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  • More than 200 Volunteers Pack Meals in Roaring Spring

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 18, 2024

    The Roaring Spring community united to bring the UNTO humanitarian aid program to the area. More than 200 volunteers from various denominations congregated at the Roaring Spring Arch on Saturday, April 6, to package 45,000 meals destined for food-insecure regions globally. “It is a whole community effort,” Pastor John Nothwang of Christ Church and member of the Ministerium said. On Friday evening, trucks with thousands of pounds of rice and beans showed up at the Arch that were then unl...

  • Fire Damages Williamsburg Home

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 18, 2024

    A fire damaged a two-story duplex on Wednesday, April 10, in the afternoon in Williamsburg. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Lane of Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department said a neighbor called in the incident, and when his crew first arrived on scene the whole back of the house was on fire at 821 W. Second St. The homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was outside when he heard the fan in the attic pop and then saw flames coming out of the window at about 1:30 p.m. Deputy Chief Lane said...

  • Martinsburg Borough Installs Signs to Warn Speeders

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Apr 18, 2024

    Martinsburg Borough recently installed electronic radar speed signs at West Allegheny, East Allegheny, and South Market streets. Martinsburg Police Chief Kerry Hoover said the signs can tell police how fast traffic is going and the times that speeding tends to happen. The signs show motorists driving towards the sign how fast they are going and will signal the driver to slow down when their speed gets too high. Chief Hoover said the signs can detect the speed of vehicles going both ways and not...

  • NBC District Considers 3.65 Percent Tax Increase

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    Northern Bedford County School District Superintendent Todd Beatty gave a 2024-25 preliminary budget presentation at the April 9 Northern Bedford School District Board of School Directors meeting. Beatty proposed a 3.65 percent tax increase for the district, which falls just between the minimum of 0.5 percent and the state-set maximum allowed of 7.3 percent. This represents an increase to the median household of $45 a year in taxes. It does not count homestead program money that the district may be eligible for. Supplies, wages, health...

  • Kenneth W. Bowers

    Apr 18, 2024

    Kenneth W. “Ken” Bowers, 73, of Roaring Spring, passed away Thursday evening, April 11, 2024, at Homewood at Martinsburg. He was born May 12, 1950, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Jack W. and Anna Mae (Keith) Bowers. On November 23, 1974, he married Kathy S. Huntsman at the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy of 49 years; a son, Aaron J. Bowers (Tanna) of Roaring Spring; a daughter, Angela K. Wright (Greg) of Casa Grande, Ariz.; three gra...

  • Helen St. Clair

    Apr 18, 2024

    Helen St. Clair, 97, a long-time resident of Loysburg, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Homewood Retirement Center in Martinsburg. She came to Homewood in 2019 after living independently for 13 years following her husband’s passing in 2006. Helen and husband Robert came to Loysburg in 1959 when he was named principal of Northern Bedford High School. Helen was the daughter of Torrence (Tony) and Grace Shaffer, apple growers and nursery owners in Penn Run, Indiana County. She is s...

  • Linda L. Ritchey

    Apr 18, 2024

    Linda Lou Ritchey, 73, a resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening, April 12, 2024, at the Village. She was born April 26, 1950, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late James H. and Evelyn (Wyles) Ritchey. She is survived by a sister, Louann S. Walters (Allen) of Walkersville, Md.; a niece, Angela Semenick (Aaron) of New Market, Md.; a nephew, Christopher Walters (Yoojin) of Walkersville, Md.; a great-nephew, William Semenick; two great-nieces:...

  • Farm Land-Linking Membership Fee Waived Until April 30

    Apr 18, 2024

    Pennsylvania Farm Link is currently offering free land-linking database memberships until April 30, 2024, thanks to a database sponsor, Horizon Farm Credit. The $100 value waiver includes a profile on our database, notifications for potential matches, and an optional one-time social media promotion of your profile. In 2023 alone, there were 110 potential matches with six confirmed completed transactions. The purpose of the land-linking database is to provide a space for beginning farmers and current landowners to showcase their purchase/lease...

  • Carriage Rides and Llamas

    Apr 18, 2024

    Horse-and-carriage rides around part of historic Martinsburg were offered on April 14 by The Carriage Barn at Homestead Manor and Restored Grounds. The Barn at Homestead Manor of Martinsburg and Green Roof Acres of Hollidaysburg are both venues available for weddings, meetings, events and retreats....

