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  • N. Bedford School District Sticks with Local Bus Service After Residents Speak Up

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 25, 2024

    During the recent Northern Bedford County School Board of Directors meeting, many community members showed up to support Leidy Transportation in hopes that the district would choose to renew its contract with the bus company. Community members Brittany Hall, Bill Imler, and Kassi Leidy voiced their opinions during the public comment session of the meeting. The result was that the school board approved a five-year transportation contract with Leidy Transportation LLC, spanning the 2024-25 through 2028-29 school years. The contract, with an 8-1...

  • Rodeo Clown Gives E. Freedom Boy a Piece of his Dream

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 25, 2024

    Daniel Miller, 14, of East Freedom, had his dream come true at the First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Jan. 11-13. Keith Isley, a rodeo clown, played a big part in turning Miller’s aspirations into reality. Daniel’s mother Delsa Miller said her son was born with only a 50 percent chance of survival. She said there was a hole in his diaphragm which allowed his intestines to go up through that space and fill his chest cavity, where the lungs were dev...

  • Herald Print Fund at 5 Percent of Goal

    ALLAN J. BASSLER, Publisher|Jan 25, 2024

    I’m writing to provide an update on the Herald’s request to its readers and supporters for help with our printing costs. First, I’d like to give you a reason to support the Herald. Last week’s edition put a story about the wooden cane-making skills of Cove resident Fred Gutshall on the front page. Gutshall stopped in the Herald office to pick up a few additional copies, which happens often when someone is pleased to find themselves or a loved one on the front page of the Herald. Fred wanted extra copies to send to family members. While he was...

  • N. Bedford 'Unplugs' Students and Teachers for a Day

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jan 25, 2024

    Northern Bedford County Middle and High Schools implemented an “unplugged day” where laptops, computers, cellphones, email, smartboards, and other internet-connected devices were off-limits to raise awareness about the impact of technology on students and staff. Middle school Principal Kendra Pritchett said the only exceptions were landline phones, copy machines, and essential security equipment. “We found that a lot of the things we do on a daily basis, we had to figure out a different way to d...

  • Ronald O. Reffner Jr.

    Jan 25, 2024

    Ronald O. Reffner Jr., 80, of Roaring Spring, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Dec. 31, 2023, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center. He was born Oct. 29, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., son of the late R. Otha and G. Irene (Miller) Reffner. On April 22, 1967, he married Judy A. Theys. He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Diane E. Reffner of Commerce, Ga. and Lynnea D. Jackson and husband, Scott, of Millville, Mass.; three grandchildren: Elias Unger, Sofie Jackson and Nevaeh Johnson; and a...

  • Terry Lee Raible

    Jan 25, 2024

    Terry Lee Raible, 75, of Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Dec. 19, 2023, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born April 14, 1948, in Altoona, son of the late George C. and Anna M. (Rutter) Raible. He is survived by two sons: Matthew A. Raible (Jennifer) of Warrenton, Va. and Corey S. Raible of Altoona; three grandchildren: Addison, Jack and Evaline Raible; his partner and companion of 24 years, Janet E. Shoenfelt; and two brothers: Joseph Raible...

  • Mark Van Dyke Burchfield

    Jan 25, 2024

    Mark Van Dyke Burchfield, 70, of York New Salem, left the bonds of earth to fly high on Jan. 17, 2024 after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 26, 1953, the son of the late Charles H. and Hazel R. (Huss) Burchfield of Martinsburg. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathie. Their meeting at 4 years old in kindergarten later led to a lifetime of love and adventure. Also surviving are a brother, Charles W. Burchfield and wife Cheryl of DuBois; brother-in-law Kerry Hoover and wife Beth of...

  • Dorothy Mae (Snoeberger) Morrison

    Jan 25, 2024

    Dorothy Mae (Snoeberger) Morrison, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, at Keene Center Genesis in Kenne, New Hampshire. Born May 5, 1940, she was raised in New Enterprise, daughter of Clarence and Pauline Maude (Fike) Snoeberger. She is survived by her three sons; James A. and his wife Kathryn L., Joseph E. and his partner Lindsay R., and G. Sherman H. as well as four grandchildren; Eva, Willow, Lia and Jillian. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her younger brother...

