Friday June 7, 2019

Thursday’s high, 78; Low 50 (No rain!)








Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is distributing senior farmers market nutrition program checks for Potter County senior citizens from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Each senior citizen receives one set of four $5 checks per year.

The program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmer’s markets to purchasequalifying fresh fruits and vegetables through Nov. 30. The checks will be issued through Sept. 30 at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

SFMNP checks may only be used to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania or produce that was purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer.

Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age 60 or older, whose income is $23,107 or less for a single person or $31,284 or less for a couple, or $39,461 or less for three people or $47,638 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2018.

Proof of income is not required, however, the applicant must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines and show proof of age and address. A valid driver’s license will work for proof of both to be issued the checks

To pick up checks for another individual, pick up a proxy form to be competed by both individuals and then returned to the distribution stop.

This is also the procedure for husband/wife or wife/husband.

All sites have forms available.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

  • Ulysses Senior Center

Ulysses Community Bldg.

522 Main Street

Ulysses; Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • Oswayo Valley Senior Center

128 Lyons Street

Shinglehouse, Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • Galeton Senior Center

St. Bibiana Parish Hall

111 Germania Street

Galeton, Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • Coudersport Senior Center

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training Center

171 Rt. 6 West

Coudersport, Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • Potter County Human Services AAA

62 North Street

Roulette — by appointment only, ask for Barb Kiel at 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

For more information, contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

The 79th Pennsylvania Laurel Festival begins Saturday, June 8 in Wellsboro and continues through June 16.

The First Laurel Festival was in 1938 and was the brainchild of Mr. Larry Woodin, a Wellsboro businessman who was so impressed with Pine Creek Gorge, located 10 miles Southwest of Wellsboro that he persuaded the Chamber of Commerce to publicize it as a natural wonder of Tioga County. Through Mr. Woodin’s efforts, visitors came to see the breathtaking 50 mile gorge, now known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” or the “Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.” Organized by the Wellsboro Lions Club, the first festival was held to promote not only the Grand Canyon, but also the state flower, Mountain Laurel. Events included a parade, a circus, block dance and a ball. The festival highlight was the crowning of the first Laurel Queen, Miss Phyllis Viola of McKees Rocks. Over the years, the festival has under gone many changes. Its title officially became the “Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival” to indicate that many towns in the state are represented. The Pet Parade, arts and crafts fair, concert series and foot races have all added to the enjoyment and participation of young and old alike. The Laurel Festival continues to grow each year, and the friendly hospitality of the area has not changed over the years. Visitors are welcome to enjoy not only the fun of the Festival, but also the rugged, rocky cliffs, unspoiled forest land abloom with Laurel and clear bubbling water; all the natural beauty of Tioga County

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FAMILY DAY & Children’s Health Fair On The Green

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 1:30 p.m. Pet Parade Judging @12:30pm Packer Park to The Green

MONDAY, JUNE 10 7:00 p.m. Laurel Concert Series Megan McGarry Music Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 7:00 p.m. Laurel Concert Series Drowsy Maggie Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 7:00 p.m. Laurel Concert Series Wellsboro Town Band On The Green (Rain Location: Wellsboro High School)

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 7:00 p.m. Laurel Concert Series Wellsboro Men’s & Women’s Choruses First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair International Street of Foods on the Green

12:00 p.m. Queens’ Welcome Courthouse Steps, Main Street 5:00 p.m. Queens’ Preview, followed by “3D” Outdoor Stage, Deane Center (Rain Location: Coolidge Theatre) 7:30 p.m. Gathering Time Salute Peter, Paul, and Mary & Crosby Stills, and Nash to Folk Rock Harmony Trios ($) Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 9:00 a.m. 10K Foot Race & 2-mile Fun Run Packer Park 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair International Street of Foods The Green 2:00 p.m. PA State Laurel Festival Parade 3:00 p.m. Downbeat Percussion The Green after parade 5:00p.m. Mansfield University SaxAlums The Green 6:30 p.m. Coronation of 2019 PA State Laurel Queen ($) Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 10:30 a.m. Union Church Service The Green (Rain Location: First Baptist Church)


A 32 year old Covington, PA man has been charged with violating a PFA. State police at Mansfield allege the suspect, whose name was not released, hit, grabbed and pushed a 75 year Covington man last weekend in violation of a PFA which was in place at the time.

A criminal mischief taking place last weekend on Reservoir Hill Road in Westfield Township is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Vandals damaged a mailbox to the tune of $50 belonging to a 54 year old Westfield woman and pushed on a Verizon utility pole causing $100 in damage.