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Irene Kotinskys work will be on display at The Nest, located at 339 Hight St.

in Hope, from May 15th through 22nd. The opening reception will be held on May 18th from 4pm to 7pm. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. After a five-year hiatus, her latest paintings are interpretations of her personal and emotional experience with depression, manic depressive disorder and

schizophrenia, all which her father had suffered from all his lifetime, ultimately leading to his passing. Irene believes that there needs to be more awareness and acceptance to those who suffer secretly from depression and are apprehensive in getting help because of its unfortunate stigma. The work of Irene Kotinsky has been described as contempo-

If you thought you heard thunder on Saturday May 4th, even though the sky was blue

By Bob Halberstadt

and there were no clouds, you werent too far off. But it wasnt thunder you heard; it was the Rolling Thunder

Motorcycle Club Chapter Three of New Jersey and a total of 82 other participants as they headed out of Tramontin

Harley Davidson on Rt. 521 for a 50-mile Run for Fun. It was kickstands up at

Guided hikes, kayaking, historic buildings and more are in store as the County of Warren hosts Warren Preservation Day at the White Lake Natural Resource Area on May 18th from 10am to 4pm. Located at 97 Stillwater Road (County Route

521) in Hardwick Township, just across from the historic Vass Farmstead, the event offers visitors the opportunity to explore the area and learn more about the numerous open space, historic and farmland preservation efforts that

The reason man created stringed instruments. David touched them with a lovers fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke, Jerry Jeff Walker on David Bromberg. David Bromberg and Larry Campbell may be the Everest and K2 of American roots music. They are coming to the Blairstown Theatre as a duo June 14th. In the mid 60s, David Bromberg was working his way through the Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, Tom Rush, Dave Van Ronk and others. Bromberg joined up with Jerry Jeff Walker to record the classic "Mr Bojangles" before embarking on a career as a session guitarist for the aforementioned Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Carly Simon and countless others. After an unexpected debut before a crowd of 400,000 at the Isle of Wight Festival, Brom-

berg embarked on a solo career recording his own albums & collaborated with George Harrison, the Grateful Dead and others. David's band was the stuff of legends: a fearless and eclectic group featuring a rhythm section with three horns and fiddles

and mandolin, constantly changing instrumentation. More recently David has had a resurgence with his Grammy nominated release Try Me One More Time, followed by Use Me (featuring David with Dr John, Los Lobos, Levon Helm,

John Hiatt, Keb Mo, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill and Widespread Panic) and soon, Only Slightly Mad, the first David Bromberg Band album in 30 years! Larry Campbell is David's modern counterpart. A master of acous-

North Warren Reginaol High School graduate Mike Ventura received a Panther Award from Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, on May 5th for his participation in mens lacrosse. Mike is a senior marketing major at PSU. Congratulations, Mike! The Barnyard Sanctuary is holding a Dining to Donate fundraiser on May 19th from noon to 9pm. Ten percent of sales made on the 19th at Kroghs Restaurant and Brew Pub will be donated to the Barnyard Sanctuary to help find homes for displaced farm animals. Print the flyer from Kroghs Website (kroghs.com) or the Barnyard Sanctuarys Facebook page and present it on the 19th and an additional $2 will be donated for every flyer. Kroghs is located

at 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta. For more information, email tamalalester@usa. net or call 973-670-4477. There is still time to register for the Hackettstown High School class of 1963 reunion, which will be held at the American Legion, located on Willow Grove St. in Hackettstown, on May 25th. To register or for more information, email peggysister2@yahoo.co m. Friends and family of the class of 1963 are invited and encouraged to stop-in the American Legion after 9pm on Saturday to say hello. This fun filled weekend will start on Friday night at the Comfort Inn with an informal get together. Saturday night is the reunion at the Legion. On Sunday, a picnic will be held at the home of Lucy Hurley, 425 Willow Grove St. in Hackettstown (Kathy

Hurleys sister), starting at noon. If family members or friends do not get a chance to stop in on Saturday night, they are invited to stop by the picnic. On May 27th classmates will gather on Valentine Street to participate in the Hackettstown Memorial Day Parade. Blairstown Recreation is offering its Summer Day Camp program for children completeing grades Pre-1st through 6th as of June. The camp is Monday through Friday, July 1st through 12th from 9am to noon at Blairstown Elementary School. The camp is filled with weeks of socialization, entertainment, water activities, arts and crafts, crazy contests, lucky ticket winners, and so much more. Registration is accepted at the recreation office in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or via mail-in or drop-off box, located outside the Municipal Building. The fee for residents registering before June 5th is $85; $100 after June 5th. Non-residents may be

accepted at an additional fee. For more information, visit blairstownnj.org. Frelinghuysen Township School is accepting four-year-old children for its exciting, fun-filled PreKindergarten Education Program. School readiness skills will be emphasized within a nurturing environment to build a solid foundation for future years. Children must be four years old by October 1st, 2013. The program will be held Monday through Friday from 8:35am to 11:15am on school days only. Registration packets are available now in the Frelinghuysen Township School main office, located at 780 Rt. 94 in Newton, or at freling huysenschool.org. For more information, call 908-362-6319. We love hearing from you! Send your birthdays, anniversaries, and other info to: The PRESS PO Box 430 Blairstown, NJ 07825 thepressnews@enter.net thepressnewsonline.com Like Us on Facebook!

Here is a list of notable books and other items that have been added to the collection recently at the Warren County Library: Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, by Ina Garten. The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, by Mark M. Mazzetti. Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't, by Robert G. Kaiser. Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, by Brian Stelter. I'm a Frog! (An Elephant and Piggie Book), by Mo Willems. First Sight, by Danielle Steel. The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future, by John Gerzema. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, by Phil Jackson. Doctor Who The Visual Dictionary, by DK Publishing. Dr. Feelgood: The Shocking Story of the Doctor Who May Have Changed History by Treating and Drugging JFK, Marilyn, Elvis, and Other Prominent Figures, by Richard

A. Lertzman. The Lost Daughter: A Memoir, by Mary Williams. In Harm's Way (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School), by Andrew Clements. Rookie Year One, by Tavi Gevinson. My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks, by Maya Silver. I t a l i a n Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo, by Tim Parks. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, by Rodreher. Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002-2012, by Geoffrey OBrien. American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath, by Carl Rollyson. Moving Miss Peggy: A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation, by Robert Benson. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland, by Sarah Moss. Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison, by Michael Daly. Military Errors of World War Two, by Kenneth Macksey. Animation Magic 2001, by Don Hahn.

