Derry Township eNews, April 26, 2019
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Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 27
The Derry Township Police Department will participate in Penn State Health's Prescription Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, April 27. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Academic Support Building, 90 Hope Drive on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus.

Unwanted, unneeded or expired medication can be dropped off for safe disposal. Needles and syringes will also be accepted. Medication, needles and syringes will not be accepted prior to 10 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. For more information, visit
Derry Residents May Apply for “Almost Free” Trees
Does your property have an area between the sidewalk and the street that could benefit from a tree? If you don’t have a sidewalk, is there an area in your yard near the street? If so, you now have an opportunity to apply to have one or two “almost free” trees planted for the aesthetic beauty, environmental benefits, and shade that trees provide.

Derry Township and the Derry Environmental Action Committee (DEAC) are applying for a TreeVitalize grant to fund street trees to be planted in April 2020 by volunteers. The cost to property owners is only $50 per tree.
Interested residents should complete the Property Owner Tree Request Form available on the DEAC website and return it as directed on the website by June 14, 2019.

Residents are not required to pay when they apply for trees, but if the grant request is funded, those who have asked for trees will be contacted for payment.
Please note that if a grant is approved but is not enough to subsidize all the trees requested, applicants will be chosen to receive trees in the order in which they applied. For detailed information, please see the website or call DEAC TreeVitalize Coordinator Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058.
Derry Township Celebrates Arbor Day
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors has proclaimed Saturday, April 27 Arbor Day in Derry Township. The Township has been granted Tree City, USA status for over 25 years for their commitment to preserving the urban forest.

A ceremony will be held at Gelder Park, Gelder Drive, at 9:00 a.m. to include a tree planting. The public is invited to attend.
Sex Trafficking: It's Closer to Home Than You Think
Sunday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sherry Knowlton, a local author, will talk about sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking that exist in today's world -- including right here in Southcentral Pennsylvania. She'll discuss how you can recognize signs of trafficking and what you can do to help.

Knowlton, a suspense writer, tackled the subjects of sex trafficking and sexual abuse in her novel Dead of Summer . She'll share some of her research on the topic and answer questions about this disturbing form of human slavery. Books will be sold and signed. 
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Come Make Your Move at Chess Club
Saturday, April 27, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join in on a family-friendly hour of checkerboard fun! Registration is not required. While all are welcome, children age 11 and under must have a responsible person remain in the library during chess club. 
Take a Flower Mosaic Art Class
Meghan Winslow from SPLAT Studio will provide instruction on how to make mosaic art laid out in a flower pattern. The class will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Mosaics are created using small pieces of colored glass and assembling them in a pattern pleasing to the maker and adhering them to a substrate. No art experience is needed. The mosaic art will not be completed in class as the final process of grouting will be done at SPLAT Art Studio. Participants will be notified when their artwork is ready for pick up at the studio.

All supplies for the 8" x 8" mosaic flower art are included in the registration fee. This class is for adults and teens 13 and older accompanied by an adult. Please register in person at the library. The class fee is $35 per person.
Build with LEGO Club
LEGO Club will meet on Wednesday, May 1 from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. Children age 6 and older will have great fun building to a challenge set by Children's Librarian, Rita Smith.
Library Offers Program for Preschoolers
Play Day for Families is a preschool program for families with children ages 2 to 5 which includes an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practice of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Play Day for Families will be held on Friday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Mulch is Available to Residents
The yard waste that is dropped off at the Recycling Center is ground into mulch. An unlimited amount of mulch is available to Township residents at no charge during operating hours.

Monday-4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday-4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday-8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday-8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
*Remembering *Reflecting *Responding
A Vigil to Commemorate Victims of Firearm Violence
A vigil commemorating the victims of firearm violence through word, music, dance, and art will be held April 27 at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 64 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. Individuals whose lives have been affected by firearm violence, and sacred dancers will participate in the event, along with the Hershey Community Chorus Ensemble; Tenor, Christyan Seay, and a “live painting.” 

