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Triathletes Meet in Sparta

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  • The Seventh Annual Pass it Along Lake Mohawk Triathlon took place on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Triathletes from the region converged at Lake Mohawk in Sparta Township, New Jersey for the event. The triathlon consists of a half mile swim followed by a 10.8 mile bike ride and ends in a 3.1 mile run.
  • 7/26/2016
  • Album ID: 2066792
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Cheerleading is more than 'rah, rah' and pom poms: it's about intense training and precise teamwork

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  • NEWTON--Cheerleaders are not too difficult to spot on the field or in the gym when it's game time. They get spirits high by pumping up the crowd and stand by their team to pep them up, to pull them up when the team is down and to reward them with shouts and cheers when they do well. At Kittatinny Regional High School, an intense summer camp the squad attended last week kicked off their season, and much more training will go into summer preparation for the fall season. Cheerleading is not about glamor or a popularity contest as many people perceive. It's hard. The cheerleading team has to undergo vigorous practice sessions and their training involves high risks. The skills involved leaves no doubt that cheerleaders are exceptional athletes. To perform their activities, they must be as strong as any football player, as poised as any dancer and as flexible as the best gymnasts. For the Kittatinny squad, it started last week at the National Cheerleaders Association's Camp at Rowan University.
  • 7/25/2016
  • Album ID: 2066625
  • Photos by Laurie Gordon

Daughters of the American Revolution Offers Christmas in July - Wantage, N.J. - 07/23/2016

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  • Daughters of the American Revolution Offers Christmas in July - Wantage, N.J. - 07/23/2016 PHOTOS BY CHRIS WYMAN • DAR member and Sparta resident Gail Shawger (left) poses with her Lederhaas family grandchildren Miles, 10, Macy, 8, Mason, 13, and “Living History” re-enactor Fred Schofer behind the Elias VanBunschooten Museum on Saturday. • For DAR, it’s Christmas in July • WANTAGE — Last weekend’s toasty afternoons saw dozens of members of the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution giving guided tours of the Elias Van Bunschooten Museum located on Route 23. Since 1902, the group has been actively promoting historic preservation, patriotism, and education in Sussex County. • The Christmas in July event saw a half dozen docents giving visitors free guided tours of the historic home. The annual event also included historic re-enactors, vendors, crafters, and more. • Outside the museum, tours, presentations and demonstrations were given by members of the Children of the American Revolution as well as members of the 27th Regiment of New Jersey, Company F and “Living History” re-enactor Fred Schofer of Lafayette. A wide collection of attic treasures was also available with the proceeds going toward the organization’s work in the community. •
  • 7/24/2016
  • Album ID: 2066485
  • Photos by Chris Wyman

Sussex County Miners Teach Baseball Basics

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  • On Thursday, July 21, 2016 Sussex County Miners manager, Bobby Jones, as well as Miners coaches and players taught the fundamentals of baseball. It was the last session of several days at Miners Baseball Camp at Skylands Stadium in Sussex County, New Jersey. The ages of the campers were between 7-14 years old.
  • 7/24/2016
  • Album ID: 2066524
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Space Farms Junior Zookeeper Day - Wantage, N.J. - 07/23/2016

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  • Space Farms Junior Zookeeper Day - Wantage, N.J. - 07/23/2016 PHOTOS BY CHRIS WYMAN • At right, WSUS Radio DJ Steve Andrews gently takes a rat snake from Assemblyman Parker Space while standing in snake den at Space Farms Zoo & Museum during the zoo’s Junior Zookeeper Day. The snake den also had numerous poisonous snakes near their feet. • Kids and critters interact at Space Farms • WANTAGE — Saturday was the 20th annual Junior Zookeeper Day held at Space Farms Zoo & Museum. Although afternoon temperatures topped out at 94 degrees, families toured the grounds with zookeeper Hunter Space as he fed a variety of carnivores including bears, tigers, lions, and leopards. • With the help of WSUS Radio DJ Steve Andrews, Assemblyman Parker Space taught the crowd more than a thing or two about snakes, both venomous and non-poisonous. The program began with “Zoo Momma” Lori Space Day and her father Fred Space teaching the children about wild turkeys. • The next special event at the zoo will be on August 20, when the zoo once again offers its special Teddy Bear Day. Children are admitted free when they bring their teddy bears for a visit to the zoo and then home again. Each child must be accompanied by an adult paid admission. • Magician Scot Morley will perform at 2 p.m. and the teddy bear contest will be held at 3 p.m. with prizes for the winners. There will also be a human corral with the kid goats and lambs and human kids, and much more. • Space Farms Zoo & Museum is located at 218 Route 519 in Wantage (Sussex). Regular admission prices are $17 per adult, $13.50 per child, and $15.50 per seniors. For more information please call Space Farms at 973-875-5800 or visit the website at www.spacefarms.com. •
  • 7/24/2016
  • Album ID: 2066483
  • Photos by Chris Wyman

