Fostering Patriotism: Smethport Elementary Students Learn About Flag, Pledge

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey As part of its project to educate elementary school students about the American flag and Pledge of Allegiance, members of the Smethport Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary #2497 presented programs Thursday afternoon for the third and sixth graders at the Smethport Area Elementary School. Representing the auxiliary were Cheryl Razey, Jo Ann Tanner, Patty Witchen, Carrie “Twerp” Kisko and Gerry Ford. Read…

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Old Jail Museum in Smethport Remains Popular Attraction Along Route 6

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Known as being haunted with the ghost of convicted murderer Ralph Crossmire, the McKean County Historical Society’s Old Jail in Museum in Smethport remains a popular attraction along Pennsylvania’s 427-mile stretch of U.S. Route 6. Pursuits Magazine has ranked the OJM the sixth most haunted place in Pennsylvania due to the reported ghost of Crossmire, who was found guilty of killing his…

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Join The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program at Bowl for Kids Sake!

Smethport Web — by Annie Wolfe Want to have some old fashioned fun? This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 11th at Byllye Lanes in Bradford. Participants can choose to bowl at 2 pm, 5 pm, or 8 pm. Bowl for Kids Sake is the program’s largest annual fundraiser. One hundred percent of the money raised stays in McKean County to support mentoring services for local children….

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Smethport High Graduate Ryan Stratton Starts “12th Man” Program at Edinboro

Bradford Era — by Pete Sirianni Tough. Strong. Warriors. Those words are often used to describe soldiers and athletes – especially football players – as the lexicon of sports-speak more and more blurs the line between competitor and armed combatant. For Edinboro University junior tight end and 2014 Smethport High graduate Ryan Stratton, those words mean more to him than just a description of a college football player. In…

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Hamlin Memorial Library Hosted “Holiday Spirits — A Night of Tastings”

Smethport Web — by Hamlin Library The second annual “Holiday Spirits — A Night of Tastings” was held Saturday evening, December 10 at the Hamlin Memorial Library. In addition to hot and cold appetizers catered by Ed Vicic, owner of the Port Freeze, the fundraising event featured a selection of beers, wines and ciders locally crafted by Greg Rounsville and Jim Stein. Photo: Lori Rounsville, librarian (left), and Donna…

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Smethport’s Garvin Dille Served During World War II and Korea

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Smethport veteran Garvin Dille served in both World War II and the Korean War. A U.S. Navy veteran, Dille, 89, is one of the 65,704 American servicemen — government figures — to see active duty in both wars. Both times, Dille, a technical specialist, was assigned to repair ships, auxiliary vessels, staffed by capable crews of qualified repairmen and designed to provide…

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Community Amateur Radio Technician Class to be Offered in Smethport

Smethport Web — by McKean County The McKean County Emergency Management Agency EMCOMM team will offer a five-day community amateur radio technician class. The course is being offered free to anyone interested in getting involved in amateur radio. The team is offering a five-day class to assist in providing interested parties the opportunity to gain their entry into the hobby of amateur radio. While the course itself is free,…

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Smethport Rotary Luncheon Honors Eight Veterans for Their Service

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancy The Smethport Rotary Club honored veterans for their service during a luncheon held at the Desert Rose Cafe. Eight veterans of World War II, Vietnam and peacetime spoke briefly about their years in the armed services. Representing the U.S. Army were Clint Williams, Seth Digel, Mike Keller, Frank Eppley and Bob Witchen. From the U.S. Air Force were Bob Wright and Sue…

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Smethport Lions Club Inducts Burlingame and Stein as first Women Members

Smethport Web — by Smethport Lions Club Pamela Burlingame (center) and Claudia Chapman Stein (left) were inducted into Lions Club #5981 at Monday’s bi-monthly meeting of the Smethport Lions Club Chapter. Immediate Past President Jack Pierotti (right) was instrumental in expanding the club’s membership to include women. The Smethport Lions Club Chapter was established on September 25, 1951, and celebrated its 65th anniversary this year. Burlingame, a Smethport native,…

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Ryan Race Named Manager of Northwest Bank Office in Smethport

Smethport Web — by Northwest Bradford resident Ryan W. Race has been named manager of the Northwest Bank offices located in Smethport and Shinglehouse. The announcement was made by Northwest Bank District Manager William Pantuso. As manager, Race will be responsible for customer service, administration, lending and business development. He will work with the commercial lending, business services, investment management and insurance areas of the bank to provide customers…

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