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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Governor Wolf has proposed eliminating the state’s gasoline tax, second-highest in the nation at 58.7 cents a gallon. The problem for Pennsylvania, and all other states, is that revenue from gasoline taxes is not enough to build and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

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Every caretaker has had one of those mornings, maybe things were chaotic, the kids wouldn’t listen, and you are just trying to get out the door to go to work. OK, kids in the car, finally being peaceful, driving to work, a quick look in the rearview, and oh no, you forgot to take the kids to…

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In late February, COVID-19 vaccine rollout was happening with Phase A1 people invited to schedule appointments. Initially this group was age 75-plus and then 65-plus. It quickly became apparent that most providers were using on-line registration only and signing up for an appointment was eas…

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Happy spring, Adams Countians. Hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather. Spring is a time for renewal. And that’s what Adams County Relay for Life would like you to do, renew your support of the American Cancer Society.

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In Gettysburg’s sister city of Leon, there is a unique artistic tradition for Easter. The creation of “sawdust carpets” happens on Good Friday. A city block is closed and on the pavement the artists have their day. Paintings are created using dyed sawdust and natural materials such as rice, …

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The COVID-19 pandemic may end up changing our lives in some significant ways. To cite one example, it’s likely we’ll see a lot more people continue to work remotely, now that they’ve seen the effectiveness of tools such as videoconferencing. Education, too, may be forever changed in some way…

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In my house the dining room décor is homemade pottery made by the artist I grew up with, Rebecca Moy. Open shelves display her pitchers, platters, and bowls, glazed in colors I recognize from every period of her work over the past 50 years.

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Money Smart Week 2021 will take place April 10-17. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better their personal finances.

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The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is honoring 11 local students for their winning entries in the 35th Annual Women in History Essay & Art Contest. Their works were judged by a panel of seven judges as the best among 160 entered in the contest. Winning essays will be posted on the YW…

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A study published last month by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center found microplastics, plastic particles measuring less than 5mm in diameter (that is, smaller than a grain of rice), in every one of 53 waterways tested across Pennsylvania, including Adams County’s Rock Creek and …

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Recently, during a virtual meeting of community mediators across the nation, I was startled to hear a woman say, “Everyone can be a mediator.” Because Mediation Services offers 22 hours of specialized conflict resolution training, and many of us have had much more, we think of it as a skill …

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Politics is always fascinating, but perhaps even more so today than at any other time in our lifetimes. And no matter which side of the aisle you are on, or if you happen to be one of the few who still identify as somewhat in the middle, I’m sure this is one of the rare issues we can all agr…

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The days are longer and the sun is warmer. The time has come for Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter) to wrap up its season as the local cold-weather homeless shelter. It is also the time when we stop to thank our community for its support and tell them what …

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Spring is here and creativity is in full bloom at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center. Give your inner artist the opportunity to blossom by taking an online or in person visual arts, pottery, yoga, photography class and more.

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On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops under the command of Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard opened fire at 4:30 a.m. on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. These were the first shots that started the American Civil War, also known as “The War Between The States.” That fateful April day unk…