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  • Groups Working to Improve Cove's 'Decent' Internet Connectivity

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 1, 2024

    In the quest to improve internet connectivity in the Cove area, Dwayne Zimmerman, owner of Crowsnest Broadband, talked about the challenges faced by residents and solutions presented to deal with varying levels of service across the region. He said that the service quality in the Cove area is “decent,” but varies significantly depending on the location. There is an AT&T cell tower at the northern end of Clover Creek and another near Smith Transportation. T-Mobile has one tower in Fredericksb...

  • Creps Road Bridge Closing Was Based on Safety, Officials Say

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 1, 2024

    The North Woodbury Township supervisors have put out a notice that the Creps Road Bridge would be closing. According to the notice, it was a decision made by Blair County and PennDOT. Since this is a county bridge, the supervisors said they had no input in closing the bridge and directed questions to the Blair County commissioners. Amy Webster, Blair County commissioner, said the bridge was closed on Jan. 24, due to “structural deficiencies.” She said there is a short detour in place, but...

  • Cove Community Theater Offers Escape Rooms, Mysteries

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 1, 2024

    Fallon Smith, manager of the Cove Community Theater, recently discussed the theater’s recent endeavors and upcoming projects with the Herald. The theater, located in a converted church building in Loysburg, has been a hub for various performances for five years, including escape rooms and murder mysteries. Their most recent attraction, “Escape the Hop Soda Shop - Escape Room,” transported participants from a modern-day day diner to the 1950s, and participants were given the challenge of finding their way back. The experience, which took...

  • Claysburg Education Foundation Announces New Annual George S. Dively and Jennie Dively Gardner Scholarships Scholarship

    RICH ALLISON, For the Herald|Feb 1, 2024

    The Claysburg Education Foundation is pleased to announce The George S. Dively and Jennie Dively Gardner Scholarship. The foundation was awarded monies to cover the annual scholarship award to promote the legacy of George S. Dively and Jennie Dively Gardner, who both grew up in Claysburg. The George S. Dively Scholarship portion is awarded in honor of George S. Dively, a native of the Claysburg area and a member of the first high school class of 1917. The Jennie Dively Gardner Scholarship portion is awarded in honor of Mrs. Jennie Dively...

  • Dr. Robert P. Bridenbaugh

    Feb 1, 2024

    Dr. Robert P. Bridenbaugh, 93, Martinsburg, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, 2024, at Homewood at Martinsburg. He was born Oct. 19, 1930, in rural Martinsburg, son of the late George Herbert and Gertrude R. (Miller) Bridenbaugh. On Aug. 23, 1958, he married Donna L. Sumner of Sharon, and she preceded him in death March 20, 2020, after 61 years of marriage. He is survived by two sons: Andrew S. Bridenbaugh (Kim) of Chantilly, VA and Benjamin P. Bridenbaugh (Amy) of Peoria, AZ; six...

  • Sylvia J. Korona

    Feb 1, 2024

    Sylvia J. Korona, 89, of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 25, 2024, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. She was born May 19, 1934, in Tionesta, daughter of the late Russell M. and Grace C. (Kostenbauder) Smith. On June 22, 1957, she married Robert L. “Bob” Korona in Tionesta. She is survived by her beloved husband, Bob, of 67 years; three daughters: Linda L. Korona of Parma Heights, Ohio, Katherine L. Cason of State College, and Lisa J. Decker (Jack) of...

  • Frances R. Wyerman

    Feb 1, 2024

    Frances R. Wyerman, 91, of rural Williamsburg, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 26, 2024 at UPMC Altoona. She was born Feb. 5, 1932, in Williamsburg, daughter of the late Louis P. and Joann M. “Jennie” (Legge) Sottile. On Feb. 2, 1954, she married Kenneth E. “Gene” Wyerman in Winchester, Va. He preceded her in death Dec. 3, 2018, after 64 years of marriage. She is survived by a daughter, Gina E. Williams (David) of rural Williamsburg; two grandchildren: Lorie L. Nicewonger of rural Willi...

