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U.S. Dept. of Labor releases Coronavirus-related info for businesses, workers

On March 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance addresses critical questions such as: ... Full story


Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response

Pennsylvania is acting to enable retired health care professionals to assist with the COVID-19 response by waiving certain licensing regulations. Previously, the Department of State waived some regulations for nurses, removed barriers for pharmacies... Full story


Department of Aging Releases COVID-19 Guidance on Protective Services for Older Adults

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released COVID-19 guidance on handling protective services for older adults. This temporary guidance provides operational flexibility to protect older adults and staff during investigative cases while... Full story


Conemaugh Nason Adopts 'Zero-Visitation' Policy

Conemaugh Memorial, Meyersdale and Nason medical centers are adopting a zero-visitation policy, with exceptions noted. This policy was already in effect at Memorial. Conemaugh Health System has confirmed that it has identified a second patient who... Full story


Updated Cancellations/Closures

This page contains updates of events and businesses affected by the coronavirus and local, state and federal orders. The Herald will post information to this site as it becomes available. Please check... Full story


Food Assistance Programs and Resources Available

The Wolf Administration on March 24 reminded Pennsylvanians of food assistance resources available and what actions it is taking to ensure access to food does not stop in spite of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts. “Life has slowed and it has... Full story


Pennsylvania Extends Personal Income Tax Return Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original... Full story


Troopers Issue 27 Warnings to Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses on First Day of Enforcement

The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken against non-life-sustaining businesses who failed to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations. Enforcement began on Monday, March 23, 2020. “As expected, we...


DCNR Extending Closure of State Park and Forest Facilities Statewide

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced March 23 that all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19... Full story


Pennsylvania Department of Education Extends School Closures Through at Least April 6

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if... Full story


State Police to Assist in Enforcement of Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses

Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), issued the following statement March 22 on the agency’s enforcement of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing physical locations of non-life-sustaining businesses:... Full story


Blair County Announces Courthouse Changes and Closings

The Blair County Board of Commissioners at a reconvened Public Meeting, Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4:30 in the Public Meeting Room in the Blair County Courthouse, voted unanimously to close the courthouse to the public in an effort to minimize the... Full story


Pennsylvania Expands Access to Pharmacy Services

The Wolf administration is removing barriers for pharmacies to provide services for Pennsylvanians in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has granted a request from the Pennsylvania Department of State to suspend certain pha... Full story


Scarlet Dragon Packs to Distribute Food March 27

Due to school closures, the Scarlet Dragon Packs will be distributing weekend food bags for students enrolled in the program at three locations on Friday, March 27, at the following locations: East Freedom: Through Inc. building (former East Freedom...


Appeals Process Created for Business Impacted by Wolf Shutdown; Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Can Apply for Disaster Loans

State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) is working to reduce the impact of Gov. Tom Wolf’s order on Thursday for all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close. Any company that believes it should be considered a “life-sustaining-business” can apply... Full story


Spring Cove to Provide Free Lunches Beginning Monday, March 23

The Spring Cove School District will begin providing free lunches to any child age 18 or under (including preschoolers and toddlers) at three outdoor locations across the district on Monday, March 23. These locations will be Martinsburg Elementary... Full story


Cove shoe manufacturing plant shuts down due to Gov. Wolf's orders

HH Brown Work & Outdoor Group in Martinsburg has been forced to shut down its operation as a result of Gov. Tom Wolf's order that all "non-life-sustaining" businesses in Pennsylvania close their... Full story


ALL NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES IN PENNSYLVANIA TO CLOSE PHYSICAL LOCATIONS AS OF 8 PM TODAY TO SLOW SPREAD OF COVID-19 Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all "non-life-sustaining" businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow... Full story


Pennsylvania Department of Education Cancels Statewide Assessments

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). “Our... Full story


Altoona-Blair County Development Corp Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18, 2020 Good morning. I am Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation. I am joined here today with Joe Hurd, executive director of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. I am going to start things... Full story


The Cove Cooperates to Limit Virus Spread

By THE HERALD TEAM Publisher Allan J. Bassler Editor Brian Hess Circulation Manager Tammy Cottle Bookkeeper Martin Bakner Composing Manager Dessie Carpenter Editorial Assistant Helena Bassler The people and communities of Morrisons Cove and nearby... Full story

 By Brian Hess    News    March 19, 2020

Spring Cove Athletics Moving to New Conference

Spring Cove athletics will be on the move beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Directors of the Spring Cove School District approved the move of the district’s athletic teams to the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference from the Mountain League...


A Nonpolitical Historical Approach to Epidemic Disease Stages

Epidemics do not have politics. History shows that for the last 200 years, governments and health workers have reacted in much the same way to each epidemic. As an historian, I have been studying... Full story


Greenfield Issues Burn Ban Until Tuesday, April 7

The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors has issued an immediate burn ban until April 7, 2020. Tuesday, April 7, will be the next Board of Supervisors meeting. The fire chief of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company requested the burn ban due to...


Public Notices

Advertisement for Bids Sealed proposals will be received by the Woodbury Township of Blair County at 6385 Clover Creek Rd., Williamsburg, PA 16693 until 7 p.m., on April 2, 2020, for the following: Item Number 1, 9,500 tons, Aggregate Item Number 2,...

