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  • Public Notice

    May 23, 2019

    Northern Bedford County School District Final Budget Notice and Notice of Special Meeting and Per Capita Tax Notice NOTICE is given that the Proposed Final Budget for the General Fund of Northern Bedford County School District for the 2019-2020 fiscal year in its most recent form is available for public inspection at the school district offices, 152 NBC Drive, Loysburg, Pennsylvania, and will be presented for adoption as a Final Budget at a school board meeting to be held in the Room 136 of the Northern Bedford County High School, 152 NBC... Full story

  • Webster In; Kelley or Erb Too Close to Call

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    Editor's Note: Full Bedford County Primary Election results were not available by the Herald's presstime. However, Bedford has now posted more complete results at this website: https://www.mcheraldonline.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/0076.3.3341912925145982754 Blair County's results are available at this website: http://www.blairco.org/Dept/Elections/Pages/Election-Results.aspx -------------------- Republican Amy Webster, an attorney, real estate agent and minister from Hollidaysburg, easily secured a place on the November ballot in the race for a Bla...

  • Letter to Editor

    May 23, 2019

    To the Editor: Conemaugh Nason Hospital is a blessing to our community! After spending many days there with my husband, who was a patient, I can't say enough good things about the kind, caring, nurses, doctors, staff, and even the maintenance, housekeeping, and receptionists all who were very friendly and helpful. I was amazed at the cleanliness of this facility and the diligence in maintaining the reputation of a first-rate hospital. When we left, it felt as if we were saying good bye to good friends. Thank you to all who work there! It is so...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    May 23, 2019

    The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides If you are a fan of thrillers with unexpected twists, you are going to love this debut novel. Alex Michaelides creates a drama that will keep you spellbound. It was hard to put this one down. Alicia Berenson's life seems perfect. She is a famous painter who is married to Gabriel, an in-demand fashion photographer. Their lives are not what they seem, as one evening, the police are called to their home in one of London's most desirable areas. They find...

  • The Cove's Institutions

    Allan J. Bassler|May 23, 2019

    National Public Radio broadcast another in its series on rural health care on May 14. The story described how the town of Fort Scott, Kansas, is trying to cope with the closing of a local hospital. The hospital had served the community for more than a century but recently closed. According to wikipedia, Fort Scott is a city in and is the county seat of Bourbon County, Kansas, 88 miles south of Kansas City, on the Marmaton River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,087. The community was notified by an official public notice...

  • 125 Years Ago

    May 23, 2019

    Herald of May 17, 1894 A copy of the Herald for this week was unavailable. The following news items were gathered from issues of the previous weeks. Heavy rains caused flooding in the Mount Etna area near Williamsburg. The flooding resulted in problems with the mail delivery and with transportation in the area. A mail order scam caught several Cove residents off guard. An advertisement in a dime novel offered a sewing machine for 50 cents. Those sending in money received two needles and an awl. Dr. Eldon, formerly of Newry, relocated his...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 23, 2019

    Herald of May 23, 1919 The paving of Martinsburg’s main thoroughfare which was started last fall, is now completed. What is known as West Allegheny street has just recently been finished and was thrown open to the public late Saturday afternoon. South Market street and a portion of West Allegheny street were bricked and open to the public since last fall. The work was performed by the Standard contracting company of Altoona. These two streets connect with improved highway on the south and west and are a credit to our town, as well as a p...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 23, 2019

    Herald of May 25, 1944 Martinsburg Fire truck was called out Sunday around 5 p.m. and made a quick trip to Loysburg, but at that, they arrived too late to save a barn, two garages, a pigpen and chickenhouse, all of which were practically burned down when the fireman arrived. Roaring Spring firemen came shortly after and the two companies concentrated their efforts on preventing the explosion of a 300-gallon gas tank which had just been filled. The fire had commenced burning the boards around the tank, and if the firemen had not been able to...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 23, 2019

    Herald of May 22, 1969 The need for at least 50 more employees at the Martinsburg Shoe Factory was emphasized by Vincent J. Renda, plant manager for the shoe company, at the dinner meeting of the Martinsburg Booster Association. Mr. Renda pointed out that the shoe company is prospering and has a heavy backlog of orders but urgently needs more employees to meet its present production schedules. The present plant force is close to 500, and the company is by far the largest employer in Martinsburg. Don Snyder of East Freedom won the spirited race...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 23, 2019

    Herald of May 19, 1994 An early morning fire Monday destroyed a large dairy barn on the farm of Rufus L. Zimmerman of New Enterprise RD. The Zimmermans, who are Old Order Mennonites, live along Furry Drive, off Route 868 in Bloomfield Township on the former Galen Furry farm. Brian Walter, fire chief of the Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Co., said the cause of the blaze apparently was electrical, probably caused by a short-circuit in a fuse box. Walter estimated the damage of $70,000. Zimmerman said the firemen arrived “just in the nick of t...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 23, 2019

    Herald of May 21, 2009 Catharine Township now has a website. The new site, created by township resident David Love, is still under development but already lists the names and contact information of the supervisors, roadmaster, township secretary, solicitor, tax collectors and auditors. The minutes from the township supervisors’ monthly meeting are also available. The permit process and fees for construction in the township are outlined on the website. It is also the location to view all township ordinances. The Claysburg-Kimmel baseball team s...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 23, 2019

    To the Editor: Jeremiah said, “How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!” (Lam 1:1). These are getting to look more and more like the last days of the United States of America. The America that I and my contemporaries know could quickly vanish away forever. How could it happen? Very simple. God’s people slumber and do not rise up and pray, be outspoken, vote, take a stand – if we allow lawless and moral midgets directed by reprobate minds to take office, then our doom is sealed. It won’t be a nuclear attack that obliterat...

  • May 23 is '143 Day' – Be Kind to Someone!

    CORY B. GEISHAUSER|May 23, 2019

    The late, great children’s television host and native of Latrobe, Fred Rogers, weighed 143 pounds throughout most of his adult life. “143” is also representative of the brand of goodness he wanted to bring to the world. “143” is short for “I love you.” There’s one letter in “I,” four in “love,” and three in “you.” It was a code Rogers liked to mention on his program for children, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968-2001 on PBS stations throughout the country. In remembrance and in honor to Mister Rogers, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf dec...

  • Pa. Senate Passes 'Farming First' Bills

    May 23, 2019

    The Senate approved a package of bills May 7 to support Pennsylvania’s farm families, including two bills sponsored by state Sen. Judy Ward (R-30th) designed to ease restrictions on barn weddings and milk transportation. Senate Bill 453, sponsored by Ward, would allow farmers to apply for an annual exemption to certain costly requirements that are included in the state’s Uniform Construction Code for buildings that host weddings, receptions and similar events. The measure would make it easier for farms to host these events by relaxing req...

  • Blair County Pays Tribute to 'The Greatest Generation'

    MARK FREDERICK, For the Herald|May 23, 2019

    The Second World War was perhaps the most notable historic event of the 20th century. It not only affected an entire generation of people, but forever changed our modern world. Though Blair County had not witnessed battles or catastrophic destruction as in Europe or Asia, the people of Central Pennsylvania still experienced the effects of the conflict. Soldiers and civilians alike participated in a monumental war movement that would ultimately fuel an arsenal of democracy. This common goal would eventually liberate Europe from a fascist... Full story

  • NBC to Hold Baccalaureate Service May 28

    May 23, 2019

    The Northern Bedford County Ministerium will sponsor the school district's baccalaureate service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in the high school auditorium. The baccalaureate sermon will be delivered by Pastor Nancy Goff, of Bedford Forge United Methodist Church. Baccalaureate will follow the traditional pattern in the high school auditorium. The public is invited to the baccalaureate service. Tickets are not required to attend. Pastor Mick Dawes, of Faith United Methodist Church Woodbury will...

  • Hollidaysburg Police Investigating Abuse of Turtle

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    Hollidaysburg Borough Police are investigating a case of animal abuse after a video showing what appeared to be two teenagers torturing and killing a turtle surfaced over the weekend. The incident, which happened near a pond at a golf course in Hollidaysburg, shows the teens picking up the turtle by the tail before throwing it on the ground and stomping on it. Police became aware of the incident after the video was posted on Facebook and went “viral,” meaning it was shared throughout the social media site and viewed numerous times. Once pol...

  • All Cove Area Alcohol Referendums Get Enough Votes to Pass

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    All three Cove area referendums on the question of allowing the sale of liquor easily gained enough support to pass. In Roaring Spring, unofficial vote totals show that 286 voters supported the measure while 151 voted no. North Woodbury Township voters narrowly allowed the referendum to bring the sale of alcohol to the Blair County Airport, with 222 voting yes and 184 voting no. Airport officials have stressed that the liquor license will be used only at the airport and cannot be transferred elsewhere in the borough. In Williamsburg, voters ove...

  • Primary Election Results

    May 23, 2019

    The following are the unofficial results of the May 21, 2019, Primary Election. The Herald is publishing only relevant Cove-area results. Full results will be available at the Blair and Bedford county websites. • For Bedford County, go to bedfordcountypa.org. • For Blair County, go to www.blairco.org/pages/electionresults.aspx. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also provides some election results at electionreturns.state.pa.us. The Primary Election does not put candidates into office. It only selects the candidates who will represent the Rep...

  • Cove Prepares for Memorial Day

    May 23, 2019

    Memorial Day will be marked with special services Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27, throughout the Morrisons Cove area. American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars groups and their auxiliaries and communities have planned the services that are listed by town. All events are open to the public. Martinsburg Martinsburg's Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday with a program held in the Kenneth and Gladys Weaver Banquet Hall at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. Dr. David Crumrine, director of ministry at First Church of the Brethren,...

  • Pool to Open May 25

    May 23, 2019

    The Hershberger Memorial Pool at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg will be open Memorial Day Weekend – May 25 through May 27. Hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. May 25 and 27 and from 1 to 7 p.m. May 26. The park's plan is to open the pool the weekend of June 1-2, then re-open it for the season on Friday, June 7. The pool will remain open through Labor Day Weekend. Daily hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Chuck Gojmerac, e...


    May 23, 2019

    Georganne Wicker, 45, of Roaring Spring, formerly of rural Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, May 20, 2019, at her home. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 23, at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., www.bolgerfuneralhome.com, Martinsburg and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Claysburg Church of God. The Rev. Kim Swindell will officiate. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg. Georganne was born on Jan.... Full story


    May 23, 2019

    Judith L. Ford, 73 of Martinsburg, passed away early Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at her residence. At Judy's request, a private interment will be held at Dry Hill Cemetery, rural Woodbury, and a public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at Foot of Ten Independent Baptist Church, Duncansville. Pastor David Huston will officiate. Judy was born on June 5, 1945, and raised in rural New Jersey, enjoying the benefits of country living, daughter of the late James A. and... Full story


    May 23, 2019

    Bette A. (Weaver) Metzler, 92, of Martinsburg, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Homewood at Martinsburg, where she was a resident. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 23, followed by a funeral at 11 a.m. at the Homewood at Martinsburg Chapel. Interment will be in Kauffman Cemetery, Curryville. Bette was born on July 30, 1926, in Saxton, daughter of the late Murl and Edith Pearl (Brickley) Weaver. She married L.C. (Red) Metzler in January 1944, He preceded her i... Full story


    May 23, 2019

    Barry L. Imler, Sr., 74, a resident at Graystone Court, Roaring Spring, died on Thursday morning, May 16, 2019, at home, following a lengthy illness. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or funeral service. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg. Barry was born on Feb. 22, 1945, in Duncansville, the son of the late Martin and Romaine (Holsinger) Imler. He married Mary L. Bogel on Nov. 13, 1965. Barry is survived by his wife; three children: Christina Hagan (Robert) of... Full story


    May 23, 2019

    Carla Jean Cottle, 81, of Hopewell, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. A funeral was held on Tuesday, May 21, in the Chapel at Akers Funeral Home Inc., www.akersfuneralhome.com, Everett. Pastor Debi Decker and Pastor Richard B. Fluke II officiated. Carla was born on May 24, 1937, in Roaring Spring, a daughter of the late James and Mildred (Snyder) Davis. She married John Ray Cottle on June 10, 1956, at New Enterprise Church of the Brethren. Along with her husband of 62... Full story


    May 23, 2019

    Betty G. Dubbs, 93, of Martinsburg, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Roaring Spring. At Betty’s request, a private service will be held with her son, Pastor James P. Dubbs, officiating. Private interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg. Betty was born on May 30, 1925, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Alice G. (Bartlebaugh) Talbert. She married Ralph H. Dubbs on Oct. 17, 1941, in Altoona. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1992. Surviving are a dau... Full story


    May 23, 2019

    On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Jean Elaine Snyder (Adams) passed away after a long bout with cancer. Married on June 2, 1963, Jean is the beloved wife of Gerald “Jerry” Snyder; dear daughter of the late Harry and Helen Adams (Roaring Spring); loving mother of Sheri Snyder (Columbia, Maryland), Julie Ciampa and her husband Chris (Woodstock, Maryland), Jeffrey Snyder (Woodstock, Maryland), Rebecca Rondo and her husband Mark (San Diego,) and the late Jana Snyder; cherished grandmother of Taylor, Morgan and Jana Snyder. Services are private. Don... Full story

  • Three Injured in 2-Vehicle Crash in Bedford County

    May 23, 2019

    One person was seriously injured in a crash along Raystown Road, Liberty Township, Bedford County, on March 9. State Police Bedford said a car driven by Blair D. Garlock, 70, of James Creek, pulled out of the former Happy Hollow Restaurant parking lot and began traveling north on Raystown Road, when he was struck from behind by a car driven by Jay R. Goodman, 38, of Williamsburg. The impact propelled Garlock’s car off the roadway and down an embankment, rolling three times before coming to a rest. Goodman’s car traveled off the roadway and dow...

  • Spring Cove Budget at $27.9 Million

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    The Monday, May 20, Spring Cove School Board meeting was moving along rapidly until the motion to adopt the proposed General Fund Budget for the school year ending 2020 in the amount of $27,988,089 came up on the agenda. A long discussion and differing view points from the school board members occurred at this point. The proposed budget represented an increase in the budget of approximately .3426 mills, according to Spring Cove Business Manager Kathy Hazenstab. Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker pointed out although this represented the second...

  • Taylor Twp. Tables Planned Closure of Papermill Road

    ROBIN DODSON, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    The Taylor Township supervisors’ May 6 meeting opened with a resident who is concerned about the township’s plan to vacate Papermill Road. He asked who would maintain and plow the road. Papermill Road has three residents, two private homes and the Roaring Spring Borough Sewer Plant. Taylor solicitor David Pertile explained that the road would remain as is and become a private drive. The owners of property accessed by this road would be responsible for plowing and upkeep. The township affirmed that they do not plow the road now, that Roa...

  • RS Council to Address Parking Issues on East Main Street

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    The Roaring Spring Borough Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13. Council addressed concerns about some parking issues in the borough, most notably in front of the post office on East Main street. Some members of council have noticed people parking on the post office side of the street which is not permitted, but there are no signs or painted curbs to alert drivers, making it difficult to enforce. Council weighed the options of putting up “no parking” signs or painting the curb yellow to indicate parking is pro...

  • Herald Sets Deadlines for May 30 Issue

    May 23, 2019

    The Herald would like to alert its readers and advertisers to the early deadlines that have been set for the Thursday, May 30, edition. All forms of advertising – classified, legal notice, regular display and back page – will be due in the Herald office by 5 p.m. Friday, May 24. News items and obituaries will also be due by 5 p.m. May 24. The Herald office will be closed Memorial Day, May 27, in observance of the holiday so our staff members can spend the day with their families. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Persons wit... Full story

  • Growing Older and Other Blessings

    Linda Williams, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    I have a little book written by Squire Rushnell called, "When God Winks At You." It is full of delightful stories with sweet endings that let us know God is at work in His world. God winked at my husband and me recently. It began like this ... we took a wonderful trip with our son and daughter-in-law. Flying from Baltimore, we met our son and wife in St. Louis where I got to cross the arch off my bucket list. From there, they drove us to Branson, Missouri, and through the Ozarks to Tulsa,...

  • Greenfield Authority to Develop New Water Source

    MICHAEL SELL, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    The Greenfield Township Municipal Authority (GTMA) will move forward in its quest to develop a new water source after a vote by members at their May 14 meeting. Planned testing on a well drilled in the Martin J. Marasco Business Park will show whether the site has sufficient capacity to be added to the authority’s water resources. A 72-hour pumping test is the next step in a plan set forth by ARM Group to see if a well drilled in December 2017 can be a viable source. The test needs to be conducted when it is not too wet or too dry to d...

  • Growing Older and Other Blessings

    Linda Williams, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    I have a little book written by Squire Rushnell called, "When God Winks At You." It is full of delightful stories with sweet endings that let us know God is at work in His world. God winked at my husband and me recently. It began like this ... we took a wonderful trip with our son and daughter-in-law. Flying from Baltimore, we met our son and wife in St. Louis where I got to cross the arch off my bucket list. From there, they drove us to Branson, Missouri, and through the Ozarks to Tulsa,...

  • Students Recognized By NB School District

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    As the 2018-19 school year begins to wind down at the Northern Bedford County School District, special recognition was given to several students at this month’s board meeting. These students were the recipients of the Presidential Award in Grades 5, 8 and 12. Students who receive this award have worked hard to place themselves in the top 10 percent academically. This year’s Presidential award winners were as follows: Grade 5 – Elisa Camenga, Olivia Helsel, Caitlyn Houp, Madison Lemin, Kasey McElgin, Alyssa Yeatts Grade 8 – Aden Jones, Elizabe...

  • PA Coroners Association Shows Off Disaster Response Units

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    In the event of a major disaster, resources get strained. From equipment to manpower, having the right plan in place to effectively deal with a mass-casualty situation is vitally important, not only to preserve the integrity of the scene, but also to conduct a proper investigation. While mass-casualty situations in Pennsylvania are rare, they can happen at any time, and to be prepared for that possibility, the Pennsylvania State Coroner's Association has developed a disaster response plan, complete with a mobile morgue that is equipped with...

  • Martinsburg Man Shooting at Cans Jailed on Gun, Drug Charges

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    A Martinsburg man is behind bars after police say he was shooting at cans in his driveway in a residential area. According to the criminal complaint, officers from North Woodbury Township and Martinsburg Borough police were called to a home along Ayers Lane in Martinsburg, North Woodbury Township, on May 15 for reports of shots being fired near houses. A neighbor told police she was inside her house when she heard shots being fired near her residence and then observed Ryan Reininger, 33, across...

  • C-burg Man Jailed on Gun and Drug Charges at Elementary School

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|May 23, 2019

    A Claysburg man is in jail following his arrest in the parking lot of Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School April 3. According to charges filed by Greenfield Township police, Joshua A. Hileman, 33, was sitting in his car in the parking lot of the school while his girlfriend, Brooke McGeary, took Hileman's son inside at approximately 10:20 a.m. Greenfield Township Police officer Brittany Diehl, who also serves as the school's resource officer, was notified by staff that a woman had dropped the boy...

  • CHS Employee Pays Tribute to Armed Forces

    May 23, 2019

    Michael Pollard, a cafeteria worker at Central High School, went to the administration with the idea of creating a bulletin board in the cafeteria for Memorial Day. His idea was to gather photographs from students and faculty of loved ones who have served in the armed forces. After gathering pictures for weeks, the final product is a wonderful tribute to those who have courageously served and those who bravely fight today. "We are very pleased that Michael Pollard took the initiative to create...

  • Dog Trainer Opens Pet Lodge Near RS

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    A quaint pet lodge that was designed and built specifically for pets' needs and comfort is nestled along a quiet rural Cove mountain road on a private wooded lot outside of Roaring Spring. Jessica King opened Among the Wild LLC – Pet Lodging and Positive Pet Training at 961 Burkettown Road, Roaring Spring, in February. King held an open house on May 3 and 4 to showcase her business. King said the mission of Among the Wild is to provide a stress-free, enriching lodging environment for each pet t...

