After 77 years as a family-owned grocery store, Olivett’s Market has been sold to Olean Wholesale. The new owners have served as a supplier to Olivett’s for nearly eighty years. For now, the store hours will remain much the same. The 20,300 sq. ft. grocery store is due to be transferred to the new owner […]

In conjunction with the Emporium Wellness Center’s Open House, the Woodland Elementary 4th Graders all made posters for Healthy Heart Month. Winning first place was Blaze Lovett (center, right) and second place Aubrey Lorenz. Shown with the winners are Wellness Center employees Terri Housler (left) and Carol Gibbs.

  MAY CROWNING – St. Mark Catholic Church celebrated May Crowning in Honor of Mary, Queen of Heaven last Sunday. Shown in the front row are Junior May Queen Emilia Copp and her escort, Maxx Newton. In the back row are altar server, Derek Rieder, May Queen escort, Andy DeLucia, May Queens Jeannie Streich and […]

  PROM ROYALTY – Jase Gillette and Kendyl Guisto were crowned King and Queen of the 2016 Junior/Senior Prom Saturday night. Woodland Elementary All-Purpose Room was beautifully decorated for this year’s theme, “The Enchanted Kingdom.” Jase is the son of Brian and Lori Gillette. Kendyl is the daughter of Francine Guisto and the late Nick […]

Shown are (l to r) Lauryn Uber, Kaylee Hostetlar, Aubrey Uber and Nicholas Streich with some of this year’s pheasant eggs.

Debris from a partial building collapse of a property adjacent to the Third Street playground has temporarily closed the playground. Concrete blocks and metal landed on the basketball court and grassy area inside the playground fence.

Organizers are hopeful that enough rain will fall this week to make the river navigable for the 42nd Annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic set for Saturday, April 2.

VFW OPEN HOUSE – An open house was held Sunday at the Vets Club in Emporium to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Cameron County VFW. Dozens of people visited the club to see the photographs, medals, newspaper articles and memorabilia donated by the community for the event. Post members, including Barry Sarick (top photo) […]

Pete Fragale, board member of Hometown Mentors, is shown presenting a check from the Pittsburgh Pirate Charities organization to Steve Brown and the Cameron County Little League organization. Fragale began early last year working on the Pirate Charities grant and after persistent efforts received notification from the Pirates of the grant award. The check, in […]

  Coach Baker will be inducted into the Distict IX Coaches Association Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday. Baker (front, right) is shown with his wife, Sandy and two of their four children (back row), Kerry and Scott.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is raffling off a kayak in time for spring and summer paddling. The escape 100x by Pelican is 10 feet long with adjustable footrests and includes a paddle and life jacket. All the items are donated by Mike and Linda Songer. “The chamber is appreciative of this donation, allowing more […]

Cameron County High School hosted the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 2 Band Festival last week. The festival featured 160 student musicians from 37 area schools. Mr. Christopher Gankosky of St. Marys Area High School was selected to be this year’s guest conductor. Cameron County High School Band Representatives were: Mason Shaffer, Flute; […]

    U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) visited the Aroma Café in Emporium Tuesday to announce his election campaign for a third term as representative for the 5th Congressional District. About twenty-five people, including county commissioners, municipal representatives and members of the forest products industry, attended the event.

GKN FOUNDATION DONATES TO FOOD PANTRY – The GKN Foundation recently made a substantial donation to the Cameron County Food Pantry.  Shown during the presentation are GKN Emporium employees (l to r) Julie Jeffers, Justan Studley, Northern Tier Community Action Food and Nutrition Coordinator Dave Malize, Cameron County Food Pantry Director Fr. Paul Siebert,  and […]

  Members of the Vets Club, Barry Sarick, Bob Hostler and Mick Fapore accept Emporium Rotary’s donation of $6,000 from Rotary President, Barry Brown (left), to help fund the Rides for Vets project. Rotary members sold raffle tickets for weeks at Olivett’s Market to help Rides for Vets meet their goal in order to purchase […]

  Ron Luckenbill made two rifles, identical to the one he is holding in this photograph, as props for the newly-released Hollywood film “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on a dramatized account of the life of 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass.      

