Gettysburg Borough Police Department to Host their National Night Out

The Gettysburg Borough Police Department will be hosting their annual National Night Out event on Tuesday August 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held in front of the municipal building at 59 E. High Street. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Sailors of the USS Gettysburg (CG-64) United States Navy will be on hand and the municipal building will be open during the event for public tours. Mayor Rita Frealing will be welcoming visitors into the building and her office. A dunk tank sponsored by the Mason Dixon Distillery will be on site and occupied by a randomly selected Gettysburg Borough Police Officer. HD Entertainment will be providing DJ services for the event.  Confederate Trails will be providing horse drawn carriage rides. Gettysburg Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit will be on hand. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Lucky Truck and Cafe 82. Other agencies, businesses, and organizations set to attend include Bendersville Police Department, Gettysburg Fire Department, Center for Youth and Community Development, Next Gen Ministry, Gettysburg Times, Adams County Head Start, Main Street Gettysburg , Representation from the office of Senator Mastriano, Pathstone Corporation, Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, YWCA Gettysburg, Adams County Probation, Members 1st Bank, Hanover YWCA, Constable Association, ACNB Bank, and Boy Scout Troop 73. National Night Out helps make neighborhoods safer, more caring, places to live and enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Attendance is free and we hope to see you there.

Gettysburg National Military Park details Little Round Top closures

A $13 million rehabilitation of Little Round Top began on Tuesday, July 26 at Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP). The Little Round Top area of the battlefield will be closed for approximately 18 months while the National Park Service improves infrastructure and updates the experience for visitors.   Closures During the 18-month rehabilitation project, the following will be closed to all visitation and traffic:    The entirety of Little Round Top as described as the area that borders Wheatfield Road to the north, Crawford Avenue to the west, Warren Avenue to the south, and Sykes Avenue to the east.    Roads in their entirety: Sykes Avenue, Warren Avenue, Wright Avenue.    Hiking trail in its entirety: The trail that runs parallel to Sykes Avenue, located on the east side of the road, from Wheatfield Road on the north end to just past Wright Avenue on the south end.    During the rehabilitating, the following will be closed to all vehicle traffic:    South Confederate Avenue will be closed to all vehicle traffic just south of the picnic area.     South Confederate Avenue will be open to all pedestrian (walk, hike, bicycle, Segway) traffic from just south of the picnic area to near the four-way intersection with Warren Avenue, Sykes Avenue, and Wright Avenue. All pedestrian traffic will be required to turn around at this intersection. Walkers and hikers will also be able to proceed on the many hiking trails around Big Round Top, to Devil’s Den, and to the Slyder and Bushman farms. As always, bicyclists and Segway riders are not permitted to ride on any unpaved surface.    Auto Tour Detour    Due to the length of the project, and the roads affected by the closure, the park has created an updated Auto Tour detour. This map is available on our website and in paper format at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center information desk. This paper map will also be distributed throughout the Gettysburg, PA area through Destination Gettysburg and Main Street Gettysburg affiliates.    Importance Results of a 2017 Gettysburg NMP Visitor Study emphasized the importance of Little Round Top to visitors. The report showed that 90% of park visitors go to Little Round Top during their battlefield visit.   “This closure will allow the necessary improvements to be completed in a safe and timely manner. The result of this project will help prevent further damage to this iconic location while increasing access and improving the visitor experience,” said park Superintendent Steven D. Sims. Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects, and interprets the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and their commemorations. The project will provide the maximum possible level of access to, and interpretation of, key battle and commemorative features, while ensuring the protection and stewardship of this highly significant site.    The scope of the rehabilitation project will address 1) overwhelmed parking areas and related safety hazards, 2) significant erosion caused by heavy visitation, 3) degraded vegetation, and 4) poor accessibility. The high volume of visitation is a significant contributing factor to the deterioration of the landscape, resulting in a degradation of important natural and artificial defenses, and historic topographic features of the battlefield. The rehabilitation of Little Round Top will reestablish, preserve, and protect the features that make up the battlefield landscape and that are essential to understanding the three-day battle that occurred at Gettysburg. This rehabilitation project will also enhance the experience of visiting the hill, with improved interpretive signage and new trail alignments, allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the historic landscape.    Project Website    The Gettysburg National Military Park website (https://www.nps.gov/gett) has a dedicated section for the Little Round Top rehabilitation project. These web pages include the Auto Tour detour map, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), a project timeline, links to Little Round Top virtual content, and photo albums. More content will be added as it becomes available.    Cost    The overall cost of the project is $13 million ($11 million for construction and $2 million for re-vegetation). The project has been funded through a mix of private and federal funding. The staff of Gettysburg National Military Park would like to thank the following: John Nau III, Gettysburg Foundation, American Battlefield Trust, and the National Park Foundation.    We appreciate your patience as we work to complete this pivotal rehabilitation project.

Gettysburg Area Education Foundation Hosts 4th Annual “Night at the Totem Pole Playhouse”

Gettysburg Area Education Foundation (GAEF) is hosting its 4th Annual GAEF “Evening at the Totem Pole Playhouse” Wednesday, August 10th at 8:00 PM with “Footloose The Musical!” There will be a pre-show reception for all ticket holders in the Totem Pole’s big tent beginning at 6:45 PM. “We are very pleased to be able to continue this event as our community eases into the ‘new normal’ after a two year break due to COVID-19,” said GAEF Executive Director Todd Orner. “This year’s show, ‘Footloose The Musical’ has a special connection to GAEF’s very first in-person fundraiser. In October 2008, GAEF hosted Kevin Bacon and The Bacon Brothers band at Gettysburg’s historic Majestic Theatre. GAEF is committed to enhancing student educational, social and cultural experiences through community support. All proceeds from the event will benefit the students of Gettysburg Area School District (GASD). The 4th Annual “Night at the Totem Pole Playhouse” is GAEF’s only in-person fundraising event scheduled this year.” GAEF provides fundraising assistance to all GASD organizations and staff including at least $3,000.00 in direct grants and access to GAEF’s “Giving Hub” crowdfunding solution. GAEF also arranges grants for financial assistance to Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS) students enrolled in career and technical education classes to help cover registration and entry fees as well as travel, hotel, and meal costs for attending regional, state, and national competitions and conferences. Financial support for these grants is provided by the Larry R. and Janet M. Redding Designated Endowment Fund held by the Adams County Community Foundation.

Little Round Top will close for 18 months on Tuesday

The Gettysburg National Military Park will close Little Round Top on Tuesday. The closure affects all roads that lead to the site and will be in place for about 18 months. The closure is to allow renovations that will address crowding, accessibility, safety, erosion, and degraded vegetation. The Devil’s Den area has also been closed for rehabilitation since March 21 for erosion and safety issues. According to the park service this area is expected to reopen in September. Read more: The closure may affect tourism and businesses but there is still much for visitors to do in and around Gettysburg. Park Communication Specialist Jason Martz said a major focus of the Little Round Top project is the small parking area that has become a safety hazard for visitors. He said the work will create a safe area for people to unload from tour buses and a “space where cars and people can coexist peacefully.” The renovation will add crosswalks and create better ADA accessibility. Martz said the renovations will also enhance the visitor learning experience. “We will be adding more interpretive signs and more gathering areas for large groups. We will be giving people a better experience through all these improvements.”

Local Authors to Discuss Patton’s Third Army at World War II Museum

Local authors Lois Lembo and Leon Reed will discuss their book, A Combat Engineer With Patton’s Army: The Fight Across Europe With the 80th “Blue Ridge” Division in World War II at 1 pm Saturday, July 30. The talk will take place at the new museum, World War II American Experience, located along Mummasburg Rd., just west of town. The book tells the story of the 80th Division’s advance across France, the division’s mid-December gallop north to Luxembourg to close off the German offensive in the Battle of the Bulge, the relief of Bastogne, the Spring 1945 offensive and discovery of the first concentration camps, and occupation duty in Bavaria. The book is heavily based on a trove of letters written by Sgt. (later Lt.) Frank Lembo, a squad leader in the 305th Engineer Combat Battalion, to his fiancé, Betty Craig. In his letters, Frank commented on the war, the engineering work, as well as the commonplace events of GI life. The authors also made use of the original typescript copy of the B Company diary as well as other reports by the engineers, unit reports, and combat memoirs of other soldiers to create a narrative that combines the personal experience of a single soldier, the work the engineers performed, and the story of the advance of Patton’s Third Army across Europe. “I loved working on this project,” said Lembo, who is the daughter of Frank and Betty Lembo.”Dad would never talk much about his experiences, but the letters made his life in the army so vivid. And through the letters, it’s almost like I’m able to get more time with my parents.” “It’s a fantastic story,” said Reed, who is Lois Lembo’s husband. “Frank Lembo wrote beautifully and was an incredibly astute observer of the events going on around him. And he had a heck of a war: a behind enemy lines mission gone bad that earned him a Silver Star and the relief of Bastogne, for example.” We’re thrilled to have Lois and Leon as some of our first speakers,” said Jody Wilson, the new museum’s director of outreach. “We have a tremendous collection of hardware, but we also want to tell the stories of the everyday soldier. Combining the work of the engineers with the drama of Patton’s advance makes Frank Lembo’s story is a great one for us to tell.”

South Mountain Audubon Big Spring Bird Walk

On Saturday, July 30, the South Mountain Audubon Big Spring Bird Walk will be held in Newville, PA. Meet at 7:30 am for the walk that is free and open to the public. The route is relatively level along a road that follows a creek. We will meet in the parking area where Big Spring Road intersects with Springfield Road, just outside of Newville. After meeting, we can place vehicles at various parking areas along the road for those who do not wish to do the entire walk and so that we can carpool back to the starting point. Bring water and a snack, if needed. Be aware there are no restroom facilities here. There is a Sheetz at the intersection of Routes 233 and 11. This is a good place to use the restroom and get a snack before joining the walk. Directions: From Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Take Route 233 North (Centerville Road) for 9 miles to the intersection of Route 11/Ritner Highway. Turn left onto Route 11. (Turn right onto Route 11 if leaving from Sheetz.) In about 1.5 miles, turn right onto Log Cabin Road. Follow Log Cabin Road to a T intersection. Turn right and then a QUICK left to remain on Log Cabin Road. At the next T intersection with Big Spring Road, turn left and the parking area will be on your left.

Farmers Market will host Civic Engagement Day on July 30

The Adams County Farmers Market will hold its first ever Civic Engagement Day on Saturday, July 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market Site at 108 N. Stratton St., Gettysburg. Civic Engagement Day is a chance to meet some of your local elected officials, learn about important municipal services, and find out more about how your local government works at the same time you are shopping for delicious and healthy foods. Gettysburg Borough representatives will be available for conversation and questions. Scheduled to appear are representatives from Main Street Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Police Department, as well as Mayor Rita Frealing, and Council President Wes Heyser. There will also be interactive kid’s games, information about the Baltimore Street project, and signups for the September e-cycling event. Please come out and get to know your community even better than you do now. Participants hope this event serves as a reminder that there is far more that unites us than divides us. “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.” – Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg Choral Society holds auditions

The Gettysburg Choral Society, Inc., a regional chorus of volunteers, will hold auditions on Monday, August 8th from 7-9 P.M. and on Monday, August 15th, from 7-9 P.M. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 East High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Singers, at least 18 years of age, who read music, have experience singing in choral groups, and agree to adhere to the rules governing the choral society are encouraged to audition. All vocal parts are welcome to audition, but there is a particular need for tenors and basses. The audition is relatively simple. Each person will be asked to sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and will be evaluated for range and voice quality. There is no need to prepare any music. Everything needed for the audition will be furnished. To schedule your audition, please text or call our director, John McKay, at (717) 476-1054, or email him at zoemckay@aol.com. Additional information about The Gettysburg Choral Society may be found at: Facebook.com/gburgchoralsociety. The fall rehearsal cycle begins on September 12th, culminating in a Christmas concert on Friday, December 2nd, 2022. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening at Trinity UCC in Gettysburg, from 7-9 P.M.

ACAC Launches Healing Arts Program

The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) has successfully completed its first two sessions of a new Healing Arts Program; an eight-week curriculum designed to facilitate social connections and teach healthy coping mechanisms for stress reduction through practice of a variety of arts mediums. Board certified music therapist, Amy Kalas Buser, MM, MT-BC, facilitated a program for the autism support classroom at Biglerville High School. Board certified art therapist, David Mitchell, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT, facilitated a women’s group at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center. Students in both groups were visited by a different guest artist each week. Guest artists engaged students in painting, weaving, yoga, creative writing, drum circles, instrument improvisation, and theatre exercises. The women’s group concluded with a culinary arts class and celebratory meal. The Healing Arts Program was well received by students and teachers alike. “I thought the Healing Arts Program was amazing and perfect,” said BHS student Leah Watson. “It was calming and fun. I loved it.” “We are thrilled with how the program is taking off,” said ACAC Executive Director Lisa Cadigan. “We have been contacted by area schools to facilitate professional development sessions for their teachers and staff to give them a sampling of the program, so they can bring it into their classrooms or consider teambuilding sessions for themselves. This is a program that can benefit everyone.”  Each arts experience is tied to a larger social emotional goal based on the needs of students in the group. For example, BHS students spent the first two weeks working on social communication skills through writing raps, building empathy through lyric analysis of songs, and developing group cohesion by creating a painting project together. The Women’s Group opened each week’s session with a meditation and centering exercise and group discussion before beginning an art project to address themes including “Surviving and Thriving,” “Growth Through Adversity,” and “Finding your Community of Support.” The program is funded by the Community Development Block Grant and the Anne and Philip Glatfelter III Family Foundation. Plans are underway for new groups to start eight-week sessions this fall. If you are interested in participating in the Healing Arts program, or if you know of a group that would benefit from an eight-week session, please contact Kylie Stone, Outreach and Events Coordinator, Adams County Arts Council. Featured Image: Facilitated by music therapist Amy Kalas-Buser and painting instructor Fabio Carella, Biglerville High School students in the autism support classroom rotated around their classroom to contribute to group paintings while listening to music, fostering collaboration and teambuilding during their first week of Healing Arts.

Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Scholarship Displacement

On Friday July 8, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law HB1642, a sprawling public school system bill which includes a ban on scholarship displacement at public colleges and universities. This makes Pennsylvania the fourth state in the country to eliminate the practice of public colleges and universities reducing a student’s financial aid package when the student receives a private scholarship. A statewide coalition of scholarship providers, rallied by the Adams County Community Foundation, initiated the call for elimination of scholarship displacement in 2018. Community Foundation President and CEO Ralph Serpe explains, “As a community foundation, our duty is to carry out our donors’ intent. When we award a scholarship to a student on behalf of a donor, and the university then reduces that student’s financial aid package, that essentially eliminates the scholarship’s benefit to the student, and defeats our donor’s purpose in awarding the scholarship.” The coalition included members of the Pennsylvania Community Foundation Association, The Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation, the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable and Pittsburgh’s Poise Foundation.   Harold Griffie, whose STEM scholarship was established at the Adams County Community Foundation in 2014, says, “I was surprised to learn that the students were no closer to having what they needed after being awarded my scholarship, since the university reduced their financial aid package by the amount of the scholarship. I thought, this can’t be fair! I’m very grateful that our state legislature and governor have taken steps to set this right.” The bill goes into effect immediately and will affect awards for the upcoming academic year. State Representative Dan Moul (R. Adams County) a bill co-sponsor says, “It’s unusual for a new law or regulation to be successful in the first year it’s proposed. But once the Community Foundation and the other scholarship providers showed us what was happening—what scholarship displacement was—I and others were eager to address it right away.” The Adams County Community Foundation recently announced $188,000 in new scholarship awards to students in Adams County and South-Central Pennsylvania. The amount awarded brings the total amount of scholarships granted by the Community Foundation since its founding to more than $1.4 million. Awards range from $500 to $30,000 and go to students pursuing higher education. The Adams County Community Foundation was created to promote and facilitate charitable giving and to build a permanent civic endowment for Adams County. While focused locally, the Community Foundation provides a home for charitable funds created by donors which may make grants and scholarships anywhere across the country. Information about contributing to scholarship awards or applying for scholarship support is available at AdamsCountyCF.org

Healthy Adams County announces 4th Annual Ice Cream Walk

The Healthy Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force has announced its 4th Annual Ice Cream Walk Fundraiser, scheduled for Tuesday August 23. The event occurs during the open hours of each of 8 participating downtown Gettysburg ice cream stores.  Tickets are $10 and are valid for one small (1.5 ounce) ice cream cone from any 5 of the 8 shops.  The entire route is 2 miles long, but 5 stores can be visited within just one mile of walking.  Proceeds support the free walks, hikes and 5K events sponsored by the taks force. Tickets can be purchased at Mr. G’s Gift Shop after July 16until the day of the event, or until sold out.  The task force thanks the participating ice cream shops for their generosity.

Time to Remember Loved Ones and End Overdose

Local communities, including those in Adams County and around the world, are coming together to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create a better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use. This year the Adams County Overdose Awareness Taskforce will host the 4th annual Overdose Awareness Walk on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 6 p.m. The walk will begin at the Adams County Court House on Baltimore Street and will end at the Fireman’s Pavilion at the Gettysburg REC Park at 545 Long Lane in Gettysburg. Light refreshments will be provided and free Narcan will be available. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like to share a picture during the event please contact Lisa Lindsey at acsaprevention@cfygettysburg.com or call 717-338-0300 x109. People and communities come together annually to raise awareness of one of the world’s most urgent public health crises – one that, unfortunately, is only getting worse. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s most recent World Annual Drug Report, nearly half a million people around the world died as a result of drug use in 2019. Early statistics and anecdotal evidence for the 2021 calendar year show that the situation is becoming ever-more critical, exacerbated in many areas by the pandemic decreasing the tolerance of people who use drugs and disrupting both services and the drug supply chain. For more information on this event or the Adams County Overdose Awareness Taskforce, please call Lisa Lindsey at 717-338-0300 x 109. Visit their website at www.overdosefreeadams.org. They are homed at the Center for Youth and Community Development offices located at 233 W High Street in Gettysburg.

