Municipalities urged to update emergency management plans

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Just over a year ago, a train derailment near Palestine, Ohio resulted in the emergency evacuation of area residents because of toxic gas released from the site. It involved emergency responses from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia agencies. “That incident is still open,” said Adams County Department of Emergency Service Director Warren Bladen. Bladen

Committee/Borough members discuss pool

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The Save the Littlestown Pool Committee has about two months to find ways to reclaim the neighborhood park swim center before it is scheduled to be filled in sometime in April, according to Craig Rosendale, President of the Littlestown Borough Council. “We’re going to do what we can, and it’s a lot,” said Committee founder

LASD Budget draws concerns, discussion

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With the need for a permanent superintendent and district solicitor, a $57,000,000 construction project underway, and a budget deficit of 1.5 million, the Littlestown Area School Board, with seven new members, has its work cut out. The initial budget presentation, which took place at the recent Finance, Property, and Supply (FPS) Committee meeting, projected revenues

After 58 years, the Littlestown Pool has closed

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The last public pool in Adams County is about to close, and a group of Littlestown residents are trying to save it. “I’m stepping up for this community,” Kathleen Ednie, a two-year Littlestown resident, told the Council. “If we don’t try, we won’t know,” she added. Resident Clifton Biddle said historically, the pool was developed

Four percent wage increase for County employees

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The Adams County Commissioners approved a four percent pay increase for all elected officials, commissioners, and court employees, effective Dec. 18, 2023, except employees represented by a collective bargaining unit or on probationary status. The cost to the County will be $914,790, reflecting the 360 non-union county positions. There are 192 union positions, of which

Seven new faces on the LASD School Board

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Seven new faces were added to the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) Board of Directors at the annual reorganization meeting last evening. New member Duane Sullivan was elected president of the board and current member Carl Thompson was elected treasurer. LASD grad Nick Lovell was chosen as vice president of the board. Other new board

GBG Planning Commission ponders building height; New library plans hit snag

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How high is too high? That question was pondered at Monday’s meeting of the Gettysburg Planning Commission, as members reviewed the revised draft of the zoning map to make recommendations to the rezoning staff committee. At issue is the proposed Revitalization District, which would extend between Washington and Stratton Streets with some parts north of

Carroll Valley sees tax rate go up

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While the first tax hike in 12 years barely raised an eyebrow at the Carroll Valley borough council meeting on Monday, zoning ordinances and lot sales guidelines were still the subject of much of the two-and-a-half-hour agenda. The tax hike of .30 mills will raise taxes for the first time in 12 years from 2.45

No tax increase for Adams County


Once again, Adams County looks good as the commissioners were presented Wednesday with a proposed 2024 budget that will not see a tax raise. “In this climate of increased cost, to not increase taxes and yet still provide the levels of service we do is very gratifying,” said Commissioner Randy Phiel. Asked how Adams County

LASD sees major change in leadership

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With the surprise resignation of the school board president, six outgoing board members, and an interim superintendent, Littlestown Area School District enters the final half of the 2023-2024 school year with a new slate of leaders. Dolores Nester, who has served as board president for nine and a half years, submitted her resignation at Monday’s

Locals visit Gettysburg housing shelters

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An Adams County housing services walk through the Gettysburg historic district Thursday introduced a group of interested residents to current services for unhoused and displaced persons, as well as those seeking refuge from violence and abuse. The walk was sponsored by South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP), @Home in Adams County, Gettysburg Combined Area Resources

ACCOG weighs cost of mental health services in schools

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Outgoing Littlestown Area School District Superintendent Christopher Bigger said Thursday that schools are doing their best to handle the increasing problem of mental health issues among their students but cautioned it is not their area of expertise. He was speaking to the Adams County Council of Government members.  The organization provides information of interest to

Gettysburg Planning Commission hosts town hall meeting

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The Gettysburg Borough Planning Commission hosted a public meeting Wednesday to help residents understand a major project that will update the current zoning regulations, last updated in 2008. About 50 people attended the event, and after a brief presentation, they were encouraged to visit several information centers featuring the current and proposed zoning maps, where

Carroll Valley approves coop; Looks for police officers

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Carroll Valley Borough Council approved an exception for a couple seeking to protect their chicken coop in the front of their house after several months of discussion, a proposed ordinance amendment, and one final impassioned plea from the coop owner. The motion for the exemption was granted, with only Council President Richard Mathews voting “no.”

