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  • Gardening Expertise Blooms at Ag Progress

    Jul 27, 2023

    Need expert gardening advice? Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences experts will offer consultations in the Yard and Garden Area during Ag Progress Days, Aug. 8-10. Experts include Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, extension educators, and specialists in horticulture, entomology and plant pathology. At the “Ask a Master Gardener” booth, gardening enthusiasts can receive advice from Master Gardeners from across the state, get information about the spotted lanternfly, and learn about the Pennsylvania Pollinator-Friendly Habitat...

  • Blair Co. Historical Society July Speaker Series Features Talk On Underground Railroad in Area

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    Community Historian Harriett Gaston spoke to a capacity crowd at the Railroaders Museum for the Blair County Historical Society's Speaker Series. She said that she was hoping to find, share and document the history of African Americans in this community of Blair County and beyond. "I want to show what I have found makes the evidence (of the Underground Railroad) that has been put out there before me." Gaston hopes that people will know that the underground railroad did exist in this county and...

  • Genealogical Society Hears from Genealogist on Her Ancestors from Ireland

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    Professional Genealogist Mary Kircher Roddy from the National Genealogical Society made a stop at July's meeting of the local branch. She talked about her research on the Bradley family, her ancestors. Rev James Bradley was pastor at St. Patrick's in Newry for 51 years, from 1832 to when he passed away in 1883. "I used him to figure out all about the siblings and where they came from in Ireland. I was really just interested in my great-great grandfather's brother. At first, I didn't know there...

  • Police Plan National Night Out in Bedford: Aug. 1

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Bedford County Chamber Foundation is pleased to support National Night Out, organized by the Bedford Borough Police Department in conjunction with local law enforcement and first responders, and supported by the Bedford County Chamber Foundation and Thomas Dealerships. This year's event is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 1, on Penn Street in Bedford between West and Juliana Streets in front of the Police and Fire Stations. Admission to this event and many of its related activities is free....

  • Nic's Grab 'N Go 'Round Up' Campaign Proceeds Presented to Civic Club

    Jul 27, 2023

    Charlotte Walker, shift manager of Nic's Grab 'N Go, Williamsburg hands a check to Shirley Kurtz-Flaugh, treasurer of the Civic Club. The $500 check is from Nic's "Round Up" campaign to benefit Williamsburg clubs and businesses....

  • Bistro to Buster: Beloved Food Truck is Moving In

    Jul 27, 2023

    Belly Busters owners Josh Bradley (right) and Walt Weaver (left) take down the sign at the Brickhouse Bistro in preparation for opening their own restaurant in the building. The men plan to open Belly Busters Sports Grill there in September....

  • Benefit Dinner Announced

    Jul 27, 2023

    There will be a benefit dinner for Marvin Anderson (above, left) held at the Williamsburg Farm Show Building on Friday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, roll, salad, dessert and drink. Contact Tammy Detwiler for tickets at (814) 934-3079. Donations are also being accepted for any items or baskets. Anderson, a life-long Williamsburg resident and fireman for Lakemont recently underwent extensive heart surgeries. All proceeds benefit Anderson and his...

  • School Board Purchases New Curricula, Textbooks

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    The Williamsburg Community School Board announced during last Tuesday evening’s meeting, June 18, that they were purchasing a new K-6 ELA curriculum, McGraw Hill’s Wonders. According to Elementary Principal Jennifer Metzler, the school’s curriculum “is based on Pennsylvania’s Academic ELA standards, instruction and assessment.” Some of the Keystone Exam and PSSA test scores also motivated the District to also purchase the seventh through 12th grade curriculum for English language arts: Mirrors and Windows, along with the Understandi...

  • Catharine Supervisors Update on Projects

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    Catharine Township Supervisors gave updates on several projects that have been discussed in the last year with the township during its meeting last Thursday, July 20. Roadmaster Michael Fay said there is still some concern with the idea of the township taking over River Front Drive. Meeting the 33-foot threshold may not be possible, as Fay said some areas “may not widen the 16 feet needed.” Chairman Heather Flaig said this issue has been discussed with the solicitor, who will be at the August meeting to discuss how to proceed with project....

