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  • NBC FBLA Returns With Two National Championships

    Miranda Madden, Intern|Jul 11, 2024

    At the end of June, Northern Bedford FBLA members headed down to Orlando to compete in the National FBLA Leadership Conference (NLC). These members qualified for the national competition after the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference where they exhibited their fulfillment of great progress in leadership, professionalism, and service. 25 members qualified for the NLC, which took place from June 29 to July 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. Over 13,000 students attended the conference,...

  • Plans for Septic Area of Thomas Wareham Trucking Must be Revised

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Herald Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    During the Taylor Township July Supervisors’ meeting, it was determined by township engineer Greg Geishauser that revised plans must be made to the septic area of Thomas Wareham Trucking in order to get township approval. The stormwater issue must be addressed, Geishauser said, before going any further. There can be no breaking of ground prior to township approval. Geishauser proposed waiting until next month’s board meeting before taking any action, although builders may be ready to move forward now.There must also be approval from the Dep...

  • Council Member Resigns From Woodbury Borough

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    Vince Heaton, a Woodbury council member, turned in his resignation at the borough’s monthly meeting on Monday, July 1. Any resident interested in being a council member or in the position of Mayor are encouraged to apply. Woodbury Community Center minutes from April showed that the event fund has been rolled over to a CD. Lightbulbs were fixed in the pavilion, and a pipe from the large room heater burst in February but was fixed. Community yard sales were held June 7 and 8. Overall total assets are $17,868.22. There is about $19,720 of C...

  • South Woodbury Township Plans Bridge Dedication

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    South Woodbury Township Supervisor discussed the plans for the Pine Hill Road Bridge Project at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2. The Supervisors are waiting for PennDOT to confirm the checking deposit, and they will check the thickness of the asphalt to see what was put down in the past. The Golden Rule Bridge Dedication Ceremony is in the planning process. The Bridge will be dedicated to all who died in South Woodbury Township in the military. The ceremony will be advertised once all arrangements are made. Highway occupancy permit was...

  • Arlan D. Barkman

    Jul 11, 2024

    Arlan D. Barkman, 93, of Martinsburg, formerly of Woodbury, passed away on July 7, 2024, at Homewood in Martinsburg. He was born on April 22, 1931, in Woodbury, son of the late Lester Carl and Alma Ruth (Boor) Barkman. On May 17, 1951 in Winchester, Va., he was united in marriage to Dolores J. (Pepple) Barkman who preceded him in death on June 5, 2022. Surviving is daughter, Michelyn Hatch (Richard J.) of Martinsburg; son, Dirk Barkman (Marcia) of Martinsburg; son, Lance Barkman (Tammy) of Roaring Spring; grandchildren, Dr. Kiel Barkman, Kella...

  • William Gerome Hummel, Jr.

    Jul 11, 2024

    William Gerome Hummel, Jr., 68, of Indiana, Pa. passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at home after a courageous fight against cancer. He was born January 5, 1956, in Roaring Spring, the son of William Gerome Hummel, Sr. and Mary (Lane) Hummel (Howells). He is remembered by his wife of 49 years, Cindy (Harclerode) Hummel; a son, Kyle; a daughter, Amber (John); three grandchildren, Bentley, Bristol and Beau; two brothers, Dennis (Tara) Hummel and Cyrus (Kathleen) Howells. He was preceded in death...

  • Jane E. Detwiler

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jane E. Detwiler, age 97, a resident at Colonial Courtyard At Bedford, formerly of East Freedom, died Monday evening, July 1, 2024, at the home. She was born November 13, 1927, in Lewistown, the daughter of the late John F. and Vera I. (Gates) Eckman. She married Robert A. Detwiler, who preceded her in death on February 16, 1974. She is survived by five children: Brian K. Detwiler and wife Vickie of New Enterprise, Diane M. Zock and husband Robert of East Freedom, Marilyn J. Lynn and husband Mark of Roaring Spring, Christine A. Miller and...

  • Mary Ellen Lindsey

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mary Ellen Lindsey, age 99, of Roaring Spring, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. She was born April 14, 1925, in Wheeling, WV., the daughter of the late Norris Fenton and Mary Ellen (Miller) Overly. She married William Edgar Lindsey on September 30, 1944 and he died November 26, 2009. She is survived by two children, Bruce Alan Lindsey of Roaring Spring and Suzanne Masic of Duncansville; three grandchildren, Mary Ellen Smith, William J. Smith, and Emma J. Masic; two great-grandsons, Owen and Sawyer Smith; and numerous nieces and...

