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CBGB's icon Genya Ravan and her band are among 25-plus acts ready to rock Washington at this

year's Festival in the Borough. Genya Ravan is just one of over 25 acts that will be on the scene for this year's largest street and music festival in Northwest New jersey, the Festival in the Borough, on September 7 and 8. Ravan is scheduled for Saturday at 5pm. Also featured this year on Saturday is Magnum, celebrating its 35th anniversary, and regional favorites southern rock flavored Southbound, who will be doing a tribute to the Lynard Skynard Band. On Sunday, the ever popular Jimmy & The Parrots take center stage at 3:30. Ravan, who made her name as a high energy, high fun performer at the famed New York City nightclub CBGB's, remains one of the industry's most exciting acts around. For those unfamiliar with Ravan's "resume", her bands in the past include "Ten Wheel Drive" and the all-girls band, "Goldie and the Gingerbreads". She is also a regular DJ on Little Stevens Underground Garage channel on Sirius/XM, hosting two shows, "Goldies Garage" and "Chicks and Broads." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum included Goldie and the Ginger-

breads in their Women in Music exhibit. The 9th annual Festival in the Borough, which was recently named the Top Festival in the Skylands Region, features 3 stages of entertainment. The family-friendly event also has lots of fun stuff for the kids to do, including inflatable rides, a rock climbing wall, bungee jump, games, appearances by celebrity look-a-like Sponge Bob, free crafts and hula hooping. In addition, there will be a ton of food and a Beer Garden. Among the other bands scheduled to play this year are Electric Gumbo, RBI, Rockin' Blue, Stone Cold Fever, Slackjaw, Jugtown Mountain String Band, Still Hand String Band (from Scranton), Chuck Schaefer & Full Moon Howlin', The Bad Hands and Brooke Shive & the 45s. Among the acoustic performers are Kathy Moser, Jordan Koza, Joe Cirotti and Jack Tannehill, on Sunday, and Gianna LaBar, Nicole DeFino, Mike Bray and Amanda Bogner on Saturday. For more details on the festival itself, visit www.festivalintheborou or call the WBID office at 908689-4800. You can also LIKE the Festival in the Borough Facebook Page for ongoing updates.

The Northwest (NJ) meets the South when the first annual South by Northwest Fest takes place under the tent at the Inn at Millrace Pond on Sunday Sept. 15. Three acts representing the best of Northwest New Jersey - Quimby Mountain Band, Jordan Koza & Friends, and singer-songwriter Chelsea Carlson, will be joined by Virginia favorites, The Shack Band, for a full day of music and fun. The music starts around 2 p.m. and continues until 8. South by Northwest is presented by the historic Inn at Millrace Pond in association with Joe Hirsh Productions, Tramontin HarleyDavidson, and Virginia-based Starr Hill Brewery. There will be an assortment of Craft Beers available, with the featured beer from Starr Hill Brewery, along with plenty of food for purchase. Quimby Mountain Band continues to scale new heights. With its fanatical fan base growing at every step, Quimby added a host of festivals to its resume this summer, including the Bourbon Street Blues Festival, the Great Pocono Raceway Festival, Lawnstock, and WNTI Stage. Their newest CD is scheduled for release this fall, but already a few of the tunes are getting rave reviews from a host of

sources. The Shack Band is bringing their act up north for this special performance! What originally started as an organic, impromptu and free-flowing collection of musicians casually performing in the renovated remains of a dilapidated "shack" in Blacksburg, VA has morphed into what is now The Shack Band. Since 2010, things have changed. The band relocated from Blacksburg to Richmond, VA. A true lineup was established, with four members signing on. The songwriting abilities and sensibilities matured and improved. At the start of 2013, the quartet became a quintet with the addition of a horn player adding more complex arrangements

and texture to the band's already well-established sound. But, the one thing that never wavered was The Shack Band's intent to wow new crowds with their off-

the-cuff, high-energy live shows melding funky rock 'n' roll and soaring harmonies with a strong emphasis on song-writing.

The Butterfly Garden at the Merrill Creek Reservoir's Visitor's Center in Harmony Township was the recipient of a Warren Garden Club Civic Beautification Award. The butterfly garden has received new plantings during July thanks to a Garden Club of New Jersey Community Garden Grant. This is the USDA's specialty Crop Block Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Part of the grant promotes "Jersey grown nursery stock" and

bedding plants. The newest plants for this

garden were purchased from Donaldson's Gre-

enhouses in Mansfield.

