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S. Glenn Speacht

Stillman Glenn Speacht, 88, of rural Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord, Monday morning, Dec. 19, 2022, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Altoona, son of the late Stillman E. and A....

 

Betty J. "Bets" Brenneman

Betty J. “Bets” Brenneman, 93, of Canoe Creek, rural Hollidaysburg, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday evening, Dec. 22, 2022, at Penn Highlands Hospital, Tyrone. She was born Jan. 3, 1929,...

 

$170 Million Will Support Local Law Enforcement

Governor Tom Wolf announced $170 million in awards to over 220 law enforcement agencies and county district attorneys’ offices throughout the commonwealth through two new programs designed to improve community safety and support local law...

 

Meriam "Mim" G. Corle

Meriam “Mim” G. Corle, 79, of New Paris, passed away Dec. 21, 2022, at UPMC Altoona Hospital. She was born March 8, 1943, in Roaring Spring; daughter of the late Guy and Thelma (Koontz) Hall. On...

 

Penny Mae Albright

Penny Mae Albright, 68, of Martinsburg, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, 2022, in Altoona. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, at Martinsburg Church of God, with her brother, Pastor Carl T. Miner officiating. Private inurnment...

 

Pennsylvania State Police Reminds Pet Owners of Basic Needs

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is reminding pet owners that they are required to provide their animals with basic needs, as defined by law, or face potential animal neglect and/or cruelty charges. “Basic needs include the proper sustenance to...

 

Pennsylvania Ranks 23rd in Prosperity

Pennsylvania ranks 23rd in overall prosperity according to the American Dream Prosperity Index (ADPI), released by the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in partnership with Legatum Institute. The United States continues to see a rise in...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Air in. Air out. Repeat. Nothing is more important than the way we bring life-sustaining oxygen into our bodies. As humans, we pretty much have the technique of breathing down. Yet, according to...

 

Make Fitness More Fun And Engaging

Resolutions to get in shape are popular at the dawn of a new year. Despite the best and most detailed intentions, many resolutions fall by the wayside shortly after Jan. 1 has come and gone. Many people stop heading to the gym or working out at home...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 23, 1897 A runaway freight train on the Pennsylvania Railroad descended the mountain from the east end of the Gallitzin tunnel to Altoona, a distance of 13 miles, on Monday evening, at the rate of a mile per minute, crashing into the...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 4, 1973 Roaring Spring firemen and auxiliary members approved a plan for a new two-story steel fire hall. Nicodemus Construction Co. of Martinsburg prepared the plan that the firemen accepted. The renovated sanctuary of the Trinity...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 3, 1923 Blair Four, near Williamsburg, was the scene of the most costly fire in the history of the community on Saturday night (Dec 30) when the general store owned by Blair R. Bice of Martinsburg was destroyed. The building, owned by...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 8, 1998 Roaring Spring Borough Council selected John R. Green to fill a vacancy on the seven member council. Herschell D. “Pat” Varner was elected president. Martinsburg Borough Council appointed Robert A. Carper as president and...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Dec. 30, 1947 The Martinsburg Firemen started a fundraising campaign for a new truck and firefighting apparatus. The truck, costing $10,000, is due to be delivered February 1. It will have a 600-gallon tank, an auxiliary lighting system, a...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 3, 2013 Sheetz held a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new employee health and wellness center. The Sheetz Center for Shwellness was located beside the Sheetz Distribution Center in Claysburg. The Martinsburg Fire...

 

23

As we are about to bid goodbye to another year, I thought I would look back and then look way back. We can probably agree that 2022 was a better year than the past few have been. I trust that you...

 

Thought for the Week

I believe I can support the first part of this “Thought” with Scripture. The second part includes more speculation and less Scripture. The conclusion is a mix. Most certainly, Jesus is on His...

 

Christmas Eve Prep

Rev. Jerry McCuller prepares for his Christmas Eve Service in the Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood Saturday afternoon....

