Derry Township eNews, April 13, 2018
Current News
Bullfrog Valley Pond is Under Maintenance
Maintenance work on Bullfrog Valley Pond has begun and will continue through the week of April 16. The water level has been lowered for the crews to remove the large silt island that has formed at the mouth of the pond. The material will be removed to re-establish the creek mouth and banks of the pond.

This work will temporarily necessitate a detour on the Jonathan Eshenour Trail in the area of the pond. Please follow the detour signs that have been posted to safely utilize the trail during this maintenance period. This work is being completed now in preparation for the Annual Fishing Derby on May 5 and the busy spring and summer seasons in the park.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Listen to witf's Smart Talk on the Hershey, Cuba Exhibit at the Hershey Story Museum and Projects in Derry Township
Learn more about the new Hershey Story Museum exhibit on Hershey, Cuba and some of the latest on community developments in witf-FM's Smart Talk. The program was broadcast live in front of a studio audience on April 4.

The first part of the program is about Milton Hershey's legacy in Hershey, Cuba and the second part features Derry Township Supervisor Susan Cort and Economic Development Manager Lauren Zumbrun.

Help the Environment and Ditch Your Old Appliances through PPL's Energy-Efficiency Programs
The old refrigerator in your garage or basement could be costing you an extra $150 a year in electricity.

Through PPL's energy-efficiency programs, your working refrigerator or freezer can be picked-up for free and you will receive a $35 check. As an added bonus, if you recycle an old air conditioning unit or dehumidifier at the same time, you'll receive an additional $10. The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size and be clean, empty, and defrosted.

Visit PPL's website to schedule a free pick-up, or call 1-877-486-9204.

Recycling your old appliances is good for the environment. Under PPL's appliance recycling program, up to 95 percent of your appliance's components are used in new products and don't end up in a landfill.
PennDOT Closes North Hoernerstown Road
April 18-19
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close North Hoernerstown Road in South Hanover Township on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to replace a metal drainage pipe under the roadway.

Hoernerstown Road will be closed to traffic between Green Hill Road and Red Hill Road. Motorists will be detoured to Green Hill Road, Hershey Road, and Red Top Road.

Crews will return in late spring to address draining issues, repair the roadway base, re-establish the embankments, and cut shoulders in advance of paving between Green Hill Road and Union Deposit Road scheduled for late August.

Catch a Big One at the 43rd Annual Fishing Derby
Cast your line in the 43rd Annual Fishing Derby at Bullfrog Valley Pond on Saturday, May 5. The Derby, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Hershey/Hummelstown Kiwanis Club begins at 8:00 a.m. for anglers up to age 12.

Prizes will be given for the palomino, longest, and heaviest trout caught. There will also be a raffle held following the Derby with an assortment of prizes.

Anglers are limited to the first five trout caught.
Get Your Bike Ready for Bike to School Day
Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9. Dust off your bike and make sure that it is in working condition.

The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department, and Derry Township School District (DTSD) are again teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country to celebrate Bike to School Day. 
The goal of Bike to School Day is to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking to school, and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, improving pedestrian safety, enforcing crosswalks, reducing traffic congestion, and making improvements to the environment. 

As an added incentive for Bike to School Day, DTSD students who pledge to bike or walk to school on May 9 will have the opportunity to win a prize. To be eligible for the random drawing, students or a parent or guardian should go to the school district's website .org  to complete a pledge form, that will be posted soon.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Get It Shredded on Saturday, April 21
If you have documents that contain information that you want to protect, bring them to the Derry Township Shred It event to have them destroyed.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the Public Works facility, 650 Clearwater Road from 8:00 to 10:45 a.m.

The event is for Derry Township residents only and there is a limit of two bags/boxes per household.
It's Time for Second Saturday
Families with young children are invited to attend Second Saturday on April 14 at 1:30 p.m. for an afternoon of themed activities and a story at the library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. This month the focus will be on Books On The Go with one of the library's eResources called BookFlix. 
In the Middle: Book Club
In The Middle: Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Honoring Patricia Polacco, share your favorite(s) by this amazing author/illustrator in preparation for her visit on April 29. This program is for students in grades 6 and up.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
The library will be closed until noon on Friday, April 20 to allow time for in-service staff training.  
Community News and Events
Vigil for Victims of School Shootings
Friday, April 20, a vigil will be held in remembrance of the victims of school violence at 7:00 p.m. at ChocolateTown Square. The event is part of a national effort to say, “Enough is Enough,” as we remember the 13 victims of the 1999 Columbine tragedy, as well as the many others killed or wounded since then. The vigil will last about an hour and will feature youth and adult speakers on these tragic events.
“Choose the Children” and the Hershey Indivisible Team will combine to co-sponsor the vigil along with local churches and non-partisan organizations. Participants are encouraged to bring LED candles, as wind conditions could make real candles a challenge.