  • Virginia A. "Ginny" (Hall) Sell

    Jul 11, 2024

    Virginia A. "Ginny" (Hall) Sell, 92, of Roaring Spring formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Tuesday evening, July 2, 2024, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. She was born January 21, 1932, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Robert Q. and Anna M. (Burleigh) Hall. On August 6, 1949, she married John H. Sell in Martinsburg. He preceded her in death on December 30, 2005, following 56 years of marriage. Surviving are two daughters: Cynthia "Cindy" Hardwick of Des Moines, Iowa...

  • Lil' Focht's Daycare Graduates Six

    Jul 11, 2024

    Lil' Focht's Daycare of Martinsburg recently recognized six graduates this year from preschool. PHOTO AT RIGHT – The graduates are (from left): Gracelyn Koch, daughter of Ashley Wombacher and Jared Koch of Altoona; Hunter Browell, son of Devin and Jarod Browell of New Enterprise; Peyton Gartland, daughter of Michaela and Drew Gartland of Woodbury; Camden Runk, son of Caitlin and Tyler Runk of Woodbury; Everlee Webb, daughter of Katlin and Anthony Webb of Williamsburg; and Maddox Ewart, son of L...

  • Local Cove Pastor Speaks at Saturate Altoona Service

    CATI KEITH, Editor|Jul 11, 2024

    Pastor Chris Garretson of Redefined Community Church in Martinsburg spoke at the last service on Sunday, June 30 for Saturate Altoona which took place in the city's Heritage Plaza. The event was held every Sunday night in June. Every week the event would open with blessing booths where churches and local non-profits could set up booths to give away food and other free items. "They had popcorn machines, cotton candy, hotdogs, hamburgers, and all kinds of good food," he said. This would then be...

  • From The Silent Generation To Gen Z

    Linda Williams, Editorial Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    In 2024, each generation has its own name. I never heard about age group titles until the “Boomers”. They started in 1946 and continued until 1965, which means my children are Boomers. My age group is referred to as the Silent Generation. We are known for conforming to whatever the government put in place. We, and when I say “We” I mean the majority, did not believe in birth out of wedlock. Divorce was frowned upon. We had children younger than any other generation. On the whole, we did not go against the system or government. Notice I said, “D...

  • Burke on Blair County Children Youth and Families

    Jul 11, 2024

    By Laura Burke Blair County Commissioner It is no secret that Blair County Children Youth and Families has struggled during the last several years. The Agency faces a complex situation that is affected by over-regulation, workforce shortages, high volume of referrals, not to mention low morale and burnout among staff. Recently the County entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Department of Human Services to restore its license while we continue to work to correct the problems that have developed over the last several years. One item of...

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Jul 11, 2024

    By Jane Knisely of Claysburg Area Public Library Irvel Holland and Hank Myers were best friends since middle school in Bloomington, Michigan. As they grew older, Irvel began dating Sam Myers, Hank’s older brother. Hank was dating Maggie Wright. Yet they both knew they cared deeply for each other. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Everyone wanted to know how they could serve their country. Sam signed up for the Army. Hank was not accepted as they were only taking one young man from each family at that time. Hank and Irvel...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jul 11, 2024

    Herald of July 10, 2014 Martinsburg Borough Council approved planned upgrades to the downtown during its Monday night meeting, July 7, that will coincide with the borough’s streetscape project. Council approved the purchase of 18 solar lights that will sit atop 8-foot poles in the town center district. In addition to the solar lights, 22 5-by-30-foot banners were approved for purchase. The recycling program at the South Woodbury Township building has changed. Claysburg recently won the Chestnut Ridge 12-and-under All-Star Tournament held in O...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jul 11, 2024

    Herald of July 15, 1999 At the request of the American Legion, Roaring Spring Borough Council Monday night approved the acquisition of an Army tank to be placed near the railroad station as a memorial to area veterans. Williamsburg Borough Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 19, to open bids on the East First Street sewer replacement project. The Blair County Airport Authority learned at a meeting this week that there is a move underway to name an official route to the airport. The Bedford County Arts Center is holding...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jul 11, 2024

    Herald of July 11, 1974 Woodbury Borough Council unanimously adopted an ordinance prohibiting the abandonment of inoperable vehicles in the borough. Reading skill was still considered the student area of most need for the Spring Cove School District in a report filed by Richard Cellini at a meeting of the ESEA Title I Parent Council at the Roaring Spring Intermediate School, June 26. Two dairy judging teams from the Central High School Future Farmers of America chapter were among the 86 teams competing at the State FFA Convention held June 18...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jul 11, 2024

