Gettysburg Nature Alliance Offers Mid-Day Meditation at the Barn at Sachs Bridge

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The Gettysburg Nature Alliance is inviting individuals to embrace tranquility amidst historical surroundings with their upcoming meditation classes at the Barn at Sachs Bridge. Beginning on April 18th, these sessions will run every Thursday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm for six consecutive weeks. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Sachs Bridge and fields, the barn

The total solar eclipse is a cosmic spectacle well worth the hype

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Robert Knobel, Queen’s University, Ontario and Kristine Spekkens, Queen’s University, Ontario Eclipse fever has gripped North America, where many people are talking, worrying — and obsessing — about the April 8 total solar eclipse. The eclipse itself is beautiful and moving, and is an incredible opportunity to excite and involve the community in the scientific

New Science Standards will be in our Classrooms Soon

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Pennsylvania’s new science standards are transforming teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms.  The new standards, called STEELS, are modeled after the Next Generation Science Standards which are used by twenty states and are based on the 2012 Framework for K-12 Science Education.  Pennsylvania’s STEELS standards address Science, Technology, Engineering, Environmental Literacy, and Sustainability.  The retired

Star light, star of the first magnitude

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The Sky This Week, October 31-November 6 “The Sky This Week” appears regularly. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year.

There’s a Hunter’s Moon on the rise

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The Sky This Week, October 24-30 “The Sky This Week” appears regularly. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year. The

A fall “ring of fire”

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The Sky This Week, October 10-16 “The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year.

Gazing south

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The Sky This Week, October 3-9 “The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year.

Shine On, Harvest Moon

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The Sky This Week, September 26-October 2 “The Sky This Week” appears regularly. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year.

Autumn arrives

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The Sky This Week, September 19-25 The Sky This Week” is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year. The fall schedule of

Earthshine

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year. The fall schedule of public shows

Darkest of skies

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The Sky This Week, September 5-11 “The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. We are accepting field trip requests for the 23-24 academic year!

There’s lots of kayaking ahead

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Even though it’s September, plenty of good kayaking days are still ahead this year.  Unfortunately, the launch area at Long Pine Reservoir, close by in Michaux State Forest, is closed until next season. But for those determined to enjoy this lovely mountain lake, there are ways to reach the water. The fishing dock offers a quick downhill

How to make homes cooler without cranking up the air conditioning

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Jesus Lizana, University of Oxford; Nicole Miranda, University of Oxford; and Radhika Khosla, University of Oxford Temperatures around the world are soaring. Both California’s Death Valley and China’s Xinjiang region have seen temperatures climb above the 50℃ mark. A blistering heatwave is also sweeping across the Mediterranean, causing temperatures in parts of Italy, Spain, France,

The Sky this Week, August 8-15

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“The Sky This Week” appears regularly. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for the

The Sky this Week, July 11-17

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for

The Edge of the Wood: Taking Inventory

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ve learned to talk nice to our lawn mower. My spouse tells me if I am friendly to the machine, it will work better, or at least longer. It makes sense, sort of. The thing is, I’m not a lawn-mowing kind of guy. Grass has been growing and dying and growing back for a very

The Sky this Week, June 27-July 3

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for

The Sky this Week, June 13-19

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for

The Sky this Week, June 6-12

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for

The Edge of the Wood: 540 feet

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From my front yard, I watch the sun creep over the hill behind my shoulder, lighting the street in front of me, beginning from the far end and slowly illuminating the blackness before me like a Mother peeling the blanket from her child’s sleepy head. I live at approximately 540 feet above sea level. Some

Pressure from solar developers, a toboggan ride, and a report card featured at South Mountain Partnership spring meeting

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The changing face of growth has changed the efforts in Franklin County to plan for it while attempting to preserve the county’s mix of characters. “Franklin County has been a target for solar development,” Franklin County Commissioners Chairman David Kelly told a group of South Mountain Partnership (SMP) supporters gathered Friday morning at a pavilion

