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Gettysburg rec park draws many spring visitors

“The park looks great, everything is just packed – there are people everywhere,” said Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) board member Jimmy Phelps responding to the recent heavy use of the Gettysburg rec park. Board members said they could not recall a time in the last few years where all 5 baseball fields have been …

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Adams moves forward on plans to increase internet speeds

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Adams county has partnered with Franklin and Cumberland counties to commission a large-scale high-speed internet access (“broadband”) feasibility study.   The need is critical as a recent state report said 28 percent of households in Adams County had unacceptably slow internet connection speeds, and that rural counties were particularly hard hit. Adams County Board of …

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Pa. primary 2022: Doug Mastriano wins GOP nomination for governor, will face Democrat Josh Shapiro

Amanda Berg / For Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — Doug Mastriano is the projected winner of Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for governor, defeating a crowded field in a …

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Gettysburg  Nixes Open Alcohol Idea

After a meeting in which several council members said they had made up their minds after hearing from constituents who opposed the idea, the Gettysburg Borough Council voted on Monday against the idea of allowing the outdoor consumption of alcohol. The vote was 4 to 3, with councilmembers Matt Moon, Patti Lawson, and Chad-Alan Carr …

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County jail warden Katy Hileman notes the difficulty of corrections officers’ work and praises their skills

The Adams County Commissioners have proclaimed May 1 – 7, 2022 as Corrections Employee Week. Warden Katy Hileman used the occasion to talk about the role of corrections officers at the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex (ACACC), thanking the employees for their professionalism, integrity, and perseverance in the face of a difficult and at times …

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Pa. Election Day 2022: A complete guide to the May 17 primary, including how to vote, find your polling place, understand mail-in ballots, and more

By Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — More than a few things have changed since Pennsylvanians last went to the polls. Your congressional and legislative …

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Main Street Gettysburg questions borough’s vision

After the Gettysburg Borough Council spent several hours on Monday evening making progress on a number of important decisions, Main Street Gettysburg President Jill Sellers used the public comment period to express disapproval of each of them, accusing the councilmembers of showing a “lack of vision.” Sellers said Main Street Gettysburg was “the economic development …

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Gettysburg freezes its parklet program, with the exception of the one by the clock

The Gettysburg Borough Council said on Monday the temporary parklet program that was created during the pandemic to allow businesses greater access to outdoor areas had served its purpose but was no longer effective or needed. The council will no longer take applications for parklets. “I don’t think they do what we originally thought they …

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PA protects three large farms in Adams from future development

Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation Program announced this month that it has protected 3,528 acres on 40 farms in 19 counties from future development, investing more than $9.7 million in state and county dollars in preserving prime farmland for tomorrow. The investment also leverages $735,170 that will go toward preserving farms on waitlists in six counties. The …

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County Declares “National Crime Victims Week”

Please note this important announcement from the County:Franklin Township #1 and #2 Polling Places are permanently changed beginning with the May 2022 Primary Election, moving from the Jesus is Lord Ministries to the Cashtown Fire Department, 1111 Old Route 30, Cashtown, pending approval by the Cashtown Fire Department at their public meeting on April 19, …

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Pa. primary election 2022: Your guide to the Democratic and GOP candidates for governor

By Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA and Ethan Edward Coston of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — When Democrats head to the polls on May 17 for Pennsylvania’s …

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Gettysburg apologizes for trash hauler confusion; asks for input

“We apologize for the rough rollout of the transition,” said Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable, referring to the change in trash haulers from Waste Connections to Waste Management that took place on April 1. “Waste Management did an extremely poor job in communicating with customers. They did not provide clear and consistent direction when customers …

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Pa. election 2022: A guide to the primary race few voters are paying attention to

By Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — By now, most voters have likely heard about the congested, double-digit field of contenders jockeying in this year’s …

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Adams County makes proclamations, lends records of slave children to Adams County Historical Society

Saying all children deserve to have a safe, stable, nurturing home and communities that foster their healthy growth and development, and noting the county’s 1,343 incidents of alleged child abuse or neglect in 2021, the Adams County Commissioners proclaimed April 2022 as Child Abuse and Neglect Protection Month. The proclamation said child abuse prevention is …

