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

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

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

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

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Gettysburg unites in solidarity with Ukraine

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

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Gettysburg addresses police overtime spending

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

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Fairfield modifies its health and safety plan

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

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

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

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GARA makes plans to welcome Farmers Market

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

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Local organizations encourage transparent policing in Gettysburg

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

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Organization Profile: Ploughman Cider

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

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Covid testing at EMS Center will end on Sunday

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

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Churches and local residents prepare to welcome Afghan families

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

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Gettysburg Mercy House has its first tenant

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

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

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

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Gateau Monique Bakery Becomes Littlestown Tradition

We originally published this post in 2019 BC (Before Covid). The bakery has expanded since then and continues to serve the Littlestown area and surroundings. It was five years ago that Littlestown resident Monique Washirapunya opened her boutique bakery, Gateau Monique, in downtown Littlestown. Since then hundreds of people have enjoyed Washirapunya’s creative desserts, and …

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Covid cases and hospitalizations moderate in Adams

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

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

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

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Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens to become nonprofit

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

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Adams County jail hit by Omicron

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

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Bermudian School District recognizes board members

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

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Sewer Bills Rise in Gettysburg

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

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

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

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Lisa Angstadt wins Adams County Explorers Contest

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

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Ugly Mug Café Closes after 10 years in Gettysburg

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

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GARA Approves 2022 Budget

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

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Watching science unfold

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

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

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

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2021: The year at the Connection

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

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2021 Gettysburg Connection Annual Report

Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to share Gettysburg Connection’s 2021 Annual Report with you. I direct this letter to all of you who read the Connection, who are members or partners of the Connection, who sponsor the Connection, and who participate with the Connection in so many other ways. Thank you. I am happy …

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Covid tears through Adams as hospital remains taxed

Statistics from the PA Department of Health show dramatic increases in the prevalence of COVID-19 across the state. The number of reported cases was higher on Wednesday than it has been on any day since the start of the pandemic. Data from Adams County show a similar progression, but with an even steeper increase. According …

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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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Joan Didion’s death and my own writing

The author Joan Didion died in Manhattan on Thursday at age 87. I was unexpectedly moved by her death and spent the past few days thinking and learning a lot about her. Didion was an inspiration for many writers because she so seemingly naturally excelled at everything related to writing – from novels to journalism …

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Everything you need to know to stay COVID-safe during a second pandemic winter

Jamie Martines of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising, and hospital officials say Pennsylvania could be on course for another difficult winter …

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PA Department of Health Urges Residents to Get Flu Vaccine as the Season Intensifies

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Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Health officials today announced that as of Dec. 7, there have been 5,036 laboratory-confirmed flu cases and two flu-associated deaths statewide. As flu season intensifies, the department urges Pennsylvanians to get their flu vaccine today if they have not already done so. “Flu cases are increasing significantly as we …

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GASD school board reorganizes, seating three new members

The results of November’s municipal elections have replaced three members of the Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors. Jeremy Davis, Ryan Morris, and Michelle Smyers are newly-elected members and Kenneth Hassinger was re-elected.  Each was elected to a 4-year term. Prior board members Kathleen Adams Pratt and Sylvan Hershey retired from the board and …

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ACHS Awarded $2 million in state funding

Adams County Historical Society will receive $2 Million RACP Grant to fund museum and history center in Gettysburg; preserve millions of irreplaceable artifacts (Gettysburg, Pa.) — Today, the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) received a $2 million RACP award (Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program) from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget. These funds add …

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Holiday Market pops up on a warm December day

After a month off, the Adams County Farmers Market came back to life yesterday with a a crowed and lively mix of food, produce, crafts, music, and more at the market’s site near the old railroad station in Gettysburg. Sorry, your browser doesn’t support embedded videos, but don’t worry, you can download it and watch …

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Garden Club goes green for Saturday’s sale

Dozens of members of the Gettysburg Garden Club are working this week in the firehouse on Stratton St. to create swatches, wreaths, and a wide variety of other decorations for their Annual Greens Sale. The work is specialized, and new members are trained by the more experienced. “We have specialists that teach specialists,” said club …

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A Gettysburg Christmas Festival, 2021

