Smethport Hubbers Strive to Live Up to Preseason Hype

Bradford Era — by Anthony Sambrotto After three consecutive 3-6 campaigns, expectations are growing in Smethport that 2018 will be the start of the program’s turnaround. The Hubbers were picked, in a coaches preseason poll, to finish first in the newly-instituted District 9 Small School North – replacing the former Allegheny Mountain League – ahead of both Otto-Eldred and Coudersport, which have dominated that region in recent seasons The…

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Marks 150 years

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey This year marks the 150th anniversary of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Smethport. The church, a continuation of the old mission in the former settlement of Instanter, near Clermont, was founded on Feb. 19, 1868, less than three years after the close of the Civil War. During the early decades of the nineteenth century, Catholic Irish immigrants, including the Reilly…

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Former Smethport Resident Receives Presidential Air Medal

Bradford Era – by Daniella Griesbaum U.S. Navy Lt. Emily S. Cona, a Smethport native, received the Air Medal, First Strike/Flight Award, on July 3 for her commendable actions while serving in flight operations. Cona, 32, a naval flight officer, graduated from Smethport Area High School in 2004. She is the daughter of Mary Anne Knight, Smethport, and Terry Knight, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, also of…

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Smethport Artist’s Works on Display at Elk County Council on the Arts

Courier Express – by Matthew Guerry Smethport artist Julie Mader started a series of works inspired by the fairy tale Snow White two winters ago. That series is now being exhibited at the Elk County Council on the Arts, and will have its opening reception tonight. “Snow White Awoke,” Mader said, evolved from the experimenting she did with acrylic gels while reading from a used copy of the book….

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Service Awards Presented to Smethport Lions Club Members

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller The Smethport Lions Club held its semi-monthly meeting and dinner at the Corner Bistro and Pizza Company on Monday. The featured guests at the event were Janet Mitchell, Lions Club District Governor, and her husband Bob Mitchell, Past District Governor. Left to right: Ron Willis, current Smethport Lions Club President; Jack Pierotti recipient of the 10 year Smethport Lions Club service award; Chuck…

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Christmas Tree Farm Keeps Owner Active and Customers Happy

Bradford Era – by Kate Day Sager It was a cold, damp morning last week when Donald “Corky” Hull jumped out of his full-size pickup truck and took a brisk walk up the hill to look over Christmas trees on his Smethport farm. It’s an act the 88-year-old has likely done thousands of times over the past four decades — and hopes to continue for more holiday seasons to…

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Eight Year Match Story from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

Smethport Web — by Annie Wolfe Justice and Sharon began their match when Justice was just seven years old. This November the pair is celebrating their eight-year match anniversary. They see themselves continuing to be involved with The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program until Justice ‘graduates’ at age eighteen. While reflecting on their introductory meeting at the start of their relationship, Sharon stated, “I loved Justice as…

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Local Veterans Honored During Ceremonies in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey State Rep. Martin Causer, who spoke Saturday night at the Veterans Day program at the Bucktail Post #138, Smethport American Legion, told the veterans that it was an honor to be with them because “your bravery, dedication and selfless sacrifice — and your willingness to put your lives on the line for your fellow Americans and our principles — are nothing short…

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Smethport Grad Ryan Stratton Named to Good Works Team

Smethport Web — Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches association have announced the 22 college football players and honorary head coach named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Edinboro University’s Ryan Stratton, a graduate of Smethport Area High School, was one of the 22 honorees, the first time an Edinboro player has received the prestigious award. This award spotlights the…

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Harrisburg Garden Club Tours Smethport Mansion District, Kinzua Bridge State Park

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller George Weigel writes for the Patriot-News in Harrisburg and is owner of a garden-consulting business for do-it-yourselfers. He also participates in bus tours and acts as a tour host. His wife Sue travels with him and serves as an escort. In their latest tour gig, George and Sue accompanied 54 members of the Harrisburg Garden Club to Smethport, where they visited St. Luke’s…

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