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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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After supporting vetoed PA voter bill, local lawmakers hope for workaround

Both of the Adams County State representatives, Torren Ecker and Dan Moul, as well as state senator Doug Mastriano, all Republicans, joined with their majority party in the house and senate last week to pass HB 1300, a bill designed to reform elections in the state and which would also have made it more difficult …

Read moreAfter supporting vetoed PA voter bill, local lawmakers hope for workaround

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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FASD Returns to in-person meetings, but does not yet plan to record them.

After a year in which school board meetings had been conducted virtually via the Zoom platform, the Fairfield Area School District Board of Directors has returned to in-person meetings.  Monday’s meeting was not recorded, and as a result Gettysburg Connection was unable to cover it.  The announcement was made in a letter on the school’s …

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Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet entertains at rec park amphitheater

The Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet played a set in the Gettysburg rec park yesterday afternoon.  It was some cool jazz on a hot Sunday afternoon.  The concert was part of Music Gettysburg!s annual series. Music Gettysburg! is using the amphitheater while their usual concert locations on the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary campus are being prepared for …

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Finances looking up as Gettysburg Borough Council returns to in-person meetings

The Gettysburg Borough Council held its first in-person meeting in the borough office since early 2020 on Monday. The council announced the borough office has now reopened but that it would not always be staffed at the front window. Visitors must dial the extension of the person they wish to meet using the phone in the …

Read moreFinances looking up as Gettysburg Borough Council returns to in-person meetings

GASD closes the 2020 pandemic year with a small tax increase

The Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors approved the 2021-2022 final budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The 2021-2022 Approved Final Budget includes a 0.79% increase in the local real estate tax rate or 0.087 mills.  The increase is less than the 3.5% Act 1 index for GASD or 0.3856 mills.  The …

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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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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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Mt. Joy denies solar panel application on tie vote [UPDATE]

[THIS STORY WAS UPDATED ON JUNE 4, 2021] After two tie votes by the Mt. Joy township supervisors, the application for from NextEra Energy for a large solar panel array in the township was denied. Under township regulation a decision to approve requires a majority vote. The project, which would have added over 400 acres …

Read moreMt. Joy denies solar panel application on tie vote [UPDATE]

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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Gettysburg poised to move forward on HABPI Inner Loop Project

After extensive grant writing by Gettysburg Borough and Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc.(HABPI), Gettysburg may be in a positive situation regarding  the Gettysburg Inner Loop bicycle trail, segment GIL-B2. The borough and HABPI formed a partnership in 2007 to design and build a bicycle/pedestrian system that was safe and ADA mobility welcoming. Most of the west …

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Ploughman Cider Taproom reopens tomorow with expanded menus

A soft opening last night showed off the new culinary and beverage options at Ploughman Cider Taproom, located on the southwest corner of Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square. The taproom, which has been open for three years, has long been a place for ciders and other local beverages, as well as live music, but there has not …

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GASD sues Straban Township; candidates for board election announced

As the slate of candidates for the fall election became clear after Tuesday’s primary, the Gettysburg Area School Board made appointments to its current board. Running in the fall election on Nov. 2 will be Jeremy Davis, Kenny Hassinger, Ryan J Morris, Jimmy Phelps, John Ramirez, Michelle Smyers, and Carrie Adams Soliday. Voters will get …

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LASD announces health and safety plans for the rest of the year and next fall

Summer vacation is arriving quickly and everyone is looking forward to the time when we can all gather without masks. But for Littlestown Area School District students there are still three more weeks of classes before the party can begin. During this week’s work session and regular board meeting of the LASD Board, District Compliance …

Read moreLASD announces health and safety plans for the rest of the year and next fall

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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GASD wrestles with its budget, preparing for a vote on June 7

Gettysburg Area School District staff presented a detailed and comprehensive look at the district’s 2021-22 budget on Monday evening, while proposing a modest 1.2 percent tax increase to reduce the possibility of severe funding difficulties in the future. District Business Manager Belinda Wallen said the parts of the budget the district was able to control …

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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 …

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

GNMP will Enforce its Ban on Competitive Events Beginning in January * What Hours is the Park Open?

After receiving extensive comments from the public, the Gettysburg National Military Park has indicated it will begin enforcing its existing ban on competitive events, including cycle and running races, on park roads.   The news is a blow to local nonprofits that have used the park to hold charitable events for many years. The rule …

Read moreGNMP will Enforce its Ban on Competitive Events Beginning in January * What Hours is the Park Open?

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 …

Read moreShould GASD Raise Taxes? Board Debates the Issue

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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Gettysburg Borough Considers Use of Federal Stimulus Money, Drafts New Policy on Short-Term Rentals

Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable said the borough would be getting about $1,000 per resident, for a total of $763,656, from the federal American Rescue Plan Act and that it would come over two years, with the first arriving in a few months.  The money must be spent by September 2024.  Gable said the borough …

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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 …

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

Gettysburg Borough Appoints Initial Human Relations Board * New ACAC Director Checks In

The Gettysburg Borough Council has chosen the first members of its new Human Relations Committee, which is charged with mediating any complaints that might arise under its new human rights ordinance designed to protect LGBT residents. Although the standard term is five years, each member was elected to a different length term so the board …

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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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Help Wanted @ Seminary Ridge Museum

Friends, We have an immediate opening at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center for a seasonal Visitor Services Assistant.  The person in this position works 20-30 hours a week, through November, at the museum’s admissions desk, shop, and leading tours.  It is a great summer job for college and graduate students looking to break into …

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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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Democratic Gettysburg Mayoral Primary Candidates Share Their Positions

The 3 Democratic candidates for Gettysburg Mayor, who will be running against each other in the the May 18 primary — Chad Alan Carr, Kierstan MaryBelle Demps, and Rita Frealing — expressed their views in an online question and answer session hosted by Gettysburg Rising last night. The Republican candidate, Thomas Carr, who is running …

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GASD Previews its 2021-2022 Budget * Expects to Keep Current Schedule for Remainder of School Year

Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) superintendent Jason Perrin said the district would likely be forced to raise taxes this year to avoid depleting the fund balance beyond required limits. Perrin said the fund balance was required to be between 6 and 8 percent of the total budget and that the district would likely be at …

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It’s Mosquito Season in Adams County: How to Stay Safe from West Nile Virus [Episode 49]

This week’s podcast is a reposting of an interview I did during the Fall of 2019.  It’s relevant now as the spring begins.  Warmer weather brings more mosquitoes and more West Nile Virus. Please stay safe and please enjoy the podcast. Summers In this episode I talk with Stephanie Summers who is Adams County’s Mosquito …

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County Fruit Farmers Crossing their Fingers for Their Apricots and Plums after Last Week’s Cold Snap

Adams County fruit farmers are hoping for the best after the weather dipped down into the 20s last week. The cold weather creates problems for early-blossoming trees including apricots and plums that have begun to bud after the warm weather in mid-March. “It is too early to report on anything other than our early bloom …

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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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COVID Cases Spike Again in Adams as State Increases Vaccination Availability

At a time when we are all hoping to see COVID decrease, the opposite is happening in Adams County. The “fourth wave” of coronavirus is upon us, bringing a dramatic increase of cases. The county’s positivity rate is at 10.1 percent, an increase of over 60 percent since last week and the per capita rate …

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As Gettysburg Ends Live Outdoor Music at Ploughman Taproom, Wenk Will Expand in Biglerville

The proprietor of Ploughman Cider Taproom on the Gettysburg Square, Ben Wenk, said he will expand his outdoor musical offerings at Biglerville’s National Apple Museum after the Gettysburg Borough Council announced Monday they would not renew his outdoor amplified music permit. The issue came to a head last year after a resident who lives on …

Read moreAs Gettysburg Ends Live Outdoor Music at Ploughman Taproom, Wenk Will Expand in Biglerville

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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As Graduation Approaches, GASD Focuses on Helping Students Succeed

Gettysburg High School Principal Jeremy Lusk explained to the Gettysburg Area School District board directors on Monday how the high school staff was focusing on students to help assure they were all able to graduate on time despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. Lusk said the school was recommending all hybrid students return to …

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Huge Field of Adams County Municipal Primary Election Candidates Announced

The Adams County Office of Elections has announced the slate of candidates for the 2021 municipal elections to be held on May 18. Director of Elections and Voters Registration Angie Crouse said there had been a big increase in the number of candidates in comparison to the 2019 election. Overall there are 284 Republicans and …

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Gettysburg Rec Park Use Expected to Expand in 2021 * Fireworks Planned * Delinquency Continues

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) is expecting an uptick in use of the rec park in 2021, even though some major events have been cancelled. Although the Library Fun Fest and the Green Gathering will not happen this year, there will be plenty of other activities. “Lots of Little League players are signing up …

Read moreGettysburg Rec Park Use Expected to Expand in 2021 * Fireworks Planned * Delinquency Continues

Gettysburg Will Try to Slow Traffic Entering the Borough on Baltimore Street

Responding to a deadly crash on Baltimore St. last week, the Gettysburg Borough Council is considering ways to slow down traffic as it enters the borough on Baltimore St. “Even here on Chambersburg St. when people come into town they drive way too fast,” said borough council president Jake Schindel. Police chief Robert Glenny said …

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From Ballads to Showstoppers, GHS Recreates Broadway in “Everything Is”

As the orchestral prelude ended and the lights came down, members of the stage crew showed up onstage at Gettysburg Area High School’s 2021 musical performance, “Everything Is,” ready to set up their sets.  As they looked around at each other and the audience, a bit puzzled, a voice from afar gently reminded them their …

Read moreFrom Ballads to Showstoppers, GHS Recreates Broadway in “Everything Is”

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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GASD Proposes Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Expansion

Gettysburg High School Principal Jeremy Lusk introduced the school’s U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Instructor Lt. Col. (Ret) Mike Athanasakis to the school board on Monday evening. Describing the ROTC program, Lusk praised its benefits for students. “I saw civics; I saw history; I saw service; I saw teamwork; I saw training …

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Gettysburg Will Revise Special Events Permitting in Response to Noise Concerns

Responding to concerns raised by Gettysburg resident Eve English who resides at 3 Baltimore St. near the Gettysburg Square, the Gettysburg Borough Council will reassess its special permitting process, particularly in regard to exceptions to the noise ordinance.  “I don’t have a problem with live music. I have problem with live music that is amplified …

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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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UASD Board Condemns Racism as District Creates Plans to Combat it

The Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board said it was united in its condemnation of any discrimination and racism in the district and committed to ensuring alleged issues recently brought up on social media platforms are addressed going forward. “We must all do our part to eradicate racism, inclusive of all forms of discrimination,” …

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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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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 …

Read moreUASD Begins Budget Process; Allows Spectators at Sporting Events

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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Adams Food Support Systems Make a Difference During the Pandemic

Over 85 people from around the state attended an online meeting sponsored by the Penn State Extension Office on Tuesday to learn about the many ways Adams County food-related organizations collaborated in 2020 to provide food resources to local residents during the pandemic. The activities in the county serve as a model for many others …

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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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Motor Cavalcade Honors Black Community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A group of cars gathered at the Peace Light Monument this Martin Luther King Jr. Day afternoon and then traveled together as a cavalcade, visiting Gettysburg neighborhoods where Black residents make their homes as well as sites of historic importance to the Black community including the Bryan Farm, AME Zion Church, and the Jack Hopkins …

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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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Gettysburg Mayor Ted Streeter Will Not Seek Re-election

Gettysburg Mayor Ted Streeter officially announced this week that he would not be seeking reelection at the end of his four-year term that expires on December 31.   “I want to make a formal announcement of what everybody already knows.  I will not be running for mayor this year,” said Streeter. “I’ve put in over …

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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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Gettysburg Hospital Nurse Eric Gagné Describes Conditions on His Ward

“It’s kind of like riding a bike.  It’s still the same job and the same bike but I feel like I have flat tires,” said Gettysburg Hospital Registered Nurse Eric Gagné as he described his work since the pandemic began.   Gagné works in Ward A2 where he monitors the conditions of four or five …

