Derry Township eNews - August 14, 2020
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from August 11th, 2020 on the Township YouTube channel.
Don’t Forget to Complete the Census
If you haven’t had time to fill out the 2020 Census, please do so soon. The census results help determine how federal funding flows into states and communities each year and determines how many seats in Congress each state gets. Your responses matter and it just take a few minutes! Here’s the link or if you prefer, stop by the Hershey Public Library to pick up a printed copy of the census that you can mail back. Thank you!
Notice to Derry Township Residents
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Derry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, that résumés and cover letters will be accepted for a position on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Residents of Derry Township who are interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are requested to submit a letter of interest and a résumé to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA 17033 no later than September 10, 2020. The appointment will be made at the September 22, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Public Feedback Period Extended for Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study
Deadline for Comments is 9/8/20

In response to an outpouring of constructive public comment from concerned citizens regarding the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study, Derry Township is extending the period for feedback for an additional thirty days. Residents now have until Tuesday, September 8, 2020 to submit questions, comments or recommendations.
The Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study DRAFT is available for public review at the following location: You may also listen to Eric Stump from HRG as he steps through the report at the July 28 Board of Supervisors meeting on this matter.
Any comments or questions on the report, recommendations, maps or exhibits should be directed to Alyx Gallagher, HRG, via email at Upon receipt of comments, HRG will evaluate them, update the plan as required, and distribute a final report by the end of September.
Climate Change Survey
Help start a local conversation about climate change. Share your thoughts in a short survey presented by the Derry Township Climate Change Advisory Committee.

For more information email
Derry Township Business Contact Information
Derry Township is working to compile an inventory of our local businesses. Please provide us with some brief information so that we can keep you up-to-date on important news and happenings. By providing your information, you're authorizing us to occasionally email you with information pertaining to or affecting the Derry Township business community.

You can fill out this brief form here:
HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts
The HATS Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts, delayed from the spring, will take place Sat 8/15. The counts provide vital data to our region's planners, decision makers and anyone else interested in making walking and biking safer and more convenient in Central PA. Visit TCRPC’s bicycle and pedestrian page for more information and to sign up to volunteer: In Derry Township, the counts will be performed at the intersection of Chocolate Avenue and Cocoa Avenue, and at the intersection of University Drive and Governor Road.

In addition, Derry Township is collaborating with the Partnership for Healthy Communities of Central PA Coalition to begin a bicycle and pedestrian counting program to expand upon the regional data collected by HATS. The Township received a grant to purchase and set up short-term counting devices to collect baseline data to measure future improvements, and to identify key areas of concern for volume and safety reasons. Derry Township Chief of Police, Garth Warner, is leading the efforts to place the counting devices. “If you notice the small, labeled devices, please be sure to leave them in place to do their job. The devices will be moved around Derry Township to get an accurate count, but the initial locations will include a spot on the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail near Shank Park and Bullfrog Valley Pond, the SAMBA Trails behind the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and several busier intersections within the Village,” says Chief Warner.
Construction Update for PPL Duct Bank Project
PPL has been working on Elm Avenue and Sand Hill Road. For the remaining work north of Cherry Drive on Sand Hill Road, PPL will need to close Sand Hill Road 24/7 for safety reasons. For the full update and more information about upcoming work, please visit and read the August 2020 Hershey Project Update. If you have questions, please email  
Township Events
Drive-In Movie at Shank Park
The Parks & Recreation Department will be holding its final Drive-In Movie of the summer at Shank Park on Friday, August 28th. Bring the whole family to enjoy a great movie in the park, featuring "The Kid Who Would Be King." Admission is absolutely free and concessions will be available for purchase. The movies are generously sponsored by the Friends of Derry Township Parks & Recreation. For more information, please visit Rain date is Saturday, August 29th

*Please Note: All social distancing guidelines and protocols need to be followed while attending the event. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Market on Chocolate
Socially-distanced free fitness returns to Market on Chocolate this Saturday as we celebrate our 6th anniversary! Join LB Fitness for a free body weight class in ChocolateTown Park.

This Saturday the market will feature many new and returning vendors selling a multitude of goods ranging from craft prepared foods, to unique jewelry and artisan wares, to locally grown items. The market also includes entertainment, children’s activities, and community programming in addition to free group fitness classes and other special events.

Be sure to check out the full schedule here.
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
New Entrance Ribbon Cutting
The public is invited to come celebrate the new library renovations with a ribbon cutting on August 22, 2020 at 1 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free ice cream from Sweet Dawgs ice cream truck from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and participate in socially-distanced family activities including bubbles and grab-bag activity kits.

