Derry Township eNews - May 1, 2020
Current News
Get to Know Your Local Police and Firefighters
In addition to keeping our community safe, our police officers and firefighters are keeping us informed and entertained.
 
You can watch Derry Township Police Chief Garth Warner on Facebook as he interviews members of the force - including one of the K-9s! 
 
And, Hershey Volunteer Firefighter Doug Beatty is reading children's stories on Facebook each Thursday. 
 
Thanks to the police department and our volunteer firefighters for all they do!
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recording Available
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Members of the public streamed the meeting on YouTube and some joined the Zoom webinar to participate in public comment. To watch the recording, please visit the Township's YouTube page: https://youtu.be/wJKjOAywOzY
Zoning Hearing Board Vacancy
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Derry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, that resumes and cover letters will be accepted for a position on the Zoning Hearing Board.
Residents of Derry Township who are interested in serving on the Zoning Hearing Board are requested to submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA 17033 no later than May 22, 2020. The appointment will be made at the June 9, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Services
PA American Water Rate Increase
Last year, Pennsylvania American Water began the process of examining investments already made and those needed to ensure continued safe and reliable water and wastewater service. Following that extensive process, Pennsylvania American Water today filed a general rate increase request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The filing, a first step of a nearly year-long rate review process, is in accordance with the Commission’s pre-filing notice regulations. Any new rates set by the Commission would not be effective until 2021.
 
Pennsylvania American Water is very sensitive to the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and was among the first utility to voluntarily suspend shutoffs for nonpayment. That suspension will remain in effect until further notice. Additionally, the rate request includes expanding our customer assistance program to further help water and wastewater customers in greatest needs.
 
If you would like more information, please visit our website at www.pennsylvaniamwater.com
Township Events
Calling on the Community!!
Due to the current situation involving Covid-19, we are not able to have our annual Memorial Day ceremony or parade, so we’re reaching out to the community to honor America’s heroes! We hope that you can submit to us video clips of “What Memorial Means to You!” We are going to gather as many video clips from April 29th through May 13th. Once compiled we will air them on our Facebook page on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020! All clips must be sent to rlsweiga@derrytownship.org no later than 12 pm on May 13th.

Below are some thoughts/ideas for you to get started:
  • “What Memorial Day Means to Me.”
  • “Consider the sacrifices soldiers have made, and make, for our country. Share some of your thoughts thanking them for their service.”
  • “Find a quote that you believe appropriately honors/summarizes Memorial Day, and explain why you chose this quote.
  • ”Interview a relative, neighbor or veteran, who lived through one of the wars of the twentieth and
  • twenty first centuries. Share about that person’s experience and how it relates to
  • Memorial Day.”
Age Requirements: 5 years old to Adult
Run for Hershey Virtual 5K
During this time of isolation and uncertainty, Hershey needs to come together now more than ever. Join us in the Run For Hershey Virtual 5K! All proceeds raised will go directly to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Downtown Hershey.
Register for the race on our website, then get out to walk, run, hike, bike, skip, or even bunny hop a 5K on your own time by May 15th! Explore a new trail or part of town using appropriate social distancing precautions. Don't forget to take a picture or video of yourself doing so and share your love of Hershey on social media using #RunForHersheyVirtual5K .
Summer Day Camp Registration
With the evolving situation of COVID-19 virus, Summer Day Camp registration has been postponed until further notice. The new registration dates will be posted on Derry Township’s website and an email will be sent out to existing families in the ProCare program.
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Join Us at The Library
SPLAT STUDIO - Art Project for Children
Sunday, May 3. 2:00 pm to 3:40 pm.

Sign up online (by age group).

Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio - Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together - will help the children design a special project for a loved one. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Because this is a virtual program occurring via Zoom, pre-registration is required. Once registered, the Hershey Public Library will send an e-mail with the list of supplies needed. A Zoom link will be sent via email in time for the class.

