Smethport student helps clean-up local cemetery

The Bradford Era – by Joellen Chesnut

The cry for help sent out in August of 2008 by a group of local residents concerned with the upkeep of McKean Memorial Park in Lafayette was heard loud and clear by at least one young set of ears.

Parker Gorrell, a senior at Smethport Area High School, read articles detailing the unkempt and overgrown headstones in the cemetery and wrote up a proposal for his senior project last year while in 11th grade history that explained his intent to undertake the care and preservation of 25 markers in the cemetery.  Read more »