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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Country Blessings - Winter / Fall Clothing Available


Country Blessings Thrift Store at CCCC

Since school is starting soon, CB is adding Winter/Fall clothing to their Summer stock.
 Hopefully this will be helpful to those who need to shop for school clothes. 
Eggs are still available at $3.00 a dozen.

Sylvan Heritage Council donates signs to CC Food Pantry

The Sylvan Heritage Council recently donated signs to the Cameron County Food Pantry.
These signs help alert citizens and drivers on food pantry distribution days in front of the Northern Tier Community Action building at 135 W. 4th Street. 
Thanks goes out to Shirley Condon @ Art & Ink for creating these signs. 

The next distribution day will be August 24 from 1-3 pm 
Contact Dave Malize for assistance 814-486-1161


Remembrance Day in Cameron County

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Remembrance Day in Cameron County will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 6-8 pm at the Hygrade Inn in Emporium, PA. The Hygrade Inn is located at 212 E. 4th Str. Emporium, PA 15834


Aqua Sand Experiment @ Prospect Park Playground


Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. 

 Have you ever heard of Aqua Sand?
 Ms. Harrier is back with one last chemistry experiment for this summer. 
Come make your very own Aqua Sand at Prospect Park Playground, August 4th from 11 am-noon
The Prospect Park Playground is located at 348 Arch Drive, Emporium, PA 

Jan Hampton Youth Conservation Night


Emporium Rite Aid Temporary Pharmacy Hours


Sign posted at Emporium Rite Aid.
 Hours will be temporarily changed in the pharmacy due to staff shortage.

Effective August 1.
 Monday thru Sat 9am-6pm and closed on Sundays. Pharmacy only.

 Please be extra kind to those working in the pharmacy as they are doing the best they can in this situation.

Sign Up for Community Wide Yard Sale Aug 13-14


Planning for the community wide free yard sales. 

 If you would like to partake in putting stuff out during the days listed, please post your address so we can add you. 
We DID NOT look into a public place for this, would like to wait and see how it goes and possibly plan to do at a location in the spring. If you would like to participate, but will be out of town, comment and we can see about adding your stuff to another person's "sale" If you have clothing left after the "yard sale" and would be willing to, Country Blessings will gladly take any leftover clothing. 
 If you already gave your address in Alexandria Nicole post, we have it do you don't have to give it again.

Right now I see two FB pages where you may list your address. 
Buy Nothing - Cameron County PA 

Alexandria Nicole 

Cruise in at the Willows Bar & Restaurant

The Willows Bar and Restaurant 
 Save the date. Please come join us for our first car cruise. 
All are welcome.

Super Saturday Cornhole Tournament

Cameron County Recreation Center 

Super Saturday Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, July 30, 2022

FLOWERS 'N THINGS - Closed August 1


 We will be closed on Monday, August 1st. 
Have a great weekend everyone!

Ice Cream Stand Open @ Driftwood Saloon


Driftwood Saloon & Grill 

 The ice cream stand is open until 9pm today. 
 Flavors are vanilla and pineapple.
375 Driftwood Ave. Driftwood, PA 15832

Mountain Paws Grooming & Boarding Update

We've had some really great kennel dogs so far!
 I know this isn't all of them and I'm so sorry if I didn't post yours. It's like being a grandparent ...we get to love on them and snuggle with them and then they go home in a few days or weeks. 
This is the best job ever!

Mountain Paws Grooming has added dog boarding to its list of services. Located on Moore Hill in Emporium, the newly built kennel has 6 indoor/outdoor runs and will be adding a few cages for smaller dogs under 20 pounds. The kennel is climate controlled with air conditioning and heaters. There are some projects still in progress like a large exercise yard and a roof over the outside runs but as it stands it's ready for boarders. Mountain Paws Grooming and Boarding is the only state inspected and licensed kennel in Cameron County, so it fills a big need in the area.

