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How to Support Local Businesses During Mandatory Restrictions

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 throughout the United States in March 2020 transformed American lives in ways many might never have imagined possible. Social... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
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Attention Small Businesses Applying for Help Loans

If you're a Hollidaysburg- or Duncansville-area small business applying for a help grant or loan, the Herald can help. We can't write your whole application for you, but we can help with the parts that require descriptions,... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
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Area Students Named to Fall Dean s List at IUP

The following students from Blair County have been named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean’s list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
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Music Association Names Sheehan President-Elect

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently announced that Scott Sheehan, director of bands and Music Department chairman at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
 By Penelope Wang    News 

What to Do If You're Having Trouble Paying Bills

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on the Consumer Reports website. The Herald is re-publishing this in the interests of providing our readers with reliable and helpful information. The article can be found on... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
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Wolf Administration: Business Exemption Submission Period Ends Friday, April 3

On April 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that the exemption application process for businesses created in response to Governor Tom Wolf and Department of... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
 By Christen Smith    News 

Pennsylvania food secure, still panic buying persists

As Pennsylvania braces for another month of social distancing, state officials pleaded with residents to stop panic buying and supply hoarding. There’s more than enough for everyone, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says,... — Updated 4/2/2020

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News

What I Understand So Far

I was smart enough to get out of graduate school alive, but I've never been one with a quick wit. So it often takes me a while to puzzle through things. With the flood of informatio... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Reports: All of PA now under stay-at-home order

The Altoona Mirror and other news sources are reporting that Gov. Tom Wolf on April 1, 2020, placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home. The Mirror is reporting that Gov. Wolf expanded "the geographic footprint of... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Updates, Cancellations and Closures - March 2020

This is a list of closings, cancelations and updates for the Morrisons Cove, Claysburg and Williamsburg areas. The Herald will update this list as we receive information. Please check back frequently. --------------- Pennsylvania... — Updated 4/1/2020

 

Pa. Gov. Wolf Extends K-12 School Closures Indefinitely

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania K-12 schools to remain closed until further notice. Gov. Wolf made the announcement during a press conference on Monday afternoon, March 30. The governor said the Department... — Updated 3/31/2020

 

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 560 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 1,687

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on March 26 confirmed as of midnight, March 26, that there are 560 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,687 in 48 counties. The frst positive case in Blair... — Updated 3/27/2020

 

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Penn State Extension, College of Ag Sciences open for business during pandemic

The ever-evolving coronavirus/COVID-19 situation has prompted additional changes to Penn State Extension programming and operations across Pennsylvania, as well as other public services offered by Penn State's College of... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Cancels April Session

Amid continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today canceled the upcoming oral argument session scheduled in Pittsburgh from April 20 through 22. Cases scheduled for argument during that session will... — Updated 3/26/2020

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News

The Hollidaysburg Herald is Hanging On – For Now

For an industry that is based on telling people what’s going on right now, the news media is sometimes not very good at looking ahead. We here at the Hollidaysburg Herald and Morrisons Cove Herald are trying to look ahead, but... — Updated 3/26/2020

 
 By Christen Smith    News

Pa. Delays Primary Election Until June 2

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously agreed Tuesday, March 24, on a plan delaying the state’s primary election until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Bill 422 heads back to the upper chamber for a... — Updated 3/26/2020

 
 By AAA East Central    News

Gasoline is 13 Cents Cheaper This Week

After falling by 12 cents last week, the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is another 13 cents cheaper this week at $2.358 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Prices have pushed cheap... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Experts: Continuity Of Food System Critical During Pandemic

Maintaining a stable food supply in the United States is critical in the battle against the novel coronavirus. And that means each sector of the food supply chain – farms, packing houses, food processors and manufacturers,... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Extension Remains A Resource During Coronavirus Pandemic

The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19, has disrupted the operations of businesses, governments and other organizations across the country, including Penn State. But Penn State Extension, the... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

NFIB Study: COVID-19 Impact on Small Business is 'Profound'

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Research Center on March 23 released data on the effect that Covid-19 has had on small businesses: The NFIB Research Center’s latest survey on the current impact of the... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Pa. Reconsiders Closing Liquor Stores

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Sunday night, March 22, that he’s reconsidering his order to shutter liquor stores as part of the state’s coronavirus mitigation effort. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board closed 600 wine and... — Updated 3/26/2020

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News

Sources of Reliable Information about the Coronavirus and Covid-19

The Hollidaysburg Herald is publishing as much local information as it can about the reaction to the coronavirus and COVID-19. The Herald’s niche is providing news about the Hollidaysburg area and Morrisons Cove, so that’s... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

U.S. Dept. of Labor releases Coronavirus-related info for businesses, workers

On March 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance addresses critical... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Department of Aging Releases COVID-19 Guidance on Protective Services for Older Adults

