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  • Public Notices

    Nov 21, 2019

    Ordinance No. 2019-620 – An Ordinance of the Borough of Martinsburg, Blair County, PA for the Levy of a Per Capita Tax in the amount of Five and 00/100 ($5.00) Dollars for the Year 2020 Notice is hereby given that the Borough of Martinsburg intends to enact An Ordinance for the Levy of a Per Capita Tax in the amount of Five and 00/100 ($5.00) Dollars for the Year 2020. The Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Council on December 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM. A complete copy of this entire Ordinance shall be available f... Full story

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Nov 21, 2019

    Lyndie St. James is an up-and-coming song writer. The famous Jalaire Grant loves her fresh new sound, but the lyrics need work. The words are empty. Could she write one with feeling? Lyndie shut her emotions down 10 years ago. It was that awful day when her best friend Cassie Jacobs drowned in the lake at her summer home of Sweethaven. Now those feelings are threatening to surface. Why did she agree to be the maid of honor in Elle Porter's wedding in Sweethaven? On top of that, Cassie's mother...

  • Why They Hate Him So Badly

    Nov 21, 2019

    I'm old enough to remember the communist left's hatred of Ronald Reagan. Of course, history has proven that Reagan wasn't nearly as awful as they made him out to be, in fact, even Democrats invoke his memory from time to time to curry favor. George H. W. Bush wasn't nearly as hated as his son. I thought the level of hate and vitriol spewed at George W. Bush was something to behold but then along came a guy named Donald J. Trump. In my 55 years on planet Earth, I've never witnessed the level of h...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 21, 2019

    To the Editor: We have a daily weather review and weather commentaries regarding future weather predictions. Here is one you might find interesting: The arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers who sail the seas about Spitzbergen and the eastern arctic, all point to a radical change in climate conditions, and hitherto unheard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth's surface. In August, the Norwegian Department of Commerce sent an expedition to Spitzbergen. Its purpose was to survey and chart the...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Nov 21, 2019

    Herald of Nov. 23, 1944 Martinsburg over the weekend was visited by one of the big B-17 war bombers, which is said to be next to the largest used by the Americans in the European theatre of war. Battle-scarred, the huge aircraft was fresh from the war zone. That it had seen plenty of action as indicated by the nearly thirty small bombs painted on its side, showing that it was in that many missions over enemy territory. The number of “swastikas” painted on its side, likewise indicated that it had sent to their doom its share of enemy cra...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Nov 21, 2019

    Herald of Nov. 19 2009 Northern Bedford school directors took time out from a recent meeting to recognize the spontaneous selfless action of a high school student. Ericka Marvin, a passenger on bus 30 of Barton Transportation Service, stepped up when the bus was involved in an accident at the close of school on Oct. 15. The 60 passenger bus, carrying approximately 40 students, pulled onto route 36 in front of the school, turning north into the path of a vehicle traveling south. Ericka, a junior, left her seat to calm frightened preschoolers...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Nov 21, 2019

    Herald of Nov. 21, 1919 Thanksgiving day is approaching and as has been the custom in past years, the Nason hospital, located in Roaring Spring, is making an appeal for donations in behalf of the institution. In another column of this issue is given a statement showing the receipts and expenditures covering a period of years. In these strenuous days the receipts from all sources do not come up to the expenditures in the same proportion as heretofore, therefore a special appeal is made at this time to the people to give liberally toward the...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Nov 21, 2019

    Herald of Nov. 21, 1994 Martinsburg Borough Council agreed to purchase a new 1994 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser at a cost of $15,897. The former Altoona First Savings Bank in Martinsburg is now a daycare center. Nanny’s Playhouse, a daycare center for children age six weeks and up, opened at the former bank’s location along East Allegheny. After falling behind 10-0 in the District 6 AAA championship game with Lock Haven at Altoona’s Mansion Park, Central rallied for two touchdowns and a 16-10 lead midway through the final quarter. The B...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Nov 21, 2019