SAVE THE DATE: 1st Annual Bark For Life of North Warren is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our canine companions. For a registration fee of only $10, you can bring your dog, for a fun filled day of doggie activities. Please join us on Sunday, September, 22nd, from 10am to 2pm at Tunnel Field on Rt. 94 in Knowlton. All funds raised go to the American Cancer Society. Visit /BarkNorthWarrenNJ to sign up. For event, sponsor, vendor or donation information, please call 973-285-8025. Blair Woman's Club will hold its September luncheon meeting on Tuesday, September 17 at noon at the Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope. Author, Laverne Bardy, will talk about her book, "How the Bleep Did I Get.......... Anyone

interested in attending should contact Elaine at 496-4435. Blairstown Township Will Be Holding A Townwide Clean-up on September 27th and September 28th. As in the past, a voucher system will be used. Each property owner is entitled to two (2) vouchers, which entitles residents to bring items to the Warren County Landfill in Oxford. Only Blairstown property owners are entitled to receive these vouchers. Property owners may pick up their vouchers beginning on September 16th at the Municipal Building from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Property owners in possession of a valid handicapped parking permit may call the Municipal Garage in advance at 362-8119 to arrange for pick-up. The Musconetcong

Watershed Association (MWA) is seeking new trustees to join its Board of Directors. The MWA is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River and its watershed. If you are interested in contributing your time and talent as a trustee, please call 9080537-7060. Come hear dear old Irish pub music FREE on the lawn of Shippen Manor! On Sunday, September 8th, at 5pm, the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission is presenting Paddy and the Pale Boys on the lawn of Shippen Manor, just west of the Route 31 traffic light in Oxford. The Pet Adoption League of Mount Olive is sponsoring a Cutest Pet Contest from September 1st through November 1st. Tell us why YOUR pet is the cutest and should win!! Great prizes!! All proceeds benefit the

animals until they find their forever homes. For more details and entry form, please visit the website at On Thursday, September 12th, a mobile mammography van will be available at Project Self-Sufficiency to offer free mammograms to eligible women. To receive a free mammogram, women must be uninsured or underinsured and over the age of 40. Mammograms will be offered by appointment only, between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Interested participants are encouraged to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 to schedule an appointment. We love hearing from you! Send your information to: The PRESS PO Box 430 Blairstown, NJ 07825 Like Us on Facebook!

The following is a list of books recently added to the Warren County Library collection. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage), By Stieg Larsson; Staying True, By Jenny Sanford; Just Kids, By Patti Smith; Intellectuals and Society, By Thomas Sowell. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time, By Greg Mortenson; Critical Survey of Long Fiction Set, From Salem Press; Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America, From ABC-CLIO; American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.s. History, From M.E. Sharpe; and Seas and Waterways of the World: An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues, From ABCCLIO. Saving Cinnamon: The Amazing True Story of a Missing Military Puppy and the Desperate Mission to Bring Her Home, By Christine Sullivan; Blade's Guide

to Knives & Their Values, By Steve Shackleford; Antique Trader Perfume Bottles Price Guide, By Kyle Husfloen; Goldmine Price Guide to 45 RPM Records, By Tim Neely; Warman's Depression Glass: Identification and Value Guide, By Ellen T. Schroy. Celiac Disease (Revised and Updated Edition): A Hidden Epidemic, By Peter H.r. Green; Psychology and Mental Health Set (Salem Health), From Salem Press; Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences, By Jeffrey Long; The Successful Library Trustee Handbook, By Mary Y. Moore; Fundamentals of Library Supervision, By Joan Giesecke; Conducting the Reference Interview: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, By Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Bendon Bear Learning Tab, By ANAM; No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get In Your Way, By Wayne W. Dyer; and The Jonas Brothers, By Katherine Rawson.

LYRA, the acclaimed singing ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, will return to St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Hope, NJ on Sunday September 15 at 6:00 PM for their eighth performance of music of the Russian Orthodox church at the historic Hope building of 1832 known for its remarkable acoustics. Works by such composers as Bortniansky, Tchesnokov, Gretchaninov and Tchaikovsky will be featured. The church music will be followed by folk songs, these both in the composers original versions, and some in LYRAs own arrange-

ments as well. The origins of LYRA go back to the days in the 1990s when some of its members, students of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, brought their knowledge of Russian church music to monasteries restored after the end of the Communist period where the monks were few and inexperienced in the tradition of church music that had however been preserved in Russian music schools. One of those students, Sergey Tupitsyn, formed a four person choir, Konovets, that earned money for its members by concertizing in

