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Discover South Mountain announces the launch of DiscoverSouthMountain.com

An exciting new initiative launched in April 2021 – Discover South Mountain is an online guide to all that is happening in the South Mountain region, a 70-mile stretch and little-known extension of the Blue Ridge Mountain range – it covers parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. Discover South Mountain will keep followers up …

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Commissioners Approve Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Corrections Officers and Employee Week

Adams County Prison inmates will be helped in their quest to gain employment upon their release through a new program approved by the Adams County Commissioners. The program helps inmates apply for and receive a valid Photo ID, driver’s license, or photo camera card prior to their release from jail. “This program will help alleviate …

Read moreCommissioners Approve Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Corrections Officers and Employee Week

UASD hears budget updates and encourages community feedback

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Upper Adams School District (UASD) board heard preliminary budget revisions and encouraged community feedback Tuesday.    The public will soon learn the results of an independent investigation following racial accusations on UASD campus, according to school board President Tom Wilson. An executive summary report is planned for release May 18, according to Superintendent Dr. Wesley …

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Lawmakers Eye Work Search Requirements, Loosened Regulations in Pennsylvania’s Economic Recovery

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania House lawmakers support reinstating work search requirements for unemployment claimants and said loosened regulations will bolster the state’s economic recovery. The Department of Labor & Industry said, however, that the manpower shortage businesses face is not a result of suspended work search requirements or the $300 weekly jobless benefit enhancement …

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Farmers Market Opens Tomorrow, Just in Time for Mother’s Day

A local Gettysburg staple is returning to North Stratton Street this Saturday, and with it, the promise of fresh products and small business support for the whole community. Located two blocks north of Lincoln Square, the Adams County Farmers Market can be found near the Gettysburg Transit Center on Carlisle Street every Saturday, May through …

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GNMP will Enforce its Ban on Competitive Events Beginning in January * What Hours is the Park Open?

After receiving extensive comments from the public, the Gettysburg National Military Park has indicated it will begin enforcing its existing ban on competitive events, including cycle and running races, on park roads.   The news is a blow to local nonprofits that have used the park to hold charitable events for many years. The rule …

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Leona Rega: What’s New at the Adams County Arts Council? [Episode 51]

Founded in 1993, The Adams County Arts Council is now in its eleventh year in its spacious 10,000 square foot building on South Washington St. and it continues to grow with new users and new programs. The center includes spaces for arts and culinary classes, artist studios, a gallery for local art, pottery and glass …

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Should GASD Raise Taxes? Board Debates the Issue

Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board members expressed concern Monday evening about the 1.2 percent tax increase Superintendent Jason Perrin said was needed to keep the district in the black. Perrin said his team had reduced still another $1.2 million in spending while not affecting student learning and that the proposed 2021-2022 budget was only …

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Takeout Cocktails on Permanent Track in Pennsylvania

(The Center Square) – The same day public health officials announced an easing of the last COVID-19 restrictions, state lawmakers moved a bill that would make at least one pandemic rule permanent: takeout cocktails. The House Liquor Control Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a proposal that would allow bars and restaurants to sell as much as …

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Nanette Hatzes Retrospective Opens this Friday at ACAC

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the opening art exhibition of Nanette Hatzes with a First Friday reception on Friday, May 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Temperature check and mask wearing are required.  The show will …

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The Battle for Redistricting Reform Can Still Be Won

The battle for redistricting reform and an end to gerrymandering in Pennsylvania had been going on for decades without success when in 2016 good-government reform groups decided to coordinate their efforts. They formed a new body of citizen volunteers called Fair Districts PA (www.fairdistrictspa.com) Today, as we prepare to redraw our congressional and legislative district …

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Wolf Administration Will Lift Mitigation Orders On Memorial Day * Masking Order To be Lifted Only When 70% Of Pennsylvania Adults Are Fully Vaccinated

The Wolf administration, in coordination with the state COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that COVID mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m.  The current order requiring people to wear face coverings when indoors and outdoors when away from home will only be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians are fully …

Read moreWolf Administration Will Lift Mitigation Orders On Memorial Day * Masking Order To be Lifted Only When 70% Of Pennsylvania Adults Are Fully Vaccinated

Your Email Ballot Has Arrived – What Do You Need to Know to Vote?

Email ballots for the June 18 primary election have arrived for many residents of Adams County and it is time to learn about the candidates and the issues. Separate ballots have been printed for voters who are registered as Democrat, Independent and Republican.  Your vote in this election will help determine which candidates from your …

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Majestic Theater will reopen on May 21

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will reopen its first-run daily cinema center on Friday, May 21 after being closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets and show times will initially be limited, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are $9 each. “The pandemic has devastated theaters across America, so May …

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WITF and Rotary District 7390 Announce 2021 Teacher Impact Awards Winners

In time for Teacher Appreciation Week beginning Monday, May 3, WITF, in partnership with Rotary District 7390, announced the seven winners of the 2021 Teacher Impact Awards. The awards honor teachers for their exemplary dedication to their students and community.  Rotary District 7390 established the “Teacher Impact Awards” in 2005, with the idea to promote …

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Philadelphia Union Sued for Planned Strike

(The Center Square) – A Philadelphia union faces legal action after a New Jersey-based food distributor claims an impending strike violates its collective bargaining agreement. J. Ambrosi Food Distribution filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania last week alleging that officials from Teamsters Local 929 harassed its workers and threatened their jobs if they refused …

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GNP Visitor Center Returns to Normal Daily Hours for Visitors

The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, home of the Gettysburg Cyclorama and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, announces new hours of operation throughout the summer starting Saturday, May 1, 2021. The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center had offered visitors reduced hours since reopening its doors June 25, 2020, and …

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Lisa McLeod-Simmons Wins Monthly Photo Contest

This winner of the Gettysburg Connection photo contest for April is this incredible photo, “Smooth Landing” taken by Lisa McLeod-Simmons. Lisa wins a $25 gift certificate to the Adams County Arts Council.. Please check out all of the past winners, and send us your pics! Gift certificates awarded monthly thanks to the Adams County Arts …

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Spring: A Chlorophyllic Revolution

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

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Help Farmers Adopt Conservation-Friendly Practices, Improve Watersheds

(The Center Square) – A proposed program designed to bring conservation-friendly financial resources to farmers across Pennsylvania could come to fruition if recently introduced legislation is enacted. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Bradford, is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 465, which calls for the creation of an agricultural conservation assistance program. The legislation currently is in …

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Business Profile: CJ’s Takeout and Late Night Bites, On the Go!