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has released COVID-19 guidance on handling protective services for older adults. This temporary guidance provides operational flexibility to protect older adults and staff during investigative... — Updated 3/25/2020

 

Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response

Pennsylvania is acting to enable retired health care professionals to assist with the COVID-19 response by waiving certain licensing regulations. Previously, the Department of State waived some regulations for nurses, removed... — Updated 3/25/2020

 

Updated Cancellations/Closures

This page contains updates of events and businesses affected by the coronavirus and local, state and federal orders. The Herald will post information to this site as it becomes avai... — Updated 3/25/2020

 

Food Assistance Programs and Resources Available

The Wolf Administration on March 24 reminded Pennsylvanians of food assistance resources available and what actions it is taking to ensure access to food does not stop in spite of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts. “Life has... — Updated 3/24/2020

 

DCNR Extending Closure of State Park and Forest Facilities Statewide

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced March 23 that all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30 to help slow the... — Updated 3/24/2020

 

Pennsylvania Extends Personal Income Tax Return Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file... — Updated 3/24/2020

 

Pennsylvania Expands Access to Pharmacy Services

The Wolf administration is removing barriers for pharmacies to provide services for Pennsylvanians in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has granted a request from the Pennsylvania Department of State to... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

State Police to Assist in Enforcement of Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses

Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), issued the following statement March 22 on the agency’s enforcement of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing physical locations of non-life-sus... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Blair County Announces Courthouse Changes and Closings

The Blair County Board of Commissioners at a reconvened Public Meeting, Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4:30 in the Public Meeting Room in the Blair County Courthouse, voted unanimously to close the courthouse to the public in an effort... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Pennsylvania Department of Education Extends School Closures Through at Least April 6

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyon... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Pennsylvania

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Pennsylvania small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA... — Updated 3/23/2020

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News

Sources of Reliable Information about the Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

The Hollidaysburg Herald is publishing as much local information as it can about the reaction to the coronavirus and COVID-19. The Herald’s niche is providing news about the Hollidaysburg area and Morrisons Cove, so that’s... — Updated 3/23/2020

 

Blair County Chamber of Commerce Statement on the Coronavirus Epidemic

As an organization in which 85 percent of its more than 1,000 members fall into the category of small business, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce is extremely aware of the gravity of the situation in which our businesses... — Updated 3/19/2020

 

Altoona-Blairy County Development Corp. Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18, 2020 Good morning. I am Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation. I am joined here today with Joe Hurd, executive director of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. I am... — Updated 3/19/2020

 

How to Clean Your Home When There's a Shortage of Supplies

In light of concerns about COVID-19, various health organizations have issued specific instructions on how to maintain personal safety and cleanliness. These recommendations... — Updated 3/19/2020

 

Red Cross Faces Severe Blood Shortage; Asks for Donations

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting... — Updated 3/19/2020

 

A Nonpolitical Historical Approach to Epidemic Disease Stages

Epidemics do not have politics. History shows that for the last 200 years, governments and health workers have reacted in much the same way to each epidemic. As an historian, I... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News

Coronavirus: It's Not About You

It's impossible to get away from news about the Coronavirus and Covid-19 these days. But strangely enough as we are immersed in information, reliable information is still hard to find. For example, some information is circulating... — Updated 3/19/2020

 

Send your cancelations to us

Send notice of any cancelation of any local event to the Hollidaysburg Herald at [email protected] or fax it to (814) 793-4882. We will be publishing a running list of cancelations on this website. A subscription... — Updated 3/14/2020

 

Altoona Curve Suspends Access to Peoples Natural Gas Field

Due to health concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and statements made by Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball concerning the start of the 2020 season, the Altoona Curve are suspending access to Peoples Natural Gas... — Updated 3/14/2020

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have range... — Updated 3/14/2020

 

Gov. Wolf Announces Closures of Pennsylvania Schools

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to... — Updated 3/14/2020

 

Sheriff's Office Warns of Fraudulent 'Alarming' Incoming Calls

The Blair County Sheriff’s Office is reporting having received reports that the main phone number to the Blair County Courthouse is being used for fraudulent purposes in spoofing call incidents. The number is (814) 693-3000.... — Updated 3/14/2020

 

The Central PA Autism Community Plans the Area's First-Ever Indoor Sensory Walk

The Central PA Autism Community has officially launched registration and fundraising for the second Annual Central PA Autism Community Walk. The walk will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Blair County Convention Center... — Updated 3/13/2020

 

Daylight Saving Time Begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, during 2020, daylight saving time (DST) is in effect from March 8 at 2 a.m. (local time) to Nov. 1 at 2 a.m. (local... — Updated 3/5/2020

 

Blank Book CEO to Speak at Genealogical Society Meeting

The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road. Our speaker this March will be Daniel Hoover, Chairman and CEO of Roaring Spring... — Updated 3/5/2020

 

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