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  • Bedford and Blair counties under tornado watch until 6 p.m. Monday, April 13

    Apr 9, 2020


  • Stay updated on how local governments can now conduct business with Penn State Extension webinar

    Apr 9, 2020

    Penn State Extension will be hosting the “Pennsylvania Legislation Update: How Local Governments Can Now Conduct Business” webinar to discuss recent legislation by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania that addresses the issue of local governments conducting business in a virtual atmosphere. This webinar will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, and feature Scott Coburn, counsel and education director for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. There is no cost to participate in the webinar. To learn more or reg...

  • Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

    Apr 9, 2020

    Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that all public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start S... Full story

  • Public Notices

    Apr 9, 2020

    Rescheduled April Meeting Notice The Board of Supervisors of Woodbury Township, Bedford County, has rescheduled the regular April meeting. The April 2, 2020, meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the township office, located at the Woodbury Area Community Center Annex, Woodbury, PA 16695. The meeting will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 Virus, however, if there are any public concerns or comments, please call and let a message at the office (814-766-3200), or for any written public comments or concerns,... Full story

  • How Often Do We Thank a Farmer?

    Apr 9, 2020

    To the Editor: I sit here, thinking of all the service people we have to thank – doctors, nurses, paramedics, police, firemen – I could go on. How often do we thank a farmer? Every time we sit down at our dinner table, everything we put in our mouths comes from a farmer. Never forget to say thank you, whatever the situation. With all that’s going on with the coronavirus, be kind, be patient, be thankful, share love, share peace. This is affecting all of us. This is not easy to do, but we’re to be thankful in all situations. God bless you all...

  • Reader Requests Basic Virus News Updates

    Apr 9, 2020

    To the Editor, We want to thank you for doing a good job covering the local news such as cancellations and restrictions concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic. We were disappointed, however, when we read the March 26 edition. You must surely be aware that a large percentage of Cove readers are of the Old Order Mennonite faith and therefore have no means to access the websites that you listed. It is also true that many of these do not subscribe to a daily paper either and rely solely on The Herald for their news. While we do recognize that it...

  • Thank a Healthcare Hero

    TIM HARCLERODE, Chief Executive Officer Conemaugh Nason Medical Center|Apr 9, 2020

    As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for Conemaugh Nason Medical Center. We always strive to be a place where you choose to come for health care, and we take our responsibility as a community leader very seriously. As our neighbors have come together to do everything possible to slow the spread of this vicious virus amid unprecedented challenges, we have never been more proud to be a part of this community. It is more important than ever that we all continue to take...

  • Sarah Journeys West: An Oregon Trail Survival Story By NIKKI SHANNON SMITH

    Apr 9, 2020

    Sarah is a 12-year-old girl living in Iowa in 1851 while the California Gold Rush is in full swing. News that one of the neighbors is heading west with his son, leaving behind his wife and daughter, surprises her family. Even more surprising is that her father and brother plan to join them! Sarah is crushed that her family is going to be torn apart. Her mother is adamant it will not be. It's quite a surprise to Sarah when she wakes up the next morning and finds out her mother has won. Her...

  • So Many to Thank … Don't Forget Local Government

    DAVID M. SANKO, Executive Director Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors|Apr 9, 2020

    Pennsylvania Local Government Week is April 6-10, and we can think of no better time to recognize our townships, which are on the front lines of making sure life goes on as smoothly and safely as possible in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the COVID-19 emergency continues throughout the nation and the commonwealth, township officials are the “boots on the ground” in helping their residents stay safe during this crisis. Townships have a public safety responsibility to govern their communities, ensure the health, safety, and...

  • 22 Liquor Licenses Denied

    Apr 9, 2020

    Herald of April 2, 1895 Judge Bell ruled on liquor license applications, granting 67 out of 89 requests. All applications for brewery licenses were approved. Among the applications denied were some from Claysburg, Roaring Spring and Williamsburg. Some citizens celebrated the decision by ringing the church bells in Williamsburg. The Roaring Spring correspondent noted that “Henry Lorenz Esq., justice of the peace, county auditor, purifier of the official atmosphere and general insurance agent, now occupies his palatial mansion but remains the s...

