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  • Obesity, Diabetes and Children are Top Concerns for the Cove

    GEORGE BERKHEIMER, For the Herald|Feb 8, 2024

    One out of every five residents in Blair County and Bedford County is over the age of 65. Broadband infrastructure is improving, but many still don’t have reliable access. Food and nutrition insecurity is a growing concern, and obesity, diabetes, and access to mental health resources top the list of things people here worry about. That’s based on the raw, untouched snapshots taken by the 2021 Community Needs Assessment in each county. It doesn’t mean that life here is bleak. Quite the contrary, as many who filled out the CNA survey...

  • Central's Coach Baker Wraps it Up with 245-211-11 Record

    PHILIP CMOR, For the Herald|Feb 8, 2024

    It was quite a contest, but Dave Baker finally found the opponent he couldn’t outfox. Time. Central High School is seeking a new football coach this week after Baker stepped down on Friday, Feb. 2. The 78-year-old Baker has experienced health problems in recent years but continued to guide the Scarlet Dragons and do so successfully: His last three teams all were District 6 Class 3A champions with a combined record of 28-5. The 2022 and 2023 squads’ seasons ended in the state semifinals....

  • Brewery Backing Iditarod Try

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 8, 2024

    A Martinsburg native and Central High School graduate, is set to embark on the Iditarod 2024, Alaska’s iconic sled dog race commencing on March 2. Jeff Reid is a retired Navy SEAL, and is finding support from his hometown and family, particularly from Spring Dam Brewing Co. in Roaring Spring. Owner Anita Baker, his mother-in-law, is committed to help him and her daughter Jeri achieve their dreams. Baker said that the brewery is collecting donations and organizing fundraisers to offset the expe...

  • Local News

    Feb 8, 2024

    Delays Expected at Five Points Roaring Spring Borough and Police Department put out a notice on Friday, Feb 2, that construction to install new traffic signals and poles at the Five Points intersection would begin on Monday, Feb. 5, and continue until Friday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The notice said to expect delays until construction is completed. Man Disturbs Local Churches There was a report of an individual causing a disturbance at a few local churches including the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. Executive Pastor Brian McCall...

  • Gary Fred Emigh

    Feb 8, 2024

    Gary Fred Emigh, 80, of Martinsburg, passed away Jan. 26, 2024 at home surrounded by his family. He was born March 24, 1943, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Fred and Helen (Grove) Emigh. Gary was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1962. He served his country as a member of the United States Army. Gary served in Germany and Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic. He was later employed as a diesel truck mechanic and truck driver. Gary enjoyed boating and water skiing, camping, hunting and...

  • Doris Marie (Ott) Ferry

    Feb 8, 2024

    Doris Marie (Ott) Ferry, 91, of Roaring Spring, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. She was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of Charles Ralph Ott and Flossie Irene (Miller) Ott, both of whom preceded her in death. Doris married Ronald Robert Ferry in Roaring Spring, on Dec. 31, 1950. Ronald passed on Dec. 4, 2010. She is survived by her two children: Tammy L. Keith and husband, Phillip W. Keith, and Robert C. Ferry and wife, Dawn G. Ferry. Doris is also survived by four gran...

  • Wade S. Heuston

    Feb 8, 2024

    Wade S. Heuston, 53, of Roaring Spring, went home to Jesus Wednesday evening, Jan. 31, 2024, at UPMC Presbyterian after a brief illness. He was born March 18, 1970, in Roaring Spring, the son of the late Ronald and Linda (Dutrow) Heuston. He married Sonya Troutman May 18, 1996. He is survived by his wife of 27 years; two daughters Jordyn and Bailey at home; son Jackson Brumbaugh and wife Ashley of East Freedom; grandson, Lincoln Brumbaugh and granddaughter, Anastasia (soon to arrive); brother,...

  • SCPR Seeks Members

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    The Southern Cove Power Reunion met Feb. 1. Tractor and gun raffle tickets are being sold. Those interested should contact any club member. Additional electrical work was completed in the museum building. With the new shelving and flooring, the building will be better set up for equipment displays. May 18 will be the member banquet, held on the grounds. More information will be released in the newsletter and at the next meeting. June 29 will be the club’s tractor ride. More information is forthcoming. The club is always looking for members...

