‘Last Week’s Old Tyme Photo’

The train in the photo reminds our family of some history and stories told to our children by their grandfather, George F. Kempher.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Young People Making Us Proud’

Over the weekend there was a knock at my door. It was an 8th grade member of the CCHS Band selling fruit to raise money for their trip to Hawaii. Most of you are probably thinking, “So, what’s so great about that”? (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Oldest Reader?

Kent: I noticed you picked up the story about my 98-year-old mother faithfully reading the Echo. I wanted to update this info; she will be 99 this Sunday, Oct. 27th — Marguerite E. Munsell (born 10/27/1914 in St. Marys). (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Past Music Instructors’

Kent, In response to your column in the October 2, 2013 edition of the ECHO, I took this from the 100th anniversary edition of THE RAIDER yearbook published by CCHS Class of 1989. It  provides a pretty comprehensive history of music educators at Cameron County High School.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo […]

‘Past Mayors’

Hi Kent, I know Bruno Carnovale has been Mayor of Emporium for a long time.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘We Appreciate You’

I’d like to take the time to thank all the Fire Police men and women for their faithful help in so many ways.  These people are there for us, giving of their time and efforts to direct traffic during sports events, disasters, school and community events and more. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo […]

‘Homesick For Emporium’

My brother, Les Geelen renews my subscription to the Echo every year for my birthday. I graduated from the former high school in Emporium, in 1949 and my late husband, Jim Bloomquist and I moved to NY, in 1955. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Music Teachers’

Hi Kent: In several issues there were music teachers mentioned. The first one I can remember was Miss Heart. I do not remember her first name. I do remember that she married Ralph Merkle. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘1948 Teachers’

Dear Kent: During our 1948 Class at the old Emporium High School on 4th Street, the teachers we had were: (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Another Music Teacher’

Hi Kent, here is one other music teacher missed in your trivia article. Jim Langton was my music teacher in 1961 when I started 7th grade at CCHS. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Items Wanted for Mayor’s Room’

Mayor Bruno Carnovale has represented the town for many years, respectfully, during the good and bad times in Cameron County. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Fire Prevention Week October 6-12’

To the Editor: The week of October 6th thru October 12th has been designated as Fire Prevention Week for 2013. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

PGC Game Lands Tours Offer Scenic Views, Wildlife Insight & Habitat

    As part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s efforts to highlight its ongoing habitat improvement initiatives, the public is invited to take part in upcoming tours of several state game lands. The tours are free and will be held between Sept. 29 and Oct. 20. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the […]

‘Former Music Teachers’

Hi Kent, You asked about music teachers at EHS/CCHS over the years. Bess Edelblute was one who later married P. C. Miller, a fellow teacher. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand

‘Why No September 11 Remembrance?!’

We must always remember September 11, 2001. As I have always done on every September 11, I walked over town in front of the firehall just before 10 a.m. for the annual service to remember September 11, 2001. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Would Like To Share Our Experience’

In this week’s issue of “The 1950s” with the heading “Cartoonist Visits Local Marine”; Pfc. George A. Alden was in the US Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan in 1953. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Regarding QCare’

I stand corrected regarding CDL physicals. With QCare you are able to get one, unless you have other health issues, i.e. diabetes, etc.)   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)    

‘History of Cameron County Schools’

In response to Kent Riegel’s Trivia column concerning Cameron County schools, I am submitting these interesting facts.     (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Great Summer at the Pool!’

