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  • Song Removed From Spring Cove MS Choir Concert

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a hymn with lyrics by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) and set to music by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954). This song was written from the context of African Americans in the late 19th century. The hymn is a prayer of thanksgiving to God as well as a prayer for faithfulness and freedom, with imagery that evokes the biblical Exodus from slavery to the freedom of the “promised land.” The well-known hymn is featured in many hymnals around the world and in many denominations. This comes from a Facebook...

  • Choir to Perform at M-burg Church

    Danny Horton|May 16, 2024

    The Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church will present a concert by the Imani Milele Choir from Uganda, Africa, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The concert is free. The Imani Milele Choir tours the U.S. each year, raising awareness of the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. Their concerts are uplifting and inspirational, sharing stories of the joy that they have received through God’s love. The concert also will feature songs that are an exciting blend of original compositions, praise and w...

  • American Legion to Hold Memorial Services

    Cati Keith, Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    The Claysburg American Legion will conduct Memorial Services at the following cemeteries on Sunday, May 26: 1:15 Sproul 1:35 King 2:05 Imler 2:25 Greenfield 2:50 Lower Klahr 3:10 Upper Klahr 3:45 Mt. Hope This will be their 90th Annual Memorial Day Program. Sunday’s program will include music provided by Claysburg American Legion Band under the direction of Dan Crist and Claysburg Community Chorus under the direction of Heidi Kennedy, invocations by Claysburg Legion Chaplain Ray Glass and r...

  • Approved C-K Budget Could Raise Taxes to 7.7% Act 1 Index

    Thomas Schmitt, Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board of Directors approved a preliminary 2024/25 budget which will raise taxes to the Act 1 limit of 7.7% and would cost the average homeowner $1.52 a week , $80 a year more per household, and generate $321,740. The millage rate in Greenfield and Kimmel townships would be increased to 9.76 and 11.71 mills. The budget shows $14,651,863 in expected expenditures and $14,306,667 in revenue with a deficit of $345,196. The board does not know what they will receive in state funding at this point, so they took the budget...

  • Helen St. Clair

    May 16, 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...

  • John Alvin Manges

    May 16, 2024

    John Alvin Manges of Oxford, passed away May 7, 2024, after an extended illness. John was the son of James W. Jr. and Donna J. (Melius) Manges of New Enterprise. John married Mary A. Clouse in 1977 and together they shared 46 years of marriage. John is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Rebecca Botha (John) of Oxford; daughter Megan Briggeman (Steven) of York, granddaughters Lauren and Audrey Botha, Caroline Briggeman, his mother Donna J., brother Rock (Carla) of New Enterprise, and brother Way...

  • Constance "Connie" June Gates

    May 16, 2024

    Constance “Connie” June Gates, 92, of Roaring Spring, passed away Saturday evening May 10, 2024, at Homewood at Martinsburg. She was born June 16, 1931, in Six Mile Run, daughter of the late William Hopkins and Mary (Daugherty) Bissell. She married H. Dean “Mace” Gates Jan. 1, 1949, in Roaring Spring. She is survived by her four children: Bradley M. Gates and wife, Kathy of Fredericksburg, Va., Brian L. Gates of St. Mary’s, Brent E. Gates and wife, Deborah of Roaring Spring, and Bridget A...

  • Horse Club Releases Dates for Shows and Chicken BBQ

    Jenn Monroe|May 16, 2024

    Huntingdon Horsemen has been serving local equestrians since the early 1950s. Annually the club hosts four monthly shows. These shows have a variety of classes ranging from English flat classes, jumping classes, Western Pleasure, Ranch, Halter, Clover Leaf Barrel Race, 50 Yard Dash, and Keyhole. The dates for the 2024 horse show and chicken barbecue will be May 26, June 30, July 28, and August 25. Each show starts at 8 a.m. sharp. These shows and chicken BBQ are open to the public. There is...

  • Woodbury Borough Meets

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    Woodbury Borough Council members held their regular monthly meeting on May 6 at 7 p.m. Claudia Keith and Mayor Jordan Pabon were absent. Minutes and the treasurer’s report written by Barb Wilt were approved. The total balance in the state aid fund is $6,799.74, the balance in the general fund is $121,886.66, the CD balance is $15,122.05, and the total balance in the Hometown Bank is $143,788.45. The total balance in both bank accounts is $213,405.39. Total funds in liquid fuels reimbursement are $7,138.55. No reports were given on Woodbury C...

