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  • Central Wins at Isaac Awards

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    The 19th annual Isaac Awards was held Memorial Day weekend at the Mishler Theatre. The ceremonies were divided into two evenings with half of the schools being honored on Saturday evening and the other half on Sunday evening. Executive Director of Altoona Community Theatre Tara Enedy said that the Isaacs were created to recognize excellence in high school musical theatre. She said that for the last nineteen years, they have been supporting the local high schools through these programs both with...

  • Home Run!

    Jun 6, 2024

    Claysburg’s Bella Francona gets a fist bump from coach Mike Barabarini after belting a solo home run in the sixth inning action against West Branch. Claysburg won their District 6 Class 1A championship over West Branch Wednesday, May 29, in a game played at Ebensburg’s Central Cambria High School....

  • Friendship Fire to Raise $1 Millon for Truck

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Herald Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    Friendship Volunteer Fire Co. treasurer Rodney Claycomb announced, at the June Taylor Township Supervisors meeting, that the fire company was in full pursuit of raising funds to purchase a $1 million Rescue Truck. Claycomb said they pulled $19,000 out of checking to go into a CD for the truck fund. The fire company wants to put $50,000/year back each year for the new truck fund. They have a grant application in now for money to purchase the truck. He said the problem is that in order to be a strong candidate for grant awards a fire company...

  • Dedication of Claysburg Kimmel's Tennis Court

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    Claysburg Kimmel’s tennis court was recently dedicated and named for Don Witherspoon, who passed away in December 2020. Witherspoon’s widow Linda Witherspoon says that she is just overwhelmed. “I can’t believe all of the honors that Don is still getting — I can’t believe all of the honors are still coming in for him,” she said. Linda says that the principal of the school contacted her and he said that they redid the tennis court and they were going to name it after Don. “Don would be so pro...

  • Quilts for Vets

    Jun 6, 2024

    Veterans from around the Cove were given handmade quilts as a way to thank them for their service. (From left) Donald Stock, George Gilbert, Homer Shriner, Bill Grubb, Dennis Smith and Clair Grove all received quilts from Quilts of Valor organization on Thursday, May 16 , during the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association meeting. They are all veterans who served their country in all branches of the military....

  • William F. Davis

    Jun 6, 2024

    William F. “Fip” Davis, 97, of Martinsburg, passed away late Sunday, May 26, 2024, at The Village at Morrisons Cove. He was born June 23, 1926, in Everett, son of the late J. Grant and Margaret “Peggy” (Miller) Davis. He was the widower of Marjorie H. Davis who passed away in March of 2023. He and Marjorie were married for sixty-nine years. In addition to his parents and Marjorie, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline McDonald and two nephews, John McDonald and Mark Bryant. Fip is surv...

  • William C. "Bill" "Lumpy" Yoder

    Jun 6, 2024

    William C. “Bill” “Lumpy” Yoder, 72, of Claysburg, formerly of Hollsopple (Blough), passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center. He was born Dec. 28, 1951, in Johnstown, son of the late William E. and Viola M. (Gindlesperger) Yoder. He is survived by two sons: Joshua A. Yoder and wife Brianna of Ebensburg and Jacob N. Yoder and wife Penny of Claysburg, six grandchildren: Landon, Blake, Mason, Kyler, Heaven and Haley, and siblings Linda, Randy, and Jeff Yoder married to t...

  • Barry Wayne Hawlk

    Jun 6, 2024

    Barry Wayne Hawlk, 77, of Woodbury, passed away May 25, 2024, in Middleburg, Florida. He was born Nov. 30, 1946, in Sea Isle City, New Jersey; son of the late Rev. Harold and Dorothy (Wrigley) Hawlk. On Feb. 18, 1967, in Paulsboro, New Jersey, he was united in marriage to Linda (Stock) Hawlk, who survives. He is survived by his wife, Linda Hawlk; son, Adam Hawlk (Dawn) of Dover, Del.; daughter, Erin Lyons (John) of Glen Mills; daughter, Cara Morris (Joshua) of Evans, Ga.; and grandchildren,...