Every dog being boarded must have shot records proving that they are up to date on rabies, DHLPP and bordetella vaccines. They are also required to have a license in the county they reside in. Mountain Paws Grooming and Boarding is owned and operated by Becca and George Peters. You may also see Sami Wolfanger at the grooming shop or kennel as she is a part time employee. Please contact Becca via phone or text at 814-594-7655 or check out Mountain Paws Grooming Facebook page for more information. Providing peace of mind while you relax is their goal. 


Four ATV Grants Awarded to 25th Senatorial District Organizations


The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) this past week announced new grant funding totaling $955,500 for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and snowmobile facilities and trails in Pennsylvania.

The investments from the ATV Management Restricted Account and Snowmobile Management Restricted Account are used to support construction or maintenance of ATV and snowmobile trails and facilities.

Of the $955,500 distributed statewide, four grant recipients are located in the 25th Senatorial District: Elk County Riders Inc. received $444,100 for development of the Byrnedale ATV Connector Trail in Jay Township, Elk County; Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails, Inc. received $203,300 for purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 67 miles of ATV trails at Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails in Otto, Keating and Foster townships, McKean County; Central Mountains ATV Association Inc. got $89,200 for the purchase of equipment to maintain and construct approximately 300 miles of the Central Mountains ATV Association trail system in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Union and Warren counties; and the Potter County ATV UTV Club received $9,500 for the purchase of mobile youth ATV safety training equipment.

The department is allowed to award grants two times each year to municipalities and organizations (both for-profit and non-profit) for development of publicly accessible ATV and snowmobile trails and facilities, with the next grant round opening on Aug. 1 and closing on Sept. 30.

Proposed snowmobile and ATV related projects eligible for DCNR grants include: planning, land acquisition, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction, and development of educational programs related to snowmobile and ATV trails and facilities.

Each of these organizations are working together to capitalize on the growing community of riders and encouraging these riders to enjoy the natural beauty we enjoy in the 25th District. People are coming from out of state to utilize the trails these organizations are setting up and maintaining. This is resulting in a growing number of people spending nights at our campgrounds and hotels and enjoying the restaurants and small businesses in our region. It’s a billion-dollar industry and we are starting to reap the benefits of it because of the work of these organizations.

No match is required for this funding, but applications providing matching funding will be given additional consideration.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Emporium Hardwoods Discontinues Cut Off Wood Pile

Due to the recent fire at Emporium Hardwoods on 7/23/22, the public will no longer be allowed on site to pick up free wood from the cut off pile.
 No Trespassing signs have been put up and they are enforcing those. 
The fire was started at the cutoff pile and assumed to have started from a cigarette disposed of onto/into the cutoff pile. 
This message was related from the management team.

Adding a note.
I have not heard this directly from the management at Emporium Hardwoods, but from employees that work there.  Everyone in Emporium that used the wood from the cut off pile is sad about this, but understands that a fire cannot be risked there, or anywhere. 

Super Saturday Continues to Add Events

Super Saturday 
 And we're still adding vendors and activities to this year's events.
 Be sure to follow the event page for announcements.

Emporium Swim Team Championships 7/30/22


CCHS School Pool
 Emporium Swim Team is ready for Championships that are being held in Port Allegany Saturday.
Of our 32 swimmers/divers, we have 21 taking part in Championships. 
 We have 5 swimmers in the 7 and underage group and they will be warming up at 7am Saturday morning. When they are finished swimming then our 15 older swimmers and our 1 diver will hit the water. We are competing against 6 other teams that are part of the Tri-County Swim League. 
It will be an exciting day!

Wishing all the swimmers the best of luck! 
I enjoyed the days when my son & daughter were in the swim team

Qualtrics Survey


The study for my thesis is underway! 
We're testing consumer behaviors and attitudes towards youth mentorship in female (and identifying) writing and writing-adjacent professionals in the NYC area. 
We've developed a short survey to gather data on the subject.

