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 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    July 29, 2021 

Pennsylvania Announces New Nursing Home Regulations

Pennsylvania’s 72,000 nursing home residents could soon receive at least four hours of care, the Department of Health said Wednesday. The proposed regulation comes more than 20 years after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Ag Progress Days Exhibits Focus On Animal And Plant Diseases, Invasive Pests

Infectious and vector-borne animal and plant diseases, vaccination issues surrounding COVID-19, and the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly will take center stage in displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Claysburg to Celebrate 45th Community Days Aug 14 & 15

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15, 2021, will mark the 45th Claysburg Community Days. Saturday’s events kick-off at 10:30 a.m. and will continue to 10 p.m. Sunday’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue to 6 p.m. There will be food, games,...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Let's Move! Physical Literacy Kits Now Available for Checkout!

The “new normal” has made our lifestyles increasingly sedentary. Remote learning, teleworking, online ordering, curbside pick up and home delivery of goods such as groceries are enabling us to forgo what was once considered light physical...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Residents Reminded of Resources as Families Receive Child Tax Credits

Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead reminded Pennsylvanians of programs available to help with essential needs like housing, health care, food access, and utility payments as families begin to receive advanced Child Tax...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Martinsburg Library Fundraiser Has A New Look

The Martinsburg Community Library will be holding a Library Bash on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at the Village Green Bistro on Village Way in Martinsburg. The event begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available now at the library. Ther...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    July 29, 2021 

How Roaring Spring Community Library Dealt with COVID-19

According to Roaring Spring Community Library Director Michelle McIntyre, the library was shut down on March 13, 2020, due to the pandemic. After being shut down, McIntyre worked from home, coming up with cleaning protocols and ways to service patron...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Claysburg Education Foundation Awards Additional Funding

The Claysburg Education Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $75,000 to assist in improvements to education to the Claysburg-Kimmel School District and the Claysburg Area Public Library Claysburg-Kimmel School District was awarded...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 29, 2021 

Picture Perfect Frame and Gallery Opening in Hollidaysburg

Suzanne Pequignot is not only opening a new art gallery. She is also set to take over her brother-in-law Brian Smith's custom framing business, which he has run for 29 years. Pequignot said that...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Families Encouraged To Invest Child Tax

Pa. Treasurer Stacy Garrity encouraged residents who are to receive money from the Child Tax Credit, under the American Rescue Plan Act, to consider investing some or all of those funds into their child’s PA 529 College and Career Savings Program...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Tax Credits for Farm Soil, Water Quality

Secretary Russell Redding announced the availability of $13 million in tax credits to Pennsylvania farmers for measures to improve soil and water quality. Tax credits are available through Pennsylvania’s innovative, nationally-recognized conservati...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Western PA Gas Prices Lower; National Average Decreases

Motorists saw some positive change at the pump on the week with 31 state gas price averages declining one to five cents. The national gas price average dropped two cents to $3.15. One factor contributing to the decrease was U.S. gasoline demand...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    July 29, 2021 

Catharine Twp. Receives American Rescue Funds

Catharine Township Supervisors announced during their July meeting last Thursday, July 22, that they had received the American Rescue Funds from the government in the amount of $35,628. This is only half of what the township will be receiving; the...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    July 29, 2021 

School Board Announces Health and Safety Plan

The Williamsburg Community School District voted 8-0 for the new 2021-22 school year’s Health and Safety Plan during the last Tuesday, July 20, meeting. In the plan, face coverings are optional for all students, staff, parents/guardians and other...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Blair Co. Chamber Farm-City Committee To Hold 'Cones For A Cause'

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee will hold "Cones for a Cause" on Sat., Aug. 7, at Ritchey's Dairy in Martinsburg. From 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., customers can enjoy a...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 29, 2021 

Baker Mansion Events for August

Movies, dance, music, history and a Ye Old Time Fair: These are just some of the exciting things that are coming up in August at Baker Mansion in Altoona. The month kicks off Aug. 4 at 8:45 p.m. with a free movie night featuring “Toy Story 4....