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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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Wellspan Says COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Running Smoothly in Gettysburg

Wellspan spokesperson Ryan Coyle today said that over half of the 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that had been received at the Gettysburg Wellspan Hospital in December had been administered and that more front-line workers would be vaccinated in the coming days.  “We have the coordination and the [administration] pods set up.  It’s …

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Last Week Brings Largest Increase in COVID-19 Cases, Deaths, and Hospitalizations to Adams

Even as the Pennsylvania Department of Health has allowed restaurants and gyms to reopen and has reinstated sports activities in county schools, the number of COVID-19 cases in the county continues to grow in record numbers. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Adams County increased by 15 percent this week, increasing the cases by …

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Gettysburg Borough Wraps up its Year with a Skimmed Down 2021 Budget

It’s been a tough 2020 for all of us, and Gettysburg Borough has not had it any easier. The borough has powered through the year, dealing with a huge drop in revenue, a major hit to local businesses, a series of political protests, and difficulties and criticism related to its decisions about the police department. …

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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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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 …

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

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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First COIVD-19 Vaccines Administered at Gettysburg Wellspan Hospital

Wellspan Health announced today that the first round of Pfizer COIVD-19 vaccines have arrived at Gettysburg and its six other hospitals and are being administered to front-line staff. Wellspan infectious disease doctor Eugene Curley III said the vaccinations began at 6:00 a.m. this morning and were being given to a wide variety of hospital staff, …

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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 Commissioners Praise County Staff and Volunteers as Final FAIR Grants Are Distributed

The Adams County commissioners today praised the work of county employees for their efforts over the past six months in awarding grants through the Fund for Adams Investment and Recovery (FAIR) program. The FAIR program, which has now awarded all of its allocated funds, was used to distribute money from the Federal CARES Act to …

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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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ACCF Giving Spree Announces Recipients of $2.14 Million in Charitable Donations

The Adams County Community Foundation’s (ACCF) 2020 virtual Giving Spree broke new ground in this year of social distancing, as donors nearly doubled the amount they gave in 2019. The giving benefited 95 local nonprofits. The biggest winner was the Adams County Historical Society with over $½ million in gifts.  The society is in the …

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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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GASD School Board Focuses on Athletics; Does not Discuss COVID-19

With a round of applause from the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) school board, current president Kenneth Hassinger was unanimously elected on Monday evening to remain in his position for another year.  Al Moyer was unanimously voted to remain as vice president. Solicitor Bob McQuaide was also reappointed for another term and board member Amy …

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FASD Votes to Keep Secondary Grades Online Until January 28

After a lengthy, careful, and detailed discussion, the Fairfield Area School District (FASD) Board of Directors voted Monday to keep its fifth through twelfth grade students in a 100 percent online environment until January 28. The motion, which passed on a 5 to 4 vote, followed the recommendations of the school administration to keep students …

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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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New Oxford Holiday Hunt To Provide Free, Family-Friendly Events

New Oxford Holiday Hunt, brought to you by the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Members 1st Federal Credit Union, officially kicks off on Saturday, December 12. The event features a scavenger hunt, business decorating contest and residential decorating competition. This is the first year for the event, which is similar to …

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Gettysburg Borough Nixes New Year’s Fireworks; Will Inspect Tent Structures

The Gettysburg Borough Council has denied a request from the Gettysburg Area Merchants Association (GARMA) to allow them to provide New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Gettysburg rec park. The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA), which leases the park from the borough, had already indicated they were not willing to host the fireworks due to …

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Adams Passes 2,000 COVID Cases, With a Quarter of Them in the Past Two Weeks

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Adams County has soared over the past two weeks, bringing the total cases to 2,003. This means that almost two percent of the county has been diagnosed with COVID. There were 510 cases reported in the last two weeks. The last two weeks also brought eight new deaths, …

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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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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 Approves Winter Sports Plan, but Competition is on Hold

As sports at the Upper Adams School District (UASD) move indoors, the district is taking extra precautions to keep athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators safe. District Athletic Director Anthony Graham said winter sports practice is beginning now and that competition, should it be allowed, will begin the second week of December.  But competition can only …

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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 …

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

The Future Is Worrisome, but Adams County Taxes will not Increase in 2021

“No Tax Increase! Those are 3 words we love to hear,” said County Commissioner Randy Phiel after the Adams County Commissioners reviewed and tentatively adopted the proposed 2021 budget yesterday.  The budget is available for viewing and public comment is welcome.  The commissioners expect to vote on the budget at their meeting on December 16. …

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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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FASD School Board Moves to Weekly Meetings in Fast-Changing COVID Environment

In a quickly-changing environment in which the state may recommend that schools return to online learning at any moment, the Fairfield Area School District (FASD) has increased its board meetings from twice per month to weekly. “We’re going to have stuff to discuss. Shooting an email is different than discussing it. We need to do …

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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 …

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

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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Adams COVID Cases Jump Sharply, Stressing the Wellspan Health System and Gettysburg Hospital

After a summer that brought a consistently small number of new COVID cases, the fall has brought a spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths to Adams County. The problem is acute and will probably get worse after the holiday season when people are likely to socialize and spread the virus, and as we head into …

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New Oxford Marching Colonials Take State, Regional, and National Awards

“You only get one shot and you have to make it the most,” Director of Bands Shawn Campopiano told the 52 students in The New Oxford Marching Colonials as they assembled on the New Oxford High School (NOHS) football field before shooting their prize-winning video. The performance, submitted virtually to the 2020 USBands competition, won …

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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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Holiday Family Outreach Needs Toys, Hats, and Gloves for Low-Income Families

Since 1953, Holiday Family Outreach, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, has provided Christmas toys and food certificates to low-income families in Adams County.  This year we are celebrating 67 years of service to the community!  We are proud that our administrative cost is only 3% and this is for insurance, printing and postage.  We also have …

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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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Democratic Candidate Todd Rowley Explains His Politics [Episode 39]

(Please click on the arrow in the bar above to play the interview) I had the great pleasure this week of talking with Todd Rowley, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from the 13th District. I caught up with Rowley from his home in the very western part of his district in Westmoreland County where he …

