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Mary Lou Sherrer of the

Mountain Lake section of


Liberty Township in New
Jersey, has been named as
winner of a new roof in Jeff
Alte Jr. Roofings No Roof
Left BehindTM initiative.
Sherrer suffers from a
degenerative nerve disease,
was injured at work not too
long ago and had to take
additional time off from her
job due to a car accident. She
fights through the pain every
day working to keep the
electric on, but can not afford
to keep up with the many
repairs needed to her home.
The home has been in the
family for four generations.
Sherrer was nominated for
the contest by her daughter,
Tara Rader, who entered her
mom to help alleviate the
financial burden of maintain
We are very pleased with
the success of this initiative
that has brought so many
members of our community
together. We are excited to be
close to seeing the project
completed for our very
deserving winner, said
owner, Jeff Alte Jr.
Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing is

located in Hackettstown, NJ.


For more information about
Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing and their
No Roof Left Behind
program, please call 908850-8558
or
visit
www.alteroofing.com
or
www.noroofleftbehind.com/
program/nj/1196 .
No Roof Left Behind is a

nationwide program that


gives folks in the community
a way to help their good
neighbors that have fallen on
hard times. The No Roof Left
Behind program provides a
local contractor the framework to provide a new roof at
no cost to a deserving homeowner in need.

From military service to


business to community
service, this years inductees
of the Warren County, NJ,
Hall of Fame, to be
celebrated at the 6th Annual
Warren County Hall of
Fame dinner in October,
definitely have made their
mark. This years Hall of
Fame class includes Thomas
McHugh, Joel Kobert,
Douglas Steinhardt, Judge
John Kingfield. Col. Clinton
Pagano, Frank Van Horn,
and posthumously, Stuart
Hartung.
Thomas McHugh, Sr., a
former postmaster, is a
Veteran of the United States
Armed Forces. He enlisted
in the Army in March 1951
and served on Active Duty
until April 1954. Upon
discharge, he served in the
NJ National Guard for 30
years and then US Army
Reserve for 10 years. He
retired after 43 years of
Military Service as a First
Sergeant. He also has 60
years of service in the
American Legion, having
served as Hackettstown
Blue Ridge Post 164 Commander, Vice Commander,
and Trustee Chairman.
Thomas also held a number
of Warren County and NJ
State Detachment Offices,
including
Americanism,
Children and Youth, Time
and Place, and Department
Vice Chairman for the Sons
of the American Legion. He
is currently a National
Director for The Korean
War Veterans Association,
having served as Director
since 2007. As a representative of both the American
Legion and the KWVA,
McHugh regularly visits
local schools teaching the
students about patriotism,
flag etiquette, Memorial
Day, Veterans Day and the
Korean War.
Joel Kobert, who is a longtime attorney in Warren
County, served in the
military from 1968 to 1970.

He was Captain in the US


Army Armor Branch, has a
Vietnam Service Medal and a
Bronze Star. He managed
Partner Law Firm/Courter,
Kobert and Cohen from 1962
to 2014. Joel was more than
just an attorney. In the US
Dept. of Justice he was
Special Assistant to Ann
Klein, Commissioner of
Institutions and Agencies,
Legal Assistant to Assemblywoman Ann Klein, and
Assemblyman Robert Shelton, Commissioner for the
Delaware River Bridge
Commission, President of
the NJ Bar Association in
1992; and is currently a
consultant to Elizabeth
Dole.
John F. Kingfield is a graduate of Phillipsburg High
School, Lafayette College,
and Rutgers School of Law.
He was First Lieutenant in
the US Army where he
served two years active duty.
He also was New Jersey
Deputy Attorney General,
Warren County Assistant
Prosecutor, Warren County
Prosecutor, Judge of Superior Court of NJ before
retired from bench in 2001, a
Member of the Warren
County Bar Association
where he served as president.
He also served on the Governing Body of Lopatcong
Township and on the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment. He is the founder of
the Phillipsburg Area Youth
Soccer League, started the
Lopatcong soccer program
and coached various sports
in Lopatcong. John was the
president of the Phillipsburg
Area Chamber of Commerce
as well as the Phillipsburg
Rotary Club. He is also a
member of the Phillipsburg
High School Hall of Fame,
as well as the Rutgers Law
School Hall of Fame.
Colonel Clinton L. Pagano,
a lifelong resident of Warren
County, is arguably the most

The 40th Transue/Rustine


family reunion will be held
on August 16th at East
Bangor Park from 11am to
6pm. This years theme is
Ruby Red Reunion. Families
are asked to make a picture
board of past reunions and of
loved ones who are no longer
with us. Please bring a lunch
and an item for the cake
raffle. For more information,
call Donna at 484-298-0192.
Monroe County Bible
Clubs are being held weekly
on Thursdays at 1:30pm at
Dansbury Park in East
Stroudsburg. The program is
free to attend and is open to
all ages. For more information, contact Jim at 570-4219968
or
jimeckerbcm
@verizon.net.
All Washington School 8th
grade graduates from 1940
to the present are invited to
attend a reunion planned
for September 26th on the
school grounds, starting with
a tour of the school, followed

by a doggie roast in the


school cafeteria. For more
information or to attend the
next committee meeting, call
610-588-5198.
St. Johns Cemetery is
seeking donations to help
with the upkeep of the cemetery, roadways and monuments. They are also exploring the idea of adding a Community Columbarium near
the mosoleum. Donations can
be sent to Carol Hummel c/o
St. Johns Cemetery, 136
Messinger Street, Bangor, PA
18013.
The Ladies Auxiliary of
the Mt. Bethel Volunteer
Fire Company in Mt. Bethel
is seeking new members
and volunteers. If you are
interested and would like
further information, contact
Gail at 570-897-6293 or Kris
at 610-392-7975.
The BAHS Alumni Association is collecting used
musical instruments to be
donated
to
Bangors
elementary band program.
The instruments will be used
as loaners for students who

cannot afford them. For more


information, call 610-5885198.
The Slate Belt Heritage
Center Oral History Project
is seeking Slate Belt senior
citizens who would like to
be interviewed. If you know
of anyone who has a story,
call Marc Blau at 570-8975459.
The Neucrue fundraiser
golf tournament, to be held
on September 25th, is seeking donations. If you would
like to be a sponsor, donate
promotional items or door
prizes (golf balls, golf clubs,
etc.), contact Ryan Mackay at
484-695-5104 or neucrue
fundraiser@gmail.com.
Happy 35th birthday,
Pasquale "Patsy" LiNuci!

