Derry Township eNews - September 4, 2020
Current News
Derry Township Supervisors Meeting
The public is invited to attend the next Derry Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, September 8th at 7 p.m. The agenda will be posted on the Township website later today. For instructions on how to join the virtual call, please visit our website.
Dauphin County CARES Funding for Businesses and Non-profits Now Open
Restore Dauphin County, a CARES Act Funding Program, is currently accepting applications from small businesses and non-profits that were impacted by COVID-19. The program will remain open until Monday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. Businesses and non-profits can apply at
Don’t Forget to Complete the Census
If you haven’t had time to fill out the 2020 Census, please do so soon. The census results help determine how federal funding flows into states and communities each year and determines how many seats in Congress each state gets. Your responses matter and it just take a few minutes! Here’s the link or if you prefer, stop by the Hershey Public Library to pick up a printed copy of the census that you can mail back. Thank you!
Public Feedback Period Extended for Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study
Deadline for Comments is 9/8/20

In response to an outpouring of constructive public comment from concerned citizens regarding the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study, Derry Township is extending the period for feedback for an additional thirty days. Residents now have until Tuesday, September 8, 2020 to submit questions, comments or recommendations.
The Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Study DRAFT is available for public review at the following location: You may also listen to Eric Stump from HRG as he steps through the report at the July 28 Board of Supervisors meeting on this matter.
Any comments or questions on the report, recommendations, maps or exhibits should be directed to Alyx Gallagher, HRG, via email at Upon receipt of comments, HRG will evaluate them, update the plan as required, and distribute a final report by the end of September.
Derry Township Business Contact Information
Derry Township is working to compile an inventory of our local businesses. Please provide us with some brief information so that we can keep you up-to-date on important news and happenings. By providing your information, you're authorizing us to occasionally email you with information pertaining to or affecting the Derry Township business community.

You can fill out this brief form here:
Township Events
Market on Chocolate
Market on Chocolate runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday and features many new and returning vendors selling a multitude of goods ranging from locally grown to prepared foods and from unique jewelry to artisan wares. Plus, join us at 9:00 a.m. for a free, socially distanced fitness class with Power Train Gym followed by live music from Kevin KOA.
Be sure to check out the full schedule here and join us Saturdays in ChocolateTown Square.

RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: Market on Chocolate will be extended through September this year! Visit with us Saturday mornings before our seasonal market closes for year. Please remember masks are required at Market and guests are asked to help us all stay safe and practice social distancing.
Township Meetings and Events Calendars

Derry Township offices, Recycling Center and the Yard Waste Drop-off area will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.
Join Us at The Library
Labor Day Weekend
The Hershey Public Library is closed on Monday, September 7 and will re-open to resume normal services at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Expanded Saturday hours begin on September 12 when the library will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Books and Babies
Mondays from September 14 to November 16 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Join us on the library’s Facebook page for Books & Babies! Families with pre-walking babies (birth-12 months) can share songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes, and action plays. No registration required. The video will remain on the library’s Facebook page until the following week.
1, 2, Whee!
Tuesdays from September 15 to November 17. 10:00 am to 10:30 am. (On ZOOM.)

