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Planet Fitness is open 24 hours Monday - Thursday and 7AM - 7PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This facility is publicly known to be a “judgment free zone.” (Broadcaster/Brooke Preputnick)

Photo Essay: Opening of Hershey Planet Fitness 

Brooke Preputnick, Reporter May 20, 2021

Planet Fitness opened a new facility at the Hershey Square Shopping center located on 1170 Mae Street on February 17th, 2021. It offers cardio machines, strength equipment, flat screen televisions, locker...

(Left to Right) Seniors Taylor Koda, Lola Berra, Isabelle White, Sarah Horn, Ananya Narayanan, Anna Callahan, and Dhvani PatelPose for a photo. Many of the students had taken advantage of the Hershey Gardens prior to the prom since they opened free admission to HHS seniors and their families. (Broadcaster/ Ashlyn Weidman)

Photo Essay: Hershey High School Prom

Ashlyn Weidman, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

This year Hershey High School seniors may have missed out on some annual senior events, but HHS was able to hold a Covid safe Prom at the Historic Acres of Hershey on Wednesday, May 12th, at 7:00p.m.

Hershey freshman pitcher, Ryan Dhawan, strikes out the first player of the inning. This is Ryan’s first year playing on the high school team, and said he is looking forward to next year’s season. (Broadcaster/ Isabella Maish)

Hershey Junior Varsity Baseball Season Comes to a Close with a 6-9 Record

Bella Maish, Reporter May 18, 2021

Hershey Baseball has experienced ups and downs this season from covid shutdowns for weeks at a time and inconsistent schedules. After Hershey’s loss to Palmyra and only one game left, Hershey's junior...

Sophomore Dinesh Tamang wears a grey Champion mask to school. Students who do not comply with mask requirements are required to participate in virtual learning. (Broadcaster/Molly Ziesenheim)

Photo Essay: The pandemic year at Hershey High School

Molly Ziesenheim, Reporter May 18, 2021

Hershey High School had to adapt to a socially distanced learning environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Changes made include mask-wearing, socially distanced desks, assigned seating in the cafeteria,...

pictured is a transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

U.S. may not reach herd immunity, experts say

Abigail Lee, Science and Technology Editor May 17, 2021

TheBroadcaster · U.S. may not reach herd immunity, experts say While herd immunity was previously thought of as the way to bring the pandemic to an end, experts say it is unlikely to be achieved. The...

This sign has examples of Covid-19 restrictions currently used in many public locations.  Five states including Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana, and North Dakota have lifted their mask mandates despite lingering concerns over the Covid-19 virus. (Daniel Lobo/Public Domain)

Multiple States Lifting Mask Mandates

Caroline Glus, Video Producer March 26, 2021

TheBroadcaster · Multiple States Lifting Mask Mandates Five states including Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana, and North Dakota have lifted their mask mandates despite lingering concerns over the...

Health and safety updates on 2021 high school spring sports season

Brooke Preputnick, Reporter March 25, 2021

TheBroadcaster · Health and safety updates on 2021 high school spring sports season On Monday, March 8th, the official season began for all spring sports as well as when the first mandatory practice...

Hersheypark announces 2021 opening date, COVID-19 safety precautions

Hersheypark announces 2021 opening date, COVID-19 safety precautions

Isabella Maish, Reporter March 18, 2021

TheBroadcaster · Hersheypark announces 2021 opening date, COVID-19 safety precautions Hersheypark announced it will kick off its 115th season on April 2, 2021. With COVID-19 impacting how the park...

Neck gaiters or buffs like those pictured on Geoff Livingston and his wife were found to be largely ineffective according to a Duke University study published on September 2, 2020.  Gaiters were rated as worse than wearing no mask.  (Geoff Livingston/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Study finds neck gaiters ineffective as COVID-19 face masks

Talon Smith, Editor-in-Chief September 11, 2020
A Duke University study found neck gaiters to be ineffective at blocking the spread of COVID-19
Lt. Cmdr. Nevin Yazici demonstrates how to properly fit an N95 respiratory protective device aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort in New York harbor on March 31, 2020.  The N95 mask or any mask must fit tightly against the face to offer protection.  (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman/CC BY 2.0)

Anti-Mask Protesters Cause Backlash Over Anti-Science Stance

Julia Grenoble, Reporter May 11, 2020

While health experts from all around the world are encouraging people to wear a mask in public settings, many people are pushing back to express their individual rights and beliefs. It is important...

Pictured is a three step no-sew method for making a face mask with an old T-shirt published by the CDC.  A DIY face mask is designed to protect those around the wearer from the spread of COVID-19.  (CDC)

The Best Materials for DIY Masks, According to Science

Leah Koppenhaver, Sci-Tech Editor April 10, 2020

After recent suggestions from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all people utilize universal mask-wearing while in public, many ideas have circulated regarding the best way to create a “DIY”...

The above infographic, published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, includes instructions on how one can construct a homemade mask for use in the COVID-19 pandemic. Such homemade masks are suggested to be used by Pennsylvania residents whenever they leave their homes. (Pennsylvania Department of Health)

Governor Wolf Asks Pennsyvanians to Wear Masks in Public

Talon Smith, Head Editorial Editor April 7, 2020

In a press conference on April 3, Governor Wolf asked Pennsylvanians to wear masks anytime they leave their homes in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The only way we can cut the growth of...

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