Getting to Know... Vicki Huffaker

Huffaker (Alex J. Hayes/Gettysburg Times)

Age: 59

Lives: Huffaker Hollow in Franklin Township

From: Born in Chicago and moved to Gettysburg in 1968

Educated at: Gettysburg Area High School and Susquehanna University

Family: Nolan, the man I married 31 years ago, our children Christine and Eric

Job: Executive Director, Adams County Office for Aging, Inc.

Job's reward: Helping the seniors in our community age with dignity and independence.

What I hate about my job: There are not enough resources to meet all of the needs of the seniors in our community.

Very first job was: Waitress at Faber's restaurant on Lincoln Square

Favorite food: Seafood

Pets: Penny, a lab/beagle mix.

Hero: Since I am proud to admit I was a daddy's girl - my father is definitely my hero!

Hobbies: Reading, boating and golf

Pet peeves: People not taking responsibility for their actions. Second on my list would be whiners!

You collect: Family memories

Best friend: I am fortunate to have many great friends but the best of the best would be Colleen Hartman. We have been friends since 8th grade and still going strong.

You would like to have witnessed what event in history: The Army Corps of Engineers creating Raystown Lake.

Event that changed your life: Children, always has made life challenging!

Scariest moment: The birth of my daughter and subsequent five days in the neonatal unit in Hershey.

Your first memory: Falling out of a tree house when I was 4.

Trait inherited from parents: I definitely inherited patience and empathy from my father. My mom taught me how to be a strong and independent woman and a nurturing mother.

Piece of advice that you live by: Live for today and plan for tomorrow.

Who needs a hug? Everyone

Favorite reading/author: I enjoy mystery and suspense novels. This month is David Baldacci and Lisa Jackson.

Favorite spot on earth: Floating on my inflatable chair on Raystown Lake.

Website you visit most: Philadelphia Library to download books.

Would like concert tickets to see: Little Big Town

One bad habit: Candy Crush

Three items on your bucket list: Travel - Florida Keys, cruise the Panama Canal, and the Pacific Northwest.

Five minutes with: My parents - I don't think I ever thanked them enough for the life they gave me!

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? I'd love to improve my golf game.

What would people find surprising about you? I enjoyed riding snowmobiles but then one day a tree jumped out in front of me and now my riding days are over!

What would make this world a better place? Acceptance of others.

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? When I was offered the position of executive director.

How would you like to be remembered? Good Daughter, Good Mother and Caring Friend.

-By Alex J. Hayes, Times Managing Editor

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