    Herald of Nov. 15, 1894 Wages were increased 10 percent at the Smucker Stone quarry near Williamsburg. About 150 men were employed there. The election cost the county of Blair upwards of $3,000. J.E. Corboy of Woodbury advertised a public sale of household goods, two horses and other items. Maj. Jesse B. Crawford died at his home in Gaysport at the age of 84. He was at various times register and recorder of Mifflin County, a senior partner in the iron manufacturing company of Crawford, Johnson & Co. and superintendent of the old Portage...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Nov 21, 2019

    Herald of Nov. 20, 1969 Mrs. Edith Teeter of Martinsburg, victim of renal failure, a serious kidney disease, is a lot happier this week than she has been in recent months. Mrs. Teeter has been traveling to Pittsburg, three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to use the kidney machine of the Presbyterian University Hospital for ten-hour periods. Soon, however, the trips to Pittsburgh will not be necessary. Mrs. teeter will have more time to spend at home with funds donated by individuals and organizations, a Milton-Roy Kidney Machine has...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Nov 21, 2019

    To the Editor: Many Martinsburg area families that come to the food pantry will enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals, thanks to the generous gifts of these community people: The members at Martinsburg Brethren in Christ Church, Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg Mennonite Church and the Smithfield Church. Also contributing were the Martinsburg Boosters, D. Merl Tipton VFW Post 43, Murray Appleman Post 147, CBT Bank employees, H. H. Brown Cove Shoe Co. and numerous individuals! We, at the Martinsburg Food Pantry, are very...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Nov 21, 2019

    To the Editor: There is scarcely a day when you can't read or hear one or more stories on climate change. They are in many magazines, newspapers, on TV and radio, so it is impossible to miss them. Having read many of these articles, I find that most of the talk about climate change says that the climate is changing for the worse. Most recommend that we must give up something that is part of our daily life. What can we do to maintain our daily life without these things that we should give up? Our use of fossil fuels is commonly mentions as...

  • DEATH RECORD

    Nov 21, 2019

    AYERS, Jeff, Curryville CARBAUGH, Margaret M., 91, Hopewell HAMILTON, Delores J., 97, Roaring Spring MUSSELMAN, Ruth N., 93, Martinsburg ROYER, Miriam S., 98, Martinsburg... Full story

  • JEFF AYERS

    Nov 21, 2019

    Jeff Ayers of Curryville passed away at his home surrounded by love. At the request of Jeff, no public viewing or services will be held, A private family service was held on Saturday, Nov. 16. Jeff is survived by his wife Lora, with whom he spent 47 years sharing family, love and laughter being united in marriage on April 3, at the Koontz Church of the Brethren. His daughters were his life: Betsy (Andy) Williams, Ashley (Jason) Helsel and Marissa (Derek) Jabco. “He couldn’t ask for better husbands.” In his words, “these grandbabies are just th...

  • MARGARET M. CARBAUGH

    Nov 21, 2019

    Margaret M. Carbaugh, 91, of Hopewell, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. A funeral was held Monday, Nov. 18, at the Raven Run Church of the Brethren, Saxton. Pastor Alfred Chamberlain and Pastor Allen Baker officiated. Burial was held privately at Yellow Creek Cemetery. Margaret was born July 23, 1928, in Saxton, the daughter of the late Lester P. and Ruth G. (Wyles) Manspeaker. She was united in marriage on Jan. 3, 1947, to Robert W. Carbaugh....

  • DELORES J. HAMILTON

    Nov 21, 2019

    Delores J. Hamilton, 97, of Graystone Court, Roaring Spring, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2019, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, following a brief illness. A funeral mass was held Friday, Nov. 15, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Newry. Interment was made in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hollidaysburg. Delores was born March 3, 1922, in East Freedom, the daughter of the late Warren P. and Minnie A. (Crawford) Dodson. She married Joseph L. Hamilton Dec. 31, 1942, in Newry. He...

