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Our Town: Smethport 2014

Here is the original, uncut WPSU presentation of “Our Town: Smethport” as it was broadcast live on October 16th.

October 24, 2014

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Smethport's Haunted Jail

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Smethport Light-Up Nights - Saturday, November 29th and December 13th at 6:15 to 8 pm. Sponsored by the Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy tree lighting, hay rides, music, carolers, toys, refreshments, and special appearance by Santa! More information »

Holiday Decorating Contest - The Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a contest for the most beautifully decorated house in Smethport this holiday season. The first place winner will receive a $50.00 check, second place winner will receive a $30.00 check, and third place winner will receive a $20.00 check.

2nd Annual Craft Show at Smethport Senior Center on Saturday, November 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. A great place to do some Christmas shopping!

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Smethport’s Jim Herzog Comments on Dapper Dan TV Ad from 1960s

Smethport Web - by Nathan Muller

Smethport toy inventor Jim Herzog, best known for creating Wooly Willy, narrates this promotional video for the magnetic drawing sets Dapper Dan, Pattie Petite, and Doodle Poodle.

The video was produced in the early 1960s as a TV advertisement, but aired only a few times because of the high cost and limited coverage.

This copy, made years ago, has no sound track and the lighting fades in and out. These impairments were probably due to a combination of factors, including media degradation, synchronization problems, and lack of technical proficiency during the copy process.

Jim’s narration provides a good approximation of the original sound track’s content and the video provides a glimpse into how toy advertisements looked “back in the day”.

Look for this: the video shows an automated Dapper Dan that was used for storefront windows and in-store toy displays!

Bonus Content: Jim talks more about the advertisement and provides some history about the magnetic drawing market and how Wooly Willy almost failed because the chain stores thought it was too ugly. He also tells a great Dapper Dan story about the toy’s amazing impact on a hospitalized child. Listen here »

November 15, 2014

It’s Official - “Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge”

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

After more than a year of planning, Marvin Street Bridge in Smethport was officially named as “Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge” during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

Signs are now placed at both ends of the bridge to honor the area’s Civil War volunteers recruited by Thomas Lieper Kane in 1861. The Bucktails served with “high distinction” in 18 major battles in a war that ultimately took over 750,000 lives.

The following remarks delivered by Ross Porter acknowledge the events that led to the construction of the bridge… Read more »

October 27, 2014

Broadcast Premiere of ‘Our Town: Smethport’

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

On Thursday, October 16 at 8 pm WPSU live-streamed the broadcast premiere of “Our Town: Smethport.”

This summer, volunteer storytellers from Smethport, Pennsylvania came together for the 79th production in the “Our Town” series. Their stories captured the rich history of this friendly community.

They shared stories about the McKean County Historical Society Old Jail Museum, Compton’s Mom & Pop Shop, the Smethport Fire Department, the Mansion District, Hamlin Memorial Library, Smethport Country Club, McKean County Court House, Smethport Area High School, and so much more.

In addition to local residents, people from all over the country with ties to Smethport called in their pledges of support for “Our Town: Smethport.” Donors of $75 or more will receive a DVD with bonus features and content not shown during the live broadcast.

During the pledge drive breaks, many familiar localites were seen manning the phones in the background, including Mayor Wayne Foltz, Julie Mader, Bart Barton, Tony Alfieri, Diana Covert, Claudia Caminite, and Judy Church.

A great evening of fun — just one more reason Smethport is a GREAT hometown!

Check out the Twitter feed for commentary during the broadcast. Our favorite comment: “SHUT THE HELL UP EVERYONE, ROSS PORTER IS ON.”

See how Smethport has changed in 10 years… Here is the full broadcast of “Our Town: Smethport” done in 2005:

October 16, 2014

McPaint Time at the McKean County Historical Society’s Second Annual Pig Roast

Smethport Web — by Barbara Bowman

McPaint Time is socializing while being creative. At the Pig Roast, October 4, at McKean County Fairgrounds, participants will complete an acrylic painting in two hours or less. The painting is titled, “Barnum Swamp”.

