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  • Girl Scouts Selling Their Famous Cookies in Roaring Spring

    Karen Bassler, For the Herald|Mar 11, 2021

    Members of the Girl Scouts Troop 43009 of the Cove were busy selling cookies in front of M&M Enterprises on East Main Street in Roaring Spring (beside the Friendship fire hall) on Saturday, March 6. Anyone looking to purchase Girl Scout cookies can contact Kristine M. Maloney-Walters via Facebook Messenger or stop by this location Saturday, March 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The dancing cookies shown in the photos accompanying this story are (from left): (Tagalongs) Gwendolyn Wicker,...

  • RS Man Offers Positive Message In Heated Election

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Nov 5, 2020

    Korb Freeman of Roaring Spring is a clerk at the election polls in Taylor Township. His grandmother, Tiffany Freeman, is judge of elections and has helped to get Korb involved in the election process. After three years, Korb finally got the chance to work a presidential election. In the weeks leading up to Nov. 3, Korb was trying to decide what tie he would wear with his suit. All of his choices were of patriotic design. When asked why he dresses up for election day Korb said, "I get dressed up...

  • Mike Peters is in the Business of Cleaning Out

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Aug 27, 2020

    Mike Peters of Road To Glory Enterprises, LLC, grew up in New Castle, but moved to the Cove in May 2000 to take care of his grandparents, the late McKnight and Margaret Peters of Woodbury. Upon coming to the area, Peters worked as an executive chef, restaurant manager, car salesman and a few other jobs. In 2007, Peters started his own construction company, Road To Glory Enterprises. "I was doing a lot of siding, decks and roofs. A lot of outside stuff. I've always kept my pricing fair and word...

  • New Consignment Shop Moves Into Martinsburg

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Aug 27, 2020

    Stories of jobs lost and businesses closing have been in the headlines for months but if you look closely you'll find a few that are bucking the trend. The Herald has a new neighbor. RJ's Consignments has just moved in to 106 W. Allegheny Street. Mike Peters of Roaring Spring is the owner of the new store which he hopes will have new inventory on a regular basis. Peters' company, Road To Glory Enterprises, is in the business of construction, re-modeling and house clean-outs, which all led to...

  • Korb Freeman An 'Employer's Dream'

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Aug 6, 2020

    By KAREN BASSLER Staff Writer Korb Freeman loves his job. He works for Shirley's Cookies in Claysburg and can work almost any job on the line. And there isn't a job he doesn't like. "There is no worst thing they can ask me to do. I like it all. But the best part definitely is when I get covered with batter," Freeman said. Freeman started with Shirley's in August 2019 and felt as though he fit right in from the beginning. Co-workers are like extended family. "We all have each others' back. I've...

  • Martinsburg's Old Borough Building Receives a Facelift

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 30, 2020

    Attorney Teressa E. George is pleased with the new colors of her office building at 133 E. Allegheny St., in Martinsburg. Haberstroh, Sullivan and George, LLP, moved in to what may always be referred to as "the old borough building" in 2012. The attorneys had been discussing a new paint job for the building for a few years and started getting bids for the job about a year ago. Xtreme Painting and Wallpapering of Martinsburg was hired for the project and began scraping and painting a few weeks ag...

  • WW II Veteran Earns 'Quilt of Valor' for Service to His Country

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 30, 2020

    James "Bernie" Beemiller, 95, of Everett, was awarded a Quilt of Valor at a private ceremony at Spring House Estates in Everett on July 15, 2020. Beemiller was nominated for the award by his daughter Bonnie Speece. While attending a program earlier in the year for another recipient, Speece thought it would be nice for her father. "I went online and filled out the form. He's 95 and I thought it would be nice for him to receive a quilt too," Speece said. About a week before April 2 of this year,...

  • National Coin Shortage Hasn't Hit Morrisons Cove ... Yet

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 23, 2020

    You may have noticed a lack of coins in your pocket. You are not alone. All over the country, cashiers are scrambling to make change for those who use cash for purchases. Local effects are mixed, with some retailers saying that they're being cut short while others are having no problems. David Martin, owner of Peach Hill Orchard, said that his business began feeling the pinch just this past week. "We were cut short this week on the coins we get from the bank but it didn't really affect us,"...

