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  • Robert M. Johnson

    Jan 11, 2024

    Robert M. Johnson, 70, of Williamsburg, passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 6, 2024, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born Nov. 26, 1953, in Gadsden, Alabama, son of the late Ralph M. and Carolyn E. (Carson) Johnson. On Oct. 6, 2005, he married Dorcas L. Brumbaugh in Altoona. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Dorcas Johnson, of Williamsburg; a daughter, Krystal Johnson of Altoona; a step-daughter, Rhonda Brumbaugh of Claysburg; five grandsons: Brian Weidel, Jason We...

  • Northern Bedford FBLA Updates on Recent Events

    Jan 11, 2024

    Northern Bedford FBLA Encourages Entrepreneurship The 2023-2024 Northern Bedford FBLA project is titled Encouraging Entrepreneurship. As part of the project, co-chairs Avery Aungst, Aiden Wadel, and Myah Douglas, encouraged the community to shop local during the holiday season. Two radio ads aired on Bedford County stations promoting Small Business Saturday and Bedford County small businesses during the months of November and December. Members also created a display the Chamber of Commerce's...

  • Leadership Blair County Youth Program Gives Students Community, Volunteer Experiences

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 11, 2024

    Leadership Blair County Youth Program, of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce is cultivating leadership skills among local high school students. The program is an extension of the adult version which started in the early 2000s, according to Chamber representative Brittany Mayer. She said it is gaining popularity among 10th grade students because of the exposure to various facets of their community. "The students really took charge of it this year," Mayer said. Designed to showcase the career...

  • John R. Newswanger

    Jan 11, 2024

    John R. Newswanger, 82, of Roaring Spring, passed away Friday Evening, Dec. 29, 2023, at his home. He was born on Aug. 22, 1941, in Lancaster County; son of the late David and Alice (Ringler) Newswanger. On March 29, 1966, he married Mabel (Horst) Newswanger in Bowmansville. In addition to his wife, John is survived by a son, Lloyd Newswanger (Lisa) of Newville; two grandchildren, Brenden of San Diego, California and Rachel at home; brothers, Leroy of Bowmansville, Earl (Alta) of Kentucky, Amos (Edna) of Martinsburg, and Leon (Dianne) of...

  • Terry L. Dilling

    Jan 11, 2024

    Terry L. “Pete” Dilling, 80, Martinsburg, went home to be with the Lord, Monday evening, Jan. 1, 2024, unexpectedly at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1943, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Roy N. “Pete” and Florence A. (Loose) Dilling. On Oct. 24, 1965, he married Aldelheid “Heidi” Miosga at Memorial Church of the Brethren, Martinsburg. Surviving along with his wife, “Heidi,” of Germany, are a daughter, Connie S. Kreuzer (Franz), of Wolfratshausen, Germany; a step-son, Klaus Miosga, of Muni...

  • Dale C. Dilling

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dale Carbaugh Dilling, 91, of Hopewell, passed into the eternal arms of his Lord and Savior Jan. 6, 2024. Dale was born Feb. 5, 1932, in Roaring Spring, to E. Paul and Ethel (Carbaugh) Dilling, and grew up in Hopewell. He was the devoted husband of Doris Edna (Black) Dilling for over 70 years, as well as the beloved father of Duane (Trudy); Diane, (Darrell); Deana and Deron (Bonnie). He was the grandfather to Haley, Deidre, Dana, David, Daniel, Davis, Devin, Dale, Katie, Daulton, Darcy, Logan,...

  • Harry B. Rinard

    Jan 11, 2024

    Harry B. Rinard, 92, of Woodbury, formerly of Saxton, passed away Jan. 5, 2024, at home. He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Saxton; son of the late Jacob and Mable (Crum) Rinard. He is survived by daughter, Susan Heath (Victor) of Saxton; daughter, Robin Dorman (Ray) of Cresson; daughter, Sondra Koontz of Woodbury; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae (Stuller) Rinard on Jan. 24, 2004; daughter, Cheryl on July 31, 2023; grandson, Victor...

  • John L. Dively

    Jan 11, 2024

    John L. Dively 87, of Roaring Spring formerly of Royer, rural Williamsburg, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 28, 2023, at the James E. Van Zandt Medical Center, Altoona. He was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Claysburg, son of the late Albert P. and Annie (Feathers) Dively. On April 27, 1963, he married Thelma M. Fisher in Claysburg. He is survived by his beloved wife, Thelma of 60 years; a daughter, Gail Claybaugh (Thomas) of rural Williamsburg; a son, Jeff Dively (Connie) of Woodbury; three...