  • Cove Fixture Creekside Inn Closes it Doors after 44 Years

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    A well-known and loved Cove restaurant closed its doors forever on Jan. 21. What was known for 44 years as the Creekside Inn was originally called Bull Snyders and The Red Lantern. Original Creekside owners Nancy and Ron Brumbaugh purchased the property near East Freedom at 3059 Everett Road in 1980 and Nancy renamed it the Creekside Inn. The establishment’s fish tank was always noticed and commented on. Nancy tells the story of how a woman came in to the restaurant who sold fish tanks....

  • Remembering the Past

    ROBERT LOOSE, For the Herald|Feb 8, 2024

    Editor’s Note: Mr. Robert Loose of New Holland, Pa., sent the following photo and remembrance to the Herald. The Herald encourages readers to submit their memories of Cove history and thoughts on important matters. We will print all relevant letters. After reading John Bush’s interesting article in the Jan. 25, 2024, edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald about the fire that occurred in Martinsburg about 1953, I recalled that I had a picture of my dog and cart with John Bush sitting in the...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Feb 8, 2024

    This week we would like to tell you about some of the wonderful things that have been added to our easy, juvenile and young adult sections. In our easy reader section, we have added some new books starring some old favorites. We have new Angelina and Grumpy Monkey books. We have also added the newest book in the “Crayon” series. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, everyone would think Green is the star of the show, but he has gone on vacation! How will the crayons celebrate the holiday...

  • Remembering Dr. Bridenbaugh and Tom Ford

    ALLAN J. BASSLER, Publisher|Feb 8, 2024

    Last week’s Herald carried the obituary of Dr. Robert P. Bridenbaugh. The Jan. 4 edition of the Herald provided a look at the 31-year career of Penn State horticulture educator Tom Ford. The news of those deaths is the kind of news that when I hear it, makes me stop what I’m doing, close my eyes and lower my head for a minute. I would very much liked to have had a word with those two men before they passed. But I did not take the initiative to do so and now the opportunity is lost forever. This makes me feel a deep sadness. Dr. Bridenbaugh...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Feb 8, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 9, 1899 The Mennonite congregation in Roaring Spring purchased the Methodist’s old property and were having regular services in the church with preaching every two weeks and Sunday School every Sunday afternoon. Rev. Abram Metzler was pastor. A fire in the smokehouse at the Park Hotel destroyed the building and a large quantity of hams and other meats stored there. Dr. Nason showed his appreciation to the fire laddies for extinguishing the blaze by presenting them with a box of cigars. The firemen gathered in the fire hall and...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Feb 8, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 7, 1974 The effects of a nationwide trucking strike were starting to be felt locally, creating critical shortages of fuel, food, and other goods. Several area industries that relied on trucks to supply them with goods were seriously considering significant layoffs. A Blair County jury found three escapees from the Huntingdon Correctional Institution not guilty of holding Ralph Harstrom of Martinsburg hostage and forcing him to drive them to Philadelphia in January of 1973. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Aungst of Alexandria held a...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Feb 8, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 8, 1924 The first three weeks of broadcasting from Penn State radio station WPAB indicated the programs had been heard on radios over 1,000 miles away and in more than 30 states. The program contents were made up of musical numbers by students and faculty and 10 minute talks three nights each week. Altoona merchants secured extra clerks and arranged for a community restroom in a church for shoppers to attend the one-day community dollar day sale. All departments of the Altoona railroad shops went full-time for 48 hours per week,...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Feb 8, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 11, 1999 The Department of Environmental Protection gave William Cowan of Martinsburg RR 2, owner of the Steam Pump Dam on Halter Creek near Ore Hill, three months to draw down the dam before it could pass inspection. Roaring Spring Borough Council was not happy with the reply it received from PennDOT when the council asked for a lower speed limit of 30 mph on part of the Route 36 bypass, between the Spang Street intersection on the north and Spruce Street on the south. The congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church,...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Feb 8, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 10, 1949 Merle C. Detwiler, 37, of New Enterprise, owner of Detwiler Dairy, was seriously injured Feb. 5 at St. Clairsville when a truck operated by a drunk driver crashed into his milk truck as he was loading it with milk cans; it also hit three other cars. Detwiler was thrown between the other truck and a post. His legs were fractured and he suffered cuts on his head and forehead. He was taken to Timmons Hospital, Bedford. Mr. and Mrs. John Dollar of Clover Creek bought the Garner Store and home at Fredericksburg, operated for...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Feb 8, 2024

    Herald of Feb 13, 2014 The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors approved an updated nuisance ordinance on Tuesday evening, Feb. 4, during its regular monthly meeting. In addition, the supervisors hired a code ordinance enforcement officer to be a point of contact regarding matters involving township ordinances. The new ordinance focused on “unsightly buildings”. The ordinance set forth procedures on how to address problem properties and clarified how the township can attempt to recover costs that may be incurred from dealing with a...

