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  • Public Notices

    Dec 21, 2023

    Woodbury Borough Council 2024 Meetings Jan. 2, 2024 (Tues.), Feb. 5, 2024, March 4, 2024, April 1, 2024, May 6, 2024, June 3, 2024, July 1, 2024, Aug. 5, 2024, Sept. 3, 2024 (Tues.), Oct. 7, 2024, Nov. 4, 2024, Dec. 2, 2024. Woodbury Water Authority 2024 Meetings Woodbury Water Authority meetings are normally held the 2nd Monday of the month in the Authority office located in the Woodbury Community Center. Following is a list of the meeting for: Jan 8, 2024, Feb. 12, 2024, March 11, 2024, April 8, 2024, May 13, 2024, June 10, 2024, July 8,...

  • Isaac Wayne Kline

    Dec 21, 2023

    Isaac Wayne Kline, infant son of Mackenzie A. “Mack” and Tiffany R. (Pheasant) Kline, was delivered into the arms of Jesus, Wednesday morning, Dec. 13, 2023, at UPMC Altoona. He is survived by his parents of rural Williamsburg; a brother, Gabriel R. “Gabe” Kline; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Tammie Pheasant, of rural Martinsburg; paternal grandparents: Stacey Manning (Dale), of Tipton and Geoffrey Kline (Dawn), of Zion; great-grandparents: Linda Pheasant, of Martinsburg, Carol Strum, of Roaring Spring, and Lester and Bonnie...

  • Ray W. Beach

    Dec 21, 2023

    Ray William Beach, 90, a resident of the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home formerly of Roaring Spring and Martinsburg passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 13, 2023 at the home. He was born Oct. 22, 1933, in Martinsburg, son of the late Howard J. and Edna G. (Hinish) Beach.  On Oct. 31, 1953, he married Rhoda A. Wanca at the Clappertown Christian & Missionary Church.  She preceded him in death March 5, 2021, following 67 years of marriage. He is survived by three children: Randall W. Beach (Debbie)...

  • Ruth Y. (Mock) Brown

    Dec 21, 2023

    Ruth Y. (Mock) Brown, 84, of York, formerly of Hopewell, passed away Dec. 12, 2023, at Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 11, 1939, in Woodbury; daughter of the late Albert Otis and Mary Alice (Wright) Mock. She married Willard Ray Brown on Aug. 1, 1959, at the Woodbury Methodist Church. Together, they celebrated 60 years of marriage until his passing Sept. 7, 2021. She is survived by a son, Kelly Brown (Sandra) of Seven Valleys; son, Keith Brown (Effie Walters)...

  • Darlene Joyce (Keagy) Dimond

    Dec 21, 2023

    On Dec. 11, 2023, Darlene Joyce (Keagy) Dimond, received her angel wings. She was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Woodbury; daughter of the late Frank and Arvilla (Brandt) Keagy. In July of 1955, Darlene married Robert Dimond. Together, they shared life for 49 years until his passing. Darlene was a resident at The Village at Morrison Cove. The loving care she received there made her last days brighter. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Walter (Richard); grandsons, Jack and Joseph Walter; and sisters, Lula Belle Mellott and Mary Alice Lamborn, all...

  • CHS Students Sing Christmas Carols for Whole Building

    Dec 21, 2023

    On Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, Miss Louise Wilson’s Spanish II and IV classes showed off their linguistic skills by caroling through the halls of Central High School (CHS) and in various other teachers’ classrooms. When entering the rooms of classes with students, the students in those classes also often jumped up to join their peers in singing. This annual event helps to meet the world language standard of Community, as the students get to share with their peers what they are learning in Spanish class. The Spring Cove Education Association...

  • Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

    Dec 21, 2023

    Mariah Ellison has been invited to spend Christmas with her old friend Sadie and Sadie’s husband Barton. She travels by train from London to the quaint village of St. Helens, glad for a break from the city. She is shocked when to arrive at Sadie’s home just to find out that Sadie is not there! Barton quickly turns Mariah out on the street, claiming he knew nothing of her visit and that it would be inappropriate of him to give her a room. She soon finds lodging with Gwendolyn Cooper, the youn...