  • Rebecca A. Ross

    Jan 11, 2024

    Rebecca A. Ross, 99, Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, 2024, at her home. She was born Nov. 28, 1924, in Catherine Township, daughter of the late Jack A. Newman and Elvie (Anderson) Newman-Newcomer. On Nov. 15, 1946, she married John C. Ross in Harrisburg. He preceded her in death Oct. 6, 2000, following 53 years of marriage. She is survived by seven children: Donald L. Ross, of Ephrata, David P. Ross of Williamsburg, Connie M. Reffner of Bedford, Pauline W....

  • Janet Marlene (Shaw) Detterline

    Jan 11, 2024

    Janet Marlene (Shaw) Detterline, 87, of New Enterprise, passed away Jan. 3, 2024, at her home. She was born May 18, 1936, in Roaring Spring; daughter of the late Kessler Alvie and Gladys Irene (Smith) Shaw. On Aug. 23, 1952, at the Dry Run Church in Puzzletown, she was united in marriage to Charles Melvin Detterline; he preceded her in death on March 11, 2003. She is survived by daughter, Brenda Patterson of New Enterprise; daughter, Vickie Detwiler of New Enterprise; daughter, Charlotte...

  • Central Student Publishes First Book

    Jan 11, 2024

    By CATI KEITH Staff Writer A senior from Central High School just published her first book after spending many years developing the story while also staying on top of school work and club responsibilities. Julianna Myers, 17, of Roaring Spring, is the author of the book “Metal Heart” which was officially published on Dec. 19, 2023. The original story started when she was in fifth grade and was inspired by a game she played with her friends called “space aliens.” At first, the story was about humans versus aliens, but over the years the aliens...

  • Wineland's IGA Foodliner: The Area's First Supermarket

    TOM REESE, For the Herald|Jan 11, 2024

    Grocery supermarkets were a new thing in the 1950s. As was mentioned in a previous article, up until that time when you shopped at a grocery store, you went up to the counter and told the clerk what you wanted and they would bring it to you, item by item. Grocery stores were very much smaller than today’s markets. Items were stacked to the ceiling, which in many cases were ten feet high or more. Clerks used long hooks to bring things down or to knock them loose, then catch them as they fell. S...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Jan 11, 2024

    Welcome to Purity, Maine. An isolated town, it’s the perfect place for a spy to retire. Or is it? Thus begins the journey for Maggie Bird and four of her fellow ex-CIA agents in Tess Gerritsen’s latest novel, The Spy Coast. Choosing Maine as the central setting for the novel was made easy by the fact that Maine has had many ex-CIA operatives retire there. Gerritsen’s husband, a doctor, found that several of his patients identified as being past employees of the US government, the CIA, and Secre...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jan 11, 2024

    To The Editor: It brought me much joy to read Martinsburg Musings by Tom Reese. Tom and I are contemporaries so the town he described was the town I grew up in. Those of us who grew up in Martinsburg in the 1950s were as blessed as any young person could be. I could picture myself at 13 years of age (70 years ago) walking the town passing the businesses that Tom described. I can think of only one addition/correction that I can make. As I remember, the grocery store in the Leidy building was called The American Store and was managed by Mildred...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jan 11, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 12, 1899 The Borough of Roaring Spring advertised its intention of constructing a public sewer system and would ask the voters to approve borrowing $12,000 to pay for it. Voters were to approve or disapprove the plan at the Feb. 21 primary election. An up-to-date minstrel troupe under the leadership of A.V. Schluembach was rehearsing for a strictly high class and moral performance Jan. 24 at Seminary Hall in Martinsburg. The Martinsburg orchestra was to provide the music. Admission was 35 cents for reserved seats, 25 cents for...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jan 11, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 10, 1974 Roaring Spring firemen, denied their request to build a new fire hall along Robinson Avenue, met with members of borough council to discuss their options. Since that was denied because of zoning restrictions, firemen were looking at a new area already approved for the appropriate zoning. Martinsburg firemen filled the floor of one of the livestock barns at the Memorial Park with water to create an ice skating rink. The new “pond” even came equipped with lights for night skating. Donald Evans, a former Williamsburg res...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jan 11, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 11, 1924 An arrangement was worked out with C.W. D’Ford, proprietor of the D’Ford Theater in Martinsburg, where a series of 12 quality pictures were to be shown with part of the proceeds going to school libraries. Businessmen in town agreed to sell tickets to guarantee the success of the program. Booked for the first two shows were “The Old Homestead” and “When Knighthood Was in Flower.” A petition containing over 400 names was presented to the Blair County commissioners by a delegation from the Martinsburg-Fr...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jan 11, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 14, 1999 Cove residents who didn’t like snow probably would have preferred a large amount of that than deal with the icy conditions created by several ice storms. The storm began as snow on Friday morning, accumulating to about four and a half inches. Residents had just enough time to clear their sidewalks before another dose of sleet and freezing rain hit Friday night and Saturday morning. The snow, sleet and ice added a fresh topping to the ice and snow that had fallen a week earlier, most of which had never melted due to t...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jan 11, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 13, 1949 Ezra G. Bender of Martinsburg, treasurer of the Board of Missions and Charities of the Mennonite Church in North America, left for South America to visit missions, churches and refugee centers established by the denomination. The Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, marked its 10th anniversary of sending power through its lines. Since the start of the cooperative, lines had been extended over Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Franklin, and Fulton counties. Starting with 306 miles of lines and 590 rural consumers, it...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jan 11, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 9, 2014 New council member Janet E. Blattenberger was sworn into office during the reorganizational meeting. She was elected to the position during the November election, replacing Doreen Easly, who did not seek another term. Two bills to exempt high tunnels from real estate taxes were unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House and Senate and signed by the governor. Senate Bill 638 and House Bill 1439 ensured that high tunnel greenhouses are not categorized as real estate for tax purposes. According to the National Weather...