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Claysburg Over 21 Annual Trivia Night, Meal

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Claysburg P.A.S.T. is teaming with the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company to sponsor their 8th Annual Trivia Night Contest and Picnic-style Dinner with Refreshments at the Claysburg Township Center on Bedford Street. All proceeds...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

DMVA: Important to Safeguard DD-214 Military Paperwork

One of the most important documents for transitioning servicemembers and veterans is their DD-214. Safeguarding this important military document should be a top priority, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said on July 22. The DD-214 is...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    July 29, 2021 

Morrisons Cove Dairy Show Celebrating 70th Anniversary

This year, the Morrisons Cove Dairy Show is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Though the 2020 show would have been the 70th anniversary, the committee had to have an abbreviated show due to the...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    News    July 29, 2021 

Some Local Bus Companies Feel Affects of State-Wide Bus Driver Shortage

The Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) recently announced that Pennsylvania is currently suffering from a state-wide bus driver shortage. The shortage has prompted the PSBA to start a...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

DUI Task Force to Hold Events

The officers of the Blair DUI Task Force will make their presence known this week on area roadways in one or more fashions (check point, roving patrol, or mobile awareness) to ensure Blair County roadways are as safe as possible. • Avoid drunk...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

COVID-19 Vaccinations to be Offered at Bedford County Fair

COVID-19 has affected our lives and the lives of those around us drastically. That is why The Bedford Family Health Center is proud to partner with the Bedford County Fair on Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to give away FREE COIVID-19...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 29, 2021 

Claysburg Man Jailed in Murder of Brother

A Claysburg man has been arrested for killing his brother and burying his body on a Kimmel Township property. Larry M. Claar, 41, is accused of shooting his brother, Michael Claar, 46, of Claysburg, at 298 Picnic Road, Kimmel Township, Bedford County...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 29, 2021 

Roaring Spring Man Facing Attempted Homicide Charge

Two people are in jail after an altercation at a Fransktown Township residence led to a man being taken to the hospital after being struck with a car. Caleb L. Lanzendorfer, 30, of Roaring Spring, is facing felony counts of criminal attempted...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Reminder for the Cove's Elementary, Middle and High Schools

The Herald’s Back to School Edition will run on Aug. 12. To administrators who have not had the opportunity to do so, please send your homeroom listings and important back to school information to [email protected] by Aug. 9. Call the Herald...

 
 News    July 29, 2021 

Herald Publisher to Launch 'Tell Us What You Think' Tour to Plan Herald's Future

Herald Publisher Allan J. Bassler is announcing that he will be conducting a tour of the Herald’s coverage area to talk to subscribers, readers and advertisers. The goal of the tour is to gather information about what the community wants the...

 
 By GEORGE BERKHEIMER    News    July 29, 2021 

2020 Census: Region's Population Aging, Declining

On July 1, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2020 Detailed Nation, State, and County Population Estimates for population by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. By Sept. 30, the Director of the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 29, 2021 

Sale of Appvion Plant First Step in Determining Site's Future

News that the former Appvion plant in Roaring Spring has been sold is being met with cautious optimism by borough officials. It was announced last week that a group of four buyers, collectively known...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 29, 2021 

Roaring Spring Motorcyclist Leads Police on Chase

A Roaring Spring man has been arrested after police said he failed to pull over for a traffic stop and led police on a pursuit. According to Greenfield Township police, on the evening of July 12, an officer was parked along Dunnings Highway and Lawn...

 
 By NATALIE KAPUSTIK    News    July 22, 2021

New Pa Law Aims To Protect Seniors From Abuse

Legislation introduced by Rep. Kate Klunk, R-Hanover, to combat elder abuse was approved by the Senate late last month and later signed by the governor. Under Klunk’s bill, House Bill 1431, posting pictures of care dependent individuals without...

 

How Prevalent Is Animal Abuse In Pennsylvania?

Libre’s Law, the anti-cruelty law (Act 10) that strengthened the protection of animals, went into effect in late August of 2017. Since then, over 25,000 animal abuse offenses have been filed...

 

Live Music Returns to Hollidaysburg with Free Concerts

Get your folding chairs ready! Live music in Hollidaysburg has returned with free outdoor concerts provided by the Hollidaysburg Borough, Hollidaysburg Arts Council, Hollidaysburg Community Band and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. Live concerts...

