Commissioners Looking Into Money Saving Projects

    Cameron County Commissioners heard a presentation from a representative of a company specializing in engineering and energy savings projects. The McClure Company has offered to conduct an in-depth audit to look at a number of different ways that the county can save money by making improvements at the Cameron County Courthouse. Representative Eric […]

Two Elk County Men Charged With Emporium Burglary

    Two residents of Elk County have been charged with several crimes after unlawfully entering a Shippen Township home and threatening several occupants. Police were called to investigate an alleged burglary on Old West Creek Road on February 15, wherein victims reported three men entered the home and threatened them with bodily harm. According […]

Empty Ballot Slots Expected For Primaries

    Cameron County officials expect to see a number of empty spots on the primary ballot this May. The deadline to file petitions and have a candidate’s name appear on the ballot during primary voting to be held on Tuesday, May 16, is fast approaching, and a number of slots will be empty due […]

Year’s End County Job Analysis

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor End-of-the-year area data is now available from the Pennsylvania Center of Workforce Information and Analysis concerning local communities. In Cameron County, the December 2016 unemployment rate was calculated at 8.4%, with approximately 200 of the county’s 4,869 residents considered unemployed. Approximately 50 individuals had their unemployment compensation […]

Former Boro Police Officer Sentenced

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A former Emporium Borough Police officer was sentenced on charges related to inappropriate communication with a minor on Tuesday. Francis Paul Johnson, age 52, of Weedville, was sentenced to serve 10 to 24 months, less one day, in a county jail facility, followed by three years of […]

Little League Sign-Ups Friday, Saturday

    The Cameron County Little League will be holding four sign-up days this year at Memorial Hall: Friday, March 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 4th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, March 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 11th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

Living Simply Nourished Workshop

    by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor A group of Emporium residents are offering a series of workshops aimed at promoting healthy living habits. The Living Simply Nourished workshops will be held throughout the month of March and beginning of April, and are aimed at educating people to take control of their health through […]

Berry Sentenced On Return Day For Car Break-Ins

    An Emporium man was sentenced for breaking into a number of cars in the South Park neighborhood last spring. Dakota W. Berry, age 19, of Emporium, was sentenced to serve 30 to 60 months in a state correctional facility after entering a guilty plea on Tuesday at the Cameron County Courthouse. He was […]

Four Sentencing Hearings Held For Smith

    An Emporium man was sentenced for his involvement in four separate criminal cases on Tuesday in Cameron County. Caleb Edward Smith, age 25, of Emporium, was placed into the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to undergo an evaluation to determine his eligibility to participate in the State Intermediate Punishment Program (SIPP) […]

New Artists at Chamber

    Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center announces the addition of two artists.   Jacqueline Coble from DuBois has been a part-time potter since college.  Recently retired, she is now making cups, bowls, vases, and bakeware full time.   “We have looked for a potter for years, and are very excited by […]

Gastroenterologist Joins Penn Highlands

    Christos Karalis, M.D., gastroenterologist, recently joined Penn Highlands Healthcare. Dr. Karalis sees patients and performs procedures in the office and in the adjacent endoscopy center located in the DuBois Community Medical Building, 621 South Main Street, DuBois.  Penn Highlands Gastroenterology specializes in diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and colon.   […]

Senior Center’s Senior of the Month

    For the month of December, Emporium Senior Center has designated Don Zuback as Senior of the Month. Don’s favorite color is Blue and he enjoys feeding and watching the hummingbirds.  When asked what he loves about Emporium, he says it is a friendly town, where he knows just about everyone.  If he could […]

Variety of Continuing Education Courses Coming To CEC

    Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its outreach to northern Pennsylvania with a variety of courses this season. Among classes scheduled in the coming weeks at the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. Marys, are: Enhancing Client Relationship Skills: Creating Win-Win Solutions […]

Job Fair For CCHS Students

    The Cameron County Junior Senior High School has teamed with the Community Education Center’s DISCOVER Partnership to offer a Career and Job Fair for students in grades 7-12.  Local companies, organizations and post-secondary institutions are invited to attend. The Career and Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 24th from 8 a.m. […]

