‘Thank You’

  I would like to thank the library and Sue Ramarge. You save me a trip to Pittsburgh  every three months. I have a pacemaker and I can’t send readings over the phone anymore. We don’t have cell service Down County and I have to be able to plug my little box into electric and […]

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 […]

Miller, Lundberg Honored As They Step Down From EFI Board

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Members of Emporium Foundation, Inc. (EFI) board paid tribute Friday to two long-term members who recently stepped down from their positions. Jim Miller and Ed Lundberg, who served for 50 and 47 years, respectively, have stepped down from their duties following nearly a century of service between the […]

Driftwood Boro Votes To Open Roads To ATV Use

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Driftwood Borough roads will soon open to all-terrain vehicles (ATV) following a split decision by borough council during their regular meeting held last Monday evening. Following a lengthy discussion, borough council members Laird Lupro and Misty Lupro voted for the measure, while councilman Randy Bailey voted against. The […]

New Pet Supply Store Opening In Emporium

  A new store will open in Emporium this week offering pet supplies, deliveries, and other items. Paws and Claws Pet Supply will open at 12 1/2 East Fourth Street on July 24, offering pet supplies including food, treats, toys and various pet medications. Owners Emily and John Dubel, of Emporium, plan to offer supplies […]

Sensenig Resigns As Band Director

  The Cameron County School Board will continue to search for a band director following the resignation of music teacher Daniel Sensenig at Thursday night’s meeting. Sensenig has taught at the district for a number of years, directing the high school band throughout his tenure, and more recently adding the Woodland Band, as well. Sensenig […]

Romanowski Charged With Felonies Involving Minor

  An Emporium man has been charged with four felonies following his inappropriate involvement with an underage female. Peter Paul Romanowski, III, age 29, is charged with felonies for corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor—prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility, and promoting prostitution of a minor stemming from alleged communications with an […]

‘Ambulance Fund Raiser’

‘Ambulance Fund Raiser’Cameron County Ambulance Service loves serving our community. We know there has been much reported about how the service is doing and what it will take to keep our ambulance local. We now have some new eyes helping to ensure that will happen. Our board has recently given approval to hold fund raisers […]

‘All in the Name of Progress’

The first domino has fallen. By a two to one council vote, the Borough of Driftwood has passed an ordinance to move forward with plans to allow ATVs and possibly snowmobiles use of streets and roads within the Borough. Lumber, Shippen, and others are expected to now follow suit. All in the name of progress, […]


I so enjoyed Kent Riegel’s article on Sylvania Electric. It struck a special chord with me. I can relate many personal memories connected with the plant that tie in with what Mr. Riegel was reporting. He related that Gladys and Arthur Schultz met through their involvement with the plant. My father, Robert Rinehuls, and mother, […]

Arlita Kandare

(1932-2017) Arlita M. Kandare, 84, of Crosby, passed away on Wednesday (July 12, 2017) at her residence.    

William Mitcheltree

(1943-2017) William A. “Bill” Mitcheltree, 74, of Grant Rd., Ridgway, peacefully passed away on Tuesday (June 27, 2017) after a lengthy illness.  

Patricia Schweikart

(1947-2017) Patricia Ann Schweikart, 70, of St. Marys, formerly of Keating Summit and Brandy Camp, passed away unexpectedly Thursday (July 13, 2017).  

Ernest Wennin

(1922-2017) Ernest S. “Ernie” Wennin, 94, of 31 Wennin Rd., died Tuesday morning (July 11, 2017) at Penn Highlands-DuBois in DuBois.  

Prospect Park Playground Report

  Alyson Rotello – Supervisor Our art classes will be this week, July 18, 19, 20, with Michele Rodich as art teacher from 10 a.m. until noon and also on August 9 and 10 at the same time. We are having our 3rd Annual Dice Run on August 26, which will be supported by ABATE […]

Reunion Reservation Deadline

  Attention Class of 1977: Reservation deadline for the August 12th reunion is July 22. Send reservations to LuAnn Reed, 128 E. 5th St., Emporium, PA 15834.  

Garden Club Meeting

  The July meeting of the Emporium Garden Club will be held on Monday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church Hall. Jill Perry and Pat English, fellow Garden Club members, will be making several kinds of salsa with produce from their gardens. Recipes will be available as well as small jars to […]

Elk County Catholic Yard Sale

  Elk County Catholic High School will hold a Garage Sale to benefit the Class of 2018 on Thursday, July 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elk County Catholic High School Cafeteria.  

Coffee House

  Father Paul & Friends are hosting a coffee house Sunday, July 30. The free event at St. Mark Church features Father Paul, Dave Foote, Feroz Brothers, and Ron Tusing Band. Music begins at 5 p.m.  

