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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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Holiday Decorating Winners Announced

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

The Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a contest for the most beautifully decorated homes in in the Borough this holiday season.

The winners are:

Ron Willis on German Street won the 1st Place prize of $50.

Jim and Georgeanne Sample on E. Water Street won the 2nd place prize of $30.

Ben Ball at 102 E. Water Street won the 3rd place prize of $20.

View photos of the winning homes on the Facebook page of Les Jordan, Jr.

Judging for the contest was done by members of the Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to all the winners!

December 15, 2014

Smethport’s Andrulonis Elected as Chairman of PAB

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Smethport's Jeff Andrulonis, President & CEO, Colonial Media + Entertainment.Colonial Media + Entertainment, an integrated marketing organization headquartered in Olean, NY, has announced that its President/CEO, Jeffrey M. Andrulonis from Smethport, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for 2015.

Since 1939, the PAB has been the voice for the Commonwealth’s radio and television broadcasters.

As Chairman, Jeff will spend the year overseeing the statewide association, which is headquartered near Harrisburg, PA. He also heads the Executive Committee for the PAB, having been elected to the position at the Board of Directors meeting in Hershey earlier this month.

As head of Colonial Media + Entertainment, Jeff oversees eight FM Radio stations, numerous websites and social media, event marketing operations, and an ad agency – all focused on promoting local businesses throughout the Twin Tiers region.

December 13, 2014

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



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