  • Nancy (Lockhart) Chonko

    Jun 6, 2024

    Nancy (Lockhart) Chonko, 76, of Martinsburg, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2024, at home. She was born Jan. 8, 1948, in Palmyra, N.J., daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Rublesky) Lockhart. She married Robert James Chonko June 28, 1969. She is survived by her husband; three daughters: Charlotte Chonko of Livingston, Mont., Anni O’Hara of Manhattan, Mont. and Virginia Chonko of Philadelphia; four grandchildren: Simeon O’Hara, Samuel O’Hara, Solomon O’Hara and Naomi O’Hara; and three siblings: William Lockhart of Dummer, N.H., James Loc...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 6, 2024

    As a resident of Martinsburg, I am proud that the community recognizes patriotic days such as Memorial Day. My wife and I attended the past Memorial Day recognition at Memorial Park hosted by VFW. While somber and dignified, I left with some observations that were disappointing and detracted from the event. 1. The Program handed out said, “Today is a day of remembrance and honor of all those that fought for the freedoms we have today,” no that is Veteran’s Day; 2. The Memorial park Banquet Hall was less than half filled; 3. Only one Borou...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Friends of the Martinsburg Community Library wish to thank everyone who helped make this year’s outdoor Book Sale such a success. Like everything in life when many community members pitch in and help an event becomes a success in many ways. This year’s used book sale was a success despite a heavy rainfall that made for a lot of hard work to save books. The Friends want to thank the whole Morrison Cove community for their support. We also want to thank the following people: Sharlene Scottie, Reggie Nevins, the Boy Scouts of Martinsburg, and...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 6, 2024

    Put me on the side of those who prefer the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — should have been sung as part of the program.The song had quite a history and legacy. Ideally, every church in the Cove will include this hymn in their worship to promote inclusion of everyone in our society. Jim Glunt Martinsburg...

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Jane Knisely, Claysburg Area Public Library|Jun 6, 2024

    Bri Tucker was recently hired as a fire investigator. Ironically, she was called to investigate the fire at Les Kavanaugh’s house. It seemed ironic that Mr. Kavanaugh, a retired fire investigator, would die in a house fire. ATF was called in to help Bri, not that she needed the help. Marc Davis from ATF arrived at the scene. Marc had recently moved to St. Louis to care for his grandmother who had cancer. Bri was determined to keep their investigation strictly professional in spite of the fact that Marc was a very attractive young man. Marc c...

  • Veteran's Reminisce

    Jun 6, 2024

    Veteran’s. l-r Jeff Garner, Richard Bice and Jon Keim reminisce before the start of one of Martinsburg’s Memorial Day events held at Memorial Park Monday....

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jun 6, 2024

    Herald of June 9, 1899 A horseless wagon owned by the Planing Mill in Roaring Spring was attracting a lot of attention as it transported material to and fro throughout the village. Coal miners in Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties received a wage raise from 45 to 50 cents a ton for pick mining. Mrs. Leah Burger was having her new stables painted. Residents of Salemville were the proud owners of at least twenty-one bicycles. A cantata directed by Prof. Ellas Glass was to be given at the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church. Persons traveling on the...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jun 6, 2024

    Herald of June 6, 1974 The Spring Cove School Board has trimmed $94,500 out of its proposed budget for next term. But the budget, which is up for final adoption Monday night, still will cost Spring Cove property taxpayers an extra two mills next year. For the third year Hire-A-Teen will be operating in Martinsburg. Handling odd job placements is Mrs. Ralph Stouffer. Mrs. Stouffer will take names of those teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 who are willing to babysit, wash windows, mow lawns, clean gardens and attics or whatever might be...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jun 6, 2024

    Herald of June 6, 1924 Miss Olive Barnette, a 1920 graduate of Roaring Spring High School, completed a three-year course in the Homeopathic Hospital, Pittsburgh, and was awarded the highest prize in efficiency, theory and deportment. Prof. John A. Ake was granted a year’s leave of absence by the board of education of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and planned to reside at Martinsburg. The Woodbury Church of the Brethren held a business meeting to decide on the location of a new church parsonage. After some consideration Mr. and Mrs. John Frederick d...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jun 6, 2024

    Herald of June 10, 1999 Though the first official day of summer is not until June 21, the Morrisons Cove area has had its first heat wave of the year. Through Tuesday, June 8, the area had three straight days with temperatures of 86 degrees and above. Chapter 400 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will offer free airplane rides to persons ages 8 to 18 on Saturday, July 12, at the Blair County Airport. Danney Cowher of Queen had been given the ultimate honor that the American Legion’s statewide recreation program could bestow - e...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jun 6, 2024

    Herald of June 9, 1949 This year has been one of the finest business seasons in the history of the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, directors were told last night at the annual spring meeting. Almost 6,000 skaters have used the Park rink this year, Park Manager Roy Carper reported. Bowling Chairman E. G. Fouse said that an active season has ended and with four alleys expected for use next fall, an even busier one will begin. Woodbury won both sides of a double-header Sunday, although it took an extra inning in the first game. The score was tied...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jun 6, 2024

    Herald of June 5, 2014 The board of directors at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park is disappointed with the amount of donations received from the public in order to help keep the facility’s doors open. The board is hoping that the “Save the Park Spaghetti Dinner” on Sunday, June 8, will be a big success. The pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday as well. All proceeds from the day’s events will go toward the park. The Greenfield Township Municipal Authority reviewed detailed plans for a water tank to be placed in Walter Business Park, during...

