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  • Lois Anne Glass

    May 11, 2023

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Anne Glass. Lois passed away April 17, 2023, in Harrisburg, at the age of 89. She was born in Roaring Spring, to Orville and Margaret (Blattenberger) Myers on July 23, 1933. Lois married William Q. Glass Aug. 29, 1952. Together they had two sons; Jeffrey (Lorri) Glass of York Haven and Jon David Glass of Plant City, Fla. They also have four grandchildren; Éowyn (Adam) Durham of Halifax, Cpt. Evan (Alexis) Glass of the Army Defense La...

  • David B. Lehman

    May 11, 2023

    David Barley Lehman, 76, of Roaring Spring, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, May 7, 2023, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Nov. 24, 1946, in Martinsburg, son of the late D. Herbert and Miriam C. (Barley) Lehman. On April 17, 1971, he married Linda L. Wolfinger at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda of 52 years; two children: Nichole L. Bischof (Stephen) of York, and Matthew D. Lehman (Laura) of Malvern; four...

  • Donna Dean (Showalter) Fisher

    May 11, 2023

    Donna Dean (Showalter) Fisher, 86, of New Enterprise, passed away May 4, 2023, at home. She was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Roaring Spring; daughter of the late Luther and Alvinia (Fuiten) Showalter. On Nov. 26, 1955 at the Leamersville Church of the Brethren, she was united in marriage to John W. Fisher; he preceded her in death June 14, 1992. She is survived by a son, Mark Fisher (wife, Vicki) of Roaring Spring; daughter, Renee Mellott (husband, Carl) of New Enterprise; son, Scott Fisher (significa...

  • Lynda Lee (Sweinhart) Miller

    May 11, 2023

    Lynda Lee (Sweinhart) Miller, 47, of New Enterprise, passed away May 4, 2023, at home. She was born Feb. 19, 1976, in Roaring Spring; daughter of Curt Sweinhart and Thelma (Hann) Wilson. She is survived by a daughter, Gabriele Snyder (married to Justin) of Everett; son, Jacob Miller of New Enterprise; son, Justin Miller of Woodbury; son, Austin Miller of Alum Bank; son, Kaleb Miller of New Enterprise; son, Kolt Miller of New Enterprise; grandchildren, Zoey and Blake Snyder and Willow Miller;...

  • Helen E. Long-Frye

    May 11, 2023

    Helen E. Long-Frye, 86, a resident of The Village of Morrison Cove, Martinsburg formerly of Blue Knob, passed away Tuesday May 2, 2023, at the home. She was born Oct. 9, 1936, in Millerstown (Martinsburg), daughter of the late Alexander B. and Rue (Detwiler) Corle. She married D. Duane Long Oct. 21, 1952, in Blue Knob, and he passed away Oct. 19, 2009. She married Dale Frye Sept. 13, 2012, and he passed away Nov. 10, 2012. She is survived by five children: Elaine Mobley (Kenneth J. III) of Blue...

  • Patricia J. Horner

    May 11, 2023

    Patricia J. Horner, 96, of Roaring Spring, passed away Wednesday morning, May 3, 2023, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. A celebration of Pat’s life is being planned for a later date. Arrangements by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg. (www.bolgerfuneralhome.com)...

  • Seasons Turn

    CHRIS GARRETSON, For the Herald|May 11, 2023

    I’m sure most of you can relate to this. I currently have a song stuck in my head. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out where it came from. It’s possible I heard it while in a store today, and it’s also very possible that there is absolutely no good reason for it. Regardless, playing over and over, rent free in my head is the song by the Byrds — “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Instead of trying to fight it, let’s embrace it. The lyrics to the song begin with “to everything turn, turn, turn – there is a season turn, turn, turn...

  • Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Public Library Recommends

    May 11, 2023

    Released in August 2021, Stronger Than You Know is the second book in the Mackenzies of Ridge Trail by Lori Foster. Set in Colorado, this series centers around a family affected by the evils of Human Trafficking and is a contemporary romantic suspense. In this installment, we get to know Reyes, the younger brother and middle child of the Mackenzie clan, and Kennedy Brooks, a mysterious young lady that comes to Reyes’s attention in the first book when he sees her working out in his gym. From...