The popular Gettysburg Christmas Festival returns this December. Taking place over two weekends to reduce the crowds, the festival will run Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3-5 and 10-12. “The Christmas Festival has become a part of Gettysburg,” said Jill Sellers, Main Street Gettysburg’s President and CEO. The festival will include ice sculpting, musicians, horse carriages, …

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Adams County Farmers Market seeks a new home

The Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM), which is currently located behind the Gettysburg Transfer Station (rabbittransit) between Carlisle and Stratton Streets, is looking for a new home. The move is necessitated by an upcoming development project on the site which will be occurring in the near future. Market Manager Reza Djalal said it was “likely …

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Gettysburg 64th Annual Dedication Day Weekend

This weekend marked the anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. The Gettysburg National Cemetery is famous throughout the world today as the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered at the cemetery’s dedication ceremonies four and a half months after the battle. Numerous events take place each year to commemorate …

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GASD’s Emergency Response Team and advance preparations may have saved two lives this year

The Gettysburg School District (GASD) emergency response team and its public access defibrillators were used in two situations this year to respond to urgent cardiac arrests. In both cases they may have saved the lives of the victims. On Monday evening, Fire Chief Steve Lord from the Hagerstown Maryland Fire Department honored employees from the school …

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Soliday, Adams Pratt, and Hershey thanked for their work on the GASD Board

At Monday’s board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Christine Lay thanked outgoing Gettysburg Area School District board members Carrie Soliday, Kathleen Adams Pratt, and Sylvan Hershey for their “dedicated leadership in public education and continuing service for the students, staff, and families and community of the Gettysburg Area School District.” “Your hard work, dedication, and achievement will …

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Gettysburg Baking Company opens in Biglerville

Owner Sheila Luckenbaugh has expanded the Gettysburg Baking Company from the existing shop on the Gettysburg Square into an extension location at 213 E. York St.in Biglerville. The store is just a few blocks north of the town center. The shop, which currently sells a variety of breads and pastries, as well as coffee, had a …

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Rice Fruit Company’s Apples are “Sweet Natured”

Only a dozen or so miles north of Gettysburg, on Route 34 north of Aspers, sits the site of a long-standing county fixture — The Rice Fruit Company. The busy apple processing plant is located amid a rural landscape surrounded by apple orchards. The Rice family first started packing fruit in 1913. “We can trace …

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Gettysburg will cut taxes

The Gettysburg Borough Council has completed weeks of budget discussions with a proposal that slightly decreases the tax rate. Borough Manager Charles Gable announced the new property tax rate would be 4.177 mills, which is .232 mills lower than the 2021 rate of 4.409 mills.  The occupation tax rate will remain at 30 mills and …

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Gettysburg Hospital Pediatric Nurse Alison Arrowood wins Nightingale Award

Click here to see Arrowood’s introduction at the awards ceremony. Along with two other winners from across the state, Gettysburg resident Alison Arrowood, RN, Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, EMT Paramedic, and Nursing Operations Director at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, was announced at a virtual gala on Oct. 22 as the Nightingale Award winner in the Nursing …

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Strong turnout in municipal election shows intense political interest and polarization

Political polarization and strong interest in municipal races were evident yesterday as over 30 percent of registered Adams County voters turned out for a municipal race which normally draws many fewer voters. Over 250 candidates ran for office in this year’s election. The polarization was clear as Gettysburg Borough overwhelmingly supported Democrats while the county …

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Historical Society presents inaugural “Photo Projection” on the Gettysburg Square

Dozens of people lined the Gettysburg Square last night to view an outdoor “projection” of historic photographs in front of the wall of the ACNB Bank Building in the square. Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) Executive Director Andrew Dalton and historian Tim Smith narrated the program, featuring rare images of the town taken throughout its …

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GASD updates policy on public comments at meetings

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

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Gettysburg Borough Council announces free holiday parking beginning on Thanksgiving Day

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

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

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

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Gettysburg Borough hears transit plans from rabbittransit and Adams County

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

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

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

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

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

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From The Ground keeps Gettysburg looking great

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

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County proclaims August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Schindel receives key to the city

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

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Library not possible in rec park, Gettysburg says

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

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