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 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

Council Fears E. Main Street Wall Collapse is 'Inevitable'

A portion of the wall along East Main Street, Roaring Spring, across from Appvion, collapsed on Saturday, Dec. 15, sending several large stones onto the street. The portion of the wall that gave out...

 

Alinskyites 101, Part 2

In last month’s column, we went over some of Saul D. Alinsky’s tactics and how the Democrats use them. His book – their playbook – is full of tactics and strategies that tell the “organizer” how to manipulate the feelings of the people....

 

Hollidaysburg Music Educator Makes 'Grammy' Short List

Scott Sheehan, director of bands and music department chairman at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School (HAHS), is one of 10 nominees for the GRAMMY Museum Music Educator Award for 2019. The top 1...

 

'Thank You, Santa!'

Stella Rose Long, 4, gives Santa Claus a huge hug after he read the letter she had written and gave to him Dec. 8 at Long's Outpost, Martinsburg RR. Santa asked that this letter be shared with the...

 

JANET L. WRIGHT

Janet L. Wright, 85, of Martinsburg, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2018, at Homewood at Martinsburg. A funeral was held on Monday, Dec. 17, at Memorial Church of the Brethren, Martinsbu...

 

CARL RUGGLES

Carl Ruggles, 88, of East Freedom, passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Homewood at Martinsburg. A funeral was held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Rev. Jean Caudill...

 

BARBARA A. (KAUFFMAN) RITCHEY

Barbara A. (Kauffman) Ritchey, 79, of Martinsburg RR, peacefully entered eternal rest on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15, 2018, at her home, following a lengthy illness. A funeral was held on Wednesday,...

 

LARUE S. BARNER

LaRue S. Barner, 97, of Harrisburg, passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Colonial Park Care Center. At the request of the deceased no public services will be held. Interment will be at Dry Hill Cemetery. LaRue was born on Oct. 12, 1921, in...

 

JEAN M. SMITH

Jean M. Smith, 90, of Martinsburg, passed away on Wednesday morning, Dec. 12, 2018, at The Village at Morrisons Cove. A funeral was held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Memorial Church of the Brethren,...

 

KENNETH EUGENE ZIMMERMAN

Kenneth Eugene "Shiney" Zimmerman, 87, of Woodbury, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at his home. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, Dec. 17, at Faith United Methodist Church in...

 

Auxiliary Aids C-K FBLA

The Claysburg American Legion Ladies Auxiliary recently made a donation to the Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America chapter for its community service project, Celebrating Seniors ...

 

New Annuity Law Increases Senior Protections

Insurance Department Consumer Liaison David Buono on Dec. 5 urged Area Agency on Aging leaders to educate seniors who visit their centers about the beefed-up consumer protections around annuities, contained in Act 48, which became Pennsylvania law...

 

Community Fund at 84% of Goal

The Martinsburg Area Community Fund had received $36,288 through Dec. 14. The amount received is $6,712 short of the goal of $43,000. Residents and businesses in the Martinsburg area who have not received letters regarding the fund drive but wish to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

Congressman-elect Joyce Sets Goals for First Term

Calling himself a "homegrown tomato," Dr. John Joyce said he is taking the allegiance and support of the community with him when he is sworn in as a member of the 116th U.S. Congress on Jan. 3. Joyce...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I grew up in Roaring Spring, and even though I now live elsewhere, I maintain a strong connection to the community through my family that has resided there for generations. I have recently become aware that the borough council is...

 

Pa. Applauds Approval of Federal Farm Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Dec. 13 commended the U.S. House and Senate for approving the federal Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding and guidelines for farm and food programs in the United States....

 

Williamsburg's Annual Christmas Parade, 2018

Williamsburg residents braved the cold rain on Sunday, December 16th for the annual Christmas parade. Some of the sights included: Bryce Criswell of Williamsburg is all smiles as he walks in the...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: We at the Martinsburg Food Pantry want to express our thanks and gratitude to our community for the outpouring of kindness shown with food drives, individual and business food and monetary donations these past several months! Our...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

As a teacher, I am blessed with many wonderful students. One of the main things that I have learned over the years about children is their love of cooking and baking. I have incorporated that into my classroom lessons. It’s funny to see how proud t...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

For many people, Christmas can be a stressful time – what should I buy my family? Will I have enough money? Is this the perfect gift? My question for this Christmas season: “If money was no object, what would you ask for for Christmas?” Here...

 

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Jefferson County

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture received notice Dec. 12 from USDA confirming rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) in two pet rabbits that died on Dec. 7 in Clover Township, Jefferson County. The site is under quarantine, and is being cleaned...

 

Civic Club Hosts Christmas Tea

Twenty-three members and 14 guests attended the Williamsburg Women's Civic Club's annual Christmas Tea held at the United Methodist Church. Sandra Kaufman and Sarah Bowmaster, co-chairpersons and the...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord, by the pow'r of grace divine; Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross...

 

Birth Announcements

Jason W. and Linda J. Zimmerman of Martinsburg are the parents of a son, Nevin Troy, born on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Conemaugh Medical Center, Johnstown. The infant weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19...

 

KEGLER'S KORNER

The Monday Mixed League standings for the week of Nov. 26 are: W L Custom Works 149.5 48.5 James Drug Store 140 58 Over's 119.5 78.5 Hometown Mar. 117.5 81.5 Aquaman 97 101 Hinish & Assoc. 93 105...

 

NB Wrestlers Rally Past Everett

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team opened its season with a wild, come-from-behind victory at Everett on Dec. 11. Trailing 29-22 with two bouts to go, the Panthers got back-to-back falls from Colby Imler and Austin Mowry at 160 and 170 p...

