Derry Township eNews - October 30, 2020
Current News
Daylight Savings Time Ends
At 2 a.m. on the morning of Sunday November 1st it'll be time to set clocks back an hour, marking the end of Daylight Savings Time. We'll remain in standard time until Sunday March 14, 2021.
Make your Vote Count:
Helpful Election Day Tips
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3 and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you plan to vote in person, please check your polling place as some have changed. Please note that there is a new voting system in place of the old voting machines. You may bring your own blue or black pen to your polling place to fill out your ballot. Read more about the new process.
  
If you already requested a mail-in or absentee ballot, you can check on the status of your ballot here. If you see your ballot as pending, it means that your ballot has not yet been scanned. If you are concerned that your ballot has not been received, you may contact the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections at 717-780-6360 to check the status of your ballot. In the event that your ballot has not been received, you may vote by provisional ballot at your regular polling place. If you requested a mail-in ballot and have now decided that you want to vote in person, you may do so but you must bring your unfilled ballot and the envelopes to your polling place and turn those in to the election official.
 
If you have not yet mailed your ballot, please do so before Election Day. Your ballot must be postmarked by November 3 to be counted.
 
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 additional information, please check this helpful FAQ from the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections.
Derry Township Recognizes Milestone Service Anniversaries
The Township of Derry thanks the following employees for their many years of service and dedication to their positions. We appreciate their commitment to serving the residents and guests of our community. 

Employee Service Recognition
5 Years
Julie Brnik, Library
Daniel Campbell, Public Works
Rosemary Fenyves, Library
Michael Lawrence, Police CSO
Kevin Leiss, Police
Christopher Miller, Police CSO
Dylan Rhodes, Public Works
Amy Walker, Parks & Recreation
Anna Whitmoyer, Police

10 Years
Heather Mahraj, Library
Bryan Walters, Police
15 Years
Robert Bennett, Police
David Rode, Police

20 Years
Marc Breckenmaker, Police
Leslie Fuller, Police
Jason Rode, Police

25 Years
Cheryl Lontz, Finance

30 Years
Thomas Clark, Public
Kevin Trowbridge, Public Works
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
Watch the Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting from October 30th, 2020 on the Township YouTube channel.
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 https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly for further information.
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
Derry Township Trick-or-Treat Night
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you plan to participate in Trick-or-Treat, the Derry Township Police Department asks that you please be safe and smart. Here are some simple tips for kids, parents, and homeowners to follow. Have fun!
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
Friends Pop-Up Book Sale
The sale operates during regular library hours in the hallway to Meeting Room 2. The Pop-Up Sales will 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. 

The schedule is as follows: 
Oct. 26-31: hardback books and audiobooks. $3 per item. (Saturday sale: 3 for the price of 1.) 
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. 
Mummy at the Mystery Mansion
Saturday, October 31 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Register online for this Friends virtual children’s program. Talewise (formerly Sciencetellers) presents the story of Frankie and Casey visiting their uncle for his annual Halloween party, only to find out that a creepy Mummy has been scaring everyone away! Join them on their adventure to unravel the mystery of the mummy! This virtual program will be presented on Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants.
Financial Literacy Challenge
November 1 to December 31

Work through the Financial Literacy Challenge and improve habits, understanding and skill when dealing with your financial health. This online challenge is for children in grades 6-12, and for adults. Learn from Podcasts and complete activities. Register through Beanstack
Watercolor Magic II
Tuesdays: November 3, 10 and 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Marie Gamon from the Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) teaches a virtual class on how to build on the skills and experiments from the Magic I class. Experimenting with salt, pens, and some other media that can enhance your work. If you are new to watercolor and have been experimenting on your own, you also are welcome. If you have had more experience with Watercolor, this class is especially for you. Please register online on the HAAA website at https://www.hersheyart.org
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, November 4 at 3:45 p.m. 

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to register online to join LEGO Club. King Tut Day. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. 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.
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 HersheyProject@pplweb.com.
Community News and Events
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 www.manada.org/events. Contact the Conservancy office at 717-566-4122 if assistance or additional information is needed.
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 loveincgreaterhershey.org for more information. Questions may be directed to the Love INC office at 717-835-0101.
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