Derry Township eNews - July 3, 2020
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Derry Township Recycling Center Holiday Notice
The Derry Township Recycling Center and Yard Waste Drop-off Area will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday.
Tax Collection Board Vacancy
Notice is given that the Township of Derry Tax Collection Association is seeking interested citizens to fill vacant positions on the Township of Derry Tax Collection Board. Individuals seeking to serve must be willing to commit to a 3-year term; have an ability to operate as a member of the team, attend monthly Board meetings; be over 18 years of age as well as a resident of Derry Township, Dauphin County. Interested individuals are requested to submit a cover letter and resume to the Township of Derry Tax Collection Association 610 Clearwater Rd Hershey PA 17033 no later than July 15, 2020.
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.
COVID-19 Downtown Hershey Business Relief Grant Program
The Downtown Hershey Association is pleased to announce the COVID-19 Downtown Hershey Business Relief Grant Program. Made possible by proceeds from the  Run for Hershey Virtual 5k  and matching contributions from The Hershey Company, the Downtown Hershey Association will award $500 to $2,000 grants to selected Downtown Hershey businesses that were impacted by COVID-19. Applications are now being accepted for this competitive grant program, which closes on July 6, 2020. Please see the below link for the program terms and to apply.
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
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.

This project was undertaken in the summer of 2018 in an effort to identify future transportation improvements that may be necessary to accommodate projected growth and development in the greater Hershey area. Geographically, the study considers all of Derry Township and Hummelstown Borough, along with portions of Londonderry Township. The study involved the analysis of existing conditions, planned development, and projected growth to identify impacts to the transportation system. It includes in a capital improvement plan identifying recommended transportation improvements and costs, suggested updates to the Derry Township Official Map, and information to be included in project statements for major regional improvements to submit to HATS for inclusion on the TIP.

The project was largely funded through a PennDOT Connects Planning grant, administered through TCRPC and HATS. The PennDOT Connects effort involves coordinating land use planning with transportation planning so that one is not being considered without the other. The Greater Hershey planning process has involved discussions with various stakeholders to ensure that the plan considers transportation needs and circulation patterns in relation to projected growth and development.

In general, transportation improvements can take many years to plan, design, fund, and construct. Having a good plan in place and identifying necessary improvements is the first step to defining a project and seeking funding.
Township Events
Market on Chocolate
The Fourth of July is a special time to visit Market on Chocolate. Over two dozen vendors will be on hand, and special musical guests  Emmanuel Nsingani and Momo Baz  will provide music throughout the day, culminating with a very special rendition of the National Anthem.

Several artisan vendors will highlight their work with patriotic specials and wares. Baked goods and farm fresh items, including beef, will be available, making Market on Chocolate a must-visit for picnic preparations.  

While you're shopping, you can also snack on sandwiches, smoothies, and cookie dough. Market on Chocolate will have it's regular hours and be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See you then!
Pennsylvania State Police Museum Reopens
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum, located at 187 E. Hershey Park Drive in Hershey, will reopen to the public on Monday, July 6, 2020. Visitors to the Museum will be required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth and will have their temperature checked. Visitors will also be reminded to maintain social distancing while in the Museum and Gift Shop.  
 
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Museum is closed on Sundays and Holidays.
 
General admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and under.
 
Guided tours of the Museum and Academy grounds may be arranged 2 weeks in advance by telephoning the Museum at 717-534-0565 or email psphemc@gmail.com . Guided tours are $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6-18, and children 5 and under are free.
 
During the month of July, gift shop purchases of $20 or more will include a free State Police uniform shoulder patch, while supplies last.
Summer Ice Skating Camp
The Hershey Figure Skating Club is holding ice skating camp this summer - July 13-17 and July 27-31 - Full day and half day options available. Registration is open at  http://www.hersheyfigureskating.org.   
Derry Township Community Cats to Hold TNR Clinic
The Derry Township Community Cats trap neuter and release program will resume services in July. 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 DTCC clinic is July 14; 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. Visit  www.derrytownshipcats.org  for more information about this program and ways you can support it.
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Join Us at The Library
Library Reopens With New Hours
Beginning on Monday, June 29, the Hershey Public Library will operate with reduced hours as part of a Township-wide effort to reduce spending in Fiscal Year 2020. For questions regarding these changes please contact Library Director, Laura O’Grady at 717-533-6555 ext. 3715 or by emailing lauraogrady@derrytownship.org

Library hours will be:

Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Virtual LEGO Club
Thursday, July 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club. A Zoom link will be provided 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.
Please register online at www.hersheylibrary.org . Virtual LEGO Club is presented by Rita Smith.
"The Nazi Titanic" Book Discussion with Bob Watson - Virtual Program
Saturday, July 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please register online to join Bob Watson to discuss his recent book The Nazi Titanic. Bob Watson is an award-winning author who has published over 40 books on topics in history and politics, 200 scholarly articles and chapters, and two multi-edition encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. His recent books include Affairs of State (2012); America’s Frist Crisis (2014), winner of the Independent Publisher’s God Medal in History; The President’s Wives (2014), released in an expanded 2nd edition; The Nazi Titanic (2016), which is being made into a motion picture. Keep on the look-out for George Washington’s Final Battle (2020) and Escape! The Story of the Confederacy’s Infamous Libby Prison (2020) to be released later this year.  
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