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  • Cove Youth Baseball Fields Get Upgrades for New Season

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 2, 2024

    Spring Cove Youth Baseball League had its opening night on Friday, April 26, at the Roaring Spring Little League Field, which also included a special ceremony. The event was done to celebrate the installation of the new LED lights on the field on 613 Locust Street, Roaring Spring. Justin Hoover started the ceremony by introducing the donors onto the field who donated to the league, which allowed it to replace the halogen lights at each field with more modern, up-to-date LED lights. He said the...

  • Lt. James Wagner Honored for Helping Fellow PSP Officers

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 2, 2024

    State Police Lt. James A. Wagner was honored on Wednesday, April 24, for heroically helping his fellow officers on June 17, 2023, which resulted in him being critically wounded while responding to an incident in Mifflintown. Wagner was the Troop G Bedford station commander when he responded to a shooting outside the Lewistown state police station. There, Brandon Stine, 38, of Thompsontown, showed up about 11 a.m. armed with a long rifle and fired shots at patrol vehicles in the parking lot. He...

  • 2023 Primary Election Results Summary for Blair and Bedford Counties

    May 2, 2024

    The following is a summary of the results of the Primary Election on April 23. Only local results are included here and only for candidates of interest to Morrisons Cove. For full results, go to https://www.blairco.org/departments/elections-voter-registration/election-results/2024-primary for Blair County results and https://www.bedfordcountypa.org/departments/elections/election_results.php for Bedford County results. Note that each county presents the election results in its own way, so the summaries are not identical. The candidates from...

  • State Rep. Jim Gregory Loses Primary Challenge

    CHRISTEN SMITH, The Center Square|May 2, 2024

    State Rep. Jim Gregory, R-80th District, known for his advocacy against childhood sexual abuse, lost his primary reelection bid on Tuesday, April 23. Unofficial election returns showed Gregory trailing challenger Scott Barger 55 percent to 45 percent. As the winner of the primary, Barger would run unopposed in the November General Election. Barger, general manager and talk radio host for WRTA in Blair County, bills himself as a voice for taxpayers who will uphold constitutional principles and reject the “culture of dealmaking” that he says har...

  • Ready to vote

    May 2, 2024

    John Shoemaker, 97, of New Enterprise, made it to the polls in South Woodbury Township to vote on Tuesday April 23, accompanied by his daughter, Joyce Shoemaker, also of New Enterprise....

  • G. Society History Talk is May 16

    May 2, 2024

    The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Rd. Hollidaysburg. The May meeting will be “Fuel, Food and the Military Metabolism of the Continental Army at Valley Forge” by Dr. David Hsiung, professor of history at Juniata College. Hsiung has taught at Juniata College since 1991. He has taught a variety of courses, broad surveys of U. S. history, and more specialized courses on the American Revolution....

  • Five Generations

    May 2, 2024

    Joining the Burket Family as the first of the fifth generation, Liam Vaughn Burkett would like to introduce the rest of his family starting in the front from left: Great-great grandmother Alice Geraldine Grove (holding Liam) and great grandmother Susan (Grove) Burkett. In the back, from the left, are Liam’s dad Caleb Vaughn Burkett and his grandfather Kenneth Vaughn Burkett....

  • CHS Spanish Students Enjoy French Dinner Cruise In Pittsburgh

    LOUISE WILSON, Central High School|May 2, 2024

    On April 24, Spanish teachers Kevin Buynack and Louise Wilson of Central High School (CHS) took students to a French dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper fleet in Pittsburgh. While there, they met accidentally with teachers and students from other local schools, like Altoona and Tussey Mountain, who had also brought students for the French cruise. Though only Spanish is offered at CHS, students in the World/Foreign Language Club wanted to expand their linguistic and cultural horizons....

  • Noise: An Overlooked Health Threat

    MORGAN KENNEDY|May 2, 2024

    To hear normally without assistive technology, sound must travel unimpeded through the outer, middle, and inner ear. Excessive noise exposure permanently damages hair cells in the cochlea, an important inner ear structure, and causes hearing loss. Depending on the hearing loss severity, hearing aids or cochlear implants may be necessary to effectively communicate with others. Additionally, a link exists between untreated hearing loss and cognitive impairment. Who needs to be concerned about this? Everyone. Contrary to popular belief, hearing...

