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  • Cove Will See 95 Percent of Eclipse on April 8

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2024

    Last October, areas of the continental United States were able to experience an annular eclipse, and now the opportunity has arrived again with a full solar eclipse happening on April 8. Fred Marschak, retired Hollidaysburg Planetarium director, volunteer and Martinsburg resident, said he saw his first total solar eclipse with his wife, when they visited China in 2009. “Seeing one in person is like being in the front row for a show,” he said. The cities in the path of the totality which are clo...

  • 'Tails Wagging' on Rescued Bedford County Dogs

    EMILY LOOSE, Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    After helping rescue more than 90 dogs at the start of the year, the Bedford County Humane Society has good news, including adoptions and clean bills of health. During New Year’s Eve, the Pennsylvania State Police alerted the humane society about the dogs. Shelter manager Kathy Ramsey said the way they found them was horrifying. “You could tell they were neglected,” she said. “They were matted, their skin was so bad. It was all heartbreaking.” Because the shelter does not have a lot of space, ho...

  • John Frederick Knepp

    Mar 7, 2024

    John Frederick Knepp, 91, Martinsburg, passed away peacefully Friday evening, March 1, 2024, at his residence. He was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Houserville, son of the late Irvin E. and Clara E. (Houtz) Knepp. On Aug. 24, 1957, he married Shirley A. Smith at Curryville Church of the Brethren. She preceded him in death Nov. 15, 1998, following 41 years of marriage. He is survived by two sons: Rex A. Knepp (Lori) of Everett and Timothy S. Knepp (Chris) of rural Martinsburg; and four grandchildren:...

  • Janet I. Kreider

    Mar 7, 2024

    Janet I. Kreider, 91, Martinsburg, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, March 1, 2024, at Homewood at Martinsburg surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born Dec. 16, 1932, in Martinsburg, daughter of the late Edgar H. and Sarah C. (Miller) Lykens. On June 18, 1955, she married Charles I. Kreider at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Martinsburg. He preceded her in death March 19, 2011, following 55 years of marriage. She is survived by a daughter, Karen L. Greenleaf...

  • Carl L. Williams, Jr.

    Mar 7, 2024

    Carl L. Williams, Jr., 71, of East Freedom, passed away March 3, 2024, at his home. He was born April 22, 1952, in Elkton, Maryland; son of the late Carl L. Sr. and Betsy R. (Everett) Williams. On Aug. 1, 1980, in Winchester, Virginia, he was united in marriage to Shelley L. (Cronemiller) Williams. He is survived by his wife, Shelley; children, Carie Thomas (Barry), Amy Cooper, Carl L. Williams, III, Shila Ulrich (Derek), and Nena Stewart; 14 grandchildren; longtime friend, Vince Cartwright; as...

  • Richard (Dick) Krider

    Mar 7, 2024

    Richard (Dick) Krider died peacefully Feb. 24, 2024, at Westminster Canterbury, Va., where he lived with his wife Nancy since 2017. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 66 years Nancy Dean Krider, his four children; Sue Krider, Cindy Standen (Jeff), Richard Krider (Susan) and Beth Parrish (Tracy), eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Jack and numerous nieces and nephews. He and his wife Nancy owned and operated Howell’s Heating and Air Condition Co. until his retirement in 2009. In l...

  • BPW Welcomes Author

    Gloria Blakely|Mar 7, 2024

    Martinsburg Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) welcomes new members to our meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. Dining with author Kevin Stiver starts the evening. Followed by a discussion about Kevin’s book, “Glenn White PA, The Town That Was Forgotten in the Allegheny Mountains,” and the BPW business of fundraising and volunteering. Please join us at Homewood at Martinsburg’s Terrace Café, 437 Givler Drive in Martinsburg. Don’t forget to order your meal from the café before 5:00 pm (814.793.1355.) For more info, simply call S...

  • Claysburg Hall of Fame Induction Set for April 13

    Cati Keith, Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2024

    Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Committee will be holding its 10th induction ceremony on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. The public is invited to this no-charge event. No advance tickets are needed. The program will include the presentation of Hall of Fame Members with a reception immediately following with light refreshments. The inductees for the 2024 program are: Bill’s Place - Bill and Suie Burket - Pioneer Award, Dahl Bowser, Lynn and Janice Crist, Brent Miller, Dolan Mosser....

  • N. Bedford 'Corner' Taps 800 Trees for Maple Syrup

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2024

    Dark Hollow Sugar Camp, a maple syrup business located in Jack’s Corner in Northern Bedford County, has benefited from the colder temperatures in February, which has allowed them to produce more of the sweet substance than in previous years with more mild winters. Owner Tyler Hrivnak, said the sap in the sugar maple trees they use on his property and in the surrounding woods, was running pretty well because of the conditions. He uses the sap that is tapped from about 800 trees. The sap collected...

