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GASD updates policy on public comments at meetings

Responding in part to the increase in the number of people wishing to address it, the Gettysburg Area School district has proposed changes to its policies about public comments during its meetings. Board President Kenneth Hassinger said the goal was to “put into writing some of the processes we had in place this fall.” Hassinger …

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Gettysburg Borough Council announces free holiday parking beginning on Thanksgiving Day

The Gettysburg Borough Council discussed ways to make the borough safer last week, including implementing a “Vision Zero” plan that would be used to reduce accidents in the borough. The program includes traffic calming strategies to slow traffic. The borough noted that accident-reduction plans were already in place in the borough and would be part …

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As traffic increases after the pandemic local stores face supply chain issues and encourage customers to shop early

I took a quick walk around the Gettysburg Square this morning and talked to some shop owners. The responses were similar across the board: The pandemic was tough, but things are getting better. The fly in the ointment right now is keeping the stores stocked. “It was tough for a couple of months, but it’s picking …

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Gettysburg Borough hears transit plans from rabbittransit and Adams County

Richard Farr, Executive Director of rabbittransit, presented his organization’s plans for transit service around the Gettysburg area to the borough council last week. Farr said the pandemic had reduced ridership to less than 30% of normal ridership at one point, but that it had increased since then and that service around the Gettysburg area was still …

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Bigger receives praise from LASD on his departure – but then doesn’t leave

“Educator. Administrator. Communicator. COVID-whisperer. These are just some of the words that have been used to Christopher Bigger, Littlestown Area School District’s Superintendent. In an interview, Mr. Bigger looked back over his six- and one-half years in the district. If there is one hallmark of Bigger’s time at LASD, it would be the increased communication …

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Family of former GAHS guidance counselor Joseph Schaeffer gives George Washington portrait to Gettysburg Borough

Saying he wanted the borough to have it, the family of Joseph Schaeffer presented Gettysburg Borough with an oil painting of George Washington at last week’s borough council meeting. Schaeffer, who died in 2020, was a longtime Gettysburg Middle School and High School guidance counselor, a founding board member of Gettysburg Dollars for Scholars and …

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From The Ground keeps Gettysburg looking great

Early on most Monday mornings during the summer months a group of local volunteers gathers in front of the Gettysburg Majestic Theater. They don safety vests and spread out through the borough with brooms and dustpans.  The volunteers spend a few hours helping to keep the streets of Gettysburg tidy and then join together at …

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County proclaims August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month

As Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually told county domestic relations employees that “you have one of the most important jobs in the county,” the Adams County Commissioners made August Child Support Awareness Month. Adams County Executive Director of Domestic Relations Kelly Carothers noted the difficulties of operating their office during the pandemic. “The past 17 …

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GASD hears public comment; votes against reopening discussion on health and safety plan; considers pandemic funds use

After hearing comment from eight residents during its public comment session, the Gettysburg Area School Board held a short meeting on Monday evening. A recording of the meeting is available here. Board member Katherine Adams Pratt asked the board to reconsider its health and safety plan, which makes face masks optional, in light of recent …

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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Season Kicks Off October 9 at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD presentations return to Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater for the 2021-2022 season. The live presentations kick off Saturday, October 9 at 1 pm and include 10 operas from the Met’s 2021-2022 season. The 2021–22 Live in HD season opens on October 9, 2021, with a revival of Mussorgsky’s monumental Boris …

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Adams County Adult Correctional Complex avoids COVID cases, moves forward with its mission

Despite being home to over 200 prisoners, the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex (ACACC) has not had a single case of transmitted COVID cases in the prison. That’s is a remarkable achievement, and a testament to the work of its staff, given many similar facilities have suffered major outbreaks requiring forced lockdowns. The facility, located …

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Schindel receives key to the city

On the occasion of his retirement as president of the Gettysburg Borough Council, Jake Schindel received a key to the city from Mayor Ted Streeter. The council members thanked him for his service with a round of applause. Schindel will be replaced at a special council meeting to be held on August 23 at the …

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Library not possible in rec park, Gettysburg says

After taking what he called a “deep dive” into the legal possibilities of allowing the Gettysburg Library to relocate into the rec park, solicitor Harry Eastman reported on Monday evening that it was not possible. Saying the rec park was specifically dedicated to outdoor recreation and playground use when it was created 63 years ago, …

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LASD approves health and safety plan after careful consideration of data

The Littlestown Area School District (LASD) school board approved the district’s state-required Health and Safety Plan on an 8 to 1 vote on Monday evening. The plan makes face coverings optional. Board member Brian Lawyer voted against the plan, saying he didn’t approve of the mask policy. The vote came after district superintendent Chris Bigger …

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Gettysburg Borough to Host Public Shredding Event

FREE to Borough Gettysburg Residents; $2 Per Box for Non-Borough Residents As a service for Borough residents and a courtesy for neighboring municipalities, Gettysburg Borough will host a document shredding event on Friday, August 20, at the Borough’s Public Works Building, 457 East Middle Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325.  Borough residents may participate free of charge, …

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Watershed Alliance expresses concern about proposed septic system in Hamiltonban

In Pennsylvania, certain very clean, very healthy streams earn a special “Exceptional Value” designation from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). These are the most unspoiled waters in the Commonwealth, and they merit special protection from the PADEP. Out of 59 named streams in Adams County, only three streams or stream segments have received …

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GASD board responds to acrimonious public comments

A number of people from the Gettysburg Area School District community spoke passionately about various topics including mask requirements, health regulations, curriculum, teachers, and perceived racism within the district during the public comment period at Monday’s board meeting. The meeting was recorded and is available for viewing here. Board members do not respond to individual …

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Bounty of the County begins tomorrow

The Adams County Fruit Growers Association is again presenting its annual Bounty of the County event that allows restaurant patrons to sample locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The event, which features fruits and vegetables from 13 local producers served in nine restaurants begins on Friday, August 6 and continues through Sunday, August 15. Adams County …

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New York developer Tim Harrison purchases the Gettysburg Station Site for $1 million

Another chapter in the long history of the so-called REDDI or Gettysburg Station property, situated in Gettysburg between North Stratton and Carlisle streets near the historic railroad station, was written this summer when Staten Island developer Tim Harrison purchased the 2.4-acre property from the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) for $1 million. The property, …

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Gettysburg proposes $27 million 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan including major street and storm water repairs and a splash pad at the rec park

Saying it was a “mouthdropping number,” Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable outlined a $26.77 million plan to improve and maintain the borough’s infrastructure over the next five years. Gable said funds would come from a variety of organizations but that a major source was expected to be grants. The goal of Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) …

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Gettysburg Borough seeks interim council member

Gettysburg Borough Council at-large member and president Jacob Schindel submitted his resignation to the council on Monday and the council will formally vote to accept the resignation at its business meeting on August 9. The council is seeking qualified candidates who live in the borough to serve on the council until January 2022 when a …

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@Home in Adams County Coordinator Position Available (25 hours/week, flexible schedule)

This position leads the @Home in Adams County community engagement initiative. @Home is designed to increase access to affordable housing, improve transportation opportunities, and increase the availability of livable wage employment across the county. This position will coordinate the initiative, facilitate community involvement, and ensure that the @Home in Adams County Strategic Plan, a living …

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Gettysburg renews Steinwehr Ave. business district improvement project for another 7 years

As local business owners expressed enthusiasm but also some concerns, the Gettysburg Borough Council unanimously voted on Monday night to reauthorize the Steinwehr Avenue Heart of Gettysburg Battlefield Business Improvement District (SABID) through 2028. Main Street Gettysburg Executive Officer Jill Sellers said the first seven years of the public-private partnership had involved 70 local businesses …

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Gettysburg Bike Week turns 20 and keeps growing

Gettysburg Bike Week  celebrated its  20th anniversary rally, cancelled last year because of COVID, at the Allstar Events Complex on Emmittsburg Rd. on Thursday through Sunday. “We had to wait an extra year to celebrate our 20th,” said event coordinator Kelly Shue. “Last year was a nightmare for everyone, but to see the joy on …

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Gettysburg Celebrates July 4

After more than a year of confinement and concerns about spreading COVID-19, the situation seemed more normal as thousands of people came to the Gettysburg Area Rec Park yesterday to celebrate 245 years of United States independence. On a gorgeous evening, with seasonable weather and low humidity, the rec park provided live music in the …

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Gettysburg will begin “Trap Neuter and Return” program to stabilize borough’s feral cat population

After hearing from citizens and municipal office holders from Bendersville, Carroll Valley, and Gettysburg describe the effectiveness of the program, the Gettysburg Borough Council will move forward on a trap neuter and return/release (TNR) program to stabilize its feral cat population. The speakers, all of whom had experience with the program said the program is …

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Opinion: Municipalities should continue to livestream and record their public meetings

When people are faced with stressful situations such as a pandemic, they lose a lot but they also learn something new. The process of adapting to negative events creates positive changes going forward. Over the course of the pandemic, school district and municipal council meetings that were formerly held in person have been moved online, …

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Keeping Gettysburg Connection Sustainable

One of the most difficult parts of the news business is making it sustainable. In other words, will we still be publishing next year? In the past newspapers were supported primarily by advertising but that money has been snatched away from our communities by Facebook, Google, and the other bigs. Although news sites like ours …

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GASD Graduates Seniors in Rain-delayed Ceremony

“What an absolutely crazy ride this high school experience has been,” said Gettysburg Area School District Senior Class President Natalie Kloster in her address to her graduating classmates and their parents and supporters at this year’s Gettysburg High School graduation in Warriors Stadium. Kloster said she had doubted at many times in the year that …

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Veterans Remembered at Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and Presentation

As other families picnicked and visited, thousands of veterans, families with children of all ages, and other patriots lined Baltimore Avenue in Gettysburg on a sunny Memorial Day afternoon to watch an enthusiastic parade.  A smaller crowd stayed on to hear presentations at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The parade included representatives of the guided-missile cruiser …

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Straban “astonished” about GASD suit

In a press release issued this week Straban Township said it had not expected to be sued by the Gettysburg Area School District. “I’m astonished,” said Tony Sanders, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We’ve been working with the district’s solicitor for months in good faith and then this suit comes out of the blue.” …

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Rita Frealing Gets to Work on Mayoral Campaign

After winning the Democratic primary over Chad Alan Carr and Kiersten Demps on Tuesday, Rita Frealing is basing her mayoral campaign on the issues of community safety, collaboration, and consensus.  “I’m ready to work,” said Frealing in a phone call yesterday. “Everyone will have a voice.” Frealing said the two major responsibilities the mayor was …

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Gettysburg’s finances are improving as downtown revitalization ramps up * Police body cameras are here

