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 By NATALIE GORSUCH    Life    January 20, 2022 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Football season is in playoff mode and so are my recipes. Unfortunately, my team did not make the playoffs this season but that still doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the sport that I love the most – football. The Super Bowl is less than one...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    Life    January 20, 2022 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Currently, as I sit here in my office with my two cats, Oliver and Pudder Renee, I can see the snow falling beautifully outside. I know that most are not a fan of the winter weather, but I enjoy one nice, big snowstorm to sit at my house and enjoy....

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

We’re practicing healthy eating, at least for this month and at least in our house. I always think about how busy my sister and I are and how convenient it is to just order out instead of cooking. This week, I got two healthy eating recipes that...

 

Legal Issues Resolved at Authority

A leak out on Ridge Road might have became a legal issue for the Williamsburg Municipal Authority, but Authority voted to accept payment. C&R Boring had installed pipe that was leaking, and the project cost $4265 to fix, with C&R knowing about leak....

 

Borough Votes 'No' for Liquor License

"A lot of these trail town people are looking for a place to get a sandwich and a beer," Williamsburg Borough Council President Don Zimmerman said to Borough members and public during the Martin...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg: What is your goal for 2022? Todd Norris: Find a new bank James Flaig: Retirement Wendy Martin: Schedule myself some time off! Ron Snare: Stay close with family in an unpredictable world! Larry Rice: To...

 

Woodbury Twp. (Blair) Increases Wages for Workers by 50 Cents Per Hour

During its reorganizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, the Woodbury Township supervisors voted to increase the wages of workers by 50 cents an hour. Supervisor Ed Clark made the motion with Supervisor Craig Hamilton seconding, and the motion passed....

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

For many, a New Year resolution is healthy eating. I admit, I am not the healthiest eater. But I always try in January to eat a little better and to try to cook healthier, too. Chunky Banana Cream Freeze Ingredients: 5 medium bananas, peeled and froz...

 

Catharine Township Votes to Use Federal Rescue Plan Funds for Employees

Last year, all U.S. counties received a grant from the federal government – American Rescue Plan funds – to help with pandemic-related expenses. During the Jan. 3 re-organization meeting, the...

 

New School Board Members Thank Community and Voters

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of the introduction of the four new members of the Williamsburg Community School Board who began their office on Dec. 7, 2021. Jill Norris Jill Norris was born in Williamsburg, and lived here until 1995. In...

 

New Quarantine Rules at Williamsburg

During Williamsburg Community School Board’s special meeting held on Monday, Dec. 20, changes were made to COVID quarantining policies. “It’s hard, it’s inconsistent and it’s frustrating,” School Board Director Carlee Ranalli said in...

 

- Ask the Williamsburgers -

2021 – the year that was. Lots of good and not-so-good things happened to all of us this year – but being the optimist, I was inspired. What was the best thing that happened to you in 2021? Here is what a few Williamsburgers had to say. Wendy...

 

Look Back: 2021 in Williamsburg

I always like to do a look-back on the year that was in our town. As I sit here in my office thinking about this article, I looked back (pun intended) on what I wrote leaving 2020. I wrote, “For a lot of us, this year was one to learn some life les...

 

-Ask the Williamsburgers-

My mom Suzanne is always stuck getting my name when we exchange gifts for Christmas, saying “I’m the hardest person to buy for.” This, however, inspired my question for the week – what is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received? Here...

 

Farm Show Lease Arises Questions at Catharine

During last month’s meeting, it was brought up that the Catharine Township’s lease with the Farm Show Board had been expired since 2009. There are two leases, one with the Farm Show building on it, which is a 100-year lease. The second one is...

 

School Board Members Stand Ground

During the Dec. 7 reorganizational meeting, Williamsburg Community School Board swore in four new faces after a very popular election in Williamsburg’s and surrounding townships’ history. Each new school board member will be featured in the...

