Pearl Kline

  (1944-2018) Pearl I. Kline, 74, of 298 S. Mountain Rd., died at her residence in Emporium on Saturday morning (April 21, 2018).  

Donald Palmer

  (1933-2018) Donald E. Palmer, 84, of 178 S. Mountain Rd., Emporium, died at Penn Highlands-DuBois, DuBois on Saturday morning (April 21, 2018)  following a brief illness.  

Jimmie Baker

  (1948-2018) Jimmie C. Baker, 69, of 1872 Gardeau Rd., Austin, died at Penn Highlands-DuBois in DuBois on Friday afternoon (April 20, 2018).  

Linda Cobb

(1953-2018) Linda D. Cobb, 64, of West Fifth Street, died Thursday (April 19, 2018) in her home.  

James Coppersmith

  (1928-2018) James D. Coppersmith, 89, of 200 W. Seventh Street, died at Guy and Mary Felt Manor on Thursday morning (April 19, 2018) following a lengthy illness.  

HOME SWEET HOME – Workmen assembled a modular home on West Fifth St. in Emporium in recent weeks. The Northern Tier Community Action Corp. project will soon become affordable housing for a qualified low income family. The single story dwelling has three bedrooms and two baths and is designed to be energy efficient.    

Borough Discusses ‘Alley’ Access

    Emporium Borough officials met informally last week to discuss, among other things, a right-of-way issue involving property owners along a narrow alley leading from Broad St. to Wood St. The owners and operators of a soft ice cream business at Wood and 4th Sts. are seeking public access through the alley to a […]

It’s the ‘Little Things’ That Come With A Fire

    It’s just hours since you’ve lost your home to a fire. The initial shock is starting to wear off and now the grim reality of total loss is starting to set in. Insurance will cover the structure and most of its contents. It’s the little things that are gone that start to add […]

Emporium Inmate Charged With Jailhouse Assault

    An Emporium man jailed on felony drug-related charges is accused of attacking a co-defendant in his case while the two were housed at the McKean County Jail. Gregory Burdick, age 32, allegedly assaulted co-defendant Darren David Donovan, age 25, of Emporium, during the afternoon of April 5. Police allege that Burdick approached his […]

Firemen Had Little Chance Of Halting Borough Blaze

    by Bruce Whitman First responders had little to no chance of saving any of the properties involved in an early Sunday morning fire on April 8 in Emporium. An apartment house and a private residence at 541 E. Allegheny Ave. were destroyed in the fast moving inferno. In addition, a vacant building across […]

Affordable Housing Home Constructed In Emporium Boro

    by Bruce Whitman The Northern Tier Community Action Corp. has taken a major step in addressing Cameron County’s need for affordable housing. In recent weeks a brand new modular home  was erected at 236 West Fifth St. in Emporium. It’s the current showcase in Northern Tier’s efforts to insure that residents with limited […]

School Board Looking For Ways To Cut Budget

    by Amanda Jones Members of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors continue to look into ways to cut additional expenditures from the proposed budget. As of last week, expenditures were still expected to come in at more than $360,000 over the amount expected to be received through taxes, state funding […]

Applications Accepted For Workforce Solutions Internship Program

    Workforce Solutions for North Central PA, Inc. was awarded funding from the PA Department of Labor and Industry to support the 2018 State/Local Internship Program (PA SLIP) in our six county region of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties. This region has experienced a significant population loss over the past 18 […]

Gun Club Meeting

    A membership meeting of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse on Sizer Run Road. On the agenda will be the drawing of raffle tickets and club news. Our local game warden will be there with game commission news and to […]

Garden Club To Meet

    The April meeting of the Emporium Garden Club will be held on Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Members will submit landscape designs for the garden in front of the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library.  The area is 32 feet wide by 4 feet deep.  Ideas […]

Blood Drive Exceeds Goal

    The American Red Cross Blood Drive was held at Emporium American Legion Post 194 on Thursday, April 12th, with 36 productive donations and five deferrals.  Goal for the day was 30, so they had a very good day! Congratulations go out to the donors who received milestone pins:  Robert “Bunny” McLean received a […]

New on the Shelves of the Public Library

    New on the shelves at the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library April 2018: Get Off Your Acid: 7 steps in 7 days to lose weight, fight inflammation, and reclaim your health & energy, by Dr. Daryl Gioffre The Spectrum of Hope: An optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer’s Disease & other dementias, by […]

