What’s Happening in Harlem Township
WHERE TO FIND LOW COST/NO COST MEDICAL/OTHER HEALTH CARE
This year seems to be a lot worse than usual for flu, colds, and other complaints. If you’ve been putting off getting help because of the cost, there are some local options available:
Delaware General Health District Clinic, 3 W. Winter St. Delaware, 740-203-2040. Services: Adult and Childhood Immunizations, Flu shots, Anonymous HIV Tests, Blood Pressure, Anemia, Diabetes, and Cholesterol Screenings, Pregnancy Test, Prenatal Clinic, Women, Infants and Children Nutrition and Counseling Program (WIC), Healthy Weight Management. Most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available that may reduce the cost.
The Vineyard Free Medical Clinic is located at 1001 W. Cherry St, Sunbury, 740-965-8888. The clinic is open to walk-in patients the first and third Mondays of every month starting at 5:15 p.m. The Clinic, begun in 2004, is available to those in the community in need physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
Vineyard Free Health Clinics: 6000 Cooper Rd., Westerville. Medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic services for patients who have no insurance, no Medicare, no Medicaid, and incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. For additional information, call 614-259-5428.
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.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP DAYS 2015
They’re coming, August 15 and 16 – mark the dates. Planning is underway and will continue at the Harlem Township Heritage meeting on Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.in the Community Room at the firehouse. Come and tell us what you’d like to see in 2015.
DELAWARE GENERAL HEALTH DISTICT NEWS
The Delaware General Health District’s adult injury prevention program is again offering "A Matter of Balance" classes in an effort to help older adults improve their stability. These eight-week classes are completely free and take place at the Center for Older Adults located at 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware. The classes will teach participants different non-strenuous exercises that will help improve balance. Classes will begin on Monday, March 2, and run through April 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional sessions will be held later in the year.
Time to beat the winter blahs! We are very fortunate that Garth’s Auction House in Delaware has once again agreed to put on an antique roadshow here in Harlem Township during the month of March. Details are not yet finalized, but it will be a weekday late afternoon/early evening for a change and will be added to the calendar here and posted on the Harlem Township Facebook page as soon as the date, time, and location are finalized. A donation ($5 suggested) is requested for each appraisal. All funds collected will be used for restoration and preservation projects in our township’s old cemeteries.
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.
For more information about this memorial and brick purchase can be found by visiting the Harlem Township Heritage page under the Community tab above.
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.
ON THE CALENDAR:
January 19 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
February 2 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
March 2 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room