  • Borough Secretary's Resignation Accepted

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    “I’m going to really miss her. She was the most organized person I ever met. Right always on top of everything — number one in my book,” Chairman Don Zimmerman said of Lisa Dishong, after accepting her resignation effective July 21. During that July 10 meeting, Borough Manager Joe Lansberry echoed that same sentiment. “She was a pleasure to work with and will definitely be missed here at the borough.” Dakota Biddle, who made the motion to accept her resignation letter, said of Dishong, “Lisa was a tremendous asset to the...

  • WHS Celebrates 125 Years

    Jul 27, 2023

    A sneak peak for next week! Pick up next week's edition to read all about Williamsburg's recent celebration of 125 graduations....

  • All Aboard!

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Everett Railroad made a number of trips Sunday between Hollidaysburg and the Roaring Spring Station for the "Ice Cream Special" event. TOP PHOTO: Rick Ziegler of Claysburg was all smiles pulling into the Roaring Spring train station BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO: Nicholas Brightbill, left, was the fireman for the trips and Stephen Lane served as engineer for the runs. BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO: Crystal Henry of Spring Mills, left, and Shannon Rodgers with the Everett Railroad, help five year old Addilyn Adams...

  • Chancellorville Success Inspired Confederates To Head into Pennsylvania

    KATHY MELLOTT|Jul 27, 2023

    It was mid-1863 and the country was void of cable news, Twitter, radio. Even newspapers were often scarce and read like information sent in by carrier pigeon. Yet our nation was at war with one another and the fear was huge that your front door would be broken down at any point or a match lit under the foundation would rob you of your family. Rumors, be it from hucksters passing through Morrisons Cove or a letter from Aunt Tillie in Lancaster, scared our ancestors, and they did not sit idly by hoping the rumor mill was wrong. Morrisons Cove...

  • Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy Now Accepting Applications

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy (KSCA) is accepting applications for its fourth class of cadets which begins in January 2024. The KSCA is designed to give academically challenged teens a second chance at obtaining their basic education, learn leadership, self-discipline, and responsibility while working toward finishing their education and building a better life. The opening of the academy at Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) in Lebanon County in July 2022 formally established the National Guard Bureau’s Youth ChalleNGe Program in Pennsylvania....

  • Duncansville Holds 42nd Annual Community Days

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    Duncansville's 42nd annual Community Days was held this year on July 21 and 22. Although there were no fireworks this year there were plenty of events, good food and music. The Hollidaysburg Drumline from Hollidaysburg Area High School entertained on Saturday. NOVA, an elite all-state group of cheerleaders (left photo) also performed. This group is under the leadership of Makayla Williams, and this is their fourth season. The girls range in age from three to 26. They live in Bellwood,...

  • A Tale of Three Skunks

    RICHARD TATE|Jul 27, 2023

    Skunks are common animals, especially in town where they have many places to hide and where they have reliable food sources. They are beautiful animals with lovely fur coats. Unfortunately, they smell, well, like skunks. This past winter Donna had to let her little dog, Sage, out during the night to take care of “business.” However, after taking care of business, Sage was sprayed by a skunk before making it back into the house. Donna gathered some Dawn dishwashing liquid and other cleansers, and we de-scented the dog. Several rugs where we...

  • Hundreds Gather for HoopsFest

    Jul 27, 2023

    Hundreds of basketball players and fans descended on Altoona Saturday for Hoopsfest. Two hundred teams from six states were entered in the three-on-three competition. This is the 21st year for the annual event. The first 19 years were in Tyrone. This year's theme was "Elevate." "HoopsFest continues to solidify its position as the go-to three-on-three basketball destination in the state," said Founder Jim Kilmartin. "We are thrilled that, for the second year in a row, downtown Altoona will...

