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As membership director at the YWCA, one of my responsibilities is managing the front or membership desk. If you’ve ever entered our facility at 909 Fairfield Road, as have most Adams Countians at one time or another, you can’t miss the desk. Unless you’re headed directly to the Community Roo…

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Way back in 1973, I had the opportunity to take a class at Gettysburg College, “Housing the Ill-housed in America,” taught by local resident and professor Dr. David Crowner.

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The best news I have heard in a very long time happened this past week, in the form of an announcement the Spirit of Gettysburg 5K will be taking place once again in June. This is a welcome blessing on so many levels, not only personally, but for everyone seeking a bit of “normal life.”

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As I wandered among the several Presbyterian cemeteries in Adams County and Lancaster counties, I began to reflect upon the origins of those interred. What had they and their ancestors suffered in Scotland and Ireland?

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May is Mental Health Month. It is a time to consider the importance of our mental health especially during this time and with the pandemic. It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. To promote mental health, it is important to have a balance in our lives of work, rest,…

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It’s time to make some plans for your child’s summer break. The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) has an incredible selection of half-day art enrichment camps for kids 4-18 that will engage their inner artist in a setting which encourages fun while learning new skills.

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Diversification, asset allocation, and rebalancing are among the most common words used to reduce risk in portfolios, hoping to generate a positive return over time. Using all three can help investors concerned about investing risks and portfolio safety sleep better at night.

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Travel’s ability to bounce back after periods of economic hardship, and inject much-needed revenue directly into local and state economy, is why the theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week is the Power of Travel.

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At the beginning of 2020, Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church began planning a spiritual and cultural journey to Scotland with WorldStrides Educational Travel & Experiences that specializes in religious tours and faith-based travel.

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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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Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month? It is a time for us to raise awareness of those living with a mental or behavioral health issue, and to help reduce the stigma that people experience.

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“Essential workers,” ”Front-line workers,” “Everyday heroes,” these are some of the terms we’ve been hearing with more frequency since COVID-19 brought our normal lives to a screeching halt. These terms invoke visual images, such as medical providers, law enforcement, firefighters, workers i…

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Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. The first Children’s Book Week was held in 1919, so this year is its 102nd anniversary. In 2021, there will be two weeks that this event is celebrated, May 3-9 and November 8-14. This year’s slogan is “R…

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The YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County will hold the 30th annual Spirit of Gettysburg 5K race on the traditional up-and-around-the-Peace Light course on June 19. Unlike last year’s event (and thousands of other races over the past year), this year’s Spirit will be the real thing. Actual, no…

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Travel’s ability to bounce back after periods of economic hardship, and inject much-needed revenue directly into local and state economy, is why the theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week is the Power of Travel.

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Not me! I am older than that by a few years. SCCAP just turned 56. No birthday parties due to COVID but a time to reflect and appreciate the deep history we have.

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“If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” ~ John 8:36

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At the beginning of 2020, Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church began planning a spiritual and cultural journey to Scotland with WorldStrides Educational Travel & Experiences that specializes in religious tours and faith-based travel.

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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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Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month? It is a time for us to raise awareness of those living with a mental or behavioral health issue, and to help reduce the stigma that people experience.

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“Essential workers,” ”Front-line workers,” “Everyday heroes,” these are some of the terms we’ve been hearing with more frequency since COVID-19 brought our normal lives to a screeching halt. These terms invoke visual images, such as medical providers, law enforcement, firefighters, workers i…

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Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. The first Children’s Book Week was held in 1919, so this year is its 102nd anniversary. In 2021, there will be two weeks that this event is celebrated, May 3-9 and November 8-14. This year’s slogan is “R…

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The YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County will hold the 30th annual Spirit of Gettysburg 5K race on the traditional up-and-around-the-Peace Light course on June 19. Unlike last year’s event (and thousands of other races over the past year), this year’s Spirit will be the real thing. Actual, no…

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 18 to March 24.

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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, according to a joint release from the Gettysburg Foundatio…

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The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) will celebrate the opening art exhibition of Dr. Nanette Hatzes with a First Friday reception on Friday, May 7, 5-7:30 p.m. at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg.

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As an investment professional, I am well accustomed to helping individuals, businesses and institutions develop a plan to meet defined goals. These goals may be imminent or a few decades in the future and often include college tuition and a comfortable retirement.

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“The Child is father of the Man; and I could wish my days to be bound each to each by natural piety.” So wrote William Wordsworth in his poem My Heart Leaps Up, implying that lessons learned while young influence us throughout our lives, with him particularly hoping he would retain the joys …

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On Monday, April 12, we were welcomed by the supervisors of Butler Township to present information on the ECHO (Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity) Project. There, we were joined by a family who successfully applied for the program and are interested in participation.

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The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) hosts its seventh annual Tee It Up Fore the Arts fundraising event on the greens of The Links at Gettysburg this Thursday, April 19, according to an ACAC release.

