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  • Martinsburg Borough To Divide Up Balance Of Trooper Fund

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 15, 2024

    Martinsburg Borough Council approved dissolving the Trooper Landon Weaver Fund and splitting the remaining funds between Cove Christmas Love and the Martinsburg Food Pantry. During borough council’s monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, Mayor Richard Brantner, Sr. talked about what the borough would do with the fund during his report. Trooper Weaver was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 30, 2016, while investigating a protection from abuse (PFA) order violation. Brantner, Sr. said he did not k...

  • Woodbury Man Takes His Time with Paintings

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Feb 15, 2024

    At 91 years old, Herbert Houp of Woodbury, a Korean War veteran, is a testament to a life well-lived, marked by dedication, craftsmanship, and a passion for painting. He served in the Korean War from 1953 to 1954, where he drove tanks. “I got out on Christmas Day,” Houp said. When he returned home, he went to work at the Blank Book Company in Roaring Spring where he spent 11 years operating a ruling machine that added lines to paper. Houp’s career took him to Martinsburg Cove Building Servi...

  • C-K FBLA Student Organizes Project to Keep Hearts Beating

    STEVE WALTER, For the Herald|Feb 15, 2024

    Isabella Paris, an eighth-grade student at Claysburg-Kimmel High School, has been working on a project for her school district and community. She is a member of the Claysburg–Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Last year, she placed first at the state level with her public speaking event and placed seventh nationally in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the first middle-level FBLA member from C-K to place on the national level. This year, Paris has taken on a bigger project that i...

  • Arlene Lavern (Lashley) Pittman

    Feb 15, 2024

    Arlene Lavern (Lashley) Pittman, 92, of Martinsburg (formerly of Roaring Spring), passed away on Feb. 7, 2024, at Homewood at Martinsburg. She was born Jan. 23, 1932, in Everett, daughter of the late George William Lashley and Anna Charlotte (Brumbaugh) Lashley. On March 16, 1951, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Arland Keith Pittman. She is survived by her sister Joyce Criswell of Everett and sisters in-law, Velma Morris (Clyde) of Everett and Joyce Pittman of Pittsburgh;...

  • Stylish Fashions Supports UPMC Childrens Hospital

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Feb 15, 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 over 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 also be made to order. Saturday event sales...

  • RS Trinity United Church Celebrates 125 Years

    Feb 15, 2024

    On Sunday morning Feb. 11, the congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring celebrated 125 years in their current building. The congregation’s origin dates back to 1830 in Rodman and in 1867 built a new structure on North Main Street which it used for 31 years until it was sold to the Roaring Spring Mennonite Church. The church’s present location at 434 East Main Street was dedicated on Nov. 29, 1898. The Anniversary Sunday Celebration took place with worship at 9:30 a.m., being led by Pastor Ryan Gephart of Trinity Uni...

  • Easter for Eli Marks 10 Years of Battling Cancer with Easter Baskets

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Feb 15, 2024

    A local organization continues its mission to provide joy to children battling cancer across the United States. For its 10th non-consecutive year, Easter for Eli is asking that the community create Easter baskets and leave them at one of the many drop-off locations in the Cove by Friday, March 8. “It’s the same old song and dance as previous years,” said Martin Garrett, the founder and organizer. “But we are in a time crunch because of when Easter falls this year.” Easter for Eli was created i...

  • Wedding Announcement

    Feb 15, 2024

    Megan Marie Ritchey and Dylan Lance Barkman were united in marriage at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the Woodbury Church of the Brethren. The bride is the daughter of Steven and Jeri Ritchey of Roaring Spring. The bridegroom is the son of Lance and Wendy Barkman of Breezewood. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Pastor David Ulm and Pastor Steve Corbett. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Kimberly Carson, sister of the bride, was the matron of honor. Shane Barkman, brother of the...