  • By Repeating History, I Became A Trendsetter

    DAVE POTCHAK|Apr 18, 2024

    After completing a recent Google search, I discovered there are a number of people known for statements concerning history repeating itself. The adage that I found that best fits the story you are about to read is the quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana in his 1905 book, The Life of Reason, deserves credit for this thought-provoking quote. A cool, wet, dewy morning I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment one morning about 20 years ago, and before I left I took our dog out to do her bus...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 18, 2024

    To the Editor: The primary election for the 80th District state representative race is being watched across the Commonwealth. Rep. Jim Gregory has served since 2018 and has campaigned as being a conservative standing up for our community and our values. How conservative is it for our representative to nominate and vote in favor of a far-left liberal democrat to be speaker of the House when the Republicans have a slim majority? How conservative is it to continue to vote to fund the University of Pittsburgh in light of its abhorrent conduct with...

  • American Sniper

    Roaring Spring, Community Library Intern|Apr 18, 2024

    It was really informative for individuals who are addicted to the thrill rush that war can be entirely rewarding in more ways than just conflict. It was an extremely intriguing book to read. The author was one of these men; when offered a promotion to an office job as a planner, he declined it because what he really wanted to do was be in the thick of the action with a gun and his friends. He was willing to put up with all manner of hardship and danger in addition to declining a pay raise to do this. Kyle has many amusing tales to tell about...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 20, 1899 A fine snow fell on Sunday morning, April 16. Several parties that had set out for church were obliged to turn back. Dr. S.M. Royer had a new shingle roof place on his residence in Martinsburg. D.L. Brumbaugh, formerly of the Cove, was elected treasurer of the city of Denison, Texas, where he was employed as assistant cashier in the First National Bank. Farmers in the Larker area were busy plowing for oats and corn. Trout fishermen in the Maria area reported successful catches of the speckled beauties from Potter...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 18, 1974 A violent storm on Easter evening that included winds of near tornado force caused wide spread property damage throughout the area. The most serious damage was seen at the Blair County Airport, where four airplanes were damaged after they were torn from their tie-downs by the wind. Also, a mobile home owned by Robert McConahy of Roaring Spring RD was wrecked by the wind, but the family was not home and no one was hurts. Hershberger Memorial Pool made plans to raise fees for the summer from 50 cents to 75 cents for...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 18, 1924 The comedy, “All a Mistake” at Woodbury High School was so well done that a repeat performance was requested. Sponsored by the PTA, many ticket holders were unable to attend because of the measles quarantines at area homes. The cast of the production, directed by D.F. Bassler, included Clyde Sell, Wilbur Stayer, Clifford Brown, Lester Sell, Vina Lecrone, Hazel Hoover, Mary Keiper and Evalyn McMahon. Proprietor G.R. Hoover opened the Martinsburg Milling Co. for business, doing all kinds of grinding for farmers and mak...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 22, 1999 Melanie Clapper, 26, a Northern Bedford High School junior, was selected to participate in the 1999 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies. The Governor’s School for International Studies was scheduled to take place June 27 through July 13. An anonymous donor made it possible for children to enjoy a 60-foot water slide at Hershberger Memorial Pool. The donation was in the amount of $30,000 and the slide was $23,000. The remaining money was used to make the slide operational. The pool committee was hop...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 21, 1949 Morrisons Cove was to go on “fast time” or Daylight Savings Time at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 24, under protest. In retaliation for the handicap imposed on farmers “who must farm according to the sun and not the clock,” fishing was being prohibited on many Huston Township farms where hundreds of fishermen were expected. Other farmers planned to barricade their lanes which would be blocked by dozens of automobiles. Clarence E. Hoover, proprietor of the Bare Milling Co., was elected president of the Roaring Spring Rotary...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 17, 2014 Earl Springer of Martinsburg accepted the 2014 Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America Businessperson of the Year Award on April 7 in Her- shey. “It was quite an honor,” said Springer, who was nominated for the award by the Claysburg-Kimmel High School FBLA chapter. Claysburg PAST (Pre- serving artifacts, stories and traditions) would have a new concept in its history tours on Saturday, April 26. The three-hour bus tour would cover the Queen, Klahr, Bullscreek and Friesville areas. The organization has held two...

