Derry Township eNews, March 8, 2019
Current News
Construction Projects to Take Place on Monday, March 11
Work will begin on Monday, March 11 on Chocolate Avenue (SR422) between Ridge Road and Linden Road. There will be no parking on the southbound side of Chocolate Avenue in the work zone to maintain two lanes of travel during construction and avoid congestion.

A crew will begin work on SR322 at the intersection of Fishburn Road and Hockersville Road on Monday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. for the installation of storm sewer pipes. Work will end by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and will begin again at 9:00 a.m. It is anticipated that the storm sewer work will be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday.
Community Invited to Last Dance Party at Recreation Center
In honor of the old dances that were held at the Hershey Recreation Center “back in the day,” the public is invited to attend a Last Dance Luau on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

The adult-only event is $25 per ticket and includes food, beverages and music provided by local DJs. All proceeds benefit the new Hershey Community Center.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
Penn State Extension Offers Free Class in Stream Bank Restoration
Do you have a small stream on your property that is slowly (or maybe quickly) getting deeper? Are you losing property as it caves in or slumps off into the water during heavy rain events? Spend some time outdoors with Penn State Extension to learn, hands-on, the basics of livestaking, an easy and affordable method of restoring stream banks. 

The class will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1446 Auction Road, Manheim, PA.

Learn about the impact of streambank erosion, how to identify where livestaking is appropriate, how to harvest your own stakes, and how to properly plant livestakes. 
Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday
Daylight saving time officially starts this Sunday, March 10. Set your clocks ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. or before you go to bed Saturday night. 
Friends of the Hershey Public Library Present How to Build a Storm
Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Experts from the Franklin Institute will present a dynamic show for children that reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one?

We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!

Registration is not required. Suitable for kids in grades K-5.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

"Design It" is Saturday's Family Program
Second Saturday's family program, "Design It," will be held March 9 at 1:30 p.m., at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

The program with feature experiment centers exploring the basics of building, foundations, and stable structures. The book, "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty will be read aloud.
Learn How to Fuse Glass
A Fused Glass Class will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Kathleen Forney will demonstrate how to make a mosaic dish or a necklace with slider from fused glass. Participants age 16 and older are welcome. Please register at the library. The class fee is $23 for the dish and $25 for the necklace.
Learn to Write Nonfiction Classes
Sunday, March 10, 17, 24, and 31, and April 14 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Laura English will explore this exciting genre with you as you craft pieces to share with the class and discuss biographies, memoirs, blogs, and the personal essay.

You choose which forms you want to try as you receive feedback, support, and best of all, the encouragement every writer needs. Please register at the library. The class fee is $60.
In the Middle: Art
In the Middle: Art will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

This month's theme is science. March being a windy month, attendees will create imaginary things that fly. Come and create your own flying animal, spaceship or something far out using a variety of materials. The program is for kids in grade 6 and higher.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road - Change March 11
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Delight Your Taste Buds at the Trojan Foundation Taste of Hershey Event
Taste of Hershey will be held Sunday, March 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center and will feature food and beverage samples provided by local restaurants, distributors and vineyards, entertainment from student performers, youth art displays and games for kids.

Tickets are available at the door. Adult tickets are $30, student tickets are $10, and pre-K tickets are free!

Proceeds benefit the Trojan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing supplemental funding and support for Derry Township School District’s academic, athletic, and arts initiatives and innovations to benefit our students, teachers, staff and community.
PA State Police Museum Announces Saturday Hours
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum will be open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning April 6, 2019. These hours are in addition to their normal Monday through Friday hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Museum staff will present a two-hour program on April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, on the origins and evolution of the State Police Force from 1905-1937. Topics will include, but not be limited to the infamous Coal & Iron police, the roles played by Teddy Roosevelt and M.S. Hershey, the deaths of the first two Troopers killed in the line of duty, Omar the Belgian Shepherd Medal of Valor recipient, and why the Pennsylvania State Police decided to pick Hershey as the place to locate their recruit training.
Part of the program will also include a tour of the Museum at no charge.
This program is free to the public and will be held in the Museum’s All-Purpose room. Space is limited to 60 attendees, therefore, interested parties should contact the Museum at 717- 534-0565 or email psphemc to reserve a seat.

Directions to the Museum: Traveling east on Hershey Park Drive (past the Tanger Outlets on the right), turn left at the stop light on Laudermilch Drive (Rt 743). Take the next immediate left onto Swatara Road, and then take another immediate sharp left onto a hill. The Museum’s sign is on the right-hand-side at the peak of the hill.
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