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  • Lecture to Explore Catholicism And Democracy in Times of Political and Ecclesial Division

    Sep 24, 2020

    Saint Francis University will host a Zoom version of its latest lecture in the T.O.R. Franciscan Endowment series, "An Im-perfect Storm: Catholicism and Democracy in Times of Political and Ecclesial Division." The public is invited to this free virtual webinar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, to explore the intersection of faith and culture, including such topics as: religious freedom, identity politics and the church with porous boundaries. Attendees need to preregister at www.francis.edu/imperfectstorm/ to receive a link to log-in. Dr. Massimo...

  • Pa. Urges Medical Screening of Newborns

    Sep 24, 2020

    Pa. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine recently emphasized the importance of the newborn screening program designed to screen babies at birth or shortly after for serious medical conditions and diseases, as well as hearing loss, including Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD). “Newborn screening tests provide early recognition of serious disorders and initiate treatment, as necessary, for children who are affected,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The birth of a child is an exciting, but also a stressful time for parents, and they...

  • The People of Williamsburg: Louise 'Bubba' Speck

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Sep 24, 2020

    Today, we look to Google and Kindle Unlimited for recommendations on books rather than the concentrating on the importance of our local public library. For almost 29 years, a librarian held the respect of her community. This lady, Louise Speck, was there for those in our community as an ear to listen and an eye for a great book. To me, however, she is quite simply my grandmother, whom I affectionately call "Bubba." One of six children Louise Speck was born on March 14, 1936, the daughter of...

  • Small Dip in Pa. Gas Prices as Fall Driving Season Sets In

    AAA East Central|Sep 24, 2020

    The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents lower this week at $2.534 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average – $2.534 Average price during the week of Sept. 14, 2020 – $2.555 Average price during the week of Sept. 23, 2019 – $2.884 The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: $2.554 Altoona $2.553 Beaver $2.609 Bradford $2.546 Brookville $2.532 Butler $2.490 Clarion $2.552 DuBois $2.587 Erie $2.447 Greensburg $2...

  • How To Support Local Agriculture This Fall

    Sep 24, 2020

    Throughout the United States autumn fairs, exhibitions and activities provide revenue for many people. But due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, many of these annual events have been postponed, adversely affecting local agricultural industries. The public can pitch in to help offset some of the financial losses accrued by local farms. Support local farms or orchards. Fall is harvest season in many areas, making this a popular time of year to visit nearby farms and to purchase fruits and vegetables directly from the source. Many farms have...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Sep 24, 2020

    Remember the excitement of waking up on the day of your classroom field trip? With today’s COVID pandemic, schools are unsure of how field trips are going to look, or if they are even going to happen. This made me think – What was your favorite field trip growing up? Here is what a few had to say: Lou Ann Grove: Senior class trip to NYC. Patrick Detwiler: Gettysburg, Pa. Jason Eggleston: Band trip to Pittsburgh (Dan Marino’s senior year) when I wasn’t in the band Sheryl Hart: Class trip to NYC in 1968. Along with the fun, I remember the Mus...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Sep 24, 2020

    It’s time once again for one of the most delicious barbecues in all of the Cove. The Fairview Church of the Brethren will be having its fall chicken barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 10, drive-in style. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal includes 1/2 chicken, baked potato, roll, applesauce, dessert and milk. Please contact Lois Lynn at (814) 729-7870 for more information....

  • IUP Announces Area Graduates

    Sep 24, 2020

    The following students from Williamsburg have completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of May 2020. The graduates, majors and degrees are: Williamsburg • Alex John Edmundson, B.A. in Political Science • Dennis Colton Kensinger, M.B.A. in Business Administration...

  • Lower Trail Rider

    Sep 24, 2020

    Jake Graham of State College straps down his bicycle after a ride along the Lower Trail in Williamsburg with his wife Kim on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30....

  • How Families Can Shop Smarter All School Year

    Sep 24, 2020

    While this academic year looks a little different from previous years, some things don't change. Busy families are still in need of smart tips to save time and money on weekday meals and school supplies. Check out the savings and organizational tips below from the discount experts at Dollar General. School Supplies Whether you're picking up binders, folders, pens, pencils, paper, crayons or scissors, you can find everything you need at Dollar General, where everyday low prices can help keep...

  • Study Indicates Bedford, Blair Counties Get Good School Value for Tax Dollar

    Sep 24, 2020

    A recent study indicates that property owners in Blair and Bedford counties receive statewide among the highest value for their property taxes. Financial technology company SmartAsset found the places in Pennsylvania where residents receive the most value for what they pay in property taxes. Bedford County ranked fifth best and Blair County ranked 10th best in Pennsylvania (See accompanying chart). First, the study used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate...

  • How to Shop for a Medicare Plan from Home

    Sep 24, 2020

    Every year, eligible individuals can shop for a health plan during Medicare's Annual Election Period (AEP), which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Doing so can potentially improve your coverage, lower your costs or both. The options are many, including Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Medicare Supplement plans and Prescription Drug Plans. According to Aparna Abburi, president of the Medicare Advantage business at Cigna, one of the nation's largest insurers, those concerned...

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Announces Area May Graduates

    Sep 24, 2020

    The following students from Blair County have completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of May 2020. Graduates, their hometowns, majors and degrees are: Claysburg – Peyton Anthony Swope, B.S. in Management/Supply Chain Management Duncansville – Lauren Grace Longstreth, A.A.S. in Culinary Arts; Leigh Ann Shoemaker, B.S. in Nutrition/Dietetics Hollidaysburg – Mohammed Ali, B.S. in Biology/Pre-medical; Chelsey Marie McKee, B.S. in Hospitality Management; Joshua Mahlon Pentz, B.S. in Management/Supply Chain...

  • Woman Killed in Car Crash

    Sep 24, 2020

    The Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg, is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Taylor Township, Blair County. According to State Police, a 2009 Ford Fusion driven by Jeremy Hart, 40, struck a tan 2008 Ford Taurus driven by Donna Jean Cox, 77. Cox had entered the intersection of State Route 36 from Cross Cove Road. Cox, who was wearing her seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Hart, who was not wearing his seatbelt, suffered major injuries. Marisa Paige Grainda, 26, who was a...

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