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  • Elizabeth A. Rock

    Dec 28, 2023

    Elizabeth A. Rock, 87, of Martinsburg, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 18, 2023, at UPMC Altoona. She was born Jan. 23, 1936, in New Paris, daughter of the late George E. and Anna M. (Calahan) Rice. On Oct. 5, 1956, she married Daniel M. Rock, Sr., in Cumberland, MD. He preceded her in death Nov. 19, 1978, after 22 years of marriage. She is survived by a daughter, Cathy S. Cox (Richard); a son, Daniel M. Rock, Jr. (Roberta), both of Claysburg; five grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren;...

  • Bonnie J. (Smith) Clapper

    Dec 28, 2023

    Bonnie J. (Smith) Clapper, 86, of New Enterprise, passed away Dec. 20, 2023, at UPMC Altoona Hospital. She was born May 17, 1937, in East Freedom; daughter of the late Claire L. and Evelyn (Baughman) Smith. She is survived by a granddaughter, Kylee Clapper (Joseph Mowery) of Claysburg; grandson, Wesley Clapper (Tracy) of New Enterprise; grandson, K.C. Clapper of Roaring Spring; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; sister, Audrey Weaver; brothers: Wayne and Craig W. Smith;...

  • Terry Lee Raible

    Dec 28, 2023

    Terry Lee Raible, 75, of Martinsburg, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Dec. 19, 2023, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. A public visitation and graveside service with military honors will be announced in the Herald at a later date. Arrangements by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg....

  • Donald B. Wagner

    Dec 28, 2023

    Donald B. Wagner, 65 of Roaring Spring, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, Dec. 21, 2023, at his home. Arrangements by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc. Martinsburg. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of the Herald....

  • Blair Eugene Talbert

    Dec 28, 2023

    Blair Eugene Talbert, 63, of Lynchburg went to be with his Lord on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. He was born June 17, 1960, in Roaring Spring, he was the son of the late Blair Eugene Dodson and Mary Jane Talbert. He was the founder and owner of L.A. Communications and was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Kenny Dodson and sister, Vicki Halter. He is survived by three sons: Justin Talbert, Michael Talbert, and Eric Talbert; one daughter, Janelle Hammersmith; two brothers: Dale...

  • Central Students Take a Hack at Cloud Technology

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    Students from Blair, Bedford, and Cambria counties, including students from Central High School, explored the world of cloud technology during the Major League Hacking’s Global Hack Week, hosted by South Hills School of Business and Technology. With about 100 students in attendance, the event aimed to provide interactive STEM sessions and foster interest in technology careers. “Our students had a great experience at the event,“ Kayla Wheland, a business and computer information technology teacher at Central, said. She said there were mult...

  • Boy Scouts Win First Aid Meet, Hold Annual Scouting for Food Drive

    Dec 28, 2023

    Members of Scouts BSA Troop 57 of Roaring Spring won the Chief Logan District First Aid Meet held at the Duncansville Community Center on Nov. 2. The Scouts were scored on their knowledge and demonstration of skills for multiple first aid scenarios. Scouts from Cub Scouts Pack 57, Scouts BSA Troop 57, and Scouts BSA Troop 9062 collected food items on Nov. 11 for their annual Scouting for Food drive in Roaring Spring. Items collected were taken to the Roaring Spring Food Pantry at St. Luke’s...

  • Southern Cove Power Reunion Holds Third Annual Light Show

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Dec 28, 2023

    A larger-than-last-year’s spectacular light show took place at the Southern Cove Power Reunion’s grounds in New Enterprise this December. More than 30 light displays were placed by area businesses, FFA chapters, and friends of SCPR. Ballots were given and folks were asked to vote for their favorite display. The first night was pajama night so folks could come in their PJs. Santa was in the clubhouse for photos, along with the dairy princess and some hot chocolate and cookies. Wagon rides...

