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Jonathan David Byler

Jonathan David Byler, 58, of rural Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, at his home. He was born June 1, 1963, in Lewistown, son of Jefferson R. Byler and the late Lydia M....

 

Charles E. Evans

Charles E. Evans, 63, of Elizabethville, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2022. Born September 20, 1958, in Huntingdon, he was the late son of Llwellyn and Thelma Jene (Haupt) Evans. He is survived by wife, son Brian Evans; daughters: Rose Wright...

 

Ingrid Metzler

Ingrid Metzler, 87, of Chambersburg, was welcomed to her eternal home in Heaven with Jesus Wednesday evening, Feb. 2, 2022. She was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Nuremberg, Germany, she was the daughter of...

 

Rickie W. Reffner, Sr.

Rickie W. Reffner, Sr., 69, of Bedford, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at UPMC Altoona after a battle with Covid. He was born Jan. 17, 1953, in Roaring Spring, the son of the late William and Florence (Gray) Reffner. He married Connie M. Ross...

 

Rosella M. "Posey" Blattenberger

Rosella M. “Posey” Blattenberger, 92, a resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, formerly of rural Martinsburg, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 6, 2022, at The Village. She was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Woodbury, daughter of the late Clarence E....

 

John Robert Dilling

John Robert Dilling, 93, of Seville, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster. John was born March 5, 1928, in Altoona, the son of the late Ralph and Rose (Lower) Dilling. He is survived by his wife of 72...

 

One Step Too Far By Lisa Gardner

Timothy O’Day and his four best friends travel to the Wyoming wilderness to mark the end of his bachelorhood. Two days later, his friends return to Ramsey worn out, disoriented and in shock. They...

 

Fouled Out: Junior, Senior Year

In 11th grade, I was a starter for the JV team and on a few occasions I was allowed to dress for the varsity team. Usually at half-time for the varsity team, the head Coach Dale Batzel would give me...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: We are two local residents who are seeking reader assistance with a research project focused on the Juniata Collegiate Institute (also known as the Martinsburg Indian Training School). We are diligently working to compile information...

 

The Misunderstood Shed

Shed: I believe the importance of a shed is greatly misunderstood. Typically made of wood or metal, the shed complements the larger building(s) on one’s property. Sheds are utilitarian in nature, as they are the home for garden tools, mowers, and...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 18, 1897 Local Methodist ministers were said to be incensed that the Grace Methodist Church in Harrisburg was renting their house of worship to the State of Pennsylvania as a meeting place for the Legislature. The prevailing sentiment...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 17, 1972 A chartered bus side swiped a tractor trailer and crashed on Route 220 near East Freedom, killing a Philadelphia man and injuring 18 others. The bus was taking 35 people, all from Philadelphia, to visit relatives at the...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 24, 1922 Rev. William H. Holsinger resigned as the pastor of the Williamsburg Church of the Brethren. Before becoming the minister at the Williamsburg church, he pastored at Smithfield and Fairview. The Williamsburg church was...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 20, 1997 Three homes in the Martinsburg area were burglarized on Sunday morning while the victims were attending church. The thieves made off with a variety of items, including jewelry and cash. A gun, videocassette recorder, antique...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 13, 1947 More than 200 men joined the firemen auxiliary units in the Cove after a plea for members was issued in the Herald. Fire Police and Supervisors were appointed in Huston and North Woodbury Townships. Martinsburg Borough...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 16, 2012 Dan Boyles, Blair County’s emergency management director, addressed Roaring Spring Borough Council about his concerns on how the borough would handle certain kinds of disastrous emergencies, for example if Route 36 were...

 
 By Linda Weko    Faith    February 17, 2022

God's Story/Our Story

No matter what our age, is there anyone who does not like a good story? We are captivated by family stories of how our parents or grandparents met and fell in love. We are excited by stories filled...

 

Thought for the Week

I was in the kitchen and noticed a spot on the stove. It likely fell from the stirring spoon on its way to the spoon-rest. I got a dishcloth, some soap, a little bit of water and rubbed. It was gone...