  • Claysburg Foundation Donates $80,000 for Sensory Room at School

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2024

    The Claysburg-Kimmel School District was generously awarded an $80,000 grant from the Claysburg Education Foundation to create a sensory room for the Multi-Disabilities Support classroom and the Life Skills Support classroom at Claysburg-Kimmel School District. This donation will provide critical resources to support students with sensory processing needs and enhance their educational experience. Sensory rooms are designed to provide a safe and calming space for students with sensory processing issues, allowing them to regulate their sensory...

  • Foundation Funds Hydroponics Educational Facility

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Mar 7, 2024

    The Claysburg Education Foundation is excited to unveil plans for a hydroponics educational facility generously funded by Mark and Karen Barnhart. This innovative initiative aims to benefit students and communities within the Claysburg-Kimmel School District and beyond, fostering educational advancement, community engagement, and sustainable agriculture practices. Hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil, utilizes a water-based nutrient solution. This technique has gained traction among small farmers, hobbyists, and commercial...

  • Feeding our Community

    LINDA K. SMITH, For the Herald|Mar 7, 2024

    The Martinsburg Food Pantry provides food for our community with the help of local churches, businesses and individuals, along with many volunteers, working together to help their neighbors through difficult times. The Food Pantry has been blessed with many food and monetary gifts these past several months after the holidays. Our shelves are looking amazingly well stocked of food. The local need has continued to increase, and all who have given to the Food Pantry, has enabled the Pantry to...

  • Northern Bedford Students to Offer 'Matilda'

    EMILY LOOSE, Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    Students from a local school district are set to wow audiences with an updated version of a children’s classic story. Northern Bedford County High School will be putting on a production of Matilda from Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17 as this year’s musical. According to musical director Brett Keith, he chose this particular musical due to its popularity with the students. “Last year, a film adaptation of it was put onto Netflix,” he said. “Because of the feedback I saw from the...

  • Coming Up at the Claysburg Library

    Mar 7, 2024

    There are some new programs planned for the Claysburg Area Public Library. March 20 is “Won’t you be my neighbor” Day. In honor of Mr. Rogers, the library will celebrate the Claysburg Community. All day, the library will provide ideas to express your appreciation for your neighbors. On Monday, March 25, the library will have information on the April 8 Solar Eclipse. Do you know the difference between a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse? This program will help us clear up the confusion. The library also has glasses from NASA to watch the Solar...

  • PA State Police Seeking Cadets

    CHRISTEN SMITH, The Center Square|Mar 7, 2024

    Pennsylvania State Police said the surge in cadet applications last year brought in 175 new officers and dropped vacancies into the double digits for the first time in nearly three decades. Although recent retirements pushed that number to just under 240, Police Commissioner Christopher Paris said the 158-percent increase in recruitment will fill the gap. “I’m encouraged by the cadets that I see in the academy,” he told the House Appropriations Committee on March 4. “I believe there are people out there who want to become Pennsylvania state t...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Mar 7, 2024

    Herald of March 9, 1899 A drawing was held to determine the winner after a tie vote resulted for school director in Roaring Spring. Nicholas Clouse drew the slip bearing the word “director,” thereby claiming the seat over Harry E. King. The other new school director who was elected was J.H. Stephens Those retiring were E.Z. Kagarise and W.L. Spanogle. Attendance at the Fredericksburg Primary School for the fifth month averaged 94 percent. A.O. DeFord succeeded D.M. Klepser as operator of the Martinsburg coal yard. Henry Norhaft of Rebecca Fur...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Mar 7, 2024

    Herald of March 7, 1974 Representatives from six local municipalities, including Roaring Spring, Martinsburg and Woodbury boroughs, met in Martinsburg to form the Cove Area Solid Waste Council. Charles W. Klotz of Roaring Spring was elected chairman of the group. Metzler’s Meat Market of Curryville closed March 1 after 26 years in business. The American Oil Co. moved machinery into the Royer and Mines area to begin testing to look for underground oil reserves there. On March 2 the cost of mailing a first-class letter increased from eight c...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Mar 7, 2024

    Herald of March 7, 1924 Traveler A.A. Cowan wrote a lengthy letter to home folks from Tampa, Fla., the destination of a two-week journey with companions W.B. Kauffman, D.S. Carper and Josiah Guyer. Explaining in detail the railroads, the land and fruit crops, their highest interest was in the battlefields and historic sights in Tennessee and Georgia. An exception was W.B. Kauffman’s responsibility for the foursome’s admittance to the Atlanta prison. An inquiring guard asked for identification papers from the visitors. The only “piece of paper...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Mar 7, 2024