Fresh, refrigerated and


frozen foods are available to
northwestern New Jersey
residents at reduced prices
through the Jolin Food Box
program. The price of a
single box ranges from $20 to
$40. There is no limit to the
number
of
boxes
an
individual or family can
purchase, and the menu
changes each month. Interested residents can order
online with a credit card at
www.jolinfoodbox.com or by
calling
Project
SelfSufficiency at 973-940-3500.
Payment is made when the
order is placed. The next
deadline for placing an order
is Tuesday, August 18th;
delivery will be made to
Project Self-Sufficiency on
Saturday, August 29th. For
more information, call 973940-3500,
or
visit
www.projectselfsufficiency.o
rg.
The Warren County Community Singers are looking

for new members. The


singers are a non-audition
group. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm at
the First Presbyterian Church
of Washington, located at 40
Church Street in Washington.
Singers present two concerts
a year: holiday concert in
December and Spring Fest of
Song in early May. All voice
parts are welcome. Mens
voices are especially needed.
Knights of Columbus
Assembly #3125 of Blairstown is holding their
annual flag sale for three feet
by five feet nylon USA flags
with deluxe embroidered
stars and sewn stripes. Donation per flag is $20. Call 908362-9121 for pickup.
Warren County Community Senior Centers will be
featuring exercise classes,
including Tai Chi and
Zumba Gold, guest speakers and activities. Lunch will
be served Monday through
Friday and transportation is
available upon request. For
more
information
and
locations, call 908-475-6591.
Deer Valley Sportsmens
Association of Blairstown is
looking for land to lease in
the Blairstown, Hardwick,
Knowlton, Hope, Frelinghuysen, Stillwater or White
Twp. areas. All members
belong to the National Rifle
Association and hunt-alongs
are done before new members are voted into this association. Several of the
associations properties are
semi-wild and licensed by the
State of NJ Division of Fish
and Wildlife. They stock
phesants, partridge and sometimes quail. All leased property is posted and trespassers
are vigorously prosecuted. If
you own property, either
wooded or fileds with brushy
cover, and would like to
speak with someone about

leasing the property, call


Robert at 973-948-4001;
James at 973-875-9266;
Timothy at 908-637-4408;
Brian at 908-362-6598; or
James Craig at 908-2785149. The association is a
rounded group including
doctors, lawyers, police,
contractors, farmers, a former
director of Fish and Game,
and they are well-known and
respected in the Blairstown
area.
Public Notice: In accordance with the Adequate
Notice provision of the
Open Public Meetings Act,
please be advised that the
2015 meeting schedule for
the Warren County Mental
Health Board is as follows:
August 18th, September 15th,
October 20th, November
17th and December 15th at
5pm. Meetings will be held in
rooms 123A and B at Warren
County Community College,
located at 475 Rt. 57 in Washington.
Public Notice: In accordance with the Adequate
Notice provision of the
Open Public Meetings Act,
please be advised that the
2015 meeting schedule for
the Warren County Transportation Advisory Council is as
follows: September 10th and

November 12th at 1:30pm.


Meetings will be held in the
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Meeting Room at the
Wayne Dumont Jr. Adminisration Building, located at
165 Rt. 519 S. in Belvidere.
Public Notice: In accordance with the Adequate
Notice provision of the
Open Public Meetings Act,
please be advised that the
2015 meeting schedule for
the Warren County Human
Services Advisory Council is
as follows: September 22nd
and November 24th (location
TBD) at 1:30pm. Meetings
will be held in the Freeholder
Meeting Room at the Wayne
Dumont Jr. Adminisration
Building, located at 165 Rt.
519 S. in Belvidere.
Public Notice: In accordance with the Adequate
Notice provision of the
Open Public Meetings Act,
please be advised that the
2015 meeting schedule for
the
Warren
County
LACA/DA is as follows:
October 13th and December
8th at 5pm. Meetings will be
held in Meeting Room A-located on the first floor--at
Warren County Department
of Human Services, located at
1 Shotwell Drive in Belvidere.

Adult
Fiction:
Bell,
David: The Hiding Place;
Castillo, Linda: After The
Storm; Cruise, Jennifer:
Crazy For You; Dailey,
Janet: Texas Tough; Lovett,
Charles: The Bookmans
Tale; Tyndall, M.L.: The
Redemption; The Reliance;
The Restitution; Wilson,
Susan: One Good Dog.
Adult Non Fiction: De
Blasi, Marlena: A Thousand
Days In Venice; Heat
Moon,william: Blue Highways.
Young Adult Fiction:
Paratore, Coleen: The Cupid
Chronicles;
Roth,
Veronica:divergent; Smith,
Jennider: This Is What
Happy Looks Like; Stur-

man, Jennifer: And Then


Everything Unraveled.
Junior Fiction: Hutton,
Clare: Midnight Howl;
Mason, Jane: Now You See
Me; Wilder, Laura Ingalls:
Farmer Boy; The First Four
Years; Little House In The
Big Woods; Little House On
The Prairie; The Long
Winter; On The Banks Of
Plum Creek; These Happy
Golden Years.
Easy Reader Fiction:
Oconnor, Jane: Fancy
Nancy Apples Galore!;
Splendid Speller.
Easy Fiction: Oconnor,
Jane: Fancy Nancy Too
Many Tutus; Yolen, Jane:
How Do Dinosaurs Clean
Their Rooms?

Northampton County Parks


and Recreation Division will
sponsor a stargazing program
at Lake Minsi in Upper
Mount Bethel Township
from 8:15pm to 10pm on
August 14th. The program
will be held at the West Shore
Parking Lot at the intersection of Lake Minsi Drive and
Blue Mountain Drive.
Join Astronomer Rich
Grebb for telescopic views of
Saturn and its moons and
rings; the Hercules Star Cluster; the constellations Scorpio, Sagittarius and the
Summer Triangle, with stars
Vega, Deneb and Altair; and
of course, the Big and Little
Dippers and Cassiopeia.
Conditions permitting, we
may even see the Andromeda
Galaxy. All participants will
receive a star chart. Please
arrive promptly by 8:15pm
for star chart interpretation
and discussion prior to
telescopic
viewing
at

8:30pm.
This program is recommended for adults and
children six years of age and
older. Dress to be outside at
night and bring a lawn chair
or blanket, binoculars if you
have them and a flashlight
for use after the program,
when returning to your car.
This program is free, however, due to limited space,
reservations are required.
For more information or to
make your reservations,
please contact Jim Wilson,
Northampton County Parks
Recreation Specialist, at
610-746-1978 or at jwilson
@northamptoncounty.org.
Please note that this
program is dependent on
weather and sky conditions
and will be cancelled in the
event of inclement weather
or overcast. Registered
participants will be notified
on August 14th only if there
is a cancelation.

