Pennsylvania Invests in Farmland Preservation

To ensure a steady supply of food for future generations, Pennsylvania is investing heavily in the preservation of farmland. Recently, the Shapiro administration announced a significant investment of $8.07 million to purchase development rights for 2,250 acres on 28 farms in 15 counties. The state is committed to protecting farmers’ families and ensuring a sustainable

Gettysburg E-Recycling Date Is Next Saturday

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Waste Management, Inc. has partnered with the Borough of Gettysburg to provide covered devices (electronics) recycling services. The next e-cylcing date is Saturday April 20, 2024. Registration for E-Recycling is required in order for Waste Management to adequately plan to receive your covered device(s) and to provide you with a drop-off experience that is as

Eye Safety During the Solar Eclipse


In case you get a chance to see the solar eclipse on Monday April 8, here are some guidelines for watching it safely. The eclipsed sun will pass over Adams County between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The total solar eclipse, where the sky turns dark, will not occur in Adams County.  Only a partical

Ship Crashes On The Danube

A Bulgarian cruise ship carrying over 140 passengers veered off course and collided with a concrete wall. The incident, which unfolded on the evening of March 29, left the local community and passengers in shock. As the ship departed from Passau and headed down the river, an unexpected malfunction occurred. The vessel, momentarily losing its

PA State Senate Approves Measure to Send PA National Guard to Defend Texas Border

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Last week, the state Senate approved a resolution introduced by State Senaor Doug Mastriano calling on the governor to deploy the Pennsylvania National Guard along Texas’s southern border with Mexico as part of Operation Lone Star. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott initiated Operation Lone Star in March 2021 in response to the unprecedented rise in illegal

Governor Shapiro Promotes Funds For Home Repairs

On Monday, Governor Josh Shapiro visited Dauphin County to promote his proposed budget investments for home repairs. The Governor’s proposed budget includes $50 million for the Whole-Home Repairs Program. The Whole-Home Repairs Program provides grants to low- and moderate-income homeowners to help make essential repairs to their homes. The program also helps small landlords to

Dollar Tree Will Close Some Stores

Dollar Tree Inc., the parent company of over 16,700 stores, announced plans to close 600 Family Dollar locations within the next year, which represents about 12% of the chain. An additional 400 stores, encompassing 370 Family Dollars and 30 Dollar Trees, are slated for closure in the forthcoming years. The move comes amidst ongoing struggles

Sam Waterston Will Visit Gettysburg In April

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Gettysburg is set to welcome the distinguished actor Sam Waterston for an engaging event at the Adams County Historical Society on April 7th. Waterston, an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, is celebrated for his versatile acting career spanning over six decades. He is widely recognized for his portrayal of Jack McCoy in the iconic TV

$750,000 Fraud Hunt Came Up Emptly

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, a whirlwind of controversy and claims of widespread voter fraud swept through the United States, particularly in key swing states, including Pennsylvania. Software engineer Ken Block was commissioned with a hefty sum of $750,000 to unearth evidence supporting these claims. His mission was to validate the allegations

New PSU collaboration expands educational opportunities in Pennsylvania

Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses and the state’s community colleges have announced a new collaboration aimed at expanding educational opportunities in Pennsylvania and removing barriers to degree completion among college students. The collaboration builds upon long-standing relationships between the campuses and the community colleges and a shared commitment to access and affordability in higher education. As

2024 adult trout stocking schedule available

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The 2024 adult trout stocking schedule is now available. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 695 streams and 128 lakes open to public angling. An additional 1.2 million trout will be stocked by cooperative nurseries. The trout stocking schedule is searchable by county, lists the waterways in

Mount Library Gets $10K to Boost Accessibility

The Phillips Library at Mount Saint Mary’s University has received a $10,000 grant to improve accessibility for those with disabilities in the community. The grant was awarded through the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities program. The program supports the development of accessible and inclusive spaces in small and rural

Taxes Notices Are In The Mail

If you haven’t already filed your income tax, no doubt the April 15 deadline is in the back of your mind. While you’re sending that one off, a local tax notification will soon arrive if it hasn’t already. Bills are mailed in the spring for county and municipal tax and in the summer for school

Polli Family Donates $2.4 Million to Support WellSpan York Hospital Behavioral Health Unit Renovation Efforts