  • 'Just a Guy Waving a Flag' Wants Americans to Be Proud of The Country

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 16, 2020

    It's true! The Cove has its very own Paul Revere ... sort of. However, he is not warning of advancing British troops. He is simply trying to remind Americans who we are. Williams Benitez, 20, of Williamsburg, is proud to be in America. Benitez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and is of Anglo-Spaniard descent. He moved to the U.S. legally through the checkpoint between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. On July 3, 2016, he paid one dollar to cross a bridge and was greeted by a borde...

  • Collectors to Share Love of Old Machinery at Show July 11 in New Enterprise

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 9, 2020

    Fred Mellott, of F.M. Mellott & Sons in New Enterprise, is excited to be introducing a new event in the Cove. On Saturday, July 11, the first Antique Truck & Construction Equipment Show will be held at the Southern Cove Power Reunion Show Grounds. Antique trucks and construction equipment will be on display with live demonstrations and explanations of the equipment. Antique crawlers, bulldozers, excavating equipment will be shown along with antique cars and trucks and hit-and-miss engines....

  • D. Merl Tipton VFW Seeking New Members; Funnel Cake Sale Still Held

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    The D. Merl Tipton VFW Post 43 is accepting new members. Don Hunter, current commander, and Tammy Hunter, Auxiliary treasurer and Don's wife, think everyone should join. Because of the coronavirus shut-down, the donation coffers at Post 43 are lower than normal. The local VFW prides itself on giving back to veterans and the community and does so in part, in the form of monetary donations. In the past year, approximately $30,000 has been donated to veterans groups and local community groups...

  • D. Merl Tipton VFW Funnel Cake Sale Being Held Now

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    The D. Merl Tipton VFW Post 43 Auxiliary has been selling its Cove-renowned funnel cakes again this year at The Park’s Fourth of July celebration week. This is the Auxiliary’s biggest fundraiser for the year. Almost three-quarters of its funds are made during this one week selling funnel cakes. It’s not too late to support the Auxiliary. Stop by The Park and purchase some funnel cakes. They will be available tonight and tomorrow (July 2 and 3) starting at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Auxiliary would like to thank AmeriGas for its donation of fuel...

  • We Made Some Sailors Smile!

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    The crew of the USS Oak Hill was very happy to receive the gifts sent from our community. This photo was sent in an email to Karen Bassler, who organized the donation drop-off. The USS Oak Hill was one of the U.S. Navy ships to be "stuck at sea" during the COVID-19 restrictions and was unable to replenish personal everyday items. Bassler, who is a proud Navy Mom, put the word out and the Cove community came through. We were able to ship 22 boxes of snacks and health and beauty aids to help our...

  • Porch Hoodlums Run Loose in Roaring Spring

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jul 2, 2020

    Last Saturday morning, Stephanie Rhodes of Roaring Spring awoke to find that her porch furniture and that of two other neighbors had been removed from their front porches and put neatly on the street. "Nothing was damaged or stolen so the police weren't called," Rhodes said. Rhodes guesses that the perpetrators acted between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. Although her son was inside the home with the door open, he didn't hear a thing. The stealth movers moved quickly and quietly without detection. "The...

  • Herald to Live-Stream Ag Parade on Facebook

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jun 25, 2020

    The Morrisons Cove Herald is making plans to live-stream the Ag Parade this year on the Herald's Facebook page. The 38th Annual Ag Parade in Martinsburg will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, rain or shine. The route has been changed this year. For a map of the new route, check Page A-3 of the June 18 edition of the Herald. Copies are available in the Herald office at 113 N. Market St., Martinsburg. Martinsburg boro and police officials are asking that those who put up chairs and markers to hold a place for the parade be sure to check with...

  • Injured Knee Leads to Career as Semi-Pro Gamer

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jun 25, 2020

    In 2017, Zach Emerick of Martinsburg had just finished his sophomore year at Penn State Altoona studying security risk analysis and was in the process of applying to the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. While at a restaurant, he slipped and suffered a major knee injury which would require at least a year of inactivity to heal. During his recovery, one of the few activities Zach enjoyed was playing the computer game Call of Duty. According to Wikipedia, Call of Duty is a first-person shooter...

  • A New Ag Parade Feature: Show Your Creativity!

