Hall of presidents

With election season heating up you might be taking time to talk about the election process but what about our previous presidents? We have such an awesome resource right here in the Adams County to learn about our presidents. The Hall of Presidents is located on Baltimore St. right before the National Cemetary. While there is a set pace for going through it is slightly self paced. The life size presidents are divided into 5 rooms. Each talk to you for about 1-2 minutes giving you the highlights of their presidency. As you enter each room your press a button to start them up so you would have time to discuss things before leaving a room or when entering the next room. This is also a good fit for little ones, although there is no touching there are chairs to sit on, plus they would have the movement of walking to the next room and seeing each president “light” up. The 5 rooms take roughly one hour and then there is a seperate room to see the first ladies. While the first ladies don’t talk there is a sign for each of them and a little information about them. For example did you know that not all first ladies where the wives of the president? You could spend quite a bit of time in this room. Also seeing the fashion change through time is quite fascinating as well.

As for price, it’s rather reasonable:
Adults (13 and up): $7.50
6-12: $3.50
Under 6: Free

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ID for the PSAT/SAT

Do you have a high school student that will be taking the PSAT or SAT but they have a driver’s license?  Don’t fret about a picture id, as the college board has thought of homeschoolers.  On their site is a form that you can print, attach a photo of your child, have it notorized and bam.  Problem solved and all for the cost of a picture and notary (which some credit unions will do for free).  This is a much cheaper and easier option than going to the DMV to get a state issued photo id.  Curious about the PSAT find out more here and what homeschoolers should know.

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Dobbin House

Edited 4/7/17–The Dobbin House is again offering free tours for 2017.  It’s really a great overview of just how much has happened in Adams county since it’s founding.

dsc_0529Looking for a different field trip in the Gettysburg Area?  The Famous Dobbin house is having free tours from now until the end of the year (not sure if they will continue into 2017) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am.  My kids and I went and it was fabulous. The tour lasts anywhere from an 1- 1 1/2 hours.  It starts outside and then moves inside.  Did you know that house dates back as far as the Revolutionary War?  I had no idea and hearing about Rev. Dobbin was just fascinating.  The artifacts, the underground railroad stop, the tavern it was just comprehension for one house.  One house that saw three Wars.  It’s worth the time.


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Cooking Classes

Hollabaugh Brothers’ Orchard in Biglerville has 3 cooking classes for kids planned for the rest of this year. Below is the keys points but check the website for more details.  All supplies are included in the cost. If you are interested they also have classes for adults, again check the website.

The October one is planned for Thursday, October 20th from 6-7:30 and the theme is Apples!

Ages 9-13

Cost: $30

Registration required: Call 717-677-8412


November’s class will be held on Tuesday ,November 8th at 6-7:30 and the theme is Pets!

Ages: 8-13

Cost: $15

Registration required: Call 717-677-8412

December’s class is on Thursday, December 8th at 6-7:30 and the theme is Christmas Cookies!

Ages: 9-13

Cost: $30

Registration required: Call 717-677-8412

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College Fair

Calling all High Schoolers!  Tuesday September 20, 2016 Hanover Rotary will once again be sponsoring a College Fair at the Hanover Senior High from 6-8.  This event is open to the public.

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Liberation of New Oxford


Are you studing World War 2 this year?  Or maybe you have in the past and someone is really into it.  Then check out the Liberation Of New Oxford being held 9/16-9/17 2016.  Teh festivies kick off on Friday evening with a USO styled show to be held at 124 Peters St. from 7-10.

The Saturday morning watch New Oxford square be liberated.  My family only ends up cathcing the ending of this but it’s been great what small parts we have seen.

There is also this (from the website)

On September 17 and 18, 2016, the National Park Service will sponsor a World War II living history weekend at the Eisenhower National Historic Site with authentic recreations of Allied and German army camps, complete with original World War II vehicles. Several hundred living history enthusiasts from over forty organizations will portray military personnel from the European Theater in 1944.

Could be a great educational and fun weekend.

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Calling all 10th graders

Did you know Adams County Economic Education Foundation organizes a Career Fair every year for tenth grade students?  It’s a great opportunity to go and learn more about potential job fields.

Here is the information you need to know for the 2017 Career Fair:

Date: March 15, 2017.
Where: Gettysburg College
Time: Morning session begins at 8:45  Afternoon session begins at: 11:45
RSVP by: September 26, 2017 to Edith Waltron at
If you are interested call Ms. Waltron at the above number or email her at: edithw@gettysburg-chamber.org and she will email you aurther information including a selection sheet. You will be required to pick your top 5 choices of which you will be assigned 3.  You are welcome to stop by the office  (1382 Biglerville Road
Gettysburg,) to pick up a copy of  the Career Focus tabloid which helps expain their career selections that are being offered.
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Welcome Back to School!

It’s that time of year again—Back To School!  Okay so some of you have already started and some of you are putting it off until you can’t put it off any further.  We just started back last week and I decided it was time to get back to this.  I’m lowering my personal exceptations on this blog though.  I”m not going to be so worried about having the perfect picture (or any picture at all if it means getting you the information I think you should have).  I really just want to share information and create connections.  I am sure you can understand.

After all for those of you who don’t know I’m a mom of 6, officially schooling 5, 2 of which are high schoolers and I work part-time.  My days are normally pretty full.  This is just an outlet for me to possibly be of assistance to anyone I can be.

So here’s to a great year!

And if you need a little pick me up the iHomeschool network is having a back to homeschool basket giveaway you can check out

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So I’ve been trying to learn more about how to properly use all the features in my camera.  I had a great opportunity to do so when we went camping the other weekend.  I was mainly focused on learning  more about using the shutter feature on the camera and I have some great before and after type pictures of my improvement and what I learned.



Here are my 2 before pictures for you to see.  Believe it or not the shutter speed is about perfect but I learned I move a lot in the really short time and that a tripod or something that can be used as a tripod is really needed.  Here the “assisted” shots

Amazing how a table underneath the camera can make such a huge difference!  (p.s. those very creative decorations were hadmade by my in-laws)

Here’s my favorite and the one I consider to the be best for the night


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Free Summer Movies!

I love going to the free summer movies at the R/C theaters!  They just released the line up for this summer and you are sure to not be disappointed!  Some movies includes Minions, The Peanuts Movie and Home.  Here is the link for Gettysburg and here is the link for Hanover.  Gettysburg normally does showings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday while Hanover is Tuesday and Wednesday.  This is a great way to avoid the summer heat and treat the kids.

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