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  • Cove Residents Remember Running Boston Marathon

    CATI KEITH, Staff Wrtier|May 9, 2024

    This year, Christine Thompson, 99, and Dr. Ramon Burket of Roaring Spring celebrated their 45th anniversary of running in the Boston Marathon together in 1979. At the time of the race, they were 53 and 43. Burket said when Thompson set the record for 53-year-old women in the Johnstown Marathon and it was published in Runner’s World Magazine, they called her Chris, which made people think she was a man. Thompson recalled when the American Medical Jogger Journal came to the office, a call was m...

  • Author Brings Cove's Iron Furnaces to Life in Library Talk

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    A few months ago, the Williamsburg Public Library announced each Thursday of May, it would highlight local authors and bring authors in to discuss their books. This past Thursday was the first week of the author series, and Bryon Smail of the Cove came in to discuss his book “The Iron Furnaces of the Cove” detailing the Iron furnaces of the Cove. Smail said he has always enjoyed history and credits his father Ron, who was in attendance, for that love. “My dad always took us to state parks...

  • Alma J. Eastep

    May 9, 2024

    Alma Jane Eastep, 82, of Williamsburg, passed away Thursday morning, May 2, 2024, at The Village of Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. She was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Clappertown, daughter of the late Wilson M. and Alice M. (Yingling) Bookhammer. On June 4, 1960, she married Richard “Dick” E. Eastep at Eight Square Chapel, rural Williamsburg. She is survived by her beloved husband, Richard, of 63 years; a daughter, Dena L. Kennedy (Dave) of rural Williamsburg; a son, Rich Eastep (Nichole) of rural Wil...

  • Martha K. Oswald

    May 9, 2024

    Martha K. Oswald, 100, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away, Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 14, 1924, in Streetsboro, Ohio, daughter of the late Eugene and Esther (Miller) Yoder. On June 12, 1948, she married Marcus Oswald. He preceded her in death Nov. 24, 2001. She is survived by five children: Roger Oswald (Laura) of Williamsburg, Rick Oswald (Brenda) of Berryville, Ark., Steve Oswald of Ephrata, Tom Oswald (Janet) of Altoona,...

  • Nancy Elizabeth Farringer

    May 9, 2024

    Nancy Elizabeth Farringer, 75, formerly of Fredricksburg, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2024, after a brief illness in Waverly Hall, Georgia. She was born Jan. 16, 1949, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late J. Milton and Berneda E. (Parks) Corle. On May 19, 1971, she married Samuel J. Farringer. She is survived by her husband, Samuel, of 52 years; four children: Tammy Farringer (John Dillen) of Claysburg, Amy Jo Fouse (Clarence) of Hartsville, SC, Johnathan Farringer (Jennifer), Waverly...

  • Carol Irene Warland

    May 9, 2024

    Carol I. Warland, 85, of Martinsburg, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2024, at Select Specialty Hospital, Johnstown. She was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Fredericksburg, daughter of the late Roy M. and Victoria O. (Bowser) Griffith. Carol was twice married, first to George H. Baldwin Sr. and then to Duane M. Warland, who both preceded her in death. She is survived by five children: Jane Norman (Mathew), Debra Ladarni (Denny), Sherry Pabis (Daniel), George Baldwin Jr. (Sharon) and Mary Miller...

  • SCPR to install Crowsnest Internet System for Wi-Fi

    Judtih Ott, Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    Southern Cove Power Reunion members met on Thursday, May 2 at the club house. John Hileman conducted the meeting for President Fred Mellott. Melanie Clapper, club secretary presented the minutes. Kristen Dickens, assistant treasurer, gave the treasurers report. Both reports were approved as read. The date of the club’s tractor ride was changed to June 15. The ride will start at Darin Helsel’s place. The ride will be 15 miles long and lunch will be at OIP Woodbury. There will be a porta potty set up along the way. Those who would like to par...

