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COUDERSPORT -- Potter County commissioners heard from representatives from the county’s Penn State Extension office during their last meeting.

4-H has been really busy, Rob Dickinson, the area’s client relationship manager said. Potter County 4-H Extension educator, Toby Neal, had more than 200 fourth graders attend safety days in May and in June had 50 campers and 18 camp counselors at Northwinds 4-H camp.

4-H had 26 riders qualify for districts in September, which are held in Centre Hall, Dickinson said.

“From my understanding, the judges across the board - McKean, Warren, Elk - all these counties have been really tough this year,” Dickinson said. He said there have been some disqualifications that surprised the kids, but he said they’re being held accountable.

The master gardener program has been very successful, Dickinson said. It is tentatively planned to combine McKean and Potter counties for the annual class held every Thursday October-March.

Dickinson said the office has gotten a lot of inquiries on horticulture, especially fruit trees, sweet corn and blueberries.

The spotted lantern fly continues to be a worry, Dickinson said.

“Our area - Potter and McKean - they’re thinking our climate is just a little bit too cold,” Dickinson said. “But the problem is, if one were to hitch a ride on a tractor-trailer and comes through our counties and ends up in Erie, Erie and Crawford can sustain it because of the lake effect.”

Dickinson said the spotted lantern fly could affect the tourism here.

Prior to the commissioner’s meeting, a salary board meeting was held to create a temporary assistant chief clerk position and set a salary for it. The intent is the person in this new position, Jessica Giebel, will take the chief clerk position when current chief clerk Kathleen Majot retires at the end of the year. It takes effect Aug. 12 through Jan. 1. The salary is set at $40,000.