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  • Edward P. "Eddie" Rock

    Mar 9, 2023

    Edward P. “Eddie” Rock, 64, of Martinsburg, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 1, 2023, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. He was born Jan. 21, 1959, in Roaring Spring, son of Elizabeth A. (Rice) Rock and the late Daniel Merle Rock Sr. He is survived by his loving mother, Elizabeth of Martinsburg; a sister, Cathy S. Cox (Richard); and a brother, Daniel M. Rock Jr. (Roberta) both of Claysburg; also surviving are; five nieces and nephews; 17 great-nieces and nephews; and...

  • Marjorie H. Davis

    Mar 9, 2023

    Marjorie H. Davis, 92, of Martinsburg passed away at home on March 1, 2023, following a brief illness. Marjorie was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Tyrone, the daughter of Walter and Sue Houck. Walter and Sue moved their family to Martinsburg when Marjorie was young, and Martinsburg became her hometown. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Lucille Bryant. She is survived by her husband of sixty-nine years, William F. (Fip) Davis, two sons, Wes (Brenda) of Hummelstown, and Bill (Lisa)...

  • 'United We Can' Announces Spring Speakers

    Mar 9, 2023

    The fifth season of “United We Can” Inspirational Luncheons will be coming to the close with the final two speakers taking the stage in April. The luncheons will resume in the fall. Typhani Russo of Altoona and Tyler Smith of State College will bring their message of hope and resilience to the Casino at Lakemont as part of the Spring Series, beginning in mid-April. “We couldn’t be happier these two have agreed to present at our luncheons,” Sue Griep, founder of the series, said. “I...

  • Jeryl W. Gates

    Mar 9, 2023

    Jeryl W. Gates, 75, of Woodbury, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. He was born Feb. 23, 1947, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Willard and Mildred (Sollenberger) Gates.He married Rosalyn Hoover of Martinsburg June 7, 1969. Jeryl is survived by his wife of 53 years; a son, Christopher and his wife, Dawn; a son, Matthew and his wife, Laura; and grandchildren: Alexis, Cayden, Jared, Megan, along with his sister: Diane Hiestand. Jeryl loved nature, enjoying the outside, hunting, and fishing. We will never forget his smile. A private graveside...

  • Police Report No Applicants For Open Positions

    ANNA BAUGHMAN, Editor|Mar 9, 2023

    Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service (HALAS) members Jacob Reilly and Susan Rea attended the Martinsburg Borough Council March meeting to “strengthen relations with the community.” Reilly informed the council that HALAS has been serving the community since 2002. The nonprofit uses mostly money from fundraisers, and Reilly said they hope the council will support HALAS, as HALAS will support Martinsburg in their events. “We’re grateful to serve this community,” Reilly said. “The community out here is so family-oriented....

  • Snowberger Hopes to Put Students First

    Mar 9, 2023

    Republican Samantha Snowberger has announced her candidacy for Spring Cove School District School Board. Snowberger has cross-filed for both the Republican and Democratic tickets. A long-time resident of the Spring Cove area, Snowberger currently serves as an interim school board director after being voted in to fill a vacancy in December 2022. Snowberger, a wife and mother, is a 1997 graduate of Central High School and attended Lock Haven University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in P...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Mar 9, 2023

    To the Editor: I believe in school choice for Pennsylvania because I am a product of school choice. I attended private and public schools through the 70s and 80s. Also, I appreciate the high-quality education my children and grandchildren have received at public brick-and-mortar charter schools, Cyber public schools, traditional public schools, and private schools. It has been amazing to choose for each of my children and grandchildren which schools met their unique needs. I am proud to say that my adult children all contribute positively to...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Mar 9, 2023

    Nisha Cantor and Sam Kemp could not be any more different. Nisha lives the globetrotting life of the rich and spoiled. She hops from country to country with her designer bags and clothes, hanging on the arm of her insanely rich and handsome husband. Sam is struggling to keep her life together. Her husband lost his job and his father and is struggling with deep depression. Her boss does not appreciate her or the work she does at all. The only thing these two women share is a trip to the same gym...

  • Deer Browsing Just One Factor Shaping NA Forests

    Mar 9, 2023

    In a study that likely is more notable for how it was conducted than for what it found, a Penn State-led research team discovered evidence that browsing by white-tailed deer had relatively little long-term impact on two tree species in a northern forest. The research took place in both fenced and unfenced plots in a one-square-mile area in the Flambeau River State Forest, Wisconsin, which had an estimated deer density of about 18-31 deer per square mile at the beginning of the study. With seven years of data, researchers examined survival and...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Mar 9, 2023

    Herald of March 10, 1898 Martinsburg resident Christ H. Bowers of South Market Street fell against a circular saw at his home. The revolving disk severed the thumb of the left hand at the first joining and badly lacerated other parts of the hand. Andrew Geist, while returning home from Altoona, was hurt when a horse he was driving in a small wagon became frightened by an electric car and ran away. In being thrown Mr. Geist was bruised and cut about the head. He was taken to a physician’s office in Hollidaysburg for treatment. The contract...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Mar 9, 2023

    Herald of March 15, 1973 Altoona businessman James Schwab was killed when his single-engine Piper Cherokee private plane crashed into Lock Mountain. His last call to the airport asking for landing instructions at 6:12 p.m., but did not respond to the tower operator. Rescue parties searched the normal airplane approach path and found the wreckage and body at 10:30 a.m. the next day, off Lock Mountain Road near Seldom Seen Road to the west of Martinsburg. Mr. Schwab worked for the Bon Ton in Altoona, and was on his way back from a business trip...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Mar 9, 2023

    Herald of March 16, 1923 The Cove High class play, described as a “comedy with college flavor in three acts” will be performed at D’Ford Theatre, Martinsburg. Admission for reserved seats is 35 cents and 50 cents. Tickets on sale at Johnson’s Drug Store. George Calvin Feight of Baker’s Summit, a prominent farmer and one of the most widely known residents of the Cove, died at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, at 8 o’clock Friday morning. Death was due to complication of diseases following a severe attack of diptheria a year ago. He...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Mar 9, 2023

    Herald of March 19, 1998 The Northern Bedford School board accepted with regret the retirement-resignation of long time teacher and wrestling coach Rodney Hoover. Hoover was employed as a physical education and health teacher in the district for 32 years, and coached for 30 years. Matthew Brumbaugh, a junior French major at Saint Francis College in Loretto, has returned from studying at the American University in Paris in France. In addition to his studies, Matthew traveled extensively and lived with a French family. The Roaring Spring...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Mar 9, 2023

    Herald of March 18, 1948 Five-year-old Joseph Allen “Joey” Amick perished in a fire that swept his home Saturday. His remains were found in the smoldering rubble of an apartment building in New Enterprise. Three Martinsburg firemen were burned when shifting winds blew flames over them. Two were treated by a physician. Within a period of six months, All American Aviation Inc., plans to inaugurate two morning and two afternoon flights east and west at the Blair County Airport. The Civil Aeronautics Board granted a permit to the company to...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Mar 9, 2023

    Herald of March 14, 2013 A fundraising event held at the Replogle School in New Enterprise raised $39,500 for Brooke Slick, who was hoping to travel to Russia for treatment for multiple sclerosis. Community members donated items that were auctioned off by Larry Beach. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced plans to hold a public meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease at the Spring Cove Middle School Auditorium. Game Commission staff wanted to update the public on CWD and the challenges for managing CWD in the free-ranging deer population Three...

  • Abiding: Part 1

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Mar 9, 2023

    During my four years at a Christian college, I was blessed with several good roommates. My first was one that I had served on a ministry team with a year earlier. Some of the guys in the hall were not fans of his, but we got along well. In my junior year I was with my best friend from my church back home whose Dad was my pastor. We had lots of fun together and sharpened each other spiritually. My second- and fourth-year roommate was someone I really looked up to. He was at least six inches taller than me. The fellow Bible major carried a...

  • Thought for the Week

    Mar 9, 2023

    There is a Book in God’s Word called “Judges.” I not sure how much it is preached or taught in today’s church. I know I have not spent lots of time in it in my years of ministry. I am not sure how much time I will spend in it now but I do want to look at some of the things it can teach us. First these judges were not like judges in our time. Our judges are generally schooled and skilled in the law of the land. They are elected or appointed to determine who is or has the right in certain...

  • IF Comes to Williamsburg

    Mar 9, 2023

    More than 30 area women attend a two day IF: Gathering at the United Methodist Church in Williamsburg Friday and Saturday. The event is broadcast online aimed toward equipping women with gospel centered resources. Cassie Roberts organized this event. In the center photo, Marlene Mingle Lynch (left) and Kendra Brubaker of Williamsburg listen intently. Beginning in 2014, “IF: Gathering” was launched in Dallas, TX. It was an all-female event talking about their beliefs in Go...

  • Public Notice

    Mar 9, 2023

    ABANDONED STORAGE UNIT Due to nonpayment of storage rent, all property of Melanie Hoffman stored at Unit# 7 located at Mobile Realty 7, LLC Self Storage Units on South Nicodemus St., Martinsburg, PA will be disposed of on March 20th, 2023. Owner of the unit to contact 717-519-5200 ext. 3. POLICYHOLDER MEETING NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Policyholders of Bedford Grange Mutual Insurance Company will hold their Annual Policyholders Meeting at the home office at 477 West Pitt Street, Bedford, PA on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11:00 AM...

  • Southern Cove Power Reunion Prepares for Upcoming Event

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    Southern Cove Power Reunion held its monthly meeting on March 3, 2023, in the Clubhouse. Twenty-three members attended the meeting. There are now eight LED ceiling lights in the museum and an outside light in place. The tractor pull sled is getting repaired with a new pan for the upcoming season. A grader is being reviewed and repaired with new clutches. May 20 will be the club’s annual banquet on the grounds. Royal Rangers of Everett will be catering the meal. The club is having a gun raffle as a fundraiser. There are 1,200 tickets being sol...

  • Pavement Preservation Work to Restart on I-99 in Bedford, Blair Counties

    Mar 9, 2023

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that Grannas Brothers Stone and Asphalt Co., Inc., of Hollidaysburg, restarted work beginning Monday, March 6, 2023, on Route 220 between the PA Turnpike and Interstate - 99 Exit 3 (Johnstown Cessna), in Bedford County, for cable barrier installation in the median. Traffic will be temporarily reduced to a single lane northbound and southbound in the work zone. No overnight lane restrictions are planned. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction personnel...

  • February SOM Named for NBCMS

    Mar 9, 2023

    Shown (from left) are the February Students of the Month for Northern Bedford County Middle School. Grade 6 – Myrinah Ritchey, daughter of Jason & Johnna Ritchey, and Jesse Britt, son of Jason & Tracy Britt; Grade 7 – Brant Ritchey, son of Ben & LeAnn Sollenberger, and Maddie Baker, daughter of Adam & Nickie Baker; Grade 8 – Amberly Detterline, daughter of Aaron & Donna Detterline, and Coltin Hutton, son of Jennifer Hutton....

  • January, February Students of the Month Designated

    Mar 9, 2023

    JANUARY Abbie Merritts Parents: Lori and Michael Merritts School Honors/Accomplishments: National Honor Society School Activities: Student Council (Vice President), Aevidum, Volleyball (4 years, captain 2 years), Yearbook (co-editor), Creative Compassions, Spanish Club, Dual Enrollment Courses: Psychology, Sociology, English 101, Statistics, Calculus, Spanish Iv, English 102, Public Speaking Community Activities: Community service day at Williamsburg Plans After Graduation: Attend a 4-year...

  • Bedford, Blair County Deeds, February 2023

    Mar 9, 2023

    Records in this list are taken from public databases provided by the counties. Published entries are selected to match the Herald’s coverage area. BEDFORD COUNTY REBECCA A. FAWKS TO TODD A. HORNE, PROPERTY IN KIMMEL TOWNSHIP, $55,000. –––––––––– PATRICIA A. SWOPE TO LEONA FAWKS, REBECCA FAWKS AND SAMUEL FAWKS, PROPERTY IN KIMMEL TOWNSHIP, $245,000. –––––––––– KATHRYN J. WILLEY AND SCOTT E. WILLEY TO SHERI K. FEIGHT AND WILLIAM H. FEIGHT, PROPERTY IN WEST PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, $90,299.66...

  • Woodbury Works on Land Development

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    With the increase of land development in Woodbury Township, supervisors advised Solicitor Aimee Willett and Engineer Jim Young to work on an update of their SALDO (Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance). The update will contain revisions and planning recommendations to make the land development process in the township easier. “It’s just consistent with what’s current,” Young said. The process will look into ordinances 509 and 511, which specifically work with stormwater management and sediment/erosion control. “We just want to...

  • Civic Club Makes Easter Wreaths

    Mar 9, 2023

    The Williamsburg Ladies' Civic Club held their monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 27. Following a short meeting, the ladies were treated to a wreath-making class hosted by Shirley Saylor. Longtime Civic Club member Anna May Very poses with her wreath getting ready for the Easter holiday. Cathy Over, another member of the Civic Club, works on her wreath with eggs and peat moss....

  • Grager Looking Forward to Time on School Board

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    Following Joe Detwiler’s resignation from the Williamsburg School Board, Jimmy Grager has taken the seat. “I see how much just this high school diploma did for me, and I’m hoping that it’ll give students a solid foundation to build upon as they grow,” Grager said. Both Grager and his wife Julie graduated from Williamsburg. Following graduation, Grager left to start his Air Force career in the Fall of 1998. After retiring in 2018 with 20 years in the military, Grager and wife moved back to the district. “The sense of community, the...

  • PSU Altoona Inducts New Class of Sheetz Fellows

    Mar 9, 2023

    The twelfth class of Sheetz Fellows was inducted during a formal ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. A competitive academic program, the Sheetz Fellows Program offers unique opportunities that ignite and inspire the entrepreneurial mindset of students at Penn State Altoona by fostering critical thinking, ingenuity, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Seventeen students were inducted into the program: Hailey Alwine of Altoona, PA: Kiera Berkheimer of Duncansville, PA; Geoffrey Biddle of...

  • The Last of the New Enterprise Company Store

    Mar 9, 2023

    As the round up of stores and services at the New Enterprise company store comes to an end, we get a peek into Detwiler's Hardware and Lizzie's Restaurant. Ira had five children. Two of his sons, Cletus and Willis, assisted in various capacities at the hardware store. After Daniel Hoffman, Eliza's son, returned from the military he went to work for Ira. Also among the employees was Roy Barnes. Ira's ad found in the pamphlet, Anniversaries, offered Waterbury hot air fired automatic heating...

  • Other Guys' Ideas

    Mar 9, 2023

    As a fly-fisherman I have come up with few original ideas. Most of the things I know about fishing had already been developed by older generations of fishermen. For instance, modern fly-fishermen sometimes think they invented fishing two dry flies at a time. That's a nice thought, but it isn't true. When I was young and learning to fly-fish, I saw local Williamsburg fisherman Sam Lower fishing two dry flies at a time. He chuckled and told me, "If one dry fly is good, sometimes two are better....

  • Biesinger Represents Central Wrestling at PIAA 2A Tournament

    Mar 9, 2023

    Central's Ty Biesinger wrestles Burgettstown's Parker Sentinpal in the 114 lb weight Saturday at the Altoona High School Fieldhouse during the PIAA 2A Southwest Regional Wrestling Tournament....

  • Feathers a Standout Player for Softball

    Mar 9, 2023

    Game One: Penn State Altoona 9, Martin Luther 1 Penn State Altoona got solid performances both at the plate and in the pitching circle to take care of Martin Luther (2-5). The Lions produced nine runs on 14 hits – including getting some key two-out hits – while limiting the Knights to just one run on two hits. At the plate, five different Lion hitters recorded a multi-hit game. Cameryn Feathers (Martinsburg, PA/Central) went 3-for-3 with a triple, one run scored, one run batted in, and a walk. Gianna Hoppel (Lewistown, PA/Mifflin County)...

  • On to Next Year: Dragons Defeated in District 6 Championship

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    Moving on to next year is all that's left to do for the Central Boys Basketball team, who faced a devastating loss to the Johnstown Trojans in the District Six 4A championship as their last game. The Dragons had lost their offensive touch in the LHAC championship, and this night was no different. The Trojans jumped to a 7-0 lead right off the bat in the first quarter, and the Dragons were left trailing all night after. The first quarter ended with the Dragons in a 13-5 deficit and a mere three p...

  • Cove Community Theater Fired Up for 'A Murder at The Fire House' Production at Breezewood Firehall

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    The Cove Community Theater performed "A Murder at the Fire House" at Breezewood Firehall on March 4 and 5. The murder mystery was set within a fire company. The play This event started out with a musical production from Flint Chandler, the fire chief who was always known as a ladies man. He made his way around the room, flirting with the women and leaving a phone number with them. A murder took place and the janitor bounded into the room falling on the floor and yelling. The victim in this...

  • Woodcock Valley Lions Resume Swiss Steak Dinners

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    Woodcock Valley Lions once again sold its famous Swiss Steak Dinner, including noodles, corn, coleslaw, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Homemade cake was given for dessert. This was a takeout dinner only. This well-known dinner has been served by the Lions since 1985. COVID did stop the dinners for a while and they lost some members due to COVID. Deb McKnight is in charge of the kitchen and oversaw as well as packed the dinners to take out. The Lions will have meals to take out the first...

  • Blair Co. College-Bound Students Could Have 100 Percent Tuition Coverage

    Mar 9, 2023

    Cost can be a significant obstacle for those seeking higher education, but a new initiative at Juniata College aims to further break down those barriers for college-bound students residing in Huntingdon, Blair, Cambria, Centre, or Mifflin counties. Students from these counties who are admitted to Juniata and have demonstrated academic success in high school and involvement in extracurricular or community activities, are eligible for scholarships that cover 100 percent of their tuition for up to four years while residing on campus. “Across...

  • Today: Public Meeting and Plans Display for the Blair County Bridge Rehabilitation Projects

    Mar 9, 2023

    PennDOT is presently developing plans for a project to rehabilitate bridges at Route 2011 (Clover Creek Road), Route 2017 (Fox Run Road), and Route 3007 (Pine Hollow Road) in Blair County. The structure on Route 2011 (Clover Creek Road) over Clover Creek is located in Woodbury Township. Current plans are to use accelerated construction techniques to reduce the construction duration and for traffic to use a detour to allow the contractor full access to the bridge. Work on the bridge which carries Route 2017 (Fox Run Road) over Roaring Run in Cat...

  • Ritchey, Barkman Engagement

    Mar 9, 2023

    Steven and Jeri Ritchey of Roaring Spring have announced the engagement of their daughter, Megan, to Dylan Barkman, son of Lance and Wendy Barkman of Breezewood. Megan is a 2011 graduate of Northern Bedford High School and a 2014 graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. She is an accountant for Horizon Farm Credit. Dylan is a 2010 graduate of Everett Area High School and a 2013 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in ag systems...