National Park Service Awards $926,674 to Extend Protected Land at Gettysburg Battlefield

The National Park Service’s (NPS) American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) awarded $926,674.18 in Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to protect an additional 4.64 acres of Civil War battlefield lands at Gettysburg. These projects build on more than a decade of collaborative conservation in which the American Battlefield Trust has partnered with other nonprofit organizations, the NPS, and state and local governments to preserve one of our nation’s most iconic battlefields. The awards are made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which reinvests revenue from offshore oil and natural gas leasing to help strengthen conservation and recreation opportunities across the nation.  “These grants to state and local governments represent an important investment in public-private conservation efforts across America,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “They support partnership efforts that thoughtfully consider the needs, concerns, and priorities of communities inextricably connected to these unique places and stories.”   In the months following the July 1863 battle at Gettysburg, local advocates purchased parts of the area known as Culp’s Hill to protect the battlefield and set aside land for those who died in action. By century’s end, the Gettysburg Memorial Association, a non-profit organization chartered to protect the battlefield and commemorate Union forces, turned over many of these acres and monuments for inclusion in the federally managed Gettysburg National Military Park. The NPS stepped up to steward the park in 1933 and, for nearly a century, has worked with partners to protect, interpret, and restore the battle’s most significant sites of military encounters and support operations.    Since 2015, the American Battlefield Trust has matched NPS ABPP awards totaling $3.69 million to protect nearly 95 acres at Gettysburg. The two grants awarded today support the Trust’s on-going efforts to protect lands adjacent to the park, including tracts on Culp’s Hill, that enhance NPS’s commitment to safeguard the Battle of Gettysburg’s landscapes and memories. As we approach the battle’s 159th anniversary, the protection of Culp’s Hill looks back to the earliest preservation efforts at Gettysburg and forward with our collective dedication to what President Abraham Lincoln described as “the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”   NPS ABPP’s Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants empower preservation partners nationwide to acquire and preserve threatened battlefields on American soil. In addition, the program administers three other grant programs: Preservation Planning, Battlefield Interpretation and Battlefield Restoration Grants. Financial and technical assistance support sustainable, community-driven stewardship of natural and historic resources at the state, tribal and local levels.   Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are available on a rolling basis. To learn more about how to apply, head to NPS ABPP’s website. For questions about NPS ABPP’s grants, contact the program at e-mail us. 

Adams County Planting Partnership

The Adams County Conservation District is excited to announce this fall we are partnering again with the Watershed Alliance of Adams County and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to supply over 10,000 free native trees and shrubs to Adams County residents. The only stipulation to request free trees and shrubs is that you be willing to share where your trees will be planted and include before and after photos of your planting. To request your free trees and shrubs through our online order form visit www.adamscounty.us/Dept/Conservation/Pages/Programs.aspx. The order deadline is August 23rd, and the pick-up dates are September 8th, 9th, 10th at the Adams County Conservation District Pole Building, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. Trees and shrubs will come in a variety of sizes. Most will be approximately 1-3 feet tall potted in a 3’’ x 3’’ x 9’’ pots. A five-foot tree shelter and a two-foot shrub shelter, stake, zip-ties and bird-netting will be supplied with each tree and shrub. We make every effort to fulfill requested species and amounts; however, due to availability and ordering stipulations we cannot guarantee exact requests. If a selection is sold out, orders are placed on a first-ordered basis or partially filled. Once we receive our order confirmations from the nurseries, we will email your confirmed species list and pick-up details in the last week in August. Planting labor must be organized by the person requesting the trees and shrubs. Planting projects should be completed by November 1st. This year’s native tree species being given away include: Basswood (Tilia Americana), Birch, River (Betula Nigra), Hawthorn (Crataegus Phaenopyrum), Maple, Red (Acer Rubrum), Maple, Sugar (Acer Saccharum), Oak, Chestnut (Quercus Prinus), Oak, Swamp White (Quercus Bicolor), Paw Paw (Asiminia Triloba), Pine, Eastern White (Pinus Strobus), Plum, American (Prunus Americana), Redbud, Eastern (Cercis Canadensis), Sassafras (Sassafras Albidum), Serviceberry (Amelanchier Canadensis), Sycamore (Platanus Occidentalis), and Tulip Polar (Liriodendron Tulipfera). This year’s native Shrubs species being given away include: Buttonbush (Cephalanthus Occidentalis), Dogwood, Red-Osier (Cornus Stolonifera), Dogwood, Silky (Cornus Amomum), Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis), Ninebark (Physocarpus Opulifolius), Viburnum, Arrowwood (Vibernum Dentatum), Viburnum, Nannyberry (Viburnum Lentago), Willow, Sandbar (Salix Exigua), and Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana). If you’d like to be on our e-mail distribution list, please call Sarah Spencer at 717-334-0636 or email sspencer@adamscounty.us.

Anchor House Rides for Runaways

About 100 bicycle riders and support team members will arrive in Gettysburg, PA  on Tuesday, July 12 for the 44th annual Anchor House Ride for Runaways. The annual cycling event, rated one of the top multi-day charity bike rides by Bicycling Magazine, raises funds for the homeless, abused and runaway youth and families served by Anchor House, a multifaceted social services agency headquartered in Trenton, NJ. The riders and support crew will arrive at the Quality Inn on July 12  beginning at 1:00 p.m., having traveled 74.6 miles from Leesburg, VA.  Early on the morning of July 14, the group will continue its 500-mile journey back to Trenton, NJ, with a 67.6-mile ride to Lancaster, PA. The Ride attracts a variety of riders from New Jersey and more than a dozen other states. They range in ability from amateur bike racers to new cycling enthusiasts and in age from 18 to 72. “I ride each year because I can combine my love of cycling with a desire to help the most vulnerable people in our community: the young people who come to Anchor House for help,” said Laura Carlson, a 10-year Ride for Runaways veteran and co-chairperson of the volunteer committee that organizes the event. “We have a wide range of interests and abilities on the Ride, but we all have one thing in common: we want to help kids.” Founded in 1978, Anchor House serves at-risk and homeless youth and families in central New Jersey and is part of a nationwide system of runaway shelters. Programs offered by Anchor House include an emergency shelter for young people ages 8-18; a transitional living facility, the Anchorage, for high school students; a supervised apartment living program for young adults; a street outreach program for homeless youth; and a variety of counseling programs for at-risk youths and families. “The Ride for Runaways is a key part of our success,” said Kim McNear, executive director of Anchor House, Inc. “The Ride began in 1978 to make the opening of Anchor House possible and it has been a constant source of funding and community-building ever since. Without the Ride for Runaways, we would not have been able to grow our programs to serve a wide range of young people.” The Ride For Runaways starts in Charlottesville, VA, and will visit Culpeper and Leesburg, VA; Gettysburg, Lancaster and Lansdale, PA, before ending July 16 at Quaker Bridge Mall, outside of Trenton, NJ. For more information on Anchor House, visit www.anchorhousenj.org. The Ride’s website is www.anchorhouseride.org.

Local women rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro

A small group of Adams County women started the July 4 weekend by showing their support for women’s rights. The group picketed in front of State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s office at 33 York Street in Gettysburg on Friday evening. “Mastriano is running for Governor of Pennsylvania and wants to ban abortions altogether…no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother,” said rally participant Lois Starkey. “As our statesenator, he is the sponsor of legislation to severely restrict abortion access in Pennsylvania.” Starkey said the informal group of friends was frustrated and angry and decided to take action. “We are out today and for days to come to actively campaign for Josh Shapiro, and other candidates who are going to support access to safe abortions; who will consider women first when it comes to our own health; and who will support individual rights to privacy and choice,” said Starkey.

Children of Gettysburg 1863 – Living History Presentations Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 1-3, 2022

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 1-3, 2022, visitors to the new interactive adventure for young historians can interact with living historians from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Officers for the Union and Ladies for the Union will encamp in the side yard of Children of Gettysburg 1863, 451 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg. Guests can learn about Civil War officers who commanded and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, featuring firstperson impressions by the Officers for the Union. The Ladies for the Union will gather in a “ladies salon” setting, demonstrating unique home craft skills of the era, such as bobbin lace, hand sewing and making bandboxes. They will display the period’s home remedies, medical practices and children’s toys. The Ladies will discuss the importance of the home front during the Civil War, support and aid for the soldiers and the effect the war had on families and communities. Visitors are invited to join us for a special feature Saturday, July 2, with a talk presented by candlelight at 8 p.m. in the Officers for the Union’s encampment in the side yard. The Officers encourage audience questions and will discuss their role before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Living historians will provide details about military life and elements of the officer’s personal life they portray. The living history presentations in the side yard of Children of Gettysburg 1863 are free and open to the public. Ticket holders to Children of Gettysburg 1863 can experience hands-on history through the stories of the children, teens and young adults who lived in and around Gettysburg during and after the 1863 battle. Designed for families and children (grades K-5), the interactive adventure takes families on a journey through galleries of interactive exhibits and experiences that provide a history-based setting for creativity, discovery and learning. Children of Gettysburg 1863 is open daily in summer, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and offers adventures every 30 minutes, with the last daily ticket time at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for children and youth (ages 12 and younger) are free with a ticketed adult (ages 13 and older). Visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call 877-874-2478 for information and tickets for Children of Gettysburg 1863 and the experiences, exhibits, tours and events offered by the Gettysburg Foundation.

Public Comment Period for ONWARD2050, Adams County’s Draft Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) – Open Now!

The 30-day public review & comment period for the Draft Adams County 2022-2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), ONWARD2050, is now open. ONWARD2050 identifies the county’s long-term transportation needs and strategies for improving the transportation network.  It also lists the projected future funding allocations for highway, bridge, safety, and active transportation projects for the next 28 years. Comments will be accepted via phone, mail, or email until 4:00 PM on Monday, July 25th, 2022. Additional details may be found in the full Public Notice, such as:   ·         How to submit a public comment ·         Locations where a paper copy of the documentation can be accessed and reviewed ·         Details for the public information meetings on July 13th, 2022​  ​To review the Draft Plan, survey results, interactive mapping, and more, visit the ONWARD2050 website.

The 12th Annual Race Against Poverty Nets $31,500 for SCCAP’s Support Circles Initiative

After months of planning and two years of being virtual, this downtown 5K was back in person on June 3rd. Participants were excited to be back in person; overall, there were 555 participants, including children and adults. The Race Against Poverty gives members of the community a chance to run through the heart of the borough, while taking a stand as a community against poverty that impacts many of our own and limits full potential. The evening included not only the 5K, but Kids Races and a block party, with various community organizations, the music of a DJ, a balloon artist and food. There were trophies awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in various age categories, fastest running duo and the brand-new traveling trophy for the fastest team. Not to mention there were many door prizes up for grabs for participants of all ages. This year taking 1st place Overall running the 5K with the fastest times were Dustin Adams, 33 of Shippensburg (17:45.9) and Amanda Balzer, 27 of Bethel Park (19:43.6). The winner of the shiny new traveling trophy was the team from Mercury Endurance. They will hold onto the trophy until next year’s race on June 2nd, 2023, where the new winner will be awarded the trophy. Another new addition for this year, was the renaming of the Kids Races to Raber Runs for Kids. This change was made to honor Jon Raber, former Circles Coordinator and Race Director. Jon was an integral part of The Race Against Poverty, and the race committee wanted to honor his commitment to the race. Jon now resides in Peru with his family. Together participants, race committee members, various community partners, Support Circles and SCCAP took on The Race Against Poverty as an opportunity to take a stand together against the poverty. All proceeds will go directly to continue the work of Support Circles. 1 out of 4 Franklin County families cannot meet basic living expenses without the help of assistance programs. Support Circles is a collaborative effort working to build relationships that inspire and equip our community to overcome poverty. Through this initiative, we are seeing community members move into long term stability as their dreams become reality! Support Circles work to empower families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term stability, so they no longer need to rely on assistance. Support Circles is one of many programs that are a part of SCCAP, which serves 17,000 families each year in Franklin and Adams Counties. SCCAP is driven by their mission to empower, engage, and cultivate community action, creating innovative and effective solutions to end poverty. SCCAP has been serving Franklin and Adams Counties since 1965 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To learn more about SCCAP or make a donation please visit www.sccap.org. All donations are tax deductible.

Gettysburg National Military Park will close West Confederate Avenue during July 4 fireworks

Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP) will close West Confederate Avenue at the intersection of West Middle Street (Rt. 116 West) at 9:00 pm on July 4, 2022. This action is intended to provide for visitor safety and natural and cultural resource protection to the battlefield in this critical corridor during a fireworks display in the Gettysburg Recreational Park. The road will reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks. 

Majestic Theater Announces 2022-2023 Celebrity Season

The Gettysburg Majestic theater has announced its 2022-2023 Celebrity Season, which will kick off in August. The season lineup includes legendary performances by world-renowned musicians, awe-inspiring dance shows, a magician, live theater, and the first-ever film festival dedicated to the films of Ken Burns. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. The centerpiece of the 2022-2023 season is Who Are We?: A Festival Celebrating the Films of Ken Burns, set for Feb. 10-12, 2023. The weekend, representing the first film festival ever dedicated to and sanctioned by the documentary filmmaker, will include 25 hours of film screenings from across Burns’s 40-year catalog, three presentations featuring Burns, and opportunities to hear from Burns’s colleagues about the music, scripts, and cinematography that have come to characterize his work. Tickets for the three events featuring Burns are $29 each. A festival pass including admission to all paid events and early seating at festival events will also be available. Many festival events are free to attend, but ticket reservations are required. Advanced ticket reservation is strongly recommended and only available by calling or visiting the Box Office. Opening the 2022-2023 Celebrity Season in early August are two popular concerts sure to get audiences singing along. Rock legend and founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Graham Nash returns to the Majestic on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Later the same week, The Doo Wop Project, featuring stars from the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, brings the classic 1950s sound and close harmonies of five guys singing on a street corner into the 21st century with a performance on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by the J. William Warehime Fund of the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment. On Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., best-selling author and NPR contributor David Sedaris makes his Gettysburg debut following the release of his latest books The Best of Me and A Carnival of Snackery. This intimate evening will feature a selection of new readings, an audience Q&A session, and a book signing, with books available for purchase thanks to the Gettysburg College Bookstore. Be mesmerized by spooky ghouls and goblins conjured by master illusionist David Caserta in Haunted Illusions, appearing onstage Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This family show is made possible by the Sites Family Endowed Fund for Children’s Programming, part of the Majestic’s Centennial Endowment. The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will Raise the Roof at the Majestic Theater Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their 2022 North American tour. The choir is comprised of 20 South African artists sharing the inspirational power of African Gospel music. The Gettysburg concert by the ensemble which has performed for world leaders, is part of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s Healing HeARTs Healthy Family Series. Totem Pole Playhouse’s beloved A Christmas Carol will take the stage December 9-18 with a cast of local and professional actors, singers and dancers. Dancing with the Local Stars, benefiting the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council will pair local celebrities with professional choreographers on Friday. Jan. 13, 2023, and Mountainfilm on Tour will bring the best in documentary short films to the big screen on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 for the third year. On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at 5 p.m. The Aluminum Show presents a magical, mystery-filled, multi-sensory experience set on a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. The show is suitable for patrons ages 5 and up and is sponsored by the Jean S. LeGros and Jeffrey Gabel Endowed Fund for Family Programming. Two theatrical performances rescheduled from last season due to the pandemic will grace the stage in early 2023. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., mocking the subject it was born to reduce – from the high-brow to the low – comedy through the ages. On Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. L.A. Theatre Works presents Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom, the hilarious and true story behind one of America’s most beloved TV comedies. The show, supported by the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment, played to sold out houses during its premiere Los Angeles run in 2018. The Trinity Irish Dance Company, fusing Ireland’s vibrant and traditional dance form with American innovation, will dazzle Majestic audiences with its hard-driving, percussive, and agile performance on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. thanks to the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment’s Lydia Zeigler Clare Fund. And George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain invades Gettysburg on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. with its critically acclaimed, not-too-serious, but ever-so-silly interpretations of a catalog ranging from rock and pop to jazz and classical music. The show is supported by the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment. Tickets for several shows are already on sale. Tickets for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 17. Majestic members may begin accessing the ticket pre-sale on Monday, June 13, based on membership level. Tickets are available online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org, by calling (717) 337-8200, or by stopping by the Box Office at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 3-7:30 p.m., Saturday, 12-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5:30 p.m. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for most live shows is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for itscampus and community to celebrate the arts together.

Fatal Crash on Pine Run Rd. Hamilton Township

The PA State Police have announced three people have died in a single car crash in the 1800 Block of Pine Run Rd. in Hamilton Township. The deceased, all from York, PA, were the 37 year old driver, a 17-year-old child, and a 3-year old child. There were three other vehicle occupants, all with serious injuries. One of these occupant’s injuries was described as “life-threatening.” Any witnesses of the crash are encouraged to contact PA State Police Gettysburg at 717-334-8111.

The Gettysburg Choral Society Presents “Conceived in Liberty”

The Gettysburg Choral Society, Inc. will present “Conceived in Liberty,” featuring the songs of America, at 7:00 P.M., Monday, June 27th, 2022 at the First UMC of Hanover, located at 200 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA. Under the direction of John McKay, the concert is free of charge and open to the public. The church is handicap accessible and free parking is available. A free-will offering will be received to help defray expenses. Beginning with some of the most popular and enduring songs of the 19th century, the chorus will lead a musical journey through antebellum America and the Civil War. A musical setting of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will be one of the highlights of the program. Special musical guests will be the Flute Flock, directed by Georgia Hollabaugh (717) 677-7916. This unusual ensemble will perform patriotic selections sure to inspire, as we anticipate America’s birthday. The chorus’ women will follow the flutes with two hauntingly beautiful and timely selections. “I Sing a Prayer for America” and “American Anthem” are particularly poignant expressions of faith and hope during these tumultuous times. The program will conclude with a rousing rendition of Irving Berlin’s immortal “God Bless America,” featuring soloist Lindsay Lymer.

