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  • A Present Christmas Carol

    Linda Williams|Dec 27, 2018

    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 “present” lifestyle he was leading was taking him down a road of total darkness. This year, I began to think about my own Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Christmas conversations Fortunately, I have wonderful memories of most of my Christmas Pasts. Some of the past is very much missed. C...

  • Harry & Bess

    Other Voices|Dec 27, 2018

    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.carent.com/text/harry_truman.html. * * * Harry Truman was a different kind of president. He probably made as many, or more, important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House. The o...

  • What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2018?

    Dec 27, 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 not be running for re-election in 2018. The Herald subsequently received via email a news release titled, “Chairman Shuster Statement Regarding His Decision to not Seek Re-election.” Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, announced that Joshua Michael Musselman was the hospital’s 2018 New Y...

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

    Dave Lemery, Watchdog.org|Dec 27, 2018

    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, Pennsylvania's estimated population count as of July 1 stood at 12,807,060. That's up 17,159 from the same date in 2017, an increase of just 0.12 percent. At the same time, the total U.S. population increased by 0.6 percent, led by Nevada and Idaho's 2.1 percent population spike in a single year's time. Nine...

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

    The Pa. State Data Center, Research Brief|Dec 27, 2018

    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 during the previous year. Those who moved from Pennsylvania to another state accounted for 3.4 percent of the total state-to-state migration in the United States, ranking it eighth in the nation for domestic outmigration. Key findings for PA's domestic out-migrants: • One-half move to the South • One...

  • VICTOR RUSSELL TRACEY

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 family. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Martinsburg. Victor was born on Dec. 18, 1945, in Durham, North Carolina, son of William and Nell (Dixon) Tracey. He was united in marriage with Carolyn Widmann on Feb. 28, 1987, in Curryville. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; mother Nell; daughter...

  • KENNETH 'DUCK' WALTER

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 son of Wayne W. Walter and Renee (Aungst) Rhodes. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Renee and Roy Rhodes of Martinsburg; his father, Wayne W. Walter of Roaring Spring; his grandmother, Ruth Aungst of Hollidaysburg; three children: Haiden Giselman and Addisen and Reigen Walter; six...

  • ARLENE I. LITZENBERGER

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 officiate. Interment will be made in Royer Cemetery. Arlene was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Albert and Thelma (Showalter) Showalter. She married William H. Litzenberger. He passed away on May 26, 2002. Arlene is survived by seven children: Ken Litzenberger of New Enter...

  • Web Series Will Help Landowners

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 than 10 acres. These small patches add up to about a million acres, or about 10 percent, of our state’s privately held woodlands. The “Woods in Your Backyard” webinar series teaches land stewardship through eight live, one-hour, online evening lectures that can be viewed on your home computer. Session...

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

    Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz, Board-certified Pulmonologist|Dec 27, 2018

    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 that lung cancer is not just a “smoker’s disease.” In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the second-most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the U.S. and the leading cause of cancer death. As many as 20 percent of lung cancer fatalities can be at...

  • Booster Christmas Party

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 Center, located on the Homewood campus....

  • Killer of Roaring Spring Woman Resentenced to Life in Prison

    RICK BOSTON|Dec 27, 2018

    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 unconstitutional, thousands of cases – some decades old – were sent back to local courts for resentencing. One of those cases was back in Bedford County Court on Thursday, Dec. 20, in front of Judge Travis Livengood. Deauntay Dontaz Moye, was 16 years old in 2015 when he, along with 15-year-old Ryan Har...

  • Dragons Suffer First Setback

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 loss of the season Dec. 21 against Huntingdon. CHS 70, Ridge 38 On Monday, Dec. 17, Central came out on fire, taking a 19-4 first-quarter lead that swelled to 39-11 by intermission. Braden Kitt paced the offense with 18 early points, while Noah Muthler added 10 in the opening half. With both teams...

  • Fly Tying Time Again

    Richard Tate|Dec 27, 2018

    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 up near their woodburners while hoping for nice spring weather to replace winter’s cold. One group of sportsmen who have something meaningful to do over the winter are fly-fishermen who tie their own flies. I am one of these. When I was a young fly-fisherman and had not accumulated a large stash of f...

  • NBC Boys Drop to 0-5 on Year

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 could muster just four points. NB had an opportunity to win in the final seconds but was unable to convert on its final possession as the clock ran out. “We played well but made some mistakes at inopportune times and our inexperience showed down the stretch,” NB coach Shawn Hicks said. Dalton Smith had...

