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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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Hopatcong Lake Regional News had the opportunity to catch up with Hopatcong Police Patrolman Dan Kern, Sergeant James Bianculli, and Emily’s Parents Julie and Dan, to find out more about Emily and the upcoming Police PBA 149 5K Walk/Run Event.

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Early this year one-year old Emily suddenly suffered multiple massive seizures and Hopatcong Police as First Responders witnessed the trauma first-hand, remain dedicated to help Emily and her family.

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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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Jefferson Township Police Officer of the month for September goes to Detective Justin Gjelsvik. Detective Gjelsvik has been a township resident since 1976.

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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 Roxbury Board of Education is proud to sponsor a free a parent presentation to “Defend Your Teen!” This event is open to all Lake Community Residents!

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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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Mount Arlington has announced the date for the fifth annual Youth Sand Castle Building Contest as August 3rd 2017. Which in the past has always been a very serious competition for youth residents age 5 – 14.

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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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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is bringing back the regional favorite cycling event of a 20, 40 or 62 mile bike ride around Lake Hopatcong and beyond. To gather the behind the scenes information we spoke to Doug Palen and Walter Wurster the two key volunteers that run the Cycling Event.

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Tuesday, September 5, brought some dark and stormy weather. Lightning struck repeatedly followed by thunder that rumbled so loud you could feel it.  For two boaters caught in the storm, things quickly became disorienting and frightening.  

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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 provides informative update to the Hopatcong Borough Council

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During the March 1, 2017, meeting the Lake Hopatcong Foundation updated the Hopatcong Borough Council on major projects that included; Water Levels, Weeds, Trails, 2017 Block Party and several other major topics.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF):

Martin Kane and Donna Macalle-Holly spoke on behalf of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, as part of their normal schedule to update the Council at least once every six months.

 “This is the fifth year now for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, and there are always two things you hear from people, the water level, and the weeds.” Stated Marty Kane.

1. The Water Level

The Lake has already started refilling this year, and hopefully, we’ll have a full lake this spring (9’ measured at the dam), which hasn’t happened in the last two years. (Note: the flow out from the dam is now only 8 cubic feet per second [cfs], which started on February 24th due to the drought conditions that still persist. Which should help the lake refill quicker.)

2. The Weeds

HydrorakingStarting on March 15, 2017, the LHF will start a pilot project using Hydro-Raking, which uses a backhoe type of arm that is mounted on a barge. This process takes up to 8” of muck off the bottom of the lake, including the plant life. The two targeted areas for the pilot are the Landing Channel and possibly Crescent Cove. LHF will be funding the entire cost of the pilot, which amounts to $44,000.

“Lake Hopatcong is much too complex to use just Hydro-Raking, so we will also be experimenting with the use of Herbicides in some areas, which we will be comparing to the normal Weed Harvesting. The LHF will work with groups and Homeowners that already use Herbicides, so we will not be incurring any costs in this area. Instead, we are funding the study from Princeton Hydro, which is $20,000.” Reported Marty and Donna.

The outcome of the study will be a document that is targeted to the Homeowners, so they can understand the different types of methods that can be used, and the Pros and Cons of each of them.

“Eventually, what I think we are going to see Long-Term is several different solutions that we will develop into a comprehensive plan on what works in different areas of the lake.” Stated Marty.

Mayor Michael Francis later challenged LHF to continue to look into using “Sterile Grass Carp” as a form of Weed control. They are used in New York and the Carolinas successfully. They are safer than Herbicides, and the fish work cheap.

LHF replied that currently Sterile Grass Carp are illegal in New Jersey, but they will continue to discuss and look into the matter.

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Lake Hopatcong Trails:

“We received a grant from DEP Trails, and the first section of the trail will be in Hopatcong, which will finish in the next couple of months.” Stated Donna

“Uniting the four communities around the lake into one trail is really taking off, 20 – 30 years from now people are going to be amazed by the trails that we have here.” Added Marty

Landing Gateway

The LHF is starting to make some headway on improving this area, so that the first time you see the Lake, it’s a positive experience. We just finished meeting with county today, and the Landing Bridge is scheduled to be redone and widen starting in 2019. There are several parcels of land that need to be purchased for the widening, so it may be 2020 before the project gets started.

Lake Hopatcong Train Station:

The roof is finally on, and we are pleased that this phase of the work is now finished. We are starting to work on the interior of the building, where the entire right side of the building will be a community center for everyone’s use. We have already scheduled a Smithsonian exhibit for 2019, so the work has to be fully completed by that time.

LHF Block Party:

LeeLee Moreau updated the Borough Council regarding their fourth annual Block Party that is scheduled for May 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Lee stated, “We like to think of this as a virtual Main Street for Lake Hopatcong for one day, as it represents all of the four communities and their businesses.

Hopatcong EMS, Fire and the Police Department are already onboard to support the event.

Last year under somewhat rainy skies, we had over 2,000 attendees, and this year if the weather is better we expect up to 3,000 attendees (50% Increase).

We still need the Borough’s assistance in electronic signage and assistance with the shuttles, and we are working with the High Schools, Boy and Girl Scouts and Veterans to recruit volunteers for the event.

 

Watch for additional articles from the Hopatcong Borough Council meeting that will cover the Lake Hopatcong Cruises, and the Lake Hopatcong Museum subjects that also occurred during the meeting.

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