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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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Drop your Mail-in Ballot at the Adams County Courthouse

With less than one week left until election day, U.S. Postal Service and local election officials are in agreement that if you still have a mail-in or absentee ballot that you wish to cast in the upcoming general election you should bring it to the Adams County Courthouse in Gettysburg rather than mailing it. You …

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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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Giving Spree Adds Endowment Option and Digital Day of Giving 2020

November 5, 2020 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Adams County Community Foundation’s annual fall Giving Spree. The spree brings Adams County donors and nonprofits together in a day of giving. “We’ve had some pretty good growth over the past year,” said Community Foundation Chairman Ralph Serpe. Serpe said the “forever” giving options have …

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Gettysburg Police Department Copes With Increasing Crime Rates

Gettysburg Police Chief Rob Glenny says his office has a “constant flow of work” as it deals with an increase in crimes in the borough ranging from opioid-related DUIs to thefts of political yard signs. Glenny said the number and quality of demonstrations in the Gettysburg square was a problem as election day approaches. “The …

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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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GASD Elementary Students to Begin Five-Day School Weeks on November 9; No changes Yet for Secondary Students.

Superintendent Jason Perrin announced on Monday that students at the three elementary schools in the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) will be moving from their current four day per week schedule to five days per week as of November 9. Perrin said the hybrid model was initially put in place in part to help the …

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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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GARA Considers Nighttime Skating but Asks Users to Police Themselves

Several members of the local community asked the Gettysburg Recreational Authority (GARA) board tonight to consider allowing the skate park to stay open after dark using the lights that are already available nearby. The group noted the park has grown over the past years and that it would be nice to have that growth continue. …

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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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Democratic Candidate Todd Rowley Explains His Politics [Episode 39]

(Please click on the arrow in the bar above to play the interview) I had the great pleasure this week of talking with Todd Rowley, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from the 13th District. I caught up with Rowley from his home in the very western part of his district in Westmoreland County where he …

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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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Adams County Awards $1.36M in COVID-19 Support Grants – More to Come

On June 11th, 2020 the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) released guidance for the Pennsylvania COVID-19 County Relief program. Adams County submitted an application for $9,302,625 in funding on June 15, 2020. On June 24, 2020, the Adams County Commissioners approved a contract with DCED for the full amount. This funding is …

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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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Remembering Nanette Hatzes: The Brooke Books Volume 1 [Episode 37]

Nan Hatzes died this week after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. I am taking the opportunity this week to repost a podcast I did with her back in May. I thought it was a remarkable interview. She recently published the book she describes in the interview, “The Brooke Books, Volume 1.” It’s an intimate …

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Gettysburg to Continue Parklets * Councilmember Berger Offers his Salary to Maintain Police Force

Parklets The Gettysburg Borough Council will continue the pilot parklet project into next year, although it is not yet clear how many of them there will be or which businesses will be using them. Timbrel Wallace, owner of the Lark Gift Shop and Nerd Herd Gifts & Games addressed the council saying “I do hope …

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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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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 Public Library Envisions a New Home in the Rec Park

The Gettysburg Library has outgrown its current space in the Gettysburg Federal Building at the corner of Baltimore and High streets and is seeking a new location. “We’re considering an option of building in the Gettysburg Rec Park,” said Adams County Library System Executive Director Laura Goss. “There are so many programming opportunities to partner …

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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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Nanette Hatzes: The Brooke Books Volume 1 [Episode 36]

I am taking the opportunity this week to repost a podcast I did with Adams County visual artist Nanette Hatzes back in May. I thought is was a remarkable interview. Since then there have been some changes to all of our lives, and also, particularly, to Nan’s. Among so many other things, she’s published the …

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Gettysburg Borough Council Addresses Speeding on W. Middle St.

Responding to several emails sent to the borough office by S. Howard Ave. resident Frank Gargano, the borough will address traffic issues along W. Middle St. near Howard Avenue. In his communication Gargano said he had observed “speeding in order to beat the lights; yelling and cursing at each other, and non-stop noisy speeding vehicles …

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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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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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2020 Adams County PA Voter Guide and Election Updates – How to Vote in Adams County

Please see our Candidate Profile Page See A Sample Copy of Your Ballot ​As election day for the 2020 presidential elections approaches, the Adams County Board of Elections is preparing to handle the large volume of ballots that will be cast. Director of Elections & Voter Registration Angie Crouse is expecting her office will count …

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“Canning Lids are the New Toilet Paper:” Learn to Eat Safely and Nutritiously with Lynn James [Episode 35]

This week I talk with Lynn James, who is Adams County Penn State Extension Office Senior Educator. Lynn’s job is to do research and provide education to the local community about nutritious foods. In this episode James talks about how to find nutritious food and safely preserve the foods you grown or hunt. She also …

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More COVID-19 Cases on Gettysburg College Campus Create Complete Lockdown

More COVID-19 Cases on Gettysburg College Campus Create Complete Lockdown After finding 33 cases on campus in the first two weeks of classes, the college reported in an email to the campus community that it has already found 25 more after testing only 348 students in the past two days. Officials said the majority of …

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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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Gettysburg Borough Furloughs One Police Officer to Pay for Another Officer’s Reinstatement

The Gettysburg Borough Council has informed the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 776 (the local police union) that it will furlough Officer Bo Taylor to reduce its police staff to the meet the number of officers budgeted for the 2020 fiscal year. The furlough is required because the borough has been mandated by court order …

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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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County School Districts Begin to Reopen with Unique Health and Safety Plans

As the school buses begin to roll again at the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) this week, other students across the county will have to wait to discover what the fall semester has in store for them. All six county school districts as well as the VIDA Charter School are set to reopen with at …

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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 Lawmakers and Candidates Unite Around the Need for Facemasks

Over the past week I asked Adams County lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as candidates for elected office, to tell us their opinions about the use of facemasks.  Each lawmaker we contacted, with the exception of U.S. Representative John Joyce and State Senator Doug Mastriano, said we should be wearing …

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Mela Kitchen at Jack’s Hard Cider Opens Today at the Outlet Mall

The Mela Kitchen at Jack’s Cider House, located in the former movie theater at the Gettysburg Outlet Mall, will have its grand opening today, Friday August 7 at 4:00 p.m. The Mela Kitchen will join Jack’s Hard Cider under the Atomic Dog, LLC umbrella.  As the Italian word for apple, Mela represents a clean and …

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What Happened in the Gettysburg Military Park on July 4, 2020

I’ve become obsessed with trying to figure out exactly what happened on July 4 in the military park. Particularly I’m trying to determine if there were any racist comments made by the monument “defenders.” This is in part because I want to know and in part because it is important to know and in part …

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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 to Open with All-Day Face Mask Requirement in Elementary Schools

Despite concerns expressed by its health and safety experts, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Board of Directors voted Wednesday night to open its three elementary schools under a plan in which the students will be in class four days per week sitting as close as three feet from each other and wearing face masks. …

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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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It’s Mosquito Season in Adams County: How to Stay Safe from West Nile Virus [Episode 33]

This week’s podcast is a reposting of an interview I did over the winter.  It’s relevant now because with the current rains we are getting there are going to be a lot of mosquitoes. Summers In this episode I talk with Stephanie Summers who is Adams County’s Mosquito Borne Disease Control & Conservation Technician. Her …

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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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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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Adams Democrats Award Scholarship To Biglerville Senior Erin Hurd

Erin Hurd, a 2020 graduate of Biglerville High School, was awarded the Adams County Democratic Committee’s (ACDC) annual scholarship. Marcia Wilson, ACDC chair, presented Erin with a $500.00 check at their July meeting. “Erin has been volunteering with us for months, and with her future plans she is the ideal person to receive this award,” …

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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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Adams County Holds Its Own Against COVID-19, Making it Safer for Schools to Open.

The major statistics used to track the rate and severity of COVID-19 infections currently paint a relatively positive picture for Adams County, suggesting the state’s mitigation plans are effective and that it is probably safe to open public schools next month. Although the number of COVID cases in the state and the county have been …

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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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Gettysburg Police Report Indecent Assault on Buford Avenue

Gettysburg Borough Police were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call in the 100 block of Buford Ave at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Officers responded and upon investigation located a female victim.  The victim reported being assaulted in the vicinity of Pape Alley and Warner Alley on Monday evening at approximately 10:00 p.m. The suspect is …

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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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New Gettysburg National Park Superintendent Explains Park Projects [Episode 31]

Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower Historical Site Superintendent Steven D. Sims has been in his position since January and has learned a lot about the park, mostly during a time of pandemic. In this episode Sims praises the staff, the park, and the borough, and explains many of the current projects the park is …

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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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National Park Service Says No Laws Broken by July 4 Protestors

Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Steven D. Sims said no laws were broken by armed protestors who gathered at monuments and the Lincoln Cemetery during the July 4 weekend.  “It is not illegal for a person to carry a firearm in the park per state law.  Firearms, however, are not allowed in park buildings,” said …

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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 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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Gettysburg Rec Park Reopens, Prepares for July 4 Fireworks

Gettysburg Rec Park Executive Director Erin Peddigree said that fireworks, sponsored and presented by Destination Gettysburg, will be displayed on July 4 from the Gettysburg Recreational Park football field. The fireworks will start at 9:20 p.m. and last about 20 minutes. Speaking of the fireworks, board member Steve Niebler said “I think it’s going to …

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Hundreds Rally for Black Lives Matter on the Gettysburg Square

Over 300 vocal and peaceful protestors rallied on Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square Sunday afternoon in solidarity with the international Black Lives Matter human rights movement. “We’re here to protest police brutality. We are here to demand that Black lives matter! We are here to show our brothers and sisters that we stand with them and for …

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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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Prize-winning Historical Novelist Jamie Ford Revisits Gettysburg

New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford returned to the Adams County Library on Friday from his home in Montana. The virtual “return visit” of the historical fiction writer was a fundraiser for the library system hosted by Library Development Officer Dawn Smith. Ford “We’ve raised $1,935 so far,” said Smith.” When we had to …

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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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GASD School Board Members Disagree with Superintendent on Need for Tax Increase

After a detailed analysis of the future finances of the Gettysburg Area School District, School Superintendent Jason Perrin proposed the school board of directors adopt a .75 percent tax increase he said was necessary to avoid financial problems in the future. A majority of the school board members disagreed, saying no tax increase was necessary. …

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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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Local Organizations Worry about Budgets, Expecting Worse Next Year

Since the start of the health crisis, budgets have been a major topic in board meetings around the county. Organizations are not expecting to be able to continue as they have in the past, and each is looking for ways to transition into a leaner time. Gettysburg College The college campus has been closed since …

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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 Gettysburg Bike Week and Littlestown Good Ole Days Festival are Cancelled

From the Gettysburg Bike Week Website: We are saddened to announce that due to state and local restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced cancel Gettysburg Bike Week 2020. We appreciate your support and understanding as we keep the safety and well-being of our attendees, vendors, staff and stakeholders in mind. We look …

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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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“I’m optimistic now”: Local Businesses Cope with Health Care Crisis and Look Forward to the Future

As Adams County reopens, we are all looking forward to what we hope will be better days. We asked four local businesses about their experiences and their visions for the future: At Sweeet! The Candy Store, 100 Baltimore St. in Gettysburg, revenues have been way down. “We are at about 0 percent or 2 percent …

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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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One-Hundred Nights of Taps 2020 Goes Virtual on Facebook and YouTube

For the fourth year, the notes of “Taps” will be sounded in Gettysburg every evening this summer to honor of those who have served our nation. This year, the program will take place virtually through internet live-streaming.  In order to act in the best interest of public safety, Gettysburg National Military Park has informed The …

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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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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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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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Gettysburg Borough Projected to Lose Over $1 Million in Revenues in 2020

Gettysburg Finance Director Nicolette James said the Borough is expected to have a revenue loss in 2020 of over $1 million. James said she had conducted an analysis of revenue streams and cash flows and their impact on the borough’s reserve fund balance. “Right now, what we need to focus on is cash.” We need …

