Archive for May, 2017

NPR To Feature Local Vets’ Project On Memorial Day

May 25th, 2017 Comments off

Arthur Metzger performs “Taps” at the county kickoff event.

Volunteers scrub veterans’ graves at the Eulalia Cemetery.

A feature about the Potter County Veterans Gravestone Restoration Program is scheduled to air Monday on National Public Radio, as part of special Memorial Day programming produced by NPR affiliate WUSF of Tampa, Fla. The program will also be archived on the WUSF website, along with pictures from a recent kickoff event at the Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport. Reporter Cathleen Carter interviewed the Potter County Veterans Service Committee. Her primary focus is on the work of Floridian Andrew Lumish, known as the “good cemeterian,” who began restoring military veterans’ gravestones as a hobby. Potter County’s committee reached out to Lumish and he agreed to serve as an advisor for what is apparently the first countywide veterans’ grave marker restoration project in the country. For more information on the local program, visit the Facebook page, Military Veterans of Potter County.

Training Offered For Township, Borough Officials

May 25th, 2017 Comments off

Times have changed in township, borough and county governing. New state laws have added responsibilities — but also opportunities — for municipalities and counties to improve services for their constituents. Next month, elected officials and administrators will have opportunity to receive training in community planning, subdivision and land development regulation, and related topics. Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel approved a proposal by Planning Director Will Hunt to bring the courses to the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. 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 plan effectively.  This photo was taken during the first round of classes, which concludes on Thursday, May 25. A second opportunity is planned for June 7-8. Certified instructors Ed LeClear (left), State College Borough Planning Director, and Ed LeClear, State College Zoning Board Chairman, are being provided by the Pa. State Assn. of Boroughs. More details on the June 7-8 training, including an application form, can be found on the county website, (click on Planning Commission). Information is also available from the Potter County Planning Department at 274-8254.

Heroes’ Welcome For Healing Waters Veterans

May 25th, 2017 Comments off

A rousing reception organized by the Potter County Veterans Service Committee welcomed about a dozen military veterans and their motorcycle escort through Potter County for the tenth annual Project Healing Waters gathering. County employees turned out in force and the committee also provided flags for citizens to wave as the vets passed through town. They were joined by other area veterans riding in an Area Transportation Authority bus to show their support for the special guests. The procession continued through the parking lots of Sweden Valley Manor and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital before a brief stop at American Legion Post 192. It then progressed through Austin to Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve. 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 through fly fishing and fly tying. All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs.

Potter County Farmers Market Kicks Off Friday

May 25th, 2017 Comments off

The Potter County Commissioners have once again approved the use of the lot across from the jail for the Potter County Farmers Market, which returns on Friday, May 26, from 1-5 pm with ambitious plans for its four-month run. Upwards of a dozen vendors are signed up to sell locally produced fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, maple products, alpaca products, trees, vines, plants and craft items.

New this year on some Fridays will be cooking demonstrations and nutrition programs presented by Penn State Extension’s Laurie Maletto, live music, a sales booth and exhibit by the Northcentral Pa. Beekeepers Assn., and occasional agricultural-related presentations by local 4-H members.

The market has enabled producers to work together to overcome expensive and time-consuming challenges such as marketing. While consumer interest in local foods has increased in recent years, many are still not aware of the availability of naturally grown and organic produce in the area. Organizers are out to change that. Women, Infants, Children vouchers and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. Any interested farmer is encouraged to call 814-274-8004 for additional information.

Potter County Courthouse Focus Of TV Special

May 17th, 2017 Comments off

A film crew from the Pennsylvania Cable Network is in Potter County this week filming for a television program that will air in millions of Pennsylvania households later this year. PCN is focusing on the Potter County Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historical Society President David Castano and Commissioner Paul Heimel are working with the producers and film crew to create an interesting program tying the 156-year-old building to significant events in both local and American history. Information on when the program will debut will be announced. The feature will also be archived for instant access on the PCN website.

Unofficial Results From Municipal Primary Election

May 16th, 2017 Comments off

Following are unofficial results from the Municipal Primary Election of May 16, 2017. With all of the county’s 33 precincts reporting to the Board of Elections, unofficial vote counts are:

Justice of Supreme Court (R): Sallie Mundy, 1,669.

Justice of Supreme Court (D): Dwayne Woodruff, 559.

Justice of Pa. Superior Court (R) (four nominations): Emil Giordano 828, Craig Stedman 1,151, Wade A. Kagarise 940, Mary Murray 1,144, Paula A. Patrick 520.

Justice of Pa. Superior Court (D) (four nominations): Carolyn H. Nichols 315, Geoff Moulton 306, Maria McLaughlin 333, Debbie Kunselman 401, Bill Kaye 307.

Judge of Commonwealth Court (R) (two nominations): Paul Lalley 1,348, Christine Fizzano Cannon 905.

Judge of Commonwealth Court (D) (two nominations): Timothy Barry 204, Joe Cosgrove 132, Ellen Ceisler 134, Todd Eagan 145, Irene M. Clark 248, Bryan Barbin 116.

Potter County District Attorney: Andy Watson (R) 1,855.

Potter County Coroner: Kevin Dusenbury (R) 1,977.

District Judge (Coudersport District): Republican – Annette L. Easton 606, Brenda Daisley Whitman 152; Democrat – Annette L. Easton 243, Brenda Daisley Whitman 74.

District Judge (Shinglehouse District): Republican – Kari A. McCleaft 576; Democrat – Kari A. McCleaft 137.

District Judge (Galeton/Ulysses District): Republican – Chris Kalacinski 448, Michael M. Murray 214; Democrat – Chris Kalacinski 180, Michael M. Murray 73.

Genesee Township Supervisor (Republican): Six-year term, Scott Luce 87, David L. Furman 53; two-year term, Scot Miller 71, James I. Smoker 70.

Shinglehouse Mayor (Republican): Ed Bell 78, Dan Mertsock 20.