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Gettysburg Connection announces non-profit community outreach fund

On this Giving Tuesday, 2022, Gettysburg Connection is pleased to announce its Community Outreach Fund (GCCOF). The fund is a charitable program administered in collaboration with the 2022 Local News Fund designed to share information across Adams County. GCCOF shares information about health, education, transportation, housing, employment, financial security, and other topics of interest with …

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Christmas 2022 comes to Gettysburg

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 …

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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 …

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Wellspan will not reopen Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop

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 …

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

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 …

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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 …

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Democracy for America analyzes election results

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 …

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Qually reviews his race

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 …

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Shapiro, Fetterman win; Republicans carry county races

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 …

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Slideshow: ACAC Costume Party

The Adams County Arts Councils annual costume party and fundraiser was held last evening at The Barn at Herr’s Ridge Farm. The theme was “Heroes and Villians.” The party included prizes for best costumes, a raffle, as well as music and dancing. Our photographer Jim Bargas captured some of the action.

Gettysburg Connection to host live state representative debate

Gettysburg Connection, along with the Gettysburg College Eisenhower Institute, Public Policy Program, and Political Science Department. will host a live debate among the three candidates for Pennsylvania State Representative from the 91st District on Wednesday Oct. 19. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The candidates will face each other for …

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11 workers charged with animal cruelty following a PETA exposé of Plainville Farms

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) has filed animal cruelty charges against 11 people for alleged inhumane treatment of turkeys at seven farms across central and southeastern Pennsylvania. The workers were employed by Plainville Farms of New Oxford to capture and crate turkeys that were destined for food processing plants. The investigation began in August 2021 …

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Debbie Wivell wins summer 2022 photo contest

Congratulations to Debbie Wivell who has won the Connection’s Summer 2022 photo contest. Wivell’s photo was of a summer sunrise at Trostle Farm We’ll be featuring some of the runners-up in our Gettysburg Go! newsletters. Fuller wins a $50 gift certificate to the Adams County Arts Council. The Fall 2022 contest is now open — …

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Virginia Memorial gets facelift

The Virginia Memorial is receiving a protective coat of patina. A small area is heated, the sulphurated potash patina is sprayed on, then more heat. A few sprays are needed to provide the necessary protection. A clear wax will then be applied to seal the bronze. #preservation pic.twitter.com/yCobaT7YpI — Gettysburg NMP (@GettysburgNMP) October 1, 2022 …

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Gettysburg Hospital president discusses COVID, monkeypox, mental health and more [Episode 64]

Only eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Cogliano Sr. accepted a challenging leadership position in our community as president of Gettysburg WellSpan Hospital. Cogliano is a community man who can be spotted frying Oreos at Biglerville High School football games and who will strut his stuff on the Majestic Theater stage in January during …

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Cumberland supervisors tentatively deny approval of apartment complex

Cumberland Township Supervisors tentatively denied approval of preliminary plans for a large apartment complex at the site of the closed Gettysburg Country Club at Rt. 30 and Country Club Lane last night. Opponents of the proposed Residences at Willoughby Run, an eight-building complex of 112 apartments, overflowed into the hallway of the meeting room. Supervisors …

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Photo Gallery: 2022 Adams County Heritage Festival

The 31st Annual Adams County Heritage Festival was held yesterday on a bright sunny day with perfect weather. Hundreds of people came to the Gettysburg rec park to celebrate culture with music dancing, bike rides, food and more. The stage events were hosted by Mark Purdy, Master of Ceremonies, with Bob Ranalli as Sound Technician …

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Cumberland Planning Commission recommends rejecting new apartment complex

Over 40 concerned citizens attended last night’s Cumberland Township Planning Commission Meeting. The evening’s topic was a consideration of “The Residence at Willoughby Run”, a proposed 112 apartment unit on 14.5 acres at the corner of Chambersburg Road and Country Club Lane. The site is controversial because it is within the Gettysburg National Military Park’s …

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Proposed Cumberland apartment complex delayed again

For the second time this summer, the proposed apartment complex, “Residence at Willoughby Run”, must wait another month for a recommendation from the Cumberland Township Planning Commission. At the commission’s Thursday meeting, Bob Sharrah of KPI, representing the owner, presented updated plans for the 112 rental units slated for the site of the former Gettysburg …

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Cumberland water tower project denied

The Cumberland Township Supervisors unanimously denied tonight a request from the Gettysburg Municipal Authority (GMA) for a zoning change that would have allowed them to build a 170-foot tall water tower at the corner of Herr’s Ridge Road and Red Oak Lane. The hearing room was full of interested parties and after GMA presented their …

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Doug Stephens wins Outstanding Community Contributor Award

Gettysburg Connection is proud to announce that Doug Stephens has won its Outstanding Community Contributor Award. Stephens was nominated by Darah Gardner-Hickman for his “continued behind-the scenes community support that creates activities that further the community.” Gardner-Hickman said Stephens had contributed in many areas and at many levels, from his work with wounded veterans to …

