75,000— Starting them young Woodland Elementary School in Emporium has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the George and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation for equipment and supplies to improve its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. The program, run under the guidance of science teacher Bonnie Burgess, has been expanded to include second- and third-graders. Burgess will be attending […]


Archery season two weeks away

Archery deer season is just around the corner and the outlook is favorable. The season runs from Sept. 30 through Nov. 11, and returns for a winter curtain call from the day after Christmas until Jan. 13. After several years of antler restrictions, we have plenty of mature bucks. Last year’s fairly mild winter allowed these deer to go through […]

Wolf Tracks

Outdoor Columnist

These days it seems that virtually everyone has a camera and most people think they are at least modestly skilled in photography. In many cases, they are mistaken. Quality photography, especially when it involves wildlife, is time-consuming, potentially expensive, and often frustrating. Getting close to wild animals is not easy. We are now in the digital age. As equipment improves […]

News. Brief.

Falling Leaves Show Oct. 6-7 Potter County Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Falling Leaves Outdoor Show at the courthouse square in Coudersport Oct. 6-7. There will be entertainment, a parade, and a broad variety of vendors setting up at the square. For more information on vendor arrangements or other aspects of the show, call Carol Jackson at 814-274-0219. […]

Benefit breakfast Saturday

A benefit breakfast buffet will be held from 9 am to 2 pm on Sept. 16 at the Tea Room on North Main Street in Coudersport. Proceeds will be donated to employee Autumn Solomon, who is battling adrenal cancer. A Chinese auction and bake sale will also be held. Cost is $10. All proceeds will go to help pay Autumn’s […]

Pet chipping clinic

Cameron County SPCA will hold a microchipping clinic for dogs and cats from 6-8 pm Friday, Sept. 22, at the kennel on South Mountain Road. Cost is $20 per animal. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Guided kayak tour

Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a guided kayak your of the George B. Stevenson Dam reservoir from 10 am to noon Saturday, Sept. 16. Participants should meet at the lake’s day-use area.


A Potter County girl is headed to the Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show in Harrisburg next month. Paige Hamilton, daughter of Victoria Bokan Hamilton and Darrin Hamilton and a fifth-grade student at Northern Potter Children’s School, advanced to the big event by her strong showing at the recent district qualifier in Centre Hall. A member of Horse Feathers 4-H Club, […]

Local govs face growing challenges

Elected officials in rural Pennsylvania townships find themselves facing increasing responsibilities and complexities. From police, fire and ambulance protection to an increasingly challenging fiscal climate, they’re subject to so many duties and pressures that many townships have trouble finding anyone to run for public office. A host of the current issues affecting local governments were laid out during the 92nd […]

Camp owners look for mysterious visitor

Five generations have spent time at the Tall Tales cabin near Cross Fork in southern Potter County since Shelly Decker’s grandfather, Charles Kauffman, built the place 70-odd years ago. It’s pretty rustic — just one big room that, at times, would house adults, children, everybody, sleeping in the small space. There are four or five cabins nearby, and all of […]