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Gettysburg hopes for major update of Gettysburg Square; Moves forward on open carry alcohol, events zoning

Gettysburg Borough will apply for $11.4 million in grant funds for upgrades in stormwater management, pedestrian safety, business and handicap access, and increases in public space to Baltimore St., the Lincoln Square, and areas around it. If received, the grant would create one of the largest capital improvement projects in the borough’s history. The funds …

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GARA Plans July 4 Events; Honors Jack Bream

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Board of Directors has made plans for a fireworks event to be held on July 4. The event is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and extend into the evening. On the agenda are 15 food trucks, bingo sponsored by local fire departments, live music, and of course fireworks. …

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Gettysburg addresses police overtime spending

Gettysburg Borough Council President Wesley Heyser said that although the borough had routinely run a budget surplus over the past years, there had nevertheless been “significant overruns in personnel spending, significantly in overtime.” “I was shocked when we got to budget season and I realized how much we were going over. I don’t really want …

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Adams Elections/Voter Registration Office faces uncertainty before the May primary [Episode 61]

The four full-time employees at the Adams County Elections Office have their hands full all year long keeping the elections process running smoothly, but activities switch into high gear between now and May 17 when the 2022 primary election will be held. The list of contested offices this year includes state senator, governor, and lieutenant …

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America’s cost of ‘defending freedom’ in Ukraine: Higher food and gas prices and an increased risk of recession

Written by William Hauk – Associate Professor of Economics, University of South Carolina Americans may be tempted to view the war in Ukraine as an unfortunate, but far away, crisis. As an economist, I know the world is too connected for the U.S. to go unaffected. On Feb. 22, 2022, President Joe Biden warned Americans that a Russian …

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Congressional map picked by Pennsylvania Supreme Court unlikely to dramatically alter partisan balance

By Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA This article is part of a yearlong reporting project focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. It is made possible by the support of Spotlight PA members and Votebeat, a project focused on election integrity and voting access. HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has selected a new congressional …

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GARA makes plans to welcome Farmers Market

Members of the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) and the Adams County Farmers Market have formed a subcommittee to study and plan for the eventual move of the market to the rec park. Market Manager Reza Djalal said the market was “good through July” at its current site but the trajectory was unknown given uncertainties …

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Covid testing at EMS Center will end on Sunday

Adams County announced that this Sunday, Feb. 13, will be the last day for Covid testing at the Adams County Emergency Services Center site east of Gettysburg. Department of Emergency Services Director Warren Bladen said there was not enough demand to keep the site open but that the materials will be left in place and the …

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Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens to become nonprofit

After many years of neglect, the Adams County supervisors have developed a plan to provide assurance for the people who are buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery and their families. The cemetery, located at 1380 Chambersburg St. West of Gettysburg has been in poor repair since at least 2015. “It turned into a bit of a …

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Sewer Bills Rise in Gettysburg

Gettysburg Borough Council member Chris Berger said the Gettysburg Municipal Authority (GMA) has authorized a 5 percent rate hike for the sewer portion of their billing beginning in 2022.  “It’s our policy longstanding to have alternate rate increases for water and sewer. We like to keep the hikes small and relatively more frequent instead of …

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County Honors YWCA Hanover Safe Home and Corrections Officer John Roberts: Proclaims MLK Day

The Adams County Commissioners proclaimed January 2022 as YWCA Hanover Safe Home – Adams County Human Trafficking Awareness Month and thanked the YWCA for the work they do combating human trafficking. The proclamation noted the “inherent worth and value in all human beings regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, and other diversity considerations” and said …

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GARA Approves 2022 Budget

Saying the Gettysburg Recreational Authority was “sitting pretty good going into 2022” with a cash reserve of $123,608, Executive Director Erin Peddigree asked the board to approve a 2022 budget of about $234,000. The budget, substantially similar to the 2021 budget, was unanimously approved by the board. Peddigree said the park had made $700 during …

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Gettyburg Borough’s proposed 2022 budget is published for public comment

Gettysburg Borough is advertising its proposed 2022 budget for public comment. Please click here for more information about the budget. Please click here to view the document. The Borough Council intends to enact authorizing legislation setting the tax rate and fee schedule for 2022 at its December 13, 2021 business meeting. Assuming the Borough Council …

