Week of June 20, 2024

  • ASO Announces Summer Discovery Series

    The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce its Summer Discovery Series, a lineup of free outdoor concerts featuring the sounds of members of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the Gerhart Chamber Ensemble, a community string ensemble beginning its second year. Join the orchestra for a summer of music for all ages. Summer Discovery Series Schedule: June 27 – “Rockin’ the Night Away” • Time: 6:00 PM • Venue: Sugar Run Brewing Co., 511 Municipal Drive, Duncansville (Food or drink purchase is not required) July 11 ...

  • Lakemont Talks About Plans for the 2024 Summer Season

    Since 1894, Lakemont Park has been a longstanding focal point for the Altoona Community and Blair County. Since announcing changes for the 2024 Summer season, they have been steadily working to transition the park features to provide new forms of events and activities to better serve the needs of Blair County residents. “We hope our community will find new ways to enjoy our beautiful ground as we update the Lakemont Park experience,” Andrea Cohen said. Currently, there are four full-sized basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, two...

  • Three generations of mushroom hunters

    (From left) John Clinich (his T-shirt says “Hunting Season”), grandson Jonah Clinich (his shirt says “It’s in my DNA”), and Jonah’s dad Josh Clinich (his shirt says “I’m a fungi with good...

  • Blair County 4-H Sharpshooters Dominate State Team Competitions

    The Blair County 4-H Sharpshooters swept the 4-H State Air Rifle Competition, placing 1st in both the senior and the junior divisions in this year’s 4-H state championship. The tournament was held on May 4th in the Ag Progress Complex in Pennsylvania Furnace. Claiming the 1st place senior team division medals for the second year in a row were lady sharpshooters Alivia Snyder - third place overall, Joulia Wolf - second place overall, and Alexis Sumner - seventh place overall. The team led the...

  • Williamsburg Native Patty Wilson Closes Out Library Series

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent

    “This is the one I’ve been waiting for,” Loranne Keithley said of local author Patty Wilson who closed out the month-long Williamsburg Public Library series featuring local authors and historians. Wilson is no stranger to the library as she has presented many times there. She grew up in Williamsburg and has family in the area. She said her first book was supposed to be a “quick project.” Wilson has written stories for the Altoona Mirror, Bedford Gazette, and has articles published...

  • Fairview Church of the Brethren in Williamsburg Turns 150

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent

    “The Weekend,” as the celebration committee for the Fairview Church of the Brethren refers to as the occasion of the church turning 150 years old, will take place on July 19-July 21, in Williamsburg. Plans for this event have been almost two years in the making. In 2023, Pastor Alan Brumbaugh along with church members Dave Sollenberger and Tisha Ray began meeting bimonthly with three goals for the weekend – picking a weekend for the celebration, booking a keynote speaker, and booking a...

  • Martinsburg Boosters Plant Flowers

    On Friday, May 17, the Martinsburg Boosters were hard at work beautifying the town with their annual flower planting. Volunteers were Joyce Hoover, Cathy Feather, Linda Smith-Boosters and Sheila Charlton from Mid Penn Bank. Flowers were donated by Brubaker’s Greenhouse, Spring Farm Greenhouse and Piney Creek...

  • Mearkle to Speak at Blair County Genealogical Society

    The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:00 pm Thursday, June 20, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Rd. Hollidaysburg. The meeting will feature local author Kevin Mearkle speaking about his book “The Underground Railroad in Bedford County”. The book details activities of the Underground Railroad and some of the people who helped enslaved people to freedom in the north. The book also contains over 100 photographs and images of people, landmarks, slave registration documents, and reward advertisements for...

  • Baker Mansion Hosting From Civil War to Civil Rights Guided Tour

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent

    The Baker Mansion will be hosting the From Civil War to Civil Rights guided tour of the mansion on Friday June 21 at 7 p.m. This event will highlight the Baker Mansion’s new exhibits on African American Heritage and the Underground Railroad in Blair County and Blair County in the Civil War. The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Jared Frederick on the events that preluded the Civil War, and from there guests will be guided through the exhibits by local historian Harriett Gaston and...

