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 [email protected] […]

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 are $15/AARP Members and $20/Non-Members. This class enables you to receive a minimum of 5% Discount […]

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 […]

Head Start Learns About Bats

    Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that provides education, health, and nutritional services for children between 3 and 5 years old. This service is provided by Northern Tier Community Action Corporation. Head Start gives children the opportunity to experience new adventures and to be curious and creative.  Emily Embick of Sizerville State […]

Applications Now Being Accepted For LIHEAP

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is now open. Eligibility for this federally funded program is based on income guidelines and household size. For example, a family of four with a gross annual income of $36,900 will qualify for a grant. Monies are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional […]

Friends of the Library Kick Off Fundraiser

    The Friends of the Library have accomplished a great deal over the years. A big thank you goes to everyone who has supported the organization by becoming a member during the Membership Drive, or attending the Used Book Sale, or taking part in the holiday project; Wishing Family and Friends a Happy Holiday. […]

Rotary News

    Rotarian and Vice Chairman of the Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, Rebecca Pasquinelli introduced Dr. Joseph Nairn, President of the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania at the Emporium Rotary luncheon meeting October 31st.   Dr. Nairn updated the club on the new affordable and accessible post-secondary education for students […]

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

    A Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Emporium Senior Center November 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can eat in, take out, or have the dinners delivered. Donations are welcome. Food donations can be left at the Senior Center.      

Christmas Luncheon

    A Christmas Luncheon is being planned for ladies who retired from or worked at Cameron County Schools, on Wednesday, December 6 at the firehall. Doors will open for the luncheon at noon and they will eat around 1:15 p.m.  Mountain Melodies will entertain at 12:35.   Please call 486-0234 or 486-0181 if you […]

Cameron County Veterans Day Events

    The Annual Veterans Day Dinner will be Saturday, November 11th, at the Cameron County Vets Club.  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with social hour starting at 5:00. The dinner is open to all honorably discharged Veterans, Active Duty and Reserve Military.  To sign up for your reservation, call (814) 486-3078 or […]

Trunk or Treat a Success

    The rains did not dampen the spirits of anyone during the annual Trunk or Treat event held recently in Emporium. Over 400 children and their families walked through 26 trunks that were decorated for the event. Snacks and music were provided throughout the evening. This event is growing by leaps and bounds and […]

Ham, Turkey Raffle

    The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a Ham & Turkey Raffle November 11th at the Emporium Firehall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and drawings start at 7:00. Prizes consist of meats, pop, money and other items; twenty-five individual raffles with multiple prizes. Free admission and refreshments.       

Chamber Adjusts Hours For Holidays

the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center in planning for the gift giving season has adjusted its hours. The store front is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tuesday night extra hours include 6:30 to 9:00. Adjusted weekend hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. […]

ABATE Meeting

    The Endless Mountain A.B.A.T.E. Chapter 34 monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Emporium Moose Club.       

Cameron County Courthouse officials and GKN employees partnered to raise money for the county’s Pinktober Baskets of Hope fundraiser held throughout the month of October. Shown from left are: Scott Larson (GKN), Amanda Vossler (GKN), Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay, Lisa Main (GKN), and Brian Harmon, Cameron County Sheriff’s Department.    

Record Donations For Baskets of Hope

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Organizers of the Pinktober and Baskets of Hope fundraiser at the Cameron County Courthouse announced that this year’s activities raised an unprecedented amount of money and garnered more support to keep the project up and running. Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay announced that Pinktober activities raised just over […]

Collection Agency To Step In To Collect Delinquent Taxes

    Cameron County Commissioners and county officials are working with municipal tax collectors to ready for a collection agency to step in to collect delinquent per capita and occupational taxes. Notices will be sent to residents with currently delinquent taxes prior to the accounts being sent to collection to give them time to pay […]

