Sharing Our Blessings, Manor Auxiliary Fundraiser Kicks Off

    Felt Manor/Felt Living Auxiliary is sponsoring a “Blessing Tree” for the Thanksgiving season to benefit the residents of its facilities. Beginning September 2nd, for a minimum donation of $5.00, your loved one will be remembered with a special angel ornament that will be placed on a lighted tree in the atrium of Guy […]

‘German POWs’

Going back; subject of German POWs, 8-2-14: The ones I talked to all spoke in English fluently. They told me it was a required subject in school. They would ride us around on their backs and sometimes talk to each other in German, but they were always happy and good workers, showing no fear of […]

‘Financial Peace’

Dave Ramsey, the creator of Financial Peace University says that 70% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Many are still one paycheck away from total financial disaster. Mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcies are on the increase, just read the Sherriff’s Sale report in the legal section of the paper. The average person is over $38,000 […]

‘Re: Casey Martin Restaurant’

Hey Kent: Could be wrong, but my recollection is it was more of a soda fountain or ice cream parlor than a restaurant. The owner, I thought was Casey’s father, Clippy Martin.

‘Class of 1926’

Good Morning, The EHS Graduation photo in the June 4 Echo is the class of 1926. My parents were members of that class and are in the photo.  My father, Arthur Williams is in the first row at left, seated, and my mother, Blanche Wheaton Williams is also in the first row, standing, seventh from […]

‘To Prevent Cancer and Reduce Muscle Deterioration’

  Selenium prevents Cancer if you take 300 or 400mcg every day.  If you have Cancer you can stop its growth and kill it by taking 800mcg of Selenium every day. However, if it is already inside your liver it is probably too late. Mcg is microgram  not milligram    

‘Casey Martin’s Restaurant’

Good morning Kent: I will answer a question you asked about. Casey Martin’s Restaurant was across the street from the “Coffee Shop.” This is a coincidence when I tell you that their daughter, Sue and her husband, Harold bought the Coffee Shop and Sue’s mother was the “Pie Maker.” Business was great, as the food […]

‘A Lot of Nice People’

I look forward every week to looking at the Echo. My wife lived in Driftwood from 1953 to 1956. She went to high school in Emporium and worked at the Cabin Kitchen for Kenny and worked with Lena.  

‘Ringing the School Bell’

Hi from Fort Huachuca, Home of the Buffalo Soldier, Yes, Charlie Cessna would have been ringing the bell at West Ward School.  He had a “late” bell and would sometimes keep ringing it when someone was running toward the school.

‘Mr. Lasitis & the Coffee Shop’

Hi Kent, In a recent issue you mentioned Mr. Lasitis. When I was a senior in 1945, Mr. Lasitis was the supervising principal and Francis O’Malley was the principal.  

‘Happiness Inn’

Kent: On the business card it states that the Happiness Inn had their own band, but we do not know what time frame that was. Yes, the patrons used to get pretty loud while having fun.

‘German Soldiers Here’

I was 7-8 years old at this time. Mom worked in the Mail Room at Sylvania and hired a girl, Marge Dansack, as a babysitter. Her boyfriend was a guard at the prison camp, a CCC camp, up near Keating Summit, Bark Shanty Road. She would rent bicycles and we would ride down to South […]

‘To Improve Your Blood Circulation’

As you get older, say 60s and beyond, the plaque buildup in your veins and arteries gets to the point where it can become difficult to get sufficient blood flow through them to heal a cut or scratch. The plaque is very sticky, so you need  something to remove the sticky substance from the plaque […]

‘German Prisoners’

Dear Kent R., The German POWs in Emporium worked loading lumber at the 3rd Street and Chestnut (maybe Walnut) Pennsy siding.  

Gerald Murray

(1932-2014) Gerald J. “Mickey” Murray, 81, of Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, Duncansville, formerly of Emporium and Florida, died at Hollidaysburg Veterans Home on Saturday afternoon (May 3, 2014) following a lengthy illness.  