The session will begin at 1:00 pm. The fee of $20.00 includes all materials. Please call the McKean County Historical Society at 814-887-5142 to register.

While at the Fairgrounds, enjoy the Pig Roast, craft show, and demonstrations. You may even try Square Dancing. Gates open at 10:00 am. Pig Roast will be served starting at 11:30 am.

September 29, 2014

Homecoming Day Festivities Capped by Dramatic Win Over Sheffield

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Smethport Area High School held its annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 26th down Main Street. The parade was led by Mayor Wayne Foltz, followed by Grand Marshal Bernie Reap and the High School marching band directed by Matt Bailey.

The Smethport Hubbers football team capped the Homecoming Day festivities with a dramatic come-from-behind win (33-32) over the Sheffield Wolverines in the last minute of the game.

See the photo album.

During half-time, Quinn Burdick was chosen the 2014 Homecoming Queen. Keenan Kost had been previously announced as Homecoming King.

September 27, 2014

PCTA Officially Opens Shawmut Trail In Smethport

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

A ceremony was held in Smethport, Pennsylvania, for the official opening of the Shawmut Trail. The event, hosted by the Potato Creek Trail Association, was held at the Shawmut Trail Head northwest of Marvin Creek Bridge.

Porter, a founding member of the PCTA, and speaking for the organization, congratulated members of the PCTA, Smethort Borough Council and the McKean County Commissioners for their efforts in bringing the trail project to completion. Porter singled out Donald “Corky” Hull for providing exceptional leadership and contributing decades-long trail experience to the project planning table.

The trail is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Douglas Bowman, who used the trail for his annual two-mile “Walk with Doc” health and nature walks. Walkers crossed the Marvin Creek bridge, then followed the Shawmut railroad grade at the rear of the county property, to US Route 6 and on to Hamlin Lake Park and the Goose Chaser Trail, then returned back to the Shawmut Grade and the Poor Farm.

Hull and PCTA president Steven Brougham cut the ribbon to officially open the gravel-paved trail, which also includes a bridge.

Attendees at the event included Joe DeMott, representing the McKean County Commissioners, and Greg Rounsville, representing the Smethport Borough Council. Read more »

September 21, 2014

Former Smethport Resident Eric Lundgren Wins Cycling Race

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

An overcast sky and the threat of rain didn’t stop 70 cyclists from competing in this year’s Wheel Around the Hub races in Smethport.

Thirty-eight male and female cyclists competed in the 53-mile race for gold watches, plus cash prizes for best lap times. With wet pavement, conditions were not ideal for a record-breaking pace.

With a time of 2:15:57.38, first-place winner Eric Lundgren, formerly of Smethport (now residing in Pittsburgh), greatly outdistanced all rivals on the last lap of the 53-mile circuit to take the gold watch for the men’s competition. The course record of 2:05:41.57 was set last year by Jeremy Wickham of Corning, New York.

Lenore Pipes from Ithaca, New York, was the first-place winner of the 53-mile race women’s competition with a time of 2:16:34.33. She took 1st Place last year with a record-setting time of 2:06:00.65.

Thirteen cyclists on the 53-mile circuit were not able to finish the race. One rider went down after the turn from Galico bridge and suffered a dislocated shoulder. He was picked up by Priority 1 ambulance service and taken for medical treatment.

See the photo album.

Jeff Andrulonis of Colonial Media + Entertianment was the announcer for the event. Timing services were provided by Yellow Jacket Racing out of Rochester, New York. Check their website for complete results of the 53 Mile Race, 15 Mile Ride and 7.5 Mile Ride.

The awards were presented during a barbecue at the Smethport Fire Hall where local guitarist John Meade provided entertainment during the festivities.

The event raised an estimated $6,250 for the Smethport Fire Department from title sponsors Buckler Transport Inc. of Roulette, and Zippo Manufacturing and Kessel Construction, both of Bradford.

Members of the Country Squirrel Outfitters Cycling Team in Ridgway, Pennsylvania competed in the race and took a road-view video during the event.

September 14, 2014

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