What’s Happening in Harlem Township
AUGUST IS VACCINATION REMINDER MONTH
The Delaware County Health Department uses the month of August to remind residents that vaccinations aren’t just for children. In order for vaccines to be effective, it is important that "community immunity" exists or that 90-95 percent of the population are vaccinated so germs have little or no chance of making anyone in the community sick – especially those with weakened immune systems or those who cannot receive immunizations due to certain health conditions. Children need the standard immunizations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DPT), chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and polio. Teenagers and even adults need boosters for some of these vaccines. How long has it been since you had a tetanus booster? For more information on what vaccines you or your child may need, or to schedule an appointment with the DGHD clinic, call 740-203-2040 or visit delawarehealth.org.
PAY ATTENTION! NEW 4-WAY STOP
Delaware County changed the intersection of Center Village and Miller-Paul Roads to a 4-way stop last week with very little pre-notification. This intersection has had a lot of accidents, several this summer. We’ll hope the 4-way stop improves the situation. Be very careful going through this intersection, especially as activity increases at Hylen Souders Elementary. Teacher work days begin August 11, with the first day of school on August 13. Kindergarten starts on August 18, and there will be drivers not as familiar with that intersection. Pay attention and be careful!
GREEN COOK ROAD CLOSING
UPATE 7/13 – Really indefinite – This county project will have to be put out on bid, so there is no timeline yet for when the work might be done. We will have to be patient.
The Delaware County Engineer has closed Green Cook Road for an indefinite period of time due to a failed culvert. The closure will be between Center Village Road and Robins Road. Address numbers up to and including 3911 can be accessed from the north, while addresses including and above 3995 can be reached from the south.
Any questions can be directed to Fire Chief Dale Fling.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS ADDS FUN CONTESTS
With $10 prizes for each event! These contests are open to all and do not require any pre-registration, Just show up at the location indicated at the proper time and you’re entered!Parade Contests: (Must participate in the parade at 10:00 a.m. Saturday)
* Best Decorated or favorite bike, trike in parade: a) to age 10; b) over age 10. Two $10 prizes. Assemble in the ftont parking lot near St. Rt. 605.Quiet Contests: (Shelter house, most answers right wins)
* 20 questions (relating to Harlem Township) 1:30 p.m. SaturdayDarkest Farmer's Tan: Antique tractors shelter, 10:45 a.m. Saturday
School Pride: Dress to show your school pride, any school. 11:00 a.m. Saturday (and we hope you also participate in the parade).
Crazy Tie: Shelter house 11:45 a.m. Sunday
Decorated Hat: Shelter house, Noon Sunday
* Biggest Bubble Gum Bubble (from two pieces of bubble gum; we provide). Shelter house, 2:15 p.m. Saturday
SENIOR APPLIANCE PICK UP
Appliance pickup service is available to older Delaware County residents looking to rid themselves of old appliances, televisions, and computer equipment. This pickup service was developed to prevent injuries that could come from lifting heavy items or falls that might happen while trying to move appliances or computer components. The Delaware General Health District contracts with a moving company to pick up large, bulky, or heavy items from a resident’s home and deliver them to Sims Recycling in Delaware. The service is free and available to all Delaware County residents age 60 and over.
For more information on this service, contact Keep Delaware County Beautiful coordinator Jenifer Way-Young at 740-203-2076.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS ADDS AGRICULTURAL CONTESTS FOR 2014
With prizes - $5 for first and ribbons for first, second, and third (participation prizes for children’s classes). Agricultural contests this year will be in the mower shed on the northeast side of the community park by the small parking lot off Route 605. Entries must be in place by noon on Saturday, August 16, and remain in place until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17. Viewer’s choice contest voting will be on Saturday from noon to 6pm with ribbons placed for viewing on Sunday.
Contest categories for this year as well as more information can be found on the Harlem Township Days page under the Events tab above.
SENIOR HOME SAFETY CHECKS
To help older adults stay safe and independent in their own homes, the Delaware General Health District offers home safety checks, a free service where a DGHD health educator and a registered public health nurse tour an older resident’s home to assess any safety concerns. The appointments generally last an hour and include a health screening with the registered nurse. If the assessment finds that an older adult is in need of grab bars in the bathroom, ramps to the door, or simply a furniture rearrangement, the Health District works closely with the Council for Older Adults to provide home modifications on a sliding fee scale based on income and need. As part of the safety checks, clients receive a safety tool kit of items that can help make a home become fall proof including a nightlight, a flashlight, and an aluminum assist reacher.
For more information or to schedule a home safety check, call Mitchell Briant, DGHD adult injury prevention coordinator, at 740-203-2054.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS 2014
Harlem Township Days: August 16 and 17, 2014, our 5th year with an organized, free township oriented festival for everyone to enjoy. We’re hoping for an even better opening parade at 10am on Saturday than we’ve had in the past and you can help us make it that way. The parade will once again honor our township seniors over the age of 80. If you know of any long-term township residents who turned 80 in the past year or whom we have missed in the past, please let Diana Robertson at the Harlem Road UMC know, 740-965-4543. Children and youth with decorated bicycles and tricycles are being encouraged to participate in the parade this year. Watch the bulletin board across from the recycling bins for more information on this. We’d also love to have floats in the parade, strolling musicians, anything and everything to make the parade memorable and enjoyable including our scout units and antique tractors. This is our event; let’s make it wonderful. Visit the 2014 Harlem Township Days page (under the Events tab above) for more information about the activities and plans for this year’s celebration.
AUGUST MOSQUITO MONTH
Mosquitoes have been working since the weather warmed up in April to breed and re-populate. Unfortunately some of the disease carrying mosquitoes have made it into Delaware County – three pools near Polaris tested positive for West Nile virus in early August. It’s even more important now than ever to make sure we don’t have un-natural pools or containers of standing water on our properties that mosquitoes can breed in. Old tires are a well known place for rainwater to accumulate and create breeding pools, garden watering buckets left by the hose can fill with rainwater and create a breeding pool, even birdbaths should be changed regularly. Female mosquitoes can lay over 100 eggs at a time! The first three life stages of mosquitoes that depend on water for survival only take five to fourteen days depending on the species. With the wet summer we’ve had, mosquitoes are finding many places to lay eggs. Emptying these containers now and keeping them empty as winter approaches can help us reduce the mosquito population next year. Eggs and pre-adult stages survive over the winter frozen in blocks of ice. You can help protect yourself now from bites by wearing repellant, wearing full length, light colored clothing, and staying inside during the peak times between dawn and dusk.
MEMORIAL TO THE HARLEM TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
The Harlem High School Alumni Association and Harlem Township Heritage are raising funds to create a memorial to the Harlem Township schools in the community park. Funds will be raised by selling engraved bricks and pavers to/for anyone interested in helping preserve this part of our township’s heritage. For more information about this memorial and brick purchase can be found by visiting the Harlem Township Heritage page under the Community tab above.
ON THE CALENDAR:
August 14 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
September 1 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.
October 6 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.