Derry Township eNews, May 4, 2018
Current News
Community Center Schematic Plan to Be Presented
The schematic design for the new community center will be presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 8 at 7:00 p.m., 600 Clearwater Road. The Board may consider voting to authorize proceeding to the design development phase.

Visit the Township's website to read about the planning and funding for the new community center.

Life on Chocolate Series to be Announced at Downtown Hershey Special Preview Event
Join the Downtown Hershey Association for a special Life on Chocolate season preview event in ChocolateTown Square on Tuesday, May 15!

We’ll kick things off with a PowerTrain Boot Camp class in the park at 4:30 p.m., followed by live music from Hockersville Station, and an announcement of our 2018 Life on Chocolate event series in downtown Hershey.

Join your friends and neighbors for a game of corn hole, a cold beer from Tröegs Independent Brewing, and yummy food from Blazing Swine BBQ or Soul Burrito.

While you’re there, sign up to volunteer for the upcoming event season!
Hershey Trust Company Presents Hershey West End Sketch Plan
The Hershey Trust Company presented a sketch plan for the Hershey West End Master Plan at the April 24, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting. The plan proposes the development of a mixed-use, commercial, and residential neighborhood of approximately 245.79 acres, south of Route 322 in the area of the Hershey Center for Applied Research, the Cocoa Beanery, and U-Gro Learning Center.

The plan includes a hotel/conference center, medical office buildings, commercial and retail space, restaurants, a variety of housing options including assisted living and age-restricted apartments, and recreational uses, to be built over 10 to 15 years in multiple phases.

The plan may be viewed at the Hershey Trust Company Real Estate website. The site contains a project description and frequently asked questions. Feedback is also being received via the site.

Do You Have a Stray Cat in Your Neighborhood?
Derry Township Community Cats Can Help
Derry Township Community Cats will hold a clinic to spay/neuter and vaccinate outdoor cats from Derry Township on May 22.

If you are feeding outdoor cats in need of this service, which is free to Township residents, please call the cat line at 717-592-8087 to be added to the trapping and surgery schedule. Space is limited. Visit for more information.
Register Now for the May 21st Hershey All Things Diversity Session
The next Hershey All Things Diversity program coordinated by Derry Township and The Hershey Story is titled Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives on Diverse Populations and will be presented on Monday, May 21 at the Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for Hershey community members of different backgrounds to share their experiences living or working in Hershey, and to consider what we can do as a community to be more inclusive.

This program is underwritten by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, The Hershey Company, and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:00 p.m. The program will conclude at 7:15 with dessert.
A Celebration of Trees in Derry Township
The Derry Township Environmental Action Committee sponsored a street planting event last Saturday and planted 23 trees, the majority along streets downtown. The trees were funded through a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources TreeVitalize grant.

The Township's Department of Public Works placed the trees, dug the holes, and provided mulch for around the trees.

The most recent TreeVitalize grant has provided funding for 25 additional trees to be planted along the Jonathan Eshenour trail this fall.
Event to Benefit the Adoption of Pit Bulls to Affect Roadways Near Shank Park
Traffic will be stopped periodically at Stoney Run Drive and Derry Woods Road to allow runners to safety cross from the Jonathan Eshenour Trail on Saturday, May 5. The Pitties. Love. Peace. Rescue Bully Blitz 5K run/1-mile walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Shank Park. Participants will run/walk to an area above Bullfrog Valley Park and back.
Bullfrog Valley Pond is Stocked and Ready for the 43rd Annual Fishing Derby
Anglers 12 years old and younger are invited to the 43rd Annual Fishing Derby at Bullfrog Valley Pond on Saturday, May 5. The Derby begins at 8:00 a.m.

Catch the palomino, longest, or heaviest trout and win a prize! There will also be a raffle held following the Derby with an assortment of prizes.

Anglers are limited to the first five trout caught. 
Bike to School on Wednesday, May 9
Join the fun on National Bike to School Day!

Hershey Bears mascot Coco and the Nittany Lion will greet students at the parking lot located at Cocoa and Elm Avenues. The first 200 students to arrive at school will receive a flashing safety light donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. Recycle Bicycle and InGear Cycling & Fitness will offer bike safety checks and students will enjoy a healthy snack!

Live too far away to bike to school? Meet up with others at the tennis courts at the intersection of Areba Avenue and Homestead Road, or at the corner of Elm Avenue and Linden Road. Other locations will be posted at the Hershey Elementary PTO Facebook page.

Students can take the Bike to School Day Pledge here to become eligible for a chance to win prizes donated by The Chocolate Avenue Grill, Smoked Bar & Grill, Citizens for George P. Hartwick III, Phillip Arthur's Café, InGear Cycling & Fitness, and others!
Beyond the Beat with Exit 9
The Friends of the Hershey Public Library will sponsor a family friendly event on Sunday, May 6, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Experience an incredible percussion ensemble offering a high-energy, tightly choreographed performance infused with fine musicianship, humor, variety, instruction, and audience participation. One surprise follows another as the musical genres flow from classical to ragtime to improvisation and more—and rusty brake shoes, garbage cans, and wooden stools supplant traditional instrumentation. Registration is not required.
Herb Container Class Offered
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue

Spice up your life with a scent-sational herb garden in a pot. Andrea Beitzel will teach you to grow fragrant combinations. 

The class fee is $30 (container and all materials) and is payable at the time of registration at the library.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Play or Learn to Play Chess at Chess Club
Chess Club will be held on Saturday, May 5, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Whether you are a first-time player and want to learn the game, or are an experienced chess player, drop in for a fun afternoon of chess. Children ages 12+ may be in the library alone, but younger children will need an adult in the building. Registration is not required.
"Get Your Head in a Book"
In the Middle - Art
Wednesday, May 9, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Suze Moll will show you how to create art to wear on your head using parts of discarded books and supplied materials. This program is for tweens and teens in grades 6 and up and will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Play Day for Families
Friday, May 11, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue

Families with children ages 3-5 are welcome to register together for an hour of center-based free play that encourages the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. 
The More Effort that You Put Into Recycling
The More You Earn
If you don't know about the Recyclebank Rewards program, you'll want to check it out at

Use your Recyclebank points to get great deals at local businesses and exclusive discounts on sustainable goods.

Inflatables Recyclebank Tip

Whether you have a pricey inflatable stand-up paddleboard, an air mattress, or one of those new air couches, there’s nothing more disappointing than when they develop a leak. Many of these items come with a patch kit, which often gets thrown away or lost. But even if you’ve lost the patch that came with your inflatable, you can buy vinyl repair patches readily.

Don't let your inflatable end up at the landfill, just find the leak by inflating your item and running your hand along the surface until you feel the air escaping. Then clean the area around the leak with rubbing alcohol and apply the patch.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
Community News and Events
Hershey's Synchronized Swim Team to Perform Their Annual Show
The Hershey Coralettes will present their annual show, "The Coralettes' Time Machine," on Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue. 

This year's original choreography will be performed to music from the 1920s through today's top hits. 

Admission is by donation. Email , or call the Hershey Recreation Center at 717-533-7138 for more information.  
Give Hershey a Kiss on May 12th
The Kiss Hershey Back annual event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be a FREE post event with food, kid-friendly activities, and more! If interested in volunteering, click on the link below and more information will be provided to you.

Kiss Hershey Back is a township-wide cleanup effort led by the Penn State College of Medicine students to make the Sweetest Place on Earth also the Cleanest Place on Earth. This project was started in 2008 by five first-year medical students who wanted to give back to the community.

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