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Waynesboro edges Gettysburg in OT on senior night

The Gettysburg Warriors faced off against Waynesboro in a hard-fought battle at home last night. Despite a strong effort by the Warriors, Waynesboro ultimately came out on top in overtime, with a final score of 40-37. “It was a great game on Senior Night,” said Assistant Coach Rick Keller. The game was close throughout, with …

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“A Gettysburg Christmas” finishes third day of shooting

The cast and crew of “A Gettysburg Christmas Festival” wrapped its third day of shooting with an interior at Lark Gift Shop this evening. Film spokesperson Kris Webb said filming would continue tomorrow around Lincoln Square, but no set time has been announced. “Things are going super well. No matter how many challenges there have …

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Gettysburg will keep its Christmas decorations up during January to help visiting film crew

Gettysburg borough will keep its outdoor Christmas displays up, probably until mid-February, at the request of the producers of “The Gettysburg Christmas Story,” which will be shooting in town beginning Wednesday. The borough noted that the Trap, Neuter, and Release program for feral cats has been continued. Residents are encouraged to report cats that need …

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Gettysburg resident Lex McMillan publishes a book about golfing along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Former Gettysburg College Vice President and Gettysburg resident Lex McMillan has published his first book, “Golfing with Lewis and Clark: My Rediscovery of America,” which chronicles his 40-day road trip along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail during which he learned a lot about U.S. history, interviewed many people, and played 16 rounds of golf. …

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Democrats and a handful of Republicans picked the Pennsylvania House’s new speaker

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Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA, Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA and Katie Meyer of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania House Democrats and a handful of Republicans …

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New Year’s Eve 2023 in Gettysburg creates a bang

Hundreds of people watched New Year’s Eve fireworks in and around the Gettysburg Square at midnight on Saturday night, a return to a once-traditional event. The evening included music, dancing, food trucks, and the dropping of a large lighted version of Abraham Lincoln’s classic stovepipe hat. The weather brought some rain and fog but that …

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Gettysburg Hospital Nurses Brittany Mizenko and Kristina Morton receive Esther G. Little awards

Brittany Mizenko aspires to teach. Kristina Morton wants to provide the best care possible. Their shared passion for helping people along with their current pursuit of furthering their nursing education helped them both earn the 2022 Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarship from the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation. The scholarship was established in 2007 by local philanthropist …

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Huge fire destroys Littlestown landmark

A Littlestown landmark burned to the ground in a huge fire yesterday morning. The Edge of Town Center barn, which housed a number of antique stores, was located at 5227 Baltimore Pike on the outskirts of the borough. ​Littlestown Alpha 20 Fire Company as well as multiple local fire units worked together to douse the …

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Latino Services Task Force members celebrate with a holiday Lunch

Members of the Latino Services Task force and Manos Unidas gathered at the Gettysburg Rec Park this week to celebrate their continuing work supporting our Spanish-speaking community. The Task Force includes representatives from dozens of local agencies, including Family First Health, Pasa La Voz, Vida Charter School, Keystone Health, Gettysburg Borough, The Center for Youth, …

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Gettysburg passes 2023 budget with new police offers and no new taxes; eyes storm water repairs

The Gettysburg Borough Council will apply for two major grants related to needed stormwater repairs. Borough Engineer Chad Clabaugh said the grants were directed toward repair of failing stormwater system infrastructure including channel walls on “The Tiber” (Stevens Run). Harbaugh said the Gettysburg Borough Storm Water Authority (GBSWA) would be responsible for matching funds, which …

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LASD reelects president and vice-president; sets 2023 meeting dates

At its annual reorganization meeting this evening, the Littlestown Area School District Board of Directors re-elected Dolores Nester as President and Yancy Unger as Vice President. Board members Nicki Kenny and Jeanne Ewen voted against Nester; the vote for Unger was unanimous. The board also finalized the board and committee meeting schedules for 2023, which …

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Gettysburg Borough moves forward on new ordinances

The Gettysburg borough council moved forward on a number of proposed ordinances at its workshop meeting on Monday evening. The council will move forward on a new complaints policy by which the public or others may make complaints about borough staff including members of the police department. The document sets a series of hierarchies for …

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GARA approves 2023 budget

The Gettysburg Recreational Authority (GARA) board of directors has approved the 2023 budget. The budget includes increases for staff salaries; $20,000 for building upgrades; support for out-of-area bus trips; and $7,000 in equipment repair.  The board approved the budget with the caveat that it may need to be amended. Saying a positive relationship with the …

