Smethport Borough Survey Underway

November 25, 2015

Smethport is conducting a Borough-wide survey to determine its eligibility for a Community Development Block Grant it wants to applying for.

The McKean County Redevelopment Authority will need to get back 300 completed responses from Borough residents to complete the survey. The surveys will be sent out randomly. Not every person or household will receive a survey.

The grant, if the Borough qualifies, will be used for updates to fire/police equipment or for other improvements within the Borough.

The Borough is asking for your cooperation with this survey.

Main Street - What a Difference a Year Makes

November 7, 2015

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. The result: the building looks like it has always been in Smethport.

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Since construction started on the building, there has been a flurry of activity on Main Street. Several storefront facades have undergone restoration or improvement. A dangerous building was demolished. A new road surface was put down and finished right before the Wheel Around the Hub races. Sidewalks have been repaired and ADA-compliant ramps installed at street corners.

McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities held a well-attended open house in September. Staff provided tours of the building and distributed literature about the services the organizations provide, which include promoting community development projects and administering Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that assist communities with infrastructure and rehabilitation projects.

The building also has offices for The Guidance Center, based in Bradford, which is committed to the development and provision of comprehensive mental health.

The structure represents the largest investment on Main Street since construction of the Grand Central Hotel, which was built in 1881 on the same site and destroyed by fire in 1899.

Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Race

September 21, 2015

In case you missed it, you can view the highlights of Saturday’s 53-mile Wheel Around the Hub cycling race in this 3-minute video.

Memorial Day in Smethport

May 27, 2015

High Voter Turnout in Smethport

May 20, 2015

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 the Republican ticket for the four-year term, along with Brian Gustafson and Robert Thomson.

On the Democratic side, Leo church ran unopposed in his bid for a four-year term.

Our Town: Smethport 2014

October 24, 2014

Here is the original, uncut WPSU presentation of “Our Town: Smethport” as it was broadcast live on October 16, 2014.

Broadcast Premiere of ‘Our Town: Smethport’

October 16, 2014

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:

Smethport Begins Year with New Mayor

January 7, 2014

Smethport Web - by Nathan Muller

Wayne Foltz, with wife Lisa, sworn in as Smethport  Mayor by Judge Bill Todd.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 Universal Well Services in Bradford.

Council members Greg Rounsville, Josh Costa, Kent Herzog and Jeff Tanner were sworn into office, having won reelection last year. Leo Church, the newest member of the Council, was also sworn in by Judge Todd.

By unanimous vote, the Council reelected Greg Rounsville as President and Brian Gustafson as Vice President.
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Smethport Hosts ‘Wheel Around the Hub’ Cycling Races on September 14

August 1, 2013

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Smethport’s historic “Wheel Around the Hub” cycling races are coming to town on Saturday, September 14th. The starting gun fires at 12 noon in front of the McKean County Court House on Main Street.

This year’s event will feature a new Junior Mountain Bike Class for cyclists aged 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17, who will participate in a one-lap race. Parents are encouraged to ride along with younger cyclists along the route.

Male and female cyclists in the 53-mile and 7-mile circuits, as well as the new junior class 1-lap race, will follow the traditional route through Smethport’s quaint business district, past the McKean County fairgrounds and scenic farmlands, over the Galico Bridge, through rolling hills, past Hamlin Lake, and back onto Main Street past Victorian homes.

Participants in all classes – including the Junior Mountain Bike Class – can register online at:

Following the race, there will be a Pig Roast / Beef Brisket Dinner and Awards Celebration at the Smethport Fire Hall. Smethport’s own Hamlin Station Blue Grass Band will provide musical entertainment.

Cyclists and their family and friends are invited to attend. The awards ceremony is open to the public at no charge and a nominal fee is charged for the dinner. There is no charge for hungry race participants.

The event is being organized by the Wheel Race Committee, a fundraising project of the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department.

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

June 12, 2013

In addition to trails, the app highlights historical points of interest, businesses, and recreational facilities in Smethport.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 downloaded for areas with poor data coverage. Read more

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