  • Sophomores from Cove High Schools Graduate from Program

    Cati Keith, Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    Students from Cove high schools were among the 24 graduates to complete the Leadership Blair County Youth Program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Students who participated from Cove schools include Evan Brumbaugh, Norah Bechtel, Katherine Dunn, and Willow Miller of Central High School, and Mariah Good and Macy Norris of Williamsburg High School. Chamber CEO, Joe Hurd said this year’s sophomore class was different. “This year’s class I think must have been fairly special, not only the c...

  • Issues with Motorized Scooters and Bicycles Addressed

    Chief Kerry L. Hoover|May 16, 2024

    The Martinsburg Police Department has been receiving many questions (and complaints) concerning motorized scooters (motor scooters) and bicycles with electric assist recently and would like to issue the following information for everyone’s safety. Gasoline and electric motor scooters have become hot items among children and teenagers. A motorized scooter is a 2-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine or an electric motor and does not have a seat or saddle for the driver. According to the PA Motor Vehicle Code, motor scooters are found under the d...

  • Central PA Council of Republican Women Meeting

    May 16, 2024

    The Central Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women will host Blair County Social Services Director, Trisha Maceno as their Guest Speaker on Wednesday, May 22, at the Altoona Grand Hotel Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. The topic to be discussed is the Importance of Mental Health Care and the Impact it has on our Families and Communities. There will be a Question and Answer opportunity at the end of the presentation. This is a free event. Food and drinks may be purchased before, during and after this event. Please register for the event by contracting...

  • Greenfield Township Accepts Bid to Pave Several Roads

    Michael Sell, Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors accepted a bid to pave several roads in the township at their May 7 meeting. The roads to be paved include Left Hand Gap Road, Railroad Street, Wees Road, and Athletic Field Drive. The board received two bids for paving. Grannas Bros. submitted a bid of $127,870 and New Enterprise Stone & Lime submitted a bid of $129,774. The board accepted the lower bid. The township’s highway department will patch and grade the roads before they are paved. Supervisors approved the naming of three roads adjacent t...

  • Underwear Styles

    Dave Potchak|May 16, 2024

    When it comes to garments and fashion - what’s in style and what attire is best for different situations - I admit that I am a total moron. The only exception to my insufficient vesture knowledge is my underwear. I wrote the book when it comes to a man’s underclothing and I am an expert regarding what choice a man should make when it comes to donning a particular style. Jockey briefs From my early childhood years through my forties, I’d always worn jockey briefs. I guess my mom purchased those for me when I was a kid and I just never quest...

  • Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Community Library Recommends

    Roaring Spring, Community Library Intern|May 16, 2024

    Alyson The universe surrounding the characters in Noel’s novel is vividly described, and boy, what a great world it is! For me, this book has been fantastic. Although it was a pleasant surprise, I still don’t know who Damen is since at the time I was completely unaware of the series’ true purpose. Being in the dark has been a lovely surprise. I only realized he was immortal because of the series’ name, which makes sense given that it is about immortals. Ever has been one of my favorite people,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 16, 2024

    My name is J. Patrick McGill and I am a music teacher in Washington County. I am also married to Bethany Mingle, a 2001 graduate of Central High School. We met in Pittsburgh where both of us have had successful careers as singers with the most prestigious organizations in the city, including the Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and Resonance Works Pittsburgh, in addition to her work as a physician assistant and mine as a teacher. We are both appalled at the hasty removal of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from the Spr...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 16, 2024

    I’m writing in reference to the decision that was made by members of our Spring Cove School District administration to exclude the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from the Spring Concert performed at the Middle School on May 7, 2024. As a parent, I am saddened by this decision as it directly affected my son who is a chorus member. The excluded song was his favorite song that they had learned for this concert and the one he looked forward most to performing. As a person who values education, I am enraged by this instance of censorship. How do w...

