Derry Township eNews, November 16, 2018
Current News
Township Manager Christopher Christman and Chairman of the Board Marc Moyer
New Township Manager is Appointed
The Township of Derry Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at their November 13, 2018 meeting to appoint Christopher Christman as the Township Manager to begin on November 26, 2018. Christman will fill the position that became vacant with the retirement of James Negley on November 5.

Christman has 19 years of experience in county and local government and most recently served as the Township Manager of Palmer Township in the Lehigh Valley Region of Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 2011. He earned his Master of Arts in Political Science from Lehigh University and is a graduate of Penn State University, State College, PA.

“We are so pleased to have Chris on board. His experience and proven track record of strong leadership give us a high level of confidence that he will be a perfect fit as Derry Township’s next Manager,” said Supervisor Justin Engle.

Christman and his wife Teena are looking forward to moving to Hershey with their two children, Emily (8) and Elliot (6). He said, “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve this community. I am excited to help this Board achieve its goals and work with a staff that is as accomplished as any I have worked with throughout my career. I am grateful for the confidence and trust our Supervisors have placed in me and I am anxious to get started. I look forward to calling Hershey my home and continuing to make Derry Township a great place to live, work and play.”
Leader Family Commits Support of New Community Center by Naming Senior Center
The Leader family announced it will pledge $400,000 to name the senior center in the new Hershey Community Center in memory of their parents, the late Governor George M. and Mary Jane Leader. 

“We are delighted to pay tribute to our parents by sponsoring the new senior center in their memory. Our parents were in the profession of providing assistance and care for older persons for over 50 years since 1962 so this commitment is a fitting tribute to their contributions both to the Hershey community as well as the senior living profession,” said Michael Leader, CEO and President of Country Meadows Retirement Communities.

The current Mohler Senior Center will move to the Hershey Community Center when its current lease expires in 2020. The center strives to create a welcoming environment for active adults to enjoy fitness classes, educational experiences, social opportunities, and community service projects. With more than 700 members, the Center provides a retreat for about 140 local active adults per day.

Dr. Paul Haidet Helps Hershey Honestly Explore Internal Unconscious Bias
Dr. Paul Haidet was the presenter of a thought-provoking interactive audience exchange on unconscious bias; the social stereotypes that we may hold about certain groups of people that we may not be aware of, at the second event of the Hershey Area All Things Diversity series.

Haidet is a general internist and serves as Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences at the Penn State University College of Medicine. He has published widely on a variety of topics related to teaching, communication, and the humanistic care of patients, and his work has won numerous regional, national, and international awards.

He works directly with medical students and medical residents to help them to understand unconscious bias and to provide them with methods to provide unbiased care to patients.

During the session, Dr. Haidet shared a poem, How To Tell The Truth .

2019 Budget Hearing
A budget hearing has been scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex, 600 Clearwater Road.

The Board of Supervisors will review the projected revenues and expenditures for 2019 and address any other business to be brought before the Board.

The final draft of the budget to be presented will be compiled the week of November 26 and will be available on the Township's website, and on display at the Municipal Complex and the Hershey Public Library on November 28. The budget is anticipated to be adopted at the December 18 Board of Supervisors meeting.
Swim with Santa
Sunday, December 2, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue

The Hershey Recreation Center invites you to come for a swim with Santa Claus at the Hershey Recreation Center. Each child will have an opportunity to meet Santa, play reindeer games, and have a holiday treat, and swim, of course.

The cost is $12 per child, 10 and under. Parent/guardian participation is required. The registration deadline is Friday, November 30 at noon.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

The Township Will Take Your Leaves
The Public Works Department will collect leaves through Friday, December 7. If you have leaves to get rid of, please place them on the street near the curb and follow the guidelines listed below. The collection will likely be behind due to the weather this week.

  • Collection will only be made on streets, not alleys.
  • Foreign material in leaf piles can cause injury to the workers and mechanical breakdown of equipment. Please remove materials such as rocks, toys, boards, tree trimmings, etc.
  • Please trim street trees to a height of 9' above the cartway to allow leaf trucks, school buses, snowplows, and emergency vehicles to pass with ease.
  • Please place basketball nets behind the curb to avoid contact with the leaf picking equipment and snowplows.

