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 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 2, 2020

Martinsburg Woman Dies in Trailer Fire

A Martinsburg woman died from injuries suffered in a trailer fire on Sunday evening, Dec. 29. Fire crews were called to 214 N. 3rd Alley in Martinsburg after Blair County 9-1-1 received a call from a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 2, 2020

Claysburg Education Foundation Pays off Student Lunch Debts

More than 11 million children, about one out of every seven living in the United States, lives with hunger. Often, a school lunch may be the only meal such a child receives on any given day, which...

 

What Made Herald Headlines in 2019?

– Editor’s Note – This feature is a continuation of the Herald’s review of news and community events during 2019. This article covers July through December 2019. A review of the events of January through June was published in the Dec. 26,...

 

East Freedom Couple Helps Less Fortunate Have a Merry Christmas

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer The holidays can be a stressful time for families who are struggling. The year-round stress of paying bills and having enough food is compounded by the worry of providing...

 

Public Notices

2020 January Organizational & Regular Township Meeting Notice The Board of Supervisors of Woodbury Township, Bedford County, will hold the January Regular Township and Organizational meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7 p.m., in the township... Full story

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Library Recommends

By SHERYL HART Williamsburg Area Public Library Did you know the library has a large selection of paperbacks of many genres? Sometimes there are occasions when we all need reading material for...

 

Making Plans?

A new year means making resolutions, those weak promises you make to yourself that you have no intention of keeping. You're probably not going to exercise more, or lose the weight, or watch less TV,...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I held my tongue throughout the month of December as comments filled TV, the internet and newspapers claiming that Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees, comparing them to the Syrian crisis and the influx of illegals crossing our border...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 27, 1894 Snow and sleet began to fall before daybreak on Christmas and continued into the day, allaying the fears of those who believe the old saying that “A green Christmas makes a full graveyard.” The first major snow of the...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 30, 1969 The closing of the decade of the 60s was marked with some very significant news events on the local scene as well as by the moon landings and other major events at the world and national level. Top among the local news...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Jan.2, 1920 We’ve shivered through the coal shortage, braved the bitterness of the sugar shortage and endured divers and sundry minor and major shortages, but thank God this New Year season, there is no shortage of Good Will, Good Cheer,...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 29, 1994 Weather and fires dominated the news reported in the Herald during the past year. The weather stories focused on heavy snows and bitter cold that forced school cancellations. The fires included the late July arson at a Smith...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 4, 1945 The army helicopter which had been storm-bound in Martinsburg since last Friday afternoon got away Wednesday afternoon, about the first nice day of the week. Hundreds of people of the community obtained an excellent view of...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 30 2009 The first woman elected to public office in Blair County will “go out singing” from her position after 32 years. Jeanne Bolger of Martinsburg is retiring as Blair County jury commissioner. Her last official day is Jan.4....

 

DEATH RECORD

ADAMS, Floyd D., 91, East Freedom DETERS, Susan C., 73, Williamsburg DIVELY, Penny J., 60, New Enterprise EDMUNDSON, Doris M. (Miller), 91, Hollidaysburg KAGARISE, Glenn F., 90, Williamsburg MCDONALD, Sonja Eileen, 65, Imler... Full story

 

FLOYD D. ADAMS

Floyd D. Adams, 91, of East Freedom, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 2019, at Homewood at Martinsburg. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing. Friends will be received from 1 until the 2 p.m. memorial service today,...

 

SUSAN C. DETERS

Susan Carol Deters, 73, of Williamsburg, passed away Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., www.bolgerfuneralhome.com, Williamsburg. Pastor Tiffany E....

 

PENNY J. DIVELY

Penny J. Dively, 60, of New Enterprise, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral Saturday, Jan. 4, at New Enterprise Ch...

 

DORIS M. (MILLER) EDMUNDSON

Doris M. (Miller) Edmundson, 91, of Hollidaysburg, went home to be with the Lord Friday morning, Dec. 27, 2019, at The Presbyterian Village, Hollidaysburg, following an extended illness. A funeral...

 

GLENN F. KAGARISE

Glenn F. Kagarise, 90, of Williamsburg, passed into Heaven Friday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2019, at Homewood at Martinsburg. A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., www.bolgerfuneralhome.com, Williamsburg....

 

SONJA EILEEN MCDONALD

On Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, Sonja Eileen McDonald, 65, of Green Slopes Road, Imler, was surrounded by her loving family as she moved on to be with her loved ones and her God in Heaven. She was born...

 

Task Force to Be Out and About in Blair

Officers of the Blair DUI Task Force will make their presence known through check points, roving patrol, cops in shops and mobile awareness in their effort to make area roadways as safe as possible. The DUI Task Force advises to avoid drunk driving...

 

Community Fund Reaches 97% Of 2019 Goal

The Martinsburg Area Community Fund has received $41,833 through Dec. 28. The amount received is $1,167 short of the goal of $43,000. The fund will support the following agencies: Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg Supervised Recreation,...

 

Claysburg Girls Finish 2nd At C&S Tournament

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls' basketball team placed second at the Claysburg C&S Family Markets Holiday Tournament held Dec. 27-28. The Lady Bulldogs won the opener against Chestnut Ridge,...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Winter is here, and no one is talking about global warming now. In fact, all but the most dedicated of outdoors people are shacked up in their homes, often huddled near wood burners in order to stave...

 

Grouse Priority Area Siting Tool Launches

Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, has suffered dramatic population losses due to the statewide scarcity of young forests and large-scale West Nile virus die-offs. To offset those losses, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a...

