Derry Township eNews - April 16, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from April 13, 2021 on the Township YouTube channel.
Tax Policy Statement
During the April 13th, 2021 Township Supervisors Meeting an updated set of policies for the Tax Collection Association was adopted. To read the document click this link: Tax Policy Statement
Derry Township Youth Fishing Contest
The Township of Derry Department of Parks & Recreation will be holding a youth fishing contest at Bullfrog Valley Pond. This contest is open to anglers ages 12 and under. Registration is not required.
The pond will be stocked with trout sometime during the week of April 26th (the exact day is weather dependent).

The stocking announcement will be made on the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Facebook page and on the Parks & Recreation page at
After the stocking announcement is posted, anglers ages 12 and under will have 7 days to attempt to catch the largest trout.

Anglers of other ages may fish during this time, but they are not eligible for the contest.
In order to compete, anglers will need to submit a photo of their catch at the official measuring station at Bullfrog Valley Pond (near the gazebo).

The photo will need to clearly show the measurements of the trout and be emailed to along with the child’s name, age, address, and phone number.
A grand prize will be awarded to the top angler!
Please follow all CDC and Department of Health Guidelines while participating. Good luck!

For more information, please contact the Township of Derry Department of Parks & Recreation at (717) 533-7138.
Arbor Day Proclamation
As part of the criteria needed to meet the requirements to be granted Tree City, USA status each year, the elected body of the Municipality must pass a proclamation establishing a day of Arbor Day observance within the Municipality.

For over twenty-five (25) years, the Township has applied for the National Arbor Day Foundation for Tree City, USA status. The Township has been successful in obtaining this status due in part to the commitment of the staff and Board of Supervisors to preserve the urban forest and beautify Derry Township.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed this proclamation and there will be a tree planting project taking place on the last Friday of April (weather depending).
Derry Township Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Released
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are profoundly impacting climate change in our world and Derry Township is no exception. That’s why the Derry Township Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) put together a report on the current situation in our community and what you can do to help be a part of the solution. 

The Derry Township CCAC is a group of citizen-volunteers who inform the Board of Supervisors on matters of Township planning that impact our community’s ability to adapt to and mitigate the negative consequences of climate change. The CCAC also works in conjunction with other community groups on projects that support the health and well-being of all that live in, work in, and visit Derry Township.

Read more in the Derry Township 2016 Inventory of Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions report, dated July 2020 at this link.
Public Works Seeks Seasonal Laborers
The Township of Derry Public Works Department has immediate openings for Seasonal Laborers. Work will consist of grounds and parks maintenance, leaf collection, and winter snow removal. Starting wage is $14.74 per hour. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a current valid PA Driver’s license. 

Applications are available at

Contact Information
Attention Bob Piccolo, at (717) 533-2057, option 4 or mail your application to 600 Clearwater Road Hershey, PA 17033
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors
Saturday, April 17 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Using a grant from Beanstack, the Hershey Public Library offers an opportunity for families to read and discuss books written by BIPOC authors and illustrators. Our goal is to celebrate our diverse community and to find joy in each other. Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is the book selected for this month's discussion. Books will be provided through the grant for families to keep. Please register to join Aly Tran and Rita Smith for this virtual Family Program.
State Trivia: Family Program
Sunday, April 18 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join Rita Smith and Aly Tran for State Trivia. What is the state flower of Kansas? How many stars does the Indiana state flag have? What is Pennsylvania's state bird? We know kiddos are learning this in school. How much do adults remember? Let's find out! Register to join on Zoom, and on Facebook Live with Kahoot.
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 21 - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share related stories and videos and participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the week's challenge. Presentd by Rita Smith. Please register online.
History of Blues in America: Kids' Edition
Saturday, April 24 - 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

Young people will find the History of the Blues in America show to be fun and informative, as Joey Leone connects the history and style of early blues musicians and their unique word imagery to the vernacular of hip-hop, top 40, and spoken word artists of today. The content of these different styles of music was and is still a way for people to connect with their audience while having fun. The Q&A afterwards is always energetic and full of positive energy. Kids leave with a better understanding of the origins of where their favorite music comes from, and often results in a newfound interest to learn to play a musical instrument. Please register for this Friends' Children's program.
Community News and Events
PPL Update
PPL is finishing the work on the Hershey underground power line project. Remaining overhead lines are owned by the local cable and phone companies, and restoration activities will continue through spring. This includes planting trees and shrubs around the South Hershey Substation. Since this project is coming to a close, at the end of this month we will shut down our project email and website. For more information, please check out the April 2021 update at
Hershey Artfest
We missed you in 2020 but we’re ready for 2021!