  • RUTH N. MUSSELMAN

    Nov 21, 2019

    Ruth N. Musselman, 93, of Martinsburg, died Saturday morning, Nov. 16, 2019, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home, Hollidaysburg. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family by Pastor Phil Waite. Interment will be made in Dry Hill Cemetery, Woodbury. Ruth was born March 5, 1926, in Martinsburg, the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen (Benner) Brumbaugh. She married Silas A. Musselman Nov. 24, 1954, in Winchester, Va. He preceded her in death Sept. 21, 2019. Ruth is survived by a daughter, Rita K. Miller and husband Doug...

  • MIRIAM S. ROYER

    Nov 21, 2019

    Miriam S. Royer, 98, of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 14, 2019, at Homewood Retirement Center. A service was held Monday, Nov. 18, at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg. Pastor Traci Marriott Bowman and the Rev. Jerry McCuller Jr. officiated. Private interment was held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg. She was born April 12, 1921, in rural Martinsburg, daughter of the late Preston Cleveland and Fannie (Lehman) Smith. She married Denver G. Royer April 19, 1944, in St. Matthew’s Church, Martinsburg. He preceded h...

  • Grandparents' Day at ME

    Nov 21, 2019

    Martinsburg Elementary hosted Grandparents' Day where grandparents could eat with their grandchildren. Two days were designated for fifth grade, two days for fourth grade and two days for third grade. Above, Todd and Jackie Seiler are with their grandchildren Eliza Seiler and Quinn Seiler. Eliza is a third-grade student at MES. Eliza is the daughter of Richard and Jamie Seiler and Quinn is the daughter of Andy and Rachel Seiler....

  • Brennemans to Celebrate 72nd Wedding Anniversary Nov. 22

    Nov 21, 2019

    Charles and Betty Brenneman of Canoe Creek will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The couple were married in the Canoe Creek United Methodist Church. They have three children, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Charles retired from truck driving from Ward Trucking in 1990. He also drove for E.F. Smith and R.J. Glass and worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a deputy for 27 years. He drove bus for Waddington. He is a Sunday school teacher, master of Scotch Valley Grange and is active in the...

  • Welfare Council to Meet Nov. 22

    Nov 21, 2019

    The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at The Arc of Blair County. The speaker will be Kathi Ardizzone from the Altoona Housing Authority. Ardizzone will speak about the Housing Choice voucher program and its qualifications. The Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program provides rental assistance in the form of a voucher to low and very-low income families, singles, senior citizens, disabled and handicapped individuals. For more information, visit the website www.blairh...

  • New Bowling Program

    Nov 21, 2019

    Thanks to a grant by the Nason Foundation, Morrisons Cove Memorial Park is offering a new and exciting program for all area seniors. Anyone age 59 or older can bowl for free at the park every Thursday between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. thru April 30. Shoe rental is also included with the program. Additionally, bowling manager Bob Over will be available each day for free personalized instruction on how to bowl and improve your score with this life long sport. Pictured above are area seniors...

  • The Sportsman's Corner

    RICHARD TATE, Correspondent|Nov 21, 2019

    If I were a bear hunter, I would have been just about totally confused about when and where I could've hunted prior to the regular bear season. The only thing I would've been sure of was that I'd have to wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on my head, chest, and back combined. Otherwise, I'd have been afraid to go bear hunting without my rule book. Now, I am certain I could hunt statewide during the regular firearms bear season that is slated for Nov. 23 and Nov. 25 through the...

  • Trout Unlimited Banquet

    Nov 21, 2019

    On Saturday, Nov. 2, John Kennedy Trout Unlimited Chapter 45 (JKTU) held its annual banquet at Trinity United Methodist Church, Roaring Spring. More than 40 attended the fundraising event including State Rep. Jim Gregory (center) of the 80th Legislative District and his fiancee Lynn Thompson (right). Rep. Gregory acknowledge his limited success at fishing; however he realizes the importance of the sport and encouraged anglers to contact his office with their concerns. JKTU President Jerry Green...

  • First Archery Buck

    Nov 21, 2019

    Jarrett Wagner of Martinsburg got his first archery buck, a 6 point, on Nov. 16 outside of Saxton....