  • Po's Peek: Hearing Issues Mixed with a Compulsion to Speak

    DAVE POTCHAK|Dec 28, 2023

    The prelude When it comes to making a purchase, never argue with a woman. My wife warned me that the on-line price I found for two Seresto flea and tick collars was too good to be true. And, of course, she was right. When I told her of the deal I got, which was less than half of the expected price, she asked me what the tracking number was on the order. And I replied, “What tracking number?” Not an order number, nor a tracking number, nor a confirmation number were given to me. The collars were fake, and I halted the transaction by calling...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Dec 28, 2023

    “I could never let Holly go.” – Stephen King A political thriller? A horror novel? A supernatural chiller? If you are a longtime Stephen King reader, you will be thrilled to know that this novel tries to cover them all. Holly, as a novel, finds its roots in four previous books and one novella by King. Holly Gibney, the title character in Holly, is a minor character in the Bill Hodges trilogy (“Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers,” “End of Watch”). She also finds her way into King’s book “The Outsider” and in a novella...

  • Polar Express a Huge Hit

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Dec 28, 2023

    The Polar Express, a 4D movie experience, was held on Saturday, Dec. 7 to Dec. 9 at the Bistro Restaurant in Martinsburg. This has not been done for three years. The price remained the same and the actors, dancers, and elves were extraordinary. Before the movie experience began, children dressed in pajamas enjoyed popcorn and a short film on a young boy dreaming. A live actor acted this scene out also and the children’s attention could not have been better. When snowflakes came down, they giggled with excitement and joy. Next the conductor...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 29, 1898 A New Year’s Eve entertainment by the home talent minstrel company was scheduled at Seminary Hall in Martinsburg. Those who bought tickets were to receive at the door their choice of a free doll or a tablet and pencil. Christmas turkeys were being sold by hucksters from Salemville for five cents a pound. College students who were in Williamsburg for Christmas vacation included Harry Arnold from Jefferson Medical College; Percy Arnold from New Jersey; Fred Metz from Washington and Jefferson College; William Ross from...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 27, 1973 The Williamsburg Elementary School concluded the project “Campbell Soup Labels for Education” and received prizes for the effort made by students and teachers. For 12,730 labels collected, the school received a Kodak Carousel 650H slide projector and a Bell and Howell portable cassette tape player-recorder. The top local news story of 1973 was the search for a lost child on Tussey Mountain. Three officials at Appleton Papers announced their retirement: Paul Isenberg, power superintendent, Kenneth Heuston, paymaster,...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 28, 1923 More than 100 Klansmen attended the worship services at the Reformed Church in Roaring Spring. This brought repercussions from church members and organizations who were in disagreement with the assembling of masked and robed individuals in worship. To prevent further instances in the Cove, a resolution was adopted by the ministerium that no such meetings would take place. Members would “not come masked into public worship.” The Klansman wished the clergy to know “that the great noble, Christian patriotic...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 31, 1998 Chosen by the Herald writers was the top story of 1998 was the June 10 plane crash near the Blair County Airport that claimed the lives of the pilot and his two passengers. The No. 2 story of the year as selected by the writers was the success of Northern Bedford senior A.J. Nastasi, who broke the state high school basketball scoring record that had stood for 28 years. The Williamsburg Salvation Army Service Unit distributed food to 120 families in the Williamsburg area. Volunteers supplied food, ham and gift...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 30, 1948 George W. Garner, 73, of Fredericksburg, was killed when stuck by a car as he walked from his home toward Martinsburg. Former president and veteran director of the First National Bank, Martinsburg, started to walk to town for a bank directors’ meeting. He operated general stores at Aitch and Beavertown, purchasing the general store in Fredericksburg, which he operated for 44 years. Maurice Clouse of Waterside drove the new cream-colored fire truck from the factory in Lansing, Mich., to New Enterprise to the Southern...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    Herald of Dec. 26, 2013 In Roseann Zimmerman’s Old Order Mennonite Memoirs, she reviewed stories that made headlines in 2013. Stories included residents of Williamsburg choosing Williamsburg Memorial Bridge as the name for the new bridge that was constructed earlier in the year, Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. won the Morrisons Cove Herald’s “Smoke the Competition contest with 78 subscriptions sold, and five baseball and softball team were competing in the District six high school playoffs. Her year in review also mentioned Pfc. Gene...

