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  • Public Notices

    Apr 15, 2021

    NOTICE is given that the Council of the Borough of Williamsburg will consider an Ordinance regulating the time in which waste may be placed curbside for collection by a hauler, at its regular meeting to be held in the Municipal Building, 305 E. 2nd Street, Williamsburg, Pennsylvania on May 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., a summary of which is as follows: Municipal waste, other refuse or recyclables shall be placed at the edge of the cartway or any other designated place for collection no sooner than 11:00 a.m. on the day before the scheduled day for... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 15, 2021

    To the Editor: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania – the Center for Organ Recovery & Education and the Gift of Life Donor Program – to support HAP’s 2021 Donate Life Hospital Challenge. The HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community. The HAP 2021 Donate Life Hospital Chall...

  • As Pa. Begins its Slow Recovery from COVID-19, Small Businesses Must Be a Top Priority

    Apr 15, 2021

    By State Senators RYAN P. AUMENT, CAMERA BARTOLOTTA, KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL AND JUDY WARD As restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment venues and other small employers look forward to higher capacity limits and fewer restrictions starting April 4, there is a sense of optimism that the worst of this year-long COVID-19 nightmare may finally be behind us. However, reality tells us these and other small businesses will take years – not just weeks or months – to fully recover from the extraordinary struggles of the past year. Many of these bus...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Apr 15, 2021

    This has been a difficult year for most of us. Everyone has experienced loss in some form. Some have lost dearly loved family and friends; others have lost time that could have been spent with loved ones making treasured memories. Young people have lost a season of participation in athletic events, dramatic productions, or musical performances. Though we could go on about what we have lost due to the pandemic, after reading "Before the Ever After" by Jacqueline Woodson, you will gain some...

  • Statement On President Biden's Infrastructure Plan

    Apr 15, 2021

    On March 31, Chris Gibbs, Ohio farmer and board president of Rural Voices USA, the nationwide network of farmers and rural community leaders, released the following statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. “Rural Americans, and farmers like me, understand the importance of America’s infrastructure. Our nation’s roads, bridges, railroads, waterways, locks, ports and broadband infrastructure are what connect the American heartland to our customers. These systems are critical to our economic survival. “The American Jobs Act is a commitm...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 15, 2021

    To the Editor: I serve on the board of the Martinsburg Community Library. During my service to the library, I have been surprised to learn how many people do not realize that the park and the library are two separate community services. So, I would like to clarify our place within the Memorial Park building. The library is a non-profit entity totally separate from the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. We are a rent-paying ($20,000 per year) leasee. I wanted to let the community know this, as some of our patrons congratulated us recently, assuming...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 15, 2021

    Herald of April 16, 1896 The Pennsylvania Railroad was expected to turn out locomotive No. 2000 from its Altoona shops in time for the June 11 celebration of Blair County’s 50th anniversary. The county commissioners fixed the county tax millage for 1896 at four mills. There was $110,000 still outstanding from the previous year’s taxes. Blair County Democrats met in convention and nominated Charles B. Baumgardner of Altoona for Congress. James E. Gillam of Roaring Spring was nominated for auditor. Several area farmers were preparing to burn lim...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 15, 2021

    Herald of April 15, 1971 An unusually dry spring caused a rash of grass and brush fires all over the Cove. Martinsburg and Roaring Spring firemen responded to four calls in one day, spurring a ban of open fires until there was heavy rain. Iva Johnston of Claysburg escaped injury when her car was struck by a Penn-Central freight train ay a crossing in Claysburg. Gregg Carbaugh and Kathy Eichelberger of Northern Bedford High School and Gary Snowberger of Central were invited to the region I State Band Festival in Erie. Three new T-hangar units...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 15, 2021

    Herald of April 15, 1921 The required number of bonds had been sold to build the light and power line from Raystown through the Cove. Bids were being received until the 20th for about 200 poles, 35 to 40 feet in length, to be delivered along Clover Creek within the week. A total of about 500 would be needed for the project that would cover a delivery period of two months. Thieves entered the garage of Ritchey and Baker at Waterside and carried off loot to the amount of several hundred dollars. The POS of A met and prepared plans for formation...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 15, 2021