The Sky this Week, May 23-29

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for

The Sky this Week, May 16-22

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for

Bees in My Tree

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by Steve Boggs On May 8, my 70th birthday, a large swarm of honeybees landed in the young maple tree in my front yard in Cumberland Village, Gettysburg. My wife, Rosie, heard them first and asked what that noise was. We watched the cloud of bees as they slowly gathered on one of the tree

The Sky This Week, May 9-15

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“The Sky This Week” appears regularly. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for the

The Sky This Week

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“The Sky This Week” appears regularly. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Public shows have concluded for the academic year, but we are still accepting field trip requests for the

Springtime symphony

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I can hear them tuning up. So can my spouse, whose cabin fever I’ll put up against any New Englander who thinks winter has been too darn long. My best friend, bless her, has impatiently awaited the assembly of the “garden corral” in the parking lot of the nearby Wal-Mart. As the first concrete blocks

The Sky This Week, April 11-17

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The spring

Sen Casey attends local ceremony announcing $200 million in federal broadband funds for PA

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Representatives of local, state, and federal governments including PA Senator Bob Casey met this morning at the offices of the Adams Economic Alliance (AEA) to announce and celebrate the awarding of $200 million in federal funding to improve broadband access across the state. “This means real change in people’s lives. A student in northern Adams

It lives!

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An ethereal blanket of translucent maroon — the color of shrubs in transition from the blah gray of the past few months to the green cloaking that soon will block the view of even large rocks more than about 50 feet distant — seems to flow like an incoming fog across the forest floor.. The

The Sky this Week, March 28-April 3

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. Spring 2023

The Edge of the Wood: The paradox

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I sit looking out my upstairs window at four trees poking through mostly lawn. Last year, we planted a 4×16-foot wildflower plot on a piece of that lawn. This year the strip will be 4×100, roughly — a divider between our suburban lot and the one next to ours and, we hope, a larger magnet for butterflies.

At Land Conservancy’s 27th annual dinner, land owners who preserved property in 2022 are honored

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The Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) held its 27th Annual Dinner meeting at the Gettysburg Hotel on March 9.  Landowners who preserved their properties in 2022 were honored and new board members were elected. The Land Conservancy seeks to preserve the rural character of Adams County through the negotiation of Conservation Easements. An easement is

The Sky This Week, March 14-20

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The spring

The Sky this Week, February 28-March 6

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The Spring

Gettysburg College’s Advancing Science Library receives NOAA grant to support local schools

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The Advancing Science – Educational Resources and Environmental Literacy for Regional Schools program at Gettysburg College has received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of their Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) funding initiative. Advancing Science is a scientific equipment lending library from Gettysburg College that makes free loans,

Hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk of automation and AI replacement in Pennsylvania

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Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square The U.S. job market is about to enter an era of unprecedented change that could impact tens of millions of workers. As robotics and artificial intelligence technologies continue to advance, companies will be able to leverage new, cost-effective tools to create and deliver their products to

The Edge of the Wood

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Cure for cabin fever Cabin Fever is that ailment that forces one, eventually, to either leave the house or kill everyone too slow to escape. I opted for the former action. “Where are you going?” She Who Must Be Loved queried. A Hairy woodpecker has made progress disassembling a decomposing Gray birch tree. (John Messeder

The sky this week, February 14-20

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The spring

The Edge of the Wood

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Welcome to Emanon The thing about development is it never seems to work out as well as it was planned – except for the developers. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not opposed to growth. I enjoy, for instance, trees large enough to make shade on a summer afternoon and creeks wide enough to have pools

The Sky This Week: Feb 7-13

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The spring

Request free native tree and shrub seedlings through Adams County Planting Partnership beginning Feb. 27

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The Adams County Planting Partnership—an initiative of the Adams County Conservation District and the Watershed Alliance of Adams County—has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to distribute more than 10,000 free native tree and shrub seedlings this spring to Adams County residents who request them. More than 25 species of

Only the past is pristine

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There is much discussion in conservation circles about, on the one hand, species disappearing from sight, sound, and memory and, on the other hand, species newly rooting in places they have not always been. As I wandered along a deer trail through a section of otherwise pristine woodland and discovered a rock wall with no

