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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Smethport Father-Son Duo Experienced Apollo 11 Mission Prep First-Hand

Bradford Era – by Joellen Wankel The Apollo 11 launch may have been prepped and successfully accomplished in sunny Florida in 1969, but a Smethport father-son duo were up close and personal during the entire process of preparation for the historic occasion that led to the first man walking on the moon. Bill Barton, a Smethport native, moved to Florida in 1966 to become a photographer for Technicolor, a…

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Smethport’s Katie Treat Delivers AMCC Volleyball Crown for UPB

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford found itself down two games to none at last fall’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference volleyball championship match against Penn State Behrend. The Panthers, however — playing on Behrend’s home court — stormed back to secure the third AMCC title in program history. Helping the team to the come-from-behind victory was former Smethport four-sport athlete Kate Treat, who…

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