  • SC Dominates Six-Day Tournament

    Jul 27, 2023

    Spring Cove won the six-day 12u Spring Cove Youth Baseball tournament on July 6 by defeating Bellwood Antis 7-6 in the championship game. Spring Cove finished the tournament undefeated with wins over Williamsburg, Mount Union, Hollidaysburg and Bellwood-Antis. Team members are (front row, from left)Cam Heck, Rory Martin, Troy Marks, Ethan Baker, Owen Clark; (second row, from left)Brooks Decker, Kaemen Oakes, Colby Gojmerac, Jack Hetrick, Landyn Kasun, and Talon Deihl....

  • Williamsburg Honors '57-'58 Champions

    Jul 27, 2023

    Note: This article was originally printed in the May 29, 2008, edition of the Herald. It is being reprinted in honor of Williamsburg’s recent celebration of 125 years of graduates. Exactly 50 years to the day that the Blue Pirates’ baseball team won the Blair County League with a 6-1 victory over Hollidaysburg, Williamsburg school officials on Saturday, May 14, honored WHS’s “Triple Crown” winners from the 1957-58 school year. The day was also declared “Sam Fonzi Day” in Williamsburg. Mr. Fonzi was the coach of the football and...

  • $9.6 Million for Hollidaysburg, Bellwood Borough Water Projects Announced

    Jul 27, 2023

    State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced residents in Hollidaysburg and Bellwood boroughs will benefit from a combined $9.6 million in funding for water and sewer system repairs. The funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). PENNVEST is an independent agency of the Commonwealth providing financial assistance to fund construction of drinking water, sewer and stormwater projects in communities throughout Pennsylvania. Bellwood Borough Authority will receive nearly $5.8 million for the final phase of...

  • Partnership, Businesses Prepare for WJAC Commercial Promotion

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    There was a great deal of news from the Marketing Committee and the Planning and Development Committee from the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP). HACP sponsors music for Third in the Burg every third Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is shopping, music, and an evening farmer’s market. The dates for Third in the Burg were set for June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, and Sept. 15. Samantha Prass performed at the most recent event. The celebration takes place rain or shine. HACP will partner with the Altoona Area Business...

  • Hollidaysburg Native Serves with U.S. Navy Helicopter Squadron

    Jul 27, 2023

    Airman Reid Miller, a native of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, serves with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40, based out of Mayport, Florida. The squadron's primary mission is to conduct sea control operations in open-ocean and coastal environments. This includes hunting for submarines, searching for surface targets over the horizon and conducting search and rescue operations. Miller, a 2015 graduate of IMG Academy, joined the Navy over two years ago. Additionally, Miller earned a...

  • Hollidaysburg Borough Council Approves $2 Million for Presbyterian Home

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    During the July Borough Council meeting, Police Chief Christopher Storm stated there were two candidates for the opening of a ninth police officer in the borough, but neither candidate fit the bill for the position which has been vacant since October 2021. The search for the officer began in May. The borough had two applications for the job, but one candidate did not have his Act 120 certification which is a requirement for all Pa. municipal police officers and the other was an out of state university policeman. “We need to readvertise for th...

  • HASD Tables Discussion on Grants

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    The annual report presentation to the board was given by Superintendent Dr. Robert Gildea and Business Manager Autumn Fiscus. Gildea started by stating the Hollidaysburg Area School District vision statement, which says that the community is dedicated to educating all learners by maximizing the growth of each individual student. He gave five vision statements to enable this growth. 2023 has been a future-driven, student-centered learning environment. The acronym T.I.G.E.R. has become important: think, imagine, growth, explore, reinvent...

  • Gas Prices Jump in Pennsylvania

    Jul 27, 2023

    Gas prices are nine cents higher in Western Pennsylvania this week at $3.734 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average: $3.734 Average price during the week of July 17, 2023: $3.643 Average price during the week of July 25, 2022: $4.591 The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: $3.754 Altoona $3.730 Beaver $3.752 Bradford $3.719 Brookville $3.753 Butler $3.726 Clarion $3.752 DuBois $3.737 Erie $3.740 Greensburg $3.742 Indiana $3.715 Jeannet...

