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 […]

Rotary News

    Emporium Rotary members forego a hot cooked lunch by brown bagging it at their luncheon meeting October 24th and donating their lunch money to The Rotary Foundation for World Polio Day.  Each year, the club donates a substantial amount towards the eradication of polio in the world. Robin Kuleck (shown left) spoke to […]

Conservation District Project Tour

    The Cameron County Conservation District will be holding their annual Project Tour for 2017 projects on Friday, November 3. The tour will start at the boat launch at Sinnemahoning State Park at noon, where a light luncheon will be served. Showcased on the tour will be the following projects: • G. B. Stevenson […]

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.  

Senior Center Happenings

    Upcoming happenings at the Emporium Senior Center:   All are welcome to attend.  Tuesday, November 7th – Community Nurse Day. Free Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings from 11-11:30 a.m. and a short program about “Saving Your Skin” at 11:30. Wednesday, November 8th – DCNR Mystery Program with Emily at 9 a.m. Monday, November 13th […]

Sinnemahoning Watershed Round 10 Application Requests

    Settlement monies from the June 30, 2006 Norfolk Southern train derailment that caused a serious fish kill in Big Fill Run, Sinnemahoning Portage Creek, and the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek are being administered by the Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Committee to fund successful applications in the 10th round of the Sinnemahoning Watershed […]

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 […]

‘Vote ‘Yes’ to Pass Referendum’

  Dear Editor, Voters will have the option of passing a referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The referendum will amend the Pennsylvania Constitution allowing the state legislature to enact legislation to enable local municipalities and/or school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of the assessed value of a home from taxation. The referendum would […]

‘Nailed It’

  My very first issue of the Echo appeared in my rural mailbox yesterday. And, too, that good fortune was further enhanced by a fine letter to the editor penned by what surely seems to be an astute and polished author.  Her letter questioned the shortcomings of the leadership of what is known as the […]

‘Power Plant Explosion’

  The following information and letter about the Power Plant explosion was submitted by Jr. Murray. The Cameron County Press headline at the time of the explosion was: “3 Die in Power Plant Explosion Monday – First Fatal Accident in Company’s History.” Jr. copied a letter from his grandmother, Frances Murray, which he hopes our […]

Victor Fowler

  (1951-2017) Victor L. Fowler, 66, of Route 155, Port Allegany, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Oct. 24, 2017) in his home.    

Mountain Lines

  by Nelson Haas   IT’S THAT SIMPLE A recent article in “Bowhunter magazine: Nov./Dec. Whitetail Special 2017 issue,  Dr. Dave Samuel, Conservation Editor, starts his article: “Deer Summit 2017”, page 20, with this profound statement: “We all know that deer drive the financial backing of our state wildlife agencies. Losing deer or losing deer […]

Changes Change

  by William Crisp   These days it seems as if change is the norm and any change, even change for the sake of change, is good. I happen to disagree with that one-sided premise and happen to believe there are good changes, bad changes and change that is unavoidable; so it doesn’t matter if […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Colorado Elk Hunt I by Phil Burkhouse   In a previous century I taught high school math to kids in nearby Ridgway.  I, also, sponsored an archery club that constructed an archery range in the basement of the school, and we shot daily throughout the school year.  Few academic students have stayed in contact […]

Red Raider Junior High Drops Season Finale

    by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider football team completed their season last Thursday when they hosted Smethport but were beaten by the Hubbers 28-12.  The Cameron County defense played very well and forced three fumbles but was unable to stop the high powered Smethport running […]

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   District 9 football realignment and the future of Cameron County High School football. The two subjects have their own set of circumstances and yet are incontrovertibly connected. Realignment has finally become as close to a done deal as possible while the football program at our high school has anything but […]

Bird’s Eye View

by Randy ‘Bird’ Horning The Emporium County Club golf season is quickly coming to a close. There was no activity at the club this week, as Mother Nature was the winner of the Men’s Sunday Scramble. The course will most likely be closing down sometime this week for (dare I say it) the winter. This […]

SENIOR NIGHT – Senior members of the Cameron County High School Red Raider Marching Band will be recognized during halftime at the varsity football game October 20th. Shown, front row (l to r) Lilliana Bailey, Meghann Crosby, Cam Ramsey, Lia Inman, Marrisa Doud, Lexi Newton and Amily Schatz. Back row: Abigail Rowan, Dean Johnson, Lacey […]