John H. Maxman of Blairstown has moved his sign business, JHM Signs, from Strykers Road in Phillipsburg to a new expanded facility in Alpha this past December. They celebrated their fifth month in the new location with an open house and invited friends and customers to take a tour through the facility to see exactly what JHM Signs can do for them. Maxman was pleased with the 125 plus attendees, which included Alpha Mayor Ed Hanics, Jr., Sheriff Gallant and town council members, along with many Blairstown Rotarians, of which Maxman is a member. The new expanded 7,500 square foot facility includes a 750 square foot show room, conference room for clients to review their sign proofs and discuss their sign needs, a 3,000 square foot shop and garage area to produce and install vehicle and sign

graphics, along with a separate Router Room to route and vinyl freestanding signs. JHM has been making signs since 1996 and Blairstown and then Hardwick. They then continued across Warren County into Hope Township, Independence and back to Tramonton for

they look forward to serving all businesses in Warren, Morris, Sussex and Hunterdon counties, as well as Eastern Pennsylvania. an afternoon of food and music supplied by the Stone Hearth Bluegrass Band. All this fun was had for a good cause. Bikers and

JHM is located at 1593 Springtown Road (Rt. 519) in Alpha. For more information, visit www. jhmsigns.com or call 908-859-6668. other participants were helping to raise money for the Blairstown Ambulance Corps. The Corps. is in the process of building a new headquarters and this was to be a county-wide event. It was spear headed by Laura Bolcar and Joe DiGrazia of the Ambulance Corps. and Nancy R. Duthie of Tramontin Harley Davidson. The Blairstown Ambulance Corps. is celebrating 60 years of service to area communities.

11am as bikers left Tramontin and went into

Childrens Story & Craft Program: May 15th, 4:30pm. Warren Co. Library Headquarters, 189 CR 519 S., Belvidere. To sign up, visit warrenlib.org. Adult Jeopardy: May 16th, 7pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. Ages 18 & up. Penn Strings Gazebo Concert: May 17th, 7pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. Harmony Presbyterian Church Community Bazaar: May 18th, 9am to 3pm. 2727 Belvidere Rd. 20% of proceeds got to Rolling Thunder to benefit local American veterans & families. B.A.R.K.S. Cat Adoption Day: May 18th, 11am to 3pm. Natures Cove, Hampton House Rd., Newton. FMI, call 973-300-3185 or visit barksinc.com. Family Readiness Groups Annual Tricky Tray: May 18th, 5pm. Port Murray Armory, 550 Rt. 57, Port Murray. Ticket sales 5pm to 6:30pm. Benefits family & soldiers of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion NJ Army Natl. Guard. Incl. dinner. Must be 21 or older. FMI & tickets, contact April Adams at adams0104@comcast.n et or 908-310-4081; or Carol Sheridan at csheridan@msn.com or 973-429-1308. Zumba-thon Benefit: May 18th, 10am to noon. Blairstown Fire Hall, 12 Mohican Rd.,

Blairstown. 100% of donations benefit the Sycamore Park Playground Project. FMI, like the project on Facebook. Turtle Show: May 18th, 1pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. Meet a variety of live turtles & tortoises from around the world. Annual Medecine Wheel Community Garden Festival: May 19th, 10am to dusk. Lusscroft Farm, 50 Neilson Rd., Wantage. FMI, visit lusscroftfarm.com. Free Water Gap Singers Concert with Orchestra: May 19th, 4pm. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 168 Rt. 94 S., Blairstown. FMI, call 973-927-9555 or 972-229-6049. Wire Birds Nest Pendant Jewelry Program: May 20th, 2:30pm. Warren Co. Library Headquarters, 189 CR 519, Belvidere. To register & FMI, call 908-475-6322. United Ways Annual Warren Co. Golf Outing: May 21st, 10:30am. Panther Valley Golf & Country Club, Forest Dr., Allamuchy. To register & FMI, call 908-835-3550. Blair Womans Club Annual Tea: May 21st, 12:15pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. Please bring an item for a local food pantry. Blairstown MOMS Club Annual Ice Cream Social: May

21st, 3:30pm. Tunnel Field, Knowlton. All at-home moms (FT & PT), expecting moms & children of all ages welcome. FMI, call 908-912-MOMS or email blairstownmoms club@gmail.com. Candy in the Garden: May 23rd, 11:30am to 3pm. Almond Tree Manor, Alpha. Luncheon & drama presented by Warren Garden Club. FMI, call 908-689-6257. Designing with Perennials Workshop: May 23rd, 7pm. Warren Co. Library Headquarters, 189 Rt. 519, Belvidere. Registration required. Call 908-475-6322 to sign up. All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet: May 26th, 7am to 11am. Franklin Twp. VFD, 37 2nd St., New Village. FMI, call 908-319-0379. Knowlton Township Historical Commission

Memorial Day Picnic by the River: May 26th, 1pm to 4pm. Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site, Rt. 46 at Ramsaysburg Rd., Knowlton Twp. Rain or shine. Bring a covered dish to share. Music, river walks, tours, classic cars, photo exhibit, au plein air painting. Learn About Bi-Polar Disorder with Lecturer Bruce D. Smith: May 29th, 6:30pm. Warren Co. Library Headquarters, 189 Rt. 519, Belvidere. Teen Gaming Night: May 30th, 6pm. Warrn Co. Library Headquarters, 189 CR 519, Belvidere. Play games like Just Dance & Sings Star on a 14 foot screen. Grades 6 & up. FMI, visit warrenlib.org. Trout Release: May 31st, 1pm to 3pm. Paulinskill River near Footbridge Park, Blairstown.