  • Hollidaysburg Farmers Market Running Until September

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Hollidaysburg farmers market is held on Allegheny Street, downtown by the Diamond, every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. This market features fresh vegetables, fresh cut flowers, homemade baked goods, homemade crafts, music, and a variety of other entertainment and goods. The farmers market runs through September and was ranked third best in the state....

  • Clearing the Smoke: Martinsburg Borough Discusses 'Confusing' Fireworks Ordinance

    ANNA BAUGHMAN, Editor|Jul 27, 2023

    Martinsburg Borough Council held its monthly meeting the day before Martinsburg’s annual Ag Parade on Monday, July 10. The council discussed the possibility of compiling commonly broken ordinances into a sheet and giving it to new residents. Some of these ordinances are already listed on martinsburgpa.org/home. Police Chief Kerry Hoover instructed those interested to go to the website, hover over Police Department and click on ordinances. Hoover continued the ordinance discussion by suggesting that the council review fireworks ordinance....

  • Park Sidewalk Redone

    Jul 27, 2023

    Morrisons Cove Memorial Park recently installed a new front sidewalk that leads to the steps of the main entrance to the building and access to the Weaver Banquet Hall. The previous sidewalk was showing its age with settling and had a few cracks in it that changed the elevation in some spots to almost an inch. Funds for the renovation work were made possible by donations from the community. Cordell Construction of Martinsburg is the contractor performing the work....

  • Local Children to Participate In Fair

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    The Bedford County Fair, which began on July 23, will run until July 29. Abygail Sweinhart is 7 years old and is the reigning Lil Dairy Miss. At the Bedford County Fair, she will assist in handing out ribbons and handing out pies at the pie auction. She has been working in Dairyland. She promotes dairy and has participated in four parades. Elias Sweinhart is a 4-H member and a member of Kountry Kids. Kountry Kids is under the leadership of Kaytee Tew and Shelby Over. He also enjoys attending the...

  • Morrisons Cove Dairy Show Next Week

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Morrisons Cove Dairy Show will run July 31 through Aug. 4 this year. This is the 72nd anniversary of the dairy show. There are 169 animals entered this year, which is slightly more than last year. The committee encourages community members to enter exhibits in other departments (vegetables, farm crops, needlework, floral, etc.) until noon on Monday, July 31. Baked goods can be entered until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Call Central High School (814) 473-5328 for a premium catalog. Exhibitors are encouraged to carefully review the rules of...

  • Tractor-Trailer Damages Royer Cemetery Near Williamsburg

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2023

    A closed bridge and a bad decision by a truck driver led to thousands of dollars in damage to Royer Cemetery near Williamsburg on the morning of Wednesday, July 12. According to Jeff Gunnett, who, along with his family and other volunteers takes care of the cemetery, the driver of the tractor trailer reportedly owned by HMD Trucking of Chicago Ridge IL, entered Royer Mountain Road, from the Hollidaysburg side and either didn't see or ignored the warning signs that Royer Bridge was closed for rep...

  • Sheetz Announces Sarah Furnace Property Renovation Plan

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Jul 27, 2023

    The Sarah Furnace property at the intersection of Dunnings Highway and Quarry Road in Sproul will be seeing life again after Sheetz announced its intention to renovate the house and surrounding buildings on the property. Since around 2016, the nearly 200-year-old buildings, including a 21-room mansion and a barn that once housed 54 mules that transported iron ore from Ore Hill to Sproul have been sitting dormant while the elements began to take its toll. The Sarah Furnace property was built...

  • Roaring Spring Seed Library Encourages Self-Sufficiency For Residents

    ANNE GRAY, For the Herald|Jul 27, 2023

    So far this season, Roaring Spring Community Library has distributed more than 6,000 packets of seeds to amateur and experienced gardeners throughout Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties through its seed library program. Old card catalog drawers house thousands of packs of seeds ranging from herbs to vegetables to flowers, carefully selected and packaged to be delivered through the Library's already existing interlibrary loan program. The seed library started during the COVID-19 pandemic, and...