  • Costanza and Creed at Sheetz

    DAVE POTCHAK|Feb 15, 2024

    Author’s Note: Because of the recent passing of actor Carl Weathers, this story came to mind. My wife and son were with me in the car and I was somewhat distraught, to say the least. We were on our way home from visiting my dad in a Johnstown hospital and the outlook for him was not good. I pulled into a local Sheetz store on Route 56 in the East Hills section of the city to purchase some gas and waited with patience in line, but I allowed enough room for the driver of the car in front of me to maneuver and pull out when he was finished pumping...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Feb 15, 2024

    Imagine living in the Soviet Union during the Cold War under an oppressive, increasingly paranoid government. Expressing ideas and opinions in public could result in arrest or worse. The KGB could bug your home or follow you as you go about your day. You are exposed to government propaganda daily through radio broadcasts and newspapers. Ingrid and Anya spend much of their lives living under these conditions. In 1958, the United States and Soviet Union signed a Cultural Exchange Agreement, allowing for the cultural exchange of knowledge and...

  • Medical Marijuana Patients And Gun Ownership Rights

    ANTHONY HENNEN, The Center Square|Feb 15, 2024

    Amid debate over legalizing adult-use marijuana, lawmakers say Pennsylvania’s medical program needs some improvements – and call on the governor to lead the way. The medical program grinds against federal law: every cardholder faces the loss of their Second Amendment rights. That tradeoff was made clear in January when Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene announced that he obtained a medical marijuana card — and the law required the county sheriff to confiscate his license to carry a firearm. Phantom impairment, too, complicates the m...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 15, 2024

    To the Editor: I wish to thank you and your staff for publishing a fine newspaper. I hope the citizens of the Cove understand how fortunate they are to have a source of local news. As an historian, I so look forward to the history revealed in the Morrisons Cove Herald each week. I wish to urge parents and relatives of service members to invest in a year’s subscription as a gift from home for those who now live away. C. Arnold McClure Shirleysburg, Pa....

  • 125 Years Ago

    Feb 15, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 16, 1899 A blizzard caused the Monday afternoon train to Altoona to run many hours late. Even though it was pulled by two engines, at 10 p.m. the trains became snowbound in a six-foot-drift a short distance south of Martinsburg and could not complete its run to Curryville and Henrietta. Passengers and crew were forced to remain on the train for shelter from the cold, snow and fierce wind until sleds could reach them the next morning. The editor warned farmers to be on the lookout for a seed corn salesman who had swindled a...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Feb 15, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 14, 1974 Food Supplies in the Cove area were gradually returning to normal as the national truckers’ strike fizzled out. During the brief strike, however, several incidents erupted. Shots were fired at trucks owned by E.F. Smith Inc. while they passed through Loysburg Gap. The trucks were then stopped at a nearby roadblock, where tires were gouged with an ice pick and a rock was thrown through a truck window. While the supply of food was improving, shortage of gasoline continued to be a problem in the area. In order to make t...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Feb 15, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 17, 1949 The worst blizzards on record were lashing the West while Morrisons Cove basked in 65-degree warmth. Snowdrops were blooming in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ake of Martinsburg, who ironically were vacationing in Mexico. “The breath of summer” came to an end with the temperature finally dropping to 23 degrees on Feb. 17 and the wind being clocked at 30 and 40 miles an hour. Air Force Major John A. Bice was visiting his father Blair R. Bice before leaving for England where he was to be stationed for three years. Joh...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Feb 15, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 18, 1999 The Altoona Curve and Morrisons Cove Home sponsored a fundraising event called “Step Up to the Plate” that benefited the home and filled Blair County Ballpark at the same time. The Curve gave the Home 2,000 tickets to sell for Opening Day, May 1. James C. O’Harrow, Claysburg-Kimmel superintendent, took first place in the annual Camp One-Horn Outdoorsman Competition in McKean County. The events measured skill in shooting, logging and chopping wood and navigation. Dr.Paul Manuel of New Enterprise, a fifth degree black...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Feb 15, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 15, 1924 52nd annual Farmers’ Week at Cove High was the most successful and widely attended of any since its origin. Judges’ decisions of the three-day program competition resulted in the seniors taking the coveted first place and the accompanying $5 prize, the juniors took second, and the remaining two had honorable mentions. One activity of merit was Freshman Merle Replogle’s president address and presentation of the stage draperies used that day and designated to be a memorial of the class of 1927. Minstrel Mimics, with a cas...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Feb 15, 2024

