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  • DEATH NOTICE

    Sep 12, 2019

    Kathryn D. Becker, 85, of Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord, Monday evening, Sept. 9, 2019, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., www.bolgerfuneralhome.com, Williamsburg, and 1 until the 2 p.m. funeral , Friday, Sept. 13, at Grace Pointe Community Church of God, Williamsburg....

  • Po's Peek at the Past

    Dave Potchak|Sep 12, 2019

    Like it or not, we've all been guilty of miscommunication blunders at one time or another during our lifetimes. The following scenarios involving verbal miscues and acts of misunderstanding did indeed occur. However, because of each story's short duration, none made the cut for a lengthy narrative standing on its own. I'll start out with a true story from the third grade. The subject of the flub was my good friend, Tom Myers. (May he rest in peace.) During a spelling bee, Tom actually tried to...

  • JOHN B. BURKET

    Sep 12, 2019

    John B. Burket, 78, of Everett, formerly of Altoona and Finley, Ohio, died Sunday morning, Sept. 8, 2019, at Rebecca's Personal Care Home, Everett. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., www.thompsonfh.com, Roaring Spring. Interment will be made in Carson Valley Cemetery, Duncansville, John was born May 9, 1941, in Altoona, the son of the late Luther and Esther (Garland) Burket. He is survived by two children: Renee of Cresson and Daniel of Finley, Ohio; three grandchildren; and...

  • RICHARD ALLEN GEIST

    Sep 12, 2019

    Richard Allen "Rick" Geist went to God on Aug. 29, 2019. He was born Nov. 21, 1944, the son of James D. and Catharine (Wiggins) Geist. Rick married Jean Elizabeth Dillen on Aug. 28, 1971, in Altoona's First Church of the Brethren. Rick is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jeanie; a sister, Pauline (Richard) Miller; sisters-by-law Barbara (Clayton) Angle and Susan (William) Stratton; brother-by-law, Daniel (Karen) Dillen; mother-by-law, Patricia B. Dillen; eleven beloved nephews: Bryan...

  • RUTH D. LONG

    Sep 12, 2019

    Ruth D. Long, 102, formerly of Sinking Valley, was called home to be with the Lord early Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2019, at Homewood at Martinsburg. There will be no viewing and a private interment will be held at Holsinger Cemetery, Bakers Summit. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg. Pastor James Neatrour, the Rev. Marlys Hershberger and Mr. Allen M. Detwiler will officiate. Ruth was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Carlisle, the daughter of the late Preston J. and...

  • NANCY J. MYERS

    Sep 12, 2019

    Nancy J. Myers, 82, of rural Martinsburg, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2019, at Homewood at Martinsburg. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 6, at the Bice Memorial Chapel – Homewood at Martinsburg. Pastor Mark Lingenfelter officiated. Nancy was born March 24, 1937, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late George Rollin and Margaret (Bayer) Hoover. She married William H. "Bumps" Myers Jan. 14, 1956, in Winchester, Va. He preceded her in death June 5, 2016, ending a marriage o...

  • THOMAS ROSS 'PAP' TRIMER

    Sep 12, 2019

    Thomas Ross “Pap” Trimer, 85, of Alexandria, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 5, 2019, at home. A funeral was held Sept. 6 at Hope United Methodist Church, Alexandria. Sheryl Hart and Pastor Mark Mohnkern officiated. Internment was in Alexandria Presbyterian Cemetery. Tom was born June 30, 1934, at his family farm in McConnellstown, the son of the late Regis and Emma (Batzel) Trimer. He married Nancy Isabelle Woods Oct. 21, 1954, at the parsonage of the Catholic church. She preceded him in death Sept. 4, 1999. He is survived by his four chi...

  • Cove Theater to Stage Dinner Theater

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    The Cove Community Theater will stage "The Ark and Arkeology" as part of a dinner theater at 4 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-22 at the former United Methodist Church in Loysburg. Tickets may be obtained by calling Mary Ellen Laird at 766-3208. The dinner will be catered. This show will be interactive and feature singing and dancing. The Cove Community Theatre is a nonprofit and was founded in 2008. Previous theater productions were under the name Kids Cove Theater. Some of those productions...

