Derry Township eNews - November 13, 2020
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from November 10th, 2020 on the Township YouTube channel.
Derry Township Supervisors 2021 Budget Hearing
The public is invited to attend the Derry Township Board of Supervisors 2021 Budget Hearing on Tuesday, November 17th at 5:30 p.m. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
Creating a Welcoming Community for Veterans
Hershey Area All Things Diversity marked Veterans Day by talking to three local veterans who discussed their experiences serving our country, as well as returning home. They provided a unique perspective for community members who have not served in the military and may not be familiar with the difficulty of this transition, or know how to respond to someone suffering from PTSD. Watch the conversations with Veterans Tom Fosnacht, Jan Yupcavage and Lt. Tim Roche, who also serves the Derry Township Police assistant chief of police.
Don't throw your leaves away
Although falling leaves may seem like a nuisance, try to consider them as a valuable resource provided free by nature. Leaves, with some patience but very little effort on your part, can be turned into an excellent soil amendment or mulch that you do not have to buy.

Spotted Lanternfly Season Update
When putting lanternfly tape around trees, take an extra step to put chicken wire or small gauge wire over the exposed tape. We received many calls about bats, birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, baby owls, snakes, and other wildlife getting stuck to the tape on the trees. This tape is so sticky that the animal ultimately ends up dying from the stress of being stuck, or suffers wounds and loss of feathers, fur, or skin and could lead to euthanasia. 

Guidelines for how to properly protect these animals from such tape can be found at this link.

If you have any questions regarding proper tape use, please feel free to reach out to Bob Piccolo from Public Works, 717-533-2057, OPT 4, or https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly for further information.
Reminder: Township Yard Waste Center Hours
The Derry Township Yard Waste Center is now operating under “Winter Hours” as of November 02, 2020.
  • Monday - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday- 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Township Events
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Join Us at The Library
Friends Pop-Up Book Sale
The sale operates during regular library hours in the hallway to Meeting Room 2. Pop-Up Sales highlight different merchandise each week and follow strict protective protocols for customers and library patrons. Please wear a mask or a face covering at the library and at the book sale.  

Nov. 9-14: Cookbooks. Saturday sale: 3 books for the price of 1. 
Nov. 16-20: DVDs and CDs 
Nov. 30 – Dec. 5: Holiday Extravaganza: Assortment of holiday books, CDs, DVDs, etc. 
The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities
Sunday, November 15 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Matthew Duman presents an illustrated virtual lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament history and humor these campuses have to offer. Please register online to join a Friends virtual program. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to Zoom. 
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, November 18 - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to register online to join LEGO Club. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share a short story or lesson and then participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the weekly challenge. 
Utility News
Sand Hill Road closure update for PPL underground transmission line project
Sand Hill Road between Forest Avenue and Cherry Drive will remain closed continuously, including this weekend, as PPL works on an underground transmission line project in this area. Local traffic will still be able to access the road, but all other motorists should follow the detour signs. Work in the section of Sand Hill Road requiring the continuous closure should be completed late next week.
 
Previous information from PPL incorrectly stated this section of Sand Hill would be open to traffic at night and on the weekend. PPL apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused.
 
Crews will be working on Sand Hill this Saturday, Oct. 31, to recover time lost to inclement weather. Crews will leave the work area by 5:30 p.m. to avoid conflicts with Trick-or-Treat in the township.
 
After the portion of the project requiring the continuous road closure is completed, PPL will continue its work on Sand Hill Road between Forest Avenue and Cherry Drive, with road closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., until sometime in mid-November.

For more information about upcoming work, please visit PPL's Hershey Project website and read the October 2020 Hershey Project Update. If you have questions, please email HersheyProject@pplweb.com.
Community News and Events
Love your neighbors by donating items at our “Pop-Up Community Drive”!
Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033 - First UMC “porch” next to alley (rear of church)

Pop-Up Community Drive Collections:

Bethesda Mission: Collection of boxes of stuffing for their Annual Food Drive

Hershey Food Bank: Collection of non-
perishable food items. Most needed items: tuna, canned meats, baked beans, canned peas, peanut butter, canned pasta sauce, bagged rice, bagged noodles, and catsup.
HVFD's 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner
The Hershey Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Each meal will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and a roll. The same great food as in year's past, prepared by the Volunteers of the HVFD.

