2014-12-18

“Exodus: Gods and Kings”



            The Exodus story has been depicted onscreen many times before, most notably in “The Ten Commandments” (1956) and “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), though there are plenty of others. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” promises to be one of the more exciting versions, with blockbuster director Ridley Scott in charge and millions of dollars in special effects to play with. […]

Holiday Cheer



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From Shakey’s to What?

Downtown Hershey

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution supporting the transfer of a liquor license to the owners of the former “Shakey’s” restaurant site when it met Dec. 16. GBG Ventures LLC purchased the Shakey’s site, at 312 Mill Street behind Staples, in June for $409,000. Attorney Michael Solomon, who represented the GBG Ventures, said the company attempted […]

No Tax, No chair

‘It’s a Nightmare’

Conewago Township adopted a 2015 budget, with no tax increase, at the Dec. 10 meeting of the township’s three supervisors. The vote was 2-1 with supervisors Joel Buckley and Gary Painter approving, and acting chair Jay Brandt opposing. Brandt has previously opposed this budget, saying at their Nov. 12 meeting that “money needs to be spent on roads and not […]

New Hotel, Shopping Center?

On Route 39

A letter sent by Hershey Trust Company CEO Eric Henry to Governor Tom Corbett has revealed plans to build a “significant commercial development” along Route 39 in South Hanover Township. The development – including a restaurant, a hotel and a 30,000 square foot shopping center – would be located near the old Pumpkin World site and across from the planned […]

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Shine a Light

Essays from our readers


In a decision that can be best described as a classic example of “thinking outside the box,” the Hershey Palmyra Sertoma Club chose to give its “Service to Mankind Award” to a man who lives independently, has a “regular” job, and a life that includes helping out at his church for many hours each week. His name is Robert Boltz. […]

Defenders of the Light: Marine Jason Hankins



Jason Hankins graduated from Marine Corps Basic Training in Parris Island, S.C., on Nov. 21. Hankins is a 2012 graduate of Lower Dauphin High School. He is currently attending Marine Combat Training in North Carolina. Upon graduation, he will attend Aviation Maintenance Technician training in Pensacola, Fla. Hankins earned the Expert Marksman Award during basic training. He is the son […]

From Where I Sit



Attended the memorial service for John “Mac” Aichele on Friday last at the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey. If you’ve moved to the Hershey area since the mid- 1980s, the name may not be familiar to you. However, if you’ve lived here most any time since the late 1940s, “Mac” Aichele is someone you have heard of and, if you […]

The Nine Principles



I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent controversies concerning the police and the public. I get to see our local cops do their jobs all the time, and most of the time, they do those difficult jobs extremely well. (Hey, I’d like to see you try to put handcuffs on a 250-pound man who doesn’t want to be cuffed.) […]