Down Co. Baptist Easter Week Services

    Down County Baptist Church would like to announce Easter Week services and happenings. Good Friday services will be held April 14th at 3 p.m. with time of fellowsip following. Saturday, April 15th, there will be a showing of the movie “Risen” at 6:30 p.m.    

Driftwood Senior Center Open For Trout Season

    The Driftwood Senior Center would like remind everyone that there will be a lot of good food at the center starting at daylight on the first day of fishing season.   Saturday, April 15th, breakfast will be served and there will be a lot of good homemade soups and sandwiches for lunch and […]

Rotary News

    Rotarian Tim Kinsler introduced speaker, Pat Lewis (right) at the Rotary luncheon March 28th. Pat gave an inspiring talk about his 40 years of coaching experiences.   Pat grew up in Emporium, graduating from CCHS and then Clarion University with a degree in Elementary Education.  Shortly after graduating from Clarion University, he received […]

Egg Hunt

    The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Sinnemahoning Recreation Park on April 8. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the Hunt starting at 10:00. There will be plenty of eggs to find and the Easter Bunny to meet and have pictures taken with.    

Community Lenten Service

    A Community Lenten Service will be held Sunday, April 9th (Palm Sunday) at the First United Methodist Church.  All are welcome for a tureen dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Lenten Praise Service at 7 p.m.    

Glenn Lucas In Concert

    Come join everyone for Glenn Lucas in concert at The Gathering Place (Cameron County Christian Center), 240 E. 4th Street, on April 8th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come and hang out; invite your friends for music, food and coffee, tea, etc.    

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron County Little League Complex on Sizerville Road. This year’s event is sponsored by the Cameron County Vets Club and VFW, the Emporium Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, and the May Hollow Sportsmen’s Club. Sign-ups are available […]

Emporium Woman Facing Arson Charges

An Emporium woman will face charges of arson and related counts stemming from a Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) investigation into the second of two fires to occur at a Shippen Township home in the space of several days. Ashley Jo Callaway, age 30, of 1741 Old West Creek Road in Shippen Township, has been charged […]

River Levels, Flow Rate Concern For Saturday’s Canoe & Kayak Classic

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Volunteers gathered on Sunday to perform a cleanup of the Driftwood Branch ahead of the Canoe & Kayak Classic scheduled for this Saturday, April 1. More than a dozen volunteers gathered at the Cameron Bridge on Sunday to spread out along Route 120, the highway that racers […]

Burglary Charges Bound Over To Court

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Two Elk County men will face burglary and related counts after they allegedly forced their way into an Emporium-area home to demand repayment of a few hundred dollars. Michael Paul Knepp, age 40, of Dagus Mines, and Matthew John Meholic, age 26, of St. Marys, are two […]

Spring Weather Marks Beginning of Road Construction Season

    Cameron County drivers will have hurdles to jump when travelling out of the county over the next several weeks. The advent of spring weather brings out birds and other wildlife along with construction crews. The Route 155 project restarted on Monday, March 27, with a work zone stretching from the Cameron-Potter county line […]

Bowling Alley Reopens as ‘Mack’s Rhythm and Blues,’ Open House Saturday

    Cameron County once again has a bowling alley to entertain residents and visitors, with the facility reopening on Route 120 earlier this month. An Open House Grand Opening is scheduled to be held this Saturday, April 1 at the former Mountain View Bowling Lanes just east of Emporium. The party will run from […]

Emp. Hardwoods In Cleanup Stage; Will Rebuild

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An industrial facility seriously damaged by fire earlier this month will be rebuilt, according to county officials. The Emporium Hardwoods facility, located on Route 120 just south of town, suffered an estimated $7 to $10 million in the early morning fire that occurred last Saturday. Cameron County […]

Sarick Receives VFW Recruiter Award

    The VFW Post 6221 of Cameron County is proud to announce that Barry E. Sarick (left), Quartermaster of the Post, has been recognized by Commander-in-Chief Brian Duffy for his effort in recruiting new and reinstated members to their great organization. Recruiter awards, as listed in the National Membership Program, recognize those members who […]

Olay Seeks Fourth Term As Prothonotary

    Mary Grace Olay would like to announce her bid for re-election for the office of Cameron County Prothonotary. Mary Grace is currently serving her third term as Prothonotary, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Courts. She previously worked as Deputy Prothonotary and Deputy Recorder of Deeds for 15 years. Mary […]

Candidates File Petitions For Primary Election

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A number of county, borough and township positions are up for re-election in this year’s municipal elections. Primary elections are scheduled to be held in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 16. In Cameron County, incumbent Magisterial District Judge Barry D. Brown, of Britton Hill Road in Lumber Township, […]

