Week of February 22, 2024

  • Hburg Acting Supt. Resigns after Four Months

    THOMAS SCHMITT, For the Herald

    Interim Acting Superintendent Darren McLaurin announced his resignation after only four months in the position at the February monthly Committee of the Whole meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors. The new superintendent, Curtis Whitesel, will not come in to fill the position until April. Until that time, Special Education Director Rodney Green will fill the superintendent slot. McLaurin thanked the board for a chance to serve the district for the past four months as interim superintendent and would be glad to...

  • Spring Cove School District Keeps Solicitor Participation In Place

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent

    An informational session was held prior to the Spring Cove School District Board of Directors Committee of the Whole meeting with the solicitor regarding the state’s Sunshine Act. The public’s right to attend governmental agency meetings in Pennsylvania is based upon a state law called the “Sunshine Act.” The Sunshine Act applies to public agencies, which include Pennsylvania executive branch agencies, the General Assembly, and municipal authorities, such as township boards of supervisors and local school boards. The Act also covers...

  • Northern Bedford 'Unplug' a 'Complete Success'

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent

    At the February monthly meeting of the Northern Bedford County School District, both middle school and high school principals announced the results of an undertaking called Unplugged Day. All students gave up electronic devices connected to the internet for one day. The purpose of this activity was to raise awareness of addiction to technology, specifically social media. High school Principal Shawn Cerully reported the day a “complete success.” Many of the students said this experience opened their eyes to the specific addiction to social...

  • A Martinsburg Boy's Memories and Stories from the 1950s

    John Bush was raised in Martinsburg and graduated from Central High in 1961. He spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He has many memories as a boy in the 1950s that give some insight to the people and culture of Martinsburg in the 1950s. John likes to tell stories and over the years he has repeated the stories of his youth many times. His belief is that those years in Martinsburg influenced him all of his life. Some of the stories are historical in nature, some are colorful,...

  • Rural hospitals 'On the Brink of Disaster'

    ANTHONY HENNEN, The Center Square

    Making rural health care better in Pennsylvania may require some significant changes in state law. Some experts point toward funding problems while others note legal barriers to improvements. “Rural health care in Pennsylvania faces some very unique challenges specific to its population and location,” Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, said during a Feb. 14 meeting of the Senate Majority Policy Committee. From vast distances to an aging population and a lack of providers, problems in the rural parts of the commonwealth will not disappear with...

  • Rotary Announces Students of the Month – January and February

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamburg Correspondent

    The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club has announced its students of the month for January and February 2024. January – Jayse Snively Jayse is the son of Robbin Snively and Joseph Snively, Williamsburg. In school, Snively is a member of the National Honor Society, and has been voted as the Class of 2024’s class treasurer. Snively is also a member of the track and field program, as well as swimming for the district for two years. His plans after graduation are to serve in the Pennsylvania Air...

  • Authority to Place Leins On Past-Due Properties

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent

    Borough Manager Joe Lansberry said that according to the Williamsburg Municipal Authority’s records, there are six properties in the area who have a bill up to $500 with little to no payment in the last year. Lansberry asked authority members, “What should we do?” Last year, Authority members agreed to lien properties with unpaid water and sewer payments. “We have to do something,” Treasurer David Myers said. Authority Member Myers made a motion to start the lien process on the delinquent property owners. Member Ed Patterson...

  • Keeping Scotty's Legacy Alive

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamburg Correspondent

    “He loved life,” Jessica Brua, the mother of Scotty Brua, says, discussing the upcoming event to honor the memory of her late son. “His smile lit up everything,” she said. Scotty passed in March 2023, and with the anniversary of his passing coming up, “we just wanted to have an event to honor his memory with joy and love,” Jessica said. Scotty’s Smile will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hollidaysburg First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg. The...

  • Former Blair County Prison Guard Charged With Multiple Crimes

    On Feb. 9, 2024, after a weeks-long investigation, Blair County District Attorney’s Office detectives filed eight counts of Statutory Sexual Assault; one count of Intimidation of a Witness; two counts of Tampering with Evidence; one count of Interference with Custody of a Child; one count of Unlawful Contact with a Child; and two counts of Corruption of Minors against John David Mollica for cultivating a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old child. After the 14-year-old victim disclosed her abuse, Blair County detectives began an...