  • Bear Harvest Continues Downward Slide

    RICHARD TATE|Feb 8, 2024

    As some sportsmen had predicted, the Pennsylvania bear harvest continued its downward slide this past season – or should I say seasons. The preliminary figures show that Pennsylvania hunters killed 2,919 bears, the first time the harvest has shrunk under 3,000 since 2007. Hunters killed about 1,243 bears during the archery, muzzleloader, and special firearms seasons. Only 1,083 were downed during the traditional four-day firearms season and 593 were tagged during the extended season. This is down from 4,653 bears killed in 2019....

  • Dragons Fall to Hilltoppers, 57-53

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    In a three-match week, the Dragons found victories over the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils and the Clearfield Bison with respective scores of 48-28 and 46-38. After those final two home games of the regular season, the Dragons traveled to face the Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers and fell 57-53. A slow start befell the Dragons in their home rematch against the Blue Devils. After leading by a mere point after the first quarter, the Dragons kickstarted things to attain a 21-14 halftime lead. The Dragons held their opponents to single-digit scoring per...

  • Liftoff

    Feb 8, 2024

    Claysburg’s Aidan Simpson drives to the basket between McConnellsburg’s Drew Mellott (2) and Brayden Ramsey (23) in a home game Wednesday, Jan. 31. The McConnellsburg Spartans won, 66-42....

  • Lady Dragons Fall to Bison and Hilltoppers

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    The Lady Dragons had two matches this past week against the Clearfield Lady Bison and the Westmont Hilltop Lady Hilltoppers. The Dragons did not come out on top in either match, losing 65-54 and 54-26 respectively. Against the Bison, the Dragons trailed by four after the first quarter, but put together a huge second quarter to take a 26-23 halftime lead. Despite 10 points from the Dragons in the third, the Bison scored 26, which was followed by a fairly even final quarter for the Dragons’ defeat. Megan Diehl led the Dragons with 13 points....

  • Grant to Help Alleviate Gaysport Flooding

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Feb 8, 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...

  • Spring Cove Releases New Registration Info

    Feb 8, 2024

    The Spring Cove School District has released information about the 2024-25 Kindergarten registration for those interested in all-day kindergarten classes for five-year-old children. The online registration date for children who will begin kindergarten in the 2024-25 school year is Wednesday, Feb. 7. To be eligible to enter the kindergarten program, a child must be five or become five years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2024. Any child who did not attend kindergarten and will be six years of age on or before the first day of the school term may...

  • Smith Drives to the Basket

    Feb 8, 2024

    Central’s Hunter Smith drives to the basket on Bellwood’s Vincent Cacciotti in a home game Monday, Jan. 29. The Central Dragons won the game, 54-25....

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

    John Bush|Feb 8, 2024

    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 are colorful,...

  • Former Cove Resident Writes Devotional Book

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 8, 2024

    A former Cove business woman and pastor recently published a devotional book. The book titled “Simply, Good Morning and Shalom” written by Millie Baker, is a year-long devotional with an extra section at the end for special days that have no set date. “Each thought I send out — now to over 100 people — begins with a greeting of good morning and ends with a blessing of Shalom — a wish for inner peace,” she said is how the book got its title. Baker said the devotional is meant to...

  • Moth and Rust

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Feb 8, 2024

    Yesterday I visited an older gentleman who admitted he has trouble throwing things away. He is a collector who specializes in train and railroad items. He has a whole building to store his collection. At one point he owned three actual railroad cars. I brought him a few little things from a thrift store to add to his treasure trove. He did not turn them down. He knows the Lord and states that it’s a good thing we “can’t take it with us” because he would have to have a very big U-Haul. As a young guy I collected baseball cards. Some of...

  • Was There a Real St. Valentine?

    Feb 8, 2024

    Valentine's Day presents an opportunity to express feelings of love. Greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolate boxes are traditional gifts, as are red roses. Most people know how and why Valentine's Day is celebrated, but few may know the person behind the holiday's name. The Catholic Church recognizes three different martyred individuals with the name Valentine, who each may hold ties to the Valentine's Day celebration. The name Valentine comes from the Latin "Valentinus," which means "worthy, strong or powerful." The name was a common...

