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Dr. Baker: Spring Cove District Not Closing Contrary to Rumors

The Morrisons Cove Herald contacted Spring Cove School District Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker on Wednesday, Sept. 2, regarding circulating rumors that the district or one of its schools would be closing in the near future due to a COVID-19...

 

Spring Cove Superintendent: 'No COVID Outbreak in the District'

In response to a rumor that a student at Spring Cove Middle School in Roaring Spring had tested positive to COVID-19 and that the school had to close for a period of time, Spring Cove Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker reached out to the Herald with the...

 

Blair Among 16 Counties Under a Drought Watch

After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Friday, Aug. 21, declared a drought watch for 16 counties: Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fayette,...

 

Welcome Back, Students!

Welcome back! Williamsburg Community High School Principal Mike Jones greets students at the entrance to the high school Monday morning, Aug. 24, on the first day of the school year. Williamsburg was...

 

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed that as of 12 a.m., Aug. 25, there are 561 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 130,035 All 67 counties in...

 

'Special Children' Clinic Benefit Auction Cancelled for 2020

The annual benefit auction and bake sale to support The Clinic for Special Children and the Central PA Clinic has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The event was to be held Saturday, Sept....

 

M-burg Accepts Councilman Resignation

Martinsburg Borough Council is expected to fill a vacancy in September. The council accepted the resignation of David L. Harker during the August meeting. Harker will be moving out of the borough. Richard Brantner Jr., borough manager, said the counc...

 

PIAA Bd. Approves Fall Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Inc. Board of Directors voted Friday, Aug. 21, to permit fall sports to begin Monday, Aug. 24, based on local school decisions. The board agreed...

 

Another Bump in the Road

From where we live, it is a quick trip into town via the southern end of I-99. I have been told the 1960s government of Pennsylvania ended the four-lane road in Bedford to prevent folks from taking...

 

Volunteers Important To RS Library

Do you have a little bit of time to share your talent? Think about becoming a library volunteer. Thousands of volunteer hours are performed at the library each year. You, too, can become a volunteer. You can make a difference in library services righ...

 
 By Karen Bassler    Life    August 27, 2020

Mike Peters is in the Business of Cleaning Out

Mike Peters of Road To Glory Enterprises, LLC, grew up in New Castle, but moved to the Cove in May 2000 to take care of his grandparents, the late McKnight and Margaret Peters of Woodbury. Upon...

 

'Back-On-Track ESAs' Offer A Unique Opportunity For Pa. Parents And Students

By SEN. JUDY WARD and REP. CLINT OWLETT With the start of the school year fast approaching, everyone from parents and students to teachers and school administrators is likely feeling anxious about what lies ahead. So many kids want and need to go...

 

Boy Hurt When Horses Run

Herald of Aug. 22, 1895 Roy, the five-year-old son of Henry Paul, of Huston Township, was hurt in a runoff accident. Mr. Paul had come to town with his large two-horse wagon and left his team near the railroad, temporarily in charge of the boy. The h...

 

Band Travels to Kennywood

Herald of Aug. 27, 1970 Williamsburg was one of the main targets for the rain storm which covered Blair County Aug. 19, although other county areas reported some damage. Williamsburg will celebrate Old Home Week next week, beginning with a 50-unit...

 

Women Allowed to Vote

Herald of Aug. 27, 1920 Mathias Glass, former Henrietta resident, was instatly killed on the railroad near the brick plant west of the Three Culverts, Saturday morning, while on his way to work. George W. Patterson, chairman of the Blair county...

 

Jetstream to Leave Airport

Herald of Aug. 24, 1995 The Blair Count Airport Authority learned Monday night that Jetstream Airlines, the airport’s commuter carrier, would be leaving the airport. Martha Disney, airport manager, announced that Chatauqua Airlines, a private...

