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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival seeks volunteers

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Tell your friendsThe 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 …

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Upper Adams reports on Critical Race Theory

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Tell your friends OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT: As Culture Wars Rage around Us, Pennsylvania Legislators Draft House Bill 1532,[1] Talking Heads Scream “Foul!” Concerned Constituents Contact School Board Members and Administrators, and Reasonable Folks Scratch Their Heads and Ask, “What the heck-fire IS ‘CRT,’ Anyway?” Although He risks being pilloried from all quarters for suggesting …

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The Gettysburg Foundation to host a Special Evening Program at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital, Combat Trauma Surgery: Injuries, Methods & Outcomes, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

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Tell your friendsThe Gettysburg Foundation will host a special evening program on Civil War medicine Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. in the historic barn at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital. Retired Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Rick Schroeder and retired Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Fran Feyock will present Combat Trauma Surgery: Injuries, Methods …

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Eisenhower Home reopens and ranger-guided programs resume

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Tell your friendsEisenhower National Historic Site is pleased to announce the resumption of on-site public programming for the summer on Monday, July 12 with a series of ranger-guided programs. Tours of the Eisenhower home will resume on Friday, July 23. Ranger-guided programs will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of the Eisenhower …

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New Oxford’s 65th Annual Market on the Square less than a month away

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Tell your friendsNew Oxford’s 65th Annual Market on the Square is less than a month away! The event will be held on Saturday, August 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Center Square New Oxford and on the surrounding streets. This year’s event will feature vendors selling a variety of items including: antiques, vintage …

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George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital Summer Season of Living History, August 2021

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Tell your friendsTicketholders at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center have the opportunity to experience the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital throughout the 2021 summer season. The historic site is open for visitors Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., through Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. In July 1863, George …

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Pennsylvania raises medical assistance income cap

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Tell your friends(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 …

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Local air quality is unhealthy as upper atmospheric smoke passes by

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Tell your friendsIf you were thinking the sun looked a bit dimmer over the past two days than normal, that the sky looked a bit less blue, and that the air was not all that clean, you weren’t imagining it. A huge cloud of smoke in the upper atmosphere has reduced both visibility and air …

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

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Tell your friendsThe 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 …

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Clean Air Adams County Aims to Improve Local Air Quality

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Tell your friendsCarolyn Ryan didn’t want to make it political. While following the presidential campaigns last year, she wanted to fight climate change with a cause everyone could support. A lightbulb went off when both political parties discussed air quality. “I thought, OK, well maybe if we just talk about making our air clean, we …

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Gettysburg to celebrate National Night Out

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Tell your friendsGettysburg Borough will join hundreds of other communities around the county to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday August 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in front of the borough office at 59 E. High St. Members of local police departments will be in attendance including representatives from the borough’s mounted police force. National …

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

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Tell your friends 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 …

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New farmers market vendor utilizes one-of-a-kind plant usage

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Tell your friendsBreathing new life into thrift wares, Botanist’s Closet brings repurposed, plant-based dyed goods to Adams County Farmers Market (ACFM) this season. Harnessing pigments found in portions of plants that are often overlooked, owner Ema Hegberg, of Gettysburg, offers garments and goods incorporated with unique colors and hues. Her first time as an ACFM …

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Healthy Options provides farmers market food assistance

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Tell your friendsFood assistance program Health Options provided food vouchers to participants at Adams County Farmer Market (ACFM) Saturday. Healthy Options is part of the Adams County Food Policy Council, a task force of Healthy Adams County focusing on eliminating food insecurity around the county by providing access to fresh, local products, according to program …

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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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GCT shines spotlight on working class Americans this season

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Tell your friendsDelving into the often-overlooked aspects of careers around the country, Gettysburg Community Theatre’s (GCT) “Working: A Musical” provides an inside look at individual stories and identity surrounding the working people. Based on the book by Studs Terkel and adapted to stage by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, “Working” captures a glimpse into job …

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

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Tell your friendsAs 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 …

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Wanna learn to throw an axe? Back Alley Axe provides the opportunity

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Tell your friendsThe vision for Back Alley Axe arose for owner Josh Keeney in an unlikely place: during a church Father’s Day event. “One of the activities was throwing axes. I had a lot of fun, I started visiting different axe throwing places, and I realized that Gettysburg had nothing like this,” said Keeney. Although …