This is a mixed-age virtual program for ones and twos with a caregiver. Songs, stories, dances, fun, and learning–all at the same time! Join Ms. Rita. Register online at the library's Events Calendar at or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708. A link to Zoom will be sent to participants once registration is confirmed.
Thursdays from September 17 to November 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Rita on the library's Facebook page for a virtual storytime perfect for your preschooler. For children age 3-5. No registration required. The video will remain on the library’s Facebook page until the following week.
Heroes of Flight 93
Sunday, September 20 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Please register for a virtual adult program on Zoom presented by Mal Fuller, an Air Traffic Controller for 40 years. As the watch supervisor for the control town and radar room at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, on September 11, 2001, Mr. Fuller watched Flight 93 on his radar until just before it crashed into the field. This program remembers the heroes on Flight 93 on that fateful flight where the passengers overtook the plan and crashed it in a field in Somerset, PA and keeping it from its intended target. Join us to learn their story and remember their sacrifice. Please register online at the library's Events Calendar at
Watercolor Magic Tuesdays
September 8, 15 & 29 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Watercolor Magic is a virtual art class on Zoom with Marie Gamon from the Hershey Area Art Association. Explore the magic of watercolor, where the paint, the water and paper join your efforts to produce fun, lively expressions of art. With each class, explore techniques that will allow you to take advantage of what your paper, paint, and water do as well as develop your skills in handling this simple and complex medium. Please register online at Class Fee: $40. Please make your check payable to Hershey Art Association and mail it to PO Box 654, Hershey, PA 17033. 
Now Submit!
An Introduction to Publishing Your Writing is a virtual class on Google Meet (similar platform to Zoom) on Sunday, September 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with instructor, Laura English. We will discuss reasons to publish and answer some preliminary questions about the process of submitting creative work: How do I find markets? What are submissions fees used for and how much should I be willing to pay? What’s expected in a cover letter? What should I write in my author’s bio? We’ll also talk about simultaneous submissions, writers’ guidelines, and ways to increase your acceptance rate. Class fee is $15. Please register and pay online on
Arabiqa! Drums and Dances from Around the World
September 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Via Zoom, come travel to the Arab world with Karim Nagi! With humor, acrobatics, and masterful audience incorporation, Karim introduces us to the wonders of Arab culture. Hear musical instruments such as the Duff, Riqq, Buzuq, Sagat, Mijwiz, and Tabla, and learn about their history. Learn how to wrap a kufiyya headpiece, and then watch – and even dance – some folk dances! You won’t want to miss this uplifting and energetic show! As an Arab-American, Karim bridges the East-West cultural gap in the most profound yet entertaining way. Online registration is required for this Friends Children’s Program. Great for the whole family!
Mr. Hershey Trivia
Family Trivia: Happy Birthday Mr. Hershey is a Facebook Live event on Sunday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join Ms. Rita and Ms. Aly on Facebook Live/Zoom where we will be celebrating with Hershey Trivia. Please register online
Finance in Covid Times
September 14. 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This is a virtual class on Zoom. Please join Michael J. Fedash MBA, AIF – Senior Private Client Wealth Advisor with Members 1st Investment Services & Wealth Management to walk through strategies to help manage your finances during COVID uncertainty. We will discuss ways to consolidate debt, review mortgages, personal budgets, insurances and more. This will be an opportunity to ask questions, look at your personal situation, and identify areas you may need/want to focus. Please register online for this program
Open Mic in the R.G. (Reading Garden)
The Hershey Public Library is looking for young musicians to entertain in the library's R.G. (Reading Garden) on October 9th and 23rd starting at 7:00 p.m. If you sing, play an instrument, or write poetry come share your talents. This is a family friendly event and performed material should reflect that fact. If you have questions or would like to participate please contact either Rita Smith or Aly Tran at the Hershey Public Library. Everyone in attendance, please practice social distancing and wear a mask. We will provide a microphone, a speaker and power. Performers will need to bring anything else they require to perform.

For the October 9th date, performers need to register by September 29th. 

For the October 23rd date, performers need to register by October 13th. 

Contact Rita Smith at or 717-533-6555 x3707
Contact Aly Tran at or 717-533-6555 x3725
Community News and Events
Hershey Rotary Seeks Applicants for Youth Exchange Program
The Hershey Rotary Club is accepting student exchange applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year. It’s an uncertain time for foreign travel, but the Rotary Club is moving ahead with plans for an exchange with the hope that by next summer conditions will have improved relative to the pandemic. If not, the exchange may need to be postponed. 
The Hershey Rotary Club is part of Rotary International’s worldwide scholarship program through the local clubs that allows high school students all over the world to go to school in a foreign country for a year to broaden their experience and understanding of the wonderful world in which we live. 
The program is for students with above average scholastic achievements who would like to learn the culture and language of a foreign country, and to participate in the inter-country exchange of young ambassadors as has been provided by Rotary International for over 30 years. During recent academic years, the local Rotary District has sent students to more than 25 different countries. 
If you are interested in the Youth Exchange Program and would like to learn more, please contact Hershey Rotarians Richard Hann at or Susan Steadman at steadmanhome@comcast.netInformation is also available at under the long-term program heading.
Derry Township Community Cats Clinic
Derry Township residents can sign up to get help with trapping outdoor, free-roaming cats and having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free. The next clinic is September 8; reservations can be made by calling 717-592-8087. 

You can also schedule a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for owned cats by calling the same number. Please note that cats must be six months old.
Visit  for more information about this program and ways you can support it.
Race Relations in Hershey – Virtual Meeting
Hershey Area All Things Diversity invites the community to its next free session, “Race Relations in Hershey,” September 23, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The session will be held via Zoom and streamed live on the Derry Township YouTube page. 
The program will feature Dr. Samuel Richards, an award-winning teaching professor and sociologist at Penn State University who instructs the largest race and cultural relations course in the United States. 
Please register for the event to receive your log in instructions for the Zoom meeting. 
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