    Herald of July 14, 1949 Although the opening of the Williamsburg Free Public Library has been delayed until this fall, citizens of the community are hard at work completing the library which will serve the northern section of Morrisons Cove. State Highway Department crews are working toward a deadline of August 12 for completion of the rebuilding of West Allegheny Street, South Market Street from Penn to Spring Streets, and Spring Street to the airport. Weather conditions made a complete turnabout in Morrisons Cove during the past week, when...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jul 11, 2024

    Herald of July 11, 1924 The Morrisons Cove Good Roads Association was organized at a meeting in Williamsburg. The purpose of the capacity gathering was to launch a movement to have the state take over Piney Creek highway and build it as a connecting link between the William Penn and Lincoln Highways. The Fourth of July celebration at the Memorial Park in Martinsburg included speeches by Judge Albert W. Johnson and Congressman J. Banks Kurtz. The addresses covered the unsurpassed growth of the country and the recent attempts to amend the...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jul 11, 2024

    Herald of July 14, 1899 Blair County sportsmen were planning to open an immense game preserve in the vicinity of the Beaver Dams near the Huntingdon County kine. The tract included 5,000 acres belonging to the Isett estate and extended from the old Soap Fat Furnace to the section behind the ridges. M.H. Benner of the Martinsburg area was painfully injured when thrown from a load of grain while assisting Jacob D. Rhodes with the harvest work. C.M. Black and E.H. Rhule of Clover Creek shipped a carload of sheep to market. An extra summer train...

  • Analyzing The Deer Harvest Figures

    RICHARD TATE, Sports Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    With hunters now purchasing their hunting licenses and their antlerless deer tags, it might be a good time to take a look at last year’s Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) harvest estimates. Based on a total of 134,000 harvest reports from Pennsylvania hunters, the PGC deer biologists have come up with a total harvest of 430,010 animals for the 2023-2024 deer-hunting seasons. This includes an estimated 171,600 bucks and 258,410 antlerless deer for the year. As you can see, the PGC biologists have essentially tripled the reported harvest. Their...

  • Gonzalez Makes His Own Call

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Curve's Tres Gonzalez makes his own call as Harrisburg Senator shortstop Cortland Lawson attempts to make the tag at second base during the last game of a home stand with the Senators Saturday, July 6 at PNG Field....

  • Dragons FC Soccer Team Competes on the Beach

    Miranda Madden, Intern|Jul 11, 2024

    Last weekend, a club soccer team based in the Cove traveled east to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete in their Beach Blast Sand Soccer Tournament. It was an open tournament hosted by the Cape Express Soccer Club, and hundreds of teams from the east coast were invited to come and play on the sandy beach. The Dragons FC soccer team, from June 29 to June 30, competed in three games in the U19 male division. Each game was five against five. The tournament also had a "no shoes allowed" policy, so...

  • Martinsburg Resident Collects Old Milk Bottles

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Jul 11, 2024

    June was Dairy Month and to celebrate the Herald featured stories like these talking about all things related to the dairy industry. This story is the final part of a three part series about local glass milk bottle collectors. Josh Baran of Martinsburg has a collection made of bottles from dairies in Blair, Cambria, and Somerset counties, and a few others from the state and around the country. “It is a passion, I love it,” he said. Baran got a lot of the bottles in his collection from flea mar...

  • Life On Potter Creek

    John Bush|Jul 11, 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

    Jul 11, 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 Monday, July 15 Ladies Fitness Class & Healthy Faith, at 6 pm at the Roaring Spring ARCH July 15 - 19th Garver Memorial YMCA Summer Drone Camp 820 Grove St, Roaring Spring. Learn basic drone skills. Registration required. Call 814-224-5101...

  • Wonderful Words of Life

    Paster Lee Seese|Jul 11, 2024

    Imagine having said something so profound or interesting that your quote could be found in a book or online. Imagine having pastors share your quote or people repeating it around the world. As I continue my series on quotes, I am grateful for ones who have had good insights on heaven. That will be my focus today. I’ve mentioned before that I have quoted Billy Graham in funerals. As a hospice chaplain I often point people towards heaven. It is easy to want to hold on to this life and enjoy the blessings of earth. But certainly, as I get o...

  • Talking About Dark Times in Life

    Joel Kletzing, Faith Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    A woman named Amanda who had suffered a miscarriage wrote an article in which she described the dark time in her life that resulted from that loss. As the article unfolded, it became clear that it was not really about darkness, but about the light that she found as she dealt with the heavy grief that overtook her. Here are some of the things she shared. From Genesis 1 she was reminded that God creates, and that what He made on each day of creation was good. This basic truth seemed to serve as ballast for her as she was tossed about by powerful...