  • Reforms Needed to Lower Prescription Costs for Pennsylvania Pharmacies, Families

    May 2, 2024

    By Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-2) Rep. Jessica Benham (D-36) Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-44) It’s hard to believe that right now, in the 21st Century, countless Pennsylvanians are losing access to affordable prescription drugs. But that’s exactly what’s happening as more and more community pharmacies are being forced to close their doors due to the little-known role pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) play in our health care system. Because of PBMs, our commonwealth’s community pharmacies are faced with Medicaid reimbur...

  • Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Community Library Recommends

    May 2, 2024

    The writers make it plain right away that they are not conspiracy theorists, but they do provide evidence for those hypotheses in their sections on JFK’s formidable foes who would have been ready and able to carry out the assassination. This chapter about his family’s ascent to prominence includes information about his family’s connections to Mafia leaders and associates, including Frank Sinatra. JFK’s bond with Martin Luther King, Jr. and their shared distaste for Vice President Johnson...

  • Blair Co. Sheriff Warns of Jury Duty, Warrant-Related Scams

    JAMES E. OTT, Blair County Sheriff|May 2, 2024

    The Blair County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of residents receiving phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as a deputy of the Blair County Sheriff’s Office. The caller claims that a “missed jury duty, missed witness, or threatens a criminal charge of forgery” on top of the original alleged charge. The actor provides instructions on how to handle the warrant, by paying a dollar amount that could resolve the outstanding warrant. The actor also gives a case number and the victim’s personal information (making i...

  • 125 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    No Herald on file for May 4, this is from April 20. 1899. Harry Allender and Marion Patterson were buying up goods for their new Williamsburg grocery store. They were to occupy the building formerly used by Patterson’s undertaking establishment. Issac Bayer was remodeling the cellar and porch of his Loysburg home. S.F. Gates, one of Waterside’s prominent citizens, representing Woodcock & Curry, woolen manufacturers, announced that he would be a candidate for sheriff of Bedford County on the Republican ticket. Gov. Stone signed a bill ext...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 2, 1974 Nason Hospital created the new position of assistant administrator, and officials named John Kinney of Ohio to fill the position. In a separate note, Helen Beach of Martinsburg, director of nursing, announced her resignation, and Zelda Teeter was named interim director. About 350 persons attended the dedication service for the new church building at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg. The Most Rev. James J. Hogan, bishop for the Altoona- Johnstown Diocese, conducted Mass. A team of 30 men and 10 vehicles f...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 2, 1924 About 150 patrons and friends attended the surprise reception at the high school for Miss Emma Benson, a retiring teacher 42 years of service in school work. Twenty -seven were spent in the borough schools. A purse of $150 in gold was presented by her pastor, Rev. D.L. Shaffer. A black and gold banner with her named the number of years was made by the freshman girls and given earlier that week. While loading a railroad car in the Hollidaysburg shops. Charles Reighard of Bakers Summit was struck and killed by a shifting...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 6, 1999 Appleton Papers said it would invest $4.5 million to eliminate the use of elemental chlorine and sodium hypochlorite in the bleach plant at the Roaring Spring mill. The bleach plant conversion was one of six projects that were part of a $17.4 million investment in the pulp mill portion of the Roaring Spring. The Blair County Airport celebrated 50 years of commercial air service at the facility with a schedule of events planned over two days. Precipitation during the month of April totaled 8.02 inches. That was the highest...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 5, 1949 W. Michael Bechtel, supervisor of agriculture at Morrison Cove High School for 22 years, resigned the position to organize a new agricultural department in Saltsburg High School, Indiana County. Kenneth Wilson, 17, won honorable mentions through the Scholastic Creative Music Awards sponsored by Scholastic Magazines for his song the Lord is King with piano accompaniment and for a piano solo. He was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. M.G. Wilson of Martinsburg. John Hoover Kensinger, 76, former Martinsburg postmaster, died May 2...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of Dec. 26, 2014 The Kulp family of Mar- tinsburg RR hosted the sec- ond stop of the Center for Dairy Excellence’s Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Tour on April 11. Twenty-one high school students participated. The Spring Cove School Board voted to approve the realignment of the district and the K4 program at Mon- day’s meeting, April 28. The realignment and K4 program will initiate in the fall 2015 for the 2015-16 school year. U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) stopped in Roaring Spring Friday, April 25, to tour the App...

  • She's Safe!

    May 2, 2024

    Williamsburg's Abby Herron safely slides into third base during action with Southern Huntingdon in a home game Friday, April 26....

  • He's Out!