The Hershey Indivisible Team has collaborated with First United Methodist Church to organize this event. This non-political event will offer a time when the community can come together to reflect and mourn those lives lost to firearm violence. All are welcome.
Butterfly Meadow Planting and Stream Restoration 
Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Cocoa Avenue, Hershey 
Volunteers are needed to help the Derry Environmental Action Committee to continue planting a streamside butterfly meadow on Cocoa Avenue in Hershey. Over the past few years, volunteers have helped plant over 2,000 native meadow plants and trees at this site.

This spring we will expand the meadow with new flowering plants and grasses, as well as do a little maintenance on the previous meadow plantings. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families, groups, and individuals of all abilities. 
If you are interested in helping with this project, please register in advance by contacting Kristen Kyler at or 717-948-6609. (Exact meeting locations will be provided to all registrants, along with all the details you need to prepare for the event.)
Family Leave Equals Family Values
The Hershey Indivisible Team will host Karen Showalter, Senior Campaign Director for Moms Rising for a discussion of “Family Leave Equals Family Values: The Importance of Paid Family and Medical Leave” on Wednesday, May 8. The meeting will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, and will begin after a short business meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Moms Rising is a million-member national network of parents taking action for family economic security. She has over 20 years’ experience running campaigns and building movements locally and internationally around issues ranging from access to education to protecting the rights of women and girls. 

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, Karen has spoken and written extensively on networks, new media and social change. To supplement the discussion, she will use clips from the video, ZEROWEEKS to reinforce the message of the importance of paid leave.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free. For additional information about The Hershey Indivisible Team, contact Marlene Kanuck, Chair, at . The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event, nor any product or service offered.
Hershey Artfest to be Held May 11
The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society will host a premier juried art show on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Outgrowing the downtown location, Hershey Artfest will be moving to the Cocoa Beanery, next to the Penn State Medical Center grounds off Rt. 422.

This year's event will include an expanded selection of artists, entertainers, and children's activities.
Bring your mother to this wonderful day of family, friends, community, and art, music and flowers over the Mother's Day weekend!
Sign Up for the 5K Bully Blitz
The Bully Blitz 5K to be held on Saturday, May 18, supports Pitties. Love. Peace Inc. 
in providing a safe haven for pit bull and pit bull mix dogs in need throughout the northeast, primarily focusing on dogs in Pennsylvania. Foster families provide safe, loving, temporary homes for the dogs until they are placed into a loving forever home.

Proceeds help to provide food, bedding, shelter and veterinary care, as well as training and rehabilitation for those in need.

Day of registration will be held from 7:00 8:45 a.m. and is $30.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Shank Park, 850 Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown.

Registration in advance is $25 before May 4 and includes a t-shirt and doggie bandanna. Registration after May 4 and the day of is $30 and includes a t-shirt and bandanna while supplies last.

The event also includes a 1-Mile Dog Walk. Registration before May 4 is $20 and includes a t-shirt and doggie bandanna. A t-shirt and bandanna will be provided after May 4 while supplies last.

Prizes will be announced at 10:15 a.m.
Derry Seniors Will Learn About the History of Mt. Gretna
“Mt. Gretna: A History in Postcards” will be presented by Sue Hostetter, President of the Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society, at the next gathering of the Derry Seniors on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey.

Ms. Hostetter will share the history of neighboring Mt. Gretna in a fascinating 45-minute visual presentation that includes clips from the video "Mt Gretna's Perennial Spirit.” Questions from the audience are welcome. She will also have a display of pictures and memorabilia and will highlight upcoming summer programs. Ms. Hostetter is a full-time resident of Mt. Gretna and a retired high school librarian.

Reservations are not needed, and there is no admission fee. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available.

Following devotions and the program, lunch will be available for $3 per person. A pharmacist will also be on hand to answer questions regarding medications.
The Derry Seniors offer adults 55 and older an opportunity to gather, socialize, and learn about people and places within the community. The group is affiliated with Derry Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 
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