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 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    January 27, 2022 

Newcomers to the Cove: Apple Butter

Covites love to eat apple butter. Even a newcomer like me can be obsessed about apple butter. It’s a veritable staple of my diet. In September our family convened to create sweet, delicious apple...

 

Fouled Out: Barn Basketball

In ninth grade, I was growing and getting bigger and had more skills thanks to playing inside barn basketball with my brother, cousin Daryl, Jim Miller, Earl and Ellis Rush, and the Clark boys. Barn basketball is the roughest toughest game there is....

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

The Williamsburg Public Library is pleased to offer many fun educational kits to patrons, teachers, and parents. Funded by educational grants, the kits provide fun learning experiences for children...

 
 By JAN STAUFFER    Opinion    January 27, 2022 

The Value of the Backyard Bird Feeder

I believe the value of the ordinary backyard bird feeder is greatly misunderstood. Is it a refuge for birds in the dead of winter, starving for small morsels of food? Or is it just a waypoint in the daily life of a sparrow, as he/she flies hither...

 

Fouled Out

This is not for the birds (fowl). This is for you. This is about basketball, High School basketball. This happened in the 20th Century, in a farming community, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Back in the 1950s five small school districts got...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Charlemagne Russo, Charlee to those who know her, loves writing the perfect mystery. But, when her agent is murdered using the same method Charlee used in her latest unpublished manuscript, writing is the last thing on her mind. To the police,...

 

Support For Independent Meat Processors Will Have Far-Reaching Benefits

If you recently bought meat from a local farmer, you are not alone. Over the past 22 months, millions of Americans quit overpaying at the grocery store and began buying food grown closer to home. This is good news for local livestock producers and...

 

Old Cove Gyms Still Revered

Late last year Don Appleman of Williamsburg sprang into action when it was determined by his local school board that the “old high school gym” would be reconfigured to serve as a dining facility and to accommodate other school functions. He offer...

 

More Than Ever, the Time to Buy Local is Now

I’m a little concerned about recent developments here in the Cove. I’m concerned that the Cove has seen some developments that might be dimming the future light of the area. Most people in the Cove know about the losses, have probably mentally...

 

Dairy Farmers Can Adapt To Climate Change; Warming Climate Worsens Nutrient Pollution But Lengthens Growing Season

Dairy farmers in the Northeast — facing a warming climate that exacerbates nutrient pollution but lengthens the growing season — can reduce the environmental impact of their operations and maximize revenues by double cropping and injecting...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Thomas Neill Cream, a doctor from Canada, gained release from Joliet prison in the summer of 1891. Cream left the states to practice his trade in London, where no one knew him or of his dark and murde...

 
 By AD CRABLE    Opinion    January 13, 2022

A Star Is Born: Pa Park is One of Best in World for Night Skies

No sooner had the sun set than a mass of white, like exploding clouds, rose over the evergreen trees. They weren’t clouds, of course, but stars, gas and space dust that collectively appear as translucent white to our eyes. Think 400 billion stars o...

 

Curryville Cold

Winter in Curryville gave us all the excitement we could handle. Sledding was a serious sport. If our sleds were in good condition and the snow was packed just right, we could make it from the top of...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Storyteller, Edward Carey reimagines the classic fairytale, Pinocchio, in this narrative about a carpenter who one day realized he didn’t want to be alone. In “The Swallowed Man,” we meet...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    January 6, 2022

Survival of the American Newspaper Critical to Democracy

“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”—Thomas Jefferson. For more than 300 years, countless words have been printed and delivered to communities across North America. Whether daily or weekly, the American newspaper...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Many may remember Highlights for Children, a favorite magazine from our youth that contained various interesting activities to do - like word searches, mazes, and of course the picture finds in which everyday items were hidden into a larger picture f...

 

Collaboration Key to Success of New USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced plans for the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative. As they move forward with development, it’s crucial USDA works with existing private sector markets. However,...

 

RS Borough Has 'Disgruntled' Looking for Answers

To the Editor: So I attended my second Roaring Spring Borough meeting, with not much more to say other than the people should be able to vote, yes Rodney Green has stated that this is not an item that should be put on a referendum simply because it i...

 

Data Shows Vehicle Crashes Down in 2020

Fewer vehicles were on the road during much of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And fewer vehicles on the road equals fewer crashes. According to 2019 and 2020 data from the Pennsylvania Departm...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

The world of dreams is fascinating. Charlie Crabtree was so enamored by it he wanted to live there. He would do anything to escape the real world to live in the dream world. No price was too high....

 

"Ho Ho Ho"

Note: The author of this editorial would like to alert readers that this is for parents only. It should not be read by or to little ones. My mind was made up. Being a mature second grader, I decided that I no longer believed in Santa Claus. The...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Harvest Time

Corn. Sweet corn! How Nancy and I love to eat corn on the cob grown here in the Cove! From July until early October, we enjoy delicious kernels of sweet goodness. We buy from several local establishments, trying to determine which we like best ...

 

Bill Cramer was a Gifted Historian

Commendable civic efforts are underway in Williamsburg to organize a historical society to document and preserve the celebrated history of the town and surrounding area. Roane Lytle was elected president of this fledgling organization. Other...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Born into slavery, by age eight Mary knew the plantation rules well. “Never stop working” was number one and it didn’t matter what the reason. She never stopped working. Slaves were also not...

 

Williamsburg Bank's Closure Will Have 'Serious Repercussions' for Community

It looks like Williamsburg is losing another institution. In a letter sent to customers dated Dec. 3. 2021, Mid Penn Bank, a Millersburg, Pa., based bankcorp that now controls Riverview Bank’s assets, announced the closing of the Williamsburg...

