RAGING INFERNO – An early Sunday morning fire is shown raging in an apartment building and adjacent residential home located on East Allegheny Avenue in Emporium. Five departments from three counties battled the blaze and remained on scene for nearly eight hours. Seven people were left homeless by the fire and are being assisted by […]

Fire Destroys Apartments, Home

    by Bruce Whitman An apartment building and a single private residence were destroyed by fire early this past Sunday morning in Emporium. Five fire companies from three counties responded to the blaze with the first dispatch coming at 12:53 a.m. The blaze is believed to have started in one of four apartments in […]

Canoe Classic Turns Out To Be ‘Cool’ Event

    Paddlers in the 44th annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic had to take the good with the bad, The good for Saturday’s event was near perfect water conditions. The bad was bitter cold conditions. Temperatures were in the mid-30s under a pale April sun and brisk breezes. “The event went well,” said […]

Two Additional Defendants Charged In Connection With Wallin Drug Case

    Two additional defendants have been charged in connection with an ongoing drug investigation in the Borough of Emporium. Last weekend, charges were filed against Kurt Wallin, age 50, of Emporium, following information received by members of the Emporium Borough Police Department (EBPD) while conducting a traffic stop on unknown individuals. That traffic stop […]

Bundy Charged With Escaping Courthouse

    On Friday, an Austin woman being arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit several drug-related crimes escaped from custody but was apprehended a short time later. Kortney Leigh Bundy, age 28, was awaiting finalization of her preliminary arraignment on felony charges of conspiracy to commit possession of controlled substances and related counts when […]

Commissioners Name Two To Planning Board

    Cameron County’s Board of Commissioners last Thursday approved two appointments to the county’s Planning Commission. Ann Horning and Ray Schneider will each serve six year terms on the board, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. Commissioners approved a lease agreement with the Cameron County School District on behalf of the county’s Family Center. Approval […]

ABATE Meeting

    Endless Mountains ABATE chapter meeting will be held Saturday, April 14th at 11 a.m. at the Emporium Moose Club. Riding season is here so why not come out and see what they are doing.  Rides and events are being planned now and they encourage current and new members to join them at their […]

Safe Driving Course

    The Emporium Senior Center will be holding a Seniors for Safe Driving Course on Thursday, April 19th. The cost for the class is $15/AARP Members or $20/Non-Members. The class enables you to receive up to 5% off of your insurance payments for three years. Check with your insurance company to see if there […]

March Realty Transfers

    Following are the Cameron County secured real estate transactions for March. Edward P. Bailey conveyed property in Shippen Township to Ronald Barker for $141,000. Albert A. Hallman; Gibson Township; Richard G. Carl; $1.00. Joan E. Sarokon; Shippen Township; Charles N. Sarokon; $1.00. Raymond A. Housler; Shippen Township; Steven F. Manginell; $120,000. Steven F. […]

Driftwood Sr. Center Open For Fishing Season Kick-Off

    Remember to stop at the Driftwood Senior Center on Saturday, April 14th – First day of fishing season. Breakfast sandwiches, homemade cream of potato soup, goodies and much more for breakfast and lunch. Your support is apprecia  

Newton Cemetery Notice

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

Senior Center April Happenings

    Upcoming happenings at the Emporium Senior Center. All are welcome to attend. Wednesday, April 11th – Water Program at 9 a.m. with Donna Thomas from Cole. Friday, April 13th – National Scrabble Day, Mini Tournament after lunch. If you have never played, it’s a great time to come and try it out. Sunday, […]

Historical Society Kicks Off Spring Season

    Cameron County Historical Society kicks off its spring season by hosting author Dr. Paul Kahan. He will present his latest book, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy at the VFW Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Coming from the Philadelphia area, Dr. Kahan is a well-known and respected […]

Country Blessings Open For Business

    Country Blessings wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those in the community who joined them at their grand reopening. It was great to have so many of their friends turn out. Prom is May 5 and Country Blessings has a good selection of Prom-appropriate dresses reasonably priced from $10 to $20. […]

Sinnemahoning St. Park Welcomes Spring’s Arrival

    Spring has finally sprung at Sinnemahoning State Park!  The peepers are peeping, baby eagles are hatching, and the songbirds are calling.  Soon fishing and camping seasons will begin!  Welcome, dear spring, we have missed you! To celebrate the return of spring, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a variety of programs this month. Opening […]

Chili Cook Off Sunday

    The Emporium Senior Center is hosting an “Open Mic Chili Cook Off” on Sunday, April 15th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For only $3.00, come try all of the chili varieties and vote for your favorite. There is still time to sign up. If you would like to enter the competition with […]

Historical Book on First Fork Available

    A new book is available from the Cameron County Historical Society. First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek was researched by Glenda (Neenan) Card and was written by Dianne (Connelly) DeShong. This book is packed full of the earliest history of the First Fork, primarily Cameron County; although, when history and families connected to […]

