‘Swimming Hole Trivia’

Ralph Yore, from Westminister, California, called with some Trivia answers and questions. Ralph tells us that two of the swimming holes he remembers were the Black Bridge, nicknamed SOD (Swim Or Drown) and just off of Portage Street, where they used to put rocks across the creek to make the water higher.   (Full Story […]

‘Found Out After 50 Years!’

Dear Mrs. Fragale, After many years I am finally subscribing to the Echo. I have procrastinated long enough. As I have visited Emporium each year, friends have always saved a couple papers for me. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Former Teachers’

Hi Kent, In the May 15th issue of the Echo, “Bob” Haley mentioned that Carl Collins Jr. had passed on. I had not heard that and I would like to know when and where he lived when he passed on. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Remembering My Wing Lead

To my good friends in Cameron County, this is in response to Mr. Kent Riegel’s  Trivia article dated 03 April 2013 concerning Cowley Hill ski area. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Sportsmen: Voice Your Concern’

I must admit I could not agree more with Mountain Lines about the wisdom in the Division of 2G.  I have long expressed my great concern for the deer management practice that the Game Commission has been following since the days of Gary Alt.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron […]

‘Rink Night Skating’

I wanted to clear up something in my last email. I was speaking of the inside roller rink owned by Carl Collins when I said the kids came by bus for evening skating, not the ice rink. Sorry I wasn’t clear.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Nostalgia’

Fires, floods and now the black mold. Wow! Dancing down “Primrose Lane” was a joy. Many nights, in memories, we walked to the “Homestead.”   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Missing Old Friends’

A few weeks ago I saw a little note from Isabelle Czekai saying she wondered where Bonnie and Gene Pearson went?   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Tennis Court’

There was a nice tennis court just off the Old West Creek Road about a 1/2 mile down from the old Rydesky home. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

More on the Rope Tow’

In answer to the question regarding the auto(s) (there was more than one over time) that powered the rope tow: (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Clarifying Garages’

Dear Editor: I got my paper and there are a few things I want to clear up. They mention the skating rink; I worked  there putting on skates and then we would get free skating. Moe Johnson was a good friend of mine. We palled around together  and skated there for a long time. We […]

‘NRA’s Failure In Boston’

After Newtown’s massacre of innocent children, amazingly local Tea Party hicks and gun rights supporters recently assembled in Harrisburg stupidly proclaiming, “The safety of their families is at stake.” Have they been hibernating in a hole? Obviously, public safety is a lesser consequence compared to today’s horrific gun death rate they ignore.   (Full Story […]

‘The Rink and The Range’

Two subjects, ice-skating rink and indoor shooting range. Claude Campbell was right-on with the location of the ice-skating rink that was near where Keystone Automatic Technologies is today. I remember it well because about 1948 or ‘49 I was skating with friends doing “the whip.” (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron […]

‘Heed This Advice!”

While clearing out my mother’s apartment, I found my father, George Singer’s 7th grade report card. On it was a note to parents (and teachers). Oh, that parents today would heed this advice!! (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Listen to What History Has Taught Us’

To the Editor, The Gun Debate has come and gone…for now anyways.  For those of us who defend The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, it was a win; to President Obama, it was a depletion of much political capital and a scorching rebuke. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County […]

‘Once Again – Best Run Race In PA’

Dear Editor: The recently completed Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Race is a real classic; it is in a class by itself.  

‘Trivia Talk’

Kent, In the last issue of the Echo in March, you made mention of an ice skating rink. I believe there was one on the very south end of Maple St. on the West side. Believe the land belonged to Sylvania. Aso believe there was a tennis court locatd there at one time.

‘Unique Ski Area’

There was indeed an Emporium ski area called Collie Hill, which was approximately 12 miles from Emporium on the road to Austin. It operated from the late ‘40s thru at least the early 1970s. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Concerns Raised at Zoning Hearing’

To: Borough of Emporium Zoning Hearing Board Re: Zoning hearing on April 4, 2013 To whom it may concern: Our names are Dan and Shana Blust. We own Pneuma Powersports. We are a tenant of Rick McLean, owner of our location, 327 Portage Street, Emporium.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]

‘Unwarranted Flood Insurance Costing Us’

In July of 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came out with a new flood plain map  for Cameron County. As a result, 126 new flood insurance policies were written, many in areas which historically never had to have flood insurance in the past. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron […]

‘Democracy’

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he wrote the basic principles of what we call Democracy. In the second paragraph, he wrote; All men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, etc., etc. The first line of the paragraph says: we hold these truths to be self-evident… […]

‘Velvetones Identified’

I think the trombone player at far left in Velvetones photo is Clara Dawn Smith.  She would have been in the EHS band about the same time as you were, and myself (‘53).  Her father, first name Earl as I recall, was in administration at the Emporium school system. (Full Story available on the newsstands, […]

‘Is It Too Late To Learn From The Past?’

