Derry Township eNews August 10, 2018 
Current News
Public Hearing to Be Held on Short-Term
Housing Rentals
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments regarding proposed Ordinance No. 706, which would amend Chapter 225 (Zoning) of the Code of the Township of Derry regarding the use of properties within the Township as a vacation rental, bed and breakfast, or boarding house.
All interested parties are invited to attend. 
Paving to Occur in Walton Spring Hills
The Department of Public Works will be paving split cartways in Walton Spring Hills including the remainder of Brookline Drive August 13-15.

The split cartways will be closed to thru traffic for several hours.
Parks and Recreation Newsletter
It's Family Fun Friday at the Hershey Recreation Center
Hang at the pool today! The pool golf challenge begins at 2:00 p.m.

Daily fees are $7.00 for adults ($14 for nonresidents), $6.00 for children ages 5 to 11 ($10.00 for nonresidents), Children 4 and under are free. 
Music on Chocolate
Music on Chocolate takes place this Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in ChocolateTown Square. This month's bands include  Canyon and Galactic Cowboy Orchestra . Read more about their styles in The Wrapper.

There will be food and beverages available for purchase from Tröegs Independent Brewing, Oliveros Vineyard, Blazing Swine BBQ, Rogue Popcorn, and Fenicci’s of Hershey will have ice cream.
It's National Farmers' Market Week!
If you make it to the Market on Chocolate every week, or have never experienced it, make sure that you're there to celebrate all the great options that the Market has to offer at National Farmers' Market Week.

Three local farms will be at the Market with a large assortment of the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, and meats.

Very exciting news for this week! Prairie Fire Farms will bring miniature horses to the park. Children and many adults too will love seeing them.

Emmanuel Nsingani and Momo Baz will provide live entertainment during the Market from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. If you heard them play at Culturefest, you know how great they are!  

The Market runs Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

See the full vendor line-up for this week.

Plan to take part in the free fitness classes and children's activities.     

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Tai Chi in the Park with David Tringali     
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Dailey Method fitness class
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - Make and take project with SPLAT Studio
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - UNITE Youth activities and games with Spring Creek Church of the Brethren
Drop, Rock, and Read
Students in grades 6 and higher are invited to drop in at the library on Wednesday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy reading in rocking chairs, proving once again that "Libraries Rock!" 
Meet the Library at the Market
Come to the Children's Tent at the Hershey Farmer's Market, located next to the Cocoa Beanery at 1215 Research Blvd (off of Bullfrog Valley Road/US 322), on Thursday, August 16 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. to listen to stories.
Tibetan Monks to Create a Sand Mandala at the Hershey Public Library
The Hershey Public Library and Hershey All Things Diversity are sponsoring a Sand Mandala program.

Stop by the library on Wednesday, August 22 through Friday, August 24 to see the Monks at work.

Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition in which a design is created from sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically dismantled once it has been completed. The mandala and ceremony symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.
Hershey Area All Things Diversity Presents
Empowering Women and Girls
September 12, 2018, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Sharice Johnson, Senior Division, Student Programs Leader at Milton Hershey School, and creator of Girls Grace, will talk about how the Girls Grace Event helps girls build character and confidence to pursue their dreams.

"Girls Grace is an investment in [our female students’] development toward becoming strong, successful young women. By attending the event, they discover more about themselves, learn how to empower and support their peers, find time for self-reflection, and have some girl fun,” explains Johnson.

She is also the creator and facilitator of the Young Women’s Alliance Club that meets weekly with Milton Hershey high school girls. Participants in the program will share their experiences and the positive effects of being a part of Girls Grace.

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

The event is free; however, registration is required.

The Hershey All Things Diversity sessions are organized by the Township, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company, and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.
Township Meetings and Events Calendar 

Air is Everywhere
Second Saturday at the Hershey Public Library
This month's Second Saturday theme is Air is Everywhere . This science-based program will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.

As a part of a literacy-based strategy encouraging reading, talking, playing, singing,and writing in young children, the program will begin with a story and exploration of the theme through blocks, learning centers, play areas, and experiments, to promote active engagement of parents with their children. There will be an opportunity to take related books home after the program.
Get Creative at Art Camp
The Hershey Public Library will hold art camp Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Projects will include an origami paper mobile, a fused glass dish, a woven basket, and a mosaic picture, with instruction provided by Kathleen Forney.

