Derry Township eNews - March 26, 2021
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from March 23rd, 2021 on the Township YouTube channel.
Community Center Construction
Over the past several weeks, significant progress has been made on the Community Center construction site. The structural steel of the building has been installed, and the contractors have moved on to mounting the roof decking, completing plumbing rough ins, and the concrete encasement of interior columns. During the next few weeks, roofing construction is scheduled to begin along with the exterior framing of walls. If you would like to learn more about the Community Center project and stay up to date on the progress of construction, please visit hersheycommunitycenter.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Join Us at The Library
Kids' Carry & Craft: Kite Mosaic Edition
Saturday, March 27 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Register to celebrate the spring with a kite-shaped sun-catcher to hang in your window. Ms. Rita will show you how to create a colorful mosaic with tissue paper and contact paper. The video will post on the library's YouTube programming channel at 10:00 a.m. If you registered for this program, please pick up your kit at the library from March 23-27 during regular library hours.
Teen/Adult Carry & Craft: Rock Painting Edition
Saturday, March 27 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Register to join Aly on the library's YouTube programming channel to learn two methods of painting rocks. We have seen painted rocks in the community to make us smile. Aly has them on her desk as well. You can learn to use dots to paint your rock or a marbling effect. Watch the video and choose which you would prefer to do. Please pick up your kits starting March 23 during normal operating hours.
 
If Carry & Craft programs are full, you may access a supplies list at home and follow along on the library's YouTube programming channel. Please visit the library's Facebook Events and click Discussion.
Cruise into Kindergarten
Books & Babies
Mondays: now until April 26 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
Join Ms. Rita on Facebook LIVE on for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and action plays.
Registration is not required.
 
1, 2, Whee!
Tuesdays: now until April 27 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Songs, stories, dances, fun, and learning--all at the same time for mixed-age program for ones and twos and their families. Please register on the Events Calendar for a link to Zoom.
 
Storytime
Thursdays: now until April 29 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Ms. Rita will be on Facebook LIVE for a virtual storytime perfect for your preschooler.
Registration is not required.
Community News and Events
Penn State Health Social Work Talks about Trans Gender and Gender Diverse Youth
If you missed this week's Hershey Area All Things Diversity virtual event, you can watch the recording on the Derry Township YouTube channel.  The speaker, Amy Keisling, explored assumptions and reactions to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual identity. She helped viewers to understand the broad spectrum of gender-diversity and accepted best practices in gender-affirming care and talked about the two most important actions that can affirm gender-diverse people, regardless of your relationship to them.
Hershey Gardens Easter Sunrise Service
Hershey Gardens is proud to host the annual Easter Sunrise Service, a tradition that began in 1947. The community is invited to view the pre-recorded non-denominational service (via Facebook only) provided by the Hershey Ministerium. Simply log on to Hershey Gardens' Facebook page to view the service on April 4 at 6:30 a.m. The service will remain on the Facebook page to watch after the live debut.
Important Notice on HAAA's $1000 Art Scholarship Deadline
The Hershey Area Art Association’s annual scholarship deadline is coming up soon, March 31st! Applicants can pull an online application from our website at HersheyArt.org, and submit everything via email. This competition is open to all Dauphin and Lebanon County graduating students who intend pursue their art education. This year’s winner will be annouced in early May. Previous HAAA scholarships winners can be seen on HAAA’s Website. 

Further information and application: www.hersheyart.org
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.
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
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