  • David E. Helsel

    Jul 27, 2023

    David E. Helsel, 56, of New Enterprise, passed away Thursday evening, July 20, 2023, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born May 31, 1967 in Roaring Spring, son of Donna J. (Miller) Helsel and the late Leroy K. Helsel. He is survived by his mother, Donna, of Bakers Summit; two half-brothers: Robert C. Helsel and Kenneth E. Helsel; an adopted brother, Anthony W. Helsel; three uncles: Kenneth R. Miller (Arvilla), Donald B. Miller (Sarah), and Lester J. Helsel; two aunts:...

  • Kenneth L. Clabaugh

    Jul 27, 2023

    Kenneth L. Clabaugh, 88, of rural Williamsburg, passed away Monday evening, July 17, 2023, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born July 17, 1935, in Williamsburg, son of the late Paul R. and Bertha B. (Hetrick) Clabaugh. Ken was twice married, first to Barbara Jo Ann Guerin, who died Feb. 10, 2001, and then to G. Kay Showalter, who passed away Nov. 28, 2019. He is survived by two brothers: Nelson R. Clabaugh (Jane) of Hollidaysburg and Willard E. Clabaugh (Judy) of...

  • Jannet L. Frederick

    Jul 27, 2023

    Jannet L. Frederick, 98, a resident of Midtown Oaks Health & Rehab Center, Altoona, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 2023, at UPMC Altoona. She was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Albert and Mirla (Mauk) Butler. On March 26, 1946, she married Dean W. Frederick in Winchester, Virginia. He preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 2005, following 59 years of marriage. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara A. Elliott, of Martinsburg; four grandchildren: Lisa Ponder (Jim) of Roaring Spring,...

  • What Everyone Must Know About Leaving Pets in Cars this Summer

    Jul 27, 2023

    People love to take their dogs with them when they go places. Whether running to the store, stopping for errands, or hitting the summer events, they often have their dog tag along. But summer temperatures can be deadly for dogs left in cars, even for just a few minutes. The good news is that you can do things to help protect your pet and other dogs that may be left in vehicles. • When possible, choose to leave the pet at home. • Some cars, such as a Tesla, offer a "Dog Mode" feature that allows the air conditioning to stay on while the...

  • Bullying Needs to Stop

    Linda Williams|Jul 27, 2023

    I scrolled through the “Smart News” on my iPad and was once again dismayed to see a story of a young girl committing suicide because she was bullied. It’s a rare day that a story like this does not appear somewhere. Most school shootings are traced back to someone who was bullied in adolescence. What is a “bully”? It is someone who has a sense of entitlement over others. They lack compassion, impulse control, and social skills. According to one survey, one in four children are bullied at school. While enough water has passed under the...

  • Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

    Jul 27, 2023

    David Crow was the oldest son of Thurston Crow, an ex-convict. Thurston claimed to be a Cherokee and that his family were mistreated by the Anglos. He was physically and verbally abusive to his wife and children. Thurston had a warped sense of justice. He believed that murder could even be justified. David endured beatings when he didn’t live up to his father’s expectations. David’s mother had mental issues and was not able to handle the family. Lonnie, his older sister raised the younger...

  • WHS 1955-56 Basketball, Football: 'Almost Perfect, Twice'

    DON APPLEMAN, For the Herald|Jul 27, 2023

    Fredonia emerged as the other western finalist and could boast that they were the defending state champs. They and their supremely confident fans filled the gym to near capacity, looking to scuttle the Blue Pirate crew. No doubt one of the greatest stories in Williamsburg athletic history, which goes back 100 years, truly a legend, originated with this hotly contested battle in faraway Western Pennsylvania. The winner plays in the state championship game; the loser goes home. A very confident...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jul 27, 2023

    Herald of Aug. 4, 1898 The 5-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Milburn of Bedford was watching his mother feeding the hogs one day recently when he lost his balance and fell in the pen among the swine. The hogs made a savage attack upon him, and bit him a number of times before he was rescued. If help had not been at hand, the little fellow would have met a horrible death. Mr. George H. Sheckler, who travels with one of the best and clearest sterioptic and projectoscopic exhibitions on earth, was unfortunate in that he pitched his tent at...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jul 27, 2023

