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  • Homewood Celebrates 50 Years of Service in Martinsburg

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    By CATI KEITH Staff Writer The Homewood community came together with staff members, and members of the surrounding community came together to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Martinsburg. Senator Judy Ward presented a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate which read that Homewood is a retirement community that serves more than 300 individuals. It provides multiple independent living options, short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing, and a secure memory care unit. “The staff are t...

  • RS Library Holds Wellness Fair

    Emily Loose, Herald Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    One of the best ways to ensure a long life is to have adequate healthcare, so knowing where to look in times of trouble can prove useful. To make this possible, Roaring Spring Community Library worked with The Primary Health Network and held a Health and Wellness Fair Tuesday, May 14. Involving over one dozen different organizations, the event allowed locals to come and learn about many of the resources available to them. PHM offers clinics throughout the state, with two in Altoona. “Not e...

  • NBC District Looking at Tax Increase for 2024 Budget

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Herald Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    Northern Bedford County School District Superintendent Todd Beatty stated that while the district is looking at a 3.65% tax increase with a millage of 9.62% Northern Bedford still has the lowest millage rate but the highest median income of any district in the county. A preliminary budget for 2024/25 with revenues of $15,706,835 and expenditures of $16,480,332 leaving a deficit of -$773,497 was approved by the school board. This represents a difference of $40,000 from last year’s budget. Beatty said the 3.65% tax increase was half of the a...

  • J. Steven Fisher

    May 23, 2024

    J. Steven Fisher, 70, of rural Martinsburg, passed away Saturday morning, May 18, 2024, at UPMC Altoona. He was born Jan. 11, 1954, in Roaring Spring, son of Betty J. (Keith) Fisher and the late John Calvin Fisher. On Jan. 27, 1979, he married LuAnn Taylor in Hollidaysburg. He is survived by his beloved wife, LuAnn of 45 years; three children: Derek S. Fisher (Elisia) of rural Martinsburg, Kelsey L. Fisher (Misti) of rural Martinsburg and Lani A. Black (Robbie) of Claysburg; eight grandchildren: McKaela G. Fisher (Kamden Rhodes), Cohen J....

  • Ralph A. Pearson

    May 23, 2024

    Ralph A. Pearson, 81, of rural Williamsburg, passed away, Saturday morning, May 18, 2024 at his home. He was born April 4, 1943, in rural Williamsburg, son of the late Mary V. (Moyer) Pearson. On June 7, 1964, he married Dorie A. Miller at the Huntingdon Calvary Independent Baptist Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorie of almost 60 years; a son, Lyle W. Pearson (Trisha) of Williamsburg; a daughter, Laurie L. Pearson at home; two grandchildren: Wade A. Pearson and Paige E. Forke...

  • Kenneth W. Bowers

    May 23, 2024

    Kenneth W. “Ken” Bowers, 73, of Roaring Spring, passed away Thursday evening, April 11, 2024, at Homewood at Martinsburg. He was born May 12, 1950, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Jack W. and Anna Mae (Keith) Bowers. On Nov. 23, 1974, he married Kathy S. Huntsman at the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy of 49 years; a son, Aaron J. Bowers (Tanna) of Roaring Spring; a daughter, Angela K. Wright (Greg) of Casa Grande, Az.; three grandchildren: Annabel G. Shippey, Alice J. Bowers, and Jacqueline M....

  • Robert Wayne "Bobby" Ayers

    May 23, 2024

    Robert Wayne “Bobby” Ayers, 71, of Martinsburg, passed away Saturday evening, May 18, 2024, at UPMC Altoona. He was born Feb. 17, 1953, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Robert E. and Gail G. (Grimes) Ayers. He is survived by two brothers: Toonay Ayers of Pittsburgh and Joe Ayers of Martinsburg; a niece, Jennifer A. (Ayers) Heath, her husband, David of Pittsburgh; a great-nephew, Jonathan Heath; and a great-niece, Hannah Heath. He was a 1971 graduate of Central High School. For many years, Bobby worked as a programmer analyst and systems pro...

  • Church Collecting CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets

    May 23, 2024

    Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren is inviting people to participate in Church World Service: Emergency Clean Up Buckets. In the months of May and June they are encouraging people to come together to create CWS Emergency Cleanup Kits. Hurricanes, floods, and other disasters are happening more frequently. When neighbors around the world experience these unforeseen circumstances, they can make the road to recovery easier with CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets. These buckets are full of essential home recovery supplies that are needed after...

  • RS Borough Council Accepts Bid to Repair Bloomfield Street

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    A bid of $21,547.85 from Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance to repair Bloomfield Street in Roaring Spring was approved by borough council members during Monday night’s meeting. They also approved to do away with free swim nights at Hershberger Memorial Pool at the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg, but kept the free swimming lessons. The $24,000 in funds from the free swim nights would be reallocated to the YMCA for their summer recreation program. The borough also voted in favor of supporting any child from the borough that would want to...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 23, 2024

    I side with Mr. Hershberger. This was a very poor decision on the part of the Spring Cove School District Superintendent and the Middle School Principal to not let the Middle School Choir perform the song, ”Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Mr. Hershberger had a much better approach. This type of decision is why the public school system in our country and now in the cove is in such a mess. It was said this was all done in the spirit of inclusion and to avoid controversy and conflict. What a Crock! No Controversy? How did that work out!! We no lon...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 23, 2024

    What a welcome sight are the beautiful flowers in planters at the Square and the corner of Allegheny and Walnut Street in Martinsburg! We would like to thank these greenhouses for their donations of all the plants: Brubakers, Piney Creek, and Spring Farm. Also, thanks to those that planted, and those who will water and care for these plants all summer, and those businesses, Leidy’s and Garman’s that will provide the water! It is very much appreciated! Linda K. Smith Martinsburg Flower Committee...

  • Central High School Prom Royalty

    May 23, 2024

    Central High School held its annual prom on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Over 250 juniors, seniors, and their invited guests enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing....

  • Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Community Library Recommends

    May 23, 2024

    Reading NO EXIT makes you feel as though you’re riding a roller coaster. It begins out slowly, but after you get through the first obvious twist, it quickly picks up speed and there is no way out until the very end. No Exit has all the elements of a successful thriller film: a clever setup, a few unnerving characters, and engaging storytelling that will keep you guessing right up until the very end. When you think you have everything worked out, something will change. The turns are precisely t...

  • 125 Years Ago

    May 23, 2024

    Herald of May 26, 1899 The Pennsylvania Railroad was seeking bids for excavation to make the main line right-of-way wide enough for four tracks on the eastern slope of the Alleghenies between Kittanning Point and Bennington. When finished the railroad would have four tracks from Tyrone to Lilly, a distance of 32 miles. Six bicyclists from Salemville rode to the German Seventh Day Baptist conference at Snowhill, Franklin County. They expected to also visit the battlefield at Gettysburg before returning. The River Brethren Church at Woodbury was...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 23, 2024

    Herald of May 23, 1974 Robert C. Jubelier defeated Roy Ogburn in the hotly-contested race for the Republican nomination for state senator. Ogburn carried Bedford and Huntingdon counties, but Jubelier’s big margin in Blair earned him the win. Has was to face Democrat Altoona assemblyman Denny J. Bixler in the November election. A fund drive to raise money for a new fire hall for the Roaring Spring Volunteer Fire Company cleared its goal of $150,000. Westvaco Corp. of Williamsburg announced plans to increase production at the plant by 30 p...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 23, 2024

    Herald of May 23, 1924 The need for better school equipment and matters of educational interest in the four district schools was discussed by 75 North Woodbury citizens. The deplorable conditions and repair costs of some of the 40-year-old buildings in North and South Martinsburg, Middletown, and Millerstown led the group to consider a proposal of consolidation in one building that would precede the special election. Remaining neutral, the local board stood ready to carry out the wishes of the majority of township voters. Evelyn Bonebreak,...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 23, 2024

    Herald of May 27, 1999 The Williamsburg Lions Club celebrated its 60th anniversary at a charter banquet at the Williamsburg Community Farm Show Building. Members of the Church Council at the Upper Claar Church of the Brethern approved a $424,000 building proposal. The plan called for an activity building measuring 72 by 36 with a 17-foot ceiling to be used recreational use. It included a kitchen and restrooms. The proposal also included an expansion to the church building with an enlarged fellowship hall and chancel, six new classrooms, a...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 23, 2024

    Herald of May 26, 1949 Damage was estimated at $50,000 to barns and property in a 12-mile swath cut through Morrisons Cove by a tornado Sunday evening, May 22. The dark funnel cloud entered the valley between Lafayetteville and Brumbaugh and exited over Tussey Mountain between Frederickburg and Henrietta. William H. Ketner of Roaring Spring was attending the conference of the “Big Four” foreign ministers in Paris. He was special assistant to the United States Secretary of State Dean Acheson. Foreign ministers from Great Britain, France, Rus...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 23, 2024

    Herald of May 22, 2014 Plans for a new Dollar General in Claysburg took a step forward Tuesday, May 6, when Greenfield Township supervisors provided conditional approval for construction of a new building. Providing that all re- quirements set forth by the township’s engineer are met, the project will allow for a 12,480-square-foot store to be placed next to Carpet Depot along Dunnings Highway. Joan Brooks and Diane Stinedurf were presented with the Lauretta Woodson Award during Monday night’s meeting of the Spring Cove School Board. Pre...

  • My 2023 Spring Gobbler

    RICHARD TATE|May 23, 2024

    Recently I described the debacle that occurred during the opening day of the 2023 spring gobbler season when another hunter shot at gobblers that Bob, my son, had running our way. I also told you that Bob killed one in a difficult position the following Saturday. Unfortunately, my opening week of gobbler season had gone about as usual. As the “worst turkey hunter in the Cove,” I had a variety of excuses for not tagging a gobbler that week, including bad weather and several medical app...

  • Mobbed!

    May 23, 2024

    Claysburg’s Quinton Bush (center) is mobbed by teammates including Matthew Lehman (left) and Brayden Haney after Bush walked with bases loaded in the seventh inning to give Claysburg a 2-1 win over Bishop Guilfoyle in the first round of District 6 1A Playoffs....

  • Central Track

    May 23, 2024

    Track and Field Championships at Mansion Park on Wednesday, May 15....

  • 22 NBC FBLA Students Qualify for Nationals

    May 23, 2024

    12 Northern Bedford County FBLA members attended the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference hosted at the Hershey Lodge from April 7-9. Members competed against students from across the commonwealth in a wide range of competitive events. The top four competitors in each event qualify for the National Leadership Conference to take place in Orlando, Florida in June. Northern Bedford was recognized as one of the top chapters in Pennsylvania in fulfilling FBLA’s Mission of Service, P...

  • Martinsburg Borough Accepts Bid for Paving Project

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    The Martinsburg Borough Council members accepted a bid for $60,930.45 from Grannas Bros. for the 2024 Paving Project. Martinsburg Borough Police Chief Kerry Hoover said a grant the county applied for about two years ago was approved and his department would be receiving new radios and laptops at no cost to the borough. He said, as part of the grant, the Martinsburg Police Department will be getting five portable radios, three mobile radios, and three new laptops for the patrol vehicles. “All of the radios are in, we are just waiting for the l...

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

    May 23, 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...

  • Freedom House Ministries Holds Fundraising Festival

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Power Reunion|May 23, 2024

    Freedom House Ministries located at 176 Chalybeate Road, Bedford, held a fundraising festival on May 18. Freedom House is about 95% ready to open its doors according to Dennis Dibert, chaplain at the Bedford Jail. The restored facility will house up to 34 men. This program is designed to rehabilitate men who have been incarcerated or may face incarceration for drugs and alcohol. Faith Healing Men is the message they send. “So, if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 Thi...

  • Cove Calendar

    May 23, 2024

    Thursday, May 23 Happenings at The Village: General Knowledge Trivia - May 23rd Fish Fry All-You-Can-Eat every Friday night at the Bistro! $ (814) 793-5234 for questions Martinsburg Business & Professional Women’s Club meal and meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Homewood Martinsburg’s Terrace Café, 437 Givler Drive. Call Sue at 814-656-3878 The Arc Blair County Events: Mondays in May - Every Monday at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Arts at The Arc Wednesday - Every Wednesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Line Dance Thursdays - Every Thursday at 6 - 7 p.m. Bocce Friday, May...

  • Shepherd, Lead Me

    Linda Sollenberger|May 23, 2024

    The Sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (John 10:3) Do you ever have days when you feel unimportant? Like no one cares? Bad news outpaces the good? It is easy to get lost in those kinds of thoughts when the ways of the world press in on us. The image of the Good Shepherd always helps me to banish those thoughts. God calls his sheep by name and leads them out. “He knows your name. In fact, your name is written on the hand of God.” (Isaiah 49:16) Your name is on God’s hand and on his l...

