Derry Township eNews - July 17, 2020
Current News
Special Meeting Notice
The public is invited to attend a special meeting of the Derry Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 21st at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to consider change orders related to the foundation system for the Derry Township Community Center Project. The board will consider authorizing the Township Manager to approve the change order. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please  visit our website .
Test Your Home for Radon
The Township of Derry encourages all residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive, invisible, tasteless, odorless gas that comes from uranium. Radon can seep into your home through cracks and spaces in the foundation. Exposure to indoor radon is a public health threat and can lead to lung cancer. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. A test kit is suspended in the lowest level of the home for three days. The kit is self-addressed, and postage paid. Complete your name and address, the start/end date and time of the test, remove the tape from the self-adhesive, and send to the lab. The test results will be mailed to you in approximately two weeks. The EPA recommends a level no higher than 4 picocuries per liter of air.

The township has test kits available for $ 8.00 + tax, and will provide informational packets when requested. Test kits are available at the Municipal Building, Recycling Center and the Hershey Public Library.

Visit the EPA's website for more information about Radon, its dangers and how to reduce the risk.
Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from July 14, 2020 on the Township  YouTube channel.
COVID-19 Business Resources
The COVID-19 Business Resources page on the Derry Township website provides information on resources and funding programs to assist businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Visit the page for more information on current opportunities including the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program.
The Hershey Volunteer Fire Dept Announces Community Connect
We all know every second counts in an emergency. For this reason, we are rolling out a new program to protect our residents and their property in the most effective way possible. Community Connect is a free, secure, easy to use platform that allows you to share critical information about your household with the
who are responding to your residence in the time of an emergency.

Our goal is to get everyone in Derry Township and Conewago Township to establish a profile and help us in your time of need. Follow the link provided to setup your account Community Connect Account.
You'll be glad you did. http://ow.ly/dpHn50AmjXY
Derry Township Business Contact Information
Derry Township is working to compile an inventory of our local businesses. Please provide us with some brief information so that we can keep you up-to-date on important news and happenings. By providing your information, you're authorizing us to occasionally email you with information pertaining to or affecting the Derry Township business community.

You can fill out this brief form here: https://forms.gle/BaNj81HWEkkbkDCK6
Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Plan
A Special Meeting of the Derry Township Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to present and review the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study. Click here for details on how to join the meeting.

The Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study DRAFT is available for public review at the following location: https://www.hrg-inc.com/greater-hershey-area-study/. Eric Stump from HRG will be making a presentation on the report at the July 28 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Any comments or questions on the report, recommendations, maps or exhibits should be directed to Alyx Gallagher, HRG, via email at agallagher@hrg-inc.com. We request any comments or feedback by Friday August 7, 2020. Upon receipt of comments, HRG will evaluate them, update the plan as required, and distribute a Final Report by August 31, 2020.
Utilities
PPL Project Update
Our team spent the last several months performing construction on the remainder of the line and completing restoration along Homestead Road and Derry Township School property. This month we are continuing construction along Elm Avenue and in the area near Route 422. You can learn more about key activities by reading the July update on our Hershey Project website, www.pplelectric.com/HersheyProject . For more information or questions, please email HersheyProject@pplweb.com .
Township Events
Market on Chocolate
Market on Chocolate is excited to welcome new vendor Bouchette Vineyards and returning local favorite Lucky Penny Burger Company! Join us this Saturday for a wide variety of food and artisan vendors and a special grab and go kids activity from the Hershey Public Library. Plus, live music from Joe Cooney. While you’re there, bring a food or sneaker donation and help out one of the local community drives.

Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated, sign up below! All market attendees are reminded to remember your mask and practice appropriate social distancing. We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Market on Chocolate!
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Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Join Us at The Library
Friends of the Hershey Public Library is Having a Read-a-thon!
Register online for the library's Friends fundraiser, the Read-a-thon! (Managed by 99 Pledges.) Click “Add Participant” to create your own read-a-thon page and track your “minutes read” through Beanstack.com.

