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  • 125 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    No Herald on file for May 4, this is from April 20. 1899. Harry Allender and Marion Patterson were buying up goods for their new Williamsburg grocery store. They were to occupy the building formerly used by Patterson’s undertaking establishment. Issac Bayer was remodeling the cellar and porch of his Loysburg home. S.F. Gates, one of Waterside’s prominent citizens, representing Woodcock & Curry, woolen manufacturers, announced that he would be a candidate for sheriff of Bedford County on the Republican ticket. Gov. Stone signed a bill ext...

  • 50 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 2, 1974 Nason Hospital created the new position of assistant administrator, and officials named John Kinney of Ohio to fill the position. In a separate note, Helen Beach of Martinsburg, director of nursing, announced her resignation, and Zelda Teeter was named interim director. About 350 persons attended the dedication service for the new church building at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg. The Most Rev. James J. Hogan, bishop for the Altoona- Johnstown Diocese, conducted Mass. A team of 30 men and 10 vehicles f...

  • 100 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 2, 1924 About 150 patrons and friends attended the surprise reception at the high school for Miss Emma Benson, a retiring teacher 42 years of service in school work. Twenty -seven were spent in the borough schools. A purse of $150 in gold was presented by her pastor, Rev. D.L. Shaffer. A black and gold banner with her named the number of years was made by the freshman girls and given earlier that week. While loading a railroad car in the Hollidaysburg shops. Charles Reighard of Bakers Summit was struck and killed by a shifting...

  • 25 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 6, 1999 Appleton Papers said it would invest $4.5 million to eliminate the use of elemental chlorine and sodium hypochlorite in the bleach plant at the Roaring Spring mill. The bleach plant conversion was one of six projects that were part of a $17.4 million investment in the pulp mill portion of the Roaring Spring. The Blair County Airport celebrated 50 years of commercial air service at the facility with a schedule of events planned over two days. Precipitation during the month of April totaled 8.02 inches. That was the highest...

  • 75 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of May 5, 1949 W. Michael Bechtel, supervisor of agriculture at Morrison Cove High School for 22 years, resigned the position to organize a new agricultural department in Saltsburg High School, Indiana County. Kenneth Wilson, 17, won honorable mentions through the Scholastic Creative Music Awards sponsored by Scholastic Magazines for his song the Lord is King with piano accompaniment and for a piano solo. He was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. M.G. Wilson of Martinsburg. John Hoover Kensinger, 76, former Martinsburg postmaster, died May 2...

  • 10 Years Ago

    May 2, 2024

    Herald of Dec. 26, 2014 The Kulp family of Mar- tinsburg RR hosted the sec- ond stop of the Center for Dairy Excellence’s Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Tour on April 11. Twenty-one high school students participated. The Spring Cove School Board voted to approve the realignment of the district and the K4 program at Mon- day’s meeting, April 28. The realignment and K4 program will initiate in the fall 2015 for the 2015-16 school year. U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) stopped in Roaring Spring Friday, April 25, to tour the App...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 25, 2024

    Herald of April 20, 1899 The grocery store of D.R. Ebersole at Lafayetteville was nearly destroyed by fire. The roof, rafters and gable ends of the upper floor were consumed in the flames. With hard work of neighbors, the flames were extinguished and the other buildings saved, but the stock was considerably damaged. Mr. Ebersole was not home at the time of the blaze. The fire was attributed to sparks from an engine going along the road, as there was no fire in the store for several days. Henry Heltzel and Charley Snyder moved their saw mill...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 25, 2024

    Herald of April 25, 1974 Employees of Westvaco Corp. in Williamsburg were presented with certificates of commendaton from the National Safety Council for having no disabling injuries over a two-year time period, which included over 646,000 man-hours. Martinsburg Mayor Richard Moore honored borough employee Levi Wagner at a meeting of the Southcentral Pennsylvania Boroughs Association. Mr. Wagner was retiring after 41 years of service with the borough. Jean Patterson of Roaring Spring accepted a secretarial position with the U.S. Embassy in the...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 25, 2024