CVSD approves tax increase for 2022-23 and celebrates students

The Conewago Valley school board approved its final Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget during its meeting on Monday evening, passing a tax increase along with the budget. The $72,220,492 budget includes a 4.6% increase in real estate taxes, with the millage rate moving from 14.1993 to 14.8524. The 4.6 percent is the maximum allowed under the state’s Act 1 limitations. Other taxes will remain unchanged, according to page 12 of the final budget. The earned income tax rate will stay at 1% and a 0.5% realty transfer tax will also remain the same. A $5 per capita tax under school code Section 679, a $5 per capita tax under Act 511 and a 5% amusement tax were also left untouched, according to the budget document. The board also approved pricing cafeteria lunches at $2.50 for the elementary and intermediate schools and $2.75 for secondary schools. The price for milk was set at 50 cents. Breakfast for students at all school levels will be priced at $1.50. While the board unanimously approved other finance items on the agenda, including the cafeteria prices, board members Patricia Klunk Gouker and Tara Bolton voted against adopting the budget with the tax increase. During the time for public comment, one individual said they were frustrated with the process to receive a copy of the proposed budget ahead of the meeting. The woman said she was unable to receive an emailed copy from the district until hours before the meeting. The woman said business manager Lori Duncan notified her that she’d received the Right to Know request for the budget on June 7 and requested an extension of 30 days, which the woman said she did not agree to. The budget was emailed to her today and posted to the district website. “I personally respect you all… But I question your ethics,” the woman said. “I question your lack of transparency.” Board solicitor Brooke Say said copies of the budget were available for pubic review and that the district had followed the law. Say added that Duncan did not have to ask for a 30-day extension and did not need to fill the request immediately, asking for the days only as a “courtesy.” Wrapping up the school year Matthew Muller, principal of New Oxford Middle School, provided a combined building report for the schools. This month, he used a unique format, showing the board photos from the schools with captions explaining the photos. Each school building contributed photos from May for the presentation. “You folks are busy,” Muller said. “A lot of times you don’t get to see some of those kinds of things and if it’s not on social media, you may not know about it.” View the video report. Board President Edward Groft said he enjoyed the visual report. “That is new, and it does give us a little better scope of everything going on because there are a lot of thing that we do not or are not able to attend,” Groft said. Dr. Robert Walker, who recently started as the assistant superintendent, said he appreciates the district and community and has felt welcomed since his first day. “First of all, I want to say thank you to the faculty and staff here and the parents that have been in, Walker said. “It has been just an absolutely warm and kind, heartfelt welcome. I felt, even after my first day, I said, ‘I felt like I’d worked here my entire life and I’d just met these people.’” Walker said he’s eager to assist with developing plans for the district next month. Superintendent Sharon Perry said she was glad Walker joined the staff. “His enthusiasm is contagious and infectious,” Perry said. Perry said planning is going well for the next school year. She said she is “super proud” that professional development for next school year is nearly fully planned. “It was a momentous feat to think about all of the things that we’re focusing within our district, mobilizing that towards the future and coming up with a plan towards that,” Perry said. She pointed to the building report Muller had shared as showing their motivation for intensive long-term planning. “The one thing that really stands out to me, and it can’t be missed, is that every single highlight had a child in that picture,” Perry said. “And that truly is the focus of our district. We are all here because of the children within in our school community and it’s truly a testament to how we work together as a team that that is our focal point. And that’s why we do all of this planning together is to give them the very best opportunities that we can.” Perry said the district has developed priorities to focus on for its comprehensive planning. “We want to focus on fiscal health and mental health,” Perry said. “They came out as the key focus area. Student engagement is part and parcel to that. It’s not just for our students. It’s for our adults also. So it’s for our faculty, it’s for our staff, it’s for our administration, (and) it’s also for parents and our community that we want to be and serve that support in that area. Our professional learning, our curriculum and instruction and assessment is about that.” Perry said the administration is “learning about trauma-informed care” and looks forward to beginning a new school year. “I couldn’t be more proud as the superintendent in what is a rather tough year of ups and downs I believe for all,” Perry said. “But we’re coming out now, I think, on the other side from the challenges COVID has brought to us and our community and I look forward to having a wonderful year next year.” Groft agreed. “It was a good year,” he said. “It started out a little rough and it ended up as good as I felt we could be.” He also said the district’s recent graduation ceremony was a success. “I will tell you, there was as many tears as there was smiles at graduation,” Groft said. “We had some excellent speakers and they did bring the kids to some tears. It was a pretty neat evening.” Recognition The board recognized several students: Hunter Crabbs was named as the New Oxford High School Rotary Student of the Month in May  Hailey Linebaugh was noted for being named the Athlete of the Week by the Gettysburg Times during the week of May 9. Linebaugh was one of five students initially nominated for the honor.  Jon Makowski, an English and journalism instructor at New Oxford High School, was recognized for being named the 2022 Teacher Impact Award honoree. Several students were also recognized for receiving college acceptances and scholarships. The board held executive sessions before and after the open session. There will be no monthly meeting in July. The board will hold its next study session at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 and will hold a regular board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Both meetings will be held in the district office. Meetings are also livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

The South Mountain Audubon Society will present “Birds of Prey” by Miller’s Wildlife

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a bird of prey? These mighty hunters, also known as raptors, are specialized to catch their own meals–but the way each species does it is unique! During our Birds of Prey program, we will take you under our wing and teach you about the distinct characteristics of a variety of raptors. From “feathered missiles” to “wolves of the sky,” this program will take your understanding of raptors to new heights! Miller’s Wildlife was founded in 2019 by Maggie and Patrick Miller. Our mission is to foster an appreciation for all things wild by bringing the “wild” to you! Our program features a selection of ambassador animals who help us share the story of their wild counterparts. Join us to discuss the unique ecology of each animal—that is, the way each animal interacts with their ecosystem—and discover ways that YOU can help them in the wild! By using knowledge, humor, and ecological enthusiasm, we hope to inspire others to protect the natural world! Monday, June 20, at the Adams County Agricultural Resource Center located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg. Social time at 7pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm.This meeting is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and given to Miller’s Wildlife.A room number for the meeting will be posted in the lobby area just inside the front door.

Over 150 Vendors Set To Participate in 66th Annual Market on the Square

The 66th Annual Market on the Square will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the heart of New Oxford. Market on the Square, a beloved annual event for decades, will feature a lineup of over 150 vendors selling antiques, vintage items, repurposed and upcycled furniture and décor, artisan products, crafts and food. Additionally, the Market on the Square farmers’ market will be back for its second year on S. Peters St. Vendors will extend one block in each direction from the square with additional vendors on both N. & S. Peters St. Market on the Square is one of the longest running street shows in the country drawing a large crowd annually. This event is made possible by the generous support of our Market on the Square sponsors, including Yazoo Mills, Inc., Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, Hanover Auto Team, Members 1st Federal Credit Union and WellSpan Health. About the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce:The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association serving businesses, organizations and individuals in New Oxford, PA and surrounding communities. In addition to its annual events, the Chamber provides services including marketing, networking and business resources to over 190 members.

Charles Strauss to Deliver Lecture on Church as Field Hospital

Dr. Charles Strauss will deliver “ʻThe Church as Field Hospital’: St. John Neumann, St. Francis Xavier Parish, and Catholic Social Teaching” as the tenth annual William K. Collinge Lecture. The lecture will take place on Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier School, 465 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg. The lecture takes its title from a 2013 statement by Pope Francis: “The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. … Heal the wounds, heal the wounds. … And you have to start from the ground up.” Strauss will apply the metaphor of the field hospital to the life and ministry of St. John Neumann, an immigrant from Bohemia, who as Bishop of Philadelphia laid the cornerstone of the current St. Francis Church on June 20, 1852, exactly 170 years before the date of the lecture, and returned a year later to dedicate the church. This talk will examine Neumann’s work with the infirm, immigrants, and students as a way to examine the social goals of the Catholic Church in the 19th century. Strauss, who received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, is Associate Professor of History at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, and Executive Secretary of the American Catholic Historical Association. He is President of the St. Francis Xavier School Advisory Board, a board member of the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice (ICPJ), and a former member of the Gettysburg Borough Council. The Collinge Lecture, an annual event jointly sponsored by ICPJ and the St. Francis Xavier Church Social Welfare and Justice Committee, honors the late William K. Collinge, who left significant bequests to St. Francis Xavier Church and ICPJ. Admission is free.

Bridge Approach Reconstruction Continues on Route 15 in York County

Bridge approach reconstruction is expected to continue this week on Route 15 just south of Clear Spring Road in York County. This work is part of a resurfacing and safety improvement project on Route 15 from just south of York Springs in Adams County to just south of Dillsburg in York County.   The approach work will be an around-the-clock operation, with the contractor closing the southbound right lane after 7:00 PM on Friday, June 10. The existing asphalt, concrete, and subbase will be removed from the right lane and will be replaced with new subbase, asphalt base and binder. This work is expected to be completed by the night of Saturday, June 11. Work on the northbound right lane was completed last weekend.  This process will be repeated in the left (passing) lanes on northbound and southbound Route 15 starting the morning of Friday, June 24, with completion expected the night of Saturday, June 25.  Paving will be performed at a later date. This work is weather permitting.  The Route 15 project consists of ramp acceleration and deceleration lane lengthening, and intersection safety improvements. The entire pavement width, including roadway and shoulders, will be resurfaced and all guide rail will be replaced.   Other work includes milling, pavement construction and reconstruction, subbase, drainage improvements, rock placement, rock slope excavation, concrete barrier, pavement markings, signing and other work in Franklin and Carroll townships, York County, and Huntington and Latimore townships, Adams County.   New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company, Inc. of New Enterprise, PA, is the prime contractor on this $19,398,074 project.  This project is expected to be completed in August 2023.  Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.  511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.  Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties at PennDOT District 8.  Information about infrastructure in District 8, including completed work and significant projects, is available at District 8 Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at PennDOT Projects. 

Heart Wide Open: Free Outdoor Concert and Community Sing with Lea

There will be a free outdoor concert and community sing with Lea on Tuesday, July 12th from 7 to 8:30 pm. The concert is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists of Gettysburg (UUG). This concert will take place at the Gettysburg Rec Park’s Fireman Pavilion at 545 Long Lane. From the main parking lot, the Fireman Pavilion is the second ahead on the right, past the recreation building and the playground and before the skate park. Please bring a chair for this event.

Department of Health Announces Public Comment Period for Final Package of Proposed Regulations to Improve Skilled Nursing Facility Care

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today provided an update on the fourth and final package of proposed skilled nursing facility regulations that includes updates to align with federal regulations; increases per-shift staffing minimums for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses and establishes per-shift minimums for nurse aides. This package of proposed regulations was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 28. At that time, a 30-day public comment period started. “It is important to establish these per-shift minimum staffing requirements to help ensure that appropriate care is provided around the clock,” said Department of Health Acting Secretary and Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson. “This package addresses residents’ rights and care plans, bringing us further in line with federal requirements and placing an emphasis on person-centered care.” Regulations of Pennsylvania’s 685 skilled nursing facilities, where more than 72,000 people live, have not been updated in nearly 25 years. The department encourages all interested stakeholders, including industry groups, resident advocates and the general public to read and comment on the proposed regulations within this time period. The regulations are published both on the Pennsylvania Bulletin website and the IRRC website and comments may be submitted to the Department of Health via email: RA-DHLTCRegs@pa.gov.  This is the final package of proposed regulations that are based on the latest research, input from subject matter experts and industry stakeholders and informed by lessons learned during the COVID-19 global pandemic. In addition to addressing nursing staff requirements, the proposed package establishes protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, modernizes the language and requirements related to the use of restraints, and aligns with federal requirements related to resident care plans and resident rights. The department is concurrently working on the final-form regulations for the first three packages of regulations and will consider comments on all four packages before submitting final-form regulations. The regulations will apply only to the 685 skilled nursing facilities licensed by the Department of Health. Personal care homes and assisted living homes typically housing residents with less acute health care needs are regulated by the Department of Human Services under separate regulations.

Earth Justice is the Theme of Peace Camp

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) will host its 31st Peace Camp at Vida Charter School, 120 East Broadway, Gettysburg, from Monday, June 20, to Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off is between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., and pick up is between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. Melissa Rosenberger is this year’s Peace Camp Director. The camp is open to children ages 6 to 12. The year’s theme is “Earth Justice: People, Peace, and Planet.” Through interactive games, crafts, music, stories, food, and meditation, participants will spend their days focusing on various ways that we can practice mindfulness, engage in good dialogue, celebrate diversity, and resolve conflicts as we build community. Peace Camp is a free summer camp program. Donations are always welcome. ICPJ suggests a donation of $35 per family to help us cover costs; however, no child will be excluded from Peace Camp for financial reasons. Children with special needs may be accompanied by a sign language translator, TSS, or other adult helper. We ask children to pack a brown bag lunch for each day. Registration forms are available on the ICPJ website: http://icpj-gettysburg.org/peace-camp/ or at: https://forms.gle/kLdcAPVJFj88gtFSA. Questions? Contact Charles Strauss (chair of ICPJ Peace Camp Subcommittee) at strauss19@gmail.com.

Adams fruit growers offer Bounty of the County this August

The Adams County Fruit Growers Association (ACFGA) has announced its annual Bounty of the County event. From August 12 through August 21 local restaurants are given a chance to create new and delectable dishes using local produce offerings. Produce is donated by local farms, and in turn, 30% of restaurant proceeds go towards the ACFGA to put towards our Presidents Day Commercial Tree Fruit School and the Apple Queen Program. Last year the event participants included 9 restaurants and 13 farms offering for instance fruited beer by Fourscore, Peach Cobbler Sundae and Apple Crostata from Mela Kitchen, and Roast Pork with and Apple Dressing from Hickory Bridge Farm, just to name a few. ACFGA raised $3500 last year to put back into our Fruit Growers Association programs. Participating in Bounty of the County is a great way to connect growers and restaurants within our community at the height of our harvest season. We hope you will consider participating with us this year! Farmers and restaurants that want to participate in the 2022 Bounty of the County event should contact ACFGA at acfga@comcast.net.

America250PA launches programs to honor the US semiquincentennial. 

AmericaPA250, Pennsylvania’s Commission to plan and coordinate the many programs, projects and events related to the 250th anniversary of the United States to be celebrated in 2026, kicked off in Gettysburg yesterday with a ceremony including state and local leaders. The goal of the project is to recognize the many ways Pennsylvania has contributed to the United States. The kickoff event, held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center, included visits by US Senator Bob Casey, Governor Tom Wolf, former Governor Mark Schweiker, and PA Auditor General Timothy DeFoor. The motto of the program is to “Make 2026 EPIC (Educate, Preserve, Innovate, and Celebrate).”   “July 4, 1776 is a big day and in 2026 it’s going to be a big day too,” said Wolf. “For us, as Pennsylvanians, it’s a commemoration of the many contributions of the people of our beloved Commonwealth,” said Casey.   The PA250 commission was established by the legislature and the Governor in 2018.  Adams County, including its townships and boroughs, are also making plans to participate in the celebration. Featured image: Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing poses with Casey (l.) and DeFoor (r.)

PA Governor Tom Wolf visits Gettysburg’s Beyond the Battle museum

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited the site of Gettysburg’s Beyond the Battle Museum, scheduled to open in early 2023. The museum, located at 625 Biglerville Rd,  is part of the Adams County Historical Society’s (ACHS) new 29,000 square foot, $10 million history complex. Governor Wolf and other attendees viewed some of the community’s rarest artifacts, including an original program from the Gettysburg Address, personal items belonging to the Eisenhower family, and relics from the Battle of Gettysburg, and Abraham Lincoln’s famous visit to town in November, 1863. Part of the ACHS’s collection of over one million historic items, these precious objects have been housed in an unsafe environment for decades, putting the community’s history at grave risk.  This will change next year when the new history center opens to the public and thousands of artifacts will be displayed for the first time ever. “Beyond the Battle provides a new take on the story of Gettysburg and Adams County,” said ACHS Executive Director Andrew Dalton.  “This museum isn’t just about military history – it’s about all of American history viewed through the lens of one remarkable community. Whether it’s a 16-year-old girl or our 16th president, Gettysburg is where ordinary meets extraordinary.” In a statement, Governor Wolf said of the project: “The Adams County Historical Society’s new history center will be a tremendous asset to all Pennsylvanians. Not only will this new facility save millions of irreplaceable historic artifacts, it will also provide an exciting opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience the story of Gettysburg and Adams County like never before.” Speaking about the state’s contribution to the project in the form of a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant, Wolf said “This project will promote learning and historic preservation, tourism and economic development in Adams County and beyond, and I was proud to support it through a $2.8 million investment.” To learn more about the museum, please visit www.achs-pa.org. The Adams County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are always appreciated.

PennDOT requests input on Baltimore Pike project near Littlestown

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to an online plans display regarding the Route 97 (Baltimore Pike) bridge replacement project. The bridge spans an unnamed tributary to Piney Creek in Germany Township, Adams County, approximately 1.5 miles south of Littlestown and approximately 0.1 miles north of the Maryland Line. The purpose of this project is to address structural deficiencies and deterioration of the bridge and provide continued safe and efficient crossing of Route 97 (Baltimore Pike) over the unnamed tributary to Piney Creek. The project consists of replacing the existing structure with a precast reinforced concrete box culvert.  Additional improvements include the replacement of an existing retaining wall with either a pre-cast or cast in place wall, guide rail improvements, pavement and shoulder reconstruction, approach paving, and scour protection at the culvert abutments. The total paving width will be 30 feet to accommodate two 11-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders. The bridge will be closed for approximately 60 days to all traffic during construction. The proposed detour route will use Route 194 (E. King Street), Route 2025 (Pine Grove Road) crossing into Maryland, and Old Hanover Road (MD). Implementation of the project will result in a small right-of-way take from the farm property to the west which was found eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The small acquisition is needed to widen the roadway and culvert, but it is PennDOT’s position that the proposed improvements will not adversely affect the use of property and is therefore recommending a Section 4(f) De Minimis Use Finding. The project is currently in design and construction work is expected to take place late in the 2023 construction season. The overall duration of construction is anticipated to last approximately 8 months. A digital version of the information will be available to view online from May 23, 2022 to June 24, 2022. Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training. The purpose of the plans displays is to introduce the project and receive public input regarding the alternatives being considered.  It is also an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the project’s potential effect upon Cultural Resources pursuant to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s 36 CFR Part 800 regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. A digital version of the information will be available to view online through June 24, 2022. Information, including roadway plans and an interactive comment form, can be found by visiting the PennDOT District 8 website, PennDOT District 8, clicking on Public Meetings listed under the Resources heading, and choosing the Adams County box then the tile marked Baltimore Pike. The purpose of the plans display is to introduce the project and receive public input regarding any questions or concerns with the project. It is also an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the project’s potential effect upon Cultural Resources pursuant to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s 36 CFR Part 800 regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The project documents can be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested. If you need translation/interpretation services or have special needs or have special concerns that require individual attention, Dan Rocuskie, Project Manager, at (717) 705-6181 or email at drocuskie@pa.gov. Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, PennDOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. If you feel that you have been denied the benefits of, or participation in a PennDOT program or activity, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, DBE/Title VI Division at 717-787-5891 or 800-468-4201. For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov. Subscribe to PennDOT news in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties at www.penndot.gov/District8. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras, 103 of which are in the Midstate. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County to Host Matthew March

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County will be hosting a talk by Matthew March, Assistant Education Curator at the Cumberland County Historical Society, on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School on June 7 at 6 PM, at the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road. A $10 donation is payable the night of the talk or if you pre-register at 717-334-9171. During a time when the United States government was willing to spend $1 million to eradicate a single Indian tribe out west, Captain Richard Henry Pratt established the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Pratt’s idea was to “save” native children by turning the “savages” into white men and women. Critique the school’s plan to “Kill the Indian, save the Man” as you explore what it means to be stripped of your cultural heritage through forced assimilation.