NW Designated One of Blair Academy Americas Best High Schools Players Present The Odyssey by Mary Zimmerman
North Warren Regional School District in Blairstown is very proud to have been designated by Newsweek and the Daily Beast as one of America's Best High Schools. The designations are based on 2011-12 data. Five thousand high schools were invited to participate, 2500 responded and the top 2000 have been designated. NW ranked 1426 on the list. This is the first time that NW has received this designation. The methodology is weighted as follows: 25 percent for 4 year, on time graduation rate for 2012 25 percent for percentage of 2011 graduates who were accepted to a 2 or 4 year college 25 percent for AP/IB/AICE test per student 10 percent for the average AP/IB/AICE score 10 percent for Average SAT/ACT score 5 percent for percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course. There were 93 high schools in NJ to make the list, and NW is the only high school recognized from Warren and Sussex counties. This achievement is the result of a concerted effort by our entire school to encourage our students to challenge themselves to reach their potential. Our Advanced Placement enrollments have more than doubled in the past few years. Our students and staff are rising to the challenge and their efforts are being noticed. We are very proud of our students and staff for achieving at levels that earned this distinction, as it is a result of committed staff, students, and administration, as well as a supportive School Board and community, Superintendent Brian Fogelson said. This award adds to other recent academic accolades for the school. In 2010, New Jersey Monthly magazine designated North Warren as one of the 10 Most Improved High Schools in New Jersey, and last fall, Inside Jersey ranked North Warren as the top high school in Warren County. The Blair Academy Players are proud to be presenting their third Mary Zimmerman adaptation, The Odyssey, on May 16th, 17th and 18th at 7:30pm in the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre at 2 Park Street in Blairstown. In the event of inclement weather, the play will be performed in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts Dubois Theater. Admission for the play is $10 for adults and $5 for non-Blair students, though reservations are not necessary. Mary Zimmerman is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the theatre world, said English and theatre teacher Craig Evans, who will direct a cast of more than 30 with student director Emily Insana 16. Craig continued, We have had such a wonderful experience with every show weve done by her, and this one should be no exception. The scope of this heroic tale is breathtaking, and the cleverness of the playwright to find a way to bring this story to the stage is well-worth it for the actors and the audience. Performing the play as they are on the banks of Blair Lake seems so appropriate, he added, as the venue fits the theme of the Greek story. Plus, every actor is so involved throughout the play, as sailors, suitors, sirens, animals and monsters, that it will take a great deal of dedication from our cast to answer the challenge, but we cant wait, Craig said. The classic epic tale of Odysseuss journey from the end of the Trojan War to his beloved Penelope in Ithaca has been called the beginning of Western literature. Claire Ryder 13 plays Athena, the goddess who champions Odysseus (played by Hari Tiwari 13) and is the catalyst of much of the action, as the Greek hero escapes the enchantment of Calypso (played by Claudia Choi 14), the imprisonment of the Cyclops (portrayed by Danny Kim 13), the threats of the god Poseidon (played by Brian Delaney 13), the attempted evil magic of Circe (played by Tiffany Sharma 16), through the underworld, to the challenge of defeating the suitors, led by Antinous (played by Justin Brooks 13), who wants to wed Penelope (played by Abby Troy 14). Odysseus joins his son, Telemachus, (played by Hayden Gill 13) in the climactic battle. Along the way, he is befriended by Princess Nausicaa (played by Morgen Willard 16), King Alcinous (played by Dan Kim 15) and Queen Arete (played by senior Remi Annunziata 13). The Odyssey concludes the Blair Academy Players 2012-2013 season, which included five plays performed in three different venues across the Schools campus. The Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre was built by Mr. Evans in memory of his father, who met his mother while doing community theater, something he continued off and on throughout his life.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Sycamore Park Playground Project committee members, I would like to thank all those who joined us for "Pizza for the Playground" last Monday. More than anything, our project is about our community coming together to make Blairstown a better place to live; the playground is just the beginning! The terrific turn-out we had at Frank's Pizza and Italian Restaurant for our fundraiser shows the great support our project has in our community! Our project steering committee is excited by the support we've received from the businesses and families in and around Blairstown, having already raised over $78,000 toward our goal of $125,000! And with the full support of our township committee, this state-of-the-art playground, coming in May 2014, is closer than you think! We still have a long road ahead of us, though! The Sycamore Park Playground Project is a community-built playground; from raising money, to the actual construction of the play-structure, this project will be built by volunteers! There are so many ways you can be a part of it! We need volunteers of all kinds: to join one of our committees, to help coordinate fundraising events, or to construct the playground. We'll also need people to watch the children in our free childcare facility, provide and/or distribute food to our volunteers, and participate in beautifying the playground with artwork. You can pledge to become a sponsor of the playground to have your name at the entrance or purchase a playground component, bench, or personalized picket to have your family or business name on display. We also need donations of tools (loaned), services, and food. Any businesses interested in coordinating a fundraiser for the playground, please contact us! For more information, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/sycamore parkplaygroundproject, visit sycamorepark playground.com, email sycamoreparkplaygroun d@gmail.com or call 908-912-MOMS. Sincerely, Alissa Hicok Blairstown

Water Gap Singers Present Spring Concert May 19

The Water Gap Singers, under the direction of John Arnedt, will present their spring concert on Sunday, May 19th, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Blairstown, 168 Route 94 South (next to A&P Plaza), at 4 p.m. There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken to offset expenses. The Water Gap Singers is partially funded by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission. The Concert will consist of performances of Gabriel Faures Requiem and Randall Thompsons Testament of Freedom, both accompanied by a twenty-eight piece orchestra and organ. Faures Requiem is short in comparison to many such compositions, lasting only thirty-five minutes. Faure is quoted as having said, It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. I wanted to write something different (Wikipedia). Perhaps the most famous section in the Requiem is the Pie Jesu (Blessed Jesus), often sung as a solo apart from the body of the Requiem. Faures friend and former teacher, composer Camille Saint-Saens, said, Just as Mozarts is the only Ave Verum Corpus, this is the only Pie Jesu (Wikipedia). Nothing surpasses this Requiem as an expression of the ethereal and peaceful nature of death along with the release from its power so dramatically expressed in the Libera Me, Domine (Free Me, Lord) section. The Pie Jesu will be sung by local soprano Margaret Morokutti. Randall Thompsons Testament of Freedom is in sharp contrast to the Requiem, using the texts from the writings of Thomas Jefferson in his summary view of the Rights of British America (1774), the Declaration of Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms (July 6th, 1775) and a letter to John Adams September 12th, 1821 stating, I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on steady advance And even should the clouds of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them The flames kindled on the 4th of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. The Testament of Freedom is a dramatically passionate expression of the unwavering commitment of our country to the protection and advancement of human rights, never succumbing to inhumane powers and despotism. The orchestral coordinator is Melinda McCoy Miller. The organist is Ms. Kathleen Decker. After the concert a reception with refreshments will be held for all who attend. For more information, call 973-927-9555 or 973-229-6049, or visit watergapsingers.org.

Kaitlyn Murray, of Blairstown, has been selected as one of 20 nominees to win the Outstanding Avtivities Award for Seniors from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. Also known as Top 20

Seniors, this award recognizes students for both academic achievement and outstanding service through leadership within student organizations. Kaitlyn, the daughter of Paul and Michele Murray, is a graduating senior in Animal Sciences and Biology.

She has been involved in the Horsemens Association, Biological Sciences Scholars, Scholars Ambassador, and Natural and Mathematical Sciences Ambassador. She has also served leadership roles within these organizations. Kaitlyn plans to spend a year working in the industry before attending graduate school. The Outstanding Award for Seniors was presented at the 2013 CFAES Recognition Banquet on April 4th.

