Milton S. Hershey built many facilities in his lifetime, but the
Health Center on Route 322 in Hershey holds special
meaning for many, particularly those who were born there (as my husband and his twin brother were.)
structural problems will prevent Milton Hershey School from renovating the facility as previously planned, and the building is slated for demolition this spring. But the school has made arrangements for anyone who treasures the memories of the old hospital to own a small part of the building. Keepsake, commemorative bricks from the
facility will be sold as a fundraiser for the Student Government
Association Fund for Charitable Giving.
Members of the School's
Student Government Association will personally clean and prepare bricks
before plaques are affixed. To order your brick, please call (717)
520-2060 or e-mail Wanda Hurst at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20.
in the 1930s, the School Health Center opened its doors to the local
community in 1941 when the Hershey Community Hospital in the Community
Center became inadequate. The facility served both students and
community members until the Hershey Medical Center was built in 1970.
building was in use until July 2008 when the first phase of the MHS
Health Center expansion was completed.
Milton S. Hershey was born 151 years ago today. To celebrate his birthday, Milton Hershey School students will be passing out cupcakes at Chocolatetown Square today from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fretwork will provide the birthday music.
Because The Hershey Company is making the same mistake, although in a less splashy sort of way. The company's chocolate products have been on a long trudge toward mediocrity lately as more vegetable oils and milk fat were added to replace the more expensive cocoa butter, and as PGPR snuck into the ingredients list.
There's been no Big Change and no expensive ad campaign trumpeting the different formulation. But more and more, people are noticing the Hershey bars and Kisses they buy today just don't taste like they used to. Cybele's troubling feature on CandyBlog illustrates the changes in bar weight and price, and addresses the ingredients changes as well. There's a depressing list of the recent changes in many Hershey products from chocolate to "mockolate," and a valid criticism of The Hershey Company's web site, which is rarely up-to-date and does an inadequate job of communicating to consumers.
But the most troubling paragraph in Cybele's analysis comes near the end:
"Milton Hershey was often derided for not embracing advertising for his
products. He said, 'Give them quality, that’s the best kind of
advertising in the world.' But presently [The Hershey Company is] advertising quality
with their new Pure Chocolate campaign but neglecting to actually deliver it."
In our house, where we have two chocolate-crazy kids (who are fourth-generation Hershey natives, by the way) and two foodie adults, we've stopped buying the inferior Hershey's products. We have chocolate in the house less frequently, but when we do, it's real chocolate. Sure, we stick with Hershey's products, but we end up paying the extra dollar for Dagoba or Scharffen Berger chocolates. We talk often about how the chocolate used to taste, and we wonder if Hershey would be better served to introduce a "Hershey's Classic" line -- Hershey bars and Kisses that recall the good old days, when chocolate was...well...chocolate.
It’s a Hershey landmark, a curiosity to visitors and the symbol of Milton Hershey’s most important legacy. The building with the dome is Founders Hall at the Milton Hershey School, an imposing white marble structure that stands tall on the school’s main campus as a tribute to its founder.
Founders Hall was opened in 1970, constructed over a three-year period as a monument to the school’s founders, Catherine and Milton S. Hershey. As breathtaking as the building can be in daylight, Founders Hall is even more impressive after dark when its massive dome is lit.
In addition to its administrative offices and 2700-seat auditorium, Founders Hall is home to the MHS Visitors Center, a must-see for tourists to our town. The Visitors Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. year ‘round, seven days a week (except for school holidays). Visitors are welcome to roam the rotunda and view a 15-minute video about the school and its founder, and a host is on duty to answer questions. No reservations are required, and there is no admission fee.
According to an article in the Patriot-News, Hershey Trust President/CEO Robert Vowler is retiring after more than 10 years at the helm.
Of course, this is big news in our small community. But the news will quickly spread beyond Derry Township's borders as well. The Hershey Trust maintains a 79% voting control of The Hershey Company board, and Vowler was prominently mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article (dated Feb, 23, 2008) about CEO Richard Lenny's sudden departure from his position at The Hershey Company last year.
And "The Trust," as it's called around town, is also woven through the fabric of Hershey. Aside from its management of the several billion dollars that have grown from Milton S. Hershey's original bequest, The Trust and its board have ties to: The Hershey Company; the Milton Hershey School; Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company (HERCO, which controls The Hotel Hershey, the Hershey Lodge, Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, the Hershey Bears, the Hershey Country Club and more); the M.S. Hershey Foundation (a non-profit that runs the Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Theatre, the Hershey Museum and the Hershey Community Archives). In a community of fewer than 30,000 residents, any change at The Trust generates more than just a ripple.
It will be interesting to follow the news on this change, and even more fascinating to hear the speculation around Hershey...