Articles from the December 24, 2020 edition

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Amish Christmas Miracles Collection

This collection of heart-warming stories was chosen as a memorial for one of our treasured patrons, Charles “Charlie” Hauser. Known for his kindness, ability to spin a tale, and especially for...

 

Herald Extending Its Local Focus to Political Commentary as of Jan. 1

I’m letting readers, advertisers and contributors to know that there has been an important change in the Herald’s policy regarding political content. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the Herald will no longer publish any opinions regarding political matters...

 

Gables Has Electric Star

Herald of Dec. 19, 1895 One of the greatest sights of Altoona and one that delights the hearts of all holiday shoppers is the great daylight department store of Wm. F. Gable & Co. of that city. Never before in the history of this big store has...

 

Camerer, 100, Passes On

Herald of Dec. 24, 1920 Mrs. Elizabeth Camerer, who on May 21 before, had reached the age of 100 years, died at her home at the Camerer farm just outside Martinsburg borough, on Sunday. Death was due to pneumonia. The woman who was said to have been...

 

Flu Closes Schools

Herald of Dec. 20, 1945 Owing to the prevalence of the flu among students and teachers some of the schools in the Central section of the Cove closed Wednesday afternoon and will remain closed until Dec. 31. 75 students at Cove High were out...

 

Henry Star Re-Lighted

Herald of Dec. 24, 1970 The A star can be seen shining brightly over Martinsburg again after being noticeably missing for several years. The star is situated in a pine tree 100 feet above the home of Dr. and Mrs. Harry E. Henry and their son, Gene....

 

Homewood Promotes Fleegle

Herald of Dec. 21. 1995 Douglas J. Fleegle had been appointed the new executive director of Homewood Retirement Community at Martinsburg. Fleegle had been the administrator at Homewood’s health care center in Martinsburg since July 1992. Fleegle...

 

'Woodburys' Could Merge

Herald of Dec. 23, 2010 Supervisors in Woodbury Township, Bedford County heard from a neighboring Woodbury Borough resident who would like to see the township and borough merge. The Woodbury Good Time Christmas band traveled through the Woodbury...

 

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE Eligibility Survey Underway Claysburg Area – Proposed Street & Drainage Improvements Greenfield Township CDBG Program The County of Blair is assisting Greenfield Township conduct a survey in the Claysburg Area of the Township in...

 

DEATH RECORD

CALDWELL – Sandra K., 77, resident at Hillview, formerly of Claysburg FEATHERS – Edna Donita, 73, Newry HETRICK – Travis Lee, 30, East Freedom KRANIK – Vickey L., 57, Roaring Spring SPECK – Louise P., 84, Altoona, formerly of Williamsburg...

 

SANDRA K. CALDWELL

Sandra K. Caldwell, 77, a resident at Hillview, Altoona, formerly of Claysburg, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at UPMC Altoona, after a battle with COVID-19. She was born Dec. 14, 1943, in McKee, the daughter of the late Boyd and Linnie (Claar)...

 

EDNA DONITA FEATHERS

Donita Feathers, 73, entered into Heaven unexpectedly at her home in Newry, Pa,. on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec.12, 2020. Edna Donita (Redinger) Feathers was born on May 24, 1947, in Cumberland, Md.,to Clifford and Edith Redinger. She was a gradua...

 

TRAVIS LEE HETRICK

Travis Lee Hetrick, 30 of East Freedom, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2020, at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 13, 1990, in Roaring Spring. He is...

 

VICKEY L. KRANIK

Vickey L. Kranik, 57, of Roaring Spring, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, after a brief illness. She was born Nov....

 

LOUISE P. SPECK

Louise P. Speck, 84, of Altoona, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 17, 2020, at the Altoona Center for Nursing Care. She was born March 14, 1936, in Warriors Mark, daughter...

 

DEATH NOTICE

Robert William Whetstine, 71, of rural Martinsburg, formerly of Hollidaysburg, passed away unexpectedly, late Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at his home. A private funeral service will be held at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg, Pastor...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    December 24, 2020

Not Your Typical Church

Dec. 21, 2020. The longest night of the longest year. The Star of Bethlehem is to appear on that night, which is in the future as I write, and in the past till this prints. Will we have been able to...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 1:5-25 St. Luke 1:26-38 St. Luke 139-56 St. Luke 1:57-66 St. Luke 1:67-80 St. John 1:19-34 St. Luke 2:1-20 Another often overlooked character in the Christmas Story is an...

 

Ready for Christmas

St John's Reformed Church of Loysburg looks serene, like it is waiting for Christmas, during the new-fallen snow Thursday, Dec. 17. The church will hold an outdoor Christmas Eve worship service along...

 

Start New Caroling Traditions

Caroling is a symbol of community that once was a wildly popular holiday tradition but has largely fallen by the wayside. According to the Pew Research Center, about 16 percent of Americans reported caroling in 2017. However, this once-beloved...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

The grandfather's clock in the corner of the living room chimed to me about my approaching bedtime and brought me away from my reverie of poetry reading and Christmas card creations. The darkness of...

 

Conemaugh Nason Earns Accreditation

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Conemaugh Nason was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with...

 

Shades of Joy Ages 8-11 Winner

Grace Zimmerman, 11, of New Enterprise is the Morrisons Cove Herald's first-place winner for ages 8 to 11 in the annual Shades of Joy coloring contest. Grace will receive a prize for her...

 

Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company Raising Funds to Replace 1994 Truck

The Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company has recently hit a rough patch of road. The company’s 1994 International pumper truck, which the company purchased new and was its main truck for fighting large fires, broke down two weeks ago. It has transfer c...

