Anna Holohan Named Smethport HS Valedictorian

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Anna Holohan will graduate as the valedictorian of the Class of 2020 at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School during the commencement ceremony on June 5. She is the daughter of Tim and Mary Beth Holohan. Following graduation, Anna Holohan will attend Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio, where she will major in neuroscience as a member of the honors program. She has been…

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Residents Sew Protective Face Masks for Healthcare Workers

Bradford Era – by Christine Holtz With the numbers of suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus increasing each day, healthcare facilities across the nation are experiencing a shortage of much needed N95 masks, which help filter out at least 95% of airborne particles, including bacteria and viruses. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, local citizens have been coming together to help protect the livelihood of the nation’s vital healthcare workers by…

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Sena Kean Manor Helps Residents Keep in Touch with Loved Ones Amidst Pandemic

Bradford Era – by Christine Holtz During the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at Sena Kean Manor have been working diligently to make sure residents are safe, entertained and able to stay connected to loved ones and the community. The facility recently started posting pictures on their Facebook page of residents holding signs with handwritten messages to their loved ones. Many residents wanted people to know they are safe and a…

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Connor Alfieri Signs Letter of Intent to Golf at Cal U Pennsylvania

Bradford Era – Smethport’s Connor Alfieri will continue his decorated golf career at the collegiate level. Alfieri, a senior at Smethport Area High School and one of the top golfers in the area over the past four years, this week signed his National Letter of Intent at California University of Pennsylvania. Cal U is a NCAA Division II school and Alfieri will play golf for the Vulcans in both…

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Burkhouse Highlights History at Smethport FD Appreciation Dinner

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Bradford Township Fire Chief Dan Burkhouse highlighted historical events at the Tri-County Fire School Saturday when he was the guest speaker at the Smethport Fire Department’s 137th annual Appreciation Dinner. Soon to begin its 55th year as a training center for volunteer fire departments and industrial brigades, the Tri-County Fire School in Smethport traces its origins back decades to a major fire…

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McKean County Elected Officials Take Oath of Office in Smethport

Bradford Era – by Ruth Bogdan New and re-elected officials in McKean County gave their word on Monday that they would fulfill their duties in accordance with the law. A swearing-in ceremony was held at midday in the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport for 16 elected officials. Senior Judge John M. Cleland administered the oath of office for President Judge John H. Pavlock, and Pavlock administered the oath for…

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Smethport DECA Club Competed in First District 1 Competition at UPB

The new Smethport DECA Club competed in their first District 1 competition at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on December 10. All seventeen members pictured — Parker Jack, Richie McDowell, Kolby Wilber, Connor Alfieri, Brandon Higley, Braedon Johnson, Trevor Zuver, Jordan Pavlock, John Adamoski, Alexis Shall, Anna Holohan, Kassidy Didomizio, Griffin Hess, Jenna Gregory, Kelsey Martin, Chloe Costa, and Haley Leet — selected a competitive event and were required…

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CAC of McKean County Earns National Accreditation

Bradford Era – CAC The Smethport-based Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs…

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Eagle Court of Honor held for Cory Dart

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Cory Dart of Boy Scout Troop 501 in Smethport is Officially an Eagle Scout. Cory, the son of Keith and Kelly Dart of Keating Township, received Boy Scouts of America’s highest achievement award during an Eagle Court of Honor last week at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Smethport. Scoutmaster Scott Dickerson, in the role of master of ceremonies, welcomed those in attendance…

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Therapy Dogs ‘Sworn In’ at McKean County Courthouse

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey There were enough canines in the McKean County Courthouse at noon Friday to produce another of the popular Subaru automobile TV commercials featuring lovable dogs. The occasion was the swearing -in ceremony of the CASA of McKean County Courthouse Therapy Dog Program, which provides these six therapy dogs to children who are participating in dependency court proceedings. This is the state’s first…

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