  • Dept. of Ag Warns of CWD

    Nov 21, 2019

    With the 2019 hunting season underway in Pennsylvania, the Department of Agriculture released recommended best management practices to help protect hunters and their families against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Since being identified in Pennsylvania, hunters have had a heightened awareness of the fatal neurological disease that can affect deer, elk, moose, and caribou. Research continues in search of a cure and rapid test for CWD, which has recently been accelerated with the Department’s issuance of the CWD research request for a...

  • Life Jackets Mandatory in Pa.

    Nov 21, 2019

    With vibrant, changing foliage as a backdrop to any adventure during the fall season, the lure of a relaxing paddle along a scenic river, stream or lake is hard to resist. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) encourages everyone to enjoy the water and reminds boaters to wear a life jacket during the cold weather months. Now through April 30, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement...

  • Claysburg-Kimmel FBLA Partners with NPC

    Nov 21, 2019

    The members of Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has announced a partnership with a local business. NPC Inc. has been a long-time supporter of C-K FBLA, providing financial support, mentoring, job shadowing and other needed resources. NPC Inc. has also provided financial support and judges on the regional, state and national levels. Members of C-K FBLA and executives from NPC Inc. met Nov. 7 to discuss a new partnership. C-K members Hayley Jenkins, Benjamin Weiland and...

  • Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

    Roseann Zimmerman, Correspondent|Nov 21, 2019

    The florescent light bulb behind Buckeye the cow didn't shine as bright as it should, so I commented again on the lack of desired lighting. Until my husband finally replaced the bulb, I kept on mentioning the "dark corner." But when the lighting was normal, I failed to notice it and so did not even thank my husband for changing the bulb. That is, until he asked me if I saw it. I've often wondered about the human tendency to comment on the negative and fail to notice the positive. I grumble when...

  • Claysburg Community Theatre to Stage 'The Music Man'

    Nov 21, 2019

    Practice has been underway during the month of October and November with the Claysburg Area Community Theatre group on its latest production of "The Music Man." The show is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School auditorium. The show is under the direction of Tom Ringler, the original director of CACT and one of the original organizers of it. There's trouble in River City! When smooth-talking con man Harold Hill arrives in a small, tight-knit...

  • Jocelyn Miller Graduates from Basic Training

    Nov 21, 2019

    Jocelyn L. Miller, a 2019 graduate of Central High School, Martinsburg, graduated basic training Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at the Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May N.J. She will continue her education aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, Portsmouth, Va. Her parents are Brian and Jackie Miller of Martinsburg....

  • Lines by Lee

    PASTOR LEE SEESE, Correspondent|Nov 21, 2019

    "I want it now!" You may or may not have said that statement aloud at some point. But you probably thought it; maybe many times. We live in a world where we want things conveniently and quickly. The issue was exemplified years ago in the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." A spoiled girl who toured the factory with her wealthy father was awestruck by the goose who laid the golden egg. She wanted the goose for herself along with sweet treats that her eyes beheld. She was told she can...

  • Thought for the Week

    Nov 21, 2019

    Scriptures to Read: Acts 21:27-31 Acts 2L32-36 Acts 21:37-40 St. Matthew 7:1-5 St. Matthew 7:12 Acts 2:14 & 37-40 Acts 3:12 & 17-19 There is something more we should know about this passage of Scripture. It is true the population of Jerusalem swelled greatly during three special Feasts of the Jewish year: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. When these happened Rome increased their military presence. The "Peace of Rome" was strictly enforced. Those involved in any riot would suffer. The...

  • Church Aids Food Pantries

    Nov 21, 2019

    The Martinsburg Mennonite Church is thankful for church family and food pantry donations. Dottie Gwin (top left) is the oldest member of the congregation at the Martinsburg Mennonite Church. On Sunday, Nov. 17, Gwin and her son Harry (top right) reviewed items brought by parishioners to be distributed to the Martinsburg and Roaring Spring food pantries. Also, Linda Furry created a display (below) in front of the church with pictures of the church family with a sign stating, "I thank God for...

