Derry Township eNews, January 26, 2018
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Derry Township Community Cats
Has Neutered 1,000 Cats!

Derry Township Community Cats (DTCC), a program created in December, 2012 to humanely reduce the outdoor cat population in Derry Township, celebrated the neutering of its 1,000th cat on January 23, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Audrey Hoffman of the Animal Health Care Center of Hershey.

DTCC’s program humanely traps free-roaming cats, neuters and vaccinates them, and returns them to the area where they were found. DTCC is a non-profit volunteer organization that has partnered with the Derry Township Board of Supervisors and Police Department to prevent the breeding of free-roaming cats to control the outdoor cat population. The service is free to Derry Township residents.

DTCC also takes kittens that are adoptable to local rescues. Volunteers handle young kittens regularly to socialize them to people. The kittens receive medical 
exams, are tested for diseases and parasites, are given vaccines, are spayed/neutered and are offered for adoption. The costs are covered through donations received by DTCC.

More information about DTCC can be obtained at, by liking the Facebook page, or by calling the “catline” at 717-592-8087.
Hershey Public Library is a Technology Hub

Read about how the Hershey Public Library (HPL) uses technology to provide you with a connection to the Internet, train you on the use of computers and electronics, access digital media, and learn with on-line classes with your HPL membership.
Market on Chocolate Director to Be Hired

The Downtown Hershey Association is happy to announce it is seeking applications for an independent contractor to serve as the paid director of the weekly Market on Chocolate for the 2018 season. Market on Chocolate runs every Saturday from June through September.

The Market on Chocolate director will manage volunteers, oversee schedules and layout of the Market, and coordinate vendor payments. The director will work with committee members to schedule fitness classes, live music, and other entertainment to increase the sense of community at the Market.  Click here for the full position description and instructions on how to apply.
Kindergarten Registration Sessions to Be Held at the Early Childhood Center

Children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2018 and plan to attend kindergarten in Derry Township School District (DTSD) this fall can register now through Friday, February 23, 2018.
Pre-registration can be done at 
Parents/guardians and prospective students are to attend a follow-up registration session at the District’s Early Childhood Center, 450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey. While parents complete enrollment, the children will be engaged in basic academic exercises similar to what will be experienced in school.

Sessions Schedule
Students with last names beginning with A-I
Tuesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Students with last names beginning with J-R
Wednesday, February 28, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Students with last names beginning with S-Z
Thursday, March 1, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., 5:00-7:00 p.m.

A fourth session date will be offered for those who could not attend an earlier session on Friday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Have a Play Date at the Library with Your Little One

Cruise into Kindergarten will be offered on Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 and a parent or caregiver. The program is an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and the participating adult to engage in the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Please register online, or call the library at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
Community News and Events
Hershey High School Graduate's Award-Winning Documentary to be Featured at the Allen Theater

Corridor Four is a heartfelt portrait of 9/11 Pentagon first-responder Isaac Ho’opi’i as he works to put the traumatic experience behind him with the support of his family and his love of Hawaiian music.

A special screening will take place on Sunday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Allen Theater, 36 East Main Street, Annville.

Immediately following the screening, director Stephen Tringali, graduate of Hershey High, and producer Maria Bissell will join the audience for a Q&A. The filmmakers will also be at MJ’s coffeehouse after the screening to speak with audience members.

The documentary shows decorated first-responders talk openly about the stigmas surrounding mental health treatment and how they sought help. Corridor Four demystifies the invincible image of a hero portrayed in the media and on TV. While their actions are extraordinary, they also need help to overcome the emotional trauma.

Tickets are $10 in Advance - $12 at the door
Documentary Run Time: 81 Minutes
Hershey Area Art Association's February Meeting to Include a Demonstration of Fluid Art Techniques

The monthly meeting of the Hershey Area Art Association will be held on Tuesday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Member David Pringle will make a presentation titled Fluid/Flow Art Processes.

Fluid art is used by artists to create beautiful flows of color in their artwork. It inspires the user to experiment in the creative process. The presentation will be a beginner level demonstration of simple techniques to help participants begin enjoying fluid art.   
David Pringle is a formally trained award-winning photographer who has been actively working through new techniques to find his voice in the arts.
The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held at the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society, 40 Northeast Drive, behind Tanger Outlets.
Please visit for more information. 
Get Ready for a Chili Cook-Off and Square Dance   

Derry Presbyterian Church’s 19th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Square Dance are set Friday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the church’s fellowship hall at 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. There is no charge to attend, and all ages are welcome.

The evening will begin with a chili supper. Those attending should bring a dish to pass: salad, dessert, or a favorite chili recipe. Informal judging will determine cook-off winners in the chili and dessert categories.  

Following the supper, caller Dan Prosser of Dillsburg will lead dancers of all ages in a variety of line and square dances. Visit for more information.
Opportunity to Sharpen Your Coaching Skills

Joy of Sports Foundation will hold Rec Coach 2-hour workshops on Thursday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. at Hershey High School, and 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Middle School. Visit
Fish and Boat Commission Seminar to be Hosted by Representative Tom Mehaffie

Get ready for the fishing and boating season at a seminar presented by representatives of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Thursday, March 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

Seating is limited and registration is required by calling Rep. Mehaffie's office at 717-534-1323, by February 23.
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