Carnovale Named Mayor of the Year

    Emporium Borough Mayor Bruno Carnovale and current Borough Council President Luann Reed were both honored at a recent meeting of the Pennsylvania Borough Association for their service to the community. Carnovale has served as a borough official for more than 50 years, first as a council person for 18 years, then as Civil […]

Country Club To Host Young Golfers

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A new opportunity to introduce area youth to the sport of golf has been launched at the Emporium Country Club (ECC) and will kick-off this Thursday evening. Beginning Thursday, May 18, children ages eight and up will be welcomed to ECC beginning at 5:30 p.m. to give […]

Banquets, Ceremonies To Honor Graduates

    The Cameron County School District (CCSD) has organized an additional ceremony for graduating seniors to ensure recognition goes to seniors receiving awards, and the organizations presenting them. Dr. Keith Wolfe suggested the move to provide an additional opportunity for honoring graduating seniors and community members who provide opportunities for continuing education. Traditional Baccalaureate, […]

County Unemployment Rate at 7.1%

    Cameron County’s unemployment rate was calculated at 7.1% for the month of February as it continued to hover between 6.5% and 8.5% over the past few months. The Pennsylvania rate for the same time period was calculated at 5.0%, down slightly from previous months. State numbers are also in for March, showing the […]

Bald & Fat Classic To Become Annual Event

    The Cameron County BAGUBA Club recently hosted a Bald & Fat Classic wrestling tournament that will be planned as an annual event to raise money for local wrestlers. The BAGUBA—Brutally Aggressive Guys Uninhibited by Adversity—Club supports wrestling at the Junior Olympics wrestling level for elementary-aged students, and some activities for the Cameron County […]

Food Pantry

    The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, May 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium.     

Driftwood Senior Center Meet & Greet

    The Driftwood Senior Center is happy to hold a State Police Meet & Greet for the community.  Wednesday, May 24th, Trooper Wooster from the Emporium State Police Barracks will be at the Driftwood Senior Center from appoximately 10 a.m. until noon.  Come and meet Trooper Wooster and enjoy some informative conversation.   If […]

Drama Club Fundraiser

    The CCHS Drama Boosters are holding a spring fundraising event. Students who are a part of the drama program are taking orders for Jeff’s Jams and Salsa.  These popular products are available in many different varieties of jams and salsa.  Each product comes in a pint jar and costs $6.00.  Orders will be […]

Yeti Raffle

    The Allegheny Mountain Chapter, Nam Knights of America MC is sponsoring a raffle to support the restoration of the WW I Memorial in Emporium. The raffle prize package consists of 10 Yeti items and cost is $5.00 for one or three for $10. One hundred percent of the money goes to the restoration […]

Legion Aux. Nominations

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 194 will be holding its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 22 in the back room of the VFW. Officer nominations for the 2017-2018 year will be held.    

Volunteers Luncheon

    The Emporium Senior Center had an ice cream social to honor all of their amazing volunteers. The volunteers who were able to attend seemed to have a great afternoon filled with ice cream sundaes, good conversation, and laughter.  Each volunteer was presented with a certificate and a small token of thanks. According to […]

Country Blessings Wedding Room

    Country Blessings has expanded to include a wedding room which contains bridal gowns and all other clothing for weddings and special occasions. Please stop in and let them bless you for your special day.    

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner In Austin

    Members of the Austin Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, May 21, at the Austin Fire Station. Serving begins at 3 p.m.   All proceeds will benefit Rob Freer, who is a lifelong resident of Austin and a life member of the Department. Rob has served in many […]

Spaghetti Dinner, Gun Shoot

    The Cameron County Bucktail Rod and Gun Club will hold a spaghetti dinner and gun shoot on May 20 at the Club at Sizer Run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  This dinner is free to present members.  If the member brings a guest they are requesting a small donation for that guest. […]

Umble Hosting 5k For Down Syndrome Awareness

    Alex Umble, a member of the class of 2018, is hosting a 5k Run/2 mile Walk along with a Buddy Walk to raise awareness for Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder in which one has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome.  “I lost a brother and have a cousin, Levi, […]

Musical Tribute Planned For Gladys Schultz

    A memorial concert in honor of Gladys Shultz will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Fourth Street in Emporium. The concert is a celebration of Schultz’s many years as a musician in Elk and Cameron counties. She was the organist and pianist at the […]

Mountain Lines

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas   FIELD ANTS On a recent turkey hunt, I sat next to an old stump. Petals from Choke Cherry trees were falling like snow from an adjacent clear-cut. Next to me in the leaf litter  I noticed a small ant carrying one of the petals. I’ve often seen leaf-cutter ants […]