    Herald of Aug. 2, 1973 A beef shortage was being felt in the Cove, and area butchers and retailers cited three causes for the shortage. The government extended a price freeze on beef while suspending the freezes on other meats. Farmers were holding their steer from market in hopes of gaining a higher price once the freeze was lifted, and consumers were also at fault for hoarding beef to avoid the higher prices when the freeze was lifted. A barn fire along Piney Creek just north of Martinsburg caused a nearly $50,000 estimated loss on the Wayne...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jul 27, 2023

    Herald of Aug. 3, 1923 Warren G. Harding, President of the United States, died instantaneously and without warning Thursday night at 7.30 o’clock, a victim of a stroke of apoplexy, which struck him down in his weakened condition after an illness of exactly a week. Upon his passing the office of president devolves upon Calvin Coolidge, vice president of the United States. On Sunday evening while returning from camp meeting, Albert Gephart of Loysburg was struck by a car in front of his home and knocked to the ground. He was cut on the face...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jul 27, 2023

    Herald of Aug. 6, 1998 Martinsburg Borough Council awarded the contract for a renovation project at the Hershberger Pool to Talucci contracting of Chester County. The pool committee received a matching grant of $70,000, and the committee had to raise $70,000. Rex and Dorothy Hershberger helped by donating $50,000 to the project. The pool is named for Rex’s father, Dr. J. Warren Hershberger, who donated the land on which it was built in 1968. Amanda Cessna of Everett won Supreme Champion honors at the 1998 Morrisons Cove Junior Dairy Show for...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jul 27, 2023

    Herald of Aug. 5, 1948 An outstanding novelty baseball game, matching the great Harlem Globetrotters and the Honolulu Hawaiians, has been arranged for Athletic Park, Roaring Spring on Friday night August 6, at 8:30. Ed Hamman, famous baseball clown, is also set to appear with his bag of stunts before, during, and after the game. Jesse Owens, winner of four first place medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, will give an exhibition of hurdle jumping and race against a horse owned and ridden by R. O. Maxwell of Roaring Spring. Ten hives of bees...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jul 27, 2023

    Herald of Aug. 1, 2013 The Martinsburg Police Department was investigating the theft of three street signs in Huston Township. The signs were stolen from Davis Road, Lock Mountain Road and Poverty Hollow Road. Police reported that this was an ongoing problem in Huston Township, creating hazardous situations, especially when emergency services need to locate an address. Snider Homestead farms of New Enterprise was honored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for its generations of distinction in the dairy community. Bernetta (Snider) Ga...

  • Now What?

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Jul 27, 2023

    Every person has faced moments when they had to stop and ask an important question. “Now what?” Some people are reactionary, and others think things through for a while. There are empathetic folks and those who seem to not care as much. Typically, that “now what” question is asked during a crisis or crossroads. For Jesus, the disciples, and leaders in Jerusalem, it was both. Jesus had just been betrayed and arrested. The story in John 18 continues. With Jesus being bound and taken to Annas as part of an excruciating journey, we find...

  • Thought for the Week

    Jul 27, 2023

    The banquet had only begun. The king is sipping wine as an appetizer but his impatience is upon him. So, again he asks his question and again makes his promise that he will grant Esther’s request up to half his kingdom. This may have been an exaggeration but it certainly shows the king wants to be generous to the woman he loves. He has already lost one wife he loved and this may have multiplied his concern for Esther. She has now gotten up her courage. God worked on Xerxes during the night...

  • Spring Dam Worship Service Next Sunday

    Jul 27, 2023

    The Roaring Spring Ministerium invites all to the Spring Dam Community Worship Service on Aug. 6, 2023, beginning at 8:45 a.m. This annual event will be held at the Spring Dam area in Roaring Spring, PA. Worship will begin with the musical trio Simply Grace. The trio, Sandy Dodson, Christy Rhykerd and Jimmie Wills, met in a church basement more than 20 years ago and the journey began. The three ladies perform at various venues presenting different styles of music. Following Simply Grace, guest s...

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