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  • Obesity, Diabetes and Children are Top Concerns for the Cove

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Feb 8, 2024

    One out of every five residents in Blair County and Bedford County is over the age of 65. Broadband infrastructure is improving, but many still don’t have reliable access. Food and nutrition insecurity is a growing concern, and obesity, diabetes, and access to mental health resources top the list of things people here worry about. That’s based on the raw, untouched snapshots taken by the 2021 Community Needs Assessment in each county. It doesn’t mean that life here is bleak. Quite the contrary, as many who filled out the CNA survey...

  • Women Gaining Responsibility And Visibility In Agriculture

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Sep 22, 2022

    The USDA's Census of Agriculture provides a detailed look at the state and health of agriculture in the United States every five years. It also gives some insight into trends that are shaping and changing the industry. One big reveal from the last Census in 2017 was the growing number of women involved in agriculture. They scored big gains in production as well as leadership roles. The national numbers tell an interesting story. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the...

  • Cove's Ethnic Diversity Nudged Upward in 2020 Census

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Mar 17, 2022

    Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in January indicates that Pennsylvania's population has grown more racially and ethnically diverse since 2010. Those numbers have not only changed in dense urban population areas, but also in less heavily populated and historically homogenous rural areas like Morrisons Cove. Evidence of actual increases in the number of ethnic minorities within the local communities can be seen in raw Census Tract data and school enrollment profiles, but those increases ar...

  • Changing Cove

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Oct 21, 2021

    The Information Age that began in the middle of the 20th century has delivered incredible benefits. Business efficiency has improved, students have access to more learning resources than ever before, and global communication is instantaneous and inexpensive. Unfortunately, rural areas like Morrisons Cove still lag behind the rest of the country in terms of the infrastructure that makes it possible. Residents in urban areas have been accessing the internet via wireless and fiber-based broadband...

  • 2020 Census: Region's Population Aging, Declining

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Jul 29, 2021

    On July 1, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2020 Detailed Nation, State, and County Population Estimates for population by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. By Sept. 30, the Director of the Census Bureau will furnish Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislative leaders with additional 2020 Census population counts for state legislative districts, municipalities, census tract, and other geographies. In addition to supporting the state's redistricting process, this data will also...

  • Pa. To Redraw State, Federal Election Districts Amid Controversy

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Apr 8, 2021

    Pennsylvania's state Senate and House districts are due to be redrawn this year, along with its Congressional districts. Pennsylvania's legislature is also considering a constitutional amendment to create judicial districts within the commonwealth. Legislative and congressional redistricting occurs every 10 years, based on U.S. Census results, but will be delayed this year primarily due to circumstances related to COVID-19. The U.S. Census Bureau announced in February that it will deliver...

  • The Community of Plain People Experiences Change, Too

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER|Jul 5, 2019

    Editor's Note: This is the latest story in an occasional series looking at how the Cove is changing. Reporter George Berkheimer won a 2019 Professional Keystone Press Award for this series. In all the ways Morrisons Cove has changed since the 1970s, one of the most obvious has been the integration of Old Order Mennonites within the fabric of the community. Once a curiosity, horses pulling black buggies along roadways or parked at local businesses are now part of the Cove's natural background. Th...

  • Competing Currents Are Altering the Course of Education in the Cove

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2019

    Editor's Note: "The Changing Cove" series, written by Herald Correspondent George Berkheimer, won second place in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards. Since the introduction of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, an ongoing revolution has been waged in terms of how subjects are taught and how student proficiency is evaluated in public schools. School systems throughout the nation are adjusting to many more transitions and changes occurring in the areas of technology,...

  • Tech Brings New Benefits and New Challenges to Cove Farming

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2019

    Editor's Note: "The Changing Cove" series, written by Herald Correspondent George Berkheimer, won second place in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards. Much of the land area in Morrisons Cove is dedicated to farming and agriculture. While the landscape hasn't changed much over the years, the industry itself has undergone revolutions on a number of fronts – so much so that farmers from the 1970s would hardly recognize the equipment, practices and regulatory environment of the modern...

  • Multiple Factors Influence Crime and Law Enforcement Changes

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2019

    Editor's Note: "The Changing Cove" series, written by Herald Correspondent George Berkheimer, won second place in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards. Snapshots of years past from the Herald's 75, 100 and even 125 Years Ago features remind readers of the Morrisons Cove Herald that crime is nothing new here. Tales of larceny, window peepers, burglary, arson, assault and even murder sometimes appear in the Years Ago columns, but are the exception rather than the norm. Historically speaking...