Derry Township eNews, August 16, 2019
Current News
Pennsylvania American Water Plans $1.38 Million Water Line Upgrade in Derry Township
Pennsylvania American Water will start construction to replace a section of water main, as well as utility-owned service lines and fire hydrants in Derry Township to improve water service reliability and fire protection for area residents. The cost of the project is approximately $1,385,000 and will upgrade aging pipe dating back to the 1980s.

Beginning the week of August 12, crews will start to install nearly 6,500 feet of new eight-inch ductile iron water main on Peggy Drive from Roslaire Drive to Randall Road; Randall Road from Peggy Drive to Waltonville Road; Waltonville Road from Randall Road to Bradley Avenue; and Bradley Avenue, Robert Road, Jill Court, and Prince Circle. Final paving restoration is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2019, weather permitting.

Crews will work weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Traffic restrictions will be in place during construction, and motorists are urged to give themselves extra time and exercise caution when traveling through the work zone. During construction, customers might experience temporary water service interruptions, discolored water and/or lower than normal water pressure. For more information, contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.
Downtown Hershey Zoning Regulations and Architectural Guideline Updates to be Discussed
A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at The Hershey Story Museum, 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, on recommended updates to Downtown Hershey Zoning Regulations and Architectural Guidelines.

Derry Township, Downtown Hershey Association, and Urban Design Associates publicly kicked off a process in June to engage the community in a discussion about Downtown Hershey. The community is invited to hear a critique and recommended updates.
Work Continues on Sand Hill Road
Road work on Sand Hill Road between Forest Avenue and Roush Road started on Monday, August 12. The work will result in traffic delays and short-term closures.

Traffic will be controlled by flagmen during the day and the roadway will be open when work crews are done for the day. Church Road and Bullfrog Valley Road can be used as alternate routes. The project is expected to take about 2-3 weeks to complete.
Have You Been to Market on Chocolate?
Market on Chocolate in Downtown Hershey has something for everyone! Stop by on Saturday, August 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Shop an assortment of baked goods, specialty foods, and crafts and stay for lunch.

Sign up here to help at the Market.
It's a Pooch Party at the Dog Days of Summer Event
Saturday, August 17 our K-9 friends are invited to the Hershey Recreation Center's Dog Days of Summer event. Owners can bring their dogs to the fenced in area from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to enjoy socializing and cooling off in several water features. The Center is located at 605 Cocoa Avenue.

The cost is $5 per dog. Owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination and a handler is required for each dog.
Hershey Area All Things Diversity Presents
Dr. Paul Haidet
"The Importance of Stories in Understanding Each Other"
Hershey Area All Things Diversity is a free series of programs coordinated by Derry Township, The Hershey Story -The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, Derry Township School District, The Hershey Company, Penn State Health, and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

Dr. Paul Haidet will present "The Importance of Stories in Understanding Each Other" on Wednesday, September 25 at The Hershey Story, 63 West Chocolate Avenue. Stories are powerful and shape our perspectives of each other. The problem is when we have only one story to represent a person or a people. In this session, we will use an example from medicine to dig into stories and their effects on our thinking and actions toward each other.

Dr. Paul Haidet is a general internist, health-services researcher, and educator. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Penn State University and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Milton S Hershey Medical Center and Penn State University Hospital. He inaugurated the role of Director of Medical Education Research and serves as Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Haidet has published widely on a variety of topics related to teaching, communication, and the humanistic care of patients, and he has won a number of regional, national, and international awards for his work.

This program is underwritten by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, The Hershey Company, and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.
Schedule of Events:
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Light Dinner
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Presentation
7:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Dessert

Contact Amy Zeigler at or 717-520-5591 to request accommodations based on a disability.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Check Out the Library's Chess Club
Drop in to the library for checkerboard fun on Saturday, August 17 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Hone your chess skills with players of all ages and skill levels.

Beginners are welcome. Registration is now open for a USCF rated chess tournament to be held at the Hershey Public Library on Saturday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m. For information, please see the home page of the library's website at
Create Your Own Cards
The Hershey Public Library will offer a Card Making Class with instructor Wendy Diem on Thursday, August 22 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Participants will make two handcrafted cards using different stamping techniques with Stampin' Up! Products. Registration is not necessary. This program is designed especially for adults and children with an adult companion. The class fee is $6 per person.
Library Holds Play Day for Families
Friday, August 23, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue

Families with children ages 2-5 are invited to register online for 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. 
Yard Waste Collection is the Week of August 26
An unlimited amount of wood and yard waste will be collected curbside one time per month on your regular trash day by the contracted waste hauler. The collection will occur through October.

Community News and Events
Hershey Area Girl Scouts to Hold New Scout Informational Meeting
The Hershey Area Girl Scouts will host an information night for parents and girls interested in joining the Hershey Girl Scout Service Unit. The event will be held on September 4 at Shank Park, Bullfrog Valley Road, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion.
The House Freedom Caucus
The Hershey Indivisible Team proudly presents Harrisburg attorney, Spero Lappas, who will share the inside story of the House Freedom Caucus and ten things that you need to know about it. The free presentation will follow a short business meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, and is open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Spero T. Lappas, a constitutional lawyer and political science lecturer, will explain how a handful of ultra-conservative representatives may hijack the legislative process, and will talk about what you can do about it. Lappas will discuss how this secretive group threatens the democratic system and Congressman Scott Perry’s role in the Freedom Caucus.

The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event, nor any product or service offered. Please contact for additional information about The Hershey Indivisible Team.

Need to Carbo-Load Before the Big Race?
A Prerace Dinner, Dessert & Motivational Talk, Strategies for a Great Race, will be held on Friday, August 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Hershey High School cafeteria, 550 Homestead Road. Ann Zaprazny, Great Sports Minds, LLC, is the speaker for the event.

The spaghetti dinner is generously donated by Piazza Sorrento Restaurant & Bar and dessert is sponsored by The Hershey Pantry.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. Limited tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds go to the Russell/Yupcavage Scholarship Fund.
Students in 6th - 12th Grade
Register for Dodgeball!
Derry Township and neighboring school district students are invited to play Dodgeball Sunday evenings Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $25, and games will be held at a Derry Township School District facility. Register by September 15.
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