  • Christmas Is Still Christmas Even As An Octogenarian

    Linda Williams|Dec 21, 2023

    On Facebook, I belong to a group called “Miracle of Christmas” where people show off their holiday decorations. Most of them begin this festive adoration in late October. If that is what you like, go for it! Personally, I prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving. As I look back, neither my mother nor my mother-in-law continued to decorate into their octogenarian years. We continue to decorate with a much smaller tree, a few knick knacks, our huge glass star made by my husband and lights on the yard bushes. Smaller, but satisfying. I do love...

  • Eisenhower's Visits to Martinsburg

    TOM REESE, For the Herald|Dec 21, 2023

    Donald Trump’s campaign stop in October of 2020 was of course big news, but he was not the first president to land at the airport at Martinsburg. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made at least three trips here in the 1950s. As the commander of the Allied forces in World War 11 and as President, Eisenhower was immensely popular. Although it’s hard to imagine in this partisan era, he was rarely, if ever, criticized by the media. He won both presidential elections, in 1952 and in 1956, by...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Dec 21, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 22, 1898 Farmers Institute was held at Seminary Hall in Martinsburg for two days. The sessions were well attended and full of interest. A number of prominent agricultural professors were present and presented many practical things to benefit the farmer. Many cases of the grip were reported and were attributed to several days of warm weather after several weeks of cold and snowy weather. On Dec. 16 a strong force from the Hickory Bottom Reformed congregation, transported on densely packed sleds and sleighs stormed the home of the...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Dec 21, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 27, 1973 Clint B. Baker, 15 -year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker of 524 New St., Roaring Spring was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during the Sunday morning worship service at the Bare Memorial Church of God. The Roaring Spring Zoning Board of Adjustment denied the request of the Friendship Fire Company for a special use provision that would allow the firemen to build a new fire hall on their Robinson Avenue property. It was announced that the Week of Prayer service would be held the week of Jan. 6 in Woodbury and...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Dec 21, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 21, 1923 From the Fredericksburg scribe: Twenty years ago — I remember eggs were 10 10 cents a dozen; milk was 5 cents a quart; the butcher gave liver away; the hired girl received $1.00 a week and did the washin’. Women did not powder and paint (in public), play poker or shake the shimmie, and they were taught to cook at the age of three. “Men wore whiskers and boots; chewed tobacco; spit on the sidewalks, and cussed. Laborers worked 10 hours a day and never went on a strike. No tips were given to waiters and the...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Dec 21, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 24, 1998 Winter arrived on Monday if you went by the calendar, but it arrived Tuesday if you went by the thermometer. While Monday was the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year – the temperature reached 57 degrees for the day’s high and the low was 41 degrees. On Tuesday, however, the temperature fell from a high of 59 degrees just after midnight Monday to 13 degrees just before midnight Tuesday. The low Wednesday morning was 11 degrees at the Blair County Airport. The season’s first...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Dec 21, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 23, 1948 Quick action by the Martinsburg Fire Company restricted damage to a few feet plank wall when a defective chimney set fire to the house of Rev. I. B. Kennsinger at Fredericksburg, Tuesday morning. Damage to the plank dwelling recently covered by clapboard was estimated at about $100 by the owner. Fire Chief Frank Teeter said the fire was caused when excess heat cracked a terra cotta pipe which extended through the plank wall into the outside chimney. Prospects for a white Christmas which looked so bright Sunday morning...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Dec 21, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 26, 2013 Students in Tracy Ward’s second-grade class at Martinsburg Elementary, received a visit from the District 6 Champion Central High School Scarlet Dragons football team. Wearing their jerseys and gold medals, the team answered questions, gave the class a signed photo of the entire team, and joined the entire student body for the Christmas Sing-Along. Claysburg-Kimmel’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter participated at the Regional Leadership Conference and placed in the top three of their respective events....

