Derry Township eNews, November 30, 2018
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Public Hearing on the Hershey Trust Company's Conditional Use Request for the West End Project is Continued
The Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on Tuesday, November 27 to receive public comment regarding Conditional Use Application No. 2018-01, as filed by Hershey Trust Company, Trustee for Milton
Hershey School.

The applicant has requested conditional use authorization of a Master Plan for the development of a mixed-use community on approximately 245.79 acres of land located south of U.S. Route 322, east of Waltonville Road, west of Bullfrog Valley Road, and north of Wood Road.

The public hearing will be continued on Tuesday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m., at the Derry Township Municipal Complex, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

The conditional use application and supporting information may be viewed at the Derry Township Department of Community Development, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Give a Gift for the Hershey Cocoa Packs Giving Tree Program
Stop by the Hershey Public Library and take a tag from the Giving Tree during the month of December. Each tag provides a gift idea for a local teen to be given through Hershey Cocoa Packs.

Donations are greatly appreciated. Visit The library is located at 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Police Department Raises Funds for Charity
Members of the Derry Township Police d epartment participated in No Shave/Nifty Nails November again this year to raise money for the Joe Allegrini Children's Hero Fund. 

The Derry PD partnered with Lower Paxton Township Police Department in this fundraiser, which allows the men to grow beards and the women to decorate their fingernails. Participation required a donation to the chosen fund. A little more than $4,400 was raised between the two departments. 

The Joe Allegrini Children's Hero Fund supports the Children's Resource Center to teach child victims to speak up against physical and sexual abuse. 
Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter
Pennsylvania American Water explains what homeowners can do to prevent freezing pipes during below-freezing temperatures.

  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.

  • Locate your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.

  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire. Keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation.

  • Allow a small trickle of water to run from the faucet overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.

  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.

  • Shut off the water immediately if the pipes freeze. Don't attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.

  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended.

  • Do not use kerosene heaters or open flames to thaw pipes inside your home.

  • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

Please report water leaks to the customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.
Celebrate the Holiday in Downtown Hershey
Join in the downtown festivities at the annual tree lighting in Downtown Hershey. The holiday fun will include music, cookies, and Santa Claus! The holiday celebration will be held on Friday, December 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at ChocolateTown Square.

Make sure to visit local businesses leading up to the event for extra sweet savings and a chance to win prizes!

The Downtown Hershey Association has partnered with businesses to offer special promotions with a ticket that is punched when you visit participating businesses. Turn in your ticket at the celebration on December 7 for a chance to win gift cards, gift baskets, and products. No purchase is necessary. One ticket per person. Tickets are available at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, the Hershey Public Library and the Hershey Recreation Center, both on Cocoa Avenue, and at participating businesses.

Visit for more information.
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 

Adults Gather for Storytime
Emily Fortney will continue to read the Sherlock Holmes story  The Hound of the Baskerville . Adult Storytime is for audience members 18 and older. Come to the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. to enjoy hearing the story. 
De-stress at the Terrarium Therapy Workshop
Grow your creativity while you bury your stress at the Terrarium Therapy Workshop on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

The cost of the class is $45. Register and pay for the class on Eventbrite.
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.

  • 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.

Leaves can also be placed around and over tender perennials and shrubs to provide extra winter insulation and protection.
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.
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
The Hershey Public Library will not open until noon on Friday, December 7 due to in-service training.
Community News and Events
Shop at the Alternative Gift Market and Make a Difference in the World!
First United Methodist Church, 64 W. Chocolate Avenue, in Hershey, will be hosting an Alternative Gift Market on Sunday, December 2 from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. 

The Alternative Gift Market will allow shoppers to share their abundance with those in need both near and far and will feature a wide variety of mission and outreach ministries from around the world. Featured non-profits include HOPE International, Love INC, Mechanicsburg Home for Children, Mission Central, Family Promise, Someone To Tell It To, Raising Hope Ukraine, Bethesda Mobile Mission, and She’s Somebody’s Daughter. 

After making a donation to any of these worthwhile projects, the shopper will be given an attractive, personalized certificate describing the donation, which can be presented to a loved one. There will also be unique items available for purchase from Raising Hope Ukraine.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done, purchase meaningful alternatives to the usual holiday gifts, and at the same time support life changing ministries from around the world! Live generously and purchase gifts in honor of family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
Hershey Theatre Presents A Charlie Brown Christmas
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they put on their own Christmas play and ultimately discover the true meaning of the season. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a present the whole family can enjoy! 
Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season! 

Performances will be held December 6-9 and December 13-16. For more information, please visit the Playhouse  website .
The LivingWell Institute Invites You to a Christmas Open House
The LivingWell Institute will hold a Christmas Open House on December 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., 20 Valley Road, Hershey. Stop by for a bite, music, and a silent auction. 

The LivingWell is a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and families who are experiencing struggles or want to improve their health through mind, body and spirit resources.  RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, at 717-533-0881.
Scout Troop 203 Holds Open House
In honor of Veteran's Day, Scout Troop 203 in Hershey had the opportunity to hear Lieutenant Colonel Ken Smith. In addition to explaining the parts of a flight suit, he described the types of helicopters he's flown, peacekeeping missions he's been on, and some of the work that's done at Fort Indiantown Gap such as natural disaster responses. 

Youth interested in becoming a part of a Scouting program are invited to attend an open house with Troop 203 on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Hershey,  64 W. Chocolate Avenue.
Hershey Indivisible Two-Year Anniversary Celebration Features Mikhel Harrison, Pennsylvania's Indivisible State Organizer
The Hershey Indivisible Team (HIT) proudly presents Mikhel Harrison, Pennsylvania liaison to the National Indivisible team on Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

In addition to celebrating HIT's second birthday, Harrison will recount the victories achieved over the last two years and share new strategies from the latest version of the Indivisible Guide.

Come early to enjoy a slice of birthday cake and pick up your own copy of the new Indivisible Guide. HIT and RESIST t-shirts will be available to members free of charge while supplies last. Members of the public are invited to attend. Contact Marlene Kanuck, Co-Chair, at
"Step Into Christmas" with the Hershey Figure Skating Club
Hershey Figure Skating Club will present “Step Into Christmas” on Sunday December 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Giant Center. So, put your wrapping aside, enjoy a hot chocolate, and create family memories as you celebrate the season with us. 

Admission and parking are free. Enter the Giant Center on the lower left side, parking pole 143.
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