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Cindi Ann (Graffius) McKenzie

Cindi Ann (Graffius) McKenzie, 65, of New Enterprise, passed away on April 30, 2021, at home. She was born Sept. 23, 1955, in Altoona; daughter of the late Charles Homer and Anne Marie (Bedi)...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Herald Wins 10 Awards In Statewide Contest

The Morrisons Cove Herald has won 10 awards in the 2021 Professional Keystone Media Awards contest. The awards are: • George Berkheimer, First Place in Enterprise Reporting for his story, "In the...

 

Gary D. Snowberger

Gary D. Snowberger, 66, of Roaring Spring, suddenly passed away Thursday morning, April 29, 2021, at UPMC Altoona after an apparent heart attack. He was born Aug. 22, 1954, in Roaring Spring the son...

 

Janet A. Leidy

Janet Arlene Leidy, 83, of rural Williamsburg, went home to be with her Lord, Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2021, at UPMC Altoona. She was born June 3, 1937, in Williamsburg, daughter of the late Harry D....

 

Kathleen Ellen Hunter

Kathleen Ellen Hunter, 70, of Henrietta, went home to be with her Lord, Friday evening, April 30, 2021, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. She was born Sept. 10, 1950, in Roaring...

 

Thomas Emory Bowers, Jr.

Thomas Emory Bowers, Jr., 65, of Henrietta, passed away peacefully at home Sunday night, May 2, 2021, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Roaring Spring the son of the late Thomas...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    May 6, 2021

Blair County Balloon Artist Brings Global Happiness Campaign to Area

When department of health and state officials across the country mapped out plans for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, one of the most polarizing mandates was the requirement to wear a mask while...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Administration Seeks Applicants to Fill Veterans Commission Positions

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is seeking veterans to apply for three member-at-large positions on the State Veterans Commission, including one position reserved for a woman...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Central Pa. Council of Republican Women Host Prothonotary Debate

The Central Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women will be hosting a prothonotary debate between Blair County Prothonotary Robin Patton and candidate for prothonotary William “Bill” Straesser. This will be the Council’s first 2021 event. The...

 
 By KAYLA BERGMAN    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Supporters Say 'Growing Solutions' Act Will Give Farmers Opportunity for Revenue

Carbon payment programs offer a financial opportunity for farmers implementing important conservation on their farms and while there has been growing excitement for these programs, standardization and verification is necessary. Thanks to a bipartisan...

 

Martinsburg Library to Offer Lots of Books For Sale

The Martinsburg Community Library appreciates all the donations of books for the book sale scheduled for May 27-29 during library hours. Since we have not had a book sale since September 2020, due to...

 

Wolf Admin. Supports CRNA Designation for Nurses

The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced that it fully supports professional designation for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in Pennsylvania. The Department of State endorsed the plan in an April 28 letter to the...

 

Wild Women and the Blue by Denny S. Bryce

Film student Sawyer Hayes is struggling. A devastating personal loss has put his professional dreams on hold as he tries to figure out how to move on. Items from the “long ago box,” as he refers...

 

Pennsylvania Bill Would Help Farmers Adopt Conservation-Friendly Practices, Improve Watersheds

By DAVE FIDLIN The Center Square A proposed program designed to bring conservation friendly financial resources to farmers across Pennsylvania could come to fruition if recently introduced legislation is enacted. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford, is t...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

125 Years Ago

Herald of May 7, 1896 Several farmers lost caluable horsed during the severe April heat wave. Six persons were graduated at the second commencement exercises of Martinsburg High School held on May 4 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. The account of...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    May 6, 2021

Blair County Loses 'A True Patriot'

John F. Gority has been described as a true patriot. According to fellow veteran Stanley Snyder, John really loved America. He was proud of his country and he was proud of his family. Gority, a...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

50 Years Ago

Herald of May 6, 1971 Three Williamsburg students – Evelyn Barker, Susan Green and Irene Skvir – were selected to play with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. Rueben Holsinger of Martinsburg was electrocuted while working on wiring at the Roaring...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