Line Painting Scheduled on Various Routes in Cumberland County

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that line painting is scheduled on various routes in Cumberland County. Weather permitting, line painting will be performed nightly between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM on the following routes: Route 15 Interstate 83 Route 581 This will be a mobile operation. Motorists should be alert and watch for slow-moving line painting equipment on the roadway. To avoid getting paint on your vehicle, here are a few tips: Stay back 500 feet from our line-painting equipment Don’t drive on the wet paint lines Don’t pass the trucks in the paint train Please be patient. The paint truck will pull over periodically to let traffic pass. Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts. Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties at PennDOT District 8. Information about infrastructure in District 8, including completed work and significant projects, is available at District 8 Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at PennDOT Projects.

June 2nd Vigil and Walk for Uvalde and Buffalo

At the Gettysburg Seminary Chapel at 4 pm on Thursday June 2nd, join in mourning the horrible loss of life recently in Buffalo and Uvalde, at a vigil led by seminary and local clergy. Cathy Elkiss, Organist/Pianist and Director of Music for Worship Life at United Lutheran Seminary, Dale Elkiss on violin, and Paul Freundel, soloist, will provide music and lead singing for the vigil. The opportunity to join the walk on seminary grounds will follow the music and liturgy. Those who wish will be able to stand with signs requesting moderate gun reforms on the seminary grounds at the corner of Buford and Hay, following the vigil, and a walk or drive from the chapel. June 2nd is the start of Gun Violence Awareness (“Wear Orange”) weekend, so wearing orange on June 2nd is another way to remember.

Lisa Cadigan is new ACAC Executive Director

Lisa Cadigan has been promoted to Executive Director of the The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC). Cadigan most recently held the position of Director of Outreach and Community Resources for the organization. Cadigan has been with the Arts Council in various capacities since 2013, serving as a board member and a marketing and event planning volunteer. Before joining the staff full time in November 2021, Cadigan had been teaching Let’s Make Music! camps and Music Together classes since 2017. In her most recent capacity as Director of Outreach and Community Resources, Cadigan was responsible for developing and coordinating programs throughout Adams County’s school districts and senior centers, as well as serving as the primary grant writer for the organization. Cadigan is the creator and instrumental driving force behind ACAC’s The People Project. Started in 2017, her goals for this project have been to get as many community members as possible involved as creators and storytellers. The People Project 2022: My Place at the Table, coming this fall, will be a collaborative arts project and performance event designed to connect and uplift the Adams County community. Born in Brooklyn, NY, and growing up in New Jersey, Cadigan is a James Madison University alumna. She received her M.A. in Theater from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining the ACAC staff full time, Cadigan spent almost 20 years as a free-lance graphic designer, writer and marketing professional, serving largely non-profit clients. Cadigan and her husband John and two children have called the Gettysburg area home since 2007. Cadigan replaces Leona Rega who served in the position since November 2020. Cadigan said she was heartbroken to see Rega leave, and was looking forward to carrying on the programs she started. “We definitely had a shared vision; she did a lot in the short time she was here,” she said.  Cadigan said she was looking forward to continuing and expanding ACACs mission of “discovering the arts as tangible parts of lives. There is power in connecting through the creative process with the people around you,” she said. Cadigan said engaging the community in the arts is not just about encouraging appreciation of our most gifted artists and their work (although this is a very important component) but also includes engaging all people in creation and active participation in the arts. “I want to encourage creative interactions that are inter-cultural and inter-generational. It doesn’t matter if you are ‘good’ at it or not,” she said. For more information about The People Project 2022 and all other Adams County Arts Council programs and events, visit www.adamsarts.org.

The George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital Opens the summer Season of Weekend Living History and Programs Friday-Sunday, June 2022

Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center can explore the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital throughout the 2022 summer season. The historic site will be open for visitors Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 3:20 p.m., Friday, June 10 through Sunday, Aug 14, 2022. Visitors to the historic site can interact with living historians and learn about Civil War medicine, medical techniques, the role of surgeons and caregivers, soldiers’ experiences, the humanity of citizens, the Spangler family and the role of civilians during and after the battle. Docents are available for questions. Civil War era encampments are set up on-site. Living historians from across the U.S. camp at the site and provide guests a glimpse of what happened here in 1863. June 2022: Friday – Sunday Program Schedule• 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. The Spangler Farm in 1863• 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. An Army Field Hospital: The George Spangler Farm Sunday Special ProgrammingEach Sunday throughout the summer season, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC) will be on-site. HGAC interprets the design, construction and use of the stunning expression of an iconic, vernacular architectural form—the Pennsylvania Bank Barn. Representatives of HGAC discuss the George Spangler Farm’s restoration in the past decade—from a dilapidated structure in danger of collapse to a visage of its original glory—that revived this important, tangible component of American history. June 2022 Living History Schedule June 10-12:• Civil War Historical Impressions: See Union and Confederate soldiers, Gettysburg civilians, generals and surgeons. A Confederate field hospital includes a portrayal of surgeon Hunter McGuire. Guests can walk through the encampments on the grounds of the historic site, interact with living historians and experience history come alive.• The Healing: Conversations Between Nurses North and South: A unique and moving portrayal of women who pioneered professional nursing and served during the American Civil War. Trueaccounts based on diaries and first-person references reflect the profound impact these Civil War nurses had on the soldiers they treated that went beyond the battles and the war. June 17-19:• Blue & Gray Hospital Association: Civil War living history and educational organization teaches thepublic about Civil War medicine and the roles of caregivers, medical staff, orderlies and ambulancecorpsman, as well as the civilian nurses and field relief.• Patriot Daughters of Lancaster: Ladies aid society from Lancaster, formed after the firing on Fort Sumter, to provide money, food, clothing, bandages and supplies for soldiers serving in localcompanies of Pennsylvania regiments. The ladies cared for the wounded at Christ Lutheran Churchand the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, and held sanitary fairs and bazaars to raise money.• 4th Texas Company B Infantry: Civil War reenacting group based in Southeastern Pennsylvania and a member unit of the First Battalion of the First Division of the Army of Northern Virginia, an organization for Confederate reenacting units in the eastern U.S. Company B Infantry’s mission is to uphold the memory of Texas soldiers in the Civil War and their families by accurately portraying southern soldiers and civilians, to educate the public about the common Civil War soldier’s life and ideals, and to promote preservation of Civil War battlefields and historic sites. June 24-26:• 17th Corps Field Hospital: Living historians exhibit and demonstrate Union Civil War medicine, including pill making, nursing, nutrition, medicines, medical instruments, a pocket and capital amputation kit. Sick call demonstrations reflect the types of illnesses seen daily. Admission to the historic site is included with the purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Visitors also have the option to purchase single shuttle tickets for admission to the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital. Friends of Gettysburg members receive complimentary admission and shuttle to the site during summer season weekends. Shuttles depart the Museum & Visitor Center Friday through Sunday every 20 minutes starting at 10 a.m. with the last shuttle departing the Museum & Visitor Center at 1:40 p.m. The last returning shuttle to the Museum & Visitor Center departs the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital at 3:20 p.m. The living history schedules for July and August will be released throughout the summer. For shuttle tickets and announcements, visit GettysburgFoundation.org. For information and tickets for exhibits, tours, events and programs offered by the Gettysburg Foundation, call 877-874-2478 or visit GettysburgFoundation.org.

Adams County Community Foundation Awards $45,540 in Grants for Littlestown

The late Dick Selby created The Bernard, Mary and Richard Selby Family Memorial Fund as a permanent charitable endowment to honor his parents, Mary and Bernard, and the family’s commitment to their hometown of Littlestown. Each year the fund distributes charitable grants to nonprofits serving Littlestown, including three organizations that were important to Bernard and Mary Selby during their lifetime as well as a changing list of grants to meet current community needs. Thanks to the Community Foundation’s careful investment for long-term growth, this year’s grants for Littlestown total $27,300, 20% greater than in the previous year. The fund will continue for generations to come, a permanent reminder of the Selby family’s community spirit and generosity. The 2022 grants for Littlestown include: Adams County Library System, Littlestown Library – $1,000 Expanding the large print book collection to provide senior and visually-impaired Littlestown area residents with a wider range of titles and subjects, including bestsellers. Adams County Office for Aging, Littlestown Area Senior Center – $4,000 The senior center offers adults age 60+ a place to socialize plus participation in trips, exercise, educational programs and the arts. This grant will pay for upgrades to a crucial amenity: the restrooms. Hanover Area YMCA, Littlestown YMCA – $1,000 Subsidies will be made available for families who otherwise may not be able to afford enrolling their children in YMCA summer programs. Extended camp hours accommodate working parents. Littlestown Area Historical Society – $5,000 This grant will assist with the site preparation for a new structure to preserve and display items of historic interest. Littlestown Baseball, Softball for Youth – $2,000 Three hundred boys and girls participate in Littlestown baseball and softball. This grant will be used for batting cage materials. Littlestown Band Booster Association – $1,000 This grant will be used to purchase instruments for the Littlestown Area School District marching band, concert band, and indoor percussion ensemble. New Hope Ministries – $3,300 The staff and volunteers work with people in need to achieve food security and housing stability. This grant supports emergency assistance with food, rent, utility bills and transportation. Ruth’s Harvest Littlestown – $5,000 This grant supports the packages of healthy food that students in need receive for the weekend, and purchase items not usually available in the clothing bank, such as socks and undergarments. Servants, Inc. – $5,000 This grant supports a Project Manager to manage expansion of Servants, Inc.’s home repair program into Adams County from its base of operations in Red Lion. Providing basic home maintenance and needed repairs helps low-income, elderly or disabled people maintain independence in their own homes. The Bernard, Mary and Richard Selby Family Memorial Fund designates three Littlestown organizations for annual grants. This year they received: Alpha Fire Company #1 – $4,560 St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church – $9,120 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – $4,560 ABOUT THE ADAMS COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The Adams County Community Foundation was created to promote and facilitate charitable giving and to build a permanent civic endowment for Adams County. The Community Foundation provides a home for a variety of charitable funds, some created to support changing needs in Adams County, others established by donors including endowments directed to a specific organization or purpose, scholarship funds, and donor-advised funds, which may make distributions anywhere in Pennsylvania or across the country. More information is available at www.adamscountycf.org

Hoffman Homes for Youth Offers New Shelter Program

Hoffman Homes for Youth (HHY) has been a source of safety and renewal for youth and young adults in Pennsylvania for more than 110 years. This new shelter program will provide placement for males and females (ages 7-21) while the county pursues a permanent living resource for them.  The program was created to provide support, hope, and resources to displaced youth who are often experiencing emotional distress and other mental health challenges. Within the new program, youth and young adults will receive support, guidance, and supervision from staff trained in trauma-informed practices.  Program services include:  Care, support, and supervision by staff trained in trauma-informed practices Equine-assisted, art, and animal-assisted creative therapy options Education services (if applicable)  A structured schedule of activities  Community integration opportunities Group therapy *If someone is receiving outpatient services to include individual and family therapy within the local area, we will work with the referring county agency to provide transportation so they can continue receiving these services. HHY is also looking for community support to enhance the new shelter program, including donated toys/activities. They are also open to partnering with local businesses willing to provide activities at a reduced rate (movies, restaurants, etc.).  Donations needed:  Toys Games Composition books Fidget and coping items Undergarments/socks (any size/gender) Tote or duffle bags to hold their belongings. To learn more about the new shelter program or submit a referral, please contact Heather Nolan, Supervisor of County Programs, at hnolan@hoffmanhomes.com or (717) 359-7148 ext. 2704.

Yeimi Gagliardi, Blessing Shahid, Alex Hayes to receive Peacemaker Awards

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) has chosen the 2022 winners of its Peacemaker Awards. This year’s honorees are Yeimi Gagliardi, who will receive the Lifetime of Peacemaking Award, and Blessing Shahid and Alex Hayes, both of whom will receive Peacemaker of the Year Awards. Winners will be honored at a ceremony on Monday June 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Valentine Hall Auditorium of the United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. Yeimi Gagliardi, nominated by Charles Stangor and Mikel Grimm, is honored for her longtime service to the Hispanic community in Adams County. Gagliardi is Latino health educator at WellSpan Health and chairperson for the Latino Services Task Force and the Tobacco Prevention Task Force of Healthy Adams County. She is also chair of the Manos Unidas Hispanic American Center and a board member of Vida Charter School and YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County. Gagliardi has overseen local initiatives including early childhood education, health literacy, family planning and reproductive health, addiction and recovery and access to healthcare. F. Blessing Shahid, nominated by Jan Powers, is honored for her work locally in promoting awareness of African American history. She is the founder of the Gettysburg celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Shahid was instrumental in organizing the car parade for Martin Luther King Day in 2021, eliciting peaceful cooperation with the police. In 2022, during Black History Month, Shahid conducted a Black History evening once a week for four weeks at the Rec Park building, where trivia games about black history and an assortment of books and games for children were featured. Alex Hayes, nominated by Rukhsana Rahman, stepped down in February after sixteen years at the Gettysburg Times including nine years as managing editor. His work was characterized by a dedication to local journalism and his fair and even-handed coverage of controversial issues. Hayes has been active in local community organizations, including Manos Unidas, the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, Healthy Adams County, and the St. Francis Xavier Parish Council. Hayes is now Fund Development Director for the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, for which he had worked part-time for fifteen years. Covid-19 prevented ceremonies in 2020 and 2021, but any of the awardees from those years who are present will be recognized at the 2022 ceremony. The 2020 award winners were Vickie Corbett (Lifetime of Peacemaking), Chad-Alan Carr (Peacemaker of the Year), and the Gettysburg High School Amnesty International Student Group (Youth Peacemaker). The 2021 awardees were Judy Leslie (Lifetime of Peacemaking) and Scott Hancock (Peacemaker of the Year). The late Pastor Jay Zimmerman was honored with a posthumous Lifetime of Peacemaking Award. Each Peacemaker Award consists of a framed certificate and the donation of $250 worth of books or other materials to the Adams County Library in the honoree’s name. ICPJ invites nominations for the 2023 Peacemaker Awards. Please send them to ICPJ at icpj@icpj-gettysburg.org or P.O. Box 3134, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Featured image caption: Hayes, Gagliardi, and Shahid.

Judie Butterfield is Gettysburg Garden Club May Speaker

Judith Butterfield, Gettysburg Borough Council member, avid environmentalist, and chair of the borough’s recycling committee, is the Gettysburg Garden Club’s guest speaker on May 26, 2022. The club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Gettysburg Fire House, 35 Stratton Street, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Learn more about gardening from our master gardeners, hear an enlightening speaker, enjoy light refreshments, and consider joining the club. The Gettysburg Garden Club, founded in 1960, promotes interest in all facets of garden-ing. The club is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

This Saturday May 21st from 9 to noon, learn 3 steps to save a life. QPR suicide prevention training will be taught by WellSpan Philhaven certified trainers at Gettysburg United Methodist Church, 30 West High St. Those attending learn to recognize a crisis and to Question, Persuade, and Refer for help. Spaces are still available, registration is required for May 21st training at jsmithyoung@gmail.com. Further info on QPR is at https://www.wellspanphilhaven.org/Education/-QPR-Suicide-Prevention-Training. Ask a question, save a life. 

Volunteers Needed for Fun Fest

FunFest is only 3 weeks away, and the Adams County Library is still in need of a few volunteers. FunFest is a free event that celebrates the kick-off into SummerQuest, the Adams County Library summer learning program. FunFest encourages children & families to experience everything the library & community has to offer. Vendor booths provide crafts & activities for children to celebrate this year’s ‘Oceans of Possibilities’ theme. There will be a DJ, face painting, balloon artists & more! Food, shaved ice, and the popular milkshakes from the PA Dairy Association will be available for purchase. For more info: www.adamslibrary.org/funfest.FunFest volunteer positions still needed: character, character wrangler, data collector, photographer, photographer assistant, set up, signage, Summer Quest registration, and clean up.There will be a meeting for all volunteers on May 24 at 1pm at the Gettysburg Rec Park located at 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg. If interested in volunteering, please plan to attend the meeting to discuss details and logistics.If interested in being a FunFest Volunteer, please contact ACLS Development Director, Erica Duffy at ericad@adamslibrary.org or 717-809-9190.Thank you in advance for your service to your community and local library!