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Sinnemahoning State Park

    Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Tracy Zupich as manager of Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron and Potter counties. “Tracy brings a rich mix of enthusiam, qualifications and professional background to her Sinnemahoning assignment,” Dunn said. “Her public relations skills can only enhance visitor experience […]

Woodland Honors List

    Following is the 3rd Nine Weeks Awards List for Woodland Elementary School: Grade 5 Mrs. Rose Tompkins Honors (All A’s and B’s) Landon Farren, Nicholas Streich Mrs. Ream High Honors (All A’s) Emma Bennett, Janelle Sidelinger Honors Nicole Hockey, Kaylee Hostetlar, Kelsie Kearney, Jakob Narby, Taylor Small, Lauryn Uber, Benjamin Williams Mr. Wennin […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   There is nothing more disappointing than looking forward to something only to have it postponed by weather. Multiply that by six and you have last week as the Red Raider sports teams were zero for six, a big fat doughnut versus Pennsylvania’s April weather. I apologize for encouraging the sports […]

Hurray! Hurray! It’s Opening Day!

    Upcoming this Saturday will be the end and the beginning of the season which never ends. It’ll be marked by celebrating its second opening day for the same species over two separate consecutive weekends. If that seems confusing, ask an outdoor writer to explain it; if you can find one. Even after all […]

‘Tis a Busy April

Wandering Aimlessly   by Phil Burkhouse   Mentored Youth Fishing day, last Saturday, dawned snowy and a balmy 25 degrees.  I knew Big Jake was going to drive and mentor the Bear, and that was a scary thought.  Jake is 17 and can’t fish as a youth, but he could fish and mentor Wes.  Wes […]

Regina Smith

  (1924-2018) Regina Kuntz Smith, 93, of East Fourth Street, died Thursday (April 5, 2018) at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor.  

Harriet Stolz

  (1941-2018) Harriet M. Stolz, 76, of Guy and Mary Felt Manor, formerly of Huckleberry Circle, died at the Manor on Monday morning (April 9, 2018)  following a lengthy illness.  

Arthur Clark

  (1931-2018) Arthur T. Clark, 86, of Guy and Mary Felt Manor, formerly of Old West Creek Rd., died at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, on Sunday night (April 1, 2018).  

Grace Simms

  (1945-2018) Grace M. Simms, 72, of 128 Simms Lane, Austin, died at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, on Tuesday night (April 3, 2018).

Cassie Frey (left), Marissa Doud, Lia Inman (right) were the top three place winners, respectively, in Emporium Rotary Club’s 4-Way Speech Contest. The final round of the local competition also included Dalton Ball, Cameron Harrier, Hannah Shaffer, and Logan Harpster.  

Once Again Gold Fever Takes Over Dents Run

    by Bruce Whitman Gold fever has once again broken out in the remote mountainous forest lands of Elk and Cameron counties. WJAC-TV of Johnstown fired up a renewal of a 155-year-old legend of lost gold last week when it reported federal and state agency representatives and a treasure hunter were conducting activities in […]

Seven Students Advance to Rotary Finals

    by Amanda Jones Seven students advanced to the local finals round of the Emporium Rotary’s 4-Way Speech Competition held last week, which determined which student advances to the Regional round in April. Nine students entered the first round of competition, held in February. From those nine, six typically advance, but as sixth and […]

New Mayor On the Block On Crash Learning Course

    by Bruce Whitman What started out as a search for a new challenge has turned into a crash course in government for Justin M. Zimmer. Justin, 36, took office as mayor of Emporium in January, replacing long time mayor and public servant Bruno Carnovale. “When Bruno retired as mayor, I decided to become […]

Boro To Adopt Parking Ban

    Emporium Borough Council is expected to adopt an ordinance clearing up a parking issue on 6th Street Extended at its April 2 meeting. The new ordinance comes as a result of citizen concerns over on street parking creating a traffic issue. Parking vehicles in the immediate area can create a situation where emergency, […]

Elk State Forest Proposed Road Projects

    Listed below are the proposed state forest road projects for 2018.  Ridge Road pipe replacement and drainage work Montour Road pipe replacement and drainage work Short Bend pipe replacement and drainage work Lower Lick Island pipe replacement and drainage work Red Run Road DSA paver placement Dents Run Road pipe replacement West Hicks […]

Vets Club Elects Officers

    On March 13th at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Cameron County Vets Club, the annual vote of new board members and election of officers was held. Elected to the board for the 2018-2019 year were Fred Housler, Barry Sarick, Joe Jones, Jim Pellam, Steve Summerson and Thomas Richards. The following were elected […]

Sinnemahoning Egg Hunt

    The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 31st at the Sinnemahoning Recreation Park, with registration beginning at 9:30. The hunt starts at 10:00. There will be plenty of eggs to find, and the Easter Bunny will be there to have your picture taken with. A hot dog, chips and drink […]

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

  The annual Cameron County Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31 at the Cameron County Little League Complex on Sizerville Road. The egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. sharp; don’t be late! Typically, it only takes the kids a few minutes to clear out a ballfield full of candy. Children […]

Ham, Turkey Raffle

    The Nam Knights Allegheny Mountain Chapter will hold a Ham and Turkey Raffle March 24th at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds from this event will go to the Chapter’s Scholarship Fund. Past years the Chapter has sponsored a $1,000 scholarship; their goal is to sponsor a second scholarship for a Tech […]

National Fuel Employees Carry Identification

National Fuel reminds its customers that company representatives always carry photo identification. When visiting your home, if the representative’s identification card is not visibly noticeable, you should ask to see it. If you are suspicious of the reason given for visiting your home or you have questions, please contact National Fuel at 1-800-365-3234 to verify […]

River, Road Clean-Up

    Several local organizations will be coming together for our Annual River and roadside clean-up on Sunday, March 25th, and volunteers are needed.  This is a great opportunity to help make our area even more beautiful. You can choose to help clean the Driftwood Branch Stream or clean the roadway along Rt. 120.  To […]

Bake Sale

    As part of this year’s Giving Back, Giving Together initiative to support libraries and literacy, Citizens & Northern Emporium branch will hold a baked goods sale on Friday, March 23rd in their lobby (135 E. 4th St.) starting at 10 a.m. until sold out. Any monetary donations collected will stay within OUR community, […]

Alliance Church Easter Egg Hunt

    Children of the community are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Emporium. All children ages infant through grade 6 are invited to come and join the fun. The egg hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at the Alliance Church […]

Ladies’ Conference

    A morning of worship, teaching, testimony, and special music will center around the theme “Redemption” at the Spring Ladies’ Conference on Saturday, March 24th, from 9 a.m. to noon.  The annual event will take place at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Sizerville Road, and all women are warmly invited.   Speakers […]

Bridge Replacement Underway On Moore Hill

    Work to replace a bridge on Moore Hill Road (Route 3001) in Cameron County got underway March 12, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The bridge spans West Creek about five miles west of Emporium in the village of Howard. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Cameron […]

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   WILDFIRES As a Forest Fire Warden for over 30 years, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires. Please consider the following: Wildfire season begins in March and lasts until green vegetation takes over the landscape. • Compost yard […]

Road Nomads

  by William Crisp   “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness I agree with Ursula. On hunting and fishing trips, the journey is as fun as the destination. While travelling with […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Robins, Sumac and Gold by Phil Burkhouse   Last week’s wanderings were concentrated in the down county area where we did a little horn hunting and continued to enjoy the waterfowl migration.  On Thursday Mary and I heard honking from high in the sky and were thrilled to see a large V of tundra […]

Jr. High Raiders Win One Of Three Last Week

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider basketball team had three games last week and came away with one win. On Monday they defeated Oswayo Valley but lost at Port Allegany on Wednesday and to Otto- Eldred on Saturday. Against Oswayo Valley, the Red Raiders sprinted […]

Yang Win Helps Penn State Tennis Defeat Pitt

    Penn State Altoona men’s tennis cruised to a 9-0 victory over Pitt-Greensburg on Sunday afternoon in the Lions’ Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference home opener at the Gorilla House Gym. Penn State Altoona (2-0, 2-0 AMCC) opened the day’s match by staking out a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles play. The duo of Logan […]

Lady Raider Hoop Club Holds Annual Banquet

    The Lady Raider Hoop Club hosted the players and parents Tuesday, March 13th, at the CCHS Cafeteria.  After an excellent meal served by the Aroma Restaurant, everyone enjoyed watching the season highlight film.   Afterward, awards were presented as follows: Kamme Guisto: Hustle and Leadership Awards Alyvia McKimm: Leading Scorer and Highest Free […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   Watching Nate Sestina playing for Bucknell in the NCAA tournament on Friday night was a great thrill for our community and especially for those of us who watched him through his high school career. I can still see him coming to the scorer’s table as a freshman to check into […]

Judith Sherman

  (1943-2018) Judith A. Sherman, 74, of Clover Rest Home, Columbia, New Jersey, formerly of Newfield, NY and Emporium, died at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg, New Jersey on Wednesday morning (March 14, 2018).   

Joseph Watson

  (1939-2018) Joseph Damon Watson, 79, of Austin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle was called home on Friday (March 16, 2018) after a valiant and good fight.    

Walter Lewis

  (1946-2018) Walter V. Lewis, age 71, of Sabinsville, died on Saturday (March 17, 2018).    

