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The Dirt Gravel and Low Volume (DGLV) Program has been an ongoing state funded, but locally controlled program. It was started in the late 1990s and remains a program that works with local municipalities to achieve water quality improvement for the local streams that intersect and parallel t…

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Community Wellness Connections is a partnership of people and organizations that aims to foster health and well-being in Adams County. We connect people across the county with activities and events that support health in four key areas: mind, body, spirit, and community. We believe that this…

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September is National Literacy Month, and Sept. 19-25, is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, partners with literacy councils across our 11-county service region to increase access to education and employment.

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The other night I wrestled with the ability to fall asleep as my mind raced with ideas and work to be done. Netflix, as would have it, provided me a look into the life of Bob Ross. I decided to watch. It reminded me of how he was a pioneer of his time and very good at helping anyone who was …

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If you’re a grandparent, you don’t need Grandparents Day, observed on Sept. 12, to remind you of the joys of having grandchildren. Yet, you might want to use this day as an opportunity to think about ways to help provide for your grandchildren’s future.

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In Gettysburg’s sister city of Leon in the country of Nicaragua, poverty, lack of good nutrition and lack of clean drinking water are still a part of everyday life. The country is by many measures the poorest country in the western hemisphere except for Haiti.

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My parents and grandparents built the cottage in Georgian Bay where my family still summers, now that the border has reopened to allow the 200,000 some Americans who summer in Canada to cross.

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Many of you have read about SHARE, a new housing program available to older adults in Adams County. SHARE is a Shared Housing Match-up Pilot Program, designed to help older adults age in place, while offering affordable housing to other adults 18 and over. In this program, unrelated individu…

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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life took place at Oakside Park in Biglerville on Saturday evening, Aug. 21. True to our Theme of “Game On – Join The Fight Against Cancer” I’m excited to say we added something different to our event this year with some well-received bingo with prizes.

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Church briefs are devoted to upcoming special events and activities for members of the area religious community.

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Asking for help is difficult. After all, no one can disappoint me if I do whatever needs doing myself. Yet, living with others I still need their validation. A part of me is afraid of admitting any weaknesses and inadequacies fearing disapproval or rejection. What if they stop liking me if I…

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When we began planning for the yet-to-be-named Bouncing Back Birthday Bash (BBBB), our celebration of 40 years at 909 Fairfield Road, September seemed a long way off. That was late last winter, and while the days and weeks and months haven’t always flown by, we look around and, wow, it’s September.

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The Adams County Library System has several homeschool events scheduled for this fall, these events will be held on Fridays at 1 p.m. and be for homeschool children in kindergarten thru sixth grade.

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When I say “historical society,” what comes to mind? I admit that the word “dust” was part of my mental picture. My presumptions did not include “cutting-edge” or “stunning.” But those are, in fact, two words that I will forever use to describe the ambitious and exciting plans underway at th…

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Nobody loves the idea of divorce. We go into a marriage with high hopes and dreams, but those dreams are often unrealized. Currently, over 50 percent of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. The numbers of divorces here in Pennsylvania were decreasing until the pandemic hit. Now…

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I’ve always been told that I have a quick wit. A snappy comeback to someone’s comment has always come easy for me. Growing up, I think that it’s amused my Mom, and sometimes I think it’s annoyed her. But guess what, Mom? I’m going to try and put this skill to good use.

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Church briefs are devoted to upcoming special events and activities for members of the area religious community.

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Asking for help is difficult. After all, no one can disappoint me if I do whatever needs doing myself. Yet, living with others I still need their validation. A part of me is afraid of admitting any weaknesses and inadequacies fearing disapproval or rejection. What if they stop liking me if I…

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Among the many plants you might consider adding to your garden is a native perennial herb that is one of my favorites — turtlehead. The plant is hardy, attractive, colorful, long blooming, and requires little maintenance.

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When we began planning for the yet-to-be-named Bouncing Back Birthday Bash (BBBB), our celebration of 40 years at 909 Fairfield Road, September seemed a long way off. That was late last winter, and while the days and weeks and months haven’t always flown by, we look around and, wow, it’s September.

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The Adams County Library System has several homeschool events scheduled for this fall, these events will be held on Fridays at 1 p.m. and be for homeschool children in kindergarten thru sixth grade.

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When I say “historical society,” what comes to mind? I admit that the word “dust” was part of my mental picture. My presumptions did not include “cutting-edge” or “stunning.” But those are, in fact, two words that I will forever use to describe the ambitious and exciting plans underway at th…

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Nobody loves the idea of divorce. We go into a marriage with high hopes and dreams, but those dreams are often unrealized. Currently, over 50 percent of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. The numbers of divorces here in Pennsylvania were decreasing until the pandemic hit. Now…

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I’ve always been told that I have a quick wit. A snappy comeback to someone’s comment has always come easy for me. Growing up, I think that it’s amused my Mom, and sometimes I think it’s annoyed her. But guess what, Mom? I’m going to try and put this skill to good use.

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For those who may not know, September is Baby Safety Month. The purpose of this topic is to spread awareness of the various ways we can keep our babies safe.

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The changes that come with aging occur gradually. We don’t get up one morning and think, “I don’t hear [or see, or react] as well as I did last week.” So it’s important for older drivers to be aware and make some changes in their driving habits to accommodate the aging process.