The timing could hardly have been worse: The local food truck CJ’s Takeout and Late Night Bites had its grand opening in March 2020, just as the pandemic hit. “Starting a business in 2020 was super challenging, but to hit the one year mark and know that we did it was an awesome feeling,” said …

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Democracy for America Publishes 55-Page Report on Poverty in Adams County

Democracy for America, led by project leader Leon Reed, has published an in-depth look at poverty in Adams County. The report is a detailed investigation of the many factors, including job opportunities, affordable housing, public transportation, internet access, education, healthcare, and child care that affect poverty. The report concludes that in many ways Adams County …

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Business Profile: Adams County Winery

Located 8 miles west of Gettysburg in Orrtanna, Adams County Winery is the fifth oldest operating winery in the state and the largest in southern Pennsylvania. The winery’s 12.5 acre vineyard produces eight varieties of award-winning white and red grapes which are blended into a selection of standard, small batch, and seasonal wines. Owned by …

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Construction Begins on Gettys Street: Hospital Entrance Remains Open

Columbia Gas will be working on Gettys Street for several weeks in May and residents can expect road closures and delays during working hours. There may be some temporary closures to the three Gettys St. hospital entrances, but access to the hospital from at least one entrance will remain available throughout the duration of this …

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PennDOT Says Proposed Interstate Bridge Tolls ‘Not Permanent’

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said last week proposed tolls for nine interstate bridges won’t be permanent. PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that the tolls will remain in effect for the length of the contract the state enters into with the private developer responsible for …

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Gettysburg Borough Considers Use of Federal Stimulus Money, Drafts New Policy on Short-Term Rentals

Gettysburg Borough Manager Charles Gable said the borough would be getting about $1,000 per resident, for a total of $763,656, from the federal American Rescue Plan Act and that it would come over two years, with the first arriving in a few months.  The money must be spent by September 2024.  Gable said the borough …

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WellSpan Health to offer walk-in hours for COVID-19 vaccinations

Beginning Friday, WellSpan Health will provide walk-in vaccinations to anyone at 16 years and older at Gettysburg Hospital. Where: WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, 147 Gettys St., Gettysburg When: Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 3:00 p.m.  “Our goal is to make this shot of hope as accessible as possible so we can get back to hugging our …

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No Vaccine Passports for Pennsylvania, Health Officials Say

(The Center Square) – Public health officials in Pennsylvania are saying they will not follow in New York’s footsteps and adopt vaccine passports. Rather, acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said during a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday that the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force sees easing hesitancy as its most urgent priority. “Really, what …

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Adams County Community Foundation Awards $36,800 In Grants For Littlestown

Adams County Community Foundation’s Lisa Donohoe (left) learns about the equipment purchased through a 2020 grant from the Fund for Littlestown and Selby Family Memorial Fund for Littlestown’s Alpha Fire Company #20 from William Troup, Volunteer Fire Fighter and EMT. Thanks to a “forever gift” from the Selby family, the Adams County Community Foundation awards …

Read moreAdams County Community Foundation Awards $36,800 In Grants For Littlestown

Medicine Take Back Event Tomorrow Will be at Nine Sites

The fall medicine takeback event in Adams County is tomorrow! Bring your unused meds to one of nine local police stations between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. to dispose of them properly. Naloxone kits will be available (first 20 takers, per site) at the following four med takeback locations: 1. Biglerville Fire Department  2. Carroll Valley …

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Lawmakers Block Governor’s Pick For Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Over RGGI

(The Center Square) – Republican senators issued Gov. Tom Wolf an ultimatum on Thursday in yet another effort to derail the state’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  In a letter to Wolf signed by 27 members of the Senate Republican Caucus and Sen. John Yudichak, I-Luzurne, the lawmakers said they would not confirm his nominee …

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Workers in Pa. prisons, COVID-19 hotspots, aren’t getting vaccinated. Here’s why that’s dangerous.

Joseph Darius Jaafari of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan 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 delayed upgrade to the state Department of Corrections’ dashboard on COVID-19 rates in prisons has revealed that …

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Adams County Commissioners Proclaim Medicine Take Back Day and Conservation District Week

The Adams County Commissioners have officially approved Saturday’s Medicine Take Back Day. The event will occur from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Biglerville, Gettysburg, Carroll Valley, Hanover, Littlestown, McSherrystown, New Oxford, and York Springs. Residents can safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescriptions and over the counter medications, loose pills, liquids, creams, and …

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LASD Awards Student Achievement; Approves Capital Projects

The Littlestown Area School District Board has approved repairs and upgrades to be made at the Alloway Creek Elementary School (ACES) and the Littlestown High School (LHS) during the 2021-2022 school year. ACES will get needed cosmetic repairs including regrading and reseeding of the grass areas between the playground and the school building.  The existing …

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GASD Proposes a 1.3 Percent Tax Increase for 2021-2022

Gettysburg Area School District Superintendent Jason Perrin said the district has found a way to reduce another $1.2 million in spending for the 2021-22 school year over the past two weeks. He said the cuts were difficult to find but had been accomplished without impacting student programming. The proposed budget will keep the minimum unassigned …

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New Oxford Chamber of Commerce Plans Market on the Square

The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 65th Annual Market on the Square will be held on Saturday, August 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Previously known as the Antique Market & Craft Show, the Chamber is excited to share the event’s official new name: Market on the …

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Pennsylvania Expands Health Care Aid For 110,000 Residents

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania said 110,000 new residents qualify for financial assistance when buying health insurance in the state-run marketplace thanks to an expansion of credits under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.  The congressional aid package increases premium tax credits for all income levels in 2021 and 2022, the Department of Health said …

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Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

The Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation has appointed Wayne E. Motts as the Foundation’s new president to lead the operations of the national preservation and education organization.  The Gettysburg Foundation owns and operates the LEED Gold-certified Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower …

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You’re invited! A free reader Q&A on how to fight back against misinformation in Pa.

Spotlight PA Staff Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan 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. With the continued decline in local news across Pennsylvania, partisan groups are taking advantage by launching efforts that mimic traditional news operations but …

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GARA outlines plans for July 4 fireworks * Reconsiders Again a Public Pool at the Rec Park * Firemans Carnival News

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) is finalizing plans for the July 4th Fireworks to be held in the rec park. The board said a number of food trucks have been invited. “Pizza, popcorn, and cheese steaks are in the mix,” said GARA Executive Director Erin Peddigree. There will also be musical entertainment.  The board …

Read moreGARA outlines plans for July 4 fireworks * Reconsiders Again a Public Pool at the Rec Park * Firemans Carnival News

Gettysburg Borough Appoints Initial Human Relations Board * New ACAC Director Checks In

The Gettysburg Borough Council has chosen the first members of its new Human Relations Committee, which is charged with mediating any complaints that might arise under its new human rights ordinance designed to protect LGBT residents. Although the standard term is five years, each member was elected to a different length term so the board …

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Borough Encourages Responses To Survey

Residents of Gettysburg Borough should have received a survey in their mailbox asking them to provide information about their perceptions of the borough and its government. Borough Manager Charles Gable has asked people to fill out the survey to help the borough know if the if the work they are doing is satisfactory.  Gable said …

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Gettysburg Borough Council Praises Main Street Director Deb Adamik, Gettysburg Police Force

On the occasion of her retirement, Gettysburg Borough councilmember Patti Lawson reviewed many of Main Street Gettysburg’s Deb Adamik’s accomplishments during her fourteen years as President and Chief Executive Officer. Lawson said Adamik’s achievements included the creation of the Wills House, the coordination of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg battle, leadership on the Steinwehr …

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Pennsylvania AG Officials Launch Grant Program to Help Farmers With Projects

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a new grant program aiming to help the state’s farmers with a variety of projects. “Pennsylvania’s more than 53,000 farms are the backbone of our reliable food system,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “They are the heart of Pennsylvania, just like this $1 million …

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Job Offerings at Local Nonprofits

The Adams County Library System has three job opportunities available:  PT Branch Assistant at the Trone Memorial Library in East Berlin. 20 hours weekly. Application deadline 4/26/21. PT Branch Assistant at the Harbaugh~Thomas Library in Biglerville. 12 hours weekly.  Application deadline 4/30/21. Combination PT Public Services Assistant & Materials Handling Assistant at the Gettysburg Library.  …

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FASD Returns to Full-Time Status; Appoints Travis Jones to School Board

In a 7-1 vote, the Fairfield Area School District (FASD) board voted for Travis Jones to replace departing member Rhonda Myers. The other candidate for the position, Candace Ferguson Miller, said she has filed paperwork to run for a position on the board later this year. “The reason I wanted to join the board would …

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Despite Mass Cancellations This Past Year, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex ‘Doing OK,’ Ag Secretary Says