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Nearly 10 months ago, I began my stint as interim president and chief executive officer of the Gettysburg Foundation. For new readers, the Gettysburg Foundation’s mission is to operate in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenho…

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Understandably, our personal health and well-being have taken precedence over many other important matters in the past year. Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be in the rearview mirror and we can set our sights on other priorities such as our financial health.

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On April 22, we observe Earth Day, an occasion that has inspired millions of people over the decades to take steps to clean up our world. Of course, your physical surroundings are important, but you also operate in other “ecosystems” – social, cultural and political. And you’ll need to consi…

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In the new biography of Thaddeus Stevens, acclaimed historian Bruce Levine lets it be known on the first page that Stevens was recognized by both friend and foe as a Civil War giant. He quotes the famous black abolitionists Frederick Douglass as saying: “There was in him the power of convict…

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In an enormous victory for American democracy, the Union held a successful presidential election in 1864 amidst an ongoing Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln was reelected with a sizable Electoral College victory and 55 percent of the popular vote. With the struggling war effort and emanci…

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We’ve been discussing the true motivation of God toward mankind. We have looked at John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world.” He loved the world. That is why Jesus came, to put on display the love of God. In our quest to understand the motivation of God we need to determine who God…

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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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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 3 to March 17.

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Now, at the end of 2021’s National Volunteer Week, I would like to take the time to recognize and thank the many volunteers throughout the library system who, every day, work alongside the library staff to support our purpose of connecting people to opportunities that enrich their lives.

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This week, April 17-25, has been designated as “National Parks Week” by the National Park Service, celebrated by learning opportunities, events, and free admission to many of the most beautiful places across the USA.

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For living history enthusiasts, and those looking to experience an Adams County farm on a spring day, the first of three Civil War re-enactments this year will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm, one mile east of Gettysburg.

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What does stress mean to you? Do you experience a clenched jaw, queasy stomach, or headaches? Maybe you feel overwhelmed. There is good stress such as running a race and bad stress. As the pandemic continues, we are faced with ongoing stress.

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What is the value of a natural place? A small, unspectacular space. Perhaps a small stream, with its surrounding valley. A common place, perhaps here on the well-watered East coast. Thinking about such a place might teach us something about who we are, and about our way of life, especially h…

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The global coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having a strong network of medical professionals in Central Pennsylvania. During this time when people have desperately relied on trusted professionals to assist with their medical care and the care of their loved ones, the H…

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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 pursue this by connecting residents with activities and events that support health in four key areas: mind, body, spirit, and community. This fourth dimen…

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Looking for a safe way to get rid of your unused or expired medication that is also good for the environment? If so, mark your calendar. The 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (21st in Adams County) is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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I come from a long line of farmers. As a little girl my father would walk me to his garden and talk through the process of tilling ground, the importance of fertilizing soil, spacing seeds, the balance of sun and water for growth, protecting plants in a storm and patiently waiting to pick th…

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For juniors and seniors in Adams County, the Adams County Technical Institute (ACTI) offers a unique opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications and college credits while gaining valuable career ready skills. Students from Bermudian Springs, Conewago Valley, Fairfield Area, Gettys…

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Hi everyone, my name is Lizzy Ryan and I’m the new assistant market manager for the Adams County Farmers Market. I’m taking over the column for Reza this month so that I can introduce myself to the Adams County community. I’m looking forward to working with Reza and meeting new people at the…

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I have often said that learning the Summer Triangle for the summer-fall sky, and Winter Hexagon for the winter-spring sky, and “Arc, Spike, Curve” for the spring-summer sky will give you enough guideposts to find and learn any other star group in the sky.

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Trinity United Church of Christ held its Easter worship service at the Gettysburg Rec Park Lions Pavilion. Sunday services will also be held there on April 18, May 9, and May 23 at 9 a.m. All are welcome. Weekly services can also be viewed live on Facebook and are recorded for viewing on the…

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A friend moved to North Carolina last summer bequeathing me a Christmas cactus that had not bloomed in years. When I brought it home, I threw it under a bush and ignored it until cold weather set in. Once I brought it inside, I plopped it down in a dark corner, often forgetting to water it. …

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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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On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 1281. This bill made enhancements to our existing “Steer Clear Law,” Title 75, Section 3327 — Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Area. Senate Bill 1281 increases penalties and establishes the minimum speed to be used when passing…

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My last month’s article prompted a reader to remark that it was a “real downer, describing the negative effects the pandemic has had on recycling, particularly when it came to plastics.” I promised said reader that I would make every effort to come up with positive points this month and was …

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You might contribute to your IRA for decades to help pay for your retirement. But if you don’t need all the money, you may want to leave what’s left to your children or grandchildren. However, if you want to ensure they get the most from this inheritance, you’ll need to do some planning.

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Our March online gathering featured Cory M. Pfarr, author of “Longstreet At Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment,” recognized by the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg as its 2020 Distinguished Book of the Year. From the number of people tuning in across the country, there would seem to be g…

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Wetlands is a common word, frequently used by the media, government and conservation groups. However, it is actually a broad term; multiple types of them exist.

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The following property transfers were recorded in Adams County March 18 to March 24.