  • 125 Years Ago

    May 16, 2024

    Herald of May 19, 1899 Members of the Heffner Post 166, Grand Army of the Republic, were searching for a spot on the Fisher Farm in Woodcock Valley where Captain Philips and his company of 14 men were massacred by Indians over 100 years ago. It was the intention of the post to erect a monument by public subscription. The correspondent from the village of Brumbaugh reported that the bark peeling season was about over and some persons were not nearly through yet. A stable on the premises of Mrs. H.C. Nicodemus of Locust St., Martinsburg was...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 16, 2024

    Herald of May 16, 1974 After weeks of research and study on possible building plans at Memorial Park, architectural students from Penn State University unveiled four proposals. All four called for a new building, but the existing park structure was included in only two plans while the other two called it to be torn down. The annual alumni banquet for Replogle High School was held May 11 at Northern Bedford High School with 112 in attendance. Harold Crawford was elected president of the alumni association. The Central High School parliamentary...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 16, 2024

    Herald of May 16, 1924 A public meeting of voters was called by the North Woodbury Township School Board in response to petition in circulation considering the advisability of erecting a new building, centrally located, to take the place of the four buildings in need of extensive repairs, located in Martinsburg, Millerstown and Middletown. Seventeen-year-old Ruth Brawler was seriously burned from head to waist in boiler explosion while helping her father John grind chop at their home in Yellow Creek. Night thieves filed the lock and broke into...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 16, 2024

    Herald of May 20, 1999 Charles Sherman Dick, rural mail carrier of Martinsburg RR 2, received the Benjamin Franklin Award of Excellence from the National Newspaper Association. He was selected for the honor based on information submitted by the Morrisons Cove Herald, a member of the NNA. The local resident was the only postal carrier in the state to receive the award. The “Cove Clipper,” Altoona Metro Transit’s new bus service connecting Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, and Altoona, was introduced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Morrisons Cove...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 16, 2024

    Herald of May 19, 1949 Nine area high schools announced plans for graduation ceremonies: Robert Smith Vocational High School, Yellow Creek; Roaring Spring High School, Martinsburg High School, Replogle High School, New Enterprise, Morrisons Cove High School, Wiliamsburg High School, Taylor Township Consolidated School, Woodbury High School and Greenfield Township High School. The Pennsylvania Railroad Shops at Altoona were to close at 7 a.m. Friday, May and remain closed until 7 a.m. June 1. All departments with about 11,000 employees were to...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 16, 2024

    Herald of May , 2014 Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg is again experiencing severe financial distress – at the same level as 5-1/2 years ago. The cash position is so poor that if no additional donations are received from the Morrisons Cove community, park officials will be forced to close the facility this sum- mer. The Spring Cove School Board heard presentations at Monday’s meeting to pos- sibly change teacher and student dress codes. Isaiah Aurandt (right), 8, of Williamsburg, has been named a “Miracle Kid” as part of the 2014 Ch...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 16, 2024

    On Thursday, May 9 while driving a blue Jeep, I was very rude to you in the Ollie’s parking lot located in Duncansville. It was early afternoon when the incident happened . It was raining and a very sweet gentleman had pulled up to the exit door so he could assist his dear wife get into their car. While the gentleman was putting their packages in the trunk, I rushed from the store to my Jeep and began backing out of my parking space. I tried to squeeze out and rush off, but because of the way the Buick was positioned, I was blocked in. The gent...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 16, 2024

    Many years ago, President Eisenhower drove through the Cove. He named it “The Land of Milk and Honey.” Sadly, if a dignitary visited the area today, he or she would call it “The Land of the Silenced.” Over the last year I have seen numerous efforts by some citizens to silence anyone who is different than they are. For example, several months ago a church in the Cove used the bulk of their endowment so in order to disaffiliate from their national church organization, and in that way, they could keep people they didn’t like or judged out of th...

  • Dragon Baseball Downs Rams

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    In two matches this week, the Dragon Baseball team found one victory over the Penns Valley Rams with a score of 7-6. An 8-3 loss befell the Dragons earlier in the week, however, to the Clearfield Bison. Against the Bison, the Dragons started the game off well with a 3-1 lead after four innings of play. However, the Bison were able to rally back with four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth. A scoreless seventh inning ended the game with a loss for the Dragons. Despite only giving up four hits to the Bison, the Dragons still ended...

