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Pa. Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on April 7, 2020, confirmed as of 12 a.m., April 7, that there are 1,579 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 14,559. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania now have cases of COVID-19.... Full story


Spring Cove School District Update – Meal Distribution Change

Pa. Gov. Wolf has extended the closure of Pennsylvania Schools indefinitely. Spring Cove will continue to provide remote instruction to all students during the extended closure. The district's Grab-and-Go Meals will also continue during the extended... Full story


Coronavirus Update - Changes, Closings, Cancellations

This is the latest information obtained by the Herald regarding matters affecting Morrisons Cove. The Herald will update this listing frequently. This information is accessible to all readers of the Herald's website. No subscription is required. To... Full story


The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Herald received a note last week from a Plain Community Herald reader who asked if we could publish basic information about the virus. While there’s a flood of information being passed out about the virus, a lot of it is online and therefore... Full story

 By Penelope Wang    News    April 2, 2020

What to Do If You're Having Trouble Paying Bills

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on the Consumer Reports website. The Herald is re-publishing this in the interests of providing our readers with reliable and helpful information. The article can be found on the Consumer Reports... Full story


Wolf Administration: Business Exemption Submission Period Ends Friday, April 3

On April 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that the exemption application process for businesses created in response to Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary... Full story

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    April 2, 2020

Pennsylvania food secure, still panic buying persists

As Pennsylvania braces for another month of social distancing, state officials pleaded with residents to stop panic buying and supply hoarding. There’s more than enough for everyone, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says, and there will... Full story


Public Notices

SPRING COVE SCHOOL BOARD The Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2020 is cancelled. The Finance and Legal Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 and the Regular Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 20, 2020... Full story


Don't Panic! Plan Ahead.

"These are the times that try men's souls." That famous line, first published at Christmas 1776, opens the first of a series of essays collected under the title "The Crisis" that author Thomas Paine...



This is the 50th book of the "In Death" urban fantasy series, by J.D. Robb. This futuristic series takes place in the year 2061 and features Police Lt. Eve Dallas and her partner, Detective Delia Peab...


Keeping Democracy Healthy ... Locally

By I feel compelled to respond to Lee Hamilton’s piece entitled “How do We Keep Our Democracy Healthy?” (Print edition, Herald of Dec. 19, 2019) because this is an area in which I have taken great interest for over two decades. This isn’t an...


Mrs. Ashcom Badly Burned

Herald of March 28, 1895 Mrs. C.P. Ashcom’s hand and forearm were burned almost to a crisp by hot lard, which she spilled on herself at her Martinsburg home. She had been heating the lard in a large pan in the oven of the stove when she discovered...


12 inches of Snow Falls

Herald of April 2, 1970 This week the Nason Hospital marks its 70th birthday as a non-profit general hospital. A number of highways in the Blair County portion of Morrisons Cove have been scheduled for resurfacing this summer. A snowplow led the...


Easter Bunny Arrives

Herald of April 2, 1920 W.G. Young, for about thirty years one of Martinsburg’s well known business men, left yesterday to make his future home at Gettysburg, the scene of his boyhood days. Mr. Young, a cigar maker by trade, was employed by the...


BPW Surprises Forshey

Herald of March 30, 1995 Three long-time members were recognized by the Martinsburg Business and Professional Women’s Club for their length of service. Receiving certificates were Teddie Wineland, 25-year member; Elsie Hinish, 26-year member; and...


Eighteen Men Called Up

Herald of April 5, 1945 Eighteen men were summoned from the Cove by the Blair county draft board for induction this Thursday. These had all passed their tests at a previous date and were given ten days notice to appear for induction. They were to lea...


C-K's O'Harrow Retires

Herald of April 1, 2010 Superintendent of C-K schools since 1983, Mr. O’Harrow’s last day is June 30. He officially submitted his letter of resignation to the school board March 10. Work has begun on a new 2010-11 general fund budget for the...


Roaring Spring Woman Charged with Felony Case of Child Endangerment

A Roaring Spring woman is awaiting a preliminary hearing on felony charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment. Breanne Louise Hoover, 25, of Roaring Spring, is being charged with aggravated assault to a victim less than 13, endangering the...


A Different Kind of Tree Trimming

Sue Fernandes trims a magnolia tree outside her home along Market Street in Martinsburg. The tree only blooms for a few days each year, she said....

 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

The Herald is Hanging On – For Now

For an industry that is based on telling people what’s going on right now, the news media is sometimes not very good at looking ahead. We here at the Herald are trying to look ahead, but it’s hard to bring things into focus. One thing is clear... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Sanitizing Surfaces Helps Control Virus Spread

Coronavirus is more deadly than the seasonal flu viruses, spreads more easily and is a totally new virus to humans. The average flu strain kills about 0.1 percent of those infected, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths are closer to 2 percent.... Full story

 By Karen Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Coronavirus Threatens Those Who Are Older, Obese, With Lung Conditions

According to the Pa. Dept. of Health, people aged 65 and older are more likely to have serious coronavirus illness. This may be caused by changing immune systems making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Underlying health conditions also... Full story

 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Sources of Reliable Information about the Novel Coronavirus

– GLOSSARIES – Very good basic guides More complete guides Full story


Death Record

BRANT – Rayota L., 86, Martinsburg DONALDSON – Donald Devoe, 74, Riddlesburg SIMPSON – Debra A., 63, Bellwood, formerly of Martinsburg and Saxton ZETH – Justin T., 33, East Freedom...