  • Elders Producing Fruit

    Paster Earl Herr|Jul 11, 2024

    I think I would like to focus this ‘Thought’ on those of my peers who are say, sixty plus years of age. We may have aches, pains, recognize we can no longer do the things we once could, true. Still we should be and can be producing good fruit. Scriptures speak of fruit in several places. I think primarily of Galatians chapter five and St. John chapter fifteen. We might add a fruit not mentioned in either of these two Scriptural passages: That is the fruit of ‘thankfulness’. It is easy to focus on the things we see as “wrong” and not be than...

  • Celebrating 90th Birthday

    Jul 11, 2024

    Evelyn Ritchey of Martinsburg celebrated her 90th birthday on July 2, 2024. With her late husband Paul Ritchey, Evelyn has four children, twelve grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Pictured are Evelyn and her children. From left, Kelly Ritchey, Steve Ritchey, Evelyn Ritchey, Cindy Barton-Ritchey, Tom Ritchey...

  • Williamsburg 2024 FFA Banquet

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Williamsburg FFA Chapter held its annual banquet on Wednesday, April 24 in the high school auditorium to recognize members for their accomplishments and award FFA Degrees. The evening began with dinner and a slide show of the past year's events before awarding students with Career Development Event Medals, FFA Degrees and Special Awards. 2023 State FFA Activities Week Participants: Agronomy: Elijah Shultz Aquatics/Environmental and Natural Resources: CJ Smith & Ty Uplinger Creed Speaking:...

  • Catharine Sign PennDOT Agreement

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    Catharine Township Supervisors received and discussed their annual PennDOT Winter Service Agreement during last Thursday evening’s meeting. Chairman Heather Flaig made a motion to sign the winter maintenance agreement for Fox Run Road for five years. According to Flaig, the annual amount the township will get will start at $13,798, a 2% increase from the previous year. Vice Chairman Ken Brenneman seconded motion, motion passed. The township contacted several other municipalities and townships regarding a burning ordinance; Flaig said most do no...

  • Authority Looks at Cove Forge Update

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    Williamsburg Authority is expecting communication from Cove Forge regarding a variety of topics including hydrant testing, residual pressure, and flow testing but according to Stiffler McGraw engineer John Clabaugh, they have yet to receive an update. David Myers made a motion to add Myranda Isenberg to all bank accounts to gather information; Harry Mullins seconded motion, motion carried. Myers discussed the number of bank accounts the authority has through Kish Bank, Penn Crest, and Mid Penn and eliminating one of them. He was going to find...

  • Tubing at Lower Trail

    Jul 11, 2024

    Ashlyn Reasy, left and Callie Baker of New Enterprise come out of the water with a group of friends at the entrance to the Lower Trail in Williamsburg after spending an afternoon on the Frankstown branch of the Juniata River....

  • Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Inducts New Inductees

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame inducted its latest class. The 2024 inductees included Dahl Bowser, Lynn and Janice Crist, Brent Miller, Dolan Mosser with Bill and Suie Burket – Bill's Place receiving the Pioneer Award. Each inductee received an individual award, citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate and will have his/her name engraved on The Hall of Fame Monument located in the Claysburg Community Park. Dahl Bowser Dahl Bowser was introduced by h...

  • Bedford Sports HOF Holds Induction in June 2024

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    The Bedford Sports Hall of Fame held its 2024 induction ceremony on Saturday, June 29 with two sessions. The first session honored the individuals. The second session honored the teams that were inducted along with some special recognitions. Jeff Batzel, secretary of the Hall of Fame, says that the Hall represents the best in Bedford County sports history. "I think it is very important to honor people who have brought publicity to our county, to our communities and to our area via athletics -...

  • HoopsFest Returns for 2024 on July 20

    Jul 11, 2024

    HoopsFest 2024 is set to take place on July 20 in Downtown Altoona. As Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament, HoopsFest offers a chance for players, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors to participate. HoopsFest is a day of competitive basketball, family-friendly activities, and an unforgettable experience for all participants. There are still openings for teams to register, volunteers to join, sponsors to support, and vendors to showcase their offerings. This year’s noon-time speaker is Thomas Valles, who portrayed the tro...

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  • Ag Parade Photos 2024 Part 1

    Jul 11, 2024

    People from the community in the Cove and the surrounding areas turned out again for the Ag Parade....

  • Ag Parade 2024 Part 2

    Jul 11, 2024

    More photos from the Ag Parade 2024...