Derry Township eNews, August 9, 2019
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Participate in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey
The Derry Township Bike and Pedestrian Alliance wants to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide your thoughts on issues facing bicyclists and pedestrians in Derry Township. This information, and other land use data and traffic analysis, will be used to evaluate existing conditions and identify and plan for future improvements. The identified improvements will be considered in the preparation of the Greater Hershey Regional Transportation Plan.

Community Meeting to Be Held on Updates to Downtown Hershey Zoning Regulations and Architectural Guidelines
Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Hershey Story Museum, 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

This June, Derry Township, in partnership with the Downtown Hershey Association and Urban Design Associates, publicly kicked off a process to engage the community in a discussion about Downtown Hershey. Now, the team is ready to share their recommendations.

The community is invited to learn about the critique recommended updates to Downtown Hershey Zoning Regulations and Architectural Guidelines.

Please join us on August 20 to provide feedback and learn more about the future of Downtown Hershey!
PennDOT to Restrict and Stop Traffic on Route 283 and Route 722
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) contractor will be conducting overnight bridge work that will restrict travel lanes on Route 283 and Route 722 near the Landisville exit in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, starting Monday night, August 12, weather permitting. Crews will conduct rolling roadblocks to set bridge beams on the new Route 722 bridge over Route 283.

PennDOT advises motorists that starting at 9:00 p.m., Monday, August 12, through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, they should expect to encounter single lane restrictions and overnight 15-minute road closures on Route 722 and Route 283 between the Mt. Joy and Manheim Pike exits. If all the bridge beams are set in one shift, the rolling road blocks will not be necessary for the remainder of the week, but the nighttime and pre-dawn lane restrictions will still be needed to conduct bridge and drainage work within the interchange.

The project includes the widening and reconstruction of State Road through the Route 283 interchange under phased construction, replacement of the Route 722 bridge over Route 283 and the bridge that carries the municipally-owned section of State Road over the Amtrak railroad tracks, installation of drainage and storm water basins, reconstruction of the four interchange ramps, traffic signal work, and installation of new guide rail, signs and pavement markings. The construction is scheduled to be completed in June 2021 when the final two-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved.

Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, and to use caution when driving through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.
Work to Begin on Monday on Sand Hill Road
Road work will begin on Sand Hill Road between Forest Avenue and Roush Road on Monday, August 12. The process of Cold In Place recycling will require several days and 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.
Don't Miss the Last Concert of the 2019 Music on Chocolate Series
Downtown Hershey’s summer concert series will feature two bands in a family-friendly atmosphere with food and beverages available for purchase. Come out to enjoy live music in ChocolateTown Square on Saturday, August 10 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

We're closing out our 2019 summer season with a bang! In August, we welcome William Matheny and Cold Spring Union ! The Lucky Penny Burger Company will be on-site selling delicious varieties of burgers and fries with their lavender lemonade. Cool off and treat yourself to hand-dipped ice cream from Phillip Arthur's Cafe and Brick Oven Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner . Tröegs Independent Brewing and Olivero's Vineyard will be selling delicious drafts, wine, and sangria.

Bring a blanket, bring your friends, and join us for an evening in Downtown Hershey! Music on Chocolate is kid-friendly. Dogs are welcome with responsible pet owners.

Sign up to help at Music on Chocolate here.
Market on Chocolate!
Experience Market on Chocolate in Downtown Hershey on Saturday, August 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Kevin Koa and the Hershey Public Library will feature children's activities.

Shop an assortment of baked goods, specialty foods, and crafts. Stop by for lunch from one of this week's featured food trucks.

Sign up here to help at the Market.
Watch a Movie Under the Stars at Shank Park Tonight
Matilda will be shown at Shank Park, Bullfrog Valley Road, Friday, August 9 at dusk.

Bring your chairs and blankets or watch and listen from your car. The movie is free. A concession stand will be open. The rain date is August 10.

