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 By Dave Potchak    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

Po's Peek at the Past

My wife and son were with me in the car and I was somewhat distraught, to say the least. We were on our way home from visiting my dad in a Johnstown hospital and the outlook for him was not good. I...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

HIDDEN FIGURES (Jr. Non-Fiction adaptation) By Margot Lee Shetterly Illustrated by Laura Freeman In 2016 Margot Lee Shetterly wrote "Hidden Figures," the story of four African-American women who...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Residents of North Woodbury Township: Over the next several weeks there will be petitions circulating in your township to place the following question on the May Primary Election Ballot, “Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses...

 

Other Voices

Do you know how often you use the services and programs provided by your county government? When you go to the courthouse for jury duty or to get a marriage license, it’s obvious that you are interacting with your county. But it’s not so obvious...

 

Lines By Lee: God Is Love

Last week I approached a woman. When she saw me she said, "You look wonderful." Of course I liked the sound of that. Then she added, "I love you." I was not expecting that! She was not my wife....

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath IV

Verse 38a – "...through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin." Verse 39b – "and by Him all that believe are justified..." I believe all men want to be forgiven. Most certainly all...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” – Luke 21: 15 In my lifetime, this nation has committed two gross errors. 1. We as a nation, validated sodomy as a legi...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Williamsburg Public Library is pleased to be able to offer a wide selection of books in large print. Each month, thanks to a generous donation, we receive four current books from a subscription...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady: Footsteps in the Snow

It had snowed during the day. When I arrived home, the sidewalk to the house was snow-covered and needed shoveled, but first I had to traverse the snowy path to get to the house, where the shovel sat waiting for me on the front porch. It was a light...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath III

I am not satisfied with my last two “Thoughts.” It is not that I said something wrong but I feel I did not say enough. So, I want to go over the same basic passage of Scripture Acts 13. Paul and his companions have had a 100-plus-mile sea...

 

The Nonfiction Section: To the Best of My Ability

It happens once every four years. The newly elected (or re-elected) president of the United States of America, with right hand raised, recites the oath of office using the specific language written into the U.S. Constitution by the framers of our...

 

I Guess I'm at 'That Age'

Two people recently died who had an influence on my life, so I was sad to see them go. They’re two people you’ve probably never heard of: Harris Wofford and John C. Bogle. Harris Wofford was appointed to the United States Senate in 1991 by Gov....

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: How does a no-news event generate massive news coverage? It appears that by taking a clip of a few minutes and showing it with biased commentary can do just that. There were students from a catholic high school in Covington, Kentucky,...

 

Roaring Spring Library Begins Annual Appeal

As a staple in the Roaring Spring Borough, the Roaring Spring Community Library has always been open to the community with welcoming arms. Throughout the year we host many valuable programs to the community such as “Take a Coat, Leave a Coat,...

 

Books to Borrow

"How well you live your life is largely determined by your attitude toward other people." ~Cal Turner Jr. Cal Turner Jr. has had a pretty full life. The first in his family to graduate college, he...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: It is mind-boggling that so many supposedly educated people – including those representing the government – fall to this so-called climate change (hoax). We used to call it weather. It is normal to have the abnormal situations in...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath II

Paul begins phase two of his sermon set in that present day. Of course these Jews are hundreds of miles removed from the scene of the first church, but they are also 20 or more years past the time. I...

 

Lines By Lee: Weather or Not

Are you ready for the big day? Groundhog Day is right around the corner! The idea of the Punxsy prognosticator predicting the future has me thinking about the weather. Weather is one of the most...

 
 By CORA FOX    Opinion    January 24, 2019

Abuse Of Agricultural Trade Aid Costs U.S. Taxpayers

In 2018, President Trump pledged $12 billion to provide direct aid to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers. Through the Market Facilitation Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has administered this aid to provide...

 

Scams Are Old As The Hills

Scams have been around for a very long time. As a kid, I remember some strange men wearing suits arriving at the farm on a summer evening. They came with an offer to paint our barn for free. They assu...

 

When We Were Young By Karen Kingsbury

“What if you could see into the future and know what will happen tomorrow if you really walk out the door-today? Pay attention. Life is not a dress rehearsal.” From the first time they meet, to...

 

Practicing Politics at a High Level

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating – a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for...

 

In Appreciation Of Law Enforcement Officers

On Jan. 3, Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer was on duty in Northeast Philadelphia when a minivan attempting to enter traffic crashed into his motorcycle. The collision threw Officer Chan 25 feet – resulting in emergency brain surgery. He...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady: Who Killed Joy?

It was a classic murder-mystery of Agatha Christie proportions. When we left the room she was alive and vibrant. When we walked back in a moment later, there she was, face down on the floor. The...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath

Paul and Barnabas leave the island of Cyprus and sail northward. When they land, John Mark leaves them. Remember he was their apprentice-servant. His leaving may not seem important. Unfortunately...

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    January 17, 2019

Alinskyites 101, Part 3

By now you should be figuring out that Saul Alinsky was a guy that believed in winning his political battles at any cost. Alinskyites have no qualms about lying or cheating in order to achieve a...