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Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race: What we know so far

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Tell your friends(By Colin Deppen | Spotlight PA) One of Pennsylvania’s two U.S. Senate seats is up for grabs in 2022 as two-term Republican incumbent Pat Toomey prepares to step aside and the state braces for a particularly high-stakes election year. The Senate opening has drawn plenty of interest from Democrats looking to shore up …

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Bridge replacement project to begin on Mummasburg Road in Franklin Township, Adams County

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Tell your friendsA bridge replacement project on Mummasburg Road (Route 3017) in Adams County is scheduled to begin next week. The bridge spans Mud Run between Crooked Creek Road and Belmont Road in Franklin Township. This project consists of the replacement of the structure, minor approach work, and guide rail updates. The contractor will implement …

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Businesswomen Influencing Gettysburg makes donation to Adams County SPCA

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Tell your friendsBusinesswomen Influencing Gettysburg (BIG) recently held its first donation drive in support of a local non-profit organization. The Adams County SPCA was selected as the recipient of the drive. Through the generous donations of BIG members and supporters in the local community, BIG was able to donate much needed supplies to the SPCA. …

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Railroad crossing replacement planned on Brickcrafters Road in Mount Pleasant Township, Adams County; detour will be in place during project

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Tell your friendsMotorists in Adams County are advised a railroad contractor plans to replace an at-grade crossing on Brickcrafters Road (Route 2015) between Route 30 and Spangler Road in Mount Pleasant Township. Work will be performed from 10 PM Thursday, July 22, to 6 AM Saturday, July 24. The crossing will be closed during this …

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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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Strawberry Hill seeks executive director

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Tell your friendsStrawberry Hill is seeking a qualified candidate as our new executive director.For more information about Strawberry Hill, see https://www.strawberryhill.org/ Submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to shfemployment@gmail.com. Deadline to apply is July 19, 2021.

Eisenhower Home reopens and ranger-guided programs resume

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Tell your friendsEisenhower National Historic Site is pleased to announce the resumption of on-site public programming for the summer on Monday, July 12 with a series of ranger-guided programs. Tours of the Eisenhower home will resume on Friday, July 23. Ranger-guided programs will offer visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of the Eisenhower …

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GBSWA takes step toward South Street Project

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Tell your friendsGettysburg Storm Water Authority (GSWA) approved to advertise contractor bidding for the South Street Storm Sewer improvement project Monday. The Community Block Development Grant improvement project comprises of three phases, including lighting and electricity, curbs and sidewalks, and storm drains, according to engineer Chad Clabaugh. A fourth phase includes paving by Columbia Gas …

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LASD Adopts 2021-22 Budget with 3 Percent Tax Increase

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Tell your friendsThe Board of the Littlestown Area School District approved the 2021-2022 fiscal year final budget. The budget includes all staffing, program, and activity needs of the school district, as well as the need to put aside money to fund future Capital Projects. The budget calls for a 3.0% tax increase to help fund …

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Understanding Your Gettysburg Borough Storm Water Bill [Episode 54]

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Tell your friends  If you have an average home in the borough, your storm water fee will be $100. If that seems a lot, you might feel a bit better knowing that Gettysburg College is going to receive a bill for about $100,000. The fee is the end result of the Federal Water Pollution Control …

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Republicans in Pennsylvania will crowdsource new congressional map drawings

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Tell your friends(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 …

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Adams County Farmers Market seeks board member nominations

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Tell your friendsThe Adams County Farmers Market Association (ACFMA), a Gettysburg-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is seeking nominations for qualified and passionate individuals to serve on the volunteer board of directors. The ACFMA’s board of directors is made up of a cross-section of community leaders, farmers, growers, healthcare professionals, food policy advocates, and other individuals that …

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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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WORKING opens this weekend at the Gettysburg Community Theatre!

