Derry Township eNews September 28, 2018 
Current News
Business Plan for Hershey Community Center is Presented
The preliminary business plan for the Hershey Community Center was presented to the Board of Supervisors in a public meeting held on Tuesday, September 25, at the Derry Township Municipal Building.

Ken Ballard of Ballard King Associates presented the plan and answered questions on how the estimates were formulated.

Links are provided below to the business plan and the video of the meeting.

The Design Development Phase of the Community Center Project will be presented at the Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting. The meetings are held at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater, at 7:00 p.m.
Roundtop Road to be Closed for Pipe Replacements
A PennDOT maintenance crew will begin a project to replace 12 metal drainage cross pipes under Roundtop Road in Londonderry Township next week, weather permitting. PennDOT advises motorists that Roundtop Road may be closed to through traffic most weekdays in October from 6:00 6:00 p.m.
  • October 3-5, between Schoolhouse Road and Route 341 (Colebrook Road) to replace three cross pipes
  • October 10-30, along State Game Lands No. 246 between Schoolhouse Road and Waltonville Road to replace nine cross pipes
Highway maintenance workers will excavate the roadway and remove the existing corrugated metal pipes, replace them with plastic pipes, form inlet boxes, and reestablish the roadway. During the closure, detours using Schoolhouse Road and Colebrook Road will be available for motorists.

PennDOT will return next summer to resurface the roadway between Colebrook Road and Waltonville Road with a Superpave asphalt leveling course.
Roundtop Road, officially designated as State Route 2005, averages more than 1,800 vehicles traveled each day between Schoolhouse Road and Waltonville Road.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting . 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras, 99 of which are in the Midstate.
Derry Township Community Cats to Hold Final Spay/Neuter Clinic of the Season
The final spay/neuter clinic for outdoor cats for this year is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16. If you have an outdoor cat or colony that needs to be spay/neutered, please call the DTCC "catline" at 717-592-8087 by October 6 to reserve your space and arrange for the trapping of the cat(s).

This service, which includes rabies and distemper vaccines, is entirely free to Derry Township residents. The program does not operate during the winter months and will resume around March of next year, depending on the weather.
Derry Township Police Officers Join the Mentoring Movement
This week, the Derry Township Police Department joined in a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

Police officers participating in the “Bigs in Blue” program will spend quality time as mentors to students at Hershey Intermediate Elementary School.

The program is a national initiative which was launched locally in 2016. The partnership with the Derry Township Police Department is the 10 th in the capital region service area.

Chief of Police Garth Warner said, “The department’s participation is a natural extension of what our officers do, day-in and day-out for their community. It allows our officers to act as mentors to those littles who are in need, hopefully changing their outlook on their world, as well as their perception of what police officers stand for, work for, and represent. It also allows our officers to get to know the youth in our community on a different level, and hopefully, break down barriers between us.”

The program is made possible by funding provided by The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, and the Walmart Foundation.
Downtown Hershey Association to Meet to Discuss Projects and Events
The next Downtown Hershey Association board meeting will be held on Monday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. on the lower level of The Hershey Story, 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey.

We look forward to sharing information on the Hershey Towne Square streetscape improvements that will be occurring, and a new bike and pedestrian initiative that is being led by Derry Township. 

Plans for Choctoberfest, scheduled for October 20, and the Holiday Celebration will also be discussed. The public is invited to attend.
Wednesday, October 3 is National Coffee With A Cop Day. Stop by the Hershey Pantry  Café at The Hershey Story on Chocolate Avenue between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Meet with officers of the Derry Township Police Department to talk about life in Hershey.

Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 10th
Sign the Pledge to participate and to be eligible for awesome prizes donated by area businesses.

The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District, are again teaming up to promote Walk to School Day. It's a great way to start your day, outdoors with a little exercise.

Once again, participating students will receive a healthy snack of apple slices as they arrive at school.

