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For most, a health resort should be one of the safest, most relaxing places to stay. The charismatic director of Tranquillum House seems to have all the answers. Her near-death experience provided...

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    April 18, 2019 

Society and Politics in Wayne's World

Comrade Bernie Sanders is now advocating for giving convicted felons the right to vote even if they have to do it from their prison cell. Comrade Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts, introduced a...

 
 By Dave Potchak    Opinion    April 18, 2019 

Po's Peek at the Past

Editor's Note: In the April 11 issue, the Herald incorrectly ran Dave Potchak's column that initially appeared on March 14. Below is the column that should have appeared last week. The Herald...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of April 16, 2009 The new Spring Cove Elementary School is on schedule, according to Rodney Green, district superintendent. Some areas of the new building along Route 164 just east on Roaring Spring are ahead of schedule. The “substantial...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of April 14, 1994 David O. and Terella Sue Rice of Clover Creek were named the Outstanding Cooperator of 1994-95 by Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association. The Rices were selected for the honor from 16 dairy farmers,...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of April 17, 1969 Blair County Commissioners have agreed to advance $100,000, as tax money become available, for construction of a new taxiway at the Blair County Airport, Martinsburg. The agreement for the construction calls for the Federal...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of April 20, 1944 The fate of Joseph Schworm, 82-year-old farmer of Stark County, Ohio, accused of shooting to death on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 19, his daughter-in-law, the former Betty Ake of Martinsburg, is now in the hand of Judge...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of April 18 1919 Private Homer N. Ake who has been honorably discharged from oversea service in the 37th Division, Company B, 136th Machine Gun Battalion will give an address in the Lutheran church on Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock. Mr. Ake...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of April 12, 1894 William Dodson and Emmanuel Smith, both from the East Freedom area, began arguing over religious issues after attending revival services near Altoona. During the argument, Mr. Smith drew a large caliber revolver and shot Mr....

 
 By Sen. Judy Ward    Opinion    April 18, 2019 

The Word from Harrisburg

Think for a moment about taking a leisurely walk in a park with a child or grandchild and you pass through a cloud of smoke made by a group of people sitting on a bench smoking marijuana. You then witness these same individuals get into a vehicle...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Congratulations to Rick Boston, George Berkheimer and the Morrisons Cove Herald for winning awards in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards. We are fortunate to have a local paper that is so newsworthy and has such excellent...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    April 18, 2019 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

This week is Holy Week- the week leading up to Resurrection Sunday (commonly marked on the calendar as "Easter.") It's a special time in the life of churches and Christians, and though we may...

 

Thought for the Week

We have no idea how long this Council lasted. I think we should not assume it lasted only a few minutes. Even a good Bible study can often last for a long time. This was serious business. The Council...

 

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In the book "We Don't Eat Our Classmates," there is a little T-Rex named Penelope Rex. She is nervous to start school. She was thinking about what her classmates were going to be like and she wondered how many teeth they'd have. Penelope's mom...

 
 By Dave Potchak    Opinion    April 11, 2019

Po's Peek at the Past

Most of us who were fortunate enough to have both parents present while growing up, probably remember Dad more so than Mom as the chief disciplinarian in the family. Not always so in the Potchak...

 

Guest Commentary

Dear Readers, I would like to thank the members of the community who have supported the Royer Mansion site. Without the community’s support Royer Mansion would not exist today. I would like to personally thank our site managers for leading the...

 

Lines By Lee

I love it when a plan comes together. Things working out as they are supposed to is always preferred. God is the master planner. As Easter approaches I am reminded of Christmas and the genealogy...

 

Thought for the Week

Although there was much "argument" at the beginning of the Council, by the time these four witnesses (Peter, Barnabas, Paul and James) gave their testimony, the Council was quiet. Likely each side...

 

False Prophets

He was a physician though he may not have had a medical degree, and yet that didn't matter to the people of France during a time of plague. Using a combination of common-sense hygiene and dietary supp...

 

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers By Maxwell King Many have enjoyed watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood as children or with their children. For regular viewers, this friendly, gentle...

 

Other Voices

I am writing this to ask how come after almost two years and 25 million dollars of taxpayer money being spent, the Democrats are not willing to just set back and accept the Mueller report? I would like to point out that back in the 90s we had a...

 

Guest Commentary

By AMY GORSUCH Williamsburg Recently, it has been made public that the Brumbaugh family of Royer has been in the center of a parking issue with the Royer Mansion. It has been known and stated by several community members that the current tenants of...

