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Frederick Douglass, the famous Black abolitionist, said congressman Thaddeus Stevens had “the power of conviction, the power of will, the power of knowledge and the power of conscious ability,” that “made him more potent in Congress and in the country than even the president and cabinet combined.”

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Generally speaking, investing is a long-term process. You invest in your IRA and 401(k) to reach a long-term goal – retirement. You may invest in a 529 education savings plan for many years to reach another long-term goal – college for your children. But is there also a place in your portfol…

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We hear a lot about credit, credit history, credit reports, credit scores, credit monitoring. Your credit matters because it affects your ability to get a loan, housing, insurance, and more. It’s important to understand what your credit is and how to protect it.

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Adams County schools will conduct parent-teacher conferences this fall. Parents are juggling the demands of work, homeschooling, and possibly taking care of loved ones. The same goes for the school staff.

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As another summer has come and gone, we turn our attentions to cooler weather activities, like Friday night high school and Saturday college football games, evenings around a fire, and indeed drives in the country checking out the changing of the leaves.

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Wintertime and its ever-changing weather will soon be upon us again. For many of us this means fun times in the snow or relaxing by the fireplace. For others, it might mean more work keeping animals and pastures happy and healthy.

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Almost one year ago I began my journey as the new executive director for the Adams County Arts Council. It was a great time as it was the week of the annual Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree.

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When HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, became aware of gaps in resources to help the community navigate the often-confusing healthcare infrastructure, the College created a Community Health Worker Certificate Program.

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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. This fourth dimensio…

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Many years ago, my mom told me, “If you need something done, look for someone who’s already busy. Busy people know how to find time to do even more.” Approximately 63 million Americans, 25 percent of the adult population, volunteer their time, talents, and energy. Gettysburg and Adams County…

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“Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me’” ~ Mark 10:21

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Folks, you may have heard that Friday, Nov. 5, is the Giving Spree, an amazing, community-supported fundraising event that benefits over 90 nonprofit organizations doing great work right here in Adams County.

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We find ourselves in the midst of change, and I’m just talking about the sky. Having passed through the autumnal equinox a few weeks ago, we are now losing over two minutes of sunlight every day. Or we are gaining that much darkness, if you prefer.

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Last month’s article on repurposing cardboard tubes lead a reader to ask that while reusing should always be an option, some guidance on properly recycling cardboard would be welcome. A little research on my part came up with some interesting facts and suggestions.

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Meeting at the Gettysburg United Methodist Church on Thursday evening, Sept. 23, the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg welcomed Zachery Fry, who teaches history at the U.S. Command and General Staff College and is the author of A Republic In The Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent In The Army of th…

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Almost one year ago I began my journey as the new executive director for the Adams County Arts Council. It was a great time as it was the week of the annual Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree.

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When HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, became aware of gaps in resources to help the community navigate the often-confusing healthcare infrastructure, the College created a Community Health Worker Certificate Program.

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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. This fourth dimensio…

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Many years ago, my mom told me, “If you need something done, look for someone who’s already busy. Busy people know how to find time to do even more.” Approximately 63 million Americans, 25 percent of the adult population, volunteer their time, talents, and energy. Gettysburg and Adams County…

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“Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me’” ~ Mark 10:21

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Folks, you may have heard that Friday, Nov. 5, is the Giving Spree, an amazing, community-supported fundraising event that benefits over 90 nonprofit organizations doing great work right here in Adams County.

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We find ourselves in the midst of change, and I’m just talking about the sky. Having passed through the autumnal equinox a few weeks ago, we are now losing over two minutes of sunlight every day. Or we are gaining that much darkness, if you prefer.

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Last month’s article on repurposing cardboard tubes lead a reader to ask that while reusing should always be an option, some guidance on properly recycling cardboard would be welcome. A little research on my part came up with some interesting facts and suggestions.

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Meeting at the Gettysburg United Methodist Church on Thursday evening, Sept. 23, the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg welcomed Zachery Fry, who teaches history at the U.S. Command and General Staff College and is the author of A Republic In The Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent In The Army of th…

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All of us hope to live long, healthy lives, so we do what we can to take care of ourselves through proper diet, exercise and avoiding unhealthy activities. However, none of us can predict our future, so it pays to be prepared for anything, including a serious physical illness or the onset of…

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Next week brings up another special week on our yearly library celebrations calendar. Oct. 17-23, is National Friends of the Library Week which is celebrated throughout the country.

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Food insecurity has been on the rise in Adams County. According to the Adams County Food Policy Council’s 2020 report, the monthly average of people receiving SNAP benefits in 2020 was up by 9 percent.

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Holistic is a word we often use in terms of health, as in mind and body working together, or mental and physical health being connected. In general, thinking holistically means that we think about interconnections and inter-workings, not just one specific focus area.

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This season, Gettysburg Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter (CARES) is excited to welcome a new director, Debra Little, who will oversee the day-to-day running of the program from the Resource Center on York Street. As CARES transitions back to a church-based model for providing sh…

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All of us have had a very challenging year and a half dealing with COVID-19 and its rippling effects. It has brought so very many changes to our lives–losing family members and friends to coronavirus, getting sick, Having to deal with the virus at work in a medical facility or school, learni…

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In his book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), author Tom Vanderbilt wrote, “Driving is probably the most complex everyday thing we do. It is a skill that consists of at least fifteen hundred ‘subskills.’ At any moment, we are navigating through terrain, scanni…

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Most people have increased their screen time significantly during the last 18 months. Children completed school, tours, lessons, field trips, physical education classes virtually. Adults now do meetings, conferences and trainings more virtually than in person.