  • Spring Cove Hires New Martinsburg Elementary Principal

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    During the regular April meeting of the Spring Cove School District Board of Directors, Cheyenne Dickson was named Martinsburg Elementary Principal for the 2023-24 school year. Her annual compensation will be $85,000 with a start date of May 13. Dickson has been the assistant principal at Central High School for the past three years. Prior to coming to Spring Cove School District, she taught fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Bellwood Antis Elementary for seven years. She also served as an...

  • Woodbury Resident Achieves Her Dream

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    Shaylea Gates, a local cosmetologist who was employed at Serenity Hair Salon in Woodbury, has opened her own spa in Bedford, at 126 East Pitt St. Bel Cielo Hair and Nail Spa is the chosen name which was named in honor of her daughter Sky. The name means “beautiful sky” in Italian. Gates specializes in nail design, pedicures, hair coloring and styling. As a child she always had an interest in serving others and making them feel beautiful, she said. Gates attended The Salon Professional Academy be...

  • Speeders Speed Through Claysburg & RS

    Apr 18, 2024

    Speeders from the North American Railcar Operators Association made a stop at the Roaring Station around noon on Saturday, April 13, during their visit to the area. They met at the Hollidaysburg railroad station and went through Brooks Mills on the rail line that runs to Claysburg. When they reached Claysburg, they turned the cars around to return to Hollidaysburg. From there, they headed to the Cove, stopping at Roaring Spring for lunch before traveling to Bean Hill in Martinsburg. After that,...

  • Deer Opener To Get Additional Review from Pa. G.C.

    Apr 18, 2024

    Once again this year, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners set the opening day of the firearms deer season as the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The board long has expressed the belief the Saturday opener better accommodates the majority of hunters and is better for the future of hunting, opinions backed by evidence such as license sales and a scientific survey of hunters. But President Commissioner Scott Foradora said the board wants to know more about the impacts of the Saturday opener, especially knowing that some hunters would like to...

  • 7th Inning Snooze

    Apr 18, 2024

    Ten-month-old Jordyn Anderson got her baseball traditions mixed up, taking a nap instead of a stretch on the shoulder of her grandmother Dara Kendera of Vinco in the seventh inning during the Curve’s first home game of the season on Tuesday, April 4, against the Harrisburg Senators. The Curve defeated the Senators 8-7 in 10 innings....

  • Expert Hints For Gobbler Hunters

    RICHARD TATE|Apr 18, 2024

    With spring gobbler season set to begin on May 4, many of us are looking for a little expert information that might help us tag a tom. I have recently been in contact with Tony Hudak of Noxen, PA, who is an expert gobbler hunter. He has killed toms in the 49 states that have spring seasons. Just before leaving for a recent gobbler hunt in Mexico, where he completed the Mexican, World, and Slam of Slams of gobbler hunting, he shared some hints about spring turkey hunting. Hudak is a true turkey hunter. He does not use baits (aka food plots),...

  • Mason Baker Receives Award For Athletic Accomplishments

    Apr 18, 2024

    Mason Baker of Martinsburg, a member of the Lebanon Valley College men’s golf team, was named Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Golfer of the Week for the week ending April 8. Baker was the top LVC finisher at the Marauder Invitational with a two-day score of 168 against Division II competition at the Iron Valley Golf Course in Lebanon. Baker carded an 86 in Sunday’s opening round and then shot four strokes better on Monday with an 82. Baker, a graduate of Central High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science and eco...

  • Blair County Dog Park Celebrates Its 13th Season

    ROSEANNE D. CONRAD, President Blair Co. Dog Park Assn.|Apr 18, 2024

    The Blair County Dog Park Association is beginning its 13th season with a lot of reason to celebrate. The dog park, which is located off Agway Road in North Woodbury Township, offers 10.6 acres of scenic, rural land. The association, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, was recently able to purchase the 10.6 acres of land where the dog park is located. After leasing the land for 12 years, the parcel was offered to the association for purchase. Through a fund-raising endeavor, the park raised the...

  • Church CPR and AED Training at Martinsburg Church

    Judith Ott, Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    Aaron Andrews who works for Hollidaysburg Ambulance Emergency Medical Service (EMS) as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) taught 15 people on Sunday, April 7, the basics of CPR and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Paramedics assess the patient’s condition at the scene and work to keep them stable while transporting them to the hospital. EMTs are paramedics who are required to complete more extensive training and are therefore, qualified to perform more advanced p...

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

    John Bush|Apr 18, 2024

    SUMMER JOBS IN THE 1950s 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...