 

Claysburg Boys Finish 3rd At C&S Tournament

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School boys' basketball team placed third at the Claysburg C&S Family Markets Holiday Tournament held Dec. 27-28. The Bulldogs lost the opener to Chestnut Ridge, 66-44. In...

 

CHS Boys Improve Mark to 3-1

The Central Dragon boys’ basketball team recently split a pair of Mountain League games on the road, giving them a 5-1 record overall and 3-1 in the league. On Dec. 18, the team traveled to Bellefonte and returned with a solid 55-47 victory. The...

 

Dragon Wrestlers Fall to BEA

The Central High School wrestling team saw its record slip to 1-2 on the season with a 54-22 home loss to Bald Eagle Area on Dec. 13. The Dragons had four wrestlers with victories including Mason Daniels (138), who pinned his man in 3:07. Ethan...

 

Bedford County is 'Older' Than Blair County

The U.S. Census Bureau on Dec. 23 released its annual installment of new demographic and socio-economic data for every community in United States. The data is referred to as the 2014-2018 American...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

Rolling wheels were a significant part of my Sunday. In accordance to impromptu plans I was a passenger in the van that traveled (rolled with wheels) to Lancaster County. From the turnpike exit in Den...

 

Lyme Disease Support Group Plans Meeting

The Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the St. Rose of Lima social hall, 5519 Sixth Ave., Altoona. Permethrin treated socks, which have tick repellent protection lasting up to 70 washings, tick...

 

Lines by Lee

The ball has dropped in New York. The confetti is cleaned up. Folks who drank too much are finally feeling better. Most unwanted Christmas gifts have been returned. Very few Christmas trees or light...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Romans 5:8 Romans 6:23 Isaiah 7:14 St. John 1:1-5 & 12 St. Matthew 7:28-29 Daniel 3:20-25 Revelation 5:11-13 "Why do you suppose adults don't play with 'Jack-In-The-Boxes'"?...

 

What Various Flowers Represent

Flowers are popular come Valentine's Day, as various blooms can signify love and affection. Roses are one of the most popular flowers to gift on Valentine's Day, and according to Bankrate, men and...

 

Memorial Park Receives 2019 Best of Martinsburg Award

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park has been selected for the 2019 Best of Martinsburg Award in the Travel & Leisure category by the Martinsburg Award Program. Each year, the Martinsburg Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved...

 

Looking for a Healthy Resolution? Don't Overlook Your Eyes

The most ambitious time of year is upon us: the time to set New Year's resolutions. All the parties have been hosted, the marshmallows have been toasted and you've binged on your new favorite TV show...

 

Six Ideas for a New You in the New Year

The new year is the perfect time to hit the reset button and get a fresh start. Here are six resolution ideas, plus tools and strategies for accomplishing each: • Read More: Want to read more but...

 

Herald Visits Iceland

Denise Grubb of Martinsburg holds a copy of the Herald in Iceland on a rainy, windy day in October at the Jökulsárlón Lagoon (or Glacier's-River-Lagoon). Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon,...

 

Pa. Gas Remains Comparatively Expensive

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania was two cents cheaper the week of Dec. 23 at $2.816 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Motorists across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are seeing slight...

 

Pa. AG Shapiro, Gov. Wolf: '80 Percent' Receivers Are Firearms

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf on Dec. 16 outlined a new legal opinion from the Attorney General’s Office addressing the classification of “80 percent receivers,” which are most commonly used to make unserialized “ghost...

 

British Antique Cars

Rose Eckert and Dick Altmanshofer, both of Hollidaysburg, view a 1957 Bentley Mark VI on Saturday, Dec. 28, at an Altoona "garage" owed by Lenny Fiore Jr. Fiore has dozens of antique cars, mostly... Full story

 

Law Expands Charities' Fundraising Options

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law on Dec. 27 a bill containing two legislative initiatives sponsored by state Sen. Judy Ward (R-Hollidaysburg) aimed at enhancing fundraising opportunities for local organizations whose missions are to help...

 

Pennsylvania in Middle of National Health Rankings

When it comes to healthiness, Pennsylvania finds itself in the middle of the pack and essentially representative of some of the trends happening across the country. That’s the key finding from America’s Health Rankings, a report released this...

 
 By KIM JARRETT    News    January 2, 2020

2019 Saw Renewed Focus on Ag in Pennsylvania

Farming is big business in Pennsylvania – it accounts for 18 percent of the state’s economic output. Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a flurry of agriculture-related bills in 2019, including a comprehensive farm bill in 2019 first introduced by...

 

Bedford Historical Society Seeks 'Historian' Nominees

The Bedford County Historical Society is seeking nominations for “Historian of the Year” for 2019. The nominee will be honored at the annual banquet on Saturday, April 25 2020, held at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob Criteria: any resident, group,...

 

AAA: Pa. Gas Prices End the Year on Higher Note

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is five cents higher this week at $2.863 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Gas prices are as much as six cents more expensive for motorists across the...

 

It Was a Year of Change – A Look Back at Williamsburg's 2019

This year for Williamsburg was one with a lot of events that the community would like to forget. Two of the top stories coming out of Williamsburg for this year were the closing of the pharmacy and...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Here’s to getting healthy and staying happy in 2020. This month’s recipes are all about being healthy while still being quick, easy and tasty for Williamsburg’s busy families. Crockpot Chicken Chili Ingredients: 1-1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless...

 
 By DAVE FIDLIN    Life    January 2, 2020

Pennsylvania Ranked Sixth-Most Charitable State In Study

By DAVE FIDLIN The Center Square Pennsylvanians are more likely to help their neighbors, stick with a volunteer activity and donate compared to most other areas of the country, according to a recent study. Researchers with personal finance website...

 

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