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

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

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

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

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Gettysburg deals with speeding, car crashes

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

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New bivalent COVID-19 boosters available in Adams

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

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Gettysburg Police Dept. faces staffing, diversity challenges

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

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

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

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Gettysburg revisits signage, outdoor toilet, and other ordinances

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

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GARA will raise fees for most rec park rentals

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

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Notes from Gettysburg Borough

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

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Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra concert announced

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

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Gettysburg Police Chief says department is undersized

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

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Farmers Market celebrates inaugural Civics Engagement Day

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

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

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

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Good Intent Cider opens in Gettysburg

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

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Cumberland Township Police Department report finds many deficiencies and encourages changes

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

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Gettysburg may break its trash contract with WM

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

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“Return Visit” is back home

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

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Local school districts reach the budgetary finish line

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

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Farmers Market celebrates South Mountain Partnership

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

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Gettysburg Hospital Thrift Shop will close

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

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GASD will raise taxes 1.3 percent

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

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Hayes, Shahid, and Gagliardi win 2022 Peacemaker Awards

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

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Library FunFest returns to rec park after 2 year hiatus

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

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United Way celebrates volunteers

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

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Median work begins tomorrow on Route 15 north of Adams

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

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Gettysburg High School seniors graduate after four years of challenges

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

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HARB presents its 2022 Historic Preservation Awards

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

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Adams moves forward on plans to increase internet speeds

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

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Learn to Garden at the Ag Center

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

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Gettysburg Garden Club Brightens the Square

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

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Gettysburg  Nixes Open Alcohol Idea

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

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

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

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Oldest national parks in America

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

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Your mail-in ballot is on the way

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

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Dia de los niños event in Gettysburg

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

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Main Street Gettysburg questions borough’s vision

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

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

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

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GASD wrestles with budget: some tax increase likely

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

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County Declares “National Crime Victims Week”

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

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Gettysburg apologizes for trash hauler confusion; asks for input

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

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

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

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Eisenhower Home Opens for Tours Memorial Day Weekend

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

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

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

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Marilyn Brannen wins Winter 2022 photo contest

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

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Thaddeus Stevens statue unveiled in Gettysburg

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

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

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

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Gettysburg Talks Trash

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

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@Home Coalition discusses Adams employment opportunities

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

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GARA Plans July 4 Events; Honors Jack Bream

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

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GASD discusses cellphones in high school

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

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U.S. Senator Bob Casey visits Adams County

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

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

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

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

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

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Gettysburg unites in solidarity with Ukraine

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

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Gettysburg addresses police overtime spending

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

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Fairfield modifies its health and safety plan

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

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

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

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GARA makes plans to welcome Farmers Market

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

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Local organizations encourage transparent policing in Gettysburg

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

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