Howling at the Moon

by William Crisp The season has drawn nigh. It is the eve of deer season and so conversations have turned to deer wherever I go. It would be a glorious time if it wasn’t for the fact that they are the same old conversations I’ve had for decades and decades. Guys who predicted deer “eradication” […]

Ear-Tagged Deer Result In Charges, Conviction

  The investigation into the origin of two ear-tagged deer euthanized recently in Elk County has resulted in a conviction. A 56-year-old Ridgway man pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to two counts of disturbing wildlife after reporting he’d handled the deer, saying both were wild and he tagged them in separate years while they were fawns. […]

Raiders Drop Opener To Curwensville

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team began the 2017 season last Friday night but fell to the Curwensville Golden Tide 38-8 in an Allegheny Mountain League crossover game played in Emporium. Leading 12-0 at the half, the visitors used a power running game to […]

Pony, Peewee Storm Teams Win Three of Four

  Storm Football results from August 19th: The Pony team beat Otto Nippers 25-0. Lathan Reed controlled the game with 90 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Our young linemen dominated the game, giving Josh Smith plenty of time to throw for 120 yards to numerous receivers. Maddox Baughman had 80 yards rushing with a TD […]

Bird’s Eye View

by Randy ‘Bird’ Horning Mother Nature was the winner last Tuesday as the Emporium Country Club’s Ladies’ Tuesday League was rained out. The Ladies’ Thursday scramble was won by the team of Marie Fannin, Linda Slyder, Deanna Tronetti and Connie Jones with a score of 39. (Connie: There is no mention of Harry in this […]

From the Bleachers

with Rich Summers Our fantasy football draft was held on Saturday night and retired CCHS teacher Tom Glosek made the trek back to Emporium for the annual event. Tom related to me that on July 6th he accompanied his daughter, Julia, a CCHS graduate, to the Pirates-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The […]

Karen Ferut

(1951-2017) Karen A. Ferut, 66, of Maple Ave., DuBois, died Saturday (Aug. 26, 2017) at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, due to complications from open heart surgery.  

Diane Dynda

Diane Lee Dynda, formerly of Austin, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at her home in Spring, Texas on (May 29, 2017) at the age of 69.  

Dorothy Brown

(1925-2017) Dorothy L. Grovanz Brown, 91, of Maple Street Apartments, 40 W. 5th St., died Thursday morning (Aug. 24, 2017) at her residence.  

Nora Clark

(1929-2017) Nora E. Clark, 87, of Ridgmont Assisted Living, Ridgway, formerly of Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, died Tuesday morning (Aug. 22, 2017) at Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility, Ridgway.  

Ann Prosper

(1948-2017) Ann Prosper, 68, of 421 Shirley Lane, Oakdale, formerly of Emporium, died Wednesday morning (Aug. 23, 2017) at Citizens Care in Oakdale.  

‘Think About the Pros and Cons’

I have been watching the latest articles and attended the meeting pertaining to the proposed ATV trail that a group has been attempting to get established in Cameron County. Please bear with me while I introduce myself. I probably do not need an intro for the fishermen and hunters of our area. I was assigned […]

MOOSE DONATION – Emporium Moose Lodge #368 recently made a donation to the late Ryan Zoschg’s children’s college fund. Shown from left to right are Citizens & Northern Bank employees and members of the local Moose Lodge: Amber Kuleck, Kristen Summerson, Raymond Schneider (Moose Gov.), Carl Barr (Moose, chairman fund-raiser), Kim Whiting, Joanna Mason, and […]

CCSD Accepts Teacher Contract

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors voted to accept the results of a fact-finding report issued on the disputed teachers’ contract. Results of the fact-finding were released as of last Monday, and board members initially rejected the findings. The Cameron County Education Association (CCEA) accepted […]

Three Additional Suspects To Be Charged In South Mountain Drug Bust

  More information has been released pertaining to the search by law enforcement officers of a building where it was suspected drug use was occurring. Earlier this month, police obtained a search warrant for a gray outbuilding in the 500 block of South Mountain Road. Caretakers for the property, which is used by adjoining residents […]

Courtney Murder Case Plea Hearing Tuesday

  A plea hearing will be held on Tuesday for a local man accused of murdering an Emporium woman in her apartment last October. Michael Fuller Courtney, age 35, whose current address is listed in Smethport, faces charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and aggravated assault stemming from the murder of Deborah Gerlach, age 45. […]

Local EMA Director Speaks at Commissioners Meeting

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners heard a presentation from Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Kevin Johnson in an effort to continue highlighting department heads and the operations they oversee within the county. Johnson stated that the county has not had any emergencies to respond to in a while, but EMA […]

