Information that has appeared in previous issues.

Pennsylvania American Water Holds 16th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest
Pennsylvania American Water is accepting entries from fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students that live in areas, or attend schools, served by PA American Water.
The contest encourages students to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s water resources. The deadline for artwork submissions is April 13, 2018. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available on the company’s website at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com, under “News and Community.”
A first, second and third-place winner will be selected from both eastern and western Pennsylvania. First-place winners will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Second and third-place winners will receive a $50 and $25 gift card, respectively. Awards will be presented in May as part of National Drinking Water Week activities.

WE MATTER Coalition to Cover Eating Disorders

The WE MATTER Coalition is sponsoring a free community forum, “How Much Do You Know About Eating Disorders?” for parents and children struggling with the complex issue of body image and food.
The event will take place on Wednesday, February 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey.
Dr. Rollyn Ornstein, M.D. and Emily Masciulli, MSW, LCSW, from Penn State Health will be the presenters. Attendees will learn how to recognize the emotional and behavioral signs of an eating disorder and how to seek help.
The presentation is suitable for adults and children. Please email wemattercoalition@gmail.com to register.
WE MATTER is an Outreach Coalition comprised of community stakeholders dedicated to suicide prevention and reducing the stigma associated with mental health needs. WE MATTER provides educational opportunities, training, parent and youth support so that we may better connect, equip, and empower our community.
Hershey Figure Skating Club Offers New Therapeutic Skating Program for Kids with Physical Challenges
Skating is great exercise, but can be especially beneficial to those with developmental disabilities, physical challenges, or who are recovering from an injury.
The Hershey Figure Skating Club is running Hershey Twizzles, a five-week therapeutic skating course for children ages 5 to 12. Classes run 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, February 26, March 5, 12, 19, and 26. The cost is $80 for the program and $16 for a one-time yearly Learn-to-Skate USA membership.
The first session will be held off the ice at the Hersheypark Arena. The remaining sessions will be on the ice at the Giant Center.
Hershey Twizzles participants will have one-on-one assistance under the guidance of a United States Figure Skating Association certified coach. Skaters will be paired with their own volunteer “buddy,” and work at his or her own pace. Skaters will work on a special therapeutic skating curriculum, earning badges along the way.
Skate rental is available for $2.50. It’s recommended that skaters bring a bike or hockey helmet. Walkers will be provided for those who need it. Please visit our website for information on how a wheelchair-bound child can participate on the ice and for more information.

Hershey Baroque Chamber Ensemble to Perform Works by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel

The Arts Alive Cultural Series presents the Hershey Baroque Chamber Ensemble in concert on Sunday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey.
Founded in 2017 by Dr. Sean McCarthy, Director of Music at Derry Church, the Ensemble will present “Baroque Palace,” a program featuring some of the greatest hits of the Baroque period. Selections will include audience favorites including Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons, Pachelbel’s Canon in D major, Handel’s Water Music, and Bach’s amazing Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.
A free will offering will be received. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available.

Make Plans to Come to the Friends of the Hershey Public Library’s Winter Film Festival

