Character and conviction, drive and determination.
What propels people forward—sometimes over seemingly insurmountable hurdles—to pursue their dreams, especially later in life? We talked to eight extraordinary people, following their career paths in and around Adams County, to find out. Continue reading Fascinating, Fearless, and Flourishing at 40 and Beyond
There’s a new show in town at Gettysburg’s former Frank Theatres. It’s not a Hollywood production, but there’s plenty of action, name recognition, and star power.
Mela Kitchen, led by Chef Josh Fidler, is Gettysburg’s newest restaurant. Affiliated with parent company Jack’s Hard Cider and Atomic Dog Wines, it’s located at the former movie house at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. Continue reading Mela Kitchen
Alex Lemon grew up with a childhood tradition of drinking coffee with her mom on Sunday mornings. It was such a cherished time that it pulled her back home to Dillsburg from West Chester University during her college days, so that their mother-daughter coffee rituals could continue.
Little did she know then that she was just a few years away from becoming co-owner of a highly successful Gettysburg coffeehouse and roasting company—Eighty Two Café and Ragged Edge Roasting Co.—housed together under one roof at 82 Steinwehr Ave. Continue reading Eighty Two Cafe
Adams County has some of the most unique, fascinating small businesses owned and operated by some of the kindest, most talented people you’d ever want to meet.
Today, they need our love and support—more than ever. Continue reading Meals Can Heal
Authentic Italian cuisine is something to crow about. Which makes sense at New Oxford’s Gallo Pizza & Italian Restaurant, since “gallo” is Italian for “rooster.” Continue reading Route 30 Rooster
Life is sweet in the Mack family. That’s because Jacki and Hal Mack’s business, Dawg Gone Bees, is based on one vital product–honey. Continue reading Operation Pollination
“Everything old is new again.”
This phrase is a way of life for more than a dozen antique centers throughout the Gettysburg area. Whether you have an eye for antiques, enjoy vintage finds, like DIY trash-turned-treasure projects, seek collectibles, or simply want to step back in time, we’ve got you covered in this guide to antiquing in Adams County. Continue reading Pickers’ Paradise
Brothers Wade and Drew Leedy say opening Fourscore Beer Co. on July 31 was the big payoff.
Five years of dreaming, planning, and clearing hurdles paved the way for the South Washington Street brewpub to open its doors. Continue reading Fourscore Beer Co.
On a bright September day, under a completely blue sky, excited chatter from a group of women floated across the lawn at Renfrew Museum and Park. It was still summer, but the golden hues of fall, including neighboring cornfields, infused the green agricultural landscape. Continue reading Hidden Gem
Emma Lower laughs when asked if agriculture is in her family’s DNA. The 33-year-old is a fifth-generation co-manager of Boyer Nurseries & Orchards in Biglerville.
“There are farmers on both sides of my family,” she says. “We have a healthy love for growing plants and quality fruit–it runs deep.” Continue reading All in the Family
You don’t have to rise at the crack of dawn to run a successful bakery. Amanda Wiles, co-owner of The Cake Bar in downtown Hanover, is living proof of that. Continue reading Hanover’s Sweet Spot
Imagine a fall wedding in the woods, a casual reception in a barn. There’s hot apple cider, pulled pork, pies, popcorn, and just a good time “hanging out” with close friends and family.
It sounds in many ways like a picturesque storybook wedding. And, it was.
But it took years for this bride with her beautiful smile to consider marriage. That’s because she’d already had the traditional, big fairy-tale wedding with all the trimmings years before–a first marriage to her high school sweetheart that ended in tragedy. Continue reading Second Chance at Love
Not many people decide to open a restaurant during their retirement years. Cheri Ann Freeman operates Chez Cheri Cafe with a vitality and energy that seem to defy her age of 72. Continue reading Worldly Flavors, Friendly Faces
Health and wellness in the golden years are more important today than ever before. That’s because Americans are approaching a shift in population. By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 and older.
As more and more of us approach and enter senior status, what can we do to protect our health? Nutrition plays one of the most critical roles, according to area health experts. Continue reading Nourishing and Flourishing
Whether they were built in the 1700s, 1800s, or 1900s, Adams County’s homes and buildings are historic treasure troves. But it’s during the renovation process when surprises are often revealed: antiques are found tucked away in an attic, time capsules are discovered behind a wall, or buried treasure is literally uncovered in a yard. We went digging and found Adams County stories worthy of historical significance–and others that just make for colorful tales. Continue reading Hidden Treasures
Jeff Jurkowski says he was probably about 4 years old when he first saw crabs being steamed.