    Herald of April 11, 1996 The Spring Cove School Board is expected to approve a four-mill property tax increase when it takes action on the 1996-97 budget later this month. Wendy J. Brown, daughter of Ronald and Vera Brown of East Freedom RD, is spending her last college semester serving full-time working internship in the Harrisburg Capitol office of the Speaker of the House Matthew K. Ryan. Students, teachers and all staff members at the Martinsburg Elementary School were evacuated last week after a bomb threat was telephoned to the school...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 15, 2021

    Herald of April 18, 1946 Dr. J.W. Hershberger, interviewed on the 25th anniversary of his medical practice in Martinsburg, noted that the greatest change he observed in the community was the spirit of cooperation. The doctor recalled that when he came to Martinsburg, competition in business and professional relations, as well as between churches, generally meant personal animosity. M.V. Bankert, superintendent of the Blue Mountain Canneries at Martinsburg, was elected president of the Martinsburg Rotary Club. William Andrew “Buddy” Ste...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 15, 2021

    Herald of April 14, 2011 Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative recently honored Alson and Mary Louise Zimmerman of Roaring Spring RR for achieving the highest quality standards throughout the entire cooperative for 2010. Roaring Spring Borough Council added two new borough vehicles to its fleet, a new police cruiser and a GMC 2500 HD truck for the maintenance crew. The Central Dragons’ baseball team improved to 2-1 on the season with a split of its two Mountain Conference games. On April 4 it was a 13-1 thrashing of Juniata and on A...

  • Those Cows

    Apr 15, 2021

    “If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.” – Deuteronomy 22:1-3, NIV “Your heifers are out.” Those four words strike dread like no other into the farmer that hears them. I can say...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr|Apr 15, 2021

    In this series, I have said: “The Passover Lamb was kept and observed for four days, to be sure it was not sick or defective in any way. In some cases the lamb was kept in the house and was therefore very closely observed. Jesus was most certainly closely observed. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold (This word ‘behold’ means to closely observe) The Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” (See St. John 1:29-35) At one point, Jesus invited people to examine (This word ‘examine...

  • Williamsburg's Penn England Dairy Farm to be Featured on New Video Series

    Apr 15, 2021

    The Williamsburg area’s Penn England dairy farm will be the next farm featured on American Dairy Association North East’s new video series, “This American Dairy Farmer.” The episode is two parts. Part one, the first episode, aired on Facebook on Saturday, April 10. The second will be shown Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. Every gallon has a story, and “This American Dairy Farmer” offers a behind-the-scenes look at local dairy farms and the families that operate them, while helping viewers make a p...

  • Dairy Promotion Committee Announces Pageant Date; Seeks New Promoters

    KRISTIN BIGELOW, For the Herald|Apr 15, 2021

    The 2021 Blair County Dairy Princess Pageant will be held on Saturday, May15, at the Williamsburg CMA Church. A home-style turkey dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the pageant starting at 7:15 p.m. Ticket reservations can be made by calling Twila Bigelow at (814) 832-2993 or Jean Sollenberger at (814) 793-4446. There is a charge for each ticket. Reservations made after May 3 will be at a higher cost. Children five and younger are free. No door prizes will be awarded at the event this year, but individuals and businesses interested in...

  • Mock Trial Team Wraps Up Season

    Apr 15, 2021

    Juniata College’s Mock Trial team concluded a successful season recently, establishing its prowess as a nationally ranked competitor. Led by coach Attorney David Andrews, Class of ’74, the members of the team have advanced to the National Playoffs each of the three years the team has been in existence. The team this year featured Attorneys Courtney Frye, ’21, of Roaring Spring and Nattie Daversa, ’23, of Altoona. Over the course of the season, team members garnered numerous Outstanding Attorne...

