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Steven Dennis Eastep

Steven Dennis Eastep of Alma, Ontario, Canada, passed away unexpectedly with Sandra by his side after a valiant battle with cancer Sunday, March 13, 2022, in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Sandra...

 

Lois Ann Adams

Lois Ann Adams, 76, a resident at The Village at Morrisons Cove, went home to be with the Lord Sunday morning March 20, 2022, after a series of illnesses. She was born April 21, 1945, in Roaring Spring the daughter of the late Jesse J. and Ethel Mae...

 

Revenue Department Extends Call Center Hours to Assist Late-Season Tax Filers

With the deadline to file 2021 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns a month away, the Department of Revenue is extending its customer service hours for taxpayers to get help by phone. This will help taxpayers get the assistance they need prior...

 

Flood Mitigation Initiative to Aid Four States Impacted by Hurricane Ida

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced a new federal grant initiative that will help four states affected by Hurricane Ida, one of the most intense storms to hit the United States in recent years, become more resilient to flooding. The new...

 

Blair Co. Historical Society Lecture Series to Start in April

Blair County Historical Society has announced the 2022 lecture series. All lecture series talks are free and open to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted. Most lectures for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. beginning April...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: More Cove Names

As promised, here is a continuation of some geographic names in the Cove. As newcomers, it is always interesting to learn how local towns and other geographical areas were named. Much of the information I gleaned was from the excellent booklet,...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

AnnieLee Keyes wants nothing more than to make it big as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. She arrives with a backpack and a big dream, but not even a guitar to her name. Her spunk gets her some...

 
 By MOLLY MALONE    News    March 24, 2022

Being Prepared Key to Flooding Concerns

Owners of microbusinesses, sole proprietors and farmers spend many hours developing plans and attending training sessions to educate themselves on operating a business and what to do in the face of adversity. A key component of their planning should...

 
 By JAN STAUFFER    News    March 24, 2022

Complexity of a Snowflake

I believe that the complexity of a snowflake is very underrated. Only in our lives in late fall, winter, and early spring, these little white things are so simple yet so complicated. They fall into the category of precipitation, sometimes they’re...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of March 25, 1897 Mrs. S. C. Schaffer resigned her position as teacher of the primary school to accept the matronship of the Blair County Children’s Home. The Herald was called an agitator because it reminded people of the fact that...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of March 23, 1972 A new ordinance exempted Martinsburg residents over the age of 75 from paying borough per capita tax. The new ordinance applied to many of the guests in the Morrisons Cove Home. The employees of the U.S. Envelope plant in...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of March 31, 1922 Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Bice gave a delightful little surprise party for their son, Blair Jr. in honor of his eighth birthday. The party was a complete surprise to Blair, who enjoyed it very much. The following ladies enjoyed a...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of March 27, 1997 The undefeated Williamsburg Lady Pirates basketball team won the Class A state championship at Hersheypark Arena. They defeated Marian Catholic 55-43. Jess Gordon led Williamsburg scorers with 21 points and Jess Lilly added...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of March 27, 1947 Members of the Huston, Taylor, North Woodbury Township, and Martinsburg school boards voted unanimously in favor of asking the State Department of Public Instruction to survey the schools in the community and make...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of March 29, 2012 The Blair County Dog Park Association acquired 4.5 acres of land behind Long’s Outpost in Taylor Township for a private dog park. The owner was allowing the group to use the land free of charge for a minimum of 10 years....

 

WWJD?

Almost a quarter century ago there was a phenomenon in the Christian world that you may recall. People were wearing WWJD bracelets by the millions. Were they Blue Pirate fans proclaiming Williamsburg...

 

Thought for the Week

Scripture frequently speaks of God as being a Shepherd. It also speaks of people being His sheep and His flock. I want to take these next “Thoughts” to examine this subject. We are approaching...

