Derry Township eNews, December 7, 2018
Current News
Derry Township is Recognized as a Sweet Town
Derry Township is featured in an article on, "9 Fortune 500 Companies Based in Surprisingly Small Cities and Towns."

Hershey was praised for its "small town feel with incredible, top-rated schools and parks as well as the city's booming economy."

Township Seeks Candidates for Advisory Board Positions
The Board of Supervisors will be accepting applications for the following boards:

Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board, Board of Library Directors, Municipal Authority, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Tax Collection Association, General Authority, Downtown Core Design Board

Residents that are interested in getting involved in local government are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to: Township of Derry, Board of Supervisors, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA, 17033, by December 14, or email to The Board will make appointments at the January 7, 2019 reorganization meeting.
Hershey All Things Diversity Series to Present "Addressing Micro-Inequities and Micro-Aggressions"
Dr. Ali Michael will be the presenter on the topic of micro-aggressions at the January 23 Hershey All Things Diversity session.

Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education, and recipient of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories and The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys.

She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Ali teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University.

Ali’s article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. She may be best known for her November 9, 2016 piece What Do We Tell the Children? in the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner at the Hershey Story Museum, 63 West Chocolate Avenue.

This program is underwritten by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

Downtown Hershey Association Meeting Scheduled for Monday, December 10
The Downtown Hershey Association Board will hold a meeting on Monday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. on the lower level of The Hershey Story, W. Chocolate Avenue.

Please join us as we celebrate our accomplishment in 2018, elect members to office for 2019, and present a new development project proposed in downtown Hershey. The public is invited and encouraged to attend .
Celebrate the Holiday Season in Downtown Hershey
Come to downtown Hershey tonight for the annual tree lighting. The festivities will include music, cookies, and Santa Claus! The holiday celebration will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at ChocolateTown Square.

The Downtown Hershey Association has partnered with businesses to offer special promotions with a ticket that is punched when you visit participating businesses, so come early. Turn in your ticket at the celebration for a chance to win gift cards, gift baskets, and products. No purchase is necessary. One ticket per person. Tickets are available at the Municipal Building, the Hershey Public Library, and the Hershey Recreation Center, and at participating businesses.

This year's event will also include a Market, where you may find a special gift, and vendors will have food available for purchase.

More information on the event
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Make a Fresh Wreath This Holiday Season 
Andrea Beitzel will return to the Hershey Public Library to show you how to make a beautiful evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the holidays on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Fresh-cut greens, ring, wire and ribbons will be supplied and are included in the cost of the class. Register in person at the library. The class fee of $35 must be paid at registration.
Second Saturday Block Party!
Come to the library Saturday, December 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for Second Saturday. This month's theme is Block Party! Register for this family program which features a story and themed activities.
In the Middle Art
Make Holiday Decorations
It's holiday time! Come to the library and create yummy looking faux holiday cookie decorations on
Wednesday, December 12 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 p.m.

Using holiday cookie cutters, you can create fancy faux cookies in a variety of sizes shapes and colors. As usual, we will open the creative box and see what you cook up. In the Middle is for kids in grade 6 and higher. 
Card Making Class
Thursday, December 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Meet new friends and enjoy making two handcrafted cards for $6 at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. Join Wendy Makes who will teach you how to use different stamping techniques using Stampin’ Up! Products to create two seasonal cards.

Registration is not necessary, but appreciated for this drop-in class by calling the library at 717-533-6555. This program is designed especially for adults, and children with an adult companion. 
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
The hours for the Recycling Center changed to the winter schedule on November 5. The Center will not be open on Wednesdays and Saturday's hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through March 9, 2019.
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Support the Hershey High School Band at the 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa
The Hershey High School Band Boosters will hold the 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Hershey Elementary School, Homestead Road, Hershey.

The event features all you can eat pancakes, crafts, stories, and music. Pictures can be taken with Santa from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.

The cost is $6 for ages 11+ and $4 for children ages 2 to 10 or $7 and $5 at the door. Contact for tickets.
Hershey Area Art Association Announces Upcoming 2019 Art Classes
Art classes make great holiday gifts!

Visit the Hershey Area Art Association's website,, for more information on the classes and registration forms. Classes are held in the lower level Community Room of the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society, 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey. Classes have size limitations - Register early!
Drawing Inside and Outside the Box with Marie Gammon
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., January 22 - February 12
Realistic Oil Painting with Paulette Flemmens
Wednesday afternoons, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., February 6 - March 27
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., February 26 - Tuesday, April 2
Painting Acrylics with Marie Gamon
Thursday afternoons, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., March 28 - May 16
Hershey Indivisible Two-Year Anniversary Celebration Features Mikhel Harrison, Pennsylvania's Indivisible State Organizer
The Hershey Indivisible Team (HIT) proudly presents Mikhel Harrison, Pennsylvania liaison to the National Indivisible team on Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

In addition to celebrating HIT's second birthday, Harrison will recount the victories achieved over the last two years and share new strategies from the latest version of the Indivisible Guide.

Come early to enjoy a slice of birthday cake and pick up your own copy of the new Indivisible Guide. HIT and RESIST t-shirts will be available to members free of charge while supplies last. Members of the public are invited to attend. Contact Marlene Kanuck, Co-Chair, at
Get Your Pets Photo Taken with Santa
Bring your pets to have their Christmas photos taken with Santa on Saturday, December 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 E. Areba Avenue, Hershey.

A souvenir photo will be provided. Bring your camera for extra shots.

Donations will be accepted to benefit Cancer research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Derry Church's "Longest Night" Worship Offers Comfort
For those who have empty places in their hearts and homes this Christmas season, Derry Presbyterian Church offers a “Longest Night” worship service. This reflective, come-as-you-are service with communion, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18 in the Chapel at 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. Following the service, light refreshments will be served.

The service offers comfort to those who are sad because of the loss of a loved one, divorce or broken relationship. The Longest Night service can also offer solace to those anxious about employment or financial instability, or facing a frightening diagnosis. The service, intentionally held on one of the longest, darkest nights of year, acknowledges the pain and offers comfort.
Mohler Senior Center to Hold Psychic Gallery Fundraising Event
The Mohler Senior Center will hold a Psychic Gallery on Sunday, January 6, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey.

Expect the unexpected as acclaimed psychic William Stillman connects with the realm beyond, as well as offers predictions and intuitive insights. If you are intrigued by popular TV shows like Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry or The Long Island Medium, you will want to attend this live event!

Bill works through divine grace and will say an opening blessing with audience members. During the first hour, he will communicate the intuitive information that he receives. After the intermission, he will answer questions.

Tickets are $20 in advance at the Center and $25 at the door. This is a fundraising event and all proceeds will benefit the Mohler Senior Center.
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