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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.

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, pottercountypa.net, 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.)

 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘Moving Wall’ Coming

February 1st, 2018 Comments off

Potter County’s Veterans Service Committee has arranged to bring The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to Potter County this year. Committee members Bill Simpson, Paul Heimel and Dawn Wooster are working on ceremonial elements and other programming for a local “Vietnam Veterans Weekend” that coincides with the wall’s appearance. Plans call for the exhibit to be set up just off Rt. 872 in the county’s Mapleview property, next to the Potter County Veterans Center and American Legion Post 192, from Thursday evening, Sept. 13, through mid-day Monday, Sept. 17, which will be designated as Students Day with appropriate educational programming. 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. Other events in the planning stages are:

  • Dinner/program to recognize and honor the Vietnam War veterans from Potter County.
  • Memorial ceremony for the nine Potter County men who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
  • Veterans benefits/services outreach.
  • Veterans Gravestone Restoration Project demonstration.
  • Educational activities in local schools and communities.

Groundwork for Vietnam Veterans Weekend was laid in October when Potter County was accepted as a partner in the Commemoration of the Vietnam War initiative, a project of the U.S. Congress and the Defense Department. To earn the certification, the committee had to commit to a series of steps that will honor and thank Vietnam War veterans and their families.

Local Agencies Receive Overdose Rescue Kits

February 1st, 2018 Comments off

Several area police agencies, school districts, emergency responders and other institutions are equipping themselves with an antidote that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has been designated by the state as a “central coordinating facility” to distribute life-saving Naloxone to qualified agencies.

Dr. Gary Malacarne, Cole’s director of pharmacy, attended a recent Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board meeting to share details and register participants. Naloxone binds itself to the body’s opioid receptors and blocks heroin and certain other drugs from further affecting the victim. Malacarne emphasized that the drug does not pose any threats or side effects.

Cole has received an initial shipment of 60 doses. More will be made available as needed. The hospital’s Emergency Department is the distribution center.