The fee is $50.00, payable by cash or check at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue.
Library and Recycling Center Hours and Address
Recycling Center Hours  - 650 Clearwater Road
Hershey Public Library Hours  - 701 Cocoa Avenue
Community News and Events
Catch Daddy Long Legs, a Limited Engagement Show at Hershey Area Playhouse
Daddy Long Legs is a stage musical that tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott of the John Grier Home and her mysterious benefactor who agrees to send her to college, who she dubs "Daddy Long Legs" after seeing his elongated shadow. Under the conditions of her benefactor, Jerusha sends him a letter once a month, describing her new-found experiences with life outside the orphanage.

Experience this amazing two-person musical August 10 or 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at, or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525.
Skate with Your Favorite Princess at Hershey Figure Skating Club’s Princess Skate and Tea Party
Princesses across the land are invited to enjoy the magic and fantasy at Hershey Figure Skating Club’s Princess Skate & Tea Party on Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hersheypark Arena. This enchanted tea party
will feature learn-to-skate lessons by professional ice skaters and favorite princesses, followed by afternoon tea, tea sandwiches, cookies, and plenty of photo opportunities.

Princess dresses and tiaras are highly encouraged!

The event is $25 per skater. Skate rental is included. All ages and skating levels are welcome. Gloves are
recommended and helmets are optional. Parking is free.

Registration is required. Spaces are limited.
Visit to register or for more information.
Hershey Community Chorus Hosts Open House
The Hershey Community Chorus will host an open house on Monday, August 20, 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, located at 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey. 

New members are extremely welcome in all voice parts. The Chorus is truly a community organization with members from throughout the central Pennsylvania area. No auditions are required, just a desire to sing and belong to a great group of people. This is an opportunity to meet some of the current members and hear about the upcoming Christmas season concerts. Light refreshments will be served.

The Hershey Community Chorus has been entertaining Hershey and the surrounding communities since 1934. Each year, the Chorus presents at least two major concerts in the Christmas and spring seasons, in addition to other appearances in Hershey and the surrounding communities. Chorus archives and recordings will be available for review.

This year the Chorus will be presenting its Christmas concert, “Harps of Gold” on Friday, December 14, and Sunday, December 16. 

The Chorus rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. at The Hershey Free Church, 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown. Registration will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 27, followed by rehearsal. The rehearsal will be a “test drive” for new members to decide if the Chorus is right for them.

The membership fee is $30.00, non-refundable, to help cover the cost of music.

More information can be obtained by calling 717-508-4400 or emailing .
Derry Church Celebrates God's Creatures and Blesses Animals
In celebration of all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives, Derry Presbyterian Church will offer its 12th annual worship service that includes a blessing of animals on Tuesday, August 28 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.  
Worshippers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society. Requested items include non-clumping cat litter, puppy training pads, 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
Women's Civic Club of Hershey Awards Scholarship
The Women's Civic Club of Hershey presents a $1,000 scholarship annually to a female student from Hershey High School. The scholarship is based on financial need, academic performance, school activities, and community service.

This year's recipient is Madison Held. Madison will attend Bloomsburg University and study elementary education.

Congratulations Madison!
Pennsylvania American Water Donates a Water Bottle Filler Station to The Vista School
Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Jimmy Sheridan joined staff and students of The Vista School to try out a newly donated water bottle filling station.

The filling station will keep everyone hydrated with cool refreshing water while helping to reduce plastic bottled water waste. The water bottle filling station is located in the school’s gym.

Pennsylvania American Water provided the Elkay water fountain bottle filler to The Vista School to promote healthy living by drinking more water. Last year, the company donated a similar unit to the Pine Street Elementary School in the Palmyra Area School District in Lebanon County.
 “The station even counts how many plastic water bottles are being eliminated each time someone uses his or her refillable bottle,” said Sheridan.

The Vista School is an approved private school serving more than 100 students with autism from eight counties.
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