churches in Russia and the USA. Eventually the organization evolved into two touring groups led by Sergey, who is both a singer and manager of LYRA, and his wife Irina. His group tours the United States, while hers travels in Europe. They have a 17 year old daughter, who is deciding where in Europe she wants to continue her studies. The LYRA choir community comprises about 20 people, all of whom are professional musicians who perform in the theaters and churches in St. Petersburg. They have made a number of CDs of their

repertory, which will be available at the concert. This years group will be comprised of four singers led by Sergey Tupitsyn ( tenor), the groups conductor, who graduated from St. Petersburg conservatory as a choir conductor in 1994. Anna Naumova (mezzo-soprano) sings as a soloist in a church choir in St. Petersburg, while Anna Makarenko (soprano), a member of the Academy of Vocal Master Singers at the Mariinsky Opera in St. Petersburg, performs as guest soloist in various opera houses in Russia and in her home of Belarus. Alexandr Kudriashov (bass) is a soloist at the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera House, and has received awards from several international competitions. LYRA Vocal Group in the USA has a Facebook page. They can be viewed online at St. Lukes Episcopal Church is located at 346 High Street, Hope, NJ 07844 (turn left off of Interstate 80 at Exit 12, then right at the flashing light in Hope).

On Tuesday evening, September 10th, from 7pm to 9pm, the Skylands Sierra Club Group will hold a meeting to plan specific action steps to educate the local community about the dangers of "fracking." Unconventional hydraulic fracturing (fracking) uses high volumes of water and caustic chemicals to extract natural gas from shale deep below the surface of the Earth. The gas companies tout fracking as a source of inexpensive domestic energy without mentioning its adverse environmental risks and its depletion of the public water supply. New Jersey is currently grappling with many issues

related to fracking: pipelines, offshore import/export facilities, frack waste, and even the possibility of future shale gas exploration within our state. The meeting will focus on developing a public education program about the environmental damage and public health risks that inevitably result from fracking. The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1 West Nelson Street, in Newton. Anyone interested in joining with the Skylands Group in opposition to fracking is welcome to attend. Skylands Group Chair Susan Williams can be contacted at 973-6004960.

Once again the Knights of Columbus, Council 5410 Chester, NJ will sponsor an Italian Heritage Dinner Dance on Saturday October 12, 2013. The event will be held at St Lawrence the Martyr Parish hall in Chester, NJ. Dinner

seating begins at 6:30PM. The menu will consist of a 6 course gourmet Italian Dinner with assorted desserts, coffee, tea, soda, beer and wine. Music will be provided, between 7:30 and 11:30PM. Donation per person is

$35.00. For ticket information contact Bruce/Virginia Wallace, at (973) 5843405 by October 1, 2013. For other information about the dinner dance call George Discher at 862-432-2159 or 973584-2083.

September 8th, 2pm Circle By Sam Tso at Spring Meadow Farm, Rt 519, Frelinghuysen Twp. Welcome Sam back with prayers and blessings. He is traveling east, and bringing healing. Arrive at 1:30 pm, start at 2pm. FMI or to register, renae@, or text or call 908-7975225. Wildwood Crest Fundraiser Trip For Haven of Hope For Kids: 5 Days and 4 nights at the Bal Harbour Hotel on the Beach: September 8th September 12th. Call Gladys (908) 459-9210 or Polly (908) 2763850. The Foodshed Alliance Third Annual Farm To Fork Dinner And Wine Tasting at Alba Vineyard on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm. A cocktail hour and SEVENcourse wine-pairing dinner will be presented by seven of Northern New Jerseys most reputable chefs. Visit foodshed, call 908-362-7967 or

email info@ to reserve your seat and experience the very best the Garden State has to offer. Seating is limited. Literacy Volunteers of Sussex County will train new volunteer tutors to help adults improve their English skills. An orientation to tutoring is offered at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, September 10, at Homers Restaurant, 18 Sparta Avenue, Sparta. This is followed by six Tuesday evening training sessions, 6:30-9:30 PM, September 17 through October 22. For information about this rewarding service or to sign up, visit our web site or call 973-300-9444. The Kittatinny Rangers Square Dance Club invites one and all to a FREE LESSON on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Halsted Street School, 59 Halsted Street, Newton. For more information, contact: Frankie Kenny-(908)-343-5170. St. Jude Council

