Derry Township eNews, March 30, 2018
Current News
Dr. Jeffery Long Delivers Message
Know Thy Neighbor: Cultivating a
Community of Respect
Differences can divide a community without a willingness to understand, accept, and welcome one another.

Dr. Jeffery Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College was the presenter at the March Hershey All Things Diversity session held at The Hershey Story. Dr. Long encouraged us to "know thy neighbor."

He explained that intolerance is a form of violence. "Differences are not a reason to treat others badly." He quoted Thomas Jefferson and emphasized that someone believing differently from one's self does not hurt anything. "Why do we care if others believe differently," he asked.

Conflict is a serious issue that arises when there is a lack of understanding. He urged us to talk to members of the community who are different from us. Ask them questions in a friendly, non-opinionated manner to gain knowledge.

Township's website Hershey All Things Diversity
Derry Township Community Cats is Taking Reservations for May Clinic
Derry Township Community Cats is accepting reservations for spaying and neutering of outdoor cats for their next clinic on May 22.

Spaces are limited, so call soon to reserve your space if you have outdoor cats that need these services. "Kitten season" is upon us, so don't delay!

Hundreds of unwanted kittens are born this time of year, and the more homeless cats that we can prevent the better!

The spay/neuter/vaccination service is free to Derry Township residents. Call 717-592-8087 for assistance in trapping cats to be neutered.

Visit for more details.
If You Can Create Less Trash, You Can Pay
As You Throw
Recycling more and composting can reduce the amount of trash that you throw away and can save you money.

Trash bags for the PAYT option cost $4.50 each and can be purchased at the Recycling Center, Library, Recreation Center, and Administration Building.

If you want to change to the PAYT program, contact Waste Management at 1-800-869-5566. Future quarterly invoices from Waste Management will be $8.13.
Take a Fused Glass Class
A Fused Glass Class will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Participants can make a fused glass pendant, or a mosaic dish. Items are returned to the library to be picked up two weeks later. Must be 10 or older to participate.

The class fee is $25 and can be paid at the time of registration at the library. Sorry no online or phone registrations.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Head to the Library for Lego Club
The Hershey Public Library will host Lego Club on Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 to 4:45 p.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Children ages 6+ are invited to come to use their imagination and create with Lego.
Sit Back and Listen to Stories
Storytime for Grown-Ups will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Emily Fortney returns to entertain adults with an hour of short stories.
Spring Into Shape at the Hershey Recreation Center
New drop-in fitness classes are starting in April at the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue. Classes will be held in the gymnasium. 

POUND® Adult – Thursday, April 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $10 per adult

Yoga – Saturday, April 14, 9-10:00 a.m. $10 per person
POUND ® Family – Saturday, April 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10 per adult, $6 per child

Call the front desk at 717-533-7138 with questions.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
The Recycling Center is closed Good Friday, March 30.
The Library will be closed on Easter, Sunday, April 1.
Township offices are closed Good Friday, March 30.
Community News and Events
Representative Tom Mehaffie Holds
2nd Annual Health Expo
The 2nd Annual Health Expo will be held on Friday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company, 249 E. Main Street, Hummelstown.

More than 50 representatives from state and local agencies and the health care industry will be on hand to speak with attendees about programs and services, as well as to answer questions. A variety of free health screenings will be offered.

The event is free and no registration is required. Visit for more information.
Come and See What the Hershey Area Neighbors and Newcomers Club is About
The Hershey Area Neighbors and Newcomers Club will meet at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Thursday, April 12, at 9:45 a.m.

Carl Kane from Music at Gretna will be the guest speaker. Guests are encouraged to attend and join in on the activities. Contact Kathy at, or Suzette at
Concert Pianist Thomas Pandolfi Returns
to Derry Church
Acclaimed concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi will make his fourth Hershey appearance performing “Heroic Piano” on Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. 

Pandolfi will play masterpieces by Mozart, Liszt, and Chopin, including favorites such as Chopin's
“Revolutionary” Etude , and  Polonaise in A-flat major, the “Heroic.” 
In recent years, Pandolfi has performed as guest soloist with The National Philharmonic, Ohio Valley Symphony, North Charleston Pops, Cheyenne Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Symphonicity, Amadeus Orchestra, McLean Orchestra and the Frederick Symphony. He has performed international concerts in China and Europe, and made his Canadian debut in British Columbia. An outstanding cross-over artist, Pandolfi’s virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand.
Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the legendary Juilliard School as a scholarship student. He is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter, and resides in Washington, DC.
Call the church office at 717-533-9667, or visit for more information.
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