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  • James Albert (Jim) Loose

    Jun 29, 2023

    James (Jim) Albert Loose died on June 13, 2023. Jim was born in Martinsburg, PA on August 13, 1939. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1957 and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1961. After graduation, Jim served in the Merchant Marines as a licensed Engineer. Upon completing his service, Jim started his career as an Engineer at International Salt Company in Watkins Glen, NY. He spent h...

  • Chris David Bilger

    Jun 29, 2023

    Chris David Bilger, 61, of rural Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, June 22, 2023, at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1962, in Huntingdon, son of John O. and Elaine B. (Oswald) Bilger. He is survived by his parents of rural Martinsburg; three brothers: Kevin, Jack and Justin Bilger; a sister, Grace “Shandi” Martin (Stephen); and six nephews and three nieces. Chris was preceded in death in 1971 by a baby brother. He was a 1980 graduate of Central High School,...

  • Paul A. Slagenweit

    Jun 29, 2023

    Paul A. Slagenweit, 84, of Everett, passed away June 22, 2023, at home. He was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Roaring Spring; son of the late Paul and Naomi (Smith) Slagenweit. Paul worked as a Hospital Personnel Director and was a member of the First Christian Church in Everett. He owned and operated Barndollar Handyman Services and loved woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Belva (Baker) Slagenweit; a daughter, Leila Partner of Florida; grandsons: Zachary Partner (Morgan) and Jacob Partner (Amy);...

  • Albert "Sam" "Poppy" S. Mellott

    Jun 29, 2023

    Albert “Sam” “Poppy” S. Mellott, 76, of Woodbury, passed away June 22, 2023, at the Hollidaysburg Lutheran Home. He was born March 4, 1947, in Roaring Spring; son of the late Albert and Alverna (Shaw) Mellott. On Dec. 5, 1970, at the Altoona CMA he was united in marriage to Kathy J. (Lightner) Mellott. Sam was a Class of 1965 graduate of Northern Bedford High School and member of the Waterside Church of the Brethren. He served his country as a member of the United States Army; stationed in Germany as a mechanic during the Vietnam War....

  • Russell A. Wyles

    Jun 29, 2023

    Russell A. Wyles, 80, of Woodbury Pike, Roaring Spring, passed away June 24, 2023, at UPMC Altoona Hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1942, in Bakers Summit; son of the late James P. and Ida M. (Settlemeyer) Wyles. On Nov. 23, 1963, in New Enterprise, he was united in marriage to Janet Louise (Baker) Wyles; she preceded him in death on Jan. 1, 2019. Russell was a Class of 1961 graduate of R.P. Smith School and owner of the Russell A. Wyles Dairy Farm. He enjoyed hunting, going to the races at...

  • Sunshine Act Abuse Should not be Tolerated

    WILLIAM M. COTTER, President and CEO Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association|Jun 29, 2023

    Citizens should know what issues their school boards, borough councils and other government agencies plan to deliberate and/or vote on at public meetings. Call this commonsense requirement what it is: the law in Pennsylvania. Since 2021 the Sunshine Act, or state open-meetings law, requires that a government agency make its meeting agenda available at least 24 hours in advance of a public meeting. The agency must post the agenda on its publicly accessible internet website, if it has one, as well as at the agency office and at the location of...

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Jun 29, 2023

    Lindsey Norris, the librarian at Briar Creek library, enjoyed her “crafternooners.” This is what they called the group that met at noon to craft an item related to a book they are discussing. They were going to discuss Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and follow the discussion with a Victorian craft of a velvet bookmark. Lindsey and the crafternooner were totally supportive of Ms. Cole’s run for mayor of the town. Ms. Cole had worked at the library for forty years and was just the...

