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  • Cove Boys Represent Their Town at Bowling Tournament

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 21, 2022

    Three boys from the Cove are slated to represent their hometown at the 23rd annual Junior Gold National Bowling Tournament. Colby Gojmerac (11), Jack Hetrick (11) and Cort Hetrick (15) will attend the tournament that spans 8 days from July 15 to the 23. The tournament, which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is divided into four divisions including a U12 division, which Jack Hetrick and Gojmerac will be competing in, and a U15 division, which Cort Hetrick will be competing in. Along with...

  • Dalton Metzger, Jerry Brumbaugh Place Ninth in MLF Nationals

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 21, 2022

    Dalton Metzger and Jerry Brumbaugh finished at 9th place at the Major League Fishing High School Nationals. The competition, which started on June 22, lasted three days, and portions were televised. Brumbaugh and Metzger finished 9th out of 236 boats that competed at Pickwick Lake in Alabama. Despite the feat, the win is a little bittersweet for Brumbaugh, who was looking to repeat after winning last year. "Obviously now that I've won, ninth place isn't as big of an accomplishment for me,"...

  • Committee President Ron Ebert Looks Forward to Bedford Fall Foliage

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 21, 2022

    Summer is in full swing here at the Cove, but for Ron Ebert and the rest of his committee members and volunteers, these few months leading into October are crunch time. Ebert is the chair of the committee, but just like everyone else he is a volunteer. “You can call me the president, but that’s just a name,” Ebert said. “Me and the rest of the volunteers really do everything. We are all working towards the same goal.” Ebert and the rest of the volunteers have been working extra hard this year now that the festival has garnered nationa...

  • Local Girl Donates Money to Martinsburg Community Library

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 14, 2022

    Ava Kozminski, daughter of Stephanie and Tom Kozminski, at just 8 years old was able to raise $230 at her local lemonade stand. Instead of keeping the money for herself, Kozminski graciously donated the money to the Martinsburg Community Library. "She wanted to have a lemonade stand," Stephanie said. "She decided to give the money to the library." Kozminski was able to raise the large sum of money she made with the help of her parents who advertised the local event on Facebook. "We live in...

  • Healthy Blair County Coalition Holds Annual Meeting

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 14, 2022

    The Healthy Blair County Coalition held its annual meeting on Friday, July 8, at the United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg. The purpose of the meeting was to go over what the Coalition offered and give a brief overview of the "Blair County Profile 5: Community Health Needs Assessment." The Healthy Blair County Coalition was formed in 2007 when the Blair County Human Services office and United Way invited key officers to join in on making a needs assessment for the community. The Coalition...

  • Park Director Urges Citizens to 'Have Investment' In Morrisons Cove Memorial Park

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 14, 2022

    Chuck Gojmerac is the executive director of the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. Gojmerac is a dedicated director and is excited for what the park has to offer this summer. “Our biggest event is the Cove Carnival,” Gojmerac said. Previously called the J4 Celebration, the Cove Carnival, held this week, is a big deal for the Morrisons Cove area. The carnival is a big money-raising event for the park, which is important because the park doesn’t receive government funding. “Last year after everything was said and done, we had a gross profit...

  • Dragons Look Back on Epic Win, Season

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 7, 2022

    After defeating Lancaster 13-2 on Friday, June 17, the highs that come from winning a state championship haven't worn off quite yet. For Jeff Hoenstine, Devon Boyles and Ty Helsel, the magnitude of their accomplishment is just starting to set in. The Dragons won the state championship game for a community that has rallied around the team in a big way. Mayor Richard Brantner Sr. has named July 12 "Central Dragons Baseball Team Day," and the team has been invited to participate in the Ag Parade....

  • RS Boy Uses Birthday to Donate to Homeless

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 30, 2022

    Bensyn I., son of Edward and Kara Bennett of Roaring Spring, celebrated his eighth birthday this past Thursday. But this year Bensyn didn't want gifts. "He decided this year that he already had enough gifts," Marissa Slick, Bensyn's grandma, said. Bensyn decided that instead of getting gifts this year for his birthday he wanted everyone who came to his party to buy stuff for the homeless. "We have already got some stuff for the homeless," Slick said. "We have gotten tents and tarps, and other...

