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 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020 

Man Accused of Stealing from Through, Inc. Office

An Altoona man is awaiting a preliminary hearing for a third-degree felony charge of criminal trespass. According to police records, on March 10, Clinton Matthew Edwards, 35, Altoona, entered the Through, Inc. building at 2829 Everett Road, East...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020 

Local Residents Pitch In By Making Masks

Nancy Hershberger of Breezewood, a member of the Log House Quilt Guild of Johnstown, learned through an email from another member of the guild, of a shortage of protective masks at a local healthcare...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

The Print Edition of the Herald is Smaller This Week

If you picked up a printed copy of the Herald, you might notice that your Herald is two sections of six pages each this week, instead of the usual two sections of eight pages. This happened for two reasons: One is that we’ve seen a pretty steep...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    April 9, 2020 

State Police Warn of Man Impersonating Trooper

Pennsylvania State Police, Bedford, is investigating reports of someone impersonating a police officer. According to police, at 10:30 p.m., April 1, a white male described as being between 30 and 40 years old, with a goatee, wearing a dark-blue...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

PSU Extension Offers Free Online Courses

As a way to support its customers during the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State Extension is offering its library of online courses at no cost through April. The deadline to register is April 30. “Tackling today’s problems to secure a better...

 
 By AAA East Central    News    April 9, 2020 

Gas Demand Hits a Nearly 30-Year Low

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is four cents cheaper this week at $2.183 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Eight Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states still have gas price averages of $2 per...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 9, 2020 

Woodbury Township (Blair) Accepts Bid for Stone

The Woodbury Township supervisors opened three bids for stone during the regular meeting April 2. The township had bids from Grannas Bros., New Enterprise S&L and Glenn Hawbaker. The supervisors awarded the contract for stone to Grannas Bros.,...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Williamsburg Cancels Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club and the Lion’s Club in Williamsburg has been canceled for this year. The hunt was scheduled for Saturday, April 11....

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Funding Available to Help Volunteer Fire Companies Battle Wildfires

The Wolf Administration April 6 announced funding now is available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities increase protections from wildfires. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Police Reports

Theft Pennsylvania State Police, Bedford, were dispatched at approximately 6:36 p.m. March 5, to a residence on Lime Kiln Road, Woodbury Township for a report of theft. Two Husqvarna chainsaws valued at $750 were stolen from the victim’s farm....

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Blair, Bedford Counties Both Losing Population

The U.S. Census Bureau on March 26 released estimates of the total population as of July 1, 2019 at the county level. The data show that in Pennsylvania, the fastest growing counties since 2010 are...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Pandemic Shows Need for Internet Capacity

In 2019, the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) was awarded a grant to inventory existing broadband assets in the region, identify gaps in internet service, and develop a plan for improving broadband services. As part...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Burn Ban Lifted in Greenfield Township

The Board of Supervisors lifted the burn ban in effect in Greenfield Township at the April 7 meeting. The supervisors urge residents to take extra precautions when burning. Please follow these precautions: • Only burn on non-windy days and when...

 
 News    April 9, 2020 

Sheriff Warns of Jury Duty Scam

The Blair County Sheriff's Office, James E. Ott, sheriff, has issued a scam alert reminder. The office is continuing to receive reports that residents may receive a phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as a deputy of the Blair County Sh...

 

Roaring Spring Woman Charged with Felony Case of Child Endangerment

A Roaring Spring woman is awaiting a preliminary hearing on felony charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment. Breanne Louise Hoover, 25, of Roaring Spring, is being charged with aggravated assault to a victim less than 13, endangering the...

 

Music Association Names Sheehan President-Elect

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently announced that Scott Sheehan, director of bands and Music Department chairman at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, was named the...

 

Cleaning Up Peach Trees

After a 40 year-career as a dairy farmer, Paul Fox stays busy working at Peach Hill Orchard near Curryville. In the accompanying photo, Fox is tending the peach trees after they have been...

 

Area Students Named to Fall Dean s List at IUP

The following students from Blair County have been named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean’s list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25 or...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel District Cafeteria Prices Unchanged for 2020-21

Cafeteria prices in the Claysburg-Kimmel School District will once again remain unchanged for the upcoming school year. The C-K School Board approved the prices for 2020-21 during its March meeting. The prices have been stable since 2016-17. Breakfas...

 

The Herald Announces Changes to the Cove Calendar

Publisher Allan J. Bassler has announced changes to the Cove Calendar, Williamsburg Calendar and the creation of a Faith Calendar, effective April 2, 2020. “These changes are intended to provide the community with more accurate information about...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    April 2, 2020

Williamsburg Teachers 'Set Sail'

"It brought tears to my eyes," Williamsburg resident Marge Troxell said as she watched the teachers of the Williamsburg Community School District during the "Welcome Back to a Different Kind of...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    April 2, 2020

Where's the Williamsburg Calendar?

As Williamsburg, the Cove and community journalism changes, the Herald must change with them. One of the changes that we are making is to wrap the Williamsburg calendar into the Cove Calendar. We’re trying to simplify and clarify the Herald’s...

 

Pa. State Police Welcomes New Troopers

Commissioner Robert Evanchick announced on Friday, March 27, that 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 158th graduating cadet class. In...

 

Funding Available to Help Volunteer Fire Companies Battle Wildfires

The Wolf Administration April 6 announced funding now is available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities increase protections from wildfires. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50...

