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  • Hot-Shooting Dragons Rough Up Pirates

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Central Dragons and Williamsburg Blue Pirates opened their 2018-19 season on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Williamsburg. The location was moved as the Dragons’ court continues renovation. The Scarlet Dragons jumped out to an 18-7 first quarter lead and won 70-38. With both teams in rebuilding situations – Central has 16 of 18 players being underclassmen and Williamsburg has no seniors at all – many questions accompanied the opening game. The Dragons hit four shots from long range early and nine for the game against the Pirates’ zone. William...

  • Former President's Death Brings Back Memories of Cove Visit

    RICK BOSTON|Dec 13, 2018

    With the death of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, the country lost the patriarch of one of the last true dynasties of public service to America. Bush passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, at the age of 94. His passing brought tributes from around the world as people from all walks of life shared their thoughts – and for those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him – memories of the man who you didn't have to agree with politically to like. For Cove-area res...

  • McKee Christmas Party a Tradition For More than 50 Years

    RICK BOSTON|Dec 13, 2018

    Janie Myers moved to McKee in the late 1950s when she was 8 years old. Within five years, a piece of ground owned by her grandfather, Chester Woomer, became the foundation of the McKee playground. Since its beginnings, the McKee playground has been the center of the youth of McKee, and every year for more than 50 years, the playground has hosted a Christmas party for area kids. This year's party was held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the McKee Community Center. Jodie Dellinger has been involved in...

  • Greenfield Twp. Receives Grant to Upgrade Facilities at Park

    Michael Sell|Dec 13, 2018

    Greenfield Township recently announced it has received a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The DCNR Small Communities Grant will be used for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades in the playground and basketball areas at the Claysburg Area Community Park. The township will also utilize $20,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the project. The upgrades will include removing ADA barriers, constructing a new pathway from the play structures to the basketball court,...

  • Have a Merry Christmas Anyway

    Dave Potchak|Dec 13, 2018

    Statistics indicate that most of us love the Christmas Season and feel it's truly the best time of the year. Gatherings with family and friends, attending a religious service, observing the anticipation experienced by the little ones, and hopefully having some time off from work all bring to us a positive sensation not experienced very often at other times of the year. Unfortunately, figures also show that it's not always a joyous time for many of us. Besides glee, the holidays can bring many...

  • Among My Biggest Disappointments

    Lee H. Hamilton|Dec 13, 2018

    The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I’d never really thought about the question. My response was off-the-cuff but heartfelt. The biggest surprise is also among my biggest disappointments with American political life: the ongoing effort by politicians to suppress votes. Yes it’s gone on for years. And in some respects, limiting the vote has been a feature of American politics since the beginning, when only white men with property could cast ballots. But when I began in politics, I assum...

  • Wilkinsons Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

    Dec 13, 2018

    Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Wilkinson of Roaring Spring celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16, 2018, with a family dinner. They were married on Aug. 16, 1958, at Christ Church in Roaring Spring with the Rev. Joseph Hennessey officiating. The Wilkinsons are active members at Christ Church. The couple have two children: Tammy Jo Zook and husband Vance of Mechanicsburg and Scott Wilkinson an wife Rhonda of St. Charles, Missouri. They have four grandchildren: Ethan and Elaina Zook and...

  • The Reality of Guns in Church

    Wayne A. Bush|Dec 13, 2018

    I read with interest, and some degree of disbelief, the Herald’s Nov. 15 front-page piece regarding church safety. Most of the church leaders that the Herald interviewed seem to be living in the real world enough to have started planning for an incident, be it a heart attack or intruder. But only one church leader had the good sense to decline specifying what those plans entail. It’s common for reporters to ask questions about security measures after a high-profile incident. That’s what reporters do. But leaders, church, school district or ot...