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Tell your friendsWORKING In Person Performances (live) July 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7pm July 11 & 18 at 2pm Streaming Performances July 16, 17, 24 at 7pm This examination of 26 people from all walks of life proves that it’s more than just a job for the average working American. Based on Studs …

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WellSpan Health rewards team for COVID-19 service

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Tell your friendsWellSpan Health, South Central Pennsylvania’s largest locally governed health system, will grant a special financial award to nearly all team members, later this month, in recognition of their incredible contributions to WellSpan’s mission throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Working as One system award of approximately $700 after-tax will be paid in full to WellSpan team …

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How sweet it is: Farmers market vendors bring summertime treats

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Tell your friendsAdams County Farmers Market (ACFM) welcomes new and returning vendors this season promising to sate even the most serious sweet tooth.  Pop-up pours of kombucha will be available periodically at ACFM, courtesy of The Kombucha Lady, Liz Dodson.    Using the freshest fruit and herbs from her organic garden, Dodson has been creating …

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Pennsylvania electricity prices 14th highest in nation, analysis finds

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Tell your friends(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – A WalletHub analysis ranked Pennsylvania’s electricity prices 14th highest in the nation, even as average consumption falls in the bottom half of states. The rankings considered monthly costs for natural gas, home heating oil, motor fuel oil and electricity for all 50 states and the District of …

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Department of Aging launches rebrand of Medicare Benefits Enrollment Counseling program

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Tell your friendsThe Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) announced that as of July 1, the PA State Health Insurance Assistance Program, formerly known as APPRISE, has now been renamed Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, or PA MEDI. Pennsylvania’s Medicare beneficiaries will receive the same services under the same program, just under a new name. …

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Transforming Health partners promote belonging with a summer read selection

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Tell your friendsTransforming Health, a WITF initiative in partnership with Capital Blue Cross and WellSpan Health, announced the selection of the 2021 A Summer Read, “You Belong: A Call for Connection,” by Sebene Selassie. Called “a powerful work of spirituality and anti-racism” by Publisher’s Weekly, Selassie’s debut asserts that the key to facing the many …

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After supporting vetoed PA voter bill, local lawmakers hope for workaround

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Tell your friendsBoth of the Adams County State representatives, Torren Ecker and Dan Moul, as well as state senator Doug Mastriano, all Republicans, joined with their majority party in the house and senate last week to pass HB 1300, a bill designed to reform elections in the state and which would also have made it …

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5 issues Pa. lawmakers will face when they return from summer break

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Tell your friends(By Lindsay Weber | Spotlight PA) HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is headed into a long summer recess after a flurry of legislative activity. But several key issues remain unresolved and will have to wait until lawmakers reconvene in the fall. Democrats have indicated they want to see more government spending to address …

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Gettysburg Celebrates July 4

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Tell your friendsAfter more than a year of confinement and concerns about spreading COVID-19, the situation seemed more normal as thousands of people came to the Gettysburg Area Rec Park yesterday to celebrate 245 years of United States independence. On a gorgeous evening, with seasonable weather and low humidity, the rec park provided live music …

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

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Tell your friendsAfter 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 …

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Mysterious disease prompts PA Game Commission to ask public to stop feeding birds

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Tell your friendsWildlife health experts from the PA Game Commission are asking the public to stop feeding birds in the face of a mysterious disease that is affecting birds across the state. Officials are investigating more than 70 public reports of songbirds that are sick or dying due to an emerging health condition that is …

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Gettysburg Borough Council President Jake Schindel will resign this month

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Tell your friendsGettysburg 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 …

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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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FASD Returns to in-person meetings, but does not yet plan to record them.

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Tell your friendsAfter a year in which school board meetings had been conducted virtually via the Zoom platform, the Fairfield Area School District Board of Directors has returned to in-person meetings.  Monday’s meeting was not recorded, and as a result Gettysburg Connection was unable to cover it.  The announcement was made in a letter on …

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Historical fiction writer Jeff Shaara returns to live in Gettysburg, plans new book on Teddy Roosevelt [Episode 54]

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Tell your friendsWorld-renowned historical fiction author Jeff Shaara has moved to Gettysburg with his family, relocating into a restored historical house on W. Confederate Ave. In his remarkable career, Shaara has already published 18 books, almost all of them best-sellers, and is hard at work on number 19:  Its topic? – Teddy Roosevelt. Shaara is …

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The Gettysburg Foundation to host a special evening program at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital: “The Healing: Conversations Between Nurses North and South,” July 23, 2021

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Tell your friendsThe Gettysburg Foundation will host a special evening program on Civil War nurses Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the historic barn at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital. Living historians Dawn and Linda will take guests on a journey through The Healing: Conversations Between Nurses North and South. The Healing: Conversations Between Nurses North …

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Gettysburg Heritage Center to host numerous authors as part of the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