The renovation project is the result of a years-long effort involving the Hershey Public Library, The Hershey Library Endowment Trust, Derry Township, the Friends of Hershey Public Library, Chris Dawson Architect, and the Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund. We are also grateful for the many donors who contributed towards the furniture and artwork that add so much character to the space.

The library hopes you can join us to celebrate this milestone achievement in the long history of Hershey Public Library, and a great opportunity to take a tour to see the new Family Entrance, the new Teen Space, and the new Storytime Room. We look forward to seeing you!
Friends of the Hershey Public Library is Having a Read-a-thon!
Register online for the library's Friends fundraiser, the Read-a-thon! (Managed by 99 Pledges.) Click “Add Participant” to create your own read-a-thon page and track your “minutes read” through

Please share your page with family and friends and read away! Read-a-thon ends on August 22. Contact Aly Tran at with any questions. All ages are welcome to participate. Please know that no amount is too small. Your ongoing backing and support are both truly appreciated. We could not engage in the wonderful learning opportunities and the fun things we do without your monetary support. 

For more information, please visit the Friends' website at This is also a great time to renew your Friends membership or become a member. Thank you.

Your donations will help pay for:
  • Year-round programming for children and adults
  • Children’s and adult reading programs
  • Film Festivals
  • National Library Week author visit
Hershey Public Library Virtual Race
Please join the Hershey Public Library Virtual Race, a fundraiser for the library’s Friends organization. NOW until August 31st. $5 from every virtual race registration goes directly to benefit the Friends. The event is managed by US Road Running Virtual Races. Register online. In this year of Covid-19, the Friends Annual Book Sale, an important source of library program funding, was canceled due to health safety concerns. Funds received from the Hershey Public Library Virtual Race will help to keep those programs going. Whether you want to race for 1 mile or 100 miles, the option is yours, and we thank you most sincerely for your support. 

Participate in your own time and choose a location that suits you. All registrants receive a finisher medal and a real race bib. For more information, please visit the Friends' website at: 
The U.S. – China Relationship: Heading for War?
Sunday, August 23 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The U.S. – China Relationship: Heading for War? This virtual is presented by Bob Naeye on Zoom. For several decades the United States and China enjoyed relatively good relations. The two nations linked themselves together through trade and investment, forming an economic partnership known as “Chinamerica.” Robert Naeye will explain, China’s aggressive behavior has deep historical roots. Register online on the library's Event's Calendar at
Cassel Vineyards' Fear of Commitment Book Group: Short Story Only
Thursday, August 27 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join the Hershey Public Library at Cassel Vineyards for the Fear of Commitment Book Group. Do you like the idea of book groups but don’t want to commit to an entire book? Join us for short stories only! We are reading Horror: A True Tale by Anonymous. We thought it was appropriate to start our Fear of Commitment Group with an Author who is fearful of using his/her name. Horror: A True Tale is available from Pick up a copy at the Public Services desk. Come with ideas for the next story we read.

This event is an Adult Enrichment Class for age 21 and older. If you have questions, please contact Aly Tran at Please remember to follow the social distancing expectations put forth by Cassel Vineyards
Hamilton Family Trivia Night
Thursday, August 27 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Get the family together….stream Hamilton the day before……brush up on your Founding Father and your Broadway trivia on Facebook Live! at Make sure you are …”on the screen where it happens…” Facebook Live and Kahoots. Get the Kahoot App if you can. Please register online. You will receive a link to Zoom once your registration is confirmed.
Community News and Events
Race Relations in Hershey – Virtual Meeting
Hershey Area All Things Diversity invites the community to its next free session, “Race Relations in Hershey,” September 23, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The session will be held via Zoom and streamed live on the Derry Township YouTube page. 
The program will feature Dr. Samuel Richards, an award-winning teaching professor and sociologist at Penn State University who instructs the largest race and cultural relations course in the United States. 
Please register for the event to receive your log in instructions for the Zoom meeting. 
Virtual Give Back to Broadway Workshops
Hershey Area Playhouse announces its first in a series of unique workshops, partnering with professionals who are currently displaced by the closing of Broadway.
The inaugural guest will be Hershey’s Will Curry on August 17 at 7 p.m. Will Curry enjoys a diverse career as a conductor, violist, violinist, educator and orchestrator. Will was recently the music director and conductor of the Miss Saigon national tour, and previously held the positions of violist/assistant conductor with the Broadway revivals of My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, and Les Misérables. Prior to New York, he was the associate conductor for the Mirvish's Les Misérables and the assistant conductor/concertmaster for the Les Misérables national tour.
Tickets are just $10 per household with proceeds benefiting The Hershey Area Playhouse.
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