Smethport’s Epic Comeback Over Coudy Caps Undefeated Season

Bradford Era – by Anthony Sambrotto There have been plenty of memorable finishes in the storied history of Smethport Hubber football. But perhaps none were as wild — or as meaningful — as what took place at the end of Friday’s game against Coudersport. Trailing 20-7 with less than six minutes to play, the Hubbers capitalized on a series of incredible plays to rally all the way back and…

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Smethport Hubbers 5-0 Record Best Football Start in Almost 20 Years

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Following the Homecoming Parade, the undefeated Smethport varsity football team (5-0) won Friday’s home conference game against Otto-Eldred/Oswayo Valley (3-2) by a score of 22-20. In a pre-season coaches poll, Smethport was picked to finish first in the newly-formed District 9 Small School North league. For that prediction to come true, however, Smethport would have to defeat two dominant teams – Otto-Eldred and…

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Smethport Garden Club Historic District Home Tour Slated for October 6

Smethport Web – by Nathan Muller Mark your calendar for the 13th biennial Smethport Garden & Craft Club Tour of Homes to be held on Saturday, October 6, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Enjoy a leisurely fall afternoon with family and friends visiting the interiors of six local Victorian mansions. The home owners will act as tour guides, opening all floors to guests, while explaining the history, architecture,…

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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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