Derry Township eNews, March 23, 2018
Current News
Community Gathers to Understand
Religious Differences
Dr. Jeffery Long, professor of religion and Asian studies at Elizabethtown College, spoke about understanding religious differences in our world and our community to a sold-out crowd at the Hershey All Things Diversity session held on Monday evening.

Dr. Long stressed the importance of acceptance and not just tolerance in building better communities.

The final community diversity session for this season will be held on May 21, 2018 at The Hershey Story. A diverse panel of local individuals will discuss their experiences living in our community. Registration is free but seating is limited. Please visit the township's website for more information.
Fix a Leak and Save Water and Money
Fix a Leak week runs through March 25. Pennsylvania American Water in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are encouraging homeowners to repair small leaks.

PA American Water reports that a small leak can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. With more than 110 million households in the United States, seemingly minor leaks from faucets, showerheads, toilets, or other appliances can collectively result in a tremendous amount of wasted water.

PA American Water is providing the following to assist homeowners with leak repairs and prevention:


Repair your leaks - Saving Water Saves You Money!
Pictured are Jesse Williams, HMC Trail Liason; Justin Engle, Derry Supervisor; Nick Loftus, SAMBA President; Glenn Rowe, HMC Trail Liaison and D.T. Planning Commission Chairman; and Lauren Zumbrun, D.T. Economic Development Manager
New Multi-Use Trails Coming Soon
The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) is bringing its latest trail project to Hershey. This project, in cooperation with Penn State Health, will develop 100 acres of land behind the Hershey Medical Center campus. This unique group of trails will be accessible to the public via existing trails, including the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail. It is also in proximity to the Horseshoe Trail.

SAMBA has purchased tools and supplies to build the trail system with support from The Hershey Company. Work officially began on March 18 with a team of volunteers led by SAMBA president Nick Loftus, and HMC Co-Trail Liaisons Glenn Rowe and Jesse Williams. The group cleared leaves, cut brush, and worked on drainage for the new trails. 

The project will provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails for mountain biking for a great outdoor experience. The trails will also be open to joggers and hikers looking to enjoy some of Hershey’s natural areas. The first phase of the trail system is expected to open this summer.

Visit SAMBA’s website, or Facebook page for more information.
Events
Artemis Starship Simulation Adventure
The intergalactic computer game returns for another adventure on Friday, March 23, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. (after library hours) at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. Hone your leadership skills as captain or navigate through the stars.

The event is for kids ages 8+, but teens and adults are welcome. Please note that children ages 12+ may be in the library alone, but younger children will need an adult in the building. 
The Easter Egg Hunt is Tomorrow in Shank Park
The Department of Parks and Recreation's 34th Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Shank Park, Bullfrog Valley Road. Hunt for eggs with special treats and prizes and visit with the Easter Bunny!

10:00 a.m. - 2 year olds and under
10:15 a.m. - 3 & 4 year olds
10:30 a.m. - 5 & 6 year olds
10:45 a.m. - 7 & 8 year olds

The event will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Donuts and beverages will be sold at the event. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation.
How's Your Knowledge on Harry Potter?
Harry Potter Trivia will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Saturday, March 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event will be an exciting, high energy game that is appropriate for all ages. Don't miss the fun, laughs, and old school music!

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! The event is sponsored by the Hershey Library Endowment Trust.
Gamut Theater Academy Presents Once Upon a Time
The Performance Class of Gamut Theatre Group will present Once Upon a Time on Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Families with children four years old and up are invited to a magical hour of a collection of famous fairy tale scenes. No registration is necessary.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Services
Community Blood Drive
Stop by the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Monday between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. and donate a pint of blood to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. No appointment is necessary.

Please eat within four hours of donating and bring identification. If you can't come to the blood drive on Monday and want to donate at another location, the library will receive credit for your donation if you tell them account number 1072.  
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
The Recycling Center will be closed on Good Friday, March 30.
Township offices will be closed on Good Friday, March 30.
Community News and Events
Watercolor Artist Karen Frattali to Present at the Hershey Area Art Association Meeting
The April meeting of the Hershey Area Art Association will feature Karen Frattali, a watercolor artist with decades of experience and accomplishments. Her goal is to use the colors of the rainbow to achieve transparency and luminosity in her paintings. She divides her time between painting in her studio and teaching workshops to developing artists in the mid-Atlantic states. Karen is currently serving as president of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Derry Township Historical society, 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey.

Visit the HAAA website for a complete listing of art classes for 2018.
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