Smethport Borough Offers Two New Payment Options for Utilities

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Smethport Borough is offering two new utility payment options. In addition to sending payment by check, residents may visit the Borough office to pay by credit card, or go online to pay securely from any location with an Internet connection. Credit card payments will be processed immediately by Value Payment Systems, a service the Borough uses to make it easier and more convenient…

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The Smethport Garden Club Presents Twelfth Semi-Annual Tour of Homes

The McCandless Mansion

Smethport Web – by The Garden Club This year’s Tour of Homes, organized by the Smethport Garden Club, will be held on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There are 8 stops on the Tour, which will be followed by refreshments at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Homeowners and Garden Club members will be available to greet visitors and answer questions. Pre-tour tickets may be purchased at…

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Pittsburgh’s Jacob Yundt and John Heffner Dominate Wheel Around the Hub Race

Jacon Yundt (left) and John Heffner (right)

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Under an overcast sky with intermittent rain and temperatures in the mid-60s, 81 participants were drawn to this year’s Wheel Around the Hub cycling races, testing their mettle on the 53-mile, 15-mile and 7-mile courses. Jacob Yundt (left) and John Heffner (right), representing Team GPOA in Pittsburgh, led the 53-mile race most of the way. Yundt won 1st Place with a time of…

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Deborah Babcox Spoke on Women’s Rights at Historical Society Event

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey The McKean County Historical Society’s annual fall dinner meeting was held Thursday at the United Christian Church in East Smethport, featuring guest speaker Deborah Babcox. In the first of two topics, Babcox spoke about the “The Story of Wilhelmine Putnam Willson,” in which she told of her grandmother’s important role in fighting for women’s right against tremendous odds a century ago. In…

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Smethport’s Zach Smith Getting to Live Dream of Playing D-I Basketball at Pitt

D9Sports — by Chris Rossetti That’s how Smethport graduate Zach Smith described the feeling when he found out he had made the University of Pittsburgh basketball team as a walk-on. That would be THE University of Pittsburgh, the one that plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference. “It means a lot,” Smith, who played the last two years at NCAA Division III Pitt-Bradford. “I always dreamed of playing Division I…

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Taking Over the Reins, London Brings Varied Background to Smethport District

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey David London brings a varied background in education to his new job as superintendent of the Smethport Area School District. London, whose three-year contract runs through June 30, 2019, comes to Smethport after holding administrative posts at his alma mater, Punxsutawney Area High School — three years as an assistant principal and the past 15 years as principal when he gained experience…

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Smethport Rotary Sponsors Big Brothers Big Sisters Summer Picnic

Smethport Web — by Annie Wolfe The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program held their summer picnic on August 9th at Hamlin Lake Park in Smethport. The Smethport Rotary Club sponsored the picnic by volunteering their time at the event and making a donation for the pavilion rental and purchase of ‘back to school’ supplies. Non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the Smethport Food Pantry. Participants…

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The 111th McKean County Fair Kicked off with Ag Weekend Tractor Parade

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller The 111th McKean County Fair kicked off with Ag Weekend on Saturday, August 13. The weekend’s events commenced with the annual tractor parade down Main Street in Smethport, PA and then on to the fair grounds in East Smethport. For many visitors, the weekend’s Ag events rekindled interest in the area’s agricultural heritage, which were part of county fairs in the early 19th…

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Samantha Sessamen Educator for McKean County office of Penn State Extension Service

Smethport Web — Penn State Extension Service Samantha Sessamen began her duties as extension educator for the McKean County office of the Penn State Extension Service in Smethport on August 1st. A native of Tyrone in Blair County, she graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in May. Currently, she is becoming familiar with the county’s 4-H program and assisting with that youth organization’s…

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Brittany Raabe New Director of Nursing at Lakeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation

Smethport Web — Lakeview Healthcare Lakeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center has named Brittany Raabe, RN, as the facility’s new director of nursing. A native of Bradford, Raabe brings with her eight years of experience in healthcare. After her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, she worked as a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse supervisor at Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Bradford Manor and Bradford Ecumenical Home. Raabe…

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