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  • Little Bobby at Burget's Garage

    Grace Hamilton|Jul 7, 2022

    My tour of Curryville happened many times a day. I walked through Curryville on my way to and from school. I rode my bike the whole length of Curryville to deliver the Altoona Mirror. I checked things out as though it was my job. I noticed what flowers were blooming. If I saw a new car or someone using a power lawn mower, that was something I had to report to anyone interested. The only store was Burget’s Store next to the train track. We called it Snobbies. Mr. Ira Burget would not sell you s...

  • The Giving Garden and Fridge in the Foyer

    CORTNEY GENSIMORE|Jul 7, 2022

    I often daydream about having a garden. I envision myself strolling through the rows of greenery, carefully tending the plants while the morning sun warms my shoulders. I can almost feel the smooth texture of the tomato, the daydream version of myself tenderly plucked just moments before. Ninety nine percent of the time, I am jolted back to reality by a ringing phone, a shutting door or my neighbor starting his truck for work. It is then I realize that my dream of being the ultimate gardener is just that. A dream. The jolt back to reality...

  • Embrace the Growing Season

    TOM TRUITT, Horizon Farm Credit CEO|Jul 7, 2022

    The summer months bring growth for us all, crops included. School is out and kids are practicing sports, working a new job, or attending camp. Families are spending quality time together, recharging on vacation and outdoors. And our cash grain crops, fruits, and vegetables are all finishing their growing season, gearing up for harvest in the weeks and months to come. Your local Farm Credit associations are also in the midst of a significant growing season, as AgChoice Farm Credit and...

  • Pa. Has 85 Percent Save Rate For Shelter Dogs, Cats

    Jul 7, 2022

    Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization, released its sixth annual pet lifesaving dataset, which gives a national overview of the number of dogs and cats that enter and exit shelters in a given year. Best Friends measures shelter lifesaving with a metric called “save rate.” A 90 percent save rate is the nationally recognized benchmark to be considered “no-kill,” factoring that approximately 10 percent of pets who enter shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia rather than ki...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jul 7, 2022

    Herald of July 8, 1897 The Fourth passed off unusually quiet. Old Glory was sent floating to the breeze from many a home and dwelling, bidding defiance to any but the true and brave. The usual amount of powder was burnt, both Saturday and Monday. One boy had an accident with too much familiarity due to such occasions, and for his jingoism, eyebrows and whiskers are distressingly few since and in addition the epidermis that covers the prominent protuberance on the face is also short. The powder carried away from that member a piece that covered...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jul 7, 2022

    Herald of July 13, 1972 The local shortage of doctors in the Cove was deemed “critical” by Richard L. Metzer, president of the Martinsburg Rotary Club. Dr. Charles Whetstone of Martinsburg closed his office permanently on July 8, leaving one doctor to cover Martinsburg. The club was exploring the idea of establishing a clinic with several physicians, and named a committee to study the problem. The Raystown Dam was 70 percent complete. The total cost of the project was expected to be $66,300,000, but when finished the recreational aspects wou...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jul 7, 2022

    Herald of July 14, 1922 John Dewey Walter, a Greenfield township young man who fatally injured his brother-in-law, John Weyandt, when he shot him point blank in the face after an argument in the home of the former near Friesville, was removed to the Blair county jail. Walter did not know that Weyandt was dead until within sight of the jail. He was being held without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing before Justice of the Peace C. Irwin Lewis. Fourth year Latin was added to the Academic department at the Vocational school. The class would...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jul 7, 2022

    Herald of July 10, 1997 The Cove Pallets sawmill in Huston Township was destroyed by fire, causing an estimated $420,000 in damage. Employees were present when the fire started but were unable to extinguish the flames. Two Roaring Spring girls earned second and third places out of approximately 3,200 entries in a national art contest sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. Tara Conlon won second place for her parchment piece and Leslie Corle won third place for her pencil drawing. Wertz Bridge over Piney Creek in Woodbury...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jul 7, 2022

    Herald of July 10, 1947 Nine “Fresh Air Children” from New York City arrived in the Cove at the invitation of the Martinsburg Rotary Club. The children were spending 12 days enjoying life in the country. Carl Allison Jr., aged almost 10 years, was bitten by a copperhead snake that was hidden in the woodpile in the basement of the family home at Rodman. His mother quickly tied off the arm and got him to Nason Hospital, where he was recovering. His father left work and went home and shot the snake. WWII General “Jimmy” Doolittle address...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jul 7, 2022

    Herald of July 10, 2012 Local sweet corn crops were early this year due to the “weird” weather. The spring was cool and rainy, and June saw a heat wave. The last frost was also unusually early, giving farmers a chance to plant earlier. A tour of local churches was planned for Roaring Spring as part of the town’s Anniversary Celebration. A number of churches were planning events to showcase their history and architecture. A bluegrass festival was being held as a fundraiser for the Southern Cove Fire Company. The two day event was taking place...