  • Terry B. Wyles

    Jan 25, 2024

    Terry B. Wyles, 76, of Alum Bank, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born April 21, 1947; a son of the late Blair and Mildred E. (Motto) Wyles. On Nov. 22, 1997, he was united in marriage to Dorothy E. (Cornell) Wyles. She preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2015. He is survived by two children: Tammy Frazier married to David, Bedford and Nicky Young married to Kevin, Bedford; step-children: Pam Humphrey, Carol Clark and Dana Morris;...

  • Sharon L. Gleim

    Jan 25, 2024

    Sharon L. Gleim, 75, of Williamsburg, passed away early Friday morning, Jan. 19, 2024, at Maple Heights Health and Rehab Center, Ebensburg. She was born Aug. 23, 1948, in Huntingdon, daughter of the late Paul M. and Dorothy J. (Lewis) Gleim. She is survived by a daughter, Jodi L. Barad (Manish) of Harrisburg; a granddaughter, Jaya Barad; two brothers: Don Gleim (Fannie) of Philadelphia and James “Packy” Gleim of Williamsburg; a sister-in-law, Karen Gleim in Ohio (surviving spouse of bro...

  • Arlene F. Kagarise

    Jan 25, 2024

    Arlene F. Kagarise, 89, of New Enterprise, passed away Jan. 17, 2024 at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center – Roaring Spring. She was born Jan. 14, 1935, at home; daughter of the late Edwin C. and Grace E. (Eshelman) Fletcher. On Aug. 28, 1955, in New Enterprise, she was united in marriage to Orlo W. Kagarise; he preceded her in death July 12, 2004. Arlene was a member of the Bell Seventh Day Baptist Church and the Southern Cove Fire Company Auxiliary. She enjoyed church bible studies, reading and t...

  • James B. Clouse II

    Jan 25, 2024

    James B. Clouse II, 38, of Portage, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 20, 2024, at his residence. He was born March 7, 1985, in Everett, son of Donna J. (Baker) Holsinger of Martinsburg and the late James A. Clouse. He is survived by a son, Nolan Clouse of Bellwood; three brothers: Donald Dibert, David Dibert (Stacey) and Dustin Clouse (Brittney); two sisters: Kristen Clouse (Garrett Long) and Kayla Martin (Marvin); and 14 nieces and nephews. Jimmy was a 2003 graduate...

  • S. Woodbury Township Names Hileman Chairman

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    The South Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors organization meeting took place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. Nominations were made for chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, teasurer and auditor. John T. Hileman Jr. was voted chairman; Rick Musselman as vice-chairman and Jay Claycomb as supervisor. Rachel White was voted secretary and treasurer. The auditor chosen was Ritchey, Ritchey and Koontz of Martinsburg. Wages were set for the new year, with the secretary-treasurer position receiving a $1 per hour increase. Donations were provided to the...

  • Lies and the Cherry Tree

    DAVE POTCHAK, Herald Columnist|Jan 25, 2024

    As a child, there was a large tree in our backyard that the members of my family and our neighbors called a chokecherry tree. Our parents told us to never eat the little fruits from that tree, or we would choke to death. The fact was that the tree, in reality, was a wild black cherry tree that started to grow long before I was born. To this day, I don’t think that my parents lied to us – more likely, they heard this tale about the chokecherry tree and out of ignorance and caution, they passed on the information to their kids. Now, most chi...

  • Pennsylvania funds $40M to replace diesel trucks with EVs

    ANTHONY HENNEN, The Center Square|Jan 25, 2024

    The diesel-to-electric vehicle conversion continues as Pennsylvania coughs up the funds for localities and trucking companies to make an upgrade. The Department of Environmental Protection announced on Wednesday $40 million in grants to 16 applicants to replace aging diesel vehicles with EVs. The grants come from the $119 million Pennsylvania was awarded from a 2016-2017 settlement with Volkswagen after the company skirted emission rules. “Clean air is crucial in ensuring a healthy environment,” DEP Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley sai...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Jan 25, 2024

    Rewind to 1992. A movie has just released showing women playing professional baseball. The book, No Crying in Baseball, is a homage to one of America’s most beloved movies of the 1990s – A League of Their Own. Written by Erin Carlson, a cultural and entertainment journalist, the book takes us on a deep dive into the making of the movie. This journey lets us look at the works of Penny Marshall (of Laverne and Shirley fame), Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and the movie’s star, Geena Davis....

