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  • MBIC Church Members Take a Trip to Colombia

    Miranda Madden, Intern|Jun 27, 2024

    Recently, 19 members of the Martinsburg Brethren in Christ Church (MBIC) traveled to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. There, the members had the opportunity to teach children about God and help out at several ministries. Erin Barley, a member who went along, described the trip as something “I’m really glad that I did.” The members mostly spent their time at El Camino Academy, a Christian school located in northwestern Bogotá. The group ran the school’s “June Jamboree,” a program involving mis...

  • Morrisons Cove Dairy Show Dates

    Jun 27, 2024

    The Morrisons Cove Dairy Show will be held Monday July 29 through August 2, 2024. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule of the week’s events. Wednesday night is a special night with Pie and Ice Cream Festival at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment by Jeff Corle known as The Bachelor Farmer at 7:30 p.m. The committee encourages community members to enter exhibits in other departments (vegetables, farm crops, needlework, floral, etc.) until noon Monday, July 31. Baked goods can be entered until 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 1. Call Central High School at 8...

  • NBC Board Approves Property Tax Increase

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Herald Correspondent|Jun 27, 2024

    The Northern Bedford County School District Board of Directors approved a 3.65% property tax increase for the 2024/25 school year representing a hike of .34 of a mill. This will represent a $45 annual tax increase for the average household. The only dissenting vote opposing the budget came from board member Ralph Scott. The General Fund Budget for 2024/25 will have revenues of $15,692,251 and expenditures of $16,482,065 with a deficit of $789,814. The local revenue from real estate tax of $3,289,204 is anticipated at 94 percent collection...

  • Martinburg Borough Approves Penn Street Curbing Project

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2024

    Martinsburg borough approved to spend $2,000 towards helping Zimmerman Family Dentistry put down new curbing at Penn Street, where they are currently building a new office. At the monthly meeting, on Monday June 3, Borough Manager Richard Brantner, Jr. said that the contractor asked the borough to assist with paying for the curbing. The total cost would be $13,400, he said. “We already have some money tied up in that lot — as of 2022 we do have an agreement for the geologist that we split the cost which is 50%,” Brantner, Jr. said. He said...

  • Staying Hydrated

    Jun 27, 2024

    Taya Biddle; 8; keeps hydrated in the dugout during the 8U All Star Tournament game between her Williamsburg team playing against Claysburg Saturday at Williamsburg’s little league field....

  • Ronald Lee Musselman

    Jun 27, 2024

    Ronald Lee Musselman, 72, of New Enterprise, passed away June 21, 2024, at his home. He was born May 12, 1952, in Flitch; son of the late Homer and Mary Lillian (Claycomb) Musselman. On Nov. 29, 1975, in Roaring Spring, he was united in marriage to Karen Louise Settle. He is survived by his wife, Karen Musselman; son, LaRoy Musselman (Tatjana) of New Paris; son, Keith Musselman of Claysburg; grandchildren, Jade and Nicole Musselman; and siblings, Shirley Corle, Nancy Claar, Linette Foor, and...

  • Alice Geraldine Grove

    Jun 27, 2024

    Alice Geraldine Grove, 90, a resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, formerly of Roaring Spring, was welcomed into Heaven by her Lord and Savior and greeted by her husband, Bill on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the home. She was born August 16, 1933, in Williamsburg, a daughter and the youngest of nine children of the late Christian Ray and Rebecca Alice (Stewart) Saylor. On April 5, 1952, she married William Edgar Grove at the Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. He preceded her in death on...

  • G. Fred Kensinger

    Jun 27, 2024

    G. Fred Kensinger, 93, of Roaring Spring, passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 22, 2024. He was born Nov. 1, 1930, in Roaring Spring son of the late George D. and Elsie (Smith) Kensinger. On July 24, 1955 he married Shirley J. Henderson in St. Clairsville. She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2018, after 62 years of marriage. Fred is survived by his son, Lonnie D. Kensinger (Susan) of rural Everett; two daughters: Dr. Trina Thompson (J. Andrew) of rural Ebensburg and Landi K. Gibson...