  • Packed and Ready

    Jul 7, 2022

    Scripture Text Mark 6: 7-13 What does your suitcase look like when you are packing for a vacation? How many pairs of shoes do you pack? How many pairs of shorts? Do you have to get a friend or family member to sit on your suitcase in order to make it close? Can you even think of traveling light? As He was sending them out, Jesus commanded his disciples to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts – but to wear sandals and not to put on two...

  • Thought for the Week

    Jul 7, 2022

    I marvel at the commitment of many of our “Founding Fathers.” We’ve just celebrated Independence Day and our freedoms. Those freedoms came to us as a gift from those who have gone before us, purchased at great price. The costs for some of them were their blood, sweat, tears, homes, families, and fortunes. There are other costs I did not mention, perhaps did not even think of. Paragraph two of the Declaration of Independence begins with these words: “We hold these truths to be self-ev...

  • Martinsburg Mennonite Church Holds Service at Precious Moment Memorial Park

    Jul 7, 2022

    On June 26, 2022, Church Service from Martinsburg Mennonite Church was held at Precious Moment Memorial Park at 153 Ott Road, in the pavilion of Judith Ott. This park was built in remembrance and honor of her late husband John Ott and his mother Elizabeth Ott, who formerly lived on this property. The pavilion and chapel have been a quiet, serene place for family and friends to enjoy under the trees. This group from Martinsburg has enjoyed this facility for three years now. This year the group...

  • Public Notices

    Jul 7, 2022

    JL Self Storage Storage Sale Tom Lewis, 129 Lewis Ln., Martinsburg, PA 16662; Ken Heck, 140 Smith Lane., Loysburg, PA 16656; John States, 3923 Brumbaugh Rd., New Enterprise, PA 16664; Barbara Rhodes, 378 Oak Hill Rd., New Enterprise, PA 16664. Sale date July 19, 1 p.m. Storage Sale Due to nonpayment of storage fees, all property of Nora Exline stored at Self Storage Units on South Nicodemus St., Martinsburg, PA will be disposed of on July 21st, 2022. Owner of unit to contact (717)519-5200. Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Borough Council...

  • Pennsylvanians Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Jul 7, 2022

    Pennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield, reflecting on the impacts of Hurricane Agnes 50 years ago, urged property owners to prepare for hurricane season by considering flood insurance to protect their homes, businesses, and possessions. For many Pennsylvanians, extreme weather, including flooding and damages caused by hurricanes and severe thunderstorms, can be a common occurrence throughout the summer...

  • Alpha Beta Meets in Everett, Installs New Officers

    Jul 7, 2022

    On June 23, 2022, Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society met in Everett at the Spring House Estates. President Becky Johnen opened the meeting by thanking members for their contributions to education and the chapter during her first two years as president. In chapter business, Linda Clapper commended the group for making 84 blankets to date for local organizations and asked them to donate school supplies at the Aug. 9 meeting for the backpack program at the Bedford County Children...

  • What's the Word In W-Burg?

    Jul 7, 2022

    Sundae Funday Event Mill Hill Farms LLC will hold it annual Sundae Funday event on Sunday, July 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy free ice cream sundaes, meet some farm animals, climb on farm equipment, learn about farming and meet dairy royalty. Mill Hill Farms LLC is located at 164 Mill Hill Road, Williamsburg. Williamsburg Community Yard Sales The Williamsburg Community Yard Sales have been announced for the first Saturday in August, Aug. 5....

  • Fourth Fest Spotlights Local Businesses

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Corespondent|Jul 7, 2022

    Williamsburg will have its first Fourth Fest on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and keeping the party alive until 8 p.m. The Trail Town Market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Riverside Park to start the day off. There will be a nature tour from 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverside Park and a Walking History Tour with former sixth grade teacher Cathy Over beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Park gazebo. There will be a barbecue at the Lower Trail Creamery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Slingers Throw House will also be at the Lower Trail...

  • Williamsburg Boys Raise Money to Send Care Packages

    Jul 7, 2022

    Colton (6), Kenneth (7) and Josh (3) Dean of Williamsburg, sons of Tom and Sarah Dean, pose out in front of their lemonade stand along 2nd Street. All of the funds raised will be used to send care packages overseas....

  • Bassler Organizes Community Give Back Day

    Jul 7, 2022

    Cheryl Bassler, center, poses with Jon and Justin Isenberg representing Williamsburg Volunteer Station 90. Bassler is the owner/operator of the Second Street Cafe and Bakery. She held a Community Give Back Day last Sunday where community members were invited for a bowl of soup and a piece of pie – all for a donation to Station 90. In all, over $2,100 was collected for Community Give Back....

