Derry Township eNews - January 29, 2021
Current News
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.
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from January 26th, 2021 on the Township YouTube channel.
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.
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
Photoshop Virtual Class presented by Bryson Leidich
Saturday, February 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This Zoom class will explore intermediate to advanced tone control methods in Photoshop. Tone control allows you to change the influence of colors in an image to impart a change of mood. It also allows you to change the influence of colors in the image in the conversion to black and white. The class will look at several methods for controlling colors in your image and how those changes affect the mood of the image. We will also explore how those changes to image color influence the conversion to black and white. Cost for the class is $20. Sign up by using PayPal or email ( for an address to send a check and to register for the class. Click here for details.
Art of Truth: Creative Non-Fiction with 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.) Please register on for 6 sessions on consecutive Sundays. Cost for the class is $65.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 12 and 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 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.
Birds in Winter
Saturday, January 30 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Ever wondered what happens to hummingbirds in the Winter? Or what that small brown bird is at the feeder? Or how to best help our feathered friends survive cold weather? Join our friends from Lancaster County Parks & Rec and learn how to identify and help our local birds! Please register online for this Friends virtual Children's Program. You will receive a link to Zoom once your registration is confirmed.
Community News and Events
Black History Month with The Hershey Rotary Club
The Hershey Rotary Club will begin Black History Month by hosting a speaker who will give an overview of the dichotomy of race in America. Joseph Robinson, Jr. will present a program entitled “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” using song lyrics as a backdrop to have a brief conversation on racial disparities along with suggestions on how we all can make a difference.  
The Zoom meeting will be on Monday, February 1 at 12 Noon. Community members are welcome to join in this meeting. For more information, contact
Joseph Robinson serves the community as President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Development Institute, a local think tank of community leaders trained in the tenets of Dr. King.
Hershey Rotary Club is a service club with over 100 local business and civic leaders committed to the motto of “Service Above Self”. For more information, go to
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
Pop-Up Community Drive
First United Methodist Church invites you to love your neighbors by donating items at their “Pop-Up Community Drive” on Saturday, January 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made at 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033 - First UMC upper parking lot with drive-through donations drop-off via alley (rear of church).

Pop-Up Community Drive Collections:
  • Hershey Food Bank: Collection of non-perishable food items: tuna, canned meats, baked beans, canned peas, peanut butter, canned pasta sauce (no glass jars, please), laundry detergent, bars of soap, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes.
  • Bethesda Mission: Collection of items for the homeless: blankets, warm socks, winter gloves, winter clothes, deodorant and other toiletries.
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