  • Connecting Communities With Fresh Food

    Rhea Landholm|Dec 13, 2018

    How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions for your community. 1. Mobile grocery stores or veggie vans are refrigerated vans or trucks that bring affordable produce into communities at a certain time and day. The stores can be an effective way to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to communities that may not otherwise have access to such produce. 2. Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, function like a magazine subscription—a c...

  • Work Complete On RS Water Tank

    RICK BOSTON|Dec 13, 2018

    By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer Back in July, the Roaring Spring Municipal Authority began the process to paint and clean the borough's one-million gallon water tank by voting to advertise for bids. The authority had sent a diver into the tank earlier in the spring to inspect the condition of the inside of the tank, and determined that both the outside and inside of the tank needed to be painted. The authority then awarded the contract to L&T Painting of Michigan to sandblast, prime and paint the in...

  • Barnes Resigns from C-K Board After 18-Plus Years

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Claysburg-Kimmel School District is saying goodbye to one of its boardmembers who served for more than 18 years. Cathy Barnes, who was first sworn in as a boardmember on June 14, 2000, has resigned from her position due to health reasons. Barnes submitted her resignation during the Dec. 5 board meeting. The board accepted Barnes' resignation, which is effective Dec. 31. The C-K School District is seeking to fill the vacancy for the school boardmember position for the Greenfield Township...

  • WILLIAM D. 'BILL' WORTHING JR.

    Dec 13, 2018

    William D. “Bill” Worthing Jr., 69, of Martinsburg, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2018, at his home, following a lengthy fight with Alzheimer’s. A funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. Pastor Brian McCall officiated. Private interment was held at Holsinger Church Cemetery, Roaring Spring RR. Bill was born on Nov. 8, 1949, in Roaring Spring, son of the late William D. Sr. and Dorothy L. (Kensinger) Worthing. He married Janice A. Delozier on June 5, 1971, at Holsinger Church of th...

  • GERALD R. REPLOGLE

    Dec 13, 2018

    Gerald R. Replogle, 75, of Altoona, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away on Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2018, at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. A funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Martinsburg Church of God. Pastor Nathan Starr officiated. Gerald was born on April 28, 1943, in Martinsburg, son of the late A. Ross and S. Leda (Kensinger) Replogle. He married Barbara A. Leonard on June 15, 1963, in Williamsburg. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2016. Surviving are two sons: Dean G. of...

  • NANCY K. BOWERS

    Dec 13, 2018

    Nancy K. Bowers, 80, of Roaring Spring, died on Sunday morning, Dec. 2, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Pasadena, Maryland. A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., www.thompsonfh.com, Roaring Spring. The Rev. Joel Kletzing officiated. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring. Nancy was born on Oct. 26, 1938, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Elvin Eicher and she was raised in the home of her grandparents, the late Elmer and Edith...

  • KENNETH W. BOWSER

    Dec 13, 2018

    Kenneth W. "Pap-Pap" Bowser, 63, of Woodbury, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at UPMC Altoona. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Waterside Church of the Brethren. Pastors Paul Snyder and Eric Poteat officiated. Ken was born on Dec. 23, 1954, in Hopewell, son of the late James C. and Betty (Forshey) Bowser. He married Cathy Rettburg on April 7, 1974, at Waterside Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his wife, Cathy; son Mark A. Bowser (Sandy) of Loysburg; daughter Kendra...

  • ARTHUR GARDNER

    Dec 13, 2018

    Arthur Gardner, 77, a resident of Homewood in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, succumbed to cancer at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, Dec. 10. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Whitehall Church of Christ, 215 Streets Run Road, Pittsburgh. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Art’s life. Art was born in Pittsburgh, son of the late Arthur and Mary (Wolf) Gardner. Surviving are his beloved wife of 55 years, Lynn; son Jeff (wife, Julie) of Atlanta, Georgia; daughter Laurie Drysdale (husband, Jim) of M...