    Herald of March 11, 1999 Approximately four to six inches of snow fell throughout Morrisons Cove on March 4. The storm caused blackouts in Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Williamsburg and Curryville. The winds which were estimated to be as high as 50 miles per hour, were blamed for most of the outages. Another snow covered the Cove on March 6 with three to five inches. Randy K. Stoltz, Martinsburg Borough manager, reported that despite some precipitation in the winter, water levels in the borough’s wells continued to drop. Levels dropped over t...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Mar 7, 2024

    Herald of March 10, 1949 A celebration marking the opening of passenger air service at the Blair County Airport by All-American Airways was being planned for Sunday, March 20. Several DC-3 24-passenger planes were to be parked at the airport for the public to inspect. The Air National Guard Unit of Johnstown was scheduled to fly over and perform a stunt show. The Farmers State Bank of Woodbury marked its 25th anniversary March 4 as a state bank. The bank with current reserves of $852,000, was organized in 1908 as a private bank under the name...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Mar 7, 2024

    Herald of March 6, 2014 For 18 years, longtime Herald reporter Sharon K. Snyder of Loysburg shared with readers her “Reflec- tions” about family and friends. The Cove was reflecting on Snyder’s time with the weekly newspaper. Snyder passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at UPMC Altoona, after being hospitalized for two weeks with pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. She was 66. The Herald and its readership were privileged to have Sharon’s exceptional journalist skills and creativity for 45 years. Although she did not attend...

  • Second-Half Struggles End Dragons' Season

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    In the District Six 4A Championship match, the Central Scarlet Dragons were put up against the Johnstown Trojans, a team they had lost to twice before in the season. The game started off great for the Dragons, who nabbed a 9-4 lead with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Dragons led by three. The second quarter brought 11 points from both teams, keeping the Dragons lead with a 22-19 halftime score. But things fell apart for the Dragons in the...

  • In a tight spot

    Mar 7, 2024

    Williamsburg/Huntingdon’s Andrew McMonagle, left, wrestles Bald Eagle Area’s Caleb Close in the PIAA SW AA Regional Championship bout at 189 lbs. on Saturday at Altoona Area High School. McMonagle lost the match, earning the silver medal....

  • Coyote Hunts

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    Regular readers of this column know I am concerned with fishing and hunting ethics and sportsmanship. I have little interest in fishing and hunting contests that award prizes for catching fish or killing game animals. One notable exception is bass-fishing tournaments that promote the live release of the fish after they are measured. This brings us to organized coyote hunts. According to the Jan. 19 issue of “Pennsylvania Outdoor News,” more than two-dozen coyote hunts were held in Pennsylvania during the past winter. The largest of these and...

  • PIAA District VI Class 1A Championship

    Mar 7, 2024

    PIAA District VI Class 1A Championship...

  • NBC Girls Basketball D5 Semi Final

    Mar 7, 2024

    NBC girls basketball game from the D5 semi final game held on Wed 2/28/24...

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

    John Bush|Mar 7, 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, and some are personal. He wishes that you enjoy...

  • Cove Calendar

    Mar 7, 2024

    Saturday, March 9 Quarterly meeting of the Frontier Patriots Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, noon, March 9, at Hoss’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 4308 Business Route 220, Bedford Williamsburg Farm Show, Saturday, March 9 – Annual Benefit Auction. Auctioneers will auction off new and used items, household items, feed, auto supplies, cleaning kits, gift cards to local businesses. Doors open at 8 a.m., auction begins at 9 a.m. Kitchen open. Monday, March 11 At the Roaring Spring ARCH: Ladies Exercise Class, Mar. 11, 6 pm Bre...

  • Just My Luck

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Mar 7, 2024

    In general, I consider myself to be a positive person. I recently had an older gentleman from church tell me how he’s always happy to see me because I have a smile on my face all the time. But I have caught myself at times looking in my rearview mirror and seeing that my default expression is not really a smile but a frown. Even when I’m not thinking negatively or am sad about anything, my lips are curled downward. And although I would like to think I’m a “glass half full” kind of thinker the reality is sometimes the glass seems half empty. On...

  • The Significance of Various Symbols of Easter

    Mar 7, 2024

    Easter Sunday is a day when Christians across the globe celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Data from the Pew Research Center indicates there are approximately 2.4 billion Christians across the globe, which accounts for nearly one-third of the global population. Though certain Christians groups do not celebrate Easter, many consider it the holiest day of the year. Given that significance, it’s no surprise Easter is steeped in symbolism. The following are some of the many symbols of Easter and what they represent to faithful C...

  • How Did Easter Get Its Name?

    Mar 7, 2024

    Christians and even many non-Christians likely know that Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Less widely known may be the origins of the name of this significant holiday. Historians are not certain about the precise origins of the name “Easter.” Some believe the name can be traced to the English monk Bede, often referred to as “St. Bede the Venerable” or “The Venerable Bede.” According to History.com, in his most famous work, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede asserts that the English wor...