An impressive $2.4 million donation from philanthropic community leaders John and Maria Polli will support the new construction to develop a healing environment for the behavioral health unit at WellSpan York Hospital. The contribution is the largest individual donation to support behavioral health in WellSpan’s history and is part of the ongoing hospital expansion and

Award-winning producer Debra Martin Chase to deliver keynote address at Gettysburg College’s Class of 2024 Commencement


Two-time Tony Award-winning and three-time Emmy Award-nominated producer Debra Martin Chase will deliver the keynote address at Gettysburg College’s 189th Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2024 on May 18. Chase has produced inspirational and empowering stories highlighting women and people of color for more than three decades, from television to movies to stage productions.

Wine Industry Thriving in PA, Study Finds

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A new study from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has found that the wine grape industry supports 10,756 jobs across the state, with a total annual contribution to the economy of $1.77 billion. The study, which was funded by the department’s Wine Marketing and Research Program, also found that Pennsylvania’s grape production has grown by

Slam The Scam on Thursday

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National Slam the Scam Day is this Thursday, part of Consumer Protection Week. The day is an initiative to raise public awareness by helping the public to combat Social Security-related scams. Scammers are counting on you being uninformed of their deceptive tactics. This National Day aims to inform you on scammer tactics so you don’t

Two-time champs


The Penn State women’s ice hockey team clinched their second straight College Hockey America (CHA) tournament championship with a 1-0 win over second-seeded Mercyhurst on March 2, at Pegula Ice Arena. // Photo credit: Mark Selders

Nearly New Sale at the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County

Consignments and Donations of Children’s Items Accepted: Sunday March 17 11:00am-4:00pm, Monday March 18 and Tuesday March 19 from 9:00am-7:00pm Sale Dates: Friday March 22, 7:30am-6:00pm Saturday March 23, Half-Price Sale 8:30-10:30am, Bag Sale 11:00am-12noon Volunteers are also needed throughout the week to help with set up, tagging/sorting/marking consignments, and helping with the sale* For

Shapiro Administration Secures $20 Million to Promote Digital Equity and Inclusion for Pennsylvanians


The Shapiro Administration is working to ensure every Pennsylvanian can access reliable, affordable, high-speed internet, leading to better health, education, and economic outcomes. Pennsylvania’s final disbursement of American Rescue Plan Capital Project Funding will help fulfill the Commonwealth’s Digital Equity Plan to provide “Internet for All.” The Shapiro Administration announced Friday that Pennsylvania has secured

County Seeks Agricultural Land Preservation Board Member

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The Adams County Board of Commissioners and Agricultural Land Preservation Board is seeking interested candidates to serve on the Adams County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (ACALPB). Board members are responsible for overseeing the administration of the Adams County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. In order to be eligible for membership on the Board, a candidate must

A Healthy Hike Across Pickett’s Charge

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The Physical Fitness Task Force of Healthy Adams County will conduct its next hike next Saturday, March 9th, at 1:00. The hike covers the historic expanse of General George Pickett’s historic July 3, 1863, charge. Participants should park at the Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Rec Park. The hike will use the Biser Fitness Trail

ACTI Cooks Up A Slew Medals

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On January 15th, Adams County Technical Institute sent students to compete in SkillsUSA competitions at Carlisle High School and Cumberland Perry Career and Technical Center. The medal count from student competitions was eight Gold Medals, five Silver Medals, and seven Bronze Medals. Adams County Technical Institute students displayed their skills and knowledge in a competitive

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Opens New Outpatient Center in Mechanicsburg to Enhance Patient Experience

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UPMC continues its growth on the campus of UPMC West Shore and across central Pennsylvania with the opening of a new UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at 2020 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg. This state-of-the-art facility delivers comprehensive and personalized cancer care with a soothing and modern atmosphere designed to enhance the patient experience. “As part of the

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Opens New Outpatient Center in Mechanicsburg to Enhance Patient Experience

UPMC continues its growth on the campus of UPMC West Shore and across central Pennsylvania with the opening of a new UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at 2020 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg. This state-of-the-art facility delivers comprehensive and personalized cancer care with a soothing and modern atmosphere designed to enhance the patient experience. “As part of the

Supporting our Community: Local Nonprofits Come Together During Match Madness

The Partnership for Better Health’s ninth annual Match Madness campaign launches next Friday, March 1. Over the course of the month, fifty-seven organizations will come together in this fundraising effort in support of local residents. Individually and together, these organizations build connections and community, providing resources to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their

Do Vouchers Improve Educational Outcomes?

On Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM at the Gettysburg YWCA Gettysburg DFA will present a community conversation on school vouchers. “Do Vouchers Improve Educational Outcomes?” will be the question addressed by Susan Spicka, Executive Director of Education Voters of PA. Some have advocated for an expansion of the educational voucher program in Pennsylvania, but

Medicare 101

What you need to know – from the experts. Register for a free seminar to hear from Medicare specialists about what’s offered, how to choose the plan that works best for you and what to do as you age into Medicare. Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m. WellSpan Adams Health Center – WAHC – 2nd Floor

Honoring the Voices of Change in PA

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As we celebrate Black History Month, Senator Bob Casey took the opportunity to honor five community leaders who have dedicated their lives to empowering others. This year’s Black History Month Event recipients were Edgar and Barbara Farmer, Loretta Claiborne, Donta Green, and Lurline Jones. “These five honorees represent the very best of Pennsylvania. Their work

Pennsylvania College of Technology receives NSF grant to support transportation studies


Pennsylvania College of Technology is the recipient of a nearly $1.5 million federal grant to support students majoring in a transportation-related field. The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded the $1,498,465 grant (No. 2221107) as part of its S-STEM program, which funds scholarships for academically talented low-income students. Dubbed Transportation Scholars, the program will provide up

WellSpan Health to Expand with the Integration of Evangelical Community Hospital


In a landmark move that will improve healthcare in Central Pennsylvania, WellSpan Health announced plans to integrate Evangelical Community Hospital into its network, pending regulatory approvals. Slated for July, this strategic partnership marks a significant milestone in WellSpan’s mission to provide exceptional care across local communities. Evangelical Community Hospital, a beacon of healthcare excellence in

Rotary supports Ruth’s Harvest


Rotary Club of Gettysburg members shared the love on Valentine’s Day at Lincoln Elementary School filling grocery bags for Ruth’s Harvest, a free ministry that provides healthy meals to food-insecure children. Pictured center in yellow is Gettysburg High School student Kara Jean Bugler who will embark overseas on a Rotary Club youth exchange program this

Empowering Families and Children: The Incredible Years Program Launches New Sessions

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In an innovative approach to fostering family well-being and children’s development, The Incredible Years Program (IYS) is proud to announce the commencement of new sessions designed to support parents and children through its acclaimed Basic Parent Program and Classroom Dinosaur Curriculum. This dual-program initiative aims to enhance the social, emotional, and academic competencies of children

Pennsylvania Celebrates Maple Tapping Season

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced the official start of Pennsylvania’s maple tapping season. The season is being marked by a visit to one of the state’s oldest maple farms, Dewy Meadows Farm in Warren Center, Bradford County. Secretary Redding was joined by Pennsylvania Maple Producers Council members and Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council members

Going Flat-Out At English Pancake Race

On the eve of the Lenten Season, women in matching checkered aprons, headscarves, and running shoes participated in the centuries-old pancake race in Olney, England. Before stepping to the starting line, they rolled their shoulders in unison, raised up on their toes, and did squats while holding frying pans. At the word “Go,” they sprinted

Putting Oak Lawn To Rest

As many residents are aware, Adams County assumed caretaker status of Oak Lawn Cemetery after years of angst, turmoil, and uncertainty. As the final resting place for thousands of Adams County veterans and residents, letting the cemetery stagnate was not an option. Upon the sale of unused real estate in the western portion to fund

Music and Lunch at Musselman Library


The Sunderman Wind Quintet is set to perform at the Musselman Library, Gettysburg College, on Monday, February 26th, at 12 pm. This midday event, aptly named Notes at Noon, invites attendees to bring their lunch to the Library Apse and enjoy an exquisite selection of works by renowned composers such as Milhaud, Barber, Molnar-Suhajda, and

