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  • Shirley Ann Frederick

    Nov 22, 2023

    Shirley Ann Frederick, 83, a resident at Midtown Oaks Health & Rehab Center, formerly of Claysburg, passed away Nov. 18, 2023, after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1940, in Roaring Spring; the daughter of the late Harry E. Sr. and Cleo P. (Claar) Myers. Shirley’s husband and companion of 37 years, David H. Long of Claysburg, passed away Aug. 17, 2023. She is survived by a son, Donald Frederick of Roaring Spring; daughter, Karen Frederick of Martinsburg; grandchildren, Travis Freder...

  • NB Approves Wellness Building Construction

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    A long discussion on the construction of the Wellness Building on campus highlighted the Northern Bedford County School District November Board of Directors meeting. The board was asked to approve the Wellness Building construction bid as presented by the sole bidder, Corle Construction, at a cost of $1,121,991. The original budget for the Wellness Buildng was $1,335,000. The possibility of moving forward with the project if construction costs increase until building began was recognized by the board. The Wellness Building bid from Corle was...

  • Operation Santa Accepting Letters

    LUGENE SHELLY, For the Herald|Nov 22, 2023

    The Williamsburg post office is ready to take your letters to Santa. The post office is participating in Operation Santa, a nationwide program sponsored by the United States Postal Service. Kids are encouraged to bring letters addressed to Santa to the post office and drop it in the special mailbox. The letters do not need a postage stamp, but those that do will be entered into the Operation Santa program. The stamped letters will be sent to a specific postal location, where personal...

  • South Woodbury Looking into Sewer Policy

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    South Woodbury Township held its November meeting on Nov. 8, 2023, due to Election Day on Nov. 7. The office will be closed on Nov. 23, 2023, for Thanksgiving. The treasurer’s report ending Oct. 31 revealed the balance of $2,341,702.12. The Wastewater Treatment Facility has a balance of $40,037.50. Roadmaster Rick Musselman reported trees were trimmed. Bedford County Township Officials Association Convention Commissioners were present and discussed ATVs on the roads, solar heating, PSATS and Pennsylvania One Call. The Sewage Management...

  • Thanksgiving Comes In Many Versions, All Good

    Linda Williams|Nov 22, 2023

    We usually think of Thanksgiving as a big family time with grandparents, kids, cousins, uncles, aunts and all the assorted relatives. While that may be true when you are young, life constantly changes traditions. Most of us know the first Thanksgiving was in 1621. It was a bountiful dinner between the Wampanoag natives and the pilgrims. Two cultures came together peacefully and gave thanks for a bountiful harvest. The event was recorded by William Bradford, governor of Plymouth, Mass. It was Sarah Josepha Hale, in the 1800s, who read...

  • Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

    Nov 22, 2023

    Death is a hard topic for many, but for Clover it’s just a regular part of life. She’s seen so many people take their last breath, it’s second nature. Though she hadn’t intended to keep track, she’s almost at one hundred. As a death doula in New York City, she spends much of her time with the dying. Her first experience with death was at age five. She didn’t panic like the rest of her classmates when the teacher dropped dead in front of the whole class. Instead, she held his hand while they yelled and cried and ran around the room....

