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 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 18, 2021

Long-time Martinsburg borough resident and community benefactor W. Gene Henry passed away on Feb. 17 at 88

Long-time Martinsburg borough resident and community benefactor W. Gene Henry passed away on Feb. 17 at the age of 88. Henry, perhaps best known locally as owner of the Spring Dam and Stone Manor mobile home parks, was born in 1932 at Nason...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 18, 2021

Appvion to Close Spring Mill, Eliminating 300 Jobs

News of Appvion's decision to close its Spring Mill plant in Roaring Spring has sent shockwaves through the community. Nearly four years after filing bankruptcy and three years after being sold in a...

 

Pa. Rep. Gregory Hollidaysburg Office Closed Indefinitely

Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has closed his Hollidaysburg office to walk-in visitors indefinitely due to acts of vandalism and criminal mischief that have occurred in recent weeks. “For the past three days, and for the foreseeable future...

 

Being a Rural Advocate at Home, In the Capitol

Democracy needs input from citizens to thrive, but figuring out how to share your voice and have an impact on government can be challenging. Whether you are interested in federal, state, or local policy, you can interact directly with elected...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Shortly after the article about my nomination of Martinsburg resident Frank Moore to the Penn State-Altoona sports Hall of Fame appeared in the Feb. 4 issue of the Herald, I received a letter from the chairman of the PSU-A athletic...

 

Webinar Offered on Legal Aspects of Farm Transition

MidAtlantic Farm Credit has announces a farm transition planning webinar on the legal aspects of the transition. The final webinar in a free four-part series on farm transition planning with PA Farm Link and AgChoice Farm Credit. “This webinar...

 

Make the USDA 'The People's Department' Again

Years ago, Robert Kennedy noted that progress is hard. “Progress is nice,” he said, “but its agent is change, and change has its enemies.” Kennedy’s recognition that gutsy, honest leadership is necessary to confront wealthy interests and...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

"The Hollow Ones," a horror-fantasy-mystery novel, is the fourth book co-authored by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan. The story follows a young FBI agent, Odessa Hardwicke and...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 13, 1896 William Newcomer, an employee of the Manning Limestone Co. at Point View, met with an accident that resulted in instant death. He was one of a crew engaged in taking dirt from the quarry. For this purpose a narrow guage...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 18, 1921 George B. Wineland of Martinsburg was spending the week in Pittsburgh where he was serving on a federal court grand jury. Mrs. G. Edward Straesser of Martinsburg received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. S. Howard Bloom...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 14, 1946 The Martinsburg Booster Association listed five objectives for the 1946 program: Annexation of territory northeast of the borough; swimming pool for the Memorial Park; make borough streets and number buildings; curbs and...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 17, 2011 Home heating oil just seems to be burning faster than it has in recent years. At least Cove residents can feel the effect of elevated oil costs burning a hole in their wallets as the price is up to $3.15 per gallon compared...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 15, 1996 Milton V. Burgess, 96, of Martinsburg, former editor of the Morrisons Cove Herald, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 14, 1996, at the Homewood Retirement Center, where he had been a resident for several weeks. Mr. Burgess...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 18, 1971 The Spring Cove School Board is upset about deficiencies in the new junior high school building and has ordered that a letter be sent to the architect detailing the defects. Pant suits are tempting business women in the Cove,...

 

Public Notices

Executrix Notice Estate of Brenda L. Frederick, late of Borough of Martinsburg, 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... Full story

 

DEATH RECORD

CLAAR – Michael A. Sr., 56, McKee FEATHERS – William E. “Cougar,” 72, Roaring Spring FERRY – Michael L., 61, Martinsburg FISHER – Dorothy Fay, 96, resident at NHC Healthcare Lexington, West Columbia, S.C., formerly of Williamsburg FURRY... Full story

 

MICHAEL A. CLAAR SR.

Michael A. Claar, Sr., 56, of McKee, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 12, 1964, in Roaring Spring the son of the late...