  • Another Birthday!

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Jan 11, 2024

    I am writing this column on my birthday. There are other things that I would rather be doing on my “big day”, but the reality of a busy schedule means that this is the day to complete the task. You must have been counting on it because you are reading these words. Unless you have an early January date of birth also, you will experience a birthday in 2024. As we age, they sure seem to come and go quickly. If family members were to put the corresponding number of candles on the cake per year, they would be wise to have a fire extinguisher on hand...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr|Jan 11, 2024

    Winter has just barely begun. Spring is far away. Many of us do not like winter’s cold challenges. What can we do? There is one thing we must surely do: “Wait!” Of course we may not like waiting very much either. There are three ladies from Scripture we can look at. First there is Sarai, Abram’s wife. She wanted a child and for a long time was not able to have a child. She knew God had promised one but was impatient. So she went ahead with her own plan. She gave her maid servant to her husband...

  • Snow Falls on the Cove For the First Time in 2024

    Jan 11, 2024

    The first and second snowfall of 2024 were only a few days apart! The result of Saturday’s snowstorm is shown in New Enterprise above, as photographed by Judith Ott on Sunday. Ott photographed Tuesday’s weather, which brought a flurry of activity, including rain and snow throughout the day....

  • Public Notices

    Jan 11, 2024

    Meeting Dates The Huston Township Supervisors have set their regular meeting dates for 2024 for the first Thursday of each month, Feb. 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5. The reorganization meeting for 2025 will be Jan. 6, 2025. Meeting Dates Regular meetings for 2024 – 2nd Thursday of each month. All meetings start at 7:00 pm January 2 – Reorganization meeting January 11 February 8 March 14 April 11 May 9 June 13 July 11 August 8 September 12 October 10 November 14 December 12 Catharine Tow... Full story

  • New SCSB Director Brings Up Superintendent Resignation After Distraught Parents Speak

    THOMAS SCHMITT, For the Herald|Jan 11, 2024

    The Spring Cove School District Board of Directors had to stop its monthly committee of the whole meeting for a 40-minute executive session after new board member Kevin Smith said he was going to ask for Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker’s resignation. The executive session came after an hour of listening to distraught parents upset over a variety of issues during the recognition of visitors portion of the meeting. Smith has claimed the board is not following policies as written. Smith said he w...

  • Cove's Cold Creations

    Jan 11, 2024

    Saturday’s weather brought us a snow-covered canvas, and some people across the Cove took the opportunity to make creative constructions....

  • Bedford Humane Society Flooded With Animals and Volunteers After More Than 90 Dogs Are Rescued

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 11, 2024

    Pennsylvania State Police and humane societies in the area rescued more than 90 dogs that were found in a home on Old Route 220 in Bedford County in late December. On Dec. 30, Pennsylvania State Police were called to a home along Old Route 220 for a report of animal cruelty. When the officers arrived at the home, they noticed an overpowering smell of dog feces. While they heard dogs barking, no one was home at the time. Officers returned to the home on Dec. 31., at this time they made contact with an 82-year-old male and 62-year-old female who...

