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  • Claysburg Hall of Fame to Honor Those Who Stayed in Town and Those Who Returned

    ERIC SHIELDS, For the Herald|Apr 4, 2024

    The Claysburg Hall of Fame has announced the induction of its 10th class on Saturday, April 13, at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with a reception following. The public is invited to attend. The dress is business casual. This year’s inductees are Dahl Bowser, Lynn and Janice Crist, Brent Miller and Dolan Mosser. Bill and Suie Burket will be receiving the Pioneer Award. Dahl Bowser Retired Master Sergeant Dahl E. Bowser enlisted in the U.S. Army a...

  • Ag Parade Set for Tuesday, July 9

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 4, 2024

    During Martinsburg Borough’s monthly council meeting on Monday night, it was announced that the 2024 Agricultural Parade would be on Tuesday, July 9. Council members approved to allow the pertaining streets to be closed for the parade subject to the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park obtaining the necessary PennDOT permits....

  • Taylor Twp. to Check Trees on Houston Rd.

    THOMAS SCHMITT, For the Herald|Apr 4, 2024

    There was a long discussion at the April Taylor Township regular monthly meeting after township resident Jeff Brennecke stated that the many dead trees on Houston Road presented a danger to those who lived and traveled along the road. Township Manager Timothy Laird said he had driven along the road that day and had not seen the trees on the road. Laird informed Brennecke that the township does not trim trees in wires. Brennecke maintained that the problem of trees didn’t stem from those in wires. The two agreed to take a drive down Houston R...

  • Terry Lee Long

    Apr 4, 2024

    Terry Lee Long, 77, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday morning, March 28, 2024, at Conemaugh Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Dec. 2, 1946, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Roy and Ada Irene (May) Long. On May 6, 1967, Terry married Beth LeAnn Snyder in Dudley. She preceded him in death Dec. 2, 1992, following 25 years of marriage. He is survived by seven children: Melissa A. Garman (James) of Henrietta, Terry Lee Long Jr. (Laura) of Henrietta, Melinda A. Johnson (Michael) of Loysburg,...

  • Ella Imler

    Apr 4, 2024

    Ella Imler, 79, of Osterburg, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Village at Morrisons Cove. She was born Jan. 23, 1945, daughter of the late Clinton M. and Erma Ruth (Burket) Ling. On Aug. 2, 1967, she married Kenneth E. Imler, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, James A. Imler, John C. Imler, Tricia R. Imler all of Osterburg; and brother, Gerald D. and wife Martha Ling of New Paris. Ella graduated from Chestnut Ridge High School in 1963. She was employed at M...

  • Chester Riley

    Apr 4, 2024

    Chester Riley, 90, passed away Monday, March 25, 2024, in Sebring, Fla. He was born March 13, 1934, in Blair County, to William and Helen (Colbert) Riley. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 69 years, Freda S.; sons: Steven Dean (Hannah) Lacey, Wash., Patrick Owen (Sheila) Sebring, and David Paul of Marshall, Texas; daughter Sheila Dawn (Sakraida); brother Max C. Riley Pennsylvania and sisters Lois Phillips St. Augustine, Fla., and Doris Brubaker of Roaring Spring. Also surviving are...

  • DAR Chapter Hears about Loretto's WW II Museum

    DANI FELTY, For the Herald|Apr 4, 2024

    The Adam Holliday Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met March 9, 2024, in the Community Room of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. Virtual attendance was also available. Cindy Vining was installed and welcomed as a new member. Guest speaker was Carol L. Stoltz, Librarian of Access Services, University Archivist, Director of the Keirn Family WW II Museum at St. Francis University in Loretto. This museum is dedicated to the memory of WWII men and women who served in monumental conflicts from the time of Pearl...