The first-ever Faith Church


Blueberry Festival will be
held in the Fellowship Hall
located at 218 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in Pen Argyl, PA
on August 15th, from 4pm to
7pm, rain or shine.
This family fun event will
also feature a pie eating
contest just for kids. Up to 20
children will be given the
opportunity to see how fast
they can eat a blueberry pie.
This promises to be an entertaining event with contest
prizes given out to all participants.
Winners will be
announced in the various age
categoriesand, as every

good pie-eating contestant


knows, no hands can be used
and the pie must be eaten
completely
unassisted.
Suffice to say there will be
plenty of messy faces waiting
for their selfie.
Not to worry; Faith
Church always stocks plenty
of wipes, said Lori Pensyl,
coordinator of the clean-up
crew.
Also for the first time at a
Faith Church Festival, the
famous walking tacos that
simply have to be tried to be
believed.
What kind of blueberry
festival would it be if there

wasnt a host of cool blueberry treats beginning with


blueberry ice cream, blueberry custard pie, blueberry
cheesecake, blueberry cakes,
blueberry bars, blueberry
muffins and lots of food?
The large number of blueberry desserts will provide a
refreshing way to chase away
those hot, dog days of
August, said Reverend Ruth
Ann Christopher, Pastor of
Faith United.
The ultimate blueberry
custard pie and cheesecake
are a must. There will be so
many delicious options, you
may have to visit the dessert

area more than once.


Remember that calories are
not counted at any of Faith
Churchs festivals so you can
make that extra trip to the
dessert bar.
The blueberry festival menu
will include some new items,
as well. Grilled chicken
sandwiches and a savory
grilled chicken and berry
salads will be available.
Festival-goers will have the
opportunity to build their
own entre with a wide selection of toppings and dressings, so come hungry!
For more information, visit
faithunited.net.

Blue Mountain Community


Library
Fundraiser:
August 13th, 11am-7pm. 21
S. Broadway, Wind Gap.
FMI, Call 610-863-3029 or
visit www.bmcl.org.
Intergenerational
Dance
Class: August 14th, 2pm3pm. Slate Belt Senior
Center, Blue Valley Farm
Show Complex, 700 American Bangor Rd., Bangor.
FMI, call 610-588-1224.
East Bangor UMCC Used
Book Sale: August 14th,
5pm-8pm & August 15th,
9am-5pm. Bag Sale August
17th, 4pm-8pm. 136 W.
Central Ave. (Rt. 512), E.
Bangor. FMI, visit www.
ebumc.org.

St. Rochs Catholic Church


Annual Mass: August 15th,
11am. 2nd St., W. Bangor.
The liturgy & music for the
Mass will include readings &
hymns for the August 15th
Holy Day, the Feast of the
Assumption. Attendees will
also participate in reading the
Prayer to St. Roch, the Patron
Saint of the closed church..
Dog Park Benefit Flea
Market: August 15th. TLC
Park, corner of Rt. 611 & Rt.
715, Bartonsville. FMI, call
Sophia at 570-872-9135 or
email purple46@ptd.net.
Faith United Presbyterian
Church Blueberry Festival:
August 15th, 4pm-7pm.
Fellowship Hall, 218 W.
Pennsylvania
Ave.
Pen
Argyl.
FMI,
visit
faithunited.net.

Blooming Grove Vol. Fire


Dept. Tricky Tray Fundraiser: August 15th, 5pm.
Blooming
Grove
Vol.
Firehouse, 484 Rt. 739, Lords
Valley (Hawley).
Safe Haven Pet Rescue
Adoption Day: August 16th,
11am-3pm. Rt. 940, Mt
Pocono. FMI, visit www.
SafeHavenPa.org,
email
SafeHaven@epix.net or like
Safe Haven on Facebook.
Wind Gap Summer Sounds
Concert Series: August
16th, 6pm. Wind Gap Park.
Live music by Daisy Jugs.
Safe Haven Volunteer
Meeting: August 17th,
6:30pm. Rt. 209, Kresgeville.
FMI, visit SafeHavenPa.org,
email SafeHaven@epix.net
or like Safe Haven on Facebook.
Summer Book Sale: August
18th-21st, 6pm-10pm &
August 22nd (bag day),
12pm-close. Blue Valley
Farm Show. FMI, call Karen
Brewer at 484-894-5661.
Boomer's Angels Meet &
Greet: August 23rd, 11am2pm. Rt. 209, Broadheadsville. FMI, email boomers
angels@gmail.com,
visit
boomersangels.com,
like
them on Facebook or call
570-350-4977.
Monroe Animal League
Meeting: August 23rd, 7pm.
Eastern Monroe Co. Library,
Rt. 611/N. 9th St., Stroudsburg. FMI, visit www.
monroe-animals.org, email
monroeanimalleague@gmail.
com or call 570-421-7775.
Bow Wow Bike Jam &
Poker Run: August 29th,
11am. Lappawinzo Fish &
Game, 25 Lappawinzo Rd.,
Northampton. Benefits Safe
Haven Dog Rescue in
Blakeslee & Peaceable King-

dom in Whitehall. Registration from 11am-1pm, ride


starts at 1pm. FMI, tickets, or
to volunteer, call 610 5730161.
Wind Gap Summer Sounds
Concert Series: August
30th, 6pm. Live music by
Steel Creek. Wind Gap Park.
Marine Corps League
Meeting: September 2nd,
1900 hours. Northampton
County Detachment 298.
1621 Lehigh St., Easton. All
active duty & honorably
discharged Marines welcome.
FMI, contact jimmineousmc
@rcn.com.
Forks of the Delaware
Chapter 14 Society for PA
Archaeology
Meeting:
September 3rd, 7pm. Easton
Area Public Library, 1 Weller
Place,
Easton.
Visitors
welcome. NJ residents are
encouraged to attend. All are
encouraged to bring your
Native American artifacts for
dating and classifying. Attendance and classifying free.
FMI, call Len Ziegler at 908750-4110 or email lziegler
2019@centurylink.net
Free Community Picnic:
September 12th, 2pm-5pm.
Belfast Wesley UMC, 607
School Rd., Nazareth. FMI,
call Paul at 908-565-2447.
Monroe Animal League
Mid-Year New Year's Ball:
September 18th, 7pm11pm. 1100 Trout Lake Rd.,
Stroudsburg.
Benefits
Monroe Animal League
(MAL), Animal Welfare
Society
of
Monroe
(AWSOM), & Camp Papillon
Pet
Adoption
&
Rescue.Limited seating. FMI
or ticket, call 570-421-7775,
leave your name, number &
number of people in your
party.
District 10 Fall Trapping
Convention & Sportsman
Show: September 25th,

12-6pm & September 26th


8am-5pm. Dealers, Tailgaters, & Demonstrations..
West End Fairgrounds. 70
Fairgrounds Rd., Gilbert.
FMI, contact Bob Counterman at 610-759-9203.