2:00 pm to 2:40 pm. Register children ages 2 to 6.
3:00 pm to 3:40 pm. Register children ages 6 and up.
At Home Bingo
Bored with your digital movie service and looking for something fresh to do? For the fun of it, why not play the library's "At Home Bingo" ? Great to do with the kids, and teens, too! Simply complete 4 to 5 categories as directed on the bingo board. Download to print your bingo board for your convenience, and keep in your e-mail to use the help links; also accessible on the  library's website.  When you have completed the required categories, please e-mail your response (just list which 4 to 5 you did) to Heather Mahraj at: hmahraj@derrytownship.org by the end of the day on Friday, May 15. The winner will receive a gift card from a local store.  CLICK HERE.
Community News and Events
CommunityAid Donation Centers OPEN! Retail Stores Remain Closed.
“No-Contact” Donation Drop-off is available Mon-Sat, 10a-6p at CommunityAid locations in Mechanicsburg, Hanover, Selinsgrove, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York. Please place donations in the carts at our doors ONLY during these hours. Items will be moved inside and quarantined, following CDC guidelines.

Bin cleanup is well underway across the region. CommunityAid drivers are clearing refuse first, then transporting usable donations to centers. PLEASE do not place donations outside bins to be spoiled by weather. If local bins are full, please bring to donation centers or continue to hold until bins are emptied.

THANK YOU to all CommunityAid non-profit partners who assisted by clearing the area outside their bins and encouraging the public to hold donations.

Retail stores remain closed in compliance with Governor Wolf's orders. Human health and safety continue to be CommunityAid’s first priority. In keeping with our cleanup waiver, a minimum of staff operate our trucks and handle donations, while wearing protective equipment and practicing social distancing.
Please stay home and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Questions may be directed to Meg Martin, (610) 608-1080 or contact@communityaid.org.
Hershey Community Archives Asks Individuals To Document Their COVID-19 Stories
In an effort to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Hershey community and what life was like during these unprecedented times, Hershey Community Archives and The Hershey Story Museum today announced a request for individuals to share their COVID-19-related experiences by submitting their stories online at HersheyArchives.org .

The request from Hershey Community Archives, which serves as the official repository for all things Hershey, and the museum extends to Hershey residents and families, individuals who work in Hershey and visitors to Hershey during the COVID-19 pandemic who were impacted during their stay.

Other entities encouraged to share their stories include:
  • business owners or supporters of local business
  • local organizations, including churches and clubs
  • entities that can address how the Hershey community as a whole has been affected.

Individuals who are able to speak to how the community responded and came together to face the crisis as a result of their own personal actions or actions of other community members or organizations are also encouraged to participate. 

A link to a COVID-19 webpage that includes the online submission form is located at the top of the Archives’ homepage. Questions can be e-mailed to contact@hersheyarchives.org .
Donations Requested
Love INC of Greater Hershey is a Christian organization partnering with local churches dedicated to serving our community. Due to COVID 19, requests for assistance from our community continue to grow at an ever increasing rate.  Our greatest need at this time are donations to our Personal Care Closet (PCC) program, which continues to operate in conjunction with local food banks.  PCC donations are welcome and accepted at the office, located at 245 East Derry Road in Hershey, Monday through Thursday. Our office hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Currently the most needed items are body wash, dish liquid, dishwasher (pods and liquid), feminine hygiene products, paper towels, hand soap, baby wipes and antibacterial cleaners.  Monetary donations are deeply appreciated and can be made online at our website,  loveincgreaterhershey.org/donate .
Downtown Hershey’s Art Show & Culturefest
Downtown Hershey’s 2020 Art Show & Culturefest has been canceled in an effort to protect public health and safety during the Coronavirus pandemic. Registered vendors will be contacted and those that have paid will be provided with refund options. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

The Downtown Hershey Association will follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC guidance as it pertains to public events in determining the schedule for the duration of the 2020 Life on Chocolate event season.

At this time, we are accepting applications for Market on Chocolate vendors and have extended the early bird registration deadline to May 15. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply for a weekly, bi-weekly, or occasional vendor placement and hold on making payment until two weeks prior to the start of Market.
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