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  • Regina L. Brumbaugh

    Jan 4, 2024

    Regina L. Brumbaugh, 80, of Fredericksburg, rural Martinsburg, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 2023, at her home. She was born Nov. 7, 1943, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Fred L. and Dolores R. (Wesley) Vaughn. On March 9, 1960, she married Donald E. “Rube” Brumbaugh in Roaring Spring. She is survived by her beloved husband, Rube of 63 years; a son, Donald E. “Buck” Brumbaugh Jr. (Rebecca) of James Creek; a daughter, Sherry L. Hinton (Joe) of Roaring Spring; five grandch...

  • Donald B. Wagner

    Jan 4, 2024

    Donald B. Wagner, 65, of Roaring Spring, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, Dec. 21, 2023, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1958, in Altoona, son of the late Robert C. and Faye M. (Banks) Wagner. He is survived by his soul-mate of 18 years, Patty L. Snyder; a son, Travis B. Wagner (Mindy) of Roaring Spring and their children, Dominic and Destiny; three stepchildren: Matthew Gorman (Brittany) of East Freedom and their children, Braydon and Bailee, Cody Snyder (Jennafer) of Duncansville...

  • Well-Known Horticulturist Passes Away After 31 Years With Penn State Extension

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 4, 2024

    A well-known horticulture educator with the Penn State Extension who passed away early in December is being remembered by the people who worked with him locally and across the state. Thomas G. Ford, 63, of Duncansville, was a commercial horticulture educator for 41 years, with 31 of those being with the Penn State Extension. Joe Diamond of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau said he was a valuable resource to those in the agricultural community who produced fruits and vegetables. “Tom did a t...

  • Don't Brush Off Your Winter Blues: 7 Treatments For Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Jan 4, 2024

    When the season shifts to cooler temps, your mood might shift, too — for better or worse. In the northern latitudes, winter lovers look forward to cozy nights, roaring fires and sparkling snowscapes. But if you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), you may find the shorter days lead to a dark and dreary season for your body and mind alike. SAD is a form of depression that brings about a range of physical and emotional symptoms during the winter months. However, they tend to go away during the spring and summer months as the days begin to l...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Jan 4, 2024

    Before the start of World War II, the city of Salonika had the largest Jewish population in Greece, totaling approximately 50,000. In April 1941, the Germans invaded and occupied Greece. The Jewish people were soon forced into two large ghettos. By mid-1943, more than 45,000 Jews had been deported from their beloved city to Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is where our story begins: Salonika, 1943. Told to us by “The Angel of Truth,” who tells us he was cast down from heaven by God’s own hand, our story begins on one of the many trains destined for t...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jan 4, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 5, 1899 W.E. Curry of Henrietta received a much appreciated New Year’s gift in the form of promotion. He was named baggage master and express messenger on the trains running on the Morrisons Cove branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Salemville correspondent reported that David Reasy purchased the farm of Samuel Kagarise for $3,300 and would move there on April 1. The mercury stood at 26 degrees below zero on Monday morning, Jan. 2, at New Enterprise. W.K. Long, who had resigned his position as teacher in Bloomfield T...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jan 4, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 3, 1974 Some Cove residents decided to cut short their travel plans when some filling stations in the local area — including Tobe’s in Martinsburg and McCreary’s in McKee — ran out of gasoline on the first weekend of the new year. The supply at other stations reportedly was low. Two Altoona teenagers were arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Martinsburg. The pursuit ended when their car got stuck in the snow on a Game Lands road on Lock Mountain. Two Roaring Spring Blank Book Co. employe...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jan 4, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 4, 1924 The organized youth group of the Reformed Church was credited with a substantial yearly increase in Sunday School attendance. Results of two contests showed a total of 74 in January to the year’s end of an enrollment of 114. One person with perfect attendance for 12 months was Kathryn Bonebreak. The night before Christmas the Ku Klux Klan burned a fiery cross in the Jesse Beach field, north of the Henrietta store. At 12 noon on New Year’s day, 32 guests attended the wedding of Florence Zook Irvin Brown, Woodbury, at the...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jan 4, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 7, 1999 Ellie Victoria King, daughter of Crist W. and Lori King of Martinsburg, arrived a week and a day early at 10:14 p.m. Jan. 3 to become the first baby of 1999 born at Nason Hospital. Eight Morrisons Cove area FFA members qualified for Keystone degrees to be awarded at Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg. Qualifying were Jason Bechtel, Derick Corle and Melissa Gearhart of Central; Jason Mowry, Nicole Smith and Jennifer Sweinhart of Northern Bedford; and Sarrah Biddle and Doreen Delp of Williamsburg. The Claysburg...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jan 4, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 6, 1949 Donald E. Drake, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Drake of Fredericksburg, died instantly Thursday morning, Jan. 6, while waiting for the school bus. He was struck by a truck; the driver reported to police to swerve because the child’s brothers and sisters were standing at the side of the road. Two Cove war veterans, schoolmates and close friends in youth, who died in Japan within 10 days of each other, were to be buried at Martinsburg and Woodbury on Sunday, Jan. 9. The services were planned for John Robert Ake of R...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jan 4, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 2, 2014 Michael Farrow’s book “Now Showing: A History of Altoona and Blair County Theatres” talked about theaters in the Morrisons Cove including the Pastime Theater in Roaring Spring that no one else had remembered at the time. The building, which included two store fronts, a lodge hall and a bowling alley, still stands on Main Street. About 22 other theaters were mentioned in the book. Farrow said the interesting thing about the Martinsburg Theatre was that their Herald advertisements didn’t include an address. He figured...

