2020-08-06 E-Edition

Derry Schools Take Detour

Less than three weeks ago, Derry Township School District Superintendent Joe McFarland said his staff needed to be “ready to pivot because of COVID-19.” Well, the first turn came up fast. In a letter distributed Tuesday, Aug. 4, McFarland said the district was scrapping its original plan to offer parents a choice of either in-school instruction or at-home “virtual” instruction […]


A disputed third strike call caused quite a fracas, which led to several ejections at FNB Field, in the semifinals of the CenPenn playoffs between Palmyra and Dillsburg. For more on what went down, see Page 21.

H’town Chief Says Farewell

Former police chief Bill Ryan keeps a framed letter in his desk drawer that he received from the Hummelstown Police Department before he got a job there in 1992. It was a rejection letter from then chief Roy Bridges. Ryan said he keeps it as a reminder. “A reminder that I always have to prove myself and I can never […]

Letters to the Editor

Before we get started, a programming note … The Sun will take its annual summer vacation from Thursday, Aug. 6, to Wednesday, Aug. 12. Our office will reopen Thursday, Aug. 13. There will be no issue of The Sun on Aug. 13. Now, let’s hop into the mailbag … Open letter to the Derry Township Board of Supervisors: Thank you […]

Winning During COVID

I drive past the former Saturday’s Market every day on my way to work. It’s crazy how many Amazon vans are pulling out of there in the early morning hours. They really should have a traffic cop there when they pull out onto East Harrisburg Pike. However, I’m not here to get you all riled up about Amazon taking over […]

From Where I Sit

By the time you read this column, we will have departed for the paper’s annual week of summer vacation for the staff. As per usual (for the 26th year), we will be heading for Ocracoke Island off the North Carolina Outer Banks. Will admit it was with some nervousness as we have been locked down here at our Traditions of […]

Notes From The Mayor

It’s hard to believe that we are five months into the COVID pandemic and we still see peaks in daily counts, mostly due to our own actions. Pennsylvania seems to have relatively low counts but some other states aren’t doing so well. States like Florida seem to have high daily counts (10,000) but are a little better than a few […]

50 Years Ago

From The Sun, Aug. 5, 1970: The 8th Annual Fuzzy Few Carnival will be held at Hummelstown Borough Park during the week of August 10- 15. According to Carnival committee members, there will be more games, rides, refreshments and entertainment this year than at any previous carnival. There will be 40 stands on the carnival grounds, which far exceeds any […]

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