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 By Karen Bassler    Life    March 11, 2021

Girl Scouts Selling Their Famous Cookies in Roaring Spring

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....

 By Karen Bassler    Life    November 5, 2020

RS Man Offers Positive Message In Heated Election

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    August 27, 2020

Mike Peters is in the Business of Cleaning Out

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    August 27, 2020

New Consignment Shop Moves Into Martinsburg

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    August 6, 2020

Korb Freeman An 'Employer's Dream'

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    July 30, 2020

Martinsburg's Old Borough Building Receives a Facelift

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    July 30, 2020

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

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    July 23, 2020

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

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,...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    July 16, 2020

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

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 Willi...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    July 9, 2020

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

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    July 2, 2020

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

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    July 2, 2020

D. Merl Tipton VFW Funnel Cake Sale Being Held Now

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    July 2, 2020

We Made Some Sailors Smile!

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    July 2, 2020

Porch Hoodlums Run Loose in Roaring Spring

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    June 25, 2020

Herald to Live-Stream Ag Parade on Facebook

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    June 25, 2020

Injured Knee Leads to Career as Semi-Pro Gamer

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    June 18, 2020

A New Ag Parade Feature: Show Your Creativity!

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    June 18, 2020

Revised Celebration Kicked Off by Next Community Yard Sale

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Opinion    June 11, 2020

I Wear My Mask for You

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....

 By Karen Bassler    Opinion    June 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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    June 11, 2020

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

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    May 21, 2020

My Summer Birdbath Adventure Begins with a Crash

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    May 14, 2020

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

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    May 7, 2020

New Food Pantry Opens at United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    May 7, 2020

Roaring Spring Food Pantry Re-opens

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 30, 2020

Herald Collecting Items for Sailors Stuck at Sea

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... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 30, 2020

Herald Collecting Items for Sailors Stuck at Sea

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... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 23, 2020

Juvenile Male to Be Tried as Adult in Williamsburg Stabbing

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 23, 2020

Trinity United Methodist Church Opens RS Food Pantry

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... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 16, 2020

Most Cove Food Pantries Adjust Rules to Stay Open

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...

 By Karen Bassler    Life    April 16, 2020

Martinsburg Food Pantry is 'Mission' for Founder Smith

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Man Accused of Stealing from Through, Inc. Office

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Local Residents Pitch In By Making Masks

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Those who can sew can help make masks

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 ...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

State Police Warn of Man Impersonating Trooper

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Homewood M-burg Benefiting from Mask Donations

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Sanitizing Surfaces Helps Control Virus Spread

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.... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

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

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... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    March 26, 2020

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

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 offense...

 By Karen Bassler    News    March 12, 2020

Parole Check Results in Felony Drug Charges

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,...

 By Karen Bassler    News    March 12, 2020

Roaring Spring Woman Charged with Endangering Child

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    March 5, 2020

PennDOT Ponders Major Realignment of RS Intersection

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    March 5, 2020

Police Say Queen Woman Threatened Family of Four Using Facebook Messenger

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...

 By Karen Bassler    News    March 5, 2020

Kimmel Township Man Arrested for Theft, Intimidation, Threats

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...


Council Approves, but Public Split on RS Brew Pub Project

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...


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

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...


Spring Cove Paraprofessional Resigns Following Arrest by PSP

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...


Roaring Spring Council Gives Conditional Approval to Downtown Brewpub

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...


Altoona Fire Chief Addresses Risk of PTSD in Firefighting

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...


RS Library Works to Meet the Community's Changing Needs

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,...


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