  • Thanks for the Forests

    Nov 22, 2023

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on and promote what we value most. Forestland produces a bounty that can be enjoyed by all. Let’s explore in varying measures, including dollars, why Pennsylvania’s nearly 17 million acres of forest deserve thanks. Wood products production creates powerful visuals from start to finish, from the freshly harvested stand that is ready to start a new forest and support plants and wildlife that thrive in that environment, to the busy machines and people...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Nov 22, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 1, 1898 John Mansfield, one of Roaring Spring citizens, died on Monday night after a long illness of consumption. Mr. Mansfield leaves a widow and a number of children for whom the future does not have the most flattering outlook. Such cases deserve the aid and sympathy of their fellow citizens. Several inches of snow fell on Tuesday night and yesterday a regular Northwest blizzard prevailed. The weather was the regular wintery kind. A beautiful Quincy Granite Monument has lately been erected as the last resting place of Henri...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Nov 22, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 6, 1973 Because of the energy shortage and President Nixon’s request that outdoor Christmas lights not be used this year, residents of Blair Street in Martinsburg decided not to set up their annual display of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The display, which began in 1969, uses spotlights for illumination. The Blair County Court has ordered a psychiatric examination for a 21-year-old Roaring Spring man charged with making 35 obscene telephone calls to operators. Judge Robert C. Haberstroh ordered the man to submit himself...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Nov 22, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 30, 1923 In his Thanksgiving day proclamation, President Calvin Coolidge urged people to “gather in their homes, and their usual places of worship, give expression to the gratitude for the benefits and blessings that a gracious Providence has bestowed upon them, and seek the guidance of Almighty God that they may deserve a continuance of his favor.” On Monday, Penn Central men connected the home of I. B. Kensinger of Fredericksburg and the school House in Fredericksburg with the electric light line. The general science class...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Nov 22, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 3, 1998 The lack of rainfall in the Cove since the late summer is beginning to cause serious concern among many local residents and water officials. Some private wells in Ganister, Clover Creek and McKee have run dry. Communities in the Southern Cove have asked customers to conserve water. The drought has raised concerns for forest fires in the area. The dry conditions forced the fire hazard to a very serious level, according to Blair County Emergency officials. Local firefighters have been called to several brush fires in the...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Nov 22, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 2, 1948 J. Leonard Replogle, a native of New Enterprise who became a leading steel executive, died at the age of 72 at the Savoy-Plaza Hotel on Thanksgiving night. At 13 years old he survived the Johnstown Flood, and later went to work for the Cambria Steel Company. He moved up in the steel industry, creating the Replogle Steel Company. He aided in the construction of a high school and grade school that bear his name in New Enterprise. Snowfall began late Sunday afternoon and within a few hours blanketed the Cove in white. In...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Nov 22, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 27, 2013 The Central Scarlet Dragons defeated previously undefeated Richland to win the District 6 Class AA title at Mansion Park in Altoona. The Dragons travel to DuBois on Saturday Nov 30 to compete against District 10 champion, the Hickory Hornets. The Martinsburg Community Library was holding a “Technology Petting Zoo” for patrons to try out current electronic devices like the iPad, Nook Color and Kindle Fire. The digital librarian from the Altoona library was on site to help attendees with the devices. Representatives...

  • Lord of the Wind and Storm

    Linda Sollenberger|Nov 22, 2023

    Matthew 14: 22-33 As I look at the stories in the gospels, so very much happens in Jesus life and his ministry. He continues to preach and to teach using his parables. He had returned to Nazareth where he had been rejected by people who knew him as only the son of Mary, or the carpenter’s son. His dear friend, John the Baptist, had been beheaded. He had fed 5,000. Perhaps Jesus was weary from all these circumstances. Maybe he felt disheartened when people did not receive his message in the way he intended it to be heard. Maybe there were...

  • Thought for the Week

    Nov 22, 2023

    We are preparing to celebrate “Thanksgiving Day.” For us in this country it is a federal holiday. Opportunity is given to most of us to enjoy it as a holiday with family and or friends. We spend it in whatever way we can. For some, there is much we can enjoy. Unfortunately, not for all. Some will be alone, some will have recently experienced loss, sickness, or some other thing that overshadows the celebration. For some, I wonder about the details. Some folks claim to be atheists (do not...

  • Rangers Clean Up Freedom House Ministries

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    On Nov. 11, Royal Rangers of Everett completed a service project for Freedom House Ministries. It was built in 1788 and has the original front of the Tavern Springs Seasonal Resort. Freedom House Ministries is a 12-month, four-phase residential program for men with drug and alcohol addiction. There is an on-site independent living program for 90 days after completing the program. Freedom House Ministries supports men as they are going through their recovery process. This property has two house f...

