FAIR ROYALTY – Cameron County 2017 Fair Royalty was crowned last week during week-long festivities at the fairgrounds. Shown in the back row, left to right: Jr. King Isaac Uber, Miss Cameron County Lia Inman, King Alex Umble. Front row: Jr. Miss Cameron County Elyse Umble, Prince Cayden Studer, Princesses Ava Travis and Graci Lucas.

Disputed Teacher Contract Rejected By School Board

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County School District (CCSD) teachers will have to work a little longer before a contract dispute is settled, after the district rejected recommendations from a fact-finding report released on Tuesday. As of July 1, CCSD teachers have been working without a contract for two years. Negotiations began […]

Local Man Arrested On Rape Charges

  Pennsylvania State Police have charged an Emporium man with rape and a number of other counts following an investigation launched in April. Norman Francis Pettit, II, age 22, has been charged with 12 felony counts, including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI), and aggravated indecent assault of a person under the age of 16, […]

Meth Discovered at South Mountain Road Location

  Charges are pending against several individuals following the execution of a search warrant at a structure on South Mountain Road. Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Troopers applied for and were granted a search warrant on August 5 pertaining to a gray colored outbuilding used as storage by residents living in an adjoining structure in the […]

Board Considers Idea of Sponsored Football Games

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Board members discussed the possibility of allowing local business and industry to officially sponsor home football games during Thursday night’s meeting of the Cameron County School District’s Board of Directors. Board Secretary Carl Mitchell stated that the idea was posed during a recent meeting of the Cameron County […]

St. Mark Festival Sept. 16

  Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual St. Mark Festival being planned for mid-September at St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium. The two-day festival will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15, with a spaghetti dinner at O’Connell Hall from 4-7 p.m. On Saturday, September 16, festivities will run from 11 a.m. […]

Levi Olivett To Appear In Times Square Video

  Levi Olivett, of Emporium, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of […]

Rides 4 Vets Needs Volunteer Drivers

  Elk and Cameron County Rides 4 Vets is in need of more volunteer drivers. Currently there are 15 active drivers, who routinely travel to Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Erie, Pittsburgh, Warren, or any VA approved Health Care Provider. Rides 4 Vets serves Elk and Cameron counties and has two 2015 Ford Flex AWD vans. You […]

Rides 4 Vets Needs Volunteer Drivers

  Elk and Cameron County Rides 4 Vets is in need of more volunteer drivers. Currently there are 15 active drivers, who routinely travel to Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Erie, Pittsburgh, Warren, or any VA approved Health Care Provider. Rides 4 Vets serves Elk and Cameron counties and has two 2015 Ford Flex AWD vans. You […]

Local Food/Shelter Program Awarded Funds

  Cameron County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Cameron County has been chosen to receive $5,500.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board […]

RRC Fall Registration Closes Aug. 21

  The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC) is a one-of-a-kind public college being developed to provide affordable, locally accessible associate degree and certificate programs that meet the needs of students and employers in Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties. RRC was approved by the PA Department of Education […]

Fishing Derby Benefit

  A Fishing Derby to benefit the American Legion WW I Monument Restoration Project will be held Saturday, September 2nd at Lake Clear Creek from 7 a.m. until ? Entrance fee is $20, which includes two hot dogs and a drink (available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) There will be $1,000 total prize money. […]

Weekend Fun at Sizerville

  Summer Fun at Sizerville State Park! The following programs will be offered this upcoming weekend: Friday, August 18th 3 p.m. “Rad Reptiles!” What is a reptile? What reptiles live in Pennsylvania? Join the park naturalist on the pool deck to learn all about reptiles. Find out what makes these animals unique and then try […]

Food Pantry

  The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, August 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium.  

Wandering Aimlessly

Joe-Pye Weed by Phil Burkhouse Last week’s question asked what local native wildflower presently in full bloom is named for an Indian healer named Jopi. Jopi in native tongues was an Indian healer in the 1800s from New England. He used the plant, which led to the name Joe-Pye weed to treat a variety of […]

Constant Changes

  We live in a world where change is the norm and the natural order of things. The seasons change, the chemical makeup of things changes, geology changes, the weather changes and, yes, even a changing climate has been the norm since before the ice ages and warm periods. Interestingly though, there are also severe […]

Mountain Lines

by Nelson Haas THE DROP -POINT HUNTER Robert Waldorf Loveless (2 Jan. 1929 – 2 Sept. 2010) Bob Loveless was on shore leave in the early ‘50’s and tried to buy a Randall knife and was told that there was a 9-month waiting period so he set about making his own and the results were […]

Bird’s Eye View

  This week’s Emporium Country Club Thursday Ladies scramble was won by Marie Fannin, Judy Armanini and Sharon Daniels with a 34. The weekend featured the annual Club Championships. It was a two-day total score event. Congratulations to the following winners: Tim Parsons won the Senior Championship as well as winning the overall Championship flight. […]

From the Bleachers

with Rich Summers I spent two evenings last week at the CCHS football practice field watching the Red Raiders go through “heat acclimation drills.” For the uninitiated like me, heat acclimation is a new PIAA requirement for scholastic football teams in the state, which is basically a week of agility workouts prior to the official […]

‘Money Can’t Buy What We Love’

I am a plain and simple spoken man who has lived in Driftwood for 37 years and in Cameron County since I was 17 years old. My wife and her brothers are lifelong residents of Cameron County. Driftwood and Sinnamahoning were self-sufficient and thriving communities.  

“Great Job”

Shippen Township: Just a note to say Great Job on Four Mile. It’s in the best condition in my thirty-four years of living here.  

Urban Reed

(1922-2017) Urban A. Reed, 95, of Austinburg, OH, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family (Aug. 11, 2017).  

Clara Sarick

(1923-2017) Clara V. Sarick, 94, of 44 S. Cherry St., died, peacefully with her family at her side, at her residence on Sunday morning (Aug. 13, 2017).  

Aurelia Grippo

(1922-2017) Aurelia M. “Ral” Grippo, 95, of 128 E. 3rd St., died Saturday morning (Aug. 12, 2017) at her residence.  

Michael Hepfner

(1969-2017) Michael Lynn Hepfner, 47, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and closest friends on (Aug. 3, 2017) at UNC Hospital.  

Michael Hepfner

(1969-2017) Michael Lynn Hepfner, 47, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and closest friends on (Aug. 3, 2017) at UNC Hospital.  

Donald Hefright

(1925-2017) Donald R. Hefright, 91, of 23 W. 2nd St., formerly of Huntingdon, died Tuesday evening (Aug. 8, 2017) at Snyder Memorial, Marienville following a lengthy illness.  

Sean Welch

(1966-2017) Sean M. Welch, 50, of 130 N. 12th St., Olean, N.Y. and also of Eldred, passed away at home, peacefully in his sleep Monday (Aug. 7, 2017).  

Regina Bauer

(1924-2017) Regina G. “Jean” Bauer, 93, of 133 E. Fifth St., died Monday afternoon (Aug. 7, 2017) at Guy and Mary Felt Manor following a brief illness.  

Shown above is a CNC Plasma Cutter purchased by Scott Hockenberry (shown) and Kasey Macro as part of their new business venture, Rich Valley Burners, LLC, to create custom signs, fire rings, license plates, and decorative items. Pictured (left) is an American Flag made by the new business. Orders are being taken online by visiting […]

Rich Valley Burners Open For Business

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A new business has opened in Rich Valley, operated by two local individuals with experience in the industry. Rich Valley Burners, LLC, creates custom signs, license plates, decorative items, and other types of products using a CNC Plasma Cutter, a machine typically used by larger companies to […]

West Creek Rail Trail Complete, Dedication Aug. 7

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Construction of the West Creek Rail Trail is complete, and hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers can now trek the entire 18.9 miles connecting the Borough of Emporium to the City of St. Marys. A ceremony to commemorate the completion of the trail will be held at […]

School Board Holds Special Meeting To Fill Vacated Positions

    An emergency meeting was scheduled by the Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors to fill positions that became vacant and had remained unfilled. With the resignation of Band Director and Music Teacher Dan Sensenig last month, the music department was rudderless at sea, with marching band rehearsals being cancelled because no […]

Community College To Accept Students For Fall Classes

    A community college has been formed in northwestern Pennsylvania to offer post-secondary educational courses to residents in a region previously underserved. Across Pennsylvania, nearly all residents have access to affordable, local community college courses, but until the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC), those living in this region were only able to […]

Conservation Night at County Fair Renamed In Memory Of Jan Hampton

    All families are encouraged to attend the second annual Youth Conservation Night on August 9th at this year’s Cameron County Fair. Starting this year the name of this event will be the Jan Hampton Youth Conservation Night.  Jan passed away earlier this year and was very involved in the Cameron County Fair and […]

Cameron County Fair Set To Open Sunday

    Hard to believe, but the 2017 edition of the Cameron County Fair will open on Sunday, August 6 with Vesper Services at 7 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Pastor Daniel Lawson of the Faith Baptist Church. There are a few changes to the schedule this year. On Tuesday evening the […]

ATVs On Public Roadways Meeting Thursday

    A public meeting/forum concerning ATVs on public roads in Cameron County will be held on Thursday, August 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Cameron County High School auditorium.   Everyone who is concerned about the potential impacts of opening public roads to ATV traffic is encouraged to attend.    

Leadership Program Aims To Develop Mid-Level Managers

    A leadership program offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology focuses on mid-level managers and those aspiring to move into those positions. Classes will be held in the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. Marys, and are scheduled from 9 […]

Leadership Program Aims To Develop Mid-Level Managers

Leadership Program Aims To Develop Mid-Level Managers   A leadership program offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology focuses on mid-level managers and those aspiring to move into those positions. Classes will be held in the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. […]

Leadership Program Aims To Develop Mid-Level Managers

    A leadership program offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology focuses on mid-level managers and those aspiring to move into those positions. Classes will be held in the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. Marys, and are scheduled from 9 […]

Rotary News

  Rotarian Bari Poorman and wife, Rita presented a slide show presentation at the Rotary luncheon meeting July 18th of their recent trip to New Hampshire.    Barry did some fishing and he and Rita took in some of the breathtaking scenic sites.  New Hampshire, “The Granite State” was ranked the second best state to […]

Summer Fun at Sizerville Park

    The following programs will be offered this upcoming weekend at Sizerville State Park: Friday, August 4th   8 p.m.   “Films in the Forest: Alone in the Wilderness” Have you ever thought about leaving civilization behind and living in the wilderness? To build a cabin, be self-sufficient and enjoy the company of your […]

Huff In Concert at Christian Center

    David Huff will perform in concert Saturday, August 12th at 7 p.m. at the Cameron County Christian Center (former 4th Street School). A free will offering will be taken. Born and raised in Pineville, Mississippi, David developed a keen appreciation for country and truly soulful music. At an early age, his life being […]

Yeti Raffle

    The Allegheny Mountain Chapter, Nam Knights of America MC is sponsoring a raffle to support the restoration of the WW I Memorial in Emporium. The raffle prize package consists of 10 Yeti items and cost is $5.00 for one or three for $10. One hundred percent of the money goes to the restoration […]

Prospect Park Playground Report

    Alyson Rotello – Supervisor Our final art classes for the summer will be held on August 9th and 10th with Michele Rodich as art teacher from 10 a.m. until noon. Also, on Thursday, August 3rd, from 10 a.m. until noon we will have the Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) under the direction […]

4-H Cloverbuds Participate In Animal Week

    During the week of July 17th-20th, 4-H children and Cloverbuds participated in animal week.   The 4-H children had Mr. Don Bickford visit them on the 17th, and inform them about different species of birds.   On the 18th, the 4-H children went to Robin Kuleck’s farm, and were able to feed chickens, […]

Mason-Grugan Reunion

    The 109th annual Mason-Grugan Reunion will be held August 5th at the reunion grounds on Mason Hill. Lunch will be at noon. Please bring a dish to share along with your place settings and drinks. There is always lots of good food, so don’t be late. There will be activities and games throughout […]

Night Swim

    The Class of 2019 will be holding a Night Swim on Friday, August 11th from 7:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. at the school pool.  Cost is $5.00 for a family, $2.00 for individual adults, and $1.00 for individual students.   Snacks will also be sold.    

Wandering Aimlessly

  Hi-Power Nationals 2017 by Phil Burkhouse   Last week I wrote about the NRA Small Bore National Championship held at the Ridgway Rifle Club.  This week I will write about the following three-day shoot where competitors fired hi-power rifles at metallic silhouette targets at various differences. The small bore competition attracted 216 shooters in […]

Coming of Age

  by William Crisp   Over the past two weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to be privy to the conversations of very young men, each of whom I’ve known for years. I wasn’t eavesdropping as I was part of the conversations but each time I found myself just nodding while sitting back and just listening […]

Suspicious Deer Discovered In Ridgway

    Two deer previously part of a captive deer herd were discovered and had to be euthanized last week near Ridgway. On Wednesday evening, the two free-ranging deer were euthanized after being discovered approximately 20 miles north of Disease Management Area (DMA) 3, which is an area being monitored for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), […]

CWD Found In The Wild In Clearfield County

    Chronic wasting disease has spread to free-ranging deer in an area of the state where it previously had been detected only in captive deer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a free-ranging whitetail buck in Bell Township, Clearfield County, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). A news conference about the new […]

Camp Cadet Golf Tourney

    The 13th Annual Camp Cadet Golf Tournament will be held September 6th at the Emporium Country Club. Golf will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration for the four man scramble is at 8 a.m., and the tournament is limited to the first 32 teams that sign up. Cost for members […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   This has been a painfully slow summer for sports given that little league baseball has ended for the season and the Alle-Catt league was disbanded before the season even began. But one bright spot bopped into town last Friday, an old friend of mine, Dave LaBrozzi. Dave was in town […]

Diamond Dawgs Participate In Two Tournaments

    The Cameron County Little League Diamond Dawgs played in two tournaments recently, with St. Marys and Penns Valley in Centre Hall, coming away with a record of 2-5. Players’ stats for the tournaments: Eastyn Solveson had 9 hits, including 6 singles and 3 doubles. Jameson Britton had 6 hits, including 3 singles, 2 […]

Bird’s Eye View

  by Randy Horning   The Emporium Country Club ladies’ Thursday scramble was won by Meg Whiting, Judy Armanini, Pat English and Jill Carlson with a score of 37.   On Sunday, the men’s tournament was the annual Tom Roberto Memorial.  The format was a two-man scramble with a total handicap of 30, using four […]

Margaret McKimm

  (1925-2017) Margaret C. McKimm, 91, of West Fifth Street, currently of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, went home to be with her Savior, Jesus, on Wednesday afternoon (July 26, 2017).    

Kris Kennedy

  (1953-2017) Kris T. Kennedy, 64, of Butler passed away Tuesday (July 25, 2017) at the Butler Memorial Hospital.      

‘An Update from Rock & Sherri Pifer’

  Over the last year we have encountered many folks from Cameron County and we have been asked how we are doing and what’s up? So we thought it might be a good idea to drop a note to all our friends back home with an update. In the summer of 1990, Sherri and I […]

‘A Place’

  Your two articles about the proposed ATV track system thru town and surrounding beautiful country caused me to look up a memoir I had written 10 years ago. I am old, but not resistant to new ideas or changes when these are beneficial to people or environment. First, will Emporium really benefit financially from […]

‘Thank You’

  I would like to thank the library and Sue Ramarge. You save me a trip to Pittsburgh  every three months. I have a pacemaker and I can’t send readings over the phone anymore. We don’t have cell service Down County and I have to be able to plug my little box into electric and […]

The Emporium Foundation presented paintings and showed their appreciation for two long-term members who are retiring from board duties. Jim Miller and Ed Lundberg, who have spent nearly 100 years combined in service of the Emporium Foundation, recently stepped down. Shown in photo are Miller and Lundberg in the front row. Back row (L to […]

Miller, Lundberg Honored As They Step Down From EFI Board

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Members of Emporium Foundation, Inc. (EFI) board paid tribute Friday to two long-term members who recently stepped down from their positions. Jim Miller and Ed Lundberg, who served for 50 and 47 years, respectively, have stepped down from their duties following nearly a century of service between the […]

Driftwood Boro Votes To Open Roads To ATV Use

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Driftwood Borough roads will soon open to all-terrain vehicles (ATV) following a split decision by borough council during their regular meeting held last Monday evening. Following a lengthy discussion, borough council members Laird Lupro and Misty Lupro voted for the measure, while councilman Randy Bailey voted against. The […]

New Pet Supply Store Opening In Emporium

  A new store will open in Emporium this week offering pet supplies, deliveries, and other items. Paws and Claws Pet Supply will open at 12 1/2 East Fourth Street on July 24, offering pet supplies including food, treats, toys and various pet medications. Owners Emily and John Dubel, of Emporium, plan to offer supplies […]

Sensenig Resigns As Band Director

  The Cameron County School Board will continue to search for a band director following the resignation of music teacher Daniel Sensenig at Thursday night’s meeting. Sensenig has taught at the district for a number of years, directing the high school band throughout his tenure, and more recently adding the Woodland Band, as well. Sensenig […]

Romanowski Charged With Felonies Involving Minor

  An Emporium man has been charged with four felonies following his inappropriate involvement with an underage female. Peter Paul Romanowski, III, age 29, is charged with felonies for corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor—prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility, and promoting prostitution of a minor stemming from alleged communications with an […]

‘Ambulance Fund Raiser’

‘Ambulance Fund Raiser’Cameron County Ambulance Service loves serving our community. We know there has been much reported about how the service is doing and what it will take to keep our ambulance local. We now have some new eyes helping to ensure that will happen. Our board has recently given approval to hold fund raisers […]

‘All in the Name of Progress’

The first domino has fallen. By a two to one council vote, the Borough of Driftwood has passed an ordinance to move forward with plans to allow ATVs and possibly snowmobiles use of streets and roads within the Borough. Lumber, Shippen, and others are expected to now follow suit. All in the name of progress, […]


I so enjoyed Kent Riegel’s article on Sylvania Electric. It struck a special chord with me. I can relate many personal memories connected with the plant that tie in with what Mr. Riegel was reporting. He related that Gladys and Arthur Schultz met through their involvement with the plant. My father, Robert Rinehuls, and mother, […]