VBS:
August 17th-21st,
9am-noon. Walnut Valley
UMC, 4 Vail Rd., Columbia.
Registration now open for
children ages 3-11 at
vacationbibleschool.com/nort
hwarrenvbs.

Bangor Slater Marching


Band's 38th Annual Festival of Marching Bands:
September 30th, 7pm-9pm.
Bangor Memorial Park . Hear
high school marching bands
from Pen Argyl, Wilson,
Southern
Lehigh,
East
Stroudsburg South, Belvidere, NJ & Bangor High
Schools perform. Rain date:
October 1.

Dasiy Girl Scouts Meeting:


August 19th, 6:30pm8:30pm. Warren Co. Library,
2 Shotwell Dr., White Twp.
Meeting is for girls & their
parents from White &
Harmony Twps. & Belvidere
who will be entering K or 1st
grade in September & want to
join Daisys. FMI, contact
Judy Stahl at jjakstahl@
verizon.net. Please email date
attending, daughters &
parents name(s), school
district & grade in September
2015.

Detect & Prevent Child


Sexual Assault Seminar:
August 12th, 10am-noon or
6pm-8pm.
127 Mill St.,
Newton. Advance registration req'd. FMI or to register,
call 973-940-3500.
Family
Movie
Night:
August
12th,
6:30pm.
Warren Co. Library, 2 Shotwell Dr., Belvidere. Brave.
Rated PG. FMI, call 908475-6322 or visit www.
warrenlib.org.
Comedy Show & Wine
Tasting:
August
14th,
7-10pm. 594 Rt. 94, Columbia. Hosted by the North
Warren Regional Marching
Band.
Walpack Historical Society
Meeting: August 16th, 1pm.
Walpack Methodist Episcopal
Church, Main St., Walpack
Center, Sussex Co., NJ. FMI,
visit walpack history.org or
call 973-948-4903.
Retouch
Old
Photos:
August
17th,
6:30pm.
Warren Co. Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. Learn
how to retouch old photos
using your Mac or PC. FMI,
call 908-362-8335.

Fish & Chips Dinner:


August 27th, 4-7pm. Broadway UMC, 2233 Rt. 57,
Broadway. FMI, call 908689-6951.
Father
Johns
Animal
House
Wine
Tasting
Benefit: August 28th, 7pm. 1
Forest Dr., Allamuchy Twp.
Tickets will not be sold at the
door. Reservations req'd. FMI
or reservations, call Peggy at
973-670-5641 or e-mail
peggyp@ptd.net.
69th
Annual
Lord's
Auction:
August
29th,
10:30am. 4 Kennedy Rd.,
(corner of Rt. 611 and Rt.
517),
Tranquility.
All
proceeds benefit the church.
FMI, call Sue Hardin,
evenings at 973-383-5428.
Free Caregiver Seminar:
September 12th, 8:30am1pm. Warren Co. Comm.
College, 475 Rt. 57 West,
Washington.
Registration
deadline, September 3rd
FMI, contact Robin Ennis at
Robin.Ennis@UnitedWayNN
J.org or call 973-993-1160,
ext. 305 or visit UnitedWayN
NJ.org/CaregiversConferenc
es.

By Jennifer Lively

Minimizing
underage
drinkingNo big deal? It's
"just" alcohol? Think again.
The consequences of underage drinking can last a
lifetime. Youth who drink
alcohol are more likely to
experience the following:
School problems, such as
higher absence and a decline
in grades.
Social problems, such as
fighting and lack of participation in youth activities.
Legal problems, such as
arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while
drunk.
Physical problems, such as
hangovers or illnesses.
Unwanted, unplanned, and
unprotected sexual activity.
Disruption of normal

growth and sexual development.


Physical and sexual
assault.
Higher risk for suicide and
homicide.

Alcohol-related
car
crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns,
falls, and drowning.
Memory problems.
Abuse of other drugs.
Changes in brain development that may have life-long
effects.
Death from alcohol
poisoning.
If you or someone you care
about is experiencing issues
resulting from abuse of
alcohol please see the helpful
people at a Clean Slate, 100
S. Main Street, in Bangor,
PA.

What better way to wind


down the summer season
than to enjoy an afternoon of
Blues music and craft beers?
That's what you'll get under
the tent at the Inn at Millrace
Pond on Sunday, August
30th when the restaurant
hosts its Third Annual Blues
and Craft Brews Festival.
This year's musical line-up
is killer, with power-packed
bands Brother Buddha and
Bob Lanza Band, along with
Slackjaw, cranking out
incredible energy from start
to finish. The gates open at
1pm and the music is set to
start at about 2pm. The
music continues until 7pm.
An assortment of craft beers
will be on tap, along with
plenty of food for purchase.
The Blues and Craft Brews
Fest is presented by the
historic Inn at Millrace
Pond, in association with Joe
Hirsh Productions, First
Hope Bank, and Tramontin
Harley-Davidson.
The Bob Lanza Band has
been lighting up the blues
circuit big time this past
year, and is now a frequent
act at blues festivals in the
tri-state region. Brother
Buddha hammers it out
bigtime and features the
King of the B-3 Hammond
Organ, John Ginty. Slackjaw
brings its steady blues rock

sound to the show, too,


making for a solid one-twothree punch of talent all day!
The event will also include
an array of amazing vendors.
Advanced tickets can be
purchased at The Inn, in the
Village of Hope, or at
Tramontin
HarleyDavidson, located at the
Route 80 Exit 12 ramp. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15
at the door. Tickets for
seniors, bikers and students
are just $10. Kids 12 and
under are free with an
accompanying adult. You

can also make ticket reservations by calling The Inn, at


908-459-4884.
Attendees are invited to
bring lawn chairs if they
like, however, please no
coolers or pets.
The Inn at Millrace Pond, a
historic bed and breakfast
and restaurant is 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
regularly features music on

