Derry Township eNews September 21, 2018 
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Michele Buck, President and CEO of The Hershey Company and Honorary Chairperson for the Hershey Community Center Capital Campaign
Hershey Community Center Capital Campaign Kicks Off with Leadership Support from The Hershey Company
The new Hershey Community Center is one step closer to reality thanks to The Hershey Company’s generous commitment of $1,000,000.

The pledge was announced by The Hershey Company CEO, Michele Buck, at a special fundraising event, Adult Swim: Last Call, held inside the empty outdoor pool at the recreation center.

Buck serves as the honorary chairperson for the five-million-dollar capital campaign which kicked off with approximately 170 supporters in attendance at the event.

Meeting to be Held on the Operational Analysis for the New Hershey Community Center
The Department of Parks and Recreation has been working with Ballard King Associates to develop an business plan for the new Hershey Community Center. The plan 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.

The presentation of the Design Development Phase of the Community Center Project has been rescheduled for the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. The design team is finalizing the design and cost estimates for the project.
PPL Electric Utilities to Rebuild Power Lines
PPL Electric Utilities has started a project that will rebuild power lines from their South Hershey Substation along Forest Avenue east along Homestead Road to their Hershey Substation.
See the map.

The project is necessary to improve electric service and is expected to continue through February 2019.

The pole structures, pictured on the left, will vary in height and arm configuration.

Questions on the project can be directed to Jonathan Scott, at 817-975-7099 or
Sharice Johnson, Senior Division, Student Programs Leader, Milton Hershey School
First Session of Hershey All Things Diversity Series Empowers Women and Girls
  “Be Empowered by Those Who Have Been Empowered.”

Hershey All Things Diversity opened the 2018-2019 series to a full house with a message from Sharice Johnson, Senior Division, Student Programs Leader, Milton Hershey School.

Johnson defined what being an empowered woman means to her. She said, “An empowered woman is someone who knows her strengths and isn’t afraid to embrace them. To be empowered means to be in control of your life and aware of your capabilities to take on your biggest dreams.”

She presented four methods for women to become empowered. The first method is Purpose. She discussed the importance of developing skills and obtaining an education. She encourages women to “Find your spark.” She explained, “It is a process and takes time, but what you are passionate about is your spark. Your spark gives you energy, joy, and purpose.” Johnson’s spark is mentoring. She said, “I love the vision and the purpose of Milton Hershey School.”

Stauffer's Church Road to Close
Stauffer's Church Road will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, September 24 for approximately four weeks. The road will be closed for the replacement of a bridge culvert.

Detours will be clearly marked during the closure.
Hershey All Things Diversity Has New Facebook Page
Hershey All Things Diversity has a new Facebook page. Visit and follow for information on events and articles on acceptance and inclusion.
Eligible Residents Can Qualify for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The program is one of five supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.

The application deadline is December 31, 2018.

Click here to see if you qualify and to request an application.
Reduce the Spotted Lantern Fly Population
Penn State News provides tips on managing an invasive pest on your property. Learn more here.
Fall Brings Choctoberfest to Hershey
Join the Downtown Hershey Association for the fourth annual Chocotoberfest on Saturday, October 20, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. in ChocolateTown Square, Hershey.

Don't miss this fall, fun, family-friendly event featuring activities, delicious food, craft beer, artisan chocolates, and entertaining musical performances.

Choctoberfest is a free event, with food and beverages available for purchase. No BYOB, please. Remember to bring cash as some vendors will not accept credit cards. 

12:00 p.m. - Clyde Wrenn
1:00 p.m. - Hockersville Station
2:15 p.m. - John Rossey
3:00 p.m. - Funktion
4:30 p.m. - RFA

Give Blood
The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will hold a community blood drive on Monday, September 24, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Please come to donate a pint of blood. No appointment is necessary. Bring ID with you and eat within four hours prior to donating.