Preparing for rebirth

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Spring is nigh upon us. At least it seems that way. The forecasted “one-to-three inches” of snow this week was gone the next day. ’Tis nearing the season for taking a youngster fishing. Some fishing is allowed now; check out the PA Fish and Boat website for specifics on which species are fishable and where

Audubon Society walks on Saturday

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The South Mountain Audubon Society invites you to join them for a walk at Big Spring, near Newville, PA, on Saturday Jan. 28. We will meet at 9:00 am in the parking area where Big Spring Road intersects with Springfield Road just outside Newville, which is about 30 miles north of Gettysburg.  We will position

The sky this week, January 24-30

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The spring

Name that tree

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As a youngster, I spent most of my time afield by myself. I had a brother and a sister, and later a second sister, but there was something about wandering in the forest that appealed to me in ways it never did to the others. I tended, when not involved in the daily chores of

The Sky This Week, January 17-23

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. The spring

The Sky This Week: January 10-16

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. Shows have

Racist weeds in a conservationist garden

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Most of the men – and they were mostly men – I looked up to back in the day have turned out to be racist. Or misogynistic. Or both. George Washington, for instance, was the Father of Our Country, though I was suspicious even then of the story about him being unable to lie. I

Happy New Year! The future is just over the horizon

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Time is merely a construct to aid cataloging significant events. As a kid, time began when I was about 12-years old. That was the year we built the big house. As I look back through my anthology of stories from that era, building the house was not significant because it meant heating with oil (no

The Sky this Week, December 27-January 2

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. Shows have

Christmas by any name

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It’s almost time. In a few hours, the Jolly Old Elf will be sliding down chimneys, decorating trees that so far haven’t been, and leaving gifts for girls and boys. Well, a lot of girls and boys, anyway. So here’s to the church groups and offices and motorcycle groups and numerous others I couldn’t know

The Sky this Week, December 20-26

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. Shows have

They don’t make winter like they used to

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I have not yet pulled out our snow thrower. I am counting on the natural snow fence at the western side of the county to save me from enriching Exxon. I learned about snow fences as a kid. Farmers would stretch what looked like rows of slatted window blinds turned sideways across their roadside fields.

The Sky this Week, December 13-20

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23 is now live. Shows have

Sparkling diamond dust and summer sausage

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The moon the past few nights, when we could see it at all, has been amazingly bright, like a humongous spotlight angling through the trees, casting stick shadows across my desk. The grass between my home and the woods is sparkling, as though a troop of elves has danced across the greensward scattering powdered diamonds.

The Sky this Week, December 6-12

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for 2022-23is now live. Shows have concluded

The Good, The Bad and The Zucky

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There are piles of books in the Messeder residence, as the Resident Home Decorator often reminds me, especially when she enters my atelier – which is a French word for “studio,” itself a fancified substitute for “office,” which, to me, sounds too darned, well, officious. I’d much rather sit in my studio with a drink

The Sky This Week, November 29-December 5

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

On Being Thankful

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“Here we go again,” Granddaughter Kass said one Thanksgiving mealtime as I prepared to “say Grace.” She knew I didn’t normally subscribe to the pre-formatted version of my childhood: “Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ Our Lord, amen.” Past are the days

Dogs Who Have Owned Me

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One thing I’ve learned about dogs is, “don’t buy one.” The first dog to occupy my life was my mom’s, an English Setter named Devil, short for JAM’s Devil Dog (a story that is a dog for another bone.) I was about 12 when Devil came into my life. We romped and swam, and on

The Sky this Week, November 8-14

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky This Week, November 1-8

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky this Week, October 25-31

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

Deer Baiting and Chronic Wasting Disease

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It’s fall in Adams County and the South Mountains of South Central Pennsylvania. A variety of native trees, like an artist’s brushes, color the land in oranges, yellows, and reds as though they had been spilled on an artist’s palette. As I stood talking with Pa. Forest Ranger Scott Greevy, acorns fell from the surrounding

