Smethport Enters New Domain

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Smethport, the first Route 6 Heritage Community, is now actively promoted on a multi-media Web site. Linda and Nathan Muller, who have Internet and Web site experience, have developed the unique site, smethportpa.org. “My first big Web site was for Pat Buchanan when he was a presidential candidate in 1995. From there on, I just continued creating Web sites for conservative…

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Hamlin Memorial Library Holds Groundbreaking for Expansion Wing

The Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kick off construction of its long-awaited expansion wing, which will double the size of the current building and provide meeting space for community activities. The architect and contractor; Borough, county and state officials — as well as library staff and volunteers — were in attendance before a crowd of about 40 Smethport residents.

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Officials Gather at Groundbreaking for Expansion Project at Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey “With this turn of the shovels we remember the past and begin to build for the future,” said Deborah Babcox Wednesday afternoon at the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project for the Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport. Participating in that ceremony were Harriett Rockefeller, a longtime volunteer; Bryant Robey, Smethport native and architect of WTW Architects; Budd Mracna, WTW architect; Larry…

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Long Branch Saloon Open Through Saturday

The Long Branch Saloon is now open at the American Legion hall on Main Street.  The annual 4-day event — Wednesday through Saturday — features food, beverages and entertainment against a Wild West motif.  Just come on in…  Membership in the Legion is not required. The Saloon opens at 11:00 a.m.  on Wednesday and Thursday and at  9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daily lunch and dinner specials … The Legion will…

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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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Smethport Turns Out for Flag Day

June 14th was Flag Day and Smethport celebrated with a parade down Main Street. After the parade there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the 1950s style soda fountain at the Elderberry Sweet Shop at 119 W. Main Street. The event was hosted by Phillis Barnhart. Featured speakers were Chamber of Commerce President Wayne Pearson and Mayor Ross Porter. Photos capture highlights from both events.  

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Local Authors Back with New Adventure Book

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey William P. Robertson and David Rimer spent 15 years creating their critically acclaimed seven-novel series about the famous Civil War rifle regiment the Bucktails. Now the authors are back with a new adventure set in the primordial wilderness of colonial Pennsylvania. “Ambush in the Alleghenies” details the exploits of “Lightnin” Jack Hawkins, “Bearbite” Bob Winslow, Will “Big Cat” Cutler and Alexander…

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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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Smethport’s Hahn Goes ‘no-no’ to Avonworth

Olean Times Herald — by Vinny Pezzimenti Smethport started the PIAA tournament in dominant fashion Monday afternoon, rolling to a 12-0, five-inning mercy rule victory over District 7’s third-seed Avonworth in a first-round game. Emma Hahn pitched a no-hitter while the District 9 champion Hubbers pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of plenty of walks and errors in collecting their 12th straight victory and first state playoff win…

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Honor Ride of Pride Roars in Smethport

The Sons of the American Legion, Bucktail Post #138 sponsored the 2nd Annual Vietnam Veteran’s Honor Ride of Pride Saturday, May 31. Nearly 70 bikers participated on the ride and then a ceremony in Hamlin Lake Park. Vietnam veteran, Marine George Tufts, conducted the ceremony and read three essays about Vietnam by three Smethport Area High School students. Following the ceremony, a pig roast for veterans and the general…

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