Your abdomen is at the very core of your body, and every organ within your abdomen plays a role in maintaining internal balance, vitality, and optimal health. If any organ is restricted, mis-aligned or congested, its function is impaired which in turn impacts your health. For that reason, ancient Maya healers felt no treatment was complete without an abdominal massage! Many people suffer needlessly from a long list of reproductive, urinary, digestive and other issues when simple techniques can provide relief. For example, a tipped uterus in a woman is much like a dislocated shoulder. You can take herbs or drugs to help with the pain of that dislocation, but function is impaired until the shoulder is back where it should be. The same thing is true for every organ in your abdomen. In the case of a tipped uterus, ancient healers felt that was the leading cause of many common female issues. Maya Abdominal Therapy is a simple, effective, time-tested technique that can give relief of many symptoms. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy were learned from a famous Maya shaman named Don Elijio Panti. He was known all throughout Central America as a healer/shaman. The New York Botanical garden worked with him to classify hundreds of medicinal Central American plants. This therapy incorporates an external, non-invasive abdominal massage, herbs, nutrition, and many other timehonored and effective techniques. For men or women who have had any type

of pelvic surgeries (digestive, C-sections, hysterectomies, prostate removal, etc.), Maya Abdominal Therapy is very important for restoring the flow of energy and to increase vibrancy and health. Woodland Naturals is offering the following two workshops. Each class will share ancient healing wisdom passed down for generations from Maya Shaman/ Healers, and are filled with information to lead you on a holistic path to wellness. It focuses on Maya Abdominal Massage Self Care techniques, herbs, nutrition, ancient practices of Maya emotional and spiritual healing, and other remedies. The Hands on Health-The Maya Way will be held on June 16th from 9am to 5pm at Breathing Room Center, located at 735 Rt. 94 in Newton. Cost is $100. This is a 1 day introductory class to teach the abdominal self care techniques to non-health care professionals. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy Self Care level one class will be held July 12th (5:30pm to 9pm), 13th and 14th (9am to 6pm). This class cost $375 and will also be held at Breathing Room Center.

This two and a half day class is an in-depth look at the spiritual beliefs and traditions of the ancient Maya, gaining an understanding of anatomy and physiology and why these techniques are so profoundly effective, emotional/spiritual healing, meditation, and more. It includes a hour private session. This class is open to anyone wishing to attend and is also a prerequisite for Health Care Practitioners who wish to pursue Professional Level Training. To register for this class, call the Arvigo Institute at 603-5882571, or register online at ArvigoTherapy.com. Major credit cards are accepted. If you have any questions about either of these classes, or if this technique is right for you, please contact the instructor, Jennifer OHagan, at 908-2680393, woodlandnaturals @embarqmail.com, or woodlandnaturals.com. Personal consultations are also available by appointment in the Hope, NJ office. Heal yourself and remember your bodys innate wisdom to heal and find balance through the wisdom of these ancient techniques.

Members of Art Association in Roxbury Golfers, Sponsors Needed for White Township Scholarship Golf Outing Present Sunrise of Springtime Angels Exhibit
Donna Kusama and Rose Mandala, members of the Art Association in Roxbury, will display their artwork in an exhibit titled Sunrise of Springtime Angels at the Roxbury Public Library, located at 103 Main Street, Succasunna, during the month of May. Everyone is invited to view their work. Rose Mandala resides in Succasunna with her husband Charles, and is a longtime member of the Art Association in Roxbury. She currently serves as the associations photographer and historian. In the past, her artwork has been on exhibit at Gallery One at Montclair State University, the County College of Morris, the Atrium Gallery in the Morris County Hall of Records, and the Roxbury, Chester and Wharton libraries. She has received several awards for her paintings, photographs, charcoal, and graphite artwork. Donna Kusama resides in Landing with her husband, and has also been a member of the Art Association in Roxbury for many years. She is currently the library exhibit chairperson. She started drawing at the age of nine years old and over time discovered she had a passion for fantasy and spiritual art. Glorious angels, flowers, and healing waterfalls are things she loves to draw and each of her pieces captures the magnificent spectrums of color. Whimsical, inspirational, and mystical are just a few words to describe her work. Kusama is also a member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey. She has exhibited her artwork at the Mount Arlington Library, Roxbury Public Library, Bernardsville Library, Morris County Library, and the Atrium Gallery in Morristown. The Art Association in Roxbury display wall is in the magazine lounge of the library. For more information, call the library at 973-584-2400 or visit www.roxbury library.org. White Township is a small community that has been hit hard in the last several years due to the financial crisis with little business to assist in scholarships. Therefore, two years ago a fundraiser golf outing was initiated to help raise funds for scholarships. This year's White Township Scholarship Golf Outing on May 18th will be held at Apple Mountain Golf Club in Belvidere. Both golfers and sponsorships are needed. This golf outing has many extras, including prizes. Last years outing raised enough money to give out over $5000 in scholarships to five seniors. The scholarship is in the name of Matthew Bell, a 10year-old boy who died in 2010 after a long battle with leukemia. He was a much beloved member of the township school and the community at large. Officials note, "We know that he would be very proud to help High School Seniors further their education in [science]." This year the school is also raising funds to aid high school graduates with scholarships in Language Arts. This Scholarship is in the name of a teacher, Christine White, who also passed away during the 2010 School Year. Interested golfers should call Tadgh LaBarr, 908-475-4773. For more details and sponsorship opportunities, call 908-872-6325.

United Way Golf Outing Supports ALICE

On May 21st, area residents can enjoy playing a round of golf at an 18-hole championship course while helping United Way of Northern New Jersey address the needs of ALICE families in Warren County. The 16th annual United Way Golf Outing in Warren County will be held at the Panther Valley Golf and Country Club. The proceeds of the event will support United Ways work in Warren County. According to United Way research, one-quarter of Warren Countys population is ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These are individuals and families living above the poverty line, but below a survival threshold. In Warren County, United Way is supporting ALICE families by helping to feed children during the summer months when the federal free and reduced school lunch programs are not available. In addition, United Way is providing college scholarships to help ALICE students complete their education. Despite the signs of affluence in our community, fully one-quarter of our neighbors can not afford basic necessities, said Sarah Brelvi, chief professional officer for United Way of Northern NJ. Tickets are $175 per person. To register or to become a sponsor, visit secure.unitedwaynnj. org/WarrenGolf2013, email Anna.Hockenbury @UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 908-835-3550.

Warren Democrats Recruiting Members

The Warren County Democratic Committee (WCDC) is seeking members to represent their voting districts within the 22 communities of the county. Each voting district is represented by one man and one woman who serve two-year terms with each community lead by an elected municipal chair. Committee members will work to promote the principles and objectives of the Democratic Party in Warren County. Serving on the county committee is a great way to participate in our democracy, said Tom Palmieri, incoming Chair of the WCDC. Our members learn about the important issues facing our communities and play a vital role in supporting the candidates and policies that promote the Democratic vision of creating an economy built to last and built from the middle class out. Committee membership is open to registered Democrats residing in Warren County. Each municipality has a designated number of voting districts based upon population. To become a party representative of a voting district, interested individuals can run as write-in candidates in the upcoming June 4 election. In most districts, committee candidates only need a few write-in votes to be elected into the position. Committee membership can also be obtained by direct appointment of the Democratic Party Municipal Chair or the WCDC Chair. Detailed instructions are available on warrencounty dems.com. Committee members have the opportunity to serve on subcommittees that provide valuable learning opportunities and skills development in policy, finance, treasury, parliamentary procedure, campaign management, issues management, and poll working. Members would be expected to attend about 10 meetings and/or functions annually. Were looking for people who want to make connections in their communities and who are willing to stand up for Democratic ideals, Palmieri said. We are the voices of the Democratic Party in Warren County. Our members are working to ensure that we move forward as a nation and to preserve the progress gained by those who have gone before us. On Saturday, June 1st, 3pm to 6pm, the Warren County Democratic Committee will be hosting a BBQ buffet at Flynns on the Hill, 341 Pursel St., Phillipsburg,, to hear from its slate of 23rd and 24th legislative district candidates. This event is open to all and provides a great opportunity for people to learn more about WCDC membership. For more information on attending, visit warrencounty dems.com or send an email to info@warren countydems.com.