  • Blair County Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam Calls

    Jan 11, 2024

    The Blair County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of residents receiving phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as a Deputy of the Blair County Sheriff’s Office. The caller claims that a “jury duty or witness” appearance has been missed, resulting in an arrest warrant being generated for the recipient. The actor provides instructions on how to handle the warrant, by paying a dollar amount that could resolve the outstanding warrant. The actor also gives a case number and the victim’s personal information (making i...

  • Cove Has Another Keystone Degree Recipient

    Jan 11, 2024

    Name: Heather Brumbaugh Chapter: Central Cove FFA Parents/Guardians: Keith and Melissa Brumbaugh SAE: Market goats and Job placement at Cove Creamery CDE: Veterinary Science and Land Judging. LDE: Creed, Jr. Prepared, and Sr. Prepared. Offices Held: 2022-2023 Chapter Treasurer, 2023-2024 Chapter President Favorite FFA Activities: National Convention, SLLC, and Land Judging. What’s Next: I plan to attend Penn State University to major in Agriculture Education & Extension, and get a job as an A...

  • Students of the Month Chosen at Central

    Jan 11, 2024

    Rotary Student of the Month for DECEMBER: Brennen Yingling Parents: Brad and Jen Yingling School Activities: Golf, Bocce, NHS, and Spanish Honor Society Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, sled hockey, playing cards and spending time with friends Honors/Awards Received: NHS, Spanish Honor Society, Honor Roll, High Honor Roll, and Congressional Award by Congressman Dr. Joyce from Encompass Health for Dedication and Drive in Rehab. Favorite Quote: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Future...

  • Northern Bedford Rotary Students of The Month Named

    Jan 11, 2024

    NOVEMBER LEAH SWANSEEN Parents: David and Emily Swanseen School Activities: 3-year letter winner for basketball (captain 23-24), 3-year letter winner for softball, 2-year letter winner for soccer (captain 23-24), 2-year letter winner for cheerleading, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council (treasurer), Future Business Leader of America School Honors and Accomplishments: High Honor Roll, Academic Letter, Student Council Treasurer, 3-time FBLA State Qualifier and...

  • NBCMS Applauds Students of the Month

    Jan 11, 2024

    Shown are December Students of the Month for NBC Middle School (from left): John Frye, son of Tim & Amy Frye, 6th grade Adaya Brockus, daughter of James & Staci Brockus, 6th grade Brynn Miller, daughter of Lucas & Jennie Miller, 7th grade Slaydan Martin, son of Daniel & Bobbi Martin, 7th grade Alexia Helsel, daughter of Keith Helsel and Cara Warner, 8th grade Leland Wheeler, son of Candi Hinson, 8th grade (absent for photo)....

  • Woodbury Looking for New Supervisor, Roadmaster After Hamilton Resignation

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    Woodbury Township Supervisors were surprised before their meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 2, to a note that current Supervisor and Roadmaster Craig Hamilton had resigned from both roles effective Dec. 31, 2023. Solicitor Aimee Willett instructed supervisors that since this was not on the agenda for the evening, the supervisors would have to wait until the February meeting to accept Hamilton’s resignation and at that meeting, if warranted, could appoint a new supervisor. Vice Chairman Ed Clark made a motion to accept Speed Limit Ordinance 100, which l...

  • Williamsburg Announces Rotary Students of the Month

    Jan 11, 2024

    The Williamsburg Community School District announced the November and December Morrisons Cove Rotary Students of the Month. November – Eliza Mock Eliza Mock is the daughter of Cathy and David Mock, of Williamsburg. In school, Mock is involved in the National Honor Society, the Challenge Program, as well as taking college courses and being on the Dean’s List in those college courses. She is also actively involved in cross country, aevidum, fellowship, student council and the Spanish Club. In the community, Mock enjoys running and spending tim...

  • Borough Chooses Patterson as Council President

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    The Williamsburg Borough, following a nomination by Council member Paula Hamilton, chose to appoint Ed Patterson as the new council president. Patterson acknowledged Don Zimmerman's many years as Council President. "I've got big shoes to fill," Patterson said. Patterson made a motion to nominate Jim Foreso as vice president. Bruce Hamilton made a motion to appoint Dennis Hammel as the president pro tem. Before the various appointments, Mayor Ted Hyle administered the Oath of Office to three...