  • Pollen is a Common Allergy Trigger

    Apr 4, 2024

    The human body is a well-oiled machine that is a wonder of biological efficiency when working properly. The body’s immune system is integral to keeping a person healthy, and it does that by recognizing foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, and then launching an attack to eradicate them. Sometimes, however, the body treats outside substances as harmful when they’re really just nuisances. This is the case with allergens. Allergens, according to eMedicine Health, trigger an immune system response to various substances the body deems harm...

  • Peach Hill Started As a Roadside Stand; Still Growing

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 4, 2024

    Located just outside of Curryville, Peach Hill is a store that sticks to agricultural tradition while also looking towards innovation. For Dave and Marlene Martin, owners of Peach Hill, farming and the store is their livelihood — and a legacy that was passed down through generations. In 1972, Dave’s father Ammon Martin, first set up a humble roadside stand near their current store. “It evolved from a roadside stand,” Marlene said. The store they own today was built in 2007, and the Martins bough...

  • Brown Family Reunion at Park for 109th Year

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 4, 2024

    It has been a tradition for the Brown family to have their annual reunion the Sunday before Labor Day. This year the event will happen on September 1. James Brown said it started in 1915 at the Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park even before there was a park, when it was known as Snyder’s Grove. According to Morrisons Cove Memorial Park website, the park was founded in 1915, when a group attending the Brown family picnic decided the area with White Oak trees would be a beautiful place for a park. He believed the first reunion was in 1910, but he has...

  • Kids Say The Darndest Things... And At The Worst Possible Time

    Dave Potchak|Apr 4, 2024

    If you’re a baby boomer, you might recall a television show back in the day entitled “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The show’s host was Art Linkletter, a well-known TV and radio personality at the time. He would present clips of the funniest things that kids said during his on-air interviews with them. I can testify that his presentations were authentic, because they definitely hit home on many occasions. My phone interview Early in my teaching career, I noticed an ad in the local paper for a job opening in the pharmaceutical sales field....

  • Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Community Library Recommends

    Apr 4, 2024

    The facts and falsehoods are being reviewed by the author, Marc Aronson. The viewer is given a realistic account of one of the most intriguing mysteries in Salem/American history through Aronson hypotheses surrounding the Salem witch trials. One of the most intriguing and enjoyable books I’ve ever read is Witch Hunt. I don’t typically enjoy nonfiction, but this book has truly made me reconsider. It generates intriguing theories and stimulates continuous mental activity in me. Did the wit...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 4, 2024

    To the Editor: On March 26, the Blair County Tea Party held an open public meeting to introduce the Republican candidates running for state representative of the 80th District, Jim Gregory, the incumbent, and Scott Barger the challenger. The event was to allow the public to hear both candidates express their views on a variety of subjects. Jim Gregory chose NOT to attend. In January, Jim Gregory was invited by the Tea Party and asked if the February or March meeting best fit his schedule. His response was neither. Additional contacts were made...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 4, 2024

    To the Editor: National Library Week 2024 will be celebrated Sunday, April 7, through Saturday, April 13. This is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, librarians, library workers and to promote library use and support. This year’s theme is “Ready, Set, Library!” Libraries offer all kinds of activities besides offering books to borrow and reference material. Libraries have computers, photocopiers and fax machines. There are many fun and educational programs scheduled for children and adults including story times, book discussions and art...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 4, 2024

