Smethport Area School District Superintendent David London Delivers Commencement Address

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Smethport Area School District Superintendent David London spoke about leadership Friday evening when he delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2021 in the first outdoor graduation program in recent memory. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things,” said London, quoting President Ronald Reagan. “He is the one who gets the people to do the…

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Smethport Students Release Fingerlings into Marvin Creek

Bradford Era – Fran De Lancey As part of the newly established Wildlife and Fisheries Studies science elective at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School, ninth graders participated in the PA Trout in the Classroom for two semesters this school year. The second semester class released approximately 110 rainbow trout fingerlings — two-four inches long — in Marvin Creek in Smethport Friday morning. Class members are Kellie Kinney, Brooke Mandley,…

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Smethport Holds Parade, Follows Traditional Memorial Day Schedule

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Lenny Anderson, past-commander of McKean County Post #2497 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Smethport, spoke Monday at the Memorial Day exercises in Smethport, which saw the return of the traditional parade and schedule after being interrupted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anderson reminded the audience not to forget the real meaning of this day. He said, “Memorial Day, to some,…

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Four Smethport Juniors Win Bonnie Scholar Awards

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey In recognition of their academic achievement and service to the school and community, four juniors at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School have earned the Bonnie Scholar Award, a scholarship that carries a $20,000 scholarship annually — $80,000 over four years of study at the St. Bonaventure University. In addition, the students, August Cox, Sabrina Tanner, Celeste Baker and Jenna Gregory, all National…

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American Legion Bucktail Post #138 Presents Awards

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Smethport American Legion Bucktail Post #138 honored two local first responders during a brief ceremony Wednesday evening at the post home. Honorees were James Neely (center) of the Smethport Fire Department, who is Firefighter of the Year, and Kevin Seipp (right) of the Smethport Police Department, who is Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Post Commander Pat Miesowitz (left) presented the Certificates…

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Scanlan Announces Retirement from Smethport Family Practice

Bradford Era – by Ruth Bogdan A local health care provider will be retiring this month from the Smethport Family Practice. Bonnie Scanlan, certified registered nurse practitioner, has served the McKean County community since 1986. “My last day of patient visits will be January 21,” said Scanlan. “I am leaving my patients in the capable hands of Dr. Cory Mathias and my fellow nurse practitioner, Filane Crumrine.” She described…

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Football All-Stars: Noah Lent Stands Out on this Year’s Offense

Bradford Era – by Joel Whetzel Explosive, high-octane offensive performances became a bit of a norm on the Pennsylvania side of the Big 30 border during the 2020 football season, and that came in large part through talented quarterback play. Three signal-callers highlight this year’s OTH-Era All-Star Football Team for the Keystone State, led by Offensive Player of the Year, Smethport’s Noah Lent. He was joined on the team…

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Jim McGuire Reflects on Nearly 40 Years as Smethport Assistant Coach

Olean Times Herald – by Joel Whetzel As seasons have gone by and coaching regimes changed over the years at Smethport Area High School, one thing has remained constant within the Hubbers’ program: the presence of assistant coach Jim McGuire. McGuire has served as an aide at Smethport since 1981, having recently completed his 39th season within the program. But his time at Smethport began even before that, as…

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Smethport’s Darion Gregory Hopeful for Return to Competition in 2021

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis Smethport Area High School graduate Darion Gregory is a runner used to competing at the highest level. In cross country, he was a four-time state qualifier and a two-time state medalist. He also competed at the state meet in high school track and field. So with that type of high school career, it was no surprise that he continued his running career at…

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Smethport’s Emily Treat Excelling in Collegiate Volleyball

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis University of Pittsburgh at Bradford junior Emily Treat (right) is one of the more notable athletes to emerge from Smethport Area High School in the past few years. The 2018 graduate was a four-sport athlete who excelled in basketball, cheer, softball and volleyball. In a competitive North Tier League that has featured a collection of talent at all member schools, Treat stacks up…

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