Derry Township eNews, January 17, 2020
Current News
PPL Resumes Work
PPL Electric Utilities will soon resume work to install an underground 69kV line from their Hershey Substation to their South Hershey Substation. A letter was sent to residents in the affected area noting that this project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

This project will not require an electrical service disruption. Building the new underground line will involve many phases of construction, including: building access roads; transporting equipment to the work locations; creating work zones; digging a trench; installing underground conduit and wires; pouring concrete; and finally, restoration of the right-of-way. All disturbance resulting from the construction activities will be repaired promptly following the construction phase of the project. 

For your safety, we request you do not interfere with the field work or approach the field crews unannounced. PPL employees and subcontractors working on behalf of PPL are required to carry photo identification and a business card and are required to show them to any concerned landowner upon request.

For a detailed update or questions, please visit or email
Derry Township and TONO Group Win Premier Project Awards
Two Downtown Hershey projects were recognized at today’s Dauphin County Premier Projects Awards ceremony. The program was established by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to recognize planning excellence in Dauphin County. Projects are judged on their effectiveness and results, originality and innovation, ease of replication, community involvement and participation, and compatibility with the Dauphin County Comprehensive Plan.

The Township of Derry was recognized in the Growing Our Environment category for the West Caracas Avenue Stormwater BMP project. By implementing Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP), Derry Township converted the West Caracas Avenue Parking Lot from a paved area with no stormwater management capabilities to a surface that can now entirely infiltrate stormwater runoff from a 100-year storm event. The newly installed BMP features allow for groundwater recharge and a reduced volume of stormwater runoff, helping to advance the Township’s MS4 program and improve local water quality. In addition, the project created parking efficiencies, and it allows for better access management and contributes to economic vitality.

TONO Architects was recognized in the Growing Our Economy category for the Hershey Towne Square project. The project helped to further redevelopment in Downtown Hershey and encourage increased pedestrian activity in a mixed-use commercial setting. The project was recognized for its thoughtful design and impact on activating Chocolate Avenue and Downtown Hershey. 

Congratulations to TONO Group and Derry Township on these planning excellence awards! 
Join Us at The Library
Under Construction
The Hershey Public Library is closed all day on Monday, January 20th for renovations. The floor in the main part of the library is being replaced. Concrete will be poured on that day. The library will open again on Tuesday, January 21st at 9:30 am. The library apologizes for any inconvenience this may incur. As always, the library's digital library is open 24/7. Please access OverDrive and Hoopla on mobile devices or a computer with a free app through the Apple App Store, Google Play and Microsoft Store, and more.
Chess Club
Saturday, January 18 & 25 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join the library's weekly Chess Club for an afternoon of checkerboard fun. Never played before? Please come along, and somebody will show you how. While all are welcome, children ages 11 and under must have a responsible person remain in the library during chess club. Registration is not required.
Play Day for Families
Friday, January 24 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Families with children ages 2-5 are welcome to register 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. Presented by Barb Clay. Please register online at the library's website at or call the Hershey Public Library at 717-533-6555 ext. 3708.
Dungeons & Dragons
Friday, January 17 & 24 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Dungeons and Dragons meet weekly. Hosted by the High School Dungeons and Dragons Club. Open to teens and tweens 12+. Have fun after school playing this fantasy table-top board games. No registration needed.
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 Camera Club holds "Photo Editing Workshop"
January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

In the Rose Room, located on the second floor at Country Meadows Retirement Community, 451 Sand Hill Rd., the Hershey Camera Club will hold a "Photo Editing Workshop".

A number of our members will be demonstrating their editing techniques using various applications on both PC and Mac computers. Applications that will be used include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Elements 15, ACDSee, and Gimp.

Bring your laptop and follow along in this one-on-one learning environment. Tables, chairs, and power outlets will be available for your use.

The public is always welcome. For further information, go and/or follow us on Facebook of the Hershey Camera Club @
Hershey Rotary Club Awards Students of the Month
The Hershey Rotary Club gave out its Students of the Month awards for January 2020 at its weekly luncheon meeting at the Hershey Lodge on January 13, 2020. Six students from three area High Schools were recognized for their scholarly and community achievements. Pictured left to right are: Daniel Himes and Mariah Weisenmiller from the Milton Hershey School, Nicole Altland and Jacob Buffington from Middletown Area High School, and David Mailman and Lindsay Aluquin from Hershey High School.
Princess Skate & Tea Party
Sunday, January 26 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hersheypark Arena

Hear ye, Hear ye! All princesses across the land are invited to enjoy in the magic & fantasy of Hershey Figure Skating Club's Princess Skate & Tea Party!

This enchanted tea party will feature learn-to-skate lessons by your favorite princesses and professional ice skaters followed by afternoon tea, tea sandwiches, cookies, and plenty of photo opportunities! Princess dresses and tiaras are highly encouraged! All ages & skating abilities welcome (gloves & helmets recommended). Space is limited Advanced payment and registration are required.

$20 per skater includes skating, skating lesson, skate rental, tea party, your own princess pictures and free parking.

Visit for more information.
Hershey Rotary Club Awards Grants
In November of 2019, The Hershey Rotary Club at one of its weekly meetings at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center continued its annual community Philanthropy by awarding just over $ 50,000 in grants and advertising sponsorships to a number of local organizations that benefit the citizens of Derry Township and Dauphin County. Included in the list of organizations that received grants from Hershey Rotary were the following:

Boy Scouts of America
Cocoa Packs, Inc.
Derry Township Community Cats
Hershey Area Playhouse
Hershey Community Archives
Hershey Community Chorus
Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society
Hershey Food Bank
Hershey Public Library
Hershey Story Essay Contest
Hershey Symphony
Hershey Theater Apollo Awards
Hershey Volunteer Fire Company
Hope Lodge / American Cancer Society
Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
Love Inc.
Middletown Public Library
Mohler Center
Ronald McDonald House
William S. Bowman Trust
The Hershey Rotary also provides funding to several other organizations throughout the year including:

Hershey High School Boys Volleyball Booster Club
Hershey Middle School Musical Production
Hershey Little League
Hershey Girls Softball
Hershey Flag Football
Hershey Football Family
Hershey Youth Hockey
Kiss Hershey Back
Raider Club

From a Global perspective, the Hershey Rotary is also supporting several philanthropic initiatives in Africa and South America. Notable among these are the following projects; Healthy Families in Ecuador, Healthy Babies in Ghana, Conflict Resolution in Nigeria, and two Global Health Scholarships for medical students who will be working in Nigeria.

These philanthropic efforts by the Hershey Rotary Club confirm the commitment of Rotary to exemplify “service above self”. 
Township Publications
Derry Township Newsletters
Sign up to receive the library's monthly newsletter directly here .
Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes  
If you have community news or an event that you would like to share in the township eNews, email it to

Please note that listings should be related to local events and organizations. Events determined to be discriminatory, controversial, negative, or offensive to other persons or organizations, or which promote organizations engaging in such conduct will not be included.