  • NBC Girls Drop to 1-4 on Year

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 battled to the wire. NB held a 21-10 halftime edge, but Forbes cut it to 28-22 by the end of the third quarter. Twice in the fourth quarter the Lady Cardinals cut the lead to three, but on both occasions NB inside presence Ariel Reed scored down low to give the Lady Panthers a cushion. Reed paced NB wit...

  • Central Wrestlers Fall to Strong Bald Eagle Team

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 pinned his man in 1:12 at 160 pounds. Jaxon Matthews (113) won by forfeit. Next up for CHS will be a visit to Claysburg-Kimmel today, Thursday, Dec. 27. “BEA has another loaded team and we came up short in many of the match-ups. Logan continued his strong wrestling and we got a few solid d...

  • Ward Looking Forward to Challenge of Senate in 2019

    RICK BOSTON|Dec 27, 2018

    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 Pennsylvania state Senate, becoming the first woman elected to the seat from the 30th District. Although proud of being the first female elected to those seats, Ward said she never made her gender an issue when running for office. "I never made my campaign about being a woman," she said. "I always wanted...

  • Central Girls Even Mark at 3-3

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 thrilling 39-37 victory. The Lady Dragon defense held Bellefonte to just eight first-half points. Central led 27-24 after three quarters and held on for the win. The score was tied at 37-37 when Madison Eicher buried two foul shots to give the visitors the victory. Maddie Metzler paced the offense with...

  • Lady Bulldogs Off to 3-1 Start

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 led 26-22 at halftime, but WHS closed the game to 40-38 through three quarters. Emily Claar and Megan Hartman scored 15 and 11 points for C-K. Alexi McMonagle drained four 3-pointers and poured in a game-high 20 points for Williamsburg. JV 52, C-K 48 The Lady Bulldogs' first loss of the season came at...

  • Bulldogs Slip to 4-2 on Season

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 victory. Williamsburg, which trailed 14-13 after one quarter, used a 22-14 showing in the second half to take a 35-28 halftime lead. C-K then outscored the Blue Pirates 39-29 in the final 16 minutes. Landan Bauman paced C-K with 18 points. Kyle Glass and Alex Kulick also scored in double figures with 17 a...

  • Bulldog Wrestlers Lose Twice

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 Dively earned a major decision at 132. The Bulldogs lost one team point as the result of an unsportsmanlike conduct. B-A had three falls, two decisions and four forfeits. There were double forfeits at 106, 113 and 160 pounds. Everett 62, C-K 6 At Everett on Dec. 20, C-K was dealt a 62-6 loss. Kobe...

  • W-burg Girls Defeat Harmony

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 Claysburg-Kimmel’s roundup). WHS 46, Harmony 37 At home on Dec. 20, the Lady Pirates stormed out to a 29-11 lead at halftime and cruised to a 46-37 victory against Harmony, Alexi McMonagle tossed in 18 points to pace Williamsburg. Hannah Brenneman and Marcella Lynn chipped in with 11 and 10 points, r...

  • WHS Boys Seeking First Victory

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 Valley on Dec. 20, 82-73. Trailing 34-32 at halftime, the Vikings pulled ahead by nine with a 25-14 third-quarter surge. The Blue Pirates’ 20-11 fourth-quarter surge sent the game into overtime, where Moshannon Valley has a 14-5 scoring edge. Shane Brantner’s 24 points led three WHS players in double figures...

  • NBC Wrestlers Fall to Mt. Union

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 forfeit. Three NBC wrestlers earned falls on the evening - Jay Ebersole (220 pounds), Colby Imler (160) and Austin Mowry (170). Black Panthers who were awarded forfeits were Ian Sherlock (138), Alex Fouse (182) and Luke Welsh (195). Mount Union earned five falls, won one bout by major decision and...

  • Genealogical Society Elects 2019 Officers; Sets January Meeting

    Dec 27, 2018

    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; Patti Seidel, research secretary; Don Feathers, corresponding secretary; and Mary Russell, publicist. The society will open Wednesday, Jan. 2, for the year after being closed for the month of December for updates. The society will be making some new publications soon and they will be available to...

  • Old Order Memoirs

    Roseann Zimmerman, Herald Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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 celebrated it at our house today. Our middle daughter and her family went with us to Piney Creek church with Reeses and the buggy. Back in my kitchen at noon the potatoes waited, covered with a sleeping bag, hot and ready for mashing with butter and hot milk. There was plenty of food for the 25 people (...

  • Businesses Encouraged to Obtain Spotted Lanternfly Permit

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 life cycle, now is the best time for businesses to learn how they can jump-start this spring’s fight. “New York, New Jersey, and other bordering states have been good partners, but if we aren’t careful in self-policing, ensuring we aren’t sending Spotted Lanternfly on vehicles traveling outside...

