Smethport’s Epic Comeback Over Coudy Caps Undefeated Season

Bradford Era – by Anthony Sambrotto There have been plenty of memorable finishes in the storied history of Smethport Hubber football. But perhaps none were as wild — or as meaningful — as what took place at the end of Friday’s game against Coudersport. Trailing 20-7 with less than six minutes to play, the Hubbers capitalized on a series of incredible plays to rally all the way back and…

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Smethport Hubbers 5-0 Record Best Football Start in Almost 20 Years

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Following the Homecoming Parade, the undefeated Smethport varsity football team (5-0) won Friday’s home conference game against Otto-Eldred/Oswayo Valley (3-2) by a score of 22-20. In a pre-season coaches poll, Smethport was picked to finish first in the newly-formed District 9 Small School North league. For that prediction to come true, however, Smethport would have to defeat two dominant teams – Otto-Eldred and…

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Smethport Garden Club Historic District Home Tour Slated for October 6

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Mark your calendar for the 13th biennial Smethport Garden & Craft Club Tour of Homes to be held on Saturday, October 6, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Enjoy a leisurely fall afternoon with family and friends visiting the interiors of six local Victorian mansions. The home owners will act as tour guides, opening all floors to guests, while explaining the history, architecture,…

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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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