  • Public Notices

    Nov 22, 2023

    The Williamsburg Borough Council will meet on the following dates during 2024: January 2 nd at 7:30 P.M., February 5th, March 4th, April 1st, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, September 3rd, October 7th, November 4th, and December 2nd. Meetings are scheduled for 7 PM at the Borough Municipal building at 305 E 2 nd Street, Williamsburg, PA 16693. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend any meeting of the Williamsburg Borough and require an auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate, please contact... Full story

  • Mellotts Make Wreaths, Swags for Southern Cove EMS Fundraiser

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    On Saturday, Nov. 18, Deb Mellott, Jeff Mellott and Beverly Ritchey were busy making Christmas wreaths of various sizes and swags. These items are made from Frazier Fir and Douglas Fir with a little white pine scattered throughout. This is the third year these items were made for a fundraiser for the Southern Cove EMS. Members of the EMS have been making wreaths and the Mellott's who have made these for years when they operated a greenhouse. According to Jeff Mellott the wreaths will last until...

  • HopeWell Homestead Organizes Christmas Show in Loysburg

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    On Saturday, Nov. 18, HopeWell Homestead and Friends held a Christmas Show for the first time in the Lions building in Loysburg. Lorie LaSala lives in Hopewell on her family farm called HopeWell Homestead. The family moved here about four years ago from Lancaster. LaSala has home schooled her children and believes in utilizing what they raise and grow to make natural products. She had many types of soaps for all different skin types. One soap is used for anyone who just got a tattoo to help the...

  • Adam Holliday Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Meet

    Nov 22, 2023

    The Adam Holliday Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 18, 2023, in the Community Room of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. Hollidaysburg Events Coordinator Melanie Ramsey read the following annual proclamation by Hollidaysburg Mayor Joseph Dodson commemorating National Native American Indian Heritage Month: WHEREAS, the history and culture of our great nation have been significantly influenced by American Indians and indigenous peoples; and WHEREAS, the contributions of the American Indians have enhanced...

  • Mayflower Model Made At Martinsburg Library

    Nov 22, 2023

    Martinsburg Community Library's monthly STEM night was held last week. On the theme of Thanksgiving, participants built a representation of the Mayflower out of Brackitz. STEM night is held every month for grades 3-8. The next STEM night will be held on Dec. 19. Pre-register by Dec. 15. The theme will be Christmas Binary Coding....

  • Fall Country Store Tour Shows Off Cove Businesses

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    The Cove Country Store Tour was held Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11. For those who wanted to get started on their Christmas shopping or just wanted a day to get out of the house and explore this is for you. This correspondent started the tour on Friday, Nov. 3. There were 12 businesses to visit, most giving a discount for the tour. Some provided light refreshments. I started at Nolt’s Furniture Barn, where there was a large selection. This building was great to roam through seeing all kinds of items. Free refreshments were given out. Next, a trip to...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Happy Thanksgiving! When we look around to see all the blessings we have in life, there is always a reason to be thankful. I wanted to see what some residents are thankful for this year. Here is what a few had to say: Marilyn Kaurudar: My mom being healthy Polly Eastep: To celebrate my mom's 99th birthday Victoria Frye: My church family Don Zimmerman: Being alive Richard Gorsuch: My family Paula Hamilton: God's hand of protection Anna Gibboney: So many people following my cancer journey posts...

  • From 'the Burg to Your Kitchen

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    As I get ready to start making the family’s ham, deviled eggs and dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner and thinking about next month’s recipes of cookies – I wanted to include one last Thanksgiving recipe that is near and dear to my heart, even if I won’t eat it. My grandmother was Louise Speck, and for twenty-nine years served proudly as the Librarian of the Williamsburg Public Library, as well, “ Bubba” as we called her, wasn’t always the best cook but she could make green bean casserole – and it’s a dish eventually my...