  • Pennsylvania School Bus Association Announces School Bus Driver Recruitment Week

    May 11, 2023

    From May 6 to May 13, private contractors throughout Pennsylvania will be hosting school bus driver recruitment events across the Commonwealth. These events are designed to offer employment opportunities across Pennsylvania and educate the public about the many benefits of becoming a school bus driver. Events range from test drive events, family fun days, community events and more. Attendance at these events are free to the public. To learn more about these hiring events or to find one in your area, you can go to https://sch...

  • Get to Know Your Community Bank

    RORY RITRIEVI, Mid Penn Bank CEO|May 11, 2023

    When Central Pennsylvanians see two of the largest bank failures in American history occurring mere days apart, it’s understandable that they would have questions about their own local banks. The federal government’s decision to back 100% of all deposits at the banks notwithstanding, there isn’t a guarantee that such protections will be extended in the future. Fortunately, you can determine the health of your bank through information that is readily available at your local community bank. I believe that the United States has the best...

  • 125 Years A go

    May 11, 2023

    Herald of May 12, 1898 The Blair county courthouse is now lighted by electricity, the work having been completed last week. Friday night the new light was tested and the building was brilliantly illuminated. While you are in practice at making a garden and cleaning up about your premises, take a day off to the cemetery and trim up the graves of your departed relatives. A soda fountain now ornaments the Akers grocery and meat store. The ice cream parlor has materialized and all things are now ready. Sligo Mill gets the plum. The new post office...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 11, 2023

    Herald of May 18, 1923 Donald Eugene Ruby, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ruby of Curryville, died on Monday morning, May 7, the cause of death being measles. He was aged 8 months and 26 days. Miss Mary Belle Bonebreak became the bride of Mr. E. Walter Stamm of Wilkinsburg on Saturday afternoon. The bride is a trained nurse, having assisted for a number of years in the office of her brother, Dr. J. S. Bonebreak. The couple will make their home in Wilkinsburg. The contract for playground equipment for the Snyder Memorial Park was let to the...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 11, 2023

    Herald of May 20, 1948 Members of the D. Merl Tipton Post, No. 43, Veterans of Foreign Wars, held ground-breaking ceremonies for its new home in Martinsburg. Post Commander Cecil Wierman turned the first spadeful of sod in the three lots purchased last week at Penn and Nicodemus streets, opposite the North Woodbury Grange Hall. The Martinsburg School Board voted to sponsor supervised recreational activities in the Morrisons cove Park this summer. The program will probably begin after Daily Vacation Bible School has ended. J. Robert Kauffman...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 11, 2023

    Herald of May 17, 1973 A frost on Tuesday night might have caused damage to the Cove’s fruit crop. A reading of a stop thermometer at Boyd’s orchard in Curryville stood at 27 degrees. It’s still too early to assess any damage to crops. John S. Nicodemus of Martinsburg was the oldest voter in the north side precinct. At 91 years old, he believes he’s voted in every presidential election, but may have missed “one or two others.” The Air Show at the Blair County Airport will bring in a number of outstanding aviators of the...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 11, 2023

    Herald of May 21, 1998 The Spring Cove School District is cutting its administrative staff by not hiring anyone new to replace Central High School Principal David W. Thompson. Thompson resigned to accept a position with Penn State Altoona. Christian Bridenbaugh recently signed a national letter of intent to continue his baseball career and education on a baseball scholarship at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. A factor in his final decision will be the amateur draft in early June. Several scouts have indicated that he could be an...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 11, 2023

    Herald of May 16, 2013 The Blair County Airport Authority was considering leasing the restaurant area to the county for the Penn State Extension offices. The county offices were located at the Valley View Home, but the county agreed to sell the home to a private company. No final plans had been made, and officials from the extension office were expected to visit the site before a decision was made. Five teams from the Morrisons Cove area were set to play in the District 6 high school baseball and softball playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs from...