    To the Editor, Sometimes the conspicuous is not-so-conspicuous until it’s pointed out. In politics, it’s acceptable – expected – for sitting politicians to support each other for re-election. It’s not so acceptable to publicly support a primary challenger. The party sees it as distasteful. Does Jim Gregory enjoy the public support of any of his General Assembly peers for re-election? No, no he does not. But, former state Sen. Eichelberger and former state Rep. McGinnis, free from unwritten party rules, are publicly supporting Gregory’s...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 6, 1899 Many Herald correspondents reported family moves to new residences that took place on the traditional moving day of April 1. An Easter service was held at 5 a.m. at the Reformed Church in Martinsburg. The pastor announced he would deliver an afternoon sermon in German. S.S. Brumbaugh purchased the Fyock mansion at Brumbaugh and was using it as the home for a new employee, Reuben Pressel. Jesse L. Hartman was elected Republican Party chairman for Blair County. A. Margagee of Curryville bought a horse for $100 and a cow...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 7, 1974 Roaring Spring Borough Council voted to advertise for bids for the development of Nason Woods as a community park but decided to devote more study to the project before proceeding further. Blair County Red Cross officials presented Mrs. Miriam Lehman of Martinsburg with an engraved silver plate at the Sunday worship service at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in recognition of her 15 years of service as a blood program volunteer. Clark Aviation of Harrisburg announced plans to operate eight Allegheny Airlines commuter f...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 4, 1924 North Woodbury Grangers had a lengthy program in the Odd Fellow Hall that featured a debate on whether the divorce law should be more stringent. Speaking in the affirmative were Paul Bailey, M.H. Hartman and E.K. Metzler. Taking the opposition were Guy Barley, W. K. Nicodemus and S.L. Haffly. A.B. Dilling of the Gem Poultry Farm near Martinsburg planned custom hatching every fourth day during the season. The price was $4.30 per tray of 144 eggs. H.H. Lykens had “Good Gulf Gas” for sale at his service station. Act...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 8, 1999 The Central High School cheerleading squad earned first place in its division at the Colonial Cheer Challenge in Williamsburg, Va. The CHS team also accomplished another feat at the event, earning the top score among all 71 teams at the competition, which included squads from Maine to Florida. Central senior Chris Tucker qualified to participate in All State Band while CHS junior Emily Mingle and Northern Bedford senior Philip Graybill earned a spot in the All State Chorus at Villanova University. Becky Holsinger, 15,...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April, 7 1949 Edward Henry of Martinsburg was seeking the return of a Cooper’s Hawk, which had been training in falconry since January. The bird had learned to jump from his hand, encased in a heavy leather glove, to the ground and then to return on command. The hawk had flown into the large picture window of the Howard Kerr home in January and was temporarily knocked unconscious. Dr. Kerr placed it in a basket and turned it over to Dr. Harry E. Henry, deputy game protector and Edward’s father. The Martinsburg Community Library was...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April , 2014 Alicia McNally, formerly of Roaring Spring RR, was pictured in dressed a traditional hanbok dress while visiting Korea in 2013. McNally joined other Korean adoptees in a “motherland trip” to reconnect with their birth country. Her story, which earned her and the Herald an honorable mention in the 2014 Professional Keystone Press Award Contest, recounted the emotional return to Korea, the pain of not belonging and the joy of realizing she was not alone. Northern Bedford’s popular cabinetmaking class for adults was offer...

  • Dragon Volleyball Downs Tigers

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    The Dragon Volleyball team travelled to face the McKeesport Tigers and found themselves with a victory after five hard-fought sets. The Dragons found victory in the first two sets of the night with scores of 26-24 and 25-20 respectively. However, things took a turn for the worse when the Tigers responded with two winning sets of their own, with scores of 27-25 and 25-20 respectively. The Dragons were able to come out on top after cinching a 20-15 victory in the final set. Bryson Brooks had 11 kills and three blocks, while Christian Heuston had...

  • Dragon Varsity Baseball Knocks Out Two

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    In a week with three matches, the Dragon baseball team was able to strike down both the Penns Valley Rams and the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders with scores of 19-9 and 14-4 respectively. The Dragons did fall to the Bellefonte Red Raiders in the middle of the week via a score of 19-4. Against the Rams, the Dragons opened with two runs in the first inning and four in the third. This narrowly edged out a lead until the fifth where the Dragons roped in nine runs. In the sixth, the Dragons topped it...

