Laced drugs cause deaths in South Central PA

The following notice was posted today on the Littlestown Police Department’s Savvy Citizen app. Over the past several days there appears to be a batch of illegal drugs that have hit the streets in South Central Pa. Over the past weekend, multiple overdoses have occurred which has also resulted in multiple deaths. Apparently, from what we know so far, the drugs are laced with cocaine and a packaged synthetic that has yet to be identified. Law enforcement and healthcare personnel are working to identify the substance as well as its origin in an attempt to get it off the street before any further deaths occur. That being said, addiction to an illegal substance is a fact and it occurs for a lot of reasons. I am not issuing this notice to judge anyone, our purpose is to warn the public that this stuff is out there and it can cause death or serious injury. If you come in contact with this substance either on purpose or by accident due to a family member or friend who may have overdosed, it is possible you could fall victim if you accidentally breathe it in or get it on your hands. We would anticipate it will have dire consequences if a small child is accidentally exposed. If you suffer from addiction we urge you to seek professional help. Multiple avenues of assistance are available free of charge to get you the help you need. If you have a family member or know someone who is suffering from addiction, please make sure they are aware this stuff is currently on the streets. We are asking for public assistance to help identify this dangerous substance before anyone loses their life. We urge you to contact law enforcement officials if you have any knowledge of the source of this substance. All information provided will remain confidential. Here is a list of phone numbers for Adams County Police Departments:

Who Is Nicholas of Cusa and Why Is He Coming to Gettysburg?

Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) was one of the leading intellectual figures of the fifteenth century. Born at Kues (in Latin, Cusa) in Germany and often known by the Latin name Cusanus, he was a philosopher, theologian, and eventually a cardinal of the Catholic Church. An exemplary Renaissance man, he also made contributions in mathematics, natural science, and political theory. His best-known works are On Learned Ignorance (1440), a philosophical treatise, The Vision of God (1453), a work of mystical theology, and The Peace of Faith (1453), a work arguing for the underlying harmony of all religions. He is often seen as a forerunner of modern philosophy as well as a pioneer of interreligious dialogue. Nicholas will not put in a personal appearance in Gettysburg, but he will be present in spirit through the American Cusanus Society. A scholarly society founded in 1983, the society seeks to promote the study of Nicholas of Cusa and his times. While the majority of its members are historians, philosophers, and theologians, the membership extends as far afield as mathematics, architecture, and political science, representing the range of Nicholas’s interests. Since 1986, the Cusanus Society has met in Gettysburg, more or less every two years. The connection between Nicholas and Gettysburg is largely the work of Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Christianson, Professor (now Professor Emeritus) of Church History at the Lutheran Seminary and a founding member of the Cusanus Society. According to Christianson, “The Gettysburg Conference was created to bridge the ironic gap between a provincial Lutheran seminary and a highly specialized society focused on a medieval Catholic cardinal.” Christianson notes that among the distinctive features of the Gettysburg conferences “are the working sessions that allow intense exploration of a specific Cusan [or related] text using an English translation, often rendered especially for the conference.” This year the Society continues its partnership with United Lutheran Seminary with its nineteenth biennial conference, which will take place from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1, preceded by a public lecture on Thursday, September 28. The conference title is “War and Peace in the Late Middle Ages.” According to conference co-chair Dr. Christopher Belitto, Professor of History at Kean University, New Jersey, “We seem to be living in a country and a world tottering between war and peace. These are the times where history is a good teacher.” At the conference, Bellitto says, “We’ll take our lessons mostly from the Middle Ages to see how Christians fought each other and how Muslims and Christians tried to negotiate peace, though there was extreme violence too, of course. Our medieval friends wondered whether peace was the only alternative or whether there were times when throwing a punch could be justified. We’ll ask, too, what people think about justified violence today–or whether it’s a path to nowhere.” While the conference is open to registrants only, several lectures are open to the general public, free of charge. The first takes us almost to the present time. On Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Jill Ogline Titus, Associate Director of the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, will deliver a pre-conference presentation titled “A New Birth of Freedom?: Civil Rights and Black History in 20th Century Gettysburg.” This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Cusanus Society and the Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center. There will be two public events on Friday, September 29. At 3:00 p.m., Dr. Anne Marie Wolf, Professor of History at the University of Maine-Farmington, will deliver the Kyomi Koizumi Watanabe Lecture, “Learning about Peace from the Middle Ages: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Insights.” At 7:45 p.m., Dr. Phillip Stump, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Lynchburg, will deliver the Morimichi Watanabe Lecture, “The Intersection of Peace and Unity at the Council of Constance and Beyond.” All of these lectures will take place in Valentine Hall Auditorium at the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. Parking is available behind Valentine Hall off Springs Avenue or on the west side of Seminary Ridge, next to the United Lutheran Seminary Library. For further information about the conference, please contact Dr. Vincent Evener at VincentEvener@MissouriState.edu. Featured image caption:This portrait of Nicholas of Cusa, dating around 1460, belongs to the triptych altarpiece in the chapel of the St.-Nikolaus-Hospital that he founded in Kues (Cusa). From www.americancusanussociety.org.

Make plans for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is nationally known as breast cancer awareness month.  In Adams County, we celebrate our breast cancer survivors in many ways throughout October and beyond.  Our main goal for women in our community is to assist them in the early detection and understanding of breast health concerns.  In our community, the dedicated members of the Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition (ACBCC), an affiliate of Healthy Adams County, work to raise funds to support Pennsylvania breast cancer research, the free mammogram fund, and educational opportunities to improve the understanding of breast health concerns.   On Friday, October 13, 2023, ACBCC will host its Annual Dinner of Hope at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg. The event’s keynote speaker, Arlene Karole, a breast cancer survivor, writer, and advocate. Arlene is a national speaker who will be joining the ACBCC to celebrate breast cancer early detection, survivorship, and how to take charge of your health and feel empowered to make healthcare decisions. The cost for the dinner is only $15. An RSVP is required by Monday, October 15.  There is no admittance at the door without prior RSVP. For further information on this inspiring event, call 717-339-2657. The sponsoring partner for this dinner is WellSpan Adams Cancer Center. Through the services of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, local women are provided cutting edge breast care as a National Accredited Program for Breast Center and a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. WellSpan offers a variety of breast imaging services such as breast MRI, 3D mammography, and the free screening mammogram fund for individuals who meet the criteria. The WellSpan Adams Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art medical treatments for breast cancer such as clinical trials, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and mind-body health complementary medicine. Toni Fitzgerald, RN, is the oncology nurse navigator at the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center and is chair of the Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition, an affiliate of Healthy Adams County. She can be contacted at (717) 339-2657.

Heritage Festival will mark 32nd year

The 32nd annual Adams County Heritage Festival will kick off, rain or shine, at noon on Sunday, September 17, at the Gettysburg Recreation Park, 545 Long Lane.  With a goal of celebrating community unity, Festival organizers, the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County have planned a full afternoon of family activities. Beginning with bagpiper Rodney Yeaple, followed by an invocation and civic proclamations, the main stage will feature four ensembles highlighting shared cultures. “Ladies in the Parlor,” an American roots band, will be followed by “Simple Gifts,” playing East European music honoring Bosnia and Ukraine.  Mid-afternoon will see on stage “Cam Sounds and Vibrations,” an African-American jazz ensemble, finally winding up with “Los Monstros,” a Latin fusion band, back again by popular acclaim. Children will enjoy decorating bikes and participating in the HAPBI-sponsored bicycle parade, as well as hands-on craft activities at the Children’s Area.  An adjacent drum circle will enable adults and kids to try out complicated percussion rhythms.  Families will want to pick up passports at the main entrance, visit various international displays, and get their passports stamped at country tables. Ethnic food is a major Heritage Festival attraction. Attendees can purchase lunch and snacks (or even take-home dinner) from Mexican, Indonesian, Middle Eastern, and African American vendors, as well as sampling donuts and sandwiches. A profusion of non-profit booths helps to introduce various community organizations and offer opportunities for future volunteering. Craft vendors and demonstrators will also be on hand.   Festival highlights include the Afghan refugee table, Talk Tents sponsored by Mediation Services and Urban Rural Action, and a world map offering festival-goers opportunities to pinpoint their countries of origin.  Whether they buy a Festival T-shirt or just enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment and chatting with friends, attendees will discover a signature event that brings out the best in everyone. 

The Liberty Ride arrives in Gettysburg on Saturday

On May 7, 2023, motorcyclists across the U.S.A. embarked on our fourth Coast to Coast Motorcycle Relay carrying copies of the United State’s most sacred documents: ·        The Declaration of Independence ·        The Bill of Rights ·        Our Constitution, including Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation & the 13th,14th, & 15th Amendments. This year, our relay also raises awareness of the continuing at-risk status of the Equal Rights Amendment. On September 9, the relay will conclude when we arrive at Gettysburg Battlefield to pay respect to all patriots whose sacrifices inspire continued aspiration toward the More Perfect Union our forebearers envisioned. With a nonpartisan emphasis on equality, liberty, and justice for all, our mission serves as a reminder of the democratic principles laid down by our Founding Fathers. Since August of 2020, hundreds of patriotic motorcyclists have been riding to promote equality, one of our core values. To unite rather than divide, throughout the summer, we relay the founding documents, hand to hand, across state borders. This demonstration promotes acceptance and diversity. “We the People” is our common ground as the pursuit of happiness may look different to each citizen and ally. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” We ride for Liberty and Justice for All Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RideforLibertyforAll and for additional information go to libertyrides.org

Gettysburg National Military Park announces next phase of road paving

GETTYSBURG, PA – Beginning Tuesday, September 5, park roads west and north of Gettysburg (Day 1 Battlefield) and the East Cavalry battlefield will be repaved. This three-month project will address road surfaces and parking areas that are at the end of their lifespan.   Road closures during this phase of paving will largely occur at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday to Thursday. Friday will be held as a rain date.   These closures may temporarily interrupt the ability to visit portions of the battlefield while work is ongoing. No work will occur on weekends or federal holidays.   Roads to be repaved at night from 6 pm to 6 am, Sunday to Thursday (Friday will be held as a rain date) include:  The roadwork at East Cavalry battlefield will occur during the day and will require full closures.  Scheduled paving dates are subject to change due to weather or other impacts. Every effort will be made to complete the work as expeditiously as possible as well as minimize disruptions for park visitors. Full details on the schedule of road work will be made available on the park website and social media platforms as details become available.  www.nps.gov  About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 424 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at [http://../www.nps.gov]www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  

Fall: Made for walking?

by Betsy Meyer The Healthy Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force’s fall walking schedule is full of walks, showing off Adams County’s natural beauty at a wonderful time of year for walking.  As Albert Camus said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  We hope you will find some time this fall to get outside and join us for a relaxing walk to take in nature’s autumn show.  We are again offering led group walks at 1:00 with an interesting speaker.  The benefit of the group walk is meeting/getting to know other outdoor walkers, not having to worry about staying on the path and learning something new from an interesting speaker.  If you can’t make 1:00, all the walks are offered later in the afternoon when you walk the route on your own or with family/friends – we provide a map.  We are offering a perfect attendance prize of a $10 gift card to Hollabaugh’s Bros Farm Market at our final walk.  We also have two walks, Labor Day and Saturday, September 23rd, that will count as make-up in case you miss up to two of the regular weekday walks.  Here’s the schedule: MON. SEP 4, 8:00 AM, Highmark Wholecare Labor Day FREE 5K, Wyndham Hotel, Gateway Complex. Arrive 30 minutes early to register or sign up in advance at runsignup.com/race/PA/Gettysburg/LaborDayFree5k. Race/walk kicks off from the Wyndham Hotel in the Gateway Complex off Rtes 30 and 15.  Medals for all children who finish. (3.1 miles, paved roads, some gentle hills) Wed. SEPT 6, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00 open, Gettysburg College/Peace Light, 300 W. Lincoln Ave.  Walk from the Gettysburg College Musselman Athletic Field parking lot to the Peace Light. At 1:00, there will be a group walk led by Gettysburg College history professor Peter Carmichael.  (3 miles, paved road, sidewalk, and a bit on a gravel trail and is a bit hilly with little shade.) Wed. SEPT 13,  1:00 led walk, 2:00 – 4:00 open, ADAMS COUNTY WINERY, 251 Peach Tree Rd, Ortanna. Walk around the vineyards, gardens, and buildings of the winery. (Walk is 2 miles,  flat and hilly, with some gravel and some field grass. Wed. SEPT 20, 1:00 led walk, 3:00 – 5:30 open, HUNDRED FOLD FARM, 1400 Evergreen Way, Ortanna. Walk the gravel roads of this quiet cohousing community and around the adjoining Halbrendt vineyards, which are being converted to wildflower meadows. (~ 2 miles, hilly, gravel trail, some shade, very scenic)  SAT. SEPT 23, 4:00 led walk.  KNORR & SCOTT ROADS. Park at 380 Knorr Rd.  Walk on a very quiet rural road with beautiful scenery and mostly preserved land.  The walk will also venture onto a short meadow trail that meanders along Marsh Creek and then ends with a lookout pier over the creek. (~2.5 miles, mostly road, short trail section, partial shade, rolling hills).    Tues. SEPT 26, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 to 6:00 open, BLUE & GRAY AIRFIELD. 360 Confederate Cavalry Avenue, off Route 30, east of Route 15.    (~3 miles, flat road surfaces) Wed. OCT 4, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00 open, New Walk – McSherrystown, Park at St. Joseph Academy 69 Main St, McSherrystown, in the Convent Lot, turn into a one-way driveway, at the split goes right. (~2.5 miles, mostly flat, some shade, trail). Wed. OCT 11, 1:00 led walk,  4:00 – 6:00, New Walk LITTLESTOWN FALL FOLIAGE. Park at the high school, 200 E. Myrtle Ave, Littlestown, or along Crouse Ave.  Check-in at the Crouse Park Gazebo.  Walk the quiet neighborhood streets while enjoying spectacular fall colors. (2 miles, paved, relatively flat) Wed. OCT 18, 1:00 led walk, 2:00 – 4:00, Hollabaugh’s Orchards.  545 Carlisle Rd, Biglerville.  Enjoy fall’s colors by walking the orchard lanes of the farm.  Sorry, no dogs are allowed.  Enjoy apples & cheese at our last walk of the fall season. (Almost 2 miles, gravel trail, a bit hilly) Hope to see you there.  For more detailed information, please check the website at adamswellness.org. Betsy Meyer is a member of the Physical Fitness Task Force and an outdoor enthusiast.

Heritage Festival Bike Parade is set for Sunday, September 17 at 1 p.m.

The 2023 Adams County Heritage Festival will feature a children’s bike parade and community walk along the Biser Trail in Rec Park. The whole day is packed with entertainment and wonderful food, making it a great community unity event. Bike decorating starts at 12:30 backstage, or you can decorate your bike at home. Helmets are required, and riders receive a free can of Lucky Leaf apple juice, courtesy of Knouse Foods, just for wearing their helmet! Children 12 and under, sign up to win a $350 incentive for Gettysburg Bicycle & Fitness! When your child registers for the Festival near the stage and bikes in the Parade, they will automatically receive five raffle tickets to win a $350 Gettysburg Bicycle and Fitness incentive. If you ride a bike before the event and inform habpi2021@gmail.com with the child’s name, age, adult contact email/phone number, and ride date, you will win an additional ticket! If the weather cancels the event on September 17, the $350 prize, chosen from those who registered via email, will still be awarded. The Adams County Heritage Festival celebrates the many ethnic and cultural traditions of our county through sharing foods, arts and crafts, and music. The Festival is jointly sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, and in recent years around 1200 people have attended it. The 32nd annual Adams County Heritage Festival takes place on Sunday, September 17, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Park. The Festival is jointly sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Step up to save lives at Heart Walks in York and Adams Counties

Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 15, 2023 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, invites people from across York and Adams counties to fight heart disease and stroke one step at a time at the 2023 York Heart Walk and Adams County Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 9. Both the York and Adams County Heart Walks will be held at new locations this year. The York Heart Walk will take walkers on a 1.5-mile walk through the York College campus. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will step off at 9 a.m. starting at Graham Field, 899 S. Richland Ave., York. The Adams County Heart Walk will feature a 1-mile walk through Gettysburg Recreation Park, 545 Long Ln., Gettysburg. Festivities will start at 12:30 p.m., and the walk will step off at 1:30 p.m.,The Heart Walk raises funds to support the mission of the American Heart Association and save lives from heart disease and stroke, the nation’s no. 1 and no. 5 killers. It is also an opportunity for families, workplaces, and communities to come together to participate in a heart-healthy activity while honoring those who have been affected by heart disease and stroke, including 43-year-old heart transplant survivor Asheley Walters of Dillsburg. Asheley learned at just 11 years old that she had a genetic heart condition, which turned into heart failure. At a young age, she was battling persistent breathlessness, a declining quality of life, and atrial fibrillation, which eventually led to her having a stroke when she was 30. By the time she was 38, her heart function was so compromised that her healthcare team determined that a heart transplant was her best chance at survival. She is now five years post-transplant, full of energy, and ready to share her story to kick off the Heart Walks. The York and Adams County Heart Walks are co-chaired by Brent Doores, vice president of finance at Family First Health, and Michael Cogliano, Sr., president of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. Brent Doores joined Family First Health as vice president of finance in April. In this role, Doores oversees all day-to-day financial operations and strategic fiscal initiatives for the organization. He previously served as CEO for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of York and in leadership roles across a variety of service lines and specialties for fifteen years at WellSpan Health, including urgent care, heart and vascular services, and revenue management. Michael Cogliano has served WellSpan Health for the past 25 years, 22 years of which has been at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. He began his career as a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist, giving him an appreciation for the impact of heart disease on individuals, families, and communities. Cogliano has volunteered for numerous organizations and community boards, including the past chair of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation. He also served as chair of the York and Adams County Heart Walks in 2022. To learn more or sign up to participate, visit heart.org/yorkwalk. From there, participants can stay up to date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or social media.  The York and Adams County Heart Walks are sponsored by WellSpan Health, UPMC, and UPMC Health Plan, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of York, Glatfelter Insurance, and other local supporters. The funds raised from the Heart Walks go towards research, advocacy, CPR training, and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to healthcare access and quality. Visit heart.org to learn more.   About the American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter, or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.    For Media Inquiries:Larissa Bedrick, larissa.bedrick@heart.org, 610-547-5530 (cell)  For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)heart.org and stroke.org

Gettysburg community art space Waldo’s & Company invites all to its 10th birthday celebration

Local art space invites everyone for food, music, and games to celebrate 10 years in thecommunity. Gettysburg, PA – Nonprofit art space Waldo’s & Company welcomes everyone to celebrate adecade of community art with Waldos 10th Birthday Party Saturday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 10 p.m. at17 Lincoln Square (Basement) in Gettysburg.  This anniversary not only signifies the decade of hard work but the potential ahead andwelcomes all for an evening of celebratory community fun.The birthday celebration will include food trucks, lawn games as well as live music performedby The Heads or Tails Experience and Ben Kennedy. A dance party will kick off at 8:30 p.m.with DJ Deezy.Waldo’s annual birthday party will also feature a fundraiser, including limited edition newreleases and reprints of classic Waldo’s t-shirts through the years.Thanks to the contributions of volunteers and generous donations of all sizes, Waldo’s has beenable to thrive as a community-driven space for all ages.“We are incredibly grateful to the community for their continued support,” Chris Lauer,executive director and trade shop manager. “Ten years feels like a dream,” he said, “We are proud to serve the artists and the community of Gettysburg.”Over the years, Waldo’s has grown to include building improvements and expanded spaces to itsbar and studios, as well as paid staff. “From our first show with a homemade stage serving Kool-Aid, it is a wonder to see how far we’ve come,” Lauer said.Founded by a group of likeminded local artists, Waldo’s & Company has served as an all-day/late-night hangout for Gettysburg since 2013. The nonprofit also hosts artist studios andtrade shops and is home to an art gallery, a used bookstore, and a stage for concerts and specialevents. Waldo’s trade shop monthly membership offers low-cost access to fine art equipment, includingprintmaking ceramics and film photography.  A donation-based drink bar helps directly support the vision of local artists and now includes a new variety of handcrafted beverages made from scratch, including an “after-hours” menu of specialty mocktails.Freshly roasted beans are also available through Waldo’s monthly coffee subscription.Waldos was founded with a vision of enjoying community, advancing culture, and fosteringcreativity in a substance-free space.Waldo’s is also a proud participant of the annual Adams County Giving Spree. ABOUT WALDO’S & CO. Waldos & Company is located beneath Lark Gifts at 17 LincolnSquare in the heart of Historic Downtown Gettysburg. Waldo’s is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.For more information, including artist receptions, live music venues, volunteeropportunities and more, visit https://www.waldosandco.com, call 717-429-6040 and followWaldo’s on social media.

Adams County Office for Aging to host listening session on Pennsylvania’s master plan for older adults

Gettysburg, PA – The Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. (ACOFA) will host a listening session on the Department of Aging’s development of the Master Plan for Older Adults – a 10-year, state-led, and stakeholder-driven strategic plan designed to help transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for older Pennsylvanians. The master plan will also reflect the needs and preferences of this population to live where they choose and access the supports they need to thrive and age in place.  The listening session will take place Wed. Sept. 13 at 10 AM in the Destination Gettysburg Conference Room, 1560 Fairfield Rd. Gettysburg. Stakeholders, older adults and people living with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and community leaders are invited to hear an overview of the plan, its core principles, and why such a plan is needed for Pennsylvania. There will be opportunities for those in attendance to provide comments and input on the plan. Those interested in attending the listening sessions should RSVP by calling ACOFA at 717-334-9296, 800-548-3240 or emailing inquiry@acofa.org Individuals who are unable to attend can still provide input on the plan. They can either email AgingPlan@pa.gov, provide feedback through an online form or mail the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, c/o Master Plan, 555 Walnut St., 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Legal Notice: Ranger and Rocky’s K9 Rescue

​NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on or about Aug. 7, 2023, for the incorporation of Ranger and Rocky’s K9 Rescue under the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988. The corporation shall engage in the business of saving and caring for canines and adopting to new families, together with any legal function of a corporation under PA law. The initial registered office of the corporation is 213 Longstreet Drive, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Time to remember loved ones and end overdose

Join Us in Memory of those Lost to Overdose Many hundreds of thousands of people around the world lose their lives to overdose each year. [Nearly 110,000 Americans lost their lives to overdose in 2022, an increase of roughly four percent from 2021 and the second consecutive year of more than 100,000 overdose deaths]. They were our children, parents, siblings, partners, neighbors, colleagues, and friends. There is strong evidence to support practical solutions, such as providing free naloxone and fentanyl testing kits and improving access to opioid substitution treatment. All of these have been shown to reduce deaths and other harms caused by 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 5th annual Overdose Awareness Walk on Thursday, August 31, 2023, 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. At the Gettysburg REC Park, we will hear from local individuals and community representatives. Free naloxone will also be available.   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. If you are interested in having a memorial picture of your loved one on display during the event, please contact Lisa at the above information. The AC Overdose Awareness Taskforce is homed at the Center for Youth and Community Development offices located at 233 W High Street in Gettysburg.

