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  • Public Notices

    May 21, 2020

    Meeting The regular June meeting of the Huston Township Supervisors will be held June 11, at 7:30 p.m. instead of June 4. The meeting will be at the township building. Invitation to bidders Northern Bedford County School District 2020/21 Milk and Bread Bid Northern Bedford School District will receive bids for milk and bread deliveries for the 2020/21 school year. Bids should be marked milk and bread and sent to the Administrative Office, 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg, PA 16659, at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at which time a... Full story

  • Automobiles, Influenza and Covid-19: History Shows No Equivalency

    Darwin H. Stapleton|May 21, 2020

    Contrary to what some public figures have suggested, there is no equivalency between the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and its resulting deaths, versus deaths from automobile accidents and from the influenza (the flu). Comparing a new phenomenon with automobile technology and an annual disease that have been around for a hundred years or more is misleading. As a historian of technology, science, and medicine I can assert that it is wrong to suggest that somehow we should regard the...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    May 21, 2020

    Being a teenager is hard enough. Now imagine being a teenager whose ex-girlfriend Sadie is insanely famous and had her dad dump you via text. Welcome to the life of Edwin Green. All he wants is to become famous and have Sadie notice him again. Or have people stop asking him about her. But mostly the first one. Enter Parker Haddaway, the weird new girl at school with whom Edwin ends up having to do a history project. Parker is the only person who doesn’t seem to care about Edwin’s famous ex. She...

  • Lightning Strikes Steeple

    May 21, 2020

    Herald of May 16, 1895 The steeple of the Church of God in Martinsburg was struck by lightning and completely demolished during a terrific rain storm. The rafters and supports were shattered into thousands of pieces. The cupola was to be reconstructed but without the tail spire. “Aunt” Peggy Stonerook was found dead in her bed at Woodbury by Dr. Berkheimer, who was summoned after she failed to respond when a neighbor boy took milk to her door. She was 71 and had never been married. There was a heavy frost and snow in the air. Those who rem...

  • Wareham Barn Fire

    May 21, 2020

    Herald of May 21, 1970 Employees of Champion Home Builders Co. at Claysburg walked off the job at 3:30 p.m., Friday and have been on strike since then. The Spring Cove School Board adopted its 1970-71 budget by a split vote Monday night. Herbert Decker is receiving applications for queen of the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company. Albert J. Carper, 96, is the oldest member of the Martinsburg Brethren in Christ Church and was given the honor of turning the first spade of earth at groundbreaking ceremonies for the new parsonage. A severe...

  • Farmers Sell Wheat

    May 21, 2020

    Herald of May 21, 1920 The first baccalaureate service to be held in Bedford Hall in the college building was held in connection with the closing of the Morrisons Cove Vocational school on Sunday evening. Thomas H. McMaster, former well-known resident of Taylor township, died at his home in Carrolltown, aged 65 years. For years he had lived on the McMaster farm southwest of Martinsburg. A number of people from Martinsburg and vicinity left during the week to attend the general conference of the Brethren in Christ chuch in Ontario, Can. Quite a...

  • Police Get New Wheels

    May 21, 2020

    Herald of May 18, 1995 The Martinsburg Police Department purchased a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria at a cost of $15,897. The new vehicle would replace the department’s 1984 Mercury Grand Marquis. Mrs. Dorothy Shaw, volunteer in the Nason Hospital snack bar and outpatient lab, was honored at the annual Nason Volunteer Brunch on May 6 at the hospital. Mrs. Shaw, a resident of McKee, was surprise when she learned that her volunteer efforts had earned her recognition as well as a framed certificate of appreciation. In Tuesday’s primary election, voter t...

  • POW Released

    May 21, 2020

    Herald of May 24, 1945 Two frosts in one week is a record for the fourth week in May. Hail stones as large as hulled walnuts are said to have fallen and covered the ground in Fredericksburg. A fine monument is to be dedicated at the Consolidated school grounds just outside Woodbury to honor those of this war who are in the armed services or who are likely to be in the service before peace comes. Pfc. Jesse Cleveland Detwiler, 22 of Clappertown, who has been in the hands of the Germans since Oct. 6 last, is free again according to a brief...

  • 3.25 Mill Increase

    May 21, 2020

    Herald of May 20, 1970 The Williamsburg School Board approved its proposed final budget to reflect a 3.25 mill increase on real estate tax. Four area baseball and softball teams will begin their quest for district gold today, May 20. The postseason for District 6 will feature baseball teams from Central and Williamsburg, while CHS and Claysburg-Kimmel will be represented on the softball diamond. North Woodbury Township will go along with a Blair County recommendation and not challenge The Village at Morrisons Cove’s request for the new c...