  • Lyme Disease Support Group to Meet Jan. 10

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 through 70 washings. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. All are welcome. The support group is the Altoona Region of the PA Lyme Resource Network, www.palyme.org. For more information, contact Amber Altiero at (814) 934-7403 or Lisa Worrell at (814) 329-3863....

  • Thought for the Week: God's Plan Is Broad

    Pastor Earl Herr, Herald Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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 the present, cross my mind as I write today: Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell. Both were what I would call atheists. Each had a desire to disprove the existence of God. Each in his own way came to believe in God and put their faith and trust in Him. Today, each has become a Christian and an apologist for C...

  • Not Your Typical Church Lady: Joy and Love

    Kelly Baker, Herald Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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 with a time of joy and celebration. In the Catholic Church, some priests will choose to wear rose colored robes on the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. “And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And t...

  • Faith Assembly Dinner

    Don Martin, For the Herald|Dec 27, 2018

    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 goal is to gather families, children and volunteers to fellowship and build relationships outside of a service or classrooms. In November, Doug Bayard, manager of Texas Roadhouse in Altoona, heard about this family event and contacted the church to help. At the Dec. 19 dinner, 125 of Faith's Family...

  • Wreath Masters

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 members....

  • Lions Club Helps Library

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 materials. Shown are (from left): "Clem" Snyder, Lions Club; Tim Tate, library board president; and Brian Showalter, Lions Club....

  • Christmas in a Small Town

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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 decided to take a look at one of the positives in our small town – the undying holiday spirit. For many Williamsburg residents – and I have written about it over the last year – arguably, Williamsburg is a dying town. I can sit here writing about all the negative things that have happened to Williamsburg ove...

  • From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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 more time for the gym and to eat healthier. I’m hoping that these two delicious recipes help you with the latter goal. Herbed Balsamic Chicken Ingredients: 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. minced basil 1 Tbsp. fresh chives 2 tsp. grated lemon peel 1 garlic clove, minced 3/4 tsp. s...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    Natalie Gorsuch, Herald Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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)? Stan Grove: Ted Nugent Jeff Adams: Mom and Dad Melody Speck: My dad Lori Brubaker: My grandparents Polly Smith: My husband, my dad and mama, brother John and my dear friend Joyce Tina Houck: My mom and dad Maureen England: My grandmother Susanne Orr: My mom and dad, I miss them so much. Cynthia Kol...

  • Correction

    Natalie Gorsuch, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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. – The Editor...

  • Blair Street in Martinsburg Celebrates '12 Days of Christmas'

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 one of the "gifts" given by "my true love" in the popular carol. Figurines include the following: a partridge in a pear tree; two turtle doves; three French hens; four calling birds; five golden rings; six geese a-laying; seven swans a-swimming; eight maids a-milking; nine drummers drumming; 10...

  • Pennsylvania State Parks Now Open for Winter Activities

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 winter visitors intent on enjoying cold-weather, outdoor fun. State parks in the Cove area include Canoe Creek State Park near Williamsburg, Warriors Path State Park near Saxton, Trough Creek State Park near James Creek and Prince Gallitzin State Park near Patton. Snowmobiling Following the Dec. 8 c...

  • Farm Show Seeks Tractor Entries

    Dec 27, 2018

    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 visitors can get a close look at the equipment that worked the land of Penn’s Woods and helped to feed a growing world,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “You can inspire them as together we write the next chapter of Pennsylvania’s story.” The antique tractor and engine exhibit – the 13th year...

  • State Working Harder to Claw Back Job Creation Funds

    Dave Lemery, Watchdog.org|Dec 27, 2018

    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 conference about some problem that we have found somewhere in Pennsylvania,” he said. “But today [Dec. 18], it's much better news – that one of our audits, along with good work at [the Department of Community & Economic Development] and the governor's office, I think, has led to tremendous progres...

  • NWT Grants Kulp 90-Day Extension

    Margaret Steinfurth, Correspondent|Dec 27, 2018

    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 budget of $805,781 was approved without a tax increase. The supervisors approved a Real Estate Millage of 0.375 mills and a Fire Tax Millage of 0.099 mills for 2019. The 2019 stone bid was put our for bids and they will be opened at the next meeting. Joseph Donaldson was appointed to be the township r...

  • How to Recycle Paper, Boxes, Lights, Trees

    Dec 27, 2018

    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. 26 through Dec. 27. The drop-off can be found in the Sears/J.C. Penney's parking lot by KFC along Goods Lane. Participants are encouraged to bring all their gift boxes, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper and plastic bags to the drop-off. The IRC will not be able to accept Styrofoam or rigid plastics at...

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