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Veterans and their needs have always been a top priority for the Sussex County Freeholder Board. In an effort to address these needs, the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce its launch of the Veteran Services Resource Portal.

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Hopatcong Tulsa Trail Students, along with their families, had a fun night of science and discovery.  COHESION: Families Bonding Together to Solve Real World Problems brought families together through interactive, science based inquiry.

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Students at Hudson Maxim School helped to "BOOst" the morale of our troops stationed overseas this Halloween, by shipping 80 pounds of candy to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders via Operation Gratitude. 

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A Night of Hope Benefit Concert is an uplifting night of Holiday music  performed by local musicians and appropriate for ALL ages. ALL of the proceeds that are generated by the event are then donated to HOPATCONG families in need.

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The annual Jefferson Township Christmas in the Village offers countless things to do, so the Jefferson Arts Committee put together this handy document to help guide you to all of the family fun.

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A special Freeholder Board-appointed committee recommended funding a half-dozen recreational trail projects in six towns across the county at a cost of $583,165 as part of the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program that was initiated by the county governing board in 2016.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department Announces Its Seven Adult Exercise Programs for the WINTER 2018 season. Just do it with the Jefferson Township Recreation Department!

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Missing Dog: Her name is Sushi. She is a small teacup Shitsz Tsu- primarily white in color. She can be approached.  She went missing 6:45 pm Sunday 11/20

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“Addiction: From Risk to Recovery’’ is the topic of the Nov. 28th annual Morris County Prevention Forum for both parents and youths from throughout Morris County.

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Two of Roxbury’s seven schools recently earned the distinction of being named as Future Ready Schools as part of Roxbury’s district technology goal.

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Roxbury Township Police Department showed up at Kennedy Elementary School this afternoon. It wasn’t for a crime but an act of good will.

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Many may not be aware that November 15th though was indeed National Recycling Day which millions of people across the country take part in. It is another day to raise awareness about recycling and purchasing recycled products.

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The Morris County League of Municipalities has announced the creation of the Arthur R. Ondish Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded annually in honor of the late Mount Arlington mayor to a graduating high school senior, starting in 2018.

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Once again Mount Arlington is holding their Holiday Lights Decorating Contest, do you have what it takes to beat the winners from last year?

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More than just an article of clothing, your coat can open opportunities for someone who needs one.

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November is almost upon us and you know what that means....NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!!!! Join the Mt. Arlington F.O.P. in raising awareness and funding for cancer research.

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Donate to the LHF during the #GivingTuesday campaign before December 31, and you can help name the boat and even be one of the first on its maiden voyage.

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee. The bill still has a way to go to get through the legislative approval process, but this is excellent news.

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is, once again, joining the Giving Tuesday campaign, a worldwide day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity. If we reach $5,000 this year it will be matched by a anonymous donor.

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Rewinding back to April 2017 we asked our over 30,000 readers to vote daily to help the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) win a $50,000 grant from the USA Today Network. You delivered the votes and as a result of your efforts Lake Hopatcong will have a floating classroom starting in the spring of 2018.

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Michael Wallace of Highland Lakes, NJ won the American Bass Anglers RAM American Fishing Tour, Division 10 Tournament held September 10th, 2017 on Lake Hopatcong.  

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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On the weekend of September 23 & 24 2017 the Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong will hold its Annual Fall Hybrid Striped Bass Contest on Lake Hopatcong.  

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AquaMania III Music Festival

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Back popular demand, round 3 of the AquaMania 3-Day Music Festival!  The event will be held June 2-4, 2017 on Lake Hopatcong at Patrick’s Pub, located at 470 River Styx Road, Hopatcong, NJ. 

So what’s AquaMania 3? 

AquaMania is more than just a music festival, it's a celebration of the upcoming summer lake season. Building on their inaugural event, the music festival has grown from 8 bands in 2015, to 15 bands in 2016, and now 19 bands and 3 DJs for this year’s 3rd Annual Event. 