  • Last Call for Farm Show Queen Candidates

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Corespondent|Jul 7, 2022

    The Williamsburg Community Farm Show Board is still accepting applications for the 2022 Farm Show Royalty. As always, this is a great opportunity for students to give back to the community through community service, and by advocating for our hometown fair. The age groups are as follows: Fair Queen (16-21), Princess (11-15) and Little Miss (7-10). Some of the requirements for the Farm Show Queen are as follows: • Have exhibited at the Williamsburg Community Farm Show, attend fair events • M...

  • Queen Resident Named to Dean's List

    Jul 7, 2022

    Elisabeth Dodson of Queen has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Geneva College, Beaver Falls. Students must achieve at least a 3.6 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List. Dodson is an elementary – special education major. She will also receive a minor in ESL training....

  • DMVA to Host Virtual Town Hall On Resources for Homeless Vets

    Jul 7, 2022

    The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will host the third in a five-part series of virtual Veteran Town Halls on July 13, 2022, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The town hall will focus on resources for homeless veterans. Join Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, DMVA deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs; Bill Reed, director of Veteran Services, Harrisburg YWCA; and Micah Snead, chairman, Homeless Veteran Committee, Governor’s Advisory Council for Veterans Services. Discussion topics will include the federal VA Supportive S...

  • The Cove's Fourth of July Celebrations Over the Years

    KATHY MELLOTT, For the Herald|Jul 7, 2022

    Change can be tough, but it's a fact of life. A break away from the decades-old Martinsburg's annual July 4 celebration being pushed forward a week might be a good opportunity to roll with the new format. But the newsworthy change also provides a great opportunity to look back on past celebrations and talk to some with notable memories. The new schedule has been well publicized but as a reminder the Agricultural Parade – the highlight of the celebration for many – will be Tuesday, July 12, wit...

  • State Police Announces Independence Day Weekend Crash, Enforcement Results

    Jul 7, 2022

    The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 649 vehicle crashes resulting in four fatalities and 170 injuries during the four-day Independence Day travel period, which ran from July 1-4. Alcohol was a factor in 8% of the crashes. Troopers made 515 driving under the influence arrests and issued more than 24,000 traffic citations over the long holiday weekend. During the 2021 Independence Day driving period, which spanned four days, nine people were killed and 195 were injured in the 680 crashes...

  • Cove Community Theater 'Mopping' Yards

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jul 7, 2022

    Cove Community Theater is doing a capital fund campaign by mopping yards. The first two yards mopped were Richard Sell along Route 36 and Garry Black in Woodbury. This is a fundraiser for the theater's building project. The sign left on the yard says "It's a Hard Knock Life! You've Been Mopped by Cove Community Theater" (as shown to the right). Money raised will go to the kitchen on the upper level of the Cove Community Theater building due to two instances of flooding this past year. There are...

  • A Summer Hunt

    Jul 7, 2022

    During the summer, most sportsmen spend their time on or around the water. A few target trout in appropriate streams, and fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass hits it peak during the summer months. Most sportsmen do not think much about hunting during the summer. Hoping to locate a monster buck or two, a few diehard deer hunters are out glassing farm fields. Other than that, hunters do not do a whole lot during the summer. That was not always true. A dedicated cadre of sportsmen spent...

  • Dragons Look Back on Epic Win, Season

    DUNCAN WEIGAND, Herald Intern|Jul 7, 2022

    After defeating Lancaster 13-2 on Friday, June 17, the highs that come from winning a state championship haven't worn off quite yet. For Jeff Hoenstine, Devon Boyles and Ty Helsel, the magnitude of their accomplishment is just starting to set in. The Dragons won the state championship game for a community that has rallied around the team in a big way. Mayor Richard Brantner Sr. has named July 12 "Central Dragons Baseball Team Day," and the team has been invited to participate in the Ag Parade....

  • Property Tax/Rent Rebates to Be Distributed Starting July 1

    Jul 7, 2022

    Starting July 1, 260,294 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be issued rebates totaling roughly $121.7 million, the Department of Revenue announced. The rebates will be distributed through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “This is a program that has delivered more than $7.3 billion in property tax and rent relief since the program’s inception in 1971,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We want Pennsylvanians to know that there is still time to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent pa...

  • Wolf Administration Highlights Importance of Mental Health Services For Older Adults

    Jul 7, 2022

    The Pennsylvania Departments of Aging and Human Services joined the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A) on the fifth Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day to spotlight the mental health services needs of an often overlooked, underserved population: older adults. “As Pennsylvania’s older adult population continues to grow and becomes more diverse, we need to improve resources and supports to meet the mental health needs of this population, which tends to be more socially isolated than other age groups. We know tha...