(NAPSI)Staying safe at home can be simpler for you and your family if you heed a few hints from personal security expert Robert Siciliano, CEO of ID Theft Security, and private investigator Robin Martinelli, of Martinelli Investigations Inc. What to Put in Place An alarm system can run the gamut from basic noisemakers to complex notification programs, many with sophisticated options and service packages. Lighting is important for discouraging crime. Install huge floodlights all around your house, says Martinelli. They deter anyone. Indoor and outdoor cameras are helpful but are more for gathering evidence. If you get video of the crime, share it with the police. Hopefully, the evidence will

help catch the thieves, says Martinelli. Thanks to smartphone and tablet technology, many cable companies are offering home security products that can be remotely programmed and operated, says David Gregg, Executive Director, Consumer Product

Newsgroup. From checking on a new puppy to programming your heat and lights, its never been so easy to keep an eye on things at home. Such services can even be included in your cable communications and entertainment package. Install peepholes and talk through the door when you dont recognize someone. Remember, all locks are not made equal. Call a qualified locksmith, one associated with a well-known lock manufacturer, to take a physical security survey of your home and grounds. Signs are great deterrents. Post Beware of Dog signs, even if you dont have a dog, and put up security signs and stickers, says Martinelli. Taking Extra Precautions Before you buy a

home, check out the neighborhood. Pull the police records for your neighborhood for the last two years, says Martinelli. Martinelli also recommends documenting all your property. Video record or photograph everything in your home, noting the serial numbers of items, and store the tape or chip in a safe-deposit box at the bank. Leave a light on around the house. It is one of the best precautions you can take, says Martinelli. Leave on lights, televisions and music. People will assume you are home. Use timers to rotate which lights are lit, varying the rooms and time of night the lights are on. Staying Safe When Moving Moving to a new residence can be a vulnerable time. Those packing boxes on the curb from a new flatscreen TV, sound system or small appliances are a tip-off that you may have some attractive, expensive items. Break the boxes down and take them to a recycling center. Youll also feel safer if your Internet, TV and phone services are set up, along with your utilities, from day one. Its easy to do in advance of your move at CableMover.com, where you can learn about cable security options.

Hello fellow readers, Have you heard all the hubbub about cicadas that are due to emerge after 17 years? And quite a racket these Periodic cicadas will make as the males sing a mating ritual to attract females. Youve heard the loud shrill of the Annual cicadas known as Dog-day cicadas we hear in late summer. Multiply that by the thousands and the sound could mimic a heavy metal rock band. Leave it to the boys to make such a ruckus! But its the girls that will do the damage. Hector of Morristown asked if he should hold off on planting new shrubs until fall. The damage is not from feeding, but from the females cutting slits into small branches of deciduous trees and shrubs to lay her 600 eggs, depositing 10 to 12 eggs in each slit moving from twig to twig.

This causes twigs to die and break off, which can be unsightly until the new growth. Consider it natures way of pruning mature trees and shrubs. But its true on young woody plants it can be devastating. Oaks are commonly attacked, but the most seriously damaged are newly planted fruit and ornamental trees. Pines and other conifers are not commonly stricken. Insecticides are not effective, but because cicadas are large insects, a quarter inch mesh netting can help. Wrap pest netting completely around the tree or shrub and tie or seal it off to keep them from finding an entryway. If the cicadas emerge in our area, well have five to 10 days to cover young trees before the females begin to cause damage. The adults live up to six weeks and the eggs hatch in about six weeks, so the oncea-17-year visit can last about three months. It may be wise to hold off on installing new deciduous shrubs and trees until we know if the cicadas are coming to town. Well see the evidence in a few weeks once the soil reaches 65 degrees. Meanwhile, herbaceous plant material such as perennials and annuals and conifers should not be affected. Always something! Garden dilemmas? Ask Mary at askmary stone@gmail.com

Have you ever noticed how food seems to have a way of bringing people together, of giving us all a common something? A something that we just seem to love to share with family, friends and even strangers. And, the nice thing about food sharing is that it doesnt need a formal window in which to present itself. Inviting a few friends or neighbors to a casual, intimate, two hour midweek get-together is one way to experience food-sharing without a lot of expense or cooking hassle. You might be pleasantly surprised at the positive responses your invite for a few hours of snacks and adult beverages brings. With that in mind, I am food-sharing a few of my quick and easy snack-time recipes. Share them generously! Sausage Spinach Pie (serve hot or room temp) Preheat oven: 375 2 frozen pie shells 9 6 Eggs 2 10 oz. packages frozen spinach chopped, thawed and squeezed dry 1 16oz. package shredded Mozzarella cheese 2/3 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage removed from casings, browned, well drained and crumbled 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic Beat eggs. Mix in spinach, cheeses, sausage and garlic. Pour into two frozen pie shells. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can top this with a crust prior to baking if desired. Serve one freeze the other for another day. Cut into 1 pie slices to serve. Dill Veggie Dip 1 16oz container of sour cream regular or low fat 1 envelope Lipton Golden Onion Soup (do not substitute) 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 tablespoon dried dill weed Combine all. Mix well with whisk. Chill 2

hours. Serve with fresh veggies. A nice fresh change from the traditional dips. Chili Crab Spread (oh, yummy) 2 8oz packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese softened 2 tablespoons minced scallions whites only teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 8oz package flake style imitation crab meat finely chopped cup Hunts Chili Sauce (dont use cocktail sauce) Beat first 5 ingredients together in bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spread mixture evenly on a flat plate (do not use paper). Spread chili sauce over cream cheese mixture. Top with chopped crab. Press down very lightly. Garnish edges with greenery, if desired. Cover with plastic and chill. Serve with assorted crackers. Note: Even those who do not care for imitation style crab meat will usually devour this. Dont tell them until after the fact! Mud Piles (for something sweet) 1 block chocolate Almond Bark 24 oz. broken along lines 1 cups Cocoa Puffs cereal 1 cups stick pretzels broken into 1 inch pieces 2 cups shelled salted peanuts 6 oz. package Reeses Peanut Butter Chips Lay out two long strips

of waxed paper. Have all ingredients premeasured and ready to stir into the melted Almond Bark. Put Almond Bark in large glass micro-safe bowl. Microwave on high one minute, stir, microwave again at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chocolate is just melted. Do NOT boil or cook the candy. Quickly stir in all ingredients. Drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper. Makes approximately 55. Store in an air-tight container. Next time I will share some take-along cook-out party recipes; great for those Memorial Day gatherings. Until then, keep cookin! Please email any questions or requests to: suziesaucepan@embarq mail.com.