Donors will receive a Papa John's buy one large pizza, get one large pizza and 2-liter Pepsi product free certificate, and two free admission vouchers to a Harrisburg Comedy Zone Show! 
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Trick or Treat night will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Shred It Event to be Held October 6th
If you have documents that contain personal information that you no longer need, bring them to the Shred It event to be destroyed.

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.
Play Chess? Come to the Club!
Come to the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Saturday, September 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a fun after noon of chess. The location will change from week to week, please check the daily listing in the library. 

All are welcome. Children ages 11 and under must have a responsible person remain in the library during chess club. Registration is not required.
Raising Money-Savvy Kids: Embracing Your Role as Chief Financial Parent
First of a Four-Part Financial Education Series
Join Steven Ginter, Morgan Stanley's Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor, for a four-part financial education series. The first presentation will be held on Tuesday, September 25 from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. The information presented will help parents to teach their children to be financially responsible. Registration is not required, but it is appreciated. 
Middle School Students, Come to the Library to Get Creative
In The Middle will be held on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. for students in grade 6 and higher at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue. 

Show your creativity with crafts, tech, and film.
Make superhero buttons or a cardboard superhero prop, shield, wristband, animal-shaped throwing knives, or whatever you'd like to make.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours  - 650 Clearwater Road
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Dr. Davidson Returns for Encore Presentation on Pennsylvania Health Care Solutions
The Hershey Indivisible Team will again host Dr. Bill Davidson of Health Care For All PA in an encore presentation and viewing of a documentary titled Fix It Health Care at the Tipping Point, on Saturday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

Dr. Davidson is one of the original authors of a program which could save billions of dollars in total health care costs. If you are eager for legislation that protects citizens from the uncertainty of health-related debt, check out PA House Bill 1688.
This vision of improved health care for all citizens of Pennsylvania would lower total health care costs and improve overall care, offering affordable coverage on everyday services, like inpatient and outpatient treatment, prescription drugs, dental care, and vision care. This revolutionary new policy would also cover less anticipated needs such as coverage for rehabilitation, hospice care, substance abuse and more.

Find out how this health care solution would impact people, businesses, and the overall Pennsylvania economy in Dr. Davidson’s presentation.
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.
13th Annual Rob Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament to be Held Friday, October 5th
The 13 th  Annual Rob Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute will be held Friday, October 5 at the Hershey Country Club West Course and Picard Grand Pavilion. 

The Rob Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament is an enjoyable day of golf followed by a wonderful evening program, which includes an awards dinner and fabulous silent auction. 

The team scramble golf tournament is played on the beautiful and historic Hershey Country Club West Course. Dinner and the evening program will be held in the elegant Picard Grand Pavilion. The silent auction features an exciting variety of items such as vacation packages, works of art, fashion accessories, sports memorabilia, and much more. Janelle Stelson, WGAL News 8 anchor, will once again host the event.

Come and be a part of a fund-raising event that has become a fall tradition in Hershey. Register today to reserve your foursome and dinner reservation. 
Introduction to Islam and Hinduism to be Presented at Next Derry Seniors Meeting
"Comparative Religion: Jesus, Mohammad and Krishna" will be presented at the next Derry Seniors gathering set for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 16. The program will be held in room 7 on the lower level at Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey.

Dr. Matthew Sayers, Associate Professor of Religion at Lebanon Valley College, will introduce the religious traditions associated with Islam and Hinduism belief, ritual key figures, community, history, and morality. He'll draw on the audience's understanding of Christianity to explain similarities and differences in the two traditions and across religions more generally. Questions from the audience are welcome.
Following devotions and the program, lunch is available in Fellowship Hall for $3 per person. A pharmacist will be on hand to answer questions regarding medications.

A complete calendar of events for the 2018-19 season is available online at

Derry Seniors offer adults 55 and older an opportunity to gather, socialize, and learn about people and places within the community. The group is affiliated with Derry Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

No reservations are needed, and no admission will be charged. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available.
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