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.

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 […]

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 […]

A new, local business venture has been started by Ryan and Brandi Magaro and Lindsey and Josh Zucal. Bearded Brewing, LLC provides fair trade coffee roasted and blended right here in Cameron County.

David Karkoska (left) and Jim Wendel (right), along with partner Sharon Robinson-Taylor, are restoring the former Erskine property on East Fourth Street. An Open House is planned for June 30 to see The Hygrade Inn Bed & Breakfast before restoration efforts begin.

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack (left) and Cameron County Veterans Affairs Director Joe Williams participated in a round-table discussion and presentation on veterans’ issues within the region last week while Stack was in the region to visit area attractions and meet with local officials.    

  Soldiers salute while the flag is raised during Memorial Day Ceremonies held Monday in Emporium.  

MAY CROWNING – St. Mark Catholic Church celebrated May Crowning in Honor of Mary, Queen of Heaven last Sunday. Shown in the front row is the Junior May  Court, Cooper Richardson, Jacob Kolby, Isaac Grovanz and Corryn Pearsall. Back row: May Queen attendants, Eric Morton and Bobbi Fragale, Julia Aikens, Sophia Fragale, May Queen escort, […]

The Cameron County Little League Minor League boys and girls softball and baseball field was recently converted from what was a grass lot into a playable, regulation minor league field. This was accomplished through a grant from Pirates Charities Fields for Kids and the Cameron County Little League’s contributions. The Pirates Charities Fields for Kids […]

Kamden Fragale harvested his first gobbler during Saturday’s Youth Spring Turkey Hunt. The 20 pound bird had a 10.5” beard and 1” spurs. He was hunting with his dad, Seth Fragale, and Mike Fragale.      

KRHC GROUNDBREAKING – Keystone Rural Health Consortia held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday for its nearly 1,000 square foot addition. Shown are (l to r) Debra Pontzer, representative for Congressman Glenn Thompson; Sue Newcomer, KRHC; Tom Wellington, USDA; Danielle Reed, KRHC Fiscal Manager; Samantha Beaver, KRHC; Jim Thomas, Cameron County Commissioner; and Chris Satterlee, Hallstrom […]

The week delay of the Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic provided nearly perfect water conditions for the annual race. Participation was down slightly due to the postponement, with 78 boats in the race. Typically the race draws over 100 entrants.  

Emporium Rotary Club donated $500 to Boy Scout Troop #551 to help fund their camp platform project. Shown is Gayle Mansfield (left) accepting the donation from Rotary Club President, Dale Kern. Other Rotary donations this month include Cameron County Lady Raider Softball, Mountaineer Search and Rescue, 2017 CCHS Post Prom and Shelter Box.

The Cameron County VFW Post 6221 Auxiliary donated $1,000 to the Veterans Memorial Park fund to help cover the costs of ongoing maintenance and improvements. Funds were raised through the annual Cash Bash fundraiser. Shown (l to r) are Barry Sarick, VFW Quartermaster; Jenn Dixon, Auxiliary President; Georgiann Holly, Auxiliary Junior Vice President; Bev Jones, […]

The VFW Post 6221 of Cameron County is proud to announce that Barry E. Sarick (left), Quartermaster of the Post, has been recognized by Commander-in-Chief Brian Duffy for his effort in recruiting new and reinstated members to their great organization. Recruiter awards, as listed in the National Membership Program, recognize those members who rise above others […]

Emporium Hardwoods, one of Cameron County’s top employers, was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday morning. Twelve fire companies from Cameron and surrounding counties battled the blaze or provided coverage for stations on-scene. Damage estimates are from $7 to $10 million.

NORTHWEST DONATES TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT – Rebecca Pasquinelli, Northwest Bank, presenting Greg Sands, Junior Achievement Regional Coordinator, with a $1,000 donation from Northwest for the JA program in Cameron County. Shown are: Bev Jones, Julie Dubler, Jill Carlson, Rebecca Pasquinelli, Greg Sands, Jan Hampton, Heidi Aikens, Kathy McCulla and Diana Boden. A thank you luncheon […]

The George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation recently made a substantial donation to the Cameron County Food Pantry.  Shown at the check presentation are ( L to R )  Dave Greene, Northern Tier Community Action Executive Director; David E. Guloien, Mee Foundation Director;  Fr. Paul Siebert, Cameron County Food Pantry Director; Randy Metcalf, Northern […]

Randy Brem, owner of Rhino Lining in St. Marys, donated his time and equipment to spray a new display to be installed in front of the Cameron County Vets Club in Emporium. The kneeling soldier was cut from steel by Scott Hockenberry, who also donated his time and equipment. The original display was made of […]

The Christabelle Club of Emporium recently made a $2,000 donation to the Cameron County Ambulance Service. Bill Pennington (center) from the Cameron County Ambulance Service is shown with David B. Smith (right), President of the Christabelle Club, and Art May, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #990.  

