Major rezoning plan will redefine Gettysburg

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The Gettysburg Planning Commission is moving forward on a major zoning overhaul which will change the image of Gettysburg going forward. Detailed information about the new plan including the proposed new document and map can be found on the borough’s website here. Planning Committee Chair Charles Strauss noted on Monday that the new plan had

Whitmore explains the proposed Gettysburg zoning plan

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Contacted after Monday’s Planning Commission meeting, Planning Director John Whitmore gave his thoughts about the proposed new zoning plan. Detailed information about the new plan including the proposed new document and map can be found on the borough’s website here. “The development of property within the Borough is planned in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities

Adams County Broadband receives $16.9 million boost

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The Adams County Board of Commissioners announced this week that the county has received the state’s 3rd-largest grant award to provide more families with high-speed broadband service. The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) PA Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP). Internet service provider Comcast will receive $9.4 million of the proposed $16.9 million

Community Voices

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Community Voices This page is dedicated to the opinions, ideas, likes, dislikes, needs, requests, and other voices from the Adams County Community. Looking for help? Ask here. Please include your first and last name and your email address. Your participation helps make Gettysburg Connection a community publication. Visit our homepage Visit our NewsBeat news For

Beth Farnham runs for U.S. House Pennsylvania District 13

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A former school board member for Conewago Valley School District (CVSD), elected Adams County Democratic Committee member, stay-at-home parent, and member of Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, Beth Farnham has resided in Conewago Township for over 16 years with her husband, Rob, and their two children who attend CVSD schools. Outlining priorities of Democracy, Reproductive Freedom, Gun

Thad’s Place opens in Gettysburg

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Thad’s Place, home of the Thaddeus Stevens Museum, held its grand opening yesterday. The museum, located at 46 Chambersburg Street, is sponsored by the Thaddeus Stevens Society. April 4 was Thaddeus Stevens’ 232nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Thaddeus Stevens Society. The museum features artifacts from the society’s collection including many of Stevens’

Fatal fire disrupts traffic in Gettysburg

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West Middle St. between Baltimore St. and Washington St. in Gettysburg remains closed to vehicles and pedestrians today. The closure is the result of a multiple-alarm fire that blazed through the upper floors of a 3-story apartment building at 64 W. Middle St. last night. One person was found deceased on the third floor and

Ernie’s Texas Lunch has a new name

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After more than 100 years in Gettysburg, Ernie’s Texas Lunch will have a new name. The current owner Ernie Kranias, has announced he is selling the Gettysburg fixture establishment at 58 Chambersburg St. to Harry Tassou, the owner of Olivia’s Retaurant, located south of Gettysburg. Kranias said the new name will be the Honey Bee

Black Balloon Day, 2024

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Purple and black balloons created a solemn memorial for victims of opioid overdose deaths as part of this afternoon’s National Black Balloon Day event in Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square. Naloxone kits and spray applications were distributed to help prevent some of those deaths. Naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and has been shown

Adams County PA Legal Notices

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The state of Pennsylvania requires publication of legal notices for zoning requests, name changes and other matters. You may post your notice here for free. Snip or print the the announcement as proof of publication. NB: Gettysburg Connection may not meet the Commonwealth guidelines for a Pennnslvania “Newspaper of general circulation.” “Newspaper of general circulation.”  A

“Love is in the Square” as couples revisit their vows

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Despite the windy and cold weather there was a great turnout for the first-ever “Gettysburg Loves Love” event on Lincoln Square. “Everybody was so happy and so in love,” said Gettysburg Mayor Frealing after re-marrying almost 100 couples from the balcony of the Gettysburg Hotel. “For better and for worse; in sickness and in health…

Perry votes to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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In a historic decision yesterday, Congressman Scott Perry of Pennsylvania’s 10th District joined his colleagues in a narrow party-line vote of 214-213 to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This landmark vote marks the first impeachment of a cabinet secretary in approximately 150 years, setting a significant precedent in American political history. The

Gettysburg Declares Snow Emergency

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The National Weather Service in State College, PA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Gettysburg Borough. Plan on slippery road conditions and brief period of heavy wet snow that may fall at rates of 1-2 inches per hours at times. Snow will impact the morning commute throughout Gettysburg and Adams County. Poor road conditions

Steve Toddes wins Gettysburg Connection Outstanding Community Contributor Award

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Cumberland Township resident Steve Toddes has won the Gettysburg Connection Outstanding Community Contributor Award for his service to the county. The award comes as the long-time champion of local issues steps down from the Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors and the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) Board of Directors. Noting the significant time Toddes had