Advocates for PA school funding change file amicus briefs

The Public Interest Law Center, together with the Education Law Center and O’Melveny & Myers LLP have filed suit on behalf of six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) and the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference against legislative leaders, state education officials, and Governor Wolf. The suit is seeking a court order that will force the legislature to comply with the state constitution and ensure all students receive access to a high-quality public education. Seven amicus briefs have been filed in the Pennsylvania school funding case, six of them insupport of petitioners. Below is a description of those six briefs. Amicus briefs are from individuals or organizations that are not a party to a case but volunteer to advise on a matter before the court. The term is from the Latin phrase “amicus curiae,” which means “friend of the court.” Amicus briefs will be followed by post-trial briefing on legal issues from both parties, with the final brief due July 15, 2022. Commonwealth Court will hold oral argument on the legal issues on July 26, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3001 of the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg. The court’s decision could come several months after the July 26 oral argument. Attorney General Josh ShapiroTheme: The General Assembly is failing its constitutional responsibility to fund a public education system that provides all students with a comprehensive, effective, and contemporary education Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the state’s top law enforcement officer, contends that thePennsylvania Constitution mandates that all students have access to a high-quality publiceducation, and that Pennsylvania’s current school funding system fails to meet that standard.Shapiro’s amicus brief focuses on the deep history of the state Constitution to make clear thatpetitioners’ reading of the Constitution is the right one: all children in Pennsylvania are entitledto a “comprehensive, effective, and contemporary public school education,” not just the“opportunity” to attend public schools. Read the brief here. Quote from the brief: “Despite the best efforts of the Commonwealth’s dedicated teachers andadministrators, many Pennsylvania schools are not able to provide the level of education requiredby the Constitution — not for lack of trying, but for lack of adequate funding. The consequences— students who lack proficiency in core subjects and the tools for success in life and career —rest at the feet of the legislature. “This case is of utmost importance to the Commonwealth. The Court’s decision may determine the future of public education in Pennsylvania, and consequently, the strength of our economy, government, and community for generations to come. The Court should find that the Education Clause requires the General Assembly to provide all Pennsylvania children with a comprehensive, effective, and contemporary public education and rule in favor of Petitioners.” Constitutional Law ProfessorsTheme: Education is a fundamental right Five constitutional law professors from across Pennsylvania argue that students have afundamental right to a meaningful education under Pennsylvania’s Constitution. Reviewingcases from other states, the professors find that courts across the country have recognized thateducation is a fundamental right, a critical foundation for individual success, and essential to the functioning of democracy. Disparities in the ability to exercise the fundamental right to ameaningful education—like the deep wealth-based disparities in educational opportunity thatexist in Pennsylvania—must be subject to strict scrutiny from courts. Pennsylvania’s schoolfunding system, they conclude, likely violates the right to equal protection under the law forstudents in low-wealth school districts. Read the brief here. Quote from the brief: “The overwhelming thrust of that caselaw is that a school fundingscheme that relies heavily on the wealth of the local school district to determine the fundingavailable to educate schoolchildren implicates fundamental rights; that a grossly inadequate level of funding available to many school districts to provide the level of education that every childdeserves and that the constitution demands is constitutionally suspect; and that equal protectionchallenges to such schemes need to be examined through a strict scrutiny lens.” Amici (titles and affiliations for identification purposes only): • David S. Cohen, Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law• Gary S. Gildin, Dean Emeritus & Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Penn StateUniversity• Seth F. Kreimer, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School• Jules Lobel, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law• Robert J. Reinstein, Professor of Law Emeritus, Temple University Beasley School ofLaw Child-Serving and Education Organizations Theme: Students in Pennsylvania’s low-wealth districts require targeted programs to receive anadequate constitutional education. Twenty-one child-serving and education organizations argue in a joint brief that students in low-wealth districts impacted by poverty urgently require additional targeted programs and services to receive an adequate education, and that increased school funding will improve their academic and life outcomes. They argue that children of color are concentrated in these districts, and under-funding compounds the effects of systemic racism on Black and Latino students. These unacceptable disparities can be mitigated with more equitable education funding by the state.Read the brief here.Quote from the brief: “[A] growing body of research shows a strong association betweenincreased spending on educational resources and improving student achievement. Courts inseveral other states have also regularly ordered the type of relief sought in this lawsuit in order tofulfill similar constitutional obligations to provide an adequate education to all children. Courtsfrom a long list of states—including New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina,South Carolina, Kansas, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Washington—have recognized that highneeds districts in their respective states must be provided with a range of additional resources toprovide an adequate education to at-risk students in accordance with state constitutional mandates.The amici here urge the Court to follow this precedent to address the longstanding and compelling need to increase funding and resources for the education of the Commonwealth’s at-risk students.” Amici: • ACLAMO• Allies for Children• The Arc of Philadelphia• Asian Americans United• Children First• Disability Rights Pennsylvania• Education Law Center (based in New Jersey; unaffiliated with Education Law Center-PA)• Education Voters of Pennsylvania• Juvenile Law Center• Make the Road Pennsylvania• Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners• PA Budget and Policy Center• People’s Emergency Center• Philadelphia Family Voices• Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild, dba POWER Interfaith• Philadelphia Student Union• Support Center for Child Advocates• Teach Plus Pennsylvania• Turning Points for Children• VietLead• Youth United for Change Pennsylvania Organizations, Businesses, and Educators from Institutions of Higher LearningTheme: The importance of ensuring that all students in Pennsylvania graduate “college and career ready” A group of 17 Pennsylvania organizations, businesses, and educators from institutions of higher learning argue that the state must do more to meet its own college and career ready standard, especially for students who are economically disadvantaged. They argue that a pipeline of highly educated students is necessary for the health of Pennsylvania businesses – even more so in a rapidly evolving economy. Adequate funding for public education is vital to the success of postsecondary institutions as well. The state’s college and career ready standard aims to ensure that every student is prepared to “productively enter the workforce or flourish at institutions of higher learning based on their own choice and aspirations and not where in the Commonwealth they grew up or which school they attended.” Read the brief here.Quote from the brief: “Some of us represent organizations that see up close the central role our schools play in strengthening our communities and our democracy. Some of us arebusinesspeople who understand that the Commonwealth’s businesses need employees who possess the important skills prioritized in the college and career ready standard to be successful in our increasingly competitive economy. Some of us work with Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning and likewise recognize how vital it is—for both the students and our institutions—to ensure that students receive a high-quality elementary and secondary education before continuing their studies. What brings us together is the belief that ensuring adequate funding for Pennsylvania’s schools is critical to achieving all of these (and many other) goals.” Amici (academic affiliations for identification purposes only): • African American Chamber of Commerce• American Association of University Women PA• Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership• Erie Center for Arts & Technology• Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia• Urban League of Philadelphia• Parker Philips• Earle Enterprises, LP• TreCom Systems Group• League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania• Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh• Alice M. Drum, Ph.D., Franklin & Marshall College• Barbara Ferman, Temple University• Sean Flaherty, Franklin & Marshall College• Theresa Glennon, Temple University Beasley School of Law• Akira Drake Rodriguez, University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design• Megan Wolleben, Bucknell University Philadelphia Federation of Teachers/American Federation of TeachersTheme: Education is a fundamental right Unions representing teachers in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and across the country argue thateducation is a fundamental right under Pennsylvania’s state Constitution. Reviewing the history of educational provisions in all iterations of Pennsylvania’s Constitution, they find that education has been recognized as essential to the functioning of democracy since the commonwealth’s founding. They quote Benjamin Franklin, a framer of Pennsylvania’s 1776 Constitution, writing in 1749: “The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Commonwealths.” Based on records from the 1873 Constitutional Convention, they argue that the duty to provide a “thorough and efficient” education was always understood to impose “constitutional injunctions” on the state legislature to ensure that all children, rich and poor, received necessary instruction—and that education was not simply one of many services provided by the state. Read the brief here.Quote from the brief: “The failure of the Commonwealth to ensure that fundamental right is protected has resulted in thousands of school children in rural and urban school districts toreceive funding so insufficient that it undermines the quality of the education they receive, thetextbook and library resources available, and the safety of the school facilities themselves.” Amici: • Philadelphia Federation of Teachers• The American Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania• The American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)Theme: Students attending low-income school districts have fewer teachers and educationalsupport professionals available to them than those in wealthier districts. PSEA represents over 177,000 members, most of whom are employees of Pennsylvania schooldistricts. Their analysis of state data found that lowwealth school districts “have fewer human,in-person resources available to them” than students in more affluent districts, including fewerteachers and educational support professionals. Their analysis also disclosed that more teachersare teaching outside their areas of certification in low-wealth districts, and educators are paidless, making it harder for those districts to attract and retain professional staff. The differences inresources have direct consequences in student performance. PSEA presents data showing thathigh-income districts spend more and have higher test scores than low-income districts. Andstudents who are poor, disabled, or English learners have a greater chance of academic success if they are educated in a high-wealth district. Read the brief here.Quote from the brief: “PSEA believes the quality and quantity of human educational resourcesavailable to teach and support students is the most significant determiner of educationaloutcomes. The data shows a significant disparity in the human educational resources available tothe students of low-wealth school districts, whether viewed in absolute terms or in comparison to wealthier districts. Unfortunately, and despite the truly heroic efforts of the staff in low-wealth school districts, the data also confirms that an outsized percentage of the students in low wealth districts continue to perform below average on state approved and mandated assessment tools, significantly worse than their peers who are fortunate enough to attend higher wealth districts.“Until low-wealth school districts can afford to provide the human educational resources that areroutinely available in wealthier districts, the General Assembly has failed its constitutional duty to maintain and support a thorough and efficient system of public education in thisCommonwealth.” Learn more about the case at FundOurSchoolsPA.org. The Public Interest Law Center uses high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We use litigation, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure their access to fundamental resources and services in the areas of public education, housing, health care, employment, environmental justice and voting. For more information, visit www.pubintlaw.org or follow on Twitter @PubIntLawCtr. The Education Law Center-PA (ELC) is a nonprofit, legal advocacy organization with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, dedicated to ensuring that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. Through legal representation, impact litigation, community engagement, and policy advocacy, ELC advances the rights of underserved children, including children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ students, and children experiencing homelessness. For more information, visit elc-pa.org or @edlawcenterpa on Twitter.

Experimental Aircraft Association to Host Pancake Breakfasts

By Phil Roth EAA is an international association, first organized in 1959 to encourage and support sport aviation. It is structured with more than 900 active chapters world-wide. Chapter 1041, informally known as Gettysburg Barnstormers, has been in existence since 1993. (To explain how Gettysburg could be 1041 with only 900 active chapters, numbers are never duplicated should a chapter close). Members share their spirit of aviation with a passionate community of recreational pilots, aircraft builders, and those restoring antique aircraft. Flight captures the imagination; there is an element of excitement for everyone associated with the adventure of aviation. Some are simply engaged by aircraft in general, others challenged by the thought of learning to fly or building their own ‘flying machine’. The chapter’s activity spectrum is wide. Chapter 1041 holds evening monthly meetings the first Monday every month – typically a 30-to-40-minute presentation on aviation related subjects ranging from meteorology to space exploration or aircraft construction. Separate meetings each month are held for discussions on pilot flying technique and training. And most important, the chapter sponsors three summertime, weeklong, Air Academy programs (July) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for “Young Eagles” age 12 – 13, “Basic” 14-15 and “Advanced” 16-18, who wish to know far reaching details about aviation. the program has been a life changing event for a few young persons from south central Pennsylvania. And returning Young Eagles often attend a second and third time in future summers. Attending participants arrive in Wisconsin from scattered nations worldwide. The chapter has also granted scholarships for two teenagers toward earning their pilot’s licenses as they graduated from high school (17 is minimum age for powered flight). We are granting a third scholarship in 2022. Chapter 1041 holds two fund raising pancake breakfast events each year to help fund the Young Eagles and flight scholarship programs. The spring event is always the first weekend in June and the second is the last weekend in September – easy to remember. Join us if you are able, June 4th or 5th, the next date. It is airplanes that bring us together and it is the personal connection among similarly enthusiastic people that keep us coming back. Barnstormer membership now numbers 78. In the past 30 years, thirteen members have built or are building their own airplanes. Several more have accomplished restoration projects on production airplanes originally built during general aviation’s “Golden Era”, roughly between the late 1930s and 1975. Everyone, including the merely curious, are welcome to our events and monthly meetings.

National Park Service Honors Vietnam War Casualties Buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery

One hundred years after the Civil War, servicemen killed in action in Vietnam were brought home to Gettysburg for their final rest. This Memorial Day weekend, explore some of the lesser-known stories of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Park rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site will highlight the stories of servicemembers from south-central Pennsylvania who were killed in action or died of wounds during the Vietnam War.   These fallen servicemembers were buried in Gettysburg from 1965 through 1971. Their stories include individuals who served in the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines. As the final resting place for over 6,000 men and women who served the United States in conflicts from the 1860s through the 1970s, Gettysburg National Cemetery is a fitting place to remember the meaning of Memorial Day and how the United States remembers its fallen.   Join Park Rangers on Saturday, May 28, at 4 pm for a free 90-minute guided walking tour of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, focusing on stories of some of the last fallen service members buried there.   Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site are pleased to cosponsor this event. The program will begin at the Taneytown Road entrance to Gettysburg National Cemetery. For additional information and updates, please visit nps.gov/gett or nps.gov/eise. 

Rabbittransit introduces new service: Gettysburg-Hanover Connector

rabbittransit, in partnership with @Home in Adams County, announces a new pilot program geared towards workforce development. The Gettysburg-Hanover Connector will launch Monday, February 8. Ralph M. Serpe, President & CEO, Adams County Community Foundation said, “Transportation is one of three interdependent elements identified by the Adams County Community Foundation as essential to affordable living in our community. The Community Foundation’s three year @Home in Adams County initiative addresses affordable housing, economic development and transportation as equally crucial keys to family stability and economic sustainability. Our @Home partners support solutions that help residents find affordable transportation between home, work and school.”   The Gettysburg-Hanover Connector is an addition to fixed route service connecting Gettysburg to New Oxford and Hanover. This service will operate on weekdays from 6am to 6pm with round trips traveling to and from the Gettysburg Transfer Center to downtown Hanover via Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) and Carlisle Pike (PA 94) with destinations along the way every two hours.  “Employers working in collaboration with transit is critical to the development of a model for a sustainable workforce solution. It is our mission to aid in the creation of such partnerships that advance mobility for our communities to thrive.  The Workforce Development Pilot Program is an example of such a partnership” said Richard Farr, Executive Director. Hanover’s fixed route is comprised of 4 routes which are the 20N, 20S, 22N and 16.  The Gettysburg system is made up of the Blue Line, Gray Line, Lincoln Line and, seasonally, Gold Line. For more information on the Gettysburg-Hanover Connector, visit www.rabbittransit.org.  rabbittransit, a regional public transportation provider, offers a variety of transportation services to the residents of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York Counties. More than 8,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities. rabbittransit is dedicated to helping all residents in the region get to where they want to go. 

Collaborating for Youth Virtual Town Meeting

Adams County’s Collaborating for Youth (CFY) will be hosting a FREE and virtual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, May 23 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.   The event will take place virtually on Zoom – please visit www.cfygettysburg.com for more information on how to access this event.  The Town Hall Meeting is entitled “Youth Voices – Emerging From Covid” and is the first of a three-part series. CFY will present the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey data results and trends of Adams County youth.  This first event will feature drug & alcohol trends, the second event will be on youth mental health, held on June 27 and the third will be about risk & protective factors and youth attitudes held on July 25. All three events will be on zoom and will be at 6 p.m.  The three events are open to all Adams County residents interested in learning about this important information. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency website:  “Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The ‘Pennsylvania Youth Survey,’ or PAYS, is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  The data gathered in PAYS serve two primary needs. First, the results provide school administrators, state agency directors, legislators and others with critical information concerning the changes in patterns of the use and abuse of these harmful substances and behaviors. Second, the survey assesses risk factors that are related to these behaviors and the protective factors that help guard against them. This information allows community leaders to direct prevention resources to areas where they are likely to have the greatest impact.”  Collaborating for Youth has worked with the school districts and community agencies in Adams County to analyze this data to understand the unique trends of Adams County Youth and to seek out needed services within the area. Collaborating For Youth is Adams County’s community-based, data-driven coalition that works to support positive youth development and substance-free, positive futures. For over 20 years CFY has continued to grow by supporting services and engaging new community groups to assure that their coalition is driven by the voices in the community they seek to serve.  CFY is located at the Center for Youth and Community Development on 233 West High Street in Gettysburg, PA. 

Gettysburg Garden Club Annual Spring Perennial Sale

The Gettysburg Garden Club will hold its Annual Spring Perennial Sale on Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm while supplies last at the Gettysburg Firehouse, 35 North Stratton Street. Come early and have your choice of great finds. This year, we have an array of interesting plants, including turtlehead, herbs, Mexican Sunflower (a special annual), coreopsis, hyssop, lupine, wild ginger, bee balm, foxglove firecracker loosestrife, and penstemon. Returning are some popular selections: coneflower, black-eyed Susan, hostas, ferns, bleeding hearts, lamb’s ear, iris, daylilies, baby redbud trees, and many others.  We accept checks and cash. The Gettysburg Garden Club, founded in 1960, promotes interest in all facets of gardening. The club is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Majestic Theater’s 2022 Summer Classic Movies kick off June 8

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will celebrate 15 years of Summer Classic Movies when the annual series begins June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic 1925 auditorium. Enjoy classic movies in the beautifully restored historic theater Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. June through August. Tickets for each film are just $8 and are on sale now. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. “After being stuck at home and watching films on your iPhone, rediscover the fun of watching great classic films up on the giant screen in the company of your friends and neighbors,” urged Jeffrey Gabel, the Majestic’s Founding Executive Director.  “The emotions elicited by a movie are magnified in a crowd so you scream louder and laugh heartier.  Even better, you get to binge on the Majestic’s award-winning buttered popcorn.” Join other classic film fans for In the Good Old Summertime (1949) on June 8 while celebrating the 100th birthday of Frances Ethel Gump and one of the most talented and beloved entertainers of the 20th century, Judy Garland. On June 15, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) teams up with James Bond (Sean Connery) to save the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Then on June 22, the first 50 patrons in line will receive free peanuts and Cracker Jack – perfect for watching Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams and Betty Garrett. Jimmy Stewart then returns to the Majestic’s silver screen on June 29 in the Civil War melodrama Shenandoah (1965). July kicks off with a double feature. On July 6, enjoy the capers of W.C. Fields’ The Bank Dick (1940) followed by raucous belly laughs courtesy of the Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers (1932). The laughter continues July 13 with 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a ground-breaking film combining digital animation with live action. Return to high school July 20 with John Hughes’ teen classic about growing up, The Breakfast Club (1985) starring Brat Pack members Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ally Sheedy. The Coen Brothers’ romping retelling of The Odyssey, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) makes its Majestic debut on July 27, before Harrison Ford returns to the summer series as a tough Philly cop protecting a young Amish farm boy in Witness (1985) on August 3. Return to classic Hollywood on August 10 with Guys and Dolls (1955) starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in the adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical. On August 17, Thelma & Louise (1991) run away from their unhappy love lives to set off on a cross-country trip, meeting charming young Brad Pitt (in his film debut) along the way. The 2022 series closes August 24 with the heartfelt family drama On Golden Pond (1981) starring legends Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda. Tickets for all Summer Classics showings are $8 each and are available at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Free parking is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle service will not be available.  Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for its campus and community to celebrate the arts together.

Suspect in Gettysburg shooting is captured

Update: The Gettysburg Police department has arrested 35‐year‐old Raleek E. Brown of Gettysburg and charged him in connection with this shooting. Brown has been charged with Attempted Homicide, two counts of Aggravated Assault, one count of Simple Assault and one count of Persons not to possess Firearms. Brown has been lodged in the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex awaiting preliminary arraignment on the charges. On Tuesday May 10 2022, shortly before midnight, officers of the Gettysburg Police Department were dispatched to a complaint of gunshots in Racehorse Alley to the rear of the first block of York St. Officers responded to the area and located a gunshot victim standing on the sidewalk in front of 29 York St. The victim had sustained a small caliber gunshot wound to his hip area. The victim was conscious and conversant. Officers on scene rendered first aid controlling bleeding until EMS arrived. The victim was transported to a York Area Hospital for treatment. The victim advised that the suspect approached him in the alley behind the first block of Chambersburg St and Railroad St. An argument ensued and the suspect produced a handgun and shot at the victim a number of times striking the victim at least once. The victim described his attacker as a dark complected black male in his mid to late thirties, approx. 5’7” tall, thin build, with droopy eyes and short shaved hair. The attacker was reportedly wearing dark jeans and a “hoodie” with the hood up. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect with the assistance of officers from the Cumberland Township Police Department and Eastern Adams Regional Police Department. The suspect was not located. Anyone who may have witnessed this crime or may have any other information about the incident is asked to contact Gettysburg Borough Police through the Adams County Emergency Dispatch Center at (717) 334-8101.

