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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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New Code of Conduct takes Effect - Lake Hopatcong for All

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As detailed in the article “Lake Hopatcong Dodges Tough Legislation – Based upon Gentleman’s Agreement Code of Conduct”. The following is the agreement that goes into effect now, and everyone is asked to abide by these rules. This agreement was collectively drafted by representatives of homeowners, recreational boaters, fishermen, and lake businesses – as facilitated by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation.

 

Lake Hopatcong For All

Whether you are a homeowner, boater, angler, sailor, swimmer, kayaker, or any user of Lake Hopatcong, we all need to share the water. By working together to maintain a safe and healthy lake where each user respects the rights of others, we can avoid the need for more regulations and can equally enjoy Lake Hopatcong. A little consideration can go a long way toward avoiding misunderstandings and conflicts, which affect all of us who love Lake Hopatcong.

Lake Hopatcong Guidelines:

  • Take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning boats, trailers, fishing gear and other equipment that has recently been in other bodies of water.

  • Never throw trash in the lake. Litter in the lake hurts both humans and fish. Do not feed water fowl.

  • Practice proper fueling techniques. Use pump-out facilities if applicable for your boat.

  • Consider the impact your boat wake has for those fishing, kayaking, enjoying time on a moored boat, and even on shore.

  • Respect private property and do not trespass on private land. However, if your boat is in distress, drift or paddle to a dock and call for help.

  • Lend a hand. Assist anyone in distress on the lake as long as you can do so safely.

  • Pass behind unpowered vessels like sailboats, rowboats, and kayaks.

  • Treat other anglers, boaters and recreational users with courtesy and respect.

  • When anchoring, choose a spot that does not impede navigation

Byram Cove Guidelines:

  • Enter the cove with little or no wake to reduce waves for others already enjoying the day.

  • Respect your neighbors - both on the water and on land. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from quite a distance away.

  • When anchoring for recreational purposes (this does not include boats solely engaged in fishing) maintain a 100-foot navigation corridor of open water between the end of any dock, shoreline, or obstruction and your boat. This allows boats to navigate safely and allows homeowners to swim by their docks. Remember that under state regulation, you must proceed at no higher than 5 miles per hour within 100 feet of docks.

  • Select your anchorage carefully, giving yourself and neighboring boats ample room. Remember that winds change, anchor lines tangle, and boats can easily bump into each other. Under state regulation, boats may not be tied to a buoy or anchored within 50 feet of a buoy. If you are rafting (tying boats together), keep the navigation corridor open.

  • Rafts, tubes, and other floating objects should not be tethered (tied) with a rope exceeding twenty feet. Any object tethered to your boat should be kept clear of the navigation corridor.

Enjoy Lake Hopatcong - the Jewel of the Mountains!

These guidelines were created with the input and agreement of a volunteer group of lake users, including homeowners, boaters, and anglers, facilitated by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and distributed through local businesses, clubs, and organizations.

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