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jun 18, 2020

    This is a year of doing things a little differently. As a community, the people of the Cove are doing their best to maintain tradition while taking precautions to keep everyone safe. George Replogle thinks this is a great time to add a little something new to a very old tradition. The Celebration of Creativity is being introduced as a section to the Ag Parade this year. “We are an ag community but we do other things too and this is a way to share what we do with others,” Replogle said. The idea is to get people to showcase their creativity in...

  • Revised Celebration Kicked Off by Next Community Yard Sale

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jun 18, 2020

    Many people were in their garages this past weekend preparing for the upcoming Community Yard Sales. The Herald has had a few people call for a spot in the yard beside the Herald. “We’ve got lots of space but the whole yard is not the Herald’s. Our property doesn’t extend the whole way to the corner but I think we’ll have plenty of room,” Allan Bassler, owner of the Herald said. “We will need space to maintain social distancing and I think we will be able to stay within the state guidelines.” Two of the three slots available in the grass lawn...

  • I Wear My Mask for You

    Karen Bassler|Jun 11, 2020

    I have encountered several people over the past few weeks who have decided for one reason or another that they don’t need to wear a mask. I’m not sure what criteria was used to come to their decision but I have heard a few reasons and excuses. One response I have received on several occasions is “I’m not sick” or “I’m healthy,” usually with lots of colorful language thrown in for emphasis. My question for the people who use this excuse is, “How do you know you’re not sick?” From what is being told to us by epidemiologists, scie...

  • Tears

    Karen Bassler|Jun 11, 2020

    It happened … right there in the car …. and I’m not sure why. I was driving to Roaring Spring from Martinsburg last Wednesday evening at about 4:45. I noticed people setting up chairs along Allegheny Street and realized it was Graduation Parade night. From Park Street through the light and the whole way out of town, people were setting up their spots with chairs to watch the 2020 CHS graduates pass by. I passed Gartland’s and Long’s and saw several people in the parking lot getting ready to cheer on the graduates. Chairs were set up in the gr...

  • Community Yard Sale is a 'Go!' for June 26 & 27

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Jun 11, 2020

    So far, so good. We are still a “go” for the Community Yard Sale on June 26 and 27. As you are cleaning out and preparing for your sale, please keep in mind that we are still in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. We have been extremely blessed in the Cove to not have been hit with the virus and the devastation that it has caused, we need to do what we can to keep it that way. Along with your yard sale signs, don’t forget to make a sign indicating the rules for your particular sale – and don’t let anyone shame you one way or the other. If...

  • My Summer Birdbath Adventure Begins with a Crash

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|May 21, 2020

    I've always wanted a birdbath in my yard and I'm not sure why I never took the leap. But as of May 15, I am an official bird bath owner. Woo hoo! I want to be a responsible birdbath manager so I did a little research and found out that, as with anything, there are some rules to follow when becoming the proprietor of a birdbath. The first very obvious rule is to keep the bath filled with clean water, otherwise it is just a bowl on a pedestal in your yard. The birds will come to rely it being...

  • Cove Sends 'Sailors Stuck at Sea' 22 Boxes of Donations

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|May 14, 2020

    For the past two weeks, the Herald has been collecting items to be shipped to some of our U.S. sailors stuck at sea due to COVID-19 restrictions. Space for personal items is very limited so most sailors don't carry too many back-up supplies. Now that port calls are restricted, many sailors have no way to replenish some of their every day personal items. A letter from a U.S. sailor to her cousin was posted online asking for supplies. A certain U.S. Navy mom at the Herald went into "military mom...

  • New Food Pantry Opens at United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|May 7, 2020

    At the April 21 meeting of the Trinity United Methodist Church Ad Council, members decided to open a food pantry. A Facebook post and word of mouth was all it took to get the ball rolling. By Thursday, April 23, the shelving was up and stocked with donated goods. Money donations have begun to flow in as well. “We are going to wait to see what is taken and then use the cash donations to buy more of what is needed,” Lisa Ebersole, administrative assistant at Trinity United, said. The food pantry is set up on the East Main Street side of the chu...

  • Roaring Spring Food Pantry Re-opens

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|May 7, 2020

    The Roaring Spring Food Pantry will re-open on May 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for current clients who were registered before the closing. According to Ron Glunt, food pantry organizer, a few volunteers stepped forward to help during the COVID-19 orders. “We have enough to last for about a month of distribution, but some things are very low,” Glunt said. The food pantry welcomes any food or monetary donations. Items in most need right now are pancake mix, canned fruits and tuna, au gratin potatoes, peanut butter and jelly. As soon as inventory is...

