Snow Fall in Gettysburg

The one thing I am missing from my galleries is snow in Gettysburg.   Living in Texas, obviously timing a trip is difficult.  I heard that tonight’s snow was going to be one to three inches, but now the forecast is four to six.  Depending on the track of the storm it could be even more.

If we lived within a couple of hundred miles, i would set off first thing in the morning, but over a thousands miles away, just not as easy.  I am hoping to come up with a plan for next winter, but until then I will just have to enjoy photos posted on facebook from those in and around Gettysburg.

 

 

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A taxing issue

Recently the Civil War Trust purchased the Quality Inn at General Lee’s Headquarters.  The Trust is going to tear down the hotel and restore Lee’s Headquarters to its 1863 appearance.  While great news for efforts to restore the Gettysburg Battlefield to its war time appearance, it does cause financial issues for Gettysburg Borough as another property is slated to be removed from the tax roles.  The Civil War Trust has stated it will continue to pay the property taxes on the land the same as when it was operated as a hotel as long as they own it, but the long term goal (I am guessing) is to donate the land to the National Park Service, which would remove it from the tax roles.  With the continued expansion of the park, along with Gettysburg College, and the Lutheran Seminary, the borough’s property tax base is narrowing while the expenses to maintain the  infrastructure continues to grow.

To be honest, I know little about Pennsylvania politics and taxes, but I am wondering if there has been any discussion about the state rebating a back to the Gettysburg Borough additional sales tax dollars to make up for the erosion of the property tax base?  It is critical for the visitor experience to maintain the borough’s appearance and safety and it doesn’t seem fair to do that on the backs of those who live and work in town through higher and higher property taxes.

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A New Year

For me, 2014 was a year of many changes.  One of the biggest was to reinvent the website.  Just yesterday those changes continued with a change in my Word Press theme and a complete redo on the home page.  While my traffic is up, most people are just stopping by and leaving quickly and not looking around.  I am hoping the change will encourage more people to click through the site and stay a while.   I also added my own Amazon store.  Of course, my main focus is to sell more of my own book Courage on Little Round Top, but I also added books I have used and enjoyed as well as books written by friends and people I respect.

My plans for 2015 are to finish uploading all my photo galleries to the new website and to start selling photographs and many other photography related items.  Once that is done, I am going to get back to writing.  I have another Civil War novel to get finished.

I am excited about 21015 and I wish a very Happy New Year for you and yours.

 

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Gettysburg National Military Park Honors Rickie Jordan and Jerry Sanders

Gettysburg National Military Park recently recognized two employees with incentive awards. http://www.nps.gov/gett/parknews/jordan-sanders-awards-12-2014.htm …read more

Source:: NPS Gettysburg Press Releases

      

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U.S. Department of the Interior recognizes Carol Hegeman with superior service award

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently recognized Carol Hegeman, Supervisory Historian, Eisenhower National Historic Site for superior service. http://www.nps.gov/gett/parknews/hegeman-service-award-12-2014.htm …read more

Source:: NPS Gettysburg Press Releases

      

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Merry Christmas

From Gettysburg Photographs.com, Brenda and I wish you and hours a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

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Federal legislation adds Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station and 45 acres at Big Round Top to Gettysburg National Military Park

The Gettysburg Foundation can move forward with its plan to donate the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station and an undeveloped 45-acre parcel of battlefield land to the National Park Service now that federal legislation has added it to the Gettysburg National Military Park boundary. http://www.nps.gov/gett/parknews/federal-legislation-train-station-12-2014.htm …read more

Source:: NPS Gettysburg Press Releases

      

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NPS Press Release

Date: December 11, 2014
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Contact: Cindy Small, (717) 339-2109

On December 24, Christmas Eve, the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center will close at 2 p.m. The grounds of Gettysburg National Military Park will remain open for visitation until 7 p.m. The last shuttle to Eisenhower National Historic Site will leave the Museum and Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and Eisenhower National Historic Site are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, although the grounds of the battlefield will be open. Regular winter hours for the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Park grounds are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. The Soldiers’ National Cemetery is open daily at 7 a.m. until sunset.

For more information about visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, please go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org or www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-338-1243 or 717-334-1124.

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Gettysburg’s Lucas Flickinger Receives Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence

Source:: NPS Gettysburg Press Releases

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Early Closures at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site on Christmas Eve

Source:: NPS Gettysburg Press Releases

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