  • A Meatless Meal to Enjoy During Lent

    Mar 7, 2024

    The 40 days and nights of Lent are a time for reflection and anticipation of Easter’s arrival. Fasting, which for many Christians includes skipping meat and animal products each Friday, also is part of the preparation. Individuals who are unaccustomed to going meat-free may need to expand their culinary repertoire to ensure Friday meals continue to be filling and tasty. This recipe for “Herby Rice and Black Bean Salsa Burrito Bowl” from Niki Webster’s “Rainbow Bowls” (Sourcebooks) is full of protein-rich beans, flavorful herbed rice and sa...

  • Hezekiah III

    Pastor Earl Herr|Mar 7, 2024

    The Assyrian King is Sennacherib (S). He marches with an immense army to confront Hezekiah, who has not paid the tribute as his father had. It is here the weak faith of Hezekiah falters. He pays the tribute (S) demands. He takes some of his own wealth and unfortunately raids the precious metal in the Temple of the Lord to make up the balance. Hezekiah does not know if this will appease (S) so he does what he can humanly do to stave off disaster. He stops a major water supply to hinder (S) and...

  • How Nutritional Needs Change with Age

    Mar 7, 2024

    Healthy eating is important at any age and can set the course for a life of vitality and wellness. Sufficient nutrition can help prevent chronic illnesses and make sure that growing bodies develop properly. As one ages, various changes take place in the body, making healthy eating even more essential. According to Healthline, nutritional deficiencies can effect aging individuals, which can decrease quality of life and lead to poor health outcomes. Individuals should pay attention to their vitamin and mineral intake at various ages so they do...

  • What Seniors Should Know About Prediabetes

    Mar 7, 2024

    Most seniors recognize that routine visits to their physicians are an important component of preventive health care. Annual physicals are important for everyone, but they’re especially important for individuals 65 and older who may be more vulnerable to disease and various other health conditions than younger adults. The National Institute on Aging reports that millions of individuals 65 and older have visited their physicians and learned they have a condition known as prediabetes. For some, the day they receive a prediabetes diagnosis also m...

  • What People Can Do to Prevent Stroke

    Mar 7, 2024

    Stroke has been described as a “brain attack.” Stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain becomes blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain breaks, which can damage or kill brain cells. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion says stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in adults. It also can cause irreversible damage to the brain. Individuals who experience stroke may end up with memory problems or experience difficulty thinking or forming words. Mobility issues like difficulty walking or par...

  • Biddle Appointed to Borough Council Seat; Foreso Remembered

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    Williamsburg Borough Council Chairman Ed Patterson held a moment of silence in honor of councilmember Jim Foreso. Chairman Patterson offered “a prayer for our fallen comrade, a great loss to our group, and the community.” “He was quite a guy,” Patterson said. One letter of interest was received for the vacant spot. Councilmember Bruce Hamilton made a motion to appoint Mike Biddle. With Councilmember Paula Hamilton seconding, the motion passed. Later in the meeting, Biddle accepted the seats o...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    Author’s Note: It has come to my undivided attention that there have been complaints about who is selected for this weekly article. First, these questions are posted on the Williamsburg PA Now Facebook page, roughly two to three days before I actually begin writing the article. In that time, I do get a fair amount of answers to my questions. While I am writing, I then go through the answers without any bias and choose answers based basically on a first-come, first-serve basis. This does not have anything to do with my likes or dislikes of c...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    It’s been awhile since I shared a favorite recipe – so I thought I’d bring back one of my favorite writing venues for this week, only. This past weekend, we were blessed to visit two local diners – Tom and Joe’s in Altoona and Dean’s Diner in Blairsville – both sampling breakfast favorites. Both times, my mother got corned beef hash, and I thought with corned beef being a “March” type food – why not share a special recipe of corned beef hash inspired by my Mom’s pickings at the diners? Corned Beef Hash Ingredients 6 TBSP. butter, divided 4 cup...

  • Public Notices

    Mar 7, 2024

    Notice Estate of Betty Lou McCready, AKA Betty L McCready, 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 claims against the same will present them without delay. Executor Debra Straesser 1219 Straesser Dr Duncansville, PA 16635 Attorney Shawn P. Sullivan, Esquire Sullivan Law Offices LLC 133 E. Allegheny St. Martinsburg, PA 16662 ADMINISTRATORS’ NOTICE Estate of JANET P. FEATHERS, late of T...

  • Wednesday Feb. 28 at Mount Aloysius in the District 6 1A championship game

    Mar 7, 2024

    Wednesday Feb. 28 at Mount Aloysius in the District 6 1A championship game...

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