Winning pageant titles seems to run in this family

Olean Times Herald — by Kate Day Sager A couple of queen titles in Smethport have been snatched up by one family in the community and they’re feeling quite royal about it all. This spring, Marklyn Simms, was named Ms. Smethport Area High School and will represent her high school as a queen contestant for the McKean County Fair Queen title. Then, her grandmother, Greer Barr, was elected to…

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Update on Heritage Council Activities

Les Jordan of the Heritage Council sat down with Rose Bishop of WQRM radio to provide a brief history of the organization and an update on some of its activities. Among the topics discussed are the Mansion District Walking Tour, Smethport Creative Arts League, Potato Creek Trail Association, the Goose Chaser Trail and Hamlin Lake Park. Les Jordan also provided some news about the planned Artisans’ Trail Show which…

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Community Reforestation Plan Underway

The ShadeTree Commission is in the first phase of a multi-phase reforestation project. The first phase involves the removal of diseased, dying and hazardous trees from Borough property and along streets. Most of these are Sugar Maple trees, eleven of which were so big that an outside firm had to be called in to safely remove them. In this radio interview with WQRM’s Rose Bishop, Jovanna Porter discusses the…

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Hamlin Memorial Library Holds Groundbreaking for Expansion Wing

The Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kick off construction of its long-awaited expansion wing, which will double the size of the current building and provide meeting space for community activities. The architect and contractor; Borough, county and state officials — as well as library staff and volunteers — were in attendance before a crowd of about 40 Smethport residents.

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Officials Gather at Groundbreaking for Expansion Project at Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey “With this turn of the shovels we remember the past and begin to build for the future,” said Deborah Babcox Wednesday afternoon at the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project for the Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport. Participating in that ceremony were Harriett Rockefeller, a longtime volunteer; Bryant Robey, Smethport native and architect of WTW Architects; Budd Mracna, WTW architect; Larry…

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Long Branch Saloon Open Through Saturday

The Long Branch Saloon is now open at the American Legion hall on Main Street.  The annual 4-day event — Wednesday through Saturday — features food, beverages and entertainment against a Wild West motif.  Just come on in…  Membership in the Legion is not required. The Saloon opens at 11:00 a.m.  on Wednesday and Thursday and at  9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daily lunch and dinner specials … The Legion will…

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Smethport Turns Out for Flag Day

June 14th was Flag Day and Smethport celebrated with a parade down Main Street. After the parade there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the 1950s style soda fountain at the Elderberry Sweet Shop at 119 W. Main Street. The event was hosted by Phillis Barnhart. Featured speakers were Chamber of Commerce President Wayne Pearson and Mayor Ross Porter. Photos capture highlights from both events.  

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Local Authors Back with New Adventure Book

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey William P. Robertson and David Rimer spent 15 years creating their critically acclaimed seven-novel series about the famous Civil War rifle regiment the Bucktails. Now the authors are back with a new adventure set in the primordial wilderness of colonial Pennsylvania. “Ambush in the Alleghenies” details the exploits of “Lightnin” Jack Hawkins, “Bearbite” Bob Winslow, Will “Big Cat” Cutler and Alexander…

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Smethport’s Hahn Goes ‘no-no’ to Avonworth

Olean Times Herald — by Vinny Pezzimenti Smethport started the PIAA tournament in dominant fashion Monday afternoon, rolling to a 12-0, five-inning mercy rule victory over District 7’s third-seed Avonworth in a first-round game. Emma Hahn pitched a no-hitter while the District 9 champion Hubbers pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of plenty of walks and errors in collecting their 12th straight victory and first state playoff win…

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Honor Ride of Pride Roars in Smethport

The Sons of the American Legion, Bucktail Post #138 sponsored the 2nd Annual Vietnam Veteran’s Honor Ride of Pride Saturday, May 31. Nearly 70 bikers participated on the ride and then a ceremony in Hamlin Lake Park. Vietnam veteran, Marine George Tufts, conducted the ceremony and read three essays about Vietnam by three Smethport Area High School students. Following the ceremony, a pig roast for veterans and the general…

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