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The Time for Action on the Mill is Now

The reported closing of the Spring Mill by Appvion is a call to action for the Morrisons Cove community, county officials and elected officials at all levels. By all reports, the Spring Mill jobs were good ones, requiring long hours and hard work...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Library Recommends

Shy, quiet Jolie Tucker is living out her dream, running a restaurant with her best friend, Ava, in their hometown. The secret to their restaurant success? Jolie's family's secret cast iron skillet...

 
 By LU NELSEN    Opinion    February 25, 2021 

Cold Weather, High Demand For Electricity Highlights Need For Diverse Resources

Earlier this week, extreme weather caused power outages for much of the central United States. Bitter cold led to increased demand for electricity while also forcing significant portions of electric generation offline, leaving millions of people...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I was very disappointed in hearing the Roaring Spring paper mill closed the business. I grew up in Roaring Spring during the 60s and 70s. It was a major employer for families living in the Cove and surrounding areas. The paper mill...

 
 By James Wentz    Opinion    February 25, 2021 

James Wentz: Gene Henry Had Business Sense

W. Gene Henry of Martinsburg has passed away. I interviewed him in 1997 for a personality profile and to respectfully ask about the source of his wealth. Henry made news that year by buying his...

 

Being a Rural Advocate at Home, In the Capitol

Democracy needs input from citizens to thrive, but figuring out how to share your voice and have an impact on government can be challenging. Whether you are interested in federal, state, or local policy, you can interact directly with elected...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Shortly after the article about my nomination of Martinsburg resident Frank Moore to the Penn State-Altoona sports Hall of Fame appeared in the Feb. 4 issue of the Herald, I received a letter from the chairman of the PSU-A athletic...

 

Webinar Offered on Legal Aspects of Farm Transition

MidAtlantic Farm Credit has announces a farm transition planning webinar on the legal aspects of the transition. The final webinar in a free four-part series on farm transition planning with PA Farm Link and AgChoice Farm Credit. “This webinar...

 

Make the USDA 'The People's Department' Again

Years ago, Robert Kennedy noted that progress is hard. “Progress is nice,” he said, “but its agent is change, and change has its enemies.” Kennedy’s recognition that gutsy, honest leadership is necessary to confront wealthy interests and...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

"The Hollow Ones," a horror-fantasy-mystery novel, is the fourth book co-authored by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan. The story follows a young FBI agent, Odessa Hardwicke and...

 

Spare a Dime for Those Who Save Lives

Time and temperature don’t stop them. No matter the weather or the hour, when the whistle blows, they leave their beds, dinner tables, or jobs to race to the scene of an accident or fire. We sometimes take our volunteer fire companies for granted...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Kerri Arsenault grew up in Mexico, Maine, a small town neighboring Rumford. For over 100 years, most townspeople of Rumford worked for the local paper mill, including three generations of Arsenault's...

 

Student Pro-Life Oratory Contests Announced

The Citizens Concerned for Human Life has announced 2021 regional student oratory contests. REGIONAL ORATORY CONTEST The Citizens Concerned for Human Life Regional Oratory Contest is open to all 9th through 12th grade students in Bedford, Blair,...

 

Counties Call for Election Reforms Based on 2020 Experience

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) has released its preliminary report and recommendations outlining county priorities for further Election Code reforms, and strongly urged the General Assembly and administration to work...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Reading this book not only reveals helpful advice to parents of all types, but also helps the reader set their worries aside. "The Power of Showing Up" tells us don't worry about messing up: Be...

 

Grants Available For Value-Added Ag Projects

The Value Added Producer Grant program, one of the few U.S. Department of Agriculture grant programs available directly to farmers and ranchers, is now open. The grants help farmers and ranchers offset costs of developing or expanding their...

 

WISE Women Open Scholarship Application

WISE Women of Blair County has announced that it is seeking applications for scholarship assistance. One or more scholarships will be awarded up to a total of $10,000. Deadline for applications is no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021. The...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Feb. 4, 1971 Members of Martinsburg Borough Council agreed Monday night to give up the fight for a change of location for the new post office. The Borough of Martinsburg has been notified that it may be sued for damages caused when a loose...

 

They Came from Blair County By Eric Shields

In his first book, local author Eric Shields tells the stories of Blair County natives who've achieved notability in their lives. Shields examines the personal and professional accomplishments of...

 

Loysburg Pageant Brought Joy to the Holiday

Christmas certainly had a different flavor this year. All the activities I have loved so long were cancelled or we used our better judgement and did not go. There was one day we so much enjoyed. It...

 

M-burg Man Had a 'Capitol' Adventure

To the Editor: The last couple of weeks of scenes of the U.S. Capitol Building brought back memories of my visits to that building 53 years ago. In May of 1962 my good friend Denny Heisey and I graduated from Central High School. That fall Denny...

 

'We Can Do Better' With School Choice

To the Editor: The week of January 25th is National School Choice Week. The majority of Americans believe it is immoral to force children into schools as a function of their street address. Sure, some families can afford to send their kids to...

 

Last Hoorah

July 12, 2012. That was the day that the first Society and Politics In Wayne’s World (SAPIWW) column graced the pages of the Morrisons Cove Herald. From the comments I’ve received in person, via...

 

The Soul of an Octopus By Sy Montgomery

For centuries, humankind has wrongly constructed borders between the animals and us. When we think of the very word, ‘animal’, it conjures up images of inferior beasts, far different and vastly...

 

Writer Hopes for Return to Pa Farm Show

To the Editor: As with many events, the Pennsylvania Farm Show was forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a bright spot. Online programs such as the PDA Listening Session, the Agriculture Law Forum, the Grange Broadband...