Choral Society seeks singers

The Gettysburg Choral Society is now actively seeking new singers for the fall season. Auditions are being held by appointment on Saturday, August 12th, from 11 am-1 pm and on Monday, August 21st, from 6-8 pm. The group will perform two Christmas concerts. The first is on December 1st at the United Lutheran Seminary Chapel in Gettysburg at 7 pm. The second concert is on December 9th at the Seton Basilica in Emmitsburg, MD, at 3 pm. There is a special need for tenors and basses; however, all interested persons are encouraged to audition. The audition process is not difficult. Each singer will sing a familiar song and be tested for vocal accuracy, tone, blending, and range. All persons auditioning must be at least 18 years of age and able to read music. Choral experience is a plus. Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 11th, and take place on subsequent Monday evenings from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Trinity UCC, 60 East High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact our director or visit the Gettysburg Choral Society website, or contact John McKay, Director The Gettysburg Choral Society (717) 476-1054 {Call or Text} zoemckay@aol.com

Travel back in time and enjoy this rare opportunity to visit inside six historic barns near Gettysburg.

The “Historic Barns Tour of Gettysburg and Adams County” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Presented by Historic Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC), this event will be held rain or shine. The Tour includes privately owned barns that are not usually open to the public. One of the barns on the Tour served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. The Tour begins at the historic Round Barn at 298 Cashtown Road, Biglerville, PA. Participants should check in between 10 a.m. and noon and will receive a booklet and map showing the locations of the barns on the Tour. After exploring the Round Barn and Farm Market, participants can then drive to any barn on the Tour, in any order, and stay as long as they wish. The Tour ends at 4 p.m. This Pennsylvania bank barn is one of the barns included in this year’s HGAC’s Historic Barns Tour of Gettysburg and Adams County. It is barn #185 on the Adams County Barn Registry. This Tour is a family-friendly event; all kids under 18 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. There will be a windshield scavenger hunt called “Barn Quest” for students to identify architectural details of Pennsylvania barns. “We hope that parents and grandparents will bring their kids to see inside these great old barns, “ said Event Chair Bob Mcilhenny. “Photographers, bring your cameras!” Advance tickets may be purchased online until September 14 through Eventbrite or visit HGAConline.org and click on the Barn Tour link. For additional information, contact Bob Mcilhenny at (717) 420-6500 or RMcilhenny@comcast.net Each barn on this unique Tour will feature activities throughout the day that are fun and educational. There will be a cider press and cider tastings, demonstrations of timber framing techniques as well as the use of a shaving horse and draw knife. Local artist Bobbie Becker, wood carver Frank Rauscher, and members of the Foothills artists will be displaying and selling their artworks. The Panera Tatters will demonstrate tatting and lace making, and Civil War living history characters will tell of life in the mid-1800s when the barns on the Tour were built. There will also be live music and dance performances from the 19th century. Information about state-wide barn preservation efforts will be presented by members of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania (HBFF). Ceramic artist Tom Starr will describe traditional brick-making techniques and talk about living in an old brick barn. Learn about these icons of Adams County’s vernacular architecture. All the barns on the Tour except for the Round Barn are of a construction style known as the Pennsylvania Barn, and they all share two distinctive details. First, the front of a Pennsylvania barn features an extension of the upper floor of the barn known as a forebay, built to overshoot and shelter the entrance to the stables on the lower level. The second common feature is a bank of earth built up against the rear wall of the barn to provide access for wagons to enter the upper floor of the barn. Proceeds from this event will benefit the award-winning HGAC Barn Preservation Project and Grant Program. In 2020 the “Henry A. Jordan Award” was presented to HGAC by Preservation PA for its “outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local level.” HGAC Preservation Committee chair Curt Musselman noted, “HGAC has provided matching grant funding to over 40 owners of historic barns in Adams County since 2013.” Historic Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1975 to foster the preservation and interpretation of culturally significant structures and sites in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” set in the 1920’s

Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT), the non-profit 501c3 organization currently in its 15th year at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, PA, will present its production of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing August 4-13, 2023 with performances at 7 pm Fridays & Saturdays, and 2 pm Sunday matinees. Limited reserved seating tickets are available now at www.gettysburgcommunitytheatre.org  A playful comedy layered with all the rich complexity that comes with Shakespeare’s work, Much Ado About Nothing is a snappy, surprisingly timely meditation on gossip, gender, and the follies of romance. Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick arrive in the Sicilian port town of Messina after a decisive victory on the battlefield. As they join in the post-war celebrations at the Governor’s estate, Claudio takes a liking to their host’s daughter, Hero. Meanwhile, Benedick engages in a different sort of battle with Hero’s cousin, the quick-witted Beatrice. Cupid-like characters conspire to bring our quartet of lovers together while darker forces seek to drive them apart. Can love truly conquer all when the combined powers of deception, betrayal, and envy stand in its way? Much Ado About Nothing is comedic yet cautionary, elegant yet down to earth, mischievous, and undeniably merry. The comedy the director has chosen to set in the 1920s is suited for ages 10+ and is approximately two hours with intermission.  Director Samuel Eisenhuth and cast member Joan Crooks discussing a scene and costume pieces for the upcoming comedy Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which will perform on weekends August 4-13 at Gettysburg Community Theatre. The cast of actors includes Kyle Tirak from Frederick, Holly Landis from Dillsburg, Roger Dalrymple, Mike Krikorian, Elizabeth Pellegrino, and Elizabeth Smith from Gettysburg, Abbie Mazur-Mummert from Hanover, Michaela Odian from Taneytown, Cory Abrecht and Alyssa Byers from Walkersville, Lorraine Durbin and Rye Love from Carlisle, Caitlin Cutright from Shippensburg, Sarah Eisenhuth from New Cumberland, Dan Griffin from York, Jim “Bluto” Fisher and Becky Winter from Shiremanstown, Joan Crooks from Westminster, and Bethany Malykh from Mechanicsburg. The production is under the direction of Samuel Eisenhuth from New Cumberland, with Stage Management by Julie Carlin from Harrisburg and Costume/Props Design by Elana Farace from Middletown. GCT also has upcoming youth productions of The SpongeBob Musical with performances September 8-14, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer December 1-10, as well as adult productions of Jekyll And Hyde the musical in October and Senior Moments (a comedy with Senior actors) in November. GCT hopes to see YOU at the theatre this year. The public can subscribe free to the theatre email list to be kept up to date on all educational, volunteer, and performance opportunities. Additionally, on their website, you can order tickets, register for classes, and make donations. GCT Mission Statement: To inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in people of ALL ages and abilities through quality education and performance.

Senior FMNP checks to be distributed at the Farmers Market after 1-month delay

The Adams County Office for Aging is now able to issue Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks to qualifying senior citizens after statewide delays, which started in June. Gettysburg, PA – The Adams County Office for Aging is excited to finally be able to distribute Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks to qualifying senior citizens after logistical issues at the state level resulted in delays. The Senior FMNP program is issued to senior citizens who meet certain income guidelines. The program grants senior citizens paper checks that they can spend on locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Households of 1 elderly person that makes $26,973 or 2 people that make $36,482 combined are eligible to receive Senior FMNP checks. No proof of income is required when signing up, but a photo ID with proof of residency within Adams County is required. Individuals must be aged 60 or older by December 31, 2023, in order to qualify. While the delay of the program this year has presented challenges, the Senior FMNP program has also had some improvements made for 2023. This year, the value of Senior FMNP checks has increased from $24 last year to $50 in 2023, thanks to increased funding of the program. This means eligible senior citizens will receive more than double the value.           Senior FMNP checks are available to be picked up at the Adams County Office for Aging at 318 W. Middle Street during office hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Additionally, qualifying seniors are also encouraged to attend the Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) on Saturday, July 15, from 8 am-1 pm at the Gettysburg Rec Park to receive their FMNP checks and begin spending right away if they wish. Staff from the Adams County Office for Aging will be on-site at the farmers market and hope to distribute as many checks as possible to the community. “We are always excited to be at the market and help distribute checks,” said Linda Thompson, Community Services Director for Adams County Office for Aging. “We receive more checks from the state than we are able to give away, so partnering with the farmers market helps us get as many FMNP checks out as possible. We want people to spend them.” Senior citizens who spend their FMNP checks at ACFM will be able to double their value thanks to the market’s special tokens. Each FMNP check spent at ACFM will be matched dollar-for-dollar with $1 wooden tokens. While there are many farm markets in Adams County that will accept FMNP checks, the Adams County Farmers Market is the only location in the County that will double their value. Shoppers using Senior FMNP checks are encouraged to talk to ACFM staff for more information. The market’s FMNP doubling program has been made possible by a partnership with Healthy Adams County and will be available for all FMNP checks spent at the market throughout the year. “This is a great program for the community,” said Reza Djalal, Market Manager for ACFM. “It is a vital source of income for local farmers and a vital source of healthy foods for senior citizens. We encourage all eligible seniors to sign up for this program, it’s basically free money.”

Need a good book?  The library has you covered!

This year’s Friends of the Adams County Library System’s Summer Book Sale Bonanza promises to be one of our biggest and best in several years.  The reason it is going to be so special comes down to how our patrons and supporters of the library have been so generous with their donations.  A rough estimate of the number of books we have this year comes close to 45,000 volumes.   If you are a parent or grandparent, of note is our much larger than previous year’s selection of children’s, elementary and young adult books.  Every child who attends gets five free books each day of the sale, and teachers can choose up to 15 free books for their classroom use on Friday.  Need a good “beach read” or just looking for an escape for a few hours?  We have that covered too, including an excellent selection of recent mystery and romance novels.  Just be sure to come early on the first day for the best selection!   The early bird catches the worm! Once again, we are holding the sale at Redding Auction House at 1085 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg.  This year’s dates are Thursday, July 27 from 9 am to 7 pm, Friday, July 28 from 9 to 7 pm, and Saturday, July 29 from 9 am to 2 pm.  If shopping for bargain books helps you work up an appetite, the Friends of the New Oxford Library will once again be sponsoring the “Food Adventures” truck on Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Friday from 9 am to Noon.  This is our largest fundraiser,  but don’t forget that we run a Used Book Store in the basement of the Gettysburg library throughout the year.  Book Store hours are posted on the library website.  All proceeds from the Summer Bonanza and the Used Book Store help support Library Programs.  Posted by Catherine Dischner, President, Friends of Adams County Library System

Simple Gifts comes to the Adams County Library System

Gettysburg, PA – Simple Gifts comes to the Adams County Library System, bringing three family-friendly events to the Trone Memorial Library and one to the Gettysburg Library. This award-winning band consists of two women who perform with an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, banjo, and guitar, plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, shruti box, banjolin, guitjo, and doumbek. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, the dynamic duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. Space is limited, and registration is required for all events at www.adamslibrary.org/simplegifts. Simple Gifts Concert at the Trone Memorial Library – Monday, July 31, from 6:30-8:00 PM The community is invited to hear the duo Simple Gifts perform. Hear Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon play a variety of ethnic and folk music on an array of instruments. Ethnic Music Presentation at the Gettysburg Library – Tuesday, August 1, from 6:30-8:00 PM Simple Gifts demonstrates and explains the wide variety of instruments and styles they play and introduces the audience to the stylist differences of genres such as Romanian, Klezmer, Greek, Irish, Appalachian, Swedish music & more. Learn to Play Spoons at the Trone Memorial Library – Monday, July 31 · 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm During this session, children ages 8 and up can learn how to play spoons, following in the Appalachian tradition. Simple Gifts will also introduce the rudiments of arranging music. Immediately following this brief session, Simple Gifts will perform a children’s concert. I Wish I Played an Instrument! at the Trone Memorial Library – Tuesday, August 1, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm In this session, Simple Gifts will demonstrate ten folk instruments and discuss the pros and cons of playing each one.  There will be an opportunity for participants to handle and play some of the featured instruments. Open to all ages. The Friends of the Trone Memorial Library received a grant through the Adams County Arts Council’s STAR GRANT PROGRAM, which is funded by the ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THE BOROUGH OF GETTYSBURG, and the ROBERT C. HOFFMAN CHARITABLE ENDOWMENT TRUST.

Peer mentors needed for students with special needs theatre

Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT), the non-profit 501c3 organization located at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, PA, has begun its annual Penguin Project (theatre for actors with special needs) but needs at least 10 more volunteer peer mentors ages 10+ without special needs to help the actors with special needs during this rewarding program that meets weekly on Mondays 6-7 pm now through November 27, with dress rehearsals 6 pm November 27-30, and performances weekends December 1-10, 2023. No experience is necessary as GCT provides free training with this program. Some schedule conflicts can be worked around, but many volunteers are needed to get this program going strong again post-pandemic. Sign up for this free program for ages 10+ with and without special needs is available online at https://gettysburgcommunitytheatre.org/the-penguin-project/ The Penguin Project gets its name from the fact that penguins are birds with special needs, they cannot fly, but they thrive equally as well as any bird in their own environment. Students from last year’s GCT Penguin Project production of the musical HONK! “Our penguins (actors with special needs) may not be able to fly,” says GCT Founding/Executive Director Chad-Alan Carr, “but we see their spirits soar on stage through the love and joy of theatre arts.” The Penguin Project began in Illinois over two decades ago and is now being replicated in over 15 different States across the country. GCT was the first to replicate the program and started producing an annual musical featuring young actors with special needs and their peer mentors side by side with them back in 2014. GCT’s Penguin Project has performed at the high school auditoriums of Gettysburg and Hanover, as well as at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center and, of course, at the GCT stage. The program took a break during the pandemic but returned to the GCT stage last year with Honk! (the ugly duckling musical). This year’s production will be the classic musical based on the animated special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and will perform at the Gettysburg Community Theatre this December. Tickets are already on sale for this popular title, and seating is very limited, so ordering in advance is highly encouraged. “Though many of our young actors with special needs include everything from Autism, Down Syndrome, CP, cognitive delays, and other neurological disorders,” says Carr, “with GCT’s Penguin Project, we celebrate their abilities to shine on stage together with singing, dancing, and of course lots of smiles when the audience cheers for them. In our small intimate theatre without a bad seat in the house, it is truly magical, so bring tissues. It is life-changing.” GCT’s Penguin Project 2023 is made possible by generous support from The Cultural Alliance Of York County, Adams County Community Foundation and their wonderful Giving Spree, The Robert C Hoffman Charitable Endowment Fund, The Marie Keese Lelash Foundation, The Forward Fund, Sharon Magraw, Danny Sebright, Kiwanis Club Of Gettysburg, The Optimists Club Of Gettysburg, The Eagle Riders Of Gettysburg, Gettysburg Eagles, The Christmas Haus, and The Gettysburg Chocolate Market. GCT hopes to see YOU at the theatre this year. Subscribe free to the email list to be kept up to date on all educational, volunteer, and performance opportunities. Additionally, on the website, you can order tickets to in-person or streaming shows, register for classes, and make donations. GCT Mission Statement: To inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in people of ALL ages and abilities through quality education and performance.

Melissa Leathery is new YWCA CEO

The Board of Directors of the YWCA of Gettysburg & Adams County has selected Melissa Leathery as their next CEO, effective August 7, 2023.  “On behalf of the YWCA Board of Directors of Gettysburg and Adams County, we are privileged to welcome Melissa to the position of Chief Executive Officer,” said Board President Lyne Aurand. “We are excited to work with Melissa, who brings much experience with her. We look forward to focusing on growing our mission and programs with Melissa’s vision and leadership. Together we will bring about meaningful, positive change for all in our community.” Leathery is a Licensed Social Worker with 27 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She is skilled in leadership/culture, strategic planning, child development, mental health, advocacy, and networking and previously served as President and CEO of Hoffman Homes for Youth, a nonprofit organization where she spent most of her professional career in multiple roles. She has a clinical background and has worked primarily in the mental health field with children/adolescents. Under her guidance, YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County aims to continue its mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. She brings her leadership skills, commitment, and passion for wellness to the organization and the community. She looks forward to joining the Gettysburg community while leading the organization in program enhancement, community awareness, and overall growth to support the mission. “I am both honored and excited to have this opportunity to lead such an amazing organization and advance the mission of the YWCA,” said Leathery. “This nonprofit organization is a tremendous asset to the community, and there are skilled employees ready to make something great turn into excellence. As the website consistently states, ‘Bring about meaningful change in yourself and in your community,’ which is something I plan to embrace.” Nancy Lilley, longtime YWCA Advocacy Director, will continue as Interim CEO until Leathery arrives, at which time she will resume her previous leadership role. In making the announcement, the Board thanked Lilley for her many years of service to the YW, particularly for her crucial guidance since accepting the interim position in early February.  The YWCA of Gettysburg & Adams County began as the vision of two sisters, Annie and Irene Danner, who saw the community’s need for such an organization. They were inspired by the national YWCA and willed their estate on Lincoln Square to be used for a YWCA facility. In 1926, the Gettysburg chapter of the YWCA became a formal member of the national organization and was incorporated in 1929. Nearly 100 years later, today’s YWCA remains a vital part of the community, dedicated to YWCA USA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Selby Family Memorial Fund awards $58,200 in grants through the Adams County Community Foundation Fund 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, and other grants to meet evolving community needs. Thanks to the Community Foundation’s careful investment in long-term growth, this year’s grants for Littlestown total $58,200. The Fund will continue for generations to come, a permanent reminder of the Selby family’s community spirit and generosity. Since its inception in 2019, the Selby Family Memorial Fund has granted $190,000 to Littlestown nonprofits. Below: Members of the Adams County Community Foundation board, staff, and Fund for Littlestown Grants Committee, along with representatives from Littlestown nonprofits supported by the Selby Fund at the May 30, 2023, Selby Fund Grant Announcement. The 2023 grants for Littlestown include: Adams County Office for Aging, Littlestown Area Senior Center – $4,800 The senior center offers adults aged 60+ a place to socialize, exercise, and participate in educational programs and the arts. This grant will pay to install energy-efficient windows. Adams County Library System, Littlestown Library – $1,000 The grant will expand the children’s nonfiction book collection, providing Littlestown area residents with a wider range of titles and subjects. Borough of Littlestown, Community Park – $5,000 Pavilion roof replacement will be supported by this grant, as one of multiple Community Park improvements is underway. Littlestown Area Historical Society – $2,500 This grant will assist with site permits and excavation for a new structure to preserve and display items of local historic interest. Littlestown Area Historical Society – $1,000 This sponsorship will add attractions during the 2023 celebration of Good Ole Days. Littlestown Band Booster Association – $4,200 This grant will purchase a scissor lift podium for the Littlestown Area School District marching band. New Hope Ministries – $5,000 New Hope 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 income-eligible K-8th grade students receive for the weekend, and items not usually available in the clothing bank, such as socks and undergarments. Redeemers United Church of Christ – $5,000 Upgrades to Redeemer’s social hall and kitchen for use by multiple community groups. Thunderbolt Foundation – for Littlestown FFA – $ 1,500 This grant will cover expenses related to planting and growing sweet corn so Littlestown FFA students can educate their younger peers and distribute corn to students and the community. The Bernard, Mary, and Richard Selby Family Memorial Fund designates three Littlestown organizations for annual grants. This year they received: Alpha Fire Company #1 – $5,800 St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church – $11,600 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – $5,800 About the Adams County Community Foundation The Adams County Community Foundation promotes and facilitates charitable giving and builds a permanent civic endowment for Adams County, the Fund 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

GCT prepares for 15th Summer Series

With generous support from The Cultural Alliance Of York County, Adams County Community Foundation and their wonderful Giving Spree, The Robert C Hoffman Charitable Endowment Fund, The Marie Keese Lelash Foundation, The Janet & Edward Riggs Charitable Endowment, Danny Sebright, Sharon Magraw, Kiwanis Club Of Gettysburg, The Optimists Club Of Gettysburg, The Eagle Riders Of Gettysburg, Gettysburg Eagles, and more, Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT), the non-profit 501c3 organization located at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, PA, announces its 15th Annual Summer Children’s Theatre Series of theatre camps and children’s performances.Having originated as a children’s theatre in 2009 but quickly understanding the community’s desire for more inclusive programming, GCT became a creative safe place not just for the young but also for the young-at-heart and people with special needs as well. GCT’s Education & Outreach Program has grown to include its children’s theatre productions, after-school programs, and summer day camps for grades K-12, a Senior Citizen production for ages 55+, and a special needs theatre program for ages 10+. Education & Outreach makes up 75% of GCT’s entire operations and currently serves over 2,000 volunteers, audience members, students, actors, directors, artists, and musicians from 5 different counties.The 2023 Summer Children’s Theatre Series includes theatre day camps in July, where each week is a different play to learn with performances open to the public. There are still a few spots left in some of the K-12th Grade camps, which include Stories From Under The Big Top camp week July 10-14, with performances at 7 pm July 14 & 15 and 2 pm July 15, Pan! camp week July 17-21 with performances 7 pm July 21 & 22 and 2 pm July 22, Broadway Teens Concert 2 pm July 23, The Fairy Tale Network camp week July 24-28 with performances 7 pm July 28 & 29 and 2 pm July 29, and Hello, Shakespeare! camp week July 31-August 4 with performances at 4 pm August 4 & 2 pm August 5.GCT hopes to see YOU at the theatre this year for any of their performances or classes. Subscribe free to the email list to be kept up to date on all educational, volunteer, and performance opportunities. Additionally, on the website, you can order tickets to in-person or streaming shows, register for classes, and make donations.www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org GCT Mission Statement: To inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in people of ALL ages and abilities through quality education and performance. Students from last summer’s camp production of Junie B Jones Jr

United Way to distribute food and shelter grants

United Way of Adams County has been chosen to receive approximately $20,000 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The federal funds are made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter national board program. The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency consisting of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The local board was charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. The board is coordinated through the United Way of Adams County and will determine how the funds awarded to Adams County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may request information and an application at efspadamspa@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on July 14, 2023.