    Herald of Feb. 20, 2014 The Herald received numerous calls on Tuesday morning, Feb. 18 about hundreds of “snow rollers” cropping up around the Cove. The strange log-shaped snowballs, which had been reported across the state and into Ohio, was a bit of a phenomena. According to the National Weather Service, “snow rollers” are formed under specific weather conditions. The ground surface must have an icy, crusty snow, on which falling snow cannot stick, about an inch or so of loose, wet snow must accumulate, and gusty, strong winds are needed...

  • January PGC Meeting Highlights

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Feb 15, 2024

    On Jan. 27, 2024, the Board of Commissioners of the Pennsylvania Game Commission held its meeting to set preliminary upcoming hunting seasons and bag limits. In a recent email, sportsmen’s advocate Greg Levengood shared some of the meeting’s highlights. One of main interest to sportsmen concerned the reintroduction of the American marten, a small predator, to the Pennsylvania woods. Sportsmen are concerned about the potential damage this small weasel could do to the ruffed grouse population and to other wildlife populations as well. Lev...

  • Lady Dragons Topple Rams

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    In a week with a singular match against the Penns Valley Lady Rams, the Lady Dragons rallied after a tie game to push for a 38-33 victory. After the first quarter, the score was tied at seven. However, in the second quarter, the Dragons outscored their opponents 11-4 in order to attain a 18-11 halftime lead. In both the third and fourth quarters, the Rams were able to score one point more than the Dragons, but the Dragons kept up their offensive game and ended the match in a victory. Megan Diehl led the offensive effort for the Dragons with 14...

  • Dragons find Overtime Victory

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    In a week with a singular match, the Dragons traveled to face the Penns Valley Rams. A less-than-stellar effort from the Dragons led to overtime, in which the Dragons finally picked things up, ending with a 56-48 victory. The first quarter left the Dragons with a two-point lead, and a similar second quarter left the halftime score at 18-14 in favor of the Dragons. In the third, the Dragons matched the Ram’s scoring, but in the fourth, the Rams were able to put up enough points in the final minutes to tie the game 42-42. Once in overtime, h...

  • Driving for the win

    Feb 15, 2024

  • The Business Club at Central High School

    Feb 15, 2024

    According to Kassi Leidy, the Business Club at Central High School normally attended Accounting Career Day hosted at different college campuses each year by the PICPA organization. They host guest entrepreneurs and visit local businesses to talk to owners about how they got their start and the challenges of running a business. The club members also attend various “United We Can” luncheons, and attend the Annual Business Day hosted by St. Francis University each spring. Leidy said that while the...

  • C-K's FBLA Aims to Offer a Helping Hand

    STEVE WALTER, For the Herald|Feb 15, 2024

    Claysburg-Kimmel’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter (CK FBLA) has created a community service project for the 2023-24 school year. This year, Helping Hands aims to help community members in need by relieving financial strain on families, promoting inclusion within the community, and providing low-cost entertainment in hopes to bring our community closer together. This year’s community service project was created by Launa Musselman, Levi Kennedy, Makenzie Ebersole, and the C-K FBLA cha...

  • Northern Bedford FBLA Encourages Entrepreneurship

    Feb 15, 2024

    The 2023-2024 American Enterprise Project, Encouraging Entrepreneurship, has been busy promoting entrepreneurship in the Northern Bedford County School District and beyond. The project, led by co-chairs Avery Aungst, Aiden Wadel, and Myah Douglas, aimed to educate students and community members on the American Enterprise System. Encouraging entrepreneurship From Jan. 8-12, FBLA members lead second-grade students in a series of entrepreneurship lessons. To begin, students learned the definition...

