Tuesday December 5, 2017

Last night’s power outage took out our two main computers. All efforts to revive them have been unsuccessful.  As a result, our audio programming will be affected until one of them can be replaced or repaired. We will continue to post news and calendar items on this website in the interim. Tri-County reports several hundred members were affected when a “massive” tree tore down a half mile of three-phase wire. The outage began at 9:21 pm Monday and lasted until 4:42 am Tuesday.  

Monday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 41; No precipitation

TUE– HIGH 48 PERIODS OF RAIN THROUGHOUT THE DAY, TAPERING OFF OVERNIGHT.

TUE NIGHT-LOW 26

WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT. Cold HIGH 31

WED NIGHT-LOW 21

THU–  PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT.HIGH 31

THU NIGHT– LOW 25

DCNR awards $250,000 grant toward Coudersport pool….Glenwood Park inKane will receive $92,800 for rehab work….Penn State to hold workshop on Broadband auction…..Coudesport borough accepting bids for former police car….Two NY state women accused for a fight at a Tioga County bar…..An estimated $300 in coins stolen from Tioga County home….

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) on Monday  announced two community recreation grants that will be used to help rehabilitate the Coudersport Community Pool and Kane’s Glenwood Park.

Coudersport Borough will receive $250,000 for the rehabilitation of its community pool. Work will include renovation of the main pool and bathhouse; construction of zero depth entry and concrete decking, installation of a filtration and recirculation system, ADA access and more.

Kane Borough will receive $92,800 for the rehabilitation of Glenwood Park. Work will include renovation of the skate park surface, construction of a parking area, installation of skate park equipment and fencing, ADA access, landscaping and more.

Each grant requires a 50 percent local match by the community.

The grants were awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program operated by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They are specifically funded by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported by a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax.

Todd Husson, a Coudersport Borough Council member and driving force behind the pool fundraising campaign, told Black Forest Broadcasting News the town got an early
Christmas preset.

“The Coudersport borough and members of the Pool Committee are extremely grateful to be the recipients of this tremendous gift. “

Husson added “the matching grant application was applied for this fall after the community came together to ensure future generations would be able to enjoy a safe place to swim. This would not have been possible without the hard work of community members who gave a lot of time and energy toward raising funds and awareness of the pool’s current condition. Along with major financial help from the students and staff in the Coudersport School District, local businesses and major corporations, neighboring townships, and more than 300 individuals and families from over a dozen states, we reached the amount needed to apply for the matching grant.

Shell recently made a  donation of  $ 2,559.71  which Husson says will help provide safety equipment and training to ensure a safe place for summer recreation at the new Coudersport Borough Pool. Your generous donations and support for the pool’s renovation speaks volumes to the importance of this project.” Some $240,000 was raised through donations from individuals, organizations and companies.  Husson told us he is confident the remaining $10,000 toward the matching grant will be realized.

He went on to say, “we additionally must thank Joe Scarnati, Marty Causer, Matt Baker, Potter County Commissioners, the Borough of Coudersport and its residents, the Governor’s office and of course, DCNR for supporting the pool renovation project and grant.”

“Seventy-five years ago Coudersport opened a swimming hole. Since that time, countless individuals have donated time, effort and money to make sure both children and adults have access to swimming lessons and a safe place to swim. I am proud of our community for saving it and cannot wait to get started on building the new pool for future generations.

For those individuals and businesses looking for a last minute tax deduction or wishing to be part of this community project; think local and donate to the Coudersport Borough Pool Fund. Your support is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Donations can be made to:

Coudersport Borough

Pool Fund

201 South West St 

Coudersport PA 16915

 

An upcoming federal auction to allocate $2 billion in funding for bringing broadband networks to rural areas will be the topic of a workshop hosted by Penn State Extension on Dec. 8.

The event, titled “Preparing for the CAF-II Auction,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center at Penn State’s University Park campus. The workshop is aimed at representatives of rural electric cooperatives and other organizations and businesses interested in the development, expansion or financing of rural broadband internet services in Pennsylvania.

As part of phase II of the Connect America Fund program, the Federal Communications Commission will hold an auction for funding to help build rural broadband networks. Under the program, $370 million is available for projects in rural areas of Pennsylvania. For the first time under FCC rules, this funding is available to rural electric cooperatives, of which there are a dozen in the state.

The workshop will cover how electric utilities are constructing and operating fiber-to-the-home networks and the financing of rural broadband projects. Presenters will include leaders from electric cooperatives, rural development agencies and capital finance organizations.

Primary workshop sponsors are CoBank, Calix and CommScope. For more information or to register, visit the workshop website at https://www.cvent.com/c/express/33891a5e-15e0-4918-97d7-219d859770da.

Coudersport Borough is taking bids on a uninspected 2006 Chevy Impala (old police car).  The vehicle can be seen at the Borough office. If you are interested please drop off a bid to the Borough office by 4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Two New York State women have been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct mischief for a which took place at around 12:30 am November 30, 2017 at “That Damn Bar” on Ropute 287 in Tioga Township.  Mansfield based state police claim 31 year old Krystal Groff of Bath, NY and 21 year old Raquel Snyder of Corning, NY started a fight with 30 year old Ashley Butler of Tioga, PA inside the bar. The women were thrown out and locked out of the bar. After which, Snyder allegedly broke the front window of the building. An additional charge of criminal mischief has been filed against her.

A burglary at a Jackson Township home is being investigated by state police at the Mansfield barracks. Burglars entered the home of Helen Potter on Picnic Grove Road between 4:00 pm November 29 and 10:00 am the next day and made off with about $300 worth of coins.