“Code Red” air quality alert remains in place today

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Code RED Air Quality Alert for all of Central Pennsylvania including Adams County. The alert, which continues through midnight, indicates the air in the region is affected by smoke and ozone from forest fires burning in Canada. The AQI indicator in Arendstville reported a reading of 161 this morning and the indicator in Gettysburg reported a reading of 171. Both readings are in the “unhealthy” range. An “unhealthy” AQI means that everyone may experience health effects from the air, and members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. The following recommendations are in place according to the National Weather Service: People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teens – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure: Everyone else – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:

50 acres preserved in Conewago Township

GETTYSBURG, PA – Estelle King of Hanover recently gifted a conservation easement protecting a 50-acre parcel in Conewago Township to the Land Conservancy of Adams County. King and her late husband, Richard King, purchased the original 25-acre parcel, which includes the main house, several outbuildings, and a sprawling arboretum, from the Myers family in 1987. The main house, where the Kings raised their two daughters, was built in the early 20th century for Hanover Shoe Company co-founder C.N. Myers’s son, Robert Myers. The Kings then purchased an additional, adjacent 25 acres, which was at the time and remains today in agricultural production, from a neighbor in the early 2000s. For King, who was already familiar with land trusts and had a “personal history of advancing conservancies and all they achieved,” protecting her property was an easy decision. “With so much building going on in the area, I really want to see the community remain agricultural, and it was important to me that this land continued to be actively farmed,” she said.  Located between Race Horse Road and Mount Pleasant Road on Route 194 south of Hanover, this property is next to a farm preserved by the county’s agricultural land preservation program and is across the street from another Land Conservancy-protected parcel. In a rapidly growing part of southeast Adams County, nearly a mile on both sides of this busy corridor will forever have the scenic farmland and open space that you see today. Ten years ago, none of the land in Conewago Township was permanently protected. Then, in 2014, the county acquired conservation easements on over 450 acres that were part of the Sacred Heart Basilica (Conewago Chapel), some of which lie in neighboring Union Township. For reference, the Borough of McSherrystown, which is surrounded by the township, is about 320 acres in size. Now Conewago Township has over 1,300 acres preserved through the Land Conservancy or county program. With 420 acres currently proposed for or undergoing residential development, the recent preservation of contiguous farms ensures that this growing township will retain some of its rural character in perpetuity. ________________________________________________________________________ The Land Conservancy of Adams County is an accredited, member-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the rural lands and character of Adams County, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit PreserveAdams.org or call the office at (717) 334-2828.

Korean War Weekend at Eisenhower National Historic site

GETTYSBURG, PA – This July, Eisenhower National Historic Site (NHS) will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice with special events and programming. Known as the ‘Forgotten War’, Korea was the first major conflict of the Cold War, impacting the lives of millions. Korea was central to Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1952 presidential campaign, and his interactions with troops at the front lines of the war in December 1952 heavily influenced his push for an armistice, which took place on July 27, 1953.  This four-day event will feature a special evening with Mr. Richard Witham, a Korean War veteran, a walking tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery focusing on stories of Korean War casualties, living history displays and interpretive exhibits at Eisenhower National Historic Site, as well as an evening lecture by Dr. Allan R. Millett, a renowned expert on the Korean War. All events and programming are free of charge.   President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower visits with men of the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, during a tour on December 4, 1952, Korea. The parka Eisenhower is wearing is now on display at the Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center. Photo courtesy of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The full schedule of events can be found below:  Thursday, July 27, 7 pm— “Korea 70 Years Ago”  Join Korean War veteran Richard Witham for a special program recounting his service 70 years ago. Mr. Witham served as a Corporal with the 8th Army, 226 Signal Service Company in Korea. This program will share some of his previously unpublished photographs taken in Korea, as well as his memories of the conflict and the country. This free program will take place in the theater of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.  Friday, July 28, 5:30 pm—Korean War Walking Tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery  Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 6,000 men and women who served the United States from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. It is also the resting place for 16 servicemembers who gave their lives during the Korean War. This ranger-guided walking tour will highlight the stories of these Korean War casualties. This program meets at the Rostrum at the Taneytown Road entrance to Gettysburg National Cemetery and will last approximately one hour.  Saturday, July 29, 9 am to 5 pm—Living history and interpretive displays at Eisenhower National Historic Site  In addition to regularly scheduled programming, Eisenhower NHS will host living history and interpretive displays highlighting the roles and experiences of U.S. soldiers, sailors, and marines in Korea. Join living historians from the 3rd Infantry Division for a display on U.S. soldiers in Korea. Staff from the National Medal of Honor Museum will be on hand to discuss Eisenhower, the Medal of Honor, and the Korean War. Visitors can also see interpretive displays from the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company and the Naval Heritage and Command Center on the USMC and the U.S. Navy in the Korean War.   Saturday, July 29, 7 pm— “I Shall Go to Korea!”: Eisenhower and the Korean War Armistice, 1952-1953, with Dr. Allen R. Millet  Dr. Allan R. Millett is an internationally renowned military historian and expert on the Korean War. He holds the Stephen E. Ambrose professorship at the University of New Orleans and is the director of the university’s Eisenhower Center for American Studies. Dr. Millett’s work has influenced the official histories and statistics of the Korean War and has been used by the U.S. government to revise American death numbers from the conflict. Dr. Millett will speak on President Eisenhower’s push to bring about an armistice in Korea. This program will take place in the theater of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.  Sunday, July 30, 9 am to 3 pm  In addition to regularly scheduled Eisenhower NHS programming, visitors can join living historians from the 3rd Infantry Division for a display on U.S. soldiers in Korea. Staff from the National Medal of Honor Museum will also be on hand to discuss Eisenhower, the Medal of Honor, and the Korean War.  

Last chance to order Kiwanis blueberries

The deadline to order fresh blueberries from the Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis Club is less than two weeks away. No orders will be accepted after June 26 (June 24 for online orders).The annual sale is the local Kiwanis Club’s biggest fund-raiser, generally netting more than $10,000, which is earmarked to support local youth and community programs. The club expects its cost to be higher again this year and has set the price at $35 for a 10-pound box.Profits from the sale will be used to support three service leadership groups – K-Kids Club at Lincoln Elementary School, the Builders Club at Gettysburg Middle School and the Key Club at Gettysburg High School – and a variety of other programs that benefit Adams County youth and their families, including JROTC at Gettysburg HS, Upper Adams Reading is Fundamental, the Penguin Project, GARA youth programs, Shining Star Therapeutic Riding Ministry, the Special Olympics, the United Way’s Ready to Learn and Back to School programs, Ruth’s Harvest, Tender Care, AGAPE and the Adams County Library System.Other programs that can expect support this year include Holiday Family Outreach, Officer Phil, HOBY, and the Gettysburg Fire Department. Funds are also dedicated to the maintenance of the GARA playground that was built six years ago with funds raised by the Kiwanis Club.The berries will be picked fresh at a farm in southern New Jersey and delivered the next day (Friday, June 30) to GARA’s Charlie Sterner Building at 545 Long Lane. Volunteers will be on hand to unload the grower’s truck, and those who ordered berries can pick them up between 12 noon and 6 p.m.As in the past several years, pick-up will be drive-through only. Signs and club members will direct buyers to the front of the Sterner building, where Kiwanis members will be available to take their payment (cash or check only) and bring orders right to their cars.Anyone wanting to order blueberries, which can be eaten fresh or frozen for use throughout the year, must place an order by June 26 (June 24 for online sales) with a local Kiwanis member or by calling 717-337-2434. Orders can also be made online via the Kiwanis Club of Gettysburg Adams Facebook page.

Farmers Market to hold Fairy Festival event at Rec Park on Saturday

The Adams County Farmers Market is holding its first-ever Farmers Market Fairy Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 8 am-1 pm at the Gettysburg Rec Park. Gettysburg, PA – The Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) is excited to launch a new Farmers Market Fairy Festival event at the Gettysburg Rec Park on Saturday, June 17, from 8 am-1 pm at the Gettysburg Rec Park. This event will be held in conjunction with the normal farmers market and will feature magic-themed items, family-friendly entertainment, a variety of new vendors, face painting, a wand-making craft for children, fairy garden workshops, and much more. The event is free to attend. The Adams County Farmers Market hopes to tap into the enthusiasm and excitement around fairy festivals to create a fun, unique experience for the Gettysburg community. “Pennsylvania and Maryland have a rich history of fairy-themed festivals, like the May Day Fairie Festival in Glen Rock,” said Market Manager Reza Djalal. “Lots of fairy festivals in our area take place on farms, so there is a natural connection between this kind of event and local agriculture.” Event coordinators have lined up some fun entertainment for this event to help capture the spirit of traditional fairy festivals and Renaissance fairs. Appearing at the Farmers Market Fairy Festival this Saturday will be Gingersnap the Mermaid, named Miss Mermaid PA for three years running, traditional Irish fiddle player Keith Engle, a magical selfie station by Melissa Ring Photography, and free-to-participate activities by new local business Highland Games Academy and Chieftain Aaron Zipp, plus much more. In addition to entertainment and activities, the market is also welcoming many event-specific vendors, including Etheric Connections, Imagine Mary Alice, Rabid Llama Creations, Dancing Pig Pottery, Forest Fae Treasures, and Someday Creations, among many others. To help make this event even more fun and exciting, the Adams County Farmers Market is offering $3 in market tokens to children who come to the event dressed up in a costume. “Our hope is to make this fairy festival experience accessible to everyone,” continued Djalal. “We always want kids and families to come away from the market having had a really positive, memorable experience.” The Adams County Farmers Market hopes that their Farmers Market Fairy Festival will become an annual event and continue to foster a sense of whimsy for children and adults alike. “The energy this event has generated already has been really astounding; I think we can make it better and better every year,” continued Djalal. This event is supported by a generous grant from the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust.

Gettysburg Garden Club announces scholarship recipients

Through its scholarship program, the Gettysburg Garden Club supports local college students who study in horticulture-related fields. Two scholars are recipients this year. Samantha Schulteis, left, graduated from Duke University, and is pursuing a master’s degree at Yale. She is a Biglerville native. Rebecca Durbin, right, attends Penn State University’s main campus. She is a Bermudian Springs High School graduate and is from East Berlin. In the center of the photo is Chris Heller, the club’s Scholarship Committee Chair. Both young women won local and state garden club awards. Samantha also won the National Garden Club Award. 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, The Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc., and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

PA, Gettysburg Issue “Red Flag” burn ban

photo of flames on firepit

Gettysburg Borough has issued a borough-wide burn ban which includes outside fire pits. The PA State Dept. of Environmental Protection has also declared today a Code Red Air Quality Action Day throughout the entire Commonwealth for fine particulate matter.  The borough said the ban was based on the very dry conditions. The ban will remain in effect until conditions improve with significant rainfall. Residents are encouraged to carefully extinguish smoking materials. Commissioner Marty Qually said Adams County was not currently issuing a burn ban. Qually said both the county as well as individual municipalities can implement burn bans, but only municipalities have any enforcement powers. “As odd as it sounds our county is large enough that putting a ban on the entire county may not work for everyone,” said Qually.

Museum and Visitor Center Drive at GNMP reopens on June 8

The Taneytown Road entrance into the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center will reopen on June 8. Initially closed on April 1, the Visitor Center Drive required a full replacement. The original asphalt surface had reached the end of its lifespan and was replaced by concrete. All normal operating services and routes that utilize this road will return to normal on June 8. In addition, Parking Lot 3, and all walking trails adjacent to the construction area will reopen to the public. Alternate roads around the construction area, Hunt Avenue and Granite School House Lane, will return to two-way traffic after they were temporarily made one-way during the project.  The Museum and Visitor Center Drive at Taneytown Road will open on June 8, 2023. Photo courtesy of National Park Service, Gettysburg National Military Park. About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 424 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at [http://../www.nps.gov]www.nps.gov and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  

Summer Holiday Events at Children of Gettysburg 1863

June and July 2023 Gettysburg, Pa. (May 31, 2023)—The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to offer area residents and visitors to Gettysburg educational events with family-friendly programming on select summer holidays at Children of Gettysburg 1863® in June and July 2023. Open daily, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. for the summer season, Children of Gettysburg 1863® is an interactive history adventure with special programming and events on the following holidays: Flag Day Preparation | Saturday, June 10 | 7-8 p.m. In preparation for National Flag Day, learn about the numerous flags that have honored our nation. Each one has a special meaning and symbolism to the history of the United States of America beyond the colors, design, and number of stars. Local historian Mike Shovlin will have examples of flags on display, showing the evolution of this national symbol. This event takes place in the museum’s side yard and is free and open to the public. Father’s Day Special | Sunday, June 18 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Join us on the front porch of the children’s museum for “Just Like Dad” on Father’s Day. Ticket holders can craft a likeness of their fathers and spend time experiencing history in the interactive exhibits of the museum adventure. Juneteenth Commemoration | Monday, June 19 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Special Storytime, 1-2 p.m. Learn about the significance of the holiday and hear stories about the lives of historic Black citizens of Gettysburg. Ticket holders can enjoy a special storytime of “Opal Lee and What it Means to be Free” written by Alice Fay Duncan, inside the museum at 1 p.m. Fourth of July Celebration: Family Picnic & Twilight Party | Tuesday, July 4 | 6-8 p.m. | Gettysburg Fireworks at Rec Park, 9:20 p.m. Join us to celebrate Independence Day. Families and visitors to Gettysburg can bring their own picnic basket or takeout meal, spread a blanket on the lawn in the side yard and enjoy the evening celebration. Lite appetizers will be provided while supplies last. Music, fun games and patriotic party favors will be part of the festivities that are free and open to the public. The fireworks at Rec Park, a short walk from the children’s history museum, begin at 9:20 p.m. The interactive children’s history museum tells the engaging stories of children, teens, and young adults who lived in and near the town of Gettysburg during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Visitors have the opportunity to experience history as they journey through the galleries and hear first-hand accounts from numerous young residents from 1863, including William Bayly, Albertus McCreary, Sadie Bushman, and Tillie Pierce. Most of the summer holiday events and activities are free with a ticket to Children of Gettysburg 1863® unless otherwise noted. Admission tickets are currently free for children/youth ages 12 and younger when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets are available by phone at 717-334-2436, online at GettysburgFoundation.org/Children-of-Gettysburg-1863, at the Ticket Counter inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and on-site at Children of Gettysburg 1863® located at 451 Baltimore Street in downtown Gettysburg. ABOUT GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION Gettysburg Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site and educate the public about their significance. The Foundation operates the Museum & Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, the Children of Gettysburg 1863®, and Ticket to the Past–Unforgettable Journeys. For information about visiting Gettysburg or how you can become a Friends of Gettysburg member, visit GettysburgFoundation.org or call 877-874-2478. Proceeds from tickets and other purchases in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center benefit Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.

“ALL are created equal!”

GETTYSBURG, PA — The 7th Annual Gettysburg Pride Fest will be held June 2-4, 2023, with over 50 different local small businesses, four all-loving/affirming inclusive local churches, and ten other nonprofit organizations sponsoring the weekend’s fest with various events for all ages. Premiere-level sponsors are WellSpan Health, Field & Floor FX, and Graphcom, as well as UPMC and Phoenix Counseling. Most activities are free admission, and the full detailed schedule is at www.GettysburgPride.org . Gettysburg Pride Inc. is an official non-profit 501c3 organization registered with the IRS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and their Bureau of Charitable Organizations, as well as Guide Star. Health, happiness, and all things of love, inclusion, diversity, and peace are our cause.  “We achieve our goals through organizing community events which include education, advocacy, awareness, and community fest events”, says Chad-Alan Carr, Gettysburg Pride Inc Co-Founder/President. “We were also very happy to be asked to take on being the producer of Gettysburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration last year when no one else wanted to do it since 2019. It is an expensive event to produce, but it brings so much joy to residents and tourists alike. Thankfully the Gettysburg Pride Inc volunteers and the many businesses that donate to us make these two free admission community events happen. We are blessed to live in such a loving community that understands the importance of events such as these that have a common goal of bringing people together.” In the summer of 2017, a few friends were sitting around wondering why Gettysburg didn’t have a Gay Pride event yet like much of the country has had since Gay Pride began in 1970 after the NYC Stonewall Riot of 1969. The small group of gay residents of Gettysburg decided to organize a bar crawl even though they only had two weeks to plan. They thought maybe a dozen people would show up and it would be a fun night. Over 80 people filled the bar at Gettysburg Hotel’s One Lincoln, where the event began in June 2017. Pride flags, glow-in-the-dark necklaces, and LOTS of smiles with friends old and new filled many local bars as the crowd walked around historic Lincoln Square with PRIDE. Each year since, Gettysburg Pride Fest grows larger with a full weekend of events of all kinds, including education/outreach programs, free rapid HIV testing, and counseling, shopping discounts, NYC-style piano bar cabaret, a pride march on Lincoln Square, vendors, brunch, dance parties, and more. Many businesses in town sponsor Gettysburg Pride Fest each year and cover downtown in pride rainbow flags that show attendees that they are loving and that they are a safe place where ALL are welcome.  Gettysburg Pride Fest 2023 will be held June 2-4, and will feature unique specials at many downtown businesses with a social media contest to win prizes all weekend. Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing has once again made a Proclamation that June is Gettysburg Pride Month. On Friday, 4-6pm, there will be a Pride Mixer Shop & Sip at A&A Village Treasures, where they will donate 15% of all purchases to Gettysburg Pride Inc to help continue to raise funds for Pride Fest and for Gettysburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Friday 6-9 pm, there will be a Pride Piano Bar event at The One Lincoln at Gettysburg Hotel, and from 8:30-10 pm, there will be an alcohol-free all-ages dance party at Waldo’s & Co.  Saturday, June 3rd, there will be live entertainment and 50 different vendors around Lincoln Square and within the first block of Carlisle Street. The first block of Carlisle Street will be blocked off for the day, and attendees are encouraged to use the traffic lights at the end of the first block of York, Stratton, and Baltimore streets in order to safely navigate the Lincoln Square traffic and visit the 50 different local business pride sponsors that can be found on the 2023 Pride Fest Map.  Thanks to Borough of Gettysburg Manager Gable, the Public Works Department, Mayor Frealing, Chief Glenny, and Gettysburg Borough Police Department for their planning, there will be a fun and safe Pride March on Lincoln Square on Saturday afternoon with a popsicle social and Glitter Blessing at the end of the march at the Unitarian Universalist Gettysburg on Stratton Street.  “I support our Gettysburg Police Department”, said Carr, “and have all my trust in them that they will keep everyone safe. I am happy to have them even more involved this year with Gettysburg Pride Fest planning, and I am confident in the security measures that they have made for a successful and safe community event. As always, though, I encourage everyone to be smart, look both ways before crossing at crosswalks, and do not just step into the street into traffic. It is going to be a busy town, just as it is every summer in Gettysburg.” Saturday will also include educational presentations on various topics such as health and counseling resources, pride history, what it means to be an ally and even two presentations from the National Park Service and The Gettysburg Foundation, such as The Lavender Scare and LGBTQ+ during The Civil War. Saturday night will end with an 8 pm musical comedy drag show (ticketed event) at Gettysburg Community Theatre, where NYC actor Gerry Mastrolia sings live and impersonates Hollywood icons such as Liza, Judy, Bette, and many more, while DJ Eric hosts a Glow In The Dark dance party on the first block of Carlisle Street for all ages.  Sunday’s activities include all loving and inclusive church services at Gettysburg Pride sponsors St. James, Lutheran, Prince Of Peace Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist Gettysburg in the morning, and then at 11 am at The Gettysburg Hotel Ballroom, a Drag Brunch (ticketed event) will be held. A full detailed schedule and vendor list are available at www.GettysburgPride.org Gettysburg Pride Inc encourages all local businesses and residents to get involved and show everyone where they can go to be loved and accepted for who they are. While Gettysburg Pride is ALWAYS the weekend after Memorial Day Monday, June is also National Pride Month every year, so feel free to fly those rainbows any time. Gettysburg Pride hopes to see everyone smiling this weekend in the grandest small town in America with the biggest heart, where ALL are welcome and ALL are created equal! Mission Statement: To inspire diversity, equality, and acceptance in our community by providing opportunities for education and awareness of LGBTQ+ and Allies.

Sister Mary Kate Birge to speak on scripture and racism

Sister Mary Kate Birge, S.S.J., will deliver the eleventh annual William K. Collinge Lecture Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m., in the multipurpose room at St. Francis Xavier School, 465 Table Rock Rd., Gettysburg. In her lecture, “‘Impatient for Justice and Patient for God’—Catholic Social Teaching and Its Call to the Work of Anti-Racism,” Sister Mary Kate will employ the lens of Scripture to explore Catholic Social Teaching’s challenge to racism. Sister Mary Kate, a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA, since 1982, holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America and a graduate certificate in spiritual direction and retreats from Creighton University. She is an Associate Professor of Theology at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD, where she has taught since 2001. Her scholarly writing reflects her interest in the intersection of Scripture with justice. The Collinge Lecture, an annual event jointly sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and St. Francis Xavier Church, honors the late William K. Collinge, who left significant bequests to both. Admission is free.

Ohio brass and percussion student group to perform at 26th annual Brass Band Festival.

The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival is pleased to welcome the All-Star Brass and Percussion of Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Eric Aho, Director of Bands and Orchestra at Independence High School, founded the group in 1986. Students involved in the band must receive a nomination and successfully complete an audition process.  Young musicians from over 40 schools and eight Central Ohio counties currently participate in the organization. While some All-Star students pursue musical careers, most continue with music as an avocation.  In 2009, 2014, and 2019, the ensemble fulfilled the opportunity of a lifetime by participating in the New York Band & Orchestra Festival with performances in Central Park and Carnegie Hall.  The All-Star Brass and Percussion is the first and most awarded youth honors brass band organization in North America. The ASBB will perform at the Heritage Center on Friday, June 9 at 8:00 pm, Hollabaugh Bros. Family Farm on Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 am, the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival on Sunday, June 11 at noon, and the Gettysburg Visitors Center on Monday, June 12 at 10:00 am. Everyone is welcome to enjoy two days of outstanding brass music on Saturday, June 10 from noon-7:00 pm and Sunday, June 11 from noon-5:00 pm at the United Lutheran Seminary Pavilion.  All performances are free and open to the public.  A complete schedule is available at www.gettysburgbrassbandfestival.com.  

