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Spring: A Chlorophyllic Revolution

I think that to characterize spring as an incorrigible flirt is really not a stretch. At every turn, this jezebel is capable of all manners of seduction, and her wildness constantly diverts my attention toward everything that is not me. The American anthropologist Anna Sting describes this experience as ‘looking around rather than ahead.’ I …

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Community Policing Can Make Gettysburg a Better Place to Live

Community policing is a set of carefully thought out strategies that can foster positive relationships among various segments of the community and the police force. At the same time it can reduce crime by preventing it in the first place. According to discoverpolicing.org, community policing involves three key components: • Developing community partnerships• Engaging in …

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The Black Influence – Series 1: 1780 to 1850

In 1780, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed “An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery.” The Act stated people born into slavery in 1780 and after, would be freed when they turned 28 years old. However, people born into slavery before 1780 were still enslaved for life. For the time, this was a progressive step, but don’t …

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Oil and Gas and Taxes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the only natural gas producing state in the U.S. without a severance tax. This severely limits the state’s ability to cover the necessary costs of infrastructure development that must accompany any new business development. A severance tax is a tax imposed on an energy company for the natural resource that the company extracts, …

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Will Pennsylvania Ban Mail-in Voting?

When former president Trump demanded that state legislators in Michigan and Pennsylvania – and undoubtedly other states — step in and steal the election in their state, they frequently replied, “We can’t intervene as the President asks because our state laws give us no role in choosing electors.” Republican efforts to disenfranchise millions of voters …

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Turning Two Years Old, Green Gettysburg’s Book Club Seeks Readers

The Green Gettysburg Book Club had its first meeting on Valentine’s Day 2019, and two years later continues to grow with about 20 active participants and 100 email recipients. Now gathering on Zoom rather than in person, the group feels the call to make change in these challenging times. The group meets weekly on Fridays …

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The Rec Park…Your Front Yard…..and Your Back Yard Too!!

Given all that’s going on in the world, now is probably not the best time to ask you topart with some of your hard-earned money. But I’m going to do that anyway! The Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) which operates the GettysburgRecreation Park needs your help. While we receive very generous support from CumberlandTownship and …

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Restoring the Decency and Norms of our Democracy

It was an honor and privilege to be a candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. On election night last November 3, I telephoned Congressman Joyce to congratulate him on winning re-election. In our brief, cordial conversation I urged him to utilize his medical background and experience to focus on prioritizing the federal response regarding the …

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What’s at Stake For Healthcare in this Election?

For healthcare, just about everything is at stake, and, as usual, it’s complicated.  Trump is now hell-bent on killing the entire Affordable Care Act, and although many Republicans would like to do the same, they are fearful that this might hurt their re-election chances due to the large number of people (a minimum of 20 …

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What’s at Stake for World Peace in this Election?

Frankly, just about everything, and, as usual, it is complicated.  In addition to President Trump’s dismissive attitude towards Russian interference in the 2016 election, his ill-advised actions and statements with respect to arms control, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), international cooperation, science, the rule of law, and the norms of democratic governance have raised …

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What’s At Stake for Childcare in 2020?

Adapted from a column in the Gettysburg Times, August 27, 2020 During the Covid19 Pandemic, we have learned that some services are essential for the safety, health and well being of the citizens of our state and nation. Hospital workers, from custodial staff to doctors, became appreciated for their essential work. Law enforcement, ambulance drivers, …

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What’s At Stake for Millennials in the 2020 Elections

In all likelihood, the president elected in 2020 may well be the last president elected from the baby boom (Trump) or earlier (Biden) generation. The question for younger voters is what does the 2020 election have to do with us? The answer is, more than you can imagine. This election will go a long way …

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Trump’s Mean Spirited Attack on Federal Housing Measures

Donald Trump’s usual racist dog whistles have given way to full-throated, shameless racist TRAIN whistles as the election of 2020 approaches.  Nowhere is this more evident than in his appeal to “white suburban housewives” (his words) when he speaks of Joe Biden who, Trump alleges, “will destroy your neighborhood and your American dream.”  He amplifies …

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Trump’s Health Care Plan Isn’t One

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, September 21, 2020 Amid the worst pandemic since 1918, President Trump once again stated during his recent Town Hall meeting in Pennsylvania that he will unveil his new health-care plan in the next few weeks. This supposed new plan will replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) …

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Fall 2020: What to do for Your Child’s Education in Three Easy Steps

As you try to work around your school districts plans for this fall (or you prepare to continue homeschooling) think through these three steps: How can I have my child in the best space for learning? How will they make incremental progressive steps toward mastery in all of their subjects? How can I help them …

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Buy a mask; support literacy! It’s a win-win!

