What’s Happening in Harlem Township
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.
And decorations in our Community Park! Once again Harlem Township Heritage is planning holiday events for our community, but, there will be no gift and craft bazaar this year; our date was too late in the season to be attractive to vendors and shoppers.
Tree decorating of the cluster of evergreens in the southeast corner of the park is tentatively planned for Saturday, November 29, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Any changes to this date or time will be posted on the Harlem Township facebook page and on the bulletin board across from the recycling bins.
Carriage rides will be on Saturday, December 13, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. starting at the shelter house in the park. The carriage this year is a covered wagon pulled by a team of horses. Admission for the rides is a donation of either money or non-perishable items (soap, detergent, toothpaste, toothbrush, paper towels, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.) for Harlem Township Helping Hands (a function of the Civic Association) to use for those in need in the community. Preparations for this event will take place earlier in the day, and particulars will be posted on our Facebook page and on the bulletin board across from the recycling bins by the Maintenance Building.
DELAWARE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT INFORMATION ABOUT EBOLA
There has not been a confirmed case of Ebola in Ohio, but the Delaware General Health District is making plans to be prepared by working closely with local emergency response partners should the situation change. Travelers returning from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Liberia, or Nigeria in the past month may have been exposed to Ebola. Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus, although 8 to 10 days is most common. You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids from a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not spread through air, water, or food.
The Health District is asking anyone who has traveled, is getting ready to travel, or any organizations or churches that may be sending volunteers, missionaries or other personnel to West Africa to please call the Health District at 740-368-1700.
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.
PARK ELECTRICITY ON HOLD FOR ANOTHER YEAR
After the success of getting water lines installed in the Community Park, our township representative for these projects, Tom Nied’s plan was to apply for grant money to improve the electric situation with new installations in 2015. That unfortunately is not going to happen for at least another year because the due date for grant money proposals was substantially earlier than it was last year and was not announced.
OUR BIG TREE IS COMING TO ITS END
And it’s down, which is probably a very good thing. It wasn’t in as good shape as everyone thought it was – hollow on the inside all the way down. The "good wood" near the base of the tree on the road side was only about three inches thick. But it was a very big tree. Mike Kabler measured the diameter in both directions and came up with 9-3/4 feet both ways at the base, or about 30-1/2 feet around. We’ll miss it, and we’ll never know how old it was.
BOY SCOUT PROJECTS
You may have noticed some increased activity in some of our township cemeteries recently. Two Boy Scouts from Troop 669 in Westerville are completing their Eagle Scout projects by helping Harlem Township with some needed work. The first project has been to try to find one missing War of 1812 burial in Fancher Cemetery and missing Civil War burials in Fancher, Maple Grove, and Harlem Cemeteries--all of which were on the WPA records from 1935. Both graves in Fancher have been located but the stones are so badly deteriorated they are mostly unreadable. Small supplemental stones will be bought by Harlem Township Heritage to mark these two graves and the unfound burials in Maple Grove and Harlem cemeteries.
The second project will be to restore two rows of graves in Hanover-Snipetown Cemetery that have fallen down, are broken, or leaning badly. Several stones in the two rows have disappeared since the cemetery was read in 1947 and an attempt will be made to locate those stones and re-erect them. Both of these projects have been approved by the Harlem Township Trustees and are being undertaken under the close supervision of unofficial township historian, Vicki Tieche.
HARLEM TOWNSHIP TREE REPORT
At the trustee meeting on October 15, township tree commissioner, Mike Kabler, announced that four additional commemorative trees have been planted in the community park and there are still six spots open for trees. Mike also said there is a new threat to our hardwood trees that has been found in Ohio, the Asian Long-Horned Beetle. Information about this new invader can be found on the following link to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This newcomer is a worse threat than the Emerald Ash Borer and we can see how much damage the ash borer has done to Harlem Township so we need to be on the lookout for this new invader and eradicate it if found.
Mike also reported that the Bradford Pear, a sterile graft onto a Calley pear which was so popular with city landscapers in the past (including Westerville) has now become an invasive pest. The pears have come up from below the grafts and are now spreading into the countryside. They are somewhat distinctive, and noticeable in the spring by their white flowers and should be removed if found. However, care needs to be taken that the white blooming tree is not an American plum, one of our native Spring bloomers we should try to save.
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.
ON THE CALENDAR:
December 1 – Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m.
January 1 – EMS Training, 7:00 p.m. Community Room