Brave the winter weather and head to the warm and cozy Hershey Public Library to experience the Winter Film Fest. Suave, debonair, and witty in a self-deprecating way, no one did it better than Roger Moore!
The Festival will be held every Saturday in February at 2:00 p.m., at 701 Cocoa Avenue.
February 3 – Bullseye PG-13
February 10 – The Spy Who Loved Me PG
February 17 – The Cannonball Run PG
February 24 – Live and Let Die PG
Registration is not required. Snacks are provided.
Friends of the Hershey Public Library
Student Film Festival
Help to spread the word about the Friends Student Film Festival!  Please encourage creative students of any age to submit their work by April 1 (no fooling).
This annual event of the arts showcases and recognizes local student filmmakers’ talents. The festival will take place on April 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hershey Public Library.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Ballard at 717-435-5176, or e-mail steveballard650@verizon.net. Read More
The Secret Garden Opens Hershey Area Playhouse’s 2018 Season
Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present The Secret Garden, a musical based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett with script and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon.
Nominated for six Tony Awards and winning three, including Best Book of a Musical, the show focuses on a young girl, Mary and her journey after losing her parents to a cholera outbreak. She goes to live with an uncle who has his own memories and demons to battle. She discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden and is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house, the garden, and herself.
The Secret Garden runs February 8-11 and February 15-18. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $23 for teens/adults and $20 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com, or by calling the Playhouse’s box office at 717-533-8525.
 Derry Township Community Cats
Has Neutered 1,000 Cats!
Derry Township Community Cats (DTCC), a program created in December, 2012 to humanely reduce the outdoor cat population in Derry Township, celebrated the neutering of its 1,000th cat on January 23, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Audrey Hoffman of the Animal Health Care Center of Hershey.
DTCC’s program humanely traps free-roaming cats, neuters and vaccinates them, and returns them to the area where they were found. DTCC is a non-profit volunteer organization that has partnered with the Derry Township Board of Supervisors and Police Department to prevent the breeding of free-roaming cats to control the outdoor cat population. The service is free to Derry Township residents.
DTCC also takes kittens that are adoptable to local rescues. Volunteers handle young kittens regularly to socialize them to people. The kittens receive medical
exams, are tested for diseases and parasites, are given vaccines, are spayed/neutered and are offered for adoption. The costs are covered through donations received by DTCC.
More information about DTCC can be obtained at www.derrytownshipcats.org, by liking the Facebook page, or by calling the “catline” at 717-592-8087.
Hershey Public Library is a Technology Hub
Read about how the Hershey Public Library (HPL) uses technology to provide you with a connection to the Internet, train you on the use of computers and electronics, access digital media, and learn with on-line classes with your HPL membership. Read More
Market on Chocolate Director to Be Hired
 
The Downtown Hershey Association is happy to announce it is seeking applications for an independent contractor to serve as the paid director of the weekly Market on Chocolate for the 2018 season. Market on Chocolate runs every Saturday from June through September.
The Market on Chocolate director will manage volunteers, oversee schedules and layout of the Market, and coordinate vendor payments. The director will work with committee members to schedule fitness classes, live music, and other entertainment to increase the sense of community at the Market. Click here for the full position description and instructions on how to apply.
Kindergarten Registration Sessions to Be Held at the Early Childhood Center
Children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2018 and plan to attend kindergarten in Derry Township School District (DTSD) this fall can register now through Friday, February 23, 2018.
Pre-registration can be done at http://www.hershey.k12.pa.us/Page/4481
Parents/guardians and prospective students are to attend a follow-up registration session at the District’s Early Childhood Center, 450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey. While parents complete enrollment, the children will be engaged in basic academic exercises similar to what will be experienced in school.
Sessions Schedule
Students with last names beginning with A-I
Tuesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Students with last names beginning with J-R
Wednesday, February 28, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Students with last names beginning with S-Z
Thursday, March 1, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., 5:00-7:00 p.m.
A fourth session date will be offered for those who could not attend an earlier session on Friday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fish and Boat Commission Seminar to be Hosted by Representative Tom Mehaffie
Get ready for the fishing and boating season at a seminar presented by representatives of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Thursday, March 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.
Seating is limited and registration is required by calling Rep. Mehaffie’s office at 717-534-1323, by February 23. Event Flyer
Attention Residential and Commercial Alarm Holders
The Derry Township Police Department offers an online service for residential and commercial alarm holders to register their contact information with the department in the event of a burglar or fire alarm activation, or other emergency affecting their home or business. The registration is available at no cost through the police department’s website.
The information is restricted for public safety use only and is not released to third parties or other non-public safety entities. Contact the Police Department Records Section at 717-533-5498 for more information.
 New Parent and Child Interactive Program
to Be Offered on Saturdays
Are programs held during the week at the library too hard to get to?
The library is offering a new program for preschoolers and parents on the second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m. The program is part of a literacy-based strategy to encourage young children to read, talk, play, sing, and write.
Each program will have a featured theme and begin with a related read-aloud story followed by an exploration of the theme through blocks, learning centers, play areas, and experiments to promote active engagement of parents with their children. Children will have an opportunity to take related books home after the program.

Get Answers to Your Local Tax Questions

Keystone Collections Group has a phone line dedicated exclusively to taxpayer inquiries during the tax filing season. Call 1866-539-1100 to connect to a professional Taxpayer Service Representative to bring you the fastest and most reliable answers to your local tax questions.

