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Cross and Curryville Roads: the Fredericks and Kagarises

About one half mile off the Curryville road on Cross Roads was where my best friend, Joyce, lived. There was a long lane to her house. Her parents Warren and Mary Frederick lived in one house and...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

A small seaside town in southwest Ireland provides a vivid setting for secrets, scandal, grudges, and murder. The suspicious death of wealthy horse farm owner, Jimmy O’Reilly brings veterinarian...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I am writing to thank Martinsburg​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Opinion    February 2, 2023 

100 Points Per Game: The 1965 Blue Pirates

The 1965 Williamsburg High School boys’ basketball team was made of an incredible cast of players. Not only did the team feature a trio of high-scoring guards; it also had a group of four tall...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: January

In 1872, the English poet Christina Rossetti published a famous poem which begins: “In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Lon...

 

Return to Championship Form

Following the 1961 WHS basketball team’s state runner-up season, the 1962 and 1963 teams could not advance out of the district into the statewide playoffs. Despite having a number of fine players, including the legendary Don Appleman in 1962, the...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

“Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once.” So starts this fresh and darkly comedic novel by Australian author Benjamin Stevenson....

 

Bay Foundation Grades Chesapeake's Health A D-Plus

The ecological health of the nation’s largest estuary remains stuck at a low level, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Annapolis, MD-based environmental group graded the Bay’s...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

In the fall of 2001, Ana Montes went to work at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. By the end of the day, the senior Pentagon analyst would be arrested for espionage, exposed as a...

 

Blair County Commissioner Laura Burke will Seek Re-Election

Blair County Commissioner Laura Burke announced that she will seek re-election in 2023. Burke is currently serving in her first term as commissioner. In announcing her campaign, Burke said, “I am motivated to continue working to improve our...

 

Attorney Dave Consiglio Enters 2023 Race for Blair County Judge

Longtime Blair County resident and Attorney Dave Consiglio (R-Hollidaysburg) has formally declared his candidacy for a seat on the Blair County Court of Common Pleas in the 2023 Primary Election. Describing his legal philosophy as that of a...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Frank has spent 60 years riding the number 88 bus in London, searching for a woman with whom he had a chance encounter. This brief meeting with her changed his entire life. Though he was supposed to...

 

Love Feasts and Cherries in Curryville

Curryville Road will take you into beautiful country with bountiful fields and bring you to the village of Woodbury. The Woodbury Church of The Brethren is on the first road to your right. Our church...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

As we look forward to all that 2023 has to offer, it would be remiss not to reflect on the year behind us. So, let’s look at the top circulations in 2022 at the Martinsburg Community Library. If you missed any of these amazing reads, stop by the...

 
 By Ad Crable    Opinion    January 5, 2023

Oaks Are Dying At Record Rates Across Chesapeake Region

It’s not your imagination. Those beautiful mature oaks are dying, along the road, in forests, perhaps even in your yard — at an accelerating rate. Reports of mature, seemingly healthy trees suddenly becoming leafless and dropping dead branches...

 

Pennsylvania Ranks 23rd in Prosperity

Pennsylvania ranks 23rd in overall prosperity according to the American Dream Prosperity Index (ADPI), released by the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in partnership with Legatum Institute. The United States continues to see a rise in...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Air in. Air out. Repeat. Nothing is more important than the way we bring life-sustaining oxygen into our bodies. As humans, we pretty much have the technique of breathing down. Yet, according to...

 

Make Fitness More Fun And Engaging

Resolutions to get in shape are popular at the dawn of a new year. Despite the best and most detailed intentions, many resolutions fall by the wayside shortly after Jan. 1 has come and gone. Many people stop heading to the gym or working out at home...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Christmas at Grandpap's Farm

When I was growing up, at Christmas our family would travel to Grandpap’s farm along Bloomfield Road. This soirée was always the Sunday before Christmas Day. It seemed to me that in addition to celebrating the Nativity, another purpose was a...

 

Bedford County Commissioners Ask for Action on FCC Map

Dear Community Leaders, Schools, Businesses, Residents and Media: Right now, we have a short window of opportunity to position Bedford County for additional broadband funding to help those in our county who are still unserved or underserved by...

 

'The Messy Lives of Book People' by Phaedra Patrick

Essie Starling, famous best-selling author, has fired every employee but one – Olivia. Liv is glad to still have her position cleaning house for the reclusive author when it seems one wrong move or...

 

Shoemaker Thanks the Herald for Selling Calendars

To the Editor: I would like to personally thank Allan Bassler and the staff of the Morrisons Cove Herald for supporting me on my first making of the “Morrisons Cove Calendar.” I thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Merry Christmas to all....

 

Gregory Seeks Ongoing Support of Hidden Predator Act

As the 2023-24 Legislative Session opens in Harrisburg, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) is seeking support among his colleagues for creating a two-year window of time in which survivors of childhood sexual abuse could sue their attacker, even if the...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Alive and going home. Surely it must be a dream. Worried he might awaken back in Iwo Jima, still fighting or maybe not make it at all, Stuart “Tex” McAnally steadied himself and reassured himself he was really going home. Many weren’t so lucky....

 

The Lone Wiseman

Unlike the Lone Ranger, who first emerged in disguise after surviving a wild shootout with the Cavendish Gang, a Lone Wiseman appeared peacefully at Christmas time 63 years ago in our home. The Wisema...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

“Come out, come out, wherever you are.” Mack knows she can win. She was champion at this game when she was little, when it mattered most. She was the only winner that fateful day, the last day...

