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 By KAREN DOLAN    Opinion    July 22, 2021 

Relief For American Families Is On Its Way

Did you hear the good news? If you’re a parent or a single, low-income worker, more historic relief is on its way to your bank account. From July 15 through the end of the year, most families with children under 18 will receive between $250 and...

 
 By KEVIN YODER    Opinion    July 22, 2021 

History Room and Reconnecting with Our Past By Kevin Yoder

A citizen should be proud of the area they live in, and to be proud of it, they must know the history of how it came to be and appreciate that said history. While it’s true that much of what happens throughout our lives and the people we meet...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    July 15, 2021

The Americanization of Tine Van Dop

Catharina “Tine” Van Dop passed away on Saturday, July 10, after living a meaningful life in her native Netherlands, also called Holland, and her adoptive home in Morrisons Cove. She was in her mid-90s. Her husband Abraham and she were born in...

 

The Morrisons Cove Herald Will Cover the News

We would like to address some comments and concerns about recent Herald news coverage. Any event that happens within the Cove is news. The role of the Herald is to report local news. Anything reported in the Herald is not to make a statement or choos...

 

The Roaring Spring Community Library

Calling all Witches and Wizards! Join us starting on June 15 at 5:30 p.m. for Summer STEM Camp! This year we will explore the exciting worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics using Harry Potter themed projects! Thanks to the genero...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Newspapers Have a Duty to Report, Whether Popular or Not

As most of you know, there was a Pride March in Roaring Spring last month and the Herald, or more specifically, me, covered the event. Approximately 40 people marched without incident, leading me to believe that either people just were not interested...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    July 8, 2021

My Two Favorite Golf Courses: Iron Masters and Royal St. George's

In my active adult recreational sporting days, between the ages of 20 and 70, I concentrated on two especially enjoyable pastimes: snow skiing in the winter and golf in the summer. In addition to golf courses in the United States, I have been fortuna...

 
 By Grace Hamilton    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Curryville Porch Talk

The squeak and pause, squeak and pause of the porch swings in Curryville were very comforting to me. It meant that my neighbors were massaging their bodies and souls after a good days work. To me the...

 
 By TOM HORTON    Opinion    July 1, 2021

In Farming, Small is Beautiful, But Can It Also Be Profitable?

Jam the cow has decided she feels like getting milked. A handsome Jersey, a breed prized for its high-quality milk, easy calving and all-around smarts, she strolls into a spotless room, about 10 feet by 15 feet. Here, at Judy Gifford’s dairy farm...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    June 24, 2021

Other Voices

Hunter Klotz, Central High School Class of 2021, Rodney Shultz, Tyrone High School Class of 2021, and I, Morrison Cove High School Class of 1952, have something in common. We all took time to savor a key moment in our high school athletic careers....

 

County Historical Society Issues Booklet To Celebrate Blair County's 175th Anniversary

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Blair County, the Blair County Historical Society, along with the county commissioners, has issued a souvenir booklet showcasing vintage photographs of 32 cities, towns and villages of Blair County...

 

More Than Soap: The 'Hygiene Health Cabinet' at the Roaring Spring Community Library

There are many people in our community that are facing new economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial resources are tight and there may not be enough left in the budget for personal hygiene items. The Roaring Spring Community...

 

Assistance Program A Tool For Rural Entrepreneurs

Small business entrepreneurship is a key source of job creation for rural counties. These businesses generate economic activity that can multiply throughout the community. But they also face many challenges, including difficulty in accessing capital...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I, local author Millard “Pat” Patterson, have some ties to the Morrisons Cove Herald. I once wrote quizzes once a week for the Herald. I have always enjoyed doing crossword puzzles...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: The litter along our roadsides this spring is unsightly. It adversely affects our health. As plastic materials decompose, they break into tiny particles that find their way into our water supplies. Now, scientists conclude that the...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As A.J. Hoenstine once said... The problem with any playoff system is that you never know when you are going to come up against a pitcher whose having a hot night or a night when your bats are going to go cold. By any system of...

 
 By PAUL MUSCHICK    Opinion    June 17, 2021

How Failure To Increase Dog License Fees Is Biting Pa. Taxpayers

If you’re a dog lover, you don’t focus on the cost of ownership. The food, veterinary care, grooming, medications, toys and treats to keep them healthy and happy are well worth the price. In return, you receive loyalty and unconditional love. If...

 

The Giving Garden & Fridge in the Foyer

I often daydream about having a garden. I envision myself strolling through the rows of greenery, carefully tending the plants while the morning sun warms my shoulders. I can almost feel the smooth texture of the tomato, the daydream version of...

 

Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Public Library Recommends

“A Twisted Tale” is a young adult series of books published by Disney, written by Liz Braswell, Jen Colonitan and Elizabeth Lim. Currently, there are eleven books in the series with a twelfth one being released in September 2021. The series is...

 

Making Vaccines More Accessible

After getting vaccinated, I eagerly returned to some parts of normal life, expecting the essential workers I interacted with would be already vaccinated. After all, they became eligible for the vaccine before I did, and our county has one of the high...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: What a welcome sight to see beautiful flowers in the planters at the Square, and new this year are petunias at the corner of Allegheny and Walnut streets on land donated to the Borough by Gene Henry. Benches will be added in a few...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be a candidate for School Director for the Northern Bedford County School District. I chose to pursue a campaign for Northern Bedford County School Director for two main reaso...