  • 'Workable' Budget Advertised For Catharine Twp.

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Vice Chairman Ken Brenneman called the 2024 budget, “workable” before making the motion to advertise the budget during last Thursday’s Catharine Township meeting. The budget ,which was approved for advertisement, includes a millage increase from .941 to 1.41, with the supervisors citing inflation as the main cause for the increase. The supervisors agreed to apply for a grant, which covers 100-percent of the cost of a new truck. The new truck is estimated to cost $120,340, and a resolution was signed to apply for grant funding. The residen...

  • Library Hosting Annual Fund Drive

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Sidney Sheldon once said, "Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better." For many years, the Williamsburg Public Library has been doing just that - all the way back to the 1950s. Some of our generations can remember the library being housed in the old borough building, followed by the location on Second Street. Head Librarian...

  • Martinsburg Celebrates Metzler's 50th Birthday

    Nov 22, 2023

    A surprise 50th birthday party was held for Shane Metzler at the Martinsburg Firehall on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. Shane is well-known as an outstanding citizen of the community. For many years, Shane has been the manager for the baseball and football teams of Central High School. Shane for many years has also been involved with the Martinsburg Fire Department. “As the mayor of Martinsburg I presented Shane Metzler with a proclamation from the community of Martinsburg,” Mayor Richard Brantner Sr. said. “Thank you Shane for your time and...

  • Solar Eclipse Expected To Wow in April

    KATHY MELLOTT|Nov 22, 2023

    It’s the time of year when fruit markets and drug stores force one to think about the upcoming year, now just weeks away. The 2024 calendars — be they national park themed, ones with pictures of cute animals or with a religious slant — provide the opportunity to block off April 8, 2024, when it will be what some are touting as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” We’ve turned to the 2024 Farmers Almanac for best details of the total solar eclipse. This one will be visible from just some areas of the country, but editors of the near two...

  • Dragons Advance after Nail-Biting Victory

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    In the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs, the Central Scarlet Dragon football team faced an opponent from earlier in their season, the Clearfield Bison. Earlier in the season, the Dragons had overcome the Bison with a score of 27-20, but this week told a different story. Despite receiving to start the game, the Dragons' running offensive drive was halted after four unsuccessful passing attempts led to a turnover on downs. The Bison responded with a touchdown to take the lead. The Drago...

  • Defense the Unsung Heroes of NB

    Nov 22, 2023

    NB Panther Football's Facebook page had the following message after last week's game: "I couldn't be prouder of our kids. We were phenomenal on defense. Our kids gave everything they had and left it all on the field. This group of seniors was special. . . Thank you for the support, Panther Nation." Defensive players Adam Crooks/Noah Baker are shown above defending the end zone....

  • Are You Going?

    RICHARD TATE|Nov 22, 2023

    A couple days ago, my neighbor, Dr. Archie O. Logist, professor of Phenomenology at the Ganister Technical Institute, posed a question to me that I had posed to some of my friends this fall. “Are you going to hunt deer this season?” he wondered. “With the game commission telling us that 33 percent of the deer they tested from our area were infected with CWD, you might be taking a chance of killing one that has it.” “But, the commission tells us that there has been no definite risk of people contracting CWD from eating meat from an...

  • Claysburg Native Inducted Into Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Claysburg native Dick Lingenfelter, along with 42 other Blair County natives who played semi-pro baseball were inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month at the Blair County Convention Center. Lingenfelter began his baseball career, playing in The Blair County Twilight League in 1953. When the Twilight League disbanded, local Claysburg teams joined The Greater City League. He started out as a catcher, but quickly moved into the pitching position. During his...

  • SCSB Reorganization Coming Up Next Month

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    The November regular meeting of the Spring Cove School District Board of Directors served as the last scheduled meeting for four of the sitting board members: President Brian Gahagan, Floyd Detterline, Kelly Marks and Samantha Snowberger. The new board members will be seated at the re-organizational meeting on Dec. 4. Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker stated, “On behalf of the entire Spring Cove School District, I wish to thank all four of these board members for their service to our community and particularly to our students. In reflection,...

