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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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RHS Mini-THON More Than Doubles Fundraising Goal

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More than 400 Roxbury High School students, some alumni, and friends from surrounding districts spent last Friday night and early Saturday morning dancing the night away to raise money and support for the fight against pediatric cancer in the Roxbury High School Gymnasium.

Over the past three years, the RHS mini-THON team had raised $39,900 total and they wanted to raise the bar for themselves and shoot for a goal of $20,000, this year alone. With hard work, they ended up crushing that goal! As a wrap up to the night, the mini-THON team announced the amount raised, first deceiving onlookers and then revealing the final total of $50,876.82.

Mike Gottfried, Key Club co-advisor and co-overseer of the Mini-Thon shared, “we are still in disbelief about how successful our fundraiser was. Our students stepped up in a way we have never seen before. We have to give a lot of credit to having our assembly three weeks in advance. That really inspired many students and motivated them to actually fundraise, rather than just pay $30 at the door. We are exhilarated and overcome with gratitude following this tremendous success.”

When asked what goal they would shoot for next year, Gottfried said, “It’s one we’ve been asking constantly and something we’ve discussed a lot, but no official goal has been set yet. How do you top a year where you triple the previous year’s success?”

Principal Jeff Swanson was just as shocked by the final number and shared “The THON committee set an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 this year. I was blown away by the final reveal at the end of the program, over $50,000! How can they ever top that? I bet they do next year. This type of thing happens at RHS because we have a school full of great kids, with great teachers to support and encourage them.”

The THON event officially kicked off a little before 7 p.m. Friday night by Sarah Waldron, junior and mini-THON president. She shared with her classmates that “Cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States and tonight we are doing one step to end it.”

She went on to introduce Dan Exter, RHS alumni class of 2004 and cancer survivor. He briefly shared his personal story of having cancer and conquering it thanks to research and treatments provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

As a survivor of a rare form of cancer, he shared how important it was to raise money to support ongoing research to find a cure.

“To see all of you for this event is truly remarkable. If it wasn’t for the treatment and doctors. My treatment was one in clinical trials that had funds raised at events like this and now it is the go to procedure for treating cancers like mine. You should all know that what you’re doing is making a massive impact in the fight against cancer.”

Exter has since dedicated his life to raising money for cancer research through his non-profit, Layups4Life. The group has an upcoming event on April 29th planned at RHS to raise money for cancer research and clinical trials.

Also during the kick off, senior Billy Lanno spoke and shared his story about having cancer as a child.

Knowing it was to be a long night, this year’s mini-THON offered lots for its participants. There were DJs and bands performing all night including two student bands, Velvet Rose and Strange Eclipse, with a Battery Electric as a special guest band.

Swanson also put in a special performance and sang “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, accompanied by Dan Salyerds, district vocal music teacher, and Strange Eclipse.

Dan Coiro, the other Key Club advisor and overseer of THON got up there with Gottfried and sang the chorus to “Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young with Salyerds and Strange Eclipse.

The event featured a line dance that took place every hour, led by the dance committee.

“We had an awesome dance performance by a student group, Ammo. They did a tae-kwon-do based dance routine,” shared Gottfried.

“At 11 p.m. all of the students who could not stay overnight due to sports, work, etc. had to leave and everyone else got locked in for the long haul,” explained Gottfried.

Events occurred throughout the night, into the wee hours of the morning. There was a rave hour around 2:30 a.m., Junior Alexa Scano performed with her piano, there was a sports-based tournament from 4-6 a.m., and Zumba from 6-7 a.m.

Finally, at 7:30 a.m., students were able to sit down and the total amount raised was revealed with cheers from all. Following the reveal, prizes for raffles were called including two blue-ray DVD players and DVDs.

Students were fed throughout the night with pizza, pasta, and mac n’ cheese. Olive Garden sponsored the event and gave food for 100, which THON turned around and gave to the top 100 fundraisers.

Gottfried went on to say, “There was also a ton of ice cream, cookies, brownies, chips, etc. for dessert and we had bagels, donuts, eggs, French toast, fruit etc. for breakfast.”

The THON committee would like to thank Gusto 46, ShopRite, Joe’s Pizza, Olive Garden, Push Beverages, High Grade Beverages, Dan Exter (Layups4Life), Cliff’s Ice Cream, Roxbury Bagels, Bagels on the Hill, Black River Barn Restaurant, Country Club Ice Cream, and many of the local businesses for contributing and donating to make this event so successful.

“We would also like to thank the administration, staff, students, and community. Without their support, none of this would have been possible. It is a great to live and work in a district as great and philanthropic as this one,” commented Gottfried.

On to next year…

Swanson seems optimistic that next year will be even better.

“I believe that THON has grown to be a part of our school community’s culture, something that we do because it is something that should be done. The enthusiasm of the students involved is infectious. I’m sure we will have even more dancers and participants next year.”

Planning technically started this past Monday. The team will begin brainstorming ideas, reflecting on the successes and areas for improvement. After spring break, the committee will hold a wrap-up meeting and start thinking about electing new captains for next year.

Gottfried said, “We’ll enjoy our break and then pave the way for next year.”

The Roxbury High School Mini-THON technically falls under the Key Club. However, it operates as its own group within the club with student captains and members.

A small group of students will go on the 13th to deliver a check of the funds raised to Hershey Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania. These donations will be used to cover medical bills for families as well as cancer research.

Visit the Roxbury High School Gaelvision Facebook page to see more pictures from this year’s THON along with a chance to view the livestreamed video from the THON night.

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