100 Years Ago

Herald of May 6, 1921 Commencement week at Martinsburg High was front page news. Baccalaureate services were held in the Church of God with Pastor W.H. Snyder addressing the graduates. Class Day exercises were held in Brumbaugh Hall with teachers...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

25 Years Ago

Herald of May 2, 1996 A faulty pump and a major leak combined to place Roaring Spring in a water crisis over the weekend. The Roaring Spring Mill of Appleton Papers Inc. has been named a recipient of the esteemed Cornerstone Award by the...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

75 Years Ago

Herald of May 9, 1946 Martinsburg Borough Council received a petition asking it to engage in legal action leading to the annexation of over 30 properties on the northeast and southeast sides of the borough. The Martinsburg Sportsmen’s Association...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

10 Years Ago

Herald of May 5, 2011 Martinsburg Borough Council approved paving about 1,470 feet of borough streets and alleys this summer. The job is expected to cost about $40,000 although Borough Manager Randy Stoltz warned councilmembers that fluctuating...

 
 By Lee H. Hamilton    Faith    May 6, 2021

Matter of Motives

One of the aspects of life that is sometimes tricky to discern and weigh is one’s motives. I do not always question my motives; however, it is helpful to do so pretty often. With just about every...

 

Thought for the Week

Today is National Day of Prayer. Hopefully, you will be able to attend some sort of prayer rally. Pray your life will be radically different from the life lived by Judas Iscariot. I said last week,...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    May 6, 2021

Woodbury Business Works with Small Businesses to Provide Variety of Products

For both Darin and Michele Helsel of Woodbury, crafting and being social come naturally, so they decided to combine those two loves and create Helsel Harvester Homestead. Michele, a mother of two...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    May 6, 2021

'Small Town Pizza' Now Open in Martinsburg

Mike and Stacey Kopco, who have been in the pizza business for 26 years, have officially started their own pizza shop. Small Town Pizza, formerly Fox's Pizza in Martinsburg, is located at 128 W....

 
 News    May 6, 2021

DUI Task Force Releases Results from April 30 Checkpoint

On Friday April 30, 2021, officers of the Blair DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI Checkpoint, which included support of roving patrol units. The following results are from the detail: • 469 individual contacts...

 

Public Notices

Advertisement for Bid Sealed proposals will be received by the Freedom Township of Blair County at 131 Municipal Street, East Freedom, PA 16637, until 3 p.m. on June 1, 2021 for the following: Item 1, 416 L.F., Milling of Bituminious pavement...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 6, 2021

Martinsburg Man Jailed on Firearm Charges

A Martinsburg man is behind bars after being charged on two consecutive days for illegally possessing firearms. According to charges filed by both Freedom Township and Martinsburg Borough police,...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

Ducks in the Drain

Members of the Martinsburg Fire Department came to the rescue the morning of Sunday, May 2, to save ducklings from a storm drain at East Christina and North Mulberry streets. "Large or small, they...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Memorial Park Sets Annual 'Beautification Day' on May 8

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park will hold its annual Spring Community Beautification Day on Saturday, May 8, starting at 10 a.m. The primary focus this year will be raking leaves in Acorn Cove, distribution of new playground wood chips in the playpark...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Pa. to Lift COVID-19 Mitigations by May 31

The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced May 4 that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m. The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

PennDOT Reminds Drivers About Hot Car Kid Safety

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding Pennsylvanians as warmer weather approaches to be extra cautious with children and animals in vehicles. National Heatstroke...

 
 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    May 6, 2021

Vaccine Hesitancy Among Longterm Care Workers A Complex Issue, Pennsylvania Providers Group Says

Vaccine hesitancy among long-term care staff remains a complex issue that goes beyond “selfishness,” the Pennsylvania Health Care Association said Thursday. “Two weeks ago, there were headlines that painted a picture of selfish, uninformed work...

