Here it is: the official scary movie of Halloween 2014. I have to say I’m disappointed. This is a pretty unoriginal slog through murky spiritual territory. The ghosts featured are relatively unconvincing, but I can see being startled by the occasional loud noises. The best thing I can say for this film is that it has enough cheap jump […]

Where’s Nathan?

There’s an all-new Sun Aerial Quiz in this week’s issue, and if you can figure out where Nate’s been flying this fall, you can win $100. (This one’s a freebie. It’s the Hershey Community Garden, which is celebrating its first birthday this week.) See Page 4 for more! Photos: Nathan Merkel, Alison Smith.

Lillian’s Harvest

Vineyard Releases

Three-year-old Lillian Rose Bennett loved to come with her grandparents, Ron and Donna Hoffman, to Cassel Vineyards of Hershey for concerts during the summer and to visit the vineyards in the fall. Just before Thanksgiving last year, she even helped to pick late harvest Vidal grapes. The resulting wine, after aging six months in both bourbon barrels and bottle, is […]

Is Learning Being Censored?

Religious Sites Blocked

The controversial topics of censorship and religion landed in front of the Derry Township School Board on Monday, Oct. 27. Tyler Grudi, a student at Hershey High School, said, “I am so privileged to be a part of this institution that stresses the collaboration of home, community, and school. However, I was disappointed a few weeks ago to find that […]


During halftime of the Hershey vs. Cedar Cliff football game Oct. 24, former homecoming queen Kate Wenner crowned the new homecoming queen, Julia Johns. Photo: Nathan Merkel.


Two dozen students and advisors from the Christian Alliance Team at Hershey High School traveled to Highlands, N.J., for a Hurricane Sandy recovery project in October. Together, they moved more than 17 tons of dirt and gravel into the crawl space of a home.

Letters to the Editor

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. If […]

Bet the House

I tried. I really tried. I really wanted to write a compelling story about the fascinating local races on the Nov. 4 ballot. But there aren’t any. Here, for the record, are the four state House races on the ballot in Sun Country: 98th State House District – Republican incumbent Dave Hickernell will face Green Party nominee Ryan Hazel and […]

Castaway Critter of the Week

From Where I Sit

Spent a busy weekend Oct. 17-19 as daughter Tracy and son-in-law Rob were in town to run in the Hershey Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 19. Naturally, granddaughters Kyleigh Rose and Chloe Valeria were along and geared up for their runs, as well. They hit town Friday night in time to have dinner at the Troeg’s Brewery out on Hersheypark […]