Derry Township eNews - February 5, 2021
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Chocolate Avenue and W. Caracas Avenue
Pedestrian Access Improvements Project
HRG, the Township’s Engineer, will be providing an overview of the Pedestrian Access Improvements Project located along Chocolate Ave. between Valley Rd. and Linden Rd., and at the intersections of W. Caracas Ave. / Valley Rd., W. Caracas Ave. / Ridge Rd., and W. Caracas Ave. / Linden Rd during the regular Derry Township Boards of Supervisors meeting on February 9, 2021.
This design is intended to improve the pedestrian corridor and crossings within the project area. Additionally, the tree retention/replacement plan was developed in substantial compliance with the adopted Township Street Tree Ordinance.
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
Click the image above to see the plans.

Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the next Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted on the Township website later today. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
2021 Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Member Survey
Penn State Health wants to understand and address the health needs of the communities we serve. We need your input so we can develop community programs to help you.

You may be facing additional issues during COVID-19 but we hope you will complete this survey based on your overall health needs.

The survey is for adults age 18 years or older and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers are confidential. Please use the following links to access the survey:

If you have any questions or need assistance to complete the survey, please contact Rachel Weber at or 717.531.3962. 
Hershey Community Center Construction Update
The building foundations are almost complete! Over the next several weeks, the structural steel of the facility will begin to be installed on the site. Please visit for project information and updated construction pictures and to learn how you can support the capital campaign.
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Join Us at The Library
February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month at the Hershey Public Library where our goal is to celebrate our diverse community and to find joy in each other. This month, we begin a new series of programs made possible by a microgrant secured by Rita Smith, Children's Librarian and Aly Tran, Adult Program Manager. The grant, provided by Beanstack, the library's reading challenge software, offers families an opportunity to read and discuss books written by BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) authors and illustrators. Library staff will lead the discussion and will welcome special guests to these bi-monthly Zoom meetings. Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors: “I am Enough” by Grace Byers book discussion program is on Saturday, February 27. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please register online.
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, February 10 - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share related stories and videos and participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the week's challenge.
Art of Truth: Creative Non-Fiction
Presented by Laura English
Sundays: February 7 to March 14 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Explore the exciting genre of creative nonfiction. In this virtual class, you can choose to write memoir, essay, biography, epistle, lyric essay, meditation, or a combination of several forms. You’ll have the opportunity to share your work in a supportive, encouraging environment, and find motivation and community as you write about real-life experiences. The class is held on Google Meet. (Similar to Zoom.) 6 sessions on consecutive Sundays. Cost for the class is $65.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 12 & Saturday, February 13 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sign up for a 15-minute time slot* for this Family Program to hang out with library staff in the Reading Garden in your woolies while you tally the birds you see. We will provide a tally sheet and guide to common birds; you do the counting. We will even upload everyone's results to the main site! The Great Backyard Bird Count is an international effort by The Cornell Ornithology Lab, the Audubon Society, and Birds Canada. Last year (2020), 268,274 participants from 194 countries counted 27,270,156 birds over the four-day count. *Please list a group or family name when registering; one group or family per time slot.
The Mysterious SETI Signal from Proxima Centauri
Presented by Robert Naeye
Saturday, February 13 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On April 29, 2019, the Parkes Observatory in Australia picked up an unusual radio signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun. The signal has many of the characteristics that astronomers expect from an extraterrestrial civilization. Join science journalist and Derry Township resident Robert Naeye on Zoom for a virtual discussion of this enigmatic signal and the possible ramifications of having a more advanced civilization less than 5 light-years from Earth.
Community News and Events
"The Perils of Plastic"
Manada Conservancy will host an online program, “The Perils of Plastic,” on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. Our speaker, cutting-edge plastic pollution researcher Dr. Sherri Mason, will discuss the proliferation of plastics in our society, its emergence as one of the most prominent environmental pollutants, and the prevalence of microplastics in freshwater systems. For a link to this free program, register at this site.
Hershey Figure Skating Club's Olympic Games Summer Camp!
Each full day includes at least 2 hours of on-ice instruction, games, crafts, instructed off-ice exercises, snacks, & a special adventure every afternoon!
No skating experience required - we'll teach your child how to ice skate, figure skate, or hockey skate!
Two weeks available: July 12-16 and July 24-30. Full day and half day camp options.
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program opens registration
A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is an individual with a passion for the natural world who participates in an intensive training program and uses his or her knowledge by giving back to the community through volunteer service. This year-round program has three components: an initial volunteer training course, volunteer service hours, and advanced training classes.

Spring training begins on April 1 and will run 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through June 17. There also will be four field sessions scheduled on Saturdays. Application deadline is Feb. 1, but a discounted application fee is applied to all applications received by Jan. 15.

To apply or to find more information visit their website at
Cocoa Packs Returns
Cocoa Packs is excited to announce that they will once again be a distribution site for round 5 of the USDA Food Boxes. Those in need may stop by our drive thru on Mondays & Wednesdays anytime from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 500 Homestead Rd in Hershey beginning February 1st through April 28th.
Questions please contact
Christine Drexler at
Hershey Rotary Provides Aid to Ecuador
The Hershey Rotary Club, along with other Rotary chapters, recently raised a total of $83,075 to support a humanitarian project called “Healthy Families” in Quito, Ecuador.
The initiative was led by the local Ecuadorian Rotary Club, Occidente Quito. With this global support, the Quito Rotary Club educated more than 70 families covering topics in basic nutrition, clean water and lifestyle adaptations.

The Hershey Rotary Club is proud to be part of this project that has changed and improved the lives of families in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to its support of many local non-profit organizations in the Derry Township area, The Hershey Rotary Club partners with Rotary International and other Rotary clubs to make a difference worldwide.

To learn more about The Hershey Rotary Club, please visit
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