Adams County Agrees to Collect Municipal & County Taxes

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The Adams County Treasurer’s Office will collect 2024-2025 taxes on behalf of Abbottstown, Arendtsville, and Bendersville boroughs, as was decided at the recent Commissioners’ meeting. The County Office may also be collector for Germany Township. The procedure change is due to vacancies in the offices of the aforementioned tax jurisdictions. While expressing gratitude to Adams

Plant A Tree, For Free

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A new initiative to get 8,000 trees and shrubs into the hands of Adams County residents is launching this spring, the Adams County Planting Partnership announced. The Adams County Planting Partnership is a collaboration between the Adams County Conservation District, the Watershed Alliance of Adams County and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, with the goal of

Pennsylvania State Police Launches Ad Campaign to Attract More Recruits

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) today announced the launch of an advertising campaign focused on attracting more people to a career as a state trooper. The recruitment initiative utilizes various media channels, including a television commercial set to debut during Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. NHL game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and commercials

Community Foundation’s 2024 Investment Briefing to Focus on Endowment’s Long-term Strategy

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Join the Adams County Community Foundation on Wednesday morning, March 5 at 8 AM for our 2024 Investment Briefing at Adams County Historical Society’s Event Center. Members of our Investment Committee will share details on our endowment investment objectives and strategy. The briefing, led by volunteer Investment Committee Chair James Kampstra of Kampstra Wealth Management,

Farm Vitality Grants Avaiable

The Shapiro Administration, through Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, has opened applications for $500,000 in Farm Vitality Planning Grants as part of the PA Farm Bill initiatives. These grants, supported by the 2023-24 state budget, aim to assist Pennsylvania farmers in strategic business planning for expansion, diversification, or ownership transition. Governor Josh Shapiro, advocating for the

WellSpan Enhances Patient Care by Expanding Scope of Vascular Services Offered Throughout South Central Pennsylvania

Enhancing access to exceptional healthcare throughout South Central Pennsylvania, WellSpan Health is expanding the scope of vascular surgery services available in Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Hanover, and York through a recent agreement with faculty physicians from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Four highly skilled UMSOM vascular surgeons will join WellSpan Health, offering high-quality surgical

Gettysburg Rocks Returns This Weekend

Gettysburg Rocks, the annual live music charitable event held bi-annually in February and August, has become a cornerstone of community and charity, supporting a cause that touches hearts as deeply as the music that fills the air. The genesis of Gettysburg Rocks traces back to a simple yet powerful idea conceived by Rob Simon. The

Heritage Festival Wants To Know

For thirty-two years, a small committee of individuals linked with the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and, more recently, the YWCA has managed to produce a community celebration regarded as one of the area’s highlights. With the goal of encouraging all parts of our community to rub elbows with each other, the Adams County

Host a Foreign Exchange student

The Educational Development Resource Trust/SHARE Foreign Exchange Program is seeking host families for school year 2024-25. The organization is CSIET-certified and follows the regulations of the Department of State. 5-month or 10-month programs allow students from other countries to attend school in the US. The students start arriving in August to start school for the

Hike At Night Under A Full Moon

Healthy Adams County and Strawberry Hill Foundation are joining forces and inviting hikers to Night Hike this Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 PM at Strawberry Hills Nature Preserve, 1537 Mt Hope Rd Fairfield. The special one-mile hike will take place beneath a full moon. The event is limited to 30 people, so you MUST register

Scouts participate in Klondike Derby

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Gardners Boy Scout Troop 75 participated in the 2024 Battlefield District Klondike Derby at Camp Tuckahoe in Dillsburg this weekend. The Klondike Derby is an event where patrols from different troops throughout the district come together to compete in different Scouting skills. The single-day derby event consisted of 8 different stations which included knots and

Cumberland Twp Is Planning To Update Its Headquarters

Over the years, the Cumberland Township Building, originally constructed in 1979, has seen various additions, and studies over the years have witnessed various expansions, and undergone numerous studies to assess its capability to serve the evolving needs of the township. The Township Building Committee, after a meticulous evaluation of potential collaborators and a thorough exploration

Penn State’s THON Breaks Another Record

After 46 hours on their feet in the Bryce Jordan Center, THON 2024 revealed it raised $16,955,683.63, breaking the yearly record for the third consecutive year. Last year, THON 2023 raised $15,006,132.46. The annual THON fundraiser at Penn State, which concluded on February 18, is a monumental student-run philanthropy event aimed at fighting childhood cancer.

