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Traditions Change as the Years Pass

Much as we would like to think that holiday traditions are the things we do every year, they really aren't. Our traditions do a constant metamorphosis. The very best Christmases of most of our lives a...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

Insider's Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare: Practical Strategies to Navigate our Complex System and Save Money By Lawrence Lazarus, MD and Jeffrey Foster, MD These two seasoned doctors have...

 

Letter: The President is Not Above the Law

To the Editor: Pity poor, pathetic Donald Trump. The man has been a fraud and a cheat for his entire life but has always managed to avoid paying the consequences for his serial lawlessness. Oh, sure, there were the $2 million fine he paid for misusin...

 

Railroad Spur Extended

Herald of Dec. 20, 1894 A spur of the Williamsburg railroad was being extended to Congressman Hicks’ farm on Clover Creek, where limestone quarries were already opened. The quarries were to be operated in the spring. Miss Annie Kensinger was badly...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Dec.26, 1919 An interesting service tomorrow, Christmas morning will be community Christmas service at St. John’s Reformed church at 6:30 o’clock. All the churches of the town will join in an hour’s service, consisting of the singing...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 28, 1944 John William Lehman, well known young man of Locust Street, Martinsburg, on Monday received a Christmas “gift” that instead of bringing joy to the members of the family, detracted considerably from the usual merriment of...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 23, 1969 On Jan. 5 a Roaring Spring man will be sworn into office as the first Democrat sheriff of Blair County in nearly 50 years. Although it will be quite a change, the Republican inhabitants of the courthouse should survive the...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 22, 1994 The Department of Environmental Resources granted a permit to the New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. that authorized the firm to deepen its Roaring Spring stone quarry by 50 feet. The permit had been under consideration by the...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 23 2009 Work by a surveyor for the Spring Cove School District located John Camerer, as well as his father Larry’s residence in the Roaring Spring Borough. Both men have paid their real estate taxes to Taylor Township for as long as...

 

Public Notices

Meeting Notice The Board of Supervisors of Bloomfield Township will hold their organization meeting and regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Township building located at 3387 Lafayette Road, Bakers Summit. Charlene... Full story

 

Forfeits Hurting C-K Wrestlers

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School wrestling team was forced to forfeit eight matches during a 60-10 defeat against visiting Bellwood-Antis on Dec. 17. B-A also earned three falls in the dual meet....

 

NB Dominates at Ridgeway, Defeats Mt. Union, So. Hunt.

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team competed at the Ridgeway Elkers Duals on Dec. 14 and returned with a 4-1 record. The Panthers won three straight – Curwensville (46-32), Sharpsville (52-20) and Ridgeway (48-24 – before losing to Ti...

 

BEA Trips Up Dragon Wrestlers

The Central wrestling team saw its record slip to 1-2 on the season with a 54-22 home loss to Bald Eagle Area on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Dragons had four wrestlers with victories including Mason Daniels (138) who pinned his man in 3:07. Ethan Eicher...

 

Lady Pirates Defeat Mt. Union

The Williamsburg High School girls' basketball team held host Moshannon Valley scoreless in the first quarter Dec. 13 en route to a 56-13 victory. The Lady Pirate defense held the Lady Damsel offense to single-digit scoring in all four quarters....

 

Bulldogs Sneak Past Panthers

A 25-7 third-quarter run propelled visiting West Branch to a 59-44 victory over Claysburg-Kimmel in boy's basketball action Dec. 12. West Branch led 25-21 at halftime, before the third-quater surge made it 50-28 through three quarters. C-K closed...

 

C-K Girls Earn Road Win at MU

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball tem strolled to a 63-31 victory at Mount Union on Dec. 18. Leading, 29-14, at halftime, C-K broke the game open with a 24-7 run in the third quarter. C-K's Megan Hartman poured in a game-high 29...

 

Owners Target March for Martinsburg Laundromat Re-Opening

The owners of the Martinsburg Soap Box Laundromat have announced that repairs are underway following the Nov. 10 fire. Allan and Karen Bassler, owners of the laundromat and the Morrisons Cove Herald,...

 

The Start of a New Decade

With confetti flying to bring in the new year are Avery Black, 15, a sophomore, and her brother, Lukas, 13, in the seventh grade in the Spring Cove School District. They are the children of Scott and...

 

NB Edges Williamsburg By 1

Northern Bedford came from behind for a thrilling 52-47 overtime win at home last Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, over McConnellsburg. The Lady Panthers trailed by 8 points at two junctures in the game...

 

Joshua Rupeka Named to Spring Dean's List at IUP

Joshua Rupeka of Everett has been named to the summer 2019 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean’s list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Rupeka...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"The true miracle of Christmas," writes LaVerne P. Larson, "Is hope and faith and love – These gifts the Christ Child brought to all From heaven high above." Like gifts that can't be seen, some...

 

NB Middle School Recognizes Students

Northern Bedford County Middle School, Loysburg, has announced its Students of the Month for November and December. The 12 students recognized were as follows: November Emalee Bowser, sixth grade,...