(The Center Square) – While the revenue-generating events schedule within the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center was nixed this past year, the Harrisburg-based venue remains on a solid financial footing, a state official reported recently. The vitality of the 24-acre complex, long viewed as a sign of Pennsylvania’s largest industry, has come into …

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Berm Considers Tax Increases in 2021-22, Reports on Tech Institute and Summer Programs

Business Manager Justin Peart presented potential tax increase scenarios for the 2021-22 budget to the Bermudian School District Board of Directors. While Peart said he was able to come up with $150,243 in savings since the last meeting– primarily thanks to bringing down health care premiums– the preliminary budget still shows a deficit. Peart presented …

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@Home in Adams County Online Informational Session

Interested in learning about @Home in Adams County? Want to know what we’ve been up to lately? Join us  on Tuesday, April 27th at 12n via Zoom. Caroline, @Home’s coordinator will present some general, introductory information on the @Home in Adams County initiative, provide updates on current partner projects and explain how to get involved. …

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Help Wanted @ Seminary Ridge Museum

Friends, We have an immediate opening at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center for a seasonal Visitor Services Assistant.  The person in this position works 20-30 hours a week, through November, at the museum’s admissions desk, shop, and leading tours.  It is a great summer job for college and graduate students looking to break into …

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CVSD Honors Students, Looks at 2020-21 Tax Increases

The Conewago Valley school board discussed possible tax increases for the 2021-22 budget during its regular board meeting on Monday evening. The board also reviewed challenges and successes as it wraps up the current school year and prepares for a new one. Six new teaching jobs were included in the 2021-22 budget, which has yet …

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Pennsylvania Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for COVID-19

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health said Tuesday it has advised all providers to stop using Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after six inoculated women developed rare blood clots. The Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the same as the agencies probe the incidents, …

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Mark Drew and The Gettysburg Review Literary Magazine [Episode 50]

In a small building on N. Washington St. on the Gettysburg College Campus, Editor Mark Drew and his staff quietly and diligently work to select content for the college’s quarterly literary magazine The Gettysburg Review. The Review, which was founded in 1988 and recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals, publishes poetry, essays, …

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Wellspan has COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Anyone Over 16 This Week and Next

Wellspan Health reports availability of COVID-19 doses at Adams County sites in the coming days and weeks. There are a few appointments remaining available this week, but many more next week for any Pennsylvanian 16 years and older. WellSpan does not utilize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so operations have not been impacted at its …

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Adams County Commissioners Proclaim “Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month,” “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week,” and “Stand Against Racism Week” * Announce Changes in Polling Locations.

The Adams County Board of Commissioners has made the following proclamations: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month – April: Child abuse has been identified as a national health crisis. In Adams County, 1,313 incidents of alleged child abuse or neglect were reported in 2020. The Proclamation states, “all children deserve to have a safe, stable, …

Read moreAdams County Commissioners Proclaim “Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month,” “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week,” and “Stand Against Racism Week” * Announce Changes in Polling Locations.

All PA Adults Are Eligible for COVID Vaccines Starting Tomorrow

April 12, 2021 Governor Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced that effective tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13, all Pennsylvania adults will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID -19 vaccine. “We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout, especially as case counts and hospitalization rates have increased,” Gov. Wolf said. …

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Pennsylvania’s Vaccination Rate for Seniors Still Among Worst in Nation

(The Center Square) – Despite an influx of COVID-19 vaccines to Pennsylvania over the past month, the rate of residents 65 and older fully immunized still ranks near the bottom of all 50 states, according to federal data. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 47.1% of residents 65 and older are fully vaccinated …

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Underground Railroad Tours Are Back!

Walking tours of Gettysburg’s only Underground Railroad (UGRR) Site recognized by the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” will begin on Saturday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m and everyone is invited to attend. The McAllister’s Mill UGRR Tours were cancelled last year due to the COVID pandemic, but all of the tour guides have received …

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Juli Griffin Wins Weekly Photo Contest

Juli Griffin is the winner of this week’s Gettysburg Connection photo contest! “Spring in Upper Adams is so beautiful. There is a short window of overlap with the peach and apple blossoms, it’s pretty remarkable. Here’s a shot I took in Spring 2020.” Congrats to Juli! Please check out all of the past winners, and send …

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ACHS Breaks Ground and Selects Museum Design Firm

As site work begins at the future home of the future Adams County Historical Museum on the Biglerville road just north of Gettysburg, the Adams County Historical Society has chosen an architect for the building. The museum planning process has been entrusted to HealyKohler Design, an award-winning firm based in Washington, D.C. HealyKohler is known …

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Tribute: Richard ‘Dick’ Kreitz: Church-Goer, Family Man and Active Member of the Fairfield Community

Please View our Tributes Page for More Tributes Richard “Dick” L. Kreitz, 84, of Fairfield, PA died Sunday, April 4, 2021 at his home. Born June 12, 1936 in Highland, PA he was the son of the late Charles T. and Margaret A. (Hoffman) Kreitz. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. (Fleming) …

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Democratic Gettysburg Mayoral Primary Candidates Share Their Positions

The 3 Democratic candidates for Gettysburg Mayor, who will be running against each other in the the May 18 primary — Chad Alan Carr, Kierstan MaryBelle Demps, and Rita Frealing — expressed their views in an online question and answer session hosted by Gettysburg Rising last night. The Republican candidate, Thomas Carr, who is running …

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Pending Bill Opens Litigation Window for Child Sex Abuse Survivors in Pennsylvania

(The Center Square) – A bill pending in the Pennsylvania General Assembly opens a two-year litigation window for survivors of child sex abuse to sue their perpetrators after a botched constitutional amendment set back the issue until 2023. House Bill 951 passed the lower chamber Wednesday on a vote of 149-52. The measure would loosen the …

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GASD Previews its 2021-2022 Budget * Expects to Keep Current Schedule for Remainder of School Year

Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) superintendent Jason Perrin said the district would likely be forced to raise taxes this year to avoid depleting the fund balance beyond required limits. Perrin said the fund balance was required to be between 6 and 8 percent of the total budget and that the district would likely be at …

Read moreGASD Previews its 2021-2022 Budget * Expects to Keep Current Schedule for Remainder of School Year

Melissa Forbes is New Director at Gettysburg College’s Writing Center

The English Department’s Melissa Forbes has become the new director of the Gettysburg College Writing Center. The center matches students from all disciplines with a team of 10 student tutors who help students discuss and clarify their ideas, plan next steps, and implement effective writing strategies. At the same time the tutors gain professional development …

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It’s Mosquito Season in Adams County: How to Stay Safe from West Nile Virus [Episode 49]

This week’s podcast is a reposting of an interview I did during the Fall of 2019.  It’s relevant now as the spring begins.  Warmer weather brings more mosquitoes and more West Nile Virus. Please stay safe and please enjoy the podcast. Summers In this episode I talk with Stephanie Summers who is Adams County’s Mosquito …

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Pennsylvania Treasurer Asks For $3 Million Budget Increase

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity said Tuesday her office needs a $3 million budget increase to hire more staff, replace equipment and bolster its fraud protection services after a taxing year under pandemic conditions. “I’m a committed fiscal conservative and am dedicated to frugality and the wise use of taxpayer dollars,” she said during …

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Mayoral Candidate Forum Tomorrow

Please mark your calendar for the online mayoral candidate forum to be held this Thursday April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join Gettysburg Rising to learn more about the candidates running for Gettysburg Mayor in the May municipal primary election. Please contact Jenny Dumont at [email protected] for a link to the Zoom session. View the candidate …

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County Fruit Farmers Crossing their Fingers for Their Apricots and Plums after Last Week’s Cold Snap