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jan 25, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 26, 1899 Smallpox cases in Woodbury stirred the question of whether or not persons should be vaccinated. The Roaring Spring correspondent warned that if cases occurred there, the town could be quarantined. This would prevent trains from stopping there and no paper or flour could be shipped. C.L. Longenecker of the Morrisons Cove Stock Farm at Waterside purchased a new team of black horses, which he claimed were the finest in three counties. Harry K. Brown of Loysburg announced he would open a feed and flour store in Woodbury....

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jan 25, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 24, 1974 The Northern Bedford and Spring Cove school districts both extended the contracts of their current superintendents. Northern Bedford elected Dr. Ben Van Horn to a new five-year term, and the SC board also gave John M Humberd an additional five years. Williamsburg School Board members were informed that the district had only about a week’s worth of gasoline left to operate the district’s school buses. Employees were told to use fuel sparingly while officials attempted to locate additional supplies. Meier “Max” Billig,...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jan 25, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 25, 1924 While working at the Clay Banks, east of Martinsburg, Irvin Dilling was killed in a blast that occurred on the McKerihan farm. A clod of clay was thrown from the explosion into the group of workers behind a 12-foot hill, striking the victim on the head. Paul Bailey occupied the farm and Emory Pote was the clay company manager. Thermometers in Fredericksburg registered five and six below zero. Two Woodbury citizens died this week. Rev. J.C. Stayer, retired Church of the Brethren minister and district officer, and town...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jan 25, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 28, 1999 It was announced that ‘99 Encounter with Christ - the evangelistic crusade scheduled for June – would take place in a large tent to be put up on the grounds of the Northern Bedford School District. Martinsburg Post Office employee James Barr was honored for achieving 30 years of service with the Postal Service. He received a 30-year pin and a letter of recognition from Richard Cellino, postal service district manager in Erie. Organizers of the King Valley Golf Course, near the village of King, schedule a spring gra...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jan 25, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 27, 1949 The Woodbury Milling Co., owned and operated by W. Herbert Hoover, was marking its 25th anniversary of operation by the present owner. Mrs. Hoover, the former Hazel Bolger, had served the firm as bookkeeper for 19 years. The couple and six-year-old daughter Kay Lynne, resided in a new home overlooking the mill dam. Mill employees included Samuel Over, head miller; Roy Whitfield and John H. Replogle, assistant millers; Ray Teeter, truck driver; and Anna Jane Imler, clerk. Two sets of twins, who were first cousins, were...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jan 25, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 30, 2014 Exactly one week after forming a Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board called a special meeting to address changes regarding the new committee. On Jan. 15, the school board unanimously approved the formation of a committee that will “find the cause of declining grades and test scores and to get remediation and changes in place.” Claysburg PAST (Preserving artifacts, stories and traditions) had a new concept in its history tours on Saturday, April 26. The three-hour bus tour would cover the Q...

  • Lady Dragons Go Two for Three

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    In a three-match week, the Lady Dragon basketball team faced the Philipsburg-Osceola Lady Mountaineers, the Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils and the Johnstown Lady Trojans. The Lady Dragons found victories against the Mountaineers and the Trojans with respective scores of 59-23 and 46-32. The midweek game, however, left the Lady Dragons with a 42-35 loss. After outscoring the Mountaineers 25-2 in the first quarter, the Dragons’ dominance continued throughout the rest of the game. The Dragons l...