  • Decked Out in Dragon Garb

    Nov 22, 2023

    Kris Walters cheers on the Dragons during Friday's game with Clearfield in Dubois. Her daughter plays in the band....

  • First Official Lighting Held for Over's Woodbury Christmas Tree

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Nov 22, 2023

    A community's annual tree lighting was made even bigger thanks to the ambition of one woman. Woodbury residents were welcomed to bring in the holidays with a night of fun held at the Woodbury Area Community Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The night ended by lighting up the pine tree in John Over's yard across the street. Over is now 97 years old and his tree has been the source of this tradition for decades, but there was never a big event surrounding it. In the past, local...

  • McKee Playground To Hold Community Tree Lighting Event

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2023

    With the holiday season here, tree lighting events and Christmas parties will be held throughout the Cove region. On Friday, Nov. 4, the McKee Playground will be hosting a community tree lighting ceremony at the McKee Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Following the tree lighting, guests will be treated to refreshments and Christmas carol singing. Jodie Dellinger, whose family has been a driving force in the success of McKee Playground for more than half a century, said this is the first year they have held a tree lighting event and is excited to...

  • DUI Task Force Planning to be Out Thanksgiving Week

    Nov 22, 2023

    The D.U.I. Task Force will be conducting one or more events this week. Sobriety checkpoints are well lit and manned by uniformed officers. Roving patrols utilize uniformed officers in marked police vehicles. Motorists are reminded to always be alert while in the vicinity of emergency personnel and vehicles. Remember Pennsylvania’s “Move Over Law.” Cops in Shops utilize police officers, either in uniform or wearing civilian attire. Officers may pose as employees or customers of six pack stores and distributors in an attempt to deter...

  • Claysburg Police Officer Given Top Gun Award At Blair Drug and Alcohol Recognition Dinner

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2023

    The Drug and Alcohol Partnership held its annual Recognition Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16, at The U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg. The awards dinner celebrates the work of community partners in their efforts to combat drug and alcohol abuse. Freedom Township Police Chief Nathan Claycomb presented the Top Gun Award to Patrolman Dan Eastep of the Greenfield Township Police Department, Patrolman Bryan Ketner of the Hollidaysburg Police Department, and Officer Matt Jenkins of the Altoona Police...

  • 'Greatest Game' Joy Short-Lived

    PHILIP CMOR, For the Herald|Nov 22, 2023

    The irony of having just won the greatest game he ever played and his teammates have ever experienced is that Hunter Smith isn't getting to really savor it like a slice of turkey with gravy and stuffing. Not yet, at least. It'll keep, like those Thanksgiving leftovers. "It was a big win, but you have to clear the slate. You're starting from zero again," said Smith, Central High School's all-state senior linebacker and standout running back, a day after he scored six touchdowns - including the ga...

  • NB's Perfect Season Ends in Hard-Fought Heartbreaker

    Nov 22, 2023

    Northern Bedford Football went up against Steelton-Highspire last week and fell 21-7, despite a 0-0 score at halftime. In the photo above, coaches and seniors hug after the game ends. The Panthers had a perfect record this season. This team of players have been together since youth football and they are a close-knit group....

  • Potter Named to C-K School Board Following Resignation

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2023

    Claysburg-Kimmel School District voters went to the polls on Nov. 7 to elect a school board and a day later that same board appointed a member to fill the unexpired spot of a member who resigned the previous night. Board members Roger Knisley, Heidi Kennedy, and Joseph Musselman were reelected to the board in uncontested races and then voted on the appointment of Danny Potter to fill the remainder of Craig Burkett’s term. Burkett resigned at the board’s October meeting due to his upcoming marriage and relocating out of the district. Potter,...