Storytelling: Meet Pete and Erin Smith

smith-56Name: Pete & Erin Smith

Address: 144 E. Vine St. (Last summer the New Wilmington Farmers’ Market became our newest neighbor!) We have two daughters: Rachael (7) and Ivy (almost 5). We also share our home with a goldfish named Rosalina George Washington.

Years lived in New Wilmington: We moved to New Wilmington in 2008 after living in Neshannock for 5 years. We moved to the area from Athens, Georgia.

Occupation: We have been on the faculty of Westminster College for 14 years. Pete is a Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Biological, Chemical, and Environmental Sciences. Erin is the Associate Dean of Library & Information Services. Rachael is in first grade at New Wilmington Elementary. Ivy attends the Westminster College Preschool Lab.

Interests/Hobbies/Talents: We love doing new things together, whether it’s playing a new card game or exploring a city we’ve never visited. We also love trying new foods: new restaurants and new recipes we cook at home together. Probably our biggest parenting win is that our girls will try just about anything…they may not like it, but they will try it.

Please share something that our community might not know about you: We both grew up in families that moved around a lot. We had each lived in 5 different towns in 3 different states before our families moved to the same town in Tennessee during the same summer in 1989. We started dating a few years later, and got married a few years after that. All in all, we have been together for twenty-three years.

How did you decide to call New Wilmington “home”? We moved to western Pennsylvania in 2002 when we accepted positions at Westminster. We bought a house in Neshannock, but after a few years, when we decided it was time to add a kid or two to the Smith family, we knew that New Wilmington was the place we wanted to call home. And we are so glad we did! Everyone is so friendly, the schools are great, and the shops and restaurants are surprisingly diverse. Plus, we can walk to work!

What would be your perfect day in New Wilmington? We love summer Saturdays in New Wilmington. We start the day at the Farmers’ Market, picking up some local goodies and some coffee. Then we’re off to the Borough park for some swinging, sliding, climbing to the top of the big rock, and splashing in McClure’s Run. We head back home to get some lunch and catch our breath (and to get this fair-skinned family out of the sun for a little bit). But before to long, we pack a picnic and head back to the park to make some waves until the swimming pool closes.

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