The public is encouraged to observe a special program at the Coudersport Senior Center at 11:30 on Thursday, May 21. It’s was one of five centers across the state chosen to participate in Elder Share the Arts. The program, which provides free art lessons to older adults, is partially funded through the Pa. Dept. of Aging. Those attending will be painting on scarves under the instruction of a local artist. Theme for the paintings will be to depict a life-changing time through art. The scarves will eventually be displayed at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.
Following are the unofficial results of the May 19 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections in Potter County. These results include unofficial vote counts from all 33 precincts. Results will not be official until they are certified by the Potter County Canvassing and Computing Board. Read more…
Hundreds 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 organization that’s in place to accommodate public comments and suggestions will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 21, at 7 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. 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.
Voters in Potter County have access to a new tool that will help them prepare for the Primary Election of Tuesday, May 19. Now posted on the county website, pottercountypa.net, is an interactive map that not only shows the location of every voting precinct, but also previews the ballots that Republicans and Democrats will see when they arrive to vote on Tuesday. To see the sample ballots for each township or borough, click on the Elections/Voter Registration Department and go to “Polling Locations Map.” Polls will be open across the county from 7 am to 8 pm. The Primary Election is open only to registered Republicans and Democrats. Successful nominees will appear on the General Election ballot in November.
Director of Elections Sandy Lewis has put out a call for poll workers needed on May 19 in Homer and Allegany Townships. This is a paid position. For eligibility information and more details, call the Elections/Voter Registration Office at 814-274-8467.
Residents in Potter and eight other northwestern Pennsylvania counties will be able to earn two-year college degrees or receive other specialized training and education through the Rural Regional Community College. It has been more than three years in the making, according to Sen. Joseph Scarnati, who shepherded enabling legislation through the State Senate. Rep. Martin Causer was a champion of the bill in the State House of Representatives. A 15-member board of trustees is meeting regularly to direct the community college’s development and administration, in consultation with local educators, industrial leaders and business owners. Goal is to tailor curriculum to the needs of employers in the region. Local residents, including high school students, will also be able to earn college credits that can be transferred to a four-year university at a fraction of their on-campus cost. Representing Potter County on the board are Commissioner Doug Morley (left) and Ed Pitchford (right), chief executive officer of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.
It’s part of a broader effort, coordinated locally by the Potter County Education Council and the Potter County Commissioners, to give local job-seekers the skills and training they need to secure local jobs. Former Oswayo Valley School Superintendent Bob Wicker has been spearheading that initiative. He has been meeting with local employers large and small to assess their needs and craft training programs that prepare local residents to fill their jobs. Contrary to popular belief, Wicker said, many Potter County employers have job openings and others would be willing to hire locally if they could find qualified applicants.
A recent economic/employment profile of Potter, Cameron and five other counties reinforced the point. Susan Snelick, executive director of the North Central Workforce Investment Board, said the study showed that employers are frustrated by the lack of qualified job applicants. Employee turnover is a chronic problem. Many lack basic educational qualifications and skills. Absenteeism, tardiness and an inability to stay drug-free are chronic problems, Snelick noted. Many of the jobless who possess skills and work ethic do not apply for work because they’re getting by on unemployment compensation benefits.
The 100-page Workforce Investment Area Five-Year Plan was compiled to better direct government resources to address the economic and social challenges. It found that manufacturing jobs have been declining and are expected to fall even more. Decreases are also expected in the information sector, company management, government, retail, agriculture and utilities. Employment opportunities will grow in the oil and gas industries, finance, administrative support, waste management, real estate, tourism, health care and social assistance. Some 8.7 percent of the region’s adults hold bachelor degrees, compared to 16.1 percent statewide. It’s estimated that 63 percent of local jobs will require at least some college education by 2018.
Next meeting of the Potter County Local Emergency Planning Committee will be held at 11 am Thursday, May 21, at the county’s emergency operations center at Mapleview. LEPC is a public safety organization that was formed to coordinate activities and assure readiness for an efficient and effective response to local emergencies. Those interested in local emergency services and preparedness are welcome. To register, call 814-274-8900.