 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Same ol', Same ol'

During a recent social media debate, a Trump hater threw out some of the same ol' talking points that I always hear. Allow me to address some of them. Trump lies all the time. I hear this one a lot...


SOLD ON A MONDAY By Kristina McMorris

"August 1931 – It was their eyes that first drew Ellis in. Seated on the front porch of a weathered gray farmhouse, among the few homes lining the road surrounded by hayfields, two boys were...

 By BRAD SIMPSON    Opinion    March 19, 2020

It's Your Government. Demand Openness.

Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.” We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days. As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my...


Farmers Caught By Scam

Herald of March 14, 1895 Some area farmers were caught in a billboard privilege racket. They were asked to allow painters to place a sign on their fence for a few dollars to guarantee them that no one else would be permitted to paint a sign over...


McCurdy for G. Assembly

Herald of March 19, 2020 In this issue of the Herald, the formal announcement of the Hon. Samuel McCurdy as a candidate for the general assembly, from the Second Legislative district of Blair County. On important issues of the day, Mr. McCurdy has a...


Bronze Star Awarded

Herald of March 22, 1920 Rufus M. Replogle, aged 69, well known painter of New Enterprise met instant death Saturday afternoon at 3:15 o’clock when he fell a distance of more than thirty feet as the swinging platform on which he was standing gave...


New Building at Forshey's

Herald of March 19, 1970 Mrs. Fannie L. Wineland of Martinsburg, toured the Holy Land in February. Forshey’s Inc. of Martinsburg will hold open house this weekend at its new building, erected to replace facilities that were destroyed by a fire in...


Bithell Sets Scoring Mark

Herald of March 16, 1995 Central’s Ben Bithell set a new career Blair County scoring mark during the Dragons’ 58-55 PIAA inter-district loss to Seton LaSalle. Bithell’s 27 points gave him 2,106 for his career, edging him past long-time record...


Tasers Purchased

Herald of March 18, 2010 James C. O’Harrow, superintendent of the Claysburg-Kimmel School District since 1983, submitted his letter of resignation at the March 10 school board meeting. Mrs. Linda K. Smith was unanimously appointed superintendent...



ALBRIGHT – Barbara C., 72, Virginia Beach, Va. BELARDI – Jacob J. “Jake,” 69, rural Williamsburg CAMPBELL – Edward Henry, 70, Woodbury COLBERT – Gertrude A. “Gertie,” 91, Martinsburg, formerly of Henrietta COWAN – Paul William... Full story



Barbara C. Albright, 72, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020. Born on June 1, 1947, in Batavia, N.Y., she retired from the County of Blair in 2003 and worked at EVMS from 2004 to 2016 until she retired. Barbara was preceded...



Jacob J. “Jake” Belardi, 69, rural Williamsburg, passed away late Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, following a lengthy illness. A private service and interment will be held at the convenience of the...



Edward Henry Campbell, 70, of Woodbury, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring. Friends will be received 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, at...



Gertrude A. "Gertie" Colbert, 91, of Martinsburg formerly of Henrietta, passed away early Thursday morning, March 12, 2020, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. A funeral was held on...



Paul William "Bill" Cowan, 70, of rural Martinsburg, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 11, 2020, in rural Martinsburg. A memorial service was held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at John K. Bolger...



H. Emile Dilling, 84, of rural Williamsburg, passed away on Monday morning, March 16, 2020, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March...



Roger G. Mellott, 63, of Woodbury, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. A funeral was held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Faith United Methodist...



Darla J. Shaw, 78, of Newry, formerly of McKee, died Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, at UPMC Altoona after a one-year battle with leukemia. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Darla wa...



Debora Mae Helsel, 61, of Roaring Spring, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, following a brief illness. A funeral was held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Smith Corner Independent...



Robert E. Hoover, 95, of Woodbury, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Services will be held privately due to the recent COVID-19 recommendations and...


YMCA 4th-Grade Champs

Metzler Trucking (Spring Cove) recently won the Garver Memorial YMCA Fourth Grade Boy'sBasketball Championship. Team members were (from left): Front row: Zander Clark, Bronx Dickson, Chandler Diehl...

 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 19, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

Although Dr. Frank Bastian's research concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been able to be replicated by other researchers, the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP) is continuing to...



The Tuesday Afternoon Ladies' League standings for the week of March 3 are: W L Honey Badgers 26 6 Fillies 20 12 Groundhogs 20 12 Teddy Bears 16.5 15.5 Coyotes 13.5 18.5 High scores: Team series:...


PGC Offices Closed for at Least 2 Weeks

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Monday, March 16, announced it will close all offices to the public for at least two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Harrisburg headquarters and all region offices will be closed during this...

 By DAVE FIDLIN    Sports    March 19, 2020

Head of Pennsylvania Agency Says His Team is Working to Combat Chronic Wasting Disease

By DAVE FIDLIN The Center Square Managing chronic wasting disease across Pennsylvania's natural habitats was a topic explored in depth as lawmakers met with representatives of the state's Game...


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