Spring Art Exhibit- Ansel Adams: Manzanar, January 31 – April 13

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Gettysburg College Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall Wednesday January 31st- Talks and Opening Reception: 4pm with reception to follow until 6pm Ansel Adams: Manzanar (Main Gallery) Curated by Emma Wylam ’24 and Sophia Crawford ’24 under the direction of Interim Gallery Director Sarah Kate Gillespie In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), one of America’s most well-known

Gettysburg declares (another) snow emergency

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A Snow Emergency Declaration has been issued for Gettysburg Borough – effective until 10:00 PM Saturday, January 20, 2024. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 4 inches, with locally higher amounts on hilltops around Gettysburg Borough. All vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes during a declared snow emergency. Enforcement to remove vehicles from

Tom Jolin receives Bicycle Champion Award

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On behalf of Bicycle South Central PA (BSCPA), Gettysburg resident and long-time cyclist Tom Jolin was honored last week with the 2023 Bicycle Champion Award. The presentation was made by former BSCPA President Marilyn Chastek at the January meeting of Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI), held in the Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Rec Park.

2024 Adams County Elections

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Will you share your opinions about the 2024 elections and the candidates? Our 45,000 monthly readers want to hear from you. Please submit your thoughts here. The 2024 Presidential Election will be held on Nov. 5, 2024. On the ballot will be: President and Vice President; U.S. Senator; Attorney General; Auditor General; State Treasurer; Representatives

Santa is on his way

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As it has done since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa today as he leaves the North Pole to travel around the world on his mission to deliver presents to children every year on Christmas Eve. Watch Santa here

Slideshow: 2023 Gettysburg Christmas Festival a huge success

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With rainy weather blowing out just as the 2023 Gettysburg “A Christmas Festival” began last evening, thousands of lovers of Gettysburg blew in for holiday fun and festivities. From opportunities to meet Santa to shopping throughout the borough, to the Gettysburg Garden Club’s annual greens sale at the firehouse, to a scavenger hunt, free carriage

Show your gratitude

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It’s Thanksgiving 2023, and it’s time to show your gratitude. Expressing gratitude is one of the healthiest things we can do,for ourselves and for others. Please click here to share yours.

Air quality reaches “Code Orange” in Adams


The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Adams County has been in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Code Orange” over the past two days. The categorization means the air in the region is “unhealthy for sensitive groups” and that susceptible people should take preventative measures. According to guidelines, “active children and adults, and people with lung

Official county election results reported

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The Adams County Office of Elections and Voter Registration has completed its final tallies of the 2023 elections.  The now-official results are available online or in a publicly available booklet at the elections office. Elections Office Director Angie Crouse said 55 provisional votes had been cast, of which 52 had been determined to be valid.

HGAC Honors painter Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin


Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin would have been 101 years old this year. Her artistic contributions were celebrated at the Gettysburg G.A.R Hall last week. McLaughlin was “Nana” to her family. And to the Historic Gettysburg Adams County Preservation Society (HGAC), headquartered at G.A.R. Hall, she is a legend. McLaughlin owned, with her husband Don, the Antique

Slideshow: Giving Spree raises $2.5 million for charity

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102 local nonprofits gathered this evening at the Gettysburg Middle School for the 2023 Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree. The event, which was held in person for the first time since the Covid pandemic, brought out hundreds of donors looking for worthy causes. Other donors brought checks to a drive-up station at the school

Democrats win state judicial positions; Martin, Phiel, and Qually reelected

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Following an average turnout for a municipal election of about 32 percent of registered Adams County voters, dozens of state, county, and local positions were filled at yesterday’s municipal election. PLEASE NOTE: ALL RESULTS ARE STILL UNOFFICIAL At the state level, Democrat Daniel McCaffery has defeated Republic Carolyn Carulccio for Supreme Court Justice, and Democrats

YWCA presents Callie Awards

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At a glorious lunch and early afternoon meeting on Monday in the Grand Ballroom of the Gettysburg Hotel, the Gettysburg-Adams YWCA presented its 22nd Annual Callie Awards. The awards recognize the significant community service of women in Adams County. A large and enthusiastic group was in attendance, including more than a few past recipients. Congratulations