Transmission From Camp

  by William Crisp   I’m transmitting from deep in the forest, disguised as a moonshine runner. I’ve changed my name and have shacked up with other like-minded pretend miscreants. Muddy is hanging from a tree, waiting for turkeys to land on a nearby limb where he can talk them into letting him shoot one. […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Papalio Continued by Phil Burkhouse   This week I will conclude the story about the elusive Prohibition bootlegger Joseph Papalio, the murder of Charles Ludwig, and the prosecution of corrupt sheriff Bucky Norris and Joseph Papalio. As stated last week Papalio took leave from the Cameron County Jail, with the help of Sheriff Norris, […]


  Good morning Kent: I read the Echo and also your popular column and after reading about the Whistling Plumber’s motorcycle, I started to think about the “Good Ole’ Days.”  I just talked to Inez Jordan, his daughter, about who bought the motorcycle! My brother, Bob graduated in 1945 and was drafted. His friend was […]

Robert Seiders

  (1938-2017) Robert Seiders, 78, of Sinnamahoning, passed away, while surrounded by his family, at his residence on Sunday morning (May 14, 2017).    

David Beimel

  (1964-2017) David W. Beimel, 53, of Highland Road, Kane, passed away unexpectedly (May 8, 2017) at his home.  

George Sowers

  (1936-2017) George C. Sowers, 80, of 13355 Route 120, died Thursday evening (May 11, 2017) at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.    

Basketball Sign-Ups

    Sign-ups are being accepted for male and female basketball players ages seventh grade up through adult. Times will vary according to number of participants. Games will be held Sunday evenings at the Rec. Center. If you are interested, please sign up in the game room at the Rec. Center, at the high school […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   Despite the Pirates’ lousy play recently I still watch them virtually every day on television and I have to comment about their broadcast team. Being of the age when I remember Bob Prince I have to say he was always my favorite to listen to. But Bob Walk is surpassing […]

Little League Action

    Friday, May 12 Foundation beat Rotary 15-1. Starting pitcher for Foundation was Eastyn Solveson, who threw a complete game of four innings, had 10 strikeouts,  gave up 2 walks and 3 hits. Lathan Reed, Eastyn Solveson (2) and Jesop Farabaugh had singles; Isaac Grovanz had two doubles, Julien Bolin had a triple; and […]

Jr. High Track Team Competes at No Po

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School track and field team traveled to Northern Potter High School last Wednesday and came away with some good performances.  For the Lady Red Raiders, Natalie Zucal won the 200m in a time of 32.6 seconds.  Taking second places were Hailey Hilfiger […]

CCHS Track Team Competes at North Tier League Meet

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School varsity track and field team traveled to Smethport last Friday for the 2017 North Tier League Championships. The Girls’ event was won by Northern Potter, who finished with team score of 138.  Cameron County finished seventh with 38 points. The boys’ meet […]

Red Raider Baseball Team Wins One of Three

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School varsity baseball team had three road games last week but captured just one victory. After winning big at Northern Potter on Monday they fell at Oswayo Valley on Thursday and Elk County Catholic on Friday. In Ulysses, the Red Raiders scored in […]

Lady Raiders Have Perfect Week

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity softball team had three league road games last week and improved their position for the upcoming District 9 playoffs with wins in all three contests.  They topped Northern Potter on Monday, Oswayo Valley on Thursday and Galeton on […]

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 […]

Bald & Fat Wrestling Tournament Saturday

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor An adult wrestling tournament is being planned to be held at Woodland Elementary School beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. The Bald & Fat Classic (B&FC), organized by Joe Musti of York, is a series of wrestling tournaments “for real men who’ve passed their prime […]

Haskins Charged With Rape of a Child

    A local man has been charged with a number of crimes related to inappropriate contact with a minor in his care. Shane Michael Haskins, age 35, with addresses listed in both Emporium and Port Allegany, has been charged with first-degree felony counts of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent […]

Suspects Charged In Emporium Assault

    Three individuals have been charged following an altercation that took place in the Borough of Emporium earlier this month. Michael E. Hallowell, age 48, Dana Lee Grovanz, age 35, and Christopher James Grovanz, age 37, have each been charged with a felony count of rioting with the intent to commit a felony for […]

Search Warrant Issued In Pettit Rape Investigation

    Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the alleged rape of a minor that occurred in the Emporium Borough last week. A search warrant was obtained through Magisterial District Judge Barry Brown’s office in Emporium following reports of a rape made by a known 15-year-old juvenile female, alleged to have occurred in the downstairs apartment […]

Boro Working With Owners of Blighted Properties

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Emporium Borough officials continue to deal with blighted properties and ordinance violations in town. An action plan was received from Matthew Grimone, of Shippen Township, concerning four downtown properties that were previously addressed through the magistrate, with two of the residential structures possibly slated for demolition, according […]

Volunteer Sizerville Park Cleanup

    Sizerville State Park is looking for volunteers to help beautify the park.  A Volunteer Spring Clean-Up Day will be held Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be doing trail maintenance, winter debris removal, gardening, managing invasive species, litter removal and more.  Lunch will be provided.       

