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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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Lake Hopatcong Foundation provides informative update to the Hopatcong Borough Council

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During the March 1, 2017, meeting the Lake Hopatcong Foundation updated the Hopatcong Borough Council on major projects that included; Water Levels, Weeds, Trails, 2017 Block Party and several other major topics.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF):

Martin Kane and Donna Macalle-Holly spoke on behalf of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, as part of their normal schedule to update the Council at least once every six months.

 “This is the fifth year now for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, and there are always two things you hear from people, the water level, and the weeds.” Stated Marty Kane.

1. The Water Level

The Lake has already started refilling this year, and hopefully, we’ll have a full lake this spring (9’ measured at the dam), which hasn’t happened in the last two years. (Note: the flow out from the dam is now only 8 cubic feet per second [cfs], which started on February 24th due to the drought conditions that still persist. Which should help the lake refill quicker.)

2. The Weeds

HydrorakingStarting on March 15, 2017, the LHF will start a pilot project using Hydro-Raking, which uses a backhoe type of arm that is mounted on a barge. This process takes up to 8” of muck off the bottom of the lake, including the plant life. The two targeted areas for the pilot are the Landing Channel and possibly Crescent Cove. LHF will be funding the entire cost of the pilot, which amounts to $44,000.

“Lake Hopatcong is much too complex to use just Hydro-Raking, so we will also be experimenting with the use of Herbicides in some areas, which we will be comparing to the normal Weed Harvesting. The LHF will work with groups and Homeowners that already use Herbicides, so we will not be incurring any costs in this area. Instead, we are funding the study from Princeton Hydro, which is $20,000.” Reported Marty and Donna.

The outcome of the study will be a document that is targeted to the Homeowners, so they can understand the different types of methods that can be used, and the Pros and Cons of each of them.

“Eventually, what I think we are going to see Long-Term is several different solutions that we will develop into a comprehensive plan on what works in different areas of the lake.” Stated Marty.

Mayor Michael Francis later challenged LHF to continue to look into using “Sterile Grass Carp” as a form of Weed control. They are used in New York and the Carolinas successfully. They are safer than Herbicides, and the fish work cheap.

LHF replied that currently Sterile Grass Carp are illegal in New Jersey, but they will continue to discuss and look into the matter.

Additional LHF Projects:

Lake Hopatcong Trails:

“We received a grant from DEP Trails, and the first section of the trail will be in Hopatcong, which will finish in the next couple of months.” Stated Donna

“Uniting the four communities around the lake into one trail is really taking off, 20 – 30 years from now people are going to be amazed by the trails that we have here.” Added Marty

Landing Gateway

The LHF is starting to make some headway on improving this area, so that the first time you see the Lake, it’s a positive experience. We just finished meeting with county today, and the Landing Bridge is scheduled to be redone and widen starting in 2019. There are several parcels of land that need to be purchased for the widening, so it may be 2020 before the project gets started.

Lake Hopatcong Train Station:

The roof is finally on, and we are pleased that this phase of the work is now finished. We are starting to work on the interior of the building, where the entire right side of the building will be a community center for everyone’s use. We have already scheduled a Smithsonian exhibit for 2019, so the work has to be fully completed by that time.

LHF Block Party:

LeeLee Moreau updated the Borough Council regarding their fourth annual Block Party that is scheduled for May 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Lee stated, “We like to think of this as a virtual Main Street for Lake Hopatcong for one day, as it represents all of the four communities and their businesses.

Hopatcong EMS, Fire and the Police Department are already onboard to support the event.

Last year under somewhat rainy skies, we had over 2,000 attendees, and this year if the weather is better we expect up to 3,000 attendees (50% Increase).

We still need the Borough’s assistance in electronic signage and assistance with the shuttles, and we are working with the High Schools, Boy and Girl Scouts and Veterans to recruit volunteers for the event.


Watch for additional articles from the Hopatcong Borough Council meeting that will cover the Lake Hopatcong Cruises, and the Lake Hopatcong Museum subjects that also occurred during the meeting.

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