#12430 Knights of Columbus Best Ball Scramble Golf Outing: Fri., September 20th at Country Club of the Poconos Golf Course in Big Ridge Drive, Marshalls Creek, PA: Prizes & $10,000 Hole-in-one Contest. Lunch To Follow At Country Club; 7:30am registration and 8:30am Shotgun start, $110 pp. FMI, call at 908-3628421 or spudster@ Blairstown Town -Wide Yard Sale, Saturday, September 21st, 9 to 5 and Sunday, September 22nd, 9 to 3: Blairstown Residents Only. FMI: at mar7651@CenturyLink .net. Hackettstown Business Improvement District celebrates Fall with the BID Blast Carnival! As summer winds down and kids are back in school, theres still time to have fun! The BID Blast Weekend Carnival runs from Friday, September 27th Sunday, September 29th at the American Legion on Willow Grove Street. Look for your favorite rides, games and carnival food! The Blast will operate during the following days and times: Friday, September 28th, 6pm 10pm; Saturday, September 29th, noon 10pm; Sunday, September 30th, noon - 5pm. All You Can Eat Dinner Buffet at St. Rose Parish Center, Academy St., Oxford, October 5th, 4-7pm: BYOB, Eat in or take out. Tickets available at the door. October 11, 6:30pm Holistic Evening Expo at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy, NJ: Come and enjoy a unique and exciting evening with us. The gorgeous mansion Rutherfurd Hall is

the backdrop for an exciting evening to embrace the "Body, Mind and Spirit" ! Learn more about the natural world of holistic health and wellness - Fitness, Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Feng Shui, Holistic Design, Massage, Reiki, Roses, and more Refreshments Artwork Vendors Demos Lectures Spiritual Readings. Contact Renae@ or 908-797-5225. Knights of Columbus, Council 5410 Chester, NJ Italian Heritage Dinner Dance on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The event will be held at St Lawrence the Martyr Parish hall in Chester, NJ. Dinner seating begins at 6:30pm. For ticket information contact Bruce or Virginia Wallace, at (973) 584-3405 by October 1, 2013. For other information about the dinner dance call George Discher at 862432-2159 or 973-5842083. Save The Date! Barn Dance - Sponsored by The Hardwick Township Historical Society will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 6 -9PM at the newly restored German Bank Barn at the Vass Farmstead located at 97 Stillwater Rd in Hardwick. A barn dance is a collection of dances that are fairly straight forward and can be learned on the night of the dance with the help of our caller, Mary Moody. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available by calling Linda at 908-362-5928 or Joanne at 908-3628496. Swayze Mill Park Car Show Fund Raising Event, October 20th, from 11am to 3pm. 100 Swayze Mill Road, Hope: All years, makes & models welcome. All proceeds benefits the Hope Elementary School Activities Fund. FMI: Rob Caputo @ 201 - 206-7024.

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Hello fellow readers, Bill from Columbia asked how to encourage his Amaryllis bulbs to re-bloom. Hippeastrum are those tropical, large, lily-like flowering bulbs often given at Christmas. He shared the instructions that he was working with and much of the protocol was sound. I admitted to Bill that I would have to do some research as I have only one Amaryllis bulb which did re-bloom last year. How did I make that happen? Sheer luck. When Bills blooms faded, he cut off the flower stem to about an inch above the bulb keeping the sword-like leaves intact. In order for bulbs to bloom again next season, they must replenish the depleted food reserve via their leaves which takes 5-6 months. Keep your plant in a sunny window or heal it in outside (dig in the pot itself to keep the critters from eating the bulb) in part to full sun after the risk of frost.

When the leaves begin to yellow, which occurs in the early fall, cut the leaves back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb. What Bills directions were missing was a cool period to provide the right conditions for dormancy. It turns out that in order to bloom, Amaryllis bulbs must be exposed to 50-55 degree temperatures for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. Some say you can place the bulbs in the crisper of your refrigerator as long it is not shared with apples. Apples give off ethylene gasses which will sterilize the bulbs and prevent future blooms. Who would have known? Another option is to place the plant in a well-lighted, 50 to 55 degree location come fall and maintain the Amaryllis as a green plant until the cool 6-8 week requirement has been met. Then move it to a warmer 70 to 75 degree location. Keep the potting soil moist, but not wet to avoid rot, and the bulb should bloom in about 8 weeks. Back tracking in time my Amaryllis bulb experienced its cold period during our extended power outage as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Then remained next to a chilly bay window and bloomed in time for Valentines Day. Lucky me. Garden dilemmas?