  • PennDOT, PA Turnpike Highlight National Pollinator Week

    Jun 29, 2023

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PA Turnpike) are recognizing National Pollinator Week with updates on pollinator plantings around the state. Roadside pollinator plantings, led by PennDOT, PA Turnpike and other partner organizations are taking place around Pennsylvania. PennDOT has overseen more than 40 acres of pilot pollinator plantings with an additional 25 acres of habitat in progress. Areas targeted for pollinator-specific plantings are continually monitored by maintenance te...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jun 29, 2023

    Herald of June 30, 1898 Harrison Gorsuch, prominent Martinsburg resident, died the previous Thursday as a result of a fall from a ladder several weeks before. He was aged 72 and followed blacksmithing most of his life, first at Springfield Furnace and later at Martinsburg. At a congregational meeting held at the Martinsburg Reformed church Sunday morning, Rev. G. P. Poetter of Baltimore was given a call to become a pastor of the church. The congregation at Beavertown joined in the call. The first cavalry, known as Roosevelt’s Rough Riders,...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jun 29, 2023

    Herald of July 5, 1973 Martinsburg’s new zoning ordinance appeared to be working according to officials. One of the biggest problems for residents was understanding what types of work required a permit. The zoning officer had issued 23 permits to date. The cereal leaf beetle was a serious threat to oats fields in the Cove. Five or six farmers reportedly had fields sprayed by helicopter in an effort to destroy the larvae. Robert Hetrick, Blair County farm agent, said the larvae were found throughout Blair county. Roaring Spring Police Chief...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jun 29, 2023

    Herald of July 6, 1923 A waif was found abandoned on a porch chair at the Children’s Home in Williamsburg. Staff named the child Juniata Blair. Sixty years ago on Tuesday the older folks here listened to the cannonading at Gettysburg. It was before and during Pickett’s memorable charge up Cemetery Ridge. Attorney Robert L. Imler, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrived in Woodbury last Saturday, where he will spend a few weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Imler. His wife, who had planned the trip east also, was obliged to go to Colorado for...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jun 29, 2023

    Herald of July 9, 1998 C. Sherman Dick of Martinsburg RD 2 received the “Carrier of the Year” award for Blair County during the Pennsylvania Rural Letter Carriers Association (RLCA) State Convention in Gettysburg. Mr. Dick began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1968 and became a regular rural carrier in 1982. Ninety-four fish were caught and an estimated 200 children participated in the annual Roaring Spring Fishing Derby. June Beth Zimmerman, 5, took first place in the 3-6 year old group with a 25-inch trout. Torie Sipes took...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jun 29, 2023

    Herald of July 8, 1948 Morrisons Cove’s annual Memorial Picnic, held in the Park in Martinsburg from Friday to Monday, was termed a “great success” by Park Association President G. Albert Grimes. One of the largest crowds of the weekend watched the Williamsburg Lions Club and the Martinsburg Boosters play a game of “donkey baseball”. Although the score was a 3-3 tie, the crowd believed the donkeys won the fracas. The Cove Bottling Works had to go into production early Monday morning because of the quantity of soda pop consumed at the...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jun 29, 2023

    Herald of July 3, 2013 State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan presented the State Police’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, to Trooper First Class Timothy A. Strohmeyer, Troop G, Hollidaysburg, for his heroic efforts during the Dec. 21 shooting rampage in Geeseytown which left four people dead. Trooper First Class Strohmeyer also received the Purple Heart and Trooper of the Year Award. John Sell, a graduate of Central High School’s Class of 1985 and Wendell Gahagan, class of 1961 were honored as “Distinguished Alumni” by the Central...

  • Summer Mailbag

    Jun 29, 2023

    It’s time to look into the old reader mail bag since summer is upon us and I am on vacation. One does not have to be an old reader to send a letter to the reader mailbag. If your letter was not included in this edition, please feel free to keep trying. Brent from Bakers Summit asks, “Since you always directed church camp in June do you miss it since it’s not part of your life anymore?” Yes, I certainly miss the camaraderie with other youth pastors and the counselors and kids. I liked the opportunity to interact with a lot of teenagers...

  • Thought for the Week

    Jun 29, 2023

    As we finished our “Thought” last week, we saw the evil plan Haman had conceived to take vengeance on Mordecai for not bowing to him. He takes it to the king and presents it smoothly. Without hesitation or question Xerxes endorses it. He gives his signet ring to Haman so he can have the documentation written and seal it with the official seal of the king and carry out the plan. The king, even though his treasury must have been low, declines Haman’s offer of financial support. This is the...

  • Central Cove FFA Members Compete In 2023 State Events

    Jun 29, 2023

    Eleven members of the Central Cove FFA Chapter took part in the PA FFA State Activities Week held at Penn State University in June. During the three-day event, students participated in state level competitions and attended general sessions of the summer convention of the PA State FFA Association. Central Cove's veterinarian science team placed 2nd in the state and will represent Pennsylvania at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September. Team members included Danielle and Darcy...