Adams helps home buyers

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Adams County home buyers received support Wednesday as the county commissioners approved nearly $325,000 of grant funding to support affordable housing through down payment assistance for qualified individuals. The three-year program, administered through the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) plans to provide funds for 25 households by 2025. Qualified applicants must work in Adams

Adams moves forward on broadband update

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With billions of dollars available from federal and state funds for broadband improvement in rural areas, a recent presentation at the Commissioners’ meeting indicates the Adams County Broadband Task Force has the data, expertise, and enthusiasm to move forward to the next stage of securing broadband for unserved and underserved residents. “I want to thank

County honors Library Card Signup Month, Latino Heritage Month, Suicide Awareness Month, and 32nd Annual Heritage Festival


It was a morning for proclamations at Wednesday’s Adams County Commissioners meeting as the commissioners gave tribute to the Adams County Library System, Hispanic Heritage Month, Heritage Festival Day, Suicide Prevention Month, and Hunger Action Month. Laura Goss, Executive Director of the Adams County Library, and Erica Duffy, Development Director, asked Adams County residents to

CYS employees waive preliminary hearing

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Two current and one former Adams County Children and Youth Services (ACCYS) employees, each charged with two counts of child endangerment, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing today in the Adams County Court of Common Pleas. Steven Murphy, 63, of Dillsburg, and Sherri DePasqua, 46, of Dillsburg, told the Honorable Judge Mark D. Beauchat

Bigger says farewell to LASD

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Littlestown Area School District Superintendent Chris Bigger spoke with emotion about how hard it will be to leave the community he has served for eight years. “It’s really hard, harder than I thought,” Bigger said. “But it was a calling to try to help more students.” He was referring to his new post as Superintendent

Fifth Annual Overdose Awareness Walk

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Community members gathered in support Thursday Aug. 31 as they participated in the fifth annual Overdose Awareness walk to remember loved ones lost and those who still mourn. Sponsored by the Coalition for Overdose Awareness and Recovery, the group gathered at the Adams County Courthouse and proceeded to the Gettysburg Rec Park, where several speakers

Adams Commissioners approve a facelift for Sachs Covered Bridge’ invite Comcast to upgrade broadband services


More than $15,000 worth of wood, paint, fire retardant, and elbow grease will be applied to Sachs Covered Bridge in early August, thanks to the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania. Theodore Burr (1771-1822) was an inventor who created the arch truss bridge design, familiarly known today as the Burr truss. The National Society

Adams County Farmers Market excels in its new location

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The Adam’s County Farmers Market, held Saturday mornings at the Gettysburg rec park, is much more than parsley, peaches, and posies. On a recent visit, one could find all types of fresh produce and fruit, of course, plus offerings of fresh flowers, crafts, meats, honey, and mushrooms. There was also jewelry, games, a live band,

Seven-story mixed-use apartment complex in Gettysburg clears zoning hurdles

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The Gettysburg Zoning Hearing Board approved a height ordinance and three variances sought by developer Tim Harrison at Wednesday’s continuation of a meeting that began in June. The approvals will allow 501 Richardson Acquisition LLC to move one step forward in creating a seven-story 186-unit apartment building, including retail space and a restaurant. Located between

Gettysburg Zoning Hearing Board hears public comments

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Local residents were given the podium yesterday as the Borough Zoning Hearing Board met to consider three variances on the proposed multi-use, three-building restaurant, apartment building, and retail space on Carlisle and North Stratton Streets. The proposed development, consisting of an 8,000-square-foot retail area, a restaurant, and a 186-unit apartment building, is a 501 Richardson

Carroll Valley passes trailer ordinance


After months of debate and discussion, Carroll Valley passed Ordinance 3-23 regarding trailers at Tuesday’s borough council meeting. Nicknamed the “trailer ordinance,” at issue was the number of trailers that could be parked on a lot and the definition of trailered vehicles versus self-powered recreational vehicles. Section 201 covers the parking and storage of recreational

Gettysburg most welcoming city in U.S.


Gettysburg has just been recognized as the “most welcoming city in the United States” by, the third-largest travel website in the world. The honor was announced at Thursday’s Adams County Council of Government (ACCOG) meeting. “This is the result of over 240 million traveler reviews on that led to naming Gettysburg at the

Carroll Valley Council explains borough lot sales; honors Patrolman Seth Reed

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At Tuesday’s meeting, some Carroll Valley Borough council members expressed concerns that residents didn’t get preferential treatment regarding purchasing lots being sold by the borough. “This whole thing is crazy for the people of Carroll Valley,” said council member Kari Buterbaugh. “I’ve been waiting for borough lots which I was told would not come up

Public hearing for Community Development Block Grant program

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The Adams County Commissioners held a public hearing prior to their regular meeting yesterday regarding the 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Applications are available for funds that may be used to benefit a variety of activities, including water and sewer systems, streets, housing rehabilitation, emergency housing assistance, recreation and community facilities, new public