(NAPSI)Many homeowners are warming to a simple, cost-effective way to boost energy efficiency: fiberglass insulation. Heres why: Insufficient insulation in unheated garages, basements and attics provides ample opportunity for heat to escape, resulting in extra costs on energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average homeowner can save as much as 30 percent on energy bills simply by having the right amount of insulation. Here are some tips to help: Determine the appropriate R-value for your

house. Check the attic and floors next to unheated spaces, such as the garage and basement, for the thickness of existing insulation to determine if its sufficient. Generally, the thicker the insulation, the higher the R-value and the better your home will resist heat transfer. Check with your insulation contractor or visit CertainTeeds online insulation calculator at ools to learn the recommended R-value for your home. Increase attic insulation. Its one of the easiest ways to boost the energy efficiency of a

home. CertainTeeds InsulSafe SP fiberglass loose-fill insulation can not only improve heating and cooling efficiency but also sound control. Additionally, it wont settle, absorb moisture or cause mildew. It contains no formaldehyde and will last the lifetime of a building while cutting energy costs. Insulate piping and air ducts. Insulation can keep hot water flowing in pipes and prevent them from freezing during the winter. Also, insulating exposed air ducts in basements and crawl spaces increases the

overall efficiency of heating and cooling systems by delivering optimal conditioned air to where its needed most. Having the proper amount of insulation creates a more comfortable environment. It decreases noise transmission, allowing for peaceful sleep, quiet time and privacy. Adequate insulation also helps maintain a more even temperature all around the house and keeps floors warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer. For further information or to find a contractor, visit www.certain

Prep Your Home and Lawn Checklist for Fall

(NewsUSA) - As autumn colors set in this season, make sure your all-important home and garden upkeep checklist is ready. Although the lawn is often overlooked during the fall, it's actually the perfect time to make sure everything is organized before the harsher winter elements take hold. Paul James, host of HGTV's "Gardening by the Yard," advises homeowners to start early -approximately six weeks before the first good freeze. Here is a list of some of the tasks and items you should add to your fall checklist this year: * Maintain the landscape. Tidy up the lawn, flowerbeds, bushes, gardens, etc. Remove unsightly foliage, dead stems, piles of leaves and other debris. Fluff your mulch with a rake so water can seep into the subsoil. * Plant fall vegetables. Cool-season vegetable gardens can flourish with the right plants -lettuce, greens, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, potatoes and loads more. * Keep muscles relaxed, and stay hydrated. Don't underestimate the fall sun. Summer may be over, but hours of gardening in the sun can still leave you exhausted, strained and parched. * Make room for indoor plants. Your potted or container plants won't survive the winter outside, so it's time to make room indoors for tropical plants, herbs and succulents. * Clean garage, shed or outbuildings. Once you organize your storage space, you can neatly put away all of your summer tools or patio furniture. Plus, your newly emptied planters will have a home next to all the other stuff families accumulate.

Jordan Koza & Friends is moving fast. Koza has been making a name himself as an amazing songwriter, guitar player and vocalist. He's already opened for/shared the stage with some heavy weights of the music world such as Railroad Earth, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greensky Bluegrass, Quimby Mountain Band, The Stray Birds, Rusted Root, Consider the Source, and Ryan Adams. His rock-jam band recently played at JoeFest and has also appeared at other festivals this summer. Fresh on the heels of a summer filled schedule that had her taking the

stage at festivals large and small, Chelsea Carlson again brings her unique songs to the Inn. The Top New Female Acoustic Act in New Jersey brings on a thoughtful and compelling sound that mesmerizes audiences. The Inn has been regularly featuring music with its Friday night music series and once a month jazz shows featuring national acts. On Thursday and Saturday nights patrons can enjoy dinner while enjoying live piano music in the background. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Inn or at Tramontin HarleyDavidson, which is located at the Route 80 Exit 12 ramp. They are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, all veterans/military, as

well as students with ID, just $10. They can also be purchased online at www.joehirshproductio The Inn at Millrace Pond, a historic bed and breakfast and restaurant just minutes from Route 80, Exit 12. The Tavern, located in the restaurant's tap room downstairs, is the perfect setting to listen to music and enjoy a pub style menu. The Inn at Millrace Pond is located in the heart of Hope at 313 Johnsonburg Road by Route 519. For more information about the Inn at Millrace Pond, to make a reservation in the restaurant "upstairs" or in the "Fireside Tavern" downstairs, call 908-459-4884 or visit www.innatmillracepond .com.