Keystone will also answer online inquiries 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com, Contact Us.Don’t Forget to Clear Snow From Around Fire Hydrants

Pennsylvania merican Water asks homeowners to help keep fire hydrants clear from snow. By doing so, the public can help firefighters easily locate the hydrants and access water quickly, preserving valuable time when lives and properties are at risk.

Mariner East News Publishes Special Edition

This issue of Mariner East News provides details on construction of the pipeline and important facts about the safety of horizontal drilling operations.

  Derry Township Police Department Partners with Private Social Network for Neighborhoods
 The Derry Township Police Department announced it is partnering with Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), a private social network for neighborhoods, to improve township-wide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Derry Township Police Department to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Derry Township residents.
Derry Township residents can create private neighborhood websites on Nextdoor to share information on neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Derry Township Police Department will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications. Use of the site is free for residents and the Derry Township Police Department.
Members must verify their address before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
Derry Township residents interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com.
 New Parking Lot Infiltration System Manages Stormwater Runoff
The new West Caracas Avenue Parking Lot, located beside the Hershey Volunteer Fire Station, was designed using Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) to reduce stormwater runoff and lessen the negative impact on our local waterways. The Board of Supervisors and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) held an event on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, to demonstrate how the system works and to promote the use of BMPs.
Water was poured on the parking lot to show how the porous asphalt absorbs water. In addition, the vegetative islands and landscaping help rain water to infiltrate into the ground. The project was funded in part through a $200,000 PA DEP Local Stormwater BMP Implementation grant.
Informational signage has been posted to educate the public on the BMP features and the benefits of their use to improve water quality. Residents are encouraged to check it out on a rainy day and to consider how the use of Best Management Practices can reduce stormwater runoff from their properties.
DEP’s Be Stormwater Smart
Derry Township Environmental Advisory Council Receives 2018 TreeVitalize Grant
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry awarded the Derry Township Environmental Advisory Council a $6,375 grant for community tree plantings. Over 350,000 shade trees have been planted through the program since it was launched on Arbor Day 2004.
Applications were submitted by Derry Township homeowners over the summer to reserve their “almost free tree” for a total of 25 trees to be planted in the spring next year.
Pennsylvania American Water Helps Residents to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Pennsylvania American Water encourages homeowners to take precautions to prevent freezing pipes and avoid costly repairs.
Handy Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter
 2018 Dauphin County Dog Licenses Are Available Now
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 (a $2.00 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. Instructions
PennDOT Provides Safe Driving Tips

PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare, and frost are a few driving hazards they will encounter this fall, but there are steps drivers can take to help make their commutes safer. Check out PennDOT’s safe driving tips for fall.

PPL Electric Utilities Helps With Energy Efficiency

PPL Electric Utilities offers many energy efficiency programs and rebates to help you use less electricity at little or no cost. One program that draws special interest around this time of year is the WRAP energy efficiency program. It’s helped more than 100,000 income-qualified families.

If you meet income guidelines (and have your landlord’s permission, for renters), PPL will conduct a free energy audit of your home and identify opportunities to save energy. Based on the audit, energy-saving products like low-flow showerheads and LED bulbs will be installed at no cost to you. In some cases, refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers are replaced. Additional services for customers with electric heat and

Sign-Up for Free Online Classes with Your Hershey Public Library Card

Gale, online, instructor-led courses in workforce development and personal enrichment begin on October 18. Enroll online now to join FREE online classes in the following: Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Healthcare and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, and Writing and Publishing.

Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community by Preventing Bullying

“It is important to establish a culture of inclusion and respect for individual differences.”

The first in a series of Hershey All Things Diversity Sessions was presented by Erica Weiler-Timmins, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Psychological Services and Training at Milton Hershey School on Monday, September 18, at the Hershey Story Museum.