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Tell your friendsThe 158th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will bring several authors to the Gettysburg Heritage Center for presentations and book signings.  Notable authors, such as Dr. Bradley Gottfried, Tom McMillan, Kent Masterson Brown, Jim Hessler, Jared Frederick & Erik Dorr will be among those in attendance. Book talks followed by signings will take …

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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet entertains at rec park amphitheater

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Tell your friendsThe Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet played a set in the Gettysburg rec park yesterday afternoon.  It was some cool jazz on a hot Sunday afternoon.  The concert was part of Music Gettysburg!s annual series. Music Gettysburg! is using the amphitheater while their usual concert locations on the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary campus are being …

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Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust awards $15K to Adams County Arts Council for Youth Programming

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Tell your friendsThe Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) received a grant from the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust (RCHCET) for $15,000 to support youth arts programs in 2021-2022. ACAC’s Programs for Youth include summer camps, after-school programs, and family classes that serve children from pre-school through high school throughout the calendar year. These programs …

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George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital summer season of living history, July 2021

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Tell your friendsTicketholders at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center have the opportunity to experience the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital throughout the 2021 summer season. The historic site is open for visitors Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and on the Battle Anniversary, July 1-3, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., through Aug …

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Lawmakers opt for saving over spending in Pennsylvania budget

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Tell your friends(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – Pennsylvania lawmakers opted for a budget Friday that saves most of the state’s $10 billion in tax surplus and federal stimulus as they brace for an unprecedented fiscal cliff when the good fortune “dries up” come 2024. The $40.8 billion spending plan socks away $2.5 billion in …

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Organization Profile: Adams County Office for Aging

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Tell your friendsThe Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. (ACOFA) is a non-profit organization in Gettysburg, PA that provides numerous services to nearly 5,000 Adams County senior citizens annually. The ACOFA became a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit agency in 1976, along with 51 other Agencies on Aging in Pennsylvania. The agency was established through the federal …

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Battle of Gettysburg programming on PCN

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Tell your friendsCivil war historians and enthusiasts meet on America’s most famous battlefield every year to walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought there in July of 1863. The Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest fight to ever take place on American soil, is explained to visitors and PCN viewers by Gettysburg National Military …

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Pennsylvania’s vaccine passport ban clears state House

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Tell your friends(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – A bill banning vaccine passports cleared the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, even though it faces Gov. Tom Wolf’s promise to veto it once it reaches his desk. Senate Bill 618 prevents public entities from requiring proof of vaccination akin to New York’s Excelsior Pass, …

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Actor Stephen Lang features & presents “The Wheatfield”

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Tell your friendsBattle of Gettysburg anniversary programming & special events, July 1-3, 2021 On July 1-3, 2021, acclaimed stage and screen actor, playwright and author Stephen Lang will hold in-person book signings for his book, “The Wheatfield” in the Museum Park Store at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. As part of …

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Fairfield Superintendent Adamek will resign * Board discusses future plans

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Tell your friendsThe Fairfield Area School District School Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Michael Adamek, effective at the end of his current contract on October 22. The board will soon begin searching for a replacement. The resignation was noted in an addendum to the board’s May 24 meeting. Board President Marcy Van Metre …

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Gettysburg Borough plans special brush pickup

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Tell your friendsIn response to the significant tree damage brought on by this week’s thunderstorms, Gettysburg Borough’s public works crews will be mobilizing a  special brush pick-up the week of June 28, 2021, through July 2, 2021. Any resident and/or  business with tree damage is encouraged to place brush at curbside for pick-up. Brush can …

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

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Tell your friends(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 …

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WellSpan Health president & chief executive officer recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

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Tell your friendsWellSpan Health is pleased to announce that Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and chief executive officer, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the nation’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives and is the only honoree from South Central Pennsylvania. The recognition program acknowledges clinicians working in the healthcare industry who are deemed …

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Significant severe weather damage across Adams County remains today

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Tell your friendsSummer of 2021 came in with a bang yesterday afternoon as a severe thunderstorm ripped through Adams County. Strong winds brought down power lines and tree limbs, with many damaged structures and widespread disruptions in power, telephone, and internet service. Power and internet outages remain across the county today. One West Gettysburg resident, …

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Community art hub Waldo’s celebrates multiple milestones

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Tell your friendsGettysburg’s local non-profit arts organization celebrated its fifth, sixth, and eighth birthdays Saturday June 12. Waldo’s and Company has been a staple of the Gettysburg community, dedicated to being an inclusive meeting place for artistic expression and providing an oasis for creativity since 2013, according to Chris Lauer, director and board president. Previously …

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Adams County local foods resource guide

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Tell your friendsAdams County is home to over 60 locations where you can shop for local produce, honey, meat, eggs, wine, spirits, and more. Visit adamsfoodpolicy.org to find a virtual guide to all of these resources, including which vendors accept SNAP and FMNP.

