CWD Test Results Continue To Come In

    Pennsylvania’s statewide deer seasons have come to a close, and within the next several weeks, final chronic wasting disease test results will return from deer harvested by hunters in the 2017-18 seasons. The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from deer harvested across the state and tests them for chronic wasting disease (CWD), as […]


  by Bill Crisp   We are entering what is, to me, the worst time of the year for the hunter and angler. After the high of summer fishing rolling into the glorious golden days of October into December the tenor and pace of hunting and fishing comes crashing down during late winter. This time […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  A Big Woods Trophy by Phil Burkhouse   I was recently talking with George “Mick” Kamats, the oldest child of George and Clara Zoschg Kamats.  George and Clara raised 11 children on their small farm located just above the intersection of Route 155 and the Gardeau Road along the Portage Creek.  Mick told me […]


 – Several hundred people from all walks of life showed up last Friday at the Emporium Fire Hall to honor former mayor, Bruno Carnovale. All paid tribute to Carnovale’s 51 years of public service to the community. Bruno was given a key to the city as part of the ceremonies. The festivities were part of […]

Opioid Epidemic Topic of Shapiro Meeting

    by Amanda Jones During a regional visit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro met with law enforcement officials in Emporium to discuss efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Cameron County residents can count themselves lucky; the area has not suffered as many hardships from the opioid crisis as neighboring counties and other communities across […]

Reed Appointed County’s Fair Housing Officer

    by Bruce Whitman Cameron County Commissioners conducted routine business during a scheduled meeting last Thursday. Commissioner Lori Reed was appointed the county’s Fair Housing Officer and in a related matter, approval was given for the county’s Fair Housing resolution. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was adopted between the county and Northern Tier Community […]

LST Tax Increase For Workers In Boro

      by Bruce Whitman Emporium employers will soon begin collecting the borough’s increased local services tax (LST). The tax is levied on people who work in the borough and earn more than $12,000 in annual paychecks. For the past 10 years the Emporium LST rate was $25. Borough council moved to increase the […]

‘Bruno Carnovale Day’ Draws Large Turnout

    by Bruce Whitman Representatives from state government, officials from five counties and several hundred good friends all showed up Friday at the Emporium Borough Fire hall to honor Bruno Carnovale. Bruno just recently ended a public service spanning 51 years, stepping down as Emporium’s mayor Dec. 31, 2017. The gathering was officially known […]

Defendants Refuse Deals and Head To Trial

    by Amanda Jones Two defendants turned down plea agreements and will proceed to trial following return day proceedings held at the Cameron County Courthouse last Tuesday. Norman Francis Pettit, age 22, of Emporium, will proceed to trial on a litany of charges including rape, indecent deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI) with a person less […]

Former Boro Officer Is Denied Parole

    by Amanda Jones A former police officer will remain in jail beyond his minimum sentence after his parole was denied during a hearing held Tuesday at the Cameron County Courthouse. Francis Paul Johnson, age 53, of Weedville, who formerly served as an officer with the Emporium Borough Police Department had his request for […]

Seniors for Safe Driving

    Seniors For Safe Driving will hold a mature driver improvement course at the following locations. February 22 – DuBois Senior Center, DuBois, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10 – Curwensville Library, Curwensville, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 21 – UPMC Northwest, Seneca, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 – Punxsutawney […]

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

    Ariel Farren, a senior at Cameron County High School, is hosting a Benefit Spaghetti Dinner as her Senior Project. All proceeds will benefit Mr. Faulk, a biology teacher at Cameron County High School. The spaghetti dinner will be held February 4th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Emporium Firehall.  

