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Yvonne L. Gahagan

Yvonne Lorrean Gahagan, 42, of rural Williamsburg, went home to be with her Lord, Tuesday evening, May 11, 2021, at UPMC Altoona. She was born Nov. 14, 1978, in Roaring Spring, daughter of Gene S....

 

Naomi Ruth (Sheterom) Beach

Naomi Ruth (Sheterom) Beach, 80, of Roaring Spring, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, at her residence. She was born June 24, 1940, in Altoona, daughter of the late Wilbert and Josephine (Gibson)...

 

R. Leroy Bumgardner

R. Leroy Bumgardner, 83, of Williamsburg, passed away Wednesday evening, May 12, 2021, at UPMC Altoona. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, at his family’s home in Larke, just south of Williamsburg, son of...

 

Mary Loretta Dick

Mary Loretta Dick, 95, a resident at Colonial Courtyard at Bedford, formerly of Roaring Spring, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021, at the home. She was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Pavia, the daughter of the late Grant and Cleo (Mowry) Ickes. She married...

 

Kathy Ann Bennett

Kathy Ann Bennett, 63, of Altoona, passed away, Saturday, May 15, 2021, at her residence. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Friday, May 21, 2021, at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg, where a funeral service will follow...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    May 20, 2021

Smith Transport to be Location for Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization whose original purpose was to place wreaths each year at Christmastime at Arlington National Cemetery. The organization now places remembrance wreaths nationwide, including Flight 93 memorial in...

 

Herald Sets Deadlines for June 3 Issue

Editor’s Note: The deadline for all obituaries to appear in the Thursday, June 3, issue, will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28. Obituaries may be sent to [email protected] For more information, please contact the Herald office at (814)...

 

Motorcycle Awareness Month: Share the Road Safely

As both temperatures and motorcycle traffic on commonwealth roadways are on the rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) join agencies throughout the nation in recognizing May as Motorcycle Saf...

 

Honoring our Healthcare Heroes

What is a hero? Maya Angelou famously said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” In our leadership roles within the Conemaugh Health System, we have the privilege of working with an incredible...

 

Electric Vehicles And Paying For Our Highways

With anticipated growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States, the question remains: How are EVs going to pay their fair share of maintaining our nation’s highway infrastructure? The Highway Trust Fund was created in 1956 by Congress...

 

Small Business Optimism On The Rise

Small business optimism rose again in April, according to a report from the National Federation of Independent Business, even as employers in Pennsylvania struggle to fill positions. The optimism index gained 4.8 points over the last four months as...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of May 21, 1896 Peter Showman Post 574, Grand Army of the Republic, was planning a Memorial Day program for Saturday, May 30. A procession was to form at the Odd Fellows Hall under the command of chief marshal Dr. William M. Bolger, proceed...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of May 20, 1921 Henrietta folks had their suspicions aroused when a stranger appeared in search of work. Failing to reveal his identity or reason for being there, some were ready to contact the constable. Acting as a good samaritan, one...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of May 23, 1946 James Weldon Bassler, Yeoman Third Class of the Navy, returned to the home of his parents, Mr. And Mrs. J. Harold Bassler, near Martinsburg, after a year in the Philippines. The primary election in Morrisons Cove was notable...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of May 20, 1971 The U.S. Postal Service increased rates for a first-class letter from six cents to eight cents. Donald E. Evans of Williamsburg RD 1 was elected first vice president of the Pennsylvania Jaycees at a convention in Montgomery...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of May 16, 1996 The Northern Bedford School Board gave tentative approval Tuesday to a three-mill increase in real estate taxes for the 1996-97 school year. The tax hike will bring the real estate tax to $123 per thousand dollars of assessed...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of May 19, 2011 A change in health care coverage has helped the Clayburg-Kimmel School Board balance its 2011-12 budget. The school board and the Claysburg-Kimmel Education Association verbally agreed on a memorandum of understanding that...

 

Public Notices

Woodbury Community Yard Sale The Woodbury Community Yard Sale will be held the weekend of June 4-June 5, 2021. Community clean-up week will be May 30-June 3, 2021. The Borough encourages residents to keep their yards mowed and their property cleaned... Full story

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 20, 2021

Martinsburg Man Accused of Stealing from Employer

A Martinsburg man has been arrested after police said he stole around $53,000 from his employer. Jay A. Garver Jr., 53, is facing 129 felony and misdemeanor charges after police said he deposited money meant for his employer into his personal bank...

 
 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    May 20, 2021

PennDOT Says Proposed Interstate Bridge Tolls 'Not Permanent'

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said that proposed tolls for nine interstate bridges won’t be permanent. PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian told the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, April 29, that the tolls will remain in...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    May 20, 2021

Williamsburg Celebrates Its Hometown Heroes with Banners

Lining the streets of Williamsburg are the Hometown Hero banners – an effort spearheaded by the Women's Civic Club and member Michelle Stultz. While traveling around Pennsylvania for her job,...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    May 20, 2021

Woodbury Township Ready to Advertise for Road Bids

Woodbury Township is ready to advertise bids for stone and for sealing some of the township roads, according to Chairman Joe Lansberry during the Thursday, May 6, township meeting. Ed Clark made the motion to advertise for bids for 2021 seal-coat...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

The words flowing from my pen were a prayer to the God of the morning: "As we walk, help us ponder the path of our feet and let all our ways be established ... for now we see through a glass darkly...

 

Penn State Extension Educators Offer Lanternfly Management Tips

Sunny skies and rising temperatures have many on cloud nine with anticipation of summertime fun. But for residents in parts of Pennsylvania and beyond, these weather conditions also signal the return...

