Keeps ‘Em Flying

The Flag Project

As May winds down, Chocolate Avenue is awash in a patriotic sea of red, white and blue as more than 100 flags attached to Kiss lampposts dance in the breeze. The flags have enlivened the avenue throughout the summer months since the early ‘60s, inspiring and delighting residents and visitors alike. Ask the locals who is responsible for their presence […]

What Do You Get For $149,198?


Amid its many financial troubles – including a tax hike and service cuts – Derry Township School District has spent $149,000 – from May 14, 2010 to April 13, 2012 – on its “spe­cial counsel,” Eastburn & Gray of suburban Philadelphia. What have the taxpayers been getting for their money? To find out, The Sun filed a “Right-to-Know” request with […]

Cop Foils Suicide Try

In Violent Encounter

A Hummelstown man faces multiple charges after po­lice reportedly foiled his plan to have a confrontation with an officer in which he would be killed. According to Hummelstown Police Chief Charles Dowell, Steven R. Coakley of East Main Street was sit­ting inside his car, asleep with a toy pistol in his lap when a Hummelstown Police Department officer discovered him […]


As a veteran and an art teacher in Derry Township School District, I wanted to create an image or series of images to help teach my stu­dents about Memorial Day. I had noticed that many of the students, and sadly some adults, did not know why this day is so important for us as Americans. Simple things like why we […]

Letters to the Editor

Forgive me, but I’m interrupting our normal Letters programming for a special announcement … Hummelstown’s annual New Year’s Eve Lollipop Drop has always been a wonderful event, a great excuse for folks from all across Sun Country to get outside on a chilly night and spend time with family and friends. It’s a more intimate, more personal event than the […]

The Kids Are Alright

Do I worry about the future? Yes, but I worry about everything. But I worry less because of the kids in my life. They’re smarter than I was. They’re healthier than I was. And they understand the world better than I did. And there are no better examples of that than the two high school kids who worked with us […]

From Where I Sit

Have been making good use of my EZ PASS of late, traveling down the Turnpike two Saturdays to visit daughter Tracy and son-in-law Rob, plus grand­daughters Kyleigh Rose and Chloe Valeria. The occasion over the May 5-6 weekend was twofold. First, on Saturday afternoon Kyleigh Rose celebrated her First Holy Communion at St. Anasta­sia Catholic Church there in Broomall. Never […]

Shine a Light

Essays from our readers

What is the Big Secret? By Michael A. Bruno, M.D. I am the parent of a graduating senior at the Hershey High School. Over the past few years I’ve been involved with the parent organization “Support Our Schools,” which is also known by the abbreviation S.O.S. The S.O.S. parent organization was originally formed to oppose an ill- conceived high school […]

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Society Hosts WWII Guide

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society – which offers an exclusive tour, “In the Footsteps of Major Dick Winters” – will host tour historian and Guide Steve Mrozek at Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters in Hershey near the Tanger Outlets. Registration is appreciated. Contact the Society at 717- 520-0748 or email trips@hersheyhistory.org. Subscription Required! You must […]