  • Joey Kennedy Talks Krush Softball

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 30, 2022

    Joey Kennedy started Krush softball in 2012 and it has been growing youth sports ever since. Recently, the group held its annual basket bingo. Kennedy and the community were able to raise $6,000. Raising such a large amount of money is something Kennedy never expected to happen on a regular basis. “We started back in 2012 with one 10u team,” Kennedy said. “We practiced twice a week through the winter, and we travel all across the East Coast to try and play better competition.” “We hold a basket bingo every year,” Kennedy continued....

  • Hoenstine Reflects on Central's Big Win

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 30, 2022

    Coach A.J Hoenstine and his Central Dragons baseball team completed their historic 27-0 season with a mercy rule 13-2 win over Lancaster in five innings on Friday, June 17, giving Central its first state championship since 2017. Coach Hoenstine is no stranger to baseball; he played baseball in college while getting his degree in education. He knows what its like to be a player. It's one of the major reasons why his players respect him and how he gets so much out of his players. "We talk about a...

  • Farm-City Committee Chair Discusses Fall Events

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 30, 2022

    The Farm-City Committee, which is part of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, finalized its plans for fall 2022 recently. The committee holds many events a year with the goal of raising awareness and educating the community about the importance of agriculture in Blair County, which, according to Farm-City’s Committee Chair Joseph Diamond, is one of the largest industries in Blair County. “I have been the committee chair for about 10 years,” Diamond said. “I am a volunteer for the committee but I also work for the Pennsylvania Farm...

  • Williamsburg Baseball Coach Bobby McCall to Retire

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 23, 2022

    Williamsburg’s historic baseball season has come to an end. Williamsburg made it to the State Playoffs this year despite the odds being stacked against them. One of the main reasons Williamsburg was able to pull this off with the help of Head Coach Bobby McCall. McCall has decided to end his coaching career after 31 years. McCall, who has been coaching baseball in the Williamsburg area for 6 years, said it was a hard choice for him to make. He also spoke on the stresses that came with coaching. “We have always had low numbers,” McCall...

  • Central Dragons Crowned State Champs

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 23, 2022

    Editor's Note: Like these photos? Reprints are available. Contact the Herald office at (814) 793-2144. The Dragons completed their perfect 27-0 season on Friday, defeating Lancaster Catholic in a game that didn't even go the distance. Central barely broke a sweat in its 13-2 rout of the Crusaders. Lancaster Catholic went with their ace Noah Zimmerman, who had a 2-0 record and a stunning .96 ERA heading into the contest. Zimmerman had also pitched every game leading up to the state championship....

  • Dragons Advance to the PIAA Class 3A Championships

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 16, 2022

    The Central Dragons got one step closer to a State Championship on Monday as they defeated the Punxsutawney Chucks 6-5 in a game that was filled with offensive firepower and back-and-forth action. In the bottom of the first, it was time for the Dragons to go to work. Paxton Kling roped a pitch into left field, rounded first and slid into second for a leadoff double. Punxy's Jake Sikora then plunked Jeff Hoenstine two quick pitches and two on for the Dragons. The Dragons then executed a double...

  • Local High School Fishing Duo Ready for National Championship

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 16, 2022

    When Jerry Brumbaugh and Dalton Metzger won the Major League Fishing (MLF) qualifiers at Smith Mountain Lake, the pair knew they were on the cusp of making history. Metzger and Brumbaugh watched on the stage while their fish were weighed. When all the fish had been weighed, the five bass totaled 20 pounds and 12 ounces, blowing the rest of the competition out of the water. That's when the duo knew they had punched their ticket to the High School Fishing National Championship in Alabama....

  • Courts Must be Free from Outside Influences, Federal Judge Tells Chamber's Breakfast Club

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 16, 2022

    Judges in the United States should be free from political and social pressures when making rulings, federal Judge D. Brooks Smith told the Blair County Chamber of Commerce at its June 9 Breakfast Club. Judge Smith, who is the senior United States circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, cited the recent example of pro-choice protesters marching outside the homes of Supreme Court justices. "Courts are the non-political branch of government," Judge Smith said. "Judges...

