Derry Township eNews September 14, 2018 
Current News
Operational Analysis of New Community Center to be Presented
The Department of Parks and Recreation has been working with Ballard King Associates to develop an operational analysis for the new Hershey Community Center. The operational analysis will be presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Derry Township Municipal Complex, 600 Clearwater Road.

All interested parties are invited to attend.
Trick or Treat Night to be Held on Halloween
Trick or Treat in Derry Township will be held on Wednesday, October 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hershey Company Thanks the PD
Representatives from the Hershey Company visited the Derry Township Police Department on September 13 as part of their Heartwarming Initiative on the anniversary of Milton Hershey's birth, 161 years ago. 

They expressed their appreciation to the Police Department for their committed service to a community that evolved from Mr. Hershey's vision and support.

Pictured left to right:
Patrick M. O'Rourke, Sr. Director, Security, Law Department, Global Security; Diana Lescallette, CPS, Executive Assistant;
Leigh Horner, VP Corporate Communications and CSR; Todd Scott, Manager Corporate Brand and Editorial;
Terry O'Day, SVP, Chief Product Supply and Technology Officer
PPL Electric Utilities Prepares for Impact of Hurricane Florence
PPL is preparing for Hurricane Florence and is bolstering available manpower to respond to potential power outages from the storm.
Safety is always the top priority at PPL Electric Utilities. We encourage our customers to be prepared.
  • Stay away from downed wires and always assume they are energized.
  • Call 1-800-DIAL-PPL immediately to report downed wires. Keep others and pets away from the wires.
  • Locate generators far away from buildings and never operate them in an enclosed space.
  • Prepare a storm kit. Gather the supplies you'll need for a prolonged outage, including flashlights, batteries, canned food, bottled water, medication, a first aid kit, and pet food, if needed.
  • Charge your cell phones, tablets, laptops and  back-up battery packs.
  • If you rely on medical equipment or have special personal needs, plan what you would do in the event of an extended power outage at your home. 
*More detailed information on staying safe in storms can be found on PPL’s website at .

Power outages can be reported through the following:

  • Online at our mobile-friendly site:
  • Call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775)
  • Text “Outage” to TXTPPL (898775)

PPL Alerts keep customers up to date on power outages and estimated restoration times. Customers can choose to be notified by email, phone, text, or all three.

  • View our mobile-friendly outage map for info on your specific power outage, by searching via address or viewing the google map. The map contains estimated restoration times and repair status when that information becomes available.

Please note that exact estimated restoration times may not be available for some power outages until crews have had a chance to assess the damage. As soon as estimates are available, they will be posted on the outage map and included in the alert message.  
Derry Township to Begin Roadwork on US 422 (Chocolate Avenue) and US 322 (Governor Road)
If you did not catch this article on two important road projects in last week's edition of the eNews, click here to read it on the Township's website.
Last Minute Registrations Accepted for Tonight's Special Fundraiser at the Hershey Recreation Center
The public is invited to attend a special fundraising event inside the empty outdoor pool to help raise money for the new Hershey Community Center.
Adult Swim: Last Call  will be held tonight, Friday, September 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature food and drinks donated by area businesses including Devon, Houlihan’s, Chocolate Avenue Grill, Smoked, The Hershey Pantry, Primanti Brothers, Woo de La Kitchen, Café on Cocoa, Tröegs, Hidden Still, The Vineyards at Hershey and Snitz Creek Brewery.
A DJ will be playing music from 1963 to the present and attendees will get a chance to look at historic photos of the recreation center and designs for the proposed community center.
The event is $100 per person and contributions are tax-deductible. In addition, tickets will be sold at the door. 
Friends of the Hershey Public Library to Present Children's Program
 Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Plants
The Manada Conservancy will present a program for children in grades K-5 on Sunday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn about riparian buffers and why they are important to our community. Then take a walk to the riparian buffer in front of the library to learn about the hard-working plants that grow there.

Registration is not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Are Your Gardens in Need of a Good Clean Up
Yard waste will be collected September 17-21.

An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbside and should be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m.

Items must be in a container no bigger than 32 gallons or in a “Kraft” bag no heavier than 50 lbs. Branches and tree limbs must not exceed 3″ in diameter, must be cut to 4′ in length, bundled and secured by rope or twine and must not be heavier than 50 lbs.