The Hershey History Center is pleased to announce Hershey Artfest will return on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Cocoa Beanery and Englewood Barn complex in Hershey, PA.

Mark your calendar to participate and help us celebrate fine art, artisans, music and food on Mother’s Day Weekend, nestled among the green spaces of the kid and pet-friendly Cocoa Beanery and the new entertainment venue and brewery, Englewood Barn.

This is the same event you have grown to love, kicking off the spring art festival season!

Guests will experience a variety of fine art and guild craftwork for both the serious and casual collector, represented by as many as 150 artists and artisans.

Applications for vendors are live at

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at:
(717) 520-0748 or email us at
We look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents December Songs
The Hershey Area Playhouse is presenting December Songs, featuring soprano Sarah Zahn and pianist Andy Roberts. The online performances will be held on April 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12.50 per individual or $15 per household. To purchase tickets for December Songs, visit
Miles for Matthew Pritchett
Matthew may have died, but it's equally important that he lived. We remember his compassion and satisfaction he felt from giving of himself and helping others. We celebrate his life, and want to keep him a part of something permanent. We believe we are all responsible for the well being of our community and feel this annual Remembrance Walk keeps Matthew connected to all of us.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Online registrants are eligible for a free Miles for Matt Hershey 5K Walk Event T-shirt. Offer restrictions apply. 

Event Schedule
  • Registration: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
  • Opening Ceremony: 9:30 - 10:00 AM
  • 5K Walk: 10:00 - 11:00
  • Lunch, Remembrance Gathering, Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Falconry, Basket Giveaway, Closing Remarks: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We will have health and safety measures in place by following the recommended Covid-19 guidelines in order to reduce the chance of spreading the virus. We have the power to protect each other, and we are grateful for your role in our success. 
Raise a Glass and Take a Virtual Trip with The Hershey Symphony Orchestra
Join the Hershey Symphony Orchestra on May 23, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a virtual trip to Austria, Italy, France, and the United States to enjoy wine and cheese pairings with Sommelier Carrie Elliott. At each stop, Hershey Symphony Music Director Dr. Sandra Dackow will share the musical impact that these countries’ composers have made. Participants will enjoy musical samples by composers from each country performed by members of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. 
Participants will pick up their special wine and cheese boxes in Hershey the day of the event. Instructions for pick up and a link to access the event will be sent after registration. The cost is $75 per wine and cheese box with all proceeds benefitting The Hershey Symphony Orchestra. Reservations are limited and may be made on the Symphony website.
Hershey Area Playhouse Offers Summer Camps for Students in Grades 1 to 12
Hershey Area Playhouse is pleased to offer several summer camps for students in grades 1 to 12. The June Performance Camp will run from Monday to Friday at the Playhouse, from June 14 to 25 with evening performance on June 25. The Gardens Summer Theatre Camp will run Monday to Friday at the Hershey Gardens and the Playhouse from July 12 to 23 with a performance on Friday, July 23 at noon.

Registration information
Registration information can be found at the Playhouse website in the Theatre Academy section. The appropriate age group is based on the grade the student will be going into in the fall. Cut off for registration is May 21 or when the classes are filled.
Cocoa Packs
Cocoa Packs is excited to announce that they will once again be a distribution site for round 5 of the USDA Food Boxes. Those in need may stop by our drive thru on Mondays & Wednesdays anytime from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Spring Creek Church 335 East Areba Ave in Hershey through April 28th. Please contact Christine Drexler at
Pollinator and Water Conservation Planting Volunteer Opportunity
The Derry Environmental Action Committee or DEAC and the Hershey Trust are working together for the sixth season to continue developing the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Area along Cocoa Avenue in Hershey. If you would like to take responsibility for preparing, planting, weeding and watering a plot of native plants at the area for this coming season, please call either Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058 or Carol Gisselquist at 717-533-2364. Or if you just want to volunteer to help for one work day, please join us on Saturday, May 1 from 9 to noon by registering at Penn State Extension: or call 877-345-0691. Due to COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements, only 60 people will be allowed to participate. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your place at the event.
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