  • H-burg, Bedford Armories Now Available for Rentals

    May 23, 2019

    Pennsylvanians who want to host a community function can consider one of 62 Pennsylvania National Guard armories, readiness centers throughout the state, or the Keystone Conference Center located in Annville. Maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), the armories/readiness centers serve as local training facilities for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. When not being used for training, many are available to be rented by the public. The facility nearest to Morrisons Cove is the Hollidaysburg...

  • Track and Field Roundup

    May 23, 2019

    NBC BOYS Northern Bedford’s boys’ track and field squad added to its impressive 2019 resume with a runner-up finish at the PIAA District 5 Championship Meet held on May 15 on the NBC track. The Panthers scored 84 points, 15 behind District 5 champion Bedford and two points ahead of Chestnut Ridge to claim second place in the team race. “I did not anticipate us finishing that high,” NBC head coach Jeff Batzel said. “I had us around 70 points and third or fourth overall, which means we had a lot of athletes score higher than their seedings which...

  • Cove Fire Wins Tournament

    May 23, 2019

    The Cove Fire 10U girls' softball team took first place at the 10U In the Net girls' softball tournament in April at Hershey. Cove Fire defeated the Stingers in the championship game 8-0. Team members were (from left): Front row: Madeline Kauffman, Addison Wood, Brooke Hillegas, Jade College, Gabi Dadetto, MiKayla Burket, Kaylesta Kennedy, Norah Bechtel, Braelyn Hall and Riley Peterson. Back row: Coaches Justin Hillegas, Tim Wood and Jason Bechtel....

  • High School Softball Roundup

    May 23, 2019

    CENTRAL On May 6, the Lady Dragons traveled to Cresson and returned with an 11-3 victory over Penn Cambria (9-5). The Lady Dragons exploded for seven runs in the final three innings to break open the game. Dylan Claycomb was the winning pitcher for Central. CHS 6, Clearfield 2 On May 7, the Dragons hosted league rival Clearfield and handed the Lady Bison (9-8) a 6-2 defeat. The Lady Dragons posted four runs in the second frame and made the lead stand up. Again Claycomb was the winning pitcher. CHS 6, Mt. Union 1 On May 8, Mount Union visited...

  • State's Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set

    May 23, 2019

    Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 migratory game bird seasons have been set. Annual migratory game bird seasons are selected by states from frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, population survey data and public input. There are three significant changes to Pennsylvania waterfowl seasons this year, said Game Management Division Chief Ian Gregg. Two of these changes were required by USFWS season frameworks, Gregg said. They are a reduced dai...

  • Region Champion

    May 23, 2019

    Ellen Kennedy, a member of Uzelac Gymnastics, competed at Nationals in the Level 9 Junior Olympic Eastern Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, on May 11 and 12. She got fourth place on the vault and 16th place all around, finishing first in her Region 7 Division of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Uzelac Gymnastics has facilities in Duncansville and Johnstown. Kennedy, 16, a sophomore at Central High School in Martinsburg, is the daughter of Doug and Heather Kennedy of East Freedom....

  • Sportsman's Corner

    RICHARD TATE, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    Wednesday, May 1, was the fourth day of this year’s gobbler season. I had accompanied my son, Bob, on the windy opening morning and had helped turn around a 21-pound gobbler with a 10-inch beard that he shot. On Tuesday morning, I had been bested by a couple of gobblers that wouldn’t cross a deep hollow to investigate my calling. However, I figured I’d set up across the hollow on Wednesday, coming in to it from a different direction. I’d risen long before dawn and had hiked to the spot in the dark. I had just settled in under a large tree wh...

  • Funds for Job Sustainability and Growth Announced

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    Blair County's railroad revival picked up more than $2 million of steam recently with the announcement of rail infrastructure funding that has been earmarked for two Hollidaysburg projects by the governor's office. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the transportation system initiatives in late April. In all, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of 27 rail freight improvement projects, totaling nearly $3.5 million that, according to a press release, will help create and...

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