 

Other Voices

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 may not know them personally, these public servants...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Once re-election time arrives, voters always sport questions for those running. The question for many seeking a post as county commissioner relates to the reassessment debacle. While both of our other commissioners, Terry Tomassetti an...

 
 By BRUCE ERB    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Opinion

When Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti advocated for the establishment of a Home Rule Study for Blair County in the fall of 2018, I publicly stated that I wanted to take the time to study the issue and gather information before offering an...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she...

 

Thought for the Week

Something even more important than wise men with broad understanding is required of a council. Certainly prayer is imperative. But there must be a focus on Jesus and the Scripture. I would call these...

 

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Master of the historical novel genre Erik Larson had this to say about "The Last Days of Night." "Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of light – electric light – into a world of invention and s...

 

Growing Older and Other Blessings

During exercise class, someone asked if I had watched the Oscars. "Are you kidding?" I answered. "Watch a bunch of overdressed or undressed self-absorbed narcissistic pretenders pat each other on the...

 
 By CORA FOX    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Other Voices

Details on President Trump’s 2020 budget were released this month. In an attempt to rein in federal spending, the budget recommends a $3.6 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, the proposals set forth in this budget...

 
 By BARB KALBACH    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Other Voices

We’ve got a rural health care emergency on the horizon. Rural hospitals are closing or teetering on the brink of closure at an alarming rate. More than a hundred have closed since 2005 and hundreds more are on life support. Long-term care...

 

Other Voices

As various U.S. House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Donald Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just...

 

Lines By Lee

I have had the privilege of being in over 40 states and eight countries. I have seen amazing cities and beautiful rural landscapes. The mountains and the beach are attractive to me. Getting away is...

 

Thought for the Week

Christians and the Church should expect trouble, opposition and even persecution from the world around them. But nobody ever hopes trouble will come from within the Church. Jesus, in His...

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Hoaxes and Trump Derangement Syndrome

Fake hate crimes, committed by fake Trump supporters, began to roll in as soon as the election results were in. And they haven't stopped. On Nov. 10, 2016, a Muslim University of Louisiana student...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

FLY GIRLS By Keith O'Brien Between the World Wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Thanks to God’s guidance, this is the 45th year for our canning project. Though God’s grace and the love shown by so many people in central Pennsylvania, we still help to feed those who are hungry. We canned 34,000 pounds of...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I agree with comments such as those made by Mr. William J. Kirsch of Roaring Spring in the March 14th edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald concerning the need for the United States of America to take control of its southern border....

 

Other Voices

Author’s Note: On Thursday, March 14, I joined a bipartisan majority in the United States Senate in voting to terminate the president's national emergency declaration. I explained my thinking on the vote in this op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip –he who watches over you will not slumber; in...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul has been stoned to death in Lystra. Is that the "wind-up" of the story? No. He rises from the pile of stones that killed him and goes right back into the city. Now, it is easy to wonder why he wa...

 

Charlie Brown Characters Come to Life

Northern Bedford High School performed a spectacular rendition of "Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown" March 14-16. If you missed this event you missed a very entertaining evening. Each character was...

 

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We remember what we remember of our childhoods. Other family members remember what they remember. Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom, heard about the Holocaust or the...

 
 By Dave Potchak    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Po's Peek at the Past

In his younger years, our son was a deep sleeper to say the least. This usually presented little problems for his mother and me until he got nauseous and sometimes vomited in bed, without fully wakeni...

 

Special Guest Commentary

Freedom of the press should never be taken for granted. As we celebrate Sunshine Week, a national initiative designed to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy, this is the...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The question of our national sovereignty has arisen regarding the porous nature of our southern border and the many Central and South Americans, and individuals from other nations, who come often in large groups, to cross into the...

 

Memories of St. John's in East Sharpsburg

By Captain James E. Wentz USN (Ret) When I recently learned that my home church at East Sharpsburg, St. John’s Reformed, was disbanding and the building given free of charge to another Protestant congregation, I greeted the news with a flood of fon...

 

Ink Splatters

Are you an out-of-state Herald subscriber? Do you frequently get your Herald edition several days or even a week late? There’s a solution for that. I’d like to remind all Herald subscribers – but especially those who don’t live in Pennsylvani...

 

Lines By Lee

When we last left Naomi she was bitterly back in Bethlehem but the barley harvest began. The culture and customs would have been new to Ruth, but her focus was on being a support to her...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul and Barnabas did not travel far this time. The city of Lystra is less than 20 miles from Iconium. But it seems almost a whole different world. It is indeed a Roman city but more like an outpost....

 

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