My Journey to See a Fellow Filipino

Smethport Web – by Peng Magno There is nothing more inspiring for a first generation Filipino immigrant like me than to witness firsthand a fellow countryman doing well in the international arena. It is firsthand knowledge that most Filipinos living in the United States are in healthcare, therefore the story of Arnel Pineda is definitely something different and truly a tale that needs to be told. Arnel is the…

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Derrick Wright Performs Church Pipe Organ Recital

Once called the “King of Instruments” by Mozart himself, the pipe organ is widely acknowledged as more difficult to learn than most other instruments. With its tiers of keys, numerous buttons and foot controls, the pipe organ can be quite intimidating even for today’s most accomplished pop music artists. With determination and a love for the music, however, it is possible to learn and become proficient with the instrument….

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Local Radio Station Has Smethport Covered

The host of local radio station WQRM, Rose Bishop, has been in the business for 16 years. From her second floor office on 211 W. Main Street, she interviews guests, reports local news, sells advertising, and manages the station’s daily broadcast schedule. She is also active in various community organizations. Rose works with a small staff, including engineer Bobby Schauer and Megan Simms, who is at the helm in…

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‘Walk With Doc’ PCTA Event Big Success

On Saturday, June 14 Dr. Douglas Bowman led the 7th Annual “Walk with Doc” in conjunction with Smethport’s newly formed Potato Creek Trail Association. This was the inaugural event of the trail group. Following a discussion about the health benefits of walking and hiking by Dr. Bowman, Smethport’s iconic James Herzog presented the history of the McKean County Poor Farm, the location of the start of the walk. The…

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Area Residents Can Support American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by Attending “Remember Those Who Have Battled Cancer” Event in Smethport

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Area residents can support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by attending “Remember Those Who Have Battled Cancer” from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Smethport Firehall. “This will be a scrapbooking event, a fundraiser for the Relay for Life,” said Kim Miller of Smethport, a team leader for the Relay. An admission fee will be charged, and all…

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Portrait of Memorial Day in Smethport

Memorial Day observance in Smethport, organized by the McKean County Post #2497 VFW, started with a gun salute and the playing of “Taps” over the graves of deceased veterans at Rosehill Cemetery. This was followed by a parade formed on Willow Street, which stopped at the bridge on Mechanic Street where wreaths were dropped and guns fired as part of salutations to heros.  

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Bronze Statue Unveiled at Smethport Elementary

Elementary student Emily Dibble’s (right) winning essay last year earned her the privilege of becoming the model for Jamestown, New York sculptor Dave Poulin. Emily’s essay was selected by the 5th grade teachers to become the concept for a statue of a student that will be placed in front of the school. The bronze sculpture was unveiled at the Smethport Elementary School on Thursday. The unveiling was preceded by…

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Smethport HS Softball Team Lone Survivor

Olean Times Herald The Smethport High School softball team opened its bid for a District 9 Class A title the same way it opened the regular season … with a shutout victory. Emma Hahn and Diana Phalon combined to strike out 17 batters and allow just two hits as the second-seeded Hubbers (18-1) blanked No. 10 Keystone, 8-0, on Wednesday. “It was a tight game until the fifth inning,”…

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Smethport Area High School Graduation Set for June 6

Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancy Dr. Justin Puller, valedictorian of the Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School Class of 1996 and now an emergency room physician at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, will speak at his alma mater’s commencement exercises on June 6. Meanwhile, Megan Woods has been named the valedictorian of the Class of 2008 and will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average at commencement. Also,…

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