Rotary News

  Amy Goode, Program Manager for the Community Education Center of Elk & Cameron counties, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon July 11th. Amy also manages the DISCOVER Partnership program where she is a liaison between the local schools, businesses and communities to educate the young people of our area about the career […]

Simar Pens 12th Book

Naked (Raw) is the 12th book written by local author, Tiffany Simar. Her writings span from 2014 through 2017. Release date is set for August 1, 2017. Naked (Raw) is a book of poetry/lyrics/written pieces, some pieces accompanied by pictures. Simar states, “I believe this book has something for everyone. I believe these are some […]

Sinnemahoning Park Activities

  Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a variety of free family-friendly programs to park visitors this weekend. Bats Around the Home, Friday, July 21, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Campground Amphitheater – Learn about the bats that live in PA and the benefits of having bats around your home. Get information about bat-proofing your house […]

Weekend Fun at Sizerville

  Environmental Education Programs for the Upcoming Weekend at Sizerville State Park. Friday, July 21st 7 p.m. – “Mountaineer Search and Rescue” Join us at the Campground Amphitheater to meet our local search and rescue team. They will discuss who they are, what they do, and what you can do should you find yourself lost […]

Boro Police Warn Of Facebook Military Scam The Emporium Borough Police have received several reports of borough residences being scammed. The latest scams have gone as follows. The person will impersonate a military member overseas. Often times they hack a Facebook page, stealing photos and personal information of the person. The scammer will then message the victim either by Facebook messenger or via text message. They will use the pictures of service members and pose as them and have several techniques they use from there. Victims said they have used the lonely trick and get the victim to either fall for them or feel bad for them. One scammer actually told the victim he is a service member overseas and that due to his/her bank account being hacked they need you to send them money.

Boro Police Warn Of Facebook Military Scam The Emporium Borough Police have received several reports of borough residences being scammed. The latest scams have gone as follows. The person will impersonate a military member overseas. Often times they hack a Facebook page, stealing photos and personal information of the person. The scammer will then message […]

Fund Drive Still Short of Goal

  As of July 14th, the Cameron County Community Chest has collected $17,762 toward its $20,500 goal. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. The Cameron County Community Chest needs additional donors to reach its community goal. The donor base has continued to shrink. New donors are needed. If you have not supported your […]

Camp Cadet Golf Tourney

The 13th Annual Camp Cadet Golf Tournament will be held September 6th at the Emporium Country Club. Golf will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration for the four man scramble is at 8 a.m., and the tournament is limited to the first 32 teams that sign up.  

From the Bleachers

with Rich Summers I have long been an advocate of youth sports, from little league through high school, but in my old age I am starting to wonder if the human body was meant for serious competition. My wife’s recent knee surgery and two knee replacements performed on my old college fraternity brother are reminding […]

Dickinson Center Run, Walk For Wellness

  Dickinson Center Inc. will hold its Seventh Annual Run/Walk Saturday, July 22 at the Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail. The race is an unofficial 5K that winds through the rolling hills of the trail and roads along the Ridgway Borough that will benefit Dickinson’s wellness efforts. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the […]

Dickinson Center Run, Walk For Wellness

  Dickinson Center Inc. will hold its Seventh Annual Run/Walk Saturday, July 22 at the Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail. The race is an unofficial 5K that winds through the rolling hills of the trail and roads along the Ridgway Borough that will benefit Dickinson’s wellness efforts. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the […]

Little League Action

  Monday, July 10 Moose beat Rotary, 5-3. Maddox Baughman was the starting pitcher for Moose and had 10 strikeouts and gave up two walks. Devin Priest came on in relief and struck one batter out. Peyton Hepburn had a double, Maddox Baughman a double, Jameson Britton a single and Maxx Newton a single. Cayden […]

ATV Safety Course

  A Pennsylvania ATV Safety Course (Official Certified PA Course) will be held Saturday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DCNR office, 3150 East Second Street, Coudersport. The course is open to ages 8-15 and participants must have their own ATV. You must preregister by Friday, August 11 by contacting Potter […]

Tentative Date Set For Public Forum To Address Local ATV Trail Concerns

  The Bucktail Watershed Assn. and Residents for Protecting Cameron County Wilds has set a tentative date for a public meeting/forum to address concerns by county residents over the proposed ATV road route through Cameron County. Since the article in last week’s Echo concerning the Watershed Group’s activities, there has been an overwhelming response by […]

Redress of Grievances

by William Crisp In a recent article I explained damage that occurred to the forest from All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). The damage will and does cost taxpayers money. I’ve been wondering why the taxpayers should pay any more money to fix the places that people destroy when recreating. Meanwhile, ATV organizations wanting more access (to […]