‘The Coffee Shop’

Hi Kent, A few weeks back you mentioned Harold Hutt in your column. That name brings back many fond memories for me. Many will remember that Harold and his wife, Isabelle were the long-time owners of the Coffee Shop restaurant located next door to the Emporium Trust Company on East Fourth St.  I knew them […]

‘Cars From the ‘50s’

Kent, On the Dorman family,  Edward was in my class – 1954.Several weeks ago I asked what kind of car Ed drove to school (60th reunion this year).  Ed  drove a red MG convertible.    

‘Commentary on the World War Theme’

My family lived in an apartment above the old Olivett store. I had to go to the West Ward School so Dorothy Gennocro and I would walk the rails of the tracks to see who could go longer without falling off.  

‘German Prisoners of War’

Hi Kent, I, too, remember the German prisoners of war, in the ‘40s. As I recall, they were working at the corner of Spruce and 3rd streets, behind the Presbyterian Church.

‘Entertaining Ourselves at the Dump’

I believe the dump-site Kent Riegel referred to in his column is the one that was located on the hill behind what used to be the Airport and where GKN and others have manufacturing plants now. It was then known as The Keystone because the Keystone Dynamite plant used to be located there. You could […]

‘School Days Memories’

I was reading the paper from Emporium. I usually get it from Joe Scarnati and read the piece about Flossie Smith, school teacher in the Fifth-Sixth Grade, West Ward. She taught me when I was in school, we used to walk to school every day.  

‘Our President?’

President Obama has shown his true colors. He wants to take control over the whole country. It is all about power. He began by taking over AIG, the banks, and two out of three auto manufacturers. He gave over 50% of GM stock to the auto union members. Acorn and the unions are the reason […]

‘Column Makes You Feel Like a Native’

Dear Kent, Here is another letter to say how much we love reading the Trivia section.   My husband, who is not from Emporium, says he is starting to feel like a native, even though he has never lived there.  He is so happy when he knows the answers.  It sure does add to the […]

‘Thank You From the Bottom of My Heart’

I would like to thank the crew of Gibson Township for keeping my driveway cleared of snow so I could get in and out for my chemo treatments this winter, and an ambulance could get in if I needed one.

‘Your Generosity is Appreciated’

Dear Friend of E. O. Austin Home Historical Society, I am writing this letter to express to you our most sincere appreciation for your kindness and generosity. With the help of kind and supportive individuals like yourself, the E. O. Austin Home/Historical Society 2014 Dinner Auction was a huge success.  

‘Alumni Banquets of the Past’

Hi Kent, On behalf of the Class of 1952, I have some memories about where our Alumni Banquet was held as follows: Emporium High School was where we graduated from, and the present CCHS was not built until 2 or 3 years after 1952.  

‘Lookout Club’

Dear Mr. Riegel, I have a couple answers to some questions you had – first The Lookout Club – a group of ladies of which my grandmother, Mrs. Woodward Hall (Freida) was a member.

‘Kindness of Others Very Much Appreciated’

I want to thank Garret Ramsey and all the workers from Shippen Township  who helped plow our Sizer Run road during this past very nasty winter we have had.    

‘Screaming in the Outhouse’

There was an outhouse at the Housler home at North Creek. One of the small girls fell down the hole.  

‘Unanswered Trivia’

Hi Kent, Here’s another set of twins – Donald and Ronald Turner (1953). Haven’t seen answers for these – Question Feb. 26 asked age when kids had to pay an adult price at the Emporium Theater – my recollection was at 12 years of age.  

‘Recognition For A Job Well Done’

Many times recognition for a job well done is not given to those who deserve it. I would like to recognize and applaud the efforts put forth by the Gibson Twp. road department and the crew who clears and maintains the roadways during the year and especially in the winter months.

‘Garden Plowing’

Dear Mr. Riegel: In answer to your garden plowing question, my dad (Jacob Regec) always had a Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith had 2 horses and plowed dad and Carlson’s (Donovan’s) garden

‘Wrong Bird!”

Hi, Cameron County Echo, We regret to point out an error in the latest edition of the Echo boldly located on the front page! The woodpecker pictured is not a red headed woodpecker, although my 5- year-old granddaughter thinks it is the better name, but in fact is a Red Bellied Woodpecker.

‘Woodpecker I.D.’

