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Russians with diverse media diet more likely to oppose Ukraine war

By Ekaterina Romanova, University of Florida Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, public opinion polls have shown Russians overwhelmingly supporting the action, which Russian President Vladimir Putin has called a “special military operation.” The polls show support ranging from 58% to 80% – but my statistical analysis of polling data …

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Facing pressure from Democrats, Pa. panel avoids considering gun bills in wake of mass shootings

Stephen Caruso 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 — A state House panel punted on considering a slate of gun bills Monday, instead sending them to another committee …

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Pennsylvania’s difficult shift for funding roads

By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania has the highest state gas tax in America, but gas taxes can’t cover its infrastructure needs in the coming years, which will require some package of policy changes. A new research brief from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office noted that the average state gas tax burden …

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Golden Years

As I look back over this past year and the final days with my husband, I have a new appreciation for the phrase “Golden Years.”  I think I’ve always thought one’s golden years were more about financial security and being free to come and go, relax, travel, read, volunteer, etc.  Yet, after this weekend I …

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Some thoughts about money

By Jeff Cann, ACLS Finance Director When I moved to Gettysburg in 2005, the Gettysburg branch of the Adams County Library System was an unexpected treat. My neighborhood library branch in my prior city was a dismal place, dark, cramped and understaffed. Like most of my neighbors, I used the airy Barnes & Noble located …

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Library FunFest returns to rec park after 2 year hiatus

After two years in which Covid concerns prevented it from occurring, the Adams County Library System kicked off its Summer Quest summer learning program on Friday afternoon at the annual FunFest in the Gettysburg Rec Park. Over 2,000 kids, parents, and other residents filled the park with activities to help children get a positive start …

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UASD updates proposed budget, no tax increase hopeful

Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board provided a consensus for a zero percent tax increase Tuesday as the Fiscal Year 2023 preliminary budget moved closer to adoption. Business Administrator Shelley Hobbs once again presented updates and finetunes to the preliminary budget previously prevented in April and May. Since the proposed budget’s last presentation, projected …

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Candidates of color say they need more party support, financial backing to be successful in Pa.

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 — Neither Omy Maldonado nor Yamelisa Taveras had run for office before May of this year. Maldonado is a …

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Gettys Square Art Oasis supports local talent and provides free live entertainment

When the COVID-19 pandemic restricted indoor gatherings last year, Gettysburg residents and organizations came together to provide a space for outdoor entertainment for Adams County residents and tourists. The Gettys Square Art Oasis, sponsored by the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC), provides a variety of outdoor programs ranging from musical and theater groups to live cooking …

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United Way celebrates volunteers

After a two-year absence due to pandemic restrictions, the United Way of Adams County (UWAC) held its 75th Anniversary “Give. Advocate. Volunteer” awards ceremony Wednesday evening at the Adams County Emergency Services Center. Over 75 people attended to congratulated the winners. The 2022 Campaign Chair, Bill Gilmartin, presented the current campaign totals, saying $164,283.00 has …

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For some Pennsylvania colleges, funding may get tied to education outcomes 

By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – While one of Pennsylvania’s higher education systems has undergone major changes, another could see a funding shift that emphasizes results over routine increases. A new bill, HB2619, would award 3% to 10% of state funding for state-related universities based on graduation and retention rates, post-graduation employment …

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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 …

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My first six months in office

My first six months as Mayor of Gettysburg have been a wonderful learning experience. I enjoy interacting with the borough council and borough staff. One of the mayor’s responsibilities is oversight of the police department. I interact with the department regularly and with Chief Glenny. I have started going on ride-alongs with the officers. I …

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Canner commencement welcomes Class of 2022

Rainstorms may have driven the Upper Adams High School graduation ceremony indoors, but applause for the Class of 2022 was as loud as thunder Thursday. The Biglerville High School auditorium packed with enthusiastic families and friends as the Canner seniors received their high school graduation diplomas. Principal Beth Graham recognized the graduates as anything but …

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An obscure state law could blunt the impact of up to $1 billion in federal funding for Pennsylvania’s broadband expansion

By Charlotte Keith 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. An obscure provision tucked into Pennsylvania law nearly two decades ago could complicate the state’s access to a massive influx …

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IRS Data: Pennsylvania keeps losing population and wealth

By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Recently released IRS data confirmed some bad news for Pennsylvania: Its residents keep leaving for greener pastures elsewhere, threatening the future of the state’s civic bonds and economic growth. Put bluntly, Pennsylvania’s population future is bleak. While states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and the Carolinas …

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History of the NRA

By Anne Gives of Stacker The National Rifle Association (NRA) has gone through a metamorphosis since its founding after the Civil War. Created to improve marksmanship among soldiers and recruits, it at first cooperated with the federal government on concealed weapon permits and other laws regulating firearms.  Over time, however, the NRA grew into a …

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HARB presents its 2022 Historic Preservation Awards

Gettysburg’s Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) presented awards to 20 properties that have shown outstanding creativity in the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition, or razing of buildings within the borough. The awards focus on respectful design ideas including creative maintenance and new designs or construction to match buildings with existing properties. Categories of awards included …

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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 …

