Pancake Supper

    The Emporium  Senior Center will hold a Pancake Supper on Saturday, January 21st from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, and coffee will be served.  

Community Nurses Day at Senior Center

    The Emporium Senior Center will hold a Community Nurses Day on Tuesday, January 17th. Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings from 11-11:30 a.m.    

Elk Rescued at Sinnemahoning Park

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor State employees were forced to organize a rescue just before Christmas to help a small elk stranded at the George B. Stevenson Dam. A small spike elk wandered across the icy spillway and was stranded on the afternoon of Thursday, December 22 near the dam at Sinnemahoning […]

County Officials Looking Forward To The New Year

    Officials in Cameron County are looking forward to the new year, and will continue progress on a number of projects that have already gotten underway. County and municipal leaders in Cameron County are working to address blight, which has invaded many rural communities over the past several decades. “This is a constant project, […]

Commissioners Approve Budget With No Tax Increase

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The Cameron County Commissioners approved a finalized budget of $7,772,539.85 with no tax increase for 2017. Commissioners stated that they were able to cut costs by $245,000 as compared to last year, and were able to fund the county for the coming year without upping the 20.5 […]

No Death Penalty In Courtney Murder Case

    The Cameron County District Attorney announced that the Commonwealth does not intend to seek the death penalty against an Emporium man charged with murder and related counts. Michael Fuller Courtney, 34, will not face the death penalty for charges stemming from the murder of Deborah Gerlach, 45, which occurred on the evening of […]

Defendants Appear For Sentencing, Arraignment

    A number of defendants appeared for sentencing and formal arraignment at Return Day hearings held in Cameron County just before Christmas. Michael James Hallowell, age 24, entered a guilty plea to one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, stemming from an incident that occurred […]

New Rural Community College Plan Nears Approval

      Residents of the region will know a lot more about their new community college shortly after the New Year. The new Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC) will serve residents of Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties. An operational and financial plan is currently under review […]

National Fuel Projects Winter Gas Costs

    National Fuel Gas Distribution has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) its required annual Purchased Gas Cost projection for gas purchases to be made Aug. 1, 2017, through July 31, 2018. The company is projecting an increase in overall gas supply charges totaling approximately $43.03 per year in this state-required filing. […]

Rotary News

    Rotarian Dave Guloien introduced his son,  USAF Staff Sergeant  Eirick Guloien at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Eirick is a graduate of CCHS and Penn State University.  After graduating from Penn State, he entered the United States Air Force, where he trained at Lackland AFB, Texas, then was stationed at Creech AFB, a […]

Driftwood Senior Center Ready For the New Year

    The Driftwood Senior Center has a very busy schedule for the months ahead and would love for you to join in on the fun. They will be making and selling Old Foagie Hoagies on Wednesday, January 18th.  Please call and order your Old Foagie Hoagies today!   Tuesday, January 24th, the Community Nurse […]

Doctors Rigas and Smith Nationally Recognized

  Two of Cole Memorial Medical Group’s Board-Certified Pediatricians were honored for their work to improve rural health in the region. Mary Ann Rigas, MD, and Marlene Wust-Smith, MD, were named “Community Stars’ by the National Office of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) which acknowledged outstanding rural healthcare leaders and providers on National Rural […]

Air Rifle Program

    The Cameron County 4-H shooting sports program will start Thursday, January 12.  The program teaches youth how to safely use and care for air rifles and other equipment related to shooting sports. Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 (as of January 1st of the current year) can be registered 4-H Shooting […]

Learn To Quilt Classes

    Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center will host quilting classes in January.  Quilter Gini Schager will teach the two-night class on Monday, January 23 and January 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., focusing on turning t-shirts into quilts. Each student is to bring a minimum of 12 t-shirts, scissors or […]

Bereavement Support

    Adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one are invited to the Bereavement Support Group meeting on Thursday, January 5 at 6 p.m. at the Community Nurses St. Marys office located on the campus of Penn Highlands – Elk.  

Charges Bound Over To Court In Local Murder Case

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor An Emporium man accused of murder appeared at the Cameron County Courthouse for a hearing on Thursday. A preliminary hearing was held for Michael Fuller Courtney, age 34, of Emporium, who faces charges including murder in the first degree for an incident that occurred in late October […]

Richardson Voted In As CCSD Board President.