With parking revenues reported as being much better than last year, Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable was optimistic about revenue trends in the borough.  “The pillow tax is running a little below 2019 levels but the trend lines are good,” he said.  Gable said some funds from the American Recovery Plan were expected to arrive …

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Self inflicted gunshot near Gettysburg Square

Media Release On May 11, 2021 at approx. 1220 AM, Officers of the Gettysburg Police Department located a victim of a self-inflicted gun shot wound in the first block of Chambersburg St. The individual was located in the driver’s seat of a vehicle registered to the victim and the driver had an obvious self-inflicted gunshot …

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Should GASD Raise Taxes? Board Debates the Issue

Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board members expressed concern Monday evening about the 1.2 percent tax increase Superintendent Jason Perrin said was needed to keep the district in the black. Perrin said his team had reduced still another $1.2 million in spending while not affecting student learning and that the proposed 2021-2022 budget was only …

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Majestic Theater will reopen on May 21

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will reopen its first-run daily cinema center on Friday, May 21 after being closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets and show times will initially be limited, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are $9 each. “The pandemic has devastated theaters across America, so May …

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Democracy for America Publishes 55-Page Report on Poverty in Adams County

Democracy for America, led by project leader Leon Reed, has published an in-depth look at poverty in Adams County. The report is a detailed investigation of the many factors, including job opportunities, affordable housing, public transportation, internet access, education, healthcare, and child care that affect poverty. The report concludes that in many ways Adams County …

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GASD Proposes a 1.3 Percent Tax Increase for 2021-2022

Gettysburg Area School District Superintendent Jason Perrin said the district has found a way to reduce another $1.2 million in spending for the 2021-22 school year over the past two weeks. He said the cuts were difficult to find but had been accomplished without impacting student programming. The proposed budget will keep the minimum unassigned …

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GARA outlines plans for July 4 fireworks * Reconsiders Again a Public Pool at the Rec Park * Firemans Carnival News

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) is finalizing plans for the July 4th Fireworks to be held in the rec park. The board said a number of food trucks have been invited. “Pizza, popcorn, and cheese steaks are in the mix,” said GARA Executive Director Erin Peddigree. There will also be musical entertainment.  The board …

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Borough Encourages Responses To Survey

Residents of Gettysburg Borough should have received a survey in their mailbox asking them to provide information about their perceptions of the borough and its government. Borough Manager Charles Gable has asked people to fill out the survey to help the borough know if the if the work they are doing is satisfactory.  Gable said …

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Gettysburg Borough Council Praises Main Street Director Deb Adamik, Gettysburg Police Force

On the occasion of her retirement, Gettysburg Borough councilmember Patti Lawson reviewed many of Main Street Gettysburg’s Deb Adamik’s accomplishments during her fourteen years as President and Chief Executive Officer. Lawson said Adamik’s achievements included the creation of the Wills House, the coordination of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg battle, leadership on the Steinwehr …

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Mark Drew and The Gettysburg Review Literary Magazine [Episode 50]

In a small building on N. Washington St. on the Gettysburg College Campus, Editor Mark Drew and his staff quietly and diligently work to select content for the college’s quarterly literary magazine The Gettysburg Review. The Review, which was founded in 1988 and recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals, publishes poetry, essays, …

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Vaccine Information Update

This is an update about the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations in Adams County as of today, April 12, 2021.  As of tomorrow, the state has opened vaccine eligibility to all adults. This does not mean that you will get a vaccine immediately– but you can get on a list to get one. There is still …

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Adams COVID Cases Continue to Rise as Commissioners Call for Safety and Vaccinations Continue

COVID-19 Cases in Adams County continued to rise this week at an alarming rate as County Commissioners reminded people to continue wearing masks and social distancing. Commissioner Marty Qually said “Those who care about their families, friends, and community will do what is right and continue to follow scientific safety protocols. Over 160 Adams County …

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Gettysburg Borough Proposes Limiting Food Trucks

Under a proposal being considered by the Gettysburg Borough Council, food trucks will be banned from Lincoln Square and in the first block in each direction from it, as well as on Steinwehr Ave. The proposal is a compromise between parties who want food trucks to be allowed everywhere and those who want to ban …

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SCCAP Begins Distributing $6.7 Million in Rental Assistance to Adams Landlords and Tenants

Federal funds designed to help individuals and families who have been impacted by COVID maintain their housing are arriving in Adams County. These funds were allocated through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 signed into law by President Trump in December. In Adams county the act is bringing just over $6.7 million to assist …

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Mt. Joy Solar Hearing Wrapping Up after a Year of Meetings

Mt. Joy Township Supervisors and attorneys for NextEra Energy and local residents who opposed the project have ended the 80 or so hours of evidentiary hearings they have participated in over the past year to discuss the merits of NextEra’s proposed solar array project that would cover hundreds of acres in the township. Thousands of …

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Demanding “Live Learning,” FASD Board Overrules School Administration Preferences

After hearing angry statements from residents about the inability of children to return to full-time status and a complicated explanation from school administrators about the difficulty of reopening the elementary school full-time during the pandemic, Fairfield Area School Board members took action and voted to install cameras in each of the school’s classrooms to provide …

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Gettysburg Supports New Library Building in the Rec Park

The Gettysburg Borough Council is taking first steps to clear the way for the Gettysburg Branch of the Adams County Public Library System to build a new 27,000 square foot building on three acres in the Gettysburg rec park. The library is moving from its current location at the corner of Baltimore and High Streets …

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Community Media Will Bring Fiber Broadband to the County

Using grants from the Adams County Community Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Community Media of South Central PA is developing a proposal for a fiber broadband system for Adams County. The organization has created a steering committee and is working with Celerity and Skyline Technology Solutions on the plans.   Please see our related …

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Adams Faces Rural Broadband Shortages that Challenge Education, Manufacturing, and Agriculture

Speaking at an online meeting of the @Home in Adams County Initiative yesterday, Center for Rural Pennsylvania Director Kyle Kopko said Adams County has only about 197 people per square mile, and that like other rural counties, it ranks below the state average for internet download speeds. Kopko said households without adequate broadband are poorer …

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Adams County COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Remains a Trickle

Moving into the tenth week of vaccine deliveries in the state, opportunities for first-dose shots in Adams County remain limited or non-existent.  Neither the Adams Cumberland Pharmacy system nor the Wellspan system currently show any available openings for first-dose appointments. The PA Department of Health said it delivered about 2,000 doses of vaccines during the …

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UASD Hears Calls for Charter School Reform * Secondary Reopening Stymied by County Virus Figures

In his legislative report to the Upper Adams School District board on Monday, board member Christopher Fee noted the many burdens charter schools place on school district finances.  Fee said 350 school districts across the commonwealth are “calling for charter school reform. There are good charter schools, there are less good charter schools, but the …

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Vaccine Information Update

This is an update about the availability of COVID_19 vaccinations in Adams County.  Most generally, there is limited supply of vaccines. Hospitals and pharmacies are prepared to vaccinate thousands of people every week but the state does not have the vaccines. Most residents of nursing homes, however, have received their vaccines.  Vaccines for these vulnerable …

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Gettysburg Borough Council: Announcements and Actions

The Gettysburg Borough Council made announcements and took actions on Monday night: Announcements President Jake Schindel noted that Routes 15 and 30 in Gettysburg are state-owned roads and that the state clears the driving lanes but not the parking spaces on these roads.  Schindel said clearing the parking spaces is a borough function “Right now …

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Gettysburg Library Looks to Relocate in the Rec Park

The Gettysburg Branch of the Adams County Library System, currently located at the corner of Baltimore and High Streets, is moving.  Yesterday, the library asked the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) to allow them to build a new 27,000 square foot building on three acres in the rec park. Speaking for the library were Library …

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Gettysburg College Students, Ending Their Arrival Quarantines, Are Optimistic for a Safe Spring Semester

As Gettysburg College begins the second week of its 2021 spring semester, students who have received two negative COVID-19 tests have been allowed to break their “arrival quarantine” with permission to leave campus. Students, who will be tested twice-weekly throughout the semester, will wear color-coded wristbands to mark their testing status. “Last week was pretty …

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Vaccines Roll Out at Local Nursing Homes, but Few Are Available for the General Population

“It’s going well. Every resident that qualified got it,” said Transitions Healthcare Gettysburg Nursing Home Administrator Vickie Kilmer, speaking of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines recently received by residents at the facility located just west of Gettysburg. Kilmer said over 270 doses had been administered at an onsite clinic held by Walgreens pharmacy. “We …

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021 Local businesses in Gettysburg and Adams County are creating dozens of special offers, both in-person and online, for you and your valentine this week. Whether you are inside or outside of your house, our shops deserve your support. No matter if you are stepping out onto the town or cuddling …

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UASD Partners with State Agencies to Address Alleged Racism at Biglerville High School

Responding to social media posts alleging racism and an online petition signed by over 2,200 people accusing Biglerville High School of being “complicit in the abuse and harassment of students of color,” PA state officials and the Upper Adams School District (UASD) administration said today they were taking allegations of racism and sexism raised on …

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Gettysburg Borough to Encourage “Best Practices” at Destination Gettysburg

Gettysburg Borough is looking to create more transparency at Destination Gettysburg (DG), Adams County’s Destination Management Organization (DMO).  The organization, one of about 50 across the state, is funded by the state’s lodging (“pillow”) tax with a mission of bringing visitors to the county. A committee made up of borough council board members Patti Lawson …

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WellSpan Health Explains Its Vaccine Policies

Gettysburg Connection talked today with Ryan Coyle, WellSpan Public Relations & Communications Manager, about WellSpan’s past vaccine policies and what the public can expect going forward. Here is an edited transcript of Coyle’s statement during our conversation:  “We opened up and began Phase 1A in late December. We started with front line workers and other employees …

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COVID_19 Vaccine Update

The PA Dept of Health has reported that small amounts of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to these locations in Adams County this week: Adams Cumberland Pharmacy Wellspan Family Medicine- East Berlin Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital Wellspan Family Medicine- Herrs Ridge Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital Kennie’s Pharmacy- Littlestown Contact information for these locations is below .  Also …

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UASD Begins Budget Process; Allows Spectators at Sporting Events

Upper Adams School District (UASD) Business Administrator Shelley Hobbs began the school board’s discussion on the 2021-22 budget by focusing on its salary and benefits aspects, saying “these are the parts of the budget we can control.” Hobbs noted benefits paid to employees through the Pennsylvania Public Schools Employee Retirement System (PSERS) system had increased …

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Upper Adams Deals with Alleged Racism

