New Record in Smethport’s Wheel Around the Hub Cycling Races

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller A humid, misty Saturday morning in the borough grudgingly gave way to bright sunshine by noon to usher in the start of the annual Wheel Around the Hub cycling races in Smethport. This year’s event drew 101 participants from Pennsylvania, New York and Canada. Dry pavement, a slight breeze, and a temperature that climbed to 78 degrees combined to produce ideal conditions for…

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‘Poor Farm’ Cemetery Dedication Remembers Those Laid to Rest

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey The Poor Farm Cemetery, which was dedicated during a public ceremony, is located on a hill overlooking the county buildings along U.S. Route 6 west of Smethport. McKean County President Judge John Pavlock said he and Mike Barnard of the Adult Probation Department noticed the nearby scenery in August when they were on the hill making plans for the dedication ceremony. That…

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McKean County Bucktails Honored with Park Dedication in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted the large crowd who attended the Bucktail Park dedication Friday afternoon behind the Good Growing Gardens Barn on U.S. Route 6 west of Smethport. A project of the McKean County Adult Probation Department — adult offenders performed the work as part of community service — the park honors all those McKean County soldiers who served in…

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McKean County Fair Kicks Off With Ag Weekend Tractor Parade

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller The 112th McKean County Fair in Smethport, PA opened with AG Weekend on Saturday morning, featuring a tractor parade from the Isadore family farm to Main Street, and then on to the fairgrounds. This was followed by tractor games in the afternoon. About 50 tractors participated this year from communities throughout the county. The fair, which runs from August 12 to 19, includes…

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CASA of McKean County Opens New Office in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Ruth Bogdan CASA of McKean County held an open house Wednesday to show the community its new office space at 201 W. Main St. CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — moved into the building July 1. Photographs of the first five classes of advocates line one wall of the new facility. The sixth class of volunteers start training on Sept. 21. Read More  

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Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport Wins McKean County Jeopardy

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport accumulated an imaginary $3,300 Thursday evening to win McKean County Jeopardy, sponsored by the McKean County Historical Society and held at the courthouse. This quiz program was based on the popular NBC show, “Jeopardy,” in which Todd and the other contestants, Deborah Babcox, a Smethport attorney and former county family law master, and Sally Costik,…

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Jared Pavlock Awarded Sharon De Lancey Memorial Scholarship

Smethport Web — by St. Elizabeth Church Jared Pavlock, a high honor student and co-president of the Class of 2017 at Smethport Area High School, has been awarded the 2017 Sharon De Lancey Memorial Scholarship. Jared received the $1,000 scholarship Sunday following Mass at the church, where Sharon De Lancey was a choir member, catechism teacher and leader of the Small Communities program and Rite of Christian Initiation for…

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Ben Hahn Urges Smethport Area High School Graduates to Question Traditional Mindset

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Ben Hahn, a 2007 graduate of Smethport Area High School who returned home to deliver the commencement address Friday, posed a challenge to the Class of 2017. He encouraged the class to question the traditional mindset, which is characterized by the attitudes of “this is the way it has always been done” when confronted by new ideas. The response often is “no…

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Smethport Audience Learns True Meaning of Memorial Day

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Zach Pearson, McKean County director of Veteran Affairs, spoke about two misconceptions the public has about veterans during his address Monday at the Memorial Day program in Smethport. Speaking on the steps of the courthouse, Pearson said, “Most of us are familiar with the old adage, ‘Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.’ That saying is grossly untrue on two accounts….

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