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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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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