Please share your page with family and friends and read away! Read-a-thon ends on August 22. Contact Aly Tran at atran@derrytownship.org with any questions. All ages are welcome to participate. Please know that no amount is too small. Your ongoing backing and support are both truly appreciated. We could not engage in the wonderful learning opportunities and the fun things we do without your monetary support. 

For more information, please visit the Friends' website at https://friendsofhersheypubliclibrary.wildapricot.org/  This is also a great time to renew your Friends membership or become a member. Thank you.

Your donations will help pay for:
  • Year-round programming for children and adults
  • Children’s and adult reading programs
  • Film Festivals
  • National Library Week author visit
New Digital Resources Available
Announcing a new digital resource called  RB Digital  to access popular newsstand magazines and an extensive selection of audiobooks online with your Hershey Public Library card. Download the RB Digital app for your mobile device from the Apple App Store for iOS, Google Play for Android, from the Amazon Store for Kindle Fire.

  • Full issues - the latest and back issues are available.
  • No expiration date on magazines - read on your own schedule and keep them in your account for as long as you like.
  • Select an expiry date on audiobooks of up to 21 days.
  • The app is free
  • Register with your Hershey Public Library card.
  • No waitlist on magazines or audiobooks.
  • It's easy to use.

If you need help, please contact the Hershey Public Library at 717-533-6555 or visit the RB Digital Help & FAQs page on the library's website at  www.hersheylibrary.org
Harry Potter Family Trivia Night
Thursday, July 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Join the library on Facebook LIVE at: https://www.facebook.com/hersheypubliclibrary on Thursday, July 30. All aboard at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for Harry Potter Family Trivia Night. It will be magical. Test your knowledge of your beloved Harry Potter stories and their characters. Wizardly fun! Registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.
Hershey Public Library Virtual Race
Please join the Hershey Public Library Virtual Race, a fundraiser for the library’s Friends organization. NOW until August 31st. $5 from every virtual race registration goes directly to benefit the Friends. The event is managed by US Road Running Virtual Races. Register online . In this year of Covid-19, the Friends Annual Book Sale, an important source of library program funding, was canceled due to health safety concerns. Funds received from the Hershey Public Library Virtual Race will help to keep those programs going. Whether you want to race for 1 mile or 100 miles, the option is yours, and we thank you most sincerely for your support. 
Participate in your own time and choose a location that suits you. All registrants receive a finisher medal and a real race bib. For more information, please visit the Friends' website at:  https://friendsofhersheypubliclibrary.wildapricot.org/  
Dovie Thomason: Storyteller
Tuesday, July 21 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dovie Thomason returns to share the stories of the First People in North America. We are eager to Imagine Her Stories! This children's program, sponsored by the Friends, is suitable for children in grades K-5.  Register online  on the Events Calendar at www.hersheylibraryorg . After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail with a link to Zoom.
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, July 23 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club on Zoom. Please register online   on the Events Calendar at www.hersheylibraryorg . After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail with a link to Zoom along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share a short story or lesson and then participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the weekly challenge.
Community News and Events
Love your neighbors by donating items at our “Pop-Up Community Drive”!
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033 - First UMC “porch” next to alley (rear of church)

Pop-Up Community Drive Collections:
Hershey Food Bank : Collection of non-perishable food items. Most needed items: tuna, canned meats, baked beans, canned peas, peanut butter, canned pasta sauce, bagged rice, bagged noodles, and ketchup.

Love INC Annual Sneaker Drive: Needs 500+ pairs of NEW athletic sneakers for boys and girls! Brand-name high-top and low-top sneakers are PREFERRED for quality and durability. Please avoid discount (‘mart) brands.  Commonly-needed sizes are Boys (youth) 10 – 6 1/2, Men’s 7-15, Girls (youth) 10 – 4 1/2, Women’s 5 – 11. Specific needs listed here. More information here.
Derry Township Community Cats Clinic
Derry Township residents can sign up to get help with trapping outdoor, free-roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next clinic is August 11; reservations can be made by calling 717-592-8087. 

You can also schedule a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Please note that cats must be six months old.
Visit  www.derrytownshipcats.org  for more information about this program and ways you can support it.
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