  • Moving Day

    Apr 9, 2020

    Herald of April 9, 1920 Thursday of last week was moving day. The day while somewhat threatening proved after all to be a fairly good one for moving purposes, and by this time everything is about back to normal. Charles Lehman and family moved from the R.A. Lytle apartments on N. Market into what was formerly the Zimmerman home on the same street. The C.C. Campbell family moved from the Zimmerman home to the Hannah Brenneman house on Penn Street, which Mr. Campbell purchased some time ago. The Brenneman property was vacated by Ben. Weitzel and...

  • Brothers Together

    Apr 9, 2020

    Herald of April 12, 1945 With the help of farm boys from the surrounding rural sections, Martinsburg will put a team in the Blair County Baseball league during the coming summer. Martinsburg Boy Scouts will stage another salvage drive for waste paper on Saturday. Save every bit of paper, magazines, cardboard or carton material as it can all be used for containers in which to send supplies to the armed forces overseas. The Herald had a birthday this week. It was 60 years old on Monday, having been launched on April 9, 1885 and having been...

  • Wind Storm Causes Damage

    Apr 9, 2020

    Herald of April 9, 1970 The Herald marks its 85th birthday today. A mechanic at the Wineland Equipment Co., Fredericksburg, was burned when fire broke out on a tractor that he was repairing. A severe wind storm last week caused heavy damage throughout the district. Many trees were toppled, a number of barn roofs and shed roofs were ripped loose, some house trailers were shifted from their foundations and there were interruptions in electric and telephone service. Joseph E. Robinson Jr. of Irwin, former policeman in Altoona, was named chief of...

  • Herald Turns 110 Years Old

    Apr 9, 2020

    Herald of April 6, 1995 The Morrisons Cove Herald was celebrating its 110th birthday. Richard G. Barnes retired in January as co-publisher and general manager of the Herald. He was continuing to work on a part-time basis, helping the staff on publication days. Barnes started at the Herald in 1950 and had been associated with the newspaper ever since, with the exception of time off to serve with the Army in Korea in the early 1950s and a year with the D.M. Bare Paper Co. in 1960. In 1968 he became part owner and general manager of the Herald,...

  • Trout Season Opens

    Apr 9, 2020

    Herald of April 8, 2010 The Trout season opens Saturday, April 17, for most of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth’s waterways have been stocked with nearly four million trout. The Mandatory Water Connection ordinance was adopted and signed by Woodbury Borough Council April 5. All dwellings in the borough are required to be connected to the municipal water system. Area fire companies had their hands full for hours fighting a brush fire that got out of hand on Tuesday, April 6, near East Freedom. The Spring Cove Boosters Club recently held its 4...

  • The 'Idiot Circus'

    Apr 9, 2020

    To the Editor: A misleader, standing with a bunch of sycophants, who found themselves trying to cover for President Trump’s misstatements and stupidity. Trying to put lipstick on a pig by suggesting things aren’t as bad as they seem. A sampling of President Trump’s response to COVID-19: Jan. 22 – “We have it totally under control.” Feb. 2 – “We pretty much shut it down coming from China. It’s gonna be fine.” Feb. 24 – “Stock market starting to look good.” Feb. 25 – “We’re very close to a vaccine.” Feb. 26 – “Fifteen cases; within a couple of...

  • Man Accused of Stealing from Through, Inc. Office

    Karen Bassler|Apr 9, 2020

    An Altoona man is awaiting a preliminary hearing for a third-degree felony charge of criminal trespass. According to police records, on March 10, Clinton Matthew Edwards, 35, Altoona, entered the Through, Inc. building at 2829 Everett Road, East Freedom. Although Edwards was permitted within the building, his access was limited to an area specified for AYSO. Edwards was captured on video surveillance entering a closed office, turning on the lights and then searching throughout the office. The video footage shows Edwards removing two $20 bills...