Local twins welcome their first babies on the same day at the same hospital

Rebecca and Christina are twins from birth, and now their newborns will share a special bond because they were born on the same day in the same hospital (WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital). Rebecca had a scheduled inducing at the hospital that started on Tuesday.  Her sister Christina was visiting her as she was going into labor when her own water broke, sending her into labor too. Fast forward to Thursday when both babies were born. Raylynn (whose mother is Rebecca) was born Thursday morning (weight, 8 lbs., 3 oz., 20“ long), and Xavian (boy) (whose mother is Christina) was born later Thursday afternoon (weight, 8 lbs. 12 oz, 20.5“ long). Keeping track? Also, Mom and Mom celebrate their birthdays on Monday (5/29). All are happy and healthy and expect to be discharged tomorrow. Featured image caption: Rebecca and Raylynn on the left. Christina and Xavian on the right.

A special walking tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery will commemorate 79th D-Day anniversary

GETTYSBURG, PA – On June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Allied Expeditionary Force embarked upon “the great crusade” as thousands of Allied troops landed in Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Europe. Staff from Eisenhower National Historic Site will commemorate the 79th anniversary of the D-Day invasion with a special walking tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 6, at 5:30 pm.  Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for over 6,000 men and women who served the United States in conflicts from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. In the years following World War II, over 500 fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen were brought back to Gettysburg for their final burial. This ranger program will explore the stories of those buried in Gettysburg who were killed in action during the D-Day invasion 79 years ago.  WWII graves in Gettysburg National Cemetery. Photo courtesy of National Park Service, Eisenhower National Historic Site. This free ranger program will meet at the Taneytown Road entrance to Gettysburg National Cemetery and will last approximately 60 minutes. Following the program’s conclusion, visitors are invited to stay for the evening 100 Nights of Taps program at 7 pm at the Soldiers National Monument in Gettysburg National Cemetery.  For more information about Eisenhower National Historic Site, the only home that Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower ever owned, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/eise.   www.nps.gov    About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 424 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at [http://../www.nps.gov]www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  

HGAC’s Summer at Spangler program begins May 27

Come take a peek inside the historic George Spangler barn and find out more about Pennsylvania’s unique bank barns! This year will mark the third season for HGAC’s family-friendly “Summer at Spangler” program, which takes place at the George Spangler Barn and Farm, located at 488 Blacksmith Shop Road in Gettysburg. The barn is not only a stunning example of a Pennsylvania bank barn but also was employed by the Union Army as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. HGAC hosts this informative program in conjunction with the Gettysburg Foundation. HGAC volunteer Bob Mcilhenny speaking to visitors at the Summer at Spangler program. The season opens on a special Family Day on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for this day, and visitors can drive directly onto the farm property. Beginning June 11, the HGAC barn program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. On those days, access to the farm is by shuttle only.  Visitors can get shuttle tickets at the Battlefield Visitor Center’s ticket counter. See the Gettysburg Foundation’s website for further specifics. HGAC volunteers at Spangler discuss not only the history of barns in our region and their agricultural use but also highlight specific information on the Spangler barn, such as design considerations and construction techniques. The informational, child-friendly, hands-on display at the barn has historical tools, model joinery, and construction diagrams. In addition, each weekend at the Spangler Farm features different reenactors or living historians depicting various facets of the times, including military units; medical services; and civilian life during the period. Docents from the Gettysburg Foundation also address many aspects of the Farm —  from family history to life on a 19th Century farm to the impact of the battle on this critically placed farm. In the Foundation’s February 2023 edition of “Preservation & Progress,” Ron Kirkwood, author of Too Much for Human Endurance, notes the importance of the George Spangler Farm as a field hospital in the Battle of Gettysburg and writes about the summer programs: ​”The farm is open to the public on summer weekends and three free Family Days each year, drawing hundreds of visitors per day. Knowledgeable guides and living historians who love and appreciate the farm help share its stories. Historic Gettysburg Adams County has taken an active and appreciated interest in the farm and offers youth programs and volunteer barn experts. . . So not only has the Foundation had the courage and vision to preserve the George Spangler farm’s past, it likewise is securing its future as an important educational and historic Civil War site.”  Come visit this important facet of the Battle of Gettysburg!  Find out some little-known facts about our historic barns and the many aspects of their utilization over time. 

Adams County Farmers Market receives $20k sponsorship from Highmark Wholecare

Gettysburg, PA – Highmark Wholecare recently contributed $20,000 to support food assistance resources and build staffing capacity at the Adams County Farmers Market. Funds will be used to support the farmers market’s food assistance programs, such as SNAP Double Dollars and the Healthy Options program, while also supporting critical staffing capacity that allows these programs to have the maximum impact on community health and wellness. Highmark Wholecare, a leading managed care organization that cares for the whole person in all communities where the need is greatest, offers Medicaid and Medicare health plans throughout Pennsylvania, including the Lehigh-Capital region. Funding for the Adams County Farmers Market’s food assistance resources will increase access to fresh, locally grown food for lower-income shoppers. “This support from Highmark Wholecare is especially timely in light of the Adams County Farmers Market’s move to a new location at the Gettysburg Rec Park this year,” said Market Manager Reza Djalal. “This is a critical moment for the market, and Highmark Wholecare’s support demonstrates their commitment to our community.” In 2022, 168 SNAP shoppers redeemed a combined total of more than $30,000 in EBT and “double dollars” benefits at the Adams County Farmers Market. An additional $28,000 was redeemed in Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits by approximately 250 lower-income senior citizens and WIC clients from SCCAP. Highmark Wholecare’s support will help strengthen these programs and ensure that everyone has access to fresh, nutritious foods at the farmers market, regardless of their means to pay. Highmark Wholecare coordinates with a wide range of community partners to help address members’ social determinants of health (SDoH) needs. Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Up to 80% of a person’s health is determined by these factors, which can include lack of access to quality food, housing, education, jobs, and transportation. “We pride ourselves on being a community-based health plan, supporting not only our members, but organizations within the communities we serve that provide the types of resources and assistance that our members need,” said Karen Rollins-Fitch, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Highmark Wholecare. “We are proud to help local non-profits and businesses like Adams County Farmers Market provide for people in need so they can live healthier lives.” The Adams County Farmers Market partners with many other local organizations, such as Healthy Adams County, The Adams County Office for Aging, the Adams County Food Policy Council, and others, to develop and deliver these critical food programs. Support from Highmark Wholecare and other sponsors helps strengthen local partnerships and ensures the market is an effective mode of delivering food assistance benefits. For more information visit our website: acfarmersmarkets.org. More information about Highmark Wholecare’s healthcare services can be found at: highmarkwholecare.com. “Highmark Wholcare’s support will help us deliver food assistance benefits to well over one thousand Adams County residents this year,” continued Djalal. “We appreciate this support as our community-driven farmers market continues to grow.”

Gettysburg National Military Park announces upcoming road paving project

GETTYSBURG, PA – Beginning Monday, May 22, park roads on the southern portion of the battlefield will be repaved. This four-month project will address road surfaces that are at the end of their lifespan.   This project requires road closures that will temporarily interrupt the ability to visit portions of the battlefield while work is ongoing. Park roads may be fully closed or reduced to a single lane of traffic. However, no work will occur during the events of the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg commemoration from July 1 to 3, weekends, or federal holidays.   Roads to be repaved in May and June 2023 include:  (dates may change due to weather or other impacts)  See attached map for more details.  Roads to be repaved in July, August, and September 2023 include:    (dates will be provided when scheduled)  Scheduled paving dates are subject to change. Every effort will be made to complete the work as expeditiously as possible as well as minimize disruptions for park visitors. Full details on the schedule of road work will be made available on the park website and social media platforms as details become available.  www.nps.gov  About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 424 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at [http://../www.nps.gov]www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  

New tractor purchased by Littlestown FFA

Nearly one million dollars in agriculture and youth grants were awarded recently, making Jesse Brant and the Littlestown Area School District very happy. Last fall, he applied for a grant from the PA Department of Agriculture to purchase a new tractor for the Littlestown FFA. The group received a matching grant of $25,000. The other $28,000 was funded through the FFA. “We use tractors here on school property to plant our sweet corn project and field corn for educational purposes and other fundraisers,” said the Littlestown High School agriculture teacher. The tractor was on display Monday night for viewing between school board meetings. FFA vice president Kaden Eyler was the first to drive the new John Deere 5075E tractor. The LHS junior is also a member of the tractor restoration team. “No Littlestown tax money was used to make the purchase,” Brant added. The Littlestown FFA funded it by selling crops, a small tractor, and fundraisers. Brant has been the agricultural teacher at the high school for 19 years. When Brant learned the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was offering money for projects, he applied since the FFA needed a larger, more modern tractor. “You cannot win a competition you never enter, so that’s why I wrote the grant,” he said. The LASD FFA members manage 10 acres of school property and a greenhouse for educational purposes, fundraising, and community service.  They also restore tractors and enter area and state competitions.   This year marked the 25th time the Littlestown FFA won the Adams County Envirothon.   Brant explained that the corn raised at school is used for educational purposes in numerous ways. “I document the growth stages of the crop each year online through the Littlestown FFA Facebook page and teach along the way about what is happening.  Last year, I discovered “Tar Spot” (a fungal disease) in our sweet corn field.  It was the first time it was seen in Adams County.    The plant Science class learns about disease and nutritional deficiencies, stand count, and corn yield estimation in the fall. “Each of the past three years, our FFA raised and harvested 2,000 dozen cobs of sweet corn to give out to the community.  We do this as our Community Service project for the year,” Brant added.    The FFA students also teach elementary students lessons on the life cycle of corn, corn Biology, and corn products during “Sweet Corn Day” at school. The food service department cooks 80 dozen cobs of student-raised sweet corn and serves it to all students and staff for free at lunch.  FFA is an intra-curricular agricultural student leadership organization for ag students. It is a national organization from Hawaii to Maine and Alaska to the Virgin Islands.  FFA started in 1928 and was known as the “Future Farmers of America.”  Originally it was just for males.  In 1969, females were able to join.  The FFA changed its name to the “National FFA Organization” in 1988, embracing all agricultural pursuits, not just farming. It is also for students who want to be business managers, mechanics, crop consultants, veterinarians, foresters, food processors, or anyone else who feeds or clothes people across the globe.  Featured image caption: Littlestown High School junior Kaden Eyler smiles before driving away in the new LASD John Deere tractor, purchased with a matching fund grant from the PA Department of Agriculture and money earned through FFA fundraisers. 

ICPJ to give Peacemaker Awards

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice has selected the winners of its Peacemaker Awards for 2023. Amelia Contreras will receive the Lifetime of Peacemaking Award. The Refugee Resettlement Partnership will receive the Peacemaker of the Year Award. The three most recent former presidents of ICPJ, Christine Kellett, MJ Duffy, and Dennis Murphy, will receive the William J. Collinge Peacemaking Award for service to the ICPJ. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Valentine Hall Auditorium of the United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg. Refreshments will be served. (The event will immediately follow a walk and vigil sponsored by Gettysburg for Gun Sense, scheduled for 6:30 p.m.) Amelia Contreras, who is originally from Mexico, is honored for her work with the community in promoting the integration of the increasing Hispanic-diverse population in the area. In 2006 she founded Manos Unidas Hispanic/American Center, of which she remains the Executive Director. Manos Unidas provides many services for the Hispanic community, including ESL classes and assistance on pathways for gaining citizenship. Manos Unidas provides advocacy on the state and federal levels on immigration issues and has offered after-school programming, food pantry, and numerous other services, including Spanish classes for English speakers. She has been active in many other community organizations, including Healthy Adams County Latino Services Task Force, the YWCA board, Respective Solutions Group, Vida Charter School Board of Trustees, HACC Community College Advisory Board, Penn State Advisory Board, and the Comite Guadalupano, Cristo Rey, the Parish Council at St. Francis Xavier Church, and the Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Harrisburg.  The Refugee Resettlement Partnership of Gettysburg is an organization of eight churches, which has sponsored two Afghan refugee families and helped them settle in Gettysburg. Chaired by Rayna Cooper, the committee has helped the families find housing, furnishings, clothing, medical care, language tutoring, work opportunities, school, and recreation. Both families have been settling in well, and the first family just celebrated its one-year anniversary in Gettysburg. Chris Kellett served on the ICPJ board from 2013 to 2021. She was Co-President with Mary Furlong in 2013 and President from 2014 to 2017. She and her husband, John, hosted a number of ICPJ events at their house, including a board retreat in 2022. A retired law professor, she drew on her expertise to help ICPJ reformulate its bylaws in 2017. She wrote ten Gettysburg Times columns for ICPJ. MJ Duffy and Dennis Murphy brought long experience in the nonprofit world to ICPJ. MJ served on the board from 2016 to 2019 and as President in 2018–19. She was the speaker at our Annual Meeting in 2017 and the author of seven Times columns. Dennis served on the board from 2017 to 2022. He was Second Vice President in 2017, First Vice President in 2018 and 2019, and President from 2020 to 2022. He guided ICPJ through the Covid years, enhanced its fundraising and board development, and wrote six Times columns. 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 2024 Peacemaker Awards. Please send them to ICPJ at icpj@icpj-gettysburg.org or P.O. Box 3134, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Park Staff will honor the fallen from all United States wars buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery  

GETTYSBURG, PA – For more than one hundred years, fallen United States servicemembers were buried with honor at Gettysburg National Cemetery. This Memorial Day weekend, lesser-known stories of those interred within this hallowed ground will be explored. Join park rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site as they discuss the creation and history of Gettysburg National Cemetery and highlight stories of several servicemembers from each of America’s armed conflicts, from the Civil War through the war in Vietnam, who were laid to rest between 1863 and 1971.   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.     This free, 90-minute program takes place on Saturday, May 27 at 6 pm. Meet at the Taneytown Road entrance of the Gettysburg National Cemetery for this guided walking tour of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, focusing on stories of some of the fallen servicemembers buried there.     Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site are pleased to cosponsor this event. For additional information and updates, please visit nps.gov/gett or nps.gov/eise.   www.nps.gov   About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 424 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at [http://../www.nps.gov]www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

HGAC offers McAllister Mill tours, replaces Civil War hospital signs with a key assist from high school students

Historic Gettysburg Adams County volunteers have begun conducting weekly Underground Railroad tours at McAllister’s Mill, located adjacent to the National Military Park. HGAC encourages everyone to discover a part of the battlefield unknown to most visitors. Tours leave from the south end of the old Mulligan MacDuffer’s Golf Course parking lot at 1360 Baltimore Pike every Saturday at 11 a.m. through August.The site, now a ruin with foundations and waterways still intact, was most probably the first site in Adams County that people seeking freedom found on their flight north from slavery. The mill site is privately owned and is not open to the public. HGAC has the permission of the site’s owner to access the property.McAllister’s Mill was designated as part of the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program in 2011 and was the first property to receive that designation in Adams County.The mill was built in the late 18th century. The owner of the mill in the 1850s, James McAllister Jr., operated the mill as a safe house in support of the Underground Railroad and sheltered more than 200 runaways from nearby Maryland, which was a slave state.For more information, please call 717- 659-8827. Suggested donations are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Contributions support the society’s preservation activities, including maintenance of the society’s historic headquarters in the G.A.R. Hall, 53 East Middle Street, Gettysburg. HGAC and GAHS partner to create new Civil War hospital signs Over the past year, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC) has undertaken the mission to replace the old, metal Civil War hospital signs scattered across the Gettysburg area — with the help of students in the Technology Education program at Gettysburg Area High School.Under the purview of HGAC’s Preservation Committee and in coordination with HGAC’s Investing in Youth Initiative, a total of 14 replacement signs have been fabricated. Eight have already been installed. The other six signs have recently been delivered to HGAC for installation.These signs are produced by students in the Technology Education program at Gettysburg Area High School under the guidance of their instructor, Stan Licharowicz. The students use the latest computer-aided design and laser manufacturing technologies to produce these weather-resistant, long-lasting signs. The signs are then installed by HGAC volunteers.This partnership with the Technology Education program grows out of the Investing in Youth Initiative’s goal to foster interest among the younger generation in historic preservation and restoration — and to build a base of appreciation for our area’s history.HGAC thanks these students for the obvious care and attention they have given these signs. Hospital sign article and student photo by Mike Koziski, HGAC Board member

Media matters are muddy

by Patti Robinson Daily, we are bombarded with “fake “news” declarations, from both sides of the political spectrum and from all forms of media. We know it can’t all be fake, and honestly, we want to believe our own trusted sources, not theirs! So, what do we do? We can’t ignore these calls of fake news because believing them can have far-reaching effects and ultimately have serious implications for individuals and society. Reading this, you may say to yourself, “I’m not the problem…so and so is!” This may be true, but they are also saying it about you! How can we, once and for all, learn how to glean the truth from all news sources? It can be done. We want to show you how. Mediation Services of Adams County Inc, along with Urban Rural Action, are holding a workshop that might help us better learn how to navigate these muddy media waters. We believe that the spread of false information through social media and other media platforms can contribute to the polarization of society and can be used to incite violence against specific individuals or groups. Our agencies also believe that promoting conflict resolution skills and peaceful means of resolving disputes can also help prevent and reduce violence. To that end, Mediation Services of Adams County Inc and Urban Rural Action are bringing The News Literacy Project to Gettysburg for one night for the first 50 people who register. The News Literacy Project aims to teach participants how to critically evaluate news sources and identify reliable and trustworthy information. The evening’s event will cover topics such as media bias, fact-checking techniques, source evaluation, and online verification tools. Participants will learn how to identify red flags that indicate unreliable news sources, such as sensational headlines, unsupported claims, misleading images, AI, and commentary versus news writing. You are invited to attend: “Empowering the Public: Building Critical News Literacy in a Digital Age.” Wednesday, June 14, 2023 7:00 pm-9:00 pm The United Lutheran Seminary Valentine Hall Room 206 Registration and Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm. Please fill out the form on our website Patti Robinson is Mediation Services of Adams County Board of Directors President

Community Foundation awards $160,000 in scholarships

The Adams County Community Foundation today announced $160,000 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 $1.6 million. Awards range from $500 to $30,000 each and go to students pursuing higher education. The Community Foundation’s 2023 scholarship awards include:         Adams County Community Foundation Scholarships Amber Kress Devin Sanabria – Fairfield Area High School Adams Electric Cooperative Scholarships Katherine Elliot – Bermudian Springs High School Rylee Garman – Big Spring High School Clayton Hetrick – Big Spring High School Jaden Hair – Big Spring High School Nayleen Paul – Biglerville High School Kailey Granger – Dallastown Area High School Marleigh Fetrow – Dover Area High School Andrew Koons – Fairfield Area High School Marissa Clapsadle – Gettysburg Area High School Reese Gourley – Gettysburg Area High School Brooke Leedy – Gettysburg Area High School Araceli Kautz Portillo – Littlestown Area High School Chase Wootton – Littlestown Area High School Christian Keller – Littlestown Area High School Stella Gladson – New Oxford High School Rylee Oliphant – Red Lion Area High School Tucker Chamberlin – Shippensburg Area High School Morgan Diehl – Shippensburg Area High School Kira Shirk – Shippensburg Area High School Maria Wirfel – Spring Grove Area High School Angelina Fontana – Spring Grove Area High School Haley Hebel – Susquehannock High School Adams Electric Cooperative Scholarships Home School, Cyber & Private Aden Davis – Delone Catholic High School Therese Phelan – Homeschooled Joshua Talcott – Homeschooled Julianna Yingling- Homeschooled American Legion Post 202 Scholarships Ella Shelton – Gettysburg Area High School Trenton Witte – Fairfield Area High School Sherry (Krom) Amig Memorial Scholarship Sydney Christner – New Oxford High School Thomas E. Arnold Scholarship Brylee Rodgers – Biglerville High School Henry Barberis III FFA Scholarship Noah Kuhn – New Oxford High School Biglerville Healthcare Education or Trade Scholarship Rebecca Swatsburg – Biglerville High School Joseph T. & Ivah R. Bollinger Scholarship Lucas Denault – Littlestown Area High School Canner Award Luke Showers – Biglerville High School Mary Sue Cline Scholarships Cinthya Chavarria – Biglerville High School Logan Newcomer – Biglerville High School Conewago Valley Scholarships Evan Barnhart – New Oxford High School Sydney Christner – New Oxford High School Kaitlyn Frey – New Oxford High School Maya Richwine – New Oxford High School Curtis Smith – New Oxford High School Fairfield Alumni Scholarship Molly Hess – Fairfield Area High School Ray and Violet Flickinger Scholarship Kaitlyn Kline – Biglerville High School Gettysburg High School Class of 1964 Megan Wivell– Gettysburg Area High School Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter Scholarship Amanda Malone- Wilmington Christian School Walter P. and Anna Griest Memorial Scholarship Maya Richwine – New Oxford High School Harold L. Griffie STEM Scholarship Ryan Durbin – Bermudian Springs High School Berne C. Hart Technical Scholarships Rebecca Swatsburg – Biglerville High School Emily Woolson – Biglerville High School Thomas P. Henninger Scholarship Nicole Sanders– Gettysburg Area High School Mabelle Hereter Memorial Scholarship in Music Connor Peterman – Gettysburg Area High School Eddie Horst Memorial Scholarship Hannah Green – Gettysburg Area High School George B. Inskip Memorial Scholarship Mea Mohr – Fairfield Area High School Kermit Jacoby, Jr. Memorial Scholarships Kaitlyn Kline – Biglerville High School Luke Showers – Biglerville High School Dr. Ronald Krablin Scholarship Zachary Tipton – Gettysburg Area High School Mildred Walters Leader Memorial Scholarship Brylee Rodgers – Biglerville High School Julie Ann Lochary Scholarship Jacquelyn Waggoner – Littlestown High School Michelle Rene Louey Memorial Scholarship Kaelonnah Darlich – Littlestown High School J. W. Martin Memorial Math Scholarship Trenton Witte – Fairfield Area High School Elizabeth Musselman Memorial Scholarship Elysabeth Haugh – Fairfield Area High School Luella Musselman Paul Scholarship Brylee Rodgers – Biglerville High School Greg Richardson Athletic Awards Alison Harvey – Gettysburg Area High School Mea Mohr – Fairfield Area High School Elizabeth Ferciot Roby Art Scholarship London Mitchell – Gettysburg Area High School Rotary Club of Littlestown Scholarship Lucas Denault – Littlestown Area High School Rotary Club of Gettysburg Scholarships Rebecca Swatsburg – Biglerville High School Lily Shriner – Delone Catholic High School Arielle Snyder – Delone Catholic High School Elias Cann – Gettysburg Area High School Cody Furman – Gettysburg Area High School Reese Gourley – Gettysburg Area High School Alison Harvey – Gettysburg Area High School Brooke Leedy – Gettysburg Area High School Dennis Runk, CPA (Class of 1969) and Family Scholarships Bailey Rucker – Littlestown High School Drew Sheely – Littlestown High School Dalton Cole Schriver Memorial Scholarship Andrew Yealy – New Oxford High School Emory H. & Luther D. Snyder Scholarship Kaelonnah Darlich – Littlestown High School Shirley Smith Community Youth Service Awards Brennan Double McKenna Double Cameron Ebersole Donovan Flinn Ethan Holsopple Autumn Lynn Lunsford Sean Mohler Noah Schneider Hunter Smith Lady/Swales Scholarship Nicholas Albright – Littlestown Area High School Rosemary & Leon Tawney Scholarships Katherine Elliot – Bermudian Springs High School Araceli Kautz Portillo – Littlestown Area High School Maya Richwine – New Oxford High School Ray J. Wherley Tech/Trade Scholarship Andrew Yealy– New Oxford High School 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