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Adams County Farmers Market Opens to a Welcoming Crowd on a Cold Morning

The Adams County Farmers Market opened its 2020 season on a blistery and sometimes snowy morning Saturday, as about 250 shoppers braved the cold to buy jellies, jams, plants, and other local products. “The opening day of the 2020 farmers market season went exceptionally well given the unprecedented circumstances,” said Market Manager Reza Djalal. “Every …

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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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As County Coronavirus Deaths Increase to Six, Community Organizations Look to the Future

County coronavirus cases have increased about five percent every day over the past week, leading to a 40 percent weekly increase, from 95 cases last Thursday to 137 today. The 14-day moving average of new cases is now at 70, putting the county over the cutoff of 50 that Governor Wolf said he would look …

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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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Gettysburg Families Participate in the Front Steps Project Fundraiser

Taking advantage of the fact that many of us are now at home, Mary Brunst of Westminster, MD has spent the past weeks traveling through Maryland and Pennsylvania to take photographs of people on their front porches. Mark, Elic, and Cassie on their front steps in Gettysburg [Mary Brunst] Brunst’s work is part of the …

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A Gettysburg Hospital Emergency Room Doctor and Nurse Talk about their Jobs Treating COVID [Episode 26]

Every evening many of the residents of my neighborhood go into the streets at 8:00 p.m. to ring bells and bang on pots to support our essential workers. In this podcast I got a chance to talk with two of those workers who are on the very front lines, charged with saving the lives of …

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COVID-19 Cases in Adams County Still Increasing While Gettysburg Hospital Copes

The number of coronavirus cases in Adams county keeps increasing and the number of new cases over the last two weeks stood today at 61. Please Click Here to View Local Coronavirus Statistics These growing case counts would seem to make it unlikely that Adams County will be allowed to reopen. Governor Wolf has announced …

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PA Governor Wolf Unveils Reopening Plan and Allows Construction to Resume Beginning May 1

Governor Tom Wolf presented this week a plan for reopening the Commonwealth using a three-phase red, yellow, and green system and said the first orders for moving from red to yellow could be given in the north-central and northwest regions of the state as early as May 8. Wolf said that just as the administration …

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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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Adams County COVID-19 Cases Continue to Climb but Gettysburg Hospital is Not Overwhelmed

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease continue to climb in the county, increasing by over 40 percent over the past week. The total number of cases increased from 67 cases last Thursday to 95 cases today. And Adams now has three COVID-19 deaths. According to county coroner Pat Felix, two of these deaths were in nursing …

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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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GARA Board Welcomes Robin Fitzgerald; Votes to Build Cycle Pump Track

The Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) Board of Directors voted Monday to create a bicycle pump track in the rec park. The track is to be constructed near the existing skate park. A pump track is a continuous loop of dirt berms and mounds. The riders navigate without pedaling, using a pumping motion as they …

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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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GASD Middle School Science Teacher Scott Jones Talks About Online Learning

The workday for Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) teachers and families has changed dramatically as the district has moved to online learning for the remainder of the school year. In this article I talk with Scott Jones, a GASD Middle School Science Teacher, about his experiences. This article is the first in a series of …

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Adams County Court System Operating Under Emergency Procedures

The Fifty-first Pennsylvania Judicial District, which includes Adams County, is operating under emergency court orders, at least until May 1, 2020. The guidelines have created many procedural changes and are leading to fewer cases being heard in the county. Most hearings originally scheduled for April have been moved until May or June. District Court Administrator …

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Upper Adams School District Faces Technology Challenges for Online Learning

With school buildings closed for the rest of the school year, the Upper Adams School District (UASD) is identifying ways to deliver online instruction to students. But before a curriculum can be offered, appropriate technology must be in place.   District superintendent Wesley Doll said there were not currently enough computer devices for all students …

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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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Homebound Gettysburg College Students Speak out About COVID-19 [Episode 25]

It’s been a bit longer than usual since I’ve recorded a podcast, and I’m happy to be back to you amid this time of difficulty. Along with all of the county’s public schools, churches, businesses, and other agencies that have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, most Gettysburg college students were also sent home. This …

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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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Gettysburg Borough Council Extends Disaster Emergency at Outdoor Meeting

Birds chirped in the background and the council members wore coats as the Gettysburg Borough Council held a special meeting in the amphitheater at the Gettysburg Recreational Park Thursday morning.     At the short meeting the council ratified and extended of the Declaration of Disaster Emergency initially issued by Mayor Theodore H. Streeter on …

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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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Parents Again Address Concerns about Franklin Township Class Sizes at GASD Board Meeting

During Monday’s meeting of the Gettysburg Area School District School Board, parents of students in Franklin Township Elementary School again expressed concerns about the large class sizes in the school’s 3rd grade. Parents said although other grades in the school and third grades in the other elementary schools had three teachers for about 55 students, …

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The Adams County Emergency Services Center Answers 911 Calls and Prepares for Disasters [Episode 23]

Keeping Adams County residents safe is a big job, and it takes a big team to do it. The work is handled in part by the staff at the Adams County Emergency Services Center, located on Greenamyer Lane East of Gettysburg. The center coordinates police, fire, and EMS services for the entire county. In addition …

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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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It’s Tick Season in Adams County: How to Stay Safe from Lyme Disease [Episode 21]

You probably know about Lyme Disease and you know that you can get it locally from deer ticks. But do you know that you that the most active season for those ticks is right now – in the middle of winter? Summers In this episode I talk with Stephanie Summers who is Adams County’s Mosquito …

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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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Eat, Drink, Talk (and Learn a New Language) in One of the Seven Adams County Libraries This Year [Episode 20]

The Adams County Library system is helping people around the county learn new languages, research their genealogy, and connect with other people. You can bring food and drinks into any one of the library branches these days and they are not the quiet places they used to be. Laganosky and Smith In this episode I …

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Mt. Joy Township Residents Invited to Comment on Proposed 1,000 Acre Solar Farm at Wednesday Meeting