 

Faith Assembly Housekeeper Stepping Down after 30 Years

Lead Pastor Del Smith, Faith Assembly of God Church, Roaring Spring, recognized Carrie Rightenour for her 30 years of faithful service in the housekeeping staff at the church. Pastor Del Smith said that many mornings when he would arrive at the...

 

Bishop to Celebrate Mass in Solidarity With Ukraine and Russia

In communion with Pope Francis and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and Russia who are suffering from the violence of war, the faithful of Altoona-Johnstown are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak on March 25 at 5:30...

 

Public Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of the Township of North Woodbury will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 6:00 o’clock P.M. (EDT) at the North Woodbury Township Municipal Building, 1... Full story

 

Burning Up

Bill McGregor took some time Monday morning to spruce up the yard around his Bailey Lane, Roaring Spring home. He took a break here to watch some branches he picked up burn safely....

 

DCNR Warns of High Danger of Woodland Fire as Seasonal Risk Increases

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn urged Pennsylvanians to be mindful of woodland fire danger as seasonal wildfire risk increases. “Spring is here and that means more people spending time recreating outdoors...

 

Research Identifies Challenges to Accessing Mental Health Services in Rural Pennsylvania

It’s no secret that barriers to receiving mental health care have existed for years. Research has shown disparity in mental health service use in rural areas nationwide, as rural residents are significantly less likely to receive any mental health...

 

Musselman's Grove Grand Re-Opening Tickets To Go On Sale

Musselman’s Grove Grand Re-opening will be on Saturday, June 25, 2022, starting at 1 p.m. There will be 12 entertainment groups plus a grand finale ending at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale for the first time to the public on Saturday, April 2,...

 

PennDOT Eliminates Truck Weight Class Stickers

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that in a continuing focus on modernization and streamlining processes as well as an added convenience to customers the use of weight class stickers has been eliminated, effective...

 

PUC Recognizes 'Fix a Leak Week'

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today highlighted the importance of water, including its safety, efficiency and conservation efforts in conjunction with National “Fix a Leak Week,” which is March 14-20, 2022. The annual Fix a Lea...

 

Concealed-Carry Seminar Postponed

Due to anticipated inclement weather on Thursday, Feb. 24, Rep. Jim Gregory’s (R-Blair) free seminar on Pennsylvania’s concealed-carry permitting process and firearms laws has been rescheduled for March 31, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will...

 

Rural Snapshot: Pa. Public School Teachers

This snapshot focuses on teachers in Pennsylvania public school districts, as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Rural" and "urban" are based on the Center's definition of rural...

 

Descendants of Civil War Veterans Meeting Moved

The Descendants of Civil War Veterans meeting has been moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday March 30th at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. Dee Blazier will speak on the life and times of Confederate spy Antonia Ford. Members and the public are invited to...

 

Gas Prices Dip as Crude Prices Fluctuate

Gas prices are six cents lower in Western Pennsylvania this week at $4.311 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average: $4.311 Average price during the week of March 14,...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    March 24, 2022

Belly Busters Rewards Loyalty

Belly Busters Foodtrucks, the ever-popular food truck that stemmed from the dream of Walter Weaver and co-owner Joshua Bradley, wanted to do some things different for this season, and their loyalty program is just one of many. “If [the customers]...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    March 24, 2022

Bloom Hair Salon Ready to Open

Bloom Hair Salon owner Kayla Detwiler always knew she wanted to open a salon. "I remember writing a paper in high school on what you wanted to do after graduation, and it was always the same answer ...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    March 24, 2022

Farm Show Lease Highlights Meeting

For many months, the Catharine Township Supervisors have been working on a new Farm Show lease. At last Thursday evening’s meeting, the supervisors discussed having the solicitor draw up a potential lease. There are two leases between Catharine...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    March 24, 2022

Williamsburg's High School Principal Jones to Resign

The Williamsburg Community School District will be looking for a new high school principal following the resignation of Michael Jones, after the 2021-2022 school year. This was announced at last Tuesday evening’s board meeting. Jones has been the...

