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A Present Christmas Carol

Each year we see or hear some version of “A Christmas Carol” showing us Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. As you know, Charles Dickens’ Scrooge was a selfish man who had some unfortunate happenings in the past. The...

 

Harry & Bess

Editor’s Note: The following was sent to the Herald. It appears to be making the rounds of social media. We did not verify any of this information but thought that our readers might enjoy it as we did. This text was found at www...

 

What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2018?

JANUARY Law enforcement officials were still investigating the church burglaries that occurred right before Christmas 2017 in Blair and Bedford counties. The Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday, Jan. 2, that U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-9th) would...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    December 27, 2018

Pa. Remains Fifth-Largest State Despite Lagging Nation In Growth

Pennsylvania has seen some modest population growth in the past year, but at a far slower rate than the rest of the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released Dec. 19,...

 

When People Move Out of Pa., They Often Move to the South

The 2016 American Community Survey estimated that over 7.5 million Americans moved within the past year. Approximately 257,792 of those Americans who moved to a different state lived in Pennsylvania d...

 

VICTOR RUSSELL TRACEY

Victor Russell Tracey, 72, of Woodbury, formerly of Frederick, Maryland, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the...

 

KENNETH 'DUCK' WALTER

Kenneth "Duck" Walter, 28, of Martinsburg, died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. All services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Kenneth was born on Nov. 18, 1990, in Altoona, the...

 

ARLENE I. LITZENBERGER

Arlene I. Litzenberger, 89, of Martinsburg, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Viewing and services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Jerry Stern will officiat...

 

Web Series Will Help Landowners

Do you have woods in your backyard? Penn State research estimates that nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodland – something smaller than 10 acres in size. In fact, the vast majority of Pennsylvania landowners have fewer...

 

CDC: Lung Cancer Is Not Just A Smoker's Disease

If you’re like many people, you may think of smoking as the most obvious cause for lung cancer. And while cigarette smoking has certainly been established as a major risk factor and the number one cause for lung cancer, it’s important to note...

 

Booster Christmas Party

Martinsburg Booster Association member Ken Ake leads the Altoona Horseshoe Chorus at the booster's Christmas party held Dec. 13 at Homewood at Martinsburg. The party was held in the Givler Cultural...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 27, 2018

Killer of Roaring Spring Woman Resentenced to Life in Prison

When the United States Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles under the age of 18 (unless it can be proven they are unable to be rehabilitated) were...

 

Dragons Suffer First Setback

The Central Dragon basketball team improved its record to 5-0 with two wins early last week. The Dragons won at Chestnut Ridge and Bellefonte on consecutive nights. The Dragons suffered their first...

 

Fly Tying Time Again

Now that the dead of winter is about to set in, most sportsmen are looking for ways to put in their time. Some will do a little trapping, rabbit hunting, or cross-country skiing; but most will hole...

 

NBC Boys Drop to 0-5 on Year

Northern Bedford dropped a 40-39 decision at Forbes Road Tuesday night, Dec. 18. The Panthers, down 26-24 at the half, surged in the third quarter and took a 35-32 lead. Unfortunately, the Panthers offense left them in the fourth quarter as they...

 

NBC Girls Drop to 1-4 on Year

Northern Bedford’s girls’ basketball squad got its first win of the season Monday night, Dec. 17, in a 39-30 victory over visiting Forbes Road. The Lady Panthers had to weather the storm in the fourth quarter from the pesky Lady Cardinals who...

 

Central Wrestlers Fall to Strong Bald Eagle Team

The Central Dragon wrestlers traveled to Bald Eagle Area last Thursday, Dec. 20, and fell to a strong BEA squad 60-18. Ian Couch, wrestling at 126, had a 4-1 decision for Central, while Brandon Holsinger (132) also won by a 9-7 decision. Logan Marko...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 27, 2018

Ward Looking Forward to Challenge of Senate in 2019

In 2014, Judy Ward won election to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, becoming the first female to represent the 80th District in the state House. On Jan. 1, 2019, Ward will be sworn in to the...

 

Central Girls Even Mark at 3-3

The Central Lady Dragons split a pair of Mountain League contests last week. Both games were played away from home. The Lady Dragons’ record remains even at 3-3. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Central traveled to Bellefonte (now 3-2) and returned with a th...

 

Lady Bulldogs Off to 3-1 Start

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls'basketball team won two of three games during the week to improve to 3-1 on the season. C-K 55, WHS 49 At home Dec. 18, the Lady Bulldogs closed the game with a 15-11 run and held off Williamsburg 55-49. C-K...

 

Bulldogs Slip to 4-2 on Season

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School boys’ basketball team dropped two of three during the past week, slipping to 4-2 overall. C-K 67, WHS 64 At home Dec. 17, the Bulldogs outscored Williamsburg by 10 in the second half while rallying for a 67-64... Full story

 

Bulldog Wrestlers Lose Twice

The Claysburg-Kimmel wrestling team lost its two dual meets during the week, falling to 0-4 on the season. B-A 48, C-K 9 At Bellwood-Antis on Dec. 18, the Bulldogs fell 48-9. C-K's Kobe Harr opened the meet with a fall at 170 pounds. Teammate Hunter...

