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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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Lake Hopatcong Foundation battles the biggest threats to Lake Hopatcong (Part 1)

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Recently the Hopatcong Lake Regional News team had the chance to interview Jennifer DeWitt and Donna Macalle-Holly from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF). The following article is the first of three covering current projects and the exciting plans they have for us in 2017.

Part I: Battling the biggest threats to Lake Hopatcong – Invasive Water Species

Everyone around the lake has heard of the weed problem that we seem to battle year after year, but did you know that some weeds are good, and help the delicate balance of the lake? While others kill off the life of the lake, its fish inhabitants, and cause even greater weed problems.

These invasive plants are not native to our lake and hitchhike on boats, trailers, fishing gear, or anything else that has been in another lake that is affected with this plant species.

According to Donna Macalle-Holly, “this is the biggest threat to our water quality in the lake today. The lake is a very delicate ecosystem if you have too many invasive species it blocks out our native system, and could cause a loss of oxygen resulting in a fish kill.”

Let’s cover the top three according to LHF expert Donna Macalle-Holly:

Water Chestnuts:

Water ChestnutsFirst, we have the Water Chestnuts that are normally found in the Northern Liffy Island, and Jefferson channel areas.

The Water Chestnut is an annual, rooted floating-leaved non-native plant that displaces native species, reduces biodiversity, hampers recreational uses, reduces real estate value and diminishes aesthetic values.

LHF Action: Since 2010 when the LHF Water Scouts started they have been able to pull over 300 of these weeds, where they remove the plant as far down on the stem as possible, pull it gently pulling it out with the seed pod intact. As a result of the LHF and the Water Scouts actions, this invasive plant problem is starting to decline.

Note: It’s important to understand that the Water Scouts are fully trained by the LHF as to how to identify, record and remove invasive plants. If you have a Canoe or Kayak and want to do something to help the lake, you can register on-line, become trained and be assigned a territory to monitor.

Eurasian Watermilfoil

WatermilfoilSecond, we have the introduction of Watermilfoil that happened in the 1980’s, and weed drastically alters a water body's ecology. Milfoil forms very dense mats of vegetation on the surface of the water. These mats interfere with recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, water skiing, and boating.

Watermilfoil is the predominant problem in the lake today.

Hydrilla is the new Weed Godzilla

HydrillaThe LHF is trying to block the spread of this new invasive species that has already been found in Trenton area and is working its way North. While this weed is not in Hopatcong yet, LHF wants to prevent its induction into the lake, as this weed has aggressive growth (20 - 30 foot stems can add up to an inch per day), and can spread into shallow water areas and form thick mats that block sunlight to native plants below, effectively displacing the native vegetation of a waterbody. Major colonies of hydrilla can alter the physical and chemical characteristics of lakes.

LHF Action: Development of the Lake Steward program where stations at Lees County Park and Hopatcong State Park help inspect boats and trailers before they are launched, and educating owners on cleaning their boats before they are launched. Long-term LHF would like to implement Boat washes at all of the public launches.

If you are interested in being a Lake Steward, applications will be available starting in April of 2017.

Also, LHF recommends that all Hopatcong Lake Marinas have boat washes, for all boats that come into the region. According to LHF, only Bridge Marina currently has the equipment at this time to do the proper boat washes.

Bridge Marina Boat Wash:

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In a follow-up interview with Ray Fernandez, owner of Bridge Marina on his boat cleaning station. Ray stated "This is actually a waste water treatment system, which is it's offical name. We instialled this system over six years ago, and while it helps us remove possible invasive plants it also serves several other purposes to help the lake! We always try to be a leader and do what's right for the lake in everything we do!" 

What's in Store for 2017 from the LHF?

Starting in 2017 LHF will do a joint study with Princeton Hydro to look at different types of lake water management techniques such as Weed Harvesting, Herbicidal treatments and Hydro raking as a means of controlling the weeds and removal for the evasive plants.

During this study, they will look at the weeds that are present, and decide the best course of action.

HydrorakeThree Possible Alternatives:

  1. Herbicidal treatments: Known as only a quick fix, as it kills the weeds but adds to the phosphate of the lake and encourages additional weeds to grow.
  2. Weed Harvesting: Cuts the weeds at a certain level, but doesn’t fully remove the actual weed, but it does help the phosphate of the lake and diminishes the growth of additional weeds.
  3. Hydro-Raking: Removes the weeds at its core, like the claw you use when doing your gardening. The two places LHF is looking to use this technique in Bright’s Cove in Jefferson and Lake’s End in Landing as a demonstration.

Princeton Hydro will help us understand the impact of the weeds, and will publish a document that everyone around the lake can understand.

Part 2: Stay tuned to the next article where we disclose the events and a few LHF dates for 2017!

 

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