Derry Township eNews - July 16, 2021
Current News
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recording Available
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday, July 13th at 7 p.m. To listen to the recording, please click this link.
Hershey Public Library Director Reflects on Library’s Growth Before Leaving Post
Hershey Public Library Director Laura O’Grady is heading to a new position next month but leaves behind a chapter full of accomplishments at Derry Township’s library. During her tenure, O’Grady led the renovation of the library which allowed for a brand-new youth services wing and reading garden. Beyond the physical space in the library, O’Grady focused on removing barriers to library services. Read more.
Stop this Invader! Spotted Lanternfly
The spotted lanternfly, native to Asia, is an invasive and extremely destructive pest that threatens important agricultural commodities, including the grape, hardwood, tree fruit, and landscape. 

This planthopper weakens plants by feeding on sap. It excretes a sugary substance called honeydew that promotes the growth of sooty mold and causes a messy nuisance.

An adult spotted lanternfly is approximately 1” long and ½” wide. Nymphs are 1/8” to ½” long and has four stages of development. Fresh egg masses are gray that give the appearance of a mud-like covering. Older egg masses will look dry and crack. 

If you see a spotted lanternfly, report it immediately online at or call 1-888-4BADFLY (1-888-422-3359). Importantly, when spotted kill it, squash it, smash it, just get rid of it. 

Click here to find out how to identify, prevent spread and for additional information.
Director of Library Services
The Township of Derry is seeking a Director of Library Services for the Hershey Public Library. The Hershey Public Library is an independent library serving a population of over 24,000 in hospitable South Central Pennsylvania. It circulates over 200,000 items annually, and has a collection of 140,000 items. The 2021 operating budget is $1 million. The Library has an award-winning Friends group and a separate Endowment Trust that support the library’s mission.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here:
Register Today for Derry Township's New Emergency Notification System
Residents may choose one of three simple ways to register:
1.    Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone
2.    Go to the Derry Township website at and sign up via the Nixle link
3.    Visit to register
If you have any difficulties, please contact the Derry Township Police Department at 717-534-2202.
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Stop by Downtown Hershey Association’s Market on Chocolate this Saturday
Join your friends and neighbors as the Downtown Hershey Association opened Market on Chocolate on Saturday. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

Check out the schedule to see the vendors and activities at this link.
Join Us at The Library
Stories for Everyone
Monday, July 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Join Rita Smith, Children's Librarian, on the library's Facebook page for Stories for Everyone, live each Monday morning with a storytime suitable for families and daycares. The live recording will be available for a week, until the next fun-filled Facebook Live. Registration is not required.
Read Stampede Walking Group
Tuesday, July 20 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Read Stampede library walking group will meet Aly at the playground at Shank Park. Bring an audio book, music, friends, water bottle and a towel to lay on for post walking stretch. This is a non-competitive, fun, supportive group. Please, only positive vibes.
Mark DeRose Music in Chocolatetown Square Park
Tuesday, July 20 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us in Chocolate Town Park (48 W. Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA) for a fun family concert! Musician and artist Mark DeRose returns with great music for everyone. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs. 
Crafts in the r.g.
Tuesday, July 20 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We are crafting in the r.g again. Tonight we are making duct tape water bottle holders/carriers. We will have the pattern and the duct tape all you need is you, a water bottle, and a friend or two. If you have a favorite color/pattern of duct tape you can bring that too. Can't wait to see you in the r.g.
Furry Tales
Wednesday, July 21 - 6:30 .pm. to 7:30 p.m.

Struggling readers are paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers from Caring Hearts Pet Therapy. A selection of suitable reading material is provided for the children to read to the dogs, or you may bring your own! Program will be held in the Reading Garden and is suitable for children in grades K-5. Please register online.
Virtual LEGO Club
Friday, July 23 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club. Please register online, A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. Suitable for children age 6 and older.
Community News and Events
Come join the FUN
at Spring Creek Church
July is a busy month at Spring Creek Church of the Brethren. On July 18th at 10:30, we will host Steven Courtney, local musical artist, for a special concert. All are welcome! We will also have Sweet Dawgs ice cream truck afterwards with sweet treats to purchase.
July 19th- 23rd from 5:45- 8:30 is Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 years old through finished 5th grade. Call the church office at 717-533-7192 to register.
Rock of Ages is coming to the Hershey Area Playhouse
The Hershey Area Playhouse is ready to rock with its first in-person show since the pandemic. Rock of Ages takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more, with a rock band appearing on stage throughout the entire production. The show will run July 22, 23, and 24 at 7 pm; July 25 at 2 pm; July 29, 30, and 31 at 7 pm, and August 1 at 2 pm.