YWCA’s annual tennis event is almost here

tennis ball on tennis court

by Ian LeVee The YWCA cordially invites you to join us for the 21st Annual Benefit Tennis Tournament on Saturday, May 20, at the Gettysburg College Tennis Courts. Proceeds benefit the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. This tournament is organized by the YWCA and a committee of local tennis enthusiasts. Rice Fruit Company is the lead sponsor of the event held in memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice, local philanthropists committed to the support of healthcare and education. At the YWCA, we work hard to honor our larger mission, as noted above. We are all about being and growing into our best – and healthiest – selves. When body and mind work together, it’s a beautiful thing contributing to individual and community goodwill and happiness. It sometimes sounds so simple, but exercise is a crucial component of all that. Tennis, everyone? Long considered the ultimate lifetime sport, tennis is not only great exercise but “the leisure-time sports that inherently involve more social interaction, like the racquet sports, (are) associated with the best longevity,” according to a British Journal of Sports Medicine study that included over 80,000 UK adults at least 30 years of age. People who played tennis and other racquet sports also had a 56 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality. Whether you play regularly, occasionally, rarely, or haven’t picked up a racquet in years, please consider joining us for one of our very favorite “lifetime” events. You’ll have a great time among some wonderful people. The individual entry fee for the event is $75, $25 for high school students, and includes entry in the round-robin tournament, refreshments, and lunch. Guests are welcome to attend and join the celebration luncheon for $15 per person. You can get more information or register online very easily. Of course, we are always delighted to have you stop in at the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, pick up a tennis tournament brochure, and register in person. Got questions? Please give me a call at 717-334-9171 ext. 120. Ian LeVee is Director of Membership and IT at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Gettysburg Kiwanis Club announces blueberry season

Ready for a taste of summer? The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis Club is again working to fulfill that need by providing fresh-picked blueberries to local fruit lovers. The deadline for ordering 10-pound boxes of berries is June 26 (June 24 for those making online orders). The annual sale is the local Kiwanis Club’s biggest fund-raiser, generally netting more than $10,000, which is earmarked to support local youth and community programs. The club expects its cost to be higher again this year and has set the price at $35 for a 10-pound box. The berries will be picked fresh at a farm in southern New Jersey and delivered the next day (Friday, June 30) to GARA’s Charlie Sterner Building at 545 Long Lane. Volunteers will be on hand to unload the grower’s truck, and those who ordered berries can pick them up between 12 noon and 6 p.m. As in the past several years, pick-up will be drive-through only. Signs and club members will direct buyers to the front of the Sterner building, where Kiwanis members will be available to take their payment (cash or check only) and bring orders right to their cars. Profits from the sale will be used to support three service leadership groups – K-Kids Club at Lincoln Elementary School, the Builders Club at Gettysburg Middle School, and the Key Club at Gettysburg High School – and a variety of other programs that benefit Adams County youth and their families, including JROTC at Gettysburg HS, Upper Adams Reading is Fundamental, the Penguin Project, GARA youth programs, Shining Star Therapeutic Riding Ministry,  the Special Olympics, the United Way’s Ready to Learn and Back to School programs, Ruth’s Harvest, Tender Care, AGAPE and the Adams County Library System. Other programs that can expect support this year include Holiday Family Outreach, Officer Phil, HOBY and the Gettysburg Fire Department. Funds are also dedicated to the maintenance of the GARA playground that was built six years ago with funds raised by the Kiwanis Club. Anyone wanting to order blueberries, which can be eaten fresh or frozen for use throughout the year, must place an order by June 26 (June 24 for online sales) with a local Kiwanis member or by calling 717-337-2434. Orders can also be made online via the Kiwanis Club of Gettysburg Adams Facebook page.

Gettysburg Garden Club Annual Spring Perennial Sale coming soon

GETTYSBURG, PA – The Gettysburg Garden Club will hold its Annual Spring Perennial Sale on Saturday, May 20, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, or until sold out, 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), hyssop, lupine, wild ginger, bee balm, foxglove firecracker loosestrife, astilbe and penstemon. Returning are some popular selections: coneflower, black-eyed Susan, shasta daisy, hostas, ferns, tall phlox, lamb’s ear, iris, daylilies, baby redbud trees, bachelor buttons, clustered bell flowers, and many others.  We accept checks, cash, and, new this year, credit cards. 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.

Gettysburg Underground Railroad tours will begin in May

Walking tours of Gettysburg’s only Underground Railroad (UGRR) Site recognized by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom will begin on Saturday, May 6th, and everyone is invited to attend. Professional guides will lead tours every Saturday at 11 AM from May through August. Since 2011, hundreds of visitors have taken advantage of this unique opportunity to visit a rarely seen, privately owned part of the battlefield. The walk to the mill from the historical marker at the parking lot is a somewhat strenuous, approximately one-half-mile round trip mostly in the woods. Tours leave from the historical marker at the south end of the former Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf parking lot at 1360 Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg, PA. The parking lot is at the intersection of the Baltimore Pike and the McAllister Mill Road. It is not necessary to make a reservation for the tour, and a guide will be on site regardless of the weather. Just show up for the tour and enjoy an informative, enlightening walk in the woods. HGAC tour guide Deb Novotny speaks to a tour group in the vicinity of the mill ruins and the ford across Rock Creek. Suggested donations for the tour are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Everyone who comes on the tour will receive an NPS Underground Railroad brochure in addition to a souvenir brochure for the McAllister’s Mill Site that was created exclusively for HGAC, and that is generously illustrated with a map, photographs and the art of historical artist Bradley Schmehl. Junior Ranger booklets and badges are available for students who participate in the tour. Curt Musselman, the McAllister’s Mill Underground Railroad Tour Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Society of Gettysburg – Adams County (HGAC), announced today that on many Saturdays this summer, additional tours will be provided by reservation only for bus groups. To make reservations for those tours, please call Curt at (717) 659-8827.    The Underground Railroad site, now a ruin with foundations and waterways still visible, was most probably one of the first stops made in Adams County by people seeking freedom on their flight north from slavery in the South. About two miles south of Gettysburg, PA, and six miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line, McAllister’s Mill provided shelter to hundreds of freedom seekers during the years leading up to the Civil War. After receiving assistance at the late 18th-century grist mill, the freedom seekers were guided north through Gettysburg into Upper Adams County to the homes of free African Americans and Quaker Abolitionists, forming critical links in one of the earliest regional networks of the Underground Railroad in the nation. Today, the property includes remnants of the mill building and related mill structures, all set amid large boulders that line Rock Creek. On July 4, 1836, McAllister’s Mill was the site of an early and significant gathering of Abolitionists in Pennsylvania.  Chaired by mill owner and farmer James McAllister, Jr., the group agreed to publish bold anti-slavery principles, which were reportedly ghostwritten by Gettysburg attorney and later U.S. Congressman Thaddeus Stevens. This meeting led to the formation of the Adams County Anti-Slavery Society. In 2011, the McAllister’s Mill site was accepted into the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (UGRR NTF), which is a nationwide collection of sites that have a verifiable association to the Underground Railroad. For more information on the Network to Freedom, please consult the NPS website at www.nps.gov/history/ugrr/. Donations made to HGAC will support HGAC’s preservation activities, including maintenance of the beautifully restored GAR Hall at 53 East Middle Street in Gettysburg. The McAllister’s Mill site is privately owned and is not open to the public.  However, persons interested in the story of the Underground Railroad at the site will be able to join these tours that are conducted as fund-raisers by HGAC. For more information about the weekly tours or to make special arrangements, please call McAllister’s Mill UGRR Tours at 717-659-8827.

WellSpan Health announces minimum wage increase to $17 per hour

YORK, PA (APRIL 26, 2023) – As a top healthcare employer regionally and nationally, WellSpan Health is announcing that the organizational minimum wage will move from $15 to $17 per hour, effective July 2, 2023. “Providing high quality, compassionate care for our friends and neighbors starts and ends with the dedication of our 20,000 WellSpan team members. That’s why it is so important to us to invest in our team members so they can do their best every day,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president & CEO of WellSpan Health. “WellSpan is committed to being the healthcare employer of choice in South Central Pennsylvania, and this is another important step on the journey.” WellSpan has invested more than $245 million toward merit increases, Working as One rewards, 403(b) contributions, and other support over the last two years. The organization’s unwavering commitment to its team members includes the best Total Rewards packages and funding educational opportunities in the region. The minimum wage increase is the latest update to a multi-year strategy to lead regional healthcare organizations by raising the rate, which will now be nearly $10 above the federally mandated minimum wage. Like the last time WellSpan raised the minimum wage in 2021, the organization is enacting associated increases for many team members who currently make slightly above the new minimum, as well. Approximately 7,000 team members will benefit from an adjustment in their pay. Affected team members will receive specific information in May. As a leading regional health system serving South Central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, WellSpan offers competitive salaries, well-regarded benefits packages and paid time off; a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; monetary and internal educational support for career aspirations and professional growth; and the chance to give back to local communities by joining its non-profit mission of service. To view all open positions and more on the benefits of a rewarding career with WellSpan Health, visit thttps://www.joinwellspan.org/.  About WellSpan Health WellSpan Health’s vision is to reimagine healthcare through the delivery of comprehensive, equitable health and wellness solutions throughout our continuum of care. As an integrated delivery system focused on leading in value-based care, we encompass more than 2,000 employed providers, 220 locations, eight award-winning hospitals, home care, and a behavioral health organization serving South Central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. With a team of 20,000 strong, WellSpan experts provide a range of services, from wellness and employer services solutions to advanced care for complex medical and behavioral conditions. Our clinically integrated network of 2,600 aligned physicians and advanced practice providers is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safety, inspiring our patients and communities to be their healthiest.

Gettysburg Green Gathering to host a butterfly defender

The Gettysburg Green Gathering is bringing an advocate for monarch butterflies to town! Carol Pasternak of Toronto, Canada, will provide a kid-friendly introduction to the care and feeding of butterflies, especially Monarch butterflies, on Saturday, April 29, at 1:00 PM at the Charles Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Recreation Park.  A second presentation will take place on Sunday, April 30, at 9:30 AM in the Gathering Area at St. James Lutheran Church at the corner of York and Stratton Streets in Gettysburg. All are welcome at both presentations, especially families with young children. To register for the free Saturday event, go to the Gettysburg Green Gathering website www.gettysburggreengathering.com. “Carol will have a lot to share with young kids,” Steve Zimmerman, co-chair of the Green Gathering, said, “She’ll provide a step-by-step introduction on how to raise Monarch butterflies and a real hands-on experience for the young ones in the family.  But preregistration helps us plan how to set up the space, so please do go online and sign up.” Last-minute drop-ins will also be welcome, however, if seats are available. Carol Pasternak, who is known in Canada as the Monarch Crusader, is the author of two books on butterflies: How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: a Step by Step Guide for Kids and 5 Butterflies, which focuses on the life cycles of Monarch Butterflies, Eastern Black Swallowtails, American Ladies, Question Marks, and the Cecropia moth. Both books are kid-friendly and intended for children ages seven to ten. The Green Gathering program at the Gettysburg Rec Park is offered in partnership with the Gettysburg Farmer’s Market, which is celebrating its opening day at the Park on the morning on the 29th.  From noon to 1:00 PM, the public will be encouraged to stop by the Sterner Building to chat with members of local community organizations who will be staffing information tables in the building. A variety of groups will be represented, including the Gettysburg Garden Club, the Adams County Watershed Alliance, the Land Conservancy of Adams County, the Green Gettysburg Book Club, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, and others.

The great work begins: GCT to present “Angels in America”

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located within the first block of Lincoln Square at 49 York Street, is now in its 15th season of volunteer, educational, and performance opportunities year-round for all ages and abilities with local talent in 12 productions a year plus classes, improv shows, musical cabarets, and other special events. GCT is producing the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Angels In America by Tony Kushner, which is a two-part epic play. Part One: Millennium Approaches will perform on May 5 & 6 at 7 pm and May 7 at 2 pm, with Part Two: Perestroika performed on May 12 & 13 at 7 pm and May 14 at 2 pm. Both plays are stand-alone, but seeing both parts is exhilarating. One of the great plays of the 20th century, this two-play blockbuster explores topics of sexuality, race, inequality, and the future of America through the lens of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. In the first part of Kushner’s epic, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, a nurse, and a messenger from Heaven. In the second part of Kushner’s epic tale of AIDS, sexuality, and religion in the 1980s, the plague of the illness worsens, relationships fall apart as new relationships form and unexpected friendships take the form to find hope and a great work that must begin. “It is hard to believe that Angels In America is set in the 80s and premiered in the early 90s”, says GCT Founding Executive/Artistic Director Chad-Alan Carr, “when it is still so very relevant to today’s problems with catastrophe within marginalized communities, politics, deadly viruses, and religion. It is hope and kindness, however, that must prevail. That is the work we as humanity must focus on. As the Angel says in the play ‘the great work begins’!” Directed by Karen Land, this production contains very mature language and content, as well as staged violence and strobe lights. This production is not recommended for young audiences. The cast includes Kaitlin Ball, Debbie Williams, Chad-Alan Carr, D. Scott Hartwig, Buff Wills, Greg Trax, Ellen McIntosh Burke, Joshua Naderi, Andrew Metcalf, and Cory Metcalf from Gettysburg, Sara Bollinger, Megan Rikas and Joshua Rikas from Hanover, Allisa Baker from Fairfield, Erin DiNello from Westminster, Timothy Vinson from Waynesboro, Travis Houtz from Shippensburg, with Vanessa Rice and Roger Dalrymple as Stage Managers. Karen Land (Director) is a theatre educator, director, and teacher specializing in improvisational acting. She received a B.A. in theatre arts and an M.D.S. from Johns Hopkins University. After completing internships at The Paper Mill Playhouse in N.J. and The New York Theatre Workshop in N.Y.C., Karen focused on an academic teaching career. She taught at Gettysburg College for ten years and at Carroll Community College for twelve. She founded the Gettysburg College Improv Troupe (Shots in the Dark) and the Musical Theatre Club (Gburg SMuT). In the last five years, Karen has been devoting time to teaching children, teens, and adults the art form of improvisational acting. She has directed award-winning productions at The Vagabond Theatre, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Baltimore Artscape, and more. Karen offers master classes in “ZenProv,” where improv and spiritual philosophies collide. In addition to teaching private acting, musical theatre, and improv lessons to all ages, Karen has directed many shows here at Gettysburg Community Theatre. Karen is the Director of the GCT Improv Troupe and is a consultant for new playwrights, taking their works from page to stage. The Racehorse Alley Parking Garage is one block from the theatre just off N. Stratton Street for paid parking is available 24 hours, but there are many street meters close to GCT along York, Stratton, and Middle Streets, which stop at 8 pm. Most tickets are now on sale at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org or by calling 717-334-2692. GCT Mission Statement: To inspire creativity and confidence, provide cultural enrichment, and instill a love of the theatre arts in people of ALL ages and abilities through quality education and performance.

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice presents the annual Africa Dinner

For over a decade, Adams County, PA has celebrated the peoples and cultures of Africa through an annual dinner. This has taken several forms over the years but always includes a sampling of African foods, dress, music, and more, recognizing the rich and diverse cultures of the continent. This year, the dinner will be reinaugurated (after a COVID-19 hiatus) in memory of Mary Furlong, the legendary teacher from Delone Catholic High School and a longtime educator and activist for greater understanding between our local community and the cultures of Africa. All are welcome to join in this evening of celebration. There will be a featured speaker who will share insights on Mary’s work in Zambia and Malawi. It will include educational and musical opportunities for children. There will be a potluck dinner. Finally, we will invite suggestions on the direction that this event should take in the future. Bring a friend. All are welcome. When: April 23, 2023Where: St James Lutheran Church109 York St, Gettysburg, PA 17325Time: 5:30 to 8:00 PMOther: This is a potluck dinner so please feel free to bring a dish to share.

Physical Fitness Task Force of Healthy Adams County announces spring walk schedule

The schedule for a series of 10 walks plus one Free 5K is out.  Based on the feedback received, we have changed the format a bit.  Six of the 10 walks offer a “led” group walk with a special guest speaker/leader.  Three of the walks have scavenger hunts for kids of all ages, and one walk is the always favorite, “Silly Walk,” with over eight silly walk activity stations.  The Memorial Day Free 5K is back and once again chip-timed, thanks to Highmark Wholecare.  And two of the walks are scheduled on Tuesdays with a Rain Date on Wednesday.  We tried hard to incorporate as much of the great feedback we received to make the walks more appealing and available to more people. If you complete all ten walks, you will receive a ticket to the August Ice Cream walk worth $10.  Please contact Jen Gastley at jgastley2@wellspan.org or Betsy Meyer at ejmeyer99@hotmail.com if you have any questions. Wed. APRIL 26, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00 open, GNMP Harman Farm by the Day Spa, 730 Chambersburg Rd. Walk the old golf cart paths, by ponds and nature, and with a scavenger hunt for all ages. Join Kathy Gilbert, owner of the Gburg Day Spa, at 1:00 (if not raining) to learn about the day spa and the history of the building. (~2 miles, mostly paved & flat) Tues. May 2, Rain Date Wed. May 3, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00 open, OUTLETS, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive. Check-in at the gazebo. Walk around the Outlets, Mela’s, and down a scenic road to White Run Water facility. (Walk is 2 miles of relatively flat sidewalks and roadways). Join Linda Wellborn, Marketing Director of the Outlets, at 1:00 to learn about what’s happening there. Wed. MAY 10, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00 open, OAKSIDE, 2880 Table Rock Road, Biglerville. Park in the gravel lot behind the Chapter House office. Bring your kids for a BINGO scavenger hunt and post a picture of you with one of the items on the Facebook event to be entered to win a FREE ticket to our Ice Cream Walk. Join Drs. Catherine and Robert Mauss at 1:00 to learn about preventing Lyme disease, the health benefits of walking, and more.  (~ 2 miles, mostly flat, gravel trail, some paved, very scenic) Wed. MAY 17, 1:00 led walk, 2:00 – 5:00 open. Eisenhower Farm. Park at the Eisenhower Farm parking lot, accessed from Emmitsburg Rd. just south of where it crosses Confederate Avenue. Bring your kids for a fun scavenger hunt! At 1:00, join Ruthmary McIlhenny, an Eisenhower Society Member, at the Eisenhower House to hear the history of the Eisenhowers at this farm as you walk around the house property. At all other times, Ruthmary will be available in front of the house for questions. (~1 mile, paved trails, a little hilly).    Tues. May 23, Rain Date Wed MAY 24 1:00 led walk, 1:00 to 6:00 open, Twin Lakes West. Go west from Gettysburg on Fairfield Rd. Park at Clementina’s Pizza, 1685 Fairfield Rd. Make a right out of the parking lot onto Fairplay Rd. then follow the map. A great walk for kids! Throughout the neighborhood, follow the signs for silly and fun activities. The 2-mile walk includes all 3 loops. At 1:00 join Payton Dziemburski, Exercise Specialist with WellSpan Rehab, for the led walk. (two miles, trail is on quiet neighborhood roads, mostly level and sunny.) Wed. MAY 31, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00 open, Hoffman Homes, 815 Orphanage Rd, Littlestown. From Gettysburg, take Rt 97 South ~ 5 miles, and turn right on Hoffman Home Rd. Go 2 miles, turn right on Orphanage Rd. Turn left at Entrance 2, “Culinary and Educational Services.” Lovely horse pastures. At 1:00, join Susan Cann, Director of Development, to learn about Hoffman Homes. (~2 miles, mostly paved or gravel trail, relatively flat). MON. MAY 29, 8:00 AM, Highmark Wholecare Memorial Day FREE 5K, Wyndham Hotel, Gateway Complex. Arrive 15 minutes early to register. Race/walk kicks off from the Wyndham Hotel in the Gateway Complex off Rtes 30 and 15.  Medals for all children who finish. (3.1 miles, paved roads, some gentle hills) Not needed for perfect attendance, but can be used as a make-up walk toward perfect attendance. Wed. JUNE 7, 4:00 – 6:00, GNMP Visitor’s Center. Soldier’s National Cemetery Parking Lot, Cyclorama Dr., off of Taneytown Rd. Proceed from the lot to Meade’s Headquarters, cross Taneytown Rd., trail through the woods, and parking lot 3 to Pleasanton Ave; cross Taneytown Rd. and use the road to walk past the PA monument, the Angle, and back to the lot. (2 miles, paved, relatively flat, half wooded and half open) Wed. JUNE 14, 1:00 led walk, 4:00 – 6:00, Gettysburg Rec Park to Seminary.  Park at the Charlie Sterner Building, 545 Long Lane.  Walk across the Rec Park using the Blue Bridge to the Seminary Trail and back via High/West Street.  (2.3 miles, paved/gravel, mostly flat, some shaded, some open.)  Join Kathy Glahn at 1:00 to learn about the Farmer’s Market

The study on a trail to the new Historical Society location is ready for borough council consideration

The new facilities for the Adams County Historical Society(ACHS)are approximately two-tenths of a mile north of the Borough of Gettysburg, and sidewalks along Carlisle Street end at the borough line.  It is anticipated that many students from Gettysburg College and residents that live near the college will want to walk or ride a bicycle to the new facilities.  Residents and visitors throughout Gettysburg may want to ride a bicycle to the facilities.  However, there is no safe way to do this, and walking on the shoulder, where the speed limit is 40 mph, is not a good option. Consequently, Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI) has taken the lead in an effort to create a safe, multiuse biking and walking path from the Borough of Gettysburg to the new ACHS facilities on Route 34 (Biglerville Road).   Andrew Dalton from the ACHS is working with HABPI on this effort.  A feasibility study for the best location and design of the trail was conducted by C.S. Davidson, Inc., the borough engineering firm.  The study is now complete and will be presented at the Gettysburg Borough Council Work Session on April 24.  The study analyzed several possible routes for the trail and calculated cost estimates for building each route.  Anyone can attend the meeting at the borough hall or watch the meeting live on Community Media of South Central PA (https://www.communitymedia.net/) or watch it later online.  Questions and comments about the trail study and meeting can be emailed to – habpi2012@gmail.com. 