  • South Woodbury Twp. Building Landscaping Gets Facelift

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    On Thursday, May 2, Bethany Kensinger, horticultural and agriculture teacher and FFA advisor took students from the Northern Bedford Vo Tech to do some grounds work for South Woodbury Township. The students were busy weeding and putting new mulch around the shrubbery in front of the memorial statue. Some of the students, according to Kensinger, will obtain jobs in this area. Other students take this class for fun to be educated in horticulture. Some will go on to college and incorporate this...

  • Juls Bratton Joins Homewood as Sales and Marketing Director

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 9, 2024

    Juls Bratton recently joined the team at Homewood at Martinsburg as their new sales and marketing director. “My job here is about promoting Homewood – and making sure people know what it has to offer in regards to independent living, apartments, cottages and all that goes into that,” she said. Bratton has been in sales and marketing for more than 30 years and is already close to the new office. The commute from her hometown of New Enterprise is much shorter than the traveling she had to do at...

  • Library Book Sale Set

    May 9, 2024

    The Friends of the Martinsburg Community Library will be holding a used book sale outside in the cattle barn at the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg. Donations of books, DVDs, and puzzles will be accepted from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22, at the cattle barn. The library cannot accept VCR tapes, books in poor condition, textbooks, or Readers’ Digest condensed books. The sale days and hours will be as follows: Thursday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. t...

  • The Crazy Things We Do

    Linda Williams|May 9, 2024

    Did you ever do something so ridiculous, you just had to laugh at yourself? I seem to have a knack for that sort of thing. For instance, we have a red Subaru, so in my mind every red Subaru, actually, every red car is ours. I jumped in a red car with a church family one Sunday morning. They laughed and said, sure, I could go home with them. I am constantly peering into red cars as I hit the unlock button before I realize it is not our red car. But the worst was the day my husband dropped me off for a doctor’s appointment in Altoona then went t...

  • Biden Adminstration's Pause on LNG Projects Impacts

    MATT ESPENSHADE, President Pennsylvania State Grange|May 9, 2024

    With new discoveries and technologies developing at lightning speed, our fast-paced world is becoming increasingly interdependent. What happens in one region can have an almost instantaneous impact a world away. And it’s not just global events that can have this effect. Business productivity and global economies are increasingly tied together. What’s happening in one industry can have significant ramifications on another. The ripple effects are ongoing. One current example is the Biden administration’s pause on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG)...

  • 125 Years Ago

    May 9, 2024

    No Herald for May 11, 1899 this is from April 20 & May 19. Dr. Albert Nason gave the Roaring Spring correspondent a tour of his operating room and the correspondent was amazed at its magnificence. The surgical furniture was of the most modern style.Heavy French Edibold operating table, aseptic instrument case, solution stand, instrument stand, dressing table, ward carriage, irridator and all the paraphernalia belonging in a first class operating room. It is therefore no wonder that the doctor’s operations are of the first class order. Harry R...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 9, 2024

    Herald of May 9, 1974 Atty. Gerald S. Turner of Martinsburg, who had served as solicitor for Martinsburg borough for 23 years and was active in civic affairs, died May 4, 1974, at the age of 63. Atty. Albert W. Johnson of Roaring Spring, long-time solicitor for Roaring Spring borough announced his plans to resign from the position in order to cut back on his work commitments. The Greenfield Township Municipal Authority was the recipient of a $122,600 grants from the Environmental Protection Agency for earlier work to construct its sewage...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 9, 2024

    Herald of May 9, 1924 The Key American, official weekly publication of the Ku Klux Klan in the state, went on sale for the first time at the Martinsburg Electric Store. Orders placed in advance were to allow readers “to soon learn the truth concerning this great movement.” Daily vacation bible school was to begin May 12 in the four Martinsburg Churches. Mary Graffious was selected principal and Gertrude Stoner was in charge of music for the two-week period. Harry Baker was “dealing out” his celebrated home style potato chips, following the arr...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 9, 2024

    Herald of May 13, 1999 The Claysburg Area Community Park committee was awarded a $20,000 state grant as part of $12.6 million in grants awarded by Gov. Tom Ridge for 230 local park, open space, recreation and conservation projects in 58 counties. A federal grant of $975,000 obtained with help of U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster would provide the bulk of the funding for the Lower Trail in Williamsburg to be extended to the Canoe Creek State Park. Former Pittsburgh Pirates Nelson Briles, Frank Thomas and Bob Roberston took part in a baseball clinic at...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 9, 2024