  • Kenneth R. "Ken" Fry

    Feb 1, 2024

    Kenneth R. “Ken” Fry, 78, of Martinsburg, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Jan. 27, 2024, at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. He was born March 13, 1945, in Ephrata, son of the late Walter and Irene (Unruh) Fry. On Sept. 9, 1968, he married Constance M. “Connie” Bridenbaugh at Memorial Church of the Brethren, Martinsburg. He is survived by his beloved wife, Connie, of 55 years; two sons: Jeffrey A. Fry of Pittsburgh and Jonathan R. Fry (Laura) of Moon Township; three...

  • Carol June (Ricketts) Snyder

    Feb 1, 2024

    Carol June Snyder, 85, of Crawfordsville, Ind., formerly of Woodbury, passed away Jan. 23, 2024. She was born June 13, 1938, in Aurora, Ill., daughter of the late Kenneth G. and Dorothy G. (Scott) Ricketts. On Aug. 8, 1964, in Naperville, Ill. she was united in marriage to Rev. George H. Snyder. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Ricketts; sister, Mary Unruh; daughter, Laurale (Snyder) Royer (Edward) of Waveland; son, Loren Snyder (Meggan) of Platte City, Mo.; grandchildren, Andrew Royer,...

  • State Rep. Candidate Brings his Message of Change to M-burg Voters

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 1, 2024

    Scott Barger, in his bid to be the state representative for the 80th District, is taking the opportunity to connect with constituents through his “Bagels with Barger” tour. The 80th District includes Blair County and part of Huntingdon County. The Restored Grounds coffee shop in Martinsburg was the second stop of six for Barger recently. Barger is challenging incumbent state Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, in the upcoming 2024 spring Primary Election. Barger is seeking the nomination to...

  • Cove Residents Earn Degrees at Allegheny College of Maryland

    Feb 1, 2024

    Allegany College of Maryland recognized 162 graduates at the conclusion of the fall 2023 semester. A commencement ceremony was held on Dec. 15. The graduates earned 176 associate degrees and certificates. Cove-area members of ACM’s 2023 class and the degree or certificate they received are listed below. Bedford – Leah Davidson, Associate of Science in Nursing; Taylor Foster, Associate of Science in General Studies; Camden Koontz, Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology; Noah Laird, Associate of Science in Arts & Sciences - Psy...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 1, 2024

    To The Cove community: I have read with great concern the recent articles in the Herald regarding their current financial crisis. Realizing that no business wants their shaky financial situation on the front page of the newspaper, we must do what ever is within our power to save this valuable community resource! Every month I see articles from area schools including student of the month, scholarships, club activities, sports, sports, and more sports, honor rolls, and school board meetings. Civic organizations, hospitals, townships, veterans...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 1, 2024

    To the Editor: Thank you for your time, energy, interest and commitment to make my hometown (and all-time favorite) newspaper prosper. Perhaps that last word has an odd ring in these difficult times for print media, but as long as The Herald is still standing as you move on, you’ve done well. I remember the managing editor of the Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle telling me when I told him I was loathe to leave for a better, bigger newspaper in Billings after only eight months as a rookie sports writer: “Hey, all you owe any newspaper is...

  • Rep. Jim Gregory Announces Re-Election Bid for Pa. State House

    Feb 1, 2024

    Republican Jim Gregory has announced his intention to seek re-election as state representative. Gregory is serving his third term representing the 80th District, which consists of parts of Blair and Huntingdon counties. “It is truly an honor to serve the good people of Blair and Huntingdon Counties in the State House. I strive every day to represent our rural conservative values in Harrisburg as my A Rating from the NRA and 100 percent voting record from the PA Pro-Life Federation exemplify,” explained Gregory. “With your support, I look...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Feb 1, 2024

    Dr. Kristen Tremaine is one of the best oncologists in the business. Her singular focus to not only treat people with cancer but also to find a cure is deeply rooted in the loss of her mother to the disease when Kristen was a young girl. Unfortunately, this dedication has come at a cost, namely her relationship with her husband and daughters. Sherri Reynolds, Kristen’s sister, has lived her life the opposite way. She has worked hard to find a balance between her career as a teacher, her...