Wildlife Photographer Workshop

    Learn wildlife and outdoor photography tips from one of the most talented amateur photographers in the Pennsylvania Wilds area.  Bill Potter will teach a three-part wildlife photography workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park starting Saturday, March 4. Drawing lessons from his years of observing and photographing animals in the wild, Bill Potter will help […]

January Realty Transfers

    Cameron County secured real estate transactions for January: Glen D. Fiebig conveyed property in Shippen Township to Glen D. Fiebig. Karen M. Hubler; Driftwood; Jeffrey S. Smeal; $7,000. Janet C. Berard; Portage Township; Zacharay A. Kane; $55,000.  

CCSD Looking Into Energy Cost Savings

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County School District Board Members voted unanimously to expel four students during their regular meeting held Thursday night. The four students, who were identified only by ten-digit numbers, “shall be disciplined according to the provisions set forth in the Agreement(s) in Lieu of an Expulsion Hearing,” […]

Sylvan Heights, Alpine Village Drainage Issues Discussed

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Shippen Township Supervisors discussed potential construction projects and heard a presentation by members of the Cameron County ATV/UTV Association during their regular meeting held Tuesday night. A representative of the Uni-Tec engineering firm presented information on a number of proposed projects, including necessary drainage repairs in Sylvan […]

Boro, Municipalities Affected By Landfill Incident

    The Emporium Borough and other municipalities served by the Advanced Disposal Greentree Landfill facility in the Kersey area are seeing a minor disruption in services following a fatal landslide at the facility last week. Emporium Borough Manager Don Reed stated that sanitation employees are now delivering household waste to a facility in McKean […]

Indoor Winterfest Activities Enjoyed Last Weekend

    Despite cancellation of a number of family-friendly events, indoor events aimed at catering to more grown-up tastes were enjoyed at My Place in Emporium as part of winter festival scheduling. The newly-added events planned for Friday night and Sunday afternoon were well-attended for their inaugural year. This is the second year in a […]

County Unemployment Rate at 8.4%

    Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate decreased slightly from November’s rate, down to 5.6% according to data recently released by the PA Department of Labor & Industry. The rate last month was 5.7%, and 5.8% for the month of October. The state’s unemployment rate has been hovering near this mark for some time. Unemployment levels are […]

Community Chest Needs Your Help To Reach Goal

    As of February 2nd the Cameron County Community Chest has collected $8,683 toward its $20,500 goal.  Thanks to all who have contributed.  The 2017 Fund Drive will be kept open until September 30, 2017.   This month’s featured organization will be the American Red Cross.   The American Red Cross PA Heartland Chapter is […]

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

    The public is cordially invited to a spaghetti dinner at the Emporium Firehall on Saturday, February 25th. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. All the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the continuing construction of the church in Mesbilia, Chiapas, Mexico. The dinner will cost $2.00 per person and be served […]

Acts Still Needed For Parade of Stars

    The Cameron County Fair Association is continuing to accept acts for the upcoming Parade of Stars. The event will be held on Saturday, March 4 at the Cameron County High School. Anyone interested in participating should contact Pat Kempher at 486-1412. Proceeds from the Parade of Stars benefit the Cameron County Fair Scholarship […]

Kindergarten Registration

    Woodland Elementary School will hold Kindergarten registration Monday, February 27th thru Friday, March 10th. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may access paperwork on the Cameron County School District’s website at, select the Woodland Elementary tab, and select Kindergarten Registration from the drop down.  A checklist has also been provided to ensure all necessary paperwork has been […]

VFW, Legion Dues Payers’ Dinner

    Once again the VFW Post 6221, American Legion Post 194 and both auxiliaries will be joining together for the annual Dues Payers’ Dinner. The dinner will be held on Saturday, March 11, at the Emporium VFW home located on East 3rd Street. Menu will consist of stuffed chicken breast or stuffed pork chop. […]

Rec Board Looking For New Board Members

    Cameron County Recreation Board is currently looking for new board members.  If you have an interest in bettering recreation and the youth of this community, then this might be a perfect fit for you.   Board meetings are held on a quarterly basis.   