Upper Adams School District (UASD) is dealing this week with controversy surrounding a Facebook page alleging a history of incidents of racism at Biglerville High School. District Superintendent Wesley Doll said in a letter posted to the district’s website on Sunday that high school principal Beth Graham and assistant principal Nathan Becker would be available …

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GASD Recognizes Board, Voices Concern over Charter School Costs

Noting that January is School Director Recognition Month, Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Superintendent Jason Perrin recognized board members for their service. “This is a time for us to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work boards do on behalf of our students, schools, and families,” said Perrin. Perrin said the impact of the …

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Bipartisan Group Encourages Residents to Run for Office

“You don’t have to have political experience. You just have to have the will to help your community,” said Gettysburg resident and borough council member Matt Moon as he described his entry into politics last year. Moon spoke this week at an online, bipartisan, meeting of elected officials and interested citizens sponsored by the local …

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Borough Council Members Defend Borough Staff

Gettysburg Borough President Jake Schindel and Council Member Patti Lawson both expressed their support for borough staff members at Monday’s council meeting. The statements published here have been slightly edited.  The complete statements can be seen here. Jake Schindel: “We elected officials are elected by the public and we should absolutely take criticism all the …

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Two New Developments Proposed in Gettysburg Borough

A three-house residential development near the Lutheran Seminary and a large residential-commercial project at the corner of Water and 4th streets are under review by Gettysburg Borough. Borough Engineer Chad Clabaugh said the Water St. project, proposed by Shippensburg Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, was “one of the bigger land developments we’ve seen in a …

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Land Conservancy Seeks Part-Time Administrative Coordinator

Land Conservancy of Adams County is currently seeking an organized, thorough, and personable Administrative Coordinator to support all of our activities. This part-time position (estimated 25 hours/week) is located in Gettysburg, and will pay between $15 and $20/hour, depending on your experience and qualifications. This position reports directly to our board of directors, providing administrative …

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Curbside Pickup Comes to Kennie’s in Gettysburg

Kennie’s Market, located 217 W. Middle St. in Gettysburg, now offers curbside grocery pickup service.  “We were looking at offering curbside pickup pre-COVID and were able to get the service up and running at our Gettysburg location,” said Store Manager Ralph Flores.  “We wanted to add the service for our busy customers to have another …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Continues in Adams

Adams County health care providers received 800 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week, in addition to the 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine received by the hospital three weeks ago. The vaccines now are available for distribution through the Cumberland Adams Pharmacy, located in the Kennie’s Market in Biglerville, to all people who …

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GASD Passes on Auxiliary Gym Update

After considering the project for many months and getting requisite bids, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) declined to spend $915,487 for an update to the school gym that was to be rolled into a $16.5 million renovation of the building’s heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) system. The HVAC system update itself, deemed necessary …

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New State Vaccine Dashboard Shows only a Third of Available Adams County Vaccines Have Been Used

The newly-released Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine dashboard, which reports the number of vaccinations administered by county, shows that only 336 people have been vaccinated in Adams since the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine almost three weeks ago. The Department of Health reported last week that 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine had been delivered …

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Gettysburg Connection 2020 Annual Report

Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to share Gettysburg Connection’s 2020 annual report with you. I direct this letter to all of you who read the Connection, who subscribe to the Connection, who sponsor the Connection, and who participate with the Connection in so many other ways. I am happy to report that Gettysburg Connection …

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Adams Leads All Pennsylvania Counties in Hospital COVID-19 Admission Rate; Places Second For Percent Positivity

As the number of COVID-19 continues to surge, Adams County has achieved the dubious status of having the second highest percent positivity rate – at 26.3 percent – of all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Only Perry County is higher – at 33.1 percent. The positivity rate measures the percent of people tested who have positive results. …

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As Legislators and Front-Line Workers Receive Vaccines, Adams County Residents Wait Their Turns

As of today only 975 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Adams County and these are being administered to employees at Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital. These doses are all of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and no shipments of the Moderna vaccine have yet been received. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for distribution by the U.S. Food …

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A Message from the Publisher

Dear Gettysburg Connection Readers, No matter how you are celebrating, I hope you find this 2020 festive season a time of family, caring, sharing, reflection, and renewal. We’d normally be gathering together in joy and laughter, but this year is different.  The darkness of the outdoors has moved indoors and the season will long be …

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HGAC Grants Help to Preserve 11 Adams County Barns in 2020

Every year, the Historic Preservation Society of Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC), through its Barn Preservation Project and Grant Program makes grants of money available to owners of historic barns within Adams County. This year, a record setting number of 11 barn owners were able to take advantage of this unique program that helps to extend …

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Gettysburg Borough Moves Forward On Emergency Restaurant Zero-Interest Loan Program

“With the changes we’ve seen, it occurred to me we could use some money from our revolving loan fund to keep some of our restaurants open,” said borough council vice president Wes Heyser as he proposed a new zero-interest program from Gettysburg Borough to help local restaurants. Heyser said restaurants are suffering due to a …

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Adams County Historical Society to Build new $5 Million Complex in Cumberland Township

Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) has launched a $5-million-dollar capital campaign to fund a new 29,000 square foot exhibition complex, scheduled to open by Fall 2022, to be built just north of Gettysburg at 625 Biglerville Rd. The new building will house an exhibit gallery, archives, and an education center. The society has already raised …

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Gettysburg Hospital to Receive First COVID-19 Vaccines This Week

WellSpan Health announced today that seven of its hospitals would be among the first in the state to receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines and would serve as distribution centers for immunizations. A Wellspan spokesperson said Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon would receive vaccines first, probably tomorrow, and that other hospitals, including Gettysburg, would receive their first …

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Pennsylvania Ramps Up COVID-19 Mitigation, Imploring People to Stay Home and Banning Many Activities Until Jan. 4

Amid an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases and a severe stress on hospitals, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today issued new mitigation orders and implored Pennsylvanians to step up against the virus by staying home. “Each of the last two days reported the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Health Secretary Rachel …

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Local Health Crisis Becomes Critical as Cases Spike, Hospitals Fill Up, and Staff Burn Out

Anthony Aquilina, Executive Vice President at WellSpan Health said yesterday that the number of COVID patients in Wellspan hospitals has increased by over 600 percent over the past few weeks and that things were likely to get a lot worse. “Over the next two weeks, we expect hospital cases to double,” he said. Currently, one …

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County School Districts Struggle with COVID, but Remain Mostly Open for Now

If you enjoy this article will you please help the Connection provide more like it by subscribing? Your contribution will help us keep new stories about our children’s education on the front page in 2021. Thanks for your support. YES, I’LL SUPPORT GETTYSBURG CONNECTION’S COVERAGE OF EDUCATION IN ADAMS COUNTY The county’s six school districts …

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Federal Government Supports Adams Organizations with $3.7 Million More in COVID-19 Money

The Adams County Commissioners have awarded another $3.7 million in federal grants to over 80 county organizations. The funds come from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by the U.S. Congress in March, 2020. The $2 trillion economic relief package helps protect the American people from the public …

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Upper Adams School Board Elects Bruce Hollabaugh to Replace Elaine Jones

A strong group of four candidates, bringing years of experience in education, service, and business, applied for the Upper Adams School District (UASD) board position being vacated by Elaine Jones. In the interviews the candidates stressed their dedication, their love of learning, and their dedication to the mission of UASD. The temporary position is for …

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Will you Support the Connection on #Giving Tuesday?

Dear friend of Gettysburg Connection, Yes, 2020 has been quite a year. From the toll of the coronavirus to an escalated political scene in Gettysburg and an intense presidential election, to the sadness we endure when we see so many businesses shuttered and so many people hungry and homeless, we have endured unprecedented turmoil.  Throughout, …

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National, State, and Local Health Agencies Urge People to Stay Home and Practice Health Safety on Thanksgiving

Noting the urgency of the health crisis, the following statement have been made in recent days by federal, state and local agencies. The Wellspan Health statement about the surge of cases in Gettysburg Hospital is particularly concerning: The U.S. Center for Disease Control: More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States …

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Upper Adams Schools Cope with COVID

All schools in the Upper Adams School District remain open as of today, as the district continues to monitor cases and follow state guidelines Superintendent Wesley Doll said there were currently four COVID cases in the district and that 32 people were currently in quarantine out of a total of 1,700 students in the district. …

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UASD Carefully Monitors Student Learning, Finding Some Concerns but Also a Rebound

The Upper Adams School District School Board heard on Tuesday from administrators in each of their schools about student learning during the pandemic.  Overall the administrators reported there had been some decreases in learning from last year and that although these were concerning many students were now improving. Biglerville Elementary School Principal Jamie Kerstetter said …

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UASD accepts Resignation of Longtime Board Member Elaine Jones; Makes Plans to Sell the Bendersville Elementary School Building

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board member Elaine Jones has retired after 16 years of service. The board voted to accept her resignation on Monday. “Thank you so much for your long and steadfast and diligent service.  You have really been a role model and I’m going to miss you,” said board member Christopher …

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Thanks and Gratitude 2020

As Thanksgiving 2020 arrives in a year where there are some things we are not completely thankful for, I’d like to hear from each of you about the things you are thankful for. Gratitude is a human emotion that brings people together, provides support for families and communities, and improves our well-being. Gratitude can be …

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As High School Closes and Sixth Graders Return, FASD Teachers and Staff Scramble to Cope with Escalating COVID Cases

The Fairfield Area School Board held a “boardshop” on Monday night in which they discussed with district staff members the many issues facing their schools during the recent COVID surge. The importance of keeping on top of the quickly-evolving situation has been made clear as all sixth grade students were sent home between November 12 …

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GARA Nixes New Year’s Fireworks, Struggles with Vandalism

Expressing reservations about safety, likely turnout, and the difficulty of safely parking cars during the winter months, the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) board of directors declined to host New Year’s Eve Fireworks this year. Board member Jake Schindel, said ACNB had offered to pay for the fireworks with help from the Gettysburg Area Retail …

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Gettysburg Borough Passes Police Cooperation Ordinance, Prepares for Vote on Non-discrimination Ordinance and 2021 Budget; Fires Set at Rec Park

The Gettysburg Borough Council voted on Monday to publish for public comment an ordinance designed to protect people on the basis of their sexual orientation. The proposed ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, housing, and commercial property, establishes a commission to investigate complaints, and creates a mediation remedy for filed complaints. The ordinance has …

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CVSD Remains Focused on Return to Daily Instruction at the Intermediate School

A return to daily instruction in the Conewago Valley Intermediate School is still in the books, but has been delayed until at least January 19 due to the recent spike of COVID cases in Adams County, said District Superintendent Christopher Rudisill yesterday. But Rudisill said reopening full time will create a host of difficulties. “The …

