Century Old Building In Smethport Reopened as Chico’s Café and Bake Shoppe

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey When Darlene Dorward purchased the historic Hamilton Building that was home to the former “America’s First Christmas Store” in Smethport, she planned to fulfill a lifelong dream and open a teahouse, but those plans changed and expanded into a full-size restaurant, “Chico’s Café and Bake Shoppe.” The building’s first floor, at Main and Mechanic streets in Smethport’s business district, had been vacant…

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Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce to Begin Reorganization Process

Smethport Web — by Les Jordan Jr. The Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members and other interested citizens to attend a special meeting on Thursday, July 28 at 6 pm at Chico’s Restaurant to begin a process of reorganization. Themes of the re-organization include developing a new focus for the direction the chamber wants to pursue such as: Help to market the local businesses and community….

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Seven Year Smethport Match: Big Debbie Sharro and Little Johnathan Doheny

Smethport Web — by Annie Wolfe Little Johnathan Doheny was just eight years old when he was matched with his Big Sister Debbie Sharro through The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. The pair celebrated their seven-year anniversary on May 15, 2016. In addition to the support Johnathan gets from his family, Debbie’s influence as a mentor has helped to improve Johnathan’s academic success, self esteem, interest in…

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Smethport Rotary Club Awards $1000 Scholarship to Brooke Kane-Walker

Brooke Kane-Walker, valedictorian of the Smethport Area High School Class of 2016, has received the $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Smethport Rotary Club. She spoke about her school activities Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at the Desert Rose Café. Kane-Walker, who plans to major in biology with a pre-dental track at St. Bonaventure University, has a career goal of becoming an orthodontist. She thanked the…

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Costa Fund Grants Benefit Smethport Area Organizations

Three McKean County organizations again received grants totaling $3,342 from the Samuel Costa Fund, now in its 12th year, through the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. Samuel and Dorothy Costa of Smethport established the fund in 2004 with the CRCF to benefit organizations each year that both cared about, said Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church received the largest grant, amounting $1,671. St. Raphael Church in…

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Smethport Honors the Ultimate Sacrifice on Memorial Day

Retired Army Officer Sean O’Day presided over Memorial Day ceremony in Smethport.

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Memorial Day in Smethport started with salutes at the veterans’ memorial in East Smethport and Rose Hill Cemetery. The full parade formed on Willow Street and stopped at Veterans Memorial Bridge for the salute to heroes before heading to Main Street. Retired Army officer Sean Patrick O’Day (left) conducted Smethport’s Memorial Day ceremony at the McKean County Courthouse. The role of master of…

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Smethport’s Hamlin Memorial Library to Host Summer Art Camps

Registration is now open for summer art camps to be held at Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport. Engaging, age appropriate art projects will be created based on the theories and styles of selected artists. The art camps will be presented in different sessions for each age group. Kids Art Camp for students entering second and third grades will be held from 9 am to noon from June 6 to…

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Arbor Day Celebrated in Smethport at the Shawmut Trail Head

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller On Saturday afternoon, members of the Smethport Borough Shade Tree Commission, Jovanna Porter and Jeff Tanner, braved rainy weather to plant 5 hydrangeas at the Shawmut Trail head off the Marvin Street entrance in recognition of Arbor Day. Smethport mayor Wayne Foltz issued the Arbor Day Proclamation on behalf of the Borough. The multi-use Shawmut Trail extends south along Marvin Creek through woods,…

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Smethport Chamber of Commerce Dinner Celebrates Community Accomplishments

Left to right: Jimmy Duffy, Riki Tanaka, Phil Smith, Nathan Muller

The Smethport Chamber Annual Dinner meeting was held on Wednesday, May 11 at the Court of Angels/Courtyard Restaurant, providing a chance for Chamber members and guests to reflect on the past year while celebrating the community’s accomplishments. The event was officiated by Chamber vice president Megan Simms of Colonial Radio + Entertainment. Meredith Hill, PA Wilds Director, DCNR, introduced keynote speaker Ta Brant, who is the PA Wilds Small…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Attend Trail Dedication & Activities at Poor Farm

Smethport Web – by Annie Wolfe McKean County’s community service staff hosted a spring group event for The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program on May 7th at the Good Growing Garden facility in Smethport. Educational activities included a presentation and discussion by 3G Coordinator, Mike Barnard, about the history of the grounds and historic apple orchard. The garden and grounds was originally the site of Smethport’s Poor…

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