McKean County Fair Kicks Off With Ag Weekend Tractor Parade

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller The 112th McKean County Fair in Smethport, PA opened with AG Weekend on Saturday morning, featuring a tractor parade from the Isadore family farm to Main Street, and then on to the fairgrounds. This was followed by tractor games in the afternoon. About 50 tractors participated this year from communities throughout the county. The fair, which runs from August 12 to 19, includes…

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CASA of McKean County Opens New Office in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Ruth Bogdan CASA of McKean County held an open house Wednesday to show the community its new office space at 201 W. Main St. CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — moved into the building July 1. Photographs of the first five classes of advocates line one wall of the new facility. The sixth class of volunteers start training on Sept. 21. Read More  

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Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport Wins McKean County Jeopardy

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport accumulated an imaginary $3,300 Thursday evening to win McKean County Jeopardy, sponsored by the McKean County Historical Society and held at the courthouse. This quiz program was based on the popular NBC show, “Jeopardy,” in which Todd and the other contestants, Deborah Babcox, a Smethport attorney and former county family law master, and Sally Costik,…

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Jared Pavlock Awarded Sharon De Lancey Memorial Scholarship

Smethport Web — by St. Elizabeth Church Jared Pavlock, a high honor student and co-president of the Class of 2017 at Smethport Area High School, has been awarded the 2017 Sharon De Lancey Memorial Scholarship. Jared received the $1,000 scholarship Sunday following Mass at the church, where Sharon De Lancey was a choir member, catechism teacher and leader of the Small Communities program and Rite of Christian Initiation for…

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Ben Hahn Urges Smethport Area High School Graduates to Question Traditional Mindset

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Ben Hahn, a 2007 graduate of Smethport Area High School who returned home to deliver the commencement address Friday, posed a challenge to the Class of 2017. He encouraged the class to question the traditional mindset, which is characterized by the attitudes of “this is the way it has always been done” when confronted by new ideas. The response often is “no…

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Smethport Audience Learns True Meaning of Memorial Day

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Zach Pearson, McKean County director of Veteran Affairs, spoke about two misconceptions the public has about veterans during his address Monday at the Memorial Day program in Smethport. Speaking on the steps of the courthouse, Pearson said, “Most of us are familiar with the old adage, ‘Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.’ That saying is grossly untrue on two accounts….

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Ceremony Held at McKean County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Local veterans paid tribute Saturday afternoon to those 19 McKean County servicemen whose names are inscribed on the McKean County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a permanent marker located in Smethport’s Hamlin Lake Park. The brief, but emotional, ceremony began at the conclusion of the 11th annual Ride of Pride that is held in recognition of the of the original Ride that accompanied the…

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Fallen Heroes Remembered in McKean-Cameron Memorial Day Program

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Pat Miesowitz, commander of the Bucktail Post #128, Smethport American Legion, spoke Sunday afternoon at the McKean-Cameron Bi-County American Legion’s Memorial Day program at the McKean County Courthouse. Urging the audience not to forget the fallen heroes, their families and their sacrifices, Miesowitz referred to the Preamble of the Constitution of the American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons that states: “Preserve the memories…

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Jay E. Chapman Honored for 70 Years of Membership in Free and Accepted Masons

Smethport Web — by McKean Lodge #388 The Free and Accepted Masons in Smethport, McKean Lodge #388, has recognized Jay E. Chapman for 70 years of membership. Ronald A. Aungst Sr., Right Worshipful Past Grand Master of Pennsylvania, presented Chapman with a gold lapel membership pin and a certificate at the lodge’s 150th anniversary banquet May 12 at The Court of Angels in Smethport. Chapman, who was born in…

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