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Summer Football Practice with the Sussex Tech "Stangs"

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  • The Sussex County Technical High School football team held a practice on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The Sussex Tech Mustangs lifted weights in the school gym then engaged in drills outside to improve their stamina and skills on the gridiron. The team will practice several days a week from June through August in preparation for the upcoming football season which begins in September. The private school is located in Sparta Township, New Jersey.
  • 6/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2060208
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Chatterbox Offers Veterans/Bike Night - Augusta, N.J. - 06/23/2016

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  • Chatterbox Offers Veterans/Bike Night - Augusta, N.J. - 06/23/2016 PHOTOS BY CHRIS WYMAN • American Legion Riders member Bill Robinson is also one of Sussex County’s veterans best friends and a Navy veteran himself. He is a New Jersey Veterans Service Officer and can be reached in Dover at 973-366-0245 and in Franklin at 973-827-4020. He is in the Franklin office on Thursdays and alternating Fridays. • Chatterbox hosts veterans and bikers• AUGUSTA — In addition to the many motorcycles that rally to the Chatterbox Drive-in for “Bike Night,” last Thursday evening was extra special with Veterans Administration representatives and service organizations coming to meet with area veterans. • Speaking with people who try hard to make veterans aware of the many benefits and programs for which they are eligible, most agree that getting the word out to veterans is the hardest part of their jobs. Evenings like the one at the Chatterbox are an effort to get veterans to take the time and necessary steps to qualify for the many programs that are available to them. • Groups attending the event included the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from Lyons, the New Jersey Department of Military Affairs, Catholic Family and Community Services, the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, Project Help, and the Sussex County Municipal Alliance. • Each veteran who attended was also given a $5.00 food voucher. For all veterans, Sussex County’s Fourth Annual Veterans Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 27, at American Legion Post 213 on Route 23 in Wantage. Register yourself and family members by calling 973-579-0555 or via email to seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.
  • 6/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2060113
  • Photos by Chris Wyman

Skylands Gallery "Art-imals" Show - Wantage, N.J. - 06/26/2016

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  • Skylands Gallery "Art-imals" Show - Wantage, N.J. - 06/26/2016 PHOTOS BY CHRIS WYMAN • Phylis Barfoot, left, of Vernon replaces John Maione Jr. of Mountain Lakes as the new director of the Skylands Gallery & Studio in Wantage. • “Art-imals” art show at Skylands Gallery & Studio • WANTAGE — The opening for the Skylands Gallery & Studio new art show was held last Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beside the high quality fine art and artisan artworks that the gallery is known for, the opening featured complimentary food and beverages, live music by local artists Meg Riley and Angelo Amati, a pet adoption, and a new director. Phylis Barfoot of Vernon became the new director in May. Barfoot is a painter and mixed media artist who has been an active member of the Skylands Gallery and other art venues for a number of years. She replaces John Maione Jr. who is the founder of the gallery and will continue to be an active member. • The exhibit is titled “Art-imals,” and some of the artwork depicts animals that are available for adoption. After each opening reception, 10 percent of the proceeds from all sales of the day are donated to a local charity. This time, the recipient was O.S.C.A.R., One Step Closer Animal Rescue. Currently based in Sparta and housing animals for adoption in foster homes, the organization recently purchased a large facility in Andover, which it is repairing and plans to open as a “no-kill” shelter by the end July. Additional information can be found on their website www.oscaranimalrescue.org. • The “Art-imals” show will run until July 17. The next show is “A Thing of Beauty” and the opening will be Friday, July 29 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Although the Skylands Gallery & Studio is an artist cooperative, this show is an open call. More information can be found under the “NEW! Call for Entries” tab on the gallery’s website. • Skylands Gallery & Studio is located in the Town Center at Wantage, 7 Boulder Hills Boulevard (off Rt. 23 South). Regular hours are Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. More information can be found by going to their website www.skylandsgallery.com or their Facebook page facebook.com/skylandsgallery. You can also call the gallery at 973-512-8588. •
  • 6/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2060124
  • Photos by Chris Wyman

Cuban National Team Sweep Sussex County Miners

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  • The Cuban National Team defeated the Sussex County Miners in minor league baseball on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The final score was 8-3. The Miners were swept in a three-game series by the Cuban National Team at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, New Jersey . Games also took place on June 21st & 22nd.
  • 6/27/2016
  • Album ID: 2059905
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

