Derry Township eNews - October 16, 2020
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from October 13th, 2020 on the Township YouTube channel.
Police Chief Warner Featured on abc27 Finding Hope Series
Derry Township Police Chief Garth Warner was recently featured on abc27's segment, "Finding Hope Together" series.
 
Thanks for caring so much about our community, Chief! 
 
Helpful Voter Links
The deadline to register to vote in the 2020 election is October 19. Visit http://votespa.com to learn how to register!
 
If you plan to vote in person, please check your polling place as some have changed, click Here.
 
If you would like to request a mail-in ballot, visit this website. Please note that mail-in ballot applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. the Tuesday before an election – October 27 for the General Election.
 
If you already requested a mail-in or absentee ballot, you can check on the status of your ballot here.
 
Important Instructions for In-Person and Mail Voting
Whether you plan to vote in person or by mail, there are new details you should know to be prepared. Please visit the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections website for information. 
 
For more information, please check this helpful FAQ from the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections.
Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey
Dauphin County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The HMP will analyze the hazards faced by the County and Derry Township, its residents, and businesses, and will identify a strategy for minimizing the vulnerability to these hazards. You can find out more about the HMP and the planning process here: https://www.dauphincountyhmp.com/. We encourage all residents and visitors of the County to provide input into the planning process. We have developed a short survey about the County and the risks it faces. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey and otherwise participate in this important endeavor. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DauphinCountyHMP. Thank you for your participation in this planning effort!
Stop This Invader!
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect from Asia currently found in southeastern Pennsylvania, and sightings have been reported in some neighboring states. For more information about this pest and how to Identify, Destroy, and Report please read this flyer on the subject.
Reminder: Township Yard Waste Center Hours
The Derry Township Yard Waste Center is still operating under “Summer Hours” until November 02, 2020.

Summer Hours:
Monday & Wednesday- 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Winter Hours (beginning 11/2):
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
Disc Golf Tournament at Shank Park
Saturday, October 31st (rain date – Sunday, November 1st)

Whether you’re a beginner/novice (6th grade – adult) or an advanced player, this event is for you!  The Joy of Sports Foundation, Derry Township Parks & Recreation and Hershey Area Disc Golf present our first Annual ‘SPOOK-TACULAR’ Doubles Disc Tournament.

There will be two divisions for this non-sanctioned event:

Beginners Tournament
  • Registration @ 11:15 am
  • Disc Golf Clinic 11:30- 12:30
  • Tournament Play 1-3:00pm
  • Fun Prizes 6th Grade & Above
  • $15 Registration fee

Advanced Play
  • Registration 8:00 am
  • Tournament Play - 2 Rounds
  • 9 - 11:00 am & 1- 3:00 pm
  • Cash Prizes
  • $25 Registration fee

For more information or to register, click this link.
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Join Us at The Library
Curbside Pickup Service
Beginning on Monday, October 5, the Hershey Public library offers a Curbside Pickup service. Pickups are available Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Place a reservation on an available item (on the shelf) by calling the library at 717-533-6555 or send an email to library@derrytownship.org and schedule a date/time to pick up. There is a 10-item limit for Curbside Pickup.
Friends Pop-Up Book Sale! Now until December 5
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. Thank you. Each of the Pop-Up Sales will continue for a week, followed by a three-for-one or five-for-one sale on the highest priced item on Saturday. Saturday, October 16 is the final day for puzzles and games. 
The schedule is as follows:
Oct. 12-17: puzzles and games
Oct. 19-24: regular-sized paperbacks
Oct. 26-31: hardback books and audiobooks
Nov. 2-7: children’s paperback books and board books
Nov. 9-14: cookbooks
Nov. 16-20: DVDs and CDs
Nov. 30 – Dec. 5: Holiday Extravaganza: Assortment of holiday books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Customers can pay by cash, check, or credit card. For more information, contact the Hershey Public Library at 717- 533-6555 and visit the library's website at www.hersheylibrary.org
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, October 21 - 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+. 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. Register on the Events Calendar at www.hersheylibrary.org
Intermediate to Advanced Photoshop Class
Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, October 24

In this virtual class, Bryson Leidich will teach essential tools to achieve better image processing. Bryson will demonstrate the use of layers and masks, corrections to color, density and saturation, and stacking images for depth of field. Register online on the library’s Events Calendar at www.hersheylibrary.org
Finding Life on Other Worlds
Sunday, October 18 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Robert Naeye asks, are we alone or do we share our solar system and galaxy with other forms of life? And how widespread are advanced civilizations with whom we could communicate? Right now, we don't have answers to these profound questions. But scientists are in hot pursuit. Technology searching for life on other worlds has reached a level of maturity where the first definitive evidence of extraterrestrial life could come to the very near future. Register online to join this virtual program on the library’s Events Calendar at www.hersheylibrary.org. For anyone age 14 and older.
Open Mic @ the R.G.
Friday, October 23 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Come along to the Reading Garden for some socially distant live music. We will be hanging outside and listening to some local musicians share their talent. Please bring your chairs, masks, evening snacks and a blanket if there's a chill. We will be asking everyone to sit socially distant, wear a mask, and respect everyone around them. Enjoy the music. No registration required.
Community News and Events
Drive-through prescription drug take-back events planned
Penn State Health will host drive-through prescription drug take-back events at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. People may drop off their unwanted, unneeded or expired medication for safe disposal at the following locations:

  • Academic Support Building, 90 Hope Drive, Hershey (on the Hershey Medical Center campus)
  • Penn State Health Medical Group—Nyes Road, 121 N. Nyes Road, Harrisburg
  • Penn State Health Medical Group—Palmyra, 941 Park Drive, Palmyra

Needles and syringes will also be accepted. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The events aim to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. These events are being held in partnership with the Derry Township, Lower Paxton Township and North Londonderry Township police departments. They’re among several nationwide coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Medications, needles and syringes cannot be accepted before 10 a.m.
Help Feed Local Families in Need and Support Program for Adults with Disabilities
  • Hope Springs Farm will hold a Drive Thru Chicken Bar-B-Que fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th from 11:00am-2:00pm.
  • We have partnered with Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region to distribute meals to local families in need. Community members can purchase a chicken dinner for themselves, and if they can, purchase a special ticket "To Feed the Hungry"
  • For $12 you will receive 1/2 BBQ Chicken, baked potato, apple sauce, roll and butter, a bag of chips, and a drink.
Pop-Up Community Drive Collection
First United Methodist Church in Hershey invites you to drop off drive-through donations via the alley drop-off site rear of church on Saturday, October 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. The church is located at 64 West Chocolate Avenue, next to ChocolateTown Square. 
 
Just pull up and let volunteers unload your donations: 
 
Hershey Food Bank: Collection of non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving: Pumpkin 15 oz cans, Turkey or chicken stove top stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Turkey gravy packs or jars, Pineapple (cans), Paper Towels, Pasta items
Mission Central: Blessing kits for the homeless. Items needed: new men’s socks, reusable water bottles (metal or plastic), travel size shampoos and conditioners, small notebooks (around 4"x5") with pens, Chapstick lip balm
Family Promise: Giant gift cards to help homeless families 
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