The young spike elk is shown tranquilized and its eyes covered to reduce the stress of being moved out of the spillway

Michael Spaeth (above) was as happy as he could be when he got to meet Santa at the Emporium Firehall on Saturday and tell him what he wants for Christmas. Michael is the son of Michael and Melissa Spaeth. Santa was available for pictures after the annual Breakfast With Santa event. Temperatures were  nippy, and […]

FIRST-DAY BUCK – Ray Arble bagged this nice 8-point while hunting in Cameron County with his son Ron on the first day of Buck Season.  

Through the generous donations of Cameron County residents, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church was able to purchase items to fill 10 shoeboxes during the drive held at Northwest Savings Bank last month. Shown are organizer Sis Miller and Peggy Letterman of Northwest. Shoeboxes are delivered to less fortunate children in the United States and around the […]

Ceremonies honoring Veterans Day were held last Friday in Emporium. An assembly was held at the Cameron County High School, Taps was played following a military salute by the Cameron County Memorial Detail at the World War I memorial on the courthouse lawn along with a wreath laying and remembrance ceremony at the Big Flag […]

This bull elk weighed in at the Benezette Elk Check Station had a field-dressed weight of 742 pounds. The elk was harvested by Ed Stan of Jersey Shore.      

TREATS FOR EMPORIUM SHURFINE EMPLOYEES – Emporium Shurfine treated their customers to cider and donuts during the month of October. Shown are the store’s cashiers dressed in their Halloween best: Leslie Zirckel, Yelena Kisler, Betty Jo Palumbo, along with customer Jean Dunkelberger. As always, thank you for shopping your Emporium Shurfine.  

Junior Hunters and Mentors who participated in CCOYA Junior doe hunt. Back row: Bryce Frey, Brian Gillette, Paul Haviland, Mark Abriatis, Matt Andrews, Damien Erickson and Glenn Davis. Front row: Cassie Frey, Derek Duman, Sarah Abriatis, Kaelee Bresslin, and Renee Earle. Missing from photo is Nick Crisp.    

LaVerta Miller (Emmanuel Episcopal Church) and Caitlin Costanzo (NWSB employee) with shoeboxes and supplies for packing them for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.    

Pictured are (l to r) Rena Reigel, Mary Grace Olay, Beth Carlson and Donna Shaffer with the many gift baskets being raffled off to help raise money for Cameron County residents undergoing cancer treatment.    

HOMECOMING QUEEN – Kennedy Chmelar was crowned Cameron County High School’s Homecoming Queen Friday night during halftime of the Red Raiders / Coudersport game. Kennedy is the niece of Vicki Wenner and Jim Wenner and the daughter of the late Bob Chmelar. Kennedy was escorted by Brennan Guisto.        

Work has begun at the Cameron County Little League complex’s field used by Girls Softball and Minor League teams. Improvements are being funded through a $10,000 grant from Pirates Charities awarded through Hometown Mentors, Inc. The grant money and any matching funds will be used to make improvements to the girls’ softball field and to […]

Cameron County commemorated the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with a service at Memorial Park. Guest speaker, retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant Major Todd M. Parisi is shown addressing the audience.

ABATE DONATES TO HONORS BAND – Endless Mountain Chapter #14 ABATE of PA recently presented a check for $100 to the CCHS Honors Band for their trip to Hawaii. Shown in the front row, left to right: Robin Overturf, Mr. Dan Sensenig, Marrisa Doud, Cerise Ramsey, Ann Burt, Hannah Uber, Brenda Dunlap, Mrs. Maggie Sensenig. […]

The weather held out while over 300 people attended the Emporium Rotary’s annual picnic August 17th at the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club. Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of the Rotary’s famous clam chowder, shrimp, steamed clams and steak dinner, along with delicious desserts and beverages. Also attending the picnic was the Rotary District Governor, Dick […]

Members of the Class of 1965 gathered August 12 to remember their deceased classmates at a bench recently placed in their honor. The location for the bench was chosen near the mural of Albert Peterson (the sailor in the mural). Al was a member of the Class of 1965 who was killed in Vietnam in […]

  GKN FOUNDATION GIVES TO THE COMMUNITY CHEST – GKN employees, Amanda Vossler, Jason Copp, Clarence Swank and Andy Dynda present a $1,100 check to Jill Carlson, Drive Chairperson for the Cameron County Community Chest from the GKN Foundation. The GKN Foundation gives away a certain percentage of its income each year to qualifying tax-exempt […]

Shown are some of the young people who participated in the 2nd Playgrounds in the Wilds Program for the summer. The event was hosted by Cameron County Recreation Center and CCOYA, who would like to thank all of their presenters for this program.