What a wonderful way to end our summer at the school pool. We had the best group of lifeguards anyone could want. Mitch Ream and his crew were hardworking, helpful, and always polite and respectful. They were always there for the kids if any problems arose. It was a fun and stress-free season and the […]

‘Park Conditions Less Than Satisfactory’

To Whom It May Concern: On Aug. 17 we had the Beldin Reunion at the Driftwood playground. Upon arriving at 9:30 a.m. I got a big unwelcome surprise. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Trivia Issues’

Hi Kent, Recently, in a couple of issues a woman named Catherine was mentioned and she was to have graduated in ‘34.My brother Jack, who is now 96, also graduated in ‘34. He remembers a Catherine and he thinks her last name was Lyons. He also believes she had a sister but can’t remember her […]

‘Ask Scarnati to Cosponsor SB 999’

To the Editor: Like the idea of being arrested without warrant and jailed indefinitely without trial? If no, then ask Senator Scarnati to cosponsor SB 999 requiring non-cooperation with the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that empowers the federal government to arrest and detain Pennsylvanians without charge or trial on U.S. soil. (Full story […]

‘My Condolences’

I would like to send my condolence to the McAulay family. Dick was a longtime friend and neighbor, while being brought up on 2nd Street. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Busy Town is Encouraging’

It appears as though I was wrong in my letter about Billy Yentzer, and so I’m writing to correct my error.  I was told that Billy was not fishing, but rather he was swimming.  I’m sorry for that part of the story being incorrect.  My memory must not be as good as it used to […]

‘Oh! What Memories We Have’

Your sister Joyce (Class of ‘48), which was mine – Dr. Hackett’s daughter’s name was Pauline and she married a guy from Pittsburgh, Pa. named James Davis and they had two children and then she became a widow. Now, if she married someone from Emporium, I don’t know, but I’m probably one of the few […]

‘Haven’t Bugged You In A While’

Hi Kent, Haven’t bugged you in a while, so I thought it was about time. In the last issue of the Echo, Eleanor Klees thought ‘51 was the first year of coaching for Arnold Bricker. Not so. He was my coach in ‘44 and Paul Miller was his assistant. Don’t know actually when he did […]

‘More on the Football Photo’

Hi Kent, You weren’t alone in catching my reversal of names, as one of the football players of that era also did and corrected me when I recently talked with him. I apologize for this mistake and note that Mr. Bricker last coached in 1950, with Mr. Simon following him in 1951.   I’m sure […]

‘Musings’

During my last visit to Emporium, I found within the winds and rain water a 3” moth dying. I felt it deserved to live within the winds of Cameron County so I carried him off to let him flitter away. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

Kent Riegel,

  You mentioned I live in Mass. I live in Vermont (another N. E. state). Also, you spelled my name wrong, same article, as Weis. Close but not correct. It is WIEST. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Putting Names to Players’

Hi again, Kent, I’m pretty sure I can put names to the people in the “Old Time Picture” in the July17th issue of the Echo. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

Dangerous Swimming Hole’

This was the one at the lower end of town where the two streams meet. Dangerous because of a whirlpool. A young man drowned there years ago. He was Bill Yentzer, I think.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘More Good Memories’

Hi Kent, It was fun to see a picture of so many people I knew approximately 62 years ago, and be able to identify all of them.  Lots of memories.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘1950 Football Team’

Regarding the photo of the 1949-1950 Red Raiders; my husband, Phil and I both graduated from EHS in 1950. This is his “guess” as to the identity of the players in the photo.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘1950 Football Team’

Hi Kent, I thought I could help with some names of the 1950 football team—-. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Name Endures from Generation to Generation’

What a pleasant surprise to find my letter and two responses, all in the June 26 Echo! Thanks Eleanor and Kent.  You know I have pictures of both of you in my Huntsville AL home – courtesy of my EHS and CCHS RAIDERS, though I don’t need a picture to remember you.   (Full Story […]

‘If I Remember Correctly’

If I remember correctly, Game Protector Norm Erickson was bitten by two rattlesnakes at the same time. He was with then Fish Warden ? Close. Norm was the game protector for Cameron County at the time. My best guess is this happened in May of 1949. I saw Norm at the St. Marys Hospital; his […]

‘Football Trivia Photo’

