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What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2019?

The Herald's Year in Review

 

December 26, 2019



JANUARY

Baby Ryker Alan Stolz was born at 12:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, the hospital’s first baby of 2019. He is the son of Branndon and Amanda Stolz of Altoona. Ryker weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches in length at birth. Ryker’s due date was January 2, 2019.

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Chase Kreider, a junior at Central High School, was named to the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team Inc., State College. Kreider is the son of Kim Miller-Lowe of Roaring Spring and Brent Kreider of Martinsburg.

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The Central High School boys’ basketball team won its eighth consecutive championship of the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament. The Dragons defeated the host Blue Pirates, 63-38, before winning the title with a 51-30 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola.

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The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball team captured the championship of the C&S Family Markets Holiday Hoops Tournament held Dec. 28-29 at C-K High School. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Chestnut Ridge 69-29 in the opening round on Dec. 28 and Bedford 58-46 in the Dec. 29 title game

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Northern Bedford County High School’s Engineering by Design class in December entered into the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. On Thursday, Jan. 3, the class was officially named as state champion for Pennsylvania. As a result of being named the state winner, the high school will receive $20,000 worth of free technology with a chance of winning an additional $100,000 grant. Led by teacher Craig Curfman, NBC’s team was comprised of Maurizio Amato, Carson Foor, Kahleb Horton, Max Summers, Joe Summers, Bentley Zimmerman and Ian Zimmerman. NBC’s team was using RFID transponders/receivers to activate solar-powered warning lights to alert motorists a school bus is stopped ahead.

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Sixteen students from three area FFA chapters were honored with the prestigious Keystone State Degree during the 2019 Pennsylvania Mid-Winter Convention on Monday, Jan. 7, in the New Holland Arena of the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

Recipients from Northern Bedford were Hannah Bechtel, Jay Ebersole, Whitley Furry, Cameron Garman, Daisy Norris, Danielle Norris, Kyleigh Reasy, Abby Ritchey, Lily Stenning and McKenzie Troutman.

Central Cove’s recipients were Hunter Metzker, Kase Smith and Kara Stultz.

Receiving the Keystone State Degree from the Williamsburg FFA chapter were Andrea Dell, Alexi McMonagle and Vannika Rice.

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The Roaring Spring Police Department was providing free fire arm safety kits to local residents. The safety kits, which included a gun lock, were available at the Roaring Spring Police Department.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Attorney Dana Cooper Moss to serve as a Sarasota County Court Judge in Sarasota, Florida, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 3. Judge-elect Moss is a 1989 graduate of Central High School, Martinsburg. She earned a B.A. in political science from Penn State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.

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The Spring Cove School Board’s initial 2019 meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Monday, Jan. 14, was highlighted by the announcement that the long-running process of installing a new gymnasium at Central High School was finally completed. The CHS gymnasium project was completed on Thursday, Jan. 10, and the gym floor was cleaned the next day. The first home game on the new floor was played Friday Jan. 11. All physical education classes resumed in the new gym on Monday.

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It was a huge day on Monday, Jan. 14, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, as hospital officials ceremoniously cut the ribbon on a new cardiovascular catheterization (cath) lab in the presence of physicians, employees, government officials and community members on Monday morning, Jan. 14. The hospital expected to begin treating patients in the new 2,400-square-foot lab facility on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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Sue Stoudnour took over as the director for the Cove Community Chorus, replacing Tom Kunkle, who retired from this position. Kunkle became the executive producer. He put together the spring show, entitled “Let There Be Music,” and assisted Stoudnour in the production. Kunkle returned as director of the chorus for its Christmas show held Nov. 23-24.

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Claysburg-Kimmel school directors named a familiar face to the board of directors on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Jeremy R. Knott was unanimously appointed to the board, replacing long-standing member Cathy Barnes. Barnes, who had served on the board since June 2000, retired in December due to health reasons. Knott previously served on the board for six full years (2012-2017), including two as president.

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Greenfield Township supervisors approved the purchase of an in-car computer system for a vehicle recently added to the police department’s fleet at their Jan. 7 meeting. The system will cost $3,670. The board discussed potential public relations activities and fundraisers for the police department. Participation at the annual community days, handing out stickers to children and selling T-shirts as a fundraiser were all proposed as potential ways to foster interaction between the police department and community.

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Nancy E. Head of Altoona wrote “Restoring the Shattered,” an account of her family’s journey through single-motherhood and material need. Their journey shows the power Christians of varying traditions manifest when they live out the Gospel for the sake of those in need.

