Archive for May, 2024

New County Arts Council Debuts With Free Concert

May 20th, 2024 Comments off

A new countywide arts and culture organization, the Potter County Creative Council (PC3), will host its first public concert at 7 pm Wednesday, May 22, at the First Presbyterian Church at Main and Fourth streets in Coudersport. An acclaimed chamber music ensemble, the Felix Piano Trio, will be the headliner. Opening the show will be two accomplished local teen musicians, Elizabeth Crawford from Northern Potter High School on piano and Ty Woodard-Furman from Coudersport Area High School on trombone. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

Two of the Felix Trio members operate the respected Wada Music School in Auburn, N.Y., which is dedicated to nurturing the musical potential of its students and inspiring a lifelong love for music as well as a sense of community. Pianist Ritsuko Wada has studied in her native Japan as well as in Italy and the U.S. She has won numerous awards and has shared her expertise as a teacher since 1991. Cellist Rintaro Wada has performed in solo, chamber music and orchestral settings in Japan, Italy, and the U.S. He currently is the string teacher at the Ithaca (N.Y.) City School District. Violinist Edgar Rumajyan is a native of Armenia. He has been a member of five major U.S. orchestras and has performed chamber music in Russia, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan and Bolivia.

Wednesday’s concert was made possible by a contribution from long-time arts supporter Dr. Ronnie Schenkein of Coudersport. Major program support is provided by the Pa. Council on the Arts. On Wednesday afternoon, the Felix Trio will present a matinee for students at Coudersport Area High School, underscoring the nonprofit PC3’s mission to work with all of the school districts in Potter County. PC3 is also supported by the Potter County Commissioners as a component of the “Revitalize Potter County” initiative. Its overarching mission is to reverse population losses and outmigration of young adults by making Potter County communities more vibrant and appealing.


Youth Leadership Program Recruitment Underway

May 10th, 2024 Comments off

Local governments and community organizations in Potter County have been struggling with not only declining numbers of volunteers, but also with the lack of leadership. Its impact can be seen everywhere from empty ballots on election day to “burnout” from the faithful few who pitch in to keep some civic groups from disbanding. Potter County Education Council has come up with a novel approach that focuses on developing the leaders of tomorrow in their teenage years. Recruiting continues for the Potter County Youth Leadership Program, open to those who will be entering grades 10 through 12 in the fall at Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley and Port Allegany schools.

Participants will meet one day each month from September through March and emerge with a greater understanding of the county’s strengths and challenges, a broad knowledge of local career and volunteer opportunities, leadership skills and pointers on how to work effectively in a team setting. There is no fee. Applications are available at high school offices or at the Potter County Education Center at 5 Water Street in Coudersport. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 21. For more information, contact Janine Morley at or 814-274-4877.

Safety Alert As Motorcyclists’ Ranks Continue To Grow

May 6th, 2024 Comments off

Members of the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) God’s Country Chapter attended Thursday’s meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners to draw attention to the designation of May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. For its part, ABATE promotes safe driving techniques and equipment maintenance. The proclamation calls on drivers to be aware of motorcycles on the streets and highways. The commissioners pointed out that the ranks of motorcyclists have been growing in recent years, making it more important than ever for drivers to be aware of their presence and share the road. They also noted that the hobby has had a positive economic impact in Potter County, which is an increasingly popular destination for riders.