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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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Leap in the Lake 2017 Supports Special Needs Children

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The Lake Hopatcong Elks hosted 8th annual Leap in the Lake – Which has raised over $400,000 throughout its history for the special needs children.

This year there were over 300 Lake-Leapers which is close to the record, and way up from the first year where there were only 37 that took the leap into the lake. As we asked the Leapers about the temperature of the lake, the resounding answer was it’s not as cold as last year! Later we found that the lake temperature was 34 degrees, based upon the thermometer mounted on 72-year-old Ray’s back.

Event Benefits Local Special Needs Children:

Special Needs ChildrenTake for example Joey, who was present this year for the Leap in the Lake festivities. It was just nine years ago where the Lake Hopatcong Elks purchased him a walker, that helped him get out of his wheelchair and allowed him to walk around his classroom.

Since that time, the Elks have continued to assist him and others, and now Joey has an IPAD courtesy once again from the Elks, where he works on his Speech, Listens to iTunes, Watches Netflix and takes his own pictures.

Joey has become very independent thanks to the assistance from the Elks and fund-raisers like the Leap in the Lake. As proof of this independence. During the last year, Joey has attended his Prom, a Halloween Party, and a Christmas Party.  

Leap In Lake 2017 - RayRay the Oldest Jumper:

In speaking to Ray, who is 72 years old, and going through his forth Leap in the Lake. He states “I do this to stay young and to help save the children. The Lake Hopatcong Elks do so much good work, this is the least I can do to support them and their Special Needs Children. I have a thermometer mounted on my back so that I can compare this year’s event against the past years.

The Leaping Leprechauns:

Also, in speaking to Jean, who was the spokesperson for the Leaping Leprechauns who is making their Fifth Leap, Lake Hopatcong Regional News asked, “It’s cold, and the water is colder, why do you do this?” Jean’s answer was simple and straight forward. “We do this to support the Lake Hopatcong Elks, as they work 24/7 to help the local community and special needs children. This event only takes us a few hours, so it’s the least we can do to support their initiatives.”

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The Emergency Teams (just in case):

Leap In Lake 2017Finally, we had an opportunity to speak to the emergency teams that were on-hand, which have been with this event from the start. They indicated that over the last eight years, the only injury’s or special needs are when people who had to navigate holes cut in the ice. Luckily this year the lake was not completely frozen over, which made that a non-issue and there were no known issues.

In addition, there were special teams in the lake equipped with dry suits, to keep themselves warm, and to give them the ability to quickly rescue anyone that had an issue with the adaption to the cold water or any other issue.

Lake Hopatcong Elks – Job Well Done!

Donations can still be made at: http://www.lakehopatcongelks.com/leap-in-the-lake

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