  • Random Joy

    May 11, 2023

    Psalm 63 Where do you find joy? I remember when my boys were young that as we settled down in the evening, one of them would often seem to exclaim, “This was the best day ever!” I know there were joys they had found in their days that I had probably missed. Maybe it was the chance to skip a stone in the river or watch the white cardinal that frequented our bird feeder. Watching children find joy is an amazing joy itself. I love to see the world through the eyes of a little person. Where do you find joy? When was the last time you felt...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr|May 11, 2023

    In Israel of old, it was scornful not to have children. If a woman was barren she was looked down upon. Yet, quite a number of the heroes had problems with bearing children. Examples: Abram-Sarai, Isaac-Rebekah, Jacob-Rachel and Zachariah-Elizabeth. Eventually, these couples did have children but it took some intervention from God. Today, I would like to look at another Old Testament example. Her name is Hannah. Her story is found in I Samuel. Hannah had a husband, Elkanah. Elkanah had a second...

  • Memorial COB Donates to Salvation Army

    May 11, 2023

    Memorial Church of the Brethren made a donation to the local Salvation Army in March. The donation was possible because of funds left to the church after a longtime member had passed away. The Salvation Army helps many in the community who are in need and is supported strictly through donations. Shown is Memorial COB treasurer Darrell Smith presenting the check to Suzanne McNally, who is Martinsburg’s representative for the Salvation Army....

  • Cove Lions Hold Second Vendor Bingo

    May 11, 2023

    A unique fundraiser was held on May 7 at the Cove Lions Club building in Loysburg. A couple hundred people attended the club’s 2nd Annual Vendor Bingo. Sarah Frederick coordinated this event. Vendors help run the bingo for the Lions to raise money. Raffle tickets for a 50/50 was done, also for $100 worth of lottery tickets. Attendees could buy tickets for chances to win many beautiful items that were donated by local businesses. The Lions sold food at the event. More events like this will be...

  • Upper Claar Church Holding Vacation Bible School

    May 11, 2023

    Upper Claar Church will hold Vacation Bible School from June 12 through 16, 2023, 7 to 9:05 p.m. Ages 3 to 11th grade are welcome. The theme is “Stompers And Chompers: Building Dino-Sized Faith In God’s Big Plan.” Join an adventure where faith grows in dino-sized ways. Kids will believe God’s Word, the Bible, because everything was created through His spoken word. Come dino stomp to a place kids dream about. Where you can hop on a triceratops, run with a raptor, and soar with a pterosaur! This isn’t just any dinosaur world. It’s a...

  • Public Notices

    May 11, 2023

    STORAGE SALE Due to nonpayment of rent: Chris Wyant, 406 Garden St, Altoona; Linda Rinier, 383 Wayne Blvd, Alum Bank; Amanda Ellmann, 703 Mattern Orchard Dr Apt 6, Hollidaysburg; Bonnie Shelow Weight, 306 Freedom St, East Freedom; Michael Hennery, 463 Chimney Rocks Rd, Hollidaysburg; Patrick Colderwood, 1112 51st St, Altoona; Danica Waltz, 1020 5th Ave, Duncansville; Jonathan Allshouse, 518 4th Ave, Altoona; Mark Trexler, 223 Paddock Place, Everson PA; Brittany Grover, 805 Quarry St, Gallitzen; Adam Keller, 501 Mulberry St. Hollidaysburg;... Full story

  • SCSD Awarded $75K Grant For Dual Credit Course Tuition

    May 11, 2023

    Central High School students will have the opportunity during the 2023-24 school year to earn college credits at no cost to the students or their parents/guardians as a result of a $75,000 grant awarded to the District. On May 1, the PA Department of Education announced that $6.7 million in grant awards would be distributed to 100 schools across the Commonwealth, including the Spring Cove School District. According to Acting Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, "Dual credit programs help...

  • Cove Community Theater's 'Robin Hood the Musical' a Hit

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|May 11, 2023

    Cove Community Theater wowed the audience once again with its version of "Robin Hood the Musical." The diverse cast of children and adults kept the audience in stitches. These actors had a long day on Saturday, with a matinee and an evening show. The play and dinner lasted more than 4.5 hours. The setting of Sherwood Forest itself was amazing with the creation of the oak trees. Joshua Curry of Martinsburg played the role of Robin Hood (shown). He gave a lot of credit to the people behind the sce...

  • Fifth Generation, Four Times

    May 11, 2023

    Westen Martin Summers is a lucky little guy. He is the fifth generation, four times over....