  • How To Find The Right Volunteering Opportunity

    Feb 8, 2024

    Volunteering is a great way to strengthen communities and support good causes. Adults looking to volunteer for the first time may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of opportunities to lend a hand. Finding the right volunteering opportunity requires careful consideration of a host of factors, including some that people new to volunteering may be unaware of. · Time: One way to narrow down your volunteering opportunities is to consider how much time you have to give back. If your schedule is often hectic, it may be hard to honor a commitment to...

  • The Tithe

    Paster Earl Herr|Feb 8, 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 s...

  • W-Burg Senior Helping Local Companies

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    Williamsburg senior Chloe England is putting her social media management skills to work in a co-op work arrangement with Biddle’s Brewing of Williamsburg. In her sophomore year, England signed up to attend the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) for digital communications. She had been posting to social media since she was seven years old, making YouTube videos. “Now, not a day goes by when I do not receive a sponsored package in the mail to share with my online...

  • Woodbury Appoints Eastep as New Supervisor

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    Following last month’s surprise resignation of Woodbury Township Supervisor Craig Hamilton, the remaining supervisors appointed Rich Eastep to that position during the Feb. 1 meeting. Supervisor Ed Clark made the motion to appoint Eastep with Chairman Joe Lansberry seconding, and the motion passed. The supervisors also approved Hamilton’s resignation. Resolution 2014-01 was passed regarding fee increases and the township tax collector. Supervisor Clark made a motion to hire Young, Oakes, and...

  • WIC Now Offers Permanent Location in Williamsburg

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    For many families in the Cove and surrounding areas, the Pa. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a god-send. WIC provides health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referral services and nutritious foods. WIC has improved the nutrition and health of families in Pennsylvania since 1974 by providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods. Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children...

  • Martinsburg Community Fund Making Push To Reach 2024 Goal of $45,000

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 8, 2024

    A local volunteer organization that has been around since 1947, is continuing to help different causes within the community. The Martinsburg Community Fund, which many might know from the thermometer in front of the Hometown Bank at the corner of North Market and East Allegheny Streets, is an annual fund drive. Randy Stoltz has been chairman of the volunteer organization for more than 20 years and said that there are eight members on the board. “It is a unique thing – it gives an opportunity...

  • Public Notice

    Feb 8, 2024

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION To all interested parties: Notice is hereby given that the Williamsburg Municipal Authority has filed a renewal application (SRBC Pending No. 2024-007) with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) for water withdrawal from the Authority’s existing Well #3 located in Woodbury Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania. The Williamsburg Municipal Authority has requested to withdrawal of up to 200,000 gallons per day from Well #3. The water will continue to be used for public water supply. Interested parties should submit...

  • 'Stylish Fashions' in R.S. Helps support Childrens Hospital

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    Stylish Fashions, located at 908 Spruce St., Roaring Spring, opened for business in November 2023. Owner Susan Knisely has sold fashions on eBay for more than 23 years. She also had a store about 12 years ago in Roaring Spring. Knisely has always been interested in fashion and decided to open this store selling new and used items. Used items are accepted and bought by appointment only. A variety of clothing and shoes can be found in many sizes. T-shirts can be made to order. Saturday event...

  • Woodbury Boro Joins Co-op Buying Program

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    The Woodbury Borough met on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Woodbury Community Center. President Shawn Claycomb led the group on the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and then called the meeting to order. The expenditures and treasurer’s report was given by Barbara Wilt. There was no mayor’s report given, no SCJMA report, and no Woodbury Area Community Center report given, as the council was not provided any. The next BCAM meeting will be March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Legion. Claycomb provided an update on tar and chipping that is to be done on...

  • Pa. May Re-Introduce Pine Marten to Forests

    Feb 8, 2024

    From The Center Square The return of a long-lost woodland critter to Pennsylvania is delayed — or may not happen at all. The Pennsylvania Game Commission was considering a $2 million project to bring back the American marten, also known as the pine marten, to the commonwealth. About the size of two small cans of beans, the weasel disappeared from the woods here in the early 1900s due to deforestation and overhunting. Officials planned to introduce 300 martens in the Northern Tier and estimated the population could hit 10,000 martens...

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