Trying to deal with the issues that confront us in today’s society. In days of old, there once stood a sign in front of the railroad tracks saying: STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN. We have got to have a better understanding of the (changes) and the (generation gap) that are being made faster now, than years […]

‘Thank You For Your Support’

Dear friend of the E.O. Austin Home/Hist. Society, Once again I would like to thank you very much for your kind generosity and making our 2013 Dinner Auction another successful event. I do realize how much you are contacted by so many worthy organizations for donations (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]

From the Source’

Harry Spence’s wife and mother of Roscoe, Lois, Esther was Mildred Spence.  She passed away in the late ‘60s. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Velvetone’s Identified’

The Velvetone picture is missing names for two members – the person on end of front row left is Patricia Gannon Reed (1952) and the person in the back row right at the piano is Barbara Bessey (1954).  It’s always fun to see these old pictures and brings back a lot of great memories. (Full […]

‘Trivia Photo I.D.’

I believe the first girl on the left in the first row of the March 13 Old Tyme Photo is Dawn Smith.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Stillhouse Farms’

In the February 13 issue of the Echo, Claude raised the question of Stillhouse Farms. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Elk County Recycling Center Accepts Electronics’

Recently the Echo published an article concerning electronics recycling. The article indicated that the Elk County Community Recycling Center turned away people and that the Center is not licensed to take electronic materials. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Location of Elk County Community Recycling Center’

In regards to the article “Electronics Recycling Encounters a Snag” in last week’s Echo, I would like to clear up some misinformation. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Parade of Stars Program’

We received a phone call from Jim Leary of Salamanca, NY, who said he was very interested in the Parade of Stars program that was in the Echo recently. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Drive Defensively!’

In the past few months the phrase “drive defensively” has become the norm for myself and several other people that I know of entering or leaving Emporium at the intersection of Route 120 and Route 155. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Organization Needs More Time to Review Policy’

This week we will celebrate Scouting’s 103rd anniversary, and our focus has remained the same, working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

‘More on the Bucktail Watershed Association’

Dear Editor, Thank you for the article and photos about the Bucktail Watershed Association and our invasive plant control work. This work is important because invasive and noxious plant species are a growing threat the natural areas of Northern Central Pennsylvania. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Trivia Q and A’

Hi Kent, Bob Haley named all of the stores that I knew were north and south of 5th and all west of Poplar. He asked about baseball. When we were in high school it was during WWII and the most active sports were basketball and football. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]

‘Enough is Enough’

Gun rights advocates insisting their weapons are harmless probably never witnessed a drive-by shooting, had friends killed by stupid gun mistakes, consoled escapees from a restaurant overtaken by gunmen shooting up the place, been directly shot at by a “law abiding” hunter or lost friends to gun suicides as I have. (Full Story available on […]

‘The Shamrocks’

Jim Leary called from Salamanca, New York, to tell us the name of the Johnsonburg football team was The Shamrocks. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

‘Return of Stolen Trophy Buck Requested’

You know who you are. You stole my 12-pt. buck head to claim it’s yours. I worked very hard to find that deer. It’s my hunt and memory of that buck. You can only lie about it and hide it. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Your Donation Would Be Appreciated’

Hello, our names are Alyvia McKimm and Chloe Burgett; we are lifelong friends and sixth grade students at the Cameron County Elementary School. We have been nominated by our teachers to attend the 2013 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) to be held in Washington, D.C. and our nominations were accepted by the Congressional Youth […]

‘Gun Laws Not The Answer’

Personally, I have a very “dim” view of Gun Laws.  In my opinion, these laws simply don’t work.  A recent report gave these statistics for the city of Chicago.  In 2012, there were over 400 homicides committed with guns, and Chicago has the “strictest” gun laws of any city in the country! (Full Story available […]

In Response to ‘Hear Ye! Hear Ye!’

The article that appeared in the Echo Mailbox 1/16/13, I am reminded of a famous quote, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Ping Pong Photo’

I think I have identified the people in the photo playing ping pong. In front hitting the ball is me! I am Bernie Oswald. I am hitting the ball to Patty Zoschg. The man standing is Leon Lucas ( I believe). The girl standing by the wall is my sister, Carole Oswald Grimone. (Full Story […]

‘Bowling League Photo’

The gentleman on the far right in the Sylvania Bowling League photo is Emerson Klees.  He is the only one I can identify. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

‘Photo I.D. & New Question’

Concerning the picture on page 2 of the old Community Center in the Jan. 2, 2013 Echo.  The people from left to right are Pat (Zoschg) Pavlina, her sister Joni, Leon Lucas,  Carole (Oswald) Grimone, Mary Kay (Wilson) Doud, next unknown, and Bernie Oswald. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County […]

‘Recent Travels’

We received a phone call from Isabelle Czekai of Erie before Christmas, letting us know what she’s been up to in recent months. She traveled to Panama City for her grandson Frank’s wedding (Shandra), and said it was beautiful there and she stayed in a place that would “knock your socks off.” (Full Story available […]

Phenomenon in the Sky’