 

WILLIAM E. 'COUGAR' FEATHERS

William E. "Cougar" Feathers, 72, of Roaring Spring, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at UPMC Altoona, following a battle with COVID-19. He was born March 22, 1948, in Roaring Spring, the son of t...

 

MICHAEL L. FERRY

Michael L. Ferry, 61, of Martinsburg, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 13, 2021, at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 19, 1959, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Donald R....

 

DOROTHY FAY FISHER

Dorothy Fay "Dot" Fisher, 96, a resident of NHC Healthcare Lexington, West Columbia, S.C., formerly of Williamsburg, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2021, at the facility. She was born Dec. 1,...

 

FREDA P. (EBERSOLE) FURRY

Freda P. (Ebersole) Furry, 102, of Martinsburg, formerly of New Enterprise, passed away Feb. 11, 2021, at The Village at Morrisons Cove. She was born on March 1, 1918, in Salemville, daughter of the late Isiah and Lucy (Kagarise) Ebersole. She was...

 

DEATH NOTICE

Alice Doreen Fyock, 85, a resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, formerly of Roaring Spring, passed away, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2021, at The Village. At the request of the deceased, there will be no services. A private burial will be...

 

WILBERT LEE 'WIB' HITE

Wilbert Lee "Wib" Hite, 89, of Roaring Spring, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Roaring Spring, the son of the late Dr....

 

KENDALL LYNN LAKE

Kendall Lynn Lake, 5, of East Freedom, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at the Penn State Children's Hospital – Hershey as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was bor...

 

KAREN (EDMISTON) MUNDORFF

Karen (Edmiston) Mundorff, 74, of New Paris, died tragically Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, along with her husband James and granddaughter...

 

LEONARD 'BILL' CHRISTIAN RIEHL

Leonard "Bill" Christian Riehl of Loysburg, formally of Everett, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at the age of 92, at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, in Altoona....

 

MARY ISABELLA RHODES

Mary Isabella Rhodes, 79, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday morning Feb. 11, 2021, at home. She was born June 27, 1941, in Atkinson Mills, the daughter of the late Raymond Earl and Dora Virginia...

 

JOYCE ARLENE YOUNG

Joy A. Young, 64 passed away Friday Feb. 5, 2021, at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona, after on and off health-related issues. She was born Sept. 24, 1956, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Donald and Rosella...

 

Pa. Public Officials Worry 2020 Deadliest Year On Record For Fatal Drug Overdoses

Drug overdose deaths in 2020 may eclipse Pennsylvania’s peak recorded just three years prior, public officials said. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith made the statement during a meeting with the Center for Rural...

 

Girl, 5, Killed in Bedford Co. Accident

A Bedford County crash on Friday, Feb.12, claimed the life of a young East Freedom girl and her grandparents. According to Bedford State Police, Kendall Lynn Lake, 5, and her grandparents,...

 

WHS Boys Remain Undefeated at 6-0

A 28-9 second-quarter surge helped propel the Williamsburg High School boys' basketball team to a 74-46 home win against Bellwood-Antis on Feb. 9. The second-quarter surge put the Blue Pirates in...

 

CHS Boys Win 3, Overall Mark at 9-3

The Central High School boys’ basketball team needed two overtimes to get past visiting Richland on Feb. 9, 44-38. The Dragons led 28-24 heading into the fourth quarter, where the Rams’ 10-6 scoring edge sent the game to overtime. Each team...

 

Panthers See Streak End with Loss to SH

Northern Bedford’s offense was in high gear Feb. 9 in a 91-40 win over Fannett-Metal in boys’ varsity basketball action. The Panthers led 58-30 at the half and the running clock was in play during the entire second half. “We were hot from the...

 

Bulldogs Searching for First 'W'

Claysburg-Kimmel nearly pulled off its first win in boys’ varsity basketball action this season Feb. 9. The Bulldogs put together a furious third-quarter rally to take a one-point lead into the final eight minutes. A 15-11 Hornets’ run gave them...