Sinnemahone Trail Run To Draw Record Number of Runners

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Trail Run will be held this Saturday, October 21, on the scenic trails and backroads of Cameron County. This year’s event is slated to be the biggest yet, with more runners signed up from out-of-the-area than local participants. The race actually includes three different […]

Installation Costs Nix New Scoreboard

  The Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors discussed a decision not to pursue funding for a new scoreboard for the high school football field during their regular meeting held Thursday night. The old scoreboard is still in use, but has several problems, including electrical issues, broken siren, and discontinuation of the light […]

Commission Threatens To Close Local Fish Hatchery

    A fight has begun in the state legislature that could significantly impact tourism revenue and quality-of-life for residents living in northcentral Pennsylvania. Late last month, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that its board had voted to reduce spending by $2 million in fiscal year 2018-19, unless the legislature approves an […]

Fragale Inducted Into Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame

    Seth Fragale was among nine new members inducted into the Edinboro Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. The inductions took place at the 36th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony, part of this weekend’s Homecoming festivities. Seth (‘04) began his Edinboro University career as a member of the wrestling team before switching to […]

Halloween Trunk or Treat Planned

    Trunk or Treat is a safe alternative to trick or treating. This will be the fourth year joining the First Baptist and Emporium Alliance churches giving the children a safe alternative to trick or treating. Volunteers are needed to provide a trunk and hand out candy. You can decorate your own trunk or […]

Dorothy Yard To Speak at Garden Club

    The Emporium Garden Club meeting for October will be held on Monday, October 23, at 5 p.m.  Please note that the meeting time has changed to 5:00 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall for a light supper of soups, sandwiches and desserts.   The community is invited to attend any of the meetings and […]

Democratic Meet & Greet

    Come join the Cameron County Democrats on Wednesday, November 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall, 300 South Chestnut Street.  The local Democratic candidates will be available to talk with.   Information on the election of judges in Pennsylvania this election will also be available. Come and let the candidates […]

Historical Society Fall Dinner Meeting

    The Cameron County Historical Society will be holding its annual Fall Dinner Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW in Emporium.  In honor of Veterans Day some of our local genealogists and history buffs have come together to pay tribute to our local military heroes of the past.  Our county remains […]

Community Chest 2018 Fund Drive Underway

    The 2018 Cameron County Community Chest Fund Drive is underway.  The Fund Drive Committee has sent letters to the active businesses, clubs and individuals of the community. To be part of this worthy community event send your tax-deductible contribution today to: Cameron County Community Chest, P O Box 134, Emporium, PA  15834, Attn: […]

Gators Nip Red Raiders In OT

    by Rich Summers The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team was searching for its first win of the year but dropped a heartbreaking 27-26 loss at Port Allegany on Saturday. CCHS scored with two minutes left to force overtime and then scored a touchdown in the extra period but was […]

Jr. High Raiders Beaten at ECC

    by Rich Summers The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider football team traveled to St. Marys last Thursday to take on Elk County Catholic and fell to the Crusaders 30-8. The home team jumped out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and then put the game away with two late touchdowns. Trailing […]

JO Baguba Meeting

    Cameron County Baguba JO Wrestling Parents meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Cameron County High School Cafeteria at 5 p.m.  All parents with children participating in JO Wrestling are asked to attend.   Voting of officers will take place at this meeting.        

From the Bleachers

  with Rich Summers   Sometimes when viewing high school football it is easy to forget that the kids playing the game aren’t machines programmed to execute a plan. I was reminded of that on Saturday when Red Raider quarterback Adam Streich made an outstanding run for a touchdown and then beat the Port Allegany […]

Bird’s Eye View

    by Randy ‘Bird’ Horning There was not a lot to report on this week at the Emporium Country Club. The weather has again been fantastic for this time of year. Sunday was the Worst Pin Tournament.  The pins were placed in the most difficult positon on each green and we had to use […]

Wandering Aimlessly

  Salt Run Youth Pheasant Hunt by Phil Burkhouse   I arrived at the Andrews Farm near the mouth of Salt Run and pulled into the parking lot.  I glanced toward the barn and surrounding farm fields to view a large group of people, many toting shotguns and adorned in blaze orange, milling about enjoying […]

Metaphorically Speaking II

  by William Crisp   It is definitely visitor driving season, which really is problematic if you’ve got somewhere to go by a certain time around here. We don’t have much in the way of passing lanes. I’m fairly certain some vehicles are being driven by peddling.  Suffering through the current traveling situation means I’ve […]