 

Pay It Forward: Local Businesses Can Help Each Other

The power of small businesses is immense. However, starting a small business is no easy venture. The financial resource Fortunly states that roughly 22 percent of small businesses will fail in their...

 

Curryville Road: The Kennedys and Bechtels

Toward the end of the Curryville road lived the Kennedys, who had a daughter, Shirley, with whom I often played. They had horses. I did not like to ride them. I didn't like being so far off the...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

The authors of best-selling “Hello Cupcake!” are at it again with their eye-popping designs, unique ideas, and easy-to-follow instructions. In this volume you will find cakes for every occasion ...

 

Veterans, Service Members and Their Families Benefit from Holiday Giving

Generous Pennsylvanians looking for a patriotic way to spread cheer during the holiday season are reminded that they can give to programs that support the commonwealth’s nearly 700,000 veterans, service members and their families. The Department...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving. I prefer “thanks and giving.” It’s the time of year when we celebrate God’s provision as we enjoy a sumptuous feast of turkey with all the traditional trimmings and perhaps a football game. It is appropriate to be grateful. We...

 

Working the Polls on Election Day: Surprises, Lessons

For the mid-term General Election held on Nov. 8, 2022, I was a poll worker at one of the Martinsburg voting locations. I have followed politics for years, kind of like the way some people follow a...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Dr. Ronald L. Mallett holds the belief that this century will be when time travel becomes a reality. Born in Roaring Spring, PA-native Mallett dreamed one day he would help join science fiction and...

 

Claysburg Salvation Army Asks for Donations

It is time again to kick off the 2022 Claysburg Salvation Army Service Unit Campaign. We anticipate an increase in emergency assistance requests this year, particularly from our fixed income residents, due to the rising costs for basic necessities...

 

Nonpartisan Journalism is Vital to the Future of Pa; Here's How You Can Keep it Going

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. Huge stories will...

 

Nastasi and Hoenstine Hold Pa. Athletic Records

Morrisons Cove, a largely rural, agricultural and sparsely populated 144 square mile area nestled inside Appalachian foot hills in western Pennsylvania, might be thought the unlikely place to produce...

 

In a Position to Give Some Magic This Season?

The season of giving is here, and the Postal Service is putting out the call for kind-hearted, generous people across the country to sign up to adopt letters to Santa. Beginning Nov. 14, those interested in adopting letters can go to...

 

'Dark and Shallow Lies' by Ginny Myers Sain

“There’s nowhere left to hide except inside the dark.” Greycie, known to many as Grey, is one of La Cachette’s summer children. There were ten. After the murders there were eight. Now there ar...

 

The Importance of Wearing Orange in 'Penn's Woods'

Heads up Pennsylvanians who enjoy recreating in the woods: the next couple Sundays in November are open for hunting. Most other Sundays of the year are no hunting days, but, since 2020, the state has opened up more days to hunters to make engaging...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 21, 1972 Water service at the Spring Cove Junior High School was interrupted while a new pipe was being installed. School district personnel were not aware of the work, and were unprepared when the water pressure was lowered. The...

 

Herald to Update Christmas Jingle Section; Invites All Cove-Area Fourth Graders to Participate

I’ve been the editor of the Morrisons Cove Herald for one year, 6 months, and 26 days. Of those 574 days, one major highlight was putting together the Christmas Jingles. I’ll admit, I was worried last year going into the task. December and...

 
 By AD CRABLE    Opinion    November 10, 2022

Pa. Being Left Behind As Community Solar Shines

Even as solar energy is gearing up for record growth in Pennsylvania, state legislators have steadfastly refused so far to allow a form known as community solar — which would allow anyone to help pay for small, localized solar arrays and get...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

She thought she would be the perfect mom. Now she’s just trying to be a good mom. She doesn’t feel like she’s even getting that right. At this point she’s just trying to not be a failure....

 

Curryville Church of the Brethren

The Curryville Church of the Brethren was where I was groomed for an amazing life. My pastor, Rev. Earl Ziegler, asked me to be the song leader at our church camp, Camp Harmony in Hooversville. I...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: With the passing of Dona (Kaufman) Kensinger at the age of 95, Morrisons Cove in general and Martinsburg in particular have lost a “Giant of the 20th Century.” She graduated from Morrison Cove High in 1945, gained a teaching...

 

The Story of Presidential Libraries and Their Archives

Why do we have presidential archives? Recent news about the preservation of United States presidential documents may raise questions in the minds of American citizens about why there are protected and preserved presidential archives. All citizens rec...

 

'Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror' by Michael Mallory

Horror movies' most memorable monsters can all be found in one place in Michael Mallory's magnificently mastered volume, brimming with Universal Studios' Hollywood horror icons. Universal Studios was...

 

Newcomers to the Cove: Schools

Nancy and I went camping several weeks ago at Black Moshannon State Park in northern Centre County. Several small villages thrived there from the early nineteenth century until the timber supply ran...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Just how bulletproof was George Washington? What is the secret of Oppaymolleah’s Curse? What really crash-landed one wintry evening in Kecksburg in 1965? Read about this and more in “Legends & Lor...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I’m taking the editor’s advice on bringing my thoughts to print instead of just social media. As many of you are reading this, the general election is no more than 13 days away. It can be hard to know what to believe when so many a...

 

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