 

New Members Sworn into School Board

Four new school board directors were sworn in during the Dec. 7 meeting of the Williamsburg Community School Board. Those inducted were Adam Hileman, Louis Brenneman, Jill Norris and Joe Detwiler....

 

-From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen-

This past Saturday, I spent the morning prepping all my cookie dough to freeze and tomorrow, I took the day off so that I can bake upwards of ten to fifteen dozen cookies. Baking is one of my favorite hobbies so when the Christmas baking season rolls...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Being in a classroom of roughly 20 preschoolers during the Christmas season is a hard enough task. Now throw in teaching them a Christmas song/carol – that is a whole new ballgame. This year’s theme in our preschool classroom for Christmas has...

 

Sewer Rates Increase at Authority

Beginning Jan. 1, Williamsburg Municipal Authority customers should expect to see an increase in their bill. During last Tuesday evening’s authority meeting, an increase to both sewer and water was discussed. David Myers made the motion to...

 

Williamsburg Area Has 'So Much Potential'

"There's a lot going on in Williamsburg," Blair County Planning Director Dave McFarland told the crowd that gathered at the Williamsburg Veteran's Memorial Association last Tuesday evening, Dec. 7,...

 

-From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen-

When I ask these questions on Facebook, I typically get a lot of responses and I read down through them before picking who gets to be in the column. One cookie response caught my eye from Lori Brubaker who said about cream cheese sugar cookies that...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

This weekend, along with attending the Christmas festivities in Williamsburg, I will be preparing all of my cookie dough for the upcoming baking season. This past weekend, I discussed with my family the types of cookies they were wanting for this...

 

Woodbury Raises Millage to 0.739

The millage for Woodbury Township was raised during the December meeting on Dec. 2. The millage went from 0.671 to 0.739, which is about an increase of $7 on a $100,000 property. Craig Hamilton made the motion with Ed Clark seconding, and the motion...

 

Borough Votes Spur To Apply For Funding

SPUR owners Mike Biddle and Jordan Greaser attended the Dec. 6 Williamsburg Borough Council meeting to present two grant opportunities for the borough. One grant was from DCNR with regard to the acreage by the Cenveo property for planning. This...

 

Christmas Festivities Slated for Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 11, Williamsburg will be having its annual Christmas Parade headlined by a visit from the star himself, Santa Claus. The lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at the Williamsburg Elementary...

 

Women's Civic Club Speaker Ashley Owens Discusses Human Trafficking

Ashley Owens, Director of the Children's Advocacy Center, in Altoona talked to the Williamsburg Women's Civic Club last Monday evening, Nov. 22. Owens was the keynote speaker of the November meeting,...

 

Slew of Christmas Events in the Works

Williamsburg wants to bring Christmas traditions back to our small town with many activities for the public. The first event is the Light Up Night, which will be on Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m....

 

Grace Pointe Honors Veterans

For many veterans, Veterans Day is just another day, but those at the Grace Pointe Community Church of God wanted to change that. Four years ago along with Pastor Jim Spivey, the church put on their...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

One day to go until my favorite holiday of the year – Thanksgiving! I think some of the best memories you can make are around the dinner table, and Thanksgiving is no exception. This is probably a recipe that everyone knows and everyone makes, but...

 

-Ask the Williamsburgers-

Happy Thanksgiving from this Herald correspondent and her family. This week, I taught my students at Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center about what it means to be thankful and we made a list of all the things we are thankful for. This inspired my...

 

Catharine Votes For Millage Increase

It’s been over 22 years since residents of Catharine Township have experienced a millage increase. After a vote Thursday evening, Nov. 18, that will be changing. Chairman Heather Flaig voted for a 3 millage increase for the proposed budget to be...

 

New Gym Getting Updated

After many years, Williamsburg High School’s gymnasium is getting new bleachers, following a vote Tuesday evening at the school board meeting, Williamsburg. For years, Superintendent Lisa Murgas said that the bleachers in the new gym were ADA...

