CASA of McKean County Opens New Office in Smethport

Bradford Era — by Ruth Bogdan CASA of McKean County held an open house Wednesday to show the community its new office space at 201 W. Main St. CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — moved into the building July 1. Photographs of the first five classes of advocates line one wall of the new facility. The sixth class of volunteers start training on Sept. 21. Read More  

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Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport Wins McKean County Jeopardy

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport accumulated an imaginary $3,300 Thursday evening to win McKean County Jeopardy, sponsored by the McKean County Historical Society and held at the courthouse. This quiz program was based on the popular NBC show, “Jeopardy,” in which Todd and the other contestants, Deborah Babcox, a Smethport attorney and former county family law master, and Sally Costik,…

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Jared Pavlock Awarded Sharon De Lancey Memorial Scholarship

Smethport Web — by St. Elizabeth Church Jared Pavlock, a high honor student and co-president of the Class of 2017 at Smethport Area High School, has been awarded the 2017 Sharon De Lancey Memorial Scholarship. Jared received the $1,000 scholarship Sunday following Mass at the church, where Sharon De Lancey was a choir member, catechism teacher and leader of the Small Communities program and Rite of Christian Initiation for…

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Ben Hahn Urges Smethport Area High School Graduates to Question Traditional Mindset

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Ben Hahn, a 2007 graduate of Smethport Area High School who returned home to deliver the commencement address Friday, posed a challenge to the Class of 2017. He encouraged the class to question the traditional mindset, which is characterized by the attitudes of “this is the way it has always been done” when confronted by new ideas. The response often is “no…

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Northwest Names Smethport’s Raymond Learn Corporate Vice President

Smethport Web — by Northwest Bank Raymond R. Learn II of Smethport has been named corporate vice president, fair banking officer and regulatory counsel for Northwest Bank. Ronald Andzelik, chief compliance officer, made the announcement. In his role, Learn will focus on Northwest’s compliance with fair lending and consumer protection laws. This newly-developed role is designed to enhance Northwest’s commitment to fair and responsible banking and educate Northwest employees…

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Glenn Church of Smethport Selected for World War II Veterans Honor Flight to DC

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancy Glenn Church of Smethport has been selected to join fellow World War II veterans on the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight on May 6 to Washington, D.C., where they will visit the World War II Monument and other war memorials. A native of McKean County, Church served in the Army from early 1945 to late 1946. After basic training, Church was attached to…

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Fostering Patriotism: Smethport Elementary Students Learn About Flag, Pledge

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey As part of its project to educate elementary school students about the American flag and Pledge of Allegiance, members of the Smethport Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary #2497 presented programs Thursday afternoon for the third and sixth graders at the Smethport Area Elementary School. Representing the auxiliary were Cheryl Razey, Jo Ann Tanner, Patty Witchen, Carrie “Twerp” Kisko and Gerry Ford. Read…

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Hamlin Memorial Library Hosted “Holiday Spirits — A Night of Tastings”

Smethport Web — by Hamlin Library The second annual “Holiday Spirits — A Night of Tastings” was held Saturday evening, December 10 at the Hamlin Memorial Library. In addition to hot and cold appetizers catered by Ed Vicic, owner of the Port Freeze, the fundraising event featured a selection of beers, wines and ciders locally crafted by Greg Rounsville and Jim Stein. Photo: Lori Rounsville, librarian (left), and Donna…

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Smethport’s Garvin Dille Served During World War II and Korea

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Smethport veteran Garvin Dille served in both World War II and the Korean War. A U.S. Navy veteran, Dille, 89, is one of the 65,704 American servicemen — government figures — to see active duty in both wars. Both times, Dille, a technical specialist, was assigned to repair ships, auxiliary vessels, staffed by capable crews of qualified repairmen and designed to provide…

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