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How a mail ballot ruling in Pa. could affect 2022 primary election results

By Stephen Caruso 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 — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that election officials in one Pennsylvania county must count legally cast mail …

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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 …

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Teacher shortage: Pennsylvania bill eases access for out-of-state teachers into classrooms

By Anthony Hennen (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage is spurring action in the General Assembly to pass reforms and simplify its certification process for educators. A proposed bill, SB224, would assist out-of-state teachers’ certification to teach in Pennsylvania. So long as a teacher completed a state-approved teaching program elsewhere, they would be eligible for …

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Gettysburg Little League;  More Than a Game

“It’s all about the kids,” said Gettysburg Little League President Brent Cammuaf as he praised the league’s players, parents, and coaches. “It not only gives kids something to do, it gives them a sense of purpose and belonging, while teaching them the importance of teamwork, discipline and confidence in yourself and those you rely on, …

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How Doug Mastriano built a grassroots movement in Pa. on election denial, Christianity, and Facebook

Stephen Caruso 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 — Two years ago, one Republican operative responded to the thought of a …

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Hidden pension management fees – hundreds of millions of Pennsylvania dollars – could become public

By Anthony Hennen (The Center Square) – Public pensions in Pennsylvania have a transparency problem. Though the public retirement systems pay performance-based fees to investment managers, these fees aren’t reported or publicly available.  Their costs, however, can be quite high. Pennsylvania’s public pensions have some of the lowest funding ratios in the country; the more …

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QPR Suicide Prevention Training

This Saturday May 21st from 9 to noon, learn 3 steps to save a life. QPR suicide prevention training will be taught by WellSpan Philhaven certified trainers at Gettysburg United Methodist Church, 30 West High St. Those attending learn to recognize a crisis and to Question, Persuade, and Refer for help. Spaces are still available, registration is required …

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Volunteers Needed for Fun Fest

FunFest is only 3 weeks away, and the Adams County Library is still in need of a few volunteers. FunFest is a free event that celebrates the kick-off into SummerQuest, the Adams County Library summer learning program. FunFest encourages children & families to experience everything the library & community has to offer. Vendor booths provide crafts & …

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Advocates for PA school funding change file amicus briefs

The Public Interest Law Center, together with the Education Law Center and O’Melveny & Myers LLP have filed suit on behalf of six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) and the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference against legislative leaders, state education officials, and Governor Wolf. The suit is seeking …

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Learn to Garden at the Ag Center

As the weather warms it’s time again for Horticultural Program Coordinator Mary Ann Ryan and her consumer horticulture team at the Penn State Extension Building at 670 Old Harrisburg Rd. in Gettysburg to help people learn to garden. The extension service programs include courses, workshops and a wide variety of demonstration gardens on the building …

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Despite high vaccination rates among Pa. prisoners, some COVID restrictions remain in place

Danielle Ohl 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 two years after the first coronavirus cases were reported in Pennsylvania state prisons, some of the mitigation …

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National Park Service Honors Vietnam War Casualties Buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery

One hundred years after the Civil War, servicemen killed in action in Vietnam were brought home to Gettysburg for their final rest. This Memorial Day weekend, explore some of the lesser-known stories of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Park rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site will highlight the stories of servicemembers from …

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100 of the best movies directed by women

Story name: 100 of the best movies directed by women Canonical URL: https://stacker.com/stories/4316/100-best-movies-directed-women Written by: Emily Kubincanek Description: Stacker compiled data on the movies that topped BBC’s industry survey for best movies directed by women. INA Best movies directed by women Women directors have made lasting impacts on film since its inception, despite well-documented and …

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CVSD proposes 4.6 percent tax increase

The Conewago Valley School District has included a substantial tax increase in its proposed Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget. District Business Manager Lori Duncan said the district can balance its budget with a millage of 14.8525, representing a 4.6 percent increase from the current rate. The rate is the maximum allowed under the state’s Act 1 …

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Pa. primary 2022: A last-minute guide to everything you need to know to vote May 17

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 — On May 17, Democrats and Republicans in Pennsylvania will vote for candidates running in local and statewide races. The …

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Gettysburg Halloween Parade planned for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Community organization Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg has announced the details about this year’s Gettysburg Halloween Parade. The parade will take place on Tuesday, October 25, with a rain date of Thursday, October 27. Parade registration is now open at www.gettysburghalloweenparade.com. Entries are due by October 11. There will be cash prizes in a number of categories …

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A Mother’s Day Reflection

As the days following Mother’s Day have come and gone, I have found myself reflecting deeply on what it means to hold the title “Mother.” Anyone who is a mother knows it’s much more than a title to be held, but more a badge of honor hard won.  Not all of us who hold the …

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Community Foundation awards $188K in scholarships

The Adams County Community Foundation (the Community Foundation) today 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 dollars. Awards range from $500 to $30,000 each and go …

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Abortion right guaranteed by Roe will be replaced by state power if the Supreme Court adopts the leaked Alito opinion

Morgan Marietta, UMass Lowell Draft opinions circulated among Supreme Court justices are meant to allow for deliberation and editing before a final version is released. They are not the last word, nor ready for public reaction. But on the evening of May 2, 2022, Politico published a bombshell: a leaked draft of an opinion, written …

