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Last month’s column shared reflections from longtime CARES Board member Mary Stevenson, with a focus on some of the preconceptions that make serving the homeless a special challenge. This month, Mary’s reflections take us to a more upbeat focus on all the ways CARES does assist those in our …

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Approximately 15,000 children are in foster care as part of the child welfare system in Pennsylvania. All children in foster care have a court-ordered permanency goal, established using a set hierarchy of goals. This hierarchy is as follows: reunify with their parent(s) or primary caretaker,…

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Many drivers, perhaps most, were taught to keep their hands on opposite sides on the steering wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock (imagine the steering wheel as a clock face). While 10 and 2 is still an acceptable position, there are other hand positions that are even more acceptable and are also reco…

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Invest in your happy place by learning something new at the Arts Education Center. We have lots of day and evening classes to choose from that will recharge your creative spirit in a friendly and professional setting. Take a class and see where it takes you at the Adams County Arts Council’s…

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Like many higher education campuses across the United States, United Lutheran Seminary’s Gettysburg campus is dotted with an array of architectural styles from the past.

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The Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. (ACOFA) reminds Adams County residents that we continue to accept applications for hosts and sharers in the SHARE housing program. SHARE is a shared housing match-up program designed to help older adults age in place, while offering affordable housing …

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Join us on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oakside Community Park in Biglerville for our American Cancer Society Adams County Relay For Life fundraising event. Every one of us has been touched by cancer in some way. I wish this wasn’t true, but unfortunately I don’t believe that…

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Project Gettysburg Leon (PGL) has been a sister city with Nicaragua’s second-largest city for over 35 years, sharing cross-culture exchange and working together on poverty alleviation through potable water programs, support of after-school education and small-scale agriculture to improve fam…

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We are officially in the heat of the summer, which means it’s nearly impossible to drive anywhere without passing a roadside market with fresh produce. I could make a meal off of fresh-picked sweet corn. In Maryland, where there are more than 90 famers markets to choose from (according to Ma…

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One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead, who said to “never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” I have found this to be especially true in small communities such as our own in Adams County, where the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well. Vo…

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The Adams County Library is excited to host its Signature Event fundraiser with a keynote from Alafair Burke on Friday, Sept. 16. The Signature Event is the library’s most important fundraiser of the year and it’s done in style!

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The poet William Carlos Williams wrote, “In summer, the song sings itself.” As a retired teacher, I have always had a special love for summer’s song, but the song of the fall has always brought a sense of excitement and renewal. So, holding close our mission of “eliminating racism, empowerin…

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Each year, the Historic Gettysburg Adams County Preservation Society honors property owners with its prestigious Preservation Awards. HGAC’s Preservation Committee, chaired by Curt Musselman, is responsible for choosing a Barn Preservation Award winner, and the House Preservation Award Commi…

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As a society, we put a lot of emphasis on milestone birthdays, anniversaries and moments in time. So, to jump on that proverbial milestone bandwagon, GARMA is celebrating our 50th birthday in August, First Friday style.

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An overwhelming majority of visitors to Adams County are coming from regions across the United States – most predominantly, of course, being the Mid-Atlantic. Historically, travelers from foreign countries have represented roughly 5 percent or less of overall visitation to our community, but…

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Since the Middle Ages, trusts have been used as a means of having a third party take custody of and care for property at the request of another party. When the Romans would prepare to go off to battle, often for long periods of time, they would “entrust” their property to a friend with the a…

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Book Lovers Day is coming soon. Celebrated annually on Aug. 9, this unofficial holiday is celebrated worldwide, though no one is quite sure of its origin. Regardless, the book lovers of the world never need an excuse to celebrate their love of books. If you need a few ideas, listed below are…

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Is the beauty of our Adams County landscape something that you regularly recognize and express wonder and/or gratitude for? If you answer yes, would you like to learn more, in an informal setting, about how The Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) works on its mission of preserving the ru…

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One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead, who said to “never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” I have found this to be especially true in small communities such as our own in Adams County, where the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well. Vo…

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The Adams County Library is excited to host its Signature Event fundraiser with a keynote from Alafair Burke on Friday, Sept. 16. The Signature Event is the library’s most important fundraiser of the year and it’s done in style!

