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As the trajectory of the pandemic changes, it has been so critical here at South Central Community Action Programs Inc. (SCCAP) to identify what the new and pressing needs are. Always with the lens of how can we help families climb back to where they were before and how do we help them utili…

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This year continues to be one of growth and recovery for our community, as we welcome back visitors amid the easing of pandemic restrictions. While it’s exciting to see visitors again enjoying the history, culture, and amenities our community has to offer, Destination Gettysburg is keeping a…

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If you’re in the early stages of your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. Nonetheless, it’s never too soon to start preparing for it, as time may be your most valuable asset. So, you may want to consider retirement savings vehicles, one of which is an IRA. Depending o…

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A bibliophile is a person who has a great appreciation for books, or collects books. National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9 is a day for them. It encourages readers to find a favorite reading spot, a good book and read the day away.

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In June 2006, the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center (ACCAC) opened its doors, thanks to the leadership of its founding board of directors and the generous support of the Adams County community. Now, in 2021, the center is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

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Did you know @Home in Adams County has exciting opportunities to get involved in our community? Not only can you join our initiative’s coalition, but you can help us to further our efforts by contributing in small and meaningful ways.

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Riding my bicycle until the streetlights turned on, chasing lightning bugs with friends, and running through the sprinklers are joyful memories from my childhood. However, the summer of 2020 was different. We wore masks around our friends, didn’t leave home without our hand sanitizer, and le…

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As you may already know, numerous tax law changes have been proposed by the Biden administration. Some of the potential changes include: increases of tax rates for top earners, alterations to tax brackets, new calculations for capital gains taxation, and changes regarding transfers of proper…

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C-Span recently conducted its occasional rankings of American presidents. The survey asked historians to rate each president on 10 qualities of presidential leadership. This year 142 historians answered the survey. Abraham Lincoln has ranked number one in the four surveys done so far.

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If you are looking for something to do in the air conditioning on these hot summer days, check out the DVD collection at any of the six branches of the Adams County Library System. We have many new releases, classics, TV shows, and non-fiction documentaries to choose from. The best part is t…

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For most of 2020 and well into 2021, we just couldn’t wait for everything to return to normal or at least what we figured might be the “new normal.” But while the worst days of COVID-19 are over (if we dare say that), we’ve learned that picking right up where we left off isn’t as simple as w…

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Does living in a beautiful place like Adams County improve your health? You may intuitively answer “of course” to this question, but interestingly, this subject was addressed by researchers at the Turing Institute in the United Kingdom in 2017. They used large-scale public data to look at th…

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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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Yearly, the Adams County Arts Council reminds you to renew your membership. But why? Have you received this information and said “This is not for me; oh isn’t that nice they offer one, but it does not apply to me, or I don’t feel I need a membership?” You may have been a member in the past a…

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As you may already know, numerous tax law changes have been proposed by the Biden administration. Some of the potential changes include: increases of tax rates for top earners, alterations to tax brackets, new calculations for capital gains taxation, and changes regarding transfers of proper…

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C-Span recently conducted its occasional rankings of American presidents. The survey asked historians to rate each president on 10 qualities of presidential leadership. This year 142 historians answered the survey. Abraham Lincoln has ranked number one in the four surveys done so far.

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If you are looking for something to do in the air conditioning on these hot summer days, check out the DVD collection at any of the six branches of the Adams County Library System. We have many new releases, classics, TV shows, and non-fiction documentaries to choose from. The best part is t…

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For most of 2020 and well into 2021, we just couldn’t wait for everything to return to normal or at least what we figured might be the “new normal.” But while the worst days of COVID-19 are over (if we dare say that), we’ve learned that picking right up where we left off isn’t as simple as w…

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Does living in a beautiful place like Adams County improve your health? You may intuitively answer “of course” to this question, but interestingly, this subject was addressed by researchers at the Turing Institute in the United Kingdom in 2017. They used large-scale public data to look at th…

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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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Yearly, the Adams County Arts Council reminds you to renew your membership. But why? Have you received this information and said “This is not for me; oh isn’t that nice they offer one, but it does not apply to me, or I don’t feel I need a membership?” You may have been a member in the past a…

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It is often said the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is painted once a year. However, it’s actually an ongoing task, before they finish, they start over again. It’s called continuous maintenance. Continuous maintenance is arduous, costly, and sometimes pretty boring, but it’s a vital inv…

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Every year, the USDA and the Farmers Market Coalition proclaim the first full week of August as National Farmers Market Week (NFMW). The goal of NFMW is to increase awareness of the important role local farmers markets play in creating healthy communities and in building prosperity among far…

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You probably haven’t noticed yet, but the days are getting shorter. This begins slowly as soon as the summer solstice has passed, but now the process is picking up speed. Over the next month we will have lost just over an hour of daylight. Here in Gettysburg the sun will start rising after 6…

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Here’s something to think about: You could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. To meet your income needs for all those years, you’ll generally need a sizable amount of retirement assets. How will Social Security fit into the picture?

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Municipalities are required by law to periodically purge files of outdated and obsolete documents and dispose of them in a secure, confidential manner. Several months ago, borough council voted to direct the staff to begin this tedious and time-consuming task. It has been accomplished, and n…

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A year ago, I was beginning to wonder what was going to become of our little tourist town. I know COVID hit all of America hard, but Gettysburg seemed particularly vulnerable, which made the first week of July 2021 all the more exhilarating.

