Laura Burdick of Smethport Wins First Prize in ANFVB Photo Contest

Smethport Web – by Linda Devlin A photo of a bald eagle protecting and watching over its nesting young won first place in the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s 2018-2019 Photo Contest, out of 66 entries. The winning photo, taken by Laura Burdick of Smethport, shows a bald eagle aerie full of eaglets in a tree-top surrounded in a whimsical aura of sunlight, streaking through the foliage. Jeannie Porterfield,…

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Smethport’s Kane-Walker Continuing Family Tradition in Softball

Bradford Era – by Nate Steis “Brooke Kane-Walker was the toughest pitcher I faced in high school. It was a great feeling getting a hit or having a quality at bat against her.” This quote by local college athlete and former Port Allegany Gator Hannah Lathrop shows just the kind of athlete Brook Kane-Walker is and the respect opponents have for her. Kane-Walker is a 2016 graduate of Smethport…

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Woodruff Addresses Smethport Graduates

Force Lt. Col. Jason Woodruff

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey “Continue to strive for improvement and good things will happen,” said U.S, Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Woodruff urged members of the Class of 2019 Friday at the Smethport Area High School commencement exercises. “Continue to progress, continue with your education, whether it’s on-the- job training, taking a course or two from home after work or at a college or joining the…

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Impressive Turnout for Smethport Memorial Day Parade

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Blue skies and overall pleasant weather greeted the large crowds along West Main Street to see the annual Memorial Day parade Monday and the program at the McKean County Courthouse. In his prepared remarks, McKean County President Judge John Pavlock said, “It is my job here today; it is my goal to convey the true meaning of this day — these ceremonies…

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Smethport Woman to ‘Bike the US for MS’ this Summer

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancy For part of this summer, Natalya Nannen of Smethport will experience an opportunity of a lifetime as she travels throughout the United States on a bicycle. She will be part of a group of riders of Bike the US for MS, a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research, who leave Yorktown, Va., on June 1, embarking on a 3,785-mile TransAmerica Ride route that…

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Smethport’s Ryan Stratton to Compete in Military Skills Competition at West Point

Bradford Era – by Ruth Bogdan The Sandhurst Military Skills Competition is such an important event at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that the school has a countdown on its website ticking down the seconds till it begins. When the countdown ends, Smethport Area High School graduate Ryan Stratton (center in photo) will be ready. Stratton, with his nine-member team from the Edinboro University ROTC, will be…

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Smethport’s Rob Dickinson Serving in New Role at Penn State Extension

Bradford Era On Jan. 2, Rob Dickinson of Smethport started his duties as client relationship manager for Penn State Extension Area 2 that covers McKean, Warren, Potter, Elk, Cameron, Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield counties. His responsibilities include being a liaison between county commissioners, county extension councils and the public, maintaining knowledge of organization programs and services and working with program teams and educators to deliver services to meet local…

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Smethport $10,000 Tagged Trout Tournament Promises Family Fun!

Ruffed Grouse Society – by Mary Hosmer April 13 is the opening day of trout season and somewhere in Hamlin Lake, Potato Creek, or Marvin Creek lives a trout with a special tag worth $10,000. Any of the 200 tagged trout caught from 4/13 through noon of 4/20 will receive a prize, but one specially-tagged trout is worth $10,000. The Ruffed Grouse Society and McKean County E-Sales are offering…

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SAHS Advances to District Finals in Mock Trial Competition

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey Teams from Smethport, Coudersport, Oswayo Valley and Otto-Eldred took top honors in the first two rounds of the Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition Friday at the McKean County Courthouse and now advance to the district finals Feb. 11. Teams from the participating schools represented the prosecution and defense in a hypothetical case in which the defendant is a pain management doctor…

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Smethport Woman’s Artwork Selected for Statewide Calendar

Bradford Era – by Fran De Lancey A Smethport woman’s artwork is featured in the 2019 Medicare Preventive Services Calendar, an initiative promoting the importance of maintaining good health and raising awareness of disease prevention and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Helen Cole, an active member at the Senior Center, was among the senior center participants and school students from throughout the Commonwealth to submit examples of…

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