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Perfect Hairpin Turn onto Main Street

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Smethport has grown accustomed to big rigs passing over Main Street, especially since the oil and natural gas boom in recent years.

Occasionally, these behemoths have knocked street lights out of commission, overturned utility poles and signs, and mangled countless tree limbs along their crawl to destinations far away.

The hairpin turn from Marvin to Main Street has proven to be a formidable challenge for most truckers, with some achieving success only after several trial-and-error attempts. Tired of the long wait, vehicles in both directions usually give up and head for the side streets.

This week, an unusually long flatbed approached the hairpin hauling a stainless steel silo of titanic size headed for Mainesburg. Instead of hoping for the best, the truck driver and escort crew pulled over well ahead of the turn and got out to plan the approach.

The plan included using the flatbed’s hydraulic lifters to clear the slope on Marvin Street on the way to Main Street. The degree of difficulty was such that Smethport Police Chief Pat Warnick was on the scene in case things didn’t go as planned.

After everyone returned to their vehicles, the flatbed moved according to plan, making a slow but perfect turn onto Main Street, leaving onlookers quite impressed with the driver’s skill.

Click on the image above to view the slideshow documenting this outstanding performance.

May 14, 2015

Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts 14th Annual Business Dinner

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

The Smethport Chamber held is 14th annual business dinner Thursday at the Court of Angels Restaurant. Sixty-six attendees enjoyed a fine buffet dinner and music by pianist Emma Mader.

Guest speaker Dusti Dennis, Executive Director of the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, discussed the organization’s new building under construction on Main Street. Dennis noted that the structure represents the largest investment on Main Street since the Grand Central Hotel, built in 1881 on the same site and destroyed by fire in 1996.

Dennis said the Housing Authority has outgrown its current location on E. Water Street where files have to be moved off-site, parking is inconvenient, and access is often difficult. The new three-story building will have over 15,000 square feet of office space, plenty of parking in the rear, and wheelchair access in the front.

The building’s design calls for a brick facade and decorative parapet to complement historic buildings along Main Street. The interior lobby will feature multi-toned walls and a coffered ceiling. According to Dennis, the building is 88% complete and employees should start moving into their offices in June.

Four Smethport High School seniors shared their experiences attending last summer’s PA Free Enterprise Week program at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Ryan Woodring, Kristin Andrulonis, Ahnna Nelson, and Scott Master participated in the summer program under scholarships funded by the Smethport Chamber.

All four students reported having a positive experience in the immersive 7-day business boot camp where they simulated the actual operation of their own business and faced all the decisions of real executives. In the process, they learned the value of teamwork, leadership and communication skills. They said the experience has also better prepared them for college, including what dorm life will be like.

Several awards were presented during the dinner…

Ross Porter presented Rainy Day Farm with the Business of the Year award. Since 1973, this family operation has been offering a variety of services including kennels, horse boarding, pet and livestock feed sales, and registered Angus cattle. The award was accepted by Nancy and Ray Dart.

Jim Herzog announced Les Jordan, Jr. as this year’s Volunteer of the Year for his leadership on many committees that have worked to promote and improve the quality of life in Smethport and for his dedication to promoting our community and helping countless others “Discover Smethport” through his exceptional photography displayed on Facebook.

Linda Lake presented the Community Service Organization of the Year award to the Memorial Recreation Center, whose board operates, maintains and staffs the community pool on W. Willow Street. They not only do all this on a voluntary basis, but raise the funds for the pool’s daily upkeep, utilities and phone service. The award was accepted by Barbara Ball, Marcie Raydo and Brenda Young. This Memorial Day is the 60th anniversary of the pool facility, which was originally dedicated to local veterans.

Outgoing Chamber president Jovanna Porter introduced the new Board: Vicki Dunkle (Corner Bistro & Pizza Company), Barbara Gee (Sena Kean Manor), Michael Montecalvo (Northwest Savings Bank), Nathan Muller (Ascent Solutions), and Phil Smith.