  • Dragon Softball Loses Two Games

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    The Lady Dragon Softball team faced two opponents this week, the Bellefonte Lady Red Raiders and the Penns Valley Area Lady Rams. The Dragons faced losses to both with scores of 26-10 and 11-5 respectively. Against the Raiders, the Dragons opened strong with three runs in the first inning whilst holding their opponents to only two. After a scoreless second inning, the Dragons added another four to their total before the Raiders scored an astounding 14 runs in the third. The Raiders followed this with another 10 runs in the fourth to end the gam...

  • The Windup ...

    Apr 4, 2024

    Claysburg’s Emalee Cavender works against Glendale in a game on Wednesday, March 27, at Claysburg High School. The Bulldogs won the game against the Vikings, 11-1....

  • A Coach's Instructions

    Apr 4, 2024

    Claysburg softball Coach Mike Barbarini gives batting instructions to McKenna Black in a game against Glendale Wednesday, March 27. The Bulldogs won the game against the Vikings, 11-1....

  • Central Softball Team Works to 'Sideline Cancer'

    Apr 4, 2024

    Central Softball team preparing for their Sideline Cancer game with Altoona on April 9. The effort was in support of Tana Byler, who is battling breast cancer. The Sideline Cancer program is part of the Griffith Family Foundation. The foundation states, “At Sideline Cancer, we harness the uplifting power of high school and college sports to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing cancer, fostering an ‘I Can Attitude and Believe Always Spirit!...

  • Ready ... Set ... Go!

    Apr 4, 2024

    Hundreds of kids including (from left): Lakkyn Divert, 17; Makenna Kocsis, 18; Megan Diehl, 18; and Lya Hazenstab, 16 (all students at Central High School) took part in the First Annual Easter Egg Hunt Friday evening at Memorial Park. The event was organized by the park and the Rotary with 400 kids hunting for 8000 eggs with some containing a winning ticket number for electronic prizes....

  • Two Cove Women To Be Recognized by WISE

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 4, 2024

    Two honorees from The Cove will be celebrated by WISE Women of Blair County at the organization’s tribute dinner happening on April 17 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Juls Bratton and Michele McIntyre are the two honorees who were selected by a committee. WISE is an acronym that means Women Involved in Scholarship and Empowerment and the organization is dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism through collaboration, service and education.​ Through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, funds raised at the annual tribute dinn...

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

    John Bush|Apr 4, 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...

  • Boy Scout Troop 358 Holds Pancake Fundraiser

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    Boy Scout Troop 358 held a fundraising event at the Martinsburg Fire Hall on Saturday, March 23. Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee were provided for a donation. Troop members were eager to talk and serve folks who came to enjoy this breakfast and support the cause. The boys helped serve and clean up while socializing with the attendees. Three troop members welcomed everyone at the door. They had a table full of baked goods. This included Easter cookies, brownies and cakes. A donation allowed the...

  • Give Me a (Commercial) Break

    Paster Lee Seese|Apr 4, 2024

    I am not one who watches a lot of television. At home, I can no longer watch my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates or pitiful Penguins. We watch the news and some old westerns or classic family shows. There is little else that is worthwhile or of interest. That does not mean I am not exposed to a lot of TV programming. Virtually anytime I visit a nursing home there are multiple televisions playing at maximum volume. I would hate to guess how many commercials that I have seen in my lifetime! Some of them are clever and humorous. Most, drive me crazy...

  • Thought for the Week

    Apr 4, 2024

    We know Abraham is called and was ‘The friend of God’. That is wonderful. But something in Genesis chapter 20 challenges my thinking. Abraham tells a lie. He is traveling as he did for most of his life. He comes into a region controlled by Abimelech. We don’t know if that is his name or his title as Pharaoh is a title. At any rate, it was customary for a king to take any beautiful, unattached woman into his harem. Abraham tells Sarah she is beautiful. Now she is likely in her mid-e...

