Derry Township eNews, November 17, 2017
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Supervisors Move Forward with the Schematic Design for a New Hershey Community Center

The Board of Supervisors authorized the execution of an agreement with Kimmel Bogrette Architecture and Site Inc. for the schematic design phase for the proposed Hershey Community Center. The schematic design phase will include architectural and sitework design, input from electrical and mechanical engineers, and an aquatic consultant. A decision on the size of the pool, 25-meter, or 50-meter, has not been made.

The Township will secure a line of credit in which interest will be paid only on the funds that are drawn down. The maximum amount of interest to be paid in 2018 is $33,000 and has been included in the 2018 operating budget.
Closed Section of the Jonathan Eshenour Trail to Open for Use Saturday

Repairs have been made to the Jonathan Eshenour Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail between Stoney Run Road and Shank Park. The Township is grateful to the Jonathan Eshenour Foundation for funding the cost of the repairs.
Downtown Hershey Lights Up on December 1st 

Hershey’s annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, December 1 in ChocolateTown Park at 6:00 p.m. This festive event is sure to raise your holiday spirit with musical performances, hot cocoa and cookies, and Santa! Visit for event details.
Discuss Your Christmas Wish List Over Lunch
With Santa

The Hershey Recreation Center invites you to play holiday games, make a craft, and have lunch with Santa on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will include a sandwich, chips, fruit, drink, and cookies. The cost is $12 per child (ages 1 and up) and $10 per accompanying adult.

Please register by Friday, December 1. Parent/guardian participation is required.
Come and Create at the Library's Block Party!
Friday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to come to play with the library's universal wooden blocks and play sets from Lakeshore Learning. There are over 300 blocks in 25 shapes. Build a tower, a neighborhood, or create your own design! The project is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Township Meetings and Events

Holiday Hours

Township offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24.  

The Hershey Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed on Thursday, November 23.

The Recycling Center will be closed on Friday, November 24.
Leaf Collection
Leaf collection is scheduled to end on December 4, but may be extended based on the weather and quantity of leaves.
Library and Recycling Center Hours of Operation
Community News and Events
Hershey All Things Diversity Presents Navigating the Generations: Creating an Inclusive Community
for All Ages

The second session in the Hershey All Things Diversity series Navigating the Generations: Creating an Inclusive Community for All Ages will be presented on Monday, November 20, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Lynette Chappell-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine will be the presenter. The U.S. now has six living generations, and each has its own attributes based on their collective experiences. Recognizing the needs and interests of each age group helps our community develop strategies to create a more inclusive environment for all, regardless of age. This session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the general characteristics of each of the age groups and to brainstorm inclusive strategies for the different generations.

The session will be held on the main level of The Hershey Story located at 63 West Chocolate Avenue. A light supper and dessert will be provided to attendees. The educational sessions are organized by the Township, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. The sessions are free and seating is limited.  Advance registration is required.
Make Your ExtraGive Donation Today to Benefit the Students of Vista School in Hershey
ExtraGive, this region’s largest 24-hour Day of Giving is today. Please GiveExtra to the Vista School and join us at The Mill in Hershey, 810 Old West Chocolate Avenue, for an ExtraGive, ExtraHappy Hour from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and get $2 off your drink purchase with email confirmation of your donation.

Thank for believing in the unique potential of students with autism!     
Join the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company for Thanksgiving Dinner

The Hershey Volunteer Fire Company invites the community to dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Gather for a feast and give thanks together.

There will be three sittings:

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2:30 4:00 p.m.
Dickens A Christmas Carol to be Presented by Hershey Area Playhouse

Join us to celebrate the holidays November 30 - December 3, and December 7 - 10, with “A Christmas Carol!" It’s the time of year we all need to be reminded of Dickens' redeeming message. This year Rick Farr’s light and lovely songs will be added to John Mortimer's version to create a play with incidental music. A large cast of characters will grace the Playhouse stage with 19th century costumes and speech. Always a delightful retreat during the holidays.

November 30 - December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
December 3 at 2:00 p.m.
December 7 - December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
December 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Hershey Community Chorus Announces Christmas Concert
The Hershey Community Chorus will present its Christmas Concert, "Gloria Hallelujah" on Friday, December 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, located at 64 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, and again on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 West Main Street, Hummelstown. 

The chorus is under the direction of James Hoffmann. The program will feature both sacred and secular selections. Dan Umholtz is the guest musician for the concerts.

Admission is $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for students 6 to 11 years of age and seniors over 65. Children under the age of 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased by sending an email to, calling 717-508-4400 and at the concert.
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