The Board of Supervisors of Mount Joy Township will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday about a proposed solar energy installation which will cover about 1,000 acres across 26 land parcels in the township. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Alpha Fire Company #1, 40 East King St., Littlestown. An aerial …

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Public Comments Highlight Conflicting Opinions about Gettysburg School Board

The first 2020 Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board meeting on Monday evening was punctuated by public comments from community members who praised the board, took its members to task, and demanded it take action. Gettysburg resident Michael Shestock asked the board to support “teamwork, safety, truth, and transparency.” He said the school board should …

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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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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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Departing Board President Susan Naugle Praised by Borough Colleagues

After spending seven years and three terms on the Gettysburg Borough Council and serving as its president since 2017, Susan Naugle chaired her last board meeting on Monday evening. Naugle has decided not to run for another term. “I’ve really enjoyed this for twelve years but I need to step back and do some other …

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Following a Split Decision, Gettysburg School Board Requests Volunteers for Vacant School Board Seat

The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board of directors discussed how to fill the vacant seat left after the November 2019 election at their meeting on Tuesday, December 3. Board member Kathleen Adams Pratt moved that former board member Alice Broadway be appointed as the ninth member, saying the voting public has an interest in …

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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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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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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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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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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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Final Results of the 2019 Adams County Municipal Elections

In the off-year municipal race in which about 25 percent of the eligible voters came out, the outcomes of over 120 races have now been determined. Results of some of the races are reported below. For the complete results as published by the County Elections office, please click here. D = Democrat G = Green …

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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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Adams County Prepares New Machines for Tuesday’s Election

The Adams County Municipal Election is on Tuesday November 5, and the Elections and Voter Registration office is busy preparing. The election has races in each of the 49 precincts in the county as well as the six school districts. There are over 120 candidates on the ballots and there are 66,512 eligible voters. The …

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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

Podcast: Gettysburg Ward 3 Borough Council Candidate Vandessa Johnson [Episode 14]

Vandessa Johnson, Gettysburg Borough Candidate

The Fall 2019 Adams County Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. In this episode I talk with Vandessa Johnson, Democratic candidate for borough council member from the 3rd ward. Johnson Johnson has been active member of the Gettysburg community since 2004. She has been a member of the Old Getty Place …

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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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Gettysburg Borough Hires Planners Carly Marshall and Debra English

Gettysburg Borough Council

     Gettysburg Borough reported today that an “exhaustive search” to replace the Borough’s previous Director of Planning Becky LaBarre is complete. “The Borough was privileged to have many highly skilled candidates apply for the position”, said Borough Manager Charles Gable. “At the end of the search and after two rounds of interviews, it was the …

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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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Three Bridges to Be Closed for Repair in Adams County

PennDOT has reported that three bridges in Adams County will be temporarily closed for repairs in the coming weeks. Bridge 53, 45 Fleshman Mill Rd, New Oxford Starting October 25 Expected duration: 2 weeks Bridge 79, 585 Orchard Lane, Aspers Starting November 11 Expected duration: 4 weeks Bridge 110, 795 Baltimore Rd, York Springs Starting …

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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

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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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HABPI will “Ride for Trails” on Saturday September 28

Healthy Adams Bicycle-Pedestrian Inc. will hold its fourth annual “Ride for Trails” on Saturday September 28, 2019. This is an annual ride raising money for development of trails for bicycling and walking in Adams County. Three different routes are being offered this year: a 12-mile guided ride; a 25-mile self-paced ride; and a 37-mile ride …

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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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Review: Guys and Dolls at the Gettysburg Community Theatre

When you attend a performance of Guys and Dolls in 2019 you have to expect to squirm a bit. Sex stereotypes abound, and the show itself is a revolving stage of craps games, marching bands, girly shows, Brooklyn accents, and mushy love songs. Kate Sainer “Resist in an all-night session against the Devil,” yell the …

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Schedule for Remaining Work on Broadway Street in Gettysburg Posted

S C.E. Williams’ Sons Inc., Contractor on the Broadway Street project in Gettysburg, has posted a schedule, running through Mid-November, for the completion of the project. Please view the Gettysburg Connection Roadwork Update page for information. Got news or a tip or announcement? The Connection wants to hear about it. Fill out a simple form …

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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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York Street Bridge Construction Delayed, but Expected to be Completed in November

Construction on the new bridge on York Street west of Gettysburg, near the K&W Tire store and the new Gettysburg Print and Frame Shop, is on temporary hold while changes are made to the drainage system design. According to Rory G. McGlasson, Public Information Manager for Walsh/Granite JV, a team partnering with the Pennsylvania Department …

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Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) Seeks Executive Director

For the last 6 years GARA has been enhancing the lives of the citizens of Gettysburg through the rec park, community relationships, professionalism, and response to developing trends. Each year, GARA records more than 85,000 park visitors, several community events, and hundreds of rentals. The Rec Park is home to five baseball/softball fields, a football …

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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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Bakewell Farm Presents “Bread for Each Other” at Sunday’s Heritage Festival

Come join the fun with Bakewell Farm from 12:00 to 4:00 at the 28th annual Adams County Heritage Festival on Sunday September 15, 2019. Bakewell presents a unique opportunity to learn about the art of baking, living, and eating well from a team of bread-bakers, a nutritionist, a physics teacher, and a pastry chef. Presenters …

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Future of Gettysburg Outdoor Pools and Tennis Courts Remains Uncertain

As the summer draws to a close, users of the outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts located at the old Gettysburg Country Club, 730 Chambersburg Street, are wondering about the future use of the property for community recreation. Jen Bubczyk, a partner in Cumberland Club Investment, LLC, which owns the property, said “the property has …

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Charles Strauss Talks Gettysburg Politics [Episode 10]

Gettysburg resident Charles Strauss ran for a borough council seat in 2015 and again in 2017 when he was elected from the third ward. Strauss served on the Gettysburg Borough Council from January 2018 until he resigned this year because he and his family moved from the 3rd ward to the 2nd ward. Strauss During …

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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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Decaying Facilities Create Gettysburg Rec Park Headache