Analysis indicates Pennsylvania could benefit from a worker freedom law

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Tell your friends(By Ted O’Neil | The Center Square) – A new study by the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy shows right-to-work states have fared better than states that lack employee freedom laws when it comes to job losses and recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. The Allegheny Institute is a nonprofit free-market think tank located …

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Finances looking up as Gettysburg Borough Council returns to in-person meetings

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Tell your friendsThe Gettysburg Borough Council held its first in-person meeting in the borough office since early 2020 on Monday. The council announced the borough office has now reopened but that it would not always be staffed at the front window. Visitors must dial the extension of the person they wish to meet using the phone …

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Today is Juneteenth: Do you know its historical legacy?

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Tell your friendsOn “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as …

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May unemployment rate in Pennsylvania dips to 6.9%

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Tell your friends(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9% in May, according to the Department of Labor and Industry.  The state released the updated data Friday. It showed Pennsylvania’s jobless numbers still outpace the national unemployment rate of 5.8%.  Total nonfarm jobs increased by 18,500 month over month, …

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UASD approves budget and tax increase

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Tell your friendsUpper Adams School District (UASD) school board approved the 2021-2022 budget that includes a 2.1% tax increase Tuesday. The 2021-2022 budget that includes a 2.1% tax increase is approved by the Upper Adams School District (UASD) school board. The approval establishes the tax rate of 15.6384, an increase of 2.1%; as well as …

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Pa. GOP proposes major election overhaul, including stricter voter ID and in-person early voting

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Tell your friendsThis article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy. Pennsylvania Republicans proposed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s election system Thursday, with lawmakers in the state House calling for stricter voter …

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Wolf, Pa. Democrats again push for passage of LGBTQ discrimination protections

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Tell your friends(Sarah Anne Hughes of Spotlight PA and Colin Deppen of Spotlight PA) HARRISBURG — As people around the country celebrate Pride month, Gov. Tom Wolf again called on the state’s Republican-led legislature to pass non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. Joined by Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Capitol, Wolf on Tuesday said …

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Bermudian discusses football, increasing enrollments; will add outdoor space to the new middle school

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Tell your friendsDavid Orwig, Bermudian Springs School District Athletic Director, said that he wants to discontinue the freshman football team in favor of moving those students to the JV and varsity programs. “There’s a number of reasons for this,” Orwig said. “Mostly it has to do with our opponents and the fact that we don’t …

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Bermudian plans maskless full-time reopening this fall

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Tell your friendsSuperintendent Shane Hotchkiss told the school board on Monday that to receive American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSR) funds, the district must make a health and safety plan. Hotchiss said the district had already begun making one when the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) provided a template. The plan …

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Bermudian leans toward no new taxes in 2021-22 budget

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Tell your friendsBermudian Springs School District board members seemed to lean towards a zero-percent tax increase, though no vote was taken during the caucus meeting. Superintendent Shane Hotchkiss presented the board with five different scenarios (with potential increases set at 0%, 1.025%, 2.05%, 2.9%, and the Act One Index of 4.10%.) Several board members expressed …

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Battle of Gettysburg anniversary lecture series at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, July 1-3, 2021

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Tell your friendsGettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation invite visitors to Gettysburg during the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 2021, for a new Gettysburg Anniversary Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation, the Gettysburg Anniversary Lecture Series evening programs will be hosted in the …

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Skerryvore, Scottish folk-rock band, kicks off the Majestic’s return to live concerts Sept. 10

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Tell your friendsGettysburg College’s Majestic Theater welcomes Scotland’s sensational folk-rock band Skerryvore to the stage Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s performance marks the opening of the Majestic’s 2021-2022 live Celebrity Series and the return of live performance to the historic stage for the first time since March 2020. “Skerryvore’s band members are …

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Changes Coming to the Painted Turtle Farm at Gettysburg College