Rayota L. Brant, 86, of Martinsburg, passed away on Sunday morning, March 29, 2020, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. Due to recent COVID-19 recommendations, a private service and interment at Replogle Cemetery, Woodbury, will be held...



Debra A. Simpson, 63, of Bellwood, formerly of Martinsburg and Saxton, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, March 25, 2020, at home, after an extended illness. Services will be private at the...



Donald Devoe Donaldson, 74, of Riddlesburg, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  Due to the recent COVID-19 regulations and restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date...



Justin T. Zeth, 33, of East Freedom, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 28, 2020. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will be made in Carson Valley Cemetery, D...


John Dibert Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

John Dibert of Claysburg was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Dibert was initiated at Pennsylvania State University. Dibert is among...


Music Association Names Sheehan President-Elect

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently announced that Scott Sheehan, director of bands and Music Department chairman at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, was named the...


Area Students Named to Fall Dean s List at IUP

The following students from Blair County have been named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean’s list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25 or...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Cove-Area Food Pantries Still Open

Cove-area food pantries are continuing to provide services for their clients during the COVID-19 restrictions. Martinsburg The Martinsburg Food Pantry is located in the old borough building, 133 E. Allegheny St. The pantry which will be open from 9...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel District Cafeteria Prices Unchanged for 2020-21

Cafeteria prices in the Claysburg-Kimmel School District will once again remain unchanged for the upcoming school year. The C-K School Board approved the prices for 2020-21 during its March meeting. The prices have been stable since 2016-17. Breakfas...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Cove Students Taking Advantage of Free Meals

With the closure of all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania since March 16 due to COVID-19, the four school districts in the Morrisons Cove area have been providing breakfast and lunch meals for students during their time away from school. The...


Scarlet Dragon Packs to Distribute Food April 3

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, April 3, at the following locations: East Freedom: Through Inc. building (former East Freedom... Full story


Cleaning Up Peach Trees

After a 40 year-career as a dairy farmer, Paul Fox stays busy working at Peach Hill Orchard near Curryville. In the accompanying photo, Fox is tending the peach trees after they have been...

 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Attention Small Businesses Applying for Help Loans

If you're a Cove-area small business applying for a help grant or loan, the Herald can help. We can't write your whole application for you, but we can help with the parts that require descriptions, narratives or explanations. Words are our thing and... Full story


Area Eateries Offering Take-Outs and Deliveries

Area eateries haven't let COVID-19 stop them from continuing to offer what their customers expect in the way of great service. Most eateries provide food service take-out and some offer delivery... Full story


Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

Dear March, Thank you for all the gifts you have given to us in your days and all your surprises. Through my years of diary-keeping, your recorded temps were radical. One year in your hot sunshine, we donned flip flops and painted the outside barn...


The Herald Announces Changes to the Cove Calendar

Publisher Allan J. Bassler has announced changes to the Cove Calendar, Williamsburg Calendar and the creation of a Faith Calendar, effective April 2, 2020. “These changes are intended to provide the community with more accurate information about...

 By Kelly Baker    Faith    April 2, 2020

A Mouse In the House

There's something soothing about routine. Our cat, Gladys, is the routine queen. Every week day, we wake up at 4:30 a.m. to start the day. That means Monday through Friday, Gladys gets fed at...


One Spectacular Sunday

Scripture to Read St. Matthew 21:1-11 & 14-17 St. Mark 11:1-11 St. Luke 19:29-44 St. John 12:12-19 Zechariah 9:9 &16-17 Psalm 118:1-9 & 19-24 Isaiah 62:10-12 I am going to interrupt our study...


Hear Our Prayers, O Lord

Paula and Bruce Hamilton of Williamsburg attend the Sunday morning service at Grace Pointe Community Church on March 29. More than 50 members of the congregation attended the morning service from...


The Meaning of Palm Sunday

Easter Sunday is the most sacred day on the Christian calendar. A celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion on Good Friday, Easter Sunday marks the culmination of the...


How to Support Local Businesses During Mandatory Restrictions

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 throughout the United States in March 2020 transformed American lives in ways many might never have imagined possible. Social distancing recommendations...


Pennsylvanians Reminded of Food Assistance Programs and Resources

The Wolf Administration on Tuesday, 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... Full story

 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Where's the Williamsburg Calendar?

As Williamsburg, the Cove and community journalism changes, the Herald must change with them. One of the changes that we are making is to wrap the Williamsburg calendar into the Cove Calendar. We’re trying to simplify and clarify the Herald’s...

 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 2, 2020

Coronavirus Restrictions Cancel Many Williamsburg Events

The virus has been wreaking havoc with the plans of many Williamsburg residents. Some of the cancelled events are: • The Women’s Civic Club and Lions Club annual Easter Egg Hunt in April has been cancelled. • All activities at WAID have...

 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 2, 2020

Williamsburg Teachers 'Set Sail'

"It brought tears to my eyes," Williamsburg resident Marge Troxell said as she watched the teachers of the Williamsburg Community School District during the "Welcome Back to a Different Kind of...

 By Natalie Gorsuch    Life    April 2, 2020

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

A “stay at home” request from the governor is the time to stay at home and be with your family. What better part of spending time with your family is there than being with them in the kitchen? Here are two casserole recipes you can cook together...


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