Shaffer Wins Regional Speech Contest

    Mason Shaffer, a Junior at Cameron County High School,  was the first place  winner of the Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest held at the Regional level in Clearfield April 22 with her speech on Girl’s Right to Education.   The 4 Way Speech Contest incorporates the Rotary 4 Way Test: Is it the […]

Fight Against Opioids

    Please join in The Fight Against Opioids, presented by Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., on May 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. Teen scene materials will be set up for adults only. For questions, call 486-0653.    

Senior of the Month

    For the month of April, Emporium Senior Center has designated John Ford as Senior of the Month. John’s favorite color is navy blue and he loves cats. John has lived in Emporium since 1966 and he really appreciates the friendly people. His wisdom for the younger generation is to “Listen to your elders—you […]

May Happenings at the Senior Center

    The Emporium Senior Center has many activities and informational programs planned for the month of May. All are welcome to attend. Friday, May 5th – “Foods to Help Boost Your Memory” at 11:45 a.m. Monday, May 8th – Club meeting at 1 p.m. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Tuesday, May […]

Candidate for Lumber Twp. Supervisor

    My name is James F. (Cowboy) Cackowski and I am announcing my candidacy for Lumber Township Supervisor. I was born and resided in Derry, PA but have been visiting Cameron County my entire life with my family at our camp. In 2010 I made the decision to make Cameron County Lumber Township my […]

Addresses Needed

    The CCHS Class of 1992 is looking for addresses or contact information for the following classmates: Molly Armstrong, Mark Bender, Joe Berry, Teri Coppersmith, Tom Galford, Brett Gibbs, Christy McLaughlin, Steve Luckenbill, Tom Rossman and Stephanie Taylor.   Please contact Holly Manginell at or at 814-558-0517.       

Newton Cemetery Notice

    Please remove all fall and winter floral arrangements, Christmas wreaths, etc. from Newton Cemetery. Spring cleaning at the cemetery is now in progress and your cooperation will be appreciated.    

Alumni Banquet Policy Update

    The EHS/CCHS Alumni Association Board and Planning Committee, after much consideration, have updated the policy regarding attendance requirements for the Annual Alumni Banquet.   Going forward, they have revised the policy to include those individuals who were students of EHS/CCHS through high school and have obtained GED status as eligible to attend the […]

Lancaster Field Trip Cancelled

    The field trip that was planned via the Emporium Senior Center,  to go see “Jonah” at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster has been cancelled.  Unfortunately, the number of interested individuals fell short of the needed goal by about eight people. They may see if there is enough interest again in the […]

Geist Completes Bat House Project

    Cameron Coumty High School Senior, Wyatt Geist constructed three bat houses as part of his senior project. His mentor for the project was Don Bickford of Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities.  Toby Herzing, Forester for Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) initiated the project with CCOYA, who turned it over to […]

CCHS Spring Band Concerts, Art Show

    There’s music in the air at Cameron County School District.  On Tuesday, May 9th the Woodland Elementary Band, Recorders, and Chorus will hold their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium.   There will be an opportunity for audience participation in the last song.  On Thursday, May 11th, the CCHS […]

NTCAC Receives $125,000 Housing Grant

    Five housing projects in the 25th Senatorial District will receive a total of $345,000 to improve availability and affordability of housing, according to Senator Joe Scarnati. In Cameron County Northern Tier Community Action: Cameron County Community and Economic Development Program will receive $125,000. This funding will be used to reduce blight while increasing […]

Local Youth Participate In 4-H Air Rifle Regional Shoot

    Jefferson County 4-H Air Rifle Team recently hosted the 2017 Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle event, held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds  This is an annual event that is open to all 4-H Air Rifle members in the Central Region of Pennsylvania.   Youth from Cameron, Elk, Potter, Jefferson, Centre and Clearfield […]

June Classes Planned at Artisan Center

    Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center is hosting a variety of classes for adults and children.  Repurposing furniture and pottery classes are limited to 10 students each. June 7 will feature Sally Azzato teaching painting techniques on furniture you own.  Students are encouraged to bring small pieces to transform.  Students will […]

‘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 […]