  • Around Town

    May 11, 2023

    ABOVE: Jake Wyant (left) and Bryan Gable replace the soffit and fascia on a home along Main Street in Roaring Spring Monday afternoon. BELOW: Levi Smail, 5, founded a shaded area along N. Mansard Street Monday afternoon to play on his tablet while waiting for his older brother Lucas's school bus to arrive....

  • Barber Shop Clock Refurbished

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 11, 2023

    Residents of Williamsburg who drive on High Street have fond memories of the small blue building that once housed Charlie Hauser's barber shop. Jim Baney remembers "looking at all the memorabilia and how reasonable Charlie's prices were." Scott Bumgardner recalls "just sitting there watching cars and talking to everyone." One thing that seems to be the highlight is the fellowship that Charlie brought, whether that be waiting on the steps until 8 a.m. for the shop to open, looking at old comic...

  • Kindergarten Teachers Talk Fun, Love of Learning

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 11, 2023

    In many times going to school board meetings, I often don't know of the elementary and secondary teachers in the district. I sent out a questionnaire about each grade and the teachers involved, hoping to learn more about the teachers, their passions and their vision for the students in our district for years to come. This week, we welcome the kindergarten teachers. My kindergarten teacher Mrs. Nancy Byler left a profound impact in my life. She was an absolutely delightful teacher and one of the...

  • Cove Forge Updates On Treatment Plant

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 11, 2023

    Cove Forge submitted letters about its new treatment plant facility. After review, Jim Young of Stiffler-McGraw offered comments about the proposed treatment plant. Cove Forge is planning to use fill dirt to make the area bigger. The township needs to make sure they don’t use fill into the flood zone areas. The financial security for Cove Forge expires in August. Supervisors discussed having Solicitor Aimee Willett reach out to Cove Forge and see what the plans are regarding the financial security and proposed treatment plant. “They know...

  • Williamsburg Students of the Month Announced

    May 11, 2023

    March Zachary Kagarise Parents: Justin and Sheena Kagarise School Honors/Accomplishments: NHS, Honor Roll, High Honors, ICC Champs x 2 in basketball, Altoona Mirror Classic, All Stars Team, 3-Point All Stars School Activities: NHS, Basketball Community Activities: Landscaping, snow shoveling, mulching project for Rails to Trails Plans after Graduation: Maybe attend college and get a good job with a big salary and one day live on the beach. April Shelby Aurandt Parents: Bobbie Jo Detwiler School...

  • Spring Cove School District Business Manager Details Proposed Budget

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|May 11, 2023

    Spring Cove School District Business Manager Steven Foor did a formal budget presentation for the 2023-24 school year at the May 8 Board of Directors Committee of the Whole meeting. This final proposed budget will be voted on for adoption next Monday, May 15, at the regular monthly board meeting. The deadline for public notice of intent to adopt the 2023-24 final budget will be June 9, with the final budget adopted on June 19. Foor reemphasized that there will be no tax increase in 2023-24 and the millage will be maintained at 11.2506. In a...

  • Sunny Stroll at Spring Dam

    May 11, 2023

    Lorenzo and Susan Recchia treated their granddaughter Thea, 2, to a trip to Spring Dam Park in Roaring Spring Monday afternoon. The 70-degree weather was perfect for a walk....

  • Last Visit with the Dillings

    KATHY MELLOTT|May 11, 2023

    Take a gander to the left of you, and one to the right, look behind and ahead. If you’re living in Morrisons Cove, chances are pretty good that you’ll find a Dilling. Hey, take a hard look and maybe you’ll find one of your own great, great, greats was a Dilling. When I first wrote about the abandoned cemetery in Huston Township bearing about a half dozen Dillings, I had no idea the nerve I would touch resulting in phone calls and texts making claim to the name first brought to the Cove in 1737 by Casper Dilling. The response piqued my cur...

  • Martinsburg Borough Considers New Street Sweeper Grant

    ANNA BAUGHMAN, Editor|May 11, 2023

    Martinsburg Borough Council’s May meeting featured a discussion on a new street sweeper grant. The street sweeper is from 1991 and was purchased by the borough in 2003. The “vintage” sweeper, as denoted by Council member Durban Metzler, has more than 8,000 hours on the vacuum and the hopper is rusting, according to Richard Brantner Jr., Martinsburg borough manager. The borough will receive grant writing assistance from the Blair County Planning Commission. The USDA grant the borough is considering requires a 30 percent match. The borough...

