Derry Township eNews July 13, 2018 
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Committee Focused on Bike and Pedestrian Efforts in Derry Township Schedules Public Meeting
The Township and a community committee formed to advance walking and biking opportunities in Derry Township will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.  

The public is invited to participate in discussions on topics that may include public education, enforcement, short-term physical improvements and long-term connection planning. 
Pennsylvania American Water Customers to See a Reduction in Bills
Pennsylvania American Water announced that most of their water and wastewater customers will see lower monthly bills beginning in July as a result of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The PA Public Utility Commission issued an order to implement a monthly credit on customer bills as the result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which decreased federal corporate tax rates and made other tax changes, lowering the tax liability for many utilities.

Water customers are expected to see almost a 6.8 percent decrease, based on usage (3,000 gallons per month), and wastewater customers will see a reduction of approximately 7.7 percent based on usage (3,000 gallons per month).
Paving to Occur in Walton Spring Hills
The Department of Public Works will be paving split cartways in Walton Spring Hills including the remainder of Brookline Drive in the coming weeks.

The split cartways will be closed to thru traffic for several hours. Residents will be notified with a door hanger a week prior to the start of paving.
Township Supervisors Make a New Friend
The Hershey Public Library's mascot Milt the Mouse stopped by the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on June 26 to meet Hershey's elected officials.
Second Saturdays Bring Summer Concerts!
This Saturday, July 14, come to downtown Hershey to relax with friends and family and feel the powerful music and lyrics of Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts and Nina Scarcia and the Bad Choices.

Music on Chocolate is held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Volunteers are needed.

If you are interested in volunteering at Music on Chocolate, sign up here.
Friends Gear Up for 37th Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Hershey Public Library are busy preparing for the book sale scheduled from Saturday, August 4 to Thursday, August 9.

Friends members can attend the Preview Night and make purchases on Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Don't miss this opportunity to buy lots of books for bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library.

Saturday, August 4 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 - 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Monday- Wednesday, August 6-8 - 9:30 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ferdinand is Friday's Shank Park Drive-In Movie
Ferdinand will be shown at dusk tonight at Shank Park, 850 Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown. Saturday, July 14 is the rain date.

Admission is free! Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or watch from your car. A concession stand will be open during the movie.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation.
Dance with a Cool Cat
Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Rock out with Pete the Cat! Wear your white shoes, your red shoes, your favorite shoes! Button up your groovy buttons and head over to the library for fun activities, music, and an appearance by everyone's favorite cat!

Suitable for grades K-5. Registration is not required. The library is located at 701 Cocoa Avenue.
It's Market Season in Downtown Hershey
The Downtown Hershey Association is excited to welcome Undone Kombucha and Hidden Horseshoe Acres, boasting an extra-large stand that will be blossoming with their finest local pesticide-free produce.

For a complete listing of vendors and programming click here.

The Market runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Chocolatetown Square, Hershey.

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. - Pilates with Sally Kurtz    
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. - DeAngelis Martial Arts workout
All ages and skill levels are welcome. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Hershey Presbyterian Church offers children's activities.    
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.- SPLAT Studio Art Camp    
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

It's Second Saturday at the Hershey Public Library 
Saturday, July 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue
"Do you Measure Up?" is the theme for July's program. Second Saturday is a part of a literacy-based strategy encouraging reading, talking, playing, singing and writing in young children.

The program begins with a theme read-aloud story and time to explore the theme through blocks, learning centers, play areas, and experiments, while promoting active engagement of parents with their children.

Related books can be taken home after the program.
Friends Summer Film Festival
Fly Away Home (PG) is the featured movie on Sunday, July 15, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Starring Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels, this film is about a father and daughter who decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Snacks are provided. No registration is necessary.
In The Middle Book Club
The Hershey Public Library will host In The Middle Book Club for students in grades 6th and up, on W ednesday, July 18, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Princess and the Pea is the theme for the book club. Read version(s) of the Princess and the Pea and we’ll discuss the similarities/difference, as well as consider how it was made into a musical. Book list

Registration is required.
Relax and Create with a Movie and a Craft
Come to the library on Friday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to make a kite and watch Mary Poppins (Rated G). Julie Andrews made her Oscar-winning film debut as the "practically perfect" Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker's two children in London in the early 1900s.