Friday nights and on Saturday nights patrons enjoy


dinner while listening to live
piano
music.
Weather
permitting, The Inn also
offers patio dining outside.
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.

progressive leader of the


New Jersey State Police
when he ran the department.
He served in the US Army
during the final days of
WWII. He re-enlisted in the
US Marines and served in the
Korean conflict. He joined
the State Police in 1952. In
1975, Governor Brendan
Byrne nominated Captain
Pagano as the ninth Colonel
and Superintendent of the
State Police and the NJ
Senate
unanimously
approved him. During his
tenure the State Police
became a diversified and
highly efficient law enforcement agency. He led the
State Police efforts towards
the prosecution of Joanne
Chesimard and her two
accomplices. He headed the
investigation that led to the
arrest and subsequent prosecution of the murderers of
Trooper Philip Lamonaco.
He served as Superintendent
of the State Police for more
than 14 years before becoming Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Frank Van Horn, who is
perhaps Warren Countys
greatest Ambassador ever,
was better known as the
Mayor of Knowlton Township for many years and is
still involved in numerous
activities in Knowlton Township as a volunteer. He
served years with the Warren
County Farmers Fair Association and is currently the
chair of the Fair Association.
Frank came up with the idea
of Knowlton Riverfest,
which was one of Northwest
NJ's premier music festivals
for many years, he was also
the creator of Beaver Day.

Frank helped build fields for


both North Warren and
Belvidere high school, and
promoted Warren County on
national television. In addition, Van Horn is actively
involved in the Lions Club,
and many other organizations in many capacities.
Douglas Steinhardt is a
business leader, political
leader and community leader
who has devoted his entire
life to the betterment of
Warren County. He served
as the Mayor of Lopatcong
for five terms. He serves as a
Chairman of Warren County
Republican Committee and
vice-chairman of NJ Republican County Chairman's
Association. He is a former
Trustee to the NJ State Bar
Association, where he served
as the liaison to the School
Law Committee. For six
years, Steinhardt served on
the Board of Directors of
DARE, NJ, Inc. (Drug Abuse
Resistance Education), the
State's leading drug and
alcohol education program
for children, before being
named the corporation's
General Counsel in 2013.
He also serves as general
counsel to LEAD, Inc. (Law
Enforcement
Against
Drugs). He was a member of
the Legislative Committee of
the NJ League of Municipalities, where he still serves
as an associate counsel. He
is a former member of the
Board of Directors of the
Warren County Regional
Chamber of Commerce.
Steinhardt served on the
Executive Board of Directors
of the Central New Jersey
Council of the Boy Scouts of
America, where he feels at
home being an Eagle Scout
himself. In May 2014, at the
annual NJ Conference of
Mayors, he was recognized

as the Mayor of the Year by


the DARE NJ Board of
Directors. In October 2014
he was awarded the Future
of NJ for providing leadership to ensure NJ children
lead drug and violence free
lifestyles. In May 2011, he
was appointed by Governor
Chris Christie to the NJ Hall
of Fame Advisory Commission. In addition, Steinhardt
has personally and through
his law firm, has been a
major supporter of numerous
community
projects
as
well.
Warren County is known
for its long tradition of being
a farm community and no
one epitomizes this effort
than the late Stuart Hartung.
He was a member of the NJ
State Board of Agriculture
for 50 years. A farmer his
entire life, Hartung was a
member of various granges
and his input was invaluable
to many people. He had a
particular interest in exposing young children to farm
life, often hosting groups of
school children at his farm
for a tours and educational
experiences.
The 2014 Hall of Fame
Class included Dr. Allen
Menkin, Ned Bolcar, Francis
"Frank" Loughlin, Kevin
Whitmer, Patrick McCormick, and posthumously,
John Goles. In addition to
this year's inductees, the Hall
of Fame committee will be
honoring Scott Churchill, as
well as the Warren County
Farmers Fair Association,
with special awards.
The establishment of the
Warren County Hall of
Fame, sponsored by the
Warren County Community
College Foundation, creates
a forum for honoring Warren
County's finest in an array of
fields. The Hall of Fame is
located at Warren County
Community College. For
tickets or other information,
call 908-835-2334 or email
wchalloffame@warren.edu.

By Maria Cascario

The 140th anniversary tour


of historic buildings in
Bangor will be held
Saturday, August 16th,
beginning 11am at Bangor
General Store, located at 39
Broadway in Bangor, PA.
Donald
Jones,
local
historian, will be giving the
history of the buildings on

the tour.
The Buzzard Building,
located at 55 Broadway will
be featured as well as Bangor
Chiropractic.
On August 17th, there will
be an open house of churches
in Bangor, from 1pm to 4pm.
The churches included in the
open house are: Crossroads
Baptist Church, 201 2nd St.;

Our Lady of Good Counsel,


546 S. 2nd St; First UEC
Church, 25 S. 2nd St.; Trinity
Lutheran
Church,
404
Broadway; First United
Methodist Church, 55 N. 3rd
St.;
and
Hopesprings
Community of Faith, 301
Market St. will be having
their open house from 1pm to
2pm.

Ciao Amici,
I thought I would share
these Italian Proverbs that
people followed in Roseto
Valfortore in the early 1900s.
Ten Rules for a Good
Family Life:

1. Fear God and respect the


saints or else you will really
repent it.
2. The father is the father
and he is experienced. The
son will never fail if he
imitates him.
3. The elders are prudent
and experienced. Do as they
do and you will learn to prosper
4. Always honor and obey
your parents: then even the
stones will love you.
5. If you dont listen to your
helpful mother, everything
will turn into crap right in
your pants.
6. Father is master.
7. Experience is power.
8. Work hard, work always,
and you will never know
hunger.
9. Work honestly and dont

think of the rest.


10. Whoever doesnt want
to work dies like a dog
If only these rules applied in
this day and age what a
different world we would be
living in.
Con cordiali saluti,
Joe
Growing up in the Butcher
Shop, is available at the
shop or on our web page. To
receive menu specials and
our newsletter, join our mailing list at JDeFrancoAnd
Daughters.com, click on
mailing list and enter your
email. Send your Roseto
stories, recipes and comments to portipasto@epix.
net or call 610-588-6991.
J. DeFranco and Daughters
is located at 2173 W. Bangor
Rd. in Bangor, PA. Store
hours are 7am to 7pm, seven
days a week, with catering
available anytime or by
appointment.
*Ten Rules for a Good
Family life taken from Mangione, Jerre, and Ben Morreale. La Storia; Five centuries. Italian American Experience New York: Harper
Perenininial. 1994.233-234
Print.