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As board members reconsider its value, GASD renovation project moves forward

The Gettysburg Area School District School Board voted yesterday evening to resume discussions about the proposed project to replace the HVAC system, roofing, lighting, and other facilities at Lincoln and James Gettys Elementary schools. The board had rejected a motion to move forward with the project in Sept. Board President Kenny Hassinger, along with board …

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Budget; Stormwater expenses; Christmas Festival dominate Gettysburg Borough Council Meeting

Mayor Rita Frealing and the Gettysburg Borough Council last night honored Dave Reese, Parking Meter Maintenance and Laborer, for 41 years of service to the borough.  Reese retired on November 2. Frealing said that since 1981 Reese had performed numerous services for the borough, including helping maintain the parking garage and other areas. Frealing thanked …

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Mastriano concedes to Shapiro

Adams County’s State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has conceded to Josh Shapiro. The concession came in a letter, posted on Twitter, thanking his wife Rebbie, his running mate Carrie DelRosso, the PA Republican Party, and those who voted for him. “Difficult to accept as the results are, there is no right course but …

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GASD considers other opportunities for HVAC upgrade

After voting down the proposed $33.8 million HVAC system upgrade for James Gettys and Lincoln Elementary schools at its Sept. meeting, the Gettysburg Area School District board of Directors will consider other possibilities for moving forward on the project. Saying that there had been interest expressed by the board in using different procurement methods for …

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Gettysburg Connection celebrates its 4th birthday  with a successful fall fundraising drive

The Gettysburg Connection fall fundraising drive, which ended this week, coincided with our 4th birthday. And we received one of the best presents we could possibly have imagined:  Our goal of recruiting 30 new members was surpassed by 60 percent – 48 new members joined us. The overwhelming support of the community is a financial …

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Kiwanis donates $1,000 to GARA for playgrounds

At Monday’s board meeting, Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Executive Director Erin Peddigree said the Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis club had donated $1,000 to GARA for playgrounds. In terms of the budget, Peddigree said GARA was “right on track with last year.” Peddigree said baseball and softball continued in the park, and that Weikert Field would …

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Gettysburg seeks transparency in employee complaints

Gettysburg Borough will revise its employee complaint processes to make them more streamlined and more transparent. The goal is a standardized set of “progressive disciplinary actions” for potential infractions. The policy would help ensure all relevant parties, including employees, supervisors, and the borough council would be notified of the processes and outcomes of any complaints and …

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Gettysburg discusses policing

Borough Manager Charles Gable said the proposed 2023 budget would include the possibility of hiring an additional 2 full-time police officers. If approved, the officers would cost the borough about $100,000 each. If approved, the new officers would bring the force to a total of 14 full-time officers. Glenny reminded drivers that there is an …

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Rhonda Rose recognized in LASD Staff Spotlight

Rhonda Rose was put in the Staff Spotlight at Monday night’s Littlestown Area School District (LASD) school board meeting. The Spotlight highlights the work of LASD staff who have made substantial contributions to the district. Rose has worked for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit since 1983 and has been at LASD since 2010. She currently works …

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Adams County Elections Office prepares for Nov. 8

The Adams County Office of Elections and Voter Registration, housed on the first floor of the Adams County Courthouse, is charged with administering elections in the county’s 21 townships and 13 boroughs. The office is supervised by the elections Board of Directors which is made up of the three county commissioners, the county solicitor, the …

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Mayor Frealing goes to Washington

Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing and nearly 50 other community leaders from across Pennsylvania met with senior White House officials and President Biden yesterday at the Communities in Action: Building a Better Pennsylvania event at the White House. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Senior Advisor to the President Anita Dunn, Senior Advisor and Director of …

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LASD to address behavior issues; Will review policies on dress codes and cell phones

As school enters its second month, Littlestown Area School Superintendent Christopher Bigger said “It feels like school. It was a really smooth start to the year.”  Bigger thanked the staff for their hard work. District enrollment is decreasing, moving down to 2,007 total students in comparison to last year’s 2,086.  “That enrollment is supporting the …

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Land Conservancy of Adams County sets Road Rally 2022: “Catch ’22, Puzzles and Conundrums”