Gettysburg Halloween Parade planned for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Community organization Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg has announced the details about this year’s Gettysburg Halloween Parade. The parade will take place on Tuesday, October 25, with a rain date of Thursday, October 27. Parade registration is now open at www.gettysburghalloweenparade.com. Entries are due by October 11. There will be cash prizes in a number of categories including but not limited to: bands, floats, marching/walking groups, dance/performing groups, individual costumes, and vintage cars. Taking a different route this year, the parade lineup will begin at 5 p.m. at Gettysburg Middle School and Lincoln Elementary. From there, the parade will step off at approximately 7:15 p.m and travel up Liberty St. onto York St. to officially begin (over Legion Alley, over Middle St., over Zerfing Alley). The parade will travel down York St. onto Lincoln Square. j Judging will be held at the HD Entertainment grandstand. Continuing down Baltimore St., the parade will turn onto Lefever St. and end in the staging area. In addition to the parade, there will be a dance party on the square starting at 5:30 p.m. New this year is a costume contest on the square at 6:00 p.m. For additional updates, stay tuned to the Gettysburg Halloween Parade Facebook page. We are excited to announce that our 2022 Gettysburg Halloween Parade Great Pumpkin Sponsor will be The Gettysburg Trading Post. Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg is currently looking for supporting sponsors. Please visit our website for additional information about sponsorship opportunities.  You may also see our ladies walking and driving around Gettysburg on Wednesday, May 11, as Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg commences their Sponsorship Blitz Day. Feel free to ask questions and find out how you can become a part of the Gettysburg Halloween Parade when the ladies visit your business. All donations can be made by check to Kim Flickinger at Members 1st with Gettysburg Halloween Parade in the memo line. Additionally, local food trucks are invited to apply to be a vendor at this year’s parade. They will need to be sure to apply for permitting through the borough, if they don’t already have it. More information can be found on the website. Spaces are limited. Vendors who fill out an interest form will receive a confirmation by September 20 on their acceptance to the event. Additional questions or inquiries can be directed to businesswomeninfluencinggburg@gmail.com. Founded in 2020, Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg’s mission is to empower women who serve the Gettysburg community by providing opportunities to network with one another. Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg is committed to supporting and promoting members, strengthening members’ connections to the community, and pursuing personal and professional growth. The group is made up of women living and working in and around Gettysburg.

WE Women Empowered presents WE Wednesday: Grace: You’re Worth It!

WE Women Empowered presents WE Wednesday: Grace: You’re Worth It! The event features Kelley Latta, speaker, author, and entrepreneur! The inspiration starts at 6:00 p.m., May 18 at Comfort Suites, 945 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. This in-person event is free and open to all current, aspiring, or retired professional women. However, registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, visit WE Women Empowered’s website at https://wewomenempoweredpro.org/. Have you found yourself offering grace to those around you, seemingly all the time? Sometimes the same person multiple times? Do you get frustrated with yourself when you have a personal conflict with a work meeting, miss a deadline, a friend’s phone call, or “let” your child walk out the door for the umpteenth time without his lunch box? Why is it we can offer grace to others readily, but not to ourselves? And why does it seem so much harder since the pandemic hit and things have “returned to normal?” Kelley Latta will help us explore this conundrum. She will empower us to give ourselves grace, for we are worth it! Kelley is a Bible teacher and event speaker who passionately teaches believers how to approach Christ through His Word so they can live transformed. But she is also a mom, a wife, and an entrepreneur. She is inspiring and will help us see we are worth the grace we give to others. Just as we accept others where they are and allow them to provide what they can, we need to do the same for ourselves. Where are we? What can we provide today at this moment? WE’s mission is to support, honor, and celebrate the rewards and challenges of experienced and emerging professional women living or working in the greater Adams County area through social, educational, and non-partisan opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. WE’s vision is to meet the needs of both experienced and emerging professional women in the greater Adams County area by providing a safe and supportive environment for members to share their talents and expertise to inspire and empower one another. Learn more about WE Women Empowered.

Charles Stangor presents “Local news: Love it or lose it.”

Charles Stangor, owner, publisher and editor of Gettysburg Connection, will present a talk as part of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Mission Moment series on May 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The title is “Local news: Love it or lose it.” The presentation will be on Zoom at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89562524338?pwd=UG9MOStzNVdTd1RqYVNLNWw0cFlSZz09 Meeting ID: 895 6252 4338 ; Passcode: 846116 The meeting will focus on Gettysburg Connection’s mission and engage participants in a (hopefully lively) discussion about local news. If you care about local news, this is your chance to share your thoughts.  Your input can make things better and we’re looking forward to hearing from you. Gettysburg Connection publishes local journalism that promotes civic engagement and community trust.

Tree Planting Maintenance Workshop at the Ag Center

The Adams County Conservation District (ACCD) is hosting a tree planting maintenance workshop at the Ag Center on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The program will offer hands-on training, with topics covering proper tree planting, sheltering, and maintenance techniques,along with information on the importance of planting “the right tree in the right place.” ACCD assisted local landowners in planting over 15,000 trees and shrubs throughout riparian, upland, turf conversion and urban plantings in Adams County in 2021. Through partnerships with the Watershed Alliance of Adams County, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s K10 Partnership, we distributed nearly 10,000 native trees and shrubs throughout the county to over 300 different planting locations this Spring. We are again hosting the program with similar goals this September 2022. In addition to connecting our community to the CBF K10 FREE trees and shrubs, we are also working with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, and several other grant programs to install riparian buffers and turf to tree conversions throughout the county. These projects take place on private & public properties, with small suburban homeowners, large rural parcels, municipal parks, homeowner associations properties, new development construction, and on farms just to name a few example locations. Riparian tree planting projects are our #1 priority, but we also know that a tree planted anywhere adds to our natural, social, and economic successes, and helps intercept stormwater from our impervious surfaces, like our roofs and driveways. A riparian buffer is the vegetated area along a stream or waterway. It may consist of grasses, shrubs, wildflowers, trees, or a combination. These buffers protect the waterway from nearby land uses, and in the case of trees, can shade the water keeping it cool for species like trout. Riparian buffers play a key role in protecting water quality, but “set it and forget it” is a term that should only be applied to your rotisserie chicken, not your tree planting projects. Routine maintenance is extremely important to ensure the long-term success and usefulness of any tree planting project. To improve the survivability of your tree planting project, maintenance should begin immediately after the trees have been planted. This will vary depending on the surrounding land uses – typical activities include visually inspecting several times a year and after major storm events, controlling weeds before they grow out of control, replanting where plants have died or been washed away, straightening, and securing tree shelters and stakes, and removing bird netting. “But wait, there’s more!” Tree planting maintenance requires holistic thought about how the plants, water, wildlife, and land uses function together. Our goal is to provide more than just FREE trees, but also the basic knowledge of how and why we depend on trees to protect our water quality and natural ecosystems. Join us at the Ag Center to learn more about the relationship between our culturally normalized lifestyles and the small changes that we can consider making to become the example that neighbors can follow to increase habitat and greenspaces for wildlife and our communities. This program is made possible with assistance from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Watershed Alliance of Adams County, and with financial and other support from the CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program which is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS.

Three-month bridge closure on Route 134 starts in May

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that a bridge rehabilitation project is expected to begin on Route 134 (Taneytown Road) in Mount Joy Township, Adams County. Weather permitting, this project will begin Monday, May 9, at which time an approximately three-month detour is expected to go into effect. The detour will use Mason Dixon Road (Route 3002) and Barlow Road (Route 2001). This project includes wing wall tiebacks, concrete repairs, milling, paving and line painting. JD Eckman, Inc., of York Springs, PA, is the contractor on this project, which is part of a $6,441,217 multiple year bridge maintenance contract that includes work on bridges in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts. Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties at PennDOT District 8. Information about infrastructure in District 8, including completed work and significant projects, is available at District 8 Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at PennDOT Projects.- Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

Tennis players wanted for Gettysburg Benefit Tournament

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is looking for tennis players who want to help those in financial need. The 20th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament, scheduled for May 21, will benefit the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County Financial Assistance Program. This fund aids residents from all parts of Adams County, allowing recipients to improve their physical and mental health with access to regular exercise and recreation. The tournament is organized by community tennis enthusiasts and the YWCA. Assistance is offered on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Most applicants qualify for a 90 or 95 percent discount on membership fees. All recipients of this assistance report incomes at 160 percent of the federal poverty level or lower. Rice Fruit Company is lead sponsor of this year’s tennis tournament. John Rice said the company is proud to fill that role in memory of his parents, Arthur and Muriel Rice, who were committed local philanthropists and supporters of healthcare and education. The round-robin doubles tournament will give each entrant the opportunity to play several matches with a variety of partners, with separate divisions for men and women. To encourage more people to play, the YWCA decreased the registration fee from previous years. The individual entry fee for the event is $75, or $25 for high school students. It is to take place at the Gettysburg College courts on Mummasburg Road. Courts will open at 9:30 a.m. on May 21. Rain date is May 22. Thanks to generous sponsors, there are a limited number of free entries available for high school students. Information about participating in this year’s tournament is available by contacting YW Fund Development Director Alex J. Hayes at ahayes@ywcagettysburg.org or 717-334-9171, ext. 116 or visiting the events tab at www.ywcagettysburg.org. In addition to Rice Fruit Company, the tournament is made possible due to the generosity of the following sponsors: Advent Partners, Community Benefits Real Estate, Animal Wellness Clinic, C.E. Williams Sons Inc., Sites Realty Inc., Wolfe, Rice & Quinn LLC, Shipley Energy, WellSpan, Puhl and Thrasher Attorneys at Law, Alam B. Roofing, Wayne and Susan Hill, The Magraw Family in Memory of Tim Magraw, Faye Niebler, Chelli McGlaughlin, Ellen Rebert and Nell Matthews in memory of Kathy Thompson. Featured Image Caption: The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County will host The 20th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament in memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice Saturday, May 21 at Gettysburg College. Committee members are, from left: John Rice, Richard Thrasher, Faye Niebler, Laura Geesaman, Jenn Vintigni, and Joe Lynch. (Submitted Photo)

Friends of Adams County Library Book Sale is Saturday

The Friends of Adams County Library System’s Second Annual Spring Fever Garage Book Sale is back! This year’s book sale will be held on Saturday, April 30 (rain date May 7) from 8;00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Gettysburg Library Garage off High Street. There will be approximately 1,000 gently used books for sale at discount prices, including children’s books, pets and animals, nature, and many more. In addition, the Friends Book Store, located on the first floor of the Library on Baltimore Street, will be open for purchase of more books on history, civil war, puzzles, crafts, and more. We are looking forward to a spectacular event with a fabulous bake sale at this year’s event.

County Declares “National Crime Victims Week”

Please note this important announcement from the County:Franklin Township #1 and #2 Polling Places are permanently changed beginning with the May 2022 Primary Election, moving from the Jesus is Lord Ministries to the Cashtown Fire Department, 1111 Old Route 30, Cashtown, pending approval by the Cashtown Fire Department at their public meeting on April 19, 2022. The Adams County Commissioners have declared April 24-30, 2022 as “National Crime Victims Week” and commended those who work in the county’s Victim Witness Program. The county said long-time Victim Witness Director Cindy Keeney would be retiring on May 2 and that Samantha Hoffman would be replacing her. Thanking the commissioners for their support, Children and Youth Services Director Sarah Finkey said the program provides “accessible, appropriate and adequate services for all victims.” Finkey said the program works for rights, access, and equity for all victims, provides advocates, and helps with out-of-pocket expenses. The county said Victim Witness was adding video conferencing and text messaging services and interviewing for a bilingual advocate. “Sometimes a victim gets lost in a process. We frequently hear stories that people from the Hispanic community don’t feel comfortable coming forward,” said Commissioner Jim Martin “You educated the county and myself on trauma.  You get people when they’re having rough times,” said Commissioner Marty Qually. “Your contribution to this community is outstanding. And you can walk away feeling very proud of that,” said Commissioner Randy Phiel. The county also declared April as “National County Government Month.” “We have a lot of great staff.  We make a lot of things happen. We’re dedicated to that.  We do need to take a moment to recognize staff.  I don’t think people realize all the services that are provided by the staff,” said County Manager Steve Nevada. “This is part of the process of educating the public about what the county government does. I have found the people to work here being amazing.  People who work here care about county government.  There are so many partnerships you have to form to do this job right,” said Qually.  “Largely it’s about providing essential human services to our community,” said Phiel.  “This is a shoutout to everybody in county government for what we do.” Other business from the meeting agenda: Authorize the advertisement of Ordinance No. 2 of 2022 establishing a real estate tax exemption program pursuant to the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act (“LERTA”) for eligible deteriorated property in the area of Berlin Junction, Oxford Township. This Ordinance is consistent with Oxford Township Resolution No. 2022-16 passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors on or about March 2, 2022 and Conewago Valley School District Resolution No. 122 passed unanimously by the Board of School Directors on or about April 11, 2022 and will be adopted at the Adams County Commissioners’ public meeting to be held on May 4, 2022. Personnel Report: Probation Services: Recommendation from Chief Gale Kendall, and after review by Solicitor Molly Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners approve the 2022-2023 Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program Grant (#37282) application made through the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for $88,573.00 in state funds. This money will be used to purchase supplies, including Risk/Need Assessments, online DUI classes, drug testing supplies, and a tablet for use by the Work Release Program, as well as funding an Adams County Probation DUI Assessor. The application is effective April 20, 2022. No County match is required. Tax Services: Recommendation from Chief Assessor Susan Miller to approve the following Disabled Veterans Real Property Exemption Certifications: Althea D. Wood, 15 Deer Trail, Fairfield, PA, Parcel #43023-0126, located in Hamiltonban Township for an additional .39 acre of land to be combined with the existing exempt parcel, effective with the 2022-2023 School Taxes Mark Hopkins, 89 Tiffany Lane, Gettysburg, PA, Parcel #09E13-0151, located in Cumberland Township, for his home on .55 acres, effective with the 2022-2023 School Taxes Helen Merz, 90 Knight Road, Lot 60, Gettysburg, PA, surviving spouse of Donald Merz, for the existing exemption to remain on Parcel #09F15-0065—060. Removal of Tax Exemption: Marianne L. Knight-Schiavoni, 68 Mountain Road, Orrtanna, PA, for Parcel #12B08-0013E—005, located in Franklin Township, to have the exemption removed and the property placed back on the tax rolls, effective with the 2022- 2023 School Taxes Personal Tax Exemption Requests: Approve exoneration of personal taxes for the following who have met the guidelines of County policy: Robert Doyle, Berwick Township; Maybelle Altland, Ruth Bradley, Robert Bradley, Theresa McCarty and Mildred Hull, all of Oxford Township and Mary Kessler, Straban Township Children & Youth Services: Recommendation from Sarah Finkey, Administrator and after review by Solicitor Molly R. Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners approve the following: Agreements with Avanco International, Inc., of Clifton, Virginia, related to the Child Accounting and Profile System (CAPS): CAPS Application Service Provider Agreement – Provides for ongoing maintenance and service of the CAPS application. Effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 at a quarterly fee of $8,785.51 ($35,142.04 in total). HIPAA Business Associate Agreement – Provides for the protection of certain confidential health data in accordance with HIPAA. Effective April 20, 2022, for so long as Avanco retains any protected health information. Consulting Services Addendum to Service Provider Agreement – Provides for optional consulting services beyond those covered under the Service Provider Agreement, at a total cost not to exceed $30,000.00. Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) Maintenance Agreement – Provides for continued maintenance, development, and implementation of the CWIS system and upgrades in coordination with the PA Department of Human Services. Effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 at a total cost of $3,948.01. Professional Services Agreement with Kelly L. McNaney, Esq., a licensed Pennsylvania attorney. Ms. McNaney will be providing legal services to CYS at a rate of $100/hour as needed. This Agreement is effective March 1, 2022 and expires July 1, 2022. Subsidy Agreement with S.J. on behalf of K.W. in the subsidy amount of $912.50/month. Recommendation from Sherri Clayton-Williams, Director, and after review by Solicitor Molly R. Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners approve the extension request for the Carroll Valley Parks Recreation & Green Space Grant Trail Project, with an initial extension to June 30, 2022 and a subsequent extension to run through December 31, 2022, with the extensions to run sequentially and not concurrently. Building and Maintenance: Recommendation from Larry Steinour, Director and after review by Solicitor Molly Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners designate Chairman Randy L. Phiel to sign the Quote with Clark Equipment Company, d/b/a Bobcat Company, a North Dakota company, for a new Bobcat Skid Steer Loader. This Quote is made pursuant to PA State Contract #4400019949. The Quote becomes effective April 20, 2022. Total cost to the County is $48,470.36. Adams County Adult Correctional Complex: Recommendation from Warden Katy Hileman, and after review by Solicitor Molly R. Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners approve the following: Designate Chairman Randy L. Phiel to sign the Quote with Motorola Solutions Inc., an Illinois company, for repair work to the prison’s handheld radios and base units. This service agreement will cover 53 handheld radios and 2 base stations. It is further recommended that the Board sign the Addendum to the Service Terms and Conditions, which incorporates the County’s standard terms and conditions into the Agreement. The term of the Agreement is one (1) year, commencing on May 1, 2022 and terminating on April 30, 2023. Total cost to the County is $5,540.64. Adams County Board of Elections: Recommendation from Angela Crouse, Elections Director and after review by Solicitor Molly Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners, sitting as the Board of Elections, shall select and fix Polling Places within the respective election district as follows, as authorized by 25 P.S. Section 2726 of the Election Code: Franklin #1 and #2 Polling Places permanent change beginning with the May 2022 Primary Election, moving from the Jesus is Lord Ministries to the Cashtown Fire Department, 1111 Old Route 30, Cashtown, pending approval by the Cashtown Fire Department at their public meeting on April 19, 2022. Recommendation from Solicitor Molly R. Mudd, that the Board of Commissioners approve the following: Authorize the advertisement of Ordinance No. 2 of 2022 establishing a real estate tax exemption program pursuant to the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act (“LERTA”) for eligible deteriorated property in the area of Berlin Junction, Oxford Township. This Ordinance is consistent with Oxford Township Resolution No. 2022-16 passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors on or about March 2, 2022 and Conewago Valley School District Resolution No. 122 passed unanimously by the Board of School Directors on or about April 11, 2022 and will be adopted at the Adams County Commissioners’ public meeting to be held on May 4, 2022. Personnel Report: Court: Domestic Relations – 1) Separation of employment of Brett Hayes, Conference Officer, effective April 29, 2022 with the intent to post; 2) Employment of Mahadeb Pai, General Clerk, effective April 18, 2022 Controller: Recommendation from Controller John Phillips, to approve the employment of Tammy Noel, Staff Accountant-GL, effective April 18, 2022. Security: Recommendation from Mark Masemer, Director, to approve the employment of Patrick Hazel, Security Officer, effective April 18, 2022. Adams County Adult Correctional Complex: Recommendation from Warden Katy Hileman, pending successful completion of background screenings, approve the employment of the following Corrections Officers: Brandon Kelley, effective April 11, 2022; Madisen Kling, effective May 31, 2022 Separation of Employment with permission to post: Benjamin Parr, Telecommunicator Supervisor, effective April 26, 2022 Betty Dabler, Program Specialist-Mentoring, Children & Youth, effective May 6, 2022 Michael Simms, Corrections Officer Trainee, effective April 13, 2022 Rescind offer of employment for Scott Stanga, Corrections Officer, effective April 11, 2022 Expenditures: Approve the following expenditures for the period April 4, 2022 through April 15, 2022: General Fund Total                              $ 1,360,202.66 General Fund $     294,103.90 Pcard Payment $       12,614.47 Payroll – Week #15 $ 1,053,484.29   Children & Youth Services   $     156,275.61 HazMat Fund $            106.64 CDBG $       89,156.79 Commissary Fund $         2,245.96 Hotel Tax Fund $     110,063.19 Act 13 Bridge Improvements $       87,526.54 911 Fund $         4,569.02 Internal Service Fund $     295,944.23 Other Business: Solicitor Mudd Commissioner Qually Commissioner Martin Commissioner Phiel Salary Board Meeting: The Salary Board Meeting will be held following the Commissioners Meeting. Adjournment:

Megan Shreve wins national Excellence in Governance award

WellSpan Health has announced that Megan Shreve, Chair of WellSpan Health’s Board of Directors, has won the Excellence in Governance award presented by Modern Healthcare, a national industry leader in the healthcare news and information community. The award recognizes influential individuals who foster advancement in culture, mission and performance through their leadership on healthcare organization boards of directors. Shreve is one of only 14 individuals across the country to be named to the 2022 list. “Megan’s leadership consistently drives our organization forward to live our vision of being a trusted partner,” said Roxanna Gapstur Ph.D., R.N., President & CEO, WellSpan Health. “She has a deep sense of pride in WellSpan Health’s mission to provide exceptional care for all. Her support of a high-performing governance culture and future-focused strategic board leadership has guided WellSpan’s success in South Central Pennsylvania.” Shreve has been a part of WellSpan Health governance for more than a decade. She became board chair in 2021 and led the evolution of a best-practice governance structure. Since taking the role, she has been a strong advocate for increasing board diversity so that it more closely represents the communities WellSpan Health serves. Today, WellSpan Health’s Board of Directors comprises 17 members, selected through a competency-based assessment and commitment to the mission of the organization. “Our diverse and dynamic group of board members brings decades of experience across a variety of fields. They have positioned the health system to make our strategic goals a reality,” said Shreve. “Being well-connected across our communities has been a vital part of our plan. It ensures we are meeting the needs of individuals right where they are, with resources and programs that help each of us live our best lives.” Her strong leadership has guided WellSpan Health to reimagine healthcare in our region, supporting innovative ideas which position the health system as a leader, all while guiding it through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has on our communities. Shreve, who resides in Adams County, is also the chief executive officer of the South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP), a non-profit organization that provides critical human services and community engagement work in the region. She has been actively involved with WellSpan Health since 2010, previously serving on several WellSpan boards, including the Gettysburg Hospital Board and the WellSpan Planning Committee. To learn more about WellSpan’s mission and vision, visit www.WellSpan.org/About.

Gettysburg Police seek information on air-rifle shooting

Officers from the Gettysburg Police Department were dispatched last night at about 9:27 p.m. to the area of the first block of York St. (off Lincoln Square) after a report of individuals shooting some type of air rifle or pistol from a passing vehicle at people walking on the sidewalk.  One or two people were reportedly struck but no injuries were reported from the incident.  The vehicle, described as a silver or gray sedan with tinted windows, was last seen traveling through Lincoln Square and headed west on Chambersburg St.  Officers responded to and checked the area but were unable to locate the perpetrators. The Police Department is investigating this incident and similar occurrences that have been happening in the area over the past week.  The weapons involved are believed to be some type of airsoft or other air powered device. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident last evening, has experienced a similar incident, or can provide any information is asked to contact the Gettysburg Borough Police through the Adams County Emergency Service Dispatch Center at (717) 334-8101. 

Arts Council invites community to Youth Recylable Art Contest Awards Ceremony

The Adams County Arts Council invites participants, their families, and the community to join us for the Youth Recyclable Art Contest/Exhibit awards ceremony taking place at 6pm on April 21, 2022. Over 70 entries from county-wide students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, will be awarded cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in five categories, including the new Repurposed Art category and Best in Show. Also announced at the ceremony will be our People’s Choice Award winner. Voting for this award will end on April 21st at 6pm and can be done any time prior by visiting the beautiful exhibit on display at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg. The center is open from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Please call for available evening and weekend hours. All are encouraged to arrive early to the awards ceremony for refreshments and to enjoy the fantastic entries we received. A non-profit 501(c)(3), the mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. To see our full list of programs, make donations or learn more about this program, visit our website at www.adamsarts.org. Featured image: Entries from 2022 Youth Recyclable Art Contest/Exhibit

Majestic Theater hosts “An Evening With Graham Nash”

The Gettysburg Majestic Theater will present “An Evening With Graham Nash” on Sunday, August 7 – 7:30 pm Legendary artist Graham Nash, as a founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later. An extraordinary Grammy Award® winning renaissance artist – and self-described “simple man” – Nash was inducted twice into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, for his work with CSN and his work as a solo artist, beginning with two landmark albums, Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales. The original classic union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but twenty months. Yet their songs are lightning rods embedded in our DNA, starting with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” and “Lady Of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969). On CSNY’s Déjà Vu (1970), Nash’s iconic “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” (for Joni Mitchell) beseeched us to hold love tightly, to fend off the madness that was on its way. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of our lives for nearly six decades. Tickets: $95 / $65 / $55 / VIP Packages available Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 15 at 10 am online, via phone at (717) 337-8200 or in person at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Majestic member pre-sale is available immediately for Headliner and Benefactor Members. Pre-sale for all other Majestic Members begins Wednesday, April 13. Current members may log onto their account or call the Box Office at 717-337-8200 for pre-sale access.

Farmers Market Vendor Lineup Announced, Food Assistance Program Expands

The Adams County Farmers Market will launch the 2022 farmers market season on Saturday April 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 108 North Stratton Street in Gettysburg with a phenomenal cast of new and returning vendors. The 2022 vendor lineup is listed below. The Market organizers anticipate an excellent market season including several new events. “There are many exciting things to look forward to this season,” said Market Manager Reza Djalal. “Our hope is to really ramp up our event programming and have lots of fun activities for children, families, and even adults all throughout the season.” Some of the new events currently being explored include Vendor Appreciation Day, South Mountain Partnership Day, a t-shirt design contest for National Farmers Market Week, and various food-themed festivals. In anticipation of the start of the season, the Adams County Farmers Market has also decided to expand the SNAP/EBT food assistance program at the market. This year, the maximum amount of SNAP benefits that can be “doubled” each Saturday will increase from $25 to $30. Farmers market organizers hope this expansion of the program will assist in giving lower income customers more opportunities to shop at the market and help offset the challenges caused by inflation. The SNAP Double Dollars program is made possible, in part, by collaborative efforts of the Adams County Farmers Market, Healthy Adams County, and the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation. Shoppers who are interested in learning more about using their SNAP benefits at the farmers market can find more information at: www.acfarmersmarkets.org/our-outreach-programs. Two new team members were recently hired by the Adams County Farmers Market. Kaylene Bere was recently hired as the new assistant market manager and Kim Gabel was brought on as a part-time event coordinator. “This is an exciting opportunity to connect with the community,” said Bere. “The farmers market is a wonderful asset to our town.” Market customers can look forward to meeting both Bere and Gabel at the Market Manager’s table on Opening Day. The farmers market will be held in the same space as previous years, behind the Gettysburg Transit Center on Carlisle Street. Future commercial development planned at the location is not expected to interfere with the farmers market season. However, in the event that the planned development project moves forward faster than expected, the organization has a plan in place to ensure there will be no interruption to the regular market season. The market with continue each Saturday through October. Free parking is available during hours of operation at 108 North Stratton Street, as well as the gravel parking lot across the street from the market. “We’re excited to see many new and returning farmers market fans this season,” said Djalal. “Every year the support for our community-driven farmers market continues to grow.” Parking information and directions can be found at: https://www.acfarmersmarkets.org/visit-us The Adams County Farmers Market’s current vendor lineup is listed below. More vendors and occasional guest vendors may make an appearance periodically throughout the season. FULL SEASON: 4 Herbs & 7 Spices Ago The Ragged Edge Roasting Company Boyer Nurseries & Orchards Chapel Ford Farm Charming Meadow Chonkey’s Best DaddyBoy Bake Shop Deer Run Farm Faerie Springs Farm Fiddlers Green Farm Green Barn Farm Hilltop Farm Market Lancaster Distilleries Macs by Ceci Maggie’s Farm Gettysburg Mason Dixon Photography The Mexican Food Truck Mud College Farm Pastabilities Playing In The Dirt Rare Hold Farmhome Rebel Ridge Farm Robin’s Nest Baked Goods Weaving Roots Farm Ziggy Donutz HALF SEASON: Someday Creations Studio Foucart Ridgeway Forge Studio The Kombucha Lady Weikert’s Egg Farm MamaSewrus Native Plant Apparel Marann Jones Garden Design Wild Juniper Farm

Gettysburg Issues Special Events Citation over March Ukraine vigil

At their council meeting on Monday evening Gettysburg Borough said local resident Matthew Anselmi had been cited by the police department for organizing a public gathering on the Gettysburg Square without a special events permit. The event in question was the vigil for Ukraine held on March 5 which brought over 100 people to the square. The relevant ordinance says there is a need for the borough to “ensure public health, safety, and welfare through the regulation of special events” and that a permit is therefore required for events with more than 30 people. But Anselmi said in a message to the Connection that he was not the lead organizer of the event and would contest the citation. “There were registered nonprofits and churches with committees involved,” he said. If found guilty Anselmi could receive a fine of up to $600 plus court costs. Anselmi said he did not create the fliers for the event and was not sure who contacted the speakers. “I hadn’t ever met or spoken to several of them until the day of the vigil,” he said. Anselmi said he thought he had been targeted due to his activism and having led protests and other vigils in the past. “Sharing Facebook posts doesn’t make one an organizer and if it does then about 150 more citations need to be written,” he said. “There are several aspects of the 1st amendment that are violated here,” he said.  The borough said at their Monday meeting they had waived permit fees for events such as this one and the application says permits for “spontaneously planned” events can be applied for as little as 48 hours before the event. Borough Solicitor Harry Eastman said the ordinance had been rewritten to be consistent with constitutional provisions. A trial has been set for June 7. Featured Image: The Rev. Chris Thomas from St. Paul’s Lutheran of Littlestown speaks at the March 5 vigil [Josue Salinas]

African American siblings rejuvenate Gettysburg’s Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast

African American siblings rejuvenate Gettysburg’s Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast The Keystone Inn, located at 231 Hanover St. in Gettysburg, has been purchased and renovated by siblings Patrick, Christine, and Stephen Campbell. The new owners, perhaps the first African Americans to own a bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, have created a space where people can retreat with friends, family, and colleagues. After an extensive search for a bed and breakfast, the Campbells purchased the Keystone in August 2020. When choosing the Keystone, the siblings looked for a place with character, a location big enough to host family gatherings, and near stops on the Underground Railroad. The team made substantial rehabilitation of the property before opening for three months around Remembrance Day 2020, closing for further renovations, and then reopening in April, 2021. Working in the midst of the pandemic, the siblings too extra care that people could visit the inn in the safest possible manner. “Changing the world from the dining room table” is the phrase Christine Campbell frequently uses to convey one of their many roles as innkeepers. Their priority is to create unique guest experiences that allow friends, family, and coworkers to connect and engage in a relaxing, peaceful setting. The garage has been transformed into the “Carriage House,” a welcoming space for small meetings and friendly gatherings equipped with state-of-the-art technology and wired for sound and video conferencing, creating the perfect place to “work from home at the Inn.” The inn also includes a well- appointed kitchen, perfect for preparing hearty, delicious breakfasts for guests as well as hosting large family holiday dinners. The Campbell team has included the Keystone’s historical heritage in their design by incorporating Civil War stories themes. Each room is named for a historical character, including Basil Biggs, an African American farmer and veterinarian from Gettysburg. One of the rooms honors the Reasor Family, the original owners of the house. The Reasors were local furniture makers, and the room features pieces of their work. Christine Campbell has spent most of her professional life in the nonprofit sector, managing, administering, and developing housing and services for individuals with disabilities. She has been a vocal advocate for social justice. In her spare time, she sings with her local church choir and enjoys entertaining guests with excellent food, fun, and companionship. Patrick Campbell has worked in technology project management for the bulk of his career and has a strong business sense. He is an outstanding pianist in his own time and enjoys sports, particularly basketball and football. An architect by training, Stephen Campbell has worked in Public Services in New York City, Washington, DC, and currently Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work is centered on long-term community development, and he brings his principles to it. He is an organic gardener and a Sondheim fan in his leisure time. For more information, please visit The Keystone Inn’s website.

Carroll Valley Twins Win Top Awards in the 2022 Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair

Two Carroll Valley students swept the Middle School division of the Frederick County, MD 41st Annual Secondary Science and Engineering Fair last week by combining their love of horses with their interests in engineering and veterinary medicine. Emma and Sarah Simmons, 7th grade students at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg, MD, were named the Overall Middle School Grand Prize winners at the competition. They also won 1st place in the Middle School Biomedical Engineering category. In their engineering project, “Portable Bronchodilator Delivery System for Equine Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases,” these two 12-year-old twin sisters developed a uniquely portable method of administering life-saving medication to horses with respiratory diseases such as asthma. The Simmons girls, both of whom are avid equestrians, engineered a mechanism that dispenses bronchodilator medication while the horse is being ridden. Because the rider is not required to return to a stable and dismount before administering medication, this system has a broad range of applications, Emma and Sarah explained, including mounted law enforcement who use horses for urban crowd control, farming and ranching, and horse event competitions. In addition to the County Science Fair prizes, the Simmons students were acknowledged with several industry-sponsored awards including the Broadcom Masters top prize. This makes them eligible to compete in the national Broadcom Premier Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Competition held in Washington, DC in the fall of 2022. Nominees for this by-invitation-only competition are chosen among the top 10% of the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders nationwide. Emma and Sarah, the daughters of Dr. Jeffrey A. Simmons and Dr. Lisa S. McLeod-Simmons, both university professors, were also presented with the Hively Family Inventor Award and the Lemelson Early Inventor Prize at the Frederick County science competition. Emma, who is interested in veterinary medicine, and Sarah, who wants to follow her grandfather and uncle into an engineering field, both expressed how honored they were to receive these awards. When asked how they came up with such a unique project, Emma and Sarah explained. “We’ve been riding for about 3 years now and one of the horses we ride has asthma. The horse is named Wesley and he is a beautiful thoroughbred. When we ride him sometimes he has difficulty breathing, “ Emma said. Her sister, Sarah, continued, “Our riding coach gives Wesley steroid shots to help prevent the asthma attacks. These work, but not always very well and there are side effects. And the nebulizer requires that the horse be in the stable where there is electricity for the nebulizer pump and the horse can be kept still while he’s wearing the inhaler mask. And like most horses, Wesley does not always wait to stay still.” The girls said that when their science teacher at Mother Seton School, Danielle Kuykendall, told their science class that they would all need to develop a science project for the school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fair, their thoughts turned to their horse. Emma said, “If we are out on a ride and the horse has an asthma attack, it’s hard to get back to the barn and it’s not always very easy or safe to just stop, get off the horse, give him a shot, and then wait 30 minutes.” Sarah noted, “We knew there had to be a better way of making sure the horse we ride is healthy and that he and we are safe when we ride.” Several months later and after some experimentation, they had developed a way to administer medication for equine asthma from the saddle and without having to take the horse back to the barn. Emma and Sarah both said that their parents were a great help and that their riding coach, Mike Hillman of Emmitsburg, and his horse Wesley were inspirations for them. They also had high praise for their science and math teachers at Mother Seton School, Danielle Kuykendall and Sharon Beard.  “It’s amazing how much the math and science we learned in school helped us,” Sarah said. “Our teachers are the absolute best in the world,” Emma added. The STEM Fair was held Saturday, April 2. More than 75 judges from the area reviewed dozens of projects entered by 86 students from 17 schools across the county. Featured image: Sarah Simmons, left, and Emma Simmons, right

66th Annual New Oxford Market on the Square seeks vendors

New Oxford’s 66th Annual Market on the Square is only two and a half months away. This year’s event will be on Saturday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the heart of New Oxford. Market on the Square, a beloved annual event for decades, will feature a variety of vendors selling items such as antiques, vintage items, repurposed and upcycled furniture and décor, artisan products, crafts and food. Additionally, the Market on the Square farmers’ market will be back for its second year on S. Peters St. There will also be live music and entertainment. Vendor spaces are filling up fast; however, applications are still available in a number of categories, including antiques, artisan products and farmers market goods. Additional information and vendor applications are available at: www.newoxford.org/market-on-the-square. The Annual Market on the Square is one of the longest running street shows in the country drawing a large crowd annually. This event is made possible by the generous support of our Market on the Square sponsors, including Yazoo Mills, Inc., Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, Hanover Auto Team, Members 1st Federal Credit Union and WellSpan Health. About the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce: The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association serving businesses, organizations and individuals in New Oxford, PA and surrounding communities. In addition to its annual events, the Chamber provides services including marketing, networking and business resources to over 170 members.

