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Visiting 'The Dogs' in Williamsburg

One of the highlights of my trips to Williamsburg is getting to see the two dogs belonging to my parents, Rick and Suzanne Gorsuch. Both are of the breed Havanese. The one on the left is Ginger and...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

This week’s question is inspired by this weekend’s festivities – Fourth of July! I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg, What is your favorite memory or a family tradition for the 4th? Here is what a few had to say: Cindy Hicks: When I...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

For the last several years, my life has been graced by one of my dearest friends, Judy Olivieri. We started working together at Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center and our friendship blossomed after that. It is always nice to spend time with and...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    June 25, 2020

Residents Failing to Return Surveys Holding Back Ganister Sewer Project

At the regular Catharine Township meeting on June 18, Blair County Planning Director David McFarland gave an update to supervisors on the Ganister sewer project funding. McFarland said that six residents in the Ganister area still have not returned... Full story

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    June 25, 2020

Williamsburg School Board Approves Summer, Fall Sports Health Protections

The Williamsburg Community School Board unveiled its health and safety plan for summer practices and fall sports during its June 18 regular meeting. Superintendent Lisa Murgas said she worked with the PIAA to develop a plan of safety procedures for...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

This past Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day and we spent the day with Dad, waking up early to head to our favorite place, Rocky Gap Casino Resort, and then to the Kountry Kettle for a delicious lunch. There are so many great memories I have with m...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Planning a vacation this year is hard. Will our plans be wrecked by the pandemic? We waited to book our vacation until last week and hopefully, our plans will not be affected by COVID-19. I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg, “Where is...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Another weekend of spending a day with my parents – for some people, this may be almost torture, but for my sister Julie and I, we thoroughly enjoy it. We are always brainstorming new recipes and ideas for things to eat during our weekend...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    June 11, 2020

Williamsburg High School Class of 2020

Applauses were car horns and attendees sat in cars circling the high school football field; "this is not the graduation we might have expected, but it's definitely one you will not forget," Michael...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    June 11, 2020

Authority Urges Customers to Stop Flushing Wipes

During the June 2 regular meeting of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority, Williamsburg Borough Manager Joe Lansberry brought up to authority members ongoing issues with grinder pumps caused by the...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    June 11, 2020

Dollar General Snowplow Dispute Set for July Hearing

Last year, the Williamsburg Borough council placed a lien against the Dollar General store in Williamsburg after council stated that the store failed to pay a bill for snow removal. Council stated at the June 1 regular borough council meeting that th...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    June 11, 2020

Woodbury Twp. Appoints Asst. Secretary/Treasurer

With current Secretary/Treasurer Eleanor Harclerode unavailable for an undetermined length of time, the Woodbury Township supervisors discussed the options of hiring an assistant secretary/treasurer to keep things running smoothly at the township. Du...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Every Sunday since the quarantine started, we have joined our parents for a weekend meal, whether it be cooked in the oven, on the stove or more recently, on the grill. Being the family person that I am, I greatly look forward to these times spent wi...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    May 28, 2020

34 to Graduate Friday at Williamsburg High School

Thirty-four graduating seniors will receive their diplomas on Friday, May 29. The ceremony will be held at the high school stadium, Veteran's Memorial Field, at 6 p.m. In order to follow federal...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Summer is here! For my family, Memorial Day was the perfect opportunity to kick off what some are saying could be the hottest summer in a long time. I’m ready for pools, laying out and of course, spending time with my family. This year, my sister...

 

Trail Town Market Opens for Business

Saturday, May 23, kick-started the first Trail Town Market in Williamsburg. Many vendors including Jessica Shultz of Wildflower Cafe in Huntingdon, were one of the many vendors set up from 8:30 a.m....

