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  • Judge of The Court of Common Pleas Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Consiglio: David B. Consiglio, 55, Hollidaysburg PA, Attorney Miller: Judge Fred B. Miller Age: 52 Residence: Sinking Valley, Altoona, PA I graduated from Penn State (Finance) and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. I have been an attorney for over 25 years and Blair County District Judge for 20 plus years. I have been active in the community my entire life – including the Blair County Parks and Rec Board, United Way and ARC of Blair County. I oversee a youth soccer...

  • Greenfield Township Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Note: Joseph Claar did not send in replies to this questionnaire. Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Michael Childers: Name: Michael Childers Age: 36 Town where you live: Claysburg Occupation: Highway Department for Greenfield Township Please describe your family. Childers: Family: Fiancée Michelle Bem, Daughter Jessa Childers What in your background permits you to effectively represent this area? Childers: I have lived and worked in Greenfield Township for most of my life. I worked at the Carpet Depot...

  • Williamsburg Council Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Note: Karyn Shaw did not send in replies to this questionnaire. Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Dakota Biddle: Dakota Biddle, Age: 30, Williamsburg, Occupation - Human Resource Lead James Foreso: My name is James (Jim) Foreso. I’m 80 years old, retired and live in Williamsburg. Please describe your family. Biddle: Instead of me describing, I asked my four-year-old and two-year-old to describe our family. They responded with “loving,” “caring,” “kind,” and “fun.” As a family they said, we enjoy th...

  • Williamsburg School District Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Note: Barry England, Jimmy Grager, Carlee Ranalli, Joseph Detwiler and Adam Hileman did not send in replies to this questionnaire. Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Patricia Kensinger: 49 years old Clover Creek Road ( Woodbury Township) Williamsburg I have been employed at the Village at Morrison Cove for 29 years. I am a licensed nurse who currently does the scheduling for the skilled nursing staff. Austin McMonagle: Austin McMonagle, 27, Williamsburg, Dairy/Beef Nutritionist at Bedford Farm Bureau...

  • Stray Cats an Issue for the Borough

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|May 4, 2023

    Borough Manager Joe Lansberry, during last Monday’s Williamsburg Borough Council meeting, talked about the numerous calls and complaints the Borough office has had about stray cats. There is currently no ordinance limiting the number of animals at a residence nor is there an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of stray cats. Lansberry said the Humane Society has a “trap, neuter and return” program. “It’s our best alternative,” Mayor Ted Hyle says, “we don’t want a repeat of the issue of stray cats in the past.” While cats are returned to the a...

  • Sample Ballot for 2023 Primary Election

    May 4, 2023

    With the primary elections coming up on May 16, voters may be wondering, what will my ballot look like? The following sample ballots from North Woodbury Township show, in general, what ballots will look like for 2023. Voters who would like to see their sample ballot – including candidates for each municipality – can go to https://www.blairco.org/departments/elections-voter-registration/sample-ballots for Blair County sample ballots and bedfordcountypa.org/deptartments/elections/sample_ballots.php for Bedford County sample ballots. – S...

  • Scars of Bravery: the Dillings Tale Ends

    KATHY MELLOTT|May 4, 2023

    When Jim Snyder, president of the Blair County Genealogical Society, talked of investigating one of many abandoned cemeteries in Blair County, and specifically Morrisons Cove, little did one realize the back stories that would pop to the surface, especially regarding the Dilling family, one of the earliest to stake out a tract and throw a plow into the sod in the Martinsburg area. Catherine, Henry and George Dilling, three unmarried siblings living on a farm in Huston Township between Clover Creek and Piney Creek, have been identified by Snyder...

  • Catharine Township Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire Response

    May 4, 2023

    Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Heather Flaig: Heather Flaig, 44, Williamsburg, Township Secretary Please describe your family. Flaig: I have been married for 12 years. My husband, James Flaig III, works as a Counselor Supervisor for the State of Pennsylvania. I have one son, Xander, who is 19. I am also the proud owner of three puggles, Stella, Oliver, and Ivy. Most of my family lives in the Williamsburg area. What in your background permits you to effectively represent this area? Flaig: I have...

  • Claysburg-Kimmel School Board (Greenfield) Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Note: Roger Knisley and Joseph Musselman did not send in replies to this questionnaire. Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Heidi Kennedy: Heidi Kennedy, age 44, Claysburg PA, I am a Divisional Manager of Training and Development for The Baltimore Life Insurance Company Please describe your family. Kennedy: I am married to Joseph A Kennedy age 45 of Claysburg, I have a daughter Jazmin Kennedy age 22 and a son Levi Kennedy age 15 What in your background permits you to effectively represent this area?...

  • Blair County Commissioner Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Scott Barger: My name is Scott Barger and I am 49 years old. I live in Frankstown Township and manage our small family business which rents and maintains property throughout the county. Laura Burke: Laura Burke, 42, Hollidaysburg, Blair County Commissioner David Kessling: My wife Tracy and I live in Hollidaysburg. We’re currently empty nesters with the exception of our Great Dane Chester—whom we adopted from a wonderful rescue center in New Castle. I am a US Air For...

  • Spring Cove School District Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Misti Fisher: My name is Misti Fisher, age 43, of Martinsburg. I have owned and operated a successful small retail business for the past 13 years. Brian Gahagan: Brian K. Gahagan – 51 – Martinsburg, PA – Director of Driver Relations and Extended Coverage at Smith Transport. Rodney Green: Rodney L. Green Age – 70 years Town – Roaring Spring Occupation – Retired Educator & Educational Consultant Lynnae Krehl: Lynnae Krehl, 37 years old—I live with my family in Roaring Sp...

  • Local Candidate Questionnaires

    May 4, 2023

    The Morrisons Cove Herald mailed out questionnaires to all Blair County candidates who are running in the 2023 Primary Election, which will take place on Tuesday, May 16. The Herald received more than 30 responses. We thank all those who took the time to fill out these questionnaires. Though eight questions were asked of each candidate, six are in this edition due to space. Answers to other questions can be found online at mcheraldonline.com. The following questions were asked to each candidate: 1. Please provide your name, age, town where you...

  • Taylor Township Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Note: David Cunningham and Barbara Ritchey did not send in replies to this questionnaire. Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Jerome Dodson: Jerome Dodson, 61, Ore Hill, Technology Director/Safety and Security Coordinator for Claysburg‐Kimmel School District. Joseph Hallman: I am a 39-year-old mechanic who has been a resident of Taylor Township, Roaring Spring most of my life. S. Walter Piper: S. Walter Piper, 79, resident of Taylor Township on Cabbage Creek since return from military service in 1964. G...

  • Freedom Township Supervisor, Tax Collector Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    May 4, 2023

    Note: All supervisor and tax collector candidates responded to this questionnaire. Auditor candidates did not reply. SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES Please provide your name, age, town where you live and current occupation. Nathan Caldwell: Nathan Caldwell. Age 30. Mckee. Freedom Township Wastewater Treatment Plant. Timothy James: Timothy James, age 61, East Freedom, retired. I was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in January 2021 to fill the seat on the passing of long-time Supervisor Daniel “Butch” Giarth. I was elected for a two-year term in Nov...

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