Wellspan loosens visitation and mask restrictions

Effective Monday, April 4, due to the continuing decline of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across south central Pennsylvania, WellSpan care facilities are modifying many COVID-19 guidelines for patients and visitors. Patient Visitation WellSpan is allowing open visitation of patients, with the exception of patients who are COVID-19 positive or suspected of being positive pending test results.   COVID-19 positive or pending hospitalized patients may designate two support persons for visitation. Visitation by one designated support person at a time will be allowed. All approved visitors will be provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that will be worn during the duration of the patient visit. People who are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not visit patients. Mask Wearing Following the direction of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health, WellSpan is modifying guidelines regarding mask wearing in healthcare facilities. With the exception of some locations, patients and visitors who are asymptomatic and up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to wear a mask when entering a care facility. Signs will be posted in those locations indicating masking is required for all patients and visitors. To be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, a person needs to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible.  People seeking care at hospital emergency departments, urgent care sites, and care practices who are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should wear a mask.   Visitors who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations should wear a mask when entering a healthcare facility. Safety Remains WellSpan’s Top Priority WellSpan will continue to monitor the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the community and will adjust all policies as needed to continue to protect our patients and our teams. To protect yourself, your family, and our communities, remember the simple, effective steps to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:   Follow face masking and social distancing guidelines.  Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.  Be up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine.  For more information about COVID-19 visit WellSpan.org/COVID19.

WM shares Information for Gettysburg residents

Gettysburg Borough received this information from the new waste and recycling hauler, Waste Management: As of April 1, 2022, WM is the official waste and recycling hauler for Gettysburg Borough. In March, residents should have received a welcome letter with information about their service. WM will continue to provide service to residents on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning April 4. Residents should follow the same schedule they had with the Borough’s previous hauler. Trash and recycling containers are available for rent at a rental fee of $12 per container per quarter. Containers can be picked up at the Borough’s Public Works yard, located at 457 East Middle Street, or residents can request container delivery. Container delivery will begin on the morning of April 2 and will be completed with a pick-up truck to avoid noise disruptions. To request a container, residents should contact WM at 800-593-9529 or visit www.wm.com to talk with a live representative. “Our local hauling team in Greencastle is excited to begin providing service to Gettysburg Borough,” said Pat Heraty, Sr. district manager at Greencastle Hauling. “We know switching service providers can come with unintended challenges and apologize for any frustrations. Our team is ready to begin service on April 4 and look forward to a wonderful partnership with the Borough.” WM was provided a list of customers from the Borough’s former waste hauler, and residents on this list do not need to sign up for a new account with WM. If a resident needs to contact WM customer service and does not have their account number handy, they can provide their name and address. WM offers residents an opportunity to sign up for a My WM account online. Registering online is not mandatory but does provide some benefits. With a My WM account, residents can set up online bill pay or automatic payments, get up to date service information, and register to receive text, phone or email service alerts. Visit www.wm.com for more information. Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

GNMP observation towers will close briefly for inspection

Gettysburg National Military Park has announced temporary and intermittent closures of all three of the park’s observation towers for safety inspections. Structural engineers will inspect all three of the park’s observation towers from April 5 to April 8. Inspections will take place via vertical access (rappelling) and by hypsometric laser scanning. Each of the park’s three observation towers will need to close to the public during these safety inspections. The tower closure schedule will occur over the following dates:  · West Confederate Avenue Tower: April 5, 6, 7, (8 if needed)  · Culp’s Hill Tower: April 5, 6, 7, (8 if needed)  · Oak Ridge Tower: April 6, (8 if needed)  April 8 will be reserved for any weather interruptions. If inspections are able to be carried out with no weather interruptions, April 8 will not be required as a closure date.  All three towers were built between 1895 and 1896. The most recent safety inspections took place in 1999 and 2013.   We will update our website with opening and closing details as they become available during the safety inspection schedule so that our visitors may stay informed. www.nps.gov/gett  

Gettysburg Talks Trash

Seeming to be as confused as the average Gettysburg resident about the April 1 trash hauler switchover from Waste Connections to Waste Management (WM), Gettysburg borough officials shared what little they knew about the procedures today. Borough Manager Charles Gable reminded residents that according to state law the borough had been required to sign a contract with the “lowest responsive, responsible bidder,” and that the lowest bidder was WM. The borough council unanimously voted for the change in February, but Gable said that was a “formal action” and had not influenced the forced decision. Gable said Adams County had helped local municipalities in the bidding process in the past but for this round the borough was on its own when the county stopped helping.  He said the language in this round’s contracts was “almost verbatim” the same as those used in the past. Gable said it was possible that Waste Connections had bid the contract assuming the cost of containers would be included in the monthly fee while Waste Management bid the contract assuming they could charge customers who wanted one for a container. Gable said the service cost would be about $2.00 per month cheaper under WM for people who did not need a receptacle, but that the cost of a bin would be $4.00 per month, making it more expensive than Waste Connections for those who do. The borough said residents on the regular monthly plan would be allowed to put out 3 trash bags, each 33 gallons or less in size, every week. An option for those with smaller needs is to buy individual stickers that can be placed on each bag. WM said the first purchase of 12 bags is $20.00 and each subsequent bag is $4.00. Gable said he did not know when receptacles might be delivered for those who requested them or what the status of recycling bins was. In terms of payments, Gable said he thought autopayments at Waste Connections should automatically stop on April 1 but that he did not know if account information from Waste Connections would be transferred to Waste Management. “WM has been noncommunicative on how they are going to resolve these issues,” he said. “Nobody knows anything.  It’s very frustrating.”

Gettysburg Garden Club seeks used plant containers

In the spirit of reusing and repurposing non-recyclable items, the Gettysburg Garden Club will accept empty plastic plant pots larger than 4″ to reuse for their fundraising sale in May.  Money raised at this event is used to beautify the square with flower baskets and urns.  Pots may be dropped off on the porch of the residence at 50 East Broadway during the month of April. For questions, please contact Judie Butterfield @ 717-337-0724.

Gettysburg trash contract switchover from Waste Connections to Waste Management causes confusion

Gettysburg residents woke up yesterday morning to see their trash receptacles and recycling bins being taken away by the former trash contractor Waste Connections.  The move is part of a switchover of contractors in which Waste Management (WM) will be the new provider as of April 1. The contract is for 3 years. The Gettysburg borough council said residents should have received a mailing from WM explaining the new service, but many did not. Residents are encouraged to call (800) 593-9529 or visit https://www.wm.com to set up a WM online account. Residents reported long wait times to get a new account set up at WM. “It was hard to get registered.  I had to wait for an hour,” said a local resident. Borough Manager Charles Gable said the borough was not responsible for the switchover and that residents should call WM to get information.  But borough council member Judie Butterfield warned the information provided by WM might be inaccurate. It was not clear today if and when new receptacles would be delivered, and residents were planning to use bags during the week. Butterfield said she had contacted WM for information but they had not returned her call. The switch from Waste Connections to WM was required by law when WM came in with a lower bid. Butterfield said Waste Connections had provided excellent service and that the difference in the price was only about $2. For more information about the WM contract, please click here. Residents who have an autopay service with Waste Connections should call to have it cancelled. At least one resident reported cancelling the service on the Waste Connections website created an error and was not possible.

Conflict doesn’t have to be scary

Mediation Services of Adams County (MSAC) is a locally-based organization composed of board certified volunteer mediators who provide training in mediation and negotiation skills, as well as conflict resolution services for individuals and groups. To have an adequate pool of trained mediators available to help people work through strained family relationships, neighbor disputes, or other conflicts, we need to keep our volunteers up to date on the best mediation practices. This April we are offering an exciting training that focuses on transformative mediation. The primary goal of transformative mediation is to foster the conflicting parties’ empowerment and recognition, enabling them to approach their current problem, as well as later problems, with a stronger, more open view. The mediators are given tools to successfully help people deep in conflict to solve their own problems and to create their own powerful solutions. The course is designed for anyone who is curious about how to better deal with the conflict in their own lives also. MSAC’s volunteer mediators, and anyone else who is interested, may take the 22-hour mediation course. This in-person workshop will be followed up with 4 hours of role play on Zoom. Once the course is completed, attendees may consider volunteering for MSAC as a mediator. MSAC’s transformative mediation training will be facilitated by Susan Jordan, Executive Director of Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center, Inc in Selinsgrove, PA. Susan is a certified mediator and trainer with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. The class meets on three consecutive days: Thursday April 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday April 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday April 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location:  Gettysburg United Methodist Church – 30 West High Street, Gettysburg, PA  17325 Cost:  $275/per person or $250 early bird by April 10, 2022. A reduced fee of $150 will are available for individuals from non-profit organizations or churches. Please make checks payable to:  Mediation Services of Adams County Inc. Remit to P.O. Box 4113, Gettysburg, PA  17325 If you have questions, feel free to call 717-334-7312 If you would like more information about Transformative Mediation Training, please contact Mediation Services of Adams County, 717-334-7312, P.O. Box 4113, Gettysburg, PA 17325, email mediationac@yahoo.com  www.mediateadams.org.

Gettysburg moves to Waste Management for waste and recycling services

As the low bidder on the waste removal contract for the borough, Waste Management (WM), will provide waste and recycling services for all Gettysburg residents beginning April 1. Residents are encouraged to call (800) 593-9529 or visit https://www.wm.com to set up a WM online account. Please leave a comment below if you have questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. Residents should have received a mailing from WM about the switchover. Pickup days will remain the same. Costs depend on the individual plan chosen (see information on the “tag-a-bag” program below). Material must be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on your day of collection. WM will allow one bulk item, such as mattresses, furniture, appliances, or other large household items, to be left for pickup on each collection day. Mattresses and box springs must be bagged prior to collection using bags that can be purchased at local hardware stores. Items containing such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or any items with CFC/HCFC refrigerants or liquids must be scheduled ahead of collection by contacting WM customer service at (800) 593-9529. Toxic chemicals, pesticides, pool chemicals, oil-based paints, weed killers, automotive batteries, and fuels or fluids must be disposed of properly, and NEVER placed in the trash. TVs, computers, laptops, printers, or monitors must be properly recycled and will NOT be collected at the curb. Gettysburg Borough will host its next device recycling event on September 17, 2022. Yard waste can be picked up weekly. Branches should be bundled in lengths of three feet, and of a size that can be lifted by one man. Leaves should be placed (unbagged) in an open, dumpable container. Holiday Schedule: The following holidays are observed by Waste Management: New Year’s Day Memorial Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Fourth of July Christmas Day If a holiday falls on or before your collection day, your service will be delayed one day that week only. There will be no service delays if a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Tag a Bag Program Residents must contact WM at (800) 593-9529 by March 18 to remain in or sign up for the “tag a bag” program. Residents participating in the service will be invoiced the $20.00 annual fee and will receive 12 tags. Additional tags can be purchased for $4.00 per tag by contacting WM at (800) 593-9529. Notification System: Customers are notified by phone through an automated system about important service delays, inclement weather or cancellations. Please keep an updated home or cell phone number on file with Customer Service to receive alerts when necessary. For More Information: Waste Management Customer Service (800) 593-9529 Residents can also visit www.wm.com for chat and email options. Always recycle: Plastic bottles, jugs, jars & tubs Food & Beverage Cans Paper Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard Glass Bottles & Containers Rinse carefully. Remove metal lids and recycle separately. NO Food or Liquids NO Foam Cups & Containers NO Loose Plastic Bags or Film Plastic NO Green Waste NO Clothing, Furniture & Carpet in recycle bins To learn more visit wm.com/recycleright. NO Batteries – check local drop-off programs for proper disposal

U.S. Senator Bob Casey visits Adams County

Third-term U.S. Senator Bob Casey met with about 40 members of the Adams County Democratic Committee at the Charlie Sterner building in the Gettysburg rec park on Friday afternoon. The meeting was an informal session to talk with grass roots volunteers. Topics covered broader political issues as well as those of interest to Adams County residents, including broadband access and the use of Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Casey was introduced by the committee chair Marcia Wilson who noted the senator’s accomplishments and current committee appointments and introduced the people who were in attendance. In his remarks, Casey gave updates on current happenings in Washington, the benefits the county was receiving from ARPA funds, and encouraged people to keep working for democratic ideals. “His demeanor is so calm and reassuring.  He generally cares about people,” said Wilson “He spoke individually with every person there.” The Democratic (and Republican) county committees will have new representation after the May primary election as new candidates will be on the ballot. Each Adams County precinct can elect up to two committee members, each elected for 4-year terms. According to state law, the elected committee members then vote for a committee chair, vice chair, and treasurer. The chair then appoints a secretary and may appoint other standing officers. “Every election, whether we win in this county or not, our votes count,” said Wilson. Casey is expected to return to Gettysburg in the near future for a larger campaign event. Featured image by Marcia Wilson.

Sixth Annual Peace and Justice Week opens today at Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College’s sixth annual Peace and Justice Week begins today at the peace pole near Musselman Library at 4:00 p.m. The week of talks, discussions, workshops, and training sessions, with the goal of fostering peace and justice in the world, is hosted by the college’s Peace and Justice Studies Program. If you are attending the sessions would you consider reporting on them for the Connection?

Funfest 2022 and more from the library

Hello, from the Adams County Library System! My name is Erica Duffy and my role in this organization is Development Director. Officially, I’ve been hired to raise funds through donations, sponsors and grants for the 6 library branches in Adams County. These funds are used for short-term and long-term needs to support Adams County Library System’s (ACLS) Mission and Purpose. I’m here to say, it’s fun! Over the past 6 months, I’ve had an opportunity to visit our branches and participate in their programs and I encourage you to do the same. Libraries are much more than a place to check out books — it’s familial and communal. Patrons and staff know each other well, children stay after school to socialize, parents are connecting with each other during story-time and building new relationships. It is rewarding to be in a working relationship with the Adams County community. Which is why I’m excited to invite you to our Annual FunFest, June 10th at the Gettysburg Recreation Park from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. I assure you, it will be fun! What is FunFest? It is our kick-off into Summer Quest, the ACLS summer learning program. This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities. ACLS encourages children and families to experience everything the library has to offer through leisure reading and participation in a variety of activities at each of our 6 branch locations over the summer. We will have vendors and each booth there will be a craft or activity for children to celebrate our Ocean theme! Would you like to be a vendor? My contact information is at the end. It’s not just booths! The Gettysburg Fire Department will be there with their fire truck! Adventure in Fun will also be at FunFest with balloon animals and face painting. There will be food! Visit Mr. Y’s Shaved Ice and the Dairy Association Truck for those awesome Farm Show milkshakes. The Gettysburg Kiwanis Club will be selling hot dogs and fruit and DJ Ziegler will provide the music! We will have a lot of volunteers helping at the event and thank Gettysburg Rotary Club for volunteering to be our parking crew! This is a big event and we need all of the volunteer support you can give during FunFest. Would you consider donating your time to help us kick-off our SummerQuest program? I assure you, it will be fun we are grateful for any amount of time you can give June 10th.  FunFest is not a fundraiser. I would love to speak with you about being a FunFest Sponsor. This is a great event, at our last FunFest in 2019 we had over 2,000 participants that day! Your organization will be seen and your donation is tax-exempt! Let’s talk! Please email me at ericad@adamslibrary.org or call our office at 717-334-0163 to learn more about how you can participate in FunFest 2022!

LASD presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” this weekend

Is it a drama? Is it a mystery? Is it a tragedy? No! It is the Littlestown High School Spring comedy musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The 1962 Broadway musical by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by the late Stephen Sondheim will be presented by the cast this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. As the curtain goes up, the audience observes a street in ancient Rome where all the action is focused on three houses. First, the house of Erroneous (Nick Albright) an old man who according to Albright just “…interrupts the show, awkwardly.”  The second house is owned by Lycus (Keira Lee), purveyor of courtesans for the Roman gentleman caller. The third house is where Sennex (Derek Reed) and Domina (Makayla Rock) live with their son, Hero (Christian Keller). The story turns the hero and sidekick pairing on its head, featuring the sidekick as the main character. Taylor Hollie plays main character, Pseudolus, whose frenetic mind directs the cast of characters to her purpose while attempting to win her freedom. The sidekick’s sidekick is Hysterium (Trent Boritz), who finds himself unwillingly woven into Pseudolus’ plans. “Pseudolus is a Roman slave who wants his freedom,” says Hollie. Her character was originally written as a male character. Hollie is following in the footsteps of Whoopie Goldberg who took on the role in 1997. Says Hollie, “He’s a funny little guy.” Play goers will meet the lovely Philia (Chloe Sentz), the bride purchased by the pompous and full of himself Captain Miles Gloriosus (Chase Wootton). Unbeknownst to Miles Gloriosus, Hero and Philia are in love. Hero promises Pseudolus his freedom if Pseudolus can get Philia for him. A host of supporting characters help with the confusion and mayhem. The courtesans include Tintinnabula (Brooke Kelly), Vibrata (Florence Vandersluys), Geminae (Acadia Farley and Rylee Griffith), Panaceea (Duda Marton), Gymnasia (Katelyn Snare), and Auxiliara (Riko Kambayashi). Proteans and soldiers make up the balance of the cast. They are Kaelonnah Darlich, Kenzie Hull, Kaylie Kurland, and Brooklyn Pyren as Proteans. Garrett Hutchinson, Christopher Johnson, Ella Scott, and Dylan Smith are the Soldiers. Three members of the courtesans, Marton (Brazil), Kambayashi (Japan), and Vandersluys (France) are foreign exchange students. The three young actresses spending their senior year in Adams County expressed enthusiasm about their roles, saying theater was not an extra-curricular activity in their home schools. Directing the musical is Michael Baker along with vocal director Michael Lobaugh. Choreography is by Nikki Bull with music direction from Adam Bish. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.lasd.k12.pa.us/page/online-box-office . Featured Image: Cast members Florence Vandersluys, Taylor Hollie, and Riko Kambayashi. [Christine Grim]

Gettysburg Print and Frame moves to Deatrick Village

Gettysburg Print and Frame, formerly located at 646 York St., is now at a new location on the Fairfield Road West of Gettysburg. Shop owner Phil Letendre said the new site, on the corner of Route 116 and Deatrick Dr. near the Wellspan complex, would be more modern, more organized, and provide easier access to customers. “We’ve grown and we want to be more accessible to our customers,” said Letendre.  “Our lease was up and we were looking for a new location. We’re really excited about it.” Letendre said the business was now three years old and looking to expand its offerings.  The new location will allow the shop to streamline its custom framing offerings and expand its capabilities. Letendre said the business worked hard during Covid to help small businesses with discount rates on business cards, banners, and other items. The shop continues to focus on low prices, highest quality, and fastest turnaround. Most orders can be completed within 24 hours or even same day where needed. The shop stresses the personal attention each of its projects receives, regardless of its size. Letendre said the business was hoping to offer the ability for customers to drop off parcels for pickup by shipping service providers in the near future.