Correction to a prior article


Gettysburg Connection apologizes for a misstatement in a recent article about the 2024 Gettysburg Borough budget. In our article from October 12, we erroneously stated that the borough was considering balancing the 2024 budget by potentially hiring only one police officer instead of two. Borough Manager Charles Gable and Police Chief Robert Glenny have confirmed

Slideshow: 2023 Heritage Festival braves rain showers

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It wasn’t the best weather for an outdoor festival this year, but the show went on. Adams County Heritage Festival organizer Bill Collinge said it was the coolest and rainiest of any of the 31 prior festivals. “We were dampened, but it wasn’t a washout,” he said. Susan Collinge praised the non-profit organizations for their

Adams County Municipal Election Candidates, November 2023

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OFFICE: Borough Council Abbottstown Borough OFFICE: Borough Council Dale Reichert CANDIDATE STATEMENT: With my experience and knowledge of the area, I will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of Abbottstown Borough. PRIOR EXPERIENCE: I have lived near Abbottstown all my life. I have lived in Abbottstown Borough for 37 years giving

GASD School Board Candidates, Fall 2023

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Gettysburg Connection supports these candidates for Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors. Alice Broadway PRIOR EXPERIENCE: As a practicing elementary educator, I care about students and the varied needs in our community. I want the public to be informed about public education, and I believe it is important to have professionally diverse representation on

Legal Notice: Ranger and Rocky’s K9 Rescue

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​NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on or about Aug. 7, 2023, for the incorporation of Ranger and Rocky’s K9 Rescue under the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988. The corporation shall engage in the business of saving

Beth Farnham: Candidate for Conewago Valley Area School Board Director, Adams County PA — 2023 Election

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Prior Experience As a current CVSD school director, I take seriously my duty to approve great faculty, rigorous curricula, and enriching resources. Aligned with CVSD’s Vision, Mission, and Beliefs, I too believe in a quality public education for all students that grows them academically, physically, emotionally, and socially in a safe environment full of authentic

Cumberland Township Police Department request public’s help in hit-and-run incident

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Media Release – CUMBERLAND TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENTNature of Incident: Hit and RunDate: 7/4/23-TuesLocation: 200 Blk Belmont RdInvolved Person(s) / Vehicle(s):Unknown/possibly a dual rear-wheel truck (DRW) – often referred to as a dually Incident Details (Summary of what has happened):Police were called to the 200 Blk of Belmont Rd for a report of a Hit and

“Code Red” air quality alert remains in place today

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Code RED Air Quality Alert for all of Central Pennsylvania including Adams County. The alert, which continues through midnight, indicates the air in the region is affected by smoke and ozone from forest fires burning in Canada. The AQI indicator in Arendstville reported a reading of

Unusual tourist visits Gettysburg


A black bear visited Gettysburg this morning and took a short rest in a tree on Baltimore St. across from the Adams County Courthouse. Passersby first noticed the bear at about 8:00 a.m. quietly lounging on a branch of the tree. Dozens of people showed up with cameras. The Gettysburg Police Dept. cordoned off the

Slideshow: Brass Band Festival wrapup

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The 2023 edition of the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival was a resounding success from June 7-11. The rain held off just long enough for all five days of our concerts and events to take place in delightful summer weather. We were all concerned about air quality due to Canadian wildfires, but it gradually improved during

Gettysburg Library will move near the YWCA

The Adams County Library System plans to move its Gettysburg branch to the United Lutheran Seminary campus.

The Adams County Library System (ACLS) will purchase a property on Fairfield Rd. at the west edge of Gettysburg from the United Lutheran Seminary to house a new, modern, library facility. The property is located between Route 116 and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County. The new facility will replace the Gettysburg branch of the

Slideshow: FunFest, 2023

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The Adams County Public Library FunFest 2023 was held on Friday in the Gettysburg Rec Park. The FunFest serves as the kickoff of SummerQuest, the library’s summer learning program. SummerQuest attempts to deal with the seemingly intractable “summer learning loss” that affects many school-age children. The SummerQuest program encourages children to take advantage of library

PA, Gettysburg Issue “Red Flag” burn ban

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Gettysburg Borough has issued a borough-wide burn ban which includes outside fire pits. The PA State Dept. of Environmental Protection has also declared today a Code Red Air Quality Action Day throughout the entire Commonwealth for fine particulate matter.  The borough said the ban was based on the very dry conditions. The ban will remain in effect until

