January 26, 2016 |
Neil DeRiemer and his wife, Karen, used to look out their bedroom windows and see a waterfall cascading over a small dam just a few feet away. Like their neighbors, they watched blue herons, white egrets, and black turtles wade in the seven-acre basin that made their East Goshen homes waterfront properties. "It was like living in Longwood Gardens," said DeRiemer, 70. "How many waterfalls are left in Chester County?" Now Hershey's Mill Dam is dry, its basin drained after it failed state safety inspections about nine years ago. And township officials are facing a decision that has languished for years: what to do with a dam that some consider a defining landmark for their small Chester County community.
January 1, 2016 |
At the stroke of midnight Thursday, a 500-pound mushroom will fall from the Pennsylvania sky. So will a jumbo strawberry, an 85-pound Peeps chick, and a giant, edible hunk of bologna. Of course, as 2015 turns into 2016, that iconic ball in Times Square will drop as usual. And other spots will celebrate their own quirky drops - a peach for Georgia, cheese for Wisconsin. But by at least one count - the one touted by Pennsylvania officials - more objects are lowered or raised in the Keystone State to count down the arrival of the new year than in any other.
December 10, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said her office will join the Federal Trade Commission in a bid to block the proposed merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. Combined, the two systems would control 64 percent of the market in the Harrisburg region, including Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Lebanon Counties, Kane's office said. An FTC complaint to be filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleges that the two systems "compete vigorously on price, quality of care, and services provided, both for inclusion in commercial health plan networks and to attract patients from one another," according to Kane.
September 18, 2015 |
Dylan Painter, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Hershey High School, said Wednesday he had given an oral commitment to Villanova and will enroll in the freshman Class of 2016. Painter averaged 17.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots last season and shot 55 percent from the field for Hershey. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and at three stars by Rivals.com and 247Sports. Painter, who had Villanova, St. Joseph's, Penn State, George Washington, Xavier, North Carolina State and Rhode Island as his finalists, said he liked Villanova's program "as a whole.
September 18, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team will have to replace center Daniel Ochefu after this season. Yesterday, the Wildcats landed some more frontcourt help for the recruiting class of 2016. Dylan Painter, a 6-10 center from Hershey High School whose stock rose this summer on the AAU circuit, has given Jay Wright a verbal commitment to play on the Main Line. He joins power forward Omari Spellman, who's considered one of the top prospects at that position. Spellman made his decision in February.
August 28, 2015 |
Temple defensive tackle Hershey Walton has made 20 career starts and is a preseason second-team all-conference selection in one publication, but the redshirt senior's most impressive work has been done away from the football field. In fact, there is one unofficial team record he is truly proud of. "Freshman year I had the most study hall hours on the team," Walton said after practice Tuesday. That is significant because Walton didn't enter Temple with an upstanding academic reputation.
July 12, 2015 |
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co., which operates the popular HersheyPark attraction, said on Friday that its on-site card-payment system was hacked and consumers should be vigilant about unauthorized charges on their bills. The company warned that people who used credit cards at HersheyPark and its other properties between Feb. 14 and June 2 should monitor statements. Many of the credit cards used after May 9 "were likely not affected," a Hershey Entertainment spokeswoman said on Friday.
June 20, 2015
ISSUE | GIRARD COLLEGE Hershey kisses Milton Hershey School's connection with Girard College stands strong, and, like Girard, Hershey prides itself on providing children with an opportunity to escape poverty ("Merger with Hershey would be sweet," June 16). We have collaborated with Girard for years and will continue to share our expertise. Like Stephen Girard, Milton and Catherine Hershey set out a clear vision of helping children succeed. Hershey visited Girard's campus, embracing some of his practices.
June 7, 2015 |
Three times Liz Scott sat and watched while others won state lacrosse championships at Hersheypark Stadium. Three times she wondered what it would be like to wear Conestoga colors and play on that field for a chance at a title. Three times she watched as her older brothers - Ben, Tanner and Carson - led the Pioneers to state glory. "When I sat in the stands watching them in Hershey for all those years, I always dreamed like, 'I can do this, I want to win a state championship, I want to have that feeling that they had.' " said Scott, a sophomore attacker/midfielder.
June 4, 2015 |
High school graduation is supposed to be a momentous, joyous, and unforgettable occasion. But what if, instead of enjoying the pomp and circumstance, you stewed under your cap and gown, still seething after losing your last game? Fortunately for Maggie Stetson and the departing seniors of the Conestoga girls' lacrosse team, their 9-4 semifinal win against Radnor ensured a blissful graduation Tuesday night. The 2 p.m. start time was designed to give the girls enough time to make it to their ceremony at 7. "We were like, 'We're not going to graduation sad,' " Stetson said after the Pioneers' victory at Haverford High School.