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Hershey attitude: diversity data, spa, private tutors, community church

 
Old 09-06-2006, 02:20 PM
 
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I'm getting mixed messages here...

It seems like Hershey is one of the more diverse towns in the area of Dauphin/York/Lancaster counties, but then is it so prententious that I won't fit in without an attitude? OK, I understand there is more "money" in the area with the med center etc., but what is the basic difference between folks there and out of town? We've lived in Austria for 9 years - would we like Hershey, or does my nose need to be in the air? If so, how high? Is it about materialism, going regularly to a spa, private tutors etc., or does this group of "outsiders" just relate to each other better than other Pa natives?

I hear Pa is so friendly, but then also read threads about it being so conservative, Christian, and then also intolerant, as if you must fit the norm or not even try to be accepted. I've read Hershey is great to visit, but not to live - who likes to LIVE there? Is Pa a nice place or not?

We are originally from the northeast, again, have lived in Europe, but aren't really "European" (can speak German but you wouldn't notice anything different about us up front), will have a home office, and I'm a nurse - looking for safe, diverse, clean and open-minded. Also looking for a church that loves and cares about it's community without being judegemental. Is Hershey a good choice, or if not, then where?
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:51 PM
 
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Jennifer:

I do not live in Hershey but have visited and my kids go to school in Millersville University which is about 30 minutes drive and we do have a townhouse in Lancaster(actually the suburbs which is much nicer than the inner city).

Hershey is not a snobby area - going to the Spa is more a City girls lifestyle and that is not Hershey. This place is more country and small town USA.

As for money- well I think it is just middle class(upper middle class in areas) but that is a norm in many parts of Pa. My one cousin is a Doctor and she worked at Hershey Medical for many years before moving on. She is the most down to earth person I ever met. (You would never think she is a doctor if your with her socially- she does not put her nose in the air). Some doctors don't and some do.

The snobs you find in all areas of the country and in every town- I ignor them and don't let one persons comment make you think you would not fit in!

As for the Christians- well I am one and it would be very unChristian not to welcome a newcomer.

It is best for you to spend some time in the town and get a feel for the place.

Good Luck and enjoy the Chocolate..
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:18 AM
 
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So nice to hear; thank you. Can you tell me anything about the churches in the area? I've heard a little about the E Free church in town, but would love to hear more. Are there others that are 300+ members who are community-concerned? Anything evangelical/Baptist/don-denonminational/CMA etc. We sure are interested in this area for our new home, but a home church is pretty integral for us. Thanks again!
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:00 PM
 
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There are TONS of churhes everywhere. I'm Lutheran and go to Trinity. www.trinitylancaster.org
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