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Macy Walason won the grand champion and reserve grand champion of the Guernsey Junior Show on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Two people who were involved in a deadly domestic dispute in North Woodbury Township, Blair County, just outside of Martinsburg Borough, were both found dead on Monday morning, Jan. 21. According to police, Cassandra Lynn Appleman, 30, and Sheldon Howard Appleman, 49, were found dead in a home along Cove Mountain Road around 11:30 Monday morning, Jan. 21.

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Herald Publisher Allan J. Bassler announced the launch of a new Morrisons Cove Herald website at http://www.mcheraldonline.com. The Herald’s website offers all the news and feature stories that appear in the print edition. Most photos and other features will also be posted to the website.

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In the interest of public safety, Roaring Spring Borough officials fenced off the sidewalk in front of the wall along East Main Street, across from Appvion, to pedestrian traffic and closed the travel lane closest to the wall, making East Main Street, from the Roaring Spring Mennonite Church to the length of Appvion, a one-way street. This portion of the road was now only open for traffic coming into town.

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Building on his commitment to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday, Jan. 17, announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the Commonwealth. The Claysburg-Kimmel and Williamsburg Community school districts are among those who were selected to receive the grants.

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Spring Cove Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker announced that the grant money secured this year by the school district is the highest recorded competitive grant revenue in recent years. As of mid-January, the district had been awarded $73,737 in competitive grants. There were applications for $1,634,544 outstanding.

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Ryan Hileman was named the new head coach of the Williamsburg football team. Hileman was previously the junior high football coach.

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A group of volunteers from the Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren traveled in two vans to Lumberton, North Carolina, to do repairs on five homes that were damaged from flooding and hurricanes. Volunteers worked in North Carolina and South Carolina from Jan. 20 through Jan. 26.

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Smith Transport Inc. of Roaring Spring celebrated its successful year of giving in 2018 on Thursday, Jan. 24. Led by the company’s first-ever Charity Committee, employees and officials raised more than $4,000 last year for two organizations – Family Services Inc. of Altoona and the Bedford County Humane Society. Each organization received $2,034 through Smith Transport’s creative fundraising efforts throughout the year.

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FEBRUARY

The BB&T Bank in Woodbury announced it will close its doors at the end of the business day on Friday, April 12.

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A new system adopted by the Roaring Spring Municipal Authority with the help of the borough’s engineers, Keller Engineers of Hollidaysburg, allows borough officials to instantly identify where all the underground valves are located, saving valuable time and water in case of a leak or break. The Geographical Information System (GIS) is a computer-based system that captures and stores data using satellite coordinates.

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Conemaugh Nason Medical Center’s medical staff recently elected Angela Rowe, DO, FAOAO, as its president. Dr. Rowe’s leadership responsibilities will include providing leadership and guidance to the medical staff and work as their liaison to the administration team. She will hold the position for two years. She most recently served as vice president of the medical staff, 2017-18.

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Gene Decker, 80 years young, of McKee, was inducted into the Semi Pro Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. in Evansville, Indiana.

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Homewood at Martinsburg announced Melissa Glunt as the new wellness director and Michael Koehle as its director of rehabilitation.

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Conemaugh Physician Group – Pathology has welcomed Sharif Ali, MD to its team. Dr. Ali provides pathology services for inpatients and outpatient services at Conemaugh Memorial, Conemaugh Meyersdale, Conemaugh Miners and Conemaugh Nason medical centers.

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AlleyRatz Lit’l Dog Daycare, a small dog service business, will open on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Martinsburg. The location will be at 207 Woodlawn Ave. The four-year-old business, previously operating in Hollidaysburg, specializes in small dog daycare, overnight lodging, grooming and training. The home-based business is insured and is licensed by the USDA.

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The Freedom Township supervisors gave their approval for the inter-municipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license to Sheetz Inc. The convenience store chain plans to start selling beer to go at its McKee location sometime in the future.

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On Monday, Feb. 11, Gov. Tom Wolf announced $9.6 million in PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM Education Grants will be distributed to 23 entities across Pennsylvania to expand Computer Science/STEM education. The Spring Cove School District was among the recipients, securing the maximum award of $500,000.

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The Morrisons Cove area was well-represented in the District 6 high school basketball playoffs. Each of the boys’ and girls’ teams from Central, Claysburg-Kimmel and Williamsburg high schools qualified for the postseason.