Finances…never an easy subject! Due to COVID-19, revenue is down across Pennsylvania, and therefore, the Department of Education (PDE) is cutting adult education funding by more than $100,000. The optional tutor grant that we were awarded (over $50,000) is completely gone, and our 064 state grant is only being funded for 2.5 months, and expected …

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Local Musicians to Participate in “Listen Up for Good” Livestream on May 22.

The United Way of Adams County (UWAC) is hosting a Facebook livestream featuring local musicians. The “Listen Up for Good” concert event will begin at 6 p.m. on May 22. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, UWAC has had to cancel its largest fundraiser of the year, the “Give It Up for Good” rummage sale held at …

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Gettysburg Foundation President Muses about Gettysburg and COVID-19: Plus Reagan, Near, Bates, Guthrie, Lincoln, Mandela & Princess Diana

This blog post, penned by local resident and Gettysburg Foundation President Matthew Moen, originally appeared on the Gettysburg Foundation Website. Many thanks to the Foundation for so graciously sharing with us. Ghost tours have long been a cottage industry in Gettysburg, and for once, the supernatural hits the mark. COVID-19 has turned a tourist town …

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Green Gettysburg Book Club Uses Zoom to Keep Reading Together

Green Gettysburg Book Club convened last February 14, Valentine’s Day, with about thirty members on our list and has continued since with about fifteen members participating actively each week and others following along on Facebook. We got to meet about five times in person, but now with the pandemic we’ve shifted to Zoom and continue …

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Count Your College Kids in the Right Place!

Hi Adams County neighbors! If your college students are home because their school closed due to COVID-19, please make sure you know where to count them on the 2020 Census. Since they are home only because their school closed, they should still be counted “where they usually live and sleep most of the time.” This …

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Hundreds of Adams County Volunteers Distribute Food During the Health Crisis

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today I participated in a community conference call about food insecurity in the current time. I learned that an army of local Adams County volunteers is helping provide food to hungry families during this health emergency. The volunteers include those working with school districts, backpack programs, food pantries, and many, many …

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How to Make a CDC-Approved Face Mask: Sew and No-sew patterns

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help …

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Coping From Home with Hobbes, Neely, and Bridget

Hi neighbor! Coping at home is working out quite well, thank you. I was laid off from my last commuting job on Nov. 1, 2006, and have been freelancing–with some ups and downs–ever since. Working at home has been part of my routine for years. Even though I’m mostly retired from medical editing, I’m maintaining …

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Free Food Giveaway by Jesus is Lord Ministries

As the need for food in the county increases, Jesus is Lord Ministries International is holding a massive food giveaway to 140 Needy Families on Sunday, April 12th at Jesus Is Lord Ministries, 3425 Chambersburg Road, Biglerville from 12:30 pm. to 2 p.m. The ministries is located seven miles west of Gettysburg on Route 30.  …

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Wellspan Health Provides a Pattern and Will Accept Donated Face Masks

Wellspan Health’s engineering team has tested several models of home-sewn face masks and has provided a pattern for making masks that can be used by their hospitals. Wellspan hospitals will begin accepting donated masks on Monday. Wellspan said a mask with a center pocket in the back for additional filter materials which could catch and …

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Bells, Whistles and Hollers in Support of our Healthcare workers

Adams county residents came outside between 8:00 and 8:02 p.m. the last few nights to bang pots, ring bells, and holler support for the healthcare workers and all the other people who continue working for us in this time of need. Listen to our Music It was a show of solidarity and a moment to …

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Opinion: Don’t Forget the Census Amid the Crisis

The decennial census has arrived, almost exactly at the same time as the possible impacts of the COVID-19 virus became evident. The near-shutdown is going to make everything about the count more complicated and puts pressure on everyone to complete their census count on their own and as soon as possible. The official “Census Day” …

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