  • The Evening Hatch

    Richard Tate|Jun 6, 2024

    When Donna and I moved into our home many years ago, Charles Hauser, our next-door-neighbor, wondered why I left my lovely wife at home for a couple hours nearly every evening from early May until early June. “She’s alone at that house,” he scolded. “You need to be more attentive.” I tried to explain to Charles that I was traveling to one of the local creeks to fly-fish for trout during what fly-fishermen call the evening hatch. “That’s the best time for dry-fly fishing to rising trout,” I said. However, he did not really understand what...

  • Claysburg Champs!

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Claysburg softball team celebrate their District 6 Class 1A championship win over West Branch Wednesday, May 29, in a game played at Ebensburg’s Central Cambria High School....

  • Dragons Top Bearcats

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    The Central Scarlet Dragon Baseball team faced the Huntingdon Bearcats in the District Six Class AAA semifinal game, earning their spot in the district championship match after a 10-0, five inning mercy-rule victory for the Dragons. Despite the scoreboard coming up empty for the Dragons in the opening two innings of the night, things really picked up when Jay Hoenstine hit a three-run triple. The following inning brought one run for the Dragons, but they truly cemented their victory in the bottom of the fifth with five straight hits by Wyatt...

  • Class of 2019 Players Recognized

    Jun 6, 2024

    The PSBCA Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association is an organization open to all District 6 schools and was established in 2000. The Association selects outstanding players in District 6 and organizes a Hall of Fame Game for the seniors to play a final game in their high school career. Ashley Neagley, Maddi Metzler, and Dylan Claycomb of the Central High School class of 2019, and Emily Claar of Claysburg-Kimmel High School class of 2019 are among the players being recognized. PSBCA is proud to announced that Central High School and...

  • Central Baseball

    Jun 6, 2024

    Central Cambria’s Logan Black scores ahead of the tag by Central catcher Britton Marko in the District 6 3A championship game with Central High School Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Mount Aloysius College....

  • Local Auctioneer Collects Old Milk Bottles

    CATI KEITH|Jun 6, 2024

    June is Dairy Month and to celebrate the Herald will feature stories like these talking about all things related to the dairy industry. This story is the first part of a three part series about local glass milk bottle collectors. In Blair County, including in the Cove there were many dairies, with the most prominent one, Ritchey’s Dairy which started in 1940, still in business. Jason Clapper, an auctioneer of Altoona with family roots in the Cove, has spent over three plus decades collecting o...

  • Herbert L Decker Trash Retires After 59 years of Service

    CATI KEITH|Jun 6, 2024

    Herbert L Decker Trash Hauling is retiring after 59 years of service to the community. Linda Decker, owner, said she believed it all began when her husband Herbert, who passed away in 2014, started working for Doc Hoover in 1955 at the age of 15. The business officially started in June 1965 and they got the license or EIN number the same year. Decker remembered her husband used to interact with the customers and talked to business owners to get the company going. At first, they used word-of-mout...

  • National Get Outdoors Day at Prince Gallitzin State Park

    Jun 6, 2024

    Prince Gallitzin State Park will be celebrating National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday June 8, from 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. , followed by their first “Music at Muskrat” concert series on the beach starting at 5 p.m. at Muskrat Beach Area #2. This event is a free outdoor recreation fair for people of all ages and skill levels. There will be a variety of booths and stations set up for everyone to visit at their own pace, and will include disc golf, geocaching, fishing, archery, Kayak Instruction (PA Fish and Boat Commission), pontoon boat tours of the l...

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

    John Bush|Jun 6, 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,...

  • Cove Calendar

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Arc Blair County Events: Wednesday - Every Wednesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Line Dance All are welcome. Thursdays - Every Thursday at 6 - 7 p.m. Bocce Rain or Shine All are welcome. Little Rock Natural Remedies Holds FREE Classes every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 16821 Dunnings Highway, Duncansville. 814-695-0624 Thursday, June 6 Food Distribution 9-11am Martinsburg Food Pantry 133 E. Allegheny St. Saturday, June 8 Tribute Quartet 2:30. - 3:30 p.m. Homewood at Martinsburg Frontier Patriots Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Quarterly...