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The volunteers of the Friends of Adams County Library System have been working diligently during the past six months to prepare for the Annual Summer Book Sale. Due to the pandemic, the sale was canceled in 2020, leaving us with thousands of books to be kept in storage, and waiting for this …

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Last spring, amid the restrictions of the pandemic, I decided to become a monthly donor to the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County. As a member of the board of directors, I frequently donate my time and energy to the organization but I felt the urge to challenge myself a little more. My re-o…

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The 2019-2020 school year was unlike any other, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across America, schoolchildren’s routines were turned upside down. The majority of the past school year was spent online and at-home and all or most after-school programs and sporting events were cancelled. Join us…

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There is a massive recall underway for a popular CPAP unit, affecting sleep apnea patients nationwide. If you or a loved one is affected, I’d like to offer advice and an alternate solution, to help you make an informed decision about your continued treatment.

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In May, Lucas Thompson won the Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian Inc. (HABPI) bicycle riding challenge for commuting to work. He wrote the following response to our questions about his bike riding experience.

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The Adams County Countywide Action Plan (CAP) continues to progress. The CAP is the game plan for how to reduce nutrient pollution in Adams County waterways, thus preventing it from running into the Chesapeake Bay.

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“Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher.” Those words from the musical Man of La Mancha could also be applied to a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle. The most frequent cause of a collision involving a motorcycle…

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You know that feeling, the start of a new season, heading to the outlets or searching the shops downtown to find the latest fashions. As a kid, I looked forward to shopping for new school clothes every year. I expressed myself through what I wore. My style was black skinny jeans with neon co…

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Summer has arrived and families are terribly busy with work, summer fun, and managing day-to-day events. Everyone is spending more time in the house now that the school year is over, and those summer days have begun.

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On March 9, 2020, staff of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center gathered in my office to face the growing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. After immediately cancelling upcoming events and putting an increased cleaning protocol in place, we came to the stark realization that the best c…

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Anyone who has signed up for Medicare benefits or helped someone with the process knows how complicated the various parts, pieces and options can be. For over 30 years, the Adams County Office for Aging Inc. (ACOFA) staff and volunteers have provided counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and …

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Now that we’ve gained at least some space from the COVID-19 pandemic, summer travel is heating up. But while you might be eager to hit the road, you won’t want your investments to take a vacation – you need them to work hard for you consistently. But how can you make this happen?

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As long as I can remember, my parents took our family on an annual beach trip each summer. Directions were typed up, reservations were double-checked, the car was miraculously packed before the sun was up, and a breakfast stop at McDonalds just before the Bay Bridge was eagerly anticipated.

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As we all hope for a quiet Fourth of July weekend, it’s a good time to take note of how our community servants make peace the norm for us, even in trying circumstances. I join many in advocating for long overdue racial justice, both in policing and in society. One reason our community can un…

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The Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association (GARMA) has been an ever changing entity since its inception in 1972 when it was christened The Retail Merchants Association Inc., of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, (or RMA). This month we announce another change, this one of leadership.

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It’s bittersweet to share that my husband, Aaron, and I are moving to California. Aaron has accepted a call to serve as the pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Atascadero, located in San Luis Obispo County. This will place us closer to family members in the west, as well as return us to the st…

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A non-government organization this week announced its intent to sue a York County food manufacturer for “routinely and illegally discharging pollutants into nearby waterways and failing to comply with pollution monitoring and reporting requirements.”

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The 30th annual Spirit of Gettysburg was quite a success. The stars, as they say, seemed to be in alignment. It was a beautiful day. The turnout was terrific, over 500 participants in all. We had so many dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, a key component in the success of any such event.…

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I’m hearing a lot of phrases these days that include the word “back.” As in, we’re getting back to normal, we’re back in business, tourists are coming back, customers are coming back and so on. Adams Economic Alliance is here to support all the comebacks. We have your back. So, I thought it …

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Let’s face it. In today’s contentious society, conversations about cultural difference can quickly lead to conflict. Not the good kind of conflict (where conflict drives productive conversation), the bad kind. The kind that divides families, friends and colleagues. You’ve no doubt witnessed …

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Even as we embrace summer, relishing the increased freedoms as we begin to emerge from the shadow of the COVID pandemic, the staff and board of Gettysburg CARES are already looking ahead to and planning for our next season. As we swelter in summer, it can be hard to imagine that colder weath…

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Recently, Jemima Montag, an Australian, soon-to-be-Olympic race-walker, talked with Body and Soul online magazine about walking as an exercise. She knows that many people have the idea that walking for exercise is only for the people who can’t run.

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What were European expectations and impressions of the New World beyond the oceans? People who were literate, were reading the accounts of Richard Hakluyt (1553-1616), who was an English writer who thrilled a waiting audience interested in narratives about exploration and discovery of new pe…

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This is a great time to celebrate. Our lives and lifestyles are getting back to normal and mixed in with the fun of summertime, this makes for the perfect time to celebrate life by taking a class and see where it takes you. The Adams County Arts Council offers classes that give you the oppor…

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It’s almost time for the annual county fair! What comes to mind when you hear the word “fair?” Do you think of rides and food? To a 4-H member, it’s much more.

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Happy Independence Day! I was listening to an interview with Roger Bennett who rote Reborn in the USA: An Englishman’s Love Letter to His Chosen Home. It was a great reminder of what we celebrate on July 4th – the dream we are still realizing, the dream we are all still working toward, an of…

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Destination Gettysburg’s mission is to market Gettysburg and Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing positive economic impact. We do this by promoting our region to leisure travelers, groups and meetings, and international visitors through authentic and creative storytelling.…

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Beginning on Memorial Day, the sound of taps has once more filled the air in Gettysburg every evening as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation.

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We are inundated almost daily with reported acts of violence; some are local, some are national, and others still are international. Some of these violent encounters are personal, in which the victim knows the attacker; some are impersonal, random acts with little if any direct connection be…