May 25, 2015 |
CENTRAL CAMILO CIENFUEGOS, Cuba - On the weathered railway platform of this faded sugar town, retired mechanic Pedro Ramon Prieto Napoles, 74, awaited the "Hershey train" and waxed nostalgic about the years the mill was humming. "I miss the sound of the refinery," he said, "the factory whistle" between shifts, "the smell of guarapo ," fresh sugarcane juice. Pennsylvania chocolate baron Milton Hershey built a model industrial town here in 1916, along with an electric railroad completed in 1922, to support his lucrative sugar holdings in Cuba.
February 16, 2013 |
The multibillion-dollar Milton Hershey School for impoverished children will close its championship-caliber $17 million golf course, which is part of an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. The school said Thursday that as part of a campus expansion, it would seek municipal approval to construct student homes on the Hershey Links property, which was acquired at an inflated price in 2006 and was the subject of several Inquirer articles in 2010 and 2011. The Dauphin County school bought the unfinished golf course for $12 million, two to three times its independently appraised value, and then constructed a $5 million Scottish-themed bar and restaurant on it. School spokeswoman Lisa Scullin said Thursday, "The building presents a number of viable and useful options when it comes to future use. We are confident that we can utilize that structure in a way that benefits our students.
August 8, 2012 |
The president of the Milton Hershey School has apologized to an HIV-positive student who was denied admission because of his condition and said he was welcome to attend the residential school in the fall if he still wanted to. President Anthony Colistra said in a statement that he made the offer in a July 12 letter to the boy and his mother. The school originally said that its residential setting and the risk of sexual activity made the teen too much of a "threat. " The change of heart comes months after a lawsuit filed by the AIDS Law Project on behalf of the boy in November in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleging that the school violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, which includes HIV. The student, who is now 14 and lives in Delaware County where he attends public school, is considering the offer but is also looking at other options, said his lawyer, Ronda Goldfein.
May 30, 2012
Sunday's Inquirer included the incorrect team scoring from the PIAA state track and field championships. Here are the correct totals. Class AAA boys: Strath Haven 61, Penn Wood 34, Milton Hershey 25, Cocalico 24, La Salle 20, Father Judge 19, Swenson 19, Hempfield 18, Cumberland Valley 18, Central Bucks South 16, Chambersburg 16, Cheltenham 15, Archbishop Ryan 14, Bensalem 14, Hatboro-Horsham 13, Monsignor Bonner 13, Reading 13. Class AAA...
May 27, 2012
Class AAA Boys Team scoring: Hempfield 28, Strath Haven 27, Cardinal O'Hara 21, Penn Wood 20, Wissahickon 18, Cheltenham 18, Owen J. Roberts 17, North Penn 16, Abington 16, Central Bucks West 16, Upper Perkiomen 16, Wilson 16. 100 meters: 1, Ryan Hynes, C.B. South, 10.96. 2, Andrew Adighibe, Milton Hershey, 10.96. 3, Langston Northern, Stroudsburg, 11.13. 4, Niager Mathis, Swenson, 11.17. 5, Ronnie Gillespie, Upper Perkiomen, 11.18. 200: 1, Eric Futch, Penn Wood, 21.70.
December 1, 2011 |
A 13-YEAR-OLD Delaware County honor-roll student was denied admission to the Milton Hershey School, which serves low-income students, because he's HIV positive, a federal discrimination lawsuit filed yesterday in Philadelphia alleges. The complaint came the day before World AIDS Day, noted Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which filed the suit. The boy was told that his application would not be considered because "[the student's]
August 20, 2011
IN HERSHEY, the American hometown of chocolate, the tops of streetlights look like Hershey Kisses. But there's more than sweetness and light there these days. The town, its company and its long-held image of All-American goodness are taking hits in a controversy involving hundreds of foreign-exchange students. The students, on work, travel and cultural visas from China, Ghana and Eastern Europe, say Hershey gave them not culture but back-aching, production-line work on round-the-clock shifts at a candy-packaging warehouse.
October 3, 2010 |
The Milton S. Hershey School, the nation's largest residential school for impoverished children, purchased a money-losing golf course at the inflated price of $12 million in 2006, saying it needed the course as "buffer land" for student safety. The price for the Wren Dale Golf Club, which had opened in 2003, was two to three times Hershey's own appraisal and the fair-market value calculated by the Dauphin County tax office. One club investor acknowledged the deal helped "bail us out. " After acquiring the private course, the board members who administer the charitable school spent an additional $5 million to build a clubhouse, billed as Scottish-themed, with a restaurant and bar, and opened it to the public.
September 29, 2010 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Chocolate maker Hershey has gained township approval for a $200 million expansion project that would shift production from a century-old plant to a modern facility nearby. Derry Township supervisors on Tuesday approved the final land development plans for the 243,000-square-foot expansion at a plant in West Hershey. After construction is complete, production would shift to the expanded facility from the original plant built by company founder Milton Hershey. Company officials say the existing 105-year-old plant has low ceilings and a troublesome layout.