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Adams County Farmers Market seeks a new home

The Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM), which is currently located behind the Gettysburg Transfer Station (rabbittransit) between Carlisle and Stratton Streets, is looking for a new home. The move is necessitated by an upcoming development project on the site which will be occurring in the near future. Market Manager Reza Djalal said it was “likely …

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Adams County government news

The Adams County commissioners approved the following recommendations at its meeting on Wednesday morning: Court Administration- $149,978.30 for a 5 year lease with Cisco Systems Capital Corporation  for courtroom audio.video equipment Controller’s Office- $28,883.40 for 3 year agreement and implementation with Visual Lease, LLC for software management solution for the County’s real estate and equipment …

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Gettysburg will cut taxes

The Gettysburg Borough Council has completed weeks of budget discussions with a proposal that slightly decreases the tax rate. Borough Manager Charles Gable announced the new property tax rate would be 4.177 mills, which is .232 mills lower than the 2021 rate of 4.409 mills.  The occupation tax rate will remain at 30 mills and …

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Strong turnout in municipal election shows intense political interest and polarization

Political polarization and strong interest in municipal races were evident yesterday as over 30 percent of registered Adams County voters turned out for a municipal race which normally draws many fewer voters. Over 250 candidates ran for office in this year’s election. The polarization was clear as Gettysburg Borough overwhelmingly supported Democrats while the county …

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A last-minute guide to essential Pa. voter prep for the 2021 general election

Colin Deppen of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. Tuesday, Nov. 2 is Election Day in Pennsylvania — and there’s a lot on the ballot. Races for mayor in Harrisburg …

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Gettysburg Borough Council announces free holiday parking beginning on Thanksgiving Day

The Gettysburg Borough Council discussed ways to make the borough safer last week, including implementing a “Vision Zero” plan that would be used to reduce accidents in the borough. The program includes traffic calming strategies to slow traffic. The borough noted that accident-reduction plans were already in place in the borough and would be part …

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Borough Manager Charles Gable Receives State Distinguished Service Award

Gettysburg Borough has announced that Borough Manager Charles R. Gable has been awarded the prestigious Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs’ Distinguished Service Award.  The award, presented at the October Fall Leadership Conference in Erie, recognized Manager Gable’s proactive response to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic to the municipality and for taking appropriate and proactive …

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Adams Commissioners approve vaccine incentive and violence-awareness proclamations

On a split vote the Adams County Commissioners voted to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the county and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, District Council 89, (AFSMCE) regarding the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive. The incentive states in part that “in an effort to reduce the public health risk …

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Gettysburg Borough hears transit plans from rabbittransit and Adams County

Richard Farr, Executive Director of rabbittransit, presented his organization’s plans for transit service around the Gettysburg area to the borough council last week. Farr said the pandemic had reduced ridership to less than 30% of normal ridership at one point, but that it had increased since then and that service around the Gettysburg area was still …

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Family of former GAHS guidance counselor Joseph Schaeffer gives George Washington portrait to Gettysburg Borough

Saying he wanted the borough to have it, the family of Joseph Schaeffer presented Gettysburg Borough with an oil painting of George Washington at last week’s borough council meeting. Schaeffer, who died in 2020, was a longtime Gettysburg Middle School and High School guidance counselor, a founding board member of Gettysburg Dollars for Scholars and …

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County proclaims August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month

As Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually told county domestic relations employees that “you have one of the most important jobs in the county,” the Adams County Commissioners made August Child Support Awareness Month. Adams County Executive Director of Domestic Relations Kelly Carothers noted the difficulties of operating their office during the pandemic. “The past 17 …

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Adams County Adult Correctional Complex avoids COVID cases, moves forward with its mission

Despite being home to over 200 prisoners, the Adams County Adult Correctional Complex (ACACC) has not had a single case of transmitted COVID cases in the prison. That’s is a remarkable achievement, and a testament to the work of its staff, given many similar facilities have suffered major outbreaks requiring forced lockdowns. The facility, located …

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Schindel receives key to the city