  • This or That

    PASTOR LEE SEESE|Dec 28, 2023

    Fast away the old year passes. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses. It has probably been a while since anyone has called you a lad or lass, but you must agree, no matter what name you go by, that there are opportunities to have a fresh start with a new year. Obviously when you wake up on January 1 you will be the same person. But there may be ways that you can take small or even large steps to change some things about yourself. Sometimes these come down to contrasts and choices. Let us think about those as we hail the new year. An important...

  • Thought for the Week

    Dec 28, 2023

    What emotions have you experienced this Christmas? Certainly there is a broad gamut for society. Some of them would be experienced no matter what the special day or season. Joy and sorrow happen simply because we are alive and living in the world. They are part of life and death. But when not facing extremes, we can step back a pace and examine what we feel simply because Christmas has happened. I know some impose other things into Christmas. Some folks look forward. Christ came into the world w...

  • Public Notices

    Dec 28, 2023

    Meeting Notice The Supervisors of Taylor Township Blair County will hold their regular monthly meetings on the following dates at 6:00pm (unless otherwise stated) at the Taylor Township Municipal Building: 1/2, 2/5, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6@ 5:30, 6/3, 7/1, 8/5, 9/3, 10/7, 11/4 @5:30 and 12/2. If you wish to be placed on the agenda, please contact the office no later than the Wednesday prior to the meeting date. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend a meeting and require auxiliary aid, service, or any other accommodation to attend,...

  • Luke the Musical Reminds Audience 'Do Not Be Afraid'

    Dec 28, 2023

    On Dec. 17, Luke The Musical, a.k.a. Do Not Be Afraid, was performed for the first time. The musical was written and directed by Lorie LaSala. This was her first musical, although she has written other songs. LaSala dedicated the musical to the church family of Saint John's Reformed Church of Loysburg. She wanted to send this message: no matter your circumstances, do not be afraid; God will work all things together for His glory and your good. All His promises are true! LaSala gave a special tha...

  • Meadows Kettle Corn Pops Up in Bedford

    Dec 28, 2023

    Melissa Duncan and her father Andrew Shastay enjoyed selling Meadows Kettle Corn as a part of the Christmas Craft Festival held in St. Johns United Church of Christ Hall in Bedford. A full story on this event was in the Dec. 7, 2023, edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald on Page B-2. The wrong photo was published with the original story. 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...

  • Water/Sewer: $3.5 Million in Grant Funding For Blair County

    Dec 28, 2023

    State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) announced approval of $3.5 million in state assistance for water and sewer projects in Blair County. The following projects were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which administers Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development: • Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority - more than $2.5 million for construction of a wastewater system extension to and acquisition of land along Reservoir Road. • Hollidaysburg...

  • Big Broadband Plans in the 'Burg

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 28, 2023

    More than 50 citizens attended the Alleghenies Broadband Inc.'s Broadband Outreach town hall in Williamsburg last Tuesday evening. This was one of four outreach meetings in the area: others were held in Altoona, Tyrone and East Freedom. "This is probably our best turnout," Blair Planning Director said, who ran most of the meeting. McFarland outlined two of the major issues in Williamsburg – gaps in cell phone service and lack of broadband. "There is zero service," McFarland said. "We are very...

  • Roadmaster Report Headlines Catharine

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Dec 28, 2023

    Roadmaster Michael Fay had a lot on his agenda during last Thursday evening’s Catharine Township meeting. Fay discussed bidding on a loader from Ferguson Township. Fay said currently the bid was at $8,500, and he would like to talk to Ferguson about going to check out the equipment. Fay said the equipment would be used for loading salt and other projects in the Township. Chairman Heather Flaig made a motion to allow Fay to bid up to $15,000 if he deems the loader appropriate for the township’s needs. The motion passed. There has been talk...