Light voting in primary election

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Voter turnout for yesterday’s municipal primary reflected a traditional lack of interest. Less than 15,000 votes were cast county-wide, representing only about 26 percent of registered Democrats and 23 percent of registered Republicans. Some results are incomplete as write-in votes have not yet been counted. For County Commissioner, Marty Qually and Robert Albert Smith will

Slideshow: “Angels in America” at the GCT

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Part 1 of the Gettysburg Community Theatre’s dramatic production of Tony Kushner’s two-part play “Angels In America” opened tonight on the stage at 49 York St. The play won Pulitzer and Tony awards. Please see our photo gallery below for scenes from the show. Part 1 will also be presented Saturday May 6 at 7:00

Broadway Supports Public Education

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Alice Broadway is running for the office of school director on the Gettysburg Area School District school board. A dedicated member of the community, Broadway has lived in Gettysburg for thirteen years, formerly serving on the GASD school board in 2019. As an elementary school educator in her ninth year teaching (currently teaching in the

“Living Library” book reviews requested

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Will you take a few minutes to write a short book review for your community? We could use your help sharing the experiences of some of our amazing community members as they speak to the public. The YWCA Gettysburg and the Adams County Library System have gathered “human books” to be “checked out” by readers

What’s happening this weekend?

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Hey, your esteemed editors made a booboo. We forgot to put the events calendar into the newsletter. In case you were looking for it, here it is. Also included below are the upcoming high school sports contests. Get out and enjoy what Adams has to offer! This weekend’s activities Friday March 24 Art : Juried

Scott Harper appointed as Adams County Chief Public Defender

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Scott Harper, former Adams County assistant public defender, has been named Chief Public Defender of Adams County. Harper graduated from Widener University School of Law in 2005 and was in private practice as a trial attorney, serving much of south-central PA. He joined the Adams County Public Defender’s staff in 2021. A former business owner,

ACAC gives Applause Awards at its annual meeting

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The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) hosted more than 70 people at their annual meeting on Tuesday evening. Attendees included all three County Commissioners, several leaders from area organizations, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors, as well as ACAC staff, members, artists, instructors, and art enthusiasts. Executive Officer Lisa Cadigan, hosting her first annual meeting, said the

Top 25 College Basketball Teams

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As Selection Sunday for March Madness approaches on March 12, I know many of you are watching the Top-25 list. For your convenience, here are the most recent rankings. brackets and fields will be announced during the selection show at 6:00 p.m. ET on CBS. source: Men’s rankings as of Feb. 19, 2023 Rank

Local residents celebrate MLK Day with motor cavalcade

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A motor cavalcade wended its way through the downtown Gettysburg on Martin Luther King Day, 2023, passing by some of the historical African American sites in the borough. The cars displayed red, black, and green colors representing Marcus Garvey’s Pan African movement. The motor cavalcade ended at the Gettysburg Recreational Park where the crowd ate

Extras wanted for “A Gettysburg Christmas” feature film

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Film personnel have made the official call for extras for “A Gettysburg Christmas,” set to film in Gettysburg starting next Wednesday, Jan. 18. According to film spokesperson Kris Webb, interested parties should send their name, age, and phone number to, including a statement that they are interested in being an extra. Lee Majors, forever

Adams County Chief Public Defender Kristin Rice wins Gettysburg Connection’s Outstanding Contributor Award

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Learn more about Kristin Rice from our one-on-one podcast interview with her. Adams County’s Chief Public Defender, Kristin Rice, who retired on December 31, is the winner of Gettysburg Connection’s Outstanding Community Service Award. Rice is honored for many years of service making a difference in the lives of people in the Adams County Criminal

The First Adams County baby of 2023 has arrived

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Wellspan Health has reported that the first baby born in Adams County in 2023 is Sutton Baker, weighing in at 6 pounds 14.3 ounces, and 19.25 inches in length. The birth was yesterday at 11:14 a.m. Sutton is the second daughter of Haley and Clinton Baker of New Oxford. “We’re excited for her to experience

Paula Mathis wins fall 2022 photo contest

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Congratulations to Paula Mathis. who has won the Connection’s Fall 2022 photo contest. Mathis’s photo was of colorful falling leaves. We’ll be featuring some of the runners-up in our Gettysburg Go! newsletters. Mathis wins a $50 gift certificate to the Adams County Arts Council. The Winter 2023 contest is now open — enter up to