Movies in the Park are sponsored by the Friends of Derry Township Parks and Recreation.
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
Drop in for Dungeons & Dragons
Come to the Hershey Public Library on Friday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m., 701 Cocoa Avenue, to play Dungeons & Dragons, a table-top fantasy game, hosted by the High School Dungeons and Dragons Club. It's open to teens and tweens 12+. Registration is not required. 
Second Saturday to Feature Family Yoga and Story Time
Saturday, August 10, 1:30 p.m., Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue

Register online to join a family yoga and story time for adults and kids ages 2 and older. Yogis (adults) and Yoginis (kids) come together for stories and yoga poses! Age and developmentally appropriate poses, animated breathing exercises, and soothing relaxation techniques awaken the inner-child of all age participants. 
Community News and Events
Who Needs an Auditor General?
On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the Hershey Indivisible Team’s general meeting will feature a presentation by PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale who will speak about the responsibilities of Pennsylvania’s Auditor General. The free presentation will follow a short business meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, and is open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
As Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale has conducted more than 32,000 audits to identify misspent or potentially recoverable state money and monitored the state’s child-abuse hotline, called ChildLine. DePasquale has worked to reduce the number of untested rape kits in PA and recommended improvements in the state’s response to the opioid crisis. This is your opportunity to learn more about these responsibilities and other work that the auditor general has conducted in his role as the state’s chief fiscal watchdog.
The Hershey Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this event, nor any product or service offered. Please email if you have questions. 
Hershey Community Chorus to Hold Open House
The Hershey Community Chorus will host an open house on Monday, August 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room on the lower level of The Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society Building located at 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey. This is an opportunity for interested members of the public to learn more about the Chorus and to meet some of the current members. Light refreshments will be served. 

The Hershey Community Chorus has been entertaining Hershey and the surrounding communities for over 85 years, since 1934. Each year the Chorus presents two major concerts, one for Christmas and the other in the spring in addition to other appearances in Hershey and the surrounding communities. Hershey Community Chorus archive files and recordings of previous concerts will be on display.

Registration for membership in the Chorus will be available and new members in all voice parts are extremely welcome. The Chorus rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. in the auditorium of The Hershey Free Church located at 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown. The Christmas concert is scheduled to be performed on Friday evening, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Registration will also be held on Monday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. with a full rehearsal starting at 7:00 p.m. Registration for membership is a non-refundable $30.00 which helps cover the cost of music and other expenses.

The Chorus is truly a community organization. No auditions are required to become a member, just a desire to sing. RSVP to 508-4400 or email
Auditions Open for This Is My Brave High School Edition 
This Is My Brave will host its first High School Edition performance on Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Hershey Theatre. 

Auditions for individuals ages 14-24 will be held August 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and August 18 from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey.

This Is My Brave (TIMB) was co-founded in Virginia by Jennifer Marshall and Anne Marie Ames (1958-2017), two women passionate about ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and saving lives through storytelling. In May of 2014, TIMB debuted its first ever live show in Arlington, Virginia, at the Spectrum Theatre to a sold-out crowd of nearly 400. Over the past four years, the nonprofit organization has hosted performances across the United States and in Australia.

Jennifer Marshall, TIMB Executive Director and Co-Founder, is a Hershey native.

Ben & Tim Day Prerace Dinner
The Joy of Sports Foundation will hold a Prerace Dinner, Dessert & Motivational Talk, Strategies for a Great Race, on Friday, August 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Hershey High School cafeteria. Ann Zaprazny, Great Sports Minds, LLC, is the speaker for the event.

The dinner is sponsored by Piazza Sorrento Restaurant & Bar and dessert is sponsored by The Hershey Pantry.
Derry Church Sets Blessing of Animals Service
In celebration of all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives, Derry Presbyterian Church will offer its 13th annual worship service that includes a blessing of animals on Tuesday, August 27 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. The service will take place on the church’s front lawn at the corner of Mansion and East Derry Roads, Hershey, weather permitting.

Animals on a leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend with their owners. The worship service will include praise songs and hymns in addition to a hands-on blessing of animals and the people with whom they live.

Casual dress is encouraged. Child care is available in the nursery for infants and young children when requested in advance.  

Worshippers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society as an outreach to those who help care for animals in need of help and homes. Requested items include non-scoop cat litter, puppy training pads, paper box lids (for litter boxes), metal pet dishes, sheets, towels, blankets, paper towels, garbage bags of any size, dust pans and brushes, odor neutralizers, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, and gift certificates to pet stores, grocery stores, and hardware stores. Other items on their wish list can be found at Collection boxes will be available at the worship service.
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