Dear Sir: While looking at the sky the other day, I noticed that the jet streams were not dissipating. Not only were they not dissipating, they were spreading over the sky. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Trivia Answers’

Dear Kent, Claude (Punchy) Campbell had a question regarding stores north/south of Fifth St. that sold groceries. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Defense Department Report Shows National Guard, Reserve a Cost-Effective Solution’

To the Editor: I have long known that the National Guard and Reserve are a bargain for our state and country. It’s gratifying to finally see the numbers in black and white. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘More Lodging Businesses’

Dear Echo, I would like to make a correction to last week’s article “Tourism Study Shows Increase…”. The article stated that the “bed tax” (3%) is collected from “only three small, privately-owned hotels.” (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Hear Ye – – – – Hear Ye’

“To all country men, women and children, and all the ships at sea – lend me your ear.” Topic: GUN CONTROL (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Financial Peace’

We are writing today for several reasons. Ruth and I continue to see so many people struggling financially and because we have been there and done that and it wasn’t fun then and know it isn’t fun for people now. Our main reason for writing is that we now know there is a way for […]

‘Don’t Give Up!”

I saw an Obama bumper sticker recently that read “We Won; Get Over It”, like it was a game, like the Steelers won the Super Bowl or the Sabers won the Stanley Cup.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Does Anyone Remember’

Does anyone remember the Penns Lodge and where it was?   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’

Mr. Burkhouse, I read your column ‘Deer Hunting 2012 in review’ in the December 19th Cameron County Echo. I want to thank you for what you wrote and said about the state of deer hunting in Pennsylvania and about the PGC’s deer management program. I could not agree more with your sentiments. (Full Story available […]

‘Connection to Cameron County’

I wanted to email you and tell you how much I enjoy the columns written by Nelson Hass and also Phil Burkhouse.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Daunting But Long Overdue Task’

Recently, I have learned of a senior project that I found very compelling, and I thought that the readers of the Echo might find this topic equally interesting. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

‘Enjoy the Trivia’

Kent, A little late responding to last week’s question, but my husband, Mahlon, tells me the Ping Pong table was on the 3rd floor of the Community Center. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

‘Ordeal Isn’t Over’

On 12/06/12, between 6-6:30 a.m., my life changed. I was one that always stated, “That won’t happen to me.” Never say that, because it may. I’ve lived here my whole life and never thought in a million years Emporium would become a town of crime and violence. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this […]

Dear Kent,

  Your latest column in regards to a family of four cheerleaders, I believe it was the McManigle girls, Ginny, Phyllis, Maxine and Judy. I also think Elayne was a cheerleader; she was in the class of ‘43. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Dear Kent,

  I enjoy your Trivia in the Echo. Your question concerning the band director at EHS – he was the famous James Dunlop and went on to Penn State and directed the great Blue Band! (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Trivia and Georgie’s’

Hi Kent, Just received the latest issue of the Echo. As usual, the first thing I like to read is the Trivia column. Second on my list is Georgie’s column. Her column makes you feel like you are right there. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Old Tyme Photo Correction’

In the Old Tyme picture, week of Dec. 5, 2012 (dedication of the Cameron Co. High School pool, the person identified as Dave Averill is not Dave it is Don Averill. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Former CCHS Band Director’

Kent, Edith Walker Isacke asked in the most recent December 5th issue who the former Emporium band director was who moved away to a higher position. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Bear Story’

‘Bear Story’ Thanks for the fine article, Amanda, but some clarification on our bear visit is in order.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘Trivia Answers’

  The following is information on an Old Tyme Photo and answers to Kent Riegel’s Trivia column.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

‘News from Manley Hot Springs’

Hi to “All” at C.C.E., Got our bill in today’s mail – and getting it taken care of “immediately” as the days really nip by for us “old folks” these days! (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

‘The Harmoneers’

Hi Kent, In the last Trivia column Glenn mentioned the Harmoneers. I just recently gave a picture of them to our daughter. My dad, Claude Campbell Sr. played the drums. “Jim” Miller played the guitar, “Gibby” Oswald played the accordion and “Bill” Yentzer played the violin. Charles Schwab Sr. (Preacher) was the square dance caller. […]

‘Your Generosity Made a Difference’

On behalf of the Cameron County Community Food Pantry, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to anyone who has contributed in any way during our Holiday Appeal.  As stated in my previous letter, due to a reduction in government funding, we needed extra to provide turkeys for Thanksgiving, as well as hams for Christmas. […]

‘Home by 9 p.m.’

Hi Kent, What a fun filled column you write for the Echo.  You have stirred our memories as well as our hearts with these trivia questions.  My sister, Sue and brother, John from Rolla, Mo. and Ballwin, Mo. just love this column, which tells me they miss Cameron County, but they won’t admit that to […]

‘We Got What We Deserve’

Here we go again! What will a second term for Obama yield?  Obama with his narcissist personality will feel vindicated. Surely, now that he has been re-elected, Obama will “double down” on his socialist ideology that he was afraid to reveal first time around.  Four years into it, he and his apologists are still blaming […]