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Donna Elaine Gearhart

Donna E. Gearhart, 92, of Martinsburg, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021. She was born May 31, 1929, in Altoona to Russell and Leah (Mater) Fleck. She married Donald Gearhart Jan. 23, 1951. He...

 

Ethel Mae Saylor

Ethel Mae Saylor, 91, resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the home. She was born July 29, 1929, in Roaring Spring, daughter of...

 

Janet A. Weitzel

Janet A. Weitzel, 81, of Claysburg, passed away Saturday morning, July 31, 2021, at Maybrook Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 23, 1939, in Greenfield Township, Blair County, the daughter of the late...

 

Donna Carol Brown

Donna Carol Brown, 80, of Saxton, formerly of Roaring Spring, passed away Saturday July 31, 2021, at home from natural causes. She was born July 11, 1941, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Gerald K. and Constance (Mentzer) Dick. She...

 

Evelyn K. Mock

Evelyn K. Mock, 75, of Roaring Spring, passed away Friday, July 30, 2021, at UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh. She was born Apr. 24, 1946, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Roy and Leah (Huston) Dick. She married Harold R. Mock on May 19, 1962, in...

 

Arlo W. Shaw

Arlo W. Shaw, 86, of McKee, passed away Friday, July 30, 2021, at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. He was born June 18, 1935, in McKee the son of the late Harry and Helena (Nofsker) Shaw. He is survived by two siblings: Doris Shindledecker of...

 

Robert "Bob" Orosz

Robert “Bob” S. Orosz, 79, rural Martinsburg, passed away late Sunday, August 1, 2021, at his residence. All services will be private and arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg (www.bolgerfuneralhome.com). Memorial...

 

M-burg Library's Annual Backpack Giveaway Next Week

Martinsburg Community Library will have its annual backpack giveaway on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 9 and 10. The giveaway will take place at Martinsburg Community Library. Monday, it will start at 1 p.m., and Tuesday it will start at 10 a.m. Though...

 

PennDOT Announces Annual Highway Safety Survey

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking motorists’ input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its annual online Highway Safety Survey found at www.PennDOT.gov/Safety. “Safety is our top priority and we value...

 

Central High School Class of 1981's 40th Reunion Set

The Central High School Class of 1981 will be having a 40th reunion on Oct. 9 at Marzoni’s in Duncansville at 6 p.m. Information is posted on the “Central High School Class of 1981...40th class reunion.” Facebook page or contact Lori Ritchea...

 

The Best Kind of Friend

A great joy for me as a young girl was sitting with my neighbors on their porch swings. Mrs. Keith lived across the road from our house. According to my calculation, at that time she had the biggest...

 

In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte By: Camilla Bruce

“In the Garden of Spite” by Camilla Bruce is a work of historical fiction that follows the life of Belle Gunness, one of the most notorious female serial killers in American History. The book is b...

 
 By ASHLEY HICKS    Opinion    August 5, 2021

Beginning a Farm. Where to Start?

Starting a farm can be daunting. What tips can you share for beginning farmers? First and foremost, I recommend beginning farmers connect to others. In some cases, a beginning farmer may be part of a family operation, so they already have a network....

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 6, 1895 Martinsburg defeated Waterside 16-4 in the first game played by the Southern Cove team. A front-page story said the game was made disagreeable by “the continuous kicking of Rice,” pitcher and shortstop for Waterside, who...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 5, 1971 Roaring Spring residents were asking for an amendment to the borough’s zoning ordinance after having learned that a townhouse apartment project was proposed for the Cove View area. The community’s Zoning Board of...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 5, 1921 The Herald’s editor stopped in at the big community picnic held in Martinsburg. He reported the occasion was “all that could be hoped for” with even the weather cooperating. He reported the crowd at 10,000 to 12,000...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 1, 1996 Renovations at Northern Bedford High School are on schedule. School will open on time Tuesday, Aug. 27. Aw, shucks. Rumers that construction will delay the opening date by two to three weeks have been circulating throughout...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 1, 1946 The Martinsburg Fire Company’s annual free corn boil was announced for the upcoming week, with a new feature to be added – a “circus,” presented by the Martinsburg Cub Scout Pack. The Herald reported that “thousands...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 4, 2011 A fast-moving fire leveled a barn on Cove Lane Road on Aug. 2. Property owners Terry and Kathy Holsinger said that they stored vehicles and tools in the barn and reported losing a motorcycle, lawn mowers and tools. No animals...

 

What Have We Learned

When I was growing up (in my mind not that long ago) almost every book or children's story had a lesson to learn in it. Listen to your parents. Be nice to others. Give from the goodness of your heart...

 

Thought for the Week

I have proposed six things: studying and obeying the Apostles’ Doctrine, experiencing fellowship, breaking bread together, praying, demonstrating reverence and praise to God joyfully, witnessing by...

 
 By GEORGE DEMPSIE    Faith    August 5, 2021

Who Is Our Neighbor?

When I visit the public library in Williamsburg, the beautiful stained glass windows bring back fond memories. The building was formerly the Presbyterian Church where my family and I worshiped. I can still hear Irene Miller playing the Sunday...

 

Upcoming Community Worship Service

A community worship service sponsored by the Roaring Spring Ministerium will be held on Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. at the Spring Dam ampitheater. Pastor Amanda McCaffery will deliver the morning message. In case of rain, the service will be held at Bare...

 

Public Notice

Storage Sale Due to nonpayment of storage rent and fees, all property of Travis Kranich, 410 Keystone Street, Altoona, PA, stored at Freedom Junction Self Storage, East Freedom, PA, will be sold on Aug. 17, 2021 at 10 a.m., at Freedom Junction, East...