Registration is not required. The event is suitable for students in grades K-5. 
Navigate the Artemis Starship
Artemis After Hours will be held on Friday, July 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Do you like space video computer games? Become a navigator, engineer or a helmsman when you sign in to the Artemis starship at 4:00 p.m. and continue after the library closes at 5:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m.

Must be 14 or older.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Address
Recycling Center Hours  - 650 Clearwater Road
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Former Senator Franklin Kury to Speak on Gerrymandering
Former State Senator Franklin Kury, author of the newly released, Gerrymandering: A Guide to Congressional Redistricting, Dark Money, and the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak on the future of gerrymandering on July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

As a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1967–1972), Kury was a leader in the enactment of environmental laws. He authored and was the lead advocate for the environmental amendment to the state constitution that declares a right to a clean environment by the people and makes the state government the trustee of the public natural resources. He also served in the Pennsylvania State Senate (1973-1980), where he became a leader in government reform. 
Senator Kury will be available for book signing and to answer questions on this timely topic. Books will be available for $18.99.
The event is sponsored by Hershey Indivisible Team. Questions can be emailed to
The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event nor any product or service offered.
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents the Musical Comedy Once Upon a Mattress
Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present Once Upon a Mattress , an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea.

Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

The original production opened on May 11, 1959 off-Broadway before moving to Broadway later that year. The show marked the Broadway debut of Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. Nominated for two Tony awards, one for Best Musical and one for Burnett as Best Leading Actress , the show ran for a total of 244 performances.

The show runs July 19-22 and 26-29. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $23 for teens/adults and $20 for those ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at , or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525. 
Girl Scouts Roll Into Their New Year
Girl Scouts and their families are invited to Doc's Family Fun Center for an evening of skating and games on Friday, August 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and includes a girl scout patch.

Girls interested in becoming a scout are encouraged to attend with their families. Leaders are needed to form new troops, those interested are also invited to participate and learn more.

Register by sending a check payable to GSHPA SU 174 to Mary Krueger, 1228 Harding Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, by August 1. Include the scout's name, troop number, and the number attending.

Doc's Family Fun Center is located at 1733 E. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.
Register for Hershey Presbyterian Church's Vacation Bible School 
Come to Hershey Presbyterian Church's Vacation Bible School program "Led by the King" Monday, July 30 to Thursday, August 2. The Bible School will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at 1521 Sand Hill Road, Hummelstown (meeting at Lancaster Mennonite School - Hershey Campus).

Children from age 3 to those who have completed 6th grade will enjoy a pioneer-themed program that includes singing, making crafts, participating in recreation and snack time, and listening to Bible stories from the book of Genesis. All are welcome!

Please contact Bonnie Kertland at to sign up.
VBS at Derry Church Features “God’s Everyday Heroes”
“God’s Everyday Heroes” Vacation Bible School will bring to life Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. The week-long program for children age 4 through entering fifth grade will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon, August 6-10 at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. Children will enjoy learning through Bible stories, crafts, songs, games and mission activities.

“God’s Everyday Heroes” Vacation Bible School will conclude with a musical program and picnic at 12 :00 p.m., Friday, August 10. Children participating in Vacation Bible School will perform “The Star Queen,” an original mini-musical production created by Sean McCarthy, Director of Music at Derry Church. “The Star Queen” retells the Old Testament story of Esther, an orphan girl and her kind Uncle Mordecai. Together they find the courage, with God’s help, to become the heroes of the story.

Registration continues through July 23. The cost is $10 per child, with a $40 maximum per family. Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. To register, call the church office at 717-533-9667 to have a form mailed to you. Forms can also be downloaded at . Return forms by mail with the registration fee or to the church office on Sunday mornings and weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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