Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

Wednesday’s high, 55; overnight low, 41; no precipitation

THU-AFTERNOON RAIN, HIGH  50

THU NIGHT- NOW, LOW 30

FRI-SNOW ENDING THEN CLOUDY, HIGH 34

FRI NIGHT-LOW 25

SAT-OVERCAST, HIGH 35

SAT NIGHT-OVERCAST, LOW 27

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Alishia Marshall from Clarion Small Business Development Center addresses Potter County Commissioners

 

Help for small business owners available in Coudersport…..Registrations are being taken for the annual PA Wilds dinner….Causer to  host farmers’ breakfast with Ag Secretary…

Obituaries; Michael “Perk” Perkins, Owayo, Josephine Marinik, Smethport

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Small business owners and people who would like to go into business can get some practical advice from an expert source in Coudersport. For more than two decades, the Clarion University Small Business Development Center has provided counsel. Now, a specialist has scheduled office hours to complement other SBDC services. Aleshia Marshall, business outreach consultant, shared details with the Potter County Commissioners last week. She is available from 9 am to 3 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Potter County Education Center in Water Street in Coudersport. Other times are available by appointment. Marshall told the commissioners there is no charge for clients and one-one interviews are popular in this area while younger clients prefer using technology. More information is available at 814-393-2060. Among the topics that will be covered in each appointment are financial analysis options, market research, business plan development, environmental compliance issues, marketing, management and others.

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) is announces that registration is open for the 2018 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards, to be held on Thursday April 26. This year also marks the launch of the new Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference, taking place on Friday April 27th. These special events are the premier annual networking opportunity in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

The location for the dinner and conference is the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, Lycoming County. The Pajama Factory is a rejuvenated, historic factory complex with multiple uses, including a business incubator, space for large events, and work spaces for creative makers. Williamsport is the eastern gateway to the Pennsylvania Wilds, and the regions largest city.

The theme this year is Celebrating 15 Years The Wilds at Work,to commemorate 15 years of the Pennsylvania Wilds work, region, and mission.

More than 250 businesses and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds, along with state partners and officials from Harrisburg, will gather for the dinner and conference to get an update on the state and local effort to grow the region’s economy and recognize award winner Champions of the PA Wilds while celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

 

 

The 2018 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards program will spotlight the Champion of the Pennsylvania Wild Awards — given out annually to individuals, groups, organizations, communities and businesses that in the last year have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds in a way that creates jobs, diversifies local economies, inspires stewardship and improves quality of life. The region’s 12 county governments, visitor bureaus and many local organizations participate in the effort, along with PA’s Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources and Dept. of Community & Economic Development. All are encouraged to submit nominations for the PA Wilds Champion Awards; nominations are due March 23rd at 5:00 PM EST.

The April 26 Annual Dinner & Awards will open at 3:00 PM with networking opportunities during a reception of the Creative Makers Exhibit, on display at Gallery Works.

Guest speakers for the dinner will include:

Eric Bridges, Executive Director, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, will share comments on the history and progress of the movement — “The Wilds Are Working: a reflection on the PA Wilds, 15 years in the making.”

Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will deliver a keynote speech during the PA Wilds Annual Awards Dinner. Gohl, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his role at ARC in March 2010, oversees hundreds of ARC investments in community-based projects contributing to the economic growth of the Region – including in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Earl Gohl will be introduced by Sheri R. Collins, Deputy Secretary, Office of Technology & Innovation, PA Department of Community & Economic Development.

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission through the POWER Initiative to assist with nature tourism cluster development in the Pennsylvania Wilds. To date, ARC has invested $94 Million to help coal-impacted communities in 250 Appalachian counties to diversify and grow their economies.

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference will begin at 8:30 AM the next day, Friday April 27th. Guests attending both events are encouraged to spend the night in Williamsport. Group hotel rates have been negotiated.

 

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference is a one-day educational conference for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes from the Pennsylvania Wilds. Hosted by the Wilds Cooperative (WCO) and the PA Wilds Center, the conference features guest speaker panel sessions on topic areas ranging from how to capitalize on Pennsylvania’s booming outdoor recreation economy, to marketing, wholesaling, and utilizing the PA Wilds Design Guide in your business. Attendees will also learn how to maximize membership in the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, and network with other regional creative entrepreneurs and business leaders. A luncheon keynote panel will focus on Demystifying Entrepreneurship. Conference attendees will also receive a tour of the Pajama Factory.