  • Herald Collecting Items for Sailors Stuck at Sea

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 30, 2020

    A post on a social media website caught my eye the other day. I had just hung up from speaking with Lisa Ebersole, administrative assistant at Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring, about the food pantry that members of her church decided to put together last Tuesday. Two days later, the members of the church had rounded up some shelving and some donations and made their idea a reality. As I was collecting a few things from my computer to write an article about the new food pantry... Full story

  • Herald Collecting Items for Sailors Stuck at Sea

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 30, 2020

    Until Friday, May 8, the Herald will accept items dropped off at the Herald office, 113 N. Market St., Martinsburg, across from the Choice convenience store. The Herald is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Leave your items outside and knock on the door. Someone will come out to get your items. Cash donations are also accepted. Thank you.... Full story

  • Juvenile Male to Be Tried as Adult in Williamsburg Stabbing

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 23, 2020

    A 15-year-old Williamsburg boy will be tried as an adult for his part in a stabbing incident. Unable to post the $500,000 bail, a 15-year-old Williamsburg boy is awaiting his preliminary hearing in the Blair County Prison. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg, at approximately 11:56 a.m., April 15, police spoke with Rebecca Detwiler. Detwiler claimed that she was a home nurse and was called to the Woodbury Township home to provide care. When she had finished with the visit, the client’s juvenile grandson said that he would w...

  • Trinity United Methodist Church Opens RS Food Pantry

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 23, 2020

    At the Tuesday evening meeting of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Roaring Spring, Ad Council members decided to open a food pantry. A Facebook post and word of mouth was all it took to get the ball rolling. By Thursday, the shelving was up and stocked with donated goods. Monetary donations have begun to flow in as well. “We are going to wait to see what is taken and then use the cash donations to buy more of what is needed,” Lisa Ebersole, administrative assistant at Trinity United said. The food pantry is set up on the East Main Str... Full story

  • Most Cove Food Pantries Adjust Rules to Stay Open

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2020

    Martinsburg Food Pantry The Martinsburg Food Pantry is alive and doing well. According to Linda Smith, manager, the shelves at the food pantry are well stocked, thanks to sizable donations from the community. "With more people at home and the kids home from school, there are more people in need," Smith said. Food pantry families are usually able to choose food products from labeled boxes. Boxes would be marked with how many of each item were allowed per visit. There would sometimes be a wait to...

  • Martinsburg Food Pantry is 'Mission' for Founder Smith

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2020

    Linda Smith, the manager of the Martinsburg Food Pantry, said she never thought retirement would look like this. Smith retired from the Spring Cove School District after 29 years of service. She started teaching in the elementary to eighth-grade levels. She then discovered her love of reading instruction. At the time, a reading certification was necessary to teach reading, so it was back to school for Smith. Smith took the necessary classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received her...

  • Man Accused of Stealing from Through, Inc. Office

    Karen Bassler|Apr 9, 2020

    An Altoona man is awaiting a preliminary hearing for a third-degree felony charge of criminal trespass. According to police records, on March 10, Clinton Matthew Edwards, 35, Altoona, entered the Through, Inc. building at 2829 Everett Road, East Freedom. Although Edwards was permitted within the building, his access was limited to an area specified for AYSO. Edwards was captured on video surveillance entering a closed office, turning on the lights and then searching throughout the office. The video footage shows Edwards removing two $20 bills...

  • Local Residents Pitch In By Making Masks

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Nancy Hershberger of Breezewood, a member of the Log House Quilt Guild of Johnstown, learned through an email from another member of the guild, of a shortage of protective masks at a local healthcare facility. Hershberger shared the email and her news with John and Minerva Zimmerman, owners of Zimmerman's Bernina Sewing in New Enterprise, where she is an instructor. The Zimmermans agreed to include the email as part of their weekly emails to their customers in mid-March. The Zimmermans then...