Please Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, all meals are being served "To Go" and available as "drive-thru only" at the firehouse.

Serving Time is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cocoa Packs Presents
We are excited to announce that we will again be hosting Cocoa Packs Presents! This event provides Cocoa Packs families with a few presents to brighten their children’s spirit during the holidays. Love wins when our community comes together! 

To request a Cocoa Packs Presents Collection Box, please contact cocoapackspresents@gmail.com.

WAYS TO HELP
  • Donate new, trending, unwrapped toys
  • Donate funds directly to Cocoa Packs via check, Venmo, or PayPal - please enter “CP Presents” in the memo line (100% of the donation is used towards purchasing gifts)
  • Join us in one of the upcoming community events to raise funds and support our local businesses at the same time!
  • Purchase a limited edition, 2020 Cocoa Packs Presents ornament for $10 located at Knock Knock Boutique. All profits ($5) go towards the purchase of gifts 
Hershey Area Playhouses Theatre Academy offers winter session
Hershey Area Playhouse is pleased to offer their winter session for students in grades 1 to 12. The program will run from January 9 to February 27, with the majority of the classes taking place virtually. Depending on health conditions at the time, the final two classes may be held in person, adhering to social distance guidelines and other CDC-recommended safety protocols.
 
Registration information can be found at the Playhouse website www.hersheyareaplayhouse.com in the Theatre Academy section. For other questions, contact Jill Panyard at jillpanyard@gmail.com.
"Stuff the Truck" at Karns
On Saturday, November 21, Derry Township Community Cats is sponsoring “Stuff the Truck” - a supplies and donation drive - at Karns Food Store, 731 Cherry Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The community is invited to donate the following cat care items to put in our truck in front of Karns: paper towels, Purina cat chow, Purina kitten chow, Fancy Feast or Friskies wet food, and Yesterday’s News cat litter. (Karns will have all of these items available for purchase). Karns gift cards and monetary donations are also greatly appreciated! This event helps to provide our program supplies for the upcoming year.
 
DTCC provides no cost trap, neuter and return (TNR) services for free roaming cats in Derry Township and low cost spay/neuter services for owned cats. The next two clinics for TNR are on November 10 and December 8. For owned cats, you will need to contact us three or four months in advance to get an appointment. For more information, visit www.derrytownshipcats.org or call the cat line at 717-592-8087.
Feed the Need 2020 Goes Virtual
Feed the Need, the largest annual fundraiser for The Hershey Food Bank since 2012 will take place virtually this year. Not surprisingly, the number of families who rely on the services that the food bank provides has grown during the pandemic. Because Feed the Need cannot take place in-person this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, two virtual wine and food pairings will be offered instead. Carrie Elliott Reese, professional sommelier, will host a Wine and Cheese pairing, and a Wine and Chocolate pairing on Sunday, November 15th and December 6th, respectively. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds go directly to The Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach. Tickets are available now. For more information about each event: https://feedtheneed2020winecheese.bpt.me
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Susan Steadman at steadmanhome@comcast.net if interested. Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Loving Our Community Auction
Love In the Name of Christ (INC) of Greater Hershey, a non-profit Christian outreach organization, is hosting the first online Loving Our Community Auction beginning November 9, 2020 and running through November 15, 2020. Approximately one hundred auction items will be featured including local art, one-of-a-kind jewelry, gift baskets, homemade pies, and gift cards for community restaurants and businesses. Services like acupuncture, an eye exam, doggie daycare, dog boarding, even swimming lessons will be available for bid. All proceeds from the auction benefit the ministries of Love INC serving residents of the Hershey-Hummelstown area who are in need. In addition to raising funds, other goals of the auction include increased awareness of Love INC and highlighting local businesses. Visit loveincgreaterhershey.org for more information. Questions may be directed to the Love INC office at 717-835-0101.
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