Giovanna Joanne Van Valkenburg, Broker-Sales Associate of RE/MAX Ridge Real Estate of Blairstown and Washington, was recognized as the 2012 Warren County Realtor of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Realtors at an awards ceremony during the Triple Play Real Estate Convention & Trade Expo in Atlantic City in December. The annual Realtor of the Year award recognized Joanne as the Warren County Board of Realtors (WCBR) member who most demonstrated a commitment to the Realtor Code of Ethics, promoted good real estate practices among fellow real estate licensees and the general public and dedicated time to perform charitable work in the community. "Receiving the 2012 Realtor of the Year Award came as a complete surprise," said Joanne. "I am truly humbled and honored to be recognized with this award." Gail Masson-Romano, Broker-Owner of RE/MAX Ridge Real Estate, said "Joanne is the embodiment of Realtor values and professionalism. For more than a decade she has remained an integral part of WCBRs active

membership... diligently and tirelessly serving the real estate community, fellow sales associates and clients. As a member of the Warren County Board of Directors, Joanne commits her time to promoting the importance of advocacy through the Realtor Political Action Committee (RPAC). She has worked to educate consumers on how RPAC has lead to increased support for access to affordable financing, a reformed secondary mortgage market, and the continuation of the preservation of homeownership tax benefits. Joanne is also Warren Countys liason to the Garden State Multiple Listing Service, helping to improve the way Realtors and consumers alike gain access to the property information required to most effectively achieve their real estate objectives. Although Joanne now devotes her full-time to her professional real estate career... volunteering had been a very large part of Joannes life while her children were growing. She

served the community as President of the Parent-Teacher Group for Blairstown Elementary School; as President of the Welcome Wagon Club; as softball and soccer coach; as Girl Scout leader; as a member of the Blairstown Planning Board; as a member of the Blairstown Township Committee and as a 10year member of the Blairstown Elementary Board of Education. Joanne also earned the NJAR Circle of Excellence Award in 2012 as one of Warren Countys top producing real estate agents... to go along with her presitigous 2012 Realtor of the Year Award, Ms. Romano said. Consideration and productivity... a rewarding and winning combination in any professional field. We, at RE/MAX Ridge, and her clients, are very grateful she chose to bring her talents to the real estate industry! Contact Joanne at 973-219-3933, online at JvanHomes.com or jvan homes@gmail.com, or at her offices in Blairstown at 908-362-7200, or Washington, at 908689-4444.

tic and electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, cittern and various other instruments, Larry initially forged a path from New York City (where he was a regular performer and accompanist at the Lone Star Cafe) to Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, playing with Shawn Colvin, Buddy and Julie Miller, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and many others. Larry was recruited by Bob Dylan with whom Larry performed and recorded for eight years. Upon his departure from Dylan's band, Larry became musical director and producer for the Levon Helm Band, resulting in three

consecutive Grammy awards for Dirt Farmer, Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman. Larry was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association for his work as an instrumentalist. This is the first time these two old friends will appear together as a duo, and its all happening at The Historic Blairstown Theatre, located at 30 Main St. in Blairstown. The June 14th show starts at 8:30pm, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $47.50 for all ages. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thehbt.com. For more on David Bromberg, visit david bromberg.org/contact/ promo. For more on Larry Campbell, visit larrycampbellmusic.net.

Since October, Blair Academy junior Daniel Geller has worked to coordinate a day of fun and activities to bring the Blair community together with local special needs children and their families. On April 28th, Daniel welcomed more than 20 special needs children and their siblings to campus for a day packed with activities such as wiffle ball, face painting and hoola hooping. More than 40 student and faculty volunteers from Blair joined together to work with the kids, establishing a program that will continue to grow. Learning at the age of 12 that he had been living with a mild case of Cere-

bral Palsy spurred Daniel to be proactive and to support others with special needs. It caused me to become aware of the importance of opportunity, explained Daniel, who resides in Chester. Daniel reached out to seven local school superintendents and many parents of special needs children to encourage them to allow their kids to participate in the event. Though he was met with some resistance over the course of many months of planning, Daniel kept working toward his goal: to invite children and their families to campus, as well as mobilize students and faculty at the school to support the event and

interact with the local children. Daniel has been motivated to see this through since late fall, said Blairs dean of students Jessica Matzkin, who worked with Daniel to organize the event. Daniel also reached out to young Blair alumna, Chelsea Gallagher, who works at Celebrate the Children, a school for children with special needs. Before the event, she came to speak to the student volunteers so they could make the most of their time with the children. In the days following, several parents reached out to him with positive feedback, expressing their gratefulness.

This quick and easy recipe will be a hit with kids and its also great for parties. What You Need: 1/2 cup PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate 8 cups bite-size crispy rice cereal squares 1/2 cup powdered sugar Make It: 1. Microwave peanut butter and chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min.; stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. 2. Add cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread into single layer on waxed

paper-covered baking sheets; separate cereal pieces. Cool completely. 3. Transfer cereal mixture to clean brown paper bag or large resealable plastic bag. Add sugar; close bag. Shake gently to evenly coat cereal mixture with

sugar. Kraft Kitchens Tips Store in tightly covered container at room temperature. Prepare using bite-size crispy corn cereal squares
Recipe and photo courtesy kraftrecipes.com.

Kids flocked to Kaleidoscope Learning Center on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, for a special Spaceship Earth Celebration. All activities were free and open to the public. In addition to fun science experiments, crafts and games, real lunar and meteorite samples from NASA were available for children and adults to see and handle. Activities for the day included an exploration of NASA negatives of the moon surface, as students learned about craters. Then everyone headed outside for a fun hands-on experiment throwing golf ball meteors at a faux moon surface made of layers of flour and cocoa powder. Students studied the crater depth, size and splatter patterns created upon impact. Students were also given the chance to hold

and view moon rocks, moon soil, and meteorite samples on loan from NASA and the Johnson Space Center. Participants compared the space samples with rocks and minerals from Earth. During lunch, Kaleidoscope showed the NOVA special Earth from Space. This groundbreaking documentary reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet and reveals the astonishing beauty of our dynamic Earth. Discussion after the film reinforced the themes for the families in attendance. In the afternoon, participants made seed bombs, mixing native seeds, compost and clay together. The small balls were set to dry in the sun. Once cured, they can be easily carried and dropped anywhere students want to add a

bit of color or create a natural habitat for birds and insects. The day served as a great reminder to the children and parents that we are all riding on a spaceship called Earth, and that we need to understand it and protect, so that it will provide us with a healthy home for many years to come. Kaleidoscope Learning Centers mission is simple: to make learning engaging and exciting through innovative programs and fun activities. With activities for both children and adults, Kaleidoscope offers a place to explore new ideas and learn. Located at 27 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ, programs are available for homeschool, after-school, clubs, scouts, parties and more. For more information about Kaleidoscope, visit www.klcnj.com.