  • 'Down on the Farm' Event Oct. 10 at Tyrone Farm

    Sep 12, 2019

    “Down on the Farm,” one of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s largest family-type events will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 Seasons Farm in Tyrone. “Down on the Farm” has been a heavily-attended event for many years as it provides an opportunity for chamber members and their children to experience the best of what the ag community has to offer. The event will feature children’s activities, hayrides and farm tours. For reservations, call t943-8151 or register at www.blairchamber.com....

  • Late TD Lifts Clearfield Past Dragons

    Sep 12, 2019

    The 2-0 Central Scarlet Dragons hosted 2-0 Clearfield in an early-season Mountain League showdown Friday, Sept. 6, at the Roaring Spring Athletic Field. In an entertaining game that wasn't decided until the final drive, Clearfield prevailed, 24-21. Early in the game it looked as if the visitors were going to totally dominate their hosts. Clearfield led 14-0 at the end of the opening quarter and had the ball with a 17-0 advantage late in the first half. After a key third-down drop by a...

  • Getting Involved Builds Community

    CORTNEY GENISMORE, Roaring Spring Community Library Staff|Sep 12, 2019

    Ever feel like you would like to help your neighbor or community but just don’t know where to start? The library may just be the answer. The library makes it easy for you to meet people, learn, relax and give back. With doors open to the entire community, the Library provides a place where people can connect. Opportunities for involvement abound: From knitting and crochet groups to reading programs and volunteering, the Library offers easy ways to meet others of similar interests. Getting involved can be as simple as: Becoming a Facebook fan of...

  • Energy Funds Available for Farmers

    CODY SMITH, Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs|Sep 12, 2019

    In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a farm bill program, provides financing for energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, lighting, and HVAC systems. Renewable energy systems like solar panels, anaerobic digesters, and wind turbines are also eligible. For both farmers and rural business owners, these systems can help cut energy costs – keeping money in rural economies across the nation. On t...

  • NB Defense Stellar in 47-6 Rout at Mo Valley

    Sep 12, 2019

    Northern Bedford’s defense paved the way for a 47-6 rout over the Moshannon Valley Black Knights on the road last Friday night, Sept. 6. NB held Mo Valley standout running back Joe Bacher to just 25 yards and did not give up as much as a first down the entire evening. Bacher came into the game averaging 340 yards per game. Coach Garry Black applauded his line play on both sides of the ball and pinpointed senior leaders Luke Welsh and Steven Kline for their leadership. “Our line paved the way on both sides of the ball,” Black said. “We caused...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Sep 12, 2019

    To the Editor: Leading up to the football season a lot of attention was given as to how the Central football team was going to deal with two talented young men who could have been challenging one another for the “stasting role.” With a stroke of genius the coaches created a system that made the maximum use of the talents of both young men by having them on the field at the same time. When the Altoona Mirror interviewed those young men after the game they both seemed satisfied with the system AND each displayed a maturity rarely seen by NFL pla...

  • The Sportsman's Corner

    RICHARD TATE, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    Late one evening I was slouched on the lazy-boy in my fly-tying room, reading one of the novels I have spent much of my time with since retiring. After all, television programming is so putrid that reading nearly anything is a better way to put in an evening than watching TV. I was relaxed when Donna opened the door. As she walked in, several magazines and some pamphlets that had been sitting on top of one of my bookcases crashed to the floor at her feet. "Good lord, Rich," she scowled. "This...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Sep 12, 2019

    Herald of Sept. 6, 1894 David L. Keagy was elected chief burgess of Martinsburg at a regular meeting of council to serve until the first Monday of March. The appointment was necessary after A.L. Mentzer, the previous burgess, moved outside the borough limits and was no longer qualified to serve. Miss Alice M. Woodcock of Waterside was married to the Rev. Elmer E. Noble in the home of the bride by the Rev. M.M. Foose of Roaring Spring. Rev. Noble was serving as assistant pastor of a large Methodist Episcopal church in Boston. Brick work on the...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Sep 12, 2019

    Herald of Sept, 12, 1919 A committee appointed on a resolution of thanks for Victory Picnic submits the following: Several weeks prior to August 28, 2019, it was decided to hold a gathering or picnic, the proceeds of which was to be devoted to the establishing of a Memorial as a tribute to the honor of our boys and girls who so nobly and freely offered their lives and services in the great World’s War for right, justice, freedom and peace to all, from the ruthless hand of the monster Hun. It was decided to issue an appeal to the citizens of the...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Sep 12, 2019