  • So. Cove Auxiliary Plans Veterans Dinner

    Nov 21, 2019

    The Southern Cove Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a veterans appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the former Replogle Elementary School building in New Enterprise. The dinner will include hamloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, apple sauce and dessert. A country music program will feature Route 869 and special guest John Topper. The event will be free to all veterans (veteran ID will be required). There will be a cost for non-veterans. Tickets are required; seating is limited. For tickets, contact any auxiliary member or...

  • Equipment Repair Shop Opens in M-burg

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Nov 21, 2019

    Jeff Martin a new business owner in Martinsburg, opened Central Power Equipment earlier this year. The business is located at 3946 Cove Mountain Road, behind Longs' Outpost in Martinsburg. Martin repairs equipment and offers equipment for both rental and purchase. Martin said has always wanted to start this type of business since he was 18. "I had worked for a company doing maintenance on many kinds of equipment," Martin said. "I realized some businesses would not work on equipment if you had...

  • Tips for Hosting Houseguests Over the Holidays This Year

    Nov 21, 2019

    Hosting houseguests over the holidays? For happier guests and hosts alike, you'll want to be sure you're equipped to accommodate all your overnighters. Here are a few pointers: Special Considerations You'll likely know of any special considerations you will need to make for individual guests, but if you aren't sure, ask in advance. For older guests, be sure the floor is free of tripping hazards and that walkways are well-lit. For families, offer a room away from noise so small children can...

  • How to Declutter Room to Make Room for Play

    Nov 21, 2019

    While all the gear, clothes and toys your kids possess are signs of a joyful childhood, keeping it all organized is essential for health, safety and even fun. "Too many toy choices that are unorganized can make it difficult to find a toy to play with at all," says Keri Wilmot, pediatric occupational therapist and an expert contributor to TheGeniusofPlay.org. "What's more, the chaos can pose various safety hazards." Organization is more conducive to playtime, which is why Wilmot and The Genius...

  • Auxiliary Craft, Variety Sale Set

    Nov 21, 2019

    The Southern Cove Fire Company Auxiliary will sponsor its annual Christmas Craft & Variety Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Replogle Elementary school building in New Enterprise. There will be a variety of sandwiches, pies, pastries and beverages on sale all day. Soups – ham and bean, turkey noodle, vegetable – will be for sale by the bowl or quart. Attendees are asked to bring jars if they plan to purchase soup. Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa Claus for a small cos...

  • Stonerook Family Reunion

    Nov 21, 2019

    On Sunday, Aug 18, George and Missouri Stonerook's ancestors held their annual reunion at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg. This event has always been held at the park since the mid 1960s. Pumpkins were the theme for this year's reunion, in celebration of our pumpkin farmers. Bingo, candy toss, oven mitt game and a basket raffle were among the many activities. This big, beautiful family and friends enjoyed a lovely day in the Cove. There were 65 in attendance, with Grace Hall and Wayne...

  • JC's Mock Trial Team Faces Down Foes

    Nov 21, 2019

    Juniata College's mock trial team prevailed over some of the top teams in the country at the invitation-only National Tournament in California at the University of California at Berkeley. "We defeated the University of San Francisco, Claremont-McKenna College, and the University of California at Berkeley, one of the top-ranked teams in the country," said the team's coach David P. Andrews. "We were 6-0 going into the final round and lost to Stanford by one point." Led by Andrews and assistant...

  • Playhouse Welcomes Season with Annual Production

    Nov 21, 2019

    It’s nearly time to bust out the eggnog and sing some Christmas carols. The Playhouse at McConnellstown will kick off the festive season with its annual holiday production, opening Nov. 22. The Playhouse holiday show will feature two comical one-acts. Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig’s “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol” and Ken Ludwig’s “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” are sure to make everyone laugh – including old man Scrooge. The holiday show opens on Nov. 22 and continues its run Nov. 23, 29, 30 and Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 and Dec. 1...