  • An Ordinary Day

    Linda Sollenberger|Dec 21, 2023

    “For unto you is born this day…” (Luke 2 verse 11) It happened on a day. A day in history. It was a day that had been planned in eternity before the creation of the world. It happened on a day. The perfect day appointed by God before the foundation of the world. “…in the city of David.” It happened in a city. The city still exists today. The city of Bethlehem. (Luke 2:4, “Joseph also went up from Galilee…to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem.”) Bethlehem was about six miles from Jerusalem. It happened in a city....

  • TUMC Holding Christmas Eve Pageant, Service

    Dec 21, 2023

    Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 9:30 a.m. That evening at 7 p.m. there will be a beautiful Christmas Eve candlelight service. There is also a Christmas Bible School program for ages 4 years through 5th grade. Bible School will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. The kids are welcome to join for walking tacos starting at noon. This lunch is free to everyone in the community....

  • Thought for the Week

    Pastor Earl Herr|Dec 21, 2023

    Mary must have had an emotional roller coaster. It is said “Patience is a virtue.” Surely this is true. It is not so much Mary I am talking about here. God spoke through the Prophet Isaiah. It had been almost 700 years since the prophecy told “A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son…” It would certainly be a miracle for this to happen and small wonder most people would not believe it could happen. Yet the prophecy was a subject of Scripture and therefore would be preached, and talked...

  • Sick

    RICHARD TATE|Dec 21, 2023

    The recent rifle deer season was a frustrating one for a number of sportsmen. Some hunters failed to see many – if any -- deer, while others were put off by inclement weather. Still others were disgusted by the behavior of game hogs. One sportsman was marooned with illnesses in his family. Just prior to the deer season, his wife was hospitalized with a lung problem called pneumonitis. This is much like pneumonia, except it is not accompanied by the fluids of pneumonia, nor is it caused by a bacteria or a virus. However, it is treated much as...

  • Lady Dragons Triumph after First-Quarter Deficit

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Dec 21, 2023

    The Lady Dragon Basketball team traveled to face the Penns Valley Rams in their sole game for the week. The game started slowly for the Dragons, with the first quarter ending with the Dragons seven points behind. By halftime, however, the Dragons pulled ahead with a small lead of 24-22. The Dragons extended their lead by two after a high-scoring third quarter from both teams, then jumped to an even bigger lead, cementing their 59-46 victory. Bralyn Ellis led the scoring for the Dragons with 11 points, while Morgan Knepp also had double digit...

  • Dragon Basketball Takes Home Three

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Dec 21, 2023

    The Dragons faced three opponents throughout the week, including the Penns Valley Rams, the Harmony Area Owls, and the Bedford Bison. The Dragons came out on top in all three matchups, with scores of 57-49, 70-40 and 50-42 respectively. Against the Rams, the Dragons edged out a two-point lead after the first quarter and bumped that number up with a 22-18 halftime advantage. The Dragons continued in the third quarter, increasing their lead to eight heading into the final quarter where they mainta...

  • In the Air, On the Ground

    Dec 21, 2023

    Claysburg-Kimmel's Cory Walter goes up to block a shot by Southern Fulton's Hunter Ward during a home game Saturday. Williamsburg's Laney Prough fights for a loose ball with West Branch's Sarah Gugliemi Friday, Dec. 15....

  • Civic Club Holds Annual Tea

    Dec 21, 2023

    The Williamsburg Ladies Civic Club held its annual Christmas Tea, "A Cardinal Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 10tat the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. The entertainment for the evening was Joanne Stiffler. Shown are Pam Prough, vice president; Sandy Kauffman, Christmas tea chairman and recording secretary; Joanne Stiffler, entertainment; Sarah Bowmaster, Christmas tea co-chair; and Robin Brantner, second vice president....

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 21, 2023

    It’s our last issue before the Christmas season. The Christmas season brings lots of great, warm and fuzzy memories for me. Whether it’s the church services, the getting together of family and friends, or just celebrating Jesus’ birth – Christmas is a time to celebrate. This last question was inspired by Christmas and all the activities surrounding the holiday – “What is your favorite Christmas carol or song?” Here is what a few residents had to say: Jill Norris: “What Child is This?” Stephanie Rhodes: “Oh Holy Night” Ann...