LASD moves forward on 2.75 percent tax increase; High school lunch opportunities upgraded


The Littlestown Area School District Board of Directors finalized the agenda for their June 19 meeting, including seeking approval of the proposed 2023-2024 school year budget. The proposed budget includes revenues of $37,997,336 and expenditures of $39,168,514, which would pull $1,171,178 from the fund balance. The budget includes a 2.75% local tax increase, with 2.2%

HGAC Barn Art Show and Sale announces prize winners

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PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and his wife, Nina, were among the barn art patrons who perused the collection of fine art pieces and photographs of barns, past and present, at the 15th annual Historic Gettysburg Adams County show and sale that opened with a reception at the Gettysburg G.A.R. Hall Friday. Fifty artists

Sach’s Covered Bridge slated for some TLC

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The Adams County Commissioners learned at Wednesday’s meeting that Sach’s Covered Bridge will receive a coat of paint and some fire retardant free of charge. The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania will perform the work. The Society is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of covered bridges in Pennsylvania. Society president Robert Kuether

LASD Seniors bid farewell to K12 years

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Bethany Shifflett and Aydan Fitzgerald met in middle school and have been best friends since. Now the two are going their separate ways – Shifflett will stay in the area while Aydan will travel to the next state south. But the Littlestown Area High School seniors said they were not worried about staying in touch,

New tractor purchased by Littlestown FFA

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Nearly one million dollars in agriculture and youth grants were awarded recently, making Jesse Brant and the Littlestown Area School District very happy. Last fall, he applied for a grant from the PA Department of Agriculture to purchase a new tractor for the Littlestown FFA. The group received a matching grant of $25,000. The other

Carroll Valley trailer ordinance still undecided

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After months of debate, the Carroll Valley Borough Council is still undecided about the issue of how many trailers can be parked on private properties in the borough. An amendment presented at Tuesday’s meeting was rejected and sent back for further tweaking. It would have permitted storage of three trailered vehicles per lot with a

WellFlight Helicopter serves county residents

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When Terry Scholle was riding a young mare one day in 2002, he never expected to be airlifted to York Hospital from Mt. Joy. But after an accident with a loose saddle, Scholle fell onto the hard earth and broke seven bones. He doesn’t remember the helicopter ride but is thankful there was one. Now,

Ecker apologizes; Mercy House to reopen; County elections office will move


State Representative Torren Ecker, who was arrested in an alcohol-related crash in the county on April 20, visited the Adams County Council of Governments monthly meeting on Wednesday morning. Addressing what he called “the elephant in the room,” Ecker told the gathered municipal and school district representatives that he apologized for his actions. “I am

The “Living Library” – Volume 1:  Jenine Weaver and Judy Leslie

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We have much wisdom to gain by learning to understand other people’s cultures and permitting ourselves to accept that there is more than one version of reality. — Louis Menand, Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County Library System provided human books for checkout during National Library Week, April 24 to 29, allowing participants

New LASD board member to be elected May 8


Some confusion over the wording of a motion to accept a recent resignation from the Littlestown Area School District Board of Directors resulted in procedural scrambling at Monday’s board meeting to allow enough time for a replacement. A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the resignation of board member Nicki Kenny “retroactive” to

April is child abuse prevention month

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A proclamation from the Adams County’s Commissioners office proclaimed April as child abuse prevention month and paid tribute to Adams County Children Youth Services (CYS) for their work toward that end. The proclamation highlights the dedicated staff who continually protect children against the pain that plagues many victims of abuse and neglect, frequently at the

LASD board focuses on taxes and health

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Littlestown Area School District has proposed a 2.75 percent tax increase as part of the 2023-2024 budget. Of the increase, 2.2 percent of the tax increase will fund the new building project, and .55 percent will be used for operational expenses. “We’ve done it with minimal tax raises overall,” Superintendent Bigger said, referring to the

Kenny resigns from LASD board

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The Littlestown Area School District Board of DIrectors is looking to fill a temporary board position created by the sudden resignation of Nicki Kenny on March 24. Elected in 2020, Kenny had served only two years out of her four-year term. The board hopes to find a temporary replacement who will fill the vacancy until

LASD approves math program amid controversy

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After a month-long debate, Littlestown Area School District’s Board of Directors approved using McGraw Hill’s Reveal Math program for elementary students at their meeting on Monday, with three members voting “no.” Board member Nicki Kenny said she believed more research was needed regarding the success rate of Reveal Math before a decision was made. “I

Council of Governments focuses on cybersecurity

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The threat of cyber-attacks loomed large at Thursday’s meeting of the Adams County Council of Governments (ACCOG). “A municipality is an enticing target,” said ACCOG member Ron Harris, who presented information to educate municipal leaders about the many online scams that threaten cybersecurity and outlined best practices that leaders can use to prevent those threats.

