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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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Your Membership helps drive the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (Part 3)

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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 third of three articles that covering current projects, plans for 2017.

Background:

Lake Hopatcong FoundationJust in case you are new to the area, launched in 2012, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) improves and enhances the lake experience and environment through their efforts. In addition to initiating projects, the foundation also provides financial support toward efforts undertaken by other lake organizations. These projects range from invasive species prevention to lake education to improve safety, and more. The simple goal is to improve Lake Hopatcong for the enjoyment of everyone, now and in the years to come.

All of this work requires some type of funding, which the LHF as a non-profit group raises in two ways.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block PartyThe first way is through fundraising events that they create, coordinate and manage with a large team of volunteers. Good examples of these would be:

  • Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block Party – The best regional event to promote the lake
  • Lake Loop – Getting fit for the lake (can be as easy as walking your dog)
  • LHF Nights Out – Getting to meet fellow community members and the LHF

The second way is through annual memberships which span all the way from an individual that costs just $25, family and business memberships for $50, and the ambassador level which starts at $100 and scales upward.

Jennifer DeWitt focused on this area by stating, “Memberships are so important to the LHF.  They not only enable us to raise funds for projects and initiatives, but we take every dollar that is given to us and use it to its maximum potential.   Memberships also help the Foundation when seeking grants. Grant funders want to make sure a non-profit is sustainable, and they sometimes look at the size of an organization’s membership and volunteer base.”

Donna Macalle-Holly, was quick to add, “We are blessed to have hundreds of volunteers, but with an estimated 65,000 people living in the four lake communities, we need to increase our membership base.  More annual memberships will enable us to expand our projects and programming for the benefit of Lake Hopatcong.”

So, why are you not a member yet?

What does LHF provide with your membership dollars?

Lake EcosystemThe work that the LHF provides would take up too much room in this article, so let’s focus one the major areas:

  • Understanding the lake ecosystem and keeping it balanced through water quality improvement projects
  • Helping in weed control and monitoring of aquatic invasive species
  • Overseeing the volunteer Water Scouts and hiring Lake Stewards to help safeguard the lake
  • Environmental education outreach from the student level to the general public

So, why become a Member:

Anyone who shares LHF mission of preserving and improving the Lake Hopatcong environment and experience, for today and into the future, should become a member of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. The work that they provide only helps to sustain the community as an attraction and economic engine in the region.

Membership Benefits:

When you become a member of the LHF, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Knowing there is a dedicated LHF staff volunteer staff looking out for the well-being of the lake environment and community
  • Electronic or printed update on the latest LHF activities and project LHF initiatives
  • Weekly electronic newsletter
  • Spring and Fall “Lake Guide” newsletters
  • Invitations to special lake lectures and exhibits
  • Access to meaningful volunteer experiences and opportunities
  • Invitation to the annual membership meeting, which includes the opportunity to hear from the full board and staff as well as a question and answer session.

Take a few minutes now to "Join the Lake Hopatcong Foundation", to improve Lake Hopatcong for the enjoyment of everyone, now and in the years to come.

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