 

New Store to Open

Herald of Aug. 20, 1945 T4 Richard A. McGraw, aged 24, field artilleryman and a member of the 76th Division of Patton’s Army, is spending a 30-day furlough with his wife and little son and his parents of Martinsburg. Quite a serious accident...

 

Biddle Family Gets Award

Herald of Aug. 26, 2010 The James and Carol Biddle family, who own and operate Mill Hill Farm and Mill Hill Farm Supply in Williamsburg, were recently awarded the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award. Six experienced showmen in the Blair County...

 

Back to School: 'Buildings' or 'Virtual'? What is the Answer?

By LOIS M. KANESHIKI The answer is, there is no one correct answer, because all children are different. School districts, again, are having to make impossible choices that affect thousands of students. It is literally impossible to make the...

 

SC Continues to Adjust To Meet Restrictions

By THOMAS SCHMITT For the Herald The regular meeting of the Spring Cove School District School Board on Aug. 17, began with Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker reemphasizing that the district is moving forward with their plans to fully reopen for the scho...

 

DEATH RECORD

BEACH – Pastor James L., 79, Roaring Spring CLAPPER JR. – Joseph H., 93, Hopewell FREDERICK – Brenda L., 73, Martinsburg KLEPSER – John L., 58, rural Imler LINDSEY – Melvin W., 96, Indiana, Pa. SNYDER – Dale Emmert, 78, New Enterprise...

 

PASTOR JAMES L. BEACH

Pastor James L. Beach, 79, of Roaring Spring, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Martinsburg, son of the late Robert and Grace (Hampton) Beach. He...

 

JOSEPH H. CLAPPER JR.

Joseph H. Clapper Jr., 93, of Hopewell, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at Pennknoll Village in Everett. He was born May 14, 1927, in Hopewell Township, son of the late Joseph H. Sr. and Bertha...

 

BRENDA L. FREDERICK

Brenda L. Frederick, 73, of Martinsburg, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Aug. 20, 2020, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born Oct. 23, 1946, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of Jannet (Butler) Frederick and the late Dean...

 

JOHN L. KLEPSER

John L. Klepser, 58, of rural Imler, Bedford County, passed peacefully Monday morning, Aug. 24, 2020, at his home. He was born Aug. 29, 1961, in Altoona, son of Anna E. (Chamberlain) Klepser and the late John E. “Jack” Klepser. Surviving are his...

 

MELVIN W. LINDSEY

Melvin W. Lindsey, 96, passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Indiana, Pa., after a short illness. Melvin resided in Roaring Spring for many years. He was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Lakemont, the son of the late William Morrison and Ruby (Reed) Lindsey....

 

DALE EMMERT SNYDER

Dale Emmert Snyder, 78, of New Enterprise, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at UPMC Altoona. He was born July 21, 1942, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Jacob and Jennie (Stone) Snyder. On...

 

JOHN R. SUMMERS

John R. Summers, 88, of Palmyra passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Born Feb. 14, 1932, in Martinsburg, he was a son of the late Melvin and Kathryn R. (Graybill) Summers. He was also preceded in...

 

AAA Reminds All Motorists: Schools' Open, Drive Carefully

With neighboring school districts practicing different back-to-school options this year, AAA East Central advises motorists to take extra caution when driving through residential areas where students could be commuting. AAA East Central also offers...

 

Minor League Champions

Metzler Bros. Transportation Inc. won the Spring Cove Youth Baseball League minor division championship on Saturday, Aug. 8, with a 7-2 victory over Keith Electrical Services. Metzler Bros. finished...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    August 27, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

Although it seems odd to me, Pennsylvania's autumn hunting seasons open next Tuesday, Sept. 1. One of the hunting targets will be mourning doves, which may be hunted from one-half hour before sunrise...

 

Support from All Stakeholders – Namely Hunters – Critical to CWD Plan Success

On Saturday, July 25, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners reviewed and approved the newest form of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Chronic Wasting Disease response plan. Following the initial review period of September 2019 through...

