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Pennsylvania Department of Health Confirms First Case with the COVID-19 Variant

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7, in Pennsylvania. The confirmed case is in Dauphin County. This variant is the same one that was first discovered in England... Full story

 

Gov. Wolf Announces Lifting of Time Limited Mitigation on Jan. 4

The time-limited mitigation orders put in place on Dec. 12 have helped to begin flattening the curve of new cases following the post-Thanksgiving surge in Pennsylvania. As a result, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine an...

 

DEATH RECORD

BEACH – Gerald Ray, 95, Roaring Spring, formerly of Woodbury CREE – Kevin K., 64, Martinsburg ELENSKY – John, 83, East Freedom HALL – Janet Marie (Edwards), 74, formerly of the Gettysburg area KEITH – Carolyn “June,” 89, Roaring Spring...

 

GERALD RAY BEACH

Gerald Ray Beach, 95, of Roaring Spring, formerly of Woodbury, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born April 27, 1925, in Woodbury Twp. Bedford County; son of the late Adam and Mabel...

 

KEVIN K. CREE

Kevin Karl Cree, 64, of Martinsburg, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 3, 1956, in Roaring Spring, son of t...

 

JOHN ELENSKY

John Elensky, 83, of East Freedom, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at home, surrounded by family. He was born May 30, 1937, in Ralston, son of the late John Jr. and Annabell Mildred (Rowles) Elensky. He married Sandra L. Musselman on Feb. 5,...

 

JANET M. HALL

Janet Marie (Edwards) Hall, formerly of the Gettysburg area, born Dec. 11, 1945, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. She is survived by her husband, R. Dennis Hall, who was holding he...

 

CAROLYN 'JUNE' KEITH

Carolyn "June" Keith, 89, of Roaring Spring, after a long life of service, entered into the kingdom of God at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. She was born...

 

DONNA BECHTEL MYERS

Donna B. Myers, 93, died peacefully on Christmas morning, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at The Village at Morrisons Cove Nursing Home in Martinsburg Pa. She was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Roaring Spring, to the...

 

DONALD EUGENE 'DON' SHOWALTER

Donald Eugene "Don" Showalter, 82, husband of Virginia Dale Holladay Showalter for 59 years, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Mr. Showalter was born in Roaring Spring, Pa., to the...

 

Olivia Smith on Dean's List

Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, W.Va.) student Olivia Smith of Martinsburg has achieved the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester. To earn the honor, full-time students must achieve a semester GPA of 3.6 to less than 4.0....

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"Delay is natural to a writer," quoted E. B. White, 'like a surfer, he bides his time and waits for the perfect wave on which to ride in. Delay is instinctive with him. He waits for the surge (of...

 

Pandemic Lockdown Closed 30 Percent of Pennsylvania Businesses, Second Most In Nation

Federal data shows pandemic restrictions forced three in 10 businesses statewide to close, at least temporarily, ranking Pennsylvania second only to Michigan in terms of economic lockdown impacts. Sti...

 

Cove Calendar is Free and Easy to Use

The Herald is reminding readers of a community calendar that is free and easy to use. The Herald’s Cove Calendar has been completely revamped and is now easier to use. The entire Cove community is invited to make the calendar a central place to fin...

 

The Benefits of Making New Year's Resolutions

The end of December is a busy time of year. Families are shopping for gifts for loved ones and friends, holiday celebrations are in full swing and thoughts begin to turn to the new year ahead. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, it is...

 

Six Popular Health-Based Resolutions

Resolutions that focus on health and fitness are made each year. Numerous people are eager to lose weight, improve their physical fitness levels or even stop habits that can hinder their mental or...

 

Lines by Lee

I do not like saying goodbye. I suppose most people are the same way. For years I served on a national board associated with our fellowship of churches. Twice a year about a dozen of us got together from around the country with the goal of making...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Matthew 1:18-25 St. Matthew 2:1-6 St. Matthew 2:7-12 St. Luke 2:22-32 St. Luke 2:28-35 St. Luke 2:36-40 Galatians 4:4-7 Today, I want to lead your thinking about un-named witne...

 

Passing the Time

Erla Michael plays a game on her cellphone on the front porch of her East Main Street home in Roaring Spring Sunday afternoon, Dec. 27, while waiting for her sister Bev Kennedy to arrive. The sisters...

 

Did You Know?

Homeowners rely heavily on electricity to power their homes and their lives. Coal, nuclear power and water energy help to generate this electricity. Without electricity, lights wouldn't work, digital devices wouldn't charge and cities would come...

 

A Look Forward

They say that hindsight is 20/20 and looking back on this year – we can say a lot. For a lot of us, this year was one to learn some life lessons – but what can we say about our town of Williamsbur...

 

Catharine Township Soliciting Yellow Springs Sewer Needs

At the December meeting of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority, the authority decided that it would not be paying for the cost of the $3 million project to extend sewage line to Yellow Springs. At the Dec. 24 Catharine Township meeting, supervisors...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

In a world full of uncertainty and the extraordinary changes that our country has gone through this year, not many of us can see any positive things that have happened this year. For instance, I got a new home with my sister and I got a new car. I de...

 

Restaurants In Pa. Find Creative Ways To Survive Amid Pandemic Restrictions

It’s been two weeks since Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf banned indoor dining and alcohol sales at restaurants statewide amid an alarming spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. And for many owners, abiding by the rules – devastating as they may be – remains a...

 

Just to be clear ...