  • Public Notice

    Jan 4, 2024

    Annual Audit Notice The single audit of the Northern Bedford County School District for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023 has been completed by a Certified Public Accountant and is available for public inspection at the Business Office of the District in Loysburg PA. The audit report was filed by the end of December 2023 and the same will be confirmed unless an appeal is taken therefrom within 30 days of the first notice. Teri L. Biddle Board Secretary...

  • Hide and Seek

    Linda Sollenberger|Jan 4, 2024

    I loved playing the game of Hide and Seek with my cousins when I was young. I remember especially loving to play in our grandmom’s attic where there were wonderful nooks and crannies. I was the cousin who showed righteous indignation when anyone tried to peek or didn’t count high enough when we were finding our hiding places. I was a stickler for following the rules. When my boys were young and my work days were spent with first graders, I loved reading the book Runaway Bunny. It told of the steadfast love the mother bunny had for her you...

  • Thought for the Week

    Paster Earl Herr|Jan 4, 2024

    Sometimes we think we are starting over with a “clean slate” at the beginning of a New Year. It may seem like we have found the “delete” button on our computer and are ready to push it so we can start fresh. That can be a great feeling but it just is not so. The bills we amassed in the past year are still to be paid. Health issues must still be dealt with. Any apologies we need to make we must still make. In other words, “We cannot start over.” But that does not mean we have no opportuniti...

  • Salvation Army Bell Rung by Boosters

    Jan 4, 2024

    Shown at the Salvation Army bell ringing session held on Dec. 23 at Traditions were Boosters Jeff and Connie (The Elf) Brumbaugh and Suzanne McNally. Suzanne is also the Martinsburg Salvation Army Director. Also participating in the bell ringing were Boosters Jason and Rebekah Dick, Bob Bechtel, Homer Shriner, Ed Kreider, Dean Grubb, and Richard Bice....

  • Toasty Toddler Serves 713 Children

    DENISE ADAMS, Director|Jan 4, 2024

    The Toasty Toddler Program, a winter outerwear collection and distribution for children birth through age five served 713 children this season. Children registering receive a NEW coat, hat, and gloves through the generosity of the community. Toasty Toddler began as a collaborative project started by the Blair County Human Service Office, now the Blair County Department of Social Services, to help our youngest children keep warm through the winter months. Referrals are made by education, health care, and social service agencies serving families...

  • Gregory Announces Addition to Staff, New Office Hours

    Jan 4, 2024

    State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) recently announced that Rick Boston will be joining his staff as a district legislative aid. In addition, Gregory’s Bellwood office will be open five days a week beginning in January to offer services to local constituents. “Rick will be a great compliment to our team,” shared Gregory. “Not only will he be another friendly and helpful face in the office, but Rick coming on board will allow both our Bellwood and Hollidaysburg district offices to be open five days a week and the volume of services and assista...