  • Roaring Spring Woman Earns President's Award

    Apr 15, 2021

    Alyssa Reed, 20, of Roaring Spring, and a sophomore at Juniata College in Huntingdon, has recently been awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service through Mrs. Jackie Russo, owner and co-director of Beauty, Brains and Heart. In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America. This award honors individuals whose service positively affects commu...

  • Distracted-Driving Citations in Pennsylvania

    Apr 15, 2021

    Overall traffic citations in Pennsylvania decreased by 33 percent in 2020 during the pandemic compared to 2019. Specifically, distracted-driving citations decreased by 47 percent statewide from 2019 to 2020. Distracted-driving citations in Pennsylvania can be issued for 1) using headphones while driving, 2) using a handheld mobile phone while driving a commercial vehicle or 3) texting while driving. Texting includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message....

  • Memorial Park's J4 Returns to 'Normal' for 2021

    Apr 15, 2021

    Morrisons Cove Memorial Park has announced a full lineup of events for the popular "J4" holiday in the Cove. "The annual J4 celebration will again have rides, games and concessions," said Chuck Gojmerac, executive director of Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, on April 13. Gojmerac confirmed the following: • Start date of the J4 festivities will be Tuesday, June 29 • The J4 Ag parade will be held Tuesday, June 29 • Fireworks are confirmed and booked for Friday, July 2 • The contract with Bartlebaug...

  • Officials: 'There are Interested Parties' in the Spring Mill

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2021

    The Roaring Spring Borough Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday night at the Friendship Fire Company Hall to ensure enough room for social distancing in anticipation of a larger-than-usual crowd. Council devoted the first hour of its meeting to the closing of the Appvion’s Spring Mill plant and plans for moving forward. Council President Rodney Green told the handful of former Spring Mill employees in attendance that council wanted to bring community leaders together in one place to hear what they have to say about plans for the n...

  • Job Fair at Memorial Park Planned for Appvion Workers

    Apr 15, 2021

    The closing of the Appvion plant in Roaring Spring eliminated about 300 area jobs. In response, PA CareerLink, along with community partners and select area employers, will host an in-person, socially distanced job fair for those workers on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Due to social distance requirements, this job fair is for Appvion workers only. The job fair will be held at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, 201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20. Appvion workers are asked to please call to pre-register for a time slot. The...

  • Car Striking Pole Causes Power Outage

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2021

    No long-term power outages were reported after a car hit a utility pole on State Route 164, Cove Mountain Road, just east of the Spring Cove Middle School at around 11 a.m. Monday, April 12. According to reports, the driver was traveling east on SR 164 when he left the roadway and drove over a ditch onto the grass area in front of the Spring Cove baseball fields. The vehicle drove past two of the baseball fields before becoming airborne near the third field, hitting and damaging the outfield fen...

  • Conemaugh Nason Medical Center Recognizes Organ Donors

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2021

    According to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), nearly 110,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant waiting list while at least 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ. To shine a light on the need for organ donors, April has been designated "National Donate Life Month," and on Wednesday, April 7, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring held a flag-raising ceremony to raise...

  • Hollidaysburg Man Jailed for Stalking, Tracking Former Co-Workers

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Apr 15, 2021

    A Hollidaysburg man was jailed after police said he secretly put tracking devices on the vehicles of two former coworkers and harassed them. According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, Donald W. Byers, 46, began stalking the pair around December 2019. Police said the male victim reported that he and the female victim were in a relationship in December 2019 when he received a text message with a threatening tone from a number he didn’t recognize. The person who sent the message claimed to be a cousin of the female victim. The m...

  • 600K Pennsylvania Voters Apply for Mail Ballots

    Apr 15, 2021

    The Pennsylvania Department of State announced April 12 that more than 587,000 voters already have applied for mail-in ballots for the May 18 municipal primary election, and more than 18,000 voters have applied for absentee ballots. “These impressive application numbers show that mail-in voting has become a popular option for Pennsylvanians, valued for its convenience, accessibility and security. People like being able to vote from their own homes and on their own schedule,” Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid said. “If mail...

  • Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Re-Elects Three Directors

    Apr 15, 2021

    Valley Rural Electric Cooperative members re-elected three incumbent directors to the co-op board during the annual meeting April 9. In a first for the co-op, a drive-through meeting was held at the Huntingdon County fairgrounds to minimize the likelihood of COVID-19 spread among participants. Normally, the co-op holds its annual meeting in a high school auditorium, either in Huntingdon or Mount Union. But ongoing restrictions on the size of gatherings led the co-op to come up with an alternate...

  • SC Middle School Asks for Creation of Asst. Principal Position

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    The Monday, April 12, Spring Cove School District Board of Directors Committee of the Whole Meeting was held at the Administration Office Board Room with visitors participating virtually. Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker announced the COVID-19 case counts at the various Spring Cove schools. Martinsburg Elementary has one and all other schools in the district had none at the time of the meeting. Dr. Baker warned, “Case counts are rising in Blair County, and it is my understanding that the county is now categorized, once again, in the S...

  • Say Thanks to Your Township Supervisors

    DAVID SANKO, Executive Director, Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors|Apr 15, 2021

    You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring. They’re your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants show up each and every day with one goal in mind: to build a better community for you, your family, and your neighbors. As Pennsylvania celebrates Local Government Week, April 12-16, this is the perfect opportunity for you to better understand the critical role your township and its officials play in th...

  • Members of Local Wrestling Club Win and Place in State Tournament

    Apr 15, 2021

    Members of a local wrestling club performed well, winning and placing at a state-level tournament. Chelsie Hollern, club coordinator, told the Herald that My House Wrestling sponsored a statewide tournament to make up for the regular meets and tournaments canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The tournament was held April 1-3 in Monroeville. "It was a big event," Hollern said. "It was basically combining what normally would have been states and regionals, so it was huge. A lot of wrestlers."...

  • All About Blair BassMasters

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    How did Blair Bassmasters come to be? It started with B.A.S.S. in 1967. Ray Scott launched the concept of competitive bass fishing by forming Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. In 1981-82, six to eight sportsmen got together and decided to start a bass club and create a format to fish bass tournaments. During this time, clubs had to become part of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Clubs have their own competitive tournaments each year and the individual members compete for points, trying to be in the top six places in their club. These six...

  • Cancellations and Rescheduled Games

    Apr 15, 2021

    Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list of recent cancellations and re-scheduled games. These are the notices sent to the Herald by coaches and school districts. CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL The Junior High softball game and Junior High baseball game vs. Williamsburg at Claysburg-Kimmel scheduled for 4/13/2021 have been rescheduled for Monday, April 26, 2021, as follows: 4-26-21 – Junior High Softball – 4 p.m. start time 4-26-21 - Junior High Baseball - 4 p.m. start time The following junior high baseball game has been added for Wednesday, 4-14-...

  • Murder

    Apr 15, 2021

    I recently found a pop-up blind on sale for a ridiculously low price. I told my son, Bob, that I thought I'd buy it for spring turkey hunting. "I think I'll set out one or two of Dad's old decoys, too. I can sit comfortably on a chair in the blind and call. After all, I'm 71 years old now," I said. This didn't go over well with Bob, who launched into a tirade. "Heck, Dad, why don't you just bait them in?" Bob replied sarcastically. "Then you can be just like the guys who kill turkeys without...

  • Pennsylvania Game Commission Sets 2021-22 Seasons and Bag Limits

    Apr 15, 2021

    The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at its meeting April 10 approved the 2021-22 hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits, and moved forward with a number of other actions. “Hunters and trappers can start making their plans for the year ahead,” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “It will be a year full of exciting opportunities, with statewide concurrent antlered and antlerless firearms deer hunting, expanded Sunday hunting opportunities and more ways to get afield.” The complete list of adopted 2021-22 seasons a...

  • Spring High School Sports Roundup

    Apr 15, 2021

    RECENT GAME AND MEET RESULTS Editor’s Note: These results are provided as sent to the Herald by coaches and school districts. This is not a comprehensive report. Results are provided with most recent results first. Central vs Dubois Boys Volleyball Central (4-1) traveled to Dubois and won in straight sets with scores of 25-13, 25-23, 25-15. Kills Zeb Wyant 18 Luke Weber 5 Assists Zach Wyant 17 Luke Weber 12 Blocks Cayden Wright 4 Service Points Eli Lingenfleter 9 Luke Weber 9 Zach Wyant 8 Zeb Wyant 7 Central JV also won with scores of 25-14, 2...

  • Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

    ROSEANN ZIMMERMAN, Herald Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    There was no definite change of weather when February handed the reins over to March. She did it all herself before her days were over. With balmy temps, she started to melt away her mounds of snow and brought out patches of bare fields and lawns. The snow shovel fell over without its support of snow on the patio. Killdeers flew in to cry over the muddy meadow. The mushy, icy snow took away the speed from our sledding attempts on a Fair Valley hill where four of my grandchildren and I tried the...

  • Ribbon Cutting for the Space & Time Discovery Trail at Fort Roberdeau

    Apr 15, 2021

    The Blair County Commissioners plan to open the Space & Time Discovery Tail with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Earth Day, April 22, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Mountain Lion Observatory behind Fort Roberdeau. The public is welcome to attend. Staff and volunteers will help guests park then direct them to the ceremony site. Through the generosity of Allegheny Creamery & Crepes (Hollidaysburg), Saint Francis University hosted a “Cosmic Cocktail” lecture series at the eatery with proceeds benefiting the Mountain Lion Obs...

  • Williamsburg's Lower Trail Creamery Plans Summertime Events

    EMILY LOOSE, Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    A local favorite reopened for the season Saturday, Apr. 3. with a new look. The Lower Trail Creamery has been run for four seasons by Leslie Lower and her husband, Reggie. For the past three years, the creamery used the same trailer left by the previous owner. According to Lower, it was time for a change. "We were outgrowing our old trailer, and we wanted an updated look" she said. To fix this obstacle, the Lowers found a used trailer which, with the handiwork of Reggie, underwent a complete...

  • Bedford County Selects Eichenlaub as Permanent Prison Warden

    Apr 15, 2021

    The Bedford County Office of the Commissioners announced April 9 that the Bedford County Prison Board voted unanimously to name Joseph H. Eichenlaub, Hollidaysburg, as its permanent warden for the Bedford County Correctional Facility, effective April 19, 2021. Eichenlaub’s salary will be determined by the salary board. Eichenlaub was assigned to the BCCF as acting warden by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) on Jan. 11, 2021, and planned to retire from the DOC on April 17. According to the commissioners office, Eichenlaub began h...

  • 'Rare Bird' Strite Strikes Out on Her Own

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    For Hayley Strite, growing up and creating art "came hand in hand." Strite, born and raised in Williamsburg, is now using that love of art in her new graphic design business, Rare Bird Designs. "Growing up, I was always creating art," she said. "It was always a part of who I am. Once I reached high school and the time came to begin thinking about a career path, I discovered what graphic design is and realized it was the best way to combine art with technology," She said, "I love that it allows...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    Fire Company Ox Roast The Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Company will be having its annual Spring Ox Roast on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 11 a.m., at the fire station. Ox roast sandwiches will be available along with a soup and bake sale. This is take-out only. School District Wants YouTube Subscribers The Williamsburg Community School District is trying to get subscribers for its YouTube channel. The school district successfully streamed fall and winter sports home games during the 2020-21 school year. The district is trying to expand the...

  • Williamsburg Borough Votes for Trash Placement Schedule

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    Williamsburg Borough residents will now have a time frame to put out their trash, as approve by the borough council during its April 5 regular meeting. The ordinance states that residents can only put trash out beginning at 11 a.m. the day before trash pick-up. Chief of Police Rowdy Kagarise said of the ordinance, “We just want to have something out there to stop residents from putting trash out days ahead of time.” Councilmember Bruce Hamilton made the motion to approve the ordinance to be advertised to make it official. Councilmember Pau...