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Assembly

    “One in three teens experience some form of dating abuse.” This was part of Dr. Gary Cuccia’s message during a recent assembly hosted by the Cameron County Jr./Sr. High School, in conjunction with Dickinson Center, Inc.   The entire student body at CCHS attended Dr. Cuccia’s presentation regarding Teen Dating Violence Awareness and […]

Fall Reduction Workshop

    Emporium Senior Center will be hosting a “Fall Reduction Workshop” this March.  This program is a statewide initiative to help older adults prevent falls and stay healthy. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 9 a.m.  There is still room for a few more participants, so please give the center […]

Ag Producers’ Meeting

    The 14th Annual AG Producers’ Meeting, hosted by Cameron County Conservation District, will be held February 22nd at the Elk State Forest Office on Sizerville Road at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Jenn Dixon by February 17th at 814-486-9353 or e-mail: Admission is free and there will be pesticide credits, free soil […]

Harlem Ambassadors To Take On Elk, Cameron All-Stars

    Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high-flying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy!  Join the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show on Sunday, March 12th at 6 p.m. at the St. Marys High School gymnasium as they take on the Elk and Cameron All-Stars.  Tickets can be purchased in advanced or at the door.   […]

Wild, Tame Game Dinner

    May Hollow Sportsmen’s Club will hold its Wild and Tame Game Dinner on February 18th, starting at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  

Senior Center Dues

    A friendly reminder to members of the Emporium Senior Center that dues for 2017 are $10 and can be paid by mail to 213 ½ South Maple Street or by stopping in and saying hello. Members would love to see you anyhow.   

Senior Center February Happenings

    The Emporium Senior Center has the following programs scheduled in February. All are welcome to attend. Thursday, February 16th – Apprise Day   Kellie Rusciolelli will be at the Emporium Senior Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have any Medicare-related questions, Kellie is happy to talk with you, by appointment.  […]

Readers Wanted

    Woodland Elementary School is looking for members of the community who would like to help them celebrate Read Across America.  They need volunteers to come in and read to their elementary students.   In the grades kindergarten through sixth they will be hosting readers February 27th through March 3rd.  You can bring your […]

Rides-for-Vets Volunteers Honored

An appreciation dinner was held on Saturday evening at the Cameron County Vets Club to honor volunteers providing services for the Rides-for-Vets program of Elk and Cameron counties. This year’s annual dinner recognized more than 20 drivers for dedicating their time and energy to provide rides to medical appointments for veterans living in the two […]

Potter County Jail Closure Just Rumors, For Now

by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Potter County officials reiterate that the rumored closing of the Potter County Jail is just rumor, at least for the time being. Smart Justice initiatives aimed at reducing jail populations and recidivism sparked a conversation about the possibility of shuttering the Potter County Jail and creating a multi-county partnership […]

LEPC Officers Retained For Upcoming Year

Officers of the Cameron County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) were chosen at the group’s quarterly meeting held last week at the Emporium Fire Hall. The officers were retained through a unanimous vote of members present at the meeting. Adam Johnson will continue to serve as LEPC Chair. Kevin Johnson will retain the position of […]

DuBois Company Implicated In UPMC Death Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed on behalf of several patients who died following treatment at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) hospitals indicates that the mold that caused the fatalities was transmitted by improperly-dried bedsheets provided by the Paris Healthcare Linen facility, of DuBois. According to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review website, a report filed in the Allegheny County […]

February Senior Center Happenings

    The Emporium Senior Center has a lot going on in February. Stop in and check it out, all are welcome. Tuesday, February 7th—“Natural Supplements Program.” A senior from our community will be giving an informal presentation about Natural Supplements at 11:15 a.m. He will discuss the benefits of making them a part of […]

Causer, Lawmakers Renew Efforts To Rescue PA Fire, EMS Services

    Rep. Martin Causer stood with nearly three dozen lawmakers and first responders at the state Capitol Monday to kick off legislative efforts to support fire and ambulance services across the Commonwealth. “We are facing many challenges in our state right now, but ensuring the viability of our emergency response organizations should be at […]

