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Nevin Sollenberger

Nevin Samuel Sollenberger, 81, of Claysburg passed away Tuesday Dec. 6, 2022, at home, following a lengthy battle with COPD. He was born Aug. 20, 1941, in Roaring Spring, son of the late Oliver Park and Edith (Criswell) Sollenberger. On Nov. 23,...

 

PUC Releases Winter Natural Gas Reliability Reports, Encourages Preparation for Winter

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released 2022 Winter Reliability Overview Reports from the state’s major natural gas distribution companies (NGDCs), along with a related Readiness Report from the Energy Association of Pennsylvania...

 

Bedford County Historical Society Accepting Noms For Historian of the Year

The Bedford County Historical Society is seeking nominations for “Historian of the Year” for 2022. The nominee will be honored at the Annual History Banquet on Saturday, April 22, 2023, held at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob. Any...

 

More than $66 Million Distributed To Support Volunteer Firefighters, Protect Residents, Communities

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor announced his department has released more than $66 million in state aid to help dedicated volunteer firefighters save lives and protect property across...

 

Gas Prices Continue to Drop in Pennsylvania

This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average: $3.867 Average price during the week of Dec. 5, 2022: $3.932 Average price during the week of Dec. 13, 2021: $3.558 The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: $3.890...

 

Shoemaker Thanks the Herald for Selling Calendars

To the Editor: I would like to personally thank Allan Bassler and the staff of the Morrisons Cove Herald for supporting me on my first making of the “Morrisons Cove Calendar.” I thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Merry Christmas to all....

 

Gregory Seeks Ongoing Support of Hidden Predator Act

As the 2023-24 Legislative Session opens in Harrisburg, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) is seeking support among his colleagues for creating a two-year window of time in which survivors of childhood sexual abuse could sue their attacker, even if the...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Alive and going home. Surely it must be a dream. Worried he might awaken back in Iwo Jima, still fighting or maybe not make it at all, Stuart “Tex” McAnally steadied himself and reassured himself he was really going home. Many weren’t so lucky....

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 23, 1897 John Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stahl, north of Martinsburg, died on Thursday morning last week, aged 12 years, 8 months and 20 days. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. F. A. Rupley, D. D., were held in the Jugtown...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 21, 1972 A flood of Christmas mail swamped local post offices, causing delays in delivery. A system set up in the past year sent all mail to Altoona to be sorted and canceled. The Altoona postal center was not mechanized so work had...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 22, 1922 Martinsburg and vicinity is to be congratulated on the success of the recent Red Cross Drive which was put over splendidly by the earnest efforts of a few faithful workers. The success of the drive is due to the diligence and...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 31, 1997 Local weather prognosticator George Acker delivered his forecast for 1998 to the Herald office. He based his forecast on eclipses of the sun and moon, among other things, such as how early the winter potatoes in storage...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 18, 1947 The bodies of Pfc. John F. Keating, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frances Keating and Pfc. Jack Herron, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Herron, all of Roaring Spring, were returned home last week. The two young men both entered the service on...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 20, 2012 Local schools were reviewing their safety plans after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and six adults were shot at the school by an intruder. School districts in the Cove...

 

Sing a Song of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether this will be the most wonderful column of the year remains to be seen. As long as I do not get coal in my stocking from the editor, I will be satisfied. I started with that sentence because it is...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Faith    December 15, 2022

Dennis Shoemaker Presents at Curryville Church of the Brethren

Curryville Church of the Brethren, under Pastor Chris Heinlein, held a Christmas dinner made by the Sollenberger ladies on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Dennis Shoemaker (shown) of Woodbury, a well-known local...

 

Thought for the Week

The Journey is nearing its end. It’s been thousands of years since it began. We have no idea how far it is from Heaven to Earth so we don’t know how long the journey has been. We just know it is...

 

'A Night In Nazareth' This Friday

The Williamsburg United Methodist Church will be hosting “A Night in Bethlehem.” Journey with the church as they follow Mary & Joseph’s footsteps in “A Night in Bethlehem” on Friday, Dec. 16, starting at 6 p.m. This is an interactive event...

