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 By Diana Dutra    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Parents Should Remain Calm During Formula Shortage

Parents and families of infants who rely on baby formula for their nutritional needs are scrambling due to the nationwide shortage. Ongoing supply chain issues from the pandemic, coupled with a recall on formula by Abbott Nutrition and the...

 
 By ASHLEY HICKS    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Basics of Leasing

An interview with Jeff Moser, Farm Credit Leasing What is a lease, when can leases be used, and how do they work? A leasing company allows the use of an item that they own, meaning the leasing company, while you pay a periodic lease or rental...

 

Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Public Library Recommends

“In the Garden of Spite” by Camilla Bruce is a work of historical fiction that follows the life of Belle Gunness, one of the most notorious female serial killers in American History. The book is...

 
 By CHAD CRUMRINE    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Lower Trail History Explored

Like other rail-trails, the Lower Trail offers the opportunity to experience both nature and history along its route. The 16.5 mile trail passes through the Cove in and around Williamsburg, following the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River on...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Thanks to community support and volunteers, the Martinsburg Community Book Sale held on May 26-28 was a huge success. The book sale is held once or twice a year sponsored by the Martinsburg Friends of the Library to financially help...

 

Curryville Neighbors

The Browns, Dan and Sara, lived next door to us. They were the garden experts and had a well-manicured, heavy hedged yard. Beautiful rose bushes lined the fence next to our driveway. They had a swing...

 
 By ASHLEY HICKS    Opinion    June 2, 2022

Farm Transition Plans

An interview with John Black, Farm Credit Business Consultant Transition planning is an important topic for farmers because a family business can have an emotional impact on the family structure. It’s hard to separate business and family in any...

 

Roaring Spring Community Library's June Activities

Check out the library’s Seed Library. Stop by or visit https://tinyurl.com/mw9e49t7 to view inventory. Chalk the Walk – Every Wednesday starting June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Whimsical Wednesday Nights – Every Wednesday starting June 15 at 6 p.m....

 

Musselman's Grove Article Brings Back Good Memories

To the Editor: Thank you for the article about the Grove on May 12, 2022. It brought back many good memories for this 93 year old man. My father, Ira Metzger, and my mother, Grace Walter Metzger, took me to a number of Claar-Walter reunions there...

 
 By ALLYSON MUTH    Opinion    June 2, 2022

Wild Foraging for Invasive Plants

Getting a handle on invasive plants can be a real challenge for many forest landowners. They are everywhere! Most recent data from the US Forest Service says that invasives are present in over 60 percent of the forested plots they sample in...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: When Are We No Longer the "New People?"

As newcomers to the area, it occurs to us that we are still, well, “new folks.” So when do newcomers become legitimate members of the Cove? When are we no longer the new guys? These questions may seem rhetorical but I believe they have merit....

 

The Roaring Spring Community Library More Than Books

The Roaring Spring Community Library has always been a conventional library offering traditional library services. Summer Reading, book clubs, story times, cultural programming and a wide variety of printed and digital resources have always been the...

 
 By CRAIG A. DIEHL    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Fifth Eagles Concert Shows 'Polished Production'

On Saturday, March 26, my youngest son Brad and I traveled to Pittsburgh to see The Eagles in concert at PPG Paints Arena. We had sold our tickets to the Washington, D.C., show some months back due...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    Opinion    May 19, 2022

A Cove State of Mind

The moving of the desks I grew up in a household where when one needed help, 10 jumped up to volunteer. Where I live has always allowed that to be the case: all of my aunts, uncles and cousins on my mother’s side live on the same block in Altoona....

 

Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Public Library Recommends

Lisa Jewell never disappoints. Her latest book “The Night She Disappeared” was a book I couldn’t put down. Told from three different perspectives and timelines, this psychological thriller kept...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Jack Bolger was Celebrated Boxer at Penn State

John C. “Jack” Bolger was a funeral director in Martinsburg and Williamsburg starting in the 1950s. He established the Bolger Funeral Home that was passed along to his son, John K. Bolger, who...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Recent issues of the Herald have included historical articles by Kathy Mellott. Her long career in public service as a reporter on local government and other issues should be recognized by others besides me. For a brief interval ...

 

Vote for Kimberly Capenos

To the Editor: Over the past few weeks there has been this candidate and that candidate who has either been featured in a local paper or has had letters to the editor written about them. One candidate stands out to me as being ignored and not...

 

The Seed Library At Roaring Spring Community Library

A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free. The Seed Library at Roaring Spring Community Library through the generosity of donations from many seed companies provides access to seeds, knowledge, and learning...

 

The Primary Election is on Tuesday, May 17

May 17, 2022 is the Primary Election. Polls are open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote was May 2, 2022. The last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot was May 10, 2022. Primary elections Primary elections...

 
 By Marie Hamilton    Opinion    May 5, 2022

The Gardens and The Browns

Many people in Curryville had gardens. Our garden was vast. A board walk divided the side that had the smaller vegetables from the side with the hardier vegetables like corn, pumpkins and potatoes....

 

Books to Borrow Roaring Spring Public Library Recommends

For the last twenty-nine years, I have been a faithful reader of all things V.C. Andrews. From “Flowers in the Attic” to waiting patiently for her latest to arrive in the mail, I have read all...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the column in the April 28 edition of the Herald titled “Newcomers to the Cove: And More Cove Names” by Joseph Walk. As a descendant of the Shelly family, I believe I can shed some light on the origin...