  • Lines by Lee

    PASTOR LEE SEESE, Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    This will be an Easter weekend like we have never seen before. There will be no crowded malls with people looking for a new Easter outfit. If a person had an Easter outfit, they would not have a church service to attend to wear it. The busiest Sunday of the year for church buildings will be quiet. While we can be thankful for the ability to watch a service online, it just isn't the same. I heard about a group of churches in Johnstown planning to use a drive-in theater for Good Friday, Easter...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr, Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    Jesus had celebrated Passover one last time with His disciples: During the meal, He given them a New Covenant: They were to remember it using bread, representing His broken body and grape wine, representing His blood shed as sacrifice for the sin and sins of all mankind. He washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating His humble servant hood and His great love for them. He led them to a garden where He asked them to pray. He prayed Himself for three agonizing hours. His request was that God m...

  • The Cove's Easter Services

    Apr 9, 2020

    Most Cove churches are recording services and then distributing them via Facebook, websites or email because of restrictions placed on gathering due to the coronavirus. Contact the church for more information. St. John's Reformed Church of Loysburg will offer worship online for Good Friday, Easter and each following Sunday, at least through the end of April. Pastor David Meckley will conduct each service. All services can be viewed by clicking on the “live stream” option on the church’s home page. The website is www.sjrcl.org. The Good Frida...

  • Pa. Asks For Alternatives To Religious Gatherings

    Apr 9, 2020

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as significant religious holidays approach in the coming weeks, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and religious leaders across the commonwealth encouraged alternative forms of faith gatherings. The Pa. Department of Health updated its “stay-at-home” order guidance to provide further guidance for religious gatherings. Updated guidance notes that while nothing in the stay-at-home order should affect the operation of religious institutions, “Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gathe...

  • The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

    Allan J. Bassler, Publisher|Apr 9, 2020

    This week marks a first for the Morrisons Cove Herald. For the first time (to my knowledge), the Herald is providing two articles in Spanish. This is being done to provide important information about the coronavirus to the members of the Cove community who are more familiar with Spanish than English. We hope that this is helpful. If you are reading this in Spanish and would like to help the Herald with accurate translations, please contact Allan at (814) 793-2144 to discuss providing this service, with compensation. (Note that Allan only...

  • Riding the Lower Trail

    Apr 9, 2020

    Ashley Frye and Corbin Cisney of Williamsburg ride the Lower Trail on Monday with their children Danica Cisney, 5, and Adessa, 7. Weather.com is calling for a windy and rainy next few days, but Saturday should be mostly sunny and in the 50s, so it might be a good time to get out and shake off the "stay-at-home" blues....

  • Local Residents Pitch In By Making Masks

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Nancy Hershberger of Breezewood, a member of the Log House Quilt Guild of Johnstown, learned through an email from another member of the guild, of a shortage of protective masks at a local healthcare facility. Hershberger shared the email and her news with John and Minerva Zimmerman, owners of Zimmerman's Bernina Sewing in New Enterprise, where she is an instructor. The Zimmermans agreed to include the email as part of their weekly emails to their customers in mid-March. The Zimmermans then...

  • The Print Edition of the Herald is Smaller This Week

    Apr 9, 2020

    If you picked up a printed copy of the Herald, you might notice that your Herald is two sections of six pages each this week, instead of the usual two sections of eight pages. This happened for two reasons: One is that we’ve seen a pretty steep drop-off in local advertising as a result of the state’s order to close “non-essential” businesses. The second is that we’re pinching our pennies. We’re squeezing as much news into these 12 pages as we can. We promise that when local businesses re-open and begin advertising again, we’ll bounce right...

  • Those who can sew can help make masks

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Zimmerman’s Bernina Sewing, located at 208 Flitch Road, New Enterprise, with a phone number of (814) 766-9942, is giving out kits to anyone who would like to donate their time and sewing skills. The kit is the pattern and two yards of fabric – one yard each of two different patterns, which is enough material to make 12 masks. The only request of Zimmermans is that you get them done as soon as possible. Once the masks are completed, they can be taken back to Zimmermans Bernina Sewing for distribution or dropped off at area care facilities. Som...