Abby Lee Ott of Bangor, PA


was awarded a masters of
science degree in physician
assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) at
its
graduate
programs
commencement ceremony on
July 31st at Kimmel Center
for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Abby is the daughter of
Randy and Krissa Ott of
Bangor. She earned a bach-

elor of science degree from


Pennsylvania State University
in 2013.
Founded in 1899, PCOM has
trained over 15,000 highly
competent, caring physicians,
health practicioners and
behavioral specialists who
practice a whole person
approach, treating people, not
just the symptoms. PCOM
offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree and
graduate programs in phar-

macy, clinical and school


psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and
biomedical sciences. The
students learn the importance
of health promotion, education and service to the
community and through
PCOMs healthcare centers,
provide care to the medically
underserved
populations,
inner city and rural locations.

On Wednesday evening,
July 8th at 9:45pm, I was
sitting in the foyer of my
apartment at 24 Main Street
in Blairstown, NJ talking to
my good friend, Nick
McBride. Nick had just left to
go home when I became very
dizzy and lost all feeling in
my left side, fell off my chair
and collapsed to the floor.
Nick heard the fall and
returned, saw what had
happened and began attempting to wake me as I had
passed out. My nephew, Eric,
heard ne fall and came to
assist me. He called 911.
Nick continued to attempt to
wake me, until Officer Gueirriero and Detective Falciccio
arrived. Officer Gueirriero
took over. I was semiconscious at the time, and
kept me awake until the
ambulance arrived. Brian
Walsh of Blairstown Ambulance Corp. took over
attempting to keep me awake.
I was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center by
Blairstown Ambulance Corp.
I later learned that I had a
brain stem stroke, a blood
clot in the brain. I was given a
clot buster called TPA. After
several hours, I began to gain
movement on my left side.
Everyone at the hospital
called it a miracle. I had

beaten the one hour clock


after use of the drug which
saved my life.
I want to give a special
thanks to my hero, Nick
McBride of Main Street. If
Nick hadnt been there, I
would not be writing this.
Thanks to my brothers in
Blue, Detective Nick Falciccio and Patrolman Rocco
Gueirrier. Thanks to Brian
Walsh of the Blairstown
Ambulance Corp., Misty
Mott, Widecliffe Mott and

any other ambulance Corp.


member who were present.
Also, the medics from Hackettstown Hospital, all the
nurses and doctors at the
hospital and Dr. Robert
Felberg, Nuerologist from
Overlook
Hospital
in
Summit, NJ. May God bless
everyione who assisted me
on July 8th and keep them
safe.
Sincerely, Jon Thomas
Cramer - Retired Detective
Sergeant

Unemployed and out of


work due to a disability,
Hampton resident Wayne
Gotsch found himself unable
to keep up with the maintenance of his property. As a
result, saplings, weeds and
brambles
eventually
engulfed his home. A shed
became unusable and began
to rot. Tools and equipment
used in a former blacksmithing business littered the yard.
Destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy added to the mess
on his property.
Members of Christ Church
Newtons Helping Hands
program learned of Gotschs
situation
and
recently
descended upon his home on
a hot, summer day. Within
hours, the crew had removed
debris, pulled down the shed,
stacked firewood and filled a
dumpster with unusable
items.
It is totally transformed,
marveled Gotsch as he
surveyed his now usable
yard.

(NAPSI)Here are six


very important reasons to
keep the dog you love safe
from parasites:
1. Parasites can cause
suffering. Hookworms attach

Christ Church Newton


offers the Helping Hands
program to income-eligible
senior citizens in Sussex
County who need assistance
with household projects.
Seniors must be referred to
the church by the Sussex
County Division of Senior

to the intestines, where they


feed on blood. Roundworms
can cause vomiting and
diarrhea and can travel to the
lungs. Whipworms can cause
bloody diarrhea and anemia.

Services. Once identified, a


group of teens and adults from
the parish visit the home and
assist with lawn work, rubbish
removal, light repairs, painting, landscaping and other
maintenance tasks.
Watching the volunteers
work around his house was
Deadly heartworms travel to
the heart and lungs, causing
pain and severe organ
damage.
2. Parasites are everywhere.
Heartworm disease, was
once confined to the southern U.S., is now found in all
50 states.
3. Parasites can be deadly
when left untreated.
4. Parasites can also infect
your family. Roundworms,
hookworms and tapeworms
are just three parasites that
infect both dogs and people.
5. Parasite prevention is
easier on your pet and far
less expensive than treatment.
6. Parasite protection is
remarkably easy. Often, all it
takes is one monthly pill.
Learn more at PetsAndP
arasites.org or ask your vet
for more information on
protecting your dog.

inspirational for Gotsch, who


has continued filling the
dumpster with junk from
inside his home, as well.
Im going to work on the
rest of the house, a little bit at
a time. Gotsch has also
taken steps to improve his
financial situation, by apply-

ing for Social Security and


other assistance.
I would recommend this
program to anyone who is in
need of this kind of help. It
was amazing. That whole
crew of people did lots of
physical things that I cant do
myself.
Christ Church Pastoral
Associate Terry Syberg said,
This project for Wayne was
our largest project to date and
definitely yielded the most
dramatic results.
People
from the neighborhood saw
us working and they even
stopped by to help as well.
While a team of church
members labor around the
home, additional parishioners visit that the senior
citizen, offering referrals to
parish organizations and
local agencies which can
offer more long-term assistance. Christ Church has
recently joined the Faith
Community Health Partnership developed by Newton
Medical Center. A parish
nurse offers follow-up visits
and referrals to community
resources to those seniors

who have received assistance


by the Helping Hands
program.
With our Helping Hands
program we have the privilege to live out our mission of
being Christs presence in
our community, adds The
Reverend Robert Griner,
Rector of Christ Church
Newton.
These seniors
want to stay in their own
homes, but somehow they
have encountered a rough
patch and they need a little
help. This program gives
teens and adults in our parish
the opportunity to work
together to help our elderly
neighbors.
Its just as
rewarding for us as it is for
our new friends.
Those who are interested in
accessing
the
services
provided by the Helping
Hands program at Christ
Church are encouraged to
contact the Sussex County
Division of Senior Services
at
973-579-0555
or
seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.
Information about Christ
Church Newton can be found
at christchurch newton.org.