 

Protecting Free Speech From Getting 'SLAPPed'

By REP. RUSS DIAMOND (R-Lebanon) “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire (1906) There is nothing that unites Americans of all political stripes quite...

 

Social Media Advertising Has a 'Trust Issue'

While social media has become a force in the world of advertising, it has also raised many concerns for those who spend their dollars through those channels. In 2005, only 5 percent of the U.S. population used social media, but in a little over a dec...

 

Lines By Lee: What Is it Worth?

Months ago when the Steelers were playing well (remember that?) I was in a nursing home where they were raffling off two tickets to the final home game. The money went to a good cause and I thought that would be a big game and the tickets would be...

 

Thought for the Week: Missionary Journeys Begin

The Christians in Antioch have consecrated Barnabas and Saul to go spread the Good News of the Gospel to the Gentile world. They leave from the port city, Selucia, of Antioch and sail westward toward...

 

Birds, Bees and Frogs

In the early ’60s, an open dialogue between teenagers and parents was about as common as a chitchat between David Duke and Malcolm X. In our home, this dialogue gap was widened still further. Mom an...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady: Possibilities

Oh the beautiful blank palette of a new year. The possibilities are endless. Will this be the year we get in tip-top shape? Will this be the year I become independently wealthy and finally employ the...

 

Thought for the Week: Day of Atonement

Back on Nov. 29, we suspended our study of the Book of Acts. We saw the Church had consecrated Barnabas and Saul for a new work God had ordained. It was a work to reach out to Gentiles (non-Jews) and...

 

A Lot of Highs and Lows In Williamsburg in 2018

In a small town like Williamsburg, people often ask, “what even happens there?” For 2018, we saw a lot of highs and some lows in our little town. Some of the highs include: then-Rep. Judy Ward announcing her candidacy for state senator at the Wil...

 

Vote for Conservative Candidates for Judge

To the Editor: The article in Saturday’s Altoona Mirror (Dec. 29, 2018) showed the importance of voting in judicial elections. In recent years, many voters in our state have elected judges who were committed to denying that the unborn child has...

 

Warning Should Have Taxpayers on Alert

Pennsylvania’s state budget looks like an awful lot like a bucket with a hole in the bottom – taxpayers keep filling it up, but billions of dollars keep leaking out. The latest projections show a $1 billion increase in state revenues will pour...

 

'Santa' Brings Joy to 300 Seniors

To the Editor: We at Home Instead Senior Care in Duncansville would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in and contributed to “Be a Santa to a Senior” this holiday season. Our “Be a Santa to a Senior” trees were placed at locati...

 

Meat Canning Project Set for Feb. 11-14

On February 11-14, 2019, we will be holding our 45th annual Central Pennsylvania Meat Canning Project at the East Derry Fire Co., located at 1800 Glenwood Ave., 2.2 miles north on Route 522 from the 322 and 522 interchange in Lewistown, Pa. To date,...

 

Battle of Midway

Anyone even remotely interested in 20th Century military history is at least somewhat familiar with the major battles of World War Two. Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and Iwo Jima come to mind. So does the Battle of Midway, a victory for the U.S. Navy that...

 

The Political Landscape Ahead

By LEE H. HAMILTON In the days following George H. W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan nostalgia for a time when...

 

What Happened to the 'M' in STEM?

At the December meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, on which I serve, I voted against a proposal for eight new high school-level science and technology elective course offerings in our district. Why would I do that? After all, we live in...

 

America Has Waited Too Long For Farm Bill

The compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the largest farms or secure stable long-term funding for working lands conservation. We are pleased that...

 

Force a Change in Pa. Legislature Rules

To the Editor: Procedural rules in our Pennsylvania Legislature matter. The first vote of the new session puts rules in place for the next two years. In many states, automatic calendar rules ensure bills are given a hearing and brought to a vote....

 

Lines By Lee: All Year Long

Since this column is appearing on my birthday, I thought I would share my birthday wish. World peace would be nice, but that’s not looking very promising. A cure for cancer would be great, also....

 

Thought for the Week: Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement is a special holy day. During the 10 days between New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Jews were called to remember the past year: what they had done...

 

A Present Christmas Carol

Each year we see or hear some version of “A Christmas Carol” showing us Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. As you know, Charles Dickens’ Scrooge was a selfish man who had some unfortunate happenings in the past. The...

 

Harry & Bess

Editor’s Note: The following was sent to the Herald. It appears to be making the rounds of social media. We did not verify any of this information but thought that our readers might enjoy it as we did. This text was found at www...

 

Thought for the Week: God's Plan Is Broad

I wrote last week of God’s complex “Plan of Salvation” and His advanced revelation of it. His Plan is extremely complex. I most certainly cannot explain it. I do believe it. Two men, living in...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady: Joy and Love

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the rose colored (pink) candle on the Advent wreath. This is the Joy Candle and rose is the liturgical color of joy. It reminds us that the time of preparation and waiting will soon be over and be replaced...

 

Christmas in a Small Town

If you’ve ever travelled out of our town, people often ask – how do you live there? How many did you graduate with? Do you know anyone? Such things are often taken as a negative aspect of growing up in a small town. Because of the season, I decid...

 

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