  • Class 2024

    Isaiah Michael Aurandt Caleb William Barroner Emma Grace Bratton Ivan Jay Brubaker Mecenzie Hope Calderwood Claire Renee Carper Leah Renee Criswell Melvin Jesse Detwiler, Jr. Hannah Shae Dixon Chloe Renee England Rowan Eugene Gorsuch Talmadge Christian Gunnett Billie Mae Harnish Wyatt Jacob Heeter Ayla Elaine Hileman Cadynce Michael Hughes Nathan Andrew Hunter Jesse Landon Kephart Hayden Jordan Lee Kifer LuZane Robert Kuchenbrod Kara Marie Lansberry Isaac Sean McGregor Andrew Jacob McMonagle Eliza Jo Mock Emma Paige Morgan Megan Diane Palmer...

  • Class of 2024 Award Winners

    Eliza Jo Mock Valedictorian Award, Andrew Foster England Mathematics Award, Debra McNerlin Memorial Scholarship, Honor Award, National Honor Society, PA Math League Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, Williamsburg Women’s Civic Club Sport Award – Cross Country Roger Lee Royer III Salutatorian Award, Cody G. Speacht Grannas Bros. Stone & Asphalt Mathematics Award, First Methodist Church of Williamsburg Scholarship, Honor Award, National Honor Society, President’s Award for Educational Achievement Isaiah Michael Aurandt...

  • Williamsburg Encourages Graduates to "Rise Up"

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent

    Secondary Principal Jennifer Frederick encouraged Class of 2024 to “Rise Up” during Commencement activities for Williamsburg Community School District, Friday May 24. “This has been such a rewarding experience for me, being your Principal,” she said, as she encouraged seniors. “Surround yourself with people who are proud of you in each stage ahead.” Frederick urged seniors to look deep down and see the determination that lives in each and every one of them. “I have witnessed some of your knock-downs but you have chosen to rise...

  • Class 2024

    Breanna Saige Akers Brian Lee Amick, Jr. Addison Lee Arcq Noah Micahael Baker Brock Robert Beach Anna Capri Beckett Elizabeth Ruth Berry Rachel Marie Bithell Nathaniel Jeffrey Blackburn Lindsey DiAnn Bolinger Rachel Marie Bowman Josiah James Bowser Miranda Beth Brown Mason Lynn Brumbaugh Emma Nichole Byler Camden Michael Clapper Nicholas Hines Clevenger Samantha Mae Corle Ashton Cole Detterline Isaac Michael Dibert Rece Alexander Dibert Logan Michael Dick Vara Nicole Dietz Ava Grace Dively Richard Leo Fisher, Jr. Benjamin Eric Gable Cayden...

  • NBC Graduates Made the Most of High School Years

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer

    Reaghan Grimes opened the 2024 graduation ceremony on the evening of Thursday, May 30, by talking to the class about their memories and how COVID-19 started when they were in eighth grade. “A new reality set in that forced us away from each other. We finished eighth grade doing school online with Zoom,” she said. They started high school with half of their classmates as the school district operated on a hybrid system. Grimes said eventually life returned to something they recognized. “We spent the last three years of high school making...

  • Graduation Scholarships/Awards 2024: Committee/Community Awards

    Katelynn Klett - McEldowney Academic Scholarship Emalee Cavender - D.E. Brumbaugh Memorial Scholarship Elias Ritchey - Jennie Dively Gardner and George S. Dively Scholarship Cameron Claycomb Jenna Helsel - Levi H. Walter Scholarship Cameron Brown - Claysburg Area Community Scholarship Jenna Helsel - Nason Foundation Community Service Award Kennedy Lewis - Claysburg Pizza Business Award Cameron Claycomb - Good and Associates (Yingling Insurance) – Cameron Claycomb - NPC FBLA Award – Cameron Claycomb Riley Ebersole - Claysburg Legion Band...