High School Sports Scores


Here are some current high school scores as reported to the community Here are some current high school scores as reported to the community. Bermudian Springs Boys Varsity Basketball Dec 6 Bermudian Springs @ Northern High School Lost: 33-39Dec 9 Bermudian Springs @ Boiling Springs High School Lost: 38-51Dec 20 Bermudian Springs vs Biglerville Middle School/HS Won: 46-33

LANDMARK: Landscape Photography in the Arab World at Schmucker Art Gallery


This exhibition, on display at Schmucker Art Gallery on the Gettysburg College campus, features the work of contemporary photographers Manal Abu-Shaheen and Aisha Mershani who examine how specific locations in the Arab World are marked by social, political, and environmental changes. Taken together, their photographs of architectural ruins, commercial billboards, border walls, and empty streets

2023 Adams County Municipal Elections

Will you share your opinions about the 2023 elections and the candidates? Our 30,000 monthly readers want to hear from you. Please submit your thoughts here. The 2023 Municipal General election will be held on Nov. 7, 2023. Mail-in ballots will be mailed by early October. Get regular updates about the election. Sign up for

Gettysburg Connection Community Outreach


Gettysburg Connection is pleased to announce its associated non-profit partner, Gettysburg Community Outreach. Community Outreach is a charitable 501c(3) program administered in collaboration with the Local Media Association’s 2023 Local News Fund. Community Outreach shares vital information about health, education, transportation, housing, employment, financial security, and other essential topics with underserved Adams County residents. Our

Christmas 2022 comes to Gettysburg

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The Christmas Tree on the Gettysburg Square was lighted this evening and Santa arrived at his shanty on the square. Our photographer Jim Bargas documented the event, which was sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association. Children who can’t visit Santa in person are encouraged to drop off their letters to Santa at mailboxes

Thanksgiving Gratitude

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Dear Gettysburg Connection Readers. Our reporters John Messeder and Leon Reed have taken a moment during this Thanksgiving week to write about the many ways they are thankful. I have joined in with a few thoughts of my own. Would you take a moment to do the same? Please send your message of gratitude to

Wellspan will not reopen Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop

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Wellspan Health has confirmed that it has no plans to open the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop that was on Lincoln Square for many years. According to a hospital spokesperson, “WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital has made the difficult decision to end operations of the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary thrift shop following a three-month period of considering potential

The Shared History of the Musselman Family and the Adams County Fruit Industry

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Nearly everyone, it seems, has heard the name Musselman and knows it is associated with food processing. Fewer know that there were two Musselmans involved, Christian H. Musselman (1880-1944) and Ivan Z. Musselman (1886-1963). And almost no person living today has heard about the third Musselman, Christian’s father, John Musselman (1858-1931). It was John who

Dedication Day and Remembrance Day events calendar


Dedication Day (ceremony in the Gettysburg National Cemetery) and Remembrance Day (parade and Illumination) events all fall on Saturday Nov. 19, 2022. All events and shuttles are free to the public. Expect substantial road closures in the area. The David Wills House will be open for free on November 18-19. November 19 schedule: 9:00 am to

Democracy for America analyzes election results

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Gettysburg Democracy for America (DFA) co-chair Leon Reed moderated a panel discussion that  included Adams County commissioner Marty Qually and Gettysburg College professor Char Weise on Thursday evening at the Adams Gettysburg YWCA. The forum evaluated the results of the 2022 election and its likely impact on the county, state, and country. Reed said the

Dan Moul says he’ll continue to work for the people

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Republican PA State Representative from the 91st District Dan Moul was reelected on Tuesday to his 9th term in office. His victory over his challengers Marty Karsteter Qually (Democratic) and Niel Belliveau (Libertarian) was again decisive, as he won 63 percent of the votes. “I would like to tell the people of the 91st district

Qually reviews his race

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Democrat Marty Karsteter Qually lost again this year in his second challenge of long-time incumbent Republican Dan Moul in the race for Representative in the General Assembly from the 91st District. According to voter records Qually received 33 percent of the vote in 2018 and 36 percent of the vote in 2022. Moul ran unopposed

Shapiro, Fetterman win; Republicans carry county races

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Statewide: Josh Shapiro has defeated Doug Mastriano in the PA Gubernatorial race. John Fetterman has defeated Mehmet Oz in the PA Senate race. Countywide results: The Adams County election results are complete (but still unofficial) with all 50 Adams County precincts reporting both in-person and mail votes. Write-in votes will be tallied later in the