L.L. Bean Gobbles Up Smethport Product

L.L. Bean, the world famous outdoor apparel and gear maker with over $1.5 billion in annual sales, now features a product made in Smethport – the William Penn Twin Hen Cherry Box Call. The device, designed by Smethport resident Jack Rosenswie, produces both young and mature hen calls, and promises to “bring toms running”.

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Smethport Health Center Accepting New, Returning Patients

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and the Keystone Rural Health Consortia have announced plans to reopen the Bowman Health Center in Smethport in honor of Douglas Bowman, M.D. Dr. Bowman, a member of CCMH’s medical staff since 1983, served the hospital and Smethport area in numerous capacities until his untimely death November 25. He joined Keystone in 2005 at which time he opened the Misty Valley Health Center. Under the…

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Obama Inauguration Evokes Memories for Smethport Veteran

The Bradford Era President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration scheduled for Tuesday has evoked memories for a Smethport veteran who was among the soldiers who cleared snow from the White House area in preparation for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s inauguration in 1965. Pete Castelli, then a U.S. Army private, had recently completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and about three weeks prior to the inauguration, was stationed at Fort Belvoir,…

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Dr. Douglas Bowman Honored by Community

Smethport Web — by PCTA To mark the passing of Dr. Douglas Bowman during Thanksgiving week, the Potato Creek Trail Association will do an annual tribute walk and name a section of the Shawmut Trail in his honor. Last summer, Dr. Bowman led the 7th Annual “Walk with Doc” with members of Smethport’s newly formed Potato Creek Trail Association. Dr. Bowman served Smethport for 29 years, from 1979-2008. A…

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Shawmut Trail Trek Blends Nature and History

Smethport Web — by Matthew Muller Smethport residents gathered at the Shawmut Trail Head behind the 911 Center on an Indian summer Sunday afternoon for a guided nature photography walk. The event was sponsored by the Smethport Creative Arts League and served as a field exercise for naturalists and photographers of all levels who had received a crash course on nature photography by Dr. Tim Pierson in the high…

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Sights and Sounds of Smethport Homecoming – 2008

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller October 10th was Homecoming Day in Smethport. The occasion was celebrated with a parade down Main Street, featuring Smethport High School students — Class of 2008 — including Prom Queen candidates, the High School football team and cheerleaders. Also in attendance were school staff and community leaders. The thunderous evening ended with the Smethport Hubbers defeating Sheffield by a score of 40 to…

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My Journey to See a Fellow Filipino

Smethport Web – by Peng Magno There is nothing more inspiring for a first generation Filipino immigrant like me than to witness firsthand a fellow countryman doing well in the international arena. It is firsthand knowledge that most Filipinos living in the United States are in healthcare, therefore the story of Arnel Pineda is definitely something different and truly a tale that needs to be told. Arnel is the…

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Derrick Wright Performs Church Pipe Organ Recital

Once called the “King of Instruments” by Mozart himself, the pipe organ is widely acknowledged as more difficult to learn than most other instruments. With its tiers of keys, numerous buttons and foot controls, the pipe organ can be quite intimidating even for today’s most accomplished pop music artists. With determination and a love for the music, however, it is possible to learn and become proficient with the instrument….

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Local Radio Station Has Smethport Covered

The host of local radio station WQRM, Rose Bishop, has been in the business for 16 years. From her second floor office on 211 W. Main Street, she interviews guests, reports local news, sells advertising, and manages the station’s daily broadcast schedule. She is also active in various community organizations. Rose works with a small staff, including engineer Bobby Schauer and Megan Simms, who is at the helm in…

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