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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McKean County and Smethport Borough Recognized for Government Leadership

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller More than 160 business and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds region gathered Wednesday evening at the Red Fern in St. Marys for an update on the PA Wilds Initiative and to honor 14 local organizations and individuals for outstanding work in sustainable tourism development. The event included comments by Rick Allan, Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;…

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Smethport Borough Community Reforestation Project Near Completion

Smethport Web — by Jovanna Porter Residents of Smethport are witnessing the finishing touches of the third phase of Smethport’s community reforestation project. The project is a joint venture between the Borough, the Smethport Shade Tree Commission, and McKean County Redevelopment Authority Community Development Block Grant funds. Kane Lawn and Garden, as the successful bidder, is currently planting the final 86 trees throughout Smethport Borough. Borough residents applied for…

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Ross Porter Discusses Heritage Community of the Year Award

Smethport Web Recently, Casey Hill of news-talk radio station WVTT in Olean, New York interviewed Smethport Mayor Ross Porter about the “Heritage Community of the Year Award.” The award was presented to the Borough earlier this month by the PA Route 6 Alliance. Porter noted during the interview that “…preserving our heritage helps us understand who we are and how we got there…” Listen to the entire WVTT interview….

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