 

Survey Ranks Pa. Among Best Employers for New Grads

COVID-19 forced mass layoffs at many companies, which of course did not help 2020 graduates looking for a job. And now, a year later, a recent study ranks the state as one of the nation’s best employers for new graduates. The study found factors...

 

Demonstrations, Exhibits Are A Draw For Ag Progress Days

The latest trends in agricultural technology and equipment will be on display at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, slated for Aug. 10-12 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs in Centre County. With nearly 500 commercial...

 

Pa. Dept. of Ag: $1.4 Million To Help Specialty Crop Market

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is seeking projects that strengthen the state’s competitiveness of horticultural specialty crops and combat food system shortfalls associated with COVID-19. Proposals, due July 30, 2021, are for the...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    July 22, 2021

Ice Cream Owners Bring Issues to Municipal Authority

Reggie and Leslie Lower, owners of the Lower Trail Creamery, attended the Williamsburg Municipal Authority’s July meeting on Wednesday, July 14. Their property was one unit, but with the ice cream stand, it was bumped to two units for water and...

 
 By EMILY LOOSE    News    July 22, 2021

W-Burg Farm Gives Out Free Ice Cream and Dairy Education

The dairy industry is big in Pennsylvania and a local farm wants the community to understand it. The third annual Sundae Funday was held at Mill Hill Farms in Williamsburg from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday,...

 

Scientists at Penn State Develop Model To Predict Lanternfly Egg Hatch

Research conducted by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has led to the creation of an online tool that can help predict seasonal egg hatch for spotted lanternflies. The...

 

State Police Seizes More Than $19.6 Million in Illegal Drugs During the Second Quarter of 2021

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today that troopers confiscated $19,601,549 worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamines, and other illicit drugs in the second quarter of 2021....

 
 By Christen Smith    News    July 22, 2021

Pa. Double Counted 500,000 Vaccine Doses

Pennsylvania’s number of vaccinated residents shrank by more than 500,000 last week after the state revealed it counted some doses twice. The discovery came July 9 when the Department of Health said more than 11.3 million doses of the COVID-19...

 

$300,000 Available to Promote Agriculture Sales, Export Markets

On July 7, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding called for proposals for projects designed to increase consumer awareness of Pennsylvania agriculture products and increase sales and exports. The department will award up to $303,000 in...

 

Blair Co. Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Altoona

To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream and our water supply, the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) will hold its annual Blair County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Friday, July 23, from noon to...

 
 By NATALIE KAPUSTIK    News    July 22, 2021

Wolf Signs Sell-By Date Legislation

To boost the Pennsylvania dairy industry, legislation allowing milk processors more flexibility with dating products was recently passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. Act 62 of 2021, introduced as Senate Bill 434, will allow milk...

 

National FFA Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

Two of the National FFA Organization Scholarship recipients come from the Williamsburg FFA Chapter for the 2021-2022 school year. The chapter's first recipient is Elizabeth Frederick (left in the...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 22, 2021

Blair County Court to Celebrate 175th Anniversary on July 27

In conjunction with the 175th anniversary of Blair County, the Blair County courts are also celebrating the milestone birthday. A special free event will be held July 27 at 3 p.m. in courtroom one...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    July 22, 2021

Vets' Charity Orgs. Host Cornhole Tournament, Give Scholarships

On Saturday, July 17, two local 501 c3 Veteran's charity organizations combined forces to provide assistance to local veterans during these times of uncertainty. The Marauders MC and SPC Chad A....

 

ARPA Payments Issued to Pennsylvania Municipalities

Treasurer Stacy Garrity announced today that the second batch of payments under the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery program has been sent to qualifying Pennsylvania municipalities. Overall, Blair County was...

 

Fire Destroys Hollidaysburg Home

Three people escaped their burning Frankstown Sportsman Road home in Hollidaysburg on Friday afternoon, July 16. According to the Geeseytown Fire Company, the call came in around 5:15 p.m. for a...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    July 22, 2021

Woodbury Borough Council Discusses Post Office Issues, Christmas Decoration Donations

The Woodbury Borough Council met on July 6. Minutes were presented, reviewed and accepted. The borough has completed all the necessary paperwork to receive COVID-19 funds. This will amount to $27,000 being given to the borough over a two-year time....

 

Blood Shortage Continues: Red Cross Needs Donors Now

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and...

 

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