Derry Township eNews - December 18, 2020
Current News

The Township wishes you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!
Snow Emergency Lifted
The snow emergency from Winter Storm Gail was expected to last until Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. However through the tireless efforts of our Public Works Department and the selfless cooperation of our residents, the clean up has finished far sooner allowing for an early lifting of the Snow Emergency Declaration.
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from December 15th, 2020 on the Township YouTube channel.
2021 Budget Passed
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the 2021 budget at the December 15th meeting. It is available to view on the Township Website.
Waste Management Snow Event Update
Due to the earlier then expected completion of the storm cleanup, Waste Management will be running their Thursday routes on Friday and Friday routes on Saturday each at the normal start times.
Don't Forget to Clear Snow From Around Fire Hydrants
Pennsylvania American Water asks homeowners to help keep fire hydrants clear from snow. By doing so, the public can help firefighters easily locate the hydrants and access water quickly, preserving valuable time when lives and properties are at risk.
Utilities
Hershey Power Line Project Update from PPL
Services
Township Facility Hours and Addresses
Township Offices - 600 Clearwater Road
The Township Administration Building will be closed at noon on Thursday, December 24 and all day Friday, December 25.
Recycling Center Hours - 650 Clearwater Road
The Recycling Center will be closed on Friday, December 25.
Hershey Public Library Hours - 701 Cocoa Avenue
The Hershey Public Library will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
Township Events
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Join Us at The Library
Library Holiday Hours
The Hershey Public Library will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for the Holidays.
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.
Carry & Craft: Bullet Journal Edition
Tuesday, December 29 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Kids Carry & Craft: Bullet Journal Jr. Edition is at 10:00 am. Ms. Rita will help kids set up their bullet journals and decide how they want to use them. Once you register, you will receive an email with some questions to ask the kids before they sit down for the video. Register online.

Teen/Adult Carry & Craft: Bullet Journal Edition is at 11:00 am. Bullet journaling is a powerful and creative way to organize your life, goals, and projects. Let us show you how to set up, use, and create in a bullet journal. Register online. Please pick up your kits beginning December 22-29 during operating hours. We'll share links to resources and demonstrate how to sidestep a few rabbit holes with bullet journals as well. This is a great way to start your new year. Here we come 2021!
Community News and Events
Pennsylvania American Water Offers Virtual Information Sessions on Customer Assistance Programs
Pennsylvania American Water is hosting a series of virtual information sessions about its customer assistance programs, with the first on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. Representatives from Pennsylvania American Water and the company’s H2O Help to Others program administrator, Dollar Energy Fund, will provide information about the company’s H2O Help to Others Program, which offers financial assistance for income-eligible customers, including grants of up to $500 per year, discounts on monthly water and wastewater charges, and water-saving devices and education. The company will also explain how all customers – regardless of income – can set up payment arrangements, sign up for budget billing, and reduce water usage to lower their monthly bills.

To access the live session, visit https://bit.ly/2JWLHNA a few minutes prior to the event. Pre-registration not required and there is no password to join. Participants will be able to ask questions live during the event. A second information session is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. Sessions will be recorded and posted to the company’s YouTube channel for customers who cannot participate live.

For more information, download this event flyer or visit https://www.amwater.com/paaw/customer-service-billing/customer-assistance-programs. The company also recently released a new educational video on its customer assistance programs.
Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation
The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation continues to feed and educate the poorest of the poor children in Haiti. We are excited to host an upcoming virtual cooking class, Mangia with Mariella: Cooking with Love to Bring Hope to Haiti. This event will feature chef Mariella Amato from Mangia Mangia Italian Grill who will instruct participants on how to make an authentic 3-course Italian meal while we raise funds to support the feeding programs at our schools in Haiti. This is a FREE event! Please visit our website to register.
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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