Crossing The Line

‘I Had To Walk Out’

Mom Fights School District

Kathleen Bertoldi is not going down without a fight. For the past four months, she has been struggling with the Derry Township school district policies when her 7-yearold son was suspended for two days out of school and two days in school and charged with a weapon’s violation for bringing a shock pen onto the school bus. Since January, Bertoldi […]

Cash for Cats

PetSmart Gives Derry

The Derry Township Community Cats program has received a $32,500 grant from PetSmart Charities. Tammy McElfresh, who wrote the grant that led to Derry Township receiving the money, said that she first became interested in addressing the community cat problem in fall 2012. She said that she had been feeding about 10 cats outside her home and she started talking […]


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‘A Gun Cocking’

Hershey Robbery

In Harrisburg, maybe. In Middletown, possibly. But an armed robbery in Hershey seems impossible. However, a 19-year-old Lower Dauphin grad said it was all too real as he and his friend stood with their pockets emptied, hands on their head, in the parking lot of Friendly’s on Reese Avenue, Monday, May 20. “The fact I had a gun pointed at […]

Letters to the Editor

On Sunday, May 19, the Hershey Public Library held a 100th Anniversary Family Fun Festival, in celebration of the citizens and businesses that have supported this institution for a full century. To say a simple thank you to everyone who made it such a huge success doesn’t seem to be enough. Instead, I would like to share some of the […]

Shine a Light

Essays from our readers

Hersheypark: Only Fun for Tourists?By Yanna Bekelja Ask any kid who has lived in Hershey for their entire life what there is to do fun around here and most will respond with “Nothing.” Maybe that’s because they have experienced everything there is to do in Hershey, maybe it’s a lack of imagination, or maybe … there’s something else going on. […]

From Where I Sit

Sitting here tired, but with a smile on my face Monday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend as, once again, I made my annual trip to Clearfield County, specifically to Clearfield and Curwensville to visit with old friends Warren “Bucky” Fox and wife Gwen and high school classmate Rob Kurtz and wife Marilyn, he of the famous Kurtz Bros. stationery and […]

Castaway Critter of the Week

Replacing the Rug

Sun Country revels in its patriotic community traditions. One of the more showy ones, Chocolate Avenue lined with 110 American Flags annually from just before Memorial Day until Veterans Day, almost didn’t happen this year until several Hershey groups quietly rallied the troops. The American Flag Project has been managed and executed by Hershey American Legion, Post 386 since mid-1962 […]