Parade of Stars Coming

    The Cameron County Fair Association would like to invite everyone to attend its annual Parade of Stars to be held on February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Cameron County High School. The yearly event funds the fair’s scholarship and helps to defray costs at the fair. This year the Parade of Stars […]

Trout Unlimited Meeting

    The James Zwald Chapter #314 of Trout Unlimited ( Elk and Cameron counties) will be meeting at the St. Marys Middle School on January 30th in the library room at 7 p.m. New projects and the Acid Mine problem on West Creek will be discussed. Come and bring your ideas for the betterment […]

Bus Trip

    This May, a group of people from St. Marys are taking a bus trip to Lancaster County for dinner and a show…and shopping! On Thursday May 24th,  the chartered Fullington Bus will be heading to The Rainbow Dinner Theatre for the show “Whose Wife Is It, Anyway?” and the buffet dinner. Following the […]

Senior Center Happenings

    Upcoming Happenings at the Emporium Senior Center: All are welcome to attend. Thursdays at 1 p.m. — Do you love words and a little friendly competition? Come on down to play Scrabble. Anyone is welcome—Every Thursday at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 6th— Healthy Immune System with Donna Thomas from Cole at 9 a.m. […]

Collaborative Board Meets

    The monthly meeting of the Cameron County Collaborative Board was held on January 17 at the Emporium Fire Hall. Heidi Aikens reported for the Family Center. Tana Funair of Dickinson Inc. thanked everyone who helped in any way with the Children’s Christmas Program. Sheri Larson reported an Open House for the new ADAS […]

Check Park Weather Conditions Online

    Does the park you want to visit have enough snow for cross country skiing or snowmobiling?  Check conditions online before you go. To find out if your favorite PA State Park has favorable conditions for winter activities, please check the State Parks Winter Report at The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows […]

‘Where is the Outrage?”

  I write to express my concern about the current situation in Washington. When President Clinton was under fire for sexual misconduct Bob Dole said “Where is the outrage?” When President Obama was elected, letters poured in immediately about his religion, race, birthplace and education.

‘The Cameron County Project’

  Dear Residents and Friends of Cameron County, Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” I don’t know about you, but to me, that is what community is all about – coming together for the good of our town, our county, and our neighbors. That is […]

‘Facts About Feral Cats’

  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals: each year 860,000 cats are euthanized in U.S. Feral cats live in colonies. Their life expectancy is two to three years but could be 10 years if fed. They could have four litters per year of four to six kits. Thirty-six to 60 percent […]

Without You We Could Not Do It’

  Cameron County SPCA wishes to thank everyone for their support of our organization throughout the year.  For those of you not familiar with our organization, we have a small kennel located at the end of South Mountain Road in Emporium. Our kennel consists of a hallway with a row of holding pens for dogs, […]

From the Bleachers

  by Rich Summers   As of this writing there are just twenty-two days, twelve hours, twenty-two minutes and twenty-eight seconds until pitchers and catchers report to Major League baseball spring training. Normally this makes the snow covered ground and sub-freezing temperatures more bearable for baseball fans like me. There was even a softball tournament […]

Bradford Owls Top Bagubas

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider Baguba varsity wrestling team hosted Bradford last Thursday but were beaten by the Owls 39-9. The Bagubas’ only wins came at 220 where Devin Palumbo picked up a pin and at 285 where Nate Palumbo took an exciting 2-1 decision. […]

Lady Raiders Fall To Coudy, OV

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity basketball team had two games last week and split the contests. On Monday they were outclassed at Coudersport but rebounded to win at Oswayo Valley in similar fashion on Friday. At Coudersport Shaelyn Black and Haley Keck scored […]

Raiders Split NTL Contests

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity basketball team had two games against the teams directly above and below them in the North Tier League standings last week. On Monday they dropped a home game to league leading Coudersport but on Saturday rebounded to win at […]

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   PILEATED WOODPECKER Nothing will wake up the silent calm of a sleepy forest than the flight cackle of the Pileated, our largest woodpecker. They can tear up a dead tree, leaving piles of rotted wood around the stump in search of carpenter ants and other insects. At times you can […]