  • Those who can sew can help make masks

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Zimmerman’s Bernina Sewing, located at 208 Flitch Road, New Enterprise, with a phone number of (814) 766-9942, is giving out kits to anyone who would like to donate their time and sewing skills. The kit is the pattern and two yards of fabric – one yard each of two different patterns, which is enough material to make 12 masks. The only request of Zimmermans is that you get them done as soon as possible. Once the masks are completed, they can be taken back to Zimmermans Bernina Sewing for distribution or dropped off at area care facilities. Som...

  • State Police Warn of Man Impersonating Trooper

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Pennsylvania State Police, Bedford, is investigating reports of someone impersonating a police officer. According to police, at 10:30 p.m., April 1, a white male described as being between 30 and 40 years old, with a goatee, wearing a dark-blue uniform, a campaign hat and black-framed glasses stopped a vehicle on the State Route 26 corridor between the area of Yellow Creek and Riddlesburg, Hopewell Township, Bedford County. He then made another stop at 2:30 p.m., April 2. The suspect was driving an unmarked sedan with a red-and-blue emergency...

  • Homewood M-burg Benefiting from Mask Donations

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Homewood at Martinsburg is the recipient of some of the masks being made by area residents. The staff at Homewood is required to wear masks and because there are no active cases of COVID-19, these homemade masks fit the requirement. “These masks help us to preserve our supply of PPEs,” (personal protective equipment) Aimee Lozinak, marketing director at Homewood, said. According to Lozinak, a supply of personal protective equipment of “N95” and surgical masks is available for use by the healthcare staff while working with patients who test po...

  • Sanitizing Surfaces Helps Control Virus Spread

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    Coronavirus is more deadly than the seasonal flu viruses, spreads more easily and is a totally new virus to humans. The average flu strain kills about 0.1 percent of those infected, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths are closer to 2 percent. Because it is a new virus to humans, we have no natural immunity or vaccines against it. Because up to 80 percent of COVID-19 cases are mild, that makes it more likely to spread without detection. Area healthcare providers are strongly advising people to follow Pennsylvania Department of Heath (PaDOH)... Full story

  • Coronavirus Threatens Those Who Are Older, Obese, With Lung Conditions

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    According to the Pa. Dept. of Health, people aged 65 and older are more likely to have serious coronavirus illness. This may be caused by changing immune systems making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Underlying health conditions also make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Regardless of age or disability, other people who may be at higher risk include: people with chronic lung disease or moderate-to-severe asthma, people with serious heart conditions, people with severe obesity (BMI equal or greater than 40)... Full story

  • RS Man Leads Police on Chase; Arrested for DUI and Disorderly Conduct

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    After being reported for driving his vehicle in reverse and attempting to elude police, a Roaring Spring man is facing two third-degree felony charges, a misdemeanor charge and several summary offenses. Timothy S. Weimert, 31, Roaring Spring, was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and DUI, both third-degree felony charges. He is also being charged with a third-degree misdemeanor for disorderly conduct. According to Roaring Spring police, at around 5:15 p.m. March 12, po...

  • Parole Check Results in Felony Drug Charges

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    A Claysburg man is in Blair County Prison on alleged drug charges. According to Greenfield Township Police, at 10:12 a.m. on March 5, Greenfield Township Police were called for assistance by the Pennsylvania State Police at 150 Catherine Street, Claysburg for a parole follow up with Chris Lee Steele, 48 of Claysburg. A baggie containing a white crystal powder with small crystals was found in the apartment and PSP requested that the baggie and the contents be secured and tested by Greenfield Township Police. At the apartment, PSP had two males...

  • Roaring Spring Woman Charged with Endangering Child

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Mar 12, 2020

    A Roaring Spring woman is in jail following her arrest on two second-degree felony charges of endangering the welfare of children. Jamie Sprirdigliozzi, 43, of Roaring Spring, was arrested by Roaring Spring Police following an investigation involving her 14-year-old son. Roaring Spring Police were called to an apartment at Roaring Spring Commons on Feb. 1 to do a welfare check. According to police reports, the request came from the grandmother of a 14-year-old boy who she believed was high on...

  • PennDOT Ponders Major Realignment of RS Intersection

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Mar 5, 2020

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) hosted an open house on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Spring Cove Middle School to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed project to alter each intersection on the Route 36 corridor between Interstate 99 and Roaring Spring Borough. Plans include a realignment of the State Route 36 and 164 intersection. The plan is part of a project to redesign intersections between the Sheetz convenience store in McKee and the...

