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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PA Route 6 Alliance Recognizes Smethport as the 2011 Route 6 Heritage Community of the Year

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller The PA Route 6 Alliance presented its first annual Heritage Community of the Year Award to Smethport Borough Council and Mayor Ross Porter at the Borough Council meeting on Monday, December 5. The Alliance noted that Smethport was the first community to be recognized as a PA Route 6 Heritage Community, which included the development of a heritage work plan. The Smethport Heritage…

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Important “New” Photo Surfaces — Documents Nelson Street and Smethport’s Historic Glass Industries

Smethport Web — by Ross Porter A rare photo of Smethport “Town Hill” showing two glass factories and the surrounding Smethport region was brought into the Wednesday evening Planet Smethport “Community Night” during the October 26th gathering and scanning session. Jim Freer, a long time Planet Smethport community contributor, brought in a high resolution scan from the Donald and Adene Johnson collection of an early 1900s photo taken from…

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ATA Begins Fixed Route Service Between Smethport and Bradford

Smerthport Web — by Nathan Muller The ATA has started fixed route shuttle service between Smethport and Bradford three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The first bus leaves Bradford Tops at 8:35 AM and arrives at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport at 9:05 AM. A second bus leaves Bradford Tops at 12:35 PM and arrives at the Courthouse at 1:05 PM. Other stops include Congress and…

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Smethport Hosts ‘Trail Town’ Meeting

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller At a meeting held at the Desert Rose Cafe in Smethport, 28 attendees from the region were introduced to the concept of “Trail Towns” during a joint presentation by the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau (ANFVB) and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (UPB).

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Comcast Rolls Out ‘Internet Essentials’ in Smethport

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Starting in the “Back-to-School” season for the 2011–2012, eligible households in Smethport will be able to obtain high-speed access to the Internet. Internet Essentials is a new program from Comcast that provides low-cost broadband access to the Internet, affordable computers, and digital literacy training to families with children in grades K to 12 who receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program…

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Behind the Scenes Look at Wooly Willy Wonderdaze

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller The 3rd Annual National Wooly Willy Wonderdaze concluded Saturday night with an impressive fireworks display by PYROTECHNIC out of New Castle, Pennsylvania. “The light crowd on Friday turned into big crowds on Saturday, until the late afternoon rainstorm, and another big crowd for the fireworks display on Saturday night,” said Jeff Andrulonis, chairman of the Wooly Willy Wonderdaze planning committee. Andrulonis noted two…

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Wooly Willy Wonderdaze Officially Underway

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller The third annual Wooly Willy Wonderdaze festival got underway Thursday evening in Smethport, Pennsylvania with an opening ceremony on the steps of the McKean County Courthouse. The event was hosted by local resident Jeff Andrulonis, president and CEO of Colonial Radio Group. The ceremony featured acclaimed toy inventor Jim Herzog, whose creation, Wooly Willy, is now known worldwide. During the event Herzog graciously…

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