Ryan Race Named Manager of Northwest Bank Office in Smethport

Smethport Web — by Northwest Bradford resident Ryan W. Race has been named manager of the Northwest Bank offices located in Smethport and Shinglehouse. The announcement was made by Northwest Bank District Manager William Pantuso. As manager, Race will be responsible for customer service, administration, lending and business development. He will work with the commercial lending, business services, investment management and insurance areas of the bank to provide customers…

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Northwest Savings Bank Names Bly Manager of Bradford Office

Smethport Web — by Northwest William Pantuso, SVP and district manager of Northwest Savings Bank, has announced that Lauren Bly has been named manager of the Northwest office in Bradford. As manager, Bly will be responsible for customer service, administration, lending and business development. She will work with the commercial lending, business services, investment management and insurance areas of the bank to provide customers a full range of financial…

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Smethport Teams Take Top Honors in IU9 ‘Brain Games’ Quiz Bowl

Smethport Web — by IU9 The Smethport Area School District hosted the Intermediate Unit Nine Gifted Consortia Academic Elementary/Middle School Quiz Bowl, with the Smethport teams taking top honors. The event was coordinated by Kelly Tarbox of the Smethport Area School District and Chelsey Murray of the Otto-Eldred School District. Both Smethport teams took top honors. Quiz Bowl is an academic competition where students answer trivia questions from all…

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Local Radio Owner Stands Up Against Shameful Display on Football Field

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Colonial Media and Entertainment has announced that its Fayetteville, North Carolina radio station, ESPN Fayetteville (WFAY AM/FM), will not be airing this weekend’s East Carolina University football game following what Chairman/CEO Jeff Andrulonis called a “shameful” disrespect of the National Anthem by the ECU Marching Band. “Several members of the band refused to play the National Anthem and others ‘took a knee’ during…

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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, was held on Saturday, October 8th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There were 8 stops on the Tour, which was followed by refreshments at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Homeowners and Garden Club members were on hand to greet 144 tour participants and answer their questions. The historic tour, held every…

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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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