Gettysburg Halloween Parade will take place on Tuesday, October 24

Gettysburg, PA – Community organization Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg has the official details about this year’s Gettysburg Halloween Parade. The parade will take place on Tuesday, October 24, with a rain date of Wednesday, October 25. Parade registration will open on May 1 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, and vintage cars. Gettysburg Middle School and Lincoln Elementary provide the starting point for this festive evening! The parade will officially kick off at approximately 7:15 pm. The parade will travel down York St. onto Lincoln Square – judging will be held at the HD Entertainment grandstand. Continuing down Baltimore St., the parade will turn to 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. as well as a costume contest at 6 pm. Registration for these events will be 5:30-6 pm. For additional updates, stay tuned to the Gettysburg Halloween Parade Facebook page. “We are excited to announce that our 2023 Gettysburg Halloween Parade Great Pumpkin Sponsor will be The Gettysburg Trading Post,” reports Heather Laughman, Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg founder. BIG is currently looking for supporting sponsors. Please visit our website for additional information about sponsorship opportunities.  All donations can be made by check to Kim Flickinger at Members 1st with Gettysburg Halloween Parade in the memo line.  Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help make the Gettysburg Halloween Parade a success! For more information and to sign up, please visit us online.  Additional questions or inquiries can be directed to businesswomeninfluencinggburg@gmail.com. About Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg: 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.

Gettysburg Garden Club brings Matt Radar, President of PA Horticultural Society, to Gettysburg audiences

Matt Radar,  President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), will speak at the Gettysburg Garden Club’s April 27 meeting at the Gettysburg Firehouse, 35 North Stratton Street, at 1 pm. Matt will share what’s new at the PHS, including growth and innovation underway in the Society’s Public Gardens and Landscapes and Healthy Neighborhoods Program. Made possible with the support of members, partners, and proceeds from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, PHS uses horticulture to strengthen connections among people, expand access to fresh food, and increase access to jobs and economic opportunities. PHS works on the ground in more than 250 neighborhoods to deliver transformational green programs. Hear Matt’s lively talk, meet garden club members, and enjoy refreshments following the meeting. The club, founded in 1960, promotes interest in all facets of gardening. The Gettysburg Garden Club is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, The Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc., and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

PennDOT announces new license plates to help grow and sustain plants and pollinators

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that thanks to recently passed legislation, vehicle owners will now be able to purchase a ‘Pollinator’ license plate. Sixty-five percent of the proceeds from the license plate will be deposited into the Pollinator Habitat Program Fund. The Pollinator Habitat Program Fund is dedicated to supporting ongoing efforts to reinvigorate the populations of insects that pollinate plant life.  This Fund will create naturalized gardens and meadows planted with pollinator-friendly species of flowering plants specifically for bees, butterflies, beetles, and other insects which may have been adversely affected by the loss of their native habitat. With more flowering plants to provide sustenance, these insects will be given a chance to thrive in these reclaimed areas. A further aim of the program is to help reverse the decline of federally listed threatened or endangered species, such as the monarch butterfly. “The importance of supporting a healthy pollinator population in Pennsylvania – a state that depends on agriculture as part of its economy – cannot be overstated,” said PennDOT Acting Secretary Mike Carroll. “Developing habitats for this important group of insects contribute to both the environmental and economic health of our Commonwealth, and PennDOT is proud to offer a license plate to help support these important efforts.” The Pollinator license plate is now available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds. The license plate contains the standard Pennsylvania license plate colors of blue, white, and gold and depicts an image of a monarch butterfly, honeybee, and green sweat bee visiting a flower. Applicants for the Pollinator license plate must submit a completed Form MV-911, “Application for Special Fund Registration Plate.” “Pollinators are critical to the environment and to feeding Pennsylvanians,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “One out of every three bites we eat is made possible because of pollinators and their role in promoting biodiversity and plant health in our food system, and this pollinator license plate is a way for us to help grow and sustain plant and pollinator life.” More information, including eligibility requirements and images of license plates, is available on the Registration Plates page on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website. More information on PennDOT’s efforts to help revive pollinators is available in PennDOT Pollinator Habitat Plan.  Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram. 

24th annual History Meets the Arts next weekend

Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, will be the 24th annual History Meets the Arts (HMTA) show & sale in Gettysburg. 17 artists represented by Lord Nelson’s Gallery will be at the Gettysburg Fire Company Community Room Friday April 14, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and again Saturday April 15, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Eight painters specializing mostly in 18th century historical scenes as well as a number of artisans creating period accoutrements such as powder horns, colonial pottery, hand forged knives, wood boxes and more will be there in person with their latest works. Gettysburg resident author Jeff Shaara will also be in attendance with his broad collection of historical novels. Admission is free on both days with a voluntary $5.00 donation to Pink Out, a Hanover, PA based women’s cancer survivor benefit fund. Award winning artist Robert Griffing will be one of the painters showing his art prints and paintings at the show this year. He will also be signing copies of his third art book, An Amazing Journey, containing over 130 of his paintings done in the past ten years. Griffing studied illustration and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and went on to enjoy a thirty-year career in advertising. His lifelong interest in Native American and colonial history was the result of growing up in western Pennsylvania, where many eighteenth-century historical events took place. Today, Griffing paints the Native Americans of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands. His work has been included in educational packages, TV historical documentaries, the covers of dozens of books and national magazines, and Native American museums and cultural centers, including the 2007 exhibition “Emissaries of Peace”, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Other painters at HMTA include award winning artists John Buxton (PA), Bryant & Pamela Patrick White (PA), and David Wright (TN). Several of their paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN and the Booth Western Art museum in Georgia, in addition to being featured in numerous government buildings, National Park Service Visitor Centers, Colonial Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon. The painters will be joined by three dimensional artisans including sculptor Wayne Hyde of Bedford, PA, knife maker Steve Auvenshine (KY) whose knives have been commissioned for use by lead actors in films such as Jurassic World, Jumanji, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, folk artists Wayne and William Fluke of Bedford, PA with hand-carved walking sticks, powder horn maker Tim Sanner from western PA, colonial redware potter Selinda Kennedy, hand-painted floorcloth maker Jennifer Frantz and others. This is your opportunity to meet with these talented artists all under one roof, every one of them happy to share their art, knowledge, and love of early American history with you. For more information on the History Meets the Arts show, please contact Lord Nelson’s Gallery at 717.334.7950 or visit www.HistoryMeetsTheArts.com. Lord Nelson’s Gallery is located at 17 Chambersburg Street in downtown Gettysburg.

Dr. Thomas Little opens Gettysburg Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Gettysburg Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas A. Little is now offering orthopedic care in Gettysburg and Adams County. Little provides patient-oriented, non-surgical care of injuries to the muscles, bones, and joints, helping patients correct the physical imbalances that inevitably accumulate over the course of their lives, reducing pain and deterioration without surgery. Little graduated with honors from the Penn State University College of Medicine and completed his internship, orthopedic surgery residency, and shoulder surgery fellowship at the Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. After completing his medical training in 2001, Little joined Gettysburg Orthopaedics with Drs. Lon Woods, Joseph Tripi, and Ivan Miller, a partnership that in 2007 became Wellspan Orthopedics. In 2016 he transferred to Summit Orthopedics in Chambersburg, where he worked until his retirement from surgical practice in 2021. In addition to his medical practice, Little served for ten years as an adjunct professor at Gettysburg College, where he taught courses in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and the pathophysiology of chronic disease. A lifelong recreational athlete, Little enjoys swimming, cycling, running, skiing, and hiking—activities he believes have given him insight into his patients’ struggles. “Over the years, I’ve had my share of sports-related injuries, both chronic and traumatic, so I understand how frustrating it can be to be limited by pain and injury,” Little said. “I use those experiences, my medical training, and my teaching background to help my patients get back to the activities they love.” Located at 371 East Water Street, Gettysburg Orthopedics and Sports Medicine shares a building with the newly opened Gettysburg Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. For more information about Dr. Little and Gettysburg Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, visit GettysburgOrtho.com. To request an appointment, call (717) 549-2331.

Local residents will discuss fair housing

Join Adams County fair housing organizations and coalitions to highlight the importance of fair housing at a Fair Housing in Action seminar on Monday, April 3. The program will include an overview of fair housing rights and how local agencies are working to advance housing opportunities in the county. The program will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Valentine Hall in the United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. Program: 5:30 pm: Welcome 5:35 pm: Fair Housing Fundamentals  – Adrian Garcia, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) 6:00 pm: Working Together: Landlord & Tenant Partnerships – Marc Unger, Tenfold 6:10 pm: Local Fair Housing Resources Janet Riggs, Gettysburg Human Relations Commission                 Kierstan Belle, Adams County Advisory Council to the PHRC                 Gail Hull, Adams County Human Relations Council                 Robert Thaeler, Fair Housing Officer, Adams County 6:30 pm: Realtor Association of York and Adams County (RAYAC) – Shanna Terroso 6:40 pm: Adams County Housing Authority – Suzanne Glover and Laura Yohe  6:50 pm: Q&A Light refreshments and informational tables with housing resources will be available. Questions? Contact Brittany Mellinger: bmellinger@pa.gov 717-649-4824 Event Partners: Adams County Housing Authority Adams County Human Relations Council

Parking is now available at the “first shot” house

GETTYSBURG, PA – A new gravel parking area and driveway at the Wisler House, also known as “The First Shot House,” at Gettysburg National Military Park is now available for visitor use. The completion of this phase of site rehabilitation will allow visitors an unprecedented opportunity to safely park and visit this significant location associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.  On the morning of July 1, 1863, Union soldiers with the 8th Illinois Cavalry established a sentry post three miles west of Gettysburg at the home and blacksmith shop of Ephraim Wisler. From its position on Knoxlyn Ridge, the Wisler House was an ideal location from which to spy any Confederate advance toward Gettysburg along the Chambersburg Pike. At 7:30 am, Union cavalrymen detected the advance of Henry Heth’s Confederate division, which had departed their Cashtown bivouac to conduct a reconnaissance in force toward Gettysburg. Lt. Marcellus E. Jones, who commanded the picket line of the 8th Illinois, borrowed the carbine of Sgt. Levi Shafer rested the weapon on one of Wisler’s fence posts and, from the western yard of the home, fired the first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Ephraim Wisler home would become enshrined in Gettysburg lore as “The First Shot House”…the location from which the great Battle of Gettysburg was inaugurated.  “We are pleased to provide the opportunity for our visitors to drive, and now safely park, at this crucial battlefield location,” says park superintendent Steven D. Sims. “With the nearly completed rehabilitation of the Wisler House, it was critically important to provide access for visitors. The newly constructed parking lot provides five spaces and a wide access drive for both arriving and departing vehicles. These improvements provide safe access to our visitors and the opportunity to further enhance and enrich their understanding of this complex three-day battle.”  The announcement of the parking area and drive opening now allows public access to the Wisler House grounds, but site rehabilitation is not yet fully complete. A new interpretive sign is expected to be installed in the coming months, and the house will receive a painting treatment called penciling later in the year. Per historic specifications, the brick Wisler House has already been painted red, and the penciling will add a thin line of white paint to accentuate the areas where mortar would be visible. This painting technique is the same as what already appears on the David Wills House in the center of Gettysburg. Currently, there are no plans to open the house to the public.  For a full recap of the rehabilitation project, including videos and photo albums, visit our website at https://go.nps.gov/WislerHouse.  

Cumberland Township police officer Joshua Rosenberg promoted to Sergeant

On March 8, 2023 eligible Cumberland Township Police Department officers engaged in a competitive examination for promotion to Sergeant.  The officers had to answer scenario and leadership questions fielded by an Oral Board staffed by experienced police commanders from the Pennsylvania State Police, West Manchester Township Police Department and York City Police Department.  The officers also had to complete a graded practical examination evaluated by the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. Police Chief Matthew Trostel compiled all of the grading criteria and made the formal recommendation to the Board of Supervisors Personnel Committee Chair Shaun Phiel and Supervisor Chrissy Biggins to promote Officer Joshua Rosenberger.  The Personnel Committee then forwarded that recommendation for full Board confirmation by public vote.  “It is important to note that the examining board was highly impressed with Officer Rosenberger’s qualifications and professional record,” Chief Trostel noted when presenting the recommendation to the Board of Supervisors at their March 28, 2023 meeting.  The Board unanimously approved the recommendation and witnessed Chief Trostel handing Rosenberger his Sergeant stripes.  The ceremony was attended by numerous supporters.  Below listed are some of Sergeant Rosenberger’s credentials that helped qualify him for this promotion: Career & Education Timeline 2006– Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University, PA 2012– Indiana University of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy – Class vice president 2012– Hired as a part time police officer by CTPD 2013– Appointed to Full time Officer Status 2022– Appointed Acting Sergeant of B Squad CTPD Department Instructor Certifications Field training officer Department Taser Instructor Expandable Baton Instructor OC Pepper Spray Instructor Awards and Commendations 2019 Certificate of Appreciation Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program  2016, May 15- Cumberland Township Police Department Commendation for CPR lifesaving efforts during a heroin overdose which resulted in the patient surviving. 2015, September 19- Cumberland Township Police Department Commendation for pulling an unconscious pilot out of an airplane wreckage at risk and danger to personal safety. Leadership Courses Penn State- High Impact Supervision (HIS) Penn State- Police Supervisory In-Service Training (POSIT) Leading Blue High-Performance Leadership

HGAC’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse open for 2023

Got vintage? The HGAC Architectural Salvage Warehouse holds its opening day this Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Daniel Lady Farm, 986 Hanover Road in Gettysburg. Come browse the eclectic inventory of vintage and repurposed items for sale. The warehouse will be open in 2023 on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through October. What can the savvy shopper find at the warehouse? HGAC has an inventory that includes: Grandma’s cast iron kitchen sinks, washtubs and buckets, multi-paneled doors, shutters, wavy glass, Civil War era windows, glass insulators, fireplace mantles, lamp parts and globes, mirrors, restored and caned maple dining chairs, wooden beds and vintage woodworking tools. HGAC receives a steady stream of donated and salvaged items for the warehouse, and many are sold as soon as a price is fixed. The inventory is fluid, so visit often to discover the many unusual items the warehouse acquires, as the stock rotates quickly. Historic Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC) has operated the Architectural Salvage Warehouse since 2006. HGAC is a non-profit organization formed in 1975 to spearhead and coordinate efforts to preserve and restore the historic heritage of Adams County’s townships and boroughs. The warehouse was established to encourage the reuse of items that otherwise might end up in a landfill, and originally operated out of a brick building on Washington Street in downtown Gettysburg. Operations were moved to the Daniel Lady Farm in September 2017. In addition to the generous donors who contribute to the warehouse’s inventory, HGAC volunteers often receive permission to conduct salvage operations at older homes, barns and other buildings that are either undergoing renovation or slated for demolition. Salvage items include everything from old wooden flooring and mantelpieces, to antique doors and windows, to hardware such as hinges, doorknobs and cast-iron locks, along with many unique items. So if you’re seeking an old door or window to match your home renovation project, or if you have a passion for vintage items, stop by the Daniel Lady Farm on the first and third Saturdays of the month and check out the warehouse inventory! ​ The Architectural Salvage Warehouse is coordinated by volunteers Kendra Kaufmann and Andie Donahue. All proceeds from sales and additional donations help fund HGAC’s preservation efforts in Adams County, as well as the upkeep of the HGAC headquarters at the historic G.A.R. Hall at 53 Middle Street in Gettysburg. Period donations to the warehouse are always welcome. Those wishing to donate items or arrange a salvage operation can email HGAC at histgettyac@aol.com. Can’t make it to the farm? Email HGAC at histgettyac@aol.com and volunteers will help you make an appointment to view the warehouse inventory. Visit the HGAC webpage at www.hgaconline.org for more information on the warehouse and to view HGAC’s other upcoming events and

What’s happening this weekend?

Hey, your esteemed editors made a booboo. We forgot to put the events calendar into the newsletter. In case you were looking for it, here it is. Also included below are the upcoming high school sports contests. Get out and enjoy what Adams has to offer! This weekend’s activities Friday March 24 Art : Juried Student Exhibition 4:00 p.m. Art : Frederick Wright Jones \”Pantheon\” 4:00 p.m. Film : The Lost King 4:00 p.m. Film : Inside 4:15 p.m. Food : Lenten Fish Fry Dinners 5:00 p.m. Live-Music : Friday Night at the Taproom with the Dirk Quinn Duo 7:00 p.m. Live-Music : Open Mic @ Waldo’s & Co. 7:00 p.m. Film : The Lost King 7:00 p.m. Film : Inside 7:15 p.m. Saturday March 25 Theater : The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon 3:00 p.m. Live-Music : Nick Minahan at Boyer Cellars 3:00 p.m. Film : The Lost King 4:00 p.m. Film : Inside 4:15 p.m. Film : The Lost King 7:00 p.m. Film : Inside 7:15 p.m. Sunday March 26 Fitness,Exercise : Healthy Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force Hike 12:30 p.m. Film : The Lost King 1:00 p.m. Live-Music : Open Mic with Frank ‘n Bob 1:00 p.m. Film : Inside 1:15 p.m. Film : The Lost King 4:00 p.m. Film : Inside 4:15 p.m. Upcoming High School Sports events

Watershed Alliance sets annual meeting

The Watershed Alliance of Adams County will hold its annual meeting at the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg, on Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. Members and anyone interested in learning about watershed protection in Adams County are invited to attend. This year’s annual meeting will feature a presentation on the Watershed Alliance’s newly launched water-borne pathogen-testing program and the expansion of its ongoing stream-monitoring program. Refreshments will be offered. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Watershed Alliance of Adams County is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the water resources of Adams County. For more information about the Watershed Alliance and its upcoming annual meeting, visit AdamsWatersheds.org.

Adams County Commissioner wins Jim Getty Award

Randy Phiel, chairman of the Adams County Commissioners, has been honored with the 2023 Jim Getty “Spirit of Gettysburg” Award – a recognition given annually by Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization of Adams County. Phiel was one of nine nominees for the award – each nomination coming from a partnering business or community member. He was chosen to receive the Jim Getty Award by a committee of former recipients. “Randy Phiel has a lifetime of experience working both inside and outside of the tourism community to make the industry successful for Adams County,” said Karl Pietrzak, President and CEO of Destination Gettysburg. “Randy understands the importance of bringing visitors to our community.” Phiel is a former law enforcement ranger for Gettysburg National Military Park and organizer of the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee’s annual re-enactments, and is now a county commissioner and plans events with The Daniel Lady Farm in Gettysburg. “I am honored to accept the Jim Getty Award on behalf of my family, friends, colleagues and community members who made these achievements possible,” said Phiel after receiving the award. “All these successes were achieved with community support – for the community. While chapters like the National Park Service and large re-enactment have now closed, the chapters with the Adams County Commissioners and The Daniel Lady Farm are still on-going.” The Jim Getty “Spirit of Gettysburg” Award was presented at Destination Gettysburg’s Annual Meeting on March 21. The award was created in honor of long-time Abraham Lincoln presenter, Jim Getty, who passed away in 2015. “Jim Getty was an iconic ambassador for our community, who I was privileged to know and work with, as he enthralled, educated, and made those dusty old history books come alive for thousands of visitors at the reenactment each year,” said Phiel. “I could not be prouder to be a life-long resident of Adams County – and to serve historic and beautiful Adams County,” he added. Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization, promotes Gettysburg-Adams County as a premier travel destination to benefit and enhance our community by sharing history and creating new experiences. Featured image caption: Randy Phiel holds the Jim Getty “Spirit of Gettysburg” Award after Destination Gettysburg’s Annual Meeting on March 21 at Adams County Historical Society’s “Gettysburg Beyond the Battle Museum.”

Scott Harper appointed as Adams County Chief Public Defender

Scott Harper, former Adams County assistant public defender, has been named Chief Public Defender of Adams County. Harper graduated from Widener University School of Law in 2005 and was in private practice as a trial attorney, serving much of south-central PA. He joined the Adams County Public Defender’s staff in 2021. A former business owner, Harper graduated from Juniata College in 1991. He and his wife of 31 years have two children. “I’m very pleased Scott is succeeding me as Public Defender,” said Kristin Rice, former Adams County chief public defender. “We worked together for the last couple of years, and I found him to have qualities that I believe are fundamental to a Public Defender: he is a staunch supporter of individual liberties, independent, unafraid of any new challenge, and fights for his clients. The Public Defender’s Office is in good hands, ” she added.  