    Herald of April 25, 1924 The third annual school day was held at Cove High on April 15. About 450 joined in games and field events for young and old, both patrons and pupils. The baseball game between Huston and North Woodbury townships was the first morning event with North Woodbury the winner. A dozen schools were represented, and the top winner was the Curryville school. The champion girl was Anna Fluke and the boy was Frank Imler, both from the winning school. The New Enterprise High track team looked forward to participating in the second...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 25, 2024

    Herald of April 29, 1999 The Spring Cove School District paid tribute to three of the Cove’s pioneer educators at a ceremony at the middle school. Honored were Edward E. Byers, the founder of Morrison Cove High School; D.L. Shaffer, a principal and teacher at that school; and A. Emmert Frederick, a teacher at Cove High School and Roaring Spring High School. The Blair County Airport Authority voted 6-2 to authorize the signing of a contract that would turn over day-to-day operation of the airport to a private firm, Comarco Service of Marina D...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 25, 2024

    Herald of April 28, 1949 A raging forest fire in the Woodbury Barrens destroyed 200 acres of woodlands in the heart of the Cove’s “deer country” and severely burned a sawmill operation. Fifty men marshaled by fire wardens Fred Kyler Benjamin Brumbaugh brought the fire under control by back firing. The fire was near the Blair-Bedford line between Baker Summit and Woodbury. Corena L. Sollenberger of Williamsburg was named editor of the “Scout,” a handbook for freshman at Juniata College. A junior at Juniata, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs....

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 25, 2024

    Herald of April 24, 2014 Northern Bedford’s 2014 Dance-a-Thon raised more than $28,248. That brought the six-year total of the event to more than $100,000. Funds raised by the event benefited the American Cancer Society and the family of Teagan Imler, 7, of Everett, who was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy this past year. On Sunday, April 27, Rev. Larry Graybill preached his last sermon as pastor of the Woodbury Church of the Brethren. After 42 years in the ministry – 29 in Woodbury. Doug and Veronica Smith, Martinsburg, welco...

  • A Martinsburg Boy's Memories and Stories from the 1950s

    John Bush|Apr 25, 2024

    John Bush was raised in Martinsburg and graduated from Central High in 1961. He spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He has many memories as a boy in the 1950s that give some insight to the people and culture of Martinsburg in the 1950s. John likes to tell stories and over the years he has repeated the stories of his youth many times. His belief is that those years in Martinsburg influenced him all of his life. Some of the stories are historical in nature, some are colorful, and some are personal. He wishes that you enjoy...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 20, 1899 A fine snow fell on Sunday morning, April 16. Several parties that had set out for church were obliged to turn back. Dr. S.M. Royer had a new shingle roof place on his residence in Martinsburg. D.L. Brumbaugh, formerly of the Cove, was elected treasurer of the city of Denison, Texas, where he was employed as assistant cashier in the First National Bank. Farmers in the Larker area were busy plowing for oats and corn. Trout fishermen in the Maria area reported successful catches of the speckled beauties from Potter...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 18, 1974 A violent storm on Easter evening that included winds of near tornado force caused wide spread property damage throughout the area. The most serious damage was seen at the Blair County Airport, where four airplanes were damaged after they were torn from their tie-downs by the wind. Also, a mobile home owned by Robert McConahy of Roaring Spring RD was wrecked by the wind, but the family was not home and no one was hurts. Hershberger Memorial Pool made plans to raise fees for the summer from 50 cents to 75 cents for...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 18, 1924 The comedy, “All a Mistake” at Woodbury High School was so well done that a repeat performance was requested. Sponsored by the PTA, many ticket holders were unable to attend because of the measles quarantines at area homes. The cast of the production, directed by D.F. Bassler, included Clyde Sell, Wilbur Stayer, Clifford Brown, Lester Sell, Vina Lecrone, Hazel Hoover, Mary Keiper and Evalyn McMahon. Proprietor G.R. Hoover opened the Martinsburg Milling Co. for business, doing all kinds of grinding for farmers and mak...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 22, 1999 Melanie Clapper, 26, a Northern Bedford High School junior, was selected to participate in the 1999 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies. The Governor’s School for International Studies was scheduled to take place June 27 through July 13. An anonymous donor made it possible for children to enjoy a 60-foot water slide at Hershberger Memorial Pool. The donation was in the amount of $30,000 and the slide was $23,000. The remaining money was used to make the slide operational. The pool committee was hop...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 21, 1949 Morrisons Cove was to go on “fast time” or Daylight Savings Time at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 24, under protest. In retaliation for the handicap imposed on farmers “who must farm according to the sun and not the clock,” fishing was being prohibited on many Huston Township farms where hundreds of fishermen were expected. Other farmers planned to barricade their lanes which would be blocked by dozens of automobiles. Clarence E. Hoover, proprietor of the Bare Milling Co., was elected president of the Roaring Spring Rotary...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    Herald of April 17, 2014 Earl Springer of Martinsburg accepted the 2014 Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America Businessperson of the Year Award on April 7 in Her- shey. “It was quite an honor,” said Springer, who was nominated for the award by the Claysburg-Kimmel High School FBLA chapter. Claysburg PAST (Pre- serving artifacts, stories and traditions) would have a new concept in its history tours on Saturday, April 26. The three-hour bus tour would cover the Queen, Klahr, Bullscreek and Friesville areas. The organization has held two...