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The sport of bocce debuted at Central High School on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Scarlet Dragons welcomed Hollidaysburg to the CHS gymnasium. A large crowd was on hand to cheer on and support both squads in the bocce match. Bocce is a unified PIAA-sponsored competitive sporting activity for students, which include those from the life skills program, known as the athletes, and a group of regular-education students who act as partners.

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Taylor Township Supervisors approved a motion to move ahead with a PennDOT application for a traffic signal, along with a speed study, at the intersection of Woodbury Pike (State Route 36) and Cross Cove Road. The safety of this intersection has been a topic at the township for years.

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Members of Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) collaborated with the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and Sheetz, Inc. to spread awareness and raise money for the athletes. The project began in August with team meetings and later with representatives from the Special Olympics and Sheetz. On Saturday, Feb. 2, at Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg, FBLA members both volunteered and had a plunge team to raise funds. The team raised $795 and 15 FBLA members donated their time for the event.

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Helen Decker of McKee celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. She was born on Feb. 13, 1919, in McKee, daughter of Samuel and Edith Wilt. She is the oldest of four sisters and three brothers.

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The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. held its annual banquet and awards ceremony on Feb. 2 at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. Hunter Wierman received the Captain’s Award, while Jordan Brantner received the Fireman of the Year Award.

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For 24 years, Lisa Peel has served Roaring Spring Borough, starting her career in 1994 as a part-time administrative assistant in the borough office before moving into the role of borough secretary. After more than two decades of handling the duties of the borough and its municipal authority, Peel had been promoted to a new position. Effective Jan. 1, Peel assumed the newly created title of borough manager Peel became the first borough manager in Roaring Spring’s 131-year history, since its incorporation in 1888.

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The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority was asking for support from registered voters in North Woodbury Township in helping to bring alcohol sales to the restaurant located in the main terminal building of the airport and build the airport into a strong catalyst for economic growth.

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The growing concern about how to manage the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) among the deer herd in southern Blair and northern Bedford counties has put the Pennsylvania Game Commission at odds with hunters. Since the commission announced in January a plan to hire wildlife professionals to do a controlled killing of deer in the Blair and Bedford county regions, hunters raised concerns about the effectiveness of the tactic.

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Leanor (Detwiler) Yingling of Hollidaysburg celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at a party hosted by her three children. The party was at the Presbyterian Village, with four grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandsons, her youngest brother, numerous nieces and nephews and a few close friends in attendance.

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The Williamsburg Junior High Lady Pirates capped off their roller-coaster season by winning the Inter-County Conference title on Saturday, Feb 16. The girls defeated Tussey Mountain 41-29 at Claysburg-Kimmel High School.

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On Jan. 19, Matthew W. Smith, of Bakers Summit, was dropped off at a home just north of Freedom Township in Brooks Mills, Blair Township. That was the last time anyone has seen or heard from him. On Saturday morning, Feb. 23, a group of people led by Matt’s cousin, Crystal Gindlesperger of Baltimore, conducted a search of the woods around the area in Brooks Mills where Matt was seen.

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Bartlebaugh Amusements, which has been offering concessions and rides at Morisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg for more than 50 years, has informed park officials that it will not be able to provide ride attractions at the summer’s annual July 4th celebration.

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Morrisons Cove and surrounding areas sustained high-powered winds on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 24-25, which knocked down trees and power lines and caused widespread power outages. According to the National Weather Service, wind speeds at the Altoona-Blair County Airport just outside of Martinsburg were as high as 41 mph and gusts reached as high as 62 mph.

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The annual Southern Cove Power Reunion and Tractor Pull Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Replogle School Building, New Enterprise. The Living Distinguished Member award was presented to Don Rettburg, who is 89 years old. The Deceased Distinguished Member award was presented to Dixie Kelly, spouse of the late John Kelly. Melanie Clapper received the Member of the Year award.

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The owners of the Soap Box Laundromat, Martinsburg, are pleased to announce that hot water has been restored to the facility.

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The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Committee has announced the induction of its sixth class of inductees on Saturday, April 6, at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School auditorium. This year’s inductees were the Claysburg Pizza, General Refractories Co., Walter and Nancy Musselman, John “Jack” Yingling and Zeigler Chevrolet.

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Northern Bedford High School senior Austin Mowry has qualified for the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships.

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Brothers Neil and Mark Gartland purchased Over’s Country Store from Shirley and Stanley Over. The brothers said they plan to uphold the tradition of the Over’s legacy while building toward the future.

