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  • Catharine Twp. Supervisors Consider Limitations of Budget

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 28, 2021

    “It’s stupid the way it’s [the township] has been run,” Auditor Daryl Cole told the Catharine Township supervisors during the regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21. “You haven’t had a tax increase in 20 years,” Cole added after township officials shot down Roadmaster Michael Fay’s request to put a bid in on a backhoe, because funds were not available. Fay agreed, saying, “We have a real serious issue.” Vice Chairman Ken Brenneman remarked that he was “apprehensive to raise taxes because Blair County recently has,” and that “I know that I lik...

  • 'Things Are Going Smoothly' for Williamsburg High School

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 28, 2021

    Superintendent Lisa Murgas said that “things are going smoothly” for WHS staff and students following full face-to-face instruction beginning in early January. Supt. Murgas said the school was a recipient of a $500,000 grant for bringing the “students back to school.” The funds will be used for cleaning and disinfecting and substitute teachers. “This is exciting news. It’s great to have support,” Murgas said. Elementary Principal Jennifer Metzler said that the elementary “had a smooth transition back.” Elementary teachers are currently adminis...

  • Pharmacy Visit

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 28, 2021

    U.S. Congressman Dr. John Joyce (R-13th District) made a stop in Williamsburg recently to visit the pharmacy that opened in November and to congratulate owners Tyler and Courtney Ruby. Rep. Joyce was unable to make the grand opening. Shown are (from left): Harry Mullins; Williamsburg Mayor Ted Hyle; Courtney Ruby, pharmacy manager; Brandon Hunt, Congressman Joyce and Bill Brantner. Williamsburg's only pharmacy is at 318 E. First St....

  • Morrisons Cove Livestock Market

    Jan 28, 2021

    Morrisons Cove Livestock Market Martinsburg RR, PA Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 (supplied by the market) Cattle (104) — Steers: choice 103.00 to 107.00 good 95.00 to 102.00. Heifers: choice 100.00 to 103.00, good 90.00 to 98.00. Cows: utility and commercial 52.00 to 59.00, canner and low cutter 50.00 and down. Bullocks: good and choice 69.00 to 80.00. Bulls: yield grade No. 1 62.00 to 80.00. Feeder Cattle: steers 60.00 to 110.00, bulls 50.00 to 80.00, heifers 40.00 to 100.00. Calves (100) — choice 85.00 to 100.00, good 50.00 to 80.00, standard 5.0...

  • Williamsburg Native Turns Interest in Photography into Job

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 28, 2021

    Photojournalist Ty Holland said, "Photography is the pause button in life." Haley England of Williamsburg is mastering that pause button. In her senior year of high school in 2015 at Williamsburg High School, she started capturing some of her close friends' senior portraits. "This is when I realized how much I love working with people and doing portrait work," England said. Haley England Photography was born. For Christmas one year, England was gifted a little pink camera. "I soon began...

  • Spotted Lanternfly Experts Debunk Myths About The Pest

    Jan 28, 2021

    As the spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Heather Leach often receives calls and emails from concerned citizens about the insect interloper. Occasionally, she will hear stories or "myths" from them about management or the biology of the pest, an invasive planthopper that feeds on more than 70 species of plants, including agricultural and hardwood commodities. "People who are dealing with spotted lanternfly are frustrated and worried," Leach...

  • SCEA UPDATE: SCEA Teachers Donate to the Community

    The Spring Cove Education Association|Jan 28, 2021

    Each year, the Spring Cove Education Association (SCEA) sponsors dress-down days for special causes with the members of the association, faculty, staff and administration participating throughout the district. SCEA conducts these dress down days during times of particular necessity and then donates the money raised to help the local communities and residents in various ways. For instance, SCEA contributes to families struggling with issues such as fires, illness or accidents, and the passing of loved ones, and assists families in their times...

  • Cove Students On Dean's Lists

    Jan 28, 2021

    Cove Students On Dean’s Lists Jennica Hunter Jennica Hunter of Claysburg, earned at least a 3.5 GPA to be named to the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Mikaela Smith More than 2,300 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, S.C., were named to the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester, including Mikaela Smith, a graphic design major from Roaring Spring. Clint Curfman Clint Curfman, Roaring Spring, is one of approximately 470 Shenandoah University students to make the p...

  • Woodbury Book Store to Be Open Saturdays in February

    Margaret Steinfurth, Correspondent|Jan 28, 2021

    Amanda Feight was a helper at the clothing bank in Woodbury at the old Woodbury Elementary School and kept thinking “what else can we do in this building?” She came up with the idea to open a used book store with proceeds going to the food pantry in the same building. She rented an empty room and began to collect books. She asked friends, put a notice in her church bulletin and advertised for donations of books and soon had enough to open the store, Reed to Feed Bookstore, located in the Woodbury Area Community Center. This was in August 201...