  • Webinar to Cover Tips for Record Keeping

    Alexandra McLaughlin, Penn State Ag Sciences News|Jun 27, 2024

    For small-business owners looking to streamline their summer financials, Penn State Extension is offering a free lunchtime webinar, “Small Business Success: Essential Tips for Summer Recordkeeping,” from noon to 12:30 p.m. July 16. This session is designed for small-business owners; business managers; farm and food business owners; and retail food business owners looking streamline their summer financial recordkeeping. During this free 30-minute webinar, participants will dive into four essential strategies for efficient summer financial rec...

  • Lashinsky Approved to Sign Tax Assessments

    CATI KEITH, Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Roaring Spring borough council approved to allow solicitor Larry Lashinsky to sign the tax assessment settlements from the county. He said the tax assessment appeals were filed by the Roaring Spring Park LLC which is the old Appvion plant, and there were appeals filed for 12 properties with all but three being within the borough. “It reflects that fact that the plant is being demolished and is not worth the $4 million assessed value,” Lashinsky said. He said the county had already been willing to reduce the value before the appeal, and it is...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 27, 2024

    In the year 2024, the immense capabilities of technology are almost beyond comprehension. One can undergo medical testing and, a few hours later, the results are on a phone app. Security cameras enable homeowners to keep an eye on their pets while at work or witness the delivery of a package while on vacation. Most churches provide on-line options of their services for public viewing every week. So why is the Spring Cove School District still not live-streaming or, at the very least, posting recordings of our school board meetings for parents...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 27, 2024

    Before I describe my feelings about the actions of Kevin Smith at the June 17 th Spring Cove School Board meeting, let me tell you about my experience as an educator. For 35 years before moving to this area, I was an educator in several capacities. One was to help mentor young people entering the field of education. At the first Spring Cove school board meeting that I attended something happened that I have never ever seen before, a director voted against the appointment of a teacher without explanation nor reason. That is unheard of in any...

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Jane Knisely, Claysburg Area Public Library|Jun 27, 2024

    As one of the most anticipated romantasy books of 2024, Danielle L Jensen’s A Fate Inked in Blood did not disappoint! It is foretold that a Shield Maiden will unite Skaland under the one who controls her fate. Enter Freya. Freya is in an unwanted marriage to a fisherman, spending her days being a violent Viking’s housewife and dreaming of becoming a warrior. She also has a big secret - she has a drop of the goddess’s blood, which allows her to repel any attack. Suddenly, her circumstances change and not only is she forced to fight for her l...

  • Volunteers Needed To Count Pennsylvania's Birds

    Travis Lau, PA Game Commission|Jun 27, 2024

    Those birds you see in the backyard, around camp, while hiking or otherwise outside? They’re more important than you think. Reporting your observations of them is, too. The Game Commission, together with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, is conducting the third Pennsylvania Bird Atlas in state history. Between now and February 2029, it will document what birds live in Pennsylvania, where and in what numbers. “The atlas will provide a snapshot of the population status and distribution of birds in the Commonwealth,” Game Commission Ornithologist Sean...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jun 27, 2024

    Herald of June 30, 1899 The Blank Book Co. was erecting a large addition to their factory at Roaring Spring. It was 160 by 60 feet, three stories high and walls were to be finished in limestone. The heaviest hail storm in many years passed over Bloomfield, knocking down grain and doing damage to corn and fruit. Andrew Smith of East Sharpsburg lost a valuable cow when a tree fell over her and killed her almost instantly during a storm. Another cow was seriously injured but was expected to recover. The Veterans Association of Bedford County held...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jun 27, 2024

    Herald of June 27, 1974 George Replogle of Roaring Spring, sheriff of Blair County, was the guest speaker June 18 at the meeting of the United Methodist Church Women of Trinity Church, Roaring Spring. The topic was “law and order.” The speaker gave a talk on the laws which have been changed since 1968 and how the court in Blair County has been affected by the changes. A series of false alarms have caused Martinsburg and Roaring Spring firemen to consult with State Police Fire Marshal Harry Rodearmel in preparation for prosecution of per...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jun 27, 2024