    Herald of May 12, 1949 Ethel Brumbaugh of Martinsburg, who served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, was chosen by audience applause as “Queen of the Hour” in a benefit show by the Martinsburg Business and Professional Women’s Club. Prizes valued at $300 were distributed to the queen and others in the audience. Profit from the show was earmarked to buy eyeglasses for underprivileged children in the community. Helen Jean Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin N. Brown of Martinsburg, was named maid of honor in the queen’s court in the...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 9, 2024

    Herald of May 8, 2014 Williamsburg Borough Council met on Monday, May 5, to a full house with nine citizens present being rental property owners. The landlords who were in attendance asked questions and expressed displeasure about a new proposed borough ordinance. The ordinance if it was passed would require some rental property owners to make upgrades and/ or repairs. Xavier Maslowski, 16, of Martinsburg and freshman student at the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, took a mission trip to Panama with five other students to promote...

  • High School Sports Action

    May 9, 2024

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  • PGC Appoints New Executive Director

    RICHARD TATE|May 9, 2024

    On April 30, 2023, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced that it had a new executive director. Stephen Smith, who had served as Deputy Executive Director since February 17, was selected to replace Bryan Burhans by the Board of Commissioners who met in executive session. Burhans had resigned his position the day before the selection of the new executive director was made. Commissioner Scott Foradora explained the decision and tried to put a good light on the change. He said that Burhans had a hand in many decisions that affected...

  • CHS Softball Senior Night

    May 9, 2024

    CHS Varsity Softball Senior Night was held on Tuesday, April 30. Three seniors were recognized (from left): Madison Kennedy, Ashlyn Renner and Bralyn Ellis. The Lady Dragons defeated Bellwood-Antis 7-2. Winning pitcher Madison Kennedy had six strikeouts and only allowed three hits....

  • NBC April Students of the Month

    May 9, 2024

    The April Students of the Month for NBC Middle School are as follows: Eighth Grade – Avery Smith, daughter of Travis and Elizabeth Smith; Ezekiel Dibert, son of Michael and Heather Dibert Seventh Grade – Elizabeth Dilling, daughter of Deron and Bonnie Dilling; Lake Troutman, son of Dana and Kandy Troutman Sixth Grade – Madison Morningstar, daughter of Mark and Melissa Morningstar; Carson Ritchey, son of Chad and Ashley Ritchey Shown in the photo are (from left): Carson Ritchey, Madison Morni...

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

    John Bush|May 9, 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 them...

  • Nason Awarded 'A' Hospital Safety Grade from Group

    May 9, 2024

    Conemaugh Nason Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction celebrates Nason’s achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors. “We are very pleased with this external validation of the high-quality, safe care we provide to our community,” Tim Harclerode, CEO, said. “I would like to extend my personal gratitude to every member of our team from our nurses, clinical and ancillary staff to our physicians, board members, and volunteers for their ongoing commit...

  • The Cove Calendar

    May 9, 2024

    Friday, May 10 CHS Class of 1964, at noon, at Marzoni’s Duncansville. Saturday, May 11 Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring monthly Manna on Main Street on from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM. This meal is free to the community and all are welcome. Little Rock Natural Remedies - Tea for the Summer at 10 a.m.at 16821 Dunnings Highway, Duncansville. The Bedford County Historical Society Spring Tea at 2:00 pm at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob (BCHS 2 nd floor), 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford. Reservations are required. $ Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day Brunc...

  • Walking on Water

    Linda Sollenberger|May 9, 2024

    Ahh, it is finally getting to be the time of year when I can take a daily walk. The weather this spring seemed to only want to tease many days. My walks were sporadic for a while. Now it is easier to plan to get out more frequently. Do you ever think when you are reading your Bible that you are reading a list of unforgettable walks? The first walk we read about is taken by God. We are told that He used to take a walk in the cool of the day. But in many of the walks that we read about there is an invitation for us to walk with God. There was...