Bullying and inclusiveness cannot coexist. Bullying is unacceptable in an inclusive environment and a community is not inclusive when bullying is permitted to take place. Everyone must do their part to prevent and stop bullying to achieve a safe and inclusive community. Dr. Weiler-Timmins discussed the prevalence of observed or perceived unwanted aggressive behavior in schools in the United States. “One in five U.S. students will be bullied in school with a higher percentage occurring in middle school. Bullying occurs across all ages, socioeconomic classes, races, and cultures”, said Weiler-Timmins. Read More

Sinkhole Closes Route 422 in Londonderry Township

All lanes of Route 422 in North Londonderry Township, Lebanon County, were closed on Tuesday, September 5, as a safety precaution due to the expansion of a nearby sinkhole that created cracks in the pavement of eastbound Route 422 and continues to threaten the stability of the highway. PennDOT has been assessing the sinkhole located near the highway in front of the Palmyra Bowling center and is developing options for repairs to make the highway safe for travel.

A signed detour will direct eastbound motorists on Route 422 by way of Route 117, Route 322, and Route 934. Westbound motorists on Route 422 will be detoured by way of Route 934, Route 322, and Route 117.

There is a depression in the parking lot adjacent to the highway that is about 45 feet in diameter, extending into the shoulder and eastbound lane of Route 422. The sinkhole appears to be growing in size. Two openings in the parking lot pavement appeared last week, and additional cracking of the roadway pavement has extended further to the north.

PennDOT has been evaluating options to address the sinkhole and its undermining of Route 422. An emergency contract will be prepared and a contractor will be in place this week to excavate the sinkhole and make repairs. The project will also include excavation of the highway 200 feet east of a previous repair made in 2014, located near the west driveway entrance to the bowling center. The goal is to finish the repair and reopen Route 422 to traffic by Thanksgiving.

Hershey Volunteer Fire Department Wants to Help You to Prepare for an Emergency

September is National Preparedness Month. Follow the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company on Twitter and Facebook for information on how to be prepared for an emergency. Disasters don’t give much of a warning so you should plan ahead and be ready.

Follow the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook www.facebook.com/hersheyfire and on Twitter @hersheyfire.

Hershey Community Is Invited to Diversity and Inclusion Events

“The Township is pleased to help lead these important sessions to help build awareness and understanding in our community to align with our inclusion resolution. Together, we can all help create an environment where everyone is welcomed, affirmed and valued.” Susan Cort, Derry Township Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairwoman

Hershey Area All Things Diversity Sessions will begin in September and run through May 2018. The educational sessions are organized by the Township of Derry with assistance from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. This is the second year for the community-wide diversity and inclusion sessions.

The five sessions will be held on the main level of The Hershey Story located at 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. A light supper and dessert will be provided to attendees. The sessions are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

The first session, “Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community by Preventing Bullying,” will be held on September 18, 2017 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. The presenter will be Erica Weiler-Timmins, Director of Psychological Services at Milton Hershey School. In this session, Weiler-Timmins will discuss the prevalence and impact of bullying and strategies to create a safer and more inclusive community for our youth.

Future topics include “Navigating the Generations: Creating an Inclusive Community for All Ages” on November 20, 2017; “Creating an Inclusive Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Members” on January 15, 2018; “Understanding Religious Differences to Create a More Respectful and Inclusive Community” on March 19, 2018; and “Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives of Diverse Populations” on May 21, 2018. All sessions run from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

To register and find more information, please visit the Township’s website, All Things Diversity section.

August 31st Was Overdose Awareness Day in Derry Township

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors has declared August 31st Overdose Awareness Day in Derry Township in support of a worldwide effort to increase awareness of the drug epidemic that we are facing. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global campaign that works towards preventing overdoses, reducing the stigma associated with it, and providing support to families and loved ones of overdose victims.

Derry Township Proclamation

Visit www.overdoseday.com for more information on the drug crisis and how you can get involved in the prevention efforts.

Back-In Angled Parking Has Been Installed on Chocolate Avenue

Downtown Hershey now has a new parking option. Back-in angled parking can be found near 11 East Chocolate Avenue, the location for the new MeltSpa by Hershey.

Back-in angled parking offers several benefits to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It eliminates the difficulty of backing into traffic that is present with pull-in angled parking, provides motorists with better vision of bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vehicles, and also improves safety when loading and unloading cargo and helping children in and out of car seats. With back-in angled parking, open car doors direct young children toward a point of safety rather than out into the street.

Back-in requires a motorist to signal prior to the space, stop just past the space, and then slowly back in until the vehicle reaches the curb.