 

Listen for the Bells: An Invitation to All Churches

On Dec. 25, at 10 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ at 117 E. Julian St. in Martinsburg, a church members will ring the church bells for five minutes. If any other churches in the area have bells or loud speaker systems with chimes of...

 

Public Notice

Form of Advertisement NOTE: A previous version of this Notice was published with an incorrect time listed. The corrected Notice appears below. Sealed proposals will be received by the North Woodbury Township of Blair County, at 113 Cranberry Rd., Mar...

 

Winter Prep, Guidance for Public Readiness, Winter Employment Opportunities Outlined

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Mike Keiser and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) Chief Operating Officer Craig Shuey held a media briefing to outline plans for winter...

 

Four Feathers

These four generations of the Feather family gathered for a Thanksgiving celebration. Shown (from left) are Hannah Maness, Marilyn Feather, Megan Maness and Sue Benner. Hannah, Megan and Sue are of...

 

Oxbow Bend Popular Spot for Photos

Beyond the Cove, Denny Shoemaker of Woodbury has traveled often and taken his camera with him. This photo was taken in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at " Oxbow Bend," the northern part of Jackson Hole, just...

 

Early Deadline Coming Up For Herald

The Herald will have early deadlines for the Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 editions. The deadline for Dec. 29 will be Thursday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. for advertising and editorial. The deadline for the Jan. 5 edition will be Thursday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m. for...

 

Calling All Cookers, Bakers and Meal Makers

Editor's Note The Herald would like to thank Elise Evans and Mary Corle for sharing their recipes with us this year. Attached to her recipes, Corle noted that "they aren't maybe your holiday kind of...

 

Authority Votes in Favor Of Continuing Contracts

The Williamsburg Municipal Authority voted during its Tuesday evening meeting to continue contracts with both Stiffler-McGraw and Young, Oakes and Brown for another year. Borough Manager Joe Lansberry discussed a service contract with Kuntze, who...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

‘Tis the season for Christmas movies. Typically, on the weekends, you can find me watching my favorite show, Dateline, watching my Baltimore Ravens or finding a sappy, romance movie on either Hallmark or Lifetime. This inspired my question for the...

 

Penn State Students Return To Present Final Projects

Dr. Alec Spangler brought his students from his Penn State Landscape Architecture Trail Lands Studio (Fall Semester 2022) to the Williamsburg Community Center for their final project presentations on...

 

Resident, Landlord Stands Firm in Decision to Not Let Rental Inspector on Property

Borough Resident John Dixon attended the Williamsburg Borough Council meeting to ask about rental inspectors. Dixon claimed he had a bad experience with the current rental inspector the borough has and said his inspection for his rental properties...

 

School Board Votes Close For President, Vice President

Voting was critical during last Tuesday evening’s Williamsburg School Board meeting when Dr. Barry England pulled a 5-4 vote to continue his tenure as school board president; the other 4 votes were for Patricia Kensinger. Following the vote, Dr....

 

Wish Books: Residents Go Down Memory Lane in the Pages of Sears Catalogs

It’s late fall, the mid-1950’s, an early cold front has brought snow flurries and sharp wind to the region. A group of little girls huddle at a front window of an old farmhouse waiting for the mailman to stop. This certainly has to be the day...

 

Dragon Basketball Gives Back

Central High School Basketball's Meet the Dragons event had a special twist this year. The event was a food drive competition between the Dragons and Lady Dragons. Each team had a bin that attendees...

 

Mid Penn Sponsors Breakfast with Santa

Mid Penn Bank sponsored "Breakfast with Santa" at the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park on Dec. 3. The breakfast was at MCMP in the banquet room. Mid Penn Bank employees helped serve....

