United Methodist Church of Smethport Celebrates 202nd Anniversary

Bradford Era – The United Methodist Church (UMC) of Smethport, the oldest continuous congregation in McKean County, has been celebrating 202 years of ministry for several months this year. Throughout the summer they held a festival in Hamlin Park with food, music by local favorite Bobby Spaeth, and games; a free community swim party was held at the local pool, and a picnic was hosted by a parishioner. In…

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5th Year of Arts on the Island in Smethport, October 1st

Bradford Era – by Mandy Colosimo Summer’s waning but the fall fun is just beginning around the region. The 5th annual Arts on the Island at Hamlin Lake Park in Smethport will be happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The art festival is held in conjunction with the Street Dreams Car Club of Bradford car show. The festival has grown every year, said organizer Bart…

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Stout Defense, Second-Half Scoring Power Smethport to 1st Victory

Bradford Era – by Jeff Uveino The Smethport football team needed to get back on track. In front of a home crowd Friday night, the Hubbers did just that. After falling to Redbank Valley in Week 1, first-year head coach Joel Lent’s group rallied back to defeat Cameron County. Two fourth-quarter scores provided ample breathing room for Smethport, which ran away with a 22-6 victory in its home opener….

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Hubbers Seek Similar Results with New Head Coach, New QB

Bradford Era – by Jeff Uveino Much will look different for Smethport in 2022. The school district will have a new athletic director. The football team will have a new head coach. And, after four consecutive playoff appearances, the Hubbers will be tasked with replacing two glaring holes on the gridiron — one on each side of the ball. The good news, however, is that first-year head coach Joel…

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Smethport Class of 1962 Celebrates Reunion

Bradford Era – The 1962 graduating class of the Smethport Area High School celebrated their 60th class reunion on July 29 at the Smethport American Legion. In the first row, from left, are Charlotte Clutter, Jennie Young, Nancy Lathbury, Greer Barr; second row, Harry Fischer, Terry Smith, Sandy Hallock, Judy Snyder, Karen McKean, Joanne Ritz, Jerry Shelander, John Berne; and third row, Sherman Keller, Tom Mays, Bob Onuffer, Judy…

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Smethport Officer Receives State American Legion Award

Bradford Era – by Mandy Colosimo No other police officer from McKean County has ever been awarded this honor. Kevin Seipp, a Smethport police officer, was awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2021 by the local American Legion Post #138. On Saturday, July 16, Seipp was presented with the state award. After earning the local award in 2021, Seipp advanced to the state award, through the American…

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Smethport HS Athletic Director Woodring Calling it a Career

Olean Times Herald – by Jeff Uveino When Rick Woodring arrived at Smethport Area High School in the winter of 1976, he only planned on staying one semester. A transplant from Lawrence County, Woodring took a substitute teaching position through the end of the 1975-76 school year. When fall came around, however, Woodring stayed. He’d spend another 46 years at Smethport, working with the community’s youth through teaching, coaching…

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Smethport Students Release Rainbow Trout

Bradford Era – Smethport students gathered, recorded and analyzed water chemistry data, fed the fish, and maintained a healthy environment for the developing trout. They raised 118 rainbow trout for release in Marvin Creek on May 26. Made possible by a unique partnership between the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), Pennsylvania Trout In the Classroom (PA TIC) is an interdisciplinary…

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Bucktail Memorial, Expansion Planned for Smethport Diner

Bradford Era – by Mandy Colosimo It’s official, the Smethport Diner, home of the “Hubber-Burger,” belongs to the American Legion Post 108. The 85-year-old diner went up for sale in 2021 and the legion was on top of the purchase, with expansion goals in the future. Post Commander Courtney Cole said, “the project will be a long process, but the end result will be worth it.” He explained the…

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Smethport Memorial Day – Remembering the Forever Young

Bradford Era – by Mandy Colosimo Some had been standing, others seated, for quite a while for the parade to make its way toward the McKean County Courthouse on Monday morning. Tiny screams and squeals of excitement filled the air in anticipation and children waved their grocery bags, hoping to fill them with candy thrown their way. A couple in the crowd said they had been coming to the…

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