 

Claysburg Hall of Fame: Clair and Rachel (Colebaugh) Feather

Nominated by daughter Bonnie Ickes Clair Feather was born in King on May 31, 1920, and Rachel (Colebaugh) Feather was born in Klahr on Sept. 1, 1925. This is a story about two individuals who became...

 

Dept. of Health Continues to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing

The Department of Health announced that free COVID-19 testing sites are open to the public at six locations across the state including two new sites.   The Wolf Administration in partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI) is...

 

Twist and Shout!

Some music started during a time out in the Lady Pirates' basketball game against Mount Calvary Christian on Monday, March 14, so Tucker Detwiler, 9, (left) and his friend Landen Fulton, 8, (both of...

 

W-burg Farm to Receive PIDA Loan for Swine Nursery Barn

Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $1.52 million in funding for four agricultural projects through the First Industries Fund (FIF). The projects, located in Blair, Lancaster, Montour and Schuylkill counties, will help existing farms expand...

 

Area in Bedford Inducted into Old-Growth Forest Network

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today visited Sweet Root Natural Area in Bedford County to celebrate its forest heritage and to induct it into the Old-Growth Forest Network. “Pennsylvania is...

 

Blair Co. Health and Welfare Council Meeting Focusing On Victim Services

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet Friday, March 25, 2022, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. via a Zoom meeting. Ashley Gay Vocco, Victim Services Program Director for Family Services, Inc. will be the guest speaker. She will present “When...

 

PA CareerLink to Host Job Fair at Jaffa Shrine

PA CareerLink will host a job fair on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, featuring more than 80 area employers. The fair will be open from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for veterans, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public. The Blair County unemployment rate is at a low 4.4...

 

Dragon Pride Foundation 'Lucky' With Teachers, Staff

On March 16 and 17, the Dragon Pride Foundation sponsored a "We're Lucky to Have You" luncheon for all Spring Cove School District teachers and staff. The foundation wanted to express appreciation...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Sports    March 24, 2022

Ravers Gap Sportsman Association Spring Shot Gun Shoots Ending Soon

Ravers Gap Sportsman Association is located in Woodbury. A shotgun shoot was held on Thursday, March 17. This club sits on a 9-acre wooded site. Originally known as Woodbury Country Club, it was founded in 1932. In 1962 it was reorganized as Ravers...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Sports    March 24, 2022

Southern Cove Rod and Gun Club Holds Fundraiser

Southern Cove Rod and Gun Club, located in New Enterprise, is requesting support of donated food items. These items will be used at an upcoming shotgun shoot event for a club member in need. The event will be held on club grounds on April 3, 2022....

 

Spring Sports Coverage for 2022

With spring sports approaching, the Herald also reminds readers, fans, coaches and athletic directors to send sports information or write ups to the Herald throughout the season. The Herald encourages students who are interested in writing about...

 

Mentored Youth To Fish Saturday

The annual Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day is to be held this Saturday, March 26, beginning at 8 a.m. Unlike some previous years when separate days were held in two sections of Pennsylvania, this...

 

Lady Pirates Fall Short in Final Four

Though the Lady Pirates made it to the Final Four, the team lost to Northumberland Christian 62-54 on March 19. The girls ended the season with a 24-7 record. According to MaxPreps, Junior Jayla...

 

High School Spring Sports: Week 1

Editor’s Note: Check out next week’s Herald to see our annual Spring Sports Preview. In the meantime, don’t miss your favorite team’s games this coming week. –Williamsburg– Williamsburg Varsity Baseball 3/29 Glendale 4:30 Williamsburg...

 

Congratulations, Cove Teams

The Herald applauds all winter sports teams in the Cove for their outstanding work this season. Congratulations to the Northern Bedford Girls Basketball team and Jordyn Fouse (center of photo to the...

 

State Senator Judy Ward Announces Re-Election Campaign

“It has been an honor to represent the residents of the 30th District in the State Senate,” stated Ward. A lifelong resident of Blair County, Ward was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2018, following two terms in the Pennsylvania...

 

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