GARA rec park pedestrian path needs repair

Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Executive Director Jackie Dwyer showed pictures of dilapidated facilities at the rec park to the Gettysburg Borough council at their August 26 meeting, saying that if GARA has to keep making the repairs on our own “GARA’s not going to be around.” GARA said about 85,000 people use the 56-acre …

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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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NPS Sponsors Annual World War II Weekend

Living historians portraying Allied soldiers will once again invade Eisenhower NHS this September. Photo: NPS. On September 21 and 22, the National Park Service will sponsor its annual World War II living history weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site. The public is invited to tour World War II encampments of over 500 living historians portraying …

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Gettysburg Freshmen Walk Through Town in Annual Tradition

Gettysburg College First Year Walk 2019

Gettysburg College students, faculty, and staff just missed a torrential rainstorm that stopped just prior to their Annual First-Year Walk last night. The walk, which led from the college chapel to the Gettysburg National Cemetery on Baltimore Pike, recreated the path that taken in 1863 by members of the college community who accompanied President Abraham …

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Gettysburg College Freshman Walk to the Lincoln Cemetery this Evening

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Gettysburg College students, faculty, and staff will walk from the College to the national cemetery, recreating the walk taken in 1863 as members of the College community accompanied President Abraham Lincoln to the cemetery where he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Students will leave the college chapel at 6:45. Matthew Moen, president of the Gettysburg Foundation, …

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Buchanan Valley Fire Department Volunteer Wagaman Remembered at Service

Walt Wagaman Fallen Firefighter

Buchanan Valley Fire Department President Timothy Baldwin and Chief Michael D. Spielman announced the death of Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman, 46, on August 14. Chief Wagaman was a 32-year veteran of the Buchanan Valley Fire Department. On August 2, 2019, Chief Wagaman suffered severe injuries in an accident during an emergency response. He was flown …

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Gettysburg Police Chief Talks about Immigration

Glenny Police chief Robert Glenny spoke about the relationship between the Gettysburg Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the borough council meeting on Monday. Glenny began by saying the primary job of the police department was to be “impartial. We enforce the law,” he said. “I’ve been a policeman for 30-odd …

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Judith Butterfield Appointed as Gettysburg Borough Council Member

Butterfield Judith Butterfield has been appointed to fill the Gettysburg Borough Council seat vacated by former councilman Charles Strauss. Butterfield has years of experience with borough politics. She currently chairs the borough’s recycling committee and she has managed the borough’s website. She has also served on many local boards and task forces. Welcome Judie, and …

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Visit the Adams County Farmers Market with Reza Djalal [Episode 9]

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The Adams County Farmers Market is at its best during the harvest season, and the vendors’ tables are now overflowing with produce. But in addition to hosting the Saturday morning market, the Adams County Farmers Market Association also sponsors many community and educational activities in the county. In this podcast I talk with Reza Djalal …

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Gettysburg Police Chief to Discuss ICE Policies in the Borough

Borough president Susan Naugle has announced that Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny will update the council and the public about policies related to the relationship between the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and the borough police department at the borough council meeting on August 12 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be …

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Gimme Shelter Golf Tournament Nets Cash for SCCAP

McKENZIE YOUNG The first-ever (and hopefully last-ever) “Gimme Shelter” golf tournament was held at Piney Apple Golf Course in Biglerville on August 2. The event raised $731 for the SCCAP homeless shelter. Pictured left to right are Tommy Slagle, Lyn Weary, Mike Malewicki, Chuck Stangor, Don Marritz, Gary Dingle, Jim Frazee, Tom Gibbon, Kurt Musselman, …

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Kathy Gaskin, former Survivors EO, Recollects its History [Episode 8]

After being founded by a group of local women in 1982, the local non-profit Survivors Inc. helped Adams County women and families who were in abusive relationships for almost 40 years. The organization was funded by local, state and federal grants and provided assistance to hundreds of families. In early 2019 the organization lost its …

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Gettysburg Connection Joins LION Publishers

Gettysburg Connection is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as a member of LION Publishers, the nation’s only association dedicated to Local Independent Online News Publishers, who are successfully creating the future of local news with locally owned and operated news organizations that directly serve their communities. It’s a big day for me …

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King and Culp Street Update – August, 1, 2019

  King Street- The grading of King street will be completed today. We will begin paving Moday (8/5) or Tuesday (8/6).  The entire street will be CLOSED. Culp Street- The milling of the first block of Culp street will be completed today (7/24), and ready to be paved. The first block will be CLOSED.

Gettysburg Borough Commits $315,000 for Baltimore Street Renovation Grant

The Gettysburg Borough Council on July 22 approved committing matching funds of $315,000 for a grant to be submitted by Main Street Gettysburg and the Baltimore Street Renovation Project. Deb Adamik, Main Street Gettysburg president and CEO. said if the grant were successful it would bring about $2M for the project. The deadline for the …

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House at 340 Baltimore Street Offered to Gettysburg Borough for a Visitors’ Center

Local resident Tim Shields has offered the property he owns at 340 Baltimore Street to Gettysburg Borough to develop as a community/visitors center. The borough council has to make a decision whether or not to accept the building. Shields asked that a decision be made by the end of the year. “A gift of this …

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Gettysburg Borough Council Seeks Short-Term Replacement Member from Ward 3

The Gettysburg Borough Council is seeking applications for a member from the Third Ward and will be considering the applicants at the August 12th council meeting. The vacancy is due to the resignation of council member Charles Strauss. The Third Ward is all areas south of Middle Street and West of Baltimore Street. Candidates must …

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Gettysburg Police Chief to Discuss ICE Policies in the Borough

Borough president Susan Naugle has announced that Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny will update the council and the public about policies related to the relationship between the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and the borough police department at the borough council meeting on August 12 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be …

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Counterfeit Bills Are Being Circulated in the County

The Pennsylvania State Police and Main Street Gettysburg have issued warnings about counterfeit bills being circulated in the county. According to Main Street Gettysburg, the bills that have been confiscated have “Motion Picture Use” printed on them. Please call Gettysburg Police Department at 717.334.1168 if you encounter one.