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    May 21, 2020

W-Burg Plans Graduation Ceremony for May 29

During the May 12 Williamsburg Community School Board conference call meeting, it was announced that Williamsburg will have a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29. No further details were announced...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

This weekend we will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend – we hope surrounded by nice weather, great food and our family and friends. Last week, I provided two delicious side dish recipes. This week, we exercise Natalie’s sweet tooth. These are t...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    May 14, 2020

Project Contractor Expected to Request Extension of Time

The treatment and pumping contractor for one of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority’s projects was temporarily shut down because of Gov. Wolf’s coronavirus restriction orders. Stiffler-McGraw engineer John Clabaugh told authority members that he...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

For the next few weeks, we plan on getting you readers ready for Memorial Day weekend. Who doesn’t love a great picnic? For this past Mother’s Day, we had a small indoor picnic for my mom with barbecue chicken, pasta salad and baked beans that...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s a wonderful time to celebrate one of the most important women in our lives. I know that Julie and I have been blessed with such an extraordinary mom. This week, I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg – What do...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    May 7, 2020

Part of West First Street Property to be Demolished

Trina Illig, Blair County grants coordinator for Community Development, was present at the Williamsburg Borough Council meeting via conference call to give an update on the 424-26 W. First St. property. For the past years, the borough has taken...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 30, 2020

Williamsburg High School Set To Graduate Thirty-Four Students

During last week’s Williamsburg School District School Board meeting, facilitated by Zoom video software, the list of 34 graduates was presented and approved. With the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies will look different this year. Accordin...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Another week of lockdown in the books, and for my sister Julie and I, it was another week of staying at home and binge-watching some of our old and new favorites. This week’s question stems from those binge watching moments – If you were...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

For this week’s edition, I decided to do something kid-friendly. Children probably have a lot of questions about what is going on in the world and are also confused as to why they can’t go to school to see their friends. Why not bring some of the...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Last week, I talked about Easter memories from my childhood growing up in the Russian Orthodox faith and the church that used to be where River Valley Custom Apparel is now in Williamsburg. This Sunday is technically the Orthodox Easter. The date is...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

It’s hard to believe that it’s Easter – it sure doesn’t feel like it. For many Easters, I was blessed to have a wonderful lady in my family’s life, my dear Aunt Annie Bauer. We were raised in the Orthodox religion and one of the special eve...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

In these times of quarantine, I will admit that my sister Julie and I have spent a lot of our time on rainy days in front of the TV. This month alone, we have binged watched so many television shows. Thus, arises the question – What is your...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 9, 2020

Woodbury Township (Blair) Accepts Bid for Stone

The Woodbury Township supervisors opened three bids for stone during the regular meeting April 2. The township had bids from Grannas Bros., New Enterprise S&L and Glenn Hawbaker. The supervisors awarded the contract for stone to Grannas Bros.,...

 

Spreading Cheer in a Time of Need

Robert Kifer of the Altoona Weis grocery store donated food to help the residents of Williamsburg last Saturday, April 4. Kifer brought milk products, bread, and snacks for local families in need....

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 2, 2020

Williamsburg Teachers 'Set Sail'

"It brought tears to my eyes," Williamsburg resident Marge Troxell said as she watched the teachers of the Williamsburg Community School District during the "Welcome Back to a Different Kind of...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

A “stay at home” request from the governor is the time to stay at home and be with your family. What better part of spending time with your family is there than being with them in the kitchen? Here are two casserole recipes you can cook together...

 

Coronavirus Restrictions Cancel Many Williamsburg Events

The virus has been wreaking havoc with the plans of many Williamsburg residents. Some of the cancelled events are: • The Women’s Civic Club and Lions Club annual Easter Egg Hunt in April has been cancelled. • All activities at WAID have...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 26, 2020

Williamsburg Food Pantry Volunteers Get Busy Helping

Every Thursday, six members of the Williamsburg and surrounding communities come together at the basement of the Williamsburg Zion Lutheran Church to support the needs of Williamsburg residents. Last...