Weekend in the Wilds ushered in Santa and the Christmas season on Saturday, but not with the usual weather for this time of year. Despite the warmer temperatures, carolers serenaded the crowds of people who made their way downtown to eat, shop and be entertained. Vendors lined Fourth Street, young and old alike enjoyed the […]

The Cameron County Memorial Detail (above) lined up for Veterans Day ceremonies at the Big Flag Memorial in Emporium. Shown in the photo to the right is Joseph Fragale, Laurie Mckeone and Rebecca Pasquinelli after laying wreathes at the World War II Memorial in front of the Cameron County Courthouse. The address was given this […]

2015 CAMERON COUNTY SPORTS HOMETOWN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES – The Emporium Hometown Mentors held the second annual Sports Hall of Fame induction at the Cameron County High School auditorium on Saturday night. During the event, hosted by Dave LaBrozzi, five CCHS Alumni were honored. They were, front row (l to r) Beth Summerson Lane […]

Jim Thompson will receive the Hometown Mentors’ Lifetime Achievement Award and is among the inductees in this year’s Cameron County Sports Hall of Fame. Also being inducted are Beth Summerson Lane, Larry Boring, Dennis Hockenberry and Fred Williams. Thompson is shown with his wife, Joann. The ceremony will take place at CCHS on October 17. […]

  Cameron County hosted the July quarterly meeting of the Northwest County Commissioners Association at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Cameron County Commissioners Jim Thomas and Phil Jones and staff members Brenda Munz and Misty Lupro were joined by representatives from fifteen other PA counties: Armstrong, Butler, Clarioin, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, […]

427 Woodland Avenue, purchased by the Cameron County School District in 2009 at a cost of more than $70,000, is being demolished. Bucktail Excavators of St. Marys was contracted to do the demolition at a cost of $9,449.

Fair pic 2015 FAIR ROYALTY – The 2015 Cameron County Fair was held last week and was a big success with no rain and nice crowds. This year’s Fair Royalty is shown, back row, left to right: Jr. King, Adam Weichman; Miss Cameron County, Lora Singer; Jr. Miss Cameron County, Lia Inman; King, Daniel Lyon. […]

  Pictured are Tony Moscato and his friend, Jim Penna, representing AT&T, presenting a check to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library to be used for the Summer Reading Club costs. Also pictured are Trystan Gribble, Ryder Brown, Enzo and Milla Magaro, and Emma Bennett. The Library would like to thank Mr. Penna and AT&T, […]

If you have noticed groups of people and lots of activity on the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church as you drive down Fourth Street, you have witnessed the newest activity to come to Emporium.  

  Glen Fiebig (center, front) is pictured with the new Little League scoreboard and the family of Clink Streich. Shown with Fiebig are son Gary (Peggy) Streich, granddaughter Angel (Andy) Williams, grandson Matt (Mary) Streich, grandson Mike (Shelia) Streich and great-grandchildren Nathan, Dylan, and Ben Williams; Alex and Nicholas Streich; Adam, Chase, and Devin Streich.  […]

  Kendyl Hostetlar and Logan Bresslin worked and worked to flip this ride upside down at last week’s Annual Little League Carnival in Emporium. In addition to the rides and games Little League volunteers did their usual great job in the concession stand selling hot sausage sandwiches, fries, burgers, hot dogs, and much more. It […]

  Todd DeLuccia from the Cameron County Conservation District is showing Woodland Elementary third graders an American toad and talking about its local habitat needs.   

Perfect weather brought over 175 area youth out for the 61st Annual Drum and Henry Kids Fishing Derby. The Bucktail Lake was stocked with over 1,500 trout for the event.  Elisha Johnson (left) and Tabitha Connolly are shown with their catches of the day.      K. Aikens – Echo

Twelve distinguished members of Woodland Elementary’s Band will participate in the annual IU#9 Band Fest being held this year in Smethport. Fifth and sixth grades at sixteen schools from across the Intermediate Unit (IU) will participate Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Shown, front row (l to r) Taylor Lamont (flute), Brianna Peters (clarinet), Mallory McKimm […]

    The former Furniture For Less building is now officially gone, following several weeks of demolition and clean-up work by Bucktail Excavators of St. Marys. The only thing left of the building is the concrete slab floor, which will be removed by the contractor in the near future, then the lot will be graded […]

    Hunter Dempsey shows off his trophy fish from Saturday’s Salt Run Youth Fishing Derby.

The 41st Annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic was forced to relocate to the Stevenson’s Dam in Sinnemahoning State Park. Water levels were deemed too high and the water flow limits were tested above safe level.  

