Archive for March, 2019

Potter County Veterans Newsletter Available

March 31st, 2019 Comments off

Latest edition of Potter County Veterans News, the newsletter for and about veterans produced by the county’s department of veterans affairs, is now available online at (click on Veterans Affairs Department tab). Copies will soon be available the Gunzburger Building. Among features of the 1st Quarter 2019 edition are:

  • Restructured Potter County Veterans Service Committee holds first meeting.
  • Veterans Resources/Job Fair scheduled April 9.
  • Shattering myths surrounding veterans’ services.
  • American Legion Post 192 honors local couple.
  • Centennial celebration for the American Legion.
  • Scammers collecting on behalf of bogus veterans’ charities.
  • How you can support Pennsylvania’s veterans.

County Reaffirms Commitment To Fair Housing Regulations

March 26th, 2019 Comments off

Potter County recently reaffirmed its commitment to comply with the Fair Housing Act, a federal act that prohibits discrimination by those selling or renting residences. Legal notices have appeared in newspapers to make this commitment a matter of record, but the public might remain unclear on what it entails. It roots date back to the Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act and a subsequent state measure of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Under the federal act, it is unlawful to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or handicap (disability). Some examples include refusing to rent or sell, setting different terms and conditions, providing deceptive information on housing availability, advertising to preferred people groups, interfering with a potential buyer’s or renter’s rights through intimidation or coercion, and insisting on unreasonable restrictions when it comes to modifications or accommodations.

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits discrimination based on age and ancestry, use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals.

Those who wish to report potential violations are advised to contact:  Douglas Morley, Potter County Fair Housing Officer, Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915. Phone: 814-274-9290. TTY: 711. Email:


Conservation District Looks Back On Busy Year

March 25th, 2019 Comments off

Potter County Conservation District’s annual legislative luncheon at the Susquehannock Lodge included an overview of the agency’s many works across the county, as well as a discussion of state government issues affecting rural counties. Potter County has the distinction of launching the first conservation district in the state. PCCD received a Pa. Governor’s Excellence Award last year for one of its environmental stewardship projects. Among those attending the luncheon were, from left: Earl Brown (PCCD), Rep. Martin Causer, Andrew Mickey (PCCD), Jared Dickerson (PCCD), Chuck Dillon (representing Sen. Joe Scarnati), Commissioner Doug Morley, Brenda Shambaugh (executive director of the Pa. Conservation Districts Assn.), Commissioner Susan Kefover, Emily Shosh (PCCD), Jason Childs (PCCD), and Glenn Dunn II (PCCD). A summary of the district’s many accomplishments during 2018 can be found here.

Countywide Advanced Life Support Services In Jeopardy

March 3rd, 2019 Comments off

Four months after the Potter County Commissioners launched a $4 million upgrade of the countywide 911 emergency communications system, representatives of one of the organizations that provides life-saving medical services sounded an alarm of their own. Bob Cross and Michele Mather from the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Assn., provider of advanced life support (ALS) for all of Potter County, attended the commissioners’ Feb. 28 meeting in an effort to draw public attention to their plight. Citing a projected $50,000 deficit for the current year and the need for greater support from township and borough governments, Cross and Mather pointed out that ALS service is now in jeopardy. Rising costs for equipment, personnel, training, and overhead have plagued the organization for some time. The solution, they said, is a combination of greater support from local governments and changes in state regulations and policies.

Many people are unaware of the distinction between ALS and basic life support (BLS) services. ALS is rendered by highly trained paramedics who deliver medical care at the scene of emergencies and during transportation to hospitals. In a rural area, the availability of ALS is a life-or-death issue. Ambulance associations operated by volunteer departments throughout the county long ago stepped up to the challenge of providing BLS for every township and borough in Potter County, with support from emergency medical technicians and other volunteers. With the advent of ALS, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital created a paramedic service to complement the basic services provided by the ambulance associations. Hospital administrators eliminated the ALS division due to economics and Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Assn. agreed to fill the gap as a hub for the countywide service. That was based on the premise that financial support from each township and borough, combined with state reimbursement for advanced life support services rendered to low-income patients, would cover the basic costs.

(Above, Bob Cross and Michele Mather describe the plight of ALS services in Potter County to Potter Leader-Enterprise reporter Halie Kines.)