    Herald of June 27, 1924 Mystery surrounded the appearance of a mute boy found wandering, without hat or coat, in Roaring Spring. Persons with knowledge of sign language tried to converse with him, but found he was unable to understand the questioning. Mail carrier Samuel Kagarrise took the lad to his home, while efforts were made to learn his identity. The name “Frye” was marked on his suspenders and the number “H-10”. Marco Rossi, an Italian laborer who spent a number of years in the Mines area, planned to return to his native country...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jun 27, 2024

    Herald of July 1, 1999 The state House transportation committee recently passed a bill that calls for the renaming of two bridges on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Union Township, Washington County, as the “Joe Montana Bridges.” The Cove Shoe Co. of Martinsburg recently agreed to pay $116,000 in back pay to over 200 women as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The company is accused of regularly steering women into lower-paying positions. Blair County’s newest naturalized citizens were sworn in Tuesday, June 22, at the Blair...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jun 27, 2024

    Herald of June 29, 1949 Morrisons Cove was hit by a fierce electric storm Sunday afternoon, and torrents of rain fell for a short time as well. The rain was badly needed as there had been no rain of any amount recently and the gardens and fields were dried out to quite a depth. Street construction in Martinsburg progressed this week, as State Highway Department, borough and private contractor’s crew carried their projects toward completion. Farmers of Morrisons Cove and surrounding areas have maintained a phenomenally high average for p...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jun 27, 2024

    Herald of June 26, 2014 State Rep. Jerry A. Stern and George E. Kensinger, both of Martinsburg, will be recognized at this year’s agricultural parade, scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, in Martinsburg. The Agricultural Parade Committee has named Rep. Stern as the honoree and Kensinger as marshal. Relay for Life of the Cove celebrated its 13th year Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, at Roaring Spring Athletic Field. Approximately 23 teams held fundraising events since October to collect money for the American Cancer Society. As of the close of the e...

  • The Good Old Summertime

    Paster Lee Seese|Jun 27, 2024

    I will keep this column on summer quotes brief because I am writing these words on the eve of my summer vacation, and I have not finished packing. I have often started writing and had the goal of writing a less verbose article as a treat for my readers. As you know, it seldom happens. I start thinking and typing and next thing I know, many words have flown by. Summer and life in general are the same way – fleeting. Years ago, there was a movie musical titled “In the Good Old Summertime.” You may know the tune to the title song. There is somethi...

  • Revisiting the Story of Samson

    Joel Kletzing|Jun 27, 2024

    Recently I was reading through the book of Judges and came across the story of Samson, one of the people God raised up to deliver His covenant people from oppressors in turbulent times. Samson was an unprincipled fellow. His parents were informed before his birth that he had a special calling and were given principles by which Samson was to live. Instead of reserving himself for God’s calling, he chased after what his eyes found attractive but did not fit within God’s principles, and he brought terrible ruin on himself. Have you ever heard of t...

  • Thought for the Week

    Jun 27, 2024

    Can you hear Jesus calling to you? He does, in St. Matthew 11:28-30. “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me for I am meek and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus said that in the course of His regular teaching both His disciples and the crowds that followed Him. I would like to think He echoed it while He hung, dying on the cross. He certainly nev...

  • Joyce Donates Books

    Jun 27, 2024

    Rep. John Joyce donated books from the Library of Congress to the Claysburg Area Public Library. The books ranged from picture books to adult non-fiction. From left to right, Palmer Knisely, Jane Knisely (Library Director), Rep. Joyce...

  • Agriculture Secretary Joins Local Ag Educator at Blue Knob State Park

    Jun 27, 2024

    Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined Danville Area High School agriculture teacher and forester Van Wagner at Blue Knob State Park in Bedford County to raise awareness of Pennsylvania’s hardwood forests, and the investments of the Shapiro Administration in agriculture and recreation to grow help grow Pennsylvania’s economy. “The value of our forests extends far beyond the $39 billion our hardwoods industry feeds into our economy every year,” Secretary Redding said. “Parks like Blue Knob serve as crucial hubs for tourism and recreatio...