The Pennsylvania Wilds, one of the state’s 11 official tourism regions, covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth and includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Clinton, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and the northern part of Centre county. The region is known for its more than 2 million acres of public land, and also boasts two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the country and the largest wild elk herd in the Northeast. Visitors spend an estimated $1.7 billion in the region each year, according to the most recent statistics.

To register for the PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards and the Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference, please visit:

www.pawildscenter.org/awards-dinner/ and www.pawildscenter.org/conference/

To make a nomination for the PA Wilds Champion Awards, please visit: www.pawildscenter.org/awards-dinner

For more information on the PA Wilds Center’s programs and services, please visit www.pawildscenter.org.

The Pennsylvania Wilds region includes the counties of Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Clarion and Northern Centre.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.The Farmer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at Hamilton’s Maple Products, 320 Gee Hill Road in Ulysses.

“This is a great opportunity for our local farmers and producers to learn more about what’s being done for agriculture in Harrisburg and to share their comments and concerns about challenges facing the industry,” Causer said. “I encourage everyone involved in the industry, from crop and livestock farmers to timber and maple syrup producers, to join us.”

To insure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP, either by contacting Causer’s Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or spaisley@pahousegop.com, or by visiting www.RepCauser.com.

There is no charge to attend.

A Westfield driver has been cited for multiple traffic violations in connection to a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, A Ford Focus driven by Shawn Collins went off the right side of Route 40 while going south and hit a guard rail. The car returned to the road, crossed to the other side and hit another guardrail. Police claim Collins left the scene before their arrival.

Retail theft charges are pending against a 47 year old Ridgway woman. Troopers at Ridgway claim the suspect tried to steal a Kodak printer ink cartridge from the St. Marys Walmart but was apparently caught red handed. The suspect’s name was not released.

Troopers at Mansfield investigated a harassment by communications occurring Monday night. Scott Mahr of Covington received several harassing text messages from an unknown individual.

Obituaries

Michael Alan “Perk” Perkins, 64, of Oswayo, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a long illness.Born on August 25, 1953 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Reuben and Ella Downs Perkins.  Perk attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.He was a very hard worker who loved to work.  It had been said that he worked circles around guys 30 years younger than him.  He loved being a pipeliner.  He was saved and baptized at the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse where he was a very active member.  Perk enjoyed spending time with his daughters, playing with his grandkids, who called him “Poppa Perk”, riding his 4-wheeler, and kayaking.  He also had a great passion for hunting.  In his youth, Perk was one of the original five boy scouts in the area led by Mr. Lynn Kemp.Poppa Perk will be greatly missed by his daughters, Celena Perkins, Ashley Carpenter, and Chrystal (Josh) Klein; his grandchildren, Aaron, Cody, Catelyn, Mason, JohnMichael, Cali, Jacob, and Ayda; many friends; and his loving, supportive church family.  He also leaves behind two brothers, Glenn Perkins and Steve Perkins; three sisters, Myra (Mike) LaRock, Patricia (Bob) Burns, and Karen (Randy) Stanley; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.In addition to his parents, Perk was predeceased by the love of his life, Jody Howard; and his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Ella Downs.Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, Academy Street, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard Will accord Military honors on Sunday at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Perk’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Perk, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or contact the family at PO Box 468, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Perk’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Josephine A. Marinik, 94, of Smethport, PA, died Sunday (February 25, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.She was born July 6, 1923, a daughter of Leo and Olga Koncut Marinik.Miss Marinik was a quality inspector at GTE-Sylvania of Emporium, PA.She was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport. She enjoyed stamp collecting and was proud of the American Flag.She is survived by one brother, Joseph (Mary) Marinik of Smethport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Leo, Charles and Emil Marinik.In keeping with Josephine’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

 

 

 

 

 

The location for the dinner and conference is the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, Lycoming County. The Pajama Factory is a rejuvenated, historic factory complex with multiple uses, including a business incubator, space for large events, and work spaces for creative makers. Williamsport is the eastern gateway to the Pennsylvania Wilds, and the region’s largest city.