  • Traditions Offers The Cove More than Family-style Food

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer

    Traditions has been a part of the Cove community since 2007, offering a place to dine and also experience the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions of the area. Restaurant Owner Tyler Zimmerman, who has been there since the restaurant opened, said the retail store was opened in 2003 by Marcus Zimmerman. He said the store was opened as an opportunity in the area to provide the essentials of food and clothing that people needed while also creating jobs. “We have created a lot of jobs for a lot of...

  • RS Borough Moving Forward with New Five Points Lights

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer

    Roaring Spring Borough Manager Lisa Peel gave an update on the Five Points Traffic Light project (which began earlier in February) at the most recent borough council meeting. “Right now, we are waiting on Penelec to come out and approve where we would like to put the electric meters for the traffic lights,” she said at the council’s monthly meeting on Monday night. Changes were made because the original plan had the traffic lights wired back into the borough building as the current ones are. But with the possibility of moving the...

  • Northern Bedford's FFA Officers

    In celebration of FFA Week and what FFA offers to students and the community, the Herald is publishing FFA news from the Cove’s school districts. See more FFA news and photos on Pages B-3, B-4 and B-5 in this week’s Herald. Shown in the photo are Northern Bedford’s FFA officers. They are (front): Student Advisor Aaron Conley; (back row, from left): Reporter Aaliyah Pepple; Treasurer Emily Koontz; Vice-President Samantha Corle; President Emma Byler; Secretary Lindsey Bolinger;...

  • Church Service Disruptor 'Getting Help He Needs'

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer

    Local police departments gave an update on an individual who was disrupting services in churches in the Cove and a few others in the area. Chief Kerry Hoover of the Martinsburg Police Department said that the departmeint is not releasing the man’s name, but said the man causing the disruptions was having medical or mental health problems. “The incident has been addressed and there is no further threat,” Chief Hoover said. Hoover said Sunday patrols have been added as a precaution in Martinsburg Borough and Huston Township and police are...

  • An Update on the Herald's Print Fund

    ALLAN J. BASSLER, Publisher

    I’m writing to provide an update on the Herald’s request to its readers and supporters for help with our printing costs. Since the last update on Jan. 22, we’ve had 27 donations to help the Herald. The running total is $6,236 toward our goal of $50,000. $3,680 came in since my last update. We’re at 12.5 percent of our goal. I must admit that I’m heartened by the response. When Karen and I decided to ask the Cove for help, we weren’t sure what the response would be. I’m very happy not only that we’ve received the donations but...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    How many times have you heard that you cannot judge a book by the cover? Diane Hanks has proven this phrase with her historical fiction story about First Lieutenant Anne Fox. Anne was the first female nurse to ever receive a military purple heart. What an honor for Fox to be recognized for her sacrifices, strength, courage and love towards her colleagues and servicemen. Pearl Harbor became the focal point of WWII, creating horrific times for those stationed there December 7, 1941. Although...

  • Report: Pennsylvania 19th Highest Tax Burden Nationwide

    ANTHONY HENNEN, The Center Square

    Pennsylvania’s total tax burden has gotten worse relative to other states, keeping residents more tax-burdened than the average American. A report from the Independent Fiscal Office found that Pennsylvania’s total taxes per capita ranked 19th overall at $6,710. While Pennsylvania fares better than New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware, it lags behind Ohio and West Virginia in total state and local taxes per capita. The mix is a slight decline from last year when Pennsylvania ranked 21st overall. The majority of taxes hit residents...

Linda Ilene Chesney

Linda Ilene Chesney, 75, of rural Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2024, at her home. She was born July 24, 1948, in Roaring Spring, daughter of Leanore I. (Harr) Claar and the late, Robert E. Claar.  On July 15, 1967, she married Charles A. “Chuck” Chesney Jr. at the Smith Corner Mennonite Church. She is survived by her beloved husband, Chuck of 56 years; her mother of East Freedom; a son, Richard T. Chesney (Chris) of Bakers Summit; two daughters: Jeanine...

Louise M. Hall

Louise M. Hall, 91 of Northville, passed away Feb. 6, 2024. She was born in Martinsburg, July 18, 1932, the daughter of Herman and Margaret (Stock) Michael. Louise was united in marriage to John A. Hall on April 12, 1952, spending over 62 years devoted to each other until his death in 2014. Louise is survived by her children John (Maryann) Hall, Mark (Sharon) Hall, Matthew (Jane) Hall, Martin (Sue) Hall, Christina (William) Obermaier, and Caleb (Jeanette) Hall; her siblings Margaret England and...