Tours of the Eisenhower home will resume April 1

Visitors May Now Drive Directly to the Farm  GETTYSBURG, PA – Eisenhower National Historic Site is pleased to announce that tours of the Eisenhower home will resume on Saturday, April 1, 2023, for the Spring and Summer season. Individuals, families, and groups with fewer than 20 people can now drive directly to the site.  April Tours of the Eisenhower Home  House tours will be offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   Tour times will be at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm.    May Tours of the Eisenhower Home  House tours will be offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   Tour times will be at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm.   Special Memorial Day tours will be available on Monday, May 29.   June 1 to August 13 Tours of the Eisenhower Home  House tours will be offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Tour times will be at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.  June 1 to August 13 – Free Ranger led programs  Free Ranger led programs will be offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Tours of the grounds will begin at 9:30 am and last approximately 45 minutes. Tours begin near the gravel parking lot.  New for 2023: Individuals, families, and groups with fewer than 20 people are no longer required to make advanced reservations or take a shuttle bus to the site. Visitors may now drive directly to the farm. Access is via the Emmitsburg Road at 250 Eisenhower Farm Lane, Gettysburg, PA. General visitor parking and accessible parking is available. Once onsite, please follow directions to the appropriate parking area.   All tours of the Eisenhower home will be offered on a first come, first served basis to the first 40 visitors during each time slot.  Groups with 20 or more individuals should contact visitor services at 877-874-2478.  Note: Due to tight turns and cattle guards, no oversized vehicles (RVs, campers, trailers, coach buses, etc.) are permitted on site.   The grounds of Eisenhower National Historic Site are open daily throughout the year from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.   Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and farms of the Eisenhower family as a fitting and enduring memorial to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, and to the events of far-reaching importance that occurred on the property. Learn more at www.nps.gov/eise.

DAR honors women with Mamie display

The Gettysburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating Women’s History Month by displaying Mamie Eisenhower’s Dress at the World War II American Experience Museum in Gettysburg every weekend this month. Mamie was an honorary regent of Gettysburg Chapter, NSDAR, and she donated a cocktail dress to them in the 1960s.  Also on display are historical photos and information on how the local chapter was involved in helping the war effort, as well as information about what the DAR does today to fulfill its mission focus on education, historic preservation, and patriotism. A sneak peek of the activities happening at the museum to celebrate WWII-era women can be found at: https://youtu.be/o9qyOLGftKQ

HGAC Educational Speakers Program features author Ron Kirkwood

Historic Gettysburg Adams County’s first Educational Speakers program for 2023 will feature Ron Kirkwood, author of “Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.” The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic G.A.R. Hall on 53 East Middle Street in Gettysburg, PA 17325.  Kirkwood argues in “Too Much for Human Endurance” that the George Spangler farm was the most important farm in the Battle of Gettysburg, revealing factors that have been overlooked for generations. The book and his presentation will offer newly found information about Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead’s time at Spangler and how the Spangler family and their farm suffered while their land was occupied — along with stories of the agony and heroism of the surgeons, nurses and the wounded at the two hospitals on the Spanglers’ land. Kirkwood, who is working on a sequel to his Spangler book, is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, where he edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was National Football League editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He also worked for newspapers in Baltimore, Harrisburg, York and Wilkes-Barre. Kirkwood has been a Gettysburg Foundation guide at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site since it opened in 2013.  The HGAC educational speaker programs are held in the handicapped accessible historic Grand Army of the Republic Hall (G.A.R.). Doors open at 7 p.m. with the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. These free, no reservations-needed evenings will be held the third Tuesday evening of the month beginning in March at the G.A.R. Building, 53 E. Middle Street, Gettysburg. For more information, please call Keith Schultz at 717-420-2155.

Local food equity non-profit, The Gleaning Project, will hold its 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

GETTYSBURG, MARCH 13, 2023: Local food equity nonprofit, The Gleaning Project, will host its tenth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, April 21, from 4 PM-7 PM in Plank Gym at Gettysburg College with the help of our presenting sponsor WellSpan Health. Tickets are on sale now online at https://thegleaningproject.org/emptybowls    Empty Bowls is a community dinner that aims to raise funds for The Gleaning Project and raise awareness about food insecurity. The Gleaning Project considers the annual fundraiser to be one of its most significant—for the financial support it provides to the organization and for the community that it brings together. The fundraiser draws more than 400 guests each year. For the ticket price of $20 presale and $25 at the door, guests will enjoy live music by Chuck Darwin and the Knuckle-Draggers and a meal of soup, bread, beverage, and dessert, served in a handcrafted bowl, which they can then take home as a reminder of those whose bowls remain empty. Statistics show that of the children and seniors in Adams County, 1 in 5 lack access to enough food to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Empty Bowls is made possible each year thanks to the generosity of local artists, restaurants, bakeries, musicians, and other businesses that donate soup, bread, bowls, and other goods and services needed to produce the event. Businesses interested in contributing to the event with in-kind donations are encouraged to email TheGleaningProject@gmail.com. All are invited to attend. To learn more about the event, purchase tickets, or become an event sponsor, visit https://thegleaningproject.org/emptybowls _______________________________________________________________ ABOUT THE GLEANING PROJECT The Gleaning Project is South Central Pennsylvania’s collaborative, nonprofit effort to reduce food loss on local farms and increase food security in our communities. We strive for a more equitable and sustainable food system, and envision a South Central Pennsylvania where farmers are supported, the local food economy is thriving, and everyone can access enough food to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.  The Gleaning Project is an initiative of South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP). To learn more and to get involved, visit https://thegleaningproject.org/ and visit SCCAP at www.sccap.org

Farmers Market begins April 29 at Rec Park; vendor applications now being accepted

Gettysburg, PA – The Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) will launch its 2023 farmers market season on Saturday, April 29, from 8 am-1 pm. The farmers market will be newly located at the Gettysburg Rec Park, at 545 Long Lane in Gettysburg. Adams County Farmers Market organizers anticipate an excellent market season at the new location. “The Rec Park has lots of amenities that will greatly benefit customers and vendors alike,” said Market Manager Reza Djalal. “There will be shady areas to sit and eat, plenty of parking, newly refinished restrooms, and tons of great vendors!” The Gettysburg Rec Park is located approximately ⅓ of a mile from Lincoln Square and features playgrounds, a dog park, a skatepark, and a fitness trail. Plans for a successful 2023 farmers market season include many family-friendly events, educational resources, and cooking demonstrations. Some new events planned for this year include a Farmers Market Fairy Festival, a Mexican Street Food Festival, and an event for Hunger Action Day. Many of the Adams County Farmers Market’s signature events, such as Kids Day and Young Entrepreneurs Day, will also be returning bigger than before, thanks to the Rec Park’s ample green space. ACFM has invested additional resources to promote the new 2023 location. “We have more than doubled our marketing budget in order to make sure we reach as many people as possible,” said ACFM Marketing Committee Chairperson Angela Sontheimer. “We also have some awesome events and promotions planned and can’t wait to showcase our new location with both our regular customers and new visitors.” Many vendors have signed up to participate at the Adams County Farmers Market this year, including fan favorites like Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, Maggie’s Farm Gettysburg, Deer Run Farm, Weikert’s Egg Farm, Ziggy Donutz, and The Mexican Food Truck. Vendor applications are still being accepted for the 2023 farmers’ market season. Fruit and vegetable growers are invited to apply, as well as vendors who make and sell other unique items like cheeses, jams, jellies, pickles, candy, or kombucha tea. ACFM offers resources for first-time farmers market vendors that are just beginning to launch their businesses, and ACFM’s annual vendor fees are much lower than other markets in the region. The vendor application can be found at www.acfarmersmarkets.org/become-a-vendor Fans of the Adams County Farmers Market are encouraged to spread the word about the start of the market season as widely as possible. “You don’t want to miss the start of the farmers market season by going to the wrong place,” continued Djalal. “Please be sure to tell your friends we’ve moved to the Rec Park and come out to see all the exciting changes when the market opens on April 29th.” Anyone with questions about the Adams County Farmers Market is welcome to contact Market Manager Reza Djalal at manager@acfarmersmarkets.org.

HABPI will honor Tom Jolin

Healthy Adams Bike/Pedestrian Inc. (HABPI) will be unveiling a plaque honoring founding Board member Tom Jolin on Friday, March 17 at 10:00 AM at the Susan Naugle Bridge on West Middle Street in Gettysburg.  The public is invited to attend this brief ceremony. The Bridge is located between Foursquare Church and Codori Memorials. Jolin was a founder of HABPI and has recently retired to the organization’s Board of Directors following over 20 years of service. The unveiling will take place rain or shine. For further information, contact Steve Niebler at sniebler44a@gmail.com.

Resurfacing and safety improvement project resumes on Route 15 in Adams and York Counties

Permanent crossing and turn restrictions at Glenwood Road, temporary restrictions at Golf Course Road/Range End Road Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that work is set to resume next week on 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. This work will require temporary crossing and left turn restrictions at Golf Course Road/Range End Road, and permanent crossing and left turn restrictions at Glenwood Road within the Route 15 corridor just south of Dillsburg. Signed detours will be in place. Weather permitting, on Monday, March 6, the contractor will begin line eradication and implement lane shifts on Route 15 at both intersections. This work will be performed from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane during work hours. The following week beginning Monday, March 13, the center barrier will be installed on Route 15 at both locations to eliminate crossing traffic and left turns from the side roads onto Route 15 and left turns from Route 15 onto the side roads. This traffic pattern will allow widening to occur at Glenwood Road. This work is expected to take about 45 days to complete, after which the second phase will begin to permanently eliminate crossings and left turns at the intersection due to inadequate sight distance. Work at Golf Course Road/Range End Road includes constructing a right turn lane to Golf Course Road from northbound Route 15 and replacing the plastic islands on both side roads with concrete islands and mountable curbs. This work is expected to take a maximum of 36 days to complete, after which improvements to left turn lanes on Route 15 will be made at the intersection. Once this work is complete, traffic will be restored to the original patterns with no left turn or crossing restrictions. This work is part of a project that consists of ramp acceleration and deceleration lane lengthening and intersection safety improvements. The entire pavement width, including the roadway and shoulders, will be resurfaced, and all guide rails 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. Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

Adams County SPCA Offers bus trip to Charles Town Casino

Are you in need of a fun, leisurely day out with fellow animal lovers? The Adams County SPCA is presenting a day trip to the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV. Buses will leave on Sunday March 26 at 9:00 a.m. from the Gettysburg Wal-Mart parking lot at 1270 York Rd., Gettysburg. Buses will return at about 4:30 p.m. A $50 donation covers your seat on the luxury bus and you will get $20 back in free slot play. The casino is located at 750 Hollywood Dr, Charles Town, WV 25414 If you can’t make the trip but would still like to help, you can sponsor a seat for one of our amazing, devoted volunteers to go in your place. Get your tickets now at adamscountyspca.org Space is limited ** Must be 21 or older;  bring a valid government photo ID **

Enchantment Theater Company brings ‘The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon’ to Majestic on March 25

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater embarks on The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon Saturday, March 25, at 3 p.m. with Enchantment Theatre Company’s new live production that takes the whole family on an imaginative journey. Tickets are available now at the Majestic Theater Box Office, and discounts are available for children. “The Majestic is proud of its long association with Pennsylvania’s premiere theatre company for children.  Enchantment Theatre has performed on our historic stage at least a half dozen times, and they always delight children and adults alike,” said Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel.The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon is based on the first of seven classic picture books by Crockett Johnson. Generations of children have delighted in joining inventive young Harold on his zany adventures. Throughout his amazing adventures, resourceful Harold creates the world he wants to explore using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination.The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon is sure to delight children ages five and older, as well as their friends of all ages. The play includes life-size puppets, masked actors, magic, and large-scale videos animating Harold’s adventure. The show will last approximately one hour.Enchantment Theatre Company’s mission is to inspire to dream, explore, think, and connect through imaginative storytelling onstage. The company has been creating original theatre productions for children and their families for over 35 years and believes all children should have the chance to experience the joy and wonder of live theatre.Tickets for The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon start at $25 and are available now at the Majestic Theater Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, by calling (717) 337-8200 or online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Children and students 18 and under enjoy a $5 discount on all tickets. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for the performance are 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. Masks are optional and encouraged at Majestic Theater performances.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.###IMAGE: Enchantment Theatre Company presents The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater on March 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, (717) 337-8200 or www.gettysburgmajestic.org

Arts Council calls for entries for 19th Annual Juried Exhibition

The Adams County Arts Council is accepting entries to the 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to be held June 1 – June 23, 2023, in the Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College.  Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to submit work for consideration by juror Lauren Nye, Director of Exhibitions, Susquehanna Art Museum.  The entry deadline is March 10.  Awards totaling $3,925 with a $1,000 Best of Show prize will be announced at the Awards Reception & Celebration on Saturday, June 10.  There is a $30 entry fee for Adams County Arts Council members and a $45 entry for non-members. Entry forms and membership information are available online at www.adamsarts.org or by contacting the Arts Council at aa@adamsarts.org or 717-334-5006. Submitted photo –– Robyn Jacobs, Ode de Fragonard, 2022 Best of Show

Main Street Gettysburg is selected to participate in pilot rural small business support program

Gettysburg, PA (February 9, 2023) – Main Street Gettysburg has been selected to participate in a new small business resiliency audit and resources pilot program. In partnership with Main Street America, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Main Street Gettysburg will serve an important role in creating new tools to assist rural small business owners in identifying and responding to challenges. Financial support for this project comes from USDA’s Rural Business Development Grants program. The global pandemic has had a devastating impact in rural communities throughout Pennsylvania, exasperating the unemployment rate and requiring small business owners to continually adapt to new economic realities. Additionally, there are extensive challenges and geographic constraints to delivering technical assistance to the over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., with those located in rural areas being disproportionately impacted. Rural small businesses’ ability to navigate and respond to a number of emerging issues, such as workforce and supply chain constraints, as well as how to leverage new opportunities presented through social media and e-commerce, is crucial to preserving existing businesses and nurturing entrepreneurship. Some recent data demonstrate these needs: 53% of small businesses did not have a digital commerce component to their business. And of those that did, it represented less than 10%; (MSA Study 2021)  New business formation grew 48% from January 2020 to December 2021; (U.S. Census)  73% of small business owners expect to pivot their business model again in 2022; (American Express)  In response, Main Street America—a national nonprofit commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization in historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial corridors—is piloting the development of a model that creates more efficiencies in assessing and meeting the needs of rural small business at scale, in four existing rural Main Street communities in Pennsylvania. These communities include Danville, Oil City, Lewisburg, and Gettysburg. “The Pennsylvania Downtown Center is thrilled to be a partner in the Small Business Resiliency Audit Tool & Resources Pilot,” said Julie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director at Pennsylvania Downtown Center. “Although we know that the tireless efforts of our Main Street programs have resulted in our communities experiencing a level of economic resiliency from the impact of the pandemic, we also recognize that there is a need for identifying persistent issues and finding creative common solutions to build and maintain sustainable and adaptable businesses.” Over the next four to six months, Main Street Gettysburg will engage five small business owners and entrepreneurs through assessments, on-site focus groups, and interviews exploring challenges and areas of opportunity. Main Street America will research potential solutions and develop technical assistance materials, resources, and tools tailored to meet the needs of the participants. “This is a unique opportunity for local businesses to benefit from a national Main Street project, focused specifically on rural communities,” said Jill Sellers, President of Main Street Gettysburg. “The goals include a better understanding of shared challenges, connecting businesses to the resources they need, and ultimately helping businesses adapt and get ahead.” Main Street communities in New Mexico and South Carolina have also been selected to participate in this pilot program. ### ABOUT MAIN STREET GETTYSBURG Main Street Gettysburg (MSG) was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization to unite and lead the Gettysburg community in successful economic- and community development projects to enhance the quality of life for Gettysburg and Adams County residents. The Main Street Gettysburg mission is to work with community partners for the historic preservation, economic revitalization, and overall enhancement of Gettysburg, and the organization oversees ambitious initiatives and economic development strategies. Major accomplishments include a 10-year interpretive plan for historic preservation in the Borough of Gettysburg, which resulted in more than $55 million of downtown projects; the $7.5 million Steinwehr Avenue Revitalization Project, resulting in 29 new businesses in a five-year period that offered new jobs, additional ADA improvements and a safer and more beautiful neighborhood with updated infrastructure; the Main Street CARES Program that helped businesses reopen during the pandemic by providing free toolkits with handmade masks; latex gloves; homemade sanitizer; informational posters and social-distancing floor stickers to over 140 businesses; the Baltimore Street Project and the Gettysburg Welcome Center, which are both currently under consideration for federal funding. www.mainstreetgettysburg.org ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA DOWNTOWN CENTER Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated solely to the revitalization of the Commonwealth’s core communities. Primarily through the utilization of the National Main Street Center’s Refreshed Main Street Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Over the years, we have formed strategic partnerships with local and statewide organizations to further our mission of promoting community revitalization and reinvestment. Additionally, our centralized Harrisburg location allows us to interact with members of the PA legislature, advocating on behalf of downtown and neighborhood initiatives in the Commonwealth. Learn more at padowntown.org. ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $95.33 billion in new public and private investment generated 161,036 net new businesses and 717,723 net new jobs and rehabilitated more than 314,431 buildings. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visitmainstreet.org.

Calling all artists: Recyled art event

Artists and crafters, this is your chance to feature your art, business, organization, or group! Create your one of a kind recycled art piece, turning trash into an artistic treasure. Be creative and feature your talents at the Adams Rescue Mission’s upcoming Upcycled Art Show and Silent Auction. There is no entry fee, and all items will be auctioned off at the end of the show, with proceeds supporting the homeless shelter programs at ARM. Deadline to submit art is March 31, so download the application and guidelines today!  Click here for more information and to apply: www.adamsrescuemission.org/events.

Kiwanis speakers will discuss mental health issues at February program

The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis monthly speaker’s series will resume on Monday, Feb. 13, with a program by John Noullet and Jayne Miller, both mental health care professionals at WellSpan Philhaven. The program will focus on the de-stigmatization of mental health issues, specifically suicide prevention. Noullet has worked for WellSpan Philhaven since 2003.  He worked as a clinician in the admissions department prior to becoming the director of Lebanon County Crisis Intervention.  Since 2016, he has worked as a mental health care educator and is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid and also Question Persuade, Refer (QPR), which is a suicide prevention class. Noullet has both his bachelor of art and master of science degrees from West Virginia University.  Miller, a graduate of Alvernia University, has worked for WellSpan Philhaven since 2003.  In her most recent role with WellSpan Philhaven, Jayne is serving as the Community Mental Health Education coordinator, scheduling and overseeing the numerous educational trainings delivered by WellSpan Philhaven staff.  Prior to that, she worked as a Lebanon County crisis intervention counselor.  With this first-hand knowledge and experience, Miller has a unique understanding of the need for the de-stigmatization of mental health concerns as well as a keen sense of the need for early prevention/intervention.  Bringing a strong sense of personal commitment to the community, she believes that as community members and leaders become more versed in the dynamics of mental health, we can, together, encourage hope, healing, and wholeness by building a stronger, more productive society as we encourage each other to live our lives with meaning and purpose. The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis Club, a part of Kiwanis International, is a service organization dedicated to building strong communities one child at a time and has been serving Adams County since 1954. The July 25 meeting will take place at Destination Gettysburg (1560 Fairfield Road) at 6 p.m. Local residents interested in finding out more about the club and it’s service to the community can contact Myra Reichart at mrreichart@comcast.net or 717-398-2684.                                                                     

Pennsylvania poultry owners should take steps now to protect flocks against highly pathogenic avian influenza

Harrisburg, PA – As spring wild bird migration nears, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Randy Padfield remind poultry owners to protect their flocks, and their neighbors’ flocks, along with the commonwealth’s economy, against highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)by remaining vigilant and reviewing and implementing strong biosecurity plans and practices. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service recently confirmed HPAI in commercial flocks in Virginia. “The best line of offense is a strong defense. Biosecurity is the best way to ensure your farm and poultry are safeguarded against disease,” said Redding. “Poultry producers should review and use strong biosecurity practices as part of their daily routine to protect their flocks, as well as Pennsylvania’s $7.1 billion poultry industry.” With the continued threat of HPAI, there are strategic measures both commercial producers and backyard flock owners can take to protect their birds and operations: Strengthen your biosecurity plan. Biosecurity is most important for anyone who owns or works with poultry – whether on a commercial farm, in the wild, or a backyard flock. Pennsylvanians should take proper steps to keep HPAI from spreading:  Keep visitors to a minimum. Only allow those people who take care of your poultry to come in contact with your birds; this includes family and friends. Keep track of everyone who is on your property at all times. Make sure everyone who has contact with your flock follows your biosecurity principles. Wash your hands before and after contact with live poultry. In addition to potentially spreading disease from farm to farm or bird to bird, you can also spread germs such as Salmonella that can impact human health. Wash with soap and water (always your first choice). If using a hand sanitizer, first remove manure, feathers, and other materials from your hands because disinfectants and sanitizers will not penetrate organic matter or caked-on dirt. Provide disposable boot covers or clean boots for anyone having contact with your flock. A footbath can be added as extra protection. If using a footbath, be sure to remove all droppings, mud, or debris from boots and shoes using a long-handled scrub brush before stepping into the disinfectant footbath, and always keep it clean. Change clothes before entering poultry areas and before exiting the property. Visitors should wear protective outer garments or disposable coveralls, boots, and headgear when handling birds, and remove outer clothing or change clothes when leaving the facility. Clean and disinfect tools or equipment before moving them to a new poultry facility. Before allowing service vehicles, trucks, tractors, or tools and equipment—including egg flats and cases that have come in contact with birds or their droppings—to exit the property, make sure they are cleaned and disinfected to prevent contaminated equipment from transporting disease. Do not move or reuse items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected, such as cardboard egg flats. Report sick birds. Don’t wait. If your birds are sick or dying, call a local veterinarian, cooperative extensive service, or state veterinarian. If you suspect HPAI, contact the PA Department of Agriculture 24/7 at 717-772-2852, option 1. Have a premises ID. The ability to identify where poultry flocks are located in a disease outbreak is important to help animal health officials stop the spread of disease quickly. Using Premises ID, state officials can quickly notify all flock owners of a dangerous disease in their area, provide recommendations for reducing the risk of their flocks becoming infected, and recommend testing if needed to rule out disease. Keep poultry away from areas frequented by wildfowl. Keep your birds indoors at high-risk times. If they cannot go indoors, make sure wild birds cannot access their feed and water sources. Maintain sanitation of property, poultry houses, equipment, vehicles, and footwear. Disinfect regularly and maintain biosecure, restricted access to your facility. For commercial poultry owners, clean and disinfect housing at the end of a production cycle. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of HPAI in your flock: Sudden death without clinical signs Lack of energy and appetite Decreased egg production or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs Swelling of head, comb, eyelid, wattles, and hocks Purple discoloration of wattles, comb, and legs Nasal discharge, coughing, and sneezing Incoordination Diarrhea The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture continues to work with federal, state, local, and industry partners to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from animal diseases, including HPAI. These partnerships, including those with PEMA and USDA, support a resilient commonwealth and foster continued economic opportunity. PEMA coordinates resources and support across all levels of government and understands how critical it is to the poultry industry to ensure a rapid and efficient response to a HPAI outbreak.  “This influenza presents unique challenges that, if not managed through a robust and coordinated approach, could devastate an industry that is an economic driver in Pennsylvania,” said Padfield. “Our role in resource coordination and support brings together experts in many areas to assist the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to accomplish that goal.” HPAI has directly impacted 25 commercial flocks and 10 backyard flocks in Pennsylvania, causing a loss of more than 4.3 million birds. On April 15, 2022, the department confirmed the state’s first positive case of HPAI in domestic poultry, in a flock of commercial layer chickens on a Lancaster County poultry farm. The most recent positive case detected in the commonwealth was on November 17, 2022. However, the department’s Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services continues to provide testing for suspected cases. Producers can receive some federal funding to cover their losses due to HPAI, but Pennsylvania is the only state to have a dedicated fund of $25 million to help fill the gap in covering losses. Pennsylvania’s poultry sector is a $7.1 billion industry, supporting more than 26,600 jobs across the commonwealth. HPAI is very contagious and can make wild and domesticated birds very sick and lead to death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPAI detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the U.S. If you suspect your poultry is infected with HPAI, please report your concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the department’s Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services at 717-772-2852, option 1. For more information about avian influenza, visit agriculture.pa.gov or the USDA website.

