A short program on Potter County’s recovery from the 2002 bankruptcy of its leading employer, Adelphia Communications Corp., is due to air on the 6 p.m. newscast of Buffalo’s WGRZ Channel 2 on Friday, Nov. 10.
A news crew spent the better part of a day in Coudersport filming interviews and local scenes to portray a community that is gradually coming back to vibrancy. Reporter Danny Spewak and a cameraman were hosted by Commissioner Paul Heimel, Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman and Bill Pekarski, a Coudersport resident who has been chronicling and promoting the town through social media for more than a year. Those three were interviewed, as were the owners of two local businesses that symbolize the “new” Coudersport: John and Olga Snyder at Olga’s Gallery, Café and Bistro; and Mary Jo Stuckey and Patty Giannotti at Cream ‘n Sugar.
Common themes of the interviews included a recognition that the travel and tourism industry is a critical part of the community’s economic well-being. There are also signs that more people are looking to relocate to areas such as Potter County, where the outdoor recreational opportunities, clean environment and rural lifestyle have appeal.
“Niche tourists,” such as those being drawn to the Cherry Springs State Park’s International Dark Sky Preserve and motorcycle leisure riding organizations, are also showing up in greater numbers, the local business representatives said.