 

W-burg Grade 4 Students Write Cinquains and Haikus

The students in fourth grade at Williamsburg Elementary School penned cinquain and haikus poems. A cinquain consists of five lines. Line 1: one word (subject or noun). Line 2: two words (adjectives) that describe Line 1. Line 3: three words (action...

 

Shades of Joy Ages 5-7 Winner

Rosene Martin, 7, of Martinsburg, is the Morrisons Cove Herald's first-place winner for ages 5 to 7 in the annual Shades of Joy coloring contest. Rosene will receive a prize for her...

 

Jingles 2020 Looks Different Than Most Years

The Morrisons Cove Herald’s annual Jingles edition looks much different in 2020. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on schooling this year. A lot of the schools have met virtually since November. Area schools elected to have their students focus on...

 

Shades of Joy Ages 8-11 Second Place

Janeva Rose Snyder, 9, of Woodbury, is the Morrisons Cove Herald's second-place winner for ages 8 to 11 in the annual Shades of Joy coloring contest. Janeva will receive a prize for her...

 

Simple Ways to Prolong the Life Of Poinsettias

Poinsettias and their rich red, white or variegated color schemes are the ideal backdrop for Christmas celebrations. In fact, poinsettias are among the most popular decorative flowers during the...

 

Boxing Day Extends Holiday Fun

The end of the year presents plenty of opportunities for shopping and celebrating. Starting with Thanksgiving preparations, there is a steady supply of days geared around generosity and merriment, counting down to the holiday gifting and entertaining...

 

Shades of Joy Ages 5-7 Second Place

Levi Steele, 6, of Martinsburg, is the Morrisons Cove Herald's second-place winner for ages 5 to 7 in the annual Shades of Joy coloring contest. Levi will receive a prize for her e...

 

Best Ways to Host Virtual Celebrations

The 2020 holiday season figures to be vastly different than seasons past. The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has transformed daily life in many ways. The public has become accustomed to wearing masks whil...

 

'Deck the Halls'

It's hard to hear "Deck the Halls" and not immediately be overcome by the festive nature of the holiday season. The lyrics to "Deck the Halls" were written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant in...

 

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Larry & Sharon Frederick of Martinsburg are very proud of their college sophomore grandson, Tyler Horvat. Due to the restrictions put into place throughout the pandemic, children have been faced...

 

Fun Facts About Three Kings Day on Jan. 6

The holiday season began with Thanksgiving, and many people believe that the festivities come to a close after ringing in the new year. In fact, for the faithful, the Christmas season does not end...

 

Let's Take a Sled Ride!

Hadassah Brockus (left), 9, Adaya Brockus (center), 8, and Christopher Corle, 9, all of New Enterprise, enjoy being off school from Northern Bedford Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 17. They...

 

A Versatile Molasses Oatmeal Loaf

Cooks who want a versatile bread that's great for sandwiches and morning toast can try the following recipe for "Molasses Oatmeal Loaf" from Linda Collister's "Quick Breads" (Ryland, Peters &...

 

Help Isolated Loved Ones This Holiday Season

A phenomenon called "cabin fever" tends to set in around late autumn or in midwinter. Long hours of darkness coupled with cold, inclement weather often is a recipe for increased time spent indoors....

 

Did You Know?

Christmas Day is the most popular day to get engaged. According to the 2020 WeddingWire Newlywed Report, more couples who were married in 2019 got engaged on Christmas Day than any other day during the year. Christmas Eve was the second most popular...

 

New Enterprise Christmas Scene

The Baker Ranch on Ridge Road New Enterprise looks like a Christmas card with wreaths lining the driveway to the house among the new-fallen snow Thursday, Dec. 17. The snowstorm dumped approximately...

 

'O Christmas Tree'

"O Christmas Tree" is a wildly popular holiday song. In fact, the song is so popular that there are many different versions, each of which is based on a traditional German folk song. That song, "O...

 

Stock the Pantry with Holiday Baking Ingredients

Many holiday traditions begin with family and friends gathered in the kitchen or around the dinner table. Food is an integral part of celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah, and key components of each holiday are tied exclusively to food....

 

Resembling a Gingerbread House

The Loysburg Barber shop appears to resemble a gingerbread house ready for Christmas following the 11-inch snowstorm that hit the region Dec. 16 and 17. Much of the fallen snow may be gone by the end...

 

'Jingle Bells'

The popular Christmas carol “Jingle Bells” has an interesting history that remains a topic of debate even now. Written by New England native James Lord Pierpont, “Jingle Bells” was never intended to be a Christmas song, and in fact does not...

 

'O Holy Night'

The story of “O Holy Night” can be traced to a request made by a 19th century French priest. In the fall of 1847, that priest asked a French merchant named Placide Cappeau to write a Christmas poem. Cappeau’s poem was eventually shared with Fre...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Both good and bad events occurred during the past rifle deer season. Let's begin with one of the good things. My friend Brady built a number of deer stands two summers ago. Mine is a "Taj Mahal,"...

 

Park League Draws Crowd

Prior to Gov. Tom Wolf's shutdown of non-essential business through Jan. 4, Morrisons Cove Memorial Park was hosting a vibrant and well-attended youth Basketball league. This season, 158 children in...

 

Area Students Named Provost Scholars at IUP

Students from Blair County have been recognized as Provost Scholars at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Provost Scholar status is achieved when students complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP and have a cumulative grade point average of...

 

Fort Williamsburg

Detwiler brothers Tanner (foreground), 5, and Tucker, 8, work on a snow fort outside their Second Street home in Williamsburg after the area was hit with heavy snowfall last week. Approximately 11...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    December 24, 2020

Pastor Recalls Larry Kulp's 'Selfless, Giving Nature'

A long-time local farmer is being remembered as a man of God who went out of his way to make people feel special. Francis Larry Kulp, who owned and operated the Lar-Ann Dairy Farm in Martinsburg for...

 

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