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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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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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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Smethport Scout Honored for Restoration Work in Rosehill Cemetery

Bradford Era – Fran De Lancey Smethport Boy Scout Ethan Nannen was honored on Veterans Day at a rededication ceremony at the town’s Rosehill Cemetery, where he reset 25 headstones of Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War veterans as his Eagle Scout project. The headstones’ foundations had sunk and crumbled. Some were falling apart and others had actually fallen over. With the help of his father, Graham Nannen,…

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Smethport American Legion Hears Veterans’ Stories

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey In remarks prepared for the annual Veterans Day program Saturday at the Smethport American Legion, Bucktail Post #138, Bart Barton shared the stories of three exceptional members of our nation’s armed services. “Horrible, ghastly and ghoulish” were some of the adjectives Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia used to describe the battlefields that he saw in Iraq,” Barton said. “At the same…

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Smethport First-Graders Learn the Coffee Business Firsthand

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey If it’s Friday, first graders at the Smethport Area Elementary School, accompanied by an adult staff member, can be found in the halls with their coffee cart, delivering coffee, hot chocolate and cappuccino to the teachers and staff. “We classroom teachers introduced this project as a career and social studies unit on goods and services, customers and products and aspects of a…

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Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd Wins Third County Trivia Contest

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Magisterial District Judge Bill Todd of Smethport successfully defended his title by winning the third episode of McKean County Jeopardy Thursday night at the courthouse. Todd, who has won all three of the quiz games based on the format of the popular television show of the same name, outscored Ron Keim, a retired Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official, and Bob Murphy, a…

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Smethport Hubbers Are Out to Prove People Wrong in 2019

Bradford Era – by Anthony Sambrotto The defending District 9 Small School North champions, which posted a 9-0 regular season mark and reached the D9 title game a season ago, have heard all the outside noise on the step back they are supposed to take this year. Now, they are just ready to get back onto the field and begin their quest for a repeat. “I just want to…

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Ryan Stratton Begins Life After College Football by Serving Country

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis The date is Oct. 25, 2013. The Smethport Hubbers made the drive to Ridgway to take on Ridgway/Johnsonburg in an Allegheny Mountain League game. Starting at quarterback for the Elkers is Division I baseball prospect Ben MacDonald, while the Hubbers have themselves a terror on the opposing side as fullback and linebacker Ryan Stratton is ready to add to his already impressive tackle…

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Smethport’s Zach Smith Reflects on Journey to Division 1 Basketball

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis The year is 2007, and Zach Smith, a 2013 graduate of Smethport Area High School, has a big decision to make. Should he really focus in on the game of basketball and play AAU travel basketball or not? After Zach and his parents, Todd and Lori Smith sat down to look up more about travel basketball, the couple and Zach decided together it…

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