  • A Martinsburg Boy's Memories and Stories from the 1950s

    John Bush|Apr 18, 2024

    SUMMER JOBS IN THE 1950s John Bush was raised in Martinsburg and graduated from Central High in 1961. He spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He has many memories as a boy in the 1950s that give some insight to the people and culture of Martinsburg in the 1950s. John likes to tell stories and over the years he has repeated the stories of his youth many times. His belief is that those years in Martinsburg influenced him all of his life. Some of the stories are historical in nature, some are colorful, and some are personal. He...

  • What's the Word in Williamsburg?

    Apr 18, 2024

    Donations Accepted The Williamsburg Civic Club opened up a checking account at PennCrest Bank, Williamsburg to help aid the Bingham family following their house fire last week. Those who wish to help can also mail a donation to the bank at 101 High Street, Williamsburg PA 16693, marked as a donation for the Bingham family....

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 13, 1899 Charles O. Spillman of Martinsburg W. Va., was appointed cashier of the newly organized Morrisons Cove Bank in Martinsburg, Pa. Three-year-old Jasper, son of John K. and Hannah S. Loose, died of scarlet fever at his home in Larke after a five-week illness. Renzie Ferry, teacher of the Lafayetteville School, left to attend Millersville Normal School. E.S. Rice was to finish the term. Alice, the little daughter of Dr. W.A. Nason, was critically ill with whooping cough. The Blank Book Co., anticipated a strike in the coal...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 11, 1974 State senatorial candidate Roy Ogburn of Somerset County and his opponent in the primary, Robert Jubelirer of Altoona, both spoke at the Morrisons Cove Republican Club. Ogburn, who had walked over Tussey Mountain on Route 164 as part of his 200-mile walk across the senatorial district, came under attack from Jubelirer for allegedly bringing undue pressure from federal officials to bear in the campaign. Paul J. Fisher, music teacher at the Spring Cove Junior High School, announced plans to retire at the end of the year...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 11, 1924 Sixty members heard the Ladies Hospital Association report that payment was made for the new x-ray machine and fluoroscope at a cost of $1,667.75. Interior painting and decorating in all rooms, wards, offices and halls covered a three-month period. Realizing the hardship the expenses were to the association, three anonymous gifts in the amount of $1,100 were received from “good friends” of the ladies. Inspection of the x-ray and hospital day on May 11. Mrs. Daniel Rock of Roaring Spring presented the Herald staff wit...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 15, 1999 Morrisons Cove Memorial Park took advantage of its 16th annual fundraising dinner, Celebration ‘99, to announce the beginning of a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million over the next two years to pay off the park’s debt and make a variety of improvements to facilities. Approximately 140 persons paid $150 per couple to attend the fundraising dinner, which paid tribute to the Martinsburg Lions Club. Sheetz Inc. named it’s East Freedom store, located on Route 36 at McKee, as the “District Store of the Year for 1998....

