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NEWS FROM THE GUIDEROOM!   

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This page is intended to be used to post timely information and guideroom news to allow our far flung membership to keep their fingers on the pulse of guiding through the daily happenings in the nerve center of battlefield guiding - the "Guideroom".  This hallowed hall of knowledge buried deep in the bowels of the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center is where we wait and rest and chat and learn. In the winter, a quiet room of contemplation waiting for tours that are few and far between - in the spring, summer, and fall a hub of activity filled with the comings and goings of dozens of individuals.  But any time of year - an interesting place!

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

Today marked the official start of the 2011 guiding season with the schedule now open to ALL full time guides willing to shake off the winter cobwebs, climb out of bed early and get in for the morning draw!  Ten brave souls came in. Precisely at 8 AM they celebrated the occasion with a ceremonial volley from Rich Kohr's trusty field piece. Coincidentally, all individuals depicted were able to get a random tour  today.  The two not in the picture - the photographer and one LBG too shy to participate, were rewarded by NOT getting a tour!  I guess it pays to be photogenic.  Good luck to all for a successful 2011.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011

The 2010-2011 Winter Schedule came to a merciful end today. It was probably fitting that it was with another 'skunk' day. Three loyal LBG's faithfully waiting for the National Park Service which removed us from the streets of Gettysburg, and removed us from direct marketing of our services to fulfil their responsibility to push individual guided tours.  It did not happen today. No tours.  So tomorrow the spring season begins - dozens and dozens of bright eyed and fresh faced guides will join the ranks of the jaded winterites to wait for the hoards of visitors o descend upon us. No more zero tour days until December - at the earliest!!!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011

We received word today that Tony Delacey successfully went through his knee replacement surgery and is now on the road to recovery.  Hopefully he will be running circles around those pesky 8th graders before he knows it.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011

Today brought brought out vast numbers of highly optimistic guides for the morning draw apparently believing that spring had sprung despite the calendar.  Seventeen LBG's were present at 8 AM. Unfortunately, the visitors were not privy to this vital information and only five requested guide services sending many of our collegues home sad, disappointed AND penniless.  Give it another month ladies and gents!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12-13, 2011

Guide training weekend or  "charm school" was held this weekend for 22 members of the classes of 2008 and 2010. A wide variety of programs and presentations were offered over the course of two long days.  One candidate unfortunately was in an auto accident en route to the session on Sunday morning and will be laid up for many weeks to come. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011

Some good news was received today from John Vollbrecht who is home and recovering from his recent surgery.  He received great news and we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.  A short while later we received word that another LBG has passed away, Mr. Perry Pherson, who guided from 1992 until his retirement in 2003. Perry's obituary has been put up on our Memoriam page. The funeral will be private.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Our painfully slow winter continues.  Just five tours went out all last weekend and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday marked three consecutive no-tour days!  We were starting to threaten the no tour records of that mythical long-ago guide who sat on a fence seventeen consecutive days without a tour! But that all ended at 2:15 pm when Rich Kohr was called out on a tour!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011

LBG John Vollbrecht underwent his 15th surgery in his continuing battle. Our thought and prayers are with John and his family.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2011

This afternoon at the GAR Hall LBG Andie Custer and LBG Dave Donahue were married by LBG and Rev. Roy Frampton. Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011

It has been a VERY SLOW week in the old guideroom with yet another zero tour day and one of the weakest MLK Holiday weekends in years.  Long waits and few tours in the guideroom are the norm. If it weren't for the overabundance of idle Foundation employees staffing the Visitor Center, it would be a very eerie and lonely place to hang out on a beautiful albeit cold winter's day.  This evening the ALBG held its monthly business meeting followed by a great Continuing Education presentation on "The Military Tour" presented by LBG Tom Vossler, Col., USA (ret.)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011

Snow and freezing temps in the south.  A nor'easter brewing for New York, New Jersey and New England again. Four inches of snow in Gettysburg overnight. Seventy percent of the country under some form of snow cover.  All of these add up to some very slow days of guiding this week with all duty guides waiting - sometimes all day for a tour. But if you want to visit the museum and not be jostled by crowds - these are the days for you!!

MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011

Visitation for 2011 is starting out on a down note. Weekends so far have been - simply put - BAD - with plenty of guides and few paying tours.  January 2 had 10 LBG's available to cover the three tours that came in - the first of those not going out until 11:30!  This past weekend saw a smashing total of three tours go out. Two of those were on the snowy Saturday morning to be divided among the four available guides.  Sunny weather brought out seven guides for the 8 AM draw with just ONE tour going out and that at 1 P.M.! For the curious among you Jim Heuting (LBG#4) was the lucky one getting Sundays one and only tour a full five hours after the morning draw.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011


Bruce Rice (LBG#233) was involved in a traffic accident on the slick roads this morning.  His car skidded on the snow covered roads early this morning while en route to the Visitor Center for the daily draw.  Bruce is fine and made it to the park albeit without his vehicle which, according to reports, is somewhat worse for the wear.

The first LBG group to go through the Master Guide certification program had their last meeting today at the ALBG headquarters on Steinwehr Avneue. The entire program is now set to go public with a second guide group to be organized in the next month.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011

While sitting in a very dead guideroom today waiting for tours which did not START coming in until afternoon, Bob Steenstra (LBG#71) stopped by to chat.  It appears Bob is the brand new owner of the GettysBike Tours which operated from a small barn on Baltimore Street the past several seasons. Bob shared with us some of his plans.

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