Officer Kyle Day Featured Speaker at Smethport Fire Department’s Annual Dinner

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey “Firefighters define courage,” said Kyle Day in remarks prepared for the Smethport Fire Department’s 135th annual Appreciation Dinner on Saturday evening at the firehall. “It’s easy to sit back and criticize, but the public must be appreciative of the volunteers in emergency services,” said Day, who has an extensive career in law enforcement before joining the Smethport Borough Police Department about a…

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Smethport Teams Take Top Honors in IU9 ‘Brain Games’ Quiz Bowl

Smethport Web — by IU9 The Smethport Area School District hosted the Intermediate Unit Nine Gifted Consortia Academic Elementary/Middle School Quiz Bowl, with the Smethport teams taking top honors. The event was coordinated by Kelly Tarbox of the Smethport Area School District and Chelsey Murray of the Otto-Eldred School District. Both Smethport teams took top honors. Quiz Bowl is an academic competition where students answer trivia questions from all…

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Smethport Borough Offers Two New Payment Options for Utilities

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Smethport Borough is offering two new utility payment options. In addition to sending payment by check, residents may visit the Borough office to pay by credit card, or go online to pay securely from any location with an Internet connection. Credit card payments will be processed immediately by Value Payment Systems, a service the Borough uses to make it easier and more convenient…

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Main Street – What a Difference a Year Makes

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller A lot has changed on Main Street, since the June 2014 groundbreaking of the new building for McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. The three-story, 15,660-square-foot structure adheres to the recommendations described in the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide, which encourages maintaining the historic architecture in the region. Since construction started on the building, there has been a flurry of activity on Main Street….

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High Voter Turnout in Smethport

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Of 650 registered voters in Smethport, 414 turned out in yesterday’s primary. The 64% participation rate for a primary election is high by any standard. In Borough Council races, Ryan Yingling won on the Republican ballot for the two-year term. Ryan was appointed to the Council by unanimous vote in September, filling a seat left open by a resignation. Yingling also won on…

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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…

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Smethport Begins Year with New Mayor

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Wayne Foltz was sworn into office by Magisterial District Court Judge Bill Todd at last evening’s Borough Council meeting. The Mayor’s wife, Lisa, took part in the ceremony by holding the Bible upon which the Mayor took the oath. Foltz is captain in the Smethport Fire Department and a former Smethport Chamber of Commerce president. He is currently employed as district manager at…

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ANF Visitors Bureau Announces Availability of Trail Maker App for Android Devices

The ANF Visitors Bureau, McKean County’s travel and tourism promotion agency, has partnered with the Allegheny Institute at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to create a self-guided tour of Smethport, PA for smart phone users. The first in a series of community-maintained digital maps, users can access information about Smethport and go to locations of interest at specific coordinates. The Trail Maker app can be streamed live or…

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Spring Migration on the Potato Creek Trails

Smethport Web – by Lisa Chapman May is a month of surprises for birders of all stripes. The winds bring short term visitors through the area on their way to northern breeding grounds and our local breeders return from thousands of miles away to perpetuate their species. Saturday, May 11th was the date for the Pennsylvania Migratory Bird Count. On this day birders across the state spent whatever time…

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