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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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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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 Rotary Club Awards $1000 Scholarship to Brooke Kane-Walker

Brooke Kane-Walker, valedictorian of the Smethport Area High School Class of 2016, has received the $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Smethport Rotary Club. She spoke about her school activities Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at the Desert Rose Café. Kane-Walker, who plans to major in biology with a pre-dental track at St. Bonaventure University, has a career goal of becoming an orthodontist. She thanked the…

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“Walk With Doc” Hike Honors Legacy of Smethport’s Dr. Douglas Bowman

Smethport Web — by Claudia Caminite The 2016 “Walk With Doc” Hike in honor of Smethport’s Dr. Douglas Bowman, along the new Shawmut Trail and the Goosechaser Trail, will be held Saturday, June 18. Participants will meet up at the Poor Farm Parking Lot at 9:00 am on US Route 6 just west of Smethport. Lori Coffman, long time treasurer and activist member of the Potato Creek Trail Association,…

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Smethport Mansion District a Sight to Behold

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Visitors to Smethport often comment about the beautiful Victorian-style homes that line Main Street in the borough’s historic Mansion District. These ostentatious and decorative homes, which became popular during the reign of British Queen Victoria — 1837 to 1901 — were built for the wealthy to impress and remain impressive today. They are often characterized by asymmetrical exteriors, steps leading to large…

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Mansion District Inn B&B Honored with TripAdvisor Award

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Ross and Jovanna Porter, owners and innkeepers of the Mansion District Inn B&B in Smethport, Pennsylvania are pleased to announce that their carefully restored Victorian era inn has earned TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice® award as one of the Top 25 Best Bed and Breakfasts in the United States. The B&B placed Number 1 in Pennsylvania and Number 7 nationwide. TripAdvisor is the world’s…

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Holiday Decorating Winners Announced

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller The Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a contest for the most beautifully decorated homes in in the Borough this holiday season. The winners are: Ron Willis on German Street won the 1st Place prize of $50. Jim and Georgeanne Sample on E. Water Street won the 2nd place prize of $30. Ben Ball at 102 E. Water Street won the 3rd place…

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Smethport’s Andrulonis Elected as Chairman of PAB

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Colonial Media + Entertainment, an integrated marketing organization headquartered in Olean, NY, has announced that its President/CEO, Jeffrey M. Andrulonis from Smethport, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for 2015. Since 1939, the PAB has been the voice for the Commonwealth’s radio and television broadcasters. As Chairman, Jeff will spend the year overseeing the…

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Smethport’s Jim Herzog Comments on Dapper Dan TV Ad from 1960s

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Smethport toy inventor Jim Herzog, best known for creating Wooly Willy, narrates this promotional video for the magnetic drawing sets Dapper Dan, Pattie Petite, and Doodle Poodle. The video was produced in the early 1960s as a TV advertisement, but aired only a few times because of the high cost and limited coverage. This copy, made years ago, has no sound track and…

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