I have no idea why anybody would want to see a third “Riddick” movie in 2013. We first met Riddick (Vin Diesel) in a 2000 sci-fi/horror movie called “Pitch Black.” The film turned a small profit, making $39 million at the domestic box office on a budget of $23 million. Four years later, Vin Diesel was a bigger star, […]

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‘Truly Eye-opening’

In my 17 years, I have had the unfortunate experience of losing loved ones more than once or twice. I have gone through the dreadful and unwarranted “they’re not gonna make it” speech, followed by a trip to the hospital to say the last goodbyes and give the last kisses. Then again, I’ve also experienced beautiful things happen in hospitals, […]

Gas Leak Reached Lodge

New Details Revealed

Details about the size of the July 11 gas leak on Waltonville Road were revealed as the Derry Township Supervisors recognized the efforts of those involved with the incident during their Sept. 10 meeting. The leak, which caused hundreds of residents to be evacuated, began around midnight when a car struck a UGI gas line at the intersection of Waltonville […]

Shine a Light

Essays from our readers

Grand Theft AluminumBy Bryce Detweiler “If the siding does not come back no one will ever see any free anything left out here again.” This message was one of several (above right) left for a local scrapper by a victim of grand theft aluminum. What’s a scrapper? You’ve seen them. People driving trucks loaded to the brim with mangled metal […]

Payne’s Report

Summer is just about over, Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and our grandchildren headed back to school. It’s hard to believe in just a few weeks, we will be back in legislative session in Harrisburg. Throughout August, I kept busy with committee meetings across the state and meetings with residents at my Hershey office, and of course, there […]

Letters to the Editor

Last week, we reported on charges against a former Milton Hershey ice hockey coach. Richard “Allen” Gingrich was charged after police said he had sexual contact with one of the school’s students when he was an assistant coach between 2001-2003. In response, Milton Hershey School told The Sun: The mission of Milton Hershey School is to educate children and foster […]


Every few days, someone asks me about the Duke Street Bridge, the beautiful, red stone bridge that connects Hummelstown to South Hanover Township. The 110-year-old bridge was declared “structurally deficient” some time ago, and more recently, inspectors found a “critical deficiency” on the bridge. That led to all sorts of signs and restrictions being placed on the bridge, including limiting […]

From Where I Sit

Continuing our vacation saga, after the ferry ride from the village of Hatteras, we landed at the north end of Ocracoke Island. For those new to this column, Ocracoke is a 14-mile long island, roughly 13 miles of which is National Park Service designated National Seashore. The beaches, which line most of the 12 miles to the village of Ocracoke, […]

League Sets Derry Forum

The League of Women Voters Hershey Area (LWVHA) will sponsor a forum Sept. 25, 7 p.m. for candidates for Derry Township supervisor. Four candidates – Sue Stough, Justin Engle, Steve Todd and Matt Weir – are running for two seats on the township board. The forum will be held at the township municipal building on Clearwater Drive, just off Hersheypark […]