The theme for the 41st annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, is “Go with the Flow, Find a Great Adventure.” As long as water conditions remain favorable, the race will begin at the Boat Launch along Route 120, south of Emporium near the Emporium Country Club, and will end […]

  Warmer temperatures have led to melting creek ice across the county. Ice jams formed over the weekend in several locations, including at the bridge at the confluence of North Creek and the Driftwood Branch coming out of Rich Valley. Forecasts for this week show temperatures above freezing, which should help free up local streams […]

For the second year in a row, the Cameron County Red Raider Varsity Basketball Team has earned the Northern Tier League Championship title. The Raiders defeated the Coudersport Falcons by a score of 57-54 at Austin Area School on Friday night and will now enter the District 9 Class A playoffs. Their overall record during […]

Students across the region enjoyed a snow day on Monday, following approximately one foot of snow that accumulated overnight on Sunday. Temperatures were expected to drop to zero or below overnight Monday, further compounding travel throughout the state. The huge winter storm impacted nearly all of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, cancelling thousands of […]

New signs going up on the Community Education Center building in St. Marys. The CEC offers professional, academic and personal opportunities for lifelong learning in Elk and Cameron counties and the surrounding areas.

Six people have been displaced due to a fire at a West Fourth Street four-unit apartment building in Emporium. The fire reportedly began toward the rear of the structure. Two benefits are being planned to help the residents who lost all of their belongings.      Frey – Echo

The Cameron County High School Marching Band  (above) represents the USS Pennsylvania in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii

  “EARLY BUCK” – Jared Whiting took this 9-point, 150-pound,  “early” buck on a special hunt with his grandfather, Jay Edel on Wednesday, Nov. 19th. Send your hunting photos to the Echo for publication [email protected]    

WE REMEMBER – Veterans were remembered on Tuesday with Veterans Day ceremonies at the Big Flag, the Cameron County High School and at the Cameron County Courthouse. Shown are members of the Memorial Detail during a wreath-laying ceremony at the courthouse, where Taps was played, and a memorial reading was held. Other ceremonies included members […]

  Employees of American Sintered Technologies, Inc. of Emporium show off their General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award received for fiscal year 2013-2014. Shown from left are Pete DeLucia, Quality Assurance Manager; Randy Garzel, Sizing Lead-Off; and Jim Vito, Engineering Manager.

  Rebecca Pasquinelli, Branch Manager and Peggy Letterman, Asst. Branch Manager of Northwest Savings Bank are presenting a check for $2,400 to Jill Carlson, 2015 Fund Drive Chairman for the Cameron County Community Chest.   This is a yearly donation that comes from the Northwest Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.  Northwest Savings Bank appreciates the effort […]

  RAIL TRAIL OFFICIALLY OPEN – Audra Stuart from the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is shown presenting a certificate to Jeff Ream, the engineer who worked on the Rail Trail project. They are flanked by members of the West Creek Rail Trail Association, St. Marys Snowmobile Association, Cameron County Commissioners and Solveson Contracting.

  MEMORIAL BENCH – Several members of the Schager family are shown by the bench that was built by Nancy (Schager) Stewart’s husband, Dave and their son, Wes, in memory of the late Carl Schager. The bench is located on the Rails to Trails across the highway from the home of Mrs. Schager. Shown sitting: […]

  AUTUMN FESTIVAL – Sizerville State Park’s 24th Annual Autumn Festival was held Saturday, with activities for the kids, demonstrations, and lots of great food for everyone. The day was sunny and cool, perfect for strolling through the park and enjoying the event. Several food vendors ran out of their offerings before 3:00, with the […]

2014 CAMERON COUNTY SPORTS HOMETOWN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES – Front row (l to r) Brittney McLean (2003), Michael Tonkin (1985), James Kinsler (1962), Bill Leonard (1972) and Luke Fragale (1999). Back row: Bruce Morgan (1990), Mike Simon (1974), Jeff Lloyd (1972), James Zoschg (1970), Dick Peterson (1967) and Matthew Grimone (1975). Unable to attend […]

  Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard served as pall bearers during a ceremony for First Lieutenant William Turner on Saturday at Gilmore Cemetery. Turner was buried with full military honors near his childhood home in the village of First Fork, near present-day Sinnemahoning State Park. Turner’s plane crashed during the Korean War, […]

VETS CLUB SUPPORTS PEARL HARBOR BAND TRIP – Members of the Cameron County Vets Club in Emporium presented a $5,000 check to the Cameron County High School Band to support the band’s upcoming trip to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day Parade. CCHS will represent the state of Pennsylvania during the ceremonies scheduled […]

A short rain shower on Saturday afternoon didn’t spoil St. Mark’s 2nd Annual Parish Festival. Thankfully, the weather held out for the rest of the fantastic event, allowing the fun to continue for all throughout the day. Parents brought their children for lots of different games, including bingo, dunk tank, giant slide, and many more. […]

Mike and Joe Patton, owners of Patton Building Co., are shown restoring a local historic wall to its former glory.

5K FAMILY FUN COLOR RUN – Keystone Rural Health Consortia sponsored a 5K Family Fun Color Run last Saturday, with 130 participants. There was also a walking group, and all those involved enjoyed the DJ and prizes awarded.