Youth Ice Fishing A Huge Success

    The Youth ice fishing event sponsored by Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities was a huge success. There were 38 young people that registered to participate the day of the event. The weather cooperated this year with temperatures in the 40s and full sun. “We have not been […]

Accessorize Your Merchandise

    Guns and women; what do they have in common? Both enjoy accessories. So, you don’t have to buy another gun, instead you can accessorize the one you have. I don’t want to get carried away with the idea of just one gun though. You should certainly have more than one because if you […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  It’s For the Birds by Phil Burkhouse   In the 1800s there was not a Christmas Bird Count; instead, there was an annual Christmas or Holiday Shoot.  People would compete in a hunt, and whoever shot the largest pile of birds and animals was declared the winner.  Time and education increased conservation awareness, and […]

Bernice Clark

  (1915-2018) Bernice Owens Clark, resident of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, passed away on Thursday (Jan. 18, 2018) at the age of 103.    

Karen Sidman

  (1945-2018) Karen R. Sidman, 72, of 115 Crestline Road (PO Box 23), Sinnemahoning, died at DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois, on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 18, 2018).  

Edward Lundberg

  (1925-2018) Edward Bernard Lundberg, longtime resident of Emporium, died Saturday (Jan. 20, 2018) at the age of 92.  

Walter Engle

  (1931-2018) Walter K. Engle, 86, of 477 Portage St., died Monday afternoon (Jan. 15, 2018) at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie.  

Gertrude Victory

  (1925-2018) Gertrude “Trudy” Victory, 92, of 2405 Sizerville Road,  died Tuesday night (Jan. 16, 2018) at Guy and Mary Felt Manor following a lengthy illness.  

BREAKUP AFTERMATH – All of Cameron County endured creek flooding and floating ice chunks last Friday. One area of concern was in West Creek (right) where a temporary ice jam surrounded this mobile home with water and left huge ice chunks in its wake. Concerns of ice jamming at the Wykoff Run bridge in Sinnemahoning […]

County Dodges Weekend Flood Bullet

    by Bruce Whitman For the most part, Cameron County escaped major consequences from weekend flooding in the Northcentral Region. “We pretty much dodged a bullet,” said Cameron County Emergency Management Agency director Kevin Johnson. Neighboring counties, including Potter, McKean and Elk were not as lucky. “It was close for a time,” continued Johnson. […]

Evidence To Stand In Vehicular Homicide Case

    by Amanda Jones An appeal decision has been overturned by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and now blood evidence can be presented by the prosecution in a driving-under-the-influence (DUI) case begun in late 2014. The Commonwealth filed an appeal for a decision affecting the case of the Commonwealth vs. Kaitlyn N. Wolfel, age […]

Head Coaches Resign CCSD Sports Posts

    by Amanda Jones The Cameron County School District (CCSD) will be looking to fill several positions for sports programs and support positions following resignations from five individuals. The resignations of Head Football Coach Scott Burnside and Head Softball Coach Ralph McKimm, Jr. were both accepted, effective immediately, during Thursday night’s school board meeting. […]

Grant Program Will Support Borough Facade Improvements

    by Amanda Jones A grant of more than $30,000 has been awarded to the Cameron County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to be used in a façade improvement program in the Emporium Borough. State Representative Martin Causer (R-Turltepoint) announced last week that a grant of $31,150 is being awarded through the Keystone Communities program. […]

Special Day Planned For Bruno Carnovale

    by Bruce Whitman A large turnout is expected Friday (Jan. 19 )at the Emporium Firehall to honor long time public servant, Bruno Carnovale. Bruno spent more than half a century in public service before retiring as Emporium’s mayor, Dec. 31, 2017. Mayor Justin Zimmer has proclaimed the date as “Bruno Carnovale Day.” Bruno’s […]

Senior Center Bingo

    The January fundraiser Bingo at the Emporium Senior Center will be held January 21 at 1 p.m. Food will be available and a big jackpot will be the last game of the day for 10 cents a card. Come out and try your luck. Hope to see you all there.  

