Tax case heard in court

Owner’s lawsuit challenges appraisal

A three year-old battle over an Emporium businessman’s property tax assessment is close to an end after arguments were heard by President Judge Richard Masson at the Cameron County Courthouse last week. In June 2010, Peter Grimone purchased a two-story, 13,800 square foot property in downtown Emporium’s business district for $10,000. Months later, he requested a tax reduction, claiming the […]

New era beginning at Pa. Lumber Museum

A half-century has passed since the Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club began the mission to persuade the state to create a museum to document Pennsylvania’s forest history. Finally, in the early 1970s, the state legislature approved the plan as proposed by the Pa. Historical and Museum Commission. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum became a reality on a 160-acre tract of timbered land along […]

Wastewater plant stalled

Construction of a $3.7 million wastewater treatment facility in Ulysses Township has been stalled for several months as reports continue to circulate that the project’s investors may have backed out. Property owner/developer Preston Hoopes did not return multiple calls seeking an update. Another of the developers, David Kailbourne of Wellsville, N.Y., did not respond to inquiries. But Dan Spadoni, spokesman […]

Potter County preparing for ‘specialty courts’

Potter County’s criminal justice system is undergoing some fundamental changes with the advent of “specialty courts.” At a recent meeting of the Board of Commissioners, guest speaker Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Kathy Schroeder said her office is preparing for the launch of the first phase of the pilot program. She expressed optimism that specialty courts will reduce the number of repeat […]

‘Jukebox Hangout’ on stage Friday

“Jukebox Hangout,” a local musical revue about the teen gatherings during the ‘50s through the ‘70s, takes the stage at 7 pm Friday, Oct. 18. Potter-McKean Players members and other performers will turn on the nostalgia at the Coudersport Consistory stage. Tickets are $10. An optional prime rib dinner will be served starting at 5:30; cost is $15. The review […]

Oviatt, Stimaker remembered

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital administrators reviewed another year of progress during the hospital leadership’s 47th annual meeting recently at the Coudersport Consistory. About 100 people attended. Re-elected to the board of directors were J. David Buckler, Jeanne R. Miglicio, Thomas R. Shaffer, Robert C. Smith and Ron Caskey. Other directors are Randall Headley, chairman; David Crandall, vice chairman; Dr. Michael […]

Serious Threats To Forests

(Ellen Ferretti is acting secretary of the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources. Her comments are in response to the Inside the Outdoors column, “Natural Splendor Threatened,” by Jim Zoschg in the Oct. 4 Endeavor News.) Pennsylvania’s forests provide clean water, fresh air, wood and wood products, habitat for a wide array of species and countless recreational opportunities. But […]


It brings me great pleasure when I see a letter to the editor about my column. It means that some poor soul either agrees or disagrees with my choice of subjects or how I present them. On that topic, my memory is not what it used to be and I don’t remember the mediocre and mundane days of my youth. […]

Lumber Museum Update

Dear Editor: Two of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum’s most interesting components were in operation last weekend. The sawmill and birch still provide a rare opportunity to step back in time. Our sawmill is steam-powered and illustrates mechanized lumbercutting as it was prevalent in the area around 1900. The birch still showcases how birch oil was extracted early in the 20th […]

War On Christianity

Dear editor: For a very long time now it has been clear that the policies of the Republican Party are anti-Christian. Even though many Republicans talk about their personal Christian beliefs and family values, their actions speak louder than words. If we are to define Christianity as being a follower of the words and actions of Jesus Christ, then Republican […]