Derry Township eNews, June 8, 2018
Current News
Presentation to Be Made on Township's Financial Projections  
PFM Financial Advisors, LLC will make a presentation on a multi-year financial projection model for the Township at the June 12 Board of Supervisors meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

The public is invited to attend to understand how this tool helps to guide the Township in decisions for future project planning.
Safety Improvement Plans for S.R. 0322 Will Be on Display through June 15
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is in the preliminary design stage for highway safety improvements to a portion of the limited access US-322 corridor in Derry Township. The improvements will be made between the Route US-322/US-422/PA Route 39 Hershey/Hersheypark Drive interchange and the partial split interchange of SR 2005 Waltonville Road/Quarry Road.

Ramp and corridor work will extend the on-ramp and off-ramp lengths and provide continuous ramp lane connections in both directions between these interchanges. Portions of the existing ramps will be reconstructed, widened, and lengthened to accommodate traffic demands.

The project covers a total length of construction of approximately 2.1 miles and will also address median barrier updates to meet current crashworthiness standards.

The preliminary roadway plan and typical section details for the project will be available for viewing at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), and the Hummelstown Borough Municipal Building, 261 Quarry Road, Hummelstown (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

If you have any immediate concerns on this project, please contact Brandon Dean, PennDOT Engineering District 8-0 Project Manager, at 717-705-6201, or PennDOT’s design consultant, Tyler Moyer, P.E. with Mackin Engineering Co., at 717-774-8900.

Municipal buildings are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need special accommodations, contact Brandon Dean at 717-705-6201.
Prevent a Pedestrian Accident
Be Extra Cautious at Bike Trail Crossings
We are very fortunate to have the 13.5-mile Jonathan Eshenour Memorial trail to exercise, enjoy outdoor activities and nature. There are several roadway crossings on the trail and to get to the trail.

We are asking motorists to be aware of crossings when the sign pictured at the left is posted.

Please approach the crossing at a reduced speed to allow pedestrians and bikers, many with young children, to safely cross the road.
Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Reserve a Tree
Applications are being accepted now through June 22 for the 2019 Treevitalize program.

The Township and Derry Environmental Action Committee are submitting a grant application to make "Almost Free" street trees available to residents.

If you are interested, please complete the Property Owner Tree Request Form and return it to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA, 17033. One or two trees may be requested.

If the grant is funded, those requesting trees will be contacted for a payment of $50 per tree. If you have questions on the program, please call Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058.
There's a Summer Quest Going on at Shank Park
Come over to the Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., after school gets out, for the Summer Quest kick-off.

Summer Quest, is a fun way for students to continue reading over summer vacation, thereby maintaining reading skills mastered during the school year. All activities are free of charge. Incentives this year include a special library lanyard and exclusive badges. A book will be awarded to students meeting the reading challenge. If you are unable to attend the kick-off, sign up here .

The Hershey Public Library and the Derry Township Department of Parks & Recreation are collaborating on Summer Quest Shank Park. Pick up a game board at the library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, and follow a walking trail around Shank Park, located at 850 Bullfrog Valley Road. Using your game board, search for animals from the children’s fairy tale classic, The Bremen Town Musicians by the Brothers Grimm. 

Families who complete Summer Quest Shank Park are invited to an exclusive screening of The Bremen Town Musicians movie at the Hershey Public Library on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. Your completed page of rubbings is your ticket. If you have questions about Summer Quest or Summer Quest at Shank Park, please contact Rita Smith, Children & Teen Librarian at , or call 717-533-6555, ext. 3707. Summer Quest is supported by the Friends of Hershey Public Library.
Cocoa Blast Skate Park Opens June 11
Get your wheels ready and your pads and helmets too for the opening of Cocoa Blast Skate Park. Beginning June 11, the park will be open Mondays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $4.

Participants must be at least nine years old and a parental waiver must be signed if you are under 18.
Looking for a Good Summer Read
Check out the Hershey Public Library's Staff Picks.

Music on Chocolate Concert Series Kicks Off Saturday
Downtown Hershey’s summer concert series begins Saturday, June 9 in ChocolateTown Square with performances by Amy Simpson Band and RFA. See more on the bands.

It's a family-friendly event with food and beverages from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Concerts are scheduled June through September on the second Saturday of the month.
Start Your Summer Vacation at the School's Out Party
Students, you have survived another school year. Come to the Hershey Recreation Center for a School's Out Party. Celebrate your hard work and forget all about homework and tests.

The party will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at 605 Cocoa Avenue. There is no charge for members. The cost is $6 for residents ages 5 to 11 and $7 for ages 12 and up. The cost is $10 for non-residents ages 5 to 11 and $14 for ages 12 and up. Children 4 and under are free.
Shank Park Drive-In Movie Rescheduled
Bad weather last week delayed the start of the summer movie series in Shank Park. The Sandlot has been rescheduled to Friday, June 22 (June 23 rain date).

