Residents in the village of Roulette are still coming to grips with a tragedy that claimed two lives sometime late Sunday afternoon. Investigating state police from the Denton Hill barracks report that evidence collected at the scene and interviews with survivors has led them to believe that the episode was a murder-suicide. Dead are 29-year-old Cheri Shalkowski Baker and her […]

Veterans Museum coming to Emporium

Cameron County’s war veterans will be honored when a museum opens its doors in Emporium in time for the county’s 150th birthday celebration. Emporium native Joe Yore, now of Palmdale, Calif., plans to open the Cameron County Veterans Museum along Fourth Street by 2010. The former Hollywood actor recently purchased the house next to the Cabin Kitchen for $77,000. A […]

‘Dam Show’ this weekend in Austin

Festival favorites from California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pittsburgh and the artsy community of Ithaca, N. Y., are due in Austin this weekend for the sixth annual Dam Show, which continues on Friday night and all day Saturday at the Austin Dam Memorial Park. The stage at the base of the Austin Dam ruins is being filled with the sounds of bluegrass, […]


Concern is growing about the potential environmental impact of increased gas and oil production in Potter County. A recent Potter County Planning Commission (PCPC) survey of local government officials found worries about water quality and roads as the gas and oil boom intensifies. They’re also feeling left out of the notification process, as drillers lease property, obtain state permits and […]

Potter County: ‘Hotbed’

Potter County is fast becoming a hotbed of oil and gas exploration, with a flood of production witnessed in June and more on the horizon. DEP issued 91 permits for exploration in the county from January through June, including 37 in May and June. Breakdown is 60 for oil, 21 for natural gas, and 10 for oil and gas combined. […]

Lyman Lake’s return celebrated


Lyman Lake’s return was celebrated on Saturday night with a beach party, just days before the final fill cycle was completed, sending water over the spillway and marking the complete restoration of the lake. “We look forward to seeing everyone out here at Lyman, enjoying the beach, going fishing, or camping, hiking and picnicking,” said Park Manager Chip Harrison. “We […]


Bank robbery DuBOIS — A knife-wielding robber held up the Liberty Boulevard branch of S&T Bank shortly before noon on Saturday. Investigators have refused to disclose how much money was stolen. DuBois City Police Department is heading the investigation. Officers report that a man entered the bank at about 11:40, demanded money from a teller and brandished a knife. After […]

Survivor: Cameron County apps available

Applications are available for “Survivor: Cameron County,” a new attraction to this year’s Cameron County Fair. Based on the CBS-TV hit series, the local show will take the stage at 6 pm Friday, Aug. 8. They can be found at businesses in Emporium. Competition is open to those 16 or older. Local businesses and organizations may also sponsor the event. […]

Local men helping battle fires in California

Two Potter County men are helping to quell blazing wildfi res in California. Coudersport resident Joe Kellert, an Elk State Forest District assistant district forester, was dispatched last Friday to the Basin Complex, an area where fire has scorched 99,021 acres. He’ll remain there for two weeks. Meanwhile, John Wambaugh of Austin has been sent to the Ukonom Complex fire […]