This head-on collision sent two people to the hospital after a driver crossed the grass median on Route 422, near the Reeses’ plant in Derry Township. For more on the crash, see Page 4. Photo: Drew Weidman

What’s That Boom?

Residents of Sun Country have reported hearing very loud, house-rattling “booms” in multiple locations on multiple days recently. The first reports came from residents in the Hummelstown area on the night of Dec. 30. The next set of reports came from residents of Lebanon County on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. At around 4 a.m. Jan. 6, The Sun received […]

Pole to Shrink, Move

Residents of Forest Avenue in Derry Township have won at least a small victory in their battle with PPL Electrical Utilities Corporation. Near the end of the Jan. 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, new township manager Christopher Christman said that PPL is planning to make changes to the controversial large pole planned at the east end of Forest Avenue. PPL […]

Closing 422 Again?

It’s sinking … again. Drivers on westbound Route 422 near the Sinkhole Saloon in North Londonderry Township can easily see and definitely feel a new depression in the roadway near the edge of the underground “bridge” PennDOT installed at the site in 2014. The issue was discussed at the Jan. 7 meeting of the township’s board of supervisors, but the […]

Letters to the Editor

Our Ed Ponessa recently underwent surgery at UPMC Pinnacle’s Community Osteopathic hospital, where he was given great care by the doctors, nurses and staff. We at The Sun are grateful for the care you gave Ed, speeding up his recovery so he could get back to proofreading stories! Ed was also grateful and wanted to give the staff kudos … […]

Too Little, Too Late


The Dec. 18 Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting was gripping. One by one, members of a new organization, Citizens Advocating for Responsible Spending (CARS), stepped to the podium to plead with the supervisors to withdraw their support for the $32 million community center. The CARS residents delivered one compelling argument after another about why the supervisors should back away […]

From Where I Sit

Got a bit of a surprise when I received my latest newsletter from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The feature article on the front page was titled “No Place Like Home: Fran Barilar.” Reason is, Fran Barilar is from Hummelstown and I had no idea he was a fellow member of the Conservancy. First off, what is the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy? […]

That’s Life

Local residents experienced a lot of PTSD – Post Traumatic Structural Disdain – during the last year, brought on by a frenetic flood of building projects that substantially changed the appearance of our communities. We saw a bevy of new construction and several major expansions: the bountiful buildings of the Hershey Towne Square, new rides at Hersheypark, Tru Hotel by […]

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