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 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    September 29, 2022 

Newcomers to the Cove: Claysburg

A few months ago I wrote a series about how towns in Morrisons Cove got their names. Claysburg, although not located in the Cove per se, is a neighboring community and a de facto member of our neighborhood. This is apparent as one reads our...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Public Library Recommends

Maggie Dawes traveled the world as a photographer. She also had a YouTube following. Maggie was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma cancer and she posted her progress, or lack of it, on her YouTube chann...

 

A Historic Victory Brings Drug Price Relief to Pennsylvania's Seniors

Here in Pennsylvania and across the country, millions of seniors will get relief from a new law that will help reduce out-of-control drug prices. For the first time in decades, Big Pharma’s relentless grip on their wallets, medicine cabinets and...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Hello. Thank you for the history article On High Street, Williamsburg, there was the Blyler Butcher Shop. I cannot tell you if it was the exact property as the present laudromat. William Blyler was proprietor until the economy changed...

 

Erika Smith was a Place Kicker at Central

Hunter Smith is a multi-talented junior football player at Central High School. He is the fullback on offense, middle linebacker on defense and kicker/punter on special teams. In the role of place kicker, he is the second in his family line to fill...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: With perhaps one of the most critical mid-term elections of our lives fast approaching, let’s ensure that we are giving it the careful consideration it deserves. Let’s not make our choices thoughtlessly; they can affect our future...

 

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Sarah Jennings walked out on her husband and restaurant business that they had built together. The police showed up at their house that morning and demanded records from their business. They...

 

Senate Bill 106 A Threat To Reproductive Freedom

A recent column written by Judy Ward on her sponsored Senate Bill 106 claims that her proposed Constitutional amendment “does not propose bans on abortions.” I am awed by the amazing spin. If it does nothing, why propose it? If you have no right...

 

Celebrate the Foundation of America: DAR Promotes Constitution Week

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the...

 

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Mac, Edie and Graham were inseparable friends since middle school. It was expected that Mac would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. Nobody was surprised when Mac and Edie married and had two children, Avery and Thomas. They were...

 

1948 High School Buddies Reunited in Retirement

Harold Bowser and Jim Replogle were good friends at Replogle High School in 1948 where they sang together in the chorus and boy’s octet. In fact, they were the lead tenors in the octet. It was an...

 

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Most people recognize the name Ron Howard from “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days.” Some may also recognize the name Clint Howard from “Gentle Ben” and many other movies and shows....

 

Curryville Church of the Brethren

We had many Revival Meetings at our Curryville Church of the Brethren. I remember when I was very young and had to sit on the front seat during the service because mother played the piano. The sermon...

 

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Francisco Alcalde lived in Madrid, Spain with his wife, Amparo, his son, Marco, and two daughters, Isabel and Ana in 1934. Francisco worked at a publishing house. He was a member of the union and...

 

Together, Our Farmers Can Rise

Regardless of age, experience, or geographical location, the agricultural industry presents an opportunity for young and beginning farmers to pave their own unique path. Here at Farm Credit, we believe in providing them with the resources to do just...

 

Hospitals' Billing Offices Put us in 'Purgatory'

To the Editor: In the latter half of March this year, Paul had a medical condition requiring urgent care. For reasons obvious to many, we chose to drive from Altoona to Conemaugh/Nason to receive prompt treatment. In early April, he also received...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: State Sen. Judy Ward at a recent Blair Chamber breakfast when asked twice if Joe Biden was the legally elected President of the U.S. answered “Joe Biden is President.” Earlier in her remarks, she said election integrity was her dis...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Public Library Recommends

The Blair County Libraries have a new data base available to you. Are you wondering what you should read next? You know what you like, but do you know what books are out there that you would like? NoveList Plus helps you find the genre you like. The...

 
 By Joseph Walk    Opinion    August 25, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: Our Newest Citizen

Nancy and I have recently closed a unique chapter in our new life in the Cove. Our church hosts an ESL (English as a second language) program. As part of that initiative, for the past nine months we...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    August 18, 2022

Am I the Last of the Blair League Ballplayers?

Earlier this month a group of old time baseball players from the Blair County area gathered at DelGrosso’s park at Tipton to reminisce about their playing days decades ago. Most of those aging...

 

Have a Locally-Sourced Summer

We are officially in the heat of the summer, which means it’s nearly impossible to drive anywhere without passing a roadside market with fresh produce. I could make a meal off of fresh-picked sweet...

 

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Cate Reilly is a 33-year-old detective in the St. Louis PD. She once did an undercover job and she said never again. But she is the only one on the force that could pass as a teenager for the latest...

 

AAA Applauds Enactment of Law to Fight Impaired Driving

AAA officials thanked the members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly for passing a bill to improve the safety and livelihood of Pennsylvania drivers against impaired drivers who threaten the lives of their fellow drivers every day. AAA supports...

 

Op-Ed: Setting the Record Straight

Over the past few weeks, my Senate colleagues have had to continually correct false and misleading statements regarding the recently passed Senate Bill 106. Sadly, the misrepresentations have continued, and it has become increasingly necessary for...

 

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The whistle blew and Rose Graham entered the changing room. She was working in the Chilwell munition factory in London. It was 1918 and the war was taking most of the young men for the war effort....

 

Walking Down Memory Lane

As we take my memory tour through the village of Curryville, we come to the first residence after Burget’s Garage, the Gartland house. Eva and Harold Gartland had a son, Gary. They had a ping pong t...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    July 28, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: August

After two years living in Morrisons Cove, I’ve decided August is my favorite month. There is so much to like about August. I find the weather to be pleasant with less rain than in May through July, on average. Warm temperatures at the start of the...