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Live Report: In-Person Voting Proceeds Smoothly in Adams County * Mail-in Results Will Come Tomorrow

The Connection will report full election results when they are released by the elections office. County Manager Steve Nevada said he anticipated the results would be made public by the end of the day (Wednesday). “We do not have a specific time as there are still thousands to go,” said Nevada. News Update: Tuesday, 6:45 …

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Faced with Dozens of Potential COVID cases, Fairfield School Board Votes to Continue Every Other Day Schooling

After hearing  District Nurse Kristi Ebaugh report that the district had sent home 69 students with “symptoms mimicking COVID” since the start of school, the Fairfield Area School District (FASD) Board of Directors voted to maintain for this semester the current A/B hybrid model in which children at all grade levels come to school only …

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Adams County Will Use Three Teams of Five Persons Each to Count up to 21,000 Mail-in Ballots on Election Day

Adams County Director of Elections & Voter Registration Angie Crouse said the county would be using three teams of five persons each to count the mail-in and absentee ballots on election day. In each team one person will verify the ballot, the second person will open the outer envelope, the third will open the inner …

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Rich Sterner Challenges Doug Mastriano in Local State Senate Race [Episode 38]

Please see our 2020 Elections Page Please see our Candidate Profile Page Adams County is hosting contested races for U.S. Congressional Representative in the 13th district between Republican incumbent Dr. John Joyce and Democratic candidate Todd Rowley, as well as between incumbent state senator Doug Mastriano and his challenger Rich Sterner in the 33rd district. …

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LGBT Ordinance Moves Forward in Gettysburg * Police Facebook Page Shuts Down * More News

Gettysburg Borough president Jake Schindel began Monday’s council meeting by reminding residents of the importance of wearing face masks. “As we go headlong into flu season we should all be very wary as our numbers move in the wrong direction,” said Schindel. “Gettysburg has done much better than other towns I’ve seen. We just need …

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Gettysburg Wins Praise for Its Past COVID Response and Looks Forward to the Holidays

Gettysburg Borough was recently featured on the cover of the Pennsylvania State Association of Borough s magazine, and praised inside the publication for its forward-thinking response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As restaurants, bars and stores closed, the borough worked with local nonprofit Main Street Gettysburg to create the Gettysburg CARES program to help businesses cope. …

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Glenny and Schindel Featured in Washington Post Article on Gettysburg Political Conflict

The weekly conflicts between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and armed counter-protestors on the Gettysburg Square has been escalating and frequently turning violent. The Gettysburg Police Department has issued several citations for harassment and vulgar language over the past weeks, and arrested a man last weekend for his involvement in an incident in which Democratic State …

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UASD Begins Planning for a Fuller Return to School; Board Member Elaine Jones Thanked for 16 Years of Service

Autumn Alleman, Member Services Manager from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, presented Upper Adams school board member Elaine Jones on Monday evening with a certificate of appreciation for her 16 years of service to the Upper Adams School District (UASD). Alleman said school board members spend “hours and hours away from their family to perform …

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State Senate Candidate Rich Sterner Injured in Gettysburg

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the incident occurred on the Gettysburg Square. The incident occurred on Breckenridge St. in Gettysburg. Listen to an interview with candidate Sterner Local candidate for the 33rd State Senate District Rich Sterner has reported on Facebook that he was pushed and injured during a …

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GASD To Consider Leaving the YAIAA Conference

The Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors will consider moving district athletics from the York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) conference to the Mid Penn Conference (MPC). YAIAA has 23 schools mostly in the Adams-York region and includes Bermudian Springs, Fairfield, Delone Catholic, New Oxford, Biglerville, and Littlestown. MPC includes 30 schools from as far …

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Fairfield Schools Seek Board Member

The Fairfield Area School District Board of Directors is seeking an immediate replacement for current member Greg Murray who is retiring. Murray served the district not only on the board but also on many committees, countless hours as a classroom volunteer, and throughout the district. The board application packet and and procedures can be found …

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Democrats March in Gettysburg for Their Candidates

About 75 people as well as others who joined in the march as it passed through the historic Lincoln Square, united in support of Democratic candidates on Sunday afternoon. U.S. Congressional candidate Todd Rowley (photographed holding the Todd Rowley for Congress signs in the photo gallery) joined in, after hosting campaign events in McConnellsburg and …

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FASD May use COVID Funds to Livestream Athletics

The Fairfield Area School District board of directors moved closer last week to using COVID-funds to install permanent cameras in the indoor and outdoor athletic venues. The cameras would allow live streaming of athletic events. Athletic Director Crystal Heller said she had looked into the possibility of live streaming sports events by contacting two companies, …

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Local Businesses, from Roofers to Dentists, Each Cope with COVID in Their Own Way

The pandemic has challenged, but not always defeated, the spirit and dedication of thousands of Adams County businesses to serve their customers.  For many the pandemic has forced sharp cutbacks in services, changes in procedures and protocols, and led creative owners to think out of the box to keep their businesses afloat. Restaurants The food …

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Rich Sterner Challenges Doug Mastriano in Local State Senate Race [Episode 38]

Please see our 2020 Elections Page Please see our Candidate Profile Page Adams County is hosting contested races for U.S. Congressional Representative in the 13th district between Republican incumbent Dr. John Joyce and Democratic candidate Todd Rowley, as well as between incumbent state senator Doug Mastriano and his challenger Rich Sterner in the 33rd district. …

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Election updates: Mail-in Ballots * Courthouse Ballot Dropoff * Gettysburg Ward 2 will Vote in the Fire Hall * Voting Deadlines

Please see our election voter guide with FAQ. The staff at the Adams County Elections Office is working hard to keep up with the expected 50,000 ballots that will be cast in the November 3 election, many of which will be mail-in. The office is continuing to send mail-in ballots to voters who have requested …

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Blue Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge in Gettysburg is Dedicated to Susan Naugle

Gettysburg Borough Council members and employees, representatives of Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI), and other interested people gathered today near W. Middle St. on a beautiful fall afternoon to dedicate the blue bicycle bridge that was installed in 2018 to former council president Susan Naugle. Gettysburg Mayor Ted Streeter made the dedication saying the event …

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School Starts Smoothly in Fairfield

School has restarted at the Fairfield Area School District (FASD) and as of Monday there had been no reported cases of COVID-19. “We have been very lucky. We haven’t had any tests come back positive,” said district superintendent Michael Adamek. “We’ve had some symptoms. We’ve had a few folks go home and be tested and …

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Gettysburg Nears Passage of LGBT Non-discrimination Ordinance

The Gettysburg Borough Council moved closer this week to a final draft of a “Borough of Gettysburg Nondiscrimination and Human Relations Commission Ordinance” which will declare discriminatory acts on the basis of gender preference to be unlawful and create a volunteer commission to investigate and mediate potential violations. Borough Solicitor Harold Eastman said many terms …

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Mail Ballots On the Way

Adams County will be mailing its first set of ballots for this fall’s general election over the coming days, and most people who have signed up to vote by mail should receive their ballot within one or two weeks. The ballots are expected to arrive from the state at the courthouse in the next day …

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Gettysburg Rec Park Remains Active This Fall

Please see our related story As the pandemic has led people outdoors, the Gettysburg rec park is getting a lot of use. The yells and cheers from children in the park ring through Gettysburg Borough almost every night and music fills the air many Sunday mornings. “The football Generals are practicing and having games. We’re …

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Six Adams County Food Organizations Receive Grants to Provide Healthy Food in Low-Income Areas

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced last week that more than 100 state projects have received grants through Pennsylvania’s $10 million Fresh Food Financing Initiative. Six of those projects were in Adams County, which received about $391,000 in total awards. •            Mi Campesina Mexican Store, Gettysburg:  $17,290 …

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Gettysburg Christmas and Halloween Parades, Canceled in 2020, Seek Sponsors in 2021

Gettysburg Borough Council president and Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) board member Jake Schindel asked GARA and the Gettysburg community Monday evening to come forward to keep the annual Halloween and Christmas parades going in Gettysburg. Schindel said the 2020 parades are cancelled due to the pandemic and there are no plans for 2021. “The …

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Gettysburg Police Begin Accreditation; Borough Passes on Body Camera Grant

Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny said the force was taking the first step in obtaining accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Committee (PLEAC). by paying a $300 fee to get the process going.  “Accreditation is a sought-after thing because it provides standards and then you have to have proof of compliance,” said Glenny. Glenny …

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Gettysburg College Speaks Out About De-Densification

Please see a companion story about college reactions to the virus. Gettysburg College faced the same challenges as hundreds of other colleges and universities across the country when it reopened for a residential semester in the midst of a pandemic, and – unfortunately – experienced pretty much the same outcomes. Despite extensive physical spacing, hygiene, …

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GASD Reports on First Week of School

Gettysburg Area School District Assistant Principal Christine Lay gave a brief report of the first week of school at last night’s school board meeting: “We made it through the first week of school.  It was a great success. I’m happy to report that my observations walking through the buildings were that students were excited to …

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PA Department of Health: Access to Nutritious Foods, More Physical Activity Needed to Decrease Childhood Obesity

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine today stressed the importance for children to have access to healthy foods and safe places to be physically active to help decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity in Pennsylvania. “We know good nutrition from a healthy diet is an important factor in overall health. If children do …

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New Affordable Housing Project Planned for Misty Ridge Development

Luminest Community Development of Chambersburg Executive Officer Bonnie Zehler reported this week that her organization had received funding to build a low-income town-home project in the Misty Ridge location on the Biglerville Road. “That’s a very exciting piece of news,” said Zehler. The new development, Ridgeview, will have 36 two-and three-bedroom townhouses. There will also …

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Borough Council Responds to Gettysburg Times Op-Ed

[Editor’s Note] The following statement was placed by the Gettysburg Borough Council into its public records last night. The comments referred to in the statement from Gettysburg Times publisher Harry Hartman were published in that paper on August 22, 2020. This Borough Council in a unanimous voice feel compelled to respond to the accusations and …

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About 30 Percent of GASD Students Will Study at Home This Fall * YWCA Offers Summer Student Support Center

Gettysburg Area School District Assistant Superintendent Christine Lay reported Monday that about 30 percent of families who responded to a recent survey said they would be taking advantage of one of the two online-only options offered by the district rather than sending their children to school. About three-quarters of these families will choose the online …

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Heritage Festival Moves Online During September, Seeks Artistic Contributions

Although the pandemic will prevent its meeting at the rec park, the health crisis will allow the 30th annual Adams County Heritage Festival to have a new online format this year. The festival will be presented as a month-long collaboration of artists and musicians representing different cultural traditions on its YouTube channel on the Festival …