 

Game Commission Announces Gypsy Moth Spraying Plans

In an effort to protect wildlife habitat, the Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to spray more than 50,000 acres of state game lands this spring. Spraying will occur on 25 different state game lands...

 

District VI Baseball Tournament Starts May 20

District VI baseball seedings for this season have been released with the bracket for District VI tournament match-ups. Among these teams are Central High School and Claysburg-Kimmel. Central High School is in the 1st seed of the District VI- Class...

 

State Rep. Introduces Legislation to Set Aside Elk Hunting Licenses For Disabled Pennsylvania Veterans

Pennsylvania state Rep. Frank Burns has introduced legislation to create a new lottery for two elk hunting licenses per year for 100 percent disabled veterans. Burns, D-East Taylor Township, created the idea for House Bill 937 in response to contact...

 

– Sports Roundup –

DISTRICT VI VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE Tuesday, May 18 @ Tyrone Area Middle School AAA Championship Altoona vs. State College, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 @ Central High School AA Semi-Finals Bishop Guilfoyle vs. Central, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 @ Forest Hills...

 

Arbitrary Rules

Both the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission publish booklets of rules that govern fishing and hunting. It is the obligation of sportsmen to know and follow thes...

 

Rightenour Bowls a Perfect Game

Brandon Rightenour, 19, of Martinsburg bowled a perfect game of 300 in 9-pin No-Tap bowling on May 12, 2021, at the Huntsman Bowling Center at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. He made 7 real strikes and...

 

Senior's Project Brings 6-Hole 'Disc Golf' to Memorial Park

The inspiration for Central High School student Jacob Dick's senior project was simple: he liked disc golf and he wanted to have a course near his home. The criteria for Dick's senior project was...

 

I Got it, I Got it!

Trygg Musselman, 8, first baseman for Gartland Supply and Country Store, keeps his eye on the batter and the ball during Spring Cove Little League on Saturday, May 15....

 

Businesses Have Option to Require Individuals to Wear Masks

The Herald's Weekly Virus Report Reported on 5/18/21 #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 3,185 - 137 - 286.1 Blair: 10,228 - 332 - 272.5 Cambria: 10,379 - 428 - 328.7 Centre: 15,212 - 222 - 136.7 Clearfield: 6,182 - 143(n/c) - 180.4 Fulton: 740 - 15(n/...

 

Pa: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

The Pa. Department of Health on May 12 encouraged all COVID-19 vaccine providers to start vaccinating anyone age 12 and over with the Pfizer vaccine as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Pre...

 

Los Negocios Todavía Tienen La Opción Para Obligar a Los Individuos Para Llevar Mascarillas

El Departamento de la Salud de Pensilvania recordó a los residentes de Pensilvania que las personas totalmente vacunadas pueden elegir no llevar mascarilla, a menos que un negocio o una organización, como una escuela, requiera ese nivel más alto d...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    May 20, 2021

Local School Districts, Organizations Get Ag Education Grants

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Education Executive Deputy Secretary Pam Smith announced that $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Farm Bill has been invested in developing the future workforce for Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture...

 

Spring Cove School District Approves Multiple Personnel Changes

The Spring Cove School District Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 17, in the administration office boardroom with visitors participating virtually. The board unanimously approved the motion to approve the no tax...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    May 20, 2021

Nason Foundation Celebrating 40 Years of Helping Community

The Nason Foundation planned to hold a 40 Years + Celebration Reception on May 19, 2021. The reception was to be held at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. This reception was to feature a presentation on the Nason Foundation’s work over the last 40...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 20, 2021

Roaring Spring Man Facing Charges of Strangulation

A Roaring Spring man was taken into custody on May 9 following a domestic disturbance at an East Freedom home. According to Freedom Township police, Michael P. Claar, 40, assaulted a woman on two separate occasions at the residence along Tuscarora...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    Life    May 20, 2021

Oncology Nurse from East Freedom Earns Doctorate

Some of Carla Schaefer's earliest memories of growing up in East Freedom was wanting to be a nurse. Schaefer was inspired early on by her aunts who were nurses, something she didn't see a lot of....

 
 By BROOKE GOCHNOUR    Life    May 20, 2021

Dairy Princess says, 'Thank you!'

Happy May, everyone! It has been a great year of supporting the dairy industry and our local farmers. I am so thankful for the chance I was given when I was named the Bedford County Dairy Princess...

 

Enjoying McKee Playground Spruce-Up

Otto Dibert, age 3, and his mom, Kassidy Snyder, enjoy an afternoon at the McKee Playground. The playground recently installed soft rubber mulch throughout its play area. Funds for the mulch were...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    May 20, 2021

Hand-Painted Rocks Help Williamsburg Man Make Friends

John Clinton Townsend likes to make friends. If you live in Williamsburg, or passed through on a visit, chances are you have seen him walking through town selling his hand-painted rocks. For those...

 

Herald Sets Early Deadlines For June 3 Edition Submissions

Editor’s Note The Herald would like to alert its readers and advertisers to the early deadlines that have been set for the Thursday, June 3, edition. All forms of advertising – classified, legal notice, regular display and back page – will be...

 

Primary Election Voters Start Early

Joanne and Rick Hartman of Martinsburg were among the early voters at the Church of God in Martinsburg on Tuesday, May 18, for the primary election. Local primary election results will be published...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 20, 2021

Cove Firefighting Community Mourns Loss Of Long-Time Member

The Cove firefighting community is mourning the loss of one of its own with the passing of Jeffery Lafferty. Lafferty, of Martinsburg, died May 14 at the age of 57 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital,...

 

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