The Sky This Week

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

“False Social Reality” Hides Strong Support

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Most people think they are in the minority in wanting to do something to slow, if not stop, climate warming and to protect our land, air, and water. Most people are wrong. The journal Nature Communications in August, quoting a recently released study, reported a “false social reality” in which about 80 percent of Americans support climate

The Sky This Week, October 11-17

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This week, let’s take a last (well, close to the last) look at the Summer Triangle. This unofficial constellation (astronomers call it an “asterism”) is prominently visible in our prime-time sky from summer through fall. It consists of the three brightest stars from three different          constellations: Vega, in Lyra the Lyre, Deneb in Cygnus the

The Sky this Week, October 4-10, 2022

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky this Week, September 27-October 3

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky this Week, September 13-19

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky this Week, September 6-12

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky this Week, Aug. 30 – Sep. 5

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to the Moon sets the stage for routine space exploration beyond Earth’s orbit – here’s what to expect and why it’s important

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Jack Burns, University of Colorado Boulder NASA’s Artemis 1 mission is poised to take a key step toward returning humans to the Moon after a half-century hiatus. The mission, scheduled to launch on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, is a shakedown cruise – sans crew – for NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion Crew Capsule. The

The Sky this Week, August 23-30

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, and

The Sky this Week, August 15-22

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“The Sky This Week” appears every Tuesday. It is written by Ian Clarke, Director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College.  The planetarium offers regular educational presentations about the stars and the skies; there’s something for early elementary through adults. Field trip requests are welcome. NOTE: field trip request form for Fall 2022 is now live, schedule

The Sky this Week, August 8-14, 2022

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The moon, now almost full, dominates the night sky. After the full moon, August 11 at 9:36 p.m. it begins the waning half of its monthly cycle. If your calendar says the full moon is the 12th that’s because it’s going by Universal Time, which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and thus

Oldest national parks in America

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By Lauren Liebhaber Oldest national parks in America We live in a land of giants, legends, and ancient history. Early descriptions of the regions that would eventually become our national parks, most often told by explorers or laborers, were so foreign and fantastical to the average person that they simply weren’t believed. Even today, the

Quarantine and permitting fight invasive spotted lanternfly, now found in Adams

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As the invasive spotted lanternfly’s spring hatch approaches, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced in March that the department has added 11 counties to Pennsylvania’s quarantine zone. Adams, Armstrong, Bedford, Centre, Fulton, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Snyder, Union, and Washington counties bring the total to 45 Pennsylvania counties quarantined. “Spotted lanternflies threaten outdoor businesses and quality of

LASD students learn practical skills through agriculture courses

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There is no denying the real learning for real life value of an agriculture curriculum for high school students. Farming, and its wide range of crops, are linked to physical activity, a better quality of life, and a potential source of revenue. Jesse Brant, Chair of Littlestown High School’s Agriculture Department, prepares his students for

Watching science unfold

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I’ve been captivated by the journey of the James Webb Space Telescope since its launch on Christmas Day. The whole project is astonishing and a bit surreal in the sense that it involves the unfolding and rigging of a football-field sized scientific instrument that was crammed into the nose cone of an Ariane rocket. No

Community Forum – dialogue with medical experts on COVID and Children and Adolescents

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 A virtual community forum will be hosted by Family First Health on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30pm. The Forum will focus on “A Provider Conversation and Community Q&A about COVID-19’s Impact on Children”. Family First Health invites anyone to participate via Facebook or Youtube to have a dialogue between medical experts about the impact of COVID-19 on

Organization Spotlight: Gettysburg Nature Alliance connects habitat with heritage

The Gettysburg Nature Alliance, founded in 2017 to educate about and preserve Gettysburg’s habitat and heritage, is emerging from the pandemic stronger than before. The organization spent its pre-pandemic years sorting out the logistics that all fledgling organizations deal with. Now, with a recent $50,000 donation from New Leaf Paper Inc. and a new project underway,