Grass clippings are NOT to be collected under this program and are to be treated as solid waste. Call Waste Management at 1-800-634-4595 for additional information.

Girls Who Code
Computer Science Program
Girls Who Code will be offered at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on T uesday, September 18 from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Girls in grades 6-12 use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. The program is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. Activities are planned for girls with no computer science experience to college-level introductory concepts.

The broad set of soft and hard skills to be taught include teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditionals, and loops.
Teens! Create Your Own Superhero Character at Next Week's In the Middle Event
Wednesday, September 19, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Teens in grades six and higher are invited to the Hershey Public Library for In the Middle, themed writing. This month's theme is superheroes. Put your writing muscles to work to write, draw, and set a comic. Comic sheets will be provided or make the blocks on your own. 
Students - Learn How to Set and Achieve Your Goals
Ready, Set, Goal - Adulting for Teens, will be held on Thursday, September 20, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

This program, as part of the library's Adulting series, will focus on setting and achieving goals. Take part in projects and exercises that will teach you invaluable skills to assist you in reaching your goals this school year.

The program will be instructed by Kathleen Frascona. We promise it will be fun!
Play is Important Business at the Library
Play Days for Families will be held on Friday, September 21 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Families with children ages three to six are invited to participate in an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practices of early literacy, talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours  - 650 Clearwater Road
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Join Hershey Area Playhouse for a Walk-a-Thon
Hershey Area Playhouse is hosting its second annual walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 16 (rain date - Sept. 23), from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Come out and walk a 5,000-step course and stay for the post-walk celebration. Prizes to be awarded to the walkers with the highest donations will include a Fitbit Charge II fitness counter, mini drone, and pair of tickets to the Playhouse.

Register and learn more here .

If you can't walk on the 16th, you can still participate. Register and email us a shot of your fitness counter showing your 5,000 steps. Our online registration system collects the donations for you and sends a receipt to donors.

Sign up to support the Playhouse today!
Hershey Symphony Orchestra Announces 50th Season
The Hershey Symphony opens its 50th season on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Hershey Theatre with "A Tribute to John Williams - Part 2".

The concert brings a second helping of possibly the world’s best known and beloved composer, John Williams. The Symphony’s 2016 Williams tribute concert was so well received that the Orchestra was compelled to do this sequel featuring more of his 100+ film themes.

Audience members will relive the magic of Harry Potter, the emotions of E.T., the deep feelings of Saving Private Ryan, the suspense of Jaws and, of course, the excitement of Star Wars. Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will be featured on John Williams’ Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra. Special guest conductor for this concert will be Gregory Woodbridge.

Tickets range from $17 to $22 and may be purchased by contacting the Hershey Theatre Box Office at 717-534-3405. Processing fees apply.

Visit for more information on the Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary season.
Event to Help Children with Aids
The American Foundation for Children with Aids will hold an event on Saturday, October 6 at the Graybill Barn at Wind in the Willows in Grantville, 35 Webster School Road from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Jabulani, a community wine festival, will feature wine from six Pennsylvania wineries, music by Emmanuel Nsingani and Cormorant's Fancy, handmade arts and crafts, and more.

The event will be held rain or shine. Help us to celebrate a brighter future for all! Visit, and our event page at
Come to Hear the Beautiful Sounds of Silver, Wood & Ivory at Derry Church
The two-person orchestra known as Silver, Wood and Ivory will perform original instrumental arrangements on flute, Celtic harp, and piano at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 in the sanctuary at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. 

The concert opens the church’s 2018-19 Arts Alive cultural series. A free will offering will be received. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available. 

Tracy Dietrch, flutist, and Cindy Keller Witttenberg, pianist, the two musicians who founded Silver, Wood & Ivory, return to Derry Church to perform easy listening music on their assortment of 19 flutes and recorders, piano and Celtic harp. Their performance is a tapestry of music that stirs the soul.

Tracy and Cindy have been performing together ever since they met in 2000 at Manor Church in Mountville. Silver, Wood and Ivory have just finished recording their 15th CD called “Imagine.” 

Visit the  Silver, Wood & Ivory website to learn more about Dietrch and Wittenberg and their music. 
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