Students who live too far away from the school or with limited safe routes can still participate by picking a place to be driven to and walk from there.

The local Walk to School Day is part of an international effort to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes to school. Visit the Walk to School website for more information.  
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

The Shred It Event will be held on October 6, 8:00 to 10:45 a.m. at 650 Clearwater Road (Residents only- 2 bag/box limit)
Trick or Treat night will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! Halloween Costume Swap
If you dropped off a Halloween costume and received a ticket at the library, come by this Saturday, September 29 to get a new-to-you costume at the Swap from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Learn How to Cut and Fuse Glass
Kathleen Forney will provide instruction on how to make a large coral bowl, a small coral bowl, or a mosaic dish by cutting glass of various types and colors and fusing it into your own unique design. The design is then fired in the kiln at the instructor’s studio and returned to the class site two weeks later to be picked up.

Ages 16 and older are welcome to participate. The cost is $45, $30, or $24, depending on the piece. Registration must be done in person at the library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Explore Indian Philosophy
Explore the fascinating philosophies of India with Dr. Jeffery Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, on Monday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

This course will give participants a broad overview of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain philosophies, tracing their development from ancient times to the present. Please register in person at the library. The class fee is $25 and is payable at registration. 
Girls Gather to Learn Computer Science
Girls Who Code will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:45 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

This program, presented by Lin Taylor, is for girls in grades 6-12 to learn to use computer science to impact their community and is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience.

Activities are available for girls with no computer science experience to those who are ready for introductory college-level concepts.  
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 Derry Township Historical Society Presents Brews, Brats, and Bands
Join in on the fun at the first Brews, Brats, and Bands this Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cocoa Beanery, 1215 Research Blvd., Hummelstown.

The event will feature an Oktoberfest food offering, paired with a rotating roster of great bands, and a multitude of local breweries and distilleries, offering free tastings.

Rubber Soul Brewing
Boneshire Brewing
Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery
Tattered Flag Brewery and Still Works
Dead Lightning Distillery

Purchase your tickets online now.  Advance-purchase tickets are $35. Event day tickets are $40. Tickets include event admission, a keepsake glass, and a food voucher.

Designated Driver tickets are available for guests and include access to the event, exclusive food and drink offerings, as well as the entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased at the Historical Society by calling 717.520.0748, or online at .

The event will be held rain or shine. Please call or email with questions.
Hershey Community Chorus to Hold Spaghetti Dinner
The Hershey Community Chorus will hold a Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Mohler Senior Center located at 25 Hope Drive, Hershey, across from Karns Market.

Tickets for spaghetti with homemade meat or marinara sauce, accompanied by tossed green salad, bread, butter and a beverage, are $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12. The dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., or until sold out. Take-out is available.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from a chorus member, by emailing a request to , or by calling 717- 508-4400. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Women's Civic Club of Hershey to Meet October 2
The Women's Civic Club of Hershey will meet on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 745 West Governor Road, Hershey.

The speaker will be Scott Blanchard, WITF's StateImpact Pennsylvania editor.

All women 18 years old and older are welcome to attend.
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. 
Get Fit Skating!
Hershey Figure Skating Club's 6-week Adult Fitness and Fun class starts October 2. The sessions include 50 minutes of off-ice conditioning, followed by 60 minutes of figure skating (with a lesson appropriate to your level, and practice). This upcoming session features Yoga as the off-ice offering. It's great for those who are beginning skaters (skate rental available), or those who need to dust off their skates (talk to us about where to get skates sharpened).

Session will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 9, 23 and 30, and November 6 and 13. All sessions are held at the Giant Center and parking is free.

