County Commissioners Approve 2% Raise For Elected Officials

    Cameron County Commissioners reported on the details of a special meeting held several days ago during their regular meeting held on Thursday in Emporium. The special meeting was held on Tuesday, scheduled to set raises for elected officials for the next term. Commissioners approved raises of 2% per year for the next four […]

Fuel On, Ambulance Assoc. Issue Joint Statement

    The business owners of Fuel On and representatives of the Cameron County Ambulance Service met on September 22, 2017 to discuss the two recent incidents discussed on social media as well as published reports by local media organizations. It was decided at this meeting that a joint statement would be issued to address […]

Three Cases Continued During Return Day

    Three cases were continued during Return Day proceedings held at the Cameron County Courthouse last Tuesday. Proceedings in the case of Elijah Jacob Conser, age 22, formerly of Punxsutawney, could not be held due to a transportation order allowing him to leave the State Correctional Facility in Waynesburg not being processed in time. […]

Class of 1968 Honors Jim Miller

    by Amanda Jones,  Echo News Editor The Class of 1968 recently met to begin planning their 50th Class Reunion, and decided that they wanted to do something to give back to the community and honor a man whom they looked up to throughout their lives. The reunion’s planning committee chose to purchase a […]

BBQ Contest Results

    Hundreds of people flocked to downtown Emporium for this year’s All Fired Up and Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition held this past Saturday. Teams from across the state came to town to compete in several different categories, with winners taking home a grill-themed trophy for their efforts. The event has grown from previous years, […]

Students Help Build Fish Habitat Structures

    Five Cameron County High School students, Anthony Bryant-Zucal, Kailey Spaeth, Taylor Lamont, Chelsea Osti and Caleb Pifer, along with Don Bickford of Cameron County Outdoor Youth Association (CCOYA) participated in a service project at Sinnemahoning State Park.  Along with several other volunteers students helped build 50 porcupine cribs that were dropped into George […]

Live Entertainment at This Year’s Autumn Festival

    Fall is in the air! Come join everyone for the Annual Autumn Festival at Sizerville State Park on Saturday, October 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This historic festival celebrates the pioneers of Northern Pennsylvania through crafts, skills and foods.  Local artisans will demonstrate their skills while displaying some of their works […]

Wild About Nature at the Park

    Cameron County Conservation District recently coordinated the 10th Annual Wild About Nature Field Day trip where the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students get the chance to get outdoors and learn. This year it was held at Sinnemahoning State Park.  The weather was great and the kids all had a great day full […]

Students Prepare For Envirothon

    School is back in session and that means preparing for the Pa. Envirothon State competition that will take place next spring.   At the State Envirothon, high school students made up of teams of five, one team from all 67 counties compete in field testing using their knowledge in five topic areas – […]

CCOYA Youth Pheasant Hunt

    The annual Andrews Farm Youth Pheasant Hunt is scheduled for October 7th. The hunt is for youth ages 12-16 who have a current Jr. Hunting license.  The event will take place 1 ¼ miles north of Emporium just off Rt. 155 at the Andrews farm at the bottom of Salt Run. Registration will […]

Upcoming Programs at Sinnemahoning Park

    Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a variety of family-friendly programs to park visitors this weekend and in the coming weeks.  “Fido and Me” Fall Hike is set for Saturday, September 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy the colors of fall with your family and 4-legged best friend(s) on this easy 2.5-mile hike. […]

EVFD Open House

    The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is holding its 2017 Fire Prevention Open House on Tuesday, October 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the firehall. Due to the very positive feedback that was received from last year’s program, this year’s program will again offer several interactive activities for public participation.   […]

Breastfeeding Education Group

    The Community Education Center and Penn Highlands Elk is excited to announce a new Breastfeeding Education Group opportunity.  Local Maternity Nurse, Katie Pletcher, will meet with new moms and interested moms at the CEC in St. Marys on Tuesday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will […]