The Warren County Technical School (WCTS) PTA is hosting its 4th annual Crafts in the Warren Tech on Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Exhibitors who handcraft their own items are invited to submit an application to exhibit at the fundraising event to be held at Warren County Technical School in Washington, (Warren County). The juried art event is produced once each year by the WCTS PTA to help support the student programs at the Warren County Technical School. This is a highly visible and greatly attended event. Artists and crafters nated by the KNMBG President, Diana Dove. Special appreciation goes to Mrs. Jeannie Geremia of the Garden Club of New Jersey for making this grant funding possible. She is the Community Garden Grant Chair for the GCNJ assuring that community gardens are blooming all over the Garden State. Warren Garden Club is an affiliate of the Garden Club of New Jersey and the National Garden Club. Warren Garden Club members in attendance for the award were Diane Pratt and Anne Leyburn, Merrill Creek Reservoir Administrator Jane Bullis, Keith Mallard and Diana Dove, Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden volunteer and president, as well as, Jean Spann, LaVonne Heydel, Malle Tocce, Warren Garden Club members and Dorothy Olsen, another volunteer from the Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden.

who are interested in applying for consideration to exhibit should email craftsinwarren to request an application and submit, with photos as soon as possible. Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.c om/CraftsintheWarrenT ech For more details, contact exhibit coordinator Jennifer at craftsinwarrentech@liv or call 908-4964100.

Warren County Technical School is located at 1500 Route 57, in Washington, NJ. The Crafts in the Warren Tech will be held from 9am - 4pm on Saturday, December 7th, 2013. In addition to exhibitors, there will be food, door prizes, face painting, bake sales and entertainment throughout the day. Admittance is free although donations are greatly appreciated.

This gardening project was approved by the MCRVC's Administrator, Jane Bullis. Adult, and youth volunteers of Memorial School's Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden, selected and planted the new plants. Thank you to community volunteers, including: Keith Mallard, a Green Team Teen Leader, Erica Schaumberg of the Warren Hill's Regional High School National Honor Society and SAVE (Students Against Vandalism of the Earth) and the following adults: Mike Dove, Dorothy Olsen, Mimi Powers, and Lorri Schaumberg. Memorial School's Fifth Grade teacher and the Memorial School's Youth Garden Club Advisor was the project's advisor and the Grant Project Manager. Volunteers of this project were coordi-

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to all our friends, neighbors and family members for their generous friendship, love and support at the passing of our loved one, Mary Louise Jones. We also would like to thank everyone for their cards, flowers, telephone calls, mass cards, visits, prayers and donations to the American Cancer Society and the Blairstown Presbyterian Church. A very special thank you to Pastor David Harvey and Glenn Caprario, manager of Newbaker Funeral Home. With our sincere thanks,
The Family of Mary Louise Jones Elmer Jones, Rita Jones, Nathan and Jennifer Crisman, Michele Crisman, Alexander, Joshua and Daniel Crisman

I want to thank everyone for the lovely cards, flowers and gifts. Also, thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate by 100th birthday. Thank you, Grace Banghart

On behalf of the North Warren Little League, wed like to thank Barbara Vuz and Lisa Predenkoski for their organization and time involved with our very successful 50/50 raffle. The parents of the league and all of the community who participated enabled us to surpass our goal and $5,340 went to our big winner, Jan Mondello, of Blairstown. We, as always, appreciated all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this such a successful event to benefit the children of our community. Thank you, Holly Moyna

The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was the beautiful setting for the August 4, 2013, lowcountry wedding of Lindsay May Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baker of Blairstown, and Christopher Ryan Avery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Avery of Frelinghuysen. Ms. Christy Loftin officiated the double-ring ceremony which was held outside on the grounds of the estate, overlooking the scenic Ashley River. Cocktail hour followed on the patio of the historic Carriage House and featured the newlywed's signature drink of sweet tea vodka and lemonade served in mason jars. The reception was held inside under the Spanish Moss draped wagon wheel chandeliers. Guests dined on traditional fare and authentic southern cuisine, which included Charleston crab cakes, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, Carolina red rice, cornbread, and pecan and key lime tarts. The venue was decorated in a rustic motif of burlap, lace, mason jars, sunflowers, and of course, magnolias! Heather Baker, sister of the bride, and Carolyn Garland were the maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Laura Furfaro, Melissa McKee, Breanne Cullen, Megan Decker, and Helena Mannarino. The flower girl was Emma Khoury, second cousin of the groom. Steven and Sean Avery, brothers of the groom, served as the best men. Groomsmen were Mike Williams, Seth Lynch, Tim Richardt, JT Fleming, Ken Roman, and Brian Beatty. The couple honeymooned at The Inn at Middleton Place and also at Hilton Head, SC. The bride and groom are both 2008 graduates of North Warren Regional High School. The bride graduated from The College of New Jersey and is attending the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy. The groom received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. He is presently a liaison engineer for Boeing in North Charleston. The couple reside in Charleston, SC.

