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The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, and the Veterans Committee cordially invite you to attend the 17th Annual Salute to Military Veterans Event.

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The 8th annual Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival will be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, on October 7th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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The Hopatcong Creative Arts Council in partnership with Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is once again presenting the hugely popular and delicious Apple Pie & Art event on Saturday, September 30th from 11a-4p at Hopatcong High School (HHS).

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As a special appreciation event for our community, Hopatcong Dental Associates is sponsoring a very special day at the Hopatcong Farmers Market on October 1, 2017, which will feature a Free Cookout Lunch for all attendees!

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is again sponsoring a school-based 6-week after –school ski/snowboard program at Mountain Creek in Vernon for Jefferson Township students in grades 3 to 12 as well as for family and friends.    

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The Jefferson Township Recreation is accepting online registrations for the 10th Fall season of the Challenger Soccer Program for special needs children. Boys and girls age 5 – 18 (or the completion of high school) with physical or mental challenges are invited to join this program.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is partnering with Sparta Lanes to provide another fall bowling program for Jefferson Township students in Kindergarten (5 year olds) through 12th graders. 

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The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will participate in the 8th Annual Pathways of History Tour of Historic Places in Morris County. 

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The Roxbury Board of Education held its September Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 18th in the Lincoln/Roosevelt Auditorium.

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The RHS Band Parents Association to collect donations to be sent to the Rockport-Fulton, TX, HS Marching Pirates who Lost Everything in Harvey

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For over a century, Roxbury High School graduates have answered our nation’s call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. Numerous young men and women have traded in the navy blue and gold of the Gaels for the colors of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. They have brought honor and distinction upon themselves and made their school, community, and nation proud.  

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Fourteen Roxbury High School students successfully auditioned for the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir. This prestigious ensemble is comprised of the top singers in the northeastern part of the United States. 

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The veteran Mount Arlington police officer died in a motor vehicle crash while on duty shortly after midnight in October 2011 — hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

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The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

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The Borough of Mt Arlington’s goal is to provide you with premier water service. As part of this commitment, we will be flushing fire hydrants and water mains starting the week of 8/7/17 (Excluding Landing Area and Seasons Glen). The result will improve your service, reliability and water quality.

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The Golden Pineapple is your destination for unique gifts, home accents, jewelry and accessories plus a new selection of stylish “Lake Living” items!

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It’s the final countdown…. Weather is going to be gorgeous for this Sunday’s 5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop. You have until midnight on Friday, September 22 to register for $45. If you wait till Sunday, the registration fee is $65. 

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The state DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife plans to stock more than 20,000 trout in the state’s major trout waters, including a host of waters in Morris County and Northwest Jersey in early October. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from Oct. 10-18, to offer some excellent fall fishing opportunities.

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One of the most major events for this weekend is the 5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) Lake Loop, the forecast is for great sunny day, so get off the couch and help support the lake!

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The NJ State Championship Power Boat Races are Celebrating 50 years by returning to Lake Hopatcong for 2017. As they come, they are bringing the very best of boat racing, and exciting opportunity for our local community!

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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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National Alpaca Farm Days - awaiting Mayor of Hopatcong & several hundred guests!

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It is well known that the Mayor of Hopatcong is a big fan of the Hopatcong Farmers Market, which is where she first meet the Humming Meadows Alpacas.

In our visit to Humming Meadows Alpacas for National Alpaca Farm Days, it was hard to tell who was having more fun… The visitors, or the animals that put on a great show!

SpinningThis farm fair had a lot to offer as you can learn about the animals, or learn about the process that it takes to turn the Alpaca hair into the multiple things that are for sale at the farm. This is where you’d want to bring the kids to get an experience of the real farm life.

On Saturday our news team had an exclusive tour of the farm at Humming Meadows Alpacas - National Alpaca Farm Days. As we interviewed the different Alpaca’s along the way, they indicated that they were expecting over 400 people, many coming all the way from New York. But the major thing on their minds was if the mayor would attend, and when she was coming. Several of them had undergone special grooming for the big event.

More about Humming Meadows Alpacas farm:

Humming Meadows Alpacas is a family owned alpaca farm in Sussex County, New Jersey, nestled in 27 acres of beautiful woods and fields. Sitting on our swing and enjoying the playful antics of our alpacas is what makes this life great for us.

According to the owners Denise Spina & Mitchell Sparrow:

“We started our alpaca journey with two alpaca pets, these two males soon grew to three and as our herd grew so did our love for these peaceful creatures. As a dog trainer, I found it fascinating how quickly our alpacas learned to perform tricks, one of my geldings even learned agility tricks. It was after losing this gelding that we realized how much we wanted to have alpacas become a larger part of our life, and so began our adventure in farming.”

“We have cleared 20+ acres of our land and created beautiful rolling pastures with hills for our males to romp on as well as quiet spots for our females to nurture and raise their crias. We have also made our farm home to two pygmy goats, Phoebe and Mathilda whose playful antics keep us amused for hours, a pig named Delilah and a donkey named Luigi.”

Farm Days - Chickens“Several years ago we added chickens to our farm community from which we are now reaping the benefits of a constant supply of delicious eggs! Our hope is to increase awareness of the beauty of alpaca products while improving the fiber in our herd. We welcome guests to share our swing and enjoy our alpacas and every summer you can expect to see several new cria walking about. All of the animals on our farm are cared for with love, honor, and respect.”

 

More about Alpacas:

Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years. They are one of Mother Nature's favorite farm animals. They are sensitive to their environment in every respect. The following physical attributes allow alpacas to maintain their harmony with our Mother Earth, Pachamama.

Feet PadsThe alpaca's feet are padded and they leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged as it browses on native grasses. The alpaca is a modified ruminant with a three-compartment stomach. It converts grass and hay into energy very efficiently, eating less than other farm animals. Its camelid ancestry allows the alpaca to thrive without consuming very much water, although an abundant, fresh water supply is necessary.

The alpaca does not usually eat or destroy trees, preferring tender grasses, which it does not pull up by the roots. South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and gardeners find the alpaca's rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables. A herd of alpacas consolidates its feces in one or two spots in the pasture, thereby controlling the spread of parasites, and making it easy to collect and compost for fertilizer. An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters for its owner's comfort. This is the alpaca's way of contributing to community energy conservation efforts.

 

If for some reason you were not able to make it this event on Saturday or Sunday, you can catch the Humming Meadows Alpacas at the Hopatcong Farmers Market on Sundays, starting again on October 2, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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