  • Police Say Queen Woman Threatened Family of Four Using Facebook Messenger

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Mar 5, 2020

    A Queen woman is facing several misdemeanor charges after an incident at the home of people who took her in. According to a criminal complaint, Greenfield Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call on Thursday, Feb. 20, to a residence on Polecat Road, East Freedom. The 29-year-old victim identified herself as the caller to the officer at the door. She identified three other victims living in the house and stated that they had also been harassed. The other victims were a 30-year-old male, a 52-year-old female and 11-month-old child. The victim...

  • Kimmel Township Man Arrested for Theft, Intimidation, Threats

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Mar 5, 2020

    Larry M. Claar, 40, of 298 Picnic Road, Kimmel Township, was arrested on Feb. 7, 2020, after Pennsylvania State Police, Bedford, responded to assist Children and Youth Services at his residence. According to PSP, at approximately 10:42 a.m., PSP was dispatched to 298 Picnic Road, Kimmel Township, to assist Children and Youth Services. CYS explained that a juvenile reported to them that her father stated he was going to shoot her. The youth was taken from Claar’s residence and was transported to the home of a relative in East Freedom to ...

  • Council Approves, but Public Split on RS Brew Pub Project

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Feb 27, 2020

    While public opinion was divided, most of Roaring Spring Borough Council approved of a proposed brew pub project downtown. Council held a fact-finding public hearing on the brew pub project on Feb. 19. The consensus among councilmembers at the end of the hearing was to permit the plans for the brew pub to continue. The main concern of those members of the public who opposed the brew pub at the public hearing was the serving of alcohol. "I'm one who oversees the spiritual aspect of people ... I l...

  • What Happens When You Realize that Your Birthday is Not on the Calendar?

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Feb 27, 2020

    After only 11 birthdays, Tamela (Vaughn) Greeley has accomplished quite a bit. Tamela lives in New Enterprise near her mother, Arvilla Miller, and works for Appvion. She lives there with her husband and two children. Wait. What? Tamela will be 44 years old on Saturday, Feb. 29, but this will only be her eleventh birthday. She’s a leap year baby – a bicentennial leap year baby – the first bicentennial leap year baby born in Erie, Pa., in 1976. Being a leap-year baby, sometimes called a “leapling,” is a big deal, until you become old enough to...

  • Spring Cove Paraprofessional Resigns Following Arrest by PSP

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Feb 27, 2020

    A paraprofessional formerly employed by the Spring Cove School District and assigned to Central High School as an aide, is facing felony charges of institutional sexual assault. Casey Lee Naylor, 32, of North Woodbury Township, has resigned from her position with the Spring Cove School District. Her resignation was accepted at the Feb. 18 school board meeting. Naylor’s last day of work was Thursday, Feb. 13. According to a Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) criminal complaint, on Feb. 14, 2020, Spring Cove School District Resource Officer Rick B...

  • Roaring Spring Council Gives Conditional Approval to Downtown Brewpub

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    Roaring Spring Borough Countil took a step toward permitting a brewery and pub downtown during a hearing on Feb. 19. After a public hearing that lasted about two hours, Roaring Spring Borough Council members held a closed-door meeting to deliberate the request for a conditional use permit, which would permit Spring Dam Brewing Co., LLC, to establish a brewpub at 269 Main St. After about half an hour of deliberations, council emerged from the meeting and instructed Solicitor Larry Lashinsky to prepare written findings for council’s approval a...

  • Altoona Fire Chief Addresses Risk of PTSD in Firefighting

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    A class on dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder was hosted by the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company and led by Altoona Fire Department Chief Tim Hileman, Tuesday, Feb. 11. More than 40 area firefighters were in attendance. Hileman opened the seminar explaining how the course came about. "Basically, I saw a need in my department. We've had some issues with PTSD," said Hileman. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition...

  • RS Library Works to Meet the Community's Changing Needs

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2020

    February is Love Your Library Month. Michele McIntyre, director of the Roaring Spring Community Library, spoke of all the different ways the library serves the local community. Children's programs, genealogy resources and technology assistance are just a few of the things your library has to offer. "Love Your Library Share Your Coins" is a fundraiser done in February. Thirty-six businesses in the area have jars out for donations. A sandwich sale is slated for April. Another fundraiser is The...

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