  • Bedford Players Present "Barefoot in the Park"

    Apr 18, 2024

    The Bedford County Players will be performing Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at the Bedford County Playhouse located in Centerville, PA. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30PM and Sunday matinees begin at 3:00PM. Tickets can be reserved by calling 814-623-7555 or you can purchase them online via our website at bedfordcountyplayers.org. “Barefoot in the Park” is a production of the Samuel French Group. Synopsis: Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a st...

  • Cove Calendar

    Apr 18, 2024

    Homewood at Martinsburg’s Library Committee Used Book Sale Saturday, April 20 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mary Whitmer Pavilion $ Saturday April 20, 6-9 pm open gym for all youth 6th-12th grade @ the Roaring Spring ARCH All youth are invited to attend. St.Peter’s Lutheran OsterbergChili Cook Off April 20 from 12-2 p.m.”Gar $ Monday April 22 6:00 pm Health Faith exercise class, Roaring Spring ARCH. Monday April 22 6:45 pm Healthy Faith study @ the Roaring Spring ARCH. Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring host Manna on Monday on April 23 from 12...

  • Thoughts from the Back of the Plane

    Paster Lee Seese|Apr 18, 2024

    My wife and I recently returned from an anniversary trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida. We had a great time together in the sun and wished we could have extended our four-day trip for another month or two. But real life awaited us back home. While I could tell you some details of our trip, I want to focus on my reflections from the back of the airplane. We flew from Washington to Tampa on an economy airline. The price was right, but the conditions were less than ideal. The city traffic in both places reminded me that I’m thankful to live in B...

  • Way of Truth Ministries Sponsors Local National Day of Prayer Event

    Apr 18, 2024

    A Blair County event for the 73rd Annual National Day of Prayer will be held at Legion Park, North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg, on Thursday, May 2, 2024, beginning at noon. This event is sponsored by The Way of Truth Ministries. Attendees are invited to bring a chair or participate from a vehicle. The theme this year is “Lift up the word – light up the world.” The theme is taken from 2 Samuel 22:29-31. The keynote speaker for this event will be Pastor Denny Mallonee of The Faith Baptist Church of Beaver Springs, Pa. Local area pastors will...

  • The Poor

    Apr 18, 2024

    Jesus reminded His disciples, ‘The ‘Poor’ you will always have with you.’ In Old Testament times, God gave Israel instruction to care for the widows, the orphans, the foreigners within your gates, and the poor among you. In a Matthew 25 parable, Jesus tells us there will be a judgment of the Nations regarding how they treated those who were hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, and in prison. I suppose by lumping all these together, they would constitute “the poor”. A definition can be: “Having a m...

  • 'You're Going Broke,' Catharine Township Supervisors Told

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    “You’re going broke,” Catharine Township Auditor Daryl Cole told the township supervisors during last Thursday evening’s meeting, as he presented the annual audit report. Cole said over the last few years, the township has been losing money yearly – more than $10,000 per year. Cole then offered specifics from the audit report, such as Visa charges that were paid without receipts later being obtained, and the number of unnecessary late fees and interest charges on the township’s credit card. Cole suggested a treasurer backup, as no one besides...

  • Williamsburg Sign Message: 'The Sky's the Limit'

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    “I just want the young people of our town, when they see the sign – that it could be them up there representing Williamsburg all around the world; for them – the sky is the limit,” former Williamsburg Mayor Bill Brantner said of the new sign coming to Williamsburg that features prominent Williamsburg residents. Brantner served as Mayor from 2004-08, and has served as a tour manager for musical artist Ricky Lee for the last thirteen years. “When I was traveling with him, I’d see all these signs...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    Apr 18, 2024

    Donations Accepted The Williamsburg Civic Club opened up a checking account at PennCrest Bank, Williamsburg to help aid the Bingham family following their house fire last week. Those who wish to help can also mail a donation to the bank at 101 High Street, Williamsburg PA 16693, marked as a donation for the Bingham family....

  • Circus Time

    Apr 18, 2024

    Williamsburg students enjoying the circus....

  • Public Notice

    Apr 18, 2024

    Executrix Notice Estate of Regis Thomas Conrad A/K/A R. Thomas Conrad, Regis T. Conrad, late of Township of East Freedom, 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 Judith Ann Glass 1639 Burk Rd East Freedom, PA 16637 Attorney Shawn P. Sullivan, Esquire Sullivan Law Offices LLC 133 E. Allegheny St. Martinsburg, PA 16662 EXECUTRIX NOTICE Letters Testamentary...

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