Growing up in Baltimore, an uncle owned and operated a popular crab house that served up 600 bushels of crab weekly. With watermen also in the family, Jurkowski grew up learning about the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty. Seafood just might be in his genes, and now the chef/owner is sharing his flair for adventuresome dishes at Gettysburg’s newest restaurant. Continue reading The Hoof, Fin & Fowl
Jason McNew says his military background provided the perfect training for his current field, cybersecurity.
“Veterans are security minded by nature…it’s a mindset,” he says. Continue reading A New Battleground
It’s like shooting a bow and arrows: A Spring Grove couple is taking aim at a delicious new trend in the food industry and hoping to hit the sweet spot right in the middle of the target. Continue reading Dough & Arrows
Abraham Lincoln presenter James Hayney has held numerous roles throughout his life. But this self-described “high school dropout” who served in the Navy never saw his ultimate role coming. Continue reading The Role of a Lifetime
“We married our family’s two passions together,” says Kevin Knoiuse, business manager at Thirsty Farmer. “Farming–and blending that with a love of craft beer. Thirsty Farmer is centered around agriculture and who we are.” Continue reading Thirsty Farmer Brew Works: An Authentic Adams County Experience
Every couple wants their wedding day to be unique–that’s the top trend we discovered while talking with some of Adams County’s wedding experts. So, how can couples plan unique, personality-filled, memorable weddings? Read on to learn all about the latest trends. Continue reading Adams County’s Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2018
Take a trip off the beaten path to 3 Hogs BBQ in Hanover and you’ll feel as thought you’re discovering the South’s best-kept secret. And we’re not talking “south” as in South Central Pennsylvania; you might actually feel like you’ve been transported somewhere south of Memphis. Continue reading “Hog Wild” for Barbeque at 3 Hogs BBQ
Against the backdrop of Tuscany, Rynn and David Caputo decided that shortly after their wedding, they would leave their jobs, move to Italy, and attend culinary school together. “I would say our parents were concerned,” recalls David Caputo. Continue reading Caputo Brothers Creamery
If the sweeping mountain views aren’t enough to sweep you off your feet, then Eagle & The Owl Public House’s fresh, homemade approach is sure to wow you. Continue reading Eagle & The Owl Public House
It was Timbrel Wallace’s father who suggested she call her downtown Gettysburg gift shop “Lark.”
“I wanted a name that was happy and uplifting. Of course, a lark is a bird, and the two sayings that come to mind are ‘happy as a lark’ and ‘doing something on a lark,’ indicating spontaneity. That all resonated with me,” says Wallace. Continue reading Happy as a Lark
Yonder Star, an Adams County business, has cultivated relationships with artisans and manufacturers of nativity scenes located around the world for 17 years. Owned by husband and
wife Brett and Cindy Snyder, Yonder Star is keeping the Christmas tradition of the nativity alive—using today’s technology as an online business. Continue reading Following Yonder Star
Gettysburg’s place in history was cemented due to its location—at “the crossroads of America.” During the Civil War era, all major routes running north and south, east and west, met in Gettysburg. Today, just a block from Lincoln Square where those crossroads still collide, a downtown Gettysburg restaurant is gaining a reputation for its creative American fusion menu—bringing traditional American flavors together from the north, south, west and east in fun new ways. Continue reading At the Crossroads of American Fusion
Augmented reality, or technology that allows computer-generated images to be superimposed over the iPad’s camera view, provides battlefield scenes as if the visitor is standing on the battlefield during the July 1863 battle. Continue reading InSite Gettysburg
Flour is the foundation of some of our favorite “comfort foods,” including pizza, subs, and pasta. So, how appropriate that Antica Napoli Pizza features more than a dozen unique pizzas, more than three dozen subs plus Stromboli, and a dozen varieties of pasta, all created by Owner Ignazio “Iggy” Farina, whose very name “Farina” is Italian for “flour.” Continue reading Antica Napoli Pizza: Putting Pizazz in Gettysburg’s Pizza
“This 100-year-old building was an incredibly warm space,” says Yianni Barakos. Original brick walls, exposed beams, and thick concrete floors harken back to the restaurant’s former days as Gettysburg Furniture Factory. After a year-and-a-half-long renovation, the father-son duo opened Mason Dixon Distillery’s doors in July of 2016. Now, new spirits are rising from downtown Gettysburg’s industrial past. Continue reading Grit & Grain
“I know I’m intelligent, but I feel very stupid,” says Melissa*, her voice shaking at times, but strong enough to tell her personal story. “I was the breadwinner, but now I have nothing.” Continue reading Stories from the Yellow House
Many Adams County home renovations merge with residents’ deep appreciation of history. “In the Borough of Gettysburg we have Civil War era homes that line our streets. Further out in the
