‘A Money-Saving, Job-Saving Suggestion’

  To the taxpayers of Cameron County: Recent news articles point to the facts that federal funding to education is decreasing so state educational funding to local school districts must also see a decrease in funding. According to the educational news from Harrisburg, PA districts could see a 9% budget cut for transportation as well […]

Anna Nasto

  (1928-2017) Anna J. Nasto, 88, of East Ransom Street, Port Allegany, passed away Saturday (April 29, 2017) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, surrounded by her family.    

Evelyn Strahl

  (1930-2017) Evelyn A. Strahl, 87, of 10243 Route 120, formerly of 2107 Rich Valley Rd., died at Guy and Mary Felt Manor Sunday afternoon (April 30, 2017).      

Dennis Pesock

  (1953-2017) Dennis J. Pesock, “The Mayor,” 63, of Roulette, died Thursday (April 20, 2017) in Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness.  

Elsie Heagy

  (1935-2017) Elsie M. Heagy, 82, of 203 S. Broad St., died Saturday morning (April 29, 2017) at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys.      

Ryan Zoschg

  (1973-2017) On April 29, 2017, Ryan Anthony Zoschg passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, following an 11-year battle with brain cancer.     

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   HOBBLE  BUSH Viburnum lantanoides I dropped down into a steep ravine where Rhododendron grows along the stream. There I found a striking, white -flowering shrub growing in contrast to the dark foliage surrounding it. I surmised it was one of the Viburnum but I’ve never noticed this April-flowering verity before. […]

Fishing Vests

  by William Crisp   Fishing vests have a very unique purpose in the outdoor garment world. They don’t keep you warm or dry, nor do they shield you from the wind. They don’t find fish or even look fashionable; in fact, they are very unfashionable. I’ll prove it. You can see sportsmen and hipsters […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  First For the Zeke by Phil Burkhouse   As I related last week, about 8 a.m. on the Youth Mentored Spring Gobbler Day, Jake’s ears detected a distant shotgun report.  He said to Gary and me, “I think that was in the general direction of Zeke.” Isaac, aka Zeke, is our youngest grandson. and […]

From the Bleachers

  by Rich Summers   Few sports provide weird and just plain strange situations like Major League Baseball. I just witnessed Ichiro Suzuki, the greatest Japanese player ever to play in MLB, get a huge plaque; I guess you could call it, with the number 3000 on it. It signifies Ichiro’s three thousand hits he […]

Geist Accepts Don Raabe Big 30 Invitation

    Wyatt Geist has accepted an invitation to play in the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic. Geist is a senior at Cameron County High School, where he was an offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Red Raiders. He is 6’ and weighs in at 285 lbs. Wyatt plans to enter the workforce […]

Raiders Win One of Three on the Road

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity baseball team had three road games last week and was able to put one in the win column. On Monday they dropped a non-league game at DuBois Central Catholic, on Wednesday they were beaten at Coudersport, but on Friday […]

Raider Junior High Track Team Competes at Johnsonburg

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider track and field team traveled to the Johnsonburg Invitational on Saturday and competed against nineteen other teams.  “Our kids did very well,” said Coach Shawn Bidwell.  Leading the Lady Raiders was Morgan Lorenzo, who won the triple jump with […]

Lady Raiders Split Two League Games

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider softball team had two league games last week on the road and split the contests. On Wednesday they were beaten at Coudersport but on Friday rebounded to defeat Port Allegany. At Coudersport, the Lady Falcons broke open a tight […]

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.      

Commissioners Review State Budget’s Local Impact

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners discussed the state budget, economic news and conservation efforts at their regular meeting held Thursday in Emporium. Commissioner Lori Reed stated that the budget came up at a recent meeting of county commissioners from northwestern Pennsylvania. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is […]

Local Woman Charged With Endangering Welfare of Minors

    An Emporium woman has been charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor for recklessly endangering another person following an incident that occurred in the Emporium Borough in early April. Shalynn Marie Schatz, age 24, with home addresses listed in both Emporium and Penfield, was charged this […]

GKN, Employees Support Community Chest

    Over the past 41 years GKN Sinter Metals Emporium facilities (originally PPM) have been supporting the Cameron County Community Chest via employee contributions through payroll deduction. An added incentive is that the company also donates to the drive.  Since the inception of this program, GKN has been a major contributor to the Cameron […]

Kriner Sentenced To County Jail For Statutory Sexual Assault

    An Emporium man was sentenced to serve 10 to 24 months in a county jail after pleading guilty last year to four felony charges including statutory sexual assault. Matthew Scott Kriner, age 27, entered open guilty pleas to felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and […]