The following is an interview I did with Dr. Merrit


Wooding several years ago
when he retired. I was
saddened to hear that he
passed away recently and I
thought it would be appropriate to revisit it. Dr. Wooding
was a kind man who had a
way with animals and was
affectionately known as the
cat whisperer at the practice.
As we walked up the steep
hill from the barn to his
home, Merrit Wooding,
DVMs steps were a little
unsteady as his exuberant
whippet, Filly, pulled on her
leash. However, sitting at his
dining room table, sipping
home-made iced tea, his gaze
was steady and his mind was
clear as he recalled his 49
years in veterinary medicine.
Growing up on a dairy farm
in Mt. Holly, NJ, Dr. Wooding knew at a young age that
he wanted to be a farm vet.
Born in 1936, he, his sister
and two brothers helped to
run the farm. One of his jobs
included handling the team
of horses that were used to
work the fields. His love of
cattle and horses led him
down the path to a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine. He
spent two years at the
University of Massachusetts
before being accepted into
Cornell Universitys College
of Veterinary Medicine. I
was surprised they took me
so quickly, but I had finished
all my required courses, he
noted. His family didnt have
unlimited funds, but his
father gave him $2,000 a
semester, enough to live on.
At that time, tuition was $700
per semester (compare that to
$31,500
annual
tuition
today). He lived at a fraternity house on campus, which
cost $125 a semester so he
had enough left over to eat
and buy textbooks.
Upon graduation in 1961,
he took his first job in

Bangor,
Maine
in
a
farm/small animal practice
for $125 a week, actually a
living wage at that time.
(Now that wouldnt even pay
to gas up the family cars).
Two weeks after he started,
the owner of the practice
decided to go to a veterinary
conference for a week,
leaving a young and inexperienced Dr. Wooding on his
own. It was either sink or
swim, he laughs. His first
farm call was in the wee
hours of the morning when a
farmer had him come out to
see a cow with a prolapsed
uterus. For anyone who
hasnt been up-close to a
dairy cow, they are very tall
and very strong. Sometimes
after delivering a calf, the
cow will keep pushing and
ends up pushing her uterus
all the way out. Bear in mind,
they arent delivering in a
hospital bed, but rather on
straw that by that time is
covered with tissue and
blood and manure. It takes
simple brute strength to
shove the organ back where
it belongs. Unbeknownst to
the farmer, Dr. Wooding had
never actually replaced a
prolapsed uterus before
although he had learned
about it in school. A lot of
sweat and aching muscles
later, the uterus was where it
belonged, the calf was suckling and the farmer was none
the wiser that he was the
honored first solo call.
After a year in that practice,
Dr. Wooding moved closer to
his home, taking a position at
Wrightstown
Veterinary
Clinic in Fort Dix with the
veterinarian who had made
visits to the family farm.
There was a larger small
animal clientele at that practice and he continued to learn
the art of dog and cat medicine as well as being able to
work on the cattle he loved.
Although comfortable there,
he started getting the itch to

break out on his own and put


out the word that he was
looking to buy a practice.
In 1964, the search landed
him in a then very-rural
Blairstown, long before
Route 80 made the area
accessible to commuters.
Route 94 was dotted with
Dutch-owned dairy farms of
50-100 head. Blairstown
Animal Hospital was a
single-doctor practice owned
by Dr. Gorse. It was mostly
large animal with some dogs
and cats as well, and a large
barn in the back. Already
well-established, it had been
in existence since the late
1940s and had a loyal client
base. Dr. Wooding worked
alongside Dr. Gorse for six
months, getting the chance to
meet the farmers and get
them comfortable with him
before he took over the reins
himself. The upstairs of the
clinic was an apartment and
he lived there for ten years.
There was a bell on the clinic
door that would ring upstairs
and sometimes people would
call on him at odd hours.
Early on, the bell went off
and he met one of the local
farmers at the door. Turns
out, he just wanted to see
what I looked like, Dr.
Wooding recalled with a
smile. We were friends after
that.
His mornings would sometimes start at 4:30am to tend
to a difficult calving or sick
cow and go until 9 at night
when he finished the small
animal appointments. With a
large territory from Allamuchy to the Delaware
River, he spent a lot of his
time in his truck going from
farm to farm for a whopping
$5 call charge. Checking
cows to see if they were pregnant, giving vaccinations and
handling emergencies were
part of his day as well as
running the small animal
portion of the clinic. At that
time, his wife answered the

telephone and would have to


reach him on a cumbersome
two-way radio he carried in
the vehicle. He hired a couple
of high school students to tend
to the kennels at the hospital.
At the time, the military draft
was still in existence and he
was called up for the physical.
However, he was deemed
essential to the dairy industry in the State of NJ and was
excused.
As the practice expanded
over the years, he realized it
was time to add another
veterinarian. One of his
kennel workers was completing his veterinary school
education and he hired Dr.
Ken Leal in 1984. With a
strong interest in small animal
medicine, Dr. Leal increased
the small animal caseload
while Dr. Wooding got to
concentrate more on the dairy
portion of the practice. Within
two years, Dr. Leal became
his full partner.
It was in 1989 that Dr.
Woodings career changed in
an ironic twist. He was replacing a prolapsed uterus in a
cow, much like he had on his
very first farm call, when he
started having chest pains. He
continued through the procedure- I figured it must be
indigestion, he mused as he
recalled the story. Two weeks
later he was on the operating
room table having bypass
surgery and realized he had to
give up the large animal
portion of the practice. Luckily, a new veterinarian in the
area was able to take on his
remaining farm clients. Many
of the dairies were gone by
then, victims of increasing
property values and increasing property taxes.
Delving into small animal
medicine, Dr. Wooding would
pin fractures and do late-night
cesarean sections as well as
managing basic vaccinations
and exams. As the population
in the area increased, so did
the clientele, bringing with

them their dogs and cats. In


1994 he hired Dr. Carolyn
Clegg (then Chinnici) who
also had an interest in exotics, adding another dimension to the practice. In 2003,
he realized it was time to
slow down and he sold his
half of the practice to Dr.
Leal, dropping to part time
hours. Relieving him of the
stress of the management of
the practice let him enjoy the
animals and clients more and
gave him some much-needed
rest after 42 hard years. In the
summer of 2010, he retired
completely. At that point,
Blairstown Animal Hospital
had transformed from a onedoctor country practice to a
five-doctor progressive small
animal hospital providing
extensive medical and surgical services including ultrasound, endoscopy, chemotherapy and orthopedic as
well as soft-tissue surgery.
He considers veterinary
medicine more than a job. It
was a calling for him. He
enjoyed working with the
clients- those were the farmers and the owners. His
patients were the animals. He
saw huge changes in the
vocation over his 49 years in
practice. Where once lab