The long wait for the DAV van for Cameron County Vets is finally over. The DAV van is a 2016 Ford Flex with only 134 miles. The new van arrived late in June and has already been put to good use. A lot of organizations helped in getting this project done. The van is for any veteran […]

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joe Reiner stopped to purchase a refreshing beverage from a group of entrepreneurs on West Fifth Street this week. Woodland Elementary students Jake Narby, Brevin Lewis and Joshua Smith were operating the stand at the intersection with Poplar Street to raise a little spending money. Shown are the three boys and […]

SESTINA COMMISSIONED– Family and friends of Andrew Sestina were in attendance as he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps last Friday. Shown from left to right are: Kristin Sestina, Jennifer Sestina, Alex Anderson, Richard Gaydos, 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Sestina, Mary Gaydos, Nate Sestina, Sgt. Jason Sestina, Brianna Minnock, Carrigen Minnock, […]

    Each year Emporium Borough hires two or three college students to help with mowing (approx. 20 acres), weed-eating, sanitation collection, cleaning storm basins, sweeping, cleaning windows, painting, mulching and plenty of other tasks that need done around our Borough. Shown are this year’s summer employees, Brogan Lovett (left), Josh Reynolds and Cain Barr […]

  The Sylvan Heritage Council, in conjunction with the Northern Tier Community Action Corporation, recently applied for and received a grant to landscape the front and west-facing sides of the beautiful and historic Northern Tier Community Action Corporation building.  The project was financed in part by the PA Wilds Planning Team, with a C2P2 grant […]

  DRAMA CLUB FUND-RAISER – Flocks of flamingos are popping up around Emporium. Pictured are Jami Kempher and Bailey McDonald from the Cameron County Drama Club and Sean and Kelly McDonald, who arrived home recently to find they had been “flocked.” For more information about this fund-raiser, contact Jami Kempher at 486-1412. All proceeds from […]

After 77 years as a family-owned grocery store, Olivett’s Market has been sold to Olean Wholesale. The new owners have served as a supplier to Olivett’s for nearly eighty years. For now, the store hours will remain much the same. The 20,300 sq. ft. grocery store is due to be transferred to the new owner […]

In conjunction with the Emporium Wellness Center’s Open House, the Woodland Elementary 4th Graders all made posters for Healthy Heart Month. Winning first place was Blaze Lovett (center, right) and second place Aubrey Lorenz. Shown with the winners are Wellness Center employees Terri Housler (left) and Carol Gibbs.

  MAY CROWNING – St. Mark Catholic Church celebrated May Crowning in Honor of Mary, Queen of Heaven last Sunday. Shown in the front row are Junior May Queen Emilia Copp and her escort, Maxx Newton. In the back row are altar server, Derek Rieder, May Queen escort, Andy DeLucia, May Queens Jeannie Streich and […]

  PROM ROYALTY – Jase Gillette and Kendyl Guisto were crowned King and Queen of the 2016 Junior/Senior Prom Saturday night. Woodland Elementary All-Purpose Room was beautifully decorated for this year’s theme, “The Enchanted Kingdom.” Jase is the son of Brian and Lori Gillette. Kendyl is the daughter of Francine Guisto and the late Nick […]

Shown are (l to r) Lauryn Uber, Kaylee Hostetlar, Aubrey Uber and Nicholas Streich with some of this year’s pheasant eggs.

Debris from a partial building collapse of a property adjacent to the Third Street playground has temporarily closed the playground. Concrete blocks and metal landed on the basketball court and grassy area inside the playground fence.

Organizers are hopeful that enough rain will fall this week to make the river navigable for the 42nd Annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic set for Saturday, April 2.

VFW OPEN HOUSE – An open house was held Sunday at the Vets Club in Emporium to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Cameron County VFW. Dozens of people visited the club to see the photographs, medals, newspaper articles and memorabilia donated by the community for the event. Post members, including Barry Sarick (top photo) […]

Pete Fragale, board member of Hometown Mentors, is shown presenting a check from the Pittsburgh Pirate Charities organization to Steve Brown and the Cameron County Little League organization. Fragale began early last year working on the Pirate Charities grant and after persistent efforts received notification from the Pirates of the grant award. The check, in […]