Juanita Rose Smith

On Feb. 13, 2024, Juanita Rose “Nita” Smith passed away quietly in her own home, surrounded by loved ones and five very contented cats. Nita spent 36 years behind the deli counter in Williamsburg; greeting everyone with “Hi Sweetie-pie” and handing out smiles, cookies, food, and well wishes to everyone she met. She is survived by her two daughters: Terry Lynn Wagner and Melanie Rose Rutledge; and four grandchildren: Helen Wagner, Cady Smith, James Wagner, and Keegan Smith. Nita was...

James T. Foreso

James Thomas Foreso, 80, of Williamsburg, passed away unexpectedly, Monday morning, Feb. 12, 2024, at his home. He was born April 16, 1943, in Altoona, son of the late John M. and Mary H. (Pavlock) Foreso. On Nov. 7, 1964, he married Julia A. Verbonitz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gallitzin. He is survived by his beloved wife, Julia of 59 years; a daughter, Patricia L. Bell-Radmann (Jason) of Williamsburg; a daughter-in-law, Eleni Foreso of Denver, Col.; five grandchildren: Tyler D....

Elam J. Stoltzfus

Elam J. Stoltzfus, 77, of Woodbury, passed away Feb. 15, 2024, at UPMC Altoona Hospital. He was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Gap, Pa.; son of the late Leroy and Katie (Petershiem) Stoltzfus. On March 23, 1968, in Morgantown, Pa. he was united in marriage to Shirley A. (Hostetler) Stoltzfus. Elam was a dairy farmer by trade, retiring in 1990. After retirement, he drove trucks for Renaissance Nutrition and Tussey Mountain Mulch. His last job involved driving a van helping local Mennonites. Elam enjoyed cars and tractors and was a member of the...

Mazie (Musselman) Bingenheimer

Mazie (Musselman) Bingenheimer, 98, of New Enterprise, passed away Feb. 16, 2024, at home. She was born Sept. 26, 1925, in New Enterprise; daughter of the late George F. and Mary C. (Claar) Musselman. On June 12, 1946, in New Enterprise, she was united in marriage to Ernest A. Bingenheimer; he preceded her in death Oct. 25, 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Swope of New Enterprise; daughter, Bonnie Sallada of Everett; daughter, Betty Fluke (companion, Carl Beegle) of Clearville;...

Ruth A. (Burket) Henry Clark

Ruth A. (Burket) Henry Clark, 90, of Hollidaysburg, formerly of New Enterprise, passed away Feb. 17, 2024, at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg. She was born July 14, 1933, in Martinsburg; daughter of the late Mahlon and Elizabeth (Hoover) Burket. Ruth was previously married to Jack Henry. On July 6, 1983, she married George L. “Dutch” Clark; he preceded her in death Jan. 26, 2008. She is survived by a daughter, Beverly O’Neal (Bob); son, Victor Henry (Joyce); son, Mahlon Henry...

Ronnie Lee Ross

Ronnie Lee Ross, 72, of Williamsburg, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 2024, at UPMC Altoona. He was born Sept. 26, 1951, in Williamsburg at home, son of the late Charles F. and Ruth P. (Lee) Ross. He is survived by two sisters: Inez M. Imler (Rodney) of Williamsburg and twin, Connie L. Corle-Stiffler (Jerre) of James Creek; a sister-in-law, Joleen L. Ross of rural Williamsburg; a brother-in-law, Ronald McConahy of Williamsburg; many nieces and nephews he dearly loved; and his canine best...

  • Northern Bedford FFA

    Northern Bedford celebrates National FFA...

  • Central FFA

    Central FFA celebrates National FFA...