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Autumn is upon us. These last few days of summer are truly bittersweet. After being in lock downs, shut downs, and feeling down during the pandemic, the summer sun and warmth was a welcome desire. We couldn’t wait to get out of the house, travel again and see loved ones. Now that school is b…

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As August turns into September and young people head back to school, Labor Day weekend unofficially signals the end of the summer season. It’s been a very busy summer in Gettysburg and Adams County, as we’ve welcomed visitors back to our historic town in large numbers. The end of summer does…

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Over the last 18 months, during COVID, we have worked with a wide variety of partners to meet the significant needs across our community. One of those partners that we have worked with in the past but not like we have over the last 18 months are landlords. With every family who has struggled…

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If you’re getting close to retirement, you’re probably thinking about the ways your life will soon be changing. And one key transition involves your income – instead of being able to count on a regular paycheck, as you’ve done for decades, you’ll now need to put together an income stream on …

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“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits crushed.” ~ Psalm 34: 17-18

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Gettysburg United Methodist Church will offer “A Civil War Divine Service” at the Gettysburg National Military Park Amphitheater on East Confederate Avenue Sunday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m., and the same service at the church at 30 W. High St. at 10:30 a.m. The 8 a.m. service is part of a series of…

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Church briefs are devoted to upcoming special events and activities for members of the area religious community.

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This fall, during the busy harvest season, you may find yourself sharing the roadway with various forms of farm equipment. America’s rural roadways are often not equipped for accelerated speeds and can present several safety hazards, especially to those in a hurry. Here are a few safety tips…

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~ martin Luther King Jr.

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Volunteering not only benefits your community but also can benefit you. Volunteering is a great way to gain professional experience, build up your resume and network with local organizations. Volunteering also has a positive impact on your health.

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The Littlestown Area Garden Club held their annual picnic for members and guests on Aug. 26 at the Littlestown Community Park Pavilion. The group enjoyed fired chicken and picnic fare. Certificates and tools were awarded to members who have served as officer, committee chairmen, master garde…

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This fall is quite busy for the Master Gardeners. Each month is an exciting opportunity to learn something a little different about gardening. Here are a few new programs that I am excited to share them with you!

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I hope you have had an opportunity to read this year’s Adams County Reads One Book, “The Water Dancer,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. If not, there is still time. Stop by any Adams County Library location to pick up a copy of the book, or place a hold on a copy. This October, there will be plenty of …

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A few decades ago, we began to hear our modern times described as “The Information Age.” Surprisingly, that was before social media, blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos. We swim now in a sea of information, but it can still be hard to access the precise knowledge you need just when you need …

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For the past year, I have worked with the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) through Zoom classes and in the new era of COVID learning. Despite working previously with students in elementary schools to prepare myself for a future working in the education system, nothing could have prepared me …

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Due to COVID-19, the volunteer hammers of Adams County Habit for Humanity fell nearly silent during 2020. This was discouraging for our organization which had, up until then, completed approximately 40 homes in the community.

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The seminal work on the Susquehanna Indian culture has been authored by Barry C. Kent under the auspices of PHMC indicates that, “The Piedmont Highland Section of the Piedmont Province begins at Chickies Creek. From here the river is rather continuously entrenched in the rolling terrain of t…

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My wife and I are both Midwest transplants, who spent most of our lives in Missouri. We were there last month, visiting family, and on the way back swung south to visit Civil War sites in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Ross Hetrick is president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, which is dedicated to promoting Stevens's important legacy. More information about the Great Commoner can be found at the society's website, https://www.thaddeusstevenssociety.com/.

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Church briefs are devoted to upcoming special events and activities for members of the area religious community.

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With summer winding down, schools back in session, and the crispness of fall approaching, it creates a feeling of starting fresh and encourages us to set new goals.

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Have you ever wondered why some flowers, such as old fashioned roses, have a lovely fragrance and others, especially some of the newer hybrid roses, have no fragrance?

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The YWCA’s annual Encore 5K for Breast Cancer Awareness is an Adams County autumn tradition. While certainly not on the scale of the Apple Harvest Festival or even our own Spirit of Gettysburg 5K, the Encore is not without its charm, its fans, and most importantly its importance.

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As most area students have now returned to school, the Adams County Library System staff puts our Summer Quest hats away and have begun working on programming for the months of September, October, and November 2021. We are very excited to confirm that in-person programming is returning to th…

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Thank you, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and all of the generations who have lived before me in Adams County. Each of you have enriched the lives of your children and the generations that will follow ours in more ways than you can imagine.

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Growing up as one of five children of a schoolteacher, Suetta Martin never imagined philanthropy in her future. “We always had food on the table, good shoes, and we always went to the dentist,” she says, making it clear that hers was a no-frills upbringing. The siblings grew up cheerfully fr…

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As our kids head back to school this year, it’s a great time to make sure we are talking to them about difficult subjects, such as bullying, violence, drugs, and other challenging subjects. When we talk to our kids about tough stuff, our bond with them is strengthened and we are able to teac…

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Have we really been rubbing elbows with each other for thirty years? The first Adams County Heritage Festival, sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice in 1991, was a sorry affair, with everyone clustered under the Rec Park Fireman’s Pavilion while it poured rain. Recollectio…

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The most important item to mention in this month’s article is on Sept. 18, the borough will host another opportunity for residents to turn in electronic devices to be recycled. These very popular and well-attended events offer solutions to the conundrum created by the Covered Device Recyclin…

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I got up this morning to the news of Josh Laird’s tragic death. Numb with grief I went for a walk, hoping to absorb some solace from this beautiful morning. Last evening’s all too brief shower has freshened things for the moment. Yesterday’s droopy flowers stood straight and tall. Queen Anne…

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Sweet Grace Ministries will host an awareness and fundraising event, the 10th annual Sweet Walk to Remember, on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Norlo Park, Fayetteville, Pa.

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The Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet and vocalist Susan Hochmiller will serve as worship leaders at three area churches in Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Gettysburg during the coming weeks.