Several other events are planned throughout the weekend, as it will be a community event for all to enjoy, be a part of, and have fun at. If your boat is ready... raft it up in the Lake by Patrick's Pub in order to hear the bands from the water via an outdoor sound feed.

Rumor has it that the event staff is working on a live feed to view online from your smart phone and/or other electronic devices.  But please make sure to dock up and enjoy the food & drink specials throughout the event as well!!  You don’t have a boat to jump in?  Then come by land and experience all it has to offer. It is going to be an entertaining, high-energy experience for all genres.  Search the bands online from the list below to find which ones you want to make sure you make it out to see.

Need another reason to stop by?  Proceeds raised at the event will support Team Patrick's "Leap in the Lake for our Special Kids" sponsored by the Lake Hopatcong Elks Lodge #782.  50/50’s and a Tricky Tray are some of the activities planned to be held through the Elks.

Patrick’s Pub

June 2 – 4 2017

470 River Styx Rd. Hopatcong NJ

Day 1: June 2, 2017

Fun Begins - 6:00pm

 Rick Barth - 6:30pm


Rick Barth is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from New Jersey who plays a wide mix of acoustic versions of classic pop and rock cover tunes (along with a few lesser known favorites thrown in to the mix).

 He has been playing in and around NJ for over 25 years as a solo performer and as a member of various bands and duos.

 Ain't No Saints - 8:00pm


The members of Ain't No Saints have been rocking Northern NJ for almost 3 decades in various bands. They have now all come together to play the Best Alternative Rock covers out of the 90's thru today. Get ready to be blown away by the energy and music that Gen X grew up loving.

Band Members

Paul Myler-Lead Singer

 James Bruno-Drums

 Frank Moran -Guitar

 Guy Fernald - Bass

 Smoked Rose - 9:30pm


Smoked Rose is a group of 5 rocking musicians who love play kick ass in your face hard rock. We play music from bands like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, KISS, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers, Joe Walsh, James Gang, Foo Fighters, The Doors, Cheap Trick, as well as other bands from the 80's and 90's who made songs that when you hear them now you say "Oh man I remember that song"!

 Genres: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, & Punk Rock

 Smoked Rose is:

 Cathy - Bass/Drums/Lead and backing Vox

 Ed - Lead Guitar/Lead and backing Vox

 Dom - Lead Guitar/Lead and backing Vox

 Mickey - Drums/Lead and backing Vox/Bass

 Tony - Lead Ripper

 Toxic Cocktail - 11:00pm


Cover band playing late 70's, 80's and early 90's rock music.

Band Members

Rick Barth- Guitar/Vocals

 Dave Pargansky- Drums/Vocals

 Glenn Dlugosz- Bass/Vocals

 Eric Helmstetter- Vocals

 Who Wants What - 12:30am


Who Wants What is a straight up Heavy, Funky, Grunge Rock Cover Band.

Day 2: June 3, 2017

Fun Begins - 12:00pm

Country Fusion (Line Dancing) - 1:00pm


Country Fusion ® is a new fitness workout that incorporates country music and dance. This workout can burn up to 500 calories in its 50min class! Country Fusion ®  is designed for all levels, ages, and for male and females. The fitness aspect increases your heart rate which then speeds up your metabolism and you burn calories. The dance aspect you are learning how to dance, flexibility, and correct posture alignment. The dance consists of country, latin, hip hop, jazz, and swing. This is a total body workout that you will be addicted to. Learning how to dance, getting an amazing workout all while having fun!

 Placebo Effect - 2:30pm

Come and support "Placebo Effect" for our debut performance at Aquamania III on June 3rd! Three days of non-stop music!

Band Members

Michael Lorenz, Vocals, Guitar

 Tony Virone, Drums

 Joe Volpe, Guitar

 Mark Lorenz, Bass

 Tony Lopez, Keys

 Flounder - 4:00pm


Band Interests

Straight up metal and hard rock no b.s.. To give every performance everything we've got! We love all of those that support us and put our hearts into everything we do. A true blue collar band!