 

Making Church Different in Williamsburg

"How can we make church different?" Grace Pointe Community Church of God Pastor Jim Spivey asked his wife Ondria and other members of the church that question under the COVID-19 restrictions of "no...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 26, 2020

State DEP Approves Sewer Plan for Ganister Village; Income Info Needed

Keller Engineers, representing the Catharine Township supervisors, submitted a 537 Plan to the state to help 23 residents of Ganister Village build a better sewer system. During the regular meeting Thursday, March 19, the supervisors announced that...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Affects the 'Burg

Grab your hand sanitizer, grab your toilet paper – no, it’s not a snowstorm, it’s COVID-19 and it is affecting even our small town of Williamsburg. Here are some of the upcoming event cancellations: • Williamsburg Women’s Civic Club... Full story

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 19, 2020

Williamsburg Authority: Cove Forge not in Compliance

During the March 3 meeting of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority, discussions about Cove Forge property dominated the conversation. Cove Forge Behavioral Health had made it known that there would be a 19-bed addition to its Williamsburg facility...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen: The 'Stuck at Home' Edition

Fourteen days! Can you believe it? If you’re like me, you are thinking, “Great. Fourteen days off of work! This is like a mini-vacation!” But for readers with children, it’s often frantic and crazy trying to find a babysitter on such short...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 12, 2020

Cove Forge Issues Dominate Woodbury Township Meeting

Parking issues and land development pertaining to Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center highlighted the March 5 Woodbury Township meeting. Randy Miller of Williamsburg was present to comment about the parking issues at the Cove Forge facility. During...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

For the past two weeks, an ornery little leprechaun, Jack has been visiting my classroom at Bright Beginnings in Roaring Spring. Little Jack has been doing all sorts of naughty things to the classroom and leaving silly but loving notes to my...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 5, 2020

Williamsburg Seeks to Add Second Baseball Field

Williamsburg Youth Baseball League (WYBL) representative Jeff Detwiler was present during the Monday, March 2, Williamsburg Borough Council meeting to discuss with council adding a second baseball...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 5, 2020

Reading Across America in Williamsburg

Herald Williamsburg Correspondent Natalie Gorsuch offered a "big thanks" to Camala Gilbert for inviting her to participate in the "Read Across America" program during the festivities held at the...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    March 5, 2020

Introducing Williamsburg

For senior Joey Kunsman, forming ideas for his Eagle Scout project, he had two choices. One choice was to do a project in Williamsburg highlighting the Trail Town initiative or fix up an old cemetery...

 

Williamsburg Elementary School Plans Read Across America March 2

Elementary Principal Jennifer Metzler told the Williamsburg Community School Board during the regular meeting Tuesday, Feb 18, all about activities that the elementary school has held over the last...

 

Waivers, Extension Granted to Cove Forge

Two waivers, including an easement, were granted to Cove Forge Behavioral Health’s facility at 202 Cove Forge Road during the regular meeting of the Woodbury Township supervisors on Thursday, Feb. 7. Woodbury Township Supervisor Ed Clark made a...

 

Septic Issues Cause Concerns at Catharine Township

A septic problem in Catharine Township is flooding a pond and spreading on the ground. The township supervisors during the regular meeting on Feb. 20 said that the owners of the property have been warned and a letter was sent to Sewage Enforcement...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

I’m always in the mood for breakfast and with the month of love soon ending, one of the things I love the most in the world is going out with my family for breakfast. This week, I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg, Where is your...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Here are two delicious breakfast casserole recipes. Slow Cooker Sausage and Waffle Bake Ingredients: 2 lb. sausage 1 Tbsp. sage 1/2 tsp fennel seed 1 package frozen waffles cut into bite-sized pieces 8 large eggs 1-1/4 cups half-and-half 1/4 cup...

 

In honor of her service

Longtime Williamsburg School District employee Dorothy Koontz celebrated her 100th birthday with the congregation of the Salem United Church of Christ, Martinsburg, during the after-church monthly...

 

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