  • Social Distancing, Ag Style

    Apr 9, 2020

    Health experts are recommending that we all stay six feet apart when out in public, to avoid transmitting the coronavirus. Well, if you're not good at mental measurements, how far is that? For the ag community, here's a simple guide: Six feet is one cow or two calves. Herald Staff Writer Karen Bassler spotted this on Facebook and thought it was not only funny, but helpful and decided to share it with Herald readers....

  • State Police Warn of Man Impersonating Trooper

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Pennsylvania State Police, Bedford, is investigating reports of someone impersonating a police officer. According to police, at 10:30 p.m., April 1, a white male described as being between 30 and 40 years old, with a goatee, wearing a dark-blue uniform, a campaign hat and black-framed glasses stopped a vehicle on the State Route 26 corridor between the area of Yellow Creek and Riddlesburg, Hopewell Township, Bedford County. He then made another stop at 2:30 p.m., April 2. The suspect was driving an unmarked sedan with a red-and-blue emergency...

  • Homewood M-burg Benefiting from Mask Donations

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2020

    Homewood at Martinsburg is the recipient of some of the masks being made by area residents. The staff at Homewood is required to wear masks and because there are no active cases of COVID-19, these homemade masks fit the requirement. “These masks help us to preserve our supply of PPEs,” (personal protective equipment) Aimee Lozinak, marketing director at Homewood, said. According to Lozinak, a supply of personal protective equipment of “N95” and surgical masks is available for use by the healthcare staff while working with patients who test po...

  • Noticias Semanales Del Herald Sobre El Coronavirus

    Allan J. Bassler, Editor|Apr 9, 2020

    Por ALLAN J. BASSLER Editor Esta semana marca la primera vez (por lo que yo sé) que el Morrisons Cove Herald publica dos artículos en español. Hacemos esto para difundir información importante sobre el coronavirus a los miembros de la comunidad del Cove que manejan español mejor que ingles. Esperamos que sea útil. Si usted está leyendo esto en español y quisiera ayudar al Herald con traducciones acertadas, favor de contactar a Allan a (814) 793-2144 para hablar sobre proveer este servicio, con remuneración. (Nótese que Allan solo habla ing... Full story

  • What I Understand So Far / Lo Que Entiendo Hasta Ahora

    Allan J. Bassler, Publisher|Apr 9, 2020

    I was smart enough to get out of graduate school alive, but I've never been one with a quick wit. So it often takes me a while to puzzle through things. With the flood of information coming out about the coronavirus and the various reactions, I often hear and listen but don't comprehend. Then, hours or days later, I have an "aha!" moment and everything falls into place and makes sense. When things do fall into place, suddenly certain things become clear and they make sense. Being a journalist,...

  • Lo Que Entiendo Hasta Ahora

    Apr 9, 2020

    Por ALLAN J. BASSLER Editor Yo era bastante inteligente para sobrevivir la escuela de posgrado, pero nunca he sido muy espabilado. Así que a menudo me tarda un rato para descifrar las cosas. Con este montón de información que se está publicando sobre el coronavirus, frecuentemente escucho pero no entiendo. Unas horas o unos días después, tengo un momento en que, de repente, todo tiene sentido. Como periodista, siento una obligación para compartir la información con los demás. Así que: aquí est... Full story

  • Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

    Roseann Zimmerman, Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    “Am I seeing one right now?” my husband asked suddenly on Monday, March 30, when breakfast was almost over. We had just been talking about the arrival of the purple martins because we anticipated their acrobatic flights over our farm. My eyes followed his gaze, which pierced through the kitchen window and into the clear sky, studying the feathered flier. He left the table to crank up the martin house and open their little doors. When I was done washing dishes, I poked my head out the door in hopes of hearing their welcome songs. It was the...

  • Calling All Cove Kids!

