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  • Spring Cove Considers 3.6 Percent Tax Increase

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker reviewed the Spring Cove School District finance committee meeting presentation for the 2024-25 school year budget, given by Business Manager Steven Foor at the April Board of Directors Committee of the Whole meeting. Dr. Baker discussed the challenges facing the district financially, particularly the cost of cyber charter schools. Spring Cove will face a $200,000 increase in cyber charter costs for the 2024-25 school year. Baker said, “Although the maximum a...

  • Martinsburg Man Hikes Entire Mid State Trail, 331 Miles

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 11, 2024

    After retiring from working in education all of his life, Chuck Kensinger, 74, of Martinsburg has taken up hiking as a new hobby with a goal of trekking the entire Mid State Trail in Pennsylvania. The Mid State Trail is 331.6 miles and often called the “wildest trail” because of the varied terrain, Kensingner said. “I enjoy setting goals,” he said, about what he liked about hiking. His friend Bob Shinskie, 68, a retired school administrator from Spring Mills, Pa., near State College, and he...

  • Martinsburg Borough Sets Clean-up Day

    Apr 11, 2024

    For Martinsburg Borough residents only, a cleanup day is set for Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The location is the Martinsburg Borough garage, 371 South Nicodemus Street. This event provides an opportunity for borough residents to get rid of hard-to-dispose of items that trash haulers will not take during normal pickup. The following types of items will be accepted free of charge: Air conditioners, batteries (car, truck, motorcycle), BBQ grills, bicycles, computers, computer monitors, copiers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, doors,...

  • A Glimpse of the Eclipse

    Apr 11, 2024

    Shane Ritchey of Martinsburg took this photo of the eclipse on Monday, April 8, from his residence. The total solar eclipse crossed North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. Because of the path the eclipse took across the Earth, viewers in Pennsylvania did not see the Sun entirely blocked. According to NASA, after Monday’s total solar eclipse, the n...

  • Woodbury Mayor Absent

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Woodbury Borough council held its monthly meeting April 1 at the Woodbury Community Center at 7 p.m. Councilmember Tim Wentz and Mayor Jordan Pabon were absent. One community resident was in attendance. After the pledge of allegiance was recited, the meeting was called to order by President Shawn Claycomb. The community resident in attendance questioned why the mayor was not present again. Barb Wilt, secretary, stated that Pabon had told her he may be late. But he did not show up at this meeting and is frequently absent. Although Pabon was...

  • Ready ... Set ... Go!

    Apr 11, 2024

    CORRECTION The caption for a photo which appeared on Page A-6 of the April 4, 2024, edition of the Herald contained incorrect information. The photo caption should have read: Hundreds of children 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 children hunting for 8,000 eggs with some containing a winning ticket number for electronic prizes. The photo was by Gary M. Baranec Editor’s Note: We want to get i...

  • Circle K Gifts Holds First Craft Sale

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    On March 23, Circle K Gifts of Main Street, Woodbury, held its first craft show. Twenty-three vendors participated in the craft show. Althea Kelly, an artist from Woodbury, offered hand-sewn flags featuring John Deere and other brands. She also sells potholders. Althea said that she has been doing this for 20 years. Jennifer Stiffler was selling PZ fragrances. These are scented meltable sprinkles made from soybeans grown in the U.S. They are used in plug-in air fresheners instead of using wax cubes. Multiple scents are available from fruit...

  • North Woodbury Township Debates Size, Cost of New Road Salt Bin

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    A long discussion was held at the April regular monthly supervisors’ meeting for North Woodbury Township in regard to making a decision on new salt storage bins. The bid from Garman Brothers Construction was given for a 4,000-square-foot. storage bin of $427,000, but for a smaller 2,400-square-foot bin, the price came in at $375,000. Supervisor J.D. Donaldson said for the $52,000 difference, the township would be losing a great amount of storage area. He didn’t think this was a good choice. The bid was more than the grant money which the tow...