  • Firework Fun

    Jun 29, 2023

    The Williamsburg firework show, put off by Brumbaugh Fireworks, will take place on Saturday, July 1, beginning around 10 p.m....

  • Williamsburg Plans 125th Anniversary Celebration for the High School

    Jun 29, 2023

    Williamsburg High School has had 125 years of graduating seniors from 1898-2023. "There's been a lot of planning put into this," Linda Lang said. "We are excited for this event." Lang is one of the organizers for the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Alumni. Guests and friends are all invited to celebrate in this momentous milestone on Saturday, July 22, beginning at 5 p.m. A gathering will be held under a tent on the athletic field, where a banquet-style meal, catered by Frederick's Meats,...

  • Williamsburg Chapter Attends FFA Activities Week

    Jun 29, 2023

    Twelve members of the Williamsburg FFA Chapter participated in the Pennsylvania FFA State Activities Week June 13 to 15, 2023, at Penn State, University Park. At the conclusion of the three days, the chapter had success in many different areas. During the first convention session Tuesday night, Justin Brubaker and Elijah Shultz were recognized on stage as State Proficiency Winners. Agricultural Proficiency awards are based on a student's Supervised Agricultural Experience and the growth of...

  • Catharine Gets Updates from Municipal Authority

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    Williamsburg Municipal Authority member and Catharine Township’s representative for the Authority Daryl Cole attended the Thursday, June 15, meeting to give an update on projects the authority is working on. Cole talked about the PVC pipe sewer replacement project affecting two customers that the authority approved. The PVC pipe will be replaced with the correct sewer pipe at a cost of $64,000 for the authority. Cole said the authority is hoping to bid out the project in about three months. Over the last several months, the township has been...

  • Blair County Genealogical Society Hosts Discussion on Highland Hall

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    Blair County Genealogical Society hosted a talk about Highland Hall at the May meeting. The hall is a good example of a public building created by a group of citizens who wanted to have a an educational institution. It has lasted for more than 160 years and it is still in use. Genealogical Society member and presenter Margaret Skriesath said that she hoped that the crowd understood the different uses of the building and how it continues to be an important place in Hollidaysburg. It all started...

  • The Cove During Wartime in 1863

    KATHY MELLOTT|Jun 29, 2023

    Spring is being ushered out by the blazing summer sun and thousands of locals find themselves looking up at the sky. They’re not looking for a rain cloud but rather to offer a prayer that the Confederate soldiers will look elsewhere in their search for supplies to meet the needs of war time life. The year is 1863 and as the southern armies cast their gaze away from significant defeats, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania starts coming into sharper focus. Middle school history class focuses on the burning of Chambersburg and Gettysburg, the...

  • Long's Little League Champs

    Jun 29, 2023

    Long's Outpost won Minor Little League Championship last Saturday, June 24, in Martinsburg. Shown are (front row, from left) Coach Elliot Krehl, Trevor Smith, Christian Gutshall, Logan Lauricella, Derek Feltenberger, Braydon Gorman and Batboy Brin Zeth; (back row, from left) Coach Cade Robison, Bradley Krehl, Tyler Sparks, Liam Cliber, Ryker Robison, Lucas McGarvey, Weston Reed, Koen Ferraro, Coach Jason Robison and Coach Adam McGarvey....

  • National Genealogical Society Co-Editor to Present in Blair

    Jun 29, 2023

    The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Rd., Hollidaysburg, PA. Please note this meeting will be held on Tuesday instead of the normal Thursday meeting. Mary Kircher Roddy of the National Genealogical Society will be the July speaker. The title of the her program is “The Hub of the Wheel: How tracing a brother with no children connected ten siblings.” The talk focuses on the Rev. James Bradley who served as pastor in Newry from 1832-1883....

  • AAA: Get Ready for Record-Breaking July Fourth Travel

    Jun 29, 2023

    AAA projects 50.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day weekend, setting a record for the holiday. Domestic travel over the long weekend will increase by 2.1 million people compared to 2022. This year’s projection surpasses the previous July Fourth weekend record set in 2019 of 49 million travelers. This July Fourth weekend is expected to set a record for the number of Americans traveling by car. AAA expects 43.2 million people will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2022 and...

