Sights and Sounds of McKean County Fair – 2008

The annual McKean County Fair came to a successful conclusion on Saturday, August 16th. In addition to rides, games, shows and exhibits, the fair featured a demolition derby, fireworks display, and music. Here are some of the sights and sounds of the fair. It’s your call whether the “Screamer” or the “Fire Ball” was the scariest ride.

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Smethport Specialty Co. to be Acquired by Patch Products

Patch Products Inc. — a Beloit, Wisconsin manufacturer of games, puzzles and toys — has announced that it has agreed to buy Smethport Specialty Co., the maker of Lauri brand toys and specialty products. The acquisition is expected to expand Patch Products‘ offerings of specialty products. Smethport Specialty’s products include educational games and activity sets, including the classic toy Wooly Willy. The company has been in operation since 1923.

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Elderberry Kitchen Band Plays at Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival

The annual Swedish Festival in Mt. Jewett drew crowds from all over the region. Among the many activities during the three-day event was a smorgasbord at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, dancing, art and quilt shows, and a car and bike show. There was also a parade down Main Street. The Smethport Elderberry Kitchen Band provided some of the entertainment. Doris Nourse introduced the band and the musical selections. Here…

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Local Radio Station Changes Hands

Smethport’s local radio station WQRM has been acquired by Colonial Radio Group in Mainesburg, operator of WLMI “Hometown Country” 103.9 FM in Kane. The transition will become official when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves the transaction, which can take up to 60 days. The radio frequencies of WQRM used for simulcast on 106.3 FM in Smethport and 99.3 FM in Bradford will now carry the WLMI program lineup…

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Relatives are candidates in McKean County Fair’s two royalty contests

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey It will be a first for the McKean County Fair next week when relatives are candidates in the fair’s two royalty contests. Marklyn Simms, Miss Smethport, is one of the five candidates from the county’s high schools who will vie for the title of Miss McKean County Fair 2008 during the contest Aug. 11. Her grandmother, Greer Barr, has been chosen…

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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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