Rock of Ages is for mature audiences only and includes adult language, and references to sex, drugs, AND rock and roll! The show will take place in person on the Playhouse stage, and current CDC and local guidelines will be followed. Tickets are $23, and can be purchased at
Rocky Railway Family VBS hosted by First United Methodist Church
Looking for family fun this summer? Check out our Rocky Railway Family VBS, August 1st-5th! Held at Camp Catherine from 6-8pm, join us for interactive Bible stories, games, and fun! Register now at
Science of Superpowers
July 26th to July 30th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ages 5-12
In Snapology’s Science of Superpowers program, children will learn about the science behind their favorite heroes’ powers. Students will learn about gravity, aerodynamics, forces, motion, and much more as they learn about flight, super villain fights, and superhero vehicles.
July 26th to July 30th - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 5-10
Children will begin to explore the world of robotics as they build simple models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design. Whether learning about sensors while building drills and magic wands, or discovering ways that gears and pulleys create movement while building helicopters and robotic dogs, your child is sure to have a great time.
Yoga for Kids @ Brookside Park
July 21st – August 11th
Age 2-4 • 5:30pm-6pm
Age 5-7 • 6:15pm-7pm
Age 8-10 • 7:15pm-8pm
Yoga comes to life in these fun and creative classes designed to stimulate your child's growing curiosity.
Adult Gentle Yoga @ Brookside Park
July 13th to August 3rd from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ages 14+
Gentle Yoga class is the perfect class to begin your yoga experience. You will learn the alignment of each pose, ways to modify to suit your physical needs, and how your breath is a tool for your practice.
Daily Drop-In Registration is also available at the link above prior to 6pm!
Food Truck Friday
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren hosts a Food Truck Friday on July 23, 5 - 8 PM in the church parking lot located at the end of Areba Avenue, Hershey (335 East Areba), rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public -- just pay as you eat! Purchase from a variety of food trucks: Keller BBQ, Cheesy Grill, Mamacitas Mexican, MacStack, Appetite Satisfaction, Sweet Dawgs, Cakes & Sweets, Sparky's Mini Donuts, and Dog Treats. Plus: bounce houses and outdoor games! Enjoy food and fun while supporting local businesses. Save-the-date for another Food Truck Friday on August 27. For details: 717-533-7192 or Note: CDC, PA, and local guidelines will be followed at all times by vendors and patrons.
Volleyball Fun
The Joy of Sports Foundation presents volleyball instruction and recreation offerings at the Geldar Park sand volleyball courts

Girls & boys ages 8-14 can have an introduction to the game, learn & practice skills, understand the rules, and play games.

Activities take place on Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following days: July 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th.

Girls 'Flag' Rugby
The Joy of Sports Foundations presents Girls 'Flag' Rugby for 2nd - 8th grade girls. This introduction to the game will be held at Palmdale Park and will teach the rules and promote leadership development as well as skill/confidence building.

Summer clinics take place on August 1st. The fall program runs from September 14th through October 31st.

For more information and to register, click on this link.
Ben & Tim Day
On January 23, 1992, Ben Yupcavage and Tim Russell, both Hershey High School athletes, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. In their memory, the Yupcavage and Russell families established the Tim Russell – Ben Yupcavage Memorial Scholarship Fund. Now in its 30th year, the event which has become known as “Ben & Tim Day”, has maintained this scholarship fund in loving memory of and as a tribute to Ben and Tim.
Tim Russell exemplified the spirit of the sport of running as a leader, an inspiration and friend. He was as gracious in winning as he was in defeat. As a person and athlete, he possessed and demonstrated qualities that set an example for others to emulate and follow.
As a freshman, Tim became a key part of and contributor to his Cross Country Team which placed as State AA Runner Up Champions in 1989. For the next two years, Tim held the distinction of being the team’s number one runner and led the team to the State Cross Country Championship Title in 1990.
Ben, known to many as “Yuppy”, was a serious student, musician and soccer player. Active on and off the soccer field, Ben was an honor roll student and member of the Student Council, the Yearbook and Production staff and HHS Brass Ensemble. His love for soccer started in the first grade and continued through to varsity soccer at Hershey High where he was a standout player fiercely proud of his team and loyal to his teammates.
Off the field, Ben could be found encouraging his brother on the JV Soccer Team, assisting his little sister’s team and coach in addition to refereeing games for younger township teams. In soccer, as well as academics, Ben set a standard and displayed a passion to be admired by all who knew him.
The Yupcavage and Russell families extend their deepest appreciation to the dedicated organizers and generous sponsors of each year’s event and to countless friends and neighbors who come each year to honor and remember Ben and Tim. It is this dedication and support that enables the scholarships given in their memory to deserving Hershey High School students.
Register today for one of the best running events in central PA! Price increase occurs on August 1, don't miss out!
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