Blairstown resident Rachel Bailey performed on stage with Verismo NJ Opera at the Bergen PAC in Englewood on April 2st. Rachel was one of many who volunteered as extras--non-singing roles as villagers--in Leoncavallo's opera, I Pagliacci. It was an enriching and exciting experience for Rachel, who is a 21-year-old with special needs. Responding genuinely to the plot's action of the story, Rachel was able to follow directions and move about on stage naturally. Rachel looks forward to performing in more Opera productions in the future. Rachel is a graduate of North Warren Regional High School. Her dream

has always been to perform on stage and her parents are pleased to have found performance opportunities in the area, for her to grow and feed her passion. Rachel also takes acting lessons in Sparta

with Erika Lupo of Acting-A-Part, a non profit proffessional acting school for stage, theater and film. Rachel has recently performed as Helene in Le Miserable and as Prudy in Hairspray.

Warren County will look for assistance with ways to restore economic viability to the county, Freeholder Edward J. Smith announced after he and other officials met with representatives of the NJ Highlands Council. Smith, Allamuchy Mayor Betty Schultheis, who chairs the county

Economic Development Advisory Council as well as the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and county Planning Director David Dech discussed launching a study of the countys commercial corridors in a recent meeting with Highlands Council Executive sioned for projects such as Liberty Stands," which was donated to Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern NJ at their Annual Fund Raising Luncheon with noted actress, Kathleen Turner. Gypsy Jeans selected her designs for their new jeans line, which premiered at the MAGIC fashion show in NYC. Kotinskys work was accepted into the Big Apple Fest in New York City and has have been critiqued and praised by newspapers including The Village Voice, The Star Ledger and The Record. Recently, her paintings have been shown in the NY International Art Festival in NY, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Kotinsky has exhibited at the prestigious Art Expo, NYC and internationally at The Expo Arts, Mon-

Director Gene Feyl, Deputy Executive Director Margaret Nordstrom, and the councils Director of Science and Planning Christine M. Danis. The Highlands Council officials suggested Warren County seek grant funding from the council to conduct the study, Smith said. treal Canada. Her work has also been shown in galleries across the country including Lambertville, New Hope, Jersey City, Hoboken, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Tampa. Once the owner of her established art gallery, The Kotinsky Gallery, it was host to hundreds of fine artists throughout the country, solo exhibitions, concert venues and lectures for fine art students. Impressed with her own personal success, she was referred to by the students as an excellent role model in their own efforts, not only in the very competitive art world, but also as a woman business owner. Kotinskys efforts go beyond self interest in the promotion of her art, but more toward that which benefit the com-

Smith and other county and local officials say that provisions of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, which became law in 2004, have served to stifle most economic activity and growth in the county, making it impossible to generate new tax revenue needed to keep taxes from munity at large. Kotinsky established a registered 501 (c)(3) charity, Art for Animals, to which she donates a percentage of her own art sales to local animal shelters and rescue foundations. The belief in forming this organization was merging her endeavor in the encouragement of fine art in our community and for the love and well being we all share for the safety of our companion pets and endangered wildlife. As a philanthropic organization, she has also donated artwork for auction fundraisers and community events. Most recently, two of her pieces were auctioned at City Without Walls annual benefit in Newark benefiting education programs for underprivileged youth. For more information visit Kotinsky.com.

rary abstract realism influenced by cubism Botticelli in a Picasso blender, by The Star Ledger. Each of her paintings is a recollection of personal memories, private thoughts and emotions rendered with explosive color, shape and forms to create each unique painting. Throughout the years, her work has evolved from simple color and form into a compilation of varying shades and hues. Sporadic additions of recognizable images from nature, symbolism, and media have added depth to each unique piece. She has sold many works to a wide array of prominent collectors and was also commis-

rising. The freeholder board, along with the chamber of commerce and others, has been seeking changes to the Highlands Act to once again allow new commercial development in areas where it has been blocked by the law. The grant would finance a study of ways to restore economic viability to the commercial corridors of Warren County that traverse the Highlands Region, such as Routes 31, 46, 57, 94, and County Routes 517, 519 and 521. The study would show what kinds of activities could take place in the Highlands, and what changes to the law could be needed. Schultheis said the chamber will be approaching its members asking them to back the proposal for a study, while the Economic Development Advisory Council will contact municipalities seeking their endorsement of the plan. Freeholder Director Jason J. Sarnoski, who re-established the Economic Development Advisory Council in 2011, noted that opening up the countys commercial corridors could help drive businesses into our area.

Smith said the Highlands Council officials also said that Warren County could be used as a model for carrying out this type of economic analysis in the Highlands. The scope of work could be replicated for other areas facing similar concerns with the Highlands Act. Gardner noted that for all of 2012, Warren County had only 16 new septic systems installed, compared to 2005 when there were 136 new systems, an indication of just how strangled the economy has been here due to the Highlands legislation. The Highlands includes portions of Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties and includes 88 municipalities. Thirteen municipalities in Warren County are included in the Highlands preservation area. But Warren County municipalities have been unable to develop their commercial corridors because they fall in the protected part of the Highlands. There currently exist three waivers and the Public Policy committee of the Chamber is proposing adding a fourth waiver for economic development and jobs creation.

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(NAPSI)Your fourfooted friends could benefit from your taking four important steps to keep your pets in peak condition. 1. See the vet for regular checkups. Dogs and cats age faster than humans. They can grow upand grow oldalmost before you know it. Regular wellness exams let your veterinarian diagnose, manage and protect against potential health problems before they become serious. Common health screenings recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association include: Immunizations Parasite check Heartworm check Dental health exam Blood panel Chemistry panel Urinalysis Osteoarthritis check Chest radiograph Thyroid check Blood pressure check. Since cats have a tendency to hide illness, cat owners may not

realize theres a problem without regular wellness exams. 2. Dont let your pet have a fat chance of being fit. Obesity is a big health risk for pets. 3. Exercise their right to exercise. Dogs should get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day. Play with your cats often to keep them moving. 4. Keep their joints supple. Common signs

of a joint problem include: For Dogs Reluctance to climb stairs Falling behind on walks Difficulty getting up in the morning or after a nap Personality change For Cats Reluctance to jump Less prowling and chasing of prey

Lying around the house more often Dislike of stroking, particularly of the back or tail No longer seeking affection or other personality change. Fortunately, a solution to joint health that veterinarians have been prescribing for many years is now available in Walmart, Pet-Smart and Petco. Just as with humans, joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can ease some pain by helping to support and protect cartilage. Cosequin is the original researched brand, scientifically formulated to support and help maintain the health of pets joints and connective tissue. It is also the only glucosamine/chondroiti n sulfate supplement that has been shown safe, effective and absorbable in peerreviewed, published, controlled, U.S. veterinary studies. Its manufactured by Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. following standards similar to those practiced by the pharmaceutical industry. If youd like more information, visit the companys website at nutramaxlabs.com.