Areas of Kinzua Dam Lake Closed To Public

  Areas of the Kinzua Dam have been closed to the general public due to “ongoing law enforcement issues,” though officials have not yet released a more specific reason. Last week, it was announced by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), which oversees operations at the dam, that the dam parking lot, pedestrian access area, […]

Art Show at Felt Manor Friday

Art Show at Felt Manor Friday by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Residents and staff at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor in Emporium are excited to welcome the public to an Open House at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 25, featuring art created by participants in a recent series of classes offered to residents. […]

Take-Back Drug Program at PSP

  The Pennsylvania State Police has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to participate in Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, which began Friday, Aug. 18th. A drug collection box has been placed in the lobby of the PSP Emporium Station […]

End of Summer Fun at Sizerville

  Summer Fun at Sizerville State Park! The following programs will be offered this upcoming weekend: Friday, August 25th 3 p.m “Nature Jeopardy” How much do you know about nature? Come to the Environmental Learning Building to put your knowledge to the test with Nature Jeopardy! All ages are welcome to participate in this fun-filled […]

Baptist Church To Celebrate 150 Years

  First Baptist Church, corner of Broad and 5th streets, invites you to celebrate its 150th anniversary, beginning September 1st with a Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. On September 2nd there will be an Open House and refreshments from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a Night Service with three local men who got their […]

Senior Center Bingo

  The tentative date for the Emporium Senior Center Sunday Bingo is September 17th at 1 p.m. Until then bingo will be held every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. You don’t need to be a member to play so come on out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and new games.  

Judges Sought For BBQ Competition

  Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is firing up for the All Fired Up & Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition set for Saturday, Sept. 23. The annual event held the fourth Saturday of September continues to draw competitors and visitors from across the United States. “The first competitor to register comes from the Clarion area,” says […]

Sizerville Pool Hours

  Sizerville State Park’s swimming pool will be closed August 23rd through September 1st. The pool will reopen September 2nd at 11 a.m. for Labor Day weekend. The pool will close for the season at 7 p.m. on September 4th. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. As always, the pool is open weather […]

Off the Grill Raffle

  The Cameron County Fair Association will be hosting an Off the Grill Raffle on Saturday, August 26 at the Emporium Firehall. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. and raffles will begin at 7:00. Chinese auction and 50-50 will also be held that evening. Food will be available.  

Garden Club Meeting

  The August meeting of the Emporium Garden Club will take place at Margaret Harris’ farm on Monday, August 28, at 5 p.m. Fellow Garden Club member, Pat Martin will teach members and guests how to make a goldenrod wreath using metal clothes hangers and locally growing goldenrod. Members and guests will enjoy a picnic […]

St. Anthony’s Chapel Bus Trip

  A day bus trip to St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh is being scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25. The Chapel holds more than 5,000 relics (a remnant of a saint or martyr) and was featured in the July issue of Smithsonian Magazine. The article, titled: “A Pittsburgh Church holds the greatest Collection of Relics Outside […]

VFW Annual Picnic

  The VFW Club of Emporium is once again holding its annual picnic. Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 10th, beginning at 1 p.m. All club members and their family are invited for this annual fun-filled day. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and a whole lot of good tasting food. Games will be available […]

Scam Alert

  Please be advised that the Driftwood Senior Center and Emporium Senior Center will not be calling you! There is a current scam taking place where the caller says they are from the Senior Center and offer a special program taking place. These calls are scams and not being called from your local Senior Centers. […]

48 Runners Take On Hutton Memorial

  Forty eight runners, 28 males and 20 females, ran in the 12th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk last Saturday. Samuel Cunkelman (right) from Homer City was the overall finisher with a time of 18:53.9. Lucy Anthony (left) from St. Marys, was the overall female finisher crossing the finish line […]

Red Raider Football Season To Open Friday

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The 2017 Cameron County High School varsity football team will open their 2017 season on Friday when they host the Curwensville Golden Tide. The Red Raiders, under second year head coach Scott Burnside, are looking to improve on last year’s 1-8 record. Twenty-three student athletes will make up […]

Dino Brown Low Golfer For Raiders

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider golf team began their dual meet season but lost to the Oswayo Valley Green Wave at the Bolívar Country Club last Friday, 36-19. Nathan Prouty and Camden Graves each shot 44 for the winners to take medalist honors. Dino Brown was […]

Lady Raider Golfers Drop Opener

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity golf team began their 2017 season last week but were beaten by the Bradford Lady Owls 30 ½ – 20 ½ at Pine Acres Country Club. Elyse Godding and Kate Huber each carded 44s to share medalist honors for […]

From the Bleachers

with Rich Summers Despite the Pirates currently playing awful baseball and pretty much playing themselves out of the National League Central pennant race, they have an interesting game today (Sunday). The Bucs will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Bowman Field in Williamsport in the first Little League Classic. It will be a regular season […]

Bird’s Eye View

with Randy ‘Bird’ Horning Here are the results of another busy week at the Emporium Country Club. On Tuesday the Ladies’ League played the front nine. Meg Whiting had low gross with a score of 43. Sandy Stuart and Connie Jones shared low net with a 29. Connie also scored the most points with 26. […]

‘Thank You’

Friends of the Cameron County Ambulance, We here at CCAS would like to thank all of those who supported the Bingo night that we held on Saturday, July 29th, at the Emporium Fire Dept. Many of you helped us with donations of your time, food items, gift baskets and even financial donations. We gave out […]

‘His Life Mattered’

To whom it may concern, On August 29, 1981 at 6:02 a.m., my brother, Jeff Russell was hit and killed by a train. He was laying on the tracks, just feet from the Sizer Run Railroad Crossing. There has always been speculation about my brother’s death. It is because of this uncertainty that I have […]

‘Nonstop Noise’

I read with interest the council passed Ordinance 496 (jake brakes). Jake brakes only lasts less than 15 seconds and the council bans the use of them in the borough. We on Carson Street have to put up with noise from GKN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year […]

Mary Lou McElwee

(1937-2017) Mary Lou McElwee, 80, of Ransom St., Port Allegany, passed away Tuesday (Aug. 15, 2017) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  

Kenneth Burkhouse

(1923-2017) Kenneth I. Burkhouse, 93, of 616 Rich Valley Rd., formerly of Sylvan Heights died Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 15, 2017) at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys.  


NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA Even the most casual observer has noticed a rise in deer numbers in Wildlife Management Units 2-G and 2-H in North Central Pennsylvania. I haven’t heard any scientific rationale for the increase in deer numbers except for some Game Commission personnel hinting that it’s probably due to the lack of deer hunters. […]

RV Evolution

by William Crisp   I love to camp and have always loved to camp; that hasn’t changed but how I prefer to camp has evolved or devolved tremendously depending on how you look at it. “Back in the day” I was a roughing it kind of guy. A poncho tied up with bungee cord was […]

Wandering Aimlessly

Nessmuk by Phil Burkhouse Last week’s question asked: who was Nessmuk? Since Nessmuk is an Indian word meaning wood duck, we might surmise Nessmuk was of Indian origin, but that would be incorrect. Nessmuk was born in Massachusetts in 1821 and given the birth name George Washington Sears. Nessmuk was a tiny man, five foot […]

FAIR ROYALTY – Cameron County 2017 Fair Royalty was crowned last week during week-long festivities at the fairgrounds. Shown in the back row, left to right: Jr. King Isaac Uber, Miss Cameron County Lia Inman, King Alex Umble. Front row: Jr. Miss Cameron County Elyse Umble, Prince Cayden Studer, Princesses Ava Travis and Graci Lucas.

Disputed Teacher Contract Rejected By School Board

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County School District (CCSD) teachers will have to work a little longer before a contract dispute is settled, after the district rejected recommendations from a fact-finding report released on Tuesday. As of July 1, CCSD teachers have been working without a contract for two years. Negotiations began […]

Local Man Arrested On Rape Charges

  Pennsylvania State Police have charged an Emporium man with rape and a number of other counts following an investigation launched in April. Norman Francis Pettit, II, age 22, has been charged with 12 felony counts, including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI), and aggravated indecent assault of a person under the age of 16, […]

Meth Discovered at South Mountain Road Location

  Charges are pending against several individuals following the execution of a search warrant at a structure on South Mountain Road. Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Troopers applied for and were granted a search warrant on August 5 pertaining to a gray colored outbuilding used as storage by residents living in an adjoining structure in the […]

Board Considers Idea of Sponsored Football Games

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Board members discussed the possibility of allowing local business and industry to officially sponsor home football games during Thursday night’s meeting of the Cameron County School District’s Board of Directors. Board Secretary Carl Mitchell stated that the idea was posed during a recent meeting of the Cameron County […]

St. Mark Festival Sept. 16

  Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual St. Mark Festival being planned for mid-September at St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium. The two-day festival will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15, with a spaghetti dinner at O’Connell Hall from 4-7 p.m. On Saturday, September 16, festivities will run from 11 a.m. […]

Levi Olivett To Appear In Times Square Video

  Levi Olivett, of Emporium, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of […]