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Gettysburg Borough Updates its Financial Projections

Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable reviewed the borough’s budget situation on Monday, saying he expected the borough to be in reasonable financial shape at year’s end but that this does not mean the borough has a “rosy fiscal future.” Gable expressed particular concern about the costs of a potential settlement with a police officer. Gable …

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Gettysburg College Details its Reopening Plans

Gettysburg College has extensively detailed its comprehensive plans for reopening in a series of town hall meetings that are recorded on the college website. Julie Ramsey, Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, said the campus had “tried to reimagine almost everything that goes on at Gettysburg College” to prepare for the pandemic. …

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Local Latino Community Faces Unique Challenges During COVID-19 Pandemic

While every resident of Adams County has been affected by the pandemic, its impact has been particularly acute for members of the local Latino community. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), while Latino people make up 7.6 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for 11 percent of the state’s COVID-19 deaths. According …

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GASD School Board Continues Reopening Discussion Tonight

The Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors will continue the three hour long discussion they started at their regular meeting on Monday at a special meeting tonight. The topic is the proposed school reopening plan. After extensive discussion with administrators, staff, and parents over the past two weeks School Superintendent Jason Perrin and his …

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Gettysburg Borough Council: Human Relations Board * Comcast Agreement

The Gettysburg Borough Council is close to signing a new 10-year agreement with its cable television and internet service provider, Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, which sells cable TV and internet services under the brand name Xfinity. Gable said the old agreement had expired in February and that the borough was working with other municipalities on …

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Gettysburg Borough to Require Permit for Friday’s Demonstration on the Lincoln Square and Limit Protestors to “First Amendment Zones”

Gettysburg Borough will require the organizers of Friday’s Lincoln Square demonstration to follow rules in its existing  special event ordinance. The ordinance requires groups of 30 or more people who are assembling in such a way that “obstructs the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on any street or sidewalk” to have an approved permit. …

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How to Park in Downtown Gettysburg

Both tourists and locals have to park in Gettysburg.  It’s definitely worth visiting and shopping downtown, so don’t let parking deter you. Downtown is the best part of Gettysburg and it’s easy to park. I’ve lived here for 30 years and I rarely have trouble parking. But realize you might need to walk a block …

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Understanding the Gettysburg Battlefield’s Monuments: Local Historian Scott Hancock Shares His Thoughts [Episode 32]

Over the July 4 weekend there was a lot of excitement in Gettysburg as hundreds of armed visitors surrounded monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield. This week I had a chance to talk with an expert on the Civil War and the Gettysburg monuments, Dr. Scott Hancock, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg …

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Contact Tracing Coming to Adams, But Will it Stop the New Rise in COVID?

When Adams County opened into the green phase of the state’s COVID-19 plan on June 12, the change created the likelihood that cases would begin to rise again.  The concern will be even greater when schools and colleges reopen next Month. Governor Wolf has sounded warnings as COVID cases rise statewide, but Adams is currently …

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Civil War Historian and over 300 Others Write to National Park Service About Differential Treatment of Demonstrators

A civil war historian from Oklahoma, Dr. Jennifer M. Murray, has written to Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP) Superintendent Steve Sims to protest the treatment of her advocacy group after they demonstrated in the park on July 18. The letter was cosigned by over 300 other people from around the country and can be viewed …

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Armed Robbery at West Street Rite Aid

Officers from the Gettysburg Police were dispatched to the Rite Aid Store at 231 West St., Gettysburg, on Tuesday shortly before 9:00 p.m. where they discovered a robbery that had just occurred.  Preliminary investigation revealed that two or three actors entered the establishment armed with pepper spray and physically forced employees to the rear of …

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Rowley to Hold Virtual Town Halls

Todd Rowley, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House from Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District (PA-13), will be holding a series of town halls between now and November 3. You may register for one or more of the town halls by clicking here. Campaign Email:  toddrowleypa13@gmail.com Campaign Manager Email: BillDuffield.pa13@gmail.com July 2020 Events Monday 7/20/2020 | 7pm-8pm | Adams/Cumberland/Franklin County …

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GARA: Electric Bike Ban Considered; Skate Park Vandalism; Pump Track Excitement

Responding to several near accidents that might have caused injury, The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Board of Directors is considering a ban on the use of electric bicycles, skateboards, and hoverboards in the park. GARA Executive Officer Erin Peddigree said park guidelines do not allow motorized vehicles, and that after talking with GARA’s insurance …

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Gettysburg Borough: Fees Set for Parklets; New Parking App; South Dakota Letter Success; Safe Needle Disposal

The Gettysburg Borough Council will continue the temporary parklet and pedlet pilot testing program currently underway on Lincoln Square and further consider allowing alcohol to be served in the parklets. Under the parklet program, some parking spaces are being converted to structures that provide businesses, especially restaurants, with additional outdoor space for patrons. The program …

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Gettysburg Borough Council Reviews 4th of July Incidents

The Gettysburg Borough Council called for further public discussions about the hundreds of visibly armed people who showed up in the borough and the Gettysburg National Military Park on July 4, supposedly to protect the Confederate monuments. Council President Jake Schindel emphasized the importance of the community having an open dialogue moving forward, and said …

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Citing Dramatic Increase in COVID Cases, Governor Wolf Closes Alcohol-only Bars

Citing an “unsettling climb in new COVID-19 cases,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today gave new orders that will close alcohol-only bars and further limit indoor seating in restaurants. “Medical experts looking at the trajectory we are on now are projecting that this new surge could soon eclipse the April peak. With our rapid case increases …

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Gettysburg Area School District Proposes Reopening Plan

A boisterous and sometimes rowdy crowd of citizens gathered in the Gettysburg Middle School auditorium last night as the school board began its discussion of the health and safety plan that will guide how students return to school in August. Superintendent Jason Perrin presented an outline of a proposed plan which will be finalized by …

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Gettysburg Black Lives Matters Protest Creates Tension but No Violence

Hundreds of Black Lives Matters protestors gathered in Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square Friday afternoon to highlight and denounce incidents of police brutality against African-American people. Whereas the protestors had had the square to themselves in their prior two demonstrations earlier this year, they were joined this time by a contingent of motorcycle riders, restaurant diners, as …

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Adams/Hanover Businesses Receive Over $136 Million In Federal Paycheck Protection Funds

The U.S. Small Business Administration reported this week that over 1,500 businesses in the Adams/Hanover area were helped by the U.S. Government’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) that was intended to soften the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. About 200 organizations received funds of over $150,000 for a total of $89 million and around 1,300 …

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Adams County Community Foundation Awards $75,000 To Improve Lives in Adams County

The Adams County Community Foundation has announced  $77,500 in grants from the Community Foundation’s Fund for Adams County. Supported by individuals, families and businesses, this fund is a permanent, growing endowment dedicated to addressing the evolving needs of Adams County. “Our annual Adams County Grants focus on three goals identified by our Board of Directors,” …

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Gettysburg’s South Street Renovation Expanded

South Street, Gettysburg, located between Baltimore and Washington Streets near Unity Park, will receive a substantial makeover over the next two years including lighting, curbs, sidewalks, and repaving, as well as new storm drains, water and gas lines. The borough will partner with the Gettysburg Municipal Authority, the Gettysburg Borough Storm Water Authority, and Columbia …

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Gettysburg to Loosen Zoning Restrictions on Nonconforming Buildings

Gettysburg Borough plans to change its zoning ordinance, making it possible to improve existing structures that do not currently conform to zoning codes. The changes will primarily address outbuildings, including garages and carriage houses, that currently do not meet property setback requirements and which are therefore unable to be changed under current law. In addition …

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Gettysburg Proposes Suspending Ban on Outdoor Alcoholic Beverages

The Gettysburg Borough Council asked Solicitor Harry Eastman to draft a resolution that would temporarily suspend the current ban on outdoor open containers of alcohol, but would limit their consumption to non-breakable containers that are purchased from Gettysburg establishments. The proposed resolution would only allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages in and near the new …

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Gettysburg College Announces Fall Plans

Fall classes for Gettysburg College students will begin on August 17 as the fall 2020 semester begins a bit earlier than usual. And the college will be making a number of changes to its schedule and policies to help ensure safety of students, faculty, and staff. “Any return to our residential program will come with …

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Gettysburg Reopens, But How Safely?

Hundreds of tourists returned to the streets, restaurants, and shops of Gettysburg last weekend as Adams County moved into the green phase of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus orders. The streets were particularly crowded on Saturday because the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show, sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association (GARMA), was held that day …

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GASD Board Votes No to 2020-21 Tax Increase

School Superintendent Jason Perrin proposed two possible budgets to the Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors, one for a .5 percent tax increase in the 2020-21 tax year and one for no tax increase. Perrin said the difference between the two budgets concerned the amount of money needed to be drawn from the school’s …

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Littlestown Kindergarten Teacher Wins WITF/Rotary Teacher Impact Award

Alloway Creek Elementary School Kindergarten teacher Justine Garman has won the 2020 Teacher Impact Award presented by Rotary District 7390 and WITF. The award was for Garman’s “dedication to her students and her community.” Garman was the Adams County winner, selected out of almost 250 nominations and joining teachers from six other Pennsylvania counties. “I …

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Gettysburg Moves Forward on Parklets

The Gettysburg Borough Council has asked Borough Manager Charles Gable and Director of Planning, Zoning & Code Enforcement Carly Marshall to move forward with the development of “parklets” that will provide space for businesses to allow social distancing. The parklets would be set up in parking spaces in front of local businesses and on Lincoln …

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Life Lion Air Ambulances Save Lives [Episode 29]

 When patients are transported from an accident site to a hospital or from one hospital to another, a helicopter “air ambulance” may be required to keep them alive during the journey. In Pennsylvania many companies provide air ambulance flights, and one of them is Penn State Health’s Life Lion system. Perez (left) and Depatto (right) …

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Adams County Will Move to Green Stage Next Friday, Allowing All Businesses to Reopen

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 12 more counties, including Adams, would be moved to the green phase of the state’s reopening plan beginning Friday, June 12. In the green phase all businesses and schools may reopen subject to state and CDC guidelines: Restaurants, bars, gyms, and theaters many open but only at 50 …

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2020 GASD Virtual Commencement Ceremony a Success

Sporting a huge dose of fortitude and perseverance, the students, teachers, staff, and administrators of the Gettysburg Area High School (GASD) banded remotely on Saturday to celebrate the achievements of their graduating seniors. The ceremony, recorded as YouTube video, had all of the intimacy and emotion of any other high school commencement. It was however, …

