Derry Township eNews - March 19, 2021
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Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
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.
DTPD Welcomes New K9 Partner
If you missed his debut on abc27, check out this story to learn more about the special skills from Derry Township Police Department's newest K9 friend, Tor.
 
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Join Us at The Library
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.
Mythology Madness Trivia: Rick Riordan Style
Sunday, March 21 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join Ms. Rita and Ms. Aly for Mythology Madness... Rick Riordan style. Catch up on your Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology. While the myths don't change Rick Riordan's characters make them more interesting. Create a team who know the mythology and who have read the books........See you on Olympus.  Please register for a link to Zoom, or join on Facebook Live with Kahoot.
Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 23 - 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) will be at the library on Tuesday, March 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please schedule an appointment online or call the CPBB at 1-800-771-0059. Walk-ins might have to wait if there are appointments at that time. Masks are required. Covid-19 Antibody Testing is available with each successful blood donation. A form of ID is required to donate. Donors must have eaten within a four-hour period prior to donating. If you are unable to attend the blood drive on this day, you may donate at a place and time more convenient to you: When you give the library’s account # 1072, we will be able to get credit for your donation. Thank you!
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, March 24 - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club presented by Rita Smith. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share related stories and videos and participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the week's challenge.  Please register online.
Community News and Events
You're Invited to a SafeSecureKids.org Virtual Town Hall
We all have a role to play in preventing child sexual abuse. You can be a part of the solution by talking with the kids in your life about bodies and boundaries. With the free resources on SafeSecureKids.org, adult caregivers can access the tools they need to teach school age children about feelings and consent through fun learning activities.
 
Join us on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. during Child Abuse Prevention Month for a special virtual town hall meeting on child sexual abuse and harassment. If you’re a parent, teacher, or other adult caregiver, you won’t want to miss the conversation.

Derry Township Community Cats
Derry Township Community Cats offers township residents assistance with trapping outdoor free-roaming cats to have them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next clinic is April 13; reservations can be made by calling the "cat line" at 717-592-8087.
 
Residents may also obtain low cost spay/neuters and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Please note that cats must be at least six months old. For more information visit www.derrytownshipcats.org.
Flower Basket Sale
The Bowman Trust is once again selling beautiful flower baskets that will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 8th 2021 (between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.) the day before Mother's Day! All baskets must be pre-ordered and pre-paid by April 9th, 2021. Print out the thumbnail image for more information. Two basket sizes are available. Thank you for supporting the William S. Bowman Trust! 
2021 Walk for Clean Water
Since 2016, Hershey High School Key Club has partnered with the international nonprofit-organization, Thirst Project, to take action against the global water crisis––a worldwide emergency that affects over 700 million people worldwide and steals an estimated 6,000 children's lives each day. So for the 6th year in a row, the students at HHS are making a difference by hosting the annual Walk for Clean Water on April 11th!

The Walk for Clean Water sees participants walk 3.75 miles, the average distance walked by families in developing nations to collect water, on a route around the Hershey High School campus. There will be food trucks, free Starbucks catering, a raffle for the chance to earn gift cards & local merchandise, and more. Each participant will also receive a t-shirt and a race pack filled with snacks, Hershey products, etc. All COVID-19 guidelines will be 100% in place, but for those with concerns about safety, you can still get involved through this year's Virtual Walk option. Check out the link below for time slots and more details!

Please take the time to learn more about HHS Key Club's impact and our cause at our website here. Then, consider registering to participate in the Walk or donating to the cause! Every donation truly counts––join the fight!!
Hershey High School Hall of Fame - Induction Class of 2021 Nominations Sought
The Hershey High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepting nominations to be considered for the 2021 Induction class. The deadline for accepting nominations will be April 30, 2021. Any nominations after April 30, 2021 will be considered for the following year.

Nomination forms are to be sent to the High School Athletic Office. You can obtain the forms from the Derry Township School Board website. Go to the Athletics tab and click on Hall of Fame. The link for the nomination form will be there. Or you scan the QR code.

If you have any questions, please contact John Christopher at rubyred800@aol.com
Scan above for additional information and nomination forms.
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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