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Tell your friendsGettysburg College and the community of Gettysburg are no strangers to forming strong partnerships. For the Painted Turtle Farm at Gettysburg College, that partnership is at the core of its mission. Located on ¾ of an acre on the northwest side of campus, the farm is a joint operation between Casa de la …

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Gettysburg Police Ask Public’s Help to Identify Robbery Suspects

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Tell your friendsToday at about 11:30 a.m. the Gettysburg Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a bank robbery in progress at BB&T Bank located at 29 N. Washington St. in Gettysburg Borough.  The suspect picked up items from the counter and started throwing them at the employees demanding money.   The suspect then left …

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2021 summer and battle anniversary ranger programs announced

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Tell your friendsGettysburg National Military Park is pleased to announce Ranger walks, talks, and hikes have resumed, as of Saturday, June 12. These interpretive programs will offer visitors a chance to learn about the people and places that made history during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hike the fields of Pickett’s Charge, explore the rocky summit …

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Voter I.D. constitutional amendment proposed in Pennsylvania

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Tell your friends(By Christen Smith | The Center Square) – A pair of Pennsylvania lawmakers said Friday that state residents themselves should decide the stringency of the state’s voter identification law. The push comes after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said he’d never support strengthening existing voter I.D. law – one of the top priorities for …

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Variety is the spice of the Farmers Market

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Tell your friendsA local chef brings the flavors of representation to an Adams County Farmers Market’s demonstration June 5. Showcasing the variety of products offered by the market, chef Fabio Carella showed the simplicity of cooking with local ingredients. “We are representing the market today,” he said. Various market products were incorporated into the amalgamation …

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Yeimi Gagliardi se Acerca a la Comunidad Latina Local [Episodio 53]

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Tell your friendsEl podcast de esta semana es especial porque está en español. [La publicación se vuelve a publicar desde el pasado mes de agosto.] La entrevista es con Yeimi Gagliardi, educadora de salud comunitaria de WellSpan Health y copresidenta del Grupo de Trabajo de Servicios Latinos. Parte del trabajo de Gagliari es garantizar que …

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Business Profile: The Inside Scoop on Mr. G’s Ice Cream

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Tell your friendsMr. G’s is a local homemade ice cream shop in downtown Gettysburg. It is a favorite for college students, locals, and tourists. Owner Mike Gladfelter — “Mr. G” — is an alumnus of Shippensburg University. One summer he traveled home with his roommate during summer vacation and was mesmerized by his family’s ice …

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The Black Influence – Series 3 – Gettysburg’s Underground Railroad

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Tell your friendsBlack History in Adams County cannot be complete without paying respect to the escaped slaves that followed the Underground Railroad (UGRR) through Adams County. The National Park Service describes the UGRR by saying: “Beginning in the 17th century and continuing through the mid-19th century in the United States, enslaved African Americans resisted bondage …

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Legislature votes to immediately end Pa.’s coronavirus disaster declaration while keeping waivers in place

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Tell your friendsBy Sarah Anne Hughes 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 Pennsylvania legislature has voted to immediately end Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus disaster declaration using …

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New Oxford High School celebrates its 109th commencement

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Tell your friendsNew Oxford High School held its 109th graduation ceremony on May 28, marking the end of an unusual school year as New Oxford and other schools around the world have struggled to adapt to the novel coronavirus. Despite COVID-19, the school was able to hold its graduation ceremony with in-person attendance. Christopher Bowman, …

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Legislation to create Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program advances in Pennsylvania Senate

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Tell your friends(By Natalie Kapustik | The Center Square) – Legislation sponsored by Pennsylvania state Sen. Gene Yaw to create an Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program was unanimously approved recently by the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 465 would provide additional technical support to expand on-farm conservation practices throughout Pennsylvania. Farmers and landowners …

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GASD closes the 2020 pandemic year with a small tax increase

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Tell your friendsThe Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors approved the 2021-2022 final budget at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The 2021-2022 Approved Final Budget includes a 0.79% increase in the local real estate tax rate or 0.087 mills.  The increase is less than the 3.5% Act 1 index for GASD or 0.3856 …

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SCCAP 8th annual golf tournament announced

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Tell your friendsSouth Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP) has announced its 8th annual fall golf tournament will be held on Monday Sept. 20 at the Hanover Country Club. It’s a great course for a great cause. Register online at www.supportcircles.org/golf.