Derry Township eNews, October 11, 2019
Current News
PennDOT to conduct daily closures of Wood Road from 10/21 through 10/30/2019
PennDOT will be closing Wood Road from October 21st thru October 30th to replace and update four corrugated metal cross pipes and replacing them with corrugated plastic pipes. They will have temporary daily road closures and a detour setup. They will close the road everyday starting at 6am and reopen the road at 6pm. The detour route will be as follows:

  • Detour setup starting October 21st thru 30th, 2019

  • Intersection of Waltonville Road and Wood Road - Traffic will be detoured onto Waltonville Road a left onto Service Road a left onto Middletown Road back to Wood Road.

  • Intersection of Middletown Road and Wood Road - Traffic will be detoured onto Middletown Road a right onto Service Road a right onto Waltonville Road back to Wood Road.

Motorists are encouraged to plan extra time to their travels during the closures to navigate the detour route. 
PPL Continues Work in Hershey
PPL completed trenching, installing conduit and backfilling on Homestead Road and in the Hershey Company parking lot. They anticipate completing backfilling of the trench near the tennis courts during October. They will also pave Homestead Road and the Hershey Company parking lot during October.

For a detailed update or questions, please visit or email    
72nd Hershey Halloween Parade
Come out for a great Hershey tradition to the 72nd Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 15. The parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Cocoa Avenue. The parade will proceed to Elm Avenue, turn right onto Ridge Avenue to Chocolate Avenue, and return to the Recreation Center on Cocoa Avenue.

Individuals and couples, groups, floats, and marching bands can still register to participate in the parade. The registration is due by noon on Tuesday, October 15 and can be found on page 11 of the  Parks and Recreation newsletter.
Did Someone Say Choctoberfest?
What's not to love about chocolate, October, and festivals? The 5th annual Choctoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. in ChocolateTown Square Park, located on the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues in Downtown Hershey. This family-friendly fall festival features great live music, local craft beer, chocolate, and delicious food from downtown restaurants, and offers an array of family and children’s activities. Choctoberfest is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Be a part of this awesome fall event and volunteer at the link below!
Join Us at The Library
Fall Succulent Planter Workshop
Sunday, October 13. 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Come and create a rustic succulent planter with instructor, Kim Bailor. You will use a variety of succulents to create a beautiful rustic box centerpiece. Your workshop includes all materials (7 succulents, handmade rustic box, stone, moss, soil. )To register for this class, you must go to (Discover Events) and the workshop at the Hershey Public Library will come up. You make your payment directly to the Instructor through this site. Class fee: $44. Ages 10 through 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
What is Fracking?
Sunday, October 13. 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This Adult Library Program is presented by local author, Sherry Knowlton. Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is a controversial topic, and the backdrop for her suspense novel DEAD of SPRING. She'll be giving an overview of what fracking is, the controversy, and how the topic is central to book 3 in her Alexa Williams series. In this talk, she’ll discuss the pros and cons of fracking and bring attendees up to date on its status in the Commonwealth. Please register online at  or call the library at 717-533-6555.
Library Closing
Tuesday, October 15. The Hershey Public Library will close early at 5:00 p.m. for Hershey's 72nd Halloween Parade.

Library Renovations
Wednesday, October 16

Library construction begins with exterior work to the building. I n this early stage, access and services will be relatively unaffected. Interior demolition as part of the renovations is set to commence on Monday, October 28. This may slightly disrupt traffic flow around parts of the building. Please be aware that meeting room availability will be impacted. The library will continue to function during the work, keeping noise and dust to a minimum. Any changes to normal operations will be announced with as much notice as possible. Renovations will provide a new teen area, a new story time area, and a family entrance, and are expected to complete early spring 2020.
Play Day for Families
Friday, October 18. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join Barb Clay for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practice of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. For families with children ages 2-5. Please register online at  or call the library at 717-533-6555.
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
Community News and Events
Hershey Goat Dog Yoga Charity Event
Teresa Rowe, long-time local Hershey resident and owner of Everlasting Images Photo Studio on Homestead Road, will be sponsoring an animal charity event at her studio on Saturday October 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. that features therapeutic interaction with goats and dogs. This will be followed by a professional, All Levels, Vinyasa yoga class led by Teresa Rowe, RYT 500 and Mary Elizabeth, RYT 200. 

Donations ($20-$35) will go to a local animal charity. Space is limited, to register, email:,com
Feed The Need Event
Community members are invited to attend Feed the Need 2019 to help raise funds and awareness of The Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach on Sunday November 17 from 4:00-7:00pm at Hershey Country Club. Featured chefs from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts restaurants will again offer food samples. There will be live and silent auctions and local entertainment. Derry Township has one of the highest poverty levels in Central PA. Please join us as we raise money to help those in need. 
Tickets are available now at: 
Hershey Area Playhouse Presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood
October 11-13, 2019

Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present its final weekend of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, written by Rupert Holmes.

Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the story of the young and charming Edwin Drood, who has been mysteriously murdered in a small town in England. The hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical gets the audience in on the action by allowing them to vote on the ending, which means that each show is a truly unique and unpredictable experience.

Come and help solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood, running October 11-13, 2019. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performance begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $23 for teens/adults and $20 for those ages 12 and under. Tickets are available by visiting or by calling the Playhouse’s box office at 717-533-8525.
Community Activities at Grace UMC
On October 19th at 5 p.m. they are having live music on the lawn of the Grace United Methodist Church at 433 E Main St, Hummelstown . This is a free event open to the community. There will also be four food trucks on property for people to come and enjoy.

On October 20th starting at 4 p.m. they are hosting their annual Trunk or Treat event. Again this is a free community event for children to come out in costume and collect some goodies, play some games and eat some free food.
Octoberfest at Saint Joan of Arc
Oktoberfest will be held by St Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council 6693 on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 from 12 noon until 7 p.m. at the school parking lot at 359 W Areba Ave, Hershey, PA.

The menu will be bratwurst or hot dogs and kraut, fried potato pancakes, soft pretzels, Apple Strudel and Funnel Cakes. Barrel Root beer and Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer on draft. Music throughout the day and entertainment by the Happy Slovenes from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eat in or carry out available.
Hershey Area Art Show
Hershey Area Art Association annual Under the Colors Art Show and Sale will be October 19th and 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Hershey Historical Society. The show features both fine art and visual art. This is a perfect opportunity to jump start your holiday shopping.

More information is available at their website.
18th Annual Moonlight Gala
On Saturday, November 2nd at the Hershey Lodge, approximately 300 guests will enjoy an evening celebrating our work to keep families together. Calling all flappers and gangsters – changes are coming to this year’s event as we take you back in time to the Roaring Twenties for this Gin & Jazz themed evening. Attendees will party like Gatsby as they roam around a speakeasy and enjoy delectable food, drink “giggle water” and dance the Charleston.

For 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central PA (RMHC-CP) has served children and their families by providing compassionate support through family-focused programs and healthcare partnerships.

Tickets and Sponsorships are available at:
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