Commissioners Approve Funding To Assist In Repair Of WWI Monument

    A number of requests for funding from Act 13 Marcellus Shale funding were approved by Cameron County Commissioners during a regular meeting held Thursday. The biggest approval was granted to the Olkosky-Jessop American Legion Post #194 for anticipated repairs to the World War I Monument housed on the grounds of the Cameron County […]

Fuel Oil Spill In Hunts Run

    A tributary of Hunts Run is being monitored following a spill that leaked more than 100 gallons of fuel oil onto the ground. Members of the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) were called out to a private residence in the Hunts Run area where a fuel oil tank was leaking liquid onto the […]

County 4-H Air Rifle Team Prepares For 2017 Regional Event

    The Cameron County 4-H Air Rifle Team continues to prepare for the Regional Air Rifle competition scheduled for April 22nd at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds. Youth from Cameron, Elk, Potter, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties compete as individuals and as teams in the event.  “There are 22 young shooters in this year’s program, […]

Ambulance Board Votes To Discontinue Merger Talks

    The Cameron County Ambulance Service (CCAS) recently held its annual reorganization meeting on February 1st, at which time a new board of directors and a new set of officers was elected by the corporation members present.  This changeover was the most substantial change in CCAS governance in recent years.   The timing of […]

Vets Club Board Elects New Board Members

    The Cameron County Vets Club Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 14th, at 7:30 p.m.  Three Board members were up for reelection. A ballot voting procedure was used and the following were elected: John Housler, Steve Summerson and Jim Pellam. Congratulations go out to them. Also, several key positions on the Board […]

Impact of Pornography On Society Program Saturday

Men, women, and teens are increasingly viewing and becoming trapped in pornography. whether it’s looking at pictures in x-rated magazine or watching adult movies online via websites such as It’s a lot easier to access pornography these days as nearly every household in America has at least one computer or laptop, walking out of […]

Dunsmore Joins Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

    The Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team at Cole Memorial welcomes Certified Physician Assistant Breanna Dunsmore. She joins board-certified orthopedic surgeons Bradley Giannotti, MD, FACS, and Terrance Foust, DO, as well as, David Brown, PA-C; Heather Cox, FNP-C; Chad Jackson, PA-C and Jason Szabo, PA-C. Breanna graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant […]

Elk State Forest Proposed Recreation Projects

    Listed below are the proposed state forest recreational projects for 2017.  • Continue yearly maintenance of all trails. • Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail (Non-motorized shared use trail): hardening surfaces, stoning, signing, brushing  • Bucktail Path – trail brushing • Clear and reroute Sand Springs Ski Trail • Hicks Run Wildlife Viewing Area Structure […]

Charley’s Anniversary Winners

    The winners of Charley’s Friendly Tavern 60th anniversary gift certificate drawings are as follows: Marian Berry, Doug Homan, Barb Palumbo, Janice Werts, Toby Nelson, Sue Ramarge, Dave Guloien, Brittany Catalone, Doris Sams, and Tim Freiwald.    

‘Importance of Play’ Program at Family Center

    Angela Regulski, Occupational Therapist from Seneca IU9, will present “The Importance of Play” on Monday, March 27th, at 6 p.m. in the Woodland Elementary School Storytelling Room. Directions will be provided upon entering the school. The program will be a discussion with parents of preschool children on the importance of play for your […]

River, Roadway Cleanup Volunteers Needed

    Several local organizations will be coming together for the Annual River and Roadside Cleanup on Sunday, March 26th, and volunteers are needed.  This is great opportunity to help make our area even more beautiful. You can choose to help clean the Driftwood Branch stream or clean the roadway along Route 120.  To participate […]

Dog, Cat Microchipping Clinic

    The SPCA is having a microchipping clinic at the SPCA kennel on Friday, March 31st. The hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $20 per pet. The kennel is located at the end of South Mountain Road

Trout Unlimited Meeting

      The James Zwald Chapter #314 of Trout Unlimited will be holding its monthly meeting on March 28th at  the  South St. Marys Elementary School, Room 226. There will be a program by teacher,  Russ  Micale on The Trout in the Classroom Program  that is being carried on by his class.     

Rec Board Members Needed

    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.  Current board meetings are held on a quarterly basis.   If this seems like something you may be interested […]

Shippen Supervisors Working On Ordinance Violators

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Shippen Township Supervisors continue to work with county officials to pursue actions against ordinance violations across the township. Supervisor and Ordinance Enforcement Officer Philip Brown stated that he worked with Magisterial District Judge Barry Brown and township/county solicitor Tommy Tompkins to work out a procedure whereby citations […]

River, Roadway Cleanup Help Needed

    Several local organizations will be coming together for the Annual River and Roadside Cleanup on Sunday, March 26th, and volunteers are needed. This is great opportunity to help make our area even more beautiful.  You can choose to help clean the Driftwood Branch Stream or clean the roadway along Rt. 120.  To participate […]

Food Pantry

    The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, March 22,  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.   