High School Honor Roll

    Cameron County High School announces its 2nd Quarter Honor Roll. High Honors Grade 12 – Autumn Abriatis, Molly Abriatis, Corrine Burnside, Desirae Fledderman, Kendyl Guisto, Madisen Guisto, Madison Harrier, Kassidy McLaughlin Grade 11 – Tess Dubler  

Woodland Honors List

    Woodland Elementary School announces its 2nd Nine Weeks Awards List: Grade 5 Mrs. Ream High Honors (All A’s) Joshua Beer, Sabina Hoffower Honors (All A’s and B’s) Jesop Farabaugh, Lily Pearce, Treyton Tucker    

Dollar Dinner

    A Dollar Dinner (spaghetti) will be held February 4th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Emporium First United Methodist Church, 306 S. Spruce Street. Eat in only! All proceeds will be given to the Emporium Boy Scout Troop #551.  

CCHS Virtual School Honor Roll

    Aiden Jones and Kira Jones, sixth grade students in the Cameron County School District approved virtual school, have achieved honors for the second nine weeks.    

Fall Reduction Workshop

    Emporium Senior Center will be hosting a “Fall Reduction Workshop” this March.  This program is a statewide initiative to help older adults prevent falls and stay healthy. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 9 a.m. Here are a few reasons you may want to participate: 1) Choosing to participate […]

Feast Day of St. Blaise

    St. Mark Catholic Church will celebrate the Feast Day of St. Blaise with Blessing of the Throats on Friday, Febuary 3rd at the 8:10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses.  St. Blaise is the patron saint of troubles of the throat.    

Ag Producers Meeting

    The 14th Annual AG Producers’ Meeting, hosted by Cameron County Conservation District, will be held February 22nd at the Elk State Forest Office on Sizerville Road at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Jenn Dixon by February 17th at 814-486-9353 or e-mail:      

Corn Distribution

  The Bucktail Rod and Gun Club still has corn available on Sizer Run Road. It will be given out on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. until it is all gone. Members who have not received free corn yet will get two bushels free. Others can buy corn for $2.00 a bushel.   […]

Rotary News

    Rotarian Diana Boden introduced guest speaker, Bill Bogart, local businessman and historian, at the Rotary luncheon meeting January 24th. After graduating from St. Bonaventure University and receiving a masters from Alfred University, Bill moved back to Emporium and has operated his own business, William Bogart Small Business Consulting, for the past 32 years.  […]

Library Memorials

    The following memorials were made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library for the third and fourth quarters of 2016. The following books were placed in honor of: Richard A. Sarick for his many years of service by The Board of Directors and Staff of the Barbara Brown Memorial Library:  Grand Opera:  The […]

Snow Shoe, Ski Loaner Program at State Park

    Explore Sinnemahoning State Park in the winter and learn a new skill. The Park’s Winter “Get Outdoors” Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Loaner Program returns. It’s easy, and it’s fun!  When enough snow covers the trails, a limited number of cross-country skis and snowshoes will be available for use within the park, with […]

Public Library Building Fund Memorials For 2016

    Given in memory of Dr. Allen M. Blackburn by Tony Moscato Given in memory of Dr. Allen M. Blackburn by Matt and Nancy Zoschg Given in memory of Shirley B. Blackburn by Tony Moscato Given in memory of Norma Dill Hickoff by Matt and Nancy Zoschg    

Variety of Programs at Sinnemahoning Park

    Sinnemahoning State Park ushers in 2017 with a variety of interpretive and outdoor recreation programs. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, indoors, as we watch the birds visiting the feeders just outside the classroom window. Coffee with the Birds will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 […]

Comedy Magic Show In Austin

  Don’t miss out on your chance to laugh harder than you have in a long time! Come see a member of the audience float in thin air. You’ll see a mind reading raccoon and it will snow indoors during the show!  The AHS Class of 2018 will sponsor “The Jason Christopher Comedy Magic Show” […]

