Derry Township eNews - April 2, 2021
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DTPD & Derry Township School District Select New School Resource Officer
The Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District wish to announce a new School Resource Officer (SRO) for the School District.

Click this link to learn more about Officer Rebecca Kessler and our appreciation for Officer Mary Kepple for her years of service. 
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 Shred-It Event for April 10
Derry Township invites its residents to bring personal documents that need to be shredded to its Shred-It Event, Saturday, April 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Derry Township Public Works Facility, 650 Clearwater Road.

Only sensitive documents that require shredding, including papers that contain personal information such as full social security numbers or credit card numbers, should be brought to the Shred-It event. Derry Township offers this service for residents to shred personal documents a few times a year.

Magazines, junk mail, telephone books, cardboard and glossy paper may be recycled by dropping them off at the Derry Township Recycling Center. You also may place newspapers and cardboard in your Waste Management Recycling Bin.

For a full list of what can be recycled in Derry Township, please visit our website.
Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail
Alternate Parking Options
In response to several pedestrian and vehicle safety concerns along Bullfrog Valley Road and Wood Road, the following parking alternatives and restrictions will be put into place in the coming days:

No Parking signs and split rail fencing will be placed in the grass area along Bullfrog Valley Road to restrict parking between Research Blvd. and Wood Road. Alternative parking is available at Shank Park and Bullfrog Valley Park. Parking is also available at the Hershey Center for Applied Research (1214 Research Blvd. - across from the Cocoa Beanery) Monday – Friday 4:00pm to dusk and all daylight hours Saturday and Sunday.

The Township appreciates your understanding as we continue to hold the safety of all users of our recreational facilities in the highest regard.
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
Beginner Calligraphy Class
Tuesday, April 6, April 20, and 27 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

M. J. McFalls from the Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) will teach the basics of italic calligraphy. She hopes to get into some practical uses of the art as well as some fancy uses. Once the basics are developed and memorized, participants can expand to their own style and use it for the rest of their lives. Class fee: $40 for a series of three classes. Suitable for anyone age 14 and older. Please register online on the HAAA's website for a link to Zoom.
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 7 - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join Ms. Rita for 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. Please register online.
Music by Ryan Yingst
Saturday, April 10 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ryan Yingst: Songwriter. Performer. Producer. Hershey Native! Check him out at 2 pm on April 10th and at Suitable for anyone age 14 and older. Please register online for a link to Zoom for this program. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library.
Pop-up Book Sale
Next week (April 5-9) the Friends pop-up book sale will feature Biography, History, and Military titles. Please stop in to shop for some great bargains. The book sale operates during regular library hours. Proceeds of the sale benefit library programming.
Community News and Events
Hershey Gardens Easter Sunrise Service
Hershey Gardens is proud to host the annual Easter Sunrise Service, a tradition that began in 1947. The community is invited to view the pre-recorded non-denominational service (via Facebook only) provided by the Hershey Ministerium. Simply log on to Hershey Gardens' Facebook page to view the service on April 4 at 6:30 a.m. The service will remain on the Facebook page to watch after the live debut.
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 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.
Flower Basket Sale
The Bowman Trust is once again selling beautiful flower baskets that will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 8th 2021 (between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.) the day before Mother's Day! All baskets must be pre-ordered and pre-paid by April 9th, 2021. Print out the thumbnail image for more information. Two basket sizes are available. Thank you for supporting the William S. Bowman Trust! 
2021 Walk for Clean Water
Since 2016, Hershey High School Key Club has partnered with the international nonprofit-organization, Thirst Project, to take action against the global water crisis––a worldwide emergency that affects over 700 million people worldwide and steals an estimated 6,000 children's lives each day. So for the 6th year in a row, the students at HHS are making a difference by hosting the annual Walk for Clean Water on April 11th!

The Walk for Clean Water sees participants walk 3.75 miles, the average distance walked by families in developing nations to collect water, on a route around the Hershey High School campus. There will be food trucks, free Starbucks catering, a raffle for the chance to earn gift cards & local merchandise, and more. Each participant will also receive a t-shirt and a race pack filled with snacks, Hershey products, etc. All COVID-19 guidelines will be 100% in place, but for those with concerns about safety, you can still get involved through this year's Virtual Walk option. Check out the link below for time slots and more details!

Please take the time to learn more about HHS Key Club's impact and our cause at our website here. Then, consider registering to participate in the Walk or donating to the cause! Every donation truly counts––join the fight!!
Hershey High School Hall of Fame - Induction Class of 2021 Nominations Sought
The Hershey High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepting nominations to be considered for the 2021 Induction class. The deadline for accepting nominations will be April 30, 2021. Any nominations after April 30, 2021 will be considered for the following year.

Nomination forms are to be sent to the High School Athletic Office. You can obtain the forms from the Derry Township School Board website. Go to the Athletics tab and click on Hall of Fame. The link for the nomination form will be there. Or you scan the QR code.

If you have any questions, please contact John Christopher at
Scan above for additional information and nomination forms.
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