If you are an author, editor, freelance writer, publisher, journalist, English/communication professor or teacher, or any other professional in the publishing or media industry who lives in or near the NYC area, please consider taking it. All responses are totally anonymous.
 If you aren't able to take it, please consider passing it along! 
I greatly appreciate it!
Emily Duble, Emporium, PA  

Guy and Mary Felt Manor COVID-19 Update


Guy and Mary Felt Manor
 We want to provide you with an update from Guy and Mary Felt Manor regarding COVID-19. 
 An outbreak investigation was initiated and as of 7/29/22, 1 resident and 1 staff member have confirmed COVID-19. 

 At this time visitation will continue as long as the core principles of infection prevention are followed. Please be aware of the potential risk of visiting due to the level of community transmission for Cameron County is currently at high. 

 All visitors regardless of vaccination status, must check in, temperature taken, appropriate face coverings and physically distance at all times. 
 We encourage all visitors to become vaccinated prior to visiting.
 Thank you for you continued support.

Fundraising Underway


Fundraising Underway 

Cameron County continues to put on one of the most spectacular firework displays in the region. But the length of the show may have to be trimmed in 2023. R&R Fireworks telling organizers that the cost to transport the fireworks increased by $30,000.00 this year. The result is passing the cost for the 2023 show on to customers like Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. 

 Chamber executive director Tina Johns Solak says the fireworks committee has decided it will increase fundraising efforts, so the show does not have to be scaled back. Businesses, individuals, organizations all contribute to the show each year along with the Firequacker Duck Derby and Easter Bunny Breakfast. “The committee is so thankful for the donations. Because of the anticipated increase, the public will see more fundraisers for the fireworks,” says Solak. 

 The first fundraiser is a donation only yard sale to be held in downtown Emporium on Saturday August 6. There will be no prices on the items only donation jars. All the funds raised will be given to the fireworks fund. The sale is set for 9 to noon in the former Dolan Hotel vacant lot

PAT Program Taking Enrollment

The PAT program is currently taking enrollment! 
 Many refer to our program as The Family Center. Our program is FREE! 
 Age eligibility is pregnancy thru kindergarten entry. Our goal is to come alongside parents and caregivers to help parents to understand child development, support their child's learning, connect families with needed resources and to empower parents to make the best choices for their families. 
 We are here to help, not judge! 
 For more info or to enroll, please call us at 814-486-4000 ext 2042.

Jane Ullman's DayCare - Openings Available

Full time daycare openings available at the end of August! 
Call or text @814-594-9254

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Job Opening @ the Bear Den


The Bear Den 
 Looking to add to our awesome team
send us a message or stop in during our regular business hours if interested!

Part time bartending and serving position Thursday-Sunday.

Hours are generally 3-9pm Thursday and Friday 12-8pm Saturday and Sunday

Experience is preferred, but not required. 
If interested, send us a message via Messenger or stop in during our regular business hours!

Cameron County Galactic Running Festival


Foxy Running

 Just wanted to update everyone we have been working on races for the fall and winter and are in the final permitting stages with many.
 Here is tentative races and dates.
 Registration will be opening in the coming weeks once final approval is received. 
 Cameron County Galactic Running Festival registration is open.

 Blackbeards Bounty September 17th 
 Pain in the Green Lane November 5th 
 Turkey trot Srt Royersford November 24th 
Formally Pottstown half December 11th Douglassville
 Hangover classic 5k January 1st Royersford

Yard Sale - Old West Creek Road


Yard Sale 
 Friday, July 29 1:00-5:00
 Saturday July 30 10:00-3:00 
Women's, boys clothing, Newborn -2T, household & misc. items
 2776 Old West Creek Road, Emporium

Fall Sports Physicals Aug. 5th


Cameron County School District 
Fall sports physicals will be held Friday, August 5th at 8 am in the high school nurse’s office!
 This includes football, volleyball, golf, cross country and cheerleading. 
Please share!!!!