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The Williamsburg Community mourned two of its own – Heather D. Stewart, who passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 6, 2019, at Magee-Women’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, following a courageous battle with cancer; and Paul G. Lane, 49, of Williamsburg, passed away on Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2019, at UPMC Altoona, after a lengthy illness.

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The Cove Cause for Cancer organization has begun its grassroots effort as the area’s first non-profit organization with its only focus being to raise funds to help support members of local communities who are going through a “Cancer Journey” and need extra financial support. The community has contributed to Cove Cause for Cancer with various fundraisers and donations.

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MARCH

Martinsburg Borough Council took a huge step forward on Monday, March 4, toward hiring a future third full-time police officer. During its regular scheduled meeting, council (Continued from A-1)

unanimously voted to assemble a Police Civil Service Commission. Council hopes to hire another full-time police officer for the department; therefore a Police Civil Service Commission must be established. Chief of Police Kerry L. Hoover and Sgt. Justin Davis are Martinsburg’s two full-time officers.

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The Northern Bedford County High School Music Department presented its 2018-19 spring production with the feel-good musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Revised 1999). The musical opened Thursday, March 14, and ran through Saturday, March 16.

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The resignation letter of secondary social studies teacher Richard Baronner was accepted during the Feb. 26 meeting of the Williamsburg Community School Board. Baronner had 20 years with the district.

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Claysburg-Kimmel competed in the West Central Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Patrick Catholic School, Newry. C-K’s fourth grade division one team took second place while the sixth grade division two team took first. Both teams advanced to the state championship, scheduled for April 6 in the Poconos.

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The Spring Cove Middle School, Roaring Spring, announced on Monday, March 11, that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway.

It is one of just 148 middle schools across the U.S. (and only five in Pennsylvania) to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of Pre K-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

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Area hunters packed the Freedom Township fire hall on Saturday, March 9, to learn more about the effort to develop a vaccine for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

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Greenfield Township supervisors moved to hire Lindsey Spayd to a full-time police officer position at their regularly monthly meeting on March 5. In addition to the hire, the resignation of officer Jason Loose was accepted by the board. Loose had served with the police department since February 2018.

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Solicitor Jennifer Dambeck at Monday’s night’s (March 18) Spring Cove School board meeting announced a motion on the agenda to terminate a non-professional employee of the district would be tabled, as that employee has requested a school board hearing. The non-professional employee is thought to be Central varsity boys’ basketball coach Reggie Nevins, whose remarks to a local newspaper following the team’s loss to Huntingdon on Feb. 23 upset the District 6 committee and the Spring Cove School Board. Following the loss to Huntingdon in the District 6 Class 4A final, Nevins said he was upset that the Dragons had to play Tyrone on Thursday, Feb. 21, and turn right around and play Huntingdon two days later. A snowstorm pushed the Tyrone game back one day from Feb. 20.

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Central High School was one of 14 high schools advancing to the 36th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg.

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The Martinsburg Police Department was alerting the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills – featuring Chinese writing on the front and back – that were circulating the area. Chief of Police Kerry L. Hoover said his department was notified of a counterfeit $10 bill that was discovered locally.

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Jackson Jeffries and Christopher Bush of Central High School swam at the PIAA Swimming Championships held March 13-16 at Bucknell University.

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Brock Biddle, a redshirt freshman at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, placed fourth at 184 pounds at the 2019 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 9, at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. Biddle finished this season with a 28-4 record.

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Exceeding the 156 signatures needed, the organizers of the The Roaring Spring Alcohol Referendum accomplished its main goal, which was to let the voters decide if there will be alcohol sales permitted for the first time in the borough’s history.

With 230 signatures collected, the question of whether or not to change an ordinance banning the sale of alcohol in the borough would be on the May primary ballot.

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The Blair County Sheriff’s Office showed off its new fully equipped K-9 vehicle, which was purchased solely through donations. The new vehicle allowed Canine officer Rik, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, Blair County’s only bomb-sniffing dog, to resume full-time service patrolling county streets.

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The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, held a special birthday party for residents Freda Furry and Angie Manning on Friday, March 15. Furry turned 101 years old on March 1, 2019. Manning would celebrate her 103rd birthday on March 22, 2019.

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Long’s Outpost in Martinsburg received the “Pinnacle” award once again on Friday, March 15. This award was presented from Orgill Inc. This honor is given to prestigious hardware stores or lumber yards that buy $1 million a year from Orgill. Longs has been receiving an award from Orgill since 2006.