The Fifty-Sixth Annual Commencement of Sparta High School Highlights

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  • The Fifty-Sixth Annual Commencement of Sparta High School took place on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Sparta Township, New Jersey. Family and friends of the graduates witnessed the seniors receive their diplomas. During and after the ceremony those in attendance shared hugs, kisses and handshakes. Afterwards the graduates departed down different roads where life takes them. Some will enter the workforce right away while others will attend college, trade school or military service.
  • 6/26/2016
  • Album ID: 2059869
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Sussex Stags Teach Football Basics at Camp

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  • The Sussex Stags semi-pro football team hosted a youth football camp on Monday, June 20th 2016 at Newton High School. The day was the first of a scheduled three day camp teaching the fundamentals of football. Newton High School is the home field of the Empire Football League team.
  • 6/21/2016
  • Album ID: 2058621
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Skylands Stadium Offers Thrill Show - Augusta, N.J. - 06/19/2016

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  • Skylands Stadium Offers Thrill Show - Augusta, N.J. - 06/19/2016 PHOTOS BY CHRIS WYMAN • Brian “The Human Cannonball” Miser is shown shortly after he fired himself from the cannon below during Sunday afternoon’s Thrill Show at Skylands Stadium. • Skylands Stadium offers three days of thrills• AUGUSTA — As a departure from its baseball, food truck, and wine tasting offerings, last weekend Skylands Stadium offered families an All-American Thrill Show along with an outdoor petting zoo. • Performers included the renowned tightrope daredevils The Flying Wallendas, Brian “The Human Cannonball” Miser, the Flaming Globe of Death, “Darlene The Great” Brasche, and Jimmy and Jasmine Castro. • To escape the heat, the audience sat in the rear-most seats so that they would be out of the direct sunlight. The Sunday afternoon performance was presented in two parts and during the break families with young children headed off to the front of the stadium to enjoy the many animals that were part of the Commerford’s World Famous Educational Petting Zoo in the stadium complex’s Backyard Place. • To learn about more upcoming events at the stadium, visit their Website at www.SkylandsStadium.com or call the box office at (973) 940-0222. •
  • 6/21/2016
  • Album ID: 2058512
  • Photos by Chris Wyman

Montville Mustangs Defeat Jefferson Falcons in 10U 2016 Sparta Schools out Softball Tourmament

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  • The Jefferson Falcons lost to the Montville Mustangs in the 10U division of the 2016 Sparta Schools Out Softball Tournament on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The final score was 7-0. The game took place at Station Park in Sparta Township, New Jersey.
  • 6/19/2016
  • Album ID: 2058087
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Sparta Spanks Rutherford in 10U 2016 Sparta Schools out Softball Tournament

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  • The Sparta Blue Diamonds defeated the Rutherford All-Stars in the 10U division of the 2016 Sparta Schools Out Softball Tournament on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The final score was 5-0. The game took place at Station Park in Sparta Township, New Jersey.
  • 6/19/2016
  • Album ID: 2058112
  • Photos by George Leroy Hunter

Sussex County Jail Tour - Newton, N.J. - 06/16/2016

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  • Sussex County Jail Tour - Newton, N.J. - 06/16/2016 PHOTOS BY CHRIS WYMAN • Members of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department and guest visitors wait outside the visitors’ entrance to the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility last Thursday evening. • ‘But you wouldn’t want to live there’ • NEWTON — For the first time in just over three years, the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility was available for guided tours last Thursday evening. The guests included county officials including the county clerk, a former freeholder, mayors of various municipalities, and business and non-profit service organizations. • The evening began with a tasty buffet supper, which included presentations by Sheriff Mike Strada and Warden Mark Farsi. Each guest was also shown the implements that each prisoner receives upon entry, including a soft spork, flexible drinking vessel, flexible pen, and a short-handled tooth brush. Nothing that could possibly be used as a weapon. Everyone was also given copies of the prisoners’ typical dining menus. • Once the tours began, guests visited the fifth floor housing block command center where groups of prisoners were housed in two separate and distinct dormitories, based on their classifications determined by their current and past criminal charges and general behavior. They are grouped by whether they are minimum, medium, or maximum-security inmates. The tours also included visits to a recreational area. Truth be told, the facility was a very interesting place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. •
  • 6/17/2016
  • Album ID: 2057580
  • Photos by Chris Wyman
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