Rides 4 Vets Needs Volunteer Drivers

  Elk and Cameron County Rides 4 Vets is in need of more volunteer drivers. Currently there are 15 active drivers, who routinely travel to Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Erie, Pittsburgh, Warren, or any VA approved Health Care Provider. Rides 4 Vets serves Elk and Cameron counties and has two 2015 Ford Flex AWD vans. You […]

Rides 4 Vets Needs Volunteer Drivers

  Elk and Cameron County Rides 4 Vets is in need of more volunteer drivers. Currently there are 15 active drivers, who routinely travel to Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Erie, Pittsburgh, Warren, or any VA approved Health Care Provider. Rides 4 Vets serves Elk and Cameron counties and has two 2015 Ford Flex AWD vans. You […]

Local Food/Shelter Program Awarded Funds

  Cameron County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Cameron County has been chosen to receive $5,500.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board […]

RRC Fall Registration Closes Aug. 21

  The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC) is a one-of-a-kind public college being developed to provide affordable, locally accessible associate degree and certificate programs that meet the needs of students and employers in Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties. RRC was approved by the PA Department of Education […]

Fishing Derby Benefit

  A Fishing Derby to benefit the American Legion WW I Monument Restoration Project will be held Saturday, September 2nd at Lake Clear Creek from 7 a.m. until ? Entrance fee is $20, which includes two hot dogs and a drink (available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) There will be $1,000 total prize money. […]

Weekend Fun at Sizerville

  Summer Fun at Sizerville State Park! The following programs will be offered this upcoming weekend: Friday, August 18th 3 p.m. “Rad Reptiles!” What is a reptile? What reptiles live in Pennsylvania? Join the park naturalist on the pool deck to learn all about reptiles. Find out what makes these animals unique and then try […]

Food Pantry

  The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, August 23, 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.  

Wandering Aimlessly

Joe-Pye Weed by Phil Burkhouse Last week’s question asked what local native wildflower presently in full bloom is named for an Indian healer named Jopi. Jopi in native tongues was an Indian healer in the 1800s from New England. He used the plant, which led to the name Joe-Pye weed to treat a variety of […]

Constant Changes

  We live in a world where change is the norm and the natural order of things. The seasons change, the chemical makeup of things changes, geology changes, the weather changes and, yes, even a changing climate has been the norm since before the ice ages and warm periods. Interestingly though, there are also severe […]

Mountain Lines

by Nelson Haas THE DROP -POINT HUNTER Robert Waldorf Loveless (2 Jan. 1929 – 2 Sept. 2010) Bob Loveless was on shore leave in the early ‘50’s and tried to buy a Randall knife and was told that there was a 9-month waiting period so he set about making his own and the results were […]

Bird’s Eye View

  This week’s Emporium Country Club Thursday Ladies scramble was won by Marie Fannin, Judy Armanini and Sharon Daniels with a 34. The weekend featured the annual Club Championships. It was a two-day total score event. Congratulations to the following winners: Tim Parsons won the Senior Championship as well as winning the overall Championship flight. […]

From the Bleachers

with Rich Summers I spent two evenings last week at the CCHS football practice field watching the Red Raiders go through “heat acclimation drills.” For the uninitiated like me, heat acclimation is a new PIAA requirement for scholastic football teams in the state, which is basically a week of agility workouts prior to the official […]

‘Money Can’t Buy What We Love’

I am a plain and simple spoken man who has lived in Driftwood for 37 years and in Cameron County since I was 17 years old. My wife and her brothers are lifelong residents of Cameron County. Driftwood and Sinnamahoning were self-sufficient and thriving communities.  

“Great Job”

Shippen Township: Just a note to say Great Job on Four Mile. It’s in the best condition in my thirty-four years of living here.  

Urban Reed

(1922-2017) Urban A. Reed, 95, of Austinburg, OH, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family (Aug. 11, 2017).  

Clara Sarick

(1923-2017) Clara V. Sarick, 94, of 44 S. Cherry St., died, peacefully with her family at her side, at her residence on Sunday morning (Aug. 13, 2017).  

Aurelia Grippo

(1922-2017) Aurelia M. “Ral” Grippo, 95, of 128 E. 3rd St., died Saturday morning (Aug. 12, 2017) at her residence.  

Michael Hepfner

(1969-2017) Michael Lynn Hepfner, 47, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and closest friends on (Aug. 3, 2017) at UNC Hospital.  

Michael Hepfner

(1969-2017) Michael Lynn Hepfner, 47, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and closest friends on (Aug. 3, 2017) at UNC Hospital.