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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...

 

As Pa. Begins its Slow Recovery from COVID-19, Small Businesses Must Be a Top Priority

By State Senators RYAN P. AUMENT, CAMERA BARTOLOTTA, KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL AND JUDY WARD As restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment venues and other small employers look forward to higher capacity limits and fewer restrictions starting April 4, there...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

This has been a difficult year for most of us. Everyone has experienced loss in some form. Some have lost dearly loved family and friends; others have lost time that could have been spent with loved...

 

Statement On President Biden's Infrastructure Plan

On March 31, Chris Gibbs, Ohio farmer and board president of Rural Voices USA, the nationwide network of farmers and rural community leaders, released the following statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. “Rural Americans, and farmers...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I serve on the board of the Martinsburg Community Library. During my service to the library, I have been surprised to learn how many people do not realize that the park and the library are two separate community services. So, I would...

 
 By DAVID SANKO    Opinion    April 15, 2021

Say Thanks to Your Township Supervisors

You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring. They’re your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants sh...

 

Virtual Concert to Support the American Legion and Programs that Support Our Communities

The strength of our country hasn’t just been won on the battlefield, it’s won every day in our communities when we come together in our toughest time. For over 100 years, The American Legion has been strengthening communities by providing...

 

Other Voices

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding in late March warned that Pennsylvania farmers will be without recourse when livestock are attacked by a dog or a coyote. It is for the purpose of reimbursing farmers for damage following an attack that the...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

This is a non-fiction book that any military enthusiast will want to read. This is a gripping story about brotherly love, love of country and the ties that bind together in life and death. This book...

 
 By CHRIS MOORE    Opinion    April 1, 2021

Other Voices

It’s hard to find a Chesapeake Bay watershed resident whose eyes don’t light up at the mention of striped bass –though some won’t know what you mean unless you call them by their “proper...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

The only thing more interesting than a well-written story based on historical fact is a well-written story based on little-known and nearly forgotten fact. “Band of Sisters” is such a story....

 

Other Voices

Pennsylvania, like many other states, has a digital divide that separates the haves from the have-nots. And at no other time has this divide seemed wider than in the last year when the COVID-19 pandemic brought the demand for internet service into...

 

Other Voices

As advocates for unborn children, we are proud to jointly introduce legislation to protect unborn babies with beating hearts. Similar to heartbeat legislation passed in 11 states, under Senate Bill 378 and House Bill 904, detection of an unborn...

 

Those with Autism in Criminal Justice System Get Attention of Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Recognizing the importance of criminal justice reform for those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), took steps toward addressing access to justice...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Area Public Library Recommends

As I travel, I often listen to NPR on my car radio. One of my favorite programs, Fresh Air, commonly does interviews with a variety of interesting people, including many authors. This program caught...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Opinion    March 18, 2021

Remembering Joan

Joan L (Replogle) Ritchey, 77, of Martinsburg formerly of Woodbury, passed Feb. 24, 2021 at Conemaugh Memorial Center. She was the daughter of Jesse L. and Sara Kathyrn (Honsaker) Replogle and...

 

WONDROUS REX By Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is a well-known author of timeless books written for young readers. She is the winner of many awards including the Newbery Medal for her book "Sarah, Plain and Tall," a well-known...

 

(Fifty-)Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve And The Constitutional Amendments For Change

We heard the message loud and clear: “Two weeks to flatten the curve.” Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf talked about how it was our civic duty to lock down and fight this virus to protect others. That “two weeks to flatten the curve” turned into six weeks,...

 

Differences Make Us Strong

By JORDAN FEYERHERM Community Development Manager Center for Rural Affairs This last year was a difficult year for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. Of the many challenges that came to national attention throughout the year, perhaps the most...

 

Being a Rural Advocate at Home, In the Capitol

By JORDAN FEYERHERM Community Development Manager Center for Rural Affairs 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...

 

The Opinion Page

The Opinion Page The Herald’s Opinion Page is where members of the Cove community are invited to speak up about issues of concern to them and the community at large. Shorter opinions are published as Letters to the Editor. Longer opinions are...

 

Random Thoughts

Editor’s Note: This column by Linda Williams is running one week later than usual. Number one on my list for this column is an apology to Mary Ellen Laird, whom I called Mary Ann Laird. It is Mary Ellen and her husband Colin who purchased the...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: In December of 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy finalized two new rules to roll back water efficiency standards. These new rules loosened water regulations on shower heads, washers and dryers. Andrew deLaski, executive director of...

 
 By DAVE POTCHAK    Opinion    March 4, 2021

Other Voices

The Northern Bedford and Southern Cove areas lost an extraordinary member of our community last Monday with the passing of Wayne Corle. (See obituary in this week’s Herald, Page A-3.) Perhaps you knew Wayne as a talented body shop owner like few...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

The Martinsburg Community Library recently acquired an amazing addition to our children's collection. With the purchase of the "We Both Read" series, we are hoping to assist in the literacy and...

 
 By James Wentz    Opinion    March 4, 2021

My Brother's Experience – Go Where the Jobs Are

The announced closing of the Appvion paper mill in Roaring Spring must have workers scratching their heads and wondering what the future holds. The excellent Opinion article in last week’s Herald (“The Time for Action on the Mill is Now,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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