7:00 to 7:50 p.m. -- Yoga (bring a mat and wear appropriate clothing)
8:15 to 9:15 p.m. -- Figure skating lessons and practice

The cost is $79 for the six sessions. A one-time $16 Learn-to-Skate USA membership must be purchased, good until June 30, 2019. A 30% discount on the class is available to those who join the figure skating club. This is something to consider if you will continue sessions through the year. 
Hershey Area Art Association to Hold Fall Presentations
Ann Benton Yeager, abstract artist, Studio #103 in The Millworks, will be the presenter on Tuesday, October 9.
Ann comes from a long line of accomplished artists. Her work has been published in the International Contemporary Artists publication. She works in both standard mediums and many imaginative elements that add texture to her work.

Ann will do a live demonstration of fluid art, discuss her other mixed media styles, and show pieces of her works.

Thom Glace, transparent watercolor artist, specializing in fish and dragonfly species will be the presenter on Tuesday, November 13. View his work at

After serious health challenges, Thom changed from a world travel journalist to a watercolor painter with a focus on fish and insects. A decade later he is an established painter in galleries all over the Northeast. He has been featured in numerous wildlife publications and does commissioned work for anglers throughout the US.

Thom will describe his transparent watercolor technique and briefly explain his marketing and advertising process.

The Hershey Area Art Association's monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month, September to May, in the lower level of the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society, 40 Northeast Drive, behind the Tanger Outlets. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided.

Visit for more information about HAAA.
Hershey Indivisible Team Presents “Defying the Corporate State: Communities Building for a Sustainable Future” by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Chad Nicholson of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund will present a program, “Defying the Corporate State: Communities Building for a Sustainable Future” on Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hersh ey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey.

The law now considers religious freedom and the freedom to voice political opinions to be basic corporate rights. If it seems like corporations are winning at the expense of the health and safety of local communities - they are.

This expansion of corporate rights didn’t happen by accident. The constitution is being “weaponized” to help corporations win, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Come and learn how communities are refusing to be bullied by this unjust system, and how they are enacting new laws that place the rights of people and nature above corporate interests.

The event is free and open to public.

Formed in 2016, the Hershey Indivisible Team is a non-profit branch of a national grassroots organization mobilizing community members on a variety of progressive issues. Contact Marlene Kanuck, Co-Chair, at for information on the Hershey Indivisible Team.
Please note: The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event, or any product or service offered.
Make Friends Through the Hershey Area Neighbors and Newcomers Club
The Hershey Area Neighbors and Newcomers (HANN) Club will meet at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, on Thursday, October 11 at 9:45 a.m.

Donna Derickson will give a presentation on Monarch butterflies. The HANN Club is a social club that builds friendships through various interest groups and guest speakers and has been in existence for over 33 years.
Photo by Michael Feldser
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents Inherit the Wind
Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present, Inherit the Wind , an American play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, which debuted in 1955. The story fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means to discuss the then-contemporary McCarthy trials.

Lawrence and Lee’s play was rejected by eight Broadway producers before coming to the attention of Margot Jones, a theater director and producer in Dallas, Texas. With Jones directing, Inherit the Wind premiered in Dallas on January 10, 1955, and received rave reviews. The Broadway rights were soon acquired by Herman Shumlin, and the play opened at Broadway’s National Theatre on April 21, 1955. Shumlin directed, with actors Paul Muni, Ed Begley, and Tony Randall in the cast. It played on Broadway until June 22, 1957, where it closed after 806 performances. A 1960 film adaption of the play was filmed starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, and Dick York, amongst others. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Spencer Tracy.

Experience the history of Inherit the Wind , running October 4-7 and October 11-14, 2018. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for teens/adults and $17 for those ages 12 and under. Tickets are available by visiting , or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525.
Derry Church Provides "Surviving the Holiday" Workshop for Those Who are Grieving
“Surviving the Holidays,” a special workshop for those who are grieving the death of someone close, will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27 at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey. 
There is no cost to attend the program, but advance registration is required. Contact the church office at 717-533-9667 for more information or to register.

“Surviving the Holidays” is offered by GriefShare, a Christian support group that features biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on divorce and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth.

A new GriefShare series will begin at Derry Church at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The series will continue weekly through April 9.

Visit for more information
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