The Land Conservancy of Adams County will hold its 24th annual Fall Classic Road Rally fundraiser this year on Saturday, October 15. This Rally will be full of lots of surprises. Each year’s Road Rally guides more than 50 driver-navigator teams on an exciting road trip over the county’s most beautiful, least-traveled roads, highlighting scenic vistas …

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Gettysburg deals with speeding, car crashes

Responding to a noticeable increase in the number of car accidents in the borough as well as repeated complaints about speeding vehicles, the Gettysburg Police Department has set up speed check points at several places. “I’m getting a lot of emails about speeding,” said Mayor Rita Frealing. Police Chief Robert Glenny said officers had been …

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New bivalent COVID-19 boosters available in Adams

Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines are now available in Adams County at the Adams-Cumberland pharmacy in Biglerville. The updated shots, which were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are designed to target the two most common Covid omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 — as …

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Gettysburg Police Dept. faces staffing, diversity challenges

Editor’s note: The is the third of a four-part series about the Gettysburg Police Department.  I thank Chief Robert Glenny and Mayor Rita Frealing for generously spending time talking with me. We value your comments — please leave them below. The Gettysburg Police Department, currently staffed with 11 full-time employees, is facing potential staff shortages …

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Gettysburg Resident Releases Werewolf Comic Series “Lycan: Solomons Odyssey”

Inspired by his love of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) and a fascination with mythology, Gettysburg resident Dennis Robinson has spent the last 5 years producing his own independent comic book series, Lycan: Solomons Odyssey. Supported by 117 donors on Kickstarter, Robinson raised over $10,000 and has just released the first book …

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Gettysburg revisits signage, outdoor toilet, and other ordinances

The Gettysburg Borough Council is revisiting and potentially revising several local ordinances and will get public comment during the decision-making process. The borough will consider one or more ordinances that explicitly require each street address and apartment unit to have its own utility hookups. The goal is to prevent people from sharing water, electric, sewer, …

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GARA will raise fees for most rec park rentals

Citing the need to increase salaries for staff members, the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Board of Directors approved fee increases for most of its rentals, starting in 2023. Executive Director Erin Peddigree said rental fees for the assembly room will increase from $50 to $60 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours and …

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Notes from Gettysburg Borough

In addition to meeting with the borough’s trash removal contractor, WM, the following issues were considered at Monday’s Gettysburg Borough Council Meeting: The next electronic device recycling event will be held on Sep. 17. Please register here or call 717.337.0424 before Sep. 16 to preregister. The Robert C. Hoffman Foundation has awarded a $12,000 grant …

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Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra concert announced

The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring local cellist Danielle Karppala performing the Schumann Cello Concerto on Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Seminary Chapel. Other works on the program by this professional orchestra are Mahler’s Adagietto (from his Symphony No. 5) in commemoration of 9/11 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. …

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Gettysburg Police Chief says department is undersized

Editor’s note: The is the second of a four-part series about the Gettysburg Police Department.  I thank Chief Robert Glenny and Mayor Rita Frealing for generously spending time talking with me. We value your comments — please leave them below. “We’re way understaffed. By Federal guidelines we should have at least 20 policemen. I have …

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Farmers Market celebrates inaugural Civics Engagement Day

The Adams County Farmers Market held its first Civics Engagement Day on Saturday, hosting community organizations including Gettysburg Borough, the Gettysburg Fire and Police Departments, and the Adams County Council of Governments. A number of new voters registered at the voter registration booth. Market Manager Reza Djalal said the goal of the event was to …

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Gettysburg Police Department moves forward with a “Trust and Transparency” approach

Editor’s note: The is the first of a four-part series about the Gettysburg Police Department.  I thank Chief Robert Glenny and Mayor Rita Frealing for generously spending time talking with me. We value your comments — please leave them below. To meet its goals of “Trust and Transparency,” the Gettysburg Police Department is acquiring automated …

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Good Intent Cider opens in Gettysburg

Good Intent Cider, located behind the Ragged Edge Coffee Shop at 110 Chambersburg St. in Gettysburg, opened for business yesterday. The shop, in what was once a garage on W. Zerfing Alley, has a modern, open, and well-lit ambiance, a copper bar, and access to a substantial outdoor seating. Food to accompany the finely-crafted ciders …

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Cumberland Township Police Department report finds many deficiencies and encourages changes

A Police Department Operations Assessment Report, commissioned by Cumberland Township and prepared by Ron Camacho from Camacho Consulting and published in May underscores the many difficulties the Cumberland Township Police Department has faced during the past years. The tide has hopefully turned with the recent appointment of Matthew Trostel as the new police chief, but …