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The poet William Carlos Williams wrote, “In summer, the song sings itself.” As a retired teacher, I have always had a special love for summer’s song, but the song of the fall has always brought a sense of excitement and renewal. So, holding close our mission of “eliminating racism, empowerin…

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Each year, the Historic Gettysburg Adams County Preservation Society honors property owners with its prestigious Preservation Awards. HGAC’s Preservation Committee, chaired by Curt Musselman, is responsible for choosing a Barn Preservation Award winner, and the House Preservation Award Commi…

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As a society, we put a lot of emphasis on milestone birthdays, anniversaries and moments in time. So, to jump on that proverbial milestone bandwagon, GARMA is celebrating our 50th birthday in August, First Friday style.

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An overwhelming majority of visitors to Adams County are coming from regions across the United States – most predominantly, of course, being the Mid-Atlantic. Historically, travelers from foreign countries have represented roughly 5 percent or less of overall visitation to our community, but…

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Since the Middle Ages, trusts have been used as a means of having a third party take custody of and care for property at the request of another party. When the Romans would prepare to go off to battle, often for long periods of time, they would “entrust” their property to a friend with the a…

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Book Lovers Day is coming soon. Celebrated annually on Aug. 9, this unofficial holiday is celebrated worldwide, though no one is quite sure of its origin. Regardless, the book lovers of the world never need an excuse to celebrate their love of books. If you need a few ideas, listed below are…

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Is the beauty of our Adams County landscape something that you regularly recognize and express wonder and/or gratitude for? If you answer yes, would you like to learn more, in an informal setting, about how The Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) works on its mission of preserving the ru…

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What is a children’s advocacy center? The role of the children’s advocacy center is to provide a child-friendly, trauma-informed environment for child forensic interviews, child and family advocacy, medical exams, mental health services and prevention and education programs. Without a childr…

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Let’s not bury the lede: Scholarship displacement, the practice of schools reducing a student’s financial aid by the amount of the student’s private scholarship, is now banned at Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities.

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I’m a mother of two, by choice. My kids are teenagers, but I remember that during both pregnancies I couldn’t go anywhere without feeling surrounded by a disproportionate number of women who were also pregnant. Pregnancy was not easy for me, even with support from family and financial stabil…

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People ask me all the time if the Adams County SPCA is a “no kill” shelter. Well, the answer is, it depends on what definition you have of “no kill”. Some people think it means you have to save them all, while others understand that you can’t. Some say you have to have a 90% live release rat…

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Wayne E. Motts is the president and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation. http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org

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For 23 years, National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) has been an annual celebration organized by the Farmers Market Coalition highlighting the indispensable role farmers’ markets play in the nation’s food system.

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The Friends of Adams County Library System are getting ready for another huge Summer Book Sale Bonanza. The volunteers at the Gettysburg Library garage have been working diligently during the past six months to prepare for this annual event. This year’s event will be one of the biggest with …

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For those of us who are involved in Healthy Adams Bike and Pedestrian Inc. (HABPI), it is mostly about biking. We’re involved in a wide variety of projects and programs throughout Adams County and beyond, but nothing is more important than personal safety and safe biking.

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In order to reduce achievement gaps between children of different backgrounds, five basic principles have been developed from scientific literature by the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. The basic principles are five fun, simple, and impactful ways to help all children lear…

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Impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, and roads prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground, which results in water quality impairments. As impervious surfaces increase, more pollutants are washed directly into local waterways.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about energy these days. During the summer, who hasn’t witnessed the flashes of lightning, the rumbles of thunder, and the tremendous energy of a thunderstorm? And who isn’t grateful for the energy that powers air conditioning during these hot summer days?