Rotary News

    STEM was the topic at the Rotary luncheon September 20th.  STEM stands for the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Rotarian Jessica Herzing introduced District Principal Amy Schwab (right), and Bonnie Burgess (left), current biology and STEM class teacher, who spoke about the journey of researching STEM curriculums and implementing a […]

Raiders Drop League Opener To Smethport

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team began Allegheny Mountain League North play last Friday as they hosted the Smethport Hubbers but were outscored by the visitors, 50-34.  CCHS put together 267 yards of offense and five touchdowns but was unable to stop the […]

CCHS Golfers Complete Regular Season

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Red Raider varsity golf team completed their 2017 dual match season last week with two contests but were unable to come up with a win. On Monday they dropped a home match with Kane and on Thursday they were beaten at Ridgway. At the […]

Cross Country Team Competes at Coudersport

    by Rich Summers The Cameron County High School varsity cross country team had a meet last Tuesday in Coudersport.  For the boys, Alex Umble was 20th in 22:45. For the girls Laila Smith was 6th in 27:20 and Cassie Frey was ninth in 27:46.  In the junior high race, Aarayln Robinson was 12th […]

Lady Raider Volleyball Team Drops Two Matches

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider volleyball team had two matches last week but was unable to come up with a win. On Tuesday they dropped a home contest to unbeaten Otto-Eldred and on Thursday lost on the road at Smethport. On Tuesday the Lady […]

CCHS Golfers Complete Regular Season

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Red Raider varsity golf team completed their 2017 dual match season last week with two contests but were unable to come up with a win. On Monday they dropped a home match with Kane and on Thursday they were beaten at Ridgway. At the […]

Raiders Drop League Opener To Smethport

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team began Allegheny Mountain League North play last Friday as they hosted the Smethport Hubbers but were outscored by the visitors, 50-34.  CCHS put together 267 yards of offense and five touchdowns but was unable to stop the […]

Wildlife Leadership Academy Graduates Visit Penn State DuBois

    Faculty and staff at Penn State DuBois welcomed members of the Wildlife Leadership Academy (WLA) on Sept. 18, providing a look at educational options available to those looking to start careers in wildlife conservation and research. In all, 15 students between the ages of 14 and 17 visited the campus to learn more […]

Of All; Leaf Fall

  by William Crisp   Archery season opens here very soon; the official beginning of a glorious hunting season. In my estimation half of the hunters hoped to see a buck, one quarter of the hunters hoped to see a buck or doe and the last quarter hoped to see nothing at all but all […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Dy-no-mite Finale by Phil Burkhouse   Last week’s question asked which Pony Express rider began his career at age 15 and became the most famous of all the riders.  The answer, correctly supplied by Bill Bogart, is William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Over the course of the past three issues I have written about the […]

‘Check Where the Facts are Coming From’

  I read the article rumors about the proposed trail system. What I see daily and experience and have experienced counters any good intentions.   I am not against ATVs, there are many acres in Cameron County and surrounding counties to ride them. Why in my front yard? I have experienced ATV damage to my […]

Carol Keller

  (1931-2017) Carol Elaine Rigby Keller, 85, of 2253 South Queen Street, York, formerly of Meadow Rd., died at Senior Commons at Powder Mill Road, York, early Thursday morning (Sept. 21, 2017) following a courageous battle with heart failure.    

Pasquale Martuccio

  (1941-2017) Pasquale “Pascal” Martuccio, 76, of Montoursville, formerly of Galeton, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday (Sept. 21, 2017).     