 
 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    August 5, 2021

Smaller Toll Increases Planned on Pa. Turnpike Through 2050

Drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike can except toll increases through 2050, officials said Wednesday, July 28, albeit at a slower rate than experienced over the past 15 years. The announcement comes as the PA Turnpike Commission makes the last $450...

 

Sweet Molly

While on vacation at Myrtle Beach, Molly Ritchey found an ice cream shop with the same name....

 

Band Camp Begins

Victoria Shoenfelt, who will be a junior this year at Central High School, practices with the rest of her team Monday, Aug. 2, during the school's band camp, which began last Monda...

 

The Faster You Drive, The More You Spend

Driving faster than the speed limit can be costly for motorists, according to new research from AAA. The latest testing shows that driving even five miles over the speed limit has a negative impact on fuel efficiency and increases driving costs....

 

Western PA Gas Prices Stable

This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average: $3.305 Average price during the week of July 26, 2021: $3.304 Average price during the week of August 3, 2020: $2.443...

 

Community Yard Sale This Weekend

Just a reminder – the hustle and bustle of Williamsburg will be happening Saturday with the annual Williamsburg Community Yard Sale Day, Aug. 7 and 8. Stop around and score some great deals from the folks of Williamsburg....

 

Next Walking Tour on Aug. 7

The second Williamsburg History Walking Tour will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7. The tour will be at Riverside Park. Those interested should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo....

 

Ride Your Tractor to Church Day

The tractors were out on Sunday! It was the annual Ride Your Tractor to Church Day at the Fairview Church of the Brethren....

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    August 5, 2021

New Pet Boarding Facility Officially Opened

For David and Cathy Mock, opening a dog kennel was always a dream. Now, that dream has came true – Mock's Bridge Pet Resort, located in Williamsburg, has finally opened. "I've always wanted to open...

 

Blue Pirates Win Dean Patterson Tournament

The Williamsburg Blue Pirates (Yellow Springs Hardwood) won a hard-fought battle at the finals of the Dean Patterson Tournament....

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    August 5, 2021

School Board's Special Meeting Covers Football

The Williamsburg Community School District held a special meeting last Thursday evening, July 29 in the library. Following a decision held the previous evening with Juniata Valley School District, the meeting was made to agree to the co-op football...

 

Free Course for Those Affected by Another's Substance Use

Stacey Karchner, a Family Recovery Life Coach through the BALM (Be A Loving Mirror) Family Recovery Program will be teaching a free course sponsored by Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships for those in Blair County who are affected by...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Life    August 5, 2021

Blair County Strikes Back at Autism With Bowling Bash

Holiday Bowl in Altoona held the 13th Annual Blair County Strikes Back Bowling Bash on July 30, 2021. The bash raised money and awareness for families with autistic members in the community. Profits...

 

Life is a Picnic

Katie Ponder and Devin Clapper enjoy a quiet picnic at Spring Dam in Roaring Spring on Monday, Aug. 2....

 
 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    August 5, 2021

'Record Breaking' Lottery to Benefit Seniors

Pennsylvania lottery profits exceeded a “record-breaking” $1.3 billion, state officials said Monday, Aug. 2. Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said it’s the 10th consecutive year that the agency’s revenue hit $1 billion,...

 

First Year Showman

Jakob Bechtel, 9, shows off Princess Pig, one of two pigs he will show at the upcoming Blair County Jr. Livestock Show and Sale. The other pig is named Darth Pigger. Jakob attends Martinsburg...

 

Southern Cove Fire Co. to Hold Ox Roast, Car Show

The Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Company Annual Ox Roast and Car Show will be held on Aug. 6 and 7 at the Replogle Community Building in New Enterprise. Food sales will start both days at 11 a.m. The fire company will be serving their “famous...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    August 5, 2021

Plans for Martinsburg Waterline Upgrade In Motion

The Martinsburg Municipal Authority has proposed the replacement of 9,500 feet of waterline in Martinsburg. The waterline is located between Martinsburg Borough and the Lock Mountain water distribution system storage tank (located adjacent to Lock Mo...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    August 5, 2021

Williamsburg High School Football Program Has Had Ups and Downs

When it appeared that this year’s Williamsburg High School football team would have only 17 players available for gridiron action this coming season, decisions had to be made about the future of the program. What resulted was the canceling of this...

 

Missing the Friday Night Lights in Williamsburg

I’ve never been an ardent high school sports fan. I grew up in (and still live in) Williamsburg, and them’s fightin’ words here, but it’s the truth for me. I’ve never been one to go out of my way to attend a game. That might be because I ne...

 

Reality Check

Not long ago I received an email entitled "Reality Check." One chart in the email revealed that the United States ranked third in murders out of 193 countries. However, the chart noted that if...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Sports    August 5, 2021

NBHS Graduate Brian Sell Was An Olympian

This Sunday's closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics will have unique meaning for a former local athlete. Brian Sell, a native of Woodbury and 1997 graduate of Northern Bedford High School, holds a...

 

Blood Shortage Continues Due to Increased Demand

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. The Red Cross has...

 

Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccinations During Pregnancy

On Friday, July 30, The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published updated recommendations that strongly encourage pregnant people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The previous...

 

Births and Maternal Access to Care in Pa.

Pennsylvania welcomed 134,247 babies in 2019, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Live births per 1,000 residents in Pennsylvania have decreased from 1990 to 2019, as shown in the...

 

Blair, Bedford Counties Mirror Statewide Trend of Increasing COVID Cases

Conemaugh Nason's infection control director said that the public should be concerned about rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the nation and in Pennsylvania. Julie Russell, director of quality...

 

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