Thirteen Letter Winners Return to Smethport Softball Team

Bradford Era – by Jeff Uveino The Lady Hubbers will feature an athletic group that brings speed to the basepaths. If its inexperienced pitching staff can catch up to its lineup, an upward climb in the conference could result. Front row (from left): Danielle Nelson, Ashley Day, Coryn McClain, and Kristen Dunn. Back row: Hope Peterson, Eva Gifford, Elizabeth Hungiville, Serena Smyntek, Charity Lapp, Celeste Austin, Maddison Faes, and…

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Making the News: Fran DeLancey

Bradford Era – by Marcie Schellhammer The average time a person stays at a job in the U.S. is 4.1 years. But Fran DeLancey is anything but average. DeLancey retired last month after 43 years at The Bradford Era, where he was the Smethport-area correspondent. He described some of the changes he’s seen over his career. When he started, correspondents called in their stories over the phone, “and then…

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Smethport Defeats Curwensville – Earns Trip Back to Semis

Bradford Era – by Jesse Kolodkin Curwensville kept the game close but Smethport’s offense would not be denied on the way to a 46-27 playoff win. Smethport got off to a fast start, scoring twice before Curwensville scored once and taking a 12-0 lead. Noah Lent and Ryan Mason were finding lanes in the ground game and Lent took a great shot to Brandon Higley for a 25-yard touchdown….

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History of Backus Co. Heard at Historical Society Dinner

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Jamie Pierotti, the guest speaker at the annual fall dinner meeting of the McKean County Historical Society Thursday, highlighted the history of The Backus Company in Smethport whose founder, John C. Backus, invented the automatic pinsetter for bowling in 1905. A prolific inventor, Backus contracted with another Smethport firm, Holmes and Gilfillen, to manufacture the pinsetter. “These original pinsetters were used by…

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McKean County Fair Offers Something for all Ages and Interests

Bradford Era – by Joellen Wankel Families, amusement ride enthusiasts and animal lovers alike can make plans as the McKean County Fair gets underway Sunday. The fair offers something for all ages and all interests. This year, Patsy Cline fans and Jeep fans can mark their calendars as well, as the fair includes a Jeep obstacle course Tuesday and a Patsy Cline tribute Thursday. The fair opens Sunday, with…

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Jack, Lent Look to Lead Smethport Back to Playoffs

Olean Times – by Jeff Uveino      With only three returning starters on each side of the ball, Adam Jack’s team will feature plenty of new faces this fall. Luckily for Jack and Smethport, however, his returners were some of the Hubbers’ most valuable players a season ago. Senior quarterback and reigning Big 30 Pennsylvania Player of the Year Noah Lent will lead a Hubbers team that hopes to…

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Smethport’s Alfieri Takes Golf Career to CalU, Hopefully Beyond

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis      Growing up just a few blocks away from a golf course has turned out to be a blessing for Connor Alfieri. The Smethport product will soon enter his second year golfing for the California University of Pennsylvania (CalU) Vulcans men’s golf team. His father, Tom, first introduced him to the game as a youth, as the duo would spend time at Smethport…

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Johnson Headlines Group of Big 30’s Impactful Smethport Defenders

Bradford Era – by Jeff Uveino      His 5-5, 145-pound frame might not stand out on the street. But as Braedon Johnson has shown throughout his career, it’s tough to miss him on the football field. Johnson starred at Smethport in four varsity seasons, growing into the team’s top offensive weapon while anchoring the Hubber defense from the secondary. He got two more chances to showcase his defensive talent…

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Old Jail Museum in Smethport Getting Ready to Open to the Public in August

Bradford Era – by Kate Day Sager Lu Vandermark remembers March 19, 2020 as the date she was told the Old Jail Museum would have to close its doors due to the pandemic. After 16 months of closures and temporary openings, the museum, which showcases artifacts, documents and antiques owned by the McKean County Historical Society, expects to open its doors to the public Aug. 2 through October. The…

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SASD Superintendent David London to Retire

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey After serving students in Pennsylvania’s public schools for 35 years as a teacher, coach, principal and chief school administrator, Smethport Area School District Superintendent David London will retire July 9. Following his graduation from The Pennsylvania State University in 1986, he began his teaching career as a mathematics instructor at Redbank Valley, where he also served as student government advisor, assistant football…

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