    Herald of Sept. 14, 1944 A new infantile paralysis scare has developed in the Cove during the past week with the discovery that Dean Smith, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Smith of the Dry Gap section, north of Roaring Spring has a well-developed attack of the disease. The lad on Saturday was taken to the Municipal hospital in Johnstown. The boy’s sister, Miss Leonore Smith, aged 17, a worker at the Sylvania plant in Altoona, is ill, and is under quarantine as a suspect, but County Health Officer William Carper of Roaring Spring t...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Sep 12, 2019

    Herald of Sept. 11,1969 A new egg processing plant capable of packing 60,000 dozen eggs a week has been put into operation near East Freedom by Country Best-Agway. The plant replaces a smaller facility that Agway bought four years ago at Brook’s Mills. In its four years of operation in this area, the Country Best egg business outgrew the old Blair Brook Eggs facilities. In its new plant along Route 164 a mile west of East Freedom for a month now, Agway is up to 75 percent of its operating capacity, packing 1,500 cases of eggs per week. There a...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Sep 12, 2019

    Herald of Sept. 8, 1994 Even though it is September, Martinsburg Borough Council had winter on its mind at its council meeting Tuesday. Robert Carper, street commissioner, urged council to begin moving now to make the removal of snow from borough streets this winter easier than it has been in past years. Police Chief Richard A. Brantner suggested that the council consider the adoption of an “odd-even” parking ordinance. Such a move would require citizens to park on the side of the street with even-numbered houses on even days of the month and...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Sep 12, 2019

    Herald of Sept. 17,2009 Roaring Spring borough offices are space-challenged. Council members, meeting Monday night, agreed to appoint an ad hoc committee to recommend a solution. The committee could suggest renovations to the present building or recommend a new building. Dennis Igou, chairman of council’s property committee, Charles Yingling and William Brumbaugh will represent the borough on the new committee. Lisa Gates, borough secretary, is expected to represent borough staff. Roaring Spring Municipal Authority will be asked to appoint t...

  • Public Notices

    Sep 12, 2019

    MEETING DATE CHANGE Catharine Township regular meeting has been changed from September 19, 2019 to September 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Catharine Township Building. SECOND PUBLIC HEARING & FINAL NOTICE FY 2019 CDBG PROGRAM Notice is hereby given that the Blair County Board of Commissioners intends to apply for a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) and has scheduled the required Second Public Hearing to obtain citizen comments on the proposed use of the FY2019 CDBG funds as follows:... Full story

  • Correction

    Sep 12, 2019

    A “Sportsman’s Corner” column by Richard Tate published on Page A-7 in the Sept. 5, 2019, edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald contained an inaccurate statement. Dr. Frank O. Bastian, an American medical doctor and neuropathologist, who previously worked at Louisiana State University, moved to a university in New Orleans in 2019, according to his entry at wikipedia.org. The referenced column contained an inaccurate statement regarding Dr. Bastian’s relationship and status with Louisiana State University. The Herald apologizes to Dr. Bastian...

  • Soccer Roundup

    Sep 12, 2019

    NB Boys The Northern Bedford boys’ soccer team opened its season Aug. 30 with a 4-1 setback to visiting Conestoga Christian. With his team trailing 4-0, Evan Coffey scored the Black Panthers’ first goal of the season. Levi Weidemann assisted on the goal. Three second-half goals propelled Southern Fulton to a 4-0 victory at Northern Bedford Sept. 5. NB Girls Sydney Coffey and Abby Kline each had a hat trick as the Northern Bedford girls’ soccer team opened its season Sept. 3 with an 8-0 victory over visiting Tussey Mountain. Hailey Dougl...

  • Cross-Country Roundup

    Sep 12, 2019

    NB Squads The Northern Bedford cross-country teams opened their season Aug. 31 at the Bear Mountain River Run at Lock Haven University. The boys' team, led by Ian Zimmerman and Ian Sherlock, placed fifth out of 24 teams. Zimmerman finished in third place with a time of 16 minutes, 2 seconds, while Sherlock was fifth in 16:10. Rounding out the top five NB finishers were Connor Laird, (42nd place, 17:59), Hunter Horton (62nd place, 18:35) and Josh Strayer (69nd place, 18:48). On the girls' side,...