Band Members

Vocals/Guitar: David Roskowsky

 Guitar: Kyle Hansen

 Drums: Elliot Shaw

 Hollow Point - 5:30pm


New Jerseys premier Hard Rock/Alternative Cover act from the 80's to today! And some surprises thrown in!!

Band Members:

  • Glen-Bass
  • Phil-Vocals
  • Jeff-Guitar
  • Jay-Drums


 Don Kincaid - 7:00pm


Don Kincaid & The Wait is an Americana Alt-Country band

A CD with the title “Whiskey and Women” sounds the kind of album that would be released by a country artist from Nashville or Austin.

However, “Whiskey and Women” is the debut disc from Don Kincaid, a musician who was raised in New Jersey and currently lives in the Hackettstown area.

 Sonic Reign - 8:30pm

Hard Rockin' Classic Metal and Rock Band

Band Members

Bruce Williams - Guitar

 Mark Porchik - Vocals

 Frank Leotti - Guitar

 Keith Benicaso - Bass

 Andy Janowiak - Drums

 Aisle Five - 10:00pm

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit ...

...45 years later, a completely unrelated team of five banded together to carry out secret-sonic missions, changing the world one note at a time. This elite musical force lives in the shadows, and are named simply for the secure facility where they meet, a place known only to a select few.

 They are not wanted by the government, and they are not soldiers of fortune. But if you need some fun, and no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hear ...


 Spanakopita - 11:30pm


The Spanakopia Band is a Rock-Jam cover/ originals band based in Morris County, NJ playing the great songs of some of the greatest classic rock bands ever assembled as well as some blues-rock-jam based original music.  The Spanakopita Band can be seen in many great clubs and bars in NJ, NY and PA.

In our full shows we cover a wide veriety of bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Tom Petty, The Who, Sublime, Dispatch, Donovan, The Steve Miller Band, Stephen Stills, Grand Funk Railroad, Cream and many more.  Our originals are of the same variety, but focused closer to Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. 

 Remain Nameless - 1:00am


Remain Nameless is a high energy rock cover band based in New Jersey that plays mostly heavier rock, grunge and alternative with some classics and rap thrown in for variety.

Band Members

Brian Henry, Kim Henry, David Falk

Day 3: June 4, 2017

Fun Begins - 12:00pm

 Black Lagoon - 1:00pm

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 Interlaced - 2:30pm

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 School of Rock - 4:00pm

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 Under A Ton - 5:30pm

Under A Ton is a high energy New Jersey based cover band known for their freewheeling style and diverse range in music. Comprised of a mix of well respected and seasoned professionals, the band delivers a great night of fun and dancing, leaving the crowd with nothing short of fond memories. The party rolls along with all your favorite rock anthems, classic, dance, country and pop songs ranging from the 50's to the latest hits. Everyone in the crowd is guaranteed to hear a tune that gets their foot tapping because Under A Ton's creativity and music variety turns any venue and event into nothing but a good time!


 TOM HARTOS:  Lead Vocals

 ED HART:  Bass,  Vocals

 ERIC BENSON:  Guitar,  Vocals

 BILLY ORRICO:  Drums,  Percussion

 Whiskey Crossing - 7:00pm

Whiskey Crossing is an upbeat Country Acoustic Trio consisting of Tina Marie, Andrew Gallagher, and now featuring Matt Barnes on bass. This band was founded on three things...a love for Whiskey, a love for music, and making the crowd have a damn good time!

They are known for NOT being your typical acoustic group. Performing together for over 4 years, they continue to excite audiences on many different platforms of venues including concerts, bars, radio, churches, festivals, State Fairs and Television shows. They have built a reputation for fun times mixed with great country songs and fun interaction with their audience using comedic, playful banter, making the audience feel a part of the show.

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