  • NBC Tractor Club Sports New Booth At SCPR Tractor Pulls

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    On June 17, the Southern Cove Power Reunion held a tractor pull. Due to the rain the week before, the track became muddy when the pull first began. With a little brainstorming, this problem was worked out and the pull was off. The start was delayed a few hours, which made the ending time past 11 p.m. A new flag donated by State Representative Jesse Topper was flown. At the track, the student-led Classic Tractor Enthusiasts club had a new booth. This club is open to Northern Bedford Students in...

  • Central Student Visits Her Artwork Displayed in D.C.

    Jun 29, 2023

    Congressman John Joyce, was joined by Avery Kasun and her parents, Jennifer and Brett Kasun, in Washington, D.C., last week. Avery, a Central High School student, recently won PA13's Congressional Art Competition for "Number 11," a charcoal representation of the Everett Railroad steam locomotive that was rehabilitated in her own community. Her artwork will be on display in the United States Capitol Building for the upcoming year....

  • Skunked

    RICHARD TATE|Jun 29, 2023

    When I use the word “skunked,” I am not referring to an incident of being sprayed by a skunk, although Donna and I endured an incident this past winter when her dog, Sage, was sprayed by a skunk in the middle of the night. Donna knew what to do, mixing a solution of Dawn dishwashing liquid with some other cleansers to get rid of the odor. It was not a pleasant night. Normally when I refer to being skunked, it means that I have failed to tag a turkey during a season or have failed to catch a trout during an outing. This happens more frequent...

  • Northern Bedford Alum Sell Inducted into Bedford Sports Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2023

    By ERIC SHIELDS Correspondent Bedford County sports fans came out on June 24 to celebrate local legends being inducted into the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame at the Everett High School. One of those local legends included Northern Bedford alum and Olympic athlete Brian Sell. Sell, a Northern Bedford football, wrestling, and track and field athlete, went on to star at Messiah College and St. Francis University before qualifying for the Olympics in the marathon in 2008. Sell graduated from St...

  • Spring Cove Youth Baseball Shows Off Batting Skills

    Jun 29, 2023

    Spring Cove Youth Baseball recently held end-of-season skills competitions. (Top left photo) Winners of the home run derby, Jackson Hetrick (first place, left) and Colby Gojmerac (second place), both hit 10 home runs in the competition. (Top center photo) Brooks Decker (first place, center), Kaemen Oakes (second place, left) and Talon Diehl (third place, right) were the 12u hitting contest winners. (Top right photo) The 11u hitting contest winners included Ryan Frye (center) in first place, Mason McGarvey in second place (right) and Jaxon...

  • Hollidaysburg Borough Looks Over Stormwater Agreement

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    Approval of release of funds to the Phoenix Fire Co., renewal of the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee agreement, an update on hiring of an additional police officer were primary items on the agenda at the Hollidaysburg Borough Council monthly meeting. The Intergovernmental Stormwater Agreement up for renewal was reviewed by council members before a vote was taken on renewal. The ISC has 10 local entities, which jointly manage, implement, fund and comply with federal regulations related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Municipal...

  • CAH of Spring Cove Welcomes Associate Vet

    Jun 29, 2023

    Companion Animal Hospital of Spring Cove is pleased to announce that Dr. Lucas Doyle has joined the practice. In his position as an associate veterinarian, Doyle will be seeing patients for wellness exams, vaccinations, diagnostics, treatment of illnesses and injuries, and surgical procedures. Doyle is strongly focused on helping and educating pet owners on how to provide the best care possible for their companions. Many of current clients are familiar with Dr. Doyle. He originally came to CAH...

  • HASD Hears Opposition to Tax Increase

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    The Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors approved the 2023-24 final budget with a 5-percent tax increase by a 5-2 margin at the committee of the whole/budget adoption meeting on June 14. Board members Carmen Bilek and Ken Snyder were absent from the meeting, but both had voted in opposition to the budget in an earlier meeting mock vote. Even if present, the budget would have passed despite their opposition. Those supporting the proposed budget were board members Nicole Hartman, Ronald Sommer, Doug Stephens, Lonna Frye, and Scot...