  • S. Woodbury Township Awards Road Projects

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    On April 2, the monthly meeting of the South Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors meeting took place at the township building at 9 a.m. The township office will be closed on April 22-26 for vacation. Also, on April 23, the township building will be a polling place for the Primary Election. After the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports, bids were opened for the 2024 road projects. New Enterprise Stone and Lime won the project with a bid of $65,392. The PennDOT Annual Transportation Meeting will be held on April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sna...

  • The Month of April Began With the Fools' Day

    Linda Williams|Apr 11, 2024

    Ever wonder why we have “April Fool’s Day”? Why not May Fool or August Fool? The practice of telling someone their shoelace is untied when it is not or sending someone on a foolish errand is pretty much observed all over the world. In many countries, according to Britannica Online, newspapers or radio stations might observe this special event with false headlines or stories. When I worked at the Bedford Gazette it was an annual fun time to think up something to fool the readers. One was a picture of a submarine that had supposedly subme...

  • Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Community Library Recommends

    Roaring Spring Community Library Intern|Apr 11, 2024

    It is a well-written, gripping work of historical fiction set during World War II and an espionage thriller. The story moves quickly and includes an endearing heroine, suspense, intrigue, turns, and twists. The author’s remarks are fascinating and helpful, and readers will value them considerably. It was jam-packed with all kinds of drama involving the French fighter network that never ought to have occurred but did. She was crucial in the case of an engineer who had passed away, but she had l...

  • The Benefits of Animals on Human Health

    ALISSA WALKER|Apr 11, 2024

    Editor’s Note: Author Alissa Walker is a sophomore at Mount Aloysius College and is a middle-level education major with a concentration in history. She is from Williamsburg and graduated from Williamsburg Junior/Senior High School in 2022. At the Mount, she enjoys giving tours as a student ambassador and volunteering with clubs and organizations on campus. She submitted this essay to the Herald, which is proud to publish it. The health benefits from animals to humans can be felt throughout all ages, and with our increasing age of population, t...

  • CORRECTION

    Apr 11, 2024

    A letter to the editor from Wayne Bush published on Page A-4 in the April 4, 2024, edition of the Herald neglected to include Mr. Bush’s place of residence. Mr. Bush’s residence should have appeared as Roaring Spring. Editor’s Note: We want to get it right! If you spot an error in the Herald’s pages, please contact us. We will print a correction or explanation as soon as we can. Send corrections to news@mcheraldonline.com or call 793-2144. Thank you for keeping the Herald accurate and reliable....

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 13, 1899 Charles O. Spillman of Martinsburg W. Va., was appointed cashier of the newly organized Morrisons Cove Bank in Martinsburg, Pa. Three-year-old Jasper, son of John K. and Hannah S. Loose, died of scarlet fever at his home in Larke after a five-week illness. Renzie Ferry, teacher of the Lafayetteville School, left to attend Millersville Normal School. E.S. Rice was to finish the term. Alice, the little daughter of Dr. W.A. Nason, was critically ill with whooping cough. The Blank Book Co., anticipated a strike in the coal...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 11, 1974 State senatorial candidate Roy Ogburn of Somerset County and his opponent in the primary, Robert Jubelirer of Altoona, both spoke at the Morrisons Cove Republican Club. Ogburn, who had walked over Tussey Mountain on Route 164 as part of his 200-mile walk across the senatorial district, came under attack from Jubelirer for allegedly bringing undue pressure from federal officials to bear in the campaign. Paul J. Fisher, music teacher at the Spring Cove Junior High School, announced plans to retire at the end of the year...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 11, 1924 Sixty members heard the Ladies Hospital Association report that payment was made for the new x-ray machine and fluoroscope at a cost of $1,667.75. Interior painting and decorating in all rooms, wards, offices and halls covered a three-month period. Realizing the hardship the expenses were to the association, three anonymous gifts in the amount of $1,100 were received from “good friends” of the ladies. Inspection of the x-ray and hospital day on May 11. Mrs. Daniel Rock of Roaring Spring presented the Herald staff wit...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 15, 1999 Morrisons Cove Memorial Park took advantage of its 16th annual fundraising dinner, Celebration ‘99, to announce the beginning of a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million over the next two years to pay off the park’s debt and make a variety of improvements to facilities. Approximately 140 persons paid $150 per couple to attend the fundraising dinner, which paid tribute to the Martinsburg Lions Club. Sheetz Inc. named it’s East Freedom store, located on Route 36 at McKee, as the “District Store of the Year for 1998....