New Jersey Jackals Swept by Sussex County Miners

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  • The Sussex County Miners defeated the New Jersey Jackals in minor league baseball on Sunday, July 17, 2016. The final score was 4-3. The game was part of a three-game series played at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, New Jersey. The first game took place on Friday, July 15th and the final score was 4-5. The second game took place on Saturday, July 16th and the final score was 4-3. The win certified the Miners' first sweep of the season and extended their winning streak to three games. In contrast the New Jersey Jackals suffered their 5th straight loss of the season.
  • 7/18/2016
  • Album ID: 2064921
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Sussex Stags Blast Plattsburgh North Stars

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  • The Sussex Stags defeated the Plattsburgh North Stars (Plattsburgh, New York) on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The final score was 36-14. The Empire Football League game took place at Newton High School in Newton, New Jersey. Sussex Stags running back Ben Cramer wore out the Plattsburgh North Stars with some dazzling foot work. Cramer, a 2014 Newton High School graduate scored four touchdowns. The Sussex Stags defense did their part by keeping Plattsburgh North Stars out of the end zone for three quarters. The Stags defense kept the Plattsburgh North Stars quarterback Tre Bucci on the run continuously. Sussex Stags defensive back Tony Bell intercepted a pass. The Stags hard hitting also made the North Stars cough up the ball resulting in three fumbles. The win is the second straight for the Sussex Stags. They opened up the season in an away game against the Mohawk Valley Titans on July 9th. The Sussex Stags dominated their opponent by the score of 42-7. Before the Plattsburgh North Stars got humbled by the Sussex Stags, they managed to crush their opponent in the season opener. On July 9th the Plattsburgh North Stars shut down the Seaway Valley Venom (Massena, New York) in a 27-0 rout. Team records: Sussex Stags 2-0. Plattsburgh North Stars 1-1.
  • 7/17/2016
  • Album ID: 2064892
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

A Collection of Art Presented by Pike County Arts & Crafts

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  • The PIKE COUNTY ARTS & CRAFTS, INC. held an art show on July 9th & 10th 2016 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Several local artists creations were on display. Ambience Furniture & Gifts located on East Harford Street hosted the shows. PIKE COUNTY ARTS & CRAFTS, INC. is celebrating it's 66th year of operation. Pike County Arts & Crafts (PCAC), headquartered in Milford, Pennsylvania, is the oldest (established 1950) and largest arts education organization in northeastern Pennsylvania. A nonprofit organization,PCAC is supported by member dues, donations, and grants from the Pocono Arts Council of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pike County Commissioners.
  • 7/13/2016
  • Album ID: 2063717
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Cartagena embraces art and culture in Vietnam

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  • Kendyl Cartagena, of Fredon, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Vietnam with her college.
  • 7/12/2016
  • Album ID: 2063441
  • Photos by Laurie Gordon

Team Jent Defeats Team Sofman in Sparta Summer Basketball

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  • Team Jent (blue) defeated Team Sofman in basketball on Monday, July 11, 2016. The final score was 77-56. The teams are among several teams that participate in the Sparta Summer Basketball League. League games are played during the months of June and July on the basketball court at Ungerman Field in Sparta Township, New Jersey. The Sparta Summer Basketball League consists of players from high school level to middle aged adults.
  • 7/12/2016
  • Album ID: 2063470
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter
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