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APRIL

With its lease expiring, and Roaring Spring Borough Council wanting to transfer ownership of the building to the library, the Roaring Spring Community Library Board of Directors was looking at options for its future.

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The Dragon Pride Foundation’s annual Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, April 11, at Central High School, Martinsburg, honored two district employees and one volunteer who are making a significant impact on the lives of students and staff and who exhibit excellence in teaching, advising and service to the district. Honored were Scott Douglas, Educator of the Year; Gerilyn Bridenbaugh, Support Staff of the Year; and Dr. Fred Heaton, Volunteer of the Year.

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The Spring Cove School District honored former district educator Michael X. DeStefano (1928-2015) by placing his name on the Leon E. Kensinger Memorial on April 11 at Central High School, Martinsburg.

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Katie Ponder, a senior at Central High School, Martinsburg, made her first appearance at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s All-State Concert Band concert on Saturday, April 6, in Pittsburgh. Ponder, the daughter of Jim and Lisa Ponder of Roaring Spring, played the clarinet during the band performance, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom).

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Inspirational music, thunderous ovations and a dash of humor – all three were remotely present during the 89th Homecoming Celebration for the Grace Pointe Community Church of God, Williamsburg. Pastor Jim Spivey welcomed the crowd of almost 200 to what he referred to as “a celebration day,” adding, “I think we look pretty good for 89 years.”

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Betty (Langham) Pittman, a resident at Homewood at Martinsburg, celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, April 12, 2019. Betty was born on April 12, 1919, to Frank and Amanda Langham in Leamersville. She is a 1936 graduate of Morrison Cove High School (Bean Hill) in Martinsburg.

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Robert Stanford Beck and Frances B. Beck of Woodbury celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Monday, April 8, 2019.

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Northern Bedford’s fifth- and sixth-grade reading team, Paws-n-Pages, took first place at the annual Bedford County Reading Competition on March 28 at Northern Bedford High School. Claysburg-Kimmel’s fifth- and sixth-grade reading team, The Book Dawgs, took second place at the annual Bedford County Reading Competition.

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Herald Staff Writer Rick Boston won Honorable Mentions in the statewide 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards for his photo, “In the Arms of a Hero” and for his news story, “A Mother’s Grief: Claysburg Woman Loses Two Daughters to Addiction.” Boston’s “In the Arms of a Hero” photo ran on the front page of the May 10, 2019, edition of the Herald. “A Mother’s Grief” started on the front page in the July 12, 2018, edition of the Herald. Herald Correspondent George Berkheimer won for the stories he wrote for the Herald series “The Changing Cove.” Berkheimer’s stories were: “Competing Currents Are Altering the Course of Education in the Cove,” published on Page A-6 on Aug. 9, 2018; “Tech Brings New Benefits and New Challenges to Cove Farming,” published on Page A-5 on May 24, 2018; and “Multiple Factors Influence Crime and Law Enforcement Changes,” published on Page A-3 on Nov. 29, 2018.

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It’s hard enough to play five games in six days – let alone win them all. But that’s exactly what the 7-1 Central Dragon team did. After dispatching Bellefonte in five innings and Williamsburg in just three frames, Central plowed through the competition in the Curve Classic to claim the championship trophy. In the five-game stretch the Dragons outscored their opponents by a 60-4 margin.

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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman made Blair County the 38th stop on his tour, giving local residents an opportunity to voice their support or opposition to make recreational use of marijuana legal. About 80 people came to the AFCME Chapter 89 building in Duncansville,to participate in the event, and opinions on both sides were represented.

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Representatives from the Roaring Spring Community Library informed Roaring Spring Borough Council that they have received the certified letter sent by Borough Solicitor Larry Lashinsky informing them that when the current lease between the borough and the library for the use of the Eldon Inn expires on July 1, council will not be renewing it on a yearly basis. However, council agreed to renew the lease on a monthly basis while library officials complete a study to determine if they can afford to take over ownership of the building.

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Clint Curfman, an 11th-grade student at Central High School, was awarded first place and a check in the amount of $500 in the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club’s Four-Way Speech Contest. Allie Snider, a junior at Northern Bedford High School, was awarded first runner-up and a check in the amount of $300. Liberty Worthing, a 10th-grade student at Central High School, was awarded second runner up and a check in the amount of $200.