Cameron County SPCA Bake Sale


Cameron County SPCA 

 The SPCA will be holding its annual bake sale at the Cameron County Fair on Wednesday, August 10th! We are looking for baked good donations if anyone is interested in helping out! 
Please contact this page or Lindsey @ 814-331-3616. 
 Thank you!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Cameron County ~ Events for the weekend of July 30


Cameron County ~ Events for the weekend of July 30
 Listed are some activities occurring this weekend in Cameron County. If you have any you would like me to add, email me at Updates may be added closer to the weekend

Run for the Elk Marathon Race Festival
Saturday, July 30, 2022 

Yard Sale 
Friday, July 29 1:00-5:00
Saturday July 30 10:00-3:00
Womens, boys clothing, Newborn -2T, household & misc. items
2776 Old West Creek Road, Emporium

Memorial Sale #2
 In Memory of Anna English
Benefits the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library
 Located at 562 Meadow Rd, Emporium July 28,29,30 from 9am - 4pm 

Tubby's Tavern 
Saturday, July 30 3:00 pm -?
Sam's Crossfire Band 
Open jukebox @ 4 pm 
Kitchen open 11 am -8 pm 

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club 
Saturday, July 30 
Live Music by Rob Mordan 4-8 pm Meat Raffles @ 4 pm. $1 tickets 

Programs This Week at Sinnemahoning State Park

Timber Rattlesnakes: The Secret Behind the Rattle 
 Saturday, July 30th. 2 PM - 3:30 PM • Wildlife Center Classroom FREE, no pre-registration required Special guest presenter and the opportunity to meet a PA reptile up-close! 
For more information, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at


Programs this week at Sizerville State Park
Leaf Printing 
Friday, July 29 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm 
Sizerville State Park, Across from Pavilion #4

Amphitheater Show & Tell
 Friday, July 29 at 8:00pm to 9:00pm
 Sizerville State Park, Sizerville Amphitheater

Sizerville Stream Study 
 Saturday, July 30 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm 
Sizerville State Park, Across from Pavilion #3

Amphitheater Show & Tell
 Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm to 9:00pm 
 Sizerville State Park, Sizerville Amphitheater

Natural History Walk 
 Sunday, July 31 at 9:30am to 10:30am 
 Sizerville State Park, Across from Pavilion #3

The Little Museum is Open for the 2022 Season
Scheduled museum hours will be Saturday & Sunday from 1-4 pm.
Memorial Day through Mid-October 


Rich Valley Wines 2nd Saturday Summer Concert Series
2nd Saturday Summer Concert Series kicked off May 14th in downtown Emporium (44 East 4th street) This concert series will run the 2nd Saturday of each month (May through Oct.) with live music, drinks and food planned! We have six great bands to rock your Second Saturday Summer Nights along with food and alcohol vendors! 
Rich Valley Wines is located at 400 East Allegheny Ave, Emporium, PA 15834 *Open by Appointment (in addition to regularly scheduled times)* Rich Valley Wines, located in Emporium, makes all wines on site in the heart of the PA Wilds. We also serve Cocktails, PA Beers and PA Spirits.

Alle-Catt Alumni Game
 Saturday, August 6 Opening ceremonies begin at 3 pm at the CC Little League Complex 
 All proceeds benefit the CC Little League

Cameron County Farmers Market 
Watch for Pop Up Markets !

Registration Open for Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk
Aug. 20 9am 
It's that time of year again - registration is open! Details of the race here- 

Super Saturday 
August 27, 2022 Cameron County Pa's resident/community celebration. This event is meant to be reminiscent of "Super Weekend", which was brought up many times in interviews done with residents as a fond memory of gathering and celebration. Read more about this weekend here 

Cameron County Galactic Running Festival
 Saturday, Sept 10 - Sunday, Sept 11 
 Come experience life in small town America in the heart of the PA Wilds!
 For more info and specific dates/times for each event, visit the website: 

All Fired Up Kickin' Ash BBQ 
Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 12 pm 

  Head to Head Mud Race and Mud Bog
 Saturday, September 3, 2022 @ 12 pm
 89 Sizer Run Rd, Emporium, PA 15834
 Head-to-head mud race and a mud bog for vehicles with 44” or smaller tires with payouts for 1st place for both events. Mega trucks are welcome to come and play also. Admission is $10 for spectators and $15 for drivers entering a vehicle. There will be food vendors and drinks available for purchase. 
 Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 12 pm 
 89 Sizer Run Rd, Emporium, PA 15834 
Mega truck race will consist of 4 pit course with a $1,500 1st place prize for fastest time. Small trucks are welcome to come and play in the pits after the race. Admission is $10 for spectators and $15 for drivers entering a vehicle. There will be food vendors and drinks available for purchase. 


