New Artist Guild Formed

The Smethport Artists’ & Artisans’ Guild was formed on April 8 to cultivate and promote the creative arts and encourage community participation in visual and performing arts. Hosted at the Keppel Stone Works Studio, the new Guild drafted bylaws governing its activities, which are expected to include exhibitions, performances, shows, workshops and demonstrations. Membership is open to Smethport region residents at $5 for students of at least 16 years…

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Smethport Arbor Days Workshop Kicks-Off Community Development Block Grant Reforestation Project

Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Smethport Borough Shade Tree Commission will be hosting a three hour Arbor Day workshop. The Planting and Maintaining Street Trees Workshop will be held on Sunday, April 27 at the Smethport Area High School library, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. The workshop will cover all aspects of planting and after care of shade trees and shrubs. The workshop will include a hands-on tree…

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Regional Computer Fair Finalists Selected

The 7th annual Seneca Highlands IU-9 Regional Computer Fair Competition was held April 8 in Smethport. Over 20 students submitted projects in various computer-related categories. There was also competition for the 2009 Computer Fair logo, which will appear on materials, caps and T-shirts publicizing next year’s event. This year’s regional competition was administered by Instructional Technology Specialist Karl Roeper. The projects were reviewed and scored by 7 judges according…

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Historical Society & Old Jail Museum Reopens

The McKean County Historical Society and Old Jail Museum on 502 W. King Street has reopened after its winter hiatus. The county’s oldest building, constructed in 1875 and used as a jail until 1990, houses an impressive collection of historical artifacts and genealogical records.

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Library Raises $16,000 at Annual Auction

The Hamlin Memorial Library raised $16,000 at the 21st annual dinner and auction held at the Smethport Firehouse on March 8. The money will be used for operating expenses. A separate event will raise funds for the library’s planned $700,000 expansion, of which $300,000 comes from grants. When completed, the project will double the size of the current building. A “Shovel Ceremony” is scheduled for June 25th at 5:00…

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