  • Dragon Softball finds a Victory

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    In a week containing four matches for the Central Lady Dragon Softball team, they were able to down their first opponent of the week, the Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils with a score of 11-1. Sadly, the other matches of the week came with losses. Against the Clearfield Lady Bison, a 7-6 loss. Against the Hollidaysburg Lady Golden Tigers, a 2-1 loss, and against the Penns Valley Lady Rams, an 18-6 loss. Against the Blue Devils, the Dragons started strong with a 6-0 lead after four innings. The Dragons added another four in the sixth and one...

  • Mushroom Time Winding Down

    RICHARD TATE|May 16, 2024

    Morels, commonly called “mushrooms” in our area, are considered a delicacy. The sportsmen who seek these spongy fungi are more secretive about the location of the mushrooms than big-trout specialists and turkey hunters are about their favorite spots. I have run into numerous mushroom hunters over the years while I have been fishing or scouting for turkeys. Generally most of them give me a grunt and ease out of sight. Some probably think I am spying on them. I have been fortunate over time. Donna enjoys morels, and often several mushroom hun...

  • 2024 Cove Graduates to Be Honored in Coming Weeks

    May 16, 2024

    NBC Class of 2024 to Graduate on May 30 Northern Bedford County Senior High School’s Baccalaureate will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 7 p.m. at the Northern Bedford County High School Auditorium. The NBC class of 2024 has 64 students graduating this year. The date of the Commencement is on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 7 p.m., at Northern Bedford County High School – Panther Community Stadium (weather permitting) Class Officers are Reaghan Grimes - President, Dani Imler - Vice President, Aid...

  • Great Catch!

    May 16, 2024

    Central right fielder Britton Marko pulls in a fly ball hit down the first base line in a home game Wednesday, May 6...

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

    John Bush|May 16, 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...

  • Cove Calendar

    May 16, 2024

    Thursday, May 20 Ceremony for Woodbury Pike Bridge to be Named for Korean War Veteran at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Roaring Spring at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20 Roaring Spring ARCH Healthy Faith exercise class at 6 p.m. and Healthy Faith support class at 6:45 p.m.; everyone is invited. Tuesday, May 21 Gloria Gates Care will be on site at 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Roaring Spring Community Library. West African Drums at The Arc of Blair County 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Arc Angels Chorus at The Arc of Blair County 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22...

  • Descendants of the Civil War Meeting Planned

    May 16, 2024

    Descendants of the Civil War Veterans will be holding their meeting on the Wednesday, May 22 at Bellwood Public Library. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and the speaker will be Kevin Mearkle....

  • Happy Other's Day

    Paster Lee Seese|May 16, 2024

    Mother’s Day has passed. The flower shops, card companies, and restaurants are still counting their profits. If you are a mom, I hope you felt appreciated and valued last Sunday. More importantly, I trust you get appreciation and gratitude on a regular basis. And if you are a lady who has lost a child or has a prodigal, I hope you find comfort in the fact that your significance is in Christ. I know you will never give up and will not stop praying. I have heard people say that every day should be Mother’s Day and I don’t disagree with that....

  • Lesson from Time in Kenya About Fear and Humility

    Joel Kletzing, Faith Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    When our family was in Kenya, I counseled our teenager to forget whatever he may have learned about driving there. I could never have imagined my wife being calm if she were riding in a vehicle where there seems to be no rules. One day she looked at us with a calm smile and said with a tone of voice that exuded peace, “This is really amazing. It looks like we are going to hit those cars head on.” God gave her peace. From my vantage point the only explanation was that she was surrendered to God’s plans. Have you ever heard someone say somet...

  • Alliance Chaplain to Speak at Williamsburg

    May 16, 2024

    Terry Leininger, an Alliance Chaplain, will be speaking at the 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship Service on May 26th at the Williamsburg Alliance Church located at 5270 Piney Creek Rd., Williamsburg, PA 16693. The Alliance Chaplains Ministries is growing, resulting in powerful ministry opportunities. Currently, there are 69 Alliance (Christian & Missionary Alliance) chaplains, 15 Chaplain Candidates, and 48 applicants representing the Alliance in all the military services and federal institutions like the Veterans Administration (VA), the Federal...