Delaney Rowa Donates to CC Ambulance Service


Cameron County Ambulance Service

A big thank you goes to Delaney Rowan for her recent donation to our service!
 She organized the member member tournament at the Emporium Country Club as her senior project and donated the proceeds to our ambulance service. Her efforts and hard work totaled $880! Thank you Delaney from the staff, crew and board at the CCAS! Your kind gesture is very much appreciated!

First Presbyterian Church Sunday Service


First Presbyterian Church

 Deb Eckenroth will be in the pulpit on Sunday, July 31, 2021. 
Worship service starts at 10:30am. All are welcome. 
Bible study Sunday morning @9:30am. 
Music Director: Matt Wright

Memorial Gathering for Charles Hooftallen


Charles P. Hooftallen, 74, of St. Marys, PA, formerly of Emporium, Ulysses, and Austin, died Monday, June 20, 2022 in Penn Highlands, Dubois.

Born July 27, 1947, in Scranton, he was the son of Elias Charles and Eva M Sabetine Hooftallen, Jr. Raised in Austin, he attended Austin High School and later went on to earn his GED. He was employed by Westfield Tanning Co. and APS in St. Marys. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing canasta, watching western movies, and listening to oldies music. Chuck was a conversationalist over coffee, socializing with anyone who would listen, banter, or joke around. He loved to make people laugh and be the center of attention. He collected coins, Elvis memorabilia, Coca-Cola memorabilia, and Native American items. Chuck cherished time with his daughters and grandchildren.

Surviving are: two daughters, Evelyn (Jerry) Shrubb of Ridgway and Heather (Mark) Farren of Emporium; five grandchildren, Zoe (Jed) Haas of Emporium, Ariel Farren of Emporium, Blaine Farren of Emporium, Trisha Kossman of Port Allegany, and Terry Kossman of Emporium; his step-mother, Janis Hooftallen of Earlville, NY; ten siblings, Perry (Sue) Hooftallen of Roulette, Evelyn Sebatine of Meadville, Thomas Burgett, Sr. of Hermitage, Paul (Tammy) Burgett of Emporium, David (Carrie) Burgett of Emporium, Esther Hooftallen of Earlville, NY, Francis (Cheryle) Burgett, Jr. of North Tonawanda, NY, Robert (Bridgette) Burgett of Olean, NY, Roger (Vanessa) Burgett of Gardeau, and Dana (Alice) Burgett of Austin; nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, Francis Burgett; and four sisters, Cynthia Hooftallen, Anita Burgett Henderson, Virginia “Ginny” Burgett Gribble, and Judy Burgett Hooftallen.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Cameron County Fairgrounds, Emporium.

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

New Summer Reads Display at Library


Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library 

Are you going on vacation and need an exciting, new book to read? 
Are you heading to the beach and need a nice novel to dive into when you're soaking up the sun? Or are you just looking for a thrilling summer read? Well, the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library has you covered! Be sure to stop by and check out the library's New Summer Reads display. The library has a large selection of new releases just perfect for summer reading! The library has everything from mysteries and rom-coms to romances and thriller novels!

Wild Turkey Sighting Survey

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is again seeking input from the public in surveying wild turkeys this summer, with the Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey open now through Aug. 31.

According to the commission, participation is important for turkey population management, with the survey data helping the agency to determine total wild turkey productivity and compare long-term reproductive success within Pennsylvania and across states. Data also are used in the turkey population model to track population trends.

Turkey sightings can be reported through the commission’s website.