  • St. Francis Writers' Conference to Emphasize Regional Writing

    Feb 1, 2024

    The Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia (WCoNA) is coming to Saint Francis University in Loretto, Friday, March 15 through Saturday, March 16. The program features 25 workshops and presentations on topics including poetry, voice, developing a sense of place, screenwriting, marketing your book, publishing, Appalachian heritage and history, character development, and memoir. During the Friday evening opening, USA Today best-selling author David Poyer will offer a special presentation on writing in the age of AI. The event, focused on buildi...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Feb 1, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 2, 1899 Patrick McDermott, 62, of Piney Creek was fatally injured in the stone quarries operated at Schmucker, near Williamsburg, by Morris, Schmucker & Co. He had climbed up on a ledge of rock about nine feet above the ground to loosen a couple of big stones with a crowbar when the ledge gave way and rocks came down on him. A 12-ton boulder landed on his right leg and smaller stones and dirt buried him. He was freed and taken to the Altoona Hospital, where he died the same evening. A native of Ireland, he had spent most of his...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Feb 1, 2024

    Herald of Jan. 31, 1974 An Air National Guard pilot ejected and parachuted to safety near Imler. His jet fighter plane crashed southeast of Windber. The pilot was on a training mission at the time of the crash, but officials would not comment on what caused the accident. The Martinsburg Community Housing Corp. received tentative approval for a $200 federal loan that would fund construction of two apartment buildings in the southwest corner of the borough. John K. Hite, chairman of the corporation, said that he was “90 percent certain” that...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Feb 1, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 1, 1924 Because of the failure by patrons to pay prompt telephone rentals, the Morrison Cove Telephone Co. management requested that all rentals be paid monthly in advance. After 20 days a five percent penalty would be added to cover the serious expenses and losses because of non-payment. The Blair County Sunday School Association set aside a week to be observed as Sunday School Week. A house-to-house canvass was to be made by pastors and superintendent with a goal of increasing membership by 25 percent. Real estate transfers...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Feb 1, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 4, 1999 Nason Hospital announced plans to expand its outpatient and radiology departments by building an addition across the back for the hospital that would measure 37 feet wide and 156 feet long. Work was planned to begin soon and would be completed by December. Considerable excavation was required. The cost of the expansion was estimated at $1,173,000 by Frank Dachille, the hospital’s architect. The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company recently put into service a refurbished rescue truck, which was purchased from the...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Feb 1, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 3, 1949 Flames raced through the second floor and attic of the century-old farm house on the Albert Forshey farm on the northern edge of Martinsburg, doing $3,000 in damage. Mr and Mrs. Paul Showalter, tenants of the farm, lost $800 in furniture and clothing. Jacob N. Byers and wife Annie (Lamborn) Byers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 2. Mr. Byers was a mortician and lifelong resident of Woodbury. Helen Tipton King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer L. Tipton of Martinsburg, earned a Master of Education degree in...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Feb 1, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 6, 2014 Herald reporter Carlos Lamborn made a visit to Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney to see Phil for the 128th anniversary of Ground Hog Day. Despite a rainy morning more than 25,000 people watched as Phil saw his shadow signifying six more weeks of winter which was met with “boos” from the crowd. Monday, Feb 3, a snow day at the home of Shawn and Kendra Brubaker of Williamsburg meant building forts and sled riding. Area students not only enjoyed Monday off but Wednesday as well, as another storm passed through the area...

  • Dragons Continue to be Victorious

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 1, 2024

    The Dragons faced two opponents, including the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils and the Bald Eagle Area Eagles, for two more victories of 54-25 and 49-32. Against the Blue Devils, the Dragons had a balance of offense and defense, jumping to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter and holding their opponents scoreless in the second quarter for a 30-5 halftime score. The Dragons’ game held up throughout the second half of the game, leading to the victory. Eli Muthler led the scoring with 17 points while several other Dragons put up smaller numbers....

  • Lady Dragons Go 50/50 in Basketball

    Feb 1, 2024

    In a week with matches against the Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils and the Bald Eagle Area Lady Eagles, the Dragons were victorious in one match but fell to defeat in another. A 62-45 loss to the Blue Devils and a 70-49 victory over the Eagles puts the Dragons’ record at 9-9. Against the Blue Devils, the Dragons trailed by a mere two points after the first quarter of the game, and similarly had kept their opponent’s lead to four with a 26-22 halftime score. The Blue Devils offense took off in the third quarter and despite matching scores...