  • Hileman's Replacement Named

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jun 27, 2024

    Following the resignation of Amy Hileman as WHS Girls’ Basketball Head Coach at last month’s meeting, her replacement was named at the June meeting, Tuesday evening. Angela Detwiler, a teacher for the district and the Junior High Girls’ Coach for the past five seasons was named as her replacement. Detwiler, is a decorated athlete in her own right, commanding accolades during her high school years at Bishop Guilfoyle. “I can’t think of a better place to teach and coach – I’d like to thank Amy for all of her support the last five years,” she s...

  • Tubing at Lower Trail

    Jun 27, 2024

    Brothers Bransin and Darin Reasy of New Enterprise come out of the water at the entrance to the Lower Trail in Williamsburg after spending an afternoon on the Frankstown branch of the Juniata River Saturday....

  • Williamsburg Women's Civic Club Goes Green

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jun 27, 2024

    “Reuse, repurpose, and recycle” was the theme of the evening, last Monday night as the Williamsburg Women’s Civic Club got together for their June banquet to close out the 2023-2024 season. Emcee for the evening, Dottie DuBois, said she along with the committee really went all out for the theme – biodegradable plates, bamboo silverware and to-go containers made from sugar cane. DuBois said the silverware holders were old library card holders she found at the First Methodist Church, where t...

  • Public Asked To Report Turkeys

    Travis Lau, PA Game Commission|Jun 27, 2024

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking input from the public in surveying wild turkeys this summer. The Annual Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey runs July 1 through Aug. 31. Public participation is important for turkey population management. Survey data allow the agency to determine total wild turkey productivity and compare long-term reproductive success within Pennsylvania and across states, as this is a standard methodology used across the country. Data also are used in the turkey population model to track population trends....

  • A Few Random Thoughts

    Richard Tate|Jun 27, 2024

    Many years ago, sportswriter Phil Musik penned columns where he told us, “Here’s what I think, I think.” Anyhow, here’s my version of Musik’s idea. The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has control of the state’s deer herd and other game animals. In fact, I have occasionally read that the state owns the deer herd. Well, if that’s the case, what’s to prevent landowners from charging the PGC rent for the deer that inhabit their properties? This only makes sense, since the landowners, who are often farmers, essentially feed the deer and provide s...

  • Two Spring Cove Athletes Place at Hollidaysburg Youth Summer Baseball League 50/70 Home Run Derby

    Jun 27, 2024

    The Hollidaysburg Youth Summer Baseball League hosted their annual home run derby on Sunday, June 23 at their little league complex. To be eligible for the contest, a 50/70 player must hit an over the fence home run during the season. Over 20 youth participated in the event. Colby Gojmerac (center), a rising 8th grader at Spring Cove Middle School won the championship contest with 10 home runs on 15 attempts in the final round. Landon Ketner (right), a rising 8th grader at Hollidaysburg Jr....

  • Central High School Awards

    Jun 27, 2024

    Brady Albright: CHS STEM Departmental Award, Lisa Meyers Audet Memorial Scholarship, Yvonne Torzok Memorial Scholarship Brinnley Beech: Class of 2024 Valedictorian, CHS Mathematics Departmental Award, Challenge Program Award for Academic Excellence Emma Brooks: CHS Business Departmental Award, Dragon Spirit Award, Brielle Lana Harmon Scholarship Heather Brumbaugh: CHS Vocational Ag. Departmental Award, Joe & Gina Itle Ag Science Scholarship, The Roger and Dwight Smith Scholarship, Michael X. DeStefano Scholarship, David & Janet Hileman...

  • Airplanes, Trains, And Buses

    John Bush|Jun 27, 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...

  • The Cove Calendar

    Jun 27, 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 Saturday, June 24 Free Community Meal at 6 pm on Saturday at the Roaring Spring ARCH...

  • 2024 Summer Home Builder

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2024

    The Manor House is a part of the Village Green at the Village of Morrisons Cove. This old brick farm house orginally owned by Joe Amick, along with his 97.8 acre farm, was bought by the Village on March 16, 2000 to allow their campus to expand. Along with the house, the property also featured a small frame summerhouse, a spring house, a pond, a barn, and a silo. The Manor House was renovated to provide a place with beautiful rustic charm. Today the Manor House is used as a venue for weddings,...