We love receiving your paper to keep up with the events of Cameron County.  As avid birders, we wanted to correct the caption on the picture of a woodpecker that appeared on the front page of the February 26 edition.  

‘Twins, Movies and Outhouses’

Got my paper amazingly early this week so maybe I can get a jump on answering some of the trivia questions. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘One Issue Under Dispute’

Dear Editor: I recently enjoyed watching a taping of PA Game Commission testimony to the PA House of Representatives Fish and Game Committee chaired by our local Representative Martin Causer on the local cable channel.   As a retired PGC employee, I thought that it was a very interesting, fair, and well conducted hearing.  However, […]

‘Weather and Birds’

I do remember a colder winter than this one. In 1962, Feb. 13, our son was born and it was 20 degrees below zero and had been for several days. The water lines froze every day, even if we let the water run. We were living in Rich Valley. We went to the hospital about […]

‘Enjoying Your Column and Questions’

Hi Kent: In the February 19th edition you asked what year saw the first curved windshield and which manufacturer produced them. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

Sylvania KG2XDU’

‘ Echo Editor: Your recent topic from yesteryear reminds me of  the hazards in watching those  TV signals  rebroadcast from Moore Hill to a town  full of ready, willing and able TV viewers in Emporium.     (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Ponderosa Old Tyme Photo’

Echo, In regards to the picture in your Feb. 12 issue, I believe it is of a group that called themselves Cameron Co. Saddle and Bridle Club. They were active in the early 1960s. I have a picture of the same group, without the horses, that was in the Press Independent on June 23, 1960. […]

‘Store Trivia’

Dear Editor, First, I want to say how much I enjoy the Echo. My favorites are Kent’s Trivia, The Mailbox and the article on years past. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Treating Snowy Roads’

Kent: In the January 29 edition of the Echo you asked what material was used to treat snowy roads before salt.  I believe it was cinders.  I am not sure where it came from, but it may have been cinders left over from burning coal. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news […]

‘Radio Antenna Trivia’

Hi Kent: In the February 5 edition you asked what make and model was the first to have the radio antenna embedded in the windshield.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Time to Make Other Provisions’

From the West Creek Recreational Trail Association: The abandoned railroad corridor which travels from Emporium to St. Marys is private property, owned by the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc. (WCRTA). Construction of a surfaced trail from Second Street in Emporium to Howard Siding will begin this Spring. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo […]

‘Twins in Cameron County’

Hi Kent, When I was growing up I recall quite a few sets of twins in Cameron County. I’ll name the ones I remember up until 1949 as I no longer lived in Cameron County after 1948. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Trivia-County Businesses’

Nicolo had the junk yard in the east end.  At one time he had yards on both sides of the creek (crick for us homers). (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Trivia Issues’

Dear Kent: In the Echo you mentioned a letter or call from Claude Campbell. He said his brother, Jack graduated in the Class of ‘34. This is my class and I remember Jack very well, but he thought my name was Lyons.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Television Trivia’

Your TRIVIA column in the ECHO is always my first stop as I read each ECHO from cover to cover. As an introduction, our family lived in Emporium from 1951 to 1957, and I would have been in the CCHS Class of 1961, had we not moved to York, PA. The reason for this contact […]

‘More Car Trivia’

With regard to our continuing conversations about car dealerships, we can include Evan Crosby’s on S. Maple St.  He sold Willys cars and, I believe, the Henry J.  There might have been a connection with Kenny Olivett’s Kaiser-Frazer setup at the west end of town.  

