Potter County receives grant to establish market village. See story below.
Infant slightly injured in McKean County collision….Brynedale man accused of point gun at victim…Theft of prescription pills from Ridgway Township home investigated…Potter County Commissioners announce grant to develop Market Village/Farmers Market…Farm Show continues in Harrisburg….
Monday’s high, 22; Overnight low, 3; 1” of snow
TUE-SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE, HIGH 21
TUE NIGHT-LOW 15
WED-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 38
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW LOW 28
THU-SLIGHT CHANCE OF AM SNOW, HIGH 37
State police at Ridgway have arrested 56 year old Mario Sidelinger of Byrnedale for assault with a weapon. Troopers allege Sidelinger pointed a gun at a 25 year old woman during a domestic violence incident Sunday evening on Plum Street in Jay Township. Following arraignment Sidelinger was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The theft of some prescription pills last weekend from a home on Silver Creek Road in Ridgway Township is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. The medicine belonged to a 43 year old Johnsonburg man.
An infant was slightly injured in rear end collision last Friday afternoon in Wetmore Township, McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred when Brenda Mix of Kane and Gabrielle Howard of Bradford were going east on Route 6. When Howard slowed down to make a turn, Mix tried to bypass Howard to avoid a collision but her Dodge Caravan bumped Howard’s Ford Escape causing airbag employment. Both drivers escaped injury. The youngster, riding in a child safety seat, did not require treatment for a slight injury.
The Potter County Commissioners have announced on social media they were recently notified that a $41,400 state grant has been approved for development of the Market Village/Farmers Market in downtown Coudersport. The funds will help to pay for construction of a plaza, pedestrian walkway and parking area; installation of utilities and interpretive signs; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements.
The county’s Community Development Department and Planning Department have spearheaded the project with multiple partners. Their goal has been to address several of the priorities established in the Potter County Comprehensive Plan 2020-29 by establishing an open-air retail center and park on the county-owned vacant lot at the corner of East Second and North East streets.
A $4,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team allowed the planners to engage a landscape architect/engineer, who conducted a feasibility study and developed a conceptual design.
Steering Committee co-chairs Will Hunt (Planning) and Ellen Russell (Community Development) describe the development as a semi-permanent “village” with multiple short-term rental spaces. The retail space will complement the Potter County Farmers Market, with the rental unit occupants marketing locally crafted items, agricultural goods, prepared food, or other products.
The committee looks to model the local park after the successful Tionesta Market Village in Forest County. It is envisioned to become a gathering place where live music and other entertainment as well as educational programs will be presented. The committee also believes that similar open-air markets could be developed in Galeton, Ulysses, Roulette and other Potter County towns.
The market village will also serve as an “incubator” for new businesses. Rentals will be available at low fees. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will be able to “pilot” their business ideas without the larger risk associated with a storefront. Once the business proves to be successful, it could conceivably move into an empty storefront to help revitalize the business district. Occupants of the Market Village would also direct visiting shoppers to established downtown businesses.
Organizers are working with the Potter County Farmers Market to coordinate the use of the park; with Coudersport Borough, Eulalia Township and the Potter County Maintenance Department on site development; and with the Potter County Conservation District and other potential partners on educational programming. Additional details will be announced. An initial forecast calls for the market village to open in spring 2023.
The 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show is underway at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This year’s theme is “Harvesting More.”
Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.
TUESDAY’S EVENTS include:
9:30 a.m. Sale of Champions – Junior Market – SA
10:00 a.m. Fiber Arts & Sheep to Shawl – Addison Neff – MHS
10:30 a.m. Junior Market Animal Sale (Lambs, Rabbits, Goats, Swine, Cattle) – SA
11:30 a.m. Pony Pulling Contest – NHA
1:30 p.m. Horse Pulling Contest – NHA
Pennsylvania’s Greatest Whoopie Pie Contest, Sponsored by Good Food – MHS
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive Demonstration – EA
6:00 p.m. Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association – CCS
2:00 p.m. Draft Horse Hitch and Drive Demonstration – NHA
12:30 p.m. Youth Pedal Tractor Pull – EA
2:00 p.m. Speed Horse Demonstration – NHA
3:00 p.m. Sheep to Shawl Contest – SA
4:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull – EA
5:30 p.m. Bid Calling Contest – BH
Line Dance-along with the Junior Committee – NHA
6:30 p.m. Sheep to Shawl Auction – SA
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports there are now 1,897,183 confirmed Covid cases in the state. Confirmed cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area as of noon Monday:.
ALLEGANY (NY)- 7399
CATTARAUGUS (NY) 12,410