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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Destination Smethport – Motorcoach Tours Scheduled for October

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Last year, a Lowee’s Group Tours motorcoach visited Smethport where 54 members of the Harrisburg Garden Club were treated to detailed tours of select homes in the Mansion District before heading out to Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mount Jewett to enjoy the fall foliage from the bridge overlook. That tour had sold out with a substantial waiting list. This prompted Lowee’s to…

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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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Christmas Tree Farm Keeps Owner Active and Customers Happy

Bradford Era – by Kate Day Sager It was a cold, damp morning last week when Donald “Corky” Hull jumped out of his full-size pickup truck and took a brisk walk up the hill to look over Christmas trees on his Smethport farm. It’s an act the 88-year-old has likely done thousands of times over the past four decades — and hopes to continue for more holiday seasons to…

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Eight Year Match Story from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

Smethport Web — by Annie Wolfe Justice and Sharon began their match when Justice was just seven years old. This November the pair is celebrating their eight-year match anniversary. They see themselves continuing to be involved with The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program until Justice ‘graduates’ at age eighteen. While reflecting on their introductory meeting at the start of their relationship, Sharon stated, “I loved Justice as…

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Local Veterans Honored During Ceremonies in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey State Rep. Martin Causer, who spoke Saturday night at the Veterans Day program at the Bucktail Post #138, Smethport American Legion, told the veterans that it was an honor to be with them because “your bravery, dedication and selfless sacrifice — and your willingness to put your lives on the line for your fellow Americans and our principles — are nothing short…

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