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2020 Adams County Primary Election Results

This story concerns the 2020 primary elections held in June. Click here for the November 2020 Presidential Elections The 2020 primary election on Tuesday June 2, in which many of the most important races were uncontested, had a moderate turnout in the county. 7,736 of 19,446 registered Democrats and 13,620 of 37,525 registered Republicans cast …

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Pilot Parklet Project Proposed

The Gettysburg Borough Council initially approved a project to increase space for local businesses by turning some parking spaces into outdoor restaurant and retail areas. “Social distancing will be our normal for some time to come,” said Borough Manager Charles Gable. This “forward-thinking and visionary project will “make the borough more business-friendly.” Parklets [Wikipedia] Parklets …

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GASD Tunes up Online Learning, Prepares for Fall 2020

Hundreds of teachers and administrators in the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) are working together to tweak the ongoing remote learning technology, curriculum, and grading systems, while collaborating on plans for the fall semester. Speaking about the unexpected move to virtual learning that started over one weekend in March, GASD Instructional Technology Director Ann Baum …

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Governor Wolf Signs Cocktail-to-Go Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license.  “This new temporary rule creates more business for bars and restaurants when they need it, helps to meet customer demand and supports social distancing,” said Governor …

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Nanette Hatzes Makes Art [Episode 28]

I recently spent a very pleasant morning chatting with long-time Adams County visual artist Nanette Hatzes. Hatzes: Self Portrait To put it simply, Nan has made a lot of art.  She’s also raised a daughter and worked at Shippensburg University, as well as presenting her paintings, drawings and photographs at numerous exhibitions. In 1980 photographer …

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Gettysburg Borough Helps Businesses Reopen

Gettysburg Borough has outlined its current plans to help local businesses reopen safely and successfully. “In 1863 we were a divided county and we were fighting each other during that campaign here in Gettysburg. Today we’re united and fighting another enemy, an invisible one, COVID-19,” said Borough Manager Charles Gable at Thursday’s Emergency Task Force …

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Jalbert Steps Down from Bakewell Farm

After founding the local nonprofit Bakewell Farm (BWF) in 2016 to bring bread-centric knowledge and activities to the Adams County community, local baker and musician Marc Jalbert is stepping down from its board of directors on June 1. Jalbert “I’m more comfortable working as a solo,” said Jalbert. “I thought BWF would be in better …

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GASD Holds Public Comment on 2020-21 Budget and Unveils Modified 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Board of Directors held a public comment session on the proposed 2020-21 budget at their virtual meeting on Monday. Only one public statement had been received, which was read aloud by Communications Coordinator Andrew Robinson. The letter was from Bob Stilwell who said the board should not be increasing …

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GARA Considers Hosting Fireworks on July 4

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) is considering the possibility of having a fireworks display in the rec park on July 4th, but delayed a final decision due to the health issues that might be involved. “People would really appreciate an opportunity to get out and think about other things,” said board member Robin Fitzpatrick. …

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Cheery Birds have landed at the Connection!

Our Adams County nonprofits are struggling because of COVID-19. For some, there is an increased demand for services due to the health and economic impact. Others are unable to run the programs that support their operations. Together, let’s support local nonprofits, show community spirit, & have FUN!   Cheery Birds, small wooden birds, are flocking …

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Gettysburg Borough Council News and Announcements

Facing a severe revenue shortfall, discussion at the Gettysburg Borough Council meeting on Monday focused primarily on financial difficulties. But a number of other decisions and announcements relevant to borough residents were also made. Social Distancing and Cooperation Borough President Jake Schindel reminded residents of the importance of wearing face masks and social distancing. Schindel …

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GASD Approves Proposed Budget While Expressing Concerns about Future Revenues

On a divided vote, the GASD school board approved Monday a proposed 2020-21 budget that projects about $65.7 million in revenues and $69.8 million in expenditures. The proposed budget includes a 0.8 percent tax increase. Board members AmyBeth Hodges, Michael Dickerson, and Kathleen Adams Pratt voted “No” Timon Linn, Carrie Soliday, Al Moyer, Tim Seigman, …

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“This is Not Like Home Schooling.” GASD Parents Come to Grips with Online Learning

As the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) students finish their school year using online learning, parents are playing an oversized role in the process. I talked with three parents over the past weeks to learn about their approaches, concerns, and successes with the home-based curriculum. All three parents praised GASD, saying it was doing the …

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County Emergency Management Vehicles Converge on the Hospital to Support Essential Workers

Vehicles from about 30 local Emergency Management System (EMS) units drove by the Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital yesterday to show thanks for essential hospital workers. Over 90 hospital workers greeted the parade of fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers by clapping, cheering, and sometimes crying as they rolled by. “When we were pulling in the amount …

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Local Teenagers’ Homemade COVID-19 Facemasks Go Viral

Photos Courtesy of Ashlee Kunkel Gettysburg 13-year olds Natalee Kunkel and Mirena Kahn are overwhelmed with so many orders for their homemade facemasks they have temporarily closed up their Facebook shop. “We have over 1,000 orders, and the kids have only made about half of them,” said Natalee’s mother Ashlee Kunkel. “They have a lot …

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Freezes Create Uncertainty for County Fruit Farmers

  ​Cold morning temperatures this week caused damage to some apple, peach, and pear orchards in the county. Penn State Extension researcher Melanie Schupp said she had examined the flowers of several varieties and recorded the elevation in several blocks. “Fruitlet death was evident by browning of the ovules. Some orchards in the region have …

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Hundreds of Adams County Volunteers Distribute Food During the Health Crisis

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today I participated in a community conference call about food insecurity in the current time. I learned that an army of local Adams County volunteers is helping provide food to hungry families during this health emergency. The volunteers include those working with school districts, backpack programs, food pantries, and many, many …

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Gettysburg Police Chief Updates COVID-19 Activities in the Borough

Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny began his presentation at the borough’s COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Task Force meeting on Thursday by thanking borough members for the “Incredible amount of support we’ve been shown. We very much appreciate that,” said Glenny. Glenny said residents have “really been doing their part.” Asked about personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, …

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Police Chief Cautions Gettysburg Residents about Scammers and False Information

Gettysburg Police chief Robert Glenny said last week that three individuals, all of whom were arrested on DUI counts as well, had been charged with violating the Gettysburg curfew law. Glenny said people who are arrested with “something public” will be also be charged on violations of the stay-at-home order. “I really want to caution …

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Adams County Prison Remains Vigilant and Virus Free

Because the possibilities for social distancing are limited in a prison, officials at the Adams County Adult Correctional Facility are being vigilant to avoid a COVID-19 contamination. The effort is being led by prison Warden Katy Hileman. “So far we do not have any presumed positive or confirmed positive staff members or inmates,” said Hileman. …

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PA Schools Close For the Rest of the Academic Year

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased by almost 2,000 since yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and …

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A Message From the Publisher

It’s another new day here in Adams County in a week where things suddenly feel very different. Tuesday was St. Patrick’s day, which is usually a time of joy and celebration as spring approaches. But this week doesn’t feel like that. It’s the middle of the semester but the college students have already gone home …

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County Emergency Management Center Moves to Level 3 and Prepares for Coronavirus

Adams County Emergency Services Center Director Warren Bladen said the system is now at Level 3. Level 3 is a “situational awareness posture where we gather information on COVID-19 and communicate with agencies such as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the county’s first …

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Adams County Organizations Work Together To Combat Coronavirus

A community conference call on Tuesday brought a dozen Adams County for-profit and non-profit organizations together to share their activities during the coronavirus era. The call was representative of many ways the county is serving the community. The call was initiated by Ralph M. Serpe, representing the Adams County Community Foundation. “We are grateful to …

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Gettysburg Hospital Responds to Questions about Coronavirus Preparedness

Gettysburg Connection recently asked Will Lavery, Manager of Public Relations and Communications at WellSpan Health, to comment on Gettysburg Hospital’s readiness for an expected increase in coronavirus cases in the county. Lavery took time out of his busy schedule to answer them for us. Here are his responses. Lavery asked us to remind the community …

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Kennie’s Market Adds Senior Hours and Keeps Stocks up

Kennie’s Gettysburg Store Manager, Nathaniel Brusby, said Kennie’s markets have added a senior hour every day between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. “The time is for seniors, but we’re not policing,” said Brusby. “We’re pretty good in terms of stock. We’re working to maintain our supplies. We have limits on a few items, but we’re …

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A Message from the Publisher [Episode 24]

Dear Neighbors, I have taken the opportunity to use this episode of the Gettysburg Connection podcast to share with you my thoughts during this time of stress and uncertainty. I you have time, perhaps you will also be interested in listening to some of the prior podcasts I have recorded with Adams County residents. Please …

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Local Restaurants Provide Pickup, Drive-through, or Delivery Service During State of Emergency

Although the Gettysburg Borough has reserved parking spaces in Lincoln Square for food trucks*, these are not the only sources of takeout food available during the COVID-19 emergency. Local Restaurants, as well as food trucks, are providing meals during the emergency Local brick and mortar restaurants have followed governor Wolf’s recommendation to close indoor service …

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First-ever Gettysburg Black Balloon Meeting Focuses on Opioid Crisis

Over 100 participants attended the first-ever Gettysburg Black Balloon meeting on Friday afternoon where the topic was awareness and action against the county’s opioid crisis and overdose deaths. Grenell and Qually   The participants shared stories and learned techniques to combat addiction and deaths before leaving the meeting with black balloons to remind them of …

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Center for Youth and Community Development Celebrates 20 Years

If you, your child, or another member of your family or your community is struggling with substance abuse or other psychological problems, or if you are hoping to enroll in programs that might prevent these issues from developing, the Adams County Center for Youth and Community Development (CFYCD) may be able to help out. CFYCD …

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Weekend Calendar – February 28, 2020

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend around Adams County. Please check the calendar for a full events listing. Calendar of Current Art Exhibitions Listing of Films at the Gateway Gettysburg 8 Theater Enjoy your weekend in Adams County Music Friday Ian Carroll at Ploughtap …

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GASD To Consider Security Measures at March Meeting

The Gettysburg Area School Board (GASD) will consider new security procedures at their March meeting. The following draft documents will be discussed: Policy #705 on Safety Policy #709 on Building Security Policy #712 on School Security Topics will include building access, event security, and the creation of a school safety board. The meeting, which is …

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Heritage Museum Creates an Interactive History of the Gettysburg Battle

Gettysburg Heritage Center

“It’s the best kept secret it town,” said founder Tammy Myers about the Gettysburg Heritage Center’s interactive museum, located in the in the 15,000 square foot Gettysburg Heritage Center at 297 Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg. The museum focuses particularly on the life and experiences of townspeople during the battle with a focus on interactive displays …