Adams County fruit farmers are hoping for the best after the weather dipped down into the 20s last week. The cold weather creates problems for early-blossoming trees including apricots and plums that have begun to bud after the warm weather in mid-March. “It is too early to report on anything other than our early bloom …

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Adams COVID Cases Continue to Rise as Commissioners Call for Safety and Vaccinations Continue

COVID-19 Cases in Adams County continued to rise this week at an alarming rate as County Commissioners reminded people to continue wearing masks and social distancing. Commissioner Marty Qually said “Those who care about their families, friends, and community will do what is right and continue to follow scientific safety protocols. Over 160 Adams County …

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Pennsylvania Completes Teacher Vaccination Effort

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday marks the end of a three-week campaign to vaccinate school workers across the state. As of April 2, the administration said more than 112,500 educators and support staff received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The state estimated about 200,000 residents were eligible under …

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Pa. Cannabis Legalization Remains Unlikely As Neighboring States Go For It

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. A version of this story originally appeared in our free weekly newsletter. New Jersey. New York. Virginia. One by one, Pennsylvania’s neighbors are moving to legalize …

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Community Policing Can Make Gettysburg a Better Place to Live

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

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Tribute: Victor E. Gray: Veteran International Helicopter Pilot, Instructor, Firefighter, and Jets Fan

Please View our Tributes Page for More Tributes Victor E. Gray, 77, of Gettysburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at home. He was the loving husband of Sandra L. Gray; together they shared 41 wonderful years together.   Born Tuesday, August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, NY, he was …

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Tax Group Says Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Will Increase Utility Bills in Pennsylvania

(The Center Square) – Americans for Tax Reform said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s plan to raise corporate taxes to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure package will translate into higher electricity bills for Pennsylvania residents.  John Kartch, vice president of communications for the group, noted that utility companies pay corporate income taxes, and the rates customers pay remain tied …

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Gettysburg Colleges’ Painted Turtle Farm Needs Our Help

Gettysburg College’s 4000 square foot community garden, the Painted Turtle Farm, is located northwest of campus near the observatory. The garden has plots for 16 families to cultivate their own food and serves as a campus-community hub for food justice. The farm has applied for a grant to expand fruit production and enhance children’s education …

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COVID Cases Spike Again in Adams as State Increases Vaccination Availability

At a time when we are all hoping to see COVID decrease, the opposite is happening in Adams County. The “fourth wave” of coronavirus is upon us, bringing a dramatic increase of cases. The county’s positivity rate is at 10.1 percent, an increase of over 60 percent since last week and the per capita rate …

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Minimum Wage Debate Taking Shape in Pennsylvania Senate

(The Center Square) – Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Pittsburgh, said Tuesday his caucus can’t accept a Republican proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. “We don’t believe it’s the right number, and we believe it needs to be higher, and we think it’s something we need to push for,” he said during …

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Gettysburg Area Girls Basketball Focuses on Success

The Gettysburg Area High School Girls Basketball team has become a powerhouse of the 5A division of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). In each of the last three years, the Warriors have reached the District 3 finals, taking home the championship in the 2019-2020 season that was cut short due to the pandemic. Much …

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Lawsuit Challenging Medicaid Abortion Restrictions in Pennsylvania Dismissed

(The Center Square) – A state judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday that challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s restrictions on Medicaid coverage for abortions. Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said the petitioners – including seven reproductive health care centers that provide 95% of abortions across the state – lack standing because she “can ascertain no …

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Adams County Arts Council to Feature Land Conservancy Auction Artwork and the 26th Annual Recyclable Art Contest Exhibition

The Adams County Arts Council will celebrate the opening reception of the LCAC Art Auction Artwork Show and the Annual Recyclable Art Contest & Exhibition on First Friday, April 2, 5:00-7; 30 p.m. at the Arts Education Center, located at 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Temperature …

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Ignoring Recommendations of its Administrators, FASD School Board Votes to Reopen * Board member Rhonda Myers Retires

The Fairview Area School District board decided in a narrow 5-4 vote during its Monday meeting to have all grades return to school in-person and full-time beginning April 12. Treasurer Rhonda Myers, Secretary Lauren K. Clark, and board members Lashay Kalathas, Jack Liller and David Millstein voted for reopening the schools full-time while Board President …

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As Gettysburg Ends Live Outdoor Music at Ploughman Taproom, Wenk Will Expand in Biglerville

The proprietor of Ploughman Cider Taproom on the Gettysburg Square, Ben Wenk, said he will expand his outdoor musical offerings at Biglerville’s National Apple Museum after the Gettysburg Borough Council announced Monday they would not renew his outdoor amplified music permit. The issue came to a head last year after a resident who lives on …

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Pennsylvania lawmaker says no state funding for schools that stick to virtual learning

(The Center Square) — A high-ranking Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania said Wednesday the state should withhold funding from schools that don’t return to in-person instruction full time. Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, said he will push other House lawmakers to amend the state’s School Code to prevent districts, technical schools, community colleges or universities from accessing $16.6 …

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County Commissioners Sign Vaccine Center Agreement, Approve Thaddeus Stevens Statue Wayside Area

The Adams County Commissioner’s Office has ratified an agreement to cooperate with Wellspan Health on the Community Vaccination site at the EMS Center. The Agreement was executed about March 15, 2021. Commissioner Randy Phiel stated he “could not be prouder of the collaboration” and that at this time “nothing is more important.” Phiel thanked County …

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SCCAP Begins Distributing $6.7 Million in Rental Assistance to Adams Landlords and Tenants

Federal funds designed to help individuals and families who have been impacted by COVID maintain their housing are arriving in Adams County. These funds were allocated through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 signed into law by President Trump in December. In Adams county the act is bringing just over $6.7 million to assist …

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Ballot Questions Should be Clear, but Two Written by the Wolf Administration Don’t Pass the Test

Sarah Anne Hughes 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. A version of this story originally appeared in our free weekly newsletter. HARRISBURG — Amending the Pennsylvania Constitution is a lengthy process that ends at the ballot box, where …

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Emergency Constitutional Amendment For Sexual Abuse Survivors Blocked in Pennsylvania

(The Center Square) – The effort to extend the litigation window for survivors of child sexual abuse suffered a crushing blow this week after lawmakers blocked an emergency constitutional amendment necessary to get the measure on the ballot in May. Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Greensburg, said Monday her caucus concluded that elevating the amendment …

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New Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

Inspired by the life and career of General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, a new Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight is open in the Museum Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The introductory exhibition is included with a ticket to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience or the Museum Experience. The spotlight explores the history …

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Adams County Arts Council Invites Young Chefs to Connect with Family and Friends

The Adams County Arts Council is offering a new after-school program that gives students an opportunity to explore the culinary arts with their families from the comfort of their own homes. The Kids Dinner Club Zoom class will run on six Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. beginning April 14. Scholarships and supplementary groceries …

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After A Year of Pandemic, Spring Sports are Back in Action

After being cut short last year by COVID-19, local school athletes are finally able to get back to the field for a full season of spring sports. School districts are optimistic about starting the season as strongly and safely as possible, and practices began early last week. “We’re happy to be back after having last year …

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Pennsylvania Senate Cautions Smart Use of Federal Education Dollars

(The Center Square) – The American Rescue Plan delivered more than $5 billion in stimulus to Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts, but senators last week urged caution when spending the “windfall.” Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday that some of the money comes with strings attached so that schools …

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Deb Adamik Reminisces about 14 Years at the Helm of Main Street Gettysburg [Episode 48]

If you have lived or visited Gettysburg or Adams County over the past 15 or so years I’m sure you’ve noticed some major changes. These developments, which have enriched the lives of thousands of people in the county, include the establishment of the Wills House, the remodeling and reopening of the Gettysburg Majestic Theater, revitalizations …

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LASD Maple Avenue Middle School Faces Substantial Renovations or Demolition

A preliminary feasibility study conducted by the Littlestown Area School District (LASD) has identified substantial problems with its buildings and infrastructure. The study, conducted by RLPS Architects and presented to the school board by Chris Linky and Andy Blaydon, provided 1 to 5 ratings of each of the three evaluated school buildings in the district. …

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The Adams County Library System: Help Wanted!

