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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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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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Eisenhower Home Opens for Tours Memorial Day Weekend

Beginning Friday, May 27, the Eisenhower Home at Eisenhower National Historic Site (NHS) will reopen for public tours. The shuttle between the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center (MVC) to Eisenhower NHS will also resume on May 27 at 10:30 am. From Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend, the National Park Service …

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Adams County makes proclamations, lends records of slave children to Adams County Historical Society

Saying all children deserve to have a safe, stable, nurturing home and communities that foster their healthy growth and development, and noting the county’s 1,343 incidents of alleged child abuse or neglect in 2021, the Adams County Commissioners proclaimed April 2022 as Child Abuse and Neglect Protection Month. The proclamation said child abuse prevention is …

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Marilyn Brannen wins Winter 2022 photo contest

Congratulations to Marilyn Brannen who has won the Connection’s Winter 2022 photo contest. Her entry, “Cat Stevens” is a candid photo of her cat, Gideon. “Normally he ‘plays’ the piano when he’s hungry,” said Brannen. “Apparently, we didn’t move fast enough.” Brannen won by one vote in a very close contest in a crowded field. …

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Thaddeus Stevens statue unveiled in Gettysburg

After many years of fundraising and an extensive search for an appropriate location, a statue of former U.S. Congressman and civil rights advocate Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) was unveiled today in front of the Adams County Courthouse. Hundreds of people filled the sidewalk and spilled into Baltimore St. during the unveiling ceremony on a sunny spring …

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Gettysburg hopes for major update of Gettysburg Square; Moves forward on open carry alcohol, events zoning

Gettysburg Borough will apply for $11.4 million in grant funds for upgrades in stormwater management, pedestrian safety, business and handicap access, and increases in public space to Baltimore St., the Lincoln Square, and areas around it. If received, the grant would create one of the largest capital improvement projects in the borough’s history. The funds …

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Gettysburg Talks Trash

Seeming to be as confused as the average Gettysburg resident about the April 1 trash hauler switchover from Waste Connections to Waste Management (WM), Gettysburg borough officials shared what little they knew about the procedures today. Borough Manager Charles Gable reminded residents that according to state law the borough had been required to sign a …

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@Home Coalition discusses Adams employment opportunities

Over 50 representatives of local nonprofits and other community organizations gathered virtually yesterday to hear a report on the state of employment in Adams County. The meeting was sponsored by the @Home in Adams County Coalition and the statistical report was presented by Matthew Ross, Business Services Program Officer with SCPa Works. Ross said SCPa Works …

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GARA Plans July 4 Events; Honors Jack Bream

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Board of Directors has made plans for a fireworks event to be held on July 4. The event is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and extend into the evening. On the agenda are 15 food trucks, bingo sponsored by local fire departments, live music, and of course fireworks. …

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GASD discusses cellphones in high school

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Saying they were often disruptive, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Policy Committee has proposed a draft policy that would limit the use of electronic devices in the high school to educational endeavors. The policy, which would provide tools for potential discipline by administrators, would become part of the student handbook and would make the …

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U.S. Senator Bob Casey visits Adams County

Third-term U.S. Senator Bob Casey met with about 40 members of the Adams County Democratic Committee at the Charlie Sterner building in the Gettysburg rec park on Friday afternoon. The meeting was an informal session to talk with grass roots volunteers. Topics covered broader political issues as well as those of interest to Adams County …

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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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GASD considers supply chain concerns, charter school costs, and pandemic-related learning losses

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) hopes to upgrade the HVAC and roof systems at James Gettys Elementary and the Administration Building in the summer of 2023. But the construction will potentially be delayed by supply chain and other issues. The district will get two more estimates for the work including those that involve energy-saving …

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County honors Pastor John Spangler and Declares Land Conservancy of Adams County Month

The Adams County Commissioners honored Gettysburg resident John Spangler this morning for his service to the county, and particularly his work at the United Lutheran Seminary where he served as executive assistant to the president. Saying Spangler is an “outstanding citizen and leader in church and this community,” former seminary president Michael Cooper-White said it …