Please bring a package of diapers to be distributed to local missions. As we remember the loss of children and youth, let us do something to help and support the youngest generation of children in need.

Email for more information.
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren Invites Families to Movie Night
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren will hold Movie Night on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Children will enjoy a showing of Ferdinand and parents will view Wonder in another area with cozy sofas!

Kids can bring their sleeping bags and pillows to get comfy on this fun night out. Popcorn will be served. An adult for each family with kids should plan to stay for the fun.

Please call the church office at 717-533-7192 for more information. Spring Creek Church of the Brethren is located at 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey.
Drive-Thru Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
Saturday, April 28
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a drug take-back event on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, 90 Hope Drive.

Unwanted, unneeded, or expired medications may be dropped off for safe disposal. Needles and syringes will also be accepted. Medication, needles and syringes will not be accepted prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

The event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Visit for more information.
"Walk Like MADD" at the Miles for Matt 5K Walk & Remembrance Gathering
We invite you to join us at the ChocolateTown Park in downtown Hershey on Saturday, April 28 from
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to “Walk Like MADD” at the Miles for Matt 5K Walk & Remembrance Gathering in memory of Matthew Pritchett.

On April 28, 2017, eleven days after his 32nd birthday, Matt was a passenger involved in a fatal DUI accident. The car he was riding in hit a tree and he was killed on impact. His family will forever live with the pain of his absence.
Please help us continue to raise awareness about the risks and impact of drunk driving – register or contribute here:

Thrivent Student Resources to Host
Christian College Fair
Thrivent Student Resources will host a Christian College fair for students and parents on Sunday, April 29. The fair will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with admissions officers from area Christian colleges and universities, and learn about majors, admission requirements, and extracurricular activities.
In addition to meeting with admissions officers, the Thrivent Scholars Advisor Network will present a free seminar, “How to Save on the Cost of College,” where experts will address how to plan, prepare, and pay for college. The network serves as a resource for Christian families as they explore the wisest method to finance college, and supports parents as they balance the need to finance college while preparing for their own retirement. The event will include giveaways and light refreshments.
The fair will be held at the Hershey Evangelical Free Church café and auditorium located at 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Visit and for more information.
Help to Maintain the Monarch Butterfly Food Source
A community work day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Conservation area on Cocoa Avenue (across from Giant).

Volunteers are needed to remove non-native, invasive plants, and plant native perennials that monarch butterflies and other pollinators need for food and reproduction. The plants will also improve water quality in adjacent streams.

Volunteers are asked to register through Penn State Extension with Kristen Kyler at , or 717-948-6609.  Registration provides insurance for the participants and helps the organizers to get an idea of how many people will be there to help. Once registered, Kristen will provide volunteers with details on where to park, what to bring, etc...

The project is a coordinated effort by the Derry Township Environmental Action Committee, the Hershey Trust Company, the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation, Penn State Extension, Hershey Gardens, and Manada Conservancy.
PA State Police Museum Offers History Lecture
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum will present a two-hour program on the origins and evolution of the State Police Force from 1905-1937 on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. Topics to be covered will include the infamous Coal & Iron police, the roles played by Teddy Roosevelt and M.S. Hershey, the deaths of the first two Troopers killed in the line of duty, Omar the Belgian Shepherd Medal of Valor recipient, and why the Pennsylvania State Police decided to pick Hershey as the place to locate their recruit training facility. Part of the program will also include a tour of the Museum at no charge.
This program is free to the public and will be held in the Museum’s All-Purpose room. Space is limited to 60 attendees, therefore, interested parties should contact the Museum at 717-534-0565, or email to reserve a seat.
The Museum is located at 187 East Hersheypark Drive.
What's Your Sport?
Joy of Sports Foundation Offers
A Sports Sampling Camp
Hershey students entering grades 5th through 8th are invited to participate in a four-day sports camp Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The camps will be held at the School District and Township fields and facilities. The cost is $120 for early birds and $135 after.

This is an awesome way for kids to try new sports and enjoy familiar ones without a large commitment. The sports will be soccer, basketball, flag football, touch rugby, field hockey, volleyball, kickball, lacrosse, baseball/softball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, and track & field.

Don't Miss Out on the Laughs This Weekend and Next at Hershey Area Playhouse's Performance of
Boeing Boeing
Boeing Boeing is a comedy about a self-styled Parisian swinging single, Bernard, who is engaged to three women at the same time. All three are "air hostesses" for three different airlines and carrying on their romance with Bernard during their layovers in Paris. As one departs, another arrives, until one day the schedule goes out the window, leaving Bernard, his friend and maid to cope with the consequences.

This French farce was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 1991 as the most performed French play throughout the world.

Boeing Boeing, runs tonight through Sunday and April 19-22. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for teens and adults and $17 for those 12 and under. Tickets are available at, or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525.
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