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Friday, October 12, 2018

Bill Pekarski: Day 773, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 773, Living life on my terms.
Being able to work again is the greatest feeling. I love being able to help patients feel better. My older patients who have a lifetime of experiences enrich my soul while each and every child I treat grabs a piece of my heart. Every day, I draw more strength from just being there and performing my duties with great coworkers; working together to help local people in our community.

I feel I have grown even closer to the community now that I have been on my journey back to health. Over the first year of “Living Life on My Terms,” I often wrote about my memories, our area’s history, and all of the great things we had right here basically at our fingertips. Tonight, I sat downtown for a little bit and collected a few thoughts.

Coudersport is exceptional and the way our community has transformed itself is awe inspiring. People who pass through our remote, hidden, and almost undiscovered area are treated to the availability of experiences and opportunities that are as vast as the stars in the night sky. Something they can witness firsthand at Cherry Springs State Park and dark sky observatory.
Anyone can stop in town, even for just an afternoon, and sit down to a great meal at any of our restaurants. Moreover, each establishment offers their own unique atmosphere and dining encounter.

After the meal, they can find some old fashion sweet treats at Deb’s Candy Shop, a scoop of Penn State Creamery Ice Cream at Cream n’ Sugar, a drink at Olga’s or the Crittenden, or even a specialty coffee, latte, smoothie, or mocha between Sheetz, the Tea Room Café, and the Cream n’ Sugar.

As visitors walk around town, they are charmed by the Victorian style buildings and rich history that we as locals hold dear to our hearts. A quick visit to the historical society and our history truly comes to life.

Then there is our artistic side, which can be described as tradition and modern at the same time. We have the Artisan’s Center with its eclectic offerings from throughout the region. While at Olga’s, you can’t help but to see her almost dizzying display of her multitude of works. And there is also the Jessie Vaughn Studio-Gallery located at Abundant Blessings and Tea Room Café.

Funny, now that I think about it, the name “Abundant Blessings” could be aptly used to describe our town to visitors as they pass through. After all, we are blessed with abundance; in a pretty little picturesque package.

I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention musical offerings available around the area. Between open mic nights at Olga’s, guitar players and other troubadours who perform regularly at various establishments, the eclectic array of musical acts that appear at the Crittenden on an almost weekly basis, local rock bands that bring crowds to places like Mosch’s Tavern and A & W West End Grille, or even just a jam band that gets together and does a gig for the fun of it.

We are lucky to live in such a wonderful area where enriching experiences are available everywhere you turn. Wonderful and friendly people are ready to greet you and show you a sense of hospitality that some city-folk just aren’t accustom to.

I feel blessed to be a small part of what has been created here. This is my home and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Today I am dedicating my progress to Coudersport, the here and the now. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to appreciate it.

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