The Adams County Library System has two part-time job opportunities available.  One is for a Part-Time Branch Assistant at the Trone Memorial Library in East Berlin.  This position is 20 hours weekly.  Application deadline is March 29, 2021. They also have a Part-Time Youth Services Assistant opportunity at the Gettysburg Library.  This position is 28.5 …

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Gettysburg Rising Hosts Documentary Film On the Assassination and Imprisonment of Philadelphia Activist Group Members

As part of Gettysburg Community Collective’s year of change, Gettysburg Rising is hosting a documentary viewing on Wednesday, March 24, and discussion of the documentary on March 25. “MOVE” describes the rise of Philadelphia activist group MOVE and the subsequent assassination and imprisonment of its founding members. Join us to better understand the unfair treatment …

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LASD Will Run Pre-K Pilot School this Summer * School Staff Gets Vaccines

The Littlestown Areas School Board voted unanimously this week to fund $40,000 for a free Pre-K pilot program to be offered this summer. Alloway Creek Elementary School principal Dr. Chip Fissel said the pilot program would help his team gather information about how the program might work in the future, and what benefits there would …

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Mt. Joy Solar Hearing Wrapping Up after a Year of Meetings

Mt. Joy Township Supervisors and attorneys for NextEra Energy and local residents who opposed the project have ended the 80 or so hours of evidentiary hearings they have participated in over the past year to discuss the merits of NextEra’s proposed solar array project that would cover hundreds of acres in the township. Thousands of …

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Two Retirements Lead to New Leaders at Main Street Gettysburg and Destination Gettysburg

Main Street Gettysburg’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has named Jill Sellers as its new President. She succeeds the current President of 14 years, Deb Adamik, who will retire later this spring.  “Our Board of Directors is excited to welcome Mrs. Sellers to Main Street Gettysburg” said Board Chair, Timbrel Wallace. …

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Partisan Pa. Websites Masquerading as Local News Threaten Trust in Journalism, News Report Finds

Colin Deppen of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan 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 majority of news outlets in Pennsylvania rank high on trustworthiness, but there is a growing crop of digital …

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Financial, Tax Relief Proposed For Pennsylvania Small Businesses

(The Center Square) – A group of Republican senators said this week the state of Pennsylvania should deliver more financial and tax relief to small businesses struggling amid the pandemic. The Prioritize PA: Small Business Initiative, a package of five bills, does just that, says co-sponsoring Sens. Ryan Aument, R-Lititz; Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington; Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg; and …

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As Graduation Approaches, GASD Focuses on Helping Students Succeed

Gettysburg High School Principal Jeremy Lusk explained to the Gettysburg Area School District board directors on Monday how the high school staff was focusing on students to help assure they were all able to graduate on time despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. Lusk said the school was recommending all hybrid students return to …

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Biglerville High Students and Local Residents March Against Racism

On Saturday at about 2:45 p.m., event security in fluorescent vests assisted attendees as they crossed Main Street in Biglerville to the grassy field of the high school. A calm crowd of local residents were gathering waiting for the start of the Community Gathering for Healing and Accountability Event organized by the Racism at BHS …

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Wellspan Health Opens New Community Vaccination Site in Adams County

WellSpan Health and Adams County will open a community vaccination center at the Adams County Emergency Services Center, 230 Greenamyer Lane, Gettysburg on Thursday morning. The site is east of Gettysburg and north of the Adams Rescue Mission, past the Adams County Prison. Setup of the site has been ongoing, but now COVID-19 vaccine allotment …

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Huge Field of Adams County Municipal Primary Election Candidates Announced

The Adams County Office of Elections has announced the slate of candidates for the 2021 municipal elections to be held on May 18. Director of Elections and Voters Registration Angie Crouse said there had been a big increase in the number of candidates in comparison to the 2019 election. Overall there are 284 Republicans and …

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Gettysburg Rec Park Use Expected to Expand in 2021 * Fireworks Planned * Delinquency Continues

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) is expecting an uptick in use of the rec park in 2021, even though some major events have been cancelled. Although the Library Fun Fest and the Green Gathering will not happen this year, there will be plenty of other activities. “Lots of Little League players are signing up …

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YWCA Seeks Volunteers for the “Nearly New Closet” on April 22

If you are familiar with the Nearly New Sale that took place twice a year at the YWCA you may be aware of how that served many families in our community in such a positive way. Continuing in that tradition, The Nearly New Closet will provide a space for our community members to shop for gently …

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Majestic Theater Announces Spring Curbside Popcorn Sales

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will offer “majestically” delicious popcorn for purchase under the marquee at 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg on First Fridays this spring. “Our curbside popcorn stand was so popular last fall that customers have been clamoring for a re-run.  And you know why?  Scientific research shows good movie popcorn is the third most …

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More COVID Restrictions to be Lifted on April 4

As COVID-19 cases have declined and vaccination rates are climbing, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the lifting of some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits. Effective April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic …

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rabbittransit Offers Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

rabbittransit is offering shared ride transportation service to any community member who needs transportation to and from their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  Advance reservations are required. If you are in need of transportation to a COVID vaccination site, please contact the rabbittransit call center at 1-800-632-9063 no later than noon the business day prior to …

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Office of Aging Receives Donated “Bernie” to Inspire Giving for Home-delivered Meals

The Adams County Office for Aging has been gifted a handmade “Bernie” by Carly Marshall of Gettysburg and her sister, Desirée Wright of Martinsburg, WV to use in raising funds to support the organization’s home-delivered meals program. Through the remainder of March, which is national Nutrition Month, the office is accepting Bernie-inspired donations. One lucky …

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Pennsylvania Legislators Push Back Against Wolf’s Proposed Personal Income Tax Hike

(The Center Square) – Gov. Tom Wolf’s call to raise Pennsylvania’s personal income tax amid a broader plan of infusing $4 billion in revenue into the state budget was scrutinized by a number of senators at a recent budget hearing. When Matthew Knittel, director of the state Independent Fiscal Office, went before members of the …

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Land Conservancy of Adams County Announces 2021 Events and Board of Directors

The Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) has approved new board members Norma Calhoun, Erica Duffy, Kaycee Kemper, and Jess Knouse. Randy Phiel, Dave Salisbury, and Matt Sheads were reinstated to new 3-year terms.  Leaving the board are Kelly Alsedek, Katie Epstein, Carrie Russell, and Denise Wood. LCAC thanked each of them for their dedicated …

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Gettysburg Borough to Resume Pre-Pandemic Code Enforcement

Gettysburg Borough has announced its code enforcement priorities for 2021 in preparation for the upcoming Spring and Summer tourism season. Many inspections were relaxed in 2020 due to budget cuts and to assist businesses during difficult economic times brought on by lockdowns and restrictions instituted by state government.  The Borough understands that economic challenges related …

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Bermudian Students and Parents Speak Out about Reopening Decisions

Students and parents of Bermudian Springs School District addressed the school board on Tuesday evening, with some speaking for and others against restoring the five-day school schedule. No board action was taken related to the issue. Several people mentioned a survey recently completed by many of the students and teachers in which a majority said …

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Organization Profile: Gettysburg National Golf Club