  • Volleyball Roundup

    Sep 12, 2019

    Northern Bedford Northern Bedford’s volleyball team opened the season with a 3-1 home loss to McConnellsburg Sept. 3. The young and inexperienced Lady Panthers did show some mettle, battling the Lady Spartans all night long and coming from behind to win the third game. After the Visiting Lady Spartans rolled to a relatively easy 25-16 win in game one, NB pushed them to the limit before succumbing by a 25-21 count in the second game. Down for the early portion of game three, the Lady Panthers battled from behind to take a 25-22 win. “Our you...

  • Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

    Roseann Zimmerman, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    "Ping!" went the lid on the jar of freshly canned salsa on my daughter's kitchen counter. "Yes!" cheered my middle daughter at the sound of a successful seal. It was Thursday and I was at her house to help do whatever was on her agenda. While I was there, the phone call from my youngest daughter was again about jars that wouldn't seal. Since I never had any problems in all my 36 years of canning, I was glad to hand the Unsealed Jars Dilemma over to her sister, who was also having problems. She...

  • Power Reunion Set for Annual Show

    Sep 12, 2019

    The Southern Cove Power Reunion (SCPR) will host its 29th annual show Sept. 13-15 at the SCPR show grounds near New Enterprise. Camping will be available on the show grounds. There will be plenty of good food starting at 7 a.m. A chicken barbecue will be available at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 15. Church services will start at 8:30 a.m. that day. Activities for each day, beginning at 10 a.m. daily at the rear of the...

  • Lines by Lee

    PASTOR LEE SEESE, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    Singing in church is an interesting thing. Some people feel that when one sings in church that they are worshipping. That should be the case, but it is a matter of the heart. Others think that singing is really the only way to worship God. They forget that prayer and giving and offering your life in service to God are also acts of worship. Some people chose a church in large part based on the music that the church typically is known for. Hymns are beloved by many, but it is not easy to find a...

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    Scriptures to Read: Acts 19:23-27 Acts 19:28-31 Acts 19:32-34 Acts 19:35-38 Acts 19:39-41 St. John 14:1-6 Exodus 20:1-6 We resume our study of the Book of Acts. Paul is in Ephesus. He has had both success and persecution. He wants to go to Rome. He also wants to complete his journey to Jerusalem as well. There is no title to the Church at this point. So it is known by many as "The Way." There is good reason for this. When people join the Church, becoming followers of Jesus Christ, they have...

  • Cove Community Chorus Begins Practice for Christmas Concert

    JUDITH OTT, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    The Cove Community Chorus group convened practice Tuesday, Sept. 3, for this year’s Christmas Concert. “The Best Christmas Ever” is the title, and Tom Kunkle has returned as the director. Kunkle had stepped down last year after facing surgery. At that time, he felt he was going to give this position up. However, after going through surgery and recovering so well he decided to stay with what he had himself started and loved. Sue Stoudnour had taken over the spring show and the show was very successful. Ridenhour graciously gave this up and a...

  • Food Safety Training Program at St. Matthew

    Sep 12, 2019

    Don’t take a chance with food safety. If you are involved in preparing or serving food for your non-profit or volunteer organization, consider attending “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling.” A workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which is located at 115 E. Penn St., Martinsburg. The workshop is designed for volunteers who are responsible for preparing food for large numbers of people on occasion such as church suppers, fire hall dinners, band boosters, or other t...

  • DESA to Meet Sept. 19 At Martinsburg Fire Hall

    Sep 12, 2019

    The Horseshoe Curve Chapter No. 37 Destroyer Escort Sailors Association will meet Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. building at 205 S. Market St., Martinsburg. There is a charge for the noon meeting followed by a luncheon. The fee includes a donation to the Martinsburg fire company. The guest speaker will be Tammy Wholever, has 20 years in the U.S. Army and currently works in the VA pharmacy. Her topic will be recognizing who served. The 2020 dues for the organization are $10 per year or $50 for a life membership. Dues...