  • Claysburg Graduates 52

    Natalie Gorsuch, Herald Correspondent

    The Claysburg-Kimmel Class of 2024 celebrated their Commencement exercises Saturday, June 1, at Bulldog Stadium. “Good morning, Claysburg,” Superintendent Brian Helsel said, welcoming the crowd. “It’s one of those days you’ll never forget. It’s a special day for so many of us. It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child and a big part of your village is here today.” As he talked to the fifty-two seniors, Dr. Helsel said he had three pieces of advice for seniors....

  • Central High School Class of 2024 Award Winners

    Brady Albright Brinnley Beech Emma Brooks Heather Brumbaugh Troy Butler Avery Campbell Breanne Corle Ian Crilly Elana Decker Megan Diehl Felix Diaz Baron Dionis Jack Dunn Bralyn Ellis Skyler Ferguson Paige Glunt Mary Grill Delaney Hall Waylon Hinkle Bailey Hoover Madison Kennedy Morgan Knepp Kylie Love Maddison Mellott Julianna Myers Ethan Olivieri Ashlyn Renner MacKenzie Rhykerd Harrison Ritchey Caden Schenk Hunter Smith Isaac J. Smith Kaitlin Smith Madison Snowberger Griffin Snowberger Alex Snyder Meghan Stapleton Logan Warner Brennen...

  • Central High School Class of 2024

    Brady Albright Harley Amick Logan Aungst Max Baker Fhilip Balantac Nickolas Baum Brinnley Beech Jacob Benton Lauren Benton Mark Bettwy Conner Boyles Emma Brooks Benjamin Brumbaugh Conor Brumbaugh Heather Brumbaugh Troy Butler Avery Campbell Bransen Colyer Davin Conley Breanne Corle Ian Crilly Emily Davis Elana Decker Bradan Defibaugh Campbell Detwiler Felix Diaz Megan Diehl Baron Dionis Kyle Dively Jack Dunn Bralyn Ellis Layla Ferguson Skyler Ferguson Rachel Fleck Rylie Franklin Kasey Frye Nicholas Garver Jaidyn Glass Paige Glunt Peyton Goff...

  • CHS Graduates 143 Graduates Urged to 'Keep your face to the sunshine'

    Allan J. Bassler, Publisher

    The Spring Cove School District’s Central High School graduated 143 students at the varsity football field in Roaring Spring on Friday, May 31, on a summer day with clear skies, temperatures in the high 60s and a light breeze. Valedictorian Brinnley Beech, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brett Beech of Roaring Spring, is headed to West Virginia University to study aerospace engineering. In her speech, Beech told her fellow graduates that they will be faced with challenges as they “venture out of...

  • 'Herds and Her: Empowering Women in Dairy' Event

    Penn State Extension

    Dairy farmers and employees are invited to attend the “Herds and Her: Empowering Women in Dairy” event hosted by Penn State Extension from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27 at the Central Milk Testing Laboratory at Penn State’s University Park campus. The workshop will gather women for an interactive boot camp-style workshop. Participants can gain practical knowledge to enhance their farm operations during this hands-on experience. Topics will include dairy reproductive anatomy for successful breeding programs, feeding for a healthy rumen to...

  • Bobcat of Martinsburg to Move to Altoona After Fire

    Amy Toth, Director of Marketing Pristows Equipment Group

    Pristows Equipment Group, the outdoor power equipment retailer in western and central Pennsylvania for 55 years, has announced the opening of Bobcat of Altoona. The new dealership will be located at 3227 Route 764 in Duncansville. Work is underway on the building, and although an official date has not been announced, the company is eyeing a July opening. The new dealership will replace the company’s Bobcat of Martinsburg location. After a devastating fire in October 2023 claimed the entire building, the company set up a temporary trailer to...