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 14, 1949 Morrisons Cove’s lyric poet Mrs. Martin Croft, who wrote under the pen name of Mary Ellen Jackson received a complimentary note from the 90-year-old Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw. “Homeless Hector,” the truant hawk being trained by Edward Henry of Martinsburg returned home after a lively pursuit from a dozen Martinsburg boys. The hawk had escaped from its young master a week earlier. David M. Adams, Herald columnist, published a book, “A Historical Summary of Southern Morrisons Cove Towns.” Williams H. Burket...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 11, 2024

    Herald of April 10, 2014 Porcine Epidemic Diar - rhea virus (PEDV) is a wide- spread, highly contagious disease infecting pigs in 28 confirmed states, including Pennsylvania. There have been 73 ac- cessions confirmed in Penn- sylvania. Sources have not yet confirmed any in the Cove area. June Rose (Kells) Johnston of Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of Juniata, will celebrate her 103rd birthday Saturday, April 12, 2014. The induction ceremony for the Claysburg area’s first hall of fame class was held Saturday, April 5, at the C...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 6, 1899 Many Herald correspondents reported family moves to new residences that took place on the traditional moving day of April 1. An Easter service was held at 5 a.m. at the Reformed Church in Martinsburg. The pastor announced he would deliver an afternoon sermon in German. S.S. Brumbaugh purchased the Fyock mansion at Brumbaugh and was using it as the home for a new employee, Reuben Pressel. Jesse L. Hartman was elected Republican Party chairman for Blair County. A. Margagee of Curryville bought a horse for $100 and a cow...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 7, 1974 Roaring Spring Borough Council voted to advertise for bids for the development of Nason Woods as a community park but decided to devote more study to the project before proceeding further. Blair County Red Cross officials presented Mrs. Miriam Lehman of Martinsburg with an engraved silver plate at the Sunday worship service at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in recognition of her 15 years of service as a blood program volunteer. Clark Aviation of Harrisburg announced plans to operate eight Allegheny Airlines commuter f...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 4, 1924 North Woodbury Grangers had a lengthy program in the Odd Fellow Hall that featured a debate on whether the divorce law should be more stringent. Speaking in the affirmative were Paul Bailey, M.H. Hartman and E.K. Metzler. Taking the opposition were Guy Barley, W. K. Nicodemus and S.L. Haffly. A.B. Dilling of the Gem Poultry Farm near Martinsburg planned custom hatching every fourth day during the season. The price was $4.30 per tray of 144 eggs. H.H. Lykens had “Good Gulf Gas” for sale at his service station. Act...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April 8, 1999 The Central High School cheerleading squad earned first place in its division at the Colonial Cheer Challenge in Williamsburg, Va. The CHS team also accomplished another feat at the event, earning the top score among all 71 teams at the competition, which included squads from Maine to Florida. Central senior Chris Tucker qualified to participate in All State Band while CHS junior Emily Mingle and Northern Bedford senior Philip Graybill earned a spot in the All State Chorus at Villanova University. Becky Holsinger, 15,...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April, 7 1949 Edward Henry of Martinsburg was seeking the return of a Cooper’s Hawk, which had been training in falconry since January. The bird had learned to jump from his hand, encased in a heavy leather glove, to the ground and then to return on command. The hawk had flown into the large picture window of the Howard Kerr home in January and was temporarily knocked unconscious. Dr. Kerr placed it in a basket and turned it over to Dr. Harry E. Henry, deputy game protector and Edward’s father. The Martinsburg Community Library was...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Apr 4, 2024

    Herald of April , 2014 Alicia McNally, formerly of Roaring Spring RR, was pictured in dressed a traditional hanbok dress while visiting Korea in 2013. McNally joined other Korean adoptees in a “motherland trip” to reconnect with their birth country. Her story, which earned her and the Herald an honorable mention in the 2014 Professional Keystone Press Award Contest, recounted the emotional return to Korea, the pain of not belonging and the joy of realizing she was not alone. Northern Bedford’s popular cabinetmaking class for adults was offer...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Mar 28, 2024

    Herald of March 30, 1899 Fruit Growers in the Cove reported that they expected an excellent apple crop because the cold weather of late winter had kept the sap from rising too early. Blair Hershberger and Harry Jamison of Loysburg were planning to go to North Dakota to seek employement. Rev. John J. Holsinger was boiling maple syrup at Bakers Summit. Curryville was reported to be furnishing more milk to Altoona than any other place. D.Z. Pote of Bakers Summit, a respected citizen, retired to bed in good health and arose the next morning to...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Mar 28, 2024