  • Dragons Fall to J-town Trojans

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    In a week with two matches against the Philipsburg-Osceola Mountaineers and the Johnstown Trojans, the Dragons found themselves with a dominating 65-27 victory early in the week only to fall in a narrow 50-45 game to finish it. Against the Mountaineers, the Dragons jumped out to an early eight-point lead after the first quarter and maintained it for the rest of the game, including the 36-14 halftime score. This continued for the rest of the match, including when the Dragons held their opponents...

  • The A Team

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Jan 25, 2024

    I have three friends who have earned the nickname “The A Team” for their handyman-type activities, especially work involving the First Methodist Church of Williamsburg. Occasionally they include me on a project, one that does not involve any mechanical or technical skills, of course. After all, as Bruce Houck, my brother-in-law, once remarked about me when I was offered some tools and refused to take any of them, “He wouldn’t know how to use them anyhow.” However, there are other A Teams, a couple to which I aspire. I would like to become an...

  • Spring Cove Reviews its Challenges and Accomplishments

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker reviewed the 2024-27 comprehensive plan for the Spring Cove School District at the regular Spring Cove School District Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The plan was put together by parents, community members, teachers and administrators. The plan’s motto was “Building a foundation of success, one student at a time.” Dr. Baker described the biggest challenge faced by the district as a teacher and support-staff shortage and retention with fewer job applicants. Dr. Baker also cited as a chall...

  • H-burg School District Hires Superintendent from Bald Eagle

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    The Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Curtis A. Whitesel as the new superintendent for the Hollidaysburg Area School District at the January Committee of the Whole/Voting Meeting. Whitesel was given a five-year contract running from April 2024 through March 31, 2029. Whitesel is currently the superintendent of schools for Bald Eagle Area School District, a position he started in October 2022. Prior to that, he had been superintendent at...

  • A Martinsburg Boy's Memories and Stories from the 1950s

    Jan 25, 2024

    With this edition, the Herald is introducing a new columnist, John Bush. John lived and was raised in Martinsburg until he graduated with the first Central High School class of 1961. At age 17, he left for college, fell in love with geology and traveled throughout the United States. He received his Ph.D. degree in geology at Washington State University and spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He taught geology at and has been associated with the University of Idaho for fifty...

  • Let the Sunshine In

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Jan 25, 2024

    I have told many people that the older I get the less I enjoy the cold weather and the wintertime. Like most children, I used to enjoy building snowmen, having snowball fights and sled riding. As a young teenager I spent many weekend afternoons playing hockey on the frozen pond. In my 20s I learned to ski and loved the thrill of flying down the slopes. The cold temperatures did not use to bother me much. They do now. It is no wonder that my retired brother and so many like him end up going south for at least part of the winter. Maybe the day...

  • Easter traditions from around the globe

    Jan 25, 2024

    Easter Sunday is a significant day on the Christian calendar. Easter Sunday will be celebrated on March 31, 2024, and many of those celebrations will feature some notable traditions. Some traditions are undoubtedly familiar to practicing Christians, while others might come as a surprise. As Easter approaches, faithful Christians and others intrigued by the holiday can consider these notable traditions from around the globe. Fireworks in Florence The folk tradition of Scoppio del Carro ("Explosion of the Cart") takes place in Florence, Italy....

  • Thought for the Week

    Jan 25, 2024

    I am feeling led to look at ‘The Tithe’ in this week’s Thought’. Basically The Tithe is giving to God, one tenth of grain, vegetables, fruit, and domesticated animals produced that year. There are other associated words, i.e. offerings, gifts, sacrifices, but I just plan to look at ‘tithe’. The original tithe seems to be voluntary. Abraham, celebrates his victory in a war. He dedicates one tenth of the spoils of war to Melchizedek, known as the priest of God, and King of Salem. The second I note...

  • Essentials Ministry Pantry Opens at Grace Pointe

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    When Pastor Josh Kirksey and his wife, Rachel, were beginning their tenure at Grace Pointe Community Church of God, Williamsburg, a few months ago, they talked about opening a pantry to help people get needed household and personal-care items. This plan is now coming to fruition. The Essentials Pantry was launched a few weeks ago and is now open for business. According to Rachel, “Essentials is a ministry open to the community to provide items – personal care and household items – for free....