Cameron County Court Return Day

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor During Return Day proceedings held Tuesday in Cameron County, a number of defendants entered pleas and were sentenced, but several received continuances for their cases. A guilty plea was accepted by Cameron County President Judge Richard Masson on behalf of Courtney Hays, age 26, of Weedville, on […]

Model Railroad Day at DuBois Mall

    Saturday, May 6th, is Model Railroad Day at the DuBois Mall. The 18th Annual Model Train Show is sponsored by the Allegheny Plateau Division Mid-Central Region, National Model Railroaders Association and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local model railroaders will be there enjoying the “World’s Greatest Hobby.” The event […]

Don’t Miss ‘Mark Twain’ Saturday

    Don’t miss ‘Mark Twain’ this Saturday, April 29th when Emporium  Storyteller Charles Kiernan brings him to life at the Emporium Firehall at 3 p.m. Twain is wont to ramble on about his boyhood memories, the newspaper publishing business, life on the Mississippi and frogs. Mostly, though, he likes to talk about the river.  […]

Earth Day Celebrated at Woodland

    Since its inception in the U.S. in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually throughout the world on April 22 as a day of environmental awareness.  To celebrate Earth Day, Cameron County High School (CCHS) Outdoor Club, CCHS Envirothon Team, Cameron County Conservation District (CCCD), Emporium Garden Club and Cameron County Outdoor Youth […]

Dog Warden To Conduct License Checks

    Dog wardens from the state agriculture department announced plans to canvass five northcentral Pennsylvania counties during May. This outreach program helps to ensure that all dog owners in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, and Potter counties have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs three months or […]

Learn the Birds and the Bees at Andrews Farm

    Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities will host the Allegheny Highlands Bird Club (AHBC)  April meeting on April 26 at the Andrews Farm. Ryan Magaro of Rich Valley Apiary will be doing a Honey Bee 101 presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. and the AHBC meeting will immediately follow the presentation. CCOYA will be offering […]

Third Grade Releases Brook Trout

    The third grade students of Woodland Elementary recently visited Sizerville State Park. The event was coordinated by Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA).  The first order of business after arriving was to release several dozen brook trout fingerlings in East Cowley Run stream. This was the end of a year-long adventure for the […]

Grants Available To Local Fire Departments

    Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson recently encouraged local fire departments to apply for federal grant assistance to help with fire prevention and safety efforts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fiscal Year 2016 Fire Prevention and Safety Program is currently open and will close on Friday, May 19 at […]

Egg-Stremely Popular Pheasant Project Returns

    Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) recently delivered over 400 pheasant eggs to Cameron County School District. This year there are 11 classrooms at the Woodland School and two in the High School that are participating in the program.  Each classroom is equipped with an incubator that is hoped to hatch about 40 […]

‘Mid-Wife’

  Kent, I am writing in regards to the recent article that was printed in the Trivia section of the Echo. You wrote that my mother, Julia Cleary, who lived beside Luigi’s, was something like a mid-wife and helped with the birthing of newborn babies.      

Kane 3 On 3 Tournament

    The Kane Lions Club will be hosting the 4th annual, 3 on 3 basketball “Hilltop Tournament” on May 13th.   Boys and girls grades 4 through 12 interested in playing in this tournament can find detailed information about the event at the Kane Lions Club Website http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/kane/page-6.php or by contacting Dave Kearney at: […]

From the Bleachers

  by Rich Summers   by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity baseball team had two games last week and split the two contests that were both shortened due to the PIAA ten run rule. On Wednesday they won in five innings over the Northern Potter Panthers and […]

Raider Junior High Track Team Competes at Otto-Eldred

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider track and field team traveled to Otto-Eldred for the junior high invitational meet and several athletes were place winners.  For the girls’ team, Kaelee Bresslin won the javelin with a toss of 83’1”. Morgan Lorenzo won the long jump […]

Kamme Guisto Stars at Kane Invitational

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider track and field team traveled to the Kane Invitational Track and Field meet last Saturday and Lady Raider sophomore Kamme Guisto had a fantastic day.  Guisto won the triple jump with a leap of 34’1 ½”, finished fourth in the […]

Raider Track Teams Unable To Grab Wins

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity track and field team had two home meets last week and neither the boys nor girls were able to grab a win. On Monday they were defeated by Johnsonburg and on Tuesday they lost to Port Allegany. Johnsonburg 103 […]

Red Raiders Split Two Games Last Week

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity baseball team had two games last week and split the two contests that were both shortened due to the PIAA ten run rule. On Wednesday they won in five innings over the Northern Potter Panthers and on Friday they […]