Leaves can be beneficial to trees and plants on or near your property. If you live within a wooded area, the leaves from your yard can be placed in the wooded area. The natural leaf litter will deteriorate and enrich the soil with nutrients for maximum root growth.
You can also mound leaves around and over tender perennials and shrubs to provide extra winter insulation and protection.
Friends of the Hershey Public Library Present Woodrow Wilson and the Great War
Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Neill Hartley is president Woodrow Wilson in this captivating and exciting one–man show set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. This fully staged historical presentation will entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

Woodrow Wilson, a former college professor, somehow defied the odds and became President of the United States.
All Together Playing in the Kitchen
Friday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m., Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue

Families with children ages 2-5 are invited to register for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

We will be focusing on all things kitchen and food related. It's a kitchen party! 
Wednesdays are In the Middle
In the Middle is held on Wednesdays!

In the Middle:Writing will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m., at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

This program is for students in grade 6 and higher. This month's theme is National Novel Writing Month. You can sign up at, classroom code CYRVIWQL, to take part in the national writing program as a Hershey Library group, but it is not required.

November is a month for writing. Bring anything you are writing with you to work on.

In the Middle: Creativity will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 3:00 p.m.

Show creativity in a variety of ways with crafts, tech, and film. This month, film and photography will be used to make a book trailer for the novel you've written. Didn't write a novel? No problem - make a book trailer for any book that you like!
Play Days for Families
Friday, November 30, 10:00 a.m., Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue

Families with children ages 2-6 are welcome to register for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
The hours for the Recycling Center changed to the winter schedule on November 5. The Center will not be open on Wednesdays and Saturday's hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through March 9, 2019.
The recycling center will be closed on Friday, November 23.
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 22..
Township offices will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.
Community News and Events
Take the PA Department of Education's School Climate Survey
Derry Township School District is administering the PA Department of Education, Office of Safe Schools “School Climate Survey” and is seeking constituent input. Township residents are encouraged to complete the online survey, providing community insight on the important subject of school climate. School climate is predictive of students’ ability to learn and develop in healthy ways.

To participate in the survey, visit

To access the community portion of the survey, follow the link in the big blue box and, when prompted, enter code 5YXQQL. The survey may be taken once and the window for completion will run through midnight on November 23.
Support the Hershey Food Bank at the Feed the Need Event
The Hershey Food Bank invites you to the Feed the Need fundraising event. This food tasting extravaganza will take place on Sunday, November 18, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Country Club, 1000 E. Derry Road.

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts chefs will prepare mouthwatering culinary selections such as grilled corn and eggplant crepes, root beer braised lamb shanks, and pumpkin cranberry bread pudding with brandy sauce.

Entertainment will include local musical talent and a variety of Live and Silent auctions will be conducted.

Tickets are $80 per person and include a beverage from the bar. Tickets may be purchased at Email for more information.

Volunteers Are Needed

Lend a helping hand at the Food Bank. Volunteers are needed for various tasks during the following times:

1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays before the 3rd Thursday of the Month
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Visit the Food Bank's website,
Hershey Volunteer Fire Department Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner
Last year, the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department held a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. It was an absolute success and a wonderful time. They are hosting again this year at what is sure to be a bigger and better event. Come to share the holiday with them!

No reservations are needed. The fire station is located at 21 W. Caracas Avenue.
PA State Police Museum Presents a Lecture on the Force's History
The Pennsylvania State Police Museum will present a two-hour program from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 1, on the origins and evolution of the State Police Force from 1905-1937. 

The topics to be covered will include, but not be limited to, the infamous Coal & Iron police, the roles played by Teddy Roosevelt and M.S. Hershey, the deaths of the first two Troopers killed in the line of duty, Omar the Belgian Shepherd Medal of Valor recipient, and why the Pennsylvania State Police decided to pick Hershey as the location of their recruit training.
The program will also include a tour of the Museum at no charge.
This program is free to the public and will be held in the Museum’s All-Purpose room. However, space is limited to 60 attendees. Therefore, interested parties should contact the Museum at 717- 534-0565 or email to reserve a seat.
The Museum is located at 187 Police Academy Drive, Hershey.
Christmas Cookie Sale to Support Adults with Disabilities
Saturday, December 15, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 201 Trail Road, Hershey

We invite everyone to come out to Hope Springs Farm to get a start on their Christmas cookie stash. There will be a huge variety of different kinds of cookies for sale. Fill a box for $7! There will also be coffee, tea, crafts, and more.

Farm of Hope Inc. at Hope Springs Farm is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Hope Springs Farm is a day program for adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and Autism. Money raised from these events will improve the programs we are able to deliver to our participants.

Visit for more information.
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