  • School Director Norris Resigns

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    In a surprising turn of events last Tuesday evening, it was announced that Williamsburg School Board Director Jill Norris had turned in her resignation letter. “It was a tough decision,” Norris told the Herald via email. School Board Director Jimmy Grager said of Norris, “I am unsure of the reasons why she resigned, but we are thankful for her time, and selfless devotion she dedicated to her community by being on the school board. She is a generous contributor with her time, and knowledge not only on our school board but in our community as we...

  • Rotary Announces W-burg Students of the Month

    Jan 25, 2024

    The Williamsburg Community School District announced the November and December Morrison’s 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 th...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    On Saturday night as I was watching (and subsequently crying) watching our quarterback Lamar Jackson run into the tunnel after scoring his second touchdown, beating the Texans 34-10, I thought about heroes. Often times, we think about heroes as being sports stars and athletes, or something closer to home – such as a teacher or our parents, or another special family member. This inspired my question this week – Who was your childhood hero? Here is what a few had to say: Kevin Wise: Kent Tekulve and Joe Montana Don Zimmerman: Butch Hall and Beef...

  • Cole Named Chairman of Municipal Authority

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    The Williamsburg Municipal Authority held its reorganizational meeting last Thursday, Jan. 8, before the regular meeting. Former Chairman Ed Patterson announced that he no longer wanted to be chairman, and authority Member Dave Myers nominated Member Daryl Cole to fill the vacated position. With Member Harry Mullins seconding, the motion passed. Myers also nominated Mullins to continue to be vice chairman with Member Chet Bingham seconding, and the motion passed. Myers then nominated Bingham as the new secretary of the Williamsburg Municipal...

  • WISE Women Announces Scholarship Winners

    Jan 25, 2024

    WISE Women of Blair County has announced the scholarship recipients for the Fall 2024 term. These scholarships are available to women residents of Blair County 21 years of age and older who have overcome adversity or discrimination in their lives and are pursuing post-secondary education. A total of $6,000 was awarded to the following two women: • Pamela Lantz, who is a student in the Bachelors degree program in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State Altoona • Stevie Hoover, who is a student in the Bachelors degree program in Elem...

  • Financial Mistakes Anyone can Avoid

    Jan 25, 2024

    Earnings go a long way toward determining an individual’s financial security. However, high wages do not guarantee long-term financial security any more than lower wages ensure a future marked by a lack of financial flexibility. Individuals are a variable in any financial equation, and those who can exercise and maintain some fiscal discipline are more likely to secure long-term security than those who cannot. One way anyone can improve their chances at a secure and flexible financial future is to identify and avoid some common mistakes. ...

  • H-burg Acts to Stop Flooding in Gaysport

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    The longtime victims of flood waters in Gaysport received good news with the announcement that the borough of Hollidaysburg had been awarded $690,000 in grant money for the Gaysport stormwater project. Approval was given by Hollidaysburg Borough Council to use a portion of the grant money to purchase 7.8 acres of the Stowell Farm to construct a retention pond as part of the stormwater project. The original estimate of the cost was around $1million for the project. The final cost will be above that. Borough Solicitor Nathan Karn said the match...

  • Public Notice

    Jan 25, 2024

    WOODBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DIRECTOR VACANCY Notice is hereby given that there is one open seat for Woodbury Township residents for a School Director for the Williamsburg Community School District, effective February 20, 2024 through December 2, 2025. Any Woodbury Township resident interested in this open seat should send a letter of Interest to Mrs. Lisa Murgas, Superintendent, 515 West Third Street, Williamsburg, PA 16693. In order to be considered for this vacancy, your Letter of Interest must be received by the District Administrative Office...

  • 'Paint the Plow' Winner is From Bedford County

    Jan 25, 2024

    PennDOT has announced the District 9 winner of the “Paint the Plow” safety outreach contest. Paint the Plow is a statewide outreach aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering appreciation for high school art programs and student creativity. Students are invited to paint a PennDOT truck plow blade with an original design based on a provided theme. Tussey Mountain High School, of Bedford County, won the “Fan Favorite” award, which was determined by online voting through www.pen...

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