Derry Township eNews July 27, 2018 
Current News
Sandhill Road to Close Saturday through Monday
Change to Original Closure Dates
Sandhill Road will be closed sooner than originally planned and will close Saturday, July 28, through Monday, July 30 for Mariner East construction activities.

Pullback of the pipe will necessitate the closure from Roush Road to Roundtop Road. Traffic will be detoured to Waltonville Road.
Flooding Road Closures
The following roadways remain closed due to flooding and damaged surfaces:

SR0039 – PennDOT crews are hard at work repairing the roadway. It is anticipated that SR0039 will open this evening or tomorrow.
Fiddler's Elbow Road
Hanover Street bridge
Boathouse Park
Summer Lightning Safety
PPL Electric Utilities reminds residents that lightning may be spectacular to watch, but it also can be deadly.
A lightning bolt contains millions of volts of electricity and is hotter than the surface of the sun. It's important to take lightning seriously.

The National Weather Service (NWS) advises, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” The structure should be substantial with electricity and plumbing. If a structure is not available, get into a metal-topped vehicle with the windows up.

Many myths exist about lightning. Here are the facts from the NWS.                 

Myth: If trapped outside during a lightning storm, lie flat on the ground.

Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of getting hit by potentially deadly ground current. Keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: If there is no rain or clouds, you’re safe from lightning.

Fact: Lightning has a long reach. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified and you risk electrocution if you touch them.

Fact: The body does not store electricity and it’s perfectly safe to give first aid. Don’t be afraid to come to their aid. You could save their life. However, a lightning strike differs from a situation where someone comes into contact with a live electric line. Touching that person could make you a victim, too. Stay away and call 911.
Party Under the Moon
It will be a magical night for a pool party, Friday, July 27, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue.

Summer doesn't last long...get out there and enjoy it!

The cost for residents is $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (ages 5 to 11). The non-resident fee is $14 for adults and $10 for children. Children age four and under are free.
Stuart Little is the Friends Final Animal Favorite Movie
Don't miss the final movie of the series on Sunday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. Stuart Little (PG) is an enchanting children's movie based on the book by E. B. White.

Watch the adventures of the debonair little mouse and enjoy snacks provided by the Friends. No registration is required and everyone is welcome. 
Friends Annual Book Sale News
The Hershey Public Library will be closed on Friday, August 3 in preparation for the Friends Annual Book Sale. The library will open its doors at 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. for Friends' members only Preview Night.

Join Friends or renew your membership to take advantage of Preview Night. Not sure of your membership status? Please send an e-mail to for an update.
The Friends Annual Book Sale will take place Saturday, August 4 through Thursday, August 9 during normal library hours. The sale will end midday on August 9.

Come early for the best selection and great deals in adult and children's fiction, nonfiction, media, magazines and gently used paperbacks.
Friends of the Hershey Public Library Invite You to a Family Fun Day
Bring the whole family to enjoy activities and fun at the Hershey Public Library on Sunday, August 5, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

There will be a bounce house, free ice cream, and the book sale will be open with tons of bargains. Take a moment to introduce yourself to  Laura O'Grady, Director of the Hershey Public Library!

Family Fun Day is sponsored by the Friends of the library. Registration is not required. 
No Rain in the Forecast for Saturday!
Get Out and Celebrate at Market on Chocolate
Live music, great food, a community atmosphere, and SUNSHINE, all perfect reasons to head to ChocolateTown Square Park in downtown Hershey. The Market runs Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jonathan Frazier will be bringing a musical variety of recognizable soft rock songs, Celtic tunes, and a few original jams from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
The Hershey Public Library, Splat Studio, and The Road Church, will be offering free make-and-take art projects for children.

Other Market highlights include Hidden Horseshoe Acres with freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, The Lucky Penny Burger Company offering up scrumptious burgers and fries, and monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery will be guest vendors selling handcrafted items from Tibetan refugees.

See the line-up of fabulous vendors for this week.


July 28   
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Children's craft hosted by the Hershey Public Library      
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Children's art activity hosted by Splat Studio      
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Children's activity hosted by The Road Church  

August 4   
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Yoga in the Park instructed by Studio B Power Yoga
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. -  Fitness class provided by Dailey Method      
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Children's art activity hosted by Splat Studio
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Children's activity hosted by The Road Church  
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Children's program hosted by the Hershey Public Library        
Friends of Derry Township Parks & Recreation Sponsor Shank Park Drive-In Movie
Isle of Dogs will be the feature movie on Friday, August 3 at Shank Park, Bullfrog Valley Road. The movie begins at dusk. Admission is free!

Dogs are exiled to a trash-covered island. Come to cheer them on as they fight back!

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

Saturday, August 4 is the rain date.
Show Community Unity Against Crime
The Derry Township Police Department will host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the first block of W. Caracas Avenue.

It's a fun night of food, games, and events!

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Boot Camp by Power Train
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Martial Arts demonstration by students of DeAngelis Martial Arts
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Derry Township Police Department K-9 demonstration.

A Community Blood Drive will be held at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company during the event. Donors will receive two Harrisburg Senators ticket vouchers for any 2018 regular season home game, and a t-shirt. Please bring identification.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Chess Club Plays Checkers
Join chess club for an hour of checkerboard playing on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Beginners are welcome. Anyone under the age of 12 must have an adult in the building.
Chess Club will meet at the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, on Saturday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. due to space limitations during the Friends Book Sale.
Hershey Public Library Children's Services Hosts Band Camp
Meet the Children's Services staff at the Hershey High School field on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. to listen to music and watch the marching band strut their stuff!

Hear them play, learn how to march on the field, and check out the band instruments.

Libraries rock and so does marching band! Registration is not required. If you have questions, please call Rita Hunt-Smith, Children's Librarian at (717) 533-6555, ext. 3708.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Address
Recycling Center Hours  - 650 Clearwater Road
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
The library will be closed on Friday, August 3 for the book sale and Friends Preview Night.
Community News and Events
Last Chance to See Once Upon a Mattress
Catch Once Upon a Mattress  this weekend. The play is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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. 
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