 

NB Wrestles Past BA, Everett

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team battled Glendale and host Southern Huntingdon on Feb. 8. Glendale took advantage of five forefeits in a 54-12 win over the Panthers. The Vikings also had wins by a fall, major decision, injury default,...

 

NB's Rally Falls Short in Loss

Fannett-Metal visited Northern Bedford on Feb. 8 and the Tigers needed a second-half surge to topple the Lady Panthers, 60-30. The game was tight throughout the first half and Fannett-Metal held a slim 25-20 lead at the half. A 16-8 Tiger advantage...

 

Lady Bulldogs Fall to JV, W-burg

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball team lost a home battle with Juniata Valley on Feb. 9, 48-38. Juniata Valley led 26-23 at the break but outscored Claysburg-Kimmel 22-15 in the second half to break the game open. Junior Rebekah...

 

Central Girls Extend Streak to 5

Central High’s defense held Philipsburg-Osceola to single-digit scoring in all four quarters, and the Lady Dragons cruised to a 53-26 victory Feb. 8. Central raced to a 23-6 lead after one quarter and 33-12 at halftime. The Lady Dragons had a 20-14...

 

Lady Pirates Defeat Mount Union

Playing their first basketball game since Jan. 25, the Williamsburg Lady Pirates traveled to Bellwood-Antis for an Inter-County Conference matchup Feb. 8. Leading much of the game, Williamsburg dropped a 51-48 decision as B-A freshman Chloe Hammond...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"They think because I sew and bake And sweep a white pine floor, I never think of winding roads Somewhere beyond my door! They think me deaf to messages Of winds in trees that bend And sway in sheer...

 

Wintry Day in Southern Cove

More snow fell in the Morrisons Cove area Wednesday night into Thursday morning, Feb. 10-11, leaving an additional two to four inches on the ground. Above, Mennonites were in school along Cowan Road...

 

Dairy Princess: 'Show Some Love for Dairy'

Hello again, everyone. So far we have made it through five out of the seven dairy cattle breeds, but this month, I would like to highlight the Ayrshire breed. The Ayrshire breed originated from the...

 

Retirement Fund Results

The Blair County Retirement Board recently met with Pat Wing of Marquette Associates, Inc., of Philadelphia to review the Blair County Employee Retirement Fund’s investment performance report for the fourth quarter of 2020. The Blair Co. Retirement...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    February 18, 2021

Not Your Typical Church Lady

If you've ever had your feet shoot out from underneath you, you know that falling down is no fun. It happens suddenly and unexpectedly. When I was young, if I fell down, I would immediately spring...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Matthew 5:21-26 St. Matthew 5:27-30 St. Matthew 5:33-37 St. Matthew 5:38-42 St. Matthew 5:43-48 St. Matthew 7:24-29 St. Matthew 12:34-40 Jesus gave teachings that none else...

 

Area Church Scenes

Above: St. John’s Church, Replogle School Road, New Enterprise. Below: Barley Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 867, New Enterprise (Bakers Summit)....

 

Courtney Garver Named to Dean's List at St. Francis

Courtney Garver, management information systems major from Claysburg, was named to the dean's list at Saint Francis University, Loretto. Garver was among more than 750 students who earned a spot on one of the honors lists for the fall 2020 semester....

 

Central Cove FFA Chapter

There are currently 99 members in the Central Cove FFA Chapter, which advised by Thomas Ritchey. Chapter officers for 2020-21 are: President – Keller Metzker Vice President – Madison Benfer...

 

Northern Bedford FFA Chapter

The Northern Bedford County Chapter of the FFA has 83 members. The chapter is advised by Kay Kring and James Over. Chapter officers for 2020-21 are: President – Brook Gochnour Vice President ...

 

Williamsburg FFA Chapter

There are 75 students enrolled in agriculture courses this year at Williamsburg Community High School. The chapter's advisor is Robyn Bechtel. Chapter officers for 2020-21 are: President – Branson H...

 

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