  • New Era Begins for CHS Boys' Basketball

    Brian Hess, Sports Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    Central High School boys' varsity basketball coach Paul Frederick assembles his team to go over some of the drills the players would be doing on the first day of basketball practice Monday, Nov. 18. Frederick begins his first year as coach of the varsity squad, succeeding veteran Reggie Nevins – who coached the Dragons' boys' program for 27 seasons. The winter sports season will officially begin regular-season play during the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7. The Herald's winter preview section will b...

  • Cove Ministeriums Plan Thanksgiving Services and Meals

    Brian Hess, Assistant Editor|Nov 21, 2019

    Area ministeriums have scheduled community Thanksgiving services for Sunday evening, Nov. 24. Several area churches will serve free meals Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. All services and meals are open to the public. Claysburg-East Freedom The Claysburg community will hold its annual Thanksgiving service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace United Church of Christ, Bedford Street, Claysburg. The event is sponsored by the Claysburg-East Freedom Ministerium. Pastor Ron Bashore will be the guest speaker; The Claysburg Community Chorus, under the direction of...

  • Storms May Disrupt Thanksgiving Travel

    AccuWeather Global Weather Center|Nov 21, 2019

    As the Thanksgiving travel period kicks off this weekend and continues through the following weekend, at least three storms of note have the potential to cause trouble on the roads and at the airports across the United States. A sneaky storm with rain may tap into just enough fresh cold air to produce some snow and ice on its northern flank as it pushes into the eastern United States this weekend. A small batch of air from central Canada is forecast to slice across the Great Lakes and into the Northeast during Friday and Friday night. While...

  • Suspect Package Found at Airport Contained No Explosives

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    A suspicious package discovered at the Blair County Airport Friday contained no explosives, according to State Police. Emergency personnel were called to the airport at around 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, after the packages were discovered on airport's second floor. After a TSA scan showed possible explosive material, airport officials called 9-1-1. Local law enforcement and state police arrived on the scene and evacuated the immediate area. A perimeter was set up to keep people a safe distance...

  • Fake Name Lands Roaring Spring Man Behind Bars

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    A Roaring Spring man already facing felony burglary and contraband charges is in jail after the car he was riding in was pulled over by police for an equipment violation along Dunnings Highway near Harker's Farm Lane in Newry on Saturday, Nov. 9. According to charges filed by Blair Township police, an officer observed a silver 2005 Chevrolet Malibu traveling south on Dunnings Highway near Leighty's Hunting Outlet. The officer noted the vehicle had a faulty exhaust system and initiated a traffic...

  • First-Ever Craft Show to Benefit McKee Playground

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Nov 21, 2019

    Tucked away on Back Street in the quiet village of McKee is a small playground that has played a big part in the lives of generations of children. Tracing its roots back to the 1950s, the playground and adjoining community center building has survived throughout the years through the efforts of people who are dedicated to keeping it a hub of children's activity. As with anything, it takes money to keep the grounds and equipment safe and up to date, and the latest fundraiser to benefit the...

  • Blair County Projects $1.89 Million Shortfall

    Dom Cuzzolina, For the Herald|Nov 21, 2019

    The Blair County commissioners introduced on Tuesday, Nov. 12, the proposed 2020 budget with a shortfall covered, in part, by a property tax increase. The general fund projections include revenue of $54.89 million with expenses amounting to $56.78 million, leaving a budget deficit of $1.89 million. That shortfall will be offset by an increase in millage rates and the use of unassigned excess general fund money. The real estate tax will increase from 3.925 mills to 4.074 mills for 2020. This means a person whose property is valued at $100,000...

  • Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Co. Relief Association Gets Clean Audit

    Nov 21, 2019

    Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Nov. 19 announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Greene, Monroe, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties. Included was the Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Co. Relief Association, which received a clean audit with no findings. State aid for VFRAs comes from a two-percent tax on fire insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania by out-of-state companies. This year, 2,518 municipalities received nearly $...

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