 

$300,000 Available to Support Success of Pa. Farms

On a preserved dairy farm in Lebanon County, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding discussed the importance of the PA Farm Bill Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program and announced $300,000 of currently available program funding. The Farm Vitality...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Life    December 15, 2022

Southern Cove Power Reunion Hosts Second Drive-Through Light Show

On Dec. 9, Southern Cove Power Reunion started the Second Annual Country Christmas Light Show at 5:30 p.m. The grounds were filled with displays from area businesses, groups and families. Folks...

 

Shoot Your Shot

Basketball is back in the Cove, and teams are shooting their shot at winning....

 

Duncansville Native Inducted into the Mt. Aloysius College Athletic Hall of Fame

Duncansville native Aaron Kovach was a complete player. He played great defense. He had great speed. He stole some bases. He was a hitter, a pure hitter. Because of his success on the field, Kovach wa...

 

Explosive Start for Dragon Basketball

Due to a successful football season, the Central Scarlet Dragon Basketball team had just under a week of full practices with the whole team. This didn't stop them, however, from seizing victory in the...

 

C-K Sees Schedule Changes

C-K GIRLS BASKETBALL The following changes have been made to the JH – JV – Varsity girls basketball schedule for the games to be played at Southern Fulton on Dec. 19: • No JH ‘B’ Game • JH game will now be played at 4:45 p.m....

 

Seven Weeks of Dry Flies

I realize the middle of December is not a typical time to discuss trout fishing. However, I enjoyed some beautiful days in the outdoors this autumn, many of them on various streams. I think fly-fishin...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    December 15, 2022

Members of Inkwell Group Introduce Themselves, Invite Others to Join

The Inkwell writers group meets on Tuesdays at Manzoni's Brick Oven and Brewing in Duncansville at 6 p.m. Inkwell is open to anyone who is interested in writing and learning more about becoming an...

 

USDA Awards Grants to Expand Opportunities For Entrepreneurs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Bob Morgan announced that the Department is investing $329,764 to help create new and better market opportunities and expand essential services for rural people, businesses and en...

 

Hush, Dad, the Game's On

Jayden Yingling of Martinsburg entertains his six-month-old daughter Arizona during half time of the Central v. McConnellsburg basketball game Friday....

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    December 15, 2022

Woodbury Borough Brainstorms on How to Help Ambulance

Monday, Dec. 5, Woodbury Borough Council met at the Woodbury Community Center at 7 p.m. All members present as well as resident Doug Miller. The treasurer report was given with the balance in the general and state aid fund as $184,768. The sidewalk...

 

Online Voting to Begin for Paint the Plow Program in PennDOT District 9

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 9 invites the public to vote on 11 plows decorated by high school students in Bedford, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties as part of the annual Paint the Plow program. The plow...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    December 15, 2022

South Woodbury Twp. Hears from EMS on Subscription Requests

South Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors met on Dec. 6, 2022. The time of meeting was changed due to deer season. The office will be closed on Dec. 26 and 28, 2022, and open on Dec. 30. Auditors will meet on Jan. 4, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The...

 

1938 RS Football Team Signs Photograph

Shown above is the team photo of the Roaring Spring football team 1938. "My father Bill Hamer is first row, center. Number 25," said Joseph Hamer, who submitted this photo to the Herald. "I remember...

 
 By MICHAEL SELL    News    December 15, 2022

Greenfield Twp. Supervisors Donate To Fire Company

The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors passed their 2023 budget with no tax increase at their Dec. 6 meeting. Supervisors moved to donate $10,000 to the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company for fire service and $5,000 to the Blue Knob Volunteer Fir...

 

10-Hour Electric Outage Planned for Dec. 28

A 10-hour power outage is planned for the Martinsburg and Williamsburg areas on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Blair County Emergency Management Agency notified municipalities on Dec. 12 of the outage, which is planned to begin at 7 a.m. on Dec. 28 and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 15, 2022

AAA Recognizes Greenfield Township Police Chief for Traffic Safety Efforts

AAA East Central honored local police departments for their efforts to promote safe driving on Pennsylvania's roadways. According to Terri Rae Anthony, safety advisor at AAA East Central, the award...

 

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