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

    Feb 15, 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. SANDLOT BALL IN MARTINSBURG Like many communities across the U.S., sandlot ball or pickup ball in the 1950s was common in Martinsburg. In the cities ball was played in the parks and in the streets. In Martinsburg, public and private land was used at several locations across town. Baseball and...

  • Special Recognition

    Feb 15, 2024

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  • Joyful Noise

    Linda Sollenberger|Feb 15, 2024

    Psalm 100 There was a period of time through the “season of Covid” when the church I attend was on-line only. Then we began to meet in our parking lot with the message broadcast through the radio. What an amazing time when we finally reentered the sanctuary! We did wear masks for awhile, and we sat in every other pew. Through much of this time we did not sing as some reports said that droplets could spread more easily that way. I am such a music lover, so I was overjoyed when once again our service returned to what we had always done. The onl...

  • C-K Backpack Program Fights Student Hunger

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Feb 15, 2024

    In order to perform well in school, children need to be fed, and a local group is guaranteeing that with a unique fundraiser. To continue its goal of lowering student hunger, the Claysburg Backpack Program hosted its first Soup-er Bowl. Through the date of Super Bowl LVIII, the program had four drop-off locations- Dollar General stores in Claysburg, Claysburg Public Library, and the former Cat’s Meow at 595 Bedford St. “I’ve been checking each site as often as I can, and I’ve noticed a lot of donations,” said Terri Lingenfelter, one of the Ba...

  • Thought for the Week

    Feb 15, 2024

    At Valentine’s Day, we use the word “love” a lot. Much of the time we understand what we mean and hopefully others do as well. Sometimes, the meaning is not as clear as we wish it would be. We can say “I love my wife.” or, “I love a good book.” And the meaning for the word ‘love’ is not the same. In the Greek language, there are at least four words used for this word. One word is ‘phileo’. It means ‘brotherly love’ as in the name of the city Philadelphia, the ‘city of brotherly love. I’m not...

  • River Front Drive a 'No-Go' in Catharine Township

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    For many months, the supervisors of Catharine Township, Williamsburg, have been working to make a right-of-way along River Front Drive, but needed the support of the residents. Supervisors have worked trying to get support from all residents because without full support, there would be no way to deed the property needed for the right of way for the township. Chairman Heather Flaig updated the supervisors on River Front Drive during Thursday’s township meeting, stating that there is still one holdout resident who wanted a letter from the t...

  • Borough Looks to Edit Personnel Policy

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    Borough employee Brandy Frank questioned the Williamsburg Borough’s FMLA/personnel policy during last Monday evening’s Borough Council meeting. Frank is coming back from maternity leave and asked borough if, being a full-time employee, she could come back for a set number of days the next few weeks, before coming back into her full-time position as office personnel. The borough council permitted the schedule coming back into maternity leave, but decided to work on adding FMLA and maternity leave to the borough’s personnel policy. Later in th...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    For many of us, a great song can literally change your mood – music can make you laugh, cry, smile, remember good and bad times. This inspired my question for the week – What is one song that you never skip no matter how many times you hear it? Here is what a few residents had to say: Patrick Detwiler: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Barb Dulaney: “When A Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge Anna Gibboney: “Sound of Silence” – Disturbed Shirley Flaugh: “One Day at A Time” – Merium Bellina Beverly McCaulley: “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe Timmy R...

  • Congressman Joyce Visits Students

    Feb 15, 2024

  • 100 Days

    Feb 15, 2024

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  • Public Notices

    Feb 15, 2024

    Sealed Bids Sealed proposals will be received by the Woodbury, PA 16695, of Bedford County at PO Box 280, Woodbury, PA 16695, until 7 p.m. on March 7, 2024, for the following: Item 1, 1000 ton 9.5MM FOB Item 2, 300 ton 2A Stone, FOB Item 3, 500 ton, AS2 Anti-Skid FOB Item 4, 50 ton, Cold Patch FOB Liquidated damages apple. Proposals must be upon the forms furnished by the Municipality. The bod must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 10% of the bid, made payable to the municipality. The Municipality reserves the...

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