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CHS Celebrates Winter Break with Winterfest

The Spring Cove Education Association (SCEA) would like to bring you updates of some of the many positive events that are taking place within our school district with which teachers are involved. In...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    Life    February 2, 2023 

Ask the Williamsburgers

I recently went to Zmac’s Riverside Grill in Hollidaysburg with my mom and my friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday. On the menu, they had Barney sandwiches. For those of you who don’t speak fluent Williamsburg – Barneys are roast beef...

 

Burning Questions: Cove Fire Chiefs, Firefighters, Residents Recall Worst Fires

A Morrisons Cove hairdresser missed a couple evenings and weekends in turning back the thermostat in her shop from 72 degrees to 68 and her electric bill came in $100 higher than anticipated. Another...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 3, 1898 Thursday afternoon of last week Oliver Butler of Rodman Furnace was the victim of a shooting accident. He, with a number of others, were having a shooting match at Plane 10. Butler was lying on the ground, taking aim for a...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 8, 1972 The camp retreat center at Camp Blue Diamond near Petersburg was struck by lightning on Friday evening. The bolt hit two large pine trees, knocking one over and shattering the other. The lightning’s energy entered the ground...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 9, 1923 Students at the Martinsburg Grammar School planned a literary program to be given on Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Students were planning a debate of “Resolved, That Lincoln was a Greater Man than Washington.” On...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 12, 1998 A. J. Nastasi, a senior at Northern Bedford County High School, broke the state scoring record for high school basketball when he hit 3,609 points during a game against Everett.. The game was stopped for a 25 minute ceremony...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 12, 1948 In an attempt to prevent local wildlife from starving in the sub-zero weather and heavy snows, 3,600 pounds of grain was distributed from the Blair County Airport at Martinsburg. The grain was scattered in areas where the...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 7, 2013 Joyce Paden, library director at the Martinsburg Community Library, announced she was retiring on June 30. Paden began working at the library 40 years earlier as the assistant to Mary Creps. In 1978, when Creps retired, Paden...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 27, 1898 Just before going to press, we learned of the death of Isaac Smith, an old bachelor resident of Huston township. He was found at noon today, Thursday, lying upon the floor of his shanty in an unconscious state, with his head...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 1, 1973 Two insurance companies pledged $2,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for fires that destroyed a church, a house and two barns in the Blue Knob area....

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 2, 1923 Loysburg was experiencing a typhoid fever scare, the epidemic being traced to polluted water. Five members of the Metzger family were taken to the Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring, and Misses Grace and Helen Woodcock were...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 5, 1998 Nicole Over of Woodbury recently returned from a two-week trip to the International Leadership Conference for State FFA Officers in Germany. She stayed with a family of five in the tiny village of Naunhof near Grossenhaim....

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 8, 1948 Cove folks were still toasting their toes in the oven of the old kitchen range–after the winter’s coldest weather–when they got the bad news on Ground Hog Day that there were six more weeks of wild weather on the way....

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 31, 2013 Isaac Stern, a senior at Northern Bedford High School, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Shippensburg University. Stern played shortstop and second base for the Panthers. Three people were arrested in connection...

 

Love Is In the Air, Just Ask The Williamsburgers

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is a few short weeks away already. I feel like 2023 just started. So, for the next few weeks getting ready for the “day of love” – or at least that’s how I explain it to my preschoolers – I am...

 
 By KATHY MELLOTT    Life    January 26, 2023

Blair County the 'Jewel' Of Pennsylvania in 1946

Roberts, the Pittsburgh-based jewelry company that was called “the oldest in America” in 1946, described Blair County as the jewel of all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. In an advertising booklet aimed at spreading the word about this long-held...

 

Farm Show Sights

Dessie Carpenter, the Herald's composing manager, attended the PA Farm Show on Friday. She snapped some photos on her trip, including the good-looking Holstein in the top left photo. The photo above...

 

Biddle's Brewing to Focus on Community

Mike and Britt Biddle recently bought the former First National Bank building to turn it into a permanent home of Biddle's Brewing. "We are just super fortunate," Britt said. The bank building is...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers

More often than not, we are blessed with the people we have and know in our lives. We often don’t realize how much of an impact they’ve had on our lives until they are gone and we can’t tell them. This sad but truthful notion inspired my very...

 
 By KATHY MELLOTT    Life    January 19, 2023

Jewelry Company's Old Ads Feature Bedford County

Advertising: the method used by businesses to catch the public eye regarding goods or services being offered. Advertising is everywhere one looks today, but was a challenge for many two centuries ago when newspapers and roadside signs were among the...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 20, 1898 High winds did considerable damage in Williamsburg Thursday morning. The county election booth was lifted into the air, hurled around and hurled to the earth again with such force as to make kindling wood of it. A singular...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 25, 1973 James Brierley, who spent time in the Cove as a Chilean Rotary exchange student during the 1967-68 school year, returned with his wife to visit his host family. Mr. Brierley lived with the James Hershberger family in...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 26, 1923 Miss Louise Mentzer, who finished her course of training in the South Side Hospital in Pittsburgh, returned to her home in Martinsburg. Her first patient was her brother George Mentzer, who was critically ill with pneumonia....