On the website, participants are requested to record the number of wild turkeys they see, along with the location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions. Viewers can also access results from previous years.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

LIFE-NWPA Senior Living Expands Reach to Cameron County

LIFE-NWPA Senior Living Expands Reach to Cameron County

The alternative to nursing facilities is now available in 12 Counties in Northwest Pennsylvania

July 26, 2022—LIFE-NWPA announced today that it is now offering services to Cameron County. LIFE helps seniors live at home as long as possible by providing an alternative to institutional care for persons age 55 or older who require nursing facility-level care. Its mission is to prevent unnecessary nursing home admissions.

The LIFE community center, located at 103 North Front Street in Clearfield, Pa., now serves Cameron County, which includes the boroughs of Driftwood and Emporium, as well as the unincorporated community of Sinnamahoning.

"The LIFE program provides a robust level of coordinated care, including medication, medical care, mental health services, and in-home assistance,” said Richard Fish, CEO of LIFE-NWPA. “In addition, we provide most of our participants with these services at no cost to them, which means no premiums, no co-pays, no out-of-pocket costs, and no deductibles, thus providing significant peace of mind for many seniors and their families."

LIFE programs use a team approach to keep seniors with long-term care needs healthy and cared-for around the clock while living independently in their own homes. LIFE enrollees typically receive care at home and utilize a LIFE community center for socializing, medication management, physician visits, transportation to the LIFE center and other appointments, and any additional care or service needed to maintain their highest level of functioning. The interdisciplinary team interacts with seniors and their families to develop a comprehensive and organized personal care plan, schedule essential appointments, fill medicines and provide transportation to and from LIFE centers. In addition, participants enjoy hot family-style meals and recreational activities at the LIFE center, medical clinic checkups, physical therapy, and rehabilitative therapy.

With the addition of Cameron County, LIFE-NWPA serves 12 counties in Northwest Pennsylvania. Nationally known as the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), the LIFE program is centered on the belief that it is better for seniors with chronic care needs to be served in the community whenever possible. Seniors, who would otherwise be residing in a skilled nursing facility, are cared for in the comfort of their own homes with the support of the LIFE-NWPA team.

Seniors, family members, and healthcare professionals can learn more about the LIFE program by calling toll-free 833-772-1676 or visiting

The cost for the program is based on Medicare and Medicaid eligibility. There is no cost for seniors eligible for Medicaid, or both Medicare and Medicaid.

Alle-Catt Alumni Game August 6

2021 Alle-Catt Particpants 

Alle-Catt Alumni Game 

When: Saturday 8/6 
Where: Cameron County Little League Complex
Time: Opening ceremonies begin at 3pm 

The Emporium Alle-Catt team will be playing a 7-inning alumni game Saturday, August 6th at 3pm. All proceeds from this game will go directly to the Cameron County Little League! So far, we have raised $3,000, which is amazing, and I am very humbled by the community support! 

Come on out and support us ‘OLD’ baseball warriors for a great day at the ball park! 

Shirts and hats will be available for sale

Alle Cat Practice will be July 31st @ 5 pm 

National Whistleblower & Emporium Native LtCol Ted Blickwedel


Broken Promises: 
National whistleblower and Emporium native LtCol Ted Blickwedel presents special program for veterans and families at library 

The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is excited to welcome Emporium native, whistleblower, combat veteran and retired Marine Corps LtCol Ted Blickwedel for a presentation about his book, "Broken Promises", which describes his efforts to protect quality care for veterans and the welfare of those who serve them in the VA health care system. The program will be held in the Library Multipurpose Room on Monday, August 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm. We encourage all area veterans and family members to attend.

 “Broken Promises” chronicles how excessive productivity metrics levied on clinicians by VA management has compromised quality care for veterans and negatively affected counselor welfare. It also describes the unethical and vindictive retaliation Blickwedel experienced during his advocacy crusade and the traumatic impact this has had on him, his family, colleagues and veterans. Further, the book explains a federal GAO investigation he helped instigate that substantiated his allegations, which resulted in Congressional legislation to correct this injustice as a consequence of his efforts. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the program. 

The Veterans Administration’s current mandate focuses on the quantity of veteran clients seen versus the quality of care they receive. The effects of the mandate dramatically increased counselor workload at the expense of veterans’ mental health care, including those with PTSD. 