The Chatham Community Band (CCB), under the direction of Mr. Brian Conti, is seeking new members for its organization. The band is an all volunteer, adult instrumental music group with members coming from all walks of life, from college age through retirees. Most are not professional musicians, but over the years many had performed in high school or college and wanted an opportunity to continue playing in a community based volunteer group. In addition to a formal Holiday and Spring concert, the band performs at community events such as Chathams Fishawack Day, 4th of July parade, at senior citizen residences and community centers. The concert band is open to instrumental musicians and currently in need of percussionists and other brass and woodwind players. Music performed by the band includes: traditional marches, broadway show selections, light classics and Americana. At its recent Spring Concert the band featured George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue with a guest pianist. For more information about the CCB, visit our web site, www.chathamcommuni, or email Brian Conti, brian, or info@chathamcommun The band is organized under the Adult Education School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park, with rehearsals and scheduled concerts performed at the Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Rd, Chatham, NJ.

Fresh, refrigerated and frozen foods are available to northwestern New Jersey residents at sharply reduced prices through the Jolin Food Box program. The food assistance program offers a variety of ordering options, from breakfast-lunch-dinner combination packs to boxes of dinner entrees to special packages just for children. Each month features a variety of high-quality menu items from seafood and poultry to baked goods and prepared meals. The price of a single box ranges from $22 - $40. There is no limit to the number of boxes an individual or family can purchase, and the menu changes each month. The program even takes food stamps. Interested residents can order online with a credit card at www.jolinfood or by calling Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500. Payment is made when the

order is placed. The next deadline for placing an order is Monday, September 9th; delivery will be made to Project Self-Sufficiency on Saturday, September 21st. To find out more about the monthly food

deliveries by the Jolin Food Box Program at Project Self-Sufficiency, or any of the other programs and services available at the agency, call 973-940-3500, or visit www.project

(NAPSI)While a good breakfast can help kids get a great start to the day, books can help keep their minds active all day long. Yet more than twothirds of children living in poverty dont have any books at home1. To help support childhood literacy, Frosted Mini-Wheats and other Kelloggs brands are joining with Scholastic to help families earn free books and put 200,000 books into the hands of children in need through the charity Books for Kids. Recently, childrens book author, actor and father Taye Diggs demonstrated his support by creating a public service announcement to raise awareness about childhood literacy. Diggs explains how families can earn free books for their home libraries and provide books to kids in

need. This is such an important cause for me, especially as a dad, because I know the impact that reading can have on young minds, said Diggs. There are two ways to support childrens literacy: 1. You can collect the Great Starts Great Stories codes from participating Kelloggs products to receive a free book or gift a book to a school in need through the charity Books for Kids. 2. You can also visit iniMissions to participate in Frosted MiniWheats Mini Missions. Visitors can earn two free books monthly while supplies last, as well as enter a sweepstakes2 to win Scholastic books and grants for their school and community.

(NAPSI)Heres food for thought for parents looking to make nutritious foods and snacks more appealing to picky eaters, while saving valuable time in the kitchen. Experts Advice Nutrition expert Chobani Health Communications Manager Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, shares three easy steps for introducing nutritious new foods and getting kids excited about what they eat each

day. Tip 1: Share the shopping. Empower kidsand minimize morning mayhemby working together as a family to create a weekly menu planner that starts with a trip to the grocery store. Encourage kids to help pick out any fruits and veggies they like, and then help plan dinners that feature those ingredients. Family menu planning not only makes life easier for parents, it teaches kids the value of

planning ahead and making thoughtful choices. Tip 2: Give kids a choice. Letting kids choose from an array of foods is a great way to pique interest and start building a foundation for healthy habits. Try a pick and pack approach that lets kids have the authority to customize breakfasts, lunches and snacks to their likingwhile you control all the ingredients. For a weekend lunch, for instance, offer a range of breads with whole grains and a variety of foods that can be part of a nutritious sandwich, as well as presliced fruits and bite-size veggies. For an afternoon snack, include a variety of protein options to help fuel them, such as our authentic strained Chobani Champions Greek Yogurt Tubes for kids, made with only natural ingredients and real fruit, with 5 grams of protein per serving.