 

Pa. Game Commission To Change Meeting Format

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Dec. 18 announced changes to its traditional quarterly meeting format. The January 2020 meeting will be the first to follow the new format, through which meetings will be held on Friday and Saturday...

 

Taylor Conley Receives Iowa St. Scholarship Fund

Taylor Conley of New Enterprise, who is studying animal science, received the Jeff Hansen/Iowa Select Farms Pork Industry Scholarship Fund for the 2019-20 academic year from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and...

 

'Jingle Bell Jukebox'

The Martinsburg Elementary School students in Dixie Speck's class, Tricia Forshey's class and Willie Kitt's class recently performed the play, "The Jingle Bell Jukebox" for family and friends. The...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Many years ago my husband gave me a 3,000-piece puzzle of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" for Christmas. Excited, undaunted, and armed with clueless naivety, I immediately began the task of...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 1:46-56 St. Luke 2:1-7 St. Luke 2:8-12 St. Luke 2:13-14 St. Luke 2:15-20 Galatians 4:4-7 Revelation 4:11 & 5:11-14 Vance Havner, a well-know gospel preacher of...

 

Facts About Three Kings Day

Monday, Jan. 6, marks the close of the Christmas celebration for many Christians. On this day, known as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day, people celebrate the visit of the magi to the Christ child. Whi...

 

Emma Smith Earns Honors at Kutztown

Kutztown University recently awarded 137 President's Academic Honors Scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, including to Emma Smith of Martinsburg. President's Academic Honors Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have a 3.25...

 

Writers Group to Meet Jan. 7 at Duncansville

The next Inkwell meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewery, 165 Patchway Road in Duncansville. The evening will begin with dinner (paid for by attendees) at 6 p.m. Shared readings, with peer critique, will begin...

 

Boxed In

This photographic rendering depicts the Martinsburg Post Office Christmas tree. A total of 39 different mailing boxes make up the 7-foot tree that is located inside the lobby of the Martinsburg Post...

 

Jobs in Pa. Hit Record High

The Pa. Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for November 2019 on Dec. 20, reporting that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from October to 4.3 percent. The national...

 

Pa. Announces Realty Transfer Tax Exemption for Preserved Farms

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced Dec. 18 that Pennsylvania’s more than 5,600 preserved farm owners are now eligible to apply for a new realty transfer tax exemption through Gov. Tom Wolf’s Pennsylvania Farm Bill. “We’re...

 

Pa. Auditor General Calls for Changes at Dept. of State

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Dec. 19 said the Pa. Department of State must continue to work with counties to improve the accuracy of Pennsylvania’s voter registration records, based on an audit released by his office. Conducted at the...

 

New Bald Eagle Livestream Launched in Pa.

Good news, Eagle Cam lovers: There’s a new nest to watch. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business have teamed up once again to offer a new bald-eagle nest livestream for the 2019-20 nesting season. The PA Farm Country Eagle N...

 

What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2019?

JANUARY Baby Ryker Alan Stolz was born at 12:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, the hospital’s first baby of 2019. He is the son of Branndon and Amanda Stolz of Altoona. Ryker weighed 6 pounds, 8...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 26, 2019

'Wood Ministry' Warms Those in Need

Ideas can hit when you least expect them. For John Lawler of East Freedom, an afternoon of cutting wood 10 years ago produced an idea that has helped keep those in need warm through the cold winter...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 26, 2019

For the Love of Axel

If you stand in front of the old Charlie's Barber Shop in Williamsburg on any given day, you will see people walking their dogs around town. During the summer months, the bench in front of Charlie's...

 

Reminder: The online version of the Herald is free to print subscribers

The online version of the Morrisons Cove Herald is free to all those who purchase print subscriptions. Those who live outside the Cove community and who have experienced mail delays may now switch to an online-only subscrition. The full content of...

 

Catharine Twp. Re-Dedicates 2020 Ambulance Service Budget to Its Reserve Fund

“You can’t continue to operate without raising millage, or you’re going to face bankruptcy,” Catharine Township Auditor Daryl Cole told the township supervisors during the regular meeting last Thursday evening, Dec. 21. “You have no...

 

Christmas Time at the Center!

The Williamsburg Senior Center held its annual Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 18, with a special visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus. Some of those participating are shown here (front...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Yes, Christmas is here and many of us will soon once again start our “new year’s resolutions” about eating healthy. I’m still on a cookie kick, so I decided to start off 2020 with something sweet – healthy cookies. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip...

 

LIFT Program Offered in M-burg

Penn State Extension will offer an in-person and group-based strength-training program for inactive to moderately active men and women aged 40 and older. There is a fee. “LIFT,” which stands for Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together,...

 
 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    December 26, 2019

Pa. Senate Addresses Red Tape; Wants Cuts

Pennsylvania has about 153,000 regulations on its books – a number, in the opinion of the head of a state Senate panel tackling red tape and bureaucracy, considered excessively high. State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Chambersburg, chair of the Senate...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    December 26, 2019

New Three-Nation Trade Agreement Wins Pennsylvania Officials' Praise

Less than 24 hours after the historic impeachment vote sharply split Pennsylvania’s U.S. congressional delegation, the very same lawmakers were virtually united in praise for the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new treaty,...

 

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