 Becoming a whistleblower, Blickwedel experienced retaliation, including gaslighting, isolation, mobbing, and false accusations. Despite this, his unwavering dedication to protect quality care for veterans has led to Congressional legislation to hold the VA leadership accountable to ensure this injustice does not continue. 

Born in Emporium, Blickwedel’s family has a military history. Notably, Blickwedel is a Persian Gulf War combat veteran and his uncle, Richard Swanson, was a U.S. Army Sergeant who served in the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. They are features together on a military banner outside of Charlie’s restaurant.

 After his military service, Blickwedel was employed as a licensed clinical social worker for the Veterans Administration (VA) at the Warwick, RI VET Center from 2009 to 2018 where he conducted individual and group therapy with combat veterans. 

 For questions or to register for the program, call library staff at 814-486-8011 during the library’s regular business hours.

𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽

Sinnemahoning State Park 
𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽 

Thursday, August 11, 2022 • Cost: $20 • Act 48 Hours: 11.5
 Open to educators teaching grades 6 - 12. Pre-registration required, link below. 
 ð™€ð™™ð™ªð™˜ð™–𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨, 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙡𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙒𝙀𝙀 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠! 

Our workshop includes hands on field investigations, a copy of the award-winning 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 curriculum for your classroom, and more. Watershed Education is an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary curriculum designed by PA DCNR, and helps educators utilize their local natural resources as valuable teaching tools. It addresses Environment and Ecology, Geography, History, STEM and other state and national standards. 

 Registration closes Friday, August 5th.
 To register, visit or call the park office at 814-647-8401.

CC Farmers Market Introduces Teresa Genaux from Alpaca Creations


Cameron County Farmers Market 

The next vendor we would like to welcome to the market is the talented Teresa Genaux from Alpaca Creations. 
Teresa is a veteran of craft shows and farmers markets in the area and has been a fountain of valuable information and advice for us as we learn and grow our market. 

 Teresa specialises in Alpaca wool, creating beautiful, wearable, hand-knit designs including hats, scarves, gloves and head bands. She also has a big variety of alpaca wool socks, lots of natural and hand dyed yarns of different weights, boot inserts, dryer balls and more. T

eresa uses wool harvested from the family pack of alpacas housed and cared for by her daughter Robin Kuleck at the Little Red Barn Farm. These adorable creatures produce incredibly soft and warm wool that is a real pleasure to wear. Fun fact: alpaca wool is warmer than normal sheep’s wool because of the extra hollow space in the fiber which allows it to fill with warm air and so provides extra warmth. Trust me, you can feel the difference! 

Teresa dyes her own wool, creating some stunning colours, so if you are interested in trying your hand at knitting, pick up some of her yarns, you will fall in love with their softness and warmth! 

Teresa has a busy schedule, attending many markets in the area, but we are very excited to have recruited her for our August 13th market! Come and visit us at the Emporium Town Square, 9am to 1pm, to stock up for your winter projects and Christmas gifts! 

We are delighted to welcome Teresa to our market!

Cameron County School District Update

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Cameron County School District
 It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through summer already!
 Before you know it, another school year will begin. 
This is the new school calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. 
There will be four more teacher in-service days this year. 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. 
Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Monday, July 25, 2022

Draft E-Bike Policy


Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

We are taking comments about our draft e-bike policy for usage at Pennsylvania state parks and forests. Comments are due by Wednesday, August 31. 
Learn more about the policy and how to comment

𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝗻𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁 𝗕𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲

Sinnemahoning State Park 

 Come to Sinnemahoning State Park this Saturday, July 30th, for a special guest presenter and the opportunity to meet a PA reptile up-close! 

 ð—§ð—¶ð—ºð—¯ð—²ð—¿ 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝗻𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁 𝗕𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 2 PM - 3:30 PM • Wildlife Center Classroom FREE, no pre-registration required Discover the life of one of PA’s most intriguing and, at times, frightening reptiles: the timber rattlesnake.

 Stacy Foster, a certified timber rattlesnake monitor, will share her passion for rattlesnake conservation and provide an up-close look at a live wild specimen.