 

CHS Wrestlers Falls to Panthers

It was a busy opening week for the Central High wrestling team as they competed in two matches as well as the Panther Holiday Classic at Mount Aloysius College. On Dec. 11, the Dragons traveled to Penns Valley and were handed a 59-12 defeat by the...

 

Lady Bulldogs Bite NBC Panthers

Claysburg-Kimmel utilized a consistently strong effort at both ends of the floor en route to a big 78-26 win at Northern Bedford in high school girls’ basketball action on Dec. 10. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-7 first-period lead and...

 

C-K's 2nd-Half Effort Downs NBC

Claysburg-Kimmel used a big third-quarter edge to down Northern Bedford 66-58 in boys’ varsity basketball action at NBC on Dec. 11. Down 30-29 at the half, the Bulldogs outscored Northern Bedford 16-6 in the third period and hung on for the win....

 

West Branch, So. Hunt. Knock off C-K Wrestlers

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School wrestling team opened its dual meet season with a 63-4 loss to visiting West Branch on Dec. 11. Kobe Harr opened the match with a 12-3 major decision at 160 pounds, the Bulldogs’ lone victory on the night. West...

 

B-A Girls Run Past W-burg

The Williamsburg High School girls’ basketball team fell behind by 37 points at halftime at Bellwood-Antis on Dec. 14 en route to an 83-45 setback. B-A jumped all over Williamsburg in the first quarter, leading 31-11 after eight minutes. The lead...

 

Dragons Race to 3-0 Start

The Central Dragon boys’ basketball team traveled to Penns Valley and Bald Eagle Area last week for Mountain Conference games and found ways to escape with a pair of hard-fought victories. CHS 29, Penns Valley 28 On Dec. 10 against a deliberate...

 

CHS Girls Split League Games

The Central Lady Dragons split a pair of Mountain Conference contests last week, evening their record at 2-2 early in the season. Penns Valley 55, CHS 41 On Dec. 10, the Lady Dragons hosted Penns Valley, although the game was moved to Penn State...

 

PGC Working to Capture Bear, Inform Public of Attack in State

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is attempting to capture the black bear that attacked and severely injured a woman Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Lycoming County, and game wardens will be going door-to-door in the area to inform residents about the attack...

 

Woman Aids Humane Society

Helen Aikens of Duncansville celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at the Laurel Lodge, Duncansville, on Dec. 9, In lieu of gifts, she asked for monetary donations and pet food for the...

 

Chesapeake Bay Program Names New Director

On Dec. 12, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of Dana Aunkst as the new Director of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Aunkst has environmental and regulatory experience working 33 years in private industry...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

Ground Broken On Solar Array At Bedford County Jail

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer State and county leaders broke ground Wednesday, Dec. 12, on a 1.7-megawatt solar array on the grounds adjacent to the Bedford County Jail. The solar array, set to be...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

W-burg Man Jailed For Fake Urine Sample

A Williamsburg man who was on active probation was arrested for providing a fake urine sample to his probation officer. According to the criminal complaint, state probation and parole officers went to the home of Joseph M. Castro, 35, of...

 

Pa. Offers Grants to 'Combat Violence'

Local municipalities, colleges and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence, according to Senator-elect Judy Ward (R-30). The grants will be offered as part of a new program that was...

 

Holiday Help for Food Pantry

Linda Smith, director of the Martinsburg Food Pantry, helps unload a truck load of food donated by the employees of HH Brown Work & Outdoor Group, Martinsburg, and delivered by Martinsburg...

 

AAA: 1-in-3 Americans Will Travel this Holiday Season

AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will take to the nation’s runways, roadways, and rails this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since AAA...

 

HH Brown Employees Aid Food Pantry

The employees at HH Brown Work & Outdoor Group, Martinsburg, put on a food drive the first two weeks of December and collected 1,217 items. The food items, household items, hats and gloves were...

 

Taking Multiple Meds Can Increase Crash Risk for Older Drivers

Nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Currently, a record 42 million adults aged 65 and older are driving, which...

 

Penn State Extension Wins National Award for Young Farmer Program

With a total economic impact of nearly $136 billion annually, the agricultural industry is essential to Pennsylvania's future. Yet, the farming population is aging, and with 16,000 Pennsylvania farmers projected to retire in the next 10 years, many a...

 

Lines By Lee: The Bread of Life

Often when I hear the song “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” I think back to my seminary Hebrew studies. I must admit that not much of it stuck with me, nor do I use what I learned very often. However, I do remember that Bethlehem means “house of...

 

St. John's of Loysburg Plans Special Services

St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will celebrate Advent Holy Communion during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 23. The service will include a solo, “O Holy Night,” by Brad Gable and a sermon from Luke by the pastor, the Rev....

 

Christian Singles to Meet Dec. 21 at Roaring Spring Barn

Members of Christian Singles are invited to a Christmas dinner and a time of music and worship at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Pete and Carol Imler’s barn in Roaring Spring Pastor David McClanahan of Smith Corner Church, East Freedom, will share the...

 

St. Luke's Plans 'Blue Christmas' Service Dec. 21

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Roaring Spring, will hold a “Blue Christmas” service at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. The service will be for those who may be having a difficult time this Christmas. “Friday, Dec. 21, is the longest, darkest night of...

 

Thought for the Week: Cooperation

God's complex "Plan of Salvation" often has human cooperation. Sometimes those humans do not understand it. I expect Isaiah did not understand what it meant as he wrote, "A virgin shall conceive and b...

 

Hollidaysburg Yuletide Tour a 'True Victorian Christmas'

Though advertised images of a snowy stroll through Historic Hollidaysburg were actually a rainy drizzle, more than 200 people purchased tickets and participated in the 2018 Yuletide Tour on Sunday,...

 

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