  • CACT's Production of Murder on the Orient Express

    Eric Shields, Herald Correspondent

    Claysburg Community Theatre will present Murder on the Orient Express on June 14 and 15 at the Claysburg Kimmel High School Auditorium. Director Maria Leppert says that the play is based off of the Agatha Christie book by the same name. It is about several passengers on the Orient Express and obviously a murder takes place. So, we see how the person is murdered. “If you have ever read any Agatha Christie books, you know that it’s a good story,” Leppert said. “We have some really great...

  • Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science

    Daniel Longwell attended the state meeting for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science at Penn State University on May 20, 2024. He received a 1st Award for his project “The Theremin: How Does Capacitance Affect Output Frequency?”. Daniel also received a Perseverance State Award for presenting at the state level for five years. As part of the competition, Daniel presented his project to a panel of judges along with ten of his peers. The state competition included presentations by over...

  • Benny R. Swope

    Benny R. Swope, 87, of Roaring Spring, passed away June 15, 2024, at his home. He was born July 21, 1936, in Roaring Spring; son of the late Alvie and Myrtle (Dohrn) Swope. On Dec. 27, 1954, in Roaring Spring, he was united in marriage to Betty L. (Helsel) Swope. He is survived by his wife, Betty L.; son, Stanley R. Swope of Arizona; son, Rodney L. Swope (Christine) of Roaring Spring; son, Mark S. Swope (Tania) of New Enterprise; brother, Dennis Swope; six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren,...

  • Spring Cove Raised Real Estate Tax 3.2%

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Herald Correspondent

    The Spring Cove School District Board of Directors, by a 7-2 margin, raised the real estate tax rate by 3.6% with a final rate of 11.6556 mills on the assessed dollar value of all real property taxable for school purposes in the district. The school district was allowed to raise real estate taxes to the maximum of 7.2% under the Act 1 index. Board members John Biddle, Chuck Gojmerac, Linda Smith, Troy Wright, Amy Acker-Knisely, Andrea Moses, and Gretchen Bettwy voted in favor of the tax hike while Kevin Smith and Misti Fisher, by phone, voted...

  • C-K School Board Approves Tax Hike

    Thomas Schmitt, Herald Correspondent

    The Claysburg-Kimmel School District Board of Directors approved a property tax hike of 7.7% for the 2024-25 school year. This increase represents the maximum allowed under the Act 1 Index. The increase represents approximately $80/year to the average homeowner and will generate about $321,740 in revenue. Greenfield Township will have a 9.76 millage rate while Kimmel Township will be at a 11.71 millage rate. The board also approved the General Fund Budget of $14.7 million. The budget still represents a deficit of $362,196 with approximate...

  • Leah Shackley Send Off Party

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent

    It’s not every day that a community gets to send off one of their own to compete in the Olympic Trials. That’s just what happened at the Blair Regional YMCA on Thursday June 13. Bedford County native Leah Shackley made the trip to Indianapolis to compete. However, before her journey began, she was given a send off party at the Y. “I could not have done any of this without you guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much, “ Shackley said to the crowd, which consisted of dozens of...

  • Hileman Leaves Program Better Than She Found It

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent

    “A good coach can change a game, but a great coach can change a life,” John Wooden said. For many players, Lady Pirates Basketball Head Coach Amy Hileman’s short tenure has changed the lives of many ladies wearing that blue and white. She announced her resignation at the May Williamsburg Community School Board meeting. Hileman coached for five successful seasons for the Lady Pirates, winning a District 6 Championship in 2023, and leading the Pirates to the playoffs in 2021-2024. Current...