  • Yellow Springs Project Complete

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 21, 2023

    Stiffler-McGraw engineer John Clabaugh told Williamsburg Municipal Authority members during last Tuesday’s meeting that the Yellow Springs sewer replacement is now complete. All of the testing has also been completed, and Clabaugh said the next inspection of the project will be in October of 2024. At last month’s meeting, Cenveo requested permission to continue to monitor the waste stream for non-sanitary wastes following the conversion to air dryers. The authority was willing to permit this last month, in lieu of a grinder for the time...

  • 'Joy and Cheer' Found in Royer Mansion's Past, Present, Future

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 21, 2023

    Royer Mansion site representative Huston Godwin. Godwin has always been into antiques and said it’s in his blood. Godwin’s grandmother was an antiques dealer and collector from the 1930s, and his mother was an antique dealer. “I’ve always had my foot in the door with antiques and junk,” Godwin said. How they got here Godwin said he and business partner Michael Stipanovic were approached in 2016 about renting the property. “We had heard of the property, but it didn’t mean anything to us,” Godwin said. The Royer Mansion had...

  • Salute to Service Night Held by Lady Pirates

    Dec 21, 2023

    Members of the Williamsburg Color Guard present the colors at the Salute to Service game for the Lady Pirates. Shown (from left) are Jeff Allender, Troy Everhart, Bill Weaver and Michael Fay. According to Head Coach Amy Hileman, "This is the second year we held a Salute to Service night, a night to honor veterans and active duty members. Our local American Legion and VFW posts made up the Color Guard who joined at half court during the singing of the National Anthem done by Michael Merritts....

  • Correction: N. Woodbury Bids Due January 2024

    Dec 21, 2023

    Please note that North Woodbury’s request for sealed bids, printed in the Dec. 7 and 14 editions of the Herald, will be accepted until 8 a.m., Jan. 2, 2024. The incorrect date was originally published. We at the Herald want to get it right, so we publish clarifications and corrections as needed. If you spot an error in the Herald’s pages, please contact the Herald at [email protected] or (814) 793-2144....

  • Thank You for Keeping the Herald Here and Healthy

    Allan J. Bassler, Publisher|Dec 21, 2023

    A few weeks ago, I asked Herald supporters and readers to help the Herald remain as it is, where it is. We asked Herald readers to buy subscriptions or donate to a Print Fund. All contributions, while not tax-deductible, will help the Herald serving the Cove and printing on paper. We set a goal of $50,000, which will cover about 36 weeks of printing the Herald. I promised transparency and regular reports, so here is the first report. About 14 people, couples or organizations have responded directly and generously to my request. It’s been a...

  • Mt. Pleasant Joins Thousands of Cemeteries in Wreaths Across America

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Dec 21, 2023

    Local veterans were remembered for their sacrifices by becoming part of a national tradition. Mount Pleasant Cemetery joined over 4,000 other cemeteries honoring veterans with a Wreaths Across America celebration Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon. This was the cemetery's first year holding an event. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that honors active military and veterans by placing wreaths in cemeteries during the holidays. Since its inception in 2007, the group has now expanded to...

  • Spring, Stone Manors Facing Rent Increase Due to Water Issues

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Dec 21, 2023

    In a community meeting held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, residents of Spring and Stone Manors came together to discuss the escalating water issues affecting the lives of about 192 people who live in the parks. Spring Manor resident Mark Fiddes said the meeting was attended by about 60 people, mainly residents who gathered to address a letter from Mobile Realty, the owner of both trailer parks, which announced a rent hike. “The issue started at the beginning of the month when we all received letters about the owner raising the rent,” he said....

  • Herald's Jingles Feature Talent of Fourth Graders, Students of the Area

    Dec 21, 2023

    It's our favorite time of the year! The Herald is full of excitement and joy as we present the 2023 Jingles. We received poems from all four school districts and a plethora of drawings from homeschooled and Mennonite children, including this one from Emaline Joy Newwanger, grade 8, age 13. The Herald's Jingles are best viewed in print. Buy an edition or go to the PDF version of this week's edition to see the artwork and poetry of local children....