Lenten Luncheon

    Join everyone for a light lunch of soup and sandwiches and share in Lenten fellowship at St. Mark O’Connell Hall every Wednesday during Lent at 12:05 p.m. Cost is only $4.00. Everyone is welcome.  

Donations Sought To Restore World War I Monument

    Would you like to give respect to veterans in this community? Would you like to donate to a worthy cause in your community? Here’s your opportunity. In 1935, this town, along with the American Legion members, erected the World War I monument at the courthouse. It was erected as a memorial to our […]

Unified Sportsmen Meeting at Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club

    The 2017 Spring Meeting of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania will take place on Sunday, March 19th at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club.  Lunch will be provided at noon and the membership meeting will start after lunch around 1p.m. Speakers for the meeting will be John Eveland, who will talk about the status of […]

Lumber Mill Fire Damage Estimated In Millions

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A Saturday-morning fire has caused millions of dollars in estimated damages to an Emporium industrial facility. More than a hundred emergency responders were called in from across the region to battle the three-alarm fire engulfing an industrial wood-processing facility that is one of the county’s biggest employers. […]

Sestina, Bucknell Headed To The Big Dance

    by Rich Summers This is the week that all college basketball fans look forward to each year. The NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament, or The Big Dance as it has come to be known, will tip off this week and local fans will be able to watch a familiar face.  Emporium resident […]

Two Charged With Welfare Fraud

    A husband and wife who reside in Cameron County have been charged with several counts of welfare fraud following an investigation into approximately five years of benefits collection by the pair. Jamie G. Haynes, age 35, and Scott A. Haynes, age 37, have each been charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor […]

Shippen Residents Deal With Rutted Road

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A number of Shippen Township residents are upset over the condition of the dirt road used to reach their homes. Glenn Davis, a township resident living along Sizer Run Road, stated that in the 20 years he has owned property in the area, the roadway has never […]

Board Votes To Oppose Legislation Eliminating School Property Taxes

    Members of the Board of Directors of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) voted unanimously Thursday night to adopt Resolution 01-2017, which opposes current legislation to eliminate school property taxes. Board member Robert Lininger stated that members are not opposed to the elimination of property taxes, but that the suggested funding formula would […]

Rotary News

    Emporium Rotary members welcomed Applachian Art Studio owner and Ridgway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous organizer Liz Boni (left) as guest speaker during their recent luncheon meeting.   Boni and her husband, Rick, started the annual festival in 2000 with just over 30 chainsaw carvers participating.  This year’s event runs March 11-18 and will feature […]

March Happenings at Emporium Senior Center

    The Emporium Senior Center has the following events planned during March. Monday, March 13th – Club meeting at 1 p.m. All members welcome. Tuesday, March 14th – Fall Reduction Workshop at 9 a.m. If you have not registered, but are still interested in participating, give the center a call at 814-486-3707 to check […]

Impact of Pornography On Society

Men, women, and teens are increasingly viewing and becoming trapped in pornography from maybe websites similar to People struggling with addiction are affected spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. The devastating impact is felt by spouses, families, friends, co-workers – even the legal system in the case of child pornography. Repeatedly viewing porn websites like […]

Spring Ladies’ Conference

    The annual Spring Ladies’ Conference will take place on Saturday, March 18th, 9 a.m. to noon at the Emporium Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Sizerville Road (Route 155).  All area women are warmly invited. While women of every age will enjoy the conference, this year’s spring event is highlighting the rich and […]

February Realty Transfers

    Cameron County secured realty transfers for February: Pennsylvania General Energy Company LLC conveyed property in Shippen Township to Pennsylvania General Energy Corp. for $10. Cindy C. Fairman; Lumber Township; Cynthia C. Summerson; $1.00. Jeffrey L. Geist; Grove Township; Mountain Creek Landing LLC; $155,000. Terry L. Hodge; Lumber Township; Michael E. Sulerud; $160,000.   […]

Read Across America

    This past week, Woodland Elementary School joined with schools across the country to celebrate Read Across America Week with a variety of activities.  There were over fifty community readers from many different organizations participating.   Members of Rotary, GKN workers, community volunteers, School Board members and members of the Administration as well as […]

Scholarship Applications Now Available For High School Seniors

    Attention All Seniors in High School: The Elk Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of North Central PA, has distributed all post-secondary or vocational scholarship applications to the high school guidance departments. Each scholarship that is available has a different focus, so check each one out and see if it is […]

Hostler Resigns Boro Council Seat

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Members of the Emporium Borough Council accepted the resignation of a member during their regular meeting held Monday evening. Robert Hostler, who was elected to a council position in 2015, tendered his letter of resignation from the board. He also resigned as the borough’s representative on the […]

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,” according to […]

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 […]