Help Available For Small Businesses At Education Center

February 19th, 2018 Comments off

Small business owners and people who would like to go into business can get some practical advice from an expert source in Coudersport. For more than two decades, the Clarion University Small Business Development Center has provided counsel. Now, a specialist has scheduled office hours to complement other SBDC services. Aleshia Marshall, business outreach consultant, shared details with the Potter County Commissioners last week. She is available from 9 am to 3 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Potter County Education Center in Water Street in Coudersport. Other times are available by appointment. More information is available at 814-393-2060. Among the topics that will be covered in each appointment are financial analysis options, market research, business plan development, environmental compliance issues, marketing, management and others.

Exchange Student Studies Criminal Justice, Elections

February 18th, 2018 Comments off

An exchange student from Argentina spent much of a recent day studying Potter County government. Uriel “Uri” Biondi, a 17-year-old from Mar Del Plata, near Buenos Aires, is staying with Don and Beth Sigafoes of Roulette. He’ll be returning home after graduating from Port Allegany High School in May. Biondi was especially interested in the criminal justice system and had an opportunity to spend some time discussing it with District Attorney Andy Watson and Commissioner Paul Heimel. He also sat in on a morning session of the Potter County Court of Common Pleas. Sandra Lewis (left), director of elections and voter registration, showed Biondi and host Beth Sigafoes the county’s electronic voting machines and answered many questions about the election laws and related topics.

‘Boot Camp’ For Local Elected Officials Coming March 2-3

February 14th, 2018 Comments off

Times have changed in township and borough governing. New state laws have added responsibilities — but also opportunities — for public officials to improve services for their constituents. Next month, elected officials and administrators will have opportunity to receive training during a two-day “boot camp” at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel approved a proposal by Planning Director Will Hunt to provide the class from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. It’s part of a broader effort to develop a stronger county/municipality partnership in Potter County, and to equip local leaders with knowledge and skills required to do their jobs effectively.  This photo was taken during last year’s classes. Officials from Potter, Tioga and McKean counties have already signed up for the March training and registration remains open. Instructors are being provided by the Pa. State Assn. of Boroughs. Among topics to be covered are: Meeting Procedures, Sunshine Law, Managing Public Comment, Committees and Boards, Ordinances and Resolutions, Bidding Requirements, Fire and Police Management, Personnel Management, Municipal Budgeting, Taxation Requirements, Basic Planning and Zoning, Risk Management, Public Works and Code Administration. More details are available from PSAB’s Terri Dickow at 1-800-232-7722, extension 1042, or

Help Available For Tax/Rent Rebate Program

February 10th, 2018 Comments off

Applications for the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate are now available. Clinics to assist those wishing to apply will be held in several area communities. Schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Feb. 21, Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 am, and Coudersport Senior Center, 1-3 pm; Thursday, Feb. 22, Harrison Valley Community Building, 9-10:30 am; Wednesday, Feb. 28, Emporium Senior Center, 9:30-11 am; and Port Allegany Senior Center, 1-2:30 pm. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Annual income limits are $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Latest Edition Of Potter County Veterans News Available

February 7th, 2018 Comments off

Latest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Potter County Veterans News, is now available. Among the more timely stories in the First Quarter 2018 edition is the announcement of a visit from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Potter County Sept. 13-17 and a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Dinner and Memorial Service that weekend. Other stories focus on Potter County’s Vietnam War casualties; an explanation of the National Purple Heart Trail; a feature about Medal of Honor recipients Cpl. Thomas Cullen and Lt. James H. McDonald; a spotlight on a non-profit organization that support veterans’ employment and an update on the Veterans Designation/ID on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses. The First Quarter 2018 edition and all past issues of Potter County Veterans News are available on the county website,, or by contacting Dawn Wooster, executive secretary for the Potter County Commissioners, at 814-274- 8290, extension 207.

Public Meeting Planned For Denton Hill State Park Update

February 2nd, 2018 Comments off

Plans for a major redesign of Denton Hill State Park have been quietly moving forward. A letter from the Bureau of State Parks to the Potter County Board of Commissioners announced that a “master plan” for the park will be shared with the public in the coming weeks. The Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will schedule meetings to explain options for developing the park for year-round operations, including downhill skiing and other recreational opportunities. LaBella Associates has been contracted for the master planning and redesign process. The consultant is focusing on improvements, redesign and new infrastructure for skiing; overnight accommodations; four-season recreation development, and community partnerships. Plans call for the ski lodge to be rehabilitated, as well as a tripling of parking spaces to 1,000 with a shuttle bus loop created. Steps will also be taken to connect Denton Hill to two other state parks, Lyman Run and Cherry Springs, through hiking and bicycle trails. Among additions being considered are an aerial canopy course, ziplines, mountain bike flow trails, ropes and obstacle courses, festival facilities and more.

DCNR hopes to have a “nearly turnkey” contract with a concessionaire. A stakeholders committee, headed by the Potter County Board of Commissioners, is serving as the liaison with DCNR. Among other members are the Chambers of Commerce in Coudersport, Galeton and Wellsboro and the Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance. Denton Hill State Park was opened as a ski area in 1958 and operated by the state until 1979. In 1983, DCNR signed a 35-year concession lease agreement with Denton Hill Family and Ski Resort Inc. The concessionaire notified DCNR just before the 2014-15 ski season that it was backing out. Although there’s no skiing, the park continues to host occasional activities. Among events held last summer were the Northwinds 4-H Camp, the 28th annual Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous, and the 34th annual Potter County Bowhunter Festival.

(Photo: An earlier open house at the Denton Hill State Park ski lodge drew a standing-room-only crowd to view preliminary plans.)