St. Mark, St. James Parish Mission

    Sunday, April 22nd at 6 p.m.,  the St. Mark/St. James Parish Mission begins, conducted by Redemptorist, Fr. Eugene O’Reilly. Mark your calendar and come! Fr. O’Reilly will join everyone for the Saturday evening Masses and will preach at the Sunday Mass to share with you the benefits of attending a Mission. Fr. O’Reilly […]

Perfect Weather For This Year’s Fish Fest

    The annual Salt Run Youth Fish Fest was a huge success. Both the weather and fish cooperated this year with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Sponsored by Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA), there were over 230 youth registered at this year’s event. The event provides children ages 12 years old and under […]

Shippen Has Illegal Dumping Problem

    by Amanda Jones The gate leading to the Shippen Township municipal building property must be locked evenings and weekends due to illegal drop-offs of refuse items. Several weeks ago, several mattresses and other large items were placed into a dumpster, filling it to overflowing, without paying the required fees. As there were no […]

Bird’s Eye View

  by Randy ‘Bird’ Horning   Well, finally the weather has started to cooperate with us and the Emporium Country Club has opened up. Friday and Saturday were absolutely beautiful days and then Sunday came and brought us right back to late fall or early winter. We did manage to get the Men’s Sunday Scramble […]

From the Bleachers

  with RichSummers   The baseball and softball teams finally got on the field and with the change of the Port Allegany games to home games on Tuesday there were three days to spend at the Cameron County Little League. Although the weather on Tuesday was frigid, the Thursday and Friday games were played in […]

Lady Raider Track Team Tops Port, Oswayo

      by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider track and field team had a meet last Tuesday with Port Allegany and Oswayo Valley at Port Allegany High School. The Lady Red Raiders beat the Lady Green Wave 85-45 and the Lady Gators 89-61. The Red Raider boys’ […]

Lady Raider Softball Team Opens Season

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo After a long delay featuring wild weather the Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity softball team began their 2018 season last week with three home contests. CCHS won their opener against Port Allegany on Tuesday and dropped a second league game to Smethport on Thursday […]

Bauer Tosses No Hitter As Raiders Win Two of Three

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity had three games last week and was able to win two of the contests. On Tuesday CCHS topped Port Allegany and on Thursday they bested Smethport, but on Friday they dropped a game to Brockway. In a game switched […]

Joan Keniston

  (1935-2018) Joan Elizabeth Keniston, 83, of Howard Siding, died Tuesday (April 3, 2018) at her daughter’s home in South Chesterfield, VA following a lengthy illness.      

‘This Event Will Probably Die’

  Kent, Just got back from paddling about 300 miles in Florida and am catching up on my newspaper reading. Reference your article in the 3/14 Echo. The canoe event actually started in 1972 with a group of local paddlers. Then in 1974 it became a “REAL” race – trophies and all. I’ve paddled all […]

‘Point; Counterpoint’

    In general, whenever a valid point is made there is often an equally valued counterpoint. So if that seems to be an intro to a few issues I want to address, you will understand that my intention is not to belittle another person’s point of view. So, when it comes to conservation issues […]

‘Memoirs of West Ward Elementary School’

  I so enjoy Kent Riegel’s Trivia column, as he brings to mind, for me, precious memories of Emporium. In his March 14th column he poses a question regarding who the teachers were at West Ward Elementary. I can proudly say that I remember them well. During my years in the first, second, and third […]

‘What Happened to Easter?’

  We wonder what happened to our town, so what happened to Easter? Gone are the days when we wore pretty dresses to church (no pants) and hats and gloves. Little girls wore a new outfit with a bonnet to Sunday School. I still have my mother’s pink hat!  

Da Beard

  by William Crisp   The only hair rule more steadfast than undercover cops must grow ponytails is that sportsmen must have beards. There have been times over my time of employment with two different outfits where I purposely looked like someone I was not. During those times I’ve been chastised professionally because it is […]

Life at the Duck Blind

Wandering Aimlessly   by Phil Burkhouse   My entire life I have lived in awe of our most beautiful duck, the wood duck.  Our Big Woods critters, other than my wife, that I feel a kindred affection for include deer, bear, turkeys, grouse, and the woody.  Each of these critters truly belongs to the Big […]

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 […]