  • Blood And Platelet Donors Needed Around Fourth Of July

    Jul 7, 2022

    As summer officially begins and people gather for holiday celebrations, the American Red Cross reminds communities that patients are counting now on the generosity of blood and platelet donors, especially around the Fourth of July. The Red Cross sees about a 21 percent decline in blood and platelet donations during holiday weeks, including Independence Day. When blood donations drop, so does the blood supply, making it extremely challenging to ensure blood is available when hospitals need it. By...

  • Alberta Hayes Museum Opens in Altoona

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 7, 2022

    As part of a summer-long campaign celebrating television's number-one comedy, CBS continued the "Summer of Ghosts" campaign celebrating the Prohibition Era Songstress Alberta Haynes by bringing to life the storied Alberta Haynes Museum, an exclusive pop-up experience in her hometown of Altoona at the Amtran Metro Transit Garage on June 29. Amy Eicher, director of social strategy for CBS, said that they were there to celebrate "Ghosts." "It's the number-one new show of the past season," Eicher...

  • Blair County Commissioner 2022 Graduate Of Center for Excellence

    Jul 7, 2022

    The Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL), a premier professional development program of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), is pleased to announce that Laura 0. Burke, Blair County Commissioner, has graduated from the program as part of the Center's Class of 2022. CEL training focuses on fostering individual growth through interactive and high level classroom training aimed at improving participants' communication, management and leadership skills. CEL...

  • DUI Task Force Posts Results

    Jul 7, 2022

    On Saturday, July 2, 2022, officers of the Blair County DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI roving patrol. The following results are from the detail: • 71 individual contacts • 54 warnings issued for vehicle violations • 13 citations issued for vehicle violations • 1 drug-related misdemeanor arrest • 1 arrest warrant served • 1 public drunk arrest Remember, friends don’t let friends drive impaired....

  • Local Speaker To Be Featured At The Best You 2022 Virtual Women's Summit

    Jul 7, 2022

    Local speaker Nancy E. Head, is one of 12 featured speakers at the Best You 2022 Virtual Women's Summit. This international online conference is 100 percent online, free and open to the public with sessions on spiritual growth, self-care, bold living, leadership and expanding your reach. As part of an ongoing initiative to provide free training to women worldwide in the categories of spiritual growth, self-care, leadership, and more, the Best You 2022 Virtual Women's Summit is scheduled for...

  • Gas Prices Decrease in Pennsylvania

    Jul 7, 2022

    Gas prices are five cents lower in Western Pennsylvania this week at $4.929 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average: $4.929 Average price during the week of June 27, 2022: $4.979 Average price during the week of July 6, 2021: $3.245 The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: $4.864 Altoona $5.030 Beaver $4.902 Bradford $4.870 Brookville $4.961 Butler $4.906 Clarion $4.915 DuBois $4.884 Erie $4.978 Greensburg $4.913 Indiana $4.969 Jeannette $4....

  • Roaring Spring Food Bank Helps 20 Families a Month

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jul 7, 2022

    Roaring Spring Food Bank was started in 2010 at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church located at 401 E. Main Street Roaring Spring. The Minister for this church is Amanda McCaffery. Ron Glunt had the idea for the food bank and got assistance from Mark and Sue Haliday. Saint Luke's Lutheran Church was the place that was willing to help with this much-needed endeavor. The food bank is located behind the church where there is a red door and signage. To sign up for this free service, go to the food bank on a...

  • Roe v. Wade Overturned; Pa. Abortion Laws Could Hinge on November's Election

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 7, 2022

    On June 24, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of abortion rights protection from the federal government by turning the issue over to each individual state. Roe v. Wade was overturned when the court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson that the constitution does not offer a right to abortion. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization had sued Mississippi State Health Inspector Thomas Dobbs, challenging the state’s law banning abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. In his written opinion, Justice Sam...

  • Ag Parade to Honor Dairy Promotion Committee, Dawn Theofield

    ANNA BAUGHMAN, Editor|Jul 7, 2022

    The 40th Agricultural Parade will take place on Tuesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. As always, the parade will run rain or shine. This year's grand marshal will be Dawn Theofield, who passed away in November of 2021. The honoree will be the Blair County Dairy Promotion Committee. Central High School and Everett High School baseball teams were invited to the parade as well and will have their own floats to commemorate both winning state championships. The parade committee reminds participants to have...

  • Martinsburg Brethren in Christ Church Invites Children to Monumental VBS: Celebrating God's Greatness

    Jul 7, 2022

    A summer kids’ event called Monumental VBS will be hosted at Martinsburg Brethren in Christ Church on July 10, 11, 13 and 14. (The Ag Parade is on Tuesday, July 12). At Monumental, kids explore the sunbaked Southwestern desert as they dig into God’s great love! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take ho...

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