    A new president of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors was chosen during Thursday’s regular meeting. Daryl Richardson was voted in unanimously to fill the top spot, and was the only individual nominated for the position. He succeeds Paul Abriatis, who was not nominated to run for president this term. […]

County Budget Available For Review

    The Cameron County preliminary budget for 2017 has been advertised and is available for view at the commissioners’ office through December 22. The budget has total revenues and expenditures calculated at $7,729,662.72. County officials do not expect the tax rate to increase at this time. The rate remains 20.5 mills, or $0.025 per […]

Christmas in the Wilds Success Despite Frigid Weather

    This weekend’s Christmas in the Wilds event drew large crowds to downtown Emporium for street vendors, Santa and the annual parade. “The event was excellent. We had vendors sell out of their wares and just had a really good turnout,” said Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Director Tina Johns-Solak. “We had a lot […]

Shippen Twp. To Finalize Budget

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Shippen Township Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28 to officially adopt the finalized budget for the coming year. The budget is available for public review, and notices of such will be placed in local newspapers to inform township residents wishing […]

Students Return From Pearl Harbor Trip

    Students from Cameron County and other school districts across the region recently returned from performing at the Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Parade and Ceremonies. This year marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The “Day that will Live in Infamy” threw the nation into World War II. More than 400,000 U.S. […]

Challenges Facing Local Ambulance Service

    With the year’s end rapidly approaching the Board of Directors of Cameron County Ambulance Service (CCAS) want to report to you, our community, what is happening with your ambulance service.   For the past several years the Directors of CCAS have been dedicated to formulating a long-term solution to provide a financially stable […]

Solveson Speaks at Rotary

    Rotarian Kim Whiting (left)  introduced guest speaker Cristy Solveson (middle), a certified holistic nutritionist and owner of FREERANGE Holistic Health, a nutrition counseling service with a whole foods approach for those looking for freedom of health. Cristy became interested in a healthier lifestyle seven years ago when her son encountered some health issues, […]

#deckedouthouse Voting Ends Saturday

    Voting is underway for the most decorated house in Cameron County.  “The contest, sponsored by L&M Lumber, continues to grow,” according to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Solak.   This year nine properties are entered and the winner will be determined by votes.  Ballots are appearing in the two Cameron […]

Christmas Band Concert

    The Cameron County School District Music Department cordially invites you to their annual Christmas Concert. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium on Tuesday, December 20th.   Bands and choirs from both Woodland Elementary and the High School will join forces for a district wide musical celebration of the […]

Gibson Twp. Christmas Party

    The Gibson Township Christmas party will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, at the Township Building on Route 555 in Driftwood. Meat and drinks will be provided.       

‘Friends Serving Friends’ Pausing This Year

    by Beth Overly The free Christmas day dinner served from the Aroma Cafe` each year on Christmas day provided by “Friends Serving Friends, comprised of  caring individuals from all over Cameron County will take a “pause” this year.  We will not be serving a dinner this year on Christmas day due to Christmas […]


    Support the Cameron County High School Spanish Club by attending the all-you- can-eat Fiesta Mexicana on Tuesday, December 20th. The cost is $6/single and $20/family. The event will be held at the High School Cafeteria from 5 p.m. to ?? p.m. Menu includes beef and chicken Tacos, Sincronizadas, Frijoles, desserts and punch.   […]

Library Hours

    The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library will close for the Christmas Holiday Thursday, Dec. 22nd at 4 p.m. and will re-open on Tuesday, Dec. 27th with its regular schedule of hours.    

Newton Cemetery Price Increase

    The Newton Cemetery Association is increasing the price of a grave space from $450 to $750, effective January 1, 2017. Questions? Call 486-7033.    

Community Christmas Service

    A Community Christmas Service will be held Friday, Dec. 16th at 7 p.m. at the CMA Church.    

Downtown Properties Razed

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Demolition began on three blighted Emporium properties on Thursday morning. The three structures, two located on East Fourth Street and one on the same lot facing East Greenwood Street, have been vacant for a number of years and had become safety hazards of late. Last week, high […]

Grimone Pleads Guilty To Ordinance Violations

    A Cameron County resident has entered a guilty plea to ordinance violations received on four rental properties he owns within the Emporium Borough. Matthew Grimone, age 59, entered guilty pleas to eight civil complaints filed against him. Four were issued by the Emporium Borough, and four by Building Code Inspector Russ Braun. Two […]

Borough Tax Rate To Remain at 16.91 Mills

    The tax rate for Emporium Borough residents will remain at 16.91 mills again this year. The budget was formally adopted during Monday night’s meeting following advertisement in newspapers and a public review period at the borough building. While one area of Emporium is being cleaned up, Emporium Borough officials are working to remedy […]

Christmas in the Wilds Set For Saturday

    Reindeer, breakfast with Santa, crafters, vendors, sales, open houses are all set for Saturday, December 10 in Emporium.   The annual Christmas in the Wilds begins at 9 a.m. with vendors selling food, gifts, Christmas caroling and Santa having breakfast.  The parade will step off at noon and judging for the house decorating […]

Ten CCHS Students Depart For Pearl Harbor Honor Band Performance

    Ten Cameron County High School (CCHS) students left Cameron County over the weekend to head to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremonies slated for later this week. The students are stand-out members of the CCHS Band and were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor Honors Band, which includes […]