 

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The theme this year is “Celebrating 15 Years – The Wilds at Work,” to commemorate 15 years of the Pennsylvania Wilds work, region, and mission.

 

More than 250 businesses and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds, along with state partners and officials from Harrisburg, will gather for the dinner and conference to get an update on the state and local effort to grow the region’s economy and recognize award winner Champions of the PA Wilds while celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

 

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The 2018 PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards program will spotlight the Champion of the Pennsylvania Wild Awards — given out annually to individuals, groups, organizations, communities and businesses that in the last year have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds in a way that creates jobs, diversifies local economies, inspires stewardship and improves quality of life. The region’s 12 county governments, visitor bureaus and many local organizations participate in the effort, along with PA’s Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources and Dept. of Community & Economic Development. All are encouraged to submit nominations for the PA Wilds Champion Awards; nominations are due March 23rd at 5:00 PM EST.

The April 26 Annual Dinner & Awards will open at 3:00 PM with networking opportunities during a reception of the Creative Makers Exhibit, on display at Gallery Works.

 

Guest speakers for the dinner will include:

 

Eric Bridges, Executive Director, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, will share comments on the history and progress of the movement — “The Wilds Are Working: a reflection on the PA Wilds, 15 years in the making.”

Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will deliver a keynote speech during the PA Wilds Annual Awards Dinner. Gohl, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his role at ARC in March 2010, oversees hundreds of ARC investments in community-based projects contributing to the economic growth of the Region – including in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Earl Gohl will be introduced by Sheri R. Collins, Deputy Secretary, Office of Technology & Innovation, PA Department of Community & Economic Development.

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission through the POWER Initiative to assist with nature tourism cluster development in the Pennsylvania Wilds. To date, ARC has invested $94 Million to help coal-impacted communities in 250 Appalachian counties to diversify and grow their economies.

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference will begin at 8:30 AM the next day, Friday April 27th. Guests attending both events are encouraged to spend the night in Williamsport. Group hotel rates have been negotiated.

 

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference is a one-day educational conference for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes from the Pennsylvania Wilds. Hosted by the Wilds Cooperative (WCO) and the PA Wilds Center, the conference features guest speaker panel sessions on topic areas ranging from how to capitalize on Pennsylvania’s booming outdoor recreation economy, to marketing, wholesaling, and utilizing the PA Wilds Design Guide in your business. Attendees will also learn how to maximize membership in the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, and network with other regional creative entrepreneurs and business leaders. A luncheon keynote panel will focus on “Demystifying Entrepreneurship.” Conference attendees will also receive a tour of the Pajama Factory.

 

Said Ta Enos, Executive Director of the PA Wilds Center, “We are really excited to celebrate 15 years of the Pennsylvania Wilds work with our partners. We have accomplished a tremendous amount together during this time, and we are primed to break new ground with growth goals spanning the next 15 years and beyond. The work has always been about unifying regional stakeholders, working together and partnership. The PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards gives us an opportunity to come together in one room to celebrate these achievements, be inspired for what is on the horizon, and to recognize the many diverse participants that help us lead the region’s growth. We are also thrilled to host the first ever Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference; our businesses and creative makers are the backbone of our tourism economy. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and growing in the region, impacting jobs and real economic growth in our communities. Sharing best practices, working together and learning from each other is what we do best in the Pennsylvania Wilds.”

 

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The Pennsylvania Wilds, one of the state’s 11 official tourism regions, covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth and includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Clinton, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and the northern part of Centre county. The region is known for its more than 2 million acres of public land, and also boasts two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the country and the largest wild elk herd in the Northeast. Visitors spend an estimated $1.7 billion in the region each year, according to the most recent statistics.

 

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To register for the PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards and the Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference, please visit:

www.pawildscenter.org/awards-dinner/ and www.pawildscenter.org/conference/

 

To make a nomination for the PA Wilds Champion Awards, please visit: www.pawildscenter.org/awards-dinner/

 

For more information on the PA Wilds Center’s programs and services, please visit www.pawildscenter.org.

 

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The Pennsylvania Wilds region includes the counties of Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Clarion and Northern Centre.

 

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