Saturday Marks Second Anniversary of “Ride of Pride” Event in Smethport

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Saturday marked the second anniversary of the “Ride of Pride” that accompanied the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall’s arrival in Smethport for five days. Approximately 50 motorcycles, some carrying two riders and representing various veterans’ groups, and other vehicles, retraced the route of the original ride from Forest County in 2006, when more than 3,800 motorcyclists escorted the Wall to Hamlin…

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Sweet Redemption for Hahn, Smethport

Olean Times Herald — by Vinny Pezzimenti It seemed only fitting that Hahn was smack dab in the middle of the Hubbers’ 2-1 victory over nemesis Curwensville in the District 9, Class A championship. Last year, after it all, it was Hahn’s dropped fly ball in leftfield that kept alive a 2-run inning for the Golden Tide in its 4-3 district semifinal win over Smethport. That was the only…

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Smethport Brings Home D-9 Class A Softball Crown

The Braford Era The punch probably tasted a little sweeter and the cookies were a little fresher at the Smethport High sports banquet Thursday evening after the Lady Hubbers brought home the District 9 Class A softball title following a 2-1 win over Curwensville earlier in the day. “I have a banquet tonight and I’m going to bawl through the whole speech,” said Christine Lightner, Smethport head coach. “I…

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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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Memorial Day Tribute Held in Smethport

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey Speaking Monday at the annual Memorial Day exercises in Smethport, retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. George Tufts, told the audience what the day is about. “Your presence here today — honoring American veterans who died in the wars and those who offered up their lives by serving to protect and defend our country, our Constitution, our way of life and the citizens…

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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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Tufts Will Speak at Memorial Day Services in Smethport

The Bradford Era Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. George Tufts will speak at the Memorial Day services in Smethport May 26 following the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. The parade forms on West Willow and Center streets, continues to Mechanic Street and north to the Veterans Memorial Bridge for a tribute to naval personnel. The route is then to Main Street and west to the courthouse.  Read more >>

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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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Smethport Gets Second Seed for District 9 Playoffs

Olean Times Herald — May 16, 2008 — by Tom Roof It’s been four years since Smethport High School last won a District 9 softball title, but if the Hubbers are going to do it again, they’re going to have to get past an old nemesis. Smethport earned a second seed for next week’s District 9 Class A playoff tournament while defending champion Curwensville earned the No. 1 spot.  Read…

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