  • How To Prepare Soil For Spring Planting

    Apr 4, 2024

    Spring is a season of rejuvenation, and perhaps nowhere is that rebirth more noticeable than in the yard. Each spring, grass begins to grow again as inviting landscapes beckon people outdoors. Extra sunlight and rising temperatures make spring a great time to plant flowers, grasses and trees. To ensure successful planting, homeowners must take steps to prepare the soil. Healthy soil can provide the ideal conditions for roots to take hold, helping plants establish themselves before potentially harsh summer conditions arrive. Preparing soil...

  • 'Pontius Pilate' Visits Williamsburg; Questions Churchgoers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    “He missed his calling. He should have been a minister,” Pastor Matt Roberts of the First Methodist Church said of Brady Appleman, who at Sunday’s service performed as Pontius Pilate. “It’s just amazing. His gift of memory is amazing and the ability to speak these messages for everyone to understand is just phenomenal,” Pastor Roberts said. Appleman has been doing the skits for five years for the church and for more than 20 years at the Jaffa Shrine, where he serves as degree master for the Scot...

  • School Board Approves Comprehensive Plan

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    During the Williamsburg Community School Board’s meeting last Wednesday evening, the board approved the comprehensive plan for 2024-27. At the February board meeting, Superintendent Lisa Murgas had presented the plan, with “goals for the next three years.” The plan has as its the main goal student achievement. Specifically, the district is planning to increase test scores in English, language arts and math. The comprehensive plan is online for public viewing. To view the plan online, go to https://www.williamsburg.k12.pa.us/Page/1 and scroll do...

  • Scotty's Smile Raises $5,000+

    Apr 4, 2024

    Kim Helsel (at left), representing UPMC Family Hospice, posed with Scotty Brua’s parents Jessica and Brad. Jessica is holding a photo of their late son during Scotty’s Smile, a fundraiser for UPMC Family Hospice. Scotty Brua passed away in March 2023, and his parents wanted to create an event that would carry on his legacy. This year, it was a take-out pulled-pork meal and a basket raffle on Saturday, March 9. The event raised more than $5,000 to benefit UPMC Family Hospice, which cared for and...

  • Authority Discusses Cenveo Discharge

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    Stiffler McGraw Engineer John Clabaugh announced during the Tuesday morning meeting of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority that Cenveo had been in contact with him about a treatment system. Clabaugh said that Cenveo is testing a treatment system to re-initiate discharge, and the company is currently analyzing treatment alternatives. Authority members said that one of the biggest problems had with Cenveo discharge is the color. Clabaugh suggested setting specific parameters instead of using the word “clear” and defining it as a measurement sam...

  • BBB Warns Fans Of Scammers During March Madness

    Apr 4, 2024

    As college basketball fans enjoy the NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers not to get fouled online by ticket scams. Additionally, BBB is reminding fans to be aware of potential streaming scams and is urging those who are looking to place a bet to seek legitimate websites and avoid clicking on links being sent and promoted online and on social media. “Big events with high demand provide the perfect opportunity for scammers,” says Caitlin Driscoll, public relations director of the B...

  • Public Notices

    Apr 4, 2024

    Storage Sale Due to nonpayment of storage rent and fees, all property of Marlin Wilson, 143 Ridge Road, Williamsburg, PA 16693, stored at Freedom Junction Self-Storage, East Freedom, PA, will be sold on April 16, 2024, at 10 a.m., at Freedom Junction, East Freedom, PA. Executor - Executrix Notice Estate of Ronnie Lee Ross, A/K/A Ronnie L. Ross, late of Catharine Township, 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...

  • Alpha Beta Teacher Enrichment Grants Help, Encourage Students

    Apr 4, 2024

    On March 16, 2024, Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society met at Hoss’ Restaurant in Bedford. Sandra Hoenstine introduced Mary Ellen Laird, Northern Bedford science and geography teacher and theater owner in Loysburg, one of the recipients of Alpha Beta’s Teacher Enrichment Grants. Part of Ms. Laird’s presentation was the distribution of hats and other costume items to demonstrate how she has used the award to enhance the Drama Club she has instituted at the Northern Bedford County Middle School. The positive effects for students i...

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