  Coach Baker will be inducted into the Distict IX Coaches Association Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday. Baker (front, right) is shown with his wife, Sandy and two of their four children (back row), Kerry and Scott.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is raffling off a kayak in time for spring and summer paddling. The escape 100x by Pelican is 10 feet long with adjustable footrests and includes a paddle and life jacket. All the items are donated by Mike and Linda Songer. “The chamber is appreciative of this donation, allowing more […]

Cameron County High School hosted the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 2 Band Festival last week. The festival featured 160 student musicians from 37 area schools. Mr. Christopher Gankosky of St. Marys Area High School was selected to be this year’s guest conductor. Cameron County High School Band Representatives were: Mason Shaffer, Flute; […]

    U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) visited the Aroma Café in Emporium Tuesday to announce his election campaign for a third term as representative for the 5th Congressional District. About twenty-five people, including county commissioners, municipal representatives and members of the forest products industry, attended the event.

GKN FOUNDATION DONATES TO FOOD PANTRY – The GKN Foundation recently made a substantial donation to the Cameron County Food Pantry.  Shown during the presentation are GKN Emporium employees (l to r) Julie Jeffers, Justan Studley, Northern Tier Community Action Food and Nutrition Coordinator Dave Malize, Cameron County Food Pantry Director Fr. Paul Siebert,  and […]

  Members of the Vets Club, Barry Sarick, Bob Hostler and Mick Fapore accept Emporium Rotary’s donation of $6,000 from Rotary President, Barry Brown (left), to help fund the Rides for Vets project. Rotary members sold raffle tickets for weeks at Olivett’s Market to help Rides for Vets meet their goal in order to purchase […]

  Ron Luckenbill made two rifles, identical to the one he is holding in this photograph, as props for the newly-released Hollywood film “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on a dramatized account of the life of 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass.      

Weekend in the Wilds ushered in Santa and the Christmas season on Saturday, but not with the usual weather for this time of year. Despite the warmer temperatures, carolers serenaded the crowds of people who made their way downtown to eat, shop and be entertained. Vendors lined Fourth Street, young and old alike enjoyed the […]

The Cameron County Memorial Detail (above) lined up for Veterans Day ceremonies at the Big Flag Memorial in Emporium. Shown in the photo to the right is Joseph Fragale, Laurie Mckeone and Rebecca Pasquinelli after laying wreathes at the World War II Memorial in front of the Cameron County Courthouse. The address was given this […]

2015 CAMERON COUNTY SPORTS HOMETOWN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES – The Emporium Hometown Mentors held the second annual Sports Hall of Fame induction at the Cameron County High School auditorium on Saturday night. During the event, hosted by Dave LaBrozzi, five CCHS Alumni were honored. They were, front row (l to r) Beth Summerson Lane […]

Jim Thompson will receive the Hometown Mentors’ Lifetime Achievement Award and is among the inductees in this year’s Cameron County Sports Hall of Fame. Also being inducted are Beth Summerson Lane, Larry Boring, Dennis Hockenberry and Fred Williams. Thompson is shown with his wife, Joann. The ceremony will take place at CCHS on October 17. […]

  Cameron County hosted the July quarterly meeting of the Northwest County Commissioners Association at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Cameron County Commissioners Jim Thomas and Phil Jones and staff members Brenda Munz and Misty Lupro were joined by representatives from fifteen other PA counties: Armstrong, Butler, Clarioin, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, […]

427 Woodland Avenue, purchased by the Cameron County School District in 2009 at a cost of more than $70,000, is being demolished. Bucktail Excavators of St. Marys was contracted to do the demolition at a cost of $9,449.

Fair pic 2015 FAIR ROYALTY – The 2015 Cameron County Fair was held last week and was a big success with no rain and nice crowds. This year’s Fair Royalty is shown, back row, left to right: Jr. King, Adam Weichman; Miss Cameron County, Lora Singer; Jr. Miss Cameron County, Lia Inman; King, Daniel Lyon. […]

  Pictured are Tony Moscato and his friend, Jim Penna, representing AT&T, presenting a check to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library to be used for the Summer Reading Club costs. Also pictured are Trystan Gribble, Ryder Brown, Enzo and Milla Magaro, and Emma Bennett. The Library would like to thank Mr. Penna and AT&T, […]

If you have noticed groups of people and lots of activity on the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church as you drive down Fourth Street, you have witnessed the newest activity to come to Emporium.  

  Glen Fiebig (center, front) is pictured with the new Little League scoreboard and the family of Clink Streich. Shown with Fiebig are son Gary (Peggy) Streich, granddaughter Angel (Andy) Williams, grandson Matt (Mary) Streich, grandson Mike (Shelia) Streich and great-grandchildren Nathan, Dylan, and Ben Williams; Alex and Nicholas Streich; Adam, Chase, and Devin Streich.  […]