Narby Homer Lifts Lady Raiders Past Oswayo Valley

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity softball team had two games last week and won both. On Wednesday they hosted Northern Potter and easily defeated the Lady Panthers, and on Friday they entertained Oswayo Valley in a game switched to Emporium by wet field […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  A Good Morning by Phil Burkhouse   There is a feeling of awe I will never lose about being in the woods as dawn makes its appearance.  Each new day officially begins at midnight, but for me the new day begins as light seeps into the woods.  Trees become barely visible, and you can […]

Tabernacle of Agendas

  by William Crisp   I don’t want to alarm you but feel the need to warn you that there is a great environmental change coming. We are about to endure massive global environmental fluxes. These changes will be palatable in the deciduous forests around here as bare branches will begin to sprout leaves and […]

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 […]

KRHC Expanding Local Health Facility

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Groundbreaking for new medical facilities at the Keystone Rural Health Consortia (KRHC) location in Emporium was held Thursday. Hallstrom Construction, of DuBois, will serve as general contractor on the $650,000 project, which is being funded through a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan. KTH Architecture of […]

Salt Run Fish Fest Great Success

    The annual Salt Run Youth Fish Fest held this past Saturday at Andrews Farm in Shippen Township was a success, according to organizers. “Both the weather and fish cooperated this year with sunny skies and mild temperatures,” said Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) Director Don Bickford. “This has turned into a great […]

Sizerville Bridge Work Begins, Wykoff Detour Ends

    Roadwork in the Wykoff Run area progressed far enough for the detour to be ended and travelers to return to the area just ahead of fishing season. Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001) in Gibson Township had been closed for several weeks prior to opening day of fishing season to facilitate work on a […]

Shippen Plans Spring Clean-Up For Saturday

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The annual Spring Clean-Up will be held at the Shippen Township building from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 22. Residents of Lumber, Portage and Shippen townships whose refuse bills are paid-in-full are permitted to bring truckloads of household waste to the township for disposal for […]

Inducted Into National Honor Society

    Bobbi Fragale was inducted into the National Honor Society at Elk County Catholic High School. To be eligible for the National Honor Society, students must maintain a 93 grade point average for five consecutive semesters. Inductees also had to meet specific criteria related to leadership, service and character. Bobbi is a junior at […]

Fairy Garden Workshop at State Park

    Let the magic of nature engulf you in an enchanting workshop. On Saturday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a Fairy Garden Workshop.  Enjoy fairy folklore while creating a miniature world to take home. Participants will be guided with step-by-step instructions and provided with a variety […]

Country Blessings’ New Hours

    Country Blessings’ new hours are: Open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon, based on availability – look for flag. Every last Saturday of the month all is free in the hallway of Country Attic – upstairs from Country Blessings. Located in the Cameron County Christian Center […]

Greene Named To Dean’s List

    Patricia Greene from Emporium was named to the Dean’s List for the winter term at South Hills School of Business & Technology in State College. A graduate of Edinboro University she is a student in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus program designed for students who have a Bachelor’s degree in a related […]

Post Prom Donations Needed

    The post prom committee is still preparing for the post prom to be held May 6th. Monetary and gift certificates are still being accepted. All proceeds provide those who attend with food and prizes to be won throughout the event. Any questions, please contact Kris Umble, 486-3745.  

Meet the Cast of ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’

    Mark your calendars! The Cameron County High School Drama Boosters invite you to attend “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” an event where you can meet the cast of the upcoming presentation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”  Bring your cameras and take pictures as your children interact with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, […]

Northwest Observes Banking Week

    The Emporium Office of Northwest Bank is gearing up for Community Banking Week in April. The office will observe this year’s theme, Grow your Community, with special events and activities during the week of April 24.  “We’d like to thank our customers and community for their continued support.  We’re proud to call Emporium […]

Historical Society To Present ‘Mark Twain’

    ‘Mark Twain’ as told by storyteller Charles Kiernan, will be presented at the Emporium Firehall on Saturday, April 29 at 3 p.m. Storyteller Charles Kiernan, now retired, performs at theatres, schools, libraries, and arts festivals.  The intent of the show is to give the audience a bit of Twain’s biography, his humor and […]

Magaro To Visit Library As Part of Literacy Initiative

    Brandi Magaro will visit the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library as part of a very special reading event on Monday, April 24, at 11 a.m. The featured story read by Magaro will be Daniel Finds a Poem, which is written and illustrated by Micha Archer. Daniel Finds a Poem is this year’s book […]

Cameron Co. High School Honor Roll

    Cameron County High School announces its 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll: High Honors Grade 12: Desirae Fledderman, Kendyl Guisto, Madisen Guisto, Madison Harrier Grade 11: Tess Dubler Grade 10: Kamme Guisto, Sally Holjencin, Laila Smith Grade 9: Cameron Harrier Grade 8: Caden Beldin, Megan Gordon Grade 7: Mikenna Farabaugh, Natalie Zucal Honors Grade […]

‘The Whistler’

  Dear Sir: My name is William Cox Sr. I was born in Emporium in 1924. My parents’ names were Charles and Rose Prime Cox and they lived at 311 West 5th St. until 1957. I get the Cameron County Echo from Senator Joe Scarnati. He is a real good friend of mine.    

