Derry Township eNews, May 25, 2018
Current News
Hershey All Things Diversity Event Shares the Perspective of Citizens from Diverse Backgrounds
The final Hershey All Things Diversity series for this season featured the personal experiences of people who live and work in Derry Township and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

The panel shared their personal experiences related to homosexuality, racism, and immigration to the United States. Derry Township Supervisor Susan Cort served as moderator for the discussion held at The Hershey Story Museum on May 21, 2018.

The members of the panel openly discussed events in their lives when they felt they were treated badly because of their race, nationality, and sexual orientation, and when they received care and support from champions in their lives.

Applications Are Being Accepted for the Spring 2019 Treevitalize Program
Applications are being accepted now through June 22 for the next Treevitalize program.

The Township and Derry Environmental Action Committee are submitting a grant application to make "Almost Free" street trees available to residents.

If you are interested, please complete the Property Owner Tree Request Form and return it to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA, 17033. One or two trees may be requested.

If the grant is funded, those requesting trees will be contacted for a payment of $50 per tree. If you have questions on the program, please call Chuck Gassert at 717-566-5058.
Drive Orange
Operation Orange Squeeze
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is stressing the importance of driving the posted speed limit in construction zones on the turnpike for the safety of the workers.

Please also be extra cautious in work zones in the community where the Derry Township Department of Public Works employees are working. Slow down in work zones and save lives.

Learn more about Operation Orange Squeeze and take the Safe Driving Pledge.
Get Involved in Life on Chocolate in Downtown Hershey
Downtown Hershey could use your help! The Downtown Hershey Association is looking to fill volunteer positions at the following events:

Market on Chocolate - Sign Up
Music on Chocolate - Sign Up
Culturefest - Sign Up
It's a Day to Remember Those Who Have Lost Their Lives Fighting for Our Freedom
Come to the Hershey Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 28 at the Hershey Recreation Center on Cocoa Avenue. The parade will proceed to Elm Avenue, Ridge Avenue, Chocolate Avenue, and return to the Recreation Center.

The Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the War Memorial in front of the Recreation Center. The event will include a keynote speaker, live music, and a reading of the winning youth essays.

Show your patriotic spirit and wave flags and wear red, white, and blue!

Have a Happy Memorial Day!
Market Season Begins Soon!
One more week until the first Market on Chocolate of the season! The Market will be held on Saturday, June 2 in ChocolateTown Square in downtown Hershey. Visit Market on Chocolate each Saturday this summer from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There's something for everyone - food, flowers, fitness, entertainment, activities, and fun. Free fitness classes begin at 9:00 a.m. Visit for details.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Residents Swim Free on Opening Day
Derry Township residents are invited to the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, to enjoy the first swim day of the season, Saturday, May 26 from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Special Water Safety Storytime for Memorial Day Weekend
Stop by the pool at the Derry Township Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, on Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. for Water Safety Storytime with the Hershey Public Library's Director of Children’s Services Rita Hunt-Smith.

Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Help your family stay safe by coming to Rita’s special pool-side story event, and enroll your children in age-appropriate swimming lessons. This storytime is suitable for all ages and everyone is welcome. No registration is required.
Yard Waste Will be Collected May 29-June 2
Yard waste will be collected next week. Services for the week will be delayed one day due to Memorial Day on Monday.

An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbside and should be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m. Items must be in a container no bigger than 32 gallons or in a “Kraft” bag no heavier than 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 must not be heavier than 50 lbs.

Grass clippings are NOT to be collected under this program and are to be treated as solid waste. Call Waste Management at 1-800-634-4595 for additional information.
Junior Fused Glass Class
A fused glass class for kids in grade four and higher will be presented by Kathleen Forney at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue on Monday, June 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The class fee is $15. Registration begins June 4.
Book Buddies Reader Training
Training for Book Buddies will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue on Monday, June 11 at 10:15 a.m. Students who have completed fifth grade and are proficient readers and want to read to children ages 3-6 must apply beforehand by filling out an application at Children’s Services. The Book Buddies program will run from June 18 to July 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Library to Hold Junior Volunteer Training
Junior Volunteer Training will be held at the library, 701 Cocoa Avenue on  Monday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Teens ages 12 to 17 must complete a form at the Children's Services desk and bring with them to the training session.
Second Saturday
Not a Box
Second Saturday will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Saturday, June 9 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The event begins with a theme, Not a Box , read-aloud story, with exploration of the theme through blocks, learning centers, play areas, and experiments to promote active engagement of parents with their children. There will be an opportunity to take related books home after the program. Registration begins tomorrow.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
The Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.
Hershey Public Library Hours Summer hours begin this weekend.
The library will be closed on Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day, and Sunday, June 17 for Father's Day.
Township offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.
Community News and Events
Hershey Horticulture Society to Hold Annual Rose Luncheon
The Hershey Horticulture Society will hold its annual Rose Luncheon on Monday, June 4, at the Picard Grand Pavilion at the Hershey Country Club.

Maria Yi of Maria’s Flowers on Chocolate Avenue, a well-known local florist, will talk about Friendships with Floral Connections and give a floral demonstration.

Guests are welcome. Tickets are $28 each. Email  for more information. 
Hershey Indivisible Team Holds Free Workshop
Three-Step Technique to Bridge Differences
Political animosity in America is as high as it’s ever been according to recent Pew Research Center data, and no one is being nice about those disagreements. Only 25% of Americans say the nation’s political tone is respectful.

Have you ever wanted to bridge this divide and understand the perspective of someone on the opposite end of the political spectrum? A new, three-step technique, developed by speaker and author Jim Henderson, helps people to turn the fight back into a conversation.

Hershey Indivisible Team will host a program to help the community improve listening and communication on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. “Crossing the Difference Divide: Three Practices for Dialogue Without Debate,” explained by Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker of Derry Presbyterian Church, will cover the “Three Practices”:

1. Being unusually interested in others.
2. Staying in the room with difference.
3. Stop comparing my best with your worst.

The Indivisible Team’s goal in hosting the program is to provide an opportunity to listen to opinions held by others, to learn why they believe as they do, and to love the person who sees things a different way. The Three Practices Group can help us cross the difference divide and allow space for difference, space for safety, space for listening and space for love.

Visit for more information.

Please note, the Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event. 
GriefShare Support Group Begins in June at Derry Church
GriefShare, a 13-week seminar and support group for people grieving the death of someone close, will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Mondays, June 18 through September 17 at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. 

There is no cost to attend the program, but advance registration is requested. Contact the church office at 717-533-9667. 

GriefShare is a Christian program that features biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on grief and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth.

Those interested may begin attending the GriefShare group at any time. Each session is self-contained, and any missed weeks can be attended when the next 13-week cycle is offered. Visit  for more information.
Hershey Community Chorus Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall
Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) has invited Hershey Community Chorus to participate in a performance of John Rutter's Magnificat at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

The Chorus will join with other outstanding musicians from around the world to form the Distinguished Concert Singers International.

The singers will spend five days in New York City and will rehearse 9-10 hours in preparation of the performance.

Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support for the Hershey Community Chorus to travel to New York. Contact Lee Boltz at to make a donation.

Contact for tickets.
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