See the information on back-in angled parking in the following links:

Instructions for parking in a back-in angled parking space

Video providing background information on back-in angled parking

 

Work Continues in Derry Township on the Mariner East 2 Project

Sunoco Pipeline is constructing 350 miles of pipeline from Ohio to southeast Pennsylvania to transport natural gas liquids. Segment 4 is approximately 52 miles and will travel through Cumberland, York and Dauphin Counties.

Currently, construction activities in Derry Township include pipeline tie-in near Sand Hill Road, road bore work at Sand Hill Road, and continuing the horizontal directional drilling of the pilot hole near Waltonville Road. The drilling is scheduled to take place for two months. See the Mariner East News, September and the Mariner Pipeline Facts website for further information.

Exelon Provides Important Safety Information to Residents in the Three Mile Island Area

An Emergency Planning brochure for the Three Mile Island area has been created to provide instructions on what to do prior to and during an emergency. Residents are asked to review the brochure on how to be prepared, emergency supplies, emergency alert system, Potassium Iodide, radiation, and evacuation routes. Read Brochure

A survey is enclosed for those with impaired sight, hearing, or mobility. Return the self-addressed, postage-paid survey so that emergency responders can be prepared to provide assistance to you during an emergency.

Best Reads As Recommended by the Staff of the Hershey Public Library

Once a year, the library staff compiles a list of their favorite books to read during the previous year. This mixture of new and old, fiction and non-fiction, is much anticipated and enjoyed by the library’s patrons. Staff Picks

A New Community Recreation Center is Proposed in Derry Township

A public meeting was held on Tuesday, June 27, to present the proposed conceptual design for a new facility on Cocoa Avenue. See a summary of the meeting, the slide presentation, and recording of the meeting on the Township’s website.

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Township Objects to Proposed Updates to the M&H Railroad

The Township of Derry and the Borough of Hummelstown held a joint public information session on Wednesday, May 3, to discuss what is known on the proposed M&H Railroad project and related safety concerns.

M&H Railroad was awarded a state grant of $220,500 through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) to rehabilitate about five miles of track, a wye and a turnout. This initial funding would be used by M&H to relocate their freight interchange from Middletown to Hummelstown to transport freight, including hazardous materials, from Hummelstown across Route 322/422 to customers in Middletown and adjoining townships.

In a detailed slide presentation, Lieutenant Timothy Roche showed the location of the crossings, shared safety concerns, and provided the results of a speed and volume study that was performed on SR322.

Representatives from the Lower Dauphin School District, Derry Township School District, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, Dauphin County, Senator John DiSanto’s office, and Representative Tom Mehaffie were in attendance to voice their opposition to the project.

The Township of Derry, the Borough of Hummelstown, and community stakeholders will continue to work collaboratively against the project. Citizens are encouraged to send letters of concern within the next week to PennDOT, state officials, and the governor’s office at the addresses below.

Audio Recording of Meeting

Slide Show Presentation

The Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Senator John DiSanto, Senate Box 203015, Room 353, Main Capitol, Harrisburg, PA 17120-3015

Representative Thomas L. Mehaffie III,159 B East Wing, PO Box 202106, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2106

Secretary Leslie S. Richards, PA Department of Transportation, 8th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Michael Keiser, P.E., District Executive, PA DOT District 8-0, 2140, Herr St., Harrisburg, PA 17103-1699

PPL to Replace Power Lines in Derry Township

PPL Electric Utilities has started work to rebuild two transmission lines to improve the reliability of electric services to the region. The first line runs from a PPL substation near Route 322 to Shank Park and continues toward a PPL substation near the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The second line runs from the PPL substation near Route 322 by Shank Park and ends at the substation in Elizabethtown.

The wooden poles and wires will be replaced with taller steel poles and new wires that are more resistant to strong wind and storms. The work on the two lines will be staggered in order to ensure ongoing service to all of the customers in the area and will occur through 2018.

Questions on the project can be directed to the project team at 717-560-2436.

Bike Share Program Comes to Hershey

Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine and Zagster, Inc. will partner and will provide bike stations at six locations for use for employees, residents, and visitors to get around campus and the Hershey area. Riders must be 18 years old or older and can join the program by signing up as a Hershey Rides Zagster member. Members receive the first two hours of use free.