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Gettysburg unites in solidarity with Ukraine

Hundreds of people gathered on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg this afternoon for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Ukraine. In addition to candles, the gathering protesting the Russian invasion included stories, songs, poems, Ukrainian flags, and inspiring messages from local politicians, artists, teachers, pastors, and community leaders. Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually led the group …

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Gettysburg addresses police overtime spending

Gettysburg Borough Council President Wesley Heyser said that although the borough had routinely run a budget surplus over the past years, there had nevertheless been “significant overruns in personnel spending, significantly in overtime.” “I was shocked when we got to budget season and I realized how much we were going over. I don’t really want …

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Fairfield modifies its health and safety plan

The Fairfield Area school board modified its health and safety plan on Monday in order to reflect the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to make local policies more clear. Some protections against the novel coronavirus pandemic will remain in place. Changes included removing the designation of “extremely high” …

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Optimist Club of Gettysburg gives Law Enforcement Award to Adams Correctional Complex wardens

Optimist Club of Gettysburg representative Doug Miller presented Warden Katy Hileman and Deputy Warden Larry Snyder of the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex their 2022 Law Enforcement Award yesterday morning. Miller said the two had 30 years of combined experience and were currently responsible for 170 staff members as well as over 300 inmates.  Miller …

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GARA makes plans to welcome Farmers Market

Members of the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) and the Adams County Farmers Market have formed a subcommittee to study and plan for the eventual move of the market to the rec park. Market Manager Reza Djalal said the market was “good through July” at its current site but the trajectory was unknown given uncertainties …

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Local organizations encourage transparent policing in Gettysburg

Coalition members Jan Powers and Kierstan Belle outlined the goals of the Adams County Community Policing Coalition (ACCPC) on Monday night at the borough council meeting. Powers said the coalition, made up of over a dozen local organizations, hoped to better local communities by creating more transparency between community and police. ACCPC encourages local police …

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Organization Profile: Ploughman Cider

Editor’s note: We’re pleased to republish this story, originally shared in Feb. 2020. Two years later, Ploughman Cider is doing better than ever, continuing to create new styles, increase distribution, and win awards. The United States is the only country where you need to call cider “hard,” said Ben Wenk, owner of Ploughman Cider, located …

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Covid testing at EMS Center will end on Sunday

Adams County announced that this Sunday, Feb. 13, will be the last day for Covid testing at the Adams County Emergency Services Center site east of Gettysburg. Department of Emergency Services Director Warren Bladen said there was not enough demand to keep the site open but that the materials will be left in place and the …

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Churches and local residents prepare to welcome Afghan families

Local churches and residents have come together over the past few months to create a welcoming environment for the expected arrival of one or more Afghan refugee families. “Initially, the families will need some support and introduction to our schools, community groups, medical care, employment opportunities, and the ways we do business in our country,” …

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Gettysburg Mercy House has its first tenant

The initial tenant moved in this week to Gettysburg’s Mercy House, the first substance abuse recovery center in Adams County. The space is part of the state’s Recovery Advocacy Service Empowerment (RASE) program, and funded in part by Adams County. Saying it had been difficult to get the center started in Adams and thanking the County …

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Local nonprofits look back on Covid and forward to 2022, while saying the present problem is labor shortages

At the January meeting of @Home in Adams County, community leaders summarized their organization’s responses to Covid over the past two years. Meeting moderator and @Home coordinator Stacey Rice said the organization focuses on coordinating resources, advocating, and developing solutions for affordable living in Adams County. Adams County Community Foundation President and Executive Director Ralph …

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Gateau Monique Bakery Becomes Littlestown Tradition

We originally published this post in 2019 BC (Before Covid). The bakery has expanded since then and continues to serve the Littlestown area and surroundings. 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 …

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Covid cases and hospitalizations moderate in Adams

It’s been said that “if you’ve seen one pandemic you’ve seen… one pandemic” and this one continues to fit that pattern.  Virologists and epidemiologists are doing their best to make predictions, while doctors, nurses, and politicians are doing their best to keep people safe, but it’s pretty hard, especially when their advice is frequently ignored. …

