What’s Happening in Harlem Township


DELAWARE GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT – ZIKA VIRUS
February 8, 2016

The Delaware General Health District is educating residents about and monitoring for any potential case of Zika virus – a mosquito-borne disease that is spreading rapidly across the American tropics. The Health District’s communicable disease team along with the zoonotic disease program will monitor any potential human disease occurrence, especially if a traveler returns to this area from a Zika-affected region. If a human illness is reported, the victim will be counseled and a containment effort including fogging (as weather dictates) will occur in the immediate area to try to prevent mosquitoes from biting the infected person. The Health District may also provide preventative larviciding in areas that collect water to prevent mosquito maturation. This is in addition to the yearly surveillance that occurs for West Nile Virus, La Cross Encephalitis and other mosquito-borne diseases which involve human, mosquito and avian monitoring.

Please everyone, do your part to help stop mosquito borne illnesses in our area by dumping out standing water in outside containers (mosquitoes overwinter as eggs and larva which need water) and getting rid of things like old tires, buckets, and toys where water can accumulate. We've had a mild winter so far; mosquitoes only need about two weeks to mature from eggs to biting adults; female mosquitoes start laying eggs when the average temperature is about 50.

BIG WALNUT SCHOOLS OPEN FORUM
February 8, 2016

Big Walnut Schools will host an open public forum at 6 p.m., April 27, at the Harlem Township Hall to discuss future school district facility needs. The forum will be hosted by the Big Walnut Schools Facilities Planning Committee. Come learn how the area’s growth will affect our children.

ELECTRICITY IN OUR PARK
February 5, 2016

Harlem Township submitted two proposals for grant funds through a Community Park Improvement Grant program run by the Board of Commissioners of Preservation Parks of Delaware County. Preservation Parks approved both grant applications which means, for Harlem Township Days on August 20-21, there ought to be electric hook-ups available in the park for more activities and food vendors. Plus, there will be electricity available for other activities in the park throughout the year.

SPRING CEMETERY MAINTENANCE
February 5, 2016

Township Maintenance crews will begin their spring clean-up in the cemeteries April 1, which means anyone having holiday decorations in the cemeteries they wish to save needs to have them removed by then. By the rules for the township cemeteries enacted in 2012, the township maintenance staff may also permanently remove all decorative ornaments, solar lights, pavers, edging stones, and gravel. Please, clean up your family gravesites and be sure to abide by the planting rules which can be found in the complete list of cemetery rules under the Township menu, Cemeteries.

CIVIC ASSOCIATION ANNUAL ROADSIDE CLEANUP
February 5, 2016

The Civic Association in cooperation with Harlem Township Trustees and the Delaware Health District is sponsoring a roadside cleanup campaign on Saturday April 23, 2016. Volunteers are needed to show their civic pride and help clean up our roadsides. Trash bags, road assignments, and safety vests will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road, 1/4th mile west of Center Village. Wear study boots and gloves for protection. You are encouraged to return to the Grange Hall between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for a free lunch, bragging rights on the most unusual finds, and return of safety vests.

For your convenience, you may call Valerie Pedersen (740-965-3670) to secure a road assignment and bags ahead of time. Trash filled bags will be picked up along assigned roads on Monday, April 20, by the Township Maintenance crew. This enables anyone who can’t participate on Saturday to collect trash at other times over that weekend. If you wish to do this, please contact Valerie so she adds the area you’re picking up to the list of roads needing trash bag pick up.

DID YOU KNOW ...
February 5, 2016

In addition to issuing death certificates, the Registrar’s office at the Delaware General Health District can issue a birth certificate to anyone born in any county in Ohio. Information necessary when making a request includes: name at birth on the certificate, date of birth on the certificate, and maiden name of the mother. Certificates cost $24 and can be gotten through walk-in, phone, or on line. For more information visit the Delaware Health Department website.

TREE SEEDLING PACKETS AVAILABLE
February 5, 2016

The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering packets of 10, two year old seedlings (of one type) ranging in size from 7 to 18 inches depending on the type of tree for between $8.00 and $14.00. Trees can be ordered now for pick-up in Delaware in April. For more information visit the Delaware County district website and click on 2016 Tree Seedling Packets.

THINK SPRING – LOOK AT A SEED CATALOG
January 18, 2016

Fifty years ago, one of the favorite township past-times at this time of the year was perusing the new seed catalogs. The catalogs arrived just after the first of the year and offered home gardeners the opportunity to try growing bigger and better sweet corn, tomatoes, zinnias, marigolds, you name it. The catalogs aren’t sent out free to every rural home anymore but they are available to be requested online. Click on the following links to request catalogs you would like to enjoy: BURPEE free catalog, PARK SEEDS free catalog, HARRIS SEEDS, HEIRLOOM SEEDS. and there are more you can find on line.

What better way to spend a cold, blustery winter day than looking through a seed catalog and thinking spring!

PARK UN-DECORATING THANK YOU
January 18, 2016

A big thank you to Joni Manson and Dave Snyder who took care of all the un-decorating in the park on January 2. It was a big job. Hope that next year we can make the holiday park decorations more of a township/community thing with more people involved.

FEED THE BIRDS
January 18, 2016

Did you know that many of the birds you're now seeing at your feeders eating seed eat insects during the summer instead? They do. So feed the birds and help them get through the nasty weather when food is scarce so they can help you in the warmer months by eating the insects that pester you. It's a win win situation.

FARMS AND FARMLAND, A HARLEM TOWNSHIP MAINSTAY
January 18, 2016

The rural character of Harlem Township has always been one of its calling cards: "Residents enjoy relative privacy in their living conditions and minimal commercial encroachment. This is the underlying theme which characterizes our community. With the proper management, continued future development, and the emphasis on rural character, we trust that our community will continue to evolve as a premier place to call home." (Quote from Harlem Township website – About the township.)

Even though we are considered part of the Columbus Metropolitan area, there are still 73 farms in Harlem Township with 59% of the land area dedicated to farming. Township residents who have been here for a while have watched as the number of farms and farmers in the township have steadily decreased. This is a nationwide phenomenon. According to an agricultural economist who spoke recently at the Ohio State University, "An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new farming industry entrants, and a need to provide support and training to the new farmers are top concerns for the future of American farming." Currently 29% of farmers in Ohio are over 65 years of age and only 7% younger than 35.

ON THE CALENDAR:
February 5, 2016

FEBRUARY

February 8 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
February 13 – Pancake Breakfast, Harlem Grange Hall, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
February 15 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
February 16 – Garden Club, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
February 17 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
February 18 – HTH meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room

MARCH

March 3 – EMS Training, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 7 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
March 14 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Fiscal Office
March 15 – Primary Election
March 16 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 17 – HTH meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
March 18 – Chicken Noodle Dinner, Harlem Grange Hall, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
March 21 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room

APRIL

April 4 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
April 7 – EMS Training, 7:00, Community Room
April 11 – Zoning, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
April 18 – Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., Community Room
April 20 – Harlem Township Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
April 21 – Harlem Twp Heritage (HTH) meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
April 22 - Chicken Noodle Dinner, Harlem Grange Hall, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
April 23 – Township Clean up Day, Harlem Grange Hall, 9:00 a.m.


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