Cameron County Hunters Help Fight Hunger By Sharing the Harvest

    Cameron County is again involved in Hunting Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program. Thanks to hunter generosity and certified butcher participation, the 97,000 pounds of donated ground venison is now providing about 450,000 meals to hungry Pennsylvanians.  Buddy Wolfe, of Valley Meats is designated butcher for Cameron County.  Anyone wishing to donate their deer […]

Enjoyed Phil’s ‘Dy-No-Mite’ Series

  Dear Mr. Burkhouse, Please know that I truly enjoyed your series, “Dy-No-Mite” recently published in the Echo. Mostly because my grandfather, Charlie Clark, was very involved. Not in that particular explosion, since he had long passed away, but one I believe occurred in the very late thirties or very early forties. However, I vividly […]

The following letter was sent to the Cameron County Board of Commissioners and the Emporium Borough Manager.

  Dear County Commissioners: As individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by off-highway vehicles (OHVs), we are writing to urge you to reject any proposal that would increase OHV access to the roads of Cameron County. Allowing OHVs to use public roads suggests to the public that roadway riding is a […]

Dessie Lininger

  (1926-2017) Dessie L. Lininger, 91, of 324 West 4th St. died at her residence on Monday morning (Oct. 9, 2017).    

Nanci V. Fragale,

(1947-2017)  70, of Palmyra, NY passed away on (Oct. 8, 2017).    

Richard Losey Sr.

  (1934-2017) Richard D. Losey, 82, formerly of Austin, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2017) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.    

2017 CAMERON COUNTY SPORTS HOMETOWN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES – The third installment of nominees were inducted into the Hometown Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night. During the event, hosted by Dave LaBrozzi, six individuals were honored. They were, standing (l to r) Brandan Housler, James Slusarick and Rodney Lyon. Seated: Justin LaBrozzi, representing his […]

County PILT Revenue Increased

by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Taxing bodies in Cameron County will receive an influx of funds going forward due to successful lobbying for increased payments-in-lieu-of taxes (PILT) paid on some state-held lands within their borders. Municipalities, boroughs, school districts and counties across Pennsylvania will now receive $6.00 per acre for lands administered by the […]

Raising Money and Awareness For Local Cancer Patients

  Tickets are currently on sale at the Cameron County Courthouse for the annual Baskets of Hope raffle to raise money for local residents currently seeking treatment for cancer. Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay reported on fundraising efforts during a county commissioners meeting held Thursday morning. This year’s raffle includes 14 “baskets,” though the effort brings […]

First Fork Festival This Weekend

  Sinnemahoning State Park will host the annual First Fork Festival this Saturday, October 14, featuring local authors, artists and artisans, along with lots of good food and fun, family-friendly activities. This marks the fifth year the festival has been held in front of the backdrop of full autumnal splendor in the First Fork Valley, […]

Dubler To Represent CCHS In Renovo

  Cameron County High School’s representative for this year’s Flaming Foliage Festival is Tess Dubler, the daughter of Julie and the late Gary Dubler. The Festival will be held this weekend, October 13, 14, and 15, in Renovo. Tess has participated in Envirothon for four years, mock trial for one year, and yearbook staff for […]

2017 CDBG Funds Allocated

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Community Development Director Cliff Clark held the second hearing for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program prior to the commissioners’ regular meeting. CDBG funds are federally-allocated to the state, and administered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Cameron County’s 2017 allotment will […]

September Realty Transfers

  Cameron County secured real estate transactions for September: Virgie A. Frailey Johnson conveyed property in Grove Township to Robert M. Kober for $35,000. Donald I. Keller; Shippen Township; David R. Keller; $65,000. Thomas E. Keefer; Gibson Township; Thomas E. Keefer; $30,000. Federal National Mortgage Association; Shippen Township; LSF9 Master Participation Trust; $1.00.  