Judith Sherman

  (1943-2018) Judith A. Sherman, 74, of Clover Rest Home, Columbia, New Jersey, formerly of Newfield, NY and Emporium, died at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg, New Jersey on Wednesday morning (March 14, 2018).     

NEW OWNERSHIP – New hands are now filling cones and dishes with soft serve ice cream on Fourth Street in Emporium. Cindy Summerson and Annette Smith have taken over ownership of the former B.B.’s Eats & Treats across the street from the Emporium Post Office. Now Twisted Sisters, the business will be open 11 a.m. […]

Three Charged Following Local Meth Bust

    Three Cameron County residents have been arrested after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the Emporium Borough last Wednesday, March 7th. According to information on file at Magisterial District Justice Barry Brown’s office in Emporium, police visited the residence at 60 Sycamore Street while attempting to locate Darren Donovan, age […]

Driftwood’s Water System Steadily Being Improved

    by Bruce Whitman An update on upgrades to Driftwood Borough’s water system was provided to Cameron County Commissioners during their Thursday (March 8) meeting. Joe Williams, former Driftwood mayor, said crucial work on the system is moving along. After leaving office, Williams stayed on to coordinate work on the public water system that […]

Rep. Glenn Thompson To Visit Local School

    by Amanda Jones Students at the Woodland Elementary School will receive a visit from U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson (R-Bellefonte) later this month, which will include a question-and-answer session with fifth and sixth graders. Cameron County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe discussed the visit with school board members during the regular board […]

Local VFW Cash Bash A Success For Charities

    by Amanda Jones The Cameron County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary recently hosted its annual Cash Bash fundraiser, which was held at the Vets Club in Emporium last Saturday. The Auxiliary supports a number of Cameron County organizations utilizing money raised during the event. “It’s great to see a small town come […]

Causer Running For 9th House Term

    by Bruce Whitman Rep. Martin Causer has announced he’s running for a 9th term in the state House of Representatives. Causer represents Cameron, McKean counties and most of Potter County in the 67th Legislative District. A resident of Turtlepoint, Causer has appeared regularly in Emporium to meet with borough and county residents. In […]

Community Chest Needs Your Help To Reach Fund Goal

    As of March 12th, the Cameron County Community Chest has collected $11,486 toward its $20,100 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 […]

Easter Eggs For Sale

    The Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church once again is selling their traditional Chocolate  Easter Eggs.  They are quarter pound eggs in the flavors of Vanilla, Peanut Butter and Coconut.   The eggs are priced at $3.00 each. To place an order please call Linda Burrows 546-2312 or Diane Ball 546-2021.  The eggs can be […]

Sunday Bingo

    Mark your calendar for March 18 at 1 p.m. for a relaxing afternoon of Bingo at the Emporium Senior Center.  Food will be available.Come out and have a try at some of their new games including a Big Jackpot.    

Something’s Fishy In Driftwood

    It is that Fishy time of year again. Wayne Johnson is busy hand painting chocolate trout and every fisherman and woman would love one in their Easter basket.   Chocolate fish are available for $3.00 each and they also have their tradition Old Foagie Smiles for only $1.00 each.    Awesome chocolate with […]

Youth Wild Game Dinner A Huge Success

    The Youth Wild Game Dinner sponsored by Emporium Alliance Church, Cameron County Long Beards Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities was a huge success.  The event was focused on providing a fun family atmosphere where both young people and adults could try a wide variety of wild […]

Registration Underway For Administrative Professional Day

    Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center is hosting the annual Administrative Professional Day on Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   This year Cherie Miller from CDH Designs will answer questions about kitchen and bath renovations, Mary Kay McLean will teach a make-it take-it class and Aroma Café […]

Senior Center Happenings

    Emporium Senior Center has many interesting and fun activities and programs coming up during the month of March.   All are welcome.  Tuesday, March 20th – Community Nurse Day. Free Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a short program about Calcium following. Wednesday, March 21st – Bring yourself […]

Sinnemahoning Egg Hunt

    The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 31st at the Sinnemahoning Recreation Park, with registration beginning at 9:30. The hunt starts at 10:00. There will be plenty of eggs to find, and the Easter Bunny will be there to have your picture taken with. A hot dog, chips and drink […]

Ham, Turkey Raffle

    The Nam Knights Allegheny Mountain Chapter will hold a Ham and Turkey Raffle March 24th at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds from this event will go to the Chapter’s Scholarship Fund. Past years the Chapter has sponsored a $1,000 scholarship; their goal is to sponsor a second scholarship for a Tech […]

Food Pantry

    The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, March 21,  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. Call 486-1161, ext. 269, with any questions

Open Mic, Chili Cook Off

    Do you love to cook Chili, eat Chili, or listen to music while watching other people eat Chili?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this event may be for you!  The Emporium Senior Center is hosting an “Open Mic Chili Cook Off” on Sunday, April 15th from 1 p.m. to […]