Gettysburg National Golf Club, previously Mountain View Golf Club, is a bucolic 18-hole golf course located at the corner of Fairfield Rd. and Bullfrog Rd. in Fairfield. The layout, designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, LTD has been a staple for Adams County residents and beyond since it opened in 1980, and has been rated …

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Warriors Capture Second Place in District 5A Girls Basketball

The Gettysburg Area Girls Basketball season ended this evening as the Spring Grove Rockets captured their first Pennsylvania Girls 5A District title, drubbing the Warriors with a resounding 58-43 win. The game was a dogfight for three quarters, with the Rockets clinging to a 38-34 lead after a buzzer beater layup from the Warriors heading …

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Spring into Cycling with HABPI on the Adams County Bicycle Trails [Episode 47]

[THIS IS A REPOST OF A PODCAST 27 FROM MAY, 2020] With spring coming and the COVID-19 crisis leading us toward outdoor activities, it may never be a better time to ride a bicycle in Adams County. Eric Meyer The local cycling experience has become even more pleasant with the addition of new bicycle trails …

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As Pandemic Continues, GOP Lawmakers Prepare for Retreat at Pricey ‘Bachelor’ Resort

Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. A version of this story originally appeared in our free weekly newsletter. HARRISBURG — When Republican lawmakers come together for their annual retreats this month and next …

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$763,656 In Federal Stimulus Dollars Coming to Gettysburg Borough

President Biden yesterday signed into law the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” The package will provide $350 billion for state and local governments, with a total of $13.722 billion coming to Pennsylvania. The state will receive $7.5 billion (including $279 million set aside for capital projects), counties will …

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Gettysburg Will Try to Slow Traffic Entering the Borough on Baltimore Street

Responding to a deadly crash on Baltimore St. last week, the Gettysburg Borough Council is considering ways to slow down traffic as it enters the borough on Baltimore St. “Even here on Chambersburg St. when people come into town they drive way too fast,” said borough council president Jake Schindel. Police chief Robert Glenny said …

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Pennsylvania DHS: Stimulus Package ‘Going to Be Huge’ For Entitlement Programs

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said Wednesday the latest federal stimulus package will help it prepare for life beyond the pandemic in the face of rising costs. “This is going to be huge,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller during a budget hearing with the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This is a …

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Adams County Honors Land Conservancy; Transfers $6.7 Million of Federal Funds to SCCAP For Housing Aid

The Adams County Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation to recognize March 11 to April 25 as Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) month on Wednesday. LCAC President Dave Salisbury thanked them saying “thank you for the long-standing critical support for the 26th year, and 12,000 acres preserved.” Commissioner Randy Phiel said “two things are consistent: …

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Gettysburg Police Report Shots Fired with Injury

[From the Gettysburg Police Dept. Facebook page] This morning at about 12:15 a.m. the Gettysburg Police Department was dispatched to the area of Chambersburg St. and Racehorse Alley for a reported shots fired call. Officers responded to the area and located a gunshot victim in the 100 Block of Chambersburg St. Witnesses reported hearing the …

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Community Gathering for Healing and Accountability

Join us for a community healing event at the Biglerville High School Parking lot on Saturday March 13, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to listen to survivors expose decades of racially motivated child abuse at Biglerville schools. Gathering at the Biglerville High School parking lot, we will listen to a collective declaration written by current …

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Warriors Upset Mechanicsburg; Will Meet Spring Grove on Friday

The fifth-seeded Gettysburg Area Warriors defeated the first-seeded Mechanicsburg Wildcats by a score of 41-32 in the Pennsylvania 5A Girls Basketball State Playoffs semifinals this evening. Senior Talia Gilliard Jackson led a valiant effort for the Wildcats with 11 points and had Gettysburg on the ropes at the end of the third quarter, leading 29-24. …

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CVSD Brings Fourth Through Sixth Graders Back Full Time; Expects Teacher Vaccinations

During its Tuesday evening meeting, the Conewago Valley School District (CVSD) unanimously voted to bring the 4th through 6th grades back to the intermediate school full-time next week. Of the 900 families surveyed last week, 723 completed it, with 94.4 percent (707 families) indicating they wanted their students to return to school full-time. According to …

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GHS Warriors Take on First Seeded Wildcats Tonight

The fifth seeded Gettysburg Area Warriors (17-2) travel to Mechanicsburg to take on the first seeded Mechanicsburg Wildcats (17-3) in the Pennsylvania Class 5A State Girls Basketball semifinals tonight at 7:00 p.m. The Warriors are coming off of a nail biting, 43-39 victory over Cocalico in the quarterfinals and are looking to repeat as champions …

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Report: Pennsylvania Set For $13 Billion From American Rescue Plan

(The Center Square) – A report from the Tax Foundation concludes that Pennsylvania will receive more than $13 billion in aid from the next federal stimulus package. This equals about 10,000% more than necessary to cover the state’s $67 million revenue loss, according to the foundation’s analysis. Nationally, states lost a combined $1.7 billion, representing less than …

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Report: Pennsylvania set for $13 billion from American Rescue Plan

 By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A report from the Tax Foundation concludes that Pennsylvania will receive more than $13 billion in aid from the next federal stimulus package. This equals about 10,000% more than necessary to cover the state’s $67 million revenue loss, according to the foundation’s analysis. Nationally, states lost a …

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Littlestown High School Presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” But Public Cannot Attend

As sure as we know Lucy van Pelt will pull the football away as Charlie Brown goes to kick it, we also know that it is time for high school Spring musicals. This year the Littlestown High School has chosen “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” as its musical production.  Produced by English teacher, Michael …

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From Ballads to Showstoppers, GHS Recreates Broadway in “Everything Is”

As the orchestral prelude ended and the lights came down, members of the stage crew showed up onstage at Gettysburg Area High School’s 2021 musical performance, “Everything Is,” ready to set up their sets.  As they looked around at each other and the audience, a bit puzzled, a voice from afar gently reminded them their …

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Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Defends Spending Plan, Minimum Wage Hike

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Jen Swails spent three hours defending Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plan – a proposal many Republicans criticize as lofty and unrealistic – before the House Appropriations Committee this week. The meeting concluded three weeks of hearings with different state agencies over how Wolf’s $37.8 billion proposal, partly funded …

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Lighthouse Baptist Prayer Group Helps with Addiction and Bad Habits

Reformers Unanimous (RU) is a program designed to help those who are struggling with addiction or who wish to break bad habits. The group meets on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse Baptist Church at 80 Apple Avenue, north of Gettysburg. The program was founded in 1995 by Baptist pastors Mr. …

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Big Road Project in York Springs on Route 15 to Begin Tonight

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that a resurfacing and safety improvement project on Route 15 from just south of York Springs in Adams County to just south of Dillsburg in York County is scheduled to begin Sunday night. Work consists of ramp acceleration and deceleration lane lengthening, intersection safety improvements, and a …

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LASD Considers Extra School Days; Reconsiders Hybrid Learning

The Littlestown Area School District Board members gave a reluctant and nearly unanimous aye vote to accept the resignation of the district’s Business Manager, Michael Statler on Monday evening, February 22, 2021. The dissenting votes were cast to express sorrow at Statler’s departure. Statler was hired to his position with the school district six and …

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Gettysburg Gears Up for Spring Campaign

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE – The Gettysburg College Department of Athletics has been planning and preparing for the time when conditions would allow for intercollegiate competition, and now that goal is a reality following an announcement made by the Centennial Conference Presidents’ Council endorsing a plan for spring seasons in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s …

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Gettysburg Rising Hosts Voter Access Presentation

Kadida Kenner, organizer for We the People in PA, will speak at Gettysburg Rising’s March meeting, which will be held via Zoom. Kenner will discuss voter disenfranchisement and judicial gerrymandering on the state level. Bring your questions and concerns and join us on Thursday, March 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. To attend the Zoom …

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Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services Defends $941 Million Spending Request

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services needs $941 million extra in its budget this year to service the state’s aging population. For some lawmakers, however, the “overspend” represents years of mismanagement under Gov. Tom Wolf that’s led to a 40% increase in the DHS’s budget since he took office in 2015. …

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Vaccination Clinics for Pa. Teachers Could Open as Soon as Next Week. Here are the Details.