Kent, The player standing next to Coach Bricker was, I think, Dave Burns (who was my cousin), as you said.  He lived on West 4th St.  He was badly hurt during a night game while being tackled.  He was knocked into a log post and broke his femur and I think his hip was involved […]

‘Football Photo I.D.’ The Lineman were Tom Creighton, Gordy Vogt, Bob Collins, Jim Leary, Bill Noah and Ken Rakestraw. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘CCHS Band Fund-Raisers for Hawaii Trip’

With the amount of fund- raisers that the CCHS Marching Band and Music Boosters will be holding in the next 18 months to realize our goal of sending the band to represent Pennsylvania in the 2014 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, we want to take this opportunity to let you, the community, know that we have […]

‘Who Will Save the Working People?”

Congressmen Glenn Thompson, On September 12, 2000, I made a sacrifice for my country. I, Joseph Michael Cooney, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey […]

‘Take a Look at the Positives’

Dear Editor: I am tired of the naysayers. The demise of Cameron County is premature and greatly exaggerated. It is true that Cameron County has experienced a population decline. At its zenith in the 1960 census the population here was 7,586 and is now approximately 5,000. However, back then there were the baby-boomers and people […]

‘Protect Your Rights’

I applaud Sheriff Neyman for declaring himself an “Oath-Keeper,” dedicated to upholding our Second Amendment rights. We need to support him and all our town and state law enforcement officers who also remain loyal to their vows.             (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘West Ward School, Teachers, and Girl Scouts…’

Kent, Here’s some info concerning your June 12 column: The principal at the West Ward School was Marguerite Smith, who was a relative (niece?) of Flossie Smith. Marguerite was a super math teacher, and I think Flossie also taught some 7th and 8th grade math in addition to Home Economics.   (Full Story available on […]

Your Support Would Be Appreciated’

I have decided to run for an at-large seat on the Cameron County School Board. I will be circulating a petition to run as an Independent and will need 100 signatures by registered voters to get my name placed on the ballot in November. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County […]

It’s Time To Stand And Be Counted’

The Right of Self Defense for all individuals is a God-given unalienable right that precedes our country’s foundation and all government institutions. Our Founders believed this right was so vital that they unanimously declared it as part of the Bill of Rights. Their reference to the Militia within the Second Amendment is not a contradiction, […]

‘Carl Collins’

Kent, Claude Campbell asked about the passing of Carl Collins, Class of ‘44. He died, according to the recent Penn State Alumni Magazine, last October in St. Petersburg, Fla.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Swimming Hole Trivia’

Ralph Yore, from Westminister, California, called with some Trivia answers and questions. Ralph tells us that two of the swimming holes he remembers were the Black Bridge, nicknamed SOD (Swim Or Drown) and just off of Portage Street, where they used to put rocks across the creek to make the water higher.   (Full Story […]

‘Found Out After 50 Years!’

Dear Mrs. Fragale, After many years I am finally subscribing to the Echo. I have procrastinated long enough. As I have visited Emporium each year, friends have always saved a couple papers for me. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Former Teachers’

Hi Kent, In the May 15th issue of the Echo, “Bob” Haley mentioned that Carl Collins Jr. had passed on. I had not heard that and I would like to know when and where he lived when he passed on. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Remembering My Wing Lead

To my good friends in Cameron County, this is in response to Mr. Kent Riegel’s  Trivia article dated 03 April 2013 concerning Cowley Hill ski area. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Sportsmen: Voice Your Concern’

I must admit I could not agree more with Mountain Lines about the wisdom in the Division of 2G.  I have long expressed my great concern for the deer management practice that the Game Commission has been following since the days of Gary Alt.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron […]

‘Rink Night Skating’

I wanted to clear up something in my last email. I was speaking of the inside roller rink owned by Carl Collins when I said the kids came by bus for evening skating, not the ice rink. Sorry I wasn’t clear.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Nostalgia’

Fires, floods and now the black mold. Wow! Dancing down “Primrose Lane” was a joy. Many nights, in memories, we walked to the “Homestead.”   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Missing Old Friends’