  • Thought for the Week

    May 16, 2024

    It happened a long time ago in a restaurant we enjoy as a family. Another family came in and was seated. It did not take very long for the littlest member of the family throw a ‘howling fit’; screaming, throwing things, banging on the tray of his high chair. Other diners drew back and lots of folks stared. The father rose and lifted the little guy out of his high chair and they marched out the door and across the parking lot. They were gone a little while, but when they came back, things wer...

  • Tips to Prevent Pickleball Injuries

    May 16, 2024

    Pickleball is thriving, and that’s great news for those who love the game. Unfortunately, pickleball also has proven beneficial to orthopedic practices. A 2023 analysis from UBS estimated pickleball injuries could cost Americans nearly $400 million in 2023. Seniors are especially vulnerable to pickleball injuries, as a 2021 study published in the journal Injury Epidemiology found that 86 percent of emergency room visits related to pickleball injuries affected individuals 60 and older. Injuries are a part of any sport, and pickleball is no d...

  • Keepin' It Secondary: High School Teacher Highlight

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    Jana Mock Jana Mock may be the teacher who was born the furthest from Williamsburg – born in Chicago. However, Mock and her family moved to Williamsburg when she was in the 5th grade. Mock graduated from Williamsburg in 1985 and then graduated from Lock Haven University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education. When she is not teaching, Mock can be found with her family, attending Penn State football games with her sister, attending craft shows, reading or walking. She and hus...

  • Lack of Mowing Frustrates Borough

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    “It’s just frustrating,” Williamsburg Mayor Ted Hyle said during discussions at Monday evening’s Williamsburg Borough Council meeting. Hyle expressed frustration upon some residents with lack of caring for lawns and cutting grass. Hyle said that it seems to be repeat offenders, or people who own properties in the Borough but don’t live there all the time. Borough Manager Joe Lansberry said the Borough received a copy of Martinsburg’s grass and lawn ordinance, and thought it may be “easier to enforce,” as the current Borough one, has “no te...

  • Catharine Discusses New Truck

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    A few months ago, Catharine Township purchased a 2012 International truck with the knowledge that the truck needed a total engine repair; during Thursday evening’s meeting, it was announced that repairs were going to cost more than originally estimated. The township purchased the truck for $6100, and now, the estimate for the engine and labor would be roughly $17,000 with Catharine already putting $10,000 into it for repairs. Supervisors discussed whether it would be worth it to continue, and after reading some values of how much the truck i...

  • Ward has Work Featured in the Term III Senior Art and Selected Student Works Show

    May 16, 2024

    Anna Ward of Williamsburg, PA had artwork selected for the Term III Senior Art and Selected Student Works Show. The full exhibit was on display in the George Waters Art Gallery between May 2-9 and the senior art pieces will remain through May 19. The exhibit includes a section for senior Art students to share their work as well as exceptional paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and sculptures from students in all class years....

  • Anna Ward Named to Dean's List

    May 16, 2024

    Anna Ward of Williamsburg was named to the Elmira College Dean’s List for the winter 2024 term. Full-time undergraduate students registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and earning a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher at the end of Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean’s List at the college....

  • Dragons Downed by Wolves

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    The Dragon Volleyball team had a singular match against the West Shamokin Wolves, ending in the Dragons’ 3-0 defeat. Later in the week, the Dragons traveled to play in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Volleyball tournament. Against the Wolves, the Dragons were defeated in just three quick sets of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-18. Christian Heuston had three kills and three blocks. Bryson Brooks had three kills and six good digs, while Logan Hummel had seven assists in the losing effort. With the weekend came a tournament for the Dragons. In pool play, th...

  • Play Ball!

    May 16, 2024

    In extra innings with the bases loaded Williamsburg’s Luke Uplinger (left) scores on a pass ball with Claysburg pitcher Brayden Haney attempting to make the tag Monday, May 13 at Claysburg High School....

  • Public Notices

    May 16, 2024

    Vehicle Sale The following abandoned vehicle will be sold at public auction at Walter’s Auto Wrecking, 403 Walter’s Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 10am. 2012 Ford Station Wagon, VIN NM0KS9CNXCT105594 NOTE: There will be a minimum bid and the title will be branded Formerly Abandoned. For more information, Call 814-696-0310. Meeting Notice Blair County Sanitary Administrative Committee meeting will be held May 21, 2024, at 7 p.m. Location is office of Blair County Sanitary Administrative Committee, 225 Bedford St., Ho...

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