‘PGC’s ‘Citation Only’ Philosophy’

Editor’s Note: House Bill 1584 amended Titles 30 and 34 of the  PA State Consolidated Statues, notably the section involving discretion of water and wildlife conservation officers to state, “When acting within the scope of the officer’s employment, (officers) have the discretion to issue written or verbal warnings in making arrests or issuing citations.   […]

‘Grocery Stores’

Just finished reading the Echo and the remembrances. Good stuff. Did you ever think how many grocery stores served the Emporium Area? Coming in on 120…  

‘Enjoying the Trivia’

Just a quick note to say I really enjoy the trivia section.  I was informed by my wife, (Evelyn Barr Goodrow) that her piano teacher was Mrs. Schick,  and she taught music above the McCrory’s 5&10 store    


U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson’s (R-PA) article in The Bradford Era on January 10, 2014 was just that–unbelievable. I believe the legislators know what the financial impact of the new Flood Plain Act would be.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘VanWert Trivia’

Re: Ms. VanWert, I always heard her referred to as Floss or Flossie.  Not sure who said that, perhaps my aunt Katty Henry, who was a member of the Presbyterian church and where, I think, Ms. Van Wert was a member. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Enjoy The Echo’

I really enjoy the paper. We moved away from Emporium many years ago. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)


I believe the location you are referring to was  on the front of the roof  exactly in the middle of the windshield (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Send More Photos!’

The photo caption mis-identifies Herbert Edward Vogt.   Herb is the first one from the left in the top row of four. I do not know the others.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)    

‘Impressed By Dylan’s Attitude’

The shot heard ‘round Pennsylvania.  I saw Dylan Clingan’s shot on WGAL out of Lancaster, Pa.  Thrilled like anyone else seeing such a hoop shot, but I was not nearly as impressed as I was reading the write-up in the Echo. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Adam Sapple Strikes Again’

I was out of the country on special assignment and didn’t have a chance to write last week. This will happen from time to time, it’s one of the hazards of my work.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Your Efforts Were Appreciated’

My husband and I would like to thank PA Representative Martin Causer, his new staff member, Chris Luther and Cameron County Commissioner Jim Thomas for working to get our telephone service restored.   (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Television Signals in the Early Days’

Greetings again Kent…. In response to your trivia question related to the delivery of television signals during the early days of this technology in Emporium, I have some recollections provided to me by my father who worked in the Industrial Engineering Department at Sylvania Electronics, Inc. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the […]

‘Trivia: Burke and Bair Families’

Some time ago, my aunt, Catherine Burke Wiest of Essex Junction, Vermont, sent me a clipping of your column from The Echo. My aunt is the daughter of Patrick Henry Burke and Catherine Elizabeth Burke, the daughter of Joshua Bair and Mary Eva (Schmond) Bair. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news […]

‘Joe Olivett’s Car’

We get the Echo a few weeks late here in Phoenix, but in the 10/30 issue about Joe Olivett’s car — (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)  

‘Delivery Vehicles’

Kent, Shortly after I turned 16 in 1954, I delivered for Joe Olivett. Even then that old Frasier was getting ready to make its final journey to the Great Parking Lot in the sky! (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)

‘Car History’

Hi Kent: My name is Harold (Sonny) Grimm. I lived in Emporium from 1957 to 1970 and graduated from CCHS in 1965. I currently live in Towanda, Pa. and read the Echo from front to back every week.

‘Trivia Answers’

Well, I see Claude Campbell  mentioned the Moving company owned by Mel Logan. The compact car produced by Kaiser/Frazier was Henry J.  Sears Roebuck actually sold this car (not sure if they called it Henry J),  my parents had one and I drove it to NC when I was stationed there.

‘Join the Fight for Clean Air’

Dear Editor, Too many people are being diagnosed with lung cancer everyday – those who smoke, and those who don’t. It’s heartbreaking. We, as a society, need to be advocates for cleaner, healthier air to breathe and help people quit smoking, and make sure children never start.

‘Pleasure To Serve You’

I would like to thank the people of Cameron County who came out to vote in the General Election. Even though I was running unopposed and did not feel the need to ‘put out signs,’ I do want to say thank you for your continued confidence and support in our Office.  

‘Hard Work Pays Off’

For the past seven years, I’ve written business plans, by-laws, budgets and the Articles of Incorporation for a “dream organization” that might someday help people, like me, give back to the Hometown that gave me such a good start in life. You’ve seen my picture in the newspaper and heard my voice on The River […]

‘Another Moving Company’

Hi Kent, In the Oct. 9th issue of the Echo you made mention of a moving van company in Rich Valley. The one that first comes to me was one by Melvin Logan Sr. and Jr. (Full story in the Cameron County Echo on the news stand)