Derry Township eNews - November 6, 2020
Current News
Derry Township Police Dispatch Transfers to County on November 9th
Derry Township will transfer radio and Computer Aided Dispatching from the current police dispatch center at the Derry Township Police Department (DTPD) to Dauphin County Department of Public Safety (DCDPS) on Monday, November 9, 2020.

In this new arrangement, all current services provided will remain in place, but will be divided between DTPD and DCDPS. People in need of police, fire, or emergency medical services should call 9-1-1. All emergency calls will be handled through the County dispatch center, which has been the case for many years.
DTPD will still maintain a reception/call center where people can make non-emergency calls and calls to specific officers. Non-emergency calls will be routed to the appropriate officer(s) to handle. The Reception/Call Center will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Outside of those days and times, calls to the non-emergency phone line at (717-534-2202) will be forwarded to DCDPS when needed.
The Derry Township Police Department also has online reporting available through its website at for those wishing to report certain types of non-emergency incidents.
Both DTPD and DCDPS will work together to continue to provide safety and service to the community, visitors, and the officers and employees of Derry Township. 
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the next Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, November 10th 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.
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 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
Hershey Area All Things Diversity Schedules Veterans Day Program
Hershey Area All Things Diversity invites the community to its special Veterans Day program, Creating a Welcoming Community for Veterans, on November 11, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
The virtual event will be livestreamed on the Derry Township YouTube channel. The program is free to attend but registration is requested to receive notifications about future programs. Register here: 

The panel will include local veterans who will discuss their experiences serving our country, as well as returning home. They will provide 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 or other issues. 
Hershey Area All Things Diversity is a free series of programs to create awareness, and promote acceptance and inclusion in our community. It is coordinated by Derry Township, The Hershey Story Museum, Derry Township School District, Milton Hershey School, The Hershey Company, Penn State Health and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Township facilities will be closed on November 11th for the observance of Veteran's Day.
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. 2-7: Children’s paperback books and board books. Saturday sale: 5 for the price of the highest priced item. 
Nov. 9-14: Cookbooks 
Nov. 16-20: DVDs and CDs 
Nov. 30 – Dec. 5: Holiday Extravaganza: Assortment of holiday books, CDs, DVDs, etc. 
Kyle Carey Presents Scottish/Gaelic Songs
Sunday, November 8 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kyle has released three full-length albums, her most resent is “The Art of Forgetting.” Her music is a unique fusion of Appalachian and Celtic music she likes to call “Gaelic Americana.” Please register online to join a Friends virtual program. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to Zoom. 
Blood Drive
Wednesday, November 11 - 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please call the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 1-800-771-0059 to schedule an appointment at the library. Walk-ins might have to wait while appointments are taken care of. Please bring ID with you to donate. Covid-19 Antibody Testing is available in November with each successful blood donation. A mask or a face covering is required.
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. 
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
Community News and Events
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.
Mysterious Creature of Penn’s Woods
November 10, 7:00pm

Manada Conservancy will host a free, online program November 10 about the Allegheny Woodrat, a tiny, secretive creature that lives in remote rocky habitat in Pennsylvania. DCNR Forestry wildlife biologist Aura Stauffer will discuss the natural history of the woodrat as well as efforts to study and conserve this threatened native woodland packrat. To receive the link to the program, register at Contact the Conservancy office at 717-566-4122 if assistance or additional information is needed.
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

  • 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 Playhouse hosts Give Back to Broadway workshop with Hello Dolly’s Jane Brockman Shew and Tim Shew
Hershey Area Playhouse announces the next in its series of unique workshops, partnering with professionals who are currently displaced by the closing of Broadway. The Give Back to Broadway workshops pair the Playhouse with professionals from the Great White Way to benefit both.

Up next, on Monday, November 16 at 7 pm, international stage actors—and Hershey residents when they are not on tour—Jane Brockman Shew and Tim Shew will be sharing career highlights, tips for budding dramatic youth, and more. This power couple has starred in Les Misérables (Tim), Wicked (Jane), and together in the most recent tour of Hello Dolly.

Tickets to participate in the live workshop are $10, benefiting the actors and the Playhouse. If you cannot make the live event, it will be available to stream during the month of November and December.

To register for the Give Back to Broadway workshop, visit
"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 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:
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Susan Steadman at 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 for more information. Questions may be directed to the Love INC office at 717-835-0101.
Township Publications
Derry Township Newsletters
Sign up to receive the library's monthly newsletter directly here.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes 
If you have a community news event that you would like to share in the township eNews, email it to

Please note that listings should be related to local events. Submissions should be no more than a few sentences and include a link to a website with more information. Events determined to be discriminatory, controversial, negative, or offensive to other persons or organizations, or which promote organizations engaging in such conduct will not be included.