 

PGC Board to Hold Meetings Sept. 24-25

The Board of Game Commissioners will hold its quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26. Details of the meeting will follow at a later date. The agenda for the meeting will be available here roughly two weeks prior to the meeting....

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

Time seemed to stand still as I stood inside the screened door of our front porch. Having recognized the call from the bluebird parents for their fledglings to try their wings for the first time, I...

 

Students Return to the Classrooms

Students in the Williamsburg Community School District returned to the classroom Monday morning, Aug. 24. The district was the first in the Morrisons Cove Herald's coverage area to start the 2020-21...

 

Lines by Lee

As the unique summer of 2020 winds down, I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to contribute to this space for over three years. It is challenging to me that it cannot be more of a...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Exodus 20:1-7 & 23 Deuteronomy 13:1-5 I Corinthians 6:9-11 Acts 17:16-23 Acts 17:24-34 I Kings 14:21-30 Jeremiah 30:1-10 I know we have been looking at Israel's relationship wi...

 

10,000 Take-Out Meals

Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring wrapped up its annual free summer lunch program Friday, Aug. 21. Lunch was served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday since June. Meals...

 

Symphony Sets Cushion Concert Series

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is currently working diligently to navigate the ongoing pandemic situation and what this will mean for live performances in the foreseeable future. “As we work to reinvent the possibilities, we do feel confident we...

 

$10 Million in Grants Available for 'Farm Sustainability'

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on July 31 announced the availability of $10 million in tax credits to Pennsylvania farmers for measures to improve soil and water quality. Tax credits are available through Pennsylvania’s nationally recogn...

 

Wolf Administration Supports Agriculture Projects in Bedford, Blair

On Monday, Aug, 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced the approval of 13 agricultural projects, including four in the Morrisons Cove area, being funded through the First Industries Fund (FIF). These...

 

Area Schools Receive Grants to Help Students

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is dedicating approximately $20 million to help 678 local education agencies, including school districts, to provide education services for students with disabilities who may have been negatively impacted by COVID-19...

 

United States Census is Not Done Counting Yet

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham recently provided updates to its operational plans including hiring employees to accelerate the delivery of data by the December 31, 2020 deadline. Census takers will begin to interview households in...

 

Showmanship Winners Announced at Blair/Bedford Dairy Show

The Blair/Bedford Dairy Show was held Aug. 3 and 4 at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg. Kicking off the event was the Blair/Bedford Youth Showmanship Contest on Aug. 3. Joe Stitt of...

 

Bedford Historical Society Open

The Bedford County Historical Society is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mask must be worn and if attendees plan on doing research, gloves also must be worn. The historical society will not furnish these supplies. The facility is...

 

Bedford Cancels 2020 Quilt Show

Bedford Cancels 2020 Quilt Show The Bedford County Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show has been cancelled for the 2020 season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, society officials said they are unable to meet the states requirements for this year....

 

Farm Bureau Tour Spotlights Technology

Blair County Farm Bureau President Gary Long proclaimed, "Blair County is special," noting the range of agriculture in the area during the Blair County Farm Bureau Legislative Farm/Agribusiness Tour...

 

Woman Returns to W-burg With New Business and Plans

For Abigail Allison-Peace, Williamsburg has always been home. Now, she's bringing new business to her hometown. Peace, 48, grew up in Williamsburg along Lower Clover Creek, graduating from Williamsbur...

 

Catharine Township Plans Improvements to Overlook Road After Complaints

At last month’s regular Catharine Township meeting, residents of Overlook Drive attended to ask the township supervisors for assistance in getting their road improved. At the regular August meeting, the supervisors were able to announce that they...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    August 27, 2020

New Consignment Shop Moves Into Martinsburg

Stories of jobs lost and businesses closing have been in the headlines for months but if you look closely you'll find a few that are bucking the trend. The Herald has a new neighbor. RJ's...

 

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