Pennsylvania town to become energy self-sufficient

BIOMASS Magazine – By Erin Voegele The borough of Smethport, Pa., plans to implement a community-wide woody-biomass powered combined heat and power (CHP) system. On March 5 the Smethport Board of Trade announced that the Pittsburgh-based Richard King Mellon Foundation had awarded the community a $50,000 planning and engineering grant to support the Smethport Woody Biomass Demonstration Project. In addition, the borough is in the process of hiring a…

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Richard King Mellon Foundation Funds Smethport’s Green Biomass Project

Smethport Web — Smethport Board of Trade The Smethport Board of Trade announced today that the Borough of Smethport is the recipient of a $50,000 planning and engineering grant for the Smethport Woody Biomass Demonstration Project from the Richard King Mellon Foundation of Pittsburgh. Smethport is seeking to be the first community in the nation that is renewable energy self-sufficient. The project seeks to co-generate residential and commercial district…

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Library Extension Progresses Through the Seasons

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller The new wings being adding to the Hamlin Memorial Library are taking shape.  With winter weather upon us, roofing, siding and windows are up.  Most of the work has now shifted indoors. Library staff are planning the new space to take into account easy access to book shelves and reading areas, while allowing as much natural light as possible from windows.  The library’s checkout desk will…

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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Meets with Potato Creek Trail Association

Smethport Web — by Smethport Heritage Council Members of the Potato Creek Trail Association met with Spring Reilly of the Pennsylvania Fish at Boat Commission on Friday. Reilly serves the commission as the Central Regional Outreach & Educational Coordinator within the commission’s Bureau of Policy Planning & Communications. Left to Right: Waterway Chairman Kurt Weaver, Spring Reilly of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, Trail Association President Sally Newton,…

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Smethport Seeks to be National Renewable Energy Leader

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Imagine your community being in control of its energy destiny; producing electricity and heat while keeping all of those energy dollars recycling in the local economy. A pipe dream you say? Not according to a plan that is rapidly unfolding in Smethport, Pennsylvania with help from county, state and federal leaders. Consensus in Harrisburg Members of the Smethport Board of Trade, joined by…

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Smethport Enters New Domain

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Smethport, the first Route 6 Heritage Community, is now actively promoted on a multi-media Web site. Linda and Nathan Muller, who have Internet and Web site experience, have developed the unique site, smethportpa.org. “My first big Web site was for Pat Buchanan when he was a presidential candidate in 1995. From there on, I just continued creating Web sites for conservative…

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Library Raises $16,000 at Annual Auction

The Hamlin Memorial Library raised $16,000 at the 21st annual dinner and auction held at the Smethport Firehouse on March 8. The money will be used for operating expenses. A separate event will raise funds for the library’s planned $700,000 expansion, of which $300,000 comes from grants. When completed, the project will double the size of the current building. A “Shovel Ceremony” is scheduled for June 25th at 5:00…

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