 
 By JIM FINLEY    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Discover Your Woodland Path

You may have heard or read that walking was the preferred exercise during the pandemic. Folks put on their walking shoes and took to the streets, parks, and trails for diverse reasons – fresh air, social distancing, scenery changes, and, of...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of May 28, 1896 John Martin of Sterling, Ill. died at the age of 82. He was the fifth child in a family of 14 children of David and Katherine (Long) Martin, who settled in the wilderness of Morrisons Cove soon after their marriage. The...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of May 27, 1971 The Williamsburg Community School Board adopted its 1971-72 budget which called for a three-mill tax increase. The Martinsburg Booster Association formed a non-profit housing corporation for the purpose of seeking a site to...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of May 27, 1921 Joseph W. Boor passed his 90th birthday with friends and family at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Hershberger. His motto for longevity was “early to bed,” retiring at 7.p.m. and rising at the same hour in the...

 

Honoring our Healthcare Heroes

What is a hero? Maya Angelou famously said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” In our leadership roles within the Conemaugh Health System, we have the privilege of working with an incredible...

 

Electric Vehicles And Paying For Our Highways

With anticipated growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States, the question remains: How are EVs going to pay their fair share of maintaining our nation’s highway infrastructure? The Highway Trust Fund was created in 1956 by Congress...

 

Small Business Optimism On The Rise

Small business optimism rose again in April, according to a report from the National Federation of Independent Business, even as employers in Pennsylvania struggle to fill positions. The optimism index gained 4.8 points over the last four months as...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of May 16, 1996 The Northern Bedford School Board gave tentative approval Tuesday to a three-mill increase in real estate taxes for the 1996-97 school year. The tax hike will bring the real estate tax to $123 per thousand dollars of assessed...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a Republican Party Committee Member I am supporting Robin Patton for prothonotary. She is a true Republican who not only has been there for the Republican Party but has installed those values in the prothonotary’s office. As a...

 

Other Voices

The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at 12:01 a.m. The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Katherine Parker is about to get everything she is ever dreamed, so why doesn’t she feel fulfilled? In an attempt to find answers, she travels to Hope Harbor, Oregon, to a secluded house for some...

 
 By KAYE BURKET    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Appreciation for Local Caregivers

On May 6, 2021, the Social Ministry Committee of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Martinsburg honored the staffs of the Homewood Retirement Center, The Village at Morrisons Cove and Conemaugh Nason...

 

Why Vote 'No'?

Editor’s Note: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf issued the following statement Jan. 13, 2021. In response to the House GOP’s plans to subvert democracy through amending the Constitution: “HB 55 would hinder our ability to respond quickly, comprehensively and...

 

Why Vote 'Yes'?

Editor’s Note: Pa. State Sen. Judy Ward (Pa. 30th Senate District) issued the following statement on May 7. Unfortunately, primary elections are usually treated as a rather ho-hum event by the electorate. All too often it is seen as an occasion...

 
 By KAYLA BERGMAN    Opinion    May 6, 2021

Supporters Say 'Growing Solutions' Act Will Give Farmers Opportunity for Revenue

Carbon payment programs offer a financial opportunity for farmers implementing important conservation on their farms and while there has been growing excitement for these programs, standardization and verification is necessary. Thanks to a bipartisan...

 

Wolf Admin. Supports CRNA Designation for Nurses

The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced that it fully supports professional designation for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in Pennsylvania. The Department of State endorsed the plan in an April 28 letter to the...

 

Wild Women and the Blue by Denny S. Bryce

Film student Sawyer Hayes is struggling. A devastating personal loss has put his professional dreams on hold as he tries to figure out how to move on. Items from the “long ago box,” as he refers...

 

Pennsylvania Bill Would Help Farmers Adopt Conservation-Friendly Practices, Improve Watersheds

By DAVE FIDLIN The Center Square A proposed program designed to bring conservation friendly financial resources to farmers across Pennsylvania could come to fruition if recently introduced legislation is enacted. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford, is t...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a Navy veteran, former police officer, chief of police and now Mayor of Martinsburg I believe that I know what leadership looks like. For me leadership within the prothonotary’s race this year is clearly Robin Patton. To be a...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Robin Patton has brought experience, dedication, efficiency, and reform to the Blair County prothonotary’s office during a time of great crisis. With her 20-plus years of experience in the office, Patton helped develop the office...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a former candidate and office holder, I have always valued experience, knowledge and proven leadership. I have valued it in the people who have helped me in my campaigns and my fellow prosecutors in the DA Office’s. That is the...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a former deputy Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds, I worked closely with the prothonotary’s office for 5 years and understand how important it is to have competent, professional leadership in that office. The county’s “row...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

John Sandford has done it again with “Ocean Prey,” the 31st instillation of the “Prey” detective series. The hero in this series is Lucas Davenport. He is teamed up again with his friend and...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: We had such a great response from the community to the Helping Appvion Employees fundraiser on Saturday, April 3. We were able to give not only unlimited food to those who signed up,...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, 2021. It is an annual event in 193 countries globally whose main focus is environmental protection. Today, as the environmental crises deepens and we focus less and less on how to live in the...

 

Other Voices

When I was 5 years old, in June of 1967, we got a new addition to our family. Not a new brother or sister, but our first dog. To an only child, it was like having a new sibling. The puppy was part Chihuahua and part rat terrier. It was so little that...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Readers of WWII history will enjoy Kate Quinn's new novel, "The Rose Code." It is a fascinating look at the lives and loves of three young women in wartime England and the important work of the Code...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania – the Center for Organ Recovery & Education...

 

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