 

Farm in Huston Township One of 30 Protected from Development

Pennsylvania protected 2,478 acres on 30 farms in 18 counties from future residential, or commercial development, investing more than $8.9 million in state, county, local and nonprofit dollars in protecting prime farmland for the future....

 

UPMC Altoona Medical Staff, Foundation Donate Stop the Bleed Kits to Blair County Sheriff's Office

The Blair County Sheriff's Office was recently presented with a donation of 12 Stop the Bleed kits on behalf of UPMC Altoona. The Bleeding Control Kit (BCK) is designed to provide all necessary...

 

Pa. Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.0 Percent in November

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its preliminary employment situation report for November 2022. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in November, remaining at the record low set in October 2022. The U.S....

 

DCNR to Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes Across Pa. Public Lands

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced it will host nearly 60 guided hikes in 34 state parks and three forest districts on New Year’s Day as part of the nationwide “First Day Hike” effort. Designed to promote a...

 

$2 Million in Awards Will Support Successful Reentry for Women

Governor Tom Wolf announced the award of $2 million in Women’s Reentry Services Initiative Grants to 21 recipients through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Championed by First Lady Frances Wolf, the program funds will...

 

Public Notice

Storage Sale Due to nonpayment of storage rent and fees, all property of Logan Bouffard, 723 Bedford St. Apt. 4, Claysburg, PA 16625, stored at Freedom Junction Self Storage, East Freedom, PA will be sold on January 3, 2023 at 10 a.m., at Freedom...

 

Honk if You Love Mamie's

JoAnna Brumbaugh, left, and Valerie Wyland Prough work in the cold Saturday afternoon at Mamie's Cafe and Bakery selling "honk boxes." Customers drive up, pay $20 and receive a box full of various...

 

Four Generations Get Together for Holidays

Shown are (from left) Michael Ritchey, grandfather; Kyle Ritchey, father, holding Kora Ritchey (5 months); and Sherry Ritchey, great-grandmother. Sherry is from Duncansville, formerly of Roaring...

 

Agriculture Secretary Encourages PA Farmers to Be Counted in 2022 Agriculture Census

Last month, more than 52,000 known farmers and other agricultural producers across Pennsylvania began receiving 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaires from the USDA. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding urged every Pennsylvania farmer and...

 

Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership Facebook Page Grows

The December Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) monthly meeting began with an update from the new Director of Marketing Alyssa Barilar. Barilar reported that the downtown merchant holiday window decorating contest had 29 participants....

 

HASD Board Fields Further Questions On Book Debate

The December meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors was a re-organizational meeting and reexamined the Amendment to Policy 824 and introduced Policy 321. In election of new board officers, current Vice President Manny...

 

Mount Aloysius Welcomes Kovach Into Hall Of Fame

Duncansville native Aaron Kovach (right) was recently inducted into the Mount Aloysius College Athletic Hall of Fame. Kovach's performance on the baseball field earned him his spot. A full article on...

 

Hollidaysburg Borough Hears from Public on Police, Fire Comp. Concerns

The final budget for 2023 for the Hollidaysburg Borough was approved unanimously by council members with no tax increase in the upcoming year and a $6 surplus showing. The budget was available for 30 days for public inspection and no changes were...

 

Treasurer Stacy Garrity Bans TikTok from Treasury Devices

Treasurer Stacy Garrity announced that the social media app TikTok, which the head of the FBI recently called a national security concern, has been banned from all Treasury-issued devices. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, based in Beijing, China....

 

Money Management Tips For Retirees

What constitutes a perfect retirement is different for everyone. Some people may imagine spending their golden years fishing their days away, while others may aspire to finally embrace their inner...

 
 By EMILY SNYDER    News    December 29, 2022

Loans v. Leases – What's Your Best Option?

Financing equipment is a great tool to keep working capital in your hands. Loans and leases are both viable options, but what is the difference between the two, and which will work best for your...