  • DEATH RECORD

    May 21, 2020

    ELLIOTT – Wayne V., 90, resident at The Village of Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, formerly of Roaring Spring FOUSE – John M., 90, rural Martinsburg MINGLE. – Richard A., 82, Hollidaysburg SNIDER – Audra C., 95, Martinsburg...

  • WAYNE V. ELLIOTT

    May 21, 2020

    Wayne V. Elliott, 90, a resident at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, formerly of Roaring Spring, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, May 16, 2020, at the home. He was born on May 17, 1929, in Roaring Spring, the son of the late Carl and Verona (Burket) Elliott. He formerly had been married to the late June (Burket) Elliott, who preceded him in death. He is survived by two children: Maureen Teague and husband Wilson of Hickory, N.C., and Carl W. Elliott and wife Dawn of...

  • JOHN M. FOUSE

    May 21, 2020

    John M. Fouse, 90, of rural Martinsburg, passed away on Saturday morning, May 16, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Hesston, Huntingdon County, son of the late George H. and Marie C. (Troxell) Fouse. On Oct. 23, 1954, he married Darlene J. Imler at Mount Pleasant United Church of Christ, rural Martinsburg. Surviving are his beloved wife of 65 years; a son, Duane A. Fouse of Henrietta; a daughter, Cheryl A. Fouse of Martinsburg; five grandch...

  • RICHARD A. MINGLE

    May 21, 2020

    Richard A “Dick” Mingle, 82, of Hollidaysburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at his residence. He was born on June 3, 1937, in Altoona, son of the late Marion D and Evelyn (Smith) Mingle. Surviving are his children: Marion, Richard Jr, Michael and Marlene, all of Williamsburg, Jeffrey of Altoona and Jennifer of Hollidaysburg, where he resided, and has 11 grandchildren. Also survived by twin brothers Robert of Ganister and William of Tyrone. He was preceded in death by a son, Bobbie. Dick retired as President from Domestic Plumbing and He...

  • AUDRA C. SNIDER

    May 21, 2020

    Audra C. Snider, 95, of Martinsburg, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 13, 2020, at Homewood at Martinsburg. She was born on May 8, 1925, in East Sharpsburg, daughter of the late Harry Keagy and Viola M. (Barefoot) Replogle. On March 25, 1950, she married H. David Snider in Martinsburg. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 2018. Surviving are a son, Ronald W. (Jaci) Snider of Morrison, Colo.; a daughter, Debra K. Snider of Martinsburg; two granddaughters: Jessica J. Murphy and Krystina T....

  • Pa. Encourages Electronic Real Estate Tax Filing

    May 21, 2020

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is encouraging Pennsylvanians to take advantage of electronic filing options for their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns (PA-40s). Even though the deadline for filing 2019 tax returns has been extended to July 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filing now electronically is an option, including for Pennsylvanians who are expecting a tax refund. “We want our taxpayers to know that you don’t have to wait until July. We’re still processing returns and issuing the majority of refunds that are reque...

  • Woodbury Borough's Mayor Position Remains Open

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    Woodbury Borough Council met on Monday, May 4, at the Woodbury Area Community Center. All members utilized social distancing throughout the meeting. The office of mayor remains vacant. Two candidates are expected to attend the June council meeting. The Woodbury Area Community Center roofing project is complete. Initially, this was a project that was to take five years of savings and fundraising to complete. However, James Beach, a neighbor to the center, left approximately $24,000 to be used for this project. It was assumed the burden to the...

  • Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

    Roseann Zimmerman, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    The newest storybook in my house is for children. The metaphoric story was written by Jeremiah Pent of Tennessee last year. In it, an orphan boy looks for a place to call home. On his journey, he meets various people who each give him a metaphor for a good life. Metaphoric stories are not new, in fact, they were one of Jesus’ ways to tell stories. An example, is the sower and the seeds he scatters. That helps us understand about preachers and the sermons they preach about God’s word to us, the listeners. In this story, the orphan boy met an...

  • Blood Donors Needed to Keep Supply Strong Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

    May 21, 2020

    In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets. As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. But blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on. As a thank-you for helping...

  • Dairy Princess Pageant Set for May 23

    May 21, 2020

    The Bedford County Dairy Promotion Committee will choose a 2020-21 Bedford County Dairy Princess on Saturday, May 23. Macy Walason (second from right) and Brooke Gouchnour (right) are the candidates for the title. Also pictured are (from left) Mary Stenning, 2019-20 Bedford County Alternate, and Denae Hershberger, 2019-20 Bedford County Dairy Princess and Pennsylvania State Alternate. The team will be tasked with presenting the public with the importance of dairy products in a healthy diet....

  • Area Students Named to SRU Dean's List

    May 21, 2020

    Slippery Rock University has announced its dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester. The dean’s list consists of SRU undergraduate students who earned an adjusted semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a schedule of at least 12 newly attempted and earned credits. Area students named to the dean’s list include: Everett – Wayne Bloom, Shay Decker, Olivia Horton, Kaitlyn Querry Roaring Spring – Taylor Flaugh, Sierra Foor...

  • Power Reunion Cancels Show

    May 21, 2020

    Due to COVID-19, the Southern Cove Power Reunion has cancelled its antique tractor show scheduled for Saturday, June 20, in New Enterprise. The Greater Pennsylvania Military Preservation Association had planned to hold a military education and display at the event....

  • Lines by Lee

    PASTOR LEE SEESE, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    Late every summer we hear the term "back to school." There are back-to-school sales, band camps and fall sports practices. In some cases, parents are counting the days until the kids can return. Of course, while some children like to go to school, the thought of summer ending and them going back is something most youngsters dread. One fine student who won't be going back to high school is my son, Micah. He is a member of the class of 2020 and with almost 4 million others he experienced the most...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    Scriptures to Read: Exodus 20:1-7. Leviticus 24:10-17 Isaiah 6:1-8 St. John 4:19-26 Isaiah 29:13 & St. Mark 7:6-8 Psalm 86:8-12 Revelation 5:9-13 I want to share today about something that distresses me to a degree. It is about how we treat God. I am talking about the God of Scripture, known to the Hebrew people as Jehovah or Yaweh. To them the Name of God was so sacred they did not actually say it, only wrote it and even then did not write it as completely as they could have. Moses asks God...

  • The Practice of Choosing Confirmation Names

    May 21, 2020

    Various sects that fall under the umbrella of Christianity have their own unique traditions when it comes to the sacraments. Roman Catholics about to receive the sacrament of confirmation often are required to choose a confirmation name before they can be confirmed. Some churches no longer require prospective confirmands to choose confirmation names. But those Catholics who will be asked to do so may want to learn about the tradition and why their parish still adheres to it. What is the...

  • St. Luke's to Hand Out Meals

    May 21, 2020

    St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Roaring Spring will continue with weekly food giveaways from 2 to 5 p.m. every Friday for the time being. This week, the church will give away spaghetti with meat sauce. The church also will have half gallons of local milk again. Meals will be distributed in a drive-thru fashion beside the church on Main Street in front of the church. The meals are for families who reside in the Cove and surrounding areas....

  • Portage Railroad, Other National Parks to Begin Re-opening

    May 21, 2020

    The National Park Service (NPS) Units of Western Pennsylvania announced May 15 that the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site near Cresson and the Flight 93 National Memorial will re-open. The opening is part of NPS beginning to increase recreational access to its park system. The process started on May 15. The re-openings are being done following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities,  The NPS is working servicewide with federal, state, and l...

  • Pa. Reminds Residents of Importance of U.S. Census

    May 21, 2020

    The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin on May 15 reminded all Pennsylvanians to “be a good neighbor” and respond to the 2020 Census. “As we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, Pennsylvanians can support their neighbors and communities by responding to the 2020 Census,” Sec. Davin said. “This simple act is something we can all safely do from home – by mail, phone, or for the first time ever, online.” This year marks the 22nd year of the United States Census...

  • PennDOT: Highway Fatalities at New Low

    May 21, 2020

    PennDOT announced on May 14 that statewide highway fatalities reached a new low in 2019, dropping to 1,059, the lowest since record keeping began in 1928 and 131 less than in 2018. The number of unrestrained fatalities dropped from 398 in 2018 to 330 last year, the lowest it has been in the last 20 years. Other areas that saw significant decreases in 2019 were fatalities in aggressive driving crashes, fatal crashes involving a driver 65 years of age or older, and pedestrian fatalities: • There were 129 fatalities in aggressive driving cra...