  • Wise Women of Blair Co. Tribute Honorees

    Mar 9, 2023

    WISE Women of Blair County, through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, is proud to announce their annual tribute honorees. These women are recognized for their community input and/or involvement in organizations whose projects advance the WISE Women mission to empower women and eliminate racism through collaboration, service and education techniques. Our outstanding 2023 Honorees are:  ARTS & LETTERS – Jane Purdy Hite, Blair County Arts Foundation, Vice President. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL– Stephanie Nycum Doliveira, Sheetz,...

  • Second Hee Haw Show Rescheduled for Tomorrow

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Mar 9, 2023

    The Claysburg Community Chorus and The Claysburg Rotary presented the 20th annual Hee Haw show this past Friday, March 3, at Claysburg-Kimmel High School. A second show was scheduled for Saturday, March 4, but due to a power outage, it was canceled and rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday, March 10. According to the show director Dan Crist, the Hee Haw show is a form of variety show that has skits and jokes. Special groups come and perform as well as The Claysburg Community Chorus. It is patterned...

  • Drug Task Force Arrest Roaring Spring Man After Search Turns Up Suspected Fentanyl

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Mar 9, 2023

    A Roaring Spring man with a history of drug arrests is behind bars after police executed a search warrant on his home and said they found enough fentanyl to fill 500 bags of heroin. According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 24, the Blair County Drug Task Force executed the search warrant on the Bloomfield Street apartment of Andrew Berkheimer, 38. Police said Berkheimer was in the bedroom of the apartment and after being read his rights, agreed to speak with officers. Police said they asked...

  • Conemaugh Nason Earns Award

    Mar 9, 2023

    Conemaugh Nason Medical Center was recently honored with a top award at an annual awards ceremony held by its parent company Lifepoint Health in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. The hospital received the company's 2022 Operations Excellence Award for the eastern division of acute care facilities. The Lifepoint Health Operations Excellence Award recognizes outstanding overall performance across the company's acute care, rehabilitation, and behavioral health business sectors. The...

  • Read Across America Comes to RS

    Mar 9, 2023

    Maggie Smolka, news anchor at WTAJ, visited the Faith and Grace Roaring Spring to read on Thursday, March 2, for Read Across America. Read Across America Day coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday. According to nea.org, Read Across America Day is celebrated across the nation. March is also National Reading Month....

  • C-K Elementary Janitor Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Children For Possession of Child Pornography

    Mar 9, 2023

    On March 7, 2023, Greenfield Township Police Department filed 75 counts of sexual abuse of children; one count of attempted corruption of minors; and one count of copying obscene material against Claysburg resident Ethan Colpetzer. These charges developed from a multi-department investigation that included the Claysburg-Kimmel school security officer and members of the Pennsylvania State Police in conjunction with Greenfield Township Police and the Blair County District Attorney’s Office. At the time of the offense, 30-year-old Colpetzer serv...

  • Lady Pirates Crowned D-6 Champs

    Mar 9, 2023

    In their victory over Bishop Guilfoyle, Williamsburg won the District 6 Class 1A Championship on Wednesday, March 1, at Mount Aloysius. This is the Lady Pirates' first district title since 1997. Following the 57-39 win, the girls take on St. Joseph's at Claysburg-Kimmel High School on Saturday, March 11, in the state playoffs....

  • Local Rugby Club Continues to Grow

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Mar 9, 2023

    Rugby has been played for about 200 years and during that time has evolved into one of the world's most popular sports. And while it has been played in the United States since the mid-19th century, it hasn't gained wide-spread popularity here, but that seems to be changing. With more than 2,600 rugby union clubs and 900 collegiate teams, rugby is catching on in the United States and a local club is contributing to its growth. In 2014, Andy Haines wanted to bring his passion for rugby to local...