  • Senior-Friendly Interior Renovations

    Jun 27, 2024

    Home is where the heart is. That sentiment may be especially true for seniors who have spent decades living in their homes. A lot of hard work goes into home ownership, and seniors who have lived in the same space for a while undoubtedly have countless memories within the walls of their homes. A lifetime of experiences in a home can make it hard to leave, but many seniors experience diminished mobility as they age. Mobility issues can make it hard for seniors to traverse their homes, but aging...

  • 4 Things to Know About Kitchen Renovations

    Jun 27, 2024

    Kitchens are often described as the most popular room in a home, and that’s not mere conjecture. A 2022 survey from House Digest asked participants to identify the room they consider most important in their homes, and roughly 41 percent chose the kitchen. Residents tend to congregate in kitchens in the morning and then again in the evening when meals are prepared and, in homes without formal dining rooms, eaten. With so much time spent in the kitchen, it’s no wonder that the “2022 U.S. Houzz & H...

  • How to Make a Home More Cozy

    Jun 27, 2024

    The meaning of the term “cozy” varies as it pertains to home decor. For some, cozy may mean intimate spaces with lots of quilts and throws. For others, cozy could indicate bright and airy spaces enhanced by plenty of fresh foliage. Regardless of how they define cozy, homeowners typically want their homes to be inviting and comfortable. With that in mind, the following are some ways to impart a cozy vibe to any living space. • Make use of a fireplace. Flames lapping wood (or faux wood in the event of gas-powered fireplaces) can put anyone in a...

  • Dos and Don'ts of Bathroom Renovations

    Jun 27, 2024

    Bathroom renovations are significant undertakings that cost homeowners sizable amounts of money. According to Remodeling magazine’s “2024 Cost vs. Value Report,” the average cost of a mid-range bathroom remodel across the United States in 2024 is around $25,000. Homeowners who want an upscale remodel can expect to spend around $80,000 in 2024. Such a large financial commitment underscores the significance that homeowners get their bathroom remodels right. Mistakes will only increase the alrea...

  • Transform a Playroom into a Space that Grows with the Family

    Jun 27, 2024

    Parents typically make certain changes around a home to ensure it’s accommodating to children. Childproofing is a necessity, but entire rooms also may be transformed with children’s enjoyment and well-being in mind. It’s common for homeowners to set aside rooms for children to play and explore. These playrooms may initially feature infant swings and bouncers, and eventually start to accumulate the toys that kids receive on holidays and birthdays. Easels, building block sets, puzzles, video games, books, and so much more fill these playr...

  • How to Keep an AC Unit Running Strong

    Jun 27, 2024

    Air conditioners are a lifeline come the dog days of summer, when soaring temperatures make a well-cooled home a welcome respite from the outdoors. Maintaining an AC unit ensures it will be there to keep everyone cool when the mercury rises. The following are some steps homeowners can take to keep their AC units in tip-top shape this summer. • Replace the air filter on the unit. Dirt, dust, debris, and pollen can quickly fill the filter on an AC unit. Replacing these filters prior to summer c...

  • Elevate the Backyard Experience

    Jun 27, 2024

    Air conditioners are a lifeline come the dog days of summer, when soaring temperatures make a well-cooled home a welcome respite from the outdoors. Maintaining an AC unit ensures it will be there to keep everyone cool when the mercury rises. The following are some steps homeowners can take to keep their AC units in tip-top shape this summer. • Replace the air filter on the unit. Dirt, dust, debris, and pollen can quickly fill the filter on an AC unit. Replacing these filters prior to summer c...

  • Public Notices

    Jun 27, 2024

    Form of Advertisement Sealed proposals will be received by the Woodbury Township, Bedford County, at PO Box 280, Woodbury, PA 16695, until 7 p.m. on July 11, 2024, for the following: Item 1, 23,751 S.Y., Double sealcoat with RS-2PM (E-2M)/CRS-2PM (E-3M) Liquidated damages apply at the rate of $975.oo per calendar day. Proposals must be upon the forms furnished by the Municipality. For third class cities the bid must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 10% of the bid, made payable to the municipality. For other...

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