    Helena Bassler, Herald Teacher|Apr 9, 2020

    At the Morrisons Cove Herald, we know that there are some pretty awesome kids in the Cove. We want to meet YOU and show off your talents! If you have a piece of artwork (a drawing, painting, sculpture, a baked-good, anything) that you created and would like to show the Cove, send in a digital picture to news@mcheraldonline.com or a physical picture to 113 N. Market St, Martinsburg, PA 16662 for the chance to be published in the newspaper! Don’t forget to include a picture of your artwork, the name of your artwork, your first name, your age a...

  • A Sure Sign of Spring!

    Apr 9, 2020

    Regina Patterson (blue T-shirt shirt) works on an Easter combination arrangement and Karen Liebal waters perennial plants. Both were working at Potted Memories in Williamsburg on Monday, April 6....


    Apr 9, 2020

    ALBRIGHT – Homer H., 90, Lecanto, Fla.; formerly of Roaring Spring BOYD – Joe A., 83, New Enterprise CONLEY – Ronald C., 77, Duncansville NEELY – Donald R., 68, Hollidaysburg STEWART – Dennis Paul., 35, New Mexico, formerly of Altoona ZIMMERMAN – Betty K., 94, Williamsburg...


    Apr 9, 2020

    Ronald C. Conley, 77, of Duncansville, died unexpectedly, Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was born May 3, 1942, in Irvona, son of the late Harold and Catherine (Westover) Conley. He married Richanda "Rickey" Albright on April 2, 1967, in Claysburg. Surviving are his wife, a daughter Tamara (Conley) Lange and spouse Donald, five granddaughters: Talia Mazzetti Trauger and spouse Jason, Tarissa Mazzetti, Meganne Diehl and spouse Jesse, Courtney Lange and Hannah Lange; two great-granddaughters: Charlott...

  • PSU Extension Offers Free Online Courses

    Apr 9, 2020

    As a way to support its customers during the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State Extension is offering its library of online courses at no cost through April. The deadline to register is April 30. “Tackling today’s problems to secure a better tomorrow has long been the mantra of Penn State Extension, and that holds true now when people are facing rapidly changing health, economic and social challenges,” said Brent Hales, director of Penn State Extension and associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “Extension program team members...

  • From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    It’s hard to believe that it’s Easter – it sure doesn’t feel like it. For many Easters, I was blessed to have a wonderful lady in my family’s life, my dear Aunt Annie Bauer. We were raised in the Orthodox religion and one of the special events in the religion is Easter. I remember many Easters when we had to get up at 5:30 a.m., get dolled up and head to church where now the River Valley Custom Apparel shop is in Williamsburg. We would prepare our special baskets and leave them out in the church backyard and await the special church service. I...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    In these times of quarantine, I will admit that my sister Julie and I have spent a lot of our time on rainy days in front of the TV. This month alone, we have binged watched so many television shows. Thus, arises the question – What is your favorite TV show of all time? I decided to ask a few residents and here’s what they had to say: Jon Detwiler: Dukes of Hazzard Zena Saylor: Dukes of Hazzard Stan Grove: Gunsmoke Don Dietz: WKRP Goldie Simpson: So many to choose from, but I will go with Beverly Hills 90210 Maureen England: The Waltons Nic...

  • Gas Demand Hits a Nearly 30-Year Low

    AAA East Central|Apr 9, 2020

    The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is four cents cheaper this week at $2.183 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Eight Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states still have gas price averages of $2 per gallon or more: New York ($2.29), Washington, D.C. ($2.24), Pennsylvania ($2.16), New Jersey ($2.14), Connecticut ($2.07), Rhode Island ($2.05), Massachusetts ($2.04) and Vermont ($2.03). As gas prices are expected to push cheaper this month, many of these states may push near or below $1.99 per gallon b...


    Apr 9, 2020

    Donald R. Neely, 68, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., died April 6, 2020, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born at home in Hollidaysburg, son of the late Harold M. and Dessa (Garman) Neely. He married Kathy A. Berry in 1972. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, a daughter Dawn Hoover and husband Mike; five grandchildren: Kaley Angus, Rachel Hoover, Julia Neely, Garrett Neely and Grace Shelow; a daughter-in-law, Becky Neely; sisters Margaret Oakes, Carol Caldwell, Joann Hileman, Betty...