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 14, 1949 Morrisons Cove’s lyric poet Mrs. Martin Croft, who wrote under the pen name of Mary Ellen Jackson received a complimentary note from the 90-year-old Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw. “Homeless Hector,” the truant hawk being trained by Edward Henry of Martinsburg returned home after a lively pursuit from a dozen Martinsburg boys. The hawk had escaped from its young master a week earlier. David M. Adams, Herald columnist, published a book, “A Historical Summary of Southern Morrisons Cove Towns.” Williams H. Burket...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 10, 2014 Porcine Epidemic Diar - rhea virus (PEDV) is a wide- spread, highly contagious disease infecting pigs in 28 confirmed states, including Pennsylvania. There have been 73 ac- cessions confirmed in Penn- sylvania. Sources have not yet confirmed any in the Cove area. June Rose (Kells) Johnston of Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of Juniata, will celebrate her 103rd birthday Saturday, April 12, 2014. The induction ceremony for the Claysburg area’s first hall of fame class was held Saturday, April 5, at the C...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 11, 2024

    To the Editor: Why did I abandon my previous support for Jim Gregory? Because he abandoned us with his nominating and voting for Mark Rozzi, a liberal, pro-abortion Democrat for speaker of the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania in January 2023. When I decide who I’m going to support and vote for each election, I make sure the candidate I support is pro-life. Jim Gregory is pro-life too, according to the PA Pro-Life Federation. If that is the case, how come he didn’t vote pro-life for speaker of the House as my state representative? The...

  • Rep. Jim Gregory is a Reliable Friend to Fire Companies

    Apr 11, 2024

    To the Editor: As chief of the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Department, I encourage all voters in the 80th District to cast their votes for Jim Gregory for state representative. Jim has been more than a friend to the volunteer fire service and he has been a reliable source of much needed funding. Volunteer fire companies rely on fundraisers and donations, but it is not enough. Jim recognizes that and has helped secure grant money and pointed us in the direction of other funding sources. When the fire whistle blows, it is important to know...

  • April 1 Was Flitting Day

    Apr 11, 2024

    To the Editor: I hope the residents of Blair County realize how fortunate they are to have a weekly newspaper. Weeklies are the perfect inexpensive way to unite communities, families, military veterans serving far away, and generations that are separated by years, decades and even centuries. I just read the April 4 edition. The Herald commented on April 6, 1899, that April 1 was moving day. There was another name for “moving day” and that was “Flitting Day.” When I first learned about Flitting Day, it was from a weekly newspaper. I asked m...

  • Dragon Volleyball has a Winless Week

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Throughout the week, the Dragon volleyball team faced many opponents. The main two of the week were the Dubois Beavers and the Forest Hills Rangers, with the Dragons facing 3-0 losses to both. Then, the Dragons traveled to play in the Derry Invitational, and faced a plethora of teams of which they were unable to complete a victory. Against the Beavers, the Dragons faced a 3-0 loss, losing each set 25-7, 25-15 and 25-9. Despite the loss, Logan Hummel had nine assists, Christian Heuston had four kills and R.J. Daugherty had two kills and two...

  • Pirates Reveal 2024 Altoona Curve Break Camp Roster

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Thursday an initial list of 30 players reporting to Altoona for the 2024 season. The player list features six players that are ranked in the Pirates Top-30 prospects by MLB.com, including four in the Top-10 and two players ranked among the top-100 prospects in all of Minor League Baseball. MLB Pipeline ranked Pittsburgh’s minor league system as the ninth best among all organizations entering 2024, marking the sixth straight year that Pittsburgh’s minor league system is ranked in the top 10 by MLB Pipeline. The...