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God’s Closet Children’s Shop offers free clothing in New Oxford

Children’s Aid Society Southern Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren in New Oxford celebrated the grand reopening of the newly renovated God’s Closet children’s store with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. The store, located in the Nicarry Center at 343 Lincoln Way W, provides free clothes for families in need. Children’s Aid Society’s Executive Director/CEO …

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Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens to become nonprofit

After many years of neglect, the Adams County supervisors have developed a plan to provide assurance for the people who are buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery and their families. The cemetery, located at 1380 Chambersburg St. West of Gettysburg has been in poor repair since at least 2015. “It turned into a bit of a …

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Adams County jail hit by Omicron

After almost two years of successfully preventing any Covid cases among the prisoners at the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex (ACCACC), the Omicron variant has infected about a dozen people at the center as of yesterday. County Solicitor Molly Mudd said multiple people at the prison have tested positive including several staff members and about …

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Bermudian School District recognizes board members

In recognition of School Director Recognition Month, Superintendent Shane Hotchkiss gave the board members certificates from the district and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. He encouraged community members to show their appreciation to the board. “A quality public education is a key that can open doors of opportunities for many students,” Hotchkiss said, saying board …

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Sewer Bills Rise in Gettysburg

Gettysburg Borough Council member Chris Berger said the Gettysburg Municipal Authority (GMA) has authorized a 5 percent rate hike for the sewer portion of their billing beginning in 2022.  “It’s our policy longstanding to have alternate rate increases for water and sewer. We like to keep the hikes small and relatively more frequent instead of …

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County Honors YWCA Hanover Safe Home and Corrections Officer John Roberts: Proclaims MLK Day

The Adams County Commissioners proclaimed January 2022 as YWCA Hanover Safe Home – Adams County Human Trafficking Awareness Month and thanked the YWCA for the work they do combating human trafficking. The proclamation noted the “inherent worth and value in all human beings regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, and other diversity considerations” and said …

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Lisa Angstadt wins Adams County Explorers Contest

Lisa Angstadt has been chosen from the many correct entries we received as January’s winner of the Gettysburg Connection Adams County Explorers contest! The contest is a collaboration between Gettysburg Connection and the Adams County Library System. If you like the contest would you consider making a donation to support it? Angstadt correctly identified this …

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Ugly Mug Café Closes after 10 years in Gettysburg

The Ugly Mug at Cockle’s Corner, formerly located at 168 Carlisle St., Gettysburg posted the following announcement on its Facebook page on Sunday Jan 9, 2022. “2021 was absolutely amazing, being Ug Mug’s highest grossing year to date! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patrons over the past ten …

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GARA Approves 2022 Budget

Saying the Gettysburg Recreational Authority was “sitting pretty good going into 2022” with a cash reserve of $123,608, Executive Director Erin Peddigree asked the board to approve a 2022 budget of about $234,000. The budget, substantially similar to the 2021 budget, was unanimously approved by the board. Peddigree said the park had made $700 during …

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Watching science unfold

I’ve been captivated by the journey of the James Webb Space Telescope since its launch on Christmas Day. The whole project is astonishing and a bit surreal in the sense that it involves the unfolding and rigging of a football-field sized scientific instrument that was crammed into the nose cone of an Ariane rocket. No …

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Gettysburg Hospital, often operating on “Divert Status,” sends patients to neighboring hospitals

With the Gettysburg Hospital remaining at over 100 percent capacity due to an influx of primarily unvaccinated COVID patients, many emergency room patients are being diverted to other regional hospitals. “It is likely patients transported via EMS are redirected to other facilities that may have some capacity,” said Wellspan spokesperson Ryan Coyle. “We ask our …

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2021: The year at the Connection

Read about how small independent local online news startups like Gettysburg Connection are using reader support to provide news to local communities. Happy New Year everyone.  I’d like to take this opportunity on the first day of 2022 to reflect for a moment on the state of Gettysburg Connection, with the goal of keeping you …

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