  • Ribbon Cutting Set for Sept. 17 at Homewood

    Sep 12, 2019

    The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, for the grand opening of the new Tenley Rehabilitation Therapy Center at Homewood at Martinsburg, located at 437 Givler Drive, Martinsburg. The new Tenley Rehabilitation Therapy Center will consist of a larger space with updated equipment, which includes a new OmniStand Dynamic Balance System and a two-sided stair trainer. In 2018, the Tenley Unit provided in-patient therapy to over 550 people and out-patient therapy to 335 people. The new...

  • Area Students Earn Degrees at Bloomsburg U.

    Sep 12, 2019

    Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania congratulated the nearly 1,300 students who received their academic degrees on May 11. Area students who received their degrees were Sierra Belles of Claysburg,, who graduated with a degree in Social Work BSW; and Brittany Miller of Roaring Spring, who graduated with a degree in Nursing MSN....

  • Pa. Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time

    Sep 12, 2019

    Sept. 10 marked the seventh renewal of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Declaration. As has become routine, Pennsylvania will continue its use of a 90-day disaster declaration to fight the opioid crisis. As part of the state’s efforts to combat opioid addiction and related problems, the Department of Health and Opioid Command Center has two planned naloxone kit giveaway days – Sept. 18 and 25 – with 95 locations across the state distributing free kits while supplies last. The two sites in the Cove region are • Bedford County SHC, 130 Vondersmith...

  • Coopey to Sign Books

    Sep 12, 2019

    The Bedford County Historical Society will host Judith Redline Coopey for a book signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, for her newest novel, "Don't You Cry for Me," a Civil War novel based on a true family story of a Confederate spy sent to Blair County on special assignment to blow up the Horseshoe Curve. Susannah Lander lives with her maiden aunt in south central Pennsylvania where the Civil War is dragging on, and Susannah's life is at a standstill. Orphaned and abandoned in early childhood,...

  • DEATH RECORD

    Sep 12, 2019

    BECKER, Kathryn D., 85. rural Williamsburg BURKET, John B., 78, Everett GEIST, Richard Allen “Rick,” 74, Altoona LONG, Ruth D., 102, formerly of Sinking Valley, a resident at Homewood at Martinsburg MYERS, Nancy J., 82, rural Martinsburg TRIMER, Thomas Ross “Pap,” 85, Alexandria... Full story

  • Educational Assistance for Vol. Firefighters Seen As One Way to Halt Erosion of Ranks

    Dave Lemery, The Center Square|Sep 12, 2019

    A group of state lawmakers meeting with first responders in Indiana, Pa., is seeking to have a conversation on how the state can bolster its ranks of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians and how helping with higher education costs can accomplish that. According to the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, the state’s community fire districts are down to about 50,000 volunteers, compared to 300,000 in the 1970s. The state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee heard testimony late last w...

  • Truck Crashes Into House on Charger Highway

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Sep 12, 2019

    No one was injured when a tractor-trailer struck a house along Route 36, Charger Highway, just south of Pope Lane, on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 9. According to State Police, Hollidaysburg, a 1999 Volvo truck tractor driven by Galen D. Seymore, 69, of Claysburg, was traveling south on Charger Highway at approximately 3 p.m. when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole before crashing into the side of the house. According to Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Nathan...

  • Tickets Available for 'Autumn Glory' Train Ride and Re-enactment

    Sep 12, 2019

    Tickets are on sale for the Autumn Glory Train Rides and "Defense of McKee Gap" re-enactment, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2. Tickets may be purchased at the Roaring Spring True Value or by phone reservation at (800) 332-1543 with ticket pick-up at either the Roaring Spring True Value or the Roaring Spring Water Store. This year's excursions will depart from Roaring Spring's historic train station and guests will disembark at the present-day Kladder Station along Monastery Road....

  • Northern Bedford v. Tussey 'Backyard Brawl' Set for Friday in Saxton

    Brian Hess, Sports Editor|Sep 12, 2019

    The communities in the Northern Bedford and Tussey Mountain school districts are buzzing with excitement in preparation for Friday night's "Backyard Brawl." Tussey Mountain and Northern Bedford – the top two teams in District 5 Class 2A, respectively – will clash at 7 p.m. at Dick L. Hess Memorial Field in Saxton. Northern Bedford enters the game with a 2-1 record. After dropping the season opener to Central, 49-21, the Black Panthers have reeled off victories against Southern Huntingdon, 41-20,...