Meet the adorable Abby from Eleventh Hour Rescue. This precious Hound pup is an older lady, but still full of life and lots of fun. She is six years old and was found wandering as a stray with her sister Ellen. This means that her complete background and real name is unknown. But Abby is a total sweetheart. She is very friendly, very gentle, and a very kind girl.

Typical of the Hound breed, she uses her nose extensively on a long walk or out in the play area. And also typical of the breed, once she gets plenty of exercise, shes ready for a long nap. One final note: shes not an early riser in the morning. Sleeping in late is her specialty and the Foster Mom says this is a real plus! For more information on Abby or EHR, visit www.ehrdogs.org or call 973-664-0865.

are being pursued throughout Warren County. Nestled in the quiet hills of the Ridge and Valley Region, White Lake offers residents a chance to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors, said Allen Barlow, the White Lake Land Steward with The Nature Conservancy. Whether you kayak across the clear blue water of the lake, or hike the meandering trails through the meadows and into the woods, be sure to stop, breathe the fresh air, and take it all in. There is a lot to enjoy here. The 394-acre preserve surrounds the 69-acre, spring-fed White Lake, which is named for its chalky white marl bottom. Kayaks will be available to borrow for free and visitors are invited to explore the variety of habitats that surround the lake, including fertile meadows, karst limestone exposures, sinkhole ponds and stands of mature hemlock and hardwood forests all of which are teaming with wildlife. In addition, the

preserve is dotted with several historic points of interest, including a lime kiln and the stone wall remnants of the ice house/marl works facility. Guided tours will be offered on site throughout the day and free brochure maps are available for those who prefer to explore on their own. At The Nature Conservancy, our mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth and we do that by protecting the land and water critical to species survival, Barlow said. We first partnered with the county some six years ago with the goal of protecting the rare shoreline fen communities, the globally imperiled Metalmark Butterfly, and removing invasive species from this unique landscape, Barlow explained. Weve been a bit of a well-guarded secret up here for quite some time, but I frequently see hikers, naturalists, kayakers and fishermen so word must be getting out. And we want people to enjoy themselves here, we just ask they do so responsibly and be mindful of the sensitive ecology

that surrounds them, he continued. In addition to exploring the preserve, visitors are encouraged to tour the Vass Farmstead located just across the street. Built in 1812 by German immigrant John Vass, the farmstead includes a 19th Century stone farmhouse and a German-style red barn. With the assistance of State and County funding, the Hardwick Township Historical Society has extensively restored the historic structures and has been using the site for various community events. The Farmstead is progressing along very well; the house and the barn are able to show people what things were like in the 1800s and 1900s. Its a place for children, adults and seniors to come together, learn about our local history and enjoy the beauty of the area," explained Richard Ohl, President of the Hardwick Township Historical Society. Not only are visitors welcome to hike the trails around the preserve and tour the Vass Farmstead, but they are encouraged to stop by the various exhibitor tables to learn more about preservation

The Vass House, part of the Vass Farmstead located across the street from White Lake, dates from the early 1800s and will be open for tours during Warren Preservation Day on May 18th. Photo by Corey Tierney. efforts across Warren County. White Lake is wonderful place to explore, but there really are so many other amazing sites in Warren County that people just dont know about. So this year weve invited numerous groups who have been working to protect open

space, farmland, and historic sites all around our community, explained Corey Tierney, Director of Land Preservation for Warren County. Were fortunate to have the Ridge and Valley Conservancy, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, Merrill Creek Reservoir environmental preserve, the Morris Canal Committee, Harmony Townships historic Hoff Vannatta Farmstead, Knowlton Townships Ramsaysburg Homestead, Allamuchy Townships Rutherfurd Hall and many others participating this year, added Tierney. Its a great way for residents to learn more about these terrific projects. At the end of the day, we hope everyone will not only make it a point to go out and visit these places, but that they will walk away with a deeper appreciation for those who are committed to preserving the many unique sites which make Warren County so special.

The lilacs are bloomin, its time to go shroomin!; the Trout Lilies are bloomin, its time to go shroomin!; the Violets are bloomin, its time to go shroomin! Any way you look at it, it definitely is time to put on the hiking boots, spray for ticks, grab a pocket knife, a mesh bag and a bear whistle and head for the woods on a mushroom quest that may or may not yield an edible reward. Ah, but it is all about the hunt. So, exactly what makes this mushroom so prized and why is it elusive? Why cant we just go into the woods and find

By Suzie Saucepan

it growing in the same place it grew last year? Just what makes it so darned special anyway? Actually, the Morel mushroom is probably the easiest mushroom for a beginner to identify. Yes, there is a False Morel, but it differs so vastly from the real thing you wonder how they ever named it such! Although it can be readily identified, you have to find it first, and therein lays the mystery. It is truly a wild mushroom that has closely guarded its secrets. It is a fungus that derives nourishment from plant matter such as decaying trees, leaves, grass, etc. However, it is also down

right fussy about exactly what decaying trees, leaves, grass, etc. it wants to feed on. And that, my friends, is one reason why it becomes the Elusive Morel. This year it might like to feed and grow where the Elms used to thrive; next year it might be hiding in the old apple orchard or under the Tulip trees or even tucked away in the grass at the end of your shady driveway. Be sure of one thing though, you will not find it growing on a sunny windy hillside or a dry stony gulch. Yet it will happily show up in the cinders of a long forgotten railroad bed. One thing for certain is

that Morels require moist, humid growing conditions. In our area, they seem to prefer moist mixed hardwood lands fringed with some cedars. The club or head of the mushroom is a delicate structure that must push its way to sunlight through loose, moist soil. So, that automatically narrows your search to sandy loamy soils or those with a deep humus layer. In three-to-five days it reaches full size and begins to dry. We have noticed other spring plants such as Showy Orchis, Jacks-in-thePulpit, Yellow Lady Slippers and Mayapples in the vicinity.

Keep in mind they are usually found early on south-facing slopes and later on north-facing slopes. But, they really can be found wherever they decide to grow! When you do find them, it is recommended you cut the stalk above ground level so as to not damage the mycelium, and, that you carry them in a cloth bag, or better yet, a mesh bag. Morels are very sensitive to humidity and a plastic bag will most probably destroy them. Clean and consume them promptly to truly experience their unique prized nutty flavor. Our preferred storage method this is only after gorging on freshpicked Morels is air drying completely and then freezing for all-year use. We have two to maybe

three weeks to gather Morels in this area. They have already made their appearance, so if you are willing to force yourself to enjoy the beauty of our woodlands in spring time while walking to the birds mating tunes, go now. Just be sure, as with all wild mushrooms, be absolutely positively sure of the identification. When in doubt, throw it out! On a final note, Morel hunting spots are sacred among hunters. So, if you see someone coming out of the woods with a whistle around his neck and heavylooking cloth bags hanging from his belt and he tells you that the woods he just left are infested with ticks and bears, you can be darned sure he found the Morel mother-load!