Nominations arrived at the Martinsburg Community Library.  “Deciding between them wasn’t easy,” confessed Library Director Jackie Rhule.  “I’m still torn, but limited numbers are the nature of these types of awards.  Still, we couldn’t go wrong given the quality of nominees. ” After some debate, five awardees were selected, four based on humanitarian service.
Ritchey’s Dairy rooted deep into the community over the course of 75 years.  One could say by sweetening the region with ice cream, milk and other products.
However, sweetening funds and services to school athletics, the 4H, the Lion’s Club, local firefighters, July 4th celebrations, the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, the Martinsburg Community Library, and the National MS Society, among others are notable commitments.  These earned Ritchey’s the library’s first Novel Service Award to a local corporation.
Linda K. Smith, a mainstay in the community for 43 years, also earned a Novel Service Award.  When she sees a need, she wants to solve it.  When she sees a purposeful organization, she wants to join it.  She serves on the Martinsburg Borough Council, founded the Martinsburg Food Pantry and helped establish the Martinsburg Revitalization Council.
Smith is secretary of two civic organizations, president of the Friends of the Library, remains quite active in St. Matthews Lutheran Church.  The Martinsburg Community Library honors her unflinching dedication and leadership.
Peggy Steinfurth has loved libraries all her life.  So much so, she shortened her social work career to obtain a Master of Library Science from Pitt.  Steinfurth was chosen for the Best Friend of the Year Award because of her unfailing support.  She is in charge of publicity for the Friends and regularly supports the book sale and chocolate covered pretzel sale so vital to the library.  Steinfurth is a gem on which the library does rely.
Susan Diethrich, a native of Morrisons Cove, began volunteering at the library at least 20 years ago.  It was a way to fulfill a dream on her bucket list, one of having a career in library science.  Today, the library counts on Diethrich behind the circulation desk one Saturday a month and leading the pretzel fundraiser once a year.  For her contributions, Diethrich will be honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award.
There is one award left, the Love My Library Award for the best essay about the impact of the library on a young patron’s life.  Cullen Lloyd aptly explained he would be “devastated” without the library.  “When I am at the library,” he wrote, “I feel safe and relaxed. I know that I will learn and benefit from my time there.”  It was at the library Lloyd developed a love for history and Lego robotics.
The library will honor Lloyd and all awardees at the Taste of the Cove & Silent Auction on Saturday, October 10, 2015.  As emcee WTAJ-TV News Reporter Charlotte Ames will bestow each award.
This signature evening of savories from 8 foodies, a choice of soft drinks, live music, fabulous auction items, fun and awards takes place in Weaver Banquet Hall at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park located at 201 South Walnut Street in Martinsburg, PA 16662.  Tickets can be purchased from the Martinsburg Community Library, the Bistro, Fredericks Meat Market, and Maddie Cakes.
For further details, contact the library in the Park at 814.793.3335 or or visit
Sponsors of the event include D. Merl Tipton VFW Post 43, the Martinsburg Booster Association, VFW Post 43, John K. Bolger Funeral Home, Barkman Oil & Heating Co., Inc., Clearfield Bank, CS Trucking, Long’s Tires, Cove Flooring Center, Cove Lumber, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Hon. Judy Ward (State Rep.), West Central Equipment, Homewood at Martinsburg, NPC, Inc., Southern Cove Medical Associates, Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Hon. John Eichelberger (State Senator), Keller Engineers Inc., Nason Hospital, Dr. and Mrs. Richard R. Reeve, Stuckey Ford and Subaru, Bowers Contractors, Cove Veterinary Service, Deb Edmundson of ReMax Results Realtor, Long’s Outpost, Lori’s Shear Technique, Martin Oil Co., McGraw Builders, Snowberger Meats, Kenneth Stover, Inc., Zimmerman Dentistry, and other individual donors.
The Martinsburg Community Library manages more than 26,000 catalogued items, 18,000 loaned items, 7,000 patron visits, 1,000 patrons accessing the Internet and about 84 special programs each year.