Preliminary Numbers In For Elk Season

    Pennsylvania’s annual Elk Hunting Season was held last week, with hunters harvesting many of the animals permitted through the lottery license system. Lucky hunters are chosen through a lottery system during an annual festival held at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette. Each tag is assigned to a management area, and a […]

State, Federal Governments Addressing Opioid Crisis

    Last week, President Donald Trump declared the United States’ opioid crisis a public health emergency, and the Pennsylvania legislature is taking steps to address the problem in the state, as well. Senate Bill 936 would require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for the Pennsylvania Workers’ […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Colorado – Finale by Phil Burkhouse   As I mentioned last week I had my muzzleloader resting over a large log and I could hear elk hooves rapidly pounding in my direction.  The two bulls had made a brief appearance at 150 yards before plunging into the ravine that separated us.  They were coming […]

Tears, Fears and Careers

  by William Crisp   It’s November, thank goodness, my favorite time of the year.  However, this month has come in on a tough bit of news. One of my colleagues was assaulted while working and was injured, then had to shoot his assailant. The good news is the good guy came home; bullet dodged.  […]

Streich, Whiting Tabbed For All-Star Team

Streich, Whiting Tabbed For All-Star Team   Two Cameron County High School Red Raider seniors were selected for the 2017 Allegheny Mountain League North All-Star team. Adam Streich was selected as a defensive back and Jared Whiting was selected as a linebacker.    

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   The second consecutive one win season has come to an end for the Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team and it is time to confront what the future holds for the program. While the results are hardly unprecedented, other factors put viability of the team in coming […]

‘Questions Answered’

  Dear Amy McNarney Huot, Thank you for your interest in the Cameron County ATV Association!  We would love to answer all of your questions.   Our press releases are signed by the Cameron County ATV Association and not an individual because our board members must collectively approve all public statements.  That is in our […]

‘Questions Answered’

  Dear Amy McNarney Huot, Thank you for your interest in the Cameron County ATV Association!  We would love to answer all of your questions.   Our press releases are signed by the Cameron County ATV Association and not an individual because our board members must collectively approve all public statements.  That is in our […]

Florence Stoltz Jack

  (1933-2017) Florence C. Stoltz Jack, age 84, of DuBois, formerly of Emporium, died Thursday (Nov. 2, 2017) at Christ the King Manor.        

John Scarpelli

  (1976-2017) John Paul Scarpelli, 41, of Curwensville, and formerly of Emporium, passed away Friday (Oct. 27, 2017) in Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne County.    

  St. Mark Catholic Church, in conjunction with St. Callistus in Kane, held the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday at 1 p.m. in Kane. Congratulations to the candidates who were sealed with the Holy Spirit. Shown, front row (l to r): Father Paul Siebert, Lexi Newton, Abigail Rowan, The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop […]

Several Local Uncontested Races In County-Wide Election

    Local races are set for the General Election to be held across the Commonwealth on Tuesday, November 7. Several local races are uncontested. In the county-wide race, Republican Mary Grace Olay is running unopposed for the Prothonotary position, which she has held for several terms. Current Sheriff Allen H. Neyman is running unopposed […]

Sinnemahoning Dam Rededicated Following Multi-Million Dollar Rehabilitation Project

    The George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park was rededicated on Monday following a multi-million-dollar rehabilitation project completed this year. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) employees and a number of state officials marked the restoration and rededication of the dam on Monday morning at the boat launch area in […]

Hygrade Inn To Host Photography Exhibit

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County’s most anticipated business will open its doors to host a photography exhibit featuring the work of a well-known Emporium resident. A photography exhibit will be hosted at the Hygrade Inn featuring photographs taken by George Kempher, a late Emporium resident known for his photos that […]

Local Unemployment Reported at 6.7%

    The unemployment rate for September is down slightly from the previous month for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, dropping to 4.8%. This month’s unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point, with employers across the state adding about 10,300 non-farm jobs throughout the month. Total new hires were listed at 26,580. Initial unemployment […]