country, there are beautiful farmscapes rich with all types of historic homes—not just Civil War homes but those going back to the 1700s,” says Anne Zabawa, president of Historic Gettysburg Adams County (HGAC). Continue reading Old Meets New
It’s considered the nation’s leading organization dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of Americans who have served their country as U.S. army soldiers. The range, depth, and breadth of USAHEC is staggering: a 54-acre site housing 16 million military items, including what’s considered the world’s largest collection of Civil War photographs. Continue reading Destinations: The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA
Eight Gettysburg teenagers are not only embracing their nerd status, but promoting it via a successful downtown shop, Nerd Herd Gifts & Games. Continue reading The Nerd Herd
A natural and national treasure, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. “Like Pennsylvania being the keystone of the colonies, Pennsylvania is the keystone of the trail,” says Joe Harold, manager of the A.T. Museum. Continue reading An Appalachian Adventure
During a 2001 leadership class at Freedom Valley Worship Center, Pastor Gerry Stoltzfoos asked participants to dream, to think about what they would be doing in their lives to minister to
others if money were no object. Brandy Crago responded with an answer—therapeutic horse riding—and Stoltzfoos quickly offered her the use of the land surrounding the church, setting her
dream into motion. Continue reading Churches on a Mission
The rails-to-trails movement–converting unused railroad lines into recreational trails is “on-track” with today’s environmentally-friendly, recycling movement. Continue reading Trail Blazing
At Tania’s Mexican Restaurant, it’s all about authentic flavors, family, and achieving the American dream. Continue reading An Authentic Taste of Mexico in Adams County
If music strikes a note with area kids, there’s a good chance their lives are touched by Gettysburg’s Carrie Trax. Continue reading Carrie Trax: Inspiring Future Musicians
Ask anyone about their favorite holiday tradition and you will receive a multitude of answers—everything from Christmas trees, to music and carols, the hustle and bustle of shopping,
decorating, and celebrating the “true” meaning of Christmas through Christ’s birth. The one place in Adams County where you can experience every single one of these traditions—and
more—is located in the heart of Gettysburg, at Lincoln Square. Continue reading The Heart of the Holidays
Craft beer—the art of combining water, malt, yeast, and hops in traditional style with an innovative twist—is a trend growing by leaps and bounds. You could say that Central Pennsylvania is blowing the lid off the craft beer market. Continue reading Brewing Big Business
For 100 years, Licensed Battlefield Guides have preserved the stories of Gettysburg. “More men and women have flown in space than have been licensed battlefield guides,” says Joe Mieczkowski. “It’s prestigious–a privilege to be a guide.” Continue reading Caretakers for a Century
Nestled in the northernmost Blue Ridge Mountains of Adams County, tree farms thrive in the county’s unique climate. “We are world-renowned for our apples, but that same climate also produces great Christmas trees,” says Aaron Miller, one of 15 partners at Seven Springs Tree Farm, Orrtanna. Continue reading Oh Christmas Tree
Apples have been at the core of Adams County’s economy for decades. Today, the cash crop is a key ingredient in the revival of a beverage that’s as American as apple pie itself. Continue reading Branching Out
Three days in July 1863 changed the course of American history. They also altered the lives of Gettysburg’s civilians forever. Many of their stories have remained untold until now. Here is the historic, and often heroic, “other side of the story.” Continue reading Caught in the Crossfire
A connection to nature–that’s just one catalyst behind a resurgence in gardening, especially community gardening. Continue reading Gardening for Community Good
Some of Curt Musselman’s fondest childhood memories include time spent grading eggs with his grandmother or opening the gate for the sheep on his grandparents’ Fairfield farm. Today, he’s the seventh generation owner of the 125-acre farm including a picturesque barn built partially with stones cleared from the property in 1830. “The Musselman Barn–this is the reason why I’ve gotten involved in barn preservation,” he says. Continue reading These Old Barns
Paul Heller, known as a rebellious teen, ran away from his Allentown home three times. But his third attempt, at age 15, was for good. Heller fulfilled his dream–somehow fooling recruitment officers–and joined the Marines. It was 1942. Continue reading Coming Home to Gettysburg: The Stories of PA’s WW I and II Veterans
Adams County’s orchards are among the most prized, technology-driven acres worldwide. Continue reading Orchard Innovations
When Kevin Lochbaum told his family he was in dire need of a kidney donation in March 2012, somehow his sister-in-law Traci Lochbaum knew her kidney would be a perfect match. Continue reading Everyday Hero: ‘Angel’ Traci Lochbaum