    May 2, 2024

    Claysburg third baseman Braden Furry tags third base for the out ahead of the slide by West Branch’s Isaac Tiracorda in a home game Thursday, April 25....

  • Dragon Baseball Finds One In Three

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    The Central Dragon Baseball team faced the Huntingdon Bearcats, the Phillipsburg-Osceola Mountaineers, and the Forest Hills Rangers throughout the week, finding a 6-3 victory over their first opponent, but falling 4-0 and 9-8 respectively to the other two. Against the Bearcats, the game started even with each team scoring one in the first inning. The Bearcats followed with two in the fourth, but the Dragons responded with two of their own in the fifth. The Dragons then exploded in the eighth with three more runs and the game. Winning Pitcher...

  • Bob's 2023 Spring Gobbler

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Last spring’s opening day of spring gobbler season did not go well. My son, Bob, and I had decided to spend the morning hunting a ridge where several gobblers had been regularly hollering prior to the season. It is a ridge Bob is familiar with. I had hunted there with him several times in other years. We were set up before daybreak; and when a tom began gobbling not far above us, I thought we were in business. A couple more began gobbling shortly afterwards, and they approached us quickly. Bob called each time these birds gobbled, and he s...

  • Dragon Volleyball Take Home Two

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Facing both the Forest Hills Rangers and the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders, the Central Dragon Volleyball team was able to take home two victories this week with scores of 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. Against the Rangers, the Dragons found victory in the first two sets 25-23 and 25-13. After losing just one set in the third, the Dragons won the fourth 25-21 for the victory. Bryson Brooks had 14 kills and 14 good digs, while Christian Heuston had 11 kills. Hayden Smith had 10 kills, Blake Reynolds had 16 good digs, and Logan Hummel had 30 assists....

  • Auto Zone Coming Soon

    May 2, 2024

    A resident of Roaring Spring by who goes by L.S.H sent in a photo from Sunday, April 28, which shows a new Auto Zone sign that has gone up on the left side of the Giant Eagle Plaza....

  • Giant Eagle Updates Sign

    May 2, 2024

    The Giant Eagle in Roaring Spring recently installed a new logo sign on the front of the store....

  • Lady Dragons Softball Takes One of Three

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    In a three-game week, the Lady Dragon Softball team managed to win one of three against the Huntingdon Lady Bearcats with a score of 3-2. Against the Philipsburg-Osceola Lady Mountaineers and the Forest Hills Lady Rangers, the Dragons took 12-2 and 5-0 losses respectively. Against the Bearcats, the Dragons fell into an early deficit that was extended in the sixth before the Dragons tied the game that same inning. In extra innings, the Dragons were able to score one in the bottom of the eighth with a walk off single by Aubrey Rhodes for the...

  • Bedford Co. Historical Society Presents Book Signing May 11 A Book Signing With Kevin Mearkle

    May 2, 2024

    The Bedford County Historical Society is hosting Kevin Mearkle on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. for a book signing for “The Underground Railroad in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.” Mearkle is the author of two previous books, “Battlefield Tour of Antietam” and “Gettysburg and Civil War soldiers of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.” The society invites all to come out for his latest offering, The book signing and presentation will be held the Society, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford. For more information, call the Society at (814) 623-2011....

  • Extension Offers Help

    May 2, 2024

    For those with limited or no internet access, Penn State Extension poultry and dairy educators are offering an alternative educational method — timely production-related information via telephone. By calling (888) 665-2407, producers and hobbyists can listen to five-minute messages with tips on dairy or poultry production, the latest industry issues, and upcoming extension events. Extension educators cover various topics, such as food safety, feed management, health and disease. The phone line also will include new and emerging a...

  • NBC April Character Kids

    May 2, 2024

    Northern Bedford County School District recently announced its April Character Kids. Shown are (front row, from left): Cooper Carbaugh, Weston Ritchey and Callie Finnegan; (back row, from left): Phillip Wentz, Levi Delozier, Daniel Wiest and Bram Cessna....

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

    John Bush|May 2, 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...

  • WISE Women Honor Two with Cove Connections

    May 2, 2024

    Juls Bratton, sales and marketing director at Homewood at Martinsburg, was one of the honerees during the WISE Women of Blair County ceremony Wednesday, April 17, at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Bratton was honored as a Community Service Volunteer as the founder and president of Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc. Michelle A. McIntyre, director of the Roaring Spring Community Library, was honored in the Non-Profit/Government category. The WISE Women of Blair County Tribute recognizes and honors Blair...