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Jane Knisely, Claysburg Area Public Library

    David Reid, an American photographer, was visiting Poland and was befriended by Baron Roenne. The Baron was interested in anything American. He even had a car sent to his home from America. The Baron’s daughter, Nadia, met David at a social event at her home. Nadia did not have the fascination with America or Americans that her father did. Yet, she was the perfect daughter of an aristocrat and danced with the American. Baron Roenne was aware of the Nazi activities spreading across Europe. He asked David to take care of his wife and daughter...

  • Letters to the Editor

    I attended the meeting of the Spring Cove School District Board of Directors on Monday, June 17. I was there because the board was going to vote on whether to hire my daughter Helena as a 7th-Grade English teacher. Before the vote on hiring, the board had to deal with the question of where to set the tax rate for the 2024-25 school year and then vote on the resulting annual budget. I spent about 25 years attending and writing about government and school board meetings as a reporter so the discussion around the tax and budget votes was...

  • Letters to the Editor

    I would like to thank you for the articles you have printed concerning Leah Shackley’s training and quest to be able to swim for the USA at the summer Olympics in Paris in July. By the time you read today’s paper we should have a pretty good idea if she has qualified in any of her events. Quite a few from the Cove and Hollidaysburg/Altoona area have been watching her train for the last 5 years at the Blair Regional YMCA and feel she has a good chance to qualify, and if she doesn’t make it this time, it’s not lack of training or...

Ruhama E. Willey

Ruhama Ellen Willey, 77, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 13, 2024, at her home, following an extended illness. She was born June 7, 1947, in Woodbury Township, daughter of the late Marion Thomas and Lillian Adeline (Imler) Robley. On June 15, 1968, she married Merl Edward Willey in Williamsburg, and he preceded her in death June 7, 2013. She is survived by a son, Thomas E. Willey (Sheila) of Roaring Spring; a daughter, Susan M. Greenleaf (Thomas) of Martinsburg; two granddaughters: Ashley...

Nancy Kay (Clinich) Ashman

Nancy Kay (Clinich) Ashman, 82, of rural Williamsburg, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2024. She was born March 9, 1942, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Matthew and Norma (Hall) Clinich. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John W. “Jack” Ashman; sons: John (Carmina), Joel (Brigette) and Jason Ashman; five grandchildren: Natalie, Samantha, Kayleigh and Charleigh Ashman, and Jose Ramirez; and a brother: John Clinich (Mary). She was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Kilmer. A...

Frank D. Snyder

Frank Denver Snyder, 69, of rural Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday morning, June 16, 2024, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born Aug. 8, 1954, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Denver F. and Hazel Z. (Boyer) Snyder. On July 3, 1976, he married Beverly C. (Hoover) Snyder at the Smithfield Church of the Brethren, rural Martinsburg. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bev of 47 years; a niece, Christine Stone (Andrew); a nephew, Allan Snyder (Shelly); a...

