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Gettysburg Times (Newspaper) - August 7, 2010, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania BY JOHN MESSEDER Times Staff Writer Adams County property owners wanting to file a formal appeal of their tax reassessment have an additional week to do so. The county commissioners announced Friday afternoon the deadline would be Aug. 16, giving would- be applicants five additional days to hand- deliver or email their request. County Commissioner George Weikert said the move was prompted in part when “ a lot of people from other states finally opened up ( their tax impact statements) and looked at their values.” “ It’s just to give everybody their due process,” he said. He said the county has received a rash of phone calls from real estate brokers, who ( See EXTEND on Page A3) VOL. 108, NO. 187 GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA • SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 50¢ ADVERTISE IN THE TIMES - Call: 717- 334- 1131 E- MAIL: news@ gburgtimes. com sports@ gburgtimes. com WEB: www. gettysburgtimes. com Classifieds .................. 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GATEWAY GETTYSBURG 95 PRESIDENTIAL CIRCLE | GETTYSBURG, PA 17325 | US 15 AND RTE. 30 www . . ga t tewayge t t t ty s sburg . . com • • 717 . . 339 . . 0020 Ristorante WEEKEND EDITION BY MARK WALTERS Times Staff Writer When Nick Wagaman arrived in Haiti, he experienced somewhat of a culture shock. “ We went through streets I’ve never seen before,” Wagaman said of the van ride to Jacmel along dirt roads. “ There was garbage everywhere, people with ratty clothes, kids with bloated stomachs from malnutrition.” The 30- year- old, 1998 Gettysburg High School graduate arrived in Haiti on June 30 and began a month of missionary work for the small country that was ravaged in a January earthquake. Wagaman was sponsored by his boss, Lisa Grim, owner of The Pub & Restaurant in Gettysburg and volunteered through the Global Volunteer Network, which offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects in 21 different countries around the world. In Haiti, he lived in a compound with concrete walls that were not completed and a tarp for a roof, but he was still impressed with his living conditions. “ I didn’t think I’d be able to shower and we had a flushed toilet too,” Wagaman said. There was a medical clinic — a room with an examination table — in the rear of the compound where he helped the lone nurse on staff fill perscriptions and apply bandages to people missing parts of their limbs. “ That’s not even the worst of it,” he said. “ I saw people with huge gashes in their legs and arms that became so infected that flies were going ( See HAITI on Page B7) BY JIM SCHOETTLER Jacksonville Times- Union Staff Writer As Kimberly Presser and her family made their way to Mickler’s Landing for a little beach time, Presser’s 6- year- old son Alex expressed a fear of being attacked by a shark. “ I remember telling my son that sharks are out deep and there’s nothing to be scared of,” said Presser, 37. Lessons learned. A 4- to 5- foot shark took a chunk out of Presser’s left arm Monday as she was wading in chest- deep water on the beach in St. Johns County, Fla. She received 150 stitches and was released from the Mayo Clinic late Tuesday morning. EDITOR’S NOTE: On July 19, 10- year- old Josh Myers of Gettysburg, was bitten by a shark while in Myrtle Beach, S. C., and took 19 stitches in his foot. The attack ( on Presser) is the third suspected shark bite on the First Coast since June. There have been at least 19 “ unprovoked” shark attacks in Duval County since the 1880s. There’s no record of having so many bites so close together as occurred this summer, said Bethan Gillett, spokeswoman for the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida. Presser, a math teacher, said she and other family came from Pennsylvania for her brother’s change- of- command ceremony this week at Mayport Naval Station. She said she’s been to Mickler’s Landing in the past and loves to swim in the ocean. Presser said she was in the water about 11 a. m. as her mother and a nephew passed her riding a wave on their boogie boards. She said she was facing a clear ocean when she saw the shark about five feet away. “ I saw the whole fish,” she said. “ It wiggled its tail and charged at me.” Presser raised her left arm in the water to protect her body and the shark took a quick ( See BITE on Page A3) ANOTHER SHARK BITE - Kimberly Presser of Gettysburg received 150 stitches after a shark bit her left arm Monday in Florida. She was released from the Mayo Clinic late Tuesday morning. She is the second Gettysburg person, in the last three weeks, to be bitten by sharks. P HOTO COURTESY , J ACKSONVILLE T IMES - U NION Another shark bite Wagaman: Help and hope for Haiti “ I’ve never seen anything like that. You try not to stare.” - Volunteer Nick Wagaman after a month in Haiti TEACHING - Volunteer Nick Wagaman taught English during his time in Haiti. His initial class attendance started at 15- 20 students and grew to 40 by the time he left at the end of July. ( More photos on Page B7) P HOTO COURTESY , N ICK W AGAMAN Mostly sunny; low humidity; high 84 - Page A8 M ARK W ALTERS / G ETTYSBURG T IMES CORPS HONORS “ SEAMUS” - Jim “ Seamus” Garrahy, of Gettysburg, signs the book as guest of honor as U. S. Marine Corps Assistant Commandant General James Amos watches Friday night. Garrahy was hosted at a reception at Amos’ residence, then was the honoree at the Marines Corps parade in the evening. Activities recognizing Garrahy for his support of the Corps, took place at the Marine Barracks at 8th and I streets in Washington, D. C. The Times will have the story, with more photosgraphs, in Monday’s edition. Reassessment appeal deadline extended BY JOHN MESSEDER Times Staff Writer When Tioga County decided to establish a new countywide valuation in 2008, it hired 21st Century to provide the software and expertise. “ When I saw mine ( new tax impact statement), I knew we would have to appeal,” Tioga County Commissioner Erick J. Coolidge said/ The county hired an independent consultant, who found numerous widespread errors in the way the new assessment was calculated. Tioga County canceled the revaluation process, and sent letters to property owners saying their values would revert to 2001, the date of the last successful revaluation. Then the county asked 21st Century for a refund. The company refused, and the case went to court. “ We wanted to do it amicably but it didn’t go there,” Coolidge said. “ We had no recourse other than to take action. “ The errors were so dramatic that our contention was that the job was not done effectively,” he said. “ It was their contention ( See ERRORS on Page A3) Revaluation company leaves trail of errors ‘ Lefty’ closing in on Tiger and golf’s top world ranking - SPORTS, Page B1
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