  • Blocked shot

    Feb 1, 2024

    McConnellsburgh’s Reese Alexander blocks a shot by Northern Bedford’s Nathan Eckenroad on Monday, Jan. 22. NB was unable to prevail overall and lost, 75-26....

  • Excuse me, that's my ball

    Feb 1, 2024

    Northern Bedford’s Nathan Eckenroad fights for the ball with McConnellsburg’s Shaffer Earley on Monday, Jan. 22....

  • Alt Receives Oliver Award

    Richard Tate|Feb 1, 2024

    On Jan. 6, 2024, Dr. Gary Alt received the “John C. Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Board of Commissioners at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s headquarters. The award ceremony was open to only a select group of agency employees; retirees, past and present; current board members; NGO and agency partners; and members of the House and Senate Game and Fisheries Committees. Only invited guests could attend. I was first alerted to this event by sportsmen’s advocate Greg Levengood of Boyertown, who found some irony in the...

  • Williamsburg Girls' Basketball

    Feb 1, 2024

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

    Feb 1, 2024

    Introduction John Bush was raised in Martinsburg and graduated from Central High in 1961. He spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He has many memories as a boy in the 1950s that give some insight to the people and culture of Martinsburg in the 1950s. John likes to tell stories and over the years he has repeated the stories of his youth many times. His belief is that those years in Martinsburg influenced him all of his life. Some of the stories are historical in nature, some...

  • History Series Offered in Fishertown

    Feb 1, 2024

    The Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers) will present the Winter 2024 event in their “Still Listening” guest speaker series on local history on Feb. 25. Michael Corle of Bedford will present “Changing Narratives: The New Voice of Rural Museums.” This Still Listening program will be held at the Dunnings Creek Friends Meetinghouse (also known as the Old Brick Quaker Church), located at 285 Old Quaker Church Road, Fishertown, on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome, but seatin...

  • Off Pitt Street Theatre Winter and Spring Events

    ERIC SHIELDS, For the Herald|Feb 1, 2024

    The Off Pitt Street Theatre (OPS), located in downtown Bedford, has announced its winter and spring events. On Feb. 5, the group will offer its monthly writing club, “Monday Muse” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Feb. 17, OPS will host the “Bad Romance”show with five headlining performers, and in line with the group’s theme for February. At the end of February, OPS will hold auditions for the eighth annual Winners Showcase. The top two winners of the annual script-writing competition will be produced. Auditions will take place from 6 p.m. to...

  • Pressing On

    Linda Sollenberger|Feb 1, 2024

    Paul’s letters to the churches which make up a significant portion of the New Testament have always been engaging to me. Paul had impressive credentials. He was born of the tribe of Benjamin of the House of Israel. He was a Pharisee. His zeal led him to persecute Christians until he had his conversion from Saul to Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). He was transformed from a persecutor to a missionary. Once he had been transformed those credentials meant nothing to Paul compared to knowing Christ. And we all know there is quite a...

  • Lasting Wedding Traditions

    Feb 1, 2024

    Weddings are steeped in tradition. Some of those traditions may be exclusive to particular families, but many others are embraced by families of various backgrounds. Couples needn’t feel beholden to popular wedding traditions, but some may feel that these customs make their weddings more fun and serve as a great way to connect their ceremonies with those of their parents, grandparents and possibly even their ancestors. Old, new, borrowed, blue The rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is likely familiar...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr|Feb 1, 2024

    This “Thought” will hopefully cause us to think about The Church/Christians. For Christians are The Church, one at a time. Followers of Christ were first called Christians at Antioch. It was intended to be derogatory. It means, “Little Christs” or “Imitators of Christ.” That is what Christians should want to be: imitators of Christ. We were given a formula for this to happen by Jesus Christ. He said, “This is how men will know you are my disciples (followers), if you love one...

  • Reighard Competes at Pa. State Fair Queen Contest

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 1, 2024

    Back in 2008 when I was the Williamsburg Farm Show queen, I had the wonderful opportunity to run against many young women at the Hershey Lodge to vie for Pennsylvania State Fair queen, and it was one of the best experiences I had as queen. Lucky for us, we get to relive that experience through this year’s Farm Show Queen Morgan Reighard, who recently traveled to Hershey to compete at the Pennsylvania State Fair. Reighard is the 19-year-old daughter of Brian and Lisa Reighard of Williamsburg....

