Derry Township eNews - March 12, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from March 9th, 2021 on the Township YouTube channel.
Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail 
Alternate Parking Options
In response to several pedestrian and vehicle safety concerns along Bullfrog Valley Road and Wood Road, the following parking alternatives and restrictions will be put into place in the coming days:

No Parking signs and split rail fencing will be placed in the grass area along Bullfrog Valley Road to restrict parking between Research Blvd. and Wood Road. Alternative parking is available at Shank Park and Bullfrog Valley Park. Parking is also available at the Hershey Center for Applied Research (1214 Research Blvd. - across from the Cocoa Beanery) Monday – Friday 4:00pm to dusk and all daylight hours Saturday and Sunday.

The Township appreciates your understanding as we continue to hold the safety of all users of our recreational facilities in the highest regard.
Fire Department Helps The Easter Bunny
Derry Township Parks & Recreation is collaborating with the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department to bring the Easter Bunny to town! Due to COVID-19, we are not able to hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt. However, the Easter Bunny didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see everyone! On Saturday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the Easter Bunny will be traveling the route listed below. Listen for sirens so you know when the Bunny is getting close to your area!
 
Southpoint Drive to Deer Run Drive
Peggy Drive to Derry Woods Drive
Sand Hill to Clark Road
Clark Road to Brookside Drive to Lamppost to Church Road
Church Road to McCorkle Rd. to Jacobs Creek Drive
Derry Road to South Lingle to E Caracas
Para Ave to E. Areba to Cocoa Avenue
W. Areba to Hockersville Rd. to Briarcrest Dr.
Briarcrest Drive to University Drive
 
*Please note that the Fire Department will remain in service for emergencies.
2021 Yard Waste Schedule
An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbiside one time per month on your regular trash day by the contracted waste hauler. The collection will occur April through October.

Items must be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m. on your collection day. Items must be placed in a container not to exceed 32 gallons or in a “Kraft” bag not to exceed 50 lbs. Branches and tree limbs must not exceed 3″ in diameter, must be cut to 4′ in length, bundled and secured by rope or twine and not to exceed 50 lbs.

You can view the schedule at this link.
Township Shred-It Event for April 10
Derry Township invites its residents to bring personal documents that need to be shredded to its Shred-It Event, Saturday, April 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Derry Township Public Works Facility, 650 Clearwater Road.

Only sensitive documents that require shredding, including papers that contain personal information such as full social security numbers or credit card numbers, should be brought to the Shred-It event. Derry Township offers this service for residents to shred personal documents a few times a year.

Magazines, junk mail, telephone books, cardboard and glossy paper may be recycled by dropping them off at the Derry Township Recycling Center. You also may place newspapers and cardboard in your Waste Management Recycling Bin.

For a full list of what can be recycled in Derry Township, please visit our website.
Township Events
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Join Us at The Library
Bill Harley: Brothers and Sisters - Watch Party
Friday, March 12 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join Ms. Rita and Hershey Library friends (and Friends) for a unique fundraiser. 20% of your ticket purchase goes directly to the Friends of the Hershey Public Library to ensure that you enjoy more great programs in the year ahead. Please register to access a link to the watch party.
Connect for Your Health: Health Information in the News
Saturday, March 13 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Librarians from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, this workshop will teach participants to look beyond sensational news headlines, and strategies to recognize a potentially poor study or overinflated reporting of results by a news source. This program is made possible by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. If you need a laptop and/or hotspot to participate in this program you can check them out at the library. Please register for the program prior to requesting the laptop and/or hotspot.
One Book, One Community: Our Region Reads Book Discussion
Saturday, March 13 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us to discuss One Book One Community's selection, Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. In Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Please register online to receive a link to Zoom. 
The Spanish Influenza of 1917-1918 in the Philadelphia Region
Saturday, March 20 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join Mike Jesberger as he walks us through the Spanish Influenza in the Philadelphia Region from 1917-1918. He will share the impact this illness had on the region, how they dealt with it and lessons learned. Mr. Jeserger is an independent military historian who specializes in the American Revolution and Civil War time periods. He is renowned for his depth and breadth of knowledge, as well as his engaging and passionate presentation style, whether providing formal lectures, living history presentations or tours of historic sites in the Tri-State area. Please register online for this Friends Adult Program.
Community News and Events
HHS Musical
HHS Theatre is proud to present Anastasia: The Musical, streaming March 19 and 20 @ 7:30 pm. This dazzling show transports its audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

Nearly 100 HHS students have been working tirelessly since early December to create this journey to the past. The DTSD school community can witness the end production by purchasing streaming passes via BookTix at https://hersheyhs.booktix.com/ for the streaming performances on March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $15 per household stream. This family-friendly show, filled with gorgeous music—both familiar and new—is appropriate for all ages.
Hershey Area All Things Diversity Presents: Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth
Join the next free educational event presented by Hershey Area All Things Diversity on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register online for the virtual event, “Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth.”

The speaker, Amy Keisling, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She will explore assumptions and reactions to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual identity; help viewers to understand the broad spectrum of gender-diversity and accepted best practices in gender-affirming care; and talk about the two most important actions that can affirm gender-diverse people, regardless of your relationship to them. Ms. Keisling will also share information about the Gender Health Clinic at Penn State Health.

This program will be a virtual event livestreamed on the Derry Township YouTube channel.

Hershey Area All Things Diversity is a free series of programs to create awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion in our community. It is coordinated by Derry Township, The Hershey Story Museum, Derry Township School District, Milton Hershey School, The Hershey Company, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, and Hershey Trust Company.
Share the Keys
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center will host NJM Insurance Group’s virtual Share the Keys safe-driving orientation for students and parents at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The 45-minute, research-based, data-driven program is designed to reduce teen-driver crash risks through increased parental involvement. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is why the hospital’s trauma services team is offering the educational session. Register for the free webinar at https://bit.ly/HSsharethekeys
Cocoa Packs Returns
Cocoa Packs is excited to announce that they will once again be a distribution site for round 5 of the USDA Food Boxes. Those in need may stop by our drive thru on Mondays & Wednesdays anytime from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Spring Creek Church 335 East Areba Ave in Hershey through April 28th. Please contact Christine Drexler at cocoapacks@gmail.com
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