As usual, social media is getting it wrong, so I want to be clear about a recent change at the Herald. The Herald is not ending any of our local columns. All three of our current columnists have been told that they may continue writing and continue...

 

'The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle' By Jacqueline Jules Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

"The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle" is a very heart-warming children's story about a magical creature called a Ziz. As described in the story, the Ziz is a giant yellow bird with enormous red wings...

 

Pennsylvania's Population Stagnates As Reapportionment Nears

Pennsylvania netted just 83,000 more residents over the last decade as growth in the state stagnates compared to the southern and western regions of the country. Only 500,000 more Americans live in...

 

A Chilly Stroll

Barb and Calvin Zook are out for a walk along Mulberry Street in Martinsburg Sunday afternoon, Dec. 27. According to www.weather.com, freezing rain may be in the forecast for late New Year's Eve into...

 

Do We Live In An 'Only Me' Society?

Do we really live in an “only me” society? This is a question that, thought about long enough, has the potential to shake someone to the core. And naturally, one’s first reaction to this would be, “Me? Of course not!” For decades, the signs...

 

Wheels of Joy Offers Help

Herald of Dec. 30, 2010 This year, 44 families in the community were blessed by the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church cycling ministry’s Wheels of Joy project. It provided Christmas presents, toy store gift cards, furniture, household items and...

 

PennDOT License, Photo Centers Closed For New Year's Holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in observance of the New Year’s Day...

 

'Finest Evergreen' Cut Down

Herald of Dec. 27, 1945 W. Floyd Bush, electrical contractor of Martinsburg, and wife have become the owners of Spring Hope farm on Spring Street, partly in the borough limits on the road to the airport. It was bought from Mrs. Carrie M. Nicodemus...

 

NES&L Low Bidder on McKee

Herald of Dec. 28, 1995 The New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. is the apparent low bidder for the $8 million widening of Route 36 through McKee Gap, submitting a bid that was $1 million lower than the only other bidder, HRI Inc. of State College. The...

 

Guests Visit from Akron

Herald of Dec. 31, 1920 Miss Gertrude Kauffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Kauffman living near Bossler station in North Woodbury township, became the bride of Mr. Ezra C. Bender of Somerset county. Sixty some guests attended and the ceremony was...

 

RS Sets $185,950 Budget

Herald of Dec. 31, 1970 The Roaring Spring Borough Council adopted a budget of $185,950 for 1971 at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon. The council retained the same real estate millage which it adopted in 1960 as timber sales since 1964 have been...

 

McKees Quarry Fills Orders

Herald of Dec. 26, 1895 The Juniata Ganister Co. at McKees was shipping large orders of ganister from the local quarry. Dr. Garver and his clerks were preparing to occupy the new offices at the book factory in Roaring Spring. New Enterprise teachers...

 

Historical Society Asks Pa. for Help in Preserving Gettysburg Artifacts

The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) preserves some of Gettysburg's rarest treasures, and many of national significance. Its collection includes a program from Lincoln's famous address,...

 

Holidays During a Pandemic Inspire United Behaviors, Expectations For Life In 2021

For many Pennsylvanians, the late fall and early winter holiday seasons hold memories of coming together with friends and loved ones; a time of happiness and unity. Unity can be defined as many...

 

What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2020?

JANUARY East Freedom couple John and Christy Lawler delivered Christmas meals to 52 families and gifts for 85 children. The Lawler's gave out nearly 300 presents. * * * * * * * * The...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 31, 2020

With Funds Low, Claysburg Fire Co. Looks to Community for Help

The Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company is down its main fire fighting truck and is asking the community for help getting a new one. The fire company's 1994 International pumper truck has been out of...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 31, 2020

Police Chief, Local Eateries Praised for Help During President's Visit

President Donald J. Trump's visit to Martinsburg in October lasted just over an hour, but the day was much longer for the police and first responders who pulled together to make it a safe experience...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 31, 2020

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Queen Woman

A Queen woman pulled over in a traffic stop in Logan Township, Altoona, on Dec. 22, was jailed after police allegedly found drugs and paraphernalia in her vehicle. Lindsay M. Longenecker, 37, was pulled over at approximately 1:55 a.m. Dec. 22 along...

 

Prepping for the NHL?

Noah Zimmerman, 13, works on his hockey skills on a small frozen pond that formed outside his home along State Route 164 just east of Roaring Spring on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 27....

 

Holly Brightens the Landscape Beyond Holidays

As I walked through a tiny wooded trail near my home, I tried to tread softly so I could spy any birds or mammals remaining for the winter. It was impossible as my feet crunched on the crisp orange,...

 

Gas Prices End 2020 Much Lower than 2019

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is steady this week at $2.475 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. As has been the case throughout much of the year, this is roughly 40 cents cheaper than this time...

 

Milder Temps Make Way for Bikes

Milder area temperatures gave (from left) Aiden Hollern, 12, Brintlee Foor, 6, Zane Walter, 10, Elijah Walker, 10, and Wyatt Walker, 7, an opportunity to ride their bikes along Riverview Street in...

 

Annual Outdoor Report for 2020

"Rich, aren't you going to write up what you did this past year in the outdoors?" a sportsman asked me recently at a local store. "I know you didn't write about how things went in 2019." It's...

 

The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of noon 12/29/2020 Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,242 / 90 / 186.8 Blair: 6,605 / 168 / 137.2 Cambria: 6,885 / 223 / 169.3 Centre: 8,293 / 132 / 81.1 Clearfield: 3,042 / 42 / 52.9 Fulton: 406 / 8 / 55.1...

 

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