Design Standards Adopted for the Downtown Core

A supplemental Ordinance on Design Standards was adopted on the same night that the Zoning Ordinance was adopted, implementing minimum design standards for alterations to properties within the Downtown Core Zoning District.

Design guidelines and review requirements have been in place since 1993 under the Chocolate Avenue Preservation District. The new Ordinance revised the prior guidelines to make them more enforceable and easier for property owners to understand.  Also, 1- and 2-family dwellings that are within the Downtown Core Zoning District, but are not located on Chocolate Avenue, are exempt from the Design Standards. The standards ensure that future development and alterations to properties within the Downtown Core Zoning District along Chocolate Avenue, and commercial properties elsewhere within the Downtown Core Zoning District, are designed in a manner that is consistent with surrounding uses.

A Downtown Core Design Board will replace the Design Advisory Board and will be responsible for reviewing applications for alterations to properties in the Downtown Core Zoning District.  New construction and demolition projects will also be reviewed by the Design Board; however, comments on these types of projects would be advisory in nature, and the Board of Supervisors will have final approval.

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Derry Township Adopts New Zoning Ordinance

A new Zoning Ordinance was adopted at the March 28th Board of Supervisors meeting. The new ordinance will go into effect on April 3, 2017. The ordinance will support the goals established in the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in January, 2016. The adoption of the ordinance completes a 7-year project that engaged the community, government officials, and the expertise of consultants Derck & Edson and Environmental Planning & Design. The ordinance can be viewed here.

Waste Management is Awarded Three-Year Contract

Services for the collection of municipal solid waste and recyclables were bid and three proposals were received and opened on February 15th. The bid included options for the collection of electronics and an incentive based recycling program. Two of the companies provided a bid for both of the options. The prices for the collection of electronics were $425,124, or $3.75 per quarter and $476,138, or $5.88 per quarter. Currently, residents can take electronics to the Dauphin County Recycling Center free of charge. The Department of Environmental Protection does not allow electronics to be collected at the Recycling Center.

The prices for the incentive based recycling program were $1.20 and $1.89 per quarter. The last contract was awarded five years ago. In an effort to achieve the lowest quarterly fee, the contract was awarded on the base bid. Services for the collection of electronic waste and an incentive based recycling program will not be included at this time. The Township will explore other options.

Waste Management submitted the lowest bid of $5,311,242.72. The quarter residential fee is $63.90 per quarter. The pay as you throw program is $4.50 per bag. The three-year contract may be extended for two additional one-year terms.

Friendly Reminder on Pet Waste Etiquette

The wonderful warmer temperatures that we had in February brought walkers out to the parks and trails earlier this year. We want to remind pet owners that they should carry a bag with them to clean up after their pet.

Laudermilch Road Bridge to be Replaced in 2018

Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) held an informational meeting this week on plans for the Laudermilch Road Bridge to be replaced as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The Laudermilch Road bridge was built in 1917 is deteriorating and structurally deficient. PWKP will finance, design, construct and maintain 558 bridges throughout the Commonwealth for a 28-year term.

The bridge, which provides a crossing over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, is scheduled to be replaced in April, 2018. Construction is anticipated to take place over six months. Motorists will be detoured to Lingle Avenue during the project.

The new bridge will be 90-feet long and will include two 12-ft. lanes and 4′ shoulders with a new innovative application called Polyester Polymer Concrete Overlay to protect the bridge deck from the infiltration of deicing salts to reduce long-term maintenance costs.

More information on the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and an up-to-date schedule as the project progresses can be viewed at www.parapidbridges.com.

Disc Golf Course Now Open

An 18-Hole disc golf course has opened in Shank Park. If you are good at throwing a Frisbee, you’ll enjoy testing your skill in a game of Disc Golf. Similar to golf, but using a Frisbee and baskets, players aim to make 18 baskets located throughout Shank Park in fewer throws than their opponents. The equipment was purchased with a donation from an anonymous donor.

Take Old Electronics to the Dauphin County Recycling Center

Please remember that electronics are no longer permitted to be collected at the Derry Township Recycling Center. The PA Department of Environmental Protection requires that electronic waste be taken to the Dauphin county Recycle Center located at 1625 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Center can be reached at 717-982-6772.

What’s Happening in Downtown Hershey?