Colin Deppen of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan 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 — Vaccination sites for teachers and school support staff will begin operating as soon as next week, Pennsylvania officials said …

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Demanding “Live Learning,” FASD Board Overrules School Administration Preferences

After hearing angry statements from residents about the inability of children to return to full-time status and a complicated explanation from school administrators about the difficulty of reopening the elementary school full-time during the pandemic, Fairfield Area School Board members took action and voted to install cameras in each of the school’s classrooms to provide …

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GASD Proposes Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Expansion

Gettysburg High School Principal Jeremy Lusk introduced the school’s U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Instructor Lt. Col. (Ret) Mike Athanasakis to the school board on Monday evening. Describing the ROTC program, Lusk praised its benefits for students. “I saw civics; I saw history; I saw service; I saw teamwork; I saw training …

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Pennsylvania Lost 500,000 Jobs in 2020

(The Center Square) — Pennsylvania lost 500,000 jobs in 2020, the Department of Labor and Industry said, and there’s no understanding of when – or if – those positions will return.  “We don’t know the reason why they were lost or if they are coming back,” acting Secretary of Labor Jennifer Berrier told the House Appropriations Committee …

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The Black Influence – Series 1: 1780 to 1850

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

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Republicans hammer education leaders over proposed charter school cuts in Pennsylvania

By Christen Smith (the Center Square)  (The Center Square) – Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives pressed the Department of Education on Monday over the governor’s proposed cuts to charter school funding, even as the public districts meant to benefit sit on millions in reserves and federal disaster aid, they said. The questions came …

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Gettysburg Police Describe Baltimore St. Crash, Ask for Information

On March 1, 2021 at approx. 4:20 AM Officers of the Gettysburg Police Department were dispatched to the 500 Block of Baltimore Street for a vehicle crash. Officers responded and upon arrival, found the vehicle engulfed in flames which had spread into the two structures it had hit. Fire Department units were immediately dispatched. Emergency …

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As COVID Cases Decline and Vaccinations Increase, Gov. Wolf Eases Rules on Gatherings and Lifts Out-of-State Travel Restrictions

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and the state’s vaccination plan is amplified, the Wolf Administration lifted mitigation restrictions that are effective statewide today. “Pennsylvania is taking a measured approach to revising or lifting mitigation orders,” Gov. Wolf said. “The reason we are seeing cases drop can be attributed, in part, to people following the …

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Emergency Street Closure – 500 Block of Baltimore Street – Fatal Car Wreck Displaces Multiple Residents

First responders remain on the scene of a fatal car crash that occurred at approximately 3:30 AM, March 1, 2021. Multiple buildings erupted in flames after the car exploded and caught fire. The residents of the buildings escaped with the assistance of fire fighters. No resident injuries have been reported. The Red Cross is assisting …

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Pennsylvania Governor Frames Charter School Reforms as Better for Taxpayers

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that cutting funding and increasing accountability for underperforming charter schools makes better use of taxpayer dollars than the current system. “If we don’t fix the problems in our charter schools now, we are setting our children up for failure and that’s unacceptable,” Wolf said during a news …

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County Approves Community Vaccination Site, $1.17 Million in Hospitality Industry Relief

The Adams County Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a memorandum of understanding with Wellspan Health to open a COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center in Adams County. The center will be located at the county’s Department of Emergency Services Building at 230 Greenamyer Lane in Straban Township. Vaccinations will be given inside the building by appointment only. …

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Obituary: “Mr. Ed” Edwin Lee Gotwalt

This, too, shall pass. That’s the sentiment the ever-optimistic “Mister Ed” Edwin Lee Gotwalt, 84, would pass on to anyone grieving his loss on Friday, February 26, 2021, of natural causes. The date also marks his 54th wedding anniversary to his treasured wife, Patricia Gotwalt, and the 46th anniversary of the founding of his famed …

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UASD Teacher Nicole King Learns with her Fifth Grade Students [Episode 46]

With the pandemic closing schools around the county and forcing teachers to adapt to new methods of teaching, at least some are finding the challenges can have some positive outcomes. In this episode we talk with veteran 5th grade teacher Nicole King from the Upper Adams School District. King talks about how she refined her …

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Gettysburg Will Revise Special Events Permitting in Response to Noise Concerns

Responding to concerns raised by Gettysburg resident Eve English who resides at 3 Baltimore St. near the Gettysburg Square, the Gettysburg Borough Council will reassess its special permitting process, particularly in regard to exceptions to the noise ordinance.  “I don’t have a problem with live music. I have problem with live music that is amplified …

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Gettysburg Supports New Library Building in the Rec Park

The Gettysburg Borough Council is taking first steps to clear the way for the Gettysburg Branch of the Adams County Public Library System to build a new 27,000 square foot building on three acres in the Gettysburg rec park. The library is moving from its current location at the corner of Baltimore and High Streets …

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FASD Votes Against Fully Reopening the Elementary School as Costs Rise and COVID Cases Continue

After hearing concerns about COVID cases and costs of hiring needed staff members, Fairfield Area School District board members voted twice against reopening the elementary school for five-day per week instruction. The school is currently operating on a hybrid A/B schedule in which children only come to school two days per week. “I think what …

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Bipartisan Cannabis Legalization Bill Emerges In Pennsylvania Senate

(The Center Square) – A bipartisan duo of senators introduced a measure Wednesday to legalize adult use cannabis in Pennsylvania. It’s the first time a Republican member of the chamber has cosponsored the proposal – typically endorsed solely by Democrats, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “That’s kind of the elephant in the room, …

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Adams County Library System Seeks Public Service Assistant

The Adams County Public Library System has an open position for a Public Services Assistant at the Gettysburg Library.  The position is 36.5 hours per week with full-time benefits available.  Applications are due March 9, 2021. This position is welcome to internal applicants. If interested please email [email protected] More details are available at https://www.adamslibrary.org/about/employment

Community Media Will Bring Fiber Broadband to the County

Using grants from the Adams County Community Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Community Media of South Central PA is developing a proposal for a fiber broadband system for Adams County. The organization has created a steering committee and is working with Celerity and Skyline Technology Solutions on the plans.   Please see our related …

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Bipartisan Cannabis Legalization Bill Emerges in Pennsylvania Senate

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A bipartisan duo of senators introduced a measure Wednesday to legalize adult use cannabis in Pennsylvania. It’s the first time a Republican member of the chamber has cosponsored the proposal – typically endorsed solely by Democrats, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “That’s kind …

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Healing the Racial Divide

Local communities of color have been almost literally invisible politically. For years, realtors and banks steered black homebuyers away from most neighborhoods and hundreds of black and brown students were taunted and bullied in local schools and young black men were routinely pulled over and hassled for “driving while black,” and black history was ignored …

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PennDOT: Plans to Add Tolls to Nine Bridges ‘Not Definitive’ Yet

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Tuesday specifics about a plan to toll nine bridges across the state remains under development, though drivers may see the fees as soon as 2023. “Nothing is final,” Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian said during a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing. “Nothing is definite yet.” The plan – a result of …

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Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania has Reached a Milestone in Its Plan to Vaccinate Seniors in Care

Governor Tom Wolf today marked a milestone in the implementation of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan with the announcement that more than 600 skilled nursing facilities have received first and second doses of the vaccine, and in total more than 315,000 doses of vaccine administered among all long-term care facilities being vaccinated by CVS and …

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Criminal Justice: Is Prison Worth Its Cost?