 

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Rick Vuyst is a Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. He also hosts a radio talk show, Flowerland Show. He also does gardening segments for television. Vuyst knows his...

 
 By ANNA BAUGHMAN    Opinion    July 28, 2022

Highlight of the Summer in the Cove

Growing up, my family attended a Fourth of July parade in Osceola Mills, where my dad grew up. When I described preparation for this year’s Ag Parade to my mom, she said it sounded like the Osceola Mills parade: people look forward to it all year,...

 
 By DAVID SNYDER    Opinion    July 21, 2022

Remembering All Parents on Parents' Day

When I think of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I think of more than one or two people, so I’m writing a tribute to five people for Parents’ Day, July 24. I’m one of four children born to Harry and Laura Snyder 80-plus years ago in...

 

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Victoria Bergstrom is the sole heir to Bergstrom Hospitality, a worldwide five-star chain of hotel resorts. She had not been to the hotel on Jekyll Island for 18 years. Her mother had fallen from the...

 
 By James Wentz    Opinion    July 21, 2022

Shane Metzler is Central's Most Loyal Supporter

When the undefeated Central High School baseball team won the Pennsylvania 3-A state title last month at State College, part of the Altoona Mirror’s photo coverage showed Shane Metzler celebrating i...

 
 By CRAIG DIEHL    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Everybody Needs Milk

“Milk. It does a body good” That is just one Milk ad I remember. There were many over the years that touted the benefits of drinking milk. I like the 2 percent variety, but whole milk is best for kids. I drink 2 gallons a week, and we did 4+ when...

 

Roaring Spring Library to Have STEM Studio

Mondays in July promise to be super exciting at the Roaring Spring Community Library! STEM Studio will be happening Monday, July 18 and 25 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. STEM Studio will give kids the opportunity to drop in and explore the exciting world...

 

RS Lions Club Upcoming Events

• Little Miss Roaring Spring will be held on Friday, Aug. 5. Girls ages 6-9 with a Roaring Spring address are invited to participate. Send picture, name, age and parent information to [email protected] on or before July 31. • The ox...

 

Pennsylvania Candidates Should Pay Close Attention to 50+ Vote

As the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania hit the campaign trail this summer, it would be wise for them to pay closer attention to voters 50+. Why? Because all indications point to Pennsylvania voters 50+ being 61 percent of the...

 
 By Grace Hamilton    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Little Bobby at Burget's Garage

My tour of Curryville happened many times a day. I walked through Curryville on my way to and from school. I rode my bike the whole length of Curryville to deliver the Altoona Mirror. I checked...

 

The Giving Garden and 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...

 
 By TOM TRUITT    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Embrace the Growing Season

The summer months bring growth for us all, crops included. School is out and kids are practicing sports, working a new job, or attending camp. Families are spending quality time together, recharging...

 

Pa. Has 85 Percent Save Rate For Shelter Dogs, Cats

Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization, released its sixth annual pet lifesaving dataset, which gives a national overview of the number of dogs and cats that enter and exit shelters in a given year. Best Friends measures...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Hershberger Pool is the Perfect Escape

This past weekend I took my 10-year-old daughter swimming at the Hershberger Memorial Pool at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. I’m not a swimmer but I know how to swim. A close call when I was a child made learning to swim mandatory, but also led me...

 
 By CHAD CRUMRINE    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Hollidaysburg 'Moon Tree' Symbol of American History

Hollidaysburg is home to an uncommon sycamore tree that has much more history than most trees. On the grounds of Highland Hall is one of Pennsylvania’s few “moon trees” that grew from seeds that orbited the moon. In 1971, NASA astronaut Stuart...

 

Don't Fall For Denial And Disinformation: Ag Pollution Is Real

It must be admitted that the Chesapeake Bay’s abysmal water quality is due to receiving too much of the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus, mostly from crop fertilization now that significant reductions in point-source pollution from wastewater...

 
 By JOSEPH WALK    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Newcomers to the Cove: The Pledge

Mark Twain is credited with writing, “Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time and your government when it deserves it.” There is some logic in that statement. Mark Twain knew the foibles of government, but he was also a patriotic...

 

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....

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The Roaring Spring Borough Council recently let me down, along with many friends and neighbors and people that I know. The mountain ground, that was practically given to the borough in the 1800s, was sold under the radar of many...

 

Center for Rural Pa. Offers Profile of Rural Women

Dr. Diane S. Shinberg of Indiana University of Pennsylvania used data from the 2005-09 and 2014-18 American Community Survey (ACS) to create a profile of rural Pennsylvania women. Here are some key findings: • Older rural women tended to live...

 
 By JAMES WENTZ    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Barry Smith's Transport Company sells for $170 Million

With a $500 loan from his father in 1975, Barry F. Smith of Roaring Spring invested in the first of what turned out to be a vast fleet of trucks and trailers that was worth $50 million in 1998 and...

 

Adopt at Roaring Spring Community Library

There are many ways you can support the Roaring Spring Community Library. Adoption is a unique way to contribute to the library and make an impact on the community. ADOPT an Author The Adopt an Author program allows you to not only be first in line...

 
 By TERI HENNING    Opinion    June 16, 2022

It's Time to Walk the Walk on Home Care

An interesting aspect of advocating for home care in Pennsylvania is that everyone agrees with you. Legislators and the administration unanimously agree that individuals strongly prefer receiving care in their homes and that increased funds are...

 

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