Wandering Aimlessly

Whitey with Phil Burkhouse Mary and I are wanderers. We are not world class wanderers, although we have managed to visit Canada a few times and had one adventure to Switzerland that was breathtaking. Most of our wanderings have been in the United States, and we have been fortunate to have explored many of the […]

Wandering Aimlessly

The House Wren by Phil Burkhouse It was the summer of 1976, and Mary, Julie, and I moved from the city life in downtown Emporium to the isolated country life of West Creek. Jessie had yet to put in an appearance, and so the three of us settled into our new house on the edge […]

Restless Souls

by William Crisp “Mother, mother ocean; I can hear your call. I’ve been wanting to sail your waves since I was three feet tall.” Jimmy Buffett. My wife and I are restless souls; we’ve been looking for a home or at least a great vacation spot since we’ve met. In general she likes flat lands […]

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.

Something New Is Brewing

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A new business has started in Emporium to provide high-quality, fair trade coffee roasted and blended right here in Cameron County. Bearded Brewing, LLC came to fruition approximately two months ago, and now offers blends made up of four different types of roasted coffee beans. The company is […]

ATV/UTV Assoc. Continues To Seek Support For Trail System

  Members of the Cameron County ATV/UTV Association held an Open House on Saturday evening at the Emporium Fire Hall to hear citizens’ concerns and dispense information on the group’s ambitions within the county. The association is led by resident Jeff Snell, current owner of the Bear Den in Sterling Run, who has been going […]

Commissioners Closely Watching Efforts To Pass State Budget

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners discussed ongoing efforts by the state legislature to ready a budget and associated bills for the new fiscal yea that began on July 1st. The legislature had yet to pass a budget as of Thursday’s meeting, but the Senate passed a slightly-tweaked version of House […]

50+ Heroin Overdoses In Nearby Counties

  Last week, statements were released by government officials across Pennsylvania’s northern tier warning of a deadly batch of heroin causing overdoses in Lycoming and Tioga counties and the surrounding area. Over a 48-hour period, at least 51 individuals were treated following suspected overdoses to heroin likely laced with fentanyl or carfentanyl, powerful synthetic opioids […]

‘Vitamin Starter List’

Here is your Vitamin Starter List (June 21, 2017) (For your health): Vitamin E – 2-400 IUs gels (antioxidant) (reduces muscle deterioration) Selenium – 2-200mcg tabs (powerful antioxidant) (prevents cancer)  

‘Wishing Great Success for Hygrade B&B’

What a wonderful article you had in the June 21 edition of the Echo concerning the new venture of the Hygrade B&B. I wish all the people involved great success. It will be wonderful to see that old home restored to its former beauty that as a kid I just would go by and stand […]

Gretta Sitnik

(1925-2017) Gretta Jean (Shafer) Sitnik, better known as Jean or Topsy to friends and family, was called by our Lord on Tuesday (June 27, 2017).  

Kathryn Stuckey

(1922-2017) Kathryn L. “Kay” Stuckey, 94, of Odin, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday (June 24, 2017) in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness  

Roy Smith

(1928-2017) Roy Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday (June 25, 2017) at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home.  

Thomas Thompson

(1939-2017) Thomas A. “Tommy” Thompson, 78, of 112 Armory Blvd., Lewisburg, died Sunday (June 25, 2017) at 9:47 p.m. at his home.  

ABATE Meeting

  Endless Mt. Chapter 34 A.B.AT.E. monthly meeting will be held Saturday, July 8th at Emporium Moose at 11 a.m. Also, a reminder of Bike Night next Wednesday, July 12th at Driftwood Saloon from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., open jukebox and pool table, food and drink specials. A custom made Triumph Bike, made for […]

Playground Report

  Prospect Park – Alyson Rotello Prospect Park Playground had a turnout of 52 kids on the second week of its opening. Michele Rodich, an art teacher, had three days of arts and crafts for the kids to participate in. We had a tennis ball tournament on Friday, which climaxed the record setting week. Our […]

First Baptist To Host VBS

  The First Baptist Church of Emporium will be hosting Maker Fun Factory VBS from July 16-20 with a special closing program on July 21. Bring the kids each evening from 6:00 to 8:30. Children from ages three to sixth grade are welcome to join in the fun. Each evening will begin with Sound Wave […]

Chicken, Rib BBQ Fundraiser

  A fund-raiser to benefit the children of Ryan Zoschg (all proceeds go towards their college fund) will be held July 22nd at the Emporium Moose. Chicken and Rib BBQ will be available until sold out, followed by Moonshine Outlaws at 9 p.m. with a $5.00 cover charge.  