  • ROBERT L. SPECK

    Dec 13, 2018

    Robert L. Speck, 76 of Martinsburg, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at his home, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Bob was born on Dec. 3, 1942, the son of the late Robert J. and Dolly P. (Reed) Speck. Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 54 years; a daughter, Kim; a granddaughter, Nicole (Matt) Meiser; a great-granddaughter, Gracie Meiser; a granddog, Bailey; and two brothers: Gary and Dennis Speck. He retired from Amtrak, Washington, D.C., as a supervisor. A...

  • JOHN MONNIKENDAM

    Dec 13, 2018

    John Monnikendam, 72, of Altoona, died on Sunday evening, Dec. 9, 20128, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, following an extended illness. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or services. John was born on Nov. 21, 1946, in Amsterdam, the son of the late Jacob and Margaret (Renner) Monnikendam. He married Diana Richers on Aug. 7, 1976, in Winchester, Virgina. John is survived by his wife; a daughter, Maria Dennis and husband Brady of Roaring Spring; two grandchildren: Emily and Bryan; and numerous nieces and...

  • TROY LEVI OTT

    Dec 13, 2018

    Troy Levi Ott, 53, of Woodbury, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at his home. A funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the German Seventh Day Baptist Church, Salemville. Pastor Andrew Camenga officiated. Interment was held privately in the Salemville Cemetery Troy was born on May 3, 1965, in Bedford, the son of Albert L. and Ruth (Robinette) Ott. Surviving are son Jesse Lee Ott of Bedford; daughter Julia Dawn Ott of Broad Top; parents Albert and Ruth Ott; brother Timothy Lee Ott; brother Terry Leroy Ott; and sister Tina Leann Ott. He was...

  • Central Girls Place Third At Hollidaysburg Tournament

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Central Lady Dragons opened the season participating in tournament play at Hollidaysburg. Central opened with perennial power Blairsville and came up short 51-34 on Dec. 7. The Lady Dragons had difficulty with Blairsville’s pressure defense early in the game and trailed 26-16 at intermission. The second half was basically even with Blairsville winning the third frame and the Dragons the fourth. Kylie Metzger paced the Central offense with 13 points and added seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Jenna Mock and Eicher scored six points...

  • Martinsburg Sportsmen Elected for 2019

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Martinsburg Sportsmen's Association swore in the officers and directors for 2019 during the Dec. 14 meeting. Officers are (from left): Front row: Ed Thompson, assistant secretary; Kevin Albright, director; G. Darrell Smith, treasurer; Tracey Cobb-Irvin, secretary; George Detwiler, president; and Robert Greenleaf Jr., financial secretary. Back row: Duane Claire, director; Jim Bosar, director; Gary Irvin, director; Craig Wagner, vice president; Dylan Dowey, assistant treasurer; Ron Williams,...

  • Bisons Stampede Black Panthers, 72-25

    Dec 13, 2018

    Northern Bedford’s boys’ basketball squad season opened Friday night, Dec. 7, at home versus Bedford. The Bisons stampeded into Loysburg, taking a 24-3 first-quarter lead en route to a 72-25 pounding of the Panthers. “We’re young and looking to improve game to game,” NB coach Shawn Hicks said. “We obviously struggled and have a lot of things to work on.” Northern got its offense going with 13 second-quarter points but still was down 54-16 at the half. Dalton Smith scored 11 points to pace the Panthers....

  • C-K's Harr Wins Tourney

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Claysburg-Kimmel High School wrestling team competed at the St. Mary’s Kickoff Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8. Kobe Harr returned with a championship at 160 pounds. Teammates Zach Claycomb and Cade Keithley placed third at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively. Levi Brown placed sixth at 152 pounds for the Bulldogs. Harr won the title with a 1-0 victory. He earned a technical fall in the semifinals, 19-3....

  • Successful Buck Pole

    Dec 13, 2018

    Despite the rain on the opening day of Pennsylvania's firearms deer season on Nov. 26, the Martinsburg Sportsmen's Club's second annual Big Buck Pole was a success. There were nine entries and more than $700 in prizes given out. Among those who entered the buck pole were (from left): Justin Brubaker, Shawn Brubaker, Edwin Sensenig and son, Rich Brantner, Mike Miller, Josiah Dowey, Bobby McCall and Austin Conrath. [Courtesy photo]...