Adams awards $5 million for development and safety projects

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Five million dollars from the Adams Response & Recovery Fund (ARRF) was awarded to 14 projects impacting economic development and public safety priorities at Wednesday’s Adams County Commissioners meeting. Top awards included one million dollars to the East Berlin Area Joint Authority to support regional economic development, $500,000 to Adams County Technical Institute for land

Carroll Valley trailer ordinance may finally see resolution

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After two months of discussion at planning commission meetings, Carroll Valley Borough may be near a resolution to what has become known as the “trailer ordinance.” “I hope to prepare an ordinance draft for the next meeting,” borough manager Dave Hazlett told the Carroll Valley council. At issue is how many non-motored vehicles may be

County Commissioners conserve new properties; honor Land Conservancy and 4H

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Wednesday was a day to appreciate preserving Adams County’s rural landscape as the commissioners approved the purchase of new land for preservation and honored two conservation agencies at their meeting. The commissioners approved a proposal from Ellen Dayhoff, AG Land Conservation Board Program administrator, to purchase five agricultural conservation easements in Conewago and Union Townships. The

Black Balloon Day memorializes opioid overdose deaths

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An archway of purple and black balloons created a solemn memorial for victims of opioid overdose deaths as part of National Black Balloon Day Monday afternoon in Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square. About 50 visitors stopped by, and 25 Naloxone kits and spray applications were distributed to help prevent some of those deaths. Naloxone, a prescription drug

LASD discusses Social-Emotional Learning


Critical Race Theory (CRT) raised its controversial head at the Monday meeting of the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) Board of Supervisors. At issue is the “Reveal Math” program from textbook publisher McGraw Hill, a proposed elementary math curriculum that includes social-emotional learning (SEL) goals. According to the McGraw Hill website, Reveal Math is designed

Commissioners Proclaim Court Reporters Week

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The week of Feb. 4 to 11 was proclaimed Court Reporting and Caption Week 2023 by the Adams County Commissioners at its Wednesday meeting. “Court reporting is essential to the health of the judicial system,” said Commissioner James Martin. “I wish there was some way to see how many miles of text these ladies put

ACCOG elects new officers and shares action priorities


The Adams County Council of Governments (ACCOG), which includes representatives from boroughs, townships, and school districts around the county who work together to identify, discuss, and study regional issues and opportunities, has elected new officers. Mount Joy Township Supervisor Terry Scholle was elected president and Carroll Valley Mayor Ron Harris was elected vice president. Patricia

Commissioners support highway safety; review candidates for Chief Public Defender

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The Adams County Commissioners have approved a program that will provide Adams County Adult Correctional Center referred inmates with online Alcohol Highway Safety School classes. Twelve hours in length, the cost to the County for the classes is $175 per student per month. The classes will be funded by Probation’s 2022-2023 Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program

LASD Approves 2023-24 calendar with early dismissal date

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School calendars were the topic of conversation at yesterday’s Littlestown Area School District (LASD) Board meeting. Calendar changes are needed to facilitate the upcoming renovation of the middle and high schools, but the district is also looking at potential long-term modifications. The board voted to adopt a one-year 2023-24 calendar in which the school year

Adams improves 911 response system

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The Adams County Commissioners have approved a $46,000 quote from Priority Dispatch Corporation that could improve how 911 calls are processed and ensure that the proper response is given to each emergency. Warren Bladen, Director of Adams County Emergency Management Systems, described the three types of responses to emergency calls – fire, police, and medical

HUD Community Development Block Grant Awarded to Adams County Recipients

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The Adams County Commissioners approved the submission of more than $320,000 for the 2022 Community Development Block Grant, awarding funding to Biglerville Borough and Hoffman Homes, as well as covering the county’s administrative fees, at its meeting yesterday. The $100,000 awarded to Biglerville Borough is the second grant in a multi-year project that will replace

Adams Council of Governments addresses financial ratings, Covid grants, school challenges

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Adams County Treasurer Chris Redding addressed community leaders at the Sep. 22 Adams County Council of Governments (ACCOG) meeting, saying the county’s healthy A2+ rating for financial status reflects a joint effort of community sectors working together in a complex office with many moving parts. Redding said the treasurer’s office works with the 34 township

Adams Invites Applications for $5 Million in Covid Grants

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Adams County has been given a Covid relief shot in the arm with a $5 million dollar grant that Commissioner Marty Qually called the “most significant grant program in the county’s history.” The Board of Commissioners approved guidelines for applications for the funds at its monthly yesterday. Before submitting projects for consideration, potential applicants can