  • Williamsburg Game Raises $2,600+ For Local Family

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 1, 2024

    Lacie Merritts received a check for (at the time) $1,800 to help financially during her battle with cancer. The donation occurred as the Williamsburg Lady Pirates hosted a “Bigger than Basketball Game” on Jan. 22, when the team played Southern Huntington. The event was spearheaded by Sideline Cancer. Sideline Cancer has helped throughout this area by raising more than $80,000 for those who are battling cancer. In the fund-raiser games, proceeds raised from Sideline Cancer merchandise and...

  • What's the Word In Williamsburg?

    Feb 1, 2024

    Hometown Hero Banners The Williamsburg Women’s Civic Club has decided with the Williamsburg Borough that the current Hometown Hero banners will be used for one more year. Organizers say that some of the pictures have faded and the banners are becoming brittle. The original agreement was to have all banners serviceable for three to five years. This year would mark their fourth year. At the end of 2024, the banners will be retired and returned to whomever sponsored them. The Borough also approved allowing the Civic Club to have another Hero...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    Feb 1, 2024

    I got to thinking about all the great older TV shows, so this week’s question was inspired by those thoughts: What was your favorite old-school TV show? Here is what a few had to say: Travis McCall: Saved by the Bell Barb Dulaney: I Love Lucy Sheryl Hart: Have Gun Will Travel Michael Merritts: Remington Steele, MASH Shirley Flaugh: Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” – as soon as I got home from school in the 50s Jon Detwiler: Emergency and Archie Bunker Sue Hetrick: The Waltons Karen Stoy: All In The Family Josh Detwiler: Dukes of...

  • Foundation Announces The Bruno and Lena DeGol Family Foundation Scholarship

    RICH ALLISON, For the Herald|Feb 1, 2024

    The Claysburg Education Foundation is pleased to announce that The Bruno and Lena DeGol Family Foundation has awarded a $1,500 annual scholarship to the Claysburg Education Foundation for a period of 10 years beginning in 2022. The scholarship will be awarded annually in memory of Donald E. Witherspoon to a Claysburg-Kimmel senior who will be pursuing a four-year degree. Witherspoon was a Greenfield-Kimmel (now Claysburg-Kimmel) School District graduate of the Class of 1960. Witherspoon was also president of the Blair County Chapter of the...

  • Boost Your Diet with These Powerhouse Foods

    Feb 1, 2024

    A nutritious diet is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. That's an important thing to remember for people looking to turn over a healthier leaf and accomplish their long-term wellness goals. Avoiding certain ingredients, like saturated fats and added sugars, and choosing foods known for their nutritional benefits is one way individuals can utilize diet to live healthier. Although such foods cannot entirely eliminate risk for certain diseases or make a person invincible, eating more of them...

  • Public Notice

    Feb 1, 2024

    Executor - Executrix Notice ESTATE OF: MICHAEL WAYNE CRISWELL LATE OF: Woodbury Township, Blair County Letters testamentary on said estate having been granted to the undersigned, all persons indebted thereto are requested to make payment and those having claims against the same will present them without delay. Wayne E. Criswell, Administrator 261 Raspberry Lane, Williamsburg, PA 16693 Carolyn Criswell, Administratrix 261 Raspberry Lane, Williamsburg, PA 16693 Attorney Shawn P. Sullivan, Esquire Sullivan Law Offices LLC 133 E. Allegheny Street...

  • Robby Hammock Named Altoona Curve Manager for 2024 Season Three members of the 2023 Coaching Staff return

    Feb 1, 2024

    The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have announced the Curve’s 2024 coaching staff for the upcoming season. The coaching staff will be headlined by new manager Robby Hammock. Curve GM Nate Bowen said, “The announcement of the staff each season is one of the landmarks leading up to Opening Day on Tuesday, April 9.” Hammock becomes the 15th manager in Altoona’s franchise history after spending the 2023 season as the leader for High-A Greensboro. Other new faces joining Hammock in Altoona this season include Hitting Coach Brady...