Each of us has a stake in our criminal justice system, whether we’re a presently or formerly incarcerated person, a family member, a criminal justice employee or administrator, a community member, a business owner, or a tax-payer. Increasingly, people on both sides of the aisle support criminal justice reform, whether it’s to save taxpayer money …

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ACAC to Feature Members Show During Month of March

The Adams County Arts Council will feature an outdoor themed collection of ACAC member artwork in the Reception Hall of the Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, during the month of March.  A First Friday reception is scheduled for Friday, March 5, 5-7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.  The show will …

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Adams Faces Rural Broadband Shortages that Challenge Education, Manufacturing, and Agriculture

Speaking at an online meeting of the @Home in Adams County Initiative yesterday, Center for Rural Pennsylvania Director Kyle Kopko said Adams County has only about 197 people per square mile, and that like other rural counties, it ranks below the state average for internet download speeds. Kopko said households without adequate broadband are poorer …

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Adams County COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Remains a Trickle

Moving into the tenth week of vaccine deliveries in the state, opportunities for first-dose shots in Adams County remain limited or non-existent.  Neither the Adams Cumberland Pharmacy system nor the Wellspan system currently show any available openings for first-dose appointments. The PA Department of Health said it delivered about 2,000 doses of vaccines during the …

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U.S. Congress HR1: For the People Act Would Provide Needed Changes

Are you concerned about the state of our democracy today? — that the majority of people are not heard or are ignored by those who are pledged to represent them? The For The People Act (HR 1) would make a major difference for our democracy. It would enact small-donor funded elections, expand early voting, provide for automatic …

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Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Signs Fourth Emergency Declaration

(The Center Square) – Gov. Tom Wolf signed a 90-day statewide emergency declaration for COVID-19 on Friday, the fourth such order since March 6, 2020. “COVID-19 vaccinations have begun, but we are still in the early stages of vaccine administration,” he said. “We will continue to prioritize a safe, efficient and equitable distribution process, and expect vaccinations …

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The $1 Billion Plan to Close the Gap Between Growing and Shrinking Pa. School Districts

Cynthia Fernandez of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan 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 Pennsylvania passed a new formula to distribute money for public schools in 2016, it was hailed as a …

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Increases to Pennsylvania Corrections Budget Despite Prison Closures, Smaller Population Lead to Lawmaker Questions

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania lawmakers wanted to know this week how the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary could justify seeking more for its annual budget at a time when overall inmate populations are dropping. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel is asking for a 2.5 percent increase, and during Wednesday’s budget hearing before the House Appropriations …

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UASD Hears Calls for Charter School Reform * Secondary Reopening Stymied by County Virus Figures

In his legislative report to the Upper Adams School District board on Monday, board member Christopher Fee noted the many burdens charter schools place on school district finances.  Fee said 350 school districts across the commonwealth are “calling for charter school reform. There are good charter schools, there are less good charter schools, but the …

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Business Profile: Aura Integrative Medicine

After a career in traditional Western medicine, Dr. Smitha Nair M.D. became interested in providing a more holistic medical approach for her patients — one where she could spend quality time with them and get to the root causes of their problems.  Dr. Nair discovered integrative medicine and in 2017 opened the doors to her own …

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Healthy Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force Creates Online Library of Local Walks

The Physical Fitness Task Force of Healthy Adams County, with help from The Adams County Office of Planning and Development, has created an Online Library of local walking maps. Each walk is described in terms of its parking location, length, type of surface, how sunny and flat, and how much traffic each route has.  A …

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Oil and Gas and Taxes in Pennsylvania

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

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UASD Board Condemns Racism as District Creates Plans to Combat it

The Upper Adams School District (UASD) School Board said it was united in its condemnation of any discrimination and racism in the district and committed to ensuring alleged issues recently brought up on social media platforms are addressed going forward. “We must all do our part to eradicate racism, inclusive of all forms of discrimination,” …

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Winter Storm Viola to Impact Gettysburg

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Gettysburg – effective through 10:00 AM on Friday, February 19, 2021. TOTAL storm accumulations will range from 6 inches if sleet mixes in to 9 inches if the precipitation remains all snow. Mayor Streeter will likely issue a snow emergency for Gettysburg Borough Thursday …

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Virtual Community Garden Workshop Scheduled for March 20

Join Healthy Franklin County for a FREE Virtual Community Garden Workshop on March 20 that will focus on “Creating Your Own Working Homestead.” There will be a variety of workshops centered around the theme of homesteading that explore foodscaping, foraging, how to build an herb spiral, and more. A keynote presentation by Jessy Varisano, owner …

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Gettysburg JROTC Normandy Trip

The Adams county Gettysburg High JROTC program will be taking a trip to Normandy, France in June of 2022 for the 78th anniversary of D-Day. Our goal is to bring history to life for 30 Cadets, who will participate in D-Day parades, cemetery ceremonies, and other official duties. We are partnered with the non-profit Historic Programs Group and …

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Arts Council Annual Meeting set for March 2, 2021

The Adams County Arts Council will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 6pm to 7pm virtually.   This year’s hour-long program begins at 6pm.  Members and anyone interested in learning more about the organization are welcome to attend this free event virtually by requesting a link to access the meeting. Applause Awards will be presented for …

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Gettysburg Foundation Partners with Foursquare Church to Provide Face Coverings

The Gettysburg Foundation announced today that it is partnering with Foursquare Church in Gettysburg to provide face coverings in the Adams County community. The Ford Motor Company Fund provided the Gettysburg Foundation with 100,000 medical-grade masks produced by Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company’s mask production is part of its #FinishStrong initiative – encouraging Americans to pull …

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IFO: Raising Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania Would Increase Economic Growth, Hike Costs For Employers

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office said Tuesday that raising the state’s minimum wage would stimulate economic growth, even though it increases costs for employers. “It would overall increase economic growth because it is an income transfer from higher income to lower income individuals,” said Matthew Knittel, executive director of the IFO, the state’s independent fiscal …

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Opening News and Awards for Ploughman Cider Taproom

When last we spoke, it was early November 2020. But not much has happened since then, right? Seriously, there’s been a lot going on and little of it good. Then today, we were nominated by USA Today’s 10best in a fan poll for America’s Best Cidery. That’s something good that happened recently! If you’re so …

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UASD Hires Attorneys to Investigate Alleged Racism

The Upper Adams School District today announced the appointment of Fox Rothschild Attorneys at Law of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the third-party investigator to conduct an independent, unbiased assessment of the District’s policies, procedures and response to alleged acts of racism and/or ethnic discrimination recently shared by students and alumni of Biglerville High School on social …

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pa.’s Frustrating Vaccine Rollout

Ese Olumhense of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan 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. Pennsylvania is in the midst of a frustrating vaccine rollout, and that might put it lightly. This has primarily been driven …

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County Commissioners Award Grants to Benefit Outdoor Recreation and Mercy House

The Adams County Commissioners last week approved over $100,000 in grants to assist local municipal parks as well as the Gettysburg Pedestrian-Bicycle Inner Loop project. The specific awards were for the following: Gettysburg Inner Loop-Phase B2 – $25,000.00 Freedom Township Municipal Park- Phase 1 – $25,000.00 Straban Township Recreation Playground Equipment – $25,000.00 Gettysburg Area …

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Will Pennsylvania Ban Mail-in Voting?

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

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