  • Analog Sportsman

    Richard Tate|Apr 11, 2024

    “I hope I am not bothering you, Rich, but I need you to pick up a loaf of bread on your way home. It is no big rush,” Donna told me over the phone. Unfortunately she had contacted me on the cell phone she and Bob, my son, had bought for me a couple of years ago. And, she was “bothering” me. I was standing in the middle of a stream, casting to trout that were rising to eat floating mayflies. It was one of the few times I had run into rising trout before the big flood, and I had to scramble to extract the phone from the left breast pocket...

  • Conemaugh Nason: Organ Donation 'Gives Hope to So Many'

    EMILY LOOSE, Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Becoming an organ donor takes little time and can save more than one life in the process. April is the National Donate for Life Month and to celebrate, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center held a flag-raising ceremony Tuesday, April 2, in connection to the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE). The hospital has been supporting the cause since 2016, though CORE was founded in 2006. Since its inception, over 50,000 flags have been raised across the United States. “Today, Nason is one of the t...

  • Jaffa Shrine's 84th Annual Circus Offers Acrobats, Clowns and Animals

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Jaffa Shrine’s 84th Annual Circus is taking place from April 10-14 at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona. Tickets are available now and are selling fast. For ticket purchases and more information, visit www.jaffashriners.org/circus or contact the Jaffa Shrine Box Office at (814) 944-4043. The Jaffa Shrine is dedicated to serving its community and supporting charitable causes, including Shriners Hospitals for Children. By attending the Jaffa Shrine Circus, people are able to contribute to a worthy cause. “The 84th iteration of the JAFFA Shr...

  • Cove Fireworks Business Sees Growth Over the Years

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 11, 2024

    Gary Brumbaugh has been in the fireworks industry for over 30 years doing both professional shows and having a retail store for the last seven years in Royer just outside of Williamsburg. “I have always enjoyed doing the professional shows — since we opened the store, every year we do better,” he said. Consumer fireworks were legalized in 2017, the Brumbaugh Fireworks opened in 2018. The store started out as just one building and there was no sprinkler system at the time, which meant they could...

  • The Cleanup Crew

    Apr 11, 2024

    On Saturday, April 6, the Martinsburg Booster Association conducted its annual PennDOT Adopt-A-Highway cleanup between Martinsburg and Fredericksburg. Helping the Boosters were Boy Scouts from Martinsburg Troop 358. Shown are (from left): Scouts Alex Neuder, Daniel Longwell, Jace King, Brandon Reynolds, and leaders Ted Reynolds and Paul Longwell. Boosters participating in the trash pickup were Jim Dell. Luanne Eckenrode, Earl Springer, Jason Dick, Rebekah Dick, Homer Shriner, Ken Ake, Ed...

  • Southern Cove Power Reunion Plans Plow Day, Tractor Show and Ride

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    The Southern Cove Power Reunion met on Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m. More than 35 members attended the meeting and were enthusiastic about the group’s upcoming events. The secretary and treasurer report were read and accepted as read. A discussion took place on the Spring Plow Day and Tractor Show which is on April 20 with the rain date being April 27. The show will start about 9 a.m. and plowing demonstrations will take place. There will also be a Tractor Parade with the Tractor Pull starting at 4 p.m. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m. All size tractors a...

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

    JOHN BUSH|Apr 11, 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...

  • Pennsylvania: Always the Land of Municipal Governments

    CENTER FOR RURAL PA Rural Perspectives|Apr 11, 2024

    In 2023, Pennsylvania had 2,560 municipalities, according to data from the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services. Sixty-four percent of these boroughs, townships, and cities are rural, and 36 percent are urban. In rural Pennsylvania, there is one municipal government for every 1,765 residents, and in urban Pennsylvania, there is one municipality for every 11,079 residents. During the last 78 years, the number of municipalities in Pennsylvania has been remarkably stable. According to t...

  • What's Your Story

    Linda Sollenberger|Apr 11, 2024

    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 ere your story and the story of our savior intertwine? In this letter to the people at Corinth, Paul is nothing but honest. He sets before them the story of Jesus as it was handed down to him. He emphasizes his unworthiness as he mentions his background as a persecutor of the church. He knows how greatly he has been changed by the grace of God. What we read in these verses is a beautiful model of a life that has been transformed. It’s a human story intertwined with the grace of God: who he is by what God has done for h...

