at the new ACE Hardware store that will open soon in Emporium. They will be missed!