Bus Trip

    This May, a group of people from St. Marys are taking a bus trip to Lancaster County for dinner and a show…and shopping! On Thursday May 24th,  the chartered Fullington Bus will be heading to The Rainbow Dinner Theatre for the show “Whose Wife Is It, Anyway?” and the buffet dinner. Following the […]

Community Walking Program

    The Cameron County High School is again offering the opportunity for citizens to participate in the Community Walking Program. This program promotes fitness by providing an indoor venue for walkers to use during the winter months. The high school will be open for participants during the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. […]

Youth Ice Fishing Event Saturday

    The Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) are planning a youth ice fishing event scheduled for January 20th 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 […]

Enrichment Students Visit Farm Show

    As part of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) enrichment program, 12 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 […]

Tree Sale Fundraiser

    The Cameron County Conservation District is holding a Tree Sale fundraiser for 2018.  All proceeds go towards Conservation Education programs. If you or someone you know is looking to add trees, shrubs or garden plants to their land, then this fundraiser is for them.  Contact the District office at 814-486-2244 or e-mail […]

Annual Shade Tree Commission Report

    Fifteen trees were planted this past year at a cost of $2,055. Some of the older Sugar Maples were removed because of disease and rotting conditions. Fifteen stumps were removed at a cost of $1,500. Arbor Day was celebrated on April 28, 2017. The members of the Commission would like to thank the […]

Year-Long Lifestyle Change Program at Penn Highlands Elk

    Penn Highlands Elk will offer a free, year-long lifestyle change program – PreventT2 – that can help those with prediabetes make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes. The first meeting will be held on Jan. 23, from 5–6 p.m. at PH Elk. Meetings will continue every Tuesday, from 5–6 p.m. for the […]

AARP Safe Driving Course Coming To

  Emporium In April   Emporium Senior Center plans to host an AARP Safe Driving Course this Spring—scheduled for Thursday, April 19th  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program is a PennDOT approved program and the cost for the program is $15/AARP Members and $20/Non-Members. This class enables you to receive a minimum 5% […]

Chase the Winter Blahs Away

    Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a taste testing event on Saturday, January 20, from noon to 3 p.m.  Erin Solveson will unveil the latest home business in Cameron County. Earth Below brews kombucha at the home of Solveson and her husband and two daughters. Kombucha is a non-alcoholic, fermented tea which […]

Mountaineer Search and Rescue Looking For Your Help

    Endless Mountains Chapter 34 A.B.A.T.E. and Mack’s Rhythm & Brews Inc. are hosting a fund raiser to benefit Mountaineer Search and Rescue.  The event includes entertainment by Jonathan Meade, 50/50, and Chinese Auction.  The doors at Mack’s Rhythm & Brews Sports Bar will open Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m. “The chapter supports […]

Farm Show’s Popular WoodMobile Has Local Connection To Emporium

    The Pennsylvania WoodMobile is a main attraction at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. This project originated in 2002 by the Hardwoods Development Council, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association and Deer Park Lumber in Tunkhannock, Pa. owned by the Andrews Family of Emporium and Tunkhannock. The WoodMobile  is a traveling exhibit that provides information on the […]

Library Building Fund Memorial For 2017

    The following memorial donations were received by the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library Building Fund during 2017. Given in memory of Robert J. “Brownie” Brown by: B & R Tool and Die, Inc., Elaine  and David Brown, Mark and Mary Jo Brown, Roberta and Floyd Brown, Cameron County Little League, Annette Campbell and […]

SVFD Elects 2018 Officers

    by Bruce Whitman The Sinnamahoning Volunteer Fire Department has elected officers for 2018. Company officers include Butch Kehl, president; Bruce Whitman, vice president, and Donna Kehl, secretary/treasurer. Jeff Oyler will head line officers as chief, Buddy Sherry is deputy chief; Nate Ball, 1st assistant chief, and Delbert Baney, 2nd assistant. Kehl and Rich […]