If you want to be in the know about all of the great events that are happening in Downtown Hershey, sign up to receive the Downtown Hershey Association’s weekly e-newsletter, The Wrapper, directly in your inbox. There are event announcements and feature stories on what’s happening in the community.

Put Your Name on the New Cocoa Castle Coming to the Hershey Recreation Center

Purchase an engraved brick with a special message, name, or tribute for $150 to pave a picnic area next to the playground. In addition, fence pickets will be sold and can be engraved with your name, a loved one’s name, or a company name. Fence pickets are available for $50. Purchase two or more for $45 each.

Don’t Forget to Register Your Bike

Township residents are reminded and encouraged to register their bicycles and pedalcycles with the Township as required by Ordinance. Registration not only helps to identify the owner of bikes when they are found, lost or stolen, but also assists emergency responders in identifying a bike owner following an accident or mishap.

Bike registration forms and licenses are available at the Township Administration Building and the Recreation Center during business hours, or at the Derry Township Police Department 24-hours a day. The cost of the license is $1.00 per bike and the fee is used towards the maintenance of the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail.

 Get Smart at the Hershey Public Library

The Hershey Public Library now offers borrowers the option to use their smart phone or other devices as a way to carry a library card. Simply downloading a free App, enables users to checkout materials using the self-checkout station, or at a staff service station. Barbara Ellis, the Director of Library Services, reports, “This has been a long time in coming and we are delighted to be able to upgrade to a new process. People have been asking for a while whether they could use their smart phones instead of a physical card and now they can!”

Library staff members will be available to provide assistance to cardholders that are not familiar with installing an App and loading a card barcode beginning June 27. The recommended Apps that work well at the library are Key Ring, Card Star and Stocard. Get Smart at the library and never leave home without your card again.

Is Your Township Based Business or Residential Security Alarm Registered with the DTPD?

The Derry Township Police Department recommends that all business and residential property owners who equip their property with alarm systems register their emergency contact information with the PD. Having the necessary contact information for alarm holders is critical during alarm activations when Public Safety personnel must alert the business, or residential property owners of situations that require their attention.

Individuals can register their information on the Police Department’s website, www.derrypd.com, or by completing the attached form and faxing it to 717-533-4857.

Can We Get in Touch With You in the Event of an Emergency?

Sign up for the Township’s emergency notification system. Click here to register. It’s important for the Township to be able to inform you of an emergency situation and to provide you with warnings, instructions, and information. Please provide your address because the system allows us to target specific geographic areas that are affected during an emergency.

Please Do Not Put Grass Clippings in the Street

Businesses and homeowners are asked to keep grass clippings on their lawn, dispose of them with their weekly trash collection, or take them to the Recycling Center located at 650 Clearwater Road.  When grass clippings end up on the streets, they are carried by rain water into the stormwater drains and into our streams and lakes.

The Penn State College of Agricultural Science warns that grass clippings contain phosphorus that is a troublesome pollutant.  Phosphorous causes uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds in waterways.  The algae blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing.  When it decays, it takes oxygen away from fish.  “According to the Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition, one bushel of fresh grass clippings can contain 0.1 pounds of phosphorus, which if it ends up in lakes or ponds is enough to produce 30 to 50 pounds of algae.

Also keep in mind that when you leave your grass clippings on your lawn, it adds fertilizer to your lawn.

Please visit www.stormwaterpa.org for more information.

Shrubs, Trees and Vegetation Care

We are asking all homeowners to make sure that shrubs, trees and vegetation are trimmed so that it is not on streets, alleys and sidewalks.  Waste Management encounters many alleys that are difficult to access to collect trash and recycling because of trees and hedges growing into the alleys.

Trees should be trimmed so that there is a 12′ clearance above the curb and roadway.  Shrubs and vegetation must be trimmed completely back so that nothing is on the surface of the road.  Sidewalks must also be clear of vegetation and trees need to have 12′ clearance above the sidewalk as well.  Please check and make sure that your property is in compliance with the township’s code.  This will be of assistance in providing the best possible trash collection, snow removal, street sweeping, leaf removal and emergency services to you.

 Community Event Announcements

If you have a community event that you would like to share in the Township eNews, you can email it to jillh@derrytownship.org Please note: 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.