On the occasion of his retirement as president of the Gettysburg Borough Council, Jake Schindel received a key to the city from Mayor Ted Streeter. The council members thanked him for his service with a round of applause. Schindel will be replaced at a special council meeting to be held on August 23 at the …

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Library not possible in rec park, Gettysburg says

After taking what he called a “deep dive” into the legal possibilities of allowing the Gettysburg Library to relocate into the rec park, solicitor Harry Eastman reported on Monday evening that it was not possible. Saying the rec park was specifically dedicated to outdoor recreation and playground use when it was created 63 years ago, …

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Gettysburg National Night Out Event, 2021

Thanks to Gettysburg Borough and Community Media of South Central PA, here is a video of last week’s National Night Out. The event, a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, included food trucks, vendors, organization displays, tours of the Gettysburg Borough Building, and more.

Theft charges brought down a state lawmaker. But Pa.’s taxpayer-funded system for perks was already ripe for abuse.

(By Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA and Sam Janesch, Mike Wereschagin, and Brad Bumsted of The Caucus) HARRISBURG — Theft charges against a Philadelphia-area Democrat highlight Pennsylvania’s lax rules for reimbursing lawmakers with taxpayer and donor money, two state-run systems with little transparency and even less oversight. Former State Rep. Margo Davidson was charged in …

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Gov. Wolf celebrates Pennie and Medicaid anniversaries; reinforces importance of affordable, quality health care for Pennsylvanians

Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local officials to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Medicaid and the 2nd anniversary of Pennsylvania’s new state-based health insurance marketplace, known as Pennie, and to encourage Pennsylvanians to visit pennie.com for affordable coverage options. “Access to quality, affordable health care is a right and I have been fighting to expand health care coverage …

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Pennsylvania hospitality trade group sponsors vaccine clinics

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – As the COVID-19 delta variant spikes cases nationwide, one Pennsylvania hospitality trade group signed onto the immunization effort as the state trails its 70% statewide goal. “Remember the shutdowns, the massive layoffs, and business closures? The hospitality industry is starting a slow recovery process and PA Restaurant …

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New York developer Tim Harrison purchases the Gettysburg Station Site for $1 million

Another chapter in the long history of the so-called REDDI or Gettysburg Station property, situated in Gettysburg between North Stratton and Carlisle streets near the historic railroad station, was written this summer when Staten Island developer Tim Harrison purchased the 2.4-acre property from the Adams County Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) for $1 million. The property, …

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Pennsylvania activists protest Biden’s ‘wasteful’ infrastructure plan as he rallies across the street

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – Activists with Americans for Prosperity stood across the street from the Macks Trucks plant in Lehigh County where President Joe Biden stumped his multi-trillion infrastructure proposal on Wednesday to protest the “wasteful” spending it contains. “When most folks think of AFP and our activists, they think of …

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Gettysburg proposes $27 million 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan including major street and storm water repairs and a splash pad at the rec park

Saying it was a “mouthdropping number,” Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable outlined a $26.77 million plan to improve and maintain the borough’s infrastructure over the next five years. Gable said funds would come from a variety of organizations but that a major source was expected to be grants. The goal of Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) …

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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 …

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Scranton mayor presses Congress to naturalize undocumented immigrants through budget reconciliation

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti said this week Congress should use budget reconciliation to naturalize millions of undocumented immigrants as recognition for their sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We already needed to deliver pathways to citizenship as nation, even before the pandemic,” she said during a call with …

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Study: Public employees make up 11.7% of the Pennsylvania workforce, 2nd lowest in U.S.

(By The Center Square) The share of the Pennsylvania workforce employed by local, state or federal governments was 11.7 percent prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the second lowest percentage among the 50 states, according to a new study from the website 24/7 Wall St. The public-sector workers in Pennsylvania numbered 622,046, based on 2019 data compiled …

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Nursing homes to provide more direct care for residents under proposed Pa. rule

(By Jamie Martines and Sarah Anne Hughes | Spotlight PA) HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration on Wednesday released a long-awaited update to Pennsylvania’s decades-old nursing home regulations, acknowledging it must raise low quality care requirements experts have called dangerous. The state currently requires nursing homes to provide residents with only 2.7 hours of direct care …

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Pennsylvania raises medical assistance income cap