  • Woodbury Township (Blair) Accepts Bid for Stone

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    The Woodbury Township supervisors opened three bids for stone during the regular meeting April 2. The township had bids from Grannas Bros., New Enterprise S&L and Glenn Hawbaker. The supervisors awarded the contract for stone to Grannas Bros., noting it was the lowest. Supervisor Ed Clark made a motion to accept Grannas’ bid with Supervisor Craig Hamilton seconding and the motion passed. Solicitor Dave Pertile left two items for the supervisors to discuss during the meeting. First was resolution 04-02-2020-02, which pertains to emergency m...


    Apr 9, 2020

    Betty K. Zimmerman, 94, Williamsburg, formerly of Indiana, passed away early Friday morning, April 3, 2020, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. She was born in Williamsburg, daughter of the late Charles E. and Alverta M. (Snare) Black. On November 15, 1946, she married Howard H. Zimmerman at Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1983. Surviving are four sons: Dan (Deborah) of Somerset, Don of Williamsburg, Rick of Indiana, and Kevin of...

  • Spreading Cheer in a Time of Need

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 9, 2020

    Robert Kifer of the Altoona Weis grocery store donated food to help the residents of Williamsburg last Saturday, April 4. Kifer brought milk products, bread, and snacks for local families in need. The Crossroad is helping out with this initiative of posting inspirational messages around town to brighten up the spirits of residents during this troubling and uncertain time. The above one is seen outside of the old barbershop located in the center of town....


    Apr 9, 2020

    Joe A. Boyd, 83, of Texas Corner Road, New Enterprise, passed away on April 3, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He was born on Jan. 28, 1937, in New Enterprise; son of the late Jerome and Eva (Stiffler) Boyd. On Aug. 4, 1958, in Lost Creek, W.V., he was united in marriage to Beth (Randolph) Boyd who survives. Joe was a Class of 1956 graduate of Replogle School and a member of the Bell 7th Day Baptist Church in Salemville. He was janitor at the Replogle School for six years and retired from...

  • Williamsburg Cancels Easter Egg Hunt

    Apr 9, 2020

    The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club and the Lion’s Club in Williamsburg has been canceled for this year. The hunt was scheduled for Saturday, April 11.... Full story


    Apr 9, 2020

    Homer H. Albright, 90, 2691 W. Express Lane, Lecanto, Fla., went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020. He formally resided in York, Pa., and Roaring Spring. Homer was born on Feb. 3, 1930, in Hollidaysburg RD, the son of Harry and Mary (Carper) Albright. He was formerly married to Ruth E (Dively) Albright and is survived by a son, William Albright (Joyce) of Lecanto, Fla.; and a daughter, Carol McGee (George) of York, Pa.; grandchildren Kathryn Johnson, Megan Ludwick, Michael McGee and David McGee; great grandchildren Dakota Alb...


    Apr 9, 2020

    Dennis Paul Stewart, 35, was born Feb. 10, 1985, in Altoona, Pa., and died March 8, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M., due to a car accident. Surviving are his mother, Michelle Stewart, formerly of Williamsburg, Pa., who now resides in Grants, N.M.; grandparents John and Georgia Stewart of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; siblings Christopher Messner Jr. of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Dylan Messner of Kerhonkson, N.Y., Danielle Williams and her son Walter Wisneskie of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; many aunts and uncles including...

  • Early Bird: America's Beloved Purple Martins Return To Pennsylvania

    Apr 9, 2020

    In a sure sign that spring is not far behind, the first Purple Martins of the year have been spotted in Pennsylvania. The birds were seen on March 10 in the small southern Pennsylvania city of Kirkwood by a Purple Martin enthusiast – one of many people throughout the eastern and central United States who track and report on the birds' annual migration on behalf of the Purple Martin Conservation Association. "The Purple Martins arrival in Pennsylvania show the birds are making steady progress n...

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