DeMott Speaks of History of Smethport’s Own National Magazine

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey A national publication that originated in Smethport was the topic of remarks by Joe DeMott at the McKean County Historical Society’s annual dinner Thursday, held at the East Smethport United Christian Church. “Boys’ Magazine was a really big deal,” DeMott said. He spoke briefly about his introduction to the magazine. “That goes back to the early 1930s when my father, then a…

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McKean County Historical Society Honors Volunteers with Room Names

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Four rooms at the McKean County Historical Society’s Old Jail Museum will be named in honor of a few esteemed volunteers. The honorees’ vast knowledge of local history and many contributions have helped the Smethport facility enjoy its success and popularity in keeping local history alive and become a major stop for visitors to the PA Wilds. Plaques recognizing Eileen McKean, George…

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Smethport Hubbers Strive to Live Up to Preseason Hype

Bradford Era — by Anthony Sambrotto After three consecutive 3-6 campaigns, expectations are growing in Smethport that 2018 will be the start of the program’s turnaround. The Hubbers were picked, in a coaches preseason poll, to finish first in the newly-instituted District 9 Small School North – replacing the former Allegheny Mountain League – ahead of both Otto-Eldred and Coudersport, which have dominated that region in recent seasons The…

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Marks 150 years

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey This year marks the 150th anniversary of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Smethport. The church, a continuation of the old mission in the former settlement of Instanter, near Clermont, was founded on Feb. 19, 1868, less than three years after the close of the Civil War. During the early decades of the nineteenth century, Catholic Irish immigrants, including the Reilly…

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Former Smethport Resident Receives Presidential Air Medal

Bradford Era – by Daniella Griesbaum U.S. Navy Lt. Emily S. Cona, a Smethport native, received the Air Medal, First Strike/Flight Award, on July 3 for her commendable actions while serving in flight operations. Cona, 32, a naval flight officer, graduated from Smethport Area High School in 2004. She is the daughter of Mary Anne Knight, Smethport, and Terry Knight, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, also of…

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Luminaries, Fireworks Light Up Hamlin Lake Saturday

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey The luminaries — personalized memorials of flameless candles in white bags — that volunteers of the McKean County Historical Society placed around Hamlin Lake Saturday and later lit, highlighted the lake’s beauty at night and an ideal location for fireworks displays. Pyrotecnico of New Castle returned this year to produce the show that was scheduled last weekend as part of the historical…

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Pastor Frank Eppley Delivers Memorial Day Address in Smethport

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Pastor Frank Eppley, a decorated Vietnam veteran, posed a question during Monday’s Memorial Day services on the courthouse steps in Smethport. “How do we put into words the feelings that we all share on Memorial Day and every day for the men and women who are not only fallen soldiers of our wars, but also the husbands and wives who we say…

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Smethport Artist’s Works on Display at Elk County Council on the Arts

Courier Express – by Matthew Guerry Smethport artist Julie Mader started a series of works inspired by the fairy tale Snow White two winters ago. That series is now being exhibited at the Elk County Council on the Arts, and will have its opening reception tonight. “Snow White Awoke,” Mader said, evolved from the experimenting she did with acrylic gels while reading from a used copy of the book….

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Service Awards Presented to Smethport Lions Club Members

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller The Smethport Lions Club held its semi-monthly meeting and dinner at the Corner Bistro and Pizza Company on Monday. The featured guests at the event were Janet Mitchell, Lions Club District Governor, and her husband Bob Mitchell, Past District Governor. Left to right: Ron Willis, current Smethport Lions Club President; Jack Pierotti recipient of the 10 year Smethport Lions Club service award; Chuck…

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McKean County Judge John Pavlock Newsmaker of the Year for 2017

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey The Bradford Era has named McKean County President Judge John Pavlock as the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year in recognition of his efforts to keep local history alive, streamline the county court system and actively support the 3G, CASA and Boondocs programs. Over the past several years, Pavlock has had active roles in some McKean County Historical Society presentations, the latest being…

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