  • Huston Township Farm Protected

    Jan 4, 2024

    Pennsylvania preserved 2,553 acres on 30 farms in 21 counties, forever protecting them from residential or commercial development. This investment of more than $8.7 million brings the total during 2023 to nearly $46.3 million invested to purchase land development rights for 13,663 acres on 166 farms, helping ensure that Pennsylvania farmers will have prime farmland to feed our families and economy in the future. Preserving prime farmland is one of the critical investments Governor Josh Shapiro has made in supporting Pennsylvania’s 52,700 farm f...

  • December Character Kids Named

    Jan 4, 2024

    Shown are Northern Bedford's December Character Kids: (Front row, from left) Deegan Hann, Lindsay Weist, Sammy Verdiglione; (Back row, from left) Keegan Foor, Katy Baker, Levi Steele, Ada Loose NBC Elementary School's "Character Kids" are chosen based on the following characteristics: respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, and kindness. The school promotes and encourages these traits. The staff looks for a student in each grade who portrays these qualities to...

  • Memorial Hospital of Bedford County Foundation's Gift Will Help Future Nurses

    Jan 4, 2024

    The Memorial Hospital of Bedford County (MHBC) Foundation Fund within the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is helping future nurses learn to care for patients who are unable to access nutrition through eating. The MHBC Fund donated $3,500 to the Bedford County Regional Education Foundation to purchase a Tube Feeding Tracheostomy Care Suction Training Model for use by students attending the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus. The Tube Feeding Tracheostomy Care Suction Trai...

  • Meet the Reporter: Natalie Gorsuch

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 4, 2024

    For almost nine years, I have been the news correspondent for Williamsburg. This job has been a fantastic part of my life for those nine years. What has come to my mind beginning in 2024 is that some of you may not know me. Thus – for the new year – I would like to introduce myself, or reintroduce myself to some. I began writing for the Herald in 2015, as the Williamsburg correspondent. When I am not writing for the Herald, I am the full-time Director and Lead Preschool-4 teacher at Bright Beg...

  • Reflections on Williamsburg's 2023

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 4, 2024

    Was it just me or did 2023 seem to fly by? Each year, I always do a year in review of Williamsburg, and I just can’t be anything but optimistic for Williamsburg in 2024 and the years to come. As Williamsburg knows, there is always and has always been potential in our small town. We are undoubtedly rich in our history, prideful in our school district, sports teams and traditions, and without a doubt, a community centered on just that — community. For the past few years, things have not always looked up in our small town — the closing of our g...

  • First Baby of 2024 From East Freedom

    Jan 4, 2024

    UPMC Magee-Womens at UPMC Altoona welcomed its first baby of the new year, Vivian Kathryn Gresh, on Monday, Jan. 1, at 1:17 a.m. Vivian weighed in at 7 pounds, 1.8 ounces and measured 18 inches long. Her arrival made first time parents of Ellen Kennedy and Noah Gresh, both of East Freedom, Pa....

  • Sledding Fun Coming Up, But Be Wary of the Wooden Toboggan

    Jan 4, 2024

    Frigidly cold in the Northeast, a mid-month storm will move in from Gulf of Mexico, bringing rain turning into snow. Okay, okay, this is not another weather story. Well, in a way it is because it’s about sled riding. The cold temperatures and snow most Morrisons Cove adults loathe are promises of fun and adventure for many children. Even as adults, when we hear the phrase sled riding, it prompts a memory and response for many. Along with fall chores on the farm where Martinsburg resident Jim Bloom was raised, time was taken to check out the s...

  • WISE Women Seeking Applications

    Jan 4, 2024

    WISE Women of Blair County is pleased to announce that they are seeking applications for scholarship assistance. One or more scholarships will be awarded up to a total of $10,000. Deadline for applications is no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2024. These completed applications must be received by email or US Postal mail to WISE Women at the address of P. O. Box 134, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 or you may submit your application to the email address of info@wisewomenofblaircounty.org. Scholarships will be available to Blair County resident...

  • FFA Degrees Earned by Cove Members

    Jan 4, 2024

    Name: Rowan Gorsuch Chapter: Williamsburg Parents/Guardians: Ryan and Jennifer Gorsuch SAE: Market Hog, Williamsburg Little League CDE: Envirothon Favorite FFA Activities: Volleyball Tournament Other School Activities: Basketball, Baseball, Blair County Youth Leadership and Math League. What's Next: Attend College Name: Kara Lansberry Chapter: Williamsburg Parents/Guardians: Joe and Beth Lansberry SAE: Market Goats, Employment – Marzoni's Brick Oven Restaurant, Employment – Williamsburg Bor...