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Gettysburg may break its trash contract with WM

Only 3 months into its new trash collection contract with Waste Management (WM), so many problems have developed that the borough is considering canceling its contract. “I feel very comfortable we can prove they have not been responsive and responsible to our residents’ needs,” said Borough Council President Wesley Heyser. Heyser said in addition to …

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“Return Visit” is back home

After four months of renovation at the Seward Johnson Atelier of Hamilton, NJ, the iconic sculpture “Return Visit” was reinstalled on the northeast corner of Lincoln Square today. One of the most commonly photographed tourist attractions in the borough, the work depicts “the common man” with Abraham Lincoln, illustrating the relevance of the Gettysburg Address …

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Local school districts reach the budgetary finish line

As the six Adams County school districts wrap up their 2022-23 budgeting processes, it is worth noting the enormity of the tasks they have each faced and the complexities of the procedures they each followed to get there. The six districts, each serving less than 3,500 students, have worked independently for the past six months …

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Farmers Market celebrates South Mountain Partnership

The Adams County Farmers Market held its first South Mountain Partnership (SMP) Day today, sharing the work of the partnership and its many partners, including the Adams County Planning Commission, The Adams County Planting Partnership, and The Appalachian Trail Museum. The day brought hundreds of people together to learn about the partnership while shopping for …

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Gettysburg Hospital Thrift Shop will close

The Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop on Gettysburg Square will close in its current location as of August 31. Future plans are still up in the air. “WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary have made the difficult decision to end the lease of the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop located at 10 Lincoln …

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GASD will raise taxes 1.3 percent

[Editor’s opinion]:  In my three years of covering the GASD school board meetings I have never been more proud of this district, this administration, and these board members than I am today.  The district is facing potentially severe budget shortfalls going forward by making informed, transparent, and reasonable decisions about taxation and other issues.  I …

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Hayes, Shahid, and Gagliardi win 2022 Peacemaker Awards

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) recognized the 2022 winners of its Peacemaker Awards at a ceremony on the Lutheran Seminary campus this evening. This year’s honorees were Yeimi Gagliardi, who received the Lifetime of Peacemaking Award, and Blessing Shahid and Alex Hayes, who received Peacemaker of the Year Awards. Hayes, nominated by …

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Library FunFest returns to rec park after 2 year hiatus

After two years in which Covid concerns prevented it from occurring, the Adams County Library System kicked off its Summer Quest summer learning program on Friday afternoon at the annual FunFest in the Gettysburg Rec Park. Over 2,000 kids, parents, and other residents filled the park with activities to help children get a positive start …

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United Way celebrates volunteers

After a two-year absence due to pandemic restrictions, the United Way of Adams County (UWAC) held its 75th Anniversary “Give. Advocate. Volunteer” awards ceremony Wednesday evening at the Adams County Emergency Services Center. Over 75 people attended to congratulated the winners. The 2022 Campaign Chair, Bill Gilmartin, presented the current campaign totals, saying $164,283.00 has …

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Median work begins tomorrow on Route 15 north of Adams

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Starting tomorrow, access will become available to Old Cabin Hollow Road from northbound and southbound Route 15 and median work will begin. The changes will prevent left turns from southbound Route 15 to Franklin Church Road, and from northbound Route 15 onto Range End Road. The changes will allow the contractor to reconfigure the mountable …

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Gettysburg High School seniors graduate after four years of challenges

The Gettysburg High School Class of 2022 has completed a high school experience continually challenged by Covid-19 restrictions. The many challenges and the perseverance of the students to overcome them were highlighted during their commencement ceremony on Friday evening in the football stadium. “Every day we are faced with a unique challenge,” said valedictorian Lucas Samuel …

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HARB presents its 2022 Historic Preservation Awards

Gettysburg’s Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) presented awards to 20 properties that have shown outstanding creativity in the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition, or razing of buildings within the borough. The awards focus on respectful design ideas including creative maintenance and new designs or construction to match buildings with existing properties. Categories of awards included …

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Adams moves forward on plans to increase internet speeds

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Adams county has partnered with Franklin and Cumberland counties to commission a large-scale high-speed internet access (“broadband”) feasibility study.   The need is critical as a recent state report said 28 percent of households in Adams County had unacceptably slow internet connection speeds, and that rural counties were particularly hard hit. Adams County Board of …