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La comunidad hispana celebra la salud familiar en el día inaugural “Celebra tu salud”

Hispanic Health Fair May 2022

Docenas de familias hispanas acudieron al salón de baile de Gettysburg College el domingo para el primer “Día de celebración de la salud”. El evento, patrocinado por Collaborating for Youth, Wellspan, Casa de Cultura y Amerihealth Caritas, incluyó una carrera de obstáculos, una casa hinchable y juegos para niños, así como manualidades, yoga, danza y …

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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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UASD faces 2022-23 budget shortfall

The Upper Adams School District school board heard preliminary budget presentations for the fiscal year 2022-23 Tuesday. Business administrator Shelley Hobbs said there would be a shortfall of about $2.1 million that needs to be addressed. Projected estimates for the 2022-23 fiscal year show expenses of about $34 million but an estimated revenue of of …

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UASD considers potential security

Upper Adams School District (UASD) presented options for a School Resource Officer (SRO) Tuesday. Continuing the school district’s emphasis on student safety as a top priority, Superintendent Wesley Doll presented options for a potential partnership with Biglerville Borough Police Department. Over the past decade the district has made numerous strives forward to address safety, including …

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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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Thorns and Roses

Routines are important.  Routines give structure to one’s day, awaken one’s mental juices,  help jump start the morning.   One of the hardest things about adjusting to my husband’s death is the disruption of long established routines.  Most of our meaningful discussions came while getting dressed in the morning and eating breakfast.   I recall a …

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Gettysburg police chief Glenny joins Sen. Mastriano to support using federal American Rescue Plan funds for police

Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny attended a joint press conference today near the Harrisburg Capitol Building to support police funding legislation, Senate Bill 1193, that would allocate $100 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to create the “Law Enforcement Recovery Grant Program.” The funds would be used to support police departments. The proposed legislation …

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Eisenhower Home Opens for Tours Memorial Day Weekend

Beginning Friday, May 27, the Eisenhower Home at Eisenhower National Historic Site (NHS) will reopen for public tours. The shuttle between the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center (MVC) to Eisenhower NHS will also resume on May 27 at 10:30 am. From Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend, the National Park Service …

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The Greatest Job in the County 

Robyn Woods, Youth Services Librarian  Readers of all ages it is my pleasure to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about having one of the greatest jobs in the county. My name is Robyn Woods and I am the Youth Services Librarian at the Adams County Library System. My smallest friends know me as “Miss. …

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HACC faculty vote for union representation

Faculty at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, have voted to affiliate with the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). The PSEA will represent full-time and adjunct faculty in collective bargaining with the College. “The faculty have made their decision, and we respect that,” said HACC President and CEO John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D. “We will work with …

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African American siblings rejuvenate Gettysburg’s Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast

African American siblings rejuvenate Gettysburg’s Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast The Keystone Inn, located at 231 Hanover St. in Gettysburg, has been purchased and renovated by siblings Patrick, Christine, and Stephen Campbell. The new owners, perhaps the first African Americans to own a bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, have created a space where people can …

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Mikel Grimm will fill Hollabaugh’s term at UASD

Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board welcomed Mikel Grimm as its newest board member Tuesday. The vacancy resulted from the recent passing of board member Bruce Hollabaugh, and Grimm was chosen to complete his four-year term. The board was legally required to fill the vacancy within 30 days and interviewed seven applications. Grimm is …

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Marilyn Brannen wins Winter 2022 photo contest

Congratulations to Marilyn Brannen who has won the Connection’s Winter 2022 photo contest. Her entry, “Cat Stevens” is a candid photo of her cat, Gideon. “Normally he ‘plays’ the piano when he’s hungry,” said Brannen. “Apparently, we didn’t move fast enough.” Brannen won by one vote in a very close contest in a crowded field. …

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Gettysburg professor closes last semester with final concert

Retiring Gettysburg College professor Dr. Paul Austerlitz performed a showcase with jazz musicians Sunday.   Combining years of college involvement with decades of bass clarinet experience, Austerlitz brought his passion for jazz music to the Junction. Showcasing the power of the lesser-known bass clarinet, as well as the joy of musical improvisation, along with Austerlitz …

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Parents of teen shot by Pennsylvania State Police sue troopers, local DA

By Gary Harki of Spotlight PA and Danielle Ohl 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 — The parents of a Chinese American teenager fatally shot by Pennsylvania State Police …

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@Home Coalition discusses Adams employment opportunities

Over 50 representatives of local nonprofits and other community organizations gathered virtually yesterday to hear a report on the state of employment in Adams County. The meeting was sponsored by the @Home in Adams County Coalition and the statistical report was presented by Matthew Ross, Business Services Program Officer with SCPa Works. Ross said SCPa Works …

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April 3-6 is National Library Week

By Laura Goss, Adams County Library System Executive Director April 3 – 6 is National Library Week, and the Adams County Library System (ACLS) invites and encourages all community members to connect with your library! Visit your library in person or online to explore and access services and programs. The ACLS has six branches located …

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