 

A Few Odds And Ends

This spring, I enjoyed several days of dry-fly fishing to a hatch of flies known as grannoms. I encountered these early season caddisflies several times, including on the BFO (big, famous, overfished)...

 

Sports Roundup and Cancellations

MID-STATE BOYS VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE Standings West Shamokin: 7 wins, 0 losses, 1.000 pct Central: 5 wins, 1 loss, 0.833 pct Bishop Guilfoyle: 2 wins, 4 losses, 0.333 pct Forest Hills: 2 wins, 4 losses, 0.333 pct DuBois: 0 wins, 7 losses, 0.000 pct...

 

Roaring Spring Man Shoots 100 Turkeys

John Baker of Roaring Spring shot his 100th turkey at the start of spring turkey season. Baker has been hunting turkeys since he was 12 years old. From 1960 to 2021, Baker has shot 100 turkeys, all...

 

Turkey Hunters Reminded To Carry Tags

Every Pennsylvania spring turkey hunter wants to attach their tag to the leg of a big gobbler, but to do so, all need to be sure they have their licenses with them while hunting. Hunters in every season must carry their valid general licenses and...

 

Deer Association, PGC Plan Upcoming Informational Meeting on CWD

The National Deer Association, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Wildlife Futures Program, is holding a series of meetings to update and inform the public on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a disease that always is fatal to the...

 

CWD and Disease Management Areas (DMAs)

Following the detection of CWD in both captive and free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania, the Game Commission established Disease Management Areas (DMAs). Within DMAs, rehabilitation of cervids (deer,...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"And we begin." The statement from my friend sounded more like a question in a winsome tone of voice as she turned to look at me before she left with kale from my garden for her roadside stand. I...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    Life    May 6, 2021

Walason Crowned Guernsey Queen

Macy Walason of Green Slopes Farm, Imler was chosen as the 2021-2022 PA State Guernsey Queen at the 89th Annual Awards Banquet of the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association held on April 23,...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Ft. Roberdeau Space & Time Discovery Trail Opens

Fort Roberdeau held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Space & Time Discovery Trail on April 22, 2021....

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Proclamation of Police Appreciation

At the Martinsburg Borough Council meeting May 3, Mayor Richard Brantner Sr. issued a proclamation for Martinsburg Police Department Appreciation Week, the week of May 9. Mayor Brantner applauded...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    Life    May 6, 2021

Claysburg Woman's 90th Birthday Parade Included Local Police, Fire Departments

Charlotta McCreary of Claysburg celebrated her 90th birthday on April 29. Joined by East Freedom police and fire departments, McCreary’s family organized a birthday parade that spanned from the Milky Way in East Freedom to the fire hall. A...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    Life    May 6, 2021

Ask the Williamsburgers

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! My sister Julie and I are so blessed with such an extraordinary mother, Suzanne, whose unconditional love and friendship truly makes her such an incredible woman. I often think back to the best story I...

 
 Life    May 6, 2021

Springtime Smile!

Miriam Roberts, 1 year old, of Williamsburg enjoying the beautiful weather outside this past weekend. Miriam is the daughter of Pastor Matt and Cassie Roberts, Williamsburg....

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Williamsburg VFW Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Williamsburg VFW Memorial Post 6086 received the Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of 75 years of service. This award was given by VFW Commander-in-Chief Harold "Hal" Roesch II. Roesch cites...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

AAA: Western Pa. Gas Prices Stable; Demand Declines

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are steady this week at $3.034 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average – $3.034 Average price during the week of April 26, 2021...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    Life    May 6, 2021

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Every year, it’s the same question over and over to my mom for Mother’s Day – what do you want? Usually I get the same answer – “a good meal.” For Mother’s Day this year, I am whipping up some ribeye steaks on the grill accented with...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

REMINDER: Penelec Schedules Power Outage for Cove

Residents of the Cove and Willimaburg are reminded that Penelec customers in Martinsburg and Williamsburg can expect an interruption of service on Wednesday, May 12, while repairs are made to a substation. A Penelec spokesperson said the planned...

 

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