 

O, Christmas Tree

The Williamsburg Borough prepared for Christmas with tree decorations provided by the Williamsburg Elementary School....

 

Out With the Old

2022 is almost done. I just feel like the whole year flew by. Each year, I do a year in review of Williamsburg. I just can’t be anything but optimistic for the things ahead for Williamsburg in 2023. Williamsburg has potential; we all know that. We...

 

Catharine Passes Budget; Millage Increases

During its meeting, rescheduled for last Thursday, Dec. 22, Catharine Township Supervisors passed the 2023 budget, with another increase in the millage. Chairman Heather Flaig made the motion to adopt the budget with Ken Brenneman seconding. The moti...

 

Bird's-Eye View of Snowy Storm

While visiting a friend at Point View to deliver cookies for Christmas, correspondent Natalie Gorsuch snapped a picture of the view from the top during last Thursday's snowstorm. On Thursday, Dec....

 

Study Examines Feeding Damage Caused By Spotted Lanternflies On Young Maples

Short-term, heaving feeding by adult spotted lanternflies on young maple trees inhibits photosynthesis, potentially impairing the tree’s growth by up to 50 percent, according to a new study by Penn State scientists. According to the researchers,...

 

Tree Disposal Could Help Environment, Wildlife

Oh, the majestic Christmas tree, we remember those of bygone days, brag on what we had to pay, speak of how the needles so splendidly stay in place and finally, what are we going to do with it after it is pulled from the living room. Most families...

 

Auditor General DeFoor Announces Release of Compliance Audits; Bedford Co. Included

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor announced the release of compliance audits of district courts and county government offices in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Franklin,...

 

Shoemaker Presenting On Alaska Trips

On Jan. 9, 2023, Denny Shoemaker will present on “The best of Alaska.” Shoemaker will discuss his 7 trips to the state, which covered all four seasons. The program will be at Cirlcle K gifts in the basement in Woodbury (the former Church of...

 

Auditions for 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' in January

Auditions for “the Complete Works of Shakespeare” will be held on Jan. 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford County Playhouse (1044 Centerville Rd, Bedford, PA 19522). Featured in the show are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be...

 

MCMP Holding Break Activities

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park will be offering some activities over the holiday break. • Thursday, Dec. 29: Open Christmas Break Skate 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Open bowling noon to 6 p.m. • Friday, Dec. 30: Getting ready for the big night... Open...

 

Headed Home for the Holidays

Kwamina Wallace just recently moved to Hollidaysburg from Buffalo, New York, for a new job. He was at the Blair County Airport Saturday afternoon hoping to catch his connecting flight out of...

 

Plenty Of Hunting Excitement Remains

Pennsylvania’s hunting license year isn’t yet halfway through, and there’s plenty of action to be experienced afield in the coming weeks and months. Small game hunters are reminded that hunting generally closed on Saturday, Dec. 24. Seasons...

 

Lady Dragons Nearly Make Fourth-Quarter Comebacks

Throughout the week, the Lady Dragons came incredibly close to victory, but fell just short in both their matches against the Richland Lady Rams as well as the Central Cambria Lady Red Devils with scores of 54-51 and 44-43. A quick first half for...

 

Dragon Wrestling Competes In Holiday Tournament

A lack of members leaves the Central Dragon Wrestling team with many forfeit matches, meaning an almost impossibility of winning a match as a team. Nothing stops members, however, from competing individually, as they did at the Penn Cambria Holiday...

 

Time to Tie Flies

We are just entering the months with the coldest days of the year. Not a lot of sportsmen want to spend time in the outdoors now. (Imagine how wildlife deals with the cold.) Anyhow, most sportsmen find things to do during the winter to put in their...

 

Dragons Remain Undefeated

The Central Dragon Basketball team stays undefeated this week heading into the Christmas break, a great feat for any basketball team. A 52-34 victory over the Richland Rams and 56-32 win over the Central Cambria Red Devils propels the Dragons to a...

 

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