  • Patton-Area Commercial Printer to Take Over Services in Martinsburg

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Jan 4, 2024

    Although the doors to one local printing business close, another company is available to take over their services at the start of the new year. AAA Color Card Company, a prominent printing shop in Martinsburg, has closed as of Dec. 31, with Com=Print taking over business practices. The change is due to AAA owner Sally Wright’s decision to retire from the business after nearly 40 years. She started working at AAA in 1985 and bought it 11 years later from her father and brother. Com-Print, currently run by Ray and Patti Keith, has been a l...

  • Claysburg Man Arraigned on Christmas for Felony Charges Against Teen

    Jan 4, 2024

    After being charged with stalking and raping a teenage girl on Christmas Eve, a Claysburg man is behind bars. Keith Robert Morse, 32, was arraigned Christmas Day before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones on felony charges of rape, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault – forcible compulsion, strangulation, aggravated indecent assault without consent, sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse forcible compulsion and m...

  • New Year Brings New Home For Rail City Curling

    Jan 4, 2024

    Rail City Curling club is proud to announce a new home and partnership with the North Central Recreation Center in Ebensburg. The club has been calling Altoona’s Galactic Ice home since 2018 and once swelled to over 30 members with representation at curling Bonspiels through the Northeast US and in Canada. However, the club was relegated to ice time that was too late for many of our members. Fortunately, this new partnership puts us on track for us a bright future. This is an exciting opportunity to grow as a club for those in Blair County t...

  • Annual Report for 2023

    Jan 4, 2024

    As I turned 74 just prior to Christmas, I reflected on my outdoor adventures during the past year. My fishing year began auspiciously. In an earlier column I related that my first trout of the year was a husky 22-inch rainbow. It was a prelude of fine fishing to come. I landed another trout even larger than that. The May fly-fishing during sulphur mayfly hatches on the BFO River was outstanding. (Clover Creek’s sulphurs have been wiped out.) Unlike other years when I often cannot find room to fish there during these wonderful hatches, I was a...

  • Central Goes to Hollidaysburg for the Holidays

    Jan 4, 2024

    It was a close one between Central and Hollidaysburg last week. The Dragons won 48-45. Central's Robert Long-Yarrison and Hollidaysburg's Jacob Hileman (left) and Leyton Weimert go after a loose ball Thursday, Dec. 28 during Hollidaysburg's Annual Holiday tournament. Central's Nick Garver defends against Hollidaysburg's Jacob Hileman....

  • What Was Making Herald Headlines 2023?

    Jan 4, 2024

    AUGUST Local golfer Nick Baum of Roaring Spring won the College Prep series at the end of July. Baum tied for first-place with a 74 score. —————————— Williamsburg celebrated 125 years of graduating classes with an event that included more than 200 alumni. The planning committee planned and executed this event in two months. —————————— The 2023-24 school year started and the Herald heard from two local superintendents on the focus of the year: students. —————————— Freedom Township employee Doug Grace retired after 23 years of service to th...

  • One-Hand Wonder

    Jan 4, 2024

    Williamsburg's Ethan Reffner puts up a one-handed shot over Cambria Heights' Reese Garrison during the Heights' Christmas tournament on Wednesday, Dec 27. The Pirates came out on top with 66 points to the Highlanders' 56....

  • NB Bands Together to Support Two Students Diagnosed With Cancer

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 4, 2024

    Two students at Northern Bedford County Middle School are fighting cancer and their community has stepped up to help them during this difficult time. After experiencing cyclical fevers and through diagnostic testing, TJ Helsel, 13, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma on Nov. 15, 2023, a cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. Quinton Morrow, 14, was diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT), a cancer that affects the spine and brain, on Dec. 17, 2023. The Northern Bedford...

  • Herald Editor Moving On

    ANNA BAUGHMAN MILLER, Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    Famously, it's not always easy to say goodbye. In my personal life, specifically with my family, I often try to do the "Irish Goodbye," to some extent (for those unfamiliar, an Irish Goodbye is leaving without saying goodbye). I do always say goodbye to my mom and dad and I like to kiss my nieces' and nephews' heads before I go, but it takes a lot for me to announce to the room "I am now leaving." This is likely because I'll see them again soon. Usually within the next day. Sadly, this isn't...

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