 

Season's Greetings from Morrisons Cove Memorial Park

To the Editor: 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 “Hidden Treasure of the Cove.” There is no dou...

 

Salvation Army Thanks M-burg Boosters for Volunteering

To the Editor: Thank you to the six Martinsburg Booters who volunteered to ring the Salvation Army bell at C&S Market. Those volunteering were Luanne Eckenrode, Ken Ake, John Knepp, Homer Shriner,...

 

The Meal Is Right There

I am once again amazed at the volume of text that flows through online social media sites about issues in the Cove, yet so little of it ends up in the pages of the Herald. With a community so interested in writing and expressing opinions, you’d...

 

Entrepreneurs Deserve Our Support This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and for many people that means making purchases for gift exchanges and planning the menu for family and work gatherings. But, for our nation’s small business owners, preparing for the biggest and busiest time of the...

 

Common Sense: Taxes

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes” is an old expression that expresses the expectation that each person’s taxes are one of the foreseeable but unavoidable aspects of life. However, without taxes, which support all levels of...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Tiny Tales is a collection of anecdotes about a wide array of characters. Mccall Smith includes mere snippets of his characters' lives. Many stories may be only a few moments of an individual's...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

We begin and end in the same time frame, with an entire lifetime in between. “Island Queen” is an extraordinary historical novel based on the amazing real-life Dorothy, a free woman of color who...

 

A Curryville Christmas

Christmas in Curryville was special. Every home put up decorations inside and out. Dad took us kids with him to the woods and we gathered beautiful, dark green moss. We put the moss under the tree as the setting for the train track. We also gathered...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Ever wonder what happens to the sole survivor, the final girl, once the movie is over and the credits roll? In horror movies, the final girl emerges victorious, the lone heroine in what is usually a s...

 

Buggies in the Cove

As new Covites, Nancy and I regularly observe things that were uncommon at our previous dwelling locations. For example, we see the ubiquitous horse-drawn black buggy and plain people wearing simple yet consistent clothing. In late summer we traveled...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The Plum Creek Mountain ground was not Roaring Spring Borough Council’s to sell and/or restrict the people from using. The ground was given to the people of Roaring Spring 125 years ago by past generations for recreational use, as st...

 

Spring Cove School Board Could Send Message by Appointing Write-In Candidate to Open Seat

The 2021 general election was unlike any in recent memory as disenchantment with the state mandate for mask wearing in schools gave rise to a hard-fought, grassroots effort by write-in candidates to win seats on the board of directors in two local...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, Eva Mae Eshelman left her earthly home to be with the Lord. While Eva’s entire family is saddened by her departure, we are all comforted by the memories of her life. Eva Eshelman was a pillar of the Cove...

 

Thanksgiving–Facts and Frustration

The Thanksgiving holiday is once again with us. No one truly knows when the first Thanksgiving took place. Some academics say it was in 1621, when the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest with a three day turkey feast in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts....

 

Cook's Illustrated: Meat Illustrated by America's Test Kitchen

“Meat Illustrated” contains over 350 recipes for beef, pork, lamb, and veal, covering how to cook different meats and describing the different cuts and which part of what animal they came from,...

 

From the Bookkeeper

In my previous column (Oct. 14, 2021), I spent a little time explaining how the staff of the Herald goes through the process of delivering each week’s edition to thousands of readers throughout The...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Nathan grew up in a house in the country with his abusive father. In the same hometown, Maddie made things as early as she could remember, even if she couldn’t remember everything that happened while making them. Set in rural Pennsylvania, their ho...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Donald Greenleaf, 87, passed away last week. He and I were classmates in the Morrison Cove High School class of 1952 and kept in touch through the years. He was elected mayor of Martinsburg on two occasions, once as a Republican and...

 

C-burg Salvation Army Asks for Assistance

It is time again to kick off the 2021 Claysburg Salvation Army Service Unit Campaign. Unfortunately we are still faced with Covid-19 problems. Any bell ringing this year will be limited, and that has been the main source of our income. Let us get to...

 

Correction to Herald Article in Oct. 28 Edition

By DR. BETSY BAKER For the Herald In the October 28, 2021, edition of the Herald, an article was published which called into question “the board’s decision [on October 18] to add three more online programs to the curriculum”, the rationale...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Public Library Recommends

J.D. Barker has teamed up with James Patterson in this most deranged of murder plots. You think you have it figured out and then another twist is introduced. In Los Angeles, long-haul truck driver, Michael, comes home to find a dead woman lying in...

 

The Singing Room

We had a room off our living room that we called the music room. In that special room was a pump organ which mother had played in the Smithfield Church of the Brethren when she was young. I often...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Oct. 31, 1996 Cove residents, along with the rest of the country, were preparing to vote in the presidential election on Nov. 5. The Republican Candidates were Bob Dole and Jack Kemp. The Democratic Candidates were Bill Clinton and Al...

 

Veterans Day in the Cove

As I was scanning the “Club News” section in a recent Shoppers Guide, I noticed the Bedford County Veterans Association was meeting to discuss the Veterans Day parade. In the Sept. 16 Morrisons Cove Herald, there was an article entitled “Cove...

 

Do We Have An Innate Love Of Nature?

Have you ever wondered why so many people have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by turning to the great outdoors — hiking, biking, gardening, fishing, etc.? To be sure, it’s partly a matter of common sense: Being out in the open air, away from...

 

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