  • Dads

    Richard Tate|Dec 13, 2018

    This year’s deer season began with miserable weather. The rainy opening day kept many hunters out of the woods and sent many others home early. In addition, the fierce winds of the next several days, which knocked branches from trees, made hunters fear for their safety and also prevented many from entering the woods. There was more lousy weather as the season progressed. I was one of the hunters whom the weather adversely affected. I have no love of hunting in the rain, and I had enough close ca...

  • Bulldogs Top Northern Cambria in Title Game

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Claysburg-Kimmel High School boys’ basketball team opened its season by winning the Northern Cambria Tipoff Tournament held Dec. 7-8. C-K defeated Saegertown 73-52 in the opening round then scored a 58-47 victory over Northern Cambria in the title game. In the opener, C-K jumped out to a 19-7 lead afear the first quarter and held a 41-27 advantage at halftime. The Bulldogs won the second-half scoring 32-25. Dominic Francona led C-K with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Alex Kulick (two 3-pointers) added 15 points and Landan Bauman 14 i...

  • Lady Pirates Top NBC

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Williamsburg High School girls’ basketball team opened its 2018-19 campaign Dec. 7 with a 40-30 victory against visiting Northern Bedford. The Lady Pirates led by a 19-10 score at halftime then outscored their visitors 21-20 in the last 16 minutes. Alexis McMonagle scored a game-high 12 points and hit two 3-pointers for Williamsburg. Marcella Lynn hit two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. Kassidy McChessney and Madison Mikesic each added seven points in the victory. “With the junior high and JV Lady Pirates getting wins earlier in the...

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  • Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

    Roseann Zimmerman|Dec 13, 2018

    The book I’m reading these days used to be on my mother’s book shelf and was written by Willa Cather in 1918. “My Antonia” is the story of an immigrant farm girl triumphing over hardship in pioneer Nebraska. Willa’s vivid descriptions help me envision the state with the most farms, in a time before my own. Here is the beginning of Chapter VI. “Winter comes down savagely over a little town on the prairie. The wind that sweeps in from the open country strips away all the leafy screen that hide o...

  • Fund-Drive Donation

    Dec 13, 2018

    Marcy Hamman (left) and her daughter Ruth Robinson, members of the Martinsburg Booster Association, present a $2,000 check from the Boosters to Randy Stoltz, chairman of the Martinsburg Area Community Fund. As of Dec. 7, the fund had received, $33,583, which is 83 percent of its goal of $43,000. Residents and businesses in the Martinsburg area who have not received letters regarding the fund drive but wish to contribute may send monetary donations to the Martinsburg Area Community Fund, P.O....

  • Martinsburg Council Approves 2019 Budget

    Dec 13, 2018

    Martinsburg Borough Council officially adopted its 2019 budget during its Dec. 3 meeting. Council unanimously passed the balanced budget of $825,904. Real estate taxes will remain at 1.871 mills. Other taxes passed by council include the per capita tax, $5; and the earned income tax, 5 mills. The budget includes the $52 Local Services Tax, which will begin Jan. 1. Council enacted the tax during a special meeting Nov. 19. The tax will be levied on any individual whose place of employment during the calendar year is in Martinsburg Borough. The...

  • Thought for the Week: Only God Could

    Dec 13, 2018

    I wrote last week of God's complex "Plan of Salvation" and His advanced revelation of it. His Plan is extremely complex. I most certainly cannot explain it. I do believe it. Two men, living in the present, cross my mind as I write today: Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell. Both were what I would call atheists. Each had a desire to disprove the existence of God. Each in his own way came to believe in God and put their faith and trust in Him. Today, each has become a Christian and an apologist for...

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