Commissioners Attend State Conference

    Cameron County Commissioners spent several days at the recent County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) annual conference. All three commissioners attended sessions offered during the conference and offered reports on the event during Thursday’s meeting. Commissioner Phil Jones attended a Natural Gas Task Force meeting, which included discussion on new cracker plants erected […]

Support the Local Library, Donate To Friends ‘Happy Holiday’ Project

    The Friends of the Library have accomplished a great deal over the years. A big thank you goes to everyone who has supported the organization by becoming a member during the Membership Drive, or attending the Used Book Sale, or taking part in the holiday project; Wishing Family and Friends a Happy Holiday. […]

Final Round of Military Banners

    The Sylvan Heritage Council proudly announces the third and final round of their Military Banner Program, to honor men and women with ties to Cameron County, Pennsylvania who went on to serve their country in a branch of the armed forces.   A highly visible tribute to these dedicated individuals who bravely served […]

Gift Tags Remain In Local Christmas Toy Drive

    A few gingerbread boys and girls remain on trees at various businesses in Emporium.  The cutouts have suggested gifts from the child’s Santa wish list.   Unwrapped gifts must be returned with the gingerbread cut out by Friday, December 9 to the following locations:  Northwest Bank, Citizens & Northern Bank, Emporium post office […]

Christmas Cookie Sale

    St Hilda’s Guild of Emmanuel Episcopal Church will hold their annual Christmas Cookie sale in front of the Chamber of Commerce building on Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. until sold out.   Assorted cookies wrapped on holiday plates and trimmed with an ornament are available.    

Senior Center Wish List

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Emporium Senior Center.  Like many of the kiddos writing out their wish lists, the center also has a wish list. If you are able and willing to donate an item or two to help fill the center’s pantry, it would be very much […]

Food, Craft Sale

    Emporium Senior Center will hold its Craft and Food Sale on December 10th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center on South Maple Street.  Cost for a table is $5.00. To reserve a table call 814-486-3707.      

Christmas Concert, Fiesta and Art Show

    The Cameron County School District Music Department cordially invites you to their annual Christmas Concert. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium on Tuesday, December 20th.   Bands and choirs from both Woodland Elementary and the High School will join forces for a district wide musical celebration of the […]

Community Christmas Caroling Saturday

    Everyone is invited to participate in Christmas Caroling on Saturday, December 10th, in the vacant lot next to The Midtowne in downtown Emporium. This is part of the Christmas in the Wilds celebration. Come and help sing Christmas songs starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until the start of the parade. The singing […]

Drama Club Sale Saturday

    The CCHS Drama Boosters and Drama Club will be taking part in the upcoming Christmas in the Wilds event. A table of baked goods, mugs and mixes, Jeff’s Jams and Salsas and Snowman soup will be available for sale.  The group will be found in front of Reid’s on Saturday morning.      […]

Senior Center Dues Due

    Dues for the Emporium Senior Center for the 2017 year are $10/person. To renew your membership or to join the club, you can stop in at the center or your dues can be mailed to 213 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834.  Thank you again for all the ways you help to support […]

Business Decoration Voting Underway

    Downtown Emporium businesses turned tires into decorations this year.  All the recycled decorations that were vandalized have been rebuilt according to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce officials and are available for purchase.  The money raised will be used to offset the price of parking meter decorations and the purchase of surveillance cameras.   […]

Breakfast with Santa

    The Emporium Fire Department Auxiliary will be holding their Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 10, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bring the family and let the children meet Santa before the parade. Menu consists of French toast, sausage, eggs and beverage. Cost will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children […]

Hospice Volunteers Needed

    The holidays are the time of year when we are the most giving. Traditionally, the “giving” during the holiday season takes the form of gifts for friends and family. But there is another way that you can “give” and it doesn’t cost a dime..volunteer. Community Nurses, Inc. is in search of caring men […]

Senior Center Activities

    The Emporium Senior Center has the following upcoming events: Wednesday, December 14th – Come meet State Trooper Jon Wooster, as he presents “Tips to Help Keep You Safe” at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 22nd – Rummage through the corners of your closet and find your craziest, ugliest Christmas sweater. There will be a […]

Cole Memorial Installs New MRI

    As part of an ongoing focus to use the latest technology and treatments available for patients, Cole Memorial has installed a next generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, General Electric® (GE) Optima MR450w 1.5T GEM, at the Hospital. This equipment replaces the MRI that was installed in 2003. Benefits of the new MRI […]

Emporium Senior Center Senior of the Month

    For the month of November, Emporium Senior Center has designated Ken Ostrum as Senior of the Month. Ken’s favorite color is red and he enjoys walking in the woods.  When asked what he loves about Emporium, he says the location and the people.  His favorite animal is the angelfish, as he used to […]