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As I write this the world is being introduced to the capabilities of NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope. The new images and data are stunning and well worth gazing at as well as reading about at http://www.webbtelescope.org. They include a deep field of distant galaxies, stars being born …

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In last month’s article, I pointed out that Newsweek magazine had some encouraging words concerning plastic packaging. Confirming this trend, I mentioned Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste initiative. I have since learned that Pepsi is following suit by introducing new materials in their bottle…

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Meeting on the battlefield in the last week of June, the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg heard Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University offer a spirited advocacy of General George Gordon Meade’s leadership in the battle of 159 years past. Much of the content was delivered in the …

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Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT), the nonprofit 501c3 organization in historic downtown Gettysburg, now in its 13th season, will present the youth musical Junie B. Jones Jr. based on the children’s best-selling books about Junie B’s “Top Secret Personal Beeswax” on July 22 and 29, at 7 p.m…

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July is heating up and so are the volunteer opportunities in Adams County! Here are some of the upcoming events and possibilities for you to give back to our community by lending your hand and time:

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Can you believe we are halfway through our 2022 SummerQuest, “Ocean of Possibilities?” There’s still plenty of time to register; you can online by following the registration information on the Adams County Library System website or by calling your favorite branch. After joining, do you ever …

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I hope you were able to read last week’s part one of this column. If not, know that I am discussing “intersectional environmentalism,” a term coined by Leah Thomas and defined as an inclusive approach to environmentalism that advocates for the protection of both people and the planet.

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With mid-term elections coming, political violence is on many people’s minds recently, mediators included. Urban Rural Action (www.uraction.org), National Association of Community Mediators (www.nafcm.org) and The Trust Network (www.thetrustnetwork.net) are three national organizations educa…

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Recently, the board of Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter (CARES) reluctantly accepted the resignation of long-time board member and past president Mary Stevenson. The driving force behind CARES from its inception, Mary is truly irreplaceable, and her long-term knowledge of the pr…

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July is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. In 2020, more than three-quarters of a million motor vehicles were stolen in the United States, costing vehicle owners more than $7 billion. Motor vehicles include passenger cars, truc…

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As child welfare professionals, we understand that people who don’t share our profession often do not think highly of us. Sometimes we can be seen as invasive and authoritative, however, we are here to help and support families be successful.

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The Lutheran Theological Seminary, situated on the west side of Gettysburg, played a major role during the Battle of Gettysburg, from its large building used as an observation post, to being used as a general’s headquarters, and ultimately being utilized as a large field hospital to treat so…

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Hello, Adams County. Our American Cancer Society Relay for Life event is 40 days away. Are you and your team registered? If not, what better day than today.

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As a sociologist and human service professional, I am interested (and often amused) by our society’s need to come up with clever labels for cultural trends or situations. One of the widely talked and written about this year has been the “Great Resignation.”

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If you know how important it is to invest for your future, but you’re unsure of the road to follow, you may want to get some guidance and direction from a financial professional. But if you’ve never worked with one before, what can you expect?

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While our sons were having a fascinating experience with hail in Gettysburg over the 4th of July weekend, here in Ontario David and I have been waiting for the right weather.

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Maybe you’ve noticed a new crop emerging from Adams County soil lately. Drive by the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center on Old Harrisburg Road, and you’ll see a patch of little green tubes sticking out of the ground along Alms House Run. Or take a stroll through another “…

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For the past few years, the Adams County Library System has provided magazines digitally through a service called Flipster. Library card holders had access about 40 magazine titles they could read on the computer or through the app on their smart devices. Recently, however, the library syste…

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Once upon a time society thought that the emotional problems of adulthood did not affect children. Now we know that is not the case and both depression and anxiety can be concerns for children. It seems often depression gets the spotlight and, yet children do experience anxiety at high rates.

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If you ask most people what Habitat for Humanity does, they would describe a busy home construction site with a few dozen volunteers of all ages, hammering nails, hanging drywall, putting up framing, and painting. And, indeed, the so-called “Blitz Build” is our basic activity, how our houses…

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I’m a firm believer in creating partnerships that all parties involved may profit from. That profit may not necessarily present itself monetarily, but may build relationships that connect people with others who may help them further their goals and missions.

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There is perhaps no bigger topic facing the tourism industry across America than the rising gas prices. Destinations big and small are keeping a close eye on inflation and the cost to fill up gas tanks.