  • A Read and a Prayer

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|May 2, 2024

    By Pastor Lee Seese Correspondent Sometimes people who do not read the Bible or don’t read it very often claim that it is because it is too difficult to understand. It can certainly have its challenges for the average reader, especially if they are not using a translation that is easy to understand. But then there are times and places where it could not be more basic or simple. There are also people who don’t pray much because they say they don’t know how to pray. Perhaps those who are in one of these two groups have never read Psalm 86. Let’s...

  • Grunters....

    Joel Kletzing|May 2, 2024

    Grunting, I suppose, is famous from caricatures of what “cave men” were like or from Tim the Toolman Taylor from the decades-old show “Home Improvement.” But grunting is actually a useful tool for men in 2024. It has proven useful for me when my wife is asking my opinion on something for which I can find no personal opinion no matter how deeply I look within myself. Sometimes, a grunt can serve to show that I am listening and give acknowledgment, but at the same time it is completely non-committal to any of the options in play in the convers...

  • Thought for the Week

    May 2, 2024

    Sadie had two nemesis, Joey and Butch. They just loved to get her into trouble and she, unfortunately did not do well when they were around. Butch just teased, taunted and tested her ceaselessly. Fortunately, she could handle him pretty well. She just resisted all his efforts and sent him packing whenever she could. He did not stop coming back, however. So she had to deal with him over and over. Joey, on the other hand, was much more subtle in his attempts to get Sadie into trouble. He was soft...

  • Civic Club Learns from Lower

    Natalie Gorsuch, Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    The Women’s Civic Club of Williamsburg got a sweet treat last Tuesday evening, April 23 when Lower Trail Creamery co-owner Leslie Lower came to talk with the group regarding her own business, Leslie Ann Travel. She began her story about her family’s move from Shippenburg to Williamsburg in the eighth grade in 1987, and then as fate would have it would meet her high school sweetheart, Reggie in 1988. Instead of a career right after graduation, Lower opted for motherhood having two children. She d...

  • Taking It to the Secondary

    Natalie Gorsuch, Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Emily Carper Emily Carper is a lifelong Williamsburg resident and a Williamsburg Class of 2000 graduate. After high school, she attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and majored in secondary education and history. From there, she went to earn her Master’s Degree in Administration and Policy Studies in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. Following graduation, Carper taught high school at Claysburg Kimmel for 15 years. She then went on to join Williamsburg four years ago in 2...

  • Family Hospice Program Welcomes Volunteers

    May 2, 2024

    A local volunteer hospice organization with Cove-area members is seeking volunteers. Family Hospice, part of UPMC, is seeking volunteers to support patients and family members. Volunteers provide essential comfort and compassion for patients who have life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers. “Family Hospice volunteers are ‘Silent Angels’ who are compassionate, kind and loving,” said Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Zimmerman-Moyer. “They see the value of being present with a hospice patient while providing caregiver relief to family me...

  • Penn State Experts Mobilize To Help Dairy Producers Protect Herds From Avian Flu

    May 2, 2024

    With nine states to date reporting dairy herds affected by a syndrome thought to be caused by a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, animal health experts and extension educators in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have mobilized to provide dairy producers with information that can help protect their herds from infection. The rapidly evolving situation began in March, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that dairy cows in Texas and Kansas were infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI. A...

  • Central Student Graduates from Program

    May 2, 2024

    Ty Burket, CEO of Burket Web Design from Central High School was one of 16 local students representing fourteen self-made businesses graduated from the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy on Tuesday, April 23, at the U.S. Hotel Tavern Liberty Hall in Hollidaysburg. Throughout the 25-week program students received the necessary tools to launch their very own IRS-registered business. Sessions included mentoring from industry experts, field trips and an investor panel...

  • Public Notices

    May 2, 2024

    Storage Sale Due to nonpayment of storage rent and fees, all property of Robert Stewart, 378 Tipton Rd, Tipton, PA 16684, stored at Freedom Rentals Self-Storage, East Freedom, PA, will be sold on May 14, 2024 at 10:00 AM, at Freedom Junction, East Freedom, PA. Storage Sale Due to nonpayment of storage fees at Best Rate Rentals, 1481 Town’s Edge Way, Martinsburg, PA 16662, the following units will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 10 am: unit numbers 8, 9 and 10 all property of Adam or Kristy Violet of Martinsburg, PA. S...

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