  • Graceful Aging

    Linda Sollenberger|Jun 6, 2024

    The moment we become conscious that we are no longer young, we become a valuable resource to others in our lives. We know that life is to be shaped, not merely endured. In our world where it seems that what a person produces is key to who they are, where function is central, there is a subtle but clear social stigma that comes with growing older. When physical strength declines in a society that prizes physical activity, the spiritual values that come with the passage of time are easily slighted as well. It can be a frantic time, maybe a little...

  • The Devil is Like a Roaring Lion

    Joel Kletzing, Faith Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    Months ago in Kenya our van driver told us there was a lion laying in the tall grass along the road. We couldn’t see it. It took help from the guide, but then its face became clear. Someone on foot would have walked right up on it. 1 Peter 5:8 warns Christians, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Satan is out to destroy the faith of God’s people and mar as much as possible the reflection of God’s glory in us who were made in His image, murdering souls. Matthew 4:...

  • Thought for the Week

    Paster Earl Herr|Jun 6, 2024

    Fidel Castro, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin. What do these men have in common? Each was a leader. We may not have liked them or their leadership, but people followed them. Like it or not, people need leaders. Scripture talks about people being like sheep and needing a shepherd. You may already be tired of hearing political rhetoric. This ‘Thought’ won’t be that. Israel had some great leaders. Styles were different but to some degree, many leaders were successful. Moses may have been the great...

  • Anna Longenecker Crowned 2024 Blair Co. Dairy Princess

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    “When was it going to be my turn?,” Anna Longenecker, 17, said as she was welcomed and introduced as the new 2024-2025 Blair County Dairy Princess following festivities last Saturday evening in Williamsburg. She comes from a long line of past Dairy Princesses andState royalty with her sisters Yvonne, Victoria and Katheryn. As Longenecker grew up, she couldn’t wait for the opportunity to become the next Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Douglas and Yvette Longenecker, and the grand...

  • "Cemetery Nerd" Graces Williamsburg Library

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspodent|Jun 6, 2024

    For last week’s installment of local authors and historians, the Williamsburg Public Library’s speaker was Jim Snyder, Jr, the self-proclaimed “Cemetery Nerd.” Snyder has served as the Blair County Genealogical Society’s President for the past twelve years, and he gave a presentation on lost and forgotten cemeteries of the Cove. Snyder said for a three-year time span between 2007-2009, he along with others, researched and logged most cemeteries in Blair County. This researching process m...

  • Richard and Mary Keith 60 Anniversary Announcement

    Jun 6, 2024

    Richard and Mary (Smith) Keith of Roaring Spring, PA will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2024. The couple are very proud of their family consisting of four children and 11 great grandchildren: Loren and wife, Susan, daughters: Kelly and Kasey, of East Freedom. LaMar and wife Ginger of Claysburg, children: Chelsey Ritchey and husband Andrew, Brittany Cogan and husband Tyler, both of Martinsburg, and Derek, and wife Melissa of Roaring Spring. Lynea Davis and husband Dwayne, children: Philip, Phoebe, and Phenix of Roaring...

  • Quilts for Vets

    Jun 6, 2024

    Jon Keim, 89, and Lester Long, 101, also received quilts from the same organization at Homewood of Martinsburg on Tuesday, May 28. Keim was a Navy Veteran who served from 1953-1961. Long is also a Navy veteran, and served during World War II from 1942-1946. Quilts of Valor is national organization that recognizes active duty military and veterans of all branches of the military. Since the organization began, it has issued over 300,000 quilts throughout the United States. All quilts are...

  • Public Notices

    Jun 6, 2024

    TO: Citizens of Woodbury Township, Blair County FROM: Township Secretary On behalf of the Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors DATE: June 3, 2024 RE: Public notice for the creation of an Agricultural Security Area This announcement will hereby serve to notify the citizens of Woodbury Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania, that the Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors has received a proposal for the creation of an Agricultural Security Area within Woodbury Township, pursuant to the Agricultural Area Security Law, Act 43 of 1981. The...

  • Blair County Farm and Rural Safety Day Camp

    Joe Diamond, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau|Jun 6, 2024

    The Blair County Farm Bureau, Bedford Farm Bureau Coop and Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company are proud to be hosting a Farm and Rural Safety Day Camp for Youth and Adults it will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Morrison Cove Memorial Park. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the Rural Safety Day is to teach the safe use of equipment through live demonstrations. The sessions for the day will include but not limited to: electric safety, PTO safety, ATV/UTV safety, skid loader safety, stop the bleed and how to use...

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