Derry Township eNews October 5, 2018 
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Hershey Public Library Receives $529,784 Keystone Grant
The Hershey Public Library is one of 27 libraries in the Commonwealth to receive a Keystone grant. The grant will fund a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) family entrance to the library and a reading garden adjacent to the library. In addition, the funding will provide growth in youth services by relocating office and workroom space to expand the children's area and to create a teen space. 

The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund was established by an act of the General Assembly in 1993. The Department of Education, through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development, administers the public library portion of this program, which is funded from a portion of the realty transfer tax. 

Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries and require a dollar-for-dollar match. The Hershey Public Library Endowment Trust and two bequests, the Lescanec and Vanderwal Legacies, are providing the funds for the required match. The availability of these funds speak to the immense benefit charitable contributions can make to the improvement of public library services. 

Construction will commence in 2019 and last approximately six to eight weeks, during which time the library will remain open with minimal disruption to patron services. 

For more information on the improvements, or to learn how to support the Hershey Library Endowment Trust, please contact Laura O’Grady, Director of Library Services, at 717-533-6555, ext. 3715 or  
Bike and Pedestrian Alliance Meeting Scheduled
The Derry Bike and Pedestrian Alliance will meet on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Station, 21 W. Caracas Avenue. The Alliance will discuss bike and pedestrian initiatives.
Shred It Event
Safely dispose of your documents that contain personal information that you no longer need, at this Saturday's Shred It event.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 8:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Public Works facility, 650 Clearwater Road, Hershey. There is a limit of two bags/boxes per household. This event is for Derry Township residents only.
Wednesday is Walk to School Day
The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department, and Derry Township School District are teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country in celebrating National Walk to School Day on  October 10, 2018. 

The public is invited to join  Hershey Bears mascot Coco, the Penn State Nittany Lion, and others  at the Memorial Field parking lot (at Cocoa & Elm) on  October 10  from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. to cheer on the students as they arrive to school. T here will be plenty of time for photos with the mascots. The event will be held rain or shine.

The first 200 students will receive a flashing light donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and all participants will receive a healthy snack.  

Students have a chance to win fun prizes donated by The Chocolate Avenue Grill, Smoked Bar & Grill, Phillip Arthur's Cafe,  and others by taking the pledge .

Walking groups will meet promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the tennis courts on Areba and Homestead. Meet up locations will also be posted online at the Hershey Elementary PTO (K-5) Facebook page.

Visit the Walk to School website for more information.  
Reading the Book - Seeing the Movie - Presentation on the Book Bestseller Cinema
Sunday, October 14, 2:00 p.m., Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue

Bill Wine will talk about the experience of reading a book and then seeing the movie and why people prefer one medium to another. He will analyze the psychological experiences of reading and watching and will discuss the way classic and modern novels have been made into movies.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

The 71st Annual Halloween Parade will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Trick or Treat night will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
"Examining the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; Key Provisions and Planning Strategies"
Steven Ginter, Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley, presents the second program in the financial series. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

The discussion is on "Examining the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; Key Provisions and Planning Strategies". Registration is not required but is appreciated.
Card Making Class Offered at the Hershey Public Library
Meet new friends and enjoy making two handcrafted cards for $6 on Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Two seasonal cards will be made using different stamping techniques with Stampin’ Up! Products. Registration is not necessary for this drop-in class. This program is designed especially for adults and children with an adult companion.
Artemis After Hours
Artemis After Hours will be held on Friday, October 12 at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Participants will assume the jobs of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control of the ship. Together you'll defend the sector from evil aliens.

Sign in to the starship "deck" at 4:00 p.m. ("After Hours" because the program continues after the library closes at 5:00 p.m.). Participants must be 10 or older (4th grade+) and if under the age of 12 must have an adult in the building.
Adults Enjoy a Read Aloud Story Too
Storytime is no longer just for little ones. Back by popular demand at the library is Grown-Up Storytime. Sit back and relax as you enjoy short stories, old and new, that are read aloud to you by Emily Fortney. 

Adult Storytime will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours  - 650 Clearwater Road
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Hershey Partnership Soup Cook-Off
The Hershey Partnership’s 15th Annual Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 2:00 p.m. This fun fall family event will be held at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, 21 W. Caracas Avenue, Hershey. The Hershey Partnership donates a portion of the profits to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company.