  • Martinsburg Man Facing Multiple Assault Charges

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Sep 12, 2019

    A Martinsburg man is behind bars facing multiple charges stemming from the abuse of a 5-month-old girl and her mother in separate incidents. Felony charges of aggravated assault of a child less than 6 years of age and endangering the welfare of a child were filed against Jeramiah I. Wond, 38, after the child was injured while left in his care. According to the complaint filed by Blair County Detective Randy Feathers, Wond was staying with the baby's mother at the Roaring Spring Commons...

  • Woodbury Borough Council Discusses Dilapidated House

    Sep 12, 2019

    Woodbury Borough Council met Tuesday, Sept. 3, for the regular monthly meeting. The Kauffman house is still a topic of discussion at each meeting. Council has called the home dilapidated and a safety risk to borough residents. Mayor Dave Chesney and Vice Chairman Shawn Claycomb have been working to find out who is the owner of the property. Both parties will re-check their findings and then discuss what options the borough must take to resolve this issue. Sewer and mowing costs has still not...

  • Greenfield Loses Full-Time Police Officer

    MICHAEL SELL, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors held its regularly monthly meeting on Sept. 3. The township accepted the resignation of Tyler Grigg, full-time first-class officer, effective Sept. 8. Matt Treon, chairman, speaking for the township, said, they “hope the best for him” and “really hate to lose him.” Grigg is leaving to advance his career at a new department. Township officials plan to review on-file applications to find a potential replacement. The board delayed taking a vote on updated nuisance-related ordinances until its October...

  • Blair Libraries to Show New Election Machines

    Sep 12, 2019

    The Pennsylvania Department of State has ordered that all counties must have a voter-verifiable paper record voting system selected no later than Dec. 31, 2019, and preferably in place by the November 2019 general election. The Blair County Board of Elections, consisting of Commissioner Terry Tomassetti, chairman; Greg Michelone, vice chairman; and Robert Scholl, secretary, made the selection of the Election System and Services election equipment on Tuesday, April 2. The new equipment has arrived and will be in place for the Nov. 5, 2019, gener...

  • Taylor Twp. Addresses Road Grading Issue

    ROBIN DODSON, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    At the Sept. 3 regular meeting of the Taylor Township supervisors, an update concerning the intersection of Cross Cove Road and Woodbury Pike (Blinking Light) was presented by Greg Geishouser, township engineer. Geishouser reported that PennDOT is to install warning signs before the intersection. Any further precautions would be at the cost of the township. The township supervisors want to purchase flashing signage alerting motorists of the upcoming intersection along with adding rumble strips to slow traffic through the area. A Plum Creek...

  • The Most Powerful Card in Your Wallet is Your Library Card

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    Ray Bradbury said, "Without library cards, what do we have? We have no past and no future." September is Library Card Sign Up Month. At the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library (HAPL), you will receive a coupon for a free book from the Best of Friends Bookstore and a HAPL button when you sign up for a library card in September. The library offers convenient hours and friendly people to help you find just about anything you want to know. Thanks to technology, the interlibrary loan system allows...

  • Spring Cove School District to Apply for State Safety Grants

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    The Spring Cove School Board’s Monday, Sept. 9, Committee of the Whole Meeting was focused primarily on school grants and safety measures for the district. The administration received the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Part A&B Grant applications on Sept. 9 and will begin working on the applications due Nov. 4. The district must complete a First Energy Grant to potentially secure funds for Spheros for the Spring Cove Middle School in order to enhance computer science/robotics programming. Recently, Spheros was p...

  • East Freedom Man, Bedford Woman Jailed in Robbery

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Sep 12, 2019

    An East Freedom man is behind bars after police said he conspired to rob a man in Bedford County on Sept. 1. According to charges filed by State Police, Bedford, Thomas M. Burkett, 27, robbed a man who went to a location in Bedford to meet a woman, Ashley E. Clark, 33, of Bedford for sex in exchange for $100 cash. The victim told police that when he arrived at Clark’s residence, he and Clark went into the kitchen to talk when a male walked in wearing a mask. The victim said the male pointed a gun at him and demanded he take everything out of h...

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