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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 119 IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN PENNSYLVANIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 26 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA ADAMS BEDFORD BLAIR CAMBRIA CENTRE CLINTON COLUMBIA... Full story

 

Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

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.... Full story

 

Public Notices

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,... Full story

 

How Often Do We Thank a Farmer?

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...

 

Reader Requests Basic Virus News Updates

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...

 

Thank a Healthcare Hero

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...

 

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

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,...

 

So Many to Thank … Don't Forget Local Government

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...

 

22 Liquor Licenses Denied

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....

 

Moving Day

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...

 

Brothers Together

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...

 

Wind Storm Causes Damage

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...

 

Herald Turns 110 Years Old

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...

 

Trout Season Opens

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...

 

The 'Idiot Circus'

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...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Man Accused of Stealing from Through, Inc. Office

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...

 

Lines by Lee

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...

 

Thought for the Week

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, repres...

 

The Cove's Easter Services

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...

 

Pa. Asks For Alternatives To Religious Gatherings

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...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

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...

 

Riding the Lower Trail

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...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Local Residents Pitch In By Making Masks

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...

 

The Print Edition of the Herald is Smaller This Week

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...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Those who can sew can help make masks

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 ...

 

Social Distancing, Ag Style

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...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

State Police Warn of Man Impersonating Trooper

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...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Homewood M-burg Benefiting from Mask Donations

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...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

“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...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

Noticias Semanales Del Herald Sobre El Coronavirus

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... Full story

 
 By Helena Bassler    Life    April 9, 2020

Calling All Cove Kids!

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...

 

A Sure Sign of Spring!

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...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 9, 2020

What I Understand So Far / Lo Que Entiendo Hasta Ahora

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...

 

DEATH RECORD

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...

 

Lo Que Entiendo Hasta Ahora

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... Full story

 

RONALD C. CONLEY

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 "Rick...

 

PSU Extension Offers Free Online Courses

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...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    Life    April 9, 2020

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

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 eve...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    Life    April 9, 2020

Ask the Williamsburgers

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...

 
 By AAA East Central    News    April 9, 2020

Gas Demand Hits a Nearly 30-Year Low

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...

 

DONALD R. NEELY

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....

 

BETTY K. ZIMMERMAN

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...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 9, 2020

Woodbury Township (Blair) Accepts Bid for Stone

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.,...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 9, 2020

Spreading Cheer in a Time of Need

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....

 

JOE A. BOYD

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...

 

Williamsburg Cancels Easter Egg Hunt

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

 

HOMER H. ALBRIGHT

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 Mar...

 

DENNIS PAUL STEWART

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...

 

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

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...

 

Webinar Will Help Ease Anxiety

Staying connected to loved ones while maintaining social distancing can help ease anxiety in older adults. The Penn State Extension is offering a “Strategies for Engaging Older Adults in this Era of Social Distancing” webinar at 2 p.m. on April...

 

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