  • Kids for Kids 4-H Still Accepting New Members

    Dec 28, 2023

    The Kids for Kids 4-H club is welcoming new members until the end of January. If you would like to join, you must be between the ages of 8 and 18. Members can participate in market goats, market rabbits and market lambs. Club members raise their project animals and then show and sell them at the Junior Livestock Show and Sale in August. The Kids for Kids 4-H club has an educational meeting once a month where members learn about their project animals and how to train them. They learn public...

  • Water Problem Inspires CCT Renovation

    Dec 28, 2023

    Cove Community Theater had a water problem in December and was not able to put on a Christmas show. At this time, an engineer has drawn plans and Garman Brothers will do reconstruction work. This will include restrooms in the front of the theater, a certified kitchen where meals can be made on the premises, an office for the theater manager, and access to the prop house to make it easily accessible and fix the flooding issue. The theater has a wish list and is doing fundraising to help with the...

  • DAR Members Attend Wreaths Across America

    Dec 28, 2023

    Adam Holliday Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Michelle Shank, Prospective Chapter Member Samantha Snowberger who organized the event, and Chapter Historian Dani Felty attended the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery and placed wreaths on veterans' graves. Shank places a wreath on a veteran's grave at Mount Pleasant Cemetery during the Wreaths Across America event....

  • Chimney Rocks Star Continues to Shine

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Dec 28, 2023

    Have you ever wondered how the star came to be up on top of Chimney Rocks? Shining brightly every Christmas season, the star that overlooks the borough of Hollidaysburg has an interesting story. Between 1960 and 1964, the Hollidaysburg Jaycees was formed and local businessman Richard Meadows was elected to be the first president. One of the first projects that they discussed doing was something for the community that everyone could appreciate. One of the topics that came up was putting a star...

  • Let's Talk About the (White) Elephant in the Room

    Dec 28, 2023

    The annual Christmas gift-giving season, which brings delight to many and complaining about excess and materialism from those picking up the tab, should spend a little time at a white elephant party. Often termed “Yankee Swap” or “Dirty Santa” these pre-Christmas gatherings can be an eye opener for some. It’s amazing how a child hoping for the latest Lego model, shows glee with the electrified pink flamingo that lay inside the gift they’ve selected. A nine-year-old boy “ahaa”s when he opens a Yankee jar candle. “I’ve really...

  • Fly Tying Time

    RICHARD TATE|Dec 28, 2023

    About this time every year, a few sportsmen decide they are going to learn to tie flies. They may have enjoyed a few experiences with fly-fishing, and they now might think it could be nice to learn to tie their own flies. I am not sure I would recommend going out and buying a bunch of fly tying equipment and materials without having first seen what you might be getting into. Fly tying can be a fascinating, life-long hobby. However, it can also be a frustrating, short-term disaster. The John Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited (Blair County) is...

  • Get Your Head in the Guilfoyle Game

    Dec 28, 2023

    Three Cove teams went head-to-head with Bishop Guilfoyle last week. Unfortunately, all three games ended in Guilfoyle's favor. Still, there's no denying that Cove teams are putting their all in the basketball season so far. The Lady Pirates came up short in a close one against the Marauders with a final score of 41-37. Central's boys ended with 33 points, compared to BG's 56. The girls similarly scored 33 points, while the Marauders banked 62....

  • AAA Presents Awards to Eight Local Police for Traffic Safety Efforts

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    Traffic safety is important all year round, especially during the holiday season when there are more people out on the roads and not always great weather conditions. Eight police departments in Blair County were honored by AAA East Central on Thursday, Dec. 14, for their dedication to increasing traffic safety and education. The four local departments that won the Platinum Awards included Blair County Sheriff's Department, Duncansville, Hollidaysburg, and Pennsylvania State Police Troop G....

  • Martinsburg Family Uses Decor To Raise Funds for Humane Society

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    Ron and Jaynne Bowers on Oakdale Road have been decorating their yard for Christmas to collect donations for the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society for several years, and it has expanded to homes across the street. "It started with just one or two things about 15 years ago," Jaynne said. In 2008, the first year, they collected $130, and that amount increased steadily over time. "During the pandemic, all of a sudden, our totals jumped up dramatically," she said. They thought $880 in 2019 was gre...