Weekend Fun at Sizerville Park

  Come join us at Sizerville State Park as we explore the outdoors and the critters that call the park home! The following programs will be offered this weekend: Saturday, July 8th 2 p.m. “Amazing Animal Adaptations!” Do you know what an adaptation is or how animals use them? If you answered no, then you […]

Vacation Bible School

  Are the kids already whining that they’re bored and there’s nothing fun to do? Wanna put “s’more” Family Fun in your summer? Have we got an idea for you…. Vacation Bible School is coming to the First United Methodist Church of Emporium Monday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 11th. Registration will begin at 5 […]

Pasture Walk

  The Cameron County Conservation District will be holding the 2nd Annual Pasture Walk on July 19th at the Steve and Laura Zoschg Farm, located on Britton Hill, in Emporium. This event is free with eligible participants receiving one core pesticide credit. A picnic will start off the event at 5:30 p.m. with guest speakers […]

STEM Backpacks Available at Library

  The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is offering backpacks from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries to provide STEM materials and books for young children (preschool) and their adults to enjoy. The funds that provided the backpacks were made available through the Cruise into Kindergarten initiative. Each backpack focuses on a […]

Playground in the Wilds

  Partnering with three other organizations Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) recently coordinated a Playground in the Wilds program for the Cameron County Recreation Center. The young people who attended the program at South Park Playground were introduced to four interesting programs. Cameron County Conservation District’s Administrative Assistant, Jenn Dixon discussed bears. The students […]

Camp Cadet Golf Tourney

  The 13th Annual Camp Cadet Golf Tournament will be held September 6th at the Emporium Country Club. Golf will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration for the four man scramble is at 8 a.m., and the tournament is limited to the first 32 teams that sign up. Cost for members is […]

Little League Action

  Tuesday, June 27 Foundation took K of C, 18-7 Eastyn Solveson was starting pitcher for 1 inning, gave up 2 hits, 3 walks, and had 3 strikeouts. Aiden Jones came on in relief for 1 2/3 innings, gave up 1 hit, 1 walk, and had 5 strikeouts. Treyton Tucker pitched in relief 1 1/3 […]

From the Bleachers

with Rich Summers First, congratulations go out to Gregg Fritz, former golfer at St. Marys Area and Slippery Rock University and most recently the golf pro at Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville. Fritz was just named women’s’ golf coach at Clarion University. Gregg retired from his position at Pinecrest after last season and had both […]

Alle-Catts Play Exhibition Games With Crosby Mud Hens

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Emporium Alle-Catt baseball team was not adjusting to their first season after the league disbanded so last Sunday they traveled to Smethport for an exhibition doubleheader with the Crosby Mud Hens. Crosby won both ends of the twin bill by scores of 8-2 and 10-3. In the […]

GKN Senior League Softball Team Finishes Season Unbeaten

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Senior League GKN softball team collected two wins last week to complete the season with a record of 8-0. “Eldred was 11-0 but unfortunately, neither team could field a squad on their scheduled days.” said GKN Coach Ralph McKimm. “It would’ve been a great game. […]

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.

Hygrade Inn, Restoring a Piece of Local History

by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor An Open House has been planned to give community members an opportunity to see the new Hygrade Inn Bed & Breakfast prior to restoration efforts. “We are holding an Open House because we want people to see the house before we start. Most people have never seen the inside […]

Richardson Resigns as School Board President

The Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors held an unscheduled meeting on Thursday evening to make additional personnel changes. Member Robert Lininger addressed assembled “anybody who thinks the decisions made last week were made lightly. Sadly, it had to be done,” he said, referring to the firing of two teachers and the move […]

Programs To Benefit Veterans Discussed at Commissioners Meeting

by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Regional Veterans Career Employment Representative Byron Sutton presented information on programs to benefit veterans and businesses where veterans are employed during the Cameron County Commissioners meeting held Thursday in Emporium. Sutton is currently working with county Veterans Affairs’ (VA) directors from the four-county region made up of Cameron, Elk, […]

Woman Charged With Endangering Children

A Cameron County resident has been charged in Clearfield County after being found unconscious with two children in her care. Nicole Marie Whitmore, age 30, of Emporium, has been charged with two misdemeanors each of charges of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person following an incident that occurred last week in […]

The Bair Family’

  Kent, Re your note in Trivia May 31st and the Bair family: We lived next door to the house at Poplar and Fifth – the Hoffman family bought that house and I remember them showing me a collection of pictures they inherited with the house that were taken by Mr. Bair of Cameron County […]

‘In Sympathy’

  I would like to express my feelings to the family of Maxine George, and in the past, David, Elayne and Mickey as part of the McManigle family. I now live in St. Louis. My sister, Miriam, is the mother of the above.

Daniel Pellam

  (1979-2017) Daniel Jacob Pellam, 37, passed away suddenly on (June 1, 2017) in the loving presence of his family at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jay Ward

(1962-2017) Jay Ward passed away unexpectedly on (June 10, 2017) in Akron, Ohio at the age of 54.