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Gettysburg Venues Feature All-Original Music at First-Ever 5SAFE Festival February 29

Mark your Calendar 5SAFE: for the 5th Saturday in February, when leap day falls on Saturday. It only happens once every 28 years! It’s an all-original home-grown music festival at four Gettysburg Locations. Ploughman Taproom 14 Lincoln Square ploughmancider@gmail.com https://ploughmancider.com 717. 347.6462 1st Act: The Mimic (Starting around 6) Jeff Colby and Austin Greene are …

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Gettysburg Borough Votes to Prepare an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and Fund the 2020 Memorial Day Parade

After hearing extensive comments from local citizens who supported it, the Gettysburg Borough Council voted unanimously on Monday February 10 to prepare a local anti-discrimination ordinance. If passed, the ordinance would guarantee equal protection on the basis of sexual orientation. The council had been reminded in prior meetings that neither federal or state law provide …

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Review: Young Actors Bring Romeo and Juliet to Life at the Community Theatre

Director Samuel Eisenhuth’s adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” opened on Friday night at the Gettysburg Community Theatre to a sold-out performance. Liam Day (Romeo) and Alyssa Byers (Juliet).  PHOTO BY ANDY SMETZER Shakespeare’s iconic work is a story with everything – passionate love and lust; vendettas and murder; comedy and intrigue; lavish parties and multiple …

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Gettysburg Project León Turns 30 and is Awarded a Special Day

León Nicaragua has been Gettysburg’s sister city for thirty years, and to mark the occasion Gettysburg Major Ted Streeter has proclaimed February 13 as “Project Gettysburg/León Day.” Project Gettysburg-León (PGL) is a partnership between Gettysburg and León that empowers people, communities and organizations to advance sustainable development through capacity-building funds, education and cultural exchange programs. …

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Mark Mellon Keeps the YWCA Aquatics Department Afloat

Since becoming Aquatics Director at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County in December, Mark Mellon has been busy. “I’m a jack of all trades. I do everything, including scheduling, teaching, and maintenance. I’m getting everything up to speed,” said Mellon. Mellon Mellon said the aquatics program includes something for all ages, from preschool to senior …

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GASD Returns Sylvan Hershey to the Board, Replacing Alex Hewitt

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) school board elected Sylvan Hershey to replace board member Alex Hewitt who resigned only days after he was elected in January. In their deliberations, the board first voted to consider only candidates who had applied for the replacement position left open when member AmyBeth Hodges won two seats. Because …

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Organization Profile: Ploughman Cider

The United States is the only country where you need to call cider “hard,” said Ben Wenk, owner of Ploughman Cider, located at 1606 Bendersville-Wenksville Road in Aspers, and the Ploughman Cider Taproom on the Gettysburg Square. Wenk said the difference was simple: “Cider has alcohol; apple juice doesn’t.”  Cidermakers Winzeler and Lewis Wenk is …

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Gettysburg Ends Parking Kiosk Experiment

The various parking “experiments” Gettysburg Borough has been running over the past three years have ended and the borough has returned, at least for now, to the standard meters that have been around for decades. The experiments included installing parking kiosks on the Gettysburg Square that allowed people to pay with credit cards and were …

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Business Profile: Gettysburg CBD American Shaman

CBD American Shaman, at 135 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, had its grand opening on January 3. “Our current hours are 11 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday. Until we make our presence known we’ll just do weekends. That will probably change in the spring,” said store co-owner Jay Whittle. Gettysburg CBD American Shaman The shop sells …

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GASD Board Seats Alex Hewitt After Six Ballots and Compromise

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) School Board took over an hour to interview and discuss the four candidates who had applied for the empty two-year school board position, before electing Alex Hewitt after six rounds of voting. Hewitt The other three candidates were Alice Broadway, Sylvan Hershey, and Michelle Smyers. During the interview process, …

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Gettysburg Mercy House Abuse Recovery Center Construction Gets Underway

Donors, friends, concerned citizens, and public figures gathered this morning for the groundbreaking of the new Mercy House Recovery Center facility at 45 W. High St, Gettysburg. The Mercy House will be the first substance abuse recovery center in Adams County.  The facility will have public space for clients and residents to receive information, counseling, …

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Christmas Festival Lauded at 2020’s First Gettysburg Borough Council Meeting

Newly-elected Gettysburg Borough Council president Jake Schindel chaired his first meeting and new-elected councilmember Matt Moon attended his first session. The Gettysburg Borough Council listened and contributed to praise of the successful 2019 Christmas Festival at their January 13th meeting. Public comment focused on thanking the many volunteers that helped staff the festival and the …

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The 2020 Census Begins in Adams County #ADAMSCOUNTS

Over 1,600 Adams County Census volunteers and paid employees will scour the Adams County Area this spring in an attempt to contact every person who lives here. The results of the 2020 U.S. Census will be used for the next ten years to determine Adams County’s representation in the U.S. Congress and our share of …

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2020 Gettysburg Parking Update Includes Three-hour Meters

If you regularly come to Gettysburg, it’s probably because of all the things the borough has to offer. It’s full of shopping, films, restaurants, theater, people-watching, and more. To allow you to enjoy Gettysburg more fully, the borough has increased the time limit on the short-term parking meters nearest the square. These meters, which formerly …

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Kennie’s Markets to save 5.5 Million Plastic Bags in 2020 While Maintaining Shopper Convenience

Beginning January 1, 2020, All five Kennie’s Markets (in Biglerville. Gettysburg, Littlestown, Spring Grove, and Taneytown, MD) will stop providing single-use non-recyclable plastic bags to customers as they check out. Shoppers are requested to bring their own recyclable shopping bags for their groceries. The policy was shared, beginning in November, on signs displayed at the …

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Romeo and Juliet to Fall in Love in Gettysburg [Episode 19]

The 2020 season of the Gettysburg Community Theatre is underway. The season opens with performances of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” beginning on January 10 and continues with 11 more shows and many special events throughout the year. The lineup includes Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and a variety of children’s shows, including …

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High-flying Technology Maps Adams County Farms

In 2017, Adams County Senior Planner Mark Clowney read about how a drone was being used in the planning office in an Ohio county. Clowney thought a drone might help with the mission of the Adams County Office of Planning and Development. He ran the idea past his supervisor, who approved it. “The GIS mapping …

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Susan Naugle Leaves Gettysburg Borough Politics After Twelve Years Service [Episode 18]

After spending twelve years and three terms on the Gettysburg Borough Council and serving as its president since 2017, Susan Naugle’s tenure on the Gettysburg Borough Council is ending. In this episode of the Gettysburg Connection podcast I talk with Susan about Gettysburg, about local politics, about her love for Gettysburg, and about her accomplishments …

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Tonight’s Tuba Fest Moved to Seminary Chapel

The Annual Tuba Carol Fest will take place at the United Lutheran Seminary Chapel, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, instead of on the Gettysburg Square. The concert will be from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Player registration and rehearsal will also be in the Chapel. For more information text or call 717-334-7719.

HABPI Blue Bicycle Bridge Is Dedicated to Susan Naugle

Retiring Gettysburg Borough Council president Susan Naugle was honored by Healthy Adams Bicycle Pedestrian (HABPI) president Dennis Hickethier and HABPI Gettysburg Inner Loop Trail Coordinator Tom Jolin for her service at Monday’s council meeting. “Susan has been working tirelessly, improving biking and walking infrastructure with the borough. We couldn’t have made the progress we did …

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GASD Accepting Applications for Open Board Seat

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) is accepting applications for a member of the school board. To apply, submit a letter of interest, a completed statement of financial interests form for 2019 and a resume/curriculum vitae. The statement of financial interests form is available at www.ethics.pa.gov. All applications should be sent to the attention of …

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Local Businessman Asks Gettysburg Borough Council to Enact LGBT Protection

The Gettysburg Borough Council debated a proposed ordinance that would provide LGBT non-discrimination protections at its meeting on Monday November 25. The discussion was in response to a presentation by Chad-Alan Carr, Founding Executive/Artistic Director of the Gettysburg Community Theater. Carr was joined by Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, who …

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Gettysburg Area School Board Invests New Board Members

Gettysburg Borough Council Member Tim Seigman

Five new Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board members were sworn in at its reorganization meeting on Monday evening.   The oath of office was administered to re-elected member Alan Moyer, and to new board members Michael Dickerson, AmyBeth Hodges, Timon Linn, and Tim Seigman. Holdover members from 2019 are Kenneth Hassinger, Carrie Soliday, and …

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Unwrapping the Gettysburg Christmas Festival [Episode 17]

The Gettysburg Christmas Festival is this weekend and it is bringing a lot of activity to town. The Festival kicks off Friday evening with the Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. There is a 32-page booklet describing the many festival activities. There are also a static map and an interactive map. Be aware there will be …

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Gettysburg College Center for Public Service Focuses on Immigration and Food Policies [Episode 16]

In this episode of the Gettysburg Connection podcast I talk with Gretchen Natter, head of the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College. The center, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, gives students an opportunity to learn from, interact with, and perform service for people around the world. Every year, hundreds of students engage in …

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Seven College Swim Teams to Compete for Gold at Gettysburg College

The Gettysburg College men’s and women’s swim teams will be hosting an Olympics-style swim meet at the college on December 6 and 7, 2019. Photo by Pete Vogel Seven colleges will participate in the meet: Susquehanna, Bryn Mawr (women only) Elizabethtown, Salisbury State, Messiah, Dickinson, and Gettysburg. The meet will be held at Bream Gym, …

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Gateau Monique Bakery Becomes Littlestown Tradition

It was five years ago that Littlestown resident Monique Washirapunya opened her boutique bakery, Gateau Monique, in downtown Littlestown. Since then hundreds of people have enjoyed Washirapunya’s creative desserts, and the bakery has become a fixture in Adams County and the Littlestown community. Washirapunya said her bakery is a small-town business and “a personal thing. …

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Weekend Update – November 21, 2019

  Dear Neighbor,   Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend around Adams County.   It’s a big weekend for civil-war activities, including costume balls, a parade, and an illumination ceremony, all part of Remembrance Day Weekend.   Please check the calendar for a full listing   …

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Gettysburg Remembrance Day Weekend, 2019

Gettysburg Remembrance Day ceremonies are happening around town this weekend in a yearly memorial on the anniversary of the 1863 Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. The weekend commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of Gettysburg Address. The original ceremony dedicated 17 acres to bury more than 3,500 fallen Union soldiers. Many events are to …

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Gettysburg Area School District Thanks Departing Board Members