Tip 3: Celebrate the try. Encourage kids to try one new food per week. Whether or not they like the first bite, training kids to be open to a wide variety of flavors and textures can help encourage healthy habits. The opportunity to try new foods has never been greater, with many grocery stores offering easy access to exotic fruits and vegetables. As an example, dragon fruits are from the cactus family and have an exotic, spiky look but taste like a refreshing blend of kiwi, pear, watermelon and mango with a tropical twist. Kids can enjoy the familiar flavor while getting the thrill of trying something new. They may like it freshly sliced or in Chobani Champions Flyin Dragon Fruit Greek Yogurt Tubes. Learn More For recipe ideas and other tips, visit www.chobanichampion

Karen Klein and Nancy Zarbock are the September Artists of the Month at Gallery 23 in Blairstown. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, September 7 from 1-5 pm at the gallery. Karen Klein's dioramas/dreamscapes involve a lengthy process beginning with her original pen and ink drawings. The artwork is photographically reproduced and reduced in size. The drawings are dry mounted to a board, cut out, and colors are layered on with translucent films. The final three dimensional boxes are a juxtaposition of cultures, worlds, and hypnagogic images. Her intent is to portray the past, present, and future as one event. Klein, a resident of Blairstown, illustrated a childrens book, The Eight Days of Hanukkah written by Shirley Wachtel. Her work is found in collections from California to Massachusetts and has been included in shows at the Alijra Five in Newark, NJ and The National Council of Jewish Women. A former art teacher in the Byram Township School, Klein now owns a childrens art school. Contact her at artmagic@embarqmail. com. New Jersey native, Nancy Zarbock lives in Hunterdon County. Upon completion of her Masters Degree in

Business Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken NJ, she enrolled in a ceramics class at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ. Zarbock has been working in clay for over 20 years. She specializes in hand built and hand painted pottery in stoneware, majolica, and raku. In addition to ceramics, Nancy is explores the worlds or acrylic painting, sculpting, drawing and jewelry design. Regarding her raku pottery she says, I use stains and a few glazes saturated copper, iron, cobalt and silver. The pots are fired in a large kiln, maintaining a neutral to reduction atmosphere. The vessel

reaches temperature and is placed in a container of combustibles, where further reduction is achieved. Results are high in luster and metallic. One of Zarbocks raku ceramic chargers Autumn was featured in the book 500 RAKU, published by Lark. Her winning entry distinguishes itself with combination of glazes, and its application, on a large flat surface. Gallery 23, an artist co-op, is located at 23 Main Street, Blairstown. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday noon to 4 PM. For more information, call (908) 362-6865, or visit the web site:

(NAPSI)For many motorists, the battery is a case of under hood, out of mind until theyre stranded by a dead battery, which can be inconvenient and even dangerousbut this doesnt have to happen to you. Look for such signs that the battery is failing as the headlamps look dim at idle and brighten when you rev the engine or the starter groans and turns slowly, barely starting the car. Preserving the Battery While no battery lives forever, these tips can help keep yours cranking: Keep it clean. Even on todays sealed batteries, corrosion on the posts and terminals can compromise performance. Your service technician can clean it or you can. With the car off, loosen and remove the negative cable, then the red positive cable. Use a brass-wire battery brush dipped in a paste of baking soda and

water. Rinse thoroughly with water, preferably distilled. Reinstall the cables, positive first, and coat the terminals and clamps with a thin grease to prevent new corrosion. Dont run it down. Ensure that all lights and other electronics are turned off when the car isnt being driven. If you do drain the battery and decide to jump-start your car, carefully follow the instructions in your owners manual to avoid damaging your car as well as the running vehicle. Wear goggles and remove your scarf, tie and jewelry. Todays average car has 20 or more onboard computers. Connecting a positive cable to a negative terminalor vice versacan cause an expensive electrical short that could destroy one or more of the computers. Have your battery checked. Your service

technician can perform a load test, which provides a snapshot of how much life is left in the battery. He or she may also check to ensure that your alternator is charging the battery properly. Remove the battery if a vehicle is going to sit

idle for more than 30 days. Replacing the Battery If your battery needs replacing, consider this: ACDelco batteries provide some of the best and easiest-tounderstand free replacement warranties in the industry. There are

choices for all models, budgets and priorities. In addition, the companys alternators are 100 percent performance and reliability tested. Customers who have these things installed by a member of the ACDelco Professional Service Center

program qualify for a nationwide, 12-month, 12,000-mile limited warranty on parts and labor and roadside assistance. Learn More To find a nearby shop or further facts and tips, visit