  The Gary Dubler Nature Trail was officially opened during Fun Day events at Woodland Elementary. Students from Woodland and the Cameron County High School attended the dedication, and many students have already worked on or have volunteered to work on improvements to the trail and outdoor classroom area. Shown above are Gary’s family members […]

  A Blue Star Memorial Dedication was held during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Big Flag Memorial in Emporium. The addition of the Blue Star Marker is thanks to the Emporium Garden Club and donations received from community organizations.

Water Company Defends Need For Rate Increase   by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Documentation has been sent to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) requesting a rate increase for customers of the Emporium Water Company (EWC), which operates in the Borough of Emporium and portions of Shippen Township. The increases are designed to generate an […]

  PROM ROYALTY – Nate Sestina and Olivia Fragale were crowned King and Queen of the 2014 Junior/Senior Prom Saturday night. Woodland Elementary All-Purpose Room was beautifully decorated for this year’s theme, “Far Away.” Nate is the son of Rachelle and Donald Sestina, and Olivia is the daughter of Gretchen and Joseph Fragale.  

Area children filled their baskets to the brim at the little league field on Saturday. Sunshine and warm temperatures brought out kids of all ages, and there was plenty of candy for all. The annual Easter hunt was sponsored by VFW, Legion, Moose, K Of C and May Hollow Sportsmen’s Club.

Nearly 30 paddlers took a dip in the frigid water during Saturday’s annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic. Shown below is Loretta Lininger being helped from the water by emergency services volunteers.

5th Grade students help release trout donated by the Wykoff Run Fish Nursery into the fish farm at Woodland Elementary. The fish farm is located in the greenhouse at Woodland, and is run by Mrs. Teresa Ream’s, 5th Grade Science classes. Jeff Ream, Teresa’s husband, is pictured releasing the fish and explained to the students […]

COACH OF THE YEAR AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDED TO CAMERON COUNTY DUO – Nate Sestina (left) was named  to the First Team North Tier League and was also named Player of the Year. Jonny Songer was named Coach of the Year in the North Tier League; back-to-back years for both Sestina and Songer. […]

  Level 3 Communications, through its Level 3 Gives Program, recently made a substantial donation to the Cameron County Food Pantry. The Level 3 Gives Program provides funding to assist the community initiatives that are important to their employees.  Shown above (left to right) are Dave Malize, Northern Tier Community Action – Food and Nutrition […]

An ice jam blocks a section of the Driftwood Branch at Second Bridge in Rich Valley. Sub-zero temperatures over the last month have frozen the creek nearly solid on the surface, while super-cooled water flows slowly beneath. Temperatures are expected to rise significantly over this weekend, and rain is in the forecast, bringing the potential […]

  Dr. Jamey Azzato (left) of Advanced Chiropractic, announces the opening of a second location in Emporium.  Dr. Azzato is an Emporium native and is happy to be serving people in his hometown. Dr. Jon McGary will be assisting Dr. Azzato. He has over 10 years experience in helping patients with a number of spinal […]

  Snow Rollers are a rare meteorological phenomenon that depend on very specific snow, wind and temperature conditions. A whole field of the small, naturally-occurring snowballs grew on the lawn of the Cameron County High School during last week’s winter storm

  The GKN Foundation and the GKN Employee Hearts of Gold recently made donations to Dream Makers. Some of the proceeds came from the sale of cookbooks containing recipes from local employees. Accounting Department employee A.J. Seelye presented a check to Dream Makers President Walt Sipe and Secretary/Treasurer Donna Heindel on Thursday at GKN’s Airport […]

    Downtown business employees were kept busy last week shoveling as temperatures dropped below freezing. This week, much of the country is gearing up for arctic-like weather brought by a Polar Vortex hovering over the northern United States.

Emporium Pharmacy will be closing up shop for the last time as of December 17 after more than eight years of service to the Cameron County Community. Owners Joel and June Caldwell, natives of the Emporium area, thanked residents for their loyalty, trust and patronage, and their employees, Bonnie, Julie, Lori and Justin, for their […]

  The new Driftwood Senior Center is now open for business, serving area seniors on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The new facility boasts offices, a modern kitchen, plenty of parking and a large common room, and was made possible by donations and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of […]

  Some students dressed as superheroes while others fancied the Halloween Parade a fashion show during Friday’s celebrations at Woodland Elementary. Skies cleared briefly in an otherwise dreary day, as temperatures in the past week have dipped nearly 10-degrees below average with light snowfall and frosty nights recorded across the region. Trick-or-Treat in Cameron County […]