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Greg Fuller wins spring 2022 photo contest

Congratulations to Greg Fuller who has won the Connection’s Spring 2022 photo contest. Fuller’s photo was of the the Rowan Artillery (CSA) on the Right Flank of the Army of Northern Virginia. Fuller won by one vote in a very close contest among 26 photo entries. We’ll be featuring some of the runners-up in our …

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“Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity” at Schmucker Gallery; August through December, 2022

Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity features text-based works by prominent contemporary artists of color who demonstrate the power of languag will be on view at the Gettysburg College Schmucker Art Gallery from August 31 through Dec. 31. An opening reception will be held on August 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This exhibition …

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Changes in state and national politics bring out two new Democratic candidates for state office

As voters receive their mail-in ballots and begin to fill them out, two last-minute Democratic write-in candidates are hoping for their support. Marty Qually has asked voters to write in his name as a candidate for Representative in the General Assembly 91st District, a position currently held by Dan Moul. Mark Critz has asked voters …

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Cindy Keeney and the Adams County Victim Witness Assistance Program [Episode 61]

Adams County government has many programs with many different responsibilities, many of which we, as taxpayers, know little about. This week we focus on one of these county programs, the Adams County Victim Witness Assistance Program.  The program, which provides support services to over 1,000 victims every year, has the goal of providing U.S. and …

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2022 Adams County Primary and General Elections

2022 Adams County Primary and General Election 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. The next Adams County election is the general election to be held on …

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Three art exhibitions open in Gettysburg

Three art exhibitions, each with a different approach, background, and raison d’être opened on last night’s First Friday. At Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery is the Spring 2022 Juried Student Exhibition and a collection of works by Baltimore-based artist James Williams II. Williams was the show’s juror for the artwork created by students during the …

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Attorney Kristin Rice speaks out on racial bias

Attorney Kristin Rice spoke about racism in the legal system at an online “Mission Moment” meeting last week. The presentation was sponsored by the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County. Rice said she spoke not in her official capacity, but rather as a “student of criminal justice and race.” Rice has been working in the …

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Baseball: Westfield State Tops Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Westfield State University (5-1) Head Coach Nathan Bashaw ’03 made a triumphant return to his alma mater as his team picked up a 10-1 victory over Gettysburg College (3-8) at Kirchhoff Field on Friday afternoon. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Lacrosse: 10th-ranked Bullets Force Generals into Full Retreat

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Junior Aidan Wykoff (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) tossed in three goals, senior Scott MacMillan (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) made 11 saves, and 10th-ranked Gettysburg College (5-1) forced 22 turnovers in a 10-6 decision over Washington and Lee University (3-4) at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Tuesday. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg …

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Women’s Basketball: Centennial Conference Announces Winter Academic Awards

Academic All-Centennial Team | Academic Honor Roll  LANCASTER, Pa. – The Centennial Conference announced its academic awards for the winter sports seasons and 59 Gettysburg College student-athletes earned a spot on the Academic Honor Roll, while seven were named Academic All-Centennial.   To be nominated for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be a …

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Men’s Basketball: Close Named All-CC First Team, Schaller Top Rookie

2021-22 All-Centennial Conference Men’s Basketball Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior forward Avery Close (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) was named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team and freshman guard Carl Schaller (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley) was tagged the conference’s top rookie according to an announcement by the league office on Tuesday, March 1.   Close seized his first …

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Women’s Track: DiOttavio Grabs Bronze at CC Indoor Championship

Results COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Freshman Lauren DiOttavio (Romansville, Pa./Downingtown West) finished third with the second-fastest time in program history in the 60-meter dash and Gettysburg College took eighth place in the team standings at the Centennial Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Ursinus College on Feb. 26-27. Team Standings Place Team Score 1 …

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Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the …

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Men’s Track: Kiernan, Liedtka Pace Bullets at CC Indoor Championship

Results COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Freshman Aidan Kiernan (Pelham Manor, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) and junior Eric Liedtka (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) each recorded fourth-place finishes in their respective events to lead Gettysburg College at the Centennial Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Ursinus College on Feb. 26-27. Team Standings Place Team Score 1 Johns Hopkins …

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Mens’ Swimming: Four Swimmers Earn All-Conference Accolades

2022 CC All-Conference Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gettysburg College men’s swimming team landed four student-athletes on the All-Centennial Conference Team, including first-team selections for junior Nick Cox (Purcellville, Pa./Ponte Vedra) and senior Duncan Proxmire (McLean, Va./Langley).   Cox earned All-CC First Team recognition with wins in the 100 and 200 backstroke races at …

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Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the …

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Women’s Basketball: Get Your CC Women’s Basketball Championship Apparel!

Calling all friends, family, and fans of the Bullets! Celebrate the program’s third Centennial title with exclusive 2022 Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Championship apparel!  The Centennial Conference is now offering an online championship store with performance t-shirts (short- and long-sleeve), hoodies, and more. All merchandise will be delivered directly to the customer. Due to customization of the …

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Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the …

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