  • Williamsburg Native Dies in Tragic Murder-Suicide

    CATI KEITH, Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    On Tuesday evening, a Greenwood couple died in what appears to be a murder-suicide, as reported by Logan Township Police Chief Dave Hoover. In the basement of their residence on the 600 block of South Dartmouth Lane, Blase Raia fatally shot Brooke (Zimmerman) Raia in the head before turning the handgun on himself. The call for police assistance came at 7:30 p.m., and state police were called in to process the scene, collecting evidence and providing support to the Logan Township Police Department. This incident is believed to be the result of...

  • What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2023?

    Dec 28, 2023

    JANUARY Bitter cold temperatures prevailed over the Cove, and caused a pipe going to the Curryville water tower to freeze and burst. Crews replaced 42 feet of pipe to fix the leak. —————————— The Pines, a local band made up of four high school students, three from Central, was gathering popularity after receiving a Hometown Favorites award. The band plays a wide variety of music, but the focus is on classic rock. —————————— Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of...

  • Hollidaysburg Chooses Ninth Police Officer

    THOMAS SCHMITT|Dec 28, 2023

    The Hollidaysburg Borough Council December monthly meeting was highlighted by the resignation of the borough manager, the hiring of a new police officer, and the final adoption of the 2024 budget. The borough council accepted the resignation of Borough Manager Jim Gehret, who had served as both manager and finance director for Hollidaysburg. He had been employed by the borough for almost 14 years. Councilman Walter Kalista highlighted the accomplishments of Gehret's tenure in office. The borough council then hired Gehret as the Interim Finance...

  • HASD Meets New Board

    THOMAS SCHMITT|Dec 28, 2023

    There was a major reorganization in the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors as four new members took the oath of office at the December Reorganization and Committee of the Whole Voting Meeting. New members included: Michele Luther, Missy Sullivan, Dr. John Wells, and Dr. Ying Lee. Kenneth Snyder retained his seat on the board, and holdover members on the board were Carmen Bilek, Scott Brenneman, Jennifer Costanza, and Ronald Sommer. Bilek was unanimously elected president of the board by a 9-0 vote replacing Ronald Sommer and...

  • HACP Reviews 2023 Accomplishements

    THOMAS SCHMITT|Dec 28, 2023

    New board members were installed during the December Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) Board of Directors meeting. Hannah Vipond of Geely Bar Nail Salon replaced the position left vacant by Jess Sorge's resignation while Susan Cashner of SLY Photography filled the opening left by Dr. Bob Gildea. Board terms were ending for Corey Gildea, Don Delozier, and Jodie Albarano, all three agreed to stay on the board. Becki Hollen retained her position as President while Maureen Letcher was chosen to step into the role of Vice President....

  • Hollidaysburg Library's Talking History: Dr George Walker

    ERIC SHIELDS|Dec 28, 2023

    Hollidaysburg native Dr. George Walker was a local dentist and founder of the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP. Chairperson of the African American Heritage Project of Blair County Harriett Gaston spoke at the Hollidaysburg Library’s Talking History Lecture Series in early December about Dr. Walker. Walker was a native son of Hollidaysburg and was very much involved in the Civil Rights in the Commonwealth of PA. “We need to realize that he was very much into the Civil Rights,” Gaston said. At the end, though, his rights were violated...

  • John Eicher Presents The Industrial Revolution

    ERIC SHIELDS|Dec 28, 2023

    John Eicher presented The 19th Century Industrial Revolutions during part four of his eight part series “Modern Western Civilization (1500-present) From Dawn to Decadence to Disillusionment” at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library earlier this month. It is the processes that created the entire built environment that we live in and the technologies that were produced during that time. Eicher wanted the audience to understand that the 1800s was the era that saw the idea of the development of progression, the idea or often assumption that...