 

Williamsburg Sink Hole Causing Many Accidents

To the Editor: April 25 was apparently the 4th or 5th accident on Bear Crossing Drive in Williamsburg PA. According to neighbors a sink hole has been ignored several months. The accident that...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    April 28, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: And More Cove Names

This is the third and final article about names in the Cove written from a newcomer’s perspective. It was fun figuring out why places in the Cove were so named. Rodman is located in Taylor Township between Roaring Spring and McKee. Two iron...

 

A Summer of Fun at Roaring Spring Community Library

Summer is just around the corner! It will soon be time for barbecues and swimming pools. The arrival of summer also means a summer of fun at Roaring Spring Community Library! This summer we will be bringing back some old favorites as well as adding...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On May 17 registered voters will have the opportunity to vote for candidates to represent Blair County at the state level as State Committee Members. A Republican State Committee Member is dedicated to promoting the Republican Party...

 

Deadline for Election Letters

Please send all Letters to the Editor pertaining to the upcoming Primary Election by Monday, May 2, for the Thursday, May 5, edition. Any letters sent past this time will not be printed in the Herald. The Primary Election is May 1...

 

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 might not know all of them personally, these public...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Millions of people all over the world have read the story of Anne Frank in her own words, thanks to “The Diary of a Young Girl,” the journal she kept for 25 months while in hiding with her family...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I am a Chinese immigrant. I came to the United States 20 years ago. I have experienced the disappointment of utopian socialist dream and dictatorship of communism. Since the Obama administration, I have been so sad to see America, the...

 

Our Easter Error

The Herald would like to clarify that it was by mistake that there was no Easter banner at the top of the front page of the April 14 edition. The Herald often prints holiday-themed banners for major holidays. In 2022, there was no intention or...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Jone Bush was Hall of Fame Nominee

Morrisons Cove is well represented in the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame, but may be missing one athlete worthy of induction. She is Martinsburg native Jone Bush, 86, who was considered for inclusion in the Hall of Fame class of 2004. More about...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Just Harriet is a chapter book for young readers that tells the story of how Harriet spent the summer after third grade on Marble Island at her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. Harriet is not at...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I met Trish Haight over a year ago. I was very impressed with the passion she expressed while speaking about pro-life and the program she founded Love Them Both. I feel Trish’s faith in God affects everything she does from her daily...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: After disastrous changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws in 2020, it’s time for a change of guard in state leadership. Trish Haight, Republican candidate for Representative of the 80th district, is that change! She will return our...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Running for representative of the 80th district is a staunch advocate for the people, her name is Trish Haight. She is a genuine conservative Republican with a proven record of service. She is President of Love Them Both. Trish...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: For the past two years, how many people, myself included, have complained about the current state of our country? We, as Americans, have witnessed our freedoms slowly slipping away. The more important question is, “What are we doing...

 

Pa. Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs Thankful for the Volunteers at its Veterans Homes

During National Volunteer Month in April, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) thanks the hundreds of people who selflessly volunteer their time and talents assisting staff and residents in our six veterans homes....

 
 By ASHLEY HICKS    Opinion    April 7, 2022

PA Agriculture Mentor Program Launches

Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry has a new resource available to help farmers. The PA Agriculture Mentor Program includes five mentors with extensive agricultural backgrounds to assist beginning farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and farmers...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Let Me Tell You About Linda

Sometimes the world we live in makes you sad, depressed, feel like just giving up and question your own existence and plan for your life. So many live alone and have nobody to help them or share...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Bye Bye Baby is a gripping story with issues taken straight out of today’s headlines. Spenser, a Boston PI, along with his close associate, Hawk, is hired to provide security for Congresswoman...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I would highly encourage all constituents of the 80th district to get out the vote in the spring primary and support Jim Gregory as our voice in the House of Representatives in the Pennsylvania legislature. Jim is proactive in all the...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: More Cove Names

As promised, here is a continuation of some geographic names in the Cove. As newcomers, it is always interesting to learn how local towns and other geographical areas were named. Much of the information I gleaned was from the excellent booklet,...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

AnnieLee Keyes wants nothing more than to make it big as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. She arrives with a backpack and a big dream, but not even a guitar to her name. Her spunk gets her some...

 

Common Sense: Education

Education is the subject of my third and last “Common Sense” piece for the Herald. My title is drawn from the pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, the American revolutionary whose writing raised the spirits of patriots in the hard winter of...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Retired homicide detective J.P. Beaumont is drawn into a missing person case that quickly changes to a long-overdue homicide investigation. Jared Danielson seeks his help in finding his estranged...

 
 By BRAD SIMPSON    Opinion    March 17, 2022

Sunshine On Government Keeps You Informed

A new Pennsylvania law protects your right to be informed about what issues government officials plan to deliberate or act upon at public meetings. That means you get a heads up that township supervisors might OK a cellphone tower behind your house....

 

Letter to the Editor

So let me tell you about why I became an even bigger supporter of our State Representative Jim Gregory. When the pandemic started and everything shut down, this included the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home where my dad resides. My dad, a veteran of...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. He has given us more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. In “Steal,” he again brings to life Dyland Reinhart, a professor...

 

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