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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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How to Save on Heating Oil for Your Home

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The Hopatcong Lake Regional team is conducting a survey with local Oil companies across our region to provide you a matrix of prices and benefits. Until we complete that article, here are some tips on heating your home with oil, without going broke.

1. Comparison Shop 

Shop Oil PricesJust because you had the cheapest provider last year, doesn't mean you have the cheapest provider this year. Call around to compare oil prices; and if you find a better deal, go after it. Not sure whom to call? Look up "heating oil supplier" on the Internet for a list of companies in your area. (NOTE: We will be proving you this listing by October 28th.)

Tip: Before you switch companies, give your current provider a chance to match their competitor's price. If they're willing to deal, it'll mean less work for you.

2. Fill Up Off Season (Now)

Oil prices tend to go up with demand, so have your tank filled in the summer, or even this late in the fall as the fuel prices rise upon demand, which is normally November to March.

3. Join a Co-op 

CO-OPFork over $25-$30 for a membership to a fuel co-op to gain access to discounted oil rates, and you could shave as much as 20% off of your heating costs. How's that for a return on your investment?

For example Pilgrim Oil Group (Watch for our review due October 28th)

4. Snag Every Discount that you’re Eligible For 

Call customer service, and ask them to run through all available discounts with you. If you hear anything that you qualify for (and aren't getting), work with them to get it set up.

  • Discounts to Ask About: special rates for large tanks/fills and senior citizens

5. Choose the Best Pricing Option for You 

Heating oil prices are constantly on the move. Choose a pricing plan that makes the most of those movements, and you could save big. Here's an overview of your pricing options:

  • Oil MatrixMarket Price- You pay whatever the going rate is on the day of delivery. There's no contract, and you have to schedule deliveries when you need them. A good option, if you only want to fill up when prices are low
  • Fixed Price- You lock in a price for the year. It doesn't go up or down – even if the current rate moves up or down. A good option, if you think increases are likely or you want to limit budget surprises
  • Capped Price- You're protected from large increases (rates can't go past a certain level), and your prices can still go down, if the current price drop. A good option, if you think a price drop is likely

6. Avoid Extra Fees 

Don't let a bunch of hidden fees gobbles up all your discounts. Each time you call to schedule a delivery, ask for a breakdown of your bill. If anything sounds excessive or unnecessary, question it.

Some Fees to Look Out For: delivery charges, fuel surcharges and premiums charged for deliveries made after hours, on weekends or during bad weather

In conclusion:

Once again as outlined in this article watch for the Hopatcong Lake Regional News analysis due on October 28th that will provide a matrix of vendors in our lake region, their costs, and a review of the Co-Ops in our area.

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