Opinion

TMI Never Stood a Chance


I’m sure many of you have now seen the new Netflix docuseries on Three Mile Island. If you haven’t, I urge you to watch it. It’s pretty powerful stuff. As per usual with anything on TV, some of the reporting is unfair and unsubstantiated, but it certainly is interesting to watch nonetheless. I’ll give Netflix credit, they unearthed some really […]

Letters to the Editor

In early spring, the Hershey Lodge cut down a number of their trees. These are the ones that ran the length of the property along 422/Chocolate Avenue. They helped shield the Lodge from the highway. They were lovely trees; some of them flowering varieties. Why were they cut down? Will those trees be replaced? And while I’m on the subject, […]

From Where I Sit


Tracing the history of religion coming to Campbelltown is a bit more complicated than tracing the lineage had been for Hummelstown. As previously noted, when John Campbell purchased the 352-acre tract from the Penn Family in 1759 and established the village of Campbelltown, the Scotch-Irish settlers who came to the area were fortunate in that their Presbyterian religious needs were […]

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It’s been eight months since my mom passed from Crohn’s disease. Her final decline happened quickly, but given the countless times she fought for her life and won, her death was harshly unexpected. The feelings of permanency have been deafening and life-changing. My mom, my best friend, is gone forever … and I never got to say goodbye. The months […]

From Where I Sit


As promised, in continuing my research on the connections between the communities of Campbelltown and Hummelstown, I’ve been looking into how religion came to the two communities. In the early pre-Campbelltown days, the majority of the early settlers were Scotch-Irish and carried with them their Presbyterian roots. When John and Grace Campbell came to the area to create the village […]

Notes From The Mayor


It’s going to get busy around town, and it all starts this Saturday, May 14, with the Hummelstown Hunger Run back at Schaffner Park. The runners will start at 10 a.m. Come early to register that day or to pick up your packets. You can also go back Friday evening and check out the website for times. I will be […]

Letters to the Editor

Before we jump into the mailbag, first a correction to a caption on Page 2 of last week’s issue regarding the planting of a memorial tree at the Hummelstown American Legion. Pictured in the photo was Mike Diffendall, not Big Richman. Our apologies for the error. Now, take it away, Jen … On April 23, Campbelltown Community Alliance, CCA, hosted […]

Say No to Bougie Weddings


The wedding industry is big business. The decision to get married is a big one and more often than not, an expensive one. It seems every wedding I go to these days is more lavish then the previous one. According to The Knot, the average couple spent $39,000 on a wedding in 2020. As a nation, we spend $57.9 billon […]

From Where I Sit


Was going to continue my Campbelltown/Hummelstown walk down history lane this week, outlining how religion initially came to the two communities from the days before their founding to present times. However, as Rosemary and I were returning from lunch on Thursday at Traditions of Hershey, the hallway was temporarily blocked by two EMS personnel with a stretcher in the process […]

Notes From The Mayor


I was back for Hummelstown baseball/softball opening day last Saturday and was glad to hear that the participation numbers are increasing. As many of you know, I spent over 20 years in the association coaching girls’ softball with many fond memories. It was also good for me to know that the recent field improvements are not going unnoticed. I was […]


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