Derry Township eNews, December 20, 2019
Current News
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Derry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, that resumes and cover letters will be accepted for positions on the following boards:

  • The Board of Library Directors
  • Industrial & Commercial Development Authority
  • General Authority
  • Downtown Core Design Board
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Tax Collection Association
  • Zoning Hearing Board
  • Shade Tree Commission

Visit the Township's  website for a description of the boards.

Residents of Derry Township who are interested in serving on any of the above boards are requested to submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Township of Derry, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA, 17033, no later than December 20, 2019. Appointments will be made at the Reorganization meeting on January 6, 2020.
Did You Buy Your 2020 Dog Licenses Yet?
Pennsylvania State Law mandates that all dogs three months of age or older must be licensed annually.
Licenses are available for purchase at the Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey (a $.50 administrative fee is charged), or on-line through PA Dog License (mailing fee applies).
The cost for dog licenses are as follows:
Male - $8.50, Neutered male - $6.50, Female - $8.50, Spayed female - $6.50, plus the applicable fees.
The cost for senior citizens (65 years old and older) dog licenses are as follows: Male - $6.50, Neutered male - $4.50, Female - $6.50, Spayed female - $4.50, plus the applicable fees.
Applications for lifetime dog licenses must be applied for at the Dauphin County Treasurer’s office, 717-780-6556.

PPL Project update
PPL plans to complete restoration for the paved and gravel areas on the Hershey School property before the holidays. The remaining restoration work for the Hershey Company Parking lot and Hershey School property will be completed in the Spring to ensure the best grass growth. The remainder of the line will be constructed in early 2020. For a detailed update or questions, please visit or email
Find Snow Downtown!
Starting on December 7 and running through
December 22, our Downtown Hershey Holiday
gnome, Snow, will be making his way around our
participating Downtown Hershey businesses.

If you find Snow, snap a selfie with him and
post it on Instagram or Facebook with
#downtownhersheyholiday. When you do,
you’ll be entered to win one of several baskets and
gifts donated by our Downtown Hershey businesses.

Follow @downtownhershey for clues on where
you can find Snow! On December 7, you’ll find
him somewhere sparkly!
New Year's Eve in Hershey
Join us as we "Rock Through the Decades" in Downtown Hershey on New Year's Eve! As we prepare to ring in a new decade, Pentagon and The Mahoney Brothers present "Jukebox Heroes Live" will be playing sing-along fan favorites from the 1960s to today.

We encourage you come dressed to celebrate your favorite decade! As always, the event is FREE and family friendly. Stay tuned for more details about this year's event.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Township facilities will close at noon on December 24 and will be closed on December 25. Township facilities will close at noon on December 31 and will be closed on January 1.
Join Us at The Library
Dungeons & Dragons
Friday, December 20 and Friday, December 27 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy table-top board game hosted by the High School Dungeons and Dragons Club. Open to teens and tweens 12+. Registration is not required.
Chess Club
Saturday, December 21 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Drop in to Chess Club for an afternoon of checkerboard fun. While all are welcome, children ages 11 and under must have a responsible person remain in the library during chess club. Never played chess before? Expert players will show you how.
Community Blood Drive
Monday, December 23 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please come to the library to contribute a pint of blood to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. The bloodmobile will be in the library’s parking lot. No appointment is necessary. Please bring a form of ID with you. Donors must have eaten within a four-hour period prior to donating! If you are unable to attend the blood drive on this day, you may donate at a place and time more convenient to you: When you give the library’s account # 1072, the library will be able to get credit for your donation. Thank you!
10th Annual Holiday Movie Extravaganza
Monday, December 23 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us for the family Holiday move favorite, "A Muppet Christmas Carol" (G). Come in your pajamas ready to be transported to the Jolly Old England! Enjoy popcorn and apple juice and maybe even a few surprises. This is a family program for children age 4 and older and their family. Registration is not required.
Winter Break Film Festival
Thursday, December 26 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Toy Story 4 (G). Everyone is welcome to watch the film. Registration is not required. About the movie: Major complications ensue when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy, but he sees himself as an eating utensil instead. Woody, Buzz and co. have to set out into the world to find him, reunite with Bonnie, and resolve his existential crisis. Stay tuned for another Winter Break Movie on Monday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m., Descendants.
Play Day for Families
Friday, December 27 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Please register online to join presenter, Barb Clay, for an hour of free play and learning. This is a family program for children ages 2-5 that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practice of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, and is part of Cruise into Kindergarten.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Addresses
Recycling Center Hours   - 650 Clearwater Road 
The Recycling Center will be closed on December 24 and 31.
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
The library will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.
Community News and Events
It’s that time of year again!  Intended for train enthusiasts of all ages, the exhibit showcases multiple trains and trolleys with over 25 interactive displays on a large-scale layout. The exhibit features handcrafted historic Hershey landmarks such as the Cocoa Inn, the Derry Church Schoolhouse, the Hershey train depot, and a historic Hershey trolley, and Derry Presbyterian Church Sessions House. Hands-on controls for trains and miniature amusement rides attract the youngest of engineers.  

Please check our website for the latest times and updates.
Elf Skate & Santa Social
Have you ever wanted to learn to skate with Santa's elves? Santa and his elves will take a quick break from their Christmas toy making to visit & ice skate with us! After the fun of skating with the elves, tell Santa your last-minute wish list over some warm chocolate chip cookies & hot cocoa. Bring your camera for a special picture with Father Christmas himself!  

Sunday, December 22 - Giant Center
6:30-7:30pm - learn to skate & games with the elves
7:30-8:30pm - meet & greet with Santa!

$20 includes ice skating lesson, skate rental, parking at the Giant Center, goodies, cookies, cocoa, & all the pictures you care to take!

Visit for more information.
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