What’s Happening in Harlem Township
ASSISTANCE NEEDED? WANT TO HELP?
Winter, and cold weather, always creates more needs in our daily lives and in some cases, the needs may be more than incomes will allow. There are a number of sources of assistance in Delaware County for people and families needing assistance: People In Need (PIN) serving all of Delaware County is funded by the United Way and offers emergency assistance for needs such as prescription drugs, vision and dental needs, and utility bills in addition to more common items like food and shoes. People In Need, 138 Johnson Drive in Delaware, is open Monday through Friday (closed for lunch) - 740-363-6284.
Big Walnut Friends Who Share, 216 High Street in Sunbury, helps families and individuals in need or crisis who reside in the Big Walnut School District. This location has limited hours or operation so call first before making the trip to Sunbury – 740-965-9596.
Harlem Township Helping Hands, a committee of the Civic Association, works with the Harlem Road UMC, Galena UMC, Church of the Savior UMC, New Albany UMC, and the Sunbury Library as part of Side by Side Outreach to help members of our local communities. Helping Hands offers emergency assistance to Harlem Township residents and also helps with school supplies and winter coats and shoes. To contact Helping Hands call Diane Ewald at 740-965-3252 or Valerie Pedersen at 740-965-3670.
Harlem Road UMC (and Side by Side Outreach) provides food baskets for families and presents for school age children for holidays and gives other assistance as needed. For assistance from HRUMC /Side by Side Outreach call Judy Sharpe Kosmatka at the Harlem Road UMC, 740-965-4543.
All of these organizations rely on donations of money and useable items that can be passed on to those who need them. If you have a little extra cash or if Santa brings you a new model or upgrade to a household item and the old one is still useable, please remember these organizations that are helping those in our community who are less fortunate and help them. And if you’re in a giving mood, don’t forget that the Delaware County Humane Society is also always looking for donations to help with their programs for animals in need in the county.
MEMORIAL TO THE HARLEM TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
The Harlem High School Alumni Association and Harlem Township Heritage are raising funds by selling engraved bricks and pavers to create a memorial to the Harlem Township schools in the community park. Funds will be raised to/for anyone interested in helping preserve this part of our township’s heritage. To date about $3,500 has been raised. Prices for bricks and pavers are being increased January 1, so this is a good time to get your order in.
For more information about this memorial and brick purchase can be found by visiting the Harlem Township Heritage page under the Community tab above.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Harlem Township Trustees and other elected and appointed officials will meet on Monday, January 5, in the Community Room at 5:00 p.m. for the annual organizational meeting during which the township budget for the year will be discussed and set. This will include items such as employee wages, rates for gravesites, costs of gravel and salt, etc. This is the start-up meeting to set the agenda for the coming year.
Our current elected officials with term of office in parentheses are as follows: Trustees: Dave Jackson (2014-18), Jerry Paul (2012-16), and Carl Richison (2014-18); and Township Clerk, Bob Fracasso (2012-16).
CARRIAGE RIDES AND COMMUNITY PARK
We hope everyone is enjoying the lighted and decorated trees across from the firehouse in our Community Park. We may not have as grand a display as many of the surrounding communities but our display is a sincere effort of giving to the community by members of Harlem Township Heritage. Consider joining us next year in one or several of our projects and events we bring to this community! More information about Harlem Township Heritage can be found under the Community Drop down tab at the top of this page.
The carriage rides on Saturday, December 13, centered at the decorated park shelter house were enjoyed by a number of people. Those who came enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate in the shelter, carolers, a warming bonfire, and of course the ride in the covered wagon around the luminary lighted track. The Helping Hands group received quite a few donations of non-perishable items and money to help the less fortunate in our community. Pictures of the carriage ride can be found on the township Facebook page.
Did you know there are three times as many cooking related fires on Thanksgiving as on any other day of the year? The majority of the fires (and injuries) come from range or cooktop surfaces with ovens being the second highest source. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires with unattended cooking being the number one cause of cooking fires. So play it safe on Thanksgiving (and everyday) and keep an eye on the stove.
HTH HISTORIC MEETING
There was a good crowd, 35 or so people, in attendance to hear Phyllis Davidson talk about the old schools of Harlem Township. But one member of the audience stumped Phyllis with the question, "When did the Center Village school become the Harlem Township school?" In the late 1930’s some students received C sports letters and some received H letters.
If you know the answer to that question, please pass it on to Vicki Tieche.
ON THE CALENDAR:
January 3 – 1:00 p.m., weather permitting, remove decorations from trees in Community Park
February 2 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room