Derry Township eNews - May 8, 2020
Current News
Board of Supervisors to Meet Virtually on May 12
The public is invited to attend the next Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted on the Township website later today. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website .
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Derry Township has compiled a list of resources that may be useful for local businesses as they navigate recovery efforts in response to COVID-19. Visit our  COVID-19 Business Resources page , which can be found under the “Business” tab on the Derry Township website. The page contains a variety of resources for businesses provided by government, organizations, and private industry.
Services
Important Message From Waste Management Regarding Bulk Item Collection
As our hard-working frontline employees continue to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus, Waste Management remains committed to providing our valued customers the essential services needed to keep our communities and the environment clean, safe and healthy.

We are happy to announce the following:

  • Effective Monday, May 11, 2020, we will resume a limited bulk item collection.
  • Each resident can place one bulk item at the curb on their regularly scheduled collection day during the month of May (from May 11- May 29).
  • Regular bulk item collection will resume for your community June 1, 2020.
  • A bulk item could include small furniture, carpet, mattress or an appliance.

As we resume bulk collection, residents’ collection times may be later than normal. Waste Management appreciates your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this difficult time, and we thank you for your valued partnership.
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
The Art of Truth: A Writing Class on Creative Nonfiction
Join us as we explore the exciting genre of creative nonfiction. In this online class you can choose to write memoir, essay, biography, epistle, lyric essay, meditation or a combination of several forms. You’ll have the opportunity to share your work in a supportive, encouraging online environment. Here you’ll find motivation and community as you write about real-life experiences. Discovery and camaraderie await you!

As we are in the time of a pandemic, and much is uncertain, this course will use Google Meet so that you can participate from the safety of your own home.

Online class sessions: Sundays at 3:30 pm. June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2.
Cost for all six classes: $60.00.
Instructor: Laura English.

Please register and pay online at Eventbrite.com
Fighting Fake News
Monday, June 15 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fighting Fake News is a hands-on workshop with Lebanon Valley College History Professor, Michael Schroeder. Join us online for a free virtual program that will help you to develop your ferreting-out-fake-news muscle, which is now a civic survival skill and duty. Learn to winnow the grains of truth from the chaff of misinformation, disinformation, fabrications, distortions, and lies that are being used to undermine trust, sow divisions, and foment chaos in our country.

Register online by June 12 to join the Zoom Call. Please make sure you include your email address at registration. The Zoom Link will be sent to you the Sunday before the program.
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 .
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