Opportunity knocks and healthy smoothies appear in Gettysburg

Have you ever been in Chicago and tried to buy an authentic Philly cheese steak? Or walked around downtown Gettysburg wishing there was a place you could purchase, say, a pair of nice high heels?  You probably know the feeling — neither can be done. Well, that’s exactly the dilemma Phil Letendre, his team members, and their customers found themselves in, leading them to come up with a team-based solution. As the owner of Gettysburg Performance Gym, Letendre values the feedback of his customers.  So when the members of his circle began to cry out for more classes, more space, along with somewhere they could find post-workout drinks and healthy smoothies, he saw an opportunity. The Gettysburg Smoothie Company arrived at 48 York St., just off the square, over the Memorial Day weekend. What was once a former yoga studio is now a quiet reprieve away from the noisy hustle and bustle of town, a shelter out of the blazing heat and sun of the day, and a cozy nook where you can relax as you rehydrate or even make your own ice cream boat. No need to feel guilty in this smoothie company though. With drinks like “Stars and Stripes, Revive” and “Super G,” the offerings are geared towards those looking to be health conscious and wanting only the best ingredients to refuel and recharge their bodies.  If you’re thinking a “healthy smoothie” couldn’t possibly be good, you’d be wrong; they are even better than they sound. That’s in part because the recipes come from the feedback the shop gets from the suggestions their customers give them (and because they are really good at what they do).  I tried a Blueberry Lagoon and was pleasantly pleased with every aspect of my smoothie – from its creamy texture, fresh fruit bites, ever so slight but somehow “just right” sweetness, to the feeling of actually being re-hydrated and refreshed during the hot day.  I can promise I will definitely be going back. The Gettysburg Smoothie Company wants its customers to feel as good about themselves. You can not only feel good in the knowledge that you’re helping support local businesses within your community, but also find comfort in the certainty that you are making healthy choices for yourself.  No ice is ever used and everything is made from a fruit base that is frozen on site and based on the concepts of hydration, amino acids, and electrolytes. Letendre said he is planning to bring more of the classes that are offered at his gym to the new site, as well as future yoga classes, and said he had many other ideas for partnering with other local businesses to “bring more, much more; complete with all the treats and offerings,” to the community.  But he wasn’t willing to spoil the surprise.  As a physical trainer and business owner, Letendre knows the value of hard work, sees the significance of teamwork, and recognizes that it takes the dedication of everyone to be successful in achieving one’s dreams. “Without my team none of this would have been possible,” he said. “It’s all about them; they are the reasons Gettysburg Smoothie Company is what it is today.”

Help Wanted: bilingual Nutrition Education Adviser

Penn State Extension, Adams County, is seeking a bilingual Nutrition Education Adviser to teach food selection, food resource management, shopping, and other food-related skills to limited income youth and families eligible for public assistance. Applicants should be familiar with the community being served. Applicants should have a high school diploma or associate degree as this is a paraprofessional position. Penn State is an equal opportunity employer offering health benefits and Penn State tuition discounts. Visit https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Staff/job/Adams/Extension-Assistant-1—Adams-Co-NEA_REQ_0000020836-1 for details and to apply. Penn State invita a cualquier persona impulsada por sí misma, interesada en un estilo de vida saludable, que disfrute conociendo gente nueva y que aspire a trabajar junto a organizaciones que sirvan a comunidades con escasos recursos, a presentar su solicitud. Sea la persona que imparta clases de nutrición y estilo de vida saludable. Penn State Extension, condado de Adams está buscando una asesora(o) de educación nutricional bilingüe para enseñar las selecciones de alimentos, planificación de comidas, preparación, compras y otras habilidades relacionadas con los alimentos a jóvenes de ingresos limitados, mujeres embarazadas y familias jóvenes elegibles para asistencia pública. Los candidatos deben estar familiarizados con la comunidad a la que sirven. Los solicitantes deben tener un diploma de escuela secundaria o un título de asociado, ya que se trata de una posición para profesionales. Penn State es un empleador con igualdad de oportunidades que ofreciendo beneficios de salud y descuentos en la matrícula de Penn State Visite https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Staff/job/Adams/Extension-Assistant-1—Adams-Co-NEA_REQ_0000020836-1 para obtener más detalles y presentar una solicitud. Instructions to help with submitting an application start on page 1, number 1b. Nutrition Education Adviser (NEA) Position The position recruits and teaches low-income program participants in their assigned service area research-based knowledge and skills, in groups and individually, to use their limited resources to obtain a diet and healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families following the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans by using approved state curricula. Responsibilities include: Teaching program-appropriate audiences research-based education on healthful food selection, food preparation, food management, food safety, and physical activity.   Providing food demonstrations Recruiting partner agencies and participants in assigned service areas to members of the SNAP/WIC benefits-eligible population. Collects evaluation data from participants to demonstrate the program’s impact to the federal funding agencies. Responsible for obtaining, planning, and delivering programs and communicating, and reporting program activities to direct supervisor. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Work 40 hours a week; daily hours may require flexing to accommodate program needs. This paraprofessional position requires a High School Diploma or higher or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Employment is conditional on successful completion of background check(s) following University policies. That includes PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check, and a motor vehicle records check. The position also requires a valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle as a part of your daily job duties.  learn about employee benefits and the Penn State tuition discount available to full-time staff, their spouse, and dependent children. A 75% discount on the tuition applies to World Campus, all Penn State campuses, and Pennsylvania College of Technology. EEO is the Law Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473. For assistance contact: Kathy DiGuiseppe Penn State Extension Kyd2@psu.edu: PH:(484)971-6518