    Herald of March 28, 1974 The high cost of building materials and high mortgage rates were believed to have led to the drop in new construction in the area. However, area builders and bankers agreed that the decline being seen locally was not as drastic as that in other areas. The Central High School FFA group won first place in the Blair County Parliamentary Procedure Contest. Central’s Gerald Smith took first place and Kenneth Cherry took third place in the FFA’s public speaking contest. Central High School senior Sally Creps was selected to...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Mar 28, 2024

    Herald of March 28, 1924 The Fairview Cemetery Association arranged for owners to endow their lots for future upkeep with the purchase of tax free bonds. Only the interest would be used for grave upkeep, especially on plots of friends who no longer had caretakers. Urging the bond purchase, Secretary D.R. Earlenbaugh felt that “whatever we do for the dead, we do for ourselves, and Fairview would remain a worthy monument to Martinsburg and vicinity. Two newly appointed Woodbury pastors delivered their first Sunday sermons: Rev. D.I. Pepple at t...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Mar 28, 2024

    Herald of April 1, 1999 The Northern Bedford School Board named William E. Wade of State College as district superintendent. Wade would succeed Dr. David Smith on July 1. In what was probably a first among police departments in the local area, the Freedom Township Police Department established a Web page on the Internet. It included information on the history of the department and photos of the department’s officers, car and badge. Users could access security tips on credit cards, homes, and travel. Hillcrest Pharmacy on Nason Drive, Roaring S...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Mar 28, 2024

    Herald of March 31, 1949 Scheduled passenger service by All-American Airlines began Monday morning, March 28. Boarding the first plane to Philadelphia were Claude A. Hershberger, Leonard Stoudnour and Herbert Hoover of Martinsburg, Lester Williams, William Klevan, Dr. and Mrs. K.B. England and Lauer of Roaring Spring, and Edgar C. Magill of Duncansville, airport commissioner. Jesse Hoover of North Woodbury Township took the first plane to Harrisburg, Boarding the first westbound plane to Pittsburgh were Mrs. Blair M. Bice of Martinsburg and...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Mar 28, 2024

    Herald of March 27, 2014 A fire early Monday morning, March 24, at the HH Brown Work & Outdoor Group facility in Martinsburg, did not appear to be suspicious, officials said. Two Northern Bedford seniors have qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All State Festival and their parents couldn’t be more proud. Clay Wegrzynowicz, son of NB choral director Beth Hull, and Caleb Berry, son of NB band director Jerry Berry, will represent the district at the state level from March 26 to March 29 in Hershey. Caleb will play t...

  • A Martinsburg Boy's Memories and Stories from the 1950s

    Mar 28, 2024

    John Bush was raised in Martinsburg and graduated from Central High in 1961. He spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He has many memories as a boy in the 1950s that give some insight to the people and culture of Martinsburg in the 1950s. John likes to tell stories and over the years he has repeated the stories of his youth many times. His belief is that those years in Martinsburg influenced him all of his life. Some of the stories are historical in nature, some are colorful,...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Mar 21, 2024

    Herald of March 23, 1899 Stockholders of a newly organized Morrison Cove Bank met to elect directors and officers in the office of S.H. Lysinger, Esq. J.B. Skyles was elected president, J.C. Sanders, vice president, and H.S. Burket, secretary and treasurer. Other directors were A.O. Dilling, Martinsburg; W.A. Nicodemus, Curryville; E.A. Feight, Roaring Spring; and S.B. Fluke of Woodbury, who presided over the organization meeting. The bank was to open April 3 in the Martinsburg office of the earlier bank that had failed. D.C. Lippencott,...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Mar 21, 2024

    Herald of March 21, 1974 The Williamsburg High School Band, under the direction of James Gibboney, won first place from among 24 bands in the Limerick International Band Competition in Limerick, Ireland. The group which also participated in the St.Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin during the eight-day trip, was invited to return next year to defend its title. A fire in East Freedom destroyed the mobile home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holzer on March 18. Damage was set at $9,000, not including contents. The family had lived in the home for just two m...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Mar 21, 2024

