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.)

 

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.

Pa. Lumber Heritage Region Has Ambitious Agenda

January 30th, 2018 Comments off

Lumber Heritage Region executive director Holly Komonczi discusses the LHR's "wood on glass" collection with met with Downtown Indiana executive director David Janusek.Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region (LHR) is working under a new action plan that emphasizes historic preservation, tourism and economic development. Goal is to advance historical and cultural initiatives that showcase the timber industry’s rich tradition through education, conservation and promotion. One of twelve heritage areas in Pennsylvania, LHR encompasses the counties of Potter, Cameron, Elk, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, Warren, Lycoming and Forest, and portions of Cambria, Clarion and Indiana counties.

Director Holly Komonczi said a priority in 2018 is to provide guidance and support for tourist attractions while strengthening alliances with businesses, chambers of commerce, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, and a number of tourist promotion agencies. An updated website was completed last August. It allows visitors to plan vacation or day-trip itineraries, take a simulated trip down Sinnemahoning Creek, visit local museums and tour historic Civilian Conservation Corps camps. Other features include current events, industry job postings, and historical archives. Meanwhile, LHR has significantly increased its social media footprint.

LHR has scored numerous high-profile successes: acquiring and preserving high-quality glass negative photographs depicting pioneer lumber-related activities in Pennsylvania; acquisition of a rare, authentic railroad locomotive and a Model-T Ford for the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County; lasting commemorations for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the region, and more.

Above, Lumber Heritage Region executive director Holly Komonczi discusses the LHR’s “wood on glass” collection with met with Downtown Indiana executive director David Janusek.

State Still Lags In Paying Share Of DA’s Salary

January 22nd, 2018 Comments off

scalesPotter County recently received a $12,000 check from the state government, covering another overdue installment of the state’s share of District Attorney’s Andy Watson’s salary. The state still owes Potter County more than $115,600 for the DA’s salary in 2017, as well as $116,544 for the current year.

Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay the 65 percent of a full-time DA’s $179,300 salary. When those payments lag, the county covers the entire cost, a situation that does not sit well with the Potter County Board of Commissioners or their counterparts across the state. According to a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not have enough funds to reimburse the full amount. As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, the state will make a partial payment for the overdue 2017 reimbursement.

Latest Edition Of Shale Gas Roundup Now Available

January 22nd, 2018 Comments off

shaleexampleLatest edition of Shale Gas Roundup is now available. It’s the newsletter of the Potter County Natural Resource Center and features timely, locally relevant news about shale gas development and related topics.

To access the latest edition as well as all past editions, visit the website pottercountypa.net (Shale Gas Roundup newsletter icon is found on the cover page). Copies are also available at the Commissioners Office in the Gunzburger Building (first office on right inside Main Street entrance), or by contacting Dawn Wooster at 814-274-8290, extension 207.

Among highlights of the First Quarter 2018 edition:

  • Wastewater treatment plant proposed for Coudersport
  • Study examines shale gas impact on schools
  • Local small-scale electrical plant announced
  • Some counties forming gas/oil advocacy organization
  • Pa. gas production will increase in 2018
  • Potter County in ‘mid-range’ of state’s shale gas field