  • Committee To Host Interfaith Roundtable

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Diversity Committee will be hosting an Interfaith Roundtable on Wednesday, April 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. inside the auditorium at the College’s Richland Campus. This event aims to be a discussion-filled evening with guests and featured speakers sharing their views on a variety of world religions, exploring what makes faith practices meaningful, and what those have in common in terms of worship. There will be five featured speakers, including: • V. Rev. Elijah Bremer – OCA priest, Rector of Holy As...

  • The History and Importance of Granges

    Apr 11, 2024

    Local granges serve as a center of rural life in many agricultural communities. People who live outside such communities may be unfamiliar with granges, including what they are. The most basic definition of a grange is an outlying farm or land with a manor building on the property. When first developed in 12th century Britain, granges were properties that may have been owned by a lord, who chose to live on the property or leased it to others. Other granges were held by the church, mainly by monasteries. The grange definition and system was...

  • Thought for the Week

    Apr 11, 2024

    I’ve been planning to do a series of “Thoughts’ on the life of Joseph. I am still not quite ready, so I’ll use this week to talk about something I think we need in this “day and age’. J e s u s warned us there would be “wars and rumors of wars” as long as this world stands. It is so. Right now we are experiencing war in Palestine and in Ukraine. There are lots of other ‘hot spots’. Even in our country there are lots of hostilities. I don’t need to name them. You know them well if you follow an...

  • Things Are Getting 'Exciting' at the W-burg Library

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    “This is the time of the year where things are really starting to pick up and get exciting for the library,” Williamsburg Public Library Head Librarian Roane Lytle said. “We are gearing up for a lot of new and old activities for the community.” First, the library is planning to bring back one of their honored traditions with the Local Author Series. “It’s something we had back before COVID, and we’ve done it little by little during the summer. It’s nice to get it back to a month of some exciting local authors,” Lytle said. The first part of...

  • Drug Bust Headlines Borough Police Report

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Williamsburg Borough Chief of Police Rowdy Kagarise announced during last Monday evening’s borough council meeting that an intelligence operation snagged three drug dealers in the Williamsburg area. Chief Kagarise said that $3,000 worth of methamphetamine was taken off the streets, and three persons were in custody for drug charges. “It’s taken a long time,” Chief Kagarise told borough council members. “I couldn’t have done it without my team of officers.” Chief Kagarise praised both police officers, Dave Flaig and Adam Hauser. “Thank you for a...

  • Township Still Seeking Next Supervisor

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Following the acceptance of Ed Clark’s resignation letter as supervisor during last Thursday evening’s April Woodbury Township meeting, Secretary Kelsie Lego announced that there was one letter of interest. However, that interested person is a state employee, and supervisors were not sure if they can be both a state employee and a township supervisor. Supervisors and Solicitor Aimee Willett said they would look into the matter and tabled discussion until next meeting. Ed Clark was hired as a full-time roadworker. Following his 90-day probation...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Company’s annual ox roast and soup sale will be held on Saturday, April 13, at the Community Center. The start time is 11 a.m. Sales will continue until sold out. Sandwiches, vegetable beef soup and chicken noodle soup will be sold. All proceeds benefit the fire company....

  • Learning the Ropes

    Apr 11, 2024

    On Sunday, April 7, the Williamsburg Volunteer Company (Station 90) along with the Geeseytown Community Fire Company and Alpha Fire Company of State College came together for joint rope rescue training. Members worked together to build a highline rope system across the 90-foot section of the pit by Cenveo, Williamsburg. This system allows rescuers to gain access to a patient that rappelling or other means of access would not allow. The public was invited to watch the five-hour training...

  • Public Notice

    Apr 11, 2024

    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 against the same will present them without delay. Executrix Connie L. Stiffler 1538 Chess Club Road James Creek, PA 16657 Attorney Shawn P. Sullivan, Esquire Sullivan Law Offices LLC 133 E. Allegheny St. Martinsburg, PA 16662 Executor - Executrix Notice Elizabeth L Morgan, late of Borough of...

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