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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Potter County Courthouse Bell Will Ring Again!

Potter County Today
A historic bell that hangs in the tower of the Potter County Courthouse will ring once again. A ceremony will be held at the courthouse square gazebo at 11 am Thursday, Oct. 20, during which Coudersport Mayor Brenda Whitman will read a proclamation. The Potter County Commissioners earlier this year approved a $7,600 contract with Verdin Company to install automatic ringing equipment on the bell. It can be programmed to chime on the hour or for special occasions. Funds for the work were raised by Mayor Whitman, who has been assisted by machinist Bill Daly and Joe Kurtz, the county’s supervisor of building and grounds maintenance. Precautions have been to assure that the new equipment will not damage the bell or its housing in the clock tower. The bell was donated to Potter County by Timothy Ives. One of Coudersport’s earliest inhabitants, Ives built a general merchandise store, was elected county treasurer and later served as judge. The bell will be programmed to ring on the hour from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.