 

Pa. Gov. Wolf Extends K-12 School Closures Indefinitely

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania K-12 schools to remain closed until further notice. Gov. Wolf made the announcement during a press conference on Monday afternoon, March 30....

 

Sheetz Launches Free Meal Program for Children in Need

On April 1, Sheetz, a restaurant and convenience chain across the Mid-Atlantic, announced a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all...

 

Department of Human Services Creates Online Tool for Essential Workers to Find Child Care Providers

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) on March 27 announced a new tool available on the department’s website designed to help essential workers connect with child-care providers that have been granted a waiver by the department’s...

 

COVID-19 BEDFORD COUNTY COURT UPDATE

The 57th Judicial District (Bedford County) has implemented policies in the Common Pleas Courts, Magisterial District Judge Courts, and court-related departments (Probation and Parole and Domestic Relations) in an effort to reduce the possibility of...

 

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

On March 25, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business...

 

Scarlet Dragon Packs to Distribute Food April 3

Due to school closures, The Scarlet Dragon Packs will be distributing weekend food bags for students enrolled in the program at three locations on Friday, April 3, at the following locations: East Freedom: Through Inc. building (former East Freedom...

 

What I Understand So Far

I was smart enough to get out of graduate school alive, but I've never been one with a quick wit. So it often takes me a while to puzzle through things. With the flood of information coming out about...

 

Reports: All of PA now under stay-at-home order

The Altoona Mirror and other news sources are reporting that Gov. Tom Wolf on April 1, 2020, placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home. The Mirror is reporting that Gov. Wolf expanded "the geographic footprint of the quarantine as...

 

Work Continues on PennDOT Emergency and Critical Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced March 31 that 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active statewide this week. While the normal highway and bridge construction program has paused as the...

 

Blair County Courthouse is Closed to the Public

The Blair County Board of Commissioners on Friday, March 20, voted unanimously to close the courthouse to the Public in an effort to minimize the COVID-19 exposure to the employees carrying out the...

 

Updates, Cancellations and Closures - March 26-April 1

This is a list of closings, cancelations and updates for the Morrisons Cove, Claysburg and Williamsburg areas. The Herald will update this list as we receive information. Please check back frequently. --------------- Pennsylvania announces the...

 

The Herald is Hanging On – For Now

For an industry that is based on telling people what’s going on right now, the news media is sometimes not very good at looking ahead. We here at the Herald are trying to look ahead, but it’s hard to bring things into focus. One thing is clear...

 

Spring Cove School District Announces Virtual Spirit Week

As the Spring Cove School District kicks off remote learning at home, the community has been invited to join the district’s staff and students in participating in fun theme days through SCSD Virtual Spirit Week, while staying home, staying safe...

 

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 560 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 1,687

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today, March 26, confirmed as of midnight, March 26, that there are 560 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,687 in 48 countie...

 

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 531 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 2,218

he Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of midnight March 27, that there are 531 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,218 in 50 counties. The...

 

Claysburg Education Foundation to Hold Summer STEM Arts Program

Claysburg Education Foundation Announces 2020 Summer STEM Arts Program The Claysburg Education Foundation is pleased to announce a 12-day “Stem and the Arts 2020 Program.”   The dates will be June 15-18, July 6-9 and July 20-23 at the...

 

The Herald Announces Changes to the Cove Calendar

Publisher Allan J. Bassler has announced changes to the Cove Calendar, Williamsburg Calendar and the creation of a Faith Calendar. “These changes are intended to provide the community with more accurate information about Cove events,” Bassler...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Cove Adapts to Virus-Related Restrictions As Life Goes On

The Spring Cove School District began providing free lunches to any child age 18 or under (including preschoolers and toddlers) at three outdoor locations across the district on Monday, March 23. Thes...

 

Freedom Twp.'s New Fire Truck

The Freedom Township Fire Department, East Freedom, recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art 1,800-gallon water tanker from 4 Guys in Meyersdale. The new tanker includes a 1,000-gallon-per-minute...

 

United Way Launches Relief Fund Campaign

United Way of Blair County Launches Campaign to Create COVID-19 Relief Fund United Way of Blair County is focused on meeting critical needs in the community. This is especially true now during these uncertain times. Many community members are...

 

Pa. Milk Marketing Board Issues Over-Order Premium

At a March 19, 2020, special sunshine meeting held via teleconference, the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) adopted Official General Order A-1005, establishing an over-order premium of $1.00 per hundredweight effective April 1, 2020. The...

 

DCNR Extends Closure Of Pa. Parks, Forest Facilities Statewide

On Monday, March 23, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30 to help slow the spread of...

 

Troopers Issue 27 Warnings on First Day of Enforcement

The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken against non-life-sustaining businesses who failed to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations. Enforcement began on Monday, March 23, 2020. There were two...

 

Officials: Don't Call 911 with Complaints

Blair County Emergency Management is urging individuals not to call 911 to report businesses not complying with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order. The closure of non-life sustaining businesses is a measure that has been taken to control the spread of a...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Cove Adapts to Virus-Related Restrictions As Life Goes On

The Spring Cove School District began providing free lunches to any child age 18 or under (including preschoolers and toddlers) at three outdoor locations across the district on Monday, March 23. These locations are Martinsburg Elementary School,...

 

HHS Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults in Pa.

On Tuesday, March 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. Pennsylvania received a grant for...

 

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