 

-Ask the Williamsburgers-

I’m always thinking about food. On Thanksgiving, what could be more important (other than family) than the main attraction – food. What is your favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table? Here is what a few residents had to say: Katrisha Ropchock:...

 

Woodbury Gets Answers from Sunoco

After months and months of litigations and negotiations with Sunoco about road damage, Woodbury Township announced that at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4 that an agreement had finally been reached. The first stipulation of the settlement was...

 

Food Bank Prepares for Thanksgiving

For many families in Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Food Bank gives them enough food to last throughout the month for their families. In this holiday time, those at the Williamsburg Food Bank go above and beyond for those in the community. Last...

 

New Boutique Opens in Williamsburg

For many in Williamsburg, going to stores for women's clothing and accessories requires a trip to Altoona to do some shopping or firing up laptops and shopping online. Now, thanks to Randi Fay, there...

 

Daycare Future Looks Brighter in Roaring Spring

It's been said that "a child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark," and for many Cove-area children, Stephanie Kensinger has left quite a memorable mark. For eight years...

 

School Board Addresses Change Orders

Construction on the Williamsburg High School cafeteria has been taking quite a while, and some change orders were added during the October Board meeting, Oct. 19th. The following change orders were approved: • $630.70 for gypsum board over metal...

 

Borough's 2022 Budget Proposed

Williamsburg Borough proposed its 2022 budget, and it was announced during Monday evening’s meeting. The budget consists of wage increases and normal operating expenses. There will be a millage increase, but the amount had not yet been determined....

 

-Ask the Williamsburgers-

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg, who are or were the veterans in their family. Here is what a few had to say: James Flaig: My father James Flaig Sr., and my son Joshua Flaig Dana Weber: My dad, Dan Weber...

 

Ridge Road Causing Issues for Authority

At the Williamsburg Municipal Authority’s November meeting, held on Nov. 2, John Clabaugh, Stiffler-McGraw engineer, informed members that the pump station at Ridge Road has been operating more frequently than it should. “We compared the...

 

Grace Pointe 'Honored to Serve Those Who Have Served'

For the past four Veterans Days, Pastor Jim Spivey and the members of the Grace Pointe Community Church of God have been putting on their annual veterans service, and this year is no different. On Sunday, Nov. 7, starting at 10 a.m., the church will...

 

Williamsburg Students Give Back to Community

"It was an amazing opportunity for school students to get involved in the community, and I think it is something that should be continued," Williamsburg High School senior Morgan Reighard said of the...

 

From The 'Burg to Your Kitchen

It’s unbelievable that we are less than a month away from Thanksgiving – my favorite holiday of the year. I love to cook and I love preparing all the special things that go with the meal for my family. I decided to start a week early with my...

 

-From the Burg to Your Kitchen-

Fall weather is upon us – that means one thing in my house – time for some Baltimore Ravens football. Most of the time, Sundays mean pizza and wings at our house – but sometimes I’m inspired by the cold weather outside and want some down...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Speaking of Trick-or-Treat coming up and having such a big sweet tooth, my inspiration for this question came easy this week. What is your favorite candy? Here is what a few had to say: Zena Saylor: Almond Joy Tisha Ray: Peppermint Patties Shirley...

 

Woodbury Heifer Barn Gets Approved

Ken Stone of Williamsburg is in the process of building a new heifer barn. Stone came to the Woodbury Township meeting last Thursday evening with the final details. Of his stormwater management plan, he asked for four waivers: exterior boundaries,...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

It’s fair time again! Last weekend has always been a special weekend at our house and it happens to be my mom, Suzanne’s, favorite day of the year – Hartslog Day. The Hartslog Festival is in Alexandria, Pennsylvania, and my mother loves going...

 

– Ask the Williamsburgers –

When my sister and I moved in together three years ago, we brought together two cats, and in the meantime, have adopted another one together. Since then, I have been begging and begging for a dog as...

 

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