  • Gorsuches Become Second Father/Son Duo to Hit 1,000

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    Senior Rowan Gorsuch hit his 1,000th point in the third quarter of the Blue Pirate game versus Glendale on Dec. 28, 2023. According to Head Coach Jeff Detwiler, the game was the second game in the Cambria Heights holiday tournament, with the Blue Pirates coming out on top 67-45. Rowan is the son of Ryan and Jennifer Gorsuch of Williamsburg, who Rowan acknowledges as his mentors. His father, Ryan, was a breakout basketball star for Williamsburg who also made 1,000 points in his career at...

  • Catharine Township Changes Meeting Dates

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    Catharine Township officials agreed during their reorganizational meeting that meeting dates will now be the 2nd Thursday of the month, still at 7 p.m. Township office hours will continue to be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. Heather Flaig was once again named chairman of the supervisors, with Ralph Rispoli as vice chairman and Ken Brenneman as supervisor. Flaig was reappointed as secretary with Brenneman as Treasurer. The following roadworkers were also reappointed: Paul Miller, Shawn Zimmerman and Elva Fay. Lisa Imler was...

  • Reader Emphasizes Need for Cars to Slow Down During Sledding Season

    KATHY MELLOTT|Jan 11, 2024

    Few articles I have written since starting on this adventure with the Morrisons Cove Herald have generated a positive response as the one published last week about snow sledding. It seemed to bring a laugh and spark some memoirs for many readers. But one reader chided me for missing an excellent opportunity to caution adults, especially drivers, to ease up on the accelerometer any time they spot a group of sledders. “You never know where all of those kids are and one may be very close to the roadway,” the reader said. She was spot on and the...

  • Lady Dragons Triumph Over Eagles

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    In their two matches against the Tyrone Lady Golden Eagles and the Bishop McCourt Lady Crushers, the Lady Dragons found themselves triumphant with a 45-27 win over the Eagles but fell to the Crushers 57-24 to finish the week. The Dragons’ dominating victory early in the week came from a well-balanced offensive attack. The Dragons’ lead scorer was Bralyn Ellis with 14 points, while Megan Diehl added 12 herself for the victory. With a record of 5-5, the Lady Dragons head into their next week with matchups against the Hollidaysburg Lady Gol...

  • Letter From an Old Guy

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dear Young Sportsmen, I hope as you progress through your outdoor lives, you become dedicated sportsmen. One thing you must do is to keep your eyes on our outdoor agencies. Right now, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s dreadful policies cater to game hogs and in many cases do not promote healthy populations of game animals. You want to advocate for fewer antlerless deer licenses being issued, and you probably should advocate that the PGC make these licenses specific for public-land or private-land hunting. Urge the PGC to lower numbers of a...

  • Lady Dragon Basketball Holds Teacher Appreciation

    Jan 11, 2024

    The first Lady Dragon Basketball Teacher Appreciation Night was held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, where team members took the opportunity to honor special teachers. Six seniors selected one teacher who had a significant impact on her, celebrating their contributions and influence. The following teachers were selected: Mrs. Angela Diehl, Mrs. Kassondra Leidy, Mr. Zachary Johnston, Miss Grace Monroe, Mr. Shad Benton and Mrs. Josette Rhykerd. Additionally, all the girls collectively acknowledged teacher...

  • Spring Cove Jr. Wrestling Competes in Tournaments

    Jan 11, 2024

    ABOVE: Spring Cove Jr. High Wrestling placed second of 10 teams at the Central Cambria Red Devil Invitational on Friday, Dec. 29. The team finished the day with a 4-2 record. In Pool Play they defeated Mount Union 60-16, Halifax 52-12 and Richland 63-15. Their only pool play loss was to South Williamsport 33-54. In playoffs, they defeated the number-one team from the other pool, Central Cambria 45-39. Spring Cove then lost again to South Williamsport in the championship match 33-46. Team...

  • Dragons Top Two Tough Opponents

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    The Dragons faced two tough opponents in the Laurel Highlands Athletic conference in the Tyrone Golden Eagles and the Bishop McCourt Crushers. An astounding defensive effort throughout the week left the Dragons with 46-35 and 48-33 victories respectively. In the match against the Eagles, who had averaged above 70 points per game up until this point, the Dragon defense severely limited their opponent’s offensive capabilities. After the first quarter, the Dragons led 13-7. Despite the Eagles taking a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter, the Dr...

  • Central Student Publishes First Book

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 11, 2024

    A senior from Central High School just published her first book after spending many years developing the story while also staying on top of school work and club responsibilities. Julianna Myers, 17, of Roaring Spring, is the author of the book "Metal Heart" which was officially published on Dec. 19, 2023. The original story started when she was in fifth grade and was inspired by a game she played with her friends called "space aliens." At first, the story was about humans versus aliens, but...

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