“The Longest Ride”

            “The Longest Ride” is the latest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. He specializes in romance, and movies based on his works are notoriously mushy. “The Longest Ride” is no exception. The film is filled with young lovers on picnics, beach trips, lake-swimming, horse rides and in PG-13 love scenes. If that’s not your thing, let’s just say […]

Fit For Duty?

Mearkle Shooting

About a dozen citizens attended the April 9 meeting of Hummelstown’s Borough Council. It was the first meeting of the council since Officer Lisa Mearkle was charged with criminal homicide for the killing of David Kassick. Resident Gary Lewis said Kassick could not have responded to the orders he was being given by Mearkle because the Taser would have disabled […]


Mary Dell led all women in the Hershey 10K, completing the course through the Hersheypark complex in 37 minutes, 26 seconds. Dell was just one of approximately 3,000 runners to compete in the April 11 event, which raised money for Aaron’s Acres, Ronald McDonald House, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and the Frank J. O’Connell Memorial Support Fund at HACC. Photo: […]

Palmyra Says Yes

Fire Station Surprise

Palmyra Borough Council approved a commitment to help fund a new firehouse at a public meeting held at the existing firehouse April 13. The large crowd in the packed room responded to the 5-2 vote with loud cheers and applause. Citizens Fire Company members have been seeking a $3.8 million commitment to be evenly split between North Londonderry Township and […]

Palmyra Teachers Wear Black in Solidarity

The foyer outside Palmyra Area School District’s board room was jammed with people Thursday evening, April 9, awaiting the start of the school board meeting. There were a bevy of parents and students slated to receive honors, and nearly 50 teachers, most clad in black as a symbol of solidarity. When the meeting began, all entered, finding chairs around the […]

Letters to the Editor

I read the Downtown Hershey Association’s plan with enthusiasm, until I got to the action item regarding Tax Increment Financing. The Association considers this a necessary condition for downtown revitalization, and I think any alert taxpayer in Derry Township should ask why. Tax incentive financing is a tool used to attract developers to blighted neighborhoods. According to my research, the […]

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From Where I Sit

Noted while listening to the news on TV the other night they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach, Florida. That brought back some personal memories for me as I lived (yes, I said lived) on Miami Beach for six months back in 1946. The war was over, but my mother was still suffering from the loss of my […]

Virtual Volunteers

It happens more often than you’d probably expect. A citizen walks up to the podium, his steps showing his irritation clearly, and he begins a prepared speech. Moments later, the speech is forgotten as the podium vibrates from a hand slamming against it and the citizen has begun yelling at the elected officials for their perceived failures. Once the citizen […]

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