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It is time to begin planning for our annual Teen Angel program. The Teen Angel program recruits sponsors to purchase gifts for teens and young adults who would not receive many gifts for Christmas if it weren’t for the kindness of volunteers in our community.

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My obsession with the Civil War era began young. And yes, it was the clothes. My mom would go to the local hospital thrift store and buy donated Eastern Star gowns for me to play dress-up. I loved living history. The old Circle Vision at Disneyland introduced me to Williamsburg and Civil War…

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The American Cancer Society is a trusted source of cancer education and information. October is breast cancer awareness month and I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that cancer screening tests are available for many types of cancer.

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Since high school I have been a Harry Chapin fan. I was fortunate to see him perform live at the Valley Forge Music Fair which was a theater in the round. The performer sat on a circular stage in the center with seats on all sides. The stage turned so that everyone in the audience had the be…

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If you’re a woman who owns a business, you may have some challenges not shared by your male peers – but you also have several opportunities to help improve your financial future.

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My wonderful mother-in-law Lori’s birthday came on Sept. 30, and that wasn’t the only recent celebration. In mid-September I went on Facebook and was startled to realize I had missed celebrating my superb children on “National Daughters Day” and “National Sons Day.” But there have been so ma…

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We turn the faucet and water flows, from where most of us do not know and do not normally consider. Mostly, we suspect it comes from wells, in large part because recent laws restrict use of free-flowing water for human consumption.

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The Crusaders for Kids 5K Walk/Run Oct. 9 through Oct. 17 raises much needed funds and creates awareness about child abuse in our community. Any hero can join the crusade against child abuse. The Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center brings together law enforcement, child protection, prose…

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The Friends of the New Oxford Area Library have been very busy during the past year. The friends purpose is to support the library either by financial means or physical means. We provide support and materials above what is budgeted by the Adams County Library System.

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True or False – Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same thing? Actually, Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia and is characterized by decreasing intellectual and social abilities, so this answer would be false.

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Recently a colleague of mine shared an article from ScienceDirect, 2019, by Willoughby Britton titled “Can mindfulness be too much of a good thing?” Over the past decade mindfulness meditation and other forms of mindfulness-based therapies have become widespread in psychotherapy. These appro…

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Running presents itself with many challenges. There’s training for your runs, getting up early to beat the heat, burning through shoes on a regular basis, and the occasional sore muscles. Fortunately, though, running also presents one with some tremendous opportunities to share your love of …

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The fall season marks its start with an invigorating crisp temperature change and a welcome sense of purpose as we prepare for the holidays and winter ahead. Carve out some time for yourself during this beautiful time of year and take a class designed to suit your lifestyle.

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Gettysburg is a destination location for many reasons. The obvious reason being the history of the battle. But as we all know, Gettysburg is so much more and has so much more to offer.

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In my last column, I talked about the joys of taking in the fall foliage in Adams County. We’re still anticipating those brilliant autumn hues as we transition into fall. This season is also when Adams County truly earns its moniker as “Apple Country USA.” Adams County is the fourth largest …

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As the national debate rages among adults, the constituents who are most impacted are absent from the conversation. How do children feel about masking in schools? I randomly selected students at Vida Charter School to interview. There is a common thread that emerges from their words: Masking…

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Farm records provide data that will help you monitor the business over time. Your records tell your farm story and help your accountant complete your tax return, make financial decisions with you and plan for your business’ future.

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September has been an exciting time for the Adams County Library System staff and our library users. After quite a long stretch, the library resumes in-person programming, adding one more service to our new normal.

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A special thank you from the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania to the following people for making this past summer of One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2021, a remarkable success. The buglers: Jari Villanueva, Baltimore, Md.; Vanessa Shenk, Boiling Springs, Pa.; Christian A. Snouffer,…

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“It is hard to quit something you enjoy doing,” that’s how I feel about leaving the board of the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) in November. It has been such a pleasure to be part of the leadership of this organization. But after eight years and with my 80th birthday approach…

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The Thaddeus Stevens Society will hold a community picnic on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Hamiltonban Park, 4020 Bullfrog Road, Fairfield, where there are signs detailing Steven’s efforts to build a railroad and run an iron furnace. To bring this history to life, society President Ross …

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Once you’re retired and your children are grown, they are likely “off the books,” as far as your financial responsibility for them is concerned. Yet, you’re probably still prepared to do anything to help them, but are they ready to take care of you if the need arises?

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Is online banking secure? This was a common question asked of bankers years ago when financial institutions began offering online banking as a service.

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When you picture groups of kids attending a program at the library, do you imagine young children gathered around a librarian at story time? Story times are popular and worthwhile and they are offered at each local branch.

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It’s that time of year, mid-October, when the air cools down, the fall colors transition into a beautiful landscape painting, and ghosts start to circulate and create chaos as we head toward Halloween. You guessed it, this year’s Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) Road Rally theme is “T…