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

Shank Park is located at 850 Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown.
You Are Guaranteed to Find Something You Love at Market on Chocolate
Stop by the Market this Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for an extraordinary shopping experience. Enjoy a specialty drink and something to eat, pick up fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and take in the hometown atmosphere. Your purchasing options are endless and include pickles, sauces, baked goods, granola, soaps, crafts, candles, and much more.
This week's activities in the park include:

Tai Chi 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
POUND fitness class with Power Train from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Bitty Ballet in the Park from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Children's activities presented by Hershey Presbyterian Church from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

In The Middle Art
Middle school students in grades 6-8 can celebrate hump day in the middle of the day with Art, STEM, and Book Club.

In the Middle - Art will meet on Wednesday, June 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet Us at the Market
Bring your little ones to the Hershey Farmer's Market on Thursday, June 14 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. for stories and fun with children's librarian Rita Smith. No registration is necessary.

The market is located at 1215 Research Blvd., Hummelstown.
Next Friday is Play Day for Families
Families with children ages 3-5 are welcome to register for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their families to engage in the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

Play Day will be held on Friday, June 15 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Sit on the Bridge of a Spaceship
Artemis After Hours will be held on Friday, June 15 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Join the crew of Artemis Starship Simulation, a collaborative computer game for anyone ages 14 and older. Adults are welcome. 
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
The library will be closed on Sunday, June 17 for Father's Day.
Community News and Events
Take a Chance on a Signed Carson Wentz Jersey
Whether you're participating in the Joy of Sports Foundation's First Annual Rec Sports Volunteer Recognition Dinner on June 14 or not, you are invited to purchase raffle tickets to win a signed Carson Wentz jersey. 

The jersey was secured by former Eagle's player Brandon Whiting, who will attend the dinner.
Order raffle tickets below. Tickets will be purchased in your name at the event and a picture of the ticket will be sent to you. You do not need to be present to win. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Order yours today!

Proceeds will go towards the Foundation's continuing efforts to promote and support youth rec sports in Derry Township.
Joy of Sports Foundation Offers
A Sports Sampling Camp
Hershey students entering grades 5th through 8th are invited to participate in a four-day sports camp Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The camps will be held at the School District and Township fields and facilities. The cost is $135.

This is an awesome way for kids to try new sports and enjoy familiar ones without a large commitment. The sports will be soccer, basketball, flag football, touch rugby, field hockey, volleyball, kickball, lacrosse, baseball/softball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, and track & field.

Click Here to Register by June 15.
Hershey-Hummelstown Kiwanis Club Blueberry Fundraiser
Support the Hershey-Hummelstown Kiwanis Club and order a 10-pound box of fresh New Jersey blueberries for $30.

Print and complete this form and mail to the listed address by June 22.

Blueberries are to be picked up on June 28 between 12:00 and 7:00 p.m. at 21 Tice Avenue, Hershey. Call 717-533-3307 with questions.
Get Swinging at the Hershey Gardens with the Hershey Symphony Big Band
Get out your dancin’ shoes and swing on down to Hershey Gardens for “Big Band & Blooms,” on Friday, June 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The second annual event, held rain or shine, is a concert of popular Big Band tunes performed by Hershey Symphony Big Band. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages, and a blanket or chairs. Food trucks also will be onsite, offering a variety of items for purchase.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and $15 for Hershey Gardens members. Please visit 
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Proceeds from “Big Band & Blooms” benefit the Hershey Symphony and “Share the Gardens” scholarship fund, a program that funds field trips to Hershey Gardens for financially-challenged school districts.     
Women's Civic Club of Hershey Ends Year on a Productive Note
The Women’s Civic Club of Hershey has been busy baking brownies at the Ronald McDonald House for the guests, selling items at the West Hanover Yard Sale, and packing boxes for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
The Women's Civic Club ended their year with a dinner banquet where they presented a donation of $4,700 to PA Wounded Warriors, Inc., a result of their fundraising efforts.
New members ages 18 and over are invited to join by simply coming to a meeting when they resume in September. Visit their Facebook page.
Experience the Health Benefits of Ice Skating
Hershey Figure Skating Club's next adults-only Learn-to-Skate starts Thursday, July 12, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hersheypark Arena. This class is for everyone 18 and over including those new to skating (Skate rental is available.), or those who need to dust off their skates (Email Hershey Figure Skating Club at about where to get blades sharpened ). Lessons will be tailored to fit you. 

In addition to beating the heat of July, take advantage of the fitness benefits of skating. Recreational skating can burn between 250 to 810 calories per hour, and aid in improving balance, core body strength, and muscle tone. 

The six-week session is $78 plus a current, once-a-year $16 Learn-to-Skate USA membership. In lieu of the $16 membership, check out the 30% discount on Learn to Skate sessions with a Hershey Figure Skating Club membership (adult first-year membership $39 with the code FIRSTYEAR).
Learn to Draw and Paint
Hershey Area Art Association is offering classes this summer. Visit  for a schedule of classes and registration forms.

Class size is limited. Register early.  
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