work was something that was


difficult to do and often
required using a human
hospital, it is now done right
in the hospital in all of twenty
minutes. Radiographs once
were developed in a darkroom and took almost thirty
minutes. Now theyre done
digitally with an image on a
computer screen in seconds.
Pain management, once
non-existent, is now the
standard of practice with
surgical cases often receiving
three or more different types
of analgesia. Still, with all
those advances, years of
experience provide wisdom
that cant be recreated with a
machine.
Now he spends his time
visiting his grandchildren
and working at his farm with
his wife Pam, a successful
dressage trainer and judge.
He spreads manure with his
vintage tractor and walks
with Filly up and down that
incline. When I die, theyre
going to find my body right
on this path, he laughs.
When asked what he misses
most about his career, he
doesnt even have to think
hard about his answer. The
people- the great clients I had
over the years.

(NAPSI)If you or someone you care about is ever


among the nearly 2 million
Americans who have a heart
attack, a stroke or are diagnosed with heart disease
every year, the key to recovery could come from a
surprising source.
Research suggests that
having a support networkfor the patient and the
caregivercan be vital.
Thats because helping
people heal emotionally
after a heart attack or stroke
can also help them heal
physically.
A study in the Journal of the
American Heart Association
found that a general lack of
social support is associated
with poor health and quality
of life and depression in
young men and women a
year after having a heart
attack.
In addition, the patient isnt
the only one affected by
these life-changing events.
The stress of caring for a
disabled spouse can signifi-

cantly raise a caregivers


risk of future stroke, according to a study in the journal
Stroke.
In response, the American
Heart Association/American
Stroke Associations new
initiative is to provide emo-

tional and practical support


to people living with heart
disease and stroke.
The organizations Support
Network offers an online
community, as well as materials for starting face-toface,
community-based

support groups. The monitored online community is a


place for people to ask questions, share concerns or fears,
provide helpful tips, and find
encouragement and inspiration.
To learn more and to find a
nearby network, go to www
.heart.org/supportnetwork.

(NAPSI)If
yours
is
among the 5.1 million families that the U.S. Census
Bureau says live in multigeneration homes, there are eight
tasteful ideas that can help
you make your kitchen better
for everyone.
Whether your parents, your
adult children or both are
moving in with you, these
may make the living easier on
everyone:
Go big or go small: Put in a
kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and sink near an
easily accessible bedroom or
go for a large gourmet
kitchen with a kitchen island
if there will be more people
eating at different times of
the day.
Allow for wide aisles so
many
peopleincluding

those with a walker or a


rolling baby chaircan use
the room without getting in
each others way.
Consider
a
second
dishwasher, stove or refrigerator.
The height of convenience:
Vary counter thickness and
height and go for multilevel
divided sinks to make lifting
pots and pans easier.
Lower the cooking surfaces,
too, so seeing inside pots can
be simpler.
Swing time: Pull-out
shelves give you easy access
for under-cabinet storage
without a lot of bending,
stooping and digging around.
Rise to the occasion:
Integrated toe-kick ladders
that hide under cabinets can
help everyone reach the high

shelves with less stretching


and more safety.
Heres a bright idea: Older
eyes often need more light, so
improve visibility inside
drawers with integrated LED
drawer lighting.
Dont get a handle on the
cabinets. Sleek, handleless
design makes cabinets easier
to open.
Keep it down. Replace
cabinets with drawers below
countertops and place microwaves under the counter.
Smart sinks. If several
people will be cooking different meals at the same time,
multiple sinks might be in
order.
If theres just one sink,
consider single-lever faucets
that are easier to turn on and
off and to control the
temperature, even for someone with arthritis. Similarly, a
magnetic pullout for a chef
fauceta unique feature of
the Blanco Culinais easier
to use than a standard hook.
The magnet, not a hook,

holds the faucet in place until


its time to use it again.
Kitchen
sinks
with
integrated accessories, such
as those in the Blanco One
collection, keep tools convenient so you dont have to
search for them, plus they
save space. In-sink caddies
can hold knives, utensils and
cleaning tools inside the sink
to save counter space and
provide greater convenience.
Cutting boards and colanders
integrated with the sink can
make food preparation more
convenient.
If someone in the household
uses a wheelchair or is likely
to someday, you can have a
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Last week wrapped up the
75th annual New Jersey State
Fair held at the Sussex
County
Fairgrounds
in
Augusta. In addition to the
display gardens, of which we
were part, there were rides,
vendors and food galore;
largely not healthful, but part
of the fun. Best of all was the
farm influence of produce and
livestock for sale and judgment. The prize, glorious
ribbons, many awarded by
4-H, which, thanks to mom,
inspired my gardening start.
Its said that one out of seven
Americans
have
been
involved in 4-H, which is
administered by the National
Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States
Department of Agriculture
(USDA) and dates back to the
early 1900s. It was created to
help public school education
become more connected to
rural life. It was found that
adults in the farming community didnt easily accept new
agricultural
discoveries.
Educators learned students

would experiment with new


ideas and then share with
their parents.
I loved hearing the stories of
when mom went off to high
school in the big city of
Walden, NY, leaving behind
the one room school house.
Farm kids were made fun of,
cast off as not so smart, Mom
would say. 4-H helped bridge
the gap between the farm and
city communities.
In 1972 through 1981 a
childrens program called
Mulligan Stew, sponsored by
the 4-H Council, was shown
in schools and on television.
It featured a multi-cultural
group of kids who went on
nutritional adventures around
the globe. The popularity of
the show propelled 4-H membership.
The focus of 4-H is practical
hands-on learning. Children
take the lead on their own
projects, set and achieve goals
that help gain confidence. I
recall weeding myself silly
just in time for judgment day.
Literally I wore a path around
my
rectangular
flower
garden, filled with annuals
grown from seed featuring a
marigold border. Gratefully
my garden design skills have
grown since then, but my
preference for planning and
planting still supersedes keeping up with the weeds. Who
has time to putter?
The 4-H emblem is a green
four-leaf clover with a white
H on each leaf standing for
Head, Heart, Hands, and
Health. The green stands for
growing living things and the
white for purity and cleanliness. Wait a minute, weeds
are green.
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