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Pastoral moral lapses and mindful infractions

Early Pennsylvania clergy who arrived in Philadelphia, or entered at other places, were on a mission to save souls and consolidate their flocks under the true banner of whatever denomination they represented. As one historian noted, Pennsylvania was the most "ecclesiastic pluralistic colony in British America." In fact, a visitor to Pennsylvania described the colony as a "veritable Babel," meaning that there were so many religious groups.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Notes on cheese
Posted: April 01, 2015

Cheese is a good topic for questions. Many people know that cheese has protein and fat, and some may know that cheese has saturated fat and sodium, but what types of cheese are better choices?

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Let me be brave in the attempt
Posted: March 31, 2015

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This Athlete's Oath is recited by every Special Olympics athlete at the opening ceremonies of every competition, along with all the pomp and circumstance associated with what might be considered the "regular" Olympics. These words and the meaning behind them are very obvious when watching the athletes in action as they do their very best to win. Regardless of the level of ability of our participants it is truly wonderful to see their competitive spirit, along with their amazing sportsmanship, come to life. If you are interested in participating or volunteering, here is a bit of information to help you out.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
No Bridezilla here
Posted: March 28, 2015

On March 31, 1990, I committed myself to a lifetime of marriage with Duane. It was a perfect day. Well, maybe not.

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Two choices for mankind
Posted: March 28, 2015

In our nation, it seems the political environment is always fully engaged as the cry for change is the rallying voice of all. Change is coming. It will continue to come. In the short-run, it will always target those who do not adhere to popular culture and opinion. However, the consequences of man's throwing off of godly restraints will not be cured legislatively.

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Stay tuned for more Arc events
Posted: March 28, 2015

The Arc of Adams County, serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, has continued to provide programs and services to our IDD children and adults. Friday Fun Nights have had the largest attendance, ever. We hosted 100 participants. Fun with Friends has also been a great success especially hosted by the Youth Group at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. Our thanks and congrats to them.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Tribute to Toni Morrison
Posted: March 27, 2015

Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular. Booktalk usually meets at 12 p.m. on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room. All programs are free and open to the public.

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Aid for veterans and our community
Posted: March 27, 2015

We all know the benefits that both regular exercise and social interaction can have on physical and mental health. Many people who use the YWCA's fitness center and indoor pool have shared with us their own stories about how they have improved their physical health, made new friends, and increased their overall quality of life through their access to a YWCA membership.

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Police Shootings, Part III
Posted: March 27, 2015

Law enforcement personnel fire their weapons solely to protect themselves or someone else from death or serious bodily harm. When they do, they shoot to stop that threat. So, can an unarmed individual ever pose a threat of death or serious bodily injury to an armed officer? Yes, they can and they have.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Does Pennsylvania C.A.R.E.?
Posted: March 26, 2015

Have you, a family member, or friend ever been hospitalized? And when you were discharged, were you handed prescriptions and instructions on what to do to continue recovering at home? Perhaps you needed assistance from a caregiver.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Need a spring tonic?
Posted: March 25, 2015

Students are invited to enter the 20th Annual Recyclable Art Contest & Exhibit. The contest is open to all Adams County schools, home-schoolers, Scout troops and other student organizations grades K-12. Pieces must be dropped off at the Arts Education Center on Tuesday, March 31, or Wednesday, April 1, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of McDonald's and the Gettysburg Recycling Committee, cash prizes will be awarded for each grade level of competition and a People Choice Award which the public selects. This year's judges will be Fairfield Mayor Ron Harris, Karen Coyle of Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers in New Oxford, and Timbrel Wallace of Lark in Gettysburg. Entries will be on display at the center April 3 -18. The exhibit, coordinated by Ann Walsh, opens with a First Friday reception on April 3 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and closes with awards on Saturday, April 18, at noon. Prize-winning pieces will also be on display at the Gettysburg Green Gathering at the Ag Center on Saturday, April 25. For contest guidelines, visit our website or contact the office.

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Scholarships for Adams County students
Posted: March 25, 2015

In getting ready for the 2015 Adams County Dollars for Scholars process, I was extremely pleased to note that in 2014 the Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) awarded 32 scholarships totaling $73,750 to 30 students attending universities and post-secondary schools! This money amounted to 14 percent of the Foundation's distributions in 2014.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Saluting guiding centennial
Posted: March 24, 2015

Cumberland Township lies between Marsh Creek and Rock Creek, stretching from the Maryland line to four miles north of Gettysburg. Consequently, most of the battlefields within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park are also within the borders of Cumberland Township. As a salute to the Centennial of Licensed Battlefield Guiding at Gettysburg, this month's article features two historic township landmarks - the West End Guide Station and the South End Guide Station. For many of their 100 years of existence, guides began their tours at these two structures.

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Waking up
Posted: March 24, 2015

We play a game with groups of school children during field trips at the preserve called MAD: move, adapt or die. It sounds like a wonderfully light-hearted childhood game, right? The children are all assigned a character to play, an animal or plant within an ecosystem; the idea of the game is to introduce potential hazards into the ecosystem. The characters are presented with situations like a forest fire, predators or a flood and must decide whether they will move to avoid the danger, adapt to the danger or die. The groups of children love the game and it's fun to watch them thinking as though they are the organisms within the ecosystem. One of the hazards in the game is a harsh winter. Some the children proclaim, "I would migrate!" Others yell, "I would hibernate!"

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Monday 03/23/2015
Mary Jemison - White Woman of Genesee
Posted: March 23, 2015

Part Two - Taken Captive

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Unsung heroines
Posted: March 23, 2015

When Women's History Month was established, the originators believed that it was and is important to recognize that all nations had Founding Mothers as well as Founding Fathers. They urged educators and writers to use this month to highlight the lives of women who had made significant contributions to science, the arts, and society so that women, young and old, would take courage and inspiration from their predecessors.

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Saturday 03/21/2015
More than loans, deposits
Posted: March 21, 2015

There is no shortage of providers when it comes to financial products and advice. Advertisements proclaim sophistication and global perspectives. Who should you trust? The answer might be closer to home than you might realize.

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Important: Selecting a financial advisor
Posted: March 21, 2015

Investors should not be intimidated by what they perceive to be a difficult process of selecting a financial advisor. The interview could be your most important ever. Here are some suggestions to get the most out of your search.

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Spring Cleaning - Refrigerators 101
Posted: March 21, 2015

Sunshine, warmer temperatures - I do believe that spring is just around the corner. What a welcome relief from our cold bitter winter weather.

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We're not there yet
Posted: March 21, 2015

In the spring of 1967, when, fresh out of law school, I joined the staff of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and became the junior member of a team assessing the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, then less than two years old. Did I imagine that we would still need the protections of the Voting Rights Act fifty years after its enactment? Let's be realistic. As a 25-year-old, my concerns were focused on the present, not the distant future.

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Impact of PSSA and Keystone testing
Posted: March 21, 2015

When you look at the April and May calendars for the 2014 - 2015 school year for Gettysburg Area School District and school districts across the Commonwealth, it appears that the amount of standardized testing required is substantial. The Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone exams are thorough. We break the testing periods into partial days to give students time to engage and rejuvenate. The remaining part of the school day is dedicated to instruction in materials not on that day's standardized assessments. Thus students continue to be instructed and learn.

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