NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP — Delaware County resident Gerald Gallagher, a military historian, librarian, and former director of the Philadelphia Police Museum, has been collecting military memorabilia from all over the world for many years. His collection consists of hundreds of military decorations, mementoes, and service medals.
In looking for a way to share his collection with the community, Gallagher contacted the Delaware County Historical Society and the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association (DCVMA). The organizations, which often work together on shared projects, connected Gallagher with volunteer Joshua Welsh, a 16-year-old Springfield High School sophomore, who has always had a strong interest in military history
The student plowed through the boxes of medals and other items. He sorted, logged, and cataloged the collection, preparing it for display at the DCVMA’s new office coming soon near the Memorial on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. Gallagher said that he hopes his collection will be used to showcase twentieth century military history to school students in local communities.
“I would like to see veterans taking pieces of the collection to schools throughout Delaware County, letting the students see and hear first hand about history,” Gallagher said. “I’m pleased that Josh has been instrumental in seeing this come to life.”
In addition to working toward a Presidential Volunteer Service Medal to help him in his future plans to join the military, Josh is using his experience as the basis for a report in his classwork at school.
Daylong event provides free dental care for those in need
Area residents, 18- years-old and older who are uninsured or underinsured are urged to attend Dental Health Care Associate’s 14th Annual, Dentistry From The Heart community outreach day, Sat., May 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 5000 Chichester Ave., Aston Township.
O’Mara to host senior breakfast on Friday
State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will host a senior breakfast 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 26 at 1001 Old Sproul Road in Springfield Township. O’Mara said there will be speakers from COSA, APPRISE, the Springfield Police, and other local health agencies.
“I hope that our local seniors can join me on Friday morning to learn more about valuable resources that are available to them,” she said. RSVPs are not required, but anyone with questions can call O’Mara’s office at 610-544-9878.
K-9 Appreciation Day comes to Rose Tree Park
Retired K-9 Appreciation Day will be held 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence. A ceremony and activities will be held in the Park Theatre to honor K-9 officers Jax of Aston Township Police Department, Nero of George Hill Correctional Facility and Mattie, U.S. Border Protection.
The three special K-9 Officers will be presented a “Resolution of Merit” by a County Council Member. Following the presentation, everyone will be treated to a K-9 Demonstration by two Ridley Township Police Department K-9s who began their service to the community in 2017. For more information, call 610-565-3063.
Red Cross blood drive planned at Ridley Township Library
Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center, in cooperation with Ridley Township and the Ridley Township Police Association, will be hosting a blood drive 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the library’s meeting room at 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom.
To schedule a donation time, go to www.redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross has a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood donors to give to prevent delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types.
Free Health and Wellness Fair available to seniors in Brookhaven
Senior Community Services will sponsor a free Senior Health and Wellness Fair at the Brookhaven Municipal Building, 2 Cambridge Rd., Brookhaven, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 9.
The health fair will provide health and wellness information for seniors and their families. Health providers from various organizations such as Crozer Keystone Health System, Riddle Hospital, Penn State Extension, Visiting Angels, Angel Companions, APPRISE Health Insurance Counseling, Senior Community Services, COSA, and many others will be present. The Office of District Attorney Katayoun Copeland will provide information on senior exploitation, fraud and scams. Resources and services provided by the District Attorney’s Senior Victim Services will also be available.
Saturday’s 5k Book It! Walk/Run to benefit local libraries
The community is invited to spend Saturday morning, April 27, with friends, family, and neighbors, supporting and celebrating the Helen Kate Furness Free Library and Swarthmore Public Library by participating in the the 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Wallingford Train Station. The point-to-point course winds its way through Wallingford and Swarthmore to the finish line at Central Park next to the Swarthmore Public Library, where there will be an awards ceremony and family-friendly activities including face painting, music, food and more. Race participants are encouraged to wear a goofy hat with prizes being awarded for the silliest hats. For the first year ever, leashed, friendly dogs are welcome to run or walk with their owners in the back of the pack.
The first 100 registrants are guaranteed a Book-It! t-shirt and all registered runners and walkers will be entered in a drawing for a six-month membership to the Healthplex Sports Club in Springfield. The fastest overall runners will receive a $25 gift card to Bryn Mawr Running Company. First and second place winners in each age group will also receive small prizes. Presenting sponsors for Book-It! are Fine Garden Creations and Rose Valley Swim & Tennis Club. Gold sponsors are: Bozenka Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Forwood & Christie Orthodontics; and Healthplex Sports Club.
For more information and to register, go to www.swarthmorepubliclibrary.org and click on the “registration” link under Book It! or call the Swarthmore Public Library at 610-543-0436 or visit www.facebook.com/bookit5krace.
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