  • Cuttin' Through the 'Rainge'

    May 21, 2020

    The Morrisons Cove Herald, in its May 14, 2020, edition, had asked readers to submit a headline to go with the above photo. Lee Kensinger of Martinsburg submitted the above headline to accompany the following: "Don Knisely cuts grass in a light rain on Monday afternoon, May 11, at Golf World driving range in Duncansville." Mark Kensinger of Duncansville submitted the following caption to go along with the photo: "Fore, three, two, one........Ground control to Major Don (Tom)....

  • The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

    Allan J. Bassler, Publisher|May 21, 2020

    By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and Bedford counties are now in the state’s Yellow Phase. AS OF 8:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 Blair County • 38 cases confirmed, up from 30 cases confirmed, 1 death Bedford County • 32 cases confirmed, up from 29 cases, 2 deaths Nearby counties Cambria: 54 cases, up from 44 – 2...

  • Preparing for (Possible) Pool Season

    May 21, 2020

    In preparation for a possible swimming season, volunteers on Friday, May 15, painted and cleaned the pools at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg. The chemicals for the pools were expected to arrive this week. Above, Colby Gojmerac and John Shaulis, maintenance manager, remove leaves from the baby pool as the park readies the facility for a possible early June opening. The park traditionally opens Hershberger Memorial Pool on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, but the opening has...

  • Memorial Day Parades, Services Cancelled

    May 21, 2020

    The traditional three-day Memorial Day Weekend holiday, which unofficially begins the summer season, will be different in the Cove in 2020. Memorial Day services and parades, honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military, have been cancelled this year in and around Morrisons Cove due to COVID-19. The boroughs of Martinsburg, Roaring Spring and Williamsburg traditionally have had morning parades on Memorial Day. In addition to the parades, services have been held on...

  • Community Yard Sale Tentatively Planned for June 26-27

    May 21, 2020

    The Martinsburg Community Yard Sale is still a possibility for this year. The staff at the Morrisons Cove Herald usually coordinates the yard sale and this year will be no different. Karen Bassler, Herald co-owner and staff writer, is working to make sure this much-anticipated event will still happen while maintaining coronavirus safety guidelines. “Without knowing what the state of the pandemic will be at the end of June, it’s hard to make definite plans right now but we can still make plans,” Bassler said. Keeping Blair County’s number...

  • Snyders Restore Martin Loy Jr. Home in Loysburg; Share History

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    David Snyder and his daughter, Amy, of Loysburg have been named the "Historians of the Year" by the Bedford County Historical Society. The Snyders renovated the Martin Loy Jr. home in downtown Loysburg. Most of the work except the landscaping was been completed 2017-19. In addition to preserving the brick structure, they researched the early history of Loysburg and the Loy family and shared this information with neighbors and friends, including the Southern Cove Historical Group. The home was...

  • State Warns of Virus-Related Scams

    May 21, 2020

    The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities is warning investors of an anticipated surge in fraudulent investment schemes related to the coronavirus. Likely scams include: • Falsely purporting to raise capital for companies manufacturing surgical masks and gowns; producing ventilators and medical equipment; or manufacturing vaccines or other miracle cures. • Taking advantage of concerns with securities market volatility to promote “safe” investments with “guaranteed returns” including investments tied to gold and other commoditi...

  • N. Woodbury Twp. Announces Polling Place Change for Primary

    May 21, 2020

    The supervisors of North Woodbury Township are notifying the residents of North Woodbury Township that Blair County has changed the polling place for the township. The township polling place has moved from Homewood at Martinsburg to the new Valley Rural Electric Building next to West Central Equipment, the John Deere dealer on State Route 164. The township said that those with questions or concerns should call the county Voter Registration Office at (814) 693-3150. The state’s Primary Election has been moved to June 2. The General Election, w...

  • Spring Cove 2020-21 Budget Contains No Tax Increase

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    The May 18 Spring Cove School District School Board combined Committee of the Whole and regular meeting was focused on the 2020-21 annual proposed budget. The board unanimously voted to accept the proposed General Fund Budget for the school year ending June 30, 2021, in the amount of $28,848,090. The budget will be made available for public inspection prior to the final adoption at the regular scheduled board meeting scheduled June 22. Business Manager Kathy Hazenstab, who reviewed the entire budget with the board, said the 2020-21 budget...

  • Claysburg-Kimmel School Board Will Hold Line on Taxes in '20-21

    Brian Hess, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    Claysburg-Kimmel school directors have made the 2020-21 preliminary budget available for the public to review. Next year’s preliminary budget, approved during the May 6 official meeting, is available for review online at www.cksdbulldogs.com. As of the May 6 meeting, the budget figure is $13,447,895. That includes a deficit of $954,388. The school board does not plan to raise real estate taxes for 2020-21. Preliminary millage figures for next year were set at 8.09 mills for Greenfield Township taxpayers and 9.96 for Kimmel Township t...