Special thanks to Gary Herzog and his staff at the Court of Angels for the lavish buffet, Linda Muller of Smethport Web Services for handling the dinner logistics and designing the table decorations, and Christie and Jeff Andrulonis of Colonial Media + Entertainment for providing the sound system. Raffle items were donated by Judy Leasure, Smethport Chamber, Colonial Media + Entertainment, Smethport Web Services, and Ascent Solutions.

And a big thank you to the event photographer — Les Jordan, Jr.

April 25, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McKean County Thanks Sponsors

Smethport Web — by Annie Wolfe

The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program would like to thank the businesses and individuals who participated and donated in Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2015. Bowl For Kids’ Sake is our largest annual fundraiser that took place on March 28, 2015 at Byllye Lanes in Bradford. Funds raised will support ongoing professional match support for one on one matches between adult volunteers and youth in need of an additional positive adult role model throughout McKean County.

A total of 224 bowlers attended this year’s Bowl for Kids Sake event. With individual bowler donations and business sponsorships, Bowl For Kids’ Sake raised a total gross amount of $19,215 for McKean County mentoring services. Additional in-kind donations including prizes, food, banners and other supplies, valued at approximately $3,930, supported the event’s success. Individual bowlers brought in $12,635 while business sponsors donated an additional $6,580. Read more »

April 13, 2015

Smethport Chamber to Hold 14th Annual Business Dinner

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

The Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 14th Annual Business Dinner on Thursday, April 23rd.

Guest speaker Dusti Dennis, Executive Director of the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, will discuss the organization’s new building under construction on Main Street and its potential economic impact on Smethport.

Four Smethport High School seniors will share their experiences attending last year’s PA Free Enterprise Week program at Lycoming College. Ryan Woodring, Kristin Andrulonis, Ahnna Nelson, and Scott Master participated in the program under scholarships funded by the Smethport Chamber.

In addition to introducing the new Chamber Board of Directors, several awards will be presented:

Rainy Day Farm – Business of the Year

Les Jordan, Jr. – Volunteer of the Year

Memorial Recreation Center – Community Service Organization of the Year

The dinner will be held at the Court of Angels Restaurant in Smethport starting at 6:00 pm. Chamber membership is not required. Music will be provided by Emma Mader. Dinner is $25 per person. Attendees may bring their own beverages.

April 7, 2015

McKean County Historical Society Presents McPaint and McCraft

Smethport Web — by Barbara Bowman

McPaint and McCraft are two hours of fun and creativity at different venues within McKean County sponsored by the McKean County Historical Society.

During each session, participants will complete something creative to take home. Each month there will be a different activity in a different location.

Changing locations gives participants an opportunity to go somewhere they may be familiar with or go somewhere they may have never been. This is a win-win situation for participants and proprietors.

Last year’s events were well attended and a lot of fun. Participants created many beautiful paintings and crafts. Read more »

March 21, 2015

The Face of Smethport - Wooly Willy Voted as a Top-40 Toy for Three Decades

Pennsylvania Magazine - by Sharon Watts

We’ve all heard of one-industry towns. Up until last year, the borough of Smethport in McKean County was home to a one-town industry, thanks to the production of a simple toy known to baby boomers as Wooly Willy.

Recently voted one of the top-40 toys from the 1950s through the 1980s, Wooly Willy is an unlikely success story. It consists of a piece of cardboard featuring a funny-looking, bulbous-nosed, bald-headed “everyman” that can be “drawn on” with a magnet, shaping black powder into a moustache, a goatee, hair or eyebrows. Read more »

March 6, 2015

Mansion District Inn B&B Honored with TripAdvisor Award

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Ross and Jovanna Porter, owners and innkeepers of the Mansion District Inn B&B in Smethport, Pennsylvania are pleased to announce that their carefully restored Victorian era inn has earned TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice® award as one of the Top 25 Best Bed and Breakfasts in the United States.

The B&B placed Number 1 in Pennsylvania and Number 7 nationwide.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website, with more than 200 million reviews and opinions by travelers around the world.  Now in its 13th year, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their reputations from those who know them best – real travelers.  This year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on reviews and opinions collected in 2014 from among more than 890,000 reviewed hotels, B&Bs and specialty lodgings on TripAdvisor sites worldwide. Read more »

February 20, 2015

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