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Learn to Garden at the Ag Center

As the weather warms it’s time again for Horticultural Program Coordinator Mary Ann Ryan and her consumer horticulture team at the Penn State Extension Building at 670 Old Harrisburg Rd. in Gettysburg to help people learn to garden. The extension service programs include courses, workshops and a wide variety of demonstration gardens on the building …

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Gettysburg Garden Club Brightens the Square

Several dozen members of the Gettysburg Garden Club, dressed in bright pink t-shirts, braved traffic to get onto the circle in the center of the Gettysburg Square early this morning, where they planted over 600 decorative summer annuals. Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing stopped by to give encouragement and enjoy the colorful displays. Civic Development Committee …

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Gettysburg  Nixes Open Alcohol Idea

After a meeting in which several council members said they had made up their minds after hearing from constituents who opposed the idea, the Gettysburg Borough Council voted on Monday against the idea of allowing the outdoor consumption of alcohol. The vote was 4 to 3, with councilmembers Matt Moon, Patti Lawson, and Chad-Alan Carr …

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County jail warden Katy Hileman notes the difficulty of corrections officers’ work and praises their skills

The Adams County Commissioners have proclaimed May 1 – 7, 2022 as Corrections Employee Week. Warden Katy Hileman used the occasion to talk about the role of corrections officers at the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex (ACACC), thanking the employees for their professionalism, integrity, and perseverance in the face of a difficult and at times …

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Oldest national parks in America

By Lauren Liebhaber Oldest national parks in America We live in a land of giants, legends, and ancient history. Early descriptions of the regions that would eventually become our national parks, most often told by explorers or laborers, were so foreign and fantastical to the average person that they simply weren’t believed. Even today, the …

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Your mail-in ballot is on the way

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Will you share your opinions about the 2022 elections and the candidates in a letter to us? Our 12,000 monthly readers want to hear from you. Please submit your letter here or email us: mail@gettysburgconnection.org. With only two weeks left until the May primary ballot on May 17, the Adams County Elections and Voter Registration …

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Dia de los niños event in Gettysburg

Hundreds of kids and family members covered the grounds around the Vida Charter School in Gettysburg this afternoon for this year’s Dia de los niños celebration.  The “kids day” event celebrated spring, the Cinco de Mayo holiday, the coming end of the school year, and a general spirit of happiness.  On hand were tennis lessons, …

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Main Street Gettysburg questions borough’s vision

After the Gettysburg Borough Council spent several hours on Monday evening making progress on a number of important decisions, Main Street Gettysburg President Jill Sellers used the public comment period to express disapproval of each of them, accusing the councilmembers of showing a “lack of vision.” Sellers said Main Street Gettysburg was “the economic development …

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Gettysburg freezes its parklet program, with the exception of the one by the clock

The Gettysburg Borough Council said on Monday the temporary parklet program that was created during the pandemic to allow businesses greater access to outdoor areas had served its purpose but was no longer effective or needed. The council will no longer take applications for parklets. “I don’t think they do what we originally thought they …

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GASD wrestles with budget: some tax increase likely

Saying they wanted to have the lowest tax increase necessary, Superintendent Jason Perrin and Business Manager Belinda Wallen presented the Gettysburg Area School District board with three potential draft budgets that involve either a zero percent, a two percent, or a four percent tax increase. The potential increases are necessary because expenses are expected to …

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County Declares “National Crime Victims Week”

Please note this important announcement from the County:Franklin Township #1 and #2 Polling Places are permanently changed beginning with the May 2022 Primary Election, moving from the Jesus is Lord Ministries to the Cashtown Fire Department, 1111 Old Route 30, Cashtown, pending approval by the Cashtown Fire Department at their public meeting on April 19, …

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Gettysburg apologizes for trash hauler confusion; asks for input

“We apologize for the rough rollout of the transition,” said Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable, referring to the change in trash haulers from Waste Connections to Waste Management that took place on April 1. “Waste Management did an extremely poor job in communicating with customers. They did not provide clear and consistent direction when customers …

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Gettysburg police chief Glenny joins Sen. Mastriano to support using federal American Rescue Plan funds for police

Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny attended a joint press conference today near the Harrisburg Capitol Building to support police funding legislation, Senate Bill 1193, that would allocate $100 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to create the “Law Enforcement Recovery Grant Program.” The funds would be used to support police departments. The proposed legislation …

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