The Whistling Plumber’

  Dear Kent: I could never whistle and chew gum at the same time. After a lot of practice I gave up. I do remember the “Whistling Plumber”; everyone in Emporium knew him. His last name was Mitchell, first name maybe Lloyd, not sure.      

Byron Horning

  (1924-2017) Byron H. Horning Jr., 92, of 210 E. Allegany Ave., died Tuesday afternoon (April 11, 2017) at Guy and Mary Felt Manor, following a brief illness.      

Wayne Pearsall

  (1950-2017) Wayne D. Pearsall, 66, of Lock Haven, passed away Friday (April 14, 2017) at Lock Haven Hospital.      

Alla Bergstrom

  (1934-2017) Alla E. Bergstrom, 83, of 303 S. Walnut Street, died Wednesday morning (April 12, 2017) at Guy and Mary Felt Manor.    

Storm Sign-Ups

    Cameron County Storm Football will be holding 2017 sign-ups at Memorial Hall on Friday, April 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Registration fee is $35 per player and $20 per additional child.   Pee-wee players (7-9 years old) must be […]

Dodgeball Tourney

    A dodgeball tourmament will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, in the Cameron County High School gym to raise money for new wrestling uniforms for the elementary school wrestlers. Start time is 9 a.m. Cost is $60 per each six-person team, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Snacks […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   We lost two icons in Cameron County sports recently, which may or may not have gone unnoticed by younger readers. James Baker and Byron Horning Jr. are two people whose contributions to our youth are immeasurable and their passing is, in a sense, the end of an era.  Baker was […]

Jr. High Track Teams Compete at Coudersport

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider Junior High track and field teams competed at the Coudersport Invitational last Wednesday afternoon. Participating for the Red Raiders were Sean Lathrop, Forrester Smoker, Logan Irwin, Gannon Horning and Max Catalano.  For the Lady Raiders, Morgan Lorenzo, Kaelee Bresslin, Natalie […]

CCHS Track Teams Host Northern Potter, Coudy

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School varsity track and field teams hosted a home meet last Tuesday with Northern Potter and Oswayo Valley. The boys’ team defeated Northern Potter 103-25 but lost to Coudersport 106-43. The girls’ team fell to Northern Potter 86-54 and Coudersport 103-25. In the […]

Lady Raiders Win Two at Home, Lose One On the Road

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider softball team had three games last week and won two home contests while falling on the road. On Monday they defeated Port Allegany and on Wednesday they nipped Smethport but on Thursday were beaten at Brockway.  On Monday Hannah […]

Shaffer Tosses No-Hitter Against Port

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity baseball team had three games last week and were able to capture two victories. On Monday they beat Port Allegany and on Wednesday they topped Smethport, but on Thursday they dropped a road game at Brockway. On Monday Adam […]

Fishing Etiquette

  by William Crisp   Last week I read an article called the, “Six Unwritten Rules of Bass Fishing Etiquette.” I really enjoyed the article until I got the sinking suspicion that the author was serious. Then I thought maybe bass fishermen were different than trout fishermen. The more I think about it, the more […]

Wanderin Aimlessly

  Scouting For Fish by Phil Burkhouse   The month before fishing season I keep busy doing a variety of tasks:  some fun and others not so much.  Pruning apple trees, rototilling the garden, planting onions, cutting and splitting firewood, and trying to get the lawn mower running fall into the not so much fun […]

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.  

Perfect Water Conditions For Canoe, Kayak Classic

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The water was perfect for this year’s Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic held this Saturday on the Driftwood Branch. This is the 43rd year of the annual Canoe Race, as it is called locally. The race was held a week late this year due to high-water […]

Recycling Center Closed For Several More Weeks

    The Cameron County Recycling Center will likely be closed for several more months due to issues with construction of a new building. Amendment #1 was approved, which grants an extension to the completion date for the Recycling Grant Agreement. A pavilion to be constructed over the recycling center was measured incorrectly, causing delays […]