  • Claysburg-Kimmel Graduates To Go Far and Succeed

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 16, 2022

    Claysburg-Kimmel's graduation went off as scheduled on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Claysburg-Kimmel graduated 75 students. It was a beautiful 70-degree day at Claysburg Community Park, where the event took place. The students, dressed in blue and white robes, sat underneath a gazebo as they watched their classmates and faculty give speeches. Families gathered around the outskirts. Many brought their own lawn chairs to watch the ceremony comfortably. "I feel like this class will definitely go a long...

  • Spring Dam to See Upgrades this Summer

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 9, 2022

    The Spring Dam Fountain upgrade project is almost complete. The town and Blank Book CEO Dan Hoover are looking to get the fountain back to its old glory. “I feel obligated to maintain the fountain,” Hoover said, “I have owned the property with other people for a long time now.” The fountain is out of commission right now as they continue to work on it. According to Hoover, as he looked out to the retention pond toward the vacant hole where the water normally spouts out, they are adding new pumps and light fixtures. “We just want to ge...

  • VFW Auxiliary, Police Departments Hold Family Freedom Festival

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 9, 2022

    The VFW auxiliary in conjunction with the Claysburg, East Freedom, and Roaring Springs' police departments held the first annual "Family Freedom Festival" on Saturday, June 4. The event took place at the East Freedom Fire Hall. It was a beautiful 70-degree day, the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Police and EMTs were at the event chatting with families and friends who came to the event. There was a table for kids to grow their own Poppies. Kids also enjoyed the free funnel...

  • NBHS Football Coach Garry Black Looks Ahead

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 9, 2022

    After a second-place finish in the Inter-County Conference, and an impressive 7-3 regular season record, coach Garry Black and the Northern Bedford varsity football team look to build on the foundation they laid last season as they prepare for the fall. Coach Black is no stranger to football, or Northern Bedford. Black has a career in the sport spanning more than 30 years. The Penn State graduate played football in junior high and high school at Northern Bedford. He has found a home currently...

  • Blue Pirates Fall to Southern Fulton in States

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 9, 2022

    Williamsburg's storybook run reached its final chapter Monday evening as the Blue Pirates fell 12-4 to Southern Fulton. The Blue Pirates went with pitcher Lambert Palmer. Southern Fulton elected to go with their Sophomore Ethan Mellot. Mellot, who is mostly used as a utility player, has had himself a solid season. In six appearances Mellot has a record of two wins and no losses, along with an ERA of 1.09. Lambert Palmer was the pitcher of choice for the Blue Pirates, who up to this point in the...

  • Dragons Soar Through First Round of State Playoffs

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 9, 2022

    Central High School continued its dominance in the first round of the state playoffs. The Dragons improved to an astounding 25-0 after defeating Mohawk Area High School in a game that didn't even go a full 7 innings. Paxton Kling paved the way for the dominant 13-3 win over the Warriors in the opening frame. He roped a ball that took a while for the fielders to find. The fans watched as Kling hustled past first, breezed through second, rounded third, and headed for home. Kling got there,...

  • Curve Your Enthusiasm

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 9, 2022

    Editor's Note: This is an extended article. The abbreviated piece was in the print edition of the June 9 Herald. Minor-league baseball players are some of the most dedicated athletes in sports: seven-day workweeks involving practice, conditioning, batting practice, travel, and games, without the promise of even getting close to a major-league roster. There is a dichotomy of players in Double-A ball: players with potential of being something great, and some who will toil in the minors before fizz...

  • W-burg Falls Just Short of Championship Title

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 2, 2022

    Williamsburg fell just short of their goal on Saturday in the PIAA Class 1A championship game, losing to Bishop McCort 7-4, in a game that was much closer than the scoreboard indicates. Williamsburg walked into PNG field as improbable underdogs. The Blue Pirates, who ended the regular season under .500, beat Harmony Area High School to advance to the semi-finals. Williamsburg then defeated heavily favored Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy in comeback fashion. The Blue Pirates got the game-tying...

  • Herald Welcomes Summer Intern

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jun 2, 2022

    Growing up I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life. To be honest, I still don’t have a full grasp on what it is I want to do. But I know what I like to do. I like to watch sports, analyze those sports; and I like to write. Growing up in an upper middle class neighborhood in Northern Virginia there is this sort of unspoken “pressure.” Pressure to get good grades, pressure to get into a good college, and pressure to get a high-paying job in the government or in the STEM field. Jobs that are seen as “better.” Once you begin...