  • Central Volleyball 'Gaining Valuable Experience'

    May 11, 2023

    On Thursday, May 4, Central Boys Volleyball celebrated Senior Night. The four seniors are Christian Cherry, Wyatt Holsinger, Ethan Noel and Landon Snider. The team hosted Dubois and lost by a score of three sets to zero. Christian Cherry had five kills, Logan Hummel had 17 assists, and Bryson Brooks and Christian Heuston each had five kills and five digs. On Friday, May 5, the team traveled to Derry for their Senior Night and lost again by a 0-3 score. Christian Cherry had 11 digs and 2 blocks,...

  • Dragon Softball Falls to Bald Eagle Area

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|May 11, 2023

    In a three-game week, the Lady Dragon Softball team found crushing victories in their first two matchups against the Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders and the Johnstown Lady Trojans with 15-0 victories over both, including a Senior Night victory over the Trojans. Sadly, as the week neared its end, the Dragons fell to the Bald Eagle Area Lady Eagles in a crushing 10-0 defeat. Against the Marauders, the Dragons jumped to an early lead as they normally do, scoring eight in the first inning, followed by one in the third, and six in the fourth to put...

  • Hollidaysburg Man's Career With The Curve is a 'Home Run'

    May 11, 2023

    When "play ball" was yelled for the first-time this season at People's Natural Gas Field, Tom Crownover began his 15th season working for the Altoona Curve. Crownover is passionate about his career with the team, but his journey to job fulfillment was not a typical one. Crownover lives with an intellectual disability. But thanks to the Employment Services division of Skills of Central PA, he was assisted in seeking a job to fit his needs. Crownover was supported through the process of applying,...

  • Morel Season Nearing End

    RICHARD TATE|May 11, 2023

    “How many mushrooms have you found, Rich?” a friend recently asked. “The usual – nearly none.” I went on to tell him I don’t have enough time to hunt mushrooms – correctly named morels – during the spring. Between fly-fishing for trout and trying to squeeze in some spring gobbler hunting, I just don’t have enough energy to look for morels. By the end of the first week of gobbler season, I’m exhausted from trying to burn the candle at both ends; and when the big evening fly hatches begin, I have to make a choice between turke...

  • Central Volleyball Player Signs Intent

    May 11, 2023

    Central's Christian Cherry signs his letter of intent to play volleyball at Penn State Altoona on Thursday with his mother Apryl and his high school coach Ken Streilein....

  • Martinsburg Community Library Continues to Stand Tall After 75 Years; Patrons Join Celebrations

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|May 11, 2023

    A beloved Martinsburg establishment celebrated a milestone by showing its appreciation to the community that has kept it in business for decades. For its 75th anniversary, the Martinsburg Community Library held an event full of games, art projects, and snacks on Saturday, April 29, 2022. Both children and their parents could come by from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to join in on the fun. "We already had around 30 people in the first hour," said Library Director Danette Feathers. Feathers has been with...

  • Correction

    May 11, 2023

    The Morrisons Cove Herald printed the incorrect name for Williamsburg School District candidate Austin McMonagle. We at the Herald want to get it right, so we publish clarifications and corrections as needed. If you spot an error in the Herald’s pages, please contact Editor Anna Baughman at [email protected] or (814) 793-2144....

  • Friendship Fire Officials Say Millage Increase Vital For RS Fire Protection

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 11, 2023

    Since 1894, the Friendship Volunteer Fire Company has been serving Roaring Spring, but company officials say that service could come to an end unless it receives public funding beyond donations and fundraiser support. Citing the rapidly rising costs of operating an efficient fire department, Friendship officials are asking the borough for a 1-mill property tax increase to help fund the borough’s fire protection. If council votes for the increase, it will amount to about a $100 tax increase per $100,000 assessed value on a property, or an...

  • C-K Athletic Project Taking Shape

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 11, 2023

    As construction on the Clayburg-Kimmel Athletic Project continues, the district has set up a way for residents to keep up with its progress without traveling to the site. With two cameras overlooking the fields, the district is livestreaming the progression of the construction. Business Manager Dena Burket said the live stream is accessible through the district's website, cksdbulldogs.com, where there is an "Athletic Project" link. "There are two different camera views where you can see the fiel...