‘God Bless Our Animals and Keep Them Safe’

  This letter has to do with the one that was in the Echo from the Cameron Co. SPCA stating that most cats do not need to be taken indoors during our terrible freezes because they are feral. Isn’t that amazing, when all other animal shelters in all areas, on all news stations, and on […]

‘The Inevitability of Change’

    Change. It is something that occurs every minute of every hour of every day.  Whether you notice it or not, change is a powerful force that cannot be stopped.  At times, that change is negative and at times it is positive.  Some people resist change for different reasons.  Others accept change as inevitable, […]

Recycling Fundraiser

    The Lady Raider Hoop Club is holding a recycling drive beginning now through the end of January.  They will collect plastic bottles, cans and glass.  All that you have to do is set aside those items, give them a call and they will pick them up. For pickup please call Tom Spehalski at […]

Bagubas Fall To Ridgway

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider Baguba varsity wrestling team hosted Ridgway last Tuesday in the first match after the Christmas break but were beaten by the Elkers, 60-12. CCHS won two of the four matches wrestled but was only able to field four eligible wrestlers. […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   The continuing drama of Cameron County High School sports coaching took another turn this past week when the Board of Education accepted the resignation of two varsity head coaches, Red Raider football mentor Scott Burnside and Lady Raider softball manager Ralph McKimm. I have not spoken with Burnside since his […]

Lady Raiders Claim Third Win of the Season

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity basketball team had three games last week and was able to claim their third win of the season. On Monday they dropped a non-league game to Bradford at home, on Tuesday they were beaten at Otto-Eldred, but on […]

Red Raiders Pick Up Two NTL Wins

    by Rich Summers The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity basketball team picked up two North Tier League wins last week. On Monday the Raiders won at Austin and on Wednesday they defeated Otto-Eldred at the CCHS gymnasium. Two other scheduled games, a road league game at Smethport on Friday and a […]

Game Commission’s Eagle Cam Is Back For 2018

    It might be cold outside, but you don’t have to leave your cozy confines for a round-the-clock opportunity to view bald eagles at close range. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam is back online, offering viewers worldwide 24-7 access to live video and audio captured at a bald-eagle nest in Hanover, Pa. The […]

Mountain Lines

by Nelson HMountain Lines by Nelson Haas Last year, bucks were still carrying their antlers into March, an unusually long time in Wildlife Management Unit 2-G and 2-H. This year it seems to be just the opposite. Shed antlers were found in the first week of rifle season and numerous, one-horned bucks were spotted. Many […]

Thirteen Trips

  by William Crisp   With the start of this new year it is time to plan out the year and put in for vacation day trips to take during 2018. So far, I’ve got it narrowed down to 13 trips that I have to take; although I can say without a doubt that I […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Bearded Ladies and Ice Jams by Phil Burkhouse   Last week’s question involved the evolved dinosaur known today as the wild turkey.  The picture depicted a bearded turkey with head erect and turned and asked if the turkey was a gobbler or a hen. Neophyte turkey hunters might have been uncertain or thought it […]

Aloma Rudolph

  (1942-2018) Aloma Jean Rudolph, 75, formerly of Emporium, died at Highland View Health Care in Brockway on Tuesday morning (Jan. 9, 2018) following a lengthy illness.  

Gary Boyer

  (1955-2017) Gary P. Boyer, 62, of 260 Mulhollan Dr.,  died at his residence on Tuesday morning (Dec. 19, 2017).    

Janice Latchem

  (1947-2018) Janice Marie Latchem, 70, of North Charleroi, died unexpectedly on Saturday (Jan. 6, 2018) in her home.

4th Graders Become Bird Brainiacs

    Don Bickford of Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) and Mark Johnson, a local birder who is very knowledgeable on the subject of birds, have started a new program at the Woodland Elementary School.  Once a month they will present a program to the 4th grade students, introducing them to birds. The primary […]