Derry Township eNews, April 5, 2019
Current News
Township Opens Bids for Proposed Hershey Community Center
Bids for the construction of the proposed Hershey Community Center were opened electronically at 2:00 p.m. on April 2, 2019. The project was divided into five prime contracts. The total of the bids was higher than anticipated.

The bids are public and are available for viewing here .
The board plans to discuss the project and provide an update at its meeting on April 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
PPL Line Rebuild Project Update
PPL will energize the aboveground line that connects the Hershey and South Hershey substations by the end of April. It is anticipated this aboveground line will be removed by the end of 2020, once the underground line is complete.

PPL reviewed their plans to move their lines underground with Comcast and Verizon. Ultimately, the decision on whether the communication lines are routed underground is Comcast and Verizon’s decision.

Lastly, PPL is beginning to design the underground line. Therefore, you may see PPL and its subcontractors in the community gathering information and digging test holes and soil borings. The PPL project team will continue to update Derry Township on a monthly basis. Visit
or email  for more information or with questions.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Leader Teaches Hershey How to Open Dialogue
Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, a professional in leadership, diversity, inclusion, and social justice, the founder and owner of Voycetress Media, LLC, providing training to individuals and organizations to affirm and empower, Director of Social Equity & Affirmative Action for the City of Harrisburg, Chair of the Board of Directors of the LGBT Center of Central PA, and author of numerous books, was the presenter at the March 27 Hershey All Things Diversity session held at the Hershey Story.

Recyclebank Celebrates Earth Month
We might be biased, but we think Earth Month is the BEST month! To prove it, we’re offering you up to 500 points for checking out our Daily Pledge Tips all month long.  Daily Pledge Tips 
The Last Dance Luau to be Rescheduled
The Last Dance Luau scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2019 has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled at a later date closer to the time of construction on the new community center. 

All ticket sales will be refunded to the original form of payment.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the event in the near future.
21st National Library Week Presents Authors Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman
The 21st Friends' Annual National Library Week Author Visit Program will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. Alice Hoffman, renowned writer of many books including "Practical Magic" and Lisa Hoffman, (cousin to Alice Hoffman) a knitwear designer and knitting teacher, will talk about their creative work.

Books by both authors will be sold and signed at the event. Please register  online , or call the library at 717-533-6555.
35th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 13 at Shank Park, Bullfrog Valley Road.

The hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. for children 2 years old and under, 10:15 a.m. for 3 and 4-years old, 10:30 a.m. for 5 and 6-years old, and 10:45 a.m. for 7 and 8-years old.

The Easter Bunny will visit with children between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

The hunt will be held rain or shine, please dress appropriately.

Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation will sell donuts and beverages at the event.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Bring Your Documents to the Shred It Event
Protect your personal information and bring the documents that you no longer need to be destroyed. This event is for residents only and is limited to two bags/boxes per household.

The spring Shred-it Event will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 8:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Public Works Facility, 650 Clearwater Road, Hershey.
Enjoy a Story
Emily Fortney will read aloud to adults on Saturday, April 6, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Improve Your Photos
Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Instructor Bryson Leidich will lead a class that will address beginning to intermediate essential techniques for digital photography. Instruction will include camera settings for best capture, understanding exposure, composition, and basic image processing in Lightroom. An explanation of file types, color spaces and other important basic concepts will also be included.

Bring your camera and manual. Please register in person at the library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. The class fee is $40 and is payable at registration.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Summer is almost here but are you ready? Come to a program taught and organized by students from Penn State College of Medicine to learn more about healthy sun habits and ways that you can protect yourself and family, to ensure a fun and healthy summer.

Healthy Sun Habits will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Yard Waste Collection Begins the Week of April 22
An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbside one time per month on your regular trash day by the contracted waste hauler. The collection will occur April through October.

Items must be placed at the curb (or where your trash is collected) by 5:00 a.m. on your collection day. Items must be placed in a container not to exceed 32 gallons or in a "Kraft" bag not to exceed 50 lbs. Branches and tree limbs must not exceed 3" in diameter, must be cut to 4' in length, bundled and secured by rope or twine and not to exceed 50 lbs.

Grass clippings are NOT to be collected under this program and are to be treated as solid waste.

For additional information, call Waste Management at 1-800-634-4595.

Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents The Glass Menagerie
A faded remnant of Southern gentility. Amanda Wingfield lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment. Abandoned by her husband, Amanda comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by “gentlemen callers.” Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother’s suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy “crippled” daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions are crushed. 

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller .

 April 4 - April 6, 7:30 p.m., April 7, 2:00 p.m., April 11 - April 13, 7:30 p.m., and April 14, 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $17/$20. V isit the Hershey Area Playhouse's  website for more information and to purchase tickets.
Hershey Camera Club Holds Digital Competition
The Hershey Camera Club invites you to join them for their last competition of the year on April 11 at Country Meadows of Hershey, at 6:30 p.m., in the Rose Room.
The theme is Mobile Images/Mobile Editing. The photos must have been taken using a smart phone, tablet or similar device and be edited using the same device. This is meant to show the power of our mobile devices and their relationship to the world of DSLR cameras.

This competition and all of our presentations are free and open to the public. Please visit
Kiss Hershey Back 2019 will be held on Saturday, May 11
Kiss Hershey Back is a township-wide cleanup effort that began in 2008 by Penn State College of Medicine students to make the Sweetest Place on Earth also the Cleanest Place on Earth.

2019 Itinerary
8:30-9:00 a.m. Check-in/Registration
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (or sooner) Clean up at Sites
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Post-Event Celebration/Raffle

Volunteers are needed!  Volunteer Form

Visit for more information.
Butterfly Meadow Planting and Stream Restoration
Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help the Derry Environmental Action Committee to continue planting a streamside butterfly meadow on Cocoa Avenue.

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.)
Hershey Community Chorus to Perform "I Wish I Was in New Orleans"
Hershey Community Chorus will perform its spring concert, “I Wish I Was in New Orleans,” on Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 64 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. 

A second concert will be performed on Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main Street, Hummelstown. 

Guest musicians,  The Vintage Jazz Band, will perform at the concert .  Music Director, James Hoffmann, will be retiring after this concert. He has been the Music Director for The Hershey Community Chorus for 34 years. 

Admission is $18.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors and students 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under accompanied by adult are free. Tickets are available from any chorus member, by emailing a request to, or calling 717- 508-4400.
Township Publications
Derry Township Newsletters
Sign up to receive the library's monthly newsletter directly here .

Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes
If you have community news or an event that you would like to share in the township eNews, email it to

Please note that listings should be related to local events and organizations. Events determined to be discriminatory, controversial, negative, or offensive to other persons or organizations, or which promote organizations engaging in such conduct will not be included.