Downtown Holiday Decorations Vandalized

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editors A police report will be filed concerning vandalism perpetrated in Emporium over the Thanksgiving holiday. According to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Director Tina Johns-Solak, vandals damaged several recycled-tire Christmas decorations, uprooted plants in flower pots and damaged a concrete bench in Emporium’s business district. “Disappointment does […]

High Winds Bring Down Emporium Facade

    The façade on an Emporium business came down due to high winds a week before tear-down of the structure was expected. Emporium Borough Manager Don Reed stated that a portion of the former Admit One building’s façade broke loose and fell part-way to the ground due to wind gusts of 40-60 miles per […]

Gearing Up For Christmas In the Wilds

    Cameron County residents are gearing up for the Christmas in the Wilds celebration, set to take place Saturday, December 10. The event begins at 9 a.m. and features a parade, craft and gift vendors, hot foods and beverages and fun for the whole family. As part of the festivities this year, the Cameron […]

66 Bears Harvested In Cameron County

    Bear hunters in Cameron County harvested 66 bears during the first three days of the 2016 hunting season. Northcentral Pennsylvania again led the state in bear hunting. Cameron County had one of the lower counts for Northcentral PA counties, but still had more bear harvested than most counties outside of the region. Over […]

Community Chest Fund Drive Off To Great Start

    It is seven weeks into the 2017 fund drive and it’s been a great start.  Through November 25th, $7,165.50 was collected toward the $20,500 goal.  Thanks to all who have contributed.  This drive will run through September 30, 2017. Watch for monthly updates.  Each month a writeup will be featured on one of […]

Students Clean Up Litter on School Grounds

    Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful organization believes that our younger generation is the key to a cleaner environment. Providing opportunities for environmental stewardship is a big step in that direction. Cameron County School District is now partnering with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Litter Free School Zone program.  The organization also offers programs that can complement lessons […]

Ladies Auxiliary Craft Show

    The Emporium Fire Department Auxiliary will hold their annual Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emporium Firehall. Food will be available. For more information call Bev at 486-0936, Bev at 486-2039, or Gen at 486-0396.    

Community Christmas Caroling

    Everyone is invited to participate in Christmas Caroling on Saturday, December 10th, in the vacant lot next to The Midtowne in downtown Emporium. This is part of the Christmas in the Wilds celebration. Come and help sing Christmas songs starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until the start of the parade. The singing […]

Basket Raffle

    A basket raffle fundraiser is being held to support the Cameron County Middle School Boys Basketball program for boys in fourth, fifth and sixth grades.  More than 45 items were donated locally and arranged into baskets. Tickets can be purchased at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center. Tickets are eight […]

Collaborative Board November Meeting

    The November meeting of the Cameron County Collaborative Board was held on November 16th at the Emporium firehall.  This month’s presenter was Sheri Harrier of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Sheri began by giving the group a quiz to see how much they knew about our local agency.  The answers were given afterward […]

Craft, Food Sale at Senior Center

    Emporium Senior Center will hold its Craft and Food Sale on December 10th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center on South Maple Street.  Cost for a table is $5.00. To reserve a table call 814-486-3707.    

Breakfast With Santa

    The Emporium Fire Department Auxiliary will be holding their Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 10, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bring the family and let the children meet Santa before the parade. Menu consists of French toast, sausage, eggs and beverage. Cost will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children […]

Rotary News

    Rotarian Blair Lundberg introduced guest speaker, Jennifer (Zucal) Kelly at the Rotary luncheon meeting November 22nd.   Jennifer is a 1998 graduate of CCHS and 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh as an RN.  She briefly worked at Cole Hospital and then started apprenticing as a  midwife in Altoona.  In 2010, she […]

Courtney Homicide Hearing Postponed

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A preliminary hearing for an Emporium man accused of homicide has been postponed until December. The preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was cancelled in the case of Michael Fuller Courtney, age 34, of Emporium, accused of murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, murder […]

Veterans Day Ceremonies Held In Emporium

    Ceremonies to honor Veterans Day were held on Friday at several locations around Emporium. Beginning at 9 a.m., an assembly was held at the school, organized by the Miller-Raffaele Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6221 and the Olkosky-Jessop American Legion Post 194 in Cameron County. The speaker for this year’s ceremony was […]

K-9 Search Drill Completed at CCHS

    Superintendent of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) Dr. Keith Wolfe announced a safety drill performed in cooperation with a number of local agencies last week. Wolfe released the statement following the successfully-completed drill, which was held on Thursday, November 10. Participating in the drill with CCSD staff were the Emporium Borough Police […]

County Commissioners To Showcase Positive Undertakings

    Cameron County Commissioners hosted several visitors during Thursday’s meeting, as part of an effort to highlight more county programs. Commissioner Lori Reed stated that they are working to bring in more speakers from across county operations to showcase the positive efforts being undertaken by county employees and residents. Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay discussed […]