  • Nomination Now Available For Blair Co. Chamber's Business Excellence Award

    Jun 29, 2023

    The Blair County Chamber is now accepting nominations for the annual Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Dinner in October. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a Blair County business leader who has made a substantial impact on our business community for an extended period of time. The deadline for nominations is by end of business day on Aug. 7. Nomination forms can be downloaded on the Chamber’s website at www.blairchamber.com....

  • WISE Women of Blair County Offer Scholarship

    Jun 29, 2023

    WISE Women of Blair County is pleased to announce that they are seeking applications for scholarship assistance. One or more scholarships will be awarded up to a total of $10,000. Deadline for applications is no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. These completed applications must be received by email or US Postal mail to WISE Women at our address of P. O. Box 134, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 or you may submit your application to our email address of [email protected]. Scholarships will be available to Blair County resident...

  • HACP Makes Deal with WJAC TV

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) Board of Directors meeting for June was primarily focused on marketing committee issues. The May spring video for Hollidaysburg merchants is not going to happen with the team from Hollidaysburg Area High School. Lauryn Conway volunteered to do the video herself. She will meet with Board Member Becki Hollen and Marketing Director Alyssa Barilar regarding video content. Blossoms in the ‘Burg was held on May 13. The event was extremely well attended. The Member Mixer was held May 24 at SLY...

  • Herald Editor Sings at Curve With Family

    Jun 29, 2023

    Altoona Curve players honor the flag while Editor Anna Baughman (left, on screen), her sister Samantha Pope (center) and her father Chris Baughman (right) sing the National Anthem before the double header on Wednesday, June 21....

  • Northern Bedford County School District Finalizes Budget

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Education Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    The Northern Bedford County School District Board of Directors approved a 3-percent tax increase with a tax millage of 9.28 in the final budget presentation for 2023-24. The district will be looking at revenues of $15,953,023 and expenditures of $16,766,678 with a deficit for 2023-24 of $813,656. Superintendent Todd Beatty reminded those present that the district had the lowest tax millage of any school district in the county. He stated the final budget was $98,000 less than the previous year’s budget. The district has a special education bud...

  • Stock's Cruise-In Acts as a Blast From the Past for Car Enthusiasts

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Jun 29, 2023

    Residents had the chance to eat ice cream, listen to music, and look at cars over the weekend, thanks to a summer tradition. Stock's Dairy Delight held its annual Cruise-In Saturday, June 24, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., which allowed locals and participants from far away to show off their favorite vehicles to attendees. A few dozen cars were brought throughout the event, ranging in decades, color, and models. Unlike other similar car shows, the cruise-in was not a competition, meaning anyone was...

  • Huntsman Bowling Center Replacing Lanes

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jun 29, 2023

    The Huntsman Bowling Center at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park is undergoing renovations that will allow it to retain its United States Bowling Congress (USBC) certification. According to bowling center manager Dave Shadle, all 10 lanes are being replaced, work that involves more than simply laying a new floor. Shadle said the issue started when he noticed one of the lanes was beginning to buckle up and his first thought was to put some screws in it to level it down. However, because the lanes must...

  • Friendship Firefighters Complete Additional Training to Earn Firefighter-One Certification

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jun 29, 2023

    Eleven members of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Company in Roaring Spring recently completed Firefighter-One certification at Cambria County Fire School. According to Friendship Chief James Musselman, the Firefighter-One certification is additional training beyond the four-module firefighting essential training that is required for a person to be able to actively fight fires. Musselman said the firefighting essentials training consists of approximately 250 hours of combined classroom and field...

  • Bargain Days to Be Held July 7

    Jun 29, 2023

    The annual Bargain Day in Martinsburg is NEXT FRIDAY, July 7. The rest of the Cove Carnival events are as follows: Monday July 10 Little Miss Spring Cove Pageant Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, 7 p.m. Call 814-793-2176 for more information Tuesday, July 11 Ag Parade Martinsburg, 6 p.m. Tuesday July 11-Saturday July 15 Carnival Rides and Games Morrisons Cove Memorial Park Wednesday July 12 Fireworks Swim Hershberger Pool, 8-11:30 p.m. Fireworks Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, 10 p.m. Thursday, July 13 The Pines Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, 7-9...