  • Thoughts on Ascension Day

    Joel Kletzing|May 9, 2024

    One Monday at one of the jobs I worked during college, a supervisor showed up for work, and she looked awful. She looked like she had been in a terrible accident. She was limping and could hardly walk. Her face had terrible bruising and was swollen. She could barely move one of her arms. We crowded around her, wanting to know what happened over the weekend. Here’s the story that explains what we saw that Monday morning. She had a new little puppy. It was time to take the puppy outside. This w...

  • Thought for the Week

    May 9, 2024

    I like to be ‘in control’. Perhaps that is typical of men. A couple of weeks ago, we were going to a presentation at the Altoona Junior High building. It was rainy and a bit windy. I had an umbrella in one hand and a slippery hand rail under the other hand. My foot hooked on a step and I fell forward, face downward, on to the concrete. On the way down, a host of thoughts fled across my mind: “This is going to hurt.” “I can’t stop myself” “etc. etc.” Could I back up and do over the steps, I like...

  • Rotary Recognizes WHS Students

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    The Morrison’s Cove Rotary Club has announced their Williamsburg High School seniors recognized for March, April and May. March – Claire Carper Claire Carper is the daughter of Dran and Michelle Carper, of Williamsburg. Some of her school accomplishments include being a member of the National Honor Society. In school, she is very active in Varsity Lady Pirate Basketball, Aevidum, Yearbook, Careers in Health, Fellowship, Student Council, and the Math League. In the community, she spends her free...

  • Woodbury Welcomes Harclerode Back

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    For the last several months, Woodbury Township had been without three men sitting at the helm as Supervisors. This followed the resignation of Craig Hamilton at the beginning of the year, and then Ed Clark’s resignation as he moved to becoming the new Roadmaster. After letters of interest, Chairman Joe Lansberry made a motion to appoint Paul Harclerode as the new Supervisor with Rich Eastep seconding, motion passed. Harclerode had previously served as Supervisor a few years ago, and that’s one of the reasons Lansberry said he took front and...

  • Teachers at Williamsburg High School Highlighted

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    We are continuing our series this month highlighting the high school teachers at Williamsburg High School. This week, we are featuring Natalie Houtz and Angela Detwiler. Natalie Houtz Natalie Houtz is a graduate of Williamsburg High School and then went on to receive a degree from Slippery Rock University. She currently resides in Hollidaysburg with her husband, Toby and her daughter Ivey. In her spare time, she plays basketball for A.B.E. with “an amazing group of women.” Houtz said she wan...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 9, 2024

    The Williamsburg Community Farm Show will once again be having their annual Spring Craft Show on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Farm Show grounds. More than 80 vendors have signed up for this can’t-miss event. The Farm Show food booth will be selling breakfast sandwiches, hot sausage sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs. It will also be selling original recipe gobs. Of the other food vendors, some include those offering funnel cake and fried Oreos. “We are just excited for this annual event,” organizer Angie Walason said. “It’s...

  • Blair Co. Dairy Princess Pageant Set for May 25

    May 9, 2024

    The 2024 Blair County Dairy Princess Pageant will be held Saturday, May 25, at the CMA Church in Williamsburg. A chicken barbeque dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the pageant following at 7:15 p.m. There is a per-person fee. Children age 5 and under are free. Reservations may be made by contacting Twila Bigelow at (814) 832-2993 by May 15. The evening will include recognizing the 2023-24 Blair County Dairy Princess Ellie Dilling and 2023-24 Alternates Anna Longenecker and Danielle Heltzel as well as the introduction of the 2024-25 Dairy...

  • Public Notices

    May 9, 2024

    Special Meeting Notice The Board of Supervisors of Woodbury Township, Bedford County, has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, May 16, 2024, immediately following the 7 p.m. meeting of the Woodbury Township Planning Commission at the white annex building meeting room at the Woodbury Area Community Center, Woodbury, Pa, for the purpose of reviewing road specifications for a proposed road project, possible hiring of a full time roadmaster, and any other businesses that may come before the Board. Denise L. Ott, Sec. Woodbury Township Storage...