 

Blair County Employees' Retirement Fund Ends 2021 with a Strong Quarter

The Blair County Retirement Board, consisting of Commissioners Bruce Erb, Amy Webster and Laura Burke, along with Treasurer Jim Carothers and Controller A.C. Stickel, recently met with Pat Wing and Bill Torre of Marquette Associates, Inc. to review...

 

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Now Underway, Free Insurance Counseling Available through PA MEDI

Pennsylvania Department of Aging reminds Medicare beneficiaries that the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period runs from January 1 to March 31. During this time, beneficiaries who currently have a Medicare Advantage plan can switch to a...

 

DUI Task Force Posts Results

On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, officers of the Blair County DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI roving patrol. The following results are from the detail: • 123 Individual contacts • 82 Warnings issued for...

 

Beekeepers to Hold Seminar for Beginners

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will present a seminar for beginning beekeepers in Altoona at Lighthouse Mens Christian Fellowship, 224 Woomer Road, Altoona, on Sunday Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. There is no fee for attending. Those interested...

 

Public Notices

REQUEST FOR BIDS - FOOD SERVICE MGMT COMPANY CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL SCHOOL DISTRICT Attention: Food Service Management Company. The Claysburg-Kimmel School District is requesting proposals for school food service management services. The Food Service Manag... Full story

 

Free Mental Health Services Available For Pennsylvania Farmers Launches

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the launch of an AgriStress HelpLine for Pennsylvania farmers. The hotline is a free service available to Pennsylvania farmers and farm families seeking mental health support. The AgriStress HelpLine fo...

 

Department of Aging Encourages Older Adults to Prepare for the Transition to 5G Cellular Service

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is reminding seniors with older devices to learn about the potential impacts related to the shutdown of the 3G network service and prepare accordingly. The shutdown involves the nation’s three major wireless...

 

'Homegrown Treasure' Turns 102

Dorothy Koontz of Williamsburg celebrated her 102 birthday on Feb. 2. Miss Koontz was born and raised in Mount Etna, near Williamsburg and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1936 at the age...

 

Central Cove FFA Chapter

There are currently 90 members in the Central Cove FFA Chapter, which advised by Thomas Ritchey. Chapter officers for 2021-22 are: President – Faith Brumbaugh Vice President – Katheryn...

 

Northern Bedford FFA Chapter

The Northern Bedford County Chapter of FFA has about 70 members. The chapter is advised by Jim Over and Michaela Smith. Chapter officers for 2021-22 are: President – Lauren Over Vice President ...

 

Williamsburg FFA Chapter

There are 80 students enrolled in agriculture courses this year at Williamsburg High School. The Williamsburg FFA Chapter is advised by Robyn Bechtel. Chapter officers for 2021-22 are: President ...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

Last week’s question was so popular, I decided to bring the love back for a second week. If you remember from last week, we asked – when and where did you meet your valentine? Here are a few more and romantic responses: Danielle Schumacher: 2013...

 

Biddle Fills Borough Council's Vacant Seat

“Easily one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make,” Williamsburg Borough Council President Don Zimmerman said last Monday evening in discussion on applicants for the council’s vacant seat. Two applicants sent in letters of interest ...

 

Historical Society Meets

Late last year, members of the Williamsburg community got together and formed a Historical Society, “dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.” On Wednesday, Feb. 9, the society...

 

Williamsburg Football Teams Honored at Banquet

Williamsburg High School honored their football teams at a banquet on Saturday evening, Feb. 12, at the Williamsburg Community Center. It was a bittersweet night to commemorate what could be one of...

 

Blair Township Police Investigate Break In, Theft

The Blair Township Police are investigating a break in and theft of numerous items from storage buildings at the FC814 Futbol/Soccer Club grounds along Loop Road near East View St. in Blair Township. Sometime between Jan. 1, 2022, and Jan. 13, 2022,...