  • The Impact of Christ's Love in the Midst of Persecution

    Joel Kletzing|May 23, 2024

    Our congregation supports a pastor in a country where being a Christian can prove dangerous. He was recently imprisoned because of hatred from enemies of Jesus. The reports were amazing to hear that even while in prison he was loving people and sharing the good news of forgiveness and new life through the Savior named Jesus. I can’t think of another religion where God gives what He commands. We are commanded by God to be holy, and He gives us Christ who was holy in our place and then died to make us holy. This is the message the pastor p...

  • Thought for the Week

    May 23, 2024

    I would like to begin this “Thought” with a poem. I want us to think about surrendering our lives to Christ. This is truly a daily requirement, although there must be a ”First Time”. Many people fear to do this, assuming God only wants to Judge but even His name is Love and He wants to love us but cannot because we resist or refuse His love. I hope the following: “My Surrender” by Nathan Wanner, will help you to carefully consider turning your life over to God (through Christ). Oh Jesus, now...

  • Potter Creek Church Plans Memorial Day Services

    May 23, 2024

    Potter Creek Lutheran Church. Memorial Day Services will be held Sunday May 26th, 11 a.m. Pastor Paul R. Snyder of Holsinger Church of the Brethren will be giving the message. His wife Janet will be the special music, accompanied by Lucille Dell. Come to hear the word of God, the beautiful singing, and uniqueness of the 182-year-old church. Everyone is welcomed by invitation from Steve Claycomb....

  • Booster Improve Park Alley Kitchen

    May 23, 2024

    Martinsburg Booster Homer Shriner measures to install a new door at the MCM Park’s alley kitchen aided by his grandson, Wes Shriner, and Booster Nate Ormsby. The Booster Association has installed two new doors and plan other improvements as part of their 100th anniversary celebration next year. The alley kitchen is used by the Boosters for their annual chicken BBQ, the Martinsburg fireman’s ox roast, headquarters for a summer children’s activities program and for rental to the publi...

  • Taking It To The Secondary

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    Elisabeth McMullin “I wanted to become a teacher because of my mother’s example,” Williamsburg High School English teacher Elisabeth McMullin said. She said her mom was an English teacher who went on to work with students who were unable to be in a school building. “I mostly followed in her footsteps — I also love literature and reading, so it was a good fit for my career,” McMullin said. She graduated from Altoona Area School District and then went on to Lock Haven University to become an Engli...

  • Hileman Resigns as Basketball Coach

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    The Williamsburg Community School District accepted Amy Hileman’s resignation as Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach, with regret, during last Tuesday evening’s meeting. Hileman served as Coach for five years and had quite an impressive resume, leading to State Finals runs for the Lady Pirates. “She will be greatly missed,” Dr. Barry England said after accepting resignation. Hileman will continue with the team until after summer activities. Superintendent Lisa Murgas praised seniors Ivan Brubaker, Andrew McMonagle, and Luke Uplinger for winning G...

  • Stoltz, Stiver Bring History Alive at the Library

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    Randy Stoltz is the author of “Civil War and Morrison’s Cove” which takes a look at the Morrison’s Cove area and the impact it had on the Civil War. He said he took an interest in the Civil War when he was 12 years old, and through friends, he began reenacting and the love affair began. Stoltz said the reenactments then turned to spreadsheets of cemeteries, “It started from there,” he said. Stoltz first got into the history of the start of the Civil War – President Abraham Lincoln winning, Sout...

  • Trumpbour Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

    May 23, 2024

    David Trumpbour of Duncansville, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Trumpbour was initiated at Pennsylvania State University. Trumpbour is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year....

  • Correction for 5-16-24 Edition

    May 23, 2024

    In last week’s edition of the Herald, some of the names under the photos for the Keepin It Secondary story were incorrect. Here are the photos with corrected names....

  • Public Notices

    May 23, 2024

    NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION NOTICE is hereby given that Articles of Dissolution-Domestic Business Corporation was filed with the Corporation Bureau of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on May 9, 2024 Pursuant to 15 Pa.C.S.A. § 1977. The name of the dissolved Corporation is Silver Eagle Enterprises, LTD. David A. Romani, Esquire, Romani and Romani, Attorneys at Law 720 Second Street Cresson, PA 16630. NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION NOTICE is...

  • Williamsburg Baseball

    May 23, 2024

    Williamsburg catcher Luke Uplinger cant make the tag in time on Moshannon Valley's Tanner Kephart Monday in a Class 1A Quarterfinal playoff game...

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