Gettysburg Area School Superintendent Dr. Jason Perrin thanked the five members of the school board who are leaving the board. The departing members are Alice Broadway who has served since January 2019, Sylvan Hershey who has served since February 2019, Jim Henderson who has served since 2011, Mike Williams, who has served since 2018, and …

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Gettysburg to Secure Parade Routes for Citizen Safety

Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny said all Gettysburg parade routes and outdoor events, including Saturday’s Remembrance Day parade, will be “hardened” with extra security to keep citizens safe. The safety measures involve installing concrete “Jersey” barriers at parade route intersections, parking large vehicles to block vehicle access in some places, overwatch (drone) aircraft to keep …

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Gettysburg Hires Three New Staff Members

Gettysburg Borough has hired three new staff members in their office. Becca Fissel, who has been working in the borough office “for many years,” and was currently the interim parking manager, has been promoted to Borough Parking Manager. Biglerville resident Carly Marshall, who has been working in planning at Adams County, will become the new …

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Local Artist Wendy Allen Gets Key to Gettysburg

Wendy Allen, owner of the local art gallery Lincoln Into Art and tireless supporter of Gettysburg Borough, was honored by Gettysburg Mayor Theodore Streeter with a key to the city on Monday night. From left to right, Deb Adamik, Wendy Allen, Mayor Streeter, and Susan Naugle. Borough council president Susan Naugle said Allen’s love of …

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Local Resident Thomas Rooney Receives HACC Alumni Award

Adams County resident Thomas Rooney has received HACC’s highest alumni distinction – the HACC 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. This award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni who exemplify the HACC “spirit” with their personal lives, professional achievements and community service, and who serve as an inspiration to other alumni and current learners. Rooney received his …

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CBS Correspondent Major Garret Discusses the Trump Presidency Tonight

     Gettysburg College’s Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study presents “The Trump Presidency: Partial Productivity Amid Impatient Belligerence,” a lecture given by CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett.   Garrett   Major Elliott Garrett is currently Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News, overseeing all coverage related to the presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. …

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Weekend Update – November 8, 2019

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend around Adams County. Please check the calendar for a full listing Calendar of Current Art Exhibitions FILM Friday Harriet 4:00 p.m. Gettysburg Majestic Theater Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom … Friday …

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Robin Fitzpatrick Coordinates Economic Growth in Adams County [Episode 15]

In this episode I talk with Robin Fitzpatrick, President of the Adams Economic Alliance. The Alliance provides personalized advice for local businesses about retention, expansion, and workforce development. The Alliance also works to recruit new businesses to the region and to retain existing businesses. The Alliance works with organizations of all sizes, including agriculture, tourism, …

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Adams County Giving Spree Donations Reach $1M

Thousands of Adams County residents gathered at the Gettysburg Middle School on Thursday night to donate over a million dollars to local nonprofits at the 2019 Giving Spree — Adams County’s Annual Day of Giving. The event, sponsored by the Adams County Community Foundation, connected donors to groups and organizations that matched their charitable interests. …

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Fall 2019 Adams County PA Municipal Election Guide

The Fall 2019 Adams County Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Each of the 49 polling places around the county are open for voting from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Voters will be given the opportunity to choose among state-level candidates for judge of superior, commonwealth and common pleas courts. …

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Medication Takeback Sites Open Throughout County on Saturday

Safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications (including liquids, creams, and pill packs) at one of these 8 collection sites. Saturday October 26 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No Needles, sharps, or intravenous solutions. Sponsored by Adams County Questions? Contact Eileen at 717.357.4439 or 717-338-0300 X 103

Weekend Update – October, 18, 2019

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend around Adams County. Please check the calendar for a full listing Farmers Markets: Adams County Farmers Market at the Transit Center. Saturday morning. Gettysburg Farmers Market on Lincoln Square. Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Farm Fresh Saturdays …

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Judith Butterfield, Ward 3 Candidate for Gettysburg Borough Council [Episode 13]

The Fall 2019 Adams County Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. In this episode I talk with Judith Butterfield, Republican candidate for Gettysburg borough council member from the 3rd ward. Butterfield is currently a member of the council, having been appointed earlier in the year to temporarily fill the seat vacated …

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Cyberbullying Study Approved for GASD Elementary Schools

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board of directors approved a research study proposed by Gettysburg College Professor Dr. Christopher Barlett that will investigate the variables that lead 3rd and 4th grade children to begin cyberbullying. Cyberbullying occurs when a child harasses others on the internet, particularly on social media sites. Barlett Barlett said 3rd …

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Meet the Gettysburg School Board Candidates

Gettysburg Rising

Local nonprofit Gettysburg Rising will provide an opportunity for community members to hear from Gettysburg Area School District School Board candidates on Thursday, October 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Recreational Park, 545 Long Lane. The candidates will speak about their priorities and how our tax dollars …

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Coffee and Creativity at Waldo’s and Company [Episode 12]

Waldo’s and Company is a Gettysburg nonprofit that brings people together to make art and music, to drink fresh-roasted coffee, and to enjoy each other’s company. It’s a bohemian experience, a Gettysburg treasure, and an experience that should not be missed. In this episode I talk with Chris Lauer, Waldo’s founder.  He talks about this …

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Business Profile: Twin Springs Fruit Farm

Four friends, looking to the future and already involved in the Adams County fruit-growing tradition, pooled their knowledge, bought some land, and began a new business forty years ago. Today that business has grown from the initial 20-acre purchase with four employees to 300 acres and as many as 45 full-time workers. The Orrtanna business, …

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The Long, Long, Long, Long Dinner Party Will Disrupt Traffic in Gettysburg on Friday

This coming weekend is a particularly busy one in Adams County, with at least six major activities in the works. The events include:   The Pennsylvania Municipal League Annual Summit   The Gettysburg College Homecoming   The Gettysburg Area School District Homecoming   First Friday Events   The National Harvest Festival in Biglerville In addition, …

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Despite Citizen Concerns, Gettysburg Moves Ahead on East Broadway Construction

Gettysburg Borough Council President Susan Naugle concluded a long and comprehensive borough council meeting on Monday September 23rd by saying “There is a consensus on council that we are not going to be revisiting that design.” The decision was in response to a discussion about last-minute concerns, brought to the meeting by residents, regarding speed …

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Weekend Update – September 27, 2019

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend around Adams County. Please check the calendar for a full listing   Film: Downton Abbey continues at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater. The cast of the PBS mega hit make their big screen debut. Film: Brittany Runs a Marathon . A …

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Adams County Community Foundation supports HACC’s Gettysburg Campus Mechatronics Program

The Adams County Community Foundation has provided a $25,000 grant to the HACC Foundation in support of the Gettysburg Campus Fund for Excellence in Mechatronics. The fund for excellence supports the purchase of an additional state-of-the-art robot for the Robotics Lab at the Gettysburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. The robot will allow the Gettysburg Campus to offer …

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Bakewell Farm Presents “Bread for Each Other”

Local nonprofit Bakewell Farm (BWF) celebrated the benefits of healthy bread at the “Bread for Each Other” presentation during the Adams County Heritage Festival, held Sunday afternoon at the Gettysburg rec park. Volunteer Sarah Stokely at the “Knead to Know” station The educational event included hands-on demonstrations coordinated by dozens of BWF volunteers – each …

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Weekend Update, September 20, 2019

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend around Adams County. Please check the calendar for a full listing   Arts: Guys and Dolls, a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow …

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Broadway Street Construction Update (9/16)

East Broadway- C.E Williams will be finished installing the new stormwater on East Broadway Wednesday (9/18). West Broadway- Once the stormwater is completed on East Broadway, C.E Williams will begin working on the new stormwater on West Broadway. The new stormwater will be completed by the middle of next week. After all the stormwater is completed on East and …

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Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority Executive Officer Resigns

Jackie Dwyer, Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Executive Officer, will resign her position effective October 11, 2019. Dwyer Dwyer has been in the position for three years and has made substantial contributions to the park and the community. Dwyer said moving and rededicating the Biser fitness trail, installing the new Kiwanis playground, creating new pickleball …

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21st Century Learning in the Gettysburg Area School District (Episode 11)

As the school year begins, students in the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) find themselves able to customize their own learning through sophisticated curricular programs provided by the district. These personalized, courses involve offline (unplugged), face-to-face, and online approaches and provide students with the opportunity for independent learning. Two of the most interesting of these …

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Gettysburg Police Officers Commended

Gettysburg Police Officers Shannon Hilliard, Kevin McDonald, and Douglas Fishel received written commendations, medals, and plaques thanking them for their services from Mayor Ted Streeter and Police Chief Robert Glenny at last Monday’s borough council meeting. Patrolman Hilliard, Mayor Streeter, and Chief Glenny Streeter and Glenny praised the “diligence and confidence” of the officers as …

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LGBT Protection Requested in Gettysburg Borough

Local resident Chad-Alan Carr, founder and president of Gettysburg Pride, and Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, asked the Gettysburg Borough Council to enact citizen protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity at the borough council meeting on Monday night. Carr said when he was given a key …

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Weekend Update, September 6, 2019

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of some of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend.   First Friday – Gettysburg Style!  Enjoy special events and refreshments at almost 100 businesses throughout historic Gettysburg, including special receptions, guest artists, and later business hours.    Visual Arts: “Artful Nature: the Nature and the Legacy of …

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Destination Gettysburg Draws Tourists to Adams County

Have you ever wondered why the millions of tourists who visit Gettysburg and Adams County each year come here rather than visiting somewhere else? The answer, in part, is the nonprofit tourist association Destination Gettysburg (DG). After over 50 years of service to the tourism industry of Adams County, DG has created a state-of-the-art marketing …

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Weekend Update – August 30, 2019

Dear Neighbor, Here’s a snapshot of the many activities available for your enjoyment this weekend.   Film: The Farewell  at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater: Billi returns to China with her family for an impromptu wedding and struggles with her family’s decision to keep their grandmother in the dark about her terminal diagnosis. Starring Awkwafina. Film: …

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Parking Time Limit Likely to Rise in Gettysburg Borough

The current two-hour parking limit in Gettysburg is making it difficult for people to patronize local businesses. In response to the concern, the Gettysburg Area Regional Merchants Association (GARMA) requested that the Gettysburg Borough Council consider altering the parking meter time limit from 2 to 3 hours. There are numerous complaints that two hours “is …

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Wellspan Commitment Will Keep Gettysburg Homeless Shelter Open

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) has received a $450,000 commitment from WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital that will ensure the continued operation of the Adams County Homeless Shelter for the next three years. The funding assistance of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, made possible through the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, will total $150,000 annually for a three-year period in …

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