Fragale Named To ECC Homecoming Court

  Bobbi Fragale has been named to the Elk County Catholic Homecoming Court. Bobbi is an active member of St. Mark’s Parish. She is involved in Student Council, where she is the vice president of her class, Students for Life, Future Business Leaders of America, Yearbook, National Honor Society, and the Lady Crusader softball team. […]

Historical Society To Honor Local Veterans At Annual Dinner

  The Cameron County Historical Society will be holding its annual Fall Dinner on Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW. In honor of Veterans Day some of our local genealogists and history buffs have come together to pay tribute to our local military heroes of the past. Some will feature their family […]

Third Graders Release Pheasants

  Third grade students from Mrs. Wilson’s and Mr. Porkolab’s classes recently made their annual visit to the Andrews Farm. The field trip is sponsored by Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) and is the final stage of the 2017 Pheasants in the Classroom program. Earlier this spring 12 classrooms in the Woodland Elementary school […]

Van Wagner Performance at First Fork Festival

  Special guest, singer, songwriter and former coal miner, Van Wagner, will present “Soft Coal, Hard Times” at the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park Saturday, October 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Wildlife Center. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and a lot of […]

New Hours at Cole Memorial’s Express Care Clinic

  The Express Care clinic at Cole Memorial Hospital announces new hours for non-emergent medical care in response to patients’ needs for on-demand service. As of October 10, Express Care is offered from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. No appointments are necessary; walk-ins are accepted. […]

CCOYA Youth Pheasant Hunt A Success

  The annual Youth Pheasant Hunt was recently held at the Andrews Farm. The event is sponsored by Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA). It was a beautiful fall day for 20 young hunters including six young lady hunters who participated in the hunt. Before taking the fields a Safety training program was provided by […]

Portage Twp. Cemetery Meeting

  The Fall meeting of the Portage Township Cemetery Association will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. at the Cameron County Recreation Center. All interested persons are welcome to attend.  

Soup, Sandwich Fundraiser

  The Emporium Senior Center will be selling hot, yummy soups and sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21st at the center. Eat in or take out available. Thank you for supporting your local senior center.  

Bucktail Rod & Gun Club Meeting

  A membership meeting of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18th at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse on Sizer Run Road. On the agenda will be election of officers and club news. If you would be interested in being a club officer, let Frank Armanini know ahead of […]

Trout Stocking Rescheduled

  The PA Fish and Boat Commission has informed Sinnemahoning State Park staff that the trout stocking of the Delayed Harvest Section of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek that was scheduled for October 4th, did not occur due to low water levels in the streams. Trout stocking of the George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning […]

ABATE Meeting

  A.B.A.T.E. Endless Mountain Chapter 34 will hold a meeting Saturday, October 14th at 11 a.m. at the Emporium Moose Lodge.  

Harvest Celebration

  Everyone is welcome to the Harvest Celebration on October 22nd at 2 p.m. at the Sterling Run United Methodist Church for music, singing, food and fellowship.  

Storm Advances In Playoffs

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Storm Pony youth football team advanced to the second round of the Olean Area Youth Football League playoffs by defeating Smethport 32-6 at Cameron County High School on Saturday. The Storm defense played lights out and allowed just a late fourth quarter touchdown in the […]

Otto-Eldred Terrors Clobber Red Raiders

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raider varsity football team dropped their seventh straight game on Friday as they were beaten by the Otto-Eldred Terrors 57-8. The Red Raiders, who are now down to nineteen healthy players, were unable to generate any sustained offense and unable to contain […]

Jr. High Raiders Lose To Port Allegany

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County Junior High School Red Raider football team hosted Port Allegany last Thursday but was defeated by the Gators, 34-22. The Raiders scored first but were unable to hold off a potent Port Allegany offense. Camdyn Allison got Cameron County on the board first with a […]

Volleyball Team Drops Three

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider volleyball team had three matches last week but was unable to collect a victory. On Tuesday they dropped a home contest to Oswayo Valley and then were beaten at Coudersport on Wednesday and Port Allegany on Thursday. On Tuesday the […]

Lady Raider Golf Team Competes at Districts

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Lady Red Raider varsity golf team traveled to the Coudersport Country Club last Monday to compete in the 2017 District 9 Class AA Championships. The Lady Raiders finished fourth in the team event with a score of 327. AC Valley won with a […]

Cross Country Team Runs at No. Po.

  by Rich Summers Cameron County Echo The Cameron County High School Red Raiders cross country team traveled to Ulysses last Tuesday for a meet at Northern Potter High School. “It was a bit cooler to run this week,” said Coach Shawn Bidwell. “Northern Potter’s course is challenging with all the key elements.” For the […]

Bird’s Eye View

by Randy ‘Bird’ Horning Things seem to be slowing down at the Emporium Country Club, but what great golf weather we have been blessed with this first week of October. It’s always a pleasure to play this time of year other than trying to find your ball in the leaves. Sunday was the Member Appreciation […]