Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Coming; Meeting July 10

July 6th, 2018 Comments off

Representatives of local veterans service organizations have joined forces to bring The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to Potter County this year. Plans call for the exhibit to be set up at Coudersport Area Recreation Park (CARP) from Thursday evening, Sept. 13, through mid-day Monday, Sept. 17. A project of this undertaking requires a considerable amount of planning and volunteer service. Those who would like to help are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the planning committee, to be held at 6:30 pm Tuesday, July 10, at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Bill Simpson and Post 192 Adjutant Ted Parsell are heading the planning committee, with support from other area veterans service posts across Potter County. The Moving Wall lists the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who were killed in the war. It will be on display 24/7 with guides available to help locate names and other educational exhibits on the grounds. Financial support is coming from the Potter County Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund. Additional support will come through the commissioners’ affiliation with the Commemoration of the Vietnam War initiative, a project of the U.S. Congress and the Defense Department.

Amateur Radio Operators ‘Unsung Heroes’ Of 911

July 6th, 2018 Comments off

With little fanfare, licensed amateur radio operators have been filling the gaps in emergency communications across Potter County for decades. This week, Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel brought the Headwaters Amateur Radio Club out of the shadows for some long-overdue accolades. At the same time, dedicated licensed operators Tom and Diane Guilfoy turned the tables by commending the commissioners for allowing the club to mount its aerials on county-owned towers and by providing a small operations center in the county’s Gunzburger Building.

Tom Guilfoy said the “ham radio” operators not only can bridge the gaps of communications in sections of terrain inaccessible by traditional 911 service, they can also use their battery-operated units to relay urgent communications in the event of power outages or other emergencies. “If you would like two good examples of how ham radio operators were pressed into service, you need look no further than the attacks on the World Trade Center and the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico,” he pointed out. “The only way to relay communications in and out of the disaster scenes was by amateur radio operators.”

In Potter County, the Headwaters organization plays an important role in the local emergency planning process, said Commissioner Morley, who also serves as director of emergency services. He pointed out that the Headwaters club is assisting in the planning process for the county’s reconstruction and modernization of the 911 emergency communications system by advising on areas of service gaps and other details. More information about the club is available here

Public Meeting July 26 On Potter County Human Services

July 4th, 2018 Comments off

humansurrvissesHundreds of people are directly affected by programs offered by Potter County Human Services (PCHS), but few take the opportunity to provide input on how those services are delivered. An Advisory Board that’s in place to accommodate public comments and suggestions will hold its next meeting on Thursday, July 26, at 5:30 pm in the PCHS building at Roulette. PCHS operates programs for victims of alcoholism and other drug abuse, older citizens, the mentally ill, children who are at risk, and the intellectually disabled. Advisory board members are appointed by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to the board should contact the Commissioners Office at 274-8290, extension 207.

Registration Still Open For Emergency Services ‘Reverse 911’

June 29th, 2018 Comments off

Potter County Emergency Management Agency has launched a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover approved a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.

“This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator.  “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve has provided the Potter County DES an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically he is in the emergency contact database. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.

Potter County Board Of Auditors Releases Report

June 29th, 2018 Comments off

Potter County Auditors Michele Gledhill, Pauline Kleintop and Jeanette E. Stuckey have completed their review of county financial records and posted their 2017 audit report on the county website, (click on Departments/Auditors). Under the County Code of Pennsylvania, in each county where the office of controller has not been established, three county auditors are elected every four years to audit the fiscal affairs of the county. Certain state and federal government programs also require counties to retain the services of independent auditors with certified public accountant credentials for review of fiscal operations through a process known as a “single-county audit.” For more than a decade, Potter County has retained the services of Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC of Harrisburg.

Patriotic Welcome For TU ‘Healing Waters’ Veterans

May 23rd, 2018 Comments off

Disabled military veterans participating in this year’s Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters received a warm, patriotic welcome as they passed through the county on Tuesday afternoon. County employees stepped outside to join others greeting the special guests, who were escorted through Shinglehouse, Coudersport and Austin enroute to the the First Fork Lodge in Costello. Project Healing Waters is sponsored by the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Goal is to aid in the veterans’ physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying, and by supporting these skills as lifelong recreation. All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs. Participants who are now enjoying their stay in Potter County come from Pennsylvania VA hospitals and are headquartered at Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve.