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Your input on Adams County broadband is needed

The county commissioners encourage everyone who lives or works in Adams County to provide input on the future of a vital component of our lives: broadband internet access. Fast internet service is something many of us take for granted, but which is not available to many of our residents. Adams wants to bring affordable, high-speed, high-performance, internet services to all residents and businesses. In order to best determine solutions for achieving this, the county has released a public survey to gather information about broadband use and need. Feedback from individual households and businesses is critical because it tells us which specific areas need faster, more reliable, internet service. The survey results will help county leaders learn about your needs and fund plans to bring high-speed internet to everyone. Please click here to get started. Please take a few moments to provide your input on this critical component of our lives!

Gettysburg Connection announces non-profit community outreach fund

On this Giving Tuesday, 2022, Gettysburg Connection is pleased to announce its Community Outreach Fund (GCCOF). The fund is a charitable program administered in collaboration with the 2022 Local News Fund designed to share information across Adams County. GCCOF shares information about health, education, transportation, housing, employment, financial security, and other topics of interest with Adams County residents that may not have easy access to this information. Our outreach is directed in particularly to: Over 7,000 Latino residents of the county are often hindered in their ability to access information by language issues and lack of available computers and broadband. We reach out to these populations, in collaboration with local non-profits including Healthy Adams County, Casa de Cultura, and SCCAP through our Pasa La Voz text messaging service, Younger readers, including those in their teens and 20s, who want and deserve access to trustworthy local news but who usually get their access through social media platforms. GCCOP creates videos, stories, and other informative local media directed at this population. Older readers. The median age in Adams County is over 44 years and many of our elderly residents live under the federal poverty level. Many of these residents do not have adequate internet service to receive news via websites. We collaborate with Adams County Office of Aging and other local non-profits to reach this population through social media and the US Postal service. If you believe that Gettysburg Connection should try to connect all members of our community, please help us with a tax-deductible donation. To donate by check, please make your check payable to Local Media Foundation send it to Local Media Foundation, P.O. Box 85015, Chicago, IL 60689-5033. Please write “GCCOP” in the memo field. Donate by text: Send GETTYSBURGCONNECTION to 53-555. Scan here to donate: The 2022 Local News Fund is a program administered by Local Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Local Media Association. The purpose of the program is to allow independent and family-owned news organizations to solicit tax-deductible donations from their communities for journalism projects that focus on critical local issues. Contributions to this program are tax-deductible to the full extent of U.S. law; please consult a tax advisor for details.

Local nonprofits collaborate to reduce violence

Four community organizations in south-central Pennsylvania are teaming up with the national non-profit Urban Rural Action to launch ​Uniting to Prevent Targeted Violence, an 18-month program to build new relationships across divides, implement projects that reduce risks of targeted violence, and raise community members’ awareness of targeted violence. The participating organizations are CONTACT Helpline, Just for Today Recovery & Veteran’s Support Services, Mediation Services of Adams County, and Suicide Prevention of York.​UR Action defines targeted violence as intentional physical violence against a pre-identified target based on their perceived identity or affiliation, whereby the act is intended to intimidate or coerce or generate publicity about the perpetrator’s grievance. Examples include hate-motivated mass killings and premeditated violence against political adversaries. “We are excited to advance locally-led efforts that address risk factors for radicalization to violence,” said Logan Grubb, the Hummelstown-based chief of staff for United to Prevent Targeted Violence. “This program will achieve meaningful impact due to UR Action’s trusting local relationships, credibility across the ideological spectrum, and application of learning from years of strengthening community resilience.” Urban Rural Action is administering a public application process to form a cohort of 28 Pennsylvania Uniters in four south-central PA counties: Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, and York. The cohort will intentionally include people with different political views, racial identities, and age ranges. “Working together to prevent targeted violence takes what I have devoted my adult life to, using mediation to help people learn to be active listeners, to the next level,” said Patti Robinson of Mediation Services of Adams County. “We can use the skills of the community to heal deep pain that is turned against one another.”​The Uniters in each county will design and implement a targeted violence prevention project with one of the four community partners. The projects will address risk factors for targeted violence identified by the group, and advance a goal of the partner organization. A budget of $10,000 will support each project. “I want to help make it O.K. to talk about mental health without stigma and violence,” said Cindy Richard, Founder and President of Suicide Prevention of York. “Rather than our community defining a person by their mental health, we need to promote prevention through education, intervention services, and postvention services for survivors.” ​UPTV will kick off in Gettysburg on February 18, 2023 and run through August 2024. During each phase, the cohort of Uniters will gather in person for relationship-building, dialogue, analysis of targeted violence, and the implementation of their targeted violence prevention project. “We are very divided in Pennsylvania and across our country,” said Chad Collie, the Adams County Program Coordinator for UPTV. “It’s up to us whether or not we stay that way. This program is an opportunity for us to overcome some of our divisions and help address a problem that impacts everyone.” The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships under the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2022. TVTP works to help prevent incidents of domestic violent extremism, as well as to bolster efforts to counter online radicalization and mobilization to violence. ​Interested community members can apply by December 16, 2022 through a two-step process on the UR Action website.

Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary To Sponsor Holiday Greens Sale

The Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary is happy to announce they are once again able to sponsor the Holiday Greens Sale.  This event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Friday, December 2, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The event will be held in Comm. Rooms B&C at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. Please see below and the attached flier for additional details. Proceeds from the sale benefit projects to improve the Patient’s Experience through the Hospital Auxiliary. Continued support of the Auxiliary’s sales is greatly appreciated. Feel free to invite your family and friends to this event.

Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers

Volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army Kettle at Walmart are still needed. Bell ringing starts after Thanksgiving and continues through December 24. Some days are filled, but there are plenty of openings still to go. It takes 90 minutes and helps to raise money to provide for emergencies for some of our less affluent neighbors in Adams County. Will you help? Please contact Jed Smith at 571 213 6177 (leave a message if I am not near a cell phone tower) or mjsmith22030@yahoo.com to help.

7th SpiriTrustTurkey Trot 5K Open To All

After trotting on their own for two years, Spirit Trust Lutheran – The Village At Gettysburg – is opening its Turkey Trot to the community again this year. On Saturday, November 19th, they will host a 5k “race” at 8:30 a.m, followed by a “waddle” at 9:00 am for those who just want to get out for a walk that morning. Please bring shelf-stable food to be donated to local pantries as your entry fee. Strollers and dogs on a leash are fine. Spirit Trust residents and team members, please sign up at the receptionist; community members, please email your name, phone number, and preferred email address in case of cancellation. Prized will be awarded to the first-place male and female runners, and door prizes will be awarded from all entries and posted prior to the beginning of the “waddle.”

Kiwanis Announce Annual Holiday Nut Sale

The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis annual Holiday Nut Sale is back with all the old favorites as well as two new offerings. This year the club has added 12-oz. bags of roasted and salted cashews for $12 and 4-oz. pecan logs for $5. Event organizer Brandt Ensor, the club’s treasurer, said this week that all the sales items have arrived and are available for sale at no increase over last year’s prices. The 10-oz. packages of cinnamon-glazed pecans, 12-oz. chocolate-covered pecans, and 8-oz. caramel clusters are again available for $10. The price of the popular 16-oz. bags of pecan pieces is still $14, and the large seven-way assorted gift tin, which offers a bit of everything, will still cost $35. To order, pecan lovers are encouraged to call a Kiwanis Club member they know or contact Ensor directly at brandte@adamslibrary.org (or voice/text him at 717-476-3824). Orders can also be made online at 2022 Holiday Pecan & Nut Sale (jotform.com) or by accessing this form. The club traditionally sells until everything is gone and actually will reorder if there are enough orders up until the end of December. All profits from the pecan sale will support three service leaderships 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 youths and their families, including Upper Adams Reading is Fundamental, the Penguin Project,  the Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Ministry, the Special Olympics, the United Way’s Ready to Learn and Back-to-School programs, the GARA playground, the Gettysburg Fire Department fire prevention programs, Ruth’s Harvest, Tender Care, AGAPE, Gettysburg High School JROTC, Holiday Family Outreach, HOBY, and the Adams County Library System.

Gettysburg Connection celebrates its 4th birthday  with a successful fall fundraising drive

The Gettysburg Connection fall fundraising drive, which ended this week, coincided with our 4th birthday. And we received one of the best presents we could possibly have imagined:  Our goal of recruiting 30 new members was surpassed by 60 percent – 48 new members joined us. The overwhelming support of the community is a financial but also a psychological boost for the Connection. We work hard every day with a very limited budget to bring you the news you deserve, and bring it to you for free. When we receive your support it helps us provide more news but it also shows us that you care.  And knowing that you care helps us do better work. Our job is to seek the truth and share it with you, and that is only possible due to the support of our loyal readers. Thanks again to everyone who contributed.  And if you didn’t, it’s not too late. Just click here to become a member.

Fall Leaf Collection Notice

Borough of Gettysburg Public Works has begun picking up piles of leaves as they appear, but leaf collection will not officially begin until after Brush Pick-Up. Leaf collection will begin the week of November 14th, 2022, and continue until the end of the year. Please place leaves along the curb (not in the street), or along the alley for pickup. No brush will be picked up at this time. Please call 717-334-4166 for additional information.

Holiday gingerbread tradition returns

The Adams County Arts Council’s 13th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Mart returns on Friday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. , at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg. Admission is free for children with a $1 donation requested for adults. Kennie’s Market and the Gettysburg Chocolate Market are major sponsors. The Holiday Mart features area artists and craftspeople selling one-of-a kind items, a silent auction of gift baskets, bake sale, and children’s activities. The contest is open to families, individuals, young bakers, schools, groups, and nonprofits. The public votes for the gingerbread houses with dollars, either in person or online at adamsarts.org. Houses with the most dollars win cash prizes totaling $1,600.  Businesses and restaurants compete for the coveted Ginger Trophy. The houses may be purchased via the online auction site, biddingowl.com. Entry forms and more information are available at www.adamsarts.org, by calling (717) 334-5006, or at the Arts Education Center. The deadline for entry forms is November 23.  The event is being held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Christmas Festival, a town-wide, annual holiday celebration featuring special activities,​entertainment, games, and promotions. The mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

The modern Rotary Club

There are many myths associated with service organizations.  Rotary International consists of 1.4 million members around the  globe, doing good works in our communities and the world.  I would like to dispel some myths about Rotary: MYTH 1: Rotary is a secret society with an official creed. TRUTH: Rotary has no secret handshake, no hat, no secret meetings and no secret rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others. MYTH 2: Rotary is exclusively a male only organization….an old boys club? TRUTH: Rotary started out as a men only organization but has changed, Women have been members for over the past 20 years. Women now play important roles in Rotary including club presidents. Our current international president is Jennifer Jones. MYTH 3: You have to be older to join Rotary. TRUTH: Absolutely not! The Rotary Club of Hamilton has Rotarians in their 30’s and 40’s as well as experienced managers who have been committed to Rotary for a long time. We have Millennials and Generation Xers. We want you! MYTH 4: Owning a business is a must. TRUTH: One does not have to own a business. Members include teachers, nurses, city workers, real estate agents, social service providers, and many other professions. A great opportunity to network! MYTH 5: Rotary is boring. TRUTH: Rotary is FUN. Every meeting is FUN. The club projects are FUN. Social activities are FUN .  Service is FUN! Join us on Thursday for lunch, networking, speakers and fun! The social side of Rotary is key, we have service projects as well as social opportunities. MYTH 6: You have to be rich to join Rotary. TRUTH: You need not be rich. You only need a deep desire to serve your fellow man! Membership dues in our Rotary Club are less than a coffee a day, and all 100% of funds raised for the community and children’s charities are used for those. MYTH 7: Rotarians are not friendly. TRUTH: In an increasing complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic needs, the need for friendship and fellowship. The fellowship of Rotarians both locally and around the world is one of the greatest benefits of belonging to the Rotary Club of Hamilton MYTH 8: Rotarians need to be good public speakers. TRUTH: Rotary develops confidence in people to allow them to speak in public. MYTH 9: Rotary is all about business. TRUTH: Rotary is about service to others. We do have opportunities to network and share our professions, but we use those talents to provide service, helping those in need, making our community better! MYTH 10: Rotary is a local group TRUTH: This is a worldwide organization of 1.4 million members in 33,000 clubs. Rotary is one of the largest and oldest service clubs in the world….not political, no religious affiliation. Interested in finding out more?  Contact pdgjohn2015@gmail.com

POWER Interfaith will rally to support democracy tomorrow

POWER Intertfaith’s Freedom Express bus tour, a statewide voting rights action campaign, will stop in Gettysburg to hold a public rally on Monday Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m. to heal our faith in democracy. In this hotly contested election cycle, where White Christian Nationalists are threatening the very foundations of our democracy, POWER Interfaith clergy from across PA will rally with local faith leaders and community members, to get out the vote, hold bad actors to account, and uplift a vision of unity in diversity. Nowhere are the battle scars of our nation’s history of political division more visible than in Gettysburg. Rev. Martin Otto-Zimmann will be joining from the United Lutheran Seminary, which itself was invaded by the Confederacy and which has been recently the subject of criticism from present-day insurrectionists. This legacy of division, exclusion, and oppression has found expression today in White Christian Nationalism. Healing our nation’s wounds is everyone’s work, and requires that people of moral courage step up to meet the moment. In this spirit, speakers at the action will promote a vision for building a beloved community in the state of PA that is rooted in inclusivity, diversity, and justice.

Gettysburg approves holiday parking; moves forward on 2023 budget

The Gettysburg Fall brush pick up will take place from Monday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Nov. 10. The staff will come by each location two times during the week. Gettysburg Borough has left the free holiday parking hours for 2022 the same as they were last year.  Parking will be free on Monday through Friday between Thanksgiving and New Years Day for marked meters on Lincoln Square and within one block of the square and on Steinwehr Ave. But meters will be enforced for their regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. In short, during the holiday period: Monday through Friday:  Don’t Pay Saturday and Sunday: Pay The free holiday parking policy is designed to benefit merchants during the holiday season but also creates some confusion.  Parking Enforcement Officer Becka Fissel said that some drivers expressed confusion about the policies no matter how carefully the signs were worded, and that the policy frequently created anger on the part of drivers. Police Chief Glenny agreed that there would always be some drivers who did not properly read the signs. The borough council is continuing with its budget discussions. The council has cancelled the work session scheduled for next Monday, Oct. 31, due to Halloween, and will hold its final budget work session on Nov. 7.  The council expects to advertise the budget on Nov. 14 and hold a public review session on Nov. 28 prior to approving the budget at its meeting on Dec. 7.

“Trailgating” event at Strawberry Hill tomorrow

Trailgating is Strawberry Hill’s annual community event! The afternoon is full of family fun for all ages, with live music, food, yard games, children’s activities, nature crafts, a campfire, and live animals. Trailgating also features a cornhole tournament and great prizes. October 22, Noon-4:00 p.m. – Free Admission Food and Beverage Available for Purchase Featuring food and beer by: Antietam Dairy, Frontier BBQ, and Michaux Brewing Co. Live music by the Brahman Noodles from 12:30-3:30pm. Campfire, S’mores and storytelling by Ann Griffith. Cornhole tournament…$5/team. For More Information Visit Us at https://www.strawberryhill.org/trailgating-new

YWCA Cancels 10-Mile Race

In a post last week on its website, the YWCA of Gettysburg & Adams County stated that, “We have made the difficult decision to cancel the CommUnity Spirit 10-Mile Race scheduled for Sunday, October 30. The 10-Miler had been planned “as an alternative to the YWCA’s 30-year-old Spirit of Gettysburg 5K, which was run for the final time last June. Revised National Park Service rules prohibit the staging of running events on park service roadways,” according to the release. The race course “was explicitly designed to include the full community (town and country) winding through the borough, out Steinwehr Avenue, and onto Millerstown Road, then Red Rock, Water Works, and Scott Roads before turning around and heading back into town for a finish on Johns Avenue, behind the Heritage Center building. A long and beautiful course, designed specifically not to include park service roadways.” Unbeknownst to the YWCA’s planning group, the “only park-owned roads that are not part of the commemorative system of avenues are Granite Schoolhouse Lane, Wheatfield Road, and Millerstown Road. All three roads were present at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg in different forms.”  The issue was brought to the planners’ attention via a telephone call last Friday, October 14. The YW’s website posting explained that “We had not consulted or advised the NPS of our planned course, not out of neglect but simply because we did not think it was necessary. We never even considered it. We applied for and obtained the required permits from the Borough of Gettysburg, Cumberland Township, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.” With Millerstown Road a vital component of the course, the National Park Services officials “contacted us again,” according to the release, “and graciously arranged for a meeting in order to see if we could agree on a way to stage our event within guidelines and not have to cancel it.” However, “The YWCA determined that the alterations proposed would have significantly compromised the race-day experience we have been promising – and that runners would undoubtedly expect.” The decision was made to cancel the event and refund all registration fees. The full and original posting is available on YWCA website.

Bell-ringers needed

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the Kettle bell at Walmart during the Christmas season. Bell ringers are scheduled for 90-minute sessions. Money collected is used to help people with emergencies—including heat, medicine, utilities, temporary emergency shelter, etc. throughout the year. Some of the money is also used to send children to one week of camp in the summer and for back-to-school clothing in the winter. The money collected in the kettle helps people who have exhausted all other possible sources of assistance. Potential clients are screened by staff, and the objective is to provide temporary assistance for a few days until a solution to the problem can be found. Please call Jed Smith at his cell phone number, 571 213 6177, or contact him by email at mjsmith22030@yahoo.com to sign up to ring.

Chamber Prayer Breakfast scheduled

The annual Adams County Prayer Breakfast offers an invitation to everyone in our business community. The breakfast is a popular event sponsored by The Chamber Gettysburg & Adams, and the local chapter of CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection). The breakfast, located at the Comfort Suites, 945 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA occurs on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The program will feature father and daughter speakers John Burdis and Loni Smith. “Leadership Transition and Impacting the Kingdom through Business” is the topic of discussion. Join us for inspiration and fellowship. Biggerstaff’s Catering is providing breakfast. Registration and breakfast will start at 8:00 am and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 am, ending at 9:30 am. Prior registration is required. If the cost of attending is a financial concern for anyone, the Gettysburg CBMC team will be glad to assist with an individual’s registration cost. Call John at 717-891-5935 for assistance. CBMC meets every Thursday morning, 7:00 AM, at Dunlap’s Restaurant, 90 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325. CBMC connects business and professional men who are learning to integrate work and faith. It is a global men’s ministry that equips business and professional men to lead well, impact their communities and engage The Great Commission. CBMC helps men experience authentic relationships that result in Christ-led businesses and Christ-centered families. The local CBMC team welcomes new members; you can join them for breakfast anytime. To attend, RSVP to The Chamber at 717-334-8151.

Gettysburg Connection to host live state representative debate

Gettysburg Connection, along with the Gettysburg College Eisenhower Institute, Public Policy Program, and Political Science Department. will host a live debate among the three candidates for Pennsylvania State Representative from the 91st District on Wednesday Oct. 19. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The candidates will face each other for the next 2-year term in the Nov. 8 statewide election. The debate will be moderated by the Editor Alex Hayes and will be held in Mara Auditorium/Masters Hall at 300 N. Washington St. on the Gettysburg College Campus at 7:00 p.m. The representative’s seat has been held by Republican Dan Moul since 2007.  Moul is being challenged by current Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually, a Democrat, and Libertarian candidate Neil Belliveau. A video of the debate will be recorded by Community Media of South Central PA. The format will be question and answer with a strict time limit. Hayes will provide the candidates with a list of questions. We will also accept questions posed in advance by local residents. Send your questions to Hayes at editor@gettysburgconnection.org. Featured image caption: From left, Moul, Qually, and Belliveau.

Beth Farnham asks for write-in support as Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative

I, Beth Farnham, do hereby submit my name as a candidate for Representative in Congress, District 13. I ask voters to please write in my name and fill in the corresponding oval, instead of voting for John Joyce. As an elected Adams County Democratic Committee member and former registered Republican of Pennsylvania, I have witnessed conspiracy theory and Christian exclusion subvert our American ideals of Democracy as well as actual Christianity. As a fifteen year resident of Adams County, I have lived among hypocrites who wrap themselves in the United States flag and carry a Bible, then discount Black Lives, Women’s Rights, public education, voting rights, stewardship of the Earth, and welfare programs, while they exalt personal freedoms to threaten others with firearms, pollution, and infectious disease. When Black Lives Matter, when Women’s Rights are Human Rights, when No Human is Illegal, when Love is Love, and when Science is Real, then we embrace “the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and we love our neighbors as ourselves. Life is defined by the Biblical concept “first breath” and so…the murders of Black people at the hands of racist police officers, students at the bullets of gleeful gun nuts, medically vulnerable at the respirations of antivaxxers, and starving children at the fists of a selfish society are contrary to that basic right, while fetal termination is not. Truths of peer-reviewed Science, Critical Race Theory, gun statistics, and the like shall not be hidden under a bushel, but revealed for All. A vote for me is a vote for the American ideals of individual worth, equal rights, liberty, enfranchisement, and majority rule, once promised by our Founding Fathers, improved by the marching generations, and manifested in you. Learn more about my campaign here.

2022 Giving Spree goes live on Nov. 3

The Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree, returns on Thursday, November 3, 2022, marking its twelfth year. The Community Foundation is keeping the Giving Spree virtual and outdoors for one more year. Last year 2,500 Giving Spree donors gave $3.08 million making it the largest (per capita) “give day” in the country, surpassing “The Big Give” in Dallas, TX and the “Extraordinary Give” in Lancaster, PA. This year we hope to engage 3,200 donors and raise $4 million for Adams County nonprofits. Everything raised in Adams County stays in Adams County to help our local community. Nonprofits pay nothing to participate, and donor gifts are subject to an “incentive match” to make their gifts go further. There are many ways to participate. Donors can MAIL IT IN, DROP IT OFF, or GIVE ONLINE. –    Mal it in: The Community Foundation will accept Giving Spree gifts by mail between now and November 3. –   Drop it off:     On November 3 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm donors can drop off a gift at the Gettysburg Times on Fairfield Road. There’s no need for donors to leave their car: Volunteers will be on hand to accept contributions curb-side. –  Give on-line: Donors can make gifts securely online at ACCFGivingSpree.org, between midnight and 11:59 pm on November 3.  To Participate: – Visit www.ACCFGivingSpree.org  and download the 2022 Giving Spree Guide for Donors. The Guide includes nonprofit descriptions, a Donation Form, and answers to many frequently asked questions. – Donors can make a gift by check, credit card, stock, qualified charitable distribution from an IRA or grant from a private foundation or donor advised fund. Donation forms are available online, through the Community Foundation and from all participating nonprofits. When completing the Giving Spree Donation Form, donors can – GIVE TODAY and support their favorite Adams County nonprofits with an immediate gift, – GIVE FOREVER and earmark their Giving Spree gift to a permanent endowment, which will support the nonprofits they care about year after year. Forever gifts are invested by the Community Foundation and each year 4.5% of the permanent endowment will be sent to the nonprofit selected by the donor.           – SUPPORT ALL NONPROFITS in this year’s Giving Spree with a gift to the “incentive match.” Nonprofits receive a percentage of the incentive match based on the amount they raise during the Giving Spree.

2022 Pick Up Gettysburg on Saturday

2022 Pick Up Gettysburg is here!! Take pride in Gettysburg and support mental health awareness! It’s time for Pick up Gettysburg! Honoring Rodney Edmonds life and led by his daughter Miraya. Rodney used to pick up litter around town with his daughter. In 2020, Rodney lost the battle with mental health. Let’s honor his life by emulating his good deeds and at the same time, raising money for mental health awareness! Teams will sign up to pick up litter around town. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/jfQm9JU1fK45atdi6 Or just show up on: Saturday October 8, 2022 2:00 – 3:00 pm teams pick up litter around town3:00 – 4:00 pm speakers, information on local supports And games for kids! Rodney saw a better Gettysburg! We see a better Gettysburg! Let’s make this year just as amazing as last year!

Gettysburg’s Cottage Crêperie offers coffee tasting and pairing event

Coffee Connoisseurs and those who want to learn more about coffee are invited to an interactive presentation, coffee tasting, and dessert pairing at the Cottage Crêperie, 33 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, on October 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Participants will experience five different coffee roasts, each paired with a dessert. Learn about the origins of different coffees and how different roasts affect how coffee tastes. $22 per person; seating is limited to 10 guests. Purchase tickets at https://www.savorgettysburgfoodtours.com/coffee-tasting/

Gettysburg Fall brush pickup announced

The Gettysburg Fall brush pick up will take place Monday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Nov. 10. Public Works will go around town twice that week picking up brush only. Please do not mix leaves and grass clippings with brush. Those items can be dropped off at the Public Works building on 457 East Middle Street. Place brush to be picked up along the curb (not in the street), or along alleys. I f there are any questions regarding brush pickup please call the Public Works department at 717-334-4666.

Devil’s Den will reopen tomorrow

Gettysburg National Military Park has announced that Devil’s Den will reopen to visitors on Friday, September 30. A six-month rehabilitation project was necessary to address significant erosion along walkways and unauthorized social trails that created safety hazards. The project reestablished the features that make up this segment of the battlefield and will allow visitors to better immerse themselves into the historic landscape that is essential to understanding the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. Numerous safety measures were included in this project.• The project provided a major increase in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) trail surface by 214%, from 700 square feet to 2,200 square feet.• The project decreased the overall hardscape (trail surface) by 70 square feet. The increase to overall greenspace, and additional water runoff mitigation efforts, will better absorb, deflect, and slow water runoff and decrease the chances for future landscape erosion.• Slip resistant granite steps replaced uneven and worn stone steps throughout the project area. The slip resistant steps provide a consistent, rough surface (even when wet) that will provide a safer walking surface for visitors throughout the year. Although the area will reopen to visitors, one central area will remain fenced to allow more time for further vegetation growth. The fencing in this area will remain until native grasses have fully established. This process may take up to two growing seasons – up to 2024. In the interim, all non-native vegetation will continue to be treated within the entire project area. For more information about this project, including project timeline, photos, and maps, please visit our website at https://go.nps.gov/DevilsDenRehab. Featured image: Devil’s Den circa 1909 [National Park Service]

Middle East Justice and Peace group to show film on Israeli apartheid

Have you ever wondered what the word “apartheid” actually means for people living in such a situation? The Middle East Justice and Peace Group of South Central Pennsylvania, associated with the Adams Unity Coalition, will sponsor a community event on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. A short film, “Inside Israeli Apartheid” will be shown, followed by discussion, in the Valentine Hall auditorium at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. As Americans have learned more about the ways in which Israel controls every waking moment of life in Occupied Palestine, citizens have come to understand that the situation strongly resembles the control which South Africa exerted over its non-white citizens.  It is important for American taxpayers and voters to understand the details of Israeli control and how it affects the lives of Palestinian families on a day-to-day basis. Discussion and refreshments following the film will take place in the Valentine coffee shop and will focus on issues of apartheid. For more information, contact Rev. Sandra Mackie at smackie8@embarqmail.com.

6th grader will host bake sale to help end malaria

Henry Russell, a sixth grader at Gettysburg Area Middle School, will hold his second annual bake sale to end malaria on Sunday, September 25th, from noon until four, or until sold out, in the South East corner of Lincoln Square (near the Blue and Gray restaurant). “I get a lot of mosquito bites,” Henry explained, “but here, we don’t have to worry about malaria. Many kids are not that lucky.” Exactly a year ago, Henry held his first bake sale to beat malaria raising nearly one thousand dollars, far surpassing his goal of $250. This year, he’s hard at work in the kitchen, hoping to top last year’s earnings. Henry is making cosmic brownies, gluten-free coconut macaroons, iced pumpkin cookies, carrot cake muffins, and double chocolate chip cookies. Henry is donating all bake sale proceeds to United to Beat Malaria, formerly Nothing But Nets, the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting to end malaria. Malaria is a preventable disease yet it claims a child’s life every minute. United to Beat Malaria provides bed nets to families at risk, a simple and highly effective tool to protect kids from mosquito bites that transmit malaria. United to Beat Malaria also supports research and provide at-home medical visits for people with malaria. Every ten dollars donated to the organization can diagnose and treat one person suffering from malaria. Every hundred dollars buys bed nets for forty children, so they don’t catch the disease at all. A rain date for this event is scheduled in the same location for Sunday, October 9th, noon to four.

Dancing with local stars 2023 participants announced

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council have announced the cast of the 2023 Dancing with the Local Stars presented by WellSpan Health benefit event. The teams will be: Peter Miele and Denice Staub Lisa Wolkind and Bruce Moore Michael Cogliano Sr. and Rachel Smith Yeimi Gagliardi and Frank Hancock Jeremy Lusk and Brienna Smith Dancing with the Local Stars presented by WellSpan Health pairs a local celebrity with a professional choreographer. The pairs practice for months and show off their skills at an event to benefit the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council. The show is Friday, Jan. 13 at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

Help the Gettysburg National Military Park clear Devil’s Den on Sept. 24.

The Gettysburg National Military Park is looking for up to 50 volunteers to help us clear Devil’s Den of woody vegetation in anticipation of reopening the area at the end of the month. The event helps celebrate National Public Lands Day. We will be removing woody vegetation from the summit of the den in preparation for reopening the site after recent landscape and visitor improvements. Volunteers will use park provided tools, including hand pruners and loppers, to cut woody overgrowth. The cut overgrowth will then be dragged a short distance where park staff will chip it. What you will need – You should wear long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt. The park will provide tools, gloves, and water. Please bring a refillable water bottle and plenty of bug spray for ticks, chiggers, and other pests. Details on parking will be provided to preregister volunteers only. For more more information and to preregister:https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=3754966E-979B-0924-2366FCA6B259505D

Land Conservancy of Adams County sets Road Rally 2022: “Catch ’22, Puzzles and Conundrums”

The Land Conservancy of Adams County will hold its 24th annual Fall Classic Road Rally fundraiser this year on Saturday, October 15. This Rally will be full of lots of surprises. Each year’s Road Rally guides more than 50 driver-navigator teams on an exciting road trip over the county’s most beautiful, least-traveled roads, highlighting scenic vistas at the peak of fall foliage colors. The event’s aim is to build interest in preserving Adams County’s rural lands and character. Some teams have participated in the Road Rally every year for nearly a quarter-century, never missing an opportunity to enjoy this legacy event.  This year’s Rally, “Catch ’22, Puzzles and Conundrums,” will perplex and challenge participants with thought-provoking and puzzling clues that will lead to some unexpected twists and turns. Along the way participants will visit unique locations that are unknown to many, answer trivia questions and participate in small skill challenges—all in a quest to take home the coveted fuzzy dice as this year’s Grand Champion. Driver-navigator teams can register to participate in this year’s Rally at PerserveAdams.org before Friday, October 7.  Rally organizers are actively recruiting organizational sponsorships, which are available beginning at $300 ($200 for non-profits) up to $1,000 for premium sponsors. Individuals who would like to become a friend of the event can do so for just $100. The Land Conservancy of Adams County is an accredited nonprofit, member-supported land trust dedicated to preserving the rural lands and character of Adams County, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit PreserveAdams.org.

160th anniversary reenactment of Antietam battle this weekend

This weekend’s Reenactment and Living History event will feature Dunker’s Church and West Woods, the bloodiest day on American soil, along with an extensive Living History area for an all-around, all-day educational Civil War experience for the whole family at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm! This is an all-day family event, where history comes to life before your eyes! Exciting Daily Battles Charging Cavalry Thundering Artillery Interactive Living History Demonstrations Period Kids Games Stroll Through the Military Camps Live Civil War Music Period Speakers Tour the House & Barn Museum Shop the Sutlers Period Worship Services Food and Beverage Vendors For Tickets & Event Information Visit https://www.DanielLadyFarm.com 1008 Hanover Street Gettysburg, PA 717-398-2026 GATES OPEN 8:00AM DAILY Event Schedule Subject to Change Ticket Prices Higher At Gate

Foreign language speakers needed at Heritage Festival

By Irene Powell for the Adams County Heritage Festival How many different languages are spoken in Adams County? Who knows? But, it is most likely more than you imagine. At this year’s 31st Annual Heritage Festival, Sept. 18 we want to collect as many samples of different languages as possible. Anyone who is fluent in a language other than English (and maybe you know 2 or 3 or more!) is invited to stop by the Passport Program Booth to translate and record a pre-written very short easy script. What will you be saying?  “It is a small world that we all share. We must respect each other and work for justice so we can all live in peace.”   If you can translate that into a language that you speak, we would like to record your language sample.  Eventually, these may be archived at the Adams County Historical Society.  Come see us Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Recreation Park on Long Lane.

Washington Post political columnist Jennifer Rubin to speak in Gettysburg

Washington Post political columnist Jennifer Rubin will speak on “Defending American Democracy: The Midterm Test” on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Mara Auditorium on the Gettysburg College campus. The evening is sponsored by Jewish Studies at Gettysburg College. According to Wikipedia, Rubin was a conservative political commentator throughout most of her career, but became a critic of President Donald Trump and in 2020 announced that she no longer identified as a conservative, becoming an advocate of the Biden Administration. Mara Auditorium is located on the main floor of Masters Hall, which is situated in front of the campus fountain. Parking is available in Masters Lot off Constitution Avenue which runs between Washington Street at the railroad track to Lincoln Avenue. Rubin’s talk is open to the community and pre-registration is not required.

Gettysburg Christmas Haus “pays it forward” for first responders and medical personel

In remembrance of the horrid tragedy to our country on September 11, 2001, the Pay It Forward 9/11 campaign kicked off in September 2002. Texas native Kevin Tuerff began this annual tradition to honor every life lost in the 9/11 attacks with random acts of kindness We are carrying on that tradition at The Christmas Haus and the Gettysburg Chocolate Market by honoring first responders and those in the medical field for their continued support of our community. We honor the fallen heroes of 9/11 by honoring those who serve today. We love our first responders and want to show them a small token our appreciation for everything they do, everything they have done, and everything they will do to make our lives safer and healthier. Between Sep. 4 and Sep. 11 any first responder who comes into The Gettysburg Chocolate Market, located at 9 Baltimore Street, and shows us their responder or medical ID badge will receive a free beverage of any kind. Coupon vouchers can also be obtained for redemption at The Chistmas Haus location in New Oxford. It’s our way to say thank you and pay it forward! We also encourage all people to do something to “pay it forward,” with a random act of kindness for another person. Load an elderly person’s groceries for them, mow a neighbor’s lawn, hold a door for someone struggling with a baby carriage, or buy a to-go lunch for a homeless person. Most of us are fortunate, so let’s use this time to pay it forward.

Wellspan seeks new location for Auxilliary Thrift Shop

Wellspan Health says it hopes to reopen the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop at a new location in Gettysburg.  The shop, which has been a gathering place for Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary volunteers and community shoppers since the 1920s, is closing on Aug. 31 because its rent has increased substantially. Wellspan said the thrift store’s services will be paused as their real estate team continues to explore rental properties on the market to identify potential options.  According to Wellspan, as of now there have not been any locations identified that would fall within their budget. Wellspan said a location in Gettysburg Borough would be ideal as it provides walking access to those most in need and to college students who often take advantage of the offerings.

New Year’s Eve Gala will include fireworks and a raising of Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat

Plans are underway for a gala New Years Eve 2023 evening on the Gettysburg Square, complete with fireworks (building and people-safe), music, and the raising of an eight-foot lighted aluminum replica of Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat to welcome in the new year. The evening events will cap a full day of events for children and adults. The square will be packed with people enjoying music, age-specific children’s activities, a pub crawl, beer garden, food trucks, and vendors. We’re encouraging all businesses in town to be open for part of the evening and offer special New Year’s Eve events of their own. Over 20 towns in the state have lighted “drops” for their New Year’s Eve events, but until now Gettysburg has never had one. But we’ll be welcoming 2023 by starting a new tradition and raising Abe’s Hat! Early in his political career, Lincoln began wearing stovepipe hats — a noted symbol of prestige and authority — to help him stand out in crowds at campaign events. After his assassination, the stovepipe hat remained a popular symbol of Lincoln and his many contributions to our nation and our freedoms. Abe’s top hat was chosen to welcome 2023 to represent not only Lincoln and Gettysburg, but also the good wishes and harmony the New Year brings to all. The events are sponsored by Gettysburg Alive. If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteering, there are applications on our website: www.gettysburgalive.com Gettysburg Live is looking for companies that can grasp our vision and be sponsors for Abe’s Hat and the Gettysburg New Year’s Eve Fireworks. We will be reaching out for your help! How often in an historic town like Gettysburg do we get to do something for the FIRST TIME? Join us in starting a new tradition by Raising Abe’s Hat in a crowded Lincoln Square! Gettysburg Alive was started by Keith George and Patti Robinson to help promote events that are taking place in the area and to make sure New Year’s Eve is brought back in full swing. Gettysburg Pride graciously offered to take us under their oversight and 501c3 because we have the same mission, bringing Gettysburg together through great events.

Gettysburg College students will walk on Thursday

The First-Year Walk, a Gettysburg College tradition that witnesses the incoming first-year class travel through the community to the site of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, will take place on on Thursday evening. About 800 students and staff will walk from the campus to the National Cemetery, beginning at about 6:30 p.m. “Gettysburg College is a very vibrant and important part of our community,” said Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing. “I am honored to be participate in this year’s First-Year Walk and I want to congratulate the Class of 2026.  Congratulations on entering college, a big step in your life’s course. And remember as members of the Gettysburg community, my door and ear are also available to you.” The campus ensemble will use South Washington Street to make its way to the National Cemetery on the south side of town. After hearing opening remarks from College President Bob Iuliano, students and staff will depart from Christ Chapel on campus and move down Carlisle Street into Lincoln Square. The crowd will then exit west onto Chambersburg Street before resuming the trek south on Washington Street. The walk will continue down South Washington Street and cross over the intersection with Steinwehr Avenue to Taneytown Road. Students will pass the National Cemetery and enter a small field south of the parking lot adjacent to the Leister Farm House, site of Union General George Meade’s headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg. At the cemetery, the students will listen to a rendition of Lincoln’s famous speech and keynote remarks by McKinley Melton, the Kermit O. Paxton and Renee A. Paxton Endowed Teaching Chair and associate professor of English. Mayor Frealing will welcome the new members of the community and continue another time-honored tradition of giving the key to the city of Gettysburg to a representative of the first-year class. This year’s recipient is Gettysburg High School graduate Tiger Frenette. Following the ceremony, the gathering will cross over Taneytown Road and walk through the National Cemetery alongside the final resting places of more than 3,500 soldiers from the Civil War and thousands of other soldiers from other American conflicts. Breaking up into smaller groups, students and staff will make their way back through town on sidewalks, giving the newcomers an opportunity to engage with the community and visit local businesses along the way. “The First-Year Walk is one of our most cherished traditions,” said Iuliano. “From our students’ earliest moments on campus, they gain a deeper understanding of our history and how President Lincoln’s enduring Address continues to guide us today. In many ways, the First-Year Walk represents the very best of what it means to live and learn in this remarkable community. It is a truly moving event.”

Murder Mystery Masquerade Gala to Benefit Women and Families

West Point Retreats is hosting a Murder Mystery Masquerade Gala to aid in the completion of the Hanover YWCA recreational center that will provide a space for a community health, a wellness studio, as well as an arts and craft studio. The event, to be held Sep. 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Ballroom On Broadway, 1649 Broadway, Hanover, will include a silent auction, wine pull, and dinner theater. For reservations or donations please email West Point Retreats at westpointretreats@gmail.com or call Amanda Serrano at 610-223-2934. West Point Retreats is a local 501(C)(3) nonprofit that supports women and their families. Since 2018 their mission has been to provide a safe, fun, engaging God-driven environment for women and their families in the community, encouraging and cultivating healthy relationships by providing discipleship, support, and inspiration. The organization provides free and low-cost activities to the community as well as food, clothing, and household items.

Art Exhibition “Imprints of Life: Rubbings from Carved Stones of the Han Dynasty” opens on Aug. 31

Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College is pleased to present Imprints of Life: Rubbings from Carved Stones of the Han Dynasty on display Aug. 31 through Oct.1, 2022. Curated by Kolbe Summer Research Fellow Elinor Gass ’24, under the direction of Professor Yan Sun, this exhibition explores the connectivity between an individual’s character and the historical narratives celebrated in Han society. On display are rubbings taken from carvings on architectural components of burial chambers and above ground shrines in the western Shandong Province from approximately the 1st to 2nd century. The ink rubbings in this exhibition are among numerous works donated by Dr. Chester North Frazier to Gettysburg College in the late 1960s. Dr. Frazier collected tomb rubbings between 1922 and 1941 in Peking, where he worked as a physician. The rubbings were carefully folded into his own handmade boxes and organized by his own system. The opportunity to examine these tomb rubbings provides a detailed glance into Han society and philosophy, suggesting the degree to which Confucianism and Daoism influenced funerary, societal, and educational practices in the lives of the elite. An opening reception will be held on August 31, 5:00 -7:00 pm. A Gallery Talk with student curator Elinor Gass ‘24 will take place on August 31, 5:00 – 5:30 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Public Events: Curator’s Talk: August 31, 5:00 -5:30pm Reception: August 31, 5:00 -7:00 pm Exhibition Credits: The exhibition is supported in part by the Department of Art and Art History and Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. About Schmucker Art Gallery: Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection. Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

Art Exhibition “Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity” opens in this month

This fall, Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College presents an exhibition of text-based works by significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Elizabeth Catlett, Deborah Dancy, Nekisha Durrett, Guerrilla Girls, Glenn Ligon, Carl Pope, Jr., Faith Ringgold, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems. Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity is on view from August 31 through December 10, 2022. An opening reception will be held on August 31, 5-7pm. A Virtual Gallery Talk with artist Deborah Dancy will take place via Zoom on October 5pm https://gettysburg.zoom.us/j/9991200186. An in-person Gallery Talk with artist Nekisha Durrett will be held on October 28 at 5pm with a reception to follow until 7pm. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm. “Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity” features text-based works by prominent contemporary artists of color who demonstrate the power of language. “Not only are the words central to the compositions of each photograph, sculpture, and print,” says Shannon Egan, gallery director, “but they also provide expressions of identity, declarations once marginalized, reflections on history, and calls to action.” In reading both the linguistic and aesthetic narratives in the works on display, a viewer encounters stories that are at once critical and inclusive, verbal and visual, personal and political. The artists use assertive poetry, dynamic admonitions, and a clear naming of victims of police violence to question white privilege and incite change. The exchange of words in this exhibition may confuse the issues; nevertheless, the art speaks and demands that voices are heard. Many of the artists included in the exhibition examine issues related to Blackness and African-American identity. For instance, Hank Willis Thomas, whose neon sculpture Pitch Blackness / Off Whiteness, on loan from the Art Bridges foundation, blinks on and off, alternating between sets of words: “off-white” and “pitch-black.” Read with the suffix “-ness,” the words in the sculpture not only signify a somewhat perilous “pitch black” space, but also the allusion to Blackness as a racial signifier. Carl Pope, Jr.’s prints draw their language from a range of literary and popular sources and allude to the twentieth-century typography of ephemeral flyers, advertisements, and picket signs. Pope described The Bad Air Smelled of Roses as “an Afrofuturist project that is a never-ending essay about … blackness and its correspondences in American culture.” Echoing the spirit of protest and the language of advertising in Pope’s prints are the Guerrilla Girls’ posters, the anonymous artists’ activist group dedicated to fighting discrimination of race and gender in the art world. This print, created in 1989, draws attention to the absence of women artists and artists of color in most major collections and arts institutions. Glenn Ligon and Deborah Dancy evoke historical narratives and the legacy of slavery in their works. Ligon’s suite of prints titled Narratives cites the frontispieces of nineteenth-century autobiographies of enslaved people, but here the select words are loosely drawn from the artist’s own life. Dancy’s poetic fragments appear similarly to be of the past, as they are inscribed upon antique silver trays and decorative mirrors. One mirror, for example, tells the story of the inequities of domestic labor and frustratingly limited recourse for the “three noiseless servants” who “polished rage.” Like the text of the other artists in the exhibition, Dancy’s language is often transgressive and demands that the reader/viewer consider historical fissures, generational trauma, and resilience. Nekisha Durrett calls profound attention to the stories and lives of Black women murdered by law enforcement with their first names carefully perforated on the surfaces of magnolia leaves. Each leaf, presented in an exquisitely crafted, illuminated wood box, exemplifies both a delicacy and resistance to being violently discarded. Durrett, inspired by the #sayhername movement, explains, “This work centers the experiences and activism of Black women throughout the women’s movement, [which] has historically excluded women of color. This erasure from mainstream discourse is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago, especially for those positioned at the intersection of race and gender.” Carrie Mae Weems also considers notions of individual and collective identity in her photograph from her series focused on Eatonville, Florida, the oldest Black incorporated town in the United States, founded in 1886 and home to the Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston (1891-1960). Like Hurston, Weems is a trained folklorist and storyteller who is drawn to voices of the vernacular, both textual and photographic. For these artists included in Confuse the Issues, language is read, seen, and understood as a complex articulation of identity. Even with the works’ clarity of form and content, the artists often acknowledge the failure of words to convey a greater totality of rage, restriction, and injustice. In James Baldwin’s words, “No true account really of black life can be held, can be contained, in the American vocabulary. As it is, the only way that you can deal with it is by doing great violence to the assumptions on which the vocabulary is based.” As seen in this exhibition, the artists make both space and words their own; in some instances, the works literally fill the gallery with light and reflection, and for others, the works offer impassioned testimonies and, drawing again on Pope’s posters, an imperative reminder of the “urgent need to find radical solutions.” Public Events: Opening Reception: August 31, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Virtual Gallery Talk with Deborah Dancy: October 19, 5-6pm https://gettysburg.zoom.us/j/9991200186 In-Person Gallery Talk with Nekisha Durrett: October 28, 5pm, with reception to follow until 7pm Visiting Artists’ Biographies: Nekisha Durrett currently lives and works in Washington, DC where she creates bold and playful large-scale installations and public art that aim to make the ordinary awe-inspiring while summoning subject matter that is often underrepresented or overlooked in visual culture. She earned her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City and MFA from The University of Michigan School of Art and Design as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Durrett has exhibited her work throughout the Washington, DC area and nationally. She was a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and was featured in The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today exhibition. Recent installations include: Up ‘til Now, a freestanding, solar powered sculpture that evokes the history of Washington, DC’s landscape and architecture; “Messages for the City” in collaboration with For Freedoms in Times Square, New York; and a wall mounted public sculpture in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida made in collaboration with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas; and a permanent in the newly renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington. Durrett is currently in production on a large-scale, permanent sculpture in Arlington, VA. Deborah Dancy is a multimedia artist, whose paintings, drawings, digital photography, and small sculptures play with the shifting intersection between abstraction and representation. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Yaddo Fellowship, The American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Artist and Writers Creative Arts Fellowship, and the National Endowment of the Arts NEFA award. Her work is in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; 21C Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Birmingham Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Art; the Boston Museum of Fine; the Montgomery Museum of Art; the Spencer Museum of Art, the Hunter Museum of Art; Vanderbilt University; Grinnell College, Oberlin College Museum of Art; Davidson Art Center; Wesleyan University, and The United States Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts NYC, Robischon Gallery, Denver, and Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta. Exhibition Credits: Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the following Gettysburg College departments and programs: Africana Studies, English, and Public Policy. With special gratitude for the support of Dr. Deborah Smith P’11, P’13, the Michael J. Birkner ’72 and Robin Wagner Art and Photography Acquisition Fund, and Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. About Schmucker Art Gallery: Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection. Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building. All events are free and open to the public. About Art Bridges Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of over 190 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices. To learn more about the Art Bridges, follow the hashtag #ArtBridges on social media and visit www.artbridgesfoundation.org.

It’s Back to School Time – 1896, That Is!

On Sunday, September 18 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mt. Joy Township will host a re-opening of “Mud College,” the little 1-room 153-year old red brick schoolhouse, along Baltimore Pike between Gettysburg and Littlestown. Originally one of seven one-room schoolhouses scattered throughout Mt. Joy Township, The Pleasant Grove School was built in 1869. It served the educational needs of students’ grades 1st – 8th until 1949, when one-room schoolhouses began their phased consolidation. In 1951, at public auction, the schoolhouse, complete with interior furnishings, (and exterior outhouse) was purchased by Walter Crouse for the purpose of holding alumni reunions for his own kin, friends and any and all who had ever attended this quaint, beloved little school. After nearly 50 years of reunions, family members, in 2001, donated the schoolhouse to Mt. Joy Township, with the stipulation, The School Building and its contents be preserved as an example of a one-room rural school house for the edification, use and enjoyment by this and future generations of persons living in and visiting the Township of Mount Joy, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Soon thereafter, a celebrated living history program, “A Day in A One-Room Schoolhouse” was developed based on one successfully established in Virginia. Primarily aimed at 4th and 5th graders, the curriculum, through proficient, period-clad docent teachers introduces young “scholars” during a full day’s immersion into what school was like in 1896. Each student assumes the persona of an actual classmate who attended “Mud College” which further personalizes the experience. The program has attracted not only regional participation but has seen attendance from a number of neighboring states. In 2011, the schoolhouse was named to the National Historical Register of Historic Places. At 12:30 pm there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by docent led tours of the schoolhouse. A local historian and author, Elsie Darrah Morey will offer her 2002, book, The Pleasant Grove School “Mud College” and personally sign all purchases. Throughout the schoolyard will be various displays to enjoy along with light refreshments. Live music by the” Dixie Mix” will play from 1-2 pm. Plan to come on out (4084 Baltimore Pike) with family and friends for a fun, educational “back to school” afternoon of a distant era! The event is free and expanded, directed parking will be provided. For more information call or visit mtjoytwp.us.

Time to Remember Loved Ones and End Overdose

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

Rotary Welcomes Japanese Exchange Student

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg recently welcomed a Japanese teenager to Gettysburg. Maya Ito is from the City of Taitouku, within the Tokyo Province, in Japan. The 17-year-old will begin her senior year at Gettysburg Area High School next week. She plans to play on the high school tennis team this fall and will be looking for other opportunities to be a part of the Gettysburg community while she is here. Ito comes to Gettysburg through the Rotary Club of Gettysburg Youth Exchange Program. Thomas and Florence Jurney and their daughter Claire of Gettysburg are her host family. The Jurney’s son, recent Gettysburg Area High School graduate Quentin, is an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student who is in India for this school year. Ito will likely stay with one or two other host families during her stay in America, but additional families are needed. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a host family should contact Rotary Youth Exchange Coordinator Eric Gladhill at ebg@csdavidson.com.

Adams County Planting Partnership Offers Free Native Trees and Shrub Seedlings

The Adams County Planting Partnership—an initiative of the Watershed Alliance of Adams County and the Adams County Conservation District—has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to distribute nearly 13,000 free native tree and shrub seedlings to Adams County residents who request them. More than 30 native tree and shrub seedling species are available while supplies last, and the deadline to request seedlings is August 23. Adams County residents may place their requests online by visiting the Watershed Alliance website at AdamsWatersheds.org or the Adams County Conservation District’s website. The seedlings will arrive in early September and will be available for pickup at the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg, on Sept. 8-10. The seedlings, once planted, will eventually grow into trees and shrubs that capture stormwater runoff that can pollute local streams, as well as remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. 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, visit AdamsWatersheds.org The Adams County Conservation District works to promote voluntary conservation and good stewardship of Adams County’s natural resources. For more information about the Adams County Conservation District, visit //AdamsCounty.us/Dept/Conservation/Pages/default.aspx.

Gettysburg Bicycle Ride to Benefit Trail Development

On Saturday, October 1, Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc (HABPI) will host its 7th Annual Ride for Trails to raise money for trail development in and around Gettysburg. Three different routes are being offered to accommodate riders of all experience levels: 12 miles, 25 miles, and 40 miles. All rides begin at the Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, and travel through the Gettysburg National Military Park and over picturesque Sachs Covered Bridge. The longer rides also wind through the quiet country roads to the south of Gettysburg with a rest stop halfway through to recharge. All rides end at the Rec Park, where a free lunch is offered to riders beginning at 11 a.m. The 25 and 40 mile rides will be “show and go,” where riders can depart on their own schedule after check-in, which opens at 8 a.m. The 12-mile ride, which departs at 9:45 a.m., will be guided by HABPI members at a leisurely pace. Pre-registration and additional details on the ride are available at https://habpi.redpodium.com/habpis-ride-for-trails-2022 . Pre-registration is just $35 and is open through noon on Sept. 30. Those who register by Sept. 5 will receive a free Ride for Trails t-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $40. If you are unable to ride with us, please consider making a donation to HABPI via the registration link above or by check made out to HABPI and mailed to 523 Moritz Rd., Orrtanna, PA 17353 (attn. M. Bramel). Proceeds from the event will support HABPI’s work to develop and maintain trails for biking and walking as well as to promote safe bicycling and walking for the health, recreation, transportation, environment, and economic benefit of the community. For more information about HABPI, please visit www.habpi.org.

Fireplace Gifts Opens its Doors in New Oxford

A new store, Fireplace Gifts, has opened on the square in New Oxford. The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce was on hand on Thursday, August 11, to help owners Bryan and Diana Lewis celebrate their new venture. Fireplace Gifts is located beside the New Oxford Post Office at 6 Center Square. In addition to items made by Fireplace Gifts, the shop also features handmade goods from multiple local vendors, including Desert Rose by Geri, JS Woodwork, PR Creations, Reign Creations, Sewing by Pat, LukaLou Creations and Sun Kissed Tootsies. From jewelry to candles to hair bows, the shop features products for all ages and is open daily, except Wednesdays. “The New Oxford Chamber is excited to be a part of the continued growth of the small business community in town, and we hope to welcome even more businesses over the next few years,” said Membership & Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Smith. “We wish the Lewis family much success with their new store.”To learn more about Fireplace Gifts, visit fireplacegifts.com or stop by in person.

Hiring Event to be Held at Human Services Building

The hiring event “Helping Families Secure Employment” will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm on August 22nd, September 12th, October 17th, November 14th, and December 12th. The location is the Human Services Building, Room 13 & 14 & 15 525 Boyds School Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. What to Expect from this Event: Meet with CareerLink representatives to discuss employment opportunities and services available for career development and eliminate current barriers. Meet with partner employers who are offering on the spot hiring. Learn about various services offered in Adams County What You Are to Bring: Valid Drivers License or Photo ID Copy of your Birth Certificate Copy of your Social Security

The Doo Wop Project Comes to Gettysburg on Friday

What do you get when you combine a Broadway-caliber performance with the vocal rhythm and blues of 1940’s Doo Wop? The answer is “The Doo Wop Project,” coming to Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater for one night only on Friday, Aug.  12. “The Doo Wop Project is a group of six guys who met doing Broadway shows and decided to form a group and cover some of the songs we were singing when we met from various musicals we were performing at the time,” said founding member and Broadway performer, Dominic Nolfi. Nofli said the group was formed ten years ago and has since become a well-established national touring group, performing about 70 times a year. The Doo Wop Project consists of five singers and four instrument-playing members. The group specializes in “Doo Wop-ified” versions of modern-day songs, which Nolfi described as  “a more contemporary song that we turn into a Doo Wop song.” Doo Wop music arose in the 1940’s as a genre focused mainly on the vocal ensemble with light instrumentation backing it up. The genre arose in African American Communities around the U.S. and was mainly versed in Rhythm and Blues. The Doo Wop Project brings the style into the modern world by taking songs that audiences know and love, such as Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” and giving them the 1940’s vibe that the members love. “We bring a ton of energy and breathe it into these songs,” said Nolfi. “We are a whole lot more grateful for our work than we were before the pandemic. It can be a little harder these days, but we’re starting to see our pre-pandemic numbers come back. Were super stoked, it’s a beautiful theater. We love coming to Pennsylvania; everyone in Gettysburg is awesome,” he said. Gettysburg residents that attend the show can expect a special performance that Nolfi says will be “Just fun. We bring party energy to our concerts. It’s a celebration of the Doo Wop music and era. Bridging the gap between now and then. It’s a multigenerational audience that comes together to enjoy this music. All members of the Doo Wop Project have been “performing on Broadway for 20 years,” he said. “We have performed at that level for such a long time we have gotten to a point where it’s just in us.” The group was boosted in popularity this year when PBS published a special on the Doo Wop Project. “Coming out of the pandemic with a PBS special was super important for us. To see a half a year’s work completely cancelled was tough. We weren’t sure if it was possible to even get on tour after the pandemic.” But after doing two livestreams, the group was recommended to PBS and the special began its creation which finally debuted in early 2022. The special is available for streaming on PBS’s website for free at any time. Tickets are available through the group’s website at https://www.thedoowopproject.com/ or at the Gettysburg Majestic Box Office.

Addressing Gettysburg is Offering a Free “Get Out of Your Car Tour”

Summer may be coming to an end, but Addressing Gettysburg is still goingstrong! Rally Around the Addressing Gettysburg Colors for this month’s FREE “Get Out of theCar Tour!” Park at the Eternal Peace Light Memorial to meet up with the tour group. The tour will start at10AM, and we will be joined by a Licensed Battlefield Guide who will lead us in the footsteps of Rodes’ Division during their action on July 1, 1863. This is our fourth tour of the year, and eachone is growing in popularity and attendance. There’s simply no better way to see and experience Gettysburg than to walk the grounds where it all took place. Led by Licensed Battlefield Guides, our FREE Get Out of the Car Tours take you places where you’ll have the vantage point of those who fought there – up close, and amid thesurroundings that they saw on those fateful days in 1863. For further information, and how to register for a tour, please visit this link:https://www.addressinggettysburg.com/get-out-of-the-car-tours/While these tours are free, registering provides the organizers and guides with a head count priorto the event. Addressing Gettysburg is committed to bringing the historic reality of the Battle of Gettysburg,and the experiences of the soldiers and civilians to the masses in a comprehensive, immersiveand entertaining way. History is NOT boring!

Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra concert announced

The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring local cellist Danielle Karppala performing the Schumann Cello Concerto on Sunday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Seminary Chapel. Other works on the program by this professional orchestra are Mahler’s Adagietto (from his Symphony No. 5) in commemoration of 9/11 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the Eroica. Admission is free to the public. For further information please call 717-334-5508

The Adams County Library to Host an Evening with Alafair Burke

Join us for a fun evening while supporting your local library! The Signature Event is the Adams County Library’s largest annual fundraiser. This year, New York Times best-selling author, Alafair Burke will be our special guest. The event includes a keynote from Alafair Burke, a New York Times bestselling author, a book signing opportunity, V.I.P. champagne reception, mixer catered by Hindle’s Catering and a silent auction. A limited amount of V.I.P. tickets are available. V.I.P. Tickets include: a private champagne reception with Alafair Burke, an autographed copy of her latest book, a catered mixer, keynote by Alafair Burke, two adult beverages, silent auction, and additional book signing opportunity. Click Here to Purchase V.I.P. Tickets Standard Admission includes: a catered mixer, keynote by Alafair Burke, 2 adult beverage tickets, silent auction, and book signing opportunity. Click Here to Purchase Standard Admission Tickets More about the author:  Alafair Burke is a New York Times, Edgar Award nominated author of twenty crime novels. Published in more than twenty languages, her books have been featured on “Best Book” lists including the Today Show, Entertainment Weekly, People, O (Oprah Magazine), The Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. In addition to the standalone novels that have earned her a reputation as “a virtuoso” of domestic suspense, she authors two series. In addition to her own work, Alafair also co-authored the “Under Suspicion” series with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark.

Call for County Exhibitors for Heritage Festival’s Passport Program

Plans are underway for this year’s 31st Anniversary 2022 Adams County Heritage Festival. It is to be held on Sunday September 18, 2022, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park. Initiated by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and now co-sponsored by the YWCA, the festival has grown tremendously over the past three decades. The festival continues to be a joyous celebration of the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage found within Adams County through food, music and the arts. The festival is looking to expand on the Passport Program. Did you know that we have citizen neighbors who come from dozens of countries all over the globe: from Austria to Zambia? The Heritage Festival is looking for Cultural Ambassadors to join us in showcasing the diverse heritage right here in Adams County! Volunteers are needed to participate and asked to set up an exhibit table for their country. Ambassadors need not be foreign born to participate. Many people have had extensive experience serving or working in other countries and are most welcome to share their enthusiasm and knowledge. Ambassadors are responsible for setting up a “Show and Tell” type display. Some suggestions include a flag, map, artifacts, books, art and craft pieces, clothing, games or other pertinent items that represent a specific culture. Children receive a Passport booklet which they get stamped for every country booth they visit! They can travel around the world in four hours without leaving home. Their horizons are expanded as they learn a little bit about other places around our globe. Adults, too, find the booths and Ambassadors to be an engaging learning experience! Cultural Ambassadors in the past have found others that speak their language or who have visited their country and new friendships are formed. The Heritage Festival is a unique opportunity to share our diversity and celebrate our humanity right here in Adams County. Applications may be obtained by contacting ipowell@msmary.edu and are due by August 29. They may be scanned and returned via email to ipowell@msmary.edu or mailed to Heritage Festival P.O. Box 3134, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Gettysburg Borough Police Department to Host their National Night Out

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

Gettysburg National Military Park details Little Round Top closures

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

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

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

Little Round Top will close for 18 months on Tuesday

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

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

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

South Mountain Audubon Big Spring Bird Walk

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

Farmers Market will host Civic Engagement Day on July 30

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

Gettysburg Choral Society holds auditions

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

ACAC Launches Healing Arts Program

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

Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Scholarship Displacement

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

Healthy Adams County announces 4th Annual Ice Cream Walk

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

Time to Remember Loved Ones and End Overdose

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

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

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

Adams County Planting Partnership

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

Anchor House Rides for Runaways

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

Local women rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Majestic Theater Announces 2022-2023 Celebrity Season

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

Fatal Crash on Pine Run Rd. Hamilton Township

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

The Gettysburg Choral Society Presents “Conceived in Liberty”

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

CVSD approves tax increase for 2022-23 and celebrates students

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Strauss to Deliver Lecture on Church as Field Hospital

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

Bridge Approach Reconstruction Continues on Route 15 in York County

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

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

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

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

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

Earth Justice is the Theme of Peace Camp

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

Adams fruit growers offer Bounty of the County this August

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

America250PA launches programs to honor the US semiquincentennial. 

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

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

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

PennDOT requests input on Baltimore Pike project near Littlestown

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

YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County to Host Matthew March

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

Line Painting Scheduled on Various Routes in Cumberland County

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

June 2nd Vigil and Walk for Uvalde and Buffalo

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

Lisa Cadigan is new ACAC Executive Director

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

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

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

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

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