It’s hard to believe that Easter is almost here. One reason may be because last year, we were all on lockdown during this time. Nonetheless, this year should look a whole lot different.

Last year, it was also cold and rainy most of April. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, it rained nearly the entire month. We even had traces of snow on May 8-9.

This year, however, spring came a little earlier and teased us. I know this week has been a rollercoaster ride as far as our weather, but I think we are in for a great Easter weekend forecast, at least I’m hoping.

Having said that, I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

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Theresa Miedel, website coordinator for St. Joseph Church in Derry, has announced that the Knights of Columbus of St. Martin/St. Joseph parishes would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the patrons that supported the Lenten fish fry this season.

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Derry Presbyterian Church Secretary Paula Shean has announced that Derry Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of 108 Presby Way and North Chestnut Street in Derry (724-694-5710), will be hosting a takeout only Chili Dinner at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The menu includes chili, cornbread and dessert. The cost is $7 per meal. This is takeout only. Pickup will be at the entrance of Fellowship Hall near garage and kitchen entrance. We appreciate your support!

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Derry First United Methodist Church Administrative Assistant Teri Sauers announced that the church will be hosting a takeout-only Swiss steak dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

The meal includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean, applesauce, rolls and cake. Cost for the meal is $12. Please call the church office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday at 724-694-8333 to place an order by Saturday, April 3.

In addition, Sauers announced the Holy Week 2021 remaining schedule:

  • Good Friday Cross Walk is scheduled for Friday, April 2. Participants are asked to meet in the first parking lot at noon to follow the Cross of Christ, hear again the story and sing Cross songs.
  • The Easter Sunrise Service will be held outdoors at 6:30 a.m. at the Old Salem Church, located at 6500 Route 982.
  • Lastly, Easter celebration in-person worship will be held 9:30 a.m. at Hillside and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at Derry First United Methodist Church.

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The 6th annual DARCee car show 2021 will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Derry Borough Community Park. Gates open at 10 a.m., as the event will be held rain or shine.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles, and all makes, models and years are welcome.

Dash plaques for the first 100 vehicles to arrive on the day of the show.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three place finishers for each class, plus best in show.

In addition, there will be three kid choice awards. A Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing will also take place. Cost of the event is $6 if you pre-register, or $10 at the gate.

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The Derry Area Philanthropy Committee (DAPC) will be providing Easter meals to the community this weekend.

The free meals may be picked up beginning noon Saturday, April 3, at Taps N’ at, 152 North Bank St., Derry Township.

The meals will include ham, potatoes, haluski, carrots, fruit cup, applesauce, rolls and desert.

Children will receive a free Easter basket and kid’s meals, which include ham, macaroni and cheese, carrots, applesauce, and desert.

The committee is expecting to severe approximately 200 meals this weekend, as well as passing out more than 100 Easter baskets.

To reserve meals, call committee founder Sean Kemmerer at 412-607-3233, or use the online form at

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Will your child be coming to kindergarten for the 2020-22 School year? Attention parents/guardians of future kindergarteners:

Now is the time to begin the process of enrolling your child in Derry Area School District kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Children who are 5 years old on or before the first day of school 2021 are eligible. Completing the enrollment process now not only helps us plan our resources appropriately, but it also gets you and your child on our contact list to receive invitations to several upcoming kindergarten readiness events you do not want to miss.

Kindergarten registration is completed electronically through a link located on our district website. Go to and click on: “Our Schools,” “Grandview Elementary,” “Parents” and then “Kindergarten Registration” to access the online registration form. In order for your child to be enrolled for kindergarten, please complete the online registration form AND provide the required documentation. Parents/guardians may submit documents by uploading them to the registration site at, emailing them to or dropping them off at the Grandview office.

If you have any questions or need assistance, call Grandview Elementary School at 724-694-2400. We look forward to welcoming our future kindergarten students to Grandview.

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We received this announcement is from Bill Glasser:

“Twin Maples Hunt Club will be performing its semi-annual road clean-up on Sunday, April 11, starting at 11 a.m. We will clean from the Derry Borough line to the boundary with St. Clair Township. This is not an Earth Day project. We have been doing this for over 25 years with the help of our club members. We will meet at the Twin Maples Club house at 10:30 a.m. Please help keep Chestnut Ridge beautiful.”

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This message comes from Derry Township tax collector Debby Zello:

“There seems to be some confusion on the township tax office hours. As most of you know, we share an office with Berkheimer Innovations. They have a sign on the door that states they are only open Wednesdays from 8:30 to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.. This schedule ONLY applies to the Berkheimer Innovations Office. The Township Tax Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and we close 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch. Hopefully this clears up any confusion. Have a Happy Easter!”

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Derry Area Federal Credit Union will hold its 72nd annual Credit Union Breakfast Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at A.V. Germano Hall in Derry Borough.

Cost of the event is $10 for members. A member may bring one guest at $15. Tickets may be purchased at Derry or Latrobe branch. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 16. Come enjoy great food and prizes!

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Derry Area School District 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director Debbie Gray would like to share that the afterschool program (aft3r@dasd) will be offered virtually throughout the month of April.

Elementary students can join in on the fun from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4 to 5 p.m. Friday the days school is in session. Secondary students are invited to join in from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program is free to students in the Derry Area School District K-12.

A variety of STEM activities are planned daily ranging from Citizen Science, Coding, Credit Recovery, Environmental Ecology, Engineering, Graphic Design, MAD Science, Mine Craft, Planet Bee Workshops, Read Aloud & Work Out, NASA projects, Remediation, Targeted Tutoring, Wellness, and more.

Join in on some STEMtastic spring activities by registering at (

A follow-up email will be sent upon registration.

For more information? Email Debbie at


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Congratulations to Derry Area Middle School sixth-grade students who competed in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 24.

Liam McMahen earned first place in the Junior Physical Science and Engineering Division. He also received sponsor awards from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fluor Marine Propulsion. Emily Laughlin earned a sponsor award from The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and Aspen Blystone acquired a sponsor award from Covestro LLC.

The 82nd Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) invited middle and high school students to take on the challenge of designing, implementing, and communicating an original experiment while competing for cash prizes and scholarships.

Students spend the 12 months leading up to the science fair developing and executing a project by utilizing the scientific method.

PRSEF is open to all students in grades 6-12 from the 21 counties within western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland. The Science Fair has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940. It is also the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science, which runs the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition.

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Have a Fabulous Easter!

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