Each year 20-50 cooks, both professional and non-professional prepare a wonderful variety of soups to be sampled. The public is invited to vote for their favorites in each category. Tickets are $10 pre-purchased, $12 at the event, and $5 for children 10 years old and under.

Ballots are tallied, and awards are presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. In addition to tasting and voting on the soups, attendees may win one of many door prizes including a grand prize!

Annual Rob Hamilton Memorial Lecture
Reaching out to Keep the Beat
Stephen E. Cyran, MD, Chief Emeritus, Children’s Heart Group, Professor of Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, will be the speaker for this year's Rob Hamilton Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Media Center, Room T2500. 
This lecture, titled Reaching out to Keep the Beat: A journey Through Cardiac Outreach, is being held in conjunction with the Thirteenth Annual Rob Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament which was held on Friday, October 5, 2018. The tournament supports Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute and creates awareness of cardiac sarcoidosis, a life-threatening disease that took Rob's life in 2005. Rob was a prominent local attorney and his sudden death occurred in the absence of any previous cardiac event.

Visit for more information. 
8th Annual Baked with Love INC Pie Auction
Friday, October 12
Love INC invites you to an auction of delectable homemade pie creations and local merchandise and gift certificates. This annual fundraiser and celebration to benefit Love INC (In the Name of Christ) of Greater Hershey will be held Friday October 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hershey Country Club, Picard Grand Pavilion. 

Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a pie walk, fellowship, and friendly bidding at the Silent Auction from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Compete for unique pie entries in the Live Auction from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 through October 7, $30 after October 7. 

Bakers are invited to donate their savory and dessert pie creations on October 11 & 12 . To learn more about Love INC, the Pie Auction, and to purchase tickets, visit
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren
Community Day
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren will hold a Community Day on Saturday, October 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey.

The event will feature presentations by ZooAmerica, the Derry Township Police K9 Unit, and Smokey the Bear. Activities include exploring fire trucks, a teddy bear clinic, games, and much more. There will be free hot dogs and ice cream from Sweet Dawgs.
Wear Your Best Costume to Trunk or Treat
Grace United Methodist Church will hold Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 433 East Main Street, Hummelstown.

This free community event will feature uniquely decorated cars in the parking lot with games or interactive ways to collect your goodies. Bring a bag or container. Also featured will be a fire engine, hot dogs, and a sweet treat from Sweet Dawgs.

Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Hummelstown Food Bank. Commonly needed items include peanut butter, jelly, soups, spaghetti sauce, and Thanksgiving themed goods.

Call the church office at 717-566-2897 for more information.
Hershey Figure Skating Club Holds Harry Potter Halloween Skating Party
Witches, wizards, and muggles of all ages are invited to enjoy the magic of Hershey Figure Skating Club's Harry Potter Halloween Party on Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hersheypark Arena. This Halloween party will feature skating lessons by Hogwarts headmasters followed by a sorting hat party, fun, games, refreshments, and plenty of butter beer! Harry Potter character and Halloween costumes are highly encouraged.

The cost is $25 per skater, skate rental included. Gloves are recommended, and helmets are optional.
Free One-Day Parenting Class
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren is partnering with COBYS Family Services, Day Seven Ministries, Love INC of Greater Hershey, and a local addiction counselor to provide a parenting class that builds and strengthens families. Parents or caregivers of children of all ages are welcome to attend.

This one-day interactive class will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the church, 335 East Areba Avenue, Hershey. Based on your schedule, you may attend either one or all four of the following workshops:

  • Building Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement
  • Parenting in a Porn-is-the-Norm Culture
  • Hope for Families Faced with Addiction

Lunch and child care will be provided. Please visit the church's website, to register, or call the church office at 717-533-7192, or email Space is limited. Register early.
An Afternoon of Wine & Chocolate
Join the Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation and savor the pairings of selected wines and chocolate on Sunday, October 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Purcell Friendship Hall at Milton Hershey School, 109 McCorkle Road, Hershey.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at, or by calling 844-4MORTEL. Dress is casual.
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