 

Would You Join Us in Prayer?

Father in heaven, we Your children stand before You helpless to fix our broken society. We cannot create unity in our country, but we offer our weak selves to You so that You may teach us and supply grace for us to love as Jesus loved. We cannot rid...

 

COVID-19, the Bible and You

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said this in Mark 12:31. What does this mean as we face COVID-19? Does this verse mean wearing a mask? Does it mean shutting down small businesses and possibly bringing an end to the economy as a result? Do...

 

Supporting Our Law Enforcement Family

I’ve always believed, maybe more so now than ever, that being a law enforcement officer is the single most difficult profession, bar none. We ask members of law enforcement to do the impossible on a daily basis and then judge them harshly if a...

 

OPINION: COVID-19 Reveals Problems In Rural Health Care

In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in Italy. Soon after, these stories started to hit closer to home – New York City. Now, as COVID-19 surges to a new peak, these shortages have even re...

 

If It Bleeds By Stephen King

"If It Bleeds" contains four short stories to keep horror fans up at night. Never before published, these novellas will have the reader turning the page, asking for more. "Mr. Harrigan's Phone" and...

 

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World By Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

"Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World" is a non-fiction book about a special cat named Dewey who was discovered in a library book drop box. He was a stray kitten who was related to...

 
 By Dave Scott    Opinion    January 7, 2021

Swan Song

I don't believe in lashing out recklessly ... and I don't think that's what you'll find here. Instead, my opinions are based on facts and I'm not afraid to express my opposition to those who seek to...

 

Our Thanks from the Martinsburg Food Pantry

To the Editor: We, at the Martinsburg Food Pantry, want to express our thanks and gratitude to our community for the outpouring of kindness, especially at this pandemic year and over the holidays! Thank you so much for the many food drives,...

 

Supporting Our Law Enforcement Family

I’ve always believed, maybe more so now than ever, that being a law enforcement officer is the single most difficult profession, bar none. We ask members of law enforcement to do the impossible on a daily basis and then judge them harshly if a...

 

Just to be clear ...

As usual, social media is getting it wrong, so I want to be clear about a recent change at the Herald. The Herald is not ending any of our local columns. All three of our current columnists have been told that they may continue writing and continue...

 

'The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle' By Jacqueline Jules Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

"The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle" is a very heart-warming children's story about a magical creature called a Ziz. As described in the story, the Ziz is a giant yellow bird with enormous red wings...

 

Do We Live In An 'Only Me' Society?

Do we really live in an “only me” society? This is a question that, thought about long enough, has the potential to shake someone to the core. And naturally, one’s first reaction to this would be, “Me? Of course not!” For decades, the signs...

 

Amish Christmas Miracles Collection

This collection of heart-warming stories was chosen as a memorial for one of our treasured patrons, Charles “Charlie” Hauser. Known for his kindness, ability to spin a tale, and especially for...

 

Herald Extending Its Local Focus to Political Commentary as of Jan. 1

I’m letting readers, advertisers and contributors to know that there has been an important change in the Herald’s policy regarding political content. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the Herald will no longer publish any opinions regarding political matters...

 

There Will Be No Skipping Christmas Here

Facebook and various news sources have quoted some experts as saying we should skip Christmas this year. That made me snort my tea! Skip Christmas! Do these medical geniuses have even a clue what...

 

A Fact-Based Response to the Attack On Me

To the Editor: This is a response to the letter by Wayne Bush published in the Dec. 3 edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald (Page A-5). There comes a time when thinking people need to face the truth and admit defeat for the future of the democracy we...

 

Rural Pa. Still Needs Better Options for Pain Management

By WAYNE CAMPBELL President, Pa. State Grange While there are many advantages of living in rural Pennsylvania, we also face unique healthcare challenges, especially when it comes to chronic pain management. There is an obvious connection between...

 

The Christmas Table By Donna VanLiere

The Williamsburg Public Library is thankful to receive a yearly donation from the Lion's Sight Conservation of Blair County. This generous donation makes it possible to purchase large print books...

 

The Influence of 'News'

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed." ― Mark Twain In the weeks before the Nov. 3 election, the New York Post broke a story about a...

 

Season's Greetings from Memorial Park

Season’s Greetings from Morrisons Cove Memorial Park: In our annual Christmas letter to the Cove, we would like to take a moment to look back at our accomplishments this past year and let our community know our plans going forward for the...

 

C-burg Salvation Army Asks for Assistance

It is time again to kick off the 2020 Claysburg Salvation Army Service Unit Campaign. Unfortunately we are faced with a COVID-19 pandemic that is getting worse. If there is any bellringing this year, it will be limited, and that has been the main sou...

 

Book Wish Tree 2020 At W-burg Library

It’s that time of year again. The Book Wish Tree is up and decorated at the Williamsburg Public Library! Many of our patrons’ favorite best-selling authors grace the tree this year as well as some new additions for our collection. What is the...

 
 By Dave Scott    Opinion    December 3, 2020

The Truth Will Set You Free

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." – John 8:31-32, NIV If it has...

 

Library Offering Contactless Services

Due to recent circumstances, beginning Monday, Nov. 30, our Williamsburg Public Library will be providing contactless service as well as offering appointments for computer use and browsing for books,...

 

Please Wear Your Masks

To the Editor: Thank you for printing all the information about mask wearing, and especially the article about Doug and Jo Ellen Mingle. COVID-19 is for real and is very deadly (Herald of Nov. 25, 2020, Page A-1). Don and I were very faithful about...

 

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