38— Ice cream! What’s your favorite summer treat? The most popular response in a CBS News poll was ice cream, at 38 percent. Trailing in order were watermelon, 30 percent; berries, 12; lemonade, 12; and pie, 6. 86— I’ll take his name Despite all of the strides in gender equality, women’s rights and other social trends, some 86 percent of […]

Deer study continues in Potter County

Potter County is part of a long-term research project with far-reaching implications for forest management and deer hunting. It’s sparked by deepening concerns about poor forest regeneration and plant diversity. Over-browsing by deer has been cited as the chief villain, but Penn State researchers are finding that the problem runs deeper. They’re partnering with the Game Commission and Forestry Bureau […]


June’s rain was mixed blessing

Our rainy June was a mixed blessing. It has extended good trout fishing, made our forests and gardens grow well, and has favored certain beneficial fungi, including those that prey upon forest pests like gypsy moth caterpillars. However, lots of rain in the spring and early summer also provides ideal conditions for the spread of fire blight, a bacterium that […]

Wolf Tracks

Outdoor Columnist

The sun is blazing, and deep in the conifers you’ll find elk seeking the cooling shade. The calves have been born, and their mothers are protecting them, often hiding them in the tall grasses. It is a great time of year to be in elk country, but at least on the weekends you will likely have to share the road […]

News. Brief.

Christmas in July this weekend Potter County’s domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and awareness agency, A Way Out, is holding its annual auction and vendor fair at the courthouse square on Saturday, July 15, from 10 am to 4 pm. Its theme is “Christmas in July.” Informational booths manned by staff from A Way Out, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, […]

Federal funds fixing homes

While the needs are many, the funding is limited as the Cameron County Commissioners continue to tap a federal government program that rehabilitates substandard homes for some residents. Cliff Clark, community and economic development director, informed the commissioners that all of this year’s Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds have been designated. He added that he intends to apply for […]

Tri-County pursuing fiber network

A historic expansion of services is in the cards for Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative. Tri-County CEO Craig Eccher told Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce members that directors of the 80-year-old organization have approved a five-year plan for a 2,800- mile network of fiber-optic cable reaching some of the most remote stretches of its sprawling service area. Eccher said a study […]

Overdose leads to drug bust

A drug overdose in downtown Coudersport set the stage for a series of events leading to four arrests this week. Police were summoned Monday night to a residence on the 200 block of South Main Street, where they administered Narcan, a fast-acting antidote, to resuscitate a 25-year-old McKean County man who was found to be unresponsive after overdosing on a […]

State, fed budgets squeeze counties

Potter County hosted a meeting of the Northwest Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association this week, continuing a tradition that dates back several decades. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover welcomed their colleagues during a business meeting and issues roundtable at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. The session was followed by a tour of the museum, conducted by administrator Josh Roth. […]

Working to save area ash trees

Those three-sided purple boxes along many local roadways are hard to miss among the lush summer landscape. They are sticky traps for monitoring populations of a pervasive forest pest, the emerald ash borer, which threatens to eliminate all species of ash trees from eastern North America. Ash is very important to Pennsylvania – prized as a raw material for baseball […]