 

W-burg Girls Defeat Harmony

The Williamsburg High School girls' basketball team slipped to 2-3 overall on the season following a week in which it lost two of three. The Lady Pirates began the week with a 55-49 loss at Claysburg-Kimmel on Dec. 18 (see game story in...

 

WHS Boys Seeking First Victory

The Williamsburg High School boys’ basketball team lost its two games during the week to fall to 0-4 overall. After losing by three at Claysburg-Kimmel on Dec. 17 (see story in C-K’s roundup), the Blue Pirates fell in overtime at Moshannon...

 

NBC Wrestlers Fall to Mt. Union

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team fell by four, 40-36, to visiting Mount Union on Dec. 18. The loss dropped the Black Panthers to 4-3 on the season. NBC scored 24 team points in the final four bouts, as they won two by fall and two by...

 

Genealogical Society Elects 2019 Officers; Sets January Meeting

The Blair County Genealogical Society Inc. recently elected boardmembers for the year 2019. They are: Jim Snyder, president; Don Feathers, vice president; Penny Knisely, treasurer; Sharon Merritts, librarian; Margaret Skrivseth, recording secretary;...

 

Old Order Memoirs

After a day filled to the brim, an early bedtime would be tempting but hopefully I can stay awake until I finished my little letter. Although Christmas hasn’t been here yet, our little family...

 

Businesses Encouraged to Obtain Spotted Lanternfly Permit

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is encouraging businesses to obtain the required Spotted Lanternfly permit to ensure they are complying with the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine orders. Gearing up for the next phase of the Spotted Lanternfly...

 

Lyme Disease Support Group to Meet Jan. 10

The Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the St. Rose of Lima social hall, 5519 Sixth Ave., Altoona. Offered for sale will be socks pre-treated with permethrin. The tick repellent protection lasts...

 

Thought for the Week: God's Plan Is Broad

I wrote last week of God’s complex “Plan of Salvation” and His advanced revelation of it. His Plan is extremely complex. I most certainly cannot explain it. I do believe it. Two men, living in...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady: Joy and Love

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the rose colored (pink) candle on the Advent wreath. This is the Joy Candle and rose is the liturgical color of joy. It reminds us that the time of preparation and waiting will soon be over and be replaced...

 

Faith Assembly Dinner

This past September, Faith Assembly of God Church, Roaring Spring, had a vision to have a Family Meal Night on the last Wednesday night of the month prior to the evening service and Kids Clubs. The...

 

Wreath Masters

Bonnie Hammond and Ruth Hoffner, both of Williamsburg, show off a couple of the wreaths made at the Williamsburg Public Library. DCNR sponsored a wreath-making evening for community...

 

Lions Club Helps Library

Brian Showalter presents Williamsburg Public Library Board President Tim Tate with a check for $3,000 from the Lions Sight Foundation of Blair County. The money will be used to purchase large-print...

 

Christmas in a Small Town

If you’ve ever travelled out of our town, people often ask – how do you live there? How many did you graduate with? Do you know anyone? Such things are often taken as a negative aspect of growing up in a small town. Because of the season, I decid...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Sadly, our cookies have come and gone, most of them scarfed up by that hungry Santa. With the new year fast approaching, what better way to kick off 2019 with healthy eating? Of course, we all have that same goal at the beginning of the year to make...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

There is much to be said about the love around a dining room table at Christmas. This week, I decided to ask the residents of Williamsburg – Who is someone you’d love to have at your Christmas dinner table (even those who are no longer with us)?...

 

Correction

I take full responsibility for the mistake printed in the Dec. 13, 2018, issue of the Morrisons Cove Herald on Page B6. The Williamsburg Christmas Parade was held on Sunday. I do apologize for the error.* – Natalie Gorsuch * As does the Herald....

 

Blair Street in Martinsburg Celebrates '12 Days of Christmas'

Residents of Blair Street in Martinsburg are once again proudly displaying the popular "The Twelve Day of Christmas." Each house on the one-block-long street is showing in the front yard cutouts of...

 

Pennsylvania State Parks Now Open for Winter Activities

With the official arrival of winter on Dec. 21, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is reminding outdoor enthusiasts Pennsylvania’s state forest and park systems again are rolling out the welcome mat for...

 

Farm Show Seeks Tractor Entries

Antique farm equipment enthusiasts can showcase agriculture’s historic role in inspiring Pennsylvania’s story by bringing their vintage iron to the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg next month. “With your help, thousands of Farm Show...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    December 27, 2018

State Working Harder to Claw Back Job Creation Funds

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale seemed to relish the fact that, for once, he was approaching a lectern to praise rather than criticize a governmental entity. “As the auditor general, I know, most of the times, I am having a press...

 

NWT Grants Kulp 90-Day Extension

Supervisors of North Woodbury Township met on Dec. 6 at the township building. Phil Kulp was at the meeting to ask for a 90-day extension on his land development project. This was granted. William Cowan’s junk yard permit was renewed. The 2019...

 

How to Recycle Paper, Boxes, Lights, Trees

This Christmas season, the Blair County Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) is offering some new and old holiday recycling opportunities. The IRC is once again hosting the holiday drop-off at the Logan Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Dec....

 

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