  • The Night Leon Zook Quieted The Williamsburg Basketball Crowd

    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,...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Herald of June 19, 2014 PennDOT has announced that beginning on Monday, June 23, prime contractor Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion, will begin work on the Route 2008 (Plum Creek Road) bridge rehabilitation project in Taylor Township. Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring RR, hosted the 22nd Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Golf Classic Monday, June 9. Thirty-four teams participated in the event, which raised $18,500 for the RMHC Mid-Penn Region. Spring Cove has won seven of its first nine games in the George B. Kelley...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Herald of June 23, 1949 The extended spring drought was broken in Morrisons Cove this week as scattered showers fell several days and nights. Woodbury’s entry in the Bedford County Baseball League continued its winning streak last Sunday by defeating Rainsburg, 6 to 0. The game was scoreless until the seventh when the Cove team broke loose. The team has won 6, lost 5. Blair County residents of voting age may register at the Wilt Hotel, Williamsburg from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 27, or at the Roaring Spring Municipal Building...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Herald of June 24, 1999 The annual Roaring Spring Fishing Derby was held last Saturday at Spring Dam Park, and it was declared a success by organizers. There were 188 children registered to fish, and there were 131 trout caught. Congressman Bud Shuster on June 18 voted against increased gun regulations. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum this week named William Shuster of East Freedom as Blair County coordinator for the senator’s reelection campaign for 2000. Altoona Community Theatre is offering workshops for children and teenagers this summer. The...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Herald of June 20, 1924 Many young people enjoyed riding the merry-go-round purchased by C.C. Imler for the grand opening of Sulfur Springs Park. The first of three rehearsals was scheduled for 20 boys and 40 little girls who were participating in a Tom Thumb Wedding sponsored by the PTA at Memorial Park Hippies Cave Park opened May 30 for the season with refreshments on the grounds every weekend and July 4. A ball game played at Martinsburg with Roaring Spring ended with a 6-1 score for the locals. A new pipe organ costing $2,700 was given...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Herald of June 20, 1974 An arts and crafts show, a greased pig contest and an antique car display are special features planned for the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park Picnic July 1 through 6 at Memorial Park, Martinsburg. A campaign to assure local support for two federally financed eight-family housing units in Martinsburg and gain an early start on construction has been launched by the Martinsburg Booster Association. Robert C. Weitzel, an active member of the Friendship Fire Company No. 1 of Roaring Spring, has been selected by the Allied...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Herald of June 23, 1899 Jasper reported that over 40 patients were at the sanitorium at Roaring Spring. Mr. Smelser, of Roaring Spring, was robbed of $100 by two “knights of the road” while on his huckster route near Bakers Summit. Andrew Niswonger of Maria was slowly recovering from an attack of catarrh of the lungs. Cherries were reported to be plentiful and cheap. A. V. Schluembach of Martinsburg advertised pianos at $100 and organs at $25, with easy payments. A.O. Dilling installed gas lights in his store and residence. A. and J....

  • Cooling Off

    Lydia Bartholow, 10, of Duncansville was among a large crowd of people enjoying the water at Martinsburg’s Memorial Pool Saturday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to continue to be in the 90s for the remainder of the...

  • Thought for the Week

    I don’t know if there is such a thing but having lived in farming county all my life I can understand there could be. If you have ever seen a young calf separated from its mother, you understand the calf will do a lot of bawling. It misses its mother and wants to be with her. So, it bawls (calls out in its own language) for her to come and rescue it from its distress and lonely condition. It is hard to distract a calf from doing this. Actually, I suppose many young animals experience the...

  • The Thin Line Between Innocent Fun and Temptation

    Joel Kletzing, Faith Correspondent

    Can you recall watching a toddler absolutely wreck a room while the parents laughed at how “cute” the behavior was? You might have been highly irritated, feeling sure you would not allow such wild behavior in your own child. The child could grow up to be an undisciplined, out-of-control monster! That scenario seems like a fitting analogy for what Satan was enticing Jesus to become in the second of the temptations recorded in Matthew 4. Satan wanted Jesus to pull off a wild stunt, jumping off the highest pinnacle of the temple in front of...

  • Praying to Our Father: "Hallowed be your name"

    Linda Sollenberger

    Have you ever sat in church and not noticed the beautiful windows or the doors? You haven’t seen the rich wood or the altar area? Have you felt you didn’t need a pew because your eyes are fixed on God, your knees on the floor? I remember a pastor from when I was a young woman who always removed her shoes before giving her sermon because she felt she stood on hallowed ground. We all do. This phrase is a request. Hallowed be your name—we are praying that God do whatever it takes to be holy in our loves. Exalt yourself, magnify yourself....

  • Public Notices

    Cleanup Plan – PADEP Site-Specific Standard (Section 304(n)(2)(i)) Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the Act of May 19, 1995, P.L. 4, No. 1995-2 (Act 2), notice is hereby given that the Martinsburg Borough has submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Southcentral Regional Office a Cleanup Plan for a property located at 114 W. Penn Street, Borough of Martinsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania (Site). The current and future use of the Site is for non-residential...

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