  • Williamsburg FFA

    President – Luke Uplinger Vice- President – Kara Lansberry Secretary – Eleanor Brubaker Treasurer – Sam Parks Sentinel – Ayla Hileman Reporter – CJ Smith Chaplain – Jack Sheesley Student Advisors – Ivan Brubaker and Billie Harnish 58 students enrolled in agriculture courses this year Chapter Year in Review The Williamsburg FFA had an eventful spring in 2023. Students were busy studying for the County and State Envirothon Contests in April and May. The month of May also brought...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Herald of Feb. 20, 2013 The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce its first list of inductees. The names of the five inductees for 2014 are: Frederick and Christina (Walter) Claar, Norman “Sonny” Close, Cpl. Harry Harr, Richard “Dick” Lingenfelter and Re-gis Nale Sr. The induction ceremony was to take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School auditorium. Employees of Claycomb Excavating and Roaring Spring Borough worked around the clock Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17, to repair...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Herald of Feb. 23, 1949 Letters from across the United States were pouring into the Martinsburg Post Office containing stamped air mail envelopes on which senders were requesting that the “first flight” cachet be af-fixed. Effective March 28, air mail and passenger service were to be inaugurated at the Blair County Airport by All-American Airlines. The Murray-Appleman Post of the American Legion, Roaring Spring, planned a military service Sunday, Feb. 27, for Marine Pfc. Roy Kenneth Leach, who was killed in action May 31, 1945, at...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Herald of Feb. 25, 1999 The Williamsburg Community School Board adopt-ed a policy that provided for drug and alcohol testing for student athletes. Installed as officers of the Martinsburg Booster Association were John K. Bolger, president; John Knepp, first vice president; Timothy Knauss, second vice president; Stephen Friddle, secretary; Julie Schon, recording and Calvin Zook, treasurer. After an extensive inter-view and portfolio presentation, artist Lynn Baney, owner of the Brownstone Art Studio in Martinsburg was selected to be...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Herald of Feb. 22, 1924 Interest in the Boy Scout movement was renewed with reorganization of the troop of 30 boys. Passing the Tender-foot tests were Earl Hartman, Leon and Richard Kensinger, Kenneth Bonebreak, Gilbert and Paul Luring, Edwin and Lawrence Burget, Richard Barley, Charles Keasey, Or-ville Greenleaf, Russell, John and Elvin Brown, Elvin Bowers, Lemmon Stoudnour and Paul Wagner. Junior Gladys Johnson won the Lincoln medal offered by the Illinois Watch Co., for the best essay out of 25 contestants on the life of Lincoln....

  • 50 Years Ago

    Herald of Feb. 21, 1974 Members of Roaring Spring Borough Council and the Friendship Volunteer Fire Company agreed on a new site, located along East Main Street, for the company’s new hall. Council planned to buy the two lots on which the new hall was to be built, then trade them to the fire company in exchange for the current fire hall. U.S. Sen. Hugh Scott flew into the Blair County Airport and pledged to do all he could to secure funds for the acquisition of a new instrument landing system that the authority had been seeking for several...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Herald of Feb. 23, 1898 The Salemville correspondent said it would cost the township about $100 to open all the roads that were drifted shut. Men with shovels were being hired. The mail carrier between Salemville and Bed-ford via Loysburg was traveling on horseback due to road conditions. About 75 members and friends of the Martinsburg Methodist Church invaded the parsonage to wish the pastor, J.K. Lloyd, a happy birthday. He was present-ed with a handsome Morris chair and other necessities of life and comfort as tokens of good will. Roaring...

  • Thought for the Week

    Sometimes I get pretty busy. Lots of my reading/studying time is spent preparing to teach, preach, or write. This week I had a couple of free hours and decided to do some study for my personal benefit. I chose to study the life of King Hezekiah of Judah. I found it most enjoyable and beneficial. In fact, I think it will be worthwhile for us to look at this study together. Primary Scriptures regarding Hezekiah’s life are: II Kings chapters 16-21, II Chronicles 28-33 and Isaiah 36-39. There are...

  • Episcopal Churches to Hold Free Program

    Two area Episcopal churches, Holy Trinity-Hollidaysburg and St. Luke’s-Altoona, will co-host a free 10 session program called Transforming Questions (TQ) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting February 21, 2024 at the Hollidaysburg Masonic Hall, 1008 Edgar Street. Each TQ session will begin with a meal followed by a short presentation on God and faith and end with an hour of small group discussion around related questions. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend the first session, regardless of where they may be in their faith journey,...

  • Family Matters

    PASTOR LEE SEESE

    Once again, I have an opportunity to be part of a community theater production. It’s been a good time getting to know new people and getting reacquainted with old friends. Most of them do not have a church connection. The biggest challenge is memorization since I have more lines this time around. Hopefully I will get them down when the lights come on. This play is all about family. Although it is a comedy, there are various themes that makes me think about the connection with family and the Christian walk. There is an engaged couple dealing...

  • Public Notices

    Sealed Bids Sealed proposals will be received by the Woodbury, PA 16695, of Bedford County at PO Box 280, Woodbury, PA 16695, until 7 p.m. on March 7, 2024, for the following: Item 1, 1000 ton 9.5MM FOB Item 2, 300 ton 2A Stone, FOB Item 3, 500 ton, AS2 Anti-Skid FOB Item 4, 50 ton, Cold Patch FOB Liquidated damages apple. Proposals must be upon the forms furnished by the Municipality. The bod must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 10% of the bid, made payable to the municipality. The Municipality reserves the...

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