2021-09-09 E-Edition

The ‘Alcatraz’ of Sun Country


In October of 1938 workers began building an escape proof maximum security prison that architects claimed would rival Alcatraz and Philadelphia’s Eastern Penitentiary, containing 592 chisel-proof cells, three monolithic towers, 24-hour surveillance and a 300-foot “moonscape” of jagged boulders around the site. However, just nine months later, shifts in political power and Depression-era budget cuts halted the $2 million “Alcatraz […]

Debra L. Buffington 1958-2021


On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Debra Buffington – publisher of The Sun – dedicated nurse and loving mother – passed away after a long battle with Crohn’s disease. Here is her obituary … Debra “Mama Buff” Buffington, 63, passed in the early minutes of Sept. 1, 2021, at UPMC Community General Osteopathic Hospital following a life filled to the brim with […]

Letters to the Editor

The article titled ’It’s a Nightmare’ Parking on Poplar highlighted the parking concerns of local residents (due to the opening of Rubber Soul) at a recent Hummelstown Borough Council meeting. It is my opinion that the article did not substantially reflect concerns brought by residents to the Council. In addition to the aforementioned “nightmare” regarding parking on the first block […]

Goodbye Mama Buff

Nearly 14 years ago a bubbly, enthusiastic lady who I never met in my life walked into my office and had 100 questions for me. She and her husband Dave were buying the newspaper and she was feeling me out. I must have passed her test because Debbie and Dave decided to keep me on when they bought The Sun […]

View From Dove Hill

This is a lazy woman’s peach cobbler … Put one stick of butter into a baking pan and melt it. Make a mixture of sweetened fruit. I have made this five times and used fresh peaches each time. I just dumped ½ cup of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a few squirts of lemon in a bowl and let it marinate […]

50 Years Ago

From The Sun Sept. 8, 1971: Rock and mineral enthusiasts from throughout the east will converge on Hummelstown this weekend for the 6th Annual Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Show which is scheduled for a two-day stand at the Hummelstown Fire Hall, 249 East Main Street. Hummelstown Mayor William Rathfon will be on hand for the opening, along with host […]

From Where I Sit

“It’s the berries!” This is a phrase meaning “life is good,” which most likely won’t be recognizable to anyone who is under age 90. Why? It was a slang word from the 1920s and it’s now consigned to the dustbin of time. However, it’s part of the title of a new book by Judith Thompson Witmer of Hummelstown called, “It’s […]

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Meet Lee’s Sister