  • From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    Is it just me, or my mom Suzanne, who craves BBQ foods when it’s not technically BBQ season yet? Weekly, we have this discussion about how much we enjoy picnic foods and every week, my mom begs to have a cook-out just so I can make my famous pasta salad and baked beans. As I am writing this, I have already made these two things today for our cookout happening tomorrow. As usual, I am responsible for dessert, too so I tried a new variation for a strawberry jello poke cake which I’ll share with you below. Cheesecake Stuffed Poke Cake Ing...

  • Lines Being Drawn in Battle over Fair Voting Districts in Pennsylvania

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    Debbie Trudeau, volunteer for the advocacy group Fair Districts Pennsylvania, says the group's goal is to end gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, is the process of creating voting districts to try to guarantee that one party wins and the other party loses any election in the district. The group wants to get Senate Bill 222 and House Bill 22, also known as the "Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act," passed and in place in time to make a difference in the redistricting that will happen...

  • Greenfield Township Buys New Police Vehicle; Sets Restrictions

    MICHAEL SELL, Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new police vehicle during a special meeting on March 26. A 2021 Ford Explorer AWD Interceptor with police municipal up-fitting was to be purchased from TriStar Motors at a cost of $45,334. The new car is to replace a vehicle with 97,000 miles that is experiencing transmission problems. Quotes from 3Echo Emergency Solutions to decommission the old car for $600 and install a Watch Guard camera in the new car for $400, were approved. Lettering for the new vehicle is to be...

  • Voters Reminded to Register to Vote by May 3 for Primary Election

    Apr 15, 2021

    With the May 18 municipal primary election fast approaching, Pa. Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid reminds eligible Pennsylvanians that the deadline to register to vote is May 3. “I encourage all eligible voters to make sure that they are registered, and their information is up to date. Municipal elections give residents the opportunity to select the local leaders who make decisions that affect our daily lives,” Secretary Degraffenreid said. “It’s easy to register to vote or update your registration online.” On May 18, voters wh...

  • Pennsylvania In Mid-Pack in Ranking of States' Tax Burdens

    C.M. SCHMIDLKOFER, The Center Square|Apr 15, 2021

    Pennsylvania ranks 23rd in the country when it comes to overall tax burden, according to a new analysis. The Keystone State’s property tax burden ranks 24th, individual income taxes at 19th and total sales and excise tax at 32nd according to personal finance website WalletHub’s 2021’s Tax Burden by State report. WalletHub compared the states in property taxes, sales and excise taxes and individual income taxes as a share of a total personal income in the state. WebHub financial writer Adam McCann said in the report a tax burden measures the pro...

  • South Woodbury Township Tables Christmas Decoration Project

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    The April regular meeting of South Woodbury Township was held on April 6 and lasted one and a half hours due to many items on the agenda. The treasurer’s report showed $2,115,387 in total liabilities and equity. Wastewater Treatment Facility total liabilities and equity is $6,836,350 as of March 31, 2021. Liquid Fuels Tax Fund Payment of $102,127 was received by the township. Bids were opened for a road project which is Mulley Lane in New Enterprise. Russell Standard, which has an office in Chambersburg, won the bid at $38,776. Work should b...

  • There Are Low-Maintenance Alternatives to Traditional Grass Lawns

    Apr 15, 2021

    A traditional lawn may not be right for every property nor desired by every homeowner. There is no denying that lawns take time and effort to establish and daily or weekly maintenance to thrive. Homeowners who find that a traditional lawn is not practical can explore some low-maintenance alternatives. Wildflower meadow Homeowners with wide swaths of property may discover meadows are cost- and time-efficient. Stores sell special wildflower meadow mixes of seeds or homeowners can use wildflower pl...

  • Blair County Dairy Princess Offers a Pound Cake Recipe

    DANA HELTZEL, Blair County Dairy Princess|Apr 15, 2021

    This delicious and fresh pound cake is a sweet way to brighten up your meals this spring! It's chock-full of dairy products and a tasty way to get your daily three servings of dairy products. Enjoy making this simple dessert. Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 1-1/2 cups butter, room temperature 3 cups granulated sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 3 cups cake flour 2 tsp pure vanilla extract Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10- or 12-inch b...

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