  • Northern Bedford's Preliminary Budget Features No Tax Increase

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    The Northern Bedford School District met Tuesday May 12, via Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. A preliminary general fund budget was discussed and approved during this month’s meeting. The current edition of the 2020-21 budget was created based on expected revenues of $13,614,27 and will have a deficit of $543,037. It was noted that efforts have been made to curb spending given the state of current affairs in particular the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy. It was reported that from the first revision to this last one revenues were r...

  • My Summer Birdbath Adventure Begins with a Crash

    Karen Bassler, Staff Writer|May 21, 2020

    I've always wanted a birdbath in my yard and I'm not sure why I never took the leap. But as of May 15, I am an official bird bath owner. Woo hoo! I want to be a responsible birdbath manager so I did a little research and found out that, as with anything, there are some rules to follow when becoming the proprietor of a birdbath. The first very obvious rule is to keep the bath filled with clean water, otherwise it is just a bowl on a pedestal in your yard. The birds will come to rely it being...

  • Noticias Semanales Del Herald Sobre El Coronavirus

    May 21, 2020

    El Morrisons Cove Herald está publicando actualizaciones y noticias sobre el coronavirus de nuevo. La información abajo es lo más reciente que se pudo incluir en la edición de esta semana. La información viene de las fuentes que están enumerados al fin del artículo. Los condados Blair y Bedford ya están en la Fase Amarillo de reabrir el estado. Hasta 8:30 a.m., miércoles, 20 de mayo Condado Blair (Blair County): 38 casos confirmados (el total la semana anterior fue 30, así que hay 8 casos nuevos); 1 muerte Condado Bedford: 32 casos confirmados...

  • What's Happening in Williamsburg?

    May 21, 2020

    Memorial Day As of the date of this Herald’s edition, there are no Memorial Day events scheduled in Williamsburg. Trail Town Market The Trail Town Market will be operating this Saturday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its new location at Riverside Park....

  • W-Burg Plans Graduation Ceremony for May 29

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    During the May 12 Williamsburg Community School Board conference call meeting, it was announced that Williamsburg will have a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29. No further details were announced during the meeting. Superintendent Lisa Murgas said that she, along with other administration officials, are making plans for the next school year and she "anticipates children back in the fall with some restrictions." Murgas also described an upcoming phone call with Pennsylvania Secretary of...

  • New Law Aims to Boost Access to Psychology Services

    May 21, 2020

    A new law authored by Senator Judy Ward (R-30) will expand Pennsylvanians’ access to psychology services by allowing telepsychological practice across state lines. Act 19 of 2020 will allow Pennsylvania to join the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which is already authorized by 12 other states. The law allows licensed psychologists to apply to practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice in other states in the compact. Each state has its own set of laws governing the practice of psychology, m...

  • From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    This weekend we will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend – we hope surrounded by nice weather, great food and our family and friends. Last week, I provided two delicious side dish recipes. This week, we exercise Natalie’s sweet tooth. These are two delicious dessert recipes to make your Memorial Day picnic just a tad bit sweeter. Peach Crumb Bars Ingredients: 3 cups flour 1 large egg 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp. baking powder 9 medium peaches, peeled and chopped 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. almond extract Dash of cinnamon 4 tsp. corns...

  • Governor Signals Hope for June NASCAR Race at Pocono

    CHRISTEN SMITH, The Center Square|May 21, 2020

    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf said a NASCAR event planned for the Pocono Raceway next month can proceed if the county progresses to the yellow stage of his phased economic reopening plan. “If Monroe County goes to yellow before that race happens and NASCAR, in fact, has the competition without spectators in the stands, and they follow other guidelines to keep the competitors safe, yeah,” he said during a Monday news conference. As of May 22, 18 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will remain in the most restrictive red phase of Wolf’s plan that includes a stay...

  • AAA: Pa. Gas Prices Jump Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

    May 21, 2020

    The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is 16 cents higher this week at $2.265 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. On the week, Pennsylvania (+8 cents) saw the largest increase among Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states and saw the second biggest jump of all states in the country. Otherwise, states in the region saw mostly increases of a few pennies, but no more than a nickel. State averages range between $1.71 in North Carolina to $2.17 in Washington, D.C. In addition to Washington, D.C., New York (...

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