 

Survey Provides Insights on Police Chiefs, Departments Serving Rural PA Municipalities

Most certified police departments in Pennsylvania serve small and rural municipalities with populations of 10,000 or fewer residents. Since little is known about these departments and their officers,...

 

Stopping for the National Anthem

When the first notes of the national anthem started before the start of Claysburg's basketball game with Fannett Metal Wednesday, Feb 9, (from left) Lariah Quao, 12; Alexia Sanchez, 12; Gunner...

 

It's Fun to Stay at the...

When the Village People song YMCA come over the loudspeakers during halftime of the Claysburg/Northern Bedford basketball game Joan Wright (left) and her daughter Stefanie Ritchey couldn't resist...

 

Let's Mauk Some Baskets

Last week, Claysburg basketball played against Northern Bedford and Fannett Metal....

 

Bulldogs Go Up Against Panthers

Here are more photos from the Claysburg vs. Northern Bedford game on Feb. 11....

 

Birds In Trouble

Not long ago on the Internet, I read a post from a bird lover who was concerned that fewer songbirds were visiting his feeders than had visited in previous years. He expressed concern that this might...

 

Lady Pirates Finish Second in ICC North

–Feb. 9, 2022– The Lady Pirates ended a close game with a win, defeating Bellwood 57-56. Jayla Woodruff scored 26 of Williamsburg’s points, making her the high scorer. Ayla Hileman hit 20 points. SCORE BY QUARTERS Williamsburg 7 12 16 13 2 6...

 

Central Wrestling Weekly Wrap-Up

The Central Wrestling Squad faced the Somerset Eagles this past week but were unable to come out victorious with a 42-30 loss. Tyler Biesinger (113) recorded a pin at 2:18, while Jaxon Mathews (138) had a pin at 5:15. Max Baker (152), Wyatt...

 

Williamsburg Finishes Regular Season Strong

–Feb. 9, 2022– Williamsburg traveled to Curwensville to defeat them 69-43. Lambert Palmer was the Pirates high scorer with 23 points. Rowan Gorsuch got 20 points. SCORE BY QUARTERS Williamsburg 18 14 18 19 Total: 69 Curwensville 10 4 11 18...

 

SC 6th Grade Wins Tournament

Spring Cove/Metzler Trucking won the 6th Grade Boys "Knights of Columbus" Bellwood Basketball Tournament in December 2021....

 

Bailey Garver Hits 1,000 Points

–Feb. 10, 2022– Claysburg’s Lady Bulldogs hit a close win against Northern Bedford. C-K won 51-48. Rebekah Claar was the high scorer for Claysburg with 19. Bailey Garver had 17 points for C-K. Sarah Helsel supplied 10 points. Bailey Garver hit...

 

Dragons Continue Winning Ways on the Hardwood

The Dragon’s continued their winning streak this week, tagging on two more victories over Somerset and Chestnut Ridge. A 71-33 victory over the Eagles and a 58-33 victory over the Lions leave the Dragons with a 17-4 record. Central’s...

 

Lady Dragons Show Improvement

The Central Lady Dragons found victory against the Somerset Lady Eagles 59-35, while losing to the Chestnut Ridge Lady Lions 60-58. Wednesday's Senior Night game left the Lady Dragons victorious. Kat...

 

Lady Dragons' Biggest Fans

The Lady Dragons were victorious on their senior night with a final score of 59-35....

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    February 17, 2022

OPS Theater Spring 2022 Events Approaching

Off Pitt Street Theater (OPS), Bedford, will play host to “Molly’s Hammer,” a play based on true local events in the 1980s. According to Director Dawn Ziviello, “It is a really compelling drama about community activism and putting others...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 17, 2022

Claysburg Pair Jailed After Parole Check Turns Up Drugs

A Claysburg pair landed behind bars after a visit from their probation officer led to the discovery of a large quantity of narcotics. According to Bedford State Police, on Feb. 8, a state parole agent arrived at the East Valley Point Lane, Kimmel...

 

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