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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Smethport Trail App Unveiled at Hamlin Memorial Library

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller About 40 people attended last night’s presentation by UPB students and staff who introduced the newly developed Trail App for Smethport. The meeting was held at Hamlin Memorial Library. The app overlays trail information onto Google Maps. With an iOS or Android mobile device, users click on a specific point highlighted on the map. These may be trail markers or local points of…

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Stream Bank Stabilization Underway Along Marvin Creek

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Smethport Borough and the McKean County Conservation District are working on a joint project to stabilize the stream bank along Marvin Creek on the west of Hamlin Lake, near the Little League baseball field. Borough employees have removed some of the retaining wall’s concrete blocks and Conservation District personnel are installing wood poles in that space. This will be followed by rock cover…

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Seneca Highlands Snowmobile Association Considers Trail Expansion

Smethport Web — by Les Jordan Jr. The Seneca Highlands Snowmobile Association met with representatives from county, state and federal agencies at the Smethport Senior Center on Friday afternoon, September 7th, to discuss trail expansion, including two bridges planned for the area. The association was represented by Corky Hull of Smethport who has been active in trail development for the snowmobile group since it was formed. Adam Mattis, Northwest…

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Hamlin Lake Dam Repairs Underway

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller If you’ve been over to Hamlin Lake recently, you may have noticed the water level isn’t what it used to be. In fact, the water level has gone down by three feet. The missing water isn’t due to summer drought or clandestine siphoning by parties unknown; the level was taken down to allow for repair work on the…

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Microburst Slams Smethport

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller With little advanced warning, a mid-afternoon storm barreled into Smethport, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 26, taking out power, disrupting phone service, uprooting trees, damaging homes and clogging streets with debris. Borough police, fire department, utility and road crews were quick to respond in getting Smethport cleaned up. No storm-related injuries were reported. The storm has been officially declared a “microburst” with wind gusts…

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Woody Biomass Demonstration Project on Hold Until Natural Gas Prices Rise Again

Smethport Web When the Smethport Woody Biomass Demonstration Project was started in June, 2008 the price of natural gas was almost $14.00 per thousand cubic feet. It’s now hovering around $3. The final report places the viability of the Smethport Biomass project when natural gas prices go above $6 per thousand again. In 2008, however, natural gas heating prices were skyrocketing and…

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