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 29, 1998 Nason Hospital was planning to challenge a decision by the Blair County Board of Commissioners to place the hospital on the property tax rolls. Both Nason and Tyrone hospitals were asked to make payments in lieu of real...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 29, 1948 Fires broke out across the Cove as the temperatures plummeted. In Williamsburg the Zimmerman Store on West Second Street suffered $1,000 in losses. The store was on the first floor and an apartment occupied by the Joseph Boyd...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 24, 2013 Burket-Falls Elevation Sophia, a late Holstein bred and owned by John Burket of East Freedom RR was chosen by the Pennsylvania Holstein Association as one of its favorite cows of all time. Sophia was born August 8, 1974 and...

 

Biddle's Brewing Makes Bank

Mike and Britt Biddle (shown) of Biddle's Brewing announced that they bought the old First National Bank building and will turn it into a coffee shop. Construction has already begun on the building...

 
 By KATHY MELLOTT    Life    January 12, 2023

Soon to be Sowing Seeds: Check the Catalog

They usually start arriving just before the new year and are often hidden beneath the end of year bills, credit card offers and unsolicited health care plans. The annual deluge of seed and plant catalogs is in full swing and for the gardening lovers...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 13, 1898 Mrs. Mary Benson, an esteemed old lady, died at her residence, South Market street, on Wednesday evening, aged 72 years. Her death was caused by paralysis. Funeral in the Lutheran church, Saturday at 10 a.m. Services to be...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 18, 1973 Ralph Harstrom, 23, of Beavertown was confronted by three escapees from the Huntingdon state prison who forced him to drive them to Philadelphia. Harstrom told the Herald that the prisoners gave him directions to a street...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 19, 1923 A number of Cove men attended the inauguration of Governor Gifford Pinchot at Harrisburg on Tuesday, January 16. In his inaugural address he promised the Volstead dry act (prohibition) would be enforced to the letter. The...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Jan 22, 1998 The Spring Cove School Board accepted the resignation of Janet. B. Zimmerman as a part-time school nurse. The position was to be filled by the transfer of Heidi Detwiler from her part-time RN/nurse aide position to the...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 22, 1948 In Martinsburg the temperatures on Monday were anywhere between 10 to 20 degrees below zero. The paper mill in Williamsburg reported a morning temperature of 20 degrees below. Frozen pipes kept plumbers busy and most of the...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 17, 2013 Snider Homestead Farm took both the Guernsey grand and reserved grand championships at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Hard Core Farm’s Fisher family swept the Milking Shorthorn competition. Emergency personnel...

 

How Students Can Prepare For Standardized Tests

Standardized tests remain a significant part of the academic experience for millions of students at all grade levels. Though many colleges and universities no longer require the SAT or ACT for admissi...

 

Travel Opportunities For Retirees

Retirement provides individuals with ample time to engage in activities they enjoy. Many seniors spend that newfound free time relaxing and seeing the sights. Seniors are a travel-friendly demographic. The World Tourism Organization says that, in...

 

Ask the Williamsburgers: One Last Look Back

Many of us can’t wait to say goodbye to the previous year and hello to this “new year, new me” mentality. However, for some, 2022 had lots of great moments, and that’s what inspired my question for this week – what was your favorite or...

 

Turning Trash Into Treasure: Trail Town Treasures Opens

It's often been said that someone's trash is another person's treasure. For Williamsburg resident Judy Hanna, this couldn't be more true. The self-proclaimed "dumpster diver" enjoys turning someone...

 
 By KATHY MELLOTT    Life    January 5, 2023

Winter Trends in Pennsylvania Continue from 1800s

The bitter cold days experienced in Morrisons Cove over Christmas generated conversations recalling similar blustery days of three decades ago. But weather of two centuries ago also comes to mind. While this attempt at weather conversation falls...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 6, 1898 Frank Corriger, aged 55, was fatally shot while attending a party at Carlim, near Williamsburg, on Sunday afternoon. The gun was said to be in the hands of Joseph Fonner, a fellow quarry employee. The men were drinking at the...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 11, 1973 Paul Stankiewicz, former assistant postmaster at Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, has been named officer in charge at the Williamsburg Post Office. Nicholas A. Morelli, former Williamsburg postmaster, was named officer in...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 12, 1923 A fire in Altoona destroyed the Goldstein business block at 1313 Eleventh Avenue. In addition to the loss of the Goldstein building and all the clothing and merchandise inside, the Bon Ton store was gutted and all merchandise...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 15, 1998 Todd Dishong of Williamsburg was back from a two-week trip to China with members of Bible Carriers International. Dishong made the trip as a part of a local missionary support team called CROSS (Christian Rangers on Special...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 8, 1948 Dr. George E. Espy announced plans to open a veterinary practice in Morrisons Cove. A graduate of Penn State and the University of Penn, he served in the veterinary corps of the Army, stationed in Newfoundland, Iceland, and...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Jan. 10, 2013 Mary McConnell Bailey, a New York City heiress who passed away in 2011 at the age of 88, had ties to the Morrisons Cove area through her mother, Sara, who was a member of the D.M. Bare family. D.M. Bare was the founder of...

 

Partying at the Park

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park had events for days leading up to the New Year's Eve celebration. About 300 people made their way to the park on New Year's Eve to bowl or roller skate. The park also...

 

Luminaries for the New Year

Lori and Scott Douglas of New Enterprise put out their luminaries for New Year's Eve, as Christmas Eve was too windy and cold....

 

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...

 

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