Nominations open for Jim Getty Award

Nominations for Destination Gettysburg’s annual “Jim Getty Spirit of Gettysburg Award” are now open, and members of the community are encouraged to submit names of individuals in the tourism industry that exemplify dedication and contribution to the Adams County tourism industry. The award was established in 2016 in recognition of Jim Getty, an Abraham Lincoln presenter and well-known ambassador of the Gettysburg community. Getty passed away in 2015. The “Jim Getty Spirit of Gettysburg Award” is presented to an individual who has exemplified many of the same qualities of Getty – leadership, dedication, contribution to the community and a true champion of the local tourism industry.  Previous winners include Rick Beamer, general manager of the Dobbin House Tavern; Andy Larson, former owner of Larson’s Quality Inn and a founding member of the Gettysburg Travel Council; Paul Witt, owner of the Quality Inn Battlefield and the Best Western Gettysburg; Nancie Gudmestad, owner of the Shriver House Museum; Terry Fox, Licensed Battlefield Guide and leadership developer; and Jacqueline White, owner of the Dobbin House Tavern. Nominations for the “Jim Getty Spirit of Gettysburg Award” are open to anyone who is a contributor, or has contributed in the past, to the tourism community of Adams County. Visit www.gettysburgtourismworks.com/jim-getty-award.html to submit a nomination, print a nomination form or learn more about the award. Printed applications can be submitted to Karl Pietrzak, President & CEO of Destination Gettysburg, at karl@DestinationGettysburg.com. The deadline to make a nomination is Friday, Feb. 15. The Jim Getty Spirit of Gettysburg Award will be presented at Destination Gettysburg’s Annual Meeting on March 21, 2023. Destination Gettysburg promotes Gettysburg-Adams County as a premier travel destination to benefit and enhance our community by sharing history and creating new experiences.

Gettysburg Garden Club presents Musselman’s Aimee Rohrbach ss January speaker

Aimee Rohrbach, Sales and Office Manager at Musselman Wholesale Foliage Inc., is the Gettysburg Garden Club’s speaker at its January 26, 2023, monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 1:00 pm at the Gettysburg Fire Hall, 35 North Stratton Street. Aimee is the third generation to manage Musselman’s Greenhouses. Her presentation will be on houseplants. The club welcomes guests to the meeting, followed by refreshments. Musselman opened in 1948 as a florist shop in the family barn. It has grown to over an acre and a half of greenhouses serving independent businesses in four states. They are the region’s largest supplier of indoor plants. Musselman is well known to the Gettysburg Garden Club as a long-time partner for the Downtown Flower Project and the flowers in the Square.  The Gettysburg Garden Club monthly meetings offer a way to enrich your gardening knowledge. In addition, club members who fulfilled the requirements to become Master Gardeners through Penn State Extension are a source of insights and information sharing. The Gettysburg Garden Club, founded in 1960, promotes interest in all facets of gardening. A nonprofit organization, the club is affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc. To learn more about the club, visit its website, https://www.gettysburggardenclub.com/, or the club’s Facebook page, Gettysburg Garden Club.

Gettysburg Garden Club announces scholarship applications

College and college-bound students living in Adams County are encouraged to apply for 2022 – 2023 scholarships from the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania offers thirteen scholarships of $1,000 each to high school seniors and college students.   Additionally, National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides multiple $4,000 scholarships.   The Gettysburg Garden Club is the sponsor for Adams County applicants.   Qualifications include studying horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, ecology, plant pathology, or related subjects.  High school, college, and post-graduate students are eligible and must be state residents yet can attend college in any state.  Forms and instructions are available at www.pagardenclubs.org.  To access the forms, one should click on Forms Library on the left side of the page.  There are three scholarship applications under Scholarship Forms and Links; this application process is for the first one, which has a February 1 deadline.  Candidates should mail completed applications to Gettysburg Garden Club member Chris Stoken, 584 Clearview Road, Aspers, PA 17304. If there are questions, call her at 717-357-0533 or 717-677-8996.   The Gettysburg Garden Club must receive applications no later than January 25. This year marks the Gettysburg Garden Club’s 48th year awarding scholarships to deserving students in Adams County.  The club, founded in 1960, promotes interest in all facets of gardening.  The Gettysburg Garden Club is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Extras wanted for “A Gettysburg Christmas” feature film

Film personnel have made the official call for extras for “A Gettysburg Christmas,” set to film in Gettysburg starting next Wednesday, Jan. 18. According to film spokesperson Kris Webb, interested parties should send their name, age, and phone number to gettysburgchristmasfilm@gmail.com, including a statement that they are interested in being an extra. Lee Majors, forever in our hearts as the Six Million Dollar Man, stars as the Christmas Spirit in the film, which also features Kate Vernon, Jake Busey, Kelley Jackle, and Sean Faris. “A Gettysburg Christmas” will premiere at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater later this year to kick off the annual “A Gettysburg Christmas Festival.” The feature-length film is a story of a young woman who moves to Gettysburg to get away from her family. But the family then comes to Gettysburg, seeking resolution, and magic is created when a small, historic, and healing town full of great townspeople comes together. If you end up as an extra, please let us know. We’d love to share your story.

Introducing sensory-friendly hours at the Museum and Visitor Center

Gettysburg, PA – For the first time ever, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation will host a sensory-friendly morning at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on Saturday, February 4, from 9 am to 11 am.    “This will be an opportunity for visitors with auditory or sensory sensitivities and their friends and family members to enjoy all that the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center has to offer,” explained Steve Sims, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. “For those on the autism spectrum, those with PTSD, or for visitors who enjoy a more relaxed experience, this event will allow for a quieter and more inclusive museum visit at no cost.”   Between the hours of 9 am and 11 am, visitors will have free access to the Cyclorama painting and the Museum galleries. The Cyclorama painting will be displayed fully lit but with no narration, sound effects, or flashing lights so that visitors can spend an extended time with the painting. Where possible, loud sounds from audiovisual displays, interactives, and films will be reduced or turned off in the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. “Hands On History” carts will be available throughout the Museum, allowing visitors to touch and feel reproduction objects from the park’s collection. Additionally, friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and support your visit. Upon arrival, guests will receive a sensory bag with park maps, a trail guide, and more (while supplies last).   A quiet space will be available in the Ford Education Center for those visitors who need a break.   Complimentary tickets for the sensory-friendly hours at the Museum and Visitor Center can be picked up the day of at the ticketing desk in the main lobby. All sound, light, and audio-visual programming will return to normal beginning at 11 am. Visitors with sensory-friendly tickets are encouraged to explore the Museum galleries and remain in the Visitor Center if they wish. Please note: During sensory-friendly hours, the park orientation film, A New Birth of Freedom, will not be available.   For more information on this and other programming at Gettysburg National Military Park, please visit: www.nps.gov/gett. 

Gettysburg Heritage Center Offers Adams County Residents Complimentary Admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Adams County residents are invited to enjoy complimentary admission to the Gettysburg Heritage Center Monday, January 16th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The museum is open to visitors from 10 am – 4 pm, with the last entrance into the exhibit area at 3:00 pm.  The invitation is extended to all residents living within the county, not just those with a Gettysburg address. “This is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the Adams County community and allows us to share all we have to offer” explains Heritage Center Executive Director, Stephanie Lightner. “Our facility has grown over the years, while our museum continues to offer a glimpse into the civilians of Gettysburg, including an award-winning orientation movie, we became part of the non-profit, the Gettysburg Nature Alliance and it has expanded our mission and vision. We are excited to share this with the community!” Upon entering the Heritage Center, local guests should be prepared to show proof of residency. The Gettysburg Heritage Center will continue to offer complimentary admission year-round to Gettysburg residents with a 17325 zip code.  The Gettysburg Heritage Center offers visitors a visual and interactive orientation to the town and the three-day battle.  The story of Gettysburg unfolds for guests through various displays, 3-D programming, and historical artifacts.  The non-profit Gettysburg Nature Alliance educates about and preserves Gettysburg’s habitat and heritage; it operates the Gettysburg Heritage Center at 297 Steinwehr Avenue and an educational “learning barn” near historic Sachs Bridge. For more information, visit www.GettysburgNature.org and www.GettysburgMuseum.com.

Choral Society sets two audition dates

Gettysburg, PA—The Gettysburg Choral Society, Inc. will hold auditions by appointment only on Monday, January 30th, and Monday, February 6th, from 6-8 P.M. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 East High Street, Gettysburg. Singers interested in joining the chorus must be at least 18 years of age and able to read music. Prior choral experience is highly desirable. Each singer will be required to sing a simple song and be tested for vocal range and clarity. There is no need to prepare anything for the relatively simple audition. The chorus rehearses weekly from 7-9 P.M. at Trinity UCC in Gettysburg, beginning in March. This rehearsal cycle culminates with concerts on May 20th, May 26th, and July 3rd. Persons interested in auditioning should contact our director, John McKay, at zoemckay@aol.com or text (717) 476-1054 to arrange a rehearsal time.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is set for January 16

man statue under white clouds during daytime

“From The Mountaintop,” the 41st annual Adams County Celebration of the life and work of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place at 7 p.m. at Christ Chapel, Gettysburg College, at 325 N. Washington Street. The event will feature two keynote speakers. Mayor Rita Frealing made history in 2021 when she became Gettysburg’s first African American and woman to sit as Mayor. With over 20 years of professional experience, Mayor Frealing has been a key figure in Pennsylvania state and local government, campaigns, and fundraisers. She also served on the Board of the Greater Harrisburg NAACP and was on the Board of the Gettysburg YWCA. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier School and Gettysburg High School, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University and her Law Degree from Dickinson Law School.  Attorney Taurean Moses is the first African American member of the Adams County Bar Association, where he is its Vice President. After graduatingfrom Gettysburg Area High School, Shippensburg University, and Widener Commonwealth Law School, he is currently an Associate Attorney at Law with Entwistle & Roberts, PC, specializing in Criminal Law and Family Law. He is Vice President of the Adams County Human Relations Commission, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Adams County Bar Foundation.  Also featured will be music by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band, Brownsville Church of God Worship Team, Gettysburg Children’s Choir & Chamber Chorale. In addition, the annual “Living The Dream” award in recognition of a community member or group who is living out the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism will be presented, co-sponsored by the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the United Way of Adams County, is awarded to the winner. Additional sponsors of From The Mountaintop The 41st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration are the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) and Gettysburg College.

HABPI Announces Public Celebration of Tom Jolin’s Community Service

Gettysburg, PA—Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI) invites the community to attend a celebration of Tom Jolin’s 18 years of dedicated service on its Board.  Jolin is a founder of HABPI. The reception will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Charlie Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Recreation Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg. Light refreshments will be served.  A long-time resident and dedicated community activist, Jolin has been a tireless advocate for “active transportation,” which includes walking and bicycling. He previously served as Executive Director of the Adams County Housing Authority.  He is also a gifted musician well known for his many performances in the community and beyond.  HABPI is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 2005 to develop safe, accessible walking and bicycling trails or paths in Adams County for recreation, transportation, and improved health. Since 2007, HABPI has worked with community partners to plan and develop the Gettysburg Inner Loop (GIL).  When complete, the GIL will be a 5.5-mile, environmentally friendly, and safe path for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel around the borough. The GIL is about half complete.  HABPI President Eric Meyer said, “it would be difficult to overstate the impact that Tom Jolin has had on our community. We owe him the deepest gratitude for his tireless service.”  Before helping to form HABPI, Jolin served on the Physical Fitness Taskforce for Healthy Adams County.  He realized that a separate organization was needed to promote and develop multiuse trails and infrastructure to make it safer for residents and visitors to walk and bicycle in the county.  Jolin formed partnerships with numerous county organizations to promote active transportation and secure grants and donations for development of trails and infrastructure.   Jolin has worked hard to get residents, especially children, more physically active so they would not fall victim to obesity, a chronic problem in our community and beyond.  His partnerships with the National Park Service’s  Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, the Borough of Gettysburg, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources eventually led to development of the Gettysburg Inner Loop (GIL) trail system.  Jolin worked tirelessly to help the Borough get the grants needed to create the GIL.   As HABPI’s founding president, Jolin taught other HABPI board members how to secure funding and participated in numerous community events to explain HABPI’s mission and accomplishments. He developed fruitful partnerships with the Gettysburg Schools, WellSpan, Destination Gettysburg, the Robert C. Hoffman Endowment Trust, and Rotary, among others.  He was a frequent participant in meetings of the Adams County Transportation Planning Organization and often met with the Adams County Commissioners and staff of the Adams County Office of Planning and Development, seeking opportunities for active transportation in the county.  Contact: Lex McMillan, lmcmillan49@gmail.com, 610-207-1674

CFY presents Free Family Friday Virtual Paint Night

(Gettysburg, PA) Adams County’s Collaborating for Youth (CFY) will be hosting a FREE Family Friday Virtual Paint Night on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.  The event will take place virtually by way of Zoom.  This Family Friday event is a part of a series of quarterly events held in the Adams County area for children and adults of all ages.  The events are always alcohol-free and cost-free as a part of CFY’s mission to offer substance-free events for individuals and families in the community.  Family Friday events are offered in part by grant funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America’s communities. Family Friday Virtual Family Paint Night will offer the opportunity for families to participate in painting together.  The event will provide a guided experience of painting a winter snowman scene.  Collaborating for Youth will provide all participants with the supplies (paint, paint brushes, and canvas) to make their creations. In addition, CFY will provide families with free hot chocolate so families can stay warm and enjoy the winter painting!  Family Friday is FREE to all community members.  To register for this event, please go to www.cfygettysburg.com/familyfridayregistration. Registration is limited.  Please check the CFY website www.cfygettysburg.com and Facebook page @CFYgettysburg for updates on the event.  Collaborating for Youth (CFY) is a community coalition working to develop the positive potential of youth within safe and supportive families and communities.  CFY is located in the Center for Youth and Community Development on 233 West High Street in Gettysburg, PA.  For more information, please call Sami Slusser, CFY’s Associate Director and Strategic Prevention Framework Project Director at 717-338-0300 x204 or email sami@cfygettysburg.com.

“Songs For A New World” opens new Gettysburg Community Theater season

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located within the first block of Lincoln Square at 49 York Street, will kick off its 15th Season when they present the contemporary musical Songs For A New World written by Jason Robert Brown with a live orchestra on stage performing this weekend only January 6-8, 2023. Performances will be on stage at 7 pm Friday and Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. The performance will also be streamed on demand any time Saturday, January 14, 2023, so families and friends can watch the performance from their own devices at home or anywhere around the world. “If you’ve never heard of this musical,” says GCT Founding Executive/Artistic Director Chad-Alan Carr, “that is a perfect reason to come see it. Even if you have heard of it or seen it before, some see our production. This is one of those concert-style shows with powerhouse singers and orchestra musicians that directors and singers always hope to be able to be part of. They all blow me away at each rehearsal, and while there’s no real plot of this show, every song is a different story and a gorgeous musical score, with a through line of connecting us all as part of a bigger story. Anyone that loves live music and great singing must come experience this production.” Songs For A New World is about one moment… for each of us. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of yesterday and today. Songs For A New World was the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County), and this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love, and the choices that we make. The writer, Jason Robert Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters through songs. This contemporary musical contains some mature language that may not be suitable for children under the age of 13, but parental guidance is suggested. Directed by GCT’s Founding Executive/Artistic Director, Chad-Alan Carr, with Music Direction/Accompaniment provided by pianists Jamie Bowman and Carrie Conklin, the mostly sung-through production features performers from Gettysburg, New Oxford, and Hanover. The singers include Dave Bowman, Jamie Bowman, Carrie Conklin, April Diaz, Andrew Metcalf, Joshua Rikas, and Kate Sainer. The orchestra includes Chris Barnabei, Cole Boudreau, Jamie Bowman, Carrie Conklin, Dave Conklin, Spencer Kennedy, Krista Kriel, and Paige Kriel. Technical Direction/Sound Design is by Michael Connelly. Discounted tickets can be purchased on the theatre’s website for $15 when purchased in advance, and tickets at the door can be purchased for $20 if any seats are left in the intimate 80-seat theatre. Audiences are encouraged to not only order tickets in advance but also arrive early to find downtown parking and enjoy refreshments and raffles that the theatre will be selling as grassroots fundraisers before each performance. The Racehorse Alley Parking Garage is one block from the theatre just off N. Stratton Street for paid parking available 24 hours, but there are many street meters close to GCT along York, Stratton, and Middle Streets, which stop at 8 pm. GCT’s 15th Season includes 12 productions, three cabaret concerts, and three improv comedy shows. Most tickets are now on sale at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org or by calling 717-334-2692.

Community Foundation scholarship application opens January 1

(Gettysburg, PA: 1/1/2023) – Graduating Adams County high school seniors can apply for more than one hundred local scholarships through the Adams County Community Foundation Scholarship Program beginning January 1, 2023. To apply, students simply create their personal student profile and complete one application by March 15 atwww.adamscountycf.org to be automatically matched to local scholarships. Community Foundation scholarships support students furthering their education in trade schools, community college certification programs and traditional colleges. The Adams County Community Foundation is a member of the National Scholarship Providers Association and takes an active role in helping students receive the full benefit of their scholarship awards. In 2022, the Community Foundation, in partnership with local state representatives Dan Moul and Torren Ecker, led a successful state-wide effort to eliminate scholarship displacement at Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities. Displacement occurs when receipt of one form of financial aid, such as a private scholarship, results in a reduction in other forms of financial aid offered by the college. The Adams County Community Foundation promotes and facilitates charitable giving and builds a permanent civic endowment for Adams County. The Community Foundation provides a home for a variety of charitable funds created by donors, including endowments directed to a specific organization or purpose. More information is available at www.adamscountycf.org

Main Street Gettysburg receives Keystone Community Grant

(Gettysburg, Pa., December 28, 2022) – Main Street Gettysburg is pleased to announce their award of a Keystone Community Grant in the amount of $50,000.   Main Street Gettysburg applied to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the grant in order to support a local Façade Improvement Program. This is state funding from the Keystone Communities Program. The Façade Grant Program is a financial incentive program to help rehabilitate commercial buildings in the historic district of Gettysburg.  This is the fourth round of the Façade Grant Program administered by Main Street Gettysburg. The first three façade programs provided grants for 26 different projects, distributed $80,000, that incented $276,111.20 total in investments to our historic district.  “Main Street Gettysburg is excited to bring back this generous program to support local businesses in our historic district, “ said Main Street President Jill Sellers. “Main Street Gettysburg received an overwhelming response from local businesses regarding the program. Local interest and support were the driving forces behind the award.” Some of the basic guidelines include: ·     Buildings must be located within the historic district of Gettysburg Borough. ·     Applications must include project descriptions and estimates. ·     Only projects on the application are eligible. ·     Projects must be approved by the Historic Architecture Review Board (HARB)* ·     Projects require a 1:1 match, up to $5,000 ($10,000 total project). The award of the Keystone Communities Grant will provide assistance for the restoration and reinvestment in our historic downtown. Next step is the formal application process, which will begin in January. ABOUT MAIN STREET GETTYSBURG Main Street Gettysburg (MSG) was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization to unite and lead the Gettysburg community in successful economic- and community-development projects to enhance the quality of life for Gettysburg and Adams County residents. The Main Street Gettysburg mission is to work with community partners for the historic preservation, economic revitalization, and overall enhancement of Gettysburg, and the organization oversees ambitious initiatives and economic-development strategies. Major accomplishments include a 10-year interpretive plan for historic preservation in the Borough of Gettysburg, which resulted in more than $55 million of downtown projects; the $7.5 million Steinwehr Avenue Revitalization Project, resulting in 29 new businesses in a five-year period that offered new jobs, additional ADA improvements and a safer and more beautiful neighborhood with updated infrastructure; the Main Street CARES Program that helped businesses reopen during the pandemic by providing free toolkits with handmade masks; latex gloves; homemade sanitizer; informational posters and social-distancing floor stickers to over 140 businesses; the Baltimore Street Project and the Gettysburg Welcome Center, which are both currently under consideration for federal funding. www.mainstreetgettysburg.org