YWCA Year-long Diabetes Program

Sign up today for WellSpan Health’s FREE year-long National Diabetes Prevention Program (Prevent T2) beginning on February 26th at 5:30 p.m. at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County. This program has been proven to help those with pre-diabetes make lifestyle changes that can cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by more than half.

Valentine’s Day at Paramount Senior Living

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Paramount Senior Living, Chambersburg, celebrated Valentines Day this week with its residents The Valentine’s Day Party included snacks, refreshments and a good game of Bingo. We love to spread the love in the air to always ensure that our residents know how much we love them each and every day. Source:

What’s different about water in Adams County?

Join with the Watershed Alliance of Adams County on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for a look at the unique hydrological cycle in our county. You’ve likely heard of the hydrological cycle—evaporation, condensation, precipitation—but do you know what makes this cycle different here in Adams County? Our local geology plays a key role in how water behaves

The Village at Gettysburg crowns Valentine’s Day King and Queen

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After several days of voting, staff and residents chose Eddie Cramer and Stella Prosser, residents at the skilled care center at SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Gettysburg as their 2024 Valentine’s Day King and Queen. More than 40 people, including several family members, attended the February 14 Valentine’s Day Party and Crowning of the King

Four Mount Graduates Receive Teaching Awards

By Donna Klinger Friends of Catholic Education, a Frederick County-based nonprofit organization, presented its Teaching Award of Excellence at the organization’s 24th Annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner. All four recipients of the award are graduates of Mount St. Mary’s University. Alexandra M. Albright, MAT’19, a first-grade teacher at St. Thomas More Academy; Sarah M. Harrington, MAT’18,

Pennsylvania Protects 1,500 Acres of Farmland

The Pennsylvania State Land Preservation Board has purchased over 1,500 acres of land on 22 farms in 11 counties to prevent it from being developed in the future. The state has invested $5.8 million to acquire the land. The land purchase is part of the Farmland Preservation Program, which was established by voters in 1988

Mount St. Mary’s University Names Gerard J. Joyce, Ph.D., as 27th President

The Mount St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees announced in December that Gerard “Jerry” J. Joyce, Ph.D., will be the 27th president in the university’s 215-year history. Joyce, a 32-year higher education veteran, currently serves as executive vice president of DeSales University. He will join the Mount effective July 1, 2024. In announcing the board’s

Beth Farnham will appear on the Democratic Primary Ballot in April

On Monday, February 12, Beth Farnham, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District (PA-13), was approved for Pennsylvania’s April 23rd Primary Election ballot. Farnham, a resident of Adams County, delivered in person to Harrisburg’s Keystone Building, 139 pages including 2 supplemental pages of qualifying signatures. The signatures represent an estimated 1.5% of registered Democrats

Erin McClelland, Candidate for State Treasurer, calls for the creation of a statewide Cybersecurity Leadership Collaborative amid growing cyber threats

State Treasurer Candidate Erin McClelland outlined what steps she will take if elected to address the growing cybersecurity threat in Pennsylvania with the recent attacks on our public cybersecurity assets. McClelland, of Allegheny County, is calling for the creation of a Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Leadership Collaborative.“As state Treasurer, I will lead the development of a comprehensive,

Little Round Top Scheduled to Reopen This Year

Little Round Top closed to all visitation on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Little Round Top is estimated to reopen to the public in late Spring or early Summer, 2024. The rehabilitation of Little Round Top will address overwhelmed parking areas, poor accessibility and related safety hazards, significant erosion, and degraded vegetation. The scope of the

From the newsroom: 5 Years Ago: January, 2019

This post was published on Gettysburg Connection on January 31, 2019. Harvard Senior VP Robert W. Iuliano named 15th President of Gettysburg College The Board of Trustees at Gettysburg College have announced the selection of Robert W. Iuliano as the institution’s 15th President. Iuliano currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Deputy to

50 Ways to grow PA’s outdoor recreation industry

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released its Growing Outdoor Recreation for Pennsylvania Conclusions Report and Roadmap for the Future. The new report proposes 50 ways to grow the outdoor recreation industry in Pennsylvania. The report was written as part of a growing effort by the state to make Pennsylvania a national leader