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – Workers with disabilities in Pennsylvania can now earn up to $61,000 annually before losing access to some of their medical assistance benefits. Act 69 became law on July 1 and nearly doubles the $32,000 income cap for the program in an attempt to address widespread unemployment and underemployment …

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County Commissioners proclaim “Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week”

The Adams County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed July 18 through 24 as “Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week.” Thanking them for the honor, Adams County Prison Warden Katy Hileman said it is a “blessing” to work for her employees. The commissioners also accepted the resignation of Victor Frank from the Adams County Planning Commission …

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Pa. requested $340 million in emergency contracts in 2020 with little oversight

(By Jamie Martines | Spotlight PA) HARRISBURG — Lawmakers this week will probe whether state agencies had too much leeway in securing emergency contracts during the pandemic, following controversy over a data breach with a vendor hired to administer Pennsylvania’s contact tracing program. Rep. Jason Ortitay (R., Allegheny) on Tuesday will lead a House hearing …

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Gettysburg renews Steinwehr Ave. business district improvement project for another 7 years

As local business owners expressed enthusiasm but also some concerns, the Gettysburg Borough Council unanimously voted on Monday night to reauthorize the Steinwehr Avenue Heart of Gettysburg Battlefield Business Improvement District (SABID) through 2028. Main Street Gettysburg Executive Officer Jill Sellers said the first seven years of the public-private partnership had involved 70 local businesses …

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Over Republican objections, key panel endorses Pennsylvania’s entry into carbon reduction program

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – A key panel endorsed Pennsylvania’s entry into a carbon emissions reduction program scheduled for early next year, brushing aside concerns from Republican lawmakers that the move would accomplish little other than hurting the state’s economy. The Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 on Tuesday to adopt the Department …

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Republicans in Pennsylvania will crowdsource new congressional map drawings

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – Republican lawmakers said Monday they will crowdsource opinions about how best to redraw Pennsylvania’s congressional district map this fall. House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, told reporters at a news conference in Bucks County that redistricting is “one of the most important processes the legislature will undertake” …

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Forensic election audit initiated in Pennsylvania; AG vows to strike back

(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – A Republican senator in Pennsylvania initiated the first steps this week of a forensic election audit, even as the state’s top law enforcement official promised intervention should the effort continue. Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Gettysburg, said in an editorial Wednesday he’s requested information and materials from three counties needed for …

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Gettysburg will begin “Trap Neuter and Return” program to stabilize borough’s feral cat population

After hearing from citizens and municipal office holders from Bendersville, Carroll Valley, and Gettysburg describe the effectiveness of the program, the Gettysburg Borough Council will move forward on a trap neuter and return/release (TNR) program to stabilize its feral cat population. The speakers, all of whom had experience with the program said the program is …

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Gettysburg Borough Council President Jake Schindel will resign this month

Gettysburg Borough Council president Jake Schindel has purchased a house outside the borough and, because council membership requires borough residency, will resign from the council. Schindel said he would tender his resignation on July 12 and expected the council to accept the resignation on July 26. Schindel was originally elected in 2014 as a representative …

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Senate approves Pittman’s bills to modernize legislation for physician assistants working in Pennsylvania

(By Natalie Kapustik | The Center Square) – State Sen. Joe Pittman has introduced legislation to support the work and practice of physician assistants in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 397 amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act and Senate Bill 398 amends the Medical Practice Act of 1985. He said modernizing these bills will encourage more physician …

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Philadelphia and Pittsburgh move ahead with plastic bag bans as Pennsylvania’s preemption nears its end

(By Lindsay Weber | Spotlight PA) HARRISBURG — Cities and townships hoping to ban plastic bags within their borders may finally have the legal authority to do so in Pennsylvania. When the Republican-controlled legislature passed the state budget last week, it didn’t renew a statewide preemption on single-use plastics, opening the door for cities and …

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As Pa. House advances doomed election overhaul, Senate GOP charts different course to voter ID, other changes

(By Marie Albiges | Spotlight PA) HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House passed an election overhaul bill Tuesday that creates stricter voter ID requirements and early voting in 2025, despite opposition from most Democrats and a promised veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. The state Senate is poised to take up the measure in the coming days, …

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