Derry Township eNews - December 11, 2020
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
Proposed 2021 Budget
The proposed Derry Township 2021 budget is available for the public to review on the Township website. In addition, copies are available to the public at the administration building upon request. The Township Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the budget at its December 15, 2020 meeting.
Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival in Downtown Hershey
The pandemic didn’t stop Santa from arriving in Downtown Hershey via Hershey Volunteer Fire truck to light the tree for a virtual event. Santa also talked to many good boys and girls who participated in his special Drive-Thru Santa event. You can see more on the Downtown Hershey Association Facebook page. The event was organized by volunteers of the Downtown Hershey Association in cooperation with Derry Township Parks & Recreation, the Derry Township Police Department, and the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department. Special thanks to the Bowman Trust for the holiday decorations and to Davis Landscaping for installing them. Thanks to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and the Hershey High School Marching Band for performing.
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Join Us at The Library
Home Delivery Service
Beginning on Monday, December 14, the Hershey Public Library offers a home delivery service to Derry Township Residents.

Please contact us at 717-533-6555 ext. 3720 or send an email to library@derrytownship.org with your requests. Your delivery items will be checked out to you and dropped off at your door. There is a 10-item limit, and no returns will be accepted during home delivery service at this time. 
Adult Winter Reading Program
Register for the Adult Winter Reading Program, 10 to Try. This is a virtual program for anyone age 16 and older. Watch a video about 10 to Try. Read 7 out of 10 books to meet the challenge and be entered into a drawing for prizes. The program runs until May 1. Please register online on Beanstack.com
Colonial Christmas: Winters with Washington’s Army
Saturday, December 12 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Michael Jesberger presents a virtual lecture to discuss the various military movements of the Continental Army led by George Washington in Pennsylvania during the winters of the American Revolution. Mr. Jesberger will also discuss how Christmas was celebrated in the colonial period and the many differences in relation to how the holiday is celebrated today. Register online on the library’s Events Calendar at www.hersheylibrary.org and receive a link to attend once your registration is confirmed. The program is sponsored by Friends
Christmas Special Trivia PJ Party
Sunday, December 20 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join library staff on Zoom or on Facebook Live for this family program. Catch up on The Grinch, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Jack Frost, to name a few. Register online. Join us on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/hersheypubliclibrary 
Community Blood Drive at the Library
Wednesday, December 23 - 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Please call the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 1-800-771-0059 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins might have to wait if there are appointments at that time. Masks are required. Covid-19 Antibody Testing is available in December with each successful blood donation. A form of ID is required to donate.
Community News and Events
Hershey Volunteer Fire Department Brings Holiday Tradition to Your Neighborhood
Santa Claus will once again be making his way through the neighborhoods of Derry Township, thanks to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department.
Look for the man in the red suit as he rides on board a fire truck December 12 through 17. You can check Santa’s schedule here.
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents a “Holiday Card from the Hershey Area Playhouse”
The Hershey Area Playhouse is presenting a virtual Holiday Card for six nights in December, with a joyful—definitely not silent—night, featuring talented members of the community. The online performances will be held on December 18, 19 and 20 and December 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Local author Phil Jurus will be sharing two of his original Elf stories. Since 1996, Jurus has been writing these “Stories of the Christmas Elves.” The two stories are “Santa’s Clauset” and “A Dickens of a Good Time.” The latter was written in 2013 and dedicated to the director, cast and crew of the Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol.” Jurus played Scrooge in that production.
 
In addition to the “Stories of the Christmas Elves,” Jake Nyguen will be performing holiday classics on his guitar. The evening also includes Kurt Dise reading The Night Before Christmas.
 
Read more and purchase a ticket for $10 on the Playhouse website.
HOLIDAY TRAIN DISPLAY
AT THE HERSHEY-DERRY TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Due to recent health and safety restrictions, we are temporarily closing. We hope to extend the dates for our annual holiday train display. Please watch our website for updates.
Cocoa Packs Gives
Cocoa Packs is thrilled to share we will once again be distributing USDA Food Boxes to those in need through a drive thru at their location 500 Homestead Rd , Hershey. Every Monday in November & December from 10-6 for anyone and Wednesday’s 10-6 for Cocoa Packs children. A gallon of milk & a dozen eggs are included in each box.

Questions contact cocoapacks@gmail.com
Interested in enrolling in Cocoa Packs contact cocoapacksenroll@gmail.com
Hershey Area All Things Diversity Event:
Religious Inclusion In Our Community
As the number of religions globally, nationally, and in our community continues to grow, understanding and appreciating our differences from a spirituality perspective will increase our sense of community and respect. During this session on January 13 at 7 p.m., participants will learn about the major observances of diverse religious communities, with a focus on those in the central Pennsylvania area. Our goal will be to determine how we support religious differences in our community in a way that allows everyone to feel accepted and welcome. 
 
The presenter for this session will be Dr. Jeffery D. Long, professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College. The January virtual program is free and will be livestreamed on the Derry Township YouTube channel. You may register through Event Brite.   
 
Hershey Area All Things Diversity is a free series of programs to create awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion in our community. It is coordinated by Derry Township, The Hershey Story Museum, Derry Township School District, Milton Hershey School, The Hershey Company, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Downtown Hershey Association, and The Hershey Trust Company. 
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