  The weather was beautiful last Saturday for the St. Mark’s 5th Annual Parish Festival. Young and old came out for fun, food, yard sale, raffles, and The Moore Brothers band. Shown (top photo) are three of the many dedicated cooks who whipped up the delicious food including the turkeys for the awesome turkey dinners. […]

Fired Up, Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition This Weekend

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Competitors and food enthusiasts are readying for the annual All Fired Up and Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition, scheduled for this coming weekend.  This year’s event has been expanded to include two days of fun and grilling, with entertainment, a bonfire, and adult beverages available on Friday evening […]

Fuel On Owners Respond To Online Allegations

    Social media is abuzz in the Emporium area following allegations lodged against the owners of the Fuel On convenience store on Emporium’s West End. Owner Karen Singh stated that she believes much of the issue stems from miscommunication. Recently, an individual posted on social media that the owners told Cameron County Ambulance Service […]

School Board Officially Accepts Teachers’ Contract

    The Cameron County School District Board of Directors voted to accept the contract recently negotiated with the Cameron County Educators’ Association. The district had initially rejected the recommendations stemming from fact-finding by a third-party arbiter, but after the terms were accepted by the teachers’ group and published online, district representatives met again to […]

Preliminary Hearing Held In Pettit Rape Case

    A preliminary hearing was held on Thursday in the case of an Emporium man accused of rape of a minor and related charges. Norman Francis Pettit, II, age 22, faced a total of 12 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred in an apartment on Fourth Street […]

Reading Under the Lights

    A little rain did not keep the families in Emporium from Reading Under the Lights Friday night.  Approximately 75 people gathered on the football field for a night of reading and family fun. Joy Hampton Coffey was the guest reader of the book Stellaluna. Every child received a copy of Stellaluna  provided by […]

Former Resident Opens Eye Care Practice In St. Marys

    Housler Family Eye Care opened their doors June 5 in St. Marys and are welcoming new patients to the practice located along the Million Dollar Highway. Optometrist Brandan Hou- sler fulfilled a lifelong dream after purchasing the former Maranatha Optical business roughly one month ago. “I have always wanted to be in private […]

Rotary News

    Mary Kay McLean, Emporium Rocks On,  was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon September 12th.   Emporium Rocks On was created for the painting and hiding of rocks in Emporium.  The aim of this project is to create unity within our community by having residents  paint rocks to hide around town for […]

Fall Ladies’ Conference

    All women are warmly invited to the Fall Ladies’ Conference, “Treasure”, at the Emporium Alliance Church on Saturday, September 23rd, from 9 a.m. to noon.    In addition to rich worship and deep Bible teaching with testimony, there will be special music, refreshments and luncheon.  There is no cost for the conference.  This […]

Youth Pheasant Hunt

    Plans are underway for the annual Youth Pheasant Hunt scheduled for October 7th. The hunt, sponsored by Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA), is for youth ages 12-16 who have passed a Pennsylvania Game Commission approved hunter-trapper education program and have a current Pennsylvania Jr. Hunting license.  The event will take place 1 […]

Quackers Now Available For Annual Duck Derby

    A major fundraiser for the fireworks that light up the sky in Cameron County is set for Saturday, October 14 in conjunction with the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park.   The Firequacker Duck Derby will be held at Forty Maples Day Use Area starting at 2 p.m. on the 14th.   […]

October Art Classes

    The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center will kick off October with classes in quilting, painting, repurposing and faux finishes.  The events can be viewed on the chamber Facebook page or online at www.cameroncountychamber.org. Answering a request by residents, the artisan center is hosting three Sunday afternoon classes

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   WOOLLY BEAR CATERPILLAR Pyrrharctica isabella The Woolly Bear is the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger Moth. It became North America’s most recognizable caterpillar in the 1950s when Dr. C. H. Curran of the American Museum of Natural History tested the age-old tale that the caterpillar could predict the coming […]

Da Bear

  by William Crisp   There I was staring at a blank piece of paper wondering what to write about, when I heard an unusual sound outside. I thought perhaps one of the family was being a little clumsy and knocking around on the porch. Then Delta dog, the scaredy cat, did her bear bark […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Dy-no-mite – Part 3 by Phil Burkhouse   The Emporium Powder Manufacturing Company operated as Hercules Powder under the DuPont Corporation in present day Hercules Hollow located two miles west of Emporium.  Last week’s question asked for the original name of Hercules Hollow.  The answer is Haggerty Hollow. This week I will write about […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   Nothing disappoints me worse that looking forward to a big college football game only to see my team get annihilated. Two weeks in a row. Pitt went from beating Penn State and eventual national champion Clemson last season to being really bad this year. They graduated a lot of good […]

