Archive for May, 2017

Successful Debut For Potter County Farmers Market

May 28th, 2017 Comments off

John and Joan Bradley discussed beekeeping and offer honey at Friday’s market.

Potter County Farmers Market made its debut Friday afternoon on the county’s lot across from the jail and saw brisk business. All signs point to this being the best year yet for the market, which will operate from 1-5 pm Fridays for about four months.

Upwards of a dozen vendors are signed up to sell locally produced fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, maple products, alpaca products, trees, honey and related products, vines, plants and craft items. It’s likely that other vendors will join in as the market continues to gain momentum.

Coming on many Fridays will be cooking demonstrations and nutrition programs presented by Penn State Extension’s Laurie Maletto. A certified nutrition education advisor, Maletto will give pointers on healthy eating, food preparation to retain nutritional content, meal planning, wise grocery shopping and related topics. There will also be live music and occasional agricultural-related presentations by local 4-H members.

Rytz Bowman, Metzger Heritage Farm

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 (WIC) program vouchers and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. Those seeking more information about the Potter County Farmers Market or producers interested in participating as vendors should call 814-274-8004. More details on Penn State Extension’s agricultural services and food/nutrition programs, including Master Gardener education and food safety issues, may call 814-274-8540.

(Photos by Jennifer Rossman, Potter County Director of Community Development)

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 Courthouse Focus Of TV Special

May 17th, 2017 Comments off

A film crew from the Pennsylvania Cable Network was in Potter County  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.

Latest Edition Of Veterans Newsletter Available

May 1st, 2017 Comments off

Latest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Potter County Veterans News, is now available. Among the more timely stories in the April-June 2017 edition is a summary of the new Potter County Veterans Gravestone Restoration Project. There’s also a look at the Lymansville Cemetery, where four Civil War soldiers from Potter County and a prominent Revolutionary War soldier are buried. Other stories focus on changes coming with the VA’s Health Choice Program and the free options available for veterans who seek help in applying for benefits and services. The April-June 2017 edition and all past issues are available on the county website,, or by contacting Dawn Swatsworth, executive secretary for the Potter County Commissioners, at 814-274- 8290, extension 207.