A few weeks ago I saw a little note from Isabelle Czekai saying she wondered where Bonnie and Gene Pearson went?   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Tennis Court’

There was a nice tennis court just off the Old West Creek Road about a 1/2 mile down from the old Rydesky home. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

More on the Rope Tow’

In answer to the question regarding the auto(s) (there was more than one over time) that powered the rope tow: (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Clarifying Garages’

Dear Editor: I got my paper and there are a few things I want to clear up. They mention the skating rink; I worked  there putting on skates and then we would get free skating. Moe Johnson was a good friend of mine. We palled around together  and skated there for a long time. We […]

‘NRA’s Failure In Boston’

After Newtown’s massacre of innocent children, amazingly local Tea Party hicks and gun rights supporters recently assembled in Harrisburg stupidly proclaiming, “The safety of their families is at stake.” Have they been hibernating in a hole? Obviously, public safety is a lesser consequence compared to today’s horrific gun death rate they ignore.   (Full Story […]

‘The Rink and The Range’

Two subjects, ice-skating rink and indoor shooting range. Claude Campbell was right-on with the location of the ice-skating rink that was near where Keystone Automatic Technologies is today. I remember it well because about 1948 or ‘49 I was skating with friends doing “the whip.” (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron […]

‘Heed This Advice!”

While clearing out my mother’s apartment, I found my father, George Singer’s 7th grade report card. On it was a note to parents (and teachers). Oh, that parents today would heed this advice!! (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Listen to What History Has Taught Us’

To the Editor, The Gun Debate has come and gone…for now anyways.  For those of us who defend The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, it was a win; to President Obama, it was a depletion of much political capital and a scorching rebuke. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County […]

‘Once Again – Best Run Race In PA’

Dear Editor: The recently completed Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Race is a real classic; it is in a class by itself.  

‘Trivia Talk’

Kent, In the last issue of the Echo in March, you made mention of an ice skating rink. I believe there was one on the very south end of Maple St. on the West side. Believe the land belonged to Sylvania. Aso believe there was a tennis court locatd there at one time.

‘Unique Ski Area’

There was indeed an Emporium ski area called Collie Hill, which was approximately 12 miles from Emporium on the road to Austin. It operated from the late ‘40s thru at least the early 1970s. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Concerns Raised at Zoning Hearing’

To: Borough of Emporium Zoning Hearing Board Re: Zoning hearing on April 4, 2013 To whom it may concern: Our names are Dan and Shana Blust. We own Pneuma Powersports. We are a tenant of Rick McLean, owner of our location, 327 Portage Street, Emporium.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]

‘Unwarranted Flood Insurance Costing Us’

In July of 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came out with a new flood plain map  for Cameron County. As a result, 126 new flood insurance policies were written, many in areas which historically never had to have flood insurance in the past. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron […]

‘Democracy’

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he wrote the basic principles of what we call Democracy. In the second paragraph, he wrote; All men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, etc., etc. The first line of the paragraph says: we hold these truths to be self-evident… […]

‘Velvetones Identified’

I think the trombone player at far left in Velvetones photo is Clara Dawn Smith.  She would have been in the EHS band about the same time as you were, and myself (‘53).  Her father, first name Earl as I recall, was in administration at the Emporium school system. (Full Story available on the newsstands, […]

‘Is It Too Late To Learn From The Past?’

Trying to deal with the issues that confront us in today’s society. In days of old, there once stood a sign in front of the railroad tracks saying: STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN. We have got to have a better understanding of the (changes) and the (generation gap) that are being made faster now, than years […]

‘Thank You For Your Support’

Dear friend of the E.O. Austin Home/Hist. Society, Once again I would like to thank you very much for your kind generosity and making our 2013 Dinner Auction another successful event. I do realize how much you are contacted by so many worthy organizations for donations (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]