The Connection seeks interns

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Gettysburg Connection works with student interns to further our mission of providing trustworthy news to a diverse local community. These internships help prepare students for positions in journalism, community action, research, data analysis, and other fields.  Interns will learn about and contribute to various aspects of publishing an online website, including lead generation, research, interviewing, story-writing, editing, audio and video production, social media marketing, and website infrastructure. Internships can be volunteer, for course credit, or paid depending on the student’s interest and skills. The positions are virtual and the internships are tailored to fit individual interests and schedules. For more information and to apply please contact Charles Stangor, Publisher, at cstangor@gettysburgconnection.org Here are testimonials from some of our prior interns: “I have learned so much about my own skills and weaknesses when it comes to writing and I could not have done it without your help! So, thank you so much for taking time to mentor us and taking time to teach us everything for this internship. I hope that this internship continues to be available to the Gettysburg student body for years to come. I will continue to tell my peers about it and how important it was for my own college experience.” Sofia Botero, Fall 2020 “I have learned so much about researching, interviewing, writing, marketing, and website management. It was a pleasure to work with you and my fellow interns. I have learned so much from their work and your guidance. I am excited to take the skills I have gained from this experience and use them in future pursuits! Thank you for all your assistance and advice, as well as giving me the opportunity to learn more about Adams County and the process of local journalism.” Cameron D’Amica, Fall 2020 “Thank you so much for everything this semester. It’s been a really great experience being able to help and work for the Connection. I’m really proud of all the work that we’ve completed throughout the whole year. I learned so much about journalism and myself as a writer. I also learned so much about the Gettysburg Community that I had never known before. Having the opportunity to interview people of my choice in the area was something that I really loved being able to do. Thank you for such a great experience.” Katie Graham, Fall 2020 “This Internship has been such a nice experience for me.  I’ve learned from working with the survey data and how to transform those data into useful data viz. I’ve started from not knowing much about R and how useful it is when working with statistical/economics data to becoming immediately proficient. All of the lessons I’ve learned here at the can and will be used in all of my future challenges, of which I’m not sure yet, but and I’m so blessed to have experienced this internship over the summer.” Tien Tong, Summer 2021 “My summer interning at the Gettysburg Connection offered a beneficial and informative first look into the career of journalism that has influenced my perception of the industry, as well as what the job can entail. My primary responsibility was publishing the press releases from the local organizations and businesses of Adams County, which allowed me to remain up to date with Gettysburg and its surroundings towns while being home for the summer. Furthermore, one of my stories included a movie review of the film No Sudden Move. This was my first professional review and it was a form of writing that I felt confident working in and could see myself continuing that if given the opportunity.” Shane Carley, Summer 2021 “This internship provided me with an opportunity to expand upon invaluable skills like research, writing, and communication. I enjoyed the independent working environment that allowed me to explore topics I was interested in. I also liked managing the social media pages, especially give that social media is becoming increasingly essential to the success of many businesses and organizations. I am looking forward to continuing my work with Gettysburg Connection in the future.” Alli Dayton, Summer, 2021

Gettysburg Borough seeks interim council member

Gettysburg Borough Council at-large member and president Jacob Schindel submitted his resignation to the council on Monday and the council will formally vote to accept the resignation at its business meeting on August 9. The council is seeking qualified candidates who live in the borough to serve on the council until January 2022 when a replacement will be chosen through a municipal election held in November to serve the final two years of Schindel’s term.. The council will vote to appoint Mr. Schindel’s successor at a special meeting to be held on August 23. Gettysburg residents are encouraged to apply for the position by completing the application below and returning it to the Borough Secretary Sara Stull no later than Monday, August 9, 2021. The earliest Council may act to fill the vacancy is Monday, August 23, 2021. Qualifications for Appointment to Borough Council The following criteria must be met in order to be appointed to the interim seat: Permanent residency in the Borough for no less than a full year prior to appointment Must be registered to vote in Gettysburg Borough, and Must be a minimum of 18 years of age at time of appointment. Sara L. StullBorough Secretary59 East High StreetGettysburg, PA 17325 Please return completed application to Sara Stull.

Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival seeks volunteers

The Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival needs over 100 volunteers each day of the festival, which runs Sep11 and 12, 2021. Sign up for a three-hour shift and receive one free general admission ticket, including a souvenir wine glass and unlimited samplings. If you agree to volunteer on Sunday, you can come for the entire day on Saturday to use your free ticket! Before you download the application below, please contact Jennifer McCleaf for a list of available time slots. Application Can Be Found Here

@Home in Adams County Coordinator Position Available (25 hours/week, flexible schedule)

This position leads the @Home in Adams County community engagement initiative. @Home is designed to increase access to affordable housing, improve transportation opportunities, and increase the availability of livable wage employment across the county. This position will coordinate the initiative, facilitate community involvement, and ensure that the @Home in Adams County Strategic Plan, a living document, is continuously updated and the strategies are implemented and measured.   Qualifications: Degree in Community Development, Business or a Social Science and 3+ years experience in community/system level work (experience can be substituted for education.) Additional Qualifications: Ability to make connections with people across all walks of life including marginalized populations AND policy makers, legislators and the business community, ability to do public speaking, strategic thinker with the ability to operationalize ideas, as well as create and manage an effective work plan and engage others in the work. Salary: $22.00 – $24.00 depending on experience plus paid time off and 401K Send resume and cover letter to mshreve@sccap.org