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The Claysburg-Kimmel chapter of Future Business Leaders of America would send a school-record 18 to the FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) June 27 through July 3 San Antonio. The 18 qualified for nationals at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in April at Hershey.

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NPC Inc. received the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America Business Partnership of the Year award during the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey. Sherri Steward and Brian White accepted the award for NPC.

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Michael Baker, a junior at Claysburg-Kimmel High School, was elected secretary of the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America for the 2019-20 school year.

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It was announced that Reid Ritchey of Altoona and president of Ritchey’s Dairy, Martinsburg. would be presented the 2019 Central Pennsylvania Philanthropy Award at the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation’s Annual Luncheon on Thursday, May 9.

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May

The Williamsburg Municipal Authority was awarded a $4.3 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest). The loan will be used for upgrades to the borough’s aging water system.

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State Sen. Judy Ward hosted 60 area 4-H Club members at the Williamsburg Community Center for the A.B. Ross Leadership program.

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A New Enterprise man was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexually abusing and threatening two minors over a 17-year span. Stephen John Beegle, 45, faces more than 100 charges of rape, and related charges.

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Hollidaysburg State Police were asking for the public’s help to solve what they believed to be a fatal hit and run along Nason Drive in Roaring Spring. The body of John R. Garner, 64, was found in the parking lot of the former Bickel’s Surplus Store on April 17.

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State Rep. Jim Gregory hosted Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding at a farmer’s breakfast at The Bistro at The Village Green on May 16.

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Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America member Emily Claar place first in the Who’s Who in Pennsylvania FBLA event at the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference in Hershey.

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The Board of Public Education of the Spring Cove School District was to hold a public hearing to determine the fate of Central varsity boy’s basketball coach Reggie Nevins. The board was to recommend Nevin’s termination. The meeting never took place and Nevin’s chose not to reapply for the position of coach.

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Led by Dave Cadle, Williamsburg residents gathered at the Crossroad building on May 8 to discuss ideas about how to attract people to Williamsburg.

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The Spring Cove School District received notice that it had been awarded a “Part B” Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency School Safety and Security Grant Award for $360,801.

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Amy Webster was the top Republican vote getter in the primary election for Blair County Commissioner. Three votes separated incumbent Bruce Erb and newcomer Bruce Kelley making the race too close to call. Erb was eventually declared the winner after write-in and absentee ballots were counted.

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All three Cove area referendums on the question of allowing the sale of liquor easily gained enough support to pass. Unofficial vote totals showed that voters in Roaring Spring, North Woodbury Township and Williamsburg support the sale of alcohol. The North Woodbury Township vote clears the way for alcohol sales at the Blair County Airport only.

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The Pennsylvania Coroners Association demonstrated its Disaster Response Units for the public in Altoona.

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An agreement reached by the Spring Cove School Board and Central boys’ varsity basketball coach Reggie Nevins on May 21 forced the cancellation of a public hearing that was scheduled for May. 22. Nevins told the Herald that the two sides agreed not to hold the public hearing, fearing it would upset a lot of people and possibly turn nasty on both sides.

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JUNE

Martinsburg Mayor Rex L. Hartman, who had served as mayor for more than nine years, resigned on June 3. Hartman was moving to another municipality.

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The Woodbury Pike Bridge over Three Springs Run in Loysburg was renamed the “Marine Corporal Darrell Magruder Memorial Bridge.” Magruder, of New Enterprise, was killed in Vietnam.

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Claysburg-Kimmel won its second straight District 6 Class 1A softball championship, beating Glendale 8-5.

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The body of Mathew W. Smith was found in the Juniata River near Brooks Mills, Blair Township, just north of East Freedom on May 27. Smith had been missing since Jan. 19.

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The 2019 co-ambassadors for the Relay for Life of the Cove will feature father and daughter George R. Gilbert of Martinsburg and Shari Gilbert of Hollidaysburg.

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The Blair County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, Blair County Sheriff James Ott chairman, held a golf outing at Kings Valley Golf Course in Imler to raise money.

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Retired Martinsburg Police Chief Richard Brantner Sr., was sworn in as mayor on June 24. Brantner was named to fill the unexpired term of Rex L. Hartman, who resigned due to moving out of the borough.

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– NOTE –

The Herald’s 2019 Year in Review will continue in the edition published Jan. 2, 2020. The months covered will be June through December.

The Herald’s owners, employees and advertisers thank you for being a Herald reader in 2019.

 

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