Tri-County REC board member Jerry Sasala and his wife Judy hosted a Tri-Co Connections event in their barn this past week. This event was held so that members could learn more about TCC and the high-speed fiber Internet services they will soon be providing to Bark Shanty and the surrounding areas of Austin. More 40 members came to the Sasala’s to see a presentation and ask questions to the TCC team, Bill Gerski, Aaron Young and Cat Rush. Everybody received gifts and also enjoyed some food from the veteran-owned Red Horse Grill food truck. TCC will host more of these “get to know us” events as they continue to build out fiber. Tri-County Members can visit its website and register for TCC.
The E.O. Austin Historical Society recently acquired a new addition. A mannequin of a newsboy holding a copy of the Oct. 4, 1911 Potter County Journal now welcomes visitors to the center. Ron Ebbert, historical society president, recently found the unclothed mannequin in a dumpster. He took it home, cleaned it and bought some clothes and shoes for it at Goodwill, totaling less than $6. Ebbert then headed over to the Potter County Courthouse, where he had copies made of the Oct. 4, 1911 Potter County Journal — where the top story is about the Austin Dam failing — and Joe Karpinski graciously laminated the paper for free. Beside the mannequin is an old crate from the Trading Post, which holds extra papers. A stone sits on top to prevent the papers from blowing away.
Below, Jeremiah Rumsey, middle, of Osceola, won Most Original/Creative Costume during Trunk-or-Treat in Elkland, organized by Sgt. Snyders Lonely Hearts Club. At left is Nova West of Westfield and at right, Nichols Neally of Osceola.
The Day family won Best All Around Costume during Trunk-or-Treat in Elkland, organized by Sgt. Snyders Lonely Hearts Club. From left is Alexis, Mason, age 14, and Jim. Alexis said the family has fun every year coming up with coordinating costumes and decking out Mason's wheelchair.
Melissa and Mike Snyder, with the Sgt. Snyders Lonely Hearts Club, were the brains of Trunk-or-Treat at Jerome Park in Elkland this year. Melissa said the event, which included cars decked out for Trunk-or-Treat, games, food and a costume contest, was 'all for the kids who have had such a tough year.' Sgt. Snyders Lonely Hearts Club is a community-based nonprofit in memory of former Elkland Police Sergeant Jack Snyder, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2015. Melissa said all money raised goes back into the community and currently, the group is raising funds for picnic tables at the Elkland community swimming pool.
The Coudersport Rotary sends a big "thank you" to the Rotarians and students from Coudersport Jr./Sr. High School who participated in roadside cleanup on Rt. 6 this past week. Pictured are students Leia Watson and Lauryn Potter.
Frank Monberger (right), 53, of Berks County, harvested a nine-point buck with a compound bow on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Roulette. He was hunting with his father and nephew. He was in a blind and saw the buck earlier in the day and waited for its return. He got out primos can, rolled it twice and the buck walked about 25 yards in front of him. It took them about five hours to get the deer out of the woods. He estimates it weighs at least 170 pounds, because his scale tops out at 160 points. This is one of the biggest deer he’s gotten in Potter County. Frank has been hunting in Potter County since he was 14 years old and now it’s become a family tradition; his parents also live in the county now. Pictured with Frank is Dustin Monberger.
First grade students in Mrs. Pollock’s class completed their “Pumpkin Investigations!” Students measured the height of their pumpkins, counted the lines and seeds, made predictions whether or not their pumpkins would sink or float, found the circumference, and drew their own design for Mrs. Pollock to carve for them.
Dominion Energy employees helped local animals by volunteering at Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries in Tioga on Oct. 12 and 21. The group repainted interior walls, cleared outside walking areas and the memorial garden, completed repairs inside the facility and donated all the supplies they used. Pictured are Dominion employees with Second Chance founders Jim Howe and Sue Cook, fifth and sixth from left. To inquire about volunteering at Second Chance, whether as an individual, family or group, call the shelter at 570-376-3646 or stop in between business hours – noon-5 p.m., Tuesday or Thursday-Sunday. The facility is closed Mondays and Wednesdays.
Caleb Nuss received National Recognition as a Rural and Small Town Scholar for 2020-2021 College Board for excellence in Academic Achievement. He scored in the top 2.5 % of students who identified they are from a rural town small school.
The District works closely with Watershed Associations on a number of projects, including river clean ups (pictured here), water quality monitoring, various habitat and water research efforts, citing and prioritizing stream projects and more. Pictured here are members of the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association in 2019, after completing a cleanup on several miles of the Allegany River. From left to right are Jason Childs, PCCD Manager; Heather McKean, UAWA President; Madey McKean; Bob Volkmar, UAWA member; Stubby Wertz, UAWA member; Janie Weeks, UAWA member; and Frank Weeks, UAWA Treasurer.
The District works to organize riparian plantings and other environmental action projects for all ages. Here is one such stream-side tree planting effort organized by Emily Shosh, PCCD Educator, and the Beyond the Horizon 4H Group of Coudersport. The planting took place on the property of Genevieve Gehman on Sartwell Creek.
The District remains active in promoting agricultural BMP’s and administering various services to interested farmers. One such project is the recently deployed Rotational Grazing Kit, which offers farmers a chance to test out rotational grazing equipment before buying their own set up. Rotational grazing ensures livestock receives better nutrition, protects soil health, can help with weed suppression, and helps prevent non-point source water pollution. Above, District Manager Jason Childs assists farmer and now District Board Director Jeff Cady install the new rotational grazing kit.
Each spring, the District holds a legislative luncheon in which local leaders, representatives and commissioners, its board and others are invited to hear a recap of its work through the past year. Staff members present a summary of their respective programs and ample time for networking and Q&A is provided. The luncheon is held at the beautiful Susquehannock Lodge on Route 6 in Ulysses. Front row, left to right are Stan Hess, Earl Brown, Betsey Long, Don Heiner, Brenda Shambaugh, Pete Ryan, Charlie Tuttle, Nancy Grupp, Susan Paisley, Glenn Dunn, Barry Hayman. Back row, left to right, are Jason Childs, Jon Blass, Kimberly Johns, Steve Putt, Chuck Dillon, Jared Dickerson, Paul Heimel, Andrew Mickey, Emily Shosh, Jeff Cady, Chris Robbins, Phil Lehman. (This photo was taken in early March.)
Spiderman is on a mission — get the goodies. Children, teens and adults made their way to Wellsboro on Halloween to celebrate a favorite holiday, Halloween. Several businesses and the fire department set up stations to distribute treats as safely as possible, while another group walked the downtown area sharing tells of hauntings and ghostly encounters. For photographs, check out www.tiogapublishing.com.
Shirley Welch (center) reads the proclamation inviting participants to take part in a Lantern Walk on Halloween, where she, Bunny Lockett (left) and Willow Lockett (right) would share stories of ghostly encounters in Wellsboro locations. Children, teens and adults made their way to Wellsboro to celebrate. Several businesses and the fire department set up stations to distribute treats as safely as possible. For photographs, check out www.tiogapublishing.com.