Rotary Hears From Drama Club

    Rotarian Chris McFall introduced members of the CCHS Drama Club  (from left to right), Amily Schatz, (Chris McFall),  Jaecay Major and Ann Burt, who updated the club on projects, needs and efforts it takes to put on a production.  Each year the club puts on a fall and spring play. Ann Burt is […]

Enrichment Students Visit Farm Show

    As part of the CCSD enrichment program, 16 Cameron County students recently had the opportunity to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The trip, coordinated by Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA), is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. […]

Taco Dinner For Volunteers

    All volunteers serving with the Emporium and Sinnemahoning Fire companies, Cameron County and Sinnemahoning Ambulance services, Mountaineer Search and Rescue, and Cameron County Emergency Management are invited to a free taco dinner on Saturday, January 28th. The dinner will be at the Emporium Firehall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All volunteers with […]

Youth Ice Fishing Event Planned For Jan. 28

    The Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) are planning a youth ice fishing event for January 28th at Bucktail Lake in Sizer Run. The program is for youth ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult. The event will start at 10 a.m. and last until 2 […]

Stop and See Improvements Made To Senior Center

    Belong to the Emporium Senior Center? When was the last time you were there? Stop by and see all that’s been done to improve the comforts for you. Thanks to Cliff Clark for his efforts to secure the block grant the Center was able to receive really made a    difference in the […]

Pancake Supper

    The Emporium  Senior Center will hold a Pancake Supper on Saturday, January 21st from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, and coffee will be served.    

Dollar Dinner

    A Dollar Dinner (spaghetti) will be held February 4th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Emporium First United Methodist Church, 306 S. Spruce Street. Eat in only! All proceeds will be given to the Emporium Boy Scout Troop #551.  

Emporium To Become Walkworks Community

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Emporium Borough is one of three communities to gain acceptance into the WalkWorks program through the state Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh this year. “The program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and activities,” said Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Director Tina Johns-Solak.  […]

Pat Lewis Coaches 1,000th Career Game

    Saturday’s Penn State DuBois Women’s basketball game against Lehigh University marked Pat Lewis’ 1,000th career game as a coach. Lewis coached for 30 years at Cameron County High School. He coached the Lady Raider junior varsity for six years and the varsity girls for 24 years. He also coached the Raider boys junior […]

Another Emporium Property To Be Razed

    Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board Members approved a bid entered by the Emporium Borough for purchase of a former residence slated for demolition. Approval has already been given by the borough and the Cameron County Commissioners, paving the way for the former Lundin Home located at 236 West Fifth Street to be […]

Improvements To Be Made To Woodland Playground

    Cameron County School District (CCSD) board members are working to improve the playground areas at Woodland Elementary school. A bid of $7,410 from Losey Contracting was approved for removal of old mulch, excavation and installation of drainage pipe and a gravel base at the Kindergarten playground. Board members decided to set a deadline […]

Local Unemployment Down Significantly

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Pennsylvania’s Unemployment rate ticked back down for November 2016, as was indicated by preliminary data analyzed last month by the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA). The rate for November 2016 has been calculated at 5.7% statewide, compared to the 5.8% rate recorded for October of […]

Shade Tree Commission Felling Problem Trees

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Emporium’s Shade Tree Commission is working with the borough and contractors to remove a number of large trees that are unhealthy or are likely to become so in the near future. Shade Tree Commission member Don Caton stated that the commission is working to remove larger trees […]

Commissioners Approve Funds For Facade Improvement Program

    Cameron County Commissioners approved a payment from Act 13 funds for a façade improvement program to benefit businesses in the Borough of Emporium. The $6,750 grant will be used by Sylvan Heritage Council (SHC) to help match funds applied for through a Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) program. The borough has […]

Emporium Man Charged With Burglary

    An Emporium man has been charged with burglary after home surveillance video footage was turned over which showed him wearing the same clothes during the burglary as when he was interviewed by police. Victor Lee Elliott, age 35, of Emporium, faces felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass, along with misdemeanor counts of […]