    Herald of March 21, 1924 Taking advantage of the deep snow, a group of young people from Henrietta decided to go to Sunday School by sleigh. Spirits high, they started. First thing they knew, the sleigh upset and the horse ran off, dragging the sleigh a considerable distance. Finally the horse broke loose and left the sleigh on the road. No one was hurt in the mishap, but spirits were dampened and so were the Sunday clothes. Mill owners Clouse and Teeter installed a new spinner at the Waterside mill that would spin threads of yarn to the...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Mar 21, 2024

    Herald of March 25, 1999 Cub Scout Pack 57 in Roaring Spring celebrated 50 years of being chartered to Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring. Over the years the pack had 26 cubmasters and served hundreds of boys ages 6-11 from Roaring Spring, Martinsburg, Duncansville and even Altoona for a time. Shirley Kensinger of Roaring Spring succeeded the Rev. Timothy Knauss as president of Cove Lutheran Ministries, an outreach of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation of Morrisons Cove. Dollar General relocated next to...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Mar 21, 2024

    Herald of March 23, 1949 Isaac E. Stoner, foreman of the Herald’s mechanical department, celebrated his 80th birthday by turning in a full day’s work. Mr. Stoner, a retired Pennsylvania Railroad employee, was called back to the type cases during the war and stayed on the job ever after. A school bus bill requiring traffic to halt while school buses are loading or unloading passengers won the approval of the state house vehicles committee. The dirt was flying out of the basement of Martinsburg First Brethren Church as the result of a rem...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Mar 21, 2024

    Herald of March 26, 2014 Tuesday, March 25, was National Ag day. The for theme for the year was “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.” Agriculture is the largest part of Morrisons Cove’s identity. It is the blue-collar backbone that makes most everything else possible in the Cove and beyond. Domestic and wild ducks at the Spring Dam were killed using target arrows and blow darts, both steel and wooden. At least three had died, while others are walking around impaled.As the snow melted in the spring weather, more and more...

  • Clover Creek Welcomes First Calves of the Year

    Cati Keith, Staff Writer|Mar 21, 2024

    Clover Creek Cheese Cellar welcomed the first two calves of the year on the morning of Friday, March 8, to their 126-acre Ojala Farm in Williamsburg. Cheesemaker Anthony Rice, said their cow Mikaela gave birth to twins, a boy and girl. “The boy is Maldon and the girl is Mezcal,” he said. When naming the calves, they like to have the first letters match the mother’s. Rice said they had a calf guessing contest to see who could predict whether Mikaela would give birth to a boy or girl. “We have twi...

  • A Visit to Laverne's Produce Supply

    Cati Keith, Staff Writer|Mar 21, 2024

    Laverne Nolt of Laverne’s Produce Supply said that agriculture is always a challenge and there is never a normal year. “One time a guy asked me what a normal year is and I said I don’t know,” he said. On their farm they grow about 10 acres of watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins, and they have other fields to grow corn and soybeans. With the weather being warmer than usual, Nolt said they might see pests emerge earlier. “Especially with the vegetables, we get pests that come out early,” h...

  • A Martinsburg Boy's Memories and Stories from the 1950s

    Mar 21, 2024

    John Bush was raised in Martinsburg and graduated from Central High in 1961. He spent most of his adult life in the Pacific Northwest. He has many memories as a boy in the 1950s that give some insight to the people and culture of Martinsburg in the 1950s. John likes to tell stories and over the years he has repeated the stories of his youth many times. His belief is that those years in Martinsburg influenced him all of his life. Some of the stories are historical in nature, some are colorful,...

  • 2024 Spring Home Builder

    Cati Keith, Staff Writer|Mar 21, 2024

    Many local companies that specialize in windows, doors and siding, were talking about what was trending lately for homeowners at the Blair Home, Garden and Healthy Living Showcase at the Blair County Convention Center earlier this month. Shawnee Vinyl Shawnee Vinyl owner Jim Barnes said that a lot of people were looking for windows that are easy to clean and energy efficient. He said some other qualities that homeowners look at when buying windows is if the glass is able to reflect UV rays, is...

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