Lady Raider Volleyball Team Picks Up First Win

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider volleyball team had three matches last week and went 1-2 for the week. On Monday they won their first match of the season at Northern Potter but dropped a home match to Galeton on Tuesday and a contest in […]

CCHS Cross Country Team Begins Season

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity cross country team opened their season with a meet at Oswayo Valley on September 5th.  Alex Umble finished 21st for the boys in a time of 21:50.  For the girls, Cassie Frey finished 9th in 26:10, Laila Smith was […]

Lady Raider Golfers Win Two More

    by Rich Summers Cameron Countty Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raiders had a tri-match at the Smethport Country Club last Tuesday and picked up wins against both the Lady Hubbers and Port Allegany. The Lady Raiders defeated Smethport 35-19 and Port Allegany 37-18.  They were also rained out of a […]

Red Raider Golfers Drop Three

    by Rich Summers Cameron Countty Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity golf team had three matches last week but was unable to capture a win in any of them. On Tuesday they lost at Kane and on Thursday fell to both Smethport and Port Allegany at the Emporium Country Club.  […]

Junior High Raiders Fall at Smethport

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider football team lost their second game of the season as they lost at Smethport, 42-16.  The visitors scored on a fifty-three yard run by Dylan Baney and five yard run by Jameson Britton. They also got a two point […]

Solveson Ready To Compete In Sinnemahone 50K

    Saul Solveson entered the 2013 Sinnemahone 50k with no experience in trail running.  “I wanted to challenge myself,” says Solveson, who has competed in mountain bike races for 10 years.  He says the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run October 21 is unique that it includes, West Creek Rails Trail, paved and dirt roads plus […]

Kane Dominates Red Raiders

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team traveled to Kane High School Friday night to battle the unbeaten defending Allegheny Mountain League and two time District 9 Class AA champion Wolves but had no luck, falling to the home team 63-0. Kane rolled up […]

Rev. Paul LeVan

  (1931-2017) Rev. Paul R. LeVan, age 86, of Erie, formerly of North East, died on Saturday (Sept. 9, 2017) at UMPC Hamot.     

Laura J. Jacobs

  (1929-2017) Laura J. (Fye) Jacobs, 87, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 6, 2017) at her residence in York. She was the wife of the late George J. Jacobs.    

‘A Few Interesting Facts About the Explosion’

  Hi Phil,  Always enjoy your column.  The history of the explosive industry in Cameron Co. is interesting. I remember getting ready for work (I lived with my parents on Laurelwood Court in South Park) at Sylvania the morning of the last explosion, January 7, 1957 at 7:14 a.m. I stood in front of the […]

ATV Association Addresses Rumors About the Proposed Trail System

  The Cameron County ATV Association would like to address some of the many rumors and accusations that have been recently published about our non-profit organization.   First, we are not proposing to have every road in our county open for ATV use.  We are only asking for five already existing township roads that will […]

The George and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation recently donated $150,000 to cover the costs of purchasing a new ambulance for use by the Cameron County Ambulance Service (CCAS). The ambulance service currently has two ambulances, both of which are in use daily. The vehicle being replaced has been driven more than 184,000 miles while transporting […]

Local Woman Pens Book of Encouragement

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium resident has written a book chronicling her battle with oral cancer in an effort to remove the stigmatism behind the disease and help other people going through the same issues. Christine Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Emporium, is now a five-year survivor of Stage IV oral […]

Public School Standardized Testing To Be Shortened

  Last month, Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) announced a move to decrease the amount of time elementary and junior high students spend taking standardized tests in public schools across the state. The Pennsylvania System for School Assessment (PSSA) Exams have long drawn criticism from a number of groups, from educators to parents and even students […]

Emporium Native Celebrates 100th Birthday

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium woman and one of the Cameron County Echo’s longest subscribers celebrated a century on this earth on September 1. Catherine Burke Wiest, currently of Essex, Vermont, was born September 1, 1917, to Cameron County residents Patrick Henry Burke and Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Bair, a school teacher […]

St. Mark Festival Next Week

  The fifth annual St. Mark Festival will be held next weekend, Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, on the grounds of St. Mark Catholic Church on Fourth Street in Emporium. Festivities will kick off Friday evening with a Spaghetti Dinner at O’Connell Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner will feature home-made […]

Child Safety Seat Check

  PSP Emporium will conduct a free Child Passenger Seat Check Event at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department on September 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please contact Trooper John Whitcomb or Trooper Seth Fragale at PSP Emporium, 486-3321, with any questions.  

Homecoming Parade

  The Cameron County High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, October 6. Organizations wishing to have a spot in the parade should contact Kerry Cummings at 486-4000 ext. 2096.  

ABATE Meeting

  A.B.A.T.E. Endless Mountain Chapter 34 monthly meeting will be held Sunday, September 10th at the Cameron County Fairgrounds at 11 a.m. Nominations for 2018 officers will be held.  

Homecoming Parade

  The Cameron County High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, October 6. Organizations wishing to have a spot in the parade should contact Kerry Cummings at 486-4000 ext. 2096.  

Pain Management Specialist Added To Penn Highlands Elk Staff

  Penn Highlands Elk welcomes Timothy W. Vollmer, DO, to its medical staff, according to Bradley Chapman, president of PH Elk. Vollmer is a board certified anesthesiologist who will treat patients in the Penn Highlands Interventional Pain Center. His major focus will be to evaluate and treat patients with chronic neck and back pain. “I […]

Sassaman Earns 55 Year Forest Fire Warden Award

  Spurred by rampant wildfires following unregulated logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s, visionary leaders like Gifford Pinchot and Joseph Rothrock lobbied for laws to protect our streams and forests. These efforts led to the creation of a system of volunteer Forest Fire Wardens in Pennsylvania in 1915. On Tuesday August 8, the […]

Endless Mountains Jam This Weekend

  Endless Mountains Chapter 34 ABATE of PA will hold a fund-raiser on September 8th and 9th at the Cameron County Fairgrounds. Gates open at noon Sept. 8th. The event is open to the public and price covers both days; $25 presale, $35 at the gate, couples $40 presale only. Last day for presale is […]

VFW Aux. Meeting

  The regular monthly meeting of the VFW Auxiliary will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 6221. Guest speaker, Don Bickford, director of Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities will be giving a presentation on the group’s purpose and activities.  

Moore Hill Homecoming Sunday

  The Moore Hill Homecoming will be held at the Moore Hill Methodist Church Sunday, Sept. 10th at 3 p.m. After the church service there will be a fellowship picnic in the pavilion. Coffee and meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and your own table service. Those who attend […]

VFW Picnic

The VFW Club of Emporium is once again holding its annual picnic. Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 10th, beginning at 1 p.m. All club members and their family are invited for this annual fun-filled day. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and a whole lot of good tasting food.  

Calling All Ladies – Come To ‘Treasure’

  The annual Fall Ladies’ Conference this year is entitled “Treasure” and will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, 9 a.m. to noon at the Emporium Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Sizerville Road (Route 155